The greatest blindsides of all time: Roger Uttley

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Roger Uttley runs a support line Major teams: Fylde, Gosforth, WaspsCountry: EnglandTest span: 1973-80England caps: 23 (23 starts)Lions caps: 4 (4 starts)Test points: 12 (3T)He was a granite-like forward who made his name on the invincible Lions tour of South Africa in 1974, when he was taken as a lock but played all four Tests as a blindside alongside Fergus Slattery and Mervyn Davies in the back row. He played all but one of the 17 tour matches and scored a crucial try in the final, drawn Test.The Blackpool-born Uttley had been in England’s second row throughout 1973 and 1974, playing in the wins over New Zealand in Auckland and Australia at Twickenham, two rare highlights in a poor period for English rugby.A schoolteacher at Harrow, where he was director of physical education, Uttley didn’t tour with the Lions in 1977 but soldiered on with England, captaining them five times. They won their first Grand Slam for 23 years in 1980 when, in the view of coach Mike Davis, Uttley was one of five world-class players in the team, the others being Cotton, Wheeler, Neary and Slemen.The defeat of Wales saw Uttley incur a terrible injury as Geoff Wheel tried to kick the ball but instead connect with the flanker’s head, splitting his nose. “Tony Neary came over and said, ‘Christ!’. My face felt like a football,” says Uttley. He was an assistant to Ian McGeechan as the pair plotted the Lions’ win over the Wallabies in 1989 and coached England to the 1991 World Cup final, alongside Geoff Cooke.In 1997 Uttley was appointed England team manager under their first full-time head coach, Clive Woodward, but he lost that job two years later following a swathe of cost-cutting measures by the RFU. A tireless charity fund-raiser, he remained at Harrow until 2008 and now lives in the North-East, writing for the Newcastle Chronicle. TAGS: The Greatest Players Roger Uttley cemented his name as one of the all-time blindside flanker greats, with an impressive string of performances in the England and Lions Test shirts Regular injuries were part and parcel of Uttley’s career, notably an ongoing back problem that first arose when he trod on some uneven turf during a training session in Scotland. He has a long back due to an extra sacrum vertebrae.The 30-18 defeat of Scotland at Murrayfield that clinched the Slam signalled the end of his England career, but he was to enjoy some great times as a coach.last_img read more

Corn Harvest Underway in SW Indiana

first_img Bryan Hirsh from Gibson County is one of the farmers who has been out harvesting his drought decimated corn crop, “Actually, the results are not as bad as I was expecting them to be.”  He told HAT that, on the fields he has worked so far, yields have ranged from 30 bpa to 130 bpa on some of the better ground.  He estimates a county average would be between 80 and 100 bpa. Corn Harvest Underway in SW Indiana Home News Feed Corn Harvest Underway in SW Indiana SHARE [audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/08/Hirsh-2.mp3|titles=Brian Hirsch Harvest Update 8-23-12] By Gary Truitt – Aug 23, 2012 center_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleState Officials Discuss Drought Help for FarmersNext articleCorn Harvest Underway in Indiana Gary Truittlast_img read more

