USNS Hospital Ship Brings Much-Needed ‘Comfort’ to Nicaragua

first_img “If you look at the number of disasters that have occurred over time [in this region], the ability to work with partner nations in a peacetime setting or non-disaster setting prior to having to work side by side [in disaster response] is huge,” said the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Brian C. Nickerson. “It’s a great rehearsal.” For example, he said that when the Comfort was deployed to help respond to Haiti’s catastrophic January 2010 earthquake, the U.S. humanitarian mission worked in tandem with a Colombian military response team. “We do a lot of work with the Colombian military, so to have a Colombian ship next to us, to have doctors and nurses from Colombia who we had already worked with in the past, made those operations run more smoothly,” Nickerson said. “So we couldn’t ask for a better training opportunity than these humanitarian missions.” Nickerson said the U.S. military also has a “strong working relationship” with its Nicaraguan counterparts. “Continued Promise” – which has now visited Nicaragua five times since 2007, three times aboard the USNS Comfort and twice in the form of smaller amphibious craft – offers the chance to strengthen that relationship even further. The mission also looks for chances to “perform subject matter expert exchanges with military counterparts” in areas related to force protection or aviation, said Nickerson. “This is truly a civil-military operation here in the area.” The Baltimore-based Comfort, which was delivered to the Navy’s Sealift Command in 1987, is the third such hospital ship to bear the name. A BIG thanks too must go to the Military based at the US Embassy in Managua… As this operation had been worked on since Oct. 2010 with them doing the leg work to make it happen. Hats off to the Men and Women of the US Military and all of the Locals here in the dept. of Rivas and San Juan del Sur that turned too and got the job done. Thanks to all that helped. I’m Nicaraguan I haven’t noticed that the ship was here. I have a 3 year old son that was born at 29 weeks weighting only 1000 grams, and currently has Hypospadias. I want him to be tested with the CAT scanner and also I want him to have surgery. What I can do to find you? No matter how I will to reach you… help me, please. By Dialogo June 30, 2011 “They treated me excellently,” said Gabriela Gómez, 35, after returning to shore following gallbladder surgery aboard the Comfort. Gómez said she had been waiting for six months for surgery. She said she was afraid to undergo surgery at her local health clinic in the town of San Jorge, and unable to pay $1,000 to have the operation done in a private hospital in Managua. Besides helping thousands of patients, she said, the Comfort also provided a great service to the overburdened public health-care system, where waiting times for surgeries and specialty care can be months on end. “It was a privilege for me to have an opportunity like this, because here in the public hospitals it takes a long time to get operated on,” she said. “So it’s an opportunity for the health system too, because the hospital ship helps to reduce their patient waitlist.” “They took very good care of me. I don’t think there is anywhere else in Nicaragua that takes such good care of its patients,” Martínez said as he convalesced in a tidy recovery room aboard the 894-foot former oil supertanker that was converted into a naval Mercy-class hospital ship in the mid 1980s. “I am very thankful and happy for everything.” Martínez’s enthusiasm is shared by others aboard the Comfort, which spent a week in late June attending to the medical needs of thousands of Nicaraguans and providing free surgeries to more than a dozen patients each day. SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua — After more than three years of living with cataracts, farmer José Martinez, whose face shows the effects of a long life of honest labor under the relentless Nicaraguan sun, was starting to lose hope that he’d ever see clearly again. So when the USNS Comfort hospital ship dropped anchor in the nearby bay of San Juan del Sur, it was literally a sight for sore eyes for the 79-year-old Martínez. From the early morning hours, patients from San Juan del Sur — the departmental capital of Rivas and several outlying towns — lined up at the health clinic for the chance to be seen by a U.S. medic or nurse, many of whom were accompanied by local translators. Those needing surgeries that could be performed easily without requiring follow-up care were transported out across the choppy waters to the hospital ship for surgery and overnight care. The beneficiaries of the free health services praised the U.S. humanitarian mission for its orderliness, effectiveness and friendliness. Bayardo Antonio Tenorio, a 71-year-old retired farmer who underwent cataract surgery aboard the Comfort, says the U.S. medical mission is a godsend for folks like him “who don’t have the money to pay for an operation.” Tenorio said the personal treatment from the U.S. medical staff was “excellent,” and he appreciated that doctors the time to explain the procedure to him beforehand. The soft-spoken farmer also said he was happy to learn that the U.S. mission does not distinguish among political affiliations, as sometimes occurs in other Nicaraguan health clinics. “They didn’t ask what party you belong to, they just ask what illness you have,” Tenorio quipped. Besides providing health care, the Comfort’s “Continuing Promise” mission — which will visit nine countries during its five months at sea — also serves as a tactical and strategic training opportunity for the U.S. armed forces. last_img read more

New VP at Binghamton University shares views for campus culture

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — Karen Jones was recently appointed as the first-ever Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Binghamton University, and on Thursday, shared her views for what she hopes to spark during her time on campus. Jones is now hoping to build upon that progress, and believes Binghamton can be a leader locally and nationally. “Outside-of-the-classroom experiences are equally important,” Jones said. “So if we don’t prepare them for a world outside of Binghamton, we’ve done a disservice.” “We’ve got a lot of great things going on in our individual colleges that we’re not showcasing,” Jones said. “How doe we showcase that nationally? How do we make certain that the country understands and recognizes the work that’s being done?” With national movements taking place, she hopes to continue to facilitate conversation, and wants students to gain valuable experience off of the campus. She added one way to build is by showing off that progress. Jones was attracted to the school after looking at the history and groundwork of diversity at the school, including some of its programs. “You see among the SUNY peers and even nationally, Binghamton University is doing some wonderful things,” Jones said. “I think first and foremost is building those collaborative relationships and building strategic partnerships.” “Hearing those things, particularly about the work that was already being done, their commitment to diversity, the longevity of the leadership here, the president’s commitment to diversity is what drew me here,” she said.last_img read more

