Brazilian Navy Brings Together Marines from Brazil and Partner Nations

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo December 06, 2017 Located in the dry climate and high temperatures of the state of Goiás (100 kilometers from Brasilia), Formosa Training Camp rests in Brazil’s central region. Operation Formosa took place in this desert-like landscape. The annual training is the largest of the Brazilian Navy’s (MB, per its Portuguese acronym) Fleet Marine Squad (FFE, per its Portuguese acronym). One of the operation’s main objectives is to test “the Fleet Marine Squad’s logistics capacity and the marine’s strength,” explained Brazilian Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Helcio Blacker Espozel Junior, an officer in FFE’s Operations Command. The harsh climate and distance from FFE—headquartered in the state of Rio de Janeiro—contributed to Camp Formosa’s selection as the site of the operation. The exercise aims to develop missions with more military personnel trained to shoot with the largest variety of weapons. Operation Formosa 2017, held October 4th–16th, involved about 1,700 service members. The number included MB professionals, two service members from the Brazilian Air Force, and 15 foreign service members from the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and France. Foreign participation Foreign officers acted as observers, sharing experiences in their areas of expertise. U.S. service members were an exception as they actively participated “in planning and development of the CFN’s Artillery Battalion, Tactical Air Control and Air Defense Battalion, and Expeditionary Medical Unit,” said U.S. Marine Corps Captain Jose M. Negrete, the public affairs officer with U.S. Marine Corps Forces South. The participation of the United States in Operation Formosa began in 2013, with six to 20 representatives attending each year. “We recognize Formosa is an excellent opportunity for the U.S. Marine Corps to build interoperability with Brazil while also strengthening both forces’ readiness,” Capt. Negrete said. Capt. Negrete also emphasized the factors confirming the importance of teamwork among American nations. “Devastating weather patterns have had significant impact throughout the region over the last several years and highlighted the need for coordinated relief efforts,” Capt. Negrete said. “This is why we continue to improve our integration with Brazilian forces through exercises such as Formosa.” Deployment and demonstration The first phase of the operation consists of the journey from FFE’s base in Rio de Janeiro to Formosa Training Camp. In 2017, more than 1,600 kilometers were covered in four days. Along the way, rest areas and three combat services support detachments, with personnel to perform equipment maintenance required during troop movement, were made available. Once in Formosa, the first three days of the operation were devoted to train for the final phase of the exercise known as the tactical theme—an exercise in which participants have to put all their knowledge into practice in a mock real world situation. Next, participants performed an operational demonstration to give the public—service members and journalists, among others—an overview of what happens during Operation Formosa. For more than three days, service members took charge of the battlefield. Based on the framework of an amphibious operation, the teams’ mission was to solve the problem Formosa’s coordinators put forth. “During this phase, members of a control group monitored serviced members to evaluate the procedures and review lessons learned. The lessons are later shared so procedures can be improved,” Lt. Col. Espozel said. An amphibious operation is launched from sea toward a coastal area. Troops advance on the terrain and fulfill certain objectives. Since Formosa is not on the sea, its existence is imagined on maps. “To be able to simulate an amphibious operation, maps are prepared with the outline of the sea bordering Formosa Training Camp,” Lt. Col. Espozel explained. “With this mock sea, planning is done the same way it would in a real world operation, with all of the phases unfolding according to plan.” In the final phase of the activities, different equipment, such as combat vehicles, aircraft, armored vehicles, amphibious vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles, were used in offensive and defensive military maneuvers. Operation Formosa also put to use all the weapons in the Brazilian Marine Corps’ arsenal with live munitions—the Multiple Rocket Launcher Battery was the highlight. “The Brazilian Marine Corps is a professional, rapid-response troop of an expeditionary nature par excellence. Training with live munitions is considered basic for our marines’ professional development,” Lt. Col. Espozel noted. According to his assessment, the service members’ performance in the final phase of Operation Formosa exceeded expectations.last_img read more

