HR will have to tighten up on agency workers

first_imgHR will have to tighten up on agency workersOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. It may not look like a big headache, but the way UK employers handle 1.8million agency workers could emerge as one of the biggest challenges facing HRfor years. Why? Because it impacts on most organisations at the crucial operationallevel, and the burden of red tape and increased costs is looming large. This week’s front-page story about the Reuters driver who won an unfairdismissal and redundancy case at the Court of Appeal is a stark warning of therisks that lie ahead. Combined with the forthcoming EU Agency WorkersDirective, it shows that HR will have to get a grip of what is currently a laxprocess. The landmark case was won on the basis that the lorry driver’s five years’service was capable of creating an implied contract. What Reuters had said anddone with the driver during this period was called into question, along withrelevant documentation. You must recognise the different status of temps and avoid treating them asregular staff. For many large-scale businesses, it is common to use different agencies torecruit temporary staff and involve HR and/or line managers in theirprocurement. Such inconsistencies can lead to many different practices in oneorganisation – or even one small team. Temps clearly need to be valued and protected, but our readers believe theyshould not be over-regulated to the extent that their employment stiflescompetitiveness. Research conducted by Personnel Today and Manpower shows that employers havean enlightened approach, with 45 per cent of responding firms claiming to paytheir agency staff the same as permanent workers, and 23 per cent paying tempsmore. However, 70 per cent of the 1,000 respondents were fearful the new EUDirective would lead to more red tape and bigger costs. Managing temps is not just about juggling costs, it is also about policiesand procedures that clarify their employment status. Temps provide that allimportant flexibility and will remain a vital resource, but one that is costingyour businesses around £1.7bn a year. Surely anything costing that much deserves a lot more consideration thanmany are affording it. Any employer using agency workers would be wise toreview their processes now. By Jane King, editorlast_img read more

BYU Loses 4-2 to Gonzaga

first_imgBrian Hsu: 1-4, 1 RBIBrock Hale: 1-3, 1 BBCarson Matthews: 1-3, 1 R The Bulldogs scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the third inning off a single up the middle that brought in two base runners. Gonzaga (8-9, 2-1) added a third run to take a 3-0 over BYU (13-5, 1-2) heading into the bottom of the third frame. Game Summary The bats began to heat up for BYU in the bottom of the sixth with Carson Matthews leading off with a single to center. Mitch McIntyre singled through to right field and Brock Hale loaded up the bases after being walked. Gonzaga’s pitcher walked Jackson Cluff to advance all runners and put BYU within a run. But the Cougars failed to take more advantage and continued to trail Gonzaga 3-2 at the end of six innings. Player Highlights FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – The BYU baseball team lost 4-2 against Gonzaga in the third game of the Cougars’ opening series of West Coast Conference play at Larry H. Miller Field on Saturday. BYU will next play in the UCCU Crosstown Clash against Utah Valley at UCCU Ballpark at 6 p.m. MT on Tuesday, March 19. The game will air live on WAC Digital Network, BYU Radio and ESPN 960. Brian Hsu singled to right field to bring Hill home from third to score BYU’s first run of the gameJackson Cluff recorded an RBI after being walked while the bases were loaded during the sixthFour of BYU’s five losses this season have been by two runs or less Written by “We played hard today,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “Last night we got the big hit and tonight we didn’t get the big hit.” March 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Loses 4-2 to Gonzaga The Bulldogs extended their lead 4-2 after a sacrifice fly to left field brought in a run in the seventh inning. Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/Gonzaga Bulldogs/WCC Noah Hill extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single to right field. Brian Hsu brought Hill home with a single to right field to score the Cougars’ first run of the game and making the score 3-1 at the end of three. Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 8/20/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUENY Mets 9, Cleveland 2Philadelphia 3, Boston 2LA Dodgers 16, Toronto 3AMERICAN LEAGUELA Angels 5, Texas 1Baltimore 4, Kansas City 1Seattle 7, Tampa Bay 4Minnesota 14, Chi White Sox 4Texas 3, LA Angels 2Oakland 6, NY Yankees 2NATIONAL LEAGUEPittsburgh 4, Washington 1Cincinnati 3, San Diego 2Atlanta 5, Miami 1Chi Cubs 5, San Francisco 3St. Louis 9, Milwaukee 4Arizona 8, Colorado 7WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONChicago 87, Atlanta 83New York 82, Indiana 76Las Vegas 84, Phoenix 79Los Angeles 81, Minnesota 71 Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by August 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/20/19center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Mort

