Miss Sunburst Pageant and Beautiful Baby Contest

first_img Twitter Miss Sunburst Pageant and Beautiful Baby Contest Facebook Facebook Pinterest Sunburst Beauty PageantThe Miss Sunburst Pageant and Beautiful Baby Contest has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Midland Park Mall, 4511 N. Midkiff Road, Midland.The contest is open to boys and girls ages infant to three years, and girls ages four to 27 years.Participants can win trophies, crowns, sashes and banners, as well as the chance to compete for a share of more than $2 million in cash, bonds and prizes at the state and international levels.Winners at the mall will receive their entry fee paid into the Sunburst Texas State Finals in May. WhatsApp Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Lady Panthers win 2-6A titleNext articleTEXAS VIEW: City Hall should value public input in police chief search admin By admin – April 7, 2018 Twitter Local News Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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Collingwood’s Tim Rood: Moving Mortgage Forward

first_img About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Tim Rood is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Collingwood Group, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group for the housing and mortgage industries. Collingwood works to identify and secure business opportunities with the federal government and the GSEs; helps financial services companies comply with, interpret, and operate within the ever-changing regulatory environment; and works directly with CEOs and boards of directors to help increase market share and profitability.Rood brings more than two decades of mortgage industry and entrepreneurial experience to the Collingwood Group. Rood recently spoke to DS News about his day-to-day role with Collingwood, how the industry is evolving, and where both he and the market are headed in the future.DS News: What do you see as Collingwood’s role in the market right now?Rood: We’re evolving just as the market is evolving. Collingwood, through the Obama administration, was laser-focused on advisory services related to risk management, compliance, and advocacy in certain circumstances to give lenders, service providers, and technology companies the best chance for commercial success in Washington, and that’s given us a solid foundation and customer base from which to work.In a situation where you’ve got razor-thin margins, lenders and servicers are having to evaluate where to make investments today. It’s historically been a binary choice. Do I invest more in compliance and risk management, or do I invest more in operational efficiencies, taking friction out of the process, and delighting my customers? Technology has caught up to that business problem and can solve the compliance and risk management problem while solving for the efficiency and delighting the customers.When Collingwood was acquired by Situs, that put us in a fortunate situation where we could rely on the infrastructure and capital of a much larger parent company in adjacent industries, multi-family, and commercial, and then repurpose some of those tools and leverage that infrastructure so that we became a higher-value business partner to our clients as it relates to transaction services across the continuum—origination, servicing, claims, professional services. We can get into business process engineering and help folks advance from strictly a compliance, risk management culture and then focus on how we can wring efficiencies out of the process while achieving all of the compliance and risk management objectives.DS News: What does your role with Collingwood look like on a day-to-day basis?Rood: One of the great things about this company is, it’s so dynamic. We find ourselves advising lenders, servicers, technology companies, outsourcers—anything that has to do with some intersection with Washington. The variety of topics that we are involved in, and the people that we interface with, never ceases to amaze me and excites me every day, just because you find yourself in the pocket of such mission-critical issues for the industry.We only take on causes that are about enlightened self-interest for the industry. If the cause we’re taking on is good for the industry—housing, mortgage, the economy—then we should get involved. However, the opposite is also true. We don’t take up causes that promote the self-interest of companies or individuals if it’s at the expense of the industry.The work is dynamic and fulfilling. Our days involve advising the executives of these organizations, getting a roadmap to achieving their objectives in and around Washington. We then leverage all of the tools and resources available to us to make sure that we’re part of not just the advice but the solution as it relates to how to operationalize things that they’re trying to accomplish, whether that be compliance, risk management, operational efficiencies, outsourcing, resource management. For a long time, we’ve been bootstrapping this business and had some hard-won success building a brand and our reputation in the industry. It’s empowering now to have a trunk full of tools at your disposal, and a well-funded parent company to underwrite our growth into these transactional business services and professional services.DS News: What are the challenges you’re preparing for in 2018 and beyond?Rood: You’re at what some would argue is a cyclical and secular crossroad here for the industry. Many companies need to reinvent themselves, particularly companies that don’t have a mortgage servicing rights (MSR) portfolio. Then they’re focused on obviously how to feed the beast on the origination side. We’re reaching an inflection point for some companies that are not properly capitalized, where they’re going to have to rationalize how they do business and explore partnerships with larger, well-capitalized companies that have more diversified business models.We’re alert to that and are looking at the industry regarding what role we play in that. Whether it be on advisory services or matchmaking, we are working with companies to make sure that they’re taking advantage of every opportunity to lower their costs and enter into a variable-cost business model to make sure that they’ve reached the elusive equilibrium between production capacity and product demand. That has been the bane of the existence of mortgage lenders for as long as I can remember.DS News: What are you seeing happening with home equity conversion mortgages (HECMs)?Rood: All the things that I’m hearing about the HECM program coming out of