Appointments – Board of Taxation – part-time members Australian TreasuryThe Morrison Government has appointed Mrs Tanya Titman and Mr Ian Kellock as part-time members of the Board of Taxation (the Board) for a three-year period from 12 May 2021.The Board is a non-statutory advisory body charged with improving the design of taxation laws and their operation by bringing together business and broader community perspectives.Mrs Titman is a Partner at BDO and the Head of Strategic Innovation. She has 25 years’ experience in working with SMEs in areas such as strategic planning and management accounting. Mrs Titman founded her own small business and is the creator of BDO’s Startups Program and Business Growth Program for SMEs. Mrs Titman is a fellow of CPA Australia.Mr Kellock is a tax Partner at Ashurst, specialising in corporate and international tax and focused on taxation of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures, financing and other major transactions. Mr Kellock has over 20 years’ experience in taxation and is a Chartered Accountant.The Government thanks Dr Mark Pizzacalla and Mr Craig Yaxley for their contribution to the Board’s work over the past six years. /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). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ashurst, AusPol, Australia, Australian Treasury, business, community, corporate, CPA Australia, Government, innovation, Morrison, Morrison Government, operation, Small Business, tax
Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man News Media I Don’t “Fear” EvolutionPaul NelsonMay 14, 2019, 1:02 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Paul NelsonSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CulturePaul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.Follow PaulProfile Share Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “Conservatives Shouldn’t Fear Evolutionary Theory,” writes Razib Khan for National Review, as noted already. Interesting about the title of the piece: conservatives shouldn’t “fear evolution.” I don’t fear evolution. I’ve studied it professionally for nearly forty years, and regard large parts of the theory as generally sound.I am skeptical of many claims of evolutionary theory, however. Ironically, the sound or well-supported parts of evolutionary theory are readily incorporated into a design perspective, and really only make sense from that perspective (see Michael Behe’s new book, Darwin Devolves).What’s worrisome to me about Khan’s article is its quasi-hagiographical tone: evolution, he writes, is “a crowning achievement of Western civilization.” The unspoken corollary: anyone who expresses skepticism about evolution is an enemy of civilization.Khan wants sensible conservatives to get on board with evolution. The problem is, unanswered questions, such as the origin of adaptive complexity, will NOT go away because everyone is “on board.”As I said 11 years ago, in my interview with Ben Stein for the movie Expelled, the funny thing about scientific questions that haven’t been properly answered is they refuse to go away. Nature herself will not cooperate, and it doesn’t matter what WE think. She will continue to talk back to us, until we learn to listen to her.Photo credit: Dušan Smetana via Unsplash. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All TagsBen SteinconservativesDarwin DevolvesevolutionExpelledfearMichael BeheNational ReviewnatureRazib KhanWestern civilization,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide
U.S. Army(WASHINGTON) — President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor Monday to Ronald J. Shurer, an Army medic credited with saving the lives of his teammates during a 2008 battle in Afghanistan.Now, Shurer faces another battle: Trump said during the ceremony that Shurer has been battling lung cancer for the past year and a half.“He’s braved, he’s battled, he’s worked, he’s done everything he can,” President Trump said. “He’s been fighting it every single day with courage, with strength, and he’s a warrior.”Amid his fight with cancer, Shurer continues to serve his country, as part of the United States Secret Service Counter Assault Team, which protects the president from possible attacks.“Today is a truly special day for us here in the White House, because Ron works right here alongside us,” Trump said.He described calling Shurer and his wife Miranda into the Oval Office to inform them Ron would be receiving the nation’s highest military honor. “It was a moment I will never forget,” Trump said.Shurer was awarded the medal for his actions during the Battle of Shok Valley. In the early morning hours on April 6, 2008, Shurer was one of the last U.S. Special Forces soldiers to exit a Chinook helicopter and land in the Shok Valley of eastern Afghanistan. There was a moment of quiet as the soldiers began to scale a steep hill – when suddenly everything around Shurer exploded.According to a U.S. Army narrative of what happened next, Shurer’s unit took heavy fire, including rocket-propelled grenades, small-arms and machine-gun fire. The forward assault team became pinned down and sustained multiple injuries. That’s when Shurer sprang into action. Disregarding his own safety, Shurer sprinted through the fire to reach the forward team and treat the wounded.Shurer’s heroic actions, moving through heavy gunfire multiple times to provide aid to the wounded, saved the lives of all the U.S. soldiers injured in the battle. Shurer is the 11th U.S. Army soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and the 15th overall from that war.Though the White House and Department of Defense have recognized Shurer’s heroism, he still gives all credit to his fellow teammates.“This award is not mine. This award wouldn’t exist without the team. If they weren’t doing their job, I wouldn’t have been able to do my job,” Shurer said.A legacy of serviceShurer grew up no stranger to military service. His grandfather was a World War II veteran. His parents were both airmen, and he spent the first few years of his life moving around the country until his family was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Washington state, where Shurer went to high school.Shurer attended Washington State University and was in the middle of a graduate program when the events of September 11, 2001, inspired him to join the Army in 2002.Two years later, Shurer began the process to become a Green Beret. He deployed twice to Afghanistan before being honorably discharged in 2009.