Costa Rica To End Tradition of Caging Animals In Zoos By Next Year

The Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAE) has announced that the government will transform two of the nation’s largest zoos into botanical and urban

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Internationally recognized for its policies of environmental conservation, the Central American republic of 4.5 million in population remains 52.3% under forested coverage, with National Parks and reserves spanning approximately 30% of national territory. Sandwiched amid the ecological havens of Nicaragua and Panamá, the isthmus country furthermore hosts 4.5% of the planet’s biodiversity. (Photo CourtesyEco Informativo).

gardens, their mission being to eliminate the practice of caging animals and bring public awareness to biodiversity in its more natural state.

          Internationally recognized for its policies of environmental conservation, the Central American republic of 4.5 million in population remains 52.3% under forested coverage, with National Parks and reserves spanning approximately 30% of national territory. Sandwiched amid the ecological havens of Nicaragua and Panamá, the isthmus country furthermore hosts 4.5% of the planet’s biodiversity.

“The Ministry (of Environment and Energy) has the responsibility to respond to increasing environmental awareness of Costa Rica, which does not want to see animals sanctioned to cages. This is an old idea that no longer is popularly accepted with Costa Ricans, something we could have done before, but something never too late,” René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy proclaimed.

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“The Ministry (of Environment and Energy) has the responsibility to respond to increasing environmental awareness of Costa Rica, which does not want to see animals sanctioned to cages. This is an old idea that no longer is popularly accepted with Costa Ricans, something we could have done before, but something never too late,” René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy proclaimed. (Photo Courtesy – Fecipa).

Last week, Mrs. Castro and other governmental authorities stated during a press conference that the Conservation Center of Santa Ana, located west of the capital, and the Simón Bolívar Zoo, in central San José, will be responding to “a change of Costa Rican environmental awareness”, and “will be modified by May 14th, 2014”.

Transitioning Public Accessibility To Natural Wonders From Captivity To A Conveniently Accessible Natural State

Approximately 400 animals and 71 species of exotic mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles inhabit the famous Simón Bolívar Zoo alone, an institution established by decree in 1919 and made available to public access by 1921.

Since its inaugural opening, it has hosted local endangered fauna such as the jaguar, puma, macaw, crocodile, flamingo, tapir, deer and monkeys, as well as species from abroad, such as the giraffe and African lion.

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Unable to search out homes for all animals currently residing in the two zoos, the government will take them into care through the National System of Conservation Areas. For others under proper conditions, they will be relocated with the assistance of NGOs to animal rescue centers or to a variety of the nation’s extensive and remote National Parks. (Photo CourtesyVillas Costa Rica).

Unable to search out homes for all animals currently residing in the two zoos, the government will take them into care through the National System of Conservation Areas. For others under proper conditions, they will be relocated with the assistance of NGOs to animal rescue centers or to a variety of the nation’s extensive and remote National Parks.

Meanwhile, the substantial project and undertaking of transforming the zoos will be placed into the hands of the Fundazoo Foundation, which aims to establish new inner-city parks dedicated to scientific research and education, opening to the public an environment which seeks to attract the abundance of native fauna to the grounds in place of caging them.

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LatinAmericaNow.com | Date: 07/31/2013

Pope Francis Arrives In Brazil, Effectively Launching First International Tour; Millions Eagerly Await

The Argentine-born Pope of the Catholic Church has launched his first highly-anticipated international tour and visit to the Americas since assuming the pontificate role on the 13th of March this year.

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The Argentine-born Pope of the Catholic Church has launched his first highly-anticipated international tour and visit to the Americas since assuming the pontificate role on the 13th of March this year. (Photo CourtesyEl País España).

        

          At 08H55 local time (6.55 GMT), the plane took off from the Pintiff Fiumicino Airport where it landed at 16H00 local time (19.00 GMT) at the Galeao-Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport of Rio de Janeiro where he will attend the massive celebrations of World Youth Day in the southern Brazilian city.

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Including local Brazilian populations, the five day event is predicted to hold at minimum two million people from all age ranges, social statuses and nationalities. (Photo CourtesyEl País España).

          The celebrations will be hosted from the 23rd to the 28th of July, where thousands of pilgrims proudly sporting backpacks and shirts with the colors of the Brazilian national flag and of their countries of origin will participate.

Including local Brazilian populations, the five day event is predicted to hold at minimum two million people from all age ranges, social statuses and nationalities.

“I will go to Rio in several hours and my heart is filled with great joy, because soon, I will be with you to celebrate the XXVIIth World Youth Day,” the head of the Catholic Church wrote through the Vatican’s official social networking account of Twitter, @Pontifex_es before taking off.

