Burial-at-Sea for Two Former Crew Members of USS George Washington

first_imgThe U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) held a burial-at-sea for retired Lt. j.g. Paul Shivell and retired Chief Mess Management Specialist Peter Schiavo Sept. 14.The two burials consisted of a religious ceremony held in accordance with the deceased’s spiritual affiliation and was officiated by the ship’s command chaplains, followed by full military honors.“Burials-at-sea are conducted in recognition of and in appreciation for distinguished service to our nation,” said Capt. Kenneth Reynard, George Washington’s executive officer. “Each is regarded as a solemn and sacred obligation.”Naval traditions like this are a unique occasion for the crew of George Washington, which rarely hosts ceremonies of this nature due to the difficulty of transporting remains from the U.S. to the Asia-Pacific region.“Ships based at Norfolk typically conduct more than one-thousand burials-at-sea a year,” said Cmdr. Dan Mode, George Washington’s command chaplain. “It’s a great honor to do something like this, and more importantly, it brings closure to the families.”Capt. William Shivell and Capt. Sandra Schiavo attended the ceremony and participated in the traditional “Committal to the Sea” of their fathers’ ashes in a wooden urn provided by the ship.“Being the crusty Sailor that he was, my father made it clear to me that he wanted to be cremated and buried at sea,” said Schiavo. “He actually told me that he wanted to be put into a Navy-issue coffee can and be committed while the ship was underway.”Both Schiavo and Shivell expected a much simpler ceremony and were surprised to see that a full 21 gun salute, funeral detail, specially hand-crafted urn and playing of taps were provided for the occasion.“I wasn’t expecting a full detail or taps at all. It was so touching that the chaplain and the crew would do all of this for me and my family,” said Shivell. “I know my sisters and the rest of my family will appreciate the video and pictures so much.”Lt. j.g. Shivell enlisted in the Navy in 1939; while deployed to the Western Pacific area in 1941, Shivell’s ship was bombed by Japanese aircraft two months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was accepted into an aviation commissioning program in 1942 and flew patrol aircraft until the end of World War II.“He was extremely proud of his service to the Navy and I loved being able to share this one last tradition with him,” said Shivell.Chief Schaivo was drafted into service in 1956. According to Capt. Schaivo, his brothers urged him to avoid joining the Army and he jumped at the chance to become a Sailor. He retired as a chief petty officer 24 years later.“I feel that the chaplains and staff went above and beyond,” said Schaivo. “Everything came together so well and I think he would’ve loved this.”The family members will be given a letter of condolence with a National Ensign, photographs and video of the ceremony, the empty shell-casings of the 21-gun-salute and navigational chart of where the burial-at-sea took place.George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 17, 2012; Image: Navy September 17, 2012 View post tag: George View post tag: Burial-at-Sea View post tag: crew View post tag: News by topic View post tag: members View post tag: two View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Burial-at-Sea for Two Former Crew Members of USS George Washington Burial-at-Sea for Two Former Crew Members of USS George Washington Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Former View post tag: USS View post tag: Washington Share this articlelast_img read more

Inequality at A level

first_imgPressure is growing for more fair university admissions procedures. Recently, calls for reform have intensified after research showed pupils of independent schools are up to five times more likely to achieve the highest marks in their exams than their state school peers. The findings, reported in last week’s Cherwell, come as AQA, the UK’s largest exam board, has warned against proposals for creating a new A-level A* grade to pick out the very top pupils. A higher exam grade would increase the gap between the public and private sectors in education even further. Currently, in physics, the proportion of independent school pupils achieving top A level grades is double those in the state system. However unbalanced this figure is, an even more concerning 1.6% of comprehensive school pupils taking the A level gained enough marks for the equivalent of the proposed A* grade, compared to the 9% who would have qualified from independent schools. John Dunford, the general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, also rejected the ‘super-grade’ option, declaring that releasing A level marks would achieve the same end as introducing a new mark. Oxford University say their admission requirements “are sufficient in determining suitable candidates.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

