first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Guatemala November 24, 2020 The United States provided humanitarian assistance to Guatemala in the aftermath of tropical storm Eta, serving approximately 310,000 Guatemalans in 25 communities affected by Tropical Storm Eta in nine departments (Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, Jutiapa, El Progreso, and Santa Rosa). The assistance included 23 rescues, 39 evacuations, more than $363,000 in direct humanitarian aid as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds in food, water, and critical supplies (e.g., protective gear and hygiene kits). This aid was delivered by more than 59 flights by U.S. and Guatemalan helicopters to remote and isolated communities.Below are details of the assistance provided by the U.S. government:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) donated 2,000 pairs of gloves, 2,000 disposable medical gowns, 1,000 protective glasses, 2,850 surgical masks, 1,000 face shields, 350 waterproof aprons, and coordinated the donation of 120 gallons of alcohol gel/hand sanitizer from the University del Valle de Guatemala. CDC also translated and distributed guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation in emergency shelters.United States Agency for International Development The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invested over $363,000 in humanitarian assistance, including food rations, shelters, first aid kits, utensils, and hygiene kits, for affected communities.Department of DefenseThe U.S. Department of Defense sent two helicopters from Joint Task Force Bravo (under U.S. Southern Command): an HH-60 Blackhawk for search and rescue, and a CH-47 Chinook, capable of carrying large volumes of cargo. These aircraft rescued 23 people, transferred six patients, re-located 39 persons, carried 30,900 pounds of USAID-assigned cargo, and carried 147,880 pounds of urgent life-saving rations (water, food, and other supplies).International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the U.S. Department of State provided pilots for UH-1 helicopters, which it donated to the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish) prior to the emergency, and provided technical assistance to Guatemalan National Police helicopters. INL cooperated with Guatemala’s Air Interdiction, Counternarcotics, and Counter-Terrorism Task Force (FIAAT, in Spanish) to fly 59 missions that transported 57,237 pounds of food and cargo to 25 communities.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City’s football development executive Patrick Vieira rates Raheem Sterling highly and believes the club’s interest in the Liverpool forward is understandable. And while some have criticised that valuation Vieira is a fan of the youngster. “I think if you go down and ask 10 people what they think about him, I think nine would give you a positive answer,” Vieira told ESPN FC at an event in New York for Western Union’s PASS initiative. “I would be part of the nine people because he’s shown how good he is, how well he’s been doing at Liverpool. “If he is in the market, not just City would be interested in him. “But that’s the first team and I’m not part of the first team, I work with the academy so I’m just giving you my opinion.” Vieira also believes the loss of their Premier League title honour to Chelsea last season should be viewed in context. “The target of the football club is to always try to win the Premier League title. You only have one team who can win it,” he added. “Chelsea won it last year, so that means United, City, Arsenal and Liverpool were not going to be happy, but I think what is important is to analyse the situation and analyse what the club has achieved in the past four years. City have already had two offers – the latest worth £40million – rejected but reports suggest they are preparing a third for the England international. Liverpool value the 20-year-old, who still has two years remaining on his current deal but has refused to sign a new £100,000-a-week contract, at £50million-plus. “If you analyse the last four years, it’s been more successful than anything else. “Don’t forget that four or five years ago, the club wasn’t at that level. “I think the journey of the club so far has been fantastic and you just have to look at the players we have in our squad.” Press Associationlast_img read more