USS George Washington Performs Life-Like Mass Casualty Drill

first_img View post tag: Life-Like View post tag: Navy USS George Washington Performs Life-Like Mass Casualty Drill June 30, 2011 View post tag: USS View post tag: Washington View post tag: Drill Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mass View post tag: George View post tag: News by topic Preparing for the worst of all possible scenarios, hundreds of Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) were put through a life-like mass casualty drill as the ship transited across the waters of the western Pacific Ocean, June 28.The drill was an all-hands effort involving Sailors from George Washington’s Air and Medical departments, putting them to the test to quickly put out multiple simulated fires and to treat and evacuate dozens of shipmates with mock injuries and transport them from the flight deck to the ship’s medical ward.Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class (AW/SW) Mark Rodriguez, the ship’s Air Bos’n, said the purpose of the mass casualty drill is to make sure that the ship’s force is training in real life scenarios.“Day in and day out we’re flying and with this amount of aircraft on the deck, we can have an accident, a fire at anytime,” said Rodriguez. “That fire could spread from aircraft to another, causing a lot of injuries, especially with the amount of people we have up here.”The drill began with a simulated aircraft fire spreading to another aircraft parked on one of George Washington’s four aircraft elevator. This prompting the flight deck crew to jump into action and battle the blaze before it spreads even further.“Our ultimate goal is to put out the fires and make sure all of the personnel casualties get to the designated casualty elevator and make it down to the hanger bay,” said Rodriguez.Once those mock patients arrive in the hanger bay, hospital corpsmen and medical officers organize the wounded by the seriousness of their injuries; the most severely wounded are given priority and taken to medial first.“From there we start moving those too wounded to walk by stretchers to the medical ward and if needed, we’ll activate the ship’s walking blood bank,” said Hospital Corpsman (SW) 3rd Class Anjuli Fine, one of Medical’s first responders.According to Fine, the walking blood bank is made up of ship’s company who acts as George Washington’s blood supply while the carrier is underway; those who are able to donate blood in emergency situations.“Our goal is to treat and transport the injured, get them out of the hangar bays so the ship’s force can continue to fight the fires without worrying about injured personnel caught in the way,” said Fine.While Rodriguez called the drill a success, there is always room for improvement, especially when a life is on the line.“Today was a great training opportunity” said Rodriguez. “For Air department, it was the first time we’ve integrated the drill with our squadron shipmates since we’ve been underway.”“Getting out here today establishing a baseline with our actual training now and seeing where we need to be just gives us that opportunity to increase and become more beneficial with the training we have further on down the road,” said Rodriguez.On the medical side, Fine checks his report card and gives his shipmates a passing grade.“I think we did really good today,” said Fine. “We have been very fast and efficient lately and I think it’s due to the quality of the corpsmen that we have aboard the ship. We all work great together.”The drill was held to help George Washington Sailors prepare for the upcoming Final Evaluation Period (FEP) inspection, but according to Fine, his biggest concern is always for the safety of his shipmates.“Mishaps can easily happen,” said Fine. “We’ve had fires on the ship before and drills such as this help to keep our readiness up so that in the event that this happens, our training will not have been in vain.”George Washington returned to patrolling the waters of the Western Pacific ocean on June 12, departing her forward operating base of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Onboard are more than 5,500 Sailors from George Washington and Carrier Air Wing Five. George Washington’s mission is to ensure security and stability in the Western Pacific and to be in position to work with our allies and regional partners to respond to any crisis across the operational spectrum as directed.[mappress]Source: navy, June  30, 2011; View post tag: Performs Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Performs Life-Like Mass Casualty Drill View post tag: Casualty Share this articlelast_img read more

