Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 06:00 UTC

Caribbean is anticipating 5% increase in tourist arrivals after a record 2014

“Last year, we received more visitors than ever before, recording our fifth straight year of growth” said CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley

The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization, CTO, is projecting a 5% increase in tourist arrivals in 2015 after the region recorded its best year ever in 2014. CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley told reporters a record 26.3 million visitors came to the Caribbean last year, spending a record US$29.2 billion.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:40 UTC

Peru asks Argentine oil company to leave conflict zone while it reassesses contract

“That contract must be evaluated” minister Mayorga said on state television from Pichanaki, where deadly clashes took place earlier in the week

Peru will evaluate a natural gas contract it signed with Pluspetrol in 2005 and is asking the Argentine company to leave a restive Amazonian town following deadly protests, the government said on Thursday. Pluspetrol started exploratory activities in natural gas block 108 last year, upsetting locals in the town of Pichanaki who fear it will lead to pollution and hurt farming.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 09:06 UTC

Researchers propose high seas fishing ban and concentrate on coastal catches

The study examined global fish catch and landed value data to determine how much fish is caught in the high seas and how much is caught in coastal waters

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world's maritime nations, according to research from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:51 UTC

Germany urges Brazil with an EU/Mercosur trade agreement

President Rousseff and minister Steinmeier after their meeting in Brasilia

Germany wants to speed negotiations for a free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, said Foreign minister Walter Steinmeier in Brasilia. The agreement has been pending since 1999 when discussions started but so far have been unable to reach a deal or commit a date because of internal problems from both sides.

Thursday, February 12th 2015 - 20:57 UTC

Argentina and Brazil admit trade disagreements between Mercosur main partners

Timerman acknowledged trade between the two countries needs some “fine-tuning”, but for Argentina Brazil is its “most strategic partner.”

Argentina and Brazil failed to reach an agreement to help unlock the ongoing tension between the two key Mercosur allies over bilateral trade. Argentina's Hector Timerman and his counterpart Mauro Vieira met in Buenos Aires to try and ease Brazil’s growing concerns about restrictions on the flow of goods, but any decisions were pushed forward to an undetermined date.

Wednesday, February 11th 2015 - 06:29 UTC

Netflix offers internet video service in Havana, but very few Cubans can afford 8 dollars

Most Cuban incomes are meager, too, making Netflix’s US$8-per-month service an unaffordable luxury for most of the island’s 11 million residents

Netflix began selling its Internet video service in Cuba on Monday in what appears to be a largely symbolic move driven by the recent loosening of US restrictions on doing business with the Communist-run Island.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015 - 19:27 UTC

Falklands' familiarization visit for UK ambassadors from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay

Fiona Clouder, Governor Colin Roberts with Alex Ellis and Lyster-Binns at the reception Monday evening

British ambassadors to Chile, Brazil and Uruguay respectively, Fiona Clouder, Alex Ellis and Ben Lyster-Binns are currently visiting the Falkland Islands to familiarise themselves with the people and economy and to discover what opportunities there are to increase links between the Islands and their host countries.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 17:41 UTC

FARC vows to lay down arms and to reinvent itself as a political party

Spokesperson Santich said FARC hopes to see the group's “transformation into a political movement that can work to bring about structural change”

Colombian FARC guerrillas on Saturday vowed to lay down their weapons and reinvent themselves as a political party, if the Colombian government follows through with the reforms under discussion in peace talks.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:30 UTC

FARC invites Colombia's newly-crowned Miss Universe to attend peace talks

Colombia's Paulina Vega, 22, was named Miss Universe in Miami last month and has gone as far as to offer her presence at negotiations in Cuba.

Rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, on Saturday invited the newly-crowned Miss Universe to attend peace talks with the Colombian government.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 10:12 UTC

Guyana, US, Peru and Uruguay consent to OAS visits on anti-corruption

The four countries notified the MESICIC for conducting on-site visits. They also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review.

The governments of Guyana, the United States, Peru and Uruguay confirmed this week to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) their consent to receive on site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the OAS.

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