By U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet September 18, 2020 Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. Fourth Fleet, hosted delegates from the Chilean Navy for the annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST) July 22.MSTs support the U.S. global strategy by building and strengthening working relationships between the U.S. and partner nations and improving interoperability through face-to-face meetings. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the talks occurred virtually. Representatives from the Chilean Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the event.Rear Adm. Gabrielson, along with Major General Michael Fahey, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, led the U.S. delegation and Rear Admiral Pedro Abrego, commander of the Chilean Marine Corps, and Rear Admiral Jorge Parga, deputy chief of the Chilean Navy General Staff, led the Chilean delegation.“Our relationship from the United States’ perspective is very strong, it’s very deep, and getting better,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “It is our job to make sure that the path forward is clear and meaningful.”MST topics included a review of upcoming scheduled war fighting operations and exercises over the next two years, and plans for education and training opportunities for Chilean personnel in the U.S., and U.S. personnel in Chile. Representatives also discussed COVID-19 lessons learned for both the United States and Chilean militaries.“It is no mystery that we are living through unprecedented times sailing uncharted waters. The COVID-19 pandemic is still floating and the full extent of its impact is [not] yet known,” said Rear Adm. Parga. “This is a truly global crisis.”The MST will serve as a comprehensive engagement venue for all bilateral maritime security cooperation activities. Over the past year, U.S. and Chilean navies have participated in many exercises including UNITAS and Fuerzas Comando. In addition, the U.S. is donating two field hospitals to Chile to support capacity for patients hospitalized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these cooperative efforts enabled effective interoperability and aided each navy’s ability to work alongside one another.“Despite these unique circumstances I am very happy to see that we are finally able to hold this important bilateral meeting,” said Rear Adm. Parga. “The MST provides us with a unique opportunity to expand our existing partnership and achieve an even greater level of cooperation.”
Over the past seven years, we have conducted global research on the state of financial marketing. Every year, we find new challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field, and 2019 was no exception. What we found in the 2019 Financial Marketing Trends report, sponsored by Salesforce, was that digitalization of marketing is more prevalent than ever. In other words, banks and credit unions can’t rely on traditional marketing tactics that have dominated past efforts.Digital marketing strategies are changing faster than ever, with new technology, apps, social media platforms, and search engine updates impacting the ways you can capture a larger portion of your target market. And while financial marketers are allocating more of their budgets to digital tools and innovation, most of those surveyed by the Digital Banking Report rated themselves as relatively low in digital marketing maturity … despite having high ambitions for their ability to reach the digital consumer.For instance, while marketers we surveyed felt comfortable in meeting regulatory and basic marketing needs, just over half (56%) believe they have the data analytics capability to understand the consumer. More concerning, only 40% have the tools to provide “compelling, personalized, real-time experiences.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As a thought experiment, imagine if one evening Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had one too many cocktails and errantly gave an order to purchase your bank. Imagine further that, a bit embarrassed from this mishap, Bezos sent an Amazon strategy officer to figure out what exactly the company had bought and how to make “lemonade” out of a legacy investment.The following fictional memo describes what the team at Cornerstone Advisors imagines would transpire. The framework to assess the acquired bank is based upon Bezos’ famous 2016 shareholder letter that outlines Amazon’s core business philosophy. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A homeless man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and critically wounding another last week following a dispute in the wooded encampment in Freeport where they live, New York State police said.Ruben Ballo-Javier was charged Saturday with second-degree attempted murder.Police said the 31-year-old suspect stabbed Narcisco Cruz Vasquez, 44, five times in the chest in a homeless encampment in woodlands just north of Sunrise Highway and just west of Meadowbrook State Parkway shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he is being treated for stab wounds to the center of his chest and punctures to both lungs.Ballo-Javier was ordered held without bail and is due back in Nassau County court Tuesday.Three other homeless men have died in the same stretch of woods over the past six years, including one who was murdered by another homeless man.Troopers ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-756-3300. All calls will be kept confidential.
