Defence Secretary oral statement on Defence Command Paper

first_imgDefence Secretary oral statement on Defence Command Paper As a young officer, thirty years ago almost to the day, I was summoned to the drill square to have read aloud key decisions from the government’s defence review, ‘Options For Change’.We did not know it then but the world was set for massive change. The fall of the Soviet Union, the rise of China, the global impact of the internet and emergence of Al Qaeda were some way off, which meant no one was really prepared for what happened when they did.They were all some way off and yet no one was really prepared for what happened when they did.I was part of an Army that, on paper, fielded three armoured divisions in Germany, but in reality could muster much less – it was, in truth, a hollow force.That is why – while I know some colleagues would rather play top trumps with our force numbers – there is no point boasting about numbers of regiments when you send them to war in Snatch Land Rovers, or simply counting the number of tanks when our adversaries are developing ways to defeat them.That is why we have put at the heart of the Defence Command Paper the mission to seek out and to understand future threats, and to invest in the capabilities needed so that we can defeat them.Because in defence it is too tempting to use the shield of sentimentality to protect previously battle-winning but now outdated capabilities. Such sentimentality, when coupled with over-ambition and under-resourcing leads to even harder consequences down the line. It risks the lives of our people, who are truly our finest asset.It would, of course, similarly endanger our people if we simply wielded a sword of cuts, slicing away the battle-proven on the promise of novelty, without regard for what is left behind. Old capabilities are not necessarily redundant, just as new technologies are not always relevant – we must employ both ‘sword’ and ‘shield’.Because those of us in government charged to defend the country have a duty to protect new domains, as well as continuing investment in the traditional ones, but always adapting to the threat.History shows us, time and time again, that failing to do so risks irrelevance and defeat. As the threat changes we must change with it, remaining clear-eyed about what capabilities we retire, why we are doing things, and how they will be replaced.The Prime Minister’s vision for the UK in 2030 sees a stronger, more secure, prosperous and resilient Union, better equipped for a more competitive age, as a problem-solving and burden-sharing nation with a global perspective. To become so requires Britain’s soft and hard power to be better integrated.In this more competitive age, a ‘Global Britain’ has no choice but to step up, ready to take on the challenges and shape the opportunities of the years ahead, alongside our allies and friends.Let us be clear, the benefits and institutions of multilateralism, to which we have all become so accustomed, are an extension not an alternative for our shared leadership and our hard power.UK diplomacy should work hand in hand with the UK Armed Forces abroad. We will invest in our defence diplomacy network in order to strengthen the influence we can bring to bear.And at this point I wish to pay tribute to all our civil servants, who’s professionalism and dedication is every bit as vital to UK security as all the other components in that enterprise.Likewise, in the past we have been too tempted to fund equipment at the expense of our service personnel’s lived experience. That is why over the next four years we will spend £1.5-billion on improving Single Living Accommodation and £1.4-billion on Wrap Around Childcare over the decade._The Government’s commitment to spending £188-billion on defence over the coming four years – an increase of £24-billion or fourteen per cent – is an investment in the Prime Minister’s vision of security and prosperity in 2030.Previous reviews have been over-ambitious and under-funded, leaving forces that were overstretched and under-equipped.This increased funding offers defence an exciting opportunity to turn our current forces into credible ones, modernising for the threats of the 2020s and beyond, and contributing to national prosperity in the process.It marks a shift from mass mobilisation to information age speed, readiness and relevance for confronting the threats of the future.These principles will guide our doctrine and force development.The Integrated Operating Concept, published last year, recognises that changes in the information and political environments now impact not just the context but conduct of military operations.The notion of war and peace as binary states has given way to a continuum of conflict, requiring us to prepare our forces for more persistent global engagement and constant campaigning – moving seamlessly from operating to war fighting if that is required.The UK Armed Forces – working with the rest of government – must think and act differently. They will no longer be held as a force of last resort, but become more present and active force around the world.Our forces will still be able to warfight as their primary function, but they will also have a role to play before and after what we traditionally consider ‘war’; whether that is supporting humanitarian projects, conflict