4 May

US, Australia Strengthen Ties

first_img View post tag: Strengthen June 26, 2015 View post tag: Australia View post tag: Brisbane View post tag: CSG Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Australia Strengthen Ties US, Australia Strengthen Ties View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US View post tag: Naval View post tag: Ties US Navy’s George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) departed Brisbane, Australia, June 24, after a five-day goodwill port visit.During the visit, George Washington held a welcoming reception for Australia’s leaders and local nationals, to include Ambassador John Berry, U.S. Ambassador to Australia; Hugo Llorens, U.S. Consul General; George Brandis, attorney general for Australia; and the Honorable Jackie Trad, Queensland deputy premier.The reception highlighted the celebration of the upcoming 239th birthday of the United States and its intertwined history with Australia.GWCSG includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90).George Washington and CVW-5 are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. George Washington will conduct a hull-swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) later this year after serving seven years as the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan.[mappress mapid=”16332″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Navy View post tag: George Washington Share this articlelast_img read more

3 May

Croquette, anyone?

first_imgMysterious object found in Christ Church’s popular potato croquettes threatens to overturn their current status as one of the more popular carbs on the menu.  The crisp and crunchy exterior, with the soft, soothing potato inside seems like the perfect recipe.  A student, however, found an unusual surprise lurking at the bottom of her final croquette.  After much prodding, poking, passing around, and even an attempt to pierce, the stubborn substance stayed resolutely whole and intact. Few were brave to venture a taste of the object, but it has been confirmed by most students that it had a ‘rubbery’ texture, and a yellow-white colour. The catering staff were informed, but seemed rather disinterested, and declined to comment further on the matter.   After all, it’s not the first time for unusual items to appear in Christ Church food. One student found a small black hair on Wednesday at the bottom of the vegetable selection. Several were also confused by the presence of strawberry jam with Wednesday’s pork chops- surely a poor attempt for a redcurrant jelly substitute? But the matter was quickly resolved when the scones and cream appeared at dessert.   Nonetheless, students have been urging each other to examine their meals intently in the future. Who knows what might next crop up?by Sam Hardinglast_img read more

3 May

D-Patrick Drives for Ronald McDonald House Was A Big Success

first_imgHundreds of locals help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley when they took a test drive during the month of October at D-Patrick. D-Patrick donated $10 for every vehicle that was test driven. In the end, D-Patrick raised a generous $2,500.00!There was a check presentation on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Ronald McDonald House (3540 Washington Ave., Evansville, IN 47714).  We would like to thank D-Patrick for their generous contribution.For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley’s mission and its programs, visit www.rmhcohiovalley.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

2 May

OCHS Blanks Middle Twp. in Girls Soccer

first_imgBy LESLEY GRAHAMOn a beautiful crisp fall evening, the Ocean City High School girls soccer team defeated the visiting Middle Township Panthers, 3-0.The win Tuesday brings Ocean City’s record to a division-leading 5-0-1, while Middle drops to 5-2-1.Scoring for Ocean City were Summer Reimet, Suzy Dietrich and Paige Panico, with Reimet, Dietrich and Faith Slimmer all adding assists.Last time out, the Red Raiders were unable to score against Middle Township, leading to their only tie of the season. So this time out, first year Head Coach Lisa Cuneo was looking to her team for execution and precision, both of which they accomplished.“We definitely changed some things up,” Cuneo said after the game. “We can’t expect to come out and do everything the same every time and for it to work. So we looked for change and the execution of those changes went perfectly.”“Our outside mids played well, found their space, played the long ball early, allowing us to put three goals on the scoreboard this evening,” she continued.Summer Reimet looks upfield for a teammate.With 10 minutes ticked off the clock in the first half, Ocean City was able to find the back of the net off the foot of Reimet, on a pass from Dietrich.The Red Raiders would continue to dominate the pace of play, limiting the Panthers to only a handful of shots on goal throughout the entire 80-minute contest.As the second half got underway, with about 10 minutes off the clock, the Red Raiders once again found the back of the net. This time Reimet repaid the favor to Dietrich, who booted the ball in on a beautiful outside kick.Cuneo, who was the assistant coach the previous seven seasons for the defending state champion Red Raiders, was thrilled by the second-half goal.“We drew it up at halftime, never having attempted it before, but we knew we had the talent – both physically and mentally – to make it work. And they did just that,” she said.Suzy Dietrich directs the ball from the backfield.As the second half waned, Ocean City added one last goal, putting the finishing touch on the dominant effort over Middle Township. Faith Slimmer fed the ball to Paige Panico, who put it away.“Middle is a very good team. They have great defensive backs and speed, so the atmosphere and the game itself felt like a playoff game. As it should, because you never know when things can change, especially this season,” Cuneo said.“My speech to them before we got out there was you have to play like this is our last game, because it very well could be,”  she added.Junior Summer Reimet dribbles through traffic. The Red Raiders celebrate after senior Suzy Dietrich’s goal.last_img read more

