Tony Blair meets De la Rua today.
UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair arrived at Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian/Argentine border last night and is planning to meet de la Rúa on Argentine soil today. Although, issues on the Falklands should not be raised, Councillors John Birmingham and Mike Summers expressed confidence that if the subject was then they had complete trust in the Prime Minister.. Argentine newspapers Clarín and La Nación report that the British Prime Minister is supporting Argentina's controversial new zero deficit law, and that this is the main reason for his visit. Both publications predict that the Falkland Islands will not be a topic of discussion. British newspaper The Daily Telegraph is quoted as saying that for a British Prime Minister to visit Argentina without the Falklands being discussed is tacit agreement by the Argentine Government of Britain's right to sovereignty of the islands.
Mercopress report how two green peace protesters gate crashed Blair's visit to Sao Paulo's botanical gardens yesterday and were dragged away by police.
W&J Whitehead goes into receivership
Textiles firm W & J Whitehead Ltd have gone into administration. Robert Hall, of Falklands Wool Growers Ltd, reported that W & J Whitehead, which this morning received a delivery of Falklands wool, has expressed a wish to continue trading and to take in any remaining contracts. If this is not possible, the Falklands wool will remain at the Bower Green warehouse and will be re-sold by Falklands Wool Growers Ltd at a later date. Administrative receivers Tenon Recovery are currently in search of a buyer for the company. Despite this, Mr Hall assured farmers that the outlook for wool sales has improved during this year, adding that Falklands Wool Growers Ltd has this week received serious enquiries both from existing customers and from one potential new customer.
Childcare provision for working parents
Government intervention in childcare provision is required says, Chief Executive, Dr Michael Blanche; not by the direct provision of a nursery but by the stimulation of vibrant childcare businesses through a taxed, universally available, system of vouchers. He does add however, that the final choice depends upon people's perceptions of the