News headlines in September 2009, page 4

  1. AGRICULTURE: Can South Africa Afford to Export Virtual Water?

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Near the banks of the Orange River, farm manager Le Roux Viljoen sends off an SMS to a weather station and receives an almost instantaneous response telling him the temperature, wind direction and estimated evaporation index.

  2. ZIMBABWE: Virgins Forced into Marriage to ‘Appease’ Evil Spirits

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Three years after being seized from their families and forced to marry and have sex with adult men in a Shona ritual to appease an avenging spirit, five teenagers are facing a dismal reality.

  3. RIGHTS-JAPAN: Women Talk: ‘We Want Greater Gender Equality’

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    'I hope to see a society where women can comfortably work and raise a family — at the same time.'

  4. PERU: Fujimori Admits Wiretapping, Bribery

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori pleaded guilty Monday to wiretapping opposition lawmakers and journalists, bribing legislators to switch over to his side in Congress, and using public funds to purchase a cable news channel to back up his reelection campaign.

  5. HONDURAS: Brazil Ups the Ante

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Brazil's claim to a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council could be strengthened if its decision to provide protection for ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in its embassy turns out well, or it could see complications arise as the result of a new reputation for carrying out Hugo Chávez-style 'bold actions.'

  6. FINANCE: World Bank Head Acknowledges Shifting Global Order

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    The world economic crisis has called attention to shifting international power structures as emerging economies gain more influence and the failure of globalisation to assist the poorest countries becomes clear, said World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick in anticipation of the bank's annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey next week.

  7. CARIBBEAN: British Jurist Rekindles Debate on Colonial-Era Court

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Whether or not his words were meant to rekindle debate on the merits of a Caribbean court, the statement by British jurist Lord Phillips that 'in an ideal world' the former Commonwealth countries would stop using the Privy Council and instead set up their own final courts of appeal has done just that.

  8. SOUTH AFRICA: Less Water More Money

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    South Africans may have to start paying more for water if they do not manage their water resources efficiently.

  9. SOUTHERN AFRICA: Orange River Marshes Need a Lifetime to Recover

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Much of the internationally-recognised wetland surrounding the Orange River mouth has lost its rich green colour. Situated close to long-standing diamond mining operations, the river's mouth has been treated with environmental disregard for decades.

  10. ASIA: Calls for Massive Financing Kick Off Climate Change Talks

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    The need for adequate financing to assist developing countries in meeting the challenges of climate change was highlighted on Monday’s opening of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Thailand’s capital.