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Australian Royal Commission criticizes diocese and two former bishops over…

first_imgAustralian Royal Commission criticizes diocese and two former bishops over child safeguarding failures Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Posted Dec 7, 2017 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Children Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC [Anglican Communion News Service] An official inquiry looking at institutional response to child sex abuse in Australia has heavily criticised the Diocese of Newcastle and two former bishops for their “do nothing approach.” The Royal Commission, an official statutory inquiry, found that by failing to act,  former Bishop of Newcastle Alfred Holland enabled the continued abuse of children by two priests: Peter Rushton and James Brown; and it said that failings by his successor, Bishop Roger Herft, of “weak and ineffectual” leadership which “showed no regard for the need to protect children.”Read the full article here. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Rector Shreveport, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA last_img read more

Behind the attack on Syria

first_img“You furnish the pictures. I’ll furnish the war.” Publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1898, preparing the groundwork for the U.S. war with Spain and seizure of Cuba.The Trump administration’s attack on the Syrian air force was first directed at Russia as well as the government of Bashar al-Assad. China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were secondarily targeted.The chemical weapons attack in Syria, assuming that it was not totally staged by enemies of the Damascus government, was aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to shift his political orientation away from rapprochement with Russia — and to keep military pressure focused on the long-term goal of overthrowing the Assad government. Washington not only wants to overthrow Assad, but it also aims to place a compliant government in Damascus that will oust the Russians from Syria and the Mediterranean altogether.The U.S. imperialist military strike came five days after Trump’s U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “The United States’ diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power.”  (Reuters, March 30) The publicity surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack was designed to reverse this Trump policy.Charges with no evidenceThe accusations against the Assad government have been unanimous and thunderous in the capitalist media, Congress and the military. All this has gone on despite there being not one moment of investigation or one element of cogent proof that Damascus had any role in the alleged attack. The Syrian government has categorically denied the charges, but its denials have received no publicity in the capitalist media.In all, this one thing is certain: The Syrian government had no reason to carry out such an attack. It has been winning the war without using chemical weapons and has the least motive of all parties involved to carry out such an attack. The attacks hurt the Syrian government and helped the imperialists and their reactionary client groupings inside Syria.In any criminal investigation the first things to look for are motive, means and opportunity to carry out the crime. The parties with the overriding motives, means and opportunity to do such a thing are the U.S. government and the reactionaries in Syria who are losing the war. Those in the latter group have been unsuccessfully trying to overthrow Assad and seek to draw the U.S. government into the military struggle.Times neocon propagandists on the Syria caseThe New York Times led the charge in instantaneously accusing the Assad government. The Times assigned their two most committed anti-Syrian-government propagandists to cover the story — Michael Gordon and Anne Barnard.Gordon was co-author with Judith Miller of Times articles promoting the idea that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the build-up to the 2003 U.S.-British invasion. Miller eventually lost her job for lying about claims of the existence of these weapons in Iraq. George W. Bush used these claims to bolster the pretext for invasion. Barnard writes like a publicist for the reactionary Syrian groups.Progressive writer and founder of Robert Parry explained on April 5: “Gordon has been at the front lines of the neocon ‘regime change’ strategies for years. He co-authored the Times’ infamous aluminum tube story of Sept. 8, 2002, which relied on U.S. government sources and Iraqi defectors to frighten Americans with images of ‘mushroom clouds’ if they didn’t support President George W. Bush’s upcoming invasion of Iraq.”It turned out that the aluminum tubes were meant for conventional weapons.Seymour Hersh, an investigative reporter who exposed the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam, reported in 2015, “In spring 2013 U.S. intelligence learned that the Turkish government, through elements of the MIT, its national intelligence agency, and the Gendarmerie, a militarised law-enforcement organisation, was working directly with al-Nusra and its allies to develop a chemical warfare capability.”Hersh continued: “Our senior military officers have been told by the DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] and other intelligence assets that the sarin was supplied through Turkey, that it could only have gotten there with Turkish support. The Turks also provided the training in producing the sarin and handling it.” (reported by Robert Parry,, Sept. 16, 2015)Following the chemical gas attack in 2013, the Times reported that experts followed the path of missiles carrying the gas, and it led back to Damascus. It later turned out that the missiles had a range that could not have carried them from Damascus. The actual range was the distance from rebel-held territory. (, Dec. 29, 2013; linked to Times article)Ruling-class goal: Force Trump to oppose Russia, AssadEven during the U.S. election campaign and since Trump won, the Pentagon and the ruling class in general have aimed to undermine the Trump administration’s attempt to shift U.S. foreign policy toward more cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The horrendous pictures of the alleged chemical attack in Syria were calculated to box Trump in and leave him no alternative but to attack the Syrian government.The drumbeats for attack on Syria came relentlessly from almost all ruling-class quarters — from Democratic Party moderates to Republican reactionaries. Trump, who has been the butt of attacks, ridicule and jokes in the corporate media, was momentarily catapulted from the status of bungling buffoon to the position of decisive leader. This praise, however, is only temporary. The military and its mouthpieces in