2 Mar

Coachella Is So Popular, They’re Probably Expanding To The Fall

first_imgRegardless of your musical preferences, most everyone is familiar with Coachella. The annual event has become a mainstay in the festival circuit, attracting so many fans that they added a second weekend back in 2012, and haven’t looked back since. In fact, according to a new report, they’re looking forward at a third Coachella event to be held in the fall.According to the Phoenix Desert Sun, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice have an agreement with the city of Indio, CA to hold up to five events there, annually. Between the two Coachella weekends and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, there’s still room for two more events on the calendar. Those two events could be the fall counterparts to Coachella and Stagecoach, if all goes to plan.The report says that “significant progress” has been made on the additional events, with the city eager to expand its reputation as “The City of Festivals.” According to Indio mayor Glenn Miller, “It brings a different group into the community that wouldn’t be here in the summer heat, so it brings in money, business and jobs to the city.”Considering the estimated $1.4 million that each festival brings to the town, it seems quite reasonable to believe that more Coachellas are coming to Indio soon. Not to mention the Panorama Festival event that Goldenvoice is bringing to New York, NY. Good festival tidings are ahead.This year’s Coachella boasts a lineup with Guns N Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris at the top.[Via The Desert Sun]last_img read more

2 Mar

Widespread Panic Hits The Ground Running On Panic En La Playa Night One

first_imgIt’s been a long two months since Widespread Panic had last performed, but that was all washed away on the shores of Riviera Maya, Mexico. Last night was the opening performance of the band’s sixth annual Panic en la Playa, bringing their high energy rock and roll down South of the border for the first of four nights under the stars.The band got things rolling with “One Arm Steve,” keeping the energy high with favorites like “Send Your Mind,” “Weight of the World,” and more. The band really got into a jive during the later half of the set, rolling through “Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety” to close out the hourlong offering.The energy level never waned in the second set, opening up with a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” before jamming out “Visiting Day” and “Second Skin.” From there, the band wouldn’t stop rocking until the end of the set, segueing into “Rebirtha,” “Cease Fire,” “Drivin’ Song” and more. They took “Drivin’ Song” into a funky “Disco” before returning to the “Drivin’,” ultimately dropping out into a percussion jam for Sunny Ortiz and Duane Trucks. They would be joined by bassist Dave Schools for some “Drumz & Bass,” which eventually resolved into a huge “Proving Ground.”Check out the video of “Drumz/Bass jam > Proving Ground” below, courtesy of MrTopdogger.The show kept rocking with “Solid Rock,” which segued back into “Proving Ground,” and ultimately the band closed out the second set with “Action Man.” They kept the mood light for the encore with the song “Vacation,” and closed it out with the fan favorite “Bust It Big.”See a video clip from “Bust It Big” below, courtesy of LoadOffAnnie.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream. You can also head to PanicStream for a full audio stream of the performance. Widespread Panic returns to the stage tonight, February 28th.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Panic en la Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 2/27/17Set 1: One Arm Steve, Send Your Mind, Weight of the World, Old Neighborhood, Cotton Was King, Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety (64 mins)Set 2: Mr Soul, Visiting Day, Second Skin > *Rebirtha > Cease Fire > Drivin’ Song > Disco > Drivin’ Song > Drumz / Drumz & Bass > Proving Ground > Solid Rock > Proving Ground > Action Man (104 mins)Encore: Vacation, Bust It Big (20 mins)[Photo via WSP FB]last_img read more

