Team leader awards cut costs

first_imgTeam leader awards cut costsOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Training can save you money. This is the conclusion of pharmaceutical giantGlaxoSmithKline, which has saved more than £500,000 after developing leadershipskills at its Maidenhead plant. GSK has implemented the NEBS Management Team Leader Award to 47 extendedteam leaders and as a result has saved money through a stronger focus andbetter use of all team members and enhanced operational efficiency. An emphasis on practical learning is part of the award so that trainees canimmediately apply their new knowledge to the workplace. GSK spent £50,000 onthe initiative. “The work-based course assignments alone have covered the cost of thetraining programme from the savings identified,” said GSK site directorOle Rasmussen. “We will continue to be more cost-effective and morecustomer-focused as a result.” Topics covered in the modular course include team briefing and usinginformation for action. A mixture of developmental experiences and assessmentmethods are used, including individual and group activities. NEBS Management says that the award gives team leaders a sense of ownership,goals and vision; increased value and the skills to align themselves to thegrowth of the business. The course was delivered to GSK by AMT International. In-depth coverage of the initiative will be included in the Octoberedition of Training Magazine. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Veteran online only agency turns to Seedrs for £750,000 funding

first_imgOne of the UK’s early entrant online  ‘disruptor’ estate agent that claims to be the ‘No.1’ of its kind has turned to Seedrs to raise money, valuing the seven-year-old company at nearly £4 million.North London-based MyHomeGroup Limited operates three online-only businesses; SellMyHome, RentMyHome and ManageMyHome.co.uk.The company is asking investors on the crowd funding platform for £750,000 in return for 15.90% of the company.So far £503,107 has been raised, £400,000 of which has come from Guinness Asset Management EIS, which last year made a ‘multi-million’ pound investment in the MyHomeGroup.The rest of the money includes £69,000 from three anonymous investors who are likely to be linked to the business, while the rest has come from small-sum investors registered with Seedrs investing tens or hundreds of pounds.New fundingSellMyHome is the oldest of the three businesses within the MyHomeGroup Ltd portfolio and in January revealed it would be seeking new funding.The company currently lists 260 properties for sale and 88 homes to let on Rightmove but has ambitious growth plans.Last year it hired a Chief Technological Officer, Manoj Varsani, who came from The House Crowd, a proptech business focussing on crowdfunded property investments, although he is not listed on the Seedrs site as ‘part of the team’.In its pitch document the company claims a Cost Per Acquisition of just £92 and its Managing Director Will Clark claims the company exists to ‘set new standards’ within a ‘distrusted industry’. He also claims the group benefits from a high percentage of repeat customers and a large volume of word-of-mouth referrals.In 2015 Clark was one of the many online estate agency chiefs to predict that the sector would grow to 10% of the overall property market by 2020.MyHomeGroup Limited seedrs SellMyHome.co.uk Will Clark July 9, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Veteran online only agency turns to Seedrs for £750,000 funding previous nextAgencies & PeopleVeteran online only agency turns to Seedrs for £750,000 fundingSix-year-old online-only agency firm MyHomeGroup turns to crowdfunding to raise extra cash a year after winning a multi-million pound City investment.Nigel Lewis9th July 201901,465 Viewslast_img read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth Moves Out of Dry Dock

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Authorities July 18, 2014 View post tag: Moves Out [mappress]Press Release, July 18, 2014; Image: UK Navy With just two metres to spare at either side of the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier, a flotilla of tugs inched the ship from the dock where she was constructed at Rosyth, near Edinburgh, to a neighbouring jetty where she’ll be completed over the next two years.After a two-day operation to flood the cavernous dry dock, tugs began the delicate task of moving the leviathan in her entirety for the first time at dawn yesterday.It took just three hours to complete the ‘float out’ – an operation which took place 13 days after Her Majesty the Queen officially named the vessel in a spectacular ceremony.Teams will now continue to outfit the ship and bring her systems to life in preparation for sea trials in 2016.The dock she vacates will be used for final assembly of her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, which will begin in September.Both ships are being built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnership between the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Babcock and Thales. Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Queen Elizabeth Moves Out of Dry Dock View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabeth Share this article Britain’s biggest ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth took to the water for the first time yesterday as she was moved out of dry dock. HMS Queen Elizabeth Moves Out of Dry Dock View post tag: Dry-Dock View post tag: europelast_img read more

