HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts

first_img View post tag: HMAS Huon HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts Authorities On 9 December, just prior to departing the wharf on patrol, HMAS Huon’s then Lieutenant Commander Richard Caton received a Silver Australian Defence Force Commendation for his achievements and commitment to duty during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 and was promoted to Commander.Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, and Captain Patrol Boats, Captain Bryan Parker, boarded the vessel to award the Commendation.Commander Caton was awarded a Silver Commendation from the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations for his “outstanding devotion to duty and delivering outstanding operational results as Chief of Staff to Commander Joint Task Force 663 during the planning and conduct of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, the Australian led regional assistance operation focused on the clearing of World War Two remnants of war from the South West Pacific.”Commodore Smyth echoed the comments made in the commendation, noting Commander Caton’s extensive understanding of the region, knowledge of the South Pacific geopolitical and cultural sensitivities, and ability to engage fully at all level of government, helped maximise the impact of operations across Central Provence, Solomon Islands during the operational deployment.Commodore Smyth said:Not only did Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 reduce the threat from explosive hazards across areas on Central Provence Solomon Islands, it also enhanced the reputation of the Australian Defence Force and its allied partners across the South Pacific region.Commander Caton said that his task was facilitated by the outstanding efforts of Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving personnel, as well as Explosive Ordance Device qualified personnel from New Zealand, USA, Canada and the Solomon Islands assigned to the operation.At the end of the operation more than 12,000 individual items of unexploded ordnance totalling over 20,000kg were cleared from waterways, farms, gardens and residential areas in the Solomon Islands. In addition, a number of schools, a women’s shelter and an orphanage had been rebuilt as part of the community outreach during the operation.He also noted that the clear lower deck had been probably the most embarrassing one he had been to.Huon departed on patrol, which would include a port visit to Dili, East Timor. the vessel will be operating in support of Operation RESOLUTE until February 2015.[mappress mapid=”14793″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: OP View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Efforts View post tag: Recognized Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts View post tag: Navy December 22, 2014 View post tag: RENDER SAFE View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Why ‘truth’ beats facts

