By U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 02, 2020 U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) donation of two field hospitals, which includes ventilators, is worth $950,000 and is part of SOUTHCOM’s enduring promise to nations responding to the global pandemic in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, and is funded by the command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP).Each field hospital will also receive four ventilators each, for a total of eight, valued at $200,000.Each field hospital can house up to 40 patient beds.The two field hospitals will increase the Dominican government’s ability to rapidly deploy medical staff and equipment, to care for those in need of assistance during disaster relief operations or a health crisis.These mobile hospitals will also provide the Dominican government with increased capacity to remotely test, screen, and contain symptomatic patients.A team of civilian trainers will instruct staffs assuming the operation of the transportable hospitals on their assembly, set up, use, disassembly, transportation, and storage.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.SOUTHCOM’s 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 that request assistance from the U.S. government when they experience health and weather-related emergencies.In total, SOUTHCOM will donate 24 field hospitals to 11 countries in the region in the coming weeks.
Virat Kohli retains top spot in ICC test rankings while 3 Indian bowlers are…
Image Courtesy: AFP/GettyAdvertisement xl8u13NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9kon7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ens6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 727hWould you ever consider trying this?😱6h9Can your students do this? 🌚22tvRoller skating! Powered by Firework Its been a month since Virat Kohli became the no. 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankings list. Back in early December 2019, the captain of Team India dethroned Aussie superstar Steve Smith on the top spot in in ICC’s Test batting rankings. Along with Kohli, Indian bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Shami all have also held their respective spots in the Test bowling rankings.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/GettySteve Smith, who rose to the first spot after a brilliant spell in the Ashes 2019, lost his rank after a lousy performance in the test series against Pakistan back in November. The former captain ended the year with a rating of 911.Kohli’s marvellous gig in the South Africa and Bangladesh test series helped him massively to soar to the top spot. The 31 year old landed a splendid knock of 136 runs in the historical pink ball test, the second match o the Bangladesh series at Eden Gardens, earning him a rating of 928 as the first ranked batsman of the red ball format.Advertisement Cheteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, the other two Indian hitters fell down the pecking order. Pujara, who reached the 4th position with a rating 791 points, lost two places down to 6th, the rank which Rahane had occupied earlier. The latter went down three position, down to 9th with 759 ratings to his name.Coming to the bowling division, things are comparatively better here, as Bumrah, Ashwin and Shami all have been successful in retaining their respective rankings, at 6th, 9th and 10th position in the list respectively.Advertisement Following a stress fracture and missing out the Proteas series, Bumrah lost his no. 3 rank, dropping 3 places. However, son after his recovery, the 26 year old has been consistent, and that has helped him retain his position with 794 ratings.Ashwin, who earlier lost four positions in the all rounder list, retained his no. 9 spot in the list, earning a total of 772 ratings.After an impressive 7 wicket haul in both tests against Bangladesh, pacer Mohammed Shami scaled up an astounding eight places, entering the top 10 list in November with a rating of 771.Team India is preparing for their Test tour of New Zealand in February.Also read-Ricky Ponting’s test team of the decade only features one Indian – Virat Kohli!Ravi Shastri heaps praise on Virat Kohli for his endorsement of test cricket Advertisement
Leafs outlast Bruins 4-1 to sweep season series
The Leafs improve to 29-17-0-4 and host the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena at 7 p.m.Nelson closes out the regular season Saturday in Fruitvale against the Hawks.The Leafs open the playoffs against Castlegar the following week.Grand Forks finished the regular season without a win at home.The Bruins, 1-48-0-2, travel to Spokane to close out the season against the Braves Sunday. The Nelson Leafs outshot the Grand Fork Border Bruins 53-14 en route to a 4-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Thursday in Boundary Country.The win completes a sweep of the season series for Nelson over the Murdoch Division rivals.
