miracle, n. /mrk()l/ Forms: 4 maracle, -kle, meracull,
-kill, mercle, miracil, -cyl, -kel, myrakil(l, -kyl, 4?5
meracle, myrrakull 4?6 myracle, 5 mirakelle, -ylle, 5?6
mirackle, miracule, 6 mirakill, mirakle, myrackle, 2?
miracle. [a. OF. miracle, ad. L. miraculum object of wonder
(in Eccl. L. miracle), f. mirari to wonder, f. mir-us
wonderful. Cf. Pr. miracle, Sp. milagro, Pg. milagre, It.
What's in a
protestors rallied in Belgrade, calling for the resignation
of President Slobodan Milosevic of
NSW: No beating around the bush in
Braidwood (Sydney Morning
One little school defies those who believe our public
education system has gone to the dogs
TAS: Concern over cuts to Tassie uni
staff (The Mercury)
New figures showing a sharp increase in the ratio of
tertiary students to teachers have fuelled fears about a
major deterioration in the quality of Tasmania's tertiary
reassures nursing degree will continue (ABC)
Deakin University is concerned there may be misconceptions
its nursing degree offered in Mount Isa will cease when a
James Cook University-run course starts in the city next
UK: Exam record set again (BBC)
A quarter of a million A level students get their results on
Thursday in much of the UK - and once again there has been a
record number of passes.
USA: Ban upheld
on religious ad at school
In a unanimous decision, a state appeals court has upheld a
lower court ruling against a Downey businessman who wanted
to display the Ten Commandments on a fence at the Downey
High School baseball field.
CHINA: Western academics held after carrying out
interviews in Tibet
Authorities have detained an American and Australian who
were conducting interviews in a remote area of the Tibetan
plateau that has been targeted for World Bank aid.
UK: Schools accused of manipulating A-level
entries (The Times)
A level results published today hit record heights for the
17th year in succession, as evidence emerged of schools
manipulating entries to improve their "league" positions.
More than 88 per cent of the 852,000 entries passed, with
the biggest improvement in grade As, so that one paper in
six is now in the top category.
UK: Couple win fight over school
fees (The Times)
A couple who withdrew their daughter from a private school
after complaining of falling standards have won a court
battle over unpaid fees of more than £1,000.
Hackers screw up the sound
Microsoft has admitted that hackers have broken the
anti-piracy system of its latest internet music software,
only days after it was released.
MS' massive Y2K campaign (Wired)
The software maker will send 80 million emails and snail
mails to customers, reminding them to update computers
before the odometer changes to 2000.
Christmas virus designed to hit
Computer security experts discover a new virus that is
designed to damage Windows-based personal computers on
SOCOG soothes staff over band
ire (Sydney Morning Herald)
The board of Sydney's Olympic Organising Committee has
sought to end damaging disputes with SOCOG's staff stemming
from the marching band fiasco with a "robust and frank"
debate about its role.
Track program on the line in crisis
dash (Sydney Morning Herald)
SOCOG's vice-president, Mr John Coates, left Australia
yesterday on a crisis mission that may test his diplomatic
skills against one of the toughest powerbrokers in world
Olympic wrestlers in bid for
asylum (The Australian)
The entire Romanian junior wrestling team is seeking
political asylum in Australia on the eve of its Olympic test
event in Sydney.
China's nuclear threat to US in Taiwan
row (Sydney Morning Herald)
China warned yesterday that it was ready to fight over
Taiwan and that its nuclear weapons could "deal with"
aircraft carriers if the United States dared to
Law targets Hanson as One Nation
axed (Sydney Morning Herald)
One Nation has been struck off Queensland's political
register, leaving its five State MPs without a party and its
embattled leadership troika seeking urgentlegal advice as
investigations into possible criminal charges began
New perspective on what it is to be a dinky-di
Kate Beynon is your typical Aussie. She was born in Hong
Kong of Chinese and European parents and came to Australia
in 1974, aged four. Her partner, Mike, is dark-skinned, and
their five-month-old son, Rali, is a laughing, cuddly,
coffee-coloured mixture of the lot.