Armed Forces of Colombia and Ecuador Help Local Communities

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo November 01, 2017 The armed forces of Colombia and Ecuador united for an annual humanitarian operation that provided health, welfare, and recreational services to remote communities of both nations on the shores of the Putumayo River. The Colombia–Ecuador 2017 Binational Development Campaign Aid assisted the populations of Puerto El Carmen, in the province of Sucumbíos, Ecuador, and Puerto Ospina, in the department of Putumayo, Colombia. “In general, we hold the aid campaign in the first half of the year, when the water levels in the Putumayo River rise and it’s optimal for navigation,” said Marine Corps Brigadier General Álvaro Augusto Cubillos Gómez, commander of the Colombian Navy’s Southern Naval Force. “This year [2017] weather fluctuations kept us from getting out to the municipality of Puerto Asís [Colombia] on the ships; but we still fulfilled that commitment.” At the campaign, 57 medical specialists from both countries provided general and family medicine services, as well as specialized treatment such as physical therapy, dentistry, maxillofacial surgery, gynecology, dermatology, urology, psychology, pediatrics, medical ultrasound, and ophthalmology, among others. In addition, they carried out health promotion and prevention services and delivered three tons of humanitarian aid. “Ecuador and Colombia are sister nations that share the river on their border, and they also share the culture of these communities, their peculiarities, and in many cases the same nationality,” explained Colonel Wilson Tualombo Ortíz, commander of the Ecuadorean Army’s 19th Jungle Brigade and coordinator of the support campaign. “In Ecuador, a lot of Colombians came to live on this side of the river, but these are the same indigenous communities of Uitoto, Murui, and Siona, among others, which exist on both sides of the Putumayo River.” The campaign that lasted only a weekend, August 25th–27th, required a huge logistics effort to bring the various units together. From Colombia, the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police, and local and regional authorities participated. In Ecuador, the provincial government of Sucumbíos coordinated the support campaign with other government agencies and logistics support from the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Ecuadorean Army. Recreation, a key point Although health is the main focus of the campaign, the recreational aspect has become a huge attraction for the recipients. Getting needed medical attention from specialists can take all day and long lines form during the event. “We have groups specialized in recreation, as we’ve learned from experience that thanks to them any activity with the community is more enjoyable,” Brig. Gen. Cubillos said. “Dressed up as clowns or through singing, they manage to entertain people, amuse the children and facilitate service outreach for those who are unfamiliar with this type of assistance.” “In Ecuador, we’re impressed by the capacity for care they have in Colombia. Not only because of the health services they provide, but also because of their ability to entertain people throughout the event, keeping the campaign from becoming a tedious experience,” Col. Tualombo said. “We want to create the same recreation groups for our Armed Forces, because they completely change people’s attitude. We’re already in talks with the Colombian Navy to make such entertainment a reality.” Origins of the campaign The idea for holding a binational support campaign originated in 2011. The Colombian Navy already provided some assistance in its territory, but it was clear that many more residents in the region showed similar needs. At that time, the security conditions were risky, because the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were still in the area and attacked health ships. The Binational Development Campaign was created to assist the vulnerable populations of Puerto El Carmen and Puerto Ospina, municipalities where a large part of the area’s population is concentrated. These communities are tight-knit with many Colombians living on the Ecuadorean side of the border and vice versa. On the Colombian side, terrestrial mobilization to the urban centers is difficult due to their remoteness. As such, providing annual support to the region is a priority. “For us, it is very important that the populations of this region identify with their country; that they feel Colombian, and that they are able to perceive the presence of the state,” Brig. Gen. Cubillos said. “Fortunately, the campaign had a wonderful reception and people are quick to respond to the invitation we make over the radio.” The event’s reach has grown substantially since its launch. In 2011, the campaign touched 1,138 people from both countries. The number has more than doubled in 2017, with a total of 8,846 welfare services delivered — in addition to health promotion, disease prevention as well as hair styling, veterinary services, and entertainment. Area residents started associating the river’s rise during the month of May with the arrival of ships and prepare to welcome them. The communities were eager for the 2017 support campaign, as in 2016, the earthquake that shook Ecuador prevented it from taking place. Both armed forces focused on relief efforts for the Ecuadorean people who are still recovering from the effects of the quake. “These campaigns have become a lifesaver for many of the communities that live along our shared border with Ecuador,” Brig Gen. Cubillos said. “Unlike the Ecuadoreans, Colombia’s river communities are [geographically] cut off from the rest of the country, which makes it critical to ensure that this aid gets to them.”last_img read more

