The University of Evansville will hold a 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1977 Plane Crash on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Memorial Plaza on the UE campus.The Air Indiana Flight 216 crashed at 7:22 p.m. on the evening of December 13, 1977 carrying the University of Evansville basketball team along with coaches, administrators, and fans. Those gathered will observe a moment of silence at that time during the candlelight vigil.The order of service will include candle lighting, a reading of the names of those who perished in the plane crash, and a bell ringing during each interval. University of Evansville President Thomas A. Kazee will provide a statement, followed by the singing of the UE alma mater, prayers, and bagpipes.An opportunity for informal gathering and fellowship will be offered in Ridgway University Center’s 1959 Gallery and Lounge immediately following the ceremony. Neu Chapel will also be open for personal prayer and meditation throughout the evening.The public is invited to attend this commemoration and the University of Evansville is working to personally reach families of those who perished. A Facebook event has also been created for interested guests to stay up to date with information. Visit www.facebook.com/UniversityofEvansville to find the event.Additionally, a memorial service to honor the first responders involved in this tragedy will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on the same day.FOOTNOTES: Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel its time to address the expansion of the Vanderburgh County jail? Please take time and read our other articles entitled “StatehouseFiles, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]
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*** It was every mother’s worst nightmare. Tonya Ebright of Elkhart was only 22, juggling a toddler, an infant and a full-time job when her daughter started sleeping more than usual and complaining that her bones hurt. When she took 3-year-old Destinee Smith to the doctor’s office, she was told her daughter had strep throat. Another time, it was scarlet fever. But Ebright knew something more was going on. Eventually, Ebright obtained an appointment at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. There, Ebright got an answer: her daughter had leukemia. “It was a huge life adjustment,” Ebright said. “Your normal becomes different.” After the diagnosis, Destinee had to be taken to the hospital three times a week for treatment, and was often hospitalized for days at a time as she battled high fevers. During those bouts of fever, Destinee sometimes experienced hallucinations. “That was very scary … She told me one time that she was talking to her angels,” Ebright said. “I was like, ‘Please don’t take her home right now.’” As her treatment progressed, Destinee lost her hair more than once. “That was hard,” Ebright said. “It would come out in clumps and she would just cry.” Sometimes, hospitalizations could last up to a week, during which Ebright would drop everything to stay with her daughter. Meanwhile, she had a full-time job and was still breast-feeding her six-month-old son. “My son couldn’t be around Destinee at all, because he had been exposed to chicken pox,” Ebright said. “As a mom, that was the hardest part, was trying to be the mom to both of them and be with Destinee the whole time, and then be with him too.” Ebright said her family’s Christian faith and support from loved ones helped her family stay positive during Destinee’s illness, but there were moments when she feared her daughter wouldn’t make it. At one point, Destinee’s blood counts got dangerously close to zero. Ebright had been told that when that happened, that would be “the end.” “We just immediately got on our knees and started praying,” Ebright said. Smith has lived out that message in her 17 years, and is determined to take advantage of what she views as a second-chance. “I have big dreams and goals that I want to see come true,” she said. Smith wants to turn her love of cooking – she makes a mean lasagna and chicken enchilada – into a career, and plans to go to culinary school after high school. She hopes to open her own bistro one day, striving for the perfect mix between Starbucks and Panera Bread. Smith said her family now goes on with life as normally as possible, letting her battle with cancer fade into a memory. Like most mother-daughters, Smith and Ebright strive to find a balance between independence and staying safe, and next weekend, Smith will attend her junior prom. But since a high school friend died of leukemia a few weeks ago, Smith said her fight with cancer has been on her mind more than usual. “It’s just kind of a ‘That could have been me’ kind of thing. It kind of just gives me a different perspective to live every day to the fullest,” she said. “I want to make sure that I do everything that I’ve set out to do, just because I could not have had that chance.” Ebright said she thinks there is a certain serendipity to Smith’s experience and her namesake. When Ebright first became pregnant, she decided on the name “Destinee” because she felt God had given her a child for a purpose. But in watching her daughter fight leukemia so early in life, Ebright sometimes wondered what that purpose was. Now, Smith’s namesake has come full circle. “I think she’s still a work in progress, but I know she has a purpose and there is a reason for her to be here,” Ebright said. “I, at one point in time, said, ‘I know what her destiny is.’ I think that she really will be a good helper and mentor to others because of things that she has gone through in her life.” And Smith shares her mother’s vision. “I just want to see that something good comes from me staying here,” she said. Contact Sarah Mervosh at [email protected] *** That was 14 years ago. Now, Destinee Smith is a cancer-free high school junior who relishes her long, brown hair. She’s what her mom calls a “fighter.” And she’s also a giver, as she volunteers to help those currently fighting their own battles against cancer and other medical conditions. She will speak tonight at the kickoff event for The Bald and the Beautiful, an annual event at Notre Dame where students donate their hair to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. “I like giving hope to those that are going through it, to know that it doesn’t all end badly,” Smith said. “There is still hope that they’ll make it through it, and live the life that they want to live.” Seventeen-year-old Paige Robison, who also overcame childhood leukemia and was in South Bend Memorial Hospital’s pediatric oncology program with Smith, will attend the event as well. Both girls experienced hair loss as a result of chemotherapy treatment. “I remember definitely being taunted, being called a boy and stuff,” Smith said. “I always wore a bow on my head so they would know that I was a girl.” Robison said as a young girl, she found an upside to being bald. “The best thing about it was that my mom would take gel pens and would draw on my head,” she said. “It was just the coolest thing, I loved it.” Robison said students shaving their heads and donating hair through The Bald and the Beautiful means a lot to children who are currently battling cancer. “I just think that makes it so much easier for them,” she said. “They can see older adults supporting them, and I think that just makes all the difference.” Both Robison and Smith have previously donated their hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit that provides hairpieces to children suffering from medical hair loss. Smith said she did it “to give back,” but added, “I love having long hair now that I can have long hair.” When Smith speaks at The Bald and the Beautiful tonight, she hopes to share a message with children in attendance fighting battles with cancer. “Have hope. [Don’t] let it bring you down, because there is always a fighting chance that you are going to make it,” she said. “Be happy, and live life as much as you possibly can and experience everything that you want to do. To just celebrate [life] because it could be taken away from you.”
Brazil’s Dommo Energia might default on two payments for the charter of the FPSO OSX-3 in Brazil.FPSO OSX-3 / Image source: OSXDommo Energia in November 2018 executed an amendment to the OSX-3 charter agreement with the owner of the vessel, OSX 3 Leasing B.V., to extend the existing charter for a period of up to 20 years. The charter payment under the deal agreed last year was $47.2 million per year – equivalent to a $129,315 day rate.The oil company on Tuesday said it was finalizing the revitalization of Tubarão Matelo field offshore Brazil, a project that would require significant capital expenditures during the following 60 days to finalize.Dommo Energia said it might need to utilize a larger portion of its oil sales revenue to complete the revitalization plan, “which [Dommo] believes is ultimately in the interests of all parties concerned.”“If this situation does arise, [Dommo Energia] is likely to default on the charter payment for the next offload (currently scheduled for the end of December) and potentially the following offload in 1Q 20.”Dommo Energia explained that the default on the OSX-3 payments might be necessary to avoid any risk of liquidity constraints as Dommo Energia completes the revitalization.“Dommo Energia and OSX3 intend to discuss potential amendments to the terms of the [bareboat charter agreement] to align the charter payments due under the BBCA with the company’s own projected cash flows and operating and capital expenditures. The Company will keep the market updated regarding the outcome of these discussions,” Dommo said.Following the updated charter deal last year, Dommo Energia said the charter gave it the necessary visibility and long-term commitment to keep investing in Tubarão Matelo Field to further increase its production. The main objective is to increase TBMT’s production to an estimated 10.0 kbbls per day in the beginning of 2020.Dommo expects the project will cost it $77.9 million, which should be disbursed within the next 12 to 18 months and will be funded from existing cash balances and future cash generation.In a recent quarterly report, Dommo said that the Revitalization comprised of two campaigns and contemplated in the first phase – in progress – the completion of 7-TBMT-4HP, which was drilled but not connected to the FPSO OSX-3, the workover of 7-TBMT-2HP and the acquisition of a backup ESP. The second phase addresses the remaining three producing wells and will consist of workover activities as they become necessary.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.
