Stories for April 8th 2014
Survivors of the first major naval battle of the Second World War will gather at Britain's National Memorial Arboretum to unveil a memorial commemorating the event. The Battle of the River Plate took place 75 years ago (December 1939), and less than a dozen veterans are still alive from this, the only episode of the war to take place in South America.
With the Falkland Islands' upstream oil and gas industry still in its infancy, the country's attractive fiscal regime, which boasts a low government take, is expected to remain stable through the short and medium term, says a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The World Bank has trimmed its growth forecast slightly for China, citing a bumpy start to the year. It now expects the Chinese economy to grow by 7.6% in 2014, down from its earlier projection of 7.7%. A slew of disappointing figures has triggered concerns of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
As if problems with the delayed stadiums was not enough, and with less than 10 weeks until the start of the World Cup, work on crucial new airport terminals has fallen behind in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament.
More than 3.000 people have been forced to abandon their homes in Argentina as torrential rains and flash floods in the last 24 hours hit at least seven provinces. Classes have been suspended, as well as public transport and so have some of the main highways.
At the start of a three day trade trip to Brazil, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced the next stage in the UK government’s fundamental overhaul of finance for exporters which should move the UK to the top of the global league for export support.
Consumer prices in the City of Buenos Aires increased 3.6% during March compared to February according to the latest release from the economic consultants FIEL. This is the first drop this year following the increases in January and February which were above 5%.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP on a three-day visit to Brazil announced on Monday that Rolls-Royce is to build a new £ 22 million Marine facility in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced that the third stage of an investment plan, Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) will be launched in August, just two months ahead of an October presidential election in which she will seek re-election.