HMAS Stuart returns from Asian deployment

first_img Share this article View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Stuart Photo: Photo: Royal Australian Navy Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Stuart returned to her home port of Fleet Base West following a three-month deployment to North East Asia.While deployed, Stuart took part in a number of exercises conducted in the North East Asia region in company with HMAS Melbourne and Sirius.The commanding officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Chris Leece, said it had been a busy deployment for the ship and her crew of around 190 officers and sailors.“During the deployment to Northern Australia and North East Asia, HMAS Stuart participated in several multi-lateral exercises, notably Kakadu, Singaroo and Bersama Lima,” he said.“The roles of the Royal Australian Navy ships during this international engagement helped to strengthen capacity and integration into joint task operations with our North East Asia regional partners.“While this was an operationally focused deployment, Stuart was also able to conduct significant international engagement with partner nations, both through the conduct of the exercises and during port visits in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.”last_img read more

Eagles Visit UE Before Starting Homestand

first_imgTRACY ARCHULETA’S COMMENTS VIA GOUSIEAGLES.COM The nationally ranked University of Southern Indiana baseball team concludes its six-game road swing Friday at 6 p.m. when it travels across town to play the University of Evansville before starting a six-game homestand Saturday at the USI Baseball Field. The six-game homestand begins with a two-game set with Quincy University Saturday at 6 p.m.Live coverage of the game at Evansville and the two-game series with Quincy can be found at GoUSIEagles.com.SCREAMING EAGLES BASEBALL NOTES:Next Up: 500 Wins. USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta is one win shy of 500 all-time victories with 499 wins combined between his seasons at USI and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Archuleta has a USI record of 351-175 (.667) in eight-plus seasons and is 499-299 (.625) in 13-plus seasons as the head coach. He has been named the ABCA Division II Coach of the Year twice (2010 and 2014) after leading the Screaming Eagles to a pair of national championships. He also has earned a pair of GLVC Coach of the Year awards (2011 and 2014).USI in the national polls. USI is ranked 26th in the latest Collegiate Baseball/ABCA Top 30 poll, jumping four spot from last week. The Eagles also are ranked 17th in NCBWA Top 25, rising one spot in the poll.Eagles off to good start in 2016. USI is 11-4 after going 4-1 in the first five games of the six-game road swing. The Eagles were 1-1 in the Perfect Pitch Spring Swing, defeating Augusta University and falling to Georgia College, before sweeping a three-game set with Drury University. USI, as a team, is hitting .287 on the trip while the Eagle hurlers are holding the opposition to a .214 average.Best at the plate; mound last week. Sophomore second baseman Sam Griggs (Evansville, Indiana) had USI’s best week at the plate, hitting .579 (11-19) with eight runs scored, two home runs, and five RBIs. Senior catcher Ryan Bertram (Zionsville, Indiana) drove in a team-high seven RBI, while sophomore designated hitter/leftfielder Drake McNamara (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) tied Griggs with two round trippers. Junior right-handers Devin Williams (Evansville, Indiana), Lucas Barnett (Princeton, Indiana), and Colin Nowak (Carol Stream, Illinois) all posted wins in each of their starts.Hitting streak for Kempf ends at 26. USI senior rightfielder Kyle Kempf (Evansville, Indiana) saw his USI record 26-game hitting streak ended on Saturday at Drury University. The streak began with final 12 games of the 2015 season and ended with the first 14 games of this season. The 26-game streak broke the record of 21 set by Josh Perkins in 2001 (last two games of 2000; first 19 games of 2001).Leading the GLVC. USI has four of the