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“I will go to Rio in several hours and my heart is filled with great joy, because soon, I will be with you to celebrate the XXVIIth World Youth Day,” the head of the Catholic Church wrote through the Vatican’s official social networking account of Twitter, @Pontifex_es before taking off. (Photo CourtesyEl País España).

The Pope travels in the company of the Vatican Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, the vice-Secretariat of State, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, and additional senior members of the holy department.

Pope Activities In Rio and Beyond

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who maintains highly positive relations with the Latin American pontiff, has traveled from the capital of Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro where she will welcome the religious leader at the municipality’s Air Base. An hour later, the two will meet once more at the Guanabara Palace, the seat of government in Rio. There they will converse with senior Brazilian governmental officials as well as the nation’s heads of the Catholic Church.

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The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who maintains highly positive relations with the Latin American pontiff, has traveled from the capital of Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro where she will welcome the religious leader at the municipality’s Air Base. (Photo CourtesyEl País España).

“President Dilma looks with great expectations for Pope Francis’s visit, his message of hope, of solidarity, and of social equality, concepts important for young people,” a press and communications announcement from the presidential Planalto Palace stated.

The pontiff will preside in the city for the full five days of the World Youth Day celebrations. On the final day, Sunday, July 28th,  the head will celebrate mass under the open sky stadium “Campo Fide” which has been recently constructed in the region of Santa Cruz, western Rio.

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The celebrations will be hosted from the 23rd to the 28th of July, where thousands of pilgrims proudly sporting backpacks and shirts with the colors of the Brazilian national flag and of their countries of origin will participate. (Photo CourtesyEl País España).

Subsequently on Friday, the Pope will travel to Copacabana for the Via Crucis. On Saturday, he will move to the Guaratiba, about 40 miles away, to inaugurate further celebrations.

In addition, the religious head is expected to visit the shrine city of Aparecida do Norte, where in 2007, he drafted the final document of the Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean during the era of his German predecessor, Benedict XVI.

High Security For Pontifical High Mobility

In the situation of Pope Francis’s scheduled high mobility, the national government has announced its mobilization of approximately thirty thousand security personnel, of whom more than 10,000 hail from the military of all major branches, army, navy, and air force.

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In the situation of Pope Francis’s scheduled high mobility, the national government has announced its mobilization of approximately thirty thousand security personnel, of whom more than 10,000 hail from the military of all major branches, army, navy, and air force. (Photo CourtesyMercoPress).

The security operation to take place will be the biggest in Rio’s history and one of its most expensive at ninety millions US dollars in cost, according to state security officials. These costs, themselves, have ignited further demonstrations, and for the Pope, who wanted to travel in an open-air jeep, a helicopter is being provided in certain scenarios.

Accompanied by armored vehicles, patrol vessels, helicopters, costal guard and air defense, the extensive measures have been clarified by the Brazilian government to be in order to ensure the Head of the Catholic Church’s security amid the massive protests and demonstrations currently taking place throughout the region and nation.

The measures come in spite of the Argentine Pope’s personal wish to be in direct contact with the crowds of his vicinity as he tours the coast of the South American nation.

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Accompanied by armored vehicles, patrol vessels, helicopters, costal guard and air defense, the extensive measures have been clarified by the Brazilian government to be in order to ensure the Head of the Catholic Church’s security amid the massive protests and demonstrations currently taking place throughout the region and nation. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Semilla Luz).

Return To South America In December; The Second Tour

According to the Argentine newspaper, Clarín, which quoted sources from the Catholic Church, the first Latin American pope will tour three additional southern South American nations during the first half of December- Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

The second highly anticipated tour and its route will prove similar to that of John Paul II in 1987, when he visited Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, and of which a large statue in his honor was erected before the prominent Catholic Hospital in down town Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital city.

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The second highly anticipated tour and its route will prove similar to that of John Paul II in 1987, when he visited Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, and of which a large statue in his honor was erected before the prominent Catholic Hospital in down town Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital city. (Photo CourtesyLa Question).

In Chile, it is planned that the head of the Catholic Church will meanwhile meet with the successor of the Andean nation’s current head of state, Sebastian Piñera, who will be elected into office this November. Currently, the polls rank the two leading candidates, former President Michele Bachelet and former Minister of Finance, Andrés Allamand as the likely winners. The former rival to Mrs. Bachelet, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism and long-time ally of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, Pablo Longueira, recently dropped out of the race subsequent to the announcement of being diagnosed with a severe case of depression.

It had been initially planned that the Pope would visit Argentina in the middle of this year, a plan said to have been personally ruled out by the Catholic head, as in light of the upcoming elections, he did not want the trip to coincide with  the October presidential campaigns.