Saints look to within organization to land new skipper to replace Jeff Dubois
Though he took a shot at the professional game after graduation in 2012, Evin decided to return to the Kootenays to start training the next generation.Developing the FutureEvin started NL Goaltending shortly after his return to Castlegar, offering his services to teams and individuals.“I have a soft spot for the goaltenders in the Kootenays,” says Evin. “When I grew up I never had any help, I was on my own and made it pretty far by being essentially self-taught in the position. As a goaltender you have to keep developing because the game changes really quick and I feel the goalies in this area were left behind for a long time.”Early in the 2012-13 BCHL season, Dubois asked Evin to the join the Saints staff as an assistant coach. Focussing on the goaltenders, Evin left his mark by helping develop both Alex Sirard who was instrumental in Selkirk’s first championship in 2013 and Chris Hurry who backstopped the Saints to this past season’s ultimate glory.A Deeper UnderstandingGraduating with a degree in English from Colgate University, Evin knows the rigours of a student athlete. His background is one of the assets the team knows will translate into a stronger program.“It was a pretty tough school when it came to academics, at Colgate you were always a student first and athlete second,” he says.“That’s how I am going to approach things at Selkirk because it puts things in perspective for you. Not everybody is going to play at the National Hockey League level and make a living in this game. To be fortunate enough to get to keep playing hockey at a competitive level is awesome, but the players need to ensure they are taking care of their academics first.”On the ice and behind the bench, Evin plans to apply his knowledge and coaching technique in developing the Saints’ players.“I’ve always been a student of the game and I really study the game, I’m a bit of a geek that way,” he says. “That’s just what I enjoy doing and who I am, so that seems to mesh well with coaching. And I can’t think of a better job.”The core philosophy Evin helped foster under Dubois will continue and he expects this year’s club to be as tenacious as ever.“We want to be a team that is always moving their feet and set the pace the play,” says Evin.“We pride ourselves on outworking each opponent every night and we won’t be a team that beats themselves in terms of not showing up. In the last two years some of the games we have won have been because we simply outwork the opponents and then you eventually get that bounce.”The Selkirk College Saints will begin defence of their BCIHL title in September. The Selkirk Saints men’s hockey team didn’t need to look far to find the man they feel can lead the squad to a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title.The Saints have announced this week that Castlegar-raised Alex Evin is stepping from assistant coach to head coach for the upcoming 2014-15 BCIHL season. He will replace Jeff Dubois, who moved to the Creston Valley Thunder of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) earlier this summer.“I think it’s a good fit,” Evin says. “Having been part of the program for the last two years and two championships, I made a contribution to that overall success as an assistant coach. I think I can help keep the program going in the right direction. There’s an expectation to win and I love to win.”Selkirk College Athletics & Recreation Coordinator Kim Verigin says the choice was obvious.“Alex understands this team and understands this community,” says Verigin. “We’re excited to give him the opportunity to see what he can do calling the shots. He is young, enthusiastic and has the hockey knowledge that will enable our players to succeed both on and off the ice.”Background Suited for MentorshipNow 27, Evin grew up in Castlegar and was drawn to the position of goaltender at a young age.“I was attracted to the equipment, that was pretty common for little kids,” Evin says with a chuckle.“But I like the fact that you are able to stay on the ice for the entire game, I hated changing and only playing a third of the game. I was pretty good at it as a young kid and it just kept going from there.”Evin was a standout between the pipes while helping several Castlegar Minor Hockey Association rep teams take on the best in the province. With the likes of Clinton Pettapeice and Lindsay Walker adding offensive firepower, Evin helped backstop the Castlegar Bantam Rep team to a coveted BC Provincial Championship.Drafted by the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen, Evin chose a more academic route in his hockey journey and joined the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) as a 16-year-old. Evin finished his junior hockey career with the Penticton Vees where he helped the squad win a BCHL title in 2008.His play with Penticton that season earned him a scholarship at the prestigious Colgate University in New York State where he played four seasons of NCAA hockey at the highest level.
Rags to riches story for Neptunes culminates with impressive provincial results
