Brazilian Armed Forces Create Medical Center of Excellence

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo August 30, 2018 Through the creation of the Brazilian Armed Forces’ Joint Operational Medical Center (C Cj Med Op FA, in Portuguese), the Brazilian Ministry of Defense (MD, in Portuguese) seeks to provide a center of excellence in the field of operational medicine to train military and civilian health professionals. The new structure, scheduled to open by the end of 2021, will be located at the Mocanguê Naval Complex by the Brazilian Navy Fleet Command (MB, in Portuguese), in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. The project, coordinated by MD’s Interoperability in Subsistence and Operational Medicine Department, focuses on the use of modern technologies for medical simulation to develop doctrine and train in operational medicine. The new structure will be available to service members and auxiliary and civil defense forces. Medical training The center, said MB Commander Hemerson dos Santos Luz, MD Operational Medicine coordinator, will train service members and civilians to assist in emergency, trauma, medical intelligence, and health planning for joint and peacekeeping operations. “The goal is to apply modern knowledge to the care of those wounded in combat, in medical response during crisis and disaster situations, among others,” he said. According to Cmdr. Hemerson, the need for an operational medical joint center has been raised since 2012. “Some events contributed to the development of the project, such as the 2013 doctrinal meeting on Medical Support in Joint and Peace Operations, with the participation of the Armed Forces, and the 2014 Joint and Peace Operations Medical Support Seminar. In 2015, MD considered the project strategic,” the officer said. The center will facilitate integration between the armed forces and civil defense agencies in scenarios that may require complex medical intervention in critical and restricted environments, and humanitarian operations. “Service members in the medical field will be able to speak the same language and use standard equipment,” Cmdr. Hemerson said. Future installations In June 2018, an MD committee visited the Mocanguê Naval Complex to assess the future site of the joint center and attend a coordination meeting with project leaders. Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) service members and officers assigned to the project attended the meeting. Rear Admiral Humberto Giovanni Canfora Mies, director of the Brazilian Navy’s Operational Medical Center (CMOpM, in Portuguese), was among the participants. In addition to identifying the site where the center will be erected, the officer said the meeting established a dialogue with representatives of the forces tasked to identify the main needs of the center. Currently, MB has CMOpM; EB has the Operational Health Course at the Logistics Sergeant School; and the Air Force has the Airspace Medical Institute. “The Armed Forces have their own characteristics due to unique operational aspects. Each force’s operational medical centers will preserve their capacities to meet specific demands,” said Rear Adm. Canfora. “In the Navy, for instance, there is a focus on Surface Warfare Medicine—as healthcare on warships is known—on Submarine Medicine, and on Glacial Medicine, the latter derived from Antarctic operations.” Better trained service members For Rear Adm. Canfora, the creation of a joint center will result in better trained and better equipped service members in the health field. The center will also prepare them to work efficiently in the various scenarios Brazilian troops face. “Institutions that aim for better knowledge of operational medicine, organizing and incorporating it into the Armed Forces, all while taking a responsible, consistent, and clear approach, are essential,” he said. The experience and knowledge of the military’s operational medical centers can greatly contribute to the development of C Cj Med Op FA, the officer said. “For example, since 2009, the Navy Operational Center develops operational medical doctrine ranging from the activation and operation of a hospital ship to the preparation of pre-hospital medical response for a radiological or nuclear accident at a naval base,” he said. Military medicine is relevant not only in hypothetical scenarios, such as war, explained Rear Adm. Canfora. “It’s also important during operations to guarantee law and order, United Nations peacekeeping operations, and humanitarian operations, which bring numerous benefits to society and the Brazilian government,” he concluded.last_img read more

Unity at QPR unless ‘diabolical liberties’ are taken

first_imgHarry Redknapp says he will not isolate players at QPR unless they take “a diabolical liberty” with the new manager.Former boss Mark Hughes upset the likes of Joey Barton, Jay Bothroyd and Luke Young by having those outside his 25-man squad train at different times to the first team.But Redknapp says he will not be taking a similar approach during his time in charge.“There’s no-one coming in in the afternoons or anything like that. We’ll all be together,” said Redknapp.“Until someone takes a diabolical liberty with me they’re part of it – and it’d have to be diabolical because I don’t isolate people very often.”But Redknapp expects to put some noses out of joint in due course and insists he will not be afraid to upset some players.He said: “I’ve always said the players you pick love you and will think you’re great, and the ones you don’t pick can’t stand the sight of you. That’s football and it never changes.“I’ve not had to upset anyone yet. When I have to leave a few out and upset them, then I suppose we’ll see a change in some of their characters perhaps.“I don’t care about that. I’ve got to pick a team to win games. I’m not here to worry about upsetting people.”Click here for Monday’s QPR quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Report: Knicks considering offer for Warriors’ Cousins if Kevin Durant doesn’t pan out

first_imgIt appears the New York Knicks are preparing their own lovely consolation prize in the event they are unable to land Kevin Durant.DeMarcus Cousins, come on down.For most of the 2018-19 season, it was speculated/reported/hypothesized that Durant would exercise his right to become a free agent (which he has done) and that the Knicks would successfully recruit the three-time MVP (1 regular season, 2 NBA Finals).Now Marc Stein of the New York Times, citing league sources, is reporting that the …last_img