Widespread Desire to Relocate Could be Waning

first_imgSeattle, WA *Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in April 2021†Negative values indicate a net outflow; among the two million users sampled for this analysis only Chicago, IL Reno, NV Orlando, FL 6,949  Print This Post Milwaukee, WI Related Articles Top Origin 4,335 2 26.7% Los Angeles, CA 18,239 1 Phoenix, AZ 6 Cleveland, OH Portland, ME And the largest outlflow numbers go to: New York, NY Top 10 Metros by Net Outflow of Redfin.com Users and Their Top Destinations 2,018 Las Vegas, NV Boston, MA Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 53.6% 2 10.9% New York, NY 6 Los Angeles, CA 6,165 7 14.4% 44.1% Phoenix, AZ Los Angeles, CA Salisbury, MD Rank 5 Has the well-documented, pandemic-driven desire to migrate into the suburbs from denser urban areas hit its peak? It’s possible that April’s small decline in the share of homebuyers looking to relocate to new metropolitan areas is an early indication that the trend is waning as more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccinations and return to the office.That said, experts do not have the definitive answer, but offer insights for our consideration.”The swell in relocations may be coming down from its peak, but the share of homebuyers looking to relocate to a different area is still well above pre-pandemic levels. Redfin agents in popular destinations say the surge of out-of-towners shows no signs of slowing,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather.”The small decline in April could be the start of a slowdown in the yearlong surge of people moving from one metro to another, but it could also just be a blip before things pick right back up. The dust has not settled, as there are still a lot of unknowns about what portion of workers will return to the office and how many will pick up and move because they finally have clarity from their employers about whether or how often they can work remotely. Once people know more about their future, we could see another big wave of migration …”Nationwide, 30.6% of Redfin.com users looked to move to a different metro area in April, down slightly from 31.5% in the first quarter but up from 26% at the same time last year, according to Redfin’s reporting.Back in March, Fannie Mae reported that there was widespread anecdotal evidence that the pandemic had shifted consumer demand from core city centers to lower-density markets, like the suburbs.”A look at the population of people applying for a mortgage, revealed a clear shift in behavior,” wrote Rebecca Meeker for Fannie Mae. Since then, many property data providers have confirmed mortgagees’ want to relocate.Redfin’s April data show this trend, which shows some signs of slowing, is still strong for certain regions, and that home price is an increasingly significant factor.It seems that sunny, inland metros and sections of Florida are the most desirable destinations for movers this spring.”Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Austin, and Atlanta were the most popular destinations for Redfin.com users looking to move to a different area in April. That’s based on net inflow, which is a measure of how many more Redfin.com home searchers looked to move into a metro than leave, out of a sample of two million users,” reports team Redfin.”Relatively affordable inland metros tend to be the most popular destinations for Redfin.com users searching for homes in a different part of the country, as home searchers leave expensive coastal cities like Los Angeles and New York in favor of places with more affordable, more spacious homes.”For all 10 of the top-10 most-moved-to metros, inflow is up from last year during the same period.”I’m still seeing tons of interest from homebuyers outside the area,” said Sacramento Redfin agent Andrea White. “Some remote workers living in San Francisco or Silicon Valley are paying more than $3,000 a month to live in very small spaces. When potential buyers look at listings in Sacramento, they realize their big-city rent costs more than a mortgage here. Most of them aren’t concerned that competition is intense and home prices are going up because it’s an attractive lifestyle move. Employees who have the option to work remotely often decide it’s worth the tradeoff to move out of a big city to live in a larger home for less money.”She added that she works with house hunters looking in the Sacramento Valley because they’re planning for the future.”Some buyers from the Bay Area and Southern California are nearing retirement and want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and some are planning to have children in the future and they’re looking for a more spacious home to raise their family.”Here’s a list of those top-10 metros, courtesy of Redfin. Miami, FL Orlando, FL 2,391 2,420 9 Net Outflow,April 2020 5,309 Previous: Homeowners Content With Pandemic Purchases Next: FHLBank San Francisco Names Tony Wong Chief Banking Officer 22.0% Cape Coral, FL 2021-05-26 Christina Hughes Babb Rank 8,549 15.6% Chicago, IL 15,714 32.2% 10,876 13.2% The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Portion ofSearchesfrom UsersOutside theMetro, April2020 2,915 5,056 3,985 San Francisco, CA 16,545 5,308 38.5% Metro* Tampa, FL Seattle, WA 1,502 The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Cleveland, OH 4,831 3,815 3 Los Angeles, CA 1,528 Top 10 Metros by Net Inflow of Redfin.com Users and Their Top Origins Denver, CO Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago New York, NY Detroit, MI 59.0% San Francisco, CA Net Outflow,April 2021† Home / Daily Dose / Widespread Desire to Relocate Could be Waning 6,375 New York, NY 11.7% 5,670 *Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in April 2021†Among the two million users sampled for this analysis only New York, NY Seattle, WA Metro* 35.2% in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Portion ofLocal UsersSearchingElsewhere,April 2021 7 2,109 46.6% 34.9% 10 Chicago, IL Sacramento, CA Cape Coral, FL San Francisco, CA Chicago, IL Boston, MA New York, NY Washington, DC 35.4% 9 22.3% 52.8% 32,234 Portion ofLocal UsersSearchingElsewhere,April 2020 2,521 57.1% 4,490 3,668 2,776 15.3% Portion ofSearchesfrom UsersOutside theMetro, April2021 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Widespread Desire to Relocate Could be Waning 32.0% Top Out-of-StateDestination 3 Boston, MA San Diego, CA 4 Net Inflow,April 2021† Portland, ME Atlanta, GA 23,139 1,280 31.7% 48.7% 3,891 Sign up for DS News Daily Las Vegas, NV 4,650 60.1% 2,400 The full report, including charts, is available at: redfin.com/news/april-2021-housing-migration-trends. 26.4% 25.6% 8 27.1% 4 Salisbury, MD TopDestination 26.2% 10 24.0% 14.7% 8 36.0% 5,250 570 38.9% 31.9% Chicago, IL Los Angeles, CA 78.0% Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago 46.1% About Author: Christina Hughes Babb 12.7% 11.7% The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Los Angeles, CA San Francisco, CA 4 days ago 340 Views Net Inflow,April 2020 598 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago 75.7% 26.9% 3,948 Seattle, WA 6,056 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Share Save New York, NY 2,039 Phoenix, AZ Dallas, TX 5 New York, NY Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 18.8% Sacramento, CA 4,713 1 Los Angeles, CA Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Austin, TX Cape Coral, FL Top Out-of-State Origin Subscribelast_img read more