COA: Dirty Pictures Allowed By Legislature

first_img COA: Dirty pictures allowed by LegislatureMarilyn OdendahlRevisiting the question of whether sending sexually explicit photographs to a 16- or 17-year-old is permitted under state law, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld its earlier ruling by finding the Legislature’s inaction to amend the statute implies dirty pictures are suitable for these teens.Sameer Girish Thakar was charged with a Class D felony for dissemination of matter harmful to minors after he allegedly sent an electronic photo of his genitals to a 16-year-old girl in Oregon. He successfully moved to get the charging information dismissed on the grounds that the statute criminalizing dissemination of matter harmful to minors is unconstitutionally vague.Key to Thakar’s argument was the decision by the Court of Appeals in a nearly identical case, Salter v. State, 906 N.E.2d 212 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009).Salter split the appellate panel with the majority asserting the Legislature has made no distinction between Indiana’s age of consent at 16 years of age and dissemination of harmful material.According to the majority’s opinion in Salter, “the Indiana legislature has made an implied policy choice that in-person viewing of another person’s genitals is ‘suitable matter’ for a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old child. … [I]f such images are harmful to sixteen- and seventeen-year-old children, then why would our legislature allow those children to view the same matter in-person, in the course of sexual activity?”Judge Nancy Vaidik, now chief judge, dissented, in Salter. She argued even though the Legislature has not criminalized sex between adults and 16- and 17-year-olds, that does not mean that sending sexually suggestive pictures to a minor is suitable.In State of Indiana v. Sameer Girish Thakar, 29A02-1606-CR-1265, the Court of Appeals was not swayed by the dissent in Salter.The unanimous appellate panel noted the state made no attempt to show that Thakar is different from Salter. Instead, the state contended it is logical to distinguish between an adult have sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old and an adult sending suggestive material to a 16-year-old.The Court of Appeals disagreed and, again, pointed to the inaction by the Legislature to make any distinction.“Regardless of whether the legislature could choose to make such a distinction as the State claims should exist, the fact remains, that it did not expressly do so. And without clearly stating such a distinction, we believe the dissemination of harmful matter statute is vague, ambiguous, and must be construed against the State,” Judge Michael Barnes wrote. “Without some clear statement by the legislature to the contrary, we conclude reasonable persons would find it confusing for the State to permit actual sexual activity between adults and sixteen year olds while criminalizing the transmission of sexual images from an adult to a sixteen-year-old.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Boardwalk’s Special Allure

