U.S. donate instruments to Port Antonio Marching Band Foreign AffairsMarch 22, 2011 RelatedU.S. donate instruments to Port Antonio Marching Band RelatedU.S. donate instruments to Port Antonio Marching Band RelatedU.S. donate instruments to Port Antonio Marching Band Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PORT ANTONIO – The Port Antonio Eagles Youth Marching Band was presented with approximately US$10,000 dollars worth of musical instruments, by U.S. Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, on behalf of the United States Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Programme, at a ceremony at the Errol Flynn Marina on Friday March 18. The equipment included antique trumpets, snare drums, professional marching bass drums, marching quads and tri-toms marching drums. Under the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program, projects nominated for assistance must originate in the beneficiary country, in coordination with the United States Agency for International Development and other relevant United States government stakeholders. Projects are reviewed by the United States Southern Command, and submitted to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for approval. Ambassador Bridgewater said she was happy to be associated with the occasion, and expressed confidence that the gifts will enhance the role of the Port Antonio Eagles Youth Marching Band in the community. Declaring that she was herself once a member of a marching band, she said was fully aware of the satisfaction and enjoyment derived from such involvement, adding that playing and performing in a band allows for the proper direction of youthful energy. She said she was pleased that the U.S. government was able to assist the marching band, and that the gesture was a practical example of the relationship between Jamaica and the United States. Responding, Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson, thanked the ambassador for making the presentation. He said the gesture was an indication of the strong faith the United States government has in the young people of Jamaica. He encouraged the band to make the best use of the instruments, and exhorted them to continue to perform well and engage good discipline in their lives. By ASTON BAILEY
SOUTHPORT, England – Matt Wallace moved into position for his fifth European Tour win in two years by shooting 5-under 67 to take the second-round lead at the British Masters on Friday. The Englishman was 12 under overall and a stroke clear of a trio of players including Niklas Lemke, who made eight straight birdies – one off the professional golf record – in shooting 64. Lemke was tied with Ross Fisher (65) and Thomas Detry (67). Wallace won his first title in Portugal in 2017 before three more in 2018, when he was unfortunate to miss out on a wild card for the Ryder Cup outside Paris. He is determined to continue his rise and has recently started working with fitness expert Dr. Steve McGregor, who counts former world No. 1s Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood among his previous clients. ”If I look at the bigger picture of the next three or four years, it’s very similar to (British Open champion) Francesco (Molinari),” said Wallace, who was playing on the Alps Tour and at No. 1,672 in the rankings this time four years ago. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Betfred British Masters ”Three years ago, he wasn’t where he is now and I want to be doing what he’s doing – Ryder Cups and majors and competing at every single event pretty much.” Wallace has yet to drop a shot this week after starting with a 65. With his streak of birdies from No. 13 to No. 2 after starting at the 10th hole, Lemke came close to equaling the record set by former British Open champion Mark Calcavecchia in 2009 and matched by James Nitties at the Vic Open in February. The 371st-ranked Lemke, who had missed the cut in six of his last seven events, had the third-best stroke average in the history of Arizona State University behind Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson but came close to giving up the game after struggling in the professional ranks. ”Three years ago, I decided I was going to give it two years and if I felt I was getting better I would continue,” said Lemke, who graduated from the European Tour qualifying school last year at the 10th attempt. ”I made a two-year plan and committed to it. ”There are still some ups and downs but it feels like it’s going in the right direction.”
JMRPhotography/iStock(NEW YORK) — With the Army’s help, the temporary field hospital at New York City’s Javits Convention Center will now hold 2,910 beds, making it one of the largest hospitals in America. Established in record time, the temporary hospital is an example of the surge of federal and military resources into New York to help with the novel coronavirus pandemic, including the Army Corps of Engineers, two Army field hospitals, and the Navy’s hospital ship the USNS Comfort.Over the last week the Army Corps of Engineers has been busy transforming the convention center’s expansive exposition halls into an overflow medical facility that beginning Monday will treat patients who are not infected with the novel coronavirus. The treatment of non-COVID-19 patients is designed to make it easier for medical facilities in New York to focus treatment on patients infected with the virus.Originally slated to house 1,000 beds composed of four Federal Emergency Management Agency field hospitals, the Army Corps of Engineers took advantage of the convention center’s design and the arrival of two Army field hospitals from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Fort Hood, Texas, to expand the number of beds at the temporary hospital.“We basically took that four [multiplied] by 250 is 1,000. We thought we could expand it by stretching the ratio,” Gen. Todd Semonite, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, told reporters Friday. “So today we’re going to plan on having 2,910 rooms up by Monday morning in the Javits Center.”That number of beds will make the Javits Center hospital larger than the 2,600 bed capacity of New York- Presbyterian Hospital, the city’s largest hospital.“The Javits Center is an amazing facility,” said Semonite. “Every 10 feet there’s a great big steel door in the floor, you open it up in there is all the electrical; there’s cold water, there’s hot water and there’s a place for sewers, so you can actually do things like sinks, right in the middle of a convention center to be able to make that happen.”The hospital will be staffed by 350 medical personnel from FEMA and the two Army hospitals.Non-COVID-19 patients will be transported from hospitals in the New York City area to the convention center, just as they will be at the 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort when it is operational in New York Harbor on Tuesday.Earlier this week, three of the Army’s six field hospitals were ordered to assist in the treatment of non-COVID-19 patients with one of them headed to Washington state and the other two to New York City.Six hundred soldiers from those the 531st Hospital Center from Fort Campbell and the 9th Hospital Center from Fort Hood flew to the New York on Thursday, ahead of the arrival of their medical equipment that was being transported in 108 tractor trailer trucks“This is obviously the absolute top priority of the nation right now, and knowing that our very well-trained and capable [531st] Hospital Center is going to be part of this makes us really proud,” Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, the commander the 101st Airborne Division, told ABC News in an interview.“They’re well trained, they’re prepared and readiness is our watchword; they’re prepared to deploy in a moment’s notice, which is exactly what they did and they are going to make a huge impact,” he added.While the medical personnel from the 531st Hospital Center will not be treating non-COVID-19 patients, they will still follow guidelines to ensure they do not become exposed to the virus during their deployment.Prior to their departure, Winski told his soldiers that the length of their deployment to New York will likely be “a matter of months, not weeks” and that his command will do their best to ensure that they and their commands are kept informed of when they will come home.Their prolonged stay will also have an impact at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital where most of the personnel from the 531st are normally assigned.“It is requiring us to reorganize,” Winski said, acknowledging soldiers’ deployment will lead to staff adjustments at Blanchfield to ensure that facility can treat COVID-19 cases at Fort Campbell.“We’re going to adjust how we’re organized up there to ensure that we are configured as best as we can possibly be for larger numbers of COVID-19 patients that require hospitalization.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.