U.S. SOUTHCOM expo displays technology that can save lives during natural disasters

first_img Technological innovations that could help provide humanitarian relief throughout the Western Hemisphere in response to natural disasters and other emergencies took center stage at an expo recently hosted by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Division hosted the event Sept. 3. It featured demonstrations of lifesaving technologies for enhancing the response to disaster relief operations and humanitarian assistance crises. The expo, which took place at SOUTHCOM’s Doral, Florida headquarters, also showcased a variety of cost-effective devices and software that can facilitate a more efficient response to disasters, both natural and man-made A wide range of organizations displayed technology at the expo. Among the groups which participated were the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) in Honduras; the Dominican Republic’s National Emergency Commission and Civil Defense; and several U.S. organizations, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Florida International University, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and the Department of Defense. SOUTHCOM’s Command Science and Technology Advisor, Juan A. Hurtado said the goal is to merge situational awareness and information sharing with today’s technology. “My job is to try and solve problems through technology,” Hurtado said. “Events like this really help bring collective minds together to help meet this goal and provide effective humanitarian assistance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.” Some of the technologies included the InstantEye Mk2 Unmanned Aerial System; the All Partners Access Network (APAN); the Content-Oriented Mobile Edge Technology (COMET); a 2.4 meter Inflatable Satellite Terminal (GATR); a Deployable Water Purification System; and the Western Hemisphere Information Exchange Program. Many of the technologies on display at the expo could help authorities provide assistance to civilians who are at-risk from natural disasters, said U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott B. Jerabek, director of SOUTHCOM’s Theater Engagement Directorate. “Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards,” Admiral Jerabek said. “Disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, landslides and volcanoes are a major threat to these regions, especially when the resources for disaster relief are limited. It is estimated that 42 percent of Central America, which pans out to over 40 million people, live below the poverty line.” One piece of technology captured attention of many of those who attended the expo by hovering over their heads. Once referred to as the ‘lightest aircraft ever,’ InstantEye is the first unmanned aerial system to receive federal aviation certification. The all-weather resistant, battery-operated craft was designed to provide situational awareness to troops on the ground, weighs less than one pound, and can take flight in under 30 seconds. It can also climb as high as 12,000 feet, and remain airborne for as long as 30 minutes. “The device was created by the Department of Defense’s Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping Offices and serves as a first-response feature,” said Ricky Stuart, Technical Project Officer from the United States Southern Command’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Division. “When soldiers respond to hazardous situations, it can be dangerous. They can use this device to scout out locations, at a distance, and discern what the circumstances are.” The InstantEye The importance of sharing information By Dialogo September 10, 2014center_img Jerabek is responsible for the overall planning, programming, and synchronization of United States military engagement activities and programs throughout Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The admiral delivered opening remarks to kick off the expo. He emphasized the importance of sharing information. In particular, Jerabek cited a website, www.apan.org, that has been a valuable online resource for disaster relief since the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The website is an important resource for communities and agencies which do not have access to U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) online networks. The website allows these communities and agencies to share unclassified information with each other, with DOD, and with the DOD’s partner nations. The website has a variety of tools, including maps, and provides the opportunity for social engagement. “One of the things we learned from previous experiences is that information sharing is not a technology, but rather a behavior,” said Ricky Arias, operations program manager for SOUTHCOM”s Science, Technology, and Experimentation Division. “It’s not about the platform, it’s about the data. We want the data to freely flow from one platform to another. If organizations such as the United Nations or the Red Cross can ingest our data, APAN could be a key component in ensuring effective disaster relief.” Aiding Latin America and the Caribbean The event concluded with one more demonstration from GATR and closing remarks from Hurtado. A common theme throughout the event was the idea that countries that need additional resources for effective disaster relief capabilities require immediate attention. The devices demonstrated at the event all share one common purpose: to aid countries struck by natural disasters. Following his closing remarks, Hurtado shared his passion for creating such programs. “I was born and raised in Ecuador, a very poor country,” he said. “After spending 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, this is why I became a scientist and chose to partner with these organizations in order to build the proper technological tools to bring relief no only to our people in the U.S. but also in our partner nations.” Great, more knowledge all over the world. Very well presented, very interesting, and well elaborated article. Congratulations, it´s the first time I access this site. Yes, I liked it. Anything that benefits humanity is invaluably important. Vey well detailed. I liked it a lot. Great! Speechless.last_img read more

