By 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.”
(Reuters) – Militant group Boko Haram is “the worst enemy of Islam” and will be defeated because West African Muslims reject its violent actions and harsh interpretation of the Koran, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday.“There is nothing Islamic about Boko Haram,” Issoufou told students and faculty at the Harvard Institute of Politics John F. Kennedy Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during a trip to the United States.“Abducting and raping women, killing innocent people, drinking human blood … these are not the most efficient ways of spreading Islam,” he said. “Boko Haram has no future, Boko Haram will be defeated, God willing.”Niger is taking part in a regional operation against Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, a militant group which has launched repeated bloody attacks and abductions in Nigeria and an increasing number of raids into neighboring countries. The military alliance includes troops from West African countries Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin.Issoufou said Niger’s mostly Muslim population broadly supported the alliance, which he said had notched recent successes fighting Boko Haram, and rejected Boko Haram’s attempts to carve out its own state in the border region.“The successes of this multinational force … can be explained not only by the fact that they are coordinating their information systems and operational forces, but more importantly by the fact that they are supported by the population,” he said.“It shows the population of our countries reject terrorism, reject extremism. The population of our countries reject Boko Haram as a Muslim organization,” he said.Niger, which is also stepping up security against traffickers and jihadi groups bolstered by weapons and fighters from Libya’s conflict to the north, is ranked at the bottom of the U.N. Human Development Index for 2013.Issoufou said he saw poverty as an important reason some people join militant ranks, but he said efforts to combat it have been hindered by fluctuations in donor support, rapid population growth and climate shocks.He said he had held meetings with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank during his trip to discuss financing.Issoufou won election in 2011 in the uranium-producing country following a military coup that removed the previous president, Mamadou Tandja, widely criticized for overseeing rampant state-level corruption.Issoufou touts advances in transparency and press freedoms since coming to power, and is expected to seek re-election in mid-2016.
Neil McGee has been nominated for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Player of the Year award alongside Donegal colleagues Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh.Donegal have dominated the nominations for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Footballer of the year award, with three Donegal players being shortlisted for the coveted title.Neil McGee earns a nomination for a stunning year at the heart of the Donegal defence.McGee was absolutely immense for Donegal all year, and will almost certainly get a third All-Star award at the GAA-GPA All-Star award ceremony later this month. McGee has also been shortlisted alongside Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly and Kerry’s James O’Donoghue for the GAA-GPA Football of the year award.Talismanic captain Michael Murphy has also earned a nomination for his consistency, leadership and outstanding quality throughout the year.Murphy became the first Donegal man ever to lift the Anglo Celt cup for the third time as captain earlier this summer, when Donegal exacted revenge on Monaghan in the Ulster final in Clones.Ryan McHugh, enjoyed a breakthrough summer, he featured during the ill-fated campaign of 2013, but he played a pivotal role this summer. His performances were simply outstanding all summer, and Donegal followers will never forget his two-goal brace against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.He’s a hot favourite to win the GAA-GPA Young player of the year award after a truly remarkable season for the young Kilcar man.The awards for the Ulster GAA Writers Awards ceremony will take place at The Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran, on Saturday the 1st of November. DONEGAL TRIO NOMINATED FOR ULSTER GAA FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAHome-page SportMichael Murphyneil mcgeenewsRyan McHugh