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13 August 2009

Stories from 13 August 2009

Sri Lanka: A Grieving Mother Blogs To Find Her Son

  13 August 2009

Rajeewa Mallawarachchi is a school teacher in Sri Lanka. A couple of months ago her estranged husband had abducted her six year old son violating a Court order issued regarding the custody of the child. The grieving mother resorts to Blog to disseminate news to find her son as the...

Nepal: Delays In Child Adoption Process

  13 August 2009

ABC blog discloses a letter from an adoptive parent expecting a baby from Nepal, which cites the unnecessary delay and corruption in getting the permission from the “Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare”.

India: Hit By Swine Flu

  13 August 2009

As the number of deaths from Swine Flu in India crossed 20, fear has crept in among the inhabitants of the Maharashtra state. The South Asia blog opines that: “if this kind of situation continues then many people would become afraid and it will hurt the Indian economy a lot.”

Hong Kong: Gender imbalance in Hong Kong

  13 August 2009

Sunbin looks into the demographic data and explains why the ratio between man and woman has such a drastic change in the past 15 years: in the 35-39 age group, in 1990 there are 107 men for every 100 women, 15 years later, it is 67 vs 100.

Suriname: W.I. Identity

  13 August 2009

Trinidadian Nicholas Laughlin discovers unexpected proof of Suriname's Caribbean connections – through “clothing and fashion as a badge of social identity.”

Haiti: The Revolution & Human Rights

  13 August 2009

Repeating Islands reports that an international colloquium, scheduled to take place in Port-au-Prince, will examine “the universalization of the social, economic, political, cultural, and philosophical dimensions of human rights in the context of the legacies of the Haitian Revolution.”

U.S.V.I.: Alternative Energy

  13 August 2009

The U.S. Virgin Islands will soon have two alternative energy facilities which will “convert an estimated 146,000 tons per year of municipal solid waste into refuse-derived fuel.” Repeating Islands has the details.

Jamaica: Sort It Out

  13 August 2009

More confusion in Jamaican athletics – Girl With a Purpose comments: “It's a downright disgrace when as a people…we can't solve our own problems and have to depend on an international entity to knock some sense into our brains.”

Ghana: Maneno at Maker Faire Africa

  13 August 2009

Miquel writes about Maneno and Maker Faire Africa: “This Friday (the 7th), I head down to Accra, Ghana on behalf of Maneno. This trip has many purposes. First off is for me to see Ghana for the first time. Secondly is to meet up with the local blogging scene, learn...

El Salvador: Number of H1N1 Cases Leveling

  13 August 2009

Hunnapuh [es] notes that cases of the H1N1 virus have been leveling off in El Salvador and wonders whether it is due to the measures of keeping children out of schools. However, with the school year soon to restart, there might be a resurgence in the number of cases.

El Salvador: Dangerous Month of August

  13 August 2009

August is a typical vacation month throughout El Salvador. However, Juan Carlos Sura Amaya of Sura's Way [es] laments the large number of deaths around this time due to alcohol-related traffic accidents and drownings.

Mali: Visiting Malian villages

  13 August 2009

American blogger in Bamako writes about her experiences while conducting a survey in rural Mali: We left around 8:30 in the morning (I knew even then that this was way too late of a start). We walked 1km to the moto taxi junction and waited for a moto taxi. Eventually...

Guatemala: Pilgrimages to the Chi-Ixim Church

  13 August 2009

Nelson Benjamin Pérez Paque posts a history and photos of the church in Chi-Ixim church located in the Guatemalan municipality of Tactic. It has become a site for pilgrimages where the faithful often climbs 1 km to reach the church, which is said to produce miracles.

Ghana: Pictures from around Accra

  13 August 2009

Pictures of Accra, Ghana taken by Erik of Afrigadget: “I’ve been having a great time in Accra, but not nearly enough time to spend on the details of every cool product or invention that I see. In the meantime, here are a couple pictures from around Ghana that will whet...

Peru: Teacher Guides for XO Laptops

  13 August 2009

OLPC News introduces XO Laptop Teacher Guides that were produced in Peruthat contain tips for teachers on how to incorporate the laptops into the school curriculum.

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