USS Kauffman Exchanges Detainee and Evidence with Ecuador

first_img View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Kauffman Exchanges Detainee and Evidence with Ecuador Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Exchanges View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval July 21, 2015 View post tag: Evidence The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) conducted a detainee and evidence exchange with Ecuadorian government representatives off the northern coast of the Galapagos Islands, June 13.The exchange took place as part of a coordinated effort by Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) South, Ecuadorian officials, and Kauffman, as the ship continues its participation in Operation Martillo. The multi-nation effort aims to stem the flow of narcotics and illegal smuggling through littoral waterways of the Caribbean Sea and and along the Pacific coast of Central America.In most cases, contraband smugglers caught by the U.S. are prosecuted by whichever U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) district they are caught in. In this situation, the suspects in question were part of a larger case the Ecuadorian government is pursuing, said a USCG chief petty officer.[mappress mapid=”16525″]Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Ecuador USS Kauffman Exchanges Detainee and Evidence with Ecuador View post tag: USS Kauffman View post tag: Detaineelast_img read more


first_imgLAST OF THE BUFFALO HUNTERSGavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comBefore he served our country in Viet Nam my friend Jimmie Reed worked on his dad’s ranch in Foraker, Oklahoma. Jimmie and Bill Moon and I played football for the Pawhuska, Oklahoma Huskies and graduated together in 1961. The summer between our junior and senior years Jimmie’s father, Phil Reed, needed some fence built and Jimmie volunteered Bill and me to help. Mr. Reed paid us $7.00 per day plus a hamburger at lunchtime at the old Foraker store.One typical Osage County July day Mr. Reed and Jimmie came into Pawhuska at 6:00 a.m. and picked up Bill and me to work. If you have never had the experience of building a barbed wire fence across a pasture of unyielding Osage County sandstone where shade is illegal, may I advise you to maintain your current status? We were equipped with bales of barbed wire, wire cutters, wire stretchers and, surprisingly to me as a town boy, sledgehammers and long iron pikes. Oh, we had manual post hole diggers but they shrank in fear when encountering two inches of topsoil over two feet of rock.About the only way to drive a metal fence post deep enough to hold stretched out wire was to first stand on the tailgate of a pickup and make a hole by driving down an iron pike with a sledgehammer. Then we had to drive a post into the hole.That particular bucolic summer day on the prairie as I dodged the zooming grasshoppers and wondered how I was going to pay Jimmie back later by beating him at snooker at the local pool hall if we made it to dark, a cowboy from the nearby Boots Adams ranch drove up and spoke to Mr. Reed. Mr. Reed who was usually calm and laconic got agitated. I overheard him tell the cowboy something had to be done right away. Mr. Reed used a couple of emphatic words I had never heard him utter before.Gentle Reader, you are probably wondering why Mr. Reed and Boots did not simply discuss the matter via their cell phones. Well, in 1960 a pickup was the cell phone. Anyway, the cowboy took Mr. Reed’s comments back to Boots. Here’s what it was all about.Boots Adams, who was once the president of Phillips Petroleum Company headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, used to regale eastern dude money men with the great golden west by introducing them to cowboys, horses, cattle and the small herd of buffalo he kept at his ranch. We called them buffalo before the Nature Conservancy opened shop and made us say bison. It turns out bison and cattle are kind of like Democrats and Republicans. They generally do not play well together. So, Mr. Reed told Boots’ cowhand something had to be done when the cowhand said seven of Boots’ buffalo had broken out and were causing havoc among Mr. Reed’s cattle.Well, Boots’ cowboy hurried back to Boots with Mr. Reed’s concerns then returned. I heard the cowhand say, “Boots said to just shoot ‘em”. Actually, Boots used somewhat more colorful vernacular. As for the cowhand he produced several rifles and ammunition and told Mr. Reed that Boots was sending a flatbed truck with a wench to meet up with us where the buffalo were roaming.Mr. Reed, Jimmie, Bill, the cowhand and I jumped into the two pickups and flew off to hunt buffalo! It was not long before we found the burly beasts ambling around Mr. Reed’s pasture as though they belonged there. And just as the politically incorrect buffalo hunters who used to kill herds of buffalo from a train’s flatcar, we removed the seven marauding behemoths.Please do not castigate us, the last of the buffalo hunters, for protecting the cattle. It was a job that had to be done. And it sure beat building fence. I wish Jimmie and Bill, and Mr. Reed too, were still here to fill any gaps in my recollection. On the other hand, I know wherever they are they are cooler than in The Osage in July and are perhaps still chasing after some mystical buffalo instead of pounding down fence posts.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Carlos Santana Reveals Plans For World Tour

