Author: Liz Bell

THE Premier Daniel Andrews was among four politicians and more than 400 guests at the annual peace symposium at the Ahmadiyya Muslim community Australia’s Bait-ul-Salam mosque in Langwarrin on Friday. The Ahmadiyya muslims, a movement which describes itself as a “fast-growing international revival movement within Islam”, has been hosting the peace symposium for the past 13 years, with the aim of promoting an understanding of Islam and other faiths. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia national president Imam Inam-ul-Haq Kauser said the symposium provides a “unique platform” for leaders of all faiths to sit under one roof and discuss ways to…

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THERE’S no disputing a good laugh can make you feel better, but there’s also compelling evidence that it’s not just good for the soul, it’s great for the health. Due to the release of hormones, laughing can reduce stress, boost cognitive function and the immune system, combat depression and lower blood pressure.  And that’s something the merry members of the Karingal Laughter Club know only too well. The club celebrates its second birthday in October, celebrating two years of non-stop laughter and wellness. Founding member Lauren McCarthy said laughter yoga was developed in India, and when done properly, it is…

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POLICE are looking for a brazen thief who stole a car, cash and personal items after ransacking the bags of staff at Woolworths’ stores in Frankston, Mornington and Mornington East last week. The man, who was captured on CCTV at all stores entering the staff area and taking items, first offended during the day at Frankston on Wednesday, where it is believed he also took a Woolworths uniform. The next day about 2.30pm he entered the staff area at Mornington Woolworths, where he again went through staff personal belongings. When interrupted by a female employee, he told her he was…

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CARING for someone else’s child may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but for Helen Fox of Frankston North, it’s what she does best. Ms Fox has been “mum” to more than 300 children during her 29 years as a foster carer, and she’s not ready to stop just yet. “When I can’t hold a baby in my arms anymore, that’s when I’ll stop,” she said. Ms Fox’s tremendous generosity was recognised last week by OzChild, and she was awarded the prestigious Robin Clark Protecting Children award by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). With four children…

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BEING vision impaired has not affected Seaford student Ethan Connolly-Kelly’s spirit and determination. The 16-year-old student at Seaford’s Nepean School has been selected to head off to Alabama in the US this month for a Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SICVIS). Ethan was born with rare medical condition, septo-optic dysplasia and optic nerve hypoplasia, and is legally blind. At age three he had a stroke and spent several months in the Royal Children’s Hospital, after which he endured years of therapy and had to learn to walk and talk again. His grandmother Suzanne Kelly said that despite his…

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