Message centre – understanding and articulating the occupational health ‘brand’

first_img No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Message centre – understanding and articulating the occupational health ‘brand’By Nick Pahl on 7 Dec 2018 in Military, Continuing professional development, OH service delivery, Research, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Occupational health practitioners are, rightly, always focused on delivering excellence. But with government reviewing the future shape of OH, Nick Pahl argues that OH needs to grasp the opportunity to communicate better the real value it can bring to the table.Amazon’s Jeff Bezos describes the concept of branding as: “what people say about you when you’re not in the room.”So what, then, is the occupational health “brand”? How do people think and talk about occupational health when we, as OH practitioners, are not on the room? And how can we communicate better how occupational health is essential for the future health of the workforce?About the authorNick Pahl is chief executive of the Society of Occupational MedicineAt one level, of course, occupational health is arguably already a globally recognised brand. It has adapted over the years – from providing healthcare in industrialised settings to now working via telehealth and offering multidisciplinary services in the military, the NHS and service industries. OH keeps people safe and free from occupational disease in the UK and globally.It is, quite rightly, perceived and recognised as a leader and champion of workforce health and wellbeing, of improving organisational culture and providing key evidence based interventions such as health surveillance and assessments.A punitive service?However, do people – employees predominantly – see it too often as a punitive service, as a means (in tandem with HR) via which to fire someone? Moreover, in reality, how recognised or understood is OH as a brand? How many times have you as an OH practitioner perhaps been confused with an occupational therapist or needed to explain what it is and what you do at, say, a social event?OH is often currently perceived as being something to be called on at the end of a health journey, when an employee is in trouble or an employer is stuck as to what to do. This is rather than what it can be, namely a proactive friend right across the whole health journey, as well as delivering benefits for the whole of society.I recently visited Dr Richard Heron, chief medical officer at BP, and was struck by the leadership role that occupational health provides across what is a huge organisation – summarised in a recent article.Yet, even for someone with this level of profile within his organisation, when I showed a draft of this article to Dr Heron, he said: “I am proud to be an occupational health professional and to make a difference to the lives of workers, but all too often we are apologetic in public settings… If we cannot champion the discipline we cannot expect others to see its value.”This also feeds into a wider discussion: what does OH’s role, perception and brand need to be in a fast-changing and increasingly fluid working world, yet one where health and wellbeing challenges abound? Is OH caught between the unexciting but important world of statutory duties and obligations – in essence our profession’s “works nurse” or doctor industrial heritage – and emerging issues such as big data and health technology, precarious gig economy working and self-employment, and the burgeoning workforce wellness/engagement agenda?Once-in-a-generation opportunityWith such profound changes afoot, there is a strong argument to be made that OH needs to improve its brand identity, to be much more proactive about what it means, what it can do and the value it can offer, both now and in the future working landscape. I believe the government’s ongoing review of occupational health gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to articulate a new vision of occupational health – but only if we grab it with both hands.The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) is feeding into this review, including holding regular discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions/Department of Health and Social Care’s Work and Health Unit, which is leading the review process. We are also working more widely, including engaging with occupational health business and stakeholders, such as the World Health Organization.But don’t just take my word for it that things need to change. For this article I spoke to Professor Anne Harriss, this publication’s CPD editor and OH nursing and workplace health management programmes course director at London Southbank University. She told me: “Promoting the value of occupational health to both organisations and individuals must be central to the practice of occupational health professionals. National initiatives, including the move to include work as a health outcome within pre-registration medical and nursing curricula coupled with the Work, health and disability green paper: improving lives results in us being very well placed to further raise awareness of workplace health.“We must grasp the nettle, ensuring we are no longer the ‘Cinderella’ service. Cinderella must be seen at the ball and be seen in all her finery!”SOM recently hosted a special interest group discussion precisely on this topic of OH marketing and how better to communicate OH to the public and employers, how to widen the OH offer, for example by linking OH much more clearly with workplace wellness.We agreed that a “value proposition statement” for OH could help to improve how OH is perceived and valued by customers. The group noted two documents, one produced by SOM for the UK and another for an international audience, on the value proposition of OH. These documents reviewed the evidence for OH and its unique value, how it benefits nations and organisation’s productivity, workplaces, and of course employees.But what should such a statement include? A value proposition statement is a good way to demonstrate benefit and instil confidence that the brand will deliver on its promise. When crafting a value proposition statement for OH I’d argue practitioners need to consider the following three points:The target market (in other words to whom are you speaking?). What should are target market be: large organisations, public versus private, small and medium enterprises, precarious gig economy workers, all of the above?What needs to be your “brand promise”? This could be, for example, the quality of what you deliver (perhaps evidenced by, say, SEQOHS accreditation) or the results or business case or return on investment you can bring to the table.What, precisely, is your service offer or your unique selling point, and how it that different from the competition? This could be, for example, the link OH offers between health and wellbeing or perhaps health, wellbeing and take-up of employee benefits.When he reviewed this article, Dr Alasdair Emslie, chief medical officer at Duradiamond Healthcare and a former president of SOM, added that OH “branding” should be informed by six key considerations:What we do that nobody else doesThe societal, corporate and individual importance of what we doThe return on investment of what we doThe links to corporate social responsibility and productivityThe positive impact on reducing NHS and benefits costsThe fact we alongside primary care are the last generalist specialismTo give an example of what a value proposition statement can look like, at SOM we describe ourselves as “the largest and longest established nationally recognised professional organisation of individuals with an interest in health and work. Through its collective voice, SOM advances knowledge, raises standards and increases awareness to influence the future of occupational health. SOM membership is for anyone working in and around occupational health”.So, take a step back and think: what would your value proposition be for your OH service? If you’re struggling, perhaps take a look at what other OH providers say on their websites.Importance of marketingAlongside articulating our value proposition, it is important that OH recognises and embraces the value and importance of marketing. When you’re busy or (only rightly) focused on delivering a high-quality service, it is only too easy for marketing to fall by the wayside or be seen as something secondary, an add-on to the “core” of what you do. But if OH practitioners want to raise their profile and their brand, effective marketing has to be part of this mix. And this needs to include:Ensuring an effective tone of voice, for example creating content about OH that is insightful and relevant, engaging, and currentUsing both traditional (for example leaflets and/or contact with HR) and digital marketing (for example business-to-business social media platforms such as Linked-InSearch engine optimisation of websites, so they appear higher when searched for online; andPresenting at trade shows or eventsBeing published within trade or peer review publications, including (of course) publications such as Occupational Health & WellbeingAnyone who works in OH has a role in shaping and being proud of the OH “brand”. OH needs to ensure it is at the forefront of the employee health agenda, being proactive and not passive.All of us within occupational health need not only to take advantage of the current interest in and engagement with occupational health by the government, but also work to project what OH does and can offer to UK and global businesses.Clearly, we cannot do this alone. We need support from government to ensure, for example, there are enough properly trained occupational health professionals to meet demand for OH services as (we hope) it scales up. As we highlighted in the last edition of Occupational Health & Wellbeing, SOM is working hard to get the message out that OH is an attractive profession to join, including launching a new “career in OH” booklet and related YouTube video.Finally, occupational health shouldn’t and mustn’t feel threatened by the increasingly multi-disciplinary nature of workplace health and wellbeing. We can build on the new interest in workplace wellbeing from the government and society to create constructive partnerships with linked providers such as in employee assistance, income protection, vocational rehabilitation and HR.Ultimately, OH is the leading force in this “family” of services – and we need to be stepping forward, celebrating and articulating this. Let’s make these links and build a refreshed OH brand, fit for the future.SOM hosts with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine a “why occupational health” campaign website with a related Facebook page. If you wish to contribute a blog or help support the campaign contact [email protected] JB et al. “Role and Value of the Corporate Medical Director”. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 01 May 2018, 60(5):e215-e226. Available online at https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/29608537“Occupational health: the value proposition”. A report from the Society of Occupational Medicine May 2017. Available online at https://www.som.org.uk/sites/som.org.uk/files/Occupational%20health%20-%20the%20value%20proposition.pdfQ&A with Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine, 13 June 2018. EAP Association. Available online at https://www.eapa.org.uk/nick-pahl-som/ Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Juab’s boys, Carbon’s girls, win Titles At Juab 8 x 8 Invitational