Buganda Kingdom’s Joan Nassolo hands Kawooya a trophy. ALL PHOTOS THE INDEPENDENTMike Kawooya beat Ian Rukunya Friday night to win the squash final in the ongoing Kabaka Mutebi’s 61st birthday celebrations.Kawooya won the final at Kampala Club, the climax of a week-long tournament.Buganda Kingdom’s Joan Nassolo was chief guest and handed over the trophies to different winners.The birthday celebrations continue with the Kabaka Birthday Run on Sunday. Share on: WhatsApp
Jefferey Epstein has reportedly committed suicide inside a manhattan jail.Epstein was found this morning hanging from his jail cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan around 7:30 a.m according to the New York Times.Last month, Epstein was charged by Manhattan prosecutors for sex-trafficking girls as young as 14 years of age.This story is developing and will have more information.
Music Saves Lives and the Vans Warped Tour are partnering with New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC), in reaching out to high school and college students to educate and encourage blood donations, and ensure hospital demands continue to be met over the summer.The event will be held from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the Monmouth Mall, 180 Route 35.Participating donors will receive a free iTunes download card with 10 songs by the bands that are a part of the tour. Although donors will need to purchase their own tickets to the concerts, each person donating blood will also receive a VIP meet and greet voucher.Traditionally during the summer months, blood donations drop due to high school and colleges closing and regular community drives being postponed until the fall due to vacations. By the end of the summer, area hospitals usually experience critical blood shortages. The Music Saves Lives blood drives should create awareness of this need.Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. But blood and blood products can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to hospitals throughout the tri-state area, is urging all eligible persons to donate. Donors must be in generally good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, at least 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent. Blood donors should drink plenty of water and eat regular meals prior to donating. People with tattoos are eligible to donate provided they were tattooed in a licensed N.J. shop.Blood donors must present a photo or signed ID. Those younger than 16 may have someone donate on their behalf to receive the iTunes download card and voucher.Medical questions regarding eligibility should be directed to NJ Blood Services at 800-933-BLOOD (2566).For information regarding additional Music Saves Lives blood drives, log on to http://tinyurl.com/MSLblooddrives
Many area schools opened this week, including the new Trinity Hall in Middletown.The independent all-girls school in the Catholic tradition opened its door officially Wednesday for the first time. Girls from 23 towns in Monmouth County are students at the school.The first class, known as the Leadership Class, is will attend school at Trinity Hall’s temporary location of Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road in Leonardo until a permanent location is finalized and announced.The founders have been working on this project for several years.“The creation of Trinity Hall has been an incredibly huge project with a tremendous amount of time and energy devoted to it,” said Victoria Gmelich, co-founder. “But to see the doors opening with our inaugural class has proven more than worth the effort. I am truly proud of all the girls and their families committed to our vision, and I look forward to them reaping the benefits of all that Trinity Hall has to offer, especially the expertise of the faculty and the innovative curriculum.”“After working on this project for so many years it’s hard to believe opening day is finally here,” said Mairead Clifford, co-founder. “I feel incredibly proud of all the hard work that has gone into making this dream a reality and grateful to those who have taken this historical step with us.”The school’s founders, Victoria and Justin Gmelich and Mairead and Sean Clifford, continue to work on Trinity Hall development. Despite the excitement of the first day of school, Victoria Gmelich noted that the project is far from over.“While we are off to a successful start we are certainly looking toward the future. We are working diligently to secure and develop a permanent site with all the amenities a top-notch preparatory school will need.”Trinity Hall is hosting open house events on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2. Interested families are encouraged to attend. Applications will be available during the open houses for grades 9 and 10 for the 2014-2015 school year.