USNS Comfort Brings ‘Continuing Promise’ Humanitarian Mission to El Salvador

first_imgIn addition to providing medical and dental care to thousands of Salvadorans, the mission also has an educational component, not only for physicians but also veterinarians. For example, seminars are planned for mission partners and NGOs about women’s health, vector management, and education about mosquitoes for personnel at the Central Military Hospital and the Jorge Mazzini Hospital in the department of Sonsonate. Professional and cultural exchange The anxiously awaited two-week medical outreach campaign began when physicians from different branches of the United States Armed Forces descended from the ship. They’ll provide health care to 12,000 Salvadoran nationals – 600 appointments per day – and perform 100 surgeries in the ship’s modern facilities. “We are thrilled to be in El Salvador,” said CP-15 mission commander Captain Sam Hancock. “This is the sixth of 11 stops, and we will work here together with our Salvadoran partners and colleagues to provide medical assistance and relief to those who need it.” “We have received the visit of an extraordinary Naval unit from an allied nation with a shining history of humanitarian assistance,” Munguía Payés said. “And now we Salvadorans have the privilege of benefiting from their goodwill with significant aid to our people.” This humanitarian initiative began in 2007. CP-15 is the seventh such mission carried out under the guidance of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Treatment and gratitude The arrival of the Comfort is an historic moment in the history of military cooperation El Salvador and the United States have developed over decades, said Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés. Planning for the humanitarian mission began in 2014. The USNS Comfort left the state of Virginia in late March and has already stopped in Belize, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Jamaica. The vessel sails the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean for a period of six months every two years, with about 1,000 U.S. Navy doctors, nurses, and dentists. “I trust what this good doctor has prescribed for the pain in my hands; I had truly lost faith. I am very grateful for how lovingly they have treated me, and for the medicine they have given me. God bless them.” “We cannot wait to work with our friends and partners during this part of our mission to strengthen our ties in support of the lasting friendship between the United States and El Salvador,” Capt. Hancock said. “This friendship underscores our common values, our interests, and our commitment to this unit and to regional security.” On the morning of June 17, as classical music played in the background courtesy of the famous United States Fleet Forces Brass Band Uncharted Waters, patients waited calmly for their turn to see the doctors and dentists. In addition, a team of U.S. veterinarians, working with their Salvadoran counterparts, will visit communities in throughout the department to provide treatment for farm animals and pets. Acajutla Mayor Hugo Arriola said the people waited several months for this mission, ever since they learned the ship’s arrival date. “So I extended my sincerest gratitude to those who made this dream possible.” María Paz Pérez, 25, brought her 8-month-old daughter, Sofía, who had a fever the previous few nights. Physicians aboard the ship will provide medical and dental care to Salvadorans until June 25. In the coming months the vessel and its physicians will travel to Colombia, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti to continue providing medical care. CP-15 is scheduled to conclude its mission in September. Doctors will conduct surgeries in four of the 12 operating rooms on board the hospital ship. The vessel is equipped with rooms for brain surgery, an intensive care unit, and facilities to take X-rays and store blood. There is also a heliport above deck to quickly transport patients when necessary. Medical personnel on the ship will provide treatment in gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, cardiology, and dentistry. By Dialogo June 29, 2015 When will they open up access through Sogamosoa Yopal? As soon as the vessel arrived in El Salvador, physicians and dentists aboard the vessel set up a medical base at the Dr. Eduardo Enrique Barrientos School Center, in the department of Sonsonate, to begin providing medical and dental services to Salvadorans. An historic moment To facilitate communications between patients and doctors, 120 university students served as interpreters at each appointment. “I wouldn’t know how to explain how thankful I am for these doctors, who have come so far to help us,” Pérez said through tears. “They’ve already examined my daughter. She has an ear infection, and they gave me medicine to cure it. This is priceless for a poor, single mother like me.” Physicians aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort are providing medical and dental care to thousands of Salvadorans at the halfway point of the “Continuing Promise” (CP-15) humanitarian mission. The U.S. Navy ship dropped anchor on June 15 at the Port of Acajutla in El Salvador before hundreds of children and parents who look to this mission to seek free medical and dental care. Dozens of domestic and foreign journalists also visit the port every day to view the impressive ship and the scope of the humanitarian mission. Similar sentiments were expressed by Juan Antonio Díaz, a former carpenter in his 70s who suffers from arthritis in his hands and lives in an impoverished and remote area of the municipality of Acajutla. Unchartered Waters will perform various concerts in the municipalities of Santa Ana, Sonsonate and San Salvador, as well as during each of the outreach events, so the patients and other residents can enjoy the band’s extensive musical repertoire. “This is an experience I will never forget. I am helping these good doctors to alleviate the suffering of my countrymen,” said Juan Marcos Martínez, a student at the University of El Salvador (UES). “The patients’ gratitude and happiness for the help they’ve received show on their faces. These are two feelings I’m sure the doctors understand without my assistance.” last_img read more

