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  1. Rural Electrification of Coban Municipality, Alta Verapaz Department (Guatemala) using Intigis Model; Electrificacion Rural en el Municipio de Coban, Departamento de Alta Verapaz (Guatemala) segun el Modelo Intigis

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    Dominguez Bravo, J.; Pinedo Pascua, I.; Auger Campos, C.; Cedillo Heine, A.; Gil Garcia, M.

    2009-05-15

    The present project started as an educational exercise for the Renewable Energies and Environment Masters given by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). It has been developed in collaboration with the research centre CIEMAT, the NGO Energy without Borders (ESF) and the University UPM, with the purpose of analyzing in a real context the application of Geographic Information Systems in renewable energies regional integration. The final aim of our study is to provide the isolated communities, specifically 13 communities in Alta Verapaz (Department of Coban, Guatemala), with the necessary conditions of electrification. This improvement will make possible the sustainable development of the area. Through the analysis of the geographic, technical and economic information gathered, using the IntiGIS methodology we will identify which is the most suitable autonomous generating system to cover the basic needs of the rural population in these Guatemalan communities. (Author) 9 refs.

  2. Small mammals from the Chelemhá Cloud Forest Reserve, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

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    Matson, Jason O.; Ordóñez-Garza, Nicté; Woodman, Neal; Bulmer, Walter; Eckerlin, Ralph P.; Hanson, J. Delton

    2014-01-01

    We surveyed the small mammals of remnant mixed hardwood-coniferous cloud forest at elevations ranging from 2,100–2,300 m in the Chelemhá Cloud Forest Reserve, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Removal-trapping using a combination of live traps, snap traps, and pitfall traps for 6 days in January 2007 resulted in 175 captures of 15 species of marsupials, shrews, and rodents. This diversity of small mammals is the highest that we have recorded from a single locality of the 10 visited during eight field seasons in the highlands of Guatemala. Based on captures, the most abundant species in the community of small mammals is Peromyscus grandis (n = 50), followed by Handleyomys rhabdops (n = 27), Heteromys desmarestianus(n = 18), Reithrodontomys mexicanus (n = 17), Handleyomys saturatior (n = 16), Sorex veraepacis (n = 15), and Scotinomys teguina (n = 13). The remaining eight species were represented by one to five individuals.

  3. Water characterization and trophic state of Chichoj Lagoon, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

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    Chichoj lagoon has lost 71.6 ha in last 45 years, equivalent to 65% of its area on 1946. At the present, lagoon shows a great invasion of vegetation, with a trend to disappear if this process continues. Physicochemical data evaluation indicated an evident lymnological stress over lagoon due to minimal natural and significant anthropogenic contributions. Temperature was defined by physical factors as sunlight irradiation periods and caloric exchange with wind, promoting the mixing of its water between december and january. Dissolved oxygen concentrations were typical of euthrophic lakes, with over saturation in surface waters an anoxia below few meters depth describing a non-dependent temperature trend. The main affluent river contributions were oxygen-d efficient. pH behavior was related with dissolved oxygen, due to narrow relation between acidity and redox mechanisms in euthrophic waters. Lagoon and affluent river conductivities showed ionic materials contributions from basin (due to its variation with climatic changes), anthropogenic contributions (observed in affluent river) and metabolic activity from sediments speeded up in last portion of lagoon, draining great amounts of ionic substances through effluent river. Redox potentials indicated the trend of reductive process instead of oxidative ones in the affluent river and below 7 m depth in lagoon. Surface and Profile data evaluation suggested the presence of a point-source of contaminants and nutrients, and evidenced the metabolic activity produced over them in lagoon, expressed as a visual euthrophic condition. Next paper will describe nutrients and other water quality parameters behaviors and their interrelation with the physicochemical parameters described in this paper. 1 map, 5 tabs.(Author)

  4. Intervención educativa en adultos mayores con diabetes mellitus en Guatemala

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    José Manuel Contreras Tejeda; Arely Díaz Cifuentes; Mayda Díaz Pérez; Aurora Seara Cifuentes

    2014-01-01

    Se realizó un estudio de intervención comunitaria, con el objetivo de incrementar los conocimientos en pacientes diabéticos adultos mayores, pertenecientes al Departamento Alta Verapaz, Cobán, Guatemala; en el período comprendido desde junio de 2011 hasta junio de 2012. El universo de estudio estuvo constituido por los pacientes diabéticos dispensarizados por el médico y la enfermera en el área periférica, conformándose la muestra con 46 de ellos, a los cuales se les evaluó el grado de conoci...