Congress, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, are prodding Trump to go further and explain what’s next.Militarization of National Security CouncilIn all the celebration about Trump’s sudden show of leadership, what is being omitted is that he has militarized the government at the top. He received much praise when he pushed Stephen Bannon off the government’s most powerful committee, the Principals Committee of the National Security Council.Bannon is an ultra-right extremist with an apocalyptic vision of war in Asia and is viciously against Islamic civilization. But the cheers for Bannon’s removal have drowned out any response to the shift in the Principals Committee. Now there are four generals on the council — who are nothing but extremists with weapons.Under Trump the top foreign policy body of the capitalist government has gone from having the facade of civilian rule to open military control of foreign policy. The attack on Syria must be seen in that light.Trump’s secretary of defense is James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a former Marine general. Mattis oversaw Middle East operations as chief of Central Command until his retirement in 2013. Mattis’ many colorful quotes include, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”Mattis opposed President Barack Obama’s Iran deal. He led the attack on Fallujah in 2004, which destroyed this Iraqi city of 300,000 people. The campaign used poisonous and radioactive depleted uranium munitions and caused massive civilian casualties. His troops massacred 24 civilians in Haditha city in 2005. (, Jan. 26, 2012) Mattis refused to apologize. He has been a true military extremist.The head of the Department of Homeland Security is retired Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly, a border security hawk who was in charge of Caribbean and South American operations as head of the U.S. Southern Command. He opposed Obama’s plans to close Guantanamo Bay prison and has stoked fears by raising the specter of terrorists entering the country through the U.S.-Mexican border.Trump’s national security adviser is Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who is still on active duty and is a former tank commander in Iraq and Afghanistan. McMaster replaced Marine Gen. Michael Flynn after Flynn was ousted. McMaster played a key role in expelling Bannon from the NSC Principals Committee. The military unseated Bannon, the ultra-right ideologue, to prevent him from interfering with or listening in on their plans.Also on the committee is Marine Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was a commander during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and a commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan in 2013. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015 that Russia is the “greatest threat to U.S. interests.” (Washington Post, July 9, 2015)The U.S. military plans to have a wide focus that includes Russia, China, the DPRK, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. They especially strive to maintain hostility to Russia now because Washington covets Ukraine and is outraged that the Russians moved quickly to frustrate a total imperialist takeover of that country. The Pentagon is a firm backer of the fascist regime in Kiev and plans to feed it more powerful weapons. This is all linked to its anti-Russian campaign.Washington to Putin: We’re the bossLast year and at the beginning of this year, a joint Russian, Turkish and Iranian task force discussed political settlement issues for the Syria conflict at talks in Astana, Kazakhstan.  (Reuters, Feb. 16) The U.S. had no part in the talks.Washington and the U.S. military reject the political involvement of the Russian government in settling the Syrian question. U.S. air strikes on the Syrian airbase were meant to show Putin who is boss in the region.The same scenario was played out in 2016 when then-Secretary of State John Kerry was engaged with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in working on military coordination and peace talks about Syria. After a marathon negotiating session on Sept. 8, Kerry called the deal “a potential turning point” in the conflict, if implemented. (CNBC, Sept. 9, 2016)However, barely a week after Kerry’s announcement, the New York Times reported on Sept. 17: “The United States acknowledged on Saturday [Sept. 17] that its warplanes had carried out an airstrike in Syria that resulted in the deaths of Syrian government troops. American military officials said the pilots in the attack, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, believed they were targeting the Islamic State.”The article stated, “Russia’s defense ministry said the United States attack had killed 62 Syrian troops, wounded 100 more.” This attack broke up the talks and all possibility of working out a peace plan.DPRK and China also subject of Syrian strikeThe military rushed the U.S. attack on Syria in order to deliver a major diplomatic slap at the People’s Republic of China at the very moment when Chinese President Xi Jinping was meeting with Trump at his Florida White House. Trump did not tell him about the attack until the meeting was over.The strike was also meant to threaten the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. To follow up the strike on Syria, the Pentagon is now sending an aircraft carrier strike force toward Korean waters. The carrier Carl Vinson, accompanied by missile ships and frigates, is steaming there from Singapore to arrive in time for the 105th birthday of historic Korean communist leader Kim Il Sung. April 15 is celebrated in the DPRK as “the day of the sun.”Trump has given the military a long leash. He is fostering their revenge plans against the DPRK, which defeated the U.S. invasionary force in the Korean War. The U.S. military has never gotten over it.Trump has let the Pentagon send more troops to Syria, bomb large numbers of civilians in Mosul and increase drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia — all without the White House signing off on these operations. There has been a major escalation of U.S. military killing of civilians under these new rules.By militarizing the government, Trump has given more priority to the Pentagon and U.S. imperialism’s losing battle to overcome Washington’s diminished position in the world. Trump’s foreign policy slogan is really: “Make the U.S. military empire great again.” But this authoritarian, racist, misogynist, bigoted buffoon has no other talent than to bluster about giving orders. He cannot see that this dangerous course can only end in disaster for U.S. imperialism.Goldstein is the author of Low-Wage Capitalism and Capitalism at a Dead End. Books can be purchased at several websites. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Carthy and Anderson denied entry into Gaza as EU delegation is turned away by…

