first_img If not for the motion of the rotor blades, it would seem that the U.S. Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter is floating through air, frozen in a majestic pose. On land, four military personnel attach the thick chains to suspend a 3.26-ton box from the belly of the aircraft. The men check the couplings to make sure everything is in order, and only then does the Chinook take flight with its precious cargo. This time, the trip will be brief. In only minutes, the box will return to Honduras’ Colonel José Enrique Soto Cano Air Base, headquarters of the Honduran Air Force, the country’s Air Force Academy and U.S. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-Bravo). This is an operational demonstration for the Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kits (PEAK), a modular system designed to provide disaster response teams with sustainable, essential services, such as potable water, communications and electricity. It can enable situational awareness during the first 72 hours after an earthquake, a hurricane, a landslide or any other emergency situation. AN IDEA BECOMES REALITY PEAK originated in an initiative by U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Science, Technology and Experimentation Division to create a system that could strengthen the capacity of partner nations in Latin America to respond to natural disasters. The idea became a reality with funding from the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the technical assistance of National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy, based in Washington, D.C. Elmer L. Roman, the oversight executive for building partnerships in the Rapid Fielding Directorate at the OSD, explained that the department supports the civilian agencies that offer aid to other countries when natural disasters occur. PEAK enables the U.S. Department of Defense to more effectively assist agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department when they receive requests for collaboration from other countries. The concept, which was launched in March 2010, focused on the lessons learned during the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. Haiti’s earthquake inspired the idea of designing a system that could be pre-positioned in regions prone to natural disasters, such as Central America, or could be sent in advance when, for example, it becomes known that a powerful hurricane is going to strike a particular area. IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE PEAK can provide assistance to disaster response teams during the first three days following a natural disaster. During this critical time frame, a series of common factors come together, such as interrupted electrical service, contaminated water supplies and communications problems, among others. PEAK can provide smartphones and enable responders to take photos, record audio clips and write text messages marked with global positioning coordinates, all of which is sent to a centralized server over a Broadband Global Area Network. “The system enables first responders to collect information that will serve as a guide for the larger response,” said Phil Stockdale, the technical manager in charge of the project on behalf of the National Defense University. From anywhere in the world, authorized users can conduct event searches through the user-friendly Tactical Ground Reporting (TiGR) interface, developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the same agency responsible for the beginnings of the Internet 40 years ago. TiGR marks the location on a satellite map where the responders captured the information. In less than a year, the team headed by Stockdale designed, built, and tested the PEAK system in the Central American country of Honduras. The first version underwent rigorous testing in February 2011 at JTF-Bravo, thanks to the interest showed by the base commanders and the nation’s government, which sent personnel with experience in emergency situations. In late August and early September 2011, after implementing the modifications suggested by the operators of the system, the technical group returned to JTF-Bravo for the final field test. “The PEAK system aims to build partner nations’ capacities,” said Lieutenant Colonel John Ferrell, operations manager for the project with SOUTHCOM, who described the cooperation between JTF-Bravo, the Honduran Armed Forces, and Honduras’ federal emergency management agency to be “paramount.” During the PEAK demonstration in early September 2011, Roman announced that the system’s first two kits will be positioned at Soto Cano Air Base. PEAK supports humanitarian aid, disaster relief, countering illicit trafficking and capacity building of partner nations in Central America. It will be used by JTF-Bravo’s Central America Survey and Assessment Team when circumstances require it and when any of the seven Central American countries requests assistance, according to Lieutenant Colonel Keith Pritchard, U.S. Army Forces Battalion Commander at JTF-Bravo. By Dialogo January 01, 2012center_img associate the JTF Bravo operation with the emergency of hurricane Mitch Oct-Nov 1998. I was unaware that that term was still existing, whose headquarters is the Republic of Honduras. In those years in Guatemala its counterpart was called Operation Strong Support and there was a complete platoon involved and thus they carried out the mitigation. May these lines help to remember and thank those who at the time left a mark and gave a breath of hope to the most affected communities of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Guatemala.last_img read more

