Medical Relief and Disaster Preparedness Mission to Peru Builds Partnerships

first_img It’s a shame that contributions such as the ones of New Horizon volunteers aren’t valued, and that on the contrary, people jump with accusations as if they were “foreign invasion mission”. The most important thing is that these contributions from American and Peruvian doctors in areas devastated by the earthquake and that are vulnerable to poverty signify apprenticeship and a lot of solidarity. We hope that these contributions keep going to countries with a lot of necessities, especially in times of post-disaster. *Matt Pueschel – U.S. Department of Defense Force Health Protection & Readiness, International Health Division About 500 U.S. military health providers, engineers and support staff returned to these areas last June-August to provide medical relief and disaster response training. As part of an annual U.S. military humanitarian outreach mission to Latin America called “New Horizons” aimed at building enduring partnerships with different countries in the region, the U.S. Air Force, Army and Marines and the U.S.-based NGO Project Hope worked collaboratively with Peruvian military medics and engineers and local civilian doctors to provide primary, dental and minor surgical care to the local populations while rebuilding clinics and clean water lines. Within Ica, U.S. and Peruvian military engineers collaborated to construct a community center with a clinic, library, auditorium and playground in Tambo de Mora, and a clinic addition in Independencia that will offer OB/GYN services and a 24-hour ER to 15,000 citizens. Both areas were hit hard by the 2007 earthquake. Girao said thousands of people were displaced in Tambo de Mora, which was struck by an ensuing tsunami, and will benefit greatly from the new center. Rotating groups of U.S. Air Force medics and Project Hope medical volunteers also provided free health care at 11 locations in the Ica region for 2-4 weeks at a time. Medical treatment included general, pediatric, internal and family medicine, as well as orthopedic, gynecologic, eye and dental care. Announcements went out in advance to inform local residents interested in receiving care, and Peru health officials made final determinations on which patients were selected for surgeries. “(Peruvian) dentists are working with (the U.S.) Army and Air Force and they’ve been able to learn from each other’s experiences,” added Lt. Veronica Perez, U.S. Army Operations Officer for the 228th Combat Support Hospital. “They are providing the quality care that they need.” Perhaps the greatest impact of the mission was a disaster preparedness and health education exchange that included several joint training activities at various sites in Pisco from Aug. 1-10. The exchange was coordinated between INDECI, the U.S. Air Force, U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the U.S. embassy. It included a course on emergency communications systems, an exchange of lessons learned from previous natural disasters that had occurred in Peru and West Virginia, a basic light structural collapse search and rescue operation, and first responder, basic and intermediate first aid courses. The first aid course was so popular that a second one was held and U.S. Air Force medical personnel taught a train-the-trainer course in basic first aid to Peruvian military medics, who then taught two classes to 230 participants with U.S. medics just observing and assisting where needed. In addition, a 40-person U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Medical Support Health Response Team set up a mobile field hospital on a soccer field in Huancavelica to treat several thousand patients over a month. Working at 13,500 feet above sea level in the blustery winter air of the Andes mountains under a strong sun that turns locals’ cheeks bright red, U.S. and Peruvian soldiers unloaded pallets from trucks that had driven 11 hours up winding roads to reach the field. They worked tirelessly as a team, unpacking boxes and assembling their contents into a 22-room, 6,300-square foot linked network of medical tents. “For us, it was something amazing…the deployment of the containers and the rapid installation of the tents, and basically the immediate start of medical services,” said Dr. Jackson Sanchez Ponvalasa, a Peruvian surgeon and director of Huancavelica Hospital. By Dialogo January 10, 2013 Educational Exchange Strikes Chord The U.S. Department of Defense also played a supporting role in the immediate response to the August 15, 2007 earthquake, sending medical teams to provide health needs assessments and urgent care in coordination with Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), the State Department, USAID and international NGOs. Some of the rural and mostly poor areas heavily affected by the earthquake’s epicenter in Pisco and Ica on the coast, and populations that felt reverberations as far inland as Huancavelica in the Andes mountains, are still recovering to this day with reconstruction incomplete and people continuing to rebuild their lives. To see a video clip on this mission, please click here: Maj. Gen. Fermin Vera Flores, Sanitation Section Chief of the Peruvian Air Force, also praised the value of a two-day basic flight medicine course held on Pisco Air Base and hopes additional exchanges like it occur in the future to help Peru recruit and retain more flight medics. “The experience is very motivating,” he said. “It’s permitted us to learn about certain situations that (the U.S.) encounters that we’ll be able to utilize, too. We’ve learned about ophthalmology problems, spatial disorientation, which will serve us later on. The human factor is very important, and the pilot should be completely ready and in optimal condition to fly.” Dr. Ponvalasa said U.S. doctors likewise learned from the exchanges by seeing Peruvian patients at Huancavelica Hospital and offering opinions about treatment and follow-up care, while Peruvian doctors gathered knowledge about U.S. procedures for the same pathologies. For example, U.S. Air Force International Health Specialist Maj. Brian Neese watched a Peruvian doctor perform a surgery on a parasitic hydatid cyst, which is common in Peru but not in the U.S. Maj. Neese wrote in a local newspaper that he will remember his Peruvian colleague should he encounter such a cyst and will know how to treat it. Early in the mission, Dr. Ponvalasa said his perception was that it was going to be “external help,” but that quickly changed as the close collaborations developed. “The sharing of experiences have made us seen the U.S. not only as a country where there is technology, development and a lot of movement, but it is also a country that definitely shows humanity, support, and interest in exchanging knowledge,” he said. “The Peruvian doctors were very eager to learn the experiences from the U.S. doctors. People have made this not a services, donation or help campaign, but a knowledge exchange campaign. The U.S. and Peruvian doctors have both taken away very grateful experiences.” The training was a great success in partner nation capacity building and INDECI officials were excited about the turnout and interested in holding similar courses in other areas of Peru. Rolando Benavides, INDECI Disaster Risk Management Specialist, likened the training to a pebble thrown in a lake. “Ripples of preparedness will spread out wider through the region as people teach each other the skills they’ve learned,” he said. “Each time they pass on the information, they will expand the ripple until all of Peru’s first responders share in the knowledge and are more prepared to respond to future disasters. The people of Pisco were greatly affected by the 2007 earthquake and still feel the importance of staying prepared.” “This project is what people here have been praying for,” said José Pepe Girao, of the Chincha municipal government for a Peruvian village where a reconstruction project took place during the mission. “It will improve the lives of many who have been suffering and it will bring them together.” Five years after a devastating 8.0-earthquake shook the southeast coast of Peru, killing 540 people, injuring more than 15,000 and displacing over 40,000, U.S. military medics and civil engineers returned to the region this past summer to provide follow-on health care, civic assistance and disaster preparedness training. last_img read more