first_imgApril 21, 2021 /Sports News – Local Juab’s boys, Carbon’s girls, win Titles At Juab 8 x 8 Invitational Brad James Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEPHI, Utah-Tuesday, Juab’s boys and Carbon’s girls track and field squads won team titles at the Juab 8 x 8 Invitational at Juab High School.The Wasps posted 163 points, while Morgan placed second with 123 points. They were followed by Carbon (89 points), Richfield (66.5 points), Tooele (57 points), Grantsville (37 points), Manti (35 points) and Hunter (34.5 points).The Dinos girls squad took the team title with 123 points. Morgan placed second with 100 points. They were followed by Manti (94.5 points), Juab (91.5 points), Richfield (73 points), Grantsville (58 points), Hunter (48 points) and Tooele (24 points)Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network student-athletes who placed in the top 8 in each of the respective events will appear in bold type.Girls Medley RelayMorgan Trojans 4:25.57 (Jayda Jones, Capri Jones, Bailey Beckstrom, Oakley Olson)Manti Templars 4:35.92 (Fiel Woods, Keltsy Fowles)Richfield Wildcats 4:52.35 (Sarah Bate, Roxie Yardley, Jamie Holt, Annalee Thompson)Grantsville Cowboys 5:10.16 (Vanessa Elexpuru, Chelsea Bodell, Patience Garcia, Reagan Wexels)Juab Wasps 5:14.33 (Belle Kelsey, Annistan Davidson, Gen Cannell, Cambree Olsen)Boys Medley RelayMorgan Trojans 3:47.45 (Will Lance, Jarron Savage, Robby Cameron, Joshua Nicolaides)Manti Templars 3:53.50 (Josaih Carter, Tyler Taggart)Grantsville Cowboys 4:05.16 (Victor Degn, Stetson Spencer, Ethan Rainer, Grayson McKeever)Carbon Dinos 4:12.09 (Kaden Gunter)Juab Wasps 4:36.74 (Kenton Murdock, Weston Perry, Dace Darrington, Kaleb Bunker)Girls 1600 Meter RunMarissa Hall-Juab 5:30.43Beverly Lancaster-Carbon 5:46.15Nora Foster-Richfield 5:51.52Sadie Nielson-Manti 5:51.59Sophia Taylor-Carbon 5:52.28Melanie Bybee-Morgan 5:53.06Clara Compton-Morgan 5:54.54Eden Hall-Juab 5:54.66Boys 1600 Meter RunRichard Crane-Richfield 4:31.57Cannon Anderson-Richfield 4:32.14Dason Day-Juab 4:34.44Kobe Cruz-Carbon 4:39.58Easton Humes-Carbon 4:49.61Joseph Peterson-Juab 4:51.89Toby Chapman-Hunter 4:54.24Tyler Johnson-Richfield 4:56.34Girls 100-Meter HurdlesMelissa Crane-Richfield 15.47Claira Reynolds-Manti 16.42Eminie Elliott-Carbon 17.11Natalie Morrell-Juab/Peyton Stevens-Manti 17.546. Quyncee Dorius-Morgan 17.617. Grace Jenkins-Tooele 17.748. Emma Stuart-Tooele 18.05Boys 110-Meter HurdlesRyker Childs-Carbon 15.34Justin Rogers-Tooele 15.37Jacob Eldridge-Juab 16.77Jarron Ball-Morgan 17.22Liam London-Morgan 17.59Jacob Passey-Grantsville 17.68Kyler Wright-Grantsville 18.07Matthew Harris-Grantsville 18.18Girls 100-Meter DashEmily Backus-Grantsville 13.33Eminie Elliott-Carbon 13.44Lyndee Mower-Carbon 13.55Claira Reynolds-Manti 13.63Capri Jones-Morgan 13.64Lucy Tripp-Morgan 13.65Tamyra Moulton-Manti 13.76Grace Pepper-Morgan 13.77Boys 100-Meter DashRyker Childs-Carbon 11.38Bodee Blackett-Juab 11.47Will Lance-Morgan 11.53Ethan Rainer-Grantsville 11.55Jared Dye-Juab 11.65Kyler Wright-Grantsville/Austin West-Juab 11.778. Stetson Spencer-Grantsville 11.89Girls 4 x 200Carbon Dinos 1:51.84 (Makenna Blanc, Eminie Elliott, Lyndee Mower, Haylee Prescott)Girls 4 x 100Manti Templars 53.30Juab Wasps 54.06. (Alivia England, Natalie Morrell, Karlie Cowan, Maison Heap)Tooele Buffaloes 54.42 (Grace Jenkins, Liberty Lyman, Abby Jenkins, Emma Stuart)Richfield Wildcats 58.58 (Sarah Bate, Rylee Ames, Bailey Sorensen, Roxie Yardley)Boys 4 x 100Juab Wasps 45.16 (Carter Lynn, Austin West, Jared Dye, Bodee Blackett)Tooele Buffaloes 45.31 (Garrett Overman, Justin Rogers, Macgyver Webb, Joseph Wilkins)Grantsville Cowboys 46.12 (Stetson Spencer, Logan White, Carlos Silva, Ethan Rainer)Manti Templars 46.36Hunter Wolverines 47.39 (Gabriel Amante, Micah Ashby, Jothan Orlandini, Darius Henderson)Girls 400-Meter DashOakley Olson-Morgan 1:03.58Katlyn Sampson-Morgan 1:04.40Kate Heywood-Morgan 1:05.47Maison White-Grantsville 1:05.85Kamryn Knutson-Richfield 1:06.68Mariealeece Winters-Hunter 1:06.96Caroline Owen-Morgan 1:07.49Mia Crompton-Carbon 1:07.86Boys 400-Meter DashJoseph Wilkins-Tooele 51.50Dason Day-Juab 52.43Carter Payne-Morgan 52.94Carter Lynn-Juab 52.98Carston Jensen-Richfield 53.01Easton Humes-Carbon 53.11Edwin Prieto-Hunter 53.20Brogan Garrett-Morgan 54.00Girls 300-Meter HurdlesMelissa Crane-Richfield 48.34Emma Stuart-Tooele 48.44Sharon Gunn-Morgan 50.43Dakota Peyton-Hunter 51.81Sara Wilkinson-Morgan 52.12Lindsey Jespersen-Carbon 52.61Quyncee Dorius-Morgan 52.66Grace Jenkins-Tooele 53.37Boys 300-Meter HurdlesRyker Childs-Carbon 41.26Jacob Eldridge-Juab 42.36Connor Browning-Morgan 43.74Chandler Sloan-Morgan 45.36Jarron Ball-Morgan 45.53Jerrick Shinkle-Tooele 45.66Joseph