Paraguayan Military Pilots Fly Patients from Remote Areas to Medical Appointments

first_img“For me, these flights are really useful because I save so much time and get to my destination safely,” Reyes said. “Sometimes, heavy rains force roads to close, which means that if you’re going by land, the trip can end up lasting for days.” The government subsidizes the service, enabling passengers to pay between 250,000 and 300,000 guaraníes (US$45 –US$54) per flight depending on their city of origin. SETAM assists a wide range of passengers, including farmers, indigenous persons, foreign tourists, and ranch owners who employ area residents. They were seated in a C-212 Aviocar, an aircraft that’s part of the Paraguayan Air Force Transport Service (SETAM the Spanish Acronym) assigned to fly needy patients to Asunción for medical appointments. On Tuesdays and Fridays, SETAM pilots fly the Fuerte Olimpo-Asunción route, which includes stops in remote communities such as Concepción, Puerto Casado, Vallemí, Toro Pampa, and Bahía Negra during its 45-60-minute flight. Since it began this route in September 2013, SETAM has transported 3,600 people and 10 tons of cargo while logging 1,236 hours of flight time. “We have exceeded our own projections and expectations for this initiative,” said Colonel Edilberto Salinas, SETAM’s commander. “The SETAM service was restarted after a 25-year interruption. The two years that SETAM has been active again is in response to the needs of the citizens and to provide them with a public service.” “During emergencies, we make an extra effort to bring food, medication, and water to the affected residents. In the event of a drought or when there are forest fires, we work closely with the Volunteer Firefighters of Paraguay,” Col. Salinas said. “When people don’t have the means to purchase a ticket, we look at their case and don’t charge them anything,” Col. Salinas said. “More than anything else, we are providing a social service for them, and that fills us with pride.” The C-212 Aviocar can carry 26 passengers, and can operate on unpaved highways and at airports with little infrastructure. Upon landing at Silvio Pettirossi Air Base, the passengers deplaned and Reyes, who was facing possible cataract surgery, reached his doctor’s appointment in less than two hours. center_img Reyes is among thousands who have obtained medical services thanks to SETAM pilots and logistical workers. Without this service, he could only get to the capital through a grueling, 18-hour drive — at a minimum. Emiliano Reyes waited along with 25 other passengers at the rustic airstrip serving Fuerte Olimpo, a town 800 kilometers northwest of the Paraguayan capital of Asunción. SETAM helps the needy By Dialogo November 19, 2015 Excellent service In cooperation with other institutions — including the Medical Emergency Center, the Emergency Secretariat, the Volunteer Firefighters of Paraguay, the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare, and local authorities — SETAM provies a full range of humanitarian aid. For instance, it transports food and medicine to remote areas and evacuates people threatened by flooding during the rainy season, which begins in November and can last until February. It also operates an ambulance plane equipped with intensive care unit services and other first aid supplies. last_img read more