first_imgAdam and Meghan Hubley, of Mullica Hill, N.J., stroll the Boardwalk with their daughters Ava, Sadie and Adelina at the start of Easter weekend. By Donald WittkowskiThe Boardwalk is the center of their universe when Meghan and Adam Hubley bring their children, Ava, 8, Sadie, 6, and Adelina, 3, on trips to Ocean City from their home in Mullica Hill, N.J.“We like to go on the rides, go in the shops, stop at the pizza place and eat some ice cream,” Meghan Hubley explained of the family-friendly allure of the oceanfront promenade.Down for the Easter weekend, the Hubleys were savoring their getaway at the shore Thursday afternoon with a stroll on the Boardwalk at 12th Street. When asked whether her family would visit Ocean City if the Boardwalk did not exist, Meghan paused for a moment and answered, “Probably not.”Recognizing the Boardwalk’s importance to the summer tourist trade, the city spent about $10 million for a multiyear reconstruction that included a new wood deck, substructure, ramps, pavilions and railings from Fifth to 12th streets. The facelift was done in increments during the off-season each year and was completed in 2018.“The Boardwalk is a centerpiece of every Ocean City vacation and an important part of what sets the city aside from other beach towns,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said. “The recent reconstruction project and ongoing maintenance are vital to the seasonal economy that is the lifeblood of the town.”Pedestrians and bikers enjoy a sunny outing on the Boardwalk.Now, as the 2019 summer season approaches, the city is busy with spring maintenance projects to make sure the Boardwalk is in tip-top shape.“Spring preparations include inspection and replacement of any damaged decking, repainting of designated lanes for bicycles, surreys and runners, placement of trash and recycling receptacles, and kiosks for beach tag sales,” Bergen said.In addition, a new ramp is being built to the Boardwalk at 13th Street that will be wider than its predecessor and safer for pedestrians, bikers, surrey carts and people with special accessibility needs. Bergen noted that 13th Street was the only downtown block with a single, narrow ramp connecting to the Boardwalk.Soaking up the sun on Thursday afternoon, Patrick and Missy Miller and their teenage daughters, Lauren and Anna, were sitting on a bench on the Boardwalk near 13th Street, admiring the views of the ocean.The Millers, of Newtown, Pa., rent a vacation home at 13th Street and Central Avenue, choosing the same location each year so that they can be close to the Boardwalk.“It’s everything,” Patrick Miller said of the Boardwalk’s importance to his family. “When we’re down here, we probably spend the lion’s share of our time on the Boardwalk.”From foreground, daughters Lauren and Anna relax on a Boardwalk bench with their parents, Patrick and Missy Miller, of Newtown, Pa.Similar to Bergen’s comments, the Millers said the Boardwalk is what distinguishes Ocean City from other shore towns. Quite simply, the Boardwalk is the main reason they visit Ocean City, they said.“It’s such a family atmosphere,” Patrick Miller said. “The Boardwalk is so special – especially how long it is, how clean and how safe.”The Millers, who spent the day in Ocean City on Thursday, were planning to head home to Newtown to pick up one of their cousins and then return to the shore on Friday.“We’ve been coming here since they were infants. That’s how much we love it,” Missy Miller said how her daughters, Lauren, 17, and Anna, 15, have practically grown up in Ocean City.Although pre-Easter crowds created a bustling scene on the Boardwalk on Thursday, the beaches also attracted a fair number of visitors. Beach tags don’t go into effect until June 1, giving an extra incentive to relax on the sand.Bensalem, Pa., resident Liz Garlick, left, holding baby stroller, and her family made a last-minute decision to come to Ocean City for some beach time.Liz Garlick, of Bensalem, Pa., said her family couldn’t resist a day at the beach to start the Easter weekend. They made a last-minute decision to make the drive from Pennsylvania when the dreary and cloudy weather Thursday morning turned sunny later on.Garlick was joined by her husband, Andy, her daughter, Isabella, 5, her 1-year-old son, AJ, her friend, Laurie Tarsitano and Tarsitano’s daughter, Brittany Kelley.“We were excited to get in the car and come down here for the beach and Boardwalk,” Liz Garlick said, smiling.last_img read more

Sophomore Class Council hosts ‘Jeopardy!’ battle

first_imgTags: Jeopardy, jeopardy tournament, SCC, sophomore class council The Sophomore Class Council (SCC) is hosting a three-day Jeopardy tournament this week, and so far sophomore class president Jake Grefenstette said the competition has been tough.“We were really impressed by the competitors’ knowledge of ridiculous facts during the first round,” Grefenstette said.Sophomore Brittany Sanok, a member of the SCC education committee, said the SCC decided the host the event because of the committee’s dedication to fostering academic involvement on campus.“Two of SCC’s most important goals are to engage students in Notre Dame’s academic and artistic culture and to foster conversation between students and professors,” Sanok said. “As a team, SCC and the education committee decided to host a Jeopardy tournament because it is a fun event that stimulates the mind and showcases some of the amazing intellectual talent of Notre Dame students.” Michael Yu | The Observer Students compete in the three-day Jeopardy! event, hosted by the Sophomore Class Council. Three of the participants have advanced to the finals, to be held Wednesday.Sanok said the semi-finals took place Tuesday, and the final rounds would take place Wednesday.“We had a preliminary exam on March 5 and over 100 students showed up to take the exam,” Sanok said. “Our plan was to take one person from each dorm [however, three dorms did not send representatives] and we had three wild card spots.“So, [Monday] for our first round of matches we had 30 contestants, [Tuesday in the semi-finals] we [had] nine contestants and on Wednesday [the finals] we will have three contestants.”The finalists are senior Brendan Moran of Duncan Hall, junior Rose Doerfler of Cavanaugh Hall and junior Michael Temple of Sorin College.Sanok said she expects a greater turnout in the audience for the finals than the other two rounds. She said she is excited to witness the climax of the competition and see all of the SCC’s hard work come to fruition.Doerfler said there were many hard questions in the semi-finals Tuesday, and there is an element of luck in getting every question correct.“I didn’t know the names of old rock and roll band members, but I knew the facts about the Hoover Dam,” Doerfler said. “It’s a challenge because you never know what’s going to come up.“In the first round, we had a lot of geography questions, and in the semifinals, there wasn’t any geography, but a whole category about James Bond actors.”Moran said he thinks the finals will be a highly contested match-up against one another.“I’m hoping for really obscure categories, because I think it would be fun,” Moran said. “I also want to do a true Daily Double. We’ll see if I get the chance. All in all, I’m looking forward to it.”Banok said sophomore Kyle Witzigman played a crucial role in the event’s success. (Editor’s note: Witzigman writes for the News section of The Observer).“The real mastermind behind the whole event is Kyle Witzigman. He has dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to this event and it would not be even close to possible without his expert guidance and meticulous agendas,” Sanok said.Grefenstette said the SCC has overall been impressed with the number of people that have attended the tournament and already considers the tournament a success.“An enormous amount of people signed up online for prelims, and we had some crowds during last night’s round,” Grefenstette said. “Some supporters even showed up with decorated signs.”Temple said he originally signed up for the event because he had been a daily Jeopardy watcher since he was a little kid, making it all the more fun to be a contestantGrefenstette, who will moderate the finals , said he looks forward to fulfilling his duties.“[The tournament] has been really fun to watch.  I’ve been asking around for an Alex Trebek costume, but with no luck,” Grefenstette said.last_img read more

McGlinn Hall named 2018-2019 ‘Hall of the Year’