Simper-Tooele 46.14Kyler Wright-Grantsville 47.53Girls 800-Meter RunMarissa Hall-Juab 2:29.14Makenna Blanc-Carbon 2:34.48Nora Foster-Richfield 2:36.72Beverly Lancaster-Carbon 2:36.75Melanie Bybee-Morgan 2:37.91Margarita Morales-Hunter 2:38.16Keltsy Fowles-Manti 2:40.28Jamie Holt-Richfield 2:43.30Boys 800-Meter RunRichard Crane-Richfield 2:02.63Cannon Anderson-Richfield 2:02.79Easton Humes-Carbon 2:10.38Joseph Peterson-Juab 2:14.69Parker Hansen-Tooele 2:15.82Toby Chapman-Hunter 2:17.61Jace Sweat-Manti 2:18.12Ryan Peterson-Manti 2:18.87Girls 200-Meter DashEmily Backus-Grantsville 27.03Haylee Prescott-Carbon 27.24Dakota Peyton-Hunter 27.91Maison Heap-Juab 28.22Lyndee Mower-Carbon 28.43Alivia England-Juab 28.74Mia Crompton-Carbon 28.90Maison White-Grantsville 29.08Boys 200-Meter DashRobby Cameron-Morgan 22.89Jared Dye-Juab 23.42Bodee Blackett-Juab /Ethan Rainer-Grantsville 23.505. Will Lance-Morgan 23.746. Carston Jensen-Richfield 24.307. Will Smith-Richfield/Gabriel Amante-Hunter 24.37Girls 3200-Meter RunFiel Woods-Manti 12:44.51Sophia Taylor-Carbon 12:50.12Clara Compton-Morgan 12:50.93Ambree Jones-Carbon 12:52.37Erin Stromness-Carbon 12:56.92Eden Hall-Juab 13:19.79Allie Bridges-Manti 13:25.50Ellie Hanson-Carbon 13:34.19Boys 3200-Meter RunKobe Cruz-Carbon 10:30.23Joshua Nicolaides-Morgan 10:40.02Hunter Powell-Manti 11:03.34Rhys Stoddard-Tooele 11:11.52Tyler Johnson-Richfield 11:17.25Tyler Norris-Manti 11:18.61Connor Paxman-Grantsville 11:20.06Mitchell Goold-Richfield 11:21.24Girls 4 x 400Morgan Trojans 4:17.27 (Grace Gordon, Alexis Weiers, Katlyn Sampson, Oakley Olson)Juab Wasps 4:21.67 (Valerie Clark, Maison Heap, Alivia England, Marissa Hall)Carbon Dinos 4:25.82 (Makenna Blanc, Lyndee Mower, Beverly Lancaster, Haylee Prescott)Richfield Wildcats 4:29.73 (Kamryn Knutson, Jamie Holt, Melissa Crane, Nora Foster)Tooele Buffaloes 4:33.03 (Liberty Lyman, Holly Johansen, Lorayna Howard, Emma Stuart)Boys 4 x 400Juab Wasps 3:37.30 (Carter Lynn, Jacob Eldridge, Boston Baxter, Dason Day)Richfield Wildcats 3:38.08 (Hunter Alger, Cannon Anderson, Richard Crane, Carsto Jensen)Tooele Buffaloes 3:40.69 (Justin Rogers, Ty Proctor, Joseph Simper, Joseph Wilkins)Manti Templars 3:52.79 (Josaih Carter, Tyler Taggart, Trevor Taggart, Kevin Sterner)Carbon Dinos 3:56.30 (Easton Humes, Will Carmichael, Nathan Hobbs, Pierce Bryner)Girls Long JumpMelissa Crane-Richfield 17-08.00Emily Backus-Grantsville 16-09.00Eminie Elliott-Carbon 16-03.00SayDee Johnson-Carbon 16-00.00Grace Gordon-Morgan 16-00.00Taryn Nye-Morgan 15-08.50Alivia England-Juab 15-00.50Elizabeth Marshall-Carbon 14-09.50Boys Long JumpJustin Rogers-Tooele 21-01.00Ryker Childs-Carbon 20-08.50Darius Henderson-Hunter 20-02.50Jarron Savage-Morgan 19-09.00Boston Baxter-Juab 19-05.50Gabriel Amante-Hunter 18-10.00Will Lance-Morgan 18-02.50Garrett Overman-Tooele 18-01.50Boys High JumpDawson Olsen-Juab 6-04.00Luke Torman-Morgan 5-08.00Donovin Gibson-Morgan 5-06.00Colter Buck-Juab 5-06.00Jarron Savage-Morgan 5-06.00Andre Christensen-Richfield/Harrison Brown-Richfield 5-04.00Girls High JumpBrooklynn Hunter-Juab 5-00.00Sadie Wright-Juab 5-00.00Haylee Prescott-Carbon 4-10.00Lynae Echavarria-Grantsville 4-10.00Taryn Nye-Morgan 4-10.00Timber Peterson-Morgan 4-08.00Katelyn Ruppel-Tooele 4-08.00SayDee Johnson-Carbon 4-08.00Girls Shot PutUno Latu-Hunter 34-03.00Jasmin Murillo-Manti 32-08.00Holly Torgersen-Richfield 30-11.00Hannelore Tipoai-Hunter 30-05.50Breana Barson-Manti 30-00.50Madison Martin-Grantsville 29-09.00Kayla Lee-Carbon 28-03.00Lacie Christensen-Manti 27-11.00Boys Shot PutRyker Keele-Morgan 42-10.00Bradley Wood-Carbon 40-06.00David Phillips-Juab 39-10.00Cole Keele-Morgan 39-06.00Sautapu T Faatuau-Lole-Hunter 39-02.00Anthony Henningson-Manti 38-07.50Kaden Clark-Manti 37-00.00Mason Wohlforth-Juab 36-03.50Boys DiscusMason Wohlforth-Juab 128-04Dawson Olsen-Juab 122-00Ryker Keele-Morgan 120-00Dominic Azevado-Hunter 116-10.50David Phillips-Juab 112-03Sautapu T Faatuau-Lole-Hunter 111-09Charles Martinson-Grantsville 107-08Saurotuma Ralphs-Hunter 107-02Girls DiscusBreana Barson-Manti 98-00Jasmin Murillo-Manti 96-01Hannelore Tipoai-Hunter 96-06Brylee Greenhalgh-Juab 87-07.50Uno Latu-Hunter 87-02.50Jade Garcia-Grantsville 83-06Halley Torman-Morgan 81-10.50Livvy Shaw-Richfield 81-05.50Girls JavelinValerie Clark-Juab 128-00Jade Garcia-Grantsville 118-02Ruby McConnachie-Hunter 115-07Breana Barson-Manti 97-00Miriah Salee-Carbon 95-01Holly Torgerson-Richfield 87-05Lacie Christensen-Manti 85-02Julia Shorts-Carbon 84-08Boys JavelinBoden Ballow-Juab 157-06Brayden Peterson-Morgan 146-05Bowden Robinson-Carbon 141-10Bodee Blackett-Juab 141-09Jared Dye-Juab 140-02Hunter Alger-Richfield 139-10Coleman Whicker-Juab 127-01Grady Bowles-Juab 121-04last_img read more

