Stories for January 15th 2013

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 22:00 UTC

Cuba admits 51 cholera cases in Havana; travel warnings from UK and US

Health authorities in Havana have started house to house inspections

Cuba's Public Health Ministry on Tuesday acknowledged 51 new cases of cholera in the capital Havana amid growing concerns about the illness' spread and disappointment in the diplomatic community over the government's lack of transparency.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 06:55 UTC

Strong ruling party leader ignores Cristina Fernandez ‘dollar clamp’ policy

Governor Scioli is seen as a good candidate to succeed Cristina Fernandez in 2015

Following recent criticism from President Cristina Fernández in support of her ‘dollar clamp’ policy, Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli justified his savings in US dollars by affirming he needs to travel overseas because of his physical problem.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 06:53 UTC

US waiting for Venezuela situation to ‘clear up’; insists constitution must be complied

Roberta Jacobson in close contact with Latinamerica colleagues

United States and other Latinamerican countries wish the situation in Venezuela ‘clears up’, said Roberta S. Jacobson Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, currently in Spain as part of a visit that also includes the UK and Belgium.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 06:51 UTC

Chavez followers and opposition plan to take streets of Caracas on the same day

The government and opposition will celebrate the downfall of Venezuela’s last dictator, Marcos Perez Jimenez

Venezuela’s ruling party said on Monday that the ‘high command’ is receiving instructions from President Hugo Chavez in Havana while its grass roots leaders are organizing a massive rally next week which happens to coincide with a similar march on the same day but to protest and organized by the opposition.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 06:49 UTC

Battle over the debt ceiling rages; Bernanke warns economy still too weak

”We're not out of the woods”, said Federal Reserve Chairman

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged US lawmakers to lift the country's borrowing limit to avoid a potentially disastrous debt default, warning that the economy was still at risk from political gridlock over the deficit.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 06:43 UTC

Preparations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands

The monument in the Falklands that remembers the Battle

At the invitation of Mensun Bound, some twenty-five people, including three members of the Falklands elected Legislative Council met to consider ways in which the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands should be marked, when it falls on December 8, 2014.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 03:03 UTC

Falklands confirms leadership in international cephalopod scientific research

Squid fisheries, considered among the best managed in the world, is the main source of income of the Falklands

An award for outstanding research has been awarded to a Falklands scientist at the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC). CIAC is an international consultative body that was founded in 1983 with the aim to stimulate, accelerate and influence the direction of investigation of squids, octopodes, cuttlefishes and their relatives.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 02:57 UTC

UK considers “highly unlikely” Argentine invasion of the Falklands but is taking no chances

Minister Robathan said Argentina does not have the military capacity of 1982 when Galtieri’s time

The British government considers ‘highly unlikely’ Argentina will attempt to invade the Falkland Islands, according to Defense Minister Andrew Robathan. But the UK is prepared for any outside contingency that might want to interfere with the March referendum on the Falklands’ future.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 02:54 UTC

Brazil insists with fresh election in Venezuela if Chavez dies, according to Reuters

Before leaving for Cuba, Chavez urged his countrymen to support Vice president Maduro (L)

According to a report from Reuters, Brazil is urging Venezuela's government to hold elections as quickly as possible if President Hugo Chavez dies, which in that case would help a smoother leadership transition in Caracas.

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 02:08 UTC

Falklands, one of “The 46 places to go in 2013” recommends The New York Times

A view of Stanley, soon to become an ‘oil town’ according to the prestigious US newspaper

A New York Times article entitled “The 46 places to go in 2013”, the Falkland Islands is recommended for a visit before the oil industry, “rapidly transforms Stanley's ethnic, economic and social character, driving development in this tiny, eccentric village of about 2,000 year-round residents”-.

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