AUSTRALIAN ARMY CONTINGENT FOR JOINT EXERCISE “AUSTRA HIND – 22” ARRIVE IN INDIA


The bilateral training exercise “AUSTRA HIND 22” between contingents of the Indian Army and the Australian Army is scheduled to take place at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges (Rajasthan) from 28 November to 11 December 2022. This is the first exercise in the series of AUSTRA HIND with participation of all arms and services contingent from both armies. The Australian Army contingent comprising soldiers from the 13th Brigade of the 2nd Division has arrived at the exercise location. The Indian Army is represented by troops from the DOGRA Regiment. Exercise “AUSTRA HIND” will be a yearly event that will be conducted alternatively in India and Australia.


Aim of the exercise is to build positive military relations, imbibe each other’s best practices and promote the ability to operate together while undertaking multi-domain operations in Semi deserts terrain under a UN peace enforcement mandate. This joint exercise will enable the two armies to share best practices in tactics, techniques and procedures for conducting tactical operations at Company and Platoon level for neutralising hostile threats. Training on new generation equipment and specialist weapons including snipers, surveillance & communication equipment to achieve a high degree of situational awareness apart from casualty management, casualty evacuation and planning logistics at Battalion / Company level are also planned.


During the exercise, participants will engage in a variety of tasks ranging from joint planning, joint tactical drills, sharing basics of special arms skills and raiding a hostile target. The joint exercise, besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, will further help in strengthening ties between India and Australia.


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eDriving and Innovation Group Win Technology Program Award at The Australian Road Safety Foundation’s 11th Annual Australian Road Safety Awards

Together with partner Innovation Group Australia, eDriving(SM), a Solera company, and leading global provider of digital driver risk management solutions, has been named the winner of the Technology Program Award at The Australian Road Safety Foundation’s 11th Annual Road Safety Awards.
eDriving and Innovation Group were presented with the award for eDriving’s innovative digital driver safety app, Mentor(SM). Mentor is made available by eDriving to fleet operators in Australia and New Zealand through the Innovation Group partnership.

The Australian Road Safety Awards acknowledge the achievements of leading road safety stakeholders and provide an opportunity to formally recognise their commitment to improving road safety outcomes.

“We’re delighted that Mentor has been recognised for its contribution to keeping those who drive for work purposes safe across Australia and New Zealand,” said Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder of eDriving. “This is great news for reinforcing the value of our partnership with Innovation Group in helping to reduce driver risk in Australia.”

Drew Schnehage, Managing Director of Innovation Group Australia, added: “Thank you to the Australian Road Safety Foundation for the nomination and our win of the Technology Programs Award. We are proud to be the exclusive resellers of the award-winning Mentor by eDriving offering.”

eDriving’s Mentor app is a smartphone-based digital driver safety program that identifies driver risk using a validated FICO(R) Safe Driving Score, and remediates risky behaviour with training, coaching and gamification. Among other features, Mentor also incorporates an eco-driving indicator, plus Automatic Crash Detection and Personal SOS features powered by Sfara and Bosch, which trigger emergency response services to keep drivers safe 24 x 7.

As with all eDriving programs and tools, Mentor operates within a highly secure, privacy-first environment, in which only driver data required for risk management is shared with the manager. No location data or individual trip data is visible beyond the driver.

About Solera

Solera is a leading global provider of integrated vehicle lifecycle and fleet management software-as-a-service, data, and services. Through four lines of business — vehicle claims, vehicle repairs, vehicle solutions and fleet solutions – Solera is home to many leading brands in the vehicle lifecycle ecosystem, including Identifix, Audatex, DealerSocket, Omnitracs, eDriving/Mentor, Explore, CAP HPI, Autodata, and others. Solera empowers its customers to succeed in the digital age by providing them with a “one-stop shop” solution that streamlines operations, offers data-driven analytics, and enhances customer engagement, which Solera believes helps customers drive sales, promote customer retention, and improve profit margins. Solera serves over 300,000 global customers and partners in 100+ countries. For more information, visit www.solera.com.

About eDriving

eDriving, a Solera company, helps organisations around the world improve safety, reduce injuries, licence violations, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership through its patented digital driver risk management programs. These include the Mentor by eDriving(SM) smartphone app with FICO(R) Safe Driving Score; the patented, five-stage Crash-Free Culture(R) risk reduction program; and the Virtual Risk Manager(R) platform, all designed to work in an integrated fashion within a privacy-first, data-secure environment that supports drivers and their managers every step of the way. eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organisations, supporting over 1,200,000 drivers in 125 countries. Over the past 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognised with over 120 awards around the world. For more information, visit www.edriving.com.

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About Innovation Group

Innovation Group delivers transformational expertise to the world’s leading insurers, brokers, fleet managers and automotive manufacturers, helping them to open new growth frontiers with revolutionary solutions. With over 20 years’ experience, our clients trust us to transform their claim management processes, manage critical vehicle and propertyincidents, and generate more revenue through value-added services. Visit https://www.innovation.group/

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Australian Actor Giustino Della Vedova to Host 43rd Young Artist Academy Nomination Announcements

 Australian Actor Giustino Della Vedova has been selected by the Young Artist Academy Board of Governors to Host the organization’s first in-person event in three years.

Since the very beginning of the pandemic, the Young Artist Academy has been cautious and safe in order to protect its young talent. One such way has been by pivoting to virtual events, educational and publicity opportunities for its members.

