Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy (Photo: courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)Alaska’s top military official is stepping down.Listen nowOn Tuesday, following a change-of-command ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Lieutenant General Russell J. Handy will retire after 34 years in the U.S. Air Force. For the last three years of his tenure Handy has overseen Alaskan Command, the 11th Air Force, and Alaska operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD.Taking Handy’s place is Major General Kenneth Wilsbach, who most recently directed operations at US Central Command, based in Florida, and tasked with overseeing operations across North Africa and the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan.Wilsbach will be promoted to a three-star general ahead of taking all three appointments under his new command.Earlier in his career, Wilsbach was a fighter pilot, and served two assignments at Airbase Elmendorf in Alaska between 1998 and 2002.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H P&O Cruises allowed to enforce ‘schoolies’ ban A ban by Carnival Australia on ‘schoolies’ cruises will continue after the Australian Human Rights Commission gave the company, operators of P&O Cruises, a two and a half year exemption from age discrimination legislation.The exemption, which covers ‘unauthorised events’ on its ships, allows P&O Cruises to apply the policy without being in breach of the Commonwealth’s Age Discrimination Act. The ban, which includes strict policies on the responsible service of alcohol and zero tolerance of excessive behaviour, is key to the company’s ‘safety-first’ approach. “Our strong stance on ‘schoolies’ cruises is part of an approach that aims to prevent unauthorised events that could compromise the health, safety and security of our passengers and crew,” Carnival Australia chief executive Ann Sherry said.“The Australian Human Rights Commission’s determination is a commonsense outcome that will be welcomed by all cruise passengers wanting to enjoy a relaxed cruise holiday without the risk of being subject to excessive behaviour. “It effectively recognises that P&O Cruises discriminates in favour of maintaining a safe and secure environment on board our vessels.” Key to Carnival Australia’s policy is the proviso that any passenger under the age of 19 travelling between 1 November and 7 January from an Australian port must be accompanied by a responsible adult.