Metlakatla celebrates traditions on Founder’s Day

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Community | History | Southeast | SpiritMetlakatla celebrates traditions on Founder’s DayAugust 12, 2017 by Emma Atkinson, KRBD Share:A small crowd gathered outside a two-steeple white church. It was early in the day, but the sun was already beating down, glinting off of the lone headstone that stands beside the church. There lies Christian missionary William Duncan, a controversial and key figure in the story of this Southeast community’s history.“No matter what anyone may think of him, William Duncan did what he thought was best for us,” David Robert Boxley said.Boxley lives in Metlakatla, and explained to the crowd the origins of the town’s founder.Mr. Duncan, as he is known, strove to convert the Tsimshian community to Christianity. In 1887 Duncan arrived at Annette Island with about 800 Tsimshians from British Columbia and founded what is now Metlakatla Indian Community, about 15 miles south of Ketchikan. That arrival is marked on August 7 and celebrated as Founder’s Day.During the wreath-laying ceremony at Duncan’s grave, Boxley read remarks off his cell phone, alternating between English and s’malgyax, Metlakatla’s indigenous language.“[s’malgyax] He loved us. And he worked hard to show us a good way to live,” he said.Boxley asked for a moment of reflection and prayer. Those in attendance bowed their heads as a wreath was laid next to the headstone. Boxley is a renowned artist and co-chair of the Haayk Foundation, a non-profit aimed at preserving the s’malgyax language. The foundation was hosting and co-sponsoring the Founder’s Day feast later that evening.“Have a wonderful Founder’s Day, and we’re gonna get back to work,” he said. Thank you.”The day is filled with religious significance. In this small town, the line between the duties of elected officials and dedication to the Christian faith is blurred. About 50 people convened at the Metlakatla longhouse for a community church service. Mayor Audrey Hudson spoke.“It’s very important that our children understand the word of the Lord and they grow to know that this is the norm and this is how it should be,” she said.There are many schools of thought on how the role of missionaries like Duncan affected Native Alaskan culture. Despite the historical suppression of many Tsimshian customs, the last 30 years has seen an increase in Tsimshian cultural pride.The interior of the longhouse is itself evidence of the ongoing cultural revival in Metlakatla. The floor and ceiling are all made of gleaming cedar. Artwork and handmade artifacts lined the walls.Founder’s Day is about more than the town’s beginning, though. It serves as a homecoming of sorts for those who were raised in Metlakatla.“My son did a good job,” said David A. Boxley.He’s David Robert’s father. The senior Boxley was raised in Metlakatla. He lives in Seattle now but comes back every year for Founder’s Day.The father-and-son team have carved many totem poles together and the elder Boxley’s carving work is on display at institutes and museums all over the country. He gestured to a pole just down the street.“My son and I did that totem pole right there for all the women who started the children’s dance groups years ago,” he said.He talked excitedly about the schedule of events for the day, including a parade, foot races and dance performances.“It’s like 4th of July anywhere else, you know,” he said.There are even fireworks.Standing beside William Duncan’s grave, Boxley said he thinks the missionary changed the Tsimshian community for the better.“It’s really important,” he said. “You know, our culture, our tribe. When this man came among our people, [he] changed our future. Absolutely changed our future. And his history, since he was 30 years old, is our history.”Hundreds of Metlakatlans headed toward town. Around the street corner and into the ball field came the parade procession. A little girl dressed as Disney princess Moana sat on top of a paper-mâché canoe. Representatives from the Tsimshian tribes followed, dressed in traditional regalia and beating taught, tan drums.Kimberly Wellington is part of the Wellington Clan. She said they are descended from Arthur Wellington Clah, the man who taught William Duncan to speak s’malgyax.Wellington and her two sons were wearing matching purple shirts with her family’s crest and s’malgyax words emblazoned on the front.“The saying on the top means ‘love one another,’ which was my grandmother’s favorite saying, and so this is in honor of her,” she said.Many, many people milling around the ballfield were wearing these matching shirts. Wellington said making T-shirts has become a Founder’s Day tradition for the Wellington clan.“Every year we do some sort of design with some sort of remembrance — for somebody within the family,” she said.On the 130th anniversary of Metlakatla’s founding, it’s clear that Tsimshian residents are intent on keeping traditions alive – even newer ones that call for matching T-shirts. Share this story:last_img read more

