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Chilean Naval War College Visits U.S. Southern Command

first_img Students, professors, and administrative personnel from the Chilean Naval War College (Academia de Guerra Naval) visited the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) on 16 August, as part of a 12-day tour of U.S. military and government installations. During their visit to Southern Command headquarters, in Miami, Florida, the more than 40 Chilean military personnel participated in a roundtable discussion moderated by Ambassador Paul Trivelli, USSOUTHCOM civilian deputy commander, who answered questions about the Command’s mission and its relationships with friendly countries in the region. Capt. Guillermo Díaz Avello, director of the Naval War College, located in Valparaíso, Chile, explained that the objective of this visit is to familiarize students with the work done by the Southern Command. “We could say that USSOUTHCOM is involved in an ongoing fight to solve a conflict that affects millions of people. Participation by only one country is not sufficient, and cooperation among all is an essential element,” he commented. The group, which is about to complete the General Staff Course, left Viña del Mar on 7 August and has toured facilities such as Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as well as the Capitol, the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery, among others. “For our students, it’s very important to get to know all aspects of the U.S. military and the close academic, professional, and operational relationship that exists between us. The students have learned the U.S. vision of its relationship with Chile,” Díaz Avello indicated. The meeting was also attended by Capt. David Cinalli, representing the U.S. Coast Guard, and Capt. Felipe Bravo, who as a Chilean liaison officer at USSOUTHCOM offered his own perspective on the role played by the Command and its ties of collaboration with friendly nations in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. “This visit complements what we’ve learned up to now in the General Staff Course,” affirmed Lt. Cmdr. Hugo Moya, a student at the Chilean Naval War College. “For me, it was impressive to see how the Southern Command has an area of responsibility that encompasses more than you can imagine and that takes into account the principle of democracy. This doesn’t always come through clearly in our countries, since it’s not the same from a distance,” he added. In the last item on its itinerary before departing for Chile, the group will stop in Key West to visit the headquarters of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S). Under USSOUTHCOM’s direction, JIATF-S works with liaison officers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, and the United Kingdom to combat illicit trafficking. By Dialogo August 18, 2011last_img read more

Powerball Jackpot Soars to $600 Million

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Powerball jackpot soars to $600 millionLong Islanders now have 600 million reasons to test their luck Saturday and join in on the Powerball craze.The popular lottery game has soared to $600 million this week as lottery hopefuls descended on stores across the country looking for that one lucky ticket in advance of Saturday’s much-anticipated drawing.The jackpot is now the largest ever in the game’s history, surpassing the previous record of $587 million in Nov. 2012.Sales in recent days have soared. Wednesday’s drawing came and went with nobody claiming the $360 million jackpot and by Thursday morning the jackpot had climbed to $475 million. By that afternoon, it had already reached $500 million and was well on its way to record-breaking territory.Powerball has gained in popularity recently, partly due to the $1 million second place prize.Two Long Island stores—one in Southampton and the other in Massapequa—both sold the second place prize during Wednesday’s drawing, which is awarded to ticket buyers who match the first five winning numbers.The cash payout for Saturday night’s drawing is $376.9 million, according to Powerball’s website.last_img read more

US H1N1 vaccine delayed as cases and deaths rise

first_imgOct 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Production delays are cutting into federal pandemic vaccine–supply projections at a time when virus activity is widespread in 41 states and children’s deaths are spiraling, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Since August, federal officials have predicted that 45 million pandemic vaccine doses would be available by mid October, but today the CDC said the total so far is 11.4 million.The slow start is complicating the launch of pandemic flu vaccine campaigns for state and local public health departments as well as school districts. Some have postponed or cancelled events because they don’t know when they will receive their vaccine supplies. For example, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, based in Lawrence, Kansas, recently cancelled Oct 30 clinics at the fairgrounds and the University of Kansas because it wasn’t sure when the vaccine would arrive.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said some manufacturers are reporting delays because antigen yields are lower than expected. She also said it takes time to conduct potency and purity tests on each lot of the vaccine.”We are not cutting any corners. It’s very important that this process be done safely and carefully,” she stated.Schuchat acknowledged the effect that the slower-than-expected trickle of pandemic vaccine is having on state health departments, and she warned that the next 2 weeks will be challenging. “We’re all going to have to bear with the situation,” she said, adding that supplies will likely become more plentiful by the end of October and into November.States have ordered 8 million of the currently available doses, and half of it is injectable vaccine, Schuchat said, which is good news because it gives authorities more flexibility in delivering doses to some high-priority groups. Certain groups couldn’t receive the very first doses, which were the live attenuated intranasal form of the vaccine, made by MedImmune, which is recommended only for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years.Federal officials are also anxious about the slow start to pandemic vaccine distribution. “It’s hard to see the illnesses rise,” Schuchat said.She acknowledged that the situation puts public health officials in a difficult position when communicating the vaccination message to members of the public, who are being urged to obtain the vaccine at a time when delays are hampering the launch of immunization campaigns.The number of states reporting widespread activity is unprecedented for this time of year, she said. The percentage of doctor visits for influenza-like illnesses continues to rise and is well above the national baseline; for the first time this flu season the mortality rate from pneumonia and influenza has risen above the epidemic threshold.”This is a very busy and difficult flu season,” Schuchat said.Ten more pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC over the past week, raising the number of fatal pandemic H1N1 cases in children to 86, she said. The number of deaths in September alone is more than the total for some entire flu seasons, Schuchat added. Since Aug 30, the CDC has received reports of 43 pediatric deaths; 38 have been confirmed as pandemic H1N1, and five are still undergoing subtyping.About half (19) of those deaths occurred in teens, which appears to be a shift from earlier in the outbreak when most pediatric fatalities were in the youngest age-groups.”These are very sobering statistics, and they’re likely to increase,” said Schuchat. Some of the young people had underlying conditions, but others did not.Meanwhile, some sites are reporting shortages of seasonal flu vaccine, Schuchat noted. So far, 82 million doses have been distributed, which is 5 million more than the previous week. Federal officials have said they expect producers to make 114 million seasonal flu vaccine doses.See also:Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Web sitelast_img read more

