Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Outbreak of “Clostridium Difficile” in Uruguay's largest hospital; situation under control

The University Hospital de Clínica were 15 cases have been reported and confirmed

Uruguay's main university hospital, suffering from an outbreak of the highly contagious bacteria “Clostridium Difficile” has been recommended “to suspend new entries to the sections involved, restrict visits and extreme hygiene measures” plus an epidemiological test of patients and staff.

Friday, January 17th 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Uruguay police officers training in 'restorative justice' methods in Cambridge

The officers with the background of Cambridge

Fourteen police officers from Uruguay are currently attending courses at the Criminology Institute at Cambridge University, as part of their training for the country's Citizens' Security program, implemented with the support from the Inter American Development bank.

Thursday, January 16th 2014 - 09:04 UTC

Open pit mining project in Uruguay questioned in Parliament and by environmentalists

Senator Abreu, the environment impact study come before signing the contract, and where are the 140m dollars guarantee?

A major open pit mining project in Uruguay to extract and export magnetite (a kind of iron ore) and which the government of President Jose Mujica plans to instrument this month has been exposed to a battery of criticism because the administration refuses to show the terms of the contract and farm groups argue there is no final environment impact assessment study.

Wednesday, January 15th 2014 - 19:24 UTC

Uruguay among the world's ten countries with highest inflation

Only Venezuela and Argentina in the region have higher inflation rates

Uruguay is ranked among the world's ten countries with the highest inflation, having climbed from position 15 to 10 last year, only surpassed in Latin America by Venezuela and Argentina. Last year Uruguay ended with an inflation of 8.52%, well above the 4% to 6% target, and according to Central bank officials “it remains the main challenge for the country's economic policy”.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 07:50 UTC

China becomes the leading market for Uruguayan meat exports

Total meat exports, including beef earned over 1.6bn dollars in 2013

Uruguay's meat exports slid 6.5% in volume during 2013 compared to the previous year, but the big news is that China has become the main client for beef, followed by Nafta countries, (US, Canada and Mexico), according to the latest release from the country's National Meat Institute, INAC.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 07:46 UTC

A 25-ton dead sperm whale finally removed from a Montevideo beach

Hanging from a crane ready to be lifted to a waiting truck

The remains of a sperm whale that washed ashore in one of Montevideo's beaches were finally hauled in a truck for burial in a municipal dump where a huge hole was drilled for the 16 meters long cetacean.

Tuesday, January 14th 2014 - 00:08 UTC

Bad years and non encouraging prospects for Uruguay fisheries exports

The Uruguayan fishing fleet was docked four months while a new labor contract was worked out

Following on two years of poor performance and results, Uruguay's fishing industry is expected to face similar conditions in 2014, with ongoing labor disputes and tougher international markets particularly the European Union and Nigeria in Africa, which absorbed most of the country's hake, croaker and sea trout.

Monday, January 13th 2014 - 07:35 UTC

A frustrated Mujica calls for a readjustment of Mercosur legal framework

The Uruguayan president is hopeful he can hold a private talk on bilateral issues with his peer Cristina Fernandez

Uruguayan president José Mujica said that members of Mercosur must readjust the block's legal framework ‘to make it work’ so that differences among its partners can be resolved in an institutional framework. He insisted on a review and amendment of mechanisms with greater flexibility and more adapted to current circumstances.

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 - 06:05 UTC

For second year running Uruguay manages deflation in December, keeps inflation in one digit

 The government power company UTE helped by cutting electricity rates up to 20%

Uruguay again managed a December with deflation, (as happened exactly a year ago) with the consumer prices index down 0.72%, helping to bring 2013 inflation to 8.52%, according to the official stats office, INE. This is the sixth year in the last ten that Uruguay despite an unprecedented decade long growth-boom and abundant revenue overshoots its inflation target.

Monday, January 6th 2014 - 19:42 UTC

Uruguayan minister says trade relations with Argentina “will never be the same”

Kreimerman revealed that 32m dollars in Uruguayan exports are blocked in Argentine customs

Industry, Energy and Mining Minister, Roberto Kreimerman, said Uruguay would try to settle disputes with Argentina in order to reestablish trade relations, but he also recognized Uruguay’s relationship with Argentina 'will never be the same'. The minister revealed that 32 million dollars of Uruguayan exports are blocked at Argentine Customs.


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