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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro & South America - South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro & South America - South America Travel News Blog | A Travel Blog All About South America | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Find out more about the roots of traditions behind Carnival, and how you can be a part of the festivities at the Rio Carnival celebration this February 28th-March 4th, 2014. Book a Rio Carnival Tour today! What is Carnival? Carnival’s roots lie, as do so many things, in ancient Greek traditions. The drunken revelry of …

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Alexis kochevar and Jillian Fang's curator insight, March 9, 2014 2:55 PM

Social: Jillian and I chose this article because we thought it described carnivals and parades in South America that are used for entertainment.

EQ: Do you think these carnivals and parades boost South American economy, particularly megacities?

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This article is for intellectual. Carnival is a very big part of South American culture, and making everything takes lots of skill. To have the biggest party of the year, you need lots of artistic skills to make the costumes and floats put into the biggest parade in South America.

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Social: Carnival is a huge festival in which the whole of South America is involved. Carnival is a blend of the various cultures of Latin America. 

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South America: Physical Geography

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Encyclopedic entry. South America is a continent of extremes. It is home to the world's largest river (the Amazon) as well as the world's driest place (the Atacama Desert).
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Area/geography this article is talking about south Americas physical geography.  Being the 4th largest continent south america has many aspects that contribute to their unique geography  

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South American Politics

South American Politics | North America & South America | Scoop.it

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This article is representative of South American politics. It gives 

some general political information such as the percentage of women in government, etc. We chose this article because it provides good information relating to the government and their general political system. 

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hey you guys. you should probably label this with south america too. just letting you know
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46 Amazing Amazon Forest & Amazon River Photos | Incredible Snaps

46 Amazing Amazon Forest & Amazon River Photos | Incredible Snaps | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Amazon River the name itself has its own fame it is the second longest river in the world. Amazon River is situated in South America.

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Area/Geography. This article talks about the importance and the lifestyle around the Amazon River. It is home to many different species of animals, including humans!

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U.S. to push for more trade with Latin America

U.S. to push for more trade with Latin America | North America & South America | Scoop.it
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker unveiled a new initiative aimed at increasing business with trade partners in Latin America, only days after the 20th anniversary of the North American Free...
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ecenomic  This article is talking about how the u.s is try ing to trade more with south America. It talks about why this will be good for our economy. 

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South America's first Apple store opens in Rio

South America's first Apple store opens in Rio | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Some 1,700 impatient shoppers lined up for hours Saturday for the grand opening of Apple's store in Rio de Janeiro—the first official outpost in South America.
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Intellectual. Rio in Brazil has opened their first allele store that will hopefully be the first of many.  This  shows an innovative change to Brazil. 

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Social problems in US fuel violence

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Abayomi Azikiwe says “social problems” in the US like “high poverty” fuel gun violence.

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5 Forces That Will Reform the Church

5 Forces That Will Reform the Church | North America & South America | Scoop.it
The American church is entering a time of unprecedented upheaval. In 20 years, what we call the church will look very different from today. Thinkers at this year's national Future of the Church sum...

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. Less than 20 percent of the population attends a church service in a typical week. Four out of five churches say they’re stuck or in decline. 5 trends that will reform the Church are: an upward trend, Denominational dissipation, Values over personalities ,Outward focus, and Millennial reshape 

 

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Geography of the United States - Learn About the United States

Geography of the United States - Learn About the United States | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Geography of the United States of America: Read this article to learn about the United States. Learn about the history, government, economy, geography and climate of the United States from Geography at About.com.

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Jess Lexi's curator insight, December 1, 2013 11:08 PM

This article had much information on the geography and influences of geography on the United States.The United States is bordered by Mexico and canada on the top and bottom, and the Atlantic and pacific oceans on both sides. People have greatly shaped the geography of the united states and made a large impact on the land.

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Federal government seeks firm to 'monitor' social media content - MetroNews Canada

Federal government seeks firm to 'monitor' social media content - MetroNews Canada | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Toronto Star Federal government seeks firm to 'monitor' social media content MetroNews Canada Tweets, public Facebook posts and YouTube videos could soon be subject to round-the-clock scrutiny by the federal government, a procurement document...

