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Uruguay fearing the wrath of Cristina Fernandez denies authorization to expand pulp mill capacity

Saturday, August 31st 2013 - 15:27 UTC
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The Uruguayan government fearful of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez’s reaction will not authorize the local UPM pulp mill to expand its production capacity from 1 million to 1.3 million tons annually, in the short term, according to company and government sources. Read full article


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  • Briton

    Is it me,
    Or is there SOMETHING going on between the wicked witch
    And this man ??
    or is he just

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 03:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    The Picture Editor is an absolute star! Whoever it is has a wicked sense of humour.

    The picture is gruesome.

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 03:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Her eyes are closed. She must be fantasizing about Maximo

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 04:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • trenchtoast

    If you want to kiss her Pepe, that will be 50 pesos extra.

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 04:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    When she wakes, who will she see?
    Prince charming-or a Zombie,
    She dreams by day-she dreams by night
    But when she awakes-oh boy what a sight…

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Now rewind, people, and we do it all again in the morning...

    Amazing, just amazing...

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 04:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    This man is DESTROYING Uruguay out of fear.
    Someone needs to put him out to pasture asap.

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 08:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britninja

    Wow that first picture...I sicked a little.

    Aug 31st, 2013 - 10:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Uruguay has NEVER fared better than it does today. Never. In history.

    You weasels...

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 04:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    CFK's reaction:

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 06:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I thought the “government” of Uruguay was supposed to govern Uruguay. Am I missing something? “According to CARU protocol Argentina has a first 180-day period to present objections, which evolved with just only a few questions from Buenos Aires. This is followed by a second 180-day period” That's 360 days, isn't it?“ ”The UPM expansion request was presented in October 2011.” If the second 180-day period ends on 15 September 2013, isn't that TWO years? Or is argieland working to a 180-day year now? Meanwhile argieland is intent not only in damaging the mill operation, but also the Uruguayan timber industry. Mujica is such an ineffectual wimp.

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 06:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Elaine.....that was my sentiments to the T. I think it captured the best example of a sovereign leader kissing someone's ass.....and the most grotesque ass I might add as well.

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 11:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 9 Stevie

    If you were living here I would take some notice of your claims, but as you are not please tell me what food inflation actually was during the last 12 months, because I KNOW!

    How much has the private medical treatment gone up for all providers because of your fabled “social inclusion” element, I KNOW that too!

    How many pesos are the Devoto group suggesting you contribute to the public clinics each time you make a purchase, I KNOW that too!

    And what does Pepe claim to be the inflation rate? WHO KNOWS, it changes every time this communist bastard opens his mouth. Plus he never worried about it because when he wanted money he robbed banks!


    AND THAT COW Mónica Xavier: yes, she is a very well qualified double medical doctor, but her CV reads like something out of the Old Russian and China communist party manifesto plus Marx thrown in for good measure, and that is on her Chairmanship listing for the Frente Amplio. And these are the people you reckon are not COMMUNISTS! Are you taking the piss!

    So let’s bamboozle the old git (me) and tell him that he’s wrong: well I have news for you sunshine – the BULLSHIT ends NOW.

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 02:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    From the photo, it looks like Mujica has just let rip with a “silent but deadly”

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 02:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The Uruguayan government fearful of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez’s

    just how powerfull does he think she is,

    how powerfull, does SHE think she is,

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 03:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Steveu.......those new cruise missiles.....the SBD's ....are quite stealthy.......for a very short period of

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 04:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A_Voice

    Ah! There you are Pops......I was getting a bit worried, I was missing Ya!
    Don't sly off again....what would I do without your valuable input?

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 04:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    Didn't someone make a song about this?

    It's enough to put Eric Pickles off his dinner.

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 04:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Hahaha Chris!!!

    Food inflation is not linear in each and every market, so it really depends on your favourite dish. Don't worry, I knew you knew that.

    As for medical treatments, well I know a few Uruguayos wannabes that are registered as “farmers” in order to get that most beneficial health care.
    I understand your frustration, but I don't share your (lack of) morals.

    And tell me, how much do you pay for medicine in the la publica?
    You know that too, don't you?

    Peps is no communist, Pepe is an anarchist

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 04:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I told you voice my days are numbered here once the last on my wife's family arrives......shorty.

    Sep 01st, 2013 - 09:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    Noooo, Poppy!

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 03:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Iron Man

    I don't get this - Uruguay seems to just do what Argentina wants/tells it to, because it's a small country and otherwise Argentina will crush it if it doesn't. What does Uruguay not understand about bullies? If you never stand up for yourself the bullying will just get worse and worse until you are no longer a free, independent country in the truest sense.

    Stand up for yourself, Uruguay, ffs!

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 04:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    All the LATAM countries, for some unfathomable reason, just do what Argentina wants/tells them to.

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 04:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @23 agent 999
    Hence their anger at being given the finger by 3000 people living in the South Atlantic.

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 09:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CJvR

    Well there can be no doubt as to who wears the strapon in that charming couple.

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 09:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #23....there is most likely some form of control over the heads of state based on kickbacks and corruption. If she goes Henry Hill in will others.

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 10:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 19 Stevie
    “well I know a few Uruguayos wannabes that are registered as “farmers” in order to get that most beneficial health care.”

    NO, you don't.

    They are either farmers and registered as such and pay BPS (see below) or they are not farmers and cannot claim to be such and not being Uruguayo by birth entails far more checks on your files, believe me.

    What you may have heard of, and I know at least two people who have done this and it is legal, are that they start a small business (employing just themselves), pay BPS and THEN register with their medical provider of choice. This is because they are over 65 YO.

    Being employed in the ROU and paying BPS disallows (by law) all medical insurance providers of applying an age limit to new scheme members.

    I was fortunate, although over 65 (just) at the time of application (and had never paid BPS), all I had to do was undergo a more rigorous medical which I passed and I was accepted.

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You're right, Chris. They are company owners contracting themselves as farmers and getting that most beneficial health care for what us others do in our spare time...
    Then they point their fingers at people they perceive as corrupt, amongst them a man that gives away around 80% of his salary...

    Sep 02nd, 2013 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    28 Stevie

    Oh dear Stevie, I wish you hadn’t brought that up.

    So giving away 80% of his presidential income allows him to blow USD 350 MILLION on PLUNA?

    And what about him appointing his best mate to be Minister of Public Works, with responsibility for PLUNA? A person with no formal schooling at all?

    And what about his cosy relationship with the argie who now runs the rump of PLUNA out of Punta Del Este?

    And him agreeing with the Chin about battery powered buses, though that seems to have died a death, which as an engineer you ought to have seen since the get go.

    One of my best friends in Uruguay (who is a Spaniard by birth but has been here since he was 5 YO) told me the truth of the PLUNA nonsense: the bribe money from our argie mate had not come through, but I suppose he had second thoughts and paid up after all.

    And I won't even start on his cowardice regarding The Dark Country: though I have to admit having Lucia Toplansky as his wife would tend to to destroy any resistance he may have once had.

    Sep 03rd, 2013 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Pluna was pure prestige.
    Tell me one year when that Company produced a surplus.
    Please don't come with that last year where it supposedly was a gold mine. Right before it was abandoned.
    Pepe couldn't have done much else than what he did. Only other option was get nationalise que flag carrier and continue the loss.

    Personally I think Alas-U driven as a cooperation is a great idea...

    As for Topolansly, there is a reason she is called la Tronca...
    Good, stubborn woman.

    Sep 03rd, 2013 - 04:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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