SOUTHCOM, US Embassy Security Cooperation Office, Assist Honduras During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo May 21, 2020 Some 700 Honduran families are benefitting from humanitarian aid kits delivered by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to the National Risk Management System (SINAGER, in Spanish) of Honduras on May 8.These 700 hygiene kits contain soaps, toothpastes, brushes, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, and shampoo and were taken to prioritized sectors of Honduras.The donation was made in response to the request by the Honduran government agency of the Permanent Commission of Contingencies (COPECO, in Spanish) for supplies to have on hand to respond to emergencies due to the rainy season.Since the COVID-19 crisis began in Honduras in mid-March, the Security Cooperation Office (SCO) of the U.S. Embassy in Honduras through SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) has donated more than $150,000 worth of medical supplies, hygiene kits, and personal protection equipment (PPE).In late April, SOUTHCOM also delivered to COPECO a disbursement of PPEs for SINAGER, which was later distributed among the first response personnel working on the front lines combatting COVID-19.U.S. Air Force Colonel Francisco Rivera, SCO chief in Honduras, made the delivery. Those PPEs consisted of 1,500 KN 95 masks, 5,000 Nitrile gloves, 65 gallons of hand sanitizers, 1,500 medical gowns, and six infrared thermometers. In addition to SINAGER and COPECO, donations have also gone to the Honduran National Pulmonary Hospital and the Salvador Paredes Hospital.“Over the last decade, SOUTHCOM has steadily built COPECO’s capacity in Honduras through a series of HAP projects,” said Col. Rivera. “From 2010 to 2020, HAP funds were used to construct regional Emergency Operations Centers/Disaster Relief Warehouses (EOC/DRW) for COPECO regional offices in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Gracias a Dios, El Paraíso, Atlántida, and Choluteca.”These facilities, which display commemorative plaques highlighting SOUTHCOM’s donation, are currently fully equipped to respond to natural and man-made disasters, Col. Rivera added. For COVID-19, each EOC/DRW is currently activated and providing assistance.last_img read more

Loic Remy tells Chelsea not to sack Jose Mourinho

first_img Despite winning the title last season, Mourinho’s position is coming under increased scrutiny following a poor start to the campaign which has seen them lose half of their opening 10 league fixtures. Having also lost their Capital One Cup fourth-round tie to Stoke on penalties on Tuesday, the Portuguese is likely to come in for more criticism and cracks have begun to appear in his usually cool demeanour. Loic Remy wants Jose Mourinho to stay at Stamford Bridge and has backed the Chelsea boss to lead the Blues to a top-four finish in the Premier League. He has hit out at the media and snubbed all post-match press duties following Saturday’s defeat at West Ham, while he faces a Football Association charge having been sent off following a half-time altercation with referee Jon Moss at Upton Park. But, despite different reports surfacing that claim a number of senior players at Chelsea want Mourinho to go, Remy – who scored the late equaliser at the Britannia Stadium that saw their cup tie go to penalties – told the London Evening Standard that the boss still has the backing of the dressing room. “It’s important for him to stay and we don’t want to give up,” the forward said of Mourinho. “We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don’t want him to leave. I think all the players don’t want that. “The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation. We will just keep training well. I’m sure the opportunity to win games will be here sooner rather than later, but obviously it is better for us if it is sooner.” Chelsea host Liverpool on Saturday as Mourinho comes up against Jurgen Klopp – who replaced Brendan Rodgers following the Reds’ own indifferent start. Remy admits the fixture is a big one but the France international has also backed Chelsea to finish in the Premier League top four despite currently languishing down in 15th – nine points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United. “I’m really sure that Saturday will be a big game, but we can still be in the top four of the League if we win games,” he added. “It does look and feel like, after losing on penalties, that things aren’t going our way. But when you know the quality of the group and the fact we were were champions last season, which was not by chance, the quality is still here.” Remy has started just one Premier League game so far this season but is in the frame to line up against Liverpool after Diego Costa was taken to hospital following a rib injury that forced him off after 32 minutes at Stoke. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ayew, Ghana’s mister consistent

