JTF-Bravo Helps Save 9 Passengers off Honduran Coast

first_img A UH-60 helicopter crew from Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1-228 Aviation Battalion rescued two Americans, one Canadian and six Hondurans on July 3 from a vessel reported missing off the coast of Honduras, near the island of Roatán. “The passengers have been adrift for several days,” said Boccardi. “According, to one of my pilots it was one of the hardest rescues he’s been a part of during his 20 year career. The waters were choppy and the boat was swaying, but the highly trained aircrew members were prepared for the very technical rescue. Although the individuals were dehydrated they were ecstatic to see their rescuers.” JTF-Bravo supported U.S. Southern Command’s coordinated search and rescue efforts that began on July 2. United States Coast Guard aircraft and Honduran surface vessels participated in the search. By Dialogo July 10, 2013 Last seen boarding a boat in Roatán, on June 30, the individuals were hoisted into a U.S. Army Utility Helicopter-60 (UH-60) and flown to Roatán for medical attention. “In close coordination with U.S. Coast Guard and Honduran authorities, we were able to combine our abilities, which attributed to the successful rescue,” said Thomas D. Boccardi, JTF-Bravo commander. Joint Task Force-Bravo, as guests of our Honduran host-nation partners at Soto Cano Air Base, conducts and supports joint operations, actions and activities throughout Central America.last_img read more

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More workers’ comp bills filed

first_imgMore workers’ comp bills filed A massive rewrite of Florida’s workers’ compensation system in a legislative special session last summer has paved the way for more bills in the 2004 Regular Session that began March 2.Some of that effort is expected follow-up to last year’s legislation, including a bill on how rates are set. But lawmakers are also looking at a financial crisis in the Joint Underwriting Association, the state-sponsored pool for businesses that can’t get private insurance, and at other repercussions of the bill.The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee in December released an interim report on last year’s bill. The report recommended changes in last year’s legislation, and also compared changes in some benefits and in plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees with other states, but make no proposals in those areas.Last year’s bill, among other changes, cut both worker benefits and payments to their attorneys for certain types of work. Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Chair Dennis Smejkal recently told the Board of Governors plaintiffs’ attorneys will be able to take only the cases of the most severely injured workers under the law.Rafael Gonzalez, a past section chair who monitors legislative activity for the section, said while bills will be filed, it’s not likely they will be as far-reaching as last year’s legislation.“I don’t think they’re going to touch attorneys’ fees and I don’t think they’re going to touch worker benefits [this year],” Gonzalez said. “They would like to give the changes that were passed last year a year to two [in operation], because they think they will eventually see something positive.”But Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, said major changes could happen, especially if evidence continues that last year’s bill is having little effect on rates.“I believe everybody is saying it is broken,” he said. “We’re going to consider anything and everything that will fix it.”Rep. Kim Berfield, R-Clearwater, chair of the House Insurance Committee, said that both the House and Senate are working on new bills.Major efforts will focus on the Joint Underwriting Association, or JUA, and the process for setting workers’ comp rates, she said. Because of last year’s legislation, the JUA is forecasted to lose $34 to $36 million this year, while last year lawmakers had many questions about how rates are set and the lack of accountability for some numbers the state uses in determining rates.Berfield said a joint legislative committee has looked at rate-setting and a bill is being worked on, probably to be introduced by Sen. Jeff Atwater, R-Palm Beach Gardens.The JUA will be a higher profile issue, Barfield said, since “they are looking at a potential deficit of $36 million by the end of the year.”The JUA is made up of “subplans” for different types of businesses, and the problem is for Subplan D, which helps smaller businesses.The House and Senate each have reserved funds to help with the expected deficit, but neither has nearly enough, Berfield said. At the moment, she said bills are being looked at that would encourage private carriers to pick up some of those companies.Some senators, Berfield said, are interested in pursuing legislation based on the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee interim study.The report can be found at www.flsenate.gov/data/Publications/2004/Senate/reports/interim_reports/pdf/2004-110bi.pdf. More workers’ comp bills filedcenter_img March 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Uniondale Crash Kills Pedestrian

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 69-year-old man who was hit by a car in Uniondale on Friday morning later died of his injuries, Nassau County police said.The victim, who’s identity wasn’t immediately released, was crossing Jerusalem Avenue when he was hit by a northbound Chevrolet that was making a right turn at the corner of Nostrand Avenue at 11:10 a.m., police said.First Squad detectives tested the car and are continuing the investigation but found no apparent criminality by the the 19-year-old man driving the car.last_img

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Most overlooked skills of financial managers

