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ThursdayAugust 26, 2010

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Colombia’s Tití Monkey Needs Our Help to Survive

Colombia’s Tití Monkey Needs Our Help to Survive

Photo: Colombia’s Tití Monkey Needs Our Help to Survive

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Tití  monkeys – also known as cotton top tamarins – live only in the tropical dry forest of Colombia and only 6,000 remain.  The Nature Conservancy, international ecological organizations and local ranchers are working to reduce poaching, protect the remaining forest and connect the isolated patches of forest that the tití monkeys call home.

People in the surrounding communities often cut trees or hunt or catch monkeys to sell to the biomedical and pet trades as a source of income. No one should every adopt or take in one of these animals because they are so rare and lives best in tropical dry forest.  These monkeys are too cute for words, with their big eyes and puffy white cotton top hair that makes them look like a mad scientist.  They move in rapid bursts, only to suddenly pause and look you straight in the eye. 

Conservancy partner Proyecto Tití an organization dedicated to conserving the monkeys, helps to address issues affecting the monkeys by building a unique industry among local communities. Villagers collect plastic bags from homes, cut them and weave them into beautiful mochila bags that are sold online and at zoos like Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  You can purchase a mochila bag or eco-mochila bracelet by clinking on the link here. The resulting eco-mochila bag sales have changed the lives of communities, providing meaningful employment, better schools and better sanitation, and it has ended the poaching of titís in that area. 

But the monkeys face another problem. Two years ago, Proyecto Tití used satellites to map the remaining Colombian dry forest. The picture was bleak: Only about 123,000 acres remained.

It gets worse. When Conservancy scientists examined the satellite data on the ground, they found that, in reality, there was much less than even the satellites estimated. In 2007, ecologists verified 68 remaining patches of forest, each of just 200 to 250 acres. Unfortunately, many ranchers still believe that an uncleared forest is a sign of sloppiness. They can’t move through the cleared areas, due to their reliance on trees. The Conservancy is also working with ranchers to develop methods to have more productive cattle operations on fewer acres. For instance, in exchange for the Conservancy’s assistance in planting more nutritious grasses and supplying mineral blocks so cattle gain weight and have more successful calf births, a rancher would set aside part of his land for forests.

“We cannot just ask cattle ranchers to set aside their land for conservation,” says Jaime Erazo, private lands coordinator for the Conservancy’s Northern Tropical Andes program. “They need an economic incentive. By making their livestock operations more productive, we in turn can protect more acres of forest for monkeys and other wildlife.”

Read more at Matt Miller of TNC →

UN World Youth Conference in Mexico Called a ‘Farce’

A young pro-life leader from the International Youth Alliance has denounced the World Youth Conference in Leon, Mexico as a “farce.” He explained that the United Nations-promoted event is working to impose an agenda on delegates that is contrary to life and the family.  The conference is taking place August 23 – 27.

Pro-life leader Rafael Becerra explained that the “the International Alliance of Youth was born from the need to spotlight issues of the family and human life.”

“We believe the conviction that brought the Mexican delegates here and what will be worked on at the World Congress is a farce, a farce that will be developed during the entire week, as a pre-established agenda, backed by organizations that were mysteriously invited by the Organizing Committee of the Mexican Youth Institute, to legitimize proposals against life and the family was imposed on the state delegates.”

Wednesday, a document defending sexual abstinence, human life, and family values was circulated among the participants of the conference, which organizers pulled after claiming it caused “alarm” and “indignation.”

According to Samantha Singson’s blog for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), one of the organizers interrupted a panel discussion to make an “urgent announcement” denouncing a “phony” draft document circulating among the participants.

“According to organizers, the unauthorized document does not reflect the views or the discussions being held.  Organizers urged participants who had received the phony document to throw them out to prevent confusion before governments started deliberations tomorrow. (today),” Singson said.

“The ‘offending’ unofficial document includes provisions calling for the promotion of ‘sexual abstinence’ and the promotion of ‘values in the family’ because it is ‘the fundamental basis of society’,” she added.

“An angry representative from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) took the microphone to demand that organizers take control of the conference and prevent “infiltration.”” Singson also reported.

