Security forces in Argentina help people survive historic heat wave

first_img Argentinian security forces recently helped millions of civilians cope with the country’s worst heat wave in a century. The high temperatures killed at least eight people and left thousands of people without electricity. The heat wave lasted from Dec. 11 2013 through Jan. 2, 2014. The National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported that the temperature in some areas reached 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). Unbearable heat The heat made life miserable, Argentinians said. High demand for air conditioning overwhelmed the power grid in some regions, where power was knocked out. Some regions were without electricity for three weeks. “It was an oven. We were worse off than in the Middle Ages,” said Néstor Nini, 54, a resident of Buenos Aires. “It was utter helplessness being in a country that has everything and not have basic services – electricity and water – to move forward. Almost three weeks without electricity and extreme temperatures was overwhelming. The mood of the people was not the best; in some cases we had to seek help from the authorities, in other cases, from neighbors or friends.” Security forces respond About 800,000 people in Buenos Aires lost power during the heat wave. That meant they were without air conditioning and power to run their refrigerators. More than 20,000 security agents mobilized to help hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country who were without water, food, and electricity, authorities said. “Some 24,000 personnel from the National Gendarmerie, Coast Guard, Federal Police (PFA), and Airport Security (PSA) Police launched a special operation to assist the most vulnerable to the power outages and intense heat wave in the province of Buenos Aires and other cities in the north of the country,” according to a statement issued on Dec. 28, 2013, by Security Minister María Cecilia Rodríguez and Security Secretary, Sergio Berni. The two officials issued the statement from the headquarters of the PFA. Soldiers with the Army Engineer Brigade repaired hundreds of power transformers and wires which were burned out by record electricity consumption, Berni said. The security forces were sent where the need was greatest, authorities said. “We are assigning security forces to these situations and responding to all areas of need, focusing on helping the most vulnerable populations,” Rodríguez said when she announced the efforts of security agents to help civilians survive the heat wave. Armed Forces collaborate with civilian security agents The Buenos Aires and Metropolitan Police forces joined efforts with the Armed Forces and National Police in helping people affected by the heat wave, the Defense Ministry said in a written report. For example, in Buenos Aires, Army soldiers set up health posts and handed out containers of water to thousands of hot and thirsty people, authorities said. The soldiers distributed more than 10,700 liters of drinking water in sachets were distributed, according to the website of the Presidency of the Republic of Argentina. In the capital city, physicians from the Naval Hospital and Central Military Hospital treated dozens of people for heatstroke, sunstroke, and dehydration. Seven of the eight people who died because of the heat wave expired in the province of Santiago del Estero, where temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). Dead fish and a blow to the economy High temperatures depleted oxygen levels in the Ciudad Universitaria Ecological Reserve of Santa Fe, about 400 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, authorities said. Hundreds of fish died because they lacked oxygen, according to published reports. Most of the dead fish were catfish and shad. With tens of thousands of businesses lacking electricity for weeks, the heat wave also slowed economic activity in the capital city and the urban belt known as Gran Buenos Aires. The Federation of Chambers and Commerce of Argentina (Fedecamaras) estimated that the outages caused around 50,000 businesses in Buenos Aires to lose about US$76 million. The heat wave in Argentina was the longest on record since officials began taking meteorological measurements in 1906. The warmest December was in 1994, when meteorologists recorded an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit), according to SMN. The heat wave was caused by “the domain of high pressure in medium and upper levels of the atmosphere that prevent the advance of colder air masses from the south, the SMN explained. The heat wave reached at least 52 cities across the country. The provinces that recorded the highest temperatures included Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, La Pampa, Mendoza, Neuquén, and Río Negro. A quick response: security analyst Argentina’s security forces provided quick and efficient assistance to millions of civilians who were struggling to survive the heat wave, said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “The Armed Forces, National Police, and various security forces of Argentina responded quickly to assist the population affected by the heat wave after the weather emergency was decreed,” Gálvez, said. Argentina’s Armed Forces are trained responding to natural disasters and cooperating with civil authorities to assist the civilian population, Gálvez said. Security forces must remain vigilant Another heat wave could strike Argentina during the first part of 2014, according to Enzo Campetella, a meteorologist for Tiempo Patagónico, a website devoted to weather news. “The temperatures in the northern Patagonia region of Argentina, and in some parts of the central regions of la Araucanía and Bío Bío in Chile, may break historical records for the month of January,” Campetella said. By Dialogo January 22, 2014last_img read more

Public call for grants to TOP events in 2020 announced.

