TLA TIMES | November 09, 2017

A Snapshot of LatinAmerican News



Births per woman in Nicaragua.


Source: databank.worldbank.org

Currency | Per US Dollar
Argentine Peso | $17.52

Belizean Dollar | $2.01
Brazilian Real | $3.26
Bolivian Boliviano | $6.91
Costa Rican Colon | $569.65
Chilean Peso | $630.67
Colombian Peso | $3,008.97
Cuban Peso | $26.50
Dominican Peso | $48.02
Guatemalan Quetzal | $7.33
Haitian Gourde | $63.61
Hoduran Lempira | $23.56
Mexican Peso | $19.05
Nicaraguan Cordoba | $30.58
Panamanian Balboa | $1.00
Paraguayan Guarani | $5,653.08
Perubian Sol | $3.24
Uruguayan Peso | $29.23
Venezuelan Bolivar | $9.95

Figures from Nov. 09 Source: www.xe.com


Some like it hot: Active volcano in Costa Rica
According to the latest information, you can’t go right now to visit Poas Volcano in Costa Rica. The volcano erupted in April and again in June. But the locals have petitioned to get the park reopened and probably things will be back to normal soon. The volcano is considered one of the most spectacular sites in the country and is the largest active crater in the world. The crater has a lake surrounded by steam clouds and active geysers. Details

Australia’s prime minister announces Peru trade agreement.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a trade agreement with Peru at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Vietnam. Turnbull said he will urge other nations to expand trade deals. "The region cannot close the door to the flow of goods, services, capital and ideas," he said. Details


Uber forms alliance with rivals to fight regulation in Brazil.

To the naked eye, Uber may look like a taxi company. But to the company’s executives and, more importantly, to the firm’s investors, Uber is a technology company. What taxi cab company can attract billions of dollars is startup money? However, the Brazilian government wants to regulate Uber like a taxi company. So Uber has taken the extreme step of joining forces with its rivals, technology site 1reddrop.com reports. The market is Uber’s second largest behind the United States, 1reddrop.com reports. Details 


Vineyard owners’ complaints about crushing taxes prove effective.

After vineyard owners complained about proposed taxes they said would kill the wine-making industry, the government backed down, Reuters reports via the Times of India. The governor of Mendoza, the leading wine-making province, held a private meeting with President Mauricio Macri, who tabled the proposal. Macri wanted a 10 percent tax on wine and a higher levy on champagne. Details


Phoenix Gateway Airport, Mexican developer team up on project.

The East Valley Tribune reports the airport in Mesa, which serves a reliever for the Phoenix area, and a developer are working to create a business park that would house Mexican custom officers and attract exporters. The airport authority is attempting to get Mexican customs officials to relocate from Laredo, Texas. There is no commitment from the U.S. or Mexican governments at this time. Details

Seattle celebrates Aeromexico nonstop service to Mexico City.

The Seattle Times reports that nonstop service from the Northwest to Mexico, which started this month, opens up other destinations in Latin America for residents of Seattle. Airline traffic between Mexico and the United States has mostly recovered after falling earlier in the year after Trump’s election as president. “It’s been an interesting year,” Aeromexico Chief Revenue Officer Anko van der Werff told the newspaper. “The summer was completely back to normal.” Details