According to Salinas, the strong support from the governments of Panama and Colombia, which sent medical professionals to support BTH-Panama, is a reason this year’s BTH exercise was a success. “Beyond the Horizon 2013 strengthened the mutual cooperation that has always existed between the United States and Panama,” said Moreno. “It’s a perfect opportunity to tighten the nexus of friendship between both nations.” Along with Salinas, attendees for the ceremony included Jonathan Farrar, U.S. Ambassador to Panama, and Manuel Moreno, vice minister for Panama’s Ministry of Public Security. By Dialogo June 28, 2013 “We are nations with common interests, proud of the progress and partnerships we have made together and ready to assume greater interactions in the future,” said Salinas of the partner nation armies working together during BTH. “When we come together and focus on a common goal, such as Beyond the Horizon, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.” Conducted annually, BTH is part of U.S. Army South and U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) humanitarian and civic assistance program. Working closely with host-nation forces and civilian organizations, BTH teams provided medical, dental and engineering support. “These facilities represent a very important achievement,” said Moreno. “They will allow us to improve the overall health condition of the local population. We are very happy that this took place between the governments of the United States, Colombia and Panama during Beyond the Horizon 2013.” “You saw our Panamanian and Colombian partners here making an effort to identify capacities,” said Salinas. “The positive impact made on the local population will last for years.” These types of exercises are a major part of Army South’s regional engagement efforts and afford the opportunity to train service members while providing needed services to communities throughout the region. The relationships built and sustained assist in building security and stability in the region. U.S. Army South marked the official closeout of Beyond the Horizon-Panama 2013 during a ceremony in Escobal, Panama on June 18, where U.S. Military engineers and medical professionals conducted real-world training while providing needed services to communities throughout the country. “Beyond the Horizon is an opportunity for collaboration between nations,” said Brig. Gen. Orlando Salinas, U.S. Army South deputy commanding general. “It epitomizes the strength of collaboration and partnership.” BTH-Panama 2013 was conducted in the Panamanian provinces of Colon, Veraguas and Darien where more than 13,600 patients were treated by military medical professionals while military engineers constructed two clinic buildings, a dormitory, bathroom facilities, breezeways, retaining walls, septic systems and water towers and made repairs to existing structures. Salinas said the exercise demonstrated the spirit of partnership and equality to which the United States is committed. During the four-month exercise, smaller medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETEs) take place, which consist of a team of military medical and dental professionals who work in austere areas to gain valuable military experience, while also providing medical services to people in need of treatment. Beyond the Horizon (BTH) 2013 is an exercise deploying U.S. Military engineers and medical professionals to Panama and El Salvador for training, while providing humanitarian services to rural communities. Army South has planned and conducted BTHs since 2008 in multiple countries such as the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Honduras. The exercise is scheduled to be conducted in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala in 2014. Each BTH typically involves and trains about 1,400 U.S. service members and 150 host-nation personnel.
India overtook Brazil on Monday to become the second-worst affected country in terms of coronavirus cases behind the United States, according to an AFP tally.The South Asian nation has recorded 4.20 million infections since the pandemic began, health ministry data showed, compared with 4.12 million in Brazil and 6.25 million in the US.India has also recorded 71,642 deaths, fewer than the 126,203 in Brazil and 188,540 in the US. Topics : Many experts, however, say it is not testing enough people and not properly recording many deaths, meaning the real numbers may be much higher.Since August the country of 1.3 billion people, home to some of the world’s most densely populated cities, has been reporting the highest single-day rises in the world. On Monday it reported an increase of more than 90,000 cases.Its caseload moved past four million on Saturday, only 13 days after hitting three million.Virologist Shahid Jameel, who heads the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, said the key factor to watch is the growth rate in infections, which he called “quite alarming”. “Over the past two weeks, the… average has moved from about 65,000 cases per day to about 83,000 cases per day, that is about a 27-percent increase over two weeks or about two percent per day,” Jameel told AFP.India has been testing more than 10 million people per day on average, with plans to ramp it up further.The Indian Council of Medical Research, the scientific agency leading the government’s response, on Friday revised the testing criteria, allowing anyone to undergo a test without a doctor’s letter.Jameel said the move was overdue.”This will uncover more asymptomatic people, who are the real source of this expansion in India. There should also be more testing in rural districts and villages, since over two-thirds of the cases are coming from there,” he said.Despite warnings that it could eventually overtake the US to become the world’s most-infected country, India has been steadily reopening its pandemic-battered economy.Economic output contracted a historic 23.9 percent between April and June.On Monday, metro trains in major cities, including the capital New Delhi — one of the most badly hit cities along with financial hub Mumbai — reopened after a hiatus of nearly six months.Early morning images showed masked commuters sitting in nearly empty coaches and flashing victory signs to journalists.Passengers can only sit on alternate seats, and after undergoing thermal screening.Delhi, a city teeming with 20 million people, recorded 3,256 new infections on Sunday — its highest single day spike in 73 days. It was also the first time cases crossed the 3,000 mark during this period.
Police also rescued six female Chinesenationals and their supposed handler during a raid of “prostitution den” inLapu-Lapu City last month following a tip from an informant who noticed thefrequent visits of foreigners in the area. The increasing number of foreign sex workers in the country has been alarming, according to Sen. Leila de Lima, as she urged authorities to intensify its crackdown against human trafficking syndicates. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – The increasing number of foreign sexworkers in the country has been alarming, according to Sen. Leila de Lima, asshe urged authorities to intensify its crackdown against human traffickingsyndicates. Two Chinese nationals were recently arrestedand six Vietnamese nationals were rescued during an anti-human traffickingentrapment and rescue operations in Makati City. Last month, elements of the Manila PoliceDistrict arrested nine Russian women and one Kazakh woman working as “bargirls” at a Malate nightclub for lack of work and health permits. “It is imperative for the authorities to stepup their campaign against syndicates trafficking foreign women into the countryand forcing them to work as sex workers. We cannot let this practice tocontinue,” de Lima said. “If not acted upon immediately, thePhilippines could become the next haven for trafficking and prostitution of foreignwomen,” said de Lima./PN De Lima raised the alarm following the recentrescue of several foreign women who were forced to work as sex workers innightclubs and bars in various parts of the country. De Lima said the Philippine National Police,the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Immigration must worktogether closely to put a stop to this illegal activity.