In Cartagena they seize 50 thousand false medicines against COVID-19

Three containers from Asia, which contained counterfeit products to detect and combat COVID-19 and which belonged to a recognized brand worldwide, were seized by the Tax and Customs Police in Cartagena.

The operation was carried out Within the framework of the operationalization of the International Alert System, and thanks to information provided by the Police Community of America (AMERIPOL), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), HSI and CBP.

In the containers there were 50 thousand medicines, which, according to the investigations carried out, were going to Venezuela.

According to the investigations carried out by international agencies and the Colombian authorities, they realize that in order to avoid the suspicion of the customs agencies of our country, the merchandise would have made a stopover in Cartagena to be distributed in smaller cargo units that would enter the neighboring country of Venezuela for its illegal commercialization.

“This activity constitutes a process of materialization of an investigation carried out against a criminal structure dedicated to money laundering through foreign trade activities, with criminal interference in the cities of Cartagena, Barranquilla, Medellín and Bogotá ”, stated the POLFA.

It was also indicated that the Police and some Customs services of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, OIJ of Costa Rica and the National Police of Colombia will begin this week, the so-called “Operation ESLABÓN”, coordinated through DIAN-POLFA and AMERIPOL in the fight against smuggling and counterfeiting of products related to COVID-19.

During the course of 2020 and the period of the pandemic in Cartagena, 556 actions have been carried out to control and apprehend 4.7 million goods valued at 220 billion pesos, among which are: medicines, cigarettes, liquors, toys, footwear, electrical appliances, among others.


First phase of international flights will be on September 21

The return of the international flights will be next September 21, as confirmed this Thursday by the Minister of Transportation, Ángela María Orozco, within the framework of the beginning of a new cycle of air connectivity that also involves the start-up of air terminals in intermediate cities.

Even if biosecurity protocols to capitalize on return flights are not definedOrozco pointed out that the Ministry of Health would be publishing them soon. In this sense, the minister announced that the Government will demand as a requirement to enter the country the presentation of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, although the times of its taking are not yet specified.

This requirement is only in force at this time to travel to the island of San Andrés.

It should be noted that PCR tests (polymerase chain reaction) They are those that allow to detect a fragment of genetic material of a pathogen. This test is being used to confirm or rule out cases of patients with Covid-19, but it has also been used to detect other types of infectious diseases.

Additionally, the minister indicated that Additional adjustments are being evaluated in relation to the lines and procedures in Migración Colombia.

Routes. As revealed by the minister, the institution has classified possible countries with air connection into four groups, according to the disposition to materialize the route based on the requirements of the pandemic. In this way, among the countries with the possibility of immediate connection are United States, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Turkey.

In the next category, the countries with the possibility of connection this month oen October, there are Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Spain, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, Canada, Argentina and Germany are in the third group of countries whose air connectivity is linked to special conditions, while the possibilities with Costa Rica or Paraguay are ruled out, for the moment.

First flight. Even if the first gradual phase would begin on September 21e, the first commercial international flights will leave Cartagena on Friday the 19th to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, “Understanding that this is a city that depends on tourist activity,” said the minister. The low-cost airlines, the American Spirit and the Colombian Viva Air, will be in charge of the operation.

On the other hand, the director of Migration Colombia, Juan Francisco Espinosa, in a meeting with the Montería authorities, he confirmed the interest of the national government in establishing an international air route that connects the capital of the department of Córdoba with Panama City.


Highlights of COVID-19

The remarkable thing about the pandemic has shown the advancement of science, at a clinical and molecular level. With the new knowledge, the urgent obligation to intervene in the behavior of people, their mobility and the reduction of contacts, the increase of care for people with greater risk with the increase of family and community solidarity has been defined, observing a global recognition of public health. Think not only individually, but in the well-being of others, give more to those who do not have, understanding that illness and health reach us all. Spiritual values ​​are increased over materials

Preserving life as the most important thing in existence, with an obligatory stop along the way for reflection, with the rebirth of good customs and hygienic-sanitary behaviors, highlighting hand washing, and cough and sneeze labels . I hope the cleaning of areas, surfaces and objects will become a permanent obligation for the benefit and better control of communicable diseases. The improvement in health knowledge with the participation of governments, leaders and a large number of citizens, around updated medical knowledge, with greater participation of unions, merchants, politicians and in general of almost all components of the communities is important. , for support in decisions and new regulations.