prevention and stabilisation, or UN peacekeeping.But technological proliferation, use of proxies, and adversaries’ operating below the threshold of open conflict means that the United Kingdom must also play a role in countering such aggressive acts.So the steps to sustaining UK leadership in defence must start with ensuring we are a credible and truly threat-oriented organisation, and we must do so in conjunction with our Allies and friends.These reforms today will ensure that we continue to meet our NATO commitments on land and enhance our contributions at sea.As the second biggest spender in NATO and a major contributor across all five domains, we have a responsibility to support the Alliance’s own transformation for this more competitive age.So, today I am setting out in this Defence Command Paper the threats we are facing, our operating concept for countering them, and the investments in our forces that are required to deliver the nation’s defences.That threat demands that we make the following investments and adjustments to the services.The Royal Navywe have also been a maritime nation for many many centuries and it is vital that we have a navy that is both global and powerful.the Royal Navy – because of our investment in the Type 26, Type 31, and Type 32 – will by the start of the next decade have over twenty Frigates and Destroyers.we will also commission a new Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance Ship which will protect the integrity of the UK’s Maritime Zones and undersea Critical National Infrastructure.we will deploy new automated mine hunting systems, which will replace the Sandown and Hunt classes as they retire through the decade.the interim Surface to Surface Guided Weapon, will replace the Harpoon missile and we will upgrade the Air Defence weapon systems on our Type 45s to better protect them from new threats.we will invest further to improve the availability of our submarine fleet and start development of the next generation of subsea systems for the 2040s.the Royal Marines will develop from being amphibious infantry held at readiness, to a forward-based, highly capable maritime ‘Future Commando Force’, further enabled by the conversion of a Bay Class landing ship to enable Littoral Strike.British ArmyOur land forces have been, for too long, deprived of investment and that is why over the next four years we will spend £23-billion on their modernisation.the British Army will reorganise into seven brigade combat teams, two heavy, one deep strike, one air manoeuvre, and two light, plus a Combat Aviation Brigade.in addition, a newly formed Security Force Assistance Brigade will provide the skills and capabilities to build the capacity of partner nations.in recognition of the growing demand for enhanced assistance and our commitment to delivering resilience to those partners we will establish an Army Special Operations Brigade built around the four battalions of the new Ranger Regiment. This new regiment will be seeded from 1 SCOTS, 2 PWRR, 2 LANCS, and 4 RIFLES.our adversaries set a premium on rapid deployability, so we will enhance the existing 16 Air Assault Brigade with an additional infantry unit, supported by upgraded Apache Attack Helicopters. Together they will create a Global Response Force for both crisis response and warfighting.the 3rd Division will remain the heart of our warfighting capability, leading in NATO with two modernised heavy brigades. In order to ensure we are more lethal and better protected they will be built around a modern armoured nucleus of 148 upgraded ‘Challenger 3’ tanks, AJAX armoured reconnaissance vehicles, and the accelerated introduction of Boxer armoured personnel carriers.as I have repeatedly said, recent lessons from conflict in Libya, Syria and the Caucuses have shown the vulnerability of armour. So we will increase both manning and investment in Electronic Warfare regiments, Air Defence, and Uncrewed Aerial Surveillance systems, all complemented by offensive cyber capabilities.the Army’s increased deployability and technological advantage will mean that greater effect can be delivered by fewer people. I have therefore taken the decision to reduce the size of the Army from today’s current strength of 76,500 trade trained personnel to 72,500 by 2025. The Army has not been at its established strength of 82,000 since the middle of the last decade.these changes will not require redundancies and we wish to build on the work already done on utilising our reserves to make sure the whole force is better integrated and more productive.there will be no loss of cap badges. As I have said earlier the new structures will require fewer units. And therefore the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment will be amalgamated with their 1st Battalion to form a new Boxer-mounted battalion.to administer the new infantry we will reorganise the regiments to sit in four infantry divisions.each will comprise of a more balanced number of battalions and give the men and women serving in them a wider range of choices and opportunities in pursuing their careers and specialties.in order to ensure that there is a balanced allocation of recruits we will introduce ‘Intelligent Recruiting’ for the infantry and each division of infantry will initially feed the four new Ranger battalions.the final details of these administrative