US Government Donates New Batch of Ventilators to Honduras

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Honduras August 18, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated an additional 160 ventilators on July 31 to support Honduras’ response to the COVID-19 crisis.The ventilators, produced in the United States, are highly specialized medical equipment and an essential resource for treating intensive care patients, to help them breathe while they fight against the virus. In addition, USAID is providing the necessary professional training needed for the proper use of the 210 ventilators donated so far.USAID is also funding the construction of virology labs in Cortés, La Ceiba, and Copán to expand COVID-19 testing capabilities and isolate infected people in time. USAID works with the Ministry of Education to benefit around 1.6 million students nationwide with resources for distance learning, and has collaborated in the development and implementation of biosecurity protocols, so that essential businesses can continue working without putting their employees’ or customers’ health at risk.For more than half a century, the United States has been the main contributor to worldwide health and humanitarian assistance. These ventilators are an example of the U.S. spirit of solidarity, as we continue the fight against COVID-19 together with our sister nations around the world.USAID is the U.S. government agency that has worked for almost 60 years with the Honduran government and its people. USAID programs have contributed to reducing poverty and creating opportunities for Hondurans through programs for health, education, sustainable economic growth, environmental protection, infrastructure development, governance, and democracy.last_img read more

Government embark on major road rehabilitation project in Roseau

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 31 Views   2 comments LocalNews Government embark on major road rehabilitation project in Roseau by: – April 6, 2012center_img Share Section of Bath Road in the vicinity of the Government Head Quarters and the Windsor Park StadiumThe government of Dominica has embarked on major road rehabilitation project within the capital city of Roseau.The project which began approximately two weeks ago will be done in several phases. The first phase involves resurfacing, drainage and sidewalk works on the Virgin Lane to Roseau link road and Virgin Lane to Newtown section of the road. This phase of the project is costing government over EC$800, 000. 00.Public works minister Rayburn Blackmoore views this major rehabilitation project as complimenting government’s plan to ensure that all roads within the city are in good condition.“What we are trying to do in an incremental fashion is to address some of our main roads in the city of Roseau. A few weeks ago the Ministry of Public Works technical staff along with the Minister took a walk around the city of Roseau with a view of getting a clear understanding as to what needs to be done to enhance the physical structure. We also recognize the need to improve on our drainage in Roseau and also our sidewalks”.Work on the section of road spanning from Newtown to Garraway hotel is expected to commence following the Easter holiday. That aspect of the project will be done at a cost of EC$420, 000. 00.Meantime Senator the Hon. Alvin Bernard who represents people of the Roseau central constituency in parliament views the Roseau Road rehabilitation project as providing relief to road users in the city.“The project has to address three basic problems. One is that of traffic congestion, two is that of the management of pedestrian traffic and three the question of adequate drainage”The Rose Street to Bath Road Bridge and the associated link road around the perimeter of the Windsor park stadium are two projects which have already been completed under government’s wider road rehabilitation project in the city of Roseau. Government is now in the process of seeking funds to undertake other phases of the Roseau road rehabilitation project.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Service Sharelast_img read more

Web Apps Are One Thing But What About Security on the Smart Grid?

