Chilean Government Delivers 60,000 Copies of Mistral and Neruda Anthologies

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2009 Santiago de Chile, June 11 (EFE). – Today the Chilean government delivered 60,000 copies of books by Nobel Literature Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral to the libraries of all colleges, elementary schools, and high schools for the nation’s next bicentennial. The main characteristic of Antología Popular by Pablo Neruda and Antología, Selección de la Autora by Gabriela Mistral is that both poets renounced their copyrights so these works would benefit the students. The Bicentennial Commission complied with the wish that both Mistral and Neruda expressed regarding their anthologies: that “most readers could have access to them.” Hence, the copies were not put on sale, but were all distributed free to the libraries of municipalized, subsidized, and independent educational institutions. In 1972 Neruda, who was seriously ill, prepared his Antología Popular, and asked President Salvador Allende to print a million copies to offer his poetic legacy to all Chileans. However, the poet’s project was sabotaged by the 1973 coup d’etat that made the dictator Augusto Pinochet the country’s ruler, and most of Neruda’s books were destroyed. Meanwhile, in 1941, Gabriela Mistral made a selection of her favorite poems. The author’s wish was to encourage the students in her country, particularly the children from her hometown of Montegrande, located in northern Chile; therefore, she renounced her copyrights. The Minister of Education, Mónica Jiménez, praised the publication of these anthologies as “a way of representing what we have become after 200 years of independence. They are a way to extol our stamp of identity, associated since the times of La Araucana to poetic exaltation.”last_img read more

Companies Trump said would create thousands of jobs have failed to deliver

first_imgIn his first address to the US Congress, President Donald Trump hailed General Motors Co, Harley-Davidson Inc, Intel Corp and seven other companies as innovators and job creators, predicting they would be among those producing “tens of thousands of new American jobs” and investing “billions and billions of dollars.”Nearly three years later, with unemployment at the lowest in half a century, that first presidential portfolio has stumbled to fulfill that forecast. While Trump’s 10 companies have spent billions on new factories and upgrades, they failed to keep pace with new hires, according to a Reuters analysis of the group’s capital expenditures and headcount since 2017. Collective employment at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Ford Motor Co, GM, Harley, Intel, Lockheed Martin Corp, Sprint Corp, Walmart Inc and small biotech Amicus Therapeutics has remained flat at about 2 million workers, the analysis shows. In the same period, total US employment has risen by 4.5 percent.Wall Street has not smiled extensively on Trump’s selected companies either. Most of the companies’ total shareholder return has trailed the S&P 500’s 47 percent advance and sector benchmarks since Trump’s February 2017 speech. Only four of the 10 have outperformed the broad benchmark while five have lagged the wider market by 35 points or more, as of Jan. 28. White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere declined to comment about the individual companies, but noted more Americans are coming off the sidelines and finding work, and US wages and consumer confidence are rising. “Despite headwinds from severe monetary tightening and a global recession, President Trump’s agenda of fair and reciprocal trade, lower taxes and deregulation has created the strongest economy we’ve ever seen,” he added. Still, struggles within the Trump portfolio underscore how the president’s economic and immigration policies have produced uneven results as he seeks another term in the White House. Since he took office, only Fiat Chrysler and defense contractor Lockheed Martin have added a meaningful number of net new workers. Lockheed’s US headcount is up about 15 percent. Fiat’s employment is up about 11 percent, with some gains coming from broader North American operations. The net gain of jobs at the two companies is about 22,800 since the end of 2016, according to company disclosures. “What a great brand Jeep is,” Trump said in a shoutout to Fiat Chrysler’s hot-selling vehicle, before signing a tariff agreement with China. By contrast, the combined overall US headcount at Ford and GM has declined by about 10,000, or 5 percent to 184,000, despite investing billions of dollars in their automotive plants.Topics :last_img read more

Antigua police probe the discovery of tonnes of stolen copper wire

first_img Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsRegional Antigua police probe the discovery of tonnes of stolen copper wire by: – January 16, 2012 ecommunications company LIME also said some of the items were stolen from its facilities across the island. (File photo)ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday January 16, 2012 – Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of four tonnes of stolen copper wire and air conditioning parts in a container at the St John’s Harbour bound for China.A Chinese man, 56, and his son were detained last Friday after police received reports that one of them was seen packing the 40ft container with copper believed to have been stolen. Several pieces were identified as the property of the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority, police said.Telecommunications company LIME also said some of the items were stolen from its facilities across the island.The Chinese duo was released after providing proof they purchased the items for an around EC$30,000 (US$ 11,111).Two businessmen linked to the find have agreed to turn themselves in, The Daily OBSEVER newspaper reported.The container in which the stolen items were stored supposedly arrived from St Kitts about two weeks ago containing 12 tonnes of similar items and stainless steel materials, the newspaper said.Authorities have been grappling with an increase in theft of air conditioning units and other appliances as some residents try to cash in on the blossoming scrap metal trade.This has led to calls for Antigua & Barbuda to implement a ban as was done in the Bahamas and Jamaica.Last July, the Bahamas government announced a 90 day temporary ban in response to widespread theft of copper and various metals.This was done a week after Jamaica took similar action, with the authorities estimating that the scrap metal trade has cost government and the private sector more than one billion dollars (US $11.7 million) over three years.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

95% of Iloilo province PUMs completes 14-day quarantine

first_img* 70-year-old male from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 16) * 58-year-old male from Guimbal (region’sPatient No. 22) The mostcommon symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * 94-year-old male from Miag-ao (region’sPatient No. 31) As this was being written, the number ofCOVID-19-positive cases in the province was 15 and of these, four died. Still being actively monitored were 465 PUMswhile 68 others were classified as “lost to follow-up” or could not beaccounted. The 11 other COVID-19 cases were the following: The Iloilo mortalities were the following: On the other hand, the province listed 79persons under investigation (PUI) as of Saturday. * 65-year-old male from Guimbal (region’sPatient No. 2)  * 41-year-old male from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 28) * 50-year-old male from Pavia (region’sPatient No. 37) Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. * 48-year-old female from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 30) * 39-year-old female from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 27) * 59-year-old female from Barotac Nuevo(region’s Patient No. 10). *  70-year-old female from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 29) She urged residents to continuously observeprecautionary measures such as staying at home, social distancing, washinghands thoroughly, and wearing facemask. ILOILO – Of the 11,799 persons undermonitoring (PUMs) for possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection inthis province as of Saturday (April 11), 11,187 or 95 percent were able tocomplete their 14-day home quarantine, according to the Provincial HealthOffice (PHO). * 22-year-old female from Miag-ao (region’sPatient No. 12) Some patientsmay have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some peoplebecome infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PN People cancatch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. * 51-year-old female from Guimbal (region’sPatient No. 18) From April 8 to 11, no confirmed case wasrecorded in the province, according to Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO chief. * 25-year-old female from Barotac Nuevo(region’s Patient No. 36) * 52-year-old female from Pavia (region’sPatient No. 38). * 44-year-old female from Lambunao (region’sPatient No. 25)last_img read more