first_imgFind out more about the public call in the attachment. “We announced a public call for support for TOP events in 2020 already in December this year, with the aim of leaving all interested parties enough time for quality project preparation and application. I am sure that this time we will receive a large number of applications, which will be an additional confirmation of the continuous development and improvement of the overall Croatian tourist offer with an emphasis on events as one of the main motives for coming to the destination.” stated the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that investments in facilities and infrastructure are a basic precondition for positioning Croatia as an attractive year-round destination. Legal and natural persons, ie companies, crafts, cooperatives, public institutions, cultural institutions, artistic organizations, local and regional self-government units and tourist boards may apply for the public invitation. The approved funds are intended for the costs of organizing events, such as rental of equipment, space and means of transport, procurement of materials, accommodation costs, contractor fees, promotional and other organizational activities.  Grants are approved for the organization and realization of cultural, entertainment, eno-gastronomic, historical and traditional events that have been held at least twice in the last five years and have a strong promotional effect in the country and abroad. Also, the Tourist Board of the CNTB may exceptionally decide to support the event that is being held for the first time, and it is expected that it will greatly enrich the tourist offer of the destination. According to the CNTB, all nominated events will be evaluated through criteria such as importance for creating the motive for the arrival of guests, importance for the development of destination tourist offer and promotion of Croatia abroad, the nature of the event, content and quality, period and media advertising plan. . The Croatian National Tourist Board has announced a public call for support for TOP events, through which grants will be awarded in 2020 to TOP events in Croatia, which are the main motive for tourists to come to the destination.  The call was issued with the aim of promoting Croatia as a tourist destination, strengthening the strength of the brand and creating a recognizable image of Croatian tourism, as well as product improvement and content development that extend the tourist season and increase traffic, especially in the pre- and postseason. Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION to support TOP events in 2020last_img read more

Deka scandal spreads into valuation

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Stylish Manly home makes interior treasures from everyday trash

first_imgAvailable now.But until he retires the home is available for rent, furnished or unfurnished, for anyone looking for a place to live that is a bit different. It is available now through Sotheby’s International Realty for $1250 a week. New from old.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago”All the deckings are old floor joists from old Queenslanders,” he said. The entire construction of the home took about a year, and although he tried to source as much as he could second-hand, not all of it is.“For tin on top of the roof you have to do that new,” he said. The home is the polar opposite of the houses he usually works on as part of his day job, which he described as ultra-modern million dollar homes. A different type of style.“Every house I do is generic, it is what most people would like, this is something that I would like to live in,” he said.Because the property is not large enough to hold all the vehicles and tools he needs for work, he cannot live in it just yet. Modern furnishings straight from the scrap heap.Almost everything in the home has been repurposed from something that was thrown away, from the coffee table that is made from an old metal trunk, the bar stools from old tractor seats and the beds made from old railway sleepers. Rick Keel’s dream house is the opposite of the glitz of modern mansions. (AAP/Image Sarah Marshall)THIS eye-catching home overlooking the water at Manly might look like a million bucks, but most of it was built from everyday items that could have been found on the scrapheap.The two bedroom home at 563 Royal Esplanade was a passion project for tradie Rick Keel to showcase how a beautiful home can be made sustainably.“I grew up quite poor and we used to see a lot of waste from people that had a lot, and that stuck with me,” Mr Keel said.last_img read more

Mitsui and MOL Eye Subsea Support Market with AKOFS Stake Buy

first_imgAkastor has entered into a share purchase agreement with Mitsui and MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines) for transfer of 50% of its shares in AKOFS Offshore in order to form a joint venture ownership.Each of Mitsui and MOL will purchase 25% of the shares in AKOFS Offshore from Akastor.The remaining 50% will continue to be owned by Akastor.Initial net cash release for Akastor at time of transfer of the shares will be USD 142.5 million.Closing of the Transaction is subject to approval from competition authorities, and certain other customary conditions. Closing is expected to occur during Q3 2018.AKOFS currently operates three subsea support vessels. Two, including the Skandi Santos, are chartered to Petrobras and another is planned to be chartered by Equinor.last_img

