Section of American WWII destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island

first_imgProject Recover(KISKA, Alaska) — Some 75 years after an explosion from a Japanese mine ripped through the USS Abner Read, a team of scientists says they’ve discovered the missing stern hundreds of feet beneath the waves off the Alaskan Island of Kiska.“This is a significant discovery that will shed light on this little-known episode in our history,” retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, acting undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, said in a statement. “It’s important to honor these U.S. Navy sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.”It was about 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 18, 1943, when the Japanese blast tore apart the American destroyer.The ship’s 75-foot stern, along with 71 sailors, disappeared into waters off the remote island of Kiska. Amazingly, the rest of the Abner Read survived.The crew had kept its hull watertight until two nearby U.S. Navy ships could tow the destroyer back to port. Within months, the Abner Read was deployed back to the Pacific during a critical period of World War II.It was used until November 1944, when a Japanese dive bomber destroyed the ship in a kamikaze attack during the battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, considered one of the largest naval confrontations of the war.The discovery was made by the research team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware, which was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Exploration and Research. They partnered with four U.S. Navy sailors from the Naval Special Warfare Group.The effort also was supported by Project Recover, a public-private partnership working to find the final underwater resting places of Americans missing in action since WWII.The team made the discovery July 17 during a mission to document the battle off Kiska. Sonar mounted to the side of a research ship identified the target before a remotely operated vehicle captured live video that confirmed that the Abner Read’s stern indeed was below, now covered in sea life.“There was no doubt,” said expedition leader Eric Terrill, an oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and co-founder of Project Recover. “We could clearly see the broken stern, the gun and rudder control, all consistent with the historical documents.”According to the researchers, the Kiska mission was the first to thoroughly explore the underwater battlefield where as many as 7,200 Japanese forces occupied the Aleutian islands from June 1942 to mid-August 1943.According to Naval History and Heritage Command, there are often war graves near sites like that of the Abner Read that are considered the final resting place for sailors who lost their lives at sea.“We take our responsibility to protect those wrecks seriously,” said the command’s director Sam Cox. “They’re the last resting place of American sailors.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rebalancing the power

first_imgIn preparing at that time to grant China the benefits of membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the US and EU governments took the precaution of attaching some special protective conditions, just in case. But the idea that three years later the US would be running a trade deficit of $200 billion (€179bn) with Beijing and the EU a bilateral deficit of €100bn, or that, if you exclude intra-EU trade, China would have vaulted to number three behind the EU and the US among the world’s leading trading blocs, was not at the forefront of their minds.But India is coming up fast too. A working paper from the International Monetary Fund last year suggested that India had put the days of its sluggish ‘Hindu’ rate of growth behind it and, on plausible assumptions, could expand at 7% a year over the next 20 years. That is not far short of the 9% growth rate which China has reported since 1990. Over the past year the pressures and tensions from the rise of the Asian giants have become more visible. More conflicts are on the way. A recent US Congress report raised doubts, shared privately by EU companies, about the extent to which China was living up to its responsibilities under its WTO membership agreement, in particular in terms of protecting the intellectual property of US companies, providing unfair state subsidies and not opening up its markets to EU and US financial services firms. For the EU, the biggest looming challenge is the probability that a dollar decline in the next few years would raise the value of the euro, damaging exports from the eurozone, to the benefit of the booming Asian economies.The rebalancing of power between Western and Asian economies is one of the underlying themes of the Doha round.last_img read more

Positive Legacy Announces “Winter Wishes Gift Drive” Supporting Children of The Live Events Industry

first_imgPositive Legacy has launched their “Winter Wishes Gift Drive” to support unemployed music community members and their families.Since May, the non-profit organization has been launching initiatives to assist the live music community throughout the ongoing pandemic. In May, the organization pivoted from event fundraising to a solely online platform working with Cloud9 Adventures, releasing “Virtual Variety Shows” to raise money for live music industry crew members without work. In August, they launched their “Bid For Positive!” back-to-school online auction to support student success and low-income families and neighborhoods across the United States.As the holiday season approaches, Positive Legacy is continuing their support for the live events industry and is now accepting gift wishes from unemployed music community members and their children. Once the wishes have been received, Positive Legacy will work throughout November up until Cyber Monday to assist in fulfilling the wishes.“We are happy to continue supporting the music industry crew during this time as the winter will become more mentally and financially challenging for our community than the rest of the year has been,” Kristen Sommer-Swager, Executive Director of Positive Legacy said. “We are excited to provide a platform to spread joy and support our neighbors in need to ensure that the holidays bring smiles to children and families who wouldn’t have the income to otherwise purchase gifts. Please help us make this a reality, as giving to those in need is the greatest gift of all. ”Any unemployed event crew members that are in need of support purchasing a gift for their child this holiday season can submit a gift wish until Friday, November 6th here. Anyone interested in helping to make wishes come true can peruse the gift registry starting November 9th to select and purchase a gift here. For more information on Positive Legacy, visit their website.last_img read more