June 5th, World Environment Day, has been chosen as a symbolic date to simultaneously launch a movie about the future of our planet in almost every possible format, including DVD, TV, Internet, online via YouTube, and live at an open air screening in Buenos Aires.
The film, called “Home,” will be shown for free at 9pm this Friday at the Plaza Naciones Unidas, located near the corner of Figeuroa Alcorta and Austria. The movie will be shown on the same day in 50 countries around the world.
The film is said to include spectacular, visually-enveloping scenery of the planet as well as a message about what we can do – right now – to ensure its survival in the form we know and love.
The Amaury Sport Organization, which organizes the 30-year-old Dakar off-road automobile race, has released details of the Dakar 2010 South American rally.
“The Dakar,” as it is known by fans, began in 1978 as a partially crazy off-road race from Paris to Dakar in Senegal, Africa. But, as Wikipedia notes, “due to political instability in Africa, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America, the first time the race took place outside of Europe and Africa.”
Last year the race took place in Argentina and Chile. In January the race, which is often dominated by French off-road specialists, had its first tragedy in Argentina after the French motorcycle fanatic Pascal Terry was found dead in the middle of the rally.
“The 2010 course, designed in an anti clockwise loop, will rapidly set to the north: the first act will value the competitors more suited to hard soil. After crossing the Andes, the stay of the rally in Chile will be mainly focused on a wide discovery of the Atacama Desert, with five sand stages, almost no liaisons and a journey all the way to the city of Iquique. The return trip towards the Argentinean capital will allow appreciating the diversity of mountains and territories of the continent: in this third act, the terrains offered will finish off testing the resistance of the competitors and the vehicles.”
Air France received a bomb threat for a May 27 flight from Buenos Aires to Paris, an Argentine government official confirmed to The Argentine Post early Wednesday. The threat, which the official described as “unusual,” proved innocuous after inspectors checked the flight and found nothing dangerous.
The official was unaware of any evidence linking the threat to the tragic ending earlier this week of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Brazil’s military has found pieces of the plane, which had 228 people on board, in international waters almost 700 miles northeast of Brazil.
Investigators now think the plane may have broken apart before crashing into the ocean. But Nelson Jobim, Brazil’s defense minister, on Wednesday largely discarded the possibility that the aircraft may have been bombed.
Jobim pointed to the discovery of a 20-kilometer “oil stain” (seen in the photo above) on the ocean water near the crash site. He said the fuel oil probably would have burned during an explosion if had the plane been bombed.
Despite widespread predictions for a worsening outlook, Argentina’s economic doldrums may be reaching a floor, according to a recent series of data released Monday by Torcuarto Di Tella University.
In a report that tracks the performance of distinct “leading economic indicators,” the university highlighted data indicating there is a 38% probability that the current negative economic trend will turn around within the next six months. That’s up substantially from a measly 18.7% a month ago.
The university cautioned that the economic indicators are “inconclusive” and that it’s still too early to say a recovery in on the horizon. Still, things seem to be looking better today than they did a month ago.
Di Tella’s survey is somewhat similar conceptually to a widely watched U.S. report published by the Conference Board. You can see Di Tella’s survey for yourself here.
Looking for a comfortable, connected, hip place to do your work? Look no further. Expat Connection guru Martin Frankel and his partners have developed what may be the perfect place for anyone looking for a comfortable, modern office space.
“areatres,” as they call it, represents a kind of “third place” that combines the “comfort and informality of home with the productivity and purpose of an office.”
Whether you just need a comfortable chair and a fast Internet connection or a semi-permanent office for meetings or presentations, areatres can probably meet your needs, and more. The area allows people to work privately or in public, within easy earshot of other mobile workers and entrepreneurs.
For the latter option, areatres provides people with an open space area, allowing for easy interaction and collaboration with others. It can be a great way to meet interesting professionals and exchange ideas.
areatres is located in Palermo Soho, just behind the Starbucks, on Malabia 1720.
Hoyts, the leading movie theater chain in Argentina, has opened a new 10-screen complex with two “Premium Class” theaters and one 3D screen. The movie complex, which is located in the new DOT Baires shopping center in Saavedra, offers premium customers with Lazy-Boy like chairs that recline to a 60 degree angle.
Premium customers also get access to premium food. The delicacies include full meals with appetizers and options like smoked salmon, smoked wild boar, chicken rolls, fresh fruits and other deserts. Premium seats include call-buttons that allow customers to solicit additional service.
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International tourism fell in March, declining 19.4% from the same month a year ago, making this the sixth consecutive annual decline since October.
The number of visitors fell to 180,649 in March, compared with 224,166 a year ago. The amount of money they spent while here also fell, plunging 25.8% to $235 million, the national statistics agency, INDEC, reported Friday.
In March the average tourist spent $82.4 a day, or almost 12% less than a year ago. Brazilians again spent the most ($120), followed by Chileans ($110), Americans and Canadians ($97.8) and. Europeans spent the least at $74.8 a day.
Francisco de Narvaez, a wealthy businessman who is challenging former president Néstor Kirchner in June’s congressional election, has put out one of the most interesting and possibly one of the smartest political ads in recent history.
De Narváez is running one of the most modern, tactically-intelligent, Internet savvy campaigns in Argentine history. He’s everywhere and has been for months, potentially in contravention of national campaign laws that limit campaign ads to certain dates.