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Traditional agents just ‘twiddle their thumbs’ in their high street branches, suggests Purplebricks

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Traditional agents just ‘twiddle their thumbs’ in their high street branches, suggests Purplebricks previous nextAgencies & PeopleTraditional agents just ‘twiddle their thumbs’ in their high street branches, suggests PurplebricksVideo published by hybrid agent lays into traditional model of high street agents, claiming its LPEs do a better job.Nigel Lewis12th February 20180888 Views A video published recently on YouTube by Purplebricks suggests that traditional estate agents just sit and “twiddle their thumbs” in their high street branches.The 30-second video, which has attracted nearly half a million views since it was published both on its own website and on Youtube, features an apathetic woman reclining on a couch who asks whether, if she uses Purplebricks, she will have to “do everything myself?”.The video goes on to make the claim that its Local Property Experts can “manage every aspect of your sales wherever and whenever you need – we think that’s far better than then them twiddling their thumbs in an office on the high street”.Designed to allay consumer fears about using Purplebricks, the video is believed to have been produced by Snap, the same agency that cooked up the company’s ‘commisery’ TV campaign.Three other videos have been filmed for the ‘series’ including ‘how can you charge so little’, ‘why would I sell with someone new’ and ‘why would you get me the best price’.Investor worriesThe videos have done little to allay City investor worries about Purplebricks. Its share price has yet to recover from the report published recently by investment analyst Jefferies which questioned its sales success claims. Following the report, it dropped from £4.89p a share on the 31st January to £3.94p a share when the AIM market closed at the end of last week, despite a brief rally on Wednesday.The video is not the only time Purplebricks has laid into traditional agents. In April last year is produced a ‘commisery’ report published alongside its advertising campaign of the same name, which claimed that high street agents were “out of touch, out of date and leaving millions out of pocket”.Read more about Purplebricks.Watch the video:Local Property Experts Purplebricks commisery Youtube video February 12, 2018Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Russia: Young Officers Met With BF Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov

first_img View post tag: Officers Russia: Young Officers Met With BF Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov Organizational meeting of Baltic Fleet (BF) command with young lieutenants took place in Kaliningrad Officers’ Club under direction of BF Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov, told BF Information Support Group to Central Navy Portal.Over 300 graduates of military educational institutions were posted to Baltic Fleet in the current year, including 153 naval officers. 173 lieutenants were appointed to officer positions, others – to warrant- and petty officer posts. About one fourth of newcomers have sport achievement categories, 65 are married. Out of them, 17 officers have a child and three lieutenants – two children.The meeting was opened by the speech of BF Commander VADM Viktor Chirkov who familiarized lieutenants with the history of the Russia’s oldest fleet, told about structure of Baltic Fleet and emphasized that in 1995 the first Russian all-arms force was established in Kaliningrad region.“Presently, Baltic Fleet protects national interests at western strategic theater including aquatic areas of the Baltic and the North seas”, said VADM Viktor Chirkov. “Every year Baltic Fleet participates in large-scale exercises including international ones. Through the two recent years crews of Nastoichivy, Geizer, Morshansk, and Vasily Tatischev has been executing combat tasks in the Baltic Sea. Frigate Neustrashimy performed anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. Baltic Fleet mariners paid official visits to Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, Romania, Greece, Portugal, and Finland. Minesweepers Sergei Kolbasiev and BT-230 successfully accomplished training tasks of the Open Spirit joint exercise. In the nearest term, the fleet will hold verificatory tactical drill; frigate Yaroslav Mudry is preparing for long-range cruise”, Chirkov said.BF Military Judge Col Sergei Tsipushtanov told young officers about law and order at the fleet, outlined current problems typical for military community, and named officer’s duties to prevent crimes and discipline violations.BF Deputy Commander for Personnel Capt 1 rank Oleg Molchanov reported about draftees coming to serve in the fleet, drawing attention to qualitative characteristics of non-commissioned personnel. He emphasized new educative role of officers in subordinate units.Representatives of BF services and departments informed young officers on topical issues of training process, rations, finance, and clothing support.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, September 22, 2011 September 22, 2011 View post tag: Vice View post tag: met Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Young Officers Met With BF Commander Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov View post tag: BF View post tag: with View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Young View post tag: Admiral View post tag: Chirkov Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Viktor View post tag: Commander Share this articlelast_img read more

