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NAVWAR Enterprise Delivers Innovative Solutions for Increased Readiness in Support of COVID-19 Relief Efforts

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Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Enterprise rapidly delivered engineering expertise to Military Sealift Command hospital ships, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), to provide secure and reliable pier-to-ship connectivity, increasing bandwidth and improving communications in support of the nation’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief efforts.

USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles, March 27 and USNS Comfort arrived in New York City March 30. While docked, the ships are serving as a referral hospital for a variety patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals.

NAVWAR enterprise is working together to ensure these ships are equipped with the technology needed to provide a full-spectrum of medical care during the fight against this worldwide pandemic.

This NAVWAR enterprise effort includes, NAVWAR Headquarters, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (PEO C4I) and Space Systems, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Services (PEO EIS), Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific and NIWC Atlantic.

“Together with our partners from across the nation, NAVWAR is tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time, fighting the spread of COVID-19, said NAVWAR Commander Rear Adm. Christian Becker.

This challenge is significant, but the talent and dedication of our team across NAVWAR is exceptional. We have been at the center of incorporating advanced technologies that enable new operational concepts for decades and today is no different.

We have and will continue to innovate, lead and drive ways to speed delivery of advanced capabilities when and where needed to win this fight.

Upon notification of activation of USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, NAVWAR’s Fleet Readiness Directorate Fleet Support Program Office (FRD100) quickly delivered a fleet systems engineer team (FSET) member to both ships prior to deployment. The FSET members worked with PEO C4I to ensure both ships were able to come up on satellite data paths while underway to their area of responsibility, increasing bandwidth for ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communications. 

NIWC Atlantic also provided USNS Mercy with Secure Voice Systems (SVS) experts to efficiently deliver set up and troubleshoot the ship’s Base Level Information Infrastructure (BLII) Piers fly-away kit in support of Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) pier connectivity. ADNS is the Navy’s tactical Wide Area Network (WAN) solution, allowing secure access to crucial Department of Defense Information Networks (DoDIN). NIWC Atlantic sent systems engineers aboard USNS Comfort to certify the ship’s configurations and equipment status prior to deployment in support of the same capability.

To further strengthen USNS Comfort’s communications functions, NIWC Atlantic dispatched engineers to address complications with the ship’s Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP) system, which allows for secure satellite communications connectivity capability from the networks aboard the ship to the shore infrastructure.

Once both ships arrived pier side, and with tasking from the Military Sealift Command, PEO C4I’s Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW 160) led an effort with NIWC Pacific to quickly engineer secure and reliable pier-to-ship connectivity for the two Navy hospital ships.

Understanding that both ships were not fully equipped to support the COVID-19 relief mission, the teams collaborated with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the ships’ ADNS team and others to deliver local high-speed circuit solutions to increase ship bandwidth and improve network security.

After overcoming several configuration and physical issues due to COVID-19, the teams delivered each solution in record time. In the case of USNS Comfort, the teams leveraged a national security/emergency preparedness program, reducing delivery time from 60 days to less than 24 hours. The teams provided a solution to USNS Mercy within hours of its arrival to Los Angeles. With both ships connectivity up and running and the ability to transmit critical medical data, Mercy and Comfort are now receiving patients safely and effectively. 

For continued support, NIWC Atlantic is providing medical IT support, and systems administration support onboard the USNS Comfort for their Theater Medical Information Program – Maritime (TMIP-M) and Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) software systems. TMIP-M helps medical personnel access electronic health records, track blood inventory, order equipment and supplies, and track patient movements to provide the best medical attention for patients regardless of their location. DMLSS is a healthcare logistics IT system used to acquire medical and surgical items, cleaning supplies and equipment, construction materials and equipment, and other items needed to support COVID-19 efforts.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and affect lives around the world, NAVWAR enterprise remains ready to rapidly deliver cyber war fighting capability from seabed to space for the Navy and the nation.

Mercy and Comfort are seagoing medical treatment facilities that currently have personnel embarked for both the Los Angeles and New York City mission, including Navy medical and support staff assembled from 22 commands, as well as over 70 civil service mariners on each ship.

The ships’ primary mission is to provide an afloat, mobile, acute surgical medical facility to the U.S. military that is flexible, capable, and uniquely adaptable to support expeditionary warfare. Mercy’s secondary mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.

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The Pope tells the world that they have been stripped of selfishness in the face of the Corona epidemic

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Pope Francis Pope Vatican called for global solidarity in the battle against the Corona virus epidemic and its economic repercussions. He also urged the easing of international sanctions and debt on the shoulders of poor countries and a ceasefire in all conflicts.

The Pope warned the European Union that it was at risk of collapse unless it agreed on ways to help the region recover.

And the Pope delivered his message (to the city and the world) on the occasion of the Resurrection from St. Peter’s Basilica, which was devoid of worshipers, who used to crowd thousands in its square. This word has been by far the most touching on political issues since the Pope’s election in 2013.

The Pope said that the contagion of hope should be the lesson learned from the resurrection of isolation this year and praised the doctors, nurses and others who risk their lives to save others and praised those practicing their work to ensure the continuation of the necessary services.

