SOUTHCOM Hosts US-Chile Space Engagement Talks with USSPACECOM and US Space Force

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs November 10, 2020 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) hosted U.S.-Chile Space Engagement Talks with U.S. military and Chilean representatives during separate virtual sessions October 28-29.The virtual talks served to reinforce the United States and Chile’s already strong security partnership while highlighting opportunities for cooperation in space — the fifth domain.Participants from the Chilean Air Force, U.S. Space Force, SOUTHCOM, and U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) took part in the talks.“Chile is one of U.S. Space Command’s strongest partners in Latin America,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Pete Atkinson, USSPACECOM chief of International Engagements.“Foundational to our partnership is promoting a safe, stable, sustainable, and secure space environment. We look forward to increased cooperation and collaboration with Chile as we go forward together.”The talks provided a platform for Chile to share its national goals for their military and civil space programs, and for the U.S. to identify opportunities to enhance integration and interoperability with this important South American partner.Both the U.S. and Chile are members of the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which promotes the peaceful international use and exploration of space.By facilitating dialogue on the topics of space situational awareness, cooperation, and planning, research and development, partnerships with the commercial space industry, and training and education, these talks strengthened each country’s respective space programs and support the safe and peaceful use of space worldwide.last_img read more

Overloaded ventilator fire kills five coronavirus patients in Russia: Media

first_imgTopics : The emergency ministry said 150 people had been evacuated from the hospital.The number of new cases of the coronavirus in Russia rose by 11,656, as of Monday, a record daily increase, bringing the official total to 221,344.Only Britain, Spain and the United States have recorded more cases.On Saturday, one person was killed after a fire broke out at a Moscow hospital treating patients infected with the coronavirus. A fire apparently started by an overloaded ventilator killed five novel coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit in a Russian hospital on Tuesday, news agencies reported.Russia’s emergency ministry confirmed the death of intensive care patients in a hospital in the city of St. Petersburg but did not say how many people had been killed.”Ventilators are at their limit. According to preliminary data, there was an overload and the machine ignited, which caused the fire,” one source told the Interfax news agency.last_img read more

B.C. woman wants pot testers in Vancouver schools as vape use rises

first_imgVancouver Sun 4 February 2019Family First Comment: “This tool in 20 seconds can tell you what’s on the end of a vape pen, or what’s been in a kid’s pocket, or in a brownie or in a liquid, or in a gummy bear.”The sad consequences of a bad decision of liberalising laws and access to marijuana.#SayNopeToDope“This tool in 20 seconds can tell you what’s on the end of a vape pen, or what’s been in a kid’s pocket, or in a brownie or in a liquid, or in a gummy bear.”Anti-pot advocate Pamela McColl is bringing to B.C. a pot-testing tool she hopes will be used by school boards and parents across the province.McColl, who is chair of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said the “spotkit” was essentially a swab that allows the user to wipe anything — candy, the end of a vape pen or a brownie — and within 20 seconds know whether the product has THC in it (THC being the psychoactive component of cannabis).She said she came across the product while watching the Today show on NBC, in which a presenter arranged for the kit to be tested on a cookie, gummy bear and student backpack.The segment can be seen here. The swabs, which are made in Colorado, turn red when THC is identified.“When I saw that I immediately contacted the manufacturer, because I thought what a great tool. This tool in 20 seconds can tell you what’s on the end of a vape pen, or what’s been in a kid’s pocket, or in a brownie or in a liquid, or in a gummy bear,” she said.The product has just been released in Canada.“We are trying to get them into stores, but also in different places,” said McColl, adding she showcased the product at the Wellness Show in Vancouver over the weekend.READ MORE: read more