Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador to safeguard Gulf of Fonseca

first_img “The fact is the gulf and its land borders are being used by traffickers to transport drugs among the three countries,” said Carlos Vallecillo, spokesman for the Honduran Anti-Drug-trafficking Directorate (DLCN). The bust led to the signing of an agreement this past March by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes. The nations will work together to eradicate criminal activity in the gulf region while protecting local residents, including the approximately 30,000 artisanal fishermen who make a living in the area. “The Gulf of Fonseca is a secondary route for the drug trade, probably being run by organized crime or groups of criminal gangs who specialize in transporting and distributing drugs and are looking for alternative routes for their trafficking,” said Col. Isaac Santos Aguilar, the head of the DLCN. “The transit of illegal drugs is well known. That’s why they’ve reinforced the coastal areas.” Honduras has delivered several big blows against the traffickers this year, as authorities seized 11,023 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of cocaine and 39,282 pounds (17,818 kilograms) of marijuana and destroyed 17 landing strips for drug-carrying airplanes during the first seven months of 2012. Meantime, numerous Salvadoran gang members are hiding in the Gulf of Fonseca area after escaping from law enforcement agents, according to Maj. Commissioner Douglas Pichardo Ramírez, chief of Public Security at the Chinandega Department, which oversees the Nicaraguan portion of the gulf. “We’ve noticed those who enter Nicaragua through the gulf area are for the most part fugitives from the Salvadoran judicial system,” Pichardo said. Pichardo said earlier this year the Nicaraguan government created a special police unit to work with community leaders and the Navy to fight crime and protect residents in the gulf area. “This unit is a response to the concerns we’ve received from those who live in the area,” he added. Nicaragua and El Salvador also are exchanging information so they can bolster their fights against kidnappings and trafficking on their shared border. During the past three years, Chinandega Police have caught and extradited 11 suspected gangsters to El Salvador, where they had escaped from prison. Of the 11 convicts, 10 are suspected of trying to organize gangs in the gulf area, Pichardo said. “We have a constant and daily presence of officials who always are on alert,” Pichardo said. “When we receive reports, we coordinate with the police and Navy so we can fight crime but at the same time honor the peace agreements signed by the three countries.” Nicaraguan and Salvadoran naval forces recently conducted a joint exercise simulating the pursuit of narco-traffickers in the gulf. “Like good neighbors, we always try to be in touch,” said Lt. Cmdr. Salvador Ramírez, a tactical-command officer with the Naval Forces of El Salvador. “I work in the Gulf of Fonseca and on several occasions I’ve coordinated [actions] among corresponding vessels from Honduras and Nicaragua.” CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua, SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador and TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The Gulf of Fonseca encompasses 3,200 square kilometers (1,236 square miles) and stretches into El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The governments from the three nations have declared the gulf a “zone of peace, sustainable development and security” because it’s an ecological preserve, tourist attraction and an area that’s ripe for scientific research. But the Gulf of Fonseca also serves another purpose, as it’s emerged as a waterway used by narco-traffickers and gangs to move drugs throughout Central America. The Heisten, Coronados, Vías Satélite and Pinos Locos branches of the El Salvador-based Mara Salvatrucha are using the gulf as an avenue to traffic drugs and weapons. The severity of crimes committed on the gulf came to light on Dec. 14, 2011. The Salvadoran Navy intercepted a speedboat transporting 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of US$25 million, making it the largest drug seizure of the year, according to Salvadoran Minister of Security David Munguía Payés. Guatemalans Marvin Giovanni Mayorga López and William Peláez Martínez were taken into custody and are being held without bail until the conclusion of their case, which began on June 22. center_img By Dialogo September 10, 2012last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Issues Green Phase Order, Guidance on Dining and Professional Sports

