Joint Ophthalmologic Surgeries Restore Sight of Dominicans

first_imgBy Dialogo November 17, 2010 how terrible This. Work. Is. Very. Important As part of a yearly cooperative program between the U.S. Army and the Dominican Armed Forces, a mission of U.S. Army specialized ophthalmologists from the Madigan Army Medical Center joined ophthalmologists from the Dominican Republic’s Armed Forces Central Hospital to provide free surgeries to low-income patients suffering from eye diseases throughout September and October 2010. Taking into account the high incidences of eye diseases common to each region, some 650 patients were selected from distant towns across the country to undergo surgeries for cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus and retinal ailments. The original mission set a goal of 450 surgeries in approximately 15 days, but was open to keep operating any additional low-income patients who showed up for evaluations after the designated period, said a press release from the Armed Forces Central Hospital. Refractive Ophthalmology Surgeon Cnl. Wellington Mateo, chief resident of ophthalmology at the Central Hospital, coordinated the joint mission with Lt. Cnl. John Thordsen, Vitreo-Retinal Ophthalmology Surgeon at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. “The patients are sought out and taken from their towns with Armed Forces resources for the effort to be done every year on a similar date, thanks to an agreement with the U.S. Army,” said Mateo, according to DominicanToday.com. All surgeries were carried out by teams of Dominican and U.S. Army doctors who worked together and simultaneously in five surgical units at the Armed Forces Central Hospital. In addition to helping low-income patients, local ophthalmology schools were invited to watch the procedures live as part of a continued education commitment by the Ophthalmology Residency program in Santo Domingo. In order to support the global initiative to prevent avoidable blindness “Vision 20/20: the right to sight” set forth by the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), both hospitals joined in 1999 to work with local programs designed to prevent avoidable visual handicaps. The joint mission was supported by the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the Joint Chief of Staff of the National Army, representatives of CDN-Multimedios del Caribe media group, which hosts a radio program called “La Consulta Médica”, and by the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.last_img read more

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Data and analytics: It’s about insights and execution

first_imgCUNA Mutual (Madison, Wisc.) is both affirming continuity in its service to credit unions and executing a kind of departure with its launch of CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics LLC,  a new data and analytics technology and services business designed to help credit unions deliver a better member experience through actionable insights. CUNA Mutual describes the new entity as the industry’s most integrated end-to-end solution, bringing together data management, reporting and performance management, and advanced analytics.CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics represents part of a more than $250 million investment in innovation to help the credit union industry. In its statement announcing the new entity, CUNA Mutual says that the AdvantEdge Analytics’ full suite of software tools and intelligence reporting will integrate and significantly expand the scale of data to help credit unions gain stronger member intelligence, accelerate analytics adoption and strengthen their market share. CUNA Mutual Group recently acquired Chicago-based data analytics startup, SavvyIntel, to further build-out the analytical reporting capabilities for the AdvantEdge Analytics product suite. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia’s coronavirus battle

first_img“Usually it’s very difficult to ask the children to wear masks because for them it’s a hassle,” added Kurniawati.In the city of Makassar on the neighboring island of Sulawesi, another group of superheroes was walking the streets to get out the message.Braving traffic at a busy intersection, volunteers dressed as Deadpool, Black Panther and another, garbed in the red and bold body armor of Indonesian superhero, Bima-X, held up placards that read “Stay Home” and “Get Well Soon Earth”. Volunteers clad as Superman and Spider-Man sprayed disinfectant against the coronavirus on Indonesia’s island of Java, flanking a colleague wearing the winged helmet of local superhero Gatotkaca who shouted, “Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert.”The trio handed out masks, containers of hand sanitizer and bamboo slit drums, while demonstrating how to correctly wash hands, don masks and maintain security following reports of a spate of thefts in the residential area.The Southeast Asian nation has reported more than 11,000 virus infections and 845 deaths, though a sluggish early response to the pandemic and low rates of testing cause medical experts to worry there could be far more cases. “[If the] superheroes support [the measures], the children will definitely obey the orders,” said Widanarko, who coordinated the event aimed at teaching people to protect themselves.”First, washing their hands. Second, not wandering outside and always wearing a mask,” added Widanarko, who uses one name.People could use the traditional bamboo slit drums handed out to sound the alarm over robberies or thefts by any criminals who take advantage of measures against the virus, said Widanarko, speaking in the Kampung Larangan neighborhood.One resident, Herni Kurniawati, welcomed the effort, saying it would encourage people to change their habits to protect themselves.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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These are the suburbs where prices are tipped to grow

