UK: HMS Echo to Undergo Maintenance Works

first_img October 9, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Industry news View post tag: Undergo View post tag: Echo Share this article View post tag: HMS UK: HMS Echo to Undergo Maintenance Works View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Echo to Undergo Maintenance Works View post tag: works Plymouth-based HMS Echo has just completed a 19-month deployment in the Far East.David Daniel A&P Falmouth Commercial Director: “We are very familiar with HMS Echo, having carried out her previous refit five years ago and it’s great to have her back. We will carry out survey and maintenance works and upgrade of ship systems on behalf of BAE Systems. HMS Echo is expected to be with us until the end of October. Securing this repeat business reflects confidence in A&P’s knowledge, experience and ability to respond to the specific needs of our customers.”HMS Echo was launched in 2002 as the first ship in her class and was commissioned by the Navy in 2003. Built in Appledore, Devonport-based Echo carries out survey operations and provides environmental information in support of submarines and amphibious operations. She can also serve as a platform for a Mine Counter Measures command team. Highlights of her most recent 19 month deployment in the Far East included discovering an underwater ‘mountain’ the size of Gibraltar in the Red Sea and being the first RN ship to visit Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 9, 2012 View post tag: UK View post tag: maintenancelast_img read more

Paddleboarders Raise $85,000 For The DRCF & Jon Baker Wins The Karen Grant Top…

first_imgJon Baker.JPG – Jon Baker of Egg Harbor Township raised $10,695 to win the Karen Grant Award for top fundraiser at the 11th annual Paddle For A Cause presented by Curexa Saturday, June 9 at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. He is with Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City on left and Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation President Mark Zappone of Linwood on right. The top fundraiser of this year’s paddle will be taking home a Pau Hana 14′ x 26″ carbon Viper race board. (Michael Wright/ Sparkable) ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – Determined paddleboarders tested their mettle to help raise over $85,000 in donations and sponsorships for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Saturday, June 9. Total funds raised for the event as of this writing are just over $85,000 with donations still coming in. Local businesses donated more than an additional $15,000 in in-kind donations.Despite an impending thunderstorm more than 100 people participated across four events at the 11th annual Paddle For A Cause presented by Curexa Pharmacy in honor and memory of Karen Grant, beginning and ending at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.Cash prizes of $800 for first place, $350 for second place and $150 for third place were awarded for the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island in the following categories: men’s open prone, men’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard, women’s open prone and women’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard.There was an 8-mile race and also 4-mile and 8-mile noncompetitive back bay paddles that go to The Wonder Bar in Atlantic City.This year’s event was extra special as it was dedicated in memory and honor of Karen Grant, a trustee of the foundation who spent countless hours volunteering with the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. It was remarkable how she was so focused on helping others while she was afflicted with cancer and consistently was a top fundraiser at the event.Jon Baker, an artist and foundation board member of Egg Harbor Township won the Karen Grant Award for top fundraiser with $15,720. Todd DeSatnick, Paul Giunta, Adam Walcoff and Michele Barbera rounded out the top five fundraisers. Total funds raised for the event as of this writing are just over $85,000 with donations still coming in. Local businesses donated more than an additional $15,000 in in-kind donations.Of course, everyone who joins this event does it for this own reason. The winner of the 22.5-mile women’s OC-1 division was Kathy Vallen of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania who completed with a time of 4:38:17 in an outrigger canoe. Vallen is a stage 3A breast cancer survivor and was the first woman to finish the race. She said she dedicated the race in memory of Marie Buyce who died of cancer this past January. Her son Jeffrey paddled prone in the event last year in while his mother was fighting cancer.Jason Chew of Ocean City celebrates winning the 22-mile race in the men’s standup paddleboard division with a 14-foot board with a time of 4 hours, 36 seconds at the 11th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause Saturday, June 9 at Golden Nugget Atlantic City (Michael Wright/Sparkable).Jason Chew