SMASHEX Organized at Fleet Activities Yokosuka

first_imgSMASHEX is a table top exercise to test procedures and practices required in the very unlikely event of a submarine search, escape and rescue.Several external groups participated in the exercise including the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO) and the U.S. Navy Undersea Rescue Command (URC).Several countries including Australia and the Republic of Korea monitored and actively participated in the exercise via the ISMERLO website.This year’s SMASHEX focused on the steps necessary to mobilize for a rescue. Responders coordinated which platforms would be available and the estimated time to first rescue through the ISMERLO website.Within Minutes of the initial alert, responders from around the world were offering assistance and working together on a plan for rescue.The exercise put Sailors in a self-training environment and helped them develop watch stander familiarity with submarine rescue procedures and publications.The exercise helped Sailors understand coordination required for search and rescue operations and evaluated watch team’s capabilities to provide accurate and timely information to outside agencies and nations, including working with the media.Every submarine operating authority is required to do a SMASHEX once a year.[mappress]Press Release, September 05, 2014; Image: US Navy SMASHEX Organized at Fleet Activities Yokosuka View post tag: asia View post tag: SMASHEX Sailors from Submarine Group 7 and organizations around the world participated in a training and response for Simulated Submarine Casualty Exercise (SMASHEX) at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Aug. 27-28. View post tag: fleet View post tag: Organized View post tag: Naval View post tag: activities Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today SMASHEX Organized at Fleet Activities Yokosuka September 5, 2014 View post tag: americas Share this articlelast_img read more

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2006:THE YEAR AHEAD

first_imgThere is almost a merging of the FoB’s and the Flour Advisory Bureau’s public relations work under the Vitality Eating System. That is our response and initiative in terms of a promotion similar to ‘five-a-day’. We’re setting out how people can eat sensibly with a balanced diet that includes bread products. There is going to be more emphasis and work done in promoting this system in 2006.We want to see sensible proposals on salt in bread when the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issues its revised targets. We would hope that the government and the FSA could look to the bigger issues of people’s health in general rather than just targeting the food industry all the time. So we would be looking for a slight change of emphasis on their part in 2006. We are also going to be entering into discussions with the FSA on folic acid in the New Year. It’s early days because only Tesco uses it at the moment, but its new breadbasket could be an advantage as an industry standard in years to come, but probably not in 2006. I don’t think the problems with Harvestime and New Rathbones will reduce availability or impact on the supermarkets’ supplies. You could have argued that maybe there was a bakery or two too many, so I don’t think it will have a negative impact on the market. I’m very optimistic for the coming year. I think plant bakers are continuing to innovate in all the different kinds of loaves and excellent premium products. The consumer gets fantastic choice and the bakeries do well out of them, as do the supermarkets. The FoB is also looking forward to a successful conference this year.last_img read more

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Italian coffee chain has designs on UK market

first_imgAn Italian coffee shop chain hopes to bring ’la dolce vita’ to the UK, with a plan to open its first store in London later this year.The 50-strong La bottega del Caffè is currently opening a new store every month across Italy and wants to replicate its success here, using a franchise model.Marketing and advertising director Flavia Morrone said it was confident UK consumers would welcome its stores, because all food and drink would be sourced from Italy, giving it a point of difference from Starbucks and Costa. “Competition is fierce in Italy and, as our format has worked so well there, we are certain it can succeed here too.La bottega del Caffè plans to offer filled croissants and doughnuts, pastries, paninis and sandwiches, as well as a wide variety of leaf teas, fresh coffees and slush drinks.”Our coffee recipes are original. We don’t do the typical cappuccinos or frappuccino you get here; we do 30 diffe- rent combinations.”The firm, which opened its first shop in 2000, is looking for UK franchise partners, as well as an overall manager to help with UK expansion plans.”We are not interested in setting targets,” said Morrone, “we just want to open as many stores as required and develop a long-term relationship with the store franchisees.”last_img read more

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Reporting in The journey so far…

first_imgIan StoreyPresident, National Association of Master BakersIt’s already over three months since I became president of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB). The one thing everybody kept telling me was how quickly my year would go and so it is proving.Following the installation at the NAMB conference in Blackpool, we had the fun night and what a great night it was. I now just have to think of a theme for next year any ideas anybody?The following weekend, I travelled up to the Scottish conference in Dunblane to the fabulous Hydro hotel, another great weekend. I had been told the Scottish conference would be one of the highlights of my year and so it proved. The people were so welcoming and there seemed to be a great bond between most of the Scottish bakers there. I would like to wish Alan Stuart the best of luck in his year of office as Scottish Bakers president.We had then had a couple of free weekends before the Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST)conference at Alton Towers. It was good to see so many bakery students attending this event and it received great support from the baking industry. And with John Renshaw at the helm this year, the ABST couldn’t have a better guardian to ensure its success.The next event on the calender is the Baking Industry Awards, which my wife Rachel and I have been invited to attend as guests of British Baker. It is a night when we are really looking forward to celebrating all that is good about our industry. As you can see, being NAMB president is a really tough job, but someone has to do it!last_img read more

