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Africa’s love supreme

Africa’s love supreme | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
On Friday, a Harvard religious studies group — the only one to focus on faith traditions from the African diaspora — hosts a conference to investigate the varieties of love: devotion, intimacy, and ecstasy.
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We chose this event for our 'social' category because it is the coming together of many different types of people from all over Africa to attend an art exhibition/conference on the different types of love.

 

EQ: What is the purpose of this event, and why do you think that people want to attend it?

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Alliance Media supports arts and culture across Africa

Alliance Media Zimbabwe, the country's largest provider of billboards and outdoor advertising media, has partnered up with the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) by sponsoring - (Page # 1)
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We chose this for our 'intellectual/arts' category because a billboard company wants to spread the artwork of Africa throughout Africa. They want to put billboards up with artwork from different countries to spread the cultures of different countries.

 

EQ: Do you think it would be a good idea if The U.S. put billboards up of artwork from different states to spread the cultures of different states? Explain why you chose your answer.

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Central African Republic - Muslims and Christians in Bangui at peace amidst war - TransConflict

Central African Republic - Muslims and Christians in Bangui at peace amidst war - TransConflict | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Even as violence in the Central African Republic escalates, there are local communities showing that peace is still possible, with grassroots peace initiatives challenging and rejecting violence.
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We chose this article for 'religion' because it illustrates the religious conflict that is going on throughout Africa. Last December, there was a war between the Christians and the Muslims. Over 1,000 people were killed. They two religions are now attempting to maintain a peaceful relationship.

 

EQ: How long do you think this peace will last? Support your answer with reasons.

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Environment boss to visit flood area

Environment boss to visit flood area | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith is to visit the flood-hit Somerset Levels, as more heavy rain is set to hit parts of the UK.
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Johnny and I chose this for our 'geography' section because the article explains the effects of the extreme rain and storm conditions on the environment in the United Kingdom. The intense weather is causing major flooding and many other problems for the UK.

 

EQ: If you were the Prime Minister, how would you solve the flooding problem?

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Amour secret! French President Hollande’s affair with actress lasted two years

Amour secret! French President Hollande’s affair with actress lasted two years | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
French President Francois Hollande cheated on his long-term girlfriend for at least two years, according to a new report. French gossip magazine Closer — which first broke news of the affair last week — sensationally alleged Friday that Hollande had been romancing actress Julie Gayet since his presidential run.
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Johnny and I chose this for our 'political' section because the article explains the affair that the French President had with a woman for over two years. This ties into politics because this will affect how people look at the French President. It will probably have a negative effect on the French government and he might get into some trouble for it.

 

Essential Question: Why do you think the president of France kept his secret for so long, considering that he stayed with his other girlfriend for over two years?

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USA Sevens

USA Sevens | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
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Johnny and I chose this event for the 'social' category because rugby is quite a big sport in Europe. Multiple teams from Europe such as Wales, England, France, and Italy all compete in this yearly event with teams from across the world. People from all countries come to watch these games. Their most recent Sevens tournament was in Las Vegas during the weekend of the 24 and 25 of January.

 

Essential Question: Why do sporting events like these draw people from all around the world to the same place?

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Melbourne plan aims to end sprawl

Melbourne plan aims to end sprawl | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
SUBURBAN streets will be protected from high density development and a permanent growth boundary will be created around Melbourne to stop sprawl under a new planning blueprint for Victoria.
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We chose this article for our 'Social' section because it is about a population boom in Victoria, Australia. More people means more social activity. Cities within Victoria, an area in southern Australia, such as Melbourne, must create new houses and jobs to accomadate the amount of people.

 

EQ: What would your solution be to solve the potential problem of an overpopulated area be?

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Australians disengaged at work: report

Australians disengaged at work: report | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIANS are suffering from a serious case of workplace malaise, with a report finding more than 70 per cent are either ambivalent about or completely disengaged with their jobs.
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We chose this article for our 'Economy' section of our site because it displays a serious and current problem in Australia's economy. The article explains how more than 70% of workers in Australia are disengaged at work. This is leading to more problems and accidents, costing the government almost 55 billion dollars every year.

 

EQ: What actions might the government take to solve this major problem? 

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British Museum and National Museum of Australia host dual indigenous exhibition

British Museum and National Museum of Australia host dual indigenous exhibition | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
IT is 97cm long, 29cm wide and has a ragged hole near its centre.
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We chose this article for the 'Intellectual' part of the web page. This article is about a new museum in Australia that is trying to teach people about the indigenous people of Australia. The museum is also teaming up with another museum in Europe that has historical items from Australia.

 

EQ: Why is it odd that Europe has impotrant artifacts from Australia? How would they have got those artifacts?

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UK smog and air pollution: spike in 999 calls over breathing problems

UK smog and air pollution: spike in 999 calls over breathing problems | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Ambulance services have reported a spike in 999 calls as a combination of Saharan dust and record levels of air pollution continue to plague the UK today.
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For our 'area/geography' section, we chose this article that explains how dust and smog from the Sahara Desert has been blown north all the way to the UK, causing breathing problems for almost 1,000 people. The air quality has recently been decreasing in areas like London and Cardiff, which already suffer from bad air pollution.

