Argentina decided to charter a Russian icebreaker to supply its Antarctic bases this coming summer replacing its own Almirante Irizar which caught fire in the high seas last April and is currently on a long process of repairs and recovery, reported Wednesday the Buenos Aires press.
Argentina exported 270,558 tons of fish and shellfish equivalents to 517.5 million US dollars during the first half of 2007. This represents a 17% drop in volume and 8% in value, compared to the same period last year, reported the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA).
The Argentine Rural Society kicks off Thursday its 121st show at the grounds in Palermo, Buenos Aires City, at a time when the farming sector is undergoing a bonanza with high international commodity prices, but also a number of domestic issues that have caused numerous protests over the last year.
Argentine president Nestor Kirchner image dropped to 49% in July, ten points below a year ago, according to the latest public opinion poll released this week by Poliarquía Consultants.
Former Economy minister Roberto Lavagna, often credited with helping Argentina rebound from a deep crisis, launched on Saturday his campaign for the October presidential race with a promise to fight poverty and unify Argentines.
Argentine Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner begins this Monday in Madrid her first overseas tour since becoming presidential candidate with the purpose of increasing bilateral relations with Spain. Argentine elections are scheduled for October 28.
Striking fishermen in Patagonia who caused considerable damage to several processing plants which they torched last Friday accepted mediation in the conflict from the provincial government of Santa Cruz.
Argentina last year under President Nestor Kirchner contracted 161.000 government employees at federal, provincial and municipal level, which is equivalent to 441 per working day, (or 18 every 60 minutes) according to La Nacion Sunday edition.
Striking Argentine fishermen in Patagonia rampaged and set on fire property and vehicles belonging to several of the companies in conflict, two of them Spanish. The serious incident took place in Puerto Deseado, Santa Cruz province, 520 kilometers from where President Nestor Kirchner and his candidate wife were on an official event.
While leading government figures continued their onslaught on a judge who has summoned Defence Minister Nilda Garré in a gunrunning case, the minister backtracked yesterday on her previous claims to ignorance as to what a FAL (light automatic rifle) is.