US Coast Guard Welcomes New Master Chief Petty Officer

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard Welcomes New Master Chief Petty Officer View post tag: Navy View post tag: coast View post tag: welcomes View post tag: Guard During the ceremony, overseen by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., Cantrell relieved Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt to become the 12th MCPOCG.At the conclusion of the change-of-watch ceremony, Leavitt, who assumed duties as the 11th MCPOCG on May 21, 2010, retired after over 32 years of Coast Guard service. He plans to relocate with his family to his home state of Idaho.“I was able to accomplish far more than I thought was possible, and I give credit to those great Coast Guardsmen past and present who have led and continue to lead with strong conviction, who coached and guided me and others in learning our craft,” said Leavitt. “That’s our history, our heritage and our tradition.”“Today, I can tell you that our future is bright. Throughout my 32 years, I have never seen such dedicated, motivated, and highly dedicated men and women.”Cantrell is reporting from his previous assignment as command master chief of Coast Guard Atlantic Area.“To the men and women of the world’s best Coast Guard — I am proud to wear the same uniform as all of you,” said Cantrell. “And, I am honored to be afforded the opportunity to be your voice.”“To Master Chief Leavitt, I would like to say thank you. Thank you, both Mike and Deb, for your years of service and sacrifice. I wish you and your family fair winds and calm seas in the next chapter of your lives.”[mappress]Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image: USCG May 23, 2014 US Coast Guard Welcomes New Master Chief Petty Officer Training & Education View post tag: New View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Officer Master Chief Petty Officer Steven W. Cantrell assumed the duties of the master chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard during a change-of-watch ceremony Thursday morning at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. View post tag: Master View post tag: chief View post tag: Petty View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

Kosciusko County moves to yellow following uptick in COVID cases

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Previous articleTax refund scams targeting college students making a comebackNext articleIU researchers okay with AstraZeneca COVID vaccine Nick Deranek Twitter District 2 COVID metrics on March 31st, 2021. (Map/data from the Indiana Department of Health) Kosciusko County has been moved into the yellow advisory this week after a recent uptick in coronavirus cases.The newest data from the Indiana Department of Public Health Wednesday afternoon shows the seven-day rolling positivity at 3.8 percent, while cases per 100,000 residents also went up to 117.Kosciusko County has been under the blue advisory over the past four weeks.Marshall, Noble and Miami Counties remain in blue, while Elkhart, Fulton, Whitley and Wabash Counties are in yellow.On the vaccination front, Kosciusko County surpassed 10,000 fully vaccinated individuals as of Wednesday morning, and over 26,000 doses have now been administered.Vaccinations opened up to Hoosiers age 16 and older on Wednesday. Visit the state vaccine website here or call the ISDH hotline at 2-1-1 for more information. Locally, you can call the hotline run by the Bowen Center at 574-347-4256, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 7 PM. The Bowen Center hotline is bilingual in both English and Spanish.You can see the latest update on COVID metrics from the state here.The latest vaccine numbers statewide here. Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By Nick Deranek – March 31, 2021 0 304 Kosciusko County moves to yellow following uptick in COVID cases Facebook Google+ Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Silo plans for Martins Foods

first_imgMartins Foods has applied for planning permission to build a flour silo at its bakery in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester.In Capra Architects’ design and access statement for the proposed installation, it said the bakery provided a significant number of jobs to the area, and that “further expansion would allow these jobs to be maintained and possibly increased on this site, rather than moving production to other facilities in the Martins Foods chain”.The bakery chain added that the installation of the silo would form part of a larger process of reorganisation and upgrading across the Martin’s chain of bakeries. The silo would be used for the storage of flour to supply the bakeries’ day-to-day operation.The installation of the silo would ensure the site remains a viable business venture and that the employment it provided would be retained in the area, according to Capra.The application was received by Bury Metropolitan Borough Council on 19 November, with the target decision date set for 16 January 2013.Last month, British Baker reported that Martins Foods was to close its Southport bakery after it failed to agree a price increase with a major customer.The closure, set for January 2013, will result in 35 job losses, with 10 employees to be transferred over to its other factory in Radcliffe.last_img read more

