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jueves, 20 de octubre de 2011

UN stresses need for improved methods to measure desertification and poverty

UN stresses need for improved methods to measure desertification and poverty:
The 11 countries taking part in the desertification measurement initiative, known as the UNCCD Impact Indicators Pilot Programme, are: Algeria, Argentina, China, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Spain and Tunisia.


UN News Centre

Buenos Aires public teachers protest

Buenos Aires public teachers protest:
Buenos Aires public teachers stage 48-hour general strike to protest City government´s education project. For the second time in less than a month, Buenos Aires schools woke up empty and 350 thousand students could not attend classes. ...


Press TV

Poverty rates up in most U.S. states, cities: Census

Poverty rates up in most U.S. states, cities: Census

The states with the highest public assistance participation included Alaska, Maine, Vermont and Washington. The states with the lowest rates were Louisiana, Alabama and Wyoming. Although Alaska and Maryland had poverty rates of 9.9 percent in 2010, ...

Native American artist displays works

Native American artist displays works: Daniel Medina, from Dunnellon, is a driftwood artist who makes wind chimes from shells of freshwater snails. Each set of chimes takes about nine hours to drill holes and string together. Medina says this doesn't count the time spent gathering the ...

Record Deportations Disproportionately Penalize Latinos

Record Deportations Disproportionately Penalize Latinos:
While high unemployment rates among Latinos may be a factor, many also point to Obama's relative lack of action on immigration reform. With a majority of US Latinos saying they know an undocumented immigrant, according to a Latino Decisions poll, ...


AS/COA Online

Former Mexican president says US should legalize all drugs

Former Mexican president says US should legalize all drugs: Fox also suggested that in dealing with its narcotics problem, Mexico should legalize the sale, use, and production of all drugs as a means to end the nation's particularly disastrous drug war. "Today [in Mexico], is not forbidden to consume marijuana ...

Protesting students interrupt Chile's Congress

Protesting students interrupt Chile's Congress: By EVA VERGARA AP SANTIAGO, Chile -- Dozens of students and protesters in Chile interrupted a Senate committee meeting on Thursday to demand a popular referendum on how to resolve the country's social problems, especially education. ...

New documentary on Mexico drug war opens at Hanford theater

New documentary on Mexico drug war opens at Hanford theater: “This war is for the coveted smuggling routes into the US,” Minn said. “The Americans' demand for illegal drugs has led countless weapons and cash to enter into Mexico in exchange for these drugs. “This documentary investigates the current situation in ...

Born in Cuba, Leyva now living the American dream

Born in Cuba, Leyva now living the American dream: His mother had fled Cuba with him and his older sister 18 years ago, simply hoping to find a better life. Now here he was, gold medal around his neck, USA emblazoned on his chest. “I'll always be proud to have been born in Cuba. ...

US blockade impedes the struggle against AIDS in Cuba

US blockade impedes the struggle against AIDS in Cuba: THE economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United Status is creating obstacles to cooperation between Cuba and multilateral international bodies involved in the struggle against HIV-AIDS. In January of 2011, the US government froze ...

Venezuela to Raise Spending 46% in 2012 Budget Ahead of Vote

Venezuela to Raise Spending 46% in 2012 Budget Ahead of Vote: By Corina Rodriguez Pons and Charlie Devereux Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuela's government will boost spending by 46 percent in 2012 as President Hugo Chavez finances housing, agriculture and job creation plans ahead of elections next October. ...

Poverty rates continue to rise, southern states hardest hit

Poverty rates continue to rise, southern states hardest hit: The Census Bureau said 32 states saw poverty rise in 2010 with some states hard hit by foreclosures showing significant increases. Florida's poverty rate rose to 16.5% from 14.9%. Nevada saw its poverty rate rise to 14.9% from 12.4% in 2009, ...

Five Candidates for the Corporate Death Penalty

Five Candidates for the Corporate Death Penalty: But if you want to take the incremental approach, here's my list of five candidates for the corporate death penalty. Health insurance corporations. Most western industrialized countries – with the exception of the USA – already have this death penalty ...

Top 10 moments in LGBT aquatics history

Top 10 moments in LGBT aquatics history: LGBT aquatics still has some firsts to accomplish, notably in Latin America, Africa and mainland Asia, but IGLA is an indicator of stability and success – IGLA's current membership totals more than 60 teams in 15 countries. As well, there are a number ...

Spain is No. 1 source of European tourists for Puerto Rico

Spain is No. 1 source of European tourists for Puerto Rico: San Juan – Spain remains the top source of European tourists for Puerto Rico despite the Iberian nation's economic woes, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Mario Gonzalez, told Efe. "Spain continues to be our big European market ...


Chilean judge declines sex abuse charges for prominent Chilean priest ...

Chilean judge declines sex abuse charges for prominent Chilean priest ...

SANTIAGO, Chile — A lawyer for three men allegedly abused by a prominent Chilean priest says a judge has declined to press charges. Retired priest Fernando Karadima has been punished by the Vatican, ordered to a life of seclusion and prayer for ...

Colas Signs EUR96 Million Contract For Subway In Venezuela

Colas Signs EUR96 Million Contract For Subway In Venezuela: FR), said Thursday it signed a contract for EUR96 million to build a subway line in Venezuela. Colas will build a 12 kilometer-long metro line in Los Teques, a city close to Caracas, with the help of Alstom Transport, a unit of French engineering and ...

Head of State defends strengthened relations with Brazil

Head of State defends strengthened relations with Brazil

The president said that there are areas of cooperation with Brazil that are important like health, education, combat famine and poverty and the partnership of mutual development. He considered that the visit of his counterpart is a sovereign occasion ...

Different Views on a Cuba Explosion

Different Views on a Cuba Explosion: HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 20 — Recently I got my hands on an economic analysis of Cuba from a Western embassy, a study that paints a very different picture from what we're accustomed to hearing. It even claims that there's now a currency reserve here on the ...

Argentina's debt default

Argentina's debt default: A decade after the Latin American country welshed on $81 billion, disgruntled creditors are still chasing their money. The litigation, and Argentina's defiance in the face of judgments against it, complicate its plans to return to international capital ...

Emerging Threats In Western Hemisphere

Emerging Threats In Western Hemisphere: ... judicial cooperation, human rights, counternarcotics, and counterterrorism programs to take hold. Related Articles Launch Of Open Government Partnership "We pledge to be more transparent at every level." TIP Heroes In Latin America And The ...

6 Investment Rules by World's Top Investors

6 Investment Rules by World's Top Investors: By SiliconIndia - "I am convinced that all this poverty in Mexico and in Latin America, like it's happening in China is the opportunity to grow. It's an opportunity for investment" - Carlos Slim Another of the ...

Why Pennsylvania Doesn't Need the Death Penalty

Why Pennsylvania Doesn't Need the Death Penalty: Two days after the Supreme Court decision on October 13th, Gallup released new poll numbers indicating that support for the death penalty is at its lowest level in 40 years. While a majority (61 percent) of American citizens still support it in cases ...

Eletrobras May Sell $2.5 Billion of US Bonds: New Issue Alert

Eletrobras May Sell $2.5 Billion of US Bonds: New Issue Alert: INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK, the lender that aims to reduce poverty in Latin America, is planning to sell 30-year bonds denominated in US dollars, according to a person familiar with the offering. The notes may be rated Aaa by Moody's Investors ...


Lawsuit: Some legal Florida residents being denied in-state tuition rates

Lawsuit: Some legal Florida residents being denied in-state tuition rates: The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization, has filed the suit in US District Court in Miami against the state college and university systems on behalf of five students who applied to state schools. All are US citizens, ...