USNS Comfort Medical Teams Providing Treatments in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2009 TUMACO, Colombia – United States military and interagency personnel, non-governmental agency volunteers and partner nation representatives currently assigned to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) are offering a variety of free medical, dental, veterinary, engineering and educational services here as part of Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09). CP09 is a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission through Latin America and the Caribbean. Comfort is scheduled to be in Tumaco until June 17 when it will travel to El Salvador and then Nicaragua. Comfort’s crew offers community members services such as teeth cleanings and extractions, eye exams and glasses and adult and pediatric medical exams. Surgical screenings have also been performed and more than 200 surgical procedures have been scheduled. Surgeries began today. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Leslye Ruiz, a preventive medicine technician aboard Comfort, has been conducting health assessment questionnaires. “We’re trying to assess the needs of the people here in Tumaco so that we know exactly what they need on the next Continuing Promise mission,” she said. Most medical services are being performed at the temporary medical site at the Max Seidel school. However, the ship is equipped with five operating rooms, 250 patient beds, x-ray machines, a CAT scan unit and pharmacy among other services for those patients being treated on board. “I work in the intensive care on the ship performing post-surgical care for patients,” said Leading Seaman Robert Morgan, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces currently assigned aboard Comfort. “When I’m not working on the ship, I’m at the medical sites working with the public. My time in Tumaco has been very good. This has been a very different experience for me – I’ve never been out in this part of the world before. This has been a real eye-opening and rewarding experience for me,” she said.last_img read more

Planners in the works

first_imgWould you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.last_img

Telecom companies ask for deferred payments amid economic downturn

first_imgIn the application letter, the association asked for a deferral in the payment for telecommunication services fees (BHP) and universal service obligation (USO), the association’s chairman Arif Angg said in Jakarta on Thursday.“We usually pay the BHP and USO fees in April. However, we are facing declining revenues from the corporate sector, while we also have to pay corporate income taxes [PPh badan] and Idul Fitri bonuses [THR] to our employees,” Arif told The Jakarta Post on a phone interview.He said the corporate market, which represents a huge chunk of telecommunications companies’ revenues, had declined by 30 to 35 percent by mid-April. Its broadband traffic also declined by 60 percent compared to normal conditions, according to Apjatel’s data.“The demand from retail market customers has increased 10 to 15 percent, but it cannot cover our losses from the corporate market. The corporate sector is our bread and butter,” Arif said. Like other business sectors, telecommunications companies are also asking for a relief program from the government to cope with a sharp decline in revenues as a result of the government’s distancing policy, which among others, requires people to work from home.Telecommunications providers are asking the Communications and Information Ministry to defer the payment of their non-tax obligation as internet usage from the corporate sector dwindles due to the government’s social distancing policy imposed since mid-March to halt the spread of COVID-19.The Telecommunications Network Providers Association (Apjatel) has sent a letter to Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate to officially request for financial relief to help members stay afloat. Internet service provider Biznet echoed Apjaki’s statement, saying that its revenue had been affected by office and industry closures, as the corporate market makes up 80 percent of the company’s source of revenue.“We started to see a decline in early March. That’s when the hotels, industries and offices started to shut down their operation and their internet usage,” Biznet’s president director Adi Kusma said in a phone interview without disclosing the decline.Besides the loss of revenues, internet providers also claimed that they are suffering from the weakening rupiah, as companies must import equipment to maintain their network bandwidth.“The demand from retail users increases, but we have to increase our spending to purchase bandwidth expansion for new customers. The rise in the  US dollar has put us in a difficult position,” Arif said.According to Bloomberg data, the local currency is currently trading at 15,640 per US dollar. It has depreciated by about 12 percent since the beginning of the year.Seeing providers’ revenue decline, Apjatel filed a request to the ministry for a 12-month USO and BHP payment deferral and waiver for late payment fees.According to the letter obtained by the Post, Apjatel bases its request on Article 62 of Law No.9/2018 regarding the collection of non-tax revenue (PNBP), which stipulates companies are allowed to ask for payment deferrals if they suffer business problems due to certain conditions.“In this difficult time, we hope that businesses and the government can work together to dampen the economic downturn. If the business sector goes well, companies can hire more people, while the government could raise taxes in the future,” Adi said.Telecommunications network providers in the country recorded a surge in internet traffic and data communication after the government instructed people to work, study and pray from home.Cellular operator Telkomsel, recorded a 5 percent surge in data services after March 15. The company also saw a 10.4 percent increase in traffic for cloud computing services, 7.5 percent increase in digital advertising, 7.3 percent increase in streaming services and 5.2 percent in browser services.Other telecommunications operators like PT XL Axiata also recorded a 15 percent traffic increase from March 16 to 20.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast beachfront properties trading in secret deals

