Buenos aires – Gicarg http://gicarg.org/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 19:21:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://gicarg.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-105x105.png Buenos aires – Gicarg http://gicarg.org/ 32 32 Buenos Aires Weather | Venezuela breaks one of the longest episodes of hyperinflation in the world https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-venezuela-breaks-one-of-the-longest-episodes-of-hyperinflation-in-the-world/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 11:08:16 +0000 https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-venezuela-breaks-one-of-the-longest-episodes-of-hyperinflation-in-the-world/ Venezuela ended a four-year hyperinflation crisis, one of the longest in the world, as the socialist government slowed the pace of money printing and the US dollar became the country’s preferred currency. Prices rose 7.6% in December from November, the central bank said, marking a full year with monthly inflation below 50%, the threshold most […]]]>

Venezuela ended a four-year hyperinflation crisis, one of the longest in the world, as the socialist government slowed the pace of money printing and the US dollar became the country’s preferred currency.

Prices rose 7.6% in December from November, the central bank said, marking a full year with monthly inflation below 50%, the threshold most economists commonly use to define hyperinflation. On an annual basis, Venezuela ended 2021 with inflation of 686.4%.

“Venezuela’s hyperinflation went as it came,” Ronald Balza, an economics professor at the Catholic University of Caracas, said on Friday. “The government didn’t take any action, it just stopped doing what was causing it, which was funding itself via accelerated money printing.”

The reduction in money printing stems from lower government spending, which effectively reduced the budget deficit to less than 10% of gross domestic product last year, from around 30% of GDP when hyperinflation began in late 2017, according to Luis Oliveros, a professor of economics at the Central University of Caracas.

Instead of the bolivar, which is the national currency, the country has unofficially adopted the US dollar. Over 60% of all transactions take place in the currency.

“While bolivar inflation is still important, it doesn’t capture all the information about what’s happening with prices,” Oliveros said. “We have to be careful with dollar prices.”

Despite emerging from hyperinflation, the country still suffers from one of the highest inflation rates in the world.

While official government data in Venezuela is notoriously unreliable, a parallel inflation index collected by opposition lawmakers also showed a significant drop in prices last year. BloombergThe Cafe Con Leche Index – which tracks the price of a cup of coffee in Caracas on a weekly basis – shows increases have also leveled off, particularly since the government renounced its currency, losing six zeros from to the previous bolivar.

The central bank has increased its interventions in the foreign exchange market, keeping the digital bolivar – as the new currency is called – relatively stable. Since October, it has more than doubled its supply of dollars to the market, pumping up to US$100 million a week and artificially keeping the exchange rate below five bolivars to the dollar.

Some wonder if the government will have the money to continue the policy. Central bank reserves fell below $6 billion, the lowest in at least 30 years, excluding IMF funds to which the government does not have access. Analysts said the government is likely to use oil revenues and other sources of hard currency revenue to intervene in the foreign exchange market.

“Sooner or later we’re going to see a big adjustment in the exchange rate, and that will have an impact on prices,” said José Manuel Puente, a professor at IESA’s Public Policy Center.

by Nicolle Yapur, Bloomberg

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Buenos Aires Weather | Messi ‘taking longer than expected’ to recover from Covid-19 https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-messi-taking-longer-than-expected-to-recover-from-covid-19/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 23:51:20 +0000 https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-messi-taking-longer-than-expected-to-recover-from-covid-19/ Lionel Messi said on Thursday he needed more time to recover before playing again after contracting Covid-19 earlier this month. Paris Saint-Germain star Messi, 34, tested positive while on vacation in his hometown of Rosario before returning to the French capital on January 5. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner missed two PSG games while in […]]]>

Lionel Messi said on Thursday he needed more time to recover before playing again after contracting Covid-19 earlier this month.

Paris Saint-Germain star Messi, 34, tested positive while on vacation in his hometown of Rosario before returning to the French capital on January 5.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner missed two PSG games while in self-isolation.