first_imgWeb apps are not exactly secure. IBM tracks 9 billion events per day. They see 150 million intrusion attempts on a daily basis.Of the vulnerabilities they see, 49% come from web apps. Of the 49%, about 67% of those vulnerabilities never get patched.So, what happens when the physical world is controlled by networks that connect with on-premise and cloud environments? We’ve spent the past two days at IBM Innovate where the discussion is about the development of systems and the increasing complexity of interconnecting network. IBM calls it the complexity of “systems of systems,” a term that is redundant and a bit confusing but we’ll work with it.The security issues get increasingly complex in these systems that connect devices to networks and multiple other connected systems.Take Babcock Ranch, the 90,000 acre smart development that is using IBM Rational to plan its network of instruments that will be integrated into all manners of physical devices.Fo instance, Babcock will put instruments on sprinkler heads throughout the community. They will be networked to pull in weather data so the sprinklers can water certain areas. Houses will be solar powered. When clouds move over, the smart grid will know to compensate.Jack Danahy is a security executive in the office of the CTO at IBM Software. He preaches the concept of designing security from the start of development, not as an add on as is often the practice with Web apps. From the blog he writes with Andy Bochman, a fellow security executive at IBM:“Threats from bad guys are one thing; threats from poor coding, configuration errors and other unintentional companions of complexity are likely a bigger challenge in the near term. Nevertheless, could an attacker work his/her way through less-than-secure automotive communications networks to put drivers in harm’s way or adversely impact a utility? Sounds exotic, but when Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) dreams start becoming reality, and electric cars draw their power from the grid while fulfilling important energy storage functions upon which we come to rely, this is one area we want to make sure doesn’t get overlooked. In fact, just like in everything else, we’d recommend minimizing the drama and designing security in from the word go.”Danahan is the founder of Ounce Labs, the company he sold to IBM last year. Today, IBM announced the integration of Ounce Labs with Rational’s security technology. The result is AppScan Source Edition, a new addition to its Web application security and compliance portfolio. AppScan helps companies correct security vulnerabilities before the app goes live.Security issues are a problem with Web apps. But if nothing else, the security problems that have been on the Web may be a learning lesson as we enter this new age of the Internet of Things. But, still, even if security is built into the technology, the smart grid is not guaranteed to be any more secure than a Web app.From EcoSeed:“According to a study by systems engineer Mohit Arora, the future smart grid’s use of communication technologies implies an increase in computer-controlled electronics and software, which might increase the probability of a potential cyber attack.Mr. Arora says the danger in a cyber attack is the element of uncertainty. A cyber attack can strike through the public network from a remote location virtually anywhere in the world.Successful cyber attacks could lead to power outages, destruction of generators and even grid instability. Hackers can also steal data from the memory of these devices and insert malicious software instead.” Designing with security in mind will be essential in the new smart world. Especially considering that the criminal networks will surely be getting smarter, too. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#cloud#security Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 months ago​Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…

first_img​Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have admitted they are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.And reports had suggested that top teams like Juve, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and PSG were interested.Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ sporting director, is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “He’s a great player, we really like him and he plays for a great team. His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations that the market offers, so we’ve also been alerted to Ramsey.”I repeat, for now he’s an Arsenal player and we’re not the only team who want him.”Juventus do have a history of nabbing players on free transfers. Emre Can joined last summer after his contract at Liverpool expired.Ramsey has 2 goals and six assists in 8 Premier League starts and 10 substitute appearances. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A Man Known As The “Buckeye Bandit” Is Allegedly Robbing Banks In The Columbus, Ohio Area

first_img"Buckeye bandit" robs Columbus-area bank.Friday, the FBI and local police in Columbus, Ohio, released photos and sketches of a man they claim is a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in the central Ohio area. How does this relate to college sports, you ask? The man is wearing Ohio State gear in every photo, and he’s been dubbed the “Buckeye Bandit” by the authorities and the media. The robberies go back all the way to 2013.Here are some photos, via ABC 6. Busted Coverage brought the topic to our attention.FBI Seeks Help Finding ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Serial Bank Robber – http://t.co/d2kT4Y5XGg pic.twitter.com/C06HUOdJkc— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 20, 2015FBI hunting for ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Ohio State fan who won’t stop robbing banks http://t.co/XucAtdRzbL pic.twitter.com/qAwedEVJIJ— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 20, 2015In all seriousness, let’s hope the suspect is caught soon and brought to justice.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Is Rooting For Ohio State This Saturday

first_imgJim Harbaugh talks about Rutgers trash talk during halftime of their game during a press conference.jim harbaugh rutgers trash talkGiven Michigan’s last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year, the Wolverines will need to finish with fewer losses in-conference than the Spartans to claim the Big Ten East crown. That means that for Michigan to have a shot, Michigan State needs to lose either at Ohio State this Saturday or at home against Penn State in two weeks. UM head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked earlier this week if he’ll be rooting for the Buckeyes against the Spartans on Saturday. He basically ignored the question. Thursday morning, he was asked again, this time on Detroit radio show Stoney & Bill. This time around, he made it clear that he’d be rooting for whatever is “best” for Michigan – which, clearly, means he’s rooting for his program’s arch-rival.Harbaugh asked if Bo Schembechler would root for Ohio State or Michigan State on Saturday: “He’d root what’s best for Michigan.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Harbaugh on @StoneyandBill about OSU : “What’s best for Michigan” is what he wants— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) November 19, 2015Harbaugh scolds @stoney16 for saying he can’t root for OSU because of hate: “why would you associate the word hate with collegiate sports?!”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh won’t say ‘go Bucks” on @StoneyandBill :” What’s best for Michigan. I’d say it but I won’t because you’re telling me to say it.”— angelique (@chengelis) November 19, 2015Harbaugh: “What’s best for Michigan is what (I’ll be rooting for).”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 19, 2015Obviously, Michigan fans are in a bind here. If Ohio State can knock off Michigan State Saturday, Michigan needs to just win out to claim the Big Ten East. That being said, it involves rooting for the team they hate.Is Harbaugh breaking an unwritten rule by rooting for Ohio State? Or is this acceptable given the circumstances?last_img read more

Video: Mike Thomas Danced, Did “O-H” On Field As Clock Wound Down In Win Over Michigan

first_imgMike Thomas dances on the field against Michigan.Twitter/@JENNeraly_crazyLocker room dances after big college football wins have become quite ubiquitous. On-field dances while you watch the clock run out on an arch-rival? Now that’s next level. With just six second left in regulation, Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas stood on the field and danced, eventually morphing his moves into the beginning of an “O-H-I-O.” We’re sure plenty of Buckeyes at home were ready to finish it, as the door slammed on the Wolverines.Mike Thomas. Lol #GoBucks @Cantguardmike #shhhh pic.twitter.com/Rhd8Y7msS1— Lindsey (@lindzlou01) November 28, 2015LOL This man @Cantguardmike is a FOOL!! #Zone6 https://t.co/J0q9QxzROR— Zach S ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 28, 2015Ohio State has been up-and-down this season, but it picked a perfect spot for its best game of the year. Now, they need to root for Penn State to pull off a big upset.last_img read more

Red terror strikes

first_imgRed terror struck Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district just 36 hours prior to the first phase of Lok Sabha election with five killed in a roadside bomb – an Improvised Explosive Device planted by suspected Maoist rebels. Amongst the casualties was Bhima Mandvi, BJP MLA, who was heading to a locality in the Maoist hinterland despite being advised against following an intelligence input regarding a possible Maoist attack. Bhima’s convoy was ambushed as the bomb reduced his car to scrap. A group of 20-25 Maoists opened fire on the convoy with security forces accompanying Bhima in another vehicle engaged in crossfire for at least half an hour before the Maoists retreated. The incident generated panic in the Bastar region as Maoists had outlined their call for boycotting the upcoming polls a few days ago, threatening people with adverse consequences if they exercise voting. The incident, an ambush in the Red zone against the establishment, stirred memories of a similar instance back in May 2013 where 27 people were killed including former Union Minister VC Shukla and Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma by the Maoists in Bastar ahead of the state assembly polls. The Maoist attack on Tuesday, however, does not come as a surprise following similar Red terror strikes that have shaken up the state terrorising the locals. Maoists, historically, have struck security forces in big numbers during polling months. Be it the single biggest attack against security forces in Tadmetla, Dantewada, back in April 2010, where 76 CRPF soldiers were killed in an ambush laid by nearly 1000 Naxals on hilltops or Darbha valley, again Dantewada, May 2013, where 28 people including top Congress leadership taken down, the Ultra-Left cadre has left the establishment distraught with their recurring efforts to seize power in the region. Bhima Mandvi’s convoy ambush is the 39th Maoist insurgency incident in the country this year coming days after suspected Maoist rebels – perpetrators of a decades-long war against the expropriation of their resources – executed five paramilitary personnel in two separate attacks in the state. These rebels have asked the locals to boycott the upcoming polls, not just in Chhattisgarh but the entire Red corridor. In an unexpected incidence, these Ultra-Left rebels extended support to Kashmiri separatists and militants who have a similar – struggle against the state – cause, calling a boycott of the Lok Sabha election. CPI(Maoist) circulated a 2-page press release on WhatsApp, urging villagers to boycott the polls and support them in establishing a People’s Council and spreading their aim to create a state within a state in the “liberated zone” entirely controlled by Maoists. The Maoist menace with their anti-establishment stance has, however, failed to influence the polling schedule. The Bastar constituency, where Dantiwada is located, will vote today in the first phase of the LS polls as planned. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWith Maoist insurgency rendering an ugly situation in the Red Corridor over the years irrespective of UPA or NDA terms, the situation has ceased to improve. The contentious issue of insurgency in the Red Corridor prima facie appears to be a prolonged internal conflict between the establishment and the insurgents. However, BJP and Congress quarrelling over each other’s alleged collusion with the insurgents gives the internal conflict an ever bitter taste. Expectedly, a blame game ignited between the ruling Congress and BJP over Mandvi’s death with the BJP leaders alleging a conspiracy by Congress. Congress retaliated how Maoist control has proliferated from three to 13 districts in the state over the last 15 years owing to faulty BJP policies under ex-CM Raman Singh. A divided establishment only fuels the ambitions of the insurgents which is why years of counter-insurgency operations have only produced grievous outcomes. Civilians, security personnel, and insurgents, all have perished due to this uncontained Red Terror which often registers a spike during polling periods. It is certain that the election period is a most-ripe time for the Maoist rebels to highlight their objective and capability both through their violent engagements. The state and the Central governments have so far failed to appropriately tackle this internal crisis and one cannot help but notice the pattern forming of Maoist attacks coinciding with polling seasons. Mandvi’s death and the general insurgency by Maoists draws a sharp contrast to India’s recent achievement in strengthening national security with the BJP reiterating how India will bow down to no one when it comes to its integrity and national security. The national security narrative that BJP offers to everyone may be reduced to empty rhetoric in the face of Red terror which has plagued the country for a long time now. If the Modi dispensation strengthened India’s defence then the prevailing misery of insurgency returns an ironical slap on the nation’s stance over its integrity. We cannot boast of subduing threats and showcasing defence and space prowess when we have failed to combat insurgency for decades. The only way to remedy this is by establishing a comprehensive plan to eradicate Red Terror from the roots.last_img read more