New program to develop strategies for Medicaid/Medicare dual eligibility

first_imgAs the nation debates health reform options, Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Vermont was chosen to participate in Transforming Care for Dual Eligibles, a national initiative that will test innovative models for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid . Vermont will join six states in developing and implementing strategies to improve care and control costs for dual eligibles, a high-need population with individual health care costs nearly five times those of other Medicare beneficiaries. The program is designed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and supported by The Commonwealth Fund. I m so proud that Vermont is once again leading the nation in its health care reform efforts, said Governor Jim Douglas. Vermont is first in the nation to have a Choices for Care 1115 Long Term Care Waiver program, which equalizes entitlement to nursing home and home/community based services for long term care Medicaid eligible Vermonters. In addition, Vermont developed the Global Commitment 1115 Waiver, a first in the nation Medicaid Waiver wherein the State is the managed care organization. This grant will help us continue to make progress toward lowering the growth in health care costs for Vermonters eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.Under the new grant, Vermont will work with CHCS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the authority and process to create a pilot where Vermont would be a Special Needs Plan (SNP). As a SNP, Vermont would work with local providers to serve dually eligible beneficiaries across both of Vermont s waivers. As we look toward reforming our health care system, there are significant opportunities to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of care for people who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare coverage, whose needs are often overlooked, said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. The work of these seven states in designing patient-centered delivery models, if successful, could help pave the way for other states seeking to improve care for these vulnerable beneficiaries.Nationally, the more than eight million adults who are dually eligible represent approximately 18% of the Medicaid population, but account for 46% of the program s costs due to their complex array of medical, behavioral, and long-term care needs. A majority of dual eligibles are in fragmented fee-for-service systems, with little to no care coordination. Integrating the financing, delivery, and administration of services across Medicaid and Medicare could significantly reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and decrease the use of institutional care over time. This is exactly that type of program integration we need in order to provide better care for our citizens, Douglas continued. Through my work as co-chair of the National Governors Association State Alliance for e-Health, we are pursuing strategies for increased long-term care coordination with electronic medical records to better serve those with chronic conditions. I will continue to lead both nationally and here at home so that we can make important reforms and provide better care to Vermonters.Vermont is joining Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas, in seeking to eliminate the barriers to integrating Medicaid- and Medicare-covered services. Through the 18-month program, participating states will receive in-depth technical assistance addressing program design, care models, financing mechanisms, contracting strategies, and working with CMS. With growing momentum, including Congressional interest, for integrating care, it is an ideal time to develop and test new state approaches to improve the quality of care for duals, said Melanie Bella, Senior Vice President at CHCS. We applaud Vermont for its commitment to establish practical and replicable solutions for integrating Medicaid and Medicare and improve care for dual eligibles in the state.The Transforming Care initiative continues the work begun by CMS and five states under CHCS’ earlier Integrated Care Program to address operational hurdles to integrating care by contracting with SNPs. The new program s goal is to develop a range of integrated delivery models for dual eligibles that can be implemented by other states across the country. Lessons from participating states will be disseminated to Medicaid stakeholders throughout the course of the initiative.The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation supporting independent research on health policy reform and a high performance health system. For more information, visit www.commonwealthfund.org(link is external).The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy resource center dedicated to improving health care quality for low-income children and adults, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, frail elders, and racially and ethnically diverse populations experiencing disparities in care. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, and providers to develop innovative programs that better serve Medicaid beneficiaries. For more information, visit www.chcs.org(link is external).Source: Governor’s officeVermont Resources:For details about the Choices fro Care Waiver, please refer to http://www.ddas.vermont.gov/ddas-programs/programs-cfc/programs-cfc-defa(link is external)…).For details about he Global commitment waiver, please refer to: http://ovha.vermont.gov/administration/2008-global-commitment-to-health-(link is external)…)last_img read more

Melville House Fire Leaves 1 Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 92-year-old man was found dead inside a Melville house that caught fire on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.Officers and firefighters responded to the blaze on New York Avenue where the body was found on the ground floor shortly before 10 p.m.The victim identified as Domenicko Denito, who was pronounced dead at the scene.Melville Fire Department firefighters extinguished the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be criminal.last_img

CFPB to make NAFCU-backed privacy notice changes

first_imgAs urged by NAFCU, CFPB on Friday proposed a rule change to codify last year’s Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act revisions on private notice requirements. The GLBA revisions were signed into law by President Barack Obama in December as part of a transportation authorization bill.“We welcome this CFPB proposal to conform its privacy notice rule with last year’s Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act revisions, long sought by NAFCU,” said NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio. “We appreciated CFPB’s assurance in January that it would follow the spirit of this statutory change, but today’s proposal is a step in the right direction toward streamlining and providing credit unions clarity on their privacy notification obligations.“NAFCU will continue to evaluate the proposal and work closely with the bureau during the rulemaking process,” he continued. “We also continue to urge the bureau to more effectively exercise its authority under Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act to exempt credit unions from its rules.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Big deals altering the payments landscape

first_img continue reading » There’s a decent chance we’ll look back at the first half of 2019 as the period when the US payments landscape changed permanently. The chain of events began in January with Fiserv’s surprise announcement that it was acquiring First Data in a $22 billion merger. Speculation quickly followed on how other leading financial services technology providers would respond. Two months later FIS answered that question with an even bigger combination by purchasing Worldpay, which had recently gained the title of the US’s largest merchant card acquirer in terms of processing volume. Then in May, card processors TSYS and Global Payments announced they would join forces in a “merger of equals.” Our webinar explores the dynamics of these three acquisitions and their various implications for banks and credit unions in greater detail.Taken together, these three deals rolled up the two largest US bank software providers and every top ten player in card acquiring, not already affiliated with a major bank—all within the space of five months. During the same period, the country’s #11 and #12 largest banks announced their own merger of equals—the first major move by a Top 20 bank since the financial crisis. In providing their rationale for the deal to the investment community, the leaders of SunTrust and BB&T cited the need for greater technological scale. If this is the case, what does it imply for the over 11,000 US banks and credit unions smaller than this newly combined entity?Each of these deals has its own unique characteristics—Global Payments/TSYS, for instance, is being touted as the “payments pure play” because its portfolio does not include the software and adjacent banking services offered by FIS and Fiserv. A few unifying themes emerge, however. One is the need for even greater economies of scale in order to preserve operating margins in a competitive payments environment. Another is the continued convergence of various payments models, leading providers to strive to deliver a unified, one-stop-shop experience. The servicing of merchants and card issuers is also moving toward a common set of providers. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Falkensteiner repositioning: Focus on four types of holiday motivation

first_imgFalkensteiner Hotels & Residences is repositioning itself, aiming to become the leading hotel group in Central and Southern Europe.  “The new branding process allows us to redistribute hotels according to four types of holiday motivations – “activity”, “pleasure”, “fun” and “relaxation”. Clear positioning makes it easier for the guest to find a suitable hotel that will suit his wishes and expectations.“Points out Erich Falkensteiner, a member of the society and founder. “We have a clear vision for Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences in the future. Our goal is to become the leading hotel group in the holiday segment in Central and Southern Europe. New projects are already in the pipeline – including two exclusive hotels, in Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy and near Kronplatz in South Tyrol, which will further strengthen Falkensteiner’s leading role as a hotel group in the travel and leisure segment.” concludes Otmar Michaeler, CEO of Falkensteiner Michaeler Tourism Group (FMTG) The basis of the repositioning is primarily the promise to the guests: “For every stage of life, they offer a hotel for ideal moments of rest. ” The offer of the Falkensteiner hotel group includes a total of 26 hotels and three apartment resorts in the four- and five-star categories in seven European countries. Under the Falkensteiner Hotels & Residences brand, this hotel group offers 4.700 rooms and more than 1,7 million overnight stays and has a turnover of 180 million euros.  In 2018, Falkensteiner began the process of a comprehensive, strategic repositioning of the brand in order to continue building its position as the leading family group of holiday hotels in Central Europe. To fulfill this promise, they will further adapt their offer and services to the needs of guests, but will also focus all future business processes more strongly on interaction with current and future guests. The new marketing and development strategy of the hotel industry in the holiday segment is the reason for the sale of the hotel in the City Hotel in Vienna’s Margareten district.last_img read more