Man Utd striker Martial delighted with ‘special’ hat-trick

first_imgAnthony Martial has said he wants to keep firing in goals after scoring his first-half in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United. The Frenchman was in electric form as he converted crosses from Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bisska in the first-half, before scoring with a superb chip to complete his hat-trick. read also:Martial forgets match ball after Sheffield United hat-trickAdvertisement “It’s special for me because it’s my first one and I hope it’s not the last one,” Martial told Sky Sports. “It was a long time with nobody scoring three goals [for Manchester United]. “It was an important win against a team who are just behind us, so it is important for us to keep going and win the next one.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Twisters Netters Blank Yellow Jackets

first_imgCourtesy of Twisters Coach Dave Back. The Oldenburg Academy Boys Tennis Team traveled to Morristown this evening to face Morristown High School.  Varsity Results: OA wins by a team score of 5-0.#1 Singles:  Michael Wanstrath (OA) defeats Tyler Schonfeld (MT) in 2 sets by a score of 6-0, 6-0.#2 Singles:  Drew Wagner (OA) defeats Grant Kessler (MT) in 2 sets by a score of 6-0, 6-3.#3 Singles:  Henry Meyer (OA) defeats Jerry Riley (MT) in 2 sets by a score of 6-0, 6-0.#1 Doubles:  Riley Schebler/Ethan Back (OA) defeat Noah Klinger/Jacob Wood (MT) in 2 sets by a score of 6-1, 6-1.#2 Doubles:  Jacob Sheets/Patrick Thompson (OA) defeat Nick Owens/Shane Riley (MT) in 2 sets by a score of 6-1, 6-0. OA’ s Varsity season record improves to 7-1.   In JV 8 game pro set action:Will Yunger (OA) defeats Austin Gabbard (MT) by a score of 8-0.last_img read more

Search warrant leads to multiple charges

first_imgRising Sun, IN—Thursday, officers with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Scotts Ridge Road in Switzerland County. Methamphetamine, heroin, hypodermic needles, and several other items of drug paraphernalia were recovered in the residence.  Angel Sellars and Anthony P. Meadows were both arrested on multiple charges from the search.last_img

FCHD updates on COVID-19 statistics

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Health Department announced on Friday that there have been 70 new COVID-19 cases reported in July. That brings the county total to 194 since mid-March. Health Officials were notified of the ninth COVID-19 related death, a male in his 80s. “The Health Department would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased”, says Angie Ruther RN. A tenth COVID-19 related death occurred over the weekend.  Health officials also announced that a total of 139 patients have recovered from the Coronavirus while approximately 46 are being actively monitored which includes 16 patients who are currently hospitalized. No further information about the patients will be released due to privacy laws.Franklin County Health officials would like to remind citizens that COVID-19 is still prevalent in our county and precautions still need to be taken. If you are around people who are not part of your immediate household, maintain 6 feet social distancing. Please wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. It is important to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as counters, computers, door handles, bathrooms, and refrigerator handles.last_img read more

Carabao Cup semifinal: City thrash Man U

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Man City top players test positive for coronavirus Manchester City took a huge step towards winning a third consecutive Carabao Cup with a 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United in the first leg of their semi-final meeting at Old Trafford. First-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez, along with an Andreas Pereira own goal, set City on their way to gaining revenge for last month’s derby defeat in the League. Though Marcus Rashford’s late strike at least keeps the tie alive, it would be a huge surprise if Pep Guardiola’s men failed to reach their fourth final in five years from here. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was without the injured Harry Maguire, meaning a rare start for Phil Jones in defence, but the inclusion of David De Gea in a starting line-up in this competition for the first time since the 2017 final was evidence of the Norwegian sticking to his promise to field a strong side. Guardiola did likewise, making eight changes after rotating for the FA Cup win over Port Vale, though interestingly both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were left on the bench as the visitors began without a recognised centre forward. That proved no issue, as Bernardo opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a rocket arrowed into the top corner from the edge of the box: there were question marks over United’s passive approach to letting him cut in onto his favoured left-foot, but none about the goalkeeper, who wouldn’t have got to it with a week’s warning. A shell-shocked United were soon two down as Bernardo turned provider, carving United apart with a wonderful pass that sent Mahrez clean through on goal and the Algerian made no mistake, rounding De Gea to score. Before the half was out, United were exposed again on the counter-attack as, despite the best efforts of the covering Brandon Williams, the ball found its way to Kevin De Bruyne, who sent Jones into next week before seeing his shot cannon back off De Gea and in off the unfortunate Pereira. City might have had more before the break had Raheem Sterling not seemed intent on keeping up his bizarre record of never having scored against United, first skewing wide at full stretch after one of those magical, low De Bruyne crosses, and then miskicking completely when presented with an easier chance by Mahrez. Solskjaer’s half-time response was to send on Nemanja Matic in place of the ineffective Jesse Lingard, and the Serbian’s presence added some much-needed solidity to the United midfield. The hosts improved without truly threatening Claudio Bravo’s goal, right up until the moment when Rashford struck on 70 minutes, slotting home from Mason Greenwood’s perfectly weighted pass to give the his side a lifeline to take to the Etihad.Tags: Bernado SilvaCarabao CupMarcus RashfordPep GuardiolaRiyad Mahrezlast_img read more