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Operation Martillo: Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returns home

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2012 MIAMI, U.S.A. – The crew of the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin returned to its homeport of Charleston, S.C., on June 7 after successfully taking part in Operation Martillo, a multinational effort to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. During its 91-day patrol, the Gallatin crew worked to disrupt drug running in the Caribbean Sea and Florida Straits. The Gallatin crew worked alongside members of the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based in Jacksonville, Fla. Gallatin crewmembers conducted four law enforcement-related boardings during the course of the cutter’s patrol, including a joint boarding with the Nicaraguan Navy. The 44-year-old Gallatin and 11 other original Secretary-class, high-endurance cutters, are being replaced by eight Legend-class, National Security Cutters (NCS). The NCSs are faster, better equipped and more durable, efficient and safer than their predecessors, according to the Coast Guard. As the Coast Guard’s last Hamilton-class cutter stationed on the East Coast, the Gallatin is the largest and most capable Coast Guard vessel patrolling the Caribbean Sea. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, and partner nation aircraft and vessel crews work together to conduct counter-narcotics patrols in the Caribbean Sea. Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which started in mid-January.last_img read more

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How to position your brand and win more members

first_imgDave Power, CEO of Perkins School for the Blind, and professor of business at Harvard Extension School, calls the positioning statement, “the most critical element of company strategy.” It’s quite the assertion, but nailing your positioning statement really can help you connect with your potential members in a way that nothing else can. Most credit unions struggle to position their brands. If you can capture your credit union brand in a simple statement, than that clarity will help your best customers recognize you as something theyneed—which will lead to more conversions and greater membership growth.In this post, we’ll discuss how you can write a positioning statement, both for your overall credit union brand and your specific products. We’ll also discuss the elements that are most likely to produce an effective positioning statement that leads to more loans, members, and deposits. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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As Heartland Shows in Suffolk, Dollars and Planning Sense Are Not in the Same Zone

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rich MurdoccoWhen the shovels finally break through the virgin dirt, the press cameras click, the blue ribbon parts and the courteous applause swells. It is in this very moment that land, once wooded and vibrant, becomes “improved.”But the moment that the fate of the land is actually sealed is when an elected official, in the deciding majority vote, approves a change-of-zone for the parcel. At this time, the policymaker has heard all sides of the debate concerning the vote ad-nauseam – from the “concerned” residents who, most of the time, are looking to protect their homestead, and from the “concerned” developers, who, most of the time, are “concerned” about their project’s progress, and are looking to make good on their sizable investments.Before that vote is cast, the policymakers should have been informed by the municipality’s planning department about the ins and outs of the proposal, answering critical questions such as these: “Can the impacted neighborhoods absorb the after-effects of growth? What are the assessed needs of the community and does this project meet them? How does the public benefit from this zoning change?”Armed with a thoughtful assessment of the project’s merits, the policymaker would cast a vote that has the potential to change the course of history not only for the community, but the region as a whole.Sadly, this scenario is seldom the case. In a system mired down by insider deals and local “politics as usual,” local officials usually vote on zoning changes less on sound planning principles, and more on flavor-of-the-day dealings. To make matters worse, developers often get cozy with advocacy groups, who lobby the local municipality to build projects that fit not only their vision of what a region should look like, but to suit their own interests as well.In Suffolk County, the specter of Heartland looms over the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center in the Town of Islip. The 495-acre site, in development limbo since the 1980s, is slowly moving towards “improvement” of its own. Thanks to an agreeable Islip Town Board and a Suffolk County Executive who, guided by his own development goals of tying the area together with Bus Rapid Transit and other various transit-oriented projects, the $4-billion Heartland project seems to have evolved in a few short years from being a nonstarter in the township to holding the future of not only Islip, but of Long Island as a whole.We could go on, lest we forget the money.  In the end, development is always about the money.In particular, $40,000, which is the ample sum developer Jerry Wolkoff gave to the Suffolk Democratic Committee on the eve of Nov. 3, Election Day. Aside from the timing, what makes this donation curious is why it happened in the first place. Current incumbent Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was not only ahead in the polls by a substantial margin, he had a political fiscal war chest that some villages would envy.Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, told Newsday’s Rick Brand that his ties to Wolkolf go back to when he was a county legislator. “We’ve always had a good working relationship,” Schaffer said, “and I consider him a longtime friend and supporter.”Is Wolkoff trying to leverage his ample resources  to oust the current GOP-led town government? Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Bellone’s foe in the 2011 County Executive race, seems to have mended fences and built bridges with her former political foe since she took office in Islip Town hall earlier this year. With the Town of Brookhaven she’s forged a widely celebrated “regional planning alliance” over the longtime-coming Ronkonkoma Hub Project.This alliance, along with Bellone’s deliberate attempts to cross the partisan line and link up with the GOP in Islip and Brookhaven, speaks to why Wolkoff’s money may be better spent elsewhere. Simply put, Wolkoff may not see the return on investment he was hoping for.Perhaps Wolkoff is looking beyond short-term politics to remind the current regime in Hauppauge that he is still here, and still waiting for his mega-project proposal with its 9,100 apartments, 1 million square feet of retail and 3 million square feet of office space, to be approved by lawmakers. If the approval comes from the GOP or Democrats, it doesn’t matter to him—he just wants that change of zoning.In an ideal world, development approvals should come after a recommendation in a comprehensive, science-backed study and a measured assessment of an area’s needs. Instead, the process has been subverted by those who have the biggest checkbook. Heartland should be built – but only if its expansion is phased in to accommodate changing market dynamics, and scaled down substantively so it doesn’t overburden the area’s inadequate infrastructure.One can bet that residents in the areas Heartland will impact definitely have more than 40,000 reasons why the project isn’t right for Long Island. Unfortunately, none of that matters, because they can’t fill a political coffer like $40,000 can.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

