4 May

US Navy helicopter rescues civilians after plane crash

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy helicopter rescues civilians after plane crash An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter embarked on the US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) rescued two civilians after their private plane crashed several miles off the coast of Dominica, September 28.The civilians, coming from French Guadelupe and Antigua, sustained minor injuries and were transported by helicopter to Wasp where they received immediate medical attention.“We were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time,” said Wasp Commanding Officer Capt. Andrew Smith. “The teamwork demonstrated shows how everything on the ship comes together – from the engineers in the plant, to the medical staff, the watchstanders in the Combat Information Center, the air traffic control center, the bridge, the flight deck crews, to the helicopter crew. We all worked together to help these two gentlemen.”Wasp has been transiting the Caribbean Sea since September 4 as part of first-response humanitarian aid efforts after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria swept through the area. When the mid-afternoon distress call was received, Wasp ordered one of the helicopters rendering aid on the island of Dominica back to the ship for refueling and a swift departure to the estimated coordinates of the crash scene.“We learned about the downed aircraft, we were passed a location, and as soon as we were fueled we took off and started transiting at max speed,” said HSC-22 pilot Lt. Paul Nelson, who flew the helicopter to the stranded passengers’ coordinates. “We got on station and started searching. For about an hour and a half we were seeing bits of debris and weren’t sure if it was from the aircraft, but some pieces seemed to match the description.”It was while hovering 70 feet above a piece of debris that by a stroke of luck, Nelson’s fellow pilot Lt. Christina Lanouette initially spotted the survivors clinging to a yellow flotation device.“We approached the two survivors, which was difficult because it was a high sea state day, and visibility was low, and picking people out of the water was going to be difficult,” said Nelson. “The fact that we saw them was a miracle, because it was not a good day to find people.”After positioning themselves above the survivors, the search and rescue swimmer Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Andy Blessing was hoisted 70 feet into the water, swam to the two survivors, and quickly investigated for injuries. Once the passengers were cleared for rescue, they were hoisted up and into the helicopter one at a time by Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Nicholas Glass, using a rescue basket – a metal-framed device specifically designed for water rescues. The team then returned to Wasp at max speed.“The rescue we had today was a great example of why training is important,” said Nelson. “Every time we practice SAR, we try to put ourselves in the mindset of, ‘What if this training were real?’ because you know that if it happens in real life, you’re not going to have the luxury of sitting and thinking things through in a comfortable environment. When someone is in the water, there is a ticking clock, and the sooner you can get there and effectively make the rescue, the more likely it is you’re going to save a life.” View post tag: SAR US Navy helicopter rescues civilians after plane crash View post tag: US Navy October 1, 2017 View post tag: USS Wasp Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

US intercepts ICBM target with destroyer-launched missile

first_img View post tag: Missile “The Department is investigating the possibility of augmenting the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system by fielding additional sensors and weapon systems to hedge against unexpected developments in the missile threat.” Photo: Northrop Grumman View post tag: SM-3 Photo: Northrop Grumman View post tag: ICBM Share this article Based on preliminary data, the test met its primary objective — demonstrate the ability for the SM-3 Block IIA missile to intercept an ICBM target. In this developmental test, the destroyer used engage-on-remote capabilities through the Command and Control Battle Management Communications (C2BMC) network as part of a defense of Hawaii scenario. After receiving tracking data from the C2BMC system, the destroyer launched a SM-3 Block IIA guided missile which destroyed the target. “This was an incredible accomplishment and critical milestone for the Aegis BMD SM-3 Block IIA program,” Vice Admiral Jon Hill, MDA Director, commented. The ICBM target was built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC). The company is also the prime contractor on the Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target, which is air-launched from a C-17 aircraft to provide the MDA with flexibility in mission engagement scenarios.  The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and US Navy sailors aboard the USS John Finn (DDG-113), an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System-equipped destroyer, successfully intercepted and destroyed a threat-representative Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test demonstration in the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii, November 16. This event, designated Flight Test Aegis Weapon System-44 (FTM-44), was the sixth flight test of an Aegis BMD-equipped vessel using the SM-3 Block IIA guided missile. FTM-44, originally scheduled for May 2020, was delayed due to restrictions in personnel and equipment movement intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The ICBM-representative target was launched from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, located on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, toward the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii.  View post tag: US Navy FTM-44 satisfies a Congressional mandate to demonstrate that the MDA can use the Navy’s Aegis Combat System equipped with the Standard Missile 3 Block IIA (SM-3 IIA) to intercept intercontinental threats.  “We have demonstrated that an Aegis BMD-equipped vessel equipped with the SM-3 Block IIA missile can defeat an ICBM-class target, which is a step in the process of determining its feasibility as part of an architecture for layered defense of the homeland.”last_img read more