Woodmere Man Admits Stealing $634K from Temple

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Isaac ZuckerA Woodmere lawyer has admitted to stealing more than $634,000 from a local synagogue by wiring cash from the congregation’s accounts into his own over a five-year period.Isaac Zucker pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to grand larceny.Prosecutors said that the 49-year-old man stole the money from the Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere between June 2011 and his election to treasurer in 2006.As treasurer, he was responsible for paying bills for and making deposits and used his access to steal the cash by wiring it into his law practice’s business account and writing himself checks from the temple’s accounts.The theft was discovered when checks meant to pay the synagogue’s bills started bouncing. Zucker doctored bank statements to make it appear that a $50 balance in one of the synagogue’s account had a balance of $200,000.He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced April 9.last_img read more

Masters: Nick Dougherty hoping for a McIlroy Slam, but American challenge is strong | Golf News

first_img Rory McIlroy is confident his game is in the right place heading into The Masters as he reiterated that limiting mistakes will be especially vital. One player who has never had a distance problem is Rory McIlroy, and as much as I’d love to see him complete the Grand Slam of major titles, I’m not sure it will be this year.Rory is more “under the radar” this week with so much attention directed at Bryson, and he’s said he’s happy to not be the main focus ahead of the one major that eludes his collection.After he won the third leg of the Grand Slam at The Open in 2014, he finished in the top 10 in each of the next four Masters tournaments, although he lost his way a little last year and managed only a tie for 21st. But he’s generally been fantastic, and clearly one of the premier players at Augusta over the last 10 years. There are so many home players to get past even before you add tournament-favourite Bryson DeChambeau into the mix, so it’s going to be really tough for the British contingent to emulate Lyle, Faldo, Woosnam and Willett.There’s no doubt they’re capable, they’ve all got big golf games and Augusta always offers the opportunity to step out from the crowd and put in an inspired performance. But it needs something extra special to get across the line here.One thing in favour of the less-experienced players this week could be the absence of patrons. Any major championship is ramped up by an atmosphere that can be so big, powerful and often overwhelming for the uninitiated – and no more so than at Augusta National. “As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. DJ, Cantlay and Schauffele all look good, and there are so many home players to get past even before you add Bryson DeChambeau into the mix” Last Updated: 12/11/20 6:19am As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. Dustin Johnson looked in great form last week in Houston, Patrick Cantlay beat a very strong field at the Zozo Championship, and Xander Schauffele has not finished outside the top-25 in his last 11 starts and went so close to Masters glory last year. Can the British and Irish challengers upstage a powerful home contingent at the Masters this week? Nick Dougherty explains the magnitude of that challenge …Only four British golfers have made the trip to the Butler Cabin to be presented with a Green Jacket, so what are the chances of making that a “famous five” this week?Tyrrell Hatton certainly has great form coming into the Masters, but his record at Augusta National isn’t the best. In three appearances, he’s yet to crack the top 40, but he’s in great shape to improve on that this week. Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. World No 1 Dustin Johnson could deny Rory McIlroy this week – Advertisement – He’s been tipped by many to lead the British challenge, but I’d lean towards the more experienced players in the field. Lee Westwood has had a great year and still hasn’t given up hope of winning that elusive major, and I’m expecting a good week for Justin Rose.He hasn’t had the best of years and has slipped to 28th in the world rankings, but he’s got a cracking record at Augusta. Runner-up twice, including that play-off defeat to Sergio Garcia in 2017, three other top-10 finishes and he’ll be determined to atone for his first missed cut in the tournament last year.- Advertisement – Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta

Tourism in the post Corona era

first_imgA common feature of recovery after World War II and adaptation and coexistence with the Covid 19, is the launch of tourist trips in a very short period of time. We are now witnessing the end of the peak tourist season, which according to the results of physical traffic is above expectations. In fact, smaller towns and rural areas are the focus of tourist demand. The most sought after accommodation that provides a high level of privacy, holiday homes with ample garden, apartments with separate entrance and private terrace, small family camps, small family hotels… Good, naturally grown food and casual, quiet lifestyle provided by the village, become attractive. Australia on fire, the Amazon on fire, cyclones, hurricanes and torrential floods in addition to the Far East and Central America are already affecting the European continent. Glaciers are melting rapidly, sea levels are rising more and more often in coastal places on the Croatian Adriatic. The world is worried about the future, experts warn that CO2 emissions must be reduced by 50% every ten years. Fossil fuels are marked as undesirable, the energy transition takes place towards renewable energy sources – solar and wind generated electricity. Simply, the time of the “new normal” has come and the rules of conduct have changed. Nobody expected such drastic changes in such a short time. Interestingly, climatologists and ecologists have warned in recent years of major environmental changes threatening humanity as a result of climate change. Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com / Photo: Pexels.com Finally, that is how tourism in our region began. The first tourists shared a table with their hosts and ate the same food made from home-grown ingredients. Today we look at those times with nostalgia, but what was once the result of poverty and modesty, today becomes the basis of a highly valuable tourist offer. Our life habits had to change in a very short time under the influence of the Covid 19 pandemic. Mass travel does not work as well as mass gatherings. We do not hug or kiss when meeting, and extending a hand is very rare. We are reserved towards strangers. We wear protective face masks indoors. We avoid city noise. At the height of the controversy over plans to reduce CO2, a pandemic of the Covid 19 virus broke out. Aircraft were grounded, cruise ships were moored in ports, road traffic was drastically reduced as was the activity of manufacturing industrial plants. People are “locked” in their homes and nature has “breathed”. The economic consequences are incalculable, it is said to be the biggest world crisis since the “Great Depression”, between the two world wars. The precursor to this depression was also the pandemic of the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19. In the period from 1914 to 1945, the world suffered enormous destruction, enormous human losses, and it seemed as if it would never recover. Recovery and tourism The world is changing. Environmental disasters before a pandemiccenter_img Local food and indigenous lifestyle as a tourist attraction On the other hand, more and more caterers recognize the need to use food from their own cultivation in gastronomy. Food quality comes first, but so does the economic calculus of short supply chains, the use of own resources for the purpose of agricultural production as well. They mostly sell their products through their hotel “Gospoja” and several restaurants in Vrbnik and Rijeka. The Stanić family in Krk is also engaged in agricultural production of vegetables, cheese, pig farming. They market their products through the themed restaurant “Volsonis” in the city of Krk, which is open all year round. An example of good practice is the hotel “Joso” in Sukosan, where I had the opportunity to stay and eat excellent dishes made from ingredients from my own cultivation. There are more and more examples like this. Even the great Valamar launched its own project on the same basis. Examples of good practice combining agriculture and tourism A good organization of the local community, which unites in a cluster, with interest, creates a completely new well-organized and income-stable offer. We have the best examples in Austria, Trentino Alto Adige, Bavaria. This example is slowly being followed by individuals in Croatia. On the island of Krk we have the example of the Šabalja family in Porto, Malinska – Dubašnica municipality. In their family hotel of high category “Villa Margaret” and restaurant “Bracera” they serve dishes from home-grown fish and fish and their own catch. It is similar with the Toljanić and Brusić families associated in the agricultural cooperative “Gospoja”. These famous winemakers are also engaged in sheep breeding, and they also start breeding black pigs on free grazing. Covid Pandemic 19 People travel in small groups, they want to connect directly with their hosts because trust is extremely important. In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in so-called adventure tourism. These are trips on which travelers explore a tourist destination with the help of digital guides, online platforms. One of the most famous, Airbnb, in addition to a large selection of accommodation, also offers experiences. Experiences are often associated with gastronomy so that the tourist traveler participates in the making of some food or some dish. Pasta making is especially popular. With the experiences we go a step further, we offer a stay in the conditions in which the local population lives, participation in agricultural work, crafts. Modern tourists – adventurers want to imitate the lifestyle of the locals. Hence the great growth of leisure real estate purchases in rural areas. “Weekenders” are occasional residents who were initially “ordinary tourists”. Over time, they often become permanent residents of the area which they “discovered” as tourists.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win 3-Way Meet At Milan

first_imgBatesville Swimming at Milan.Girls Results. BHS 147, OA 96, Milan 44.Girls are 16-4 on the season (2-2 EIAC). Best record at this point ever!Event Winners: Hannah Cox (IM), Taylor Villani (50/100 Free), Emily Gutzwiller (100 Fly, 100 Breast), Emily Weiler (500 Free).Boys Results.  BHS 120, Milan 83, OA 73.Boys are 9-7 on the season (2-2 EIAC).Event Winners: Kegan Main (100 Fly) and Evan Miller (100 Free).Courtesy of Batesville Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

