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.
Amber Miller has been named the 22nd dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Provost Michael Quick announced in a memorandum issued Wednesday.Miller, who has served as the dean of science at Columbia University since 2011, will also hold the Anna Bing Dean’s Chair. She succeeds Steve Kay, who served as dean of Dornsife from 2012 to 2015 before leaving to become president of the Scripps Research Institute. Former Vice Dean of Dornsife Dani Byrd has served as interim dean since Dec. 1.Miller was one of three candidates selected as finalists by a 12-member advisory search committee led by Quick and Dean Avishai Sadan of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.“After an extensive national search for a new dean to carry on the school’s legacy of excellence, we found Professor Miller to be highly qualified to lead Dornsife College as it continues to advance its already-outstanding scholarship and influence,” Quick said in his memorandum.The other two candidates for dean were Christopher Celenza, vice dean for humanities and social sciences at Johns Hopkins University, and Ray Jayawardhana, dean of science and a professor of physics and astronomy at York University in Canada. Both Celenza and Jayawardhana spoke on campus about their qualifications and vision for the school this past April.Miller, who has also worked as a professor of physics, received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She has been on staff at Columbia since 2002, served as the chief science advisor to the New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau for two years and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.“Please join President Nikias and me in warmly congratulating Professor Miller on her appointment and in welcoming her, her husband Jonathan T. D. Neil and their daughter Brienne, to the Trojan Family,” Quick said. “We all look forward to their arrival this summer.” read more
Can’t get enough NHL rumors? Lyle Richardson’s Rumor Roundup column serves as a one-stop guide to the latest rumblings around the league.Sabres GM facing a busy offseasonAfter several years of fitful rebuilding, the Buffalo Sabres got off to a promising start this season. They sat atop the Atlantic Division by late November and seemed well on their way to reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2010-11. There’s speculation Lamoriello could pursue a big-ticket free agent like Columbus’ Artemi Panarin. The Athletic’s Arthur Staple, however, feels the Islanders remain a difficult sell to free-agent talent.Staple thinks Lamoriello could be forced to go the trade route. With young defensemen such as Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech and Devon Toews seeing more playing time, he wonders if veteran blueliner Nick Leddy might become expendable.Once the leader among Isles defensemen in points and ice time, Leddy has seen those numbers decline this season. Staple proposed the Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs or Winnipeg Jets as possible trade partners. But it was not to be. A porous defense plus the lack of secondary scoring coupled with no established starting goaltender sent the Sabres tumbling down the standings and out of postseason contention.With yet another disappointing season on the books, there’s an expectation general manager Jason Botterill will be busy this summer tinkering with his roster. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports he’ll be under pressure to do whatever’s necessary to turn things around.Topping his “to-do” list is re-signing Jeff Skinner. The 26-year-old left wing, acquired last summer from Carolina, quickly established tremendous chemistry with center Jack Eichel. Having tied his career-high of 37 goals, he should reach 40 by season’s end.However, Skinner is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and, as per Cap Friendly, he’s completing a six-year contract. His performance this season ensures he’ll get top dollar this summer. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted the lack of an extension for Skinner, suggesting the longer he goes unsigned, the more folks could wonder if a deal will get done.Friedman also added he’s heard term might be an issue. Meanwhile, McKenzie believes the Skinner camp will seek a long-term deal worth over $9 million per season, while the Sabres might be more comfortable with something in the $8 million range.The Buffalo News’ Lance Lysowski expects Botterill will get Skinner re-signed but doesn’t see him making any big splashes in this summer’s free-agent pool. Instead, he thinks the Sabres GM could attempt to shop some assets, including a few prospects, for immediate roster help.NHL mock draft 2019: Senators, Rangers, Ducks gain stock in post-trade deadline editionLysowski didn’t rule out the possibility of Botterill drawing upon his blueline depth for trade bait. He noted Rasmus Ristolainen has surfaced this season in the rumor mill. Given his age (24), upside and reasonable $5.4-million salary-cap hit through 2021-22, Ristolainen could fetch an attractive return.Moving Ristolainen, however, might not be the best course of action. The Sabres’ blueline depth drops sharply beyond Ristolainen, rookie Rasmus Dahlin and recently acquired Brandon Montour. Veterans Zach Bogosian and Marco Scandella are under contract for next season but both have long injury histories.Unless Ristolainen has grown weary of the constant losing and seeks a change of scenery, it would be best to hang onto him. He could prove to be a crucial part of the Sabres’ defense next season.Golden Knights could shed salary this summerThe Vegas Golden Knights pulled off the biggest move at the trade deadline by acquiring right wing Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators. They subsequently re-signed Stone to an eight-year, $76 million extension.With Stone under contract, the Golden Knights have over $82 million invested in 17 players for 2019-20. They’ll get some cap relief by placing all-but-retired winger David Clarkson on long-term injury reserve at the start of next season. Nevertheless, GM George McPhee must shed some salary to make room for other moves. goin’ hard near the paint 🎨 pic.twitter.com/MCweYGwEkK— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 18, 2019A new contract for center William Karlsson will be a priority. He’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights following the completion of his one-year, $5.25 million deal.The Athletic’s Jesse Granger speculates McPhee could attempt to move a forward like Cody Eakin or Ryan Reaves. Both are depth forwards with a year remaining on their respective deals. Eakin’s contract is carrying a $3.85 million annual average value and Reaves a $2.775 million AAV.Granger also suggested shopping Colin Miller. The 26-year-old rearguard is signed through 2021-22 with a $3.875 million cap hit. He tallied 40 points in 2017-18 and could reach 30 this season, perhaps making him enticing to teams seeking an affordable right-side defenseman.Will the Islanders shop Leddy?The New York Islanders improvement this season has some observers wondering what GM Lou Lamoriello might do this summer to bolster his roster for next year.TSN’s Pierre LeBrun pointed out the Isles have the fourth-most salary-cap space for 2019-20. With over $47.7 million tied up in 16 players, Lamoriello would have plenty of room to make some big additions if ownership is willing to spend toward the projected $83 million ceiling. read more