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Greyhound racing in Clonmel tonight

first_imgThe card will feature the final of the Moveit Jamie / Kingsmill Messi A6 Stake.All graded nine race programme.last_img

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F1 Austin Grand Prix could be wiped out by COVID-19 surge in U.S.

first_imgCircuit of the Americas, which hosts the Austin Grand Prix, is in “serious jeopardy” of losing its top event, according to an email from track chairman Bobby Epstein to the Austin American-Statesman. The Austin Grand Prix is scheduled for Oct. 25. The successful return of Formula One action in Europe doesn’t necessarily mean F1 racing will come back to the U.S. anytime soon.Daily COVID-19 cases are hitting record highs in North America, and organizers of the annual Austin Grand Prix are concerned the surge will eliminate their event this year. Texas has been a hotspot for the coronavirus in recent weeks. MORE: F1 drivers split over anthem kneelingF1 kicked off its campaign last weekend in Austria with the Austrian Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas finished first in the competition, followed by Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris.The next F1 race, slated for Sunday, is the Styrian Grand Prix and will also take place in Austria.last_img read more

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Sen. Jennifer Beck Ready To Work With Democrat Assembly-Elect

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithAs sure as she is that Super Pac funds had an influence in Democrat candidates Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey taking two seats in the Assembly’s 11th district from the Republican incumbents, State Senator Jennifer Beck is just as sure the newcomers will work well together with her for the good of the people of the district.The upset victory by the Democrats over incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande was one of the largest surprises in the lighter than usual voter turnout last Tuesday. In spite of Democrats having more registered voters than Republicans in the district, it has traditionally voted for Republicans at the Senate and Assembly level.Beck, the state senator representing the district, told The Two River Times this week that the lower turnout also was an asset for the Democrats, noting that Neptune Township, where Houghtaling was raised, still lives and serves on the Township Committee, had a higher percentage of voters at the polls than the county in general. Beck attributed the lower turnout to people being disgusted with the negative campaigning that occurred and voters were simply turned off with voting at all.The NJ State Election Commission noted that more than $8.5 million from outside groups was spent on state contests last week, the highest ever recorded in the state’s history. A considerable portion of that money backed Houghtaling and Downey as well as other Democrat assembly hopefuls in South Jersey contested districts.With Angelini and Casagrande out in Trenton, Beck said she fully expects the new assembly members “will work together with me. That’s what we’re all elected to do, work for the people we represent, that’s why they sent us to Trenton in the first place.” The senator said the three officials will coordinate ideas and noted that she already knows Houghtaling is a hard worker and has been tireless for Neptune Township. Although she does not know Downey as well, she said she is anxious to work with her, knows her reputation as an attorney, and feels she is very bright and eager to do her best in the Assembly for the 11th district. “I look forward to working with both of them. At the end of the day, it’s all about being good representatives for all the people in our district.” Beck said.last_img read more

