Snow Volleyball Adds Keyaira Gravitt To 2020 Recruiting Class

first_imgMarch 23, 2020 /Sports News – Local Snow Volleyball Adds Keyaira Gravitt To 2020 Recruiting Class Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Snow College women’s volleyball announced their final member of the 2020 recruiting class Monday.The Badgers have signed former West Jordan High School star middle blocker, 6-foot Keyaira Gravitt out of West Jordan, Utah.Gravitt has starred for both the Jaguars and Club GSL during her scholastic career. Tags: Keyaira Gravitt/Snow Volleyballlast_img

Norway: KONGSBERG Bags Extensions to Command & Weapons Control Systems Contract

first_img View post tag: contract Share this article automatic radar tracking (ARPA) digital chart systems (ECDIS, WECDIS) View post tag: Navy Norway: KONGSBERG Bags Extensions to Command & Weapons Control Systems Contract automatic identification system (AIS)KONGSBERG shall also be responsible for integration of new sensor systems and the new developed Italian heavy-weight torpedo (NSP/Black Shark).With the integration of these new capabilities, KONGSBERG’s Command & Weapons Control System (MSI-90U Mk 2) for conventional submarines will be among the most advanced in the world today.“KONGSBERG has for more than 40 years developed and supplied Command & Weapons Control Systems to Norwegian, German and Italian submarines. This contract will result in an important renewal of our product range and strengthen our position as supplier of integrated Navigation, Sonar and Command & Weapons Control Systems for submarines. In this context, this is yet another important reference contract for KONGSBERG,” says Nils-Oddvar Hagen, Executive Vice President in Kongsberg Defence Systems.[mappress]Source:kongsberg, July 8, 2011; View post tag: Weapons View post tag: control View post tag: Norway Back to overview,Home naval-today Norway: KONGSBERG Bags Extensions to Command & Weapons Control Systems Contract center_img July 8, 2011 View post tag: Systems View post tag: extensions View post tag: Kongsberg KONGSBERG has signed a contract for extensions to the Command & Weapons Control Systems already under contract for delivery to the two new U212A 2nd Batch submarines under construction in Italy for the Italian Navy.The contract was made between the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and KONGSBERG.The extensions include:introduction of the tactical data link systems Link-11 and Link-16 View post tag: Command View post tag: Naval View post tag: Bags View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

OUSU Returning Officer resigns over NUS controversy

first_imgThe Returning Officer of OUSU has resigned after “serious irregularities” were revealed to have taken place in the recent NUS referendum. Alexander Walker, a second year chemist at Wadham, posted his resignation on the board at the union last night.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9801%%[/mm-hide-text]In the letter he states, “I have been the returning officer of OUSU since January and I believe that I have contributed by working with the sabbatical officers and by organising the RAG ballot and other council elections.“However, in light of the recent events concerning the NUS referendum, I have come to the decision that my position is no longer tenable. The grave situation with the NUS referendum happened under my watch. Although we do not currently understand how this happened, I do not believe that I should continue in this position as with my academic pressures as a second year chemist, I am unable to fulfil my duties. He continues, “I understand that many people have had a great deal invested in this referndum and I feel for them in this turbulent time. I wish the Junior Tribunal the best of luck in finding out how this happened and I am happy to continue to contribute to the investigation.” The investigation follows a formal complaint put forward by Jack Matthews, leader of the ‘Believe in Oxford’ campaign following irregularities with the voting process. The official result of the referendum was announced at the King Arms pub at 7.30 on Wednesday with a 1780 to 1652 vote to disaffiliate from the NUS for the academic year 2014-2015 announced. However, there were a large number of ‘No’ votes which appeared to have been cast at the same time, from the same location. Cherwell understands that a large number of Unique Voter Codes (UVCs) were used in the last hour of the election process in order to give the ‘No’ vote a wide margin of victory. This has raised major concerns with the validity of the referendum and a Junior Tribunal is meeting today to investigate the issue.OUSU President and leader of the YES campaign, Tom Rutland, told Cherwell, “A Junior Tribunal is meeting today to consider the complaint issued regarding the voting irregularities in the referendum.”last_img read more

