Today, Gaetano is celebrated as St. Cajetan of Thiene and, in Argentina, as San Cayetano — the patron saint of gamblers, workers, and the unemployed. Every August 7, thousands of believers make the pilgrimage to Santuario de San Cayetano (Sanctuary of San Cayetano) in the Liniers neighborhood of Buenos Aires to pay their respects. San Cayetano is believed to provide bread and work, so it follows that he may be in high demand this year. Tú eres toda mi esperanza, eres el consuelo mío, en Ti creo, en Ti confío. The thousands of annual visitors to the Sanctuary of San Cayetano are a testament to his efforts on behalf of the downtrodden.
August 08, 2023 03:42 UTC
With the primary elections six days away, Argentina’s informal dollar exchange rate — popularly known as the “blue dollar” — rose by AR$22 on Monday and reached a record nominal value of AR$596. “That creates tension in the exchange rate and deepens the dollarization process.”Meanwhile, the official dollar exchange rate, which also increased, is currently AR$295 per unit. Other factors aside from the upcoming elections include inflation, protracted negotiations with the IMF, and record-low international reserves. The national year-on-year inflation rate reached a record high of 115.6%. “It’s possible that it had an effect because it’s usually a predictor of how high national inflation will be,” said Quintana.
August 08, 2023 00:42 UTC
Prices are soaring for those hoping to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi playing with Inter Miami in the United States. In just three games, Messi has scored five goals — enough to make him the fastest player in league history to do so. After winning the Clásico del Sol against Florida rivals Orlando City, Inter Miami secured a place in the Leagues Cup round of 16. Ticket prices that ranged from US$675 in the general area up to US$5,850 are now starting at as much as US$9,000 in the Leagues Cup official resale site. Despite losing to Inter Miami in the Leagues Cup, Atlanta United saw its revenue go up.
August 06, 2023 00:34 UTC
Buenos Aires city mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and former security minister Patricia Bullrich will expect the primary election results that’ll determine who will be the presidential candidate for Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) in the same headquarters. The decision comes after months of escalating tensions between the two PRO members set to face off August 13. Although they share a common government program, during the campaign Bullrich has presented herself as a hardliner, while Larreta says he believes in dialogue. Two weeks ago, Larreta strongly criticized Bullrich after she proposed “shielding” the Central Bank with another loan from the International Monetary Fund. “Let’s take a look at the history of Argentina, how did that government end after the loan was signed?
August 05, 2023 23:30 UTC
State company Y-TEC, the tech arm of YPF, will open the first lithium battery cell factory in September, in La Plata, the capital of Buenos Aires province. Battery factoriesThe lithium batteries’ cell manufacturing plant in Berisso, La Plata, will open in September, an event top government officials are expected to attend. The plant will generate 15 megawatts per year, which means it will produce lithium batteries capable of powering 2500 households. Lithium batteries would thus be a way to store energy until it’s ready for distribution. Chile has lithium, but not an automotive industry, while Brazil has a [car] industry but hasn’t exploited its lithium yet.
August 05, 2023 15:39 UTC
China has also been helping countries to develop in a few ways, including:Providing financial assistance: China has provided billions of dollars in financial assistance to developing countries, in the form of loans, grants, and debt relief. This has been used to support projects including infrastructure development, education, and healthcare. Infrastructure investment: China has invested heavily in infrastructure projects in developing countries, such as roads, railways, and ports. Transferring technology: China has transferred technology to developing countries, helping them improve their manufacturing and production capabilities. Today, China is looking for markets with the huge growth potential that comes from lifting the majority out of poverty and bringing them into the marketplace as consumers.
August 05, 2023 05:15 UTC
Amazon countries meeting next week for a summit on cooperation to save the rainforest aim to set up a scientific body like the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to share research, Brazil’s environment minister said. “The idea is to have a scientific panel for the Amazon with scientists from different countries, along the lines of the IPCC,” Marina Silva said in an interview on Thursday. The panel would help produce sustainable development policies for the countries of the region while remaining independent of governments, and monitor the impact of climate change on the Amazon rainforest and ecosystem, she said. Lula has overhauled Brazil’s environment policies since taking office in January, succeeding far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who relaxed protection of the environment and encouraged development of the Amazon, where deforestation soared. Preliminary government figures showed on Thursday that deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon fell in July to its lowest level since 2017, boosting Lula’s credibility on environmental policy ahead of the summit.
August 05, 2023 02:25 UTC
This meant earning up to 2% more in US dollars since government intervention led to the same bond having different prices. Consulting firm Ecolatina calculated that, during the first semester, the government used US$1.2 billion to intervene in the MEP dollar market. The MEP dollar is the exchange rate implicit when investors buy shares or bonds in pesos and sell them in dollars in the local market. “Today, a new exchange rate gap between the immediate settlement MEP [exchange rate] and the 2-day settlement MEP was opened,” he told the Herald. The MEP dollar jumped by 0.3% and ended at AR$514 while the blue-chip swap rate was AR$576.7.
