Stories for January 24th 2013

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 20:02 UTC

Argentine Defence minister ‘ashamed’ of the Santisima Trinidad sinking in port

Puricelli: my face drop when having to tell the president that an anchored ship in a port sank

Argentine Defence Minister Arturo Puricelli said that the sinking of the destroyer ARA Santísima Trinidad could have been a planned sabotage attack, but also confessed that when President Cristina Fernandez asks him why the ship sank his face drops with embarrassment.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 19:58 UTC

Exchange Mali support for French involvement if Argentina ‘invades’ Falklands, suggests MP

North Bolton MP David Crausby, (Labour), “We are quick to help but they won’t help us with Falklands”

A British Member of Parliament called for greater military support for France in Mali as a way of committing Paris in the event of an Argentine ‘invasion’ of the Falklands. However the British government downplayed any military attempt from Argentina and reiterated that no ground troops will put foot in the African country.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 08:08 UTC

Ashton praises Peru for its inclusion policy and fighting child malnutrition

The EU representative with President Ollanta Humala

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, highlighted the “important role that Peru is playing in the Latinamerican region,” assuring that Peru will participate “very constructively” in the EU-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) summit, in Santiago de Chile, on 26-27 January.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 08:00 UTC

Adelie penguins filmed in underwater hunting skills with miniature video cameras

Professor Yuuki Watanabe from Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research

Miniature cameras attached to a penguin's head have given Japanese scientists a bird's eye view of the creature's incredible underwater hunting skills. Using video cameras weighing just 33 grams and equipped with accelerometers, depth gauges and thermometers, researchers were able to see exactly what the Adelie penguin sees when it goes out to catch krill and other prey in its native Antarctica.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 07:55 UTC

“Biotic” additives nutritionally feasible as growth promoters in animal husbandry

Commercial broiler chickens were treated with five diets containing probiotics

Research in Brazil has revealed that so-called 'biotic' additives are nutritionally feasible replacements for growth promoters and the animal husbandry indices of animals treated with these additives were similar to those of animals fed the normal rations and the use of additives contributed to improvements in the meat quality.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 05:58 UTC

LatinFocus forecasts regional GDP to expand 3.7% and average inflation 6.6%

Paraguay, Peru, Chile and Venezuela should have the best performance

LatinFocus Consensus Forecast panellists expect regional GDP to expand 3.7% this year, following an estimated 2.9% increase recorded in 2012. The stable figure reflects rosier prospects for Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, which were offset by downward revisions to Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 05:44 UTC

EU tells PM Cameron that ‘cherry picking” and “a la carte” membership is not on the table

PM Cameron argued that “disillusionment” with the EU was “at an all-time high”

Germany and France have warned UK Prime Minister David Cameron that Britain cannot pick and choose EU membership terms after he pledged a referendum. PM Cameron said a poll would be held if the Conservatives were returned to power at the next general election, which is expected in 2015.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 05:26 UTC

Explorers visit newly discovered 9.000-strong colony of Emperor penguins in Antarctica

The newly-discovered 9,000-strong emperor penguin colony on Antarctica’s Princess Ragnhild Coast

Three members of Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctica team became the first humans to have visited and photographed a newly-discovered 9.000-strong colony of emperor penguins on Antarctica’s Princess Ragnhild Coast.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 01:14 UTC

Brazilian industry claims Mercosur is ‘paralyzed’ and blasts Argentina’s ‘illegal barriers’ on trade

Former ambassador Barbosa criticized Brazilian diplomacy “strategic patience” with Argentina

Brazil’s powerful manufacturers’ lobby openly criticized the “illegal barriers” imposed by the government of President Cristina Fernandez on Brazilian produce, and also lashed at President Dilma Rousseff for her administration’s “permissive attitude” towards Buenos Aires, a position that has “paralyzed Mercosur”.

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 00:25 UTC

For Santander bank, “Brazil is the most important country in the world”

President Rousseff receives Santander chairman

Banco Santander chairman Emilio Botin denied this week that he is selling his company’s assets in Brazil and said his bank is only interested in “buying” in Latinamerica’s leading economy.

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