What do you think about Google Reviews? Are they credible? Do they influence your decision about buying a product or choosing a service?
We've seen many businesses have very bad experiences with online reviews (like Google and others) simply because consumers often use it as a soapbox, and it becomes very easy for the highly critical and disgruntled, and because the moderators or owners of the review platform don't take their role or responsibility seriously and with little concern for the consequences of unsubstantiated or unfounded reviews.
In hindsight, we've also been 'tricked' by highly rated businesses which in our own experience turned out to be far from what the reviews proclaimed. Smoke and mirrors.
Have we shared this story before? Too many stories about high school dropouts becoming successful. But what are these stories really trying to tell us? Success isn't determined by success at school (or even completing it)? That school is a distraction to success in business? You can't fill a cup when it's full?
The internet has really changed the world we live in and how we live in it. The traditional concept of school, the way that we all know it, has been the same for a century or more. It hasn't really changed. Even some of the curriculum that children are studying in school has remnants of decades gone by - some which may no longer be relevant to navigating modern society. Is coding more important than calculus in the 21st century?
Coronavirus: Fourth day of no community transmission in NSWBy Olivana Lathouris • Associate Producer1:00pm Sep 29, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail Two new cases of coronavirus have been reported in New Sou...
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Should everyone affected by the restrictions be entitled to compensation from the government? Or is this just perceived self importance/entitlement above (or at the expense of) everyone else. The responsibilities of public office are great and at times like this (the pandemic) those responsibilities are put to the test. As much as others may criticise decisions made with the community's best interest, even if it means short term pain, who else is going to step up to take this responsibility? If they think they can do better, they can always run for office.
More and more media outlets are going to get on this story. It's interesting how the public has shown an interest in this, as though it was some big secret that's suddenly been revealed. The whole concept of privilege and elitism has always existed in the world and a career in the legal profession over nearly 25 years has also been a stark reminder of this. Although merit potentially allows anyone to be accepted into law school, where you go after that and where you eventually end up can be a little different depending on where you came from and who you know.
How many other schools, both private and public, will be hoping that they don't get singled out next? The media obviously senses that there's a story to be told and once they're done with Shore, who's going to be next?
Starting to make progress?No new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with the total number of cases in NSW remaining at 4,029.
The last time NSW had no new cases in a reporting period was on 10 June.
There were 12,333 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 12,258 in the previous 24 hours.
NSW Health thanks the community for all they have done towards reducing COVID-19 numbers, and continues to ask people to remain vigilant and come forward for testing immediately if symptoms like a runny nose, scratchy throat, cough or fever appear.
This is particularly important with the start of school holidays and increased movement of people around the state.
NSW Health is treating 68 COVID-19 cases, including three in intensive care, none of whom are being ventilated. Eighty-seven per cent of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.
COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant. To help stop the spread of COVID-19: - If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay. - Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out. - Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others. - Wear a mask on public transport, ride share, taxis, shopping, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.
The world knows that these attitudes and behaviours (or similar just in different context) exist and that they're shared across demographics regardless of private or public schools regardless of TikTok or any other social media platform, right? In jest or otherwise, taking a swipe at others (or themselves) is nothing new. Don't be so shocked or appalled. The only difference is what used to happen or take place behind closed doors, the private conversations and the sniggering, is now on display for everyone to see. It's embarrassing but it's the same as it was before or always has been (and potentially always will be).
It's easy for onlookers to pass judgments and make comments, isn't it? But did they really know what it's like for Olga? All those years in an abusive and violent relationship, going through legal proceedings, and having to fight for every inch to protect herself and her children. Maybe the judgments and the comments are out of context or without empathy or understanding of what she had to endure (or what she was dealing with at the time). Maybe it's a reflection on the system that's been desensitised to the needs of individuals whose lives are dramatically (and in this case, fatally) affected by those who chose to help, or not.
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The more they reveal during this inquest, the more you realise that the horror wasn't just how it all ended but also the life they lived. Piecing together each part of the story re-tells the nightmare - so why didn't anyone (especially the authorities, or those with the power to do something about it) act or even help?
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Your home. Your family. It's supposed to be where you are the safest and most secure. But what happens when it's not? There should be zero tolerance when it comes to domestic violence.
A single offence is already inexcusable, but what about 15 reported offences? That doesn't even include everything that's happened in between that wasn't reported (or reported and just ignored). Also, it's not like these families (and not just Olga and her children) have suffered in silence for all these years. They spoke out. But no one was listening. Those responsible for ensuring the safety of others ignored the obvious signs of danger. You could say they literally put the gun in his hands.
A gun registry officer scrolled past several domestic violence incidents in a police database before giving a dad who went on to murder his children the green light for the next step towards getting a...
Has 'high school drop out' become a badge of honour? It's really just to show that completing school isn't a pre-requisite for 'success' - but how many parents actually encourage their kids to 'drop out' and pursue business goals?
Is this really a concern? Governments, corporations and other individuals (both Australian and foreign) only know as much as information as you willing disclose - even if you inadvertently disclose that information. Everyone leaves some sort of digital footprint in some way because that's just the way modern society functions. Use your mobile phone, travel in your car, tap your credit card, go to work, go to the shops, turn on your computer... and it's not just China, but right now it's the headline grabber in the midst of the Australia-China geopolitics.
What is the independent children's lawyer (ICL) supposed to do? According to the Family Court website, the ICL is "obliged to consider the views of the child, but ultimately provide their own, independent perspective about what arrangements or decisions are in the child’s best interests." In other words, they advocate for and are the voice of children caught in the middle of family law proceedings. How many times has the ICL failed the children they were supposed to protect? Between all the lawyers, family law consultants, therapists and psychologists, where does it go wrong? We're only reading about this case because of the tragic outcome and the subsequent inquest, but there are so many other untold stories happening every day.
