Honduran Communities Receive Humanitarian Aid

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first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo January 08, 2018 Rural communities in the department of Choluteca, on the border with Nicaragua, benefitted from medical assistance provided through a U.S. military humanitarian aid campaign. From October 26th–28th, 2017, people in Comalí, Duyure, and Monjaras received medical care and took preventive medicine courses. Members of Joint Task Force Bravo’s (JTF-Bravo) Medical Element, under U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua, Honduras, conducted a Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) in support of the Honduran Ministry of Health. A 42-person brigade from JTF-Bravo, including medical and military personnel, deployed to southern Honduras to help local residents. More than 100 Honduran service members, general practitioners, and medical specialists also joined their peers from JTF-Bravo. “Our personnel practices working in remote towns with limited resources, and trains on the operational aspects of transferring from one place to another,” Dr. Carlos Alberto Durón, Honduran medical liaison at JTF-Bravo, told Diálogo. “The brigade deployed from Soto Cano Air Base to the 4th Battalion of the 101st Infantry Brigade [of the Honduran Army] in Choluteca to set up the base of operations.” The medical campaign was met with “joy, hospitality, [and] a warm welcome,” with student dances held at the various educational centers where the healthcare activities were held, Durón said. “Children and adults [greeted us with] smiles and spontaneous hugs in gratitude for the medical care so long yearned for.” The communities of Choluteca received basic medical services, dental care, and tooth extractions, as well as bags full of medicine, vitamins, and soap. Patients also took a class on preventive medicine, which provided important information on how to prevent common illnesses. “These communities are located in a dry corridor, in an area with food insecurity and health risks,” Durón said. “As such, there are a lot of medical needs.” Humanitarian objective The objective of MEDRETEs in Honduras includes training U.S. and Honduran service members and providing medical care, civic, and humanitarian aid. “In Honduras, these visits are coordinated a year in advance by the ambassador and USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] representatives at the U.S. Embassy, and by officials from the Ministry of Health, together with our accredited military group at the embassy,” Durón explained. Communities are selected according to medical priorities. Depending on their needs, brigades deploy general practitioners, surgeons, or surgical specialists. The most common surgeries are for the middle ear, ophthalmology, and dental care. Cases vary though, and, at times, MEDRETEs have surprisingly good timing. Durón recalled the case of a 35-year-old single mom who walked for more than two hours to get care in Duyure. The patient complained of intense chest pain, anxiety, nausea, and trouble breathing. Upon taking her vital signs, Durón noted her high blood pressure. “We immediately diagnosed her with hypertensive crisis, a serious increase in blood pressure that can lead to a stroke. We proceeded to administer an emergency intravenous treatment until her blood pressure returned to normal and symptoms went away.” “I was very moved to see such solidarity by the authorities in Duyure and the governor of that department,” Durón added. “They immediately placed themselves at her disposal to meet the patient’s needs, ensuring her timely access to monthly treatment at her health center.” Strengthened cooperation Infantry Colonel Héctor Orlando Espinal Aguilar, commander of the 101st Brigade of the Honduran Army, described as invaluable the experience of ‟sharing this joint effort with JTF-Bravo to bring medical care to communities with scarce resources, thereby strengthening the bonds of cooperation with U.S. Southern Command.” Likewise, MEDRETEs deepen the bonds of friendship between the United States and the host nation. The exercises raise the service members’ level of readiness for natural disasters and increase cooperation between the U.S. personnel and their peers in the host nation. “[In Choluteca] we liaised with community leaders, and through the logistics deployed, we provided means to transfer support personnel and medicine to the chosen locations,” Col. Espinal said. A track record of community service The first MEDRETE dates back to 1993. Since then, U.S. service members from SOUTHCOM provided humanitarian aid and medical services to more than 450,000 people in Central America and the Caribbean. JTF-Bravo plans to conduct three MEDRETEs in the departments of Ocotepeque, El Paraíso, and Gracias a Dios in 2018. “I see it as an important joint humanitarian effort for JTF-Bravo and the Honduran Army to join forces to aid communities with scarce resources,” Col. Espinal concluded. “It allows us to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our armies.”last_img read more


eVisitor nominated for the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Tourism

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgThe information system for check-in and check-out of guests of the Croatian National Tourist Board – eVisitor, has been nominated for the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Tourism.The UNWTO Awards recognize inspiring individuals and projects for their innovative achievement, as well as an invaluable commitment to the development and advocacy of sustainable tourism in accordance with the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals.Thus, the eVisitor system was among the fourteen best innovative projects, out of 128 submitted from 55 countries. As part of the 14th edition of the UNWTO awards, which will be held in January 2018 at the International Tourism Fair in FITUR in Spain, the best individuals and projects for innovative projects will be announced.eVisitor is a unique online information system that connects all tourist boards in the Republic of Croatia and provides daily insight into the state of tourist traffic, an up-to-date database of accommodation facilities and accommodation providers, real-time reporting for statistical and marketing purposes and better control of tourist tax collection. with the aim of generating higher revenues in the tourism sector.last_img read more


