Stories for December 22nd 2006
Headlines: Lord Triesman's seasonal greetings; Mine feasibility study: '100% clearance is possible'; Chief of Police officially resigns; Festive cruise visits; Men lost after ship links.
Varig, Brazil's former flagship carrier, has been forced to leave the Star Alliance, in a move that could leave the world's largest airline grouping without a Latin American partner for 18 months or more.
It's beginning to sound like a scratched CD, but supplies of soybeans are large.
The market, though, is bidding up soybeans so producers will keep soybeans in their rotation for 2007.
U.S. ending stocks for Aug. 31, 2007 are projected at 565 million bushels.
Chaos returned to Brazil's airports Thursday, with passengers occupying runways and aircraft to protest delayed and cancelled flights, local media reported. The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) said 44 per cent of Thursday's 1,227 scheduled flights were delayed by more than an hour and more than 40 flights were cancelled.
A high number of Latin Americans are concerned about a shortage of jobs, according to the 18-country Latinobarómetro released by The Economist. 45 per cent of respondents in Panama select unemployment as the most important problem, followed by 39 per cent in Uruguay and 37 per cent in Nicaragua.
Rockhopper penguins, a type featured in the movie Happy Feet, have suffered a mysterious 30 percent decline in numbers over five years in their South Atlantic stronghold, conservationists said on Friday.
Thousands of Argentine landmines which remain in the Falkland Islands could be successfully cleared sometime in the future.
This is the confident prediction of Landmine consultant Paddy Blagden, who headed a team from Cranfield University, which has just completed a feasibility study into minefield clearance in the islands.