Uruguayan president-elect plans to turn Montevideo into tax haven

Montevideo, January 21 (RHC)-- Uruguay's president-elect Luis Lacalle has announced that he will facilitate the residence of some 100,000 high-income Argentineans if they invest capital in his country, a proposal that reactivates the discussion about turning Uruguay back into a tax haven.

President Tabare Vazquez reacted by pointing out that "it would be much better for the country to have an internal market of six million inhabitants" because "it would be the engine that would boost the economy, mainly when business falls abroad."

Economy Minister Danilo Astori said that Lacalle "proposes to go back to the past because Uruguay signed international agreements for the exchange of information and the fight against money laundering."  

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez said that “Uruguay had a hard time removing its reputation of being a tax haven that it is not a good idea to fall back on that.”

Former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica also criticized Lacalle's ideas by pointing out that he should worry about creating incentives for Uruguayan capitals to return to the country.   “We have about $24 billion scattered throughout the world.  Why don't we try to get that money back to the country?" said Jose Pepe Mujica.

Luis Lacalle, who is the leader of the right-wing National Party (PN), won the 2019 Uruguayan presidential election by 48.71 percent of the votes.  His opponent, the Broad Front candidate Daniel Martinez obtained 47.51 percent of the vote.  Lacalle will assume the presidency of his country on March 1st.

Edited by Ed Newman
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Garibaldi premieres Los Tiburones, of Uruguay, at Havana Festival

Havana, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan director Lucia Garibaldi premiered in Havana her film 'Los Tiburones' (The Sharks), a co-production in competition among 18 first works of the 41st International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Garibaldi heard the closed applause of the Cuban public for the first time at La Rampa movie theater in this capital after the film was screened and in statements to Prensa Latina, she confessed that '2019 is a year of many things for the first time', in tune with her work.'

'Los Tiburones,' a film shot in March 2018 and premiered at the Soundance Festival, is in this festival after 'a moment of joys' according to the filmmaker, in reference to a series of awards she received.

Best direction in Soundance Festival; best actress, best screenplay and a special prize of the jury in Guadalajara; best film in Toulouse; special prize of the jury in Bafici; in addition, prize Contribution in San Sebastian Festival; best film and best actress in Milan, are some of the awards that reaffirm the Cuban public's reaction.

The film tells the story of a young girl, played by Romina Betancourt, who does not have much to do because she finished classes and begins to help her father in gardening, just when she begins to be attracted to one of the employees and seeks alternatives to get close to the boy.

The plot reflects the life of the inhabitants of the coast who debate between hunting sharks or scaring them from the region to rescue the work of fishing and tourism that previously gave life to the site.

The film contest will close on December 15, after screening about 300 films.

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It may have taken an injury time penalty for Argentina to avoid defeat to Uruguay in Tel Aviv but it was another promising performance by Lionel Scaloni’s side ahead of an important 2020.

The next time this Argentina squad are together will be in March, the beginning of the long and arduous process of World Cup qualification in South America. There is another Copa América to contend with too and after one year in charge, Scaloni looks to have finally found the right group and something that resembles a team.

Question marks remain in certain areas but there is a rekindled spirit and it saw Argentina twice come from behind in Israel to salvage a draw with a strong Uruguay side.

Now unbeaten in six since last summer’s Copa América, Argentina continued where they had left off in last Friday’s victory over Brazil, and looked the better side in the opening exchanges until Uruguay broke the deadlock just after the half hour mark. Lucas Torreira clipped the ball over Nicolás Tagliafico and Luis Suárez cushioned the ball back across for Edinson Cavani to stab in.

Unperturbed from going behind Argentina remained on the front-foot and momentarily thought they were level when Paulo Dybala fired in only for a handball to deny the Juventus forward the chance to mark his return with a goal.

Independiente goalkeeper Martín Campaña had been equal to a couple of Lionel Messi free-kicks to preserve the Uruguayan lead but shortly after the hour, Argentina’s captain swung in another set-piece and on this occasion Sergio Agüero rose to head in the equaliser.

The lead didn’t last long. Messi, the dead-ball specialist at Barcelona, was shown up by his teammate Luis Suárez, who may have been fortunate to win the free-kick on the edge of the box but who made no mistake in firing over the wall and past Esteban Andrada.

Chasing the game again Scaloni threw on Lautaro Martínez and moments after Agüero drew a superb stop from Campaña, the substitute would play a key role. Martínez’s little flick in the penalty box caught the arm of Martín Cáceres and referee Roi Reinschreiber pointed to the spot. Messi had seen his effort from the spot saved against Brazil but made no mistake in slotting the ball past Campaña in injury time.