Black gold rush

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Joy, heartache: Pilgrims in Saudi vie for downsized haj

first_img‘Highly opaque’ Two widows, a Nigerian and an Egyptian working in the kingdom, furiously speculated whether they had been denied the chance to attend the ritual because they had not registered a male guardian to accompany them.Others wondered if several slots had been reserved for diplomats and business and royal elites.The ministry, which did not respond to AFP’s request for comment, said Saudi pilgrims were selected from a pool of health practitioners and military personnel who have recovered from COVID-19.One man, who said he had survived the disease, tweeted: “I am a health practitioner and I had contracted coronavirus… I don’t understand why I was not chosen.”The government invited online applications from foreign residents, saying they would make up 70 percent of the pilgrims, but did not explain how many applied or how they were picked.”Saudi authorities kept the selection process highly opaque since it is a sensitive matter,” Umar Karim, a visiting fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, told AFP.”Keeping it hidden from public scrutiny is meant to generate less noise about who got selected and who didn’t.”Just a week before the haj, an annual global media event, it remained unclear whether it would be open to the foreign press. A Jordanian couple in Saudi Arabia burst into tears of joy to be among the chosen ones for next week’s scaled-down haj pilgrimage, but countless rejected applications have stirred resentment.For the first time in modern history, millions of pilgrims outside Saudi Arabia have been barred from the haj — a key pillar of Islam and one of the world’s largest mass gatherings — because of a coronavirus surge.But even the dramatically curtailed ritual in the holy city of Mecca has drawn a huge rush of applicants. Saudi officials said residents from 160 countries competed in the government-run lottery that many described as an opaque selection process — bringing elation to up to 10,000 people while leaving the vast majority disappointed.”With so many applicants, we hardly had a one percent chance of being selected,” said a Riyadh-based Jordanian engineer, 29, selected for the pilgrimage along with his 26-year-old wife, a health worker.”We were shocked and overjoyed.”Also among the chosen few is Nasser, a Riyadh-based Nigerian expat, euphoric at winning what he called the “golden ticket” to haj. Health hazard For Saudi Arabia, curtailing the haj was a decision fraught with political and economic peril.Selecting a few from a vast pool of contenders risks further roiling public sentiment.To be among the chosen ones adds an aura of religious prestige to this year’s pilgrimage, applicants say.Despite the pandemic, many pilgrims consider it is safer to participate in this year’s ritual without the usual colossal crowds cramming into tiny religious sites, which make it a logistical nightmare and a health hazard.Even in a regular year, the haj leaves pilgrims exposed to a host of viral illnesses.”A lot of people want to do the haj this year as it will likely be less burdensome and more organized due to a smaller crowd,” said Karim.Authorities said pilgrims will be tested for coronavirus before arriving in Mecca and are required to quarantine before and after the ritual.Pilgrims will be provided with bottled holy water from Mecca’s Zamzam well and sterilized pebbles for a stoning ritual, they added.”The only consolation,” said Farah Abu Shanab, a Riyadh-based Palestinian whose haj application was rejected, “is that the government is pressing ahead with the pilgrimage, even if in a limited way.”Topics : “This feeling cannot be described,” he told AFP.But the Jordanian engineer, who declined to be named, said he felt compelled to delete his social media post announcing his selection, fearing he and his wife would attract the ire and envy of rejected applicants.Pilgrims typically wait for years to be chosen through a strict quota system for haj, which last year drew some 2.5 million people.Saudi authorities initially said only around 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom would be permitted for haj, but local media reports say as many as 10,000 will be allowed.The haj ministry has fielded a deluge of anguished queries on Twitter.”Why reject me without giving a reason?” a woman asked the ministry, posting a screenshot of her rejected online application.”Everyone around me has been declined.”last_img read more

