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Buenos Aires

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Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

Retiro - Train Station
Retiro – Train Station
Metropolitan Cathedral
Metropolitan Cathedral
Monument to the Spaniards
Monument to the Spaniards
Villa 31 - Retiro
Villa 31 – Retiro
Recoleta Cemetery
Recoleta Cemetery
City Tigre
City Tigre

Buenos Aires under a toxic cloud

Buenos Aires bajo nube tóxica

The toxic cloud that covered Buenos Aires was caused by the spill of a pesticide container with solid carbon based at the Port of Buenos Aires, Terminal 4.

The pesticide smoke filled the City of Buenos Aires buildings were evacuated, flights delayed and interrupted several train lines.

As he told reporters Safety Secretary Sergio Berni, the odor is caused alarm “low toxicity” and said the situation is “under control.”

However, the national officer joined the Civil Defence recommendations emphasizing the importance of “avoid contact” with the product because it generates “irritate eyes and mucous membranes.”

The toxic pesticide load in transit through the Port of Buenos Aires, with final destination to Paraguay.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is a concern, since the same sources consulted should not cause a fire by itself.


Buenos Aires under a toxic cloud
Photo by Télam
Buenos Aires under a toxic cloud
Buenos Aires under a toxic cloud – By Juan José Traverso
Buenos Aires under a toxic cloud
Photo by Diego Díaz
A cloud with a strange odor, strong and penetrating invaded the city this morning, causing alarm in the population. (Maxi Failla)
A cloud with a strange odor, strong and penetrating invaded the city this morning, causing alarm in the population. (Photo by Maxi Failla)
By Maxi Failla


Buenos Aires bajo nube tóxica
Buenos Aires bajo nube tóxica

Unusual: Tenth day without subways in Buenos Aires

TV picture (TN). Passengers waiting for the bus to travel - Constitution - Buenos Aires

Nothing changed, everything remains the same (bad). After the metrodelegados (subway union) received no calls waiting in the city government to solve their labor claims, decided to keep the subway stop, now come the tenth consecutive day. Again, citizens are hostages of a chaotic situation and collapsed.

On a war footing. “We will not let trample our rights,” was one of the premises of the metrodelegados, represented by Roberto Pianelli and Nestor Segovia. Metrovías employees had said they would expect a call-that-never until midnight to define the situation.

“We are not anything different from what others have guilds of the City of Buenos Aires. We have an agreement made in 1994 that represents the bare minimum,” said Pianelli. According to workers, among the orders are an extension of two days holiday, payment of long illnesses treatment of children adoption leave and ten days off for personal business (of which five must be paid).

Also added that on Friday were close to reaching an agreement: “We agreed on a proposal that the money was in the background. Then suspended. Appeared a black hand, a pay God, an agreement that is not going to pay because the company is insolvent, “said Pianelli.

For his part, Minister of Interior and Transportation, Florencio Randazzo, blamed the head of Government of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, by prolonging the strike, calling it an “irresponsible.”

And the Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, it does nothing to solve the problem. He attributes this problem to national government action wears out its aspirations for president.

Whatever it is, politics is getting tired of the population. For attitudes and lack of ability to solve a problem, seen from the outside is simple to fix.

Argentina: TBA Termination is like washing your hands

Nearly three months after surgery Railway of Buenos Aires (TBA) and shock in Once, the Government announced this afternoon the termination of the concession contractto operate rail services Sarmiento and Mitre lines.

The government took three months to make the decision that all discounted: blame Trains of Buenos Aires (TBA) of railway mismanagement that has engulfed Argentina for years. It was far easier than had at hand the Casa Rosada. A kind of turn the page, leave as a bad guy to TBA and advance a fresh start. As if any officer would have had nothing to do with what happens today in Argentine rails.

A train crashed, 51 people were killed, 700 injured and thousands raised their voicesfor the state of neglect that is the railway system across the country. How to react tosuch unrest?, Asked the Government those hours after the tragedy. The formula was simple. First victimize. The first reaction was to try putting the state as a victim and notresponsible. Constituted as a prosecutor in a criminal case is a figure that allows theparty to seek testing and access to the file. The Buenos Aires Federal poured cold water on the issue and decided that it was inappropriate. One way or another told theofficials that better to have them in the path of the potential defendants in the victims.

