JTF-Bravo Strengthens Central America Against COVID-19

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo May 07, 2020 U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) is deploying its humanitarian arm in Central America to strengthen response capabilities and halt the rapid spread of COVID-19.JTF-Bravo is sending health supplies to protect doctors, nurses, service members, and police forces. This aid began to reach the region in early April. El Salvador was one of the first countries to receive U.S. support, with deliveries of basic health supplies to stock up containment centers, where people potentially infected with COVID-19 receive treatment.During the Vita exercise, the medical evacuation team of JTF-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, trained together with the Colombian Military Forces on victim assistance and air transport operations to improve capabilities and increase interoperability. (Photo: Joint Task Force Bravo)The United States has also sent food rations to service members in the field who prevent people from evading health controls. “The Sumpul Command, deployed in more than 186 illegal border crossings, received meals ready-to-eat  donated by the U.S. military,” said Salvadoran Naval Force Rear Admiral René Merino, El Salvador’s minister of Defense. “They have also sent disinfecting gel and masks, because personnel are in contact with many people every day.”JTF-Bravo practiced setting up a field hospital to care for its COVID-19 patients internally, if it were to be needed, at its José Enrique Soto Cano Air Base headquarters in Comayagua, Honduras. This would allow them to avoid burdening the local health system. According to a press release, their Army Forces Battalion has also rehearsed a plan to treat and evacuate infected service members, while the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment has been conducting humanitarian assistance training and demonstrating its ability to mobilize forces when needed during a crisis.Months before the virus was detected in the region, several armed forces refreshed their knowledge in emergency interoperability.“The best strengths our military provides are the tangible U.S. commitment to alleviate human suffering and for people to know that they will receive the help they need,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Laura Miller, JTF-Bravo’s Civil Affairs officer in Honduras.An example of this assistance was the Vita exercise, conducted in La Guajira region of Colombia in March 2020, to offer preventive care, and public health, pharmacy, and dentistry services.“We have significantly increased the task force’s readiness to execute humanitarian assistance operations in austere environments, which is particularly critical, because aviation crews needed to become familiar with the unique demands of flying over mountainous and desert terrain,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Bob Yerkey, head of Operations for JTF-Bravo. “Our civil and medical affairs staff has made valuable contacts that will prove essential in future humanitarian assistance operations.”In another exercise in Panama’s Darién province, conducted in December 2019, JTF-Bravo and Panama’s Public Force worked to respond to a simulated disaster following a natural event. “This exercise became a forum for various agencies to come together and solve problems, such as displacement of people, food assistance, and humanitarian supplies to communities,” said Lt. Col. Miller, who led the exercise. “We not only strengthened ties between countries, but also between civilian and military response agencies. [It’s] a cooperation effort currently being put into practice.”“All the above are on top of the numerous medical preparation exercises and other activities that we coordinate in the region. By working with partner nations’ forces, we are prepared to face together the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Beau Downey, head of JTF-Bravo’s Public Affairs. “The most relevant competency both sides get is interoperability; we build relationships with each other and learn where contact points are, so as to use them quickly during a crisis.”last_img read more

Christopher Krebs Hasn’t Been Fired, Yet

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Krebs’s team worked with states to scan and patch systems for vulnerabilities, lock up voter registration databases and voter rolls, change default passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and print out paper backups, all to build up “resilience” in case of attack. He was protecting, he said, “the crown jewels of election administration.”When the pandemic upended everything, Mr. Krebs’s team shifted focus to securing vote-by-mail systems, despite the president’s campaign again them. That was when Mr. Krebs’s agency got in the White House’s cross hairs.- Advertisement – In interviews, Mr. Krebs countered Mr. Trump by saying mail-in voting would make the election more secure by creating a paper trail, critical for audits to establish that every legal ballot was correctly counted.It also made state registration databases more critical: an attack that froze or sabotaged voter-registration data — by switching addresses, marking registered voters as unregistered or deleting voters entirely — risked mass digital disenfranchisement. Mr. Krebs made it his personal mission to see to it that every last registration database was sealed up.When Mr. Trump called mail-in voting a “fraud” in his televised debate with Mr. Biden, now the president-elect, in September, Mr. Krebs contradicted the president at every turn, again without mentioning his name.- Advertisement –center_img “We’ve got a lot of confidence that the ballot’s as secure as it’s ever been,” Mr. Krebs told any reporter who asked.On Election Day, Mr. Krebs and senior officials held briefings with reporters every few hours to apprise them of any threats. Chad Wolf, the secretary of homeland security, a Trump loyalist and Mr. Krebs’s boss, even appeared at one to praise Mr. Krebs’s work. Despite small hiccups, Mr. Krebs reassured journalists that there was no major foreign interference or signs of systemic fraud.“It’s just another Tuesday on the internet,” he said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Fernandes lauds Ronaldo’s centurion after Sweden win

first_img “It’s great to have Cristiano. He makes any team stronger.” Portugal could not match the four goals they ran in against Croatia, though, and Fernandes added: “We managed the game well, we knew how to take advantage of opportunities. “We could have scored more goals, but we are happy here because we took what was important and we are at the top of the group.” read also:Ronaldo Scores 100th International Goal for Portugal Portugal coach Fernando Santos has also marvelled at his side’s superstar, saying that the Juventus forward thrives on setting more records. He told a news conference: “What more can I say? A team that has the best in the world cannot be better without the best in the world. “[Ronaldo] goes on breaking records and records and then, when everyone thinks he is going to finish, there are even more records to beat. He feeds on it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bruno Fernandes lauded Portugal team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo, after his 100th and 101st international goals secured a 2-0 Nations League win at Sweden. Ronaldo came into the match looking for a milestone strike at the international level and the superstar captain reached a century of Portugal goals just before half-time in Stockholm Tuesday. Gustav Svensson was sent off for a second bookable offence, allowing Ronaldo to fire in a stunning free-kick to celebrate his 100th Portugal goal. Portugal were in complete control but needed a second goal of similarly high quality from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to make the points safe in the Group A3 encounter. The victory gave defending Nations League champions two wins to begin this season’s competition, having defeated Croatia 4-1 on Saturday without Ronaldo, who missed out with a toe infection. Manchester United midfielder Fernandes was full of praise for the 35-year-old after Tuesday’s game, saying that the veteran can still make the difference in any match. “We know that [with Ronaldo] it is easier to reach the goal,” Fernandes said. “He has a nose for goal and can solve a game at any time. “That was what happened before half-time, in a free-kick situation. Just yesterday he had six or seven like that in training and today he did the same. Loading… center_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Albino Animals: A Rare Kind Of Ultimate Beauty7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharginglast_img read more

Two victories give Trojans Pac-10 lead

first_imgThe No. 4 USC men’s tennis team moved to the front of the Pac-10 conference with two very different types of wins over the weekend.Big weekend · Senior Robert Farah won all four of his matches this weekend against tough Pac-10 competition including a tussle with Stanford’s Bradley Klahn in which Farah dropped the second set 6-1, but was able to win the third-set tiebreaker. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan With No. 9 UCLA losing 4-3 to No. 7 Stanford on Saturday, the Trojans (18-2, 4-0) remain the only undefeated team in conference play with two more Pac-10 matches left on the schedule.On Saturday, USC hosted No. 17 California (10-6, 1-2) and defeated the Bears 6-1.The Trojans started out quickly with wins at the top two doubles positions to take the match’s initial point.The No. 8 team of senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson played at the No. 1 position and defeated its counterparts from Berkeley 8-3, and at No. 2 sophomore Daniel Nguyen and freshman JT Sundling won 8-4.During the singles portion, USC continued to rack up points as No. 1 Johnson, No. 83 Nguyen, and No. 123 Sundling easily kept their opponents at bay and clinched victories.Soon after, No. 15 Farah defeated No. 71 Christopher Konigsfeldt 6-3, 6-4 to give USC a 5-0 match lead.The Trojans split the remaining two matches, which went to third-set super tiebreaks.No. 73 junior Jaak Poldma came up short at the       No. 3 position, but senior Jason McNaughton finished off the match with a victory over Riki McLachlan, making the most of his opportunity to contribute during conference play.McNaughton has had an injury-plagued career as a Trojan and is relishing his opportunity to participate in conference play.“It feels good to contribute to some good wins in the Pac-10 with a chance to win one of these Pac-10 titles,” McNaughton said.On Friday, the Trojans entertained the large Marks Stadium crowd in a down-to-the-wire finish against No. 7 Stanford (12-5, 2-1).USC beat Stanford 5-2 in a close match, which has come to be expected when the Trojans and Cardinal meet on the courts.“We seem to have nine lives,” USC coach Peter Smith said in describing how his team pulled through another tightly-contested match against Stanford.As with Cal, USC had some good performances from the top two doubles positions.Farah and Johnson defeated No. 1 Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher 8-3, and Nguyen and Sundling defeated No. 31 Alex Clayton and Richard Wire 8-4.At the No. 3 position, Poldma and junior Peter Lucassen were ahead in their match 7-4, before it was suspended when the doubles point was clinched after the completion of the first two matches.The singles portion seemed almost a different match compared to the way the Trojans played in doubles.To start off, Stanford was able to tie up the match score as Denis Lin defeated Lucassen 6-3, 6-4.Johnson reclaimed the match lead — avenging a loss during the previous Stanford match to No. 45 Clayton — with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph.In what Smith called the key performance of match, McNaughton defeated Greg Hirshman 6-4, 6-3.Hirshman was previously undefeated at the No. 6 position, and McNaughton’s win propelled the Trojans to a 3-1 match lead with three three-set matches still being decided on the courts.Poldma came up short in his match, tightening up the match score and ratcheting up the tension at Marks Stadium.With the two remaining matches on the courts still in doubt, the large crowd was fixated on every point.Nguyen pulled out the decisive victory, defeating Wire 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.Nguyen has not been in such a crucial position often, but displayed maturity and poise to gain the fourth match point.“I was happy to embrace the opportunity,” Nguyen said. “I was a little nervous, but it was good to clinch the match.”Meanwhile, Farah and Klahn were locked in an intense battle. The match went back and forth as Farah and Klahn exchanged breaks to send the deciding third set into a tiebreak.In the breaker, the struggle continued until Farah finally prevailed 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-7 (8).The Trojans’ success in close matches this season can be boiled down to one prevailing theme — experience.“The team sees the bigger picture, they are very experienced and have lots of understanding of what it takes to win in these situations,” Smith said. “They have had success in close matches, which builds momentum and recall during the tough situations.”With two more conference matches left in their dual match season, the Trojans understand the mindset necessary to achieve success and potentially win the Pac-10 title.“We have to keep it going, and stay rested, healthy and hungry,” Smith said.last_img read more