Honduran military, U.S. Army Soldiers spread goodwill during humanitarian mission

first_img Despite its scenic views, clear oceans and metropolitan capital, people living in remote areas of Honduras lack many basic services. For the remote towns of Chacalapa and Guadalupe Carney, located on the northern department of Colon, quality of life is poor due to the lack of medical services, education and other basic needs. Aware of the growing problems in these areas, Honduran military officials conducted a recent two-day Medical and Civic Assistance Program or MEDCAP mission in Chacalapa and Guadalupe Carney while working with a group of U.S. Army Civil Affairs Soldiers in order to improve the quality of life for these respective citizens. During the event, dozens of Honduran soldiers, military and civilian medical doctors, with the assistance of U.S. CA Soldiers assigned to Company B, 98th Battalion, 95th CA Brigade (Airborne), currently under the operational control of Special Operations Command-South (SOCSOUTH), provided free medical care to more than 5,000 Honduran citizens during the two-day MEDCAP. “We are here to provide general medical screenings, orthodontic services, distribute free medicine, and provide other basic needs during this mission,” said Honduran Col. Wilfredo Efruhin Oliva, the director of Plans and Civil Affairs for the Estado Mayor Conjunto in Tegucigalpa. “We are here to bring some solutions to some of the health problems in this community and show the people we care about them.” SOCSOUTH is responsible for all special operations in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Through the command’s Theater Security Cooperation Program, special operations Soldiers work closely with their partner nation counterparts in order for them to better protect their borders and increase their capacity to conduct civic action programs such as the MEDCAPs conducted in the Department of Colon. SOCSOUTH is the Special operation component of U.S. Southern Command. Along with helping the local citizens, the MEDCAP allows the Honduran military to assess the security in the area and research for any suspicious activity. With the location of the towns so remote, the area has been used as a drug trafficking route throughout the region. “Along with helping the people, we are working to combat narco-trafficking in this area,” said Oliva. “In order for us to do that, we have to gain the trust of the people and talk to them. Today was a good start, and they are grateful but it is not enough.” For the CA team, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., working with their Honduran partners was had two tangible benefits. The first was to help plan the event and assist with the purchase of medical supplies to enable the Honduran military to distribute them to the people free of charge. The second was to continue to enhance the capabilities and capacity of the Honduran military. “We assisted in the planning of this event with Honduran Civil Affairs and municipal government leaders. This civic action project is based on addressing the needs of their most vulnerable populations. We were able to help them with the purchase of medicine and school supplies,” said the CA team leader. By Dialogo August 20, 2010last_img read more

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Reaching new audiences: “Alexa, Enable Soccer Saturday Super 6”

first_img Submit Daily flash briefings for Sky Bet’s Super 6, including latest predictions from Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson, are now available through Alexa.Players of the free-to-play online game will also be able to access a host of popular content from Sky Games and the top weekend football show through Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.The service can be enabled via the Alexa app or by saying “Alexa, enable Soccer Saturday Super 6”. Audio briefings will be played through Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, while video briefings will also be available when Echo Show – the first Echo with a display— arrives in the UK on 16 November.Going live on Alexa is just the first phase of plans for Super 6, created by Sky in 2010 to run alongside Soccer Saturday. The next step is to develop interactive content and additional skills for Alexa, which will allow players to make voice selections as part of the game and more.Andy Evans, Senior Product Manager, said: “This is a really exciting development for Super 6 – it’s an innovative use of content and a fantastic opportunity to reach our audiences in new places. It’s a hassle-free way to make the latest Super 6 news synonymous with a player’s daily routine and the convenience of high quality of content from the nation’s favourite football presenters is unbeatable.” StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

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#3 House Republican suggests King leave Congress

first_imgWASHINGTON — The No. 3 House Republican is suggesting that Rep. Steve King leave Congress over his remarks about white supremacy.Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney on Tuesday said of King, “I think he should find another line of work.”Republican leaders have made serving in Congress uncomfortable for King over his remarks in the New York Times last week questioning how white supremacy and white nationalism became offensive terms. House and Senate leaders condemned the remarks, and GOP leaders moved this week to deny him any committee assignments.Republican leaders noted that King has for years made racially insensitive remarks. Cheney said the most recent ones are “absolutely abhorrent. It’s racist. We do not support it or agree with it.”The nine-term Iowa congressman says he’s advocating for Western civilization, not racism.last_img read more

