USA: Assistant Secretary of Navy Visits Tri-base Florida Georgia Area

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Assistant Secretary of Navy Visits Tri-base Florida Georgia Area USA: Assistant Secretary of Navy Visits Tri-base Florida Georgia Area View post tag: visits Share this article View post tag: Georgia View post tag: Navy View post tag: Florida View post tag: Naval View post tag: Areacenter_img View post tag: Assistant View post tag: Secretary View post tag: News by topic April 13, 2012 View post tag: Tri-base Authorities Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) conducted town hall meetings aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Naval Station Mayport, Fla. and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. April 10-11.Juan M. Garcia III addressed more than 1,000 Sailors and Marines from the combined tri-base area during town hall meetings where he discussed topics such as the enlisted retention boards, tuition assistance and the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative.“There is no reason to believe the operational tempo our Sailors and Marines have lived and operated under, the impact and sacrifice for them and their families for the last ten years is going to change,” said Garcia. “We want to take all those existing personnel support programs, those in development and some new initiatives, bring them together in one group to ensure every Sailor, Marine and their families have the tools they need to ensure they exceed and excel in the coming decade.”The 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative has five core areas: safety, physical fitness, inclusion, readiness and continuum of service. Though Garcia addressed each of these topics, he focused on those initiatives that highlight the importance of sexual assault awareness. “Our leadership, our khakis, our chief’s mess, and our wardrooms will receive training to ensure their commands operate in an environment where there is no stigma to raising your hand and pointing out a susceptibility,” said Garcia. “A susceptibility or an area of potential threat or danger to another Sailor or Marine.”Cmdr. Roy Love, Afloat Training Group Mayport commanding officer, said the town hall sent positive messages that helped many Sailors and Marines rest some of their concerns they had in regard to their careers in service. “It lets us know our leadership cares and they’re looking out for our best interest,” said Love. “The Sailors and Marines have a great opportunity to talk to the people who make the decisions that affect them and their futures.”Chief Naval Air Crewman (NAC/AW) Curtlynn Harris, an instructor from Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, said his Sailors were delighted to hear that the Enlisted Retention Board would not return.“I think the information was excellent, it put out some of the angst, a lot of people had questions about the ERB and Sailors just want to know what the future holds for them in the Navy,” said Harris. “We went over it all as far as benefits and pay, retention, education, families and benefits, everything.”The 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 13, 2012; Image: navylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s elects Nelson-Allen ticket as its next student government leaders

first_imgJuniors Terra Nelson and Olivia Allen were elected Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president for the 2019-2020 term after an election held Thursday. The ticket’s election over juniors Emma Schmidt and Andrea Ruiz-Montoya was announced Friday afternoon via an email to the student body.Nelson, the incoming Student Government Association (SGA) president, said she was pleased with the execution of the work she and Allen, her vice president, put into their campaign, noting that one of their goals was to interact with as many students as possible before the election.“I think you reach more people when you’re meeting and conversing with them and sharing your ideas,” she said. “In the budget, we wanted to have money set aside for our pop-up events. They were useful and beneficial to our campaign because instead of spending $80 on color posters … we’re going to … plant ourselves everywhere around the school and try to reach people.”Though the pair spent less money on posters, Allen said their signage did have an impact on the outcome of the election.“A lot of people really backed us,” she said. “People enjoyed seeing our poster that had 10 things we wanted to accomplish on it. I walked to get The Observer after the endorsement in the dining hall, and there were two girls in front of our poster. One was talking to her friend and said, ‘This is why I voted for them. Look at these ideas.’ That was really cool to see that even people we’re not friends with or people we didn’t get the chance to talk to were still like, ‘I love their ideas,’ or ‘I voted for them not because they’re my friends or I think they’re cute,’ but because they genuinely like our ideas.”Allen said she also enjoyed being able to directly engage with problems that matter to the student body in the College’s first presidential debate.“We actually really enjoyed the debate,” she said. “While that was never done before, it was really helpful to put us on the spot and hear the questions that the student body has submitted about what they want to see and what they want to have done at Saint Mary’s, and we were able to say this is exactly what we want to do and not just read off our platform.”The ticket said they ran on the notion of tenacity and tradition. Nelson said upholding the traditions of the College does not equate to promoting a community of division.“In no way do we think tradition means we’re going to be exclusive, and we don’t want certain members to be a part of our community,” Nelson said. “It was like, ‘Let’s uphold the tradition of the women that founded this College and the amazing alumnae that have come from this College. Let’s stay true to that; let’s work towards being better.’ … I think that was really interesting, balancing tradition and being progressive. You can do both. You can look and the College and say, ‘This place is amazing. We want to make it better, and part of making it better is being more progressive and maybe giving some push back to things that have been the norm.’”Allen said the pair is already looking forward to putting their platform points into action.“Right after we won on Friday, we looked at each other and said, ‘When are we going to start going to meetings? Let’s do this thing,’” Allen said.One of the ticket’s priorities, Nelson said, is restructuring first-year orientation. This plan includes improving the state of the College’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), which is currently leaderless.“We will begin in April, and hopefully we can make some little tweaks, and a big tweak to the College in hiring a BAVO director, or interim, or even just an advisor, someone to be with those women,” Nelson said. “[We are also set on] starting the all-hall Masses, so that when the first years are here, it’s part of the routine. Trying to open up Regina, so that at the beginning of the year, that is open. … We want to work to start as soon as possible.”Both Nelson and Allen said they understand there is more to being in charge than having the positions of president and vice president.“We understand that this isn’t just a title. It really is work, and that’s where that tenacity comes in,” Nelson said. “We want to work hard, and we want to get it done. We both have such get-it-done personalities, I don’t want to just sit around.”Nelson said she and Allen are grateful to be able to serve a community for which they care deeply.“Women that don’t even know us that well or maybe have only seen us in the dining hall or read our platform supporting us and standing behind us and showing kindness is just the most beautiful thing, and reminds me of why I attend this college and why I am so humbled to be able to represent a student body that is beautiful, unique, diverse and different,” Nelson said.Tags: sga elections, sga student government elections, Student Body President, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Angela Lansbury Isn’t Circling GOT & More