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Noteworthy, incumbent Peronist President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, had considered and treated the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio, as an opponent until a 20-minute meeting at the Vatican when he became the first Pope of the Americas. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Casa Rosada).

Noteworthy, incumbent Peronist President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, had considered and treated the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio, as an opponent until a 20-minute meeting at the Vatican when he became the first Pope of the Americas.

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LatinAmericaNow.com | Date: 07/23/2013

Uruguay Nominated “Least Violent” Country In Latin America For 2nd Straight Year, According To The 2013 Global Peace Index

Uruguay has been  nominated the “least violent” country in Latin America for the 2nd straight year, according to the 2013 Global Peace Index.  

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Uruguay was nominated the “least violent” country in Latin America for the second straight year, according to the 2013 Global Peace Index, published by the Chile-based Institute of Economics and Peace. (Photo Courtesy (c) Ailana Navarez).

          Uruguay was named the “least violent” country in Latin America for the second straight year, according to the 2013 Global Peace Index, published by the Chile-based Institute of Economics and Peace. The Index measures peace in 162 countries based on more than twenty qualitative and quantitative indicators of the absence of violence and the fear of violence. Uruguay (ranked 24th globally) was categorized as a country where the state of peace is “Very High” alongside countries like The Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Taiwan. Other Latin American countries’ standings: Chile (31), Costa Rica (40), Panama (56), Argentina (60), Nicaragua (66), Brazil (81), Ecuador (83).

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Uruguay (ranked 24th globally) was categorized as a country where the state of peace is “Very High” alongside countries like The Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Taiwan. Other Latin American countries’ standings: Chile (31), Costa Rica (40), Panama (56), Argentina (60), Nicaragua (66), Brazil (81), Ecuador (83). (Photo Courtesy (cc) Elemaki).

Uruguay was additionally ranked third in A.T. Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index, which ranks the top 30 developing countries for retail expansion worldwide. The Index analyzes 25 macroeconomic and retail-specific variables to help retailers devise successful global strategies and to identify emerging market investment opportunities. New retailers who established themselves in Uruguay in 2012 included GAP Stores.

(Info Chart Courtesy - Fischer & Schickendantz).

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Colombia Signs Trage Agreement With NATO.

- Colombia Signs Trade Agreement With NATO: http://www.larepublica.pe/26-06-2013/colombia-firmo-acuerdo-de-intercambio-con-la-otan

- Uruguayans and Venezuelans The Most Supportive of Democracy As A System: http://www.lr21.com.uy/comunidad/1112677-uruguayos-y-venezolanos-los-que-mas-apoyan-a-la-democracia-como-sistema

- Statue of Young Hugo Chávez Playing Baseball Situated and Inaugurated In Fort Tiuna, Venezuela:  http://www.eluniversal.com/nacional-y-politica/130625/estatua-de-chavez-jugando-beisbol-permanecera-en-fuerte-tiuna

- Nicolás Maduro Ratifies Cooperation Between Venezuela and Haiti: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iAhPqe2ifvoQg_gtqvPZ7YlaZPcA?docId=CNG.dcb74d013e805eb51bace17adc6de342.7a1

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- Nicolás Maduro Evaluates Granting Asylum To Edward Snowden If Requested: http://peru21.pe/mundo/nicolas-maduro-evaluaria-darle-asilo-edward-snowden-si-lo-pide-2137537

(Photo Courtesy (cc) Peru21).

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Evalutates Granting Asylum To Edward Snowden, If Requested. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Peru21).

- Venezuela Analyzes Giving Political Asylum To Snowden: http://spanish.ruvr.ru/2013_06_26/Venezuela-analizaria-dar-asilo-politico-a-Snowden-4222/

- Chileans Remember Rise of Salvador Allende 105 Years From His Birth:

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Chileans Remeber Rise of Salvador Allende 105 Years From His Birth. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Wikicommons).

http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/media/telesur.video.web/telesur-web/#!es/video/chile-recuerdan-legado-de-allende-a-105-anos-de-su-natalicio

- Uruguayans Demonstrate “Zero Impunity” 40-Years From Coup Det’ta of Military Junta: http://www.telesurtv.net/articulos/2013/06/27/uruguayos-conmemoran-40-anos-del-golpe-de-estado-exigiendo-justicia-2941.html

- Uruguayans Remember Anniversary of Coup, Hunger Strikes and Resistance: http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&idioma=1&id=1555011&Itemid=1

- Paraguayans March Against Corruption and For Better Public Services: http://www.telesurtv.net/articulos/2013/06/27/paraguayos-marcharon-contra-la-corrupcion-y-por-mejores-servicios-publicos-3769.html

- Protests Continue In Brazil While Congress Is Working Overtime To Legislate On Grievances:

