By Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo December 18, 2020 The Brazilian Armed Forces provided medical care to some 37,000 indigenous people in the state of Maranhão, which the Amazon Forest covers for the most part. The mission, known as Operation Maranhão, took place in three phases, between September and November, bringing together 24 service members in each phase — 12 doctors, three nurses, six nursing assistants, and three veterinarians.To support the three phases of the mission, the Ministry of Health sent more than 92,000 medical supplies to Maranhão. (Photo: Brazilian Ministry of Defense)In addition to medical care, service members provided dental services, rapid tests to diagnose COVID-19, and delivered protective equipment against the disease and medication for treatments. Veterinarians also cared for pets belonging to the indigenous population. Operation Maranhão was part of Operation COVID-19, which the Ministry of Defense launched to fight the pandemic.The operation, according to Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) General (ret.) Manoel Luiz Narvaz Pafiadache, secretary of Personnel, Education, Health, and Sports for the Ministry of Defense, followed all health protocol and respected the indigenous culture. “It’s very rewarding to complete an operation that includes many air resources and many people to assist. We can say that we were successful in the mission, in Operation Maranhão,” said Gen. Pafiadache.According to the Ministry of Defense, the third and final phase of Operation Maranhão was the 14th indigenous mission of 2020, helping more than 100,000 indigenous people.Service members distributed a total of 1.5 tons of supplies in each phase of Operation Maranhão to combat COVID-19. The Ministry of Health sent more than 92,000 medical supplies to Maranhão to support the three phases of the mission.Some 37,000 indigenous people received medical services and equipment to protect against COVID-19, as well as medications to treat the disease. (Photo: Brazilian Ministry of Defense)Animal careOperation Maranhão was the first to include EB veterinarians, who assessed the sanitary conditions of the villages, and worked to prevent and control zoonoses such as rabies, leishmaniasis, worms, and other diseases transmitted from pets to locals. In total, 130 veterinarian consultations were provided.“It was a transformative experience. Brazil, with its large continental area, represents a reality that many talk about but few understand or fight for. The opportunity to help the indigenous people and gain field experience was invaluable,” said First Lieutenant Francisco Caetano Rosa Neto, a doctor at Brasília Naval Hospital.First Lieutenant Ezir Araújo Lima Neto, a doctor at Recife Aeronautics Hospital, shared the same opinion. The recognition and gratitude of the indigenous people had a great impact on him, as he did not know the Amazon region before and never had such close contact with the indigenous people.
AFGHANISTAN’s spinners shared eight wickets in Harare as Asghar Stanikzai’s men beat Zimbabwe by 54 runs to move 2-0 up in their five-match one-day international series.The tourists, who prevailed by 12 runs in a rain-affected opener, posted 238-9 yesterday, thanks largely to handy innings from Mohammad Shahzad (64), Rahmat Shah (53) and Najibullah Zadran (45).Mohammad Nabi also chipped in with a run-a-ball 33 for Afghanistan and the veteran all-rounder then picked up 3-38 to help dismiss Zimbabwe for 184.Fellow slow bowlers Rashid Khan (3-25) and Amir Hamza (2-40) also enjoyed success, with the other wickets falling to the medium pace of Gulbadin Naib (2-38).Zimbabwe were handily placed at 139-3 in the 32nd over following a half-century from Solomon Mire, but collapsed alarmingly thereafter and must now avoid defeat in tomorrow’s third ODI to keep the series alive. read more
MORE DFS: Lineup Builder | StrategyThis leads to many players opting to go less-than-driver off tee in an attempt to avoid the many issues that PGA National presents. While keeping it in the fairway is essential here, it is equally as important to be placing your approaches on the green to avoid the sticky Bermuda rough that lurks just off the greens. There perhaps isn’t another non-major event where overall ball striking is more important than this week at PGA National. The wind is also going to play a huge factor, as the average wind at this event typically stays above 15 mph, so look for guys who are comfortable playing in windy conditions and are able to keep their ball flight low.In terms of winners