The U.S. government is also donating about $15,000 in medicines to the PIASS for use during medical missions. The medicines were purchased through U.S. Southern Command and donated to Peru as part of the U.S. government’s support to Peru’s Social Inclusion Strategy. By Dialogo June 14, 2013 The launch included a “telemedicine” demonstration using a network with remote communications that enables the ship to consult with other countries and other areas in Peru. The Peruvian Navy launched a new ship, the “PIASS,” in Iquitos, on June 7. The ship’s mission is to travel along the rivers of the Amazon to deliver government-provided medical, educational and banking services to isolated populations. The demonstration included a video connection between the ship; the Peruvian Naval Hospital in Callao; and Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The U.S. Navy’s Center for Tropical Disease Research helped establish the ship’s telemedicine capabilities, coordinated the initial demonstration and contributed laboratory training and equipment loans to help the Peruvian Navy.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police released a sketch Wednesday of a suspect wanted for an armed home invasion in Medford on Christmas Eve.The man in the sketch knocked on the door of a Sipp Avenue home and when a resident answered the door, the suspect flashed a silver handgun and forced his way inside on Dec. 24, police said.The burglar stole cash, a laptop computer and a cellphone before fleeing the scene, police said.The suspect in the sketch was described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5-feet, 9-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall, 180 to 200 pounds with a beard and mustache. He was wearing a baseball cap with a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray sweat pants and brown and green Timberland boots.Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being for information that leads to an arrest. read more
Jul 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) State agriculture and health officials in Michigan are searching Chinese restaurants and Asian grocery stores for frozen poultry products smuggled from China in violation of an import ban sparked by avian influenza. The USDA is continuing its investigation of the warehouse owner, the Free Press reported. Officials are considering pressing charges against warehouse employees who are suspected of tampering with the products that were impounded in Jun 27. When officials went back to the warehouse to destroy the products, they found that the goose intestines had been swapped for chicken parts. In other avian flu news, the top animal health official in Indonesia has been reassigned because of his agency’s poor response to avian influenza outbreaks, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported today. An agriculture ministry spokesperson said that animal health director Syamsul Bahri had been assigned to another post. Though he declined AFP’s request for comments on Bahri’s reassignment, the minister told a Korean newspaper that one of the reasons was the agency’s poor performance in addressing the avian influenza threat. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) told the Detroit Free Press yesterday that on Jun 5 it had seized 1,940 pounds of illegal poultry believed to be from China from a warehouse in Troy, Mich., according to a story published today. The smuggled frozen poultry was packed in unmarked boxes or in boxes labeled as tilapia fish. The products included geese, ducks, and chickens that had intestines intact. In October, Romania became the first European nation to report an outbreak of avian influenza. The avian influenza outbreak caused the demand for poultry in Romania to drop by about 80%. USDA officials said they destroyed the product and that it was not tested for avian flu because it would not have served a food-safety purpose. The agency says that as long as poultry is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, it should not pose a threat. Quio Songju, a goose farmer in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, reported bird flu outbreaks in his area in October and was arrested a month later. The reports turned out to be correct, but the Reuters report says the Chinese media reported that the prosecution maintains that Songju was involved in a swindling scheme. Brad Deacon, emergency management coordinator for the Michigan Department of Agriculture, told the Free Press, “‘We have seen no indication that any of this material was contaminated with avian influenza.”‘ But he and other state officials conceded that there is no way to know for certain because federal inspectors destroyed all of the poultry they recovered without testing it. Media outlets have recently reported a Chinese crackdown on the news media for reporting on emergencies such as natural disasters or disease outbreaks without government authorization. China was roundly criticized for covering up avian influenza incidents, particularly during the early outbreaks. State officials became involved in tracking the illegal products Jun 22 when they learned of the USDA probe, according to the Free Press. When state and federal officials returned to the warehouse on Jun 27 they impounded five boxes of illegal products, including goose intestines and pig carcasses. In Romania, for example, aggressive culling appears to be paying off. The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service office in Sofia, Romania, reported that Romania culled almost 1 million fowl in May. Most were on commercial farms. The USDA report, detailed in a Bloomberg News story Jul 11, said the H5N1 virus was circulating in 18 of Romania’s counties in May, but by the end of June it was circulating in only four counties. Meanwhile in China, a court in Beijing has jailed a farmer who reported avian flu outbreaks to the central government, according to a Jul 11 Reuters report. The man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for fraud and blackmail. Indonesia has 40 confirmed fatal cases of H5N1 avian flu, along with one recent fatal case that has not been confirmed by a foreign laboratory. The number of deaths in Indonesia is second only to Vietnam, which has not had any deaths in 2006. Critics have said that Indonesia has been slow to respond to bird flu and has not implemented widespread culls that have reduced the spread of the disease in other countries. read more
