Coronavirus Alters 9/11 Commemoration

first_imgIn New York, the double beams of light that evoke the fallen twin towers were nearly canceled in the name of virus safety, until an uproar sparked a change of heart. The Fire Department has cited the virus in urging members to stay away from any observances of the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, among them almost 350 firefighters. Tensions over anniversary plans flared anew when the memorial announced last month it was nixing the Tribute in Light, twin blue beams that shine into the night sky over lower Manhattan. While there’s no official gathering to view the lights, the memorial cited virus risks to the installation crew. In a year when many events have been called off, “this wasn’t canceled. It’s just been changed in such a way where we still get to pay tribute to our loved ones in a respectful and safe way,” said Katsimatides, who’s on the memorial board. She says the change wasn’t motivated by anything except a public health emergency. The Flight 93 memorial near Shanksville is trimming its usual 90-minute ceremony, partly by eliminating musical interludes. Memorial spokeswoman Katherine Cordek said the names of the 40 people killed there would be read, but by one person instead of multiple family members. 9/11 Tribute Light Event Back OnTrump, Biden Will Both Mark 9/11 Anniversary in Shanksville, PANew York Paramedic on Surviving the 9/11 Attacks “It’s another smack in the face,” says Jim Riches, who lost his son Jimmy, a firefighter. Still, she thinks the memorial was right to forgo the live name-reading this year. The virus has her concerned enough that she’s not planning to attend. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the World Trade Center, reflecting a divide over the memorial’s decision to suspend a cherished tradition of relatives reading victims’ names in person. Vice President Mike Pence is expected at both those remembrances in New York, while President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden plan to attend a truncated ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. The father is staying home on the anniversary for the first time this year because he doesn’t want to take chances with the coronavirus after a prior illness. But he feels others should have the option of reciting the names of the dead on the memorial plaza, instead of listening to a recording. Katismatides, the board member, foresees the ceremony returning to normal next year. Still, the memorial’s moves fanned mistrust among some 9/11 victims’ relatives who wonder how long the name-reading and other observances will continue. But Anthoula Katsimatides sees the differences this year as an effort to ensure victims’ relatives feel comfortable attending – including her mother, who hasn’t left home since March because health issues make her especially worried about the virus. But she is determined to go in honor of her son John, a bond trader, her daughter said. Some victims’ relatives say they understand the ground zero observance had to change in a year when so much else has. Others fear the pandemic is making plain what they have feared was happening unspoken: that the commitment to “Never Forget” is fading. NEW YORK (AP) – In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged. “I wish they wouldn’t forget, but they’re trying to,” he says. Memorial President Alice Greenwald later said the organization “should have approached this issue differently.”center_img The Pentagon hasn’t yet detailed its plans for the anniversary. FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, the Tribute in Light illuminates in the sky above the Lower Manhattan area of New York, as seen from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J. The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped how the U.S. is observing the anniversary of 9/11. The terror attacks’ 19th anniversary will be marked Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner nearby in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) But another 9/11-related organization, the Stephen Stiller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, quickly arranged its own simultaneous ceremony a few blocks away, saying victims’ relatives could recite names while keeping a safe distance. “Who expected COVID-19? … It was completely unforeseen. As was 9/11,” she said. Meanwhile, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told current firefighters in a memo last month that the department “strongly recommends” members not participate in 9/11 observances. The department did hold a limited-attendance ceremony Wednesday to add names to a memorial wall recognizing members who died after exposure to toxins unleashed in the wreckage. Debra Epps has been to the ground zero ceremony every year. She said it means a lot to her to read names and add a few words in tribute to her brother Christopher, an accountant. The cancellation outraged some victims’ relatives, police and fire unions and politicians, who noted that construction sites around the city were deemed safe to reopen months ago. After the Tunnel to Towers foundation said it would organize the display on its own, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the memorial’s billionaire chairman, stepped in to keep the memorial-sponsored lights on. (Tunnel to Towers is now stationing lights at the Flight 93 memorial and the Pentagon.) “It really is a hard decision to make, but I know that we’re still in this pandemic,” said Epps, who works in health care. Related This year’s plans have been a balancing act at the sites where hijacked planes piloted by al-Qaida terrorists crashed on Sept. 11, 2001: New York, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In New York – where the nation’s deadliest coronavirus spike early happened this spring but has since been fairly well contained – leaders of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum said their plan for a no-reading ceremony would honor both virus precautions and 9/11 families’ attachment to being at ground zero on the anniversary. Memorial leaders said they wanted to avoid close contact among readers, who are usually paired at the podium. But to Riches, a retired fire battalion chief and frequent critic of the memorial organization, the decision sounds like an excuse for sidelining the families’ role in commemorating 9/11. “We need to keep letting America know what happened 19 years ago. And they need to see that emotion of the day, not a recording,” says chairman Frank Siller. He says he may attend both observances to honor the brother he lost, firefighter Stephen. “I will remember my brother, no matter what,” she said.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgLancer 10U baseball team wins division title. The Lancer 10U baseball team, made up of students at Prairie Elementary, Highlands Elementary and Kansas City Christian, took their summer league division title on Monday. The team is coached by John Moore.Lancer Lacrosse players looking for equipment donations for mission trip. Lancer Lacrosse players Andy Swanson and Baker Stradinger are leaving on a mission trip to Jamaica later this summer where they will be teaching local kids the sport. The Swansons are asking anyone in the northeast Johnson County community with gently used equipment they no longer use for donations to take with them to Jamaica. Contact Baker ([email protected] or 913-909-2265) or Andy ([email protected] or 913-940-4730) to arrange for them to pick up donations.Bollier gets a third in Pan Am preliminary heat.  Bobby Bollier of Mission Hills came back from a bout of pneumonia to take a third place in his preliminary Pan Am Games in Toronto. Bollier was not able to place in the finals. A 2012 graduate of Stanford, Bollier said he was proud to be able to represent his country at the games and hopes to keep pursuing a chance at an Olympic berth. [Bobby Bollier of Mission Hills takes eighth in  butterfly at Pan Am Games – Kansas City Star]Non-profits can reserve tent at Mission Market. Area non-profits are invited to reserve the community tent for a week at the Mission Farm and Flower Market. The groups can promote their organizations during the Saturday market hours that will run until the end of September.The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