There has been a great improvement in record time in medical care, staff preparation, hospital facilities, staffing, mainly in intensive care areas. Although the response of some EAPB or EPS has been defective, for outpatient care, intense modifications are expected for the future.

Despite some controversial measures, the country shows some indicators that the pandemic has entered a decline in the cities where it was initially causing more damage. Decrease in deaths, although the number of infections still persists and grows in some populations.

The desire to reactivate activities does not seem to wait, due to the enormous economic and psychological damages, it is feared that, as has happened in other countries, the lack of self-care and non-compliance with the rules could lead us to a phase of regression to the epidemic Hence, the most important of the good is to restart activities with compliance with the rules. Preserving a health system armed by urgency, social distancing, epidemiological fences in growing sectors, reinforcing cities that are not properly strengthened, and having the hope of a vaccine in whose advanced phase we must participate.

Recognizing that health workers have been the heroes of this pandemic creates merit so that their work is finally rewarded with dignity.

The criticisms and mistakes made must be clarified and corrected so as not to commit them again, evaluating them is an obligation to guide the path of COVID-19 disasters.


Open call to intervene alleys of the Historic Center

The Barranquilla Center Management and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a call to select a project that develops a comprehensive urban intervention strategy for the Historic Center of the city.

Through this recovery, the reactivation of a set of alleys is sought as meeting places, economic activity and vital nucleus of the development of the Atlantic capital, as a contribution to the revitalization and enhancement program of the Historic Center.

In this call, which will be open until September 25 and will deliver $ 5,000 in prizes, a detailed urban-architectural proposal will also be chosen for the 42C race between 30 and 33 streets, also known as ‘callejón del meao’, as an intervention Illustrative for the plot of alleys in the Historic Center.

“This contest gives the opportunity to show the cultural and architectural wealth of the Historic Center of Barranquilla. The transformation of the center is one of the flagship programs of the Mayor’s Office and this reorganization of the alleys allows us to revitalize these spaces as heritage and culturally ”, stated Angelo Cianci, manager of the Center.

The Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla stated that the urban intervention strategies and the proposals for public space that result from the competition will add to the lessons learned from previous IDB initiatives in the city.

One of them is the Program for Fiscal Strengthening and Public Investment Expenditure, which financed the improvement and construction of public spaces and urban facilities to increase the supply and quality of urban infrastructure in the capital of Atlántico.

This university contest is aimed at young people from all over Latin America through the IDB Cities Lab initiative, which seeks creative solutions and innovative ideas to urban problems in Latin America and the Caribbean, in the hands of students, university professors and young professionals from all over the region.

This exercise has the objective of serving as a seedbed and incubator for young talent in urban issues from a network of work with universities, offering direct experience to promote real plans and projects, as well as promoting a participatory space that puts into discussion the paradigms of the discipline.

This project has already been carried out in five other cities in the region: Curundú, Panama (2015), Santa Marta (2016), Mendoza, Argentina (2017), Santiago de Chile (2018) and Buenos Aires (2019).

In this edition of the contest, students from any of the member countries of the Inter-American Development Bank, who are studying the last two years of university or postgraduate studies, or students and / or collaborators of a university in a country in America, may participate. Latin America and the Caribbean.

Recovery of the historic center

The district administration has bet on an “ambitious” project to recover the city’s public and heritage space.

This intervention begins with the master market plan, which includes, in turn: remodeling of traditional plazas (there are two works in progress: EPM and Grains), new markets such as the Grand Bazaar and satellite markets.

The Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla points out that, through this project, there will be a major reorganization of formal and informal merchants and recovery of architectural heritage, which will stimulate real estate projects and, therefore, more employment in the future.

In addition, the District seeks to rescue the heritage of buildings such as the old Dugand Bank, the National Bank of Commerce, the Caja Agraria building, the Plaza Concordia, the Volpe, Robertico building, the San Nicolás square and the Fedecafé building, among others.