Man and woman arrested after having sex in front of a police station

first_imgA man and a woman have been arrested after they were allegedly caught having sex in front of a police station.The incident occurred Tuesday near the Key West Police Station.According to the report, authorities received a tip about the couple from a passerby who reportedly told them that the couple seemed ready to fornicate.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the couple, identified as Gary Hill and Crystal Frances ” in the act.”Authorities say Hill was found with his shorts around his ankles while Frances was wearing neither pants or underwear.When authorities asked what the pair where doing, Hill replied “It was a Key West moment.”The officer then asked the pair to put back on their clothes. While Hill promptly began getting dressed, Frances refused to do so, which led authorities to believe that she may have been intoxicated.Officials also found a bottle of vodka near the couple.Hill was arrested and charged with Lewd & Lascivious Indecent Exposure and having sex in public. Frances was initially taken to the hospital but once she is released, a warrant is expected to be issued for her arrest.last_img read more

The big matches of 1320 Heat

first_imgTODAY’S 1320 Heat rematch event at South Dakota Circuit, Timehri, has a lot of fans talking about the best matchups for the event.Race-time is 10:00hrs and here are some of the battles that could keep the crowd on their feet:Team Mohamed’s Goliath GTR vs Mad Dog Toyota Supra.There was a lot of controversy surrounding this one at the end of the last event with Team Mohamed’s Goliath suffering mechanical issues, and the Mad Dog Supra of S&D Performance not coming to the line either. Still, this is one that will have fans on the edge of their seats.Both cars were running down in the 8-second brackets at the last outing and it would make for a close contest should they line up again. Unofficial times seen by sportshubgy show both cars have gotten faster from the last instalment but a clear winner will be decided on October 20.S&D Performance Toyota Caldina vs Transpacific Toyota AlteezaThroughout the years, the Toyota Caldina of Sean Persaud has undergone a transformation into arguably one of the most eye-catching locally built machines on the quarter-mile. Unfortunately, mechanical issues forced him out of the last encounter but sources have confirmed that he is back and better than ever.Boasting possibly the fastest 3sGTE across the 592, Persaud’s Caldina is definitely a machine that fans want to see run. We at sportshubgy feel that an apt match for the four-cylinder beast is that of the Transpacific Alteeza, another locally built beast that has been making waves and also smoke clouds.The transformation of the Alteeza has not been a smooth road but it has definitely come a long way from not making it past rounds one and two. Still, their battle would generate much debateAvi Samaroo Mitsubishi Evo vs Jason Gonzalves Honda CivicThe long battle of all-wheel drive versus two-wheel drive has waged through the ages and none underscored more than the battle between Avi Samaroo and Jason Gonzalves.Samaroo’s Mitsubishi Evolution has ‘one-upped’ Gonzalves Honda Civic for the 12-second trophy but word on the street is that the Gonzalves camp returned to the drawing board for more speed and has found it. While in the eyes of some, it might be a mismatch, sometimes it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog.Transpacific Toyota Alteeza vs Peter Daby Mazda RX7 (second generation)Another age-old battle has been that of the Rotary versus Piston engine argument. While some feel that has long been won by the latter, Peter Daby’s Mazda RX7 second generation has certainly reopened that debate locally.When it arrived on the scene earlier this year, the RX7 brought back memories of a time when a rotary was the thing to beat. Lining up alongside one of the most iconic piston engines ever created in the 2JZ will surely be a battle that all petrol heads will enjoy.Transpacific Toyota Alteeza vs Mad Dog Toyota Supra There isn’t much to say here. It’s simply. 2JZ versus 2JZE – a battle of who has the better 2JZ on the market and who has it in the best set-up. On one hand, there is the mad dog Supra and the other is Transpacific Alteeza. While they have never run competitively, there is a rumbling that one is willing to call the other out.Godzilla vs the clockThe Team Mohamed’s white GTR, known as Godzilla, is definitely going to be a crowd-puller and there will be many lining up to challenge it. But the biggest thing that it will face on the 1320 Heat rematch will be the clock.A few days prior to the mechanical issues that plagued it, the team had recorded a mid-seven-second time but failed to put it down on race day. The fastest strip time recorded is a 7.9 by Andy Bissesar’s Railcar at the last meet. Can Godzilla better it? We will have to wait to see.Admission for adults is $1 000 and for children $500.last_img read more