GLVC’s top 10 leaders in hits — sophomore second baseman Sam Griggs (second); senior rightfielder Kyle Kempf (4th); senior catcher Ryan Bertram (6th); sophomore DH/leftfielder Drake McNamara (8th). Griggs also ranks first in runs and eighth in RBIs, while Bertram is 7th in RBIs. On the mound, junior right-hander Devin Williams is second in ERA, while junior right-hander Lucas Barnett is tied for second in wins and fourth in strikeouts. USI, as a team, leads the GLVC is first in hits and runs scored.USI vs. Evansville. USI trails Evansville in the all-time series, 31-19, after falling to the Aces last year, 7-4.USI vs. Quincy. USI trails Quincy in the all-time series, 36-33, and will be meeting for the first times since the 2014 season when the Hawks took two of three from the Eagles during the GLVC Tournament at Bosse Field. The last time USI hosted Quincy at the USI Baseball Field was 2008 when the Eagles took three of four from the Hawks. Quincy is currently ranked 18th in the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA Top 30 poll and eighth in the NCBWA Top 25.Collegiate Baseball Div. 2 Poll 3-14-16 (As of March 14, 2016)Rank Team (Record)1. Tampa (19-1)2. St. Cloud St. (11-0)3. Millersville (15-1)4. Franklin Pierce (12-1)5. Colorado Mesa (16-3)6. West Alabama (18-4)7. Columbus St. (20-4)8. Cal. St. Monterey Bay (15-3)9. S. New Hampshire (12-0)10. Belmont Abbey (20-3-1)S.C.-Aiken (18-5)12. Florida Southern (14-6)13. Lubbock Christian (15-5)14 Missouri-St. Louis (10-1)15. Indianapolis (11-3)16. Cal. Baptist (17-5)17. East Stroudsburg (14-2)18. Quincy (9-3)19. Emporia St. (14-4)20. Alabama-Huntsville (17-7)21. Missouri Southern (12-4)22. West Texas A&M (15-5)23. U.C. San Diego (17-7)24. Cal. Poly Pomona (15-6)25. Lander (20-5)26. Southern Indiana (11-4)27. Seton Hill (11-4)28. Mercyhurst (10-5)29. West Florida (14-8)30. Texas A&M-Kingsville (12-6)Receiving Votes: Lynn (14-8), Chico St. (14-6), St. Edward’s (16-7), Dixie St. (13-5), North Greenville (17-8), Point Loma Nazarene (15-5).NCBWA DII Poll 3-15-16Rank  Team (First Place Votes)1. Tampa (Fla.) (12)2. St. Cloud St. (Minn.) (3)3. Colorado Mesa4. Millersville (Pa.)5. Columbus State (Ga.)6. Southern New Hampshire7. Cal. St.-Monterey Bay8. Quincy (Ill.)9. Franklin Pierce (N.H.)10. West Alabama11. Lander (S.C.)12. California Baptist13. Lubbock Christian (Texas)14. Emporia State (Kan.)15. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)16. Belmont-Abbey (N.C.)17. Southern Indiana18. West Texas A&MUC San Diego (Calif.)20. Lynn (Fla.)21. USC Aiken22. Missouri Southern23. Alabama-Huntsville24. Indianapolis (Ind.)25. Seton Hill (Pa.)Also receiving votes: Rogers State, Okla.; Cal. Poly-Pomona; St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y.; Minnesota State; Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.; Florida Southern; Mercyhurst, Pa.; Molloy, N.Y. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Historical Museum Celebrates 100 Years of U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday

first_imgJohn Loeper gives a presentation on the Sindia, which ran aground in Ocean City in 1901.The Ocean City Historical Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard with a special presentation 2 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 28).Fred Miller, an Ocean City historian, and John Loeper, president of Ocean City’s Life Saving Station No. 30, will trace the Coast Guard from its founding to its present-day expanded missions.When Congress merged the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service on Jan. 28, 1915, it created a new organization called the U.S. Coast Guard. (The 2015 Ocean City beach tags celebrate this event.)Miller and Loeper will be discussing the 1915 event and the history of the Life Saving Service, which dates back to 1871, when the island was still known only as Peck’s Beach.This is a free event. Any donations will be shared between the museum and the Lifesaving Station No. 30. Seating is limited. Event will take place in the museum, located in the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, NJ.last_img read more

