Archive

Posts Tagged ‘argentina’

Dead Penguins Washing Ashore With Disturbing Regularity

June 30, 2011 Comments off

treehugger

penguin dead on beach photo Photo: elisfanclub / cc

Last week, several dozen dead and dying Magellanic penguins were discovered on beaches throughout south Brazil, apparent victims of an oil spill. So far more than 140 penguins have been transfered to animal care facilities to be cleaned and rehabilitated, while an untold number more have already perished from contaminated waters. If this fact alone weren’t cause enough for concern, what’s more troubling is that it’s hardly an isolated incident. For the last ten years, with disturbing regularity, penguins have been washing ashore starving or covered in oil. And while the origins of these annual mass deaths remain officially a mystery — one biologists believes Read more…

Indonesia Hit By Strong Earthquake, Latest On Ring Of Fire

June 27, 2011 Comments off

irishweatheronline

Ring of Fire pictured left with earthquakes from last 7 days (right). Quake data by earthquakes.tafoni.net

Ring of Fire pictured left with earthquakes from last 7 days (right). Quake data by earthquakes.tafoni.net

Indonesia was hit by a large earthquake and a series of strong tremors Sunday afternoon. A 6.5 magnitude quake, the latest in string of strong quakes to hit the Pacific Ring if Fire region during the last week, struck the country’s easternmost Province of Papua 1.16 p.m. GMT.

The quake was centred 53 kilometres (33 miles) northeast of Waren, a town on the northern coast of Papua island, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.  It was also felt in nearby Biak island, and Enarotali town on the main island The U.S. Geological Survey put the initial quake’s magnitude at 6.4.

The region was hit by at least moderate tremors in the following hours. The tremors measured 5.4 (x2), 5, 4.5 and 4.3 on the Richter Scale. There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

Papua comprises most of the Read more…

Argentinian Government Explores Biometric Security Technology with Cross Match

May 24, 2011 1 comment

defpro

Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of biometric identity solutions, has entered into an agreement with the Argentinian Government to support the deployment of identity management systems throughout the country.

The National Public Administration of Argentina is evaluating new biometric systems to support key administration activities. “We will promote the use and implementation of new biometric technology and electronic equipment,” states Pedro Janices, National Director of the National Office of Information Technologies. “Biometric devices will help to enhance existing and forthcoming services provided by the Government.”

Cross Match will provide guidance and expertise in the areas of forensic-quality fingerprint and palm print capture devices, multimodal biometric capture systems, document readers, software and Read more…

Population, Food, Oil … Collision?

February 22, 2011 Comments off

world-population-unsustainable-energy-oil-food

World population and growth

Factoring the net birth minus death rate in the world each year, the annual increase to world population is about 75 million people. The current world population is about 6,900,000,000, or 6.9 billion.

Annually, we add to the planet the equivalent population of any of the following scenarios,

  • New York City (9 of them!)
  • Los Angeles (20 of them!)
  • Chicago (27 of them!)
  • San Francisco (94 of them!)
  • Boston (117 of them!)
  • Unites States of America (25 percent of the country!)

When you think about it, this is a startling number. And that’s in just one Read more…

Argentina accuses US of trying to smuggle weapons into country

February 17, 2011 Comments off

Diplomatic row over cargo US claims was intended for training program further sours already poor relationship

Relations between the US and Argentina have deteriorated after Buenos Aires lodged a formal complaint over a US military plane that landed late last week carrying guns, drugs and satellite phones.

The Argentinian government claimed the US was trying to sneak the weapons into the country, though it didn’t offer an explanation of why Washington might want to do this.

The US state department said the consignment was intended for a police training program in Argentina.

Officials from Argentina and the state department have been in talks aimed at resolving the row.

The relationship between the two countries has been poor since Barack Obama released details of a Latin American tour next month that includes Brazil, Chile and El Salvador but not Argentina.

The Argentinian foreign ministry, in a statement on Sunday night, said “sensitive material” had been seized that had not been declared on the inventory submitted by the US embassy, including weapons, GPS equipment and drugs such as morphine. Read more…

Russian volcano activity causes global concern

February 9, 2011 1 comment

Now the world has something else to grip about when it comes to Russia – the weather.

A string of volcanoes on Russia’s eastern seaboard of Kamchatka have been unusually active for the last six months. The dust they threw up diverted winds in the Arctic, pushing cold air over Europe and North America and causing the unusually cold winter this year, say scientists.

The volcanoes (160 in total, of which 29 are active) are still on the go and could create more problems this year, depressing harvests around the world just as global food prices soar and Read more…

South African Corn Rises as Dry Weather Stresses Argentina Crop

January 13, 2011 Comments off

Corn in South Africa advanced as dry weather continues to stress crops in Argentina, the world’s largest shipper of the grain after the U.S., raising concerns that global stockpiles may be depleted.

White corn for March delivery, the most active contract on the South African Futures Exchange, gained 28 rand, or 2.2 percent, to close trade at 1,328 rand ($194) a metric ton. Meal made from the grain is the country’s staple food.

Argentina will continue to have a rainfall deficit in the seven days from yesterday, Telvent DTN Inc. said in a forecast. The lack of rain, combined with above-normal temperatures, will stress pollinating corn and developing soybeans, it said.

Yellow corn for March delivery advanced 36 rand, or 2.6 percent, to 1,442 rand a ton. The grain is used mainly as animal feed in South Africa.

Wheat for March delivery fell 1 rand to 2,888 rand a ton.

Gains or losses for the most active contracts of three additional crops today were as follows. All prices are in rand and the crops are sold per ton:

            Today’s Price   Previous Close   % Change
Sunflowers       4,219           4,186          +0.8
Soybeans         3,320           3,270          +1.5
Sorghum          1,500           1,500           0.0