U.S., Honduras to Test Disaster Response Software in Simulated Hurricane

first_img The GeoSHAPE solution comprises a web-based platform for creating, updating and sharing geospatially tagged events, as well as a mobile application for capturing data and photos in the field. Through these tools, organizations collaboratively create a picture of both the resources at hand and the extent of the damage. The availability of hospitals, helicopter landing zones, food, water and medical supplies, the condition of roads and bridges, and the deployment of rescue personnel to affected areas, among other key elements are plotted in a map that authorized users can see from anywhere in the world. The level of fidelity that this tool will offer will prevent redundancy of relief efforts, facilitate informed decision making among aid and resource planners, and alleviate congestion at logistical hubs. The development of GeoSHAPE is part of a technology project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping and managed by the USSOUTHCOM Science, Technology and Experimentation Division. Other organizations involved in the program are the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit, the Pacific Disaster Center, and LMN Solutions, an information technology company. Throughout the years, the relationship between USSOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Division, JTF-B and Honduras’s COPECO has proven successful in the development and implementation of technologies such as the Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kits (PEAK), a modular system that provides potable water, renewable energy, situational awareness, as well as local and global communications to first responders during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. After the final demonstration and evaluation in Honduras, if GeoSHAPE proves to add value to the response to disasters and humanitarian crises, it will be integrated with the Pacific Disaster Center’s DisasterAWARE platform, which provides continuously updated hazard information worldwide and functions as a hub for accessing, updating and sharing relevant data before, during and after a disaster. Since the software is open-source, through the Open-Geo Consortium, it will be available for integration by governmental and non-governmental organizations from all over the world. According to Hurtado, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance are only two of the many potential applications for the GeoSHAPE developed capability, which can also be used in any situation where individuals or organizations need to create and share geospatial information, such as peacekeeping missions and border security, as well as many others. Known as GeoSHAPE, the open-source, open-standard software, integrates data from multiple sources and displays it in a dynamic Internet-based map to provide situational awareness and facilitate the decision making process. “GeoSHAPE bridges the geospatial information sharing gaps we witnessed during the international response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, providing a tool for military and civil organizations, local and international, to efficiently coordinate their activities and, in turn, save more lives,” says Juan Hurtado, science advisor to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). This two-year technology development effort will be put through the test during a simulated hurricane event impacting Central America and requiring a large multi-organizational response. Role players in this hypothetical scenario will include Honduras’ Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO), the local Red Cross, Plan Internacional (local non-governmental organization) and U.S. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), among other organizations that usually respond to these events. By Dialogo June 09, 2014center_img The United States and Honduras are joining efforts in Tegucigalpa and Soto Cano Air Base, June 9-12 to demonstrate and assess a mapping tool designed to revolutionize the way governmental and non-governmental organizations from all over the world collaborate in response to disasters and humanitarian crises. last_img read more

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Colorado doctors worried about new mothers’ marijuana use

first_imgThe Denver Post 1 May 2016Dr. Steven Simerville worries about the number of babies being born in Pueblo with marijuana in their bodies.The medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center finds that mothers who abhor smoking cigarettes during pregnancy see no harm in smoking a joint.“What I’m seeing in our nursery is a dramatic increase in babies who test positive for marijuana,” he said. “The interesting thing for me is the number of mothers who use marijuana and want to breast feed. They don’t believe marijuana is harmful.”In an unusual political campaign, Pueblo’s hospitals and some of its doctors have joined a petition drive to stop sales of recreational marijuana throughout Pueblo County.The petition, by Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo, contends the city and county have been harmed by the rapid proliferation of pot shops and commercial growers.Dr. Simerville said his concerns reflect those of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has linked marijuana in newborn babies, a critical stage for brain development, to academic underachievement and behavioral disorders.READ MORE: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/05/01/pueblo-hospitals-doctors-worried-about-new-mothers-marijuana-use/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Mann & McBride on the mark at St. Andrews

