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UK: RN Senior Officer Commended for His Role in Training Warships Crews

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Officer View post tag: Naval January 11, 2013 Warrant Officer 1 Wayne Burbury, from Halifax, has been awarded a Commendation from Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone CBE for his outstanding work at Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) training crews to manage logistics while on operations worldwide.He works for the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation in Plymouth, where his role is to deliver logistics training to Royal Naval ships in support of operations.His commendation is for tireless commitment to the Royal Navy and especially for his work at FOST in recognition of his steadfast support and his resolute approach to delivering only the highest level of training.Wayne, 45, said: “I was surprised to have been awarded this commendation for the work I do at FOST.“I thoroughly enjoy the training aspects of my role especially working with the variety of people I meet.“To receive this award for doing a job I enjoy is certainly one of the highlights of my service career.”Flag Officer Sea Training delivers collective training to ships of the Royal Navy and many foreign navies and involves a variety of packages from basic Safety Training to mission-specific Directed Training, to full Operational Sea Training, which welds a Ship’s Company into a cohesive team, able to fight using every aspect of their ship’s capability.Windy attended the Highlands Grammar School, Halifax from 1979 – 83 before joining the Royal Navy. He worked in the submarine service from 1989 – 2004 before returning to ships. His career took him to the Middle East, America, Canada, South America and Europe.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 11, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: role Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: RN Senior Officer Commended for His Role in Training Warships Crews View post tag: Navy View post tag: Crews View post tag: UKcenter_img UK: RN Senior Officer Commended for His Role in Training Warships Crews View post tag: Training View post tag: Warships View post tag: RN View post tag: Commended View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Senior Share this articlelast_img read more

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IS IT TRUE AUGUST 29 See what capital…

first_imgCONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMOREEVANSVILLE, Ind. — Funding for Mesker Park Zoo, blight elimination, affordable housing, road repairs and 20 new police cars are at the forefront of the 2019 city budget.The proposed budget made its official appearance Monday afternoon.Mayor Lloyd Winnecke presented his budget recommendations to the City Council finance committee Monday. The total proposed budget is $395.2 million — an increase of more than 15 percent from 2018.“The proposed budget, even though it is a balanced budget, does account for a two percent pay raise for employees,” he said.The highest proposed expenditures fall into three categories: sewer (29 percent), public safety (20 percent) and water (17 percent). Nearly 11 percent of this year’s budget increase is attributed to water and sewer utility expenses, Winnecke said.The city expects to pull in $402.5 million in revenue from taxes and various streams. Property tax and utility rates (water and sewer) are prominent revenue streams, according to city administration. The increase in revenue is 8 percent higher than in 2018. The new Public Safety Local Income Tax is expected to bring in $4.4 million in new revenue next year, Winnecke confirmed.He emphasized the importance of investing in the city’s transportation infrastructure, continuing the Land Bank blight elimination program, investing in Affordable Housing projects, providing public safety with new tools and protecting Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden’s accreditation status and the continuation of new exhibits or attractions there.“We are requesting that they fund the Affordable Housing Trust fund with $500,000,” he said. “We think this is a really critical request. I can tell you that there is some really dynamic affordable housing initiatives that will be rolled out in the broader community in the coming weeks.”Finance Chair Jonathan Weaver said the Mesker Park Zoo additions will be great for the City of Evansville. He is also excited for the affordable housing projects and public safety upgrades.“It would be nice if more money was donated to the zoo, and this is probably a good example of why it should be privatized,” he said. “People don’t realize it costs $5 million to run the zoo, and that’s just the bare bones of it.”Excluded in the 2019 budget is: Lloyd Pool replacement and upgrades to Mesker Park Amphitheatre and Roberts Park. Although replacing Lloyd Pool is not in the 2019 budget, Winnecke said he would announce an alternative plan to replace Lloyd Pool soon.Council members are excited about the proposed capital projects but question why a year-to-date expense column for 2018 wasn’t provided by the administration in the 2019 budget proposal book.Ward 2 Councilwoman Missy Mosby said the year-to-date column is usually present on annual proposal budgets.“We’ve always received that,” she said. “How can we look at a budget and actually do our jobs when we’re not given all the information that we need. I have a lot of concerns about overtime. I want to look and see what department heads are spending year to date on overtime.”Winnecke addressed Council members’ concerns regarding year-to-date updates Monday. He said the year-to-date column was left out because it’s not a part of the automatic operating system, and the administration was pushing to meet the Aug. 17 budget deadline.Although Mosby has a few concerns, she is excited to see budget projections, stating, “there’s a lot of things I want for our city, but we have to make sure we can afford them.”Winnecke said the 2019 budget is a collaborative effort among city administration and the Council.“We don’t expect that we will agree with City Council on everything we propose, and I don’t expect I will agree with everything they’d like to counter with,” he said. “We do understand that our citizens expect local government to run smoothly, and we need a good budget to be passed.”Budget hearings will continue at 3:30 p.m. for the remainder of the week at the Civic Center, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The final budget vote is scheduled for Oct. 8.Proposed Capital Projects$500,000 – Investment in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund$460,000 – Humboldt Penguin exhibit at Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garde$403,000 – 20 Evansville Police Department vehicles and safety vests$940,000 – purchase/replacement of 5 METS Transit Busses$570,000 – Engine 1 fire truck replacement $444,000 – Final phase of Central dispatch radio/console communications system upgrade$4.9 million – Street resurfacing /drainage and new road projects$180,000 – Purchase of new snow removal truck$1.7 million – Blight elimination and trash /debris removal $34 million – West Waste Water Plan expansion$29 million – Westside 6 million-gallon storage equalization basin (sewer)$29 million – Effluent pump station (sewer) at Kids Kingdom Playground site$28 million – 15-mile waterline  replacement $4.3 million- Waterworks Road relocation  $20,000  – 7 new emergency sirens  See what capital projects are proposed for 2019 in Evansville city budgetBuy Photo(Photo: Zach Evans / Courier & Press)center_img Evansville Courier & PressPublished 5:57 p.m. CT Aug. 27, 2018 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Statement from Sen. Becker regarding HEA 1001 signing

