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My wife’s Uncle was one of the men who died on this boat. To this day, no one has fully explained how this tragedy came about. These men should not be forgotten. My Uncle’s name was Daniel Cook. CG
March 23, 2008
Alaska fishing boat sinks with 47 crew
UPDATED: 9:54 pm

The Coast Guard has rescued 42 of 47 crewmembers from a fishing boat that sunk 120 miles from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The Coast Guard has rescued 42 of 47 crewmembers from a fishing boat that sunk 120 miles from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Four crew members from the F/V Alaska Ranger died Sunday and one is still missing after the catcher processor sunk in 6-to-8 foot seas with about 25 knot winds.

The captain reported rudder problems before the abandon ship order was given.

The Fishing Company of Alaska are the owners of the ship. They’ve identified the victims as Capt. Eric Peter Jacobsen, chief engineer Daniel Cook, mate David Silveira and crewman Byron Carrillo.

AUDIO: Mayday call from the Alaska Ranger to the Coast Guard.

From a Coast Guard press release:
The Coast Guard and fishing vessel Alaska Warrior have recovered 46 of 47 crewmembers from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger 120 miles west of Dutch Harbor. Four crewmembers are reported deceased and one missing.

“Saving 42 people in Bering Sea in the winter is an incredible accomplishment,” said Commander Todd Trimpert, Chief Incident Management 17th Coast Guard District and experienced Alaska rescue pilot, “we were very fortunate to have the Alaska Warrior in the area.”

Crews from an H-60 Jayhawk helicopter from St. Paul, H-65 Dolphin helicopter deployed aboard CGC Munro, C-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Kodiak and CGC Munro from Kodiak rescued 20 crewmembers in 10-foot seas and 25-knot winds seas while the fishing vessel Alaska Warrior rescued 22.

“When we got on scene there was a spread, at least a mile long, of 13 survivors in gumby suits with strobe lights,” said Aviation Survival Technician 2nd Class O’Brien Hollow, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, “I went down without disconnecting from the helicopter and picked them up one at a time.”

A second C-130 from Kodiak, the CGC Munro and an H-60 from St. Paul are searching for the missing crewmember. Alaska Ranger crewmembers will be taken to Dutch Harbor.

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Canada needs a mindset shift to fix the skills gap

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As Boomers get closer to reaching their golden years, the country doesn’t appear to be any closer to fixing the skills gap that will exist when these hardworking Canadians retire. The scope of this problem is evident in the numbers — in the next 20 years, roughly eight million Canadians will be ready to retire, and their positions will need to be filled.
A majority of Canadians — more than 90% — are worried about the skills shortage and skills gap and believe it will continue to be an issue of importance in 2014, the recent Randstad Labour Trends Study found. And Canada risks falling behind and losing its competitive edge globally, having a direct long-term effect on Canada’s economy.

To bridge the gap, Canadians need to change their mindset in the way they perceive skilled trades. The study revealed that more than 75% view a skilled trade as less respected and old-fashioned in comparison to “white collar” work, even though building a career in a skilled trade can pay anywhere from $40,000 to more than $100,000 a year. Another reason Canadians haven’t considered a skilled trade as a career path is the lack of knowledge about what the skilled trade industry has to offer, 79% of those polled cited.
When asked about the reasoning behind the dismal number of Canada’s next generation of skilled trade workers, 45% of Boomers said the brunt of the problem fell in the hands of educators and lack of promotion of the skilled trades industry. In addition, Canadians felt that companies are also responsible for investing more when it comes to training existing employees to keep their skills relevant and up to speed in the marketplace.
Another pain point for respondents was inadequate government funding for job training. The controversial Canada Job Grant looks like it will finally be introduced — a positive development for the 20% of Canadians that said if properly implemented and run, the program would help address the issue in the short and long term.
The program would give employers up to $15,000 for each employee for training to ensure their skills are up to date. Regardless whether this is facilitated through the Job Grant or partnerships with specialized technical schools, organizations concerned about the skills gap need to be proactive with training programs, apprenticeships and mentoring to ensure the knowledge transfer between older and younger workers.
On the other side, young Canadians need to develop an appreciation for a skilled trades’ degree, which involves family members seeing this as a rewarding career path. Sixty-four per cent of respondents in the Randstad survey admitted they felt pressured by family members to build a future in “white collared” work. However, studying a skilled trade means having a strong academic foundation across many pillars including mathematics, literacy, problem solving and creativity. There’s also more than 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in addition to the in-class seminars and testing that is typical of any degree.
Developing a strong career in a skilled trade doesn’t necessarily translate into intensive physical labour or being covered in dust from dawn until dusk. Many skilled trade workers are using the most sophisticated equipment and cutting-edge technologies, and are well on their way (if not already there) to developing specialized and advanced technical skills that will remain in demand for generations.
A shift in perception is critical: it must begin with families and educators and include governments and organizations. Without it, the country runs the risk of being part of a cycle in which the skills gaps are never filled. Anything less than this will result in a lack of workers needed to drive the economy and maintain the infrastructure that supports every generation.
Tom Turpin is president of Randstad Canada, Canada’s largest staffing, recruitment and HR services provider.
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Korea says U.S. citizen Merrill E. Newman is a criminal, arrested for hostile acts

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U.S. citizen Merrill E. Newman reads from a piece of paper at an undisclosed location in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on November 30, 2013. North Korea said on Saturday it had arrested Newman for 'hostile acts' against the state and accused him of being 'a criminal' who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War. REUTERS-KCNA

1 of 3. U.S. citizen Merrill E. Newman puts his thumbprint on a piece of paper, after being taken into custody by North Korea, after entering North Korea as a tourist, at an undisclosed location in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on November 30, 2013. North Korea said on Saturday it had arrested Newman for ”hostile acts” against the state and accused him of being ”a criminal” who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War.

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 SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday it had arrested U.S. citizen Merrill E. Newman for “hostile acts” against the state and accused him of being “a criminal” who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Newman “masterminded espionage and subversive activities against the DPRK and in this course he was involved in killings of service personnel of the Korean People’s Army and innocent civilians,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said.

DPRK is short for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. North Korea is technically still at war with the South and the United States as a truce, not a peace treaty, was signed to end the Korean conflict.

“He admitted all his crimes and made an apology for them,” KCNA said.

In a separate dispatch, KCNA carried what it said was a statement of apology by Newman, made after being detained.

“During the Korean War, I have been guilty of a long list of indelible crimes against DPRK government and Korean people as advisor of the Kuwol Unit of the U.N. Korea 6th Partisan Regiment part of the Intelligence Bureau of the Far East Command,” it said.

The unit appears to refer to one of the special operations units of partisan, or irregular, fighters acting against the North.Newman, who had been visiting North Korea as a tourist, has been held in Pyongyang since officials took him off an Air Koryo plane that was scheduled to leave the country on October 26.

Newman is a retiree from Palo Alto in California, and the U.S. State Department has refused to provide any details of the detention.North Korea has been holding another U.S. citizen and a Christian missionary of Korean decent, arrested last year and sentenced in May to 15 years of hard labor on charges of committing hostile acts against the state. (Reporting by Jack Kim, Ju-min Park and James Pearson; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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