Stories for October 4th 2012
Argentina will have to come up with 10 million dollars or more as a bond to liberate the flagship of its navy, “Libertad” retained in the Ghanaian port of Tema, following on the request from a US hedge fund.
Following two months of stability, the FAO Price Index rose slightly in September 2012, up 1.4%, or 3 points, from its level in August. The Index, based on the prices of a basket of internationally traded food commodities, climbed to 216 points in September from 213 points in August.
Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC) will be growing at 3%, more in line with global trends but even with GDP beginning to slow, the region’s unemployment rate stood at 6.5%, approaching historic lows and well below its peak of 11% a decade ago, according to the latest semi-annual report “The Labour Market Story Behind Latin America’s Transformation,” by the World Bank’s Office of the Chief Economist for the region.
Labour markets played an important role the transformation and advance of the Latin American economy in the past decade as more than 35 million additional jobs were created in that period plus the fact that high informality declined in seven out of nine countries of the region.
The youth jobs situation remains critical, with 17.7 million young people, or just over 16%, unemployed in 17 of the G20 countries for which data is available, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said.
By Alicia Dunkley-Willis (*) - With commercial oil production projected to commence in 2017 for the 3,000 population Falkland Islands, efforts are now underway to ensure that the impending wealth does not upset the order here.
A painkiller as powerful as morphine, but without most of the side-effects, has been found in the deadly venom of the black mamba, say French scientists. The predator, which uses neurotoxins to paralyse and kill small animals, is one of the fastest and most dangerous snakes in Africa.
Belgium signed on Wednesday an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide financial support for the program “Landmine Victim Assistance in Ecuador and Peru,” carried out by the OAS.
Uruguay’s consumer prices soared 1.21% in September over August totalling 6.67% in nine months and 8.64% in the last twelve months, above the 7.88% at the end of August.
President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney have clashed over their economic plans in the first of three televised debates. In their Denver duel, the candidates contrasted their approach on taxes, the deficit and healthcare.