Stories for September 2012

Saturday, September 29th 2012 - 09:53 UTC

Falklands’ lawmaker anticipates cracks in Argentina’s blockade of the Islands

MLA Jan Cheek gave an update of the Falklands current situation at the IISS office in London

Lawmaker Jan Check is “cautiously optimistic” about the future of the Falkland Islands despite Argentina’s blockade and attempts to wreck the Islands economy, but if development continues to thrive, some neighbours will think twice before continuing to support the aggressive policy of President Cristina Fernandez towards the disputed South Atlantic Islands.

Saturday, September 29th 2012 - 09:16 UTC

Anticipating an inflation sprint Uruguay’s central bank raised benchmark rate to 9%

Meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee

Uruguay's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate 25 basis points to 9% on Friday in a bid to cool inflation expectations. The bank had held the rate steady at its last two monthly monetary policy meetings.

Saturday, September 29th 2012 - 09:06 UTC

Film to re-edit Shackleton’s odyssey and project to recover “Endurance”

The “Endurance” trapped in the ice

Bob Chartoff and Lynn Hendee of Chartoff Productions announce plans for “Ice”, an epic action-adventure feature film based on the true story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance expedition. Shackleton’s remarkable rescue of his 27 men when their ship, the Endurance, went down in the pack ice off the Antarctic coast is internationally regarded as the greatest adventure in history.

Saturday, September 29th 2012 - 08:56 UTC

Falklands’ lawmakers at party conference meet Argentine ambassador Castro

Falklands MLA Jan Cheek

The Falkland Islands Government stand at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Brighton welcomed a number of senior party members including the leader Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Argentine ambassador in London, Alicia Castro who was also attending the event.

Saturday, September 29th 2012 - 08:38 UTC

PM Cameron admits disagreements with Brazil on some foreign policy issues

Petrobras president Graça Foster and PM Cameron with the background of Rio

British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted that UK and Brazil did not agree in all foreign policy issues, but welcomed the existence of an open debate between the two countries. PM Cameron ended on Friday a two-day visit to Latinamerica’s largest economy to promote trade and investment.

Saturday, September 29th 2012 - 08:33 UTC

Petrobras asks court to lift ban on Swiss rig supplier and Chevron

The Brazilian energy giant depends heavily on the two companies

Brazilian energy giant Petrobras on Friday asked a Rio do Janeiro court to lift a ban on operations of rig owner Transocean in connection with a major ocean oil spill last year. The company filed a civil action as “injured third party” to press for the immediate lifting of a July 31 injunction ordering US oil firm Chevron and Switzerland-based Transocean to stop drilling and shipping activities in Brazil within 30 days.

Saturday, September 29th 2012 - 01:06 UTC

Rousseff tells Cameron British interest in Brazil has come at the right time

PM Cameron and President Rousseff shake hands at the Planalto Palace

President Dilma Rousseff said British interest in Brazil had come at the right time after her government announced last month a 66 billion dollars investment in road and railway building as part of a massive plan to upgrade her country's dilapidated infrastructure, which includes modernizing ports and airports.

Friday, September 28th 2012 - 17:08 UTC

US expands warning to consumers on ground beef components from Canada

Canadian company steaks were linked to eight Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanded its warning to consumers about ground beef components imported from a Canadian company after the company's steaks were linked to eight Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in Canada.

Friday, September 28th 2012 - 17:02 UTC

EU employment and social situation rapidly diverging and deteriorating

European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor

The employment and social situation in the EU remained very serious in the second quarter of 2012 with unemployment rising overall but also displaying significant differences between Member States, households' financial situation deteriorating and child poverty increasing, a press release of the European Commission (EC) informs.

Friday, September 28th 2012 - 16:48 UTC

European Commission will decide on the authorization of GM maize MIR162

GM maize or non GM maize, that is still the question

Following an inconclusive vote in the Appeal Committee, on 27 September, it is now up to the European Commission to decide on the authorization of genetically modified (GM) maize MIR162 for use in food and feed, as well as for import and processing in the European Union

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