Archive for July, 2009

4th of July Video

Just added: video from our Independence Day celebrations at the Embassy.

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From Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong on Apollo XI

Neil Armstrong has written a letter to commemorate all those who had worked in the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex at Tidbinbilla. The letter was read as part of the commemorative activities on the anniversary of the moon landing.

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Reports give insight on health of old and young

This month the National Center for Health Statistics has published two reports on the health of children and of older adults.

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 is a compendium of indicators illustrating both the promises and the difficulties confronting young people in the United States. The report presents 40 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives.

The opportunities for older adults to live longer, healthier lives should continue to increase, according to Health Characteristics of Adults Aged 55 Years and Older: United States, 2004-2007. However, variations in health were noted within the four age groups, with the most consistent and striking results found for poverty status and health insurance coverage. 

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A review of maritime issues in East Asia

“The United States has long had a vital interest in maintaining stability, freedom of navigation, and the right to lawful commercial activity in East Asia’s waterways,” stated Scot Marciel, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, in his recent testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concerning Maritime Issues and Sovereignty Disputes in East Asia.
The other witnesses were from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Naval War College, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Henry L. Stimson Center.
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More people vote in 2008 election

Still interested in election results? According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s report on Voting & Registration in the election of November 2008, about 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, an increase of 5 million from 2004. Read the Press release for a summary.

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Trial by jury process explained

Anatomy of a Jury Trial is the latest e-journal produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs. This issue in a sense cross-examines the U.S. jury system, with eyewitness testimony from jurors themselves, judges, a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, a witness, and a reporter.

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More jobs in Canberra and Perth

New position in Canberra: Security Investigator (position description). Applications close 3 August, 2009.

New position in Perth: Management Clerk (part time) (position description). Applications close 5 August, 2009.

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New position in Sydney

Just added:  Visa Clerk, applications close 31 July 2009. Vacancy Announcement and Position Description.

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Clinton explains foreign policy strategies

“Today, we must acknowledge two inescapable facts that define our world: First, no nation can meet the world’s challenges alone … Second, most nations worry about the same global threats … but also face very real obstacles,” said Secretary of State Clinton in her 15 July speech to the Council on Foreign Relations. “For just as no nation can meet these challenges alone, no challenge can be met without America.”

Outlining the five policy approaches of the Obama adminstration, the Secretary noted, “We are working with our key treaty allies Japan and Korea, Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines and other partners to strengthen our bilateral relationships as well as trans-Pacific institutions.”

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Food insecurity continues to increase in world

Food security in 70 developing countries is projected to deteriorate over the next decade, according to the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. ERS researchers estimate and project the number of food insecure people from 2008 through 2018 in their Food Security Assessment 2008-09. Food-insecure people are defined as those consuming less than the nutritional target of 2,100 calories per day per person.

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