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We are always branding

first_imgThe term, brand, is likely from a Norse word for “burn”.  Like the cowboys who burn their brands on cattle, marketers try to burn an image (a distinguishing, attention getting, memorable, and complimentary image) in our minds.Every day, we brand ourselves.  Some of us are better at it than others.  Some of us are more aware than others that it is taking place.  For good or for bad, it is true.  It is not by accident that some institutions are better at developing and nurturing their brands. No doubt, you have heard about great branding and advertising campaigns such as those by Nike and Apple.  Not everyone does it that well.More directly to the point, some credit unions are excellent at branding, while others need help. Most likely, there are branding issues that – at times – keep you up at night. Every brand wants to connect to its customers in a perceptible, emotional way that will result in a lifelong bond. This does not happen overnight.  From brand inception, to building a brand, to improving a brand… you must actively make decisions that move the brand forward. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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HR Answers: The state of employee benefits

first_img continue reading » Chicago-based HUB International Limited, an insurance brokerage, has released the results of its second annual employee benefits study: Employee Benefits Barometer 2017: Why Human Resources Must Take a Long-Term View. HUB surveyed more than 300 employee benefits professionals from organizations with 50 to 1,000 employees. The study explored the complexity of managing benefits and the value of multi-year planning to better position human resources as business strategists to the executive suite.Mike Barone, president of HUB International’s employee benefits practice says, “Based on the research, it’s clear that there is still work to be done to position human resources as a strategic partner to the C-suite. As benefits are a major operating expense, HR leaders need to take a long-term view of their benefits plans to really demonstrate the value they contribute in talent acquisition, retention, attraction, productivity and ultimately company performance. HR isn’t quite there when 65 percent spend less than a year planning their benefits.”“Unfortunately, the limited commitment to planning and implementing strategies for cost management identified in the study—as well as the lack of focus on addressing what employees want—is troubling,” says Linda Keller, national chief operating officer of employee benefits, HUB International. “There are many different generations in the workforce, and when only 28 percent of respondents are focused on the new millennial employee population, there’s a missed opportunity for HR. It could be standing in the way of HR getting a seat at the senior management table.” 173SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Reflection questions for building a great post-pandemic world

first_imgWhen this pandemic is over, credit unions will have experienced—and done—a lot of new things. My sincere hope is that credit union leaders will use the positive things they’ve learned during this period of uncertainty to build a new template for credit union operations going forward—and then keep right on learning.A key way to retain what you’ve learned so you can build on it is to reflect on your learnings and talk them over with your peers, colleagues, directors, and mentors. Hopefully you will find several questions applicable to your situation in the list below. What leadership styles will be needed going forward, in various situations?How can executives best pivot from one leadership style to another as needed?How will flexibility in strategy play into our “new normal”?What did we learn about collaboration that we want to take forward?What are our new insights into the value of bench strength and succession planning both for staff and the board?What did we learn about virtual board meetings and remote annual meetings that we might want to apply to future events?How can my team and I keep learning, even when we’re extremely busy?What should blend of on-the-job, remote, and in-person learning look like going forward for our executives, staff, and directors?What skills or knowledge might we seek in our next board member? In our next chair?How will our branches operate differently now?How will our lending be done differently in the months ahead?How will our call centers be different because of what we’ve experienced?How will our marketing and member communications be different in the post-pandemic world?How can our financial modeling efforts be improved by what we’ve experienced?How can we keep the gains in digital delivery that are happening in the industry right now?What have we learned about serving members when they’re in a financial pinch that we can use going forward?Can remote work become more a part of our credit union’s culture now? If yes, how?How does having diverse people with diverse ideas play into our organizational success?What will our new system selection and system maintenance regime look like? Can more of this work be done virtually?What did we learn about compliance monitoring and responding to changing regulations that will be helpful to keep in mind going forward? While coping with the crisis, we all have had an opportunity to rediscover basic values of humanity and the bonds that connect us. We now have it in our hands to build a positive new normal for our credit unions and our communities. I’d love to hear about how these 20 questions serve you in formulating your new operating template. Please stay healthy—and, when you can, be in touch about what you want to learn next.center_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

