Cleaning up Tokyo’s beaches: An Olympic task

first_imgThe oysters gobble plankton and absorb bacteria, making the water clearer and cleaner. They remain edible though authorities don’t recommend consuming them thanks to the bacteria content.The stretch of shore that Sekiguchi has been cleaning up first opened for swimmers in 2012, initially for just a few days as an experiment.But it has been available to swimmers almost all summer round since 2015. This year it is open for 42 days, thanks to popular demand — a week longer than in 2017.‘Sense of safety’Each year, authorities test the water quality before giving permission for swimming at the beaches. And while Sekiguchi decided to start the clean-up work on his own initiative, he has since received backing, including financial support, from the local government.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Despite measures by people like Sekiguchi and improvements in sewerage facilities, pollution in the water around Tokyo has been a concern as the city gears up to host the 2020 Games.Organizers admitted in October last year that prolonged summer rain had temporarily brought high levels of bacteria to the triathlon venue, sparking concern from international Olympic officials.But Olympic planners said they are confident that a combination of better sewerage facilities and the introduction of underwater screens will keep the water quality to international standards during the Games.“We will create an environment that will enable athletes to perform at their best with a sense of safety,” Tokyo 2020 official Hidemasa Nakamura told a recent news conference announcing the triathlon courses.Unlike other major bay-side cities, such as Sydney or San Francisco, the densely populated Tokyo bay area has few natural landscapes remaining — the result of years of development of public ports, container wharves, and Haneda airport.As a residential area, most of the bay is relatively unloved with rental and purchase prices there far below more fashionable areas of the expensive city.Development of the area dates back to the 16th century but rapid construction and pollution from Japan’s post-war “economic miracle” made going for a dip there unthinkable to Tokyoites.Kenji Morita, another activist trying to clean up the water, said: “After heavy pollution in the 1970s, people have long forgotten about the sea in part because the Tokyo beaches were transformed into harbours, which are off-limits in general.”Olympic momentumLike Sekiguchi, the 60-year-old Morita is cultivating laver seaweed and clams in a bid to purify waters in Odaiba, the venue for the Tokyo 2020 triathlon and marathon swimming. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Tokyo Bay used to have many swimmable beaches,” recalled one of these activists, 70-year-old Yuzo Sekiguchi. “But by the time the last Tokyo Olympic Games were held in 1964… the water was polluted by factory effluent.”“I decided to bring back clean Tokyo beaches for the next generation,” he told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sekiguchi, whose ancestors fished these waters for generations, used natural elements like seaweed and oysters to purify the waters at a section of the beach in Tokyo Bay, which faces the vast Japanese capital.“Each oyster can purify 400 liters (105 US gallons) of water every day,” he said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This year, beaches in Odaiba were opened for swimming for nine days as a trial, with the water quality checked daily before bathers were allowed to submerge themselves.Morita said his project had the unexpected benefit of appealing to people with disabilities as Tokyo seeks to improve facilities ahead of the Paralympic Games.“When I first started this five years ago, I didn’t realize it, but this place has easy access for everyone,” thanks to ramps and lifts, he said.“People with a physical or mental impairment choose to come to Odaiba instead of going somewhere outside Tokyo.”“I see a lot of potential here in building enthusiasm for the Tokyo Paralympics,” Morita added.And many believe that the upcoming Olympics, now less than two years away, is the perfect opportunity for Tokyo to clean up its act.The mayor in charge of the Odaiba area has pledged to “make a swimmable Odaiba sea a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games.”Sekiguchi, an architect who also runs his own museum, said his project was driven by “frustration for not being able to give my daughter the natural experiences that I had.”“In 2020, if Tokyo can show the world a way of life that can coexist with nature, I think Tokyo will earn global respect,” he noted. /kga Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title This picture taken on August 1, 2018 shows a mother and her daughter wading in water at Odaiba seaside park in Tokyo Bay. On a blazing hot Tokyo summer day, children squeal with delight as they splash about on a sandy beach, with the skyline of the world’s biggest city shimmering behind them. The scene may seem unremarkable but it was unthinkable until recently when local activists decided to clean up the polluted water at city beaches, hoping to leave a legacy from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. AFPTOKYO — On a blazing hot Tokyo summer day, children squeal with delight as they splash about on a sandy beach, with the skyline of the world’s biggest city shimmering behind them.The scene may seem unremarkable but it was unthinkable until recently when local activists decided to clean up the polluted water at city beaches, hoping to leave a legacy from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wheelchair competition gets going at US Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Emma Smith Releases Anti-Ebola Track, ‘Protect Us from Ebola’

