Stories for January 19th 2013

Saturday, January 19th 2013 - 04:30 UTC

Tourists arriving in Uruguay dropped 14% in first weeks compared to 2012

Long queues at the international bridges waiting to cross to Uruguay

The number of tourists arriving to Uruguay in the first weeks of this summer season has dropped 14% compared to the same period a year ago, which represents 20.600 less, mostly Argentines and Brazilians, according to Benjamin Liberoff, Director of Tourism.

Saturday, January 19th 2013 - 03:29 UTC

Santos could seek popular approval for any peace and political accord with FARC

The Colombian president refuses to modify the constitution

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened the door to a popular vote on any peace accord negotiated and signed with FARC rebels, but rejected a guerrilla demand to change the constitution if a deal is clinched.

Saturday, January 19th 2013 - 03:16 UTC

Canada’s new plastic banknotes with the wrong maple leaf

The Norway maple was imported from Europe and is now also common in North America.

The Bank of Canada has barked up the wrong maple tree with its new plastic banknotes, using a foreign Norway maple leaf as the emblem on the notes instead of the sugar maple that the country has on its national flag, an eagle-eyed Canadian botanist says.

Saturday, January 19th 2013 - 03:00 UTC

Argentine car washers blame poor weather forecasting for bad business

Automatic or manual, ‘pls don’t scare the clients’

A summer brawl has surfaced in Buenos Aires between the car washers’ industry and the Argentine Meteorological service that are blamed for their poor forecasts which scares customers from the outlets.

Saturday, January 19th 2013 - 00:29 UTC

Anywhere from 30 to 50% of world food production lost to waste, says engineers’ group

Food waste is not only immoral but strains water and soil resources according to UK IMechE Institute

The report “Global Food: Waste Not Want Not” by the UK’s Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has found that 30-50%, or 1.2-2 billion tons, of produced food is wasted by poor storage, bad distribution and exacting quality standards in the developed world.

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