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(AP) Italian writer Roberto Saviano and Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho have been named co-winners of the $75,000 Olof Palme Prize for their efforts to expose criminal networks despite great personal risk.
Cacho was charged with libel and received death threats after publishing a book about a child sex abuse ring involving business figures in Cancun in 2005.
via Lydia Cacho, Roberto Saviano win Olof Palme Prize for exposing criminal networks – The Washington Post.
By Daniel Chang (Miami Herald) Hurricane Rina continued to lose strength early Thursday but remained a Category 1 storm with 75 mph winds and higher gusts as the cyclone heads toward the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade issued an advisory at 7 a.m., reporting that the storm is becoming less organized and may fizzle into a tropical storm later Thursday.
via Hurricane Rina fizzling, no longer threat to South Florida – Hurricanes – MiamiHerald.com.
(Business Wire) Frontier Airlines said today that it has enacted guidelines to provide travelers flexibility ahead of the expected impact of Hurricane Rina on Cancun, Mexico. The policies apply to customers who purchased tickets on or before October 25, 2011.
Cancun Hurricane Rina Advisory
For guests scheduled to travel to, from and through Cancun Oct. 26-29, 2011:
- Those whose travel has already begun may make one itinerary change. Rules and restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements have been waived. Origin and destination cities must remain the same. Changes must be made by midnight, Oct. 29, 2011, and travel completed by Nov. 12, 2011.
- Those who have not begun travel may make one change to their travel plans without a change fee or difference in fare if changed by Oct. 29, 2011 and travel occurs by Nov. 12, 2011. All travel rescheduled after Nov. 12, 2011 may be subject to higher fares if it does not meet original rule or booking class.
For more information regarding Frontier’s weather policy or to check the status of a flight, visit the travel advisory page on FrontierAirlines.com.
(OECD) Mexicans work longer days than anyone else in OECD countries, devoting 10 hours to paid and unpaid work, such as cleaning or cooking at home. Belgians work the least, at 7 hours, compared with an OECD average of 8 hours a day.
These are among the insights in the latest edition of Society at a Glance, which gives an overview of social trends and policy developments in OECD countries. Using indicators taken from OECD databases and other sources, it shows how societies are changing over time and compared with other countries.
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(AP) A decades-long battle by a big-cat aficionado to hold on to his menagerie apparently ended Thursday when Mexican authorities seized eight tigers and two jaguars.
Jose Juarez Gil, who calls himself “Pepe Tiger,” has been battling allegations from private and government groups that animals suffered under his care from inadequate food, space and veterinary care.
The cats “did not have dignified or respectful treatment, and the conditions they were being held in were unsafe,” the Attorney General’s Office for environmental protection said in a statement.
It did not say what the unsafe conditions were, but in November one of the tigers escaped its cage and mauled a man, who later recovered.
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An aerial view of La Vía Laktea, Luxury Beach Cabañas, Tulum, Riviera Maya. Click for full-size image.
Bambú Kessler reports from Tulum: “Here’s an offer so great, you’ll think we’re April Foolin’. We have a few nights open during Easter Week at La Vía Laktea Luxury Beach Cabañas in Tulum on the Riviera Maya, so we are starting our low season discount a little early this year. Effective immediately, all reservations — including Easter — are being taken at the SPECIAL low season rate until July 15. Ocean-front upper $153. Ocean-front lower $135. Jungle-view $85.
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(Waco, Texas) A new study by Baylor University geology researchers published in Geology shows that Native Americans’ land use nearly a century ago produced a widespread impact on the eastern North American landscape and floodplain development several hundred years prior to the arrival of major European settlements.
Researchers attribute early colonial land-use practices, such as deforestation, plowing and damming with influencing present-day hydrological systems across eastern North America. Previous studies suggest that Native Americans’ land use in eastern North America initially caused the change in hydrological systems, however, little direct evidence has been provided until now.
The Baylor study found that pre-European so-called “natural” floodplains have a history of prehistoric indigenous land use, and thus colonial-era Europeans were not the first people to have an impact on the hydrologic systems of eastern North America. The study also found that prehistoric small-scale agricultural societies caused widespread ecological change and increased sedimentation in hydrologic systems during the Medieval Climate Anomaly-Little Ice Age, which occurred about 700 to 1,000 years ago.
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