first_imgThere has been a limited number of Liberian artists sending messages across through music about the dealy Ebola virus. Soul Fresh, DenG and F.A quite recently did a colaborated Ebola awarness song (Ebola In Town) that is probably playing somewhere around you right now.Liberia’s international reggae artist, Black Diamond, and rap artist, Scientific, have also made an ebola awareness song warning people about its dangers.There’s a new Ebola awareness video circulating onlineby a young woman named Emma Smith, called “Protect us from Ebola”. Emma says she released her awareness song before the second outbreak could occur.“ I decided to come out with my own protective awarness, a song that people will listen and adhere to. It was during the first outbreak that I decided to come out with something. The idea came then, and I thought this song was what I could offer as my own contribution” she added.Well, the track “Protect us from Ebola” now has its own video; a very emotional video that will leave you teary eyed after watching it.It would be good to have some tissue handy,  after watching nurses, children and a preganant woman in this video appealing to viewers to help in the fight against Ebola.“I think from the onset God gave me the inspiration to do the song when people were not even thinking about protective measures.  From the very first outbreak, when I made this song, I knew the danger that was coming.  I could see it,” Emma says.Little does anyone know, the deadly virus seems to be affecting so many people at once and also households and hospitals.  In “Protect us from Ebola” you’ll witness some of the most vunerable people asking for help.“I downloaded some important information about Ebola and also had actors and actresses demonstrate the messages. I made this track to create some form of awareness and that’s how I wrote this song.”This is not her first track.“I used to sing a long time ago before becoming a professional woman,” says Emma, who now works for the Liberian Revenue Authority.  “I feel I can still do music and give back to Liberia at the same time; especially during this epidemic.”Meanwhile, Emma says she has been affected by the Ebola outbreak directly.“I’ve been affected by the outbreak directly. My colleague Patrick Sawyer died of it, and I knew him personally. We trained together on occassions and also used to meet at a local restaurant every Saturday. That’s where prominent officials meet, talk and discuss things other then politics.“It saddens my heart to know someone like Patrick has died from Ebola. Patrick was a good man. Nothing really bothered him; even if it did, he was so lively and friendly. The last time I saw him was on July 12, 2014 and he said to me how ebola is real. I never shook his hand or nothing because by then he was isolating himself and told us not to touch him. I cried bitterly the whole night when I heard he had was sick in Nigeria. I knew that he was in a bad zone because Nigerians don’t take sides. I prayed for him that God brings him back to Liberia but got news that he was gone. It’s heartbreaking for us; and since this deadly decease is killing our people, let us all come together as one family and believe and agree that Ebola is real.”Further more, the “ Protect us from ebola” will be coming out on DVD soon, but Emma says it’s a challenge getting sponsorship in the meantime.“I’ll sponsor my video myself because I’ve faced delays with Ministry of Health and radio stations. I’m sponsoring my own project and hoping to get sponsorship for TV so that people can come out and support it more because its not about money. So far the video is online on my Facebook page (Emma Smith) and it’s free for everyone to download and watch. I want people to listen so the message can get across because seeing kids and health workers speak in the video is so touching.“I have a strong message inside my song,” Emma continues.  “This message says we need help in Liberia, so lets protect our land. The people are in denial, they’re only acting like Ebola is not real and now it has come again. I told people that it would happen. I want to see what I can do in my own way because people like Sawyer and others have died or are dying, and it needs to stop.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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THE RESOLVE TO BE AND DO BETTER: PART V TURNING PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES…

