Australia: New Defence Force Command Team Announced

first_imgThe Australian Government will recommend to the Governor-General a number of senior Australian Defence Force appointments. April 4, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: team View post tag: Command Australia: New Defence Force Command Team Announced View post tag: announced Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: New Defence Force Command Team Announced View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Defence Air Marshal Mark Binskin AC will become Chief of the Defence Force when General David Hurley AC, DSC completes his tenure on 3 July 2014. Air Marshal Binskin has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his current role as the Vice Chief of the Defence Force and previously as a former Chief of Air Force.He has held a range of command positions and is a strong choice to guide the Australian Defence Force over the next four years as they wind down operations in Afghanistan and introduce a range of new military capabilities.General Hurley has served the nation with distinction in a career spanning more than four decades. He has successfully overseen operations in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands and has served time in Somalia. The Government will also recommend the Governor-General appoint Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN as Vice Chief of the Defence Force and Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN as the incoming Chief of Navy. Both would commence their appointments on 3 July 2014 for a period of four years.The Government will recommend that the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, and the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, remain in their current positions until July 2015.These 12 month extensions to their appointments bring these positions into line with new four year tenure arrangements for statutory appointments and ensure continuity and stability in these key leadership positions.[mappress]Press Release, April 4, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: New View post tag: Force Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

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Anger at Corpus’ damaged LGBTQ flags

first_imgCorpus JCR has passed a motion of condemnation against unidentified students who tore down LGBTQ pride flags in the college on Saturday evening.The incident provoked outrage within the Corpus community, especially among its LGBTQ members. Jem Jones, Equal Opportunities Officer, told Cherwell, “As a JCR and a community, we were shocked and angered by these events. That this would happen in Corpus, and in LGBT history month, honestly beggars belief. Whilst the perpetrators may not have any experience of being in a minority group, their opinions are clearly and thankfully in the minority in our JCR.”An article in The Oxford Student stated, “The Abbotts [sic]… [were] accused of ‘offensive’ and ‘unacceptable’ behaviour after removing the flags”. However, Cherwell understands that there is as yet no sufficient evidence to condemn the all-male drinking society, The Abbots, and that the motion resolved to “condemn the individual(s) who removed the pride flags”, without speculating as to who this might be.There was an Abbots event being held on the night in question, but it is unclear whether the event was still going on, or whether any members of the drinking society were in college at the time that the flags were defaced.The defacing of the flags has also provoked a reaction from the wider LGBTQ community. Otamere Guobadia, President of Oxford University’s LGBTQ society, condemned the perpetrators, commenting, “Some belligerent wanker has actively decided to make a mockery of the attempts of a marginalised group to resist their oppression and celebrate the very difference that makes them targets of this kind of bullshit every day.“I have no idea the extent of the society’s involvement in this stupidity, but frankly the patriarchal, overprivileged groups like these do tend to breed narrow-mindedness.”The emergency motion, which was passed by a large majority in Sunday’s JCR meeting, also dedicated £75 for the purchase of new flags, as well as ring-fencing a third of Corpus’ annual charity budget for LGBTQ causes.Many members of the college have praised the motion, and the general reaction of the Corpus community, as a highly positive step to ensure the safety and comfort of its LGBTQ students.Speaking to Cherwell, Luke Mintz, Corpus’ LGBTQ rep, said, “The actions of this group were unacceptable and potentially very offensive to LGBTQ students. I am glad that Corpus JCR has sent out a strong message of solidarity with its LGBTQ community. I am currently working with our excellent Equal Opportunities Officer to get more pride flags around College during LGBTQ History Month.”Sandy Downs, Corpus student and Secretary of Oxford University LGBTQ Society, was also very happy with the response of the JCR. She commented, “The queer culture here [at Corpus] is really special. The actions from last Saturday were unusual, and the response of giving £1,000 of our charity levy to an LGBTQ charity and a commitment to display more LGBTQ flags is great.”Bethany Currie, JCR President, also emphasised that the College will continue to strive to be as LGBTQ-inclusive as possible. She commented, “What happened on Saturday has only stiffened our resolve to work even harder to make Corpus the place that its students believe and want it to be.”last_img read more