At the King Power Stadium, Leicester, beaten by Hull City last weekend, saw two penalty appeals turned down by referee Mark Clattenburg — first when Laurent Koscielny stretched to tackle Danny Drinkwater, then when Ahmed Musa was challenged by Hector Bellerin.To cap a frustrating day, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri also saw French midfielder Nampalys Mendy forced off with a second-half injury.Asked about the penalty controversy, Ranieri said: “My philosophy is it’s a penalty when the referee blows his whistle and that’s it. The manager makes mistakes, the referees make mistakes.”Gunners boss Arsene Wenger added: “It was a game of top-level intensity and I believe we responded well to last week’s disappointment.” Share on: WhatsApp The Argentine opened the scoring with a 27th-minute penalty, awarded for a Ryan Shawcross tug on Nicolas Otamendi, and bagged his second in the 36th minute with a header from Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick.Stoke got one back in the 49th minute when Raheem Sterling was penalised for a slight push on Shawcross and Bojan Krkic stepped up to convert the spot-kick.But the visitors held firm and Spain forward Nolito scored with a pair of close-range efforts in the 86th and 90th minutes to give City manager Guardiola a third consecutive victory in all competitions.“I’m really impressed with the players as human beings and with their performance,” former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss Guardiola said.“We have only had one month together. There is time to get better.”City’s romp in the Potteries took them above arch rivals Manchester United, who defeated Southampton 2-0 on Friday. Liverpool were condemned to a first league loss at Turf Moor since 1973 when Gray ran onto Steven Defour’s pass and punished slack marking to fire home in the 37th minute.“How can I be happy with this? After we gave away the first goal Burnley defended for their lives,” Klopp said.“We had absolutely no luck and everybody needs to be more clinical. Burnley deserved to win with a very passionate performance. We have to say it was not enough today.”At Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium, City striker Sergio Aguero netted twice in the first half to take his goal tally to six in three games and send Guardiola’s side to the top of the table with their second successive win. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool crashed to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday, while Manchester City crushed Stoke City 4-1 to extend Pep Guardiola’s perfect start in the Premier League.While Liverpool stumbled and City strolled, champions Leicester City are still awaiting the first win of their title defence after being held to a 0-0 draw by Arsenal.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool enjoyed the most eye-catching result of the Premier League’s opening weekend when they won 4-3 at Arsenal.But the Reds suffered a nightmare in their second match as Welsh forward Sam Vokes scored his first top-flight goal in the second minute after Andre Gray pounced on a woeful pass by Reds right-back Nathaniel Clyne. Fortunate Diego Costa fired Chelsea to another late victory as the Spain striker secured a 2-1 win at Watford just days after his last-gasp heroics saw off West Ham.Etienne Capoue broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when Watford’s French midfielder lashed his shot into the top corner from Adlene Guedioura’s cross.But Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to equalise for Antonio Conte’s side in the 80th minute after Heurelho Gomes weakly parried Eden Hazard’s shot.Batshuayi’s first goal since his pre-season move from Marseille sparked Chelsea into life and Costa, fortunate to still be on the pitch after avoiding a second booking for diving, rifled in from a Cesc Fabregas assist in the 87th minute. Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama scored his first goal for Tottenham Hotspur to clinch a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.Wanyama, a summer signing from Southampton, headed home from close-range in the 83rd minute after Harry Kane flicked a corner in his direction to give Tottenham their first victory of the season and leave Palace pointless.Gareth Barry’s first goal since January 2014 gave Everton a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion.Albion took an early lead through Gareth McAuley, but equalised through Kevin Mirallas in first-half stoppage time and former England midfielder Barry headed the 60th-minute winner.Troubled Hull continued to make light of their difficult pre-season with a 2-0 win at Swansea City as late goals from Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez lifted them to third. read more
