Stories for April 2004

Friday, April 30th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Penguin News Update.

Headlines:
Connie is the new face of Falklands tourism; Importers meeting follows shipping rates increase; Tax penalty notice spurs returns; Exercise, exercise, exercise.

Friday, April 30th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

China preparing to cool overheated economy.

Stock markets across Asia suffered this week the impact of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao words anticipating that China was preparing steps to cool the economy that has been growing at a nerve breaking pace.

Friday, April 30th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Fisheries News.

Headlines:
Spanish company expands in Ushuaia; Claims of “irregularities” in Argentine Fisheries; Spanish long-liners looking towards Brazil; Fisheries subsidies in WTO debate; Talks on EU-Chile trade agreement include fisheries; Anchovy becomes a contentious issue in the River Plate; Momentum builds in global talks on fisheries; EU new members fishing industry will receive 272 million Euros.

Thursday, April 29th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina-Chile relation “delicate”

Argentine president Nestor Kirchner rejected Wednesday evening the idea that his administration is not honouring natural gas agreements with Chile and suggested Chilean president Ricardo Lagos supply reduction claims be addressed to the oil corporations.

Wednesday, April 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Four years in prison for Cuban blind dissident.

Blind Cuban dissident Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva was sentenced to four years in prison after having been declared guilty of disrespect for the country's President Fidel Castro who has been in power over forty years.

Wednesday, April 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Inflation down, unemployment up in Brazil.

The extended consumer price index in Brazil experienced a 0,21% increase during April, the lowest this year, according to the latest release from the Brazilian Statistics and Geography Institute, IBGE. In March the index was 0,40%.

Wednesday, April 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Port costs: Punta Arenas loosing to Ushuaia.

Magallanes Senator Sergio Fernandez has requested Punta Arenas official to review overall docking costs for cruise vessels and make them more competitive with Ushuaia in Argentina that has virtually monopolized the industry.

Wednesday, April 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Lan record profit in first quarter.

Lan Chile profits in the first quarter reached an all time record of 48,1 million US dollars, a 123% increase over the same period a year ago, according to an official release from the Chilean flag carrier.

Wednesday, April 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Carabineros, the most trusted Chilean institution.

The Chilean militarized police, Carabineros, is the institution most trusted by Chilean public opinion followed closely by the audiovisual media, while political parties figure in the bottom of the list, according to an opinion poll recently published in Santiago.

Wednesday, April 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Argentine hake hubbsi catch quotas in 15 days time.

Authorities from the Argentine fishery sector anticipated that quotas for hake hubbsi catches will be announced within 15 days upon reaching the expiration of the January quota restrictions. According to Fisheries and Aquaculture Under-secretary Gerardo Nieto there already exists an “initial agreement with all sectors involved.”

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