More supermarkets sign up to traffic light labelling

first_imgAn increasing number of supermarket retailers and food manufacturers are adopting the traffic light labelling format on food packaging.It comes as discount supermarket retailer Aldi has announced that it will be using traffic light colour-coding labelling on its food packaging. The firm said the colour-coding is to make it “as easy as possible” for customers to lead a healthy lifestyle.The traffic light format gives customers an indication of the levels of salt, fats and, in some cases, calories, are for consumers, with green highlighting low levels, amber for average amounts and red signifying higher levels.Product-testing firm Which? has been campaigning for UK retailers to use one labelling format to avoid confusion amongst consumers.Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, said: “We now want to see a commitment from Morrisons, Lidl and Iceland, the only supermarkets not using traffic lights, along with the main food manufacturers.”Tesco announced last month that it would be implementing a hybrid labelling system by combining traffic light colour-coding and Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA), which indicates the percentage of salt, fat and calories in a product in relation to their recommended daily allowance.This was as a result of commissioned market research in collaboration with consulting firm Penn Schoen Berland, which revealed that shoppers favoured the GDA system, but would use the colour-coding of the traffic light format for simple at-a-glance guidance.Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, responded to Tesco’s announcement with a statement published on its corporate website, which said: “So news this week that Tesco has finally recognised the overwhelming benefits to consumers of traffic light labelling is to be welcomed. It may seem a small detail to some, but the more widespread adoption of front-of-pack labelling using both GDAs and multiple traffic lights will make it easier for all our customers to make healthier choices. “Sainsbury’s was the first retailer to introduce front-of-pack labelling, combining GDAs and multiple traffic lights, back in 2005. We now use them on over 9,000 of our own brand products, making us the most extensive adopter of this approach.”last_img read more

Our Editor’s Cat Sitter Knows The Guitarist From Lettuce

first_imgSources today confirmed that Mari, the cat sitter to L4LM editor Dave Melamed and his amazing hetero-life mate Jocelyn Schreier, is acquaintances with Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff. Melamed and Schreier are the caretakers for the grey tabby cat Cassidy, who is seen below in close-up, stoner form:According to the report, Mari and Shmeeans partied together on a recent trip to Florida. The whole story comes full circle, as Melamed and Schreier were photographed with Shmeeans at the Brooklyn Bowl, after Lettuce’s funky performance on January 2nd.When pressed for a comment, Cassidy cat said, “Meow.”last_img

Watch Alvin Ford Jr., Robert Sput Searight, & More Go Off In The Season 2 Premiere Of ‘VFJams LIVE’ [Video]

