Stories for May 2004
Rodrigo Rato, the former Spanish Finance Minister will be confirmed this Tuesday as the new Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
Malvinas are a permanent symbol for Argentina, and a pending issue for this administration, said on Saturday May 1 Argentine Defence Minister Jose Pampuro during the 22nd anniversary of Argentina's Air Force baptism of fire in the South Atlantic conflict.
The sale of the illegal catch of Patagonian toothfish seized from the Uruguayan flagged longliner Maya V earlier this year has netted in excess of two million Australian dollars, said Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald, and the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison.
Desire Petroleum, one of several oil companies with oil exploration licence off-shore Falkland Islands, has published its preliminary results for 2003 and outlined its seismic research which took place this austral summer in the North Falkland Basin.
St Brandan is to replace the Falkland Islands coastal shipping Tamar FI on May's voyage to Punta Arenas in Chile.
The controversy over the sinking of Argentine battleship General Belgrano on May 2, 1982 by the Royal Navy nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror, in the single action of greatest loss of life during the short lived South Atlantic conflict, again emerged on the 22nd anniversary.
Martin Torrijos the son of a former populist military leader has been voted as Panama's next president. An opposition centrist Mr. Torrijos comfortably defeated last Sunday his main challenger former president Guillermo Endara. The ruling party candidate Jose Miguel Aleman finished third.
Antarctica is likely to be the world's only habitable continent by the end of this century if global warming remains unchecked, the Government's chief scientist, Professor Sir David King, said last week.