Constraints and fear revived memories of the colonial war

Manuel Diogo is a former Colonial War fighter, lives in Guarda and says that the pandemic brought him a rekindling of memories in very specific situations, such as when he started seeing people in the street wearing masks, observing an atmosphere of mistrust and fear that also felt in Angola, in the war.

“In Africa, during the war, we used to go for a walk in Luanda and we were looking from one side to the other to see who was chasing us. Here, now, the same thing happens,” he told Lusa.

The president of the Association for the Disabled of the Armed Forces (ADFA), Manuel Lopes Dias, said that the isolation that the pandemic had forced has revived memories of times of war, which aggravated the difficulties already felt by the disabled military.

“The pandemic brought us experiences of war, such as loneliness and distance from our families, society and friends, which we experienced as young people in the Colonial War. We are very much affected psychologically because no one returns from the war like this. the human being who is subject to a situation of war has serious psychological consequences, there are always traumatic effects. And this we live again,” he said, in an interview with Lusa.

In 2020, the association supported 82 people at a psychological level, by telephone or in person, when necessary, at the Lisbon and Porto hubs, 8 more than in 2019, when 74 disabled military personnel were accompanied.

According to ADFA data provided to Lusa agency, in a year of pandemic there was an increase in requests for help from disabled military personnel and in the psychological support provided. In 2020, the association supported 82 people at a psychological level, by telephone or in person, when necessary, at the Lisbon and Porto hubs, 8 more than in 2019, when 74 disabled military personnel were accompanied.


Homes for the elderly, the new business for millions of multinationals | Investigation

Mickaelle Rigodon, Aljoscha Krause and Sonia Jalda worked in old people’s homes in Europe’s three largest multinational companies in far-flung cities. Rigodon at the Orpea de Auvergne, France; Krause at Korian in Lüneburg, Germany; and Jalda at Domus Vi in Vigo, Spain.


What is it like to live in a Protected City against the coronavirus | Luján is one of the 39 districts that have the entire population registered with a dose of the vaccine

By the entrance to Luján from Route 6 you can see stalls: “potato chips”, oranges “at a good price”. Already with the domes of its emblematic Basilica in the background, the city shows an atypical movement. Its open businesses, many people in the streets – all with chinstraps – and moderate traffic, speak of the new status: Since Tuesday 13 Luján is a “protected city” against the coronavirus pandemic. There are already 31 localities with that rank in the province of Buenos Aires.

“Here 98 percent of those enrolled in the vaccination plan are immunized with the first dose, and 83 percent of the target population has already been vaccinated, “explains Mayor Leonardo Boto in the interview with Page 12. It refers to those over 18 years of age with risk factors, plus teachers, health and security personnel.

The city is the head of a district that has more than 130,000 inhabitants, among the towns of Carlos Keen, Jáuregui, Olivera, Open Door, Cortinez and Torres. It is part of the third cordon of the metropolitan area: “It is the end of the suburbs or the beginning of the interior of the country”, defines Boto. And the socioeconomic composition includes a high percentage of older adults, along with middle sectors and workers in agriculture, industry and commerce.

Along with the agricultural sector that consolidates its evolution in “400 years of history” is “tourism of faith.” Its most resonant feature, the engine that energizes its profile. Although the auto parts, textile and food industry continued to operate since the openings allowed it, “a third of the economy is driven by trade and faith tourism,” explains Boto. Around the Basilica there is a high level of informal economy: pochocleros and santeros that complement the circuit of restaurants and hotels. “A year without visitors was dramatic for Luján”Boto laments.

On San Martín street, the large square in front of the Basilica is empty. It appears larger, illuminated by the midday sun. Only a few people go through it. In front of the Basilica there are a dozen stalls of santeros. Very few compared to the 117 that were installed in times before the coronavirus. Romina takes care of her family’s stand. “The worst was when they all began to be infected, and people died, there were many cases,” he says. She didn’t get it, neither did her parents. “But they did not come to attend more. Although they already have the two doses,” he adds.

“In quarantine the Basilica was closed, then we returned. But we had to stop going out again, in the second wave,” Romina graphs about the measures. “And we came back again,” he is happy. He wears a uniform, white smock, blue bib. From the Society of Santeros. In addition to the 117 stalls for santeros, the square lacks another similar number of stalls with toys, flowers, hats, food. Romina misses them, but admits that given “the uncertainty of contagion”, the best are the measures.

Public health

Luján reported 650 infections per week, at the highest peak, this May. The protection strategy then adjusted the quarantine mechanisms: returned to confinement. But vaccination was intensified. “The flow of vaccines was assured a month ago,” they explain from the municipality. That allowed for 1,600 applications per day, district wide. And achieve the new status: have the entire population registered, vaccinated.

It works with a crisis committee that was expanded since April, to implement protocols that allow activities to be carried out safely. With a public health system strengthened since last year – from 8 therapy beds to 35 – and a high level of vaccination, the city of the patron virgin of Argentina, of the roads, of the countryside, of the railways, and the Federal Police, managed to control the second pandemic wave, lower the level of lethality and shorten the stay in therapy, especially in young people, who report the longest hospitalizations.

The health system is sustained by public management. “Nobody goes to the private here, everyone to the public” confirms Romina. He explains it “because of the human quality, which is needed these days.” From the mayor’s office they confirm that the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Luján imposed a strict discipline to control cases, carry out tests and monitor the devices in places far from the center. Neighborhood vaccination and case detection operations join two large vaccination centers. And they work for the whole party.

This Thursday, in the San Cayetano neighborhood square, the operation includes calendar vaccinations and health checks, as well as dog castration. The new status allows it. About thirty people are waiting to neuter their pets. They are more than in a flu vaccination trailer. Alma is 10 years old, wears a chinstrap and brought “Pepa’s puppies” to give up for adoption. His mother is in the castration trailer, with Pepa. In another sector of the square there is a Citizen’s Point to do paperwork: ANSES, PAMI, UPCN: the State, decentralized, in action.

Alma wears a chinstrap: “The virus scares me a little, see if you catch it!”. At school “the lady wears a mask.” They wear chinstraps, “less in gymnastics”. He likes to wear a chinstrap. “We are few, because of the bubble. We are afraid, but we take care of ourselves,” he says.

The response of the population to the health campaign “had to do with fear,” says Romina, the santera. “That’s why now people get vaccinated, and take care of themselves. It’s fine now,” he insists. “There was awareness in the people – says the mayor – it was understood that no one is anyone’s enemy.” It is in this spirit that the crisis committee worked. In dialogue with commerce – two thirds of the structure is moved by family businesses and SMEs – and with Civil Defense.

“Today in the isolation center we do not have people, thanks to the work that is carried out throughout the party,” says Adrián Feijo, head of Civil Defense. Last year, the area was in charge of closing and controlling the movement at the entrances of each town, in this party crossed by three national routes: 5, 6 and 7. Only Luján has more than twenty incomes. It was important for traffic control, explains Feijo, the communication network with industrial parks and shops. “The community gathered in their defense. They caught up with that idea. And the city protected itself,” Feijo sentenced.

The vaccination center

Lina is 20 years old. He leaves the sports center vaccination center with his certificate. It was Sputnik. He studies speech therapy at the UBA. “Now virtual”, you can do it from home, you like that. He also likes the response the city gave to “take care of yourself and the other,” he says. “I think there is a new consciousness, which emerged with this,” he reflects. However, on the same sidewalk, a married couple of elderly people, Celia and José, speak with Raúl, another neighbor. They are retired. They came to see when their second dose is due. They demand that young people be vaccinated and that young people do not take care of themselves. “Some drink mate one by one, but others … pass the mate!” Celia says, annoyed. But he admits: “we can still go out and come here to ask everything, this is important.”

