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Altibbi

AlTibbi is a digital health platform in the Middle East and North Africa. Launched by both, Jalil Labadi and his father Dr. Abdel Aziz Labadi, in 2008 in Amman, the platform aims at presenting reliable, up-to-date and simplified medical information to users in the region in Arabic, according to their proclaimed mission. Today, the website features thousands of medical articles, a medical glossary, a section, dedicated to questions and answers, the latest news in medicine, telehealth services and consultations and a lot more. AlTibbi has partnered with Mawdoo3, a leading online Arabic content provider, to provide high quality content to a growing audience in the region. Upon his return from Germany in 2004, Dr. Abdel Aziz Labadi launched the “Medical Glossary” in Arabic, creating a pioneering medical reference for Arabic-speakers. In 2008, Jalil Labadi sought to build on his father's glossary, create a more comprehensive platform, targeting all Arabic-speakers in the MENA region who were, according to his observations, in need of reliable information in their mother-tongue.

Since its inception in 2008 in Amman, Altibbi has expanded and become one of the leading health platforms in the region: In 2010, the medical glossary was further developed and turned into a multi-service medical website, with the aim of reaching as many users as possible. In 2012, the website received text questions from patients and provided answers from specialized doctors for free. In 2016, remote consultation services were activated, users could, for the first time, contact doctors at any place and time via. In 2019, the platform enabled doctors to activate the e-clinic, a patient management system where they could manage patients’ files, appointments booking and electronic health records online and launched services globally; when it was first launched in 2008, the founder relied on self-funding, the financial support of friends and relatives. The website received its first investment in 2015 from Middle East Venture Partners and DASH ventures. With this investment, Altibbi was able to enhance interaction between doctors and users, draw a larger number of doctors and users from five Arab countries: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Lebanon.

In 2018, Altibbi received a new round of funding, with a total of US$6.5 million from Middle East Venture Partners, DASH Ventures, TAMM, RIMCO Investments, Endeavor's Catalyst Fund, other investors. This investment is expected to help the platform further develop its integrated health solutions, access new markets and enrich medical content in Arabic. Altibbi offers users in the MENA region a wide range of medical services including: Access to medical articles, written in a simple language to raise awareness among a non-expert audience. Access to daily news and updates. Access to the “Encyclopedia of Medicines”, a comprehensive reference featuring all medicines that are available in the MENA market. Access to the “Medical Glossary”, which explains to non-experts medical terms in a simplified language. Access to medical laboratories. Access to the “Question and Answer” section, which enables users to send their questions and receive answers from specialized doctors for free. Access to informative videos on a wide range of health issues.

Access to the directory of medical care providers in the MENA region. Consultation services, enabling patients to reach a doctor around the clock in all countries for a fee, which can be paid using different payment methods. Access to e-clinics, a system that enables doctors to handle their patients’ files online through the platform. Altibbi brings together more than 12 thousand accredited medical doctors from all specializations and different Arab countries. Thanks to their availability on the platform, users can get a remote medical diagnosis and facilitate the provision of healthcare services for users around the clock. In 2017, more than 50 thousand users were registered for phone consultation service with medical doctors. In addition, more than 10 million people visited the website on a monthly basis. In recognition of its efforts as one of the leading creators of medical content in Arabic, Altibbi was awarded the first prize in health category by the Arab E-Content Award in Bahrain in 2013.

The award, which falls under the United Nations’ World Global Summit came after presenting high-quality digital content in Arabic for years. Official website

USS John Penn (APA-23)

USS John Penn was an attack transport that served with the US Navy during World War II. Named after John Penn, a signatory to the American Declaration of Independence, she was the only ship in her class; the ship was launched as Excambion in 1931 by the New York Shipbuilding Company of Camden, New Jersey as one of American Export Lines's original "Four Aces." She was acquired by the Navy 8 January 1942. After fitting out and training, John Penn began preparations for what was to be one of the largest overseas expeditions undertaken, Operation Torch, the North African Invasion. From 4 to 16 October 1942, John Penn loaded Army equipment and troops topped off with fuel, she sortied from Hampton Roads 23 October with Admiral Hewitt's Western Naval Task Force. As a unit of Rear Admiral Monroe Kelly's Northern Attack Group she arrived 8 November in the transport area off Mehdia, Western Morocco, where she began landing troops and putting cargo ashore. Although hampered by heavy surf and fire from enemy shore batteries, she unloaded with efficiency and dispatch.

At 1053 an enemy aircraft attacked John Penn, but her after batteries splashed the intruder. On 15 November she departed for Casablanca, arrived that same day, unloaded the remainder of her cargo, she sailed for Virginia 17 November arriving 30 November. Two of her fellow Aces, USS Joseph Hewes and USS Edward Rutledge were sunk by U-boats during Operation Torch. John Penn departed Norfolk 17 December for deployment to the Pacific, arriving New Caledonia via the Canal Zone 18 January 1943, she departed New Caledonia 24 January. In all, she received 1,003 men and 63 officers, including Captain R. C. Davis, the lost cruiser's commanding officer. After debarking her grateful passengers at Noumea, New Caledonia, she spent the next 6 months delivering supplies and troops to Guadalcanal from the New Hebrides, the Fiji Islands and New Zealand. Reclassified APA-23 on 1 February 1943, she continued to bring supplies and troops into this bitterly contested island. On 13 August John Penn had just finished unloading a cargo of 155-mm ammunition off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal.

At 2120 she came under attack by enemy torpedo planes. Three minutes when the transport took one of the planes under fire, the plane burst into flames and crashed into her mainmast. About that same instant a torpedo from another plane hit the ship. Despite vigorous efforts to save her, John Penn went down stern first at 2150. 35 survivors were rescued by a United States Navy coastal transport vessel, the USS APc-25, whose commanding officer was Navy Lieutenant John D. Cartano. At the time of the torpedoing, Captain Harry William Need commanded USS John Penn. In her naval service, the transport had played a key role in the assault and occupation of French Morocco and contributed to the struggle for Guadalcanal. John Penn's crew, reassigned to other ships, took part in decisive naval victories. John Penn received one battle star for World War II service. John Penn is a popular dive site in Honiara; the wreck lies on its starboard side with the port hull in about 36 metres of water. The sand under the starboard side is about 56 metres.

Strong currents make the diving difficult. USS'John Penn' page - Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving Web Site USS John Penn, DANFS Online. APA-23 John Penn, Navsource Online; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships