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Ingles Chile calculates losses of $202 million dollars in 2008 due to pirated software

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12/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- The Sixth Annual Study on Software Piracy generated by the International Data Corporation (IDC) and Business Software Alliance (BSA) revealed today that 67% of the software programs used in Chile are illegal copies, commonly referred to as "pirates". According to the report, Chile is amongst the few countries in Latin America that registered an increase in piracy rates over the last year. While most of the economies in the region managed to lower illegal software levels, Chile –along with Guatemala and Paraguay- reported an increase. According to the study, Chile lost a total of US$ 202 million dollars as a result of software piracy during 2008. In 2007, losses due to the same cause totalled US$ 187 million dollars. Furthermore, the piracy rate was indicated to be at 66%. "This study confirms that the situation in Chile is regrettable. Half of the...

Ingles Fire destroys house in Recoleta, leaves six people homeless

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12/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- Six people have been left homeless after their residence was destroyed by a fire this morning on Austria street in the Municipality of Recoleta. According to preliminary information, the blaze began just after 8:30 AM on the second floor of the home due to causes that are still under investigation. The homeowner, IIian Encalada, said that she went to drop off her children at school with her husband and saw smoke coming from one of the homes when she returned. "I didn't know that it was mine, we ran and we saw that a fire on the second floor had consumed everything", said the woman. Encalada added that her mother and sick nephew were at home when the fire began and said that the couple managed to get them to safety before the home was entirely burned down. Seven fire departments with 50 fire-fighters were dispatched to the scene. According to Cristián Riady, who is...

Ingles Chile draws favorable match in Davis Cup

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12/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- Good news arrived from London today amid the current crisis within the Chilean Davis Cup team following the resignation of Fernando González. As a result of the World Group Play-offs drawing today, Chile has been paired against Austria to play a home match in hopes of cementing a position. If the team remains the same as the one that lost during the first round against Germany, the highest level player for Austria will be Jurgen Melzer, who is currently seeded at ATP No.27. The rest of the Austrian roster is made up of Stefan Koubek (ATP No.215), Alexander Peya (ATP Np.183) and Julian Knowle, who specializes in doubles and is currently positioned in 25th place for the category. If González does not reconsider his decision not to play in the competition, Capdeville and Massú will have a high probability of keeping Chile in the World Group, considering the...

Ingles National Statistics Institute (INE) reveals results of National Citizen Safety Poll

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12/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- The Fifth National Urban Citizen Safety Poll (ENUSC) has indicated that over the last 12 months, at least one resident in 35.3% of homes has been a victim of some type of crime. The figure is practically equal to that reported in 2007. Nevertheless, the results of the survey- which was applied to 25,931 homes between September and December of 2008-, indicated that between 2003 and 2008, the number of homes affected by crime dropped by 7.7 percentage points. When compared to 2007, the poll indicated declines in the crimes of violent and armed robberies (6.5%) and home break-ins (5.2%). On the other had, however, increases were registered in economic crimes (2.8%) and felonies associated with bribery or corruption (0.7%). With regards to the perception of crime, there was a 6.3% drop in the number of people who said that they believed crime rates had increased in...

Ingles Camiroaga asks Chilevisión to speak up following scuffle with "Primer Plano"

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11/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- After an upsetting weekend spent interviewing Mauricio Israel in Jerusalem, Felipe Camiroaga vented his frustrations today on the morning talk show "Buenos días a todos" regarding the incident that took place with those who were sent to the Middle East with the "Primer Plano" program. During an interview that took place at the Park Plaza Hotel in Tel Aviv, there was a confrontation between members of the crew of "Animal Nocturno" (TVN) and the Chilevisón program. Camiroaga did not wish to reveal details about the altercation but did speak out about the television station's rival while on the air. "We had a complex issue with Chilevisión. That caused Mauricio Israel to close up like an oyster", stated the T.V. host. "Additionally, I found out that people from Chilevisión may have said that we were the aggressors (…) I trust that the executives at Chilevision...

