Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

 

Crown Institute of Higher Education (CIHE) has announced a 2.5 million-dollar
financial support package to assist CIHE students during this period of financial
hardship. This commitment to CIHE students recognises the impact of the
Coronavirus pandemic on the lives of all international students in Australia.
Chairman of the CIHE Board of Directors, Emeritus Professor John Gray said, “We
are doing this as part of our corporate social responsibility and our abiding
commitment to safeguard the wellbeing of our international students.”
CIHE’s principal shareholder Mr. Deepak Khadka said “We also hope that this
commitment provides reassurance to our students’ families that they are in caring
hands.”
The announced Relief and Recovery Financial Hardship Fund includes measures for
both personal and financial support.
CIHE has reduced fees dramatically by 17% for all currently enrolled students. To
provide for students who are in special need, CIHE will provide a cash gift of up to
$500. To access this gift, students need only apply, providing documentation that
substantiates their claims of hardship.
Fee payment terms have been made more friendly. Students can pay fortnightly or
even weekly and CIHE has waived the usual installment-administration and late-
payment fees. This will enable students to continue studying without needing to find
the whole semester’s fee up front.
Further reducing the need to find a large payment is the decision to allow students to
enroll in only three subjects in Semester 2, reducing by 25% their total fee
commitment though the worst period of the virus.
There is also a generous scholarship program, the Dean’s Award, for students who
can maintain steady progress, which provides a discount on fees of up to a further
15% on top of the other discounts, depending on the students’ track record of
achievement.

Crown Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) has announced a $400,000 Financial Support Package to assist CIBT students during this period of financial hardship. This commitment is an addition to the recent announcement made on 22 April 2020 of the $2.5 million support for higher education (Crown Institute of Higher Education) students. This commitment to CIBT students recognises the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has on the lives of all International Students in Australia.

CEO of CIBT, Mr Deepak Khadka said “It is our corporate social responsibility to be by our students in this difficult time. We also hope that this commitment provides reassurance to our students’ families that they are in caring hands.”
CIBT has reduced Tuition Fees dramatically by 15% for Term 2 2020 and is waiving all the late and instalment fee for Term 2 2020 Payment for all currently enrolled students. Fee payment terms have been made more friendly. Students can pay fortnightly or even weekly.
“CIBT also provides a range of personal support, counselling services and assistance with job seeking in industries that are currently less affected by COVID-19, giving students an opportunity to regain employment” said RTO Manager, Mr. Narayan Tiwari.
The safety and welfare of the students are our utmost priority and we are doing everything we can to support them during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, 30 May 2020 18:07

BUSINESS AUSTRALIA

Bawiin ang iyong negosyo!
Inihahatid sa iyo ng update ng Business Australia sa linggong ito ang lahat ng tip para ma-maximize ang pagbubukas muli ng iyong negosyo, mapasulong ang iyong tax return at ma-access ang mga stimulus package ng pamahalaan.
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Panahon na para patakbuhing muli ang negosyo mo at muling kumita. Maging miyembro ng Business Australia nang libre para ma-download ang tatlong-hakbang na COVIDSafe plan kabilang ang kung paano magsasagawa ng pagsusuri sa panganib, mga gawain sa paghadlang ng Coronavirus at kung paano tutugon sa impeksyon. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Anong mangyayari kapag sinimulan mong muli ang negosyo mo at nagkaroon ng outbreak ng Coronavirus? Mag-click sa ibaba para sa isang nakakatulong na gabay sa pagbuo ng plano sa outbreak ng Coronavirus kabilang ang kung paano pananatilihing ligtas ang mga manggagawa mula sa Coronavirus at kung anong dapat gawin kapag naghinala ang isang empleyado na mayroon siyang sintomas. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Isa sa napakahalagang estratehiya sa pananatiling tumatakbo ng negosyo ay ang pagma-maximize ng iyong tax return sa katapusan ng taon ng pananalapi. Maging miyembro ng Business Australia nang libre para mapanood ang isang webinar na tutulong sa iyo na maunawaan kung paano magtatrabahong kasama ng ahente ng buwis o maghahanda ng sarili mong tax return. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Alam mo bang nag-anunsyo ng $1.8 bilyon na stimulus package ang Pederal na Gobyerno para matulungan ng lokal na mga pamahalaan ang maliliit na negosyo? Mag-click sa ibaba para sa karagdagang impormasyon. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Higit kailanman, kailangan mo ng ekspertong payo para mapanatiling tumatakbo at malago ang negosyo mo. Maging libreng miyembro ng Business Australia para mapakinggan ang isang webinar na itinatampok si Kevin Nuttal, isang eksperto sa mga estratehiya para madoble ang iyong kita. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Ang iyong negosyo man ay nagsisimula pa lang, naghahanap ng paraan para maging mas mahusay, o ninanais na lumago, umiiral ang Business Australia para tulungan kang makarating doon. Kunin ang access sa mga tool, template at mga linya ng payo kapag naging miyembro ka ng Business Australia. Nabanggit ba naming libre ito? https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Get your business back! This week’s Business Australia update brings you all the tips to maximise your business restart, boost your tax return and access government stimulus packages

