US Navy League Establishes Scholarship to Honor USS Mississippi

first_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: League View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy League Establishes Scholarship to Honor USS Mississippi View post tag: Navy US Navy League Establishes Scholarship to Honor USS Mississippi View post tag: USS Meridian Area Navy League members, USS Mississippi commissioning committee members and representatives from the University of Mississippi gathered Jan. 18 to announce the establishment of a new scholarship.Meridian Area Navy League members worked for a year to raise funds for the commissioning of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782), and after the commissioning in 2012, they still had money left over.The remaining funds were used to establish a scholarship at the University of Mississippi to benefit dependants of USS Mississippi Sailors or Mississippi natives who will participate in the NROTC program at the university.An endowment check for $40,000 was presented by the USS Mississippi Commissioning Chairman Mark McDonald, Co-Chairman retired Navy Capt. Curt Goldacker and Meridian Area Navy League President Arjen Lagendijk to Denson Hollis, senior director of development for the College of Liberal Arts.“The life span of the USS Mississippi is expected to be at least 30 years,” Goldacker said. “We expect this foundation to run well past that.”The University of Mississippi was selected to receive the scholarship endowment because it is the only college in the state that has an active Navy ROTC.Lagendijk said that the fund raising was an effort of many people across the state that joined together with Goldacker, McDonald and Tom McGuire, a long time member of the Navy League.“Without these three gentlemen and a lot of other folks, this wouldn’t have happened,” Lagendijk said. “To say that we can raise money and have some left over for something like this is pretty neat.”Hollis said the plan is to award a $2,000 scholarship beginning in the Fall of 2014.“A different student will get it each year, and first choice would be to a dependent of a USS Mississippi crew member,” Hollis said. “If there is not an eligible applicant, the next choice would be to a student from Mississippi. The university, the College of Liberal Arts and the Navy ROTC are just so grateful that they have chosen us to house this money and ensure this scholarship. We’ll do our best to make sure the money is used the way they want it to be used.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 29, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Mississippi View post tag: US Training & Education January 29, 2013 View post tag: Scholarship View post tag: establishes View post tag: Defence View post tag: Honorlast_img read more

‘We don’t want to be infected’: Indonesian crewmen plead to be airlifted home

first_imgHe said that the operator of the Diamond Princess was allowing its crew members to disembark, as long as their governments had made arrangements for their repatriation. He said that all passengers had left the ship by Tuesday, which left some 400 crew members on board.He begged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to rescue them, adding that the governments of the United States, Canada, South Korea and several European countries were planning to begin evacuating their nationals among the crew on Tuesday.”What is the government waiting for? Are they waiting for the remaining 69 of us to become infected?” said Masfud.On Feb. 5, Japanese authorities quarantined the Diamond Princess as well as its 3,711 passengers and crew for two weeks, docked in Yokohama, in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. By the time the ship was released from quarantine on Feb. 19, however, 634 of all those aboard had tested positive for COVID-19.The Indonesian government had recently floated a plan to evacuate the remaining healthy Indonesians onboard, with officials saying that it might either send an aircraft or the Indonesian Navy’s Dr. Soeharso Hospital Ship on the humanitarian mission.However, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said on Monday that Jakarta was negotiating with Tokyo on the evacuation options.While acknowledging the increasing number of infected aboard the cruise ship, Terawan said the government did not want to “make a rash decision” as regards the evacuation, stressing that it wanted to ensure that the evacuation would not spread the virus to the archipelago.Indonesia maintains that it has zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, although a recent report about a Japanese man raised fear among the public that infections were going undetected. The Indonesian crewmen expressed their hope that the government would airlift them from the Diamond Princess. Sudiarta noted that if Jakarta decided to send a ship, they would have to wait another 14 days or so until it arrived in Yokohama.The crewmen’s main concern is that the probability of their becoming infected would increase the longer they stayed aboard.”We don’t want to become infected after previously testing negative,” Sudiarta emphasized.Indonesian crewman I Ketut Januartika agreed with Sudiarta, and reiterated the group’s hope that the government would send a plane to bring them home.“Anything could happen in the days we [have to] wait for a ship to get here,” he said.Januartika said he was willing to be quarantined again once they had arrived back in Indonesia. “If the government could come collect us by aircraft, I am ready for another quarantine. But please, don’t come get us by ship. It would take too long while we wait here,” he said.Topics : “Although we have tested negative [for COVID-19], we are worried because we are still on the cruise ship. We have yet to breathe fresh air,” said the father of two before continuing with a plea to the Indonesian government: “Please, evacuate us as soon as possible.”Masfud, who works as a chef de partie on the ship, said that morale was rapidly diminishing among all Indonesian crew that remained on the vessel, as they lived under the constant fear of contracting the virus as they waited for the government’s decision.The native of Surabaya, East Java, stressed that the vessel was “contaminated” with the coronavirus, which had been proven by the fact that the number of confirmed cases among the ship’s passengers and crew had continued to increase throughout the quarantine period.Masfud said that some of his colleagues had been healthy before, “but they were quarantined in the same cabin with a crew member who was showing certain symptoms, such as a high temperature”. Later, everyone in the cabin had tested positive for the virus. After working aboard the Diamond Princess throughout its 14-day quarantine in Yokohama, Japan, I Wayan Sudiarta was finally able to  breathe a sigh of relief over the weekend when he found that he had tested negative for COVID-19. The Feb. 24 records showed that 691 passengers and crew of the cruise ship had contracted the disease, which is caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.Although the 24-year-old felt lucky that he was not among the nine Indonesian colleagues who had contracted the virus, the negative test result did not allay the worries of Sudiarta and the 68 Indonesian crewmen who remain on the ship.last_img read more

Giddy up: equestrian identities list waterfront mansion

first_img7 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands is on the market for $7.2 million.AN award-winning mansion belonging to a high-profile equestrian couple on Sovereign Islands has hit the market for $7.2 million.Property records show the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house named Santosha — Sanskrit for contenment — was bought by Ken Dowsett and Linda Spratley for $5.1 million in late 2015. The bedrooms boast luxury ensuites. There is a dedicated theatre room.The couple had previously built an ultra-modern homestead on a dressage and equine estate on 2.57 hectares at Mudgeeraba — the property was described as a hidden valley guarded by gates, flanked by two black stallions. The residence features stunning water views.The waterfront mansion features a cinema, cellar, library, wet bar and pool.There are 24 properties currently on the market along Knightsbridge Parade. center_img Designer bathrooms with automatic lighting and dual rain head showers. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe home has an interior water feature.last_img read more

England’s Sri Lanka tour rescheduled for January 2021 says SLC CEO

first_img(REUTERS) – England’s two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for January next year, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva has said.England were scheduled to play tests in Galle and Colombo in March before the coronavirus outbreak shut down sport worldwide as countries introduced lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the virus.“We are in the process of rescheduling the tours that have been postponed,” De Silva told Sri Lankan newspaper Daily News. “England has been already rescheduled for the month of January next year but the dates have not been finalised.“At the same time we are also looking at exploring the possibility of rescheduling postponed tours and looking at the windows which are available and alternatives too.“South Africa is one of the tours which we are looking at rescheduling. We are engaged in discussions with the member countries and see how it can be planned out.”South Africa’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka — three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games — was scheduled to take place in June before it was postponed.“There are also two other tours which are scheduled to take place with India and Bangladesh due to tour Sri Lanka in June-July and July-August respectively,” De Silva added.“We will explore the possibility of playing those two tours in another week or two.”last_img read more