August 20, 2010 Nº 947 - Vol. 8


"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."

Oscar Wilde


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  • Top News

Tracking the companies that track you online

One of the fastest-growing online businesses is the business of spying on Internet users by using sophisticated software to track movements through the Web, so that the information can be sold to advertisers. Nearly all of the most commonly visited websites gather information in real time about the behavior of online users. There are more than 100 tracking companies, data brokers and advertising networks collecting data — which are then sold on a stock market-like exchange to online advertisers. Many Internet users are unaware that their information is being tracked and then traded. For example a visit to Dictionary.com can result in 234 trackers being installed on your computer, and only 11 of those would be installed by Dictionary.com. Some tracking devices are completely innocuous. A cookie, or some type of tracker that remembers your password, can be innocuous. So if you ask a website to remember your login, that can be stored on a cookie. It is fair to say the tracking companies don't know your name, but if they know everything else about you, does it matter that they don't know your name? It does feel intrusive to have somebody know so much about you, particularly when we do so much online. One question is: Is knowing your name the right definition of anonymity? Right now, that is considered anonymous. If they don't know your name, they're not covered by laws that regulate personally identifiable information. And that's what the Federal Trade Commission is considering — that the definition of personal information should be expanded beyond name and Social Security number. Another thing that raises is sensitive information.
Note: The advertising industry's webpage has a list of the tracking companies. (Click here)

Brazil court upholds $3m 'slave labour' fine on firm

A Brazilian court has upheld a fine of nearly $3m (£1.93m) on a company accused of keeping people as slave laborers on its ranches for years. The fine is the biggest imposed for employing slave labor, the Supreme Labor Tribunal said. Among 180 employees freed from the firm's two ranches in the state of Para in 1998 were several adolescents. It is estimated some 25,000 people in Brazil still work in conditions that amount to slave labor. In its ruling, the TST upheld a decision by a lower court to impose a financial penalty on Lima Araujo Agropecuaria, the firm that owns the ranches in the Amazonian state. (Click here)

BP rejects claims it is hiding data on rig explosion

BP has been accused of hiding key data needed to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Transocean, the company that owned the oil rig, alleged that BP is refusing to hand over information it needs about the explosion. The claim is made in a letter from one of Transocean's lawyers sent to members of President Barack Obama's cabinet. BP rejected the allegation, saying the letter contained "misguided and misleading assertions". Nevertheless, the claim risks piling further pressure on BP, which has born the brunt of political and public criticism for the disaster on 20 April which killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in US history.

Wikileaks encryption use offers 'legal challenge'

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come." This comments was made in reference to an encrypted file recently posted on the site. Some suspect the file - as yet unopened - contains further sensitive material. It has been reposted around the web and is available for anyone to download. "If you release it in encrypted form, nobody really knows if you've released it or not - or even what the material is." "Then, if something happens to you, all it takes is the revelation of a simple spoken phrase known by a select group of people and everyone who has this mystery file now has all of the secrets." "It's a fascinating tactic and one which will challenge the legal system for years to come." Any attempt now to seize or prevent publication of material held by Wikileaks will be self-defeating because thousands of copies will already have been distributed world wide. This tactic of intelligence – a.k.a. "insurance file" - wards off the inevitable clampdown. The website now says it will release 15,000 further sensitive documents, once it has completed a review aimed at minimizing the risk that the release could put people's lives in danger.

Internationalist dialogical monism

Simply put, the internationalist monistic view is that an international act always prevails over a domestic normative rule that could contradict it. When it comes to the "Human Rights" theme, a more fluid solution can be adopted, one that is neither monistic nor internationalist, but refined with dialogism. This article by Professor Valerio de Oliveira Mazzuoli, entitled "Internationalist Dialogical Monism" discusses the relations between International Law (of Human Rights) and domestic Law. It is available to Migalhas readers, here.

Cyberwar and war of information: strategies, rules and stakes

An universe of information with elusive boundaries, Cyberspace has become a platform for confrontation and expression of power, in which states and organizations are active. Faced with the threat of cyber attacks for various reasons, many states, including France, have put the issue to the level of cyber security and national defense. From an empirical and conceptual approach, the new book, under the direction of Daniel Ventre (CNRS - Laboratoire CESDIP), offers the reader a reflection on the key concepts of "Information Warfare" and "Cyberwar" in order to understand the mechanisms, the logic and the modus operandi, which characterize power relations in cyberspace. Historical, operational and strategic aspects of cyber attacks are developed, as well as a study of the Chinese cyber security strategy. "Cyberwar and war of information: strategies, rules and stakes" is published, in French, by Hermes-Lavoisier.