Read more at CNA →

Make Room Kate + 8- First US Latino Sextuplets to Debut on TLC

This Latino Family is taking New York by storm, but it is not your average Latino Family. Digna Carpio gave birth to healthy sextuplets in October, four handsome sons and two beautiful daughters. 22 months old Justin, Jezreel, Joel, and Jaden, Danella and Genesis join their 7-year-old brother named Jhancarlos.

“It’s tough going out with six babies,” Digna said. “Just knowing they are with me, happy and healthy, it’s the best feeling.”

Along with these babies comes certain challenges- $5000 for electricity, baby food, diapers etc, all on a maintenance workers salary of $1800.00/month. The Carpios make it work though, where their lives revolve around feedings, bathing, and up to 60 diaper changes a day.

The babies were born in the 25th week of pregnancy all weighing in between 1 ½ - 2 pounds. Their parents are naturalized U.S. citizens from Ecuador.

“We fell in love with them,” Nancy Daniels, TLC’s Senior Vice-President of Production and Development said. “All of our shows look at interesting families and interesting lives. They’re struggling with taking care of a lot of small children who are all the same age and overrunning their house.”

TLC adds Sextuplets take New York to its lineup next month

Read more at New York Daily News →

Majority of Hispanics Tightening Wallets for Remainder of 2010

A recent poll conducted in July of this year, by Coinstar, Inc. found that the majority of U.S. Hispanics have changed their financial plans for the remainder of 2010 so as to better protect their financial futures and in reaction to an economic scenario they don’t see improving. 

In the Hispanic National Currency poll, close to nine in ten (89%) of those Hispanics who plan to alter their financial plans for the year indicated that they’ll put more of a focus on saving. In addition, they are closely monitoring their budgets, saving more of their spare change and cashing in their loose coins more often than they did just a year ago.

“Hispanics should consider their additional loose change to be an important part of their household budget,” said Elianne E. Gonzalez, personal finance columnist and web author. “I encourage families to look to their coin jars as an easy way to encourage savings for defined goals and to supplement their spending.”

Some notable key findings from the poll include the following:

  * Where Does the Money Go? An overwhelming majority (95%) of Hispanics save money in some shape or form. Over seven in ten (71%) put it directly in their bank accounts, while 55 percent let their funds build up in a piggy bank or other container.
  * Money in My Pocket. Close to nine in ten (89%) of those Hispanics who plan to alter their financial plans for the year think they’ll save more than they did before. Far fewer (8%) expect to spend more money.
  * Who Saves More? More Hispanic men than women (65% vs. 59%) save a percentage of their income each month. On average, men put aside 14 percent compared to women who put away 10 percent.
  * Staying on Top of Household Budgets. Close to six in ten (59%) Hispanics reevaluate their household expenses at least once a week to ensure they are staying on track.
  * Saving for a Rainy Day. While some plan to spend their accumulated change on fun purchases (40%), others have their minds on their financial future and plan to use their coins for bills or expenses (38%), or simply save it (37%). Far fewer (5%) plan to invest their money during such a rocky financial time.
  * Budgeting Ahead. The main reason three in ten (30%) Hispanics let their coin containers fill up is to have funds on hand in case of emergencies. Nine percent do this to save up for a big purchase down the road.
  * Teach Your Children Well. About one in seven (14%) Hispanics accumulate loose change so that they can set a good example for their children.

“We believe there is approximately $10 billion in coins sitting idle in homes across the U.S.,” said Engle Saez, vice president of category management and consumer experience, Coinstar, Inc. “This is real money that Coinstar can help consumers activate so it can be used as part of their everyday household budget.”

Read more at Coinstar, Inc. →

Se Reúnen Cancilleres de Colombia y Ecuador en la Frontera

En un nuevo paso hacia la plena normalización de relaciones, la canciller María Angela Holguín y su colega de Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño, tiene previsto reunirse el jueves en la población colombiana fronteriza de Ipiales.

La cita es la segunda oficial que de los ministros desde que asumiera el nuevo gobierno del presidente Juan Manuel Santos, el 7 de agosto. Un día después, Holguín recibió a Patiño en el Ministerio del Exterior en Bogotá y discutieron la necesidad de encarar las necesidades de la frontera común, de más de 500 kilómetros de extensión, descrita como un área con carencias, que van desde obras de infraestructura hasta servicios.