first_imgThe Hall Presidents Council (HPC) awarded the overall “Hall of the Year” title to McGlinn Hall during the Notre Dame Student Leadership Awards Banquet in Duncan Student Center on Tuesday. Duncan Hall and Welsh Family Hall were named Men’s and Women’s Hall of the Year, respectively. Outgoing co-chairs of HPC seniors Joe Trzaska and Brendan Watts said encouraging community between dorms contributes to a better experience for Notre Dame students.“We try and foster collaboration and communication between the halls because we think the halls are stronger together than on their own,” Trzaska said. Charlotte Edmonds | The Observer Representatives from hall government of McGlinn Hall, Duncan Hall and Welsh Family Hall gather at the awards banquet Tuesday. McGlinn Hall won Hall of the Year, while Duncan and Welsh Family Hall won Men and Women’s Hall of the Year, respectively.Editor’s note: Evelyn Stein, third from left, is the Viewpoint Editor of The Observer.Trazka said HPC tried to promote this inter-hall partnership in many ways, but considered getting more students GreeNDot trained their greatest success.“Each hall has its own goals, we try to facilitate their reaching of those goals,” he said. “Our goals as chairs of the Hall Presidents Council were more meta-goals about the function of the council — like trying to improve collaboration and communication between the halls — but we did also aim to really boost those GreeNDot critical mass numbers, which [we] were happy that so many halls were so successful in doing.”Watts said Hall of the Year scores are based on four categories — Rocknes, final hall presentation, HPC’s visit to the dorm’s hall council and GreeNDot participation. “Rocknes are our monthly slideshow, videos [and] presentations of the events that went on in the hall that month in addition to a description of the events — a description of the challenges that they faced and goals for the upcoming months,” Watts said. “So each hall fills these out each month and the scores on those Rocknes comprise 50% of the Hall of the Year score. Another 40% comes from their final presentation at the end of the year. Each hall gives a 15-minute final presentation to the executive board and various other members of the student union essentially outlining how they improved throughout the year and accomplished the goals they set out at the beginning of the year. So that’s 40% of the score. Another 5% comes from the hall council visit. Each member of the executive board goes in to multiple hall councils to kind of evaluate how presidents and vice presidents were engaging their dorm communities through the hall councils. And the final 5%, which we instituted this year, was from GreeNDot participation.”Junior Clare Pierret, McGlinn Hall’s vice president, said the dorm community’s support of their rector, Sr. Mary Lynch, in light of her cancer diagnosis, was one of hall’s most transformative moments this year.“I think one of our most important things that we did was our entire community kind of came around, came together to support Sr. Mary when she was diagnosed with colon cancer over the summer … different people that usually don’t get involved in our dorm started to get involved. We kind of realized this is an entire community of women who are interested and excited and want to participate and want to lend a hand in creating a better community, not only in McGlinn but also in all of Notre Dame.”Pierret said the dorm’s focus on sustainability as well as welcoming all residents of the dorm — regardless of participation record — also contributed to the win.“We also did a lot with our sustainability, and we were the first group on campus to do Terracycling, which was a big initiative for us, and our sustainability commissioner was really excited when we went through with that,’ she said. “We also really tried to focus on trying to make every McGlinn resident feel like they were welcome even if they didn’t want to participate in our events. So we kind of tried to do small little things that reminded everybody that in McGlinn, everyone is welcome, everyone is loved and even though they might not participate in everything — all the events we do — we still obviously appreciate them and care for them.”Duncan Hall president junior Kyle Tomshack said he was excited for the hall to be recognized.“I think it’s definitely gratifying and Duncan Hall is ecstatic to get it,” he said. “Our main goal for the whole year was to serve the community and try to build that community in any way we can, and we’re happy that our efforts in doing that were recognized.”Tomshack said towards the end of the year, the Duncan community started to realize Hall of the Year was a possibility and worked towards earning the title.“We knew that we definitely had a shot, because we really had a push at the end of the year,” Tomshack said. “We knew that we had gotten the percent for GreeNDot, which was huge for us. We made a really big push at the end of the year for it … we knew we had some pretty good scores for Rocknes and we thought we gave a really good Hall of the Year presentation, helped out with some great testimonials from some of our residents here.” Welsh Family Hall president junior Abby Smith said one of the priorities of the hall government was to engage residents of the dorm who are not as involved with the hall community.“We really tried at the beginning of the year to focus on building the identity and the community and belonging within every girl in Welsh Fam, so that’s something that we focused on as a hall government and I think for us, it really means that we set goals that were not only accomplishable, but very meaningful to our hall too,” she said. “So we saw that reflected in the events we put on, but also people showing interest in the hall community and really getting … that 7% of people that don’t necessarily always go to events, really trying to reach out to them and making sure that they feel comfortable and welcome in the community.”Smith said even though winning Hall of the Year wasn’t a priority for the hall, the dorm is still excited and proud to have received the award.“It wasn’t a complete shocker, but we were excited to win for sure. I think it’s something that it wasn’t necessarily a goal of ours at the beginning,” she said. “I think our main goal was really to do something to help the residents, but as the year progressed, we saw that we were inching closer and closer to being a qualified candidate and being one of the top candidates for that award, so that was exciting for us to know that we had actually made it to that stage.”Watts said despite the fact these three halls stood out, every dorm at Notre Dame contributed to building community this past year. “They were many deserving halls this year, these three stood out amongst their peers as exemplary at building and fostering community, overcoming challenges within their halls and greatly improving upon past years within their halls,” Watts said. “And again, each and every hall and hall president has a lot to be proud of.”  Tags: Duncan Hall, Hall of the year, McGlinn Hall, Welsh Family Halllast_img read more