Medford Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 44-year-old Medford man was killed in a car crash on the Southern State Parkway in Islip Terrace on Friday afternoon.New York State police said Mark A. Verrelli was driving a Toyota Scion westbound when his vehicle exited the roadway, drove onto the center median and struck a tree west of exit 43N at 3:45 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.last_img read more

How Do You Advertise a Town Ravaged by Hurricanes?

first_imgComing AttractionsNow, back at the satellite office, Ms. Duncan and her team are working on budgeting for the next fiscal year, trying to come up with a plan to sell Lake Charles again. It’s about rebuilding, but rebuilding better, and taking advantage of the new things that might come out of this dark period of the city’s history.“There may be new restaurants, and new attractions that come from this,” she said. “There’s sort of this unfortunate beauty that might come from this. Maybe the inside of one of our attractions is gutted, and that sucks, but maybe they have an opportunity to reinvent themselves.”Seeing how Lake Charles has come together in the wake of two hurricanes has only made the decision easier. “It’s more fulfilling now, to be sure,” she said. “It validates why I choose to stay here. Yes, everyone’s lives are in chaos right now. But we’re still checking in on each other, making sure we’re OK. We worry about our neighbors, even in the midst of our own struggles.”Something about the fact that there are many obstacles ahead makes Ms. Duncan more dedicated to the place. “If I were to leave, I would be a different environment and all that,” she said. “But by staying, I’m constantly challenging myself. It’s that constant, daily challenge of thinking, what can I do better? How can I make this place better? How can I leave it better for the next generation?” It has Ms. Duncan questioning how she will continue to do the job of promoting the place she loves.“The reality is, what product do we have to pitch?” she said. “What event? What’s open? We know that all of our hotels are going to be filled till the end of the year with utility workers and first responders. And then, sooner or later, with families who have been displaced.” “We were still pitching stories during Covid-19,” she said, “but we couldn’t host anyone, because we really just can’t do that safely.” When Hurricane Laura hit, though, her bosses “mainly cared about our well-being and our health.” It has also shifted her thinking about her own future. (Lake Charles is not located on the coast, but it is still affected by frequent storms, a changing coast line and sea level rise.)“You start thinking, what does your house look like?” Ms. Duncan said. “What does your job look like? What is everything that I do for a living, promote for a living, going to look like?”Hurricanes One and TwoBefore the storms, Ms. Duncan’s job was to pitch stories to out-of-state writers and reporters about Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana, including about the Creole Nature Trail, a scenic byway that lets visitors walk through Louisiana tall grasses and alligator habitats, and Adventure Point, an attraction along the trail where kids can don real-life hunting gear and smell spices used in Louisiana cooking.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As a 24-year-old public relations representative for her city, Kathryn Shea Duncan eats, sleeps and breathes Lake Charles, La.The working-class town, home to about 80,000 people and just inland from the Gulf of Mexico, is the big city she grew up visiting, and where she spent Thanksgiving with family. She rented her first home in Lake Charles. She met her boyfriend, Ryan Beeson, at the Panorama Music House downtown. She can tell you the best place to get a po’ boy, hold a baby alligator or crab off dry land.