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Senate Bill Calls For Carbon Monoxide Testing In Vehicles

first_imgwritten by Amari ThompsonTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Savannah Bettis was traveling home from a shopping trip with her boyfriend when she got a bad headache and passed out.Her boyfriend, Jesse Hurt, immediately called her parents and began heading to the hospital. But moments later, he, too, passed out and crashed the car. Savannah, who was looking forward to her high school graduation the next week, was killed and Jesse was injured.“What we know from Savannah’s case is that the vehicle she was riding in was leaking substantially,” said Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield. “The autopsy determined that really the primary cause of her death was not injuries from a vehicle accident. It was from carbon monoxide poisoning.”Crider and Sen. Michael Delph, R-Carmel, have authored Senate Bill 100, which would allow fire departments to perform carbon monoxide emission tests on vehicles free of charge. On Tuesday, the legislation, known as Savannah’s Law, passed the Senate 48-0.Currently, the Wayne Township Fire Department offers voluntary free carbon monoxide emission test to the public.After her death, Alexis Harris, a friend of Savannah and her parents, Wendy and John Bettis, created the #SavannahStrong foundation.John and Wendy Bettis reached out to Delph, in hopes of spreading awareness about the risk of carbon monoxide leaks in an older car across Indiana and getting a law passed in the General Assembly.  “She always helped “She everyone. It didn’t matter race, clique, what type of person you were, she was there for everybody and anybody,” John Bettis said of his daughter in an interview. “She was her own individual person that went above and beyond to help others.”The #SavannahStrong foundation funds the Savannah Bettis Memorial Endowed Scholarship with the Wayne Township Education Foundation—a scholarship to help high school seniors further their education.“Savannah Strong means everything to me and Wendy. It’s moving Savannah Bettis’s legacy along on what she would do in life if she was here,” John Bettis said. “We will continue doing this for the rest of our life as far as raising awareness, having events, helping others.”The Bettis family supported the bill and now encourage citizens to get their vehicles tested at their local fire stations.A carbon monoxide test takes fewer than 15 minutes. While the vehicle is running, a trained firefighter places a carbon monoxide meter inside the vehicle. After the time has passed, the meter displays the amount of carbon monoxide leaking into the vehicle.When carbon monoxide is present in vehicles there are no warning signs because the invisible gas has no taste or smell. Among the symptoms of poisoning are headaches, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath.The only way to know whether a vehicle is at risk is to test it.Andy Harris, the firefighter for the Wayne Township Fire Department, said citizens should get vehicles tested yearly and those 10 years and older need to be monitored more frequently.The bill now moves to the House.FOOTNOTE: Bryan Wells contributed to this report. Amari Thompson and Bryan Wells are reporters for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Dudley House Jazz Band presents David Liebman residency

first_img Read Full Story Dudley House and the Harvard University Office for the Arts are proud to present a jazz residency with international saxophone icon David Liebman. The residency will include workshops with Harvard students and a public master class on Wednesday, April 18. The visit concludes with the world concert premiere of The Liebman Concerto, performed by Liebman, jazz pianist Lewis Porter, and the Dudley House Orchestra. Follow the story link below to view the full schedule of events.As one of the leading forces in contemporary jazz, Liebman gained prominence performing in the groups of Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, and he has since exerted great influence as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, author, and educator.Lewis Porter, a jazz pianist, composer, and author, is a professor of music at Rutgers University and the founder and director of the university’s master’s program in jazz history and research.Liebman and Porter have collaborated on a number of projects, making this residency even more highly anticipated.The Dudley House Jazz Band and Dudley Symphony Orchestra are ensembles of graduate students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as well as Harvard undergraduates and community members.last_img read more