Four players retained by Jamaica Tallawahs

first_imgTHE Jamaica Tallawahs have announced the Caribbean players they will be retaining for the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).International retentions and signings will be announced at a later date.This year teams can retain as many players from their 2019 squads as they wish.They could also transfer players to other teams and sign emerging players.The Tallawahs have chosen to retain or sign four Caribbean players ahead of the CPL draft in Andre Russell (Jamaica), Rovman Powell (Jamaica), Oshane Thomas (Jamaica) and Chadwick Walton (Jamaica)Jefferson Miller, CEO of the Tallawahs, said, “The Tallawahs organisation will be seeking to rebuild in 2020. We are extremely excited to have Andre Russell back for another year. Andre was recently named as the leading T20 cricketer in the world by the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.”He added, “We are delighted for the opportunity to retain Oshane Thomas and Rovman Powell, both rising stars in West Indies and world cricket. I’m looking forward to having the veteran Chadwick Walton back in the dressing room,Chadwick brings a wealth of leadership experience to the team and has been a dominant player over the years in the CPL. Overall we are looking forward to a successful CPL 2020 and to returning the championship to Jamaica.”The CPL is scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 26 but the tournament organisers are currently watching the current situation with COVID-19 closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments.A decision on whether the tournament can proceed as planned, or at a different time, will be made as soon as possible.last_img read more

New program offers path for postgraduates

first_imgUnder the guidance of Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs and professor of international relations, Dornsife has created an inaugural preceptor program for postdoctoral humanities and social sciences students.Applications for this program opened in February, and doctorate students began their contracts with USC this semester.“This post-doctorate position allows students to be mentored by faculty and also teach their own course,” Lamy said. “We wanted them to teach one course each semester and then work with a senior faculty member as a discussion leader in four sections.”During the time of their contract, which lasts two years, students will still be able to apply for jobs and finish their dissertations.“There is 25 percent less workload than non-tenure track professors,” Lamy said. “So they still have time to work on their dissertation and still have contact with their advisers.”Alexander Young, who recently finished his Ph.D. in English, is one of the post-doctorates in the pilot year of this program. A total of six out of 20 applicants were accepted, three in the social sciences department and three in the humanities department.Young believes that this program will improve his job application process, which is often difficult for recent Ph.D. graduates.“The academic job market is tightening, and it is increasingly difficult to get a tenure track position out of grad school,” Young said. “The hope is that we will be going on the job market with better resumes than we would have had had we not had this teaching position.”Administrators believe both Ph.D. students and undergraduates will benefit from this program.“You get someone teaching your class who is brand new, closer to your age, excited about it and have a lot of energy,” Lamy said. “And they want to do really well, so they will be more likely to focus on the course.”Ph.D. Elizabeth Ann Logan, who is teaching American Legal History, said she appreciates the opportunities the program provides.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lecture and mentor USC students in the area of legal history in the context of the law history and culture major,” Logan said. “I’m getting a chance to blend history and law in a way I haven’t before — an opportunity that this program is affording me.”“Representing the Global War on Terror” is one of the required freshman general education seminars taught by Young.“[The preceptor program] has created some new course offerings and put some younger instructors in the classroom,” Young said. “I have the opportunity to work with students on a new project that is evolving as it is unfolding in the classroom.”Young is grateful for being a preceptor at USC, considering the struggle for most post-doctorates.“The crisis in academic hiring has made it tough for recent Ph.D.’s,” Young said. “Now, Ph.D.’s can stay at USC and earn reasonable salary and benefits and job stability.”Young’s situation is different than most Ph.D. students, who, after graduating, must teach at multiple institutions to make a livable wage.“They are freeway flyers,” Lamy said. “Often, they must teach at four institutions to make a living.”The aim of the program is to prevent the need of that lifestyle and allow young doctorates to develop their skills.“We want them to be much more competitive in the job market,” Lamy said. “That’s our goal.”While many other universities have opened up these types of postdoctorate programs to everyone, USC’s preceptor program is reserved for USC students.“That’s what makes it different,” said Lamy. “We are trying to find ways to expand our relationship with the liberal arts.”From an outside perspective, this program gives Ph.D. students more opportunities than usual.“This kind of program at USC can give the young scholar an opportunity to get broader teaching experience, especially if they receive mentorship and professional development opportunities,” said Russell A. Berman, professor of German studies and comparative literature at Stanford University, to Inside Higher Education.USC’s program takes its roots from one introduced by Woodrow Wilson at Princeton. Other universities have implemented similar programs since then, and USC has recently caught on.“But we’re are in the middle of the parade — not behind or ahead,” said Lamy.As this is the first year, Lamy expects even more growth and development.“We try to meet with the preceptors every semester to get feedback from this first group,” Lamy said. “We are hoping that if it works well we will see the program grow.”Lamy said he has high hopes for the preceptors.“Hopefully today’s preceptors are tomorrow’s full-time professors at a major universities.”last_img read more