divisions, along with the wider Army restructuring, will be announced before the summer and no major unit deletions will be required.Royal Air Forcetoday’s Royal Air Force is now deploying world-leading capabilities, P8, Rivet Joint, A400M and the latest Typhoons. The F35 – the world’s most capable combat aircraft – is now being deployed to frontline squadrons. In recognition of its battle winning capabilities we will commit to grow the fleet beyond 48 aircraft.the E3D Sentry, two generations behind its contemporaries, will be replaced by a more capable fleet of three E7 Wedgetail in 2023. These will be based at RAF Lossiemouth, transforming the UK Airborne Early Warning and Control capabilities, as well as contributing to NATO.as the transport fleet improves availability we will retire the C130-J Hercules in 2023, after 24 years of service. Twenty-two A400Ms, alongside the C17s, will provide a more capable and flexible transport fleet.our counter terrorism operations are currently supported by nine Reaper RPAS (‘drones’) which will be replaced by Protectors by 2024. These new platforms will provide the enhanced strategic ISR and strike capabilities that are so vital for all our forces.all forces evolve and the increasingly competitive and complex air environment means we must set the foundations now for our sixth-generation of fighter.the Typhoon has been a tremendous success for the British aerospace industry and we will seek to repeat that with £2-billion of investment in the Future Combat Air System over the next four years, alongside further development of the LANCA UCAV system. We will continue to seek further international collaboration.all services recognise the importance of Unmanned Aerial Systems, which is why we will also develop combat drone swarm technologies.but in order to ensure our current platforms have the necessary protection and lethality we will also upgrade the Typhoon radar and introduce Spear Cap 3 deep strike capabilities.UK Strategic Commandthe lessons of current conflict demonstrate that however capable individual forces may be they are vulnerable without integration.UK Strategic Command will, therefore, invest £1.5-billion over the next decade to build and sustain a ‘digital backbone’ to share and exploit vast amounts of data, through the cloud and secure networks.to ensure our workforce are able to exploit new domains and enhance productivity the Command will invest in synthetics and simulation, providing a step change in our training.the National Cyber Force will lie at the heart of defence and GCHQ’s offensive cyber capability and will be based in the North West of England.keeping ourselves informed of the threat and ahead of our rivals means that Defence Intelligence will be at the heart of our enterprise. We will exploit a wider network of advanced surveillance platforms, all classifications of data, and enhanced analysis using Artificial Intelligence.strategic Command will partner, alongside the RAF, to deliver a step-change in our space capabilities. From next year we will start delivering a UK built Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance satellite constellation.Space is just one area in which the MOD will prioritise more than £6.6-billion of research, development, and experimentation over the next four years.These investments in our future battle-winning capabilities will be guided by the Science and Technology Strategy of 2020 and a new Defence and Security Industrial Strategy, published tomorrow.Our special forces are world leading. We are committed to investing in their cutting-edge capabilities to ensure they retain their excellence in counter-terrorism, while becoming increasingly capable of also countering hostile state activity.To conclude, if this Defence Command Paper is anything it is an honest assessment of what we can do and what we will do.We will ensure defence is threat-focused, modernised, and financially sustainable, ready to confront future challenges, seize new opportunities for Global Britain and lay the foundations of a more secure and prosperous United Kingdom.We will, for the first time in decades, match genuine money to credible ambitions. We will retire platforms to make way for new systems and approaches.And we will invest in that most precious commodity of all – the people of our armed forces.To serve my country as a soldier was one of the greatest privileges of my life: ‘serving to lead’, contributing to keeping this country safe, upholding our values, and defending those who could not defend themselves.Putting yourself in harm’s way in the service of your country is something that fortunately few of us are ever required to do.But we all have a duty to ensure that those who do so on our behalves are as well prepared and equipped as possible.So the success of this Defence Command Paper should not be judged on the sophistication of its words, but the implementation of its reforms.And, ultimately, on the delivery of its capabilities into the hands of the men and women of our armed forces.It is they who keep us safe and will continue to do so in the years ahead. It is to them, their families, and all those across defence that we owe it to make this policy into reality.The work to do so has only just begun. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). 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No all-star game, but all-star salute for fallen soldier remains