first_imgThe thrust of this fifth article of the series centered on how to improve self and help others do the same, is on how to convert obstacles to assets. All human beings do face serious disasters, challenges, problems, and stumbling blocks from time to time in life. How does one handle them? How one deals with such problems determines in large measure one’s character and even final destiny. In this article we shall be sharing some ways we all can transform our problems and difficulties into opportunities. How? We shall be finding out below. The fourth article on making the most of available opportunities highlighted the following points:An opportunity is by definition a chance or favorable circumstance or condition to do something or make some progress or profit. An opportunity can take the form of time, resource or a favorable situation to improve.Like a gift or talent God has endowed all persons with some opportunity of some kind. There is hardly anyone who has no opportunities of any kind at all. Some people have more than others but I do not know anyone who has no opportunity to make something of himself/herself. The availability of time, favorable age, raw materials, a natural talent, learning institutions, self-employment chances, employment facilities, industrial and entrepreneurial possibilities constitute vast opportunities to make good use of to better self and others.What is often overlooked in seeking opportunities is recognizing problems, challenges, crises and even denials of rights as hidden sources of opportunity. Recognizing therefore opportunities in myriad forms around and in each one of us is the real challenge. We all need plenty of wisdom made of common sense to see great potentials in ourselves and the people and things and circumstances around us. Liberia is a classic case. There are just so much natural resources lying around: a fertile soil latent with agricultural economic value, plenty of rain and sunshine, enough warmth and cold, diamonds, gold, iron ore, signs of commercial quantity of oil, fish, animal and bird of all types and kinds in a nation with a small population (three point five or four million people).Of course there is one thing to perceive potentials and opportunities in self, environment, circumstance and persons around and quite another to take advantage of them and turn them into tangible assets that can be used to improve the quality of life for self and others. This requires a lot of perceptiveness, determination and the courage to act on what one envisions and dreams about. This is where this article comes in, to suggest ways to convert problems into opportunities. Joshua David Stone and Gloria Excelsias assert that every crisis is an opportunity: “Any crisis is an opportunity to change direction in your life”. They reveal that the word crisis is of Greek origin and it means “a turning point in a disease.” Their conclusion is: “So a crisis is truly an opportunity for a turning point in our lives”. No bitter experience, or problem, or difficulty or obstacle needs to be the end of our dreams. In fact, most of our so-called liabilities can and must be turned into opportunities. The question is how?We need to learn to see great potentials in our problems and challenges in life. There is a need to look beyond the difficulties and find in them the opportunities to make ourselves and others better. We can do this by not letting the problems kill our passion or determination to overcome and be winners. There are often valuable lessons in meeting and overcoming problems in life. Problems test our resolve and patience and overcoming them somehow increases, refines inner and often hidden abilities that we thought we did not have.Sometime we learn more from failure than success. Failure tries our pride and humbles us if we overcome it and forge ahead. I recall my experience of failure when a colleague from another African country and I did our MA thesis in one month, working often ten hours a day apart from Sundays. After three weeks of hard work he and I submitted the first drafts of all three chapters and unfortunately for me, two of mine were rejected and had to be re-done but all of his were accepted and he just had to make modest modifications. I was devastated and lost hours of sleep. Before then I had always come first in any class I had taken. But after the initial frustration I regained my passion and worked harder than ever before and at the end of the day got an “A” while he got only a regular “B”. So failure produced in me hidden creativity that was released as a result of a temporary crisis! I learnt more from the challenge than if I had succeeded at the first try.Some experts on how to turn problems into opportunities speak about “turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones”, “misfortunes into fortunes”, “from grass to grace”, “from reliability to asset”, and “from dishonor to glory”. All this is possible only if we try harder and see our problems as opportunities.overcome and be winners. There are often valuable lessons in meeting and overcoming problems in life. Problems test our resolve and patience and overcoming them somehow increases, refines inner and often hidden abilities that we thought we did not have.Sometime we learn more from failure than success. Failure tries our pride and humbles us if we overcome it and forge ahead. I recall my experience of failure when a colleague from another African country and I did our MA thesis in one month, working often ten hours a day apart from Sundays. After three weeks of hard work he and I submitted the first drafts of all three chapters and unfortunately for me, two of mine were rejected and had to be re-done but all of his were accepted and he just had to make modest modifications. I was devastated and lost hours of sleep. Before then I had always come first in any class I had taken. But after the initial frustration I regained my passion and worked harder than ever before and at the end of the day got an “A” while he got only a regular “B”. So failure produced in me hidden creativity that was released as a result of a temporary crisis! I learnt more from the challenge than if I had succeeded at the first try.Some experts on how to turn problems into opportunities speak about “turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones”, “misfortunes into fortunes”, “from grass to grace”, “from reliability to asset”, and “from dishonor to glory”. All this is possible only if we try harder and see our problems as opportunities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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US$10.7M Vehicle Debt Appeal on Hold?