3 May

Senior Lecturer – Construction Engineering – (FAC001688)

first_imgThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at theUniversity of Houston invites applications for a Lecturer positionin the newly created Construction Engineering undergraduate degreeat the University of Houston at Katy. UH at Katy is a satellitecampus located in Katy, Texas, 30 miles to the west of the centralcampus. All administration, advising, and instruction for theconstruction engineering program will occur at the Katycampus.The primary responsibility will be teaching. However, in the firsttwo years the teaching load will be offset by administrativeresponsibilities that will make the program operational, including;developing processes for attaining accreditation; advisingstudents; participating in the recruitment of additionalinstructors; and being a spokesperson for the program. TheUniversity of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodiesin the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community ofscholars.Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teachingphilosophy statement, and the names and contact information ofthree references. Only applications with all required documentswill be considered.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversitywithin its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the Universityprohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexualorientation, gender identity or gender expression.Qualifications :Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering or arelated field.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of thefinal candidate. All positions at the University of Houston aresecurity sensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

3 May

Cyclists and Liberal Democrats protest against closure of cycle route on Parks Road

first_img“It’s for us about improving cycling facilities, promoting cycling and active travel as a real alternative for getting around Oxford, and to protect cyclists when they’re out on the road or in segregated cycle lanes and putting the concerns and safety of cyclists much higher up the agenda than it has been”Local cyclist Joanne Bowlt also added: “My biggest concern is the lack of priority given to cyclists and pedestrians…I feel this is the wrong way round and we ought to be looking at the priorities of road users the correct way – the way of the future: pedestrians, cyclists and then cars. That’s not what’s being demonstrated by a decision like this and on other junctions further up the same national cycle route“Cyclists are just being pushed straight onto the road in front of traffic, plenty of children use this route to cycle to school and I think it’s incredibly dangerous. This was already a dangerous junction.“The University is limited in what it can do, but there are options like opening a route through University Parks as a temporary trial option, given that they can’t keep this cycle route open. I appreciate this is a courtesy cycle route, but it is a national cycle route.”Benjamin Nicholson, another local cyclist said:“I have never really liked this part of the road here, it’s so much worse when you have to go onto the road because drivers don’t look…a lot of people just assume that it’s safe and they won’t look, and that’s when accidents happen.”In response, a spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “The change in the bike lanes is due to the redevelopment but it was done for cyclists’ safety and it is temporary and only live until December 2021. A spokesperson for the County Council also added: “Due to the nature of the work by Oxford University to repair and waterproof the two-storey basement beneath the Museum Lawn along Parks Road, it has not been possible to do anything other than stop cyclists from using this section of the footway/cycleway. It is too narrow to be safely shared by the high volume of cyclists and pedestrians that use it. A protest was held on Tuesday, 20th April by a group of local cyclists and Liberal Democrat activists to oppose the temporary closure of a cycle path outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The group feel that the closure of the path adds a greater element of risk to their journey along the road and wished to convey their opinion on this to the University and Oxford County Council.The cycle path has been closed to allow for repair works on the two-storey basement under the Museum Lawn, along Parks Road. Temporary cycle barriers have been installed so that cyclists do not mix with pedestrians on the narrow path. Instead they are asked to dismount or divert onto the carriageway.The organiser of the protest, James Cox, the Liberal Democrat candidate for University Parks told Cherwell: “We’ve had weeks if not months of this barrier being up on Parks Road…this was an active cycle path up to this point on a really dangerous road. We quite often just up the road see flowers and memorials for incidents that have happened here in the past.“For the University and the County Council to be passing the blame to each other, not coming to a constructive solution, meaning that cyclists are having to drive straight into quite busy traffic a lot of the time, putting their safety and concerns at the bottom of the pile – it’s just unacceptable.” In response to how he wanted the County Council to respond to the issues cyclists face in the city more generally, Mr Cox commented:“It’s about ensuring there are facilities that make people feel cycling is safe and accessible to them, so having those cycle lanes separated from busy roads so that people don’t feel they’re taking their life into their hands every time they go out on their bikes “There has been a lot of communication about the changes – there are boards up to the north and south of the cycle way diversion that indicates the diversion as a temporary condition to enable the essential maintenance works.” “The section is owned by Oxford University and leased by Oxfordshire County Council, but both parties have been working closely together to find a solution for cyclists who have to use the road while the work takes place.“The suggestion to use University Parks as an alternative cycle route during this period would be a matter for Oxford University, as would the possibility of encouraging cyclists travelling from Parks Road to South Parks Road to follow the internal site access routes through the Science area campus. These options though do not cater for people wanting to cycle along Parks Road into the city centre.”Image Credit: Matt Schaffellast_img read more