U.S. Air Force Cadets—Students of the Brazilian Air Force

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo December 13, 2017 Devemos apoiar muito estas oportunidades para aprender sobre nossas forças aéreas respetivas! Obrigada ao Tenente Coronel brasileiro que fez muito para criar este programa de intercâmbio. Que sejam muitos anos mais!!! Parabéns Taciana!! Excelente matéria!! Adorei saber que estamos progredindo e melhorando nossa formação!! Pois o caminho do sucesso sempre passa pela educação e nada melhor do que aprender com quem tem sucesso!! Excelente a matéria Taciana!!! Fez-nos conhecer muito bem os aspectos positivos desse programa. Three cadets of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) attend the Brazilian Air Force Academy (AFA) since early August 2017. Cadets Pablo Steven Vespasiano, Maxwell Richard Heefner, and Aleigh Morgan Maclean are pioneers of an exchange between the two countries meant to improve foreign language skills and increase interoperability among air forces. They will stay in Brazil through December, the end of AFA’s academic year. For five months, the American students joined AFA daily routine in Pirassununga, in the state of São Paulo, attending courses such as Aerodynamics, Economics, Leadership, Personnel Management, and Military History, as well as activities related to military doctrine. The students were selected among cadets who studied Portuguese. “To participate in the exchange, you need to speak the language well, and you have to have good grades and be in good physical condition,” Cadet Vespasiano said. The American students chose Brazil for the opportunity to learn how another air force operates. “Portugal was also an option, but it was at a civilian school. I wanted to have a different kind of military experience, learning the doctrine and routine of Brazilian cadets,” Cadet Heefner explained. At USAFA, Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) Lieutenant Colonel Saint-Clair Lima da Silva—an instructor at the academy’s departments of Foreign Languages and Political Sciences—prepared cadets from early January to early July 2017. “We had a one-hour class several times a week to talk about AFA and Brazil’s lifestyle,” Cadet Heefner said. Brazilian music, videos on Brazil on the internet, and films served as sources of information for the students. “I would watch children’s movies dubbed in Portuguese. Since I already knew the plot, it was easier to understand,” Cadet Mclean said. Adaptating to Brazil The first weeks at AFA were an adjustment period for the U.S. cadets. They attended classes in Brazilian culture, Brazilian history, FAB history, military routine, and the grading method for subjects taught at the academy. “Although they were juniors in the United States, they came in as seniors here. They stayed in separate quarters with Brazilian roommates to facilitate adjustment to the language,” said FAB Captain Marcelo da Silva dos Santos, instructor at the Fenrir Squadron that received the cadets. “The first days, I didn’t understand anything anyone was saying. The accent here is very different from my Brazilian professor’s back at USAFA,” Cadet Vespasiano said. “It was daunting at first. We had a lot of activities, and we didn’t understand Portuguese very well,” Cadet Maclean said. According to Capt. Silva Santos, this initial difficulty with the language was expected. “No matter how much someone might study a language, when they come to live in the place, there’s a colloquial vocabulary they have to adapt to. But their roommates helped them through the process,” he said. Capt. Silva Santos noted the U.S. cadets’ personal qualities and their willingness to be involved in school activities. “In all activities, they demonstrated satisfactory performance, especially in the physical area,” he said. The cadets quickly adapted to AFA’s military doctrine, he added. AFA versus USAFA The cadets felt the differences between the two academies in the early days. “Here at AFA, sports are mandatory, and the military aspect is very demanding,” Cadet Heefner said. For him, the classes at USAFA are more participatory. “Students ask more questions. We also have more laboratory sessions and research projects,” he said. “In the summer, we do exercises such as camping and survival at sea or in the jungle. But, here at AFA, those training events are woven into the academics,” Cadet Vespasiano said. For him, some subjects have