  5. Suministro de agua domiciliar a tres comunidades indígenas, Guatemala

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    Salvador Otazu, Roberto

    2014-01-01

    Este proyecto fin de carrera se propone dotar a comunidades indígenas de Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Departamento de Alta Verapaz (Guatemala), de un mínimo de condiciones higiénico sanitarias básicas, como es el disponer de agua corriente. Se ha tomado como modelo a seguir la ampliación de la red de abastecimiento existente en San Pablo Comunja, a las comunidades de Chimenja, Esperanza Seamay y Nuevo Secapur. Se ampliarán el número de manantiales de abastecimiento (localización, aforos...

  6. Interpretations about emphyteutic census redemption in Guatemala in late Nineteenth Century. The cases of Antigua Guatemala, San Felipe and San Mateo Milpas Altas Interpretaciones sobre la redención de censos enfitéuticos en Guatemala a finales del siglo XIX. Los casos de Antigua Guatemala, San Felipe y San Mateo Milpas Altas

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    Aquiles Omar Ávila Quijas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This article analyses the interpretation that three city councils from the Department of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala (Antigua Guatemala, San Felipe and San Mateo Milpas Altas made of the emphyteutic census redemption decree from 1877. The objective is to demonstrate that the signification of private property was related to the community-authority relationship and the social cohesion derived from it, which gives the opportunity to question the historiographical hypothesis that underline that indigenous city councils were impoverished and their land stripped during the Liberal Regime. To accomplish this there are traced to analysis ways, the first one is about community and the second one is drawn through collective action and institutionalism. Finally, it can be seen that the non-indigenous city council, Antigua Guatemala, was impoverished sooner, while the other two maintained their social dynamic and the money flow even when their lands were privatize.En este artículo se analiza la manera en la que tres ayuntamientos del Departamento de Sacatepéquez, Guatemala (Antigua Guatemala, San Felipe y San Mateo Milpas Altas interpretaron el decreto de redención de censos enfitéuticos de 1877. El objetivo es demostrar que la significación de la propiedad privada estaba vinculada a la relación comunidad-autoridad y a la cohesión social que se generó a partir de la misma, con lo cual se cuestiona la hipótesis historiográfica de que los ayuntamientos indígenas fueron pauperizados y despojados de sus tierras en el Régimen Liberal. Se hace a través de dos vías de análisis: la primera en términos de lo comunitario y la segunda a través de la acción colectiva y el institucionalismo. Finalmente, se logra ver que fue el ayuntamiento no indígena, Antigua Guatemala, el que más rápidamente se pauperizó, mientras los otros dos lograron mantener la dinámica social y el flujo de ingresos aun cuando privatizaron sus tierras.

  7. Guatemala.

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    1992-04-01

    Guatemala's area comprises 108,780 square km or 42,000 square miles. The population numbered 9 million in 1990. Ethnic groups include mixed Spanish-Indian races. Spanish and 23 Indian languages are used. Literacy is 52%, the infant mortality rate is 73/1000, and life expectancy is 60 years but only 44 years for Indians. The government is constitutional democratic republic. The total gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated at $10 billion in 1990. US economic assistance amounted to $118 million in FY 1990. Protestantism and traditional Indian religions make up 30% of practiced religion. Since the defeat of the flourishing Mayan civilization by the Spanish in 1523-24 the country's history has been turbulent with a series of dictatorships after independence in 1821. In its recent history Vinicio Cerezo won the 1985 election overwhelmingly, but renewed violence, a failing economy, strikes, corruption, and an inability to deal with infant mortality, illiteracy, and the low quality of health care marked its final years. In 1990 Jorge Serrano was elected in the 1st democratic transition. Negotiations were started with the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit to end the violence and respect human rights. An agreement on dialogue was signed in Oslo with the hope of ending one of the oldest insurgencies in the world. The economy started to improve after 1986, and far-reaching reforms could induce rapid growth in coming years especially in agricultural exports. The private sector generates 90% of the GDP. Foreign development assistance has increased: the US has contributed $800 million since 1986. Impediments to faster economic growth are posed by illiteracy and low levels of education, insufficient capital market, and limitations of the infrastructure. PMID:12178033

  8. The Southern Yellowjacket, Vespula squamosa (Drury) (Hymenoptera: vespidae) in Guatemala, Central America

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    Southern yellowjackets, Vespula squamosa (Drury) were collected at sites in Guatemala, in the Departments of Baja Verapaz, El Progresso, and Zacapa. Collection localities ranged in elevation from 500 to 1880 m. These locations were forested, or partially forested with some pasture land and coffee ...