20 Apr

News story: Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill receives Royal Assent

first_imgLegislation giving police and prosecutors the power to obtain faster access to electronic data held overseas became law today (12 February 2019).Where a relevant international agreement is in place, the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019 will allow police and prosecutors quicker access to electronic data held outside of the UK, supporting investigations into crimes such as child sexual exploitation and terrorism.The act gives law enforcement agencies and prosecutors the power to obtain electronic data directly from an overseas communications service provider (CSP). There is already a similar process for UK law enforcement to obtain information from UK companies.The UK is currently in the process of negotiating a data access agreement with the United States, where the world’s largest CSPs are based.Minister for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, said: National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Investigatory Powers Act Capabilities, Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry, said: Increasingly paedophiles and terrorists exploit the internet to facilitate their depraved and dangerous criminal activities. With 99% of child sexual abuse content hosted on overseas platforms, it is vital that we give police the powers they need to gain rapid access to this data and put a stop to the perpetrators abusing these children. This act will do exactly that, and I want to thank Parliamentarians of all parties for their rigorous scrutiny of this important piece of legislation. Currently, when law enforcement agencies want access to data held by a CSP overseas, mutual legal assistance channels are used which can take anywhere from six months to two years, resulting in delayed or sometimes abandoned investigations or prosecutions.The act gives law enforcement agencies the ability to apply to a UK judge for an overseas production order which, if granted, will require the specified CSP to provide, or allow access to, stored electronic data for investigating and prosecuting serious crimes.The overseas production order would give the police and prosecutors the ability to seek access to the required electronic data, such as messages, files and pictures, directly from the overseas CSP, reducing the time it takes to days or weeks.The process will remain subject to robust judicial oversight and protections for legally privileged material and journalistic data have been written into law.The legislation also requires the government to seek death penalty assurances in any relevant international agreement.The Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act finished its Parliamentary passage in the Lords on 11 February 2019. The cumbersome nature of long standing arrangements for mutual legal assistance has for many years inhibited the speed at which UK policing has been able to access vital information stored in other countries. More timely access to such data is welcome, and the provisions in the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act can speed up investigations whilst still allowing for in-built judicial safeguards and scrutiny.last_img read more

