Attention thru-hikers: Salewa North America wants to give ten hikers free shoes for a year

first_img“The Thru Hiker Project is the biggest campaign we’ve done yet in the U.S.,” said Ross Herr, Sales and Marketing Manager for Salewa North America. “We’re rolling out some really exciting new products this spring and we want to get it in the hands of the core users first. Anyone making the commitment to complete one of the major thru hikes in the U.S. is clearly committed. We want to make their trip that much more special and give them the opportunity to pay it forward along the way.” Boulder-based Salewa North America, the leading mountain sports company founded in the Italian Dolomites, today announced plans for its inaugural Thru Hiker project which will give ten lucky thru-hikers exclusive Salewa products and free shoes for a year while they hike the most iconic U.S. trails this summer, according to a press release from the company. To learn more about the project, or to apply, visit www.salewa.com. Salewa seeks enthusiastic thru hikers that plan to hike either the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, or the Appalachian Trail this summer. Ten winners will be selected to receive a head-to-toe product kit from Salewa, including apparel, headwear, their new Alptrek backpack, and free shoes for a year. In addition to the gear they’ll receive for themselves, each winner will also become an official #SALEWASHOEANGEL, giving shoes to fellow hikers along the trail. Salewa also plans to update each hiker’s progress on the trail, giving other hikers the opportunity to connect with the shoe angels and potentially pick up a pair of free shoes for their own adventures.last_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence supports Exercise Tradewinds 2011

first_imgBy Dialogo March 10, 2011 On 5 March, crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence participated in a subject-matter exchange with Coast Guardsmen from the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic. The Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for maritime law enforcement and works closely with its partner agencies and countries throughout the Caribbean to disrupt the flow of illegal drugs and migrants in the region. In support of Exercise Tradewinds 2011, more than 135 U.S. Coast Guard personnel are on the ground and on the water in Antigua and Barbuda. They are working with more than 20 partner nations in exercises designed to build relationships and enhance security and inter-operability throughout the region. As part of the exercise’s maritime portion, the more than 75 crewmembers of the CGC Diligence, homeported in Wilmington, N.C., arrived in Antigua and Barbuda on March 2 after being underway for more than 30 days conducting maritime-law-enforcement and search and rescue operations. The classroom session held in the morning covered topics ranging from the initial embarkation onboard a vessel and dealing with hazardous situations to collecting information about possible illicit activities. “This is a great opportunity for other nations to learn from us and for us to take something away from working with them,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan McCosley, a maritime enforcement specialist aboard Diligence, originally from Broadway, N.C. “Coming down here for an operation like this is something you remember your entire career.” All of the participating nations in Tradewinds 2011 share common interests in the region and have the common goal of increasing the presence and inter-operability of security forces in the region. “What we wanted to do was go over basic boarding procedures,” said Lt. j.g. Michael Persun, a native of Hershey, Pa., and one of Diligence’s boarding officers. “We covered everything from the initial safety inspection, which ensures both the boarding team’s safety and that of the vessel’s crew to intelligence collected by observing the vessel and using tactical procedures once you get onboard.” The tactical procedures portion of the day’s exercise featured demonstrations by members of Diligence’s law-enforcement team, role players and scenarios that allowed the multi-national group to use the strategies and actions in a training environment before using them in the field. “They already had a sound understanding of the basic procedures,” said Persun. “When it came to the tactical procedures, they were seeing a lot of it for the first time, but they were really enthusiastic about learning and showed vast improvement throughout the day.” In mixed-nationality teams, participants navigated the darkened hallways of the Antigua-Barbuda Defense Force Coast Guard Base. After coming to a door they had to decide quickly on the entrance maneuver they would use and in what order they would clear the room. If they found a suspicious person, it was their responsibility to decide how they would extract that person while maintaining awareness of what was happening around them. “All of the work we did was geared toward a high-risk boarding situation,” said Persun. “We used nonverbal communication like hand signals and shoulder taps to get everyone involved to work more as a team.” “Teamwork is the key to an effective and safe boarding,” said McCosley. “If we had to do a boarding with them, it gives them an idea of the way we do things, and that level of cooperation and confidence helps keep everyone involved safe.” During the course of Tradewinds 2011, Diligence crewmembers will be involved in more than 10 days of training, culminating in a field training exercise that will improve the capabilities of participating nations’ forces and promote stability in the region. Tradewinds is a joint-combined, interagency exercise and will involve U.S. personnel from the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, Joint-interagency Task Force-South, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with forces from: Antigua-Barbuda (host nation), Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

