By Steven McLoud / Diálogo September 24, 2019 Estanda was just one of 6,000 patients seen during USNS Comfort’s mission to Trinidad and Tobago, September 3-12. The ship is comprised of medical professionals from the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy, alongside participants from eight partner nations and nongovernmental organizations. Surgeons also performed more than 115 operations aboard the ship.The Comfort is currently on a five-month deployment to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of humanitarian and partner-building efforts as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.Comfort is working with health and government partners to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants.Three months ago, Estanda was a sergeant in the Venezuelan army. He left the military and fled the country with his wife and daughter when he was unable to sustain his family with his meager salary. With food and resources becoming scarce, they decided to make the short sea crossing to Trinidad, which is only 7 miles from the northernmost point of Venezuela.According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the government of Trinidad and Tobago, there are an estimated 40,000 Venezuelans currently in the country.Estanda went to the medical site of Point Fortin on September 7, where doctors screened him and selected him for surgery aboard the ship the next day, where they were able to operate successfully on his elbow.“I can’t tell you how thankful I am that the doctors here were able to fix me,” said Estanda as he choked back tears. “I know the doctors said it will take some time for my arm to heal, but I need to find another job soon. My family needs to eat.”“When we’re at these sites, we try to see as many people as we can”, says Dr. Patrick Rooney, a U.S. army veteran and dentist with the University of California San Diego Pre-Dental Society. “We see them waiting for us and we realize the difference we can possibly make in their lives by helping them.”This is the third year Dr. Rooney has been working with USNS Comfort and he has been with the mission since the ship’s first stop in Ecuador on June 26. He will be with the ship through its last mission in November, when it departs from Haiti.“The smile on their face… that means the world to me. You know you’ve done a good job when you see that smile”, said Dr. Rooney. U.S. Navy Captain Gabriel Lee, a pediatrician assigned to U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort performs a checkup on an infant Venezuelan migrant at a temporary medical treatment site in La Brea, Trinidad. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Bobby J Siens)
Some rare family photos and a collection of Truman Capote’s letters to his favorite aunt in Alabama – on topics ranging from Harper Lee to Tallulah Bankhead to his longing for down-home butter beans – are going on permanent display in the state’s literary capital, Monroeville, where the writer spent some of his boyhood. The collection, while apparently containing no riveting new material on his life and times, is a coup for the town that was spun into memorable works by Capote and Lee, his childhood friend and neighbor. It was assembled by Capote’s cousin, Jennings Faulk Carter, who donated it to the Monroe County Heritage Museums for an exhibit that opens April 27 in Monroeville’s Old Courthouse on town square. Carter said there has been a “lot of static” in his family about turning over the family memorabilia, but he said he’s making it public so people will learn more about his famous cousin. Capote, who died in Los Angeles at age 59 in 1984, wrote the best seller “In Cold Blood.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sky-watchers across Donegal could be in for a rare treat tonight!A previous ‘super moon’ over Donegal.The shadow of Earth will cast a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year.But you’ll have to stay up late as the best time to catch it is at 3.47am in the early hours of Monday morning. The total “supermoon” lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon”, is one that appears bigger and brighter than usual as it reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth.If skies are clear, the phenomenon will be visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.Astronomy Ireland says the eclipse will last for several hours, centred around 3.47am.It has been more than 30 years since a supermoon combined with a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. The next total lunar eclipse will not be until 2018 while the next supermoon-lunar eclipse combination will not happen until 2033.SKY-WATCHERS HOPING FOR CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT TO SEE RARE ECLIPSE was last modified: September 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalsky-watchersSuper moon