USS John C. Stennis Sailors Complete SAPR-F Training

first_img View post tag: Stennis View post tag: News by topic Sexual Assault Prevention and Response-Fleet (SAPR-F) training concluded aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) July 1.The training, led by Stennis Senior enlisted and commissioned personnel, was in accordance with NAVADMIN 156/13 and NAVADMIN 158/13 requiring fleet wide completion by July 1.“It [SAPR training] reemphasized the need for a positive culture change,” said Cmdr. Kevin Dowd, Stennis’ weapons department head and a SAPR facilitator. “It is an all hands effort to eradicate sexual assault within our ranks and this training helps reemphasize DoD standards.”For many, this training was an opportunity to engage in the fleet-wide focus on sexual assault preventative measures and reporting procedures.“Sailors need to be aware of their resources and their responsibilities,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Caleb Hyland, a command SAPR victim advocate. “This training talks about both protecting the rights of victims as well as ensuring they get the proper care and help that they need.”According to the 2012 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of active duty members, more than 26,000 service members across the DoD experienced unwanted sexual contact. Of the estimated 26,000, only 2,949 were reported to DoD authorities.“The training brings the issue of lack of reporting to the forefront as a command priority and helps to cultivate a command climate where victims have the confidence to report assaults and are secure in the knowledge that command leadership will do what is right,” said Dowd.[mappress]Press Release, July 3, 2013 July 3, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: SAPR-F View post tag: Training View post tag: complete USS John C. Stennis Sailors Complete SAPR-F Training Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: sailors View post tag: Defense View post tag: C. Back to overview,Home naval-today USS John C. Stennis Sailors Complete SAPR-F Training View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: USS View post tag: Johnlast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Behind the Logos

first_imgFitting together the sponsorship puzzle is something that I get a lot of personal questions about. In an age of social media built around constructed personas its impossible to separate an individual from the “brand” he or she has made for themselves. We all have one; even if its all cat videos and breakfast selfies, and being sensitive to this is the first big step in positioning yourself for sponsorship. Being aware of the brand of YOU is being aware how the world sees you.Every rider’s progression or development follows a different path. But the pressure to perform is nearly universal. It’s pretty common to hear “serious riders” (you know who you are) expressing their perception that their sponsorship hinges upon wins, upon podiums, and upon results. Repping product on social media, stickers on top tubes and handlebars, heck even socks are ad space for the rider who views his or her results as what keeps their races paid for, their gu’s discounted, or their socks fresh. The rider who brings his bike with him on the podium represents an intense level of pride in not only her accomplishment but also the equipment she used to get there. For the riders who structure their lives around racing any result is fuel to get them back out on the bike Monday morning; pushing harder and riding faster.The truth, strangely enough, is that the folks buying the Gu’s typically have a much broader goal than podiums or trending hashtags. They’re never heard saying that their participation in the sport is genuinely dependent on results. The sponsors who are invested financially or otherwise in cycling do it for their own passions the vast majority of the time. While there are exceptions where sponsorship is genuinely mere ad space, they are very rare. Cycling support certainly informs spending choices in our family its a big jump to say that affects the bottom line of a major sponsor, especially in the microcosm of the cycling world. The jerseys you see on top racers and professional cyclists these days are often backed by a smiling face in a team car who cares deeply not only for the success of the body inside that jersey, but also about the health of cycling in general. Those involved on all sides of cycling today do so out of passion. Passion for human endeavor, passion for the journeys we all take, and a genuine belief in the bike as a catalyst for personal and fundamental change. Behind the scenes the podiums are merely a celebration of the success of cycling, not just the achievement of the rider.24 Hours in the Old Pueblo 2016 I came onto the cycling scene reading gear reviews in my sister’s back issues of Mountain Bike Magazine or Zapata Espinoza’s editorials in Mountain Bike Action of the latest product which would barely be safe to ride these days! An era where super teams like Volvo-Cannondale or Trek-VW dominated the sponsorship landscape. Where Ned Overend’s lanky profile graced the backlit plastic billboard of the Mountain Dew dispenser at the corner store. I grew up wondering how I’d get into that world. How could I as a chubby kid from a town few had heard of at the time get to where The Lung (as Ned is still called) stood lit in green and red.My time in the industry began at a local bike shop in that little town; shop-ratting my way to a free kit at said shop. Having access to pro-deals from said shop were a big step, and one which most of the sponsorship world is still based off of. As an employee of a shop I was already heads and tails above the shop’s few “sponsored” riders; who all got a tidy little shop discount and access to regular promotional discounts. For most every bike “race team” was a gray area for the shop as it was hard to connect the dots between margin gained through sponsorship and margin lost to team riders. It takes a shop who genuinely values their racing community to subsidize it. So value your local shops who support racing. Prodeals hooked it up in place of sponsorship for a long time for me. SM100 chillThe next step in my progression I remember thinking that race results would open the doors of those awesome red Trek VW Golfs I saw my heroes pull up in. That if I just got on the top box all the big names would come knocking. As if my phone number was on the back of the jersey with a sub-line of “call me!” Nevertheless I spent a year lighting up the highways pursuing a pro mtb license. The numbers game of getting a pro mtb license meant a lot of travel, a lot of hitting the road early and crashing in a field, waiting for your 90 minutes of lactate threshold effort which MIGHT yield a free tire and a few NORBA/USCF (Now USA Cycling) points. I spent 42 weekends of the year away from home that year. I even raced the morning of my sister’s wedding to warnings of “don’t you dare come back damaged!” And after a Pro upgrade and some of the fastest fast twitch I’ve ever had the phone still didn’t ring. I had to radically change my perception of what made me worthwihle as a rider in order to make any headway in the world of supported riding and racing. I had earned some support from a grassroots program run by Gary Fisher and Trek but each year that deal was changing and the dynamic didn’t always feel like pro ball. 2011 was an Olympic year and in Olympic years the sponsorship paradigm shifts a lot to provide as much support as possible to athletes who have a shot to attend the biggest bike game there is. As a result I did get a phone call from Trek: “Sorry dude, we are cutting everybody.” If you didn’t have a shot at the Olympic Village, you didn’t have much to work with. Fortunately another phone call came shortly after that—a phone call I still tell folks about today and one I’m excited about every year its come since.What then are sponsors paying for? They are paying for association with positive individuals. To gain brand recognition not only with quality legs and podium time; but also quality character. When Roger Masse asks Tinker Juarez what tire he’s running he expects; and receives, a genuine answer. Suddenly the tire brand Tinker is riding is more than just a good option out of a batch of good options, its now THE option. And that’s worth a lot more than any billboard or ad in MTB Action. And the more that happens the more any brand grows, and grows in the right ways.  When racing for Fisher and Trek I had developed a little bit of a side passion. I had built a singlespeed mountain bike in college because a meager college student budget couldn’t afford a second training bike. It was equal parts classic and miserable; a steel singlespeed cobbled together from parts laying around or bartered for. That bike rode terribly and seldom worked as intended. On this singlespeed though I had started to make friends. Make a reputation for being all the right kinds of rowdy. Loud and proud at 2 A.M. in the pits of a 24 hour race. Bright eyed and bushy tailed on the start line as the “pain train” pulled out of the station. These things brought the sponsorship phone call that I stoke on. A friend had opened a bike shop and wanted to put together the best team VA had seen in a long while. That year we had 3 of the 5 pro MTB licenses in Virginia. It was stoke worthy. And this stoke, this excitement, this enthusiasm and being recognized FOR it is what’s brought me here today. At least I think so! I try to be someone who cherishes the world around him. Who recognizes that every rider, every person is on their own journey. That each pair of legs that crosses the finish line has a story equally as awesome as mine; most often more awesome than mine! I am a lucky and blessed man because I have financial and family support which matches my appetite for self challenge, for adventure, and for making the world a better, more positive place, one pedal stroke at a time. I continue to ride for Blue Ridge Cyclery today because we share the principle that life is better with a bike. That passion for the outdoors, for family, and a vision of a cleaner, healthier, and more informed world can all be better experienced and actualized with a bicycle. We share dreams. What makes me sponsor-able by them and others isn’t that I’ve won races; though that airtime and facetime helps, its the alignment with a positive force in the world. I’ve also been blessed to work with Pivot Cycles, Industry Nine, Ridge Supply, Starlight Apparel, Handup Gloves, Wolftooth Components, Endless Bike Co and a huge variety of other brands who’s faces I know, who’s hands I’ve shook, and who I feel honored to represent in my capacity as a smiling face and strong legs. In putting together the sponsorship puzzle I’ve aligned myself with not only brands and products I WANT to use, but ones I am excited to use. Behind the logos and product pages are good people. People who care as deeply as I do about promoting cycling, healthy lifestyles.Our BRO athlete stories are brought to you by: BROAthleteBannerAdThe Hub and Pisgah Tavern, Crozet Running, Bold Rock Cidery, and Blue Ridge Cyclery.More from our BRO Athlete Team:last_img read more