Topics : China will join a global pact to regulate arms sales that has been rejected by the United States, with Beijing saying Monday it is committed to efforts to “enhance peace and stability” in the world.The Communist Party leadership’s top legislative body voted Saturday to adopt a decision on joining the UN Arms Trade Treaty that is designed to control the flow of weapons into conflict zones. It comes after US President Donald Trump announced plans last year to pull the United States out of the agreement — which entered into force in 2014. It is among a number of international agreements reached under the Obama administration that Trump has moved to pull out of.The treaty requires member countries to keep records of international transfers of weapons and to prohibit cross-border shipments that could be used in human rights violations or attacks on civilians.A study in January by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said China is now the second largest arms producer in the world, behind the US. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that joining the treaty was “another important measure for China to support multilateralism”.He added that the country would make a “continuous effort to maintain and enhance peace and stability in the world and region”, and that China has “always strictly controlled the export of military products”.China only exports such products to sovereign countries and not to non-state actors, Zhao said at a regular briefing.The US Senate never ratified the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty after former president Barack Obama endorsed it, and Trump has said he would revoke his predecessor’s signature.
HOLMDELThe New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Museum & Education Center, will present a talk from 1 to 2:30 pm. Saturday, July 27 about “Modern Vietnam: A Fulbright Scholar’s Perspective” by Melissa Genovese. She will speak about her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, detailing how Vietnam has come a long way since the fall of Saigon in 1975.Genovese lived and worked from August 2011 to July 2012 in Nam Dihn, Vietnam, teaching English at Nam Dinh University of Technology Education. During this time, she was able to experience and learn about present-day Vietnam and its fast-paced movement towards modernization. Her presentation offers perspectives on modern Vietnam.Genovese grew up in Howell and received her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Rowan University in 2010. She was a recipient of a Fulbright award to Vietnam in 2011. Since returning home, she has made a mission of sharing her experiences in hopes of creating a better understanding of and future for the two countries.Museum admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students and children 10 years old or younger are free. Veterans and active military personnel also get free admission. Additional Information is available at www.njvvmf.org. FREEHOLDThe Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will present “18th Century Jews of Monmouth County,” a slide show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, featuring the story of the Solomon, Hart, and Judah families who were Monmouth County merchants and farmers of the late 1700s and early 1800s.The program is presented in complement with the museum’s current exhibit “The Land was Theirs: The Story of the Jewish Farmers of Monmouth County.” The program is free; donations will be greatly appreciated.The Jewish Heritage Museum is located at 310 Mounts Corner Drive. It is a 501(c) (3) organization and is handicapped accessible. Additional information is available by calling the museum at 732-252-6990 or visiting www.jhmomc.org. COLTS NECKThe Martha Mary Guild of St. Mary’s Church, 1 Phalanx Rd., is holding a clothing and linen sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The sale features men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and linens at bargain prices.The sale will be held in Madonna Hall, located behind the church, and in the parish hall. Donoghue Scholarships Awarded to Four Area Students HIGHLANDS – Atlantic Highlands resident Chloe Tracy, a senior at Henry Hudson Regional School, has been awarded a music scholarship by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation.The scholarship is the fourth given to an area student this year. Scholarships also have been awarded this year to Bridget Foley of Atlantic Highlands, a Red Bank Catholic High School senior, and to Middletown High School North seniors Emily Hochheiser of Belford and Jamie Waggner of Middletown’s Fairview section.This year’s scholarships bring to a total of 27 given out by the foundation in honor of the late Eric Donoghue in the 10 years since his death. The grants were awarded by former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue and Louise Donoghue, Eric’s parents.The scholarship program was instituted in 2003, the year Eric Donoghue died at age 32. Scholarships are awarded to area seniors who plan on pursuing music in college and thereafter and is financed entirely through the generosity of hundreds of friends and area residents.Tracy is a flutest who also plays guitar and piano and is a singer, an actress and a composer. She has performed with the Henry Hudson a cappella choir, Hudson Harmony and had leading roles in three musical productions. She has played in the marching, concert and stand bands and was awarded the Theatre and Music Academic awards last year. She is also very active in various clubs and in sports, captaining the varsity field hockey team. She will attend Rowan University, aiming to major in musical theater and minor in music. Her goal is to perform on Broadway or to become a music teacher.Waggner is a singer who has performed in the Middletown North a cappella choir, the All-State and All-Shore choruses and three high school musicals. She will attend Rowan University where she will pursue a degree in music education for voice with the intention of teaching.Hochheiser is a pianist and bass guitarist, a member of the Rock’n Music Academy House Band and has played at the Stone Pony and Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. She will attend Ramapo College, majoring in psychology and minoring in music with plans to become a music therapist.Foley is a singer, a member of the Red Band Catholic Chamber Choir, student