Army programs making strides in endangered species protection, historic preservation, waste reduction, environmental restoration, sustainability, and pollution prevention earned Pentagon recognition in January as the Department of the Army announced the winners of its highest honors for environmental stewardship and sustainability.Seven installations, three teams, and one individual will receive Secretary of the Army Awards for their environmental and sustainability program achievements. This year’s winning accomplishments include: designing a multi-phase ethnographic oral history collection project, achieving significant waste and emissions reductions, securing special legislation that returns state timber revenues to the Army, construction of a photovoltaic array to reduce dependence on fossil fuel, and implementing performance-based contracting to save the Army millions of dollars in cleanup costs.”The Army is committed to protecting the environment at installations here and overseas,” said Tad Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for the Environment, Safety and Occupational Health. “In fact, as the winners of our environmental awards demonstrate, the Army is getting more and more sophisticated in its use of environmental technology and sustainable practices. We’re becoming a greener shade of green.”The winners of this year’s environmental awards stand out as examples of how environmental stewardship and sustainability plays a crucial role in the Army’s readiness mission. Investments the Army makes in environmental programs and sustainability initiatives pay dividends in sustaining realistic training and testing capabilities both now and in the future.The winners of the FY 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards are:Camp Johnson, Vermont Army National Guard — Environmental Quality, Industrial InstallationU.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany — Environmental Quality, Overseas InstallationCamp Navajo, Arizona Army National Guard — Cultural Resources Management, InstallationFort Bragg, N.C. — Environmental Restoration, InstallationCamp Ripley Maneuver and Training Center, Minnesota Army National Guard — Natural Resources Conservation, Large InstallationCombined Support Maintenance Shop, Michigan Army National Guard — Pollution Prevention, Non-industrial InstallationFort Hood, Texas — Sustainability, InstallationField Maintenance Shop #2 Pollution Prevention Team, North Carolina Army National Guard — Pollution Prevention, TeamFort Carson, Colo. — Sustainability, TeamFort Drum, N.Y. — Cultural Resources Management, Team/IndividualMajor Laura McHugh, Pennsylvania Army National Guard — Sustainability, IndividualThe Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards represent the highest honor in the field of environmental science and sustainability conferred by the Army. Many of these award winners will compete for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards this year.For details about the fiscal year 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recipients visit the U.S. Army Environmental Command’s Web site at http://aec.army.mil/usaec/newsroom/awards00.html(link is external).”Sustaining the Environment for a Secure Future”For more information on the U.S. Army Environmental Command, visit http://aec.army.mil(link is external)SOURCE U.S. Army Environmental Command. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/
Surviving in Caatinga Every drop of dew counts when collecting water, Capt. Carlucio stressed. “We teach them to collect water from dew, plants, and soil, and we teach them how to filter this water… We teach the Soldiers how to use maps and identify animals that can serve as food, as well as how to select places to eat and sleep. We show the how to prepare a trap to capture these animals and we train them to fire hunting rifles.” In 1995, the Army, in an effort to prepare those who will serve in a CMNE unit, created the Caatinga Adaptation Traineeship and the Caatinga Adaptation and Operations Traineeship. Since then, seven training sessions have been held each year, with a total of 6,742 Soldiers having completed the course. The most recent traineeship, attended by 30 participants, occurred between May 14th-20th. Training for international operations The experience also includes teaching Soldiers how to identify venomous animals and reptiles as well as how to administer first aid. In addition to learning survival techniques, Soldiers are encouraged to develop more subjective skills, known as the “Attitudinal Content.” “This content is related to the Soldiers’ emotions, such as the development of self-confidence, courage, initiative, emotional balance, leadership, decision-making skills, persistence, and adaptability to restrictive situations,” Capt. Carlucio said. By Dialogo June 14, 2016 In extreme cases, Soldiers’ survival in the Caatinga depends on locating water and food sources, avoiding threatening animals, and seeking shelter from the sun using what the environment offers, which is no more than shrubs with a few leaves and cacti. The CIOpC plans seven days of training in the Adaptation Traineeship, which Soldiers do not start until they pass medical exams to determine if their bodies can handle the grueling challenge. The Soldiers reach a state of extreme fatigue, but the goal is to maintain their reasoning and complete a mission with minimal planning. “They receive a task, which begins one day and ends the next. One or two hours later, another mission begins, and so on, for a week,” Capt. Carlucio said. “The Adaptation Traineeship has a single phase, lasting a week, with the goal of having the Soldiers acquire the knowledge needed to survive in the harsh environment of the Caatinga,” explained Captain José Carlucio Gomes de Sousa Junior, head of the Caatinga Instruction and Operations Center’s (CIOpC) Education Division. Not coincidentally, the Adaptation and Operations Traineeships are not limited solely to the careers of the Soldiers who will serve in the Northeast Military Command. “Five years ago, the traineeships were also authorized for the cadets of the Agulhas Negras Military Academy, for students of the Combat Sergeant School, in addition to the students of the Reserve Officer Training Center,” Capt. Carlucio concluded. The CIOpC’s doctrine and research section developed a special uniform to facilitate the Soldiers’ actions in the Caatinga. In place of camouflage in shades of green, the uniform for the White Forest has camouflage in shades of brown. “It more closely resembles the color found in our vegetation,” said Captain Thyago Augusto Rabello Fermiano, head of the Center’s Doctrine and Research Section. “In addition, our uniform receives leather detailing, with several pieces sewn on top of the fabric to protect Soldiers’ bodies from contact with thorns, twigs, and stones.” The Caatinga, or “White Forest” in the native Tupi language, is a biome in Brazil with an average annual rainfall of 500 millimeters, similar to levels seen in deserts. Temperatures range between 25-27 degrees Celsius, while the hard, rocky soil can reach 60 degrees. Thirty-thousand Soldiers from the Brazilian Army’s Northeast Military Command (CMNE) serve in the region, which covers approximately 11 percent of the country. Soldiers in the Adaptation and Operations Traineeship complete the education stage in about a week before starting the operations stage, where they complete a series of training missions that are are based on real-life scenarios. “One of the missions might be, for example, confronting a drug-trafficking situation in which the responses by the public security organisms have already been exhausted,” Capt. Carlucio explained. In this phase, the participants are divided into teams, and each assumes a role. Once the mission is presented, the teams have to carry out the planning, prepare the necessary material, handle deployment within the Caatinga, and implement planned actions as they keep up with a rigorous schedule. The next six days of the training session take place outdoors, at the Tanque do Ferro Training Ground, 108 kilometers from Petrolina. “When we arrive, we have to prepare an overnight shelter with the material that we can find on site,” stated Major Leonardo Henrique Medeiros Rodrigues regarding his experience as a participant in the training session held in May. “That is when we really experience the difficulty of being in the Caatinga, an inhospitable environment, where we have to extract water from wherever possible.” In the first class, which is held at the 72nd Motorized Infantry Battalion’s headquarters in the city of Petrolina, in the state of Pernambuco, instructors focus on the region’s population and characteristics. Soldiers then proceed to the Zoo and Botanical Park within the Battalion’s compound, where they study the vegetation and animals commonly found in the White Forest region in northeastern Brazil. In the Adaptation and Operations Traineeship, as the name implies, the Soldiers complete the first instructional step and continue for another week with operational exercises. “The Northeast Military Command conducts Law and Order Assurance operations, which are operations that are intended to preserve public order,” Capt. Carlucio added. “The activities within it serve as context for the second stage of the traineeship.” The CIOpC training is important not only to prepare Soldiers who deployed in the Caatinga, but for those who are sent to areas with similar conditions. “The preparation of the Brazilian Army to operate in a semi-arid operational environment ensures that Brazil is capable of sending Troops to any region with similar climate,” Capt. Fermiano said. “We are very well trained.”