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HANDLE & ON TRACK ATTENDANCE UP AS SANTA ANITA PARK’S WINTER MEET CONCLUDES; 39-DAY SPRING SESSION TO OPEN FRIDAY, APRIL 24

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–With scintillating performances by top older horse Shared Belief and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund highlighting a 68-day run that started on Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park’s 2014-15 Winter Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting a three percent increase in overall pari-mutuel handle and a four percent hike in on-track attendance.For the second year in a row, Santa Anita will conduct a 39-day Spring Meeting, which will kick off on Friday, April 24 and run through June 28. First post time on Friday will be at 1 p.m., and first post each weekend, with the exception of Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes Days, will be at 12:30 p.m.Santa Anita will again offer fans free Infield admission and parking, via Gate 6 on the track’s northern perimeter.With Dortmund, American Pharoah, Firing Line and others leading a talented Santa Anita-based contingent of 3-year-olds into the May 2 Kentucky Derby, expectations are running high, as the $1 million Santa Anita Derby has produced 17 winners of the Run for the Roses, including last year’s running which was taken by California Chrome.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah, Dortmund remained undefeated on Derby Day, April 4, as 38,647 on track fans contributed to an overall handle of $21,586,685.94.The Race of the Meet, as voted by the media, was the Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7, in which Shared Belief defeated 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome.Peruvian-born Rafael Bejarano, 33, notched his sixth Winter Meet riding title as he finished with 76wins, 18 better than runner-up Tyler Baze. In the trainers race, Jerry Hollendorfer defeated Peter Miller in a photo finish, 34-33. It was Hollendorfer’s second consecutive Winter Meet title. In the owners division, Hronis Racing, LLC, led the way with 13 wins, two more than runner-up Rockingham Ranch.Trained by John Sadler, Hronis Racing’s Stellar Wind was an emphatic 5 ¼ winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 4, and she’ll carry the Hronis colors in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 1.A number of promotions and events will be offered on Kentucky Derby Day and throughout racing’s Triple Crown, which culminates with the Belmont Stakes on June 6. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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‘Make 2010 an African brand’