New ECHO Housing Director Chris Metz Speaks About EPD Investigation

first_imgECHO Housing Corporation officials are teaming up with financial crimes officers from the EPD.  They’re hoping to get to the bottom of the organization’s finances after former Executive Director Stephanie Tenbarge allegedly misused funds. Metz says he is fully cooperating with the EPD during this very difficult time. Meanwhile – Evansville City Council is set to vote on an ordinance to withhold roughly $460,000  from ECHO housing until the investigation is complete. $300,000 of that is slated for the construction of the Garvin lofts, while $80,000 allocated for the low-income housing development Lucas Place – and another $80,000 was set aside for the Promise Zone. Metropolitan Development Executive Director, Kelly Coures says, “We’re certain that our funds have all reimbursed legitimate expenses for ECHO because of the processes that we have in place but the ordinance is talking about money that we won’t even receive until September. So I’m hoping that council will take a hard look at that.”Metz also wants his ECHO housing clients to know their housing will not be impacted in any way because of this investigation. Metz explains, “The residents and the clients served by ECHO’s programs are certainly our priority and the main thing that we want to communicate to them today is your house is not in jeopardy and your services are not in jeopardy. The ECHO Housing Corporation will continue to do the work ECHO Housing Corporation does.” The Evansville City Council is scheduled to vote on the ordinance come April 9th.Melanie ZayasMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook New ECHO Housing Director Chris Metz Speaks About EPD InvestigationMARCH 27TH, 2018  MELANIE ZAYAS EVANSVILLE, INDIANA As Evansville police continue investigating the alleged misused funds at ECHO Housing, the city council is stepping in. Former ECHO Executive Director Stephanie Tenbarge is accused of using ECHO money for personal use but council wants more answers before giving the organization any more money. The Evansville City Council plans to vote on an ordinance to withhold money from ECHO – until it sees results of an independent audit. ECHO Housing executive director Chris Metz is explaining why he was hesitant to talk to EPD in the early stages of the investigation.Chris Metz says, “There were a lot of moving parts to this situation early on like an issue like this. I think there may have been some issues retrospectively with the flow of communication. We may not have been communicating at the right levels and the right processes. Any issue with communication may likely have occurred on our end and we take full responsibility for that.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bay Avenue Construction Update

first_imgThe Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.Work for the week of Nov. 4 to 8:As of Nov. 1, the contractor will have installed new PVC piping, backfilled the trench, and temporarily paved up to a point about 150 feet south of 28th Street on Bay Avenue. Next week, work will continue to move northward between 28th Street and 27th Street. Traffic:Over the weekend (Nov. 2-3) Bay Avenue will be open to traffic. No work will take place and the roadway will remain open on Monday (Nov. 4) for the funeral of William J. Hughes at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.Starting again on Nov. 5, Bay Avenue will be closed between 34th Street and 24th Street. Traffic detours will be established to divert motorists to West Avenue. Please obey all established traffic patterns. (Only local traffic will be permitted on Bay Avenue.)See full project update. Motorists should watch out for detours on Bay Avenue during construction work.last_img read more

