Colombian National Army Supports Nationwide Immunization Campaign

first_img The Armed Forces contribute to social initiatives Helping to provide health care and social services to remote areas of the country helps the Armed Forces strengthen ties with the civilian population. In February, the Hospital Militar Regional de Occidente joined the launch of the first national vaccination campaign of 2015, “Let’s Promote Vaccination,” in collaboration with the mayor’s office in Santiago de Cali, the municipal Public Health Department, and the “Batalla de Pichincha” 8th Infantry Battalion, part of the 3rd Brigade. Medical personnel also dispensed free medications to those who needed them. They also provided information about government campaigns against domestic violence and family planning, according to the press office of the Apolo Task Force. By Dialogo March 12, 2015 An ongoing effort by the Armed Forces Safeguarding the well-being of the nation’s most vulnerable residents is part of the Army’s mission to provide security for the country. The Army has dedicated itself to helping provide health care and social services to residents in need for years. The Colombian National Army is playing a key role in the country’s nationwide vaccination campaign, helping to bring health care and social services to impoverished and remote regions, including in conflict zones. Safeguarding the well-being of the nation’s most vulnerable residents is part of the Army’s mission to provide security for the country. The Army has dedicated itself to helping provide health care and social services to residents in need for years. The Colombian Health Ministry expects to immunize close to 128,000 children in this year’s initial campaign. In recent years, the Health Ministry has invested more than 500,000 pesos (approximately $190,000) to guarantee the inclusion of new vaccines and to offer the population 18 free vaccines that protect against 24 illnesses. “This type of event seeks to generate an environment of trust towards the State and its representatives in the community,” the 8th Division statement said. It “was once again bringing prosperity to the most disadvantaged residents of Vichada, and extending a helping hand to those who have waited for years for the region’s development.” Such activities are part of the Army’s mission to assist the civilian population. For example, in early March, the Army helped provide health care and dental services to about 2,500 people — including 100 families in extreme poverty — during a two-day program provided by the Apolo Task Force, the Mayor’s Office, the 28th Mobile Brigade, and the Office of Territorial Consolidation in the municipality of Florida, in the Department of Valle del Cauca. “To many Colombians, going to the doctor or the dentist is a routine activity done when necessary, but to the majority who lives in remote areas, it is a wish hard to fulfill,” according to a statement from the 8th Division press office. “This type of event seeks to generate an environment of trust towards the State and its representatives in the community,” the 8th Division statement said. It “was once again bringing prosperity to the most disadvantaged residents of Vichada, and extending a helping hand to those who have waited for years for the region’s development.” An example of this occurred recently in Nueva Antioquia, a remote area in the Department of Vichada, where the “Coronel Arturo Herrera Castaño” 28th Engineer Battalion, 28th Jungle Brigade, 8th Division, coordinated with the government of Vichada, local officials, the National Police, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, and other entities to provide health care and social services. An example of this occurred recently in Nueva Antioquia, a remote area in the Department of Vichada, where the “Coronel Arturo Herrera Castaño” 28th Engineer Battalion, 28th Jungle Brigade, 8th Division, coordinated with the government of Vichada, local officials, the National Police, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, and other entities to provide health care and social services. The Armed Forces contribute to social initiatives The Colombian Health Ministry expects to immunize close to 128,000 children in this year’s initial campaign. In recent years, the Health Ministry has invested more than 500,000 pesos (approximately $190,000) to guarantee the inclusion of new vaccines and to offer the population 18 free vaccines that protect against 24 illnesses. The Armed Forces is committed to assisting the Expanded Immunizations Program (PAI, for its Spanish acronym) reach the communities and populations which are in most need of health care. Such activities are part of the Army’s mission to assist the civilian population. For example, in early March, the Army helped provide health care and dental services to about 2,500 people — including 100 families in extreme poverty — during a two-day program provided by the Apolo Task Force, the Mayor’s Office, the 28th Mobile Brigade, and the Office of Territorial Consolidation in the municipality of Florida, in the Department of Valle del Cauca. “The Armed Forces’ health system works every year to guarantee the implementation of strategies that lead to the fulfillment of the international commitments to reach 95 percent or higher of immunization coverage of each of the vaccines of the PAI,” the Army said in a statement. For example, in December, Lieutenant Colonel Lizette Gonzalez Gallego collaborated with the Health and Social Protection Ministry to lead the fourth regional vaccination campaign in the medical center of the “José María Córdova” 5th Infantry Battalion in the city of Santa Marta, Magdalena Department. The goal of the initiative was to vaccinate most of the city’s children up to the age of 5. Providing public health services is one of the ways the Armed Forces are providing assistance to the civilian population, including people who live in conflict zones, according to Elvira Cuadra, executive director of the Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policies (IEEPP) in Nicaragua. “Not being vaccinated is a risk factor for public health and exposes us to disease outbreaks that have already been eradicated in our country, such as measles,” Dr. Diego Alejandro García Londoño, coordinator of the National Immunization Program, said at the launch of the campaign. “That’s why we invite everyone to begin 2015 by getting our children vaccinated, as we also try to capture those who couldn’t do so in 2014.” Helping to provide health care and social services to remote areas of the country helps the Armed Forces strengthen ties with the civilian population. Lieutenant Colonel Clara Inés Moreno Cometa, the hospital’s scientific deputy director; Dr. Liliana Alarcón Luna, local health director and PAI coordinator in Cali; and Dr. Harold Alberto Suárez Calle, municipal Public Health Secretary, joined forces during the day to work with the community. In February, the Hospital Militar Regional de Occidente joined the launch of the first national vaccination campaign of 2015, “Let’s Promote Vaccination,” in collaboration with the mayor’s office in Santiago de Cali, the municipal Public Health Department, and the “Batalla de Pichincha” 8th Infantry Battalion, part of the 3rd Brigade. The Colombian National Army is playing a key role in the country’s nationwide vaccination campaign, helping to bring health care and social services to impoverished and remote regions, including in conflict zones. An ongoing effort by the Armed Forces In addition to providing vaccines, the Military medical personnel conducted prevention efforts by providing educational discussions and setting up games for children and youths. With these social initiatives, the Army seeks to reach vulnerable residents, including those who live on the periphery of civil society. “Not being vaccinated is a risk factor for public health and exposes us to disease outbreaks that have already been eradicated in our country, such as measles,” Dr. Diego Alejandro García Londoño, coordinator of the National Immunization Program, said at the launch of the campaign. “That’s why we invite everyone to begin 2015 by getting our children vaccinated, as we also try to capture those who couldn’t do so in 2014.” Medical personnel also dispensed free medications to those who needed them. They also provided information about government campaigns against domestic violence and family planning, according to the press office of the Apolo Task Force. In addition to providing vaccines, the Military medical personnel conducted prevention efforts by providing educational discussions and setting up games for children and youths. For example, in December, Lieutenant Colonel Lizette Gonzalez Gallego collaborated with the Health and Social Protection Ministry to lead the fourth regional vaccination campaign in the medical center of the “José María Córdova” 5th Infantry Battalion in the city of Santa Marta, Magdalena Department. The goal of the initiative was to vaccinate most of the city’s children up to the age of 5. How I would like the Venezuelan Armed Forces to enter into these actions imitating Brazil and Colombia, and not getting ready to fight a supposed war against the U.S.A. Colombia isn’t the only one to suffer from the scourge of terrorism, but this is because of so much corruption that exists and remains in government entities. Providing public health services is one of the ways the Armed Forces are providing assistance to the civilian population, including people who live in conflict zones, according to Elvira Cuadra, executive director of the Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policies (IEEPP) in Nicaragua. “To many Colombians, going to the doctor or the dentist is a routine activity done when necessary, but to the majority who lives in remote areas, it is a wish hard to fulfill,” according to a statement from the 8th Division press office. With these social initiatives, the Army seeks to reach vulnerable residents, including those who live on the periphery of civil society. Lieutenant Colonel Clara Inés Moreno Cometa, the hospital’s scientific deputy director; Dr. Liliana Alarcón Luna, local health director and PAI coordinator in Cali; and Dr. Harold Alberto Suárez Calle, municipal Public Health Secretary, joined forces during the day to work with the community. The Armed Forces is committed to assisting the Expanded Immunizations Program (PAI, for its Spanish acronym) reach the communities and populations which are in most need of health care. “The Armed Forces’ health system works every year to guarantee the implementation of strategies that lead to the fulfillment of the international commitments to reach 95 percent or higher of immunization coverage of each of the vaccines of the PAI,” the Army said in a statement. last_img read more

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​Finland readies solvency safety net to avoid fire sales at pension firms

first_imgWith falling asset prices hitting solvency ratios at providers in Finland’s first-pillar earnings-related pension system, the country’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has prepared a bill on the temporary strengthening of pension insurers’ solvency.The idea is that the proposal can be submitted to parliament immediately if average solvency plummets – preventing pension insurance companies from forced sales of equities at depressed prices.The proposal was drawn up on 27 April, the ministry announced.“The proposal will be issued only if the average solvency of institutions for occupational retirement provision decreases substantially due to the deterioration of the financial market situation,” it said. The proposal was put together in co-operation with the central labour market organisations, the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) and the Finnish Centre for Pensions, the ministry said.Work on the draft followed a report from FIN-FSA on 13 March, that the average solvency of pension institutions was at a moderate level, but threatened to decline if financial market developments continued in that direction, it said.“However, after mid-March, the situation calmed down and the average solvency of pension institutions has remained at a reasonably good level,” the ministry said.Hanna Mäkinen, mathematician at Finnish pensions alliance TELA, commented that although the tumult on global stock markets seemed to have calmed, future prospects were still very uncertain.“That is why it is good to prepare for a very fast-changing situation by preparing a temporary law now,” she said.“In this way, it will be implemented quickly if necessary, if the situation in the financial markets changes significantly so that the average solvency of employment pension insurers decreases substantially from the current level,” Mäkinen said.It was important for their operations that pension insurance companies were able to assess when any legislation would come into force, she said, adding: “For this reason, it is good that the Financial Supervision Authority is publishing information on the average solvency of employment pension insurers more frequently than usual.”TELA, whose members include pension insurance companies and pension funds, said the precautionary bill included three different measures that could be used to strengthen the solvency capital of occupational pension insurers, which would make it possible for the providers to avoid having to sell their investment assets to a significant extent in an unfavourable market situation.“In this way, pension assets’ good long-term return potential would be supported, as well as the financial stability and sustainability of the pension system,” Mäkinen said.The solvency regulation applies to Finland’s private-sector employment pension insurers including pension insurance companies and pension funds, TELA said.Solvency capital at the country’s two largest pension insurance companies, Ilmarinen and Varma, were shown to have fallen by 25% and 30% respectively when the firms reported first quarter results last week, but both firms said ratios remained well above minimum requirements.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

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Iowa State seeks revenge on Texas Tech

first_img February 21, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTexas Tech (17-9, 8-5) vs. Iowa State (11-15, 4-9)James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Iowa State seeks revenge on Texas Tech after dropping the first matchup in Lubbock. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Red Raiders outshot Iowa State from the field 54.3 percent to 35.7 percent and made six more 3-pointers on the way to a 72-52 victory. Associated Press center_img LEADING THE CHARGE: The Red Raiders have been led by Jahmi’us Ramsey and Kyler Edwards. Ramsey is averaging 14 points while Edwards is putting up 12 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. The Cyclones have been led by sophomores Tyrese Haliburton and Rasir Bolton, who have combined to score 27.5 points per outing.JUMPING FOR JAHMI’US: Ramsey has connected on 44.8 percent of the 116 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 15 over the last three games. He’s also made 64.3 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Red Raiders are 0-5 when they score 61 points or fewer and 17-4 when they exceed 61 points. The Cyclones are 0-9 when they fail to score more than 68 points and 11-6 on the season, otherwise.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Red Raiders have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Cyclones. Iowa State has 43 assists on 79 field goals (54.4 percent) across its previous three contests while Texas Tech has assists on 54 of 79 field goals (68.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy Texas Tech defense has held opponents to just 63.2 points per game, the 29th-lowest in Division I. Iowa State has given up an average of 72.6 points through 26 games (ranked 234th, nationally).___ Iowa State seeks revenge on Texas Techlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Associated Press — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. The Democratic governor said during a news conference that “starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps.” The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.— The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July. It’s the clearest sign yet that the NBA believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney. Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “exploratory,” and that the site would be used for practices and housing as well.— Canada’s NHL teams have offered season ticket-holders rebate or refund options in acknowledgment that no more 2019-20 regular-season games will be played in front of fans in their respective buildings. The Canadian Press says all seven teams contacted their season ticket bases last week with options and/or deadlines to make a decision.— Eleven of China’s professional soccer teams have been disqualified for failing to pay wages and for five teams closing shop on their own terms. The 11 include Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Tianhai. Low attendance and gaudy contracts for overseas signings were already weighing heavily on the industry, even before the outbreak forced it into total shutdown.— A Bournemouth soccer club player in England is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing. The club says “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed.” The team says the player will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. — English soccer’s Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours and the results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing. It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.— BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game. That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. Many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks. BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0.— The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic. Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, according to a school district official who spoke to The Miami Herald. The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation. Northwestern won the Class 6A state title in 2017 and 2018 before winning the Class 5A championship last season. The Bulls are a seven-time state champion overall.— Youth sports organizations across the United States have come together to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to push for federal help with the coronavirus crisis. The leaders of the coalition are trumpeting the importance of youth sports and sounding the alarm about the future of their organizations. The fate of providers in low-income communities is of particular concern. Nearly 60% of local sports leaders expect to lose at least 50% of their revenue over the next year, according to an Aspen Institute for Sports poll.OBIT-EDDIE SUTTON The 600-mile race around Charlotte Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s longest and most grueling race of the year. The 61st running will be a tribute to fallen military heroes, as usual — but without fans in the stands or the elaborate pre-race ceremonies.NASCAR has the auto racing spotlight to itself this year. It usually follows the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. But Monaco was canceled for the first time in 66 years, and the Indy 500 postponed until August.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Formula One driver George Russell has won the virtual Monaco Grand Prix on the day the iconic race would have been held if not for the coronavirus pandemic. The 22-year-old British driver races for the Williams team in F1. Russell finished 39 seconds ahead of former F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez of Mexico. Third-place Charles Leclerc is from Monaco and lives near the actual race track’s start line. Formula One’s first 10 races have been either postponed or canceled.— The made-for-TV golf event billed as “The Match: Champions for Charity” is underway after rain delayed the start. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning are taking on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, to raise $10 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.center_img Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84UNDATED (AP) — Eddie Sutton, the Hall of Fame basketball coach who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, died Saturday. He was 84.Sutton’s family says in a statement that he died of natural causes at home in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, surrounded by his three sons and their families.His wife Patsy died in 2013.Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach — not counting vacated victories or forfeited games — and made it to 25 NCAA Tournaments.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR takes the spotlight with no Indy 500 or Monaco Grand PrixUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR continues its frantic return tonight with its third Cup race in seven days, the Coca-Cola 600.last_img read more

