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Montevideo, May 25th 2018 - 07:03 UTC


  • Thursday, January 25th 2018 - 06:19 UTC

    Chinese foreign minister in Uruguay to promote trade and investments

    Minister Wang Yi arrived from Chile where he presided a conference on Latin America and China trade and investment relations

    Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi arrived in Uruguay on Tuesday night for a three-day official visit which includes meetings with his peer Rodolfo Nin Novoa, president Tabare Vazquez and holding a round of talks to promote trade and discuss the possibility of a bilateral agreement.

  • Wednesday, January 24th 2018 - 10:02 UTC

    “Enough is enough”, thousands of Uruguayan farmers tell the government

    Under a massive display of Uruguayan flags farmers and families convened on Tuesday mid afternoon to the meeting in Durazno

    “Enough is enough”, an end to the bloated state and its fiscal voracity, so that Uruguayan farmers can recover competitiveness, was the clear message from tens of thousands who gathered in central Uruguay to express their disenchantment with president Tabare Vazquez administration attitude towards the rural sector.

  • Tuesday, January 23rd 2018 - 07:10 UTC

    A long announced summer surprise for the Uruguayan government of Vazquez and Mujica

    Following the meeting with president Vazquez, farmers doubled their marches and anticipated the huge meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Durazno.

    Anywhere between 8.000 and 50.000 people are expected to convene on Tuesday to Durazno, central Uruguay, to protest and demand solutions to what is seen as an over bloated government, fiscal strangling, incompetent management of government companies and an overall dissatisfaction with the results of these policies and deaf political ears to the ongoing complaints.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    Uruguayan farmers surprise government and take to the roads to protest fiscal policies

    Vazquez is a supine ignorant of farm affairs and his longtime Agriculture minister, Tabare Aguerre, had actually presented his resignation several months ago

    Uruguayan farmers with their tractors, harvesters, trucks, vans and on horseback took to the roads to protest the cost of fuel, power, increased taxes and an over bloated national budget and bureaucracy which they blame for making several farm activities unprofitable, and have had an overall negative impact for the different camp activities.

  • Sunday, January 14th 2018 - 12:42 UTC

    The “ship of the millionaires” comes to Punta del Este

    The luxury ship will arrive to Punta del Este within a month

    Imagine having breakfast with an explorer and documentalist who turns out to be Jacques Cousteau's granddaughter. Or listen to a conference aboard the Nobel Prize in Physics Shuji Nakamura. Imagine waking up one day on an exotic island and the other in one of the great capitals of the world. Imagine owning a floating apartment worth between 1.2 and 7.5 million dollars.

  • Wednesday, January 10th 2018 - 10:14 UTC

    Blue tongue outbreak among sheep in Brazil

    “Blue tongue” is a non-contagious, insect-borne, viral disease of ruminants, mainly sheep and less frequently cattle, goats, buffalo, deer, dromedaries, and antelope.

    Uruguayan animal health authorities are on the alert following the outbreak of a blue tongue focus among sheep in south Brazil. The outbreak has been located in Santa Maria, in central Rio Grande do Sul, and Uruguay's Agriculture and Livestock ministry has strengthened controls along the border which divides the rich farmland region.

  • Monday, January 8th 2018 - 05:53 UTC

    Argentina dismantling the extortive power of the corrupt unions

    Marcelo Balcedo (C), 53, is/was the boss of the province of Buenos Aires government minors and education workers union, SOEME, with at least 35.000 membership

    A member of Argentina's elite of powerful union sharks has been arrested in Uruguay at his Great Chaparral ranch and is awaiting extradition to Buenos Aires to face charges of corruption, money laundering, extortion, stealing funds and links with the drugs business, among others.

  • Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 - 10:53 UTC

    Japan prepared to lift its ban on beef imports from Uruguay

    An expert panel of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry determined in  December that sufficient safeguards are in place at farms and processing facilities

    Japan is planning to lift a ban on beef imports from Uruguay next year, ending a more than 17-year embargo following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the South American nation in 2000, according to government sources in Tokyo.

  • Sunday, December 31st 2017 - 20:47 UTC

    Corruption in Uruguayan government “very much extended”, says opinion poll

    Raul Sendic, ex vice president, who lied about his alleged academic background finally resigned

    Although Uruguay is well positioned internationally when it comes to corruption perception, it is considered among the least corrupt together with Chile in Latin America by Transparency International and LatinoBarometer, a public opinion poll published the last week of 2017 in Montevideo seems to show quite a different perception, particularly among young people.

  • Wednesday, December 20th 2017 - 10:11 UTC

    Acute intoxication with cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in Montevideo beaches

    A string of beaches along the Montevideo coastline. Photo: Sebastián Astorga (

    An acute case of intoxication with cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in recreational exposure during an algal bloom in Montevideo beaches, Malvin and Carrasco, was reported in the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.