Lib Dems pledge to torpedo Labour’s tuition fees policy in any future coalition

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Lord Digby Jones slams Ed Miliband for “sneering” at wealth creators and accuses Labour of being “ignorant” about high taxes

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Jones asked why he had never heard Miliband say profit was a good thing, adding that he appeared “ignorant at worst and disinterested at best” about what business people do for themselves and the country.The ex-trade minister argued the wealthy pay a “shed-load” of tax, but Labour “don’t care” about the contribution they already make to the Treasury and only interested in squeezing more out of them to spend on pet Labour projects.Jones took aim at Miliband’s pledge to cap profit that can be made on NHS supply contracts to five per cent, and accused him of wanting a “monopolistic, unproductive, very expensive NHS which is ideologically socialist, pure and unaffordable”.Labour’s plans for wide-ranging intervention in private markets, as well as hiking the minimum wage, which have both come under fierce criticism from business, also came under attack in Jones’ letter:Your good, old-fashioned socialist market interventionism rolls on! From fixing energy prices to capping rail fares and we are going to be faced with a National Minimum Wage of £8 are we? Why £8? Why not £7.50 or £9?I don’t know what it should be and neither do you. That’s why we have experts on the Low Pay Commission to make recommendations.While Jones insists, the letter doesn’t come from a pro-Tory perspective the last part of it refers to the issue that has become central to the Tory campaign over the past week and a half.The letter warns Miliband: “There is a growing resentment and serious concern at the thought of a Prime Minister who can’t carry England being propped up in the delivery of a legislative programme that more people in England voted against.”Jones fears there could be 50 SNP MPs committed to breaking up the UK, but who have a disproportionate influence on Labour’s legislative agenda.Labour has been subject to flurry of letters from business leaders warning its policy agenda would threaten jobs and investment. However, the polls remain neck and neck, and there is still no sign these interventions are having much of an impact with voters. Jeff Misenti Friday 24 April 2015 4:58 am Tags: General Election 2015last_img read more

The finest wine known to humanity: London has 38 on the World of Fine Wine’s annual list

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Portlaoise CBS students and teachers all set for Zambia trip

first_img By Alan Hartnett – 6th February 2019 Portlaoise CBS students and teachers all set for Zambia trip Previous articleSupermac’s owner announces major jobs boost at Laois eventNext articleMountmellick Macra gearing up for their 21st Panto Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter Facebook Community Pinterest Home News Portlaoise CBS students and teachers all set for Zambia trip News WhatsApp Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year TAGSPortlaoise CBSZambia Immersion Project Facebook Pinterest Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Portlaoise CBS students and teachers who are off to Zambia A group of 16 Portlaoise CBS students will travel to Zambia at the end of this week along with five of their teachers.Every two years, the school brings a group of boys to Livingstone to experience what it is like to teach and volunteer, as part of the Zambia Immersion Project, run by the Christian Brothers.The group this year are: Thomas Dunne, Kevin Swayne, Adam Duffin, Ben Dunne, Daniel O’Toole, John Keogh, Cathy Mulligan, Alain Carroll, Eddie Critchley, Niall Carey, Ben Brennan, Brian Fingelton, James Connelly, Michael Rodgers, Peter Conroy, Marc Ramsbottom, Jack Delaney.While the five teachers are: Geoff Brennan, James Walsh, Cathy Mulligan, Eimear Lewens and Stephanie Buckley.The group will spend two weeks in Zambia teaching children in schools from 7am to 2pm.Then from 4pm to 7pm each evening, the lads will visit an orphanage to play and socialise with children.But in order to get there, each of the students have had to raise funds. They each had to raise €1,200.Back in April last year, the students held a €20k Drop.  Portlaoise CBS hosted an exciting night with eight contestants from the crowd chosen to step up and try win €2,500 each.This fundraiser saw them earn an extra €6,000 which will be brought directly to the schools and orphanages. While a number of local businesses have also donated generously.The lads will be gone for the next two weeks and we look forward to hearing all about their adventure when they come back.SEE ALSO – A day spent inside the walls of the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise WhatsApplast_img read more

