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  • USAID Provides Relief to Caribbean Partner Nations

    first_imgBy Diálogo September 29, 2017 The government of the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the U.S. Department of Defense, has provided nearly $7.3 million in humanitarian assistance for the Hurricane Irma and Maria responses to date for Fiscal Year 2017. The assistance comprised airlifting more than 45 metric tons of critical supplies—including emergency shelter materials, hygiene kits, water containers, and blankets—to Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Martin. Two flights delivered aid to Dominica and St. Maarten on September 26th; a third flight landed in Dominica on September 27th; and a fourth flight was scheduled to arrive in St. Kitts and Nevis later that same day, according to USAID. The agency had already airlifted relief supplies to Antigua and Barbuda, and the Bahamas, after Hurricane Irma’s wrath devastated the area on September 7th as a Category 5 storm. As of September 28th, USAID had airlifted more than 151 metric tons of relief supplies for Caribbean hurricane relief efforts. In Dominica, relief items are reaching people in need. On September 26th, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in the Caribbean worked closely with the government of Dominica to deliver aid—including water containers, hygiene kits, and kitchen sets—to 13 shelters around Roseau for distribution to communities hard hit by the storm. USAID DART is working with the U.S. military, in coordination with local disaster officials, to ensure that items airlifted by USAID are strategically distributed to those most in need around the island. USAID leads and coordinates all U.S. government international disaster assistance through OFDA. The agency airlifted 100 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Saint Martin on September 27th to assist 5,000 people with emergency shelter needs. These, and other items provided by USAID, were distributed by governments and aid groups across the island. As the response activities led by the French and Dutch governments picked up speed, the United States scaled back its activities in the island of Saint Martin to provide resources to other areas in the Caribbean. The U.S. military concluded its mission on Saint Martin on September 28th, and transitioned operations to each nation’s government. After Hurricane Irma destroyed nearly all the island’s infrastructure, USAID requested the unique capabilities of the U.S. Department of Defense, specifically U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), to provide logistics support as well as water desalination services. Eight water units produced nearly 76,500 gallons of potable water for Saint Martin to date. USAID DART deployed to the region on September 7th to lead the U.S. government’s response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Members of the DART are in Dominica, Saint Martin, Barbados, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. The DART remains flexible and nimble in order to mobilize to other areas based on needs assessed on the ground. SOUTHCOM Capabilities In some large-scale crises, USAID may require the unique capabilities of the U.S. Department of Defense to support its response activities through the use of military equipment, personnel, and/or technical expertise. For the humanitarian response to hurricanes Irma and Maria, USAID requested the unique capabilities of SOUTHCOM to provide airlift support, as well as water treatment services for the island of Saint Martin. “Our country is a compassionate nation with a long history of helping countries impacted by natural disasters like this,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, SOUTHCOM commander. “We’re ready to support USAID, if needed, to save lives, alleviate human suffering and provide aid to those afflicted by this storm.” It is this U.S. spirit that drives USAID’s international disaster responses, explained SOUTHCOM Public Affairs. “As we are witnessing across the United States, it is a core American value to help those in need, and USAID proudly works on behalf of the American people,” they said. “The humanitarian assistance we provide abroad represents the best of American generosity. In addition, humanitarian assistance helps strengthen our relationships with people around the world by helping them when they need it most.” USAID aims to deliver international assistance on behalf of the American people as efficiently as possible. To do this, it strategically positions staff and resources around the world and maintains a network of local emergency response experts. This means that while less than two percent of the United States’ federal budget is allocated for foreign assistance, USAID is well equipped to respond quickly and effectively when disaster strikes abroad.last_img read more

  • Essar’s Hazira Port Ferry Terminal Ready for Operations

    first_imgEssar Bulk Terminal Ltd (EBTL), a part of Essar Ports, has completed works on a new passenger ferry terminal that will connect the Hazira Port in Surat and Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai.Starting November 15, SSR Marine Services Pvt. Ltd will operate the Cruise Mumbai Maiden, a passenger ferry vessel with a capacity of 200 passengers, between Surat and Mumbai.The Hazira-based terminal will also lead to ferry services being offered on other routes in the future, the company said.EBTL operates a 50 MTPA dry bulk cargo terminal at the same port.The company took charge of designing and constructing the facility, which includes both marine structures, like landing platform, passenger walkway and floating pontoon, as well as shore-based facilities.“I congratulate my team for building the passenger terminal in just eight months after receiving GMB’s permission to initiate this project. It was a challenging task that tested our technical expertise and project execution capabilities,” Capt. Subhas Das, CEO-EBTL, said.last_img read more

  • 4 Pirates make All-Star team – McCutchen, Alvarez, Grilli, Locke

    first_imgCHICAGO (AP)—Justly rewarded for approaching the 84th Midsummer Classic with one of baseball’s best records, the Pirates placed four All-Stars on the 2013 National League squad.Center fielder Andrew McCutchen and closer Jason Grilli, whose selections were anticipated, are joined by third baseman Pedro Alvarez and young left-hander Jeff Locke.The quartet gives the Pirates their best All-Star representation in 32 years—since outfielders Dave Parker and Mike Easler, second baseman Phil Garner and third baseman Bill Madlock were tabbed in 1981.“We’re not the team that gets a token one [selection] anymore,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve earned our way.”The Pirates had only the obligatory All-Star rep in 14 of the 16 seasons prior to Hurdle taking over in 2011, with two selections the other years.“I’m proud of all four. They are organizational wins,” added Hurdle, who gathered the players in Wrigley Field’s visiting clubhouse at 1 p.m. CT to disclose their All-Stars and reported that “the vibe in here was really cool.”The All-Star announcements coincided with the Pirates’ first-ever Dads Road Trip. The fathers of McCutchen, Alvarez and Grilli were all present to share their sons’ glee and pride.“Obviously, it was a very special moment. I was super excited to get to share it with him,” Alvarez said of his dad, also named Pedro. “I wish my mom and sister were also here, but I got my wife and dad, and that made it very special. I’m happy.”McCutchen’s selection by the players was almost a given, since at the conclusion of last season, he was their pick to receive the Players Choice Award as NL Most Outstanding Player.He becomes the Pirates’ first three-time All-Star since infielder Freddy Sanchez (2006-07, 2009). But he is the Bucs first position player to make three consecutive All-Star teams since Bobby Bonilla (1988-91).FIRST TIME ALL-STAR—Pedro Alvarez was selected to the All-Star team for his first time. But if he continues to play the way he has, he will be joining McCutchen for many more. FUTURE ALL STAR—Pirates speedster Starling Marte slides into 3rd base in a game against the Brewers for his eighth triple of the year, Marte also leads the Pirates in stolen bases with 23. (Photos by William McBride)last_img read more

  • Spring and fish make for exciting days on the water

    first_imgSpring has sprung on the water according to Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Fishing Charters in Nelson.So let’s get right to the details as Reed gives his take on what’s been happening on the water.Kootenay Lake Spring fishing has provided some exciting days. May was a decent month for weather, but an even better month for fishing.  Rainbows up to 23 pounds and Dolly Varden up to 16 pounds have been coming in lately. Although not every day has been hot, we have still seen some pretty consistent fishing. The latest derby saw one of our guests bring in a contender.  Shane landed a beautiful Rainbow just under 19 pounds to land himself a nice second place trophy.  That weekend we managed to hook into over 20-pound fish, with the majority of them being over 10 pounds.  Now that’s a quality fishing and why people come from all over to fish Kootenay Lake. The following week we had a new group out with us for a nice day trip on the lake.  They managed to hook into six  fish over 10 pounds, including a double header. The biggest fish weighing in at 18-1/2 pounds was landed by our friend John. And many other days have produced some great fish. The water temperature was finally at our optimum fishing temperature, until the weather changed. Temperatures have dropped and the fish are probably just as confused as we are. Oh well, there is one good thing about the cool, rainy days of June. It will help prolong our fishing season.  Usually the fishing remains fairly steady until the temperatures get too hot.  Which might not be until August at the rate we are going so far. Also with the rain comes high water.  This means there will be lots of debris floating around in the water. And while that makes it a little tougher to fish, it does help bring the fish to the surface to feed.  Fishing around these feed lines can be very productive.  But make sure to check your lines often, as they can become fouled with debris. Should be a good month for fishing if we can keep the debris off our lines.  What are they biting on ???Since most of the fish are coming to the surface to feed, we are mainly running our bucktail flies.  We have some new products that seem to be working well. The usual flies now come with a weighted head.  They are called fish skulls. This weighted head not only helps keep some of the debris off your lines, but it gives the fly a different action. And they have produced some fairly consistent fish on our boat.  My Favorite colors have been:  Blk/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht.  Or the common numbers are:  214, 215, 221, and 228. Also using my favorite Lyman plugs and Apex lures on the calmer days.  My favorites have been:  black/silver, silver/gold, blue/green or lucky numbers of #10, # 16, #53, #55, and the #102 of late. We’ve also managed a few fish on the downriggers.  Still using the old flasher/hoochie combo for the dollies.  But we’re catching lots on my favorite plugs again down deep.  Magic depths have been 40′, 60′, and 80′. The water temperature is almost perfect.  Lately I’ve had readings between 51- 53 degrees.  So, we should be in for some great fishing still. The next month should be great fishing. So, Let’s Get Out There !! Tight lines…..Another Record Year !! If this year’s Gerrard run is any indication of what our future holds, we should be pretty excited.  Another record number of fish were counted up at the spawning grounds this year. If you didn’t get a chance to see this amazing sight, then you missed out on a treat. More than 1,030 fish was the peak number this year.  That’s a lot of fish to be in one area at the same time. Although the total number of spawners over the one month period will be closer to 3,000 fish through the spawning grounds. That’s my estimate, but it definitely blows last years numbers out of the water. Looks like we have a bright future for Kootenay Lake.  Looking forward to the next few years !!! If you want to check out the day to day numbers that were at the spawning grounds, go to the ministry’s web site for a daily count.  Check it out at:  www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/fsh/main/mainfish.htmYour Guide, Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Fishing Charterslast_img read more