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Town, campus pray for answers after deadly rampage

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – The people of this once-peaceful mountain town and the university at its heart prayed for the victims of the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, struggling to find order in a tragedy of such unspeakable horror it defies reason. “For Ryan and Emily and for those whose names we do not know,” one woman pleaded in a church service held for those seeking solace. “For all the children in our community who are afraid,” another said. A third added: “For parents near and far who wonder at a time like this, ‘Is my child safe?’” That question promises to haunt Blacksburg long after Monday’s pair of attacks, which came two hours apart and left 33 people dead, including a gunman. Investigators offered no motive. The gunman’s name was not immediately released, and it was not known if he was a student. The shooting began about 7:15 a.m. on the fourth floor of West Ambler Johnston, a high-rise coed dormitory where two people died. Police were still investigating when a gunman wielding two handguns and carrying multiple clips of ammunition stormed Norris Hall, a classroom building a half-mile away on the other side of the 2,600-acre campus. Some of the doors at Norris Hall were found chained from the inside, apparently by the shooter. The second attack left 31 dead, including the gunman, who put a bullet in his own head. At least 15 people were hurt, some seriously. The attacks forced students to jump from windows. Young people and faculty members carried away some of the wounded without waiting for ambulances to arrive. Many found themselves trapped behind chained and padlocked doors. SWAT team members with helmets, flak jackets and assault rifles swarmed over the campus. A student used his cell-phone camera to record the sound of bullets echoing through a stone building. Inside Norris, the attack began with a thunderous sound from Room 206 – “what sounded like an enormous hammer,” said Alec Calhoun, a 20-year-old junior who was in a solid mechanics lecture in a classroom next door. Screams followed an instant later, and the banging continued. When students realized the sounds were gunshots, Calhoun said, he started flipping over desks to make hiding places. Others dashed to the windows of the second-floor classroom, kicking out the screens and jumping from the ledge of Room 204, he said. “I must’ve been the eighth or ninth person who jumped, and I think I was the last,” said Calhoun, of Waynesboro, Va. He landed in a bush and ran. Calhoun said that the two students behind him were shot, but that he believed they survived. Just before he climbed out the window, Calhoun said, he turned to look at his professor, who had stayed behind, apparently to prevent the gunman from opening the door. The instructor was killed, Calhoun said. Erin Sheehan, who was in the German class next door to Calhoun’s class, told the student newspaper, the Collegiate Times, that she was one of only four of about two dozen people in the class to walk out of the room. The rest were dead or wounded, she said. She said the gunman “was just a normal-looking kid, Asian, but he had on a Boy Scout-type outfit. He wore a tan button-up vest, and this black vest, maybe it was for ammo or something.” The gunman first shot the professor in the head and then fired on the class, another student, Trey Perkins, told The Washington Post. The gunman was about 19 years old and had a “very serious but very calm look on his face,” he said. “Everyone hit the floor at that moment,” said Perkins, 20, of Yorktown, Va., a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. “And the shots seemed like it lasted forever.” At an evening news conference, Police Chief Wendell Flinchum refused to dismiss the possibility that a co-conspirator or second shooter was involved. He said police had interviewed a male who was a “person of interest” in the dorm shooting and who knew one of the victims, but he declined to give details. “I’m not saying there’s a gunman on the loose,” Flinchum said. Ballistics tests will help explain what happened, he said. Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said the campus was “shocked and indeed horrified,” but he also faced difficult questions about whether the university did enough to warn students and protect them after the first burst of gunfire. Some students bitterly complained they got no warning from the university until an e-mail that arrived more than two hours after the first shots. “I think the university has blood on their hands because of their lack of action after the first incident,” said Billy Bason, 18, who lives on the seventh floor of the dorm. Steger defended the university’s conduct, saying authorities believed the shooting at the dorm was a domestic dispute and mistakenly thought the gunman had fled the campus. “We had no reason to suspect any other incident was going to occur,” he said. Steger emphasized that the university closed off the dorm after the first attack and decided to rely on e-mail and other electronic means to spread the word, but said that with 11,000 people driving onto campus first thing in the morning, it was difficult to get the word out. He said that before the e-mail was sent, the university began telephoning resident advisers in the dorms and sent people to knock on doors. Students were warned to stay inside and away from the windows. “We can only make decisions based on the information you had at the time. You don’t have hours to reflect on it,” Steger said. Some students and Laura Wedin, a student programs manager at Virginia Tech, said their first notification came in an e-mail at 9:26 a.m., more than two hours after the first shooting. The e-mail had few details. It read: “A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating.” The message warned students to be cautious and contact police about anything suspicious. Until Monday, the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history was in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, when George Hennard plowed his pickup truck into a Luby’s Cafeteria and shot 23 people to death, then himself. The massacre Monday took place almost eight years to the day after the Columbine High bloodbath near Littleton, Colo. On April 20, 1999, two teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police. Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech is nestled in southwestern Virginia, about 160 miles west of Richmond. With more than 25,000 full-time students, it has the state’s largest full-time student population. The school is best known for its engineering school and its powerhouse Hokies football team. Police said there had been bomb threats on campus over the past two weeks but that they had not determined whether they were linked to the shootings. It was second time in less than a year that the campus was closed because of gunfire. Last August, the opening day of classes was canceled when an escaped jail inmate allegedly killed a hospital guard off campus and fled to the Tech area. A sheriff’s deputy was killed just off campus. The accused gunman, William Morva, faces capital murder charges. Among the dead were professors Liviu Librescu and Kevin Granata, said Ishwar K. Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department. Librescu, an Israeli, was born in Romania and was known internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering, Puri wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Granata and his students researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. Puri called him one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy. Also killed was Ryan Clark, a student from Martinez, Ga., who had several majors and carried a 4.0 grade-point average, said Vernon Collins, coroner in Columbia County, Ga. His friend Gregory Walton, a 25-year-old who graduated last year, said he feared the nightmare had just begun. “I knew when the number was so large that I would know at least one person on that list,” said Walton, a banquet manager. “I don’t want to look at that list. I don’t want to. “It’s just, it’s going to be horrible, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea FC transfer news: Huge money striker bid and defender update