20 Dec

Brazilian Military’s White Paper to Guide Future Defense Priorities

first_imgBy Dialogo June 17, 2011 Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, for the first time ever, plans to release soon a White Paper that will serve as a guide for the country’s overall national defense policy. The “Livro Branco,” will include detailed information about strategy, planning, budgets and military equipment. This unprecedented document promises to offer transparency and rare insights into the intentions and workings of Brazil’s armed forces. Observers say the White Paper initiative, together with the 2008 National Defense Strategy, has improved civilian-military relations within the country and inspired Brazil’s neighbors to consider the strategic ramifications of a militarily powerful Brazil. “It’s important for all Brazilians to understand the significance of our engagements in the area of defense. Civil society should understand that defense issues are not exclusive to the military,” President Dilma Rousseff said at an Apr. 5 awards ceremony in Brasilia. She then went on to tout the White Paper initiative as a way to get civil society involved in discussions about national defense. Under the Brazilian Complementary Law (Lei Complementar), which took effect in August 2010, Congress and the Ministry of Defense are jointly responsible for defense strategy. The law also requires the White Paper to be updated every four years, and that it contain strategic data, budgetary figures, institutional information and details regarding equipment as they relate to the Brazil’s armed forces. It also must cover the following topics: the strategic scenario for the 21st century; national defense policy and strategy; modernization of the armed forces; rationalization and adaptation of defense structures; economic support of national defense; separate analyses on the Army, Navy and Air Force, and finally peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid. The White Paper is expected to provide details as to how the armed forces will implement Brazil’s 2008 National Defense Strategy, which laid the groundwork for more open, transparent communication of the country’s defense and security objectives. “The White Paper won’t differ much from the strategy document of 2008, but it will more explicitly incorporate nuclear power within the context of Brazilian defense, while highlighting the production of a nuclear submarine propelled by a uranium-enriched reactor,” said Fabián Calle, a security specialist with close ties to the Brazilian defense establishment. “This will send a message that Brazil has the capability to produce nuclear weapons, thereby matching world powers and making it worthy of a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.” Gen. Julio Hang, director of the Institute for International Security and Strategic Affairs (ISIAE), called the 2008 National Defense Strategy a “breakthrough document.” “Not only did it describe the internal changes related to Brazil’s protection of its ‘green Amazon’ and ‘blue Amazon’ [deepwater oil reserves] and incorporate modern areas like outer space, nuclear and cybersecurity, but it also detailed the whole system of logistical capabilities that its armed forces would have and how it viewed the South American countries as partners in the area of defense production,” said Hang, whose ISIAE is a division of the Argentine Council on International Relations. Hang largely credits Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim with helping to bolster the defense industry by convincing Brazil’s Congress and the public at large that investing in a strong defense industry will contribute to the country’s economic development. In most other Latin American countries, noted Hang, defense spending is seen only as a cost rather than a long-term investment. ¨ What Brazil did with its defense strategy document and is now doing with its White Paper initiative is illuminating other countries in the region about what defense and international security will look like in the future¨, said the general. ¨Ideally, countries will look to take advantage of Brazil’s advances by increasing defense cooperation, especially in the area of production.” Hang explained that Argentina is doing just that with co-production of the KC-390 transport aircraft, expected to start in 2012. Brazil’s Ministry of Defense is leading a series of seminars throughout the country, broken down by the strategic themes outlined in the White Paper. The first of three such seminars took place in Campo Grande in March and was entitled ¨The Synergy Between Defense and Society.” Two more were held, one in Porto Alegre in April and the other in Manaus earlier this month, sharing the theme ¨The Strategic Environment of the 21st Century.” A fourth seminar titled ¨Defense and the Military Instrument¨ will take place at the end of June in Recife, and two additional conferences scheduled for August in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo will cover the topic “Defense Transformation.” To ensure the conclusion of this project by July 2012, the federal government has created an Inter-Ministerial Working Group to oversee coordination of the strategic document. “Brazil has the largest reserve of potable water on the planet, some of its largest mineral deposits, is a neighbor to 10 countries and hosts a 12,000-kilometer frontier of Amazon forest,” said Jobim, justifying the need for a defense plan during the April seminar in Porto Alegre. The White Paper initiative follows on the heels of another unique editorial endeavor by the Ministry of Defense, together with the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, which in October 2010 jointly published a voluminous book entitled “International Security: Brazilian Perspectives” [Segurança Internacional: Perspectivas Brasileiras]. The book, edited by Jobim and his advisors, is a compilation of 39 articles written by scholars with a deep knowledge of Brazilian strategic affairs. Its chapters cover everything from challenges in contemporary security to specific threats in Central America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. The book is a prelude for what’s to come in the White Paper. Some of its repeating themes include the shift toward a multipolar world order, the need for Brazil’s armed forces to have dissuasion capabilities to protect the country’s natural resources, and a focus on asymmetrical and non-conventional warfare. Congratulations on the article. I’d like to know if Brazil’s White Book is available online. Thanks.last_img read more

