Commonwealth countries to count on as friends

THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY IS A LEADER IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND PEACE-BUILDING. Commonwealth members have a job to do to in this pandemic to keep their friendships alive. Australia is part of the Commonwealth of Nations which is supported by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). The RCS* is a friendship society based on mutual belief …

Time and wise words are worth their weight in gold

TIME MASTERS CHARACTERISTICLY APPEAR IN OUR LIFE LIKE THE PAPERCLIP IMAGE USED TO WHEN WE FIRST LEARNED TO USE THE COMPUTER. Time Masters are usually impatient because every second of the day, whether we are asleep or awake, time is ticking away. These Masters might be impatient but they are also wise. They typically say …

Hard rocks and beer put life’s difficulties into shape.

IN DIFFICULT TIMES WHEN PURSUING ANY GOAL, FOCUSSING ON WHAT MATTERS MOST IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS. The COVD-19 pandemic has given every business owner an opportunity to reflect and review their focus and apply sound strategies for renewal and refueling. This aide de memoire was provided to me by one of my sports coaches, American …

Philosophy with sports training wins the day.

SOMETIMES THE BEST LEADERSHIP MESSAGES COME FROM ATHLETIC ANGELS. Recovering your financial position in the midst of an economic downturn takes courage. Finding the right strategy to focus your thinking and energies is critical to business success. Key learnings from other areas of striving can be applied to the business world. For example, in undertaking …

Media Union urges members to take care to work safely at home and in the field.

MEDIA UNION MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO TAKE THE LONG VIEW ON WORKING IN 2020. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is posing significant challenges for professionals and traders in all industries. Many of the industries which the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) covers rely in a large part on audiences turning up and touring. This means the …

Resources for recovery when reporting on the Australian bushfires

ACCESSING RESOURCES TO ASSIST WITH GAINING INFORMATION OR ADVICE DURING BUSHFIRE SEASON CAN BE DIFFICULT WHEN WORKING IN THE FIELD. OUR CAREER SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON CONNECTIVITY. During bushfire season, there will always be resource pressures. Sometimes the mobile phone and Internet connections we rely on for location information and immediate access to safety personnel do …

Sounds and silence

‘THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE’ IS A SONG THAT MANY REMEMBER JUST LIKE THE STORIES TOLD IN ORAL HISTORIES AND PODCASTS FROM THE PAST. THEY PERMIT MANY TO REMEMBER VIA SOUND RECORDINGS SO THAT MANY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. Sounds and recording collections, where stories are told orally, are preserved for the nation’s public good. They can …

Mental Health Month in Canberra a success

MENTAL HEALTH IS THE NEW SUBJECT DISCUSSION POINT OF CHOICE. It’s a conversation starter this year after so many years of it being a conversation stopper. Specific mental health issues in Canberra are addressed through a range of health-based interventions free to the general public this year. The city where I work has a range …

Journalism – accurate and truthful – comes at a cost.

JOURNALISM IS A PROFESSION WHICH COMES AT A GREAT COST. Journalism is also a profession which is labour intensive and time consuming. The Walkley Foundation has launched a national public awareness campaign about the value of quality journalism: What Price Would You Pay? As a member of the media community, the Foundation hopes to see you and …

Smoking ban: good for your health.

SMOKING BANS ARE NOW COMMON IN PUBLIC PLACES AROUND THE WORLD, THANKFULLY. A smoking ban in force means there are many opportunities to improve your health within a decade. For example, ten years on after the introduction of the smoking ban in England, Andrew Russell of Durham University posts eight (8) things that the smoking ban has …