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  • Crumbs

1 - Health officials recall 380 million eggs over salmonella outbreak (Click here)

2 - Germany plans to legalize medical marijuana (Click here)

3 - Federal judge approves $298 million settlement between Barclays, DOJ (Click here)

4 - Intel to buy McAfee for $7.7 billion (Click here)

5 - Disney restaurant hostess sues for permission to wear hijab (Click here)

6 - Brazil seizes illegal shipment of household waste from Hamburg (Click here)

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  • Law Firm Marketing

8 and 1/2 ways to improve your bottom line

by Judy Hissong

There is no bad time to review and examine how your resources are being allocated.

1. Accounts Receivable. Do you have a policy in place for follow up on invoices older than 60 days? Most attorneys and law firms are reluctant to pursue collections, yet they don't want to operate as a bank. If you are billing every thirty days, your time is already nearing 45 days old when the client sees it. Add another 60 days and you are experiencing about 5 months from the time you work to the time you collect. Set a policy in place for follow up that includes a quick note to verify receipt of the invoice about 15 days after you've sent it. That takes away the first excuse most clients offer -- "I never saw it"

2. Invoicing. Do you require prebills to be edited and returned to your billing department/person timely? A quick turnaround in your billing process can add dollars to your pocket much faster. Make it a policy to put your bills in the mail by the 10th of each month so that you create an expectation in your repeat clients of receiving it on a regular schedule. That regular schedule gives them opportunity to schedule regular payment to you -- a win-win. Consider asking your client the best time to send your invoice for prompt processing, and then adhere to their schedule.

3. Accounts Payable. Do you have your vendors on a net-30 schedule? Many small firms pay their vendors on the day the invoice is received, or whenever they receive payments from their clients. This creates an uneven cash flow position for payables, and makes it hard to predict what monies are available for overhead. Develop a budget which creates a cushion between overhead and profit and adhere to a regular payment schedule for the invoices the client receives. This will even out the time required for entering and paying vendors, and also remove the worry about cash flow.

4. Expenses. Review your overhead expenses on an annual basis to be sure you are getting the most value for your dollars If you have an office administrator, this is a good use of their abilities. If not, set aside the time to see you aren't overspending on supplies, insurance, or other services.

5. Marketing. Do you have a plan for growth of your practice? The investment in a business development coach or marketing plan will pay off very quickly, if you choose the right person, and invest the time to develop your plan and follow it.

6. Resources. One of the easiest ways to improve your bottom line is to allocate your personnel in the right capacities. As you grow your firm, be sure your secretary isn't also your bookkeeper when she isn't good at numbers, and doesn't even like them. Choose a receptionist who can overlap as a filing clerk, or as a time entry clerk to maximize productivity. Or, better yet, have an automated attendant instead of a receptionist and put an admin clerk at your front counter.

7. Facilities. Calculate your square feet per attorney by dividing your total square footage by the number of attorneys in the firm. If you are looking to maximize profit, keep your number at or below 500 square feet per attorney.

8. Overhead. Determine the overhead per attorney by dividing the total amount of overhead in dollars (take out attorney compensation) by the number of attorneys (count each paralegal as 1/2 of an attorney). Assign this number to each billing professional (again, divide in half for paralegals) and add to their comp to determine the necessary productivity to create profit. Examine how you can increase this number in looking at realization for both billings and collections.

1/2. Financials. Set aside an hour a month and review your current financial position. Use key reports to benchmark your position so you can compare month to month, year to year, and practice area to practice area. Whenever possible, opt for graphs and charts instead of pages of numbers.

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  • Historia Verdadera

Venezuela – Censura

Las relatorías de de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) y de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) emitieron un comunicado conjunto en el que manifiestan su preocupación por la medida judicial que impone censura previa a los medios impresos venezolanos. (Presione aquí)

Colombia – EE.UU.

En Colombia anuncian demanda contra el ex presidente Alvaro Uribe y sus ministros por abuso de poder, prevaricato por acción y traición a la Patria, al haber firmado el acuerdo de las bases militares de Estados Unidos en Colombia. Su sucesor descalificó la denuncia.

Portabilidad

Cinco empresas -tres europeas y dos estadounidenses- están interesadas en vender a Panamá los equipos para la entidad de referencia que permitirá la implementación de la portabilidad numérica o mecanismo mediante el cual los usuarios de la telefonía móvil se pueden cambiar de operador sin perder el número.

Tren bala- Licitación

Mitsui & Co., la compañía que coordina un grupo japonés interesado en licitar por la licencia para construir y operar un tren de gran velocidad en Brasil, ve riesgos geológicos y de demanda en el proyecto y dijo que "idealmente" la subasta debería posponerse. (Presione aquí)

TLC

México está interesado en avanzar relaciones comerciales con Brasil tras concluir las consultas con todos los sectores productivos. En el mes de febrero, los presidentes Felipe Calderon y Lula da Silva viabilizaron sus conversaciones en un Tratado comercial.

Aseguradora

El Gobierno venezolano será el nuevo propietario de una aseguradora que administrará las pólizas de los empleados públicos. Ayer se hizo oficial la nacionalización de la empresa Seguros La Previsora. (Presione aquí)

  • Brief News

Escape your google past

Too often teenagers underestimate the potential impact of sharing intimate details online. What’s the solution? Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt predicts that teenagers will be entitled to automatically change their names in order to leave their indiscretions in the past. With a new name, individuals will be able to move forward in life with more favorable Google search results. Schmidt said: "I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time... I mean we really have to think about these things as a society." At the moment, he said, "we know roughly who you are, roughly what you care about, roughly who your friends are." Everything stored online is not true and the enormity of the internet makes it difficult to sifter through all the data.

Growing number in America believe Obama a Muslim

Some 18% said the president was a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009, according to a survey. Among Republicans, that number was 34%. Just a third of those quizzed correctly identified Obama as Christian. Polling was done before 13 August when Obama defended Muslims' right to build an Islamic centre by Ground Zero. Forty-three per cent of those questioned said they did not know what Obama's religion was. The White House attributed the mistaken beliefs about Obama's religion to a "misinformation campaign" pursued by his political opponents.

Shariah and Islamic law

Although Shariah is often simply and falsely equated with Islamic law, by many Muslims and non-Muslims alike, it should not be. Shariah refers to God's Will, laws, principles and values, found in the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet. Islamic law is the product of early jurists who interpreted and developed during it in the early Islamic centuries. Therefore, Islamic law is the product not only of the divine revelation and guidance but also of religious scholars reasoning and interpretation, their attempt to formulate a blueprint, for individuals and society, for personal and public life. Moreover, the early framers developed Islamic law in and for Islamic empires and societies, not for Muslims living permanently in non-Muslim societies. While it was expected that Muslims (traders, scholars and others) might live for a time outside the lands of Islam, the expected ideal was to live in a Muslim society and there was no felt need to develop a law for permanent minority communities. So what about the role of Shariah today for Muslims living in non-Muslim societies like the U.S or European countries? This question is especially important since for the first time in history permanent Muslim communities exist as religious minority communities across the globe. Like followers of other faiths, Muslims can and do fulfill the personal religious obligations of their faith.

Last US combat brigade exits Iraq

The last American combat brigade in Iraq leaves the country, two weeks ahead of a deadline for an end to the US combat mission. Some 50,000 US troops will remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.

Venezuela bans 'violent' photos in newspapers

A month-long ban has begun in Venezuela on national newspapers printing what a court ruling has called "violent, bloody or grotesque" images. It comes after a furore over a front-page photograph in two publications of bullet-ridden bodies at a morgue. The government says the move is to protect the country's children from exposure to such images. But the newspapers say the move is an attack on the freedom of the press ahead of September's elections.

Computers bad for your health?

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, 90 percent of people who spend three or more hours a day in front of a computer are likely to suffer from Computer-Vision Syndrome (CVS). Symptoms of CVS include headaches, fatigue, blurred vision and neck pain. Most vision prescriptions treat near or farsightedness, and ophthalmologists are struggling to adjust prescriptions for the middle distance, which is where people usually view their computer monitors.

The Roma repatriation

The French government explained that the Roma camps were "sources of illegal trafficking, profoundly shocking living standards, the exploitation of children for begging, prostitution and crime." It has ordered the police to break up 300 illegal Roma camps, and there are plans - starting today - to deport 700 of them. Other countries have recently taken action against Roma groups. Demark has expelled some of them, so has Sweden. Germany has paid some to return to Bulgaria or Romania, where most of them originate from. The crackdowns on Roma in Europe are unlikely to be successful in the long-term. In their own countries many Roma cannot find work, and sooner or later they will return to Europe's wealthiest cities. Years ago, the one-time dissident and Czech President Vaclav Havel said that the Gypsy problem was "a litmus test not of democracy, but of civil society". The challenge now is not just to countries like Hungary or the Czech Republic, but also to much of Europe.

