Americans Deliver Fishing Boats to Japan on First Anniversary of Tsunami

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFamily fishermen in Japan took delivery of a very special donation, on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that wiped out their local fishing industry. An American humanitarian group donated ten new hand-crafted boats to shrimp and seaweed fishermen in Hikado Harbor who have been out of work since the disaster.Because the Japanese boat-building industry was also destroyed, the latest delivery by Operation Blessing International to fishing families in the Miyagi Prefecture will restore livelihoods and hope to many who might otherwise remain on waiting lists for new boats to be built.“There is currently an extended waiting time for new boats to be built – as long as a year, even longer, because Japanese boat builders are simply overwhelmed,” said OBI president Bill Horan.When the 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck, Japan’s fishing industry was nearly decimated as thousands of boats and large seaweed and shellfish cultivation operations were destroyed. As part of the Virginia Beach-based Christian organization’s ongoing efforts to help these fishing communities, OBI commissioned 20 boats to be built by General Marine of Biddeford, Maine. The first 10 boats were funded by the international software company, SAP, through their Solidarity Fund, set up for earthquake relief.Last September, OBI scoured Japan to find more than 50 used boats and motors and delivered them to fishermen who had families to feed.Since those boat donations were “a drop in the ocean of need‟ due to thousands of fishermen who’d lost theirs, OBI commissioned General Marine to build the 20 new boats, which are based on a design developed in consultation with the local fishermen.Determined to help cultivators along the coast get back to work and see the return of income, OBI placed an order with a Chinese manufacturer to produce a special rope used by seaweed cultivators that is currently hard to find in Japan because of huge demand since the disaster.In another project, OBI provided laptop computers to the JF Miyagi Fisheries Cooperative, for the fishermen to reach out to the nation via their own Web page. Since the project‟s launch, the cooperative has received pre-orders worth several million dollars for seafood to be delivered when the industry is revitalized.OBI also provided $650,000 worth of seaweed and oyster cultivation equipment to the Urato Islands, which are famous for oysters. They received anchors, rope, scallop shells used for cultivating oysters, floats, nets, small trucks, and computers.  In addition, the charity delivered industrial grade generators and refrigerators to the isolated islands lying off the coast of Miyagi. Due to OBI’s swift action, the oystermen were able to harvest in the same year as the tsunami, a timeline that was unthinkable by most in the community. In recognition of this achievement, the Mayor of Shiogama City honored OBI for getting them back on their feet so quickly.In the coming months, OBI hopes to continue its boat donation program and has found a manufacturer in China to produce a 23-foot fishing boat similar to a model favored by local Japanese fishermen.“We will be launching a new sponsorship program where community groups, churches and other organizations across Japan and elsewhere will be able to donate to the cost of building new boats for fishing families.”In the months following the earthquake, Operation Blessing also conducted eyeglass clinics along the coast of Miyagi and Iwate Prefecture providing free eye exams and prescription glasses to almost 2,000 survivors living in shelters and temporary housing who lost their glasses in the tsunami.DONATE to this fantastic effort at: www.ob.orgWATCH a video about OBI helping Japan’s fishing industry below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Son Surprises Mom With Her Dream Car (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSince childhood, Corey Wadden has heard his mom raving about a car she’s always wanted — a copper colored 1973 Saab 99 EMS.It took him a year to find the car, but he says her reaction “made it all worthwhile.”Two years ago she lost her job and has been without a vehicle, after her old one broke down a year ago.(WATCH the beautiful video below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Developing Young Players – The Best Chance the Cavs Have to Be a Successful NBA Franchise

