Education cuts ring alarm bells for regional areas

Regional and rural participation and attainment in higher education is significantly lower than in metropolitan centres. This matters, because we need a highly-skilled workforce to meet the demands and opportunities of the new knowledge economy just as much as we do in our major cities. So when the ABC uncovers via a Freedom of Information  request that the federal government’s own department estimates the funding freeze imposed on universities will substantially and disproportionately impact universities such as La Trobe – which are committed to delivering higher education in the regions – alarm…

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High protein diet for weight loss may backfire as it increases risk of heart failure

High protein diet have always enjoyed a lot of popularity among fitness conscious folk. Many people who are looking to shed some weight are recommended a high protein diet. But is it really healthy, asks a new study. According to this study, a high-protein diet could increase the risk of heart failure in middle-aged men. However, proteins from fish and eggs were not associated with heart failure risk in this study. “As many people seem to take the health benefits of high-protein diets for granted, it is important to make…

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Lose weight in a month, simple diet and exercise tips for quick results

While fasting during Ramzan is primarily for a religious purpose, it’s also the perfect time to detox. If you’re wise about what you consume during sehri and iftaar, you can shed the extra kilos. Here’s how: Plan your sehri to keep you sustained “Recipes involving oats and wholegrain bread should be included in pre-dawn meal as they help stay full,” says Alka Lohia, nutrionist and dietician, 6 Meal, Delhi. “Consumption of caffeine should be avoided as it can lead to de hydration and longing for water.” Include proteins and complex…

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V&A launches Quant appeal for exhibition on 60s fashion pioneer

 Models wearing Mary Quant designs in 1967. Photograph: Keystone-France/Thames & Hudson The demure Peter Pan collars and teeny tiny skirts, wet-look plastic dresses and hot pants, see-through raincoats and paper patterns offering the dream of designer fashion at pocket-money prices will be celebrated in an exhibition at the V&A museum next year on the work of Dame Mary Quant, the designer whose name became synonymous with the swinging 60s. Quant’s clothes made international headlines when they were worn by the supermodels of the day including Jean Shrimpton, Pattie Boyd, Cilla…

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This is why you must ditch juices for cold soups this season

This is why you must ditch juices for cold soups this season Come summer and the otherwise comforting bowl of soup seems like a devil. While we switch to other options like juices and colas in summer, the trend of cold soups has turned out to be a bliss. According to health experts, soups are the simplest ways to add nutrients to the body. Thanks to chefs and food enthusiasts, we are now blessed with cold soups that are majorly made with raw veggies and can be consumed during warmer…

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3 ways cross-training could help you prep for a marathon

Race season is nearly upon us, and with huge events like the London marathon just around the corner there’s no doubt that thousands of people up and down the country are beginning to up their training routines in the hope of nailing a new PB in an upcoming event. However, whilst increasing your mileage in the run up (see what we did there?) to The Big Day will no doubt help increase your stamina and provide you with the sheer determination needed to finish a long-distance race, it might not be…

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This Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Only Calls for Staples—and It’s Ready in 20 Minutes

Some cooks are so legendary that when you see them in the flesh you truly do quake in your boots. For my mother, waitressing at Legal Sea Foods in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the 1970s, that cook was Julia Child. Mom was asking a fishmonger how to cook a roast she’d just bought. He laughed, pointed, and said, “Ask that lady!” My mother turned, and there was the six-foot-two PBS host, trilling away about how to do right by a nice roast. Mom will never forget it. Octogenarian Madhur Jaffrey, the…

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Food for comfort: Permutations and combinations

Fish and chips, roast and potatoes, eggs and toast, paratha and pickle…. the list is deliciously long Some menu combinations get hardwired into our memories and preferences. Or sometimes into permanent dislikes. But even if disliked, they are redolent of childhood and one’s parents’ home. One of my pet dislikes is keema matar — minced mutton cooked with green peas. I can hear a groan of horror because I think I’m in a minority of one person in the world who abhors the dish. Give me aloo keema, gobhi keema,…

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5 Best Tiffin Ideas For Picky Eaters

If you have picky eaters at home, then there are high chances of you being constantly worried about what to give them in their lunchbox. There is no denying the fact that mothers usually end up having a hard time preparing quirky dishes for their kids. This is primarily because kids tend to be quite choosy while eating food. Most kids end up discarding veggies out of their meals because of their distinct taste. However, they don’t realise that veggies are an excellent source of various essential vitamins and minerals…

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Watermelons For Weight Loss: 3 Reasons To Load Up On The Summer Fruit

It seems as if summer has arrived early this year. For nothing else can explain the sudden surge in temperatures. But, being the eternal optimists that we are, we chose to embrace all the good that the weather has brought along. For starters, the lovely seasonal fruits! The fruit carts are full of them already. Juicy and fleshy watermelons are one reason we are particularly so excited about summers. According to the book ‘Healing Foods,’ by DK Publications, red fleshed water melon is a good source of lycopene, which helps…

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