first_imgOver a month after government lawyers announced it would file an appeal to the Supreme Court against a ruling that the Commercial Court made an error in granting a request to hear and decide a US$10.7 million vehicles debt case brought against them, there is no court record to show that the lawyers have done so.This means that the Liberian government would be compelled to pay Prestige and Alliance Motors, owned by Mr. George Haddad, a Lebanese businessman.In addition, the government has said previously that it had resolved to take the matter to the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, which they have not done up to present.The government had asked the court to dismiss the entire complaint, with its lawyers arguing that the Commercial Court was not established to hear and preside over debt related matters that occurred before its existence in 2010, which Prestige and Alliance Motor at that time resisted.Another argument of the government was that if the court does so, its decision would be tantamount to the enactment of what it considers “Ex Post Facto Law” which would contravene Article 21 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.In the court’s ruling that was vigorously challenged by the state lawyer, Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, who delivered the ruling, said the act that established the Commercial Court in 2010 gives it jurisdiction to handle all commercial matters without intimidation and denied state lawyers’ argument on whether it has jurisdiction to handle the case.On the argument regarding Article 21 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia raised by state lawyers, Judge Morgan clarified that the act that created the court limits its power from handling Article 21 and “So we are not going to make any determination into that issue,” she emphasized during her decision.Judge Morgan, who presides over the three-judge panel court, further said “it was the Supreme Court that can decide constitutional matters.”In the aftermath of the initial court ruling, the state lawyers announced that they were going to take advantage of the law to allow the matter to reach the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, which they have yet to do.The article states that “no person shall be made subject to any law or punishment which was not in effect at the time of the commission of an offense nor shall the Legislature enact any bill attainable of ex post facto law.”But, the act that established the Commercial Court also gives the court jurisdiction over all civil actions arising out of or in relation to commercial transactions in which the claim is at US$15,000 and without limitation.It also provides that it shall have concurred jurisdiction with the Debt Court over actions to obtain payment of debt.The case emanated in 2014, when lawyers representing Prestige and Alliance Motors filed an Action of Debt lawsuit against the government claiming US$10.7million for vehicles and spare parts it supplied to GoL from 2003 up to 2006, and are yet to receive the payment.They also alleged that they provided spare parts for the cars and serviced them which he said accumulated to that amount.The government had admitted being indebted to the Lebanese businessman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fire destroys business complexes in Berbice

first_imgA cinema, restaurant, hardware store, boutique and two vehicles were destroyed on Thursday afternoon in a mid-afternoon blaze. The fire destroyed two buildings at Number 64 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) just after 14:00h.The flames were first seen coming from the building which housed the Countryside Cinema. A restaurant, hardware store and a boutique were also housed in the same building.The aftermath of the fire on ThursdayAccording to eyewitnesses, there was a loud explosion and then thick black smoke was seen emanating from the centre of the three-storey building.The flames moved towards the front of the structure and within minutes, the entire upper flat was engulfed.One unit from the Corriverton Fire Station arrived but had difficulty tapping into a water source due to mechanical issues.The firemen attempting to tap into a water sourceMeanwhile, the fire rapidly spread to an unoccupied house next door. The owners are reportedly overseas. After several minute, the house was turned to ashes. The two vehicles that were parked at the bottom of the house were also destroyed.Residents made desperate attempts to extinguish the blaze but retreated due to the intensity of the heat. The bucket brigade was far from adequate and did nothing to prevent the raging flames from swiftly moving through the building.Regional Councillor Bigilie Motie who lives two buildings away, and whose house was under threat, stated that the first set of fire fighters arrived and went to a water source but could not get water from the canal after the pump malfunctioned.The fire fighters watched helplessly as the second building went up in flames. “This is not Georgetown, where the houses are close together, they could have saved the second house,” Motie said.Meanwhile, as the fire threatened a third building, a unit from the Skeldon Estate arrived and was able to prevent further damage. A unit from the Rose Hall Fire Service subsequently arrived on scene to render assistance.The owner of the three storey building, Dave Subnauth, when contacted was unable to estimate his losses at the time. He was dealing with the arrest of his younger brother whose lorry was involved in a fatal accident at Albion.last_img read more