Ebola, Marburg vaccines work in monkeys

first_imgJun 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A pair of vaccines created by a Canadian-based international team of researchers protected monkeys against the lethal Ebola and Marburg viruses, according to a new report in Nature Medicine.The vaccines were made by splicing a gene from either the Ebola or the Marburg virus into a weakened version of the vesicular stomatitis virus, which causes mouth inflammation in livestock. Small groups of monkeys that received one of the two vaccines stayed completely healthy after they were exposed to a heavy dose of the corresponding virus.Publication of the findings comes as public health workers in Angola continue to battle the largest Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak on record. The outbreak had reached 423 cases, with 357 deaths, by May 27, according to the World Health Organization. There is no vaccine or effective treatment for either Marburg or Ebola, which are fatal in most cases.The first two authors of the study, Steven M. Jones and Heinz Feldmann, have been helping to diagnose cases in Angola, according to a news release from the Public Health Agency of Canada.”When you see the tragedies these viruses cause, it’s very frustrating that we can’t do more to help people,” Feldmann said in the news release. “It’ll be some time before we can use these vaccines in the field, but it’s satisfying to know that we’re getting closer.”Jones and Feldmann work at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Man. They collaborated with researchers from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and laboratories in Germany and France.The team previously created a live but weakened recombinant form of vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV) and inserted a glycoprotein, or surface protein, gene from the Ebola virus into it. Later they followed the same procedure with rVSV and the glycoprotein gene from the Marburg virus.The researchers injected six cynomolgous macaques with the Ebola vaccine and another six with the Marburg vaccine. None of the animals were made ill by the vaccine. Four weeks after vaccination, four Ebola-immunized monkeys were injected with a high dose of Ebola virus, and four Marburg-immunized monkeys were injected with Marburg virus. The researchers used two Marburg-immunized monkeys and two Ebola-immunized monkeys as controls by exposing them to the noncorresponding virus.The eight monkeys that were exposed to the same virus they had been vaccinated against all stayed healthy. No signs of either virus were found in the animals’ blood, nor did they shed any virus. But the four monkeys that were exposed to the noncorresponding virus all died within 9 days after exposure.The team found evidence of both humoral (antibody) and cellular immune responses in the Ebola-immunized monkeys after they were exposed to the virus. Both kinds of responses also were seen in the Marburg-immunized monkeys after vaccination, but there was no evidence of a cellular immune response after exposure to the virus.Months after the initial experiment, the eight surviving monkeys were exposed to a different strain of Ebola or Marburg virus. When the four Ebola-immunized monkeys were inoculated with a different Ebola strain 234 days after the first test, three of them died within a week, while one survived. The four Marburg-immunized animals all stayed healthy when they were exposed to a different Marburg strain 113 days after the initial challenge.The authors say these contrasting results were not unexpected, because the two Ebola virus strains differed by 37% to 41% at the DNA level, while the two Marburg strains were 94% the same.The report says other researchers previously created an Ebola virus vaccine by inserting two of the virus’s genes into human adenoviruses. That vaccine protected monkeys, but because many people are immune to adenoviruses, such a vaccine might have limited utility in humans, the authors say.Researchers also have had some success using an engineered form of alphavirus to make a Marburg virus vaccine, according to the report. However, attempts to use alphavirus as a “platform” for an Ebola vaccine failed.The two new vaccines improve on these previous attempts, the researchers write. “This current study is the first to show that nonhuman primates can be protected with a single-dose immunization using a vector expressing solely the ZEBOV [Zaire Ebola virus] glycoprotein. In addition, this is the first vaccine platform to show the ability to protect nonhuman primates against EBOV and MARV [Ebola virus and Marburg virus], which is an important first step toward developing a vaccine that will be effective against all filoviruses.”In the news release, Dr. Thomas Geisbert of USAMRIID added that the vaccines target dendritic cells, the same cells targeted by Ebola and Marburg. “These cells are also important in generating an immune response. So the vaccine goes exactly where we want it to go,” he said.Jones SM, Feldmann H, Stroher U, et al. Live attenuated recombinant vaccine protects nonhuman primates against Ebola and Marburg viruses. Nat Med 2005 Jun 5 (advance online publication) [Abstract]last_img read more

Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham have been heavily linked with Ceballos (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want them [Real Madrid] to sell me,’ Ceballos told Onda Cero.‘But I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be.‘I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Jun 2019 8:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Dani Ceballos has hinted his future could be away from Real Madrid (Getty Images)Dani Ceballos admits he doesn’t want Real Madrid to sell him this summer but has not ruled out the prospect of joining Arsenal or Tottenham on loan.The 22-year-old started only 13 games in La Liga last season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.Reports in Spain claim that Madrid would be open to a loan deal with both Arsenal and Tottenham heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.Ceballos has been one of Spain’s standout performers during their European Under-21 Championship campaign this month and the midfielder has suggested that he could be leaving Madrid for a temporary spell.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transferlast_img read more

Allseas seeking anchor handler for Gorgon Stage 2

first_imgOffshore installation and construction company Allseas is on the lookout for an anchor handler to support its work on Chevron’s Gorgon Stage 2 project off Australia.Illustration only: An anchor handler offshore / Image by SP Mac – shared with permission from the photographerChevron has developed the Gorgon and Jansz gas fields located within the Greater Gorgon area, off the northwest coast of Western Australia. The Gorgon Stage 2 Project supplements the existing Gorgon and Jansz gas field development with additional offshore wells and supporting subsea infrastructure.Allseas, which has been awarded an offshore pipeline installation scope, is now seeking expressions of interest from contractors capable of providing an anchor handling vessel and associated services for operations during the pipeline installation work.The contract award is planned from the second quarter of 2020, with the execution of works expected in Q4 2020/Q1 2021 period.Contractors, which have until June 21, 2019, to express interest, need to be able to provide an Anchor Handling Tug suitable for deployment of anchors and associated initiation wires of approximately 2500 meters.Gorgon Stage 2 / Image by ChevronThe vessel needs to be capable of setting anchors and provide anchor test up to 150 t using a combination of the vessel working wire and initiation wire. Furthermore, the contractors need to have a back-up vessel in case the primary vessel is unavailable for the works.Allseas’ pipelay vessel Audacia and offshore construction vessel Oceanic will be working on the Gorgon Stage 2 (GS2) pipeline installation in late 2020 and early 2021.Gorgon is one of the world’s largest LNG projects and the largest single resource project in Australia’s history.Located on Barrow Island, Gorgon comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per year LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.Chevron sanctioned the second phase of the project in April 2018, and it said the development fit “within Chevron’s previously announced annual investment range of $18-20 billion through 2020.”The Gorgon Project is operated by Chevron Australia and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and JERA (0.417 percent).Gorgon development / Image by ChevronOffshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

EnerMech nets 5-year deal for LNG plant in Queensland

first_imgEnerMech Australia has been awarded a five-year contract to provide specialist nitrogen and flange management services to an LNG facility in Central Queensland.The work will be conducted on-site, located off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, with project engineering and management conducted from EnerMech’s Gladstone facility and Brisbane office, the company said in its statement.The company, however, did not specify which of the LNG projects it will be working on.The LNG export plants located on Curtis Island include Shell’s Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos Gladstone LNG, and the ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG terminal.EnerMech will deploy liquid nitrogen converters, nitrogen membrane generation units, flange management torque/tensioning equipment and use its System Integrity Management software SIMPro in the provision of the specialist services.last_img read more

2010 survey finds anaemia a moderate public health problem in Laplaine District

first_img Sharing is caring! 68 Views   no discussions Share Share Dr. Audrey MorrisA 2010 Survey of Anaemia in the Laplaine Health District conducted by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) has ruled anaemia as a moderate public health problem for that district which comprises of the villages of Boetica, Delices, Grand Fond, Riviere Cyrique and Laplaine.The survey findings were presented and explained by Dr. Audrey Morris of the CFNI at a consultation on Tuesday at the Public Service Training Centre in Roseau.“There is generally a moderate public health problem of anaemia; it is 25% across the age groups in Laplaine, 47% in women of child bearing age. To say that it’s a moderate health problem this is by the WHO standards because if it is less than 40% you say it is a moderate problem, but over 40% means it is a severe problem. So therefore looking at the women of child bearing age you’ll say there is a severe problem of anaemia.”Anaemia, according to National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is a condition in which your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. NHLBI further explains that anaemia also can occur if your red blood cells don’t contain enough hemoglobin which is an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color. This protein helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.The 2010 survey also indicates an 18% prevalence of anaemia among women who are pregnant compared to 36% in the 1996 survey.Dr Morris says however although there is a reduction in cases of anaemia among pregnant women there is room for improvement in counseling them.Paticipants at Tuesday’s consultation.“However there is some room for improvement and why we say there is some room for improvement is because there is 64% taking iron tablets as frequently as instructed so what happen to the other 36 percent? 63% taking it as instructed with food or meals, or take it with juice or so, but there is another 47% who seem to be doing something else so there is room for improvement there where the supplements are concerned.”Dr Norris recommends regular surveillance of school children, continue and strengthen the anaemia prevention and control programmes in place in health centers, conduct another national survey of anaemia prevalence, support delivery practices and child feeding practices which enhance iron status of women and children, promote the country’s food-based dietary guidelines and to repeat the 1996 food survey to more completely identify dietary habits and patterns of the population.She also emphasized the need for implementation of strategies to prevent anaemia in women of child bearing age and adolescents and to implement policies and programs to address anaemia prevention and control and other food and nutrition problems.Anaemia health problems can lead to reduction in work capacity and endurance, impaired brain function, decreased resistance to infection, maternal and fetal mortality and risk of premature birth.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews 2010 survey finds anaemia a moderate public health problem in Laplaine District by: – December 6, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Bergkamp, Kanu contributed to my Arsenal successful story – Henry