20 Dec

A School to Defeat Traffickers

first_img Holguín Cuéllar has said that her country’s success in controlling illegal coca crops and limiting narcotrafficking is forcing cartels to pick up operations in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. In an effort to prevent shipments of cocaine from being detected, drug smugglers are using not only speedboats and fishing vessels, but they are building submarines that can cost $2 million and take more than a year to build, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In Central America, Salvadoran government authorities have reported that one of the leading causes of homicide in the country is narcomenudeo, or small-scale drug trafficking, which leads to deadly turf battles between rival gangs over drug sales. “There is a great challenge for authorities in the coming years to look at what the system is and how the system works,” said Colombian Major José Alfredo Jiménez, academic coordinator of ERCAIAD, in an interview with Diálogo. Maj. Jiménez compared the similarities of the criminal organizations to those that operate in Colombia, Spain and Central America. Criminals are also sharing technology with each other. In the second half of 2011, Guatemalan National Police dismantled six clandestine laboratories with the capacity to produce large quantities of synthetic drugs in San Marcos on the Guatemala-Mexico border. Maj. Jiménez said that Colombian cartels are teaching other drug traffickers how to process drugs in Central America. “It took authorities by surprise because they never imagined that the cartels or the organizations would process [the drugs] in their countries,” he said. A Strong Foundation By Dialogo April 01, 2012 The Counterdrug Intelligence School of the Americas opens its doors in Bogotá, providing a place for countries across the region to share best practices and training to confront the modern-day battle against drug traffickers. DIÁLOGO STAFF During a visit to Bolivia in December 2011, Colombia’s Foreign Relations Minister María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar said that South America would be an “oasis in the world” if it were not for drug trafficking. For her, it is important to find new solutions, new strategies and be bolder in this fight. “While a country of the region does well [fighting drug trafficking], another will do poorly, because it is a balloon effect. When you step on one end, the mass moves to the other,” she said, urging countries of the region to form a common front to combat drug trafficking. In this spirit, Colombia was selected to host the Counterdrug Intelligence School of the Americas (ERCAIAD, for its Spanish acronym) from 2012 to 2016 under the leadership of the Colombian National Police’s Antinarcotics Directorate (DIRAN). Academic organizers and security officials believe that in Bogotá, the school will further its reach to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. A Common Problem center_img Rafael Parada, project manager of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), said that the drug school project is unique in the hemisphere. “It brings together different police commands in the region to receive training in counterdrug intelligence,” he said. “It gives us the opportunity to create a network of intelligence analysts in the region who can communicate, coordinate and share experiences or information on the subject.” ERCAIAD was formed in 1998, when representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela had a vision of creating an international academic program in the fight against illicit drug trafficking in the region. Then the Andean Community Regional Counterdrug Intelligence School was established in Lima, Peru, in 1999 under the responsibility of Peru’s anti-drug police. From 2000 to 2010, the school trained nearly 1,500 police and law enforcement officers with the financial and technical assistance of the OAS and Peru. The cornerstone in the fight against drug trafficking is strategic intelligence, according to Maj. Jiménez, who oversees training and specialization of police and law enforcement personnel in the areas of anti-drugs intelligence, narcoterrrorism and related crimes. The school works toward this end with the cooperation of Colombia’s DIRAN and the OAS’s CICAD. CICAD’s Parada said Colombia was chosen to host the school on the basis of the successful proposal they presented, their credibility, and the prestige of the National Police. “Anyone that knows about the topic knows that they are the best in the region, together with the Carabineros from Chile [and] the Brazilian Federal Police; they are the main players throughout the hemisphere.” Focusing on Solutions In December 2011, law enforcement officers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Peru gathered at the new ERCAIAD school for a three-week workshop on different aspects of counterdrug intelligence. Maj. Jiménez explained that the participants discussed current trends in their respective countries and built scenarios of where illicit trafficking might be heading in the coming years. Some of the trends discussed were maritime drug trafficking, narcomenudeo, and clandestine drug laboratories in Central America. “The commitment of the U.S. Government with the Government of Colombia has undeniably been the cornerstone from which to move forward with that problem, in the areas of advice, logistics resources, training, and in all subjects of intelligence,” said Maj. Jiménez. “Now Colombia, with its own resources, is assuming its role to pursue the same line in the anti-drug fight.” Maj. Jiménez, who is also the academic coordinator of Colombia’s national counterdrugs school, underscores the importance of training. For him it is a way to be ahead of the criminals, because the race is “like a game of cat and mouse.” Sources: Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, El Tiempo, InSightCrime.org, www.elsalvador.com There may be solutions but it is now time to act and get out from behind the desklast_img read more

