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Lecturer analyzes Latin American economy

first_imgJosé Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) presented a lecture titled “Growth, Inequality and Democracy in the Americas” at the Institute for Educational Initiatives on Tuesday.Insulza, one of Chile’s longest serving public ministers, addressed the current economic growth of Latin America and what it signifies for the implementation of democracy in the region.He said the decade between 2002 and 2012 was the period with the largest economic growth for Latin America, a phrase that is key to understanding the economic decline and inequality Latin America currently faces.“We could have made all the improvements in education, in science and technology, diversifying the economy in the decade between 2002 and 2012,” Insulza said. “This is really a challenge for the region today. What do we do with the expectations that have been created? How do we try to carry out the reforms that are pending from the past decade?”Insulza said the 2002-2012 decade presented enormous economic growth partly because of better international trade relations, particularly with China.“Trade between Latin America and China grew from 2002 to 2012, from 4 billion to over 70 billion dollars, and that’s enormous,” Insulza said. “China will become a larger economic partner with Latin America than the United States.“There is no reason why there should be so much poverty and there is no reason why there should be so much inequality. The fact is that our inequality has increased incredibly. It’s very clear that there is a relationship between the health of the economy and the degree to which capitalism is responsible in some way.”Insulza said one of the factors that contributed to income inequality in Latin America was the lower rate of investment in regional production, where consumption has ultimately outpaced the country’s import and export rate.“External investment hasn’t grown, and that is a problem. When wealth increases, wealth in terms of capital and ownership of capital decreases, investments cannot be made,” he said. “Currently, the wealthy classes in Latin America are more willing to buy land or to invest in houses than to invest in products from that region.”Insulza highlighted three problems key to understanding the current crisis in Latin America: income inequality, rising crime rates and the call for legitimate democratic governments.He said crime rates have been proven to correlate with income inequality, with the majority of security forces in several countries influenced by the wealthiest one percent.“Socially, we are faced with a tougher problem. The external conditions for our growth are not there, the internal conditions for our growth are not created and we have been lagging behind. That certainly will affect democracy.” Insulza said. “The interesting thing is that even today, most economists are warming up to the fact that it is not just a problem of social justice, it also a problem of unfairness.“Growth in the economy is not possible unless we correct the tremendous inequality that exists in the country.”Insulza said while democracy in Latin America has improved substantially since the 1990s, Latin America still requires progress and further implementation of democratic governments in several countries.“Citizens are not willing to give obedience in exchange for protection; they are willing to give legitimacy in exchange for citizenship, and I think we are very far from that,” he said.Tags: chile’s public ministers, growth inequality and democracy in the americas, institute for educational initatives, jose miguel insulza, latin america, latin american economy, oas, secretary general of the organization of american stateslast_img read more

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Genetic testing on unborn babies to boom

first_imgStuff.co.nz 5 August 2012Just a drop of a mother’s blood can unlock an unborn child’s genetic code and reveal thousands of potential defects, from autism to schizophrenia. Now, a New Zealand-born scientist is predicting that the business of testing unborn babies for genetic disorders is on the verge of a boom. Professor Armand Leroi, of Imperial College, London, told an international science forum in Dublin that the cost of unravelling an unborn child’s genetic code would drop dramatically within a decade. This opens up the prospect of routine testing for 3500 genetic conditions through a simple blood and saliva test of parents, and has prompted international uproar and claims of eugenics. But the highly emotive debate over genetic testing is already playing out in New Zealand, with potentially international repercussions. Mike Sullivan, spokesman for parent group Saving Down, is calling for an end to abortions carried out on foetuses carrying the Down syndrome marker. The group held a eugenics seminar in Auckland yesterday. Sullivan, who has a young daughter with Down syndrome, is taking the group’s fight against genetic testing to one of the highest courts in the world. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has agreed to hold a preliminary inquiry into the antenatal screening programme in New Zealand, he said, something which could have implications both here and overseas. Saving Down wants any screening programme that prevents the birth of Down syndrome babies to be banned. The Ministry of Health told the Sunday Star-Times that it has not received any notification or communication from the ICC. Sullivan said he was also concerned by scientific advances allowing parents to have terminations if the unborn child had a variety of conditions, from asthma to autism. “We’re getting discrimination down to a science. It’s a game changer. It has pretty tragic implications in how we respect human difference in that quest for what is perfect.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7418357/Genetic-testing-on-unborn-babies-to-boomlast_img read more

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Hershel Cook, Sunman

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Deacon Earl Byrd will officiate the funeral service on Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial with full military honors provided by the St. Leon Post #464 American Legion will follow in St. Paul Cemetery. Hershel Wade Cook, of Sunman, was born on April 23, 1931 in Waco, Kentucky the son of Luther and Lula Stapleton Cook.  He married Connie Moore in July of 1955 in New Trenton, Indiana and she survives.  Hershel served his country during the Korean War with the United States Army.  He was a union carpenter and devoted family man – spending much of his time caring for his handicapped son.  Hershel loved the simple things in life, one of his favorites being cracking and giving away black walnuts.  On Friday, March 24, 2017 at the age of 85, Hershel passed away at St. Andrews Health Care Center in Batesville. Memorial contributions can be directed to Hospice of Margaret Mary Health or to a charity of choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Hershel Cook.center_img Those surviving who will cherish Hershel’s memory include his wife, Connie Cook; sisters, Christine Hopper of Liberty, Mary Jean Schell and Janet Sprague of Florida, Joyce Bush of Holton, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Myron W. Cook on June 28, 2012; three brothers, Rudolph, Huey and Donald Cook, and two sisters, Catherine Hicks and Myrtle Rohrer.  last_img read more

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