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US, Honduran Air Force Medical Officials Explore Challenges, Solutions

US, Honduran Air Force Medical Officials Explore Challenges, Solutions

first_img Inside a small examination room an air conditioning unit hums away, working overtime to keep the room comfortable. The addition of chairs flushed against the wall and behind tabletops set on top of unsteady legs makes the room appear more like a classroom than a medical examination room. The air conditioner’s slogging goes unnoticed by the group occupying the space; they are deep in conversation about the future of medical services within the Honduran Air Force. The group consists of U.S. Airmen and Honduran physicians; actually, the Honduran Air Force’s only flight surgeon and his team. The U.S. Air Force’s presence in Honduras is part of an effort to build partnerships and increase partner capacity with foreign air forces. “We are here to share our experiences with our fellow Honduran airmen,” says Capt. Wayne Gutman, a medical administration liaison from the 559th Medical Group at Lackland Air Force Base who deployed to support the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (MSAS). The squadron is a contingency response unit whose mission involves engaging foreign air forces and forging lasting relationships with them. “It’s extremely exciting because I get to lend a hand, helping my Honduran counterparts discover solutions to the things they consider to be their biggest problems,” continues Capt. Gutman. Through the course of the conversation Dr. Jose Ramone Rivera, the Honduran Air Force’s sole flight surgeon, points out several areas of thought on his mind. “All the topics we are concerned about relate to flight and contributing to the safety of flight.” The Hondurans identify processes and procedures they feel may need improvement. These areas lead to a dialogue between the Hondurans and Americans where everyone tries to come up with solutions aimed at increasing operational capacity for the Hondurans. Finding solutions is one small portion of the overall mission in Honduras. The MSAS has spent the last year conducting missions aimed at adding more capability to partner nations in Central America. “For Dr. Rivera, safety for his pilots is a huge priority just as it is for us in America.” Capt. Gutman says. “I’m here helping build a lasting relationship with my Honduran colleagues and I think assisting Dr. Rivera in keeping his pilots safe and cleared to fly goes a long way toward accomplishing that mission.” July 17th marks the first day of discussions between Hondurans and Americans. Medical is just one of the seven areas of information exchange. Over the coming month other areas will be covered including air base defense, aircrew survival, aircraft maintenance, communications, fuels and supply management. Nearly two hours pass and the conversation comes to a conclusion. Dr. Rivera stands and addresses everyone in the small room, “you have to work hard, improve your knowledge and take advantage of opportunities life gives you… opportunities like this.” Slowly the group files out of the room into the hallway to tour the medical facility and the shabby bronze lock clicks shut as the door closes. All alone the air conditioner labors on cooling the improvised classroom because tomorrow the room will be full of eager minds ready to discover the right solutions together as partners. By Dialogo July 27, 2012last_img read more

Efforts to impeach Trump based on lies

Efforts to impeach Trump based on lies

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In response to Raymond Harris’ April 9 letter on how will Trump go down. 1) With all the biased investigators on this phony Russian collusion witch hunt, you would think after more than a year, some evidence of collision would surface, but nothing. 2) Trade wars? When was the last time our president put the United States first? 3) Trump’s total disrespect for women? Two words for this: Bill Clinton.   4) Dreamers? If these Dreamers have been in this country for all these years and haven’t made an effort to become citizens, get out.5) Extravagant travel and lifestyle? I believe your memory needs to be refreshed. Michelle Obama traveled the world on our dime with friends and family for eight years. Finally, this Trump-bashing bandwagon is a total joke. Never, ever a positive accomplishment is printed about the president of this great country. How can millions of our tax dollars be thrown down the drain on an investigation that went off the rails because the real swamp is afraid of being exposed for the crooks that they are?I think I will destroy 30,000 subpoenaed e-mails, smash my devices with a hammer, tell lies after lies to the government, and sell a part of our uranium — and walk free.Michael P. Croce Sr.Ballston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Indonesia waives import levies for COVID-19 antivirus development, allocates Rp 1t for medical needs