- Advertisement – It made Ms. Duncan reconsider her frustration. “I was kind of like, OK, maybe I need to chill out, and stay here a little longer,” she said, adding she felt that there was a reason she was here. Then, in October, Hurricane Delta made a turn for Lake Charles. Ms. Duncan boarded up her house once again, storing her television in her laundry room along with framed photographs of her deceased father.center_img On Aug. 25, the night Laura made landfall, Mr. Beeson and Ms. Duncan were at Ms. Duncan’s mother’s house in Crowley, La., a town about a quarter of the size of Lake Charles, and about an hour away by car. A Changing StateMs. Duncan’s family has lived in this region of Louisiana for generations, and have roots going back to the original group of Cajuns who were exiled from Acadia, in Canada, by the British in the 1700s.Physically, the state has changed a lot since then. In 2014, the map was redrawn to account for a shrinking coastline, and storms are more frequent — and more deadly — than ever. But Ms. Duncan is committed to riding it out.“We can make it better,” she said. “Through economic development and improving our infrastructure, and having a cleaner environment, and better transportation. You can’t do all of those big things if you don’t stay and work at it day by day.”“I’m a very future-oriented person,” Ms. Duncan said, sitting in her den in Lake Charles, under a framed, hand-drawn map of the state of Louisiana. “I’m always planning the next five years.” – Advertisement – It stands to reason that Ms. Duncan might eventually want to move to a different city. But Lake Charles is her home, she said. And leaving never felt as alluring as staying put.“If I were to move somewhere with a million people, it would be almost meaningless to try and make a difference,” she said. “But if I stay here, and am resilient, living in a city of 80,000, where mostly all of them think and act the same, and I’m a millennial who probably does not have the same thoughts and experiences as those around me, I can make a difference.”“If I leave,” she added, “then who is going to stay? Who is going to be that person?”October was a different story. With Hurricane Delta baring down on Lake Charles, she and Mr. Beeson evacuated once again, this time to San Antonio to stay with friends. With traffic, the normally five-hour drive took them 12. “To be completely honest with you, I wanted to move,” Ms. Duncan said. “I was frustrated. I was angry that this kept happening.”But after the storm, Ms. Duncan was overwhelmed with emotion seeing the work her community did together to rebuild. It’s exciting, she said, to be a part of that. There’s a Facebook group for her neighborhood, where people check in on one another, making sure they all have what they need.“Even our mail lady is in the group,” Ms. Duncan said, “and two days after Laura, she posted that she was on her way home, and that she was going to drop off the mail when she got there.” Mr. Beeson woke Ms. Duncan in the middle of the night. “I know you don’t want to see this, but I think you should know what’s going on,” he said, handing Ms. Duncan his phone. It revealed a photograph of the Panorama Music House, completely destroyed.“Literally, it had just fallen,” Ms. Duncan said. “Like a waterfall.”The owners had been in the process of building a small museum on the top floor dedicated to the musical history of Lake Charles, which Ms. Duncan was excited to recommend to visitors. (The country musician Lucinda Williams, for example, was born and raised nearby and named one of her most famous songs after the town.)“I just sat there, sobbing,” Ms. Duncan said. “Grieving for what might be lost.”That hurricane, a category four storm, ended up displacing more than 6,000 Lake Charles residents. Wind damage left small buildings and big box stores, like Best Buy and Hobby Lobby, in pieces, and tens of thousands of people were without electricity for weeks.Ms. Duncan’s home survived with minimal damage, but her office had to be gutted. Her neighbor had it much worse. “She had ceiling damage, so they’re gutting her side out,” she said. “She can’t live there. And she’s a nurse.” But Ms. Duncan’s resolve to stay in the city has been shaken by the series of hurricanes that have devastated the place and much of the surrounding area this year. Thousands of residents remain displaced, and aid — in the form of charitable giving and volunteers — has been hard to come by with the whole country struggling with coronavirus outbreaks and distracted by politics. (The mayor, Nic Hunter, has worked to spread awareness of the state of his city, appearing on CNN, Fox News and NPR, where he told listeners, “I am begging, I am pleading for Americans not to forget about Lake Charles.”)last_img read more

Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka could lose Arsenal captaincy after telling fans to ‘f**k off’

first_img Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 7:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Skip SPONSORED Top articles Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka clashed with the club’s fans (Picture: Twitter)Unai Emery has hinted Granit Xhaka could lose the Arsenal captaincy after his shocking meltdown during the draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka, who was appointed Gunners captain at the end of last month, clashed with Arsenal fans after being booed off at the Emirates on Sunday.The Switzerland international cupped his ears as he heard the frustrated supporters and then was heard saying ‘f**k off’ before leaving the pitch. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Read More Read More Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka could lose Arsenal captaincy after telling fans to ‘f**k off’ 1 min. story Read More More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked whether Xhaka will remain captain, Emery responded: ‘We will speak about that.‘He’s wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation. I want to be calm but, really, he was wrong in this action.’Arsenal took full control of Sunday’s clash through Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz but Palace responded with goals either side of half-time from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew. PLAY 1/1 Comment Read More ADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Full Screen Xhaka quickly removed his shirt after his substitution and stormed down the tunnel. In the 90 minutes, Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead as Palace fought back superbly at the Emirates to secure a 2-2 draw.AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Xhaka’s reaction, Emery said: ‘He was wrong. We are going to speak to him and decide with the club.‘We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticising us.’ Skip Ad Emery admits Xhaka was ‘wrong’ (Picture: Getty)Palace’s first goal came after VAR overturned a penalty decision in Wilfried Zaha’s favour. VAR also ruled out an Arsenal goal late on.‘I didn’t understand the referee and VAR reaction,’ Emery said. ‘Last week they didn’t check VAR for a penalty for us but we respect that.‘Two weeks ago there is one penalty for Pepe against Bournemouth, they didn’t check, okay. I don’t understand.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘For me there is no confusion – it is not a good decision. We deserved to win, we had a good reaction after they equalised, we scored but then they didn’t count it.‘We didn’t concede many chances apart from the penalty to score. Our reaction was very good, also the supporters help us in the last minutes to score the third goal and win the match but this doesn’t happen.’Arsenal, still fifth in the Premier League, face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.MORE: Jurgen Klopp provides Mohamed Salah injury update after Liverpool beat Tottenham by Metro Advertisementlast_img read more

Double gold for Cheptegei

first_img1962 Perth114611 Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Joshua Cheptegei emulated Moses Kipsiro’s 2010 double gold winning feat by winning the 10,000m final in a new Commonwealth Games record 27:19.62 on Friday.Cheptegei was stretched all the way by Canadian  Mohammed Ahmed as he added the 10,000m title to the 5000m gold he won last week. That sees him equal Moses Kipsiro’s double achievement at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.Kipsiro, the most successful Ugandan track and field athlete with three gold medals, won both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Delhi, before adding the 10,000m title at the 2014 Games.Cheptegei, 21, has been in formidable form since winning 10,000m silver at the World Championships last year.  In the past 6 months, he has run the  world’s second fastest 15k race ever at the Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in November and dominated all the cross-country races he participated in this year.  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight 2006 Melbourne201315  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metres 2002 Manchester020230  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdles Share on: WhatsApp RELATED STORY Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei crosses the finish line ahead of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed in the athletics men’s 10,000m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 13, 2018.  AFP PHOTO  10,000m final  ?? |  Cheptegei GOLD |  Kiplimo 4th | Toroitich 7th | 1994 Victoria002224  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight 2010 Delhi200218  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres 1954 Vancouver010114  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweight  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg)  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight 2014 Glasgow104518  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweightcenter_img  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg)  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight Uganda medals Commonwealth games  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight MedalNameGamesSportEvent  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight 1974 Christchurch243910 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank 1958 Cardiff010117 Total1315214918  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres 1970 Edinburgh33179 1982 Brisbane030318  SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight Tweets about #GC2018 uganda 1966 Kingston001119 1990 Auckland202411last_img read more