Stories for August 2003

Sunday, August 31st 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Punta Arenas expects 71 cruise calls.

A new increase in the number of international and local cruise calls is expected this coming season in Punta Arenas. Jorge Norambuena, president of Magallanes Association of Tourism Operators, (Austro Chile) revealed that 71 cruises are scheduled to call in Punta Arenas and/or Puerto Natales, plus another thirty by Punta Arenas based “Mare Australis”, compared to the 57 and 22 of last season.

Sunday, August 31st 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Ozone Committee September active.

Public opinion polls and focus groups among different locations of Magallanes Region residents will be carried out during the coming six months with the purpose of determining community perception of the thinning of the ozone layer and the increase of UV radiation that begins every year in September in southern Chile.

Sunday, August 31st 2003 - 21:00 UTC

ARA Libertad visits Portsmouth.

The Argentine Navy sail training frigate last week ARA Libertad paid an informal visit to Portsmouth, Britain, and is now expected in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Saturday, August 30th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Chile, Argentina urges rich countries to cut greenhouse emissions

Argentina and Chile on Friday agreed to jointly study climatic changes here in the southern tip of South America and urged the developed countries to reduce their emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Friday, August 29th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Penguin News Friday 29th update

Headlines: Falklands Patrol Vessel in 'poacher' intercept; LegCo Meeting,Pension question; Inside Penguin News: Page 2:Public meeting, Page 3:Fire at Carcass Island, Page 5:Beef AI results, Page 7:Letters/questions, Page 9: Ham radio goes to the top.

Friday, August 29th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

X rays security for Punta Arenas airport

Punta Arenas airport will be equipped next year with a sophisticated X rays system to check luggage and passengers, or anything introduced to aircrafts “making it one of the safest air terminals in the country” and ensuring “our position as the gateway for scientific and tourist flights to Antarctica”.

Friday, August 29th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Brazil in recession.

The Brazilian economy has technically fallen into recession alter two consecutive quarters of negative growth according to the latest release from the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute, IBGE.

Friday, August 29th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina and IMF closer to an agreement

With the return to Buenos Aires this Thursday of the IMF permanent representative in Argentina John Dodsworth and the advance in Congress of legislation requested by the multilateral credit organization, both sides seem closer to reaching a medium term agreement.

Thursday, August 28th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

“Antarctic Dream” cruise next December

Magallanes Region businessmen have invested over four million US dollars in refurbishing and converting a former Chilean Navy support vessel into the Antarctic tourist cruise, “Antarctic Dream”.

Thursday, August 28th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

High praise for Governments in toothfish wars.

Legal toothfish operators around the world have today applauded the international operation led by the Australian government, which has seen the capture of the Uruguayan flagged Viarsa.

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