Peru Supports Chile in Fighting Fires

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo February 09, 2017 The National Forest Service of Chile reported on its website on January 30th that the fire burned more than 360,000 hectares in seven of Chile’s 15 regions, especially in Maule, Biobío, O’Higgins and La Araucanía. High temperatures and winds made the situation worse. The spread of the forest fires triggered an immediate international response. “Chile is experiencing one of the worst forest fires in its history,” President Michelle Bachelet tweeted. At the request of the Chilean government, the Peruvian Defense Ministry immediately made available to its southern neighbor a C130 Hercules and a Spartan C-27.These aircraft transported a Bell 212 Helicopter, a brigade of 48 forest-fire specialists from Peru’s National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI, per its Spanish acronym), as well as equipment and supplies. The Peruvian Air Force (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) delegation arrived at the Pudahuel Air Base in Santiago, Chile on January 27th. The Bell 212 helicopter of the FAP’s 3rd Air Group then traveled to Talca, where the Chilean Air Force (FACh, per its Spanish acronym) had set up a temporary air base. Since February 1st, FAP has been based in the town of Pencahue in the Maule region. Since the beginning of operations, Capitan Eriko Mauricio Jaramillo, commander of FAP and his Bell-212 crewmembers have provided support to the population, performing different tasks such as air medical evacuations, search-and-rescue operations, and reconnaissance flights in coordination with FACh. “We did flybys with Chilean firefighter personnel with the goal of evaluating the damage caused by the fires, which have done a lot of damage. The blaze has destroyed thousands of hectares,” Capt. Mauricio told Diálogo. “We have the necessary capabilities to carry out operations day and night. We are ready to fly 24 hours a day if the Chilean authorities request that we do so,” he said proudly. FAP conducts permanent military operation flights in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley in Peru in support of the region’s social and economic development. It also offers permanent air support to the Civil Defense System. “It is not the same thing to operate in territory we know, like Peru, than operating in another country. However, the constant training and the combined joint exercises at the national and international level allow us to operate securely and effectively, in this case, with our brothers and sisters to the south,” Capt. Mauricio stressed. For this international aid mission, Peru also sent “a forest fire technical assistance group, which joined in the efforts of the Chilean emergency teams to combat the intense fire,” José Carlos Nieto, director of the Peruvian National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP, per its Spanish acronym) told Diálogo. “Thanks to the increase in our [firefighting] capacity, Chile was able to extinguish fires in several places, and there is no risk of them flaring back up,” Nieto remarked. The Peruvian technical assistance group comprises firefighters from SERNANP, the Ministry of Culture, and INDECI. The majority of firefighters are from the Cusco region. Fifteen of them are certified as instructors by Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development. Other countries are joining forces to help Chile deal with the emergency. The Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that six foreign aircraft and more than 600 firefighters and experts from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the United States, Mexico, Panama, and Peru are collaborating with more than 9,000 Chilean Armed Forces members. General Jorge Robles Mella, commander in chief of FACh, and Chilean Defense Minister José Antonio Gómez Urrutia met with members of the FAP in the town of Pencahue to thank them for their help. In a February 2nd press release, President Bachelet expressed her appreciation to the countries that helped in solidarity, for their provision of aircraft and firefighters. “The cooperation of the air forces has been outstanding in fighting the forest fires,” Capt. Mauricio said. “The Peruvian Air Force has all the necessary equipment and capacities to battle the fire.” Peru has a long history of helping countries around the world hit by natural disasters. In February 2010, FAP sent Chile a Boeing 737-200 and aid for victims of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake which shook several regions of the country. After a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador in April 2016, FAP sent aid by means of Hercules and Spartan aircraft from the 8th Air Group. The Peruvian government also sent its largest naval logistics support unit and three military helicopters assigned to the country’s most isolated areas. “Chile will always be able to count on Peru’s help. The Peruvian Armed Forces will always be ready to help when a country needs it. We will be in Chile as long as necessary,” Capt. Mauricio said. “International support is reciprocal,” Nieto concluded. According to the Chilean National Forest Service, of the 148 fires reported before February 2nd, 64 are under control, nine were extinguished, and 75 remain active.last_img read more

Some Broome County residents are receiving masks, random packages from China

first_imgOne Southern Tier resident posted to Facebook Monday night saying they received a package of masks from a Chinese company. Dawn Proctor, an Endicott resident, says she received a package of socks from China that was address to her but it was sent to her job. BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Some Broome County residents have received mail from China that they didn’t order. “No invoice attached,” Proctor said. “No note attached. The socks looked like they were used. We all kind of laughed about it. Thought it was odd and threw them away.” center_img In the comments, other people chimed in saying they also received masks or other items like socks or jewelry in the mail addressed from China. We reach out to the Broome County Sheriff’s office about these complaints. They say they haven’t gotten any reports.last_img read more