This year the Neptunes jumped 11 places climbing to 47th out of 65 teams.”It is common to have a club go up or down in the team rankings slightly, but I have never coached or noticed a club that has moved up that dramatically, especially after a year of not swimming,” Pfeiffer exclaimed. All the swimmers at provincials astounded their head coach Cynthia PfeifferThe best placing of the weekend was Jaylen Rushtons 50 meter Breaststroke placing fifth in the province, taking off three seconds. “I was super impressed by Jaylens step up of mental focus she had during the provincials and I’m excited to see what she can do next year when she will be oldest in her division,” said Pfeiffer.Ohia Wintraub also finished with an impressive sixth in her 50 meter Butterfly. The girls Division one Medley Relay team consisting of Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, and Chloe Malenfant also made the finals and finished in eighth place at Kamloops. Swimmers who also made the consultations finals included Imogen Cowan, Olivia Cowan, Sage Cowan, Madeline Holitzki, Matthew Holitzki, and Jaylen Rushton. “We are hoping that the pool will be open next summer, or at least a portion of the summer so the Neptunes can have a season and keep this incredible momentum of the club on the rise,” said Pfeiffer.Neptune Results at BCSSA Championships:(Bold is events that made the consultation finals [9th-16th] and bold with underline is events that made the finals [First-8th]) Joanna Blishen (Division 5 girls): 21st in 50m Freestyle, 20th in 100m Butterfly, 19th in 50m Butterfly, 21st in 100m Breaststroke Ella Chouinard (Division 1 girls): 18th in 50m Backstroke Enna Cowan (Division 2 girls): 23rd in 100m Individual Medley Imogen Cowan (Division 1 girls): 19th in 50m Freestyle, 12th in 50m Butterfly, 19th in 50m Breaststroke Olivia Cowan (Division 5 girls): 13th in 200m Individual Medley, 16th in 100m Backstroke, 14th in 100m Freestyle Sage Cowan (Division 6 girls): 11th in 200m Individual Medley, 14th in 100m Butterfly, 19th in 100m Backstroke, 14th in 100m Freestyle Madeline Holitzki (Division 3 girls): 23rd in 50m Butterfly, 14th in 50m Breaststroke Matthew Holitzki (Division 4 boys): 15th in 200m Individual Medley, 20th in 50m Freestyle, 15th in 100m Breaststroke, 20th in 100m Freestyle Chloe Malefant (Division 1 girls): 20th in 50m Freestyle, 21st in 100m Freestyle Hannah Malenfant (Division 4 girls): 21st in 50m Butterfly, 24th in 100 Breaststroke Morgan Robertson-Weir (Division 1 girls): 21st in 50m Butterfly, 21st in 50m Breaststroke, 22nd in 100m Freestyle Jaylen Rushton (Division 2 girls): 9th in 100m Individual Medley, 7th in 50m Butterfly, 13th in 50m Backstroke, 5th in 50m Breaststroke Ohia Wintraub (Division 4 girls): 24th in 200m Individual Medley, 18th in 50m Freestyle, 6th in 50m Butterfly, 20th in 100m Freestyle Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer (Division 8 womens): 11th in 50m Freestyle, 6th in 100m Backstroke Division 1 girls Relay -Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, Chloe Malenfant- Medley finished in 8th, Freestyle finished in 9th Division 5 girls Relay – Olivia Cowan, Joanna Blishen, Ohia Wintraub, Hannah Malenfant – Medley finished in 10th, Freestyle finished in 9th. Division 6 girls Relay – Sage Cowan, Madeline Holitzki, Jaylen Rushton, Enna Cowan – Medley finished in 12th, Freestyle finished in 13th. The Nelson Neptunes completed an amazing comeback season after 14 members of the team attained some great results at the 56th annual BC Summer Swim Associations Provincial Championships last weekend in Kamloops.One year from not having a home pool for training, the Neptunes attending the provincial meet were at the big dance for the very first time.”I was super impressed with how ready and focused these kids were for attending such an overwhelming meet (over 1000 swimmers) for their first time,” said Nelson head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.”Many swimmers took off multiple seconds and were able to improve their placings dramatically.””Going into the Provincials I was just aiming to make it a positive experience for the Neptunes so they would enjoy it and be more likely to attend in the future years,” Pfeiffer added.”I had no idea we would have so many swimmers qualify for the consultations and finals.”In 2012 the Neptunes sent four swimmers to Provincials and placed 58th out of 62 teams.
DONEGAL POST OFFICES FACE CLOSURE UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT, UNION TOLD
The Government must wake up to the threat to Post Offices in Co. Donegal, the Annual Conference of the Irish Postmasters’ Union was told by Donegal Postmaster Breid Gallagher at the weekend.Ms. Gallagher, who is a Postmaster in Dunfanaghy, told the delegates to the conference in Fitzpatrick’s Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin, that the future of hundreds of Post Offices nationally, and a number in Co. Donegal, were in the balance due to the fact that the social welfare payments contract is being internationally tendered.“We understand that there is a very good chance that in the short term An Post will retain the contract but a secondtender is to be issued in June that could result in a major transfer of thesocial welfare payment system to an electronic form,” she said. “We are not against new technology or progress but the public are entitled to access their money in the way that best suits their needs. We do not yet know the full terms of the new tender but we are very concerned that it will force the successful tenderer to rush headlong down the e-commerce route.“The Government should be very wary of the consequences, not just for an estimated 400 Post Offices that would close immediately if An Post were to lose the contract, but also for Irish society. It would be catastrophic.”Ms. Gallagher told the delegates that the public were being forced more and more into using Banks that don’t want to see customers, are forever increasing or introducing new charges and in whom the public have little trust.“As we saw last year people can also go weeks without having access to the cash in their bank account,” she said. “Another issue we have with Government is their failure to utilise the outstanding network of 1,100 Post Offices throughout the country to provide additional services to communities,” said Ms. Gallagher “We commissioned the accountancy firm Grant Thornton to validate our figures and they established that by allowing the public to renew their Motor Tax in Post Offices it would save the taxpayer €60m.“We have received much support from politicians from all sides, including Ministers, for our campaign to drive more business through the Post Office but no action. This is despite the savings available, as in the case of Motor Tax. It just doesn’t make sense.