20 Apr

Survey: consumers confused on calories and obesity

first_imgA new survey by AB Sugar, the international sugar supplier, has found that 94% of UK adults are unaware of how many calories they consume on a daily basis.The company conducted the survey in the light of a barrage of criticism on sugar since the start of the New Year and said confusion was, in part, to blame for obesity.In March the World Health Organisation recommended that a consumer’s daily intake of sugar should be halved. And in January a new group called Action on Sugar suggested sugar had become as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco.The research by AB Sugar, which polled 2,000 British consumers, also found that:•             Over a third (35%) did not know that fish, chicken and eggs are good sources of protein;•             Almost a third (28%) did not know that rice, bread and pasta are high in carbohydrates; and•             Over a quarter (28%) did not know that cream, oil and butter are high in fat.Uphill battleDr Julian Cooper, head of food science at AB Sugar, said: “There’s no denying that the country is currently fighting an uphill battle against obesity but, as our research suggests, consumers are completely overwhelmed by the amount of information they receive about what to put into their bodies.“It’s clear from our research that it’s not just a lack of understanding about calorie consumption and expenditure that is causing a problem, but confusion about the different food groups, their role in our diet and how to balance it all. It’s therefore crucial that we all start working together to get on top of the points of confusion and to provide consumers with the facts and science needed to help them confidently make informed decisions about their own lifestyle choices.”AB Sugar claimed the recent media focus on sugar had contributed to a few wrongly held misconceptions. Just over half (51%) of the people it surveyed believed there was such a thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ sugar, when instead all sugars – whether honey, white granulated, brown sugar, or even the sugars found in an apple – are treated the same by our bodies. Vast numbers of people (98%) also did not know that sugar only has 16 calories per teaspoon (4g). In fact the average guess was five times higher at 89 calories.last_img read more

20 Apr

RACA announces Awards of Excellence winners 2019

first_imgYoung pastry chefs from The Royal Household and The Wolseley in Mayfair are among the winners of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Awards of Excellence 2019.Four pastry chefs met the standard required during a 5.5 hour-long task in which they were given the theme of a christening. During this time, they had to produce 15 vegan bonbons, 15 Swiss rochers, 15 marshmallow lollipops, and a 20cm christening cake entremets-style that sat on top of a nougatine stand.The judging panel was chaired by John Williams, executive chef at The Ritz London and chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, and included Yolande Stanley from The Pastry Training Company and pastry consultant Sarah Hartnett.The award is an examination, not a competition, meaning all or none of the candidates who take part could achieve it depending on their ability to attain the standard of excellence set by the judges. All those who successfully reach this standard, which is a score of 70% or more, win the AAE.The four winners are:Charles Parkins, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ SaisonsLillian Savage, The Royal HouseholdEllie Smith, The WolseleyLydia Uglow, Pretty SweetOf these four, the candidate who scores the highest marks will be named as the RACA Young Pastry Chef 2019. This will be announced at a gala dinner at Claridge’s on Friday 12 July.Winners were also revealed in kitchen and service categories.RACA said the awards were the “most prestigious available to young professionals in the hospitality industry today, recognising and encouraging the most talented ambitious chefs, pastry chefs and waiters”. Since it began in 1983, more than 600 young professionals have achieved the award.last_img read more