first_imgThe new season of VFJams LIVE! is off and running! Produced by Vic Firth, the well-known maker of drumsticks and other percussion mallets, the weekly jam session video series brings together a group of highly talented musicians for performances that highlight a particular drummer endorsed by Vic Firth.As with the first season of VFJams LIVE!, Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy) serves as the musical director for each of the featured performances, filmed at the iconic Studio 1 at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, CA.As Sput (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy) tells Live For Live Music, “They hire me to put a big band together and write, compose and arrange the music for selected endorsed drum artists with the company… I specifically cater the songs around the styles of each individual artists selected and try to showcase more skills other than their soloing abilities.”For this year’s season, Sput brought together an incredible lineup of musicians to round out the VFJams All Star Band including bassist Cody Wright (Eric Gales, Ghost-Note), guitarist Samir Moulay, guitarist Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy, The Fearless Flyers), keyboardist Quitin Gulledge, keyboardist Nicholas Semrad (Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles), saxophonist/flautist Ben Burget, trumpeter Brandon Phillips, trombonist Chris Johnson, and vocalists Ruben Lael, Elise Testone, and Amanda Maxfield.This week, VFJams shared the first video from season 2: a fiery jam that showcases Alvin Ford Jr., drummer for acts like Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Pretty Lights Live Band, and more. For Alvin Ford Jr.’s VFJams Live session, Robert Sput Searight wrote and arranged a jazz-fusion composition entitled “Stick’n and Groov’n”, and it’s nothing short of incredible.Check out the first episode of season 2 of VFJams LIVE! below:VFJams LIVE! w/ Alvin Ford – “Stick’n and Groov’n”[Video: Vic Firth]You can view the full season 2 VFJams LIVE! release schedule below. While you wait for the next one, you can check out all the sessions from VFJams LIVE! season 1 here.VFJams LIVE! Season 2 Schedule:Episode 1: Alvin Ford Jr. – April 4thEpisode 2: Lenny Reece – May 2ndEpisode 3: Peter Erskine – June 6thEpisode 4: Carlin White – July 3rdEpisode 5: Sean Wright – August 1stEpisode 6: Steve Smith – September 5thView Season 2 ScheduleIf you’re heading down to New Orleans during this year’s Jazz Fest, don’t miss Alvin Ford Jr. and Robert Sput Searight in a number of exciting late-night performances.Jazz Fest 2019 After Dark: L4LM Top PicksOn Sunday, April 28th at 2 a.m. (technically early-morning April 29th), Alvin Ford Jr. will join members of Dumpstaphunk and Lettuce for a special Lett Us In The Dumpsta performance at The Maison. Tickets are available here.On Wednesday, May 1st, Robert Sput Searight will hold dow the drum duties with the Daze Between Band at One Eyed Jacks featuring Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, MonoNeon, Ryan Zoidis, Jen Hartswick, Weedie Braimah, and more. Tickets are available here.On Saturday, May 4th, both Robert Sput Searight and Alvin Ford Jr. will take part in Ghost-Note’s one-time-only Swagism LIVE performance at One Eyed Jacks, where Ghost-Note will perform their acclaimed 2018 LP, Swagism, in its entirety featuring special guests from the album. Tickets are available here.Check out a full list of Live For Live Music‘s various night shows during Jazz Fest below. For more information, or to grab your tickets today before they’re all gone, head here.last_img read more

Cambium Group Helps Set New Standard for Credit Union Web Sites

first_imgCambium Group, a leading web site development firm based in Montpelier is pleased to announce the launch of a new website for Truliant Federal Credit Union www.truliantfcu.org(link is external). Truliant, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is currently the 84th largest credit union in the country. Cambium and Truliant partnered together to develop a website that offers their members a refreshing, updated design with improved navigation to the many products and services the credit union offers.The project was a huge undertaking for both partners and took many months to complete. The result is a web site containing a thorough, well thought-out architecture and a clean design presented with the credit union member in mind. Product promotions, current rates, helpful links, financial calculators, online applications and educational articles are distributed on appropriate pages throughout the site to provide members the right information they need at the right time.Members can quickly find detailed information to help serve their needs, apply for membership, apply for a loan or contact Truliant for more information. For example, the Home Center provides comprehensive information on refinancing, home equity loans, product options, checklists to help with the application process, links to related information, calculators, online applications and a resource center that seamlessly integrates a third-party vendor’s real-time articles about the home buying process.Immediate feedback from Truliant’s employees and e-community has been overwhelmingly positive. A survey conducted soon after the launch shows that over 98% of members are very satisfied with the new site.“It was critical for Truliant Federal Credit Union to align ourselves with the right web development partner for this project,” commented Bill Reynard, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Truliant Federal Credit Union. “Cambium Group was a true partner by listening to our needs and providing invaluable design talent, marketing vision and technical skills to deliver a superior web channel for the credit union. Consequently, initial member response to our redesign has been quite positive and we are excited to have Cambium Group as an ongoing partner with our e-services team in the continued evolution of this important delivery channel.”Cambium Group’s owner and President, Scott Wells stated “This has been a major project for our team, both in terms of developing web site functionality and keeping on task to achieve a flawless launch. Our objective was to develop a sharp design, integrate numerous third-party tools and build a robust content management system that provides Truliant extensive control of their site. It’s one of our most impressive sites to-date and sets a new standard for credit union sites in the industry.”last_img read more