Football is returning but it already looks very different because of the coronavirus pandemic. The impact on how clubs do transfer business will be considerable tooParis, France | AFP | Around Europe, football is waking up from the coronavirus shutdown, but it is different to before for players and supporters and it is changing behind the scenes too.While the German Bundesliga returns in stadiums devoid of fans, the sport is preparing for an economic crisis which will impact all levels of the game.That will be particularly visible in the transfer market, where it has become the norm to see leading clubs splash out 100 million-euro fees.Damien Comolli has observed events from afar having left his role at Turkish club Fenerbahce in January.The ex-Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur sporting director told AFP he foresees fees dropping by “between 30 and 50 percent compared to the usual prices, and a reduction of 70-75 percent in terms of activity.”In particular, the loss to clubs from matchday revenue as a result of games being played behind closed doors will impact budgets.When it comes to signing players, those in charge of recruitment at clubs have also simply not been able to do their jobs.– Time to take stock –“The biggest part of my job is following up on targets for the next transfer windows,” says Martyn Glover, head of scouting and recruitment at English Premier League side Southampton.Scouts usually spend much of their time clocking up road and air miles to watch prospective signings in action.“I would expect to be abroad every week at some point,” says Glover, who previously worked at Everton.“I might fly to Paris to watch PSG and then the next day to Germany to watch somebody else. My week would probably be three or four live games of football.”Robert McKenzie has a similar a role at Belgian second-tier outfit Leuven, who in 2017 were taken over by King Power, the Thai owners of Leicester City.Usually he would be on the road watching up to 20 games a month, eyeing up targets.“The current situation obviously has significant implications for what has historically been the most important part of the process: the assessment of players in live games,” he tells AFP. “I do often think to myself when will be the next time I’m actually sat in a football stadium watching a game? Who knows!”However, he acknowledges that the shutdown has afforded him the luxury of time to take stock and assess options.In contrast, Newcastle United made headlines when their head of recruitment, Steve Nickson, was placed on furlough along with the whole scouting department, stopping a crucial section of the club from functioning.In any case, how can a Premier League club plan for the summer window without knowing if they will still be a top-flight club next season, or if this season will restart, with all the financial consequences?“There are too many imponderables,” says Glover.“We are not a club who might spend 80 million on a player anyway.“I am sure there will be some opportunities that present themselves by the nature of what has happened, both at home and abroad, but the hardest part is the finances.”– A different approach –Glover admits the way his job is done could change forever. Comolli helped introduce data use and analytics into English football and believes that approach will become more widespread.“Maybe more and more clubs will use data and statistics instead of live scouting and maybe clubs will also investigate more the player himself, their families, the way they live.“If I had one chance to go and watch a player live or one chance to meet him and his family, I would take the opportunity to go and meet him.”He believes those clubs who already placed the emphasis on video scouting and data can emerge from the crisis with their teams unscathed.Even clubs lower down may emerge stronger. That includes Leuven, although they must await the outcome of a play-off in August to see which division they will be in next season.“I think there may be opportunities that arise for us as a club as a result of the current situation which were previously thought not possible,” insists McKenzie.Share on: WhatsApp read more
Mike Fitzgerald, Louis Wong and Andres Van De Laan.The Jomtien Golf SocietyWednesday, Jan. 3, Crystal Bay – StablefordWe were playing the C and B nines today at Crystal Bay off the white tees with two divisions out and the equal cut set at 4-17.6 and 18+ and we now have four players in each division on the podium for every game as from today.Two 38-pointers came in at the top of division 1, with Brian Keating beating the Irish boy Gerry Cooke on a 21/18 back nine-count-back. Mark Potton was third on 36 while Thomas Mannuella and Dennis Scougall could not be separated on count-back and tied for fourth place on 32 points. Frank Grainger, also on 38 points, won division 2, with Louis Wong beating Rudi Schaefer on a 20/19 count-back to take second after they both came in with 37 points. Jim Connelly completed the podium in third on 36.Near pins went to (Div 1) Thomas Mannuela (2) and Brian Keating, and (Div 2) Gerry Cooke, Jim Connelly and Mike Fitzgerald.Gerry Cooke had the only birdie 2 to scoop the pool in division 2.Friday, Jan. 5,Eastern Star – StablefordWe had a long wait on the first tee with six Korean groups in front of us and we knew it would be a slow round today. We had 11 groups out with three divisions and the cut was set at 8-15.6, 15.8-20 and 21+.Thirty-five points was the best score today, coming from Mike Fitzgerald off the silver tees to win division 2. The mad dentist Les Smith was second on 32 points, Barry Stirling was third on 31 and Paul Butler beat Bob Poole on an 11/10 count-back after they both scored 28 points.Andres Van De Laan won division 3 with 34 points, with Louis Wong second on 31 and the Welsh boy David Phillips in third on 30. Frank Grainger filled out the podium in fourth with 28 points.Mikael Andersson won the premier flight with 33 points, Bob Comartin was second one point behind, Paul Young placed third on 31 and Brian Keating was fourth with 29.Near pins went to (Div 1) Jerry Sweetnam and Paul Young, and (Div 2) Mike Fitzgerald (2) and David Phillips.Mike Fitzgerald (and Herma) were happy after Mike birdied the 17th with two rollovers in the second division. read more