Fossil of one of the last megaraptors on the planet found in Argentina

UNTV News   •   May 19, 2020   •   154

Paleontologists from the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences said on Monday (May 18) they found the 70-million-year-old remains of a megaraptor, making it one of the last carnivorous dinosaurs to inhabit the earth.

The discovery was made in the southern province of Santa Cruz in the middle of March this year. After studying the fossils, measuring 10 meters (32 feet), experts realized they were looking at the remains of a predatory dinosaur from the end of the “age of dinosaurs.”

Unlike the Tyrannosaurus rex, the megaraptors were slimmer and built for speed, with long tails that allowed them to keep their balance. They had muscular but elongated legs to take long steps, according to the specialist.

The defining characteristic of the megaraptors was that they had very long arms and that their thumb ended in a claw of approximately 40 centimeters (15 inches), Fernando Novas, the paleontologist in charge of the project, said. (Reuters)

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Uruguay sees opportunity to learn from massive power outage

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2019

The president of Uruguay’s government-owned utility UTE said on Sunday (June 16) that the massive power failure that began in Argentina and left tens of millions in South America without power would be an opportunity to improve the country’s power systems.

Speaking at a news conference in Montevideo, UTE head Gonzalo Casaravilla said: “this instance is going to be an opportunity because it placed our entire system at the same time in a situation that will definitely allow us to draw conclusions from.”

“We are in the middle of this event. Let’s keep in mind that Argentina is slowly recovering its system. We are absolutely on guard, in a state of alarm, to follow along in that process. We’ll keep you up to date,” he added.

Argentina’s grid “collapsed” around 7 a.m. local time (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power and cutting electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, as well.

Energy distributors in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, whose populations total nearly 55 million, said power was being quickly restored to major cities and heavily populated coastal regions, including Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

UTE said it had restored power to 75% of the country by 1:30 p.m. local time (1730 GMT).

It told its customers in a statement that there existed “no other examples of such events like this in recent years.” (REUTERS)

Argentines struggle as ‘unprecedented’ power failure strikes country

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

Argentine President Mauricio Macri called the massive blackout that left tens of millions in South America without power on Sunday (June 15) “unprecedented,” and promised a thorough investigation.

Argentina’s grid “collapsed” around 7 a.m. local time (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power, Argentina’s Energy Secretariat said.

The outage also cut electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, and shut down YPF’s La Plata refinery, Argentina’s largest.

Macri said the blackout had been prompted by a failure in the country’s coastal grid but said that officials still did not know what had caused the problem.

Half of Argentina had power by mid-afternoon, Macri said.

Energy distributors in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, whose populations total nearly 55 million, said power was being quickly restored to major cities and heavily populated coastal regions, including Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

The blackout comes amid a deepening economic crisis in Argentina that has left nearly a third of the country in poverty, pushed interest rates skyward and sent the peso tumbling against the dollar, prompting mass protests throughout the country.

The massive blackout on Father’s Day left Buenos Aires dark early this morning, hobbling public transportation, cutting off water supply and crippling phone and internet communications across the city. (REUTERS)

Families’ search for unanswered questions after missing sub found

admin   •   November 19, 2018

 

Family members of the crew | REUTERS

Although the search for an Argentine Navy submarine that went missing a year ago off the country’s Atlantic Coast ended when it was discovered by a private company on Friday (November 16), the family of the crew continue to have questions about their loved ones.

The ARA San Juan submarine was discovered by marine tracking contractor Ocean Infinity, 907 meters (2,975 feet) below the ocean surface. The vessel was found in an underwater canyon with its tail partially “imploded,” Argentina’s Defense Minister Oscar Aguad said on Saturday (November 17).

The wife of one of the crew members on Sunday (November 18) said, “I’m demanding that they refloat the submarine. I need proof of my husband, I need something from him because it’s the only way that I will be able to rest and for him to rest in peace and to be able to give an answer to an eight-year-old boy that is still waiting for his dad.”

At a Saturday (November 17) news conference Aguad said he could neither confirm nor deny if the vessel could be recovered, but said the government did “not have the means to raise the submarine.”

The disappearance gripped the nation’s attention as the government struggled to provide information about the tragedy.

The disaster spurred soul-searching over the state of the military in Argentina, which after a series of financial crises has one of Latin America’s smallest defense budgets relative to the size of its economy. Some families of missing crew members blamed the government for underfunding the Navy. — Reuters

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