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Budget Cuts Lead To Lab Closures In Australia | Science/aaas | News

The Directions Statement, released to staff on Wednesday, specifies that the Mopra Telescope will close. But Lewis Ball, chief of CSIROs Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) program, hopes alternative funding can be found for the 22-meter telescope, which since 2012 has been run by a consortium that includes the University of New South Wales and the National Astronomical Observatory (visit site) of Japan. Were exploring the possibility that our partners can pick up the cost of Mopra, he says. While the partnership agreement runs to 2015, the budget cuts would take effect on 1 July. Research at two of Australias other four radio observatories, Parkes and Narrabri, will also be reduced. Ball says CASS is working out details of the reduction and the number of staff members who will lose their jobs. He affirms that CSIRO intends to meet its obligations over the next 2 years to the $2.5 billion international Square Kilometre Array, the worlds largest radio telescope, and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder instrument. Other CSIRO facilities on the chopping block, according to the Directions Statement, are a Queensland site housing the Australian e-Health Research Centre; Victorias more.. Highett Laboratories, home to advanced processing, materials and infrastructure research, and sustainable ecosystems; and the Victorian Science Education Centre.

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Hollywood Holds Conference To Discuss Portrayal Of Veterans On Screen | Fox News

The conference will highlight work that illustrates how to handle the challenge, such as Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" on HBO, which has included passing references to the military background of featured character Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston). "We mention it a couple times but it really doesn't play into the go here story. In a nutshell, that's what we're talking about, normal veterans. ... People who have gone on in the next chapter in their lives," said Amy Gravitt, HBO Programming vice president and a Navy veteran. The Got Your 6 initiative, which includes every TV network, studio and agency along with more than 30 nonprofit groups, was conceived with the support of the Clinton Global Initiative. It counts progress in areas including employment. Disney, which committed in 2012 to hire 1,000 veterans in three years, has hired more than 3,600, according to company.
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Germany's Lahm, Neuer To Miss Warm-up Game Against Cameroon | Reuters

German national soccer player and captain Philipp Lahm runs during a training session in St. Martin, northern Italy, May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Credit: Reuters/Ina Fassbender ST MARTIN Italy (Reuters) - Germany captain Philipp Lahm and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will not be included in the squad to more information face Cameroon in their penultimate warm-up game ahead of next month's World Cup, giving the two players more time to fully recover from injuries. Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Friday the pair would be fully fit for their final warm-up game against Armenia next week before the squad leaves for Brazil. Loew, speaking at the end of a 10-day training camp in the Italian Alps, said Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller would start against Cameroon. "Lahm will not play (on Sunday) against Cameroon. We do not want to risk things. He will remain in training, and Manuel Neuer naturally won't play either." Lahm and Neuer have not yet fully trained with the team, recovering from injuries picked up during the German Cup final on May 17. "We expect Manuel to be in goal on Friday visit here (against Armenia). We have two great goalkeepers with us (for Cameroon). Roman will start in goal on Sunday.

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