Stories for December 20th 2006
Brazil's Supreme Court (Supreme Federal Tribunal) ruled Tuesday that a decision by congressional leaders to almost double the salaries of senators and representatives must be put to a vote in Congress.
United States producers' prices (wholesale prices) registered last November the biggest increase in three decades, while the housing slump showed signs of bottoming out.
Brazilian manufacturers expressed Tuesday their frustration given the absence of an official reforms agenda to help thrust economic growth next year which is forecasted to be in the range of 3.5%.
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved Tuesday a 6.5 million US dollars loan for Uruguay to support the Foot and Mouth Disease Emergency Recovery Project and create a full-coverage livestock tracking system in order to keep the country virus-free and minimize economic losses.
Chilean Patagonia, one of the world's most pristine wilderness areas, is receiving major attention these days from a large and very well-connected U.S. environmental group.
The Royal Navy has today appointed a new Flag Officer for Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland. He is Rear Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War and later the captain and commander of a Type 23 frigate.
The Falkland Islands gave last week yet another step in the evolution of internal self government: the Executive Council monthly summary will no longer be presented by the Governor of Islands as has been tradition, but by a democratically elected member of the government.
Vehicle sales in Argentina rose a healthy 17 percent to 453,000 units in January-November ÃÂ¢€ the higher figure since the 455,000 sold in the entire 1998 ÃÂ¢€ on the back of a steady economic recovery accompanied by a favourable international scenario, the new chairman of the ACARA concessionaires association Dante Alvarez said.
Lord Triesman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed he will be addressing the Falklands Forum next April in London.
Bolivian businessmen showed some reticence about their country's full incorporation to Mercosur arguing it was a threat for the local agro-industry and could involve potential farm sales losses to the Community of Andean Nations.