first_img13A Ocean View, Mermaid Beach sold for $4.6 million.CASHED up buyers are snapping up beachfront homes in secret deals with more than $50 million in property trading hands already this year.The Gold Coast’s exclusive beachfront real estate, often dominated by Mermaid Beach’s millionaire’s row, continues to be the most sought after property on the Glitter Strip, with many transactions happening off-marketThis Hedges Ave penthouse sold earlier this year for $5.25 million.REIQ’s John Newlands said living on the beachfront was something many buyers aspired to.“It’s a limited resource,” Mr Newlands said.“There’s only a small amount of it so it comes down to supply and demand.”A beachfront home in Broadbeach sold in a secret deal for $4.25 million this week. The four-level property at Vogue on Broadbeach went under contract to a Brisbane-based buyer.Apt 4 ‘Jade’ 35 Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise sold for $3.625 million.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago1/5-9 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach sold for $4.25 million.Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal handled the off-market sale and said the beachfront market was booming.“The global aspiration of any property investor is to own a piece of waterfront real estate,” he said.“Taking that a step further, the beachfront more specifically and living on the ocean is the pinnacle of lifestyle property.“While most have witnessed the recent slowdown of the southern state markets, the Gold Coast luxury beachfront market continues to go from strength to strength and shows no signs of slowing.”103-105 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach holds the beachfront sales record for 2018 — it traded for $11.6 million.The highest priced achieved for a beachfront sale this year went to a house at 103-105 Hedges Ave — retired cotton farmer Alan Frost sold his mansion in an off-market sale for $11.6 million in April through agent Michael Kollosche.It is also the highest sale on the Gold Coast this year.FREE HOUSE OFF THE MARKETLAVISH PRICE FOR LUXURY HOME51 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff sold for $3 million“The lack of stock available to purchase and the calibre of buyers that have purchased over the past seven years will be the catalyst for the market to show steady consistent growth and remain insulated from any market volatility in the future,” Mr Kollosche said.The beachfront also holds the Gold Coast sales record — the $27 million paid in 2008 when BreakFree founder Tony Smith sold an uncompleted mansion in Hedges Ave to later-failed internet whiz, Daniel Tzvetkoff.last_img read more

Sidwell to serve ban

first_img A Football Association Independent Regulatory Commission have rejected a claim of wrongful dismissal after Sidwell saw red for a late challenge on Armand Traore after 79 minutes. “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Fulham’s Steve Sidwell has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected,” an FA statement read. “Sidwell was dismissed for serious foul play during his side’s game at home to Queens Park Rangers on 1 April 2013.” Press Association Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell will sit out a three-game ban after an appeal against his dismissal in Monday night’s 3-2 win over Fulham was rejected.center_img The 30-year-old’s ban will begin immediately to rule him out of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle, before matches against former clubs Aston Villa and Chelsea. last_img read more

