Arthur C. Guyton, M.D.
THE GUYTON FAMILYDavid L. Guyton, M.D.
The Africa Mercy
Mercy Ships is an international charity that was founded
in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens. Mercy Ships currently operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, providing free health care, community development projects, community health education, mental health programs, agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients. Mercy Ships has operated in more than 70 developing
nations around the world, with a current focus on
the countries of West Africa.
The organization has its International Operations Center (IOC) in . Mercy Ships also has 16 national resource offices in countries that include Spain, Britain, Canada, Germany, Switzerland,Garden Valley, Texas the Netherlands,
South Africa, and Australia.
A major inspiration for Mercy Ships founder and President
Don Stephens was the work of the international hospital ship SS Hope. Stephens' research showed that 95 of the 100 largest cities in the world were port cities. Therefore, a hospital ship could deliver healthcare very efficiently to large numbers of people. The birth of Stephens' profoundly disabled son,
John Paul, also inspired him to move forward with his vision
of a floating hospital. A visit with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, Inda, further deepened his commitment to serving
the world's neediest people.
Mercy Ships currently has one vessel in service: the 16,500-ton flagship Africa Mercy, which measures almost 500 feet long. The Africa Mercy has greater capacity than all three previous Mercy Ships combined. The Africa Mercy is currently serving in the port of Conakry, Guinea, where its field service will last from August 2012 to May 2013. Before the Africa Mercy arrives in port, flyers are distributed to alert the public to the ship's upcoming visit. An advance team begins a massive screening of thousands of prospective patients, to see which men, women and children qualify for a surgery. It is common for people to walk for days (and even from neighboring countries) to find out whether they may be eligible for surgical treatment.
The lower decks of the Africa Mercy are equipped with six operating theaters, a 78-bed recovery ward, a CT scanner, an X-ray machine and a laboratory. During its field service in Sierra Leone between February and November 2011, the Africa Mercy crew performed more than 3,300 surgeries, 27,800 general medical and eye consultations, 2,600 eye operations and 34,700 dental procedures. They also trained more than 12,600 people in health care professions, basic health care instruction, agriculture and church leadership. In addition, Mercy Ships increased health care delivery systems by renovating in-country pediatric and general hospital facilities.
On the upper decks of the Africa Mercy, the ship has 126 cabins that provide accommodations for more than 400 crew, including families, couples and individuals. The ship is equipped with a day care center, an accredited academy for all grades through senior year of high school, a library, a launderette, a shop for groceries and sundries, a restaurant, a gymnasium, and a donated Starbucks cafe. A fleet of 28 vehicles travels with the ship, for use in Mercy Ships land-based operations.
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JUST THE FACTS
Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor,
mobilizing people and resources worldwide. The organization
treats all patients without cost, and without regard to their
religion, race or gender.
Mercy Ships vessels have completed over 564 port visits in
53 developing nations and 17 developed nations. Its
volunteers have performed services valued at more than
$1 billion, impacting about 2.35 million people. Mercy Ships
volunteers have performed more than 61,000 free operations,
such as cleft lip and palate, cataract removal, straightening
of crossed eyes, and orthopedic and facial reconstruction.
Volunteers have performed 278,000 dental procedures for
more than 109,000 dental patients.
The organization is active on land, as well as on board the
ship. Volunteers have treated over 539,000 patients in
mobile medical and dental clinics set up in the communities
near ports where the hospital ship has docked. They have also
have trained more than 29,400 local medical professionals in
areas of specialization, including anesthesiology, midwifery,
sterilization and surgery. Volunteers have educated about
5,770 local healthcare workers, who have in turn trained
multiple thousands in primary healthcare. Volunteers have
also taught basic health care to more than 150,000 local
people. As of spring 2011, volunteers have completed
nearly 1,100 community development projects focusing
on water and sanitation, education, infrastructure
development and agriculture.
Mercy Ships is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity.
Originally a part of the YWAM (Youth with a Mission) family of
Christian ministries, Mercy Ships is now a standalone
organization. Mercy Ships has built a broad base of financial
support, beginning with donations from the public and
from crew members. Medical companies donate
pharmaceuticals, equipment and supplies to Mercy Ships.
Corporations also make in-kind donations of materials
such as fuel, food and building supplies. In addition,
governments that work with Mercy Ships also waive
port fees and associated costs for the ship to dock.
The Apollo program, named after the Greek God
who drove his chariot to the sun, was America's effort
to be first to the moon. Conceived during
the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and
guided by NASA, it began in earnest after
President John F. Kennedy's May 25, 1961
special address to a joint session of Congress.
In this speech Kennedy declared a national goal
stating, "I believe that this nation should
commit itself, to achieving the goal, before
this decade is out, of landing a man on the
Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
Apollo was preceded by the Mercury and
Gemini missions, which laid the ground
work necessary for Apollo's success.
Kennedy's goal was achieved on July 20, 1969,
when the Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin stepped out on to the Moon.
Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit. Five
subsequent Apollo missions also landed
astronauts on the Moon, the last in
December 1972. In these six Apollo
spaceflights, 12 men walked on the Moon
allowing them to join one of histories
most elite clubs.
