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Uruguay

  • Wednesday, December 7th 2016 - 17:34 UTC

    Uruguay's unemployment drops to 7.1% in October

    Economy Minister Danilo Astori anticipates half-point growth for 2016 as unemployment falls in Uruguay

    Unemployment in Uruguay in October fell to 7.1% and marked the lowest monthly record of the year, according to data published on Tuesday by the National Statistics Institute (INE). In September this index was at 8.4% and a year ago, in October 2015, at 8.5%.

  • Saturday, December 3rd 2016 - 09:41 UTC

    Old-fashioned cigarette doomed, says world's largest tobacco company

    Andre Calantzopoulos, CEO of Philip Morris, manufacturer of the world's top cigarette brand Marlboro, sees the business shifting to electronic smoking devices

    A historic lawsuit loss to Uruguay over tobacco-related cancer damages and other technological developments have Philip Morris focusing on new alternatives. “I think the time will come when we will have enough acceptance of these alternative products to begin to propose, along with the governments, a gradual elimination of conventional cigars,” the company CEO Andre Calantzopoulos announced.

  • Monday, November 28th 2016 - 09:04 UTC

    Uruguayan football out of control: hooligans force the cancelling of the derby

    Social media shows when a 13 kilos carafe is about to fall on a group of police officers

    Uruguay's derby between Peñarol and Nacional was called off on Sunday after fans clashed with police in and around the Centenario stadium, while cooking gas carafes were dropped from the stands against officers injuring several. An estimated 150 hooligans were finally arrested by riot policy with horses and dogs and the match was suspended when the police said it could not guarantee the safety of players and people at the stadium.

  • Saturday, November 26th 2016 - 13:36 UTC

    IDB US$ 60m loan to expand sewage and rainwater drainage in Montevideo

    Work will also be carried out to complete a liquid waste disposal system in the west of the city. This will help improve water quality in Montevideo and nearby beaches.

    Uruguay will expand sewage and rainwater drainage systems in Montevideo and improve management of City Hall's sanitation system thanks to a US$60 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The money represents the second stage of a line of credit that the IDB approved for investment projects in December 2006.

  • Friday, November 25th 2016 - 08:54 UTC

    Uruguayan president off to Europe looking for investors for an ambitious infrastructure plan

     On Friday 2 December Vazquez will be received by Pope Francis

    Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez is off to Europe for a two-week business and academic interests trip which begins on Friday in Spain and will continue in the Vatican, Austria and France. On Friday, Vazquez is scheduled to hold a private meeting with King Felipe IV of Spain, and on Monday with president Mariano Rajoy.

  • Friday, November 25th 2016 - 08:37 UTC

    Uruguay expects 10% increase in international tourist arrivals this summer

    “If the current trend of a more than 10% rise in tourists continues, the season is going to be better than last year,” Benjamin Liberoff told reporters

    Uruguay's deputy tourism minister said that based on current trends the number of international tourist arrivals during the current summer season, which peaks in December and January, should rise by more than 10%.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 11:41 UTC

    Uruguay ratifies OAS convention for human rights protection of the elderly

    The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús, recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in September.

    Uruguay became the first member state of the Organization of American States (OAS) to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of Elderly Persons. The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús, recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in September.

  • Saturday, November 19th 2016 - 09:07 UTC

    Venezuela loses Mercosur voting rights in December, announces Uruguay

    “For Uruguay what is going to happen in December is that Venezuela will cease to be a member with a vote, because it has not complied with what was agreed”, said Nin Novoa.

    Venezuela will continue as member of Mercosur but with no right to vote, since it has not fully incorporated all the group's rules and regulations as had been agreed, revealed Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa on Friday in Montevideo.

  • Saturday, November 19th 2016 - 08:52 UTC

    Fuel shortages feared in Uruguay due to lorry drivers' strike

    Lorry drivers strike raises concern over petrol supply in Uruguay

    The lorry drivers' strike already under way in Uruguay, which broke up as a conflict between freight carriers and the agriculture sectors, may have its impact on the distribution of car petrol, warns Mauro Borzzaconi of the trucking association.

  • Friday, November 18th 2016 - 11:47 UTC

    Uruguay with IDB support plans to invest US$600 million in rural roads network

    A US$300 million credit line for investment projects will boost agricultural production by improving the rural roads network

    Uruguay plans to improve the rural roads network of the 18 department governments with support from two credit lines for an investment project totalling US$600 million with two initial loans completing US$150 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The funds will support the implementation of rural roads construction in agriculture production areas, and will also be geared to improve and strengthen fiscal management and services at the departmental government level.