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Christmas cards hung outdoors Parliament to mark 78 domestic violence deaths

Updated December 11, 2015 19:34:17

A string of 78 Christmas cards was hung on the lawns of Parliament Property today — a single card for every Australian woman who will not commit this Christmas with loved ones as the outcome of domestic violence.

The symbolic gesture was element of a rally calling for greater Government action to curb domestic violence.

At the rally, attended by about one hundred people, organisers named on the Federal Government to boost lengthy-term funding for frontline crisis services, transitional housing and specialist legal solutions for females.

YWCA executive director Frances Crimmins mentioned her organisation was also calling for greater help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, who are 45 instances a lot more likely to encounter violence than non-indigenous ladies.

“Violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is not an Indigenous issue, but an Australian issue,” she stated.

“And the response to support our Indigenous sisters has not been adequate to date.”

‘We mourn that we as a society did not do more’

Rally against domestic violence at Parliament House Photo: About 100 folks gathered to remember the females who died this year. (ABC News: Greg Nelson)

Canberra mother-of-three Tara Costigan was a single of the 78 Australian women killed this year as a result of domestic violence, whose names have been read out at the rally.

Sabah al Mdwali, 28, of Gordon, was yet another.

“We mourn that we as a society did not do a lot more to stop this violence and to save their lives,” Ms Crimmins stated.

“I would like to acknowledge the Destroy the Joint counting dead women researchers for undertaking the important perform of collecting their detail and recording these deaths so that the situation of violence against ladies is brought additional into the open.”

Labor MP Andrew Lee, who attended the rally, thanked Australian of Year Rosie Batty, whose young son Luke Batty died as a result of family members violence, for her tireless work to draw consideration to the concern.

He mentioned Federal Parliament was now talking about family members violence for the first time in a way in which it ought to be talked about.

“That hasn’t happened due to the fact … politicians stepped up and decided it mattered,” he stated.

“It’s happened due to the fact of an extraordinary community campaign.

“Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year has not only purchased vital issues into Australia public life, but has worked to redefine the function of an Australian of the Year.”

Topics: domestic-violence, neighborhood-and-society, government-and-politics, federal-government, parliament, federal-parliament, canberra-2600, act, australia

1st posted December 11, 2015 19:09:39

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A punctuation mark is generating you seem insincere in text messages

Posted December 09, 2015 22:11:33

SMS messages that finish with a complete stop are perceived to be less sincere than messages that do not, according to a new study from American researchers.

The study, published in the journal Computer systems in Human Behaviour, did not uncover this effect in handwritten notes.

Researchers at Binghamton University in New York and Rutgers University in New Jersey were examining whether or not punctuation can give “pragmatic and social information”.

The researchers say that text messaging is “a single of the most frequently employed pc-mediated communication (CMC) strategies” and that the speed of texting mimics face-to-face communication but lacks non-verbal content.

“Texting is lacking several of the social cues utilized in actual face-to-face conversations,” lead researcher Celia Klin, an associate professor of psychology, mentioned in a press release.

“When speaking, individuals very easily convey social and emotional info with eye gaze, facial expressions, tone of voice, pauses, and so on.

“Folks naturally can not use these mechanisms when they are texting.

“Thus, it makes sense that texters rely on what they have obtainable to them — emoticons, deliberate misspellings that mimic speech sounds and, according to our information, punctuation.”

Participants recruited from Binghamton University read 16 exchanges as either text messages or handwritten notes.

Every exchange contained a statement followed by an invitation phrased as a question, and a single-word reply consisting of either Okay, Sure, Yeah or Yup.

Participants read two versions of each exchange, one particular with a period [complete quit] right after the response and 1 with out.

Participants rated the responses with a period as becoming much less sincere, but only for electronic, not hand-written, messages.

“Punctuation is used and understood by texters to convey feelings and other social and pragmatic information,” Associate Professor Klin said.