In addition, it has contemplated that the original names be returned to the streets of this area of ​​the city, in order to regain their identity.


On video | Camino Nuevo Barranquilla will strengthen preventive medicine

A total of 80 thousand users will benefit from the Camino Nuevo Barranquilla that advances in the old building of the Barranquilla Hospital, located in the San Roque neighborhood.

The new project, which is built in an area of ​​11,019 square meters without affecting the heritage building of the current Hospital, guarantees care for users who reside in the Historic Center and the southeast of the city.

The new hospital center will have a level 2 complexity, 24-hour emergency services, 8-hour external consultation and imaging, and will offer different services.

In addition, it will have two procedure rooms, a resuscitation room and observation rooms for adult patients and children.

Its delivery is scheduled for May 2021. The total investment is $ 87,331 million in civil works and endowments.

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It will also have outpatient services for promotional care, prevention, outpatient consultation, outpatient consultation and specialized consultation.

It will have a promotion and prevention office for adults and children, four general medicine offices, seven specialized medicine offices, a minor procedures office, a psychology office, a dental and oral hygiene office with three cubicles, and a vaccination office.

The Health walkers will also offer systematized services to provide personalized attention.

The surgical-obstetric service will have two delivery rooms, labor recovery with neonatal adaptation and sterilization service.

While the hospitalization area will have 120 beds, 33 two-person rooms for adults, 16 one-person rooms for adults, two rooms for isolated, 3 two-person pediatric rooms, two neonatal rooms with five cribs, four one-person pediatric rooms, eight intensive care units and eight intermediate care units.

This project is part of the comprehensive modernization of the District’s public health network, which has been implemented in the last 12 years with the aim of guaranteeing timely and quality care.

Mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins has expressed his commitment to strengthening preventive medicine, one of the lessons that has been learned in the course of the pandemic, and which allows the early detection of patients with comorbidities that in many cases involve risk to their lives.

“Here we are going to have all the necessary elements to fulfill this objective,” said the mayor.

The district president made an inspection tour to find out how the work that rises in the same place is progressing, where the first hospital center in Barranquilla worked, built between 1871 and 1876, and which became over the years into one of the emblematic sites of this city.

Recover jobs

Although Barranquilla is on the list of cities with the lowest unemployment rate in the country, the District is looking to recover the 150,000 jobs that the city lost during the health emergency.

Between now and 2021 Barranquilla will invest more than $ 5 billion. The investments will be destined to education, health, public services, drinking water and basic sanitation, equipment, transportation and culture, among others.

The District says that these projects, included in the 2020-2023 Development Plan, will generate employment, taking into account that each peso invested by the State is multiplied by six, seeking that the economy grows at a rate of 8%.

The mayor estimates that the current reopening points him to that goal of “recovering employment.”

Barranquilla was the city, among the main in the country, with the lowest growth in the unemployment population and the second lowest growth in the inactive population, the Mayor’s Office reported.


Government clarifies Bloomberg figures on Covid

The controversy was ignited this Thursday with an article published by the magazine ‘Bloomberg’, which shows that Colombia currently has the fourth highest number of cases in Latin America and that on a per capita basis the death figures of the country in recent weeks they are the worst in the world, with 43.1 deaths per million people.

The note, based on data from Johns Hopkins University and calculations by Bloomberg, is published as the escalation of cases and deaths in recent weeks has led the country’s two main cities, Bogotá and Medellín, to reimpose targeted quarantines.

The magazine quotes the epidemiologist Carlos Trillos, a professor at the Universidad del Rosario, who points out that contributing to the increase is “the dynamics of virus transmission, given the growing number of people on the streets” and adds that also “there is fatigue after the long periods of restrictive measures ”.

It also notes that more cases are being diagnosed, and the tests amount to about 30,000 tests per day.

In Bogotá, the isolation by locality is scheduled to end this week, although some measures of social distancing will be maintained for the rest of the month. Mayor Claudia López said that the capital will not return to quarantines by zones and that she is analyzing a package of measures that will be adopted between September and December. Restrictions will be imposed on companies, but they will be more stable so that different sectors of the economy know what to expect, she told ‘Noticias Caracol’ last Monday.

