Latin America turns to bitcoins

The Bitcoin, a virtual currency that circulates outside regular financial systems is a trend that is now catching on in Latin American countries. Bitcoins, an online currency created by computer programmers is gaining in interest and popularity in Argentina and Brazil. The Bitcoin was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto and the name is thought…

TAM and South African Airways sign agreement increasing access to destinations

South African Airways (SAA) and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to increase access to destinations in both countries for both leisure and business travellers. This codeshare agreement aims to make it easier for tourists and business travellers to travel between the two countries and have greater access to different destinations/ Destinations…

Argentina qualify for 2014 Brazil World Cup in a seven-goal thriller

Argentina has booked its place in the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup in a seven-goal thriller that saw Lionel Messi score twice in a 5-2 destruction of Paraguay. Needing a win to confirm their place in next year’s tournament, Argentina enjoyed a perfect start with Messi converted a penalty and put his side 1-0 up…

Rio’s bid to become a smart city

When you think of Rio de Janeiro, you will probably think of its famously chaotic favelas, Sugarloaf mountain or even the scantily clad Copacabana beach, but few would think of it as a natural home of smart technologies. But according to the BBC, this is all about to change due to a new project that…

State of emergency declared in Peru due to heavy snowfall

An unusual cold spell has hit Peru, its neighbour Bolivia as well as Paraguay. The Peruvian government has extended state of emergency to nine regions to cope with the unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall. Snow has recently gripped many South American countries, with snowfall across Argentina and even in some areas of Brazil. Local…

Argentine prisoner makes Pope Francis’ Communion Wafers

According to reports, since mid-July Pope Francis has been using Communion wafers made by an Argentine prisoner in the daily Mass he celebrates at the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence. The hosts are made by Gabriela Caballero, a 38-year-old woman who is serving a seven-year jail term in the San Martin Penitentiary outside Buenos Aires. Caballero…

Write to the Pope and he may call you back

Down-to-earth Pope Francis has charmed the masses with his informal style, simplicity and sense of humour. But be prepared if you write him a personal note as he may just call you back. A handful of strangers have received papal phone calls out of the clue after writing to him or suffering some personal tragedy….

LAN airlines to continue flying in Argentina

Buenos Aires Herald has reported that the federal government of Argentina is confident that LAN Argentina, part of the LATAM Airlines Group, will continue its operations in Argentina. Argentina’s Foreign Minister said that the company should hold talks with regulators, after having received this week an eviction notice to leave its hangar at the Metropolitan…