Home renovated from scratch to channel a French and Asian mix

first_img15 Skiff Street SouthportA FUSION of French, Asian and Indian themes combine in this Southport home to create a spectacular design that owner Desley Truscott describes as the result of wanderlust. “It is a long story about how this home came together,” Mrs Truscott said. “But it had a lot to do with falling in love with a Frenchman.” Mrs Truscott who travels to France for six months at a time, bought the four-bedroom home nine years ago and renovated it extensively. 15 Skiff Street SouthportOozing style from every corner, the home has red entry doors, stone and pearl basins, checkerboard tiles, white timber shutters and Carrara marble.There are three outdoor entertainment areas and a shower with a feature stone wall. “I know it sounds odd, but I was searching for a home with a bit of soul,” Mrs Truscott said.“I was about to give up on buying a home at the Gold Coast until I got a call from my agent to have a look at 15 Skiff St. 15 Skiff Street Southport“I spend a lot of time in France and the culture of eating and entertaining has really rubbed off,” the grandmother-of-four said. “I measure a home’s success on the enjoyment of others when they visit and long lunches are good indication that the design is a success.“Everyone really likes dining in the secret garden and I always feel like I’m somewhere in Provence or Tuscany.“My proudest work is the spa-like outdoor shower. gcb realestate 15 Skiff Street Southport 22 Jnauary 2017The property has olive trees in front courtyard garden and Jasmine vines along the pool wall.center_img 15 Skiff Street Southport“It is so peaceful and romantic taking an evening shower under the stars in total privacy.“Even when it’s raining, it is a perfect way to end the day.” Stone ice-buckets for dinner parties, a blackboard in the powder room for guests to write messages on and a large cabana with hanging lights are just some of the property highlights. 15 Skiff Street SouthportMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I opened the door and thought it had the charm I was after but it needed a lot of work to turn it into a Zen-heaven.“My builder told me it would have been cheaper to knock it down but I thought that would spoil all the fun.”Mrs Truscitt who has been deisgning homes since 1987 said this property had all the important features she needed such as a north-facing pool, white walls and French doors. last_img read more

Harris flies fastest in sprint to Dixieland checkered flag

first_imgCharlie Ware and Bill Rice paced the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green with Harris going to the top and flying around to lead lap one with Rice holding off John Karklin for second and Bron­zie Lawson in fourth.  Karklin got by Rice as did Lawson and Brandon McLain, but Harris was up high and rolling, keep­ing distance on the field. The top group was racing hard to catch Harris as the laps were clicking off with Andy Best and Jake Karklin trying work up through the field before laps ran out.  By Jim Haines  As the checkered waved, Harris flashed by for his first of the year with Best second and John Karklin holding of son Jake for third. Jerald Harris became the fourth different winner in as many Virginia Sprint Series events held this sea­son when the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car our traveled to Dixieland Speedway Friday night. (Photo by Jim Haines) After a quick caution for a spin, Harris was back to the top and rolling. Lawson fell out but was replaced by Best. With the white flag in sight, Best was under John Karklin and Jake Karklin was all over his dad for third. ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (May 10) – Jerald Harris moved to the top and took off for his first win of the year to top a Fast Friday Virginia Sprint Series field at Dixieland Speedway. Next the Virginia Sprint Series will travel to Natural Bridge Speedway on Saturday, May18 .  Feature results – 1. Jerald Harris; 2. Andy Best; 3. John Karklin; 4. Jake Karklin; 5. Brandon McLain; 6. Daren Bolac; 7. Ben McCall; 8. Bill Rice; 9. Charlie Ware; 10. Chris Ware; 11. Bronzie Lawson; 12. Matt Mullins.last_img read more

Ninca90 secures back to back World Tipster titles

first_img Submit Share Share Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Stats Perform extends NBL data and streaming deal July 13, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Nemanja Dojcinovic, also known by his community name of Ninca90, has been named World Tipster Champion 2017 by defending champion made a total of 7,123 tips and secured a total unit profit of 5,268, with 54.3% of his winning tips coming from Basketball, followed by football (31.9%), handball (6.4%), tennis (5.3%) and ice hockey (2.1%).Dojcinovic secured a €10,000 cheque and a trip to Copenhagen, home of Better Collective, the team behind, where he was included in a session with a team of specialists aimed at improving the social tipping site.Gavin Moore, Head of Traffic and Brand at Better Collective, said: “It’s remarkable that Nemanja has won it for the second year running, it goes to show he’s certainly one to follow and his consistency is just remarkable. “It was great to have him over to Copenhagen to show him the sights and meet the team. His own feedback about the site was a real eye-opener from a tipster’s point of view and will go a long way to helping us improve the product. “Can he do it for a third year running? You certainly wouldn’t bet against him!”With prize money up for grabs for the tipster who has the highest yield, it is hoped that users can feel safe that the tips being posted are for the aim of being the best on the site.last_img read more