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Carthy and Anderson denied entry into Gaza as EU delegation is turned away by Israel By News Highland – September 4, 2014 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ News WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Sinn Féin MEP’s Matt Carthy and Martina Anderson have been denied entry into Gaza.They were part of a delegation of 15 MEPs from 6 countries.Speaking from Jerusalem, Ms Anderson, who is leading the delegation, said the Israeli government refused the delegation entry on the grounds that the visit to the region is ‘not directly concerned with the provision of humanitarian assistance’.She says this beggars belief considering that the horrific and harrowing humanitarian situation in Gaza is a direct result of Israel’s 53-day military attack on the Gaza Strip.center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleRivers released from intensive care, still on life supportNext articleGood Guy Braff gave his car away to waiter after getting hired to scrubs News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Direct FIR Against BJP MP Sujay Patil For Unauthorized Procurement And Distribution Of Remdesivir – Plea In Bombay High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesDirect FIR Against BJP MP Sujay Patil For Unauthorized Procurement And Distribution Of Remdesivir – Plea In Bombay High Court Sharmeen Hakim26 April 2021 8:32 PMShare This – xFour agriculturists have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil, BJP Member of Parliament from the Ahmednagar constituency for the alleged unauthorized procurement and distribution of 10, 000 Remdesivir injections. The plea seeks directions for registration of an FIR against Patil and others under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and IPC, alleging that political figures are encashing the pandemic situation for their vote bank at the risk of lives of many patients.Advertisement To impress the voters and to create chaos, the politicians like Dr. Sujay Vikhe are indulging in such tactics in procuring and stocking the injections. One even doesn’t know whether the said injections were distributed to needy people or whether the said injections are genuine or not, the plea states. It cites two Twitter videos where Patil is seen sitting inside an aircraft with boxes, allegedly containing Remdesivir, besides him, claiming that he has procured the vials from confidential sources for the poor, adding, 100 Remdesivir vials were given to Sai Baba Hospital and Ahmednagar district hospital. The plea alleges that several vials were distributed in Patil’s private hospital in Pravara.Advertisement The petition states that if action is not taken against the practice of politicians distributing Remdesivir injections to the public without authority or license in this pandemic situation, it would become a routine practice among most of the politicians and the same would cause stocking of the injections by depriving the needy. A division bench of Justices Ravindra Ghuge and BU Debadwar briefly heard advocate Pradnya Talekar of Talekar and Associates on Monday and kept the matter for hearing on April 29, after the Chief Public Prosecutor submitted that the case was regarding an MP and he would require time to take instructions. Advertisement Advertisement Talekar then urged the court for directions to confiscate the vials, to which the bench said that the respondent can take necessary steps in thins regard. The respondents would be at liberty to take effective steps as they would be normally taken in the event of any such incident. The respondents to the petition include, the State of Maharashtra through the Principal Secretary, the Director General of Police, Superintendent of Police and the Collector, Ahmednagar District.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The petition, filed by Arun Punjaji Kadu (70), Eknath Chandrabhan Ghogre (64), Balasaheb Kerunath Vikhe (62) and Dadasaheb Kushabapu Pawar, all residents Rahuri Taluka in Ahmednagar, claims that the vials purchased without any authority or licence may have been purchased from the black market. It is highly likely that spurious injections are being pumped in the market owing to the dire urgency. The Drug Controller General, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), New Delhi had informed all Drug Controllers of the State and Union Territories to monitor availability of Remdesivir and enforcement activities to stop hoarding, the petition states, adding, in Maharashtra the injection is to be distributed through the District Collectors to hospitals by procuring them from manufacturing companies. The plea states that local authorities didn’t even make an attempt to verify how many injections were procured by Dr. Vikhe Patil from his so-called confidential sources. The Police machinery as well as the Drug authorities of the District failed to seek any information as to how many vials of Remdesivir injections were procured by Dr. Sujay Vikhe Patil, how he has utilised the same, to whom it was distributed, what was the prices charged, from who it was purchased, whether the said injections are stocked or used. Member of Parliament has no authority to purchase and distribute any medical equipment or medicines under any law. The petition further claims that the police failed to understand that the Member of Parliament has no authority to purchase and distribute any medical equipment or medicines under any law. Though Dr. Sujay Vikhe Patil is a non-practising medical professional, however, he cannot step into the shoes of the chemist or pharmacist in procuring the medicines that too without permission of the competent authorities. [Arun Punjaji Kadu & oths vs The State of Maharashtra and oths] TagsBombay High Court Remdesivir Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil Justice Ravindra Ghuge Justice BU Debadwar Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Parents to get right to leave – eventually