Weinstein trial deliberations day three: Jurors pore through testimony

first_imgKuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein’s fate remains in the hands of jurors, as the third day of deliberations begins. On Thursday morning, the jury’s day is starting with their review of Paul Feldsher’s testimony. He was the first defense witness who challenged Annabella Sciorra’s claim that she was raped by Weinstein in the winter of 1993-94.Jurors will also take a look at PowerPoint slides from the testimony of Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychologist who studies the behavior of sexual assault victims.They will also review correspondence between Weinstein and Black Cube — the Israeli private spy agency hired to keep tabs on the Hollywood mogul’s accusers.Weinstein stands charged with raping one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman, who has since identified herself as former Weinstein production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi, in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and claims any sexual encounters were consensual. In addition to the two women behind those charges, four others, including Sciorra, testified in support of prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern of sexual predation.On Wednesday, the jury sent a note to the judge asking for a re-reading of actress Rosie Perez’s testimony. Perez took the stand in January, offering testimony in support of actress Sciorra’s allegations against Weinstein. They had also requested the testimony transcript from Haleyi, as well as all emails from any of Weinstein’s email addresses to Haleyi.The jury began its first day of deliberations on Tuesday, asking Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke for a blueprint of Weinstein’s former Manhattan apartment where Haleyi alleges she was sexually assaulted in 2006. They also requested legal clarification of the charges that could send the movie mogul to prison for the rest of his life. If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Republican Policy Committee Announces  Women in the Workforce Hearing

first_imgTopic: How the Private Sector is Helping Women Get Ahead Chairman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced today that the Republican Policy Committee (RPC) Working Group on Women in the 21st Century Workforce will hold its next hearing on Tuesday, March 28th, at 1:00 p.m.Chaired by Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) who heads the Working Group, the hearing will focus on how the private sector is currently supporting women and helping them overcome barriers to success. Topics will include increasing workplace flexibility, providing caregiving options and addressing residual bias.WHAT:           Women in the Workforce Hearing: “How the Private Sector is Helping Women Get Ahead”WHO:              Debbie Maples – VP of Global Loss Prevention & Corporate Security, Gap Inc.Kymberlee Dwinell – Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Northrop Grumman CorporationBrian Barkdull – CEO, American Southwest Credit UnionDr. Donna Ginther – Professor of Economics at the University of KansasWHEN:           Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. ETWHERE:         HVC-210, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.The Hearing will also be live-streamed here.You can follow the hearing on Twitter using #GOPWorking4Women.Members of the Media: If you would like to attend the hearing, please RSVP to Molly Gillaspie at [email protected] (Messer) or Kelly Schibi at [email protected](McSally).The RPC launched the Working Group on Women in the 21st Century Workforce in July 2016. A video highlighted previous hearings can be found here.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Murdoch Allan grows with Asda

