Stories for March 15th 2010
Brazilian president Lula da Silva allegedly referred to Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as “nutty” leaders which must be kept under control through close links, reports the Brazilian newspaper O’Globo.
In the week of the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, the Israeli government claims to have identified the intellectual and material perpetrators of the bombing which left 29 dead, 242 wounded on March 17th, 1992.
The president of Canada Beef Export Federation says the country's 17th case of mad cow disease has not affected markets. The beef cow was born in 2004 in Alberta, and the fatal degenerative brain disease was confirmed on Feb. 25, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported on its website.
Spanish ports reported growth in cruise passenger numbers last year, despite the impact of the economic downturn on the country’s tourism sector. The country’s state-owned ports handled just over 6 million passengers last year, a 3% increase over figures for 2008.
The Port of Gibraltar is participating of the 26th edition of the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, which opened at the Miami Beach Convention Centre in Florida. The international exhibition and conference is recognised as the leading cruise industry event.
Bolivia will gain access to Atlantic ports in Uruguay in exchange for a pledge of natural gas exports to Montevideo in an agreement signed in La Paz by presidents Evo Morales and José Mujica.
A record 80 training exercises were cancelled last year By the UK Ministry of Defense while the number of British troops in Helmand reached 10,000.
It was not until the late 1990s that it really took off but today the internet celebrates the 25th birthday of the dotcom domain name. On 15 March 1985, the first company to add dotcom to its name was a computer maker named Symbolics.
Unemployment threatens to hamper the UK economic recovery as worried households cut back on spending, the Bank of England has warned. The latest quarterly bulletin said there was a risk of rising dole queues if “the recovery in demand proves more sluggish than businesses have expected”.
Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos’s La U party is leading the vote count of congressional elections held Sunday, consolidating his position as frontrunner to succeed Alvaro Uribe.