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Doctoral students set up Brilliant Club

first_imgSimon Coyle and Jonathan Sobczyk are both former Teach First ambassadors and left their teaching careers to start the Brilliant Club in March 2011.  Thus far the programme has 36 confirmed secondary school programmes and is in the first stages of exploring expansion into working with primary schools. The programme has also been awarded a grant by the Sutton Trust, which told Cherwell it was impressed by the “clearly defined and compelling proposal.” The Trust is optimistic about the “real potential for impact and scalability”, raising “aspirations and attainment” by utilising the “largely untapped resource” of PhD students. The company’s stated goal is to increase the representation of underprivileged students at top universities. 48% of privately educated students are able to gain a place at an elite institution but this number drops to 18% among state-school pupils and falls to only 2% among students qualifying for free school meals.The Brilliant Club hopes to raise the aspirations of talented students at underprivileged schools and boost their chances of gaining a place at a top university. The PhD students are paid for each class they teach, which Coyle has stated will encourage accountability and ensure that the scheme is not based merely on “grace and favour”. Schools are also charged for each set of tutorials.The group is currently focused in London and has recently reached an agreement to start a ‘partner university’ scheme with King’s College University. Two graduates have set up a company that aims to boost access to elite universities by employing doctoral students to give tutorial style master-classes to bright students at underprivileged schools.last_img read more

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Mayor’s Message: April 24

first_imgDear Friends,I want to thank all of our essential workers for their dedication – not just the doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the fight against this pandemic – but all of the people who are working in grocery stores, picking up our trash and recycling every week, and providing all of the other vital services we need.I want you to know that I will continue to do everything I can, within the law, to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We can get through this together.I also want you to know that I will do everything I can to get everybody back to work, so you can continue to feed your families, pay your bills and return to some sense of normalcy.This process will be guided by the facts and in full consultation with experts. I am talking with the governor’s office, county officials, mayors of other shore towns, the local hospital and others about when we might start this process and how we can do it safely.It is too soon to know exactly when we can begin to open things back up. These decisions will start to be made in the coming weeks as we get more information.In the meantime, everyone should understand that staying safe depends on your individual behavior. The most effective ways to protect yourself and your family are to:Stay home except for essential travelWear a cloth face covering when you do go outStay home when you are sickAvoid contact with sick peopleCover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezingWash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizerAvoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouthClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfacesIf you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctorPractice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in publicAvoid close contact with crowds of any sizeThese precautions will become the new normal in the coming months, but as Americans and Ocean City residents I’m confident that we can all adapt. Please look after your friends, neighbors and anybody who may be living alone to make sure they are OK and have everything they need.I want to remind you that Ocean City officially has achieved Class 4 in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS), and most policies that renew after May 1 should see the savings.The designation means all NFIP policy holders with compliant structures in Ocean City will now receive a 30 percent discount on their flood insurance. The new rating means Ocean City’s approximately 17,000 policy holders will collectively save almost $4 million every year – an average savings of about $245 per participating home.The Ocean City Yacht Club will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday May 7. All residents, groups and businesses are invited to donate.The Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply for weeks to come. American Red Cross will ensure proper COVID-19 protocols for the safety of the donors.Appointments are preferred, but not required. To make an appointment, contact the Red Cross at 800-RED CROSS or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code OC YACHT CLUB. The Yacht Club is at 100 Bay Avenue in Ocean City.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