Fisher-Folk in Saint Lucia, Grenada To Benefit From Post Disaster Insurance

first_img Barbados Maritime Affairs Ministry to Co-Host Upcoming… Hurricane Warning Declared as Tropical Storm Nana Approaches… It explained that the Caribbean Oceans and Aquaculture Sustainability Facility acronym COAST, is an insurance product geared at safeguarding the livelihood of fisher-folk in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Read more at: Saint Lucia Times Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 29, 2020 Sep 2, 2020 You may be interested in… (Saint Lucia Times) Fisher-Folk in Saint Lucia and Grenada are the first in the Caribbean to be covered under a unique insurance policy post the aftermath of a natural disaster. According to a release from the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC), with fisher-folk usually counting their losses post the hurricane season they sense relief is finally at hand. The release noted that a team from the World Bank alongside officials from the Caribbean Catastrophy Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) were recently on island to launch the first of its kind insurance policy specific to the fisheries sector.center_img CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Aug 24, 2020 CRFM, CDEMA sign agreement to enhance disaster management, resilience in fisheries(CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to enhance comprehensive disaster management and climate change resilience in the fisheries and aquaculture sector within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, signed the MOU for CRFM…July 31, 2019In “Agriculture”Caribbean Countries to benefit from Partnership to Develop Climate resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture IndustriesThe Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and CCRIF SPC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop climate-resilient fisheries and aquaculture industries in the region. The purpose of the MOU is to formalise collaboration around the Caribbean Oceans and Aquaculture Sustainability Facility (COAST) initiative, which will help to reduce the…April 15, 2019In “Agriculture”Fisheries Ministers from CRFM Member States meet Friday in GuyanaBelize City (CRFM Press Release)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will host the 11th Meeting of its Ministerial Council—the highest ranking decision-making body of the regional fisheries organization—starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. Ministers who hold the portfolio for fisheries from…May 18, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Staunching the flow: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Fight to Keep its… Sep 1, 2020last_img read more