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CAODC Drilling Forecast Optimism

first_imgWith a very small number in Manitoba included in the 533 total, 385 of the rigs running in the four western provinces were in Alberta, and the utilization average was 68 percent.That’s eleven percent higher than the C-A-O-D-C projection last October, and it says first quarter activity strength, was based on high commodity prices, a favorable investment climate, and good geology. The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has today released an optimistic 2011 Western Canadian activity update.It expects drilling activity over the last three quarters this year to increase by 24 percent over the projection it released last October.However, the new forecast does not bode that well for Northeast BC, as it confirms the shift to oil well completions, and away from natural gas drilling.- Advertisement -It says approximately 60 percent of the wells being completed are now directed at oil, and they are increasingly horizontal.In the first quarter of this year, fleet utilization ran from 71 percent in Saskatchewan, to 67 percent in Alberta, and to 64 percent in BC.However, the available fleet in Alberta is 571 rigs, nearly three times the combined total of the fleets in the other two provinces.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lovren latest! Defender set for Liverpool medical this weekend ahead of £20m switch

first_imgLiverpool are hoping to wrap up a long-awaited deal for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren this weekend, according to reports sprouting from the club’s training camp in the United States.The 25-year-old will reportedly undergo his medical with the Reds on Saturday in Merseyside, as the team continue their pre-season tour of America.Lovren, who impressed in his debut season for the Saints having arrived from Lyon last summer, was thought to have been manager Brendan Rodgers’ number one defensive target, with the club keen to find a replacement for retired Reds legend Jamie Carragher.And despite playing just one year of his four-year contract on the south coast, the Croatia international’s head was turned upon hearing of the Merseyside outfit’s interest.The centre-back swiftly submitted a transfer request at St Mary’s and then revealed to his national press that his ‘head was already in Liverpool’.The same Croatian outlet reported last week Lovren was set to complete a £16million Reds switch ‘in the coming days’, though that fee could rise to around £20million in add-ons.And it now seems the deal will be finalised over the weekend to make Lovren Liverpool’s fifth official signing of the transfer window – their third from Southampton.Meanwhile, talks are still ongoing for the impending arrivals of Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy and Belgium starlet Divock Origi – moves which are expected to take Rodgers’ summer spending to close to £100million. Southampton defender Dejan Lovren 1last_img read more

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County supervisors call for I-5 tunnel safety improvements

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to urge Caltrans to improve safety in the tunnel on Interstate 5 near Santa Clarita where a fiery pileup occurred Oct. 12. The county Fire Department made the recommendations after it found limited access in the tunnel, a lack of adequate water and air-quality issues while it fought the fire. Among its recommendations, the Fire Department asked Caltrans to install a mechanical ventilation system with large exhaust fans, or a passive vertical ventilation system halfway through the tunnel. Other recommendations include: A water supply and appliances near the entrance and exit of the tunnel for firefighting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A zoned, manually operated water or foam system installed throughout the length of the tunnel. An emergency lighting system. A control system to stop traffic from entering the tunnel when the fire alarm is activated. “I believe they are open to any suggestions that we have and we’re looking forward possibly to meet with them to discuss in detail what our recommendations are,” said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nelson. Caltrans spokeswoman Jeanne Bonfilio said once the tunnel is restored, Caltrans will review the possible enhancements. “Caltrans works very closely with the Los Angeles County Fire Department to ensure that we do provide the utmost in fire safety measures and we also welcome their input,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bosun’s mate goes from pirate-watch to patrolling coast

first_img“The biggest thing is the potential for danger you can’t really identify,” Galazin said of his work in the gulf. “The terrorists have a tendency to hide among the good and the honest people. You always have to ask, `Is this a fisherman or a terrorist waiting for a chance to blow someone up?’ ” Galazin said that despite the danger, most of the Iraqi fishermen he encounters embrace the idea of democracy. “Fishermen the world ’round are independent people,” he said. “They are like farmers, trying to employ nature as an asset. Iraqi fishermen aren’t any different from fishermen off Southern California. Most of them have been looking forward to more freedom.” Galazin said that after he graduated from Royal High School in Simi Valley and attended Moorpark College and California State University, Northridge, he had been doing construction work and trying to start a career in firefighting or law enforcement because he knew a number of police officers and firefighters from his Simi Valley neighborhood around his parents home on Marter Court. “One rainy season when construction was getting kind of slow, I saw an add in a newspaper for the Coast Guard, so I applied. “I wish I’d done it at 18,” said Galazin. The U.S. Coast Guard is considered the fifth branch of the military even though it is part of the Department of Homeland Security. There are about 40,000 “Coasties” on active duty with the Coast Guard around the world, plus 8,000 reservists. In the Persian Gulf, the Coast Guard has provided port security for Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq. Galazin’s sister, Erin Knebel, a teacher at Justin Elementary School in Simi Valley where Galazin once attended school, said her brother was always protective of her and has always wanted to stand up for the underdog. “He has always wanted to stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves,” she said. “He loves his country and has a strong sense of duty. It’s wonderful to see he’s found his calling. We love him and are very proud of him.” Galazin said his family has been “hugely supportive,” and added that expressions of support mean a great deal to him and other military personnel and their family members. “When we know our families are being treated kindly, it makes it easier to do our work here,” he said. Galazin said although he will be returning from Iraq and working soon off the coast of Southern California, it does not mean his job will be easy. “When it gets stormy and the weather gets bad, that’s when it’s time for me to go to work. Life in the Coast Guard is definitely an adventure.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBut Galazin is proud of his work in the Persian Gulf, where the Coast Guard has been protecting oil terminals vital to the recovery of Iraq’s economy. “He volunteered to go to the gulf. He’s very patriotic,” said his wife, who is also looking forward to moving from Washington state to Southern California for her husband’s new assignment. “It’s been hard for him, being gone, and he’s very much looking forward to being around Jakob again.” Off the coast of Iraq, Galazin said, the Coast Guard ships are almost in perpetual motion, boarding and inspecting everything from 30-foot fishing boats to supertankers to ensure they are not transporting terrorists. Even with the military presence in the area, there is a threat of pirates, who pull up alongside other boats to hijack them or rob passengers, he said. As for the threat of terrorism, the October 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole that killed 17 sailors and injured 39 illustrates the danger from even small boats filled with explosives. SIMI VALLEY – After nearly a year of patrolling Mideast waters for pirates and terrorists, U.S. Coast Guard bosun’s mate Jay Galazin will soon be home to spend time with the son he’s rarely seen and enjoy the local beaches that propelled him to the Coast Guard. Galazin, who grew up in Simi Valley, spent his youth fishing in the Santa Barbara Channel and romping in the surf along the Southern California coast. “It was going to the beaches and out on fishing trips that gave me my love for the ocean, which is why I chose the Coast Guard,” said Galazin, who met his wife Jillian in the Coast Guard. The couple now has a 3-year-old son, Jakob. “I’ve missed over half of his life because of my service to the country,” he said, looking forward to being reunited with the boy when he returns for his new assignment as an executive petty officer on the Coast Guard cutter Blackfin in Santa Barbara. last_img
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Pat puts the kettle on again for Alzheimers Society!

first_imgPat McCarry has done amazing work in fundraising for the Donegal branch of the Alzheimers Society.And this Friday, she’s at it again.The annual Alzheimers Donegal Branch Tea Day will be held at Pat’s home at Cashelmore, Creeslough on Friday August 5th from 10.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. To date Pat has managed to raise a staggering €30,668 for Alzheimers.Get along early for the best buns!Well done Pat.Pat puts the kettle on again for Alzheimers Society! was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CreesloughdonegalPat McCarrytea daylast_img read more

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