Speech: Statement made by the Prime Minister: 15 November 2018

first_imgServing in high office is an honour and privilege. It is also a heavy responsibility. That is true at any time – but especially when the stakes are so high.And negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the EU after 40 years, and building from the ground-up a new and enduring relationship for the good of our children and grandchildren is a matter of the highest consequence.It touches almost every area of our national life: our whole economy and virtually every job; the livelihoods of our fellow citizens; our integrity as a United Kingdom of four nations; our safety and security – all of these are at stake.My approach throughout has been to put the national interest first. Not a partisan interest. And certainly not my own political interest.I do not judge harshly those of my colleagues who seek to do the same but who reach a different conclusion. They must do what they believe to be right, just as I do.I am sorry that they have chosen to leave the government and I thank them for their service.But I believe with every fibre of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people.From the very beginning, I have known what I wanted to deliver for the British people to honour their vote in the referendum.Full control of our borders, by bringing an end to the free movement of people – once and for all.Full control of our money, so we decide ourselves how to spend it on priorities like our NHS.Full control of our laws, by ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom.Getting us out of the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy for good.That is exactly what this agreement will deliver.Free movement – ended.Vast annual payments – stopped.The jurisdiction of the ECJ – over.Out of the CAP. Out of the CFP.This is a Brexit that delivers on the priorities of the British people.In achieving these objectives, I am also determined to protect the things that are important to us.Protect the hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs that put food on the tables of working families right across the UK.Those jobs rely on cross-border trade in goods, with parts flowing easily in and out of the UK allowing for integrated supply chains.This agreement protects that.Protect the close security co-operation that helps keep us safe. This agreement does that.Protect the integrity of the United Kingdom and the peaceful settlement in Northern Ireland by leaving the EU as one United Kingdom, and having no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.This agreement does that as well.Yes, difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decisions have had to be made.I understand fully that there are some who are unhappy with those compromises.But this deal delivers what people voted for and it is in the national interest.And we can only secure it if we unite behind the agreement reached in Cabinet yesterday.If we do not move forward with that agreement, nobody can know for sure the consequences that will follow.It would be to take a path of deep and grave uncertainty when the British people just want us to get on with it.[Political content removed].To deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK; a strong economy that keeps jobs safe and wages rising; and first-class public services we can rely on – an NHS there for all of us, great schools for every child and the homes that families need.That is what the people we serve expect and that is what we owe it to them to deliver.last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth & More Make Hoxeyville A True Hoedown On Lake Michigan