Indonesia waives import levies for COVID-19 antivirus development, allocates Rp 1t for medical needs

first_imgRead also: Govt seeks help from universities, research agencies in running COVID-19 tests “The Finance Ministry will provide the necessary funds for COVID-19 handling, including for case tracking, coordination between the central government and regional administrations and the provision of face masks and hand sanitizer,” she added.Eijkman and Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java, have been appointed to run lab tests for suspected COVID-19 patients to help the Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes).A leaked document obtained by The Jakarta Post on Friday showed that out of the 132 referral hospitals to take in COVID-19 patients, only 49 were “ready”. The document is the minutes of a meeting between several government institutions in charge of handling the outbreak in Indonesia.Read also: Indonesia scrambles to contain coronavirus as most hospitals not readyIndonesia has so far announced 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with five deaths. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 156,000 people and taken at least 5,800 lives.The government announced on Friday that it was allocating Rp 120 trillion from the state budget to stimulate the economy through tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.It also announced a second stimulus package, worth Rp 22.9 trillion, which includes individual and corporate tax breaks as well as the relaxation of loan disbursements and restructuring requirements.This is in addition to the first Rp 10.3 trillion stimulus package announced on Feb. 25, which was aimed at boosting household spending and providing mortgage subsidies for low-income families and fiscal incentives for travel-related businesses.The government will also speed up the disbursement of social spending and funds for the pre-employment card program in the first quarter of this year.Topics : In addition, Sri Mulyani said the government was providing additional support for businesses importing medical equipment and medicine needed to handle the pandemic.”We have also eliminated the import duty for medicines paid by the government,” the minister told reporters, adding that the same will be done for medical aid and COVID-19 testing devices sent by other countries.The government has set aside Rp 1 trillion for related medical needs, including to prepare hospitals, for laboratory tests and to cover the medical costs of infected persons, Sri Mulyani said.center_img The government will eliminate the import duty for materials needed to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 and allocate Rp 1 trillion (US$67.04 million) for related medical needs, as the number of infections experienced a recent spike in Indonesia and hospitals struggle to cope with the virus.”We will remove the import duty for materials needed in antivirus research and development, including for universities, state-owned enterprises and pharmaceutical businesses,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani told a news conference in Jakarta on Friday.The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta and state pharmaceutical company Bio Farma have reportedly been approached by the government to produce a vaccine for the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. read more

ERI Scientific Beta raises alarm over popular factor analysis tools

ERI Scientific Beta raises alarm over popular factor analysis tools

first_imgPopular tools for measuring the factor exposure and allocation of portfolios could be dangerous for some investors, according to a report from smart beta index provider ERI Scientific Beta.Published in collaboration with a new venture, Scientific Analytics, the report argued that the use of some factor analysis tools could lead to a “serious” misalignment between investors’ factor diversification objectives and the measured and realised allocation.In a research paper, the groups addressed two topics: factor definitions used by popular tools offered to investors – by providers such as Style Analytics, Bloomberg, MSCI and S&P – and the way in which measurement of factor proxies was implemented.Introducing the analysis, Noël Amenc, CEO of ERI Scientific Beta, said some people would find them “slightly too controversial”, but that the message needed to be strong due to “the danger of transforming very important research concepts and results into poor and dangerous investment practices”. Factor definitions used by popular tools were not supported by serious academic research, the report argued. This meant that most factors used in commercially available analytic tools were probably false.Another conclusion, Amenc said, was that ‘non-standard’ factors could lead to incorrect measurement of exposures, or capture exposure to redundant factors.“Analytic tools for investors distort the key idea of factor investing because they lack transparency and expose investors to providers’ conflicts of interests,” he added.Factor ‘scores’ versus factor ‘betas’The research paper also argued that using factor “scores” instead of beta data to measure portfolio factor exposures was “a cause for concern” because it was a departure from factor investing literature.The major drawback with factor scores, according to the report’s authors, was “double counting” of exposures, which was due to their disregard for “the correlation structure of factors” and made them a “very poor proxy for factor betas”.Overall, the organisations claimed the limitations of popular factor analysis tools could lead to investors being “unable to translate their risk allocation choices into a consistent allocation, with fairly severe financial consequences”.Scientific Analytics is a new EDHEC Business School venture dedicated to factor analysis and allocation. It aims to provide institutional and private investors with tools that allow them to analyse the factor exposure of their portfolios and construct “completeness portfolios” that correspond to a search for better diversification. It plans to launch a freely accessible online tool at the end of next year.The research paper can be found here [link corrected]. See also the EDHEC Research Insights supplement distributed alongside IPE’s November issue.last_img read more

