News headlines in October 2010, page 4

  1. 'Former Reds' Behind Red Mud

    As the Hungarian government continues its efforts to limit the consequences of a tragic toxic leak last week, it has also used the opportunity to attack a supposed former communist-turned capitalist oligarchy that allegedly runs the country's economy. Last Monday one of the walls of a reservoir at the MAL aluminum factory in Ajka cracked, releasing over a million cubic metres of alkaline mud on nearby Kolontár and Devecser, two small localities located 160km west of Budapest.

  2. UNICEF Survey on Violence Against Children

    Currently, three out of four children between the ages of two and 14 experience some form of violent discipline at home, according to a survey conducted by the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF). The results of the survey, which was conducted in 33 low and middle income countries, were presented Friday during a panel discussion chaired by Marta Santos Pais, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children.

  3. South Korea Holds Food Festival

    The Seoul Tourism Organisation is holding a weeklong Korean Food Festival at the UN delegate's dining room beginning Oct 18. This will one of many such food festivals promoting a variety of ethnic food from different countries.

  4. Student Exchanges to Foster Mercosur Identity

    An exchange programme was launched this week for university students in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, to foster a broader sense of belonging to South America's Mercosur bloc. The Mercosur Mobility Programme in Higher Education, a pilot project financed by the European Union, was launched Tuesday at an inaugural ceremony at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

  5. Activists Vow To Take On First Dam on Lower Mekong

    A hydropower dam project in Laos that could permanently scar South-east Asia's largest river, the Mekong, faces a strong wall of opposition from local and regional green groups determined to protect its pristine environment.

  6. Latin America: Growth and Social Inclusion Must Be Linked to Fight Hunger

    The concept that the state plays a key role in overcoming chronic hunger is not a new one. But the latest figures from Latin America show that more public money and social programmes alone are ineffective solutions.

  7. Violence Against Women on the Rise

    Despite progress in the realization of women's rights across the world, discrimination and violence against women, particularly sexual violence, is on the rise, said Xiaoqaio Zou, vice-Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

  8. Jamaica: Invasive Lionfish Go From Predator to Prey

    Anxious to prevent the collapse of Jamaica's overexploited marine fisheries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is promoting the consumption of lionfish to control its burgeoning population. At risk officials say, are the nation's marine biodiversity, its food security and economic well- being.

  9. UNICEF seeks to protect children in disasters

    As the world marks International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on Wednesday, the UN Children's agency UNICEF is urging governments and civil society partners to step up efforts to help mitigate the impact of disasters - especially on children - by helping communities to become resilient, and more able to respond to disasters and changing climate conditions.

  10. $750 Million Needed to Treat Obstetric Fistula Until 2015

    A new U.N. report calls for intensified investment in cost-effective interventions to address the problem of obstetric fistula. The report, released Monday, estimates that at least $750 million is needed to treat existing and new cases between now and 2015. Caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without timely medical intervention, the condition affects as many as 3.5 million women in the world.