Honduras: Military Medical Brigades Improve the Health of Citizens

first_img“The medical care has covered both dental and medical specialties, and we have also offered care in psychology, psychiatry, dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, orthopedics, among others. In Tegucigalpa alone, we have provided free care to more than 45,000 people.” Organizations that participate in the clinics are providing a valuable service to Honduras, according to Dr. Héctor Galindo Castellanos. The Honduran Armed Forces concluded November 22 a series of clinics held throughout the year to provide medical care to the country’s poorest citizens. In addition to general medical care, the clinics have treated chronic, acute and emerging diseases, according to Lieutenant Colonel of Military Health Dr. Lisandro Valle. By Dialogo November 27, 2014 That’s where the brigades were inaugurated in February during an event attended by the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Juan Orlando Hernández. “It is a very important civic engagement for the country because part of having a better life is to prevent disease, prevent violence, and what we want is to have a healthy life,” he said, affirming the government’s support of the Armed Forces and Ministry of Security, who provided the clinics. Hernández also took the opportunity to encourage the public to actively participate in combating diseases that can be avoided with prevention – especially deaths caused by hemorrhagic and classic dengue, which can be fought by keeping clean homes and yards that can become breeding grounds for mosquitos. “It is a very important civic engagement for the country because part of having a better life is to prevent disease, prevent violence, and what we want is to have a healthy life,” he said, affirming the government’s support of the Armed Forces and Ministry of Security, who provided the clinics. Hernández also took the opportunity to encourage the public to actively participate in combating diseases that can be avoided with prevention – especially deaths caused by hemorrhagic and classic dengue, which can be fought by keeping clean homes and yards that can become breeding grounds for mosquitos. “The brigades were set up throughout the country in locations with an air unit, naval unit or combat unit, and particularly in the communities of Choluteca, Danlí, Juticalpa, Catacamas, Santa Rosa de Copán, Santa Bárbara, San Pedro Sula, Tela, La Ceiba, El Progreso, La Esperanza, Comayagua, Siguatepeque and Tegucigalpa,” Valle said. “This is the fourth time I’ve come to receive medical care this year because my health has improved a lot. Also, the doctors give me medicine and I can bring clothes from here to my family. For someone who is poor, this is very important,” said Julio Segovia, 83, who attended a November 16 clinic held in Tegucigalpa. In addition to medical care and medicine, participants also received assistance from stylists, who offered hairdressing services for men, women and children. The military also provided children’s games, music ensembles and clothing donations. At the Tegucigalpa Brigade alone, the military provided 4,200 medical consultations. For the 1,736 children in attendance, they set up bouncy castles and 13 piñatas, held 16 toy raffles, and launched 20 showers of confetti. In addition to general medical care, the clinics have treated chronic, acute and emerging diseases, according to Lieutenant Colonel of Military Health Dr. Lisandro Valle. Organizations that participate in the clinics are providing a valuable service to Honduras, according to Dr. Héctor Galindo Castellanos. More than 300,000 people across the country received care from the clinics in 2014, according to official estimates – and it’s expected that more than a million people will be treated over the next four years. That’s where the brigades were inaugurated in February during an event attended by the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Juan Orlando Hernández. In addition to medical care and medicine, participants also received assistance from stylists, who offered hairdressing services for men, women and children. The military also provided children’s games, music ensembles and clothing donations. At the Tegucigalpa Brigade alone, the military provided 4,200 medical consultations. For the 1,736 children in attendance, they set up bouncy castles and 13 piñatas, held 16 toy raffles, and launched 20 showers of confetti. “This is the fourth time I’ve come to receive medical care this year because my health has improved a lot. Also, the doctors give me medicine and I can bring clothes from here to my family. For someone who is poor, this is very important,” said Julio Segovia, 83, who attended a November 16 clinic held in Tegucigalpa. “We appreciate the assistance we have received from the Public Order and Military Police (POMP), Permanent Contingency Committee (COPECO), garment assembly factories, drugstores, Universidad Católica de Honduras (UCH), National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) and Evangelical and Catholic churches,” said Lieutenant Colonel and logistics officer of the military hospital, Nahúm Canales Cruz. “We appreciate the assistance we have received from the Public Order and Military Police (POMP), Permanent Contingency Committee (COPECO), garment assembly factories, drugstores, Universidad Católica de Honduras (UCH), National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) and Evangelical and Catholic churches,” said Lieutenant Colonel and logistics officer of the military hospital, Nahúm Canales Cruz. “The medical care has covered both dental and medical specialties, and we have also offered care in psychology, psychiatry, dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, orthopedics, among others. In Tegucigalpa alone, we have provided free care to more than 45,000 people.” More than 300,000 people across the country received care from the clinics in 2014, according to official estimates – and it’s expected that more than a million people will be treated over the next four years. “I invite all civil society organizations to join in the work of these health conferences because this will result in greater benefits for the people who don’t have access to health systems due to low income, being outside the coverage of the system or living in rural areas that are difficult to access.” A successful year “I invite all civil society organizations to join in the work of these health conferences because this will result in greater benefits for the people who don’t have access to health systems due to low income, being outside the coverage of the system or living in rural areas that are difficult to access.” I think they could have trained people in all the airports to not let any traveller from places that have Ebola through let them through to countries that don’t have that disease. And they let them into this country out of carelessness therefore they knew it could happen. Now we must pray a lot so that malignant disease doesn’t bring the Dominicanpopulation to an end. God is very powerful and will not abandon us let us trust God and in the trained personnel. The Honduran Armed Forces concluded November 22 a series of clinics held throughout the year to provide medical care to the country’s poorest citizens. “The brigades were set up throughout the country in locations with an air unit, naval unit or combat unit, and particularly in the communities of Choluteca, Danlí, Juticalpa, Catacamas, Santa Rosa de Copán, Santa Bárbara, San Pedro Sula, Tela, La Ceiba, El Progreso, La Esperanza, Comayagua, Siguatepeque and Tegucigalpa,” Valle said. A successful yearlast_img read more

