By Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo March 18, 2019 In early March, the polar research vessel BAP Carrasco (BOP-171) will return to its base in Lima, Peru, after concluding the 26th Peruvian scientific campaign to Antarctica. Under the leadership of the Peruvian Navy, expedition ANTAR XXVI kicked off December 7, 2018. For its expedition to the white continent, the BAP Carrasco has a crew of 70 officers and noncommissioned officers of the Peruvian Navy, as well as 40 scientists from the region. Officers of the Argentine, Brazilian, Canadian, Ecuadorean, and Spanish navies also participate in the campaign, which strengthens bonds of friendship and collaboration among partner navies. ANTAR XXVI not only facilitates military exchange opportunities but also carries out scientific research programs in coordination with participating nations, and conducts maintenance at Peru’s Antarctic Base Machu Picchu, located on King George Island. The expedition also seeks to create an Antarctic consciousness and strengthen Peru’s presence in the white continent with the participation of BAP Carrasco. On its second campaign to Antarctica, and under the leadership of Peruvian Navy Captain Rafael Benavente Donayre, the research vessel serves as a floating laboratory equipped with cutting-edge polar and marine research technology. Argentine, Chilean, and Colombian military and civilian scientists joined their Peruvian counterparts to conduct 22 research projects—nine aboard the BAP Carrasco and 13 at the Machu Picchu Antarctic Base. “The technological change was mainly reflected in time spent on jobs and their depth,” Peruvian Navy Commander Carlos Holguín Valdivia, chief of the Special Projects and Antarctic Affairs Department at the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation (DHN), told Diálogo. “That’s why we took the opportunity to bring aboard scientists from other countries and officers of worldwide navies last year  and this year  to participate in the campaigns, so they can see that this unit, one of the best in the world, works in Antarctica.” Military and civilian scientists took advantage of sailing times to organize presentations about the different tasks their institutions carry out and the equipment they use, such as the autonomous underwater vehicle. To verify the level of preparation, the crew conducted simulation exercises, such as an abandon ship drill or an emergency in the electric engine room. Scientific studies The scientific research programs were carried out in two stages to embark and disembark the teams of experts. Experts conducted studies about the ecology of Antarctic birds, the diversity of macrobenthos—organisms that live on the seabed—and plankton, and the marine ecosystem in several areas, among others. Meteorological and weather studies were also performed. For example, DHN focused on oceanic circulation around the South Shetland and Elephant islands and their connection with the El Niño and La Niña climate phenomena. “We fulfilled 100 percent of the planned tasks,” Capt. Benavente told Diálogo. “All these studies are very important because it is known that some atmospheric and climate phenomena occurring in Antarctica are closely linked to Peru. Any variation in the Antarctic Peninsula’s balance could have repercussions in our ecosystem.” According to Capt. Benavente, the results of the studies are essential for the international scientific community, since they allow for an evaluation of global weather and its impact. The Peruvian Navy will also benefit from the experience and strengthen its presence in Antarctica. “As the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation, we have our counterparts in Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina,” Cmdr. Holguín concluded. “We are proud to have this high-level platform [the BAP Carrasco] and that officers of other navies want to come aboard.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting an increase in the number of people infected with E. coli after eating ground beef in ten states including Florida since the start of March. Of the 156 reported cases, there have been no deaths, but 20 people got so sick they had to be hospitalized. The CDC is still trying to determine the source of the contaminated ground beef that was supplied to grocery stores and restaurants. The outbreak started in Kentucky and Georgia and then spread to other states, including Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Virginia. There may be more cases as yet unreported. The infection usually takes two to three weeks to show up, so the numbers released Tuesday don’t include any outbreaks since March 26th.Make sure your ground beef is well cooked to avoid infection.
For the first time in five years, the NCAA Tournament is returning to the Carrier Dome.The venue last hosted Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in 2010, when one of the most talented teams in recent years saw its championship hopes disappear on the Carrier Dome floor.In the regional semifinal, played March 25, 2010, the No. 1 seed Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Cornell Big Red, seeded at No. 12 in that year’s tournament. The Wildcats were led by superstar freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, as Kentucky easily dispatched the Cinderella Big Red 62-45 on its way to an Elite Eight berth.In the other semifinal in the Dome that night, No. 2 West Virginia knocked off No. 11 Washington 69-56. The Mountaineers were led by Da’Sean Butler and head coach Bob Huggins.Those two regional semifinals set the stage for the most recent Elite Eight game played in the Dome, which took place March 27, 2010. It was No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the East region that year, and Kentucky had been ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHowever, it was West Virginia that came out on top that night, advancing to its first Final Four since 1959 with a 73-66 victory, led by Butler and point guard Joe Mazzulla.West Virginia went on to lose to eventual national champion Duke in the Final Four in 2010.Now five years later, the Carrier Dome will host three more NCAA Tournament regional games on March 27 and March 29, in what has become a bracket filled with lower-seeded teams advancing deep into the tournament.Sweet 16 games will be played Friday, starting at 7:37 p.m. with No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 N.C. State. That game will be followed by No. 3 Oklahoma taking on No. 7 Michigan State, which is scheduled to tip off at 10:07 p.m.The winners of each game will play in the Elite Eight on March 29 with a trip to Indianapolis on the line.— Compiled by Brett Samuels, news editor, [email protected] Comments Published on March 26, 2015 at 8:31 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Dancing in the DomeWest Virginia tops No. 1-seed Kentucky, advances to Final Four