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8 October 2009

Stories from 8 October 2009

Costa Rica: Streaming Video Discussions on Citizen Journalism

  8 October 2009

Last night 300 users tuned in to the  video streaming from the  Spanish Cultural center, where three journalists with extensive experience with citizen media from Spain, Costa Rica and Cuba: Rosa Jiménez Cano, Cristian Cambronero and Lazaro Rodriguez spoke about the transformation of journalism as it adapts to the new...

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Kenya: Waiting for El Niño

  8 October 2009

Kenyans are waiting for the El Niño rains anticipated between now and December with mixed feelings. Although in it's ‘moderate' form El Niño is expected to displace at least 100,000 people, most Kenyans actually want this El Niño.

India: Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  8 October 2009

Ashutosh celebrates the Nobel Prize of Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, the first Indian to win it in chemistry. This year, Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, Ada Yonath and Tom Steitz have jointly won the Nobel Prize for chemistry for their pioneering studies on the structure of the ribosome.

Sri Lanka: FarmerNet

  8 October 2009

LIRNE Asia blog informs that “the ICT arm of Sri Lanka’s largest community-based organization, Sarvodaya, launched its FarmerNet initiative last month”. FarmerNet is an online trading platform where the buyers and sellers can efficiently exchange information about produce bypassing middlemen.

Haiti: Smoke & Mirrors?

  8 October 2009

Of the recent conference aimed at attracting investors to the island, Hervé Jean Michel, blogging at HaitiAnalysis.com, says: “Despite the fanfare surrounding the meeting, Haiti's masses remained completely indifferent to the gathering.”

Barbados: Seizing Opportunity

  8 October 2009

Living in Barbados thinks that “one of the wrong turns that Caribbean countries made in recent decades was to put so many of their eggs into the tourism basket.”

Pakistan: UK Visa Bureaucracy

  8 October 2009

Deadpan Thoughts describes the humiliations and complications faced by Pakistanis to obtain an UK visa and opines that the government of Pakistan should “link the renewal of all British diplomat’s Pakistani visas with the same process (we) ordinary Pakistanis have to go through.”

Singapore: More Cash ≠ More Babies

  8 October 2009

Will a cash incentive make women want to have a child? Going by recent figures under Singapore’s recent Baby Bonus initiative, a government plan to raise declining birth rates in the country, the answer is “no”.

Afghanistan: Jordanian royals fighting in Afghanistan?

  8 October 2009

Nick Fielding tells about a curious news in the Pakistan newspapers, which say that six women, all members of the Jordanian royal family, are due to be handed over to the Jordanian Embassy in Islamabad tomorrow following the death of their husbands in a Coalition airstrike several months ago.

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