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Watch Umphrey’s McGee Crush Two Sets At Suwannee Hulaween

first_imgSuwannee Hulaween seems to bring out the best in the bands that play there. The String Cheese Incident always delivers special themed sets at the festival, while acts like My Morning Jacket, STS9, Anderson .Paak, and more all turned in classic sets at the 2016 edition of this special Halloween-weekend event. Fans seem to really connect with the festival, and it creates the perfect atmosphere for bands to come in and absolutely dominate their performances. That they turned to progressive-jam titans Umphrey’s McGee to open the festival with two huge sets is a testament to the festival’s commitment to bringing in high-quality headliners for their audience.Umphrey’s McGee are one of the best touring bands in the country, delivering night-after-night of intense and precise rock music. They are a band that simply knows how to bring it, and when to bring it, and at Suwanee Hulaween they pushed all the right buttons. Headlining the festival’s opening Thursday night, the band wasted no time, opening with a fiery “Bathing Digits” > “Rocker Part 2” that set the tone for the rest of the evening. The band peppered their show with classics, with older tunes like “Blue Echo”, “Resolution, and “Wife Soup” all getting trotted out in the first set, before “Cemetery Walk”, “Mulche’s Odyssey”, “Nothing Too Fancy”, and “Ocean Billy” all ruled the second set.Now, thanks to YouTube user TheSoberGoat, we can re-live Umphrey’s McGee’s impressive performance at Suwannee Hulaween in all of its glory. See below for the full video of both sets from this awesome night.Umphrey’s McGee | Suwanee Hulaween | Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park | 10/27/2016Set 1: Bathing Digits > Rocker Part 2, Blue Echo > No Diablo, Resolution > Robot World, Make It Right, Wife SoupSet 2: Cemetery Walk, Bad Friday, Mulche’s Odyssey, Let’s Dance, Nothing Too Fancy > Speak Up, Ocean Billy > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Slacker > Ocean Billylast_img read more

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Reopen for business and pleasure

first_img Related Public art and performance spaces and a splash pond among the changes Breaking artistic boundaries New art-making space in Allston opens its doors to the public center_img Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president, Ryan Woods, Boston parks and recreation commissioner, and others last week to celebrate the opening of Smith Field in Allston after extensive improvements.The $6.4 million renovation includes a state-of-the-art playground, new walking paths, a street hockey rink, playing fields, new lighting, benches, street improvements along Western Avenue, increased opportunities for public art, a spacious amphitheater, a “wheel-friendly” area for skateboards and bikes, and Boston’s first pump track.The Harvard Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund, a $5.35 million local grant program associated with Harvard’s 2013 Institutional Master Plan and community benefits planning process, contributed $1.9 million to the first phase of construction of the Smith Field project. It also approved $185,000 to expand the scope of the first phase and pay for its design. Harvard contributed an additional $700,000 to implement a connective pathway network, known as Longfellow Path, around the edges of the park, fulfilling a community benefit commitment associated with the 2008 Science Cooperation Agreement.At the same time, the city of Boston approved a significant capital expense to fund the Smith Field master planning process and a $3.3 million renovation. The regulatory approval for the Samuels & Associates Continuum project at Barry’s Corner also included $500,000 in community benefits to improve the field.“These welcoming and dynamic renovations are an investment in our shared future,” said Lapp. “The Smith Field project has been one of the most exciting and rewarding of Harvard’s commitments to the community, and this incredible space will continue to strengthen ties between our campus and our community.”“Smith Field is a space for all residents and families to enjoy,” said Walsh. “These green spaces support public health and well-being, they help bring neighbors together, and improve the quality of life for everyone. This is a gold standard park that represents the kind of creativity and accessibility we’re including in all new parks in Boston.”The community-led design process for the next phase of Smith Field’s renovation is set to begin this fall. This phase will include renovations to the ball fields in the northern section of the park, adjacent to Soldiers Field Road and Harvard’s athletic campus.“Boston strives to have the best park system in the country, and this newly renovated Smith Field really is a signature park that focuses on equity, access, and excellence,” said Woods. “We’re grateful to both Harvard and the community for their partnership. This is what it looks like when you work together toward a common goal.”The 14-acre park was established in the 1890s and is named for William F. Smith, who was killed during World War I. It is located on Western Avenue, across the street from the Harvard Ed Portal, and next to the Continuum building at Barry’s Corner. Renovation of Smith Field marks many improvementslast_img read more