Long Island Blizzard Dumps 30 Inches, Halts Travel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There was a period when it seemed this winter would be remembered not for Mother Nature’s fury but instead for sweaty 60-degree December days. Not anymore. The blizzard of 2016 lived up to the hype, spawning swirling and driving snow that caused whiteout conditions, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency and issue a travel ban that was lifted at 7 a.m. Sunday, 15 hours after it had gone into effect. A blizzard warning that had been in effect since early Saturday also expired. “Traveling has resumed and has resumed without issue thus far,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a Sunday morning press conference. When Mother Nature’s pent up fury finally got under control, nearly 30 inches had fallen on the Island. The Nor’easter also proved fatal. Three people apparently attempting to clear snow had died, a 61-year-old man in West Hempstead, a 94-year-old Smithtown man, and a 75-year-old woman from Huntington Station. Overall, there were 18 reported deaths from the blizzard, which slammed much of the mid-Atlantic. In Suffolk, County Executive Steve Bellone told the Press county and state roads are passable but secondary roads could take more of an effort to clear. Calling it an “extraordinary” storm, he said it could take a few days for crews to clear all the snow. Bellone did say the county “dodged” a bullet because there were no reports of significant flooding, which was a top concern among state and local officials. On Sunday morning residents awoke to mounds of snow along sidewalks and in driveways. There was the ubiquitous hum of snow blowers and sound of shovels colliding with pavement. Instead of drifting snow, LI was being bathed in a glorious blue sky, but despite the superb conditions it could take a few days for local municipalities to clean up the mess. The National Weather Service’s Upton office released unofficial snowfall totals that surpassed even upgraded predictions of up to two feet. Hicksville had the most significant snowfall with 29.6 inches. Other communities saw a little more than two feet, while others were lucky enough to record about a foot and a half. In Suffolk, the highest total reported by the weather service was 26.5 in Commack. The storm was so powerful that officials decided Saturday afternoon to suspend service on the Long Island Rail Road and institute a travel ban on the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway. The travel ban has since been lifted. But officials at the LIRR said service would remain suspended with crews working through the day to make tracks passable and clear LIRR yards that remain buried under two feet of snow.“The problem we’re still having is the Long Island Rail Road, which sustained significant damage in the yards,” Cuomo told reporters. Crews, the railroad said, will focus on the most highly-traveled branches with the goal of returning service for the Monday morning commute. At area airports, airlines were working on a reduced schedule after going a day with no flights at all. Long Island MacArthur Airport said flights were cancelled until late Sunday afternoon and advised travelers to check with airlines for updates. The above-ground power lines across Long Island appeared to hold up well through the storm. The number of people without power fluctuated all day Saturday, with PSEG Long Island reporting that it had restored service to more than 25,000 customers. The one death in Nassau was a 61-year-old West Hempstead man who suffered cardiac arrest while shoveling snow, Nassau County police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Suffolk County police reported two blizzard-related deaths. A 75-year-old woman shoveling at her Tippen Drive home had difficulty breathing and was transported to Huntington Hospital, where she died, police said. In Smithtown, a 94-year-old man collapsed near his snow blower and was pronounced dead at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, police said. “I think it’s something we’re going to pay a lot more attention to,” Bellone said of getting the word out about elderly residents shoveling deep snow in the bitter cold. UPDATE: Authorities have identified a fourth blizzard-related death. A 66-year-old man was fatally struck by a snow plow in front of his Oyster Bay Cove home on Sunday, Nassau County police said.(Photo credit: New York Governor’s Office)last_img read more