“We also believe there is a real opportunity to develop a system of electronic form generation where forms can be printed as required at Post Offices for a small fee, forms can be updated on request, and these services would save the Government money. Hospital charges could also be paid through our network.“I would call on Government Ministers such as Pat Rabbitte, Brendan Howlin and Phil Hogan, to take action on these andother items. They have been advised by their own Oireachtas members of the Joint Committee on Communications and Transport in a recent report that the Post Office network is vital for communities throughout the country. They know what is required and they say they are in favour. It is time for action.“The Post Office network is one of the few pieces of social infrastructure that is still playing a hugely significant part in the communities in which they are based. It is universally agreed that they should continue to continue to do so. The methods by which their future can be sustained are available to the decision makers. Let them act now before it is too late,” she said. DONEGAL POST OFFICES FACE CLOSURE UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT, UNION TOLD was last modified: May 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL POST OFFICES FACE CLOSURE UNDER THIS GOVERNMENTUNION TOLD
QPR ‘will ask Spurs if they can take Bentley on loan’
QPR will ask Tottenham if they can take David Bentley on loan, according to The People.Bentley, 27, played under Rangers manager Mark Hughes at Blackburn and is looking to relaunch his career following a knee problem.The People also suggest Danish club FC Copenhagen have had an offer to take striker Romelu Lukaku on loan rejected by Chelsea, and that Fulham are in talks to sign Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Sivok, who is a free agent after leaving Turkish club Besiktas.The same newspaper report that Chelsea have refused to let defender Gary Cahill play for Britain at this summer’s Olympics, while Daniel Sturridge has been given permission.It is claimed that boss Roberto Di Matteo and the club’s top brass have insisted that Cahill, who missed Euro 2012 because of a broken jaw, must complete a full pre-season with them.The Mail on Sunday say LA Galaxy are ready to make a fresh move to prise Frank Lampard away from Chelsea.The People say Lampard has been offered a two-year deal worth £13m by the MLS outfit, is seriously considering the move and may even be allowed to leave on a free transfer to save the £9m he will apparently be paid in the final year of his Blues contract.Lampard, 34, has repeatedly dismissed speculation about his future and insisted he intends to stay at Stamford Bridge.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
India vs England match ends in tie
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India vs Pak: Nervousness helps you perform better: Ganguly
Ahead of the epic clash between India and Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final at Mohali, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly hopes India soak up the pressure to trump the opposition, saying a little bit of nervousness is necessary. Ganguly, who called India a power-packed and organised side, feels it is the pressure of the big game that gets the best out of players in the middle. “You cannot go into such a big game empty-minded. A little bit of nervousness helps you perform better,” Ganguly told Headlines Today. The former captain, whose side had beaten Wasim Akram-led Pakistan in 2003 WC in South Africa by six wickets, said while Pakistan must score 270 plus to beat India on Wednesday, ‘it will be difficult for (Shahid Afridi’s) bowlers to stop the Indian batting line-up. Even though Ganguly, who led India to the 2003 WC final, admitted ‘Pakistan has played superbly’ in the WC so far, he added ‘India has also played very well’, minor ‘hiccups’ (a tie against England and a loss against South Africa) notwithstanding. Terming the high-voltage clash on Wednesday as the ‘biggest’ between the two sides, Ganguly said M.S. Dhoni’s men are used to handle the pressure that accompanies an India-Pakistan clash. ‘There has been a history’ of big personalities’ presence at India-Pakistan clashes, which make the contests all the more tense, but ultimately, it’s the players in the middle who are going to play for India, Ganguly said, adding the players need to be prepared for that (pressure). He was responding to a question as to whether the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani will add to the players’ pressure at the game’s biggest stage. Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja, who also said that India has got the fabulous line-up, maintained that Pakistan’s bowling is what India should worry about. Saying that bowling is India’s weak link, Raja cautioned Pakistan against Zaheer Khan, who is getting better with each game. In four WC games so far, Pakistan have never beaten India.advertisement
Nordic Shipholdings Tanker Sale Fails
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license. The planned sale of Nordic Shipholding’s MR1 chemical/product tanker Nordic Ruth has fallen through, the Danish shipowner said.In February this year, Nordic Shipholding signed a sale and purchase memorandum of agreement (MOA) with an undisclosed buyer to dispose of the Handysize bulker built in 2000.VesselsValue’s data shows that Nordic Shipholding inked the MOA with a company from Nigeria, having agreed the purchase price of USD 6.1 million.However, the buyers “have not honoured their obligation to establish the requested deposit, and the … Memorandum of Agreement is consequently considered null and void,” Nordic Shipholding explained.“Nordic Shipholding A/S will continue to market the vessel for sale,” the shipowner added.Including the 35,800 dwt Nordic Ruth, the shipping company currently has six product tanker vessels, five Handysize tankers and one LR1.