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It’s time to get your business running and earning again. Become a member of Business Australia for free to download a three-step COVIDSafe plan including how to conduct a risk assessment, Coronavirus prevention practices and how to respond to an infection.

What happens if you restart your business and have a Coronavirus outbreak? Click below for a handy guide to building a Coronavirus outbreak plan including how to keep workers safe from Coronavirus and what to do if an employee suspects they have symptoms.

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Whether your business is just starting out, looking to become more efficient, or wanting to grow, Business Australia exists to help you get there. Get access to tools, templates and advice lines when you become a member of Business Australia. Did we mention it’s free?

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Augmented reality could help teens take control of their mental wellness, as new research from the University of South Australia trials the next-gen technology, in a push to curb increasing rates of poor mental health among Aussie kids.

Funded by the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, the world first research will test the ability of augmented reality to improve the delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a treatment for symptoms of childhood anxiety.

In Australia, one in seven children aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given year. Children with asthma are twice as likely to develop comorbid anxiety and/or depression, making them a high-risk group for poor mental health.

Lead researcher, UniSA’s Kelsey Sharrad, says the research hopes to show how augmented reality (interactive, computer-generated experiences overlaid across real-world environments) can enhance iHealth CBT resources to concurrently improve asthma and symptoms of anxiety among teenagers.

“CBT is a first-line psychological therapy that uses practical, task-based processes to teach kids how to recognise and cope with feelings of anxiety,” Sharrad says.

“Its success rate is more than eight times those of other therapies, but despite the known advantages, only 20 per cent of kids who could benefit from treatment are accessing it.

“Interactive technologies and personal devices such as iPhones, are a drawcard for most teenagers, so by developing novel iHealth solutions using augmented reality, we’re hoping to increase the appeal and engagement rates of CBT.

“In turn, we expect kids to interact more regularly with the technology, which will ultimately deliver positive impacts for their mental and physical health.”

Targeting 13 to 17-year-olds who have symptoms of anxiety and asthma, the study will compare the health outcomes of two groups: one using a paper-based CBT guidebook (the platform and launching pad for the augmented reality content), plus a self-help smartphone app; and the another using only the self-help smartphone app.

After four months, the research team hopes to show that teenagers using the augmented reality iHealth resources will have used the tools more frequently and for longer sessions, leading to reduced symptoms of anxiety, improved lung function and asthma control, and overall, a better quality of life.

A pilot study by the same research team previously delivered positive results to show how augmented reality iHealth resources consistently improved the accurate use of asthma inhalers among patients, health professionals and key-community stakeholders.

With the flexibility and personalisation afforded by iHealth interventions, it is not surprising that new health technologies are gaining in popularity, especially amid isolation caused by Covid-19, where they can facilitate health therapies while social distancing.

“One of the greatest benefits of augmented reality is its ability to put the user at the centre of the experience, which increases their motivation to engage and learn,” Sharrad says.