first_img Loading… “It was much easier, because either (Dennis) Bergkamp or (Nwankwo) Kanu were nearby. They remained in the centre, and I could be pulled back or on the flank. I never thought that I would leave Arsenal, but still did it. read also:Tomori reveals Henry, Ronaldinho, Zidane were his idols growing up “In Barcelona it was harder, there Bergkamp and Kanu were no longer there, I had to get used to the new style of the game and conditions. It took a lot of time, but it turned out I adapted in 2009, when we won everything that could be won.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 French player, Thierry Henry, has admitted he enjoyed playing for Arsenal more than Barcelona. With Barca, Henry won the Champions League. But the Montreal Impact coach also says: “At Arsenal, I could do whatever I wanted on the field.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Gorgeous Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Countries With The Most Impressive Technological Innovations6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Familiar faces in victory lane at Canyon

first_imgBy Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (March 11) – Repeat winners were the story Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park.Chaz Baca Jr. took home the Speedway Motors Weekly Racing opener for the IMCA Modifieds, coming off a $3,000 payday at the Desert Classic. George Fronsman took home his fourth win in a row in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars while Joe Vlasity battled to become the first repeat winner in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Baca took the lead near the halfway point of the 25-lap Modified feature and held off Bryson Curry. Curry was fast all throughout the night as he came from the back of his heat race twice to finish third. Starting from the pole, Curry led the way through the first half of the race with Baca on his heels.Around midway, Baca worked his way around Curry and never looked back, showing the strength of his Mark Stewart-owned machine. Mike Strobl worked his way toward the front to finish third.Fronsman continued his winning ways as he bested 2016 Stock Car Shootout winner Aaron Span­gler. Cody Center held the lead through the first half of the race, fending off an earlier slide job by Fronsman with a crossover move in turn four. A few laps later, Fronsman was able to finish the job as the crossover was unsuccessful from Center.Spangler worked his way through traffic to get past Center in the later parts of the event. Fronsman drove to his fourth win in a row, but competition has been close with Center and now Spangler, who will be back for next weekend’s Shamrock Showcase.Vlasity became the first repeat Hobby Stock winner of the year, denying Merle Zachrison his first win of the season. Zachrison led quite a bit of the race, ahead of a hard-fought battle between the rest of the top five runners.Vlasity cleared the group and set his sights on Zachrison, who tried to hold on for the win but had to settle for second. The Hobby Stock division is on a roll, with roughly four cautions in their past four events, and is consistently putting on one of the best shows of the night.last_img read more