NAFCU, CUNA back new data security bill

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nicholas BallasySens. Tom Carper (D-Del) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have introduced the CUNA and NAFCU backed Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015.“NAFCU welcomes this legislation to tackle the data security issue from a financial institution perspective,” Brad Thaler, NAFCU’s vice president of legislative affairs, said. “We appreciate this bipartisan move by Senators Blunt and Carper to create a national standard of data protection for retailers. We urge the Senate to support this reform effort to make consumers safer and provide regulatory relief to financial institutions.”The bill protects the ability for consumers and financial institutions to sue retailers over the financial damages related to a data breach. The legislation also recognizes that credit unions are already subject to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. continue reading »last_img read more

Staatz elected chair at CUNA annual general meeting

first_imgExecutive officers were elected for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference today.Rod Staatz, president/CEO of SECU, Linthicum, Md., was elected chair following the 82nd annual general meeting. He succeeds Susan Streifel, president/CEO of Woodstone CU, Federal Way, Wash.Other CUNA board officers elected Monday are:Vice chair: Patrick Jury, president/CEO, Iowa Credit Union League, Des Moines, Iowa;Secretary: Maurice Smith, president/CEO, Local Government FCU, Raleigh, N.C.;Treasurer: Brett Martinez, president/CEO, Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.; andAt-large member: Troy Stang, president/CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association, Seatac, Wash. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Zidane plans new role for Lucas Vazquez

first_img Loading… Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, is ready to use attacker Lucas Vazquez at right-back for the LaLiga restart. Zidane has defended Bale Marca says the Spaniard started on the right of Zidane’s front three at Betis in March, but he’s the only attacking player in the first team squad who is capable of playing further back. His contributions during matches may go unnoticed by supporters, but they’re essential in terms of keeping to the coach’s game plan.Advertisement Lucas has played as a No.2 before, both with Spain and Real Madrid. Rafa Benitez was the first coach to try him in that position at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, starting Lucas at right-back against Getafe in December 2015, despite having Alvaro Arbeloa in the squad. read also:Zidane remains unconvinced by Hazard – Vinicius partnership Zidane has also trusted Lucas with filling in on the right of defence, playing him there in the return leg of the Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich in 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse heads into NCAA Tournament healthy, focused on making deep run