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PTA Shows “Teacher Appreciation” With Gift Bags

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Parent Teacher Association has had to find creative ways to reach out to the school community to express gratitude for the work of the educators on behalf of the students.This week is Teacher Appreciation Week but with COVID-19 forcing the continued shutdown of schools, the PTA needed a new plan.“The PTA always celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with luncheons at each school and the district office. We do coffee and snack carts throughout the week with gifts and obviously we can’t do it,” PTA President Jocelyn Palaganas pointed out.With the shift to online learning in March and the statewide shutdown of schools to continue social distancing amid the pandemic, Palaganas had to find an alternative way to express gratitude toward the teachers in the district.“The teachers are still teaching the kids and we wanted to recognize them,” she said.Primary School teacher Carrie Merritt is greeted at a social distance by Lindsay Dunn, left, of Ocean City, and her sister, Cailyn.The PTA, through funds raised throughout the school year, purchased items to put into gift bags for each of the 93 teachers at the primary and intermediate schools.In the bags, put together by Palaganas, are T-shirts that say “DEDICATED TEACHER — even from a DISTANCE,” soaps, snacks, potted plants and cloth face masks.The face masks were handmade by Heather McTigue Town, a 2002 Ocean City High School graduate.Palaganas said the PTA really wanted to support local businesses as well during a difficult and challenging time.“We wanted to support some local businesses and we also want to show how much we appreciated Heather Town’s work. She worked night and day on the masks,” she added.Throughout Tuesday, Palaganas and other parents and their children went out to make deliveries, while utilizing social distancing practices.Ocean City resident Jen DeVlieger, a kindergarten teacher, receives a gift bag and potted plant from the PTA.They were Shannon McAllister, Kate Geary with daughters Maeve and Colleen, Sara Dunn and her daughters Cailyn and Lindsay, as well as parents who are also teachers in the district, Steve Berseris and Christie Pontari.“I assembled and coordinated the baskets with the three moms for a small committee,” Palaganas explained. “Some of the baskets were shipped today to go to teachers who live an hour away. Throughout today they are making deliveries to Cape May County and Atlantic County.”Town said she was happy to support the district by making the face coverings.“This is such an honor because I grew up in Ocean City,” Town noted. “I graduated in 2002. My husband went to OCHS and graduated in ’99, and both my parents graduated from OCHS.”District teachers Berseris and Christie Pontari lend a hand with deliveries.Intermediate School Guidance Counselor Angelo DiBartolo, of Linwood, proudly displays his new T-shirt courtesy of the PTA.PTA President Jocelyn Palaganas, left, and Vice President Shannon McAllister surprise teachers with potted plants and other gifts. Sara Dunn, of Ocean City, and her daughter, Cailyn, help the Ocean City PTA bring gift bags to teachers’ homes during Teacher Appreciation Week. (Photos courtesy PTA President Jocelyn Palaganas)last_img read more

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MIWE recovers energy with latest model

first_imgBakery equipment manufacturer, MIWE, has launched an energy recovery system, designed to help bakers reduce energy costs. The MIWE eco:nova, was unveiled at the Suedback exhibition in Stuttgart earlier this month.The machine works by handling oven flue gas and steam separately. The energy contained in the steam, which is higher than that of the flue gas, can be fully exploited and generate maximum savings. The flue gas is fed through a neutralisation unit in the MIWE eco:nova, which extracts the poisonous sulphur dioxide.Typical savings per day are estimated at around 600 kilowatt hours, depending on how much energy is consumed during baking.The system is designed for use with many types of baking ovens and different burner capacities and is recommended for bakers with more than four ovens and a gross burner capacity of at least 320kW, with few upward boundaries.It will be supplied and supported by European Process Plant (EPP), based in Epsom.[http://www.europeanprocessplant.com]last_img read more

