FIFA made a profit of 196 million US dollars in 2009 and has equity of over 1 billion thanks mainly to massive and still growing income from the sale of TV rights, soccer's governing body said on Thursday.
The following piece was written by Pravin Gordhan, South African Minister of Finance and published in Bloomberg Business Week.<br />
The 2010 World Cup soccer tournament that kicks off Friday represents much more than just a sporting spectacular for South Africa.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suspended a national electricity rationing plan, saying that the grid had been strengthened by new investments in thermoelectric plants and heavy rains that filled up reservoirs. He also wants Venezuelans to watch the World Cup in South Africa.
Argentina reaffirmed “exclusive authority” over all hydrocarbons activities in the Islas Malvinas territory and maritime spaces in a strong release to commemorate June 10th, Day of Argentina’s Sovereignty Rights over Malvinas.
The European Central Bank kept interest rates in the Euro zone at 1% on Thursday as expected. June was the thirteenths month running that rates have been left on hold. ECB also supported the recent budget deficit cuts announced by several EU countries.
Finland's economy slipped back into recession during the first three months of 2010, official figures have shown. During the January to March quarter, its economy contracted by a seasonally-adjusted 0.4%, after a decline of 0.2% in October to December of last year.
Researchers at a Swiss university said Thursday that they have uncovered a microscopic fungus that is able to increase the speed of rice growth by five times. In a study published by Switzerland's University of Lausanne, researchers claimed that the fungus mycorrhiza would not only cut the use of phosphate fertilizers, it was also completely natural or GM-free.
Brazil’s central bank raised its benchmark Selic interest rate for a second straight meeting to contain inflation following strong signs the economy is overheating.
UK interest rates have been kept on hold at a record low of 0.5% for the 15th month in a row. The Bank of England also decided on Thursday not to inject any more money into the UK economy under its policy of quantitative easing (QE).
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is scheduled to make an official visit to China and meet with President Hu Jintao next July, announced Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana during his visit to the Argentine pavilion in the Shanghai World Expo.