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Press release: Northern Powerhouse at the heart of Rugby League World Cup 2021

first_imgNorthern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP has welcomed news that around 9 in 10 (87%) Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament games will be held in the North, exceeding the organiser’s original commitment to host 80% of the games in the North of England.In 2016 the government committed £25 million towards the tournament and its legacy with up to £15 million pledged to support the staging of the event and up to £10 million for Rugby League’s facilities through large community projects, such as refurbishing changing rooms and installing new artificial pitches, as well as smaller-scale initiatives including supplying new kit or equipment to clubs.A total of 16 northern towns and cities – including Newcastle, St Helens, Doncaster, Sheffield, Liverpool, Trafford and Hull – will play host to the tournament which will take place over five weeks in October and November 2021.Leeds will host more games than any other city while Preston has been revealed as the tournament’s first training base.The tournament is anticipated to host a million spectators and is set to be one of the most inclusive and diverse events ever hosted in England. The men’s, women’s and wheelchair Rugby League World Cups are to be staged together for the first time with all three finals being played in the North.Government funding for the tournament will focus on four key areas: creating welcoming environments, encouraging more players, building community engagement and cultivating further investment resulting in an innovation fund for the community game.Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said: Chief Executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Jon Dutton said: RLWC2021 will be the sport’s biggest and best ever tournament and the Northern Powerhouse will play a pivotal role in helping to deliver this global event. For the first time ever, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will be played concurrently and the North will stage all of the marquee events including all 3 Rugby League World Cup finals and the respective opening ceremonies. The Northern Powerhouse is the perfect setting to host one of world sport’s biggest and most inclusive tournaments. Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies MP said: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Rugby League World Cup 2021 has announced that nearly 90% of the tournament’s games, including all three finals, will be held in the Northern Powerhouse Tournament backed by £25 million of government funding to maximise benefit to communities Northern host locations announced include Newcastle, Doncaster, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Trafford and Hull 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF The UK is renowned for putting on some of the biggest and best sporting events in the world and the Rugby League World Cup 2021 will be no exception. This tournament will provide a stage for the world’s best players in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair game to shine in cities and towns across the country. It is an exceptional opportunity to grow the sport. We are investing £25 million to help put on a fantastic event, reach new fans and improve facilities, so the tournament leaves a real legacy. Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209center_img Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will firmly put the Northern Powerhouse on the world stage and I am proud we are a partner in this landmark event. Thousands of visitors will come from far and wide to enjoy the games and organisers predict the tournament will deliver £75 million of economic benefit to the UK through tourism and opportunities for local businesses, with a significant amount coming to cities and regions of the Northern Powerhouse. The foundations of Rugby League were built in the North before becoming one of this country’s greatest sporting exports. Now, thanks to £25 million of government investment, it is coming home to the Northern Powerhouse. General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Media enquiries If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG The Rugby League World Cup 2021 and their governing body the Rugby Football League, are official members of the Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme. This network of businesses and organisations share our vision to for harnessing the economic potential of the North, and support the need for the government and business to work together to achieve it.Further informationFull list of Northern Powerhouse game venues/hosts across men’s, women’s and wheelchair fixtures:North-westBolton – The University of Bolton Stadium will host two men’s games, including an England group game and quarter-final.Liverpool – Anfield will host the marquee quarter-final tie along with the women’s opening ceremony and initial England game. M&S Bank Arena Liverpool will host the wheelchair Rugby League final. Preston – First training base to be revealed. St Helens – The Totally Wicked Stadium will host three men’s group games.Trafford – Old Trafford will host both the men’s and women’s finals as a double-header event.Warrington – The Halliwell Jones Stadium will host three men’s group games.Leigh – Leigh Sports Village will host three men’s group games.YorkshireDoncaster – The Keepmoat Stadium will host three men’s group games.Kirklees – The John Smiths Stadium will host a men’s quarter-final.Hull – The KCOM Stadium will host two men’s games, including a quarter-final.Leeds – Hosting more games than any other city, Elland Road will host a men’s semi-final and Emerald Headingley Stadium will host three men’s games and two women’s games.Sheffield – Bramall Lane will host an England men’s group game. The EIS Sheffield will host a group and both semi-finals in the wheelchair tournament.York – The Community Stadium will host a women’s group game and both women’s semi-finals.North EastMiddlesbrough – The Riverside Stadium will host a significant men’s group game.Newcastle – St James’ Park will host the opening England men’s group game including the men’s opening ceremonyWest CumbriaAllerdale – The Workington Community Stadium will host three men’s group games.The Northern Powerhouse is our vision for a more prosperous North with well-paid jobs for working people, better transport with faster roads and more efficient trains, high-performing schools and world-beating universities.The Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse. The government is looking to build a network of partners who all believe strongly in the economic potential of the North, and support the need for a combined effort by government and business to realise that potential. There are nearly 200 businesses and organisations signed up to the Partners Programme.Prospective partners can email [email protected] for more information about the Partners Programme and how to apply.For more information about the Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament and locations of games visit www.rlwc2021.com or contact [email protected]last_img read more