2 Mar

Take A Look At The Five Venues Where Phish Will Stop On Fall Tour 2018

first_imgOn Tuesday, October 16th, Phish will begin their highly awaited 2018 Fall Tour. The 14-date run will see Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell play multi-night runs in 5 different states across the country throughout the remainder of this month culminating in a four-night Halloween celebration in Las Vegas. Ahead of the tour opener in Albany, we’ve put together a little venue cheat sheet so you can learn all about the places Phish will be playing, the band’s history at each location, and some fun facts taboot….Times Union Center – Albany, NY – 10/16–10/17Built in 1990, this 15,000 person arena is the host to the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League as well as Sienna College‘s men’s basketball team. The arena was opened on January 30th, 1990 as the Knickerbocker Arena with a performance by Frank Sinatra. The venue is a regular tour stop for Metallica, and has also seen performances by the Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, and Billy Joel.Phish has played at the venue 11 times,  including the 12/9/95 show that produced one of their most well-known jams, the Albany “Y.E.M.” Check out a full video of the lauded Albany Y.E.M. below:“You Enjoy Myself” – 12/9/95 – Albany, NY[Video: obliviousfool83]Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA – 10/19–10/21Hampton Coliseum opened its doors in 1970 and has played host to a multitude of college basketball and wrestling tournaments over the years. It also set the stage for The Rolling Stones to end their 1981 world tour during a two-night run in which guitarist Keith Richards hit a man over the head with his axe for running up on stage (Go Keef!). The Grateful Dead played the venue many times over the course of their career, including a 1989 performance which was billed as The Warlocks, and subsequently released as a live album titled Formerly The Warlocks.Affectionately known by Phish fans as “The Mothership,” Hampton has been witness to various shows of lore, with the band’s performances at the venue in 1997 eventually being released as Hampton/Winston-Salem ’97  and their shows at the Coliseum in 1998 eventually being issued as Hampton Comes Alive. This year’s run will mark the band’s first in Hampton since Fall Tour 2013.The band performed a single night in Hampton in 2004 prior to their breakup after Coventry, but returned to the Mothership in 2009 to mount their 3-night comeback, kicking off Phish 3.0. Phish opened their big return with “Fluffhead”, marking the first time they had played the classic composition since 2000. Apparently, Mike Said Yes.“Fluffhead” – 3/6/2009 – Hampton, VA[Video: notmkdevo]Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN – 10/23–10/24The Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville still has that “brand new” vibe going for it. Since opening in 2015, the venue has hosted My Morning Jacket, Steely Dan & Elvis Costello, and a three-night run from Widespread Panic, among other big-name concerts over the course of their short existence.Phish helped open the venue in 2015, serving as one of the first acts to play at the amphitheater following a pair of grand opening performances by country star Eric Church and a co-billed show by Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago. The band played a fun show on that first night at Ascend, with a great “Wolfman’s Brother” in the first set, followed by a rowdy “Mike’s Song” > “Piper” > “Crosseyed and Painless” -> “Weekapaug Groove” segment to close the second set.Phish had so much fun in Nashville that year that they decided to record their then-forthcoming new album there (Big Boat), and their two-night run at Ascend this year is surely a reflection of just how much they have enjoyed their extended time in the “Music City” over the past few years. Oh yeah—and Bob Weir did join Phish that one time at Ascend back in 2016. Not like that was a big deal or anything.Phish w/Bob Weir – 10/18/2016 – Nashville, TN[Video: wakeup2findout]Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL – 10/26–10/28Home of the DePaul Blue Demons men’s basketball team from its initial opening in 1980 through the end of the 2016-2017 season, the Allstate Arena has hosted various rounds of the NCAA March Madness tournament on three separate occasions: 1987, 1993, and 2005. It currently serves as the home of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Musical acts such Michael Jackson, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, AC/DC, Nine Inch Nails, and more have all graced the stage at the Chicago-area arena. Formerly known as the Rosemont Horizon, this fall’s three-night Phish run will mark the band’s first return to the arena since 2/20/2003.“Divided Sky” – 10/3/1999 – Rosemont, IL[Video: telekinetica]MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV – 10/31–11/3Vegas, baby, Vegas! One of three major sporting arenas in Sin City, the MGM Grand Garden Arena has been the scene of some of boxing’s most epic super fights in the last 25 years, including Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez and Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Ultimate Fighting Championship has hosted 40 events at the arena since 2001. Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting moments after leaving the MGM following the Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson on Sept. 7th, 1996 with Death Row Records boss Suge Knight.The first time Phish played the former stomping grounds of the Rat Pack during Halloween was at the Thomas & Mack Center in ’98, when they chose The Velvet Underground‘s Loaded as their musical costume. Since 2014, the band has called the MGM Grand their haunted home in Vegas. That year, they debuted The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House on Halloween night as part of their three-night run. David Bowie‘s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars got the call as Phish’s musical costume when they returned for four nights over Halloween weekend in 2016. What “costume” will Phish wear this year? Place your bets now, we’ll know for sure in a couple weeks.“Martian Monster” – 10/31/2014 – Las Vegas, NV[Video: Guy Forget]For more information on Phish’s 2018 Fall Tour, head to the band’s website here.last_img read more

