US Navy Hospital Ship to Deploy to Colombia

first_imgBy Carla Babb/Voice of America August 20, 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Washington from Bogota, Colombia, Friday August 17th that he would likely be sending the USNS Comfort based at Norfolk, Virginia. Mattis said those he spoke with in Bogota were “embracing” and “enthusiastic” about the upcoming ship deployment, which he stressed was “absolutely a humanitarian mission.” “We’re not sending soldiers, we’re sending doctors,” Mattis said, without providing details on when the ship would set sail. Hospital ships are typically deployed to provide life-saving treatment and medical care and to relieve the pressure on national health systems. The U.S. defense secretary said he was given specific input, such as where best to deploy the ship, during talks Friday with his defense counterpart and newly inaugurated Colombian President Ivan Duque. “They (Colombian leadership) not only agreed in principle, they gave details of how we might best craft the cruise through the region,” Mattis said. Chile, Argentina and Brazil — the other stops on his South America tour — also provided input on the hospital ship deployment, according to Mattis. Aware of Venezuelan sensitivities, Mattis stressed the U.S. hospital ship would not go into Venezuela’s territorial waters. Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, told VOA the situation in Venezuela has led to a migration crisis of global proportions “that is on track to potentially parallel or surpass the numbers that (have been) coming out of the Middle East.” “If those migration numbers are not managed in an orderly, effective way, that has the potential to create greater instability in the countries to which migrants are going,” Marczak said. As of June, an estimated 2.3 million people had fled Venezuela, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, according to the United Nations. U.N. officials reported at that time that more than half of those who fled were “suffering from malnourishment.” The U.S. Navy has one other hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, which is based at San Diego, California. USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy usually deploy for humanitarian missions with a diverse group of doctors on board hailing from multiple countries. This article was first published on VOA News: read more

Vincent Bonsignore: Lakers answer opening day questions

first_imgQuestions, questions, questions.Everywhere you looked Tuesday at Staples Center there were questions confronting the Lakers.Maybe they found some answers Tuesday, maybe they didn’t.Maybe their stunning 116-103 win over the Clippers means something; maybe it means nothing at all. But it does make you raise your eyebrows, even just a little bit.How can you not when a young, explosive bench combines for 76 points and hustles its way to a 41-point fourth quarter while limiting the Clippers to 24?“They’ve been doing it. They showed it in preseason and exhibition games,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “They’ve been good. They’ve turned a gas on.”They did.Not that we paid any attention. But maybe we should have.Or to young, athletic forward Xavier Henry who hustled and slithered and shot his way to a career-high 22 points; or Jordan Farmar and his 16 points and six assists in relief of Steve Nash; or Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol combining for 25 points and 21 rebounds; and Jodie Meeks adding 13 points and Nick Young 13?All of them smiling and high-fiving and rushing to each other’s defense when the Clippers got a little too aggressive or were immediately nearby to extend a helping hand when a teammate went crashing to the floor.Amazing what can happen when guys actually like each other, right?Or when players embrace being here and willingly carry out their coaches’ orders and play for each other rather than against one another.When you have that going for you the possibilities are endless, even if only for one night.“Chemistry means a lot and they’re good guys and very coachable,” D’Antoni said. “They want to win and are doing everything right. When you do that, they have a chance. You don’t need one guy to be a star every night.”The Lakers might turn around and lose their next three games, but when the lights flashed on opening night Tuesday and their Staples Center neighbor Clippers looked contritely upon them, almost as if they felt sorry for them, they showed that chemistry, young legs, and a willingness to play collectively still goes a long way.“We’ve been together every day in the gym a month before training camp, playing with each other, working out with each other,” Henry said. “We know each other well. I love our attitude. Our attitude is the biggest thing we have going. We have guys who are ready to go get it. We’re hungry and we want to beat somebody up.”Questions? Yes.Too many to consider in this year of uncertainty.Too many that need positive answers to seriously consider a playoff spot.You would think, right?But dare we believe something much grander is possible after the fourth quarter explosion we saw Tuesday and the chemistry the Lakers showed?Dare we?Painfully, one of the primary answers was dressed in a purple sweatsuit in the locker room 90 minutes before the Lakers tipped off their new season against the Clippers — and still weeks, if not months, away from providing any help.And just as quickly as Kobe Bryant was spotted he disappeared, vanishing to the refuge of the Lakers’ players lounge as soon as reporters were allowed inside.And invisible he remained until a minute or so into the second quarter when he joined his teammates behind the Lakers’ bench, stylishly dressed in a custom-fitted black suit as he sat next to team doctor Steven Lombardo.It was a nice pick-me up for the Lakers, although it’s debatable what’s more tortuous.Not having a healthy Bryant as they take the first steps in a season rife with uncertainty, or not having Bryant and continually seeing him sitting there on the bench — knowing how different things would be with him on the court.Maybe out of sight and out of mind might be the ideal play here, at least on game nights.In any event, the Lakers will carry on without him for now, for whatever that is worth.And hope Gasol, no longer burdened by the ominous, angry presence of Dwight Howard or the Lakers need to appease him, reverts back to the All-Star player he once was and Nash stays healthy long enough to quarterback this thrown-together roster and Chris Kaman rebounds from two down seasons and the young legs of Young and Farmar and Henry and Wesley Johnson are spry enough to carry out D’Antoni’s run-at-all-costs mandate.If all that happens, and if Bryant eventually returns at or near the level he was before the injury, the Lakers just might have enough to scratch and claw their way to the necessary amount of wins to make the playoffs.“Without a doubt,” D’Antoni insisted.Before immediately qualifying his optimism, of course.“Again, with question marks,” he said. “If Steve is around. Is Pau an All-Star? Does Kaman come back will Nick Young find his footing.”And if none of that happens?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Karma is AB’: Batshuayi’s celebration at World Cup gets online giggles

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial READ: Belgium tops England, and Group G at World CupVideos of the second-half celebration were circulating online within minutes and were shared widely.Batshuayi quickly took ownership of his gaffe.Fortnite celebrations so overrated bro I had to create something new 🤕💥⚽️ … 😂😂😂 #KarmaIsAB— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) June 28, 2018ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Here is Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi with one of the greatest moments in the history of the World Cup.— Birmingham Updates (@BhamUpdates) June 28, 2018KALININGRAD, Russia— Michy Batshuayi’s celebration after Belgium’s goal at the World Cup has drawn plenty of laughs online.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Borussia Dortmund striker scooped up the ball after Adnan Januzaj scored Thursday in a 1-0 victory over England and kicked it hard — probably aiming for the net. Instead, it hit the post and rebounded onto his face.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Why am I so stupid bro,” he wrote on Twitter, along with a long line of emojis and some expletives.The Belgium forward even claimed to have invented a new goal celebration, moving on from popular dances derived from the Fortnite video game.“Fortnite celebrations so overrated bro I had to create something new,” he tweeted.Some on Twitter said it was the highlight of a game that drew boos from both sets of fans at halftime. Belgian sports website called it “more beautiful than Januzaj’s goal.”Januzaj, whose curling shot over Jordan Pickford sparked the celebration, said teammates told him about it later.“Obviously he was probably happy and at the end did a little mistake,” Januzaj said. “But that was the joy … that showed the passion the Belgian team has got here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mexico stuns United States in Fiba World Cup qualifying View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He did not appear to be injured, though his pride may have been hurt. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more