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USS Wasp Remembers September 11th

first_img USS Wasp Remembers September 11th View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Remembers View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: 11th The crew of USS Wasp (LHD 1) commemorated the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 with a ceremony held in the hangar bay, in port Norfolk.While television sets aired a 9/11 documentary in the background, the main event commenced with singing the national anthem, followed by the chaplain’s invocation and remarks from Wasp’s crew.“Our generation remembers where we were on September 11th,” said Lt. Andrea Alvord, Wasp’s hangar officer. “So connected are we to the events of that day, that the topic of September 11th is rarely brought up without someone sharing a ‘there I was…’ story. Wherever we were that morning, we collectively knew that our lives and the world had changed.”Chief (select) Aviation Maintenance Administration Troney Murrell shared her “there I was” story.“I thought about the lives that had been cut way too soon; a mother was never going to hold her child again, a father would never play ball again with his children. A son or daughter would never graduate high school or college,” she said. “I didn’t know anyone on the planes, at the towers or at the Pentagon…but still I remember.”To further strengthen the connection between the victims of 9/11 and the crew, Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Kaopio highlighted names and backstories of victims at each of the four crash sights.In addition, one bell was struck over the general announcing system at 846 a.m. in memory of the first jet crash, by American Airlines Flight 11, into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The crew then observed a moment of silence.Other poignant moments of the ceremony included Chief (select) Information Technology Specialist Michelle Wilson’s reading of the poem, Remember, Remember the 11th of September, and the Wasp’s choir singing, “God Bless America.”Especially touching for Lt. Tabitha Edwards, 1st lieutenant, were remarks from Executive Officer, Capt. Kurt Kastner. “The XO read an email he received from a family friend in New Jersey who had lost her husband in the attacks while he was on deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Edwards. “Even though the letter was written a year after the attacks, it really helped him put the mission in perspective.”The ceremony concluded with a second bell rung over the general announcing system at 9:03 a.m. in memory of the second crash by United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower, followed by a final moment of silence.“It was important to the captain and executive officer that the crew of Wasp come together on this day to remember the events,” said Alvord.Wasp is scheduled to begin a maintenance period in dry dock this month.[mappress]Press Release, September 13, 2013 September 13, 2013 View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: September Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Wasp Remembers September 11th View post tag: Wasp Training & Educationlast_img read more

Points to consider before starting a hops operation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hop farming requires a substantial investment in capital, time and management. A business and marketing plan is essential to developing a successful hops operation. A new factsheet has been released by OSU Extension to outline the pre-planning points that should be addressed to create a financially successful hops operation.Economic considerations and site preparation are two important points for a successful hops operation and integral to a business and marketing plan. Planning in these two areas is essential, and the business and marketing plan should be developed at least one year prior to planting the first hop plants.New hop growers are also encouraged to consider the details in this fact sheet before making an investment. Production budgets indicate at least $25,000 per acre may be needed to establish a high trellis hop planting and at least a $100,000 investment for a small-scale hop processing, drying, pelletizing, cooling, packaging and freezing facility built to federal and state food safety regulatory standards. This fact sheet looks at:Market establishmentLabor needs and availabilityFacilities for processing and storageInsurance considerationsFinancial and planning resourcesSite preparation considerations including:Site selectionField preparationPlant selectionPlant nutrition and fertilizationPest managementThe complete fact sheet can be accessed at: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-58 or can be obtained by calling your County Extension office.last_img read more

Guwahati: Police defuse IED on Kanchanjanga Express, avert tragedy

first_imgAssam Police averted a tragedy on Friday morning when its personnel detected and defused an explosive device planted inside a train during routine search after its arrival at the railway station in Guwahati.Police found the bomb kept inside an air bag from seat no. 22 of S5 coach during routine search of the Kolkata-Guwahati Kanchanjanga Express at the Guwahati Railway Station, sources said.They said after the bomb was found, all 1100 passengers inside the train were deboarded. “The train was checked thoroughly,” the sources said.Police said they recovered 4 kg explosive, 4 detonators and a time device from the bag at around 5.20 AM after the train arrived.”The programmable time device was found during routine check by police personnel. Every train which arrives at the Guwahati station is checked,” the sources said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Trump watches sumo, but it’s not just a sport in Japan

first_imgView comments President Donald Trump attends the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Tokyo. First lady Melania Trump is at top right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)TOKYO — President Donald Trump watched sumo wrestling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, becoming the first American leader to do so. Trump, who is on a four-day state visit to Japan, presented a special U.S.-made trophy to the winner.Some key facts about sumo, which is deeply tied to Japan’s ancient religion of Shinto:ADVERTISEMENT ___ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next THE RINGBased on Shinto belief, the elevated dirt ring, or “dohyo,” is considered sacred. Before every tournament, Shinto priests perform rituals to pacify the gods by pouring rice, sake and other offerings into a little hole in the center of the ring. Wrestlers also rinse their mouth with water before entering the ring, while only senior wrestlers are allowed to use salt to purify themselves and repel evil spirits. They use up to 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds) of salt during every 15-day tournament, according to the Japan Sumo Association.___MEN ONLYOnly men can become professional sumo wrestlers, because under sumo’s Shinto tradition, women are considered unclean, and are not allowed to enter the ring. Last year, a sumo referee blocked women who went up to the ring to provide first aid for a mayor who collapsed in the ring while making a speech at a sumo event in Kyoto, triggering criticism that sumo officials were prioritizing their gender-biased tradition over someone’s life.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ___RIGID CUSTOMUnlike other athletes, sumo wrestlers are considered living performers of cultural tradition and are expected to be role models. This is especially true of the yokozuna — those considered to have dignity and grace in addition to outstanding sumo skills. Wrestlers come from across Japan and are divided into 46 “stables,” each run by “oyakata,” or masters — retired wrestlers who had reached the sport’s highest ranks. By tradition, they live and train together at each stable, where young apprentices are assigned to cleaning, cooking and other chores for their seniors. The hierarchy-based apprenticeship has sometimes caused bullying and hazing. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ___SHINTO RITUALFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe origins of sumo can be traced back to the Shinto ritual for a good harvest at imperial courts in the 8th century. It later was used as martial arts training for samurais before becoming entertainment for the people during the Edo period, with the introduction of stylized rules including the art of entering the ring, the use of loin cloths, topknots and kimonos, as well as fighting regulations. 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US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Matchups for the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors ___WINNER AND PRIZESA wrestler who pushes his opponent out of the ring, or makes him touch the ground first, is declared the winner. The number of wins during a 15-day tournament determines their ranks, which go as high as the most prestigious yokozuna, or grand champion. There are six tournaments per year. A tournament winner is awarded two main trophies — the Emperor’s Cup and the Prime Minister’s Cup — as well as dozens of international and prefectural prizes such as a huge macaroon cookie from the French Embassy, a year’s supply of strawberries donated by Fukuoka prefecture and a trophy filled with dried mushrooms from Oita prefecture.___SPECTATOR CUSTOMSFans in the ringside “masu seki” box seats typically sit on zabuton mattresses on tatami mats. The seats include servings of yakitori and tea served in ceramic pots and cups, while the spectators can also purchase beer and other drinks. The masu seki tickets also come with other treats, including sweet bean desserts, towels and memorabilia. Fans customarily throw their cushions toward the ring to cheer a wrestler who beat a senior opponent in an upset match.last_img read more

Board of Supervision Rolls Out Disaster Preparedness Plan

first_img The Board of Supervision (BOS), an agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has boosted its disaster preparedness plans, aimed at improving the care and protection of the nation’s homeless for the hurricane season.Homelessness Co-ordinator at the BOS, Damion Campbell, tells JIS News that the increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homeless, through its many intervention programmes.The measures include: a review of the National Disaster Action Plan, which outlines the roles and responsibilities that the various stakeholders must play at the parish level, which takes into consideration the provision of food, shelter and medical care.In addition, a series of workshops and training exercises are being conducted in an effort to sensitize persons about how to effectively deal with the homeless, in case of a natural disaster.“In terms of feedback from the various training exercises that were conducted, we have discovered that on a regional basis, individuals are better aware of the roles that they have to play, as it relates to the different case that exists, in dealing with street persons,” the Co-ordinator tells JIS News.Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing, developing public awareness programmes, implementing additional projects at the parish level, and building and strengthening partnerships among diverse stakeholders.“We have to play our part, because homeless persons are in need of care and protection, whether or not there is a hurricane. Our aim is to make persons aware of the services that currently exist, so that assistance can be acquired from the various organisations islandwide,” he said.Mr. Campbell informs JIS News that currently there are six homeless shelters in operation islandwide, where persons can go in case of an emergency.These are the Marie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston; Portland Rehabilitation Centre and Open Arms Drop-In Centre, Portland; Refuge of Hope in St. James; Westmoreland Association for Street People (WASP) in Savanna-la-mar; and the Ebenezer Home in Manchester.He points out that information on shelters for the homeless can be accessed through the various parish council offices, and poor relief departments islandwide.Mr. Campbell adds that while funding remains a challenge to effectively provide for this sector of society, the BOS remains committed to safeguarding the welfare of the nation’s homeless, in collaboration with its stakeholders.He emphasizes that the Government alone cannot do it, and is encouraging private sector companies and individuals to get on board.Some of the stakeholders are: Ministry of Health (MOH), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Food for the Poor, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Community Mental Health Services, Jamaica Red Cross and the Salvation Army.The Board of Supervision is a statutory body that was established under the Poor Relief Act, to supervise and monitor the delivery of the poor relief service, performed by the Parish Councils and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing Story Highlightscenter_img The increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homelesslast_img read more

Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders from the Navy, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission on Monday celebrated the opening of a $75 million, 30-megawatt solar array at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.Now operational, this 254-acre solar farm contains approximately 133,000 solar photovoltaic panels and is delivering energy to the installation and the surrounding community at or below the company’s avoided cost, according to a Navy news release. Georgia Power completed the project in less than a year.The solar generation facility is the first completed by Georgia Power in collaboration with the Navy and joins a similar 30-megwatt on-base solar facility recently completed at Fort Benning. The utility is currently developing more than 150 megawatts of solar generation to serve the state’s electric customers through projects with the Navy and Army. In addition to the new arrays at Kings Bay and Fort Benning, Georgia Power is building solar facilities at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, according to the utility.“Ensuring our installations have secure, reliable, resilient and affordable energy is critical for continuous operations. Working with an innovator like Georgia Power enables the Department of the Navy to achieve its missions and energy efficiency goals,” Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast, said at the ribbon cutting.last_img read more