first_imgParents to get right to leave – eventuallyOn 30 May 2000 in Personnel Today Parents excluded from the parental leave right because their children were born before the implementation date are likely to win the entitlement – but not for another two years.The TUC’s challenge to the way the Government implemented the European Directive has been referred on from the High Court to the European Court of Justice, which may take two years to make a judgement.Announcing the decision last week Lord Bingham, the Lord Chief Justice, said the challenge was likely to “prevail”.If it does, employers will have to grant unpaid leave of up to 13 weeks to all parents with children under five, not just those born after 15 December last year.However, the entitlement will not be backdated, so parents with children aged three and four years old at the moment will miss out as their children will be too old by the time a decision is made.The TUC called the High Court’s pronouncement a “moral victory”.“Ministers should now extend parental leave to the nearly 3 million working parents who have missed out without the need for a lengthy European court case,” said TUC general secretary, John Monks. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The precision of radar-derived subglacial bed topography: a case study from Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica

first_imgRecent advances in the measurement of bedforms beneath active ice streams have been made using ground-based grid profiling using impulse radar systems operating with centre frequencies in the 3–5 MHz range. Surveys of Rutford Ice Stream and Pine Island Glacier have shown that features such as mega-scale glacial lineations with topographic relief of as little as 3 m can be traced for many kilometres downstream under more than 2 km of fast-moving ice. In the discussion of these data, it is often asked ‘How is it possible to map such fine-scale topography with such a low-frequency radar’. In answering that question, the key point is the distinction between the precision of a radar range measurement to a single, isolated reflective interface and the ability to resolve the presence of two closely-spaced interfaces of similar reflectivity (commonly referred to as the vertical resolution). This paper will discuss and illustrate this distinction and use the case study of data acquired over Pine Island Glacier to examine the limits of precision of the radar range measurement.last_img read more

Tiger Woods shares photo of himself on crutches following February crash

first_imgA post shared by Tiger Woods (@tigerwoods) FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Golf star Tiger Woods posted a photo of himself on crutches and in a walking boot on Friday, offering fans the first public image of him since his serious one-vehicle crash in California in February.The photo, posted on Woods’ Instagram page, was taken at his backyard practice area in Jupiter, Florida. April 24, 2021 /Sports News – National Tiger Woods shares photo of himself on crutches following February crash View this post on Instagram The 15-time major tournament winner was hospitalized for nearly a month, and had multiple surgeries to repair the fractures in his leg, foot, and ankle. Woods had not provided an update since March 16, when he announced that he had returned home to Florida.Woods is seen smiling in the photo, standing with his dog Bugs. The caption on the picture joked that the work being done on his three-hole practice course “is coming along faster” than his recovery.Police in California released their report on the crash two weeks ago, indicating that Woods was driving at more than twice the posted speed limit on a particularly dangerous area of road. The report indicated that he was travelling at 80 mph, before hitting a tree. The SUV he was in rolled over several times in the crash.The report also stated that Woods failed to brake at any point during the accident. He was not cited in the crash. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundlast_img read more

Parking mad! Hunters reports great demand for garages!

first_imgHunters Property Auctions’ recent live event stirred up demand for places to park, with the most successful sale being a garage within walking distance of York City Centre.Offered with a guide price of £10,000-£15,000, the bidding finally settled at £24,500. The vendor was extremely pleased with the result.Gemma from Hunters Auction Department says, “Garages in and around York seem to be in demand based on the results we achieve. Those with garages for sale should consider Auction as this seems to be the most efficient way to achieve the best possible price.”garages Hunters Property Auctions garage auction auction auctioned garage November 8, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Parking mad! Hunters reports great demand for garages! previous nextAgencies & PeopleParking mad! Hunters reports great demand for garages!The Negotiator8th November 20170550 Viewslast_img read more

