Brazilian Armed Forces Assist Flood Victims

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo July 12, 2017 Pernambuco and Alagoas are two northeastern states in Brazil that usually suffer from long periods of drought. Since the end of May, the scenario has been different. Heavy rains led local authorities to declare a state of emergency in 50 cities. Floods and mudslides affected more than 48,000 people. Of those, nearly 3,000 lost their homes. The disaster prompted Brazil’s Ministry of Defense to ask the Armed Forces to help those in need. Members of the Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym), and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym), concentrated on the deployment of people and the transport of supplies, and joined the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) in the work coordinated by the latter in two field hospitals. The city of Rio Formoso in the state of Pernambuco was the first to receive one of the field hospitals, since the water had flooded the municipal hospital, resulting in lost equipment and hampering operations. From June 2nd to 5th the city’s population only had the assistance offered by 34 Armed Forces professionals who worked there. Another hospital was set up in Marechal Deodoro in the state of Alagoas, where the rains mainly caused damage in the historical town center, which remained partially submerged, accessible only by canoe. The EB structure set up in this town helped three more municipalities and also involved 34 service members. They were deployed on June 23rd, once the activities of the region’s health institutions returned to normal. “Each field hospital has 10 barracks, and doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse technicians, including service members from the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force,” said Brazilian Army Colonel Maria Sandra Andrade, from the Health Inspector’s Office of the 7th Military Region in Pernambuco, and coordinator of the Field Hospital for the Northeast Military Command. The barracks used measured 48 square meters each. The combination of a dozen of these structures allows the hospitals set up in Rio Formoso and Marechal Deodoro to have a triage and welcome section, a room for urgent and emergency care, outpatient clinics to attend four patients simultaneously, a nursing center, and a pharmacy. An observation section, where patients stayed for up to 24 hours, and a section to perform procedures such as suturing, bandaging, administering drugs, and applying splints to fractures was also set up. Additionally, the field hospital in Rio Formoso has a laboratory for tests and clinical analysis not found at the Marechal Deodoro structure. The latter, by way of compensation, had X-ray machines that were not available to the other city. In the two hospitals, the main complaints directly related to the floods were vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and respiratory complications. “Many problems were caused by contact with contaminated water, difficulty storing food, and the isolation of some communities,” explained Col. Sandra. She also recalled cases of anxiety attacks in those in shock over the loss of their possessions, their homes, and even loved ones. “This type of mission is very sensitive because the people receive serious cases and simple cases, but they are all involved in the complexity of an emergency situation due to the storms,” she stated. In the Marechal Deodoro hospital, around 450 people received assistance during 19 days of operation. In Rio Formoso, that number rose to approximately 3,000 people, according to a survey conducted June 29th, a week before the structure started to be dismantled. Among the many incidents that marked the emergency mission, one stood out. On June 8th, an 18-year-old woman arrived at the Rio Formoso field hospital ready to give birth. The delivery was performed by a civilian doctor, who was a member of the team, with the aid of a military pediatrician, who was responsible for first aid and evaluation of the infant. “Everything went very well. They baby was very healthy and the mother remained calm. It was a special moment for everyone,” recalled Col. Sandra. Deployments and transport of supplies FAB deployed 12 airmen from the Rio de Janeiro-based Puma Squadron to the mission in Pernambuco and Alagoas. The team employed an H-36 Caracal helicopter to carry food, water, and other supplies to the areas most affected by the rains, as well as to transport the homeless. MB’s participation had the same goal. Ten service members were deployed in a UH-15 helicopter from the 2nd General Use Helicopter Squadron, also based in Rio de Janeiro. The Crisis Cabinet located in Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, was in charge of coordinating the assistance offered by the armed forces and other governmental agencies. “As for the flights, the coordination was done between the cabinet, the Navy, and the Air Force between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM every day,” reported Rear Admiral Flávio Augusto Viana Rocha, the director of the Navy’s Social Communication Center. “The Armed Forces are characterized by the capacity to mobilize, work together, and the unending search for the common good,” he added. Members of the 15th Wing, an operational unit of FAB based in Recife, were also partnered with a non-governmental organization from that city and participated in the triage of the wounded, separating supplies, and loading the trucks with the donations that were delivered to the population in the most critical regions.last_img read more

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Home exceeded expectation by selling for above reserve after failing to raise a bid at auction

first_img43 Hibiscus Avenue, Ashgrove had excellent presentation for its auction More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe home had a classic Ashgrovian facadeThe two level, fully renovated Ashgrovian home had plenty of interest before the event, but buyers hadn’t been keen on buying at under auction terms, according to Hutton & Hutton Real Estate principal, Peter Hutton. 43 Hibiscus Avenue, Ashgrove had been beautifully renovated TOUGH AUCTION DAY IN ASHGROVE He said straight after the property passed in they were considering offers.“We had five or six potential buyers but they all said the market has been a bit up and down in Ashgrove and they can’t quite get their head around the price,” Mr Hutton said at the time.Hutton & Hutton have confirmed the eventual sale price is in excess of the auction reserve price.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair center_img Despite a decent crowd and a skilled auctioneer in Phill Broom, this Ashgrove home didn’t sell under the hammer — but still achieved above reserve. Photo: Annette DewTHE sale of this beautiful family home proves you can achieve a successful sale above the auction reserve price despite having no registered bidders. 43 Hibiscus Avenue, Ashgrove went to auction October 14 and failed to see a paddle raised, but sold nine days later for $1.43 million.last_img read more

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Kevin Durant may never be the same again, Achilles specialist says

first_img Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles tendon The 30-year-old, a 10-time All-Star who was named Finals MVP in both of the Warriors’ championship victories in 2017 and 2018, was making his comeback from a calf problem he sustained against the Rockets last month, and former MVP Charles Barkley was among those to criticize the Warriors for rushing Durant back.Doctor Babak Baravarian, a foot and ankle specialist based in California who serves as a consultant to the ATP Tour, admitted he was surprised to see Durant on the court again so soon after his initial injury. Related News Kevin Durant may never be the player he was after rupturing his Achilles and it was “a disaster” to allow him to play just 32 days after suffering a calf injury, according to a specialist.Warriors star Durant confirmed on Instagram on Wednesday he had undergone successful surgery, having torn his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors earlier this week. “At around three months you start to do light exercise such as biking, mild muscle strengthening, and then you’ve got to let that Achilles have a chance to become super solid because you don’t want it to stretch out.”If he has a very, very quick recovery maybe around the All-Star Game (in February) he’d start to play. I think chances are even if he comes back and plays the next season, he’s going to be very limited.” What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I’m proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I’m proud my brothers got the W. It’s going to be a journey but I’m built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering  with dub nation while they do it.A post shared by 35 (@easymoneysniper) on Jun 12, 2019 at 12:54pm PDTDurant was expected to pass on his option to remain with the Warriors next season and become the most attractive free agent on the market.However, Dr. Baravarian has warned that the severity of the injury means Durant might not be the same player when he returns.”You can get back to an elite level but normally you’re a half-step slower, maybe slightly less able to jump to the same level you were and you’re a little bit less explosive,” he said.”When you’re talking about an athlete at the peak level as Kevin Durant is, that half-step, that inch less jump, can be a difference in whether you’re elite level or just a good level.”If you’re talking about a ‘Weekend Warrior,’ they get back to the level they were. If you’re talking about a high-school athlete or a regular athlete, they get back to the level they were.”Once you get to that elite college level it’s like 98, 97 percent. Once you get to the pros, I think, if you’re lucky, you get to 95 percent.”A guy who is number one and a freak of nature and all of a sudden he becomes five percent less… that can become somewhat significant in the overall game. “A guy can still be a phenomenal player because he understands the game so well. Kevin Durant’s wingspan is ridiculous, his height is ridiculous for his position. I still think he’s going to be able to be an elite player but he may not be at that level that he was.”Sending our best wishes your way @KDTrey5. We know you will return to the game stronger than ever. #USABfamily pic.twitter.com/TRG1Zd2FR9— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) June 12, 2019Durant’s current teammate DeMarcus Cousins missed an entire year with a torn Achilles he suffered while playing with the Pelicans in 2018.And Dr. Baravarian does not expect Durant to be a major factor next season, even if he makes a speedy recovery.”The surgical process is somewhere around four weeks of purely casted, no weight-bearing, then it’s probably another four weeks in a boot with minor physiotherapy,” he added. View this post on Instagram “What happens is he has an inflammatory process from his initial injury and he also doesn’t have a good firing calf muscle because of the previous injury, so the soleus is maybe hyperextended or overworked and it causes the extra strain that cause the Achilles to tear,” he explained to Omnisport.”Normally when we deal with a college athlete or an elite athlete this is a 90-day recovery (from the initial injury).”I don’t know the level of damage he had from his initial injury but you’re not talking about getting back to normal walking or shooting, you’re talking about explosive-type exercise. That to me is a 90-day recovery ⁠— 30 days is still during a major inflammatory process, and 30 days is still during the very early healing process. That calf muscle healing, tendon healing is minimum about 60 days.”I don’t know who brought him back but I think it was way too early. When you’re dealing with a player the caliber of Kevin Durant, with the longevity of his career being at stake, and the fact you’re possibly going to cause an MVP-level player to not be able to play, this is a disaster.” Warriors’ Steve Kerr: ‘I’m just devastated for’ Kevin Durant Kawhi Leonard offers Kevin Durant heartfelt recovery advicelast_img read more

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