News headlines in September 2012, page 4

  1. The Long Road to a Home of One’s Own in Cuba

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    HAVANA, Sep 26 (IPS) - “The most important thing for Cubans is their home,” says Raimundo Pérez, a real estate broker who is familiar with the travails of finding housing, despite the latest incentives made available by the Cuban government.

  2. New Roadmap for NGOs in Haiti Aims to “Weed Out Bad Apples”

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (IPS) - Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and representatives from more than 50 non-governmental organisations, including actor-activist Sean Penn, met in New York on Monday to present a new roadmap for humanitarian aid in the country.

  3. Smuggling Freely Across the Colombia-Venezuela Border

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    SAN CRISTÓBAL, Venezuela, Sep 26 (IPS) - It's a straightforward calculation: a litre of gasoline costs 62 times more in Colombia than in Venezuela, a difference that fuels smuggling and crime along the border.

  4. Stevia, a Flourishing Business in Spain

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    MÁLAGA, Spain, Sep 26 (IPS) - On a parcel of land a few kilometres outside the southern Spanish city of Málaga, unemployed activists are growing 2,000 seedlings of stevia, a plant used by the Guaraní indigenous people for centuries as a natural sweetener that is awakening ever greater interest in Spain.

  5. Keeping Girls in School in Uganda

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    KAMULI, Uganda, Sep 26 (IPS) - Three years ago, after Irene Kamyuka finished her sixth year of primary school in Uganda, her father ran short of money. With four siblings ahead of her in school, Kamyuka’s father told her she would have to drop out until his finances turned around.

  6. Caribbean Islands Brace for Challenges of Climate Change

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Sep 26 (IPS) - Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas remembers how quiet - even uneventful – this tiny twin-island federation was for the first four decades of his life.

  7. Vaccines Get Past Taliban, Finally

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sep 26 (IPS) - Over thirty thousand children in the remote Tirah area of the Khyber Agency, part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Northern Pakistan, have waited four years for protection from polio, a viral disease that is sometimes referred to as ‘infantile paralysis’ due to its crippling effects on children.

  8. Ivorians Deal With European Stink

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    ABIDJAN, Sep 26 (IPS) - Nouma Camara, a 40-year-old tailor, remembers waking up on Aug. 20, 2006 to a smell he described as “something catastrophic.” His home in Akouedo village, in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital city of Abidjan, lies adjacent to a large, open-air dumpsite where toxic waste had been dumped the night before.

  9. U.N. Women Demands End to Impunity for Wartime Rape and Violence

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (IPS) - At a high-level event at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, U.N. Women, the United Nations body for female empowerment and gender equality, called for stronger action from world leaders to prevent and punish sexual violence in conflict.

  10. U.S.: Gloomy News, Prognosis Out of Afghanistan

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - With all foreign troops due to leave Afghanistan just two years from now, the news out of the Central Asian nation is becoming increasingly gloomy.