Sejong Scholars See Long Term Threats

first_img News News News By Daily NK – 2012.03.15 2:30pm Sejong Scholars See Long Term Threats RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twittercenter_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News [imText1]The 3-month old Kim Jong Eun system may be stable in the short term, but is likely to suffer from internal divisions in the longer run, according to analysts speaking at a seminar held by the Sejong Institute yesterday.Oh Gyeong Seob, a researcher with the institute, commented in his speech to the event, “The Kim Jong Eun system will in the short term display signs of stability due to the dictatorship system succession and Chinese support. However, in the mid to long term, chronic economic difficulties and elite controls are likely to accelerate the weakening of the regime.”He underscored, “If Kim Jong Eun were to fail to take safe control of the system there would be a high chance that he would try and secure it by both sticking to the military-first policy, continuing to develop nuclear weapons and launching a provocation towards South Korea. The South Korean government needs to prepare in advance and make a policy to limit these threats.” Kim Jin Ha, a researcher with the Korean Institute for National Unification, commented that things are still not easy for Kim, saying, “It was only possible for Kim Jong Il through strengthening internal organs such as the military and party, controlling the elite through the 1st generation and through ideological cohesiveness. But the Kim Jong Eun system’s cohesiveness and overall durability is in a weaker state than the Kim Jong Il regime’s.” SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

West German radio gave Easterners window to world during Cold War

first_imgNews The peace protests in East Germany that set off the destruction of the Berlin Wall.Experts who were present at the protests remarked, “The Western Media broadcastsplayed a large part in sparking the collective anger that led to the protests.”Image: Bundesarchive The West German government’s publiclyproduced radio played a big role in enlightening the East German people. Justlike today’s situation with North Korea, it was not possible to send a TVsignal to East Germany in the early days. In the 1950s and 1960s, radiobroadcasts were beamed across the border to inform the East German citizens ofthe outside world. The Soviet Union was the first to launch a propagandabroadcast station in the East European bloc. The American led alliesestablished the Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (RIAS, or Broadcasting Service in the American Sector) radio station on the Western side. After the officialpartition of Germany in the Cold War, other allied stations also sprang up,such as Deutschlandfunk and Deutschewelle.At the same time in East Germany, allinformation being reported came out of the Socialist Unification Party. As partof an effort to gain an advantage and block foreign influence, they retained amonopoly on media dissemination. This ensured that no information from theoutside world contradicted the official state positions.  On the otherhand, West Germans were privy to reports that updated them about the situationin East Germany. They were also given access to satire and dramas that depictedthe lives of East Germans. For these reasons, the East Germans had more faithin the West German media than in their native media outlets.RIAS editor-in-chief and Deutschewellereporter Hans Jürgen Pickert said, “RIAS and the other broadcasters wereoriginally set up for a West German audience. But the production crew was deadset on making the signal reach into the East. The East German citizens weredoubly enticed because they know that the same programs they were listening towere trusted and enjoyed by the West Germans. An anonymous representative from the Bundespresseamt (Federal Press Office) said, “The West German radiostations were not devised to change East German thinking or destroy theSocialist government. They merely focused on conveying information about theWest German people’s daily life. Unexpectedly, this sort of natural style ofbroadcasting ended up enlightening a large amount of Eastern listeners and evenhelped in eliciting political changes.”From the 1960s West Germany transmittedPublic Television Station One (Das Erste) and Two (ZDF) into East Germany.These channels includes news, entertainment, and cultural programming. In the1970s, the broadcasting of West German stations into the East became even morewidespread. East German native and head of Stasi Records Agency (BStU) Roland Jahn said, “Up until the 1960s, watching TVfrom the West was a punishable offense, but it couldn’t hold people back. Welived in East Germany during the day but in West Germany at night. In the1970s, there was almost a tacit tolerance for the viewing and listening ofoutside media. The Eastern government simply couldn’t hold back the barrage ofinterest in Western media.”The Social Democratic Party’s Willy Brandtlaunched the “Look East Policy.” It started to gain momentum at the start of1973. Up until that point, cross-country communication was limited todisseminating leaflets across the border and using loudspeakers at keylocations like the Berlin Wall. In the case of the leaflet dissemination, manydepartments were involved and it was a thoroughly prepared strategy.Robert Lebegern is director of theDeutsch-Deutschen Museum Mödlareuth (Mödlareuth Border Museum). He said, “Western Europe used everything fromrockets, balloons and wind to spread the leaflets. They would releaseapproximately 500-1000 A4 sized papers at once into East German regions. On theEastern side, teachers ordered students to collect the leaflets and then theStasi would do an investigation.”Director Lebegern also said, “For the most part, the loudspeaker broadcastswent from East Germany to West Germany, but there were also instances of youngpeople from the West engaging in regular, organized broadcasts usingloudspeakers near the Berlin Wall.  These youngsters built a temporarystudio and relayed the news through megaphones.”   There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News By Daily NK – 2015.12.21 1:40pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE A behind the scenes photo of West Germany’s cross-country radio program RIAS, which wasthe most popular among East German citizens during the country’s separation in the Cold War.Image: RIAS News West German radio gave Easterners window to world during Cold War “Without the cross-border broadcasts, therewould not have been any peace protests.” According to experts from EastGermany, the West German broadcasts provided “a window to the world,” “a meansto find the strength to go on living,” and “a door to a new consciousness.” Butthese broadcasts did not simply convey information, they also provided anindirect framework for the East Germans to understanding what it meant to livein a free country. It also stimulated anti-government sentiment and laid thefoundation for unification.East Berlin native Anna Kaminsky served asexecutive director of the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung derSED-Diktatur (Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal ofthe SED Dictatorship). She said,“the East Germans who longed for legitimate news and information for so longdid not keep these sources to themselves when they found out how to access WestGerman radio and TV. They went around discussing the content with theirfriends. After interacting with and sharing this content, East Germans beganreflecting upon their own lives. This led them to the difficult task ofrecalibrating their mentalities. This type of consciousness grew into thedemocratic protests and the border reforms.”  Director Kaminsky continued, “Itis certainly true that the oppressed Germans of the Soviet Bloc were in need ofunbiased information, but I think they needed something more than that. Theyneeded to hear that they were not being left behind by the free world. Theyneeded some sense of connection with the Western part of the country.Cross-border broadcasts thus served both purposes: provided information andassurance.”  Herbert Wagner was an enthusiastic listenerof Dresden’s Deutschlandfunk and Deutschewelle broadcasts and now serves as the director of Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße Dresden (Former interrogation prison for DistrictDresden of the Ministry of State Security of the GDR) He said, “Western broadcasts gave usthe energy and courage to carry on under difficult conditions and oppression.If there were never any broadcasts, I likely would have thought that the Westhad forgotten about us, and was content to enjoy their freedoms without tryingto assist us. I think the broadcasts became a sort of door for me to useto escape my immediate surrounding and understand the world at large.”Jürgen Reiche, Secretary General of Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig (Leipzig’s Forum for ContemporaryHistory), remarked that, “even though therevolutionaries in East Europe did not know one another in the beginning, theradio broadcasts brought them the information they needed to understand thetrue situation. This helped set off a powder keg of anti-government sentiment.Just as 100,000 people gathered together to start a revolution for peace afterhearing the West German broadcasts in East Germany, South Korean radiobroadcasts into North Korea will have a large impact in terms of influencingthe mindset of North Koreans,” he concluded.*This article has been brought to you thanks to support from the Korea PressFoundation. Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak One of RIAS’s popular entertainments programs was called “Mystery Sunday.” The aboveimage shows postcards sent from East German fans to the show’s producers. In order tododge the East German censors and communicate with their audience, the show changedits address regularly. Image: RIAS The role of media such as television andradio is known as a crucial element in German unification. Since East Germanyfirst permitted East-West TV broadcasts in 1970, Eastern citizens were able toeasily access unbiased information through West German programming. However,even before that, East Germans were able to gain exposure to West German mediaimmediately following their separation using illegal means. West Germany sentinformation to East Germans about the free world through shortwave radio,loudspeakers, and leaflets, despite the fact that East Germany tried to blockthese efforts using measures like radio signal jamming.After the country’s division, East Germanywas ruled by an autocratic leadership and was cut off from the outside world.Despite the East German government’s tactics of punishing listeners and signaljamming, East German citizens braved the consequences because of their longingfor freedom and information. In this regard, they are similar to pirate radiolisteners in North Korea. Regional experts generally agree that media played asignificant role in changing the perspective of East Germans, inspiring them todemand freedom of travel to the West, and setting up the foundations for theirprotests and planning for unification. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Sun Life introduces rewards program

first_img RRSP contributions remain steady despite Covid-19, advisors say Keywords RRSPsCompanies Sun Life Financial Inc. Canada Life to manage TD Future Builder program happy senior female lying on bed with piggybank racorn/123RF Anne-Marie Vettorel “Whether your goal is to attend a yoga class twice a week, or top up that RRSP, the BestLifeRewarded platform tracks, measures and rewards positive steps to reducing health risks and living a healthier life,” Sun Life says in a news release.Clients will first complete a “holistic health assessment” that measures financial, physical and mental well-being. The platform then guides them on a “customized wellness journey,” which includes the ability to track wellness activities, including nutrition, sleep patterns and keeping on top of a budget.Additionally, clients will receive access to online courses, articles and tips, and can set reminders for healthy behaviours.“This platform brings clients a one-of-a-kind plan to motivate, support, and reward healthy actions. Creative experiences like BestLifeRewarded assist us on our journey of helping Canadians achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives,” says Jacques Goulet, president, Sun Life Financial Canada, in a statement.“It’s a win-win when people can receive tangible rewards for taking action steps to improve their overall health and well-being,” says Susanne Cookson, co-founder of BestLifeRewarded Innovations, in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with Sun Life, helping plan members make sustainable behaviour changes while having fun doing it!” Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc. is now providing a personalized wellness rewards program to its clients through Oakville Ont.-based BestLifeRewarded Innovations, the insurer announced Wednesday.The program merges health-and-fitness tracking with tools to monitor household budgets and retirement savings, and gives users rewards points from popular Canadian retailers when they make healthy choices. Feds make minor updates to RRSP rules in Budget 2021 Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Speech on coronavirus restriction tiers, vaccines and testing

first_imgSpeech on coronavirus restriction tiers, vaccines and testing Good afternoon and welcome to Downing Street for today’s coronavirus briefing.I’m joined by Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Dr Susan Hopkins, the Chief Medical Advisor to Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.We all know that 2020 has been a hard year.And it is ending in this festive period, which is going to be very different.After all the efforts that we’ve gone through to control this virus, and in many parts of the country, this virus is under control.Just as we’ve got a tiering system in place that was able to control this virus, we’ve discovered a new, more contagious virus, a variant which is spreading at a dangerous rate.And I know that the vast majority of people watching today and across the country understand what we need to do together to get through this.So today we’re announcing further action within the tiering system and also some further progress on vaccines and on testing.And I just wanted to say this before I set out the details of what we’re going to have to put in place: I know this action has consequences.And I know how difficult it is.But I also know that it is right to take the action that is necessary to control this virus.Across the country, cases have risen 57% in the last weekThe average daily COVID hospital admissions are 1,909 a day – that’s the highest figure since mid-April.There are 18,943 people in hospital right now, that’s almost as many as at the peak.And yesterday, 691 deaths from coronavirus were reported. That’s 691 people who have died just before Christmas. And our hearts go out to their families and loved ones as with all those that have died from this horrible disease.I know the pain this causes.So against this backdrop of rising infections, rising hospitalisations and rising number of people dying from coronavirus, it is absolutely vital that we act.We simply cannot have the kind of Christmas that we all yearn for.Of course, it’s the social contact that makes Christmas so special. But it is that social contact that the virus thrives on, and that’s how the virus has spread from one person to another.So it’s important that we all minimise our social contact as much as is possible this Christmas, and that will help protect ourselves, our loved ones and the whole country.We’ve got to keep our resolve. We’ve got to keep going through this.And there are 4 areas of our response that I want to update you on today very specifically.Local actionThe first are those tiering decisions that I’ve just mentioned.We know that the 3-tiered system worked to control the old variant, and is working now in large parts of the country, especially in Northern England.But, we also know that Tier 3 is not enough to control the new variant.That is not a hypothesis, it is a fact, and we’ve seen it on the ground.We have seen case rates rise in some of places close to where the current Tier 4 restrictions are, in places like East Anglia, where we’ve also detected a significant number of the new variant as we’ve seen case rates rise sharply.It is therefore necessary to put more of the East and South East of England into Tier 4.We are also taking action in parts of the South West, where there are some early signs of the new variant, and where cases are rising.Even though case rates in some of these areas are not as high as in some areas badly affected, in London for instance and in Kent, the direction is clear, and in many cases is quite stark.The doubling times are short.And we have learnt that when it’s a matter of when, not if we take action.It is better to act sooner.So, from one minute past midnight on Boxing Day, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, those parts of Essex not yet in Tier 4, Waverley in Surrey, and Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton, but with the exception of the New Forest, will be escalated to Tier 4.Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, including the North Somerset Council area, Swindon, the Isle of Wight, New Forest and Northamptonshire, as well as Cheshire and Warrington, will be escalated to Tier 3.And I’m afraid Cornwall and Herefordshire have seen sharply rising rates and need to be escalated to Tier 2.This is not news that anybody wants to deliver.And I am truly sorry for the disruption that it causes.But I think people know how important it is that we take decisions like this to keep people safe and to protect the NHS.South AfricaThe second piece of new I want to tell you about is developments on another new strain of this virus.Of course, the fight against this virus is a global effort.And we are constantly vigilant and looking around the world.As part of our surveillance, and thanks to the impressive genomic capability of the South Africans, we have detected 2 cases of another new variant of coronavirus here in the UK.Both are contacts of cases who have travelled from South Africa over the past few weeks.The Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Medical Officer and others met their South African counterparts over the last day.We are incredibly grateful to the South African Government for the rigour of their science, and the openness and the transparency with which they have rightly acted, as we did when we discovered the new variant here.This new variant is highly concerning, because it is yet more transmissible and it appeared to have mutated further than the new variant that has been discovered here.We have taken the following action.First, we are quarantining cases, and close contacts of cases, found here in the UK.Second, we are placing immediate restrictions on travel from South Africa.Finally, and most importantly, anyone in the UK who has been in South Africa in the past fortnight, and anyone who has been in close contact with anyone who has been in South Africa in the last fortnight, must quarantine immediately.By quarantine, I mean they must restrict all contact with any other person whatsoever.We will be changing the law to give this legal effect imminently.These measures are temporary, while we investigate this further new strain, which is currently being analysed at Porton Down.And I want to thank everyone involved for the seriousness with which I know they will take these instructions.TestingI’d like to now move onto some more positive developments.The third thing I wanted to talk about was an update on testing.As you know, we continue rapidly to expand testing capacity here in the UK.We are expanding community testing yet further in areas where the rate of infection is highestSo we can identify people, and especially to identify the around 1 in 3 people, who carry the virus without displaying any symptoms at all.116 local areas have now signed up for this community testing, and we are in discussion with more.These rapid turnaround tests are proving to be extremely effective at finding cases where we otherwise wouldn’t.And I am today publishing an assessment of the Liverpool community testing project, which shows how effective this can be.I would urge anyone who has the opportunity to take part to protect their local area.And at the same time we are boosting rapid testing in care homes, with a further £149 million to support that effort.So all those who work in care homes in England will receive 2 rapid tests a week, in addition to their weekly PCR test.VaccinesFinally, amid all this difficulty, the great hope for 2021 is of course the vaccine.The vaccine is our route out of all this.And, however tough this Christmas and this winter is going to be, we know that the transforming force of science is helping find a way through.I am delighted to be able to announce that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, developed here in the UK, has submitted its full data package to the MHRA for approval.This is the next step towards a decision on the deployment of the vaccine, which is already being manufactured including here in the UK.We are, of course, continuing to deploy the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which is being delivered now from over 500 sites all across the UK, and we are adding more all of the time and we are accelerating the rollout.I am also delighted to be able to announce that we have begun vaccination in care homes.We know that people who live in care homes are amongst those most vulnerable to this disease, and I’m delighted that we’re able to do this. It is another enormous logistical challenge, and I am very grateful to colleagues in the NHS and social care sector, who have worked so hard together to make this happen.This afternoon, it gives me great joy to tell you that the Chelsea Pensioners will be vaccinated, along with care home residents right across the country.I think we all need a bit of good news.And the reality is this vaccine programme is the we are going to get this.Because every time someone is vaccinated, our country becomes a little bit safer, they become a little bit safer and we get a little bit closer to the life that we all want to get back to.Achievements this yearAs I sincerely hope this is my last press conference before Christmas.I want to take a moment firstly to thank you, and everyone watching, for the sacrifices you’ve made.And I want to thank my whole team, who have done so much, including those here, including Susan and Jenny, but including the huge team in the NHS, in the Department and right across the board.As a country, we have been faced with the most enormous challenges, and it has been very tough.But I especially want to thank those who help this country to become the first in the world to roll out a clinically approved vaccine.I want to thank all those that have helped us build a bigger capacity genomic testing than anywhere else in the world – and of course the biggest testing capacity in Europe.I want to thank our scientist who discovered the first proven treatment for coronavirus.And I want to thank everybody working in the NHS and in social care for the work that they’ve done this year, and also for the work that’s going to carry on this winter.And especially to colleagues are going to work over Christmas, which of course is so important in the NHS and in social care.Look, I know how hard 2020 has been for everybody.And after delivering some really difficult news, if I may I want to end on a reflection about where we are as a country.This Christmas, and the start of 2021, is going to be tough.The new variant makes everything much harder, because it spreads so much faster.But we mustn’t give up now. We know that we can control this virus, we know that we can get through this together.We’re going to get through it by suppressing the virus, until a vaccine can make us safe, and that has been our strategy and that’s what we must do.And I know that we can do this. We’ve seen so much sacrifice.We’re not going to give up now, especially after so much sacrifice.I know that some of these decisions are tough.But I believe that everybody making the right decisions, and I believe that everybody will do what is needed to keep themselves and others safe, especially this Christmas.And I know from the bottom of my heart that there are brighter skies ahead. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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Former NASA Astronaut Joe Tanner to Teach Aerospace Engineering at CU