first_imgAfter an exciting Red Rocks announcement last month, Carlos  Santana has added an enormous World Tour to his plate in 2017. The 10-time Grammy Award-winner will hit the road this April with shows in Asia and Australia before continuing his residency at Las Vegas’s House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in March. The group will go on to tour the United States from June through August before returning to the previously-scheduled residency in Las Vegas. With nearly 20 national dates added to the schedule, there’s no sign of Santana slowing down any time soon.Don’t miss the legendary, Latin American rock music of Santana. Check out his expansive tour schedule, dating all the way out through November of this year.Carlos Santana recently reunited with his classic Santana lineup of Gregg Rolie (keys/lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar/vocals), and Michael Carabello (percussion) back on March 21st of 2016 at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Soon after, the 1971 lineup shared a new album Santana IV that combined all their signature elements in 16 spellbinding tracks. Check them out below:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Cloud 9 Caterers celebrates 16th year of business with launch of new website

first_imgSouth Burlington, VT — March 7, 2006 Celebrating their 16th year of creating unforgettable weddings, private parties, and corporate events in Vermont, Cloud 9 Caterers has launched a new website ( is external)), developed by local wedding marketing company, Injoy Marketing ( is external)). The new website showcases the beauty and allure of Cloud 9’s outstanding food and impeccable service, which has distinguished Cloud 9 as Vermont’s premier catering company.Cloud 9 owner Sarah Moran first came to the Burlington area in the 1980s, graduating from the University of Vermont in 1984 and going on to pursue graduate studies at St. Michael’s College. After living and working in New York for a few years, the birth of her first child prompted Sarah to return to the Green Mountain State. Seeking a way to pursue her passion for food while devoting time to her new family, in 1990 she established Coggio Caterers with a business partner. Five years later, Sarah changed the name of the company to Cloud 9 Caterers.Cloud 9 today has a reputation for food that is eclectic, contemporary, and fresh, and they are proud to be a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, an alliance of farmers and chefs committed to using and promoting organic, locally produced ingredients. Offering top-notch service along with the resources and experience to make any event unforgettable, Cloud 9 continues to grow, allowing Sarah ample opportunity to do what she loves mosthelping people make great things happen.last_img read more

Rachael Ray and John Cusimano visit Vermont Institute of Natural Science

first_imgThe Vermont Institute of Natural Science recently welcomed Food Network star Rachael Ray to the VINS Nature Center in Quechee. On Wednesday July 22nd, Rachael and her husband, John Cusimano, lead singer of the band The Cringe, visited VINS to film a segment for Rachael s popular television show, Rachael s Vacations.During their visit, Rachael and John were given a personal tour of VINS natural science exhibits, live birds of prey enclosures, and avian rehabilitation facilities by VINS naturalists. “Our staff was really impressed by Rachael s interest in VINS environmental education programs and rehabilitation work. It was an honor to have her and John choose the VINS Nature Center from among all the exciting visitor destinations in this region, and we appreciate the national media exposure she is giving us,” commented VINS president John Dolan.Rachael and her husband got an up-close look at a few of VINS resident raptors, including an American Kestrel, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Great Horned Owl. The celebrity couple also participated in one of the most important events held at the VINS Nature Center: the release of successfully rehabilitated wild birds. With guidance from VINS naturalists, they released five yellow-bellied sapsuckers to excited applause from onlookers.Rachael s Vacations will air the segment on VINS and the VINS Nature Center in early 2010. Rachael s Vacations takes Rachael and John across the country to discover how to “rough it” in style, showing viewers new ways to enjoy the outdoors, 21st Century style. From river rafting in Upstate New York, to waking up in a cozy Bed & Breakfast on a Vermont farm, Rachael uses her unique take on travel and lifestyle to offer fresh and affordable ways to enjoy the great American outdoors.Founded in 1972, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a non-profit, member-supported environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered in Quechee, Vermont. VINS mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment with a priority placed on making high-quality, compelling and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.Source: VINS. July 28, 2009 – Quechee, VT –last_img read more

