SOUTHCOM Donates Field Hospitals to Support COVID-19 Response in Costa Rica; 24 Field Hospitals to Be Donated in the Region

first_imgBy SOUTHCOM Bureau of Public Affairs/Edited by Diálogo Staff August 25, 2020 U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day delivered three field hospitals, purchased by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), to the Costa Rican government during an official donation ceremony August 24 in San José.The donation of $1.1 million is part of SOUTHCOM’s ongoing assistance to nations responding to the global pandemic in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean and funded by SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP).These field hospitals are equipped with generators and air conditioning. (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica)The field hospitals will be delivered to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, the Costa Rican government agency that provides public health services nationwide.A team of civilian trainers will instruct staffs assuming the operation of the transportable hospitals on their assembly, setup, use, disassembly, transportation, and storage.Earlier that week, SOUTHCOM also delivered the first of two field hospitals it will donate to the Dominican Republic.In total, SOUTHCOM will donate 24 field hospitals to 11 countries in the coming weeks.The transportable hospitals will support community health care systems experiencing a high volume of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Though each donation will be based on host-nation needs, most field hospitals will be equipped with generators and air conditioning equipment. They will be delivered ready for requesting governments to staff, equip, and operate. Each field hospital can house up to 40 beds for patients.SOUTHCOM’s support to COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts began in late March, as the first signs of COVID-19 infections emerged and nations requested assistance from the U.S. government.The first phase of SOUTHCOM’s assistance focused on supporting the countries’ immediate response to the pandemic by providing much-needed resources, procured locally, to first responders and health care providers on the front lines of the battle to defeat the virus and save lives. During that initial phase, More than 80 HAP projects donated personal protective equipment, consisting of N-95 masks, gloves, face shields, protective coveralls, and disposable aprons. Medical supplies, medical equipment, and COVID-19 testing supplies were also donated during the initial phase.The field hospitals are among the donations funded in the second phase of SOUTHCOM’s assistance to the region, which is focused on supporting the region’s long-term preparedness and prevention efforts.To date, SOUTHCOM has funded more than 290 HAP projects, purchasing more than $16 million in supplies, equipment, and other vital resources to support the COVID-19 response and mitigation efforts of 28 nations. In total, the U.S. government has provided more than $135 million in COVID-19 response assistance to the region.HAP helps partner nations build their disaster readiness, response, and mitigation capabilities. The program funds infrastructure, equipment, and training to help nations prepare before disasters and crises strike, but also supports countries who request assistance from the U.S. government when they experience health and weather-related emergencies.The countries assisted under HAP so far are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.last_img read more