first_img 5 5 5 Diego Costa – In better striker news for the Blues, though, they seem set to hold onto their current first choice hitman. Atletico Madrid have been trying to take him back to the club to add another dimension to their forward line but they appear to have admitted defeat in their pursuit of the player. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – If the Blues do give up on signing Morata, it appears their next target is former Chelsea striker Lukaku. The player was sold to the Toffees two years ago for £28m and now they could have to spend up to £65m to take him back to Stamford Bridge. 5 Chelsea might have already got two transfers in the bag but they’re still ready to dip back into the market once again.Striker Michy Batshuayi has joined in a £32million deal from Marseille, while they have also snatched N’Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City for £30million.New manager Antonio Conte still has rebuilding to do, though and is looking at defenders and forwards as he attempts to create a title challenging team.But what’s the latest news doing the rounds on possible movement in and out of Stamford Bridge? Click the right arrow above to see the latest Chelsea transfer news… 5 Andreas Christensen – The Danish centre-back is currently halfway through a two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach and has impressed in the Bundesliga with Kicker rating him as one of the best in the division. Following his performances, the German side have tried to land him permanently but Chelsea have knocked back their opening £14.25m. Victor Lindelof (Benfica) – Renato Sanches took most of the plaudits with the Primeira Liga champions last year but Lindelof’s rise through the ranks was also a vital factor in their success as he made 25 appearances in all competitions after finally breaking through aged 22. He can play at centre-back or right-back and Chelsea are tempted to activate his £25m release clause instead of splurging nearly double that on Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Click the right arrow above for all the latest Chelsea transfer rumours… – Chelsea have seen bids of £50m and £62.7m turned down by last season’s Champions League winners, after they bought the striker back from Juventus. Even though the huge offers have been dismissed, the Daily Mail believe Antonio Conte is still keen on doing a deal for the 23-year-old. last_img read more

