Honduras Joins International Humanitarian Aid Effort for Haiti

first_imgBy 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.last_img read more

Mourinho’s Move to Man Utd Stalled by Image Rights

first_imgDespite the hold up, Mourinho’s announcement is expected imminently, although these delays could potentially carry into Euro 2016, and affect Mourinho’s transfer dealings.Van Gaal’s exit was formally announced earlier this week, confirming what many believed to be a long-held formality. The Dutchman was sacked despite winning the FA Cup last weekend, as United beat Crystal Palace after extra time.Assistant manager Ryan Giggs is reportedly set to exit the club, ending his long affiliation with United, amid reports that he is unsatisfied that he was not offered the manager’s role himself.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ​ Jose Mourinho’s move to Manchester United is being held up due to complications over image rights, according to top sports lawyer Jake Cohen.Cohen announced on his Twitter feed yesterday morning that Mourinho’s entrance at Old Trafford as Louis Van Gaal’s replacement may not be as smooth as some United fans would hope – even though the issues aren’t believed to be serious enough to scupper the deal completely.He revealed that a delay has occurred due to the fact that former club Chelsea still own the trademark for the Portuguese boss’ real name, adding that his image rights are worth millions and that he was ill-advised during his time in London.last_img read more

Syracuse’s two tallest players have struggled with foul trouble during the team’s perfect start

first_imgWith 4:04 left in the first quarter during Syracuse’s 81-70 overtime win over Stony Brook on Nov. 30, SBU’s Cheyenne Clark got past her defender and drove the open lane. Digna Strautmane, late on the rotation, scrambled to get in position and threw her hands up to stop the shot.Clark drove her shoulder into the 6-foot-2 Strautmane’s chest and missed. Before the ball could roll away, the referee made his call: blocking foul on Strautmane. SU head coach Quentin Hillsman pursed his lips and wiped away forehead sweat. He’s grown accustomed to managing foul trouble early in the season, and this game would be no different.Despite Syracuse’s (8-0) undefeated start, its two tallest players, Strautmane and freshman center Amaya Finklea-Guity, haven’t been a consistent factor. The lack of production stems from the frontcourt’s foul trouble. Strautmane has accumulated the most personal fouls on the team (27) and has recorded at least four fouls in half the team’s games. Finklea-Guity is tied for third in fouls (16) and has played more than 19 minutes just twice. Hillsman has attributed the fouls to poor on-ball defense by SU’s guards and poor positioning by the forwards.“They’re both freshmen,” Hillsman said. “This is their first college games. They have a lot of responsibility.”When on the court, the pair contribute. Strautmane leads the team in rebounds per game (8.3) and blocks (19). Finklea-Guity ranks fourth in rebounds (4.9) and second in blocks (6).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe duo will look to stay out of foul trouble against a Colgate team that sports four forwards taller than 6 feet on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome.“We know better,” Finklea-Guity said. “We just have to be more aware of those silly little mistakes…There’s only two of us right now.”Kevin Camelo | Contributing Digital Design EditorSyracuse only has three bigs on its active roster: Miranda Drummond, Strautmane and Finklea-Guity. When on the court together, they anchor SU’s 2-3 zone. Drummond, 6-foot-1, and Strautmane flank out wide. Finklea-Guity is 6-foot-4 and protects the rim. On SU’s bench, there is no player taller than 5-foot-9. So, when a member of Syracuse’s frontcourt gets in foul trouble, opponents have exploited the height advantage.In Syracuse’s most recent contest against Stony Brook, Strautmane committed her second foul with more than seven minutes left in the first half. Before she could receive a third, Hillsman benched her for Finklea-Guity. Two minutes later, Finklea-Guity earned her second foul and in another two minutes joined Strautmane on the sidelines. To replace Finklea-Guity, Hillsman turned to 5-foot-8 Jasmine Nwajei. The Orange were outrebounded by the Seawolves, 7-1, and allowed four layups to close the half after Finklea-Guity exited the game.“We need to guard out the man that we’re on,” guard Tiana Mangakahia said, “and make sure that they don’t get into foul trouble by helping.”In overtime against Stony Brook, a help-defense foul occurred with 2:51 left in the period. A Seawolves’ guard had broken through the zone and charged down the baseline. Strautmane switched over but didn’t set her feet and was called for her fifth foul of the game. For the second time this season, Strautmane fouled out.Part of the issue, Hillsman said, is Strautmane and Finklea-Guity committing “guard fouls,” such as slapping a player when going for a steal or reaching over an offensive player’s back to tip a pass away. Instead, Hillsman wants his forwards to save the fouls for later in the game, when tighter, foul-prone defense is necessary.Finklea-Guity started her Syracuse career with 23 points in two games. Over the next six games she’s scored 27 total. Strautmane led SU in its season-opening win against Morgan State on Nov. 10 as she dropped 17 points, pulled down 11 boards, blocked four shots and assisted on three others. Since then, she hasn’t scored double-digit points. Both figure to be a part of SU’s future success, if they can stay on the court and out of foul trouble.“I want to play,” Strautmane said. “If I want to play, I’ll have to keep myself in a good position so I don’t get fouls.” Comments Published on December 6, 2017 at 12:42 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more