By Fabiana Rondón/Voice of America (VOA) January 06, 2020 French fries, a common food, affordable in most parts of the world and generally very popular, have become a luxury for many in Venezuela.The price of French fries in Venezuela ($4.50) greatly exceeds the cost of this product in countries of the region, such as Brazil ($3.35), Argentina ($3), Ecuador ($2.10), Colombia ($2), Chile ($1.83), Peru ($1.50), and Paraguay ($1.55).Very few people in Venezuela can afford to buy French fries, a popular food for Venezuelans, which, among many other aspects, highlights the economic and food crisis in the South American country.Such details expose the impact of hyperinflation on Venezuelans, which climbed from 2,616 percent in 2017 to 34,458 percent in 2018, and up to 136,000 percent as of October 2019, according to recent reports from the Venezuelan National Assembly led by Interim President Juan Guaidó.Venezuela continues to be one of the weakest points in Latin America’s economy, according to data and prospects from the latest report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Inaccessible French friesThe impact is even greater when the basic monthly income in Venezuela (150,000 bolivars or $8) is taken into account, which makes French fries a luxury meal instead of a quick snack for the day. VOA estimated that a person with the minimum monthly income in Venezuela must work more than 15 days to make enough money to buy the iconic McDonald’s product.French fries aren’t the only foods that have essentially become inaccessible for Venezuelans.Buying a medium-sized McDonald’s combo meal in Venezuela might be almost impossible for an average worker, since they would need to work 34 days, or more than a month, to afford a hamburger, a soda, and French fries at the world’s largest fast food chain, at a cost of 210,000 bolivars, or $11.
LifestyleTravel Gulfstream acquires new aircraft to fly Bahamas routes by: – October 26, 2011 24 Views no discussions Tweet Image via: FlickrFORT LAUDERDALE, USA — Gulfstream International Airlines has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to purchase six, 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft. The Fort Lauderdale-based airline, which serves more destinations in The Bahamas than any other US carrier, will deploy all six Saabs along its Florida/Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.“This investment will enhance our customers’ flight experiences by providing them with the premium service and comfort they value and deserve” said Darrell Richardson, Gulfstream CEO. Saab 340Bplus aircraft features include comfortable seating for 34 passengers, large, easy-to-access overhead bins, personalized flight attendant service, an active noise reduction system, and convenient on-board lavatories.Gulfstream will integrate the six new aircraft into its fleet over a nine-month period beginning in mid-November 2011 when the first 340Bplus is slated for delivery. Each aircraft will be subject to a period of inspection and certification under US and Bahamian aviation regulations to ensure full compliance with all safety and operational requirements prior to initiating scheduled passenger service. In-service dates for the new aircraft type will be announced upon receipt of regulatory approvals.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring! Share Share
Press Association It was announced on June 13 that Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen had reached an agreement for his transfer and the 22-year-old’s move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed after paperwork was completed. He said on chelseafc.com: “I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans. I am really looking forward to it.” Chelsea have completed the signing of forward Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year contract, with the Germany international becoming the first recruit of Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge. Schurrle, who can play as a creative wide player or central striker, will wear the number 14 shirt. He has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Germany, since making his debut in November 2010 while at Mainz, whom he joined from Ludwigshafener in 2009. He signed for Leverkusen at the end of the 2010/11 season. In his first campaign he scored nine times in 40 appearances and last term he netted 14 in 43 to earn his move to Stamford Bridge.