“As you know I had Covid and I wanted to thank you all for the messages I received,” Messi posted on Instagram. “It took me longer than I thought, but I’m almost recovered and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch.

“I’m training to come back to 100%, big challenges are coming this year and I hope we can meet again,” he added.

Since testing negative last week, he has been training alone at PSG headquarters.

According to ESPN Argentina, the former Barcelona striker will miss this weekend’s Ligue 1 home game against Brest.

Messi’s club teammates, including Ángel Di María, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Julian Draxler, have also tested positive for coronavirus since the Christmas break.

Les Parisiens host Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on February 15.

– TIMES/AFP

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New York Festival Of Song Presents BUENOS AIRES, OUT AND NOW at Kaufman Music Center https://gicarg.org/new-york-festival-of-song-presents-buenos-aires-out-and-now-at-kaufman-music-center/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 02:41:14 +0000 https://gicarg.org/new-york-festival-of-song-presents-buenos-aires-out-and-now-at-kaufman-music-center/ The New York Festival of Song, led by artistic director Steven Blier, continues its Mainstage 2021-22 series with Buenos Aires, Then and Now on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center. The concert features soprano Nicoletta Berry, bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, soprano Raquel González and other artists […]]]>

The New York Festival of Song, led by artistic director Steven Blier, continues its Mainstage 2021-22 series with Buenos Aires, Then and Now on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center. The concert features soprano Nicoletta Berry, bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, soprano Raquel González and other artists to be announced with pianist Shawn Chang and NYFOS artistic director Steven Blier as pianists and hosts.

The program honors the diversity of Buenos Aires‘ musical culture and includes the works of its iconic masters, such as Guastavino, Ginastera, López Buchardo, Carlos Gardel and Piazzolla, as well as his contemporary voices, Esteban Benzecry and Ezequiel Viñao. Buenos Aires, Then and Now is produced with the collaboration of Jorge Parodi and Opera Hispánica.

Buenos Aires Yesterday and Today will be available online as part of the NYFOS @ Home digital series, starting Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. ET for four weeks through May 3. Free access to the digital concert is available at https: // www.eventbrite.com/e/buenos-aires-then-and-now-tickets-239173162367.

NYFOS Season 2021-22 also features additional Mainstage Series concerts held at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, including Love Songs in 176 Keys: 4 Hands, 4 Voices, 4 Countries on Tuesday March 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. with Caramoor’s 2022 Vocal Rising Stars; and The Wider View: Songs by Black Composers on Wednesday April 13, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. with Lucia Bradford, Jorell Williams and more to be announced.

All NYFOS programs are funded, in part, by the New York State Council for the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.


Concert Information
Buenos Aires, yesterday and today
Tuesday February 15, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
Tickets: $ 20-70
Link: https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/new-york-festival-of-song-buenos-aires-then-and-now/

Nicoletta Berry, soprano
Federico De Michelis, bass-baritone
Raquel González, soprano
Steven Blier, pianist and entertainer
Shawn Chang, pianist

Astor Piazzolla
Michelangelo 70 (for duo-piano)
Libertango (for duo-piano)
Alguien le dice al tango (Borges)
Siempre is in Buenos Aires

LÓPEZ BUCARDO
Vidalita
Jujeña
Dark frescas of fresas

EZEQUIEL VIÑAO
El fuego es tu reino from “Sonetos de Amor”
Color of marfil of “Sonetos de Amor”

CARLOS GUASTAVINO
Noches de Santa Fe
Abismo de sed

ARIEL RAMÍREZ
Alfonsina y el mar

BENZECRIE D’ESTEBAN
Ser Quiero
The noche

CARLOS GARDEL
Mi Buenos Aires querido

ALBERTO GINASTERA
Canción al árbol del olvido
Canción de la luna Lunar States

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Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna wins his first Challenger title in Buenos Aires https://gicarg.org/santiago-fa-rodriguez-taverna-wins-his-first-challenger-title-in-buenos-aires/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 01:32:53 +0000 https://gicarg.org/santiago-fa-rodriguez-taverna-wins-his-first-challenger-title-in-buenos-aires/ Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna looked at the crowd and smiled, his fist up to the blue sky of Buenos Aires. For Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna, his 6-4 6-2 victory over Facundo Diaz Acosta to win the Buenos Aires Challenger had been in the works for a few months. His last five events of the 2021 […]]]>

Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna looked at the crowd and smiled, his fist up to the blue sky of Buenos Aires.

For Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna, his 6-4 6-2 victory over Facundo Diaz Acosta to win the Buenos Aires Challenger had been in the works for a few months. His last five events of the 2021 season included two Challenger quarter-finals, an ITF semi-final and an ITF title. Rodriguez Taverna was slowly building his game.

And now, in his first event of the 2022 season, Rodriguez Taverna has a Challenger title under his belt.

Dropping only one set all week (to Mats Rosenkranz) and winning 9 consecutive sets, the No.302 ranked Argentine dominated the peloton in Buenos Aires. His ranking is expected to reach world number 266 in the live rankings, a new career high.

At this time last season? Rodriguez Taverna was ranked 535th in the world.

Rodriguez Taverna didn’t have the toughest road to the title, but beating Paz, Casanova, Lama and Diaz Acosta without losing a set isn’t the easiest feat on clay.

The Argentine dominated on the return, creating 52 break points in his five matches and breaking serve 18 times. He also did a good job protecting his own serve, having faced just 21 break points combined and having broken 7 times, which is certainly not a bad number on red clay.

Rodriguez Taverna’s game centers around his huge, heavy forehand. He uses the forehand wing to dominate the baseline and put a lot of pressure on the opponents making the pitch feel small.

Now, one could see Rodriguez Taverna’s janky looking backhand and immediately ignore it, due to the awkward appearance of that wing.

And, it may be true that the backhand puts a cap on Rodriguez Taverna’s game. However, that said, he really makes the shot work for him. Rodriguez Taverna is often able to put the backhand into play with decent depth and weird spins that disrupt his opponent’s pace and timing.

And that’s part of the “charm” of the Argentinian game, where you don’t get consistency in terms of how you get on the wing of the forehand, the heavy, deep hits, and on the wing of the backhand, you get. shorter strokes with and so it’s hard to find that pace that so many tennis players are used to.

And don’t think that bringing Rodriguez Taverna into the net is the way to go, as he has good touch and instincts for knowing when is the right time to move forward.

Now, it’s important to note that the field in Buenos Aires was certainly weaker due to the fact that some of Australia’s most talented Challenger clay courts were trying to qualify for the Australian Open.

But, just like Igor Marcondes winning his first Challenger at the end of last season under similar circumstances (in this case many of those clay-court Challenger players were enjoying their offseason), just playing that final and winning a Challenger is a confidence. enriching and enriching experience.

As world number 67 Hugo Gaston knows, it’s not easy to cross the finish line and win a Challenger, no matter what level a player is (Gaston is 0-4 in the final of the Challenger).

For Rodriguez Taverna, this Challenger title is another building block as he aims, perhaps, for some ATP Tour success during the Golden Swing and eventually qualifies for Roland Garros.

His opponent in the final, Facundo Diaz Acosta, shares the same hopes. The southpaw was also in his first Challenger title and, like Rodriguez Taverna, saw a slight uptick in results from the end of last season. His current live ranking is world No.303, a new career high.

Diaz Acosta’s heavy forehand was key for him all week, as he reached the final without losing a set. Of course, that ended once Rodriguez Taverna could establish that his forehand was more developed than Diaz Acosta’s and would be the stroke that would take control of the base rally.

It was therefore Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna who made the history of Buenos Aires, his hometown, on Sunday.

While the 22-year-old Argentine has yet to make too many waves in the tennis world, if he can continue to produce at this level in the forehand, then the results and the rewards that come with it will soon follow.

Main photo by Getty.

