Sailors Assigned to USS Constitution Participate in Rowing Competition

first_img March 13, 2012 View post tag: Rowing Sailors assigned to USS Constitution participated in the 33rd Snow Row off the coast of Hull, Mass. March 10.The Hull Lifesaving Museum (HLM) hosts the annual event to kick off the season of racing row boats in the New England area.“It builds camaraderie amongst the crew members to be able to compete in a rowing race,” said Chief Builder (SCW) Christopher Locke, Constitution’s repair department leading chief petty officer.The race offers five boat categories: workboats, livery boats, coxed boats, ocean kayaks and ocean shells. More than 100 small boats participated in the nearly four-mile course.Constitution’s boat team of seven Sailors finished sixth place out of 17 in the coxed boat category, with a time of 42 minutes and 15 seconds. “I have blisters all over my hands, but all the hard work we put into this is rewarding” said Naval Air Crewmen 2nd class (NAC/AW) Jonathan Smitherman, a Constitution’s rower. “We trained two hours per day, twice a week, for a month. Sixth place is definitely something to be proud of when you consider most of the boat teams have more experience than us and can train more often.”The Snow Row raises awareness and promotes the rich history of lifesaving through the HLM. Volunteers of the Massachusetts Humane Society, later becoming the United States Lifesaving Service, have always watched the coast for ships in distress.The United States Lifesaving Service became of one the three facets that make up the United States Coast Guard.“When coming into Boston, the chances of shipwreck were very significant,” said Edward McCabe, director of maritime programs at the HLM. “The lifesaving tradition in this country can be traced back to these farmers and fisherman at the tip of Hull.”Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and welcomes more than 500,000 visitors per year. She defended the sea lanes against threat from 1797 to 1855, much like the mission of today’s Navy.Constitution’s mission today is to offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history. Currently, her crew is planning to commemorate bicentennial of the War of 1812 through public demonstrations and educational activities at seven Navy Weeks across the U.S. in 2012. America’s Navy: Keeping the sea free for more than 200 years.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 13, 2012; Image: navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors Assigned to USS Constitution Participate in Rowing Competition View post tag: Constitution View post tag: competition View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: USS View post tag: sailors Sailors Assigned to USS Constitution Participate in Rowing Competition View post tag: participate View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Assignedlast_img read more

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Cereal sugar levels up on 2012

first_imgSugar lobbyists have found that some cereals contain more sugar than they did in 2012.Research by Action on Sugar revealed that, of 50 cereals analysed in 2012, the ones with the highest levels of sugar in have either increased or stayed the same. It said 14 out of the 50 cereals contained a third or more (≥33.3g/100g) sugar, or 8 teaspoons per 100g.The figures were compared to a 2012 Which? Breakfast Cereal Report, which revealed high amounts of free sugars in 50 breakfast cereals.As National Breakfast Week is in full swing this week, the organisation said it wanted to warn people of hidden sugar.Kawther Hashem, nutritionist at Action on Sugar, said: “You wouldn’t give your child chocolate biscuits for breakfast, yet certain manufacturers are effectively doing that for us. It is highly concerning that many parents are still buying cereal products for their children, thinking they are choosing healthier products, only to find these items are laden with excess sugar and calories.“We urge parents to make more informed food switches, such as choosing wholegrain breakfast cereals but not those coated with sugar or honey.  Adding fresh fruit to cereal can make it more appealing and also increase its nutritional value.”The organisation pointed out that high fibre, lower sugar and salt cereals can still play a part in a healthy diet.last_img read more

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H5N1 outbreaks confirmed near Moscow

first_imgFeb 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Russian officials today confirmed that suspicious bird deaths in three towns on the outskirts of Moscow were caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.The H5N1 outbreak killed 34 backyard poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, and pigeons, Russian officials wrote in a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The affected communities include Babenki, Pavlovskoye, and Shihovo. The Times of London reported today that some of the outbreak sites are within 30 miles of Moscow.A Moscow live-bird market named Sadovod is suspected as a source of the outbreak, because birds from the market were introduced into the backyard flocks, the OIE report said. Authorities closed and quarantined the market Feb 17, the Associated Press reported.Authorities destroyed 196 birds and have quarantined the outbreak areas, the OIE report said. Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said more than 94 million birds had received an avian flu vaccine in 2006, The Times reported.Health officials are monitoring 5,453 residents near the outbreak areas, including 20 who had contact with the infected birds, Gennady Onischchenko, Russia’s chief epidemiologist, told The Times today. No human H5N1 cases have been reported in Russia.The H5N1 outbreaks are the first ever confirmed near Moscow but not the first in Russia this year. In late January, officials confirmed three backyard poultry outbreaks in the Krasnodar region, in southwestern Russia near the Black Sea.In other avian flu news, the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Egypt’s latest case, in a 5-year-old boy from Sharkia governorate, 60 miles northeast of Cairo. Egyptian officials reported his case Feb 16. He was admitted to the hospital Feb 14 and is in stable condition, the WHO said. He is Egypt’s 22nd WHO-confirmed case-patient.The boy was exposed to sick birds a week before he got sick, the WHO said. His contacts were described as healthy and under close observation.See also:OIE reports on Russian outbreakhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.phpFeb 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_02_19/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Hoosier Hot Shots of Old

first_imgIf you remember anything about Indiana basketball, these 6 guys all qualify as “hot shots”.  Included are Rick Mount of Lebanon High School and Purdue University.  He averaged over 30 points a game before there was a 3-point shot.  About this time, Jim Rayl of Kokomo High School and IU did just about the same.Everyone here in town remembers Curt Clawson when, as a senior, he led the state of Indiana in scoring with a 30+ point average.  He, of course, finished his career at Purdue where Gene Keady made sure Curt was always on the floor in the last minute when free throws had to be shot.  Add to this list a kid named Billy Shepherd of Carmel High School and later Butler University.  He was less than 6-foot tall, but that didn’t stop him from scoring over 30 points a game as well.The final two that I am going to add this list are Larry Bird and Marion Pierce.  Larry made Springs Valley High School and Indiana State famous with every shot you could imagine.  He managed to make them all.  Pierce played for Lewisville High School and set an Indiana Scoring record that was finally broken by a guy named Bailey of Bedford North Lawrence.  Pierce played for tiny Lindsey Wilson College.    This list could go on from now until next October when you talk about Indiana “hot shots”.  You can make your own list.last_img read more

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