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42 Crew, Nearly 6000 Cows Missing After Ship Sinks In Storm-Tossed Seas Off Japan – NPR

The Gulf Livestock 1 cargo vessel sails through Port Phillip heading into Bass Strait in Australia in April 2019. Japanese rescuers were searching Thursday for the livestock ship carrying more than 40 crew members and thousands of animals.

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The Gulf Livestock 1 cargo vessel sails through Port Phillip heading into Bass Strait in Australia in April 2019. Japanese rescuers were searching Thursday for the livestock ship carrying more than 40 crew members and thousands of animals.

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A ship carrying more than 40 crew members and some 6,000 head of cattle has disappeared off the coast of Japan after capsizing in typhoon-lashed seas, according to a crew member who so far is the only known survivor.

The Gulf Livestock 1, en route from New Zealand to China, issued a distress call early Wednesday from a position west of Japan’s Amami Oshima island.

The mayday call, to which the Japanese coast guard responded, was sent as Typhoon Maysak was tracking through the region as a powerful Category 4 storm.

Livestock carrier goes missing in the East China Sea

The GULF LIVESTOCK 1 has disappeared, probably hit by high waves & strong winds caused by typhoon #MAYSAK, our data shows. The search for the livestock carrier in load began as concern for the safety of 43 crew onboard rises pic.twitter.com/6H3yGOkUqr

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Maysak has since passed the area where the ship went missing, and the weather for the ongoing search is fine, Japanese coast guard regional spokesman Yuichiro Higashi said, according to The Associated Press.

The 450-foot livestock carrier, built in 2002, had a crew of 43, of which 39 are from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia, the Japanese coast guard said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that a Queensland veterinarian, Lukas Orda, was among those aboard.

Photographs of the vessel taken before the accident show its deck stacked high with open livestock containers.

The lone crew member recovered so far, 45-year-old chief officer Sareno Edvarodo from the Philippines, was plucked from the water Wednesday night after being spotted by a Japanese navy P-3C surveillance aircraft. No wreckage from the ship has been found, the coast guard said.

Edvarodo told rescuers that the vessel lost an engine and then capsized when it was hit broadside by a wave. The crew was then ordered to don life jackets. Edvarodo said he abandoned ship but did not see any other crew members in the water after the ship sank.

Gulf Livestock 1 was carrying 5,867 head of cattle from Napier, New Zealand, to Jingtang in Tangshan, China, according to New Zealand’s foreign ministry, Reuters reported.

Following the accident, New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries said it was temporarily suspending new cattle livestock export applications pending an investigation.

The ministry “wants to understand what happened on the sailing of the Gulf Livestock 1,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.

Splash247.com, a website that follows the shipping industry, noted numerous accidents involving livestock carriers over the years in which tens of thousands of animals were lost.

In November, the Queen Hind, a livestock carrier loaded with more than 14,000 sheep, experienced “maneuvering issues” and capsized not far from a wharf. Only a few hundred animals were rescued, according to The Maritime Executive. In 2016, 3,000 sheep died aboard a vessel that caught fire and sank in rough weather off Somalia.

In another similar disaster nearly a quarter-century ago, some 67,000 sheep died aboard a vessel after it caught fire and was abandoned by its crew east of the Seychelles. All but one of the crew survived.

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Body believed to be that of a missing Fort Hood soldier has been found – CNN

(CNN)A body believed to be that of a missing Fort Hood soldier has been found.

Officials are awaiting forensic confirmation but police said that identification found on the body indicate it is that of Sgt. Elder Fernandes.
“At this initial stage of the investigation, there is no indication of foul play,” police in Temple, Texas, said in a statement.
Officers were dispatched around 6 p.m. Tuesday for a medical call at some railroad tracks about 25 miles from the Texas army base.
“A caller advised that a male was observed near the railroad tracks. Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined that the subject had been deceased for some period of time,” according to the statement.
“Identification found at the scene indicates the victim may be missing Fort Hood Soldier 23-year-old Elder Fernandes. However, no forensic confirmation has been made at this time,” say police.
Fernandes, 23, was reported missing August 17 from the base. He had been transferred to a different unit because he was the victim in an “abusive sexual contact” investigation, the Army said.
The transfer was meant to ensure “he received the proper care and ensure there were no opportunities for reprisals,” said Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, a 1st Cavalry Division public affairs officer.
Attorney Natalie Khawam, who represents the soldier’s family, called the news of the body’s discovery “our worst nightmare.”
“We are sickened by this tragedy that has happened one too many times. We are heartbroken for Elder Fernandes’s family,” Khawam tweeted.
According to Fort Hood, Fernandes is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade. Finding him is a “top priority for the Division,” Fort Hood’s statement said.
This year, there have been a series of incidents in which Fort Hood soldiers have vanished and died, perhaps the most high-profile of which was the killing of Spc. Vanessa Guillen. The main suspect in her disappearance — another Fort Hood soldier — killed himself when he was confronted by investigators, according to CID.
In the wake of her death, the Army announced an independent review board made up of five civilians who would review the “command climate and culture” at Fort Hood.
Some soldiers have died under mysterious circumstances, including Pvt. Gregory Scott Morales, whose skeletal remains were found in a Killeen field in mid-June — 10 months after he’d vanished. Fort Hood said in a statement at the time that foul play is suspected in his death.
“We will not stop until we find out what happened to Elder. We demand a Congressional Investigation of Ft. Hood. We must protect our soldiers! We demand Justice for Elder,” Khawam said in another tweet.


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Quarantine FOMO: Why you may still fear missing out, even when everything is canceled – USA TODAY

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Travelers arriving in NYC by train are being reminded to quarantine for two weeks if they have been to states with high rates of coronavirus infection. The city opened checkpoints at Penn Station to warn visitors of fines for breaking quarantine. (Aug. 6)

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The coronavirus pandemic has canceled many things, but FOMO doesn’t appear to be one of them.

Jennifer Wolkin, a New York-based health and neuropsychologist, describes FOMO, aka the “fear of missing out,” as “anxiety that’s elicited by the perception that others are thriving while we aren’t, or that others are overall experiencing a better version of life.”

In other words, you know that sinking feeling you get when you see other people on vacation while you’re sitting at home? That’s FOMO.

But with travel plans nixed, large gatherings canceled and many stuck in quarantine, is 2020 a year of less FOMO?

The fear of missing out is alive and well in lockdown, according to Wolkin and other mental health experts.

“It’s shape-shifted,” she says. “It might not be looking at pictures of someone’s vacation or their parasailing trip or swimming with dolphins. It now becomes ‘They’re making sourdough starters,’ and ‘They’re going for a hike in these woods with their family, and I’m just on the couch and doing nothing and surviving and trying to find my breath.’ “

Here’s what you need to know about quarantine FOMO, including what triggers it and how to stop it.

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If everything’s canceled, why is there still FOMO?

As lockdown orders took hold across the nation, Lalin Anik, an assistant professor of business administration at the University of Virginia, set out to learn more about the effect of quarantine on FOMO.

What she found in her research, which she hopes to publish this winter, is that FOMO, like many things in 2020, hasn’t gone away. It’s just moved online.

“Now FOMO is felt toward digital experiences that we cannot be part of, either because we’re just too tired, too busy, too overwhelmed,” she says.

Throughout the pandemic, Americans have been bombarded with digital alternatives to in-person activities, such as Instagram Live workouts, online cooking classes and new films on streaming services. As a result, there’s actually more to miss out on, Anik says.

“We’re almost overwhelmed by the flow of information,” she says. “What we find is that FOMO in the pandemic comes from the difficulty of catching up with all the things being offered online.”

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Social media is still a big FOMO trigger

In addition to the abundance of virtual events, social media remains a major trigger of FOMO. Though many have flocked to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to socialize during the pandemic, Anik says these sites breed more FOMO than they do genuine connection.

