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

Mau Ke Eropa dengan Visa Schengen? Jangan Lupa Pesan Tiket Kereta Secara Online

first_imgAnda punya rencana ke Eropa dengan visa Schengen?  Tentu jika ada waktu, disarankan bila sudah tiba di Eropa jangan hanya menyambangi satu negara saja. Nah, model travelling yang cocok untuk ‘menjelajah’ daratan Eropa dengan cara paling hemat adalah menggunakan wahana kereta api. Toh secara geografis, antar negara-negara Eropa relatif saling berdekatan.Baca juga: TGV, Masih Jadi Lambang Supremasi Kereta Cepat EropaKabarPenumpang.com mengabarkan, bagi penyuka traveling marathon dan lebih menyukai kereta api di bandingkan transportasi lainnya, ada beberap tips yang bisa digunakan. Salah satunya dengan membeli tiket kereta jauh-jauh hari secara online sebelum keberangkatan. Provider-nya pun tak cuma satu, diantaranya ada eurobytrain.com. Globall Pass dari Eurail.com, dan Seat61.com. Kereta di Eropa juga sama seperti Indonesia yang bisa dipesan tiga bulan sebelum keberangkatan. Biasanya bila membeli tiga bulan sebelum harga yang dikenakan lebih murah dan akan semakin mahal saat mendekati hari keberangkatan. Apalagi bila membeli saat itu juga di stasiun, harga tiket kereta bisa lebih mahal tiga kali lipat dari sebelumnya. Sebagai contoh pada Seat61.com memiliki harga dari termurah yakni 9 Euro dan bila kuota memenuhi maka akan muncul harga 19 Euro dan yang paling mahal 29 Euro. Biasanya untuk mendapat harga 9 Euro Anda sebagai pelancong baiknya membeli dari tiga bulan sebelum keberangkatan.Contoh tiket pdf untuk kereta api di EropaUntuk pemesanan dari seat61.com, Anda bisa gunakan untuk kereta di dalam kawasan Italia seperti ke Florence menuju Roma dan Pisa menuju Roma. Atau Anda bisa membuka website Trenitalia. Namun jika Anda ingin merasakan marathon dari Jerman ke Perancis bisa melalui website kereta Perancis (SNCF) atau Jerman (Bahn.de). Bila untuk ke Spanyol Anda bisa membuka (Renfe), Beligia (Belgian Rail), pilih atau cari menu International Ticket.Selain itu ada Thalys untuk kereta tujuan Paris, Brussels, Cologne dan Amsterdam. Untuk semua rute kereta di Eropa bisa melakukan resevasi melalui website Capitaine Train. Untuk tiket selain membeli jauh-jauh hari mendapatkan harga murah, di kereta api ini juga memeberikan pilihan dua macam kelas yakni kelas satu yakni eksekutif dan kelas dua yakni ekonomi. Untuk Anda pelancong marathon baiknya gunakan pilihan kelas dua, karena tempat duduknya bisa dikatakan setara dengan kelas eksekutifnya Indonesia.Uniknya pemesanan kereta ini ada yang memberi diskon sesuai umur bahkan memberikan tiket gratis untuk umur-umur tertentu. Anak sampai umur 4 tahun akan digratiskan naik kereta. Sedangkan 4-11 akan dikenakan tarif anak-anak, untuk remaja 12-25 tahun akan ada diskon remaja.Diskon untuk pembelian grup juga ada dan tidak perlu repot menghitung diskonnya, sebab website yang akan melakukan otomatis saat memasukkan usi penumpang di website pemesanan tiket. Bila Anda bepergian dengan keluarga, baiknya pilih family seating, dan akan diberikan tempat yang berdekatan. Anda bisa melihat denah tempat duduk tetapi tidak bisa mengubahnya.Baca juga: Italia (2): Berburu Wisata di Florence dalam Satu HariCara memesan kereta di masing-masing website sangat mudah, mirip dengan memesan tiket kereta api di Indonesia. Hal-hal yang perlu diperhatikan antara lain:1. Pilih layanan berbahasa Inggris, biasanya dengan mengklik gambar bendera di pojok kanan atas.2. Pilih negara asal, yakni Indonesia atau kalau tidak ada pilihan, pilih other countries3. Pastikan Anda tahu nama stasiun asal dan stasiun tujuan, bila masih bingung bisa mencari dulu di Google. Di beberapa negara, satu kota mempunyai dua nama dalam bahasa yang berbeda. Misal, Brussels juga dikenal sebagai Bruxelles. Cologne biasa disebut Köln. Stasiun Brussels untuk kereta dari wilayah Perancis adalah Brussels Midi, sementara stasiun Köln di dekat katedral adalah Köln Hbf.4. Cek harga tiket di beberapa website sebelum membayarnya.5. Kadang website tertentu tidak bisa memroses booking dengan kartu kredit dari Indonesia. Coba booking di hari lain atau ganti booking di website lain.6. Pilih cetak tiket di rumah. Tiket yang dicetak sendiri ini tidak perlu ditukarkan dengan tiket asli. Nantinya cukup ditunjukkan ke petugas, disertai identitas.7. Bila pilihan cetak tiket sendiri tidak ada, pilih ambil tiket di mesin tiket/stasiun. Anda akan mendapatkan nomor referensi yang bisa digunakan untuk mengambil tiket melalui mesin tiket di stasiun. Pembayaran dengan kartu kredit tetap dilakukan di website pemesanan.8. 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O-line takes control in Alabama’s shutout win

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Cathedral’s Perbix Named AP All-State

first_img 1/1 Forward — Blake Biondi, senior, HermantownForward — Matthew Gleason, senior, Cretin-Derham HallForward — Joe Miller, junior, BlakeDefense — Luke Gramer, senior, MoorheadDefense — Wyatt Kaiser, senior, AndoverGoalie — Remmington Koepple, senior, Hill-Murray___SECOND TEAMForward — Grant Slukynsky, senior, WarroadForward — Ben Steeves, senior, Eden PrairieForward — Blake Perbix, senior, St. Cloud CathedralDefense — Joey Pierce, junior, HermantownDefense — Luke Mittelstadt, junior, Eden PrairieGoalie — Hudson Hodges, senior, Moorhead About Connatix V56490 1080p HD Cathedral senior forward Blake Perbix has been named an Associated Press All-State player for the 2019-2020 season. Perbix helped the Crusaders to third place at the Class A state tournament.Perbix scored a team-high 92 points during the season, including 18 in the postseason. Hermantown’s Blake Biondi, who helped the Hawks past the Crusaders in the state tourney semifinals, was named AP Player of the Year.FIRST TEAM 720p HDcenter_img About Connatix V56490 360p Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Auto (360p)last_img read more