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Potential for sweep of UCLA is epic

first_imgI am giddy with excitement — a ruthless, vengeful, maniacal excitement. I haven’t felt this much evil excitement since I was probably 13, in the stretch of puberty and teenage angst.I’ve been blessed to grow up with some great years of USC sports. But I’ve never seen what could potentially happen today. It’s never happened in my generation.USC could complete a full sweep of UCLA in football and men’s basketball. And end UCLA’s basketball season. The city title would so clearly, indisputably, hang in Heritage Hall for a full year. The Victory Bell would ring loud and clear all the way until November.I’d like to think of myself as a nice, happy person. And I’m not that competitive either. I’d rather play a game of FIFA with a partner against the computer than go head-to-head.But I hated UCLA in middle school. OK, “hate” is a strong word, but I really, really, really didn’t like UCLA. I think I genuinely enjoyed beating UCLA as much as I enjoyed watching USC win at that age. I proudly displayed as my Facebook profile picture in 2009 — back before Facebook even had cover photos — the glorious, triumphant picture of two UCLA employees trying to scrub off a coat of red and gold paint from a campus Bruin Bear statue.Middle school is always a crucial phase in the coming age of a sports fan. For me, it meant a new school with new friends, and I needed an identity to latch onto. I had been raised during the height of the Pete Carroll era in football, but I had plenty of growing up still to do with USC sports, allegiances to form, pointless arguments to wage over the superiority of a couple football national champions to 100 non-revenue sport national championships, realizations to have that I wouldn’t be able to root for any other college football team five or so years before checking boxes on the Common App. The rivalry — and personally identifying as a Trojan — was a huge part of the social dynamic between me and all my friends.I had been indoctrinated by USC football very early. But to achieve true Trojan fandom, I had to jump in on basketball. For USC basketball, it was the perfect time to become a fan.Though maybe it does not quite warrant the distinction of being referred to as an era, the height of Tim Floyd’s tenure as the men’s basketball coach, between 2007 and 2009, was the pinnacle for the program. USC made the tournament three years in a row, had a couple wins in the tournament and, overall, was just fun to watch.But most importantly, we competed with UCLA.Of course, UCLA basketball was one of the premier national programs at this time. With future NBA stars like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love gracing the floor of Pauley Pavilion for the blue and gold at the time, they were a consistent national title threat and put together a string of Final Four appearances — though as I loved to remind my Bruin friends, none of those Final Fours actually added up to a ring.So anytime we could pull off an upset against UCLA, it was a big deal.Of course, we established our dominance on the gridiron. In my entire early fandom, the only time USC lost to UCLA was in 2006. It was just a given that we would beat them every year.And it was great. I loved that stepping on them was a rite of passage at the end of the season.But it wasn’t quite as special as every time the basketball team would steal one away in the rivalry. Winning in football was kind of like getting money from the tooth fairy. Obviously great, but only really memorable those times you got a $5 bill instead of the usual single — or in this case, when we beat UCLA 50-0. Winning in basketball was like growing up without an Xbox but still being able to take your friend down in Madden.At the root of the rivalry, beneath all the animosity, there was a genuine admiration for the Bruins. In the spirit of Anchorman, I might have hated the Bruins, but I sure did respect them. Almost as vividly as I remember the Trojans’ upset win over UCLA in the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament, I remember UCLA’s epic comeback win over Adam Morrison and Gonzaga in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.So it’s with a weird, almost verging on empathetic feeling that I go into tomorrow’s game. I never imagined there’d be a day when USC basketball could beat UCLA three times in one season and guarantee them a spot in the NIT instead of the real one. The rivalry is always better when both programs are at their strongest, so I gave up rooting against them every game a while ago.But the 13-year-old in me will absolutely be back in full force tonight. I’ll be very bummed if the chance for the sweep passes ‘SC by because it might not present itself for a while.And with me on track to graduate next year, it’ll almost definitely be last time it’ll potentially be socially acceptable to get a serious Facebook trash talk debate going.Luke Holthouse is junior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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