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Statistics on Religion in America Report -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

An extensive new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details statistics on religion in America and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape.
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California Drought Takes Lessons From Australia

California Drought Takes Lessons From Australia | Asia | Scoop.it
SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackel
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Social EQ: Do you think California will survive the drought more efficiently taking notes from Australia and how little water they have? Why or why not?

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Millions of Spiders Rain Down on Australia—Why?

Millions of Spiders Rain Down on Australia—Why? | Asia | Scoop.it
In what's called a mass ballooning, the tiny arachnids used silk strands to catch air currents on their way to a new home.
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Area EQ: What do you think triggers the spiders of Australia to do this? How does Australia's climate affect this?

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Heat stress costs Australian economy billions

Heat stress costs Australian economy billions | Asia | Scoop.it
Heat stress cost the Australian economy more than $6 billion in the 2013 financial year through lost productivity and worker absenteeism, a new study shows.
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Australia Economy EQ: Why does the heat affect the workers? Explain some reasons as to how the employers could get their workers to come back and work.

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Afro-Brazilian religions struggle against Evangelical hostility

Afro-Brazilian religions struggle against Evangelical hostility | Asia | Scoop.it
Practices that came over with the slaves have been denounced as Satanic.
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EQ South America Religion:Why would these practices be called satanic by some? Come up with reasons why.

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Brazil's most prestigious art fair draws emerging and mid-career artists to watch — along with Cher - 2015-Apr-19

Brazil's most prestigious art fair draws emerging and mid-career artists to watch — along with Cher - 2015-Apr-19 | Asia | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO, Brazil — Despite much ado about Brazil’s anemic economy, the recent SP-Arte (Latin America’s most prestigious modern/contemporary art fair) seems to have been a well-needed transfusion. The fair, for ...
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EQ South America Intellectual: Do you think this Art show will bring more artists to Brazil? Explain how bringing Artists to Brazil could change culture.

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South America's economic outlook "very challenging": IMF | Shanghai Daily

South America's economic outlook "very challenging": IMF | Shanghai Daily | Asia | Scoop.it
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What events have proved challenging for South America's economy? What steps could have been taken to prevent this?

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Nearly 80% of Central Africa's great apes live outside protected areas

Nearly 80% of Central Africa's great apes live outside protected areas | Asia | Scoop.it
A new report into the status of the Central Chimpanzee and Western Lowland Gorilla in central Africa has highlighted that the vast majority - 79% - of the individuals live outside protected areas such as national parks and reserves. The report also highlights a growing demand for bush meat from the
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Africa is facing risks from fake social media accounts

Africa is facing risks from fake social media accounts | Asia | Scoop.it
-- DUBAI, UAE, March 2015/ -- There are many online threats facing Government or successful private sector organizations. Some of these threats are:  Phishing domains that imper...
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Africa Social EQ: Who could be doing these accounts and why? Explain.

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Christians, Muslims split over Liberia's state religion - World Bulletin

Christians, Muslims split over Liberia's state religion - World Bulletin | Asia | Scoop.it
"The word 'secular' means 'no God,' but the politicians have played with this word to give the impression that secularism means the inclusion of all...
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Africa Religion EQ: Why do you think the decision is being made to make the Liberian Government Christian? What do you think the Muslims will do?
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Why languages matter in schools

Why languages matter in schools | Asia | Scoop.it
The decision by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to drop Russian as a Higher is part of a worrying long-term decline in the teaching of languages in Scottish schools.

As the world has become more globalised and inter-connected, so the Scottish classroom, in both primary and secondary schools, appears to have shrunk, with the teaching of a foreign language often seen as a non-essential subject and sometimes even an unaffordable luxury.

Such an approach to languages may appear to make some sense when English is so widely spoken around the world, and online, but it is mis-guided in two fundamental ways. Firstly, we know that learning a foreign language early in life can give children a learning advantage later in life. Secondly, a working knowledge of languages can make all the difference in commercial and political relationships, with potential benefits for the British economy.

Writing in The Herald, the Russian ambassador to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Dr Alexander Yakovenko, makes both of these points in his reaction to the SQA's decision to drop the Russian higher. The decision, says Dr Yakovenko, could have an adverse effect both on the prospects for individual learners and the wider competitiveness of the Scottish economy.