 

EQ: Do you think that Africa should be the one to solve this problem or the UK? Give reasons for your answer.

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How Nigeria Became Africa's Largest Economy Overnight

How Nigeria Became Africa's Largest Economy Overnight | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Does the continent's most-populous country deserve its new title?
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We chose this for our 'economic' category because the government of  Nigeria hasn't been factoring certain things into their yearly revenue and people think that African countries economy are growing by 3 times as much as people originally thought.

 

EQ: Do you think other countries should feel threatened by the growth of African economies? Why?

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Clayton and Annie's curator insight, April 8, 2015 11:56 PM

I chose this topic for the economic category in Africa because Nigeria is not factoring certain things into their yearly revenue. Some people are starting to become threatened by their economy. This is important to the people of not only Africa, but the people of other countries, too. They see this without seeing the whole truth and are beginning to feel worried or scared  

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Nigeria Politics - Nigeria: Confab Delegates Call for the Creation of New States

Nigeria Politics - Nigeria: Confab Delegates Call for the Creation of New States | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Some delegates to the national conference have called for the creation of more states to address issues of marginalisation and minority in the country....
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We chose this for our 'political' category because it is about how Nigerian officials want to make provinces or states to unite the people  of Nigeria more. Some officials think that it would be a good idea to have minorities in the same states because they might work together without prejudices against each other.

 

EQ: If you were breaking a country into states what would you factor in to your decision when making the boundaries?

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Tony Blair’s ‘solution’ to religious conflict will simply make things worse

Tony Blair’s ‘solution’ to religious conflict will simply make things worse | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
In reaction to Tony Blair's recent reflections on religious conflict, Terry Sanderson reflects upon the dangers of Blair's promotion of the "us" and "them" mentality.
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We chose this for the religion part because Tony Blair believes that wars will not start through ideas but because of religion extremists. He thinks the solution is educating people about the different religions but some people think it is not a good idea.

 

EQ: Do you think it would be good idea if people were educated about different religions?

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The ‘golden age’ of maps to be displayed in online collection

The ‘golden age’ of maps to be displayed in online collection | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has launched The Fagel Project, an online resource of 10,000 significant maps dating from before the 1800s.
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We chose this for our 'arts/intellectual' section because a college in Dublin, Ireland has made a website similar to Google Maps but it includes older maps that date back to the 1800's. This could be revolutionary because you could look at where you live and see how it has changed over time. 

 

EQ: How could these maps affect the world?

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Greece's factory sector returns to growth for first time in four years

Greece's factory sector returns to growth for first time in four years | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Evidence of manufacturing recovery in much of eurozone comes as ISM survey shows sector suffering in US
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We chose this for the "economy" category because it shows that in past years there have been some hard times in Greece but things are getting better. This could be a good thing for the EU because Greece has been struggling and it is coming back up which could mean other nearby countries economies are getting better as well.

 

EQ: Germany is pretty much carrying the European Union. What would you do if you were Germany and had the power it had in it's current economic situation?

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Walk or Ride to Worship October 2013

Walk or Ride to Worship October 2013 | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Join with people from across Australia and make a sustainable transport choice for worship this October. Choose a day to walk, cycle, or use another form of environmentally friendly transport to get to and from your religious activities.
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We chose this for the 'religion' part of the page because it shows that some religions in Australia try to make a difference in the world by having members of the church use envirenmentally friendly transportation for a month.

 

EQ: Imagine if you were the head of a church and potentially had the power to influence people to try and solve a problem. What would that problem be?

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Australia Hits Hottest Temperature Yet On Record

Australia Hits Hottest Temperature Yet On Record | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Australia's newly rebadged Climate Council is naming this year as the hottest calendar year documented since record keeping began. 2013 is set to have the highest temperatures, passing by far 2005's warm climate.
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We picked this article to fit our 'Area/Geography' part of the PERSIA project because it falls under the sub-category 'Human/Enviornment Interaction'. The extreme heat is causing spontaneous forest fires in Australia, and people in Australia must work hard to stop and avoid them.

 

EQ: How do you think the extreme temperatures in Australia are affecting its enviornment?

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Australian election sweeps conservative leader Tony Abbott to power

Australian election sweeps conservative leader Tony Abbott to power | Europe, Australia and Africa | Scoop.it
Australia's conservative leader Tony Abbott swept into office in national elections on Saturday as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for six years of turbulent rule and for failing to maximize the benefits of a now fading mining boom.
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We chose this article to fit our 'Politics' category because Tony Abbott was recently elected as Australia's prime minister. This is very important because he is now the figurehead of Australia's government. He has a lot of power and can change Australia greatly.

 

EQ: Based on the fact that Tony Abbott won his election by a lot of votes, how do you think the public will react to his decisions?

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