manager of her school’s music department and a cantor and contemporary choir member at Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in New Monmouth. She is a former student at St. Agnes School in Atlantic Highlands, where she sang in the children’s choir under Eric Donoghue’s direction.Eric Donoghue was an accomplished musician, composer and piano teacher. He was the organist at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Atlantic Highlands at the time of his death and had previously played at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands. He was raised in Atlantic Highlands, was a 1989 graduate of Henry Hudson Regional and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. TINTON FALLSHoliday Express, the nonprofit organization of volunteer musicians and vocalists who bring music, food, gifts and friendship to hundreds, is looking for the donation of items that can be put into the thousands of gift bags it distributes each year. Members of the organization will be visiting more than 16,000 people in need this holiday season. That means volunteers will give out more than 16,000 gift bags in November and December.Every person the group visits receives a gift bag filled with personal care items, blanket, hat, gloves, scarf, playing cards, and other items. In most cases, this will be the only gift they will receive for the holidays.Individuals or groups – including Scouts, neighborhoods, churches or companies – can donate products to include in these gift bags. Items needed include body wash, non-aerosol deodorant, shampoo, lotion for babies and adults, lip balm, single toothbrushes, coloring books, crayons, Beanie Babies, stuffed animals, and playing cards. All items should be new and not hotel/small sizes. Donors may want to concentrate on collecting one item.Items can be dropped off through the end of July at the Holiday Express warehouse, 968 Shrewsbury Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Additional information about donations, collections and volunteering is available by calling 732-544-8010. MIDDLETOWNA family square dance will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and Aug. 23, at the Croydon Hall Senior Center, 900 Leonardville Rd. Couples and singles are welcome. The donation is $4. Children younger than 18 are free and must be accompanied by a parent. Refreshments will be provided. No dancing experience is needed. The caller will teach newcomers all they need to know.The family square dance is sponsored by the Middletown Ramblers Square Dance Club, which invites people to come and see why square dancing is a great way to stay in shape, have fun and meet lots of friendly people.For more information and directions, call Betty at 732-291-1188 or check the website at www.middletownramblers.org. RED BANKAslan Youth Ministries will honor longtime supporters Bill and Beverly Van Winkle of Little Silver as part of its 14th annual Island Nights benefit 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road, Rumson. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at www.aslanyouth.org.This year’s event celebrates California’s famed Catalina Island and will feature boat rides, California cuisine, wine pulls, music and dancing, as well as a putting contest and exciting auction items.“We are looking forward to another exciting event where friends can enjoy themselves while making a real impact on the lives of local at-risk children,” said Craig Bogard, CEO of Aslan Youth Ministries.Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting John Fix, COO of Aslan Youth Ministries at 732-741-7824 or emailing to [email protected] year, Island Nights raises funds to support the mission of Aslan Youth Ministries, a local nonprofit which provides relationship-driven programs that impact and empower at-risk youth in Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Haiti. Aslan’s programs include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, Bible classes and recreational activities. For 38 years, Aslan has been helping children reach deeply within to overcome their limitations and, with God’s help, find the strength to endure and succeed. SHREWSBURYLittle Silver artist Roberta Carter Clark will demonstrate her technique of watercolor portrait painting with a live model at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library.As a busy portrait painter, Clark has been with Portraits, Inc. in New York City since 1974 and her commissioned portraits are in the private collections of hundreds of families throughout the United States and England. More portraits are in public and corporate collections, including universities, hospitals and banks.Clark has taught portrait and figure painting workshops from California to Texas and Hilton Head to Florida with many points between. Her paintings have received awards at national exhibitions, including The American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Midwest Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.Clark is the author of How to Paint Living Portraits and Painting Vibrant Children’s Portraits, and is a member of the Guild of Creative Art, the Ocean County Artist’s Guild, the American Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society.The event is free and open to all. The Eastern Branch Library is located at 1001 Route 35. Additional information on the program is available by calling the library at 1-866-941-8188. For more information on programming at the Monmouth County Library, visit the webpage at www.monmouthcountylib.org. OCEAN GROVEA cherished and anticipated tradition of every summer, the 144th Annual Camp Meeting Week begins on Friday, July 26 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4. Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), this 10-day pilgrimage offers sun-up to sun-down opportunities for Christian worship and prayer, religious education and exploration, and recreation and renewal along the beautiful New Jersey Shore.The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting is located at Pilgrim and Ocean pathways. All activities are open to the public and are handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 732-775-0035 or visit www.oceangrove.orgSunrise prayers start at 6 a.m. daily at Thornley Chapel, and continue throughout the day on the Boardwalk, at Bishop James Tabernacle, the Youth Temple and the Great Auditorium.