In his speech, the Pope added, “Now is no time for indifference because the entire world suffers and needs unity in the face of the epidemic.” The Pope devoted almost all of his speech to talking about the effects of the epidemic on personal and international relations.

“Apathy, selfishness, discord, and negligence are words that we do not want to hear at this time, he said.

We want to erase these words forever

Francis expressed sympathy for those who could not say goodbye to loved ones because of the restrictions, the Catholics who were not able to practice their rituals as they should, and all those wary of fearful of a mysterious future.

“The lives of millions changed suddenly during these weeks, he said.

He added that the time has come for politicians and governments to strip themselves of “selfishness” and take decisive and coordinated moves to help people weather the crisis and ultimately resume normal life.

“May international sanctions be eased because it makes it difficult for the countries where sanctions were imposed to provide adequate support to their citizens, he said.

He also called for debt relief and forgiveness of the poorest countries without mentioning them by name.

The Pope expressed particular concern for the future of Europe, saying that it is important that the rivalry that existed before the Second World War not gain momentum again as a result of the epidemic.

The positions of the European Union countries differ regarding ways to help the continent’s economy recover, as Italy and other members of the Euro zone are seeking to issue Eurobonds that everyone can support, but Germany, the Netherlands and other countries are against this.

“At present, the European Union faces a historic challenge that will depend not only on its future, but also on the future of the entire world, he said.

The Pope thus expressed the position of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose country is one of the countries most affected by Covid-19 disease caused by the Corona virus.

The Pope renewed the call for a ceasefire throughout the world and condemned the manufacture of weapons and said that the epidemic should urge leaders to put an end to long-running wars such as the war in Syria.

He also appealed for assistance to migrants and others suffering from conflict.

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Trump considers May the target date for a return to work

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Han said that the Trump administration regards May 1 as a target date to ease restrictions on staying at home across the United States, but cautioned that it was too early to say if this goal would be achieved.

We see the light at the end of the dark tunnel,” he added, but pointed out that there are many factors that must be taken into account when making the final decision on when restrictions can be lifted safely.

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Pensacola receive $1.3 million for COVID-19

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Escambia County and the City of Pensacola will receive a combined total of $1,325,041 in funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES.

The act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
The amount will be given in Community Development Block grant funding from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD).
The county will receive $872,881 and the City of Pensacola will receive $452,160.

The fund will be used for activities to help prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19, according to Escambia County.
The county adds both local governments are waiting further guidance from HUD regarding when the funding will be available and what activities will be eligible for the funding.

Community input will be solicited on how the funds can be utilized to help facilitate COVID-19 response in Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, the county says.

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New shopping schedule at Walmart:

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately, Walmart is adopting a staggered shopping schedule based on age.THE FACTS: Walmart is offering special hours for seniors but has not designated times for people to shop by age group.

Stores around the U.S. including Walmart are offering special hours to cater to seniors, who experts have said could be more vulnerable to the new coronavirus.

A post circulating on Facebook, which features logos for Walmart and Sam’s Club, falsely states that the discount retailer is establishing shopping days based on age groups.

The post apologizes for any inconvenience before breaking out when age groups can shop

Monday age 66+

Tuesday 56-65

Wednesday 46-55

Thursday 36-45

Friday 25-35

Saturday 24 and below

Sunday shopping emergency only.

Rebecca Thomason a Walmart spokeswoman said in an email that the staggered shopping schedule featured in the posts is false.

Walmart revised its shopping hours to provide for greater social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. They are posted on the company’s website.

Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every

Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older.

This will start one hour before the store opens the company states on its site.

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Another 103 US aircraft carrier crew was infected with the Corona virus

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The US Navy said that tests had confirmed that 103 other crew members, Theodore Roosevelt, were infected with the Corona virus.

The Navy said that 92 percent of the crew members of the carrier were examined, with 550 of them positive and 3673 negative. She added that 3696 were taken to shore.

On Friday, the Navy recorded 447 positive cases, compared to 416 on Thursday.
The outbreak of the virus on the nuclear-powered carrier led to the resignation of Thomas Moodley from the position of Acting Secretary of the Navy in the wake of a growing response to his dismissal and ridicule the aircraft carrier commander after he asked for help in eliminating the virus outbreak on the carrier.

A sailor was transferred from the carrier to the intensive care unit in Guam after he was infected with the Coruna virus last month.

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10 000 deaths due covid – 19 in UK

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The number of Covid-19 deaths in Britain is close to ten thousand after health officials announced the death of 917 others in hospitals, while the Home Secretary said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need time to recover from his serious illness with the virus.

Britain’s death toll from the virus rose to 9,875, the world’s fifth-highest number of deaths. And the number of dead people per day exceeds 900.

Britain is now approaching 80,000 cases, including the Prime Minister.

Johnson is in early stages of recovery now that he has spent three nights in intensive care.

A British government spokesman said the prime minister was continuing to make very good progress, but Home Secretary Priti Patel said it was necessary to take time for him to fully recover.