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First floating offshore wind project off Wales moves step closer to development

first_imgFirst floating offshore wind project off Wales moves step closer to development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Green:Wales’ first floating wind project took a major step forward this week, after the Crown Estate awarded seabed rights to developers to build the 96MW demonstration project in the Celtic Sea.If final planning consent is granted, the Erebus project would be installed approximately 44km from the shore and will allow developer Blue Gem Wind – a joint venture between French oil giant Total and developer Simply Blue Energy – to trial floating wind technology in water depths of 70 metres.“Welsh waters are home to a thriving offshore wind industry and as this continues to evolve and mature, innovation will be vital to unlocking a sustainable pipeline of new capacity over the longer term,” head of energy development at the Crown Estate Will Apps said. “With an increasingly busy marine environment, we need to explore new technologies in more diverse and technically challenging areas which is why we are delighted to see the Erebus project take this important step.”Floating wind technology does not rely on traditional fixed foundations and allows wind projects to be installed in deeper waters where wind yields are higher. While in its infancy today, the technology is anticipated to grow rapidly over the decades to come and play a steering role in helping the UK deliver 75GW of offshore wind by mid-century, a target set by government climate advisors the Committee on Climate Change. Research centre Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult estimates that the Celtic Sea alone could support up to 50GW of offshore capacity, while supporting thousands of jobs in Wales and southwest England.The leasing deal is one of a number of offshore wind milestones recently marked in Wales by the Crown Estate. Last month, it granted seabed rights for a 106-square kilometre extension to the Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm off the coast of North Wales. The extension, if consented, will add 576MW of capacity to one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. And last year, the Crown Estate included the Northern Wales and Irish Sea Bidding Area in the first UK offshore wind leasing round held in a decade. Projects picked in Offshore Leasing Round 4 could be operational by 2030, it said, with projects set to be identified later this year through a competitive tender process.[Cecilia Keating]More: Wales’ maiden floating offshore wind project secures seabed rightslast_img read more

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Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis Showed PDA 2 Months Before Split News

first_imgAs for the House alum, she revealed in January 2019 how the two stayed in sync amid their busy schedules. “We go out and have a lot of fun,” she explained to Us. “We were both really social people when we met, and we didn’t want to give that up when we became parents, so we’re really consistent about our time with them, but we also prioritize a couple of date nights a week.”Scroll down to see photos of Wilde and Sudeikis in the months before Us confirmed their split. This was not the only friendly get-together between the pair in recent months. In fact, they were seen at the beach on multiple occasions throughout September, as they kicked a ball around and went for another dip in the water.Us Weekly confirmed on Friday, November 13, that Wilde and Sudeikis called off their engagement after seven years. The twosome are parents of son Otis, 6, and daughter Daisy, 4.The Booksmart director and the Ted Lasso star began dating in November 2011, and he proposed in 2013.- Advertisement – Happier times? Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis appeared to be as lovey-dovey as ever two months before news of their split broke.The actress, 36, and the Saturday Night Live alum, 45, were spotted swimming in the ocean together on September 9 in photos published by Just Jared. The now-exes laughed and held onto each other for a warm hug during their outing in Malibu. She wore a black one-piece swimsuit, while he sported colorful striped swim trunks.- Advertisement – Sudeikis gave no hint of trouble in October either when he appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show. “You guys seem like a true definition of, like, a beautiful unit,” the talk show host, 45, said, to which he replied, “Well, that’s very nice of you. I mean, Olivia carries the bulk of that beauty within our little duo. And the kids as well.”The actor reflected on his bond with Wilde in August too. “I just had a hunch that the second I kissed her, I wasn’t going to end up ever kissing anyone ever again,” he told Access Hollywood at the time. “So, it was like I had to be careful with it.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Avian flu can spread among cats