Ingles Both Católica and Colo Colo could miss out on playoffs

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11/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- The recently held 16th match of the Apertura Tournament has left some teams disappointed while others fix their eyes on the final for the championship. The team most hurt has been the Universidad Católica, who, after fighting for a spot in the South American Cup, may not even make it to the playoffs. Universidad Católica is now positioned in fifth place with 24 points – just one point above the last team to qualify to the next round, Municipal Iquique. The problem is that Universidad Católica will be playing its last away match against one of the teams that just may break into the top eight: Universidad de Concepción. The Universidad de Concepción is not the only team that could leave the UC behind however, since O'Higgins (22 points) and Huachipato (22 points) could also cause problems. Colo Colo is also trying to catch up to the UC with their points. Colo Colo...

Ingles Davis Cup: Chile could face powerhouse countries like Switzerland, Serbia or France

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11/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

LONDON.- Chile could face rivals like Switzerland, Serbia or France as a result of the drawing for the classification phase of the Davis Cup World Group tomorrow after not being included by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) today amongst those heading the series. Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, India, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland are scheduled to form part of the group of nations to be included in the London drawing to see which of the eight classified countries they will go up against: Chile, Ecuador, Italy, Holland, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The most difficult rivals among the favorites are Switzerland (home of Roger Federer), Serbia (home of Novak Djokovic) and France (home of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils). Chile -with Fernando González at ATP No.12 wordwide and Paul Capdeville at ATP No.80- has been left out of the seeds...

Ingles Experts make new cut to growth forecasts for Chilean economy

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11/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- Experts polled by the Central Bank as part of the institution's Economic Expectations Poll for May 2009, have indicated that they expect the Chilean economy to shrink 0.7% by the end of the year. The figure represents yet another adjustment when compared to the -0.5% predicted by the previous poll. This is the eighth consecutive cut to the forecast for economic growth this year. Furthermore, estimates indicate that the GDP variation for the April-May-June quarter will be -1.5%. Meanwhile, economic growth expectations for 2010 have remained at 3.0% and experts have predicted a Monthly Economic Activity Indicator (Imacec) of -2.0% for April. With regards to interest rates, those polled expect that they will drop by up to 1% over the next two months. Within 11 months, experts say the interest rate should reach 2% and is expected to be at 3.5% by December of 2010. For the 12...

Ingles Retirement funds register earnings of up to 9% in April

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11/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- Retirement funds A (most risky) and B (risky) registered significant earnings during the month of April after positive returns were observed on foreign variable income investment instruments. According to information released by the Retirement Fund Supervisor (Superintendencia de Pensiones), fund A rose 9.01%, B increased by 6.47%, fund C reported earnings of 3.97%, D registered a return of 2.31%, while the most conservative fund, E, rose by 0.7%. The value of Retirement Funds reached a total of US$ 85.579 billion dollars by April 30, 2009. In comparison to the same date of the previous year, the value of the funds dropped by US$ 12.926 billion dollars, equivalent to -13.1%. Earnings within the A, B, C and D retirement funds can be primarily explained by the positive return observed on foreign variable income investment instruments, which have a portfolio...

Ingles Trial against man accused of murdering Chilean teen in Spain scheduled to begin tomorrow

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11/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE.- The first session of the murder trial of Chilean teenager Fernanda Fabiola Urzúa in July of 2007, has been postponed until tomorrow after the attorney representing the defendant, Héctor Fabio Franco Giraldo, announced that she is suffering from a loss of voice. The trial had been scheduled to begin today with an official statement from the sole defendant in the case, who faces 17 years and 6 months in prison as requested by the public prosecutor's office. Meanwhile, the private and popular prosecution team, representing the Instituto Canario de la Mujer, has requested the maximum penalty of 25 years. At present, defense attorney Héctor Fabio Franco Giraldo has asked for the minimum penalty for homicide, 8-15 years, as a result of the mitigating factors of confession, crime in a state of rage and uncalled-for delays. The case has been sensationalized...
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