Uruguay

Uruguay
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 07:01 UTC

Controversy in Uruguay over transfer of Guantanamo prisoners, before or after October election

Ambassador Reynoso said that the US does impose a date for the transfer, although it is preferable it happens before Mujica steps down

US ambassador in Montevideo, Julissa Reynoso said that Washington “does not impose a date” for the transfer and arrival of the Guantanamo prison detainees to be accepted by Uruguay, but admitted that the ideal would be for this to happen before the end of President Jose Mujica's mandate next March first.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 06:34 UTC

Spain's Iberia returns to Carrasco with 2.300 seats a week on the Montevideo-Madrid route

The Iberia jet landed at 7:15 a.m. at Montevideo's Carrasco International Airport after a 13-hour non-stop flight that covered 10,000 kilometers.

Spain's flag carrier Iberia made its return to Uruguay on Monday after being out of the South American country's market for 18 months, marking the resumption of a route that will offer up to 2,300 seats to travelers on a weekly basis. Iberia, a unit of IAG, will be providing service on the Madrid-Montevideo and Montevideo-Madrid route with four weekly flights.

Monday, September 1st 2014 - 10:43 UTC

Uruguay's main agro-business show opens on Wednesday at the Prado greens

During ten days a major display of the best of Uruguay's livestock and agriculture supplies

Next Wednesday Uruguay's main agro-show at the Prado's greens will open to receive over 2.277 livestock among which will be selected the top cattle (meat and dairy), sheep (wool and lambs), horses and swine of the country, in a display of advanced genetics.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 - 07:21 UTC

“Significant drop” in cruise calls in Uruguay this coming season

A spectacular sight to be repeated this season, four cruise vessels in Punta del Este

A significant drop in the number of calls and visitors is forecasted for this coming 2014/15 cruise season in Uruguay, according to tourism officials. While in the last season Uruguay received 238 cruise calls, beginning November the number is expected to drop to 187, this apparently because of the very high costs in the ports of Buenos Aires and Brazilian terminals.

Wednesday, August 20th 2014 - 00:15 UTC

UN accepts extension of Uruguay's continental shelf to 350 miles; first in South America

In practical terms this means Uruguay has an additional sea area of 80.500 sq kilometers equivalent to half its landmass territory

The United Nations accepted the proposition of the Uruguayan government to extend the Uruguayan territorial seabed from 200 to 350 miles. Uruguay thus becomes the first South American nation to receive the approval of the UN for such request.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:57 UTC

Cattle rustling an everyday issue in Uruguay, claim farmers

Cattle is usually shot and slaughtered in the field, and later sold to local butchers or turned into sausages or minced meat

Cattle rustling in Uruguay has become a daily issue and it's unfair that farmers should be forced to change of activity because “justice is lenient” when and if the perpetrators are caught, claimed the president of Uruguay's Rural Association, ARU, Ruben Echeverria.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:51 UTC

Uruguay's 2014/15 wool clip estimated in 30 million kilos

The current flock of Uruguay in 2011 was down to 7.8 million with not much prospects of increasing

Uruguay's 2014/15 wool clip has been estimated at 30 million kilos, a volume similar to that of 2013/14, according to numbers discussed in a recent meeting of sheep farmers, government and regional officials to address prospects for the industry.

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 11:21 UTC

All ready in Uruguay to receive Guantanamo prisoners, but public opinion is divided

“With the exception of the dictatorship, Uruguay has been a country of refuge and for us it's a matter of principle” president Mujica said

Uruguay will be receiving very soon six men who have spent more than a decade locked up without charge at the US base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. The prisoners have been offered a refuge in Uruguay, where President José Mujica agreed as a humanitarian gesture to accept men that the U.S. has decided do not pose a threat but cannot return to their homelands.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 06:34 UTC

Mujica, Latin America's most original leader according to The Economist

As president he has kept the mainly free-market economic policy, has respected media freedom and judicial independence

Under the heading of “The sage of Montevideo”, The Economist visited the Uruguayan president at his farmhouse in the outskirts of Montevideo where they had a long chat.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

Philip Morris prepared to sue the UK over plain packaging of cigarettes

Australia and Uruguay are already being challenged by PM over similar situations.

Philip Morris International, the world's largest tobacco company, is prepared to sue the British government should it implement a law requiring plain packaging of cigarettes, a document showed.

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