Panetta Visits Latin American Partners

first_img “This is a way of making contact and dealing with the region (…) to handle the threat posed by transnational crime and, specifically, drug trafficking organizations,” said Steve Johnson, a former Pentagon official specializing in Latin America, according to news site VOA. After giving a speech in a Military academy in Rio de Janeiro, Secretary Panetta will travel to Chile, where he is expected to meet with Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand and President Sebastián Piñera. The U.S. is interested in the Chilean Military’s response to natural disasters, a topic which will be on the agenda at the upcoming Defense Ministers of the Americas meeting slated for October in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, said AFP. By Dialogo April 24, 2012 Panetta then headed to Brazil on April 24 for similar meetings with his counterpart, Celso Amorim and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Among the topics of discussion is a pending large-scale contract to equip the Brazilian Air Force with 36 new jet fighters, for which U.S. firm Boeing is competing, reported AFP. For the first time since he assumed his position, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was on his way to South America on April 23, as part of a U.S. effort to build regional partnerships in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism. Panetta’s agenda includes visits to Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. In Bogotá, the U.S. representative met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón to further discuss the bilateral agreement signed a week earlier by the South American country and President Barack Obama regarding Plan Colombia. last_img read more

Experimental virus drug remdesivir effective in monkeys: study

first_imgOne of the six treated animals showed mild breathing difficulty, while all six of the untreated monkeys had rapid and difficult breathing. The amount of virus found in the lungs was significantly lower in the treated group compared to the untreated group.The treated group also had less lung damage.Remdesivir was among the first drugs mooted as a treatment for the novel coronavirus and its randomized clinical trials are at an advanced stage. The health news website Stat on Thursday reported the drug had shown great efficacy at a Chicago hospital where patients who are part of those trials are being treated. Remdesivir causes the virus to add  mutations that can destroy it.Topics : One group received the drug, which was developed by Gilead Sciences, and the other group did not. The group receiving the drug got their first intravenous dose 12 hours after infection then every day subsequently for six days.The scientists timed the initial treatment to occur shortly before the virus reached its highest levels in the animals’ lungs.The treated animals showed significant improvement 12 hours after their first dose, a trend that continued over the week-long study. The experimental antiviral drug remdesivir has proven effective against COVID-19 in a small experiment involving monkeys, US government scientists reported Friday.The study, which is preliminary and has not yet been peer reviewed, was designed to follow dosing and treatment procedures used for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in a large human trial.It involved two groups of six rhesus macaques that were deliberately infected with SARS-CoV-2.last_img read more

Venezuelan Embassy and Stockfarm Improvement Committee hosts Christmas party for 80 children

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 35 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Venezuelan Embassy and Stockfarm Improvement Committee hosts Christmas party for 80 children by: – January 4, 2012 On Monday January 2nd The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (IVCC) took part and made a contribution towards a Christmas party organized by the Stockfarm Improvement Committee for more than 80 children at the Simon Bolivar Housing Scheme in Stockfarm, where Santa Claus made a special appearance delivering gifts to all theyoungsters present.Representative from the Embassy of Venezuela Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mr. Jose Antonio Olavarria, Ms Alejandra Marquez, Coordinator of the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation and Mrs. Regina Walsh, Councillor of the Simon Bolivar Housing Scheme, witnessed the joy of the children during this fun oriented event.Press ReleaseEmbassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Commonwealth of Dominicalast_img read more