November 14, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today American Hospital Ship to Support Philippines American Hospital Ship to Support Philippines Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, directed the activation of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Nov. 13 to be ready to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.Berthed in San Diego, USNS Mercy has been in a reduced operating status, which is normal for a hospital ship. Harris’ activation order accelerates Mercy’s ability to attain full operating status to include moving necessary personnel and equipment to the ship.If ordered to deploy, Mercy would get underway in the next several days and could arrive in the Philippines sometime in December, joining other U.S. Pacific Fleet units already supporting Operation Damayan.On Nov. 11 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and her escort ships to depart early from a liberty port in Hong Kong and make best possible speed for the Philippines. George Washington, USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USNS Yukon (T-AO-202) will arrive off the coast of the Philippines the evening of Nov. 14 local time.U.S. Pacific Fleet ships already operating in the Western Pacific were also immediately diverted. USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), and USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) are now on station and coordinating with the Philippine government. The U.S. Navy also has P-3 maritime aircraft already supporting the disaster relief effort led by the Government of the Philippines.The amphibious ships USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Germantown (LSD 42) are departing Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 14 local time. After picking up Marines, equipment and relief supplies in Okinawa, the two ships will arrive at the Philippines in approximately one week. USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) are also heading to the Philippines.This collection of ships and their complement of aircraft, to include much-needed helicopters, will provide food and water, the capability to move relief supplies to isolated areas, and to help move the badly injured for medical care.The U.S. Navy persistently trains with numerous Pacific nations and military units, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to prepare for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. In 2012, Mercy participated in the annual Pacific Partnership mission, which included working with Philippine authorities in the vicinity of Tacloban, the area hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Because of the long-standing partnership between the two nations, the U.S., working through the Philippine government, is able to rapidly respond with critically needed capabilities and supplies in times of crisis.The role of U.S. military forces during any foreign humanitarian assistance event is to rapidly respond to host nations’ requests for support to help mitigate human suffering, prevent further loss of life and mitigate property damage. The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps team has a particularly successful history of working with international relief organizations and host nations to respond to natural disasters.Operation Damayan is part of the broader U.S. Government effort to support the Government of the Philippines’s request for humanitarian assistance. This joint team effort includes coordination by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, in constant consultation with Philippine authorities. To date, Philippine and U.S. personnel have transported more than 107,000 pounds of relief supplies.[mappress]Press Release, November 14, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article
Read Full Story Robert Satcher Jr., an alumnus of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology and a NASA astronaut, will be this year’s Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class Day keynote speaker on May 28.Harvard Commencement and HMS Class Day ceremonies will be held virtually this year to ensure the health and safety of the university and Quad communities during the coronavirus pandemic.“We are committed to making [the ceremonies] special and memorable for our graduates and their loved ones,” said HMS Dean George Q. Daley.“Dr. Satcher is a dynamic role model to so many of us and embodies exactly what leadership is all about,” said Fidencio Saldaña, HMS dean for students. “We know that students, faculty and staff alike will be proud, encouraged, uplifted and inspired by hearing from Dr. Satcher, while his words will help send the graduates into the world of medicine with strength and poise for the challenges ahead.”Satcher M.D. ’94, the first orthopedic surgeon to travel in space, journeyed to the International Space Station on space shuttle Atlantis, took two space walks, repaired ISS equipment and served as the crew’s medical doctor during an 11-day mission in 2009.“This year’s graduation is notable because it is the first to be held virtually and because the future is more uncertain than most are accustomed to,” said Satcher. “There has never been a more obvious need for our profession. Not only in caring for those afflicted from coronavirus but also in providing leadership in how to best strategize to manage health care as we move forward.”Satcher is now an associate professor of orthopaedic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, specializing in the treatment of skeletal metastatic disease, soft tissue sarcoma technology applications for improved surgical outcomes, teleoncology and intraoperative navigation. He is working on building a cancer center in sub-Saharan Africa.“Here in Boston is where I got my love of discovery and exploration,” he said last October at the School’s Spotlight on Medical Education event, adding that he struggled at first with whether he should even attend medical school.Fortunately, he said, “HST discovered me.” Following the Columbia shuttle disaster in 2003, Satcher said he decided to apply to the U.S. shuttle program and was surprised to get a call sometime later asking if he was still interested. He joined the NASA class of 2004.Born in Hampton, Virginia, Satcher graduated from high school in Denmark, South Carolina. He received a BS in chemical engineering in 1986 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1993 from MIT. He completed postdoctoral research fellowships at MIT and the University of California, Berkeley; an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Florida, Gainesville.He has served on the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Children’s Memorial Hospital. Satcher co-founded the eHealth Research Institute, which brings together physicians and academic and industry researchers to improve access to specialized health care using the latest in research and technology.
Having chosen against travelling back with the squad on the Magpies’ chartered flight due to high winds, Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Allan Saint-Maximin and Christian Atsu shared the journey back to Tyneside with some of the Toon Army. Footage has emerged online of some fans sidling up to the players and discussing how disappointed they were with the result. On-loan midfielder Bentaleb is seen replying in one clip as fans question the efforts of him and his team-mates. In another clip, a train attendant is seen asking two fans to leave with one muttering “disgrace” under his breath as he exits the first-class carriage. Newcastle have reportedly played down the flashpoint and pictures online show the players posing for photographs with fans on the train out of Kings Cross. As such, boss Steve Bruce has not taken any action and the four involved reported for training today as planned. Four Newcastle players were involved in a bust-up with fans on the train home from Sunday’s 4-0 loss at Arsenal. Instead the recriminations will focus on how the Toon turned a promising goalless scoreline at the break into a damaging defeat. Nicolas Pepe (centre) celebrates Arsenal’s second goal in a 4-0 win over Newcastle Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 54th minute goal at Emirates Stadium opened the floodgates before Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe completed the rout. The defeat means Newcastle, 13th and seven points clear of relegation, have won just once in the Premier League in two months.And fans were left divided when clips of the train altercation were posted online. Evan tweeted: “That bloke is in the wrong they are just trying to get home after a tough game shouldn’t confront them, that’s to be talked about in the training ground.” Read Also:Dubravka sends warning to Arsenal ahead of Premier League clash with Newcastle Another Toon supporter wrote: “Great way to sell the club to new players. Fans can be absolutely embarrassing at times.” Dan simply commented: “Embarrassing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World10 Largest Cities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True