Ambos fijaron entonces un encuentro para este jueves en Ipiales, en el departamento de Nariño, a unos 577 kilómetros al suroeste de Bogotá.

Las conversaciones con Patiño “son pasos que estamos dando, obviamente con el gran objetivo del restablecimiento total de la relación”, indicó Holguín el miércoles. “Igual que con Venezuela, los pasos tienen que ser firmes, con mucho cuidado, para que sean duraderos. Exactamente lo mismo estamos haciendo con Ecuador”, dijo la ministra citada en un comunicado del ministerio.

De acuerdo con la cancillería colombiana, la agenda de la jornada estará dominada por temas como obras de infraestructura, como la ampliación de un puente fronterizo, así como la prestación de servicios de salud, tratamiento de agua entre otros, en aquella región limítrofe.

Read more at oem.mexico →

Hurricane Frank responsible for 4 deaths and two mudslides in southern Mexico

While Frank was still classified as a tropical storm (39- 73 mph sustained winds), earlier this week in southern Mexico’s Oaxaca state , it caused damage by heavy rains and winds.  At least 30,000 residents were effected many having to be moved to temporary housing.

The municipality of Totontepec Villa de Moralos was hit with a mudslide that killed two farm workers. The other mudslide in Oaxaca caused vehicles to drive off Federal Highway 182 causing two more deaths.

The Valle Nacionale and the Atoyac rivers overflowed their banks resulting in displacing 10,000 people, a loss of 4 tons of corn and the death of 50 head of cattle.

Frank is the third hurricane this season in the Pacific, and expected to gradually begin weakening on Friday.

Read more at CNN →

Department of Homeland Security NOT Implementing Fingerprint Exit System

The Department of Homeland Security is not expected to proceed with the implementation of a fingerprint system to confirm when foreigners depart the country. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is said to be preparing to endorse an exit-control system based on gathering the names of foreigners leaving the country at airports from flight and immigration documents rather than fingerprints.

Congress would need to reverse several legislative mandates that have been passed calling for the implementation of fingerprinting to address one of immigrations largest problems, overstaying of visa’s.  40% of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the states are expected to be here on expired visa’s, making a tool to keep track of when people are leaving the country instrumental.

Implementation of an exiting system has stalled under several administrations due to logistical issues. Homeland Security is confident that the information they provide to ICE will be increasingly credible and actionable without the fingerprint data.  The agency told congress that ICE arrested 568 overstayers last year as a result of leads forwarded from their US-VISIT program. He added that more than 1,000 identified overstayers who had left the country were subsequently denied visas, while nearly 1,500 more were denied re-entry into the United States.

Read more at The Washington Times →

Upcoming Venezuelan Elections Offer Hope

Yesterday was the official kick off for Venezuela’s September 26 legislative elections. Although the presidential elections are two years away, this election is seen as both a future predictor and an opportunity.

The opposition boycotted elections for lawmakers five years ago. This resulted in the parliament seats falling entirely in the hands of Chavez and his allies. After Chavez’s eleven years in power, Venezuela suffers from growing inflation and rampant crime rates.  Many opponents see this as an opportunity to wrestle back some of the control Chavez has accumulated.

Despite being the only oil driven economy in Latin America to remain in a recession, the highest inflation rate (30%+) in Latin America, and one of the highest murder rates in the world, Chavez remains Venezuelans most popular politician.

Hoping to capitalize on the government inability to address these issues, opposition leaders hope to dent the “emotional link” many Venezuelans fee l to Chavez and his parties’ policies. The oppositions goal is to win at least a third of the seats in the legislature, this would give them the necessary numbers to limit any major legislative changes.

Read more at Merco Press →

Mexico on the Defense against Drug-Resistant Infections

Miguel Toscano, director of Mexico’s federal commission on product safety announced on Wednesday a crackdown on pharmacies that sell antibiotics without prescriptions. Mexican law requires a doctor’s prescription for antibiotics but it has been a widely common practice to sell antibiotics to anyone who requests them.
Mexican authorities announced tougher rules have been implemented to ensure that people buying antibiotics have prescriptions.

The Health Department estimates half of Mexicans self-medicate without checking with a doctor.

The overuse of antibiotics is largely responsible for the problem of drug-resistant infections.

Read more at El Paso Times →

ThursdayAugust 26, 2010