His argument is convincing. On the economic front, he points out that Russia is a market with a population of 147million people that includes a growing middle-class with a taste for good quality products including Scottish products such as whisky. "Russian language skills would be of utmost importance for entering this appealing market and doing business successfully there," he says.

As for the possible effect on individual students, the Russian ambassador also makes the point that removing the Higher could discourage students who want to study a language at university from choosing Russian and in that he has the support of some of Scotland's leading academics in the area. Dr Claire Whitehead, head of the department of Russian at St Andrews, says that the decision to drop the Higher is a short-term move and the Scottish Government should be saying to young people that the learning of any language is a hugely important skill.

Instead, successive governments have appeared to do the opposite and downgrade the status of languages in schools. The circumstances in primaries is particularly concerning. Not only do students learning to be primary teachers not receive language learning as part of the curriculum, foreign language classes in primaries are low down the list of priorities even though there is strong evidence that children find it easier to learn new languages at a younger age.

The situation in secondaries is not much better. The number of students sitting Highers in French, German and Italian has been falling and the number of foreign language assistants has been cut - all of this despite the fact that we know learning a foreign language can make a pupil more confident with their own language (it certainly improves pupils' understanding of English grammar).

Other countries seem to understand this and it is taken for granted that a pupil will leave school proficient in one language other than their own. Introducing pupils to a foreign language in primary one in Scottish schools would help us catch up with these countries, but we must also tackle the withering of language teaching at all levels, which should include making modern languages a compulsory component of teacher training.

Instead, the SQA decision to drop Russian Higher could make a precarious situation even worse. Dr Yakovenko says it is impossible to be global if you are not present in Russia, and he is right to say so, but we should encourage and protect the teaching of Russian and other languages not just because of our economic and political interests, but because modern languages help produce bright, engaged, cultured, connected and interested students.

Via Charles Tiayon
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The role of social media in Europe's migrant crisis

The role of social media in Europe's migrant crisis | Asia | Scoop.it
Facebook pages apparently set up by smugglers are specifically targeting Syrians as part of a new method of recruiting refugees to pay for places on board ships bound for Europe.
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EQ(Europe social):What can governments do to prevent smugglers from using social media? Why could smugglers using social media become a big problem? Explain.

 

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Religion News: Church of England consecrates first female bishop

Religion News: Church of England consecrates first female bishop | Asia | Scoop.it
WEEK IN RELIGIONThe 500-year-old Church of England made history on Jan. 26 when it consecrated its first-ever female bishop before a crowd of more than 1,
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EQ(Europe Religion): What (if any) kind of criticism do you think this choice will get? Why don't you think men would want a woman as a bishop?

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Canada only half way to 2020 emissions goal - Macleans.ca

Canada only half way to 2020 emissions goal - Macleans.ca | Asia | Scoop.it
Canada well short of international commitment, according to 2014 Emissions Report
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Do you think Canada will keep their promise for the future? Will they keep their goal for 2020?

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Australia developing first ever school curriculum for Indigenous languages

Australia developing first ever school curriculum for Indigenous languages | Asia | Scoop.it
Curriculum set to be finalised in October and be available as an online resource to primary and high schools
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Intellectual EQ: Why do you think putting Indigenous language in school curriculum took so long? What has held the country back from embracing it's native culture?

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Anzac Day as Australian religion: can a bloody defeat ever really be sacred?

Anzac Day as Australian religion: can a bloody defeat ever really be sacred? | Asia | Scoop.it
Anzac Day, designed in 1916 by a little-remembered priest, is solemn enough to give a sense of the numinous missing from public life. But can something founded on a bloody defeat ever really be sacred?
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Australia religion EQ: Why is this holiday so popular? Why was this holiday even founded? Explain.

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Indonesia to Australia: 'You signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Act on it'

Indonesia to Australia: 'You signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Act on it' | Asia | Scoop.it
Australia has a responsibility to address the humanitarian crisis in the Bay of Bengal because it is a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees, according to the Indonesian government.
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Political Australia EQ: Why do you think Australia took the responsibility to address the humanitarian crisis? Explain your answer.

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Three new species of 'mini-Godzilla' discovered in Andes region | The Japan Times

Three new species of 'mini-Godzilla' discovered in Andes region | The Japan Times | Asia | Scoop.it

HoThree new species of multicolored lizards sporting jagged crests that make them look like pint-sized "Godzillas" have been discovered in Ecuador and Peru,

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EQ South America area/geography: How do you think these species do in the Andes? Come up with reasons why they have only been recently discovered.