of Ocean City was the winner of the 22.5-mile race in the men’s standup paddleboard division with a 14-foot board with a time of 4 hours, 36 seconds. There were two records broken this year in the 22.5-mile race; Lisa Hertz Malick of Melbourne Beach, Florida completed the course in 5:07:44 in the Women’s Prone Stock 18-49 years old division and Louanne Harris of New York City broke the course record by winning the 18-49-year-old women’s standup paddleboard 14-foot category with a time of 4:48:51. The fastest overall finisher in the 22.5-mile race was Jason Malick with a time of 3:31:48 in the Men’s Surf Ski Division.Join the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation at their next event the 18th annual Surf For A Cause on September 8,2018 at Decatur avenue beach in Margate, NJ. See for more information.Louanne Harris of New York City paddles her way to winning the 22-mile race at in the 18-49-year-old women’s standup paddleboard 14-foot category with a time of 4:48:51 at the 11th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause Saturday, June 9 at Golden Nugget Atlantic City (Michael Wright/Sparkable).Race Results:22-mile (18-49) Women’s SUP 14’Louanne Harris – 4:48:51Carly Scallon 5:02:57Josette Lata 5:11:0322-mile (18-49) Women’s Prone 14’Alice henley 5:21:4422-mile (18-49) Men’s Prone StockAlex Ferencz 4:35:08Joe Lemke 4:39:15Nate Dirvin 5:13:0222-mile (18-49) Men’s Surf SkiJason Malick 3:31:4822-mile (18-49) Men’s Prone UnlimitedAJ Deflilippis 3:59:56Jonny Skolnick 4:05:53Dan Grothues 4:07:0122-mile (18-49) Men’s OpenRyan Matthews 3:33:13Robert Jehn 3:37:1022-mile 18-49 Men’s SUP 14’Jason Chew 4:00:36Sean Duffey 4:01:09Ryan Oliver 4:01:4822-mile (18-49) Women’s Prone StockLisa Hertz Malick 5:07:4422-mile (50+) Women’s OpenKathy Vallen 4:38:1722-mile (50+) Men’s SUP 14’Andy Giordano 4:47:37Joe Carney 5:05:52Tom Forkin 5:11:388-mile (18+) Women’s SUPRachel Obrien 4:53:26Krissy Halkes 5:16:338-mile (U17) Women’s SUP UnlimitedAdeline Piola 2:39:518-mile (18-49) Women’s SUP 14’Jennifer Panetta 2:02:25Kate McBride 2:13:51Jayne Lukens 3:14:158-mile (18-49) Women’s SUP SurfboardLauren Pagliughi 2:30:108-mile (18-49) Women’s SUP UnlimitedTricia Piola 2:35:05Catherine Toogood 3:23:428-mile (18-49) Men’s Prone StockJohn Henkes 2:15:48Zachary Weiner of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey crosses the finish line to win the 8-mile race 18-49 men’s prone unlimited division with a time of 2:11:03 at the 11th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause Saturday, June 9 at Golden Nugget Atlantic City (Michael Wright/Sparkable).8-mile (18-49) Men’s Prone UnlimitedZack Weiner 2:11:03Dave Allison 2:15:348-mile (18-49) Men’s SUP 14’Ken Shiles 3:02:508-mile (18-49) Women’s OC-1Sara Allison Moss 2:15:218-mile (50+) Women’s SUP UnlimitedMartha Worthington 2:51:028-mile (50+) Men’s OC-1Chuck Allison 2:44:538-mile (50+) Men’s SUP 14’Guy Peterson 1:51:42Raymond Aufiero 1:53:38Lawrence Goldstein 2:49:568-mile (50+) Men’s SUP UnlimitedTony Duran 3:34:43The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has raised more than $700,000 and donates 90 percent of its funds to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Dean continues his competitive professional surfing career, proudly representing the Garden State all over the world. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is a New Jersey Non Profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations by check should be made payable to DRCF and mailed to P.O. Box 149, Somers Point, NJ 08244. Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 149 Somers Point, NJ 08244    TheDRCF.orgFor information: Shaun Smith | 609.412.6248 | [email protected]last_img read more

Bakery suet supplier rivals Premier

first_imgA new suet manufacturer has set up in direct competition to industry giant Premier Foods.Prima Foods UK is producing up to 30 tonnes of suet a week for bakers, food manufacturers and wholesalers. It supplies multiples such as Tesco, Morrisons and The Co-operative Group as well as small independent retailers.“We opened last year, but have been up and running since January,” said MD Peter Rice. “We aim to offer an alternative to Premier’s Atora product – we’re a small business that looks after people at the right price.”Rice said it had the capacity to produce 50 tonnes of suet a week – shredded fat coated with flour. Products include a non-hydrogenated vegetable suet with sunflower and wheat flour, a non-hydrogenated vegetable suet with rape seed and wheat four, beef suet and suet blends, including chickpea flour. New products include mixes such as herb and sweet dumplings.Bakers are buying suet to make dumplings, suet puddings and desserts, said Rice. “With the recession still ongoing, people are going back to more home cooking and traditional, comfort food that’s filling, and suet fits the bill perfectly.”He added: “We are price-competitive with Premier and can offer small amounts to craft bakers.”last_img read more