Another Battle In The Google Vs. Microsoft Cloud War [Infographic]

first_imgbrian proffitt Microsoft is gunning for the online productivity tools user base in a big way, marketing Exchange Online in an effort to take on Gmail. So, how do these two platforms compare?If you’re looking at uptime, which is a pretty big number for any cloud-based system, the Google Enterprise team reported earlier this week that their actual Gmail uptime percentage for 2012 was 99.983% – better than Google’s guaranteed 99.9% rate.“This translates to an average of just over seven minutes of service disruption per month over the last year, and most users experienced no disruption at all,” Venkat Panchapakesan, Vice President of Engineering reported.Curious to see how Microsoft compared, the folks at Cloud Sherpas decided to analyze 151 days of Exchange Online incident reports to get Microsoft’s uptime percentage. Their figures were notable: in that measured period, Exchange Online had a 97.929% uptime rate, lower than Microsoft’s 99.9% uptime promise.There are, I would say, a couple of big caveats with this report: first, Cloud Sherpas seems to equate Gmail vs. Exchange stats as a Google Apps vs. Office 365 face off. The last I heard, Gmail was only one part of Google Apps, and Exchange a component of Office 365. Downtime for one does not reflect downtime for all.Plus, the figures could be cherry picked a bit: Exchange Online was monitored from Sept. 23, 2012 to February 2, 2013, and the reported Gmail figures are from the entire 2012 calendar year, not just the same 151-day timeframe. For all we know, Exchange Online was problem free for all of 2012 until September 22. Or, after January 1 of this year, Gmail tanked a few times.Google and Microsoft (and their respective proxies) will no doubt be butting heads in this space for quite some time. What is interesting to me are the anecdotal reports I keep hearing from workplaces that have shifted to Google Apps: people love to use Google Apps for collaboration and shared storage, but when documents are actually being created, Microsoft Office is still the tool of choice.There are no clear winners yet in this space, but for now, there is no getting around the fact that Exchange Online was only up 97.929% for almost half a year, which comes out to just over three days of lost productivity. The infographic below tells Cloud Sherpas’ story: Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Google Apps#Office 365 last_img read more

Three family members drown as bridge collapses in Bihar

first_imgA shocking incident, in which three people were feared drowned after a bridge connecting a village collapsed, was recorded on camera in Bihar’s Araria district.Incessant rains in Bihar for the past few weeks have created a flood-like situation in several areas. The flood fury has thrown normal life out of gear in the State.The video shows a bridge collapsing when a mother tries to cross it with her two children.last_img

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner lands safely after 24-mile leap to Earth

first_imgExtreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed safely on Earth after a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, record-breaking feat that may also have marked the world’s first supersonic skydive.Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing, sending off loud cheers from jubilant onlookers and friends inside the mission’s control center in Roswell, N.M.It was the highest-ever jump for a skydiver, though it wasn’t immediately certain whether Baumgartner had broken the speed of sound during his free-fall, which was one of the goals of the mission. Organizers said the descent lasted for just over nine minutes, about half of it in free-fall.Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth.Three hours earlier, Baumgartner, known as “Fearless Felix,” had taken off in a pressurised capsule carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon. After an at-times tense ascent, which included concerns about how well his facial shield was working, the 43-year-old former military parachutist completed a final safety check-list with mission control.As he exited his capsule from high above Earth, he flashed a thumbs-up sign, well aware that the feat was being shown on a live-stream on the Internet.During the ensuing jump – from more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners – Baumgartner was expected to hit a speed of 690 mph.Any contact with the capsule on his exit could have torn his pressurised suit, a rip that could expose him to a lack of oxygen and temperatures as low as minus-70 degrees. That could have caused lethal bubbles to form in his bodily fluids.But none of that happened. He activated his parachute as he neared Earth, gently gliding into the desert east of Roswell and landing without any apparent difficulty. He then was taken by helicopter to meet fellow members of his team, whom he hugged in celebration.Coincidentally, Baumgartner’s attempted feat also marked the 65th anniversary of U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager successful attempt to become the first man to officially break the sound barrier aboard an airplane.At Baumgartner’s insistence, some 30 cameras recorded the event on Sunday. Shortly after launch, screens at mission control showed the capsule as it began rising high above the New Mexico desert, with cheers erupting from organizers. Baumgartner could be seen on video, calmly checking instruments inside the capsule.Baumgartner’s team included Joe Kittinger, who first attempted to break the sound barrier from 19.5 miles up in 1960, reaching speed of 614 mph. With Kittinger inside mission control Sunday, the two men could be heard going over technical details during the ascension.”Our guardian angel will take care of you,” Kittinger radioed to Baumgartner around the 100,000-foot mark, and noted that it was getting “really serious” now.An hour into the flight, Baumgartner had ascended more than 63,000 feet and had gone through a trial run of the jump sequence that will send him plummeting toward Earth. Ballast was dropped to speed up the ascent.Kittinger told him, “Everything is in the green. Doing great.”As Baumgartner ascended in the balloon, so did the number of viewers watching on YouTube. Nearly 7.3 million watched as he sat on the edge of the capsule moments before jumping. After he landed, Red Bull posted a picture of Baumgartner on his knees on the ground to Facebook, generating nearly 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments and more than 29,000 shares in less than 40 minutes.On Twitter, half the worldwide trending topics had something to do with the jump, pushing past seven NFL football games.Among the tweets was one from NASA: “Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and RedBull Stratos on record-breaking leap from the edge of space!”This attempt marked the end of a five-year road for Baumgartner, a record-setting high-altitude jumper. He already made two preparation jumps in the area, one from 15 miles high and another from 18 miles high. It will also be the end of his extreme altitude jumping career; he has promised this will be his final jump.Baumgartner has said he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the U.S. and Austria.advertisementlast_img read more