first_img Comments Published on March 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm Two years ago on Selection Sunday, the Syracuse basketball team sat in a near identical situation to the one it faced this year.After winning the Big East regular-season title, the Orange was expected to earn a No. 1 seed despite being upset in the conference tournament. The same was true this year and again, SU secured a No. 1 seed.But senior Scoop Jardine pointed out one major difference between that Sunday two years ago and this season.‘The only difference is we weren’t healthy two years ago,’ he said. ‘We’re healthy now. Everybody’s healthy and we had two great days of practice and I think everybody’s feeling good about it.’For the second time in three years, Syracuse (31-2) earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But unlike the 2009-10 season in which center Arinze Onuaku suffered a knee injury in the Big East tournament, the Orange is at full strength entering the Big Dance.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU was placed in the East Region and will play its second- and third-round games in Pittsburgh, Pa. Syracuse opens the tournament Thursday against Big South champion and No. 16 seed UNC Asheville (24-9).Syracuse and UNC Asheville will play at 3:10 p.m. on Thursday, after the conclusion of the game between No. 8 Kansas State and No. 9 Southern Mississippi.‘It’s exciting because you work hard all year long for this, and this is a special moment for our team,’ Jardine said. ‘You always want to see your name called in the NCAA Tournament. We’ve worked hard all year to get a No. 1 seed. We got it. Now it starts over. We’re 0-0. We’ve got to try to win six games.’If SU knocks off the Bulldogs, it will advance to take on the winner of the Kansas State-Southern Mississippi contest, the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, respectively. The other top teams in the East region include Big Ten runner-up Ohio State as the No. 2 seed, Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State as the No. 3, the No. 4 seed Wisconsin and Southeastern Conference winner Vanderbilt as the No. 5.‘Obviously Vanderbilt just won. They’re the only team to beat Kentucky on a neutral floor this year,’ Boeheim said. ‘Florida State just won the ACC. They beat Duke twice this year. They beat North Carolina twice this year. They’re a really good team. Ohio State, it’s a great bracket.’Syracuse enters the tournament coming off just its second loss of the season in the Big East semifinals to Cincinnati last Friday. The Orange wasn’t completely healthy, as senior Kris Joseph jammed his left thumb prior to the conference quarterfinals and C.J. Fair had been battling an illness.But Joseph said the thumb is good, and Fair said he’s over that sickness. Barring any setbacks, SU should be at 100 percent when it begins play on Thursday.‘Certainly it hurt us two years ago not to have Arinze,’ Boeheim said. ‘This year, we’re going out there ready to go and healthy. That’s a positive thing.’The 2009-10 team won its first two games before losing to eventual national runner-up Butler in the Sweet 16. The early exit overshadowed one of the best years in the program’s recent history, and this year’s Orange is looking to avoid that same fate.‘You already know it’s win or go home,’ sophomore Dion Waiters said. ‘We’re not trying to go home. I feel as though if we don’t make the Final Four or anything like that, that 30-1 (regular-season record) and all that don’t mean nothing.’Boeheim and his players believe the loss to Cincinnati served as somewhat of a wake-up call for the Orange. The team said it had two great days of practice since returning to campus after the loss.And although the main goal for the contest against UNC Asheville is to win and advance, the healthy Syracuse squad has some other things it would like to work on, too.‘We always want to play better than we did in our last game and get better as the tournament goes along,’ Jardine said. ‘For the most part, we have to be better no matter what. In the tournament, you can be beaten against anybody. We have to play our basketball and play as a team and we should be fine.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

RakeTech continues M&A drive acquiring Scandinavian assets of Agonas AB & Astro Media Group