Steps against poverty

first_imgOn Friday, two weeks after the World Bank Governors approved a major push to end poverty, Jim Yong Kim, M.D. ’91, Ph.D. ’93, president of the World Bank Group, described the plan to a Harvard audience in the Asia Center’s annual Tsai Lecture at the Science Center.Within 17 years, the bank seeks to reduce the proportion of people living on $1.25 a day or less to 3 percent, the lowest possible figure given natural disasters.“It’s the first time in history that the world has said we can end poverty as we know it,” said Kim, co-founder of Partners In Health, the Boston-based nonprofit working with the poor on four continents.Kim is a former president of Dartmouth College and also served as director of the World Health Organization’s HIV-AIDS department, where he led a successful effort to treat 3 million new HIV-AIDS patients in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs.In the hourlong lecture, co-sponsored by the Korea Institute, he blended wide-ranging policy with encouragement to a supportive audience; several students voiced their aspirations to follow Kim’s path into international development.Never permit yourself to think that any country in the world or any people is a basket case. If you come in with cynicism it is deadly for the poor people.” — Jim Kim, president of the World Bank GroupA sophomore asked about his proudest moment in his tenure at the bank, which started in July 2012. “Keeping my mouth shut” in the first six months on the job, answered Kim. When he did talk, it was to ask questions — about process at the bank, the programs it supports, and whether ending poverty was a reasonable goal.A persistent challenge to calculating progress was the fact that the bank always worked with data that was at least two years old. So Kim proposed that the bank measure poverty every year, and stressed a focus on investment in human capital such as education and health care. Changes and tumult around the world demand that focus, he said. Economic growth must be measured in conjunction with gauging the extent to which a society’s bottom 40 percent participate in that growth, he said.“Growth that’s not inclusive has potential to build instability into your system,” he said.Also, climate change is a major challenge. If the World Bank supports only clean energy, he said, poor countries with gaping energy needs say they are being punished.“My job is to walk that balance,” he said — a difficult task.For instance, he said, economic growth in China has raised 600 million people out of poverty, and the country has led the world in investment in green development. Yet it also has 363 coal plants in the pipeline.The easier fixes toward ending poverty have already been made, he said.Kim knows firsthand how perceptions affect development. Born in Korea in 1959, he remembers when experts expressed pessimism about development in his homeland because it was “wracked by the ravages of a strict Confucian culture.” Twenty years later, as the country prospered, the view changed: “The secret to Korea’s development was its Confucian culture.”The lesson underscored Kim’s encouragement to students to pursue international development with open minds.“Never permit yourself to think that any country in the world or any people is a basket case,” he said. “If you come in with cynicism it is deadly for the poor people.”The World Bank is full of optimists, he said, even though they know the challenges are great. But, he said, “Optimism is a moral choice.”last_img read more

Romania: Protesters want reprisals for fatal hospital fire

first_imgBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Hundreds of people have protested outside Romania’s Health Ministry the day after a fatal fire at one of the country’s main hospitals for COVID-19 patients. The protest on Saturday was organized by a right-wing political party. Protesters called for the resignations of the president, the health minister and the emergencies chief. At least five people died in the fire that broke out Friday on the ground floor of the Matei Bals hospital in Bucharest. It was the third hospital fire in Romania in as many months. The health minister says the cause is not yet known and an investigation is ongoing, He agreed Romania needs new hospitals.last_img read more