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What Female Entrepreneurs Need to Succeed

first_imgHow do we build a country of female unicorns?Unicorns are mystical creatures that make our dreams come true. In Silicon Valley, they are mystical billion dollar valued tech companies that make all their money dreams come true. Unfortunately, only four of them have been created by female founders. This is discouraging for me—why is it that there are so few women owned companies scaling to this level?Here’s why: Women are only getting 7 percent of venture capital and only 7 percent of stories in the media are about women founders.But I rather see this as an opportunity than a problem. Why? If women and men participated equally in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the United States’ GDP could rise by $30 billion. That would be a significant boost for our economy. So how do we accomplish this?Over the past months Dell, in partnership with Deloitte and Vanity Fair, curated a series of moderated conversations in New York, Chicago and San Francisco with some of the most influential people in our country to put forth a suite of recommendations that can help enhance women’s entrepreneurship in the United States. The suggestions for the necessary elements for success for women entrepreneurs focus on access to capital, expanding and supporting networks and markets, and addressing the changing face of business through technology.These recommendations were published in an open letter and signed by more than 80 entrepreneurs and business leaders, including Jessica Alba, Alexa von Tobel, Jean Case and Jesse Draper. The letter garnered millions of impressions online through the social media campaign #WhatWeNeedToSucceed and was covered broadly by the media (see: Vanity Fair, New York Magazine and Bizwomen to get a taste).In each city, the evening started with an interview of Stephanie Mehta, Deputy Editor of Vanity Fair, and a female entrepreneur rock star—Care.com CEO Sheila Marcelo in NYC, Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway Foods, in Chicago, and Anne Wojcicki, 23andme, in San Francisco. Each of them shared with the group of women founders and business leaders how they had overcome challenges along their path of success.Male V.C.s don’t get women-focused start-upsIn New York City, Sheila Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com, shared with how she struggled to raise money for her business. The majority of venture capitalists were and are men, and often times they don’t understand the need for female founded startups, like Care.com.“I had to explain that they don’t need to be the ultimate customer to understand whether a female company can be a good investment,” she explained in an interview with Vanity Fair Deputy Editor Stephanie Mehta during the dinner.She won them over by explaining the greater implication of her business—finding good care when you need it—to the economy and community. Now the company is the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care, with more than 20.7 million members, spanning 18 countries. In 2014, it went public, and 2016 Google Capital became Care.com’s largest shareholder, investing $46.35 million, making this its first investment in a public company.The struggle remains as “a majority of investors and founders are not aware of any initiatives to increase diversity among founders in their portfolio or their teams,” according to a recent LinkedIn member survey on the state of diversity in venture capital and startups and the strategy toward changing the situation.She can’t do itImagine someone tells you: “There’s no way that a 27-year-old girl can run this company. That’s it. It’s done.” Hard to believe? Well this is exactly what Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, had to listen to while grieving her late father, the founder of the company. But instead of being discouraged she ignored the comment and set herself and the company up for greater success. A $250 million one for that matter with international footprint. Julie, together with 15 other female power entrepreneurs, continued the conversation in Chicago about the access to capital, the importance of networking and mentors, and how politicians can better support women in business. See the interview with Stephanie Mehta, Vanity Fair here:Two guys in a garage…No, that is not the beginning of a joke. All too often, it is the beginning of a glorious founder story. Anne Wojcicki, founder of 23andMe, is tired of this stereotype—and we are, too. At the last dinner in San Francisco, Anne shared with us how important it is to have more female role models telling their stories. After investing in health care companies for quite some time, she founded the personal genomics company with the mission to revolutionize the access to personal health information. Listen to Anne as she explains how she raised several million dollars and why mentoring is so dear to her heart:Hearing those great role models, I have no doubt that female entrepreneurs will rise and shine. But we need to collectively work on a better environment for entrepreneurs of all gender, race, age and ethnicity providing equal access to capital, networks and technology. Together we can create the millions of jobs needed to drive not only the US but the global economy. Please join me in raising our voices to make this happen and share #WhatWeNeedToSucceed.last_img read more

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Millennials and Gen Z impact strategies at the board level