first_img83 Greenford St, Chapel Hill. Picture: Annette DewAS southern property markets start to cool, the market is heating up in dozens of Brisbane suburbs.A new report has revealed the 33 suburbs within greater Brisbane where transaction numbers are steadily rising.Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said increased sales numbers were a good indication of future price growth.“Changes in sales volumes are far more relevant and useful: medians record the recent past for prices, while sales volumes predict the future,’’ he said.Mr Ryder said the number of sales changed first and then prices usually reacted.His latest Price Predictor Index found the suburbs where things were set to improve price wise and has also highlighted Brisbane’s danger suburbs — those to avoid.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe 5 C’s of getting a home loan02:01Suburbs with a high number of units — Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, South Brisbane and West End plus Clayfield and Chermside were all labelled danger markets by Mr Ryder.“Sales levels have dropped away markedly at a time when new supply is rising,’’ he said.“Values, inevitably, will fall in these locations — and there is evidence of price decline in the latest figures on prices from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland and other sources.’’In terms of suburbs performing well, Mr Ryder said the Moreton Bay region had more than any in greater Brisbane.There were 10 suburbs where sales levels were rising steadily — Morayfield, Burpengary, Bellmere, Arana Hills, Mango Hill, Sandstone Point, Scarborough, Woorim, Murrumba Downs and Warner.Although it had weakened a little, Mr Ryder said it still remained solid, as it had for the past three years.The report found sales levels were lifting in the outer ring suburbs of Brisbane, where the buy in price was more affordable.Suburbs in Logan City also performed well with transactions rising steadily in eight suburbs — Edens Landing, Hillcrest, Jimboomba, Logan Cental, Loganlea, Regents Park, Waterford West and Springwood.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoKath Lollo at the house she is selling at Chapel Hill. Picture: Annette DewRedlands City had four suburbs, Thorneside, Cleveland, Ormiston and Redland Bay where transactions were steadily rising and Ipswich had Springfield and Springfield Lakes.Within Brisbane suburbs with steadily rising sales numbers were Holland Park, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills, Fitzgibbon, Keperra, McDowall, Paddington, Red Hill and Chapel Hill.Michelle McLeod Ray White Indooroopilly — McLeod Partners said in the last three months many properties listed in Chapel Hill had sold within the first weekend.“Many with multiple offers situations, and attendances at open homes are up markedly with 30 plus families visiting the new properties that get listed, particularly between the $600,000 and $1 million bracket.’’Ms McLeod said Chapel Hill was for many an unknown or undiscovered part of Brisbane as people didn’t really need to drive through it.“I think that it is just showing value for money,’’ she said.Ms McLeod said there were good public transport routes and there were a lot more cafes and restaurants on the boundaries of Chapel Hill so people didn’t have to leave the suburb to get the basic family needs.Kath Lollo is helping her daughter Emma sell the home the family bought at 83 Greenford St, Chapel Hill which has its first open inspection today.“We bought it about six years ago,’’ Ms Lollo said.Emma was studying at UQ at the time, but was now making a sea change so the house was on the market.“It has three bedrooms, the bedroom has a floor to itself, it is just a retreat, I would call it.’’Ms Lollo said the market appeared to have picked up in the area of late.“I’d say probably the last year or so, they are not on sale for very long by the looks of it.’’last_img read more

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DOLE sets partial ban on Kuwait labor deployment

first_img Sen. Joel Villanueva, chair of the Senate committee on labor, said in a separate statement that he would prioritize a bill that seeks to expand the use of legal assistance fund for OFWs. MANILA – The Department of Labor andEmployment (DOLE) has implemented a partial deployment ban of Filipino workersto Kuwait following the killing of Filipina worker Jeanelyn Villavende. “We feel that this urgent measure will be a fitting New Year’s gift to our hardworking OFWs who risk their lives and limbs just to give their families in the Philippines better lives,” he added./PN “Angban will apply doon sa mga bagongmadi-deploy pero exempted dyan ‘yung mga skilled workers at mga balik-manggagawa or yung mganagbakasyon lang at babalik na sa amo nila doon,” Bello said in anradio interview with DZBB. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the ban will cover first-time domestic helpers. He, however, clarified the ban will not cover returning overseas Filipino workers and first-time skilled workers. REMATE.PH Bello said that, based on initial information from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuwait, Villavende was allegedly maltreated to death by her female employer, who is currently detained in Kuwait. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello confirmedThursday the partial implementation of the deployment ban only applies tofirst-time domestic workers. Malacañang earlier denounced the death of Villavende, saying the incident was a clear disregard of the agreement signed by both nations in 2018, which seeks to provide better protection for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state. “We condole with the members of the family and loved ones of Jeanelyn,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on Wednesday night. “The fund will be able to help our abused and maltreated OFWs seek justice like our kababayan who died in the hands of her employer in Kuwait just before the New Year,” Villanueva said. The Philippine government has previously banned the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait in 2018 after reported deaths of Filipino workers, including Ilongga Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer.last_img read more

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Dodge City reschedules IMCA Modified Stampede

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – With unseasonably cold weather hitting the area and potential snow in the forecast, Saturday’s racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas has been canceled.  The Modified Stampede will be accompanied by a full docket of championship chase competition including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.center_img The $1,000 to win seventh annual IMCA Modified Stampede originally set for April 13 will now take place during Dodge City’s next event on Saturday, April 27. last_img read more