a different depth. “Here in Brazil, Aerodynamics is aimed at training pilots, with a focus on aviation. At USAFA, it’s more complex, geared toward the engineering field,” he explained. AFA currently offers courses in Aviator Officer Training, Logistics Officer Training, and Infantry Officer Training, all of which are four-year programs. Aviators begin pilot training in their sophomore year and learn to fly the T-25 Universal with 34 graded missions, logging close to 36 flight hours in a year. Aviation cadets return to flying in their senior year, logging 75 hours over 64 missions aboard the T-27 Tucano. First, they must complete three standard and emergency procedures missions in a flight simulator. Lt. Col. Saint-Clair explained that USAFA strongly emphasizes prior reading, analysis, and classroom debates, which entails a heavy study load. On the other hand, air exercises are mainly meant to motivate cadets to fly. The course consists of about 20 hours of classroom instruction and nearly 13 flight hours, spread among 10 takeoffs and landings, ending with a solo flight. “Hardly anyone fails the course, and cadets practice takeoffs, landings, approximations, stalls (loss of lift), abnormal attitudes, and simulated glitches,” he explained. Once they pass the training, selected officers who chose aviation must undergo an “initial flight screening” for 40 days in Pueblo, Colorado. Advantages of the exchange The exchange with USAFA, said Capt. Silva Santos, is very positive for AFA. “It’s an opportunity to better understand the training of the most important air force in the world, which is at the forefront of doctrinal and technological development,” he said. For Lt. Col. Saint-Clair, the chance to be exposed to different perspectives on military and academic officer training is a big advantage. The U.S. cadets also noted the benefits of their experience. “Today, I can understand how the Brazilian chain of command functions and what its training objectives are,” Cadet Heefner said, adding that he will miss the food and excursions. “I got to see several regions of Brazil, such as Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Salvador, and Minas Gerais, the country’s historical region.” Cadet Vespasiano was surprised by the people’s graciousness and the country’s natural beauty. As for Cadet Maclean, lessons learned during survival training at sea stood out. “It was hard being in the waves for 48 hours. But I found it interesting to see how officers served right alongside cadets and their subordinates during the exercise,” she said. The Brazilian cadets took the opportunity to practice their English and gain new knowledge from their foreign colleagues. “They have a very different view with regard to warfare. They need to be ready for real-world situations, as they’re from a country involved in some conflicts,” said FAB Cadet Mariana Dutra. Brazilian cadets at USAFA Brazilian cadets studying at USAFA strictly follow the routine of the cadets at the academy and are subject to the same restrictions and privileges, just like the U.S. cadets at AFA. They study five subjects chosen according to their training programs—Aviation, Logistics, or Infantry—that contribute to their training as Air Force officers, such as asymmetric warfare and leadership development, among others. According to Lt. Col. Saint-Clair, the Brazilian cadets adjusted quite well to the routine at USAFA. “Today, our cadets are among the best students in their subject of study. For example, Aviation Cadet Christian Eloysio Silva scored the highest grade average of the more than 1,000 cadets at USAFA who take the Air Power and Military Profession course,” he said. Logistics Cadet Michelle de Mattos also scored well, earning the third highest grade in the Production, Operations, and Supply Chain Management course. Aviation Cadet Diego Bertolo and Infantry Cadet Felipe Cazuza came in first place in sports competitions held within USAFA. Lt. Col. Saint-Clair highlighted the privilege for Brazilian cadets to study for six months at one of the best educational institutions in the United States. “This climate of excellence in teaching is learned and taken back to Brazil, allowing for critical evaluation of our own officer training paradigms and methods,” he said. “The potential to forge bonds with U.S. cadets surely will bear fruit in a few years when these young cadets lead their air forces,” he concluded.last_img read more

