Stories for May 28th 2003
A unique painting of Brunel's famous liner, the ss Great Britain, has been donated by a woman who was brought up in the Falkland Islands, Mrs Margaret Wilson. It is believed to be the only painting in existence showing the vessel in her final configuration as a three-masted wind-jammer.
No changes are expected in the current sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands, with both Britain and Argentina holding their positions. This seems to have been the message from Sir Gareth Williams, president of the House of Lords, Prime Minister Tony Blair' special envoy to the assumption of Argentine president Nestor Kirchner who also praised the institutional stability of the country and said much could be advanced in fields of mutual interest.
Rough times for Chile's president Ricardo Lagos. After the imprisonment of several close aides working in his former Ministry of Public Works; the stripping of legislative privilege of five Deputies belonging to the ruling coalition and suspected of taking bribes, and a contrary court ruling regarding additional undercover payments, (perks), to political appointees in the civil service, Mr. Lagos now faces another scandal with claims of pressures on the press to prevent the publication of an article devastating for the junior partner of the coalition.