18 Dec

Long Island Valentine’s Day 2016 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Couples Massage at Hand and StoneIf relaxation is something you are looking for on Valentine’s Day, Hand and Stone is the place to go. It offers private rooms so you and your loved one can enjoy some pampering and relaxation together. Hand and Stone,16 Wall St., Huntington. (also has locations in Jericho, Port Washington, Levittown). handandstone.com Prices vary depending on duration and location. Love on IceWant to include the kids on this special day, or just looking to skate with your loved one? Either way, “Love on Ice” celebrations are taking place at the Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park and Grant Park ice rinks. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available for attendees, and there will be a DJ and prizes for children. Ice rink admission will include a free skate rental. Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park and Grant Park. Free children 3 and under, $6 4-17, $8 Adults. 1 p.m. February 14.Annual Historic Mansion Valentine’s Day DinnerDine where Hollywood stars, Long Island’s rich and famous, and European royalty once supped in a glamorous and romantic mansion overlooking Northport Bay. Those looking to get a taste of the glamorous past will get a tour of the mansion, including exclusive collections accompanied by Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. A gourmet dinner in the storybook atmosphere will follow. Tickets are by reservation only. Vanderbilt Mansion Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. 631-854-5579. Vanderbiltmuseum.org $100. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 14.Valentine’s Day Comedy Show Starring Jim BreuerLaugh the night away with your loved one or laugh away your unsuccessful love life at this special comedy event. Starring radio host, stand up comedian, and SNL cast member Jim Breuer, you are sure to be kept in stitches. Cabaret tables sold with roses, chocolates, and champagne. The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. 631-673-7300. paramountny.com $30-100. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.The Way We Were Film ScreeningEnjoy flowers, chocolates, and a special screening of The Way We Were, a story of star crossed lovers (who certainly prove that opposites attract) Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. Starting with a reception featuring roses and chocolates, this special screening is sure to get you in a romantic mood. Perfect dinner and a movie date opportunity, Valentine’s edition. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. Cinemaartscentre.org $12 members, $17 public. 3:30 p.m. February 14.Dinner at the Glen Cove MansionTreat your Valentine to a delicious dinner, followed by live music and dancing. Champagne specials, roses, and the beautiful atmosphere will give you a night to remember. Tickets are by reservation only. Glen Cove Mansion, 200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, New York 11542. 516.671.6400. glencovemansion.com $89 .6, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.center_img St. Valentine’s Day is back, which means it’s once again time to buy overpriced chocolates and bouquets of red roses to celebrate a holiday that many view more to do with consumerism than romance.But, instead of contributing to the $18 billion that Americans are estimated to spend this year on their valentines with predictable gifts, why not change it up this year? Long Island is home to a host of unique events for those looking to do something different with their dates.Take advantage and explore some of the best events on LI happening this Valentine’s Day.Valentine’s Night CabaretJoin cast members of award winning Broadway musicals for a special Valentine’s cabaret performance. Featuring Tony winner Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Catherine Walker, these talented cast members of the Tony-winning Broadway production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will reunite to perform witty songs, and join guests for cocktails, dinner and dessert. Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Rd, Sands Point, NY 11050. 516-304-5076. thesandspointpreserve.org. $125. 7 p.m. February 13.Valentine’s Laugh, Dine, and Dance Stand-upIf you are looking for a laugh in an easy-going atmosphere, come laugh the night away with a line up of Long Island’s top stand-up comedians. Featuring George Rini, Talia Reese and Gary Vider, you can eat while you watch, and there will also be a dance floor for those inclined. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St, Riverhead. 631-727-4343. suffolktheater.com $35. 8 p.m. February 13.3rd Annual Louder Than Love Valentine’s Day ConcertMusic lovers prepare to dance the night away. With a varied line-up, this concert features groups like TKA, and an appearance by DJ Chef. NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road,  Westbury. 516-247-5200. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-115. 8 p.m. February 13.last_img read more

17 Dec

4 ways empathy can show up in your COVID-19 response

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Bialobrzeski Rick is Executive Vice President at GreenPath Financial Wellness, where he has worked since 1996. More than 500 credit unions are partners in GreenPath’s effort to “remix the American … Web: www.greenpath.org Details These are turbulent, unprecedented times. It’s uncharted territory for all of us. One thing is certain though – amid the chaos, there is opportunity. We all have the opportunity – we have the responsibility – to step up and be there for our members. So many are facing income reduction or job loss, health concerns, and a myriad of other challenges.Your members need you right now. Are you working to address the uncertainty and stress they’re feeling? Are you talking to your members about what they’re feeling and experiencing?I suspect you are. Here are a few simple thoughts that may be helpful in your efforts…Find a way to learn more about what members are experiencing. Simpler is better. Maybe it’s as simple as an email or website pop-up that says, “We’re here for you. What’s going on? How can we help?”If you have the resources to do so, find a way to connect with members one-on-one. How would it make a member feel to get a phone call from their credit union asking how they’re doing? Cut through the isolation and make a personal connection if possible. A friendly voice can mean so much to someone who is struggling. And it can be a great way to learn details about what members are experiencing.Make sure your processes are as member-friendly as possible. A lot of financial service organizations are rolling out products meant to help. Fee waivers, deferred payments, and low-interest emergency loans are great options as long as members don’t have to jump through too many hoops to access them. Members who need relief are probably already stressed, and possibly emotionally spent. A long application process may feel more like friction than help. Try to make it easy for them.You can’t provide members with all the help they need. Look for trusted partners to assist members with needs that are out of your wheel house. This might include things like food assistance, financial counseling, unemployment resources, student loan assistance, or debt management programs.Put your members first and connect them with the help they need. Let’s support each other and come out of this stronger than ever. Stay safe and well!last_img read more