first_imgSep 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Consumers should take precautions to limit their risk of contracting Salmonella infections from raw tomatoes, which may have sickened more than 79,000 people in a dozen outbreaks since 1990, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. The fourth outbreak featured 190 confirmed cases from 21 states in September and October of 2006, all involving the same strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, with 24 patients hospitalized. As evidenced by a case-control study, cases were linked with eating large, round tomatoes at a restaurant. Wash all tomatoes thoroughly just before eating. In the second outbreak, 82 cases featuring the same strain of Salmonella Braenderup were identified in eight states in November and December 2005. Eighteen patients were hospitalized. A case-control study pointed to a particular chain restaurant where patients had eaten raw, diced Roma tomatoes, the report says. The tomatoes had been grown in one of two fields in Florida and were diced and packaged at a firm in Kentucky before being shipped to the restaurant. Investigators found Salmonella in environmental samples from the Florida farm, but it was not the outbreak strain. In an analysis of four recent multistate Salmonella outbreaks linked to tomatoes served in restaurants, the CDC advises, among other things, that cut tomatoes should be refrigerated within 2 hours. The analysis was published in the Sep 7 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. A third outbreak involved 115 cases confirmed between July and November of 2006 in 19 states. The cases, which caused eight hospitalizations, featured the same strain of Salmonella Newport as the 2005 outbreak. Again, a case-control study pointed to raw tomatoes eaten in restaurants as the likely cause, but no single restaurant or chain was implicated. The source of the tomatoes was not determined. The CDC says the widely dispersed nature of the four outbreaks suggests that contamination occurred early in the distribution chain, such as at the farm or packing facility, rather than in restaurants. “These recurrent multistate outbreaks indicate that the tomato-growing environment is an ongoing source of contamination of tomatoes,” the report says. Further, cutting can transfer contamination from the skin of a tomato to the interior, and cut tomatoes provide a good medium for bacterial growth, the CDC says. The 2007 FDA Food Code has been amended to specify that cut, peeled, or processed tomatoes must be refrigerated, the article says. Exactly how tomatoes get contaminated is not known, but experiments have pointed to several possibilities, the report states. For example, tomatoes can absorb Salmonella when they are immersed in water that’s cooler than the tomatoes, according to one study. Another study indicated that tomatoes can become internally contaminated when stems and flowers of the plants are inoculated with Salmonella from contaminated water. From July to November 2005, 72 confirmed cases associated with the same strain of Salmonella Newport (matched by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis) were identified in 16 states. Eight patients were hospitalized. A case-control study indicated that illness was associated with eating raw, large, round tomatoes at restaurants, but no single restaurant or chain was implicated. Investigators concluded that the contaminated tomatoes had been grown at two farms on the eastern shore of Virginia. The outbreak strain was found in irrigation pond water near tomato fields in the region. The report describes four salmonellosis outbreaks associated with restaurant tomatoes that involved 459 culture-confirmed cases in 21 states in 2005 and 2006. Most of the affected states were in the East and Midwest. None of the cases were fatal. The agency offers the following tips for consumers: The implicated tomatoes were traced to one packing house in Ohio that handled tomatoes from 25 fields. The production season had ended by the time the facility was implicated, so the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) waited until this year to investigate the situation. The investigation was completed in August, but the results were not included in the CDC report. Don’t buy bruised or damaged tomatoes. Refrigerate cut, peeled, or cooked tomatoes within 2 hours, or discard them. Separate cut tomatoes from raw, unwashed produce items, raw meats, and raw seafood. The article says that at least 12 multistate Salmonella outbreaks linked to tomatoes have been reported to the CDC since 1990, causing about 1,990 confirmed illness cases. Because more than 97% of Salmonella infections are not confirmed by culture, “these outbreaks might have resulted in as many as 79,600 illnesses,” the CDC states. CDC. Multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections associated with raw tomatoes eaten in restaurants—United States, 2005-2006. MMWR 2007 Sep 7;56(35):909-11 [Full text]last_img read more

first_img Published on September 16, 2016 at 12:51 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds How Syracuse beats USF: The Orange has to figure out a way to stop Mack and Flowers. Last week against now-No. 10 Louisville, SU repeatedly got beat on read-option plays and the Bulls’ offense features similar elements. After the Louisville loss, Babers said Syracuse’s defenders were often in the right spots, they just couldn’t keep up with their opponents’ speed. South Florida isn’t the caliber of UofL, but it will still pose problems. With a likely depleted secondary following injuries to safety Antwan Cordy and cornerback Juwan Dowels, Syracuse’s defense has its back against the wall. How the Orange responds could determine the outcome of the game. Stat to know: 551South Florida is averaging 551 yards of total offense through two games. That’s good for 17th