Shooting: A historic 3 gold in a day for India in World Cup final

first_img 9 months ago Komal Pandey: Quirky Indian outfits of the social media star Last Updated: 22nd November, 2019 00:04 IST Shooting: A Historic 3 Gold In A Day For India In World Cup Final India’s top guns stormed the Chinese Shooting and Archery Administration Center on Thursday, winning three golds at the SFFAI event 9 months ago Five Indian nationals apprehended for trying to enter US illegally LIVE TV Written By India’s top guns – including a couple of teenagers, stormed the Chinese Shooting and Archery Administration Center on Thursday, winning three of the four gold medals up for grabs on the penultimate day of the ISSF World Cup Final Rifle/Pistol in Putian, China. Never before had India won three gold medals in the annual ISSF showpiece. Manu Bhaker, Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar’s exploits, meant that India finished the day right at the top of the medals tally with hosts China now trying to play catch-up with two gold medals to their name.  Manu Bhaker wins goldIt started early in Putian on Thursday. First, Manu Bhaker demolished a classy field to nail her first WCF gold, winning the Women’s 10m Air Pistol. Elavenil then followed it up with a scintillating pillar to post a victory in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle before Divyansh Singh Panwar, all of 17, took out the best Air Rifle exponents in the world for a thrilling 0.1 point victory in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle.  All the victories were unique and were achieved in contrasting styles. Manu had a tight qualification round and was behind at the start of the finals as well. She took the lead after the 11th shot of the 24-shot final and then kept getting stronger to finish a massive 2.8 points ahead of the silver winning Serbian and two-time former world champion Zorana Arunovic. Manu’s score in the final was 244.7. Reigning Asian Games champion Wang Qian of China won bronze.  READ | Pink ball Test match: Sourav Ganguly shows Kolkata turning pink in new Instagram postYashaswini Deswal reaches finalThe second Indian in the field, Yashaswini Deswal, also reached the final to finish a creditable sixth in her first WCF.It was then the turn of Elavenil Valarivan, who first returned a solid 631.1 in qualification to finish second overall quite comfortably. In the final, she took the lead from the first 5-shot series itself to never surrender it and despite a 9.4 on her 23rd shot which gave Chinese Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin a sniff of a chance, closed out with a 10.4 to win by 0.1. Ela shot 250.8 on the day to Lin’s 250.7.  Here too, a second Indian on her maiden WCF outing, Mehuli Ghosh, reached the final but finished sixth. Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil, the third and fourth Indians who made the cut for this event, could not progress beyond the qualification rounds.  Finally, it was the turn of Divyansh Singh Panwar and he too savoured a narrowest possible 0.1-point victory in his Men’s 10m Air Rifle final over Hungarian star Istvan Peni, but he was a more closely contested final than Ela’s.   Divyansh was placed third after the first two 5-shot series and only took the lead after the 12thshot. After that, he had an exhilarating battle with Peni with the lead changing hands at least a couple of times. Going into the 24th and final shot, the difference between the two was 0.5 with Divyansh ahead. Peni shot a 10.5 but Divyansh’s 10.1 was enough to give him gold. There was also the Men’s 10m Air Pistol final on the day and here to both Indians in the field, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary reached the finals. Abhishek in-fact topped qualifying with a 588. They, however, finished fifth and sixth respectively with China’s Pang Wei winning gold.  It was to bring the curtain down on a truly historic day for Indian sport shooting.Friday, the final day of the Putian WCF has the two Mixed Team events on the schedule with India searching for more medals. READ | Sachin congratulates Chitharesh Natesan on becoming first Indian to lift Mr Universe titleREAD | Five Indian nationals apprehended for trying to enter US illegally WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW UScenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Sachin congratulates Chitharesh Natesan on becoming first Indian to lift Mr Universe title 9 months ago India trying to convince US that tapping into Indian talent is mutual benefit: Jaishankar Suman Ray WE RECOMMEND First Published: 22nd November, 2019 00:04 IST 9 months ago Indian squad for ODI & T20I series against WI announced; Jadeja, Shami make comebacklast_img read more

Wenger regrets handling of Arsenal ace after injury setback

first_img Aaron Ramsey 1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits Aaron Ramsey’s injury setback could – and should – have been avoided.The Gunners midfielder faces misses up to five games after suffering a hamstring problem during the 2-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.Wenger believes Ramsey has been ‘overloaded’ with games in recent weeks and was not happy with Wales boss Chris Coleman’s decision to play the 24-year-old for 90 minutes against Andorra in Cardiff on October 13.But he also accepts that he too could have prevented the injury by resting Ramsey against Watford four days after he featured for his national team.“Aaron Ramsey, after international break, he has a chance to be back, so it is a three to four weeks job,” said Wenger, whose side host Everton on Saturday.“Maybe he was overloaded a little bit with games. Ideally I think not him nor [Gareth] Bale should have played against Andorra, because they were qualified, but unfortunately I could not decide that.“I was in a position after that where I thought I could rest him against Watford. In the end I didn’t do it and of course after, against Bayern, I had not much choice and we got punished.“Ideally he should have had a breather, or at Watford. Realistically, the real breather he could have had was against Andorra.”Asked if he now regretted playing Ramsey at Watford, where he scored in the final goal of a 3-0 win, Wenger said: “Yes, because he got injured.”Wenger accepts clubs are somewhat powerless to prevent international managers from deploying their players in whatever manner they deem fit.“It is a point of friction between clubs and national teams,” said the Gunners boss, who in the past has seen the likes of midfielder Jack Wilshere sidelined with problems sustained while away with England.“I understand, when it’s official games, you do not want to interfere in that because the country is important and they have to win the games.“Once they play friendlies, or games where there is nothing at stake, you think they should accommodate the clubs as well.“It is difficult because it is sometimes common sense and you cannot predict every single situation with a rule. It is more down to a good co-operation between clubs and countries that is important.”last_img read more