Secretary of State Dominic Rapp is performing Johnson’s duties on his behalf.

The primary focus of the government in recent days has been on trying to ensure that the British remain in their homes and obeying orders to ban public gatherings, especially on a sunny weekend at Easter.

Police said that few people ignored orders and preliminary data showed that police officers in England and Wales had issued immediate fines of 1084 so far for those who violated the restrictions.

The police had these powers on March 26, with the start of general isolation procedures.

The government is facing increasing pressure to disclose the duration of restrictions on movement, as public isolation measures have hampered the ability of many companies to operate.

Ministers said Britain should weather the peak of the virus outbreak before changing procedures, while Health Minister Matt Hancock said that although the rate of cases being transferred to hospitals had begun to stabilize, this was not sufficient proof of confidence that the country had overlooked the worst

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New Jersey records more than 250 new deaths due covid-19

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New Jersey State Governor Phil Murphy has announced that health authorities have recorded 251 new deaths from the state’s corona virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 2183.

He added that the number of HIV infections increased by 3599 cases, to a total of 58,151 infections.

He pointed out that 7,618 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals, of which 1746 are in intensive care units, while 1650 are treated with ventilators.

Statistics had previously reported that newborn Corona virus deaths in the United States had outpaced Italy, after 19,600 cases were recorded.

Public health experts have warned that the number of deaths in the United States could rise to 200,000 during the summer if restrictions on staying at home are lifted.

Globally, official data recorded more than 1.6 million confirmed cases infected with the Corona virus, while the death toll exceeded 106,000 deaths

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After 5 years of predicting a global pandemic Bill Gates These countries will be affected more by Corona

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American billionaire Bill Gates revealed his expectations about the future of the situation of the outbreak of the Corona virus “Covid-19” in the world, and the time required to contain the crisis resulting from it in the United States.

This came in an interview with the American CNBC channel with Gates, who predicted five years ago that a new virus would emerge that could kill 10 million people in the world.

The founder of “Microsoft” company said that the Americans will probably not be completely safe before the fall of 2021, explaining that this time is required according to some expectations to develop a vaccine against infection and start a large-scale vaccination with it.

Gates stressed the need to diversify Corona tests in the United States, and it is expected that new methods will be unveiled to treat people living with the virus within the next 3-6 months.

Gates, whose organization is working to develop a vaccine against Corona, stressed that this matter is of the utmost importance, explaining that the risk of a rebound in the virus outbreak in American societies will remain in place until then in the event that citizens do not strictly adhere to the measures of social separation.

Gates suggested that most social and economic activities in the United States would resume within the next few months, but with some safeguards in place, expressing his conviction that the best health and economic option lies in closing the majority of institutions in the field of finance and business and suspending most social activities over a period of three months.

In response to a question about what he means by “returning to normal life in the post-Corona period”, he explained that the American authorities should benefit from the experience of other affected countries, particularly China, as a good example, pointing out that people in the affected areas of Corona there have returned to work. But while maintaining a series of precautionary measures such as wearing masks and measuring temperatures, as well as the continued ban on popular sports gatherings.

As for the future of the global outbreak of corona, Gates expressed his fear that most of the deaths caused by the virus will not occur in the United States and Europe but rather in the developing countries where the pandemic has not yet reached its climax, explaining that these countries, unlike Western countries, cannot re-allocate 10-20%. From its GDP to fighting the virus.

Gates and his wife Melinda donated $ 100 million to fight “Covid-19”.

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50 million subscribers Disney’s new TV broadcast service

And when Disney Plus last released its viewership numbers, in February it had reached 26.5 million subscribers.

Since then, this number has almost doubled, due to the increase in numbers of Internet callers and their stay at home as part of procedures to contain the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

The Disney Plus service, which competes with Netflix and Amazon Prime, was launched in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe last month.

The three broadcasting platforms witnessed a significant increase in viewership rates, after the closure of cinemas, and people were forced to stay at home.

We’re really humbled because Disney Plus has resonated with millions around the world, said Disney spokesman Kevin Meyer

The number of subscriptions increased in India, which witnessed the launch of Disney Plus, as the service gained 8 million new subscribers there.

After the announcement, Disney shares jumped 7 percent on Wall Street.

The entertainment group was severely affected by the global epidemic of Corona, as it had to close down its theme parks around the world.

She also had to stop producing new content and delay launching movies like Mulan and Black Widow.

Disney Plus is still behind both Netflix and Amazon Prime videos in terms of global subscription numbers.

Netflix, which gained nearly nine million subscribers, during the fourth quarter of 2019. More than 167 million paid subscriptions were registered, at the end of last year.

Amazon now has more than 150 million viewers. However, Disney Plus, which offers movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic, has grown much faster than its competitors.

Disney plus has achieved in five months what it took Netflix seven years to achieve, says film industry analyst Chris Fenton.

Disney Plus has all the ammunition needed to bypass Netflix. If any US TV broadcast service can reach 1.4 billion people in China, it is Disney Plus.”