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first_img Australia’s Minister of Defence Visits TS15 View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: Australia Australian Minister of Defence, Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, will meet with personnel undertaking operations in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015 in Darwin today.Andrews will tour key elements of the exercise at HMAS Coonawarra, RAAF Base Darwin and Robertson Barracks.Hosted in Darwin and running from 5-20 July, TALISMAN SABRE 2015 revolves around a series of Australian and United States military training exercises focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity to high-end war fighting.The exercise is the principal Australian and United States (US) bilateral training activity.This year’s exercise is particularly significant due to the involvement of about 40 members from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) who are working with US forces in the conduct of the Exercise.A New Zealand contingent of over 500 personnel, including ships and aircraft are operating as part of the Australian forces.[mappress mapid=”16491″]Image: Australian Defence View post tag: Minister of Defence View post tag: News by topic Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia’s Minister of Defence Visits TS15 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: TS15 July 15, 2015 View post tag: visitslast_img read more


first_imgNow that the strong gusty winds, rain and even wet snow are gone, we still have to deal with coastal flooding. Strong northerly winds will keep tides from reaching major flooding status. But high astronomical high tides due to the full moon and a slow moving Nor’easter will keep the threat of minor to moderate flooding for both high tides on Saturday and possible Sunday.The good news is that Saturday will be dry and not as windy. Northerly winds will be sustained in the 20s with gusts to around 40 mph. Temperatures will climb back into the 40s during the day but it will still feel much colder with the stiff breeze.Forecast High Temperatures For Saturday.Peak Gust Forecast For Saturday.The highest tide will be Saturday morning as peak levels will potentially reach around 6.5 ft which is just above moderate flood stage. To be safe make sure your vehicles are not in the usual flood prone areas.Sunday will be dry and chilly but still breezy. We will drop another notch in the wind category with sustained winds near 20 mph with gusts to near 30 mph.Forecast Highs On Sunday.Tides on Sunday morning are expected to reach minor flood stage and possibly again Sunday evening.last_img read more


first_imgChairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, Noel Grout, is pleased to announce on behalf of the association and its board that Gill Brooks-Lonicon has been appointed chief executive of the NA from November. Current chief executive David Smith will be retiring on that date.last_img


first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care’s IHR strengthening project is a £16 million UK aid-funded project, delivered through Public Heath England.The project is designed to support a selection of vulnerable countries to better prevent, detect, assess and respond to public health incidents to enhance compliance with the IHR (2005). project management finance theory of change external engagement key successes lessons learned The IHR strengthening project’s annual review for 2018 to 2019 covers:last_img read more


first_imgAshers Baking Company, the business at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row, has outlined the grounds which it will appeal over.The family run bakery lost a court case after it was found guilty of discrimination against customer, Gareth Lee, for refusing to make a cake order with a pro-gay marriage slogan.The owners of the Belfast bakery, the McArthur family, have since said they would appeal the judgement. Lawyers for the family will ask:Whether the judge was correct, as a matter of law, to hold that Ashers had discriminated against Mr Lee directly on grounds of sexual orientation.Whether the judge was correct, as a matter of law, to hold that Ashers had discriminated against Mr Lee directly on grounds of religious belief or political opinion.Whether the judge was correct, as a matter of law, to hold that Ashers was not entitled to protection as a result of the rights under Articles 9 and/or 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.Throughout the case, the McArthurs were supported by the Christian Institute, which paid their defence costs.Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute, said: “There is huge public support for an appeal and it is vitally important that the higher courts consider this issue.”This court decision will have dramatic consequences if it goes unchallenged.”last_img read more


first_imgThis summer, Nine Inch Nails will embark on a global tour, with the band touring heavily across Europe in June and July before closing their summer out with a pair of shows in Japan. Ahead of this trip across the Atlantic and beyond, Nine Inch Nails has announced two shows in Las Vegas, marking the group’s only shows in the United States for summer 2018. Nine Inch Nails’ only U.S. shows this summer will go down on June 13th and 15th at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, with tickets going on sale on Friday, March 30th, at 10 a.m. (PST).Last summer, Nine Inch Nails performed their first live concerts in three years with a handful of headlining festival performances as well as select one-off shows. What the rest of 2018 holds for the band remains a mystery, though in the past, Trent Reznor has offered up different takes on how Nine Inch Nails plans to hit the road following their return last year. As Reznor told Zane Lowe last July, “Our plan had been to do some touring next year to pivot Nine Inch Nails from being a band that tours for a year-and-a-half, two years a time and disappears for several years into one that might do a reasonable amount of shows a year.”The group has also been promoting their latest EP trilogy, with Not The Actual Events droping in December of 2016 and Add Violence coming out in July of 2017. The third and final installment in the EP trilogy, as stated by Trent Reznor to BBC Radio 6, should be released before the end of June.Nine Inch Nails 2018 Tour Dates:06/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint06/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint06/22 – London, UK @ Meltdown Festival06/24 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall ^06/25 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia06/27 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live06/29 – St. Gallen, CH @ Open Air St. Gallen06/30 – Prague, CZ @ Aerodrome Festival07/02 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle07/04 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/06 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeennes07/08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/12 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival07/14 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival08/17 – Tokyo, JP @ Sonic Mania08/19 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival^ = w/ Black Moth Super RainbowView All Tour Dates[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more


