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29 dead, 46 injured in Mexico pipeline fire

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The death toll in a pipeline fire at a distribution plant near the U.S. border has risen to 29, Mexico's state-owned oil company said Wednesday. At least 46 others were injured, and more might be missing.

 

This incident has occurred very recently and it shows us that not all the work locations in other countries are up to par with the building codes. This sad incident has cost lives and has set back the company because now they will have to rebuild, make sure its safe for the worker, and it will create loss for the company and for the workers who were not injured.

Since its not proven to be a sabotage but rather and accidental leak the company could potentially risk a lawsuit. Lines affected could have led into McAllen, TX and this is rather important because we can not assume that the catastrophe of neighboring countries will never affect us. -Michelle Carvajal- 

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Video: Haiti at risk — Oxfam America

Just under 80% of Haiti's 9.6 million people live on less than $2 per day. About half of Haiti's population lacks clean drinking water.

 

This is just a video that shows us images about the poverty level in Haiti..As seen in our class 9/19 with issues pertaining to hurricanes and their effects on Caribbean islands, we see that Haiti does struggle for many resources. The tourism site that they have set up in ports for cruises may have clean water for those who travel to Haiti but as seen in this video, we see that the regular citizens do not. Does anyone believe that the situation would be better if they were give access to cleaner water? 


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Barrio Azteca Gang Associates Plead Guilty in El Paso to Racketeering Conspiracy

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Transnational criminal organization elements plead guilty this week in El Paso. Read about the group here...

 

In this article we get recent news of two gang associates that pleaded guilty in charges of traffiking of drugs and weapons to and from the US into Mexico. These two individuals associated with a local prison gang of El Paso, Texas described their acts and have been sentenced to time in jail and a certain amount of $$ to be paid.

This article further adds to the discussion we had about the influence of the cartel and drug dealers that currently intimidate and take over cities in Mexico. They also admitted to the extortion of dealers within a certain aread which their own gang presided over. If in fact all this turned out to be true, you can only imagine the numerable acts that they committed against people within those cities who had nothing to do with the actualy dealing itself. -Michelle Carvajal-


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La Historia con Mapas

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Diccionario Enciclopedia de la Historia y los Mapas...

 

Para los que hablan español, hay muchos recursos en este sitio que merecen más attención.

 

Tags: Mapping, historical.


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Costa Rica Pledges to Modernize Paso Canoas Border Crossing

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El Paso Canoas border crossing, linking Costa Rica and Panama, is a key site for binational trade, and will soon have an Integrated Control Center built on the Costa Rican side.

 

This brief article gives us information on the new plan that will be in effect in order to control the import and export from Costa Rica to Panama. The plan of expanding the new control center should help with the increase of personnel to control the items and overload of items that are transported.

It will involve one single office however it will be of economic gain to do this because you can assume that if there is an overload in items being crossed from C.R to Panama, there would be a fine if caught. Also, by moving the location of these offices inward there is room for the local businesses to get more shoppers &/or tourists. -Michelle Carvajal-


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The True Size Of Africa

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This is another old classic image that I might have shared earlier but it merits repeating. As Salvatore Natoli (a leader in geography education) once said, "In our society we unconsciously equate size with importance and even power." This is one reason why many people have underestimated the true size of Africa relative to places that they view as more important or more powerful.


I think this map of Africa relates to another topic I spoke about in terms of which nations would occupy the most land mass if they were to be seperated amongst the world. I agree that people do underestimate the size of certain countries not only by population and land mass, but by economy & education as well. -Michelle carvajal-


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Ricardo Salaya Monsell's comment, November 5, 2012 1:31 PM
Although I do not think they do to "trick", it is true that confuses many people and makes them believe in a world disproportionate. (Apologies for my terrible google-English)
Laurence Cuffe's curator insight, August 1, 2013 4:46 AM

While size is not every thing, and Ireland seems to have returned to the UK, This is an image worth discusing in Class.

Afrikasources's curator insight, January 15, 10:10 AM

Just a reminder

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Mexico's population loss accelerates - Fox News

Mexico's population loss accelerates - Fox News | MLC Geo400 class portfolio | Scoop.it

Mexico's population loss acceleratesFox NewsMexico's population loss accelerated to 27.6 people per 10,000 inhabitants in the April-June 2012 period, a level not seen since 2008, when the financial crisis cooled off the global economy, the National...

 

This I believe ties into what we discussed in class about how the rates have increased and decreased through the years for people crossing the border into the US from Mexico. As it was stated, many have returned to Mexico and their respective countries however the rate of individuals still crossing has changed in age group. What is drawing the older group of individuals to want to come to the US now?

As stated in the article the norm is young adults, but now the older generation seems to be looking for a way in likewise for those returning to their homeland due to lack of work in the US. Impressive numbers and stats that I believe gives us another eye opener. -Michelle Carvajal- 

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3 Clues To How Geography Fuels Innovation - NPR

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NPR3 Clues To How Geography Fuels InnovationNPR"There's an important geography to where innovation happens," says AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies how regional differences...
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