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Humanitarian Assistance Program Combats Malaria in Brazil’s Amazonas

first_img Representatives from SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Military Liaison Office, and USAID Brazil visited one of the beneficiary communities on January 19, and were praised by residents who have enjoyed the protection that the mosquito nets have provided them. One resident said that before receiving the nets she had contracted malaria five times, and since receiving the mosquito nets she has not been affected by the disease. In 2009, a similar program, supported by USAID in partnership with the Amazonas Health Surveillance Foundation and the Foundation for the Defense of the Amazon Biosphere, helped reduce malaria infection by 62 percent in the municipalities of Autazes, Careiro, Presidente Figueiredo, Manacapuru and Manaus. Over a 12-month period, beds and hammock nets will be distributed to 29 percent of the population of four target municipalities with the highest reported rates of malaria. As part of the effort, educational material printed in Portuguese and three other native languages spoken in the region will be handed out to local residents. USAID Brazil Mission Director, Lawrence Hardy, and SOUTHCOM Humanitarian Assistance Branch Chief Steven Carro joined the vice-governor of Amazonas, José Melo, and the Amazonas State Health Secretary, Wilson Alecrim, in Manaus to launch the joint malaria prevention program. With reports of a high incidence of malaria, the program is focused toward the municipalities of Tefé, Ipixuna, Uarini and Eirunepé, in the state of Amazonas and will be implemented by the state government through the Amazonas Health Surveillance Foundation in partnership with the USAID and the Brazilian non-governmental organization Fundação Amazônica de Defesa da Biosfera, with support from SOUTHCOM. center_img A program geared to the reduction of malaria incidence and mortality was launched on January 20 in Manaus, Brazil, by the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Only the municipality of Tefé reached 1,400 cases in 2010. Eirunepé registered over 3,300 cases over the same period, while Uarini and Ipixuna (the vice-governor’s hometown) reported 1,070 and 380 malaria cases respectively. Together, the four municipalities recorded almost 2,000 cases of falciparum malaria, the most severe variation of the disease. By Dialogo January 26, 2012last_img read more

Innovation Loads First Hornsea One Monopiles

first_imgImage source: DEME GroupGeoSea’s jack-up Innovation has loaded the first set of monopile foundations in Vlissingen (Flushing), the Netherlands, and is now en route to install them on Ørsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea Project One wind farm off the UK, DEME said.In total, the Innovation will install 174 monopile foundations, produced by EEW SPC, at the site located some 120 kilometres off the coast of Yorkshire, according to DEME.EEW OSB will manufacture 86, Bladt Industries 68, and Steelwind Nordenham with the Teesside-based Wilton Engineering 20 transition pieces for the project.The Hornsea Project One wind farm will comprise 174 Siemens 7MW wind turbines, three offshore substations and a reactive compensation substation (RCS). Once fully operational in 2020, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world.Ørsted is the sole owner of Hornsea One. The company also has the project rights to the Hornsea Project Two and Three, which have the potential of further 3GW offshore wind power capacity in total.last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer suffers shock defeat in ATP Finals, in danger of not qualifying for semi-final

first_imgNew Delhi: Roger Federer suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals, severely denting his bid for the 100th title of his illustrious career.   The Swiss, who has won the season-ending event a record six times, produced an uncharacteristically error-prone and fractious display in the round-robin match on Sunday as the Japanese seventh seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.  The result means Federer is now in danger of failing to qualify for the semi-finals for just the second time in 16 appearances at the event. Read More |  Messi scores brace, Barcelona suffer first home loss in two years”I felt we both struggled, you know, throughout the first set,” he said. “You could tell it was sort of a first round. I had my chances maybe a bit more than he did.Then I started to feel better in the second set. I think we both did. The level went up. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep the lead that I got early. That was important, I think, at the end. That was the key of the match.”   Read More | Manchester City beat Manchester United, Liverpool continue winning runFederer, 37, has beaten Nishikori in Shanghai and Paris in recent weeks but despite having the backing of a full house at the O2 Arena, he never really settled into a groove.  The normally cool Swiss was warned by the umpire for ball abuse in the 12th game after Nishikori produced a staggering backhand winner down the line.  The Swiss great made 20 unforced errors in the first set and Nishikori capitalised, forcing a tie-break in which he raced to a 6/1 lead before sealing it 7/4.  Federer, showing real urgency, broke Nishikori immediately at the start of the second set but it proved a false dawn as he lost his own serve immediately Nishikori broke again in the sixth game and kept his nerve, serving out for victory.  Read More | Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian GP, Max Verstappen involved in punch-up”I lost to him twice in the last two months so I played more aggressively and things started working, especially in the second set. There were some lucky points but I played well today,” said Nishikori.  Overall the statistics made grim reading for Federer, who made a total of 34 unforced errors against 19 winners.  Federer denied that cutting back on his schedule increased the pressure on him to do well at the tournaments he did play.  “I don’t think, per se, I’m playing worse because of it,” he said. “I think I’ve had that pressure, not going out early, most of my career.”   Anderson win The ATP Finals is contested by the eight players who have accumulated the most ranking points over the season separated into two groups, with the best four players reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.  Earlier, Kevin Anderson made an impressive ATP Finals debut in the same Lleyton Hewitt group, beating Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-6 (12/10).  The Wimbledon finalist, who stands at 2.03 metres (six feet eight inches) tall dominated the early exchanges and secured the crucial break in the fourth game.  Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and forced a tie-break, but Anderson saved two set points and converted his fourth match point.  “I definitely felt a little bit nervous,” said Anderson. “But I was able to settle very quickly and find a really good rhythm, taking care of my serve games nicely, created quite a few opportunities on his serve.”  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more