first_imgSteven Pinker wants you to know that violence has declined.Despite civil wars in Africa and the Mideast, ongoing strife in Afghanistan, and the barrage of local and national crimes reported on the nightly news, people are living in a much more peaceful era than they might think.“During the thousands of years humans spent as hunter-gatherers, the average rate of violent death was higher than the worst years of World War II, and about five times higher than the rate of death from all wars, genocides, and human-made famines in the 20th century,” said Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology and Harvard College Professor.“Believe it or not … today we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence,” wrote Pinker in his latest book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” which takes its title from that age-old dichotomy: the devil on one shoulder, whispering temptation, enticing us to act on sinister urges, and the angel on the other shoulder, holding us back with caution and consequence.“Human nature is extraordinarily complex, and includes both bellicose and peaceable motives. Outbreaks of violence or peace depend on which is more engaged in a given time and place,” said Pinker. “Among the better angels of our nature — the psychological faculties that caused violence to decline —  are self-control, empathy, and a sense of fairness.”But, Pinker added, “My most surprising discovery was that the most important better angel may be reason: the cognitive faculties with which we understand the physical and social world. It was an ironic discovery, given that cognition and language are my research specialty.”What historical forces have been engaging these better angels? Pinker cites “the outsourcing of deterrence and revenge to a disinterested third party, including the police and court system; the growth of commerce, which replaces zero-sum plunder with positive-sum trade and reciprocity; the forces of cosmopolitanism, such as mobility and literacy, which encourage people to take other vantage points and hence consider their interests; and the growth of education, public discourse, science, and abstract reasoning, which discourage parochial tribalism and encourage people to treat violence as a problem to be solved rather than as a contest to be won.”To put this all in context, Pinker shows that homicide rates in Europe have declined 30-fold since the Middle Ages. Human sacrifice, slavery, punitive torture, and mutilation have been abolished around the world. And, he said, “Great powers and developed countries have stopped going to war. And in the world as a whole, deaths in warfare may be at an all-time low.”In his research, Pinker’s favorite discovery was learning that “every category of violence — from deaths in war to the spanking of children to the number of motion pictures in which animals were harmed — had declined.” That, he admitted, “makes the present less sinister, the past less innocent.”He believes that “forms of institutionalized violence that can be eliminated by the stroke of a pen — such as capital punishment, the criminalization of homosexuality, the callous treatment of farm animals, and the corporal punishment of children in schools — will continue to decline, because decision-making elites will continue to be swept by the humanitarian tide that has carried them along for centuries.”Pinker is now working with graduate student Kyle Thomas on a new project, studying “common knowledge,” the state where two people not only know something important, but each knows that the other knows that he knows it, ad infinitum.“My next book project will be a style manual for the 21st century — a competitor to Strunk and White that will incorporate insights from modern linguistics and cognitive science,” he said.“But ‘Better Angels’ made me appreciate the forces of civilization and enlightenment which have made our lives so much more peaceable than those of our ancestors: the police, a court system, democracy, education, literacy, commerce, science, the Enlightenment, and the forms of secular humanism that grew out of it — which are easy to take for granted.”last_img read more