first_img2/5 I really wanted this play to be good. Terry Prachett’s novel is funny, clever, and has real narrative force. ‘Death’ is a fine comic literary creation: a kind of grim reaper, at once confused by and curious about the humans whose lives he takes. But this production falls flat. The costumes are sumptuous, the props extravagant, but the production seemed to be all icing and no cake.  Death, complete with skeletal mask and flaming sword, is well acted, but the acting is good only because a detached deadpan is what is called for. The other actors seem to have been infected with the same unwillingness to express, especially Rob Hemmens as Mort, who gives a performance that is startlingly bland. Even his confusion seems half-hearted. Kate Morris as Ysabelle tries to break the cloying atmosphere by turning her character into a pre-pubescent, babyish figure, but, as she says, her character is stuck in time at age eighteen, not age seven. There is none of the insecurity and arrogance of the confused and scared girl being confronted with a boy she likes for the first time. She just pouts.Albert, in Liam Welton’s portrayal, also falls flat, as Welton seems to believe that the only defining feature of the progress of age upon a man is that his back becomes ridiculously stooped and his right arm hangs limp. Chris Carter’s Cutwell I enjoyed more, as he captures the blustering wizard excellently, right from his bored exhaustion to the quips hiding his terrified confusion. Harriet Tolkein’s Princess Keli is a fine picture of supremely regal arrogance, yet she too succumbs to a childish petulance when she reaches for suppressed fear at the realization that she is dead, but just hasn’t stopped moving. The director, Rhys Jones, appears to have decided on a speed at the outset, a speed he is absolutely determined to maintain, come hell, high- water, or the script. This means that the moments of comedy, which really need to be treated with delicate emphasis, are thrown away. With exception of a few scenes, such as the name-calling between Ysabelle and Mort, which is unpleasantly infantile anyway, and the richly comic cameo of Tom Richards as a very plummy, very old, and very oblivious High Priest, the play lacks spirit, the impressive setting masking a Mort that is, to all intents and purposes, dead.By Tim Sherwinlast_img read more

Group Zeroes in on Skate Park Site for Ocean City

first_img[ready_google_map id=’1′]A group of elected officials, city employees and local skaters is ready to recommend a site for a new skateboard park in Ocean City: a spot adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.The choice is an important milestone in the effort to bring a skate park back to Ocean City.The city dismantled a park near Sixth Street and the Ocean City Boardwalk in 2011, citing safety concerns over deteriorating equipment. That park had opened in 2002 at a cost of a little more than $130,000.Since then, amid protests from local skaters, the city administration has promised to rebuild the park, and City Council has approved a capital plan that calls for spending $250,000 on the project. The parking lot adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue is the proposed site for a new skateboard park in Ocean City. The site is surrounded by the Ocean City Tabernacle, Ocean City Primary School and commercial properties.A group led by Councilman Mike DeVlieger and comprised of Councilman Michael Allegretto, Councilman Antwan McClellan, Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo, other administration members, and skateboarders and surfers from the community (young and old) has been researching different proposed sites.They have made road trips to other skate parks, solicited feedback from neighbors and studied the potential impact on an existing parking lot at the proposed site.The site they’re targeting is bounded by the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters, the Ocean City Tabernacle, the Ocean City Primary School and some commercial properties on Fifth Street (including the Gabriel Building Group).The group will solicit public input before it proceeds with a recommendation to the city for proceeding with a potential project.“Nothing’s done until it’s vetted by the community,” DeVlieger said.He said the group will be ready to make a “solid presentation” to City Council in the coming weeks (or at least within a month or two).A Facebook page — Petition for a Skate Park – OCNJ — seeks to rally support for the rebuilding of a park in Ocean City.The vision for the park includes using the $250,000 dedicated by the city as a foundation for a park that could potentially cost three times as much.The group envisions a concrete, state-of-the-art park geared toward “carvers.”DeVlieger said concrete construction can significantly reduce sound and provide a safer and less maintenance-intensive facility.“If done right, it should be something my grandchildren will be skating on some day,” he said.The group will seek grants (including Green Acres recreation funding) and private donations to supplement the city appropriation.“The end outcome will be a good template for future projects,” DeVlieger said.Any park would not be complete in 2014, but DeVlieger said the ultimate goal is to create a design that will stand the test of time. He said the final park will have to strike a balance of skating styles between carving and street skating.DeVlieger said that while the he would like to see the project move more quickly, the group will not be accused of not doing its homework.“We searched every possible lot on this island and did pros and cons,” he said.The proposed site is high-profile, accessible to police, close to  EMS services and has few residential neighbors.He said the group reached out not only to residents but to neighboring commercial properties. Businesses on Asbury Avenue are excited about the potential attraction. Ocean City Tabernacle President Rick Carlson also approves, DeVlieger said.The park could become a destination and a tourism anchor.“Ocean City was recently listed by Surfer magazine as a Top 10 surf town in the U.S.,” DeVlieger said. “It’s consistent with our culture.”Meanwhile, local skaters continue to rally support for the cause. See Petition for a Skateboard Park OCNJ on Facebook.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Code Blue Alert for Cold Weather

