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Stories for March 2021

  • Saturday, March 6th 2021 - 08:40 UTC

    Casino supermarkets sued under French law for selling beef linked to deforestation

    The groups linked Casino meat to an area of deforestation “five times the size of Paris”. Casino said it took a “rigorous” approach to its supply chains.

    French supermarket chain Casino is being sued by indigenous groups from the Amazon, for allegedly selling beef linked to deforestation. The 11 indigenous groups, backed by NGOs in the US and France, are seeking €3.1m in damages.

  • Saturday, March 6th 2021 - 07:10 UTC

    Rossby Waves, and Wave-7

    A winter temperature 25°C colder than usual for the time of year is rare, but this is not the first time it has snowed in Texas

    Bt Gwynne Dyer – It used to blast straight east all the way around the planet, but even then it occasionally developed long S-shaped kinks called Rossby waves: Big loops extending far north and south of its usual track.

  • Friday, March 5th 2021 - 08:57 UTC

    Dramatic Covid-19 situation in Southern Brazil threatens Rivera, Uruguay

    Uruguay is very concerned, and threatened, by the situation in the city of Rivera, bordering the Brazilian city of Santana do Livramento, Rio Grande do Sul state, where the number of infections is alarming and continues to grow, while the Intensive Care Centers in the capital Porto Alegre are saturated.

  • Friday, March 5th 2021 - 08:40 UTC

    Colombia and Peru want to centralize gold purchases to combat illegal extraction

    A gram of gold is often easier for armed groups to transport than a gram of cocaine, Colombia’s mines and energy minister, Diego Mesa said

    Colombia and Peru are studying the possibility of centralizing gold purchases, in an effort to combat illegal and informal extraction. Colombian President Ivan Duque said his government is considering the move to stymie the role illegal mining plays in fueling a decades-long internal conflict.

  • Friday, March 5th 2021 - 08:30 UTC

    American Airlines cancels routes from the US to Montevideo and Santiago

    The airline has now announced its routes from the USA to Montevideo, Uruguay and Santiago, Chile will also be stopped

    American Airlines has extended the suspension and cancellation of numerous international flights including to regions that have not yet been severely impacted by the coronavirus, such as Latin America. The Fort-Worth-based airline says on 10 March that it is cutting summer international capacity by about 10% and April domestic capacity by 7.5% in response to decreasing demand.

  • Friday, March 5th 2021 - 08:30 UTC

    Icelandair's 42 hours flight to Antarctica and home again

    The charter flight included offloading provisions for the research station's staff who will remain at Troll this winter, and to pick up scientists returning to Norway

    In its presentation, Icelandair says it usually flies closer to the Arctic Circle, but on this occasion, the trip was 4 days and 42 flight hours from the top of the world to the bottom, and home again. On Friday, February 26, an Icelandair Boeing 767 (TF-ISN), landed at Troll airfield (QAT) at the Troll research station operated by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica.

  • Friday, March 5th 2021 - 08:25 UTC

    Brazilian soy exports in March should reach 15 million tons: 250 ships waiting to load

    If all this volume were shipped, Brazil could even surpass the export record set for a single month – around 14.85 million tons – registered in April 2020

    Brazilian soy shipments this month should reach 15 million tons, which could establish a new record for a month, according to the maritime agency Cargonave, considering the 250 ships in the export line-up, a growth of more than 40% compared to the number seen in the same period last year.

  • Friday, March 5th 2021 - 08:00 UTC

    The Haves and Have-nots of the Digital Age

    Despite the promise of digital transformation, it can also drive unequal outcomes in education, opportunities, and access to health care and financial services

    By Gita Bhatt (*) – Accelerated by the pandemic, the digital future is coming at us faster than ever before, and maybe faster than we can imagine. In this issue, we explore the possible consequences —the good, the bad, and the gray.

  • Thursday, March 4th 2021 - 18:21 UTC

    Uruguay: Pepe Mujica says the pandemic helped Lacalle Pou’s government

    Former president Pepe Mujica (2010-2015) said that Uruguay “had the opportunity to start vaccinating three months ago and we let it pass because we were confident or for ideological reasons”

    The former Uruguayan president José “Pepe” Mujica criticized the government of Luis Lacalle Pou and assured that the Covid-19 pandemic “helped” to improve his image. ”The pandemic is white (in reference to the color of the ruling party)“ and ”brought a big help“ to the government, said the former president in a radial interview on Wednesday. ”He has no responsibility, but he positioned himself well in the situation and knew how to take advantage of it”, he assured.

  • Thursday, March 4th 2021 - 09:24 UTC

    Argentina's banks face a tough year: bad loans, inflation and regulations

    The central bank requires banks to pay minimum rates of 37% on retail deposits, while allowing them to charge just 24% on loans to small and midsize companies

    Rising inflation plus bad loans and government regulations anticipate a tough 2021 according to the CEO of Argentina's biggest private bank by market capitalization. “If inflation is high, there is a risk that bank results will fall to very low or negative levels in real terms,” Fabian Kon said in an interview in Buenos Aires.