It didn’t take the Beaver Valley Nitehawks long to get into the so-called “zone” at the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.Riley Brandt scored 12 seconds into the game sparking the Nitehawks to a 4-1 victory over Aldergrove Kodiaks in the opening game of the four-team B.C. Junior B Hockey Championship Tournament Thursday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Brandt shocked the Pacific Junior Hockey League reps, firing a screened shot past surprised Kodiak starting goalie Jordan Liem on the first rush of the game.“That (goal) was huge,” said Hawks sniping center Dallas Calvin when asked about the quick start against Aldergrove.“To get off to a good start like that just got us going from there.”The win gives the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion the start it wanted in a tournament that punishes teams that fall into slumps. “Every game counts . . . you don’t have that seven-game series where you can have a bad game and bounce back,” Calvin explained. “So you’ve got to win every game to have a chance to be there in the final.”Brandt, finishing the game with three points, scored on the power play in the first period to give the Hawks a quick 2-0 lead six minutes into the game.The teams traded goals in the second period.Adam Callegari scored for Aldergrove to cut the margin in half.But Calvin scored his 20th goal of the post season 90 seconds later to restore the two-goal advantage.Dan Holland completed the scoring in the final stages of the third period.Brett Clark was solid between the pipes, stopping 30 shots to register the win for the Hawks.Beaver Valley now faces host KIJHL rival Nelson Leafs Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena as the tournament enters Day two.“We expect Nelson to come out hard,” Calvin said. “They haven’t played in a while but we expect them to come out with nothing but their best.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday at Santa Anita of $90,668, and it’s expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $500,000.Santa Anita will present a nine-race card on Sunday, with race four serving as the first leg in the popular two dollar wager. Approximate post time for Sunday’s fourth race is 2:05 p.m. PDT. The Pick Six will include the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes, which is for 3-year-olds at six furlongs, and will be run as race eight.Although not a part of the Pick Six sequence, Sunday’s program will also include the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes for older fillies and mares at six furlongs. The Las Flores has been carded as race three.First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m., and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For complete morning line information and late changes, please visit santaanita.com.
Also, South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in persons, especially women and children. South African internet service providers may, from as soon as April, be obliged to report internet addresses on their servers that are suspected of containing information that facilitates human trafficking. Presented by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe in Parliament in Cape Town this week, the draft law will give South African courts further jurisdiction in respect of acts committed outside South Africa if those acts would have been an offence under the Bill had they been committed in South Africa. Radebe conceded that the current law regarding human trafficking in South Africa was fragmented and cited the Sexual Offences Amendment Act which criminalises an act of trafficking in persons for sexual purposes only, while the Children’s Act addresses more comprehensively the trafficking of children. Worldwide phenomenon Radebe said it was possible that people may use the tournament to engage in human trafficking and other crimes. “It is clear that the two Acts have limited operational scope,” he said, adding that the lack of proper legislation on human trafficking made it difficult for South Africa to keep statistical data on the extent of the problem. The new Bill emanates from an investigation carried out by the South African Law Reform Commission into the causes of human trafficking. The commission identified some of the main causes as attributable to poverty, war and political instability. “We are therefore required to pass domestic legislation in order to fulfil our international obligations. It therefore follows that we could not have been motivated by the 2010 Fifa World Cup to pass legislation,” Radebe said. This is among the provisions contained in the new Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill, which is aimed at curbing human and child trafficking in the country. Source: BuaNews “This has got nothing to do with the World Cup … it’s been a work in progress since 2003. Of course 2010 will come with its challenges because of the World Cup and we have a duty to make sure the country is safe,” said Radebe. Trafficking in persons is said to be a worldwide phenomenon and is one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises globally. People are trafficked mainly for sexual exploitation and forced labour. He rubbished claims that the Bill had been rushed ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, which starts in June. Radebe said the Bill, once it becomes an Act of Parliament and is fully operational, will be one of the most comprehensive laws in the fight against human trafficking in the country. 16 March 2010 Carriers which transport victims across the borders of South Africa also commit an offence if the victims do not have the required travel documents with them. Furthermore, the Bill creates new offences linked to human trafficking such as the possession, destruction, confiscation, concealment of and tampering with travel documents of victims of trafficking, using the services of victims of trafficking and conduct facilitating trafficking in persons. There are a number of reforms that the Bill promises to bring into place including the provision for prosecution of persons involved in trafficking and also for appropriate sentences to be imposed while preventing and combating trafficking in persons, as well as for the protection and assistance of victims of trafficking. Current law ‘fragmented’