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Taking off: Flights to go on as scheduled at Greater Binghamton Airport despite COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgHeefner said even though Detroit has seen a spike in cases, the airport is not the epicenter of the outbreak, and the aviation industry has taken increased steps to sanitize and stop the spread. For example, the amount of time airplanes spend at BGM has increased, and the airport along with Delta and SkyWest are using that time to spray down the planes and ensure the health of everyone. It was announced Wednesday the airport was awarded more than $1.35M as part of the federal CARES Act, which Heefner says will be used to help keep the lights on and pay off various improvement project debts. The regional airport is only doing one flight a day to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport says Mark Heefner, the Commissioner of Aviation for the Greater Binghamton Airport. This is down from their three flights a day before COVID-19 swept across the country. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Even with concerns over Detroit becoming a coronavirus hotspot, the Greater Binghamton Airport has no plans to cancel flights. He said before the spread of the virus began, the airport was in the best position he’s seen to get either larger planes or even flights to another major hub. “We have one flight a day and I don’t see that going anywhere. If anything they’ll divert it to a different airport or a different hub,” Heefner told 12 News Wednesday. He says if worst comes to worst, the airport will find a way to ensure a flight every day.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 4

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTake action against anti-SemitismThe large number of violent acts of anti-Semitism in recent weeks in the greater New York area is of great concern to the Schenectady Jewish community.It feels like open season on the Jews, and many of us are afraid. We live in a climate of “different than me is my enemy.” And this cycle has to end. Here are some suggestions of action items:1. All leaders, whether in congregations or in government offices or in community services, must speak out against anti-Semitism and violence.2. Each and every one of us need to be vigilant. If we hear others say something, even in jest, that reflects a hatred of Jews or others, stop them and call them out on it.3. Pledge to use your words with care and sensitivity to others.4. Do what makes you feel connected. Remember that we are never alone.5. Create opportunities in your community for Jewish people to share about their experience and about their faith. Ignorance breeds hate.6. Show up at solidarity events to affirm that anti-Semitic violence is not tolerated in our community.7. Do what makes you feel loved. Ask for love from others and share it back.If we want to end anti-Semitism in our community, the task belongs to all of us. Act.Rabbi Matt CutlerCongregation Gates of HeavenRabbi Rafi SpitzerCongregation Agudat AchimSchenectadyUnhappy with First Night experienceI regret having to write this, but Saratoga Arts and the organizers of the First Night 5k race owe me and a few dozen other runners a formal apology, if not a refund, for our pre-paid First Night buttons that were nowhere to be found at check-in.I was told by a young, poorly informed volunteer that they were “probably oversold.” Inexcusable.And after waiting in a deserted Skidmore parking lot for the promised shuttle that never came, I trudged all the way downtown, carrying two bags of wet clothing. (No, I don’t have Uber, and God help you on New Year’s Eve anyway.)We eventually did get our three buttons for which I paid over $50, but not until almost half the evening had passed and I was too spent to continue, so we drove home.Not the kind of experience TV viewers routinely see, but it’s the one I had.William CoxSchenectadyD.C. politicians are scamming taxpayersWashington, D.C., Democrats are dirty players.They have everybody’s heads turned to Trump’s impeachment scam.The Democrats did a sneaky Pearl Harbor attack on the 1.4 trillion-dollar spending bill on the American taxpayers.Who knows what’s in that $1.4 trillion spending bill.I am a conservative and American taxpayer, and like all American taxpayers, I have the right to know.Who can read 300-400 pages of the bill in 24 hours?Rush it before Christmas break, so as not to shut down the government.It’s immoral behavior again by the Democrats.There’s a saying, “Fool me once, it’s your fault. Fool me twice, it’s my fault.”The president should not have signed that spending bill.I guess we will find out in 2020 what’s in that spending bill that the American people are paying for.It’s the fault of President Trump’s, the Republicans and Democrats for pulling a fast one on the American people.There’s no way to read and understand what’s in that spending bill in 24 hours.David S. MattasGloversvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Bernd Leno after Arsenal end Manchester United’s unbeaten run

