Stories for April 2001
Waste food from the British Army -- whose soldiers eat meat imported from Uruguay and Brazil -- could have been the source of the disastrous foot-and-mouth epidemic sweeping Britain in recent weeks.
St. Lucia Prime Minister, the Caribbean island that currently chairs the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, (or C 24), supported the resumption of negotiations between Argentina and Britain regarding the Falkland Islands sovereignty.
A series of positions in the Falklands newly constructed Abattoir (Slaughterhouse) are not all designed for ex-patriate officers who will be recruited from England, said Head of the Falkland Islands Development Corporation, Richard Baker. Speaking at a public meeting in Stanley this week, Mr. Baker said that ?hopefully we will get some local (Islander) applicants, 4-5 at least'.
Argentina has a new Central Bank president, Mr. Roque Maccarone, a reputed banker from the private sector who previously also presided over the country's most important and largest financial institution, Banco Nación.
Uruguay declared a national emergency following the confirmation of two foot and mouth, FAM, outbreaks in Soriano, just across from Argentina, and one of the richest farming areas of the country.
The new Director of Britain's prestigious Royal Institute of International Affairs, known as Chatham House, is Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas, who succeeded Dr. Chris Gamble, on April 23.
The Falklands population are reeling at the news of the suspension of the local head of the Falklands Islands Defence Force (FIDF), Major Marvin Clarke. In the 110 years of the existence of the local Falklands Defence Army, never previously has the Commanding Officer faced such a humiliating experience and during a public meeting held in Port Stanley on Tuesday evening, Falklands Councillors refused to discuss the suspension of Major Clarke.
A discussion as to whether the Falklands should reinstate its long defunct Town Council and a Lord Mayor, continues to reverberate around the Islands.
A former British diplomat and expert on Latin America and member of the South Atlantic Council, which promotes discussions with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, has died .