Australian media reported Sunday that an orange-yellow speck — possibly a life raft — spotted in one of roughly 56,000 satellite photos of the Tasman Sea is injecting fresh hope into the search for a missing Lafayette teenager and her fellow crew members who vanished along with the antique yacht they were sailing from New Zealand to Australia more than 70 days ago.
Eighteen-year-old Danielle Wright of Lafayette was one of six Americans and a Briton aboard the Nina when it disappeared in stormy weather on June 4. According to one media account, the yacht’s last contact on that day was a call to a New Zealand meteorologist: “The weather’s turned nasty, how do we get away from it?”
The Nina had an orange life raft.
Wright’s parents, Ricky and Robin Wright, haven’t given up hope that their daughter will be found alive with the crew, although numerous government and private searches for the missing vessel have so far proved futile. The couple teamed with Texas Equusearch to ramp up the effort to locate their daughter and her companions.
According to information released last week by the family, “New drift models have narrowed the enormous area to about 300,000 sq. miles where the Nina is believed to have drifted.” The Wrights also point to the recent rescue after more than 90 days adrift at sea of an Arizona family as reason to believe Danielle is still alive:
The substantial difference in these two stories is the fact that Nina is drifting in an area where there are no boats passing or planes flying over, and Nina is caught in very strong currents that are holding her captive without a motor or sail/wind power to escape them. If we don’t come to their rescue, it could take several additional months before Nina to drift back to New Zealand or Australian shores. We are still hopeful that our US government will decide to initiate a new search with the permission of the New Zealand Coast Guard.
The quest to bring their daughter home, however, is costing the families of the missing crew members a fortune. Donations to aid the search can be made at all area locations of Home Bank. The account number is 2059321602 and checks should be made payable to Robin Wright. Donations are also being accepted at the Wrights’ business, Sunbelt Business Brokers at 2701 Johnston Street and through an account set up at the Community Foundation of Acadiana.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
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SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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