  9. Intervención educativa en adultos mayores con diabetes mellitus en Guatemala

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    José Manuel Contreras Tejeda

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio de intervención comunitaria, con el objetivo de incrementar los conocimientos en pacientes diabéticos adultos mayores, pertenecientes al Departamento Alta Verapaz, Cobán, Guatemala; en el período comprendido desde junio de 2011 hasta junio de 2012. El universo de estudio estuvo constituido por los pacientes diabéticos dispensarizados por el médico y la enfermera en el área periférica, conformándose la muestra con 46 de ellos, a los cuales se les evaluó el grado de conocimientos previo y posterior a la aplicación de la intervención para modificar estilos de vida, empleando para ello técnicas participativas. Para obtener la información se revisaron las historias clínicas individuales, se realizaron entrevistas y se aplicaron cuestionarios a los pacientes, antes y después de aplicadas las técnicas educativas. Los resultados fueron procesados por métodos estadísticos. En la muestra predominaron los pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo II. Después de la intervención hubo un incremento en las respuestas correctas en un 63.04%, haciéndose más marcado a medida que aumenta el nivel de escolaridad y en los que tienen más de diez años de evolución de la enfermedad. El estado nutricional se mejoró en un 50%. Se logró un mejor control de las complicaciones crónicas, así como del control metabólico en un 78.26%. Las charlas educativas en la comunidad resultaron efectivas para la incorporación de elementos educativos que incidieron en el mejor autocuidado de los pacientes diabéticos

  10. Can the Metamorphic Basement of Northwestern Guatemala be Correlated with the Chuacús Complex?

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    Cacao, N.; Martens, U.

    2007-05-01

    The Chuacús complex constitutes a northward concave metamorphic belt that stretches ca. 150 km south of the Cuilco-Chixoy-Polochic (CCP) fault system in central and central-eastern Guatemala. It represents the basement of the southern edge of the Maya block, being well exposed in the sierra de Chuacús and the sierra de Las Minas. It is composed of high-Al metapelites, amphibolites, quartzofeldspathic gneisses, and migmatites. In central Guatemala the Chuacús complex contains ubiquitous epidote-amphibolite mineral associations, and local relics of eclogite reveal a previous high-pressure metamorphic event. North of the CCP, in the Sierra de Los Cuchumatanes area of western Guatemala, metamorphic rocks have been considered the equivalent of the Chuacús complex and hence been given the name Western Chuacús group, These rocks, which were intruded by granitic rocks and later mylonitized, include chloritic schist and gneiss, biotite-garnet schist, migmatites, and amphibolites. No eclogitic relics have been found within metamorphic rocks in northwestern Guatemala. Petrographic analyses of garnet-biotite schist reveal abundant retrogression and the formation of abundant zeolite-bearing veins associated with intrusion. Although metamorphic conditions in the greenschist and amphibolite facies are similar to those in the sierra de Chuacús, the association with deformed intrusive granites is unique for western Guatemala. Hence a correlation with metasediments intruded by the Rabinal granite in the San Gabriel area of Baja Verapaz seems more feasible than a correlation with the Chuacús complex. This idea is supported by reintegration of the Cenozoic left-lateral displacement along the CCP, which would place the metamorphic basement of western Guatemala north of Baja Verapaz, adjacent to metasediments intruded by granites in the San Gabriel-Rabinal area.

  11. Patella Alta

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    Cakmak, Mehmet; Taser, Omer; Karamehmetoglu, Mahmut; Domanic, Unsal

    2004-01-01

    Patella alta is investigated with Insall-Salvati method in lateral X-rays obtained with the knee in 30 flexion in 26 cases with recurrent dislocation of the patella and in 16 cases diagnosed to have chondromalasia. Patella alta is identified in 12 cases with recurrent dislocation of patella and in 9 cases with chondromalasia. Patella alta, which is one of the significaint consative agents of patella femoral instrability, is reviewed under the literature data.

  12. 2010 Pacaya, Guatemala Images

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Guatemala City. On 29...

  13. "Demokratiseerimine" Guatemala moodi / Tõnu Prei

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    Prei, Tõnu, 1950-

    2004-01-01

    Guatemala ajaloost, Ameerika Ühendriikide poolt Guatemalas toime pandud riigipööretest ja kodusõjas toimunud maia-indiaanlaste genotsiidist, mille eest vastutavaid isikuid on nüüd hakatud kohtu alla andma

  14. U/Pb Geochronology of the Maya Block, Guatemala

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    Martens, U.; Ratschbacher, L.; McWilliams, M.

    2005-12-01

    The Maya Block can be defined as Guatemala north of the Motagua transform fault, Belize, and part of southern Mexico. The absence of radiometric ages has hindered an understanding of the geologic evolution of the Maya Block and its connections with adjacent blocks in North America, South America and the Caribbean. We present an exploratory study of SHRIMP U/Pb ages from zircons collected in central and western Guatemala that shows ubiquitous Grenvillian inheritance, magmatism at ~ 1020 Ma, ~ 975 Ma and ~ 175 Ma, Devonian-Silurian and Triassic tectonomagmatic events, and Cretaceous metamorphism. Grenvillian orthogneisses were identified in the northern flank of the Sierra de Chