first_img View post tag: Submarine rescue Photo: Photo: Royal Navy View post tag: NSRS Share this article View post tag: SRScenter_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: NATO Submarine rescue specialists from France, Norway and the United Kingdom gathered at HM Naval Base Clyde to take part in a NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) training exercise.Over 110 people participated in the week-long event – the largest evacuation exercise ever to be planned at Faslane – bringing together military and civilian staff including submariners, divers, medics and Babcock personnel.The NSRS, which is jointly owned by France, Norway and the UK, is in three main parts – an intervention remotely operated vehicle (IROV), a submarine rescue vehicle (SRV), and the transfer under pressure system (TUP). The system is based and operated out of HM Naval Base Clyde.A speedy response time is vital in the saving of lives and with the system available to be transported anywhere in the world within a 72-hour timescale, it is important that this response is tested on a regular basis.This annual mass evacuation exercise – MASSEVEX – brings together all the partner nations to test the system and performance and provides an opportunity for the operating staff, medical staff, divers and pilots to meet and exchange their knowledge and experiences to enhance their collective capability and effectiveness.Maître Thomas of the French Navy said: “This is my first time attending an exercise of this scale and it has been a good experience, training with the other nations is an excellent way of sharing knowledge and learning from the experience of others. I look forward to being involved in similar exercises in the future.”As well as the partner nations, medical officers from the US Navy attended to observe the scenario-led training with the aim of developing relationships and sharing knowledge. Their attendance is valuable as the US have their own similar submarine rescue systems and there is a mutual agreement that each rescue system will provide back-up to the other if required.Commander Chris Baldwin, NSRS Operations Officer said: “The NATO Submarine Rescue System is a unique tri-national capability, with it’s base here in HMNB Clyde and it is an absolute pleasure for me to be in the role of the Operations Officer of this world leading rescue system.The NATO Submarine Rescue System is available to respond to a stricken submarine anywhere in the world. The equipment can be transported by road or air before being taken by ship to the location of the distressed vessel. Once there the SRV has the ability to dive to the submarine, engage with the escape hatch and begin the process of ferrying the crew to the safety of the waiting transfer under pressure system.last_img read more

first_imgBy Michael Laff/ShareAmerica August 05, 2020 The U.S. government is providing financial assistance and technical support to multiple Caribbean nations fighting COVID-19.Assistance ranges from distribution of medical or protective equipment to support for programs in which young leaders engage students while schools are closed.The U.S. Department of Defense has delivered thousands of face shields, gloves and protective suits to national disaster offices in eastern Caribbean countries with support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.The U.S. Embassy donated $20,000 worth of medical supplies from the Rhode Island National Guard State Partnership Program to the Bahamas.Donations included airway pressure machines and conversion kits that turn the machines into ventilators to help patients suffering from COVID-19.The U.S. Embassy in Barbados, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, supported UNICEF to partner with 72 local radio programs in the eastern and southern Caribbean to broadcast health prevention measures.The embassy and UNICEF worked with education officials to implement safe health protocols and delivered sanitizers and equipment to schools and youth centers.Andre Pitts, an alumnus of the 2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, launched COVID-19 Watch in Belize. The show, broadcast on television and online, reaches 40,000 people with information about the virus and includes appearances by government officials and health experts.Fundashon Venex, a nonprofit foundation, used a $12,000 grant from Spirit of America — a nonprofit foundation that provides supplies to nations where U.S. forces are stationed — and support from the U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao to purchase food for vulnerable populations, including Venezuelans displaced by the humanitarian crisis in their country. The food fed 500 people for several weeks.“It’s our duty to support the most vulnerable in the community and an honor to have participated in the donation of food to about 200 families of the Venezuelan community and others on Curaçao,” said U.S. Consul General Allen Greenberg.The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic joined with the Fashion for Inclusion Foundation and the Dominican Association of Fashion Designers to supply more than 12,000 units of medical protection to hospitals. Local fashion workers made the equipment at home. Six former scholars with U.S. government programs handled distribution of sheets, hats, pajamas and surgical boots to the National Health Service.In Guyana, the United States has provided $350,000 in new migration and refugee humanitarian assistance to support COVID-19 response efforts for refugees and host communities. In addition, U.S. Embassy officials donated N95 masks and infrared no-touch thermometers to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.After schools closed in Trinidad and Tobago because of COVID-19, three members of the 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Youth Ambassadors program offered online tutoring sessions for free. Using connections they made during their program, the students built a network of 30 tutors from several countries to help 4,000 students in the Caribbean maintain their academic performance over the remainder of the school year.last_img read more

