By Kay Valle/Diálogo October 14, 2016 Two natural disasters have struck the Caribbean nation in less than a decade. Still, partner nations have once again responded without delay, offering their assistance without regard to distance or resources. Honduras was no exception; it joined the rescue and humanitarian-aid efforts that Haiti is receiving after the recent onslaught of Hurricane Matthew. “The HONCON (Honduras Contingent) Mission will temporarily stop acting as a peacekeeping contingent in order to function as a rescue contingent,” said Colonel Carlos Portillo, spokesperson for the Honduran Armed Forces. HONCON is the fifth peace mission that Honduras has sent to Haiti since 1995. It is composed of 47 members of the Armed Forces, including commissioned and non-commissioned officers and troops that had arrived in Haiti in June 2016 to work with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). “The contingent is a show of solidarity from the Honduran government to other peoples and governments. This (mission) allows our military, within the framework of international cooperation, to demonstrate the preparation, capacity and professionalism of its human resource,” according to the Secretariat of Security’s report on October 12th. After Hurricane Matthew, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández instructed the proper authorities to form an aid commission and to provide assistance to the citizens of Haiti affected by the hurricane. “This cannot wait. I made the decision and gave instructions to the minister of the Permanent Contingencies Commission (COPECO). On Tuesday, October 11th, a plane with humanitarian aid was sent to our Haitian brothers,” stated President Hernández. He also confirmed that the “HONCON peace force will join the effort to help the Haitian people.” Col. Portillo explained that “the Honduran Air Force (FAH, per its Spanish acronym) was responsible for transporting the rescue mission.” Specialized institution After the passage of Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in a decade, Haitian authorities expressed concerns over food security to the arriving international partners. “We are concerned with avoiding any possible famines in the country within three months due to the destroyed plantations,” Haitian President Jocelerme Privert expressed to the media. A FAH aircraft transported the aid to Haiti, led by COPECO Minister Lisandro Rosales, who traveled with a committee of members from the Rapid Response Unit. Rosales explained to the media that the aid consisted of four metric tons of non-perishable food. “This will meet the needs of some 10,000 people, which will create a positive impact for approximately 2,500 Haitian families,” he stated as he left for Haiti. The humanitarian aid package was prepared by the FAH and consisted of non-perishable food, basic medications, blankets, four metric tons of purified water, personal hygiene kits, and clothing. The aircraft departed from the Héctor Caraccioli Moncada Air Base in La Ceiba, department of Atlántida. “The FAH personnel have worked very hard to transport aid to the [COPECO] personnel and the media, which will keep us informed about the conditions of the Haitian people. We are thus bringing a helping hand to our Haitian brothers,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Armando Martínez Rueda, commander of the air base. Minister Rosales told Diálogo that Haitian Interior Minister Francois Anick Joseph welcomed his country’s help. The meeting also served to demonstrate the solidarity expressed by President Hernández in the name of the Honduran people. Upon returning to the country, Rosales indicated that “the Honduran government’s willingness to continue providing help to the people of Haiti is firm. The Armed Forces and other institutions like COPECO that are specialized in situations of risk are both well positioned to bring the needed humanitarian aid to the authorities and citizens of Haiti,” he concluded.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUES member James Sackett wanted to be involved in his community in some way. He had always known about and loved the idea of credit unions. So, when he moved to Minneapolis and joined a credit union in nearby Burnsville, he reached out and started the process of joining his CU’s board.Similarly, CUES employee Kari Sweeney wanted to volunteer in her local Wausau, Wisconsin, community, for a mission she’s passionate about. She loves reading, so when a seat opened up on her county’s library board and a friend encouraged her to check it out, she made an initial call and then followed up six months later.Now Sackett is the volunteer vice chair of the board at $1.3 billion Firefly CU and Sweeney is the volunteer vice president of the Marathon County Board of Trustees and a director of the broader Wisconsin Valley Library Service. Professionally, Sackett is a senior director at UnitedHealth Group and Sweeney is CUES’ director of supplier relations.Both of these self-starters called their respective volunteer organizations to express their interest in serving. But it’s safe to say that most directors don’t come to board service that way. In a recent CUES podcast, How to Recruit, Retain and Engage Millennial Directors, Sackett—a millennial—describes some key places to look for young directors, including local colleges or universities. Oftentimes, he says, a professor or other school official is very happy to recommend a student or recent graduate for a possible volunteer role.
GREENSBURG, Ind. – A new Hoosier Ag Today report shows nationwide pork production is up despite some farms recovering from the PED virus.Numbers show pork is on pace to pass beef production for the first time since 1952.USDA projected 2015 pork output at 23.9 billion pounds opposed to projected beef production of 23.8 billion pounds.High-priced hogs and low-lost feed will help hogs become readily available as farms unaffected by PED grow their herds, Reuters reports.The virus was responsible for killing an estimated eight million piglets.
New Delhi: Spanish giants Real Madrid have confirmed that current Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will become their new manager after the FIFA World Cup.A club statement read: “Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “Real Madrid CF announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons. “Julen Lopetegui will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”MORE TO FOLLOW For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.