first_img Published: Sept. 17, 2008 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Following a 24-year career with NASA that included four space shuttle flights and seven spacewalks, former astronaut Joe Tanner has set his sights on a new challenge: helping University of Colorado at Boulder students reach their academic and lifetime goals.Tanner joined CU-Boulder’s aerospace engineering sciences department last month as a senior instructor — one of only a handful of astronauts to take on a teaching position after retiring from government service.”I have a passion for students — that’s why I came here,” said Tanner, a former Colorado resident who lived in Frisco before going to work at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 1984. “If I can help students reach their academic and life goals in some way, I really feel I’ve helped humanity.”This fall, Tanner will bring his considerable spaceflight and project management experience to assist with the senior projects course in aerospace engineering and to work with graduate student projects in preparation for overseeing the master’s projects course next semester. He also hopes to be involved with the BioServe Space Technologies research center in the future.Aerospace engineering sciences Chair Jeffrey Forbes is especially enthusiastic about Tanner’s arrival: “Joe’s leadership in our student projects arena launches the educational component of our new AeroSpace Systems Science and Engineering initiative, which will be developing over the next few years.” The cross-disciplinary initiative seeks to better integrate the engineering of aerospace vehicles and sensor systems with earth and space science applications.Tanner’s direct involvement with NASA engineering and science missions will continue next month as he heads back to the Johnson Space Center for the mid-October launch of NASA’s fifth and final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. The mission involves five spacewalks and a $70 million instrument known as the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, designed by CU-Boulder.Two of Tanner’s seven spacewalks were performed in 1997 to improve the science capability of the Hubble Space Telescope, and he has worked closely with the current mission crew over the last year as an instructor in the Astronaut Office. Tanner will monitor flight activities from Mission Control to advise the extravehicular activity, or EVA, team as necessary throughout the five spacewalks. “The crew tells me they will feel a lot better with me still being part of the team,” he said.Tanner earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois in 1973. He joined the Navy after graduation where he earned his pilot wings in 1975, served as an A-7E light-attack pilot aboard the USS Coral Sea, and completed active service as an advanced jet instructor pilot in Pensacola, Fla.Tanner started working for NASA in 1984 as an aerospace engineer and research pilot, with duties that included teaching Space Shuttle landing techniques to astronaut pilots.He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1992, and has logged 1,069 hours in space, including over 46 EVA hours in seven space walks. He served as a mission specialist on flights in 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2006. The latter two, in which Tanner made a total of five spacewalks, were assembly missions to the International Space Station.Tanner looks forward to bringing his years of operational experience with the Navy and NASA to help the university launch the AeroSpace Systems Science and Engineering initiative.last_img read more