“CBT is already very person-centred and flexible, but by adding augmented reality, we’re increasing its appeal, personalisation and access for many more Australian teenagers in need.”

 

Facebook reviewed and approved advertisements which targeted Australians with misinformation about coronavirus, as well as fake voting information.

Responsible Technology Australia, an advocacy group for the ethical progression of technology, designed an experiment to test Facebook’s claims it was cracking down on misinformation online.

The group set up a fake organisation's page, Ozzie News Network, and over a two-month period Facebook reviewed and approved a series of damaging fake news ads that RTA placed up including:
COVID-19 pandemic “advice” ads urging users to turn off their 5G, drink more water and get 30 minutes of daily sunshine
Saying the Australia-Indonesia free trade agreement was just a front to allow mass migration from Jakarta
Telling 18 year olds not to bother to enrol to vote
Saying that the new 5G network will allow the Australian police to spy on you through your phone
Telling people the Australian Electoral Commission has assessed they live in a safe electorate and therefore shouldn’t bother voting
Images of fake ads can be found here.

The result? It could not be easier to post up misleading and fake news on Facebook and for it to remain there indefinitely.

"No traditional publisher or broadcaster would ever run ads like this," said Chris Cooper, executive director of Responsible Technology Australia. "But not only did Facebook review and approve them, even when we repeatedly reported them as misinformation they were never taken down.

"Our fake ads deliberately play on people's fears in ways we know are typical. This experiment proves just how easy it is to spread fake news on Facebook, and it would be easier still for an experienced malicious foreign actor. Currently there is little Australian authorities can do to fight this problem."

The ads were only taken down following media attention, despite the Facebook audience it was targeted at seeing the ads and reporting them as false.

To ensure the ads didn't unintentionally spread misinformation Responsible Technology Australia tightly targeted the ads at a group of users who had consented to being in the experiment.

Mr Cooper says the experiment shows not only how easy it is for bad actors to spread misinformation, but also the need for social media platforms to start acting in the public interest.

"Should it just be user beware? Should Australians accept that nothing online is true? We don’t think so. Facebook is what curates, amplifies and profits from this material. It should take responsibility too," Mr Cooper said.

"Our Communications Minister has had to publicly dismiss ludicrous conspiracy theories about 5G. We've even seen protests in Melbourne and Sydney. Social media is obviously playing a pivotal role in pushing these crackpot theories to a mass audience."

Responsible Technology Australia says social media platforms need to be transparent about the extent of misinformation online.

"We need Facebook to publish a live list of the most popular viral posts about COVID-19 and other hot button topics. We need transparency about the information, for everyone to see what’s getting shared out there.

"Our health authorities have limited insight into what kind of misinformation headwinds they are facing. We are all in our own little online filter bubbles, so none of us know the misinformation our aunt or neighbour might have being pushed upon them."

 


All NSW students will begin returning to classrooms today as the COVID-19 restrictions ease with thousands of students setting foot into upgraded schools.

Thousands of students will benefit from 14 major school upgrades that have opened already in Term 2, and one more to open soon. This represents a $280 million investment in children’s education.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell acknowledged it was an exciting day for students as they head back to school full-time.

“Thank you to teachers, principals and parents who have worked hard to support students during the pandemic. I am so pleased students will be returning to the classroom today,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Thousands of students across NSW will be returning to upgraded classrooms, performance studios, sports facilities, outdoor learning areas, halls and libraries.

“I am proud of the fact that even during our darkest days of the pandemic; the jackhammers have still been going in NSW. Projects are still being progressed and built, including schools. The 15 upgraded schools have kept 10,000 people in jobs right across NSW.”

Ms Mitchell said education is one of the keys to a successful life and she was happy to see every student returning to the classroom today.

“I’m sure the students will be thrilled to get back to the classroom and many are returning to new and upgraded schools today,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We are in the middle of delivering a four-year $6.7 billion investment into public education infrastructure and I am pleased that we have pushed ahead, despite the difficulties presented by COVID-19.”

The delivery of the upgraded schools comes on top of the NSW Government’s efforts to fast-track the assessment of new and upgraded schools and universities across NSW.

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