first_imgThe cool breezes off Lake Michigan carried the sweet sounds of bluegrass and Americana far and wide across the wooded grounds of the Hoxeyville Music Festival over the weekend. Hoxeyville brings in some of the nation’s finest roots bands like Railroad Earth and Elephant Revival, alongside impressive regional bands like home state heroes Greensky Bluegrass, Airborne Or Aquatic? and Sweet Water Warblers to rural upstate Michigan for a celebration of music and nature in near equal parts.With a sheltering ring of pines encircling the gathering crowd and music soaring through the leaves in every direction, the festival’s two stages were filled with top shelf talent and surrounded by friends and family, gathered together to share their loves. Our own Rex Thomson was on hand, and he captured a variety of photos and videos from the weekend’s festivities and he is sharing some of his top moments with us all. Enjoy this video tour of the waterlogged weekend at the Hoxeyville Music Festival and the bands who made it so memorable in the clips that follow.Billy StringsTraverse City’s own up-and-coming bluegrass star Billy Strings led his quartet through a rollicking set that showed very clearly why he such big things are expected of this young phenom. After shows around the country over the course of the summer, including a stellar turn at the Northwest String Summit, Strings was back home and surrounded by friends and family. He was even joined onstage for a tune by his father! His set was one of the first on day one and he got the large crowd of very early arrivers going with his lightning fast picking and boyish charms. If Strings keeps giving performances like his cover of the classic “Ain’t Got No Honey Baby Now” below, the world is going to be his oyster.MacpodzMacpodz continued the Michigan representation during the early moments of the Hoxeyville Music Festival with a tight set of funky instrumentals and open, rocking jams. Recently reuniting drummer Griffin Bastian with fellow founder and bass player Ross Huff went in the studio with the regular cast and some specialists from the region including Randall Moore from The Ragbirds.  With their new disc, Underwater Encounter, released earlier this year the Macpodz have been spreading the word of their sharp new tunes to as many shaows and fests as they can find. Check out one of their jammy instrumental tunes below:Airborne Or Aquatic?Airborne Or Aquatic? serves as a supergroup of Michigan’s finest players who want to explore together and create outside of any regular projects. It’s rare that they manage to play more than a handful of shows per year thanks to the competing schedules of the incredible cast, and frontman Seth Bernard seemed delighted to share the stage with his far flung friends once again. As usual, the band swelled with the presence of former collaborators from other acts on the bill, including a fun sit in from Greensky’s Paul Hoffman among other. Watch their crowd pleasing jam on “Keep Up The Quest” below:Railroad EarthRailroad Earth seems to always be straining at the edges of their sonic limitations in an a concerted effort to shatter preconceptions about what a roots band should sound like. Lead by the sweet voice and deft playing of guitarist and vocalist Todd Sheaffer, the band has so many musical weapons in their armory that it’s anyone’s guess where they’ll be going next. Tim Carbone can go from lilting fiddle passages to grungy guitar work in an instant, and Andy Goessling serves as the band’s Swiss Army Man, regularly playing five or six instruments during a single show…s ometimes two at a time! Check out a rip roaring, crowd pleasing rendition of “Head” below:Sweet Water WarblersWhen Lindsay Lou, Daisy May Erlewine & Rachael Davis first joined their voices together, they realized instantly that something special was happening and decided to focus this power as the Sweet Water Warblers. Though the song birds don’t get to harmonize nearly as often they would like, they have made the Hoxeyville Music Festival a regular homecoming. With a new album on the way, hopefully these three will be able to get together a bit more regularly to delight the world with their brand of lilting beauty and insight. Check out their magic on this amazing cover of “The Glory Of Love” below:Mandolin OrangeNorth Carolina’s Andrew Marlin & Emily Frantz give Mandolin Orange a palpable human connection from their obvious deep personal affection for each other. That spirit of love and joy infuses all of their music with a resonance that comes from a nearly subatomic level. With a new album, Blindfaller, on the way, the pair, along with some help from their friends, shared a mix of crowd favorites and new tunes destined to work their way into the hearts of old fans and new alike. We managed to capture a special version of their tune “Big Men In the Sky,” below:Elephant RevivalColorado’s Elephant Revival has had an incredible year to date, and it only looks to get better as the summer fades and the fall finds them back out on the road supporting their stellar new release Petals. After seeing moments like their first headlining show at the legendary Red Rocks to narrowly surviving a catastrophic tour bus fire, the band has found inspiration and humor in the face of their successes and trials. Taking the stage with their trademark low key demeanor, Elephant Revival delivered an uplifting set of songs from throughout their career, including a plea to the clouds to stay parted that was sadly ignored. You can watch one of their set’s high points, a cover of Jefferson Airplane‘s classic “White Rabbit,” below:Greensky BluegrassAnchoring the Hoxeyville Music Festival is a job that sits as well on Greensky Bluegrass‘s shoulders this year, as it has in the past. In a very real sense, Greensky is the heart of the Michigan bluegrass scene, and their nationwide success has shone a light on many of the other very talented artists in the area. To their credit, as the band has seen their national profile grow to super star level, they always manage to wind their way back home to make sure the longest standing supporters get to share the love. Greensky Bluegrass had a special treat for the Michigan fans who were hungry for some fresh tunes, a “Leap Year-Hoxey Lady-Leap Year” medley that had the crowd singing along in full volume! Enjoy!Though the weather seemed to be a unwilling partner to the weekend’s fun, the crowd was more than happy to dance through the intermittent showers at Hoxeyville, be they made of water or sun. With such an over-abundance of players and acts within shouting distance, and some amazing performances by top tier touring bands, the Hoxeyville Music Festival lived up to its reputation as one of the best regional festivals in the country. As tired faces sadly broke down their tents the following morning, a chipper woman on a golf cart drove through the grounds spreading good cheer and calls to “See you all next year” from her golf cart. Her message was greeted with such a rousing cheer that organizers couldn’t help but smile, knowing their future was secured. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Thinking globally, differently