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Scan any job description for a financial manager and you’re likely to find phrases such as financial analysis, resource management, systems evaluation and, my personal favorite, the ability to manage multiple priorities. Of course, these are indispensable skills. Finance managers need to be good with numbers and they need to be up-to-date on all of the regulations concerning those numbers. But there are other valuable skills that every good finance manager possesses that often go unnoticed.CuriosityRemember when you were a child and you would explore the world around you, aimlessly? That’s because you didn’t have any responsibilities or deadlines – and you didn’t take yourself too seriously. In our professional lives, as adults, there seems to be very little time to be aimless. We convince ourselves that everything we do has to have a specific purpose or it’s not worth doing.Sitting alone at our desks, it’s easy to convince ourselves that we’re living on an island, that our current challenges are unique to us. The reality is that many others are facing the same or similar problems, or worse, and they have tried or found solutions that we can learn from. continue reading »last_img read more

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Will we finally turn sports tourism from potential to a resource?

first_imgThat in sports tourism there is an opportunity and a cure for the seasonality of our tourism, ie a way to fill it  before and after the season we have known for years, which otherwise annually records a growth rate of as much as 14% in the world, and the best proof of this thesis is the announced sporting event in Umag.Thus, in Umag from 29.6. to 8.7. this year psaid 3000 participants, primarily athletes, delegates, judges and their companions from more than 100 countries to spend 18 to 20 nights at Blue Lagoon facilities during a series of World Karate Federation (WKF) events organized by Uniline as the official travel agency and WKF partner and the Croatian Karate Federation in this project.”We are proud to be a partner of WKF and the Croatian Karate Federation in Umag for the fifth year in a row. In terms of the number of participants and overnight stays, this is, after the EURO 2018 handball championship, the second largest sporting event in Croatia this year. ”, said Goran Sprem, executive director of Uniline for sports and corporate tourism.By organizing the European Handball Championship EURO 2018 in Zagreb and this year’s karate event in Umag and many others, Uniline, a leading Croatian tour operator, which is the official agency of a number of Croatian sports federations and clubs, has confirmed its position as a market leader in sports tourism.For decades we have been talking about the potential of sports tourism, how we have a favorable climate, we have accommodation facilities, an excellent tourist product, but we are falling on investment and infrastructure development, synergy and a complete tourist product. Sprem confirms this thesis and points out that he agrees that we have all the prerequisites, but that the biggest problem is the sports infrastructure. “What we lack is the development and investment in sports infrastructure, and the organization of more complex ones  sporting events where various Sports Federations should learn a little more at risk i.e. be more proactive. On the other hand, where there is interest, there is also initiative. Thus, cities are increasingly seeing sport as a direction that brings a huge increase in the number of overnight stays outside the tourist season. The example of Umag and this event, which generated about 20.000 overnight stays, is the best example. Also, this is an excellent indicator of synergy and cooperation between the city of Umag, the karate federation, the Blue Lagoon and Uniline.”Emphasizes Šprem and adds that sports tourism as one of the optimal forms of year-round business can significantly contribute to further diversification and sustainability of Croatian tourism.At Uniline, they have set themselves the goal of becoming “one stop sport travel company” active on a 24/7 basis, ie available to clients every day and at any time. ” We see the future of this business in the systematic and continuous expansion of services and the creation of new business models in which we seek rational and cost-effective solutions for athletes, federations and clubs and their fans and guests through our specific know-how we have developed – from organizing sports development camps for all ages to the sports preparatory part and, if necessary, preparatory and competitive segments with accompanying services”Šprem points out and concludes that Uniline decided to specialize in sports tourism 6-7 years ago, which is absolutely proving to be a good direction of development.Three important lessons We can draw three important conclusions from this story. The first mentioned in the introduction is the huge potential of sports tourism, which with its three components – tourism of sporting events, tourism of sports memories and active sports tourism and an annual volume of 660 to 700 billion dollars, which participates with 14% in the world tourism cake, experts predict dynamic growth in the next ten years.The second lesson is the direction of travel agency development. Certainly, the basic sale of accommodation is no longer in trend or enough when we talk about the work of travel agencies. The focus is on selling experiences and tourist content, as well as specialization and development of niche skills for special projects, such as Uniline started specialization as a “one stop travel company”.And the last lesson, albeit the most important, is that the whole story doesn’t revolve around major sports, such as football and big clubs. In fact, there is much greater potential in “small” sports. Of course, not everyone can attract the most famous football clubs in the world, and if we succeed, it’s just icing on the cake and added value, but the base must be all other sports. Who would have thought that karate would generate through one event to generate 20.000 overnight stays. But the management has the greatest potential here – in the development of various camps and preparations for all sports and events, to dream of some big clubs, but first let’s arrange and position a sustainable base. Here is just another plastic example… There are currently over 50 million runners in Europe and the number of runners is growing day by day. We are talking about amateurs, not professionals, who run marathons, and most often they are business people who generate over 9 billion Euros of revenue each year to hotels, carriers and race organizers.Also, we are prone to large numbers, but 100 or 500 nights is a great number in August. Of course we have to have more smaller events, actually make the best mix of small, medium and a couple big in the destination, to round out the whole story. Yes, it is necessary to invest money and time, but this is the first prerequisite if we talk about strategic positioning in the development of sports tourism.Will we finally turn sports tourism from potential to a resource?Sports tourism is much more than all of the above, and I only touched on the tip of the iceberg and a couple of key segments. It’s all up to us, the competition is not sleeping, in fact, while we are talking about potentials, others have turned sports tourism into excellent resources and reaping a large part of the cake, while we have “started” just taking crumbs. Let’s wake up, we are already ten years late from the competition, and if we want we must move boldly, decisively and proactively forward towards the market and strategic development of sports tourism.last_img read more