CDC’s preparedness chief named acting director

first_imgJan 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Richard E. Besser, MD, who formerly directed terrorism preparedness and emergency response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was named last week as the agency’s acting director.Besser replaces Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, who had led the agency since July 2002 and stepped down as President Barack Obama took office last week.Besser took the helm of the agency Jan 22, according to a brief notice on the CDC Web site. He had been director of the CDC Coordinatng Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response since August 29, 2005, according to Glen Nowak, CDC media relations director.”He started 2 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit,” Nowak said.Nowak said Besser was appointed acting CDC director by Charles Johnson, acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Former Sen. Tom Daschle has been nominated as HHS secretary but has not yet been confirmed.A pediatrician by training, Besser, 49, started his CDC career in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in 1991, working on foodborne diseases, Nowak said.Besser served as an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the pediatrics residency program at the University of California, San Diego, from 1993 to 1998, according to the 2000 EIS directory.He later returned to the CDC and served as epidemiology section chief in the Respiratory Diseases Branch, acting chief of the Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch in the National Center for Infectious Diseases, and as medical director of a CDC campaign to promote appropriate antibiotic use in the community.He received a bachelor’s degree in economics at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, the CDC said.Besser has authored and co-authored more than 100 presentations, abstracts, book chapters, editorials, and other publications and has received many awards for his work in public health and his volunteer service, according to the CDC.Gerberding had led the CDC since Jul 3, 2002, when she was appointed by then-HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson. Previously she had served as part of a four-member CDC interim leadership team, which had functioned for about 3 months following the resignation of former CDC Director Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan in March 2002.Gerberding’s CDC leadership began less than a year after the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001 put bioterrorism high on the CDC’s agenda. Some major events during her tenure included increased federal spending for state and local public health preparedness, the campaign to vaccinate many frontline health workers against smallpox in 2003, the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and monkeypox outbreaks of the same year, a major CDC reorganization launched in 2004, and a growing focus on pandemic influenza preparedness in response to the spread of H5N1 avian influenza starting in 2004.See also: May 14, 2004, CIDRAP News story on CDC reorganizationhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/may1404cdc.htmlJul 3, 2002, CIDRAP News story on appointment of Julie Gerberdinghttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/gerberding.htmllast_img read more

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg embraces remote work beyond Silicon Valley

