3 January 2010

Stories from 3 January 2010

The Year that was in Madagascar: Part II

  3 January 2010

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

  3 January 2010

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

  3 January 2010

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.

Philippines: Life in evacuation centers

  3 January 2010

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.

Costa Rica: Santa Lucía Wildflowers for Good Luck

  3 January 2010

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

  3 January 2010

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

  3 January 2010

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.

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