Why you should aspire to achieve aspirational leadership

first_imgWhat IS aspirational leadership? How is it different than other forms of leadership?Some leaders actively and determinedly seek out their leadership role in their professional or personal life. For others, their leadership role is cast upon them. Either way, once you take on the position of leadership, in whatever circumstance, you need to choose carefully how you frame, or view, what leadership means to you.You could, for example, choose to view and treat leadership as a position or role. Alternatively, you could step up and into your own value, accept and embrace the reality that your leadership role is a privilege and not just a position. Science highly recommends you choose the latter.A range of research studies from the field of positive psychology, including those from Associate Professor Michael Steger at Colorado State University and his colleagues, indicate that leaders (and their teams) who find meaning and purpose in their role are more likely to flourish in life, and to be in a better position to positively influence the lives of others.This is the fundamental mindset of an aspirational leader. They see their leadership as a privilege and not just a position, and they develop a sense of meaning and purpose in being a leader. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The digital divide: Why employee and member experience matter more than ever

first_imgDon’t forget to join CUInsight and SoGoSurvey for our free webinar titled Navigating Uncertainty: 3 Ways to Prioritize Member Experience During COVID-19, on Wednesday, August 5. Register yourself and a colleague here. While saving is generally a pretty sound practice, investing is also a critical part of future planning. If you’re a credit union, the best investment you can make is in experience.What is “experience” and why does it matter?Satisfaction is great, but it’s only part of the puzzle. Keeping both your members and employees engaged through uncertain times requires a more holistic perspective.Experience is a complete view of all of the interactions someone has with your brand, and therefore their impression of who you are as an organization. For members, these interactions are the steps along the customer journey — touchpoints like opening a new account, making withdrawals and deposits, or applying for a loan. The employee journey has similar touchpoints, from hiring and onboarding to training and reviews.While checking in on a single interaction can help you understand someone’s satisfaction, understanding experience requires a more systematic approach.Doubling down on digitalThe transition to a primarily virtual experience means that you no longer have the luxury of seeing everyone in person. Instead of smiles and casual conversations, your interactions are reduced to transactions. Now, if there’s even a temporary issue with your mobile banking app, satisfaction plummets. If your team needs to launch a new product awareness campaign, the pressure to produce while dealing with a reduction in in-person interactions and a lack of “real life” opportunities to connect can cause stress to skyrocket.Credit unions are traditionally community oriented. How can you maintain that same level of community in a digital world? A systematic plan for feedback collection at key touchpoints can help you to identify rough spots before they become disasters. Plus, keeping communication open ensures that your community members know how to reach you if something goes wrong — or if something goes amazingly well!For example, one of our credit union partners uses an automated approach to follow up with multiple touchpoints — opening and closing accounts, transactions, loans — and is able to see the shift from in-person to virtual options in real time. This visibility allows them to address pain points before they escalate, and to identify strength areas that can drive training and service improvements.Pricing pain pointsYou can’t put a price on meaningful feedback. Unfortunately, sophisticated experience management tools have historically been out of budget range for small- to medium-sized businesses. The good news is that the recognition of the power of experience management has led to rapid advancements in technology, leading to more affordable options gaining market share.One of our client credit unions used a “secret shopper” method in the past, in order to gain an outside perspective on member experience. Now, though, they’ve found that it’s much more effective to reach out directly to their members for the inside scoop. The insights they’ve uncovered have improved their policies and professional development, and member satisfaction is on the rise.Member experience program prioritiesTo make the most of your resources, review your priorities. Do you have the expertise in-house to run a successful member experience program? Do you currently have tools you can use to measure what matters? How will your systems work together?In some cases, working with what you have may be just fine. If you find you’re missing a few ingredients, though, make time to research your options. Even the best efforts can sometimes benefit from outside support. Sure, the technology is important — more engaging participant experience, better quality reports and dashboards — but the people who power the program are critical. While you know your members best, look to member experience experts and resources for advice on continuous improvement.One of our long-term credit union partners originally connected with us for help with a member satisfaction survey. After some feedback and updates from our team, our partner CEO was shocked to find how high response rates suddenly jumped. It’s not magic, but the combination of her experience and our expertise made for a winning combination.Times may be tough, but smart investments in experience now will continue to pay off down the road, no matter what the new normal brings. Your employees, your members, and your bottom line will thank you. Editor’s Note: CUInsight is hosting a free webinar on this topic Wednesday, August 5 titled, Navigating Uncertainty: 3 Ways to Prioritize Member Experience During COVID-19. We hope you’ll join us! Register here.center_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melissa Krut Melissa Krut is a writer, a teacher, and the Senior Director of Success at SoGoSurvey. Beyond supporting client success through trainings, managed projects, and content resources, she prioritizes employee success … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Two bidders in race for Virgin Australia

first_imgTopics : Administrator Vaughan Strawbridge, from accounting firm Deloitte, said Tuesday that private equity firms Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners had been shortlisted from a pool of five bidders.He said both US-based investment houses were “well-funded, have deep aviation experience, and they see real value in the business and its future”.”We will now spend the coming weeks facilitating in-depth bidder engagement with the stakeholders of the business and work closely with both preferred bidders in the lead up to binding final offers being received,” Strawbridge added.The airline has continued operating limited domestic routes and government-backed flights to bring Australians home from overseas during the coronavirus crisis. Virgin Australia’s administrators announced Tuesday they had narrowed the pool of interested buyers to two US-based private equity firms, weeks after the carrier buckled under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic.Virgin Australia Group went into voluntary administration in late April as the global aviation industry came to a halt amid international border closures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus.The airline was more than Aus$5 billion ($3.2 billion) in debt and had appealed for an Aus$1.4 billion loan to stay afloat, but the government refused to bail out the majority foreign-owned company.center_img About 1,000 staff were made redundant before the carrier went into voluntary administration while 8,000 others were furloughed, leaving just 1,000 still working.Administrators say they plan to reach an agreement with the successful bidder by June 30.last_img read more

Liverpool face Chelsea test as Manchester clubs enter fray

first_imgMondayAston Villa v Sheffield United (1700), Wolves v Manchester City (1915) Will big-spending Chelsea make Liverpool pay?Chelsea’s meeting with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday has added edge after a feisty exchange between the managers over transfer spending. The London club finished 33 points behind the champions last season but have splashed out around £200 million ($259 million) on new players. Arsenal’s feel-good factor Arsenal are buoyant after launching their season with a 3-0 win at newly promoted Fulham and tying down captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for three more years.Mikel Arteta’s men, who host West Ham on Saturday, finished down in eighth place last season but ended their campaign on a high, winning the FA Cup for a record 14th time.They followed that up by beating Liverpool on penalties in the season-opening Community Shield before the announcement on Aubameyang this week that fans had craved.”I want to become an Arsenal legend just like Thierry [Henry], Wrighty [Ian Wright], [Tony] Adams and [Dennis] Bergkamp,” he said. Liverpool face an early test of their Premier League title defense against Chelsea this weekend as Manchester City and Manchester United launch their quest to be champions.Arsenal, Everton and Leicester hope to build on encouraging opening wins while Jose Mourinho needs a morale-boosting victory for Tottenham.AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points ahead of the action. By contrast, Liverpool have been relatively quiet, adding just Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas so far, with Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara likely to follow.Jurgen Klopp pointedly said Liverpool could not spend in the same way as clubs owned by “countries” and “oligarchs” such as City and Chelsea during the coronavirus pandemic.But Frank Lampard, who also became embroiled in a spat with Liverpool’s bench in July, pointed out the Anfield side had spent big in previous seasons as they built their title-winning side.Liverpool will be keen to cut out the defensive errors they committed in a 4-3 win against newly-promoted Leeds, but Mohamed Salah looked in fine early season form as he scored a hat-trick on the opening weekend.Chelsea were also unconvincing winners against Brighton in their opening match, but Timo Werner, who chose to join the Blues despite interest from Liverpool, did impress in winning a penalty against the Seagulls. SundaySouthampton v Tottenham (1100), Newcastle v Brighton (1300), Chelsea v Liverpool (1530), Leicester v Burnley (1800)center_img Topics : Manchester City’s tough taskManchester City are the bookmakers’ favorites to land a third Premier League trophy in four seasons but face a tough opener against Wolves.City boss Pep Guardiola has shored up his defense by signing Netherlands international Nathan Ake and has added to his rich attacking options, landing Ferran Torres from Valencia.City scored 102 goals last season as they finished second, but lost nine matches as they surrendered their crown to Liverpool.Both Manchester clubs are starting a week later than other sides due to their European commitments last season.Guardiola will be painfully aware that his team must be more consistent this campaign and he cannot afford to let Klopp’s men open up an early lead.But he will feel nervous as he travels to face Wolves, who beat City twice last season, after a disrupted pre-season.City duo Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month, while Phil Foden was sent home by England after breaking coronavirus protocols while on international duty. Can Man Utd progress?The challenge facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a match against Crystal Palace is how to improve on last season’s third-place finish.Midfielder Bruno Fernandes was the catalyst as United put together a long unbeaten run, with a front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood providing the firepower.But United have been relatively quiet in the transfer window, so far adding just midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax, despite persistent speculation linking them with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.”When we signed Bruno Fernandes, we knew we needed that kind of player — now we’ve signed Donny and he’s a type of player I felt we needed in the squad,” said Solskjaer. FixturesSaturdayEverton v West Brom (1130 GMT), Leeds v Fulham (1400), Manchester United v Crystal Palace (1630), Arsenal v West Ham (1900)last_img read more

Retirement living industry must change to meet demand

first_imgTanah Merah unit.“It is no longer just about aged care; it’s about choosing a lifestyle at the beginning of retirement that allows seniors to ‘age in place’ and provide a community for life,” he said. “Increasingly retirees are looking for options that allow them to access different levels of care if and when they are necessary. Aveo head of care Darren Sonter said that, coupled with more than 22 per cent of the population expected to be aged over 65 within the next 40 years, meant the industry was changing to meet lifestyle demand. Tennis centre to become retirement village RELATED: “The nature of the retirement community ensures residents are not pressured to locate elsewhere when their care needs change.’’ >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Tanah Merah dining room.“Residents at Aveo Freedom Tanah Merah live in a community within their own self-contained home and are encouraged to get involved with daily activities,’’ she said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“The resident is empowered to choose how and when their care is delivered ensuring freedom of choice and independence whilst remaining within the communities they love.”Aveo Durack Aged Care registered nurse Christine Tronc said the Durack community was not just a residential area for elderly residents to live, it was their home. The Jetsons House of tomorrow Poolside at the Tanah Merah facility.According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the average lifespan in Australia has increased from 70 years in 1960 to 82 years in 2016. MORE: Top tips to maximise space Aveo Durack aged care facility suite.“Aveo Durack Aged Care has a huge range of services onsite to ensure residents are cared for without the inconvenience of travelling outside the community, giving family and relatives peace of mind,” Ms Tronc said.Aveo Freedom Tanah Merah industry liaison clinician Kirsten Lanagan said their facility offered residents a lot of choices.last_img read more