Cardinals Basketball Results

first_imgThe St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team lost to  St. Michael’s Tuesday evening 39 to 34.Adam Cox led the Cardinals in scoring , finishing with 15 points. Evan Vogelsang, & Charlie Dice had 5 points each. Johnathan Deal, Zach Harmeyer & Eli Tuveson rounded out the scoring with each adding a 3 point bucket.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The St Louis Cardinals 7th grade basketball team were on the road last night visiting St. Michael’s of Brookville winning 45-23.St. Michael’s played the Cardinals tough to start the game as they played solid defense and kept the game close with the score 8-4 at the end of the 1st quarter. In the second quarter, the Cardinals defense stepped up and their offense caught fire with Wil Freeland, Lleyton Ratcliff and Andrew Oesterling leading the way. Jack Forbeck hit a last second shot to end the 1st half and put the Cardinals up 27-6 going into intermission.St. Michael’s came out of the 2nd half ready to play and outscored the Cardinals 13-8 for the 3rd quarter. Sam Voegele for the Cardinals hit a couple key baskets to help keep St. Michael’s from getting too close. The quarter ended with St. Louis leading St. Michael’s 33-19.In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals controlled the boards and continued to play great defense and finished the game with a final score of 45-23.The Cardinals received solid defensive play from Kurt Siefert on the perimeter and Sam Voegele, Ben Schebler and Karsen Macke on the boards.The Cardinals next game is Thursday at home against Laurel. The game time is 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.The St. Louis 5th grade boys basketball team played St. Paul’s this evening and won their 5th game of the season. The Cardinals outscored the visitors from St. Paul’s 24-9.The Cardinals started a bit sluggish and found themselves tied at 4-4 after the first quarter. Buckets began to fall in the second and third quarter as the Cardinals led 20-7 after three. Defense proved to be the deciding factor as the Cardinals held St. Paul’s to one bucket in the fourth quarter.Aidan Geers, Frank Forbeck, Nate Reder, Conner Ertel and Jack Hollins played good team defense while the scoring leaders for the evening were Alec Bunselmeier (9), Benjamin Harmeyer (9), Luke Meer (4), and Nate Vankirk (2).The next game will be this Thursday, December 3 at St. Nicholas. Please come out to the game and cheer the Cardinals on.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach John Harmeyer.last_img read more

Earl A. “Hooker” Miller

first_imgEarl A. “Hooker” Miller, age 87 of Batesville, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at his home.  Born May 9, 1931 in Ripley County Indiana, he is the son of Loretta (Nee: Holdgrieve) and Arthur Miller and served in the army during the Korean War.  He married Alma Bloemer January 18, 1964 at St. Louis Church and was the maintenance coordinator for 23 years at the Hill-Rom Company before retiring in 1993.  He was a member of the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183, the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271, life member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1461, Tri County Coonhunters Association and the Tri County Conservation Club.Hooker was an avid fisherman and trap shooter.  In addition to fishing locally, he also made numerous trips to Canada with family and friends.  Thursday mornings were spent trap shooting at Coonhunters and Sunday afternoons at Oldenburg.  The family joked that Father’s Day, Birthday and Holiday gifts were boxes of shotgun shells and figuring out how to disguise the packaging.  They were proud that he was still shooting at age 87 and at a nearly 90% proficiency rate.Hooker donated much time and his talents during the construction of the Knights hall and has bartended weekly since the beginning.  He loved his dogs, feeding his birds and listening to Reds games on the radio.  Hooker also had a workshop where he enjoyed woodworking and tinkering, as he could fix anything.  His greatest joy, though, was his grandkids.He is survived by his wife Alma; daughter and son-in-law Ann and Rob Edwards; son Jim Miller, brother Bruce Miller, all of Batesville; grandchildren Justin Edwards, Lindsay (Chad) Konradi and great grandson Caleb Konradi.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by brothers Arthur, Floyd and Lawrence Miller.Hooker’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.  The family will receive friends at the Weigel Funeral Home on Saturday, August 25th, from 9 a.m. until Noon.  Calling will conclude with military honors conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. and the Prell-Bland American Legion on the plaza of the funeral home.  The family requests memorials to Batesville EMS 10 or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.last_img read more