in the country.Player to watch: Marlon Mack, RB, No. 5Mack has the potential to be the most electrifying player on the field on Saturday but that could depend on his status. All signs point to him being full-go, which makes USF even tougher for the Orange. After running circles around the SU defense last year, Mack is the player to keep an eye on throughout the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) enters its Week 3 matchup on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against South Florida (2-0) after a 34-point defeat at the hands of Louisville. The Orange is averaging 30.5 points per game this season, but the Bulls are averaging a whopping 52 points. Here’s everything you need to know about South Florida.All-time series: The Bulls lead the series, 7-2, which dates back to 2005. USF won the first five matchups between the two schools, but Syracuse has won two of the last four. SU won, 13-9, in 2010 and pulled off a thrilling 37-36 win on the road in 2012.Last time they played: South Florida took down the Orange, 45-24, on Oct. 10, 2015. After starting off the year with three wins and a home loss to then-No. 8 LSU, Syracuse’s loss to South Florida was the first indication that SU was headed toward another season without bowl eligibility. Flowers went 15-for-22 through the air for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Marlon Mack torched the Orange defense with two touchdowns and 184 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Ryeshene Bronson had 81 yards on three catches, including a 42-yard touchdown. The South Florida report: Albeit against less talented teams — Towson and Northern Illinois — South Florida’s 104 points in two games is the first thing that stands out about the Bulls. USF has returned nearly all of its key players on both sides of the ball from last season and has gotten off to a hot start in 2016. Mack missed last week’s game due to a concussion but is expected to be near 100 percent. The junior is considered one of, if not the best, running backs in South Florida history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough two games, Flowers is 29-of-51 for 528 passing yards. But what makes him dangerous is his dual-threat abilities. He’s rushed for 99 yards on 20 attempts and has two touchdowns on the ground. Babers said Flowers reminds him of Louisville’s Jackson, who shredded SU’s defense last week.“Exceptional player,” Babers said of Flowers. “Somebody who makes their entire offense go.”On the other side of the ball, cornerback Deatrick Nichols and linebackers Nigel Harris and Auggie Sanchez are the key playmakers to look for. Harris has 11 tackles, 3.5 for loss, as well as a sack and an interception through two games. Sanchez, however, is the defender who Babers had the most praise for this week. He has 20 tackles this year and his 117 last year, tied for second in USF history.“The key to their defense for sure,” Babers said of Sanchez. “The guy that makes most of thoseplays when those plays need to be made.”last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Nov. 6, 2019 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.In the scheme of the sports world, the NBA locker room is small and intimate. This becomes even more true on the road, as teams cram into visiting locker rooms, and it’s a challenge to not step on a pair of shoes, knock over a water bottle, or avoid jostling ice baths where players are resting their sore legs and feet.Reporters get to know a lot of NBA players well, and on a team like the Lakers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis talk almost every day — sometimes twice a day.But even in this close of a setting, it’s difficult to talk to everyone, especially for players down the end of the bench. As superstars draw big hordes of media craning arms to put recorders and cameras in position, others slip out of the locker room after a game relatively unnoticed. Frank Vogel was among those firmly in Cook’s fanbase: “I love that kid, you know?”Vogel had pulled on Cook’s minutes recently, but between Cook’s even-keel attitude and hope that his 3-point shooting would turn around.“Alex’s defense has been exceptional of late so he’s been getting those minutes but we’ve all been trying to make sure Quinn stays lifted,” Vogel said. “I told him when he came in, ‘Hey, every NBA game is different. I mean one night, you might get four or five minutes, the next night you’re called upon to play a bigger role.’ And that was tonight for him and he stepped up bigtime.”Cook’s 15 points and leadership during the fourth quarter rally were crucial elements. But he seemed a little averse to taking too much credit. He talked about the encouragement the five-man reserve lineup felt from the bench and how much it helped. He talked about LeBron James’ (admittedly overshadowed) triple-double as he kept the Lakers’ pulse still beating.Cook knows what a championship-caliber team is like. After the Lakers had, at one point, build a 29-4 advantage on the Bulls, I asked him how it compared to the famous dominating runs of Golden State, who almost inevitably overwhelmed opponents in the second half.“The biggest thing is there is never any panic,” Cook said. “Obviously when you’re down double-digits, coming in at halftime, it’s easy to point the finger. It’s easy to yell at each other, but (Vogel) was very positive. He was building us up. Bron was vocal. AD was very vocal. Everybody was vocal. (Rondo) was vocal. It was just staying the course, no panic. That’s what we did. We stayed the course and got it done.”KUZ EDGING BACK TO HIMSELFHow badly did the Lakers need Kyle Kuzma?The Lakers are just 20th in bench points (32 per game) and a bench theoretically stocked with shooters is just 27 percent from the 3-point line (23rd among benches in the league). At his best, obviously, Kuzma can help reverse this trend. Vogel has talked about the forward becoming a sort of super-sixth man in line with a Lou Williams or Eric Gordon-type scorer.To do that, Kuzma needs to score, which has been touch-and-go. He slumped at the start, but his 11 fourth-quarter points were huge as the Lakers flattened Chicago at the finish. He’s still shooting just 12 for 31 from the field (and 2 for 16 on threes), but he’s hoping as his leg strength returns, he’ll find more shooting consistency.