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Less than three years after fleeing terror, Abdul is dux of Dandenong

Dandenong High School dux Abdul Basit. Credit:Luis Ascui In May 2018 his family fled Quetta, his strife-torn city of birth near the Afghan border. “It was pretty harsh there, there were acts of terrorism every month so it was dangerous; my father thought, this isn’t what I had planned for …

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When certainty doesn’t exist, humans will concoct it anyway

Shakily, I put the surgery date in my diary, marking the six-week recovery period with a recurring calendar event. I had some rare minutes of respite from my agonising anxiety, as I methodically called, emailed, deleted and cancelled every planned engagement. It gave me a granule of control in the …

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Britain’s bleak midwinter: Will a shot in the arm come too late?

“It’s making me actually very angry now that people are laying the blame on the virus and it’s not the virus – it’s people. “People are not washing their hands, they’re not keeping two metres’ distance, they’re not wearing their masks,” he said. A message of support from the Queen …

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Superquiz and Target Time, Sunday, January 3

SUNDAY TARGET TIME Find words of four letters or more. Every word must include the centre letter and each letter is used once only. Find at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words, capitalised nouns, apostrophes or hyphens. No verbs or plural words ending in “s”. Solution list …

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Torrent of runs slow to a drip: How India turned screw on Steve Smith

Even the best players have a lean game now and then, but Smith rarely has two bad ones. His 10 runs in Adelaide and Melbourne represent his lowest back-to-back tally in his 75-Test career. Smith’s response at The Oval suggested he felt England were clutching at straws. Other teams took …

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‘I feel naked without it’: 99 per cent of smartphone users experience ‘nomophobia’

“It might seem quite an innocuous emotion to be fearful of not having a smartphone, because it does seem like a rational response when smartphones are so entrenched into our everyday lives,” Mr Kaviani said. “But it also means we are more likely to use it when we shouldn’t be …

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Legal loophole lets pubs create new smoking areas for gamblers

The Woollahra Hotel has submitted a development application for renovations that include turning its sports bar/gaming room an “unenclosed public place” to permit smoking. Alterations are proposed to create roof voids over the gaming area which would make it less than 75 per cent enclosed, which would allow patrons to …

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Public schools shine in Sydney’s north

Loading There were more strong results across the northern suburbs. Killarney Heights, also in the beaches area, was the 7th placed non-selective public school, while Northern Beaches’ Freshwater campus was 14th and nearby Davidson High was 15th. Willoughby Girls, Epping Boys, Cheltenham Girls, Cherrybrook High, Killara High and St Ives …

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Young Australians have returned to mainstream news but will it last?

But will the engagement spurred by Trump and the COVID-19 pandemic last into 2021? And how will young people navigate the maze of facts, analysis, opinion, misinformation and so-called “fake news” that now abound in the media marketplace? Last year Generation Z – people aged roughly 15 to 28 years …

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