first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CU increased deposits 68% with kiosks that scan checks.With a far-flung network of branches across the expanse of Alaska, Credit Union 1 in Anchorage, was capturing deposits remotely before remote deposit capture was cool.Two-and-a-half years ago, the $924 million asset credit union upped the technological ante by launching a comprehensive ATM replacement project featuring Diebold image-enabled terminals paired with Bluepoint Solutions’ check capture capabilities.The system integrates remote deposit capture points from Ketchikan to Nome—a span of more than 1,300 miles—supported by a single back-office cash letter system.Credit Union 1’s more than 80,000 members have capitalized on their increased access to key financial services, increasing deposits by 68% between July 2013 and December 2014. In the past 12 months, the credit union has received more than 3,800 deposits totaling $1.4 million through its ATMs.Branch traffic has declined slightly, but interactions through the call center, mobile and online banking, and ATMs have increased. As a sign of its commitment to all channels, Credit Union 1 unveiled a new mobile app and an enhanced, customizable online portal that includes budgeting tools, financial resources, and an attractive user interface. continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsWith spring less than a month away now is the perfect time to embark on some great end-of-season, indoor projects to beat those lingering winter blues and get your house in shape before the warm weather comes and the flowers burst into bloom—and spending time stuck indoors will be the last thing on your mind.Obviously you don’t want to undertake something too ambitious when your mobility is limited and it’s still too chilly to go outdoors whenever you want a break. So, you may have to balance what you can do easily over a weekend and what is more time consuming and demanding. But that doesn’t mean you might not want to start thinking about undertaking bigger transformative projects when warmer weather arrives. After all, while you’re inside, take an honest look around at your habitat. Is there something bothering you that you have always wanted to change? A new kitchen? Another bedroom? A more inviting living room? A renovated basement for family entertainment? Maybe you can’t put your finger on it, but something just doesn’t seem right. Feel free to consult your friends at Alure Home Improvements to get inspired.In the meantime, why not consider these:Are you sick of winter grays? Bring some color into your home before the weather lulls you outside. Go to the paint store and bring home a color palette. Or take a fabric sample with you from a pillow or curtain or bed spread in the room you have in mind. See what the possibilities are as you try different combinations. Now is the time to go bold, because those tones can energize your home! At a minimum, your walls may just need a new coat of paint. If you have neutral colored walls, accents on the trim and molding could complement the bright look you’re after with your new decor. But don’t be too impulsive, because you’re going to be living in that space for a long time to come. You may get pretty sick of those orange walls sooner than you thought! To spark your imagination, you can consult websites, such as Pinterest, or talk to your friends at Alure Home Improvements. Just remember that if you paint indoors, you’re going to want to keep the windows open while the paint dries—and that might not be a good idea when it’s cold and windy outside.Are your winter heating bills making you blue? There’s a dozen home improvements you can do now to save energy and money—and they’ll also help you cut costs when you turn your air conditioner on—yes, that time will come, too. You can count on it.So, why not apply caulk around your windows and doors to seal up those cracks and holes? You’re keeping the warm air inside—and keeping out any critters thinking it’s time to come in from the cold. You might also want to seal around the heating ducts in your basement and attic. If you can, add or replace any weather stripping in the windows.If you have tile or wood floors, put down some area rugs. They’ll create a layer of do-it-yourself insulation, which you’ll appreciate if you’re walking around barefoot. Check out your electrical outlets, especially if they’re in the exterior walls of your house. If they’re cold to the touch, they’re letting in outside air. From your hardware store, you can buy outlet covers that you can easily install behind the front plate. You may need to shut the power off in that room to make the switch, but the process is simple and the energy savings are worth it.If you have an open fireplace, you may want to install glass doors to close it off when it’s not in use. Warm air rises through the chimney—and there goes your money! So make sure you keep the flue shut after the fire has gone out.Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsHere’s another simple tip: Insulate your attic door. You can purchase covers that are pretty easy to set up and remove when the weather warms up. If you don’t need access to the attic, then leave them up all year round to cut down on drafts.If you don’t have storm windows for your home, you can still take steps to cut down on the cold. You can buy simple transparent covers that let you see in and out. Or you can add curtains, especially thick drapes, to seal in the warmth.If your garage is part of your house, it’s a major source of cold air. If you can insulate the door to the garage, then do so. Maybe you can add a storm door. Or perhaps you can add a layer of plastic on the side of the door that faces the garage, anything to cut down on heat loss. Garage doors themselves are not insulated as a rule, so if you see any cracks or holes around the windows in the door, seal them up with caulk.And if you don’t have the energy to do those tasks, try something simple when you’re spending time indoors: Clean out your closets and your basements. You may find forgotten treasures. At the least, you don’t need the clutter. More importantly, you’ll create space that will help you improve your life in more ways to come as you get a load off your mind. And, remember: Doing it now will give you more free time when spring comes along!last_img read more


first_imgAirbnb recently released the results of the first quarter of this year, which showed that their marketing costs are rising quite sharply, so this move to work with Google could have important financial implications when Google starts monetizing the feature. Airbnb’s trial debut on Google, in case it becomes the standard way to distribute their offerings, is strategically important to the company because of the planned initial public offering next year. Airbnb doesn’t seem to be afraid to rely on Google to a greater extent than the advertising itself through the platform, as they have done so far. Google’s new service works in such a way that when users search for accommodation, through the Google search interface, they can select an online agency such as Airbnb and make a reservation on the website of the said agency. Airbnb’s participation in this program is a “victory” for Google, which seeks to make its travel platform comprehensive, and without players like Airbnb, there would be a big hole in the supply of offers. But Airbnb’s involvement in this project could only be a small test to see if it’s worth participating.center_img Earlier we wrote that Airbnb refuses to participate in the new program of renting accommodation within Google search, but in recent days their offer of accommodation facilities has started to appear on Google. For now, the offer of holiday homes and apartments appears only in a few European cities such as Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid, reports Shift. Airbnb’s participation in Google’s program, which could be a shorter or longer-term experiment, is significant because until recently, Airbnb was one of the few major players among online travel agencies that was absent from Google’s private rental rental site, which launched this year . Source / photo: Skift; Google Tripslast_img read more