Governor Shumlin thanks Vermont National Guard for job well done

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles on Thursday at a barbeque in Rockingham thanked Vermont National Guard members for more than a month of exemplary service helping the state recover from flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Five Vermont guard units deployed personnel to numerous Vermont locations where they helped state and municipal highway crews rebuild both local and state roadways. ‘Guard members worked incredibly long hours to help us rebuild Vermont’s roads and bridges better than we found them before Irene,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘Their service and sacrifice will be remembered for generations to come.’ Vermont National Guard road rebuilding crews will begin demobilizing this weekend. Guard units and personnel deployed to aid roadway recovery included members of the following divisions:·         86th  Infantry Brigade Combat Team·         86th Special Troops Battalion·         131st Engineer Company·         158th Civil Engineering Squadron·         Camp Ethan Allen Training Site “Between the two types of deployment ‘ federal and state ‘ this type of unit activation is much more meaningful because it takes place in our home state and affects our neighbors, our families and our friends,’ said Captain Annaliese Baumer, Commander of the 131st Engineer Company. ‘It is extremely different than deploying overseas. When you hit ground overseas, you are immediately put in a defensive posture which is a drastic contrast to a state deployment.’ Major recovery efforts conducted by Vermont National Guard members included: ·         Rebuilding Route 131 in Cavendish where the guard produced the roadway design, worked with local road crews, coordinated with stone pits and quarries, and provided the project’s manager. ·         Reconstructing Route 9 near Marlboro where the guard provided trucks and equipment (as well as their operators), and also graded and compacted the road. ·         Rebuilding Route 100 around Wardsboro where the guard rebuilt numerous sections of road. ·         Rebuilding more than a mile of Pike Falls Road in Jamaica where the road was washed away. The guard also provided scour protection to bridges, rebuilt numerous wash-outs, and made the entire roadway passable to emergency vehicles. ·         Repaired washed out sections of Turkey Mountain Road in Jamaica. ·         Rebuilding Davis Road in Cavendish. Vermont guard members also removed debris from numerous state and town roads, provided scour protection to numerous state and town bridges, and aided VTrans with other projects. ‘When we first arrived in both Wilmington and Cavendish, we were welcomed with open arms,’ Baumer said. ‘Citizens thanked us profusely, brought us food and many other comforts of home.  They housed us, cooked us meals, gave us haircuts, washed our equipment with their fire trucks, their kids painted us pictures, sang for us and even put on a play at the local school. They visited with us daily, shook our hands and took photos of us throughout the work day. Most notably, they shared stories of how Irene affected their families. And virtually everyone did that because Irene affected us all.’last_img read more

U.S. Forces Provide Relief Aid to Japan

first_img U.S. military forces are working alongside their Japanese counterparts to provide aid as the country digs out in the aftermath of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11. “Because of the longstanding and close working relationship between the U.S. military and its Japanese counterparts on a daily basis, the United States military has humanitarian assistance capabilities positioned in the affected regions that are ready to support emergency relief efforts and minimize human suffering,” U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos said in a statement to the media on 12 March. Dubbed Operation Tomodachi — Japanese for “friendship” — U.S. military assets mobilizing in the area include a wide range of equipment, air, sea, and ground capability and expertise. “We have units from all of our services, with a multitude of capabilities, from medical to communications to civil engineering, poised and ready to support where needed,” Roos said. Yokota Air Base in Japan was instrumental in recovering airline traffic in the hours immediately following the earthquake, Roos said. Also, Yokota is being used as an alternate airfield for planes that cannot land at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. U.S. Air Force and Marine helicopter and transport aircraft were moved from Okinawa to the U.S. military bases on Honshu. Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force are supporting relief operations and its subordinate units are providing command and control, aviation and logistics support, according to Marine Corps officials. The troops are capable of providing food, water, transportation and other relief support. By Dialogo March 14, 2011 Excellent that the United States helps Japan get back on its feet. I congratulate the USA Armed Forces and give my condolences to the people of Japan, it will rise again like the Phoenix. All humanitarian aid is very good and it is time to forget about the differences. We should unite all of our strength in order to help our Japanese brothers, may the Lord of Divine Providence be a light to the people of Japan and bless them by soothing their pain and suffering. We Venezuelans must help those poor people who are going through something terrible with the loss of their homes. The President of the country should not do anything to help as this could happen in other cities and that is not what we want and no one wants that. That is why we must help each other and consider those people that lost everything. Rafael Lopez worker from Gudisa help with what you can last_img read more

Torch Show of BH Fanaticos in the Heart of Brussels

first_imgNational football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina played a match against the national team of Belgium last night in Brussels in the second round of qualifications for the World Championship in Russia in 2018.As usual, the Dragons had great support from the stands in Brussels. Several thousand BH Fanaticos were present last night at the stadium King Baudouin, supporting the players chosen by Mehmed Baždarević.During the entire day, fans of the BiH national team were gathering on the streets of Brussels, and the legendary torch show was also prepared.(Source: read more

Cons Peddlers on the road again

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For the third year in a row Con’s Peddlers, one of thousands of groups, will take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer this weekend. The charity event that raises money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, aims to raise awareness of the disease and to ultimately fund research to find a cure. The group holds the charity event very dear to their hearts, named after team manager Helen Galileos’ koumbaro, Con Gantzos, who lost his battle to cancer just over a year ago.Ms Galileos’ two children Stephanie and Daniel, a cancer survivor himself, are a part of the group riding this weekend and is very proud of the team’s efforts.“It is very close to my heart. When I look at my son and think about the fact that he’s training, riding 200 km, it makes me proud,” Ms Galileos told Neos Kosmos. “But at the same time I do feel sad that we lost our koumbaro and that he left behind two young children…we’re leaving a legacy for those kids.” This year the team has grown from 12 to 18 riders, having recruited more family and friends to take part. Participants are expected to ride 200 km over two days, commencing in Albert Park and making their way to Mornington Peninsula. There, riders will camp over night, starting up again in the morning for the ride back. Over the past three years, Ms Galileos’ son and the teams’ captain Daniel, has been a part of raising up to $100,000. The group also held a fundraiser in August this year at the Vogue Ballroom. The first fundraiser of its kind for the group, the night saw 300 people attend and were able to secure just short of an impressive $20,000.“I know first-hand where the money goes because that’s where my son was treated – at the Peter Mac,” she says. “We want to find a cure for this horrible creature of a disease.” Daniel has achieved the title of gold ambassador two years in row for his efforts in raising money for the charity, a great honour for the rider himself and the group. To take part in the ride each participant must raise a minimum of $2,500. Con’s Peddlers have already beaten their required $45,000 – the current funds standing at $47,000, just shy of the team’s $50,000 target.The Ride for a Cure will take place this week on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October. For more information and to donate visit read more