“There is a little more conscience” already contributes in the queue of the entrance Gerónimo Otranto. He is a musician, he plays the guitar. Is happy. Today he is vaccinated. “Being protected is taking care of the other, that was encouraged and people took it seriously. At least in the bubbles where I am,” he says. Think of your parents and your grandparents. Evaluate the controls: “express PCR, the diffusion of care”. And he exclaims: “It’s a pandemic, it’s not bullshit!”

When Geronimo arrives at the table of the triageIt will be attended by Mariana Cáseres, coordinator of the center. From Monday to Monday and in shifts, 150 people are vaccinated per hour. “More spontaneous demand”, clarifies Cáseres. His favorite pubic is older adults: “all very grateful.” “Young people have more pressure, some faint, their pressure goes down,” he says.

With more than 100,000 people vaccinated, the Luján party remains in Phase 3: outdoor activities, shops until 8 pm, and 30 percent capacity for theaters and cinemas. Now the strategy is to reach the youngest, they explain in the municipality.

In the square of the Basilica, a young man walks his dog. He is 26 years old. He does not wear a chinstrap. “The thing is that I went out to walk the dog, and I thought I would not talk to anyone,” he tells this newspaper. His dog is called Ciro, he is Nicolás. “My whole family was vaccinated, I’m going to do it, but I’m not in a hurry. The pandemic made us stop,” he says, “made us see that we don’t control everything, we live day by day, it changed everything.” Say goodbye fast. She covers her nose and mouth with her scarf and adds: “It’s great to be a well-kept city.”

Susana and two friends come from the Basilica. They walk fast. They are the only three tourists visible this afternoon. “We came to show her,” he tells this newspaper, and points to one of his companions who wears a chinstrap. animal print. “Now we are going to eat nearby, there is a very nice traditional restaurant,” he says. It does not ignore the status of a protected city, and adds: “we are leaving immediately, we came for a little while, we must continue to take care of ourselves.”

“Awareness and respect for collective care”

The pandemic was hostile in Luján, the third cordon in the metropolitan area. “What happens in CABA affects here” explains Mayor Leonardo Boto. “The contagion peaks of last winter weigh on the memory of the locals. Also the second wave, which in April had its greatest impact in the region,” he refers to the epidemiological history that played in favor of the change in health status. “We went down the level of cases, hand in hand with vaccination,” says Boto, “and the decline was steep and rapid.”

The health system, which in Luján is municipal, gave an immediate response. There are primary care centers in each locality and a central hospital. “We seek to strengthen the Public Hospital and we went from 8 therapy beds to 36. There were 5 of our own respirators, today there are more than 35,” he points out. Due to the management between the health of the Province and the Nation, the municipality increased the care capacity and intensified vaccination and controls.

“There was conscience and respect. People accepted it, despite social fatigue, because those who suffered the most as time went by were the commercial sectors,” warns the mayor. To achieve this “we seek to be close to the neighbors, to cope with it, and learn to live with the virus – detail -. We put together a circuit of care for people that is linked to collective care. With Civil Defense, in dialogue with commerce and banks, and we define strategies to carry out activities safely “.

The recipe includes “an initial total closure, and from there plan openings, for everything, even in religious services. First in the open air, then with capacity.” In the city of the Virgin, from mass to confession “everything was respecting the health needs that we have as a community,” Boto shares. Acts such as the use of holy water or receiving communion were even modified: “Today the host is delivered in the hand,” he describes. In front of his desk, the image of Mary guards that office.


The purchase of wooden penises: the unusual media debate | The Ministry of Health seeks to raise awareness and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases

A curious discussion was generated in the media and monopolized the debate on social networks on Friday afternoon when it was learned that the Secretary of Access to Health of the Nation called a tender for the purchase of 10 thousand wooden penises polished. The secretariat is in charge of Sandra Tirado, who succeeded Carla Vizzotti in that position when she assumed as Minister of Health of the Nation.

According to Tirado, with the purchase of the material they are looking for “raise awareness and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and other STIs within the framework of Law No. 23,798 ″.