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GAIL selling two, seeking one LNG cargo

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of GAILState-run gas company GAIL India has reportedly offered a couple of U.S. liquefied natural gas cargoes for sale. Citing sources, Reuters reports the pair of cargoes will be loaded at Dominion’s Cove Point LNG facility on November 10-12 and December 16-18.Both cargoes are set for delivery to India.In addition, GAIL is looking to buy a single cargo for delivery to either Dahej or Dabhol LNG terminals. The delivery window is November 20 to 23.October 16 is reportedly set as the deadline day for bid submissions with the validity of the bids expiring on the same day.last_img

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Cardinals Battle Raiders In Hoops Action

first_imgThe St Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Boys Basketball team defeated the South Ripley Raiders tonight by a score of 36-23.Scoring for the Cardinals were Peyton Ditmer, Nate Vankirk, Alec Bunselmeier, Aiden Geers and Charlie Schebler. Conner Ertel, Ben Harmeyer, Noah Tuveson, Frank Forbeck and the rest of the Cardinals played good defense.With the win, the Cardinals record improves to 11-2. The Cardinals will be in action again this weekend as they play in the St. Bartholomew’s Battle of the Saints tournament in Columbus.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.The St Louis 8th Grade Boys Basketball team were defeated by South Ripley Thursday night by a final score of 34 to 20.Abe Streator led the offense for St Louis finishing with 14 points.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img read more

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Boone checkers fly for Dickerson

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (June 11) – Russ Dickerson took charge by lap five of Saturday’s 20-lap main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and drove to his first win this season at Boone Speed­way.Dickerson started eighth and was content to let the others duke it out behind him.  He took the checkers by a comfortable margin.Denny Pittman held back point leader Mike Van Genderen until the final lap, when Van Genderen surged past to finish second, Pittman taking third.  A close fourth went to defending track cham­pion Jimmy Gustin, and Matthew Meinecke was fifth.  The race went caution-free after an initial no start.Rookie Cody Gustoff took advantage of his pole starting position, jumping to the immediate IMCA Sunoco Stock Car lead.  Craig Carlson, who had started right behind Gustoff, began pestering him and took over as leader at lap six.Carlson kept command of his lead, but in the closing moments had Donavon Smith, Jay Schmidt, and Tyler Pickett in a cluster behind him.  Smith dogged Carlson until the final lap, when he was able to get under him on the backstretch, beating him to the checkers for the win.Carlson held on to second while Schmidt, who started in row 11 after heat race woes, finished in third. Pickett finished fourth and Brad Te Grotenhuis took fifth. This was Smith’s third win of the year.Curtis Veber was the early leader in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod 18-lapper. Jake McBirnie came from the ninth starting spot to take command at lap six.McBirnie was looking strong, but was soon being challenged by tenth place starter, Johnathon Logue.  Logue continued to pressure McBirnie, looking to his outside for a way around, when sud­denly at lap 15 McBirnie slowed and pulled into the infield.This handed the lead over to Logue, who motored the rest of the way home for the win. Randy Roberts came from 12th starting to finish as the runner-up, third went to Andy Tiernan, fourth was Thor Anderson and Adam Shelman took a very close fifth. The race went flag to flag. This was Logue’s second win of the season.Shawn Wirtz led the opening laps of the 12-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock A main.  He was quickly challenged by Ross Marshall. Marshall was able to slip under Wirtz to take the lead on lap five.  From there on, Marshall pulled away for a convincing win, his first ever at Boone.  Wirtz fin­ished in second ahead of Jordan Peters, 12th starter Eric Stanton and Todd Bass.last_img read more