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Uruguayans Remember Coup, Hunger Strikes and Restistence. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Libertinus).

http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/27/protests-continue-in-brazil-while-congress-is-working-overtime-to-legislate-on-grievances?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

- Chilean Students and Workers Take To The Street To Demand Education Reform:

http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/27/chilean-students-and-workers-take-to-the-streets-to-demand-education-reform?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

- “Artigas Never Wanted To Be Argentina; He Was Too Smart For That”, A Barrage of Twits Tell Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/27/artigas-never-wanted-to-be-argentine-he-was-too-smart-for-that-a-barrage-of-twits-tell-cristina-fernandez?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

- London Cabs With Publicity Inviting To Visit and Enjoy Uruguay: http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/27/london-cabs-with-publicity-inviting-to-visit-and-enjoy-uruguay?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

- Iguazu Falls Park Closes Because of Heavy Rains and Flooding: http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/27/iguazu-falls-park-closed-because-of-heavy-rains-and-flooding?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

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Iguazu Palls Park Closes Because of Heavey Rains and Flooding. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Tabetabe)

- Venezuela Main Purchaser of Weapons In 2012, But Brazil Has Largest Defense Budget: http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/26/venezuela-main-purchaser-of-weapons-in-2012-but-brazil-has-largest-defence-budget?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

- Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Regrets Uruguay Is Not Part of Argentina and Praises Uruguayan Liberator, José Gervasio Artigas: http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/26/cristina-fernandez-regrets-uruguay-is-not-part-of-argentina-and-praises-uruguayan-liberator?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Regret Uruguay Is Not Part of Argentina. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Presidencia de la Nación).

- President Santos Wants Mujica In Colombia To Help With The Peace Reconciliation Process (Between Colombian Government and the FARC): http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/26/santos-wants-mujica-in-colombia-to-help-with-the-peace-reconciliation-process?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

- Ecuador Tells Washington To Submit Its Position On Snowden Case “In Writing”: http://en.mercopress.com/2013/06/26/ecuador-tells-washington-to-submit-its-position-on-snowden-case-in-writing?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

- Alvaro Uribe Dubbed “The Great Colombia” By U.S. Owned History Channel: http://www.analitica.com/va/internacionales/opinion/5366469.asp

(Photo Courtesy (cc) Frank Ballesteros).

Protestas of Catatumbo, Colombia March For Dialogue With Government. (Photo Courtesy (cc) Frank Ballesteros).

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- Summit of Citizen Security Inaugurated In Bolivia: http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&idioma=1&id=1554561&Itemid=1

- “Golden Day” For Cuba and Ecuador At The Pan-American Weightlifting: http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&idioma=1&id=1554581&Itemid=1

- SPECIAL: Tracing The Shadows of “Operation Condor”: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2013/03/2013367461442124.html

(Photo Courtesy - Al Jazeera).

SPECIAL: Tracing the Shadows of “Operation Condor” (Photo Courtesy - Al Jazeera).

- President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello: Opposition Party “Primero Justicia” “Corruption From Its Genesis”: http://www.avn.info.ve/contenido/cabello-primero-justicia-es-corrupto-desde-su-g%C3%A9nesis

- President of Ecuador: “Mercantilist Media Art Neither Free Nor Independent, But Subject To Capital”: http://agenciasulan.org/2013/06/presidente-de-ecuador-los-medios-mercantilistas-no-son-ni-libres-ni-independientes-sino-sometidos-al-capital/

- Ecuador Makes Official Solicit In Beginning Negotiations To Enter MercoSur: http://agenciasulan.org/2013/06/ecuador-solicita-oficialmente-arrancar-negociaciones-para-entrar-a-mercosur/

- Maduro Signals The Importance of Food Sovereignty:  http://www.telam.com.ar/notas/201306/22708-maduro-senala-la-importancia-de-la-soberania-alimentaria-para-venezuela.html

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Ecuador Makes Official Solicit In Beginning Negotiations To Enter MercoSur.

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- Peru and Guatemala Strengthen Ties of Technical and Scientific Cooperation: http://www.andina.com.pe/Espanol/noticia-peru-y-guatemala-estrechan-lazos-cooperacion-tecnica-y-cientifica-464050.aspx#.UcwxbfldDm8

- Ecuador Will Mark The First Year of the Death of “Lonesome George” With A Postal Stamp: http://www.andes.info.ec/es/sociedad/ecuador-conmemorara-primer-ano-muerte-solitario-george-emision-sello-postal.html

- Bolivian Government Will develop Comprehensive Strategy For Gradual Evacuation of Children In Prisons, States Minister of Justice: http://www3.abi.bo/#

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