Nicaraguan and Honduran Presidents to Strengthen Security and Trade

first_imgBy Dialogo February 27, 2012 On February 23 in Managua, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, agreed to strengthen trade and security cooperation in order to confront the organized crime that has made Honduras one of the most violent countries in the world. Following a meeting lasting almost four hours, the presidents agreed to carry out coordinated actions “in response to the serious threat” of organized crime and drug trafficking, which uses Central America as a transit corridor for drugs moving from South America to the United States. Honduras has a homicide rate of 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it one of the most violent countries in the world, while Nicaragua, together with Costa Rica, is among the Central American countries least affected by organized crime, although the figures are on the increase. The presidents also decided to strengthen trade and implement joint programs that can make it possible to combat extreme poverty in border towns, according to a joint statement read by Ortega. In addition, they decided to reopen discussion on cooperation agreements for development in the Gulf of Fonseca, on the Pacific Ocean, which they also share with El Salvador, for which reason they want to meet with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes in the near future. Lobo arrived in Managua with Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales, Social Development Minister Hilda Hernández, and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Melvin Redondo. Honduras and Nicaragua are two of the poorest countries in the Americas, after Haiti, and “we have to support one another mutually,” Ortega indicated.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: 400 New Jobs Coming to Columbia County

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that WebstaurantStore, Inc., an online restaurant supply company, will construct a new fulfillment center, creating at least 400 new, full-time jobs in Columbia County.“We’re thrilled to have helped WebstaurantStore bring new jobs to Columbia County,” said Governor Wolf. “We applaud Webstaurant for continuing to invest in the commonwealth, and for their contribution to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play.”Due to Pennsylvania’s prime location and the strength of its workforce, WebstaurantStore has purchased land in Hemlock Township, Columbia County, and plans to build a 586,000-square-foot distribution center to better serve the Mid-Atlantic and New England region. The company has pledged to invest at least $33 million into the project, which is expected to create 400 new, full-time jobs and retain 483 jobs over the next three years.“We are very excited to expand our presence in Pennsylvania with our new distribution center in the Bloomsburg area. As our rapid growth continues, we are pleased to make a long-term commitment to be a part of the Columbia County community,” said Dave Groff, president of WebstaurantStore. “We appreciate the guidance and support from the Governor’s Action Team to make this project a reality.”WebstaurantStore received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for an $800,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $800,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Headquartered in Lititz, Lancaster County and launched in 2004, WebstaurantStore is the largest online restaurant supply store serving food service professionals and individual customers worldwide. The company offers thousands of available wholesale supplies and commercial equipment and has expanded its offerings beyond the restaurant industry, including healthcare, educational, and hotel supplies.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Governor Wolf: 400 New Jobs Coming to Columbia County SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 23, 2019last_img read more

Flu Prevention Tips

first_imgStatewide—As of the last Indiana health department report for the week ending November 30, 47% of the flu cases were for children between 0-4 and 36% of all reported flu cases were for people between the ages of 5-24 years old.  There have been 3 flu-associated deaths reported so far this season in Indiana.  All were in the 65+ age range. Jefferson County’s Rykers’ Ridge Elementary is having an E-Learning Day today to allow students who are ill to stay home and students who are well to avoid the outbreak of Influenza B, strep throat and respiratory illness that saw 48 students (about 25%) stay home sick Thursday.The Center for Disease Control says the flu shot is the best protection for all ages against the flu.  They offer these other tips for preventionAvoid close contact.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sickStay home when you are sick.If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.Cover your mouth and nose.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.Clean your hands.Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.Practice other good health habits.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.last_img read more