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This article represents social because Canada has chosen to monitor social media  sites like Twitter, Facebook,YouTube, etc.  this will track what people do on social media sites like these and how people use them.

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Ethan and Alex's curator insight, December 1, 2013 1:33 PM

This ties into North America and Canada becasue it is about the Toronto government wanting to monitor social media. They want to keep an eye on their citizens.

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Socialmedia in Canada is now being monitored more closely.

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Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal - Sault Star

Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal - Sault Star | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal
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Hard-pressed by sanctions, many Iranians were elated by the easing of tensions and prospect of economic improvement. U.S.

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This represents ecenomics. Because it says that Iran made a deal that will reduce risks for a bigger war between them and America. 

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Mexican Language And Customs: Are They Spanish Or Something Else... ?

Mexican Language And Customs: Are They Spanish Or Something Else... ? | North America & South America | Scoop.it

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The Mexican language has undergone various changes in the previous century or two. Today, Mexican Spanish has a lilting intonation that European Spanish doesn’t. This comes from the Nahuatl language, which also has this intonation. Mexican Spanish has also kept many indigenous words from the days of the conquistadors, such as aguacate, or avocado, and patata, or potato. Mexican Spanish still shows marks of its origins with the conquistadors. It uses many archaic expressions, and it also shows traces of the accent of Extremadura. - See more at: http://livingbilingual.com/2013/08/12/mexican-language/#sthash.pKaUKCSz.dpuf

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This article represents religous customs. Mexicans have kept indigenent words from the past and are still being used today. Some people think that these old ways of life have died off but many people still live by these

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IPS – Pope Opens Unprecedented Dialogue with Afro-Brazilian Religions | Inter Press Service

IPS – Pope Opens Unprecedented Dialogue with Afro-Brazilian Religions | Inter Press Service | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Pope Opens Unprecedented Dialogue with Afro-Brazilian Religions - At odds since colonial times, Catholicism and Afro-Brazilian religions have embarked on a process of mutual acceptance.

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Religion-The Catholic Church has always had a better relationship with this religion but it is trying to be more accepting. The Pope personally visited South America to get a feel of this religion. This shiws that the Catholic Church is try to mend bridges.

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The Class Structure in the U.S.: Understanding Stratification, Inequality, and Social Class in the U.S.

The Class Structure in the U.S.: Understanding Stratification, Inequality, and Social Class in the U.S. | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Learn more about the class structure in the u.s. in sociology by reading the Boundless open sociology textbook.

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Social

The social classes are based Upon income, wealth, education, jobs, and social networks. The classes are made of 5 social Classes. Upper, upper middle, lower middle, the working Class, and the lower Class.

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Agricultural Exports Will Be Up For Many Commodities in 2014, But Down Overall From 2013

In the week of December 19th, 36 million bushels of corn were shipped, pushing the total to 70% above year ago levels. New export sales included 58 million bushels for the old crop and 20 million for the new crop with China continuing to take shipments and place new orders for US corn.  Export inspections for soybeans were 55 million bushels in the week of December 19th, the 10thsuccessive week with more than 55 million bushels of shipments recorded.  New export sales were 27 million bushels for the old crop and 29 million bushels for the new crop.  821 million bushels have been shipped out so far from the 2013 crop, dominating corn shipments at many ports and the river system.  The current pace puts soybean exports at 180 million bushels above USDA’s target.  China is taking two of every three bushels shipped, with Dalian Exchange prices back above the $20 mark.  While global importers, and particularly China, have had a penchant for US grains and other commodities, the export trade volume and value will drop compared to fiscal 2013.

 

For fiscal 2014, US farm exports are now forecast at $137 billion, down $3.9 billion below the level of the prior year, due to lower values for wheat and some feed products.  That is the analysis in USDA’s Outlook for U S Agricultural Trade.  One of the main drivers is world economic growth which is expected to rise from 2.1% in 2013 to 2.8% in 2014.  Trade growth itself which was 2.5% in 2013 is projected to double in the coming year.  While Asian GDP growth has been higher than the global average, it is expected to stay level.  That includes some softening of the economies in some smaller Asian nations.  Globally, world growth expansion is helped by the end to Europe’s recession and a speed up of the economy in North and South America.  While it is a low probability, economists say there is a potential for slower growth in Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

 

A result of the macro-economic dynamics is more demand for US agricultural commodities; however that will not be shared equally:

 

 

·         Grain and feed exports will be down $700 million due to lower wheat and certain feed product values.

 

 

·         Coarse grain exports will be $8.3 billion, down slight from lower unit values, but offset by sharply higher volume.

 

 

·         Corn alone will see a 10% increase in volume exported.

 

 

·         Wheat exports will be down $500 million, on lower volume and value, in part from Canadian competition.

 

 

·         While oilseeds and their products will see a nearly 10% increase, improved soybean production will allow a $1.5 billion increase in soybeans and a $900 million rise in soybean meal exports.

 

 

·         Overall livestock exports will be up $700 million to a record of $31.8 billion. Exports will be constrained by tight domestic supplies due to lower production.

 

 

·         Pork exports will be up $400 million on higher prices.

 

 

·         Dairy will be up $300 million on strong global demand.

 

 

·         Beef exports will be up $100 million to $5 billion with higher prices and tight supplies of exporters.

 

 

Exports to China will be up $1 billion to $21.5 billion from the initial August forecast, with soybeans being a major contributor to that trend.  However, that total is down from the $23.5 billion in 2013.  Wheat shipments will fall due to less demand for imported wheat, and cotton exports to china will be down.  USDA says China is the second largest buyer of US agricultural exports behind Canada.  Canada will be buying $21.6 billion worth of farm commodities, a $100 million increase from 2013 based on higher pork prices.

 

The US will be importing $109.5 billion in food commodities, up $5.7 billion from 2013.  While that is based on an improvement in the US economy, it means agriculture maintains its positive trade balance with a difference of $27.5 billion.  However, that is the least since 2009, when it was $22.9 billion.  The trade surplus hit a $42.9 billion high in 2011.

 

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Agricultural exports continue to be important to the overall value of commodities, as well as to the overall US trade picture.  Most Cornbelt commodities will see higher volumes and values being shipped abroad in 2014, except for wheat which will be lower on both value and volume.  Canada is the top customer for agricultural exports, but only by $100 million over second place China.


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This article falls under the economic category. This article talks about how agricultural exports are being accommodated this year of 2014. This article also discusses how world growth expansion is helped to end  Europe’s recession and speed up of the economy in North and South America.

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Native American religions :: Issues and concerns

Native American religions :: Issues and concerns | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Religious beliefs and sacramental practices of the indigenous peoples of North and South America. Until the 1950s it was commonly assumed that the religions of the surviving Native Americans were little...
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Religion. this is talking about religion in South America. While there is Christianity and catholic there are also a lot more religions including the native religion that the indegenous people believe in. 

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Indigenous Languages of South America | About World Languages

Indigenous Languages of South America | About World Languages | North America & South America | Scoop.it
South America is one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the world with 37 language families, 448 languages of which over 70 are unclassified. Indigenous languages are used throughout the entire continent.
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Social. South America has a ton of different languages in their continent.  These different languages were brought to South America from different places all over the world. 

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Twenty-five Years of Presidential Leadership in Brazil - Brazzil.com

Twenty-five Years of Presidential Leadership in Brazil - Brazzil.com | North America & South America | Scoop.it
Twenty-five Years of Presidential Leadership in BrazilBrazzil.comTwo presidents, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002) and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), are often praised for their contributions.

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Political.  Brazil's president was elected not only because he is a good leader,  but because he had major support from the military. After their last president failed, there new president has been very highly  praised for his recent actins

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'Untrustworthy and dishonest': Obama's popularity hits all time low ...

'Untrustworthy and dishonest': Obama's popularity hits all time low ... | North America & South America | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama's popularity has hit an all-time low, with a majority of Americans now saying he is dishonest, untrustworthy and not competent to govern, according to a new national poll.

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Political:  President Barack Obama's popularity has hit an all time low.  Only 44 percent of Americans approve of his actions.  Many of American citizens that do support him are African-American, they approve of his performance 75-79 percent respectively.

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Mexico: The Country That Stopped Reading | NYTimes.com

Mexico: The Country That Stopped Reading | NYTimes.com | North America & South America | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, I spotted, among the job listings in the newspaper Reforma, an ad from a restaurant in Mexico City looking to hire dishwashers. The requirement: a secondary school diploma.

 

Years ago, school was not for everyone. Classrooms were places for discipline, study. Teachers were respected figures. Parents actually gave them permission to punish their children by slapping them or tugging their ears. But at least in those days, schools aimed to offer a more dignified life.

 

Nowadays more children attend school than ever before, but they learn much less. They learn almost nothing. The proportion of the Mexican population that is literate is going up, but in absolute numbers, there are more illiterate people in Mexico now than there were 12 years ago. Even if baseline literacy, the ability to read a street sign or news bulletin, is rising, the practice of reading an actual book is not. Once a reasonably well-educated country, Mexico took the penultimate spot, out of 108 countries, in a Unesco assessment of reading habits a few years ago.

 

One cannot help but ask the Mexican educational system, “How is it possible that I hand over a child for six hours every day, five days a week, and you give me back someone who is basically illiterate?”

 

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This article relates to  intellectual /arts because it illustrates the  education system of Mexico .  This article gave insight on the low quality of the Mexican education system and how even if there is baseline literacy, several people cannot read and are illiterate . 

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This is for  intellect. 

In Mexico not many people know how to read. Barely any at all. The schools are focusing more on what type of book the read rather than if they can read at all.  There are more people that are illiterate than there were 12 years ago. If Mexico keeps going at this rate than there will be barely any people who can read at all in the county. 

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Predict what will happen to Mexico and it's education program.

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Canada's math, science lag bad for economy, report says | CBC.ca

Canada's math, science lag bad for economy, report says | CBC.ca | North America & South America | Scoop.it

Canadians scored “significantly below the average” on a numeracy test compared with 24 countries, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reported Tuesday, the same day another report concluded that Canada’s high math and science dropout rates are costly for the Canadian economy.

 

The OECD released its first survey of adult skills Tuesday, measuring the literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills of those aged 16 to 65 in 24 countries, including 27,000 people in Canada.

 

While Canadians scored far above average at problem solving in technology-rich environments and their average literacy score was around the average of OECD countries, their mean numeracy score was “significantly below the average,” the OECD said, putting Canada 13th out of 21 countries.

 

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, described the average score as “slightly below the OECD average,” but acknowledged the results suggested “this is one area that could be targeted by policymakers for improvement.

 

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Andrew and Tom's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:08 PM

Canada is searching for many other options and things to invest in in their economy and their sciences are failing them.

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Ontario First Nation exposed to high levels of pollutants, study finds

Ontario First Nation exposed to high levels of pollutants, study finds | North America & South America | Scoop.it

A new study is drawing attention to the health problems being faced by a First Nations community living near one of Canada’s most industrialized areas.

 

Members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation living on a reserve near Sarnia, Ont., have long suspected harmful chemicals were behind an unusually low male birth rate and slew of other reported health issues.


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This article represents area/geography. Ontario is exposed to high levels of pollution some people already expected these exposures.  Thsee exposures of pollution can ruin the area and make it a lot less beautiful. 

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60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category - Teachers With Apps

60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category - Teachers With Apps | North America & South America | Scoop.it

"Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place. Teachers and educators around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool, and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put Twitter to work in the classroom."

 


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This article represents education/intellectual arts. This article gives examples about how various social media sites like twitter can be used to teach and learn in the classroom. More and more schools everyday are using electronics to help with school work. 

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Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:51 AM

A very usefull info - Ishal try to test a lot of these apps.

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So far I have only used it one way - 59 to go.

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OHOMEN171: Meth in Mexico: A Turning Point in the Drug War ...

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Meth in Mexico: A Turning Point in the Drug War? | STRATFOR. Meth in Mexico: A Turning Point in the Drug War? | STRATFOR: 'via Blog this'. Posted by ohomen171 at 2/20/2012 05:30:00 AM ...

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This article represents war (politics). The drug war in mexico has been a flaming and growing topic the last couple of years and they are looking for ways to stop it. Unfortunatly, more drugs are causing problems in mexico. Mexico only has 6 federal prisons, so inmate intake can become a problem.

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