first_imgTopics : “These aren’t necessarily offices,” Zuckerberg said, although the company would likely create “some kind of physical space” to foster community. “The idea for these hubs is that we want to create scale. We want to focus the recruiting energy in some cities where we can get to hundreds of engineers.”The total effect on costs of the shift to remote work is unclear, Zuckerberg said. Savings related to real estate, food and labor costs will be partially offset by additional expenses for travel and logistics associated with home offices.He said the company was committed to keeping its current office spaces, which include a tony Menlo Park headquarters designed by architect Frank Gehry, featuring a rooftop garden and a courtyard sheltered by redwood trees.The sky-high compensation packages common in Silicon Valley will not necessarily be transferred to other parts of the country, however. Zuckerberg said salaries will be adjusted if Facebook employees opt to live in less-pricey regions, consistent with the company’s existing cost-of-living calculations.“We pay very well, basically at the top of the market, but we pay a market rate. And that varies by location, so we’re going to continue that principle here,” he said.Internal surveys indicate that about 60 percent of Facebook employees preferred a flexible approach to work, with a mix of remote and office-based functions, Zuckerberg said.Within that group, he said, just under half reported they would move to another region if given the option.He said there were no differences in the results by gender. Facebook Inc will permanently embrace remote work even after coronavirus lockdowns ease, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday, accelerating the tech sector’s geographic diversification away from its home in Silicon Valley.Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network would start “aggressively opening up remote hiring” in July, expecting that about half its workforce would eventually do their jobs outside Facebook’s offices over the next five to 10 years.The company would take a more “measured approach” with existing employees based on job function and past performance, he said, and set a January 1, 2021 deadline for staff to update the company on their new locations for tax purposes.center_img The move is the most significant yet by a tech giant to reimagine what work culture will look like in a post-coronavirus world, as the pandemic upends office and commuting habits for companies around the world.It follows similar announcements earlier this month by social media rival Twitter and payments company Square, both led by Jack Dorsey, which were the first tech companies to permit remote work indefinitely.But Facebook is a much larger company, with nearly 50,000 employees, and it went further in laying out a novel proposed structure for remote work. Its decision is likely to have a pronounced impact on the San Francisco area, where the tech sector’s rapid growth has strained regional infrastructure.Facebook, which has already said it will stick to plans to hire 10,000 engineers and product employees this year, will also build three new “hubs” in Atlanta, Dallas and Denver where remote workers in those areas could occasionally convene.last_img read more

Bali inpsired house feels like a resort everyday

first_img23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.WELCOME to the family house designed to put you on a tropical holiday, everyday. That was the idea behind the design according to homeowners Sherliee and Sean Melenewycz who bought the stylish property seven years ago and decided to give it a resort-style makeover. “Sean and I wanted to come home to a place that would feel more like a holiday,” Mrs Melenewycz said. 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.The mother-of-four said half-a-dozen family holidays in Bali were responsible for how the style played out in the house.“Natural elements like stone and timber were really important and it reminds us of relaxing in Bali,” she said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago“We are positioned on the waterfront so the Bali style made a lot of sense when we were renovating.” 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point. 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.Mrs Melenewycz said her family had most meals in the outdoor entertaining area and said it was one of the most used areas in the house. The house has 2.7m ceilings and stylish recycled timber featured throughout.center_img 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.Mrs Melenewycz said the walk-in-robe was her favourite room. “We designed the main bedroom to feel like a hotel room,” she said. 23 Paterson Place, Paradise Point.Mrs Melenewycz said her family were big entertainers and needed a house that could accommodate parties. “Most of our friends have kids so life is much easier when everyone can be under one roof and we can watch the kids play on the fort and in the pool,” she said. last_img read more

Batesville Council Member, Parks Employee Stepping Down

first_imgA city council member and parks department employee announced Monday they will be leaving their respective positions.Bob Narwold has represented District 3 in Batesville City Council for ten years. During Monday’s monthly city council meeting, he officially announced he will step down because he will soon be employed by city.Narwold will join the Batesville Buildings Department as a code enforcement inspector beginning Monday, March 17.A special election will be held through the Ripley County Republican Chair in the coming weeks for a replacement.Although the announcement was not made during the meeting, Park Commissioner Mike Baumer submitted his resignation to the city. According to his Facebook page, he has accepted a position with South Dearborn School Corporation as a maintenance supervisor.Other news from Monday’s City Council Meeting:Improvements will be made soon to the dog park at Liberty Park. City Council approved a motion to grant $2,500 to help the park with drainage issues and startup costs.The Batesville Fire Department also received a grant to continue training efforts. Council granted $2,200 to fund a trip for six firefighters to attend FDIC in Indianapolis from Apr. 7-12. The event is the largest firefighter’s conference in the world.Both grants come from the Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds.last_img read more

