By Dialogo April 01, 2012 On March 20-21, 2012, military and civilian journalists, Web gurus and social communicators from various levels and ranks across Central America, South America and the Caribbean came together at the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for an editorial exchange of ideas and information on collaboration. SOUTHCOM’s Diálogo magazine staff hosted the first Senior Editor’s Conference at its headquarters, where 17 members of equivalent military and defense magazines from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru met to discuss editorial topics common to all, including surviving under the current economic realities facing defense budgets the world over. Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan, military deputy commander at SOUTHCOM, highlighted the importance of the work journalists carry out as communicators. “I think there’s a lesson to be learned no matter the ups and downs of our countries: The militaries are always committed to the same thing, we are committed to our people and you [journalists] all have a big responsibility to communicate this to our people … to connect to our young people.” Some representatives, such as retired Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Armando De Senna Bittencourt of the Revista Marítima Brasileira and Navigator magazine, discussed the importance of keeping history alive (with printed products) in the face of an all-encompassing digital approach that is pushing publications everywhere to the Web. “Our publication serves as a historical reference, not only of the Navy, but of Brazil itself as seen from the sea,” said Vice Adm. De Senna Bittencourt. On the other hand, the Chilean Military’s Joint General Staff Command representatives, journalist Javier Briones Bellet and Chilean Navy Captain Javier Sánchez Liberona, highlighted the fact that they are a digital-only media source, not only for environmental reasons and budgetary restrictions, but also because there is no limit to the audience they can reach. “This allows our public to be more interactive … and this approach generates a collaborative team effort across all levels,” Briones Bellet added. Still, he pointed out that the Joint Command is “the exception to the rule” because each individual branch of the Chilean Armed Forces continues to produce printed magazines. Others proudly boasted of the importance of the messages their publications carry to their populations in an effort to highlight the positive actions of their Armed Forces. “Peru moves forward, develops because its Armed Forces are there to provide it security,” said Army Colonel Alejandro Teobaldo Luján Castro of the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command magazine, Comando en Acción. Colonel Freddy Fuentes Yancor, representing the Guatemalan Army’s Joint Command military magazine, expressed that through their publication, they are “exporting peace to other countries.” Diálogo magazine’s Editorial Conference brought together partner nations in an editorial context, opening a forum where participants realized they all face similar concerns about budgetary restrictions and keeping up with modern technological advances. As a result, agreements were made to initiate a collaborative approach in which partner nations will promote information sharing among each other by cross-referencing resources, exchanging articles, photos and facts on events and exercises relevant to the entire region.
Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola hits US by: – October 1, 2014 DALLAS, Texas (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US was confirmed yesterday in a patient who recently travelled from Liberia to Dallas — a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, federal health officials said. They would not reveal his nationality or age.Authorities have begun tracking down family and friends who may have had close contact with him and could be at risk for becoming ill. But officials said there are no other suspected cases in Texas.At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Director Tom Frieden said the man left Liberia on September 19, arrived the next day to visit relatives and started feeling ill four or five days later. He said it was not clear how the patient became infected.There was no risk to any fellow airline passengers because the man had no symptoms when he was travelling, Frieden said.Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting, and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus. The disease is not contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.“The bottom line here is that I have no doubt we will control this importation, or this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country,” Frieden told reporters.“It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual, a family member or other individual, could develop Ebola in the coming weeks,” he added. “But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”In Washington, President Barack Obama was briefed about the diagnosis in a call from Frieden, the White House said.Four American aid workers who became infected in West Africa have been flown back to the US for treatment after they became sick. They were cared for in special isolation facilities at hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska. Three have recovered.Also, a US doctor exposed to the virus in Sierra Leone is under observation in a similar facility at the National Institutes of Health.The US has only four such isolation units. Asked whether the Texas patient would be moved to one of those specialty facilities, Frieden said there was no need, and virtually any hospital can provide the proper care and infection control.Dr Edward Goodman, an epidemiologist at the hospital, said the US was much better prepared to handle the disease than African hospitals, which are often short of doctors, gloves, gowns, and masks.“We don’t have those problems. So we’re perfectly capable of taking care of this patient with no risk to other people,” Goodman said.After arriving in the US on September 20, the man began to develop symptoms last Wednesday and initially sought care two days later. But he was released. At the time, hospital officials did not know he had been in West Africa. He returned later as his condition worsened.Blood tests by Texas health officials and the CDC separately confirmed an Ebola diagnosis yesterday.State health officials described the patient as seriously ill. Goodman said he was able to communicate and was hungry.The hospital is discussing if experimental treatments would be appropriate, Frieden said.Since the summer months, US health officials have been preparing for the possibility that an individual traveller could unknowingly arrive with the infection. Health authorities have advised hospitals on how to prevent the virus from spreading within their facilities.People boarding planes in the outbreak zone are checked for fever, but that does not guarantee that an infected person won’t get through.Liberia is one of the three hardest-hit countries in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 6,500 people in West Africa, and more than 3,000 deaths have been linked to the disease, according to the World Health Organisation. But even those tolls are probably underestimates, partially because there are not enough labs to test people for Ebola.Two mobile Ebola labs staffed by American naval researchers arrived last weekend and will be operational this week, according to the US Embassy in Monrovia. The labs will reduce the amount of time it takes to learn if a patient has Ebola from several days to a few hours.The US military also delivered equipment to build a field hospital, originally designed to treat troops in combat zones. The 25-bed clinic will be staffed by American health workers and will treat doctors and nurses who have become infected. Tweet Sharing is caring! 110 Views no discussions Share Share