USS Emory S. Land, USS Buffalo Visit Thai Schoolchildren

first_img View post tag: USS View post tag: Schoolchildren Training & Education View post tag: Visit Sailors from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) taught conversational English skills and played games with students at the Mechai Pattana School during a community service project in Pattaya, Thailand Aug. 1.Mechai Pattana School, founded by Thai philanthropist Mechai Viravaidya, serves children from rural areas and promotes environmental protection, education, poverty eradication, philanthropy, integrity, democracy, and gender equality.“The idea is that children are immersed in contextual learning,” said Mark Danaro, deputy director of the school. “We help them build independence, resilience, and creativity, and couple it with knowledge. Real world interactions and experiences such as with the U.S. Navy are just fantastic for their growth and development.Part of their development involves English lessons, but as Danaro explained, many teachers don’t speak English, so interactions with native speakers make a huge difference.“Listening to the Sailors talk, and talking to them, really increases the children’s confidence, said Danaro. “They begin to feel more comfortable, and you can see them start to make jokes and relax, and watch their self esteem rise.”Sailors spent the morning in small groups with students and members of the Royal Thai Navy, where they discussed their day-to-day lives, hobbies, and hopes for the future.“My favorite part of the day was sitting with the kids and learning about each other,” said Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Autumn Adams, assigned to USS Emory S. Land. “They were so interested about life aboard the ship, and we were equally interested in learning about their lives here in Thailand and experiencing a different culture.”USS Emory S. Land’s Religious Ministries department worked together with the school and the Navy League of the United States Siam Council to coordinate the event. Ten USS Emory S. Land Sailors and six USS Buffalo Sailors volunteered their liberty time to socialize and play games with the children.“This experience is educational for all of us, it’s very interesting and a great opportunity to see the local community and the Thai culture in a way that we might not have the chance to experience otherwise,” said Lt.j.g. Harish Jairam, assigned to Buffalo.USS Emory S. Land is in Thailand conducting a coordinated tended mooring with USS Buffalo as part of a theater security cooperation and good will mission in the region. Emory S.Land, homeported in Diego Garcia, is on an extended deployment to Guam, conducting coordinated tended moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 3, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Buffalo August 3, 2012 View post tag: land View post tag: Thai View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Emory Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Emory S. Land, USS Buffalo Visit Thai Schoolchildren USS Emory S. Land, USS Buffalo Visit Thai Schoolchildren View post tag: Naval View post tag: Slast_img read more

Howard Washington churns out serviceable performance in Syracuse’s 101-90 loss at No. 23 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When freshman forward Oshae Brissett picked up his second foul midway through the first half, Jim Boeheim turned to his right and called on Howard Washington. The move meant Syracuse would be running with a three-guard lineup, uncommon through the first half of the season.What it also meant: Syracuse would put a key guard position in the hands of a true freshman who had played a grand total of eight minutes over Syracuse’s previous four games.Yet not only did Washington prove the move to be worthwhile, he demonstrated for the first time this year that he can run the point. It is an encouraging sign for Syracuse, with former graduate transfer Geno Thorpe’s departure making the point guard position basically a one-man show for starter Frank Howard.Saturday afternoon in Syracuse’s (12-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) 101-90 loss at No. 23 Florida State (13-4, 2-3), Washington more than doubled his career highs in minutes (24) and tripled his career points (nine), running the point as part of a three-guard lineup, and taking the one-guard spot when Frank Howard fouled out. Washington looked comfortable and poised, committing only one turnover and knocking down three of his four shots. The 6-foot-3 guard added one assist and collected three rebounds.“Being prepared, coming off the bench,” Washington said, “or going a whole half not playing. You know what I mean? That’s kind of tough.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA junior averaging 15.4 points per game, Howard plays nearly 40 minutes a night. When he was out of the game, the Orange was called with a pair of 10-second violations. His absence was felt. But Frank Howard said Washington can handle the basketball, appear calm against pressure and knock down open shots.Washington entered the game midway through the first half for forward Marek Dolezaj. He immediately drilled a 3-pointer, without hesitation. He then pushed the ball up court and, a couple of possessions later, he picked up a steal and split two defenders near midcourt. He earned a trip to the line but missed both free throws.“He’s a steady player,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said last month. “He can make an open shot. He’s smart. He knows the game. He’s a very smart player.”Later, he drove baseline, sucking the defense his way. He kicked the ball out to freshman forward Oshae Brissett for an open 3. And, with under one minute left in regulation, Washington hit two free throws to cut the FSU lead to one point.Whether he sees more time as part of Syracuse’s three-guard lineup remains to be seen. It could be that Boeheim resorts back to previous lineups and plays Washington sparingly. Or, if Washington continues to produce in the time he is given, he could fill a void by giving Howard more time to work off-ball.“He’s a great player,” Howard said. “He gave me a chance to get off the ball a little bit and I’m confident when he has the ball.” Comments Published on January 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more