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Bullying , studies and, solutions?

Bullying is defined as violence, both physical and verbal or mental, conducted among students for a continuous period of time, it can come from a single individual or group. It is increasingly common that this bullying comes through social networks. From numerous government entities, such as the ombudsman, there have been a lot of studies showing that, for example, in 2008 nearly a 25% of students aged between 11 and 15 years had suffered bullying. Although that percentage has been reduced to almost half, thanks, among others, the study of Thormod Idsoe or detailed study of Araceli Oñate and Inaki Piñuel. There is a fact that must be emphasized, is that nearly 80% of minors who commit suicide are a result of bullying, a truly alarming fact. Read more of this post

Irish migration to the US

Interactive map charts changes in Irish migration to and around the US from 1850-present

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End of Ebola in Africa?

At 14 January of 2016 the WHO (World Health Organization) declared the end of the Ebola virus disease that punched Africa, taking with it millions of African lives. But, is this the end of the Ebola virus in Africa? The WHO insists in the fact that there is no chain of transmission now, at least in West-Africa, but they also warn about the possibility of the appearance of new flare-ups. Many countries were declared free of having the virus, for example Liberia, but this country has had two more outbreaks. Anyway, today there is no infected patient in the most likely countries to have the virus but Dr Alex Gasasira (2016); a WHO representative in Liberia says that “The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of the government’s strengthened capacity to manage disease outbreaks. WHO will continue to support Liberia in its effort to prevent, detect and respond to suspected cases.” Read more of this post

“Odisea en Sucumbíos: drama de ser refugiado colombiano en Ecuador”

Se entiende por refugiado a toda persona que debido a fundados temores de ser perseguida por motivos de raza, religión, nacionalidad, pertenencia a determinado grupo social u opiniones políticas se encuentre fuera de su  país de nacionalidad y no pueda o, a causa de dichos temores, no quiera acogerse a la protección  de tal país (…) Por su parte la declaración de Cartagena de 1984 amplia dicha definición, (…) personas que huyen de su país porque su vida, seguridad o libertad han sido amenazadas por la violencia generalizada, la agresión extranjera, los conflictos internos, violación masiva de derechos humanos u otras circunstancias que hayan perturbado el orden público. Read more of this post

Some solutions for the problem of homeless people

Global economical crisis has carried (within other crucial factors) some problems apart from the economical state itself (from national social issues to worlwide big-scale political confrontation). This situation has been very obvious in the Third World where people suffer undernourishment, poverty and diseases. However, in the First World there is a major issue with a large relationship with this problems. I am talking about homeless people. For talking about this issue, I am going to take into account and quote some articles written by the New York Times which talk about homelesses situation at the High-Coast Cities which are very similar to many cities in Europe. The articles are: “We know what helps the homeless. Now we need more funding” by Mary Brosnahan, “Support Community land trusts for affordable housing” by Willian Burnett; and “Ease rent and building regulations to free up affordable housing” by Howard Husock. Read more of this post

Sovaldi: pay or die

Hepatitis C is an illness that kills a thousand people around the world everyday. 900.000 spanish are infected and every year 10.000 die. Lately they have been multiple demonstrations in many countries due to a new medicine for this illness called “Sovaldi”. As Ignacio Escolar and Maria Jesús Ruiz say, this new drug is being very controversial due to it’s cost, the late demonstrations have been caused by the price of the drug and the stance the governments have taken. In Spain, the government has denied to give the ones infected by the Hepatitis C the medical prescription, as most think of them think, because of its cost that is 25.000 euros per treatment. Another controversial fact is the variation of the price between countries. Maria Jesús Ruiz says: ” In the United States the treatment of twelve weeks costs 67.000, in Germany 55.000, in the UK and Canada 45.000, Spain is on the average of 25.000 but Egypt and India are around 900 and 600, respectively”. Read more of this post

Animal testing, how much does your skin cost?

No Animal Testing

As Belen Tobalina brings up, is it ethical the suffering of animals for cosmetic testing? Every year 115 million animals were used for scientific purposes. Only in the European Unión in a year 12 million animals were used, what means that every minute 137 animals were being tested for cosmetics or other kinds of scientific research. In 2013 the European Unión forbid the experimentation with animals for cosmetics, tooth pastes, shampoos ,deodorants and more. Belen Tobalina and Cristina Fernández say that the animals that were used the most for this kind of “research” were rats, mouses, rabbits and guinea pigs. Until 2013 it was obligatory the use of animals for testing products that later would be available for human consumption, as there was no other way to prove that they were not going to cause any bad or dangerous reaction to humans. Read more of this post