first_imgBy Dialogo May 04, 2012 In the town of La Macarena, located 170 miles south of Bogotá, medical services are scarce for residents. Located in the department of Meta, the town can only be accessed by air travel. La Macarena is surrounded by farms and far from several of the country’s main cities. In order to support the town’s residents, the Colombian Military, with support from a group of U.S. Army Civil Affairs Soldiers and a Bogotá-based nongovernment medical organization called “Patrulla Aérea Civil colombiana” or PAC, conducted a Surgical Civic Action Program on April 27-28. Commonly referred to as a SURGCAP, this type of event is carried out in order to improve the quality of life of citizens and provide them with medical services. Colombian soldiers provided security around the area, while doctors and medical staff from PAC, with the assistance of U.S. CA Soldiers, currently under the operational control of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), based at Homestead, Fla., provided free medical care and general surgery services to more than 1,000 Colombian citizens during the event. SOCSOUTH is the special operations component for U.S. Southern Command. Throughout the two-day SURGCAP, hundreds of people received free medical attention in a hospital and nearby school in La Macarena. Services included pediatrics, dermatology, general medicine, optometry, ophthalmology, dentistry, and general surgery to remove or correct ailments such as hernias, cataracts, and a non-cancerous benign tumor that develops from fat cells in the body, known as lipoma. “When we plan events like this, we meet with our task force and members of the U.S. Embassy to determine which regions need these types of services,” said Colombian soldier, 1st Lt. Diego Mauricio Quintero Franco, who served as an operations officer during the event. “We are here to bring solutions to some of the health problems in this community and show people we care about them.” PAC was founded more than 40 years ago by a group of search and rescue pilots. It is an organization of volunteer doctors and pilots who provide medical services to several secluded communities across Colombia. They have been working with the U.S. Military for the past 10 years. Dr. Adriana Piquero Echeverri, who serves as the general director for PAC, said the organization’s mission is to provide medical care to those who need it in the most isolated locations in the country. “Our organization is based around helping people who don’t have access to this type of medical care across remote locations in the country,” she said. “We have a great relationship with the U.S. Civil Affairs members and without their support this medical event would have not been possible.” For Carlos Lopez, this event couldn’t have come at a better time. The middle-aged man has not been able to work because of pain and discomfort. Suffering from an inguinal hernia, which forms in a person’s lower abdomen, Lopez has been unable to work for three years. This SURGCAP was the answer he had been waiting for. “I am very happy for the services I am receiving,” he said. “We are very poor people, so we can use all the help we can get. I am grateful for this day and all those who are helping us.” U.S. troops assigned to the Civil Affairs team, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., have been working with their Colombian partners for the past eight months. The working relationship between the two has established two substantial benefits. The first is to help plan events like this and assist with the purchase of medicine and basic medical supplies. The second is to continue to enhance the capacity of the Colombian Military and show them the positive effects of working with different government and civilian agencies. “By working with the Colombian Military, and several municipal government leaders, we can all come together and make events like this happen,” said the senior U.S. CA planner. By the end of the second day, more than 1,000 citizens received medical screenings and more than 150 general surgeries were conducted by the medical volunteers working for PAC.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Courtney Brosnan kneeled with her hands on the ground at the side of the goalpost. Maddie Pack put her hands over her head and Jackie Firenze beckoned for her teammates to regroup as they paced around with looks of shock and frustration.Louisville forward Isabella Habuda had just gathered a pass off a Syracuse turnover near midfield and streaked toward the SU goal. She took two long dribbles before launching a shot high over Brosnan and into the back of the net.“I think it’s (frustration),” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said of the team’s reaction. “We’re so much better than what we’re showing at times. And for us, our season has really been … a game of two halves.”Syracuse couldn’t catch up to Louisville (6-5-1, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) after conceding a goal 13 minutes into the contest. Despite gaining momentum as the game wore on, the Orange (4-8-1, 0-4) ran out of time in a 1-0 loss at SU Soccer Stadium.Wheddon called Syracuse’s early play frantic and said his team gave the ball away too much.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Sometimes we have a tendency to come out a little flat,” Pack said.Syracuse looked out of sync early. In the 23rd minute, SU forced a pass back down the sideline instead of turning and looking up the field.Later, Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchian tripped over the ball while trying to make a pass and fell awkwardly on the ground. Assistant coach Kelly Lawrence walked away from the sideline before returning and pointing up the field to get Tcheki-Jamgotchian’s attention.“We struggled a little bit in the first half connecting passes and just playing simple,” Brosnan said.By the time the first half ended, Syracuse was down 1-0 and still looking for its footing.“It takes us 45 minutes to get going,” Wheddon said. “I mean we concede goals in the first half and then in the second half we turn it up a notch. We just can’t wait around for that to happen.”Syracuse was often stuck either forcing the ball into difficult windows up the field or passing it back toward its own goal. Multiple times the sideline shouted and waved to move the ball in the other direction.Pack said Syracuse didn’t play “clean.” Hesitant passes, poor shot selection and soft balls led to turnovers and lack of possession. At halftime, she said the coaches called the execution “inexcusable.”“We challenged them to change it and make things better and connect passes, which I thought they did in the second half,” Wheddon said. “The problem is, you go down one-nil in the first half and you’re chasing the game.”SU’s back line buckled down in the second half. Brosnan came up with two saves and punched away a corner kick in a defensive stand in the 70th minute. And with under 15 minutes remaining, Alana O’Neill slid in to block a Louisville counter attack.Still, it was another slow start that Syracuse couldn’t overcome.“It’s not that we don’t have the ability,” Wheddon said. “It’s just, maybe we need to try something different in the warm-up or give them a pot of coffee or something before they go out in the first half, I don’t know.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgJuan Bernat is preparing for a feisty Champions League encounter when Bayern Munich travels to Benfica this evening.Bayern Munich defender Juan Bernat is eagerly anticipating the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Benfica, but expects a tough test in Lisbon.The Bundesliga-leading side recorded a 1-0 win in the first game courtesy of an early Arturo Vidal strike and will be looking to book its ticket for the final four tonight. Bernat is well aware that it will not be straightforward for Bayern, though, and hopes the team can get an early goal at the Estadio da Luz to make things easier.“The game against Benfica will be like a war,” Bernat told TZ. “Benfica will be hugely motivated and try to take advantage of the home advantage. It will be a great game, I have no doubt about that. I hope that we can score an important away goal. That would make things very difficult for them.“We cannot always expect our attackers to score three or four goals.”Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will still be without the likes of Jerome Boateng (groin), Holger Badstuber (ankle) and Arjen Robben (groin) due to injury, while Kingsley Coman (thigh) and Medhi Benatia (groin) are both doubtful.Benfica saw off Zenit in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals and has now set its sights on its first semifinal appearance since 1989-90.Midfielder Pizzi knows overturning a one-goal deficit against one of Europe’s top clubs will not be easy, but the Portugal international is nonetheless hopeful Benfica can pull off a surprise.“We’ve been showing our quality in the Champions League. It’s not just my dream but the dream of all my teammates to be in a Champions League semifinal,” Pizzi told the official UEFA website. “We’re close, we know it will be difficult but we will give everything. We will fight from the first minute to the last to achieve our goal.“There is a fantastic atmosphere at the Estadio da Luz. Our fans show all their passion, and obviously everyone at Benfica expects another great European night.”Benfica will have to make do without suspended star striker Jonas following his booking at the Allianz Arena, while Julio Cesar (thigh) and Nuno Santos (knee) will also be missing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more