USS Pinckney visits Hawaii en route home

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US destroyer USS Pinckney visits Hawaii en route home Share this article View post tag: USS Pinckney View post tag: US Navy US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) paid a visit to Pearl Harbor on December 4 on the return leg of a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific and the Persian Gulf.Pinckney left her homeport of San Diego in June with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75.Part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, the ship and her crew sailed nearly 52,000 miles during the deployment – equivalent to roughly twice around the world. Sailors participated in high-value unit escort missions and supported a joint task force during president Donald Trump’s Southeast Asia visit.The crew also provided support to Operation Inherent Resolve in the Arabian Gulf and conducted training and operations with foreign navies including the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Indian Navy.“Over the last six months we have worked with Nimitz Strike Group and our international partners to ensure maritime security and the free flow of commerce from San Diego to the Middle East,” said Cmdr. Frank Walter, commanding officer, Pinckney.HSM 75 flew more than 600 hours during deployment, executing 213 flights from Pinckney in support of strike group operations and national tasking. Throughout her deployment, Pinckney carried out two Strait of Malacca transits, 12 escorts of USNS and US-flagged cargo and support vessels through the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab el Mandeb.Pinckney visited various ports during the deployment, including Pearl Harbor; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Pattaya, Thailand; and Duqm, Oman. Sailors volunteered to spend time and play with children at the Child Protection and Development Center in Pattaya City, Thailand, fostering a positive relationship with the local community.During the deployment, 114 Sailors qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists and 55 Sailors qualified Enlisted Air Warfare Specialists. Administrative personnel processed 82 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and gained 39 and transferred 23 personnel while sustaining 15 changes in personnel routing instruction messages.Supply personnel handled more than 6,700 pounds of outgoing mail, received more than 375 pallets of food costing more than $600,000 and generated more than $210,000 in sales, contributing $50,000 in ship store profits to morale, welfare and recreation.The Pinckney crew received the Force Health and Wellness Award, also known as the Green “H.” The award recognizes sailors who have demonstrated their dedication to helping shipmates make constructive changes in their life by conducting activities like CPR training, smoking cessation courses, regular health fairs, fitness sessions, and education on healthy living practices. Pinckney also received the Battle Effectiveness Award, known as the Battle “E,” for work conducted in 2016. The Battle “E” is presented throughout the navy to ships whose crews consistently exhibit excellence in wartime capabilities and optimal mission readiness within their hull class and region.center_img December 5, 2017 US destroyer USS Pinckney visits Hawaii en route home Authoritieslast_img read more

Gee Whizz: here comes the science

first_imgSmoking causes cancer. ‘Really?’ I hear you say, ‘Thanks ever so much for that original and enlightening gem of information; from now on I will refrain from such a potentially lethal habit.’ Or perhaps not. We have been saturated with messages like this ever since primary school, to the point that they lose their impact on their bored listeners, and so it is easy to forget that those living in a pre-Richard Doll existence were ignorant to such findings. ‘Who is this miraculous man?’ you wonder breathlessly (although admittedly that’s not in amazement but due to the fact that you’ve just smoked a box of Lambert and Butlers.)Richard Doll was heavily involved in research into the relationship between smoking and cancer, a connection he and his colleagues discovered through a study of lung cancer patients. The original hypothesis of these observations theorised that the individuals in question were perhaps affected by the then-new material of tarmac, or perhaps car fumes, until it was discovered that the only connection between them was their tobacco habit (although the suggestion that Richard noticed this trend when joined by the fifty-or-so participants for a quick ciggie on the fire escape is fabricated by, well, me actually).Doll’s place in history was thus established, and while some say that all roads lead to some dusty old place called Rome, it was perhaps inevitable that Richard would end up in Oxford. And so he did, taking up the post of Regius Professor of Medicine in 1969, beginning a new chapter in his very busy career as he almost single-handedly changed public perceptions of epidemiology and became the first warden of Green College.Doll was actually a bit of a multi-tasker. While his work at Oxford is significant in its own right, his findings elsewhere transformed public perceptions of what was once seen as a harmless habit (the children of the Russian royal family couldn’t get enough of the stuff), and brought home its true implications. The fact that we poor students don’t get a tenner every time we give blood (à la USA) is kind of his fault though, as he was key in avoiding such an idea through his work with the National Blood Service. Oh well. You win some, you lose Gareth Peterslast_img read more