first_imgState Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement  after Gov. Mike Pence ceremonially signed into law a measure to fund Regional Cities initiatives in Evansville: “This session, the Indiana General Assembly passed a variety of bills to benefit Hoosiers, including one major piece of legislation funding a third Regional Cities grant.“House Enrolled Act 1001 funds 19 projects in Southwest Indiana to improve livability and connectivity, attract talent and workforce into the area, and leverage the new IU School of Medicine facility in downtown Evansville.“The Signature School in Evansville, where  bill signing took place, will receive $2.5 million from Regional Cities funding to support an expansion that will allow up to 90 new students to attend Indiana’s number-one ranked high school.“Additionally, Warrick County will receive funding to build a conference center at Victoria National and complete the Warrick Wellness Trail. Also, Oakland City University in Gibson County will be able to build student housing in the downtown area, and the New Harmony Arts and Food Project will be able to complete initiatives in Posey County, which includes updates to the New Harmony Way bike and pedestrian bridge.“Along with providing funds for the Regional Cities projects, HEA 1001 and Senate Enrolled Act 67 work together to provide $1 billion in new state and local road funding over the next two years with no state tax increases and no new state debt.“Thanks to this Regional Cities grant, Hoosiers in Southwest Indiana have plenty to look forward to with these outstanding plans to improve the quality of life in Evansville and surrounding counties.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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The Business Value of Dell Technologies On Demand for Storage