Despite not chalking up a win, Scaloni will have been pleased with Argentina’s performance and now has just a few last decisions to make on his squad for 2020.

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Uruguay to present achievements in Family Farming

The National Cooperative Institute of Uruguay (INACOOP) will present its achievements at the 31st Specialized Meeting on Family Farming (REAF) to be held in Brazil from October 30, according to its directors.

Carlos Reyes, vice-president of INACOOP, expressed the intention of putting on the table a series of public policies that were implemented, by intervening in a Mercosur meeting on the subject.

INACOOP showed the advances in financing, training and technical assistance, and according to Reyes, the intention was to see how it is arriving to territories and if it has fulfilled or not the expectations, because 'this is a process of continuous improvement, that we have to adjust.'

He emphasized that the main recommendation is to strengthen family farming through cooperativism, and to that end economic and financial instruments were applied, with differentiated access, for up to 10 years, with very low interest rates.

Another area of tools has to do with training and technical assistance that in the last year benefited almost 600 members of cooperatives or workers and development societies, with an investment that was around 200 thousand dollars, said Reyes.

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Cuba concludes presence as Guest Country at Montevideo Book Fair

Montevideo, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Poetry and film adaptations of Cuban literature closed the island's presence as guest of honor to the 42nd edition of the Montevideo International Book Fair on its final day.

The segment 'El autor y su Obra' opened space for young Cuban-Uruguayan poet Marcel Cabrera, who talked about his multi-themed books 'El tintero del alma' (The inkwell of the soul) and the poetry collection 'F8 transgresor' (F8 transgressor), from which he read some of his pieces on death, endangered animal species and new technologies.

Greatly appreciated by the public, Cabrera spoke about the Luces social project with which Uruguayan poets and musicians share their art with prisoners, those in drug-addiction rehabilitation centers and residents of outlying districts.

Luciano Castillo, critic, researcher and film historian, talked about the rich Cuban film production as of 1959 and its approaches to national and universal literature.

During his contribution to the 'La sala magica' film cycle, Castillo discussed 60 years of Cuban cinema and the screening of the film 'Derecho de Asilo' (Right of Asylum), which followed other similar films.

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Uruguay wins first friendly match against Peru

Although friendly and without consequences, in the football match won by Uruguay against Peru 1-0 here the hosts got their own back for the last America Cup.

As it happened then, Peruvians cut the aspirations of the Urguguayan team by means of random penalties and prevented them from going to the quarterfinals in a clash that remained tied until overtime.

In this first clash between the two teams since the regional competition in Brazil, the Uruguayan team was the winner by the minimum difference, with a goal scored at 16 minutes by Brian Rodriguez, although the superiority in the game was clear.

Specialized commentators pointed out that the head coach knew how to easily hide the absences of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani through the performances of Rodriguez, former Peñarol player, Brian Lozano and Maximiliano Gomez, among the young members of a group in renovation.

Also, the lack of the two star players who play in European teams, contributed to diminish the presence of the public at the Centennial Stadium, judging by the tickets sold on the eve of the show this Friday.

In the 2nd half of the match, the game began with a rhythm much more controlled by both contestants and before a constant rain that complicated passing the ball with precision.

For Tuesday, October 15, the second friendly clash is scheduled to be held in Lima with the purpose of measuring strength and winning fires in the face of the qualifiers for the World Cup.

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Havana's International Book Fair to be promoted in Montevideo

Cuba will present on Tuesday the call to participate in the 29th edition of the Havana International Book Fair, FIL 2020, during the similar event currently taking place in Montevideo, featuring the Caribbean nation as a guest of honor.

Nancy Hernandez, vice president of the Creative and Communications Department at the Cuban Book Institute, will discuss the event held every February in Havana, during a day which will also see Cuban representatives highlight the leading role of the Casa de las Americas.

Boris Faingola, director of the Uruguayan publishing house Aletea, will moderate the panel 'Roberto Fernandez Retamar: Casa de las Americas, universe of Caliban' with the participation of Jorge Fornet, director of the Center for Literary Research at the prestigious institution.

Previously, researcher and professor Fornet held a lecture at the Jose Marti Hall of the Cuban editorial stand entitled 'Miradas sobre Cuba desde America Latina' (Views on Cuba from Latin America), in which he spoke about what he called the 'Travel to the Revolution' subgenre.

Gregory Randall, engineering professor at the University of the Republic of Uruguay and son of US poet Margaret Randall, attended the lecture. Randall lived in Cuba for 14 years after his birth in 1969, and wrote the book 'Estar alli entonces' (Being there then). He stated, 'I am proud to be a son of the Cuban Revolution.'

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