first_imgA Code Blue advisory is issued when frigid weather poses a danger to the homeless population. The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management has issued a “Code Blue” severe weather alert for the overnight hours on Thursday and Friday.Code Blue conditions are in effect when the temperature drops to 32 degrees or lower. The forecast calls for blustery conditions Thursday night and a low of 28. A low of 27 is expected Friday night.A Code Blue emergency is intended to protect homeless people living outside, on the streets, in parks or poorly insulated settings and who are at risk for cold related exposure and possible death.People seeking shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling 2-1-1.Additional information regarding Code Blue conditions can be found on the Cape May County Social Services website at http://www.cmcbss.com.last_img read more

Live Nation Offering “Festival Passport” That Gives Access To Dozens Of Huge Festivals This Year For $799

first_imgSweden – Gothenburg Italy – Florence Belgium – Dessel England – London England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire Leeds Festival Route 91 Harvest Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival England – Manchester Download Festival Paris Latitude Festival Lollapalooza Berlin Belgium – Werchter Center of Gravity Festival Music Midtown Chasing Summer Music Festival Sweden – Stockholm U.S. – Dana Point, CA Field Trip Music & Arts Festival Spain – Barcelona Jamboree in the Hills Sloss Music & Arts Festival England – London U.S. – NY Canada – Vancouver Copenhell Denmark – Copenhagen Dreamstate San Francisco Germany – Nürnberg Country LakeShake Chicago Open Air Sweden – Gothenburg We Are Electric Weekender Creamfields Steel Yard Spain – Madrid Crystal Coast Music Festival Sweden – Stockholm Voodoo Music + Arts Festival Parklife HARD Summer Music Festival Nocturnal Wonderland FVDED in the Park England – London Lollapalooza Chicago Germany – Nürburgring U.S. – George, WA Italy – Milan U.S. – Philadelphia, PA  Reading Festival Sasquatch! Music Festival Citadel Festival Wilderness Festival U.S. – Las Vegas, NV Electric Daisy Carnival The Falls Music & Arts Festival Electric Forest Festival TRNSMT Festival England – Oxfordshire Lowlands Festival Werchter Boutique U.S. – Birmingham, AL Summerburst Stockholm Community Festival The Peach Music Festival The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Denmark – Kværndrup Trackside Music Festival The Warehouse Project Austin City Limits Music Festival Creamfields V Festival England – Suffolk Electric Daisy Carnival Germany – Frankfurt U.S. – Orlando, FL U.S. – George, WA U.S. – San Bernardino, CA Graspop Metal Meeting England – London The Isle of Wight Festival Download Festival Canada – Ontario U.S. – Chicago, IL Escape Halloween Germany – Berlin Ireland – Stradbally France – Montpellier Canada – Surrey Down the Rabbit Hole U.S. – Austin, TX England – Leicestershire U.S. – New York, NY Dreams Music Festival Woo-Hah! Festival England – Leeds Holland – Eindhoven U.S. – Los Angeles, CA Camp Bisco England – Newport Canada – Toronto U.S. – Scranton, PA Lovebox Festival Paradiso Festival U.S. – Atlanta, GA U.S. – Chicago, IL Main Square Festival France – Arras Canada – Kelowna DCODE Festival CBC Music Festival Holland – Rotterdam U.S. – Las Vegas, NV Ohana Festival Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival England – Reading One Love Music Festival Contact Winter Music Festival Holland – Biddinghuizen Canada – Calgary France – Paris Roots Picnic Watershed Music Festival Canada – Calgary Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle England – Daresbury Forecastle Festival Heartland Festival U.S. – Manchester, TN Glasgow Summer Sessions Rock im Pott U.S. – San Francisco, CA Rock Werchter Lollapalooza Paris England – Manchester England – London Norway – Oslo North Sea Jazz Festival Popaganda Music Festival U.S. – Brooklyn, MI U.S. – Houston, TX U.S. – San Bernardino, CA Summerburst Göteborg Music lovers are inevitably familiar with Live Nation, the giant entertainment company. Today, Live Nation is trying something different, and it’s unreal. Live Nation just announced “The Festival Passport,” which gives its holders GA access to dozens of Live Nation festivals slated to go down in 2017. The Festival Passport will give its holders access to almost all the Live Nation festivals across fifteen different countries, which represent all sorts of different music genres from EDM to country. Remarkably, The