first_imgTo understand the importance of integrating a global perspective into Harvard’s courses, just look at the faces of the students in the College’s classrooms.Harvard students now represent more than 50 countries and a spectrum of cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds, said Allan Brandt, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in opening remarks for the School’s second [email protected], a faculty forum created to explore topics of broad interest related to Harvard’s teaching and research mission.“How radically different and radically better it is to teach today when our students represent so many countries across the globe,” Brandt said by way of launching the panel discussion on March 25, which explored the topic of “Instilling a Global Perspective.”GSAS Dean Allan Brandt kicked off the second [email protected], a faculty forum created to explore topics of broad interest related to Harvard’s teaching and research mission.Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and director of Harvard’s Pluralism Project, recounted how when she began her research in the 1980s on Hindu religious traditions, the subject seemed both exotic and remote from Cambridge. Now, many of her students are Indian and/or practicing Hindus, and her challenge is to “engage them in the study of their own culture, many of them for the first time in a disciplined way.”Harvard students can visit a Hindu temple in Ashland, a Jain temple in Burlington, a Sikh center in Medford, an Islamic center in Wayland, and a dozen Vietnamese and Cambodian temples throughout the area.“To actually cross the threshold and become a visitor, a stranger really, in someone else’s religion, this is a new experience for many of our students, and I think it’s a very important experience in active learning,” Eck said.While the panelists agreed on the need for a global perspective, it is less clear how to achieve it. Peter Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, recounted a comment made to him by a surprised Chinese parent after listening to one of his lectures: “I didn’t realize it was possible to teach Chinese history in English.” The remark drew a laugh, and Bol said he agrees that learning a language is an essential ingredient in understanding another culture. “It is an essential way to recognize the ‘other’ on their own terms,” he said.However, he also believes a set of analyses and categories can be used across cultures, adding, “We could argue that [studying] medieval Europe is just as far as doing contemporary China.”Geography should play a part in any global perspective, said Bol, who is also the director of the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project, a collaboration between Harvard and Fudan University in Shanghai. Oddly, he observed, “At the height of the Iraq war, nearly 80 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 could not locate Iraq on a map.”The challenge is how to help faculty and students envision a world in meaningful ways, both as a visualization process and as a way to draw relationships among data, he said.Caroline Elkins, professor of history and chair of the Committee on African Studies, argued passionately for breaking out of the mold of the Western analytical framework, a stance that posits philosophical and scientific knowledge flowing from the Western Enlightenment downward to the Third Word — what Elkins calls the “global South.”With new communication technologies, world space is different. The global South, not the West, today may be “ahead of the curve” in areas like sustainability, democratic movements, and capital investment, Elkins said.Citing the work of Jean and John Comaroff, she argued that citizens of the global South are connecting with each other on key issues “and we [the West] are imposing ourselves into that conversation.”The panelists acknowledged that challenges to global perspectives are rampant in a time of increased political xenophobia. Witness reaction to the so-called Ground Zero mosque, Eck said. “We have whole groups in the United States dedicated to misunderstanding Islam,” she said. “These are critical issues not just for Muslims but for all of us.”Yet Harvard is well-positioned and nimble enough to lead the way in instituting global perspectives in education and research, Elkins said. Eck anticipates changes in the classroom formats from reliance on “lectures to one in which there are vivid conversations.” Already, many more Harvard students are spending the summer abroad, giving future leaders personal, practical knowledge outside Cambridge, Bol said.“From books and travel and learning from people all around the world, we’re able to realize just how narrow our own vision starts out as being,” Brandt said. Today “the opportunities to think globally and think differently … are really quite remarkable.”“To actually cross the threshold and become a visitor, a stranger really, in someone else’s religion, this is a new experience for many of our students, and I think it’s a very important experience in active learning,” said Diana Eck (right). Peter Bol (left) was also a panelist.last_img read more

