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USS Fitzgerald Officers Likely To Face Court Martial For Negligence For ACX Crystal Collision.

by Anura Guruge


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From the get go it was hard to imagine how the USS Fitzgerald, bristling with high-tech U.S. electronics, would not ‘see’ a HUGE container ship on a collision course.

Now it appears that various investigations are coming to the conclusion that the USS Fitzgerald was at fault — even leaving aside the ‘rules of the sea’ that says traffic on the right have priority.

So court martials would appear to be on the cards. Stay tuned.


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Neha Parikh’s Sensational Indian Dancers At Concord (NH) ‘Multicultural Festival’, June 24, 2017 — Part I.

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I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Neha Parikh at the ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ in September 2015. Given that I was yet again taking pictures we struck up a relationship and I send her all the pictures I took.

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When I joined the organizing committee for the 2017 Concord ‘Multicultural Festival’ I put forward Neha’s name as a ‘must have’ — before I had checked with Neha whether she would be amenable. Luckily for I and for Concord, Neha, ever gracious and helpful, agreed to participate. The rest is history.

As I always knew Neha’s amazingly talented and dedicated dancers were a HUGE HIT. I heard people talking in AWE as I was taking these picture.

This was a HUGE coup for Indian culture and in particular these dancers. I was PROUD and so happy — particularly so for the parents. Bravo. Kudos. THANK YOU. Enjoy.


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All pictures taken with my Sony a6500. Also see these 30 pictures of the Multicultural Festival.


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I Leading A Chinese Dragon Parade On Concord Main Street During ‘Market Days’ — June 24, 2017.

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Picture by ‘puppylovehotdogs‘ on Instagram.


This was Serendipitous to say the least. Yes, I arranged for this ‘Dragon Parade‘ to take place in Concord for the 2017 ‘Multicultural Festival‘ but I was NOT supposed to he heading it. The plan was that it would be headed by a Chinese who knew how to ‘dance’ the head. And that is how we set off. The tall, lanky gentleman behind me, on the second pole, at the head. I had the second pole so I could tell him which way to go. BUT, the head is heavy and it was windy and holding it up, while being buffeted by the wind, gets hard. So, halfway through we asked me if I would swap. I wasn’t going to say NO. It was a blast and rare honor. Not sure whether I will ever get the chance again. This is the only picture I have. 


This, however, was not the first time I have headed a Chinese Dragon Parade. I had done it, in 2015, with this same dragon, at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘, Chinese New Year Miaohui (Temple Fair) celebrations.


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Concord (NH) ‘Multicultural Festival’, June 24, 2017 — 30 Picture Sampler.

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I was part of the organizing committee and a sponsor.

MORE to come. I took 657 pictures.

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It was a BLAST. Had a lot of fun. Got to be at the head of the dragon, by coincidence, we we brought it into the State House Lawn. That was a thrill.

My Garmin Vivoactive HR said that I did 17,000 steps while at the festival. That is more than when I go running!


All pictures taken with my Sony a6500. Also see these 7 pictures taken in Concord today.


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Concord (NH) ‘Market Days’, June 22, 2017 — 30 Picture Sampler.

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Day 1 of Concord’s duly vaunted ‘Market Days 2017‘ or ‘Market Days Festival 2017‘, if I were to use the full moniker. The weather could not have been any better. Low 80Fs, sunny skies and nice breeze. Concord, always an attractive city, was resplendent. At its majestic best. Colorful, cheerful, moderately crowded and full of good cheer.

We were there for about 3.5 hours, in the afternoon, starting at 2pm. It was good. We went last year too and I will be there on Saturday, for the ‘Multicultural Festival‘ — I a Committee Member and Sponsor.

IF you are around the next two days definitely make it down to Concord. You will enjoy it.


All pictures taken with my Sony a7 II. Also see these 7 pictures taken in Concord today.


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