first_imgToday we announced Dell EMC PowerStore, an innovative modern infrastructure platform engineered with data-centric design, intelligent automation and adaptable architecture – all to address challenges in the data era.PowerStore is supported by Dell Technologies On Demand, our portfolio of flexible consumption and as-a-service solutions across Dell’s entire end-to-end portfolio – from workforce solutions to data center gear– from edge to core and cloud. When it comes to storage, Dell Technologies On Demand delivers significant value such as clear cost savings with gains in efficiency, productivity and business agility.In a recent IDC study analyzing the business value of Dell Technologies On Demand, participants cited both cost and time savings as noteworthy advantages. Customers who moved to usage-based – or pay-per-use –  consumption models with Dell EMC storage saw a 23% lower cost of storage operations per year, 25% lower storage acquisition costs, and 92% faster time to deploy new storage capacity. See infographic here.The key driver of these benefits is our Flex On Demand model, ideally suited for environments where storage capacity requirements are highly dynamic or seasonal. It enables customers to scale with elastic capacity – as demands rise or fall – with payments aligned with usage.For instance, our customers tell us that Flex On Demand gives them the flexibility to increase capacity, and bring in cost predictability without having to buy it all at once. For them, the most evident advantage is accessing the newest technology at an affordable price and using it as a utility service.For those looking for shorter-term commitments, we recently announced the availability of a new one-year term for Flex On Demand – expanding the currently available three- or five-year term options – offered on all Dell EMC storage, as well as converged, hyperconverged, and data protection solutions.To help customers with additional financial assistance, we recently announced our new Payment Flexibility Program which extends $9B in financing, including 0% interest rates and up to a 180-day payment deferral.**For more than 14 years, we’ve been leaders in flexible consumption solutions. Our portfolio now approaches over $3.5B in assets under management. So, whether you choose to pay for technology as you grow, or as you use it, or as a service, we’ve got it covered. With Dell Technologies On Demand, customers can more effectively control costs, manage expenses, and optimize budgets to meet short-term requirements and long-range objectives.PowerStore and Dell Technologies On Demand continue our long-standing dedication to driving innovation for our customers. For more information on Dell Technologies On Demand, watch the short video below, read this brief overview, and contact your local sales representative.——————————————————————————————————————————————————-**Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services LLC or its affiliates or designees (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers valid through July 31st, 2020, to qualified business end-users in the US (excluding DBC accounts). Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Offers may change without notice, may be subject to minimum transaction size, and are subject to credit approval, product availability, applicable law and documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS. 0% Finance Lease: 24-month or 36-month term. Rate percentage does not include charges other than periodic rent payments. For purchases of qualifying Dell EMC infrastructure solutions (servers and storage).last_img read more

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Clashes break out in Tunisia after death of protester

first_imgTUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Clashes in Tunisia between groups of young people and police have broken out, following the death of a local man in his 20s who participated in last week’s protests. He is reportedly the first fatality of the demonstrations that swept the North African nation. Angry residents fired projectiles at police and attempted to enter a security post in Sbeitla in the Kasserine region on Monday. They had blocked the town’s main road by setting tires on fire, according to state news agency TAP. Law enforcement responded with tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters, and a chase took place through city streets. TAP said that the army was deployed to calm unrest there and protect public buildings.last_img read more

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Behind the Curtain of Act One! Chart Moss Hart’s Extraordinary Journey

