The world's busiest airport, London Heathrow, saw more delays than any other major European airport last year - for the second consecutive year according to a report from the Association of European Airlines, AEA, released this week.
Crude oil rose for a fourth day and closed Tuesday at a record 101.01 US dollars in New York on fears that OPEC might reduce output and growing concern over supplies from Venezuela, Nigeria and Russia.
Brazil's government managed oil corporation Petrobras signed on Friday a contract with Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) to build a high seas oil rig to operate at a water depth of 1.246 and which will cost in the range of 1.2 billion US dollars and be delivered in three years time.
Brazil's government owned oil and gas corporation Petrobras has invited Mexico's oil monopoly Pemex to join it as a minority partner in a deepwater exploration project on the US side of the Gulf of Mexico revealed Samir Awad Petrobras executive manager for the Americas, Africa and Eurasia.
China has experienced its first defeat at the World Trade Organization (WTO), in a case referred to restrictions on the importation of foreign-made car parts. Upholding a complaint from the European Union, Canada and United States, the preliminary WTO finding agrees that current Chinese practice is protectionist.
An ambitious multi-field aquaculture project in the Falkland Islands has successfully concluded its first stage and is ready to continue advancing. However Dr. Brendan Gara, Aquaculture Development Manager at the Development Corporation is leaving after having spent two years in the Islands.
Mining exploration in Argentina expanded 21% in 2007 over 2006 with a record 600.000 meters drilled reported in Buenos Aires the Mines Secretariat. Looking back to 2003, exploration activity soared 265% and investments 748% reaching 1.7 billion US dollars.
Germany was the world's leading exporter for the fifth year running in 2007, staving off a challenge from fast-growing China despite the impact of a strong Euro on its competitiveness. German exports reached 969 billion Euros, 1.4 trillion US dollars in 2007, up 8.5% from 2006, according to Germany's Federal Statistics Office in Weisbaden.
Chilean brewery Austral from Punta Arenas has announced it will begin exporting to the United States, Mexico and England. The company will market its premium Calafate, Yagun and Patagonia brands in select locations.
Rio Tinto, one of the world's largest mining firms rejected on Wednesday a sweetened mega merger bid from BHP Billiton worth 147 billion US dollars. If the two companies had merged, a company would have been created that controlled one third of the world's iron-ore market.