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We Need To Raise Funds To Release Col. Bruce Hampton’s Final Film, ‘Here Comes Rusty’

first_imgIt’s been one year since we lost Col. Bruce Hampton, the celebrated “grandaddy of the jam scene” who raised contemporary heroes like Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and many, many more as his musical children. One of Hampton’s final products, before he passed, was an independent film, Here Comes Rusty, which was filmed in Mobile, Alabama, and officially debuted at film festivals in 2016, but never actually released to the public.Things began to fall by the wayside when producer and writer Ross Smith tragically passed away the year that Here Comes Rusty was prepared to launch. The mourning of Ross, one of two brothers that produced the film, took precedence, and the team fell short of their funds to pay for the music licensing fees and complete the final stages of the film’s release. Today, in honor of Col. Bruce Hampton’s continuous celebration of life, we are going to help bring that film to the finish line.Ross Smith’s brother, Hughes Smith–producer of Here Comes Rusty–has started a GoFundMe with a goal of $25,000. When the goal is reached, the film will be fully expensed and ready to be shared with the public as Col. Bruce Hampton’s final film. Click this link to donate, and #DoItForBruce.Here Comes Rusty is about a reluctant dog-track owner who makes the bet of a lifetime. With co-stars Fred Willard and Joey Lauren Adams, Col. Bruce faces a lifetime of problems, including a guitar student who becomes better than the teacher himself—played by Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who was 12 at the time of filming. The movie also features Nikki Glaspie and George Porter Jr. as musical guests, per Hampton’s request.To summarize the plot, writer Pierce Wortham told us in 2015:Col. Bruce plays the lead role of Dicky St. Jon who is the proprietor of Magnolia Greyhound Park. Over the years, he has neglected the track, and it has fallen on hard times. Dicky learns he is broke, and with the bank nipping at his heels, makes the bet of a lifetime with his chief adversary and brother in law, Mak. The bet pits Magnolia Park against Mak’s Used Car Ranch, winner of the Magnolia Derby takes all.During the early stages of development, Pierce and Ross Smith were discussing characters over dinner when Smith brought up Col. Bruce for the role of “Dicky.” They decided there was nothing to lose in calling Hampton, and, to their surprise, he was interested. (Bruce’s acting career started long before though, including his 2015 role in Run The Jewels‘ music video for “Blockbuster Night Part 1”.) In a very organic way, it wasn’t until Hampton brought up Niederauer that a role even existed for him.“We didn’t know who Brandon [Niederauer] was or why Bruce was pitching us a kid when the story didn’t have a kid. But after watching a couple videos on YouTube, we knew we had to find a spot for him, so we changed some things around and wrote him into the story,” Wortham told Live For Live Music.Brandon “Taz” Neiderauer met Col. Bruce Hampton on Jam Cruise 12 during Music Masters Camps At Sea and have remained friends ever since. Here Comes Rusty was Taz’s acting debut in 2015, before he would go on to perform as the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Broadway production, School of Rock The Musical, and appear in Spike Lee‘s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.Then, in 2017, there was Hampton 70, the Colonel’s 70th birthday celebration and final gathering. Niederauer again shared the stage with his mentor for a life-changing and career-shaping experience. The concert was held at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and featured Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring, Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Karl Denson, Chuck Leavell, John Popper, Susan Tedeschi, John Bell, Dave Schools, Oliver Wood, Duane Trucks, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Billy Bob Thornton, and more, making for an incredible cast of characters there to pay their respects to the man who helped shape each and every one of their careers. Many have recognized the unbelievable experience of Hampton 70 as a “passing of the torch” from Colonel Bruce Hampton to Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.Flash forward to the encore, and then to the hospital, when Col. Bruce Hampton was pronounced dead, and Here Comes Rusty actor and friend of Bruce, Paulie Litt, arrived at an important decision: To make sure Bruce’s final film was released to the public. He immediately called Hughes Smith to let him know the mission. He explains, “I said to myself, ‘I’m doing this to honor Bruce and to get this out for him and for Ross [Hughes’ brother and Producer] because it was their dream,’ and I cannot let that go and let that be unseen. So this is my mission to come and help out as much as I can to help get this film released.”Paulie Litt is an actor in the film that, like many who encountered Bruce, became close friends with him and traveled to Atlanta despite conflicting plans. The theme of Bruce’s loved ones gravitating to Atlanta on that special night is all too common.And so, the film producers and cast are here to give Here Comes Rusty the completion it deserves for the family, friends, and fans of Col. Bruce Hampton in support of his final film. Click this link to donate, and #DoItForBruce.last_img read more

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Hulaween Announces This Year’s Costume Theme, “Creatures Of The Galaxy”

first_imgEach year, Suwannee Hulaween curates one of the best festival lineups of the year, with a hugely diverse and expansive selection of fan-favorites taking over the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park around Halloween. This year, the music festival hosted by String Cheese Incident has pulled one of its strongest billings to date, with Odesza, Jamiroquai, and Janelle Monáe topping the lineup in addition to performances by Tipper, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, STS9, and many, many more.Each year, the String Cheese Incident performs a special set on Saturday night, which finds the band performing a number of classic covers that fit into the festival’s costume theme. The festival’s theme informs both SCI’s covers set as well as fans’ costumes, as on Saturday night, attendees are invited to wear costumes that fit in with the annual theme. Recently, Hulaween announced that this year’s theme is “Creatures Of The Galaxy,” delighting fans with its cosmic and far-out possibilities.You can check out the announcement video below, and head to Hulaween’s website for more information.last_img read more

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