Las empresas de Pennsylvania se beneficiarán con la exención de los pagos anticipados del impuesto sobre las ventas

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Las empresas de Pennsylvania se beneficiarán con la exención de los pagos anticipados del impuesto sobre las ventas April 14, 2020center_img Economy,  Español,  Press Release Como parte de la iniciativa para ayudar a las empresas afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que las empresas que recauden el impuesto sobre las ventas de Pennsylvania no tendrán que hacer pagos anticipados del impuesto sobre las ventas acelerado (AST) durante los próximos tres meses. Eso significa que a las empresas que normalmente se les exige el prepago mensual no se les cobrarán multas por no cumplir con el plazo de pago anticipado durante este período de tres meses.“La propagación de la COVID-19 ha generado una gran tensión en muchas empresas en todo el estado que recaudan el impuesto sobre las ventas de Pennsylvania”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Eximir a las empresas de este requisito de pago anticipado les brindará apoyo en un momento en que están haciendo su parte para ayudarnos a prevenir la propagación del virus”.En circunstancias normales, ciertos contribuyentes a nivel empresarial tienen la obligación de realizar pagos anticipados mensuales al Estado del impuesto sobre las ventas si su obligación tributaria real es superior a $25,000 durante el tercer trimestre del año anterior. El Departamento de Ingresos está eximiendo a las empresas del requisito del pago anticipado en abril, mayo y junio de 2020 para ayudar a los propietarios de empresas con el flujo de efectivo durante la pandemia de COVID-19.“Continuaremos trabajando con el Gobernador Wolf y los miembros de su administración para examinar otras medidas que podamos tomar para ayudar a la comunidad empresarial”, dijo el Secretario de Ingresos Dan Hassell. “Es necesario que hagamos todo lo posible para ayudar a las empresas durante esta crisis de salud sin precedentes”.A causa de este nuevo escenario, el departamento está pidiendo a las empresas que simplemente remitan el impuesto a las ventas que recaudaron durante el mes anterior. Las fechas de vencimiento para remitir el impuesto a las ventas serán el 20 de abril, el 20 de mayo y el 22 de junio, que obedecen a las fechas de vencimiento estándar para los contribuyentes mensuales que no tienen los requisitos de pago anticipado.Visite la página del Departamento de Ingresos sobre Pago anticipado acelerado de impuestos sobre las ventas para más información sobre los pagos anticipados.Se recomienda a todas las empresas a remitir el pago en línea utilizando e-TIDES, el sistema de impuestos en Internet del departamento para las empresas. Encuentre el REV-819 en el sitio de Internet del departamento para obtener un calendario de las fechas de vencimiento de presentaciones y pago anticipado.Servicio y asistencia al contribuyenteAdemás de la exención de los pagos anticipados del impuesto sobre las ventas acelerado, el Departamento de Ingresos también ha realizado lo siguiente:Extendió la fecha límite para presentar las declaraciones estatales de impuestos sobre ingresos personales por 90 días. La nueva fecha límite del 15 de julio de 2020 es la misma que la nueva fecha límite federal.Extendió el plazo para presentar las declaraciones informativas relacionadas con corporaciones, asociaciones, propiedades y fideicomisos del Estado de Pennsylvania hasta el 15 de julio de 2020.Extendió la fecha de límite para las corporaciones que tienen declaraciones de impuestos que vencen desde mayo al 14 de agosto de 2020.Dado que los centros de llamadas del departamento permanecen cerrados para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de la COVID-19, a los contribuyentes que buscan asistencia se les recomienda usar el Centro de servicio al cliente en línea del departamento, disponible en revenue-pa.custhelp.com. Puede usar este recurso para enviar electrónicamente una pregunta a un representante del departamento. El representante del departamento podrá responder mediante un proceso electrónico seguro que es similar a recibir un correo electrónico. Asimismo, el Centro de servicio al cliente en línea incluye miles de respuestas a preguntas comunes relacionadas con los impuestos.Encuentre alertas del Departamento de Ingresos en InternetSe alienta a los contribuyentes y a los contribuyentes profesionales a visitar la Página de información sobre la COVID-19 el Departamento de Ingresos en www.revenue.pa.gov para obtener orientación adicional y actualizaciones sobre las disposiciones del departamento. También puede visitar las páginas del departamento en Facebook, Twitter y LinkedIn para obtener actualizaciones en tiempo real.Consulte la Guía de respuesta a la COVID-19 del estado para obtener las guías y los recursos más recientes para los residentes de Pennsylvania o la página de Internet dedicada al coronavirus del Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania para obtener la información más actualizada sobre la COVID-19.Ver esta página en inglés.last_img read more