Two children dead many homes damaged as storms pummel USA

first_imgDallas: Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family’s car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. Lufkin is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Additional information was not immediately available. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas. The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph). Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days. Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWeather service meteorologist Monique Sellers said they’ve received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower. The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday. Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, with Mississippi State University’s 21,000 students huddling in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school’s campus in Starkville. University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.last_img read more

World Haemophilia Day Drive on disorder treatment

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is all set to organise an awareness campaign on the treatment of haemophilia on Wednesday.April 17 is observed as World Haemophilia Day to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The treatment of haemophilia is available at two state-run hospitals in the city — Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical College and Hospital. To extend the health services, two specialist doctors were recently sent to Bankura Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Though, there is no separate hematology unit in the hospital but the newly appointed hematologists will create awareness among the patients about the disorder. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder in which the patient’s body lacks factors that help clotting of the blood. Lack of awareness about the genetic disorder leads to complications in such patients. The major challenge to treat these patients is the cost treatment which is not affordable for persons from impoverished background. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Bengal government is striving continuously to provide safe and high factor treatment to the patients suffering from haemophilia. The government has plans to set up more haemophilia treatment centres with proper infrastructure in various districts as well. City doctors feel continuous availability of haemophilia factors to the patients can be one step to ensure the best care to the patients. The state government is making various efforts for the availability of replacement therapy of factors (VIII or IX) to patients. When the factor VIII in the blood goes down a certain level, the patient is affected with haemophilia A or when factor IX dips, it causes hemophilia B. According to Prof Dr Siddhartha Sankar Roy of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, in normal cases the factors remain between 50-150 percent in a patient. When the factor level goes below 1 per cent the condition is termed severe hemophilia. When a patient is diagnosed with a factor level 1-5 percent, it is called moderate condition and 5-50 percent can be termed as mild. When factor level goes down 1 per cent the patient starts bleeding from various parts of his body. There is also a possibility of brain and any other internal injuries. “There are currently 750-800 registered haemophilia patients in the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Hemophilia A is more common than hemophilia B. There are around 550 patients with hemophilia A in the hospital. Spreading awareness is the most important to fight the disease,” Prof Dr Roy said.last_img read more