Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Community Radio Cuts, Preparing for Severe Weather, Orlando Aftermath, Guidelines for Ramadan, Defense Research for Japan?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Community Radio Cuts, Preparing for Severe Weather, Orlando Aftermath, Guidelines for Ramadan, Defense Research for Japan?

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SBS / New South Wales, Australia

Community radio cuts

"Thousands of community radio listeners, volunteers and supporters have petitioned against the Coalition Government's decision to cut $1.4 million per annum to the sector's digital service...," writes Sophie Verass. "As a former general manager and long-time volunteer of a large community radio station in Canberra, I understand the impact government funding has on these sizable organisations that have huge expenditures, very little income and a pressing responsibility to perform a crucial role in the community.... Multicultural and non-English speaking groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of diverse sexualities lack representation in most national media, and rely heavily on community radio to get information and have their stories heard."

Ottawa Citizen / Ottawa

Preparing for severe weather

"With northern Alberta still reeling from the wildfire that forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray and neighbouring communities, the federal environment commissioner ... released a report that suggests Canada is not adequately prepared - or preparing - for severe weather...," states an editorial. "The logical response is to focus on what's dubbed disaster 'mitigation.' This means anticipating and planning for potential disasters.... But government moves slowly; neither private sector businesses nor individual families can depend on it for quick results in the immediate future. All sectors need to be smart, especially with disasters such as the 2013 Calgary floods still fresh in Canadians' minds. Disasters can't all be averted; but everyone can prepare to some degree."

The Irish Times / Dublin, Ireland

Orlando aftermath

"There will be no sudden dawning of light, no road-to-Damascus moment," an editorial states. "Those determined to believe that owning automatic weapons is a God-given right, that 'guns are not killers, human beings are' will continue to defend the constitutional right to bear arms as vociferously as ever. …

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