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The American Roots of Cinco de Mayo Celebrations | RealClearPolitics

The American Roots of Cinco de Mayo Celebrations | RealClearPolitics | Asia | Scoop.it
Today is Cinco de Mayo, and not just in Puebla, Mexico, where this celebration began, or in Southern California, where it really took root -- but all over North America.
As Canadian Living magazine...
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Long view of the future in South America

Long view of the future in South America | Asia | Scoop.it
What took the left to government in this part of the
world should be understood as part of a process of exclusion of the poor strata
of society from the socio-political arena. Español.
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Africa Energy Ministers attend Summit in Oslo

Africa Energy Ministers attend Summit in Oslo | Asia | Scoop.it
Africa Science News Service | Reporting about African science with an African eye
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Axa Says Nigeria Election Process a Boost to African Economy, Articles | THISDAY LIVE

Axa Says Nigeria Election Process a Boost to African Economy, Articles | THISDAY LIVE | Asia | Scoop.it
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South Africa's political assassinations continue - Pressenza

South Africa's political assassinations continue - Pressenza | Asia | Scoop.it
South Africa-Reports reveal that although there are no official statistics of political assassinations in the country,  we are reliably told that there are about 400 unregistered political assassinations’ cases.These political assassinations have been committed after 1994, in the new political dispensation of South Africa.  By JT. Jiyane Mpumalanga Province and KwaZulu Natal are the main …
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Africa Political EQ: Who do you think is trying to assasinate these politicians? Why do you think they are trying to assasinate  the politicians?

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Extremes concern as planet gets hotter and colder | Tim Radford | Climate News Network

Extremes concern as planet gets hotter and colder | Tim Radford | Climate News Network | Asia | Scoop.it

Global average temperatures continue to rise, but new research shows that the extremes of heat and cold are rising even faster.

Scientists report that heat waves have got hotter and cold snaps have got colder at a more extreme rate – and that continuing greenhouse gas emissions will mean that, in another two decades, Europe could experience once every two years the sort of lethal heat waves that occurred once in a thousand years.

Scott Robeson, professor of geography at Indiana University Bloomington in the US, and colleagues report in Geophysical Research Letters that they analysed a set of temperature records from 1881 to 2011 and graded them according to how near or far they were from the normal averages of any particular region of the globe.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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do you think that these supposed heat waves are worth the panic? If you were in Europe at the time would you move, or would you try to make a difference in greenhouse gas emissions?

Anna and Avery's curator insight, February 11, 2015 5:21 PM

[ EUROPE; AREA/GEOGRAPHY ]

- Europe is facing dangers. Not from warring countries or a struggling economy, and nothing man made or superficial, but from the most natural thing on earth-- actual earth. Studies show and scientist confirm that temperatures are getting hotter and colder, the extremities rising. Lethal waves of heat that used to appear once in a millennium will be happening every other year and ruining the lives of many Europeans if things don't change. Some might jump to conclusions and wag their fingers to Global Warming. However, it isn't rising heat that is the problem, it is rising abnormalitys. Wicked snow storms and blizzards also cause threat to the European society as much as heat waves.

Emily and Kevria's curator insight, February 11, 2015 11:04 PM

Area/Geography: this article fits into the category area/geography because it talks about how the global average temperatures continue to rise. Scientwists say that the heat and cold weathers will be continuing rising even faster. Europe could experience heat waves once every two years that are normally once in a thousand years.  

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Germany isn’t the big bad boss of Europe | Jochen Hung

Germany isn’t the big bad boss of Europe | Jochen Hung | Asia | Scoop.it
The idea that the country has an iron grip over southern European economies is too often used as a convenient excuse for others not getting their house in order
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EQ(Europe economy): Why do you think Germany "controls" Europe? Is it because they are wealthy? Compare Germany to Luxembourg.

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What will Putin do if U.S. arms Ukraine? - CNN.com

What will Putin do if U.S. arms Ukraine? - CNN.com | Asia | Scoop.it
The serious escalation of fighting in Ukraine is pushing President Barack Obama closer to the proxy war with Russia that he has long sought to avoid.
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EQ(Europe political): What do you think will happen if the United states will arm the Ukraine?

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