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Rory McIlroy shines as Jordan Spieth struggles to keep pace in Abu Dhabi

first_img Press Association McIlroy had insisted he was not concerned about laying down a marker to Spieth after being drawn with the Masters and US Open champion, but the four-time major winner certainly made an impression with an opening 66. “It was a masterclass, the Rory that I have seen win major championships,” Spieth said after a birdie on the last ensured he finished just two shots behind McIlroy and four behind fellow American Bryson DeChambeau, a 22-year-old amateur who topped the leaderboard. “I t was a pretty unbelievable round on a very challenging golf course. If he keeps striking it like that, I’m going to have to make up for it somewhere else. M inus one or two short putts, which is mainly just rust, it felt like he was on his A game.” McIlroy did not touch a club for eight weeks after winning the DP World Tour Championship in November, but the only evidence of rust came with two three-putt bogeys, each of which he immediately followed with a brace of birdies. “It was a great way to start the year,” said McIlroy, who has finished second in Abu Dhabi four times in the last five years. “I felt in practice last week I was swinging well and I came back mentally fresh and excited to play again. I could not be happier. “I drove the ball well and that’s one of the secrets around this course because if you hit it into the rough, it’s difficult just to reach the green. I missed a few putts but holed a few I probably shouldn’t have so it all evens out.” Spieth, who started his year by shooting 30 under par to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii by eight shots, admitted his driving was “short and crooked” for most of the day, but was more concerned with receiving a “monitoring penalty” on the penultimate hole. ” It was a bit odd,” said the world number one, who will be fined £2,000 if he transgresses again. “I got a bad time on my putt on the eighth when they took us off the clock on that green and the guys behind us hadn’t even reached the fairway on a par five. “I understand that if you are being timed and you are taking longer than the allotted time, you get a bad time. I understand the rule but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when our group had caught up.” McIlroy sympathised with Spieth and felt officials should use “common sense” as they were not out of position, but that cut little ice with European Tour chief referee John Paramor. ” Pace of play on the European Tour is measured by whether a group keeps to the starting interval between groups, rather than if they are on the same hole, as it is in America,” Paramor said. “Jordan was assessed a monitoring penalty after his putt on the eighth hole, which I advised him of as he walked to the ninth tee.” Under a revised pace of play policy approved only on Tuesday by the Tour’s tournament committee, any player exceeding the time allowed for a shot – 50 seconds if playing first, 40 seconds thereafter – while being monitored, will be given a monitoring penalty. The group of Spieth, McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were being monitored from the fourth hole, with Fowler’s time-consuming drop in a waste area on the second hole believed to be largely responsible. Early leader DeChambeau became the fifth player after Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore to win the NCAA and US Amateur titles in the same season last year, but has also made headlines for his unique approach to the game. The physics graduate describes himself as a “golf scientist” and has modified his irons so that they are all the length of a six iron, while he uses water and Epsom salts to establish which of his golf balls are slightly flawed (he says about four per dozen) so they can be discarded. “It was quite incredible,” DeChambeau said of his round, which contained seven birdies, an eagle and one bogey. “I had no expectations and was just able to freewheel a little bit and that allows me to do my best.” At eight under par DeChambeau led by one from Henrik Stenson, who also started with low expectations after having keyhole surgery on his right knee just six weeks ago. ”It was a bit of grind, more for my foot and hip than the knee, but I just have to take it easy and pace myself,” the world number five said. ” ‘I have missed the cut here the last two years so it was nice to get a good round in early.” Jordan Spieth fell foul of a crackdown on slow play as a “masterclass” from Rory McIlroy ensured the world number three won their first duel of the year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.last_img read more

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Biden Leads the Democrat Field Before Debates in Detroit

first_imgFormer Vice President Joe Biden is surging among Democrats running for president.A new national Quinnipiac Poll shows Biden leading among Democrats and those leaning Democrat with 34%.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is second at 15%, followed by California Senator Kamala Harris at 12% and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 11%.Round two as 20-Democrat presidential candidates are set to debate in Detroit.Tonight’s lineup: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke,Amy Klobuchar, John Hickenlooper, Steve Bullock, Tim Ryan, John Delaney and self-help author Marianne Williamson. Jen and Bill will talk with Eric Trump tomorrow morning at 8:45 about tonight’s debate and what to expect from the leading dem Joe Biden tomorrow night.last_img

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