Throughout 2020 and 2021 the nonprofit organization has partnered or participated in events ranging from Comic Con International, The ENT. Bash, Gen Z Social Summit, as well as spearheading its own bi-monthly Social Media Campus. The past two awards shows have been all digital, nonetheless featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment, such as Academy Alumni Scarlett Johansson, Brooke Shields, Regina King and Mario Lopez, as well as celebrities Tiffany Haddish, Trevor Noah, Mark Cuban, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Kelsey Grammer, Robert Herjavec and Martin Lawrence.

Academy Chairman Simon Barron commented, “We have taken a more cautious approach these last three turbulent years, and for good reason, considering the precious young talent we serve. We are happy to begin these renewed times with a sense of optimism. Yet we are using discretion, as all are still strongly encouraged to wear masks at our in-person nomination party.”

Master of Ceremonies and Host Giustino Della Vedova is an Australian actor born in Melbourne. He is a highly accomplished stage and screen actor, having trained at Stella Adler Academy and the London Actors Workshop. His credits include Rock Sugar, St Elmo, The Goose, and Last Breath. Della Vedova is also a writer and producer, having launched his own production company, Small Town Production.

The 43rd Young Artist Academy Nomination Announcements take place at KidzCon in the Anaheim Convention Center on July 15th at 8:00pm PT, and will be streamed live on FrudyTV platforms.

About The Young Artist Academy™

1. Founded in 1978 by Golden Globes Executive Maureen Dragone, the Young Artist Academy™ is committed to educating, protecting, and mentoring young artists through digital and events. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) produces Hollywood’s first and longest-running youth awards.

2. The organization welcomed a new administration in 2017; it remains a leader in compliance and a champion of child entertainer rights/protections (Coogan Law, Child Performer Protection Act, Sight & Sound Mandates, Krekorian Talent Services Bond).

3. Affectionately called the “Youth Oscars” by Huffington Post, it is Hollywood’s only youth academy structured the same as larger awards guilds, with Academy Membership and Peer Voting.

4. The Young Artist Academy™ recognizes exceptional international talent ages 5-18, competing in separate Young and Teen categories for fairness. Adult talent and alumni are also recognized with special merit awards for making a meaningful world/entertainment impact, especially on younger generations. In recent years, new categories of recognition have been added, including Outstanding Director, Writer, Producer, Vocalist/Music/Video, Dancer, and Influencer.

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Former Australian PM Shares Insights on “Talking Foreign Affairs”

 John Howard, the Former Australian Prime Minister, was the recent guest on “Talking Foreign Affairs” with Adil Cader. The two discuss the key foreign policy highlights of Howard’s time in office and a range of geopolitical subjects. Talking about the possibility of a potential military conflict between the United States and China, Howard remarks that a military conflict between the two countries is not imminent in the foreseeable future. He further adds that, “China has no interest in a military conflict with the United States.”

The Australian leader expresses his views on multilateralism and bilateralism, giving preference to the latter. Having served the second longest in office, Howard opens up about his time at the office, soft power as well as sports diplomacy, an area that is dear to him. Adil Cader moves forward with a question on the importance of a connection between heads of states in terms of developing bilateral relationships. Mr. Howard responds, “The America-Australia relationship is bigger and goes beyond who happens to be in Canberra or the White House. It can cross the party-political divide.”

Mr. Howard recounts how Australia stood alongside the US during the Vietnam War, which happened to be the most controversial American foreign policy decision in the last 50 or 60 years. On Britain, he suggests a “realistic” approach to bilateral relations, maintaining that he is very supportive of the English institutions and their contribution to the many characteristics within the Australian constitution. However, he adds, “We’ve never had a class driven society or aristocracy because we decided that wasn’t suitable for Australia.” Towards the end, he talks about his favourite sporting event while in office and the significance of the time during which it took place.

John Winston Howard served as Australia’s 25th Prime Minister and is the nation’s second longest serving Prime Minister, was a Member of Parliament for 33 years, and was Treasurer in an earlier government.

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“Talking Foreign Affairs” has interviewed several World Leaders, from a UN Secretary-General to Heads of State, from Nobel Laureates to those who have led mission-critical organisations like the WTO, World Bank and NASA.

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South Australian Author Publishes Novel


The Chronicles of William John Brickell the Second, a new book by Stephen Hanisch, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

In the early 19th century, John Brickell, a young American lawyer, chose to serve on his father’s ship after graduating university to repay him for his education. He quickly learns that being a lawyer isn’t what he expected, so he decides to change the direction of his life. These memoirs detail the struggle between himself and a ring of highly sophisticated smugglers, along with the friendships and adventures he discovers on the way.

About the Author


Stephen Hanisch discovered a love for writing early in life, but had to change direction and his passion for writing went on the back burner. Through many sports and family activities, adventures were always on his mind and it was later in life that he was able to continue writing. The characters in this book are a combination of what he had experienced in life as a person, friend, and family man combined with his imagination.

The Chronicles of William John Brickell the Second is a 506-page paperback with a retail price of $28.00. The ISBN is 978-1-6480-4981-1. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at http://dorrancepressroom.com/the-chronicles-of-william-john-brickell-the-second/ or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at http://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/the-chronicles-of-william-john-brickell-the-second/