at this event, we have seen a decent mix between the elite and longshots with top-end guys such as Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott winning the past three seasons and players such as Russell Henley, Michael Thompson, Rory Sabbatini, and Camilo Villegas all taking home the title in the few years prior. Scoring is going to be at a premium this week, and we will likely see the winning score hover around -10. The cut line will very likely be a few shots over par.Before we get into this week’s picks, we have to point out that plenty of strategy goes into cashing winning DFS lineups and winning betting tickets. By now you should know the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools and the BetQL Mobile App. Our easy-to-use RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer gives you a big advantage when you’re putting together DFS lineups, and our BetQL Trending Picks and Public Betting tools provide a massive edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size.I’m always ready to help, too, so check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.Key StatsBall StrikingDriving Accuracy Strokes Gained: Around the GreenStrokes Gained: Approach 150-175 yardsPar 4 ScoringHonda Classic picks (Daily Fantasy Golf)DFS Core Plays to Consider: Top End: Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Gary Woodland, Webb SimpsonMid-Range: J.T. Poston, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, CT Pan, Graeme McDowellValue Plays: Harold Varner, Jason Kokrak, Trey Mullinax, Brian Gay, Martin Trainer, Scot LangleyHonda Classic betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookBrooks Koepka 14/1At the top end, the best value has to be Koepka at 14/1, and he is who I’m going to take a stab at in the betting markets for my elite-player punt. Koepka has yet to really hit his stride in 2019, but you can’t tell me that he should have a higher number than Rickie Fowler (9/1) and the same number as Sergio Garcia (14/1) in this field. Koepka doesn’t have a great track record at this event with an MC in ’17, T26 in ’16, and T51 in ’15, but he is clearly a different kind of player than he was back then and I back him to rebound on the greens after having one of the worst putting weeks of his entire career last week at WGC-Mexico.Webb Simpson 20/1PGA National is a great layout for a pure ball striker such as Simpson, and he provides some nice value in both the outright winner and top-10 market at his 20/1 number. Simpson has hung around the top of the leaderboard here last season en route to a T5 finish. Elite accuracy and greatly improved putting stats in Bermuda greens set up Simpson for a run at his first PGA Tour title since last season’s Players Championship — an event that shares many similarities to what we’ll see this week. Harold Varner 100/1I’m not loving a lot in the 25/1-80/1 range, so for the value I like the idea of dropping down into the the 100/1-and-over range. Starting out we’ll go with Varner, who has really picked up his consistency this season. This is the type of event/field at which I could see him nabbing his first career victory. Varner’s results at this event aren’t anything to write home event, but he has made his last two cuts here after a missed cut in 2016. The West Coast swing of the PGA Tour season is over and we are on to Florida for The Honda Classic played at PGA National’s Champions Course. PGA National is known for its incredibly difficult back-nine three-hole stretch known as “The Bear Trap”. Get used to those words, as you will being hearing plenty about it during the TV broadcasts — and if you’re betting on the tournament or playing in a daily fantasy golf contests, chances are you’ll be watching. The majority of the events over the past few months have favored long hitters off the tee, but PGA National is a distinct departure from that style of play. Not only is the Bermuda rough at PGA National by far the most brutal we have seen thus far, but there is also water in play on all but two holes. Patton Kizzire 125/1My favorite punt in the 100/1-and-over range is Kizzire, who is an excellent course fit for PGA National. Kizzire has career wins at Waialae CC and Sea Island, two other short coastal layouts where the wind can get blowing. His best career showing here is a T26, but he enters this week in decent form with four pop-27 finishes in his past six starts.Other Bets to Consider: Cameron Smith (25/1, +250 T10 EW), Alex Noren (33/1, +350 T10 EW), Chesson Hadley (+1100 T10), Anirban Lahiri (+1600 T10), Joaquin Niemann (150/1) read more