“I’m kind of just a rhythm player, and I kinda found a little bit of it, and just kinda rode the wave,” he said. “As I continue to get back into game shape and mental form from a game standpoint, get my timing right, I expect it to slow down.”It was interesting when asked about Kuzma’s performance, James said he could relate. He thought Kuzma’s first half was rushed, something he ran into last year as he tried to come back from his own injury.“As a competitor and as good as he is, I tried to get it all back last year too after I tore my groin when I first came back in the Clipper game,” he said. “Your rhythm is going to be off a little bit and you just have to continue to go through it, but Kuz is going to be a great piece for our team. He showed that tonight.”CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELFAlex Caruso, too, got a big bucket down the stretch, and got fouled. The Lakers’ meme-star-in-chief got a flex in, and LeBron James came over to give him a bump.I just really enjoyed the quote Caruso gave us on that.“Yeah, Bron’s gotta watch out,” he laughed. “He doesn’t understand the physics of that. He’s got like 60 to 80 pounds on me, he’s gotta be… But he gets hype, and I get hype and we just roll with it. I did a good job of just kinda rolling out of that so I didn’t take the full hit.”In a locker room that small and intimate, it’s helpful to have a sense of humor.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Click-er-doodle-dooBoost from the bench – Here’s the full account from the Lakers’ 19-point comeback, which poked a hole in the premise that AD and LeBron need to be on the floor. Shadow of free agency – Anthony Davis accidentally creates a buzz in Chicago on an innocent question about his hometown team.LeBron back to his old defensive self? – The rise of the Lakers in the rankings is in part because the King is getting dirty on the defensive end.Bad News Bears – Catch up on Mirjam’s last newsletter on Dwight Howard’s impact off the bench (and more coming on that soon).Unfolding I Promise – LeBron’s school is adding transitional housing for needy families, something James has personal experience with.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJust seven games in, Quinn Cook has been one of those players for the Lakers, and on this road trip, even moreso as his minutes shrunk under the five-minute mark for the first two games in Texas. But on Tuesday night, after helping key a 14-0 bench run that gave the Lakers a 118-112 win over Chicago, he had a moment to take some of the spotlight — and he had a few interesting things to say.It’s worth remembering that Cook has been a supporting piece of many great teams. He played at the prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, and was the senior leader on a 2015 Duke team that won the national title mostly with freshmen. After the past two seasons with the Warriors, when he went to the Finals twice and one the title once, he’s been afforded a surprising amount of perspective for a player on the back end of a rotation.He’s used to being patient. On Tuesday night, he cited influences like Mike Krzyzewski, Shaun Livingston and Steph Curry as people who have helped him find that Buddha-like balance.“I had great teammates, man,” he said. “Every stop that I went to, they were always building me up and they always told me, ‘It might not be your time, but your time is coming. Stay ready.’ Stuff like that. I’ve been fortunate enough.”While Cook hasn’t been the focus much this season, there’s been enough talk about him in the rest of the locker room to form an impression. His teammates like him. His coaches trust him. While he started in a shooting slump, and while he was displaced in the lineup by Alex Caruso’s rise and Kyle Kuzma’s return, behind the scenes others in the Lakers have remained confident of his ability to step in.last_img read more

first_imgJOHNSTON — Democratic presidential candidate Julian  Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, says there “absolutely” should be some federal regulation of large-scale livestock confinements.“I’ve heard plenty of community members here in Iowa who have talked about the environmental impact of some of these factory farms,” Castro says. “I know that there’s concern even with whether there should be any factory farms in the future or the ones that do exist should be allowed to expand.”Castro says there should at least be a moratorium or what he calls a “pause” on new construction of large-scale animal feeding operations. Castro is the first among the Democratic candidates to release a broad plan addressing animal welfare issues. He calls it “PAW — Protecting Animals and Wildlife.”“We ensure that we’re investing in wildlife preservation, for instance,” Castro says, “that we’re working with communities across the United states to get to ‘no kill’ status in shelters throughout our country.”Castro is calling for an end to the practice of euthanizing healthy pets if animal shelters grow too crowded. Castro also proposes that animal abuse be a federal crime. Castro spoke about his proposals during this weekend’s episode of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television.last_img read more