Winter Pruning

first_imgThe calendar says January, but the weather for the last few weeks has been screaming March.The unseasonable warmth means a lot of folks are getting in their yards, looking for something to keep them outdoors a little longer. It’s the perfect time to prune summer-blooming shrubs and trees like crape myrtles and tea olives.There’s no one-size-fits-all pruning rule; it’s as much a science as it is an art. There are, however, some basic techniques that can help novice gardeners avoid mistakes that can cause their shrubs lasting damage.”The keys to proper pruning are timing, technique and the right equipment,” said Bob Westerfield, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist.Go slow, be selective and don’t prune angry.It can be cathartic to start lopping off tree limbs left and right, but pruning is not the time to work out your anger issues. Gardeners need to know what to prune and what to leave alone until spring.The time to prune summer-blooming plants and most woody ornamentals is January through early March. These include:BeautyberryCamelliaChaste tree (Vitex)Cranberrybush (Viburnum)Crape myrtleFloribunda rosesFragrant tea oliveGlossy abeliaGoldenrain treeGrandiflora rosesJapanese barberryJapanese spireaMimosaNandinaRose of Sharon (Althea)Sourwood‘Anthony Waterer’ spireaSweetshrubYou need to prune spring-flowering plants like azalea, forsythia and dogwood soon after they bloom.”Of course, if you see dead plant material, you can prune that off any time of year,” Westerfield said.Pruning is often necessary for your plants’ health. It’s a way to remove disease and keep your plants looking good. It can also rejuvenate older, overgrown shrubs.Proper tools are a key to successful pruning.”Steer away from gas-powered pruners,” Westerfield said. “Hand-operated shears work wonderfully as long as you keep your instruments sharp so they cut the plant instead of tearing it.”Hand pruners are perhaps your most essential pruning tool.”Buy the best quality you can afford and you won’t have to keep going back to the store for a new pair every year,” he said. “The draw-cut, or scissor, type is the most useful.”The anvil-type hard pruners tend to crush limbs rather than cut them.Use lopping shears to prune small trees or shrubs, like crape myrtles, with a branch diameter of up to 1.5 inches. For plants with branches more than 2 inches thick, use a pruning saw.Heading or thinningNow that you have the proper tools, you’re ready to start pruning. There are two methods: heading and thinning.”Heading is when you shear across the plant nonselectively,” Westerfield said. “This method is normally used on boxwoods to give them that formal look.”Use heading sparingly, as it causes new growth to grow back too thick, choking air and light from the interior branches of the shrub.Thinning is more useful and will lead to a healthier shrub in the spring. Gas or electric hedge trimmers are notorious for causing thick growth at the tips of branches.”Use thinning to prune out sections of the plant to allow more light and air inside,” he said. “The increased air reduces diseases and insects like spider mites.”How you prune determines the shape of your plant.”If you leave buds on the outside, it causes the plant to grow outward and spread,” he said. “If you leave buds on the inside it causes the plant to fill out from within.”Let in air and light.Westerfield reminds home landscapers to always leave the bottom of the plant larger than the top while pruning so that the plant forms a pyramid shape. “If you don’t, you’ll cause a canopy effect, and no light will get in,” he said.Make your cuts at a slant, too, and at a fraction above the bud. The slant will allow water to roll off the newly cut surface.Don’t use pruning paints.”They’re unnecessary and may slow the cuts’ healing,” Westerfield said.Complement pruning by going easy with the fertilizer. You want your plants to put any stored energy they have into healing, not into sending new shoots.UGA Extension will offer an in-depth pruning workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 10 at the UGA Griffin Campus. The cost of the workshop is $59 and includes lunch, snacks and printed materials. For more information, email Beth Horne at [email protected] or call 770-228-7214.UGA Extension has a number of free, online publications with diagrams that can help gardeners figure out which plants need pruning, when pruning is necessary and what techniques are needed for each shrub. Visit and search “pruning” or call your local Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Sara Burczy joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

first_imgSara Burczy joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermontas the new Wellness and Community Outreach CoordinatorBerlin, VT Sara Burczy is the new Wellness and Community Outreach Coordinator at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT). She has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the three-year Vermont Worksite Wellness Project sponsored by BCBSVT and the University of Vermont. This exciting research study is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Protection Research Initiative. The project will test the effectiveness of various types of wellness programs in the workplace. The project will offer a randomly selected group of 32 BCBSVT employer accounts with between 51 and 249 employees free worksite wellness programming in four areasnutrition and weight management, physical activity, stress reduction, and smoking cessationfor a period of 24 months. As project manager, Ms. Burczy will oversee the collection of outcomes data at regular six-month intervals.Ms. Burczy has extensive experience helping Vermonters from all walks of life to adopt healthier lifestyles. As a UVM Extension Professor and Nutrition & Food Specialist, she developed and implemented nutrition and health education programs throughout the state for over twenty-five years. Working with other UVM faculty, she also previously conducted research related to worksite wellness and nutrition (including obesity prevention and weight management). In addition, she served on the committee that created the University of Vermont employee wellness program in the 1990s. Prior to joining UVM Extension, Sara was the Marketing Assistant at the Burlington Savings Bank.Ms. Burczy earned her Master of Extension Education degree at the University of Vermont, where her concentration was community nutrition and health education. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska, where she graduated with high distinction with a dual major in journalism and family and consumer sciences. Ms. Burczy has received several national professional awards for her teaching, research and media work in the areas of nutrition and wellness.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

