Stories for October 4th 2010
Often described as the penguin capital of the world, the Falkland Islands will be undertaking a census of penguin breeding sites throughout the Islands. It will provide essential information on their breeding colonies to determine action for the future protection of the seabirds.
World Bank president Robert Zoellick expressed concern about the renewed speculation with agriculture commodities which in the last months have seen prices of food in developing countries soar
World Bank President Robert Zoellick said he sees tensions arising from currency devaluations as nations seek to boost their economies, though he doesn’t expect them to turn into “wars.”
Uruguay’s gross public sector debt contracted in the second quarter of the year after five consecutive periods of sustained increase and now stands at 21.885 billion US dollars equivalent to 59.5% of GDP.
Brazilian President Lula da Silva's chosen candidate to succeed him next year came out on top in Sunday’s vote but fell short of an outright win needed to avoid a runoff at the end of October. The big surprise was the Green Party’s Marina Silva and her 19%, which turns her into king-maker.
President Hugo Chavez defeat in the recent legislative elections is “more significant than what numbers indicate”, but the Venezuelan opposition must not hail victory or feel satisfied with such an excellent result, according to Mario Vargas Llosa.
Bolivian president Evo Morales said that during the current decade United States intervened in four attempted coups against democratic governments in Latin America, but was only able to win in Honduras.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has backed off the idea of dissolving Congress and ruling by decree and plans to revise an austerity law that triggered a bloody police revolt, a government minister said.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced Sunday the nationalization of farms and cattle herds belonging to the local affiliate of British tycoon Lord Vestey’s group which also had interests in several other South American countries linked to the meat industry.
Spain could face a crisis similar to that of Argentina back in 2001 because of its incapacity to create jobs and reduce the fiscal deficit, which makes it an easy prey for international speculators.