Meanwhile, the second largest city in the country, Medellín, is on a “plateau” and will likely remain there for three more weeks before the number of infections begins to decline, Mayor Daniel Quintero told ‘Blu Radio’.

To date, Colombia has registered 433,805 infected, 14,145 deaths and 250,494 recovered, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

In response, the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, said this Thursday in a debate in the Seventh Committee of the House of Representatives that it was “disinformation.”

“Here we are facing both the pandemic and misinformation, in the face of even false news that speak that Colombia’s level is one of the highest in the world but without considering the size of the Colombian population or those news that the RT (number of effective reproduction) of Colombia is the highest in the world, it is news that does not really contribute ”, criticized the official.

In turn, the infectologist Carlos Álvarez, advisor to the Executive, told EL HERALDO that the magazine’s report is not real.

“It seems to me that the ‘Bloomberg’ statement is not given in the light of reality, because one cannot evaluate mortality in a week and compare it with other countries depending on the historical moment. In other words, the moment of the peak of the pandemic is different from what is happening at this moment in Colombia, in Peru, in Mexico or Brazil itself, to what is happening in other parts of the world or what happened, such as the The deadliest week in Italy could have been the first of April or the last of March ”, explained the expert.

In summary, Álvarez added, “to be able to compare or make this approximation, the epidemic would have to be present at the same time throughout the world and that does not happen that way.”

In this sense, he concludes that to evaluate how the epidemic has been in the different countries “the best way is to evaluate the accumulated number of deaths per million inhabitants, because that is how it really shows how this behavior has been, and that, because some countries have not yet started the epidemic peak ”.

In other parts of Latin America, for example, after Brazil surpassed 3 million coronavirus infections last Friday, President Jair Bolsonaro took to social media to criticize how the crisis is covered in the media, while arguing against social distancing measures.

The president wrote on Twitter that “there is no shortage of resources, equipment and medicines for the states and municipalities.” And Argentina is considering postponing its population census by more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

Likewise, in Bolivia, anti-government protesters have built barricades to counter the delay in general elections and the response to the pandemic.

Finally, Mexico will release industrial production figures for June on Tuesday, which should add evidence that activity is recovering after a sharp drop in the previous months, but remains well below its pre-outbreak level.


Heatwave, solutions to refresh cities

Everyone still has in mind the heat wave of 2003 which lasted nine days, with night temperatures reaching up to 40 ° C and caused, according to Inserm, an excess mortality of 20,000 people in France, including 5,000 in Ile-de-France.

To prevent such tragedies from happening again, a team of meteorologists, climatologists and building engineers led by Vincent Viguié and Aude Lemonsu of Météo France, built a model for forecasting the heat balance of the cities of Île-de-France from of a database of past heat episodes and taking into account the structure and the deaths from adaptation to high heat (1). For example the shape, dimensions and color of buildings and streets, the degree of insulation and the color of stones and other building materials (concrete, glass, wood), as well as the nature and color of roofs (tile, slate, zinc). In short, everything that can help create ” urban heat islandss “, which it is now necessary to fight.

Air conditioning, a very energy-consuming easy solution

In addition to the fairly recent adaptation measures that are even being improved (vegetation, thermal insulation, reflective surfaces), many city dwellers have taken the habit of cooling apartments, offices and public buildings with air conditioners ( air conditioning). However, this cooling mode not only consumes a lot of electrical energy but, above all, it rejects the hot air outside, in the streets of cities.

In 2010, the CNRS report Urban climate and air conditioning considered that in Paris these discharges increased the temperature by 0.25 to 2 ° C. ” According to our simulations, the temperature on the streets of Île-de-France even increased by 2.4 ° C, simply because of the air conditioning units “, Says Vincent Viguié, physicist and economist at the International Center for Research on the Environment and Development (2).

« However, the greening of cities (planting of trees, greening of facades and roofs), better insulation of buildings, the installation of reflective roofs (painted with an innovative coating sometimes called “cool-roof”) could allow reduce by more than half (60%) the amount of energy needed for air conditioning, which we could then make rational use of ”, insists Vincent Viguié.