first_img Act One Gets a New Chapter Now, 74 years after Hart’s first Broadway hit, James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) directs his own adaptation of this ode to the theater, starring Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana and Andrea Martin. “The book is so iconic,” Lapine told Broadway.com. “It’s such a love letter to our theater, our world and our profession. It seemed like a natural—I wanted to bring it to life.” The Lincoln Center Theater production opens on April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Places, everyone! Kitty’s Out of the Bag Kitty Carlisle Hart spent her life protecting the legacy of her late husband, which included keeping the diary he kept from 1953-54— written during one of his many bouts of crippling depression and writer’s block—under wraps until after her death. When she passed away in 2007, the diary, which cast a critical eye on his peers, was made public: Greta Garbo? “Old and pinched.” Dorothy Parker? “Bitter and acid.” Audrey Hepburn? “Absolutely ruthless.”  Santino Fontana And the Award Goes To… Of their many collaborations, Hart and Kaufman’s greatest success was the play You Can’t Take It With You. The pair won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and a berjillion high school and regional theater productions were born. A year after their big literary win, Hart and Kaufman adapted the play for the silver screen. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Lionel Barrymore and directed by Frank Capra, You Can’t Take It With You won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Picture. Keep ‘Em Coming At only 26 years old, Hart was dubbed “the Prince of Broadway” by columnist Leonard Lyons. Hart and Kaufman would go on to write shows like Merrily We Roll Along, I’d Rather Be Right and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Hart was just as prolific after their 10-year partnership ended; he would later write with Irving Berlin (Face the Music, As Thousands Cheer), and on his own (Lady in the Dark), direct My Fair Lady (for which he won his only Tony Award) and Camelot, and pen such screenplays as Gentleman’s Agreement and the Judy Garland vehicle A Star is Born. Chance of a Lifetime At age 24, Hart wrote Once in a Lifetime, a satire of the film industry’s harried transition to talkies. It attracted the attention of producer Sam H. Harris, who agreed to take it on if Hart would rework it with George S. Kaufman—a big yes for Hart, who had long admired the legendary playwright. The process took six months, and was still in bad shape during out-of-town tryouts, but in 1930, Once in a Lifetime opened on Broadway to rave reviews. As Hart tells the story, he went straight to his family’s dingy home in Sea Gate, Brooklyn, and whisked everyone away to live at the Ansonia Hotel in Manhattan. So ends Act One the book, but there was much more to come from Hart himself. Hey, Big Spender By 1943, Hart had made over a million dollars. Of Hart’s country estate, a houseguest once supposedly said, “It shows you what God would have done if he’d had the money.” Among the luxuries he owned? An electric toothbrush, air conditioners, televisions, radio-phonographs for piping music around his houses (remember: 1943), elephant tusks, a collection of star sapphires, and “a pair of red doeskin slacks marked down to a hundred dollars at an Abercrombie & Fitch sale,” according to The New Yorker. Falling In Love, Literally Hart met actress and singer Kitty Carlisle on the set of the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera, where he was looking for a leading lady. Carlisle heard that Hart wanted to meet her, and ran so fast that she fell in a heap at his feet. He didn’t cast her. The two didn’t meet again until many years later at a party at Lillian Hellman’s house, and were married on August 10, 1946. Was Hart In the Closet? Given his lengthy bachelor period, rumors had long circulated about Hart’s sexuality. These rumors were raised in a 1993 New Yorker interview with Kitty, who said that she’d asked him outright while they were dating, “Are you homosexual?” He answered, “absolutely not.” Kitty said she “never gave it another thought.” Hart’s biographer Steven Bach, however, put it this way: “If sex was one of his demons, it was one he seemed able to control.” Related Shows Act One Tony Shalhoub Get ready for a little Broadway on Broadway! Act One is based on the autobiography of famed playwright, director and storyteller Moss Hart, which chronicles his astonishing rise from poverty to his first Broadway hit (of many) in 1930. Don’t worry, this isn’t a dry history play—Hart always had an ear for drama and told his story in the most glamorous, theatrical way possible. Read on below for a look at the life of one of Broadway’s greats, and find out how his iconic showbiz memoir went from page to stage at Lincoln Center, starring Santino Fontana, Tony Shalhoub and Andrea Martin. Fake It ‘Til You Make It To support his impoverished family, Hart dropped out of school—at 14, he got a job in the storage vault of a wholesale furrier. After toiling away for two years, Hart finally got to Broadway (near, anyway) when he landed a job as an office boy to producer Augustus Pitou, Jr. The young assistant sneakily submitted his first play, The Beloved Bandit, to Pitou under a pen name. It was such a disastrous flop, the ordeal ended up costing the producer $45,000. Hart was fired. Curtain Up: Humble Beginnings Though Moss Hart liked to joke that he was born on “the wrong end” of Fifth Avenue, he was actually born in a tenement at 74 E. 105th Street in 1904, growing up in “an atmosphere of unrelieved poverty,” according to The Life and Times of Moss Hart. His eccentric Aunt Kate, who would pull him out of school to see matinees, gave Hart his love of the theater. In Act One, Hart writes that she died while he was out of town with his first play, The Beloved Bandit—in reality, she became mentally unstable and plagued Hart in his later life, including allegedly setting fires backstage at his Broadway show Jubilee. You Really Can’t Take It With You Act One was a colossal hit when it was published in 1959; Time magazine called it “one of the best memoirs of this or any other theatrical generation.” Though Hart ended his memoir with the phrase “Intermission,” he never got a chance to write his own second act. He died of a heart attack on December 20, 1961 at the age of 57. The Film Was a Flop In 1963, a film adaptation of Act One was released, directed by Hart’s longtime friend Dore Schary, and starring George Hamilton as Hart and Jason Robards as Kaufman. While Bosley Crowther of The New York Times acknowledged Schary’s good intentions, he still called it “a picture of a patent-leather dullard trying to peddle and then rewrite a play with the help of a cranky old codger who is almost as dull as he.” Ouch! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 View Comments Andrea Martin Star Fileslast_img read more