first_imgWe had the privilege of playing the B & D nines, but not from the tips; Capt’ Bob was lenient this week and nominated the tee of the day as white.  26 Outbackers tried their skills and Brain Maddox came in with the best score of the day, 39 points, to win Div B by two from Jerry Quin (37pts), who at long last has sorted out his tee shots.Kevin Fitzgerald with playing partners Capt’ Bob and Harry Moseley (right) and caddies at Burapha on Monday, April 25.Paul Young returned to the Outback with a win in Div A, 37 points, just ahead of Sel Wegner and Chris Fletcher both on 36.There were three ‘2’s from Jack Moseley, Bob Philp & Svenn Lund.Div A (0-15)1st Paul Young (12) 37pts2nd Chris Fletcher (12) 36pts3rd Sel Wegner (14) 36pts4th Bob Philp (10) 35ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 39pts2nd Jeremy Quin (18) 37pts3rd Greg Hill (26) 37pts4th Steve Plant (16) 36ptsTuesday, April 26, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordTwenty-three Outbackers on the starting blocks but not so many completed the circuit as heavy rain interrupted the day’s play, rendering many of the greens unplayable, particularly for the later groups.  It did (the rain) eventually clear away but too late for some.Brian Maddox.Otherwise the course was OK but quiet, even if the greens were getting a little furry, making them slow.Dave Earthrowl clearly had no problem with them (the greens) as he notched up the day’s top score of 38 points to take Div A by three from Paul Smets and Svenn Lund, both with 35.  Mam Persson (Ms Seesa) made 33 points work for her to win Div B from Sid Ottaway on the same score and JinJo (Martin O’Neill), with 32.There were two ‘2’s from Kev Fitzgerald and Svenn Lund.Div A (0-20)1st David Earthrowl (20) 38pts2nd Paul Smets (17) 35pts3rd Svenn Lund (14) 35ptsDiv B (21+)1st Phompinmon Seesa (30) 33pts2nd Sid Ottaway (23) 33pts3rd Martin O’ Neill (27) 32ptsWednesday, April 27, Greenwood C & A – StablefordFive groups from the Outback (20 Outbackers) and a similar number from the Golf Club, were just about the only players on this superb golf course.  We started on loop C and the Golf Club started on loop A, all being able to play at a comfortable pace without any hold-ups.  The weather once again deteriorated as the round progressed but other than a short delay for the passing lightning, everybody was able to complete their round.Brian Maddox followed up his win on Monday at Burapha with another one here, taking Div B with only 34 points, from a new boy to the Outback, Greg Leblanc with 33, playing off an adjusted h’cap of 19.Sel Wegner topped the premier division with his 37, to follow his third place at Burapha and may see his handicap coming back down to 13 very soon.  The handicapper is slowly catching up with Owen Walkley, now down to 10, but he still managed to get himself into second place, scoring 35.We say goodbye to General Jack’s son, Harry, whose golf has come on leaps and bounds as he played in his first ever golf tournaments alongside his Dad; “he’s going to improve quickly”, said Jack, “no doubt next year when he returns, he will be giving me shots!”There were three ‘2’s from Owen Walkley, Michael Morrison and Sugar Ray.Div A (0-15)1st Sel Wegner (14) 37pts2nd Owen Walkley (10) 35pts3rd Bernie Stafford (12) 33ptsDiv B (16+)1st Brian Maddox (21) 34pts2nd Greg Leblanc (19) 33pts3rd Jean Paul Michiels (18) 33ptsFriday, April 29, St. Andrews – StablefordAll three nines at Khao Kheow were closed today as they were hosting a big tournament, so we moved to St. Andrews for a change, with our 32 Outbackers.  The Golf Club were there as well, as were The Caddyshack all enjoying a very attractive rate for the course.It was a slow round of about five hours but nevertheless many players were able to hold their concentration to run up some excellent scores, not least of all Joe Mooneyham whose 40 points was not enough to win his division, but considering he had two wipes it was a great effort to take second.Lawrie McBride had the day’s top score of 42 to win Div B, ahead of Joe, and third place was a long way back with three players tied on 34 points.Steve Mann headed the premier division with 40 points, two in front of Capt’ Bob with 38; whose 19 on the back nine was just enough to give him the edge over Mike Morrison’s 18.Joe Tynan’s 36 points got the nod over Andrew Makara as he (Joe) scored 20 on the back and 16 on the front, whereas Andy’s was the exact reverse.  Third place went to Brian Maddox (35pts), which completes a very successful week for him with two firsts and a third.There were five ‘2’s from Bob Philp, Steve Mann, Danny Medd, John Heaney & Joe Mooneyham.Div A (0-12)1st Steve Mann (9) 40pts2nd Bob Philp (10) 38pts3rd Michael Morrison (11) 38ptsDiv B (13-17)1st Lawrence McBride (15) 42pts2nd Joe Mooneyham (14) 40pts3rd Suzi Lawton (17) 34ptsDiv C (18+)1st Joe Tynan (29) 36pts2nd Andrew Makara (27) 36pts3rd Brian Maddox (21) 35pts PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, April 25, Burapha B & D – StablefordThere was an ASEAN PGA Tour event coming up here on 5th May, so preparations were under way erecting the stands, scoreboards, TV towers etc.  About a dozen Outbackers were due to play in the Pro-Am on Weds 4th May and were hoping for one of the big name Pros to play with, either way and whoever they got drawn with, it promised to be a great day out. last_img read more

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