Uruguay

Uruguay
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.

Tuesday, August 12th 2014 - 06:36 UTC

Uruguay wants Unasur to reach a consensus position of Gaza Strip conflict

Mujica described the situation as 'genocide' as was called 'ignorant' and 'imbecile' by the leading media in Montevideo

Uruguay will ask fellow members at the Unasur summit to be held in Montevideo later in the month to discuss the Gaza Strip situation, said Foreign minister Luis Almagro who next week will be meeting a delegation from the Palestine Authority. Almagro and president Jose Mujica have been questioned for using the words 'genocide' and 'massacre' to describe the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Uruguay inflation hard to break: in July it remained stubbornly above 9%

Food and beverage are one of the items which has increased most in the last seven months

Inflation in Uruguay remains hard to break having reached 6.17% in the first seven months of the year, the highest since 2007 (6.38%) and over 9% in the last twelve months well ahead of the government's target of 3% to 7%, according to the latest figures from the stats office, INE.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014 - 08:18 UTC

Israel disturbed with Mujica's use of 'genocide' to describe the situation in Gaza

“I believe the Uruguayan government is not correctly informed about events or has a different point of view on the issue”, said ambassador Nina Ben-Ami

Israel is disappointed and concerned with Uruguayan president Jose Mujica statement that described the Israeli offensive in Gaza as’genocide’, pointed out Jerusalem's new ambassador to Montevideo, Nina Ben-Ami. “These are not words to be used by a friend; we're friendly countries going through a difficult moment”.

Tuesday, August 5th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

IDB finances photovoltaic solar energy project for private sector in Uruguay

With a total installed capacity of 64.8MW, the plant will be part of the La Jacinta Solar Energy Project located in northwest Uruguay

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a 40.9 million dollars loan from its ordinary capital and 25 million from the Canada Climate Fund, which is administered by the Bank, to finance the private sector in Uruguay in the construction, operation and maintenance of a photovoltaic solar energy plant and its related facilities.

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