Saturday, October 18, 2008

Collection of short news stories

A collection of short news items that caught my eye this week:

News:

Tony Saca pledged that El Salvador would keep its troops in Iraq "to finish what we started."

The US pledged $2.6 million to help El Salvador's National Police combat gang activity in the country.

The Human Rights Ombudsman Oscar Luna issued a report condemning the government for failing to take steps to mitigate flash flooding risks which led to the tragic drowning deaths of more than 30 members of the Elim church when their bus was swept into a river last July.

Business:

Dell sold its call center in El Salvador to Stream Global Services. Stream is an outsourcing company located in Boston which will continue to operate the call center and preserve the jobs of the bilingual work force.

Rating agency Fitch changed its outlook on El Salvador's credit rating to negative citing fiscal pressures and political uncertainty.

Weather:

Rains have produced local flooding in many areas of El Salvador. The rains are part of a tropical depression which has killed 16 and forced more than 100,000 people from their home throughout Central America.

Sports:

El Salvador's national soccer team beat Suriname and qualified for the hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying which will take place in 2009. Of the six teams in the hexagonal round, the top 3 will qualify to compete in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Watch this video to see the joyous celebrations of fans of the team in blue.

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