After called for the resignation to then Secretary of Transportation, Juan Pablo Schiavi. He was one of the secretaries of Planning Minister Jose Maria Olazagasti, who told the secretary that his hour had come. Not heard any criticism by the tragedy that just hours before had occurred. Applause and cheers in the middle, took Alejandro Ramos.

Meanwhile, the company was still operating with a weak intervention decreed moments after the crash. The only thing that actually made ​​the designated official, Raul Baridó, was to compile data, surveys, complaints and the company plans and the National Transport Commission had submitted made for years. Everyone knew the problem was brewing in the railway and warned everyone. But each of the initiatives crashed into the same wall: the lack of long-term planning in railway.

Officials, businessmen and regulators continued to dance on the train rails scrap subsidies music millionaires. But one day the melody stopped and killed 51 people. And you have to show any reaction. And so it was that three months later, the Government will seek, at least in the discursive, wash their sins by taking the grant to a group that is united by businesses ranging far beyond the branches Sarmiento and Mitre Railway.

Orcas in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

At this time of year come Orcas in Peninsula Valdez.
I had the opportunity to visit Puerto Madryn and the surrounding area, and is a lovely place.

The author of this video is Charly.
Who knew in the summer. A cameraman and photographer, who is an expert on the fauna and geography of the Peninsula Valdez.

Intentional Stranding technique to capture sea lion pups. Valdes Peninsula in Chubut Province, Argentina, is the only place in the world where this behavior can be observed annually.

Once, Buenos Aires: train crash broken promises on a line with roads and wagon over 50 years

The train crash at Once - Buenos Aires

Crisis and neglect in the Argentine railway system

The Once tragedy is part of a “critical scene railway,” both by the state it is in the infrastructure, such as operating conditions in which services are delivered.

Beyond the causes that provoked the accident and the proper role of the private concessionaire TBA, primarily responsible for the deficient state of the railways are national officials of the Government who are responsible for implementing transport policy.

Despite the “story” that highlights a millionaire official, and unverifiable, investment made since 2003, the reality is that the train line Sarmiento holds a strong technological backwardness and a long list of unfulfilled promises and works.

Because of the lack of investment and delays are the major works, today Sarmiento, continues to operate routes of the 50’s, with trains that are over 50 years of life and signaling systems and that border security obsolescence.

Of all the works scheduled for Sarmiento, the most emblematic and late, is that of the Underground. Was tendered in 2006. Bids will be opened in 2007. And the concession of the work was produced in 2008. According to the original schedule, the first stage between Caballito and Ciudadela should have been opened in 2011. Last September, after the tragedy of Flores, Planning Minister Julio De Vido and Transportation Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi had announced the commencement of work by year’s end. In December, De Vido’s announcement moved to February.

But so far the main work of excavation of the tunnel is only on paper

Other investment paralyzed, is the production of the 25 formations Double Deck, with which it would increase the transport capacity. Was awarded in 2006 with a deadline of five years. But bureaucratic delays and nondetermination of prices of the contract, only four trains have been built and there is no entry dates for the remaining 21.

On the side of the tracks, the renovation of the section Once-Castelar which began in 2008 is hampered by lack of payment and updating prices. It is also paralyzed “vandal perimeter fence” that was adjudicated in 2007 and should be ready in a year.

Only 60% took place, the rest was suspended due to budgetary problems.

A lack of resources for investment, government expenditures for subsidies tariff did not stop growing during the Kirchner administration. In 2011, subsidies to maintain frozen tickets on all trains in the metropolitan area exceeded $ 3,000 million (U$S 715M).

For TBA, the numbers exposed the strong economic distortion and extreme dependency of subsidies that have private operators of trains. In the past month, TBA raised from the sale of tickets at the Mitre and Sarmiento lines only $ 12.7 million (U$S 3 M). Instead, subsidies in that period came to a record 76.7 million pesos (U$S 18.2 million).

The train crash in Once in pictures

The train crash at Once - Buenos Aires

The train crash at Once - Buenos Aires


The train crash at Once - Buenos Aires

The train crash at Once - Buenos Aires

Photo Source: Puntal.com.ar
Video Source : C5N

Argentina: Tragedy in a train crash in Flores

At least 9 dead and 212 wounded, several serious is the balance fatal accident this morning featuring two Sarmiento line trains and a bus line 92 in the neighborhood of Flores. On the site this afternoon continued work to remove the bodies of two victims and the expert to try to determine how the tragedy occurred.

The accident happened at exactly 6.23, when a train ran over the group and, after dragging several feet, crashed into another formation, police and company trains Buenos Aires (TBA).

In the work place SAME ambulances and firefighters. By midmorning there were no casualties trapped and tasks focused on the recovery of the bodies of those killed. “Firefighters are working to the letter cutting and moving forward,” Commissioner Federal Police major Omar Bravo, who acknowledged that it is a “very slow and dangerous work.”

One of the last to be pulled alive was the driver of a train that had been trapped between the bars, but after at least two hours of personal work of firefighters rescued him. Among those killed is the driver of the group, confirmed this morning by the Transport Secretary, Juan Pablo Schiavi.

The injured were taken to hospitals Alvarez, Piñero, Santojanni and Duran. The Federal Police spokesman, Fernando Sostre, said from the scene, which involved “more than 50 ambulances and 10 fire crews” and that because of the seriousness of the work will be in place at least “until noon “. He also stated that among the injured are children. Alvarez Hospital canceled all shifts a day and only get a train accident injuries.

Confirmed that television networks were taken at four medical centers 162 injured, while not ruling that the figure could increase as much as the dead, and that until the culmination of the work of removal can not be confirmed if there are more bodies trapped. Encouragingly, in the misfortune is that, so far, there are no reported missing.

Argentina: Child prostitution in Buenos Aires

Alto Palermo Shopping

We’re not talking about an exotic location.
Non-European high-powered money in search of sex tourism, this monstrosity that we associate with mothers suffering distant countries who sell their children for coins.

It happens here in the heart of Buenos Aires, in the Alto Palermo Shopping, according to the complaint of Cronica TV channel. Sometimes fifty dollars, sometimes hundreds, is what they get the kids off the street to have sex in the toilets of the shopping center.

Is it okay if I say that violate them? Violate men between 25 and 30. The youngest are 8 years old, are part of “blight” that daily stop at the door of McDonald, on Calle Arenales. As say on Radio America, this is not a case of free choice of sexuality, but an aberrant crime. They are kids with family problems. Most are drug buy with that money Poxiran cans.

Everything has to do with everything. The “Plan Winter” ends today. It seems that for some people, there is no poverty in September. The parador CAINA (Comprehensive Care Center for Children and Adolescents) government of the city, located on Paseo Colon 1366, will no longer receive the kids. “The level of cruelty that represents this measure is absolutely unprecedented, unbelievable. The Secretariat of Social Promotion throws kids into the street with all the dangers that implies, they removed the only place where they had a shelter, “says John Gabrois, a lawyer for the NGO La Alameda and Excluded Workers Movement.

Child victims of sexual abuse inside the Shopping seeking shelter because they have nowhere else to bathing, eating and sleeping at night.

It’s chilling to know that only a few meters at the same time of insult to the innocent, people  thinking what to consume.

The Father of my country, Argentina

San Martin
San Martin
San Martin

Today we commemorate the death of one of the greatest men of our history, Don Jose Francisco de San Martin. Strange and sad culture our own, we commemorate the deaths and is celebrated on that extraordinary day when be came to this world to fulfill their missions.

This would be a sort of unauthorized biography of the Saint of the Sword. To my mind, obviously. Born in Yapeyú, when he was 7 his family moved to Spain. He began his military career serving the Spanish army, but did not hesitate to drop everything and return to their country when it needed it.

At first all looked askance, obliquely, saying, “Mmm. this Galician me a bad feeling, is it not a double agent? But they immediately realized that his suspicions were unfounded.

His dream was that his country was free and sovereign. The first step was to liberate Chile and Peru of the Goths (as she called the Spanish). But that had to cross the Andes. The project seemed to everyone else crazy, and nobody put a lot of chips.

Consider that at that time was San Martin San Martin who is now. Nor had invented the cans or tetra-brik or impermeable clothing or snowshoes, or nylon, or aircraft, or GPS, not to mention communications, or to ENTEL had, then how to carry out such an enterprise and survive in the attempt?

I suppose that with courage, courage, determination and faith in the elements. At that time San Martin was not a hero modeled in bronze, but a man with dreams of freedom, with a purpose and a lot of courage, but surely with uncertainties, flaws, weaknesses and foibles. In short, as any of us.

Finally he succeeded, he crossed the Andes and fulfilled his dream of liberating their homeland. In return they received a complaint conspirator who forced him into exile abroad, the same country that did so much and loved so much.

Not scrawled his page in history with a marker made in China with little ink, but it was one of the men who wrote our history with glory, honor, with lyrics neat and clear. A true role model. His remains rest at the side of the Cathedral of Buenos Aires, not inside that belonged to a Masonic logic implies excommunication and your body can not rest in consecrated places. In short, silly and unfair peculiarities details of which are capable of.

The important thing is that big was when the sun shone and much bigger at the sunset of their sun.

An intolerant and undemocratic Argentina

Lock to the printing of Grupo Clarin, this morning
Lock to the printing of Grupo Clarin, this morning
Lock to the printing of Grupo Clarin, this morning

In 2009, this blog was published: Argentina: Unionists block distribution of newspapers. Then there was another block in mid-January by pro-governmentmilitants called “K militants”.

Since then, in 2009, already successful court rulings ordering the police and prosecutors a trigger for no further such events.

The non-daily circulation Clarin, a newspaper in open opposition to the government,is an undemocratic act.

It may or may not agree with what Clarin published. But this careful about basic human rights, which is free speech, freedom of information, private property and freedom of movement.

What is striking, and troubling, is that these movements are covered by the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. It is this government who has taken the flag of human rights, freedom and that the citizens can freely choose their information.

Argentina, is walking very close to the political conceptions of the 70. Where intolerance leads to an attitude of social violence.

Personally, I am very critical of the Clarin group, about how they treat the news. Andsome are not treated.

But I think there is a setback for democracy in the “society” in Argentina. the government should be the defender of the free circulation of newspapers. In otherwords, must respect the freedom of thinking.



From midnight, a group of more than 100 people blocked the entrance and exit of trucks to the printing plant of the newspaper Clarín, streets and Magaldi Zepita in the neighborhood of Barracks. Meanwhile, up and force the measure also prevented the exit of the newspaper La Nacion. Despite a court ruling, the judge Gastón Olivera Polo, which prohibits such acts, and directs the Police and the Department of Homeland Security to avoid “the protesters remain in place. Hydrants and cars from the Federal Police patrol, they observe, but do notact.

In telephone communication with the channel TN, Martin Etchevers, external communications manager of Grupo Clarin, stated that “this is the fifth block of the newspaper printing plants, since November. ” Etchevers also recalled that “there are two court decisions “which refer to the illegality of this type of locks, which “ordered the security forces, in the person of (the Minister of National Security) Nilda Garre, to avoid these measures.”

According to the newspaper Clarin reported on its website, despite the express injunction, including an order addressed to the Security minister, Nilda Garre,complying with this ruling, the security forces did not act.

The newspaper also points out that one patrol of the “Precinct 30” with two officers on board, was installed on the street Zepita, well away from Magaldi, where the plants of both newspapers.

About Zepita y Luna, an aggressive group, which does not belong to a-protesters started a fire in a trash container, which also affected neighboring trees. Reprimanded by residents of the nearby village agreed to extinguish the fire, but remained in thearea.

The media added that the group that held the gate, came with young kids including babies, chairs, food and beverage, apparently with the intention to spend several hours there. And also put together a tent where they installed the smallest and their mothers.

It also states that the incident occurred around midnight, but an hour before the state agency Telam took for granted taking place in the press reports 35, issued at 22.30.

The newspaper added that this block, as on previous occasions, came after Clarín and other media published information about the complicated legal situation of the truck leader, Hugo Moyano, who heads the Federation, chairman of the CGT, whose son Paul led the union carrier.

In the last week, a judicial warrant arrived from Switzerland to Argentina Foreign Ministry referred to criminal proceedings for money laundering against Ruben Depresbiteris, Covelia holder, who is considered a very friend of Moyano.

This reacted with the threat of a strike, but it was never fulfilled. Luis Siri, who introduced himself as representing the picketers had told Telam that would keep the strike and that “if the company does not agree to work demands, the Clarin newspaper will not come on Sunday.”

In the first minutes of the day, the number of campers grew slowly. The action was peaceful and safe family banners identificatory AGR workers and the Union membership Bonaerense Graphics, text only flyers were insulting to newspaper executives.