Solskjaer takes positives from loss

first_img Everton dominated the contest and could justifiably claim victory was deserved after Marshall denied Kevin Mirallas, Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku twice and Ross Barkley with top-class stops. It took a deflection off Steven Caulker after 59 minutes for Deulofeu to finally break through. But Cardiff battled and got back into the contest nine minutes later when Cala bundled in a Peter Whittingham free-kick. Defeat therefore came as a cruel blow for them. The visitors also felt they should have had a penalty when Wilfried Zaha went down under a challenge from Sylvain Distin shortly before Coleman sliced a shot that looped into the top corner in injury time. Marshall said: “It was an unbelievable finish. The boy mishit the shot. “It was a sickener but we showed a lot of character and played well. It was a good, positive performance. “We’re disappointed but we will take a lot of confidence from it. “We have a home game against Liverpool next week but our stadium is a hard place to come to. “If we start well we know we can get a positive result. Then the games after that are the teams round about us, so we can take confidence.” For Everton, the result was a boost to their push for European qualification. Defender John Stones said: “It was a big relief but I think we knew it was coming. “We would have liked it to come sooner but Seamus got there in the end. “It took a long time to get in the net but I think we deserved the three points. “Cardiff had a really good go at it and put us under quite a lot of pressure but overall I think we were the better team and deserved that second goal.” Everton seem to be in a battle with Tottenham and Manchester United for fifth place but no-one at the club is ruling out the possibility of snatching fourth and a Champions League spot. Stones said: “We take each game at a time but never say never. We have got great character in there and I am sure we can achieve something special this season.” Stones, 19, is enjoying a promising first full season with the Toffees and has played the last three games at centre-back in the absence of England’s Phil Jagielka through injury. Stones, signed from Barnsley in January last year, said: “I am loving every minute of it. “The more game time and the more experience I get from the players, playing against Premier League opposition, it only benefits me. “Jags has been injured but he is still putting his influence on me in training, giving me advice. So is Sylvain. “It is all looking forward and I can’t thank them enough.” With just one win in their last six games, they face an increasingly tough fight to climb out of the relegation zone but Solskjaer retains strong belief. The Norwegian said: “With this attitude we will get points. We will see how many we need, but I can’t say enough how pleased I was with the performance. “I thought we performed fantastically. Everton have been outstanding this season at home and we gave them a game. “We get on the ball, we defend, put our bodies on the line and then they get a goal at the end. “Of course we need points. We need points to get clear of the relegation zone. “But it has turned. We have turned the corner in the last couple of weeks, the performances have been a lot better. “We won last week and should have had points here as well. We’re not bad. “Every game is a huge game now but if we have this attitude to the end of the season, we will be fine. The attitude is different class at the moment.” Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims he saw plenty in his side’s defeat at Everton to convince him they will survive in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association The Welsh side slipped deeper into relegation trouble as they suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss at Goodison Park after a last-gasp, mishit strike by Seamus Coleman. Cardiff had looked good for a point after goalkeeper David Marshall produced several fine saves to repel the Merseysiders and Juan Cala cancelled out Gerard Deulofeu’s deflected opener. last_img read more

Matthews looks Sunderland-bound

first_img He made 42 appearances for the Bhoys last season and picked up a fourth Scottish Premiership winners’ medal in the process. The news of Sunderland’s bid comes after a busy few days for the Wearside club, who completed a permanent deal for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on Wednesday night and then tied up key midfielder Lee Cattermole with a five-year contract extension. In addition, they are understood to be maintaining interests in Zenit St Petersburg’s Belgium international defender Nicolas Lombaerts and Dutch striker Jeremain Lens, who plays for Dynamo Kiev. Press Association Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats have a deal in place for the 23-year-old, who has been linked with a move back to his native Wales in recent months. Matthews joined Celtic from Cardiff in July 2011 and has a year remaining on his contract. center_img Sunderland have agreed a fee with Celtic for sought-after full-back Adam Matthews. last_img read more