18 Jan

Michael Berresse, Greg Hildreth & More Complete Paper Mill’s Can-Can Cast

first_img The ensemble will consist of Mike Baerga, Chloe Sian Campbell, Jace Coronado, Desireé Davar, Sarah DeBiase, Taurean Everett, Sarah Marie Jenkins, Evan Kasprzak, Jenny Laroche, Kate Marilley, Michael McArthur, Sarah Meahl, Peter Nelson, Tally Sessions, Molly Tynes and Ryan Worsing. Berresse, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiss Me, Kate, returns to Paper Mill after appearing there in West Side Story. His Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, Light in the Piazza, Fascinating Rhythym and Carousel. Hildreth, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Cinderella, was part of the off-Broadway and Broadway casts of both Peter and the Starcatcher and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Kostroff made his Broadway debut with The Nance, having previously appeared in Paper Mill’s Les Miserables and Lend Me a Tenor. Price’s Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, All Shook Up and Wonderful Town. Robertson’s stage credits include Can-Can, The Little Mermaid and My Fair Lady; he is also Broadway.com’s resident artist—you may know him as “Squigs.” Sikora’s Broadway credits include The Nance, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises and Wicked. The complete cast is now set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s Broadway-bound production of Can-Can. Joining the previously announced Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley will be Michael Berresse as Hilaire Jussac, Greg Hildreth as Boris Adzinidzinadze, Michael Kostroff as Jean-Louis, Mark Price as Hercule, Justin Robertson as Étienne and Megan Sikora as Claudine. The new production, directed by David Lee, will run from October 1 through October 26. Opening night is set for October 5. With a classic score by Cole Porter and a book by Abe Burrows, Can-Can tells the story of Pistache (Baldwin), a female Parisian café owner who decides to feature the ever-so-scandalous Can-Can dance. Will her defiance of the law end her business—and love life? The tuner features the numbers “I Love Paris,” “C’est Magnifique” and “It’s All Right With Me.” The show premiered on Broadway in 1953 and was adapted for film in 1960. This production will feature a re-crafted script by Joel Fields and the director.center_img Can-Can will feature set design by Rob Bissinger, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Michael Gilliam and sound design by Randy Hansen. View Commentslast_img read more

17 Dec

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Bill Cheney – Lead with the heart (#45)

