Stories from 3 January 2010
The Year that was in Madagascar: Part II
In part two of a three-part summary of the year in citizen media in Madagascar, Mialy Andriamananjara takes a look at May to November, which saw more protests, the boycott of Andry Rajoelina at the UN, the strength of Malagasy citizen media, and a devastating toxic spill.
Live Temperature Update Via Twitter
Binaryzero at Lahore Metblogs has launched an useful service via Twitter: “I managed to build this thing out today and we have live temperature updates going out to Twitter after every 30 minutes”. Check it out http://twitter.com/LahoreTemp
Cow Urine For Power
Bombaylives!! posts a picture showing an old man buying cow urine (GoMutra) drink from a street vendor in Mumbai. “GoMutra is said to have some medicinal benefits as said in Ayurveda”, informs the blogger.
Malawi: Bloggers to watch in the arts in 2010
In this roundup we are focusing on five blogs authored by individual Malawians as well as groups of Malawian bloggers, mostly concentrating on creative writing and other forms of art and entertainment.
Philippines: Life in evacuation centers
Almost 10,000 families spent the Christmas and New Year in temporary shelters after Mayon Volcano, the most active volcano in the Philippines, spewed ash and lava flows three weeks ago. Citizen groups document the life of residents in evacuation centers.
Myanmar: Pagoda Festival
dawn_1o9 from Myanmar describes the scenes she witnessed at the Pagoda festival in Moe Kaung Pagoda.
Myanmar: Pork intestine curry recipe
dawn_1o9 from Myanmar shares a Burmese cooking recipe for Pork intestine curry
Myanmar: Pictures during Full Moon Day
dawn_1o9 from Myanmar posts pictures during Full Moon Day of Pyar Tho. Full Moon Days are Sabbath Days when people go to monastery and pagodas.
Myanmar: Shortage of prison doctors
The Irrawaddy reports that there is only one doctor available for every 7,314 prisoners in Myanmar. There are almost 250,000 prisoners in the country.
Russian TV Shows Cartoon Putin and Medvedev Singing Limericks
A cartoon showing Russian president and prime minister singing limericks about the current issues in Russian politics became a hot topic on the blogosphere. The cartoon was aired on the state-controlled TV channel ORT as a part of the New Year show .
Costa Rica: Santa Lucía Wildflowers for Good Luck
In January, there is a tradition in Costa Rica where one gives wildflowers called Santa Lucía [es] to one another, which according to blogger Julia Ardón the flowers “will be the talisman that allows one to have good luck and prosperity throughout the year.”
Colombia: Galeras Volcano Eruption Video
Twitter user @mrmuller linked to the video of the Galeras Volcano Eruption in Colombia and also posted a picture of the aftermath. It seems the areas in the immediate vicinity of the volcano are being evacuated, but the Black and White Carnival in the city of Pasto will continue as...
Dominican Republic: Along the President's Caravan Route
Orlando Jorge Mera profiles the military assistants who provide security for the President of the Dominican Republic. One of the duties of these assistants is to remain along the route before, during, and after the presidential caravan passes by [es], which may take between 2-5 hours.
Argentina: Canciones Pegajosas Volume 2 Now Available
Volume 2 of the Creative-Commons licensed album called Canciones Pegajosas (Sticky Songs) is now available thanks in large part to the efforts Fernando Casale of the Argentine indie-music blog Zona Indie [es] .