IMCA RaceSaver Sprint cars join Badlands Motor Speedway’s Saturday lineup

IMCA RaceSaver Sprint cars join Badlands Motor Speedway’s Saturday lineup

first_imgBRANDON, S.D. – Good things are in store this season for IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers and fans of the winged division at Badlands Motor Speedway.The sanctioned division returns to weekly shows at the much-renovated dirt facility in Brandon. Opening night is Saturday, May 28.“Saturday is going to be a big night for racing around here and we’re glad to have the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars part of that,” said promoter Tom Savage. “We love this division and we love the affordability.”Constructed in 1954 and open every season but two since, the former Huset’s Speedway was purchased by Chuck Brennan of the Badlands Entertainment Group last spring. Brennan hired Savage, whose resume includes public relations posts with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Car, the NFL and NBA.More than six million dollars of renovations have already been completed and include new lighting, grandstand seating and electrical work.The most obvious addition is the turn four building with concessions and restroom facilities on the first floor, spacious suites on the second and seating for nightly sponsors on the top floor.“A lot of people driving down the highway have seen that building and texted me to say ‘Holy cow!’” reported Savage.The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season at Badlands runs into September.“IMCA RaceSaver Sprints will race on the same night as our 410 sprints. We’re encouraged by them and think they will help build our car counts,” Savage said. “We like the idea behind IMCA. If you’re a race fan, you know what those four letters stand for.”“After seeing first hand the renovations in progress, it’s clear that no detail has been overlooked in making this facility state-of-the-art,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “It’s an honor for us to be part of their Saturday night program.”last_img read more

Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens on Memorial Day at Benton County Speedway

Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens on Memorial Day at Benton County Speedway

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The home track of the IMCA Modified division hosts opening night for the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour.IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start their Monday, May 29 main event at Benton County Speedway.The Memorial Day program is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and marks the sixth time in the tour’s eight-year history that the opening night show was held in Vinton, site of the first-ever IMCA Modified event in 1979.New tour title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply provides a portion of $5,650 point funds to be paid each of the next three seasons. The champion takes home $1,000 along with a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill, valued at $700, courtesy of the Spencer-based auto parts supplier.Top 10 point fund amounts will be paid in their entirety to drivers with perfect tour attendance and also include $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth, $600 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth, $250 for ninth and $200 for 10th. The tour champion must also attend the national banquet in November to receive their full point fund share and grill.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. for the 2017 lidlifter and racing starts at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and All-Star Performance State, but no track points will be awarded in the sanctioned divisions.Nine HDT dates, all paying a minimum of $1,000 to win, are on this year’s tour schedule and are qualifying events for 2017 or 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballots.Joel Rust of Grundy Center was the opening night feature winner last year. Other winners at Vinton include Vern Jackson of Waterloo, Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., Cay­den Carter of Oskaloosa, Richie Gustin of Gilman and Jason Wolla of Ray, N.D.The Sunday, May 28 Prelude special at Benton County boasts a $2,000 top prize and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational berth for the Modifieds.Track points will be awarded in all divisions and racing gets underway at 6 p.m.More information is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.Both events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 342; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 326; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 320; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 306; 5. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 264; 6. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 222; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 196; 8. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, 160; 9. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 155; 10. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 153; 11. Ja­cob Murray, Hartford, 152; 12. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, 149; 13. David Brown, Kellogg, 145; 14. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 137; 15. Kurt Kile, Nichols, and Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, both 127; 17. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, and Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., both 123; 19. Ryan Ruter, Kana­wha, 110; 20. Dakota Hayden, Wilton, 108.last_img read more