St. James Man Pleads Guilty in $17M Ponzi Scheme

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 62-year-old investment fund manager pleaded guilty at federal court in Central Islip on Monday to securities fraud after operating a nine-year Ponzi scheme that netted more than $17 million.James Peister agreed to pay $9.6 million in restitution to dozens of victims and to forfeit $17.9 million in assets, including his St. James home and a Hummer, prosecutors said.“For nearly a decade, rather than make sound investment decisions as he had promised, James Peister fleeced dozens of investors and used their money to fund his own lavish lifestyle,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement.Prosecutors said Peister ripped off at least 74 investors through several investments funds—Northstar International Group Inc., North American Globex Group, and North American Globex Fund, LP—between January 2000 and June 2009.Victims believed they were investing in stocks, futures and fixed income instruments, prosecutors said. Instead, Peister used their money to pay out existing investors, finance his business and pay for his home and Hummer, prosecutors said.He was able to maintain the fraud by providing phony financial statements to investors and auditors that overstated the value of his clients’ assets, prosecutors said.The scheme fell apart when the economy collapsed in 2008, prosecutors said. Peister was arrested in June of this year.Peister is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2015. He faces up to 20 years in prison.last_img read more

Emergency fund accounts & other resources to improve member’s financial health

first_imgIt’s no secret that the current state of American’s and emergency savings is not good.  American’s today have a hard time coming up with the funds to cover an everyday emergency, such as a car repair, medical bill, etc.  As financial institutions, we have the opportunity to provide tools and resources to help members to better prepare for unforeseen expenses.When I first came to Financial Health Federal Credit Union, about 21 years ago, we were a struggling little credit union trying to compete with banks and large credit unions for the same customers and we were not doing that very well.  We lacked the expertise, the marketing budget, the branch structure – all of that.  We consciously decided to focus our attention on people most banks and credit unions do not want to serve; people who are typically taken advantage of by payday lenders, buy here/pay here car lots, etc.  Over the years we have gotten increasingly passionate about that mission.One of our main areas of focus is helping members who are having trouble setting up an emergency fund.  According to a Federal Reserve Survey, about 46 percent of Americans said they did not have enough money to cover a $400 emergency expense.  We want to help, which is why we have offered an emergency fund account for a few years now.There are different concepts for how much money a person should have in their emergency fund.  Our concept is that it should be at least one month’s worth of expenses.  We offer members planning tools to help them estimate how much they should have in their emergency fund, and then help them determine how much they should save every month or every payday to build that emergency fund.  Since we started the emergency fund accounts, members have opened 324 of these accounts and balances are $66,500, an average of $205 per account. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Consumer experience and employee experience? Best practices with Rio Grande Credit Union

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We live in a hyper-saturated competitive environment when it comes to financial products and services. Just think about all the other banks, credit unions and non-traditional providers all looking to grab a slice of your consumers’ market and wallet share. One of the strongest ways financial institutions can compete is by establishing a truly unique consumer service experience.A great example of this comes from Rio Grande Credit Union (Albuquerque, NM; $316 million assets; 30,000 members). Looking to create a truly differentiated and memorable member service experience, they first decided to invest in their overall employee experience. As it turns out, employee experience and member experience are directly related.“What we’ve discovered is that our Employee Engagement survey (done in April) is predictive of our Annual Member Satisfaction survey (conducted in August),” shared Bill Daily, VP of Marketing and Member Experience. “We’ve made the local ‘Best Places to Work’ the past two years in a row. Our 2016 member satisfaction survey generated the highest score in the 15 years we’ve been tracking it.” continue reading »last_img read more