the administration and out of HUD are positive, well-intentioned, and earnest conversations. There’s alignment that the program needs to be sustainable. HUD needs to find ways to make the program less volatile, and they need to ensure that it is commercially marketable to enough seniors to make the juice worth the squeeze.I’m encouraged by all the things that I’m seeing. I was anxious that the new administration might not value the HECM program, despite some of the demographic realities in our country in terms of baby boomers aging, their desire to age in place, and the sad reality that too many of them are living in poverty yet are house-rich. That creates an opportunity. One of the things I’ve liked about this administration is, while fairness is still important and you’ve got to take care of people who need help, which there’s also a calculus that says, “It’s not just about fairness.” There’s a macroeconomic calculus to helping people achieve homeownership, to helping people tap the equity in their homes so that they can maintain a reasonable quality of life. There’s plenty of work to be done, but I like the direction in which we’re heading.DS News: Do you see any other challenges as far as this huge group of seniors or near-seniors who are aging up?Rood: We’re in this enigma wrapped in a riddle around the whole inventory problem and the affordability problem. There does not seem to be an easy solution there. The inventory that boomers occupy, if their bias is to age in place, then you break the housing ladder in half, where entry-level owners can’t move up. There’s just not enough inventory. At the entry level, you’re seeing demand stymied because builders can’t make the economic calculus work for building entry-level homes when regulatory costs can be $80,000 or more just to build a house. You’ve got record-high raw material costs. You’ve got the supply-chain issues in terms of finding qualified labor to build. We’re stuck here. Americans still have a bias towards living indoors, so something has got to break. We’ve got to find a way to remove some of the cost burdens to incentivize builders to build at the entry level, and we need to give seniors options other than aging in place.DS News: As I’m sure you know, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is going to lose its leader later this year with the retirement of David Stevens. How do you think that that transition into a new head of the MBA could potentially affect advocacy within the industry?Rood: There is only one Dave Stevens, so trying to find a mini Dave would be a fool’s errand. He was the perfect guy for the times. The challenge for the MBA as it goes forward is that a lot is going on in the industry, and there seems to be some separation between what the large financial institutions have as their agenda versus the agenda of independent mortgage companies. How you keep those companies aligned with a common set of objectives is one of the biggest things for the MBA and the industry to wrap their heads around.Advocacy for the MBA during the housing crisis was about trying to keep the administration and regulators from over-correcting and killing the industry in an attempt to save it. Now you’re dealing with a completely different environment, where the bias for the industry is to deregulate, and to be more transparent, and to be better business partners with the industry. So, it’s going to be a different set of issues. They need to contribute to whatever the solution is for the inventory problem. The MBA needs to contribute to the ongoing progress made from a regulatory and enforcement standpoint, to make the government and the private sector more aligned and less adversarial. They need to make sure that there is adequate and affordable access to credit.The housing finance industry still probably would benefit from a makeover. There’s still probably a negative and largely false narrative that exists in the administration and with lawmakers that needs to be addressed. I’ve spent my entire professional career in housing finance, and I know that the housing finance system and the actors in the system are, by and large, well-intentioned and good business partners for the government, and certainly are critical to the vibrancy of the economy and the housing market. The MBA will be an important voice for the housing finance industry as it looks to ensure the right people in the right places have the right impression of our industry.You can’t dismiss the fact that housing, in a normal year, can contribute upwards of 20 percent of the economy. Regulators need to be sensitive to the fact that patriotism doesn’t compel mortgage lenders to make mortgage loans. Capitalism does. If the lenders don’t have the confidence, if they can’t quantify the risks that they’re taking and an ability to mitigate those risks, sooner or later they’re just going to stop taking those risks. There’s going to be cataclysmic fallout to the economy if that happens. There’s probably a benefit to an advocacy campaign, making sure that people see all the value that this industry brings to the economy and that any cautionary tale from the past belongs where it is, which is in the past.DS News: What are some of the qualities you think will be necessary for whoever takes over as head of the MBA?Rood: It’s going to have somebody who still has Dave’s passion because it’s going to be a body blow to the MBA membership when Dave leaves. The person who takes over is going to have to instill confidence and energy in its membership base at a time where they’re going through a tough market. Anybody in the industry has got some anxiety over how 2018 will shape up, so it has to be somebody who understands the issues and energizes the membership base. Somebody who has a clear and compelling understanding of how Washington works, and the ability to pull the right levers at the right time to achieve the best outcome for their members. This is not a “learn on the job” point in time. That’s critical. At the same time, it has to be somebody that the industry is excited about, can relate to, and trust to represent their interests going forward.DS News: You sound like you might be a good candidate for the role yourself. If that opportunity came your way, is that something you would consider?Rood: That’s a good question. It would be an honor to be considered for something like that, but I’m thrilled with the job that I have, and I’ve never been more invigorated for the work and the opportunities that are in front of us. 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Update: Injured hiker rescued off Errigal

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 2, 2020 WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter A man who sustained injuries on a hike yesterday has been safely stretchered off Errigal Mountain following a four hour rescue operation. The rescue operation involved a number of emergency services including the Irish Coast Guard, the Rescue 118 helicopter and volunteers from Donegal Mountain Rescue.The alarm was raised at around 3pm yesterday afternoon when other hikers came across the man who had sustained head, shoulder and knee injuries.Difficult weather conditions hampered initial plans to have the casualty airlifted off the mountain.Efforts were then made to bring the man off the mountain in a stretcher.The Irish Coastguard was also tasked to assist in the operation and according to Donegal Mountain Rescue, their input was critical in ensuring a speedy and smooth rescue.The man was carried to Errigal Mountain car park where he received treatment to his injuries inside a waiting ambulance.Rescue workers have thanked everyone who was involved in the rescue. Google+ Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleWarning over burning vegetation as bird breeding cycle underwayNext articleSouth Inishowen hit by yet another pipe burst News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Update: Injured hiker rescued off Errigal Facebook Twitter Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 1/16

first_img Tags: Roundup January 16, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/16 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 12MONROE, Utah-Moroni Seely Roberts led the way with 24 points as the Grand Red Devils edged South Sevier 67-63 Saturday in Region 12 boys basketball action. Carter Peterson amassed 21 points and 12 rebounds in the loss for the Rams. Grand improved to 12-0 and 2-0 in Region 12 play with the win.Girls BasketballRegion 12MOAB, Utah-Presley Chappell posted 16 points and the South Sevier Rams routed Grand 61-26 in Region 12 girls basketball action Saturday. Josalyn Murphy had 8 points in defeat for the Red Devils.Non-RegionGREEN RIVER, Utah-Taylnn Lovato amassed 19 points as the Green River Pirates downed Escalante 49-43 Saturday in non-region girls basketball action. Mackenzie Lyman led the Moquis in the loss with 18 points. Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Humberts to build up lettings operation once more

first_imgSenior industry figure Suzanne Diamond has joined Humberts as the company begins rolling out lettings – again – beyond its existing but exclusively rural network of 23 sales offices.The appointment of Suzanne to establish a lettings business brings Humberts full circle. The company, which split from Chesterton three years ago, at the time sold its entire lettings operation to Hamptons International for an undisclosed sum ahead of its relaunch in the Summer of 2014.Suzanne has had an illustrious 14-year career in property. This has included a long spell at John D Wood where she headed up their Weybridge office.Her performance at John D Wood marked her out as a rising star and she took part in Countrywide’s senior management training programme during the early noughties.In 2013 she was national runner up at Countrywide annual awards for attaining the largest branch income growth.But Suzanne then moved to Curchods, an independent agency in Surrey with 21 branches where she was tasked with growing their lettings business, and was later promoted to Group Lettings Director after setting up and growing a lettings operation for sister company Burns & Webber, also based in Surrey.“I am extremely passionate about Lettings and about offering the very best service possible,” says Suzanne.“Having worked for both a corporate and a large independent agency I have had the opportunity to see the strengths and weaknesses of both types of business and I will be using this information to try and create the ideal service.“I’m looking forward to working for a heritage brand whilst launching a pioneering new department.” March 21, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Humberts to build up lettings operation once more previous nextAgencies & PeopleHumberts to build up lettings operation once moreHighly experienced senior industry figure hired to lead new rural rentals business.21st March 20170783 Viewslast_img read more

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St Pierre scores Co-op listing for brioche loaf

first_imgSource: St Pierre GroupeSt Pierre has secured its first listing with the Co-op and doubled the number of Tesco stores it supplies.From 12 April, the firm’s Sliced Brioche Loaf will be sold in 210 Co-op branches (rsp: £2.99). The new listing comes as St Pierre increases its presence in Tesco stores. Its Brioche Hot Dog Rolls will be stocked in 401 stores, up from 201, while the brand’s Brioche Burger Buns, previously on sale in 200 stores will be sold in 550 stores. They join St Pierre’s 4 Seeded Brioche Buns, currently sold in 1,064 Tesco stores.In February, St Pierre-branded brioche burger buns and hot dog rolls made their nationwide debut in Morrisons in mid-February.“Research from the Shopper Insights & Behaviours Conference this year revealed that the BBQ season, as we traditionally know it, will be changed this year,” said Paul Baker, founder of St Pierre Groupe.“Consumers won’t wait for the first bank holiday to get the grill out; the first sign of dry, mild weather will be enough to get shoppers stocking up. The uplift in distribution is proof that retailers are preparing to meet the surge in demand and testament to the hard work of our team in presenting data-led insights to secure new listings.”Baker also added that retailers in the US were moving from a ‘good, better, best’ offer to a ‘good and best’ proposition.“It’s likely that this squeeze of the ‘middle shelf’ will be replicated in the UK,” he added. ”After a year of lockdown and saving up, consumers are willing to pay a little extra for a quality product that will make their long-awaited reunions even more special – providing a fantastic opportunity for our brand and our retail partners”.Last year, St Pierre Groupe doubled its headcount, surpassed £100m turnover and achieved double-digit growth for each of its three bakery brands – St Pierre, Baker Street and Paul Hollywood – the business said.In an interview with British Baker in October 2020, Baker said the business was on track to achieve revenue of £150m by 2022.last_img read more

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CBS Uses Phish’s “Heavy Things” To Report On Man Who Stole 86 Pounds Of Gold Flakes

first_img#WeAreEverywhere On September 29, a man unknowingly stole a bucket of gold flakes in Midtown Manhattan. While purposefully taking something from a jewelry delivery truck that was left unattended, knowing full-well that the components of the bucket would be valuable, he most likely had no idea that he was walking away with “an 86-pound, unmarked and sealed black metal bucket containing $1.6 million-worth of gold flakes.” According to CBS This Morning, it took the man an hour to walk what would normally take ten minutes, and yet nobody noticed him carrying the heavy thing. This man has not yet been found, and the gold is still missing. Read the full story here.To report this case, CBS This Morning shared a video that features “Heavy Things” by Phish. We think this is awesome. To whoever scores the music for CBS This Morning, we salute you.last_img read more

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Professor discusses Mumbai

first_img.Tags: marc belanger, mumbai, saint mary’s professor marc belanger Marc Belanger, associate professor of political science at Saint Mary’s, lectured on the religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity in India on Monday at the Cushwa-Leighton Library.“For everything you can say is true about India, you can say the opposite,” Belanger said. “It ought to impress us. We don’t appreciate how democracy has survived there.”Belanger based his lecture, titled “Encountering Mumbai,” on his two-week trip sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). CIEE sponsors undergraduates’ trips abroad and hosts approximately 20 international faculty development seminars in the summer from Shanghai to Mexico City, Belanger said.Belanger said he attended a seminar titled “Twenty-first century mega cities and villages” in Mumbai. Belanger said democracy faces unique issues in India because of the country’s complex cultural and economic make-up and its role as an influential world power.“India presents a challenge in terms of its size, its importance in the world, its inequalities, its wealth and its poverty,” Belanger said. “But it’s also complex in terms of the number of cultures and languages.”As of last week, Indian Parliament demarcated Telangana as a new state, and since states in India are usually created around linguistic groups, there are 22 official languages recognized across India’s 29 states, Belanger said.“Just to be clear, we’re using the word language, not dialects, because these are not variations on Hindi,” Belanger said. “They are languages as different from Hindi as European languages are.”For example, Mumbai lies in the state of Maharashtra, and the dominant language spoken there is Marathi. Language affects a region’s identity, Belanger said.“While Mumbai paints a picture of Hindu nationalism, it’s sort of a Marathi nationalism,” Belanger said.Belanger compared the urban landscapes of India to the United States. Mumbai and New York are similar in their unusualness, Belanger said.“Mumbai is not typical of India,” Belanger said. “If you only came to New York, you would experience a very American city, but also a very unique city. It is typical and not typical of the United States. You could say the same thing about Mumbai.”Mumbai, the fifth most populated city in the world, is home to approximately 20 million people. This density results in an eclectic variety of lifestyles, Belanger said, with both squatter communities and gated communities.Belanger said when he visited Dharavi, the neighborhood featured in “Slumdog Millionaire,” he was surprised at the bustling activity of the locals, Belanger said. The recyclers there also took apart computers in order to melt down the metal and plastic parts.“Everyone was working really hard — to recycle,” Belanger said. “You’d see bag after bag of plastic bottles, you’d see bag after bag of tops of plastic bottles, bags and bags of other kinds of individual pieces of plastic.”Urban areas are often segmented, and people of different socioeconomic classes tend to live in separate worlds, but that is not the case for Mumbai, Belanger said.“You talk about zones in Mexico City or Guatemala City in terms of safety,” Belanger said. “Well, in Mumbai it’s all jumbled together. A real estate agent told us, ‘when you buy a luxury apartment, even if you’re the highest paid star in the world, you’re still going to be overlooking slums.’ You’ve got 15 million people living in a space smaller than New York City.”last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s screens Raising Ms. President