Exclusive: Laryea Kingson is returning to Great Olympics this season

first_imgFormer Hearts of Oak striker Laryea Kingston is set to join Great Olympics in the second round of the First Capital Plus Premier League.In an exclusive interview with Joy Sports, the player said he has not retired, pointing out that he is currently training to rejoin his boyhood club.”I really love the game and I still believe I can come back and play good football,” he began.”I came back to Ghana to play for my former team Hearts of Oak and Olympics is my former team as well so I will be more than happy to play for my boyhood club since some of my colleagues are there – hopefully in the second round of the league,” he revealed.Kingson started his career with Great Olympics at the age of 16, before moving to Libyan side Al-Ittihad in Tripoli in 2000 on loan and back to Hearts of Oak in 2001-2003.The player turns 35 in November and has also played for many clubs in Israel and Russia. In January 2012, he returned to Ghana to play for Hearts of Oak for the second time, signing for a year and a half. But soon into the stint, problems with coaches and club officials limited him to a handful of appearances for the Phobians which led to his release before the deal finished.Looking at the Black StarsKingston, whose brother Richard has also returned to play for Olympics in goal, further declared an intention to get a place in the Black Stars.”Since I have not retired, there is still hope to to come back to play for the Stars. I’m looking forward to play for a team and start playing actively again,” said the man who has scored six times in 41 caps for Ghana at senior level. This comes on the back of widespread public approval of the impact Kingston’s compatriots – Godwin Attram, Dan Quaye, Richard Kingson and Osei Boateng (all for Olympics) – on the league this season.Laryea’s storied career1999–2001    Great Olympics (Ghana)        2000             Al-Ittihad Tripoli (loan, Libya)        2001–2003    Hearts of Oak (Accra)       2003             Maccabi Ahi Nazareth (Israel) 2003–2004    Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)  2004–2005    Krylia Sovetov Samara (Israel)2005–2007    Terek Grozny (Israel)2006             Lokomotiv Moscow (loan, Russia)2007             Heart of Midlothian (loan, Scotland)2007–2010    Heart of Midlothian 2010             Vitesse (Holland)2011–2012    Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Israel)2012–2013    Hearts of Oak       2013             Phoenix FC (USA)–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Frequent COVID-19 testing makes MLS players comfortable with return to regular training

first_imgNew England Revolution defender Alexander Buttner explained, in his second language, a concept that some in this country seem determined not to understand.Yes, it feels safe for Major League Soccer teams, under the conditions and protocols in place, to return to playing major-league soccer. “It feels great. Finally, we can play football with each other again. It was a long time we had to train by ourselves, but finally we are back,” Jong told “We did some small games, some crosses, so for me it was a good training.”The last time the Revs were on the field together was nearly three full months ago, before MLS suspended operations March 12. Their last full game a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on March 7.“It’s safe and reassuring that everyone’s been tested and no one tested positive,” rookie defender Henry Kessler told RevolutionSoccer. “That’s really good news. There was a blood test and then the other one was a bit uncomfortable. You have to stick something pretty far up your nose. Those were the tests ,but it’s good to have those done and make sure everyone’s healthy. “Yeah, because we get tested almost three, four times a week,” he said. “And so I think it’s safe to train, because the results are good. I hope everybody stays safe and healthy.”The Revs returned to full-squad training Monday after an extended absence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant being able to use the team’s facilities as well as joining each other on the field. Atlanta United also resumed training Monday. Sporting Kansas City was on the field Sunday.They are preparing to play in a league tournament in Orlando later in the summer that would comprise a World Cup-style format, with teams divided into group play and the top 16 moving on to an elimination round. CBS Sports reported July 9 as a possible start date.Teams had been able to do some voluntary individual training starting May 6. Buttner, in his first season with the Revs after coming from three seasons with Jong Vitesse in his native country, the Netherlands, said it’s much better being able to move freely through the Revs facility.last_img read more