ACLU challenges law barring recording of police

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a federal lawsuit today against Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez challenging the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which criminalizes the recording of public conversations with police, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Chicago. The recordings in this case were created without the consent of the officer and occurred in public places when officers were performing public duties, according to the complaint. The ACLU wants to end prosecution for recording public conversations with police because the organization believes it is a violation of the First Amendment, according to the complaint. According to the ACLU, the law has been used to thwart people who want to monitor police activity for misconduct. That includes the ACLU itself, which states in the complaint that it wants to monitor police using recording devices, but it fears Alvarez's office will prosecute the civil rights organization for violating the eavesdropping act.

Brazilian law way too serious, comics say

Comedy is being taken too seriously in Brazil, humorists there are saying, in response to a Brazilian law that forbids television and radio broadcasters from making fun of presidential, gubernatorial or congressional candidates in the three months before the election. Afraid of huge fines that can reach up to almost 160.000 reais ($90,000), producers and stars of comedy shows say they are having to rethink their election coverage and ignore the names of presidential candidates Dilma Rousseff and Jose Serra, or just be serious about it. On Sunday, humorists will gather at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, to protest the law. According to the 1997 law, television and radio broadcasters, which operate on government concessions, cannot "use trickery, montages or other features of audio or video in any way to degrade or ridicule a candidate, party or coalition." The law is not new, but humorists increasingly feel that it limits freedom of speech and that creation is restricted. One reason humorists believe the law will be enforced more stringently than before is that the country's three main comedy shows have been dedicating a lot of time to politics.

Large companies faced with uncertainty over effects of new health care law

Large American companies, already facing rising health care costs along with their employees, also are struggling to figure out how the new federal health care law will affect them. The main issue is about how health care will be financed and delivered. The large companies said they expect their health care costs to rise next year by about 9 percent, 2 percent more than they rose this year. They attribute 1 percent of the 2 percent increase to the early provisions of the new health care law. The companies have several strategies for dealing with increased costs and many say they'll do what they have been doing -- ask workers to pick up a larger share. Fifty-seven percent of the employers say their employees are paying a higher portion of their premiums this year, and 63 percent say they'll ask workers to pay more next year. And 36 percent of the companies increased the out-of-pocket maximums this year -- the amount a worker has to spend before the company picks up the tab.

Couture in the Courtroom

In 2006, Fordham law professor Susan Scafidi became the first U.S. law professor to offer a course in Fashion Law. On Sept. 8 at Fordham and with her very "dear friends" Diane von Furstenberg and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, she will launch the first Fashion Law Institute. The institute will include five classes this upcoming school year. It is designed to not only offer a fashion-law education to lawyers and law students, but to designers and design students."

Petrobras may delay $25 billion share sale

Petrobras $25 billion share sale may be delayed as Brazil's state-run oil producer and the government start negotiating the financial terms of a related oil-for-stock swap Lula is gathering the information necessary to determine the best timing for the transaction. The government and Petrobras will seek to agree on a price and date of the share sale that benefits both parties.

Rights groups urge AG to act on proposed prison rape elimination guidelines

Prisoner rights advocates on Tuesday urged US Attorney General Eric Holder to act quickly to implement proposed guidelines to eliminate prison rape. Speaking at a meeting at the National Press Club, Prison Fellowship vice president Pat Nolan said that implementing proposals submitted last year by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) could significantly reduce instances of prison rape. A broad coalition of advocacy groups sent a letter to Holder earlier this month urging him to, "make a priority of completing review and adopt the standards as swiftly as possible." Earlier this year, Holder told Congress that he hopes to put new standards in place soon, but the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has not provided a definite timeline or details on what proposals will be implemented.

Australia judge bans Muslim face veil during witness testimony

A judge for the District Court of Western Australia ruled Thursday that a Muslim woman providing testimony before the court will not be allowed to cover her face and body with a niqab. Judge Shauna Deane stated that it would be inappropriate for the woman to be completely veiled because it could affect the jury's ability to gauge her demeanor and determine the validity of her testimony. The witness, identified in court records as Tasneem, is scheduled to testify for the prosecution in a fraud case involving a Muslim women's college. The prosecution argued on behalf of Tasneem that she would be uncomfortable testifying without a veil and that it could affect her testimony. Defense lawyers argued that the jury should be able to watch the witness' facial expressions. Deane stated that, in making her decision, she considered the witness' right of religious expression and what would be most fair to everyone involved in the trial. She also suggested that the defense and prosecution work together to minimize Tasneem's discomfort in appearing without a veil, possibly through video testimony. Deane also noted that her ruling should not stand as a legal precedent and that her decision was based only on the particular circumstances of this case. (Click here)

