Stories for June 24th 2009
Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo opened Wednesday in Asuncion the world conference on “Foot and Mouth Disease; the way towards global control” organized by FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE.
The United States Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said that the recession in the US is “slowing” but “economic activity is likely to remain weak for a time”.
United States president described his Chilean peer Michelle Bachelet as “one of the most compelling leaders” of Latinamerica and together with Brazil’s Lula da Silva they are an “example” of the kind of relations Washington wants with the region.
The 9.6 tons of gold and silver which the Chilean trawler Polar Mist was transporting are in the vessel’s hold in waters 80 metres deep and some 40 kilometres offshore southern Patagonia, according to sources close to the rescue operation and reported in the Argentine press
The United Kingdom spokesman Chris Bryant said that the British position is that Gibraltar, the Falklands or any other Overseas Territories should not be included on the United Nations list of non self-governing territories.
The Falkland Islands would welcome more interaction with Argentine oil and gas companies as the search for what could be large offshore oil and gas reserves heats up, Falkland Islands director of minerals and agriculture Phyl Rendell told BNamericas.
Former Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle forecasted that Nestor Kirchner is going to be the main looser in next Sunday’s Argentine mid term elections, although he described the former Argentine president as “one of the best neighbours ever, for Uruguay’s interests”.
Uruguayan residents’ savings in overseas banks totalled 7.1 billion US dollars in the last quarter of 2008, which represents a slight drop from September 2008 but 14% over December 2006 (6.25 billion USD) according to the latest report from the Bank of International Settlements, BIS.
South African Airways (SAA) has added capacity to its African network in keeping with its African strategy, while strengthening its network with additional flights from Perth, Western Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
British Members of Parliament who make false allowances claims could face criminal charges under new measures announced by Commons Leader Harriet Harman. She said the Parliamentary Standards Bill would create new criminal offences as well as establishing an independent body to oversee a reformed system of MPs' pay and perks.