Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands Members of an Australian led multi-nation Task Force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 were welcomed to the country last week by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson.Operation RENDER SAFE is an ongoing Australian-led operation to safely dispose of large amounts of explosive remnants of war, or ERW, which are a legacy of the World War II across the Pacific region.In formal introductory briefings at the Task Force headquarters in Honiara, members of the Task Force, known as Combined Joint Task Force 663, (CJTF663) heard that the local Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) were some of the most skilled Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians in the region but Operation RENDER SAFE was an important supplement to the local effort.Commander Joint Task Force 663, Commander Doug Griffiths RAN, told Task Force members that the RSIPF were known as the “gold standard” of Explosive Ordnance Disposal across the South West Pacific region. “We will be working with some of the best in the region, people who have grown up living with the threat of explosive remnants of war, but we will also be giving them an important boost in their capacity to make a dent in the huge amount of unexploded ordnance around the national capital and in some of the outlying islands,” said Commander Griffiths.Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson told members of the Task Force that their contribution was an important contribution to the local economy and community. “You are going to make a real difference working with some extraordinary people,” he told the Task Force.“You are returning to the Solomon Islanders land that they can use to grow produce, to create businesses, to educate their kids and to change their lives,” concluded Mr Anderson.Operation RENDER SAFE includes personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Solomon Islands. The Operation will move into the main phase of its tasking commencing on 8 November and concludes on 7 December 2013.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: RAN November 11, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

Kaitlyn Bristowe Responds to Carrie Ann Inaba’s ‘DWTS’ Judging


first_imgNo hard feelings. Kaitlyn Bristowe knows Carrie Ann Inaba‘s tough judging on Dancing With the Stars is coming from a good place — even though she doesn’t completely agree with it.The former Bachelorette, 35, and the choreographer, 52, haven’t seen eye to eye throughout season 29 of the ABC dance competition, which kicked off in September. During the November 2 episode, Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev gave their routine their all, but it still wasn’t enough for Inaba. While fans have quickly come to Bristowe’s defense, she encouraged them to reign it in.- Advertisement – Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “I know that Carrie Ann was getting heat on social media for being hard on me and I’m like, ‘Make it stop!’ Because this is a TV show, right?” the Canada native said on a recent episode of her “Off the Vine” podcast. “Carrie Ann is totally allowed her opinions. I’m allowed to not agree with them or feel hurt by them, but it doesn’t mean people need to go and bully on her. I heard that she feels bullied and that makes me feel so terrible because I’ve been bullied so hard online … Don’t go bullying her because she’s being hard on me. That’s her decision and she’s a judge. That’s why she’s paid the big bucks to be a judge on that show, right?”Kaitlyn Bristowe Reacts Carrie Ann Judging BacklashKaitlyn Bristowe and Carrie Ann Inaba. ABC/Eric McCandless (2)After the last episode of DWTS, viewers took to social media to discuss the differences in Bristowe’s scores and those of her fellow competitors. Some fans even wondered if Inaba was harder on Chigvintsev, 38, because of their past romance. After seeing some of the backlash online, the Hawaii native took aim at those who chose to attack her professional opinions.“I still get bullied. … I can’t believe it still happens as adults,” she said during the November 3 episode of The Talk. “I want to tell people who bully: It doesn’t make me change the way I judge. I’m not about to change because you try to bully me. It only makes me stand stronger in my convictions and what I believe in.”- Advertisement – Following their recent disappointing scores, Bristowe and the Russian ballroom pro admitted to Entertainment Tonight that Inaba’s judging was starting to feel “a little personal.” Despite her questions about the feedback she’s received, the former spin instructor doesn’t think Inaba deserves to be trolled.“I want everybody to not be mean to Carrie Ann even if she’s harsh on me,” Bristowe said on her podcast, adding that it makes her “sick” to see negative comments about the DWTS judge. “You can ask why. You can wonder why or be like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ But don’t be mean. That’s all I have to say.”Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Diana Nyad And Soledad OBrien Inspire Audience at Texas Conference for Women


first_img“When you are chasing your dreams you’re not doing it as a woman,” world famous endurance swimmer Diana Nyad told attendees at the 15th Annual Texas Conference for Women at the Austin Convention Center last week.Diana Nyad, record-breaking endurance swimmer, addresses 6,000 attendees at the 2014 Texas Conference for Women“You’re a citizen of the world who deserves to lead a meaningful, happy life.”Last year, Nyad became the first person to complete the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She did so on her 5th attempt at the age of 64. “You are forgetting the most critical element here,” Nyad said she told her skeptics. “That’s the power of the human spirit.”The Texas Conference for Women is the state’s largest personal and professional development event for women, attracting 6000 attendees this year. The audience also heard from Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer.“Making a risky career decision is not about your career,” O’Brien said of her own professional transitions. “It is always about the kind of life you want to lead and the kind of impact you want to have.”Other keynoters included Tamara Mellon, the former chief executive officer and chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo and founder of TAMARA MELLON brand and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer-Prize winner and New York Times best-selling co-author of A Path Appears and Half the Sky. The Conference also featured Malala Fund CEO and co-founder Shiza Shahid, and Debbie Sterling, the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning toy company that encourages girls to pursue engineering and technology from a young age.Attendees at the 15th Anniversary event heard from over one hundred speakers discussing issues that matter most to women’s lives, participated in skill-building sessions with industry experts and developed new relationships with women from across the state.“We could not be more excited to have such remarkable speakers with us today as we celebrate this special 15th anniversary of the Texas Conference for Women,” said Texas First Lady Anita Perry, co-founder and host of the Conference. “We set out to create a day that will inspire, educate and empower women, and I know all of our attendees will leave here today with the confidence and motivation they need to overcome any obstacle and to blaze new trails.”A Conference favorite, Local Leader meet-ups offered attendees the chance to have one-on-one conversations with local businesswomen and community leaders, and intimate Coaches Corner sessions gave attendees an opportunity for one-on-one “speed coaching” with a coach from International Coach Federation (ICF) Austin or from Texas Women in Business (TWIB). Conference attendees also had the opportunity to experience the new Cisco Networking Lounge as well as participate in the Career Pavilion, featuring resume reviews by human resource experts.Additionally, the Conference Health & Wellness Pavilion featured exciting speakers throughout the day discussing important health topics, and attendees had the chance to visit onsite exhibits featuring hundreds of organizations and companies offering a variety of services and products that specifically appeal to women.“We are honored to support and encourage the thousands of women gathered today in Austin for this transformative event,” said Gayle Morris, Vice President, Americas Services at Cisco Systems. “For 15 years now, the Conference has empowered and motivated women to pursue new goals in their personal and professional lives. We’re thrilled to be a part of this extraordinary anniversary and proud to be the Exclusive Networking Sponsor of the Conference.”The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by Cisco Systems, Dell, Freescale, Hail Merry, Rackspace, United, AT&T, Phillips 66, Shell, Cancer Treatment Centers Of America, HEB, Pfizer, Texas Beverage Association, AAA Texas, CVS Caremark, ExxonMobil, Home Away, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Morgan Stanley, NRG, Raytheon, TidBits Media Group, Time Warner Cable, USAA, Walgreens, Austin American-Statesman, Austin Monthly, AW Media, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Clear Channel Outdoor, KXAN and The Texas Tribune.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more