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Brazilian Military Launches Massive Response to Tragic Nightclub Fire

first_imgBy Dialogo February 01, 2013 Hours after a fire roared through the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, on Jan. 27, killing 235 people, Brazilian Army and Military Police kicked off a massive humanitarian response to the tragedy. About 1,400 soldiers have been working in the city to contain fire-related damage and support emergency medical personnel in the wake of Brazil’s deadliest fire in half a century. The Brazilian Army said 377 military personnel had already been deployed in Santa Maria, which is located in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, about 320 kilometers east of Pôrto Alegre. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) mobilized another 1,000 soldiers, including 64 physicians and nurses and four psychologists, who offered counseling for the injured as well as victims’ families. This joint mission is part of a major humanitarian effort being carried out by the Military Brigade (local Military Police), Brazilian Federal Highway Police, State Highway Police and Military Firefighters Corps. The concentration of local military infrastructure — such as the 3rd Army Division and the Santa Maria Air Base, established in 1970 — has helped mobilize helicopters, aircraft, troops and medical supplies to assist the victims, said the Brazilian Ministry of Defense. The Air Force has been instrumental in transporting victims, physicians and supplies between Santa Maria and Pôrto Alegre, the state capital. Col. Jeferson Borges, coordinator of aerial operations in Santa Maria, said the Air Force has transformed an aircraft Amazonas C-105 — usually used to transport soldiers — into a high-technology Intensive Care Unit (ICU). “As far as I know, it is the biggest aerial ICU ever assembled in Brazil, with seven beds,” Borges told Agência Força Aérea (AFA), the Air Force news agency. “Each patient is assisted by one physician and two nurses. It means there are seven people being simultaneously assisted by 21 health care professionals.” Military among the many victims Just like the eight universities of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Air Base has long been part of daily life in this small city of 261,000 people. Some of the base’s soldiers were off-duty, inside the Kiss nightclub when the fire began. As a result, of the 235 confirmed fatalities, 13 were military; eight served in the Army and five were in the Air Force, according to Defense Ministry reports. Borges said the chaos that paralyzed the city also affected the air base. “Early Monday, while we were transporting seriously ill patients from Santa Maria to Pôrto Alegre, a wake was being held for one of the soldiers who died in the tragedy,” Borges told AFA. “The air base is completely integrated within Santa Maria. Our aircraft, which perform daily flights here, are part of the local culture. So it is impossible to distinguish between the Air Base and society.” Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim expressed his sorrow in a public statement. “At this moment of immense commotion and pain, in the face of the tragedy that killed more than 200 people in Santa Maria, I transmit, on behalf of the Ministry of Defense, solidarity with the relatives and friends of the victims, including soldiers of the Brazilian Army and Brazilian Air Force, as well as their dependents,” Amorim said. “On behalf of the Ministry of Defense, I express the firm will of the Armed Forces to continue supporting efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of this sad episode, which, I am sure, we all will overcome.” Humanitarian operation As of Jan. 29, the Brazilian Air Force was still providing humanitarian assistance to fire victims. In a public statement, it said the Air Force was flying down to Santa Maria a diverse medical team from the Galeão Air Force Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. That team includes a plastic surgeon specializing in the acute care of burn patients, a general surgeon, an intensive-care physician and a group of nurses specializing in burn treatment. In addition, the Air Force is flying a team from the Aeronautics Hospital in Canoas, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, made up of psychologists, physicians and nurses who will support the forensic team in Santa Maria. It’s also providing fire trucks, ambulances and medical services from the local Air Base Hospital in Santa Maria. Military aircraft involved in the massive response to the tragedy include C-130 Hercules, C-105 Amazonas and C-97 Brasília transport planes. Smaller aircraft including C-95 Bandeirante and C-98 Caravans, as well as five H-60 Black Hawk helicopters, will be made available to assist medical teams in Santa Maria — both in transporting doctors and other emergency responders, as well as survivors awaiting relocation to other support centers. Victims are being flown to Pôrto Alegre’s First Aid Hospital by Air Force helicopters, which land in Farroupilha Park, facilitating access to the hospital. In addition, C-99 Embraer 135 and 145 aircraft are used to ferry technicians and experts from the Ministry of National Integration from Brasília to Santa Maria. Military’s future role in response Over the next days, Brazilian military response to the tragedy will focus on expanding medical care capacity in Santa Maria and Pôrto Alegre. Brig. Marcelo Kanitz Damasceno, chief of the Brazilian Air Force’s Center for Social Communication, said a C-130 Hercules left Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão Air Base on Jan. 28, carrying medical supplies for Conceição Hospital in Porto Alegre. “The aircraft is loaded with 15 vital signs monitors, 10 respirators and two double monitor-breather systems,” Damasceno said. “In the afternoon, the Brazilian Air Force took more 15 patients from Santa Maria to Pôrto Alegre. Since last Sunday, 54 injured embarked aerial ICUs assembled in one C-105 Amazonas, one C-95 Bandeirante, one C-98 Caravan and two Black Hawk helicopters.” Meanwhile, four people have been arrested in connection with the blaze, which was apparently sparked by the indoor use of cheap fireworks meant for outdoor use only. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff immediately called for stricter safety rules across the country as Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. “I have the conviction that what happened in Santa Maria will be an example for all local authorities, prompting them to come up with an adequate response,” she said. A good example, that the other South American nations should follow In Argentina they are still discussing/judging the people responsible for the fire in the club Cromagnon, and under the same characteristics of the club Kiss, in Sta Maria, only that reading your article I realize that 1400 police and military troops were present to help the victims and relatives in that situation.last_img read more