first_img16 August 2006South Africa should place the message used during the 2010 World Cup bid – “Africa’s time has come” – at the heart of its communications in the run-up to the event, says Government Communications CEO Themba Maseko. Speaking at the first 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Maseko emphasised the need to have a core brand for the first African World Cup through which both the country and the continent as a whole could be promoted.He said research indicated that at least 80% of South Africans thought it proper to project the 2010 World Cup as an African World Cup. South Africa therefore needed to start building links with communicators from other countries on the continent. All resources from the conference are available on the International Marketing Council website Maseko’s comments were echoed by Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who told delegates that discussions on how the continent should work together for 2010 would be high on the agenda at the African Union’s next meeting in January 2007.SA’s communicators, Pahad said, had an important role to play in ensuring that the soccer tournament would be remembered for decades to come “as an event that left our country and the continent more united and confident.“We need to convey the message that South Africa is alive with possibilities and the continent with great opportunities.”Countering negative perceptionsNegative international media reports about South Africa were also of concern, Maseko said.“In 2009, on the eve of the tournament, we will be holding general elections … We will have to create an environment where political parties do not send out negative impressions during their campaigns, because it will influence international perceptions.“The gap between foreign perceptions about South Africa and the real strengths of the country is narrowing – but it is still too wide. 2010 must be used as an opportunity to close this gap further.”Maseko said that operational and resource plans for all aspects of the World Cup were in place, and that the government was working with all stakeholders to ensure that citizens owned the event.The 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team would hold workshops around the country to inform communities about opportunities available during the World Cup, Maseko said.With only one-third of the three million 2010 match tickets available for South African soccer fans, South Africa needed to think beyond stadiums, as most fans would be watching the matches from “fan parks”.While Fifa would exercise tight sponsorship control over the tournament, there would be “huge” advertising and branding opportunities at these fan parks, Maseko said.Tuesday’s conference was the first in a series of 2010 National Communication Partnership Conferences, to be held annually over the next four years in order to help the country’s communicators build and implement a shared strategy for the World Cup.It was hosted by the International Marketing Council of South Africa on behalf of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team, which includes representatives from the government, business and the 2010 Local Organising Committee.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Sasol gets women – and water – wise

first_imgThrough the Women Empowerment Strategy, Sasol’s Nolitha Fakude aims to create a safe and fulfilling work environment for women in the company. (Image: oecd.org) • Jacqui O’Sullivan Vice President: Group Corporate Branding and Communication Dusi Canoe Marathon +27 82 883 9697 [email protected] • Celebrating 60 years of the Women’s Charter • Female refugees face particular problems • Mandela: a champion for women’s rights • South African research funding fourth-highest in the world • Top female chefs dice it out for Mzansi honours Shamin ChibbaIt is difficult to speak of mining alongside women’s rights and environmental sustainability. Mining is an adversary to both causes as it is a major pollutant and an unforgiving environment for women. But when Nolitha Fakude became Sasol’s executive vice president for sustainability and human resources in 2005, environmental and women’s issues became a major concern for the petroleum company.When Fakude first took up her post, she set out to clean up Sasol’s water use. It was under her eye that Sasol launched Water Sense, an initiative that aims to implement the company’s water sustainability policies across all its operations around the world.Under her leadership, Sasol had decreased water use from 151-million cubic metres in 2011 to 148-million cubic metres in 2012. It also recycled nearly 143-million cubic metres of water in 2012 compared to 128-million cubic metres in 2011. And according to Fakude, the company will further improve the way it uses water.Sasol had also teamed up with Emfuleni Municipality and sustainable development services company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on a project that saved 1-million cubic metres of water and created about 80 plumbing, water conservation and learner technician jobs created in the local community.The 49-year-old’s goal is not only to make Sasol an environmentally sustainable company, but also a company that promotes gender equality within the workplace. Nolitha Fakude, CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government for 2014. (Image: GCIS) Fakude has been involved in implementing three initiatives that aim to create a safe and fulfilling work environment for women in the company. The Sasol Women’s Network runs a number of mentoring programmes that provide women with the appropriate skills to excel in the company. Additionally, Sasol’s Women Empowerment Strategy has also helped women in the company to reach their full potential. The Women in Mining Development Programme is an ongoing attraction, growth and retention plan which focuses on the development of women across all levels of the business. As a result, women already occupy 22.6% of all management positions at Sasol Mining.Fakude’s involvement in bettering women’s standing in the mining industry earned her the top honour in the Mining and Petrochemical Sector category at the CEO Magazine Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards in July 2014.Despite the changes she has made at the petrochemical company, Fakude believes that there is still more work that needs to be done to ensure women are fully accepted in the workplace across all sectors. Speaking from the World Economic Forum summit in Davos in 2011, Fakude said that an economy cannot be run without women. She added that although South Africa has legislation that enables equality in the workplace, the results are not what the country had hoped for. “As we moved forward with Black Economic Empowerment the focus was more on black and less on women. Women and gender issues are very much linked to black issues. You cannot talk about black without talking about black women.”last_img read more