Heidel wary of English threat

first_img “You are getting clubs like Leicester who are now capable of buying Mainz’s best player,” Heidel told the Die Welt newspaper. “Okazaki’s turning 30 and he’s only got one year left on his contract, yet they are still prepared to pay a double-figure million fee for him. “This new situation is mostly going to affect the clubs from the middle and lower regions of the Bundesliga. “England are our new rivals. The amounts they pay their players by the week are the same as what we pay by the month.” The Premier League’s new television rights deal is almost four times greater than the Bundesliga’s, although the German league overtook the English one in UEFA’s five-year rankings this season. The Premier League risks falling behind Serie A next year and consequently losing one Champions League place. The general manager of Bundesliga club Mainz is becoming increasingly concerned that the English Premier League is going to threaten clubs like his. Thanks to a new lucrative television rights deal, Barclays Premier League clubs can look forward to far greater income in the coming years and Christian Heidel feels Mainz are no longer going to be able to compete in the transfer market. Mainz sold Shinji Okazaki to Leicester for 11million euros this summer – a fee they simply could not turn down. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Mariners report 3 positive tests for coronavirus

first_imgThe Latest: Mariners report 3 positive tests for coronavirus The team did not specify whether the three that tested positive were players, coaches or staff. The Mariners said all three are asymptomatic and are currently quarantined.___Wisconsin says seven of its athletes have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the school started testing them a month ago.School officials previously had said two tested positive out of the 117 athletes who were part of the initial group of tests. The school now has conducted 428 total tests. The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media.Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. He is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday and speak to the media on Thursday.Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experience minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.DeShields is in his first season with the Indians, who acquired him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Seattle Mariners say they had three positive tests for the new coronavirus among 122 Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals that received initial intake tests before the start of summer camp workouts last week. Stanford has announced it’s eliminating 11 varsity sports programs after the 2020-21 academic year.Programs affected include men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The university is the first Power Five school to cut any sports programs. It also said Wednesday that it’s eliminating the jobs of 20 support staff as part of the realignment. ___Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. ___North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff.The school announced results Wednesday following 429 tests administered to athletes, coaches and athletics staff as they began returning to campus last month. That followed a plan that included athletes receiving multiple tests and a phased return for the school’s varsity programs running from June through early August.The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts, though it said the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases.It’s unclear exactly what date football workouts will resume. Associated Press The Ivy League also was the first conference to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball tournament on March 10, just ahead of the quick spread of the virus in the Northeast.___The Detroit Tigers acknowledge an undisclosed number of players on the team have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Tigers general manager Al Avila said some of them were isolated, retested, and passed protocols to resume baseball activities. Avila said in a statement that those who tested positive “are being closely monitored by our medical staff and we hope to have them back on the field soon.“Avila added that the team will not identify players who are unable to participate in workouts due to non-work-related injuries. ___Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party.The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst declined to say whether the positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Boston Celtics.___ Wisconsin isolates individuals who test positive, and the athletic department’s infection response team monitors their recoveries.School officials aren’t specifying which sports are affected by the positive tests.___The Ivy League has placed all sports on hold for the rest of the year for its eight schools because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ivy League becomes the first Division I conference to make the move, which affects the start of basketball season. The league is leaving open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the virus outbreak is better controlled by then. The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand.The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm.The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.___More AP sports: and The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience.According to an email sent Wednesday by the Ravens to the owners of Personal Seat Licenses, the team speculated that stadium capacity — if fans are allowed — would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game.If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders receiving a priority opportunity to purchase in advance of any public sale.___ July 8, 2020 Northwestern’s game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field is being moved on campus to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. Athletic director Jim Phillips cited the possibility of a limited crowd at the famed ballpark even if fans were allowed. He called it “a disappointing conclusion to reach” and said the Wildcats hope to play there again “with a packed house.”In 2010, Northwestern played Illinois in the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938. The Wildcats have since played baseball and lacrosse games there.___ NASCAR in August will move its road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona’s road course, which is used by the IMSA sports car series and incorporates part of the famed 2.5-mile oval. The race on Aug. 16 was a necessary move from Watkins Glen because NASCAR cannot meet New York’s quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors.___The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not available this year.last_img read more

Graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s 66-62 win over No. 9 Virginia

first_imgSyracuse (15-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 9 Virginia (17-5, 7-3), using a massive run in the second half to complete the comeback. Here are key statistics from the game. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm Contact Kiran: kcramsey@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img