Stories for August 2009

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 06:58 UTC

Lula da Silva unveils sub-salt oil policy and heralds “new Independence Day”

Lula da Silva described the bill as “a passport to the future”

Brazil has unveiled plans to bring more state control to its oil industry and take advantage of offshore reserves. President Lula da Silva proposed Monday switching to a system which would see the government own a part of all oil produced by changing concessions for production-sharing agreements.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 05:47 UTC

WTO confirms ruling favouring Brazil in cotton dispute with US

United States faces annual trade sanctions of about 295 million US dollars for failing to scrap illegal subsidies paid to its cotton growers. However the punishment, imposed by the World Trade Organization (WTO), is far less than the 4 billion USD that Brazil, which brought the case, had wanted.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 04:55 UTC

Argentina increasingly disappointed with the Kirchners and the ruling class

Nestor Kirchner has out manoeuvred a divided opposition but has not convinced Argentine public opinion

Two months after the mid term elections defeat the Argentine government has managed to recover the political initiative leaving a spastic opposition with little margin. However this has not been enough to neutralize public opinion rejection, which is similar or worse than on June 28th.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 03:21 UTC

Official Argentina committee to organize Malvinas Families trips to Falklands

The original ad inviting Malvinas Families to the Falklands October trips

The Argentine government announced the creation of a specific committee for the organization of the Malvinas families coming trips to the Falkland Islands for the official inauguration of the Memorial at the Argentine cemetery in Darwin.

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 01:32 UTC

Bank failures in United States jump to 84 in eight months

FIDC “rescue” cost of the three latest failed banks is estimated in 446 million USD

The number of bank failures in the United States reached 84 in the first four months of this year, following the collapse of three entities in California, Minnesota and Maryland, according to the latest report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FIDC

Tuesday, September 1st 2009 - 00:25 UTC

Between 1.600 and 1.700 vessels cross the Magellan Strait annually

The Chilean navy operates in a vast area in the southern seas

An estimated 1.600 to 1.700 vessels cross the strategic Magellan Strait annually according to the Chilean Navy that last week celebrated the 161th anniversary of its patrolling task along the country’s coastline of almost 6.500 kilometres.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 23:32 UTC

Brazil’s plans first nuclear powered submarine for 2021

The deal with France also includes four conventional submarines

Brazil expects to have its first nuclear powered submarine in 2021, to be built in the country with French cooperation and equipped with conventional weapons, confirmed Defence minister Nelson Jobim who underlined the dissuasion potential of such a weapon recalling the Falkland Islands conflict of 1982.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 14:38 UTC

SWINE flu has crippled a Royal Navy ship that patrols waters off the Falkland Islands.

HMS Clyde

At least eight members of HMS Clyde's 38-strong crew have been struck down by the bug.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 12:16 UTC

Falkland/Malvinas experience repeatedly recalled in Unasur summit

Ecuador’s Correa recalled US disavowal in 1982 of a regional assistance treaty

South American leaders “frank and crude” debate last week on the controversial agreement to deploy US forces in seven Colombian bases brought back memories and experiences of the Falkland Islands war between Argentina and Britain in 1982.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 12:14 UTC

Listeriosis strikes Chile again, claims nine victims

This is the second outbreak in Chile since 2008; last year’s disease was tracked to contaminated cheese

Listeriosis, a food-borne bacterial disease, has claimed nine lives and infected 45 in Chile so far in 2009, health authorities confirmed this week. The disease, which stems from the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, is often borne from contaminated water and foods and usually infects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and people with auto-immune diseases.

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