first_imgSouthwest Washington Senior All-Star baseball games among the many events called off this springThe games usually are played two days after Memorial Day.Fitting, because the MVP plaques are named after a fallen soldier, Jeremiah Jewel Johnson.This year, due to a quirk in the calendar, the Southwest Washington Senior All-Star baseball games would have been next week, not this week. Of course, that doubleader will not be happening. No spring sports. No championship weekend. No post-season all-star games.The Clark County baseball community can still honor one of its heroes, though.Jeremiah Johnson graduated from Prairie High School in 2001. A few months later, the world changed forever with the attacks on Sept. 11. Johnson joined the U.S. Army.In late 2006, Cpl. Johnson, a husband, a father, and a son, was injured in Iraq in a vehicle crash. He died in January of 2007.U.S. Army Cpl. Jeremiah Jewel Johnson died from injuries sustained in Iraq in 2007. A Prairie High School graduate and one who loved playing baseball, the Johnson family gives out a scholarship in his name every year at the Southwest Washington Senior All-Star games. There is no event this year, but the plan is for the scholarship to return in 2021. Photo courtesy of the Johnson familyU.S. Army Cpl. Jeremiah Jewel Johnson died from injuries sustained in Iraq in 2007. A Prairie High School graduate and one who loved playing baseball, the Johnson family gives out a scholarship in his name every year at the Southwest Washington Senior All-Star games. There is no event this year, but the plan is for the scholarship to return in 2021. Photo courtesy of the Johnson familyTo honor their son through the years, David and Beth Johnson, along with the Evergreen Baseball Umpires Association, have given a scholarship to the MVPs of the all-star games. That will not happen this year, but David Johnson said the plan is to return in 2021 and beyond.“We always love to go,” David Johnson said of the games. “It’s good to see all the talent that is there.”That talent reminds them of their son, who loved the game and stole hits from opposing players with his diving catches in center field. Jeremiah Johnson was named Prairie’s defensive player of the year for his web gems as a senior. David Johnson enjoys thinking back on Jeremiah’s playing days. It started when Jeremiah was in T-ball. He loved the game immediately. David coached his son until Jeremiah was 15. Jeremiah played club ball as well as high school.David remembered one game when Jeremiah was playing for Prairie when Jeremiah hit three line drives for three base hits to exactly the same spot, the ball landing just a few feet in front of the left fielder. Every time. His coach, Don Freeman, jokingly told Jeremiah that next time he needed to use the whole field. Every year, David gets to share at least one baseball story with the current stars. It has been 19 years since Jeremiah graduated from high school, meaning that this year’s seniors were not even born when Jeremiah played his last high school game.But for a few minutes every year, the current stars get to hear all about Jeremiah Johnson.“The young men are always grateful. It does make an impression when they see Jeremiah’s picture on the plaque,” David Johnson said. “They understand what it’s all about.”In fact, on this Memorial Day, Beth received a text from a mother of a 2017 recipient of the scholarship. The mom said the plaque still proudly hangs on the wall of the family home, and that her family was thinking of the Johnson family on that solemn day.Other former winners have written letters to the Johnson family, thanking them for their sacrifice.“It’s always a good feeling when people remember Jeremiah,” David Johnson said. “When they talk about remembering him, it gives meaning …”“My wife says it keeps him alive.”That goes with the message on Jeremiah’s gravestone: “In our hearts forever.”The Johnson family also wants to thank the umpires association for paying for half of the scholarship. Besides being a solid baseball player, Jeremiah was also a good sport, his dad said.“I appreciate their desire to honor Jeremiah,” David said.No scholarship, no MVPs this year, of course. The response to the pandemic called off, among many things, high school baseball.Former baseball player and soldier Jeremiah Johnson will always be remembered. By those who knew him. And by the future players who will get to know him, even if with just a picture, a plaque, and a brief baseball story.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Brush PrairieClark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : The Mighty Mini-Boat Float: Vancouver mini-boat sails again Next : City of Washougal provides results of 2020 Community SurveyAdvertisementThis is placeholder text No all-star game, but all-star salute for fallen soldier remainsPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Wednesday, May 27, 2020in: Sportsshare 0 last_img read more

CU-Boulder Hosts Leading International Conference On Japanese Literary Studies

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado at Boulder will host the first public conference on canon formation in Japanese literary studies Nov. 12-14 at the Broker Inn in Boulder. According to Stephen Miller, assistant professor of Japanese language and literature and conference chair, the topic of canon formation has become an increasingly important one in the Western literary tradition, but has remained relatively undiscussed in Japan. “It promises to be an exciting conference,” Miller said. “American, Korean, Australian and European scholars will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with recognized Japanese scholars about the Japanese literary tradition and how its tradition of ‘great books’ came about. “The conference will address how literary texts became a part of the canon and how views of the canon have been influenced by literary trends from the West. This is an important step in bringing together the Japanese and American literary academies,” he said. The conference, “Issues of Canonicity and Canon in Formation in Japanese Literary Studies,” will be held in conjunction with the Southwest Rocky Mountain Japan Seminar. In addition to the language department, the conference is supported by the Japan Foundation, the Northeast Area Council of the Association of Asian Studies, and CU-Boulder’s Center for Asian Studies, the Center for Humanities and the Arts, and the Council on Research and Creative Work. This conference is the eighth annual meeting of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies, the largest gathering of Japanese literary scholars in the country. Previous themes have concerned new historicism, the poetics of Japanese literature and revisionism in Japanese literary studies. Keynote speakers include Kubota Jun, professor emeritus at Tokyo University and Japan’s leading scholar on medieval waka, a poetic form; Takahashi Mutsuo, a leading gay novelist, poet and author; and Suzuki Sadami, professor at the International Research Center in Kyoto. Approximately 45 papers and panels will be given by scholars from around the world. The registration fee is $20 for students and $30 for non-students. One-day tickets may be purchased for $10. For more information contact Stephen Miller at (303) 492-7545 or David Boyd at (303) 492-6639. E-mail messages can be sent to [email protected] or [email protected] CU-Boulder’s Japanese language and literature program, part of the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Japanese and doctoral programs in conjunction with Comparative Literature. Its programs are one-of-a-kind in Colorado and its mission is central to the internationalizing of the university and to promoting multiculturalism, diversity and interdisciplinary studies. For more information call (303) 492-6639 or visit the Web site at http://www.colorado.edu/ealld/. Published: Oct. 18, 1999 last_img read more

Donohoe prepares to deliver Budget 2017

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Donohoe prepares to deliver Budget 2017 Previous article“I have absolutely no malice towards Garda Harrison” – Mc GinnNext articleThe new Donegal Management and Backroom Team ratified at County Committee Meeting News Highland Pinterest Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp By News Highland – October 10, 2017 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter The Taoiseach and Finance Minister have pledged that today’s Budget will include a focus on investment in public services and infrastructure.Increases in some social welfare payments, a cut in the USC, the retention of the Help to Buy scheme and changes in income tax bands are among the measures expected to be announced by Paschal Donohoe.In a video released last night, Minister Donohoe promised spending increases, but pledged that past mistakes won’t be repeated………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/07donohoe.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sinn Fein’s Finance Spokesperson says the budget must address the current health and social housing crisis.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says investment is needed in both areas.He’s also calling for more investment in regional infrastructure, particularly in the North West……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pearsebudget.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

769 new covid-19 cases, 67 in Donegal

first_img Pinterest Facebook Previous articlePremier Division Review: Opening day wins For Harps, Drogheda and LongfordNext articleAlmost a third of people directly affected by limitations on driving tests News Highland WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The number of people infected with coronavirus is on the rise.769 new cases have been confirmed and 2 more patients with the virus have died.284 new cases are in Dublin, with 67 in Donegal, 47 in Offaly, 45 in Meath, 44 in Kildare, and the rest are spread across 20 other counties.The country’s 14 day incidence rate has also gone up to 155.3 per 100 thousand people.Meanwhile, HSE Chief, Paul Reid says there’s no evidence people are turning down the AstraZeneca vaccine after its rollout resumed yesterday.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AstraZeneca6pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – March 21, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ 769 new covid-19 cases, 67 in Donegal Facebookcenter_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Xbox Series X specs revealed, aims for “a minimum doubling” over Xbox One X

first_imgXbox Series X specs revealed, aims for “a minimum doubling” over Xbox One XMicrosoft’s upcoming console will also dramatically improve the performance of current and previous gen gamesJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefMonday 16th March 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleMicrosoftXboxThe official specs for Xbox Series X have been revealed, expanding on much of the info Microsoft has announced in the past few months.GamesIndustry.biz sister site Digital Foundry was invited to the company’s Redmond headquarters for an in-depth look at the machine, and has shared a full breakdown of the hardware under the hood of the upcoming console.The Series X is powered by eight Zen 2 cores at 3.8GHz, a significant improvement on the 2.13GHz achieved by the Xbox One X’s eight custom Jaguar cores. As previously announced, its GPU offers 12 teraflops of power — double the amount of the One X, and considerably more than the 1.4 teraflops in the Xbox One S.Speaking to Digital Foundry, Microsoft technical fellow Andrew Goossen said this has been a key goal for the platform holder.”We wanted a minimum doubling of performance over Xbox One X to support our 4K60 and 120 targets,” he said. “And we wanted that doubling to apply uniformly to all games.”The console has 16GB of GDDR6 memory, up from the 12GB GDDR5 found in the One X or the 8GB DD3 found in the One S.Internal storage will be handled by a 1TB SSD, plus a 1TB Expansion Card, and support for external storage via USB 3.2 HDDs.The article also contains more detail on the recently announced Quick Resume feature, which allows players to switch between multiple suspended games. According to Digital Foundry, the Series X’s processor is capable of running four Xbox One S game sessions simultaneously on a single chip. Quick Resume will support a minimum of three Series X games, although more details will be announced at a later date.Microsoft is also making efforts to improve the way older games run on Xbox Series X. Gears 5 was shown to the team with cutscenes running at 60 frames per second — previously limited to 30fps on Xbox One X — while Halo 5 was shown with HDR implementation for a more detailed picture, even though the game never shipped with HDR support originally.Microsoft also confirmed the Xbox Series X can run the entire Xbox One catalogue, speaking to the company’s ongoing ambitions for backwards compatibility. This is not done with an emulation layer but utilises the hardware itself, with the team shown original Xbox title Fusion Frenzy running with HDR on the new console.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Xbox Series X is due for release by the end of the year, although the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on manufacturing has led to speculation that it may be delayed into 2021. More information on the console was expected at the platform holder’s E3 press conference, but with the event cancelled due to the outbreak, Microsoft is currently planning a digital alternative. You can find more details on the Xbox Series X specs below:Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 2 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Canadian PM Trudeau proposes significant prices to be put on carbon emissions

first_imgCanadian PM Trudeau proposes significant prices to be put on carbon emissionsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau set out a plan to put a CAD 10 (USD 7.6) per tonne price on all carbon pollution by 2018, which would then rise to CAD 50 per tonne by 2022, as he shows a stern resolve to tackle climate change head on, while stimulating the Canadian economy at the same time. October 4, 2016 Sam Pothecary Markets Markets & Policy Technology Technology and R&D Share In an impassioned speech to the House of Commons, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau presented a strong proposal to reduce carbon pollution by putting a price on all carbon by 2018. Trudeau had already outlined his support for a clean energy transition, and this plan showed that he is serious in acting now to cut emissions and to use it as a springboard for new opportunities in the Canadian economy.The Prime Minister started his speech by speaking of failings by previous governments and the effect that these failings have already had. He didn’t dance around the topic of climate change, like so many leaders have in the past, and continue to do, but instead confronted it head on, and showed a clear resolve to tackle it.“After decades of inaction, after years of missed opportunities, we will finally take real and concrete measures to build a clean economy, create more opportunities for Canadians, and make out world better for our children and grandchildren,” Trudeau stated. “Mr. Speaker, we will not walk away from science, and we will not deny the unavoidable.”Carbon polluters pay the priceNot wanting to make wishy-washy statements, the PM went on to outline a clear plan to reduce carbon emissions by putting a price on carbon across the whole country as of 2018. The proposed price will start at a minimum of $10 per tonne in 2018, going up a further $10 each year, to eventually reach $50 per tonne in 2022. At this stage it will be reviewed again.Interestingly, different areas of the country would have a choice for how to incorporate this price, by either adding it directly onto carbon pollution, or by adopting a cap-and-trade system. Additionally, each province will keep the revenues that are generated under the program. But the PM was clear to point out that for now this is only a proposal, and is still open for discussion from different groups within society.