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Donegal Mountain Rescue dispatched to Errigal following callout

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) have been dispatched to a callout on Friday evening. At 5.15pm this evening, the DMRT responded to the call on Errigal.The team was dispatched when a callout was made from an injured female walker. The Sligo-based Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 118 has also been called for assistance at the scene.We will bring you more as we get it…Donegal Mountain Rescue dispatched to Errigal following callout was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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NBA-leading Bucks rally to beat Hornets

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer inserted Connaughton in the final minute of the third quarter, with the Bucks looking ragged. Connaughton’s energetic defense helped energize Milwaukee, and he remained in the game until the final 25 seconds.“I’ve always prided myself on trying to make winning plays, whatever that may be,” Connaughton said. “For professional athletes, that’s our job to be ready. This team is unique. We have guys one through 15 who have made an impact on the season at some point.”Connaughton had not played in six of the previous nine games.“It’s just mostly gut,” Budenholzer said. “We were in a little bit of mud. Just see if we could find a spark. I don’t think he made a basket but he had as big an impact on the game as anybody. The crowd’s energy and Pat’s energy really lifted us up in the fourth quarter.”Charlotte star Kemba Walker was injured in a scrum with 2:06 left when Antetokounmpo landed him. Walker headed directly to the locker room. Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with 19 points, Jeremy Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16, and Walker had 10 on 3-of-12 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT “We played well for 42 minutes,” Batum said. “This is the best team in the East, maybe one of the top two teams in the NBA right now. They’ve got one MVP candidate, they’ve got a great coach and they play well, especially at home. It’s been three games and we’ve played those guys, we’ve had a chance to win every time. We moved the ball really well. But they did a good job the last 6 minutes, being more aggressive on defense and they scored in transition every time.”TIP-INSHornets: Tony Parker sat out to rest. The former San Antonio star scored 17 points in 17 minutes off the bench in the Hornets’ 118-107 victory at Memphis on Wednesday night. “What he’s done in fourth quarters, you talk about experience, you talk about basketball IQ and knowledge and winning plays,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s got a whole data base of what it takes to win games, and he can dial it up in those moments.” … Walker collided with Antetokounmpo in a scramble for a loose ball late in the game and suffered what the team termed a mild neck sprain. Walker went to the locker room and did not return in the final 2 minutes.Bucks: Rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo was inactive because if a left heel injury. He left the arena in a walking boot after the game. “We may just need to give him an extended period of rest or non-activity and be exceedingly cautious,” Budenholzer said. “Part of it is Donte wants to play so bad and he’s such a hard worker. Sometimes when you’re coming back from some of these injuries it can actually work against you. You just need to give it some time.” The Bucks have plenty of backcourt options off the bench with Sterling Brown, George Hill and Tony Snell in the current rotation.UP NEXTHornets: Host New York on Monday night.Bucks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Donovan Mitchell scores 24, Jazz outlast Timberwolves Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee rallied to beat Charlotte 108-99 on Friday night, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in the fourth quarter.Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18, and Khris Middleton 15 to help the Bucks improve to 35-12 with their sixth straight victory. They are 22-4 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Once we switched up our coverages and made them play a lot of 1-on-1, it changed the game for us,” Bledsoe said. “We were taking the ball out (of the net) all game, up until the end. We started to get stops, get out and get transition shots, drive and kick. We did a great job.”Down 92-80 with 9:45 left, the Bucks fought back with an 11-0 run. They finally took the lead on Brogdon’s drive with 5:34 left. After Walker scored, Antetokounmpo did a huge spin and dunked with one hand to put the Bucks up 97-96. 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(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Seldom-used Pat Connaughton and a defensive switch sparked the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks.And Connaughton didn’t even score.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

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