Late goals see City come from behind and sink Watford

first_img A powerful header just over the crossbar from Fernandinho served as a reminder of the quality City possess and how quickly they are capable of changing a game, but almost immediately after – in a demonstration of why that quality alone cannot always be relied upon – Watford took the lead. Taking an inswinging corner from the left, Ben Watson’s accurate delivery troubled City’s defence, evading everyone except for Kolarov, whose header served to help it into the back of the net. It was recorded as an own goal, even if it was already going in, and again highlighted the damage caused by the absence of City’s authoritative captain, Vincent Kompany. Toure, so often decisive, soon struck beyond the crossbar from the edge of the area, and Kevin De Bruyne forced a routine save from Gomes – but Watford’s discipline meant only a moment of quality looked likely to rescue them, and so it ultimately proved. The midfielder has this season occasionally looked in decline, but when Kolarov sent in an 82nd-minute corner from the left, Toure casually and classily volleyed into the top left corner to equalise. Their winning goal came just two minutes later. From space on the right wing, Bacary Sagna curled a superb cross towards Aguero, and under little pressure the forward headed beyond Gomes and into the back of the net, improving City’s title prospects in the process. TWEET OF THE MATCH @RodneyMarsh10: “Harsh on Watford but that’s what happens when you have world class footballers.” PLAYER RATINGS Watford Heurelho Gomes: 7 Allan Nyom: 6 Miguel Britos: 7 Craig Cathcart: 7 Jose Holebas: 6 Almen Abdi: 7 Etienne Capoue: 7 Ben Watson: 7 Jose Manuel Jurado: 7 Troy Deeney: 7 Odion Ighalo: 7 Subs Adlene Guedioura: 5 Manchester City Joe Hart: 6 Bacary Sagna: 7 Nicolas Otamendi: 6 Eliaquim Mangala: 6 Aleksandar Kolarov: 7 Fernandinho: 6 Yaya Toure: 8 Kevin de Bruyne: 6 David Silva: 6 Raheem Sterling: 5 Sergio Aguero: 7 Subs Jesus Navas: 6 Wilfred Bony: 6 Martin Demichelis: 5 STAR PLAYER Yaya Toure. He may no longer be capable of exerting the same consistent influence that has long been crucial to City, but he retains the ability to produce moments of quality that could yet define their season. His goal came from nowhere, but was exceptional, and ultimately changed the game. MOMENT OF THE MATCH In the first half, Jose Manuel Jurado chipped a masterful, scooped pass when under pressure with little space on the left wing. It was a delightful moment of quality and spontaneity, and showed why he may just be Watford’s most naturally-talented player since John Barnes – Ashley Young included. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Manuel Pellegrini’s overriding emotion at victory is likely to be relief. His City team, rather inexplicably given their exceptional quality, continue to disappoint, and he will know they only won because of that quality, and not through any substitutions he made. Watford’s Quique Sanchez Flores will know his team deserved better. Their organisation showed throughout, and but for two fine players they would have earned a good draw, if not an outstanding win. MOAN OF THE MATCH Raheem Sterling’s performance. His £49million summer transfer to City from Liverpool was supposed to inspire him to a greater level, and help inspire City to further success. He, and City, look little better than last season. Surrounded by such quality, he should be thriving, but he looked disinterested and frustrated, and was substituted on the hour mark. WHO’S UP NEXT? Watford v Newcastle (FA Cup, Saturday, January 9). Everton v Manchester City (Capital One Cup, Wednesday, January 6). City boss Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports 1: “I’ve always said this team has character, we never give up. “I think tonight we were unlucky to be losing the game. It wasn’t a corner and then it was an own goal. “But we kept our minds and made some changes, always thinking we are able to turn the corner – and we did. “It was a very close game and tough for both teams but if you see the statistics we deserved to win, we had more shots on target and possession.” On Aguero’s goal, his first since returning from injury, the Chilean added: “A goal is important for a striker and he had better movement than the last game. “We are not sending messages to anyone – we go game by game and we must stay focused.” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said: “I know we’re capable of doing that but the Stoke game and this one gave me a bad feeling when I’m in goal. I was hoping and praying we would put it together and we did. “Six on the road without a win is not championship-winning form … but we’ve got all the big boys to come to us and big cup games coming up, which our focus now turns to. “We’re not where we want to be – but we’re close.” Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores bemoaned missed chances, saying: “I think it is very hard to accept. “We played really well and had a good opportunity to win – but that’s football. “We will learn the lesson for the future, remember what we did well and think of the next match. “But it’s hard because I think the players deserved more.” The expensive, uncertain, yet talented central defensive combination of Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi clearly needs longer to adjust to the demands of English football. In that context, City manager Manuel Pellegrini must have been concerned about the potential impact of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Both Watford strikers have thrived this season through employing physical tactics – and against more experienced opposition – and it would have come as little surprise had they again targeted City’s inconsistent defence. As early as the second minute Deeney showed his confidence with a run that led to Almen Abdi sending a promising 25-yard shot both high and wide, and shortly after Ighalo first encountered the £32million Otamendi. In this instance the Argentinian defender impressed when, with Ighalo in space in the area following Abdi’s through-ball, he read the striker’s shot to lunge and deflect it out for a corner. Ighalo swiftly threatened, again having been played in by Abdi – but when he produced a nice turn to beat Otamendi, City goalkeeper Joe Hart reacted to rush out, dive, and smother his shot clear. City’s response came through strikes from Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho, both of which Watford’s Heurelho Gomes comfortably saved, but beyond Aguero’s runs and a 25-yard, swerving shot from Kolarov which went just high and wide of the left angle, they rarely looked like scoring throughout the first half. Watford similarly began the second half with greater promise. There would have been a time when, particularly while comparing their resources with City’s, 0-0 would have been an encouraging scoreline but manager Quique Sanchez Flores has quickly organised them into a strong team that has little reason to be intimidated. Manchester City rescued their Barclays Premier League title hopes with a late comeback in a 2-1 victory at Watford. On an afternoon when wins for rivals Arsenal and Manchester United made a positive result even more crucial, Aleksandar Kolarov’s own goal appeared to have given Watford their latest win. However, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero rescued City with two fine goals in the final 10 minutes to keep third-placed City within three points of leaders Arsenal. Press Associationlast_img read more