“Over the next two months, the government will collaborate closely with the provinces, territories and Aboriginal organizations to finalize this plan,” Trudeau continued. “These discussions are essential, because we know that no plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can succeed without the help of our provincial and territorial partner, who have already shown great leadership in tackling climate change.”Everyone benefits, including the economyCareful not to focus purely on the environmental benefits of taxing carbon and the transition to a ‘clean’ economy, Trudeau pointed out that there would be a host of economic benefits as well. He stated that this plan will encourage businesses to innovate in finding ways to reduce carbon emissions, and that it will eventually make Canadian business more competitive.Not only this, but the PM pointed to new and exciting job prospects that will be created as a result of this economic shift, highlighting the increased investment in renewable energy, which was almost 50% higher than in fossil fuels in 2015.“This framework will include not only the plan for pricing carbon pollution, but will also pave the way forward to better support innovation and jobs in the clean energy sector, manage the effects of climate change, and improve our capacity for adaptation and climate resilience,” Trudeau stated.It is not the first time that we have seen Trudeau show clean support for the reduction of carbon emissions, as already twice this year he has met with U.S. President Obama to discuss action on climate change and to plan better ways to incorporate clean energy sources. 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Lady Devils win SHAC opener over Whiteoak 68-41

first_imgReach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports. Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports. Lady Devils win SHAC opener over Whiteoak 68-41November 25, 2015Peoples DefenderSports0 North Adams wins SHAC opener Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. North Adams 68 Whiteoak 411st 2nd 3rd 4th TotalWO 8 15 11 7 41NAHS 16 22 20 10 68WO (41): Jones 3 1-2 7, Carr 1 4-4 6, Harless 4 0-0 9, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Wardlow 4 4-6 12, Chisman 1 0-0 2, Luman 1 1-2 3, Team 15 10-14 41.NAHS (68): Dinsmore 7 2-2 16, Hesler 4 0-0 8, Hupp 4 1-2 9, McDowell 4 0-0 8, Jenkins 2 0-0 4, Avery Harper 9 5-9 23, Team 30 8-13 68.Three-Point goals: Whiteoak- Harless 1JV Score: North Adams 60 Whiteoak 6 PreviousLady Dragons drop SHAC opener, fall 55-46 to FayettevilleNextLocals are Wendy’s Heisman winners Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Top Searches Top Searches COVIDSchwWEST HomeSportsLady Devils win SHAC opener over Whiteoak 68-41 By Mark Carpenter – [email protected] North Adams 68 Whiteoak 411st 2nd 3rd 4th TotalWO 8 15 11 7 41NAHS 16 22 20 10 68WO (41): Jones 3 1-2 7, Carr 1 4-4 6, Harless 4 0-0 9, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Wardlow 4 4-6 12, Chisman 1 0-0 2, Luman 1 1-2 3, Team 15 10-14 41.NAHS (68): Dinsmore 7 2-2 16, Hesler 4 0-0 8, Hupp 4 1-2 9, McDowell 4 0-0 8, Jenkins 2 0-0 4, Avery Harper 9 5-9 23, Team 30 8-13 68.Three-Point goals: Whiteoak- Harless 1JV Score: North Adams 60 Whiteoak 6 https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_devil1.jpgNorth Adams wins SHAC openerBy Mark [email protected] – Coach Rob Davis and his North Adams Lady Devils got their 2015-16 Southern Hills Athletic Conference slate off to a good start on Nov. 24, hosting the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats and handing their guests a 68-41 defeat. After a slow start, the Lady Devils pulled away behind strong offensive efforts from Avery Harper and Staci Dinsmore to improve their record to 2-0 on the year.“We still need to be more consistent through the whole game,” said Coach Davis. “We did a nice job of attacking the paint and glass and using our size advantage. The girls shared the basketball well, finding the open man and getting the open shots.”Harper’s big night consisted of a 23-point effort and 8 of those came in the first quarter which ended with North Adams on top 16-8. In the second stanza, the Lady Devils got three baskets each from Dinsmore and Lakyn Hupp, outscoring the Lady Cats 22-15 to open up a double digit halftime lead at 38-23.After the break, North Adams got a balanced third quarter with six different girls getting in the scoring column. With a 20-11 advantage in the quarter, the lead swelled to 58-34 with just eight minutes of action left.With Coach Davis substituting freely in the final period, the Devils got a pair of baskets from Taylor Hesler and coasted home with the 68-41 triumph, opening their SHAC schedule successfully.The Lady Devils shot 42% from the field for the game (30-72) and were led by Avery Harper’s 23 points. Harper turned in a double-double night as she also hauled down 12 rebounds. Staci Dinsmore scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, had 6 steals, and added 4 assists. Lakyn Hupp scored 9, while Taylor Hesler and Grace McDowell added 8 each. Hesler also chipped in 4 assists and 5 steals and McDowell added 5 boards.