Authorities in Brazil say they are making massive security preparations for the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 1. Security around the future president has been high since he was stabbed with a knife on Sept. 6, causing a ruptured intestine.
After years of prohibition, industrial hemp is now federally legal in the United States. President Trump signed off on the 2018 Farm Bill which redefines hemp as an agricultural commodity, and more importantly, removes it from the Controlled Substances Act.
Argentina has appointed an auditor/administrator for the National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP), former R/Admiral Marcelo Lobbosco, who was head of Buenos Aires province ports. During his 180-day term (with a possible extension of another 180 days), and according to Decree 1127, Lobbosco must try to overcome the staff disputes which have impeded the normal activity of research cruises.
Bolivian Police Chief Rómulo Delgado Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of the director of the Special Force for the Fight against Violence (Felcv) of La Paz, Colonel Víctor Hugo Soria, who sparked controversy for having allegedly said that the consumption of alcohol and the double life of women caused feminicides.
Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Friday in Rio de Janeiro and sealed an alliance between the two countries, although moving the embasy to Jerusalem was reportedly not on the table. Bolsonaro presented Netanyahu with the highest national decoration for visitors in Brazil, granted in the past to former US President Dwight Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth.
Colombian former Secretary of Transparency Rafael Merchán, who had been slated to testify in the local version of the Odebrecht corruption scandal, was found dead, it was reported.
Chile's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) has established zoning areas following the detection and outbreak of the ISA virus, Infectious Salmon Anemia at Rowlett 749 center in the Patagonia Aysén Region.
Argentina's Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) set the total allowable catches (TACs) for hoki, Southern blue whiting, Patagonian toothfish and common hake for the year 2019. The new TACs were set on the basis of the results of the stock assessments carried out by the National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP).
The Chilean Association of Fishing Industry (ASIPES) has expressed its absolute concern following the approval of a bill modifying the General Fisheries and Aquaculture Act, limiting the capture of the giant squid (Dossidicus gigas) to jigging or hand lining.
The squid caught in the deep waters of the Arabian Sea may soon become an exported product from India due to the fact that the country's fishing authorities have decided to grant permission for this cephalopod jigging.