LMH hosts Brookes ball days after bop ban

first_imgLady Margaret Hall hosted an “Oxford Brookes Real Estate Ball” just days after the college banned bops for the rest of term.The ball, hosted annually by the Oxford Brookes Real Estate Student Society (OBRESS), took place on Saturday 28th April, at the same time that a group of LMH students held a “vigil” in the college bar lamenting the bop ban.While ball attendees enjoyed a three-course dinner and live music, students at the LMH bar observed – as the event’s description read – “a vigil for our dear bop, brutally slaughtered at the claws of the Governing Body.”Cherwell understands that several finalists had voiced their displeasure at the decision to host the ball only weeks before their exams.The college’s governing body made the decision to ban bops due to “a problem within college around responsible drinking and party behaviour.” The LMH deans have since ordered a “comprehensive review of JCR bops and discipline in general.”In an email to all LMH undergraduates, seen by Cherwell, the JCR’s social secretaries said that the “rise in scrutiny and publicity surrounding LMH bops” was another factor in the decision.Students were invited to complete an anonymous survey on bops, the results of which will be presented to the to the college’s governing body as part of the comprehensive review.In a post on the LMH JCR Facebook page, the JCR’s social secretaries expressed their “sincere sadness and regrettable regrets” about the ban, but encouraged students to “keep [their] ears to the streets for big Bopish things coming soon.”The college still plans host a garden party, outdoor movie night, acoustic session, sports tournament, and garden brunch before the end of term.Cherwell has contacted LMH for comment.last_img read more

CAL RIPKEN

first_img× Pictured are some of the young stars at Bayonne Cal Ripken Baseball: Ava Farber, Michael Largmann and Connor Esposito. They play for the Rounding Third Properties Angels. If anyone has any questions about Bayonne Cal Ripken Baseball, please email Mike at [email protected] or call (201) 436-8787.last_img

New Group Hopes to Rally Citizens Interested in ‘Smart Growth’

first_imgTwo women who raised families in the same house at the heart of the Historic District are now working to make sure others can raise their families in Ocean City.The former Palermo’s Family Market at the corner of Fourth Street and Asbury Avenue (and upper-story residences) will be demolished and replaced by new duplexes if the Planning Board OKs a site plan later this spring.Phyllis Coletta and Helen Plourde-McSweeny earlier this month formed Ocean City Smart Growth, a new group advocating for decreased development density, increased single-family homes and protection of the environment on the island.At different times, the women lived in the same house on the 400 block of Central Avenue. The former Palermo’s Family Market property sits in the back yard — and seven new duplexes are now planned to replace the abandoned commercial building there.One of the goals of the group is to “continue to oppose that development,” according to Coletta. But Ocean City Smart Growth also hopes to recruit citizens to identify properties in their own neighborhoods that are ripe for similar redevelopment.The group wants citizens to feel empowered and to become part of the planning process, according to Coletta.__________Anybody can learn more about how to participate:By visiting OCSmartGrowth.orgBy e-mailing [email protected] following Ocean City Smart Growth on Facebook__________ Ocean City Smart Growth has launched a new website that invites anybody to participate. Coletta says the Palermo plan is representative of a growing trend in Ocean City. She said the rezoning of the commercial property to allow duplexes was done with the approval of a City Council comprised of members directly tied to or too heavily influenced by the real state and tourism industries in Ocean City.“We plan to get four people elected who reflect the values of Smart Growth,” Coletta said of the spring 2016 election that will determine representatives from each of Ocean City’s four wards (City Council also includes three at-large members, whose terms will expire in 2018).Coletta acknowledges that the Palermo redevelopment is in its late stages — with the new zoning approved last summer and a potential developer expected to take a subdivision and site plan to the Ocean City Planning Board in May.But the group hopes to be able to influence other proposals, including one Coletta believes will be imminent: a potential bid to rezone commercial property on the 1600 block of Simpson Avenue where the Perry Egan car dealership now operates.Coletta said she recognizes that factors beyond zoning affect a family’s ability to afford single-family housing or the community’s ability to purchase land for open space.She says she wants to see “people having real conversations around this issue … not complaining but dialogue.”Smart Growth hopes to work with the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that helps communities conserve land as parks or open space.last_img read more

Professional versus amateur cupcake-off competition

first_imgProfessional bakers are going head-to-head with amateur chefs in the latest culinary craze: monthly cupcake-offs.The Iron Cupcake event debuted in the US and launched in the UK earlier this summer, encouraging entrants to bake cupcakes with a theme or key ingredient.Everyone who comes to the event takes part in a mass sampling and votes for their favourite. All entries are photographed and published on the ironcupcake.co.uk website so bakers can promote their cakes.Competitions are open to both professional and amateur bakers, and pro bakers entering the bake-offs so far have included the Gourmet Cupcake Co, Baked by Ellie, and PMT Cupcakes. Said organiser Paul Taylor: “We are the first Iron Cupcake franchise outside of the US and in the four events run so far have been amazed at the response and enthusiasm shown. Our last event had nearly 100 attendees and 34 variants of cupcake. Some are professional bakers, but they don’t always win – however, we are thinking of running a pro only event soon.”A matcha (finely powdered green tea) and chocolate cupcake filled with a bean paste mousse topped off with matcha cream cheese frosting, won the last event. The fifth challenge will be held on Monday 5 October at a venue to be confirmed, with the theme of ‘booze’.last_img read more

NCUA issues proposal to allow capitalization of interest

first_img The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board recently issued a proposed rule that would remove the prohibition on capitalization of interest in connection with loan workouts and modifications. NAFCU’s Regulatory Alerton the proposed rule provides all the details you need to better understand the rule and help us provide useful feedback to NCUA as to whether this rule strikes the correct balance of helpful but not too burdensome. The capitalization of interest is the addition of unpaid interest to the principal balance of a loan. This practice is particularly useful in managing loans in deferment or forbearance, which has been regularly offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Borrowers are still facing financial hardships as a result of the pandemic that has stretched almost ten months in the United States. Access to viable solutions to address deferred interest will help borrowers and credit unions navigate the uncertain new year ahead.NAFCU has advocated for a capitalization of interest allowance several times this year, including two letters written to NCUA in March and September. The letters, as well as NCUA’s rule release, mention operational concerns and the overly burdensome nature of the restriction. This relief will help credit unions and their members to meet loan obligations during the pandemic and beyond.Current StructureUnder the current loan modification structure, the options for borrowers are limited. Many borrowers may have already been delinquent when their deferment period began under the CARES Act or similar hardship modification. A credit union can seek to recapture the deferred interest in a few ways, each of which has its own flaws for both the borrow and the credit union. This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

Taxed and tested

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Lloyds TSB gears up for outsourcing revolution

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Arrest warrant issued for S. Africa ex-president Zuma

first_imgA South African court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for embattled former president Jacob Zuma after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing over corruption charges related to a 1990s arms deal.But the court said that execution of the warrant will be deferred until May 6 when the case is due to resume.Zuma’s lawyers said he was not able to attend the pre-trial hearing on Tuesday because he was ill and receiving treatment abroad, in the latest twist in a case that has seen numerous legal turns over a decade and a half. Topics : The High Court in the southeastern city of Pietermaritzburg issued the warrant after it questioned the authenticity of the sick note said to have been signed by a military doctor.”The court accepts that Mr Zuma may be unwell,” said judge Dhaya Pillay. “But this court needs reliable evidence that Mr Zuma is indeed ill.””It is not clear that [the doctor] is indeed a regular practitioner,” she said.State prosecutor Billy Downer said it was a “criminal offence” for the 77-year-old Zuma, who was in office between 2009 and 2018, to skip court.center_img Zuma’s lawyer Dan Mantsha told reporters outside the courtroom that “our courts have no sympathy, no compassion”. “We are very concerned when courts issue warrants under the circumstances like this when the whole country knows that president Zuma is not well … indeed president Zuma underwent two operations in early January this year,” Mantsha said.”When you start to issue warrants under such circumstances, people start to question whether we are all equal under the law.” He said for the court to doubt “whether he is sick or not, is absolute unimaginable”.Mantsha vowed that the “elderly” Zuma, will attend court when he is fit, as he has done for previous hearings.Local media suggested that Zuma is in Cuba undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment.Zuma posted a video clip on Twitter on December 29 of himself dancing with a local gospel choir, with the caption “Happy Holidays.. From myself and the Umlazi Gospel Choir”. The former president has not tweeted since.Zuma is alleged to have taken bribes worth four million rand ($270,000) related to a $3.4 billion arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president.In all Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering related to the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military equipment when he was deputy to the country’s second black president, Thabo Mbeki.Both Zuma and French defense company Thales, which supplied equipment for navy vessels, deny the charges.Last year Zuma unsuccessfully tried to stop the trial from going ahead.If the trial takes place, it would be the first time Zuma faces a court on graft charges, despite a string of accusations over his long political career.Critics have dubbed Zuma the “Teflon president” for his reputed ability to evade judicial reckoning.He has also been accused of organizing the systematic plunder of government coffers in a scandal known as “state capture”.Zuma appeared at an inquiry into the scandal in July, putting on a defiant performance and denying all wrongdoing.  He was forced to step down in 2018 by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party after a nine-year reign marked by corruption allegations and dwindling popularity.The main opposition Democratic Alliance hailed the warrant decision, saying the court “has put its foot down and shown Mr Zuma that he can no longer continue wasting the court’s time and public resources because he is too afraid to face the music”.  “He has gone above and beyond and tried every trick in the book to avoid being held accountable for his alleged hand in the arms deal,” the DA said in a statement. last_img read more