Author: Danny Wilcox

Isolated Students, Exhausted Teachers and a Call for a Familiar Face Have you signed up for The Educator’s Room Daily Newsletter? Click here and support independent journalism! According to Daniel Malcom at the National Library of Medicine, current trends show that young people are feeling increased levels of loneliness and isolation. This directly correlates with feelings of community and closeness to the classroom. If we are not taking the time to address students’ mental health concerns, then the classroom environment cannot thrive.  The effects of looping with students have been widely documented. I myself have seen the benefits of looping with my…

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Port Adelaide president David Koch has emphatically declared Ken Hinkley will see out his current contract and coach the club in 2023. A question mark had been hovering over Hinkley and his position at the Power, despite being contracted to the club until next year and his defiant AFL 360 interview on Monday night where he said he expected to be at Alberton next year. Amid mounting criticism over Hinkley’s coaching from fans, Koch said earlier this week “every single person’s role” would be assessed at the end of the season, which has seen the Power drop out of finals…

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On this day in 2005, late Australian spin maestro Shane Warne became the first bowler in the history of the game to take 600 wickets in Test cricket. The legendary bowler accomplished this feat during the third Test of the Ashes series against Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester in August 2005. The dismissal occurred in the 42nd over of England’s first innings. English opener Marcus Trescothick was batting on 63 when the fifth ball of the over outsmarted him. He was trying to attempt a sweep and the ball touched his body. It then hit the thigh of wicketkeeper…

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According to the OEC, Australia exported A$7.1 billion in goods and services to Singapore in 2020, which is a 4% increase since 1995. Because Singapore is an important market for Australian businesses, it’s important to be aware of two major changes coming in 2023 from the Singaporean government to their goods and services tax (GST). Major change #1 The first major change is that beginning January 1, 2023, Singapore’s GST rate will increase from 7% to 8%. Then in January 2024, it will increase again from 8% to 9%. The duty de minimis, however, will not be changing. Major change…

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Carlton has omitted Tom De Koning, Will Setterfield and Paddy Dow for Saturday’s must-win game against Melbourne. The Blues bring Marc Pittonet back into the side along with Liam Stocker, while they’ve named Patrick Cripps in the centre as he awaits his fate at the AFL Appeals Board. The Western Bulldogs have omitted Alex Keath for a second time this season, with Ryan Gardner coming into the side in his stead, while Lachie Hunter and Stefan Martin return. Key forward Josh Bruce has been managed. Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New…

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Businesses across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) continue to be targeted by cybercriminals as technology advances and attacks become increasingly sophisticated. Australia saw one cybercrime report every eight minutes in 2020-21, equating to a 13 per cent increase on the previous year, while New Zealand saw a 15 per cent increase in cyber incidents in the same period. However, technological advancements aren’t the only thing driving increased cybercrime across the ANZ region. The exploitation of vulnerabilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and threats arising from conflict in eastern Europe also present challenges to local businesses, among other potential threats. On…

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West Indies lost the first T20 International (T20I) against New Zealand on Wednesday, but their players produced some fine displays on the field. The one piece of fielding that probably stood out most was Shimron Hetmyer‘s brilliant one-handed catch in the deep that gave them the first breakthrough in the form of Martin Guptill. New Zealand, after being put in to bat by Nicholas Pooran, started well and were ticking along and building a solid opening partnership when Odean Smith sent Guptill and Devon Conway packing off successive deliveries in the 8th over. Guptill was the first to go as…

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eCommerce is a double-edged sword. With every flexible and quick online purchase comes an increased number of fuel-powered delivery trucks on the road and excess packaging waste ending up in landfill.  Our online shopping obsession shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the World Economic Forum estimates we’ll see 36 per cent more delivery vehicles driving around city streets by 2030. To add to this problem, it’s estimated globally that two garbage trucks of plastic are dumped into the ocean every minute.  For small eCommerce and retail businesses confronted with this new reality, the challenge of reducing our environmental…

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Following the narrow 13-run win over West Indies in the first T20I, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that it felt nice to have made a contribution to the team’s victory. Solid knocks by captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper-batter Devon Conway and brilliant bowling by Mitchell Santner powered New Zealand to a 13-run win over West Indies in the first T20I of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Wednesday. “Nice to get the win. The performance was pleasing. We know that this West Indies side is capable of amazing things, so to get over the line is…

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The next big thing for e-commerce is coming soon to Australia, according to the trends from Asia and other overseas countries. Those already online with a mobile-friendly website and the goal of building a community via social media platforms (as opposed to just being interested in followers and likes) are well placed for the next e-commerce wave. But those who, despite the pandemic, are still yet to get online, build communities and embrace the online space will again find themselves in a “hard to compete” position. Furthermore, those in small to medium businesses who can innovate quickly will have it…

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