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SUBMIT A VIDEO FROM YOUR UNIT FOR THE #CADETTAKEOVER

SUBMIT A VIDEO FROM YOUR UNIT FOR THE #CADETTAKEOVER

28/03/2017

Submit a video that shows your Sea Cadets unit off, and you could win recognition and a prize!

BFBS is looking for short, 10- to 60-second videos for the #CadetTakeover, which aims to raise the profile of local units and show the benefits of being part of a cadet force. 

Videos can be shot on mobile phones and entrants can submit any content they like. Examples could include parades, cadet tutorials, or footage of weekly activities and excursions. Capture something that makes your unit stand out, or show off a particular skill.

Videos should be submitted as below:

1. Go to www.wetransfer.com
2. Click on 'add your files' and upload your video
3. In the 'email to' box, type cadets@bfbs.com
4. When your file has finished uploading, Click on 'transfer'

There is a prize for the winner, and a selection of the videos will be published by BFBS, using the #CadetTakeover hashtag, online and on Twitter and Facebook.

You can find out more about the competition, including tips for shooting the perfect video and consent forms, here: http://www.bfbs.com/radio/articles/12605

 
HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF CYBER CRIME

HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF CYBER CRIME

28/03/2017

Advice has been issued to seafarers to help them avoid being victims of cyber crime.

According to the National Crime Agency, organised crime has been quick to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the internet, particularly the growth in e-commerce and online banking. 

Seafarers can be particularly vulnerable to these types of crime, with specialist criminal groups targeting individuals, small businesses and large corporate networks to steal personal information in bulk.

You can avoid becoming a victim by following tips such as making sure your anti-virus software is up to date, always using a firewall, and not opening any email attachments from unknown sources.

Find out more how you can protect yourself at: https://www.getsafeonline.org and https://www.cyberstreetwise.com/ 

 
CHESTERFIELD UNIT FEATURES ON CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY

CHESTERFIELD UNIT FEATURES ON CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY

23/03/2017

Chesterfield Sea Cadets featured on Channel 5's The Great British Benefits Handout, in which a couple who have launched a gardening business created a vegetable patch at the unit.

The documentary, which aired last night, follows people as they start up their own small businesses from scratch with the help of a grant given to them by the show's producers.

Adam and Leanne were among those featured on the show, and filmed at Chesterfield Sea Cadets in January, where they created a vegetable garden. 

The patch is now ready to be planted, and the unit hopes when the vegetables are ready they can be sold to parents to raise funds and be used for cook steward training.

Petty Officer (SCC) Gareth Oughton, 1st/Lt at Chesterfield Sea Cadets, said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for the cadets to take part in something different. They thoroughly enjoyed the full day filming and really did themselves proud.  

"The cadets were fully immersive into what was needed from both the crew and the participants of the show. The film crew enjoyed a tour of the unit and were amazed by the amount of courses and opportunities that cadets offer. They even stayed at the unit to enjoy stew with us for dinner."

The episode was shown yesterday, and can be watched again here: https://www.my5.tv/the-great-british-benefits-handout/season-2/episode-6

 
CHANGES TO MARINE SOCIETY'S @SEA APPS

CHANGES TO MARINE SOCIETY'S @SEA APPS

13/03/2017

As part of its belief that seafarers should have access to life-enhancing education wherever they are in the world, Marine Society has made changes to its suite of award-winning apps to make them easier to use and better value for money.

The apps, which include Maths@Sea, Maths@Sea+, English@Sea and Writing@Sea, will now come under one roof – a Learn@Sea application. This new subscription-based service will cost £1.99 per month. The change comes because it was deemed unfair to make seafarers pay for a year’s access to a course that could be completed in a few days. Equally, Marine Society didn’t want to restrict the length of time a student could access a course if they only manage 15 minutes of study at a time.

Marine Society is also spreading the word about its English@Sea app. The promotion focused on Filipino seafarers, as the Philippines currently produces the world’s highest number of crew and is the largest supplier of ratings. The quality of English varies among seafarers and there is a clear need to improve comprehension. More than 2,500 Filipino seafarers have signed up, improving safety at sea. 

 
CADETS PRESENTED WITH OFFSHORE BURSARY AWARDS

CADETS PRESENTED WITH OFFSHORE BURSARY AWARDS

13/03/2017

Offshore bursary awards were given to seven cadets ahead of the Shipwrights Dinner at Fishmongers Hall, London, last week. 

Certificates and money were handed to the seven cadets from London Area when the Livery Court of Shipwrights met before the dinner.

The cadets are: Marine Cadet 1st Class James, Able Cadet Sam, Marine Cadet 1st Class Max and Cadet Corporal Ted from Bexley Unit; Cadet 1st Class Louie from Greenwich Unit; Ordinary Cadet Emma from Sutton Unit; and Cadet 1st Class Ben from Southwark Unit.

Bursaries are crucial to Sea Cadets, offering all young people the chance to be part of the adventure and sail offshore.

The charity believes sailing, being part of a team and pulling together to navigate Britain’s coastal waters is a great way for young people to find new confidence and reach new heights for the best possible head start in life.

 
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