first_imgScottish wholesale and retail baker Murdoch Allan says it is seeing massive sales growth after signing a supply deal with supermarket Asda in January 2005.The Hatton-based baker now supplies nine Asda stores in Scotland with 40 bakery lines, including bread, buns, butte-ries and biscuits. And managing diretor Paul Allan told British Baker that, from the end of June, it will start supplying all Scottish stores through Asda’s central distribution depot.“We feel very privileged to be working with Asda,” he said. “Over the last year, we have pushed hard to get our brand known, through activities such as sampling.”Mr Allan said the company started supplying Asda with six types of biscuits after attending an Asda Meet the Buyer event. By July, Asda will account for a third of its turnover. Its biggest-selling lines are Aberdeen butteries in four- and six-packs, which sell up to 1,000 packs per store per week. Murdoch Allan also supplies Somerfield and Morrisons in Scotland and Mace own-label biscuits in the UK and Ireland through wholesaler Palmer & Harvey. Two-thirds of the business is wholesale and the firm also has seven retail outlets.Asda fresh food manager Andy Smith said: “We are always keen to use local suppliers and enjoy an excellent relationship with Murdoch Allan.”last_img read more

Indiana Democratic lawmakers calling for redistricting rules

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Pinterest (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) Legislators will redraw the map of their districts and those of Indiana’s congressional delegation this session. Senate Democrats want some rules on how it’s done:Democrats have argued unsuccessfully in the past for an independent redistricting commission. They’re setting their sights lower this year, calling for legal standards to discourage lines which divide cities, counties or school districts. A similar bill has passed the Republican Senate twice, but went nowhere in the House. Republicans maintain the maps they drew in 2011 already follow those standards. They also argue the proposal is potentially self-contradictory, calling for communities to be held together without stuffing too many or too few minority votes into one district. That’s a tactic prohibited by the Voting Rights Act.Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) argues gerrymandering drives down voter turnout, because voters conclude their vote doesn’t matter.Taylor argues Indiana’s election results prove the map is gerrymandered. He notes while President-elect Joe Biden got 41-percent of the vote in Indiana, Democrats captured just 29-percent of the seats in the House and 22-percent of the Senate. But Democrats face the same challenge in Indiana they do nationally: their voters are concentrated in big cities, while rural areas are heavily Republican. Just 13 Indiana counties were decided by less than 20 points in the presidential race — just six were decided by less than 10. By Network Indiana – November 18, 2020 1 181 Pinterest Facebook Facebook Previous articleLippert creating drive-thru COVID testing for employeesNext articleElkhart County moves into the state’s COVID-19 Red category Network Indiana Indiana Democratic lawmakers calling for redistricting rules Google+ Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Soggy fields