Harris discusses the election with the Bar’s International Law Section

first_imgHarris discusses the election with the Bar’s International Law SectionAmy K. Brown Assistant Editor Her e-mails totaled nearly 750,000. She received hundreds of flower arrangements and letters of encouragement. She also received thousands of angry phone calls and letters. Secretary of State Katherine Harris never expected the outcome of the 2000 Presidential election to fall squarely on her shoulders.“I just wanted to follow the law,” she said at the International Law Section‘s Annual Meeting luncheon. “My husband said something early on that stuck with me and kept me going. He said, ‘No matter what happens, the leader of the free world will be elected.’”Her comments about her role in the 2000 election came after an in-depth discussion of international law issues such as Florida’s participation in the Gulf States Accord, the creation of a hotline for questions about fictitious names, and the possibility of Florida being officially declared a “border state.”Despite her efforts to stay out of the spotlight, Harris became one of the most famous players in the election fiasco. Most importantly, she did what she thought was right. Katherine Harris and former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ray Ehrlich Harris discusses the election with the Bar’s International Law Section July 15, 2001 Assistant Editor Regular News “You have to operate with extreme integrity, because you have to live with yourself when it’s all over,” Harris said. “We didn’t have a crisis of our constitution or a crisis of democracy. It was just a close race.”Harris said she believes the media is responsible for inciting public outcries and keeping the public uninformed about the legal issues inherent in the “count the votes” argument. But there is a silver lining to the close race “the civics lesson of a lifetime.” One of her campaign promises while running for secretary of state was to get voters interested in the elections process. Harris mused that if she accomplished nothing else, she fulfilled that promise.But fortunately that wasn’t the only thing accomplished in the election’s aftermath. In response to the problems with hand-counting ballots and controversial chads, there is now a bipartisan effort in Congress to help correct the problems with proper funding.“Were it not for the crisis, there would never be political will to change this,” she said. “Never again will there be problems with chads, will the military feel disenfranchised, or will votes not be counted.”Harris said the impact she had on people’s lives was astounding Floridians began seeing their very own secretary of state being equally praised and lambasted in the national media. Harris wasn’t all business, however, as she stayed focused on the communities she serves. And despite the “weight of the world” on her shoulders, she did make time for a laugh or two.“Every Friday night, people from my office would divide up all the bumper-to-bumper flower arrangements we’d received during the week and take them to nursing homes and hospitals,” she said.One Friday night, Harris personally delivered several arrangements to Tallahassee nursing home residents. One of the residents was excited to meet Harris and extend her praise personally.“After I left her room, the lady called her family,” she said. One of the nurses later pulled Harris aside and gave her some disturbing news. “Apparently, the lady’s family was very concerned about their mother’s medicine, because she told her family Katherine Harris had brought her flowers.”last_img read more

Overcome the challenges of becoming a data-savvy credit union

first_imgAssist in identifying future sales opportunitiesBe core-agnosticCreate in-depth reporting to facilitate quick and efficient decision-makingFor more information about centralizing your data and utilizing it to improve efficiency and member experience, contact Velocity Solutions at (954) 847-5800 or https://myvelocity.com/contact-us.1 Webcast: “Will You Be the Disruptor or Disrupted in 2019? Data is the Answer,” The Financial Brand, November 13, 2018.2 Velocity average client data3. J.D. Power and Associates, “2017 Account Opening and Onboarding Benchmarking Study,” cited in The Financial Brand. It’s no secret that Big Data is more than just a buzzword these days. According to Jim Marous, CEO and Editor of The Financial Brand, customer data is the driving force behind almost every financial institution project and strategy today.1 According to his publication’s 2018 Digital Banking Report, enhancing the customer experience and using data to improve personalization and operations have been among the top three trends in banking for the past three years.  It’s clear: It is imperative to use account holder data to enhance the member experience, improve efficiency and drive product development. The problem, Marous says, is that many institutions either cannot access their data or they use it primarily for reporting and not as a basis for developing digital or operational initiatives.1Financial industry veteran and CEO of Velocity Solutions Christopher Leonard understands the power of data. His company focuses on helping community and regional financial institutions improve revenue, efficiency and account holder satisfaction with an emphasis on digitization and leveraging the institution’s data. He shares his perspective on how to overcome the hurdles of “Big Data” below. QUESTION: What is the biggest challenge today for community financial institutions as they attempt to use their data in meaningful ways?LEONARD: Financial institutions tend to be conservative. As a result, they may be behind other industries in terms of technology. This is understandable, because getting all of the relevant data in one spot and then figuring out what to do with it can be a Herculean task. According to industry experts and our own client feedback, a major impediment to financial institutions accessing their data is having too many data silos. Their data is restricted within separate departments or lines of business that do not communicate with each other. Another major issue is that many financial institutions simply do not know how to begin to put their data to work.The easiest and most productive place to start is to get all of your account holder data in one easy-to-use platform that is accessible throughout your institution, from front line employees to marketing teams to management. Community institutions should aim to use the datasets they already have to drive actionable insights to improve profitability and manage risk. QUESTION: What are ways credit unions can use data for immediate impact?LEONARD: There are several areas where insight into data can be used in tangible, measurable ways. These areas include new account holder onboarding and communications, monitoring and increasing account activity, cross-selling, and retention to name a few.With regard to onboarding, for example, research has shown that a sophisticated, digital onboarding process will increase revenues, decrease costs and maximize member satisfaction. According to J.D. Powers & Associates, account holders who are contacted by their financial institution within the first three days after opening an account are nearly twice as satisfied and more likely to remain a customer than account holders who are contacted after three days.While many credit unions follow a formal onboarding process, the outbound communication could be infinitely more valuable if the credit union representative were equipped with a complete picture of the member’s transactions and additional relationships within the institution.For instance, wouldn’t it be helpful to know if the member has activated and/or swiped her debit card? Has she signed up for online bill pay or direct deposit? If the credit union representative could see an overall onboarding score or view incomplete tasks, the representative could, for instance, enroll the member into online bill pay or direct deposit while on the phone. He could activate the member’s debit card and review other products and services that may be valuable to that member. The member would appreciate the personalized interaction and the institution would have strengthened the relationship.QUESTION: What is your advice to financial institutions that want to harness their existing data, but don’t know where to start?LEONARD: Don’t let “Big Data” scare you. Ignoring it will put revenue at risk, and your members may seek out a more engaged institution or even a non-financial institution competitor. Our client data tells us losing one account holder can negatively impact an institution’s bottom line by $1,828 per each lost account.2 Improving customer satisfaction by as little as 50 points can translate into a $2.4 million increase in revenue per 50,000 account holders.3Luckily, 85% of consumers in the Financial Brand survey said they want their financial institution to know them, help them with financial goals and reward them. They will gladly share their data with their financial institution as long as they get something meaningful in return. Our advice is to seek a technology partner that can empower your entire institution with the data and automated processes that drive these meaningful relationships without being overwhelming. At a minimum, the platform should:Centralize your data across lines of business (LOBs) and from different data sourcesGenerate a 360-degree view of a member’s financial picture, available to front line staff, marketing teams and managementCreate automated, personalized marketing and communications campaigns that:Are triggered by account holder activity/inactivity Fulfill specific objectives (cross-sell, improve retention, increase transactions, account acquisition and new account activity, etc.) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Swanston Steve Swanston is EVP of Sales for Velocity Solutions. He is responsible for defining the firm’s sales strategy in order to maximize growth and market share, as well as … Web: www.myvelocity.com Detailslast_img read more

Romania’s mandatory pension funds manage 3.7% return

first_imgSecond-pillar membership over the year grew by 4.2% to 6.56m, and net assets by 29.1% in Romania leu terms to RON24.7bn (€5.5bn).The contribution rate, which remained unchanged at 5% of gross wages, rose to 5.1% in 2016.Investment remained primarily domestic.There were minor shifts in asset allocation, with the share of government bonds falling by 2.1 percentage points to 65.9%.Investment in municipal, supranational and corporate bonds also declined.Meanwhile, the share of listed equities grew by 0.2 percentage points to 19.2%, that of cash and deposits by 1.1 percentage points 6.5%, and that of mutual funds by 0.5 percentage points to 3.7%.Bobocea told IPE asset picking rather than asset allocation could explain why the funds avoided year-end negative returns.The 10 voluntary third-pillar funds told a similar story, with the annual return falling from 7.45% to 2.54%.Membership grew by 10.4% to 382,318 and assets by 20.4% to RON1.3bn.The investment profile was similar to that of the second pillar – government bonds accounted for 64.9% of the total, other bonds 8.5%, listed equities 19.3% and cash and deposits 4.5%. Romania’s mandatory second-pillar pension funds, as elsewhere in the region, generated lower returns in 2015, although all seven funds managed to produce positive results.According to the Romanian Pension Funds’ Association (APAPR), the annual average weighted returns of the second-pillar funds fell to 3.68%, from 8.71% a year earlier.Mihai Bobocea, adviser to the APAPR board, attributed the fall to a “historically low interest-rate environment and stagnating stock exchange quotations”.In 2015, the turnover of listed companies on the Bucharest Stock Exchange declined by 23% year on year in local currency terms, and there was a dearth of IPOs compared with 2014.last_img read more

UK Nods Neptune Energy’s Juliet Field Decommissioning

first_imgUK authorities have approved Neptune Energy’s decommissioning plan for the Juliet field located in the UK North Sea.Neptune Energy filed the draft for decommissioning of the Minke and Juliet fields in March 2019.According to the decommissioning plan, which was approved on August 01, the Juliet manifold and wellhead protection structure will be fully recovered to shore for resuse/recycling.The Juliet field is located in the UK North Sea some 40 km due east from the Humberside estuary and approximately 9 km to the south of the Amethyst gas field.The field was discovered in 2008 and came into production in 2014 as a two-well subsea tieback development. The Cessation of Production ( CoP) for Juliet was submitted in July 2018.last_img read more

Television executive to keynote Caribbean film showcase

first_imgEntertainmentNewsRegional Television executive to keynote Caribbean film showcase by: – June 6, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Mr. Mark Walton. Photo credit: africaeconomicforum.comNEW YORK, USA — Veteran Caribbean-American television executive Mark Walton of The Africa Channel will keynote the luncheon session of the first CaribbeanTales New York Film Showcase.The film showcase is set for the Spike Lee Screening Room at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in New York at the weekend.The inaugural one-day event, which brings the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week in New York to a close on Saturday, June 11, will feature a keynote address by Walton on “Why A Strong African Diaspora Makes Sense.”“The UN has designated 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent and this should be a time for all people who claim Africa as their ancestral homeland to take time to understand and appreciate the impact we have made on the global society,” asserted Walton. He contends the time has come “to celebrate our diversity as people of African descent.”The Filmmakers’ Brunch begins at noon and includes panel discussions, networking and the screening of top Caribbean-produced films.Walton, who is The Africa Channel’s executive vice president of sponsorship and corporate development, postulates the Caribbean region has huge potential to tell its own story to the world since the diversity of cultures in the region is not yet known on the world stage.“But when the voices of the Caribbean are heard, they will make a statement. The world hasn’t yet heard or seen the real stories of the Caribbean. The emergence of a film industry can transport the imagery beyond sun, sea and surf to people, culture and heritage,” declared Walton.Walton, a Yale graduate who traces his roots not only to Africa but also to Barbados, has more than 20 years of experience in advertising sales, television, film distribution, marketing and general management. He spent more than 10 years with CBS in New York, holding various management positions in sales, marketing and finance.By the time he left CBS, he was responsible for marketing network television news, daytime, late night and children’s programs to a roster of major advertisers and their ad agencies with billings in excess of $75 million.Frances-Anne Solomon, founder and CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), announced her organization was honored to welcome Walton to the showcase.The day’s activities, which run from noon to 10 pm, also include a gala “Rum and Fishcakes” reception and the screening of the riveting documentary “Fire in Babylon”, the inspiring story of how a West Indies cricket side, one of the most gifted teams in sporting history, triumphed over its colonial masters.Earlier in the day, guests will watch “Calypso Dreams,” arguably the best film ever made about calypso as it explores the roots of kaiso in Trinidad and Tobago.A few short films from up and coming Caribbean-American filmmakers’ will also be screened. They include “Dominion” (Barbados), “Jerk Chicken” (Jamaica), and “The Other Side of the Water” (Haiti).CTWD, a member of the BIM Ventures family of entrepreneurs, has hosted two film festivals in Barbados, another in Canada, produced training workshops for filmmakers, and now has more than 60 films in its catalog.The New York event is free to the public, however, patrons must RSVP to secure their spots.The organizers report the response for the inaugural event has been robust and urged patrons to avoid missing out by responding sooner rather than later.Caribbean News Now Tweet 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Franklin Co. Deputies Respond To Fewer Calls In July

first_imgBROOKVILLE – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department released the monthly activity report for July.Deputies responded to 12% fewer calls for service last month, with the agency receiving 733 calls compared to 834 in July 2013.Among the reports received, deputies investigated a burglary report 42 times, a vehicle accident resulting in property damage or personal injury 54 times, and 63 calls for suspicious activity.Deputies made 47 arrests in July, including 16 alcohol-related offenses, 10 drug-related and 5 for battery.There was an average of 42 prisoners housed in the Security Center throughout the month of July. The maximum capacity of the jail is 75 inmates.last_img read more

Bergamo wakes from virus nightmare to resume Atalanta dream

first_imgAround 46,000 spectators gathered at Milan’s San Siro to watch Atalanta crush the Spanish team 4-1. With every goal, local fans fell into each other’s arms, at the stadium and in bars.– ‘Biological bomb’ –The coronavirus was already known in China but at the time seemed far away from northern Italy.But that soon changed, and from March 4 the number of cases in Bergamo rose sharply, leading some doctors to label the football match a “biological bomb” which had exploded.After the second leg was played and also won, 4-3, on March 10 in Valencia, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini called for a big party to be held “later” as the team made it to the Champions League quarter-finals.Atalanta’s Champions League match against Valencia in February played a major role in spreading the coronavirusThere followed over two months of lockdown in Italy, and tourists are yet to return to this pretty UNESCO World Heritage Site city.On Sunday, Atalanta take on Sassuolo in their first post-virus Italian Serie A match, to be held without fans present, but with the team known as “La Dea” resuming what was far and away their best season ever.“This match represents a small return to normality,” said Atalanta supporter Andrea Sigorini, 36.“But as the staff and players have said, our thoughts will be with those who have been through such difficult times,” he said.“We’re in a hurry to see Atalanta play again, given the level they’re playing at,” he told AFP.Marino Lazzarini is head of the Friends of Atalanta fan club with 6,000 members and is also one of the club’s directors.“Counting friends and others I know, I lost 40 people. Football helps us, not to forget, because we don’t forget, but to enjoy ourselves,” said the 71-year-old, who has been going to the stadium since he was four.– ‘Resume the dream’ –Atalanta’s captain, Argentine Alejandro “Papu” Gomez, has also called for football to resume, despite the opposition of some hardcore “Ultra” fans.Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez says Bergamo ‘lives for football’ and is glad they are playing again The province suffered 6,000 more deaths than usual during the COVID-19 outbreak, including 670 in Bergamo city which has a population of around 122,000. Almost everyone there has lost a relative, friend, colleague or neighbour. It is now known that the Champions League match between Atalanta and Valencia on February 19 played a significant role in spreading the deadly virus. Loading… Bergamo’s Atalanta return to action on Sunday, hoping that a resumption of their incredible football success will signal the historic Italian city’s return to normality after being devastated by coronavirus. Atalanta are fourth in Serie A and in the Champions League quarter-finals “These have been extremely difficult months,” said Mayor Giorgio Gori, remembering the dozens of coffins lined up for burial and the macabre images of the military convoys that carried them which were beamed around the world. “March was a series of mournings, each bit of news more sad than the last. Now there’s relief, we’ve returned to a relatively normal situation,” he told journalists.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bergamo has suffered over 670 deaths from coronavirus while the Lombardy region has been at the centre of the crisis in Italy “If you asked me two months ago I would have been against,” he told sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport.“But now it’s safer, that the virus appears to have weakened, I’m for it. Bergamo lives for football, breathes football. But Bergamo won’t forget.”Those who are rejoicing at the resumption of football, even behind closed doors, are desperate to know how their so-far incredible season ends.Atalanta occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot in Serie A and sit three points clear of fifth-placed Roma with a game in hand.Read Also: Setien demands UEFA allow Camp Nou hosts Barcelona v Napoli tie“The lockdown happened at the most beautiful moment (for the team), an historic moment,” said Lazzarini. “We hope that the dream can resume.”After their historic victory in Valencia, players showed off a T-Shirt written in the local dialect: “Bergamo, Mola Mia” or “Never Give Up, Bergamo”.last_img read more

Slick commute expected for Thursday

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — The National Weather Service says a low-pressure system will bring a wintery mix to southeastern Indiana today. A brief high pressure system will follow to set the stage for a dry Friday, then a strong low pressure system rolls into the Ohio Valley over the weekend that is expected to be a major snow maker.Use extra care traveling on bridges, overpasses, elevated roadways and exit ramps.last_img