“Offered that folks are wonderfully adept at communicating complex and nuanced data in conversations, it is not surprising that as texting evolves, people are discovering techniques to convey the exact same varieties of info in their texts.”

In a more current but not yet published study, the very same researchers discovered that an exclamation mark adds sincerity.

Subjects: neighborhood-and-society, wireless-communication

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Star Wars’ Mark Hamill tricks Hollywood Blvd tourists in disguise

Posted December 05, 2015 16:33:59

External Link: Mark Hamill goes undercover as a storm trooper

Star Wars original Mark Hamill has swapped his trademark Luke Skywalker light saber for the confined spaces of storm trooper garb to prank hundreds of unsuspecting tourists in Hollywood.

The 64-year-old actor, who will reprise his part as Skywalker in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, pulled on the armoured disguise and strolled along Hollywood Blvd, stopping to chat along the way and take photos.

But the trickery was not just for laugh, the stunt was for a good cause— to market the Star Wars Force of Change initiative, a competition for individuals to win a spot at the premiere of the new sci-fi sequel in exchange for charity donations.

“The final time I anyone saw me in a storm trooper outfit was when we rescued the princess on the Death Star,” Hamill mentioned in a video posted on the internet, which has been viewed a lot more than 800,000 instances.

To support spread the word of the competition, he walked the well-known tourist strip dressed as the storm trooper.

Along the way he met “wanna-be” Star Wars actors which includes Chewbacca, other storm troopers and Darth Vader himself.

External Link: Star Wars trailer

“You can win four tickets to the premiere… all you have to do is donate to Force for Alter,” Hamill told Darth Vader.

Vader stopped his deep breathing and replied: “That sounds like a quite worthy result in.”

Little did the Star Wars fans know, the man behind the suit was in fact the original Luke Skywalker.

The video shows Hamill quit to take on a man dressed as Skywalker in a gun versus light saber battle, before trying to get a telephone charger and board a bus.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres on December 14, 2015.

Subjects: film-motion pictures, offbeat, science-fiction-films, united-states

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Query mark more than Scaffidi ‘damaging for City for Perth’

Posted December 01, 2015 21:51:37

There are calls for a widened investigation into Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi to be concluded as quickly as attainable, with the Opposition concerned the ongoing saga is tarnishing the council’s reputation.

Opposition nearby government spokesman David Templeman stated it had been almost two months since the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) released a damning report that identified Ms Scaffidi had engaged in critical misconduct.

The report detailed her failure to declare tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts and travel.

Mr Templeman stated it was not great sufficient that issues raised in the report remained unresolved.

“It really is damaging for the City for Perth,” he said.

“This has gone on for too extended … there’s nonetheless no clarification about the overall allegations and findings and what is going to be completed.

“The last thing the City of Perth, as WA’s premier council, demands is a continuing query mark hanging more than the head of its leader.”

The comments came right after the ABC revealed Ms Scaffidi had threatened to resign after being told the inquiry would be widened.

Whilst she denies producing the threat, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson confirmed he had been informed of it final Friday.

The Division of Neighborhood Government has been examining the CCC report to figure out whether any disciplinary action is warranted.

Mr Simpson confirmed on Monday the department was unable to use the evidence gathered by the CCC and now had to collect its own.

Although he denied the division had launched a new investigation, the ABC has noticed an e mail sent late on Monday by City of Perth chief executive Gary Stevenson, which appears to show otherwise.

In it he mentioned he had “this afternoon” been served with a formal notice to confirm that two division officers “have been authorised under Component 8 of the Local Government Act to conduct an investigation into matters arising from the CCC report”.

In response to concerns from the ABC, the division issued a statement saying the authorisation was required to give its officers the powers needed to continue their investigation, which includes to interview Ms Scaffidi and other people.

Ms Scaffidi has already been interviewed by CCC officers during private examinations earlier this year.

In the statement, the department confirmed its investigations had commenced below the instruction if its director-basic and mentioned it anticipated its investigation would be completed in early 2016.

Topics: nearby-government, perth-6000

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