Stories for April 2003
Antarctic Institute in Punta Arenas; Illegal drug use down in Chile
According to Ken McKenzie, Regional Manager of Morrisons (FALKLANDS) Ltd, unless there is a conclusion to a contract by the end of June, then there is little prospect of the proposed Argentine War Memorial being constructed in the Falklands during the austral summer 2003/04.
A 19-strong all-girl school choir from the Falkland Islands called Vocalise has beaten off several thousand entrants to win a top prize at the Youth Music Awards, a national competition organised by National Foundation for Youth Music in the United Kingdom.
An Argentine non government organization, NGO, Cedepesca (Centre for the Defence of National Fishing), has publicly warned about the increase of illegal fishing in the South Atlantic, particularly regarding squid.
The United Nations Latinamerican Economic Committee, Cepal, further cut its growth estimate for the region from the 2/2,5% of last November to 1,5/2% because of the international situation created by the Iraq conflict and increasing problems for the Venezuela economy.
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva whose administration this week reached its first one hundred days said in a national message that his tough policies avoided a major economic disaster.
Magallanes Major removed; Joint Chilean-British missile; Buenos Aires received 47 cruise vessels.
Headlines: NZ company to catch toothfish in South Georgia; Frozen fish consumption up in Spain; Modernization of canning sector; Seaweed as fish feed protein; UK must act to stop illegal fishing; Encouraging Peruvian fish exports; New rules protect Paraná fisheries
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is pressing Mercosur partners to revive the block's spirit and strengthen a joint position in international trade negotiations.
Two Mercosur delegates exposed the region's potential in meat production and the growing hurdles to international trade in these commodities particularly the European Union and United States.