first_imgAngela Lansbury(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Angela Lansbury Isn’t Circling Game of ThronesApparently it won’t be a case of Dame of Thrones. After the interweb was set abuzz today with reports that Dame Angela Lansbury would appear in the seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, her reps informed EW that this wasn’t the case. So, we’re back to eagerly awaiting confirmation that the five-time Tony winner will headline the first Broadway revival of The Chalk Garden in the 2017-18 season then. Unless this is all an elaborate ploy by HBO to put us off the scent…wouldn’t be the first time!Lin-Manuel Miranda Banished From Hamilton RehearsalDespite being a Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer winner, as well as a certified genius, it seems that Lin-Manuel Miranda still has to listen to Hamilton director Thomas Kail when it comes to rehearsals for the hit tuner in Chicago. “If Lin brings a new lyric, I just send him out of the room immediately,” Kail told Billboard. As we’re sure you’re already very much aware, performances of the show begin on September 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre in the Windy City; it continues playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre.Christian Borle & Laura Benanti Team UpThis is some lineup! Christian Borle, Laura Benanti, Skylar Astin, Carolee Carmello, Bryce Pinkham, Will Swenson and more Broadway favorites are joining forces for a one-night-only reading in aid of The Actors Fund. Proud of Us and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor will play on November 14 at New World Stages; buy tickets here!Brian Justin Crum Kills It on AGT (Again!)With this number, we could just picture Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal) in the sadly departed tuner American Psycho. He continued his incredible run on this season’s America’s Got Talent with a passionate performance of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears on September 6. Check it out below. View Commentslast_img read more

Pecan Course

first_imgGeorgia homeowners and farmers with hopes of producing pecan trees can learn the basics from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialists during the UGA Pecan Beginners Course on Tuesday, April 16.The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia.Participants will learn the fundamentals of pecan production, and UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells plans for the daylong workshop to be more in-depth than regular county meetings. He will show the inner workings of the pecan industry and hopes every attendee will come with an open mind.“A lot of people come into it a little naïve, not really realizing everything involved in it, but there’s nothing easy about growing pecans,” Wells said. “There’s always going to be inputs to do, scouting and other issues you have to deal with in any crop that you’re growing. There are many expenses in growing pecans and people need to realize this before getting invested in the idea.”Normally the top pecan-producing state in the U.S., Georgia had a difficult season in 2018 due to Hurricane Michael. The storm hammered southwest Georgia, a region where most of the state’s pecans are produced. The crop suffered an estimated $560 million in losses as a result of the hurricane.Wells will also discuss the importance of irrigation, fertilization, tree planting and establishment, and equipment needs.The workshop will include presentations from UGA pecan breeder Patrick Conner, who will discuss pecan varieties.UGA Extension entomologists Angel Acebes-Doria and Will Hudson will discuss insect management with a focus on ambrosia beetles. These beetles attack young, stressed trees, especially those in flooded conditions.Jason Brock, a UGA Extension plant pathologist, will talk about disease management, specifically scab disease. Pecan scab is a fungal disease that infects the leaves or nuts of pecan trees and is a perennial problem, especially if there has been a lot of rainfall. UGA Extension weed specialist Tim Grey will highlight weed control options in pecan orchards.“We should really call it the ‘UGA Pecan School’ because we try to cover everything pecan-related from every angle,” Wells said. “I’m sure it’ll be good for everyone.”For more information on the UGA Pecan Beginners Course, visit read more

