New Zealand’s new Seasprite helicopter deploys on an OPV

first_img View post tag: Seasprite September 12, 2016 View post tag: NZDF New Zealand’s new Seasprite helicopter deploys on first mission with an offshore patrol vessel Share this article View post tag: HMNZS Otago Back to overview,Home naval-today New Zealand’s new Seasprite helicopter deploys on first mission with an offshore patrol vessel Authorities One of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) newly acquired fleet of Seasprite helicopters is embarking on its first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to help transport 23 government staff and about seven tonnes of vital equipment and supplies to the remote Kermadec Islands.An SH-2G (I) Seasprite, one of eight that are being introduced into service this year, has joined the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Otago on a resupply mission to the Kermadec Islands from 12-23 September.“Although the newer-model Seasprite was deployed on a frigate for a multilateral exercise in June, their deployment on an OPV is a major step forward in increasing the NZDF’s ability to support other government agencies in New Zealand and in the Pacific region. This also marks a major milestone in the modernisation of the Navy’s fleet,” Captain Dave McEwan, the Acting Maritime Component Commander, said.Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR) Andrew Sorensen, the Commanding Officer of Otago, said the ship’s first stop would be at Macauley Island, where the Seasprite will drop off a Department of Conservation (DoC) representative and two dogs trained to detect rats and other pests.Otago will travel next to Raoul Island, to resupply the DoC outpost there. About seven tonnes of goods, including food supplies, general equipment and a light utility vehicle, will be flown to the island in underslung loads.“The NZDF provides logistical support to other government agencies and the resupply operation to the Kermadecs is a good example of that,” LTCDR Sorensen said.National Maritime Coordination Centre manager Kevin Arlidge said the Seasprite’s deployment with an offshore patrol vessel would allow them to reach more inaccessible and remote parts of the Kermadecs and would widen the scope of the NZDF’s work in support of DoC and GNS Science.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: Geary Claims Evansville’s Hockey Team In Jeopardy

first_imgThe Evansville IceMen, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and AHL’s Binghamton Senators, have enjoyed providing the excitement of professional hockey to the City of Evansville at the Ford Center.  The IceMen are most particularly appreciative of the fans, the IceMen Maniacs and valued season ticket holders.  The IceMen have also enjoyed the use of the City’s state of the art facility and plan on bringing a championship trophy through its doors very soon.  However, Evansville stands to lose its hockey team.“When we signed our lease for the Ford Center in 2011 we had already moved 22 families to Evansville based on some good faith negotiations with the City.  After we moved those families, and at the last minute, we were presented with different terms and told to sign or lose the opportunity.  We signed a lease that was not in our best interest, but we have honored it.  Now that lease is set to expire and we need to be treated fairly in the new lease,” said Ron Geary, owner of the IceMen.  “The current lease and price threaten our ability to bring our fans a premier ice hockey team and at the same time run a business,” said Geary.In order to have a team for the 2016-2017 season, the IceMen must have a lease in place with the City and dates of games to the league no later than December 1, 2015.  The IceMen started negotiations on the new lease with the Mayor’s office in February.  The City has proposed no terms to the IceMen for the new lease.  “The ECHL conducted a study for the 2011-2012 season showing the IceMen paid the highest rent in the entire league – $650,000.  The median for the league is about $152,000.”  said Jim Riggs, IceMen COO.  “The City receives about $1.2 million each season for IceMen games in rent and food and beverage net income,” said Riggs.The team has lost money every year.  “I don’t mind investing in the team and in the City, but after spending millions with no return on the investment we need a lease that is fair and does not take advantage of the IceMen.  The only reason we lose money is because we have the worst lease in the league,” said Geary.  “At the same time, we have the best fans in the league so we are going to continue to try and get something reasonable even though the Mayor’s office has been pretty tough to work with over the years.  We tried to renegotiate in the past but got nowhere,” said Geary.  The City put a clause in the lease that if the IceMen even tried to renegotiate in the first two years of the lease the IceMen would have to pay the City’s legal fees.  “Bottom line, I want a championship team here in Evansville.  But we cannot continue to operate in financial loss because of an overpriced lease,” said Geary.“We are going to do everything possible to provide the City and fans a great team for the 2016-2017 season.  We hope we give our fans what they have come to expect – a premier hockey team and a great game day experience.  We remain hopeful we can achieve great things on the ice and eventually bring a championship to the City,” said Riggs.  The IceMen will not sign another lease with such high rent.  Without a lease and dates, the league will move forward in 2016-2017 without the Evansville IceMen. “We hope that is unnecessary but it remains a reality,” said Geary. “Our attempts to negotiate over the past 40 weeks have resulted in nothing.  We are going public because deadlines are approaching and the fans need to know what Evansville stands to lose.  We need our fans support.  We need the City to get reasonable, start negotiating in earnest and get this lease in place,” he said. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Brands given added bite

first_imgFinsbury Food Group plans to extend its share of the snacking cake category by extending the Toffee Crisp and Munchies confectionery brands.It has launched new Nestlé Toffee Crisp and Munchies Mini Bites in Tesco and Morrisons and plans to further extend distribution. Toffee Crisp Mini Bites are a crispy cereal product, blended with toffee caramel and coated in milk chocolate, while Munchies Mini Bites combine a biscuit and chocolate base, layered with smooth caramel and covered in milk chocolate. Both products come in boxes of 15 and contain no added colours or flavours.Brand manager John Steele said: “We have worked closely with Nestlé to develop cake versions of Toffee Crisp and Munchies confectionery, adapting the concept to create a mini bite. We believe they will be popular among consumers for office sharing, take-home indulgence and treats.”RSP: £ read more

Press release: RSH Legal Services Framework Panel

first_imgThe Regulator of Social Housing has appointed six firms to join its Legal Services Framework Panel following a competitive tender process.The panel is split into two Lots. Lot 2 is for the provision of advice on Insolvency and Special Administration law. The five firms we have appointed are: CMS, Devonshires, Norton Rose Fulbright, Trowers & Hamlins and Mills & Reeve. The Framework, which commenced on 1 May 2018, will be for a four-year term.Further informationThe regulation of social housing is the responsibility of the Regulation Committee, a statutory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency. The organisation refers to itself as the Regulator of Social Housing in undertaking the functions of the Regulation Committee. Homes England is the trading name of the HCA’s non-regulation functions.The regulator’s purpose is to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants.For more information visit the RSH website.Our media enquiries page has contact details for journalists.For general queries to RSH, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225.center_img Lot 1 is for the provision of advice on public, administrative and regulatory law; charity law; and corporate, commercial, and financial law. The four firms we have appointed are: Devonshires, Field Fisher, Trowers & Hamlins and Mills & Reeve.last_img read more

Video: Sights and Sounds — Food City 500

first_img___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Go behind the wheel and inside the headsets around the World’s Fastest Half Mile.last_img read more

Grateful Dead Share Beautiful ‘Truckin” Video From Unreleased 1989 Performance

first_imgThe 6th annual Grateful Dead “Meet-Up At The Movies” is coming up quickly, hitting theaters nationwide this Wednesday, May 11th. For the uninitiated, “Meet-Up At The Movies” brings Deadheads together to watch film footage of the Grateful Dead, simulcast at movie theaters everywhere. This year will feature unreleased footage from a potent Dead show at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, MA, held on July 2nd 1989.1989 is certainly one of the prime years from the Dead’s later era, with Brent Mydland showcasing his skills on the keys throughout. In anticipation of this week’s showing, the Dead have shared footage of “Truckin’” from the performance. Premiering on EW, keep on truckin’ with this great video below:You can also watch previously-released clips of “He’s Gone” and “Tennessee Jed” by following the links. For more info about “Meet-Up At The Movies,” head here.last_img read more

What’s Innovation? Learning to Love Failure

first_imgAnyone rummaging around in search of innovation in the annals of economics will inevitably end up running into Joseph Schumpeter. The political economist was already aware of the fact that innovation is the critical dimension of success more than 100 years ago (1).But although it appears straightforward on the surface, it isn’t. Scratch the surface and you will always encounter the ‘creative destruction’ he popularized back then: Companies need to constantly innovate and incessantly question their existence to maintain their position on the market.Do you notice a pattern?Exactly. The imagery of scratching past a surface is by no means obsolete. Especially for anyone involved in today’s digital transformation. The central issues are clear: products, processes, the organization, customer service, communication, and even the company culture. They all need to be carefully scrutinized. However, what has changed? Competitive pressure has snowballed and the development cycles have greatly intensified compared to the past. Creative destruction – disruptive innovation (2): two terms, one concept. The process is all around us.And this process also entails failure. “If you want to innovate (…), you have to embrace risk,” stated Michael Dell at last year’s ‘The Next Now!,’ the impulse summit hosted by Dell EMC in Berlin. He continued, “It would be wishful thinking to believe that everything always works right from the start.” And that’s how it is: Companies need to learn how to deal with making mistakes.The issue is too intricate and for many, they simply procrastinate. And it’s not a prudent approach. Nearly one-half of all companies fear becoming obsolete in the mid-term, and a similar number of companies isn’t sure what the industry will even look like in the mid-term. But the working motto should actually be: Use innovation to shape the market, instead of playing the catch-up game all the time.How can innovation, the main component in the digital transformation, be pushed forward? The path begins with the realization that innovation cannot just happen as an aside, but rather it needs to infiltrate every fiber, all hierarchal levels, and each department of a company. It needs to become an integral part of the corporate DNA (and its partner network). The best case scenario is when upper management exemplifies to the rest of the company what innovation is; for this reason, I have often proposed having the Chief Innovation Officer be responsible for ensuring a company-wide change in culture. However, it goes without saying that innovation is not only a concern for a company’s IT. It doesn’t need to be limited to products and companies specifically. It can also act as an example for the external image. For example, it can help eliminate production grievances in countries with low wages, deal with topics of environmental concern, or address other CRS issues. Companies that define innovation in this manner are particularly appealing to markets in the future.Dell EMC is hosting The Next Now! again. This year it will be held in Munich, Germany, on 10 April. There will be talks, presentations, and panel discussions by numerous high-caliber speakers from industry, media, and culture on topics such as the connection between innovation and digital transformation, the underlying technology, and the impact on the economy and society. And who knows? Maybe Michael Dell will be in attendance this year, too.(1) That was the year 1912. By the way, Schumpeter looked at entrepreneurs as if they were heroes. He considered them responsible for the prosperity of the masses. One of his more relevant examples: Companies made sure that not only the Queen could afford silk stockings, but that they were in reach of factory workers, as well. The process of capitalism would gradually increase the standard of life for the masses, and innovation (just like monopolies) are at the center of this development.(2) ‘Innovation’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘to renew, restore; to change.’ The term was first mentioned in Duden, the authoritative dictionary of the German language, in 1915, which was published only shortly after Schumpeter published his theory. A coincidence?last_img read more

Sparks Fly in Hempstead Clerk Misconduct Trial

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaA witness was brought to tears Thursday during the third day of testimony in the trial of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, who’s accused of trying to cover-up workplace sexual harassment allegations.The witness, Katherine Greco, worked in Bonilla’s office for a week after being transferred from the town licensing department to replace his accuser, Ariel Davis. Greco recalled the clerk telling her during an interview that he wanted her to accompany him at political events.“He told me he would be running for congress and that he wanted me to attend events with him, and that he would take me to political dinners and ceremonies,” Greco told the court. “He told me he wanted me to smile and be flirty…he said he saw a fire inside of me, and that Ariel didn’t understand what he needed.”She also testified that her close friend and Davis’ ex-boyfriend, Alex Desidoro, came to her one day upset because Bonilla allegedly gave him an ultimatum upon asking him for photos of Davis that he could use against her after Davis filed a complaint against the clerk.“Mark told Alex to take some time for himself, and if he doesn’t give over the photos, then don’t return to the office,” Greco testified.Bonilla pleaded not guilty last fall to misconduct and coercion charges stemming from those allegations.During cross examination by Adrian DiLuzio, Bonilla’s Mineola-based attorney, Greco testified that Desidoro told Bonilla “jokingly” that he has photos of Davis.Greco said she helped Desidoro come up with a plan to find compromising photos of women on the Internet, edit their faces out, give the images to Bonilla and tell the clerk the photos were of Davis.DiLuzio asked Greco, who quickly transferred out of the clerk’s office, why she continued working for the town before getting a private-sector job if she was so concerned about Bonilla. She replied that she heard a rumor that Bonilla would resign—although he has since bucked calls to step down.The lawyer grew impatient when she couldn’t immediately recall where she heard the rumor.DiLuzio asked: “I’m Sorry! But is this a part of the texting generation? Where people don’t have conversations anymore?”Greco did not answer and the questioning was stopped for a brief sidebar. When she returned to the witness stand, she was visibly crying.The trial resumes Monday before Judge Sharon Gianelli at First District Court Hempstead with testimony from Desidoro, the ex-boyfriend.last_img read more

Credit union response to COVID-19

first_imgThe credit union will have a message board for members to communicate. There are members that need help with an errand or task and members who are willing and available to help. We are a community and we can help each other through this troubling time.  While social distancing is the appropriate personal response to the crisis, pulling together is the correct credit union response. Stories will be told about credit unions after this crisis. Let’s be sure the stories are ones of help and compassion. Assure members that the credit union will keep the ATMs full and functioning so members have access to their cash during the National Emergency Period. Advise members that their loan payments will be deferred during the National Emergency Period if their income has been reduced by 50% or more due to the effects of COVID-19. Interest will still accrue but the payment obligation will be suspended.    If you have the ability to pre-qualify members for home equity loans, reach out to them to make offers to let them know they have a safety net.    Let the members know that the credit union is open and available to help them through this crisis. The credit union intends to set aside a sum that will be available for emergency loans for members in financial distress. The credit union has limited resources and will not be able to meet all the financial needs of members, but it will do its best to help as many members as possible. center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Guy Messick Guy A. Messick is General Counsel to the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) and principal in Messick & Lauer P.C. in Media, PA. Web: Details There will not be any debt collection actions taken during the National Emergency Period. This new normal is very stressful. People are concerned about their health and their finances. The government is advising and, in some areas, requiring people stay home. Businesses are being closed. Workers are being laid-off. There will be well-underwritten credit union loans to members that will default. How should credit unions respond? If there was ever a time to demonstrate value to members, it is now. If a credit union has the capital to take some risk, it is time to deploy the capital. Your credit union will be defined by how it responds and serves its members. Here are some thoughts. Provide each adult member with a $1,000 line of credit for one year. The first 90 days is without interest. This is an advance on the government’s promise to distribute $1,000 to each American.  If the member does not pay back the loan in 90 days, interest can be charged at normal rates. last_img read more

Security guard shares lifesaving story following shooting in Syracuse

first_imgAfter a brief struggle between the two men, Selmon said Booker’s gun jammed sending him away to reload. Some mechanical issues on his bus halted his trip from Boston to Toledo, Ohio. “As I turn around, the gunman is literally there face-to-face with me so I ask him a question like what’s your problem? What’s going on?,” Selmon said. According to our sister station CNY Central, Jahtheel Selmon had just started his shift when he said that he saw the suspect, Andrew Booker, starting to act irritated. As for Andrew Booker, the Massachusetts native has an extensive criminal past. Even though he was facing a slew of charges, Booker was let go on $200 bail. The Wareham District Court said Booker still hasn’t been arraigned for the March arrest due to COVID-19. When asked if he’d do it all over again knowing it would mean getting shot, Selmon says without hesitation. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitpatrick called Selmon a “legitimate hero.” On the other side of the building, Selmon said Booker spotted him again. Only this time, now with passengers farther out of harm’s way, the security guard brandished his concealed firearm and pointed it at the suspect. He said the suspect mumbled and shot twice, hitting him once in the abdomen. He wasn’t wearing a vest, although Selmon says he usually does for other security jobs. Selmon said when another bus unloaded at the hub around 2:00 a.m., that’s when Booker fired a gun.center_img A move Selmon said made Booker hesitate. Likely saving lives including his own. Soon after, law enforcement arrived quickly and detained the suspect. Selmon is now recovering. Still sore from his injury and surgery. “I had to think smart because at the end of the day I’m still bleeding out.” In the midst of the scramble, Selmon said a father and his young children ran up to him, asking for help. Selmon then guided them to a room with a code-locked door. The Syracuse native works multiple security gigs and says it comes naturally for him to want to protect and help others. “As soon as I heard gunshots my priority is not running, my priority is grab whoever I can grab. If I had a kid I would want somebody to save my kid like that too.” “He [Booker] literally just started shooting at them, shooting at random people,” Selmon said. SYRACUSE (CNY CENTRAL/WBNG)- One security guard is now being hailed a hero after jumping into action during a shooting that happened at the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse early Sunday morning.last_img read more