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jueves, 15 de marzo de 2012

Cuba's Catholic Church trying to fill gaps in social safety net

Cuba's Catholic Church trying to fill gaps in social safety net: As Cuban ruler Raúl Castro cuts government subsidies on the food and health ... to fill the growing gaps in the island's unraveling social welfare net.

5 states drowning in underwater mortgages

5 states drowning in underwater mortgages:
No state has a vacancy rate higher than Florida, standing at more than 20 percent. The metro area of Miami, shown here, has a population of some 5.5 million. By Michael B. Sauter, 24/7 Wall St. As home prices continue to slide, more and more homeowners ...


msnbc.com

Argentina slowly starts to harvest drought-hit soy

Argentina slowly starts to harvest drought-hit soy: * Initial soy collection slowed by recent heavy rains * December-January dryness hit corn harder than soy By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES, March 15 (Reuters) - Argentine farmers have started harvesting soybeans but heavy rains that arrived after months ...

Gay groups denied request to march in St. Patrick's Day parade

Gay groups denied request to march in St. Patrick's Day parade: By STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will not be marching in the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday after two groups received rejection letters from organizers.


In Development, Three Heads Are Better than One

In Development, Three Heads Are Better than One:
After decades of a model based on “North-South” assistance, a new wave of trilateral partnerships shines a spotlight on Latin America's up-and-comers. Fresh produce awaits purchase in Brazil. The country is applying its success in agriculture to help ...


USAID (press release)

State Native American population younger than other groups


State Native American population younger than other groups

PIERRE -- South Dakota's Native American population is younger than the state's white population, a trend officials say has implications for the provision of education and other services. US census data released Thursday show that nearly 44 percent of ...

Native American tribe in Wyoming gains permission to kill bald eagles

Native American tribe in Wyoming gains permission to kill bald eagles:
The Northern Arapaho, a Native American tribe in Wyoming, has the right to kill two bald eagles for a religious ceremony this year. The Associated Press said Wednesday that the Fish and Wildlife Service granted the tribe permission to "kill or capture ...


Syracuse.com

Court-martial lawyer finds Afghan killings especially despicable

Court-martial lawyer finds Afghan killings especially despicable: There has to be at least one aggravating factor -- such as the accused knowingly created a grave risk of substantial damage to US national security -- in order for a death penalty proceeding. Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar was sentenced to death for carrying ...

Cuba Dissidents Vow to Stay in Church,

Cuba Dissidents Vow to Stay in Church,:
A group of 13 Cuban dissidents who have occupied a Havana church for two days are no longer demanding an audience with Pope Benedict XVI when he visits this month, but vowed Thursday to continue their protest. The dissidents say they are now asking the ...


ABC News

Despite violence, music festival big in Mexico's Monterrey


Despite violence, music festival big in Mexico's Monterrey

Read about it in this Calendar report by the Mexico City Bureau's Daniel Hernandez. Metropolitan Monterrey was once a refuge from the nation's raging drug war. But it has steadily fallen into the same vortex of gang shootings and neighborhood takeovers ...

Debate rages over Mexico 'spillover violence' in US

Debate rages over Mexico 'spillover violence' in US:
Steve McCraw, the Texas Director of Public Safety, says that there is a significant criminal threat from Mexico drug cartels that are smuggling drugs throughout his state and the nation. By Mark Potter, NBC News correspondent TUCSON -- On an isolated ...


msnbc.com (blog)

Mexican drug gangs using more children as 'mules'

Mexican drug gangs using more children as 'mules': Mexico's cartels have also employed children for their hit squads. In what may be the most shocking case involving a youth in Mexico's drug war, a 14-year-old boy born in San Diego and known only as “El Ponchis” was arrested in December 2010 in central ...

IDB chief warns of 'challenges' despite regional growth

IDB chief warns of 'challenges' despite regional growth: ... Uruguay, next week, president Luis Alberto Moreno has warned of looming ... “The number of poor people in extreme poverty has fallen to record lows.

In Development, Three Heads Are Better than One

In Development, Three Heads Are Better than One:
After decades of a model based on “North-South” assistance, a new wave of trilateral partnerships shines a spotlight on Latin America's up-and-comers. Fresh produce awaits purchase in Brazil. The country is applying its success in agriculture to help ...


USAID (press release)

A New Approach for a Changing Hemisphere

A New Approach for a Changing Hemisphere:
Then, the Agency was largely focused on helping consolidate the region's new democracies, reducing poverty, and curbing population growth. The Colombia mission was on the verge of closing, USAID's presence in Mexico was minor, and the Food for Peace ...


USAID (press release)

For Afro-Colombians, It Pays to Conserve

For Afro-Colombians, It Pays to Conserve:
Eighty percent of Afro-Colombians live in conditions of extreme poverty: Health, education, and income indicators are lower than national averages, and they represent 30 percent of the internally displaced populations. Despite recent gains in the ...


USAID (press release)

Jenny Foster honored as the 2012 High School Educator of the Year

Jenny Foster honored as the 2012 High School Educator of the Year: The year 1984 was a hard year for Latin American countries — a year of poverty, violence, unrest and scarcity. It was also the year Jenny Foster fell under a spell that she's still under today. Foster was a high-school exchange student in Colombia, ...

On Economic Abuses under Military Regimes in Latin America ...

On Economic Abuses under Military Regimes in Latin America ...: And Argentina is not the sole case of right-wing authoritarian regimes in Latin America committing economic abuses in addition to their violations of basic human ...

In Brazil, Doing Good Is Good for Business

In Brazil, Doing Good Is Good for Business:
Young men under supervised probation play soccer at Boa Viagem beach in Recife, Pernambuco state, northeast Brazil. Instituto Empreender, a USAID partner, uses sport to strengthen basic principles like rules, authority, and leadership.


USAID (press release)

A New Approach for a Changing Hemisphere

A New Approach for a Changing Hemisphere: ... the region's new democracies, reducing poverty, and curbing population growth. ... trilateral arrangements with Brazil and Chile and creating new ones.

Argentina grain ports brace for more strikes

Argentina grain ports brace for more strikes: By Shane Romig BUENOS AIRES (MarketWatch) -- Argentina's grain exporters are gearing up for a tense strike season this year as workers press for steep pay raises amid double-digit inflation. An expected series of strikes will delay many shipments, ...

Argentina will sue over Falklands oil exploration

Argentina will sue over Falklands oil exploration: | BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina will take legal action against any companies involved in oil exploration in the Falkland Islands, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said on Thursday. British explorer Rockhopper has been seeking a partner to invest ...


Cuba Chamber Awards dinner honors old, new businesses

Cuba Chamber Awards dinner honors old, new businesses: Recognized by the Cuba Chamber of Commerce for their long time in business in Cuba, are, from left, Betsy Resch of Storybook Liquors, Cindy Dutton of the Cuba library, Melodie Farwell for the Patriot newspaper and Shawn Doyle for Sterilator Co.

Cuba dissidents vow to stay in church

Cuba dissidents vow to stay in church: By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ AP HAVANA -- A group of 13 Cuban dissidents who have occupied a Havana church for two days said Thursday that they are no longer demanding an audience with Pope Benedict XVI when he visits this month, but vowed to continue their ...

Cuba's Catholic Church trying to fill gaps in social safety net

Cuba's Catholic Church trying to fill gaps in social safety net: As Cuban ruler Raúl Castro cuts government subsidies on the food and health sectors in an attempt to boost the all-but-stalled economy, the Catholic Church is trying to fill the growing gaps in the island's unraveling social welfare net.