‘I felt as if I was on a boat at sea’

first_imgPhysician Renee Salas was in a small, two-bed clinic just below the Mount Everest Base Camp on Saturday when a massive, 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, crumbling buildings nearby and sending an avalanche through the camp.Salas, an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School, is in the final weeks of a two-year Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Since last month, she has worked with the Himalayan Rescue Association in Pheriche, a small village in the Khumbu Valley, a six- to eight-hour hike from the base camp, and nearly 14,000 feet above sea level. The Gazette reached Salas by email today, and she shared her account of the unfolding disaster and the efforts to treat the wounded who streamed in during the days that followed. She described the challenges the medical and rescue teams faced, and the needs Nepal has now.GAZETTE: Where were you and what were you doing when the quake struck?SALAS: It was just after noon, and my colleagues and I were in the living space of the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) clinic in Pheriche … As the realization set in of the events that were occurring, we ran outside to see nearly all of the buildings of the small village of Pheriche crumbling, at least partly. About a third were completely destroyed.In the midst of screams and dust clouds, we quickly circled the village after the earthquake vibrations had settled to see if there were any injured. Amazingly, the only injury was one small head laceration. If this disaster had occurred at night, I fear the injury rate would have been much higher. The village came together, as everyone comforted one another and assisted those who had completely lost their houses. Some even began rebuilding their stone walls after the initial waves of aftershocks.GAZETTE: What did you experience or think at the time?SALAS: Due to the severity of the damage and the strength of the earthquake we had experienced, we were very concerned that the gravity of the event as a whole was severe. This was my first experience with an earthquake, and the severity of the earth’s movement was astounding. I felt as if I was on a boat at sea. [Our] immediate thoughts and concerns were for the status of the families of the Nepali workers here and to our HRA colleagues in Everest Base Camp and Manang.Unfortunately, we had few means to gain credible information. We had been without Internet contact for the few preceding days and this remained inoperable. We attempted to reach Everest Base Camp with the radio system we had in place but were also unsuccessful. Through conversations my Nepali friends had with family and the HRA headquarters in Kathmandu, we learned that it had affected the city but had no understanding of the severity. We then began to assess the damage to the clinic, which had thankfully affected only a portion of the living quarters and left the patient treatment area unaffected.The numerous aftershocks we experienced caused the villagers to remain outside for a good portion of the day. Unfortunately, it was snowing with moderate winds, which made this situation more difficult.GAZETTE: What have you been doing since?SALAS: This is exactly the type of situation that my emergency medicine and wilderness medicine training prepared me [for]. The first patients from Everest Base Camp were two climbing Sherpas who arrived about nine hours after the earthquake, as they had immediately descended via foot and by horse.We saw and treated them — one moderately injured who was admitted overnight and one minor who was treated and released. We began to understand the gravity of what had occurred at EBC [Everett Base Camp] as they recounted their experiences. We initially remained awake, believing that more would be arriving late that evening, but soon retreated to the sunroom (a building across from the clinic) to sleep, given the continued aftershocks.We were awakened the next morning a little before 6 a.m. to the sounds of helicopter traffic heading up the valley. We received word that they would be evacuating the critically ill and wounded from EBC to our facility and quickly began preparing for the possibility of significant patient volume.Our clinic has two inpatient beds, one consult room bed, and another extra bed in our research room. Our physician staff includes myself, Andrew Nyberg from the U.S., and Katie Williams from the U.K. Meg Walmsley from Australia, one of the Everest E.R. physicians, descended via helicopter that morning to assist with the large patient influx. Gobi Bashyal, our clinic manager, leapt into action and began making the necessary phone calls to the surrounding areas and country officials to obtain the necessary manpower and helicopters, while Thaneshwar Bhandari, our assistant manager, began assisting us with preparations.We quickly mobilized the sunroom into a patient facility, and the owner of the Panorama Lodge next door, whose lodge was one of only two that had been unaffected by the quake, graciously donated his dining room. We received approximately 10 critically ill patients first and placed them in the clinic and sunroom — many on makeshift beds placed on the floor. There was a mix of Nepalis and international patients from around the world. Approximately 20 to 30 more suffered major injuries and were unable to ambulate. In total, we saw and evacuated an estimated 73 patients, including many “walking wounded.”We utilized disaster