Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 18:17 UTC

Airport chaos anticipated for Brazil's World Cup as terminals remain unfinished

A temporary canvas terminal will be used instead of a planned airport expansion to receive fans in Fortaleza

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.

Tuesday, April 8th 2014 - 00:14 UTC

Brazil will launch massive investment plan next August, two months ahead of election

Rousseff's announcement should help her with her re-election bid

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.

Monday, April 7th 2014 - 21:24 UTC

Latam and Caribbean migrants remittances total over 60bn dollars annually

But channeling remittances into the formal financial system remains a challenge

A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the Inter-American Dialogue has shed light on the financial behavior of Latin American and Caribbean migrants, finding that there is need for formal savings products for remittance clients.

Monday, April 7th 2014 - 06:26 UTC

Overwhelming majority of Argentines feel insecurity has become the main problem

However 65% are against lynching as has been happening recently

Eight out of ten Argentines feel that insecurity has been on the rise during recent months while 90% believe that it has become the main problem of the country ahead of inflation, unemployment and corruption, according to a public opinion poll published in Clarin's Sunday edition.

Monday, April 7th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

UN 'deep concern' over violence in Venezuela; supports people's right to protest peacefully

For weeks protestors have camped outside UN offices in Caracas

The United Nations office in Venezuela expressed deep concern over the “high human cost” of anti-government protests which have left 39 people dead during two months of unrest. Hundreds more have been detained or injured in clashes with security forces.

Monday, April 7th 2014 - 05:18 UTC

Costa Rica faces serious challenge: new president with scant support in congress

Solis beat the old system but they still have the grip on government

A center-left academic who has never held elected office easily won Costa Rica's presidential election on Sunday, ousting the graft-stained ruling party from power after its candidate quit campaigning a month ago. However he will have quite a job ensuring support in Congress.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 04:18 UTC

Antipersonnel mines day: Central America cleared; in Colombia rebels continue planting them

Insulza and Garzón led the ceremony in Medellín next to victims of antipersonnel mines

OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza participated on Friday in Colombia in a ceremony commemorating the International Day against Antipersonnel Mines, where he described the effort and commitment of OAS to eradicate the scourge and bring rehabilitation to survivors as a “high priority.”

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 00:52 UTC

Prince Harry will be visiting Chile and Brazil next June

 The visit is designed to enhance the partnership the UK and South America

Prince Harry will undertake two official overseas visits in May and June this year. He will visit Estonia and Italy in May, followed by a visit to Brazil and Chile in June. Both visits are in support of the UK Government and are being organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Friday, April 4th 2014 - 07:53 UTC

Latam leaders discuss improving education and skills to help diversity economy

“It is just not a question of schooling, it is a question of skills” said Ricardo Hausmann

Political, business and academic leaders gathered for the ninth annual World Economic Forum in Latin America in Panama set out strategies for the region to move beyond dependence on commodity exports and face the challenges of a rapidly changing global economy.

Friday, April 4th 2014 - 05:01 UTC

Chile assesses extent of earthquake damage; police and military ensure order

Chilean authorities proved to be well organized to face the telluric episodes in one of the most geological vulnerable areas

Coastal residents of Chile’s far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths. But no new major damage or casualties were reported, and a heavy police and military presence kept order.

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