Stories for February 2005

Monday, February 28th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

U.N.: Population to top 9 billion by 2050.

The world's population will rise from 6.5 billion to 9.1 billion by 2050, according to a United Nations survey released Thursday.

Monday, February 28th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Riggs Bank to create Pinochet victim fund.

A Spanish judge on Friday dropped fraud and money laundering charges filed against Riggs Bank in the United States in connection with millions of dollars deposited there by former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Monday, February 28th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Destinations 2005: tourism reps work hard to dispel myths.

AFTER attending a travel show in London, the Director of Tourism says it was “surprising” to find so many people who are “still so mis-informed” about the Islands and, “...we clearly have a long way to go to communicate effectively to consumers that we are accessible and that it doesn't snow all year round.”

Monday, February 28th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Fisheries News.

Headlines:
Trawler caught in South Atlantic EEZ limits tangle; Argentina's toothfish TAC: 2,250 tons; Poor Illex catches but better than 2004.

Monday, February 28th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Venezuela insists with US plot against Chavez

Venezuela whose leftist president Hugo Chavez claims the United States plans to kill him, said Monday that it has beefed up maritime and air-space “vigilance” following the announcement of U.S. military exercises near Curacao, an island off the country's northern coast.

Sunday, February 27th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Ministry of Defence faces industrial action.

Following on from the announcement that the EU has ruled that the present Gibraltar exempt company system must end by 2010, the otherwise rock solid economy has been given a further blow by the by the MoD, with some 600 civilian jobs scheduled to go.

Saturday, February 26th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Restoration program for Torres del Paine

A restoration program for the 14,000 hectares of Torres del Paine National Park consumed by a fire that has been raging for over a week was trusted to the Chilean Forestry Corporation, reported Chilean acting Agriculture Minister Arturo Barrera.

Saturday, February 26th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Brazilian Central Bank insists with tight money

Brazil's Central Bank will continue to raise the basic interest rate, Selic, and will keep it high for a considerable period, in spite of declining inflation risks and strong criticism from business and unions.

Saturday, February 26th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Brazil reacts angrily to Amazon proposal

Brazil reacted angrily to former European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy's proposal to declare the Amazon region and other rain forests as “global public assets” subject to world management

Saturday, February 26th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

IMF praises Uruguayan economy performance.

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, highlighted Uruguay's economic program for successfully steering the economy out of the 2002 financial crisis and praised the incoming authorities for their commitment to continue with the current framework and build on the progress made to far.

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