Newsletter November 2010

Spirituality – Celebrate growing older

To celebrate growing older, Reg Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio once wrote the 45 lessons life taught him. He said-

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
When in doubt, just take the next small step.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch…
Pay off your credit cards every month.
You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
Over prepare, then go with the flow.
Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
The most important sex organ is the brain.
No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years,will this matter?
Always choose life.
Forgive everyone everything.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
Believe in miracles.
God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
Your children get only one childhood.
All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
Envy is a waste of time… You already have all you need.
The best is yet to come…
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Life on Board – KOTA JUTA Basketball Playoffs August 2010

After the success of the Kota Juta TT Premier league, which was held in beginning June 2010, it was time to look forward to something new. The Kota Juta Basket Ball Playoff’s were held from end July to Aug’2010 with the motto being “LEARN THE GAME” 6 teams of 3 players each were formed for the “3 on 3 tournament”. All 23 crew members participated in some way or the other and supported their favorite teams.
The event organizers Oiler Michael Hechanova and Bosun Eduardo Patino spent their off time fabricating the post, the board and the ring to get the games going. The courts were marked and extreme care was taken by rigging nets to prevent the ball from going overboard.

The Side Court

The tournament was started on the voyage from Singapore to Cape Town on the side courts. Although restricted for space there was no lack of enthusiasm.

The Centre Court

After Dep Cape Town no containers were loaded on the poop deck centre rows, so the games were shifted to centre court.

The Fans

There was always full crowd support on the stands. Here 2nd Eng and his wife looking on.

Learn The Game

All of the 23 crew members on board were made to participate. Even though some were not familiar with the sport and the game rules, the idea was to participate and learn the game. Chief Officer and Chief Engineer with their teams in action.

Photo Shoot & Prize Distribution

The top two teams that shared 1st place were Deck team led by Bosun Eduardo and E/R team led by Oiler Mike. All 23 crew members were given prizes for participating and the tournament was a grand success.

Life on Board – Playoffs and Evening Bash on board of LPG Antwerpen

‘All work & no play, makes Jack a dull boy’. This holds true in our lives as well, unless our enthusiasm succeeds the boredom, especially during long anchorages. Thus, keeping the spirit alive, the crewmembers got together to have some FUN. Some of the fun activities of the evening were:

    • Tug of War
    • Lemon & Spoon Race
    • Relay Race
    • Roti Making Race
    • Musical Chairs

Followed by Gala Dinner & rocking music. We concluded the evening, with prize distributions.
We had a T.T. tournament on board as well, which went on for 2 weeks. Besides, a mascot was also made, by the cadet.
Overall, it was a brilliant example of teamwork on board.
Capt. Gaurab Pal

Life on Board – Beautiful Lady

There s a lady.
She s lovely, she s tall.
She has gratitude, she has an attitude.
At some body parts she s perfectly round,
She makes other ladies envy around.
She breathes heavily and has Catwalk,
Approaching this lady is not a cakewalk.
You offer her a drink, she wont smile.
You tell her “u r beautiful” she wont exile.
Wearing colored wraparound she feels happy
And happier she feels with men around
So many people taking her Round,
But she has an attitude….
She wont give them a smile,
Nor would she exile.
She has Sisters
She is a spinster
She holds us in her lap as a mother
In deep Atlantic, in vast Pacific
She holds us like a baby in mid Arctic
She keeps crossing Oceans On n On
Ohh yes…. she is the lovely ship we SAIL ON.

-Naveen Singh Pundir, 3rd Off, LPG/C Mill Reef

Anglo Eastern Annual Dinner Party – Kolkata

Anglo Eastern is one of the largest employers for the Indian seafarers and this point was appropriately proven at the annual dinner of Anglo Eastern Ship Management (India) Pvt Ltd. – Kolkata Office. Over 280 heads turned up for a cocktail dinner which was organized on 12th Sept. 2010 at HHI. This was a dinner with the highest ever turn out of seafarers from one single company which the city had ever hosted. Attendees constituted only AESM seafaring officers along with their families and the office members as well. There was festivity in the air as people in this huge gathering moved around and interacted with their colleagues and Office Managers. The Senior Management of AESM was represented by Capt. S. Dutt, Mr. V. Trivedi, Capt. A. Warty and Capt. S Sethi from AESM Singapore and Capt. Vinay Singh and Mr. Vineet Gupta from Anglo Eastern Ship Management (India) Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai. Midway through the party, a small presentation was made on the CSR activity of AESM being done under the banner of ‘PARIVAAR’ which is a group formed by the AESM Officer’s wives in Kolkata and is working to improve the lives of the underprivileged. This presentation was done by the members of ‘PARIVAAR’ themselves. This presentation was followed by a small address by Capt. Vinay Singh (Director – AESM Mumbai). What followed was a lavish dinner including a Mongolian Barbeque counter and not to forget the baked rossogolla – ONLY to sign off with the sweet signature taste of the CITY OF JOY. Looking forward to an even bigger gathering next year around…

Health – AIDS Awareness

What causes AIDS?

AIDS is caused by a virus (HIV) that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections. . It can be years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.
There are two types of HIV virus, i.e. HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV1 is the more prevalent virus in the world and in India 80% of the infected cases are due to this strain. HIV2 is mainly found in Africa.

How is H.I.V. transmitted?

HIV is transmitted by:

Unprotected sexual intercourse with infected person (either hetero-sexual or homosexual).
Transfusion of infected blood or blood products
Infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, birth process and through breast-feeding.
Use of infected needles and instruments without sterilization or sharing of needles and syringes by HIV drug addicts.

How do you detect H.I.V?

You cannot tell by looking at person’s face whether he or she is infected with HIV. The infected person may look perfectly healthy and feel well for years. The infection can only be detected by doing a blood test i.e. ELISA HIV antibody test. If someone is found to be positive by ELISA and confirmed by second test (done on different blood sample and by different method) the person is said to be seropositive.

What are the symptoms of AIDS?

A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

How can A.I.D.S be prevented?

Prevention is simple easy and the only answer we have got today unless we find some cure. HIV can be easily prevented by adopting simple measures such as:
Regular use of condoms
Judicious use of blood and use only pre-tested HIV free blood or blood product.
Insist your doctors and nurses to use sterile disposable needles and instruments.
Before taking any major step in life like marriage or having child ascertain that you and your partner are HIV free.
Never share your shaving blades with anyone and also ask your barber to use properly cleansed razor and new blade during shaving or hair cut.
Never share your shaving blades with anyone and also ask your barber to use properly cleansed razor and new blade during shaving or hair cut.
Antiretroviral treatment can prolong the time between HIV infection and the onset of AIDS. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS. Some anti-viral drugs are AZT, 3TC, D4T, Saquinavir, ddc, nevirapine etc. These medicines are very costly. One year’s expenses of good combinations of these drugs and blood testing comes to around 1.5 to 2.5 lacs. These medicines can prolong the life of the patient but not cure him.
Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.