The prospect of repeated heat waves

In the end, the adaptation measures make it possible to lower the night temperature by around 3 ° C, or even 4.2 ° C, compared to air conditioning alone. ” In the short term, air conditioning is not required. But in the long run, if we haven’t reduced greenhouse gas emissions, we may have to cool again “Nuances the physicist.

In Paris, it can be said that there is a heat wave when for at least three consecutive days, daytime temperatures exceed 31 ° C, and nighttime temperatures 21 ° C. Unlike the more rural areas, at night, the streets of Francilienne do not cool off. Which then further amplifies the heat wave.

According to forecasts by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), heat waves will become more and more frequent and intense, posing a threat to people’s well-being and health. In this study, ” we showed, that between 2070 and 2099, Paris will experience one or two heat waves per year, with temperatures up to 50 ° C, over a period of 70 days “, Says Vincent Viguié. Whereas between 1960 and 1989, there was only one heat wave in the capital every nine years.


Municipal 2020 : cities in campaign

Lyon to the scope of the Greens, uncertainty about the post-Gaudin in Marseilles, Edward Philip in a duel in le Havre, Martine Aubry for a fourth term in Lille… large cities are the hot spots of the second round of municipal elections that will take place Sunday, June 28, in nearly 5,000 common.

→ FIND from the 28th of June the results of the second round of the municipal elections 2020, city-by-city

The official campaign began on 15 June and ends on the eve of the election. A period much longer than the few days apart usually the two towers. But a campaign often limited to social networks, without the traditional meetings because of the health crisis.

The first roundboards have been elected to the full in 30 of the 143 communes where mayors and their deputies have been sworn in at the end of may, after the scientific council has given the green light to install them.

Find the items of the sequence “Towns in the countryside” :

“To Rouen, Lubrizol’s economic challenges

“The mayor ecologist Grenoble-favorite for a second term

“For environmentalists, Besançon is ripe for the harvest

“In Toulouse, the democratic promise of the Archipelago citizen

“In Perpignan, a” republican front ” more fragile

“In Strasbourg, a triangular in addition to green

“In Bordeaux, an ecologist at the threshold of the hotel de ville

“In Lille, the rupture is consumed between the Greens and socialists

“The right danger in Marseille

“In Lyon, the home Collomb in danger

“Édouard Philippe wants to review its Normandy

“In Paris, a local vote to national in scope


Owners of Toyota Land Cruiser 100 and Prado 120 “hacked” on the “absolute” off-road

Japanese “power” works wonders outside the city.

With the advent of spring, lovers of suburban “pokatushek” began to get out of the road to test their cars for durability. In order to resolve the dispute in cross-country ability and reliability, the owners of the Toyota Land Cruiser 100 and Prado 120 “hacked” on “absolute” off-road. Other SUVs, including Jeep Cherokee, LADA 4×4, Renault Duster, etc. also took part in the competition for a greater “drive”.

As a landscape, motorists chose a classic sand pit with multi-level ascents and descents. In total, more than fifteen SUVs and crossovers took part in the races, among which the Toyota Land Cruiser 100 and Prado 120 were considered favorites and the standard of cross-country ability.

To “warm up” was taken a low slide with a smooth ride. This obstacle was dealt with by all cars, including the most “planted ones”. But turning to a more serious test, SUVs and even Niva did not have enough clearance to “saddle” the top of the lift. As for the owners of the “Japanese”, their tactics during the rise were different. The driver of the “hundred” took the height thanks to acceleration and the “pedal to the floor”, while the owner of the “Pradika” slowly climbed in low gear.

But dispute between two SUVs resolved on a swampy off-road, where the Toyota Land Cruiser 100 often got stuck and had to be pulled. The weak side of the SUV was the weight with which it exceeds Prado 120. In addition to everything, the “hundred” was found HBO, which added an extra 200 kg. Despite this both SUVs proved to be from the side of patency and kept at the level adapted for off-road cars.

Japanese flagships have once again proved their cross-country ability and practicality not only in urban environments, but also on “severe” off-road terrain.

Dobrov Roman

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