first_imgThe NBA is unique in the professional sports landscape.Because there are only five players on the floor at any one time, the great player makes a huge difference. We just witnessed the impact Kawhi Leonard, one might be the best player in the league right now, had on the Toronto Raptors, leading them to their first championship.The association also gives the most power to the players. Since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, the star players have tried to form “super teams” to help them compete for championships, and team executives have tried to put their franchises into positions to attracts the stars.So, if you didn’t draft a superstar, and you a not a destination for superstars, what do you do?Obviously, in Cleveland, the Cavaliers benefited from James being from Akron and wanting to bring a championship to the area. It helped that Kyrie Irving was already here for James’ return, and they had assets to deal for another star, Kevin Love, who remains with the team.But James left after the 2018 season, so GM Koby Altman has to try to rebuild the organization. He is doing things a little differently, and quite frankly, we have no problem with it.Altman has put his eggs into the player development basket. If you aren’t in a position to draft superstars, then developing them yourself seems to be a good plan.That why he hired a long time successful college coach in John Beilein, and this past week, hired University of California women’s head coach, Lindsay Gottlieb, as an assistant.Beilein’s reputation is putting together very successful college teams without the five star recruits that Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina usually get. He took good high school players and turned them into very good college players, some even became first round picks in the NBA Draft.No doubt, it’s a gamble hiring a 66-year-old who has never coached in the NBA, and hiring a coach who led a Division I women’s program as an assistant. But why not?If you are a team playing someone better than you, and you just rely on talent, you most likely aren’t going to win, right?So, you try something different. Like Cleveland State did when Kevin Mackey became head coach, you full court press for the entire game, using waves of players.That might be your best chance.Or maybe Altman is copying the Raptors blueprint. Not a lot of high draft choices there, but they developed players like Pascal Siakam (27th overall pick from New Mexico State), Fred VanVleet (undrafted), and Norman Powell (second round pick) into contributing players on a title team.We have praised the Cavs for not taking on “knuckleheads”, players who can and will be disruptive when things aren’t going well. In addition, it appears they also have guys who aren’t afraid of working to get better.And that means what Beilein, Gottlieb, and the rest of the organization will be teaching should fall on willing years, and it may just work.The Cavs’ plan seems to be worth the risk because it isn’t the same old thought process NBA teams use. Why not get good teachers to teach the game? Related TopicsCavsfeaturedJohn Beilein Mark Warmuthlast_img read more

Kono to fight Rojas for WBC crown

first_imgTop-ranked Kohei Kono will take on second-ranked Mexican Tomas Rojas for the vacant WBC super flyweight title on Sept. 20, his Watanabe Gym said Friday.The fight will be part of a doubleheader featuring Takashi Uchiyama, who will be making his second defense of the WBA super featherweight belt against fifth-ranked Indonesian challenger Roy Mukhlis at Saitama Super Arena. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

Youngster Mola leaves Chelsea to join Stuttgart

first_imgSee also:Brighton complete signing of Lamptey from ChelseaSouthampton agree signing of Chelsea youngster Maddox Teenage midfielder Clinton Mola has left Chelsea to join Stuttgart.Mola, 18, has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with the German second-tier club.Stuttgart are managed by former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.AdChoices广告[scriptless] Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Peter Jackson making new documentary of Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’

first_imgNEW YORK | The Beatles’ farewell documentary “Let It Be” is getting an encore, and a reinvention.FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, writer/director/producer Peter Jackson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies” in Los Angeles. Jackson announced Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, that he is making a Beatles’ farewell documentary ,“Let It Be,” out of some 55 hours of footage, shot in January 1969, that has never been seen by the public. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson announced Wednesday that he is working on a new film out of some 55 hours of footage — shot in January 1969 — that has never been seen by the public. The original movie, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, came out in 1970, soon after the Beatles broke up and has long been viewed as a chronicle of the band members growing apart. In a Rolling Stone interview given months after the film’s release, John Lennon recalled the making of “Let It Be” as a miserable experience, “set-up by Paul (McCartney) for Paul.“That is one of the main reasons the Beatles ended. I can’t speak for George, but I pretty damn well know we got fed up of being side-men for Paul,” he said.But Jackson says the additional footage tells a very different story.“It’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove,” he said. “Sure, there’s moments of drama — but none of the discord this project has long been associated with.”The film is being made with the cooperation of McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison. The new project was announced on the 50th anniversary of one of the highlights of “Let It Be,” the Beatles’ spirited performance on the roof of Apple Records in London.No release date has been set. A remastered version of the original film, which won an Oscar for best original score, also is planned.In 1969, the movie was meant to show the Beatles turning away from the psychedelic tricks of “Sgt. Pepper” as they jam on new songs such as “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “Get Back.” But the Beatles seem far older and wearier than the joyous moptops of a few years earlier. Harrison briefly walked out during filming and on camera argues with McCartney over a proposed guitar part. Harrison would later blame tension with McCartney and unhappiness with Lennon’s then-new relationship with Ono, who appears in the movie.“Paul wanted nobody to play on his songs until he decided how it should go. For me it was like: ‘What am I doing here? This is painful!’” he said in an interview for a 1990s video anthology of the Beatles.“Then superimposed on top of that was Yoko, and there were negative vibes at that time. John and Yoko were out on a limb. I don’t think he wanted much to be hanging out with us, and I think Yoko was pushing him out of the band, inasmuch as she didn’t want him hanging out with us.”“Let It Be” didn’t come out until May 1970, and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner would recall Lennon “crying his eyes out” when the two saw it together. Meanwhile, the accompanying album led to a bitter dispute between McCartney and his bandmates. The group had pushed aside longtime producer George Martin and brought in Phil Spector, who infuriated McCartney by adding strings and a choir to the ballad “The Long and Winding Road.” In 2003, McCartney oversaw a new and sparer version of the album, “Let It Be … Naked.”last_img read more