“Unlike anything we’d ever faced before”During that second deployment to Afghanistan, Shurer was part of Operational Detachment Alpha from the 3rd Special Forces group paired with several dozen Afghan commandos, sent to kill or capture terrorist leaders of the militant group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin in Shok Valley.As militants rained fire down on Shurer’s unit, he heard someone shouting his name. Shurer ran to then-Staff Sgt. Ryan Wallen, a friend who had a shrapnel injury in his neck.The battle raged on. “We don’t go out on a mission where we don’t expect to meet some resistance, but this was unlike anything we’d ever faced before,” Shurer said.In order to reach the pinned down forward team, Shurer fought his way across several hundred meters, killing multiple militants along the way. When he reached the unit, he treated four critically wounded U.S. soldiers and 10 Afghan soldiers.At one point, a bullet went through one soldier’s arm and struck Shurer’s helmet. “It felt like I’d been hit in the head with a baseball bat,” Shurer said.“But Ron was not done yet. He charged back to the mountain, all the way up, and rejoined the fight. Not a single American died in that brutal battle, thanks in great measure to Ron’s heroic actions,” Trump said.Shurer provided aid and helped suppress the enemy fire for five and a half hours. Eventually, Shurer devised a plan to use some nylon webbing to lower the wounded soldiers who could not walk down a near-vertical 60-foot cliff to evacuate them. He shielded the casualties with his own body.“We used tubular nylon webbing to kind of wrap it around the guy’s shoulders and lower them down to the next group. We did it as carefully as we could, to not cause further injury. And then, we just kind of repeated that process down the hill,” Shurer described.Thanks to Shurer’s actions, all the U.S. soldiers made it out of the battle alive. Two Afghan commandos were killed, including the team’s interpreter, Edris Khan. Shurer’s younger son’s middle name is Edris, in honor of the fallen interpreter.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
One of the world’s largest travel sites, TripAdvisor, has decided that it will no longer promote or allow the booking of tickets for tourist attractions where animals are held captive in poor conditions or abused.As they point out in their statement, attractions such as swimming with dolphins, riding an elephant or painting with tigers will no longer be on TripAdvisor because the owners are violent towards animals. “Our new reservation policy is conceived as a means as well as to contribute to helping and improving animal health and safety standards, especially in markets with limited regulatory protection”Said Stephen Kaufer, President and CEO of TripAdvisor. At the same time, TripAdvisor also aims to celebrate and promote destinations and attractions that are pioneers in animal welfare.TripAdvisor promises to fully adjust its booking policy by 2017, with some changes taking effect immediately. TripAdvisor and its booking partner Viator are also launching an educational campaign aimed at disseminating information about animal welfare and how it relates to some of the attractions on the site. By early 2017, users will find a paw-shaped icon next to animal attractions, with data from animal real groups such as PETA.
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Nature is saying something to us, and we have to listen. We take and take from her daily without considering the consequences it leaves on our planet. We forget that we are on borrowed time while she remains for future generations. Now, she is reminding us who is in charge. We have seen a lot of battles between people, whether it is political warfare, fighting for land, natural resources, a share of the economy, technology or science, and much of it has come at the expense of mother nature. We tend to forget, as much as we want to progress as humans, we still have a role to play in acknowledging nature’s existence, by living in a sustainable way. She warned us with climate change, she warned us with the water crisis, and she is warning us with this virus. We have seen the world come to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And now, it’s in our backyard. Two weeks ago President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national 21-day lockdown. As much as it has had a bad impact on many businesses, the lockdown is necessary for our health and survival. We have to put our differences aside and work together. It aches to see our lives disrupted, however, for us to get back to our normal routines, we have to adhere to the rules. And for now, it means staying at home. We were able to unite and each play our part through the water crisis. We can fight through this pandemic too. Our doctors, nurses, petrol attendants, supermarket workers, officials, journalists and other essential workers are out there, risking their lives, to provide us with services.We owe them a great deal of gratitude. It was sad to see looting of shops at some malls. Even if people were stealing much needed food, it is wrong and also not worth being caught and spending years in prison for it.As sports enthusiasts, we are sad to see sports, including the Tokyo Olympics, major rugby and football events, the Bayhill under-19 Premier Cup tournament and many other events postponed, but, we need to have patience to get through this pandemic. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in isolation. When he came out, with the help of many of our struggle leaders, they were able to give us hope, hope for a country that we can call home. We are not perfect, but for a better tomorrow, the message is simple, let us play our part for our unborn generations. Look after our earth. Look after our brothers and sisters. Look after each other. Together we can. Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.
TSUKUBAMIRAI, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) Shinobu Moromizato held off final-round charges by Paula Creamer, Jeon Mi Jeong and Akiko Fukushima to win her second major title at the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup on Sunday.The 22-year-old from Okinawa stepped to the par-4 18th tee one shot clear of the three players, and matched par to finish a round of 3-under 69 that moved her to 13-under 275 for the tournament. Creamer came up one stroke short and shared second place with South Korean Jeon after matching the day’s low round with a 65 on the Ibaraki Golf Club West Course.“Other contenders were playing very well, so that helped me concentrate on my each shot,” Moromizato said. “Now I feel like I can better deal with tough situations. I’ve got strong mentally.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES