BAE Systems gets $26M for USS Harpers Ferry maintenance work Authorities View post tag: US Navy February 6, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems gets $26M for USS Harpers Ferry maintenance work The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $26.6 million contract modification for work on the phased maintenance availability of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49).The lead ship in her class of dock landing ships will undergo depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications during the maintenance.Work on the USS Harpers Ferry will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by January 2018.Sister ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) will complete the same maintenance period by April 2017 with the only exception being that the work will be performed by General Dynamics in Norfolk.All ships in the Harpers Ferry-class underwent a midlife upgrade between 2009 and 2014 and are now expected to remain in service through 2038. Share this article View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: USS Harpers Ferry
On Friday, January 10, 2020 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will host a public ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of its personnel. Additionally, the ceremony will conclude with the swearing-in of one new deputy sheriff. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 AMin the Old Court Room of the Old Courthouse located at 201 NW 4th Street.Those Individuals Being Recognized Are:New Deputy Sheriff:Derrick RueCompletion of Probationary Year:Deputy Erich CarlsonDeputy Jacob FullerDeputy Eric GanderDeputy Evan LuigsPromotions:Lt. Mark Rasure – MajorSgt. Kerri Blessinger – LieutenantDeputy Chris Roe – SergeantAwards:Deputy Chelsea Trail – Life Saver AwardOfficer John Payne – Sheriff’s CommendationFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
× 4TH TO 8TH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH — Student of the Month from grades 4-8 from All Saints Catholic Academy for the word, “kindness”
In late April, we reported on Woodbridge, New Jersey’s Ross Street School, where the elementary school’s vocal music teacher Mark Filoramo was teaching his kids the music of jam-band royalty, Phish. After releasing a devastatingly cute video of the students singing Phish’s “More”, we spoke with Filoramo, who shared that the song was being prepared for use in his original Phish musical. Titled Contact: The Quest for the Black Circle, Filoramo’s not-for-profit play was scheduled to be performed by Ross Street School’s 4th and 5th graders on May 22nd.The heartwarming tale is set in a “far-away planet where animals rule the world,” with a bunch of animals going on an adventure to learn more about a mysterious “Black Circle” that has appeared in the woods. As previously noted, Filoramo’s kid-friendly Phish musical features classics like “Halley’s Comet”, “Birds of a Feather”, “Bouncing Around The Room”, “The Wedge”, “Sparkle”, “Simple”, “Character Zero”, “My Sweet One”, “Theme From The Bottom”, “Blaze On”, “Contact”, and “More”.With the amazing 4th- and 5th-grade students at Ross Street School having just performed Contact‘s debut this week, Filoramo shared videos of the kids’ performance. He also noted after the performance, “The show was very well received by the parents—they really enjoyed it… How can you not enjoy an evening of Phish’s music?”You can check out a full video as well as highlights of the Phish musical and read a full synopsis of the Contact: The Quest For The Black Circle below.Contact: The Quest For The Black Circle (Full Performance)Contact: The Quest For The Black Circle (Highlights)[Videos: Mark Filoramo]As the synopsis for Contact: The Quest for the Black Circle reads:In a far-away planet where animals rule the world, the small animals gather for their weekly pow-wow where they meditate and focus on important aspects of life. A cool animal named Jezmund announces at the end of a pow-wow that he has discovered a mysterious “Black Circle” in the woods and that he wanted a group of volunteers to explore with him and find out what this “Black Circle” is. A group of animals agrees to accompany him on his mission and head out into the woods. During their trip, they encounter what they think is a scary group of big vicious animals carrying weapons, however, they soon find out that they are harmless creatures that are actually carrying instruments for their band.They eventually become friends and explain to them about their quest to find the “Black Circle”. The band recommends that they see the “Man Mulcahey” who can lead them to the “Black Circle”. The two groups set off together and eventually find the “Man Mulcahey” he was able to lead them to the “Black Circle”. When they finally found it, he was quickly amused at discovering that it was only an old car tire. The animals were disappointed that there was nothing magical about the tire and they wondered why there was not more to life. The “Man Mulcahey” assured them that life is about the journey and spending time with loved ones and not about stuff we find along the way. The animals all learned their most valuable lesson.
The new Harvard University Policy on Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest for Persons Holding Faculty and Teaching Appointments (University Conflict of Interest Policy) is built upon 12 principles that establish a framework to guide the Schools in developing their implementation plans. The Schools’ implementation of the policy will be audited on a regular basis by the University’s Risk Management and Audit Services, and the audit reports will be reviewed by the vice provost for research and a new standing University Committee on Financial Conflicts of Interest.Among other elements, the Schools’ plans must:• Ensure that faculty members’ educational and research activities are motivated by a commitment to the advancement of knowledge and not compromised by their outside activities and financial relationships. A faculty member should avoid circumstances that reasonable observers would believe create an undue risk that the prospect of direct or indirect personal financial gain could inappropriately influence the faculty member’s judgment or actions in fulfilling his or her University duties.• Include a robust system of annual reporting by faculty members of their and their immediate family members’ outside financial interests that may be related to their academic responsibilities. Additionally, the plans must include provisions for the reporting of new potential conflicts when they first arise.• Require that written records be maintained by the School of the processes by which reported financial interests are reviewed and evaluated for the possibility of creating financial conflicts of interest that raise concern, and how such conflicts will be eliminated, reduced, or managed, as well as disclosed, to minimize the risk of undue bias of the faculty member’s research and scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and public service.• Ensure that faculty members’ outside financial interests not adversely influence their instruction, guidance, or supervision of students (including trainees and postdoctoral fellows). Academic assignments to students should principally serve their interests in learning, self-development, and satisfaction of requirements for academic advancement.• Provide for sanctions for failures to comply with the rules, reporting requirements, and other policy provisions.
Thirteen members of the fabulous ensemble are also on the bill, although Brooke Elliott, who went from the Taboo chorus to instant fame as the star of TV’s Drop Dead Diva, isn’t one of them. Taboo, that fabulous musical flop we can’t get out of our heads, is coming back to the New York stage. Cast members from the show will reunite for two performances at 54 Below on February 8 at 8PM and 11PM, exactly 10 years to the day that the Boy George bio-musical closed on Broadway after a three-month run. Set for the concerts (benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS) are stars Sarah Uriarte Berry (who plays Nicola), Jeffrey Carlson (Marilyn), Liz McCartney (Big Sue) and Cary Shields (the hot rocker guy that breaks Boy George’s heart). Not yet set for the concerts are stars Boy George (Leigh Bowery), Euan Morton (George) and Raul Esparza (Philip Sallon), which leaves us sad but hopeful. Maybe they haven’t checked their voicemail? No word yet on whether the show’s famous producer, Rosie O’Donnell, will be there either. Again, we’re hopeful! Either way, we can’t wait. Seriously, the score for this show is incredible! View Comments
Traditionally, strategic planning sessions for credit unions occurs in the fall. However, after partnering with dozens of credit unions as a facilitator on strategic plans over the last few years, I can safely say that a growing number both plan and conduct their sessions at other times of the year. We remind our clients regularly that strategic planning is a process, not a date on a calendar. Therefore, any time of the year is a good time to take a look at ways to improve your next strategic planning session.Credit unions spend a great deal of time and energy making the commitment and investment in strategic planning. During those crucial days together, executive leadership teams and members of the Board of Directors contribute ideas and dialogue that will both guide and direct the credit union for years to come. Consider the following ideas to improve your next strategic planning session.Invite a more job-diverse team. Typically, strategic planning sessions are attended by members of the executive leadership team and the Board of Directors. For your next strategic planning session, however, consider assembling a more job or role-diverse mix. Try to include younger employees (think Millennials) and those you have identified as your “star performers.” Not only will a more eclectic team contribute potentially game-changing ideas, you are also grooming them for future success by making them feel like an important part of the credit union. Give your members a voice at the strategic planning table. Not necessarily in person – however, you can provide invaluable member feedback in the strategic planning process by conducting interviews and surveys beforehand. Quiz members about what’s important to them in a financial institution and what they expect. Present this information during the strategic planning session and, with actual member input, you’ll find yourself more likely to act upon ideas important to the membership and less flying blind. One exercise we do is “The Empty Chair Exercise.” Place an empty chair somewhere in the meeting room as a reminder that if a member were in