Credit card offerings should consider cardholder segment

first_imgConsumers are increasingly aware of the variety of credit card offerings in the marketplace today. As consumers evaluate the plastic they carry, there are a number of factors they deem important. These factors include fees, card security and card benefits and value-added options, such as rewards and loyalty programs.To remain relevant, card issuers should offer consumers card conveniences and benefits that best meet their needs. This requires card issuers to understand each of the main cardholder segments they serve.Cardholders are often divided into the following segments:Revolvers — Cardholders who carry balances, paying off those balances over timeTransactors — Cardholders who pay their balances each month, avoiding interest charges continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Help for the holidays: How Guadalupe Credit Union meets mission

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Guadalupe Credit Union($168.0M, Santa Fe, NM) works year-round to encourage and teach financial wellness through products, services, and programs it offers to its mostly Hispanic membership across northern New Mexico.And like credit unions across America, the 70-year-old credit union finds the holidays are a great time to celebrate the good of the past year and share what it can with members, especially those in the most need.Diane Sandoval-Griego has been with Guadalupe for 12 years, the past five working in financial coaching and outreach. Here, she shares her thoughts about how the credit union helps people at this time, and every time, of year.last_img

CFO Focus: An economic foundation for strategic planning

first_imgOne absolute in life is that downturns in the economy are inevitable.Currently, the global economy is moving lower into an economic valley that could negatively impact your members—and, therefore, your credit union. If your members have no debt, plenty of equity and decades of working (in the right industry) still ahead of them, they may not feel a recession. But other people—and the organizations that serve them—will face financial challenges.W. Edwards Deming, a world-renowned consultant, said it best… “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.” This is perhaps the biggest takeaway when approaching your strategic planning in the coming year. Understanding where your credit union is positioned, as well as the direction of the economy and its impact on your members, will give your credit union the upper hand against its competition. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Rent reviews: when words fail us

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Iraq bans public gatherings on virus fear; travel ban totals 9 countries

first_imgTopics : Fears over the spread of the virus come as Iraq faces a domestic crisis with nearly 500 people killed since Oct. 1 in mass anti-government demonstrations.”All gatherings in public places, for any reason, are banned, and the relevant authorities must take all measures to enforce this,” said Allawi, who heads the government task force handling response to the virus.Coronavirus is believed to have originated in a market selling wildlife in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China. Iraq banned all public gatherings and barred entry by travellers from Kuwait and Bahrain, the health minister said on Wednesday, banning travel to or from a total of nine countries as fears grew over the spread of the coronavirus.Iraqi citizens are now banned from travelling to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Italy, Bahrain, and Kuwait, Health Minister Jaafar Allawi said in a decree seen by Reuters.Allawi also ordered the suspension of schools and university and the closure of cinemas, cafes, clubs, and other public gathering spots nationwide from Feb. 27 to March 7.last_img read more

Jakarta seeks to protect poor as COVID-19 outbreak leaves many homeless

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has set up a number of homeless shelters across the city as the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak forces some hard-hit residents to live on the sidewalk as they are no longer able to afford to pay their rent.A recent KompasTV report showed dozens of Jakartans, some of whom were small traders, resting on the sidewalks in the Tanah Abang area of Central Jakarta at nightfall, awaiting aid from volunteers who usually come during the fasting month.“I had a small stall in Kota Tua [in West Jakarta]. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, I lost my customers and the government’s regulations prohibited me from opening my place. Meanwhile, we must eat and pay for housing,” Reza, one of the homeless people, said in an interview. The Jakarta administration has said that it plans to turn all city-owned sports halls (GOR) across the capital into temporary homeless shelters for those who have lost their jobs and homes because of the pandemic.“The important thing is that no one is abandoned,” Governor Anies Baswedan said recently, adding that the sports halls would also be equipped with public kitchens.[RA::Hunger hits as many Indonesians struggle during COVID-19 pandemic]The Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) relocated 92 homeless people, who were found on the streets in Central Jakarta and South Jakarta on Friday and Saturday, to the Karet Tengsin GOR in Tanah Abang. Central Jakarta Social Agency head Ngapuli Peranginangin said, however, that the majority of those relocated had relatives in the areas surrounding Jakarta who picked them up shortly after relocation.“We conducted an assessment so that the homeless people’s backgrounds were clear. We have given them and their family a statement of warning to prevent them from returning to the streets,” Ngapuli told The Jakarta Post on Monday.He said there were nine people left in the GOR, who had no relatives living nearby and who could not go back to their hometowns in Papua and Riau due to the government’s mudik (exodus) ban.“Our targets are the victims of the pandemic, including those who suffer because of policies like the mudik ban, or medical workers kicked out of their rooming houses. But we haven’t found that many of them,” Ngapuli said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more