Rihanna Attends Global Partnership For Education Financing Conference

Ten current and three former heads of state and more than 100 ministers gathered at the Global Partnership for Education (Gpe) Financing Conference, making this the highest-level education financing event of its kind.

The conference, co-hosted by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal and President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic, marks the first time an education financing conference has been hosted by a G7 leader and the president of a developing country.

More than 1200 participants attended including leaders from Unesco, Unicef, the World Bank, civil society, philanthropic foundations and the private sector. Rihanna, Gpe’s Global Ambassador supported by Global Citizen, also participated.

The size and nature of the attendance at the conference was a visible demonstration of the strengthened global political will to ensure every child is in school and learning. This heightened momentum will enable the Global Partnership for Education to reach the goal of providing
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Rihanna Visits Malawi Schoolchildren, Helps Teach Math in New Short Film -- Watch!

Rihanna Visits Malawi Schoolchildren, Helps Teach Math in New Short Film -- Watch!
Rihanna wants ensure that the world’s poorest children have access to "quality education."

On Wednesday, the international advocacy organization Global Citizen released a short film chronicling the 29-year-old singer's recent visit to a school in Malawi, where she helps teach math to an adorable group of young students and happily leads a "girl rule!" chant.

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In January, Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation partnered with Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen for a trip to the Muzu primary school. The visit also included a candid conversation with Malawian teachers and administrators about how poverty affects the country's youngest citizens.

She was joined on the trip by Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia and Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education and Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen.

"It's one thing to read statistics but I want to see it firsthand, and find
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Vale John Clarke

John Clarke..

Renowned satirist, writer and actor John Clarke, died Sunday, aged 68..

New Zealand-born Clarke and comedy partner Bryan Dawe sent up Aussie politics in mock interviews on the ABC.s 7.30 Report.and before that on Nine.s A Current Affair.

Clarke created and starred in mockumentary series The Games. His screenwriting credits include Lonely Hearts with Paul Cox, the original screenplay Billy Connolly's.The Man Who Sued God, and mini-series Anzacs.

As an actor he appeared in features such as.Death of Brunswick opposite Sam Neill, and more recently in Matthew Saville.s A Month of Sundays and the ABC.s The Ex-pm..

He died of natural causes while on a hike in the Grampians National Park, Victoria. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Lorin and Lucia and grandchildren Claudia and Charles.

A statement from his family said: .John died doing one of the things he
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Rihanna Meets with Children on Malawi Charity Trip

Rihanna’s getting to work, work, work, work, work in Malawi.

Photos of the pop star have surfaced online, and People has learned she is visiting the African country to spend time with key educators, government officials, students and mentors to promote education on behalf of her Clara Lionel Foundation and as the ambassador for Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education.

The singer, 28, was spotted with Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans as well as Julia Gillard, Gpe’s board of directors chair during a meeting in a Malawian village.

Since rising to fame, Rihanna has become a vocal philanthropist.
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Australia's 'Spotlight' to capture painful chapter in recent history

Australia's 'Spotlight' to capture painful chapter in recent history
Drama Don’t Tell, starring Rachel Griffiths and Jack Thompson, depicts a ground-breaking child sex abuse case in Australia.

Cameras are rolling in Queensland on a dramatised account of a landmark civil action against the Anglican Church in Australia, which contributed to both the resignation of the governor-general, and the establishment of a royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Don’t Tell, which has been dubbed by local media as ‘Australia’s Spotlight’, explores the same subject matter as Tom McCarthy’s 2016 best picture Oscar winner: the systemic mishandling of child sexual abuse allegations by religious institutions (whose members also committed the sex abuse crimes).

Producer Scott Corfield of fledgling production outfit Fornillo Road, described Don’t Tell to Screen as “an inspiring fight for justice”.

“It’s very topical. This issue is front and centre, in Australia and sadly, across the world. Very rarely, though, is a film made that actually shows it from the perspective
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Oddball producer goes solo

After merging his company with Wtfn and producing Oddball with Steve Kearney, Richard Keddie has returned to his roots as an independent producer.

Via his banner The Film Company, Keddie is developing a slate of film and TV projects including Stalking Julia, a feature film on Julia Gillard which will star Rachel Griffiths, who will also co-produce.

It was an amicable split from Wtfn after a partnership of two and a half years. .I decided I am happier running my own company,. he tells If.

He.s co-developing some projects with Us-based Sheila Hanahan Taylor, who was one of the producers on Oddball.

He describes his Gillard biopic, which is based partly on Kerry-Anne Walsh's book The Stalking of Julia Gillard, as completely different from the ABC.s The Killing Season.