“If I look at your social media, it doesn’t make me more connected to you,” she says. “It just makes me consume more posts or more content. But as a result of that, I feel more FOMO. I’m seeking social connection, I come to virtual world, I don’t really get social connection, but I get more FOMO.”

We also feel FOMO for what could have been

Productivity expert Melissa Gratias, who wrote a children’s book about FOMO (“Seraphina Does Everything!”), notes that people also feel quarantine FOMO because they imagine what their 2020 could have been, were it not for coronavirus. For example, Gratias describes how her mother-in-law still has tickets to a canceled concert under a magnet on her refrigerator. She’s holding onto the tickets in hope of a refund.

“She sees these every day, these concert tickets,” Gratias says. “So it’s not just (comparing our lives) against other people, but it’s against the lives we would have been leading if we were not quarantined or social distancing.”

Plus, uncertainty about the future doesn’t help either, says psychologist Kevin Chapman, director of the Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, who adds that not knowing what’s coming next can make FOMO even worse.

“What people who struggle with anxiety and people who struggle with FOMO particularly struggle with is this idea that uncertainty is somehow dangerous, when in reality it’s not,” he says. “It’s just that that physiological arousal and the thoughts that I have about the uncertainty enhances the emotional experience, which makes it worse.”

So what can you do about quarantine FOMO?

Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate FOMO for a more pleasant quarantine.

One is shifting your social media consumption from a passive experience to an active one. Anik says this can be done by interacting with people on social media, rather than just scrolling absentmindedly.

Wolkin recommends engaging in “mindful media,” by following accounts that trigger positive emotions and unfollowing ones that cause FOMO. She’s also a “huge fan” of gratitude journals, in which you write down things you’re grateful for.

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“You’re taking the attention away from lack and redirecting it towards a greater sense of abundance,” she says. “It’s hard for the brain to focus on what we thought was a complete lack, when we can bring a sense of what we do have into our constant focus.”

Anik also proposed an alternative to FOMO: JOMO, or “the joy of missing out.” She says this can be achieved by finding happiness in the present moment, in whatever you may be doing.

And, of course, remember that you are trying your best. These are unprecedented times and just making it through the day is more than enough.

“It’s more than OK to literally just survive. You don’t have to have a ‘productive pandemic,’ ” Wolkin says. “In some ways, we’re all missing out.”

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Missing sailors rescued from Pacific island after SOS signal spotted in the sand – Fox News

Three men were rescued from a small, uninhabited Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand, the Australian Department of Defense said on Monday.

The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago near the Philippines for three days before their internationally recognized distress signal, which originated from Morse code, was spotted Sunday on the uninhabited Pikelot Island by searchers on Australian and U.S. aircraft.

Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the Federated States of Micronesia is comprised of more than 600 islands. The three-person crew aboard a 23-foot skiff set out from Pulawat atoll on Thursday. They intended to travel about 27 miles to Pulap atoll when they sailed off course and ran out of fuel, the defense department said in a statement.

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In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, an Australian Army ARH-9src Tiger Helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia where three men were found safe and healthy on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2src2src, after missing for three days. (Australian Defense Force)

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, an Australian Army ARH-90 Tiger Helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia where three men were found safe and healthy on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, after missing for three days. (Australian Defense Force)

The Australian Defense Force was asked for search and rescue support by the Rescue and Coordination Center in Guam on Saturday. The military ship, Canberra, which was returning to Australia from exercises in Hawaii, diverted to the area and joined forces with U.S. searchers from Guam.

The men were found in good condition about 118 miles from where they had set out. Their SOS message was first spotted by a U.S. Air Force plane and an Australian Army helicopter was able to land on the beach to give the men food and water. A Micronesian patrol vessel was due to pick them up.

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“I am proud of the response and professionalism of all on board as we fulfill our obligation to contribute to the safety of life at sea wherever we are in the world,” Canberra’s commanding officer, Capt. Terry Morrison, said in a statement

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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