Festival Passport only costs $799 (!!!) and will give access to even sold-out festivals.Some of the festivals it offers access to include Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Creamfields, EDC (Las Vegas and Orlando), Falls Festival, Governors Ball, Isle of Wight, Lollapalooza (Chicago, Paris, and Berlin), V Festival and many more. Other festivals on the Festival Passport list that caught our eye are Peach Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Sasquatch, Voodoo, and Forecastle, but realistically, so many others.Camp Bisco: A Predictor And Measure Of Success For Some Of Our Favorite PerformersLive Nation will be offering only 1,000 Festival Passports to the public, so we’re guessing it’s going to be one of the hardest tickets of the summer. The Festival Passports go on-sale on Monday, May 22nd, at 10 a.m. PT here. Admirably, to combat scalpers, passports are non-transferable and only issued via the original buyer’s name, so make sure you’re ready to take the plunge when you try to purchase (this also means only one purchase per person).If you’re one of the lucky thousand who gets one of these epic deals, all you need to do is show up at the will call of the festival of your choosing with your ID and the Festival Passport. There, you’ll receive your wristband, and you can go and enjoy the show. However, it’s important to note that camping and parking is not included with the Festival Passport unless the General Admission for the festival includes camping and parking (Live Nation notes that if you’re one of the lucky passport holders, you can hit up the company two weeks before an event for assistance to reserve a camping or parking spot).You can see the list of festivals below. Also, as a side note, am I dreaming?Live Nation Festival Passport Access List Download Festival Spain Scotland – Glasgow Independent Days Festival Barcelona Beach Festival U.S. – Chicago, IL Holland – Tilburg Canada – Toronto U.S. – Queens, NY Countdown NYE U.S. – Scranton, PA TW Classic Holland – Ewijk U.S. – Louisville, KY U.S. – Morristown, OH U.S. – Rothbury, MI U.S. – San Bernardino, CA U.S. – George, WA Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival Way Out West Free Press Summer Festival Wireless Festival U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC Germany – Gelsenkirchen Findings Festival Rock am Ring Scotland – Glasgow Belgium – Werchter Spain – Madrid France – Paris Governors Ball Music Festival Canada – Toronto Belgium – Werchter Faster Horses Country Music Festival U.S. – New Orleans, LA I Love Techno Europe Firenze Rocks Festival Rock im Park Wireless Festivallast_img read more

Vermont Yankee narrows source of tritium leak

first_imgVermont Yankee engineers and technicians working to identify the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater continue to make progress, according to a statement Saturday from Vermont Yankee.  They have identified a location in the protected area of the plant with a tritium concentration of 2.45 million picocuries per liter in a newly installed groundwater monitoring well along the west wall of the plant’s Advanced Offgas Building. Engineers are making plans for additional excavation in the area to check some underground equipment that is used to transport water containing tritium from the offgas building to other plant buildings. The offgas system processes gases from the plant’s condenser. The wells between the plant and the river are showing varying concentrations that are not markedly different from yesterday.The engineers now have ten monitoring wells in service and four others being prepared for sampling. The well data is being used to further characterize the tritium concentration in the groundwater near equipment and buildings.While this investigation continues, Vermont Yankee’s Rob Williams said in a statement that it is there has been no elevated tritium level found in any drinking water well samples or at any location not on plant property, including the Connecticut River. The EPA has set a limit of 200,000 picocuries per liter for safe drinking water.For more details on the tritium investigation, the Vermont Department of Health has a thorough status report on the investigation at this web link: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/tritium.aspx(link is external)Also helpful is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission web page on tritium monitoring: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/grndwtr-contam-trit…(link is external)last_img read more