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Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize

first_img View Comments Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show was described by the Pulitzer jury as a “nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death.” The play was chosen over finalists Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison and Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks. Guirgis will receive a prize of $10,000.Between Riverside and Crazy tells the story of Walter “Pops” Washington, an ex-cop and recent widower, who, with his recently paroled son Junior, struggle to hold on to one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. The old days seem to be dead and gone for the two as old wounds are opened, sketchy new houseguests turn up and a final ultimatum is delivered. The play premiered at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company last summer and recently ran at Second Stage.Though Guirgis is the ultimate multi-hyphenate—he’s a writer, director, actor, educator and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company—he is best known for his visceral and engaging plays. These include the Tony-nominated The Motherf*cker with the Hat (his only Broadway credit), Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and many more. Check out Broadway.com’s exclusive interview with him here.The 2014 recipient of the Award was Annie Baker’s The Flick.last_img read more

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Millennials should focus their finances on the real world

first_imgMillennials, the name for the generation of 18-35 year olds, represent 24% of the United States, or over 77 million adults. This group often gets a bad reputation for being entitled, self-obsessed, and un-focused. But, in most cases these labels are unfairly applied.A large portion of this generation is just graduating from college, starting new careers and, like all generations before them, are trying to establish themselves in “the real word.” Despite their confident nature, many struggle with, and worry about, their finances.For Millennials who are just starting to make their way on their own, here are 4 ways you can help them focus their finances. Tackling High-Interest DebtOne of the benefits of using student loans to finance higher education is the six-month grace period extended after graduation before loan repayment begins. Encourage your millennial members to take advantage of this six month grace period to tackle other high-interest debt they may be carrying, specifically credit card debt.There are a few steps that can be taken to help get credit card debt under control.Contact their credit card company and request a rate decreaseTransfer outstanding credit card debt to a low-interest or no-interest credit cardFocus on the credit card with the highest interest rates and put any extra funds available each month towards making more than the minimum payments to that cardOnce they have their credit card debt under control, encourage responsible credit card use. These members are just starting to build their credit history so making payments on time and steering clear of max credit limits will go a long way in building up their credit score. Obtaining InsuranceInsurance is a financial necessity that often gets overlooked by younger adults, whether it’s health insurance, life insurance or renters insurance. They either pass on insurance coverage completely or opt for the most basic coverage available. But this money-saving tactic can end up busting their finances if they get sick or have a fender bender and have to pay out of pocket.A recent survey of the Millennial generation showed that 24% of adults ages 18-29 don’t have health insurance. Only 64% of these same adults have auto insurance, and only 12% carry renters insurance.Encourage your young members to to look into health insurance, auto insurance and renters insurance coverage at the very least. Growing Emergency SavingsWe never know what kind of curve balls life is going to throw our way, so it’s important for Millennials to develop an emergency savings fund. Whether it’s due to a rocky economy or a medical emergency, they may, at some point, experience a slower income stream. Recommend a plan to build savings that can cover 3-6 months of expenses.Whatever amount that can be contributed to emergency savings each month, should be deposited into a high interest-earning account, such as money market savings. Most importantly, ensure they choose a new account that allows quick access to their money, with no fees or penalties for withdrawal, if an emergency does occur. Planning for RetirementAs a young adult, retirement seems like a lifetime away. But building a retirement fund in your 20s is the smartest way to ensure a comfortable lifestyle in your later years. People who start saving in their 20s, build a much larger nest egg (almost double!) than those who wait until their 30s to start retirement planning.As soon as it’s offered by their employer, millennial members need to take advantage of their company’s 401K program. If young adult members are a little further into their careers, funds from previous 401Ks can be rolled into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Explain the various options of growing a retirement fund while taking advantage of tax benefits that IRAs offer.Focusing their newly acquired finances to these key areas will set Millennials on a pathway for financial success. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Abby Kiebach As the CEO of a community credit union serving Lancaster County, PA, Abby is dedicated to maintaining the strength and stability of LRRCU while providing personal member service to all … Web: www.lrrcu.org Detailslast_img read more