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MP accuses Sports Minister and his deputy of playing football with World Cup budget figures

first_imgA ranking member of the Youth and Sports Committee in Parliament is accusing the Sports Minister and his deputy of playing football with the budget for Ghana’s preparation for the 2014 World Cup.According to Isaac Asiamah, the deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yamin told the Committee that an amount of 24 million cedis had been budgeted for the Stars’ preparation to Brazil 2014.But when the substantive minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah appeared before the House on Tuesday, he said no figure has yet been budgeted for next year’s World Cup.The Minister said any figure mentioned could only be “speculative” because he has not received any budget from the FA.He ran the legislators through a tall list of sponsors including, Guinness, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), and their annual sponsorship sum, but insisted no budget has yet been made available.Speaking to Joy News, the Ranking Member of the Committee Isaac Asiamah deplored the controversy in the figures being bandied about. He found it intriguing that the Deputy Minister would tell Parliament that a figure of 24 million had been budgeted for the Black Stars’ preparation only for his substantive minister to rubbish the figures and describe it as purely speculative.Even more serious is the claim by the Minister that no budget has yet been made for the Black Stars in 2014, Isaac Asiamah argued.He said Parliament will by tomorrow pass the Appropriation Act which will empower the executive to spend monies for the 2014 financial year.So for the Minister to tell Parliament that there is no budget yet for the  Black Stars for the 2014 financial year is unacceptable.”Parliament has to be taken seriously” he told Joy News’ Evans Mensah, adding, he will pursue the case to its logical conclusion. In a reaction, the deputy Minister Joseph Yamin admitted that he had told the committee the budget for the Black Stars’ preparation was 24 million cedis but was quick to add that figure was only an estimate.According to him, the substantive Minister knew about the 24 million cedis estimate but did not say if he had the authority of the minister to disclose it to Parliament.last_img read more

Lakers say Anthony Davis could miss Thursday’s re-opener with eye injury

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis’ first season with the Lakers has been a smashing success so far: He’s averaged a team-best 26.4 points and 9.4 rebounds with 2.4 blocks in 55 games. He’s one of the top contenders for Defensive Player of the Year and a possible first-team All-NBA honoree when the votes come in.Vogel has stumped loudly for award season recognition for Davis, who helped power the Lakers to a 49-14 record prior to the hiatus.“Anthony Davis is the most versatile and dominant defender in the game,” he said. “It’s that simple. He’s the best rim protector. He can switch out and guard all positions on the perimeter. He’s elite with his hands. And he just has a skill set that’s unlike anybody else in the NBA.”He had already accumulated 9 points and 9 rebounds in the first quarter of the Saturday scrimmage when he checked out with his injury. Missing Davis would only further hamper a top-of-the-West Lakers team that is without feisty defender Avery Bradley and playmaking guard Rajon Rondo.The Lakers have tried to be as cautious as possible for potential injuries. LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kyle Kuzma were also held out of Monday’s scrimmage primarily out of precaution. Both James and Kuzma practiced on Tuesday, while Howard was held out of contact work with knee soreness. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> As teammates flew around the court at the Coronado Springs convention center on Tuesday morning, Anthony Davis had a courtside seat. The 27-year-old donned a ballcap and dark sunglasses, even though the Lakers were holding practice indoors.Davis has already missed a scrimmage after being poked in the eye by Michael Carter-Williams when the Lakers played the Magic on Saturday and was not active for Tuesday’s practice. Now, Davis’ dimmed view is a concern for the Lakers in their re-opener against the Clippers on Thursday night, which he might not play.“He’s day to day and while he’s still dealing with discomfort, there is some concern that he could potentially not play Thursday,” Vogel said. “But we’re hopeful that he does and we’ll see how that plays out.”The injury is not believed to seriously have affected his vision, but it has caused Davis discomfort in the last few days.center_img The Clippers, who have a 2-1 record against their cross-hall rivals this season, aren’t working with a full deck either. Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell have taken excused absences for family reasons, as did Lou Williams who is serving out a 10-day quarantine after it was revealed he took a detour to the Magic City club while away from the bubble. Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac were late-arriving players who are still getting up to speed. For much of their time in the bubble, the Clippers have only had 10 active players.last_img read more