Peruvian Air Force Kicks Off Aid Programs for Vulnerable Populations

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 06, 2018 The Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) counts social programs among its duties. As per an agreement with the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS, in Spanish), hundreds of residents from remote and vulnerable areas of the Peruvian Amazon can now receive medical support services. On April 20, 2018, FAP evacuated a 2-year-old boy with tumors in both eyes from the community of Puerto Alegría, Loreto, to receive emergency medical attention at the Regional Hospital of Iquitos in northwestern Peru. Such humanitarian aid flights are part of the new aerial Itinerant Social Action Platforms (PIAS, in Spanish), within the framework of the March 2nd interagency agreement with MIDIS. Acceptance and confidence “This initiative supports the strategy of riverine PIAS and promotes the government’s vision of integration, which seeks to strengthen [its] presence and improve the quality of life of residents in rural communities along several rivers of the Amazon region by flying to areas Peruvian Navy vessels cannot reach,” FAP Major General Roder Bravo, commanding general of the Fifth Air Wing in Iquitos, told Diálogo. “The Amazon is a difficult region to navigate, and air transport plays a critical role to provide aid and support to all communities in need.” FAP arranged for 500 flight hours in 12 Twin Otter planes for aerial PIAS to reach areas inaccessible to riverine PIAS, allowing nearly 39,000 residents of the 151 local communities to receive help, the force stated in a press release. The Navy’s riverine PIAS provide medical aid, health, education, and safety programs, promoting development and inclusion in remote regions along the banks of Peru’s rivers. “FAP goes where commercial aviation or other types of river transport cannot reach. The complexity of the Amazon region limits contact with the rest of the country. Its rivers serve as channels of communication. It takes 15 to 45 days to reach the most remote locations, [but] FAP can reach [any] place in the Amazon in less than two hours,” Maj. Gen. Bravo said. “As of April 23rd, we’ve logged almost 40 flight hours with this new program.” Aircraft from FAP’s Fifth Air Wing and 42nd Air Group are on call to provide medicine, medical specialists, and aid materials riverine PIAS need on their circuit. They are ready to carry out joint interagency missions to transport patients in critical condition to regional hospitals and medical centers. “[The Navy] transported the [2-year-old] boy, who was in severe pain and suffering loss of vision because of the tumors, by boat to a [FAP] floatplane to be evacuated. Life is priceless,” FAP First Lieutenant Javier Maldonado, crew member of the 42nd Air Group Twin Otter that rescued the boy, told Diálogo. The Belén 41st Firefighting Brigade of Iquitos then transferred the child to the Regional Hospital. “This type of mission really helps increase acceptance and our fellow countrymen’s confidence in us because these are communities where the government has little presence,” 1st Lt. Maldonado said. “FAP brings aid to all corners of the country—no matter how hard it is to access. It is committed to contribute to the development of these communities and bring them the aid they need.” FAP pilots are not only trained and prepared for defense, but also to respond to matters involving socioeconomic development and social inclusion in Peru. “We pilots are constantly training to face all kinds of adverse situations, since our [work] area includes the entire Amazon region. When rivers rise and the winds blow, the weather is extremely volatile, which complicates operations but doesn’t make it impossible to provide help,” 1st Lt. Maldonado said. Integration FAP works in the Amazon since 1926, sending social and civic action flights. Since then, it’s a unifying force in this region of the country, in cooperation with MIDIS and the authorities in Loreto. “Interoperability allows us to reduce mortality rates of infants and expectant mothers, which reached [troubling] levels,” Maj. Gen. Bravo said. “FAP will help bring the government entities, especially the ministries and other bodies involved in social projects, closer,” Maj. Gen. Bravo concluded. “The Air Force not only makes [its] helicopters and transport aircraft available in the Amazon but across the nation, bringing government services to all Peruvians.”last_img read more

Death toll from vaping rises to 22

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgThe CDC is reporting that the death toll stands at 22 people in 15 states from vaping.The grocery store chain Kroger will no longer sell the product at any of their locations as the CDC investigates thousands of illnesses and lung damage in the nation.A new study says exposure to nicotine from e-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer.Researchers at New York University found that vaping causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, concluding it is likely “very harmful” to people as well.The study funded by the National Institutes of Health is the first to link cancer to vaping definitively.The amount of smoke the mice were exposed to was similar to a person who’s vaped for about three to six years.last_img

Riller carries Coll. Of Charleston over Delaware 80-71

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_img February 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Grant Riller had 24 points as College of Charleston topped Delaware 80-71 on Thursday night.Brevin Galloway had 19 points for College of Charleston (16-13, 10-7 Colonial Athletic Association), which snapped its four-game losing streak. Sam Miller added 16 points and eight rebounds.College of Charleston totaled 52 points in the second half, a season high for the team. Riller carries Coll. Of Charleston over Delaware 80-71 Associated Press center_img Justyn Mutts had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Fightin’ Blue Hens (20-10, 10-7). Nate Darling added 18 points. Ryan Allen had 12 points.The Cougars improve to 2-0 against the Fightin’ Blue Hens on the season. College of Charleston defeated Delaware 75-63 on Dec. 30. College of Charleston finishes out the regular season against Drexel at home on Saturday. Delaware finishes out the regular season against UNC Wilmington on the road on Saturday.___For more AP college basketball coverage: and This was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Wellington Police notes: Friday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgSunday, October 26, 2014•6:35 a.m. Steven L. Taylor, 41, Spring Hill, Kans. was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.•Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle by a known suspect in the 800 block S. Jefferson, Wellington. The vehicle was recovered.•5:39 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle mirror in the 1200 block Highland Court, Wellington.•7:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and criminal damage to property in the 200 block W. Lincoln, Wellington.•7:26 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•7:26 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014:Friday, Oct. 24, 2014•8:20 a.m. Officers took a courtesy report of animal assistance by a known owner in the 500 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•11:15 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity/dogs at large in the 1100 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•8:57 p.m. Officers investigated obstruction of law enforcement officers and aggravated false impersonation.•9 p.m. Officers took a report of found cell phone in the 1300 block Michigan, Wellington.•9:20 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal subject in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•9:30 p.m. Jason E. Brumley, 29, Arkansas City was arrested, charged and confined with obstruction of law enforcement and aggravated false impersonation. Saturday, October 25, 2014•1 a.m. Officers investigated a child in need of care and curfew violation by known subject(s) in the 1100 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•8:58 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to tires in the 400 block N. F, Wellington.•11:40 a.m. Officers investigated operating a motor vehicle without insurance, no valid drivers’ license, illegal registration and disobeyed a stop sign in the 1000 block N. Washington, Wellington.•11:40 a.m. Katie M. Martin, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with operating a motor vehicle without a valid drivers’ license, no insurance and illegal registration.•12:35 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block N. Washington, Wellington.•3:23 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•3:46 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 2100 block N. A, Wellington.•4:10 p.m. Officers investigated a probation violation by a known suspect in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•5:25 p.m. Kimya A. Reynolds, 28, Wichita, was arrested and confined on a Sedgwick County warrant for probation violation.•10:09 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery by a known suspect in the 200 block N. Haslet, Wellington.last_img read more