first_imgBernd Leno kept a clean sheet against Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for Bernd Leno after Arsenal ended his side’s domestic unbeaten run.Goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal to within a point of rivals Tottenham in third but that didn’t tell the full story from an action-packed game at the Emirates.On the back of their stunning win in Paris, United failed to find a way past Leno in the Arsenal net despite having what Solskjaer described as ‘four or five big chances’.Romelu Lukaku was guilty of squandering United’s best chances but Solskjaer refused to criticise the Belgian and says Leno was a vital reason behind his side’s defeat.ADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story Sean KearnsSunday 10 Mar 2019 7:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Skip Full Screen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Bernd Leno after Arsenal end Manchester United’s unbeaten run Video Settings Read More Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next PLAY Comment Leno was Arsenal’s man of the match (Picture: Getty)United’s only defeat under Solskjaer before today was a 2-0 loss at home against PSG.The irony of their unbeaten run coming to an end is that they’ve played worse and won in previous weeks and Solskjaer says he was impressed with his side against Arsenal.‘It’s not very often you go to Arsenal and created four or five big chances like we did,’ said Solskjaer.‘They didn’t have one really. They had a strike and then they got a penalty they didn’t really create many chances.’MORE: Mesut Ozil mocks Jesse Lingard after Arsenal beat Manchester United Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Top articles Read More SPONSORED by Metro Read More United lost in the league for the first time under Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)‘You have to be disappointed with the result but the performance today was a good one,’ said Solskjaer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We created more chances today than we did compared to the FA Cup game when we played them.‘Of course the first goal always determines how the game will go. After their goal they gave us the ball more than they wanted to but we created big chances.‘We hit the woodwork twice. Leno played well. In terms of what you can control we shouldn’t be too disappointed then again they’ve got three points and we don’t.’ Skip Ad Advertisementlast_img read more

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Heavy caseloads for CFY workers

first_imgRadio NZ News 12 July 2013Child, Youth and Family says its staff are not leaving in droves despite a high workload.The welfare agency says notifications have quadrupled in the past eight years to over 150,000 per year and it has taken on 250 more social workers to cope.After complaints from frontline staff, Child Youth and Family will conduct a review of case numbers for social workers. It says an ideal average is between eight and 18, depending on their complexity and the person’s experience.CYF deputy chief executive Bernadine MacKenzie says 80% of her staff have more than two years’ experience, with an average of seven- and-a-half years.“I’m really proud of my staff and what they do, they do an exceptional job. It’s never easy to get experienced workers and to get the right people in this job – it’s a tough job. So obviously recruitment is pretty crucial to us. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/214287/heavy-caseloads-for-cfy-workerslast_img read more

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HIV Response Unit: By 2030, No One Should Die of AIDS

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! 46 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleLocalNews HIV Response Unit: By 2030, No One Should Die of AIDS by: – December 20, 2019 Tweet                                 Lester Guye, National HIV/AIDS Response UnitThe HIV/AIDS Response Unit says it is taking very seriously its mandate to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030.The United Nations 2016 Political Declaration calls on the world to achieve specific goals in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Those goals are to reduce new HIV infections to fewer than 500 000 globally; to reduce AIDS-related deaths to fewer than 500 000 globally and to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination- all by the year, 2020.Acting Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Lester Guye details, “By 2020, the world should be at the 90/90/90 level.”He explained that, “90% of people in the country who are HIV positive should know their status. Out of that percentage, 90% of them should be on anti-retroviral medication and out of that group, 90% of them should be virally-supressed.“That is also a prevention method. It means that once you are in care and virally-supressed, even if you are sexually-active and a condom should break or you decide to take a chance with your partner, the possibility of transmitting the disease is extremely low.’Guye hopes that “by 2030, which is a decade from now, no one should be dying of AIDS.”He says in 2030, if the goals are met, the virus may still exist but no death should result.last_img read more

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