Stories for June 4th 2012
Argentine scientists developed bricks and are analyzing the possibility of making natural insecticides with the ashes from the Chilean Puyehue volcano eruption which this month a year ago covered several cities in Patagonia and caused millions of dollars losses, sources of the University that coordinates the studies announced.
Argentina accepts consultation with EU on trade restrictions and also drags Falklands’ to the dispute
Argentina announced on Monday it had accepted the request from the European Union for a round of consultations, before the World Trade Organization, on the country’s controversial trade policies, but at the same time rejected all and every one of the questioned points and dragged the Falklands’ dispute into the fray.
Argentina declares Falklands’ oil activities “illegal and clandestine” and anticipates criminal and civil actions
Argentina declared on Monday the oil exploration by UK-listed companies in Falkland Islands waters “illegal” and their activities “clandestine”. Argentina has long claimed the Falklands/Malvinas as part of its territory.
Senator and former cabinet chief Aníbal Fernández said on Sunday that the Argentine government is planning, from the open of the black market on Monday, to put pressure on money exchange traders in order for the ‘blue’ dollar rate to not go over 5.10 Argentine Pesos.
Queen' Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee will be marked with a star-studded concert in front of Buckingham Palace later on Monday. Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John are among the artists, and Madness will perform on the roof.
To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Falkland Islands on 14th June 1982, a Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Christ Church Cathedral commencing at 10:00. Members of the public are asked to be seated by 09:45, according to a release from Gilbert House.
Argentina is planning to issue bills bearing the likeness of Evita Duarte to mark the sixtieth anniversary on July 26th of the death of the wife of three times president Juan Domingo Peron, according to the Buenos Aires media.
Etihad Airways, United Arab Emirates flag carrier has unveiled plans to fly to Brazil, the airline’s first South American destination. The daily Sao Paulo flights, which are expected to start in June 2013, will be the first direct air link between Abu Dhabi and any South American country.
Illegally smuggled into Brazil 14 years ago, transgenic soy has proved a boon to domestic farmers and now accounts for 85 percent of total production. But five million Brazilian farmers are now locked in a legal feud with US biotech giant Monsanto, the GM soy seed manufacturer, and are refusing to pay crop royalties.
Fitch: Chile, Peru best prepared for downturn of global economy; Argentina and Venezuela most vulnerable
Chile and Peru are best positioned in Latin America to withstand a downturn in the global economy and a drop in commodity prices, while Argentina and Venezuela are the most vulnerable to any turmoil, according to a senior official from Fitch Ratings.