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Venezuela is tilting toward a major social crisis


Aug. 8, 2015, 12:56 PM 

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsPeople queue to buy staple items outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas, August 4, 2015.

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With crucial legislative elections less than four months away, Venezuela is tilting toward a major social crisis.

Endemic food shortages have plagued Venezuela for years, worsening with the decline of global oil prices in late 2014.

Now they are the norm across the country. This has stoked public discontent and led to the isolated looting of food stores and supermarkets.

The deterioration of law and order is likely to continue. Even if the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) loses its legislative majority in December's elections, the government's inability to keep…


Pakistan’s Mango Diplomacy and more ………….

August 8, 2015, 7:18 pm

by Rajeewa Jayaweera

I read with much interest the recent article titled "Pakistan’s Mango Diplomacy and Lanka’s Insect Fear" in a daily publication written by one Dr Ranga Kalansooriya. 

He had narrated how in early July 1977, Pakistan’s military ruler and President Gen. Zia Ul Haq had sent a gift consignment of Pakistan’s Multan mangoes to Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Mrs. B). 

It had been returned with a message informing of her inability to"accept a gift from a person whose hands have the blood of Pakistan’s elected Prime Minister on them". 

Kalansooriya further stated of a consignment of mangoes sent by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to President Sirisena recently which our Foreign Ministry in their infinite wisdom had rejected for ‘technical reasons’ without the knowledge of President Sirisena. 

Similar consignments sent to Prime Minister Modi, Sonia Gandhi and President Mukherjee notwithstandi…


A street is filled with a mangled rooftop brought down by Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan.
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In this image, emergency rescue personnel dig a man from a flash mudslide, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.
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A man walks past damaged trees as typhoon Soudelor hits Taipei, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Taipei, Taiwan.
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A mother holds her children in strong gusts from Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
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City road crews remove trees brought down by strong winds from Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.
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Provincia de Buenos Aires...

Más complicaciones por las fuertes lluvias: cortes en las rutas 8 y 9...

La ruta 8 está interrumpida en el kilómetro 87. Y la 9 está cerrada en dos puntos.

El tránsito por las rutas 8 y 9 presenta múltiples inconvenientes en el día de hoy derivados de las muy intensas lluvias caídas en pocas horas en las últimas jornadas.

En la Capital Federal y en la provincia de Buenos Aires hubo zonas que recibieron en tres días las precipitaciones que suelen acumularse en tres meses. Esto provocó el desborde de numerosos cursos de agua que afectaron en varios puntos a diferentes vías de circulación vehicular.

Según pudo constatar Clarín en el lugar, en el kilómetro 87 de la Ruta 8 el tránsito estaba interrumpido esta mañana. De Vialidad Nacional explicaron a este diario que el corte de la ruta se debe al desborde de una alcantarilla que inundó la cinta asfáltica.

Inundaciones: hay 1.158 evacuados y las lluvias podrían seguir hasta el lunes

Fuerte temporal

Los distritos más com…

Panama Canal to limit ship size due to drought

8 August 2015 

Latin America & Caribbean

The Panama Canal is a key route in global shipping

The Panama Canal Authority says it will temporarily cut the size of ships allowed through because of drought caused by El Nino.

From 8 September, the maximum draft of ships will be cut to 39ft (11.89m), which may affect up to 20% of traffic.

A similar restriction was imposed for the same reason in 1998.

The authorities say a further cut in the draft could be imposed on 16 September if the situation does not improve.

The authority has taken the action because water levels in the Gatun and Alhajuela lakes has reduced as a result of the El Nino weather phenomenon.

The current draft limit is 39.5ft, which will be cut to 39ft on 8 September and then potentially to 38.5ft on 16 September.

Shipping companies had been warned the cuts could be coming.

The Panama Canal celebrated its 100th-anniversary last year, having seen more than a million ships pass through.

Panama took control of the canal from the US in …