that chair, what would they tell us? Clarify the roles of strategic planning and tactical/budgeting. These are very different functions. Strategic planning takes a look at your credit union’s directives from a 30,000-foot level over the next several years. We call it strategic for a reason, rather than tactical. Tactical goes into the daily operations of the credit union. The same can be said for budgeting. If you aren’t careful, a strategic planning session can rapidly devolve into a tactical/budgeting snipe hunt. If everybody on your team focuses too much on numbers and tactics, you are likely to miss the forest for the trees and steer your strategic planning session straight into the confusing high grass of tactics and budget.A strategic planning session is like a good map or GPS in that it provides reassuring guidance and direction for your credit union for years to come. By assembling a more role-diverse strategic planning team, giving members a voice at the table and clarifying the roles of strategic versus tactical/budgeting, you can help ensure your credit union’s next strategic planning session provides a terrific return on that investment. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details
According to chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Steven Szakaly, U.S. new-vehicle sales will stay above 17 million for a third straight year in 2017. Szakaly also said he believes that auto purchasing and leasing momentum will continue to build in 2017. With this increased car activity on the horizon, you should be establishing a strong plan for scooping up these potential auto loan opportunities.It has become increasingly hard to pull in new auto loans with the level of choice available to car buyers today. Financial institutions are no longer just competing with the usual suspects – big banks, finance companies, and other financial institutions – they are also having to compete with less traditional businesses that are entering into the auto loan game to expand their services and draw in new consumers. Retail lenders (like Costco), mobile lenders (like Credit Karma), and peer-to-peer lenders (like Lending Club) are among the types of non-traditional lending companies financial institutions now have to compete with.Even if you have a strong auto lending program, you are likely still losing loan opportunities to your competitors. It is hard time you start thinking outside of the box to take your auto loan portfolio to the next level of success. Let’s take a look at some things your organization can do to separate you from the rest of your competition. Mobile BankingFirst and foremost, if you are not currently offering your account holders access to online banking tools, you need to be doing that. According to a recent report performed by Callahan & Associates, loan growth and asset growth in 2016 was more than double for credit unions with mobile banking than that of credit unions not offering mobile banking. If you want to attract financially active consumers to your auto loan program, your mobile banking tools should also include a mobile loan application. Mobile lending adds a level of convenience that consumers are craving, especially your harder-to-reach millennials who typically prefer the mobile channel for performing all of their banking transactions. You must offer mobile lending to effectively engage these key demographics, or else risk losing these opportunities to your competitors, which include both traditional and non-traditional.Auto RebatesThese days you can’t always expect individuals buying or leasing a car to walk up and ask about your auto lending program. It is true that there are a growing number of consumers looking to credit unions for their auto financing needs, but there are still many individuals out there that are just looking for the best offer no matter who is offering it to them. If you want to attract new borrowers, you need to offer them an auto lending program that includes unique, valuable benefits, so you are presenting them with an attractive offer that stands up against your competitors’ programs. Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (Gallagher) saw this need, and set out to create a unique and attractive benefit program that was a win-win for businesses and consumers. The core of this program, called BonusDrive, offers an exclusive $500 rebate to consumers leasing or purchasing a new vehicle from a participating brand. “We developed BonusDrive to help auto buyers and their families get the best deal possible on a new car, while at the same time be a value to the businesses offering the BonusDrive program,” says Jim Evans, Global Practice Leader of Voluntary Benefits Consulting for Gallagher. “We are confident credit unions marketing this program will see a boost in good will and loyalty, while positioning themselves at the top of their consumers’ minds when they are ready to shop for auto loans.”Gallagher performed a study in 2016 to help gauge consumer interest in the BonusDrive program. They found that just about any individual presented with a cash back rewards program like BonusDrive would be interested in participating. And since this program is no cost to you, and no cost to the consumer, it is really a win-win for everyone involved. “The moment I heard about the Bonus Drive program I knew it would be a success for our customers,” says Pete Hilger, President and CEO of Allied Solutions. “There is no question in my mind about the value this program brings to credit unions and their members. In fact, our current BonusDrive clients already have members redeeming the $500 payouts, and they’ve only been marketing the program about a month. The program basically sells itself.”Direct to Consumer MarketingPrograms like BonusDrive and other consumer benefits you offer don’t just sell themselves; you have to market these offerings to your consumers. But that alone can be a huge challenge for your financial institution. Nowadays, most consumers expect advertisements to be tailored to their individual wants and needs. You can’t just send out a generic flyer to every consumer and expect great results. If you want real results, you need to send out customized communications that speak to what each prospective consumer may be looking for, when they may be looking for it.Newer marketing tools like video and text marketing offer the ability to create targeted custom campaigns that market the right products to the right people. For example, with video marketing tools like Allied Solutions’ SmartVideo technology, you can develop short, personalized videos to send out BonusDrive information to your consumers who recently filed a GAP claim and may be in the market for a new car. These newer marketing tools also allow you to track and analyze campaign results down to the individual level. Having this information can help you categorize recipients of the initial campaign so you can more effectively follow-up with targeted communications. There are certainly other ways your financial institution can draw in auto loan opportunities away from you competitors, but the options included in this article have proven to be successful for financial institutions that have adopted one or more of these methods.Contact Betty Seifu with Allied Solutions if you’d like to learn more about building up your auto loan portfolio: 800.826.9384 Ext. 10175. 89SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bethlehem Seifu Bethlehem Seifu joined the Client Services and Product Management team at Allied Solutions in September 2016. She works with providers and sales staff to create, update, and distribute relevant production … Web: alliedsolutions.net Details
This property known as ‘Abbey of the Roses’ in Warwick is going to auction.THINK you know what it’s like to live like royalty?Forget lap pools, media rooms and hi-tech sound systems.Today’s modern luxuries have got nothing on the stately grandness of this Victorian gothic sandstone masterpiece, which is about as close as you can get to something out of the television series, Downton Abbey.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREOne of the dining rooms inside ‘Abbey of the Roses’ in Warwick, which is for sale.And, believe it or not, it’s in country Queensland.This regal manor house, complete with 50 rooms on 10,000 sqm stands proudly in the town of Warwick, southwest of Brisbane, despite being more at home in Europe or the UK.QUALITY BEACH HOME UP FOR GRABSOne of the function rooms inside ‘Abbey of the Roses’. Pic supplied by Ray White.Now is your chance to live as if you were ‘to the manor born’, with the former Sisters of Mercy convent, now known as ‘Abbey of the Roses’, going to auction later this month.Built in 1891, this heritage-listed building at 8 Locke St is one of more than 100 properties going under the hammer at Ray White’s major auction event of the year on the Gold Coast on January 28.LAP UP LAKESIDE LUXURYOne of the bedrooms inside ‘Abbey of the Roses’ in Warwick, which is for sale.Ray White marketing agent Josh Thomas said the property was primarily a private residence, but had most recently been used as a guesthouse and wedding venue.Mr Thomas said he had received a lot of interstate inquiries and had never marketed a property like it before.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“This is something that doesn’t become available in Queensland that often — if ever,” he said.“It’s something I think that’s more common in Europe.”HOME BUYERS SKIP CRUCIAL CHECKSOne of the bathrooms inside ‘Abbey of the Roses’ in Warwick, which is for sale.Owners Sonia Hunt and Mark Cains fell in love with the property when they first saw it online.Mrs Hunt said she thought it was in England at first before noticing the sale price was in Australian dollars.It has been the couple’s home for the past eight years, but they want to sell to move closer to family.“It’s really surreal. You don’t feel like you own it because it’s not like a normal home,” Mrs Hunt said.“We could sleep in a different bed every night and feel like we’re on holiday for over a week.”One of the bedrooms inside ‘Abbey of the Roses’ in Warwick, which is going to auction.Gradually restoring the property to its former glory has been a labour of love for Mrs Hunt.“Fixing her up and feeling the love come back out of her — you just have this proud feeling you can’t put into words,” she said.The stained glass windows in the property at 8 Locke St, Warwick. Picture: Michele Helmrich.Records show the property last sold for $1.525 million in 2010.Spanning three levels, it includes a chapel, a grand dining room and function rooms, 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.The chapel inside ‘Abbey of the Roses’ in Warwick, which is for sale.Designed by the same architect as the Breakfast Creek Hotel, the property also boasts stained glass from the same German company that made the glass windows of the Vatican and features a statue by the designer of the Statue of Liberty.The intricate timberwork inside the property at 8 Locke St, Warwick. Sonia Hunt and Mark Cains are selling their guesthouse and wedding venue, Abbey of the Roses, in Warwick.