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Montevideo, March 23rd 2018 - 12:41 UTC


  • Wednesday, February 28th 2018 - 09:02 UTC

    Jeans will be made with laser technology: 90 seconds to finish a pair instead of 20 minutes

    By replacing manual labor with lasers, Levi's will be able to finish a pair of jeans every 90 seconds, instead of just two to three pairs an hour.

    Levi Strauss is ramping up its use of lasers to automate the way its jeans are made. The firm says the new techniques will reduce chemical use and make the way in which jeans are faded, distressed and ripped more efficient. By replacing manual labor with lasers, Levi's will be able to finish a pair of jeans every 90 seconds, instead of just two to three pairs an hour.

  • Wednesday, February 21st 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    “What a shot”, the folklore side of rampant violence in Rio do Janeiro favelas

    The clips often show children and adults collapsing to the ground as a shot rings out following the lyrics “What a shot”, before the person stands up and begins to dance (Pic Reuters)

    A viral music video called “What a shot” is stirring debate in Brazil about the glamorization of crime and freedom of expression, as surging crime in Rio de Janeiro has led the government to put troops in charge of security in the tourist city. The hit by Jordana Gleise de Jesus Menezes - known as JoJo Todynho - has spawned myriad parody videos on YouTube since it was released in December.

  • Tuesday, February 20th 2018 - 09:20 UTC

    Chickens didn't turn up and some 450 KFC outlets had to close in UK

    Last week, the fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, which blamed “operational issues” for the supply disruption.

    KFC has closed more than half of its 900 UK outlets after delivery problems meant they ran out of chicken. Last week, the fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, which blamed “operational issues” for the supply disruption. It was unclear when the delivery problems would be rectified, a KFC spokesperson said.

  • Saturday, February 17th 2018 - 19:49 UTC

    Chinese New Year marks start of the Year of the Dog (honest, just and loyal)

    On the night before the first day of the Lunar New Year (New Year's Eve), Chinese families gather together for a big reunion dinner.

    February 16 is Chinese New Year and marks the start of the Year of the Dog - one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Unlike Western astrology, each sign lasts for a whole year and each year takes the name of an animal whose characteristics color and influence everything that happens for the next 12 months.

  • Friday, February 16th 2018 - 09:35 UTC

    Falklands angry with National Geographic; demands apology to the Islands and its people

    National Geographic images were taken for an article which could not have been produced without the explicit support of the Falkland Islands Government. Photo: Paul Nicklen / National Geographic

    Anger has been expressed in the Falkland Islands this week over a letter which was sent to the Argentine Governor of Tierra del Fuego, Rosana Bertone, by a representative of the National Geographic Foundation. The letter, dated February 8, contains an apology for the appearance of the label ‘Falkland Islands’ instead of ‘Malvinas Islands’ on photos published on Instagram, which were taken here.

  • Friday, February 16th 2018 - 02:52 UTC

    Porn star “Stormy” was paid US$ 130.000 for lust and silence with Trump

    Daniels was quoted as saying in a 2011 interview with In Touch Weekly that she had an affair with Trump after they met at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament in 2006.

    A private lawyer for President Donald Trump says he paid US$130,000 of his own money to adult film star Stormy Daniels who once claimed she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago. The payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was made during the 2016 presidential election campaign but the lawyer, Michael Cohen, said he was working alone and that it was not a campaign expense.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2018 - 16:54 UTC

    FIFA's Infantino visits Putin to discuss World Cup preparations

    This is the first meeting between Infantino and Putin since Vitaly Mutko decidedlast December to step down as head of World Cup Host Organizing Committee.

    With four months to go before the football World Cup, both Russia and FIFA want toavoid any surprises. Hence the meeting on Feb.12 between Russian President VladimirPutin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Kremlin to discuss World Cuppreparations.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2018 - 10:04 UTC

    Falklands under the cone of a partial solar eclipse on Thursday

    When the moon passes from the orbit between the sun and the earth, the moon’s shadow appears over the sun. This phenomenon is called the solar eclipse.

    Everyone admired the rare phenomenon of the supermoon recently. Pictures of the lunar eclipse flooded the social media platforms. But for astronomy enthusiasts, there is another celestial event happening this week. On the 15th of February, a partial solar eclipse is going to take place. However, the celestial event will be seen over parts of Antarctica, southern parts of the Atlantic ocean and South America's Patagonia, including the Falkland Islands.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2018 - 08:08 UTC

    Sky and BT will broadcast Premier League football beginning 2019/20; three seasons £4.464bn contract

    Sky and BT could end up paying hundreds of millions of pounds less than the record £5.136bn for the rights they paid in the 2015 auction.

    Sky and BT Sport have agreed to pay £4.464bn to broadcast Premier League football games for three seasons from 2019-20. Five of seven live packages have been awarded, with bidding for the remaining two ongoing. Interest from “multiple bidders” remains, the Premier League said.

  • Tuesday, February 13th 2018 - 09:29 UTC

    Ex investment banker appointed new president of US soccer

    Cordeiro's mandate is to restore U.S credibility in football around the globe after the country's national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

    The former investment banker at Goldman Sachs became the new president of U.S. Soccer on Feb. 11. He replaces Sunil Gulati after an election in Orlando, Florida that required three rounds of voting to finally crown Cordeiro.