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Hours of Buenos Aires | Central Bank raises rates for the first time in a year https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-central-bank-raises-rates-for-the-first-time-in-a-year/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 15:05:06 +0000 https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-central-bank-raises-rates-for-the-first-time-in-a-year/ Argentina raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than a year as it faces calls from the International Monetary Fund to tighten monetary policy. The central bank raised the Leliq key rate to 40 percent from 38 percent, the level it had held for more than a year, even with annual […]]]>

Argentina raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than a year as it faces calls from the International Monetary Fund to tighten monetary policy.

The central bank raised the Leliq key rate to 40 percent from 38 percent, the level it had held for more than a year, even with annual inflation of around 50 percent. The bank’s unorthodox approach so far had contrasted with a wave of rate hikes by central banks across the world, seeking to combat accelerating inflation.

IMF officials urged Argentina in December to implement an “appropriate” monetary policy as part of talks on a new program to reschedule payments of around US $ 40 billion owed to the lender. They specifically called for interest rates to exceed inflation.

“The rate hike is a step in the right direction, but too timid to matter,” said Adriana Dupita, economist at Bloomberg Economics. “The central bank will have to raise the rate further if it intends to use monetary policy to fight inflation – with or without a deal with the IMF.”

Bloomberg News reported last month that central bank officials were considering a rate hike.

The bank, which is not independent of the executive branch, has printed money to fund government spending throughout the pandemic, raising concerns about future inflation. Economists polled by the monetary authority expect prices to rise 52% this year.

The Central Bank also announced a series of technical measures on Thursday:

– The 28-day Leliq note rate will continue to serve as a reference
– The central bank will participate in the secondary market for government bonds
– It will create a new 180-day Leliq note with a fixed annual rate of 44%
– It will gradually eliminate the seven-day pension notes
– For individuals, the annual rate on 30-day term deposits will increase to 39%
– For other depositors, the rates on term deposits will be 37%
– Central Bank expects price pressures to ease and exchange rate to improve in 2022

by Patrick Gillespie, Bloomberg

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Hours of Buenos Aires | Heavily Indebted Brazilian Families and Inflation https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-heavily-indebted-brazilian-families-and-inflation/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 15:39:10 +0000 https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-heavily-indebted-brazilian-families-and-inflation/ Jussara Romero’s credit card is nearly depleted, and exorbitant interest payments have left her family struggling to survive. Yet soaring prices in inflation-battered Brazil left little choice for the 37-year-old mom when she arrives at the cash register, she says: she often breaks the plastic again . Many workers in Brazil have found themselves trapped […]]]>

Jussara Romero’s credit card is nearly depleted, and exorbitant interest payments have left her family struggling to survive.

Yet soaring prices in inflation-battered Brazil left little choice for the 37-year-old mom when she arrives at the cash register, she says: she often breaks the plastic again .

Many workers in Brazil have found themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of soaring prices and debt as Latin America’s largest economy is hit by high inflation, high interest rates and a recession.

Romero, who runs a private daycare, lives with her husband and baby in the economic capital, São Paulo.

She cut back wherever she could, she said, but barely made it.

“We buy the cheapest brands, we stopped driving the car to go to work, we no longer go out,” she told AFP.

Still, she found herself forced to use her credit card, which has an annual interest rate of 346.1%.

“I know putting things on the map makes everything more expensive in the end, but I don’t have a choice, that’s what’s helping me get through this right now,” she says.

Brazilians are recovering from an old problem: inflation, currently at 10.47% per year.

The price increases are far greater than for a wide range of commodities, including fuels (up 50 percent from January to November 2021) and poultry (up 22.9 percent).

Supply chain ravages and pandemic stimulus spending have fueled inflation around the world. But Brazil, which is haunted by memories of the hyperinflation of the ’80s and’ 90s, is undergoing a particularly traumatic adjustment.

Trying to control prices, the central bank undertook one of the most aggressive monetary tightening in the world, dropping the benchmark interest rate from 2% to 9.25% in less than a year.