The system failed her and it continues to fail others.
We've seen first hand how sometimes - after dealing with case after case, day after day, week after week, month after month - the police, the prosecutors, the lawyers and the courts can end up just going through the motions (ie, just another file, just another case) lacking in both understanding or empathy. Not always, but unsurprising it does happen. Add an unhealthy (or healthy) touch of cynicism caused by repeated 'vexatious' claims and sadly the end result is that some times things that should be taken seriously, aren't.
So what happens when people 'just doing my job' (and potentially not even doing it that well) in the system, results in the deaths of those the system was designed or intended to protect?
They're not just another file, or another case, or number, or a statistic... real lives, real lives lost.
The exact station locations for the new Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project have been confirmed. The 23 kilometre driverless railway line will service St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, t...
Are these statistics surprising? Comparing university to university is limiting. Maybe they really need to commission a study to compare outcomes for university graduates and those who choose not to undertake further study. There's more too life than that...
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has come out on top with the best employment rate for undergraduates three years after they finish their undergraduate degrees, the latest 2020 Graduate Outcomes S...
Freelance and gig economy workers are increasingly turning to insurtech to protect their finances from downtime, but many still aren’t aware products designed specifically for such insecure employme...
Why are we reporting on this inquest every day? It's because there needs to be a lesson learned from this tragedy.
Do you think the system failed Olga and her children? The law? The courts? The independent children's lawyer? The family consultant and therapists? Lawyers - despite the fact that Olga was a lawyer too?
A lawyer appointed by the Family Court to advocate for two children who were later murdered by their father said the son told her he wanted to see his dad, despite multiple allegations of violence, wh...
So with the recent spotlight on TikTok and censorship, do you really think the problem is with the social media platforms? If it's not TikTok, then it's Snapchat. If it's not Snapchat, then it's Facebook or Instagram? Or what about instant messaging apps like Messenger or Whatsapp? Have you heard of House Party?
To say the problem is with the technology isn't fair. The problem is with people (as it's always been). The technology may facilitate it, but it's not technology's fault and certainly not one single application or platform either. If people want to perpetrate these kinds of acts and behaviours, they'll always find a way - right now, it's easier to do it over social media. but don't assume it's only social media or will always be social media.
Which is worse? Predators attempting to get your attention on social media or those who physically stalk and threaten you at your home, school or workplace?
When things get bad, gyms naturally will be the first to close. It’s all about hygiene and despite all the precautions the question is whether going to the gym is a necessary health risk to your health improvement.
The internet is a dangerous place - not just TikTok or any other social media platform for that matter. Managing a child's access to the internet and social media starts at home (it doesn't start in cyberspace). If parents are looking to blame someone, shouldn't they start by looking in the mirror first?
Does it just seem a little too geo-politically convenient to hate on Tiktok right now? The live stream was on Facebook and people have since reposted it on other social media websites, including TikTok. So why is TikTok the focus of all the attention?
Council rates are set to increase across Sydney – what does it mean for you? By 9News Staff5:39pm Sep 8, 2020 Tweet Facebook Mail Residents in council areas across Sydney could be hit with rate rise...
A Canadian Instagram account owner and his business partners who recently sold their content creation agency for $116 million to the Warner Music Group has been forced to respond to allegations of pro...
Travel restrictions don't just affect Australians abroad (or people trying to leave Australia) - it's affecting people all over the world for all kinds of reasons. Are you affected and how are you coping?
Does he advocate on behalf of all Victorians or just the ones who pay him franchise royalties (or can't because of the restrictions as the case may be)? There are some valid points, but they also apply to more people and businesses than just his franchisees and contractors. Criticising governments, especially in a democracy, is so easy. They're either not doing enough or they're doing too much or they've done it wrong and very rarely they've done it right. Unfortunately, democracy isn't the same for everyone especially when not everyone gets a voice or the attention of the media like this.
Do you remember this? As terrible and tragic as these stories are, maybe they're not told or re-told often enough to remind everyone that it happens and that it's going to continue to happen until things change. Never forget.
Australian made trains? Yes! How awesome would it be if the government backs a push towards revitalising the Australian manufacturing industry with major projects like this? Has to start somewhere, why not here?
Remember these guys? They're back. Would you join a class action like this? Or would you back the likes of Jim's contractors? The legal and financial consequences are going to be with us for a long time.
Lawyers who last month urged Melburnians to reject the chief health officer’s mandatory mask directive are asking for $200,000 worth of donations to take Daniel Andrews, Brett Sutton and Jenny Mikak...
What's with these multi million dollar operations like Australia Post and Telstra asking their workers to volunteer? Won't be surprised if the media continue to uncover more and more of these 'requests' from other organisations... do you know of any?
No Schoolies. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? As much as some people may complain, surely there would be some businesses that looked forward to the influx of visitors for the annual Schoolies festivities. The tourist dollar has already been hard hit and this just makes it that little bit worse off.
Is working from home a good thing? Maybe it really depends on the perspective. Is it good for businesses or just for workers? Unfortunately, we think it hasn't been great for productivity. Too many times we've tried to contact people in government departments or large corporates and it's very obvious that they're working from home (or somewhere not in a work environment). Maybe there's music or computer games playing in the background, they're 'out of the office', they don't have access to files or can't see documents or transfer calls... the list goes on. Just makes it immensely frustrating for everyone else trying to push ahead and get back to normal. How does the economy recover with/from this?