The entire program was accomplished with
only two major setbacks. The first came with
the Apollo 1 launchpad fire that resulted in the
deaths of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White
and Roger Chaffee. The second near catastrophe
was Apollo 13, when an oxygen tank ruptured
during the Moonward phase of its journey. This
explosion crippled Apollo 13's command
module and the only thing that saved the
3 men was that they miraculously had a
second spacecraft, the lunar module.
There were however other problems - like the
Apollo 12 lightning strike that occurred just
be for launch that crippled the entire rocket
momentarily or Apollo 14 nearly being
unable to dock, or Jim Irwin suffering
a heart attack on the moon.
8.5.1930 – 8.25.2012
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Armstrong stopped signing anything, even personal checks, shortly after returning from the moon, in an effort to stop people from capitalizing on his
fame. When he signed his official Apollo 11 photograph he was always careful
to position his signature so that it was never over the United States Flag.
Armstrong had unequaled nerve, which is of course why he was picked to command this flight. On their final approach to the moon, the Eagle was
headed straight towards a large boulder field. Armstrong had to
make a decision, so he took control of the craft from the computers
and Houston and landed it safely by the seat-of-his-pants.
If you listen carefully to the final minute of the decent, you will note that
everybody was ordered silent by CAPCOM except for one person, who was
calling out second. " 60 seconds ... 30 seconds ..." He was calling out the
amount a fuel Armstrong had left for his decent.
Armstrong landed with 19 seconds of fuel to spare!
His heart rate never went up!
AUDIO of APOLLO 11's FINAL DESCENT
World War II Veterans
"The Greatest Generation"
Frank Owen Gehry (born February 28, 1929) is a
Canadian-American Pritzker Prize-winning
architect based in Los Angeles.
His buildings, including his private residence, have
become tourist attractions. His works are cited as
being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey,
which led Vanity Fair to label him as "the most
important architect of our age".Gehry's best-known
works include the titanium-covered Guggenheim
Museum in Bilbao, Spain; MIT Ray and Maria Stata
Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Walt Disney
Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Experience
Music Project in Seattle; Weisman Art Museum in
Minneapolis; Dancing House in Prague; the Vitra
Design Museum and MARTa Museum in Germany;
the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; the
Cinémathèque française in Paris; and 8 Spruce
Street in New York City. But it was his private
residence in Santa Monica, California, which
jump-started his career, lifting it from the status
of "paper architecture"—a phenomenon that
many famous architects have experienced in
their formative decades through experimentation
almost exclusively on paper before receiving
their first major commission in later years.
Gerhy is also the designer of the future
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.
Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge
Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov
'Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov' ( January 30,1926 – August 19,1998) was a Soviet naval officer. During the Cuban
Missile Crisis, he prevented the launch of a nuclear
torpedo and therefore a possible nuclear war. Thomas
Blanton (then director of the National Security Archive) said
in 2002 that "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world."
Arkhipov was born into a peasant family near Moscow. He
was educated in the Pacific Higher Naval School and participated in the Soviet war against Japan in August 1945, serving aboard a minesweeper. He transferred to the
Caspian Higher Naval School and graduated in 1947. He served in the submarine service aboard boats in the
Black Sea, Northern and Baltic Fleets. In July 1961. Arkhipov was appointed deputy commander or executive officer of the new Hotel-class ballistic missile submarine K-19. During its nuclear accident, he backed Captain Nikolai Vladimirovich Zateyev during the potential mutiny. While assisting with engineering work to deal with the overheating reactor,
he was exposed to a harmful level of radiation.
This incident is depicted in the
American film K-19: The Widowmaker.
On October 27, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a group of eleven United States Navy destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Randolph located the diesel-powered nuclear-armed Soviet Foxtrot-class submarine B-59 near Cuba. Despite being in international waters the Americans started dropping practice depth charges, explosives intended to force the submarine to come to the surface for identification. There had been no contact from Moscow for a number of days and, although the submarine's crew had earlier been picking up U.S. civilian radio broadcasts, once B-59 began attempting to hide from its U.S. Navy pursuers, it was too deep to monitor any radio traffic, so those on board did not know whether war had broken out. The captain of the submarine, Valentin Grigorievitch Savitsky, believing that a war might already have started, wanted to launch a nuclear-tipped torpedo.
Three officers on board the submarine – Savitsky, the political officer Ivan Semonovich Maslennikov, and the second-in-command Arkhipov – were authorized to launch the torpedo if agreeing unanimously in favor of doing so. An argument broke out among the three, in which only Arkhipov was against the launch. Although Arkhipov was only second-in-command of submarine B-59, he was actually Commander of the flotilla of submarines including B-4, B-36, and B-130, and of equal rank to Captain Savitsky. According to author Edward Wilson, the reputation Arkhipov gained from his courageous conduct in the previous year's K19 incident also helped him prevail in the debate. Arkhipov eventually persuaded Savitsky to surface the submarine and await orders from Moscow. This presumably averted the nuclear warfare which could possibly have ensued had the torpedo been fired. The submarine's batteries had run very low and the air-conditioning had failed, so it was forced to surface amidst its U.S. pursuers and head home. Washington's message that practice depth charges were being used to signal the submarines to surface never reached B-59, and Moscow claims it has no record of receiving it either.