first_imgWe’ve been asked many times “is there a simple calculation that can be used to determine what a marketing budget should be?” Every time I hear that question it makes me wonder how many times that marketer has gone to the table with a proposed budget and been denied. How many times they’ve felt beat up, unheard, unappreciated, and just given up, settling for the money that was “left over” for them.The answer to that question, by the way, is no. There is not a one-size-fits-all calculation that works for every institution to meet their unique goals and objectives over a 12-month time period of time in different marketplaces.Pro Tips for Setting Marketing Budgets for Credit Unions But here are three things every marketer can do before budgeting season to increase their success rate at the budget negotiation table.1. Help Your Peers Understand the Value of What You DoAs a marketer you advertise products and services that are for sale to your marketplace, day in and day out. You explain features and benefits, and help people understand why they should believe in and bank with your institution. Often, marketers don’t dedicate enough time to doing the same internally so their peers understand the benefits of what they do. Try spending some time one-on-one with peers and decision-makers, showing them the benefits, or results, from the work you’ve been doing to help them reach their goals over the past year.While you’re having that discussion…2. Discuss Strategy for the Following Year One-On-One PRIOR to BudgetingSpend time with the decision-makers in each area to understand their goals and objectives before you’re at the budgeting table. Then, present them with a plan, or calendar, that outlines all the areas of the marketplace, and the marketing channels you’d like to use to help them meet their goals. Keep at it and work on these ideas with your colleagues until you’re in agreement about the new strategy.Then when you’re at the budgeting table and it looks like your budget is going to be cut you won’t be so alone in your negotiations. You can use “we” language to make statements like “by cutting $8,000 from our social media budget, Karen and I won’t be able to reach the millennial and Gen-Y demographic in Instagram story ads to help meet our first time home buyer goals as we had planned.”Ask questions like “Karen, how do you feel about us losing the ability to reach that audience in that channel? We had anticipated great results based on our preliminary testing this year.” And then wait for others to help provide additional perspective on the ramifications of budget cuts in various areas of marketing. When your “we” language includes people from other areas of the organization, instead of just the marketing department, you create allies at the budgeting negotiation table. And if the budget is cut, then both you and Karen understand the impact it’s going to have, and what your new goals should be with the remaining budget you have. 3. Plan to Cut Your Own BudgetWhen someone constantly asks for more it becomes instinctive to start denying them some of their requests. After all, why should someone get everything they ask for? It’s one of those weird human nature things. Also, it’s difficult for a CEO or CFO to agree to give one person everything they want and deny another (just like being a parent).You will appear more trust worthy, intelligent, and a true expert in your field when you come to the table with a line item in your budget from the previous year lower for the next year.If you look at the work you’ve done over the last year or two you’re going to find a channel or initiative that is not as effective, either because of it’s own demise or because it just doesn’t work for your institution like it used to. Be honest with yourself and everyone else about that and suggest shifting spending accordingly.Along the same vein, prioritize your line items based on the strategic conversations you’ve had with your peers. If cuts need to be made, be the first to recommend where they should come from.When the statement is made “we need to cut $10,000 from your budget” if you can immediately come back with the comment “OK, based on my conversations with my peers I feel like cutting X and Y line items will have the smallest impact on results. Karen (and others) how do you feel about that recommendation?” 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Penne D. VanderBush With over 10 years of experience in financial industry marketing, and former VP of Marketing for the largest state-chartered credit union in Vermont, Penne joined the FI GROW Solutions team … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — The tickets were an early birthday gift from David Cox to his younger brother, Tim, who turns 24 on Wednesday. Two seats in Row Y in the left-field stands for the Home Run Derby, seats that David figured would be prime ball-hunting spots.But David’s season tickets aren’t in the left-field stands, so he didn’t know that Row Y was actually the very last row in left field. That realization sank in as they headed to their seats.  (Ryan Fagan/SN) “We’re walking up the steps and I’m thinking, ‘Man, nothing’s getting up here,’ ” David told Sporting News. “… But then Vlad started by hitting the scoreboard.”BENDER: This was a Home Run Derby for the agesThe first swing from Vladimir Guerrero Jr., was one few people in Cleveland will ever forget. Every pre-Derby criticism of Guerrero’s inclusion — “But … but … but he only has eight home runs this year!” was the cry — stopped when the Blue Jays rookie smoked that first home run 462 feet, off the scoreboard.The sound of the baseball smacking off that Progressive Field scoreboard immediately brought back memories of another blast for pretty much every Cleveland baseball fan, a ball Mark McGwire hit off the Budweiser sign, a 485-foot blast off Orel Hershiser on April 30, 1997. Rick Bartos was at that McGwire game, and he was sitting next to the Cox brothers for the Derby, watching with his buddy Mike Erney. The sense of deja vu was strong, to say the least. “I didn’t know how far McGwire’s was until it went off the Budweiser sign,” Bartos said. “I was telling these guys I was there for that game, but when Vlad hit that one, I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ ” Marcus Stroman knew Vlad Jr. was about to do something special tonight …— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) July 9, 2019He finished with a total of 91 on the night. “I heard a lot of stuff before, people were talking trash that he shouldn’t be in it,” said Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who was knocked out in the first round by Pederson. “He proved a lot of people wrong tonight, and he showed the world that he’s coming.”Or, that he’s already here. Vlad’s ball was headed right at them, providing a few terrifying moments. “We lost it. We saw it going up and up and then we lost it,” David said. “Didn’t know if it was coming at us, if it was hooking in or what.” Tim jumped in. “And then all of a sudden you hear the smack up top above us. Everyone goes nuts: ‘Oh, my God!’ ”The ball bounced back a few rows, off someone’s arm and into a scrum of stunned — but excited — treasure seekers. That first mammoth homer was just the beginning of an unforgettable night for the Blue Jays rookie third baseman. “That was amazing,” veteran Yankees lefty CC Sabathia said with a grin after the contest. “That was just for all the haters who said he shouldn’t have been there.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNGuerrero’s longest blast of the night was 488 feet, three feet longer than McGwire’s blast. He hit 29 homers in the first round and another 29 in the second round. Well, 29 in the first part of the second round. Joc Pederson tied him with 29 of his own. They both hit eight more in the 60-second tiebreaker. Then they both hit one homer on three swings in the next tiebreaker round.And then, finally, Guerrero prevailed with two homers on three swings to Pederson’s one. He finished with 40, one more than Pederson, and then he hit another 22 in the final round, but Mets rookie Pete Alonso edged him out. Guerrero did what teammate Marcus Stroman hinted at earlier in the day, during the media interview session. last_img read more