first_imgErin Rice Saint Mary’s, the Center for Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) and the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana held a screening Wednesday evening of “Raising Ms. President,” a documentary about raising the next generation of female political leaders, followed by a panel discussion.Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of CWIL, introduced the documentary.“As you are probably well aware, despite making significant strides in achieving gender equality in this country, women still hold less than 20 percent of Congressional seats,” Meyer-Lee said. “Compared to other nations, the United States is both low and losing ground in women’s political representation. America now ranks 72nd in the world for percentage of women in its national legislature, down from 59th in 1998. We are well below Uganda, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Iraq.”Statistics show that at the rate representation is improving, women will not achieve equal representation for 500 years, Meyer-Lee said. “Having more women in office not only upholds democratic values of fairness in representative government, but … various studies have also shown that the presence of more women in legislatures makes a significant difference in terms of the kind of policies that get passed,” Meyer-Lee said.The film itself focused on how society in America specifically has created an environment in which women do not feel they can or should run for public office. It highlighted programs and ways to show young girls that politics is a place for women too. Panelists in the discussion included Mayor Blair Milo from LaPorte, Indiana; Elizabeth Bennion, professor of political science and director of the American Democracy Project at Indiana University South Bend and Councilwoman Diana Hess of St. Joseph County.“What motivated me to be able to make that decision to run for office was to do something because I saw a problem in my community,” Milo said. “There seems to be a general theme [in the documentary] about how we can overcome and encourage women in particular to become a city councilwoman or a representative or a senator or the president.“I think there is a broader question of why one would want to do that. What is it you want to do in any of these particulate positions? Not to be a senator or a representative, but what is it you want to do in any of those particular positions, and that’s a key piece I think needs to be addressed when you’re encouraging individuals to run.” The film offered provocative commentary through statistics and discussion about the differences women can make, Bennion said.“I think you have a tremendous opportunity when you have more women involved,” she said. “This is not to say that men aren’t good government leaders, but you see a different dynamic in some of the conversations when women are a part of it.”Hess said growing up during the height of the feminist movement, which happened along side the Civil Rights movement and the Anti-Vietnam war movement, helped form her political sensibilities. “I saw many battles and witnessed the victories,” Hess said. “In the years since, it seems we have not gained and in many cases have lost ground, reminding me how important it is to stay engaged and remain vigilant in the political and democratic process and just how critical it is who we elect to represent us.”Tags: Center for Intercultural Leadership, Raising Ms. President, saint mary’s, Women in Politicslast_img read more

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Seabees, JTF-Bravo Fulfill Continuing Promise Projects in Suriname

first_img The eight nation, four-month humanitarian civic assistance mission, Continuing Promise 2010, was in its third day of operations in its final country visit, Suriname, when the USS Iwo Jima was suddenly redirected to Haiti to offer assistance in the wake of Tropical Storm Thomas to the people of that already stressed Caribbean nation. To fulfill Continuing Promise’s medical and construction project commitments to the government and people of Suriname, the United States Southern Command quickly directed two new missions to the South American country. Surinamers were cooperative and understanding of the sudden change in plans, and have since welcomed the work of 19 Seabees who arrived on November 5, from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, to complete the three construction projects started by Iwo Jima. “This is just another example of our ‘Can Do’ spirit, because we’re committed to supporting Navy efforts in the region by joining Continuing Promise,” said Chief Steel Worker Gene Murphy, NMCB 7 team leader according to Navy.mil. The Seabees have provided significant carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work to ensure completion of three humanitarian assistance projects in Suriname . They renovated the Rebecca Scheltz Girls Home by demolishing and reinstalling two fire escapes, repairing the electrical system, building a new pavilion, installing interior flooring, painting the interior and exterior walls and renovating a bathroom dormitory. The Seabees constructed a new 16’ by 32’ building for the Para District Region Library, located about an hour from the Surinamese capital. The work for this project included building bookshelves, tables and chairs, painting the building and installing all power, lights, A/C, windows, doors and insulation. In addition to major plumbing renovations at the A.J.D. Wijdenbosch Kleuterschool, a school for pre-school and kindergarten aged children, the Seabees are repairing fences and installing new playground equipment. To fulfill the commitment of Continuing Promise 2010 to provide medical care services, USSOUTHCOM Operations has directed Joint Task Force Bravo –one of three task forces under USSOUTHCOM- to deploy to Suriname. The primary mission of the surgeons from the task force includes completing six surgeries on critical patients in Suriname, ranging from the removal of tumors and masses, to biopsies and lesion excisions, according to LTC Eric Milstrey, main planner for the mission at the USSOUTHCOM Surgeon Office. The surgeries will be carried out by the team of JTF-Bravo surgeons in local Surinamese hospitals in cooperation with local medical personnel as well. By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img read more

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