Rise of the Local Park

first_imgNow, the outdoor scene that Rodriguez and others envisioned has become a key part of Big Stone Gap’s identity. “It’s everything,” he says. While keeping up with that demand might ultimately mean more conflicts between recreational users and conservation efforts, Holman stresses that the region’s boom of new park development should bring positive outcomes in the short term. “If you want places protected, it’s important for people to see them so they love them and speak for them,” he says. And ultimately, she says that all comes back to what’s at the core of the region’s growth in locally-managed parks, whether that growth is occurring in a booming metropolitan area or a rural community like Big Stone Gap. “It’s really the people in these communities that are making the most positive gains.” Bill Holman is North Carolina director with The Conservation Fund, one of the partners that, along with community leaders and conservation trusts, helped purchase those properties. Holman says that communities’ shift towards developing their own outdoor destinations has aided conservation efforts across the Blue Ridge, explaining that if groups had been working in the Plott Balsams 25 years ago, success may have been harder to come by. “But now there’s very solid support by local governments,” he says. “There’s just a huge demand for outdoor recreation in Western North Carolina.” Farther south, communities in Western North Carolina are developing new public lands with an added goal in mind: conservation. Recently, a coalition of local governments and nonprofits spearheaded the purchase of several hundred acres near Waterrock Knob, the latest piece in a growing mosaic of conservation lands across the rugged Plott Balsams. More than 400 of those acres will be transferred to the town of Sylva, where they’ll be used to expand hiking options at Sylva’s popular Pinnacle Park. Nearby, the Eastern Band of Cherokee is interested in expanding outdoor opportunities on a similar parcel. One risk of creating too many new parks too quickly is that communities might end up turning themselves into competitors, but Carter says organizations like the Partnership are helping prevent those issues through collaborative planning. “What we’re trying to accomplish is being a conduit and resource so we can bring the right partners and people together.” One such resource is an outdoor action plan that will help manage the region’s menagerie of parks sustainably. It turns out others had something to say, too. Since then, the town has seen outdoor opportunities blossom within its limits, thanks in part to The Gap Partnership, a coalition of residents and businessowners like Rodriguez. Big Stone Gap has revamped its existing parks, worked to promote a multi-use trail circling town, and hosted a number of events that feature the town’s outdoor assets. Plans are also in the works for what would be a premier trail system on town-owned property on nearby High Knob.  For Kayla Carter, it all comes down to one word: regionalism. Carter is the outdoor development manager for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, an organization formed to unite communities surrounding the Johnson City metro. Carter says that outdoor opportunities quickly rose to the forefront of the Partnership’s radar. “Outdoor development is one of the most sustainable and innovative approaches to economic development,” she explains, “because each community has its own unique assets.”  Blue Ridge Communities Look Inward for Access to the Outdoors Locally-owned parks aren’t a new phenomenon in the Blue Ridge, but the southern mountains may be in the midst of the biggest expansion of locally-managed public lands in their history. What’s driving that effort?  The eight-county region forming the core of the Partnership’s outdoor efforts is a flagship example for how explosive locally-based park development can become. Beyond Johnson City’s Tannery Knobs mountain biking park, nearby Erwin is expanding an existing multi-use trail towards the neighboring town of Unicoi. North of Erwin, Carter County has developed a Doe River Fishing Trail connecting the towns of Roan Mountain and Elizabethton. An effort is also underway to construct an in-town whitewater wave on the Watauga River. And that’s all occurring against the backdrop of established destinations like the Appalachian Trail, Rocky Fork State Park, and the Nolichucky River.  It’s tempting to see Big Stone Gap as just another rural community looking to the outdoors for new economic options. The town’s journey, though, could apply to Blue Ridge communities of all types that are looking within their municipal limits for access to trails, crags, and waterways. And even larger cities are getting in on the action. As one example, Johnson City, Tenn.—whose population is more than ten times that of Big Stone Gap—will soon open a mountain biking park near the heart of its downtown. When Lorenzo Rodriguez arrived in Big Stone Gap, Va. from California several years ago, he saw an opportunity. The community of 5,200 residents is surrounded by the Jefferson National Forest, and the Powell River flows right through downtown. “Coming from a big city, we would pay to go somewhere like this,” he says. Carter agrees and emphasizes that developing communities sustainably also means having a long-term view of how to manage their parks. “We want to not only promote but protect those natural places for future generations.” But there was a problem: organized recreation opportunities were few and far between. Rodriguez, now the co-owner of a cycling shop in town, couldn’t let that stand. “You have all these gems here, and I just felt like I had to say something.”last_img read more