Simonsen scores Summer Series rookie, IMCA Late Model state champion awards

Simonsen scores Summer Series rookie, IMCA Late Model state champion awards

first_imgHe was eighth in the national standings and ninth in the Deery points race. “What helped me the most racing weekly and Deery shows was getting more laps, learning what changes that needed to be made to the car and what to do in different track conditions,” said Simonsen, who grad­uated last December from Iowa State University with a degree in industrial engineering. “I raced at a number of tracks I’d never been to before and usually pitted next to Andy at Deery shows. He helped me a lot.” The Fairfax, Iowa, flyer also totaled eight top five finishes – one of those was a second place showing behind Jeff Aikey at Benton County Speedway – in scoring the E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State title. Dalton Simonsen earned IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series rookie of the year honors, as well as the E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State championship this season. Division Director Joe Hayes is at left, IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) A heat race winner on the series’ opening night, his best finish in eight main event starts was sixth, at the Aug. 11 show at Quad City Speedway. After his motor expired in the ‘B’ feature at West Liberty, Simon­sen borrowed a powerplant from Trent Hala to complete his rookie series bid at the IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. FAIRFAX, Iowa – Dalton Simonsen recalled going to Andy Eckrich’s shop as a kid, then working there part-time during his high school and college days. “I used to go to Deery events with my friends. Now it’s cool that I’m racing in them,” said Simonsen, who made the move to the IMCA Late Model division after five seasons in a Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod. Starts 9                    Wins 0        Top Five’s 0 HIS CREW: Brother Dakota, Ryan Craven and Rylie Meier. The memories he made this summer were racing with the eventual tour champion and earning rookie of the year in the IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series. HIS SPONSORS: Precision Performance of Oxford; Machula Motorsports of Fairfax; Shepherd Fab of Marengo; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls; John and Jen Buresh of Ely; Hawkeye Auto of Marion; Hala­Built Competition Engines of Dysart; and Uncle Tim’s Tavern of Lecompton, Kan.last_img read more

Ferguson steps up treble quest

Ferguson steps up treble quest

first_img Press Association Twelve points clear in the Premier League, and back home from Madrid with an encouraging draw from their Champions League first-leg meeting with Real, United’s attentions switch to the FA Cup when they entertain Reading on Monday night. “The manager has stressed that he expects to go to the end in all three competitions,” said defender Chris Smalling. “The FA Cup is notoriously unpredictable. Luton reached the fifth round this year, which shows that anything can happen so there is no point looking too far ahead. “But our home form has been good and another victory can give us the impetus to kick on and get to another final.” United’s last final appearance was in 2007, the first to be played at the new Wembley, when they were beaten in extra time by Chelsea. It was one of a series of unpleasant recent experiences for the Red Devils in a competition they have won a record 11 times. Ferguson has never forgotten how his side dominated Arsenal in 2005 but still got beaten in a penalty shoot-out, whilst Wembley appearances for semi-finals against Everton in 2009 and Manchester City two years later both ended in disappointment. It means they have not won the competition since defeating Championship outfit Millwall in 2004, which came as a surprise to Smalling. “I was quite shocked at how long it has been since United won the FA Cup,” said Smalling. center_img Sir Alex Ferguson has urged his Manchester United players to step on the gas in their quest for the treble.last_img read more

Mary Kom lets it rip after winning trial bout, says ‘I didn’t start this’

Mary Kom lets it rip after winning trial bout, says ‘I didn’t start this’