U.S., Colombia Collaborate to Nab ‘Go-Fast’ Drug Traffickers

first_img The pair was arrested in Colombia in the summer of 2009; Vivero-Cardenas was extradited to the U.S on Sept. 2, 2009 and Torres-Torres was brought here three weeks later. U.S. officials promised that both would be spared a life sentence – the maximum penalty for conspiracy to transport cocaine. Torres-Torres also was fined $4 million. Vivero Cardenas was fined $2 million. The U.S. Coast Guard was “significantly” involved in the operation to capture Torres-Torres and Vivero-Cardenas, as were the Miami Field Division of the DEA, the Criminal Division of the DOJ, the DEA’s Resident Office in Cartegena, Colombia, and the DEA’s Special Operations Division, according to Department of Justice spokesman Jeffrey Lyman. The U.S. Coast Guard covers an illegal drug trade “transit zone” of six million square miles in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific Ocean with an array of patrol boats and cutters. The agency in 2010 was involved in 131 drug interdictions, seized 56 vessels and detained 319 suspects who were transporting 36,000 pounds of marijuana and 202,402 kilograms of cocaine, according to Coast Guard statistics. The Coast Guard has accomplished nine drug interdictions this fiscal year. They have seized five vessels, detained 15 suspects and confiscated 3,150 pounds of marijuana and 1,092 kilograms of cocaine. The Coast Guard accounts for some 52 percent of illegal drug seizures in the U.S. each year, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of the Coast Guard. A large but classified number of counterdrug patrols are conducted daily in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, allies and partner nation vessels and aircraft operating as part of the Joint Interagency Task Force South located in Key West, Fla. This organization executes drug detection and monitoring patrols for the Pentagon’s U.S. Southern Command. JIATF South also manages information sharing from investigative agencies like DEA. When suspected drug vessels are discovered, law enforcement action is directed and undertaken by Coast Guard personnel. Follow on prosecution is then conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “I commend the interagency community and our international partners for their significant interdiction efforts,” Gil Kerlikowske, former chief of police in Seattle and director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House said in a statement to the media. Disrupting drug trafficking is a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s national drug control policy, along with drug abuse prevention. Forging partnerships with foreign governments is essential to restoring the “rule of law” and restoring “stability” the western hemisphere, Kerlikowske said when nominated for his position by the president. Criminal enterprises from South America smuggle cocaine into the United States through a variety of routes, including maritime routes along Mexico’s east and west coasts, and sea routes through the Caribbean. These criminals run cocaine shipping and money laundering networks through a massive infrastructure of multiple cells, which function in major metropolitan areas in the U.S. Each narco-cell undertakes a specific function within the organization, i.e., transportation, local sales, or money movement. Drug lords based in Colombia oversee the global drug smuggling operations, and about 65 percent of the cocaine shipped to the U.S. originates on the Pacific coast of Colombia, according to justice department officials. The Department of Justice office in Washington D.C. took the lead in the Torres-Torres/Vivero-Cardenas case. “The D.C. office, the criminal division, brought this to us,” Lyman said in a telephone interview. “They developed this.” By Dialogo January 31, 2011 Ongoing Investigationcenter_img A team effort by Colombian authorities, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard led to guilty pleas this month in a Washington D.C. federal court for two Colombian drug traffickers who employed high tech “go-fast” boats to move their loads. Wilson Jesus Torres-Torres and Baudillo Vivero-Cardenas ran a network that used the sleek, powerful vessels to speed cocaine from ports on Colombia’s coast to waiting ships on the high seas, federal authorities told Diálogo. The boats often have more than 1,000 horsepower and travel at speeds of up to 80 knots in open water. They are newer versions of the boats seen 25 years ago on TV’s Miami Vice. Authorities seized more than 21,000 kilograms of cocaine as a result of the inter-governmental and inter-agency operation. Officials would not reveal which agencies made specific seizures, saying the U.S. and Colombian governments have intelligence gathering concerns. “The case is ongoing,” DEA Special Agent David Melenkevitz said in a telephone interview with Diálogo. Sentencing for both men in scheduled for March 25. It will likely be a long time before they see another fast boat. Each faces up to 40 years in federal prison. The story of their drug conspiracy stretches back several years. Torres-Torres, a former maritime instructor in Colombia, and Vivero-Cardenas popped up on law enforcement radar screens when they helped move tons of cocaine to the U.S. as part of a drug trafficking organization based on Beunaventura, Colombia. Navigating with global positioning systems and communicating with high-frequency radios and satellite phones, the men evaded detection as they sped along Colombia’s Pacific Ocean coastline. They often negotiated, on the fly, safe rendezvous points in their “go-fast” boats. On some occasions they traveled more stealthily in commercial fishing vessels. Over time, they transported “thousands of kilograms of cocaine,” Melenkevitz said. Their customers included several leading Colombian drug trafficking organizations. last_img read more