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Messi demands Suarez new deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo Lionel Messi is demanding Barcelona hand teammate Luis Suarez a new contract. The veteran striker, 33, is now inside the final 18 months of his current deal and has been open about the prospect of Barca buying his replacement this summer. However, Mundo Deportivo said Messi is insisting to Barca directors that Suarez be offered new terms. The Argentine now has a formal say on transfers courtesy of a clause in his contract and is demanding Suarez stays. Just last week, Suarez declared: “My contract extension? I am very happy at the club. I always gave everything. Statistics and figures prove me right, I think I am up to it and when we have to talk, we should be okay.”Tags: FC BarcelonaLionel MessiMundo Deportivolast_img read more

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Windies T20 captain wants Pooran, Powell to play naturally

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) – Captain of the West Indies T20 team Carlos Brathwaite wants new recruits Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell to play their normal game during their series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Powell, a 23 year old batsman from Jamaica and Pooran a 20 year old wicketkeeper batsman from Trinidad and Tobago, were drafted into the regional T20 setup after excelling in the 2016 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).West Indies arrived here Thursday for their three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan, starting next week Friday.“Go there, express yourselves, continue to be exciting and eventually win games for the West Indies,” Brathwaite told the players.“It’s a big task to represent the West Indies, and away from home is probably a little easier because you don’t have family in the stands with that extra pressure”.Powell scored 228 runs in 13 matches for Tallawahs in this year’s CPL.Pooran, who played for the Barbados Tridents, scored 217 runs in 10 matches at 27.12 and a strike rate of 197.27 and was also responsible for eight dismissals behind the stumps.“You’re just surrounded by your team-mates and it’s a good team to be in at the moment,” said Brathwaite.“So it’s just about going there and continuing to do the things that they did to get themselves here and do it for longer periods – it’s a higher stage, more pressure, but I’m sure they can continue with it and do well.”West Indies start the series as favourites, after beating power house India one-nil in a two match series in United States last month and especially after reclaiming the T20 World Cup six months ago.The players were involved in a light gym and pool session on Thursday and were scheduled to have their first full training session at the ICC Academy on Friday.“The selectors were very big in ensuring that some young players are blooded and rubbed shoulders with some of the best T20 players in the world so we can continue our legacy of being dominant in this format, and those were two of the guys who fit the bill at this point in time,” he added.The T20Is between West Indies and Pakistan will be followed by a three-match ODI series and a three- Tests series.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img July 15, 2020 Update on the latest sports David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons. VIRUS OUTBREAK-RED SOXRed Sox hurlers sidelinedBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been expected to start the opener. All three pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they are asymptomatic and test negative twice at least 24 hours apart. But they would need time to prepare for the season. Without Rodríguez at least for the first time through the rotation, Nathan Eovaldi is expected to start against the Baltimore Orioles in the July 24 opener. Manager Luis Rojas says a frustrated deGrom left Tuesday night’s camp outing after one inning at Citi Field. The team was awaiting test results, and deGrom is day to day. Any significant injury to the two-time Cy Young Award winner would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta, but that appears in jeopardy now. The Mets already are minus No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard, who will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.In other MLB news:— Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is tracking pitches and doing strength and stability exercises while he waits for his ailing back to calm down. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on his left side that is causing spasms — a condition he has dealt with before in his career. Rizzo is considered day to day, and manager David Ross says it’s still early to talk about him beginning the 60-game season on the injured list. The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. The commission says in a ruling that the suspension runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15. And the Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the coronavirus pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.NFL-TITANS-HENRYTitans, Derrick Henry agree to contract before NFL deadlineNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry, keeping the NFL rushing leader around and not playing under the franchise tag before the NFL deadline for an extension. The team announced the deal, saying only that it was a “multi-year extension.” Henry reportedly received a four-year deal for $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.com. Tennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8. Michigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEE Thiem edges Berrettini to win Berlin exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAK His horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. Under the rules, a trainer is held responsible for the condition of any horse that is entered regardless of the acts of any third parties. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWISFormer NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. Delle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctorsNEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN Associated Press Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.TENNIS-BERLIN EXHIBITIONThiem wins tennis exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-METS-DEGROMDeGrom leaves game with back tightnessNEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom exited an intrasquad game because of back tightness, and the New York Mets’ ace was scheduled for an MRI. The Titans had until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday to sign Henry to an extension or pay him $10.2 million under the franchise tag he signed April 2. The Titans signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal in March. Elsewhere in the NFL:— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to Duval County court records, a judge dismissed the case last week. Brown’s agent, Michael Boyer, released a statement saying Brown “is very pleased to put this all behind him and continue his life and football career.” According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.TENNIS-BERLIN-EXHIBITION VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLBroncos notify fans of seating limitsDENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak and face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.The Broncos told season ticket holders in a memo that they’ll get priority for any single-game tickets that are sold this season whether or not they opt for a full refund for 2020 or a credit for 2021.Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. The city has banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia.last_img read more

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