first_imgLast Updated: 28th December, 2019 17:04 IST Mary Kom Lets It Rip After Winning Trial Bout, Says ‘I Didn’t Start This’ M C Mary Kom remained combative long after winning the trial for Olympic qualifiers on Saturday, slamming the controversy that preceded her showdown with Zareen COMMENT Press Trust Of India “I was told by the two High-Performance Directors Santiago Nieva and Raffaele Bergamasco that the selection would be done on the basis of our performances. I asked for an exemption based on that. You ask them, I didn’t make that policy,” she said. “If they are not consistent with the policy, it is not my fault. Will that also be held against me?” she asked. Questions finally shifted to her plans going forward and her mood changed for the better. “I will give my best wherever I compete. If I get a medal, great. Everyone says that the Tokyo Olympics is my last. But I will see how my body is. In any case, I will always be attached to boxing, it is my life,” she said.  “I don’t like this, you drag my name into an unnecessary controversy and then you try to posture. Yes, I didn’t hug her, what’s the big deal? I did not start this, I never said I will not fight you in a trial then why did you drag my name,” Mary Kom told PTI referring to Zareen’s open letter to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju specifically demanding a trial bout against the Manipuri legend. LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US The controversy first erupted when Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh, after the world championships, stated that Mary Kom’s bronze was good enough for her to get an exemption from trials, despite a laid down selection policy which offered direct berths in Olympic qualifiers to only the gold and silver-winners. “Did I make that announcement? Whose fault was it, was it mine? I didn’t even know about it, I was told and it surprised me. Because mentally, I was prepared for a trial at that time,” she asserted. “Once the trial was announced, did I say I won’t come? Then why was my name taken time and again?” she asked.READ | WATCH: Roma Shah From Surat Wins Two Golds In World Powerlifting ChampionshipThe multiple-time Asian gold-medallist, who was given the moniker ‘Magnificent Mary’ by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), also responded to questions on her refusal to appear for trials ahead of the world championships in October. She was picked on the basis of her international performances, which included gold medals in India Open (May) and the President’s Cup in Indonesia (July). READ | Mary Kom Beats Zareen To Make Indian Team For Olympic Qualifiers M C Mary Kom remained combative long after winning the trial for Olympic qualifiers on Saturday, slamming the controversy that preceded her showdown with Nikhat Zareen. The 36-year-old six-time world champion prevailed 9-1 over the 23-year-old former junior world champion and at the end of it all, there was no customary handshake and the senior pro also rebuffed an attempted hug from her younger rival.READ | BFI President Ajay Singh: ‘Delivered On Free And Fair Trials”I didn’t start this, I didn’t create this confusion’ Written By First Published: 28th December, 2019 17:04 IST WATCH US LIVE “Perform and take my spot, who is stopping you? But don’t talk big without that. If you do that, I will hit back. Why was this made a media trial about me?” she fumed. “I am also a human being, I also get irritated. Can’t I get angry when my credentials are questioned like this? And this wasn’t the first time. It has happened so many times with me despite the fact that no other Indian boxer has achieved what I have achieved,” she added referring to past selection controversies in which she has been challenged without much success by the likes of former Commonwealth Games bronze-winner Pinki Jangra. READ |  War-of-words To Grudge Match To War-of-words Again: Mary Kom-Zareen Feud Still Not Over? FOLLOW USlast_img read more

US Open 2018: Defending Champion Nadal, Thiem Berth Quarter-finals

US Open 2018: Defending Champion Nadal, Thiem Berth Quarter-finals

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champion Rafael Nadal’s progress into the US Open quarter-finals was far from smooth as he needed four sets to beat unseeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.The 32-year-old Spaniard led by two sets to love before Basilashvili, ranked 37th in the world, recovered to take a third-set tie-break.But the top seed broke twice as Basilashvili faded physically in the fourth to win 6-3 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-4. He faces ninth seed Dominic Thiem next.Austria’s Thiem knocked out South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson – the man who lost in the Flushing Meadows final to Nadal last year – in three sets earlier on Sunday. Thiem defeated Anderson 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7-2) at Flushing Meadows.For Thiem, Tuesday’s quarter-final offers a chance to avenge his defeat by Nadal in his first Grand Slam final at June’s French Open.The Austrian broke late in the first set and twice in the second before winning the third in a tie-break.It is the first time Thiem has reached the last eight in New York.South African Anderson was also runner-up at Wimbledon earlier this year.French Open finalist Thiem called the win “one of his best matches ever”.Twelve months ago the 24-year-old had two match points in the fourth round against Juan Martin del Potro but lost in five sets.“It’s a dream coming true,” said Thiem. “I was really close last year, but I couldn’t close it out.”Elsewhere, Britain’s Jamie Murray and partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands ousted eighth seeds Abigail Spears and Juan-Sebastian Cabal to reach the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles at the US Open.Scot Murray, 32, and his American partner won 6-4 7-6 (7-2).Murray won the title last year with the now retired Martina Hingis.He is also still in the men’s doubles alongside Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, while fellow Briton Dom Inglot is also in the third round.Murray and Mattek-Sands will face either fourth seeds Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig or Nadiia Kichenok and Wesley Koolhof for a place in the semi-finals.last_img read more