Sarah Ferguson's three-part documentary, which examined the forces that shaped Labor during the Kevin Rudd / Julia Gillard leadership years,
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Rudd and Gillard get Breakfast Clubbed in ABC parody – video

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd have been transformed into characters from cult 80s film The Breakfast Club in a parody for the ABC's Insiders show. Video editor Huw Parkinson, who previously dropped Christopher Pyne into Star Wars, as well as Barnaby Joyce into Pirates of the Caribbean, has drawn on the ABC's Killing Season interviews with the former Labor prime ministers for inspiration. Video courtesy ABC Insiders Continue reading...
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Priyanka Chopra gives a speech at Education First 50th Anniversary in Boston

Global icon Priyanka Chopra shared the stage with Former Us President Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, and the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard at an event in Boston recently.

Chopra’s speech was about girl education, a topic the actress feels strongly about and has been endorsing for many years.

More than 2,500 guests attended Ef’s ‘A Day With World Leaders,’ including Ef employees, students and teachersfrom Ef’s Boston Language School and the Hult International Business School Boston/Cambridge campus, as well as local dignitaries and guests who have contributed to Ef’s success during its first 50 years in business.

Priyanka says, “It was a huge honour to share the same platform as this illustrious group who are as passionate about this cause as I am. It was great to
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Simon Burke on Devil's Playground: 'We couldn't avoid tackling sexual abuse'

Unsettling new Foxtel drama makes for tough watching as it unflinchingly faces child sex abuse within the Catholic church

Youve read reports about how the Catholic church covered up evidence involving paedophile priests. Youve followed the hearings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, established by Julia Gillard in 2012 following the shocking allegations of a cover-up in Nsw.

But nothing can prepare you for watching the grooming and abuse of an innocent 12-year-old boy by a respected school chaplain as it plays out dramatically in front of you.

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Disney's "Leagues," "Pirates 5" Target Oz Shoot

Long after they originally announced their plans, Disney is finally eyeing a 2015 production start date for their film adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo". The project is aiming to start filming in Australia sometime next year.

There's a catch though. Early last year Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the studio would receive a $21.6 million tax incentive to shoot the film there. Since then though there has been a change in Government which has created doubt as to whether or not they will still commit to the tax credit.

In fact Disney is asking for an increased tax credit for 30% of the film's budget. The government's standard credit is 16.5%, but foes allow for higher credits on a case-by-case basis (eg. last year's "The Wolverine"). It will be a while yet before it's known if the tax offset will go through.

David Fincher had previously been
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Disney Plans 2015 Start Date for '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Disney is eyeing a 2015 production start date for their adaptation 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. The remake is gearing up to start shooting in Australia sometime next year, with the studio asking for a greater increase in tax incentives from the Australian government.

Back in April 2013, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the studio will receive a $21.6 million tax incentive to shoot the Jules Verne adaptation in Australia, but that was the last we heard about the project until now. A change in the country's government now casts doubt on whether or not they will still commit to the tax credit. Disney is asking for an increased tax credit for 30% of the film's budget, which has been backed by the labor union Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (Meaa). The Meaa is currently negotiating labor wages for crew members so production can begin in 2015.

Here's what an Meaa spokesperson
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Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Will Shoot Next Year If Australia Invests Big

Disney is looking to make a big-budgeted adaptation of Jules Verne's beloved novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. But to launch this science-fiction epic in 2015, they are demanding a major financial commitment from Australia. THR reports Disney is eager to get production on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea rolling in early 2015 in Australia, a nation that in the past has offered hefty tax incentives to shoot there. However, their initial deal with Australia was made under former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. So Disney is looking to strike a new deal with newly elected Pm Tony Abbott. 18 months ago, Disney was being offered a $21.6 million incentive to shoot 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea in Australia. This may seem insane to those unfamiliar with financial incentives for film productions. But the basic concept is that a film production brings jobs and revenue to a location. Take a look at how The Hobbit trilogy dolled
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Screenwriter moves from redemption drama to Gillard

It took scriptwriter Alison Nisselle and director/co-writer Craig Monahan 10 years to make Healing, a redemptive drama which opens in Australian cinemas on May 8.

Nisselle is hoping her next project, a feature on Julia Gillard, will happen rather more quickly.

But she tells If it will take at least two years to complete her research and finish the script on the former Prime Minister.s reign and ousting by Kevin Rudd.

It was announced last year that Rachel Griffiths will play Gillard in Stalking Julia, based partly on Kerry-Anne Walsh's book The Stalking of Julia Gillard. Wtfn.s Richard Keddie is the producer and Emma Freeman (Puberty Blues, Offspring and the Bob Hawke telemovie Hawke) is attached to direct.

Nisselle got the idea for Healing after reading a Philippa Hawker story in The Age about a rehabilitation program caring for wounded eagles, falcons and owls run by the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and Prisons Victoria.
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The best quotes of 2013

From the wisdom of Malala to badgers moving the goalposts, we look back at the year's notable comments


Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters, can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

Barack Obama at his second inauguration as Us president.


American cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessing, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, to taking performance enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles.


You will no doubt have many questions but I believe we will need a few days to organise ourselves because this announcement has taken us all by surprise.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi reacting to the
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Rachel Griffiths to Play Australian Pm Julia Gillard in TV Movie

Sydney -- Rachel Griffiths is attached to star in the feature-length TV drama Stalking Julia, being developed by Hawke and Little Fish director Richard Keddie and production company Wtfn. Griffiths will play Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, in the story of the tug-of-war between Gillard and Kevin Rudd for the Australian prime ministership, which resulted in the demise of the Labor Government in September this year. Wtfn has acquired the film and television rights to Kerry-Anne Walsh's book The Stalking of Julia Gillard, which tells the story of the media’s obsession with the fall and

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Why is Rachel Griffiths So Stern?

Glenn here again. Last night I saw the new Australian horror flick, Patrick (a remake of the 1978 classic), and relished in seeing Rachel Griffiths again on the big screen. She was, however, very stern as nurse matron who's hiding secrets about the coma patient in room 15.

She will soon be on screens all over the world, albeit briefly, as the inspiration for "Mary Poppins". Again, very stern.

And now I read that the one and only Brenda Chenowith will be starring in an Australian TV movie about embattled former Prime Minister, and first female leader, Julia Gillard. The casting is actually incredibly smart since they both have very tightly pointed facial features. Still, given everything Gillard went through in her tenure you can be guaranteed that she'll be, you guessed it, stern. And knitting. Stern and knitting (Australian readers will understand that).

Griffiths has always excelled at prickliness both on and off the screen?
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Rupert Murdoch: News Corp Papers Didn't Decide Australian Election

Rupert Murdoch: News Corp Papers Didn't Decide Australian Election
Sydney – Australian voters swept a conservative Liberal-National Party coalition government into power over the weekend. It was the result that News Corp newspapers had pushed for, but chairman Rupert Murdoch immediately aimed to distance himself from suggestions that his media company influenced the election result. A 3.7 percent national swing saw Tony Abbott installed as the country’s new prime minister after a two-term Labor Party government that was marked by instability and three prime minister reigns – from Kevin Rudd to Julia Gillard and back to Rudd. Meanwhile, Australians voted minor parties to seats in both

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Russell Crowe asks Malcolm Turnbull to challenge for leadership

Actor's Twitter endorsement of shadow communications minister may be a double-edged sword, if history is anything to go by

As far as celebrity endorsements go, political backing from Russell Crowe, the Oscar-winning actor and Sydney resident, might be more a curse than a blessing. Just days after Crowe backed Julia Gillard for the 2013 election, where he famously denounced a "lack of gallantry" in Australian politics at the same time, Gillard was deposed in a leadership coup more bloody than the Colosseum floor after a gladiatorial swordfest.

The warning signs clearly haven't reached Malcolm Turnbull. On Thursday, Crowe took to Twitter to impart more political advice, this time summoning the shadow communications minister to depose the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, and take the reins of the Liberal party ahead of the federal election.

"Dear Malcolm Turnbull," tweeted Crowe, "I am a union member, a tax payer. You are the most trusted politician in our country,
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20,000 Leagues remake still in Disney's sights

The Walt Disney Co. has assured the Australian government that it.s committed to shooting 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo Down Under next year.

Government agencies queried the studio after Us websites last week reported the 20,000 Leagues remake was kaput.

IndieWire and other sites jumped to that conclusion after news that David Fincher, who was set to direct the 3D version based on the Jules Verne classic novel, will start shooting Gone Girl in September for 20th Century Fox and New Regency.

The Hollywood Reporter said budget issues had torpedoed the remake, which is said to cost at least $200 million. The theory was that Disney was unwilling to embark on another high-risk film after the debacle of The Lone Ranger.

Disney told government agencies the statement which it issued in May still stands: .Disney has confirmed that the production is still in development with casting decisions still to be confirmed,
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Jessica Rudd compares Australian parliament to Mean Girls

Pm's daughter says she is sick of all the 'political bitching' in Canberra, invoking Lindsay Lohan film about schoolgirls

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd's daughter has compared parliament house to a Lindsay Lohan film about bitchy high school girls.

Jessica Rudd, writing in Cleo magazine, says she's sick of all the "political bitching" in Canberra, comparing it to the 2004 flick Mean Girls.

"The corridors are a cacophony of scoffs, burns ... eye rolls are more common than smiles.

"Wednesday nights are party nights, Thursdays are for gossip: who hooked up with who, who got so blotto they were barely awake for question time."

Ms Rudd makes a plea to MPs, their staff and press gallery reporters to stop squabbling.

"Why should we listen to that angry vitriol?" she asks.

Ms Rudd spent the final parliamentary sitting fortnight in Canberra and was by her dad's side when he challenged Julia Gillard for the Labor leadership.
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