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Australia, UK markets may get a boost in vaccine-driven rally, Citi says

first_imgPedestrians wearing protective masks walk past Pfizer Inc. headquarters on July 22, 2020 in New York City. Pfizer and German biotechnology firm BioNTech have agreed to supply the U.S. government with 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine under a $1.95 billion deal.Jeenah Moon | | Getty Images – Advertisement – U.S. stocks hit record highs while European markets closed 4% higher on Monday, and Citi says the rally will drive up sectors likely to benefit from the new vaccine. – Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.)News of a promising coronavirus vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech appear to be a “major breakthrough” and could boost major markets like Australia and the U.K., according to Citi Research.Global markets surged on Monday after U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 – beating scientists’ hopes for a vaccine that is at least 75% effective.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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‘It has even changed death’: Virus disrupts burials in Turkey

first_imgIn normal times, almost 200 people would have attended the funeral for Ahmet Ucukcu’s 95-year-old father at an Istanbul cemetery. The coronavirus which took his life has changed all that.”Many of my relatives wouldn’t come except for close family members and his sons who were authorized to attend only,” Ucukcu told AFP.  Topics : “We are just six or seven people.”The scaled-down ceremony took place at a cemetery in the city’s Beykoz district on the Asian side, which was built in March when Turkey confirmed its first virus case.It already houses the remains of over 700 people who died of contagious diseases including COVID-19.Ucukcu lost his father Ali to the virus after the old man was treated for 10 days. He also suffered from chronic illnesses. ‘Speedy burial’Ayhan Koc, head of  Istanbul’s cemeteries department, said a fast burial without traditional Islamic rituals was an efficient and correct method given the current situation.He said in the past there would have been a funeral prayer after the midday and afternoon prayers but now the aim was to ensure a speedy burial, without even taking the body to the mosque.The government shut down mosques in March for mass prayers as part of efforts to stop the spread of the virus.And rituals are no longer allowed where people visit the family of the deceased to offer their condolences and where verses from the Koran are recited.”A virus which could only be seen through a microscope has changed the world order, everything; customs, traditions and funeral ceremonies. It has changed even death,” said Koc.Turkey has recorded more than 4,200 coronavirus deaths and 153,000 confirmed cases but the daily death tolls have recently fallen below 100.center_img Gathered around the grave, Ucukcu and his close family — all wearing protective masks and standing a few paces from each other — say prayers after the coffin is buried.Before the pandemic a shroud would suffice.Only an hour earlier, the group were at a nearby morgue where the body was washed by personnel in hazmat suits before being wrapped in cloth and placed in a coffin.A small collective prayer was then held outside the morgue with those attending respecting social distancing rules. The imam — also in a hazmat suit — led the funeral prayers for the deceased before the coffin was taken by hearse to the Beykoz cemetery. ‘Damn disease’At the Beykoz cemetery, three women — a mother and her two daughters — wearing headscarves were sitting on the ground next to a headstone, reading the Koran, with tears in their eyes.  “Mosques are closed because of the pandemic. We cannot bury our deceased in the way we wanted,” said Filiz, who lost her 76-year-old father last week.He died from an infectious disease but was buried at Beykoz because he received treatment at a pandemic hospital although he tested negative for COVID-19.”Only six people could join the funeral prayer: his grandchildren, daughters and son-in-laws. We buried my dad altogether,” she said, adding the ceremony was at least “conducted in a proper fashion”.Relatives of the diseased respect the new rules “with no objections”, said Koc.Ahmet welcomed the new restrictive measures to protect people’s health.”If there was a crowd, it would be more dangerous,” he said.Cengiz Aktas was the only one to join the funeral prayer for his grandmother Faize Kilic, who died from coronavirus at the age of 85. “I have nobody who could join the rites here but me. My mother aged over 65 is not allowed to go out,” he said.”This is such a damn disease that you cannot have a proper funeral prayer at a mosque,” he lamented.last_img read more

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