By Dialogo April 01, 2010 Beginning in 2003, Ecuador and Chile formed the Chiecuencoy engineering company as their contingent for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, performing construction work and providing support to civil organizations.The company of Ecuadorean blue helmets is made up of The company of Ecuadorean blue helmets is made up of a contingent of 66 individuals, including four engineering officers and 62 troops specialized in operating machinery and heavy equipment. Up to now, 11 military contingents have provided services, becoming carriers of a message of peace and progress for the Haitian population. Immediately following the earthquake, the Ecuadorean company of engineers, as part of MINUSTAH, participated actively in search and rescue operations, medical care, humanitarian aid, debris removal and water distribution, obtaining the following results: Rescue/Recovery Activities: Ecuadorean Company of Engineers The rescue operations were carried out around the clock, with the personnel organized into groups and working eighthour shifts, focused primarily in the vicinity of the Hotel Montana, where there were about 200 people at the time of the disaster. The Ecuadorean contingent administered first aid to the injured, while other teams searched among the ruins in the hope of finding people alive. These tasks extended for approximately two weeks, followed by debris removal using heavy machinery and the recovery of the remains of those who regrettably perished in the disaster. Likewise, the country formed the Ecuador Task Force- Humanitarian Mission to Haiti, made up of specialized personnel from the Red Cross, firefighters, the Armed Forces and the national police, who had the necessary equipment for search and rescue operations; the task force arrived in Port-au-Prince 48 hours after the earthquake. In coordinattion with rescue teams from other countries, members conducted searches for trapped victims, supported by trained dogs, but despite the effort made, only corpses could be recovered. The task force not only put its contingent at the service of the Haitian people but also delivered provisions to local humanitarian aid organizations for distribution to the victims. Hotel Montana (day 1), Persons alive: 7, Persons deceased: 1, Total: 8 Housing behind the base, Persons alive: 5, Persons deceased: 2, Total: 7 Hotel Montana vicinity, PErsons alive: 4, Persons deceased: 0, Total: 4 Pan-American House Delmas 60, Persons Alive: 1, Persons deceased: 0, Total: 1 Hotel Montana (after day 1), Persons Alive: 10, Persons decease: 17, Total : 27 Total Alive: 27, Total deceased: 20, Total: 47
Another gadget showcased as part of the demonstration was a remote-controlled, helicopter-like aircraft that weighs approximately one pound, reaches up to 1,200 feet and can fly continuously for about 30 minutes. Known as InstantEye, the system offers birds eye views of a disaster area, without risking the lives of rescue personnel. Other technologies demonstrated were three mobile applications that are part of the GlobalMedAid kit developed by the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center. The kit includes an English to Spanish simultaneous translation application that facilitates the communication between healthcare personnel and disaster victims, a data capture solution for documenting care and treatment of the injured, and an application designed to improve training of medical personnel while deployed. Besides the display of innovative technologies for disaster relief, Mr. Hurtado also saw this demonstration as a venue for creating and tightening links between organizations and countries. “The relationships and contacts we develop and hone through science and technology engagements create networks that will be invaluable when something happens and we actually know who to call,” said Hurtado. In late September, after the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School releases a final assessment of GeoSHAPE and its operational utility, the tool will be integrated with the Pacific Disaster Center’s DisasterAWARE platform, and the U.S. Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit’s CyberGIS project, an existing effort to build web mapping and geographic data sharing applications focused on complex humanitarian emergencies. Looking further ahead, Hurtado envisions a myriad of initiatives and applications spinning off this geospatial information sharing tool, which can complement other USSOUTHCOM’s efforts to improve support to the response to natural disasters and humanitarian assistance crises in the region. It inform us plenty. It’s good to know what really happens in our country. Pray to God for the needs of the country. It’s very interesting. The initiatives are excellent in order to be somewhat prepared when a disaster occurs EXCELLENT NEWS COVERAGE! THE ACTIONS OF DRUG TRAFFICKERS SHOULD BE FOUGHT ON ALL LEVELS…EVEN AT A GOVERNMENT LEVEL. This is very well explained THE INITIATIVE AND APPLICATION ARE VALID, AND YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THEM. By Dialogo September 05, 2014 The main players in the simulated hurricane created to test GeoSHAPE were Honduras-based U.S. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B) – a task force able to dispatch airlift, logistical, medical, firefighting and other capabilities to support disaster relief missions –, and COPECO. Similar to U.S. Federal Management Agency (FEMA), COPECO is a government organization charged with providing the national response to disasters in the Central American country. Other participants were the Honduran Red Cross and Green Cross; representatives from the Military, Police and Firefighters; non-governmental organization World Vision, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Working simultaneously from their respective locations 52 miles away, JTF-B and COPECO’s operators used Android tablets and cell phones to enter hurricane-related events. Symbols for helicopter landing zones, water distribution points, hospitals, blocked roads, flooded towns… started crowding the maps at both sites. “The simulation tested how GeoSHAPE can enable organizations to collaboratively edit information from their locations and synchronize it across geographically dispersed servers to create a common picture of the disaster and the resources at hand,” says Scott Clark, director of geospatial programs at LMN Solutions, a Virginia-based IT company commissioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop the software. Clark also underscored the open source, open standard nature of GeoSHAPE, which makes it possible for organizations to easily adapt the software to their needs without incurring great licensing expenses. The operational demonstration also offered the opportunity to showcase other technologies that might prove useful in the response to disasters. Among those was the CommCube, a portable Internet hotspot designed to support voice and data communications for up to 50 users in a 1,000 feet radius. A category 5 hurricane hits Honduras just before sunset, tormenting towns and people along its path. Behind, it leaves a toll of roofless houses, truncated lives, and thousands left with nothing but the hope of getting help quickly… now. Fortunately, Hurricane Gonzalo was only a figment of the imagination, the “perfect storm” crafted by the Science, Technology and Experimentation Division at the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and Honduras’ Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) to demonstrate and assess GeoSHAPE, a software application designed to revolutionize the way organizations collaborate in response to disasters. Take the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, for example. Tons of supplies were flown in and hundreds of organizations came to lend a helping hand, but they lacked an unclassified geospatial information exchange tool to coordinate relief efforts. “Operations like the response to the earthquake in Haiti revealed gaps in the methods for creating and sharing map data on critical aspects of the emergency response,” said Juan Hurtado, USSOUTHCOM’s Science Advisor. Where are water and food distribution points? What’s the condition of roads and bridges? Where are the locations of personnel and resources deployed in support of the rescue efforts? USSOUTHCOM’s quest for a technology solution that could answer that type of questions and close those gaps started in August 2012, when the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense-Rapid Fielding, funded the Rapid Open Geospatial User-driven Enterprise (ROGUE) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project to develop a geospatial information sharing capability. GeoSHAPE, which stands for Geospatial Security Humanitarian Assistance and Partnership Engagement, was created under the ROGUE project as a combination of a web-based application that sits on a server, and a portable application called Arbiter for the collection of data and images in the field. “With GeoSHAPE, geotagged information can be shared almost in real time when an internet or cell phone connection is readily available. Otherwise, the information is sent as soon as a connection is established,” said Donald Jones, who managed the development of ROGUE for USOUTHCOM. GeoSHAPE can display disaster-relevant information in a map that anybody with a web browser and the appropriate permissions can see from anywhere in the world. “The outcome is improved situational awareness and fact-based decision making, hopefully bringing the response to people faster, more effectively,” he added. Progress on the program moved quickly and two years after the beginning of the JCTD, the software was ready to be demonstrated in an operational setting. The location chosen: Honduras. “Central America is often battered by hurricanes, mudslides, floodings… and our command has a long history of collaboration with Honduras in many areas”, said Hurtado, who early in his career spent a tour in the country. The Science, Technology and Experimentation Division that he heads at USSOUTHCOM was established in 2002 and since then has endeavored to develop technology solutions to regional challenges and to provide capabilities that address U.S. military operational requirements and also build U.S. and partner nation capacity to disrupt illicit trafficking, counter transnational organized crime and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
But somehow, the news from Goldin Auctions on Wednesday night was still hard to comprehend. A Mike Trout baseball card — a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph (sheesh that’s a handful) graded at 9.5 out of 10 — sold for a realized price of $922,500.Yep, nearly a million bucks for a baseball card made in 2009. The hammer price was $750,000, with buyer’s premium and other costs totaling up to $922,500. That sale price puts Trout in elite company — stop me if you’ve heard that one before. MORE: Ranking the 13 best sets of the Junk Wax eraThe most expensive baseball card is the Honus Wagner T206, the Holy Grail of the “hobby.” A card graded at 5 sold for $3.12 million (again, including buyer’s premium) in 2016. A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle graded at a 9/10 sold for $2.8 million in 2018 and a different 1952 Topps Mantle, graded at 8.5, sold for $1.14 million in 2016. We’re used to seeing staggering numbers from Mike Trout.His bWAR has topped 10.0 three seasons, with another three years checking in at 8.2 or above. He’s finished first or second in the AL MVP voting seven times in his eight full seasons — he’s won three times — and he signed a 12-year, $430 million extension with the Angels last spring. All are just jaw-dropping facts and figures. This particular card is a 5/5, meaning there were five exact copies of the Red Refractor Autograph made, though Trout’s autograph might vary slightly because, well, autographs tend to do that. It’s unclear what’s happened to the other four copies, though. Maybe still available in an unopened pack somewhere? There are two boxes of 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects available on eBay, if you’re feeling lucky. The lowest “buy it now” price is $3,899. There are other Mike Trout autographs from the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft set available on eBay. There’s a Gold Refractor numbered to 50 that’s listed at $299,999 — free shipping, tho! — and a Blue Refractor numbered to 150 that’s listed at $129,999 (also free shipping!). The cheapest Trout autograph from that set isn’t a Refractor, and it’s listed at $14,999 (gonna cost you $50 to ship, unfortunately).
Facebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by WET Science CenterKids enjoying a previous Sensory-Friendly Sunday. Photo courtesy: WET Science CenterLOTT’s WET Science Center is partnering with the Exceptional Families Network to offer a “Sensory-Friendly Sunday” from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on June 4, 2017. This event provides a comfortable and accepting environment for youth and adults with sensory differences. The WET Science Center will lower the lights, turn down the volume on games, and offer an optional visual scavenger hunt for the exhibit gallery. With input from local families, a variety of tactile sensory play activities will be available for guests of all ages. Visitors can also enjoy arts and crafts, hand fidgets, sensory bottles and play bins, a book nook, and quiet spaces for breaks. The WET Center hosted its first Sensory-Friendly Sunday in February 2017 and plans to continue to offer these special events once per quarter.The event gives people ways to explore their environment in a way that is friendly to them. Photo courtesy: WET Science CenterExceptional Families Network is a nonprofit organization working with families who have experienced the unique joys and challenges of parenting children with special needs. Members of its staff will be available at a resource table full of information, upcoming special events, and local support services.The WET Science Center is located at 500 Adams Street NE, in downtown Olympia. Regular hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and admission is always free. Follow the WET Science Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on upcoming events! For more information visit the WET Science Center’s website.