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

MSOC : Boerger earns starting nod in goal for SU

first_img Comments Sitting on the bench near the end of last season, Phil Boerger started to put together his exit plan from Evansville. His dissatisfaction with the losing program had become insurmountable, and after being the starting goalkeeper for half the season, the benching only made it worse. Boerger had to get out.In the last game he started for Evansville, Boerger gave up two goals in a 2-1 loss to Drake. They were the final two goals he’d ever give up for the Purple Aces. He sat on the bench for the remainder of the season.‘We definitely weren’t playing to our potential at all,’ Boerger said. ‘A lot of guys ended up leaving. I was the first guy to leave in the spring semester. I started I think it was 10 games. And then one thing kind of led to another, and I knew I was going to leave there at the end of the season.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs he watched from the bench, Boerger made up his mind to leave the program and play out his final year of eligibility elsewhere. Given his release from Evansville, Boerger was presented with some options, but none seemed better than the one Syracuse (1-2-0, 0-0 Big East) offered. It was the chance to reunite with SU assistant coach Mike Miller, who was an assistant coach at Evansville for Boerger’s first two years there, as well as an opportunity to play in the higher profile Big East conference.Now the Orange’s starting goalkeeper, Boerger, who is in his senior season, has been given the opportunity to help build the program back up to a respectable level. He’s started all three of Syracuse’s games so far in 2011 and has made 10 saves, including a six-save performance in the team’s season-opening 1-0 loss to Colgate. All told, the decision to leave Evansville turned out to be a good one so far for both him and SU.‘He’s made a couple of really good saves, important saves for us,’ head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘I think he’s been very solid. If he continues to keep moving forward and growing, I think he can have a really important season for us.’McIntyre never guaranteed Boerger the starting spot, sparking a preseason competition mainly between the transfer and junior Ryan Jones. Also in the mix were three freshmen, but they were certainly considered the underdogs in the competition that involved two veterans.With the departure of Jeremy Vuolo, the Orange was looking for someone to step into that spot and make a seamless transition in goal.Boerger became that new face, bringing along a semblance of stability having already gone through the collegiate learning curve.Still, the Orange’s 2-10-5 record last season could have been a cause for concern to someone looking to finish out his career on a high note. SU hasn’t shown it can win consistently under McIntyre.But that wasn’t enough to dissuade Boerger from transferring.‘It was tough, obviously,’ Borger said. ‘With a record like that, it’s not appealing, at first. But looking into it, it was a great thing to be a part of to help build up. This is my last season, and hopefully I can help build onto that and maybe bring some prowess to the program.’With Boerger being named the starter, a spot McIntyre said isn’t necessarily solidified, Jones was relegated to a reserve position for yet another season after sitting behind Vuolo in 2010. But Jones said he didn’t get caught up in Boerger transferring to SU, and the ramifications that it would have on his own spot on the team.Instead, he took it as a reason to work harder. Improve every day in practice. And when given playing time in a game, capitalize on the opportunity.‘It’s disappointing that I’m not the one starting,’ Jones said. ‘But it’s definitely great to have him here just for both of us to get better. …It’s been great so far that we’ve been working together, and trying to get better as a team. ‘That’s Boerger’s goal exactly. He didn’t leave a floundering program at Evansville to join another in Syracuse. He left to resurrect a team that had fallen to the bottom of what he considers one of the best conferences in the country.With his struggles in Evansville behind him and the starting spot in Syracuse secured for now, Boerger is focusing on how far this team can go. Along with his personal rejuvenation has come a lofty vision for the future of the program.‘I know that this team can be one of the top programs in the Big East and in the country in the future,’ Boerger said. ‘I want to be part of that.’[email protected] Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Joy Sports 2015 Review: Fallen Heroes

first_imgContinuing our review for the year in the world of sports, we turn our attention to the sporting heroes we unfortunately lost in year. Joy Sports pays tribute to these gallant heroes.Sadly, former Black Stars coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi passed away at the grand age of 86.CLICK HERE FOR OUR STORY ANNOUNCING HIS PASSINGIn 1960, he became the first African to play in Germany. C.K Gyamfi also coached Ghana to three of the four African Cup titles it has won.The former Black Stars coach was given a state burial and laid to rest in late December.CLICK HERE FOR OUR PHOTO STORY OF HIS FUNERAL  Another coaching legend who died in 2015 was Cecil Jones Attuquayefio. CLICK HERE FOR OUR STORY OF HIS PASSING & OBIT.Attuquayefio led Hearts of Oak to win the African Champions League in 2000 and is credited for the grooming of the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien and Kwadwo Asamoah.Jones died aged 70 in Accra and just like CK Gyamfi was given a befitting state burial. CLICK HERE FOR OUR PHOTO STORY & ACCOUNT OF THE EVENT  Former Black Stars player, George Arthur also died in June. He played for BA United, Asante Kotoko and Al Alhy of Egypt. He was laid to rest in September. The death of Ghanaian cyclist, Samuel Anim shook the cycling fraternity to the core. Samuel was involved in an accident in August while in Aburi training to represent Ghana ahead of the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more