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Ingles Government awaits response from Panama within one month concerning death of General Bernales

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29/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- On the one-year anniversary of the death of National Police Director José Alejandro Bernales and his entourage in a helicopter accident in Panama, the Chilean government has expressed hope that the nation will announce its decision regarding the damages agreement for the families of the victims before President Martín Torrijos leaves office. "We trust that the agreement reached by the current governmental administration of Panama will be signed and, of course, with regards to the execution of the agreement there is the matter of State continuity, (because) here we are not only talking about a governmental administration, we are talking about the Panamanian State and that is the point that we need to stress", stated Minister of Foreign Affairs Alberto Van Klaveren. The stance taken by the Executive Branch was reaffirmed by Attorney Luis Bates, who is the president of...

Ingles López finishes 13th in second leg of Sardinia Rally

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29/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- Chilean driver Francisco López finished at number 13 on the second day of the Rally Sardinia, dropping him to 6th place in the general ranking for the competition. The Curicó native completed the 350 kilometer leg between the towns of Arbataz and Arborea finishing sixth with a good first special stage of 73.85 kilometers, but fell behind in the last 57.94 kilometers. López gave up his fifth position in the general ranking to French driver David Casteau, who came in just over two seconds ahead of him. Meanwhile, Spanish driver Marc Coma came in first place almost 12 minutes ahead of López. The third leg of the 350 kilometer rally will take place tomorrow, with two special phases of 64.87 and 50.48 kilometers leaving from...

Ingles Fernando González moves on to fourth round of Roland Garros Tournament

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29/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- Unmatchable. This is the word that can be used to describe Chilean tennis star Fernando González' (ATP No.12) performance so far at the Roland Garros Tournament. The Chilean athlete triumphed today in a heated match against French player Josselin Ouanna (ATP No.134) with set scores of 7-5, 6-3 and 7-5 in one hour and 54 minutes. It was the first time the two players had ever faced each other, which lead to some uncertainty concerning the level of game play that would be observed in Ouanna. The French player however, did not disappoint. Meanwhile, González, who today served up 11 aces and committed 26 non-forced errors, will face Romanian player Víctor Hanescu (ATP No.33) in the fourth round. This is the third time González has made it to the fourth round of the tournament during his...

Ingles Court confirms arraignment of ex-conscript in Víctor Jara case

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29/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- The Ninth Court of Appeals of Santiago decided to confirm the prosecution dictated by Minister Juan Eduardo Fuentes against former member of the armed forces José Paredes Márquez accusing him of perpetrating the murder of singer-songwriter Víctor Jara. The decision was reached after the court heard the arguments of prosecuting attorney Nelson Caucoto and the representative for the Human Rights program of the Ministry of Interior Relations, Karina Fernández. Attorney María José Dávila, who was to defend Paredes, was not present at the hearing. In a unanimous decision, ministers Emilio Elgueta, Mario Carroza and incorporated attorney Jorge Lagos also ruled to keep Paredes Márquez, who is currently being held at the CAS high-security prison facility, in custody. On Tuesday of last week, Minister Fuentes filed charges against the former conscript after he admitted...

Ingles Chile ties with Belgium at last Kirin Cup match

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29/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- The Chilean national soccer team has left much to speculation regarding their upcoming World Cup qualifying matches after a 1-1 tie today against Belgium at their last match at the Kirin Cup in Japan. At the event, which was the team's last game before they face Paraguay and Bolivia, Marcelo Bielsa's players once again failed to close out the match and was plagued by defensive errors. The outcome has led to some concern since several of the players that were placed as starters today are also scheduled to take the field against Paraguay. The scoreboard was marked first by the Belgians with a goal by Kevin Roelandts at the 15 minute mark. Later, the game was tied when Universidad Católica player Gary Medel scored a point for Chile. The match marked the second time Chile and Belgium have faced each other. The first occasion was in 1960, as preparation for...

Ingles Chile signs energy agreement with France

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29/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

PARIS.- As part of President Michelle Bachelet's official visit to France, the nation has signed two energy agreements with Chile for the development of Non-Conventional Renewable Energies (NCRE). The Chilean Minister of Energy, Marcelo Tokman, and the French head of Ecology, Energy and Territorial Planning, Hubert Falco, signed a specific agreement concerning renewable energies, as well as a letter of intent specifying the conditions of the collaboration. The pact establishes measures for cooperation between the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and the Chilean Center for Renewable Energies. The agreement hopes to promote energy diversification, as well as generation through alternative sources and the development of non-conventional renewable energies. The initiative also establishes support for resource cadastres and power measurements for alternative...

Ingles Ten people arrested in anti-narcotics operative in Curacaví

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29/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- An extensive anti-narcotics police raid on nine homes this morning in Curacaví ended in the arrest of ten people – seven men and three women. The operation was carried out in an effort to disband two drug-trafficking groups that had been operating in three slums located in the aforementioned municipality. The groups had allegedly been using grocery, vegetable and liquor businesses as facades to mask their income. The operation, which began at 6:00 AM, included the participation of 300 officials belonging to Special Police Forces (GOPE), the OS7, the 30th Commissary of Radio Patrols, the Sub-commissary of Curacaví, as well as police canine units. The law enforcement officials arrived in the marginalized neighborhoods of 11 de Septiembre, Carol Urzúa and Juan Williams Rebolledo, where they simultaneously raided nine homes. According to Capitan Claudio Ramírez, who is...

Ingles Marine guard involved in incident in Canada resumes naval duties

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28/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- One week after arriving in Chile and spending a few days with his family, Esmeralda ship marine guard Jaime Hott appeared before the Navy today. At the beginning of May of this year, Hott was arrested by the Canadian police force and accused of boarding a yacht without permission and physically assaulting a couple in the port of Quebec. Capitan Richard Bergqvist, of the communications department for the First Zone in Valparaíso, has stated that Hott "is serving in the area administrated by the sector", where "he will continue to complete his duties as normal until proceedings have finished and will (at the same time) be issuing appropriate statements for the investigation", that is currently in progress. "He is going to stay here until the process has concluded and his place in the naval force will be defined following the investigation" stated Capitan Bergqvist,...

Ingles Industrial production drops 11.1% in April

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28/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- The National Statistics Institute (INE) announced today that industrial production fell during April, registering a drop of 11.1%. The decrease can primarily be explained by a decline in the production of companies linked to the food, non-metallic mining and forestry industries. In April of 2008, industrial production reported an increase of 4.4% from the previous year, while in March of this year it reported a decrease of 7.1%. Market forecasts had predicted that the figure would only drop by 8.7% during the fourth month of 2009. Following a negative GDP of 2.1%, the indices for April of 2009 have evolved unevenly. Industrial production and exports continue to drop, while trade sales are also displaying the same tendency. Meanwhile, the mining and energy sectors show signs of recovery. "The uneven figures have not allowed us to determine whether this is the beginning of...
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Ingles Velasco denies possibility of running for president

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28/05/09 - EMOL (Chile)

SANTIAGO.- After his name emerged as a possible replacement for DC senator Eduardo Frei as the presidential candidate for the Concertación, Minister of Finance Andrés Velasco has taken it upon himself to clear up any questions regarding the matter. The minister stated that he does not plan on becoming a presidential candidate and assured that those who brought up the subject matter are only looking to divide the leftist coalition. From France, where he is currently accompanying President Michelle Bachelet during her official tour through the nation, the state secretary was asked about his willingness to compete in the presidential race to La Moneda. "I am not part of that, I am not available for that", he responded. The minister added that his intentions are actually quite contrary and stated that he regrets the fact that some are trying to use his name to "bring about...
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