- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Satellite tracks bird to hunter's freezer
TORONTO Scientists spent four months tracking by satellite the journey of a goose named Kerry that migrated 3,000 miles from Northern Ireland to the Canadian Arctic.
They found it last week in an Inuit hunter's freezer. "Kerry shot in Canada" reads an Aug. 22 update on the migratory tracking project's Web site (www.wwt.org.uk/brent).
Kerry was one of six light-bellied Brent geese being studied by Britain's Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the National Geographic Society. Three of the six still are sending signals, the Web site says.

Chavez says gas pact will bolster economy
CARACAS, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has promised that the country's struggling economy will rebound soon, despite what he calls opposition attempts to sabotage the recovery.
Mr. Chavez said during his weekly Sunday broadcast that the economy is showing signs of recovery, despite a 7 percent contraction during the first half of the year. He cited a recent deal by Petroleos de Venezuela, the state oil company, and five foreign companies to develop Venezuela's biggest offshore natural-gas field.

Hungry Argentines eat equine roadkill
BUENOS AIRES Argentina brags of its beef, but hungry Argentines butchered a horse killed in a weekend traffic accident leaving "not even a bone," police said.
Shortly after an automobile struck the horse, residents of the poor La Matanza neighborhood carved up and carried away the carcass. Police rushed to the scene but did not get there in time. "There was nothing left, not even a bone," said a police source.
Argentina is suffering its worst economic crunch after a four-year recession and a currency crisis in December. One in five of its workers is unemployed.
More than 53 percent of Argentines live below the poverty line of $167 a month per family, according to government statistics. One of every four Argentines is "indigent," with a family income of less than $84 a month.
Weekly notes
Paraguay's president, Luis Gonzalez Macchi, is back in Asuncion after a week in Taiwan, where he signed an accord on a $25 million loan. Latin America and the Caribbean are home to 14 of the 27 countries that maintain diplomatic ties to Taiwan, considered by Beijing to be a renegade province of China. Olympic weightlifting champion Soraya Jimenez of Mexico tested positive for a banned stimulant during the Pan American championships last month in Venezuela. Jimenez, the first woman to win a gold medal for Mexico at the Olympics, could be barred from competing in Mexican and international weightlifting events for at least six months if a more definitive test confirms the result. Paris has its Eiffel, Toronto its CN Tower, and Chile's capital, Santiago, wants a landmark to look up to. It offers a $20,000 prize to the architect who draws the winning design for the structure, planned near the Mapocho River and Santiago's old train station, to mark Chile's independence bicentennial in 2010. The United States has asked Colombia to extradite William Rodriguez Abadia, son of jailed Cali drug cartel chief Miguel Rodriguez, the daily El Tiempo de Bogota reports. Mr. Rodriguez Abadia, a Harvard University-educated lawyer, is wanted on charges he took the cartel's reins when his father was imprisoned. Rodriguez is due for release soon, after seven years behind bars.

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