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Scottish bakery secures Waitrose deal

first_imgScottish craft bakery Black of Dunoon has signed a deal to supply Waitrose in Helensburgh with its hand-baked breads. The Argyllshire-based company’s loaves will go on sale from tomorrow (1 April) and is the only supermarket listing for the company. Breads on offer will include the Grants Loaf, based on a traditional wheaten loaf recipe, and a low-GI loaf, which is high in fibre, low in fat and provides sustained energy for an extended period.Customers who are part of the myWaitrose loyalty scheme will enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on the new range for a limited timeBlack of Dunoon’s bread is made using traditional techniques, with each dough resting to increase its flavour before proving and firing. Three generations of the Black family work in the bakery, which was established in 1922.Director Charles Black Senior said: “Waitrose is a perfect fit for us, because both companies believe in investing in staff and working together in partnership to drive the business forward. We already supply outlets across Argyll and the Western Isles and now that my son and daughter have taken over the running of the business, we hope to take our products even further afield.”last_img read more

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Greencore buys Heathrow food-to-go site from Tasties of Chester

first_imgGreencore has acquired a manufacturing facility opened by Tasties of Chester 18 months ago.The processing site at West Drayton, near Heathrow, produces hot and cold food-to-go products under the Street Eats brand.“The acquisition provides Greencore with additional manufacturing capacity, which is required to meet its high growth agenda within the food-to-go market,” said Greencore in a statement.British Baker understands Greencore is taking on 96 staff at the site, which will be known as Greencore Food to Go – Heathrow.The 40,000sqm West Drayton site, in Stockley Close, was a £4m investment by Street Eats as part of a plan to triple its manufacturing capacity and improve distribution links within the South of England.Paul Kingsley Bates, chief executive of Tasties of Chester owner PK Food Concepts said today (28 June): “Given the size and scale of Greencore it is clearly better placed to make the investment needed to develop Stockley Close to its full potential.“As such, we are delighted to have reached an agreement that recognises the fantastic foundations that the team have put in place over the past 18 months.”​last_img read more

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Plotting the demise of AIDS

first_imgScientists, physicians, activists, and others on the front lines of the 30-year fight against AIDS gathered on Harvard’s Longwood Campus on World AIDS Day Thursday to plot a strategy to achieve something that most once thought impossible: ending the AIDS epidemic.The discussion was part of a two-day conference called “[email protected]: Engaging to End the Epidemic.” The conference, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, was an effort to reflect on the many advances and milestones that have transformed AIDS from a death sentence to a manageable, chronic disease. But the conference also worked to engage those who know the ailment best to plot its end.“We’re tired of this virus, this epidemic, and now hopefully are able to plan its demise,” wrote Richard Marlink, the program chair and Beal Professor of the Practice of Public Health, in a message to participants. “I, for one, do not want to be discussing AIDS at 40 years or AIDS at 50 years. The conversation starts now, for planning the end of AIDS.”Conference participants have been cheered by the continued expansion of antiretroviral treatment to the developing world, and by new findings on how to reduce mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy and breastfeeding, on how male circumcision and vaginal gels used during sex can reduce transmission, and on progress toward a vaccine.The conference featured recorded comments from former President Bill Clinton, who has targeted global AIDS through his Clinton Foundation. Kent Dayton/HSPHNonetheless, there are an estimated 34 million people infected with the AIDS virus, and many cases still go undiagnosed. Just 47 percent of those in need of antiretroviral treatments get them. About the same percentage of pregnant women who need medicine get it to prevent transmission to their children.World AIDS Day is held on the anniversary of when the first scientific report on the disease was issued. In Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama declared that “We can beat this disease” and pledged an additional $50 million to fight the ailment in the United States. He also promised to increase assistance to help 6 million more people gain access to antiretroviral drugs overseas.HSPH Dean Julio Frenk introduced the event and said AIDS has been the largest public health threat in the history of humankind.Over the decades, AIDS has generated an enormous response around the globe that stretched far beyond science and medicine. The disease and its toll touched the arts, society, and even government, prompting a new generation of activism and changing the way people view sexual preference and social stigma, Frenk said.Frenk highlighted the contributions of Harvard researchers to understanding AIDS and HIV, including Lasker Professor of Health Sciences Max Essex’s 1983 discovery that the disease was caused by a retrovirus and the 1986 discovery of a second virus, HIV2, most prevalent in West Africa. Frenk also mentioned progress to prevent mother-to-child transmission, and work on AIDS policy by former HSPH Dean Harvey Fineberg. Frenk cited the current efforts of faculty at Harvard’s affiliated hospitals, such as the work of Bruce Walker at Massachusetts General Hospital. Frenk also mentioned the work of Jonathan Mann, who was the first director of HSPH’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and who focused on the disease’s social justice aspects.The conference featured recorded comments from former President Bill Clinton, who has targeted global AIDS through his Clinton Foundation. Clinton emphasized that although advances in the laboratory can lead to new drugs, and even potentially a vaccine, the problem of obtaining enough resources to deliver those advances to people in need remains daunting.“AIDS is not simply a matter of health and life, it’s also a matter of resources and commitment,” Clinton said.Harvard Provost Alan Garber said he was just starting his medical career in 1981 when the epidemic struck. Working in San Francisco General Hospital, he encountered desperately ill young men stricken with a mystery ailment that nobody knew how to treat. He recalled years later, as a resident there, that doctors knew a bit more about the disease, but still could do little.During those years, Garber said, he and his colleagues thought they’d eventually discover the cause and have an antibiotic to treat it — or understand that it couldn’t be cured. He never thought it would become a chronic disease that could be managed for years.“I call that extraordinary progress,” Garber said. “I’m struck by how much there is still to do.”“I’m struck by how much there is still to do,” said Harvard Provost Alan Garber, who was just starting his medical career in 1981 when he encountered desperately ill young men stricken with a mystery ailment that nobody knew how to treat. Kent Dayton/HSPHThe conference was intended to promote conversations, Marlink said. Session topics included the future of HIV prevention and treatment; ending pediatric AIDS; the prospects of an HIV vaccine; funding the fight against the disease, international and national leadership; and health disparities.The conference also featured the premier of a film, “From Stigma to Hope,” by Staffan Hildebrand, who has been documenting HIV/AIDS for 25 years.Marlink said recent studies have provided new tools to attack the disease and have shown that an HIV-free generation is possible.“This is the worst possible time to slow down,” Marlink said.last_img read more

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Navies of Chile and Argentina Combat Crime in the High Seas in Tabletop Exercise

first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo July 13, 2018 The exercise didn’t involve warlike actions, but a rather misunderstood transnational crime: illegal fishing. Under this theme, the navies of Chile and Argentina met to explore how to carry out a combined operation against this crime on the high seas. The Chilean and Argentine navies conducted the tabletop exercise, known as Bilateral Crisis Game, at the Chilean Naval War Academy (AGN, in Spanish), located in Viña del Mar on the Chilean Pacific coast. Delegations of officers and professors from AGN and the Argentine Naval War College (ESGN, in Spanish) took part in the 20th edition of the exercise. Representatives from the ministries of Foreign Relations and Defense of both nations, as well as personnel of the Southern Cross Joint and Combined Peacekeeping Force—made up of service members from both countries—also participated. The goal of the 20th Bilateral Crisis Game: examine the decision-making processes of both navies in the planning and execution of combined operations to oversee maritime areas. The exercise, conducted in May, established a maritime insecurity context near the territorial waters of both nations. “Its design and development create an academic forum to exchange ideas and knowledge for situational planning, analysis, and resolution of international crises,” Argentine Navy Rear Admiral (ret.) Julio Alberto Graf, War Games coordinator at ESGN, told Diálogo. “The experience is, without a doubt, enriching and instructive, not only for those who design and conduct these games, but also for those who play them in the various roles.” Transnational Organized Crime According to the report, Stretching the Fishnet: Identifying Opportunities to Address Fisheries Crime 2017 of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), illegal fishing is a complex and nonlinear activity that attracts transnational criminal organizations involved in other illicit activities, such as trafficking of maritime resources, money laundering, as well as drug and human trafficking. Illegal fishing also threatens the sustainability of the marine environment and the economy of various countries. One of the main concerns with illegal fishing, the report indicates, is that many nations think of the action as a fishing management issue rather than a crime. The worldwide economic loss, however, is estimated to be between $10 and 23 billion annually. The crime, UNODC indicates, should be confronted internationally with combined and interagency operations, hence the importance of the 20th Bilateral Crisis Game. “At an international level, illegal, unprotected, or undeclared fishing moves the highest amount of money after drug trafficking,” Chilean Navy Captain Juan Andrés Helmke Ruiz, commandant of AGN, told Diálogo. “The Chilean government recently ratified the [Fish Stocks] Agreement that implies the right of inspecting fishing vessels on the high seas […], which is an important development that should be implemented through shared procedures from the personnel of state vessels that will carry out the inspection.” Known as the Fish Stocks Agreement, the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks entered into force in 2001. Chile ratified the agreement in 2016. Argentina is a signatory but didn’t ratify the accord before the United Nations. The Fish Stocks Agreement sets the principles for the management of fishing resources that migrate or travel through vast areas, as well as general criteria that encourage international cooperation to conduct high seas inspections—including when fishing vessels aren’t part of the agreement—among other provisions. Useful Conclusions During the five-day exercise, participants took different roles. At an operational level, some players planned and conducted the simulated operation, while others interacted with political authorities of the ministries of Defense and Foreign Relations at a strategic level. “[Roles] are of crucial importance to create the realism necessary to reach conclusions that will be useful in times of crisis,” said Capt. Helmke. “These games allow us to understand the few matters on which we do not agree or cannot agree due to national legislation, which should always be abided by, whether we operate in a multilateral or bilateral context.” The bilateral games are held annually with each country taking turns hosting. In its two decades, the exercise addressed many maritime security issues, including the fight against piracy, international cooperation during natural disasters, as well as humanitarian assistance, which were beneficial in recent years, Capt. Helmke said. The Argentine Navy will host and conduct the 21st edition. “The abundance of rules, agreements, conventions, and laws usually complicates the decision-making process for navy commanders and land officials,” Rear Adm. Graf concluded. “What’s most important and significant about the use of force at sea is that decisions made or not made in a particular situation will have a direct impact on the government of the country carrying out the action.”last_img read more

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Riverhead Woman Shot by Homeless Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 17-year-old homeless man has been arrested for shooting a woman near her Riverhead home while the suspect was aiming at two men he was arguing with on Monday evening, authorities said.Nathan Streit was in a dispute with John Gallo, 26, and Shane Sypher, 25, when Streit fired a shotgun at them, missed and pellets from one of the shots hit 52-year-old Sharon Gallo at 8:20 p.m., Riverhead Town Police said.The alleged gunman fled the scene but K-9 officers tracked him to an Osborn Avenue residence, police said.He was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He will be arraigned at Riverhead Town Justice Court.The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Peconic Bay Medical Center.last_img read more

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CommunityAmerica employee sentenced

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Susan Wooten-Robb, a former employee at the $2.2 billion CommunityAmerica Credit Union in Overland Park, Kan., was sentenced last week to time served and three years of supervised release for embezzlement and wire fraud.U.S. District Judge Carolos Murguia in Kansas City, Kan., also ordered Wooten-Robb to pay restitution of $34,035, according to court records.She pleaded guilty to the felonies in January. continue reading »last_img read more

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Fight for City fringe heats up

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