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1. The public school teachers' strike forced the
government to postpone the national assessment test for fourth and
eighth graders (Conservative, independent La Tercera, 10/24).
U.S. Related News
2. Brazilian daily "O Globo" said yesterday that President
Obama had accepted Lula da Silva's invitation to Brazil and that
Secretary Clinton would be traveling to that country in December to
coordinate the meeting between the two presidents. There is no
specific date for the visit (La Tercera, 10/26).
3. President Obama declared the AH1N1 flu a health emergency.
Almost all states have been hit by the flu. His decision would be
partially motivated by the delay in the production of the vaccine
(La Tercera, 10/25).
4. the president of the Chilean Senate Jovino Nova met in
Washington D.C., with Dan Restrepo, Tom Shannon, and Congressmen
Richard Lugar, Roberto Menendez , Connie Mack, and Elliot Engel
(Conservative, influential El Mercurio, 10/25).
5. The presidents of the Chilean Senate and Chamber of
Deputies, Jovino Novoa and Rodrigo Alvarez, met in D.C. with House
of Representatives ethics committee members to learn about the
regulations that apply for U.S. congressmen. Unlike Chilean
regulations, which are general concepts on expected behavior, the
United States has a very specific set of rules drafted by
independent experts (La Tercera, 10/25).
6. 2008 Economics Nobel Prize award winner Paul Krugman will
be in Santiago to speak on October 28 on "The Crisis and the New
Economy" (Financial Diariio Financiero, 10/26).
7. Photo coverage of the Chilean-American Cultural Institute
award ceremony for those who have contributed over time to arts and
culture and have maintained strong ties with the United States (La
8. A California Film Commission delegation has been touring
Chile's desert and the Colchagua Valley, among other areas, seeking
for film locations. ProChile export promotion office invited the
commission aware that the film industry generates high levels of
capital and employment, and promotes tourism (La Tercera, 10/26).
9. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty reappointed Chilean Ximena Hartsock
Parks and Recreation director, just three weeks after the city
council voted against her designation. Hartsock will be able to
stay in office for another six months. Upon hearing the news, the
city council said it would try to withhold Hartsock's paycheck (El
10. In a ceremony at the Defense Ministry, President Bachelet
sent her "warm greetings" to all those taking part in the "Salite"
exercise that began last week in Antofagasta and said that
"integration and transparency are the best means to guarantee
peace." Defense Minister Francisco Vidal said the president has
not confirmed if she will travel to Antofagasta to observe the
exercises on October 28 (El Mercurio, 10/26).
11. Judicial branch sources said that the Executive Office will
chose Rosa Egnem as its candidate to occupy the seat left by
Ricardo Galvez in the Supreme Court. If chosen she would become
the fifth woman in the 21-member court (La Tercera, 10/25).
12. A Universidad del Desarrollo poll revealed that 58% approve
of restricting civil liberties for public security reasons (crime),
57 % agree with capital punishment for serious crimes, 55% said
abortion should be de-penalized, and 81% consider the Penal Reform
has been "bad" or "very bad" (La Tercera, 10/24).
13. Spanish daily "El Pais" said that in their bilateral meeting
in Washington on October 13, the head of the Spanish government
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero had informed President Obama that
Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratines would be traveling to Cuba.
Reportedly, the U.S. President told Rodriguez Zapatero that
Moratines should convey to the Cuban authorities the message that
the United States "understands that things cannot change overnight,
but that after a few years, when we look back, it must be clear
that this was the time to start those changes," and it would be a
"disappointment if this does not occur" (La Tercera, 10/26).