US Defense Secretary Esper says no decision to leave Iraq

first_imgEsper spoke to reporters Monday after a letter from a U.S. Army general circulated that seemed to suggest a withdrawal had been ordered in response to a vote by the Iraqi Parliament over the weekend. WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States has made “no decision” about withdrawing troops from Iraq amid heightened tensions with neighboring Iran. Esper says, “There’s been no decision whatsoever to leave Iraq.”last_img

Imotski Krajina Tourism Development Strategy presented

first_imgSide dish: IMOTSKA KRAJINA TOURISM DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN This strategy will serve as the basic regulatory framework for coordinating and managing the activities of various economic entities, public sector institutions and all other stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in the development and raising the quality of the overall tourism product in this area by 2025. In this sense, taking into account not only the need for enhanced commercialization of available natural heritage, while ensuring its long-term sustainable use, but also permanent preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, optimal use of available development space and strengthening the potential of this area for sustainable and green development. tourism, the most important goal of this document is certainly to continuously increase the level of well-being and quality of life of all residents of Imotski Krajina. Thus, the tourism workers of Imotski Krajina made two important decisions and received two important documents as the first prerequisites for strategic development, at least on paper, and now it is up to tourism workers and destinations to follow the direction defined and implement everything in the next six years. . Photo: TZ Imota The financing of the Strategy was in the ratio of 40% by the CNTB, 40% by the Ministry of Tourism, and 20% by the foreign Tourist Board of Imotski. Of course this is only the first step and a lot of work is needed, in fact the real work is just beginning and will never end because branding a tourist destination and development is a process that always lasts and never ends. But the most important thing is to know who we are, what we want and where we want to get, and that is exactly defined by the strategy. “The Imotski region is a historical and geographical fact, a geographical fact, which is fragmented and divided through various historical bureaucratic and administrative decrees. This project of formal connection and association of the city of Imotski and municipalities from the area of ​​Imotski Krajina, seeks to bridge these administrative boundaries, in order to facilitate the achievement of goals in the tourism sector”Said Luka Kolovrat, director of TZO Imota during the merger. According to the e-visitor system, in 2018 Imotska Krajina recorded 9.917 arrivals with 73.830 overnight stays. This is an increase of 22,6% in arrivals, or 27% in overnight stays compared to 2017 when we had 8.089 arrivals and 57.950 overnight stays. Most arrivals and overnight stays were realized in Imotski (4.497 arrivals and 22.946 overnight stays), followed by the municipalities of Podbablje (1.924 arrivals and 18.852 overnight stays), Zagvozd (1.255 – 10.294), Proložac (726 – 7.236), Zmijavci (752 – 6.992), Cista Provo (364 – 3.484), Lovreć (166 – 1.778), Runovići (143 – 1.326) and Lokvičići (72 – 922). ESTATE KRAJINA TOURIST BOARD ESTABLISHED – IMOTA Attached is the Imotski Krajina Tourism Development Action Plan, which you study well, and the entire document of the Imotski Krajina Tourism Development Strategy until 2025 will be published soon. The highest number of overnight stays was recorded by guests from Germany (27.045), followed by Poland (10.534), the United Kingdom (5.073), Croatia (4.324), France (3.858), the Netherlands (2.825), Denmark (2.785), Belgium (2.313), etc. In 2018, the largest growth was achieved from the UK and France A year ago, there was a merger and synergy of tourist destinations into one brand – the tourist community of Imotski Krajina – Imota, and yesterday in Imotski was presented the Tourism Development Strategy of Imotski Krajina until 2025, the implementation of which should provide important prerequisites for better tourism. the entire area of ​​Imotski Krajina with increasing segments of tourist demand. Key objectives will thus include the establishment of a shared vision, goals and concept of tourism development; creating a well-designed, market-recognizable, diversified, but also mutually complementary system of tourist experiences; recognition of a certain number of priority development-investment and / or business-management projects within the competence of both the private and public sectors, ie through; market (re) positioning of the entire project area on the tourism market in the function of strengthening its market recognition and desirability. DALMATIAN ZAGORA PRESENTED ITS TOURIST OFFER TO THE ASSOCIATION OF TOURIST GUIDES IN CHINESE Compared to 2017, the largest increase in arrivals and overnight stays was recorded by guests from the UK (141% growth) and France (112% growth). The development of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Imotski Region is the first major project carried out by the Imotski Tourist Board after it was established in the middle of last year as the largest tourist area in Croatia. The development of the Strategy has been entrusted to the Institute for Tourism, and today the Imota Tourist Board has been included in the small list of local tourist boards that have such a document, Kolovrat points out and adds: “The strategy objectively defined our current shortcomings, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, and the action plan is especially important, which envisages more than thirty projects that should be realized by local self-government units, Imotski Tourist Board, but also private entrepreneurs. With such strategic and long-term thinking and acting in the coming period, we want to avoid improvisations and mistakes and even better position our tourist destination and achieve safe and stable growth.”Concludes Kolovrat. 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