first_imgRain may be a good thing, but too much of a good thing can become a problem for Georgia farmers.The torrential rains Georgia has experienced in recent weeks created perfect conditions for fungal and bacterial diseases on crops. And soggy fields are preventing farmers from making timely fungicide applications. Even when a grower is able to make a fungicide application, the frequent rains can rinse the chemical from the plant without sufficient drying time.Cotton, peanuts, corn and soybean crops are reaching critical stages of growth where judicious use of fungicides is an important management tool. Rain makes this a very difficult task.Peanut cropIn July, many peanut growers were delayed by days and even weeks from making timely fungicide applications. Much of the peanut crop is at least 30 days after planting and some is much older. Current conditions are perfect for the development and spread of leaf spot diseases, white mold and Rhizoctonia limb rot. University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman reports that white mold is quite active in extreme southern Georgia and has even killed young plants.Corn cropSouthern corn rust has been reported in Georgia cornfields from across the Coastal Plain from Seminole County to Macon County, from Jefferson County to Wayne County to Pierce County and all points in between. To my knowledge, southern rust has not caused significant damage yet, but it could easily occur given the widespread distribution of the disease. Farmers’ aggressive use of fungicides has helped to contain the disease thus far. Southern corn rust can reduce yields by reducing grain fill and weakening stalks. UGA plant pathologist Dewey Lee and I both believe that growers are fairly safe if the crop is protected until the dough stage with a fungicide. Northern corn leaf blight and southern corn leaf blight are also found regularly. Soybean cropAsian soybean rust has been found in kudzu in Appling and Miller Counties and in northern Florida and in central Alabama. Conditions are extremely favorable for rust and other diseases to spread to soybeans. Georgia soybean producers should be prepared to make a timely fungicide application to their crop sometime between bloom and early pod development stages. I strongly believe that with the risk to rust, anthracnose, frogeye leaf spot, and Phomopsis pod and stem blight, judicious use of fungicides is quite important.Cotton cropConditions should be excellent for the development of target spot in cotton again this season. Although none has been diagnosed yet in Georgia, it has been found in the Panhandle of Florida. To reduce the impact of target spot, the crop must be managed to reduce rank growth and by using fungicides before the disease is well established in the field. This should be done when good coverage of the crop is possible. Based upon data from last season (which could change), the single best time for an application of a fungicide is the third week of bloom. To effectively manage target spot, growers should continue to scout their cotton and notify their UGA county Extension agent of suspicious leaf spots. Ascochyta wet-weather blight is also very common this year. It can look similar to target spot. Cotton growers who have fields where target spot has been problematic in the past are likely to see it again this season. These growers should be very careful in deciding if and when to use a fungicide. I hope the rains fills Georgia ponds, but we could all use a little dry weather now.last_img read more

Georgia Drought

first_imgGeorgia farmers are experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent memory, and University of Georgia climatologist Pam Knox cautions there could be a potential repeat next year. “I’m thinking about April 1 of next year. If we haven’t been able to recover that soil moisture that we’ve lost, we could really see another bad drought in 2017,” Knox said.Knox fears a La Nina weather pattern could impact south Georgia this winter. La Nina is associated with cooler temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, but would bring warmer temperatures and drier weather conditions to the Southeast. Farmers depend greatly on rainfall from December through February to replenish the soil and refill irrigation ponds. “Farmers have been irrigating anywhere they can. Some of the streams in the northwestern part of the state are just puddles; there are not even flowing streams anymore. They’re not able to irrigate because you’re not allowed to draw water when the streamflow is that low,” Knox said. “Now, I think we’ll see some recovery from that over the winter. The question is, how much will we get?” This year is unique in that the drought is impacting farmers statewide, not just in specific areas. Knox said that in 2007 and 2009, the drought was focused more on north Georgia, where residents expressed fears that they would run out of water. In 2011 and 2013, the drought was centered more around the central part of the state. This year, other than the coastal region that received rainfall from Hurricane Matthew, most of Georgia is experiencing drought-like conditions.“This is already a dry time of year, but this is crazy that we’ve basically had no rain in the last month,” Knox said. “There was a good portion of the state that got no rain in October. That, coupled with the high temperatures, really makes the drought worse.” Much of south Georgia, which is driven by production of row crops like cotton and peanuts, hasn’t experienced rainfall since Hurricane Hermine moved through the area over Labor Day. “A lot of these areas, especially west of I-75, hadn’t had a single drop in two months. We’re definitely not doing well there at all,” said UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. Half of Georgia’s peanut crop is grown in dryland, or nonirrigated, fields. Monfort said that this year’s dryland crop could be classified as below average due to the lack of rainfall. Next year’s growing conditions could be even worse.“This year’s seed crop is not the best quality or at least is not as good as it could have been. When you have seed that doesn’t have as good of vigor as we’ve had in the past because of the stress it went through, if we can’t get an adequate amount of rain this winter, that means we’re going to plant next year’s dryland crop in subpar conditions with limited moisture. The weather scenario is going to make things tough next year if it doesn’t change,” Monfort said. For the northern part of the state, the drought has already made life difficult for cattle farmers. Knox said that north Georgia farmers started experiencing a lack of rain around the same time as the start of pollination of corn. Some farmers lost their entire corn crop due to a lack of moisture. Some farmers resorted to culling some of their cattle while importing hay from outside the state. “My farmers are selling cattle. They’re running out of water. They’re selling their cattle because they may water their cattle out of the creeks and the creeks have dried up. They have no other source,” said UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent Paula Burke in Carroll County. “They’re buying hay from other states. At first, we were encouraging them to look elsewhere in our state, but those supplies are limited.”Burke has advised her farmers not to overseed for winter grazing due to the lack of water, which is needed to germinate the seed. The result is that there’s been no grass for the cattle since midsummer, none this fall and there will likely be no winter annuals to graze.“That means the cost of production will go up because they’re buying grain and they’re buying more hay than they would in an average year,” said Burke, who estimates her farmers are producing approximately 25,000 head of cattle.Carroll County was Georgia’s top cattle-producing county in 2014, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.UGA Extension beef cattle nutritionist Jacob Segers cautions cattle producers about the hay they’re buying.“There is a severe hay shortage and anybody buying needs to test that forage for nutrient content as well as nitrates given the extended amount of drought stress these crops have seen this year,” Segers said. Adding to the challenging weather conditions are the abnormally high temperatures felt during October and to date in November. Knox reported that in some areas in Georgia, temperatures were more than six degrees above normal.“The temperatures have been way above normal, which puts even more stress on the plants than there would be if the temperatures were a little closer to normal conditions,” Knox said.While rain remains on everyone’s wish list, Knox cautions against wishing for all that rain to come at once. Instead of soaking through the soil, the rain would result in runoff.“It might fill the ponds, but it won’t do anything for the soil moisture. What we need is to get lesser amounts of rain consistently over a long time period, so it could really sink into the soil,” Knox said.last_img read more

