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Friday, August 19th 2016 - 13:08 UTC

UK health officials call on university students to vaccinate against Meningitis

Young people going on to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicemia because they mix with so many other students

Health officials in the United Kingdom have reported a progressive increase in cases of the deadly bacterium, Meningitis W (MenW), prompting calls for university students to get vaccinated. Cases of MenW have been increasing year-on-year, from 22 cases in 2009 to over 200 cases in the past 12 months, according to Public Health England.

Friday, August 19th 2016 - 10:50 UTC

European Olympic Committee head Hickey arrested in Rio for alleged sale of tickets

Brazilian police said that when officers went to Hickey's hotel room they found his wife who told them her husband had left Rio de Janeiro for Ireland

Police in Brazil investigating illegal Olympic ticket sales have arrested the head of the European Olympic Committees, Irishman Patrick Hickey, 71, who is suspected of being involved in a scheme to sell tickets for higher than their face value. He was taken to hospital as a precaution, and will probably stay the night there, police said.

Thursday, August 18th 2016 - 06:04 UTC

Macri after full integration of Mercosur with the Pacific Alliance

“First, we have to boost Mercosur,” Macri told Nikkei, suggesting he was ready to take the lead in breaking down tariffs and other barriers to trade within the bloc.

Latin America needs greater economic integration and a merger of Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance should be the objective, according to Argentine president Mauricio Macri, who insists in loosening trade restrictions in his country and the region.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 21:34 UTC

Chile hosts international conference of teachers of English as a foreign language

The British Chilean Chamber of Commerce promoted tools offered by member companies of its Education Committee.

The 14th International Conference of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) was held in Santiago de Chile on 22 and 23 July at Universidad San Sebastian with the attendance of 800 current and future teachers of English.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 19:54 UTC

Devastating livestock viral disease threatens millions of sheep and goats

Experts from FAO and OIE recommended control measures including vaccination of 800,000 sheep and goats. Quarantine zones have been created

A devastating livestock disease is continuing to extend its global reach and is now present in 76 countries. Georgia recently reported its first-ever case of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), a viral disease which is capable of severely impacting goat and sheep populations, while a new outbreak has occurred in the Maldives, showing that even island states are vulnerable to the plague.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 04:47 UTC

Fifteen Guantanamo prisoners transferred to the United Arab Emirates

President Obama has long vowed to close Guantanamo, but efforts to transfer prisoners to the U.S. have been blocked by Congress.

Fifteen prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates — the largest single release of the Obama administration. The population of the military prison in Cuba is now down to 61.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 21:53 UTC

Australian Olympic robbed during a fire evacuation at the Rio Village

The Australian building was evacuated Friday after a fire in the basement, which was likely started by a cigarette.

Members of the Australian Olympic team were robbed during a fire evacuation at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Village, in the latest of a series of complaints about the athletes’ housing complex. The Australian building was evacuated Friday after a fire in the basement, which was likely started by a cigarette.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 20:59 UTC

Chevening Scholarships open to applications from Argentina

The scholarship offers financial support to study for a master’s degree at any UK university and to become part of an influential global network of 46,000 alumni.

The United Kingdom Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships from 8 August until 8 November 2016, announced the British Embassy in Buenos Aires. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 20:52 UTC

UK embassy in Chile hosts major workshop on sustainable mining and tailings

Workshop offered an opportunity to discuss current challenges and opportunities in the field of tailings with project implementers.

Several sustainable mining projects supported by the British Embassy’s 2016 Prosperity Fund and Newton-Picarte science and innovation fund were discussed at a workshop held at the British Embassy in late July.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 20:12 UTC

Brazilian flag flies at half mast in the Olympics in honor of Joao Havelange

Havelange lobbied strongly and called on IOC members at the host city vote in 2009 to “join me in celebrating my 100th birthday'” at the Rio Olympics.

Former FIFA president and IOC member Joao Havelange has died aged 100. The Brazilian, whose name is one of those used for the track and field stadium for the Rio Games (Estádio Olímpico João Havelange), played a key role in bringing the Olympics to his country. He called on IOC members at the host city vote in 2009 to “join me in celebrating my 100th birthday'” at the Rio Olympics.

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