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Raketech appoints ‘proven pro’ Klas Winberg as new CMO November 26, 2019 Share Oskar Mühlbach chosen as Raketech CEO December 12, 2019 Raketech set to intensify company growth with new appointments October 1, 2019 Share Michael Holmberg – RakeTech GroupMalta-based Industry affiliate network RakeTech Group (RakeTech) has confirmed that it has executed a double of acquisition of Agonas AB and Astro Media Group AB (Astro Media) continuing the expansion of its Scandinavian marketing portfolio.The confirmed acquisitions continue RakeTech’s M&A growth strategy, adding Agonas AB a ‘real-time’ Scandinavian TV listings and sports content portals to its network, while Astro Media services a number of high coverage Swedish casino affiliate websites.Through its acquisition of Agonas AB, RakeTech will gain the digital assets of and, supported by Swedish sports portal RakeTech details that its network will gain from a further 2.5 million monthly viewers with Agonas AB generating betting tips and sports content for Raketech services.Astro Media will further strengthen RakeTech’s Swedish casino affiliate portfolio by gaining the high coverage websites of,, and, plus a network of over 100 additional websites“Our strategy is to diversify our business, and Agonas provides us with a new vehicle to create unique editorial content. Their experienced team will help develop RakeTech into an established provider of sports media content,” commented Michael Holmberg, RakeTech Group CEO to the media“Astro Media have a proven model for developing quality online traffic and generating affiliate leads in large quantities. The acquisition will further strengthen our commanding position in Sweden.”The acquisitions, which remain undisclosed have been executed through RakeTech’s €70 million strategic purposes M&A fund secured at the start of 2017. RakeTech governance completes a busy H1 opening to 2017, in which the company acquired the assets of BetExpert and Turtle Gaming, as the company continues to grow its industry profile.last_img read more

Heisler: Lakers front office needs to catch up – and grow up

first_imgSo much for the Lakers’ season, which no one envisioned watching the South Bay Lakers finish up for them.Lakers fans hope the team knows what it did wrong … more than Jeanie Buss acknowledging they didn’t “live up to the brand,” which is nice but hardly specific.Of course, if they know what’s wrong, their only organizational change won’t be scapegoating Coach Luke Walton, as they’re sure to do as soon as the season ends.Their problem isn’t in their stars with LeBron James still playing like LeBron James at 34, and capable of attracting help if he has to invite recruits on his TV show, superstar by superstar, starting as he did with Anthony Davis. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Johnson thought he and Pelinka had it covered.The high-strung West had been high-maintenance as Lakers GM, needing constant reassurance and often hinting at leaving. Johnson once joked he would believe it “when I see Jerry standing at the podium.”West finally did bolt in a stunning move in 2000, walking away from a three-year, $4.5 million deal, with Shaq and Kobe having just won the first of their three titles in a row.West didn’t even appear at the podium when the team made the announcement. Nor did Jerry Buss, commenting in a prepared statement.Nevertheless, West at 80 remains what he always was, someone who makes everyone in the room smarter.For the Lakers, the failure to bring him back remains what it always was, a long-running miscalculation about who they were.Of course, the Lakers just got a season-long course in who they are and what they need. Now to see if they get it.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly during the NBA season with the Southern California News Group. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pelinka knows the NBA from his years as an agent, but his prior career might have complicated this one in dealings with some former competitors.Whatever it was, things blew up last summer between the Lakers and Aaron Mintz, the agent for Paul George and Julius Randle (and former Laker D’Angelo Russell).The Lakers fumed when George went to OKC without even meeting with them after having blown them so many kisses.The next thing you know, the Lakers had released Randle, writing off their four-season investment in him and his ascending curve, averaging 19.5 points per game after the All-Star break in his final season with them.Even if the Lakers were right in thinking Randle didn’t fit with James, they should have been able to get a first-round pick for him. Instead, they got nothing.It was just one more bad call in a long list.Instead of surrounding James with shooters, Johnson announced that wasn’t the way to beat Golden State … a totally addled theory that flew in the face of the most basic principle … before reversing himself at midseason, giving away promising center Ivica Zubac in their search for someone who could make the open 3-pointers LeBron freed them up to take.Even more fundamental than that, they should have recognized they weren’t ready to challenge the Warriors in a transitional season with so much money saved for this summer and so many new arrivals on one-year deals.If Johnson had questions about Walton, as events would suggest, Magic should have had realistic goals, making it possible to back Luke, who had earned it, coaching last season’s young team to 35 wins after a 12-27 start.Instead, Johnson went off on Walton after seven games, making him a lame duck before Thanksgiving.Amazingly, in light of all the Lakers did wrong, what they did right was spectacular, landing James, bringing them to the threshold of putting together a LeBron-A.D. nucleus that could make this debacle worth it.Even so, the Lakers’ front office has a lot of growing up and catching up to do. Theirs was once the Mount Olympus of front offices, with “the Jerrys,” Buss and West, building the marquee franchise of the post-Bill Russell NBA.West was often on the golf course by noon, himself, but not before coming into the office and returning calls to everyone who had called, from GMs to agents to the lowliest writer from the smallest newspaper.Aside from brains, West’s gregariousness made him special. GMs tended to interact in networks – Dean Smith guys, Jack Ramsay guys, Don Nelson guys – but West was welcome in all, spending hours a day on the phone with his peers, making him as well informed as anyone in the league.When their “Showtime” team got old, the Jerrys rebuilt from ground zero in five years, the time it took to get Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant after Magic’s 1991 retirement.Of course, the question now is how West, the Lakers icon, became a Clipper.Wrapping up his time as a Warriors consultant in 2017, West hoped to be invited back to the Lakers, but he wasn’t asked.The Lakers’ indifference to rehiring him went back years. If the idea of paying someone millions merely to consult would start with West, it wouldn’t be with his old team.Buss continued to value his counsel after West stepped down as Memphis GM in 2007, but never thought of paying for what he got for free … not to mention the unsettling effect it would have on son Jim Buss, the anointed scion of basketball operations.Cut to 2017 when West’s consulting deal with the Warriors ran out, with the team having just won two titles and about to get No. 3.West was close with Magic and Jeanie Buss. Jerry’s son, Ryan, was a well-regarded team executive.It seemed a perfect fit … just not to the Lakers as West acknowledged, sadly, announcing he would, instead, join the Clippers.“Sometimes I thought in my life that maybe that (rejoining the Lakers) might be something that I can revisit, or they would want me to revisit, but that didn’t happen,” West told Dan Patrick. “It kind of sent me a message that they wanted to go elsewhere …”All together in Lakerdom … gulp!The Lakers could think of myriad reasons for not rehiring West.He was 79.Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNor do I believe Walton was the problem.Foremost in the bumbling was their front office, which was behind the curve in wisdom, poise, awareness and, shockingly, effort.Magic Johnson isn’t actually a full-timer in the usual NBA sense. He’s rarely in the Lakers’ office, big-footing the process like Michael Jordan in Charlotte.Not that there aren’t other head guys with light schedules but they have No. 2 guys who take up the slack.Johnson’s GM Rob Pelinka is a bright guy, but like Magic isn’t a regular on the scouting trail, or wasn’t until they realized they were looking at a lottery pick instead of a playoff berth.last_img read more

State Issues Plan to Replace Miami Bridge Involved in Deadly Collapse

first_imgFlorida officials announced plans this week to design and build a bridge to replace one that collapsed and killed six people in Miami more than two years ago.The Department of Transportation said in a statement that it plans to manage and oversee all aspects of the new project, and to the recommendations of federal officials.A National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded last November that design flaws, as well as a lack of oversight, led to the collapse of the bridge at Florida International University in March of 2018.The design phase will begin next year, and the replacement bridge is expected to be built by 2023.“FDOT has learned valuable lessons since the tragic events surrounding the FIU bridge collapse two years ago. The Department has worked closely with the NTSB and local partners to ensure proactive safety measures are included in the plans for this much-needed bridge,” transportation secretary Kevin J. Thibault said in a statement. “The Department will ensure all safety measures are in place and are followed so we may provide a safe option for pedestrians in this high-traffic area.” The original $14.2 million pedestrian bridge was supposed to open early last year to provide a safe way for students to cross a busy street. However, the structure collapsed on to traffic that was stopped at a red light on March 15, 2018.One of the bridge’s workers died in the collapse, as did five people who were waiting in their cars at the light.The NTSB determined there were “failures at all levels” by the construction firm the university hired, in addition to failed oversight by FDOT.This time around, FDOT says it will coordinate with FIU regarding the bridge’s aesthetics.Local and state officials initially began planning the bridge after a student was struck and killed while crossing the road at SW 109 Avenue in June of 2017.last_img read more

Watch: Novak Djokovic’s stellar football skills come to the fore in a game of…

first_imgAdvertisement u8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbg0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eoi( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s6gsWould you ever consider trying this?😱mtCan your students do this? 🌚otRoller skating! Powered by Firework You’ve always known the baseline hardman Novak Djokovic , but his recent facebook post puts some footballers to shame.Advertisement When Novak Djokovic isn’t winning Grand Slam titles, he’s scoring points in foot tennis!Advertisement This post of the Serbian shows us the relaxed side of one of the greatest tennis players of all time. With 24 titles on hard courts, Djokovic has often made the sport look easy.But being the humble individual that he is, his best point of the US open week was with his mates in foot tennis in Marbella , Spain.Advertisement Watch the post here : Advertisementlast_img read more