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Minister of the Interior (France)

The Minister of the Interior is an important position in the Government of France. The office is equivalent to the Interior Minister of other countries, like the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, the Minister of Public Safety in Canada or similar to a combination of the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security in the United States; the Minister of the Interior is responsible for the following: The general interior security of the country, with respect to criminal acts or natural catastrophes including the major law-enforcement forces the French National Police the French Gendarmerie for its police operations General directorate for civil defence and crisis management the directorate of Firefighters the granting of identity documents and driving licenses through the network of préfectures relations between the central government and local governments logistics and organization of political elections, at the national and prefectoral levels regulation of immigration and preventing illegal immigration integration of legal immigrants all départemental préfets and sub-prefects are subordinate to the Minister of the InteriorThe Minister of the Interior takes on the role of the former Ministre des cultes and is formally consulted in the process of appointment of Catholic diocesan bishops.

The Minister of Worship used to be a fully-fledged minister, but this position no longer exists since 1912. While the Ministry of the Interior supervises police forces, it does not supervise criminal enquiries; those enquiries are conducted under the supervision of the judiciary. The Ministry's headquarters are located on the place Beauvau. "Place Beauvau" is used as a metonym for the ministry. The current Minister of the Interior is Christophe Castaner. List of Interior Ministers of France Official website

Charles F. Taylor

Charles F. Taylor was an American engineer and inventor, he spent two years of undergraduate study at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During the Second World War, Taylor worked on VG recorders at Hathaway Instrument Company in Denver, he had worked at International Harvester. In the 1950s and 60's he worked at Coors Porcelain Company in Colorado. For Coors, he developed a ceramic ball press; as this was a device that their competitors Champion Spark Plug had tried and failed for years to develop, it was an invaluable machine for Coors Porcelain. The hard ceramic balls created by the press are still used today in industrial grinding, in the production of white pigment for paint, which metal balls would mark or stain. In the late 1960s, Taylor left Coors to work at Morse Chain in Denver, where he stayed until the mid 1970s. Here, he worked on drive trains and transmissions, developed two patents for automatic transmissions in 1971 and 1973. Taylor's hobby from 1939 on was the development of several working prototypes of a one-wheeled vehicle.

Two of these prototypes are shown being driven by him in a home movie available on the external linked website. The vehicle was patented by him in 1964. Charles Taylor died in 1997, he was survived by his widow Ruth Taylor, daughters Mary Urry, Betsy McGee, son Charles Glenn. The One-Wheeled Vehicle website Amateur video recordings of the One-Wheeled Vehicle working prototypes

Trevor Housley

Trevor Alfred Housley was a senior Australian public servant. He was Director-General of the Postmaster-General's Department from 1965 until his death in October 1968. Trevor Housley was born on 31 October 1910 in Queensland. Housley served for four years as chief airways engineer in the Department of Civil Aviation, until 1951 when he joined the Overseas Telecommunications Commission as assistant general manager. In 1956, he was appointed to OTC general manager. In the general manager role, Housley led a delegation to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Conference in 1958 which recommended a worldwide telephone cable system be developed, he returned to London in 1960 to convene a management committee responsible for plans to lay the British Commonwealth trans-Pacific cable between Australia and New Zealand. Housley was appointed Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs, heading the Postmaster-General's Department, in 1965. In 1967, he penned Communications in Modern Society, in which he argued that if public administrators could shift from paper communication to phone-calls, it would streamline the service and enable "quickly responsive sensitivity to public need".

At Kew, Melbourne on 10 October 1968, while still in office as Director-General of the Postmaster-General's Department, Housley died of an intracranial haemorrhage. 1961, Housley was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2012, a street in the Canberra suburb of Casey was named Housley Street in Trevor Housley's honour