training and placed large white stickers on patients with their names, injuries, vital signs, and medication administration times. Our resources here included intravenous fluids, medications, and an ultrasound. However, we are a remote post without access to blood products or the ability to perform sub-specialty procedures that many patients required. Luckily the weather cleared, and we were able to arrange further evacuation down to Lukla to the hospital there, which had increased resources. Numerous helicopters, including an MI-17 which could hold 16 to 18 patients, made numerous trips, as all patients were evacuated over a five-hour time period.The local and international community here in the region came together in a way unlike anything I have experienced. Locals from the village and neighboring town of Dingboche assisted with patient transportation, arranging supplies, and giving patients and volunteers tea and food. International trekkers with non-medical backgrounds who were in the region assisted selflessly with patient transport and donated first aid supplies and materials. We had numerous international physicians, nurses, and EMTs who spontaneously arrived and quickly set to work seeing patients, checking vital signs, and administrating medications. When the last patient was evacuated, the nearly 100 to 200 people who had assisted all cheered and hugged one another for the amazing team effort … and then people dispersed back to their villages, while many international trekkers continued their descent to lower villages.We have remained open and continue to see locals and trekkers until our job here is done. This will likely be until Everest Base Camp is cleared and then we will convene with our Everest E.R. friends and colleagues and determine the next best course of action. We have shared stories with those descending from Everest Base Camp about their experiences on that fateful day and tried to assist individuals as they try to learn about friends and loved ones. It has still been a very surreal situation that hasn’t truly hit home yet. There have been continued aftershocks that have served as jarring reminders that the danger is still ongoing. Helicopter traffic has been constant between EBC and Pheriche, as climbers from Camps I/II and EBC are being evacuated as well as the bodies of the deceased.GAZETTE: What do you think is important for the Harvard community to know now about the situation there?SALAS: Until we had access to Internet yesterday evening, we have been in a vacuum with limited knowledge of the gravity of the situation within the remainder of this amazing country that has become our home for the past two months.This is a country full of loving people, and the innately welcoming culture has created a collaborative and selfless post-disaster environment here in the Khumbu Valley. However, this a country with very limited resources. We had spent the first week of March in Kathmandu for orientation before our acclimatization trek here, so I know parts of the city well.The situation in Kathmandu sounds grave, as medical facilities have been quickly overwhelmed, and they have struggled to take care of patients in buildings in the continued wake of aftershocks. The situation in the more remote outlying villages is also unknown. As food and water resources dwindle and the lack of sanitation grows, the risk of epidemics is high, which will turn an already dire situation into a nightmare.The country will require basic needs such as food/water and medical and infrastructure personnel and supplies. Any assistance, depending on your resources and abilities, would be greatly appreciated, including prayers. Similar to the Haiti earthquake aftermath, which I participated in, this will be a marathon and not a sprint, as further pitfalls lie ahead as we attempt to rebuild this country.last_img read more

Winter storm to strike area

first_imgThe City of South Bend is preparing for the winter storm expected Tuesday and Wednesday and anticipates issuing a Snow Emergency in the next two days, according to a Monday media advisory. One to two inches of snow could accumulate during the day Tuesday in St. Joseph County, with an additional 11 to 12 inches Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. “In anticipation of the next round of heavy snow and ice, the city’s Snow-Control Team met this morning with Police, Fire and South Bend Community School Corporation to finalize, in advance, strategies to deal with the winter storm expected over the next few days,” the City’s media advisory stated. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Notre Dame makes daily weatherrelated closure decisions around 5 a.m. South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke asked all South Bend residents to plan ahead, exercise caution while driving, clear sidewalks as quickly as possible and avoid driving on all main thoroughfares once snow begins so plows can remove snow as quickly as possible. The city will likely declare a snow clearance condition Tuesday, according to a press release. Parking is prohibited on designated snow routes during snow clearance conditions on snow routes marked with signs. “Hopefully not, but if it materializes as bad as predicted, Wednesday may be the full declaration of snow emergency where we not only don’t want people to park on snow routes — we don’t want them to drive either,” said Mikki Dobski, director of communications and special projects for the City of South Bend.last_img read more