Soares de Meirelles Hospital Ship Is Incorporated Into the Brazilian Navy

first_imgBy Dialogo November 24, 2010 The Brazilian Navy is receiving one more hospital ship, the Soares de Meirelles, to serve the population that lives along the Amazon. Its incorporation into the Brazilian Navy’s fleet will be on the 23rd, at 10 a.m., at the Rio Negro Naval Station in Manaus, Amazonas. Present at the event will be the Commandant of the Navy, Fleet Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, and other military, state, and municipal authorities. In August 2010, the Brazilian Navy and the Ministry of Health decided to acquire the vessel Ludovico Celani, which belonged to W.A. Comércio e Transporte e Navegação Ltda and was built in 2008 by the shipyard of the same name, in the city of Manaus. Three months later, the ship was named the Soares de Meirelles, in honor of Joaquim Cândido Xavier Soares de Meirelles, Surgeon-Major of the Navy and Patron of the Navy Health Corps. After its incorporation, the ship will undergo a conversion process in order to adapt it to naval service and to medical and hospital aid activities. The acquisition of the ship originated in the urgent need, identified by the Brazilian Navy’s Articulation and Equipment Plan, to increase the number of hospital ships in the Amazon from three to five. The goal is to increase, qualitatively and quantitatively, the capacity to provide medical and dental services to the population living along the river in the Amazon region, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the state secretariats for health in the states of Acre, Amazonas, Pará, Roraima, Rondônia, and Amapá, and the municipal secretariats of health. The Soares de Meirelles will be directly subordinated to the Amazonas Fleet Command and, along with the Osvaldo Cruz, Carlos Chagas, and Doutor Montenegro hospital ships, will contribute to carrying out Civil Defense activities (humanitarian operations and response to natural disasters), as well as providing medical and dental assistance and engaging in civic-social actions to benefit the population that lives along the river. The ship’s crew consists of 44 military personnel, of whom 4 are officers and 40 are enlisted personnel, and Corvette Captain Rubinei dos Santos Silva will be the first commander.last_img read more