Labour to set timetable for firms to cut sugar in food

first_imgStuff co.nz 7 November 2015Labour is planning to set a “clear timeframe” for industry to cut the sugar content in all processed foods in a move to reduce obesity, but has ruled out a sugar tax.Deputy leader and health spokeswoman Annette King told the party’s annual conference in Palmerston North on Saturday that Labour would also require “front of package labelling” that was easy to understand based around the number of teaspoons of sugar in a product.Her speech she gave no details of the likely time frame or any sugar reduction targets the party might apply.Speaking later, she said that would be set after consultations with industry and she would not put a ball park figure on the timeframe.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.In the first instance Labour would look for voluntary reductions. It would then “look at giving them certainty about when we would require them to reduce sugar in their food”.However, King said some treat foods, such as lollies, would not be covered by the policy.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/73794665/labour-to-set-timetable-for-firms-to-cut-sugar-in-foodlast_img read more

Trump encourages adoption: “every child – born or unborn – is wanted and loved”

first_imgLifeSite News 2 November 2018Family First Comment: Superb comments from President Trump“Adoption is a blessing for all involved. It provides needed relief to birth parents, who may not, for whatever reason, be in a position to raise a child. It fosters loving homes for children. It enables individuals to grow their families and share their love. And it fosters strong families, which are integral to ensuring strong communities and a resilient country. Adoption affirms the inherent value of human life and signals that every child – born or unborn – is wanted and loved. Children, regardless of race, sex, age, or disability, deserve a loving embrace into families they can call their own.”This week, President Donald Trump issued his second annual proclamation for National Adoption Month, hailing both adopting children and placing them for adoption as acts of love that enrich American society.“Adoption is a blessing for all involved. It provides needed relief to birth parents, who may not, for whatever reason, be in a position to raise a child,” the president said Wednesday. “It fosters loving homes for children. It enables individuals to grow their families and share their love. And it fosters strong families, which are integral to ensuring strong communities and a resilient country.”“Adoption affirms the inherent value of human life and signals that every child – born or unborn – is wanted and loved,” Trump continued. “Children, regardless of race, sex, age, or disability, deserve a loving embrace into families they can call their own. This month, we honor the thousands of American families who have grown because of adoption.”The president specifically highlighted adoption’s power to “show women they are not alone in an unexpected pregnancy,” called for continued assistance for families willing to adopt, and pledged support for children in foster care.“We appeal to families, communities, and houses of worship across our great Nation to help these children find a permanent home,” he said.“I encourage all Americans to observe this month by helping children in need of a permanent home secure a more promising future with a forever family, so they may enter adulthood with the love and support we all deserve,” Trump concluded.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/trumps-adoption-month-message-nation-grows-stronger-through-love-and-sacrifKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Do You Remember?

first_imgThe older readers might remember this name from golf–Jimmy Demaret!  He was on the pro-tour in the 40’s and 50’s.  What possessed me to write about Jimmy Demaret at this time?  While getting ready for the day, we had a rerun of I Love Lucy on the TV, and Jimmy Demaret was their guest.  Jimmy died in 1983 in Houston, Texas.  During his brilliant career, he was a member of both the Ryder and Canada Cups for the United States.  He had 3 major golf wins, and they were all at the Masters (1940, -47, and -50).  You can bet that the modern golfer probably wins more money in one tournament than Jimmy won in his career.  Even though he had 31 PGA wins and 36 golf titles in all, it was soon after Jimmy retired that the Big Four in golf took over.  Included in that group were Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player.  It was Arnie Palmer who brought the crowds to the PGA events, and thus, brought the prize money up rapidly.  Today with TV coverage and corporate sponsorship, most tournaments pay one million dollars minimum for a win.  Too bad Jimmy Demaret retired before the big money hit, because his game was one of the best along with Sammy Snead.last_img read more

About Last Week’s Swim Results

first_img This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text In last week’s report on the Maine State YMCA Swim Meet on these pages, Cooper Holmes of the Down East YMCA Dolphins was credited with more than his share of state championships.Camden (left) and Cooper Holmes.—HUGH BOWDENCooper did, in fact, win three state titles — the 100-yard individual medley, 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard breaststroke among boys ages 10 and under.But it was his younger brother Camden, competing among boys ages 8 and under, who combined with Beckett Markosian, Sam Pelletier and Isaac Weaver to win the 100-yard medley relay championship for that age group. Camden also finished second in the 25-yard freestyle and fifth in the 25-yard butterfly in the 8 and under age group.The Ellsworth American is responsible for the error and offers its sincere apology to the Holmes brothers, who are both Maine champions. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Posts Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more