“Council members will maintain communication and consultation on issues on the agenda with a view to taking necessary actions as needed to fulfill the Council’s mandate,” a spokesperson for the mission said in a statement.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists that a positive COVID-19 case had been identified among staff at the organization’s Secretariat in New York, after a Philippines diplomat was reported infected last week.The United Nations building remains open and Secretary General Antonio Guterres was in his office on Monday, Dujarric said.But he added that the number of people entering the building in New York city has shrunk to around 900 people per day, down from a daily average of several thousand. The UN Security Council called off its two remaining meetings for the week on Monday due to the coronavirus crisis.After the earlier cancellation of the meeting planned for Tuesday, the Security Council was planning to discuss the situation in Sudan’s Darfur region and hold a multilateralism meeting on Thursday.The council was “still functioning” despite abandoning its remaining sessions for the week, said the Chinese mission, which holds this month’s rotating presidency of the body. Topics :
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Highpoint Health has confirmed a patient tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The hospital will not provide additional patient details in order to protect patient privacy.“Highpoint Health is taking every necessary precaution to keep our patients and community safe,” said Michael Schwebler, President/CEO of Highpoint Health. “We are here for the community but need everyone’s help and support as we work through this together. Please stay at home, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and cover your cough. I know you’ve heard all of this many times before, but following these guidelines are our best defense against COVID-19.” Those who have questions about the virus are encouraged to call Highpoint Health’s dedicated line, (812) 537-8210, which is staffed by highly-trained medical professionals.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., has drafted a resolution calling on the U.S. to “permanently withhold payments on debts owed to the People’s Republic of China in amounts equal to the public costs incurred” as a result of the coronavirus.Congressman Mast joined the South Florida Morning show and commented on his desire to hold China accountable for COVID-19.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Rep-Brian-Mast-China.mp3The resolution cites China’s slow response to combat the virus in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.“China’s total lack of transparency and mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has cost tens of thousands of lives, millions of jobs and left untold economic destruction,” Mast said in a statement. “Congress must hold China accountable for their cover-up and force them to pay back the taxpayer dollars that have been spent as a result.”Mast previously co-sponsored a bill that would force China to reimburse the U.S. His press secretary, Kyle VonEnde, told WPTV NewsChannel 5 that Mast’s measure would empower the U.S. to withhold funds owed to China.A class-action lawsuit filed in Miami federal court last month seeks billions of dollars in damages from the Chinese government. Listen to the full interview with Rep. Brian Mast here. He addresses the sluggish unemployment reimbursements to Floridians, the PPP and other coronavirus issues.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Brian-Mast-4-29-20-China-interview-1.mp3
Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Kelly Golob for Tumwater Chiropractic CenterLike any other year, there was a plethora of new medical research that was talked about in the news media in 2013. Some of these studies are well done and could have profound implications, while others have conclusions that are blown out of proportion and taken out of context. And, like every other year, there are a handful of very interesting studies that seemed to get overlooked. So without further ado, here is my Top 5 list of “The Most Overlooked Health Stories of 2013”:1. The most common low back pain treatment is wrong.Researchers found that the most common prescribed anti-inflammatory medication did not perform as well as the cheaper and safer alternative of spinal manipulation for low back pain.2. An unexpected source of knee pain for runners.A new study found a link between delayed hip muscle firing and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) in runners.3. Kinesiotape an effective treatment for some shoulder injuries.That bright colored tape seen on athletes everywhere was proven to improve shoulder range of motion and decrease shoulder impingement.4. New High-tech treatment for Tennis Elbow.Low-Level LASER therapy was shown to heal chronic lateral epicondylitis without any other treatment needed.5. Non-surgical treatment for Bulging Discs in the Neck.Researchers found that that 85% of patients with this injury were able to avoid surgery, and there were no side-effects with the treatment. Kelly Golob, D.C. is a chiropractor at Tumwater Chiropractic Center at 128 D St SW in Tumwater. Their clinic offers a variety of conservative and alternative treatments for musculoskeletal injuries and preventative wellness. They can be contacted at 360-570-9580 or online www.TumwaterChiroCenter.com or find them on Facebook.