first_img Media officials probe the erosion of their influence and the clouded future of news How America went astray Related Gwyneth Williams got vital lessons in the importance of truth while she was growing up in apartheid South Africa. The former editorial leader of the BBC’s World Service and its Radio 4 and spring 2020 Shorenstein Center Fellow said she often returned home from school to find her father, an “admittedly eccentric” professor, on the roof fiddling with the radio antenna. He wanted to ensure his family would be able to hear BBC news, “a lifeline in a society where there was propaganda everywhere.”That trust in facts seems almost quaint these days, agreed Williams and Michael Sandel, Bass Professor of Government Theory at Harvard Law School, at a Harvard Kennedy School discussion on Thursday. “Does Truth Have a Future?” explored how the boundaries of fact and propaganda are blurring in a deeply riven, post-truth world.Sandel noted that Williams may be particularly qualified to examine the possibilities of seeing truth more broadly owing to her experience at Radio 4, which he described as “PBS, NPR, and The Atlantic all in one.” Williams produced Sandel’s Radio 4 series, “The Public Philosopher,” which featured debates with audience members, and Sandel noted Williams’ innovative approach to news programming, which adds related art and cultural context to straight reporting.Williams said these additions reach for a deeper truth than the practice of “rolling news” — the reiteration and hyping up of lead stories on many cable channels. “A pattern has developed with the repetition of these stories, and the heightened emotion. Together with digital media, this can have a brutalizing effect,” she said. Thus when Radio 4 covered the Arab Spring uprising nine years ago, it also covered related music and literature, in particular “The Cairo Trilogy” by Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, which chronicles the lives of a family across three generations.“I am not saying we should move away from hard news, but I believe very strongly that it needs to be deepened,” Williams said. “Nobody actually believed that Mexico was going to write a check and pay for the wall, but they knew what [Trump] meant.” — Michael Sandel Feel that clean air and voting are human rights? It’s partly on you Pursuing veritas in a ‘post-truth’ eracenter_img To consider truth’s role in current U.S. politics, Sandel noted that facts alone are not enough to heal political divides. He cited the widespread belief that people might find agreement on such key issues as immigration and climate change if all were better educated about underlying facts. “But I think this is a misreading of what ails democracy. There is a difference between factual truth, and what we might call moral or spiritual truth. The reason we disagree about facts is because we disagree about the underlying moral and political questions — not the other way around.”As an example Sandel cited President Trump’s well-known, untrue pronouncement that “We’re going to build a wall, and Mexico will pay for it.” This was one of the 16,241 false or inaccurate statements by Trump that The Washington Post tallied during his first three years in office. Yet Sandel suggested that fact-checking and analysis are beside the point, since they haven’t changed many peoples’ minds about the president or his administration. The real truth, he said, stretches into something deeper — namely the beliefs of the people who embrace the statement.“Nobody actually believed that Mexico was going to write a check and pay for the wall,” he said. “But they knew what [Trump] meant. He was making an argument that touched on their experiences, convictions, hopes, and fears. Fact-checkers will point out it is not true, and it isn’t as a matter of fact. But it has a claim that is rooted in a certain kind of political argument. And that is the level we have to take it on.”Similarly, he said the disagreement over climate change increases, surprisingly, with the level of education of those involved. As Williams noted, the BBC includes these disagreements in its reporting: “The rule is to say that the preponderance of evidence may support viewpoint X, but we will also discuss viewpoint Y.” New book calls for the embrace of an ‘ethics of responsibility’ to solve social, economic, and political problems In their new book, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn return to Kristof’s rural Oregon hometown to find the roots of white working-class anger In the talk’s final segment, Sandel and Williams emulated Radio 4’s eclectic style by bringing music and poetry into the mix. They played a video of Whitney Houston’s 1991 performance of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (with the famous chorus “His truth is marching on”) to mark the return of troops after the first Gulf War. They also read an Emily Dickinson poem, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” Sandel invited the audience to consider how both these works register on the “truth meter,” and try to understand how they may evoke powerful feelings of truth that extends beyond factual accuracy.Sandel gave his most direct answer when a student asked how to promote the cause of truth through these gray areas. “By taking on and engaging with the deep convictions of those with whom we disagree,” he answered. “We shouldn’t do this out of the conviction that maybe we will change their minds, but that maybe we will see them more clearly, more sympathetically, as a result of this engagement and dialogue.”last_img read more

Miami-Dade Coastal Study Available for Comment

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and non-Federal Sponsor, Miami-Dade County, will be the organizers of an informational public meeting on the Miami-Dade County Back-Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study.USACE and the county will host this meeting September 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the North Shore Park & Youth Center located at 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33141.The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the project alternatives and provide comments on the alternatives and the feasibility study.As reported, the format of the meeting will be an informal open-house, where the public can attend any time during the meeting hours and staff from the Corps and Miami-Dade County will be available to answer questions.The deadline for sending comments on the Miami-Dade County Back-Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study is Oct. 10, 2019.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores-Week #8

first_imgArea Football Friday ScoresWeek #8  (10-5)Batesville  44     Franklin County  13East Central  38     Greensburg  14Providence  42     Milan  13Oldenburg  16     South Decatur  7North Decatur  48     Switz. County  6South Dearborn  34     Rushville  6Lawrenceburg  27     Connersville  26Wes-Del  56     Edinburgh  0Monroe Central  38     Union County  12Floyd Central  37     Jennings County  14Bedford North-Lawrence  55     Madison  19last_img

S.R. 250 is scheduled to close daily for culvert replacement

first_imgMadison, IN-S.R. 250 is scheduled to close daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from S.R. 7 in Jefferson County to S.R. 3 near the Jefferson and Jennings County line beginning Monday, July 8, through Thursday, July 11, for culvert replacement work, weather permitting.The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 256. County roads will be accessible to local traffic onlylast_img