Colombia high court suspends US base agreement

The Colombian Constitutional Court announced Tuesday the suspension of a base agreement between the US and Colombia, stating the agreement must receive congressional approval before it can legally take effect. The agreement, negotiated between the two countries during the administration of former-Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, allows the US military to have access to seven Colombian military bases in order to combat drug trafficking and rebels. The court did not address whether the agreement was legal, but focused on the manner in which it was enacted. They stated that an agreement requiring the country to take on new obligations must be subjected to the same process as the approval of international treaties, which require congressional approval. A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the agreement was filed earlier this year, arguing that Uribe exceeded his authority by approving the agreement without congressional support. Supporters of the agreement argued that the agreement was an extension of a previous military agreement with the US and therefore did not require congressional approval. President Juan Manuel Santos is now expected to send the agreement to congress, where his party holds a majority of the seats.

  • Daily Press Review

UN appeals for more Pakistan aid
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

NY Mosque Imam in Mideast for Outreach Tour
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Another death on Abu Dhabi's Al Garbia highway
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Report: IDF colonel admits to leaking Galant document
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

New Book Assembles Eyewitness Accounts from Mavi Marmara
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

'Al-Qaida prepares for Israel-Iran war'
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

ID card must for all traffic transactions in Abu Dhabi
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Minimum taxi fare in Sharjah will be Dh10
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

White House Says Obama is Christian, Prays Daily as Poll Shows 18% in U.S. Say He's Muslim
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Last American combat brigade leaves Iraq ahead of schedule
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Judges targeted as bomber kills 57 Iraq army recruits
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Yemen arrests al-Qaeda high profile, foils terror attacks
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Lockerbie bomber restraint urged
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Singer Ryan charged with attacking fiancee
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Alex Salmond urges Libya to tone down party for dying bomber
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Dying words of Kathleen Maken, Britain's first victim of meow meow drug
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Argentinean govt cancels Fibertel's ISP licence
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

PAKISTAN: Donors pledge more aid for flood-stricken Pakistan after UN meeting
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Warrant issued for fugitive Ukrainian ex-minister
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Get Free Delivery At Miss Selfridge
Look Magazine, London, England

Search for missing man in Cumbria: body found
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

Iranian Tried For Espionage Collapses In Armenian Court
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

Exclusive: Former Lloyds Boss, Hedge Funds Back New Bank Vehicle
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

UK warns Libya over Lockerbie celebration
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Israel and Palestinians poised for direct talks
The Independent, London, England

Potash 'seeking new bidder'
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Medvedev Doppelganger Ads Banned
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

We have to make cutbecks
The Sun, London, England

Claudia Winkleman has a backup plan in the wings
The Telegraph, London, England

Second footballer wins court gagging order
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Two foreign ministers discuss Peninsula situation
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

President pushes US to sell Taiwan new jet fighters
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Flood victim finds safety on ancient mound
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

More Trouble Brewing in Kyrgyzstan: Osh Boss Defying Bishkek
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Steep hike in H-1B, L1 visa fees come into effect: US
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Murder charge sought against Ilyasi
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Japan's first film nude still radiant decades after getting skirty
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

PM: Federal govt agrees to streamline increase in water tariff, quit rent in states
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Australian PM faces voter backlash
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

Russian FM calls for strengthening role of CSTO
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Iran nuclear threat not imminent, says US
Sify News, Chennai, India

Party princess jets in
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

China train falls into river as floods hit bridge
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Second grader invents safe electrical outlet
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Maoists blow up government buildings in Dantewada District
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

BJP won't back nuclear bill without supplier liability
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Cannon says no plans for more aid to Pakistan
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Going green making green
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Farming to be third leg of economy
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Trial on Bani killings resumes August 24
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

BRAZIL: Water Abounds in Amazon, But Sanitation Is Scarce
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Olint boss indicted
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Arctic policy priority No. 1: settle border disputes
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

US assures Israel nuclear Iran not imminent - Report
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Flooded family awaits relocation
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Lockerbie bomber restraint urged
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

UN: Risks Increasing For Humanitarian Aid Workers
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

GES introduces SMS short code for 2010 BECE placement
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Weatherman flips the bird
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

'Time for me to go suss out the situation'
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Kenya arrests 89 Ethiopian illegal immigrants
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

City's costly comings and goings
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

NDLEA arrests 4 suspects for trafficking 4.58kg of narcotics
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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