El Salvador’s Armed Forces, U.S. SOUTHCOM Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Rural Communities

first_imgMedical personnel did more than provide treatment and medicine – they also conducted specialized lectures describing to civilians how they could prevent risks associated with natural disasters, such as flooding, which can create landslides. The physicians also provided instruction on preventing vector-borne diseases, such as dengue and chikungunya. The Armed Forces of El Salvador (FAES) and the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are cooperating to deliver free, specialized humanitarian assistance to the Central American country’s poorest rural communities, which have limited access to basic services such as water, electricity, and medical care. “The two countries’ Armies are united in helping the people most in need, either because they live far away from these services or because they cannot pay for them,” said Colonel Nelson Ramírez, a representative of FAES Military Detachment 6 and medical care coordinator in the department of La Unión. “This work is yet another example of our ties of fraternity and brotherhood with these communities.” A wide array of healthcare services That work began in January, when the FAES launched the program through its Military Health Battalion (BSM) and Central Military Hospital (HMC), with 400 rotating personnel, including Soldiers, doctors, and paramedics. According to U.S. Army Colonel Robert A. Wagner, Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in El Salvador, “SOUTHCOM’s contribution is minimal as compared to the FAES efforts to include and collaborate within the Government of El Salvador inter-agency and several local non-governmental organizations. Among the agencies supporting FAES military medical civic action include the Salvadoran Ministry of Health, the Civilian National Police, and the local mayorships.” “This is an example of the type of effort that is needed to ensure that communities that are facing serious challenges in El Salvador receive the care and attention that they need,” said U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte. Meanwhile, María Rosario Pérez, a 64-year-old housewife, walked with her grandchildren from the village of Buena Vista, roughly three kilometers from the school, for medical care. “I came at 4 a.m. to get in line to receive care, and be among the first to receive a consultation with the military,” said Luisa Bonilla, a 75-year-old housewife and resident of the village of El Ciprés in Conchagua. “They treated me like a queen. They gave me all of the medications I needed to control my blood pressure and I’m leaving a happy woman. I wish they were always here.” One of the most recent exercises occurred on August 31 at the Bella Vista Colonia School in the municipality of Conchagua in the department of La Unión, when 3,000 people showed up, beginning in the early morning hours, to receive benefits. La Unión Governor Cricia Hernández expressed her gratitude to SOUTHCOM, which mobilized a specialized hospital team and distributed medicines for a variety of ailments, for joining with the Salvadoran Military: “We are very grateful to the United States Southern Command for providing this support to the community, because they have mobilized a significant amount of resources so that everyone can receive quality medicines.” By Dialogo October 08, 2015 Gratitude for the program Between January and August, Troops from both countries conducted 29 medical campaigns, offering a wide variety of services, including dentistry, gynecology, psychology, general medicine, and pediatrics to 20,000 low-income residents, including those with disabilities, nationwide. “I got up very early and prepared my six grandchildren to come, because they all have skin problems: a fungus on the soles of their feet that has never gone away,” she said. “We walked here, we waited in line and they explained to us how we should apply the medication. We’re leaving very happy.” “It’s a big help to have specialists come to guide people on how to protect our families from common diseases such as dengue, which can be deadly without the proper care.”last_img read more