Not Many Can Do Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Justice…

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York And that goes double for white men.(I’m assuming. I’m not sure how many have tried.)But this guy. This guy kills it.(I’m purposely writing ambiguously so you’re not sure whether or not it’s going to be really, really good or really, really bad.)But it will be worth it. I promise.last_img

A call to action to reduce credit union website calls to action

first_imgHow many calls to action does your credit union’s homepage have?If you don’t know, I encourage you to add them up.Right now.And for those needing guidance in this exercise, we’ve outlined a few steps for you to follow:Use Quirktools’ Screenfly to determine how many calls to action a user can see at a specific screen resolution.Set a custom screen size of 1366×768 as it is the most popular resolution used by consumers, according to W3 Schools.Count all calls to action, defined as any clickable banner, text link, promotional graphic or form, such as your online banking sign in. You can exclude items within drop down menus and navigation buttons from this calculation.So how many calls to action did you find?In one digital marketing study, we found the average bank or credit union has around 28 different calls to action on their homepage. We used a standard screen resolution of 1366×768, allowing us to fairly compare each website when calculating the various calls to action.Without a point of reference, “28” may seem like an arbitrary number.But think about it this way. Imagine if each of your physical branches had 28 different entrances. That’s what you’re essentially doing to your digital branch when you put so many different calls to action on your homepage.In fact, as we continued our digital marketing study, we looked outside the industry at various online retailers who have simplified both their homepage and their calls to action.Using the same methodology as before, we found that these homepages had an average of just 6.5 different calls to action. These highly focused websites were designed to help guide and lead consumers to take a very specific action.An Exercise in Simplifying Consumer’s ChoicesSometimes simplifying the choices and options for a consumer requires you to focus and ultimately, say no to things. This is a key reason the Chick-fil-A menu only has seven choices. The fewer the choices, the easier it is for someone to make a decision on what to order.Now compare the simplified menu to that of a crowded menu from other restaurants, like the Cheesecake Factory, where choice is abundant. Consumers have even compared this menu to reading a book:“Always like the table bread, gives you something to munch on while waiting for your meal or just taking the time to read through the book that is the Cheesecake Factory menu.”“The menu is a book, so if you’re indecisive like me look at it beforehand.”“Their menu is HUGE, it’s like a small book. ““Their menu reads like a book – just a little busy.”How Can You Simplify Your Website?Spend sometime reviewing your website from two perspectives: the consumer and the current member. When doing so, ask yourself:What can we remove from the homepage to simplify it? Copy? Images? Products?What can we remove from our product pages?What if we just offered three main products online? What would those be?As you go through this exercise, it is important to test how consumers are using your website currently. This will provide you with perspective on their behavior, which can be compiled through heat maps, click maps and live feedback.If you find you need help with any of these exercises, our Digital Marketing Blueprints can provide you with recommendations on how you can build a website that sells. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jonathan Lay As Senior  Advisor at CU Grow, Jonathan Lay helps banks and credit unions use digital marketing to tell stories that sell. He brings over a decade of digital marketing experience … Web: www.cugrow.com Detailslast_img read more