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Wolf Administration worked with the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association to develop guidance on dining in both the yellow and green phases.Yellow Phase Outdoor DiningBeginning June 5, restaurants and retail food service businesses located in counties designated as being in the yellow phase are permitted to add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits:Indoor areas, including bar areas, of restaurants and retail food service businesses must be closed to customers except for through-traffic. Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e., tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.Customers being served must be seated at a table.Prohibitions are also included. The following are not permitted:Self-service food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, condiments, and drink stations.Condiments on tables; these must be dispensed by employees upon the request of a customer.Reusable menus.Refilling food and beverage containers or allowing implements brought in by customers.Green Phase DiningRetail food service businesses, including restaurants, and bars located in counties designated as being in the green phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas, so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits:Bar seating may be utilized if customers are seated and comply with physical distancing guideline of at least 6 feet or physical barriers between customers. Standing in a bar area will not be permitted.A maximum of four customers that have a common relationship may sit together at the bar, while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines or barriers between other customers.No business is required to conduct in-person operations and should not do so if unable to follow applicable guidance.Dining guidance provides businesses and employees in the restaurant and retail food service industry with specific details on operations, including following the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public, available here, and provisions specific to mask-wearing, table-spacing, occupancy limits, sanitization, and implementation of a COVID-19 prevention plan, among other provisions to ensure worker and customer safety.The dining guidance also notes that restaurants and retail food service businesses located in counties designated as being in the red phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales only and may not allow the service or consumption of food or beverages on the premises.Professional Sports GuidanceThe Wolf Administration has worked with Pennsylvania’s professional sports teams to develop guidance that allows for competition to resume.Professional sports, defined as any sporting event at which the participants are paid by a league or team, or at which individuals or teams receive prizes or purse, are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of reopening without on-site or venue spectators if the team (or league on behalf of the team) has developed a COVID-19 safety plan.Such a plan must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and include, among other requirements, testing or screening and monitoring of all on-venue players and personnel. Also, no fans or spectators may be permitted on interior or exterior venue property. Professional sports organizations are encouraged to contact the Wolf Administration to share their reopening plans and get them approved by the Department of Health.Find the governor’s order here.Find the secretary of health’s order here.Find business FAQs here.Ver esta página en español. May 27, 2020 Gov. Wolf Issues Green Phase Order, Guidance on Dining and Professional Sports Press Release,  Public Health As more counties move to yellow and green, Governor Tom Wolf today issued an order to elaborate on the reopening process for green phase counties and guidance on outdoor dining in yellow counties, dining in green counties, and professional sports in yellow counties.Green Phase Updated OrderThe governor elaborated on green phase guidelines announced on May 22 by issuing an updated order for counties in the green phase of reopening.The orders from Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine include these provisions:Suspends all previous stay-at-home orders and replaces them with the new green phase order for these counties, effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.The order includes provisions for businesses that were permitted to conduct in-person operations in the yellow phase, those permitted to operate with some restrictions on in-person operations and those that were not permitted any in-person operations under the yellow phase.The order also includes guidance on occupancy limits and health and safety orders that business must adhere to under the green phase.Specifics are included on those areas that have raised questions from business owners and residents, including:Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops must operate by appointment only; appointments or reservations are also strongly encouraged for gyms or spas.Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance.Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations established by the order. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings.Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.last_img read more

MBB : Joseph joins 1,000-point club; freshman Cooney to redshirt

first_img Comments Kris Joseph made it a goal for himself when he was in high school. Whatever college he went to, he wanted to score 1,000 points. To him, the mark signified being part of an elite group of players.On Monday, Joseph joined that group.The senior small forward needed four points to reach 1,000 for his career heading into Syracuse’s 92-56 win over Manhattan. He got three of them on a triple from the left corner just more than two minutes into the game. And that last point he needed to break 1,000 came on another 3-pointer from the left wing.‘Just growing up, I always told myself whatever college I go to, I want to be a part of that club,’ Joseph said. ‘I think it’s an elite club to be a part of, and I’m fortunate enough that I was able to do it here at Syracuse University.’But Joseph didn’t stop there. That second 3-pointer triggered a stretch in which he scored eight points in just more than a minute. On SU’s next possession, he buried another long-range dagger from almost the exact same spot on the floor, forcing Manhattan to take a timeout.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd on the ensuing Jaspers possession after the stoppage, the Orange senior got a run-out and converted a two-handed slam.‘I was feeling it,’ Joseph said. ‘That was it. I shot with the big ball I’m back to my routine shooting with the big ball before the game starts in my little warm-up. I was just feeling hot. I knew I was four points away from 1,000. I was just trying to get them as quickly as possible.’Joseph finished the game with 15 points and seven rebounds.After the game, Joseph looked back on the moment when the public address announcer told the Carrier Dome crowd Joseph had reached the 1,000-point mark. He said he remembered as a freshman when Paul Harris reached 1,000 points and also when Rick Jackson did it last year.And he knew he wanted that special moment of his own.‘It was a great feeling,’ Joseph said. ‘I remember hearing it for Paul Harris. I remember how happy he was. And I remember them doing it for Rick. I wanted it for myself, so it was a great feeling.’Freshman Cooney redshirtedWith his hands on his backpack straps, Trevor Cooney gave a slight shrug of the shoulders before he answered. The saddened look on his face told the story, and there’s nothing he can do at this point.‘It’s disappointing, obviously, because you come here to college to play,’ Cooney said. ‘But there’s four really, really good guards in front of me and older guys. All I can do is take this year to get better and learn from those guys.’Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim announced Cooney will redshirt this year, following Monday’s win over Manhattan. He stressed this situation had nothing to do with Cooney’s readiness or playing ability, but rather the logjam in front of him at both of the guard positions.Cooney enters the 2011-12 season as the fifth guard in the SU rotation, and Boeheim felt playing only a couple of minutes a game, if at all, wasn’t the best option for the freshman.‘Sometimes a guy does redshirt because he’s hurt, but this is different,’ Boeheim said. ‘Usually, it’s because they’re just not good enough to play yet, and that’s not the case. … When you have four guards ahead of him, he’s not going to play a significant amount of time.’Boeheim mentioned that former players Andy Rautins and Lazarus Sims, among others, redshirted as freshmen and went on to become team leaders and great players as fifth-year seniors. He feels that Cooney, known for now primarily as a shooter, has a chance to become that same type of player.Cooney did see the court in both of SU’s exhibition games. He had seven points on 3-of-4 shooting against Cal State-Los Angeles and three points against St. Rose.Though disheartened, Cooney said it feels good to know Boeheim has confidence in his future within the program.‘That just shows how much trust he has in me, and it’s cool to hear him say things like that,’ Cooney said.zjbrown@syr.edumjcohe02@syr.edu Published on November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more