By United States Southern Command May 08, 2019 The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is scheduled to deploy in June from Naval Station Norfolk to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America to conduct humanitarian medical assistance missions in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of the Venezuela political and economic crisis. During a five-month humanitarian mission, U.S. military medical personnel will work alongside partners to provide medical assistance to communities based on needs identified by host-nation health ministries, and help relieve pressure on host nation medical systems in countries hosting Venezuelans who have fled the country’s crisis. Countries hosting the USNS COMFORT during the mission will be announced at a later time. “The USNS COMFORT represents our enduring promise to our partners in the Western Hemisphere – our shared neighborhood,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will oversee the deployment. “U.S. Southern Command is committed to the region in support of our Caribbean and Latin American partners, as well as displaced Venezuelans who continue to flee the brutal oppression of the former Maduro regime and its interlocking, man-made political, economic and humanitarian crises.” This marks the hospital ship’s seventh deployment to the region since 2007, second deployment to the Western Hemisphere in the last six months, and reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership, and solidarity with the Americas and the people of Venezuela. The USNS COMFORT operation is part of the deepening of our engagement in the region under the health pillar of the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Strategy. (www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/caribbeanstrategy/)
With the release of Madden 20 right around the corner, EA Sports has released the player ratings for the latest edition of the popular video game franchise.The rating system is based on a scale from one to 99. While no player in this year’s game is rated as low as a one (the lowest rated player is a 36), there are a select few who garnered the coveted 99-overall rating. MORE: Best defenses to use in ‘Madden 20’Bobby Wagner, MLB, Seattle SeahawksWagner rounds out the top four players in Madden 20. Seattle’s premier defender sports a 99 awareness rating like the other top four players, and has a well-balanced rating for speed (88), acceleration (89) and agility (85). His tackle (99), pursuit (99) and hit power (98) are also the best among all players featured in the game. It’s an exclusive club to join as players like Barry Sanders (2000), Ray Lewis (2002) and Peyton Manning (2006-11) have all received 99-overall ratings in past versions of the game.This year’s edition features four players rated 99 overall and for the first time since 2016, none of them are quarterbacks. Here’s a brief look at each player.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsAaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles RamsDonald comes in as the top overall player in Madden 20. His strength and awareness are both rated at 99, while his acceleration ratings tops out at 90.His 97 rating in block shedding and 99 rating for power moves will make him a must-have player for any ultimate team.MORE: Best offenses to use in ‘Madden 20’DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston TexansHopkins is this year’s highest-rated wideout as he just barely edged out Antonio Brown (98 overall) for the top spot. The Texans’ top pass-catching target boasts a 92 rating in speed and agility to go along with his 99 rating for awareness. His acceleration speed rounds out at a 93. He also sports a 99 rating in jumping, catching, catching in traffic, spectacular catch and release.Khalil Mack, OLB, Chicago BearsThe Bears’ beast on the defensive line has an awareness rating of 99, much like Donald and Hopkins. However, it’s his quickness that really shines through; Mack’s speed, acceleration and agility ratings are 87, 89 and 88 respectively. All unbelievably high for a player at his position.