The European Union monitors the development of the situation in Armenia and calls on all parties to refrain from actions that could lead to further escalation.
This is stated in the statement of the EU representative.
“The European Union is very closely following the development of events in Armenia. We ask all actors to calm down and avoid any rhetoric or actions that may lead to further escalation,” the statement said.
The EU emphasizes that differences should be resolved peacefully with strict adherence to the principles and processes of parliamentary democracy.
“According to the Armenian Constitution, the armed forces” remain neutral in political matters and are under civilian control.
Supporting a democratic and constitutional system is the only way that Armenia can effectively solve the problems it faces, “the EU noted.
Recall, on February 25, the General Staff of Armenia published a statement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan after his decision to dismiss the Deputy Head of the General Staff. The prime minister called it “an attempted coup d’etat.”
The General Staff of Armenia stated that the Prime Minister and the government are not capable of making adequate decisions in a critical and fateful situation for the Armenian people.
In response, Prime Minister Pashinyan announced his decision to fire the head of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan and called on his supporters to gather in Republic Square. Pashinyan is expected to deliver a speech.
The opposition of Armenia supported the demand of the General Staff for the resignation of the Prime Minister.
Poor Yemeni fishermen found dozens of kilograms of ambergris in the belly of a dead whale and became millionaires overnight. This is reported by the Emirati newspaper The National.
The carcass was spotted 30 kilometers from the coast. “The whale was very big —” says one of the fishermen. — We couldn’t take it, so we called all the fishermen in the area.” 37 people responded to their calls. Together, they dragged the dead whale to the beach and ripped open its belly. Inside there were 127 kilograms of ambergris.
The fishermen claim that they have received several offers from businessmen from various countries of the Persian Gulf who want to buy the find. One of the entrepreneurs promised that he would pay 45 thousand Saudi riyals (888 thousand rubles) for a kilogram of ambergris if its quality is high enough.
Armed guards were posted outside the house where the fishermen keep their find. A crowd has gathered nearby and numerous cars are parked. Some visitors expect to buy ambergris, the rest were attracted by the story of the poor, who fell on a sudden wealth.
Ambergris is a waxy substance that is secreted in the intestines of sperm whales. It is often referred to as” sperm whale vomit “or” floating gold”. It is usually used as a fixative in the production of perfumes and can be very expensive, depending on its age. The cost of ambergris on the international market reaches 40 thousand dollars per kilogram.
Earlier it was reported that two residents of the Indian city of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, were jailed while trying to sell seven kilograms of sperm whale vomit. They were going to illegally sell ambergris, convincing potential buyers that its use helps to increase libido.
The coronavirus pandemic will end in early 2022. Hans Kluge, head of the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO), called such deadlines. This is reported by Danish TV channel DR.
“The worst-case scenario is over. We know more about the virus compared to 2020 when it just started spreading, “ he said.
According to Kluge, the virus will not disappear from the human population, but by the designated time there will be no need for restrictions. He clarified that this is only a forecast since at present no one can say exactly how the situation will develop.
On February 20, WHO confirmed 110 million coronavirus infections worldwide. An outbreak of COVID-19 pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan.
The South African strain of coronavirus reduces immune response by two-thirds in people vaccinated with Pfizer’s drug.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports.
As part of the study, scientists contrasted sars-Cov-2 cells with blood samples from 15 previously vaccinated patients. As it turned out, the number of antibodies produced as a result of contact with the South African strain decreased by two-thirds compared with those cases when the most common variant of the virus was used.
At the same time, according to one of the researchers Scott Weaver, a decrease in the immune response by 2/3 can still be considered “relatively good protection against a new variant of coronavirus.”
Pfizer, in turn, noted that so far no evidence has been found that the vaccine it has developed does not provide protection against this strain.
As previously reported, doctors noticed a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children with coronavirus. The disease usually occurs several weeks after infection.
People living in poor countries are at risk of facing food shortages due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The UN warns about this, writes The Guardian.
Almost all over the world, food has become more expensive, and in some countries — even inaccessible to people. This year, the situation looks more complicated than in the past, said Agnes Kalibata, the UN Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. She added that many had run out of food and savings.
According to Kalibat’s forecasts, the fight against COVID-19 and its economic consequences may take at least five years. She also said that it is necessary to keep prices low and maintain the availability of products for people.
World prices for food and raw materials in 2020 broke the record for the last three years. The index rose in December last year to 107.5 points, or 2.2 percent from November when it recorded the highest level of the index in almost six years.
Experts do not attribute the increase in food prices solely to the pandemic, which has mainly led to some interruptions and delays in supplies. According to experts, the price dynamics depend on the ratio of supply and demand.