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Angels blank Mariners behind solid work from Dylan Bundy, Jaime Barria

first_imgUP NEXT: The Angels are off on Thursday. On Friday, the Angels have a pair of split-squad games against the Kansas City Royals. Julio Teheran will pitch for the Angels in Tempe, and Jose Suarez will pitch in Surprise. The Royals pitchers are TBA. Both games start at noon PT. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Related Articles PreviousThe Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners play during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. 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(AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandTHE GAME: Dylan Bundy and Jaime Barria combined for 7-1/3 innings in the Angels’ 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in Tempe, Ariz. The Angels made the most of three hits to get the victory.PITCHING REPORT: Bundy worked 3-1/3 scoreless innings on 50 pitches, striking out four and walking none. The right-hander said he was scheduled for three innings, but because he’d thrown only 42 pitches, he got to start the fourth. “I felt good,” Bundy said. “I was able to get in all the pitches I needed to get in today. I was able to get that fourth up in the fourth inning, so that was a big step.” Bundy also allowed his first hit of the spring. So far, Bundy has pitched 7-1/3 innings without allowing a run. He has 11 strikeouts and one walk. … Barria pitched four innings, allowing two hits. The right-hander has not allowed a run in nine innings this spring.HITTING REPORT: Mike Trout was hit by pitches twice. Although one barely grazed him, the second hit him squarely in the left leg. Trout said he was “fine.” … Shohei Ohtani reached on an error and struck out. Ohtani is 1 for 10 with seven strikeouts this spring. Manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani’s timing is off. … Jason Castro drove in a run with a double. … Jose Rojas doubled off the right-field fence and then scored on Justin Upton’s single. … Andrelton Simmons drew a walk and stole two bases. He took third when Mariners third baseman Patrick Wisdom walked away from the bag and toward the mound, leaving the bag uncovered without calling time.DEFENSE REPORT: Catcher Max Stassi got behind the plate for the first time in a game this spring. Stassi had offseason hip surgery, so he started spring training behind the other catchers. He still could be ready for Opening Day. Stassi threw out a runner trying to steal third. … First baseman Rojas made a nice backhand stab of a grounder headed down the line. He got a force at second. 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Celtics legend Paul Pierce defends Al Horford’s decision to explore other opportunities in free agency

first_imgHorford, 33, is coming off a season in which he averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 53.5% from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range. He helped the Celtics to a 49-33 record, but they were eliminated from the playoffs early by the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Star Kyrie Irving will also be a free agent this summer and it’s been reported that his chances of re-singing with the Celtics are low. Al Horford has the support of at least one former Celtic as Paul Pierce defended Horford’s decision to explore other opportunities outside of Boston. “A lot of these guys when they get in their late 20’s or early 30’s and they know there’s light at the end of the tunnel, they try to maximize their dollars,” Pierce told MassLive.com. “So if there’s an opportunity for Al Horford to get more money, I’m sure that’s something you have to look into.” Horford initially declined his $30.1 million player option with the hopes of working out a new three-year deal with Boston in July, ESPN reported Tuesday.However, it was later reported that though the two sides discussed contract scenarios the gap was too large for the Celtics and Horford to reach an agreement. Instead, he wants to find a three- or four-year deal from a different team. “It’s something that I haven’t even stopped to think about,” Horford said about free agency last month (via MassLive.com). “I’ve enjoyed being here in Boston. Just have to wait and see what we’re going to do as a team. And it’s steps that the management is going to do moving forward and continue to get better.” Lakers free agency rumors: L.A. interested in adding Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan, Nikola Vucevic Pierce also explained that Horford may want to move on from Boston because the Celtics haven’t won a title during his three seasons with the team.”It might have been different if they won a championship with him here, but they didn’t win a championship and now he’s at the point where this is his last big contract,” Pierce said. “You gotta understand the player is always going to do what’s best for them and their family.” Related Newslast_img read more

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