Back to overview,Home naval-today JS Kunisaki Arrives for Pacific Partnership 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Navy View post tag: asia JS Kunisaki Arrives for Pacific Partnership 2014 View post tag: Pacific Partnership 2014 View post tag: Philippines The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), carrying a multinational crew of U.S., Australian, Malaysian and Japanese personnel, arrived in Tacloban July 4 as part of Pacific Partnership 2014 (PP14). July 7, 2014 The ship and its roughly 300 embarked personnel arrived nearly eight months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region.The 10-day operation consists of professional medical exchanges, including providing basic medical, dental, and optometry clinics; several professional medical knowledge exchange seminars; and veterinary surgical and vaccination services.Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion One and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One have already begun working with members from the Armed Forces Philippines on four construction projects at three separate sites, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band will conduct several public performances.Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Although the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led mission provides tangible assistance to the local community, by definition its intention and purpose is to better prepare for emergencies and disaster situations such as was experienced less than a year ago by the city of Tacloban during Typhoon Haiyan.“It’s obvious to see why we were invited to Tacloban given what they’ve been through. There is a lot of work to be done here, but many different organizations and nations are currently doing some great work,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Ron Piramide, PP14 Philippine team officer in charge.Kunisaki has already visited Vietnam and Cambodia, and the Republic of the Philippines is the last stop for this year’s mission. The Southern portion of Pacific Partnership, conducted by Task Force Forager, an expeditionary command element from the Navy’s 30th Naval Construction Regiment and led by Capt. Rod Moore, provided assistance to the host nations of Indonesia and Timor-Leste.Pacific Partnership is in its ninth iteration and is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Press Release, July 07, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Naval View post tag: JS Kunisaki Authorities Share this article
“Despite this quarantine, there have been several outbreaks inOregon, Washington and British Columbia,” she said. “Theseoutbreaks are believed to have originated from ornamental plantsbrought into the U.S. from Europe.”In an effort to keep the disease from entering the Southeasternstates, Williams-Woodward and her counterparts in Tennessee,Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are surveyingnurseries in their states. The survey is being conducted incooperation with the USDA and the U.S. Forest Service.”We are sampling high risk plants in high risk areas of eachstate,” she said. “In Georgia, that’s the northern part of thestate above the fall line. This is the area that has the mostoak and rhododendron forests.”The researchers are collecting samples of leaf spot and die backand checking the samples for the disease. “So far, we have collected 500 samples from six nurseries inGeorgia and we haven’t detected the pathogen,” she said. “Overall, across the five states, we have collected about 2,000samples and haven’t found the disease.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia Research on chemical control is being conducted by researchers inCalifornia. However, Williams-Woodward says fungicides areunlikely to truly control Sudden Oak Death. “Limiting the spread of infected plants and soil from areas knownto have the disease is still the best approach to controlling thedisease,” she said. “Quarantining infected nurseries is anothercontrol method.”For now, Williams-Woodward sees some potentially positiveoutcomes for Georgia growers.”The California quarantine has opened up a market that could befilled by Georgia growers,” she said. “Korea is refusing toaccept ornamentals from California. Other countries may impose asimilar quarantine. Georgia growers could be filling this need.” Tanoaks and other true oak species first began showing signs ofthe disease in 1995 in Marin County, California. Quarantine in California Can it survive in southern climates?Williams-Woodward believes it’s just a matter of time untilsudden oak death arrives in the South. How it will fare isunknown.”We don’t know if it would even survive in Georgia,” she said. “It prefers cooler, wetter climates so it may not be able tosurvive the hot, humid weather here.” To help control the spread of the disease, 12 counties inCalifornia and one county in Oregon have been quarantined.Growers there cannot ship plants out unless they are declareddisease-free. Concern grew when the disease began to affect live oaks. Thedisease actually affects diverse plant species other than oaksincluding, but not limited to, Douglas fir, California bay laureland camellia. The disease causes dark, rust-colored cankers that seep at thetree’s base. Sudden oak death has also been seen on understoryplants such as rhododendron, causing leaf spots or scorch-likesymptoms.”It spreads to other plants when the spores are splashed by waterfrom rain,” said Williams-Woodward. “It appeared as if one year the trees were green and the nextthey were brown,” said Williams-Woodward. “It first strucktanoaks, which many people consider to be a weedy tree, so notmany people were concerned.” Oak trees in California appear to be suddenly dying, but thedisease that’s striking them down isn’t actually fast acting. University of Georgia researchers are working with otherscientists in the Southeast to track the disease and make sure itdoesn’t head this way. “Sudden oak death is actually a misnomer,” said JeanWilliams-Woodward, an extension plant pathologist with the UGACollege ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It isn’t sudden and itdoesn’t just affect oak trees.”Actually takes three or more yearsSudden oak death was coined because a number of oak treesappeared to be suddenly dying in California, she said. Thedisease, caused by the fungus Phytophthora ramorum, actuallytakes three or more years to cause the death of a tree.
Those surviving who will cherish Jim’s memory include his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Lou Hughes; children, Scott (Michelle) Hughes of Shelbyville, Greg Hughes of South Bend, Amy (Ben) Jones of South Bend, and Melissa Hughes of Chicago; 7 grandchildren, Todd, Lance, Cole, Blake, Ava, Mya and Deo; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nancy and Joe Wallace, and Susie and Jim Peters. He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 4 until 9 p.m. at the Franklin County High School gymnasium. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the high school. Private burial will follow in Shelbyville. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be directed to the Brookville Foundation at P.O. Box 184, Brookville IN 47012, or to a grant/scholarship of choice in care of the Franklin County Community Foundation at www.franklincountyindiana.com or by mailing to 527 Main Street, Brookville. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Jim Hughes. James Richard Hughes of Brookville, was born on November 16, 1944 in Connersville, a son to Russell and Mollie Nolan Hughes. He married Mary Lou Riggins on July 27, 1968 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis and together they raised 4 children. Jim also had a very large sports family, having influenced many kids over 50 years in Franklin County coaching baseball, golf, cross country and boys and girls basketball. His unforgettable attention to detail with the baseball field maintenance and piercing whistle will never be forgotten! Jim was a member of the Brookville United Methodist Church, the Indiana Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Indiana Baseball Coaches Association where he served as President in 1983. He sponsored the Key Club for many years and was inducted into the Franklin County High School Hall of Fame in 2015. In his spare time he enjoyed attending sporting events (Notre Dame, Reds, and golfing events) and studied the history of Brookville and Fairfield. He also loved mushroom gathering and being out in nature. Jim will forever be remembered by his family as very patient, caring, loving man who would do anything for his wife, children, family, friends and strangers. On Monday, November 12, 2018 at the age of 73 he passed away unexpectedly at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.