Stories for April 2003

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Another scandal for Mr. Lagos

After enduring a full year of political and financial scandals involving former associates, this week Chilean president Ricardo Lagos administration has been forced to openly support Minister of Defence Michelle Bachelet who allegedly in the mid eighties was active in a terrorist group combating the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina free of FAM with vaccination

Argentina will formally request next month before the Paris based International Office of Epizooties that the country be considered free of foot and mouth disease with vaccination.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

US record budget deficit

The United States government had a record deficit of 252,6 billion US dollars during the first half of fiscal 2003 indicated the Treasury Department. March was the most significant month with a 58,7 billion deficit following an expenditure increase of 6,6% and a 6,1% fall in revenue.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Chilean Navy incorporates British frigate

The Chilean Navy will launch its surface fleet renewal program at the end of 2003 when a short list of two/three of the current eleven shipyards interested, will be chosen said Admiral Miguel Angel Vergara in Santiago.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Madrid-Gibraltar flights plan

Mayor of Spanish city Algeciras Patricio Gonzalez issued a statement in which he claimed that an aviation agreement between Britain and Spain for three daily flights between Madrid and Gibraltar is about to be finalised.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Fisheries News

Warning from Chubut fishing companies; Meeting to explore Faroese fisheries management; Airfreight costs cut to promote exports; A taste of the same medicine in Taiwan; Galicia's productivity recovers; UK fish filleting bus hits the road;

Tuesday, April 22nd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

FIGO's busy year

Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary since its establishment in 1983, the Falkland Islands Government Office in London is embarked on a busy year.

Tuesday, April 22nd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Permanent Veterinary Committee.

Mercosur full members, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, plus Chile and Bolivia decided the creation of a Permanent Veterinary Committee with the purpose of harmonizing and joining efforts in the unification of sanitary conditions for the region.

Tuesday, April 22nd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

SARS prevention with fishermen.

Chinese crewmen that will be arriving next week to Montevideo will be immediately transported in isolation conditions to their fishing vessels in the port and are banned from circulating in the city. The same precautions apply to Chinese fishermen arriving by sea.

Monday, April 21st 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina: Last minute surprises

With less than a week for the April 27 Argentine presidential election, the main public opinion polling companies in Buenos Aires don't dare a forecast since the four leading candidates are in a situation described as “a technical draw”, with none of them capable of attracting sufficient vote intention to definitively pierce through the 20% threshold.

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