first_imgSep 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – House cats can acquire H5N1 avian influenza and pass it on to other cats, Dutch researchers reported this week.Last February two cats in Thailand reportedly died of H5N1 avian flu, but yesterday’s article in the online edition of Science apparently is the first report of cats being experimentally infected with the virus and then spreading it to other cats.Researchers sprayed H5N1 virus into the throats of three cats, according to the report by Thijs Kuiken and colleagues from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The virus sample had been isolated from a Vietnamese person who died of the disease.The cats had a fever just 1 day after being exposed to the virus and were excreting virus after 3 days, though in relatively low amounts, the report says. One cat died 6 days after exposure.Two other cats were put in contact with the first group 2 days after the latter had been infected. In addition, the researchers fed infected chicks to three more cats. All of the additional cats became ill with signs like those of the first group.Three other cats were exposed to influenza A (H3N2), a common human strain, and stayed healthy.After the infected cats were euthanized, necropsy showed they had diffuse alveolar damage like that caused by H5N1 infection in humans and monkeys, the report says.The findings suggest that “the role of cats in the spread of H5N1 virus between poultry farms, and from poultry to humans, needs to be re-assessed,” the researchers write. In addition, “Cats may form an opportunity for this avian virus to adapt to mammals, thereby increasing the risk of a human influenza pandemic.”The Dutch report comes about 2 weeks after a Chinese expert on avian flu, Chen Hualan, reported that H5N1 virus had been detected in some pigs in China. The report triggered widespread concern because pigs can harbor human as well as avian flu viruses, creating the potential for the viruses to combine and form a new strain that could spark a human flu pandemic.When H5N1 infection was reported in cats in Thailand last February, the World Health Organization (WHO) said cats had not previously been considered naturally susceptible to flu viruses. At the time, the agency said that pigs, seals, whales, mink, and ferrets were the only mammals besides humans considered susceptible to avian flu viruses. The WHO said only pigs could harbor both avian and human flu strains.Other reports of H5N1 infections in mammals this year included cases last February in a leopard and a tiger in a zoo in Bangkok, Thailand.Kuiken T, Rimmelzwaan G, van Riel D, et al. Avian H5N1 influenza in cats. Science 2004;Sep 2 (early online edition) [Abstract]See also:Feb 20, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Avian flu jumps to house cats in Thailand”Feb 16, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “Leopard’s death in Thai zoo blamed on avian flu”last_img read more

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Retail: simply the best, say IPD and CBHP reports

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Bernerd closes in on Chelsfield MBO

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ATP shifts €2.7bn to hedging portfolio after longevity data change

first_imgATP, Denmark’s giant statutory pension fund, has announced it is shifting DKK20bn (€2.7bn) from its investment portfolio into its hedging portfolio to account for the latest change in its longevity projections.More detailed data — and excising US figures from the information used — has meant an adjustment in its longevity model, the DKK768bn pension fund said, with the new projections adding 3.7 years to the expected lifespan of an average newborn boy in Denmark and just under two years to that of a baby girl.Christian Hyldahl, ATP’s chief executive, said: “We have expanded the methodology and for the first time included detailed data, including causes of death, which is enabling us to provide an even more accurate estimate of the development of lifespans.”According to the new projections, 40% of girls born in Denmark now are expected to live to see their 100th birthdays, he said. The main reason for the changed projections comes from the removal of the US from the data, because causes of death there differ significantly from those observed in Denmark, ATP said.The US has historically represented about 40% of the data in the lifetime model, and therefore has had a major impact on life expectancy, it said.Scotland and Luxembourg, meanwhile, which are more like Denmark, are included in the new data set, which – capturing 330 million people – is still very large, the pension fund said.Narcotics-related causes of death are 5.5 times more common in the US than they are in Denmark, and traffic accidents are 3.5 times more likely, according to ATP.As of today, ATP is moving DKK20bn from the bonus potential — which makes up the investment portfolio — to the fund’s large hedging portfolio, which backs the pension guarantees.In accounting terms, the transfer will affect the half-year earnings negatively, but members’ total assets remain unchanged, ATP said.ATP’s hedging portfolio will have DKK677.3bn of assets after the adjustment, and the bonus potential will amount to DKK99.1bn.Back in 2016, ATP added an extra DKK9.9bn to its coverage of guaranteed pensions to account for longer average lifespans observed in the country’s population.last_img read more

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