“It was nice to get our first league win,” said Coach Davis. “Now we have to begin to focus on a very talented Eastern Brown team.”The game Coach Davis was referring to will take place on Monday, Nov. 30 as the Lady Devils travel to Eastern Brown for an early season SHAC showdown, which is sure to draw a capacity crowd.The JV game on Tuesday night was the JV coaching debut for North Adams’ Tony Williams and it was a “no contest” debut as his Lady Devils routed Whiteoak 60-6. Every player on the North Adams roster entered the scoring column, led by 15 points from Brooklyn Stout and 11 from Adison Wright. The Lady Devils led at every stop, 19-3, 30-4, 37-6, and 60-6.“I was proud of everyone’s effort tonight,” said Williams. ” We ran our sets well and it was good to see everyone contribute like they did.” last_img read more

Mario Deslauriers Wins $25,000 Fidelity Investments 1.50m Classic

first_imgWellington, Fla. – Canada’s Mario Deslauriers and Tigger won the $25,000 Fidelity Investments 1.50-meter Classic in Week II of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Saturday.Of the 28 combinations to start the class, five made it to the jumpoff on the Anthony D’Ambrosio designed course.DesLauriers and Tigger, owned by Jane F. Clark, were quick and clean in both the first round and the jumpoff. The pair finished the jumpoff in 39.572 secs., 1.722 secs. faster than Leslie Howard of Westport, Conn. on Raimond W who placed second.Candice King of Wellington, Fla. on Skara Glen’s Rebozo was third.Results:Pl  Horse                         Rider                     1st Rd        Jump Off1. Tigger                         Mario Deslauriers   80.170        39.5722. Raimond W                  Leslie Howard        82.886        41.2943. Skara Glen’s Rebozo    Candice King         83.828         42.6674. Santos Utopia              David Arcand         80.965     4  36.1765. Campino103                Peter Wylde           81.841     4  44.4776. Contino 14                  Jonathon Millar     1 85.284                   7. Murka’s Pom D’Ami      Peter Charles       1 85.546                   8. St. Laurent                  Julie Welles          4 79.588                    Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett believes ‘justice will be served’ after brutal attack

first_imgGabriel Olsen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Three days after he told police that he was attacked in a possible hate crime in Chicago, Jussie Smollett thanked his fans Friday and assured them that he was on his way to recovery, both mentally and physically.“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” the 36-year-old “Empire” actor said in the statement to ABC News. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”ESSENCE Magazine first reported Smollett’s statement.And though Chicago Police have told ABC News that Smollett is only being viewed as the victim in this investigation, the actor is still bothered by some chatter online that his story may have changed in any way. Police also revealed video grabs earlier this week of two men that they hope to question about the incident.“I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level,” he said in the statement. “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.”Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department was taking the case as seriously as it does any crime, but called Smollett a “victim” and said he’s been “cooperative.”“The allegations are horrendous, horrible and cowardly,” Johnson said, adding, without specifics, that detectives have made progress. “We have no reason to believe he has not been genuine.”In his statement, Smollett said attacks like the one he described are “happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily.”“I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident,” he added.Smollett said that he will address the details of the attack soon, but needs a “moment to process.”“Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love,” he said in the statement. “It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”The “Empire” star told police he was attacked early Tuesday. He was subsequently hospitalized and released, local authorities said.Smollett told police that the men also allegedly poured “an unknown chemical substance” on him, possibly bleach, and wrapped a rope around his neck, police said. The rope was still around Smollett’s neck when police spoke to him, officials said.Smollett’s family also released a statement Thursday, saying he was the victim of a “violent and unprovoked attack.”“We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime,” the family wrote in the statement to ABC News. “Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice.”Chicago Police has told ABC News that a dozen detectives are pursuing new leads and have tracked the actor’s movements that morning through video and photos.They said early Thursday that video shows Smollett walking across the street from two men, whose photos were released late Wednesday to the public. In the video, Smollett walks out of frame for about a minute and reappears on another camera “wearing a rope like a neck tie,” police said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more