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ene 18 2013

Miranda Satellite Photos Published, Showing Venezuelan Rivers

Caracas, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is showing its progress in aerospace today with the publication by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of the first photos of the Orinoco and Caroni Rivers taken from its Francisco de Miranda satellite.

The Miranda satellite is designed to provide high resolution scientific data for environmental, agricultural and industrial planning as well as to assist with health, security and disaster issues.

Launched in September, 2012, Miranda is the second Venezuelan satellite, after its Simon Bolivar satellite, which provides images for exploration and location of natural resources, crop and border monitoring, in addition to its applications for the petroleum industry.

To mark this achievement, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Jorge Arreaza, recalled that ‘the country’s aerospace policy is based on the formation of talent.’

In 2012, 53 Venezuelans were trained in China in aerospace studies, he said.

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ene 17 2013

Evo Morales to Travel to UN to Launch Year of Quinoa

La Paz, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, will travel to New York in February for the launch of the International Year of Quinoa in United Nations, said today the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nemesia Achacollo.

Achacollo told reporters that during the ceremony on February 20, the president will be accompanied by the First Lady of Peru, Nadine Heredia de Humala, since her country is one of the defenders of that crop in South America.

The grain of Andean origin is considered a natural resource of highly nutritious food.

In Bolivia is grown on an area of over 95,000 hectares, with over 48,000 tons per year.

After Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the UN suspended the launch of the International Year of Quinoa.

According to the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture, the celebration is a recognition of the Andean peoples, who have maintained, controlled, protected and preserved quinoa as food through generations.

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ene 15 2013

Climate Change Leaves Vietnam With Billions in Losses

Hanoi, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Climate change problems, prioritized by Vietnam, cause about $14 billion USD in annual losses, according to a study carried out by an international organization and released in this capital today.

The on-line Saigon Liberation daily released the results of a climate change study carried out by the Madrid based DARA International, an organization specializing in research on environmental monitoring.

The report indicates that climate change causes five percent losses of Vietnam’s GDP every year, and predicts that this could increase to 11 percent by 2030, which would mean $165 billion USD.

Climate change and its corollary of flooding, landslides, and unstable temperatures cause notable damage every year, chiefly to the fishing and
agricultural sectors.

The Dara report considers that the most significant global impact can be seen in loss of labor productivity due to stressful heat, and regarding to Vietnam it represented a 4 percent drag on the GDP in 2010.

Vietnam has assigned substantial funds to mitigate the effects of climate change through implementation of a national strategic program adopted in 2012, which takes into account the wide range of vulnerabilities and reduction of pollutant emissions.

The DARA International report is considered to be one of the best overall assessments of the impact of climate change on human and economic development in 184 countries around the world.

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ene 15 2013

Cholera Outbreak in Havana Practically Extinguished

Havana, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Public Health Ministry stated today that the cholera outbreak in the capital is practically extinguished.

This was made possible, first, through the permanent vigilance and responsiveness of the Cuban health system, says a note released today in Granma newspaper.

The text states that as of Sunday, January 13, the medical monitoring system detected a rise in diarrheal diseases in the municipality of Cerro and later in other areas of the capital.

A group of patients had symptoms and signs that gave rise to the suspicion of cholera, leading to the activation of measures envisaged in the anti-cholera plan, with all necessary means and resources dedicated to its implementation.

Microbiological analysis conducted by the Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK) determined that the causative agent was enterotoxigenic bacteria Vibrio Cholerae O1 serotype Ogawa Tor, according to the document which confirmed around 51 cases to date.

According to epidemiological assessments, the cholera originated with a food vendor; an asymptomatic carrier of the disease which was acquired during outbreaks previously reported in other regions of the country.

The note from the Public Health Ministry reiterates the need for increased attention to hygiene, especially related to handwashing, ingestion of chlorinated water, cleaning and cooking of food, all essential for good health.

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ene 15 2013

South Africa’s Cape Town hit by diarrhoea outbreak

Cape Town, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) A diarrhoea outbreak has gripped the city of Cape Town, leading to the deaths of at least two children and the hospitalization of hundreds of other kids, according to official statistics released on Monday.

Nearly 300 were admitted at Red Cross Children’s Hospital between November and December, while more than 2, 500 children have been treated at local clinics with moderate to severe dehydration due to diarrhoea, the Mayoral Committee for Health (MCH) said.

Among the patients, at leas two children, less than five-year- old, have died, the committee said.