The Latest: Twins have had “a few” recent positive tests

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgThe school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members so far. All other tests have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff.___Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic.All of FIFA’s 211 national members will get a $1 million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. June 25, 2020 Associated Press ___East Carolina says it had one positive test result for COVID-19 this week.The school announced Thursday that it had performed 68 tests with athletes, coaches and staff Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school didn’t specify who had the positive result from that group.So far, the school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members. All other test results have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Minnesota Twins have had “a few” players in their organization recently test positive for COVID-19. The Sounders will travel to Orlando, Florida on July 3 to begin preparations for the MLS Is Back tournament. Seattle’s first game in the tournament is July 10 against San Jose.___The IndyCar Series plans to welcome fans back to the track July 9-12 at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.IndyCar officials said all guests will be screened in their vehicles with contactless temperature checks before they enter the parking areas. Only people described as essential racing personnel will have access to the paddock. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be given to spectators as they arrive at the track.Fans are encouraged to practice social distancing and to wear a cloth face covering where social distancing is hard to maintain. IndyCar officials also are encouraging spectators to print their tickets at home for easier entry. President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Thursday that each player was “doing well” in self-isolation at home. None of the positive tests came from players currently in Minnesota or in Fort Myers, Florida, where the team’s spring training headquarters are. Falvey declined to specify the exact number or whether the players were major leaguers or minor leaguers. Prior to the recent positive tests, Falvey said, the Twins had no known cases among players or staff.Major league camps are set to reopen next week, mostly at home stadiums.___The Seattle Sounders had one player test positive for COVID-19, but the player has recovered and returned to full team training.Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said Thursday the player tested positive in the early stages of when the team returned to individual training last month. The player was quarantined and was later cleared to rejoin team activities. ___Manchester City has been given permission to host Liverpool in the Premier League on July 2 at Etihad Stadium.The Man City-Liverpool match had been one of five games the police asked to be held at a neutral venue to keep away fans because of safety concerns.But Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group says there are “no objections” to the match at City’s home stadium.The safety advisory group included representatives from the city council, Greater Manchester Police, fire and rescue services, and supporters’ groups. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million.Many soccer federations get much of their income from the men’s national teams, which have been unable to play since November.FIFA says the money can go to help “clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected” by the pandemic.Oversight of the money and repayment plans will be led by FIFA governance panel member Olli Rehn, who is governor of the Bank of Finland. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.“I would say I maybe had one or two days where I felt symptoms, and even then it wasn’t too bad,” Elliott said during a Twitch chat with Scooter Magruder this week. “I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. But now I would say I feel good, I feel normal.”Elliott said he hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first.It was revealed June 15 that Elliott had tested positive for the coronavirus. That was about a week after he had been tested.Elliott’s mother said last week on Twitter that the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. Elliott’s mother and sister were with him during that encounter. Both tested negative. The Latest: Twins have had “a few” recent positive tests ___Michigan State says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, and East Carolina says it had one positive test result this week.Michigan State says 114 athletes were tested Monday, and the two who tested positive will be isolated for 10-14 days. Also, one athlete will have to quarantine for 14 days after contact tracing revealed close contact with someone who tested positive. No athletic department staff members tested positive.Michigan State previously announced that one athlete tested positive in testing done June 15. Athletes who have tested negative twice are now permitted to participate in voluntary workouts.East Carolina says it tested 68 athletes, coaches and staff on Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school in Greenville, North Carolina, didn’t specify who had the positive result. ___The University of Memphis says three student-athletes and one staff member in the athletic department have tested positive for COVID-19. All four have been isolated, and medical staff are tracing their contacts. Memphis is neither releasing the names nor identifying the sport or sports involved, citing privacy concerns.The university shared video Wednesday on Twitter of members of the men’s basketball team returning to campus. Their first stop was the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame for virus testing.___ ___The rugby final of the postponed European Champions Cup has been set for Oct. 17 and the final of the second-tier Challenge Cup will be the day before.The matches were called off in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The quarterfinals for both tournaments have been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 18-20. The semifinals will be Sept. 25-27.Leinster will host Saracens in the quarterfinals in a repeat of the 2019 final, Toulouse plays at home against Ulster, Clermont Auvergne faces fellow French side Racing 92, and Exeter will welcome Northampton in an all-English clash. European Professional Club Rugby says it remains committed to staging the finals in Marseille, France.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more