Stories from 6 August 2010
The Peruvian Football Federation recently hired Uruguayan coach Sergio Markarián to lead the national team towards the goal of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Markarían's nickname is the "Magician" and many think that it will take magic to turn the team's fortunes around.
From El Salvador, the bilingual blog Super Martyrio [en/es] has been maintained by Polycarpio and provides “the inside track on the beatification cause of Archbishop Romero,” who was assassinated in 1980. Many of his followers are calling on the Roman Catholic Church to make him a saint.
Marietta Le follows the public discussion of Hungary's pre-1989 past, inspired by a documentary about Béla Biszku, who served as the country's Interior Minister from 1957 to 1961 and was in charge of the retributions against those who participated in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
Danica Radovanovic writes about Digital School, a state-funded project that would allow to set up digital classrooms in Serbia's primary schools, and discusses some of the challenges that need to be addressed for the project to succeed.
Alexander Pochkov (aka LJ user top-lap), shares [RUS] his regrets about writing to Russian Prime Minister [EN] Vladimir Putin. He claims he may lose his job and Putin's response made him a joke in the blogosphere. It would be better, he says, if he avoided writing and went to fight the...
The blogger at The life and times of two Indians in Pakistan blog writes about some incidents of stereotyping of Pakistani Hindus as either Indian or Kaafir (infidel) and she was overwhelmed when some Pakistanis protested this treatment.
August is a month for festivals in El Salvador and blogger Tim Muth has a summary of some of the events, including the Parade of the Mails.
Pradeep Kumar Singh informs that Dautari, a Nepali bloggers group is organizing an online meetup for Nepali bloggers on Saturday, the 7th of August, 2010.
Rudy Girón has published images of the ruins of La Recolección, which stand untouched in Antigua, Guatemala as a testament of the 1773 earthquake the struck the country and remain as a sort of “time capsule.”
In the Dominican Republic, students wanting to register and pay for their semester at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo must face long lines, as shown in a photo slideshow by Rull Fernández of Duarte 101 [es].
Offstumped compiles important tweets discussing the controversial report of Indian Press Council on “Paid News”.
Blogger Manuel Bolom of Semilla de Maíz [es] recently visited the indigenous community of Totonicapán in Guatemala, where he saw firsthand how they are using sustainable ways of maintaining their natural forests.
The blog 89 Decibeles [es] writes that Creative Commons in Costa Rica is taking a more democratic route as the license draft and ongoing translations are posted as a wiki where users can discuss the translation and ask questions before the licenses go live.
As Wyclef Jean announces his bid for the Haitian presidency, The Haitian Blogger comments: “The man is not qualified for the office. Number one, his candidacy violates the Haitian Constitution.”
Corruption-free Anguilla thinks that the Freedom of Information Act is an essential tool in helping governments be transparent, adding: “It is long overdue in Anguilla.”
“Jamaica jumps to life with music and dancing as the island commemorates the anniversary of its independence, which took place in 1962″: Repeating Islands blogs about today's Independence Day festivities.
KnowTnT.com says that the country's recent floods, “while partly falling under ‘Act of God’ because of the rains, [are] largely government inspired”, while B.C. Pires, tongue in cheek, suggests ways in which “to profit from the floods we can't stop.”
Girl With a Purpose reports on the formation of a new political party: “…its name?: New Nation Coalition. It's based on Christian principles and promotes justice, peace and prosperity amongst Jamaicans.”
The coverage of Russian fires on the blogosphere took a different turn when notorious Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin replied to one of the posts on LiveJournal, popular blogging platform in the country, and, inadvertently, created a new Internet meme called "rynda."
Webb explains a recent cop-slapper scandal in Hong Kong. A woman cop-slapper with good family background received a 8000 dollar fine in her third conviction, while in another similar case, a guy was put into jail in his frist conviction.
Hu Yong explains why microblogs are crucial in China in the China Media Project.