first_imgIn 2012, during the last confrontation between Ghana and Tunisia at AFCON, Andre Ayew won the game for the Black Stars by scoring the winning goal in the quarter-final against Carthage Eagles. Seven years later, the captain of Ghana wants to cross the Tunisian hurdle again. For Ayew, Ghana “is hungry for a trophy”.Having a father as a football legend is difficult for some players to take on. But among the Ayew family, direct descendants of Abedi Pelé, it is a key element.Unstoppable support for his boys, the former CAF Player of the Year has been able to transmit his passion. Andre, a copy of his father also followed his footsteps as a midfielder.When Andre talks about the golden generation that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1982, along with Abedi Pelé and current coach James Kwesi Appiah, someone he admires. “These are different times but they have advised us to stay calm and to have no regrets “.The years when young Andre seemed frail are now behind him. Thanks to a rich experience of more than ten years, the Turkey-based player has made his way to the captaincy of the Black Stars.He joined the national team at a very young age. Starting first at the U-20 level, before his promotion to the first team in 2007, then under the captaincy of Stephen Appiah, now Team Manager of the current technical staff. In a few years, the young man has grown to become a man who makes a bold declaration at every tournament. As captain of the Black Stars, the 29-year-old works in the continuity of his predecessors. “We have to have to stay calm to hold this. Our country loves football so much that there is a lot of pressure on the players, the federation and the coach, but I think I have to keep doing my job, which is to lead the team also in my own way. I learnt a lot from seniors such as Stephen Appiah, John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan. I try to apply their leadership techniques to mine. “The atmosphere in the group is “perfect,” he says. With the younger ones, the integration was done in a natural way. Having the opportunity to evolve with your brother is a bonus for the older brother. Often together at the same club, (Olympique Marseille and Swansea City) or in Ghana Black Stars, the complementarity of the brothers could be observed over the matches.Andre knows that Ghana is “hungry for a trophy”. The next match against Tunisia will be tough. “I had the opportunity to play several AFCON editions; the group stages and the knockout phase are two different things, and that’s when you lose and you go home.”In 2012, the opportunist Andre was the hero of the Ghana – Tunisia quarter-final clash. During the extra time, as the two teams struggled to break the tie, the midfielder took advantage of goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi’s blunder to score Ghana’s winning goal. Can the Ghanaian captain pull his team again to victory? The answer this Monday, July 8th.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: April 20, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Travis Brister, born in 1980, of Haysville was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Brister is accused on Oct. 10, 2013 of depriving the Kansas Star Casino of stealing $54 in cash while working as a bartender by not ringing up drinks then putting the purchase money into his tip money on about 10 different transactions.•••••Jacob Martin, born in 1985, of Wichita was charged with making false information, a level 8 felony; identity theft, a level 8 felony; identity fraud, a level 8 felony; and unlawful use of driver’s license, a Class A misdemeanor.Martin is accused of misleading officials on a VIP Preferred Check Cashing Enrollment form on April 21 at the Kansas Star Casino in hopes of obtaining a VIP check cashing card. In doing so, Martin allegedly falsely stated his name as someone else. He also allegedly used a Bank of America MasterCard and a check belonging from the person’s checking account. He is also accused of using a driver’s license which was altered to display a photo of Martin instead of the other person.•••••John Hardgraves, born in 1962, of Belle Plaine was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.Hardgraves is accused of grabbing another household member by the throat on April 17 and allegedly damaging a chair and glass container valued less than $1,000 during an argument.•••••Dee Anna Greyeagle, born in 1986, of Morton, Minn. was charged with failure to pay toll, a Class A misdemeanor; driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor or no driver’s license in possession, an unclassified misdemeanor; and theft, a level 9 felony.Greyeagle is accused of on April 16 of exiting at the South Toll Plaza in Sumner County by refusing to pay the toll in a 2004 Silver Pontiac Grand Prix bearing a Minnesota tag. After being apprehended, it was discovered she did not have a proper driver’s license. It was then discovered that another woman in Minnesota had reported on April 16 that Greyeagle had been with her the night before. When she awoke both Greyeagle and the vehicle were gone.•••••Prince Ellis, born in 1991, of Wichita was charged with unlawful use of driver’s license, a Class B misdemeanor.Ellis is accused of on Jan. 26 at the Kansas Star Casino, of displaying a driver’s license issued to another person as if it were his own driver’s license in an attempt to gain admission into the casino.•••••Bradly Potucek, born in 1989, of Belle Plaine was charged with driving on the right side of the roadway; driving while suspended; driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, third conviction in 10 years; and attempted interference with law enforcement officer. Courtney Cody, born in 1987, of Wellington was charged with permitting unauthorized person to drive, a misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor; and interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.On April 5, Cody is accused of permitting a motor vehicle on a public road operated by Bradley David Potucek, who was not the holder of a valid driver’s license and obstructing a sheriff’s deputy by refusing to be quiet and letting the deputy proceed with his investigation, The complaint said Cody angrily addressed profanity at him and was physical while she was being placed under arrest and being handcuffed.••••• Edwood Osborne, born in 1995, of Wellington was charged with either possession of marijuana with intent to distribute 25 to 450 grams, a level 3 drug felony or possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia.Osborne is accused of obtaining 46 grams of marijuana in six small baggies in the rear seat of the vehicle he was riding in.last_img read more