Giroud agrees personal terms with Inter

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud reportedly intends to sign for Inter Milan during the next transfer window. Despite having less than three months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, it was suggested that Giroud could remain with the Blues having impressed before the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to Tuttosport, the 33-year-old has been able to agree personal terms with Inter. The report claimed that the Serie A title challengers are willing to offer the World Cup winner a two-year contract, terms which have not always been on the table at Chelsea. Giroud has contributed two goals from just 11 outings in the Premier League and Champions League this season.Tags: ChelseaFranceInter MilanOlivier GiroudSerie Alast_img read more

Mackay aiming for three signings

first_img Cardiff’s January recruitment is likely to be in the spotlight after the departure of Iain Moody, and his replacement Alisher Apsalyamov’s visa issues. But Mackay is confident he will add a defender, midfielder and striker of the right quality to his squad to bolster the Bluebirds’ survival hopes. “It would be great if we can bring in three quality additions to the squad,” said Mackay. “I would look to strengthen all three departments in terms of a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player.” Mackay also praised the club’s board for the backing they gave him during the summer, and is awaiting guidance from them as to how much he will have to spend next month. “I will talk to my chairman (about January) who will then discuss it with his board of directors and our owner and I will take my lead from them,” he said. “It’s up to them then what financially they want to spend in January. I’ve got my lists of players, whether they be permanent targets or loans for various positions. We’ve got to try and strengthen again. “We are a first-time club so to speak. Everyone barring two other clubs has got a massive head start on us in terms of quality. The Bluebirds spent more than £30million in the summer as they brought in reinforcements ahead of their first season in the Premier League. Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Andreas Cornelius were among the players to arrive in the summer, with the first three of those acquisitions proving particularly successful. Malky Mackay is hopeful of making three quality additions to his Cardiff squad when the January transfer window opens for business. “They might only need to bring in one or two over a season. We had to bring in a group of eight players which was going to give us the chance to survive. “You have a choice, do you invest knowing you have a really good chance of staying up or do you invest knowing you might go down and then have to build again. “I was offered the chance to allow us to stay up. Looking at two or three players right now, without picking anyone out, but Theophile-Catherine has been a fantastic bit of business for us as has Gary Medel and Steven Caulker. “January is about now putting another layer on that. It’s a different type of window though and you have to be careful. “There’s not quite the array of talent out there in January and people are leaving clubs for different reasons and overall you have to be careful. It’s about bringing in another layer of quality to add to what we’ve got. I need to bring in guys who are going to add to that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Indian Premier League: Virat Kohli Wants Indian Players To Be Smart

first_imgIPL 2019Bengaluru: With the proximity of the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) and the 2019 World Cup, managing workload by Indian cricketers is being seen as a major issue, however, skipper Virat Kohli feels any player should be smart enough to deal with it.The India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper also said that there isn’t any cap on the number of matches for the Indian players during the domestic Twenty20 tournament and the cricketers should themselves judge their fitness.“You cannot put a tab on anything. If I’m able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest,” Kohli told reporters.“Someone else’s body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people (cricketers) will be smart about it because you don’t want to miss out on such a big event,” he added.The Indian run-machine also said the players will have to keep a check on their fitness beside managing their workload.“All the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workload.“They will also have to continue with the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team — strive towards excellence and improve every day,” Kohli pointed out.“Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind,” he added.Speaking on the upcoming season of IPL, Kohli expressed that a lot will depend on making right calls as it will be the major difference between the winning and losing team.“The failure lies where decisions aren’t made properly. If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won’t be right. You make your own luck, and if you make poor decisions and the other team makes good ones, you will lose. When we played big matches too, our decision-making wasn’t right,” the RCB skipper opined.“What we’ve spoken about this year is to lay down a culture, which is the most important thing for any team. One thing that remains of essence for any team is striving for excellence and being committed to what you want to achieve.“That takes commitment on a daily basis, and that is something I’m looking forward to this season. We will require absolute professionalism from all our players.“We’ll give responsibility to the players to handle themselves on the field, off the field, and take good decisions, be responsible about their life and the sport as well,” he added. IANSAlso read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more