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 45 The CUInsight Experience with your host Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. In this episode, Randy welcomes Bill Cheney, the President, and CEO of the SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. They are taping this episode from Mombasa, Kenya, where Bill was the keynote speaker at the 20th SACCA Congress. Bill speaks to us about how SchoolsFirst gives back to their local community and their global community. He shares some of the ways his team has contributed to schools in Kenya. Bill also talks about his team’s focus on having empathy and understanding the communities and how to serve them best.They discuss Bill’s servant leadership style and why he left CUNA to head SchoolsFirst. He chats about being glad to be back at an actual person credit union, and he feels like he has come full circle. Bill believes that who they serve and how they serve them is what has made SchoolsFirst successful. He believes that the people in your organization are essential, he says you can’t expect people to work like machines and you can’t treat them like machines.Listen in as Bill tells us why there has never been a better time to work in the credit union movement, how the members are the marker of success in any credit union and why they need to make more loans to more members. This is a great conversation from a beautiful place with essential information that you won’t want to miss, so plugin and enjoy.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find Bill:Bill Cheney, President and CEO at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit [email protected]din | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Show notes from this episode:Check out all the amazing Bill and his team are doing at SchoolsFirst FCU here.Shout-out: to our friends at ACCOSCA and the 20th SACCA Congress where Bill was the keynote this year.Shout-out: Crissy Cheney – Crissy was a mentor in my DE class (winter 2105 – best class ever)Shout-out: Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) – You can do it. Sign up!Shout-out: Lois KitschShout-out: Don Bosco Special School – I made this video of our time there.Shout-out: Brent RempeShout-out: to our friends at CUNA where Bill was the previous President and CEO.Shout-out: Jim NussleShout-out: The California and Nevada Credit Union LeaguesCredit union mentioned: Schools Financial Credit UnionShout-out: Jill NowackiCredit union mentioned: Security Service Federal Credit Union in San Antonio. Where Bill got his start in credit unions.Shout-out: Rudy HanleyBook mentioned: Good to Great by Jim CollinsDo you remember Bank Transfer Day?Credit union mentioned: Xceed Financial Credit UnionShout-out: Dan MicaShout-out: Tim MarriottDefinition of servant leadershipShout-out: George OmbadoShout-out: Maurice SmithCredit union mentioned: Public Employees Credit Union where Bill got his first car loan.Shout-out: University Texas – Bill and Chrissy’s alma mater and what Bill’s watching on Saturdays.Shout-out: John SpenceShout-out: Diana DykstraBill is another guest on the podcast who is a Peloton fan.Best album of all-time: Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger Bill sent me a text after we were done recording that the Chris Stapleton Essentials playlist on Apple Music is a current favorite to listen too.Book mentioned: Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan KimBook mentioned: The Northbound Train by Dr. Karl AlbrechtShout-out: David Chatfield, Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, Stan Hollen, Tom DoretyShout-out: Global Women’s Leadership NetworkPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Lois Kitsch, Jim Nussle, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Maurice Smith, John Spence, Diana DykstraYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In this episode:[01:48] – Bill, welcome to the show![02:09] – They discuss the conference and Bill’s keynote speech.[03:27] – Bill tells us how and why his team at the credit union gives back to the local and global communities.[07:06] – Empathy is front and center of SchoolsFirst Credit Union; they try to understand their communities and the best way to serve them.[08:49] – How has your experience at the state and national level helped you run SchoolsFirst?[10:02] – Bill speaks about his wife and how credit unions have become their life and how hard it is to turn it off.[12:07] – Who we serve and how we serve them is what has made SchoolsFirst successful.[14:25] – He discusses the investment in technology that they have made to increase support to their members.[15:11] – What needs to change fundamentally to keep credit unions relevant?[17:02] – Bill tells us why he left CUNA to take the job at SchoolsFirst.[20:18] – Has the inspiration after five years on the job changed or gotten stronger?[21:57] – Bill says servant leadership is how he describes his leadership style.[24:14] – Has your leadership style changed since your career started?[28:20] – Bill says, “we need to make more loans to more members” all the time, and his team could repeat it word for word.[30:01] – What mistake did you make when you first started? What mistakes have you seen young leaders make over and over?[31:10] – Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and get involved, is something Bill was told years ago that he still says today.[33:02] –  People are not machines and can’t be treated like machines.[34:03] – How do you keep your message fresh with your team? With your members?[36:24] – Bill likes to watch college football when he has a day off, fly fish, and ski.[37:20] – What is the first time you got into memorable trouble? Did the police get involved?[39:17] – Working out is something he does every day for physical and mental health.[40:13] – His favorite album is Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger.[40:55] – What are your favorite books?[43:03] – Sleep is more important, and the Dallas Cowboys have become less important.[44:16] – Rudy Hanley is who he thinks of when he hears the word success.[45:44] – There has never been a better time to work in the credit union movement. last_img read more