It is expected that the wooden penises will be “destined for the general population and health professionals, to be distributed in Primary Health Care Centers (CAPS), Health Regions, Provincial and Municipal Programs and other establishments throughout the country” . The call closed on Tuesday and there are four companies registered.

According to the specifications, the ten thousand penises must be made of semi-hard wood, with a height of 17 centimeters and a diameter of the cylinder of 4 centimeters. The base diameter must be 5 centimeters and the material will be delivered in boxes of one hundred units. Added to this is the order of a condom dispenser for 10,000 units; and 10 thousand natural polypropylene briefcases, in a turquoise color.

The sanitary portfolio explained the purchase by “a increased diagnoses “in the transmission of sexual diseases, “such as syphilis.” Which motivates “the need for policies of prevention in Sexual Health, sustained and of national impact.”

In a statement, it was specified: “The educational kits for promotion and prevention contain condoms, a dispenser for accessibility of condoms and briefcases where the elements for training are transported, including wooden penises, lubricating gel and communication materials. “The amount of the purchase is 13 million pesos.

In addition, it was specified that “the materials are intended for teams working in the field, whether in health, education or community institutions” and that “no province buys this type of input.” I know esteem a monthly distribution of 800 kits. “The material is distributed through the provincial programs. Among the bidders for the acquisition of the kits, there is a maximum offer for 14 million and a lower offer for 4 million. In the case of acquiring them, the Ministry of Health will choose the lower offer “.

Of all the tweeting interventions on wooden penises, the most striking was that of the far-right Juan José Gómez Centurión.

The answers did not wait:

Wooden penises have been used for sex education for years, and they have sparked crazy reactions for years too. In 2017, a priest urged the Mendoza community to “rise up in arms” in rejection of the provision of sex education in schools. Jorge Gómez was then initiated an ex officio investigation.

During a mass, the priest Gómez criticized a day of sexual education for secondary students that the Malargüe commune had offered. “They used wooden penises to put the condom on, here, all the secondary (students) of our schools. Is that sex ed?“, He said before the parishioners, adding that” it is an offense to God, and we have to take up arms to defend our families. ”


Six people arrested in a police operation in the Oeiras area

Six people were arrested on Friday in a police operation in Oeiras, four for driving without a legal license, one for falsifying registration and another for qualified theft, reported the Public Security Police (PSP).

In a statement, the PSP’s Lisbon Metropolitan Command detailed that the operation took place between 14:00 and 20:00 on Friday in the areas of Algés, Estrada Marginal and Praia de Santo Amaro, “with a view to detecting groups of risk that they move to the municipality’s beaches, crime prevention and other incivilities”.

“During the said operation, four citizens were arrested for driving a vehicle without legal license to drive, one citizen for falsifying the registration of the vehicle he was driving and one citizen for qualified theft”, it can be read.

Regarding the citizen detained for aggravated theft, the PSP explained that he was an individual recognized by police elements due to images previously collected, “following several thefts inside vehicles that had occurred in recent days along the municipality’s beaches, so they intercepted him immediately”.

With him, he brought a backpack with stolen objects half an hour before a vehicle parked in the Belém area of ​​Lisbon, valued by the owner at 2,500 euros.

The same citizen was “the author of two more thefts inside a vehicle and five crimes of computer fraud, which occurred in recent days in the area of ​​Paço de Arcos”, and was present today at the first judicial interrogation, at the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of Oeiras, who applied preventive detention as a coercive measure.


The embassy in Austria warned the Russians about the threat // Look

Floods remain in Europe, and Russians are asked to be careful when visiting Austria.

The Russian embassy in Austria is calling for vigilance and caution amid warnings about the threat of floods in some regions of the country, the Russia 24 TV channel reported.

The Austrian Disaster Management Service has issued a flood warning, and a storm warning has been issued for most federal states. The rivers Salzach, Inn, Enns and Steyr are at risk of flooding, the embassy said on social media. It is clarified that the tense situation will continue until the end of Sunday.


France will require a maximum 24-hour test for travelers from Portugal

France will require from this Sunday PCR tests or antigen to covid-19 with a maximum of 24 hours for unvaccinated travelers from Portugal and other European countries, in contrast to the 72 hours in force.

Spain, the Netherlands, Greece and Cyprus are the other countries that will have the control system reinforced, which also applies to travelers from the United Kingdom, who had to submit a negative test done 48 hours earlier and who will now also pass to 24 hours, with the measure taking effect at 00:00 on Sunday (local time).

The announcement was made through a statement issued by the office of the Prime Minister of France, Jean Castex, which justifies the same with the increase in cases of covid-19 in Gallic territory and worldwide, mainly due to the delta variant.

The French government, on the other hand, has reduced from 14 to seven days the period after taking the second dose of the vaccine, after which it will be possible to enter the country without a detection test, whereas, in the case of the Janssen vaccine, it is only a dose, or for those who have already contracted the virus and only took a single dose, this period is effective in 28 days.

The French government has warned that it will strengthen the country’s land, air and sea border controls to ensure compliance with these measures.


10 and 16-year-old brothers die in an accident on Via do Infante

A search of a light vehicle caused two deaths and three serious injuries, at the end of the afternoon, on highway 22, in Loulé, in the Algarve.

The vehicle with five occupants, all from the same family, was heading towards Faro-Albufeira when it lost its way, collided with a road sign and jumped over the curb.

The car ended up falling several meters high, on a secondary road that lies under the A22.

The fatal victims are two brothers: a 16-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.


Think tank with tradition: covert funding in the think tank

Dhe German Society for Foreign Policy, or DGAP for short, is part of the Federal Republic’s furniture. Founded in Bonn in 1955, it now resides in an old embassy building near Berlin’s Tiergarten. It organizes the exchange between experts, politics and business and wants to advance research. The DGAP was “at the same time a dignitaries’ association, think tank and elitist salon,” wrote “Zeit” once reverently.

But under their current president, the former Airbus boss Thomas Enders, there is rumbling. Several employees left the think tank in strife. There are also internal debates over the question of how close to the arms industry is.

Research by WELT AM SONNTAG now shows: The DGAP pretends to mention larger amounts of funding from the industry in its annual report. Unlike in the past, however, it does not mention important payments from companies.


The curfew returns to Barcelona and other tourist places to contain coronavirus outbreaks | It will not be possible to circulate between 1:00 a.m.

The Spanish justice authorized this Friday the implementation of a curfew night requested by the Catalan regional government in Barcelona and several tourist locations in order to contain the sudden increase in coronavirus infections in recent days, driven by the Delta variant.

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia authorized the application of the curfew between 1 and 6 in the morning Until next July 23 in Barcelona and in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants with an incidence of more than 400 cases per 10,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.

“The resolution of July 15 is authorized by which measures to restrict night mobility are established to contain the epidemic outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the territory of Catalonia,” the Catalan court reported.

Following this line, from tonight, the citizens of the affected populations will not be able to remain in the streets without justification between 1 and 6 in the morning.

“It is a difficult measure, but necessary to stop contagion, to protect lives and the health system,” the Catalan president, Pere Aragones, tweeted after the judicial endorsement was known.

The measure mainly involves the municipalities of the metropolitan area of ​​Barcelona and the province of the same name, although many towns on the coast and the cities of Girona, Tarragona and Lleida are also included.

The court opted for this decision “despite its so accentuated territorial and personal scope” and “with the aim and effect of safeguarding and preserving the rights to life and the protection of health and the stability of the health system,” he said.

“All this due to the painful result of epidemiological indices that leave us all in such a bad place, especially if the result by age ranges is taken into account,” the judges stated.

Although the duration of the night confinement was established until July 23, the measure could be extended based on epidemiological evolution.

In this way, Catalonia became the second Spanish region after Valencia to re-implement a curfew to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Cantabria, Extremadura and Navarra are pending judicial approval to apply it in parts of their territory, while the Canary Islands court refused to apply the measure in the archipelago.