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Janet Wilson has taught at St. Louis School for 17 years.BATESVILLE, Ind. – A St. Louis School Social Studies teacher is being recognized by a local VFW Post.Batesville Post 3183 selected Janet Wilson as its local VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recipient for the junior high level.K-12 educators that show exceptional commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism can be nominated by fellow teachers, students, supervisors and interested individuals.Once selected by a local VFW Post, the instructors are forwarded to the state-level. State winners are passed along to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.Wilson has taught social studies to St. Louis students in grades sixth through eight for the past seventeen years. For her, the job is to help the young learners better understand the past and present.“My goal is to sell civic responsibility. My goal is to make current events and history relevant,” Wilson said.“It is wonderful to be recognized but at the same time I am doing what I love to do.”Most students would describe history class as learning about people and events in the past. Wilson had a classroom full of eighth graders on the morning of September 11, 2001 when history was happening before their eyes.She recalls, “I just remember standing there thinking, and I was a little bit lucid. I thought ‘Oh my, how am I going to do this, how do I explain this on their terms and not scare them?’”Wilson also notes the first time she taught a classroom of students that were too young to not have a memory of the terrorist attacks.“One year, I remember asking students to tell me the very first time you heard about 9/11 and where were you and how did it make you feel.”“These kids are just looking at me with these blank stares,” Wilson remembers.“Out of the clear blue sky, I went ‘Oh, this wasn’t part of your living history,’ it felt as if the earth moved,” Wilson said.The veteran teacher credits success to students, colleagues and school principals.St. Louis Principal Chad Moeller calls the nomination, “well deserved and to be honest, for her, it is probably long overdue.”Each year, VFW Posts across the country select a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics—for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment—can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.A $1,000 award for his/her school.Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.
zoom California-based cruise line Princess Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, has agreed to pay USD 40 million penalty – the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution – and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of oil-contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship.The company has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up, the US Department of Justice said.The US investigation was initiated after information was provided to the US Coast Guard (USCG) by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) indicating that a newly hired engineer on the Caribbean Princess reported that a so-called “magic pipe” had been used on August 23, 2013, to illegally discharge oily waste off the coast of England.The engineer quit his position when the ship reached Southampton, England. The chief engineer and senior first engineer ordered a cover-up, including removal of the magic pipe and directing subordinates to lie. The MCA shared evidence with the USCG including before and after photos of the bypass used to make the discharge and showing its disappearance, the US Department of Justice said.A perceived motive for the crimes was financial – the chief engineer that ordered the dumping off the coast of England told subordinate engineers that it cost too much to properly offload the waste in port and that the shore-side superintendent who he reported to would not want to pay the expense, the US Department of Justice said.The USCG conducted an examination of the Caribbean Princess upon its arrival in New York City, New York, on September 14, 2013, during which certain crew members continued to lie in accordance with orders they had received from Princess employees, according to the country’s Department of Justice.According to papers filed in court, the Caribbean Princess had been making illegal discharges through bypass equipment since 2005, one year after the ship began operations. The discharge on August 26, 2013, involved approximately 4,227 gallons, 23 miles off the coast of England within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. At the same time as the discharge, engineers simultaneously ran clean seawater through the ship’s overboard equipment in order to create a false digital record for a legitimate discharge.Caribbean Princess used multiple methods over the course of time to pollute the seas. Prior to the installation of the bypass pipe used to make the discharge off the coast of England, a different unauthorized valve was used. When the US Department of Justice investigative team conducted a consensual boarding of the ship in Houston, Texas, on March 8, 2014, they found the valve that crew members had described. When it was removed by Princess at the department’s request, it was found to contain black oil.In addition to the use of a magic pipe to circumvent the oily water separator and oil content monitor required pollution prevention equipment, the US investigation uncovered two other illegal practices which were found to have taken place on the Caribbean Princess as well as four other Princess ships.One practice was to open a salt water valve when bilge waste was being processed by the oily water separator and oil content monitor. The purpose was to prevent the oil content monitor from otherwise alarming and stopping the overboard discharge. This was done routinely on the Caribbean Princess in 2012 and 2013. The second practice involved discharges of oily bilge water originating from the overflow of graywater tanks into the machinery space bilges. This waste was pumped back into the graywater system rather than being processed as oily bilge waste. Neither of these practices were truthfully recorded in the oil record book as required. All of the bypassing took place through the graywater system which was discharged when the ship was more than four nautical miles from land. As a result, discharges within US waters were likely, according to the Southern District of Florida, US Department of Justice.“The conduct being addressed today is particularly troubling because the Carnival family of companies has a documented history of environmental violations, including in the Southern District of Florida,” Wifredo A. Ferrer, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in Miami said.As part of the plea agreement with Princess, cruise ships from eight Carnival cruise line companies (Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises) will be under a court-supervised Environmental Compliance Program (ECP) for five years. The ECP will require independent audits by an outside entity and a court-appointed monitor.If approved by the court, USD 10 million of the USD 40 million criminal penalty will be devoted to community service projects to benefit the maritime environment, USD 3 million of the community service payments will go to environmental projects in South Florida and USD 1 million will be earmarked for projects to benefit the marine environment in United Kingdom waters.The plea agreement was announced by the representatives of the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida and the US Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
The sold-out MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Bruce Springsteen will take place Feb. 8, two days prior to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.The event will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Check-in will open at 5:30 p.m. as well as a cocktail reception and silent auction. To preview some of the auction items, click here. Dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 9 p.m.Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown Band, Jackson Browne, Ken Casey, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young will perform at the tribute concert in honor of Springsteen.Hosted by Jon Stewart, attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares; Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Foundation Board Chair; and Paul Caine, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend. Rob Mathes will be the evening’s musical director.The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will celebrate Springsteen’s exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work, will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by Starkey Hearing Foundation, that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS Studio. Acura RLX is the MusiCares “Vehicle of the Year.”The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees are Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.GRAMMY Week culminates with Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.Source:Grammy.org