Northstar IMCA Mod Tour set for Aug. 10-12

first_imgPRINCETON, Minn. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berths each night of the Aug. 10-12 Northstar IMCA Mod Tour.Both the Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are at Princeton Speedway on Friday, Aug. 10 and at North Central Speedway in Brainerd on Saturday, Aug. 11.On Saturday, Aug. 12, Modifieds are at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, N.D. while the Northern SportMods are at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon.Modified features pay a minimum of $100 to start. Top prize for the Northern SportMods each night is $600 with $70 paid to start.Point funds are in place for both divisions with $1,000 going to the top drivers in the standings. Out-Pace Racing Products gives $100 hard charger awards each night.There are no entry fees and all events are draw/redraw. Pre-registration is encouraged.More information is available on the Northstar IMCA Mod Tour page on Facebook, or by emailing [email protected] starts at 7 p.m. Friday, at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Larry Elder

first_imgLarry Elder, 81, of Dillsboro passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Larry was born Tuesday, August 17, 1937 in Ohio County, the son of William and Maude (Holbert) Elder.  He married ViVian Thayer October 17, 1958 and she survives.  Larry was the owner/operator of Elder service and garage for 60 years and was an auto mechanic.  He worked at I & M, was a Dillsboro firefighter for 18 years and a member of the Civic Club.  He liked to fly his own planes, enjoyed playing horseshoes, skiing, roller skating and riding motorcycles.  He loved his family dearly, especially his grandchildren.Larry is survived by wife ViVian; sons: Keith (Renee) Elder of Rising Sun, Kevin (Denise) Elder of Dillsboro and Kendal (Jeremy) Elder of Indian Springs, CA; daughter Kelly (Steve) Kelly of Aurora; brothers Vernon and William Elder Jr.; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 5 sisters.Family and friends may gather to celebrate and remember him Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 1 – 5 PM at the Dillsboro Civic Center, 9824 Central Ave., Dillsboro, IN 47018.  Memorials may be given in honor of Larry to Ripley Crossing Activity Fund or Dillsboro Fire Department.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

This strange marine creature has an immune system remarkably similar to ours

first_img By Mitch LeslieDec. 5, 2018 , 1:00 PM Christophe Courteau/Minden Pictures This strange marine creature has an immune system remarkably similar to ours Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email The golden star tunicate may look like a flower, but this marine invertebrate is a brawler, attacking its tunicate neighbors in melees that feature ferocious cell-to-cell combat. Now, scientists have discovered that the immune system of this pugnacious animal shows some unexpected similarities to our own. The finding could help uncover new approaches for preventing rejection of transplanted organs or treating cancer.“It’s pretty exciting,” says comparative immunologist Larry Dishaw of the University of South Florida College of Medicine in St. Petersburg, who wasn’t connected to the research. “They’ve laid out a nice, convincing story here.”Tunicates are the closest living relatives of vertebrates—the group that includes humans, sharks, mice, and turtles—but the two evolutionary lines separated about 500 million years ago. The 3-millimeter-long, tube-shaped animals cluster in colonies on rocks and other hard underwater surfaces, fanning out like petals. When one growing colony contacts another, they have to decide “are they going to fight or are they going to fuse,” says study co-author Benyamin Rosental, a cellular immunologist now at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel.center_img These golden star tunicates use their immune cells to fight each other. 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Country Unless both colonies carry the same version of a particular protein, they fight. Cells from the two colonies attack and destroy one another in battles akin to what happens when the human immune system rejects a transplanted organ.To probe how the golden star tunicate’s immune system works, a team led by Rosental and bioinformatician Mark Kowarsky of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, isolated 34 types of cells from the animal. They found some cells switched on the same genes that are active in our hematopoietic stem cells, the blood-forming cells that spawn all the cells of our immune system. Like vertebrate hematopoietic stem cells, the tunicate versions can divide and specialize into different cell types, the scientists determined.The researchers identified other parallels between the tunicate and vertebrate immune systems. Cells such as macrophages that devour invaders are a key part of vertebrate defenses. The animals harbored three kinds of these protectors. One type had never been detected before in the tunicates, and it shared a similar gene activity pattern with macrophages.Another way in which the tunicates’ immune system mirrors the vertebrate version involves cells that are specialized to kill other cells. In our bodies, these assassins include natural killer cells, which target tumor cells or cells infected by viruses. As the scientists report online today in Nature, tunicates also deploy such cell executioners. When the researchers staged fights in the lab dish between cells from different tunicates, they found that the bodies piled up. Analyzing the genes that are active in these killer cells may help researchers pin down the crucial genes that spur organ rejection, Rosental says, and could suggest new ways to eliminate cancer cells.The body of a tunicate seems simple, Dishaw says, but the new study shows “this simple system has incredible complexity” in its immune system. The overlap with humans indicates some features of the vertebrate immune system originated in our invertebrate ancestors. Rosental and colleagues are now studying other invertebrates such as sea urchins to determine how much further back in evolutionary history these features extend.last_img read more