ITB China: Two awards for Croatian tourism

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board presents the Croatian tourist offer at the ITB China business fair, which will be held in Shanghai from 15 to 17 May 2019.  The Croatian National Tourist Board together with the Slovenian Tourist Board won the prestigious CTW award for the project “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia“ u kategoriji „Internet & Media“ Nagrade se dodjeljuju po 16. put u ukupno pet kategorija: inovacije proizvoda, internet/mediji, kvaliteta usluge, marketing, ukupna izvedba. COTRI  će  promovirati pobjednike putem vlastitih komunikacijskih kanala i društvenih mreža, a ove je godine zaprimljen rekordan broj kandidatura, odnosno njih 67. COTRI je jedan od vodećih neovisnih istraživačkih instituta na svijetu za savjetovanje, istraživanje, informiranje, obuku i procjenu kvalitete vezano za kinesko tržište odlaznog turizma.  As part of the fair, the award ceremony “IT’S MY WORLD Travel Awards 2019” was held, and Croatia won the award in the category “Amazing Travel Experiences of the Year” for the experience of the film tour “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik. These are awards given by ITB China and the specialized tourist portal Qyer intended for Chinese tourists.  The CNTB points out that the Croatian delegation also met with representatives of the Chinese platform Mafengwo, which is a combination of Facebook and Trip Advisor and with representatives of the agency Travel Link, one of the best marketing agencies in tourism. The possibilities of cooperation were also discussed with the representatives of the agency Tongchengom, treće po veličini online agencije u Kini, ali i sa predstavnicima media buying agencies Hy Link, the first Chinese independent agency to have a U.S. travel brand among its many clients.  Two awards for Croatian tourism – an award for the experience of the film tour “Game of Thrones” in Dubrovnik and for cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board Photo: HTZ The Croatian offer is presented as part of the large stand of the European Travel Commission (ETC), where 23 European entities present their offer, including the EPK Rijeka 2020 and the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb.  Qyer has positioned itself as an extremely popular Chinese and global platform offering travel services used by over 100 million people worldwide.  ITB China is a business fair exclusively focused on the Chinese market, which brings together representatives of international destinations, service providers and technical solutions with the largest Chinese tourism entities and customers, of which there will be more than 850 this year. Photo: ITB China Nastup na sajmu ITB China od velikog je značaja posebice u godini koja je proglašena hrvatsko kineskom godinom kulture i turizma, izjavio je direktor HTZ-a Kristjan Staničić te dodao: “For this reason, we jointly organized a special presentation of Rijeka as the European Capital of Culture in 2020, because cultural tourism is one of the most sought-after products in the large Chinese market. We are also extremely pleased that our key partners report that interest in Croatian destinations is continuously growing, which is confirmed by the tourist traffic generated from the Chinese market so far this year, which is increasing by about 60 percent compared to the same period last year.” CNTB Representation in Shanghai also participated in the ETOA workshop held on the eve of ITB, where the Director of the Representation Franka Gulin met with over 25 tour operators and Chinese media. “Impressions from the workshop are great, we were definitely among the most sought after tourist destinations of the workshop, and everyone is interested in longer tours and extending the number of nights in Croatia. The fact that key Chinese opinion creators have selected us for the Best Travel Experience award speaks volumes about the importance of Croatia as one of the fastest growing markets for Chinese tourists. This award makes us happy because it also indicates that Croatia is becoming a popular destination for Chinese tourists of younger population, which is certainly a departure from the classic type of tourists who visit us and is in line with our strategy aimed at this market., Gulin emphasized. As part of the ITB China fair, an awards ceremony was held “CTW Chinese Welcome Award“, Which has been awarded by the organization since 2004 COTRI – China Outbound Tourism Research Institute. last_img read more