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details One of the latest topics around board governance is oversight of ESG, which stands for Environment, Social, and Governance.  Strategies that create financial value and are socially and environmentally responsible, are now being seriously driven by both Millennials and Gen Z consumers who are impacting the boardroom.  Millennials and Gen Z, those born after 1990, are now at more than 2 billion people who have significant influencing roles and buying power.  Gen Z, who know nothing except the digital age, want engagement in the products they buy and authenticity.  Values are important to them, and their loyalty stays only when they feel engaged and can trust the brand. This is a huge opportunity for credit unions who have built their reputations on member focus and truly serving the underserved.  Credit unions should take advantage of this history and relationships with their members to engage these new groups at the deepest levels.  Technology is a must to reach them, so strategically focusing on their needs and wants from an online and digital perspective is key.  Authenticity, brands that can be trusted, and speed should be the focus. Gen Z is not strongly swayed by marketing campaigns and they can navigate between real and fake claims.  They are inherently skeptical and seek transparency. How well do you know these potential new members?  Is your brand perceived by them vs. the banks?  What are your strategies to capture both the Millennials and Gen Z?  What capabilities do you have in place to meet their high expectations?   These are questions raised by IBM Institute for Business Value in their Executive Report, “Gen Z brand relationships.” Leaders need to begin to think strategically about the issues of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG).  They need to communicate these issues clearly, as well as possess knowledge and judgment around these areas.   Issues such as climate change and social inequality are now coming front and center for the private sector.   In September 2015, Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by world leaders recognizing that without the private sector, significant progress will not be made towards sustainable economic development.  Millennials not only are drawn toward purchasing products from socially conscious and purpose-driven companies, but they want to work for them as well.  Doing good and creating value has always been the focus of the credit union industry.  Let’s capitalize on this foundation now, and earn the trust of these new demographics, who are people and markets waiting to be cultivated.  Take a look at who your directors are.  Do you have a knowledge and understanding of these new groups and trends.  Are you studying these emerging issues and collaborating to address them?   Turning ESG into a competitive advantage should be on the agendas for all credit union boards.  last_img read more

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Ex-Nassau Pol David Mejias’ Theft Charges Dropped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County judge dismissed Monday charges that had been filed against a former lawmaker who was accused of stealing a pocketbook from his ex-girlfriend’s East Garden City home three months ago.David Mejias, a county legislator and one-time congressional candidate, had initially pleaded not guilty to charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.Prosecutors said that the 35-year-old woman did not want to pursue the case, prompting Judge Douglas Lerose to reduce the felony charges to misdemeanors and then dismiss them, according to reports and court documents. The judge also vacated a restraining order for Mejias to stay away from the woman.“I am grateful that these outlandish charges have been dismissed,” Mejias said in a statement. “There was never any truth to the charges and as an attorney I appreciate that the legal system worked and the truth has prevailed.”Police had arrested the 44-year-old Glen Cove-based attorney after he was accused of stealing the woman’s Louis Vuitton pocket book and bracelet from her home before the woman called 911, but hung up before the call was completed.The complainant said that Mejias had a key to her home, was allowed to take the items after the two had a non-violent argument and that police had responded after the uncompleted 911 call, the documents said. After the officers arrived and she told them Mejias was involved, she said they became more aggressive in having her fill out a Domestic Incident Report even though she said she didn’t want Mejias arrested, the documents said. Authorities later tracked Mejias down at his Farmingdale home and arrested him.Mejias, who has served in the county legislature from 2003 to 2009 and unsuccessfully tried to unseat U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) in 2006, was previously charged with stalking another ex-girlfriend while running for a state Senate seat in 2010. Those charges were also dropped.last_img read more

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Weitsman to turn former Davis College property into elite basketball academy

first_imgWeitsman told 12 News he plans to build an elite basketball academy on the grounds that will not only retain local talent, but attract top players from across the country to attend. He said Boeheim and Anthony have given him advice as to what the academy should actually look like and what programs should be offered. On Thursday, Weitsman finalized a deal to buy the 13-acre property once home to Davis College for $3.7M, and he has high hopes for its future. Weitsman said he is also seeking input from the public as to what they think of the idea, and says he wants to do what’s best for the village and the surrounding area. He said the industry will continue to grow at a fast rate in the future. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — When Carmelo Anthony, Jim Boeheim, and Adam Weitsman team up, you can be sure big things will follow.center_img There is no definitive timeline for the project moving forward. In addition to the basketball facilities, Weitsman said he plans to dedicate much of the campus to training kids for e-sports, an exploding industry revolving around the world of competitive video games. “The e-sports industry and the gaming world is a lot bigger than people realize,” Weitsman said. “All the professional athletes are playing, these kids have huge platforms of people following them so I think a training facility… would be a good fit for the youth here.”last_img read more

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