August 04, 2023 16:33 UTC
Brazil’s Central Bank decided on Wednesday to lower its benchmark interest rate, SELIC, by 50 basis points to 13.25%. Lula accused Campos Neto of defending economic interests outside of Brazil by keeping up high interest rates despite inflation slowing down. Lula’s dispute with Campos Neto has been fueled by the Central Bank maintaining a 13.75% interest rate — from September 2022 until now — in order to comply with the entity’s 2023 objective of 3.25% inflation. Brazil has an interannual rate of 3.26% and suffered an 0.08% deflation in June. The country’s real interest rates are considered the highest in the world in relation to its inflation rate.
August 04, 2023 11:41 UTC
The Defense Ministry has issued a technical report and decided to shut down the operations of a radar in Tierra del Fuego province owned by the U.S. and British company LeoLabs. The radar is referred to by LeoLabs as the Argentina Space Radar, or AGSR. Alongside International Affairs secretary Francisco Cafiero, Taiana had found evidence that the LeoLabs company was of British origin. “I fully share Minister Jorge Taiana’s decision to definitively cancel it,” said Pablo Blanco, a senator for Tierra del Fuego with opposition coalition Juntos por el Cambio. “The Tierra del Fuego government owes the country an explanation.
August 03, 2023 19:33 UTC
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said he prays that in the upcoming elections Argentina elects a president that will “defend social inclusion and development.”He added that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) needs to have “patience” in its renegotiations with the country regarding the US$44 billion debt former President Mauricio Macri acquired in 2018. That [they] elect a candidate that favors social inclusion and development, and not someone who believes that all public policies are useless spending, or that Argentina’s problems can be solved through privatization,” Lula said during a breakfast with foreign correspondents in the Presidential Palace in Brasilia. Regarding the IMF, Lula da Silva said that it needs to be reformed, proposing the aim should be to create institutions that are more “flexible and generous” with countries that receive loans. The IMF should be patient,” Lula said, adding that the drought has impeded the country from obtaining the foreign currency it usually obtains from agricultural exports. He even mentioned that he has discussed the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
August 03, 2023 18:56 UTC
The Néstor Kirchner gas pipeline successfully completed its filling and trial period and is now fully operational and ready to transport gas from Vaca Muerta to Buenos Aires city. The 573 kilometer-long pipeline is full with 25 million cubic meters of gas from Vaca Muerta. History of the Néstor Kirchner gas pipelineThe NK gas pipeline was launched July 9 in an event with President Alberto Fernández, Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Economy Minister Sergio Massa. The pipeline’s path starts at the gas treatment plant in Tratayén, Neuquén, which is located at the heart of the Vaca Muerta shale oil and shale gas deposit. The government is also preparing to work on the reversal of the gas flow of a tranche of the North Gas Pipeline.
August 03, 2023 02:15 UTC
Argentina’s dream of making into the second round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was cut short Wednesday with its 2-0 loss to Sweden, spelling the end of the tournament for the team. They’ve sacrificed so much, qualifying twice to a World Cup and having a great Copa América. If Portanova’s squad could manage a win in the second half and the other game remained a draw, Argentina would be on to the knockout round. However, Sweden showed its superiority after halftime, and scored twice in the second half to finish the first round unbeaten and as group winner. The Albiceleste will now probably undergo a transition period as one of its stars, Estefanía Banini, had already announced that this World Cup would be her last participation in international football.
August 02, 2023 21:21 UTC
The informal exchange rate, popularly known as the “blue dollar,” jumped by AR$10 on Tuesday and reached a record high value of AR$560 to the dollar. Agricultural exporters liquidated US$144 million with the new AR$340 preferential exchange rate, the “agricultural dollar” implemented by the government. Low international reserves and IMF tensionsLast Monday, amid tough negotiations with the IMF and a sharp drop in international reserves, the Argentine government implemented new taxes for imports of goods and services. The administration also granted a higher exchange rate — AR$340, against the AR$276.1 official “A3500” exchange rate — for some agricultural exports. After the payment, net international reserves are calculated at negative US$10 billion.
August 01, 2023 23:21 UTC
They survived another four days, according to their account, by drinking the sea water crashing just meters below them, before being rescued by Brazilian federal police in the southeastern port of Vitoria. “It was a terrible experience for me,” said 38-year-old Thankgod Opemipo Matthew Yeye, one of the four Nigerians, in an interview at a Sao Paulo church shelter. The four men said they had hoped to reach Europe and were shocked to learn they had in fact landed on the other side of the Atlantic, in Brazil. Both men said economic hardship, political instability and crime had left them with little option but to abandon their native Nigeria. “So we taught ourselves never to make a noise.”Spending two weeks within spitting distance of the Atlantic Ocean was perilous.
August 01, 2023 13:21 UTC