But while inflation now appears to be slowing, rate hikes have made credit all the more expensive in Brazil and dampened an already sluggish economy.

Cascade effect

“Many families already spend most of their income on interest payments,” says Rachel de Sa, chief economist at investment brokerage firm Rico Investimentos.

The erosion of purchasing power has undermined household consumption, the main engine of the economy.

Inflation and high interest rates “have an impact above all on the consumption of durable goods, such as appliances and vehicles”, explains Fernanda Mansano, chief economist of the financial education site TC.

The pandemic-fueled recession is also eating into Brazilians’ incomes and job security.

Brazil’s average real income, after adjusting for inflation, is at its lowest since the record started in 2012: 2,449 reais (US $ 445) per month.

Unemployment has risen from a high of 14.9% at the start of last year to 12.1%, but more than 40% of Brazilian workers have jobs in the informal sector, usually without contracts or social protection.

Isaac Coelho, a bicycle delivery boy who lives in Embu das Artes, on the western outskirts of São Paulo, is one such worker.

“At least my delivery job allows me to cover some expenses, like the gas cylinder, which has gone from 60 reais in 2020 to 100 reais now,” he says.

Real estate loans inaccessible

Bruno, 35, who works in communications, lives with his father in the Lapa district of São Paulo while he searches for an apartment he can afford.

“My bank offered me a loan at 8.9% interest, but this rate is only valid for three months. If I can’t find an apartment by then, there’s no guarantee, ”says Bruno, who asked that his last name not be used.

Banks are still digesting the rapid rise in the benchmark interest rate, but already “mortgage rates have gone from 6.3% at the start of 2021 to around 10% today”, explains Rafael Scoledario, a specialist in the real estate market.

Forecasts for the Brazilian economy are grim for 2022, weighing on the already low popularity of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro as the October elections approach.

Analysts polled by the Central Bank are forecasting economic growth of 0.42% this year, down from the relatively bullish forecast of 2.5% a year ago.

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Hours of Buenos Aires | Judge faces disciplinary action after allegedly kissing inmate serving life sentence https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-judge-faces-disciplinary-action-after-allegedly-kissing-inmate-serving-life-sentence/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 18:59:08 +0000 https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-judge-faces-disciplinary-action-after-allegedly-kissing-inmate-serving-life-sentence/ Judicial authorities in Chubut province have opened disciplinary proceedings against a judge to investigate alleged “improper conduct” after the magistrate was caught on camera kissing a very dangerous prisoner his court had previously sentenced to death. lifetime sentence. The Provincial Superior Court of Justice confirmed on Tuesday that administrative proceedings had been opened against Judge […]]]>

Judicial authorities in Chubut province have opened disciplinary proceedings against a judge to investigate alleged “improper conduct” after the magistrate was caught on camera kissing a very dangerous prisoner his court had previously sentenced to death. lifetime sentence.

The Provincial Superior Court of Justice confirmed on Tuesday that administrative proceedings had been opened against Judge Comodoro Rivadavia, Mariel Suárez, after video footage was released online showing her with inmate Cristian ‘Mai’ Bustos together at the Trelew Prison Institute (IPP).

In the video, she can be seen kissing the prisoner, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on December 22 for the 2008 murder of policeman Leandro ‘Tito’ Roberts in Corcovado.

The incident took place on December 29, just a week after Bustos was sentenced to life imprisonment. According to local media reports, he admitted during the trial that he pulled the trigger for the shot that killed Roberts.

Suárez was one of the three magistrates to head the tribunal, although she notably chose to oppose the sentence, asking for a lower sentence to be applied instead. Judges María Laura Martini and Ximena Miranda Nastovich have supported a life sentence behind bars.

“Following a formal communication addressed to the ministers in office, a meeting requested by a criminal judge of the district of Comodoro Rivadavia and a detainee housed in the said penitentiary center, considered highly dangerous and recently sentenced in the context of a hearing oral and public trial held in the city of Esquel, has been revealed, “the Chubut Superior Court of Justice said in a statement.

“According to the information communicated by the IPP, it appears that the judge behaved inappropriately towards a magistrate. The procedure aims to elucidate the circumstances of the meeting between a judge and a convicted person, the content of the meeting, its duration. and its characteristics, which could imply violations of the law on public ethics and / or of the general internal regulations of the judiciary ”, he concluded.

Judge’s explanation

Jornada diary from Chubut reported that the judge was reported by the officer on duty, who told his superiors that he saw the duo kissing in a prison classroom, after the two shared a companion.

Speaking to TN news channel, Suárez said she had “no sentimental relationship” with the inmate and had gone to see him because she was “making a book about his story.”

“I have no sentimental relationship with this person, I have no personal connection. I am making a book with this person because of his story and it is the first that I will write”, declared the magistrate. “I will make a statement and show the documents so they can see that the statement is real.”

Declaring that she had “fulfilled my role as a judge”, she explained that their meeting was fortuitous.

“It was the first time I saw him and we talked about it [the sentencing]. I ran into him, told him I was going to set up an interview with him and told him I was going to write a book. He told me personal things and showed me his tattoos, ”she said.

“I want to do investigative journalism. He was very happy with the project because after many years he could tell what had happened, ”she said, referring to the trial, which took place more than 12 years after the crime.

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Aerolíneas Argentinas to increase flights between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata https://gicarg.org/aerolineas-argentinas-to-increase-flights-between-buenos-aires-and-mar-del-plata/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 01:35:12 +0000 https://gicarg.org/aerolineas-argentinas-to-increase-flights-between-buenos-aires-and-mar-del-plata/ Due to the start of the summer season, Aerolíneas Argentinas will increase its operations between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata from January. The Argentine company will fly with Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Embraer 190. Embraer 190 According to the reservation system, Aerolíneas will have 22 operations per week between […]]]>

Due to the start of the summer season, Aerolíneas Argentinas will increase its operations between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata from January. The Argentine company will fly with Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737 MAX 8 and Embraer 190.

Embraer 190

According to the reservation system, Aerolíneas will have 22 operations per week between the two Argentine cities during the season. Until the end of December, the company operated between 10 and 14 weekly flights to Mar del Plata from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery.

Timetable for Mar del Plata – Aerolíneas Argentinas

For more information on flight times, please access the Aerolíneas Argentinas reservation system.

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Aerolíneas Argentinas will serve Córdoba, Mendoza, Rosario and Tucumán during the summer of 2022. All of these routes will be seasonal, with the exception of Córdoba, which will remain as regular as before the pandemic.

Mar del Plata Airport will have a new operating company in January. LADE will connect Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires, Bahía Blanca and Bariloche once a week in the Fokker 28.

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Why are so many flights canceled? https://gicarg.org/why-are-so-many-flights-canceled/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 17:49:28 +0000 https://gicarg.org/why-are-so-many-flights-canceled/ The forces that have scrambled thousands of flights since Christmas Eve may ease in January, but it’s a cold comfort to the millions of travelers with New Year’s plans. And if 2021 has taught us anything, it’s that 2022 will likely be just as unpredictable. Here’s a look at what has ruined flights for thousands […]]]>

The forces that have scrambled thousands of flights since Christmas Eve may ease in January, but it’s a cold comfort to the millions of travelers with New Year’s plans.

And if 2021 has taught us anything, it’s that 2022 will likely be just as unpredictable.

Here’s a look at what has ruined flights for thousands of people this holiday season, and what could happen over the next few weeks.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Airlines were not spared by the spread of the omicron variant, which eliminated flight crews from airlines that had already downsized after the air transport collapse in 2020.

The wave of omicron infections came just as crowds began to pack airports for vacation travel. Then the Pacific Northwest and other areas were hit by cold and heavy snowstorms.