MCH spokesman Sandile Bontsa said the number of diarrhoea cases seen in children this season had gone up slightly compared with last year at this time.

Only 57 children out of 2, 519 were treated for severe dehydration, he said, adding that authorities were bracing themselves as the worst time was yet to come.

In informal settlements, where there is poor sanitation, residents are particularly at risk, Bonstsa said.

Summer time is the season for diarrhoea outbreaks which usually start around November and peak during February and March. It is the time when bacteria breeds due to heat, leading to serious gastric illnesses.

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ene 15 2013

Bushfire claims 28 homes in Australia’s New South Wales

Sydney, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) A bushfire has destroyed 28 homes in northern New South Wales (NSW) in southeast Australia, authorities said on Monday.

The fire is uncontrolled in the Warrumbungle National Park, scorching nearly 40,000 hectares of bushland with a 100 km-wide front, according to the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The RFS said the number of homes destroyed in the fire was likely to go up, as the NSW Police were assessing the damage.

“Additional firefighters and heavy machinery are being deployed to the fire today ahead of deteriorating weather conditions later in the week,” the RFS said in its major fire updates on Monday.

Around 40 farm sheds have also been destroyed, as well as farm machinery and stock.

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ene 14 2013

Pollution Keeps Hazardous Levels in Beijing

Beijing, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The dangerous levels of pollution that persist today in the Chinese capital have reduced the presence of passers-by in the streets and disappearance in pharmacies and markets of personal breathing masks amid a toxic fog.

At a price equivalent to about five dollars, the masks were sold in the city’s business, while many people went to the shops to buy air purifiers, at a cost ranging from 450 to almost $ 800, with the intention to breathe easier in their homes.

Online sales of these devices grew 16 percent compared with 2012, according to reports offered by Taobao, one of the most important virtual chain in the country, which also reported the sale of two days of nearly 7,000 masks.

Meanwhile, authorities reported the adoption of emergency measures in response to the high levels of particles PM2, 5 in the air of the city, which yesterday reached 500 per cubic meter, of the 35 allowable, on the third day of heavy fog.

These abnormal conditions have increased the number of patients with respiratory diseases in general and children’s hospitals in Beijing.

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ene 14 2013

Natural Gas Vehicles Part of Venezuela’s Energy Strategy

Caracas, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The use of natural gas as automotive fuel is now one of the most important aspects of the Venezuelan strategy to diversify the country”s energy matrix.

According to the Venezuelan Automotive Chamber (Cavenez), last year 51.4 percent of the cars assembled by local plants were equipped to use this type of fuel.

The figure amounts to 53,501 units, meeting regulations adopted in 2009 that include a 50 percent domestic production of cars capable of using natural gas.

This product represents a strong savings versus using gasoline or diesel, it does not require expensive refining processes, guaranteeing favorable prices to consumers. It also reduces operating costs and maintenance for efficiency and cleaning, prolongs engine life, reduces the frequency of oil changes and extends the life of lubricants.

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ene 14 2013

Dangerous Pollution Levels in Beijing

Beijing, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Pollution in Beijing, the capital of China, kept dangerous levels for the third consecutive day, with heavy for and air pollution ranks, reaching a high PM2.5 concentration, according to official reports.

The monitoring center said the PM2.5 reading of pollution particles reached more than 700 micrograms per square meter, and in several places, it increased to 993, when the normal reading is 35 micrograms per square meter.

Experts told reporters that these data show extreme levels of pollution, and the situation might spread up to next Wednesday.

Authorities decreed the orange alert on Sunday, due to poor visibility caused by the fog, recommending people not to leave their homes.

The newspaper China Daily reported that filghts from and to the airports of Beijing, Hebei, Hunan, Zhejian and others, had been affected because visibility was reduced to 100 meters.

Until 11:00 hours, local time (19:00 GMT), ten flights had been cancelled in Beijing and five others were delayed for one hour.

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ene 14 2013

Jamaica Promotes Hydraulic System Rehabilitation

Kingston, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica will invest about $ 745 million USD in the Sewerage Rehabilitation Project, said Leary Myers, president of the National Water Commission (NWC).

The program, which will conclude in 2021, will allocate each year more than $ 3 million USD to improve treatment and equitable distribution of water resources, maximize supply sources and reduce losses, he said.

The design and development of new transportation systems and water harvesting will help mitigate drought and will benefit from a regular supply to health centers, public institutions and communities affected by water scarcity, he said.

Besides the study of the current and future needs of the people, the project involves replacing miles of pipes and building wells, the website reported.

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