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Venezuela oil blast evidence of deteriorating infrastructure ...

A Saturday explosion at Venezuela's Amuay refinery, the country's largest, claimed at least 39 lives. Engineers and oil executives say the blast is fresh evidence of deteriorating infrastructure in the country with the world's largest proven oil reserves.

By Andrew Rosati, Contributor / August 26, 2012

Firefighters and rescue teams work at the Amuay oil refinery after an explosion in Punto Fijo, Venezuela, Saturday. A huge explosion rocked Venezuela's biggest oil refinery and unleashed a ferocious fire Saturday, killing 39 people and injuring dozens in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.

Diario El Amanecer/AP


Venezuelan Vice President Elías Jaua said Saturday evening the death toll had reached at least 39 after a blast tore through the country’s biggest oil refinery, Amuay in Falcon state.

Early reports indicated the explosion, at around 1:15 AM, was caused by a gas leak. The blast damaged nearby homes and destroyed a neighboring


Past tropical climate change linked to ocean circulation ...

by Staff Writers

College Station TX (SPX) Aug 27, 2012

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A new record of past temperature change in the tropical Atlantic Ocean's subsurface provides clues as to why the Earth's climate is so sensitive to ocean circulation patterns, according to climate scientists at Texas A and M University.

Geological oceanographer Matthew Schmidt and two of his graduate students teamed up with Ping Chang, a physical oceanographer and climate modeler, to help uncover an important climate connection between the tropics and the high latitude North Atlantic. Their new findings are in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

The researchers used geochemical clues in fossils called foraminifera, tiny sea creatures with a hard shell, collected from a sediment core located off the northern coast of Venezuela, to generate a 22,000-year record of past ocean temperature and salinity changes in the upper 1,500 feet of water in the western tropical Atlantic.


VENEZUELA: La explosión en Amuay es considerada la más grave del mundo en los últimos 25 años ...

Publicado el 26 de ago de 2012 6:49 pm |

Foto: AP Images

(CARACAS, 26 de agosto. AFP) - La explosión el sábado en una refinería de petróleo en Venezuela, que ha dejado 39 muertos, es la más grave en el mundo de los últimos 25 años.

A continuación, algunos de los incidentes similares ocurridos en los últimos años:

- 14 de septiembre de 1997, India. Al menos 30 personas murieron en un gigantesco incendio en una refinería de petróleo de la compañía estatal Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) en Visakhapatnam (sur). El incendio hizo explotar distintos depósitos, lo que forzó a las autoridades a evacuar a 150.000 habitantes de cinco pueblos cercanos.

- 25 de junio de 2000, Kuwait. Cuatro obreros fallecieron y 50 personas resultaron heridas en una explosión provocada por una fuga de gas en la principal refinería de Kuwait, al sur de la capital.

- 14 de agosto de 2003, España. Siete obreros que trabajaban en la compañía subcontratada murieron en Puertollano (centro) luego de una explosi…

Trade to limit harm of East Asia island spats ...

by Staff Writers

Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2012

China, Japan and South Korea are loath to let tensions over sea claims damage their sputtering economies, analysts say, but the emotional disputes could still slow long-term trade integration efforts.

Political and security tensions have flared this month due to the long-running territorial rivalries, which pit Japan against China in one and against South Korea in another.

So far, fallout has included demonstrators in China attacking Japanese cars, diplomats being summoned to hear formal protests, and exchanges of harsh words by officials.

Japan has cancelled a financeministers' meeting with South Korea and hinted at reviewing a currency swap deal with the country as well as possibly freezing a plan to buy its government bonds.

"Unfortunately, things have reached a point where the (Japanese) people cannot simply accept that politics are politics and economics are economics," Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Friday.

Analysts, however, s…

150 NAM Countries Head to Iran Despite Western Pressure ...

August 26, 2012

Vijay Prashad: Syria will be the big issue in the Non Aligned Summit in Iran, with many heads of state visiting Tehran in spite of US/Israeli campaign to isolate Iran


Vijay Prashad is a professor of international studies at Trinity College. Among the many books he has authored are The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World and Arab Spring, Libyan Winter. He also writes regularly for Asia Times Online,Frontline magazine and Counterpunch.


PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore.

Sunday, the Non-Aligned Movement is meeting in Tehran. In fact, 50 heads of state are heading to Iran for this meeting. It doesn't sound like Iran is quite as isolated as the West would like it to be.

Now joining us to talk about these meetings is Vijay Prashad. He's a professor of international studies at Trinity College. He's also the author of the recent book Arab Spring and Libyan Winter. And he join…

Isaac Expected To Cross The Florida Keys As A Hurricane By Late This Afternoon; Hurricane Conditions Expected Across The Florida Keys & Southwest Florida This Afternoon Into Tonight; Northern Gulf Coast Expected To Be Impacted By A Category 2 Hurricane Isaac On Tuesday Night ...

Sunday, August 26, 2012 7:56 am

by Rob Lightbown

Tropical Storm Isaac:

Tropical Storm Isaac looks pretty ragged on satellite imagery this morning with some deeper thunderstorm activity noted on the north and east sides of the storm.

 This is deceptive, however, as reconnaissance aircraft have found central pressures of 995 millibars and 65 mph winds. 

The overall track forecast from the various forecast guidance seem to be in good agreement that Isaac will track across the Florida Keys, likely between Key West and Marathon late this afternoon with hurricane conditions expected across the Florida Keys and southwest Florida, including Naples and Marco Island this afternoon into tonight.

So, by Monday morning, I expect that Isaac will be located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, approximately 100 miles northwest of Key West. 

Isaac is expected to track northwestward across the eastern Gulf of Mexico where it will strengthen on Monday into Tuesday. 

The forecast guidance from Monday through T…

La realidad de Amuay que el gobierno trata de ocultar con amenazas de sanción a medios ...

25 Aug 2012

Esta información proviene de una doctora en medicina, Gabriela González, quien es de la zona, conoce la ciudad y tiene familiares y amigos allá. Ella escribió esta crónica a través de su cuenta de Twitter:

Dada la desinformación tan grande que hay sobre los hechos de Amuay voy escribir este tuit largo con todo lo que se hasta ahora. Aunque no me encuentro en la ciudad, viví en ella casi toda mi vida y la conozco. He estado desde la 1am conversando con familiares, amigos y colegas médicos que se encuentran en Punto Fijo e intercambiando información. Muy poco y de utilidad casi nula es lo que se puede ver en la televisión. Twitter ha sido el medio utilizado por los ciudadanos para informar.

Aproximadamente a la 1:10 am de hoy 25/08/2012 hubo una explosión en la Refinería de Amuay en Judibana. Según fuentes oficiales fueron tanques de Gases inflamables.

Según los ciudadanos de Punto Fijo la explosión fue tan fuerte que se sintió en toda la ciudad. Muchos pensaron que se trataba d…