The convergence of the three airlines has forced the cancellation of thousands of flights from Christmas Eve. As of Thursday afternoon, about 7,800 flights to, from or within the United States were stricken, according to flight tracking company FlightAware. More than 1,100 of them were on Thursday.

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The United States was not alone. There have been thousands of cancellations overseas. European and Australian airlines are reporting the same logistical concerns regarding COVID-19 and flight crews. Chinese airlines account for a significant percentage of cancellations.

To put that in perspective, most of the flights went off fine. There are nearly 70,000 flights a day around the world, said aviation data provider Cirium.

WHEN COULD THINGS IMPROVE?

U.S. health officials have halved the five-day quarantine forecast for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus. Airline industry experts say it will alleviate staffing issues that have forced airlines to cut flights – but flight attendant unions say they are wary of the change and its effects on workers’ health. Yet cases of omicron, the rapidly spreading variant of the COVID-19 virus, continue to increase. And that’s not the only problem.

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Airlines could take up to a week to fully recover from the persistent bad weather, said Jim Hetzel, flight operations expert at Cirium.

Overcoming the holiday rush will also help. January and February are the slowest travel months of the year after the New Year’s rush, said Willis Orlando, senior flight expert at Scott’s Cheap Flights. “There should be a lot more room for airlines to cut routes, reassign pilots and have back-up personnel. “

Some airlines have also recognized that the confluence of the holiday rush, omicron and bad weather makes it impossible to maintain current schedules.

JetBlue said on Wednesday it was cutting its schedule until mid-January in hopes of giving customers more time to make alternative plans rather than endure last-minute cancellations – although more cancellations remain probable.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by these schedule changes,” said spokesperson Derek Dombrowski. He said crew members volunteer to work overtime and managers get involved where they’re trained to do it.

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Alaska Airlines urged travelers who could reschedule after Jan. 2 as it curtailed departures from Seattle and more cancellations and delays were expected this week. Delta and United spokespersons said they couldn’t predict when operations would normalize.

WAS THIS FLEET OF CANCELLATIONS UNUSUAL?

Bad weather is a sporadic but constant threat to winter travel. A rebound in travel in 2021, when airlines did not have enough staff to meet demand, led to heavy cancellations and delays earlier this year.

Southwest Airlines struggled in the summer and fall due to delays and cancellations, blamed on IT issues, staff shortages and bad weather. American canceled more than 1,000 flights over the Halloween weekend due to understaffing. Delta has canceled dozens of flights around Easter this year due to personnel issues.

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DID THE AIRLINES BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING TO AVOID THIS?

Omicron was a shock to the system, and its speed swept through just about everyone, airlines included.

“It’s kind of an extreme circumstance,” said Hetzel, the operations expert at Cirium.

Some airlines have been hit harder than others simply because of where they tend to operate. The Southwest and America had lower geographic exposure to areas of the United States with horrible weather, and fewer of its staff are based in areas with increasing COVID-19 cases, the analyst said. by Raymond James Savanthi Syth.

Task forces, however, say more could have been done, such as providing extra pay to flight attendants during vacation earlier. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents 50,000 workers from 17 airlines, including United, Alaska, Frontier and Spirit, said Delta started offering on Christmas Eve but should have done so earlier. The union that represents American flight attendants said it likely helped the airline recall staff members on leave. In a November memo, American’s chief operating officer noted that nearly 1,800 flight attendants returned from leave in November and that 800 would return in December, along with 600 new hires.

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Syth, of Raymond James, did an analysis of airlines that she said were at higher risk of operational problems during the holiday season, which explains most of the airlines’ profitability in the fourth quarter. She found that airlines that were conservative in terms of schedules were affected as well as those that were aggressive.

“This leads me to believe it has more to do with the uniqueness of the omicron variant and the greater impact it is currently having in the northeast than a failure on the part of the airlines to prepare.” , said Syth.

Airlines were better prepared for the holidays than they were for the hail and thunderstorms that hampered travel earlier this year, said Charles Leocha, president and founder of consumer advocacy group Travelers United.

“It’s a far cry from the episodes we faced in the summer and fall when we had airlines that were down for two or three days,” Loecha said. “It was a very good effort. The airlines have paid more money to keep people on reserve and they are paying more money for people to fly. ”

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Airlines are hiring. The US Department of Transportation reports that in October, US passenger airlines employed more than 400,000 full-time workers, but this is about 9% less than two years ago.

Even critics say airlines were at the mercy of the pandemic this year.

“The airlines should have planned better and the (Department of Transportation) should have monitored the capacity of the airlines and demanded ready stocks of equipment and personnel given the large federal subsidies since 2020,” said Paul Hudson, chairman from advocacy group FlyersRights.org. “But the high infection rate of the omicron variant is mainly to blame in the disruption of the holiday season.”

WHAT SHOULD TRAVELERS DO IF THE AIRLINES CANCEL THEIR FLIGHTS?

If your flight is canceled, most airlines will put you on the next available plane to your destination for free. “They’ll find a way to get you there. You don’t have to pay anything more,” Leocha said.

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If you cancel your trip instead of taking another flight, you are entitled to a refund, even if you had non-refundable tickets. When canceling flights, airlines tend to push customers towards vouchers for future flights instead of offering a full refund. Orlando, of Scott’s Cheap Flights, urged travelers to remember their right to get their money back. “Airlines make it very easy for them to keep your money,” he said.

You can also ask the airline to transfer your ticket to another airline, but they are not obligated to do so. Likewise, airlines are not required to reimburse you for hotel rooms, taxis or other expenses.

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Hours of Buenos Aires | Covid outbreak continues as Argentina surpasses 20,000 infections in one day https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-covid-outbreak-continues-as-argentina-surpasses-20000-infections-in-one-day/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 02:46:46 +0000 https://gicarg.org/hours-of-buenos-aires-covid-outbreak-continues-as-argentina-surpasses-20000-infections-in-one-day/ The latest wave of coronavirus in Argentina shows no sign of stopping: the health ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the country had exceeded 20,000 cases in 24 hours for the first time since July 13. With the highest tally in four months, as the country gripped the so-called “second wave” of the virus, 20,263 new […]]]>

The latest wave of coronavirus in Argentina shows no sign of stopping: the health ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the country had exceeded 20,000 cases in 24 hours for the first time since July 13.

With the highest tally in four months, as the country gripped the so-called “second wave” of the virus, 20,263 new infections were recorded on Monday, December 27, along with 31 deaths. Excluding weekends (when numbers traditionally drop temporarily), cases have increased dramatically every day since the start of the month.

The country’s “positive test rate” also continues to rise, standing at 28.72%, well above the 10% threshold set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the Ministry of Health, 880 people are hospitalized for coronavirus in intensive care units (ICU) across the country, with the occupancy rate of beds in these services rising to 34.4% across the country. national level, reaching 36.2% in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA).

Rise

Over the past 15 days, Covid cases have increased by 217% nationwide, according to official data.

The largest increases in infections have been recorded in the national capital, Buenos Aires (4,005) and the provinces of Buenos Aires (6,199) and Cordoba (5,583), the latter of which is of great concern to the authorities.

Graciela Sadino, president of the Cordoba Society of Infectious Diseases, told NET TV on Monday that “more than 65% of new cases” recorded in the region were “of the Omicron variant”.

“The explosive increase in cases is due to the new variant,” Sadino said. “The number of cases is increasing, but the number of hospitalizations is not increasing at the same rate as the number of positive cases,” she added.

The expert called on citizens and residents to make sure they are fully vaccinated and to register as soon as possible if they are waiting for a second dose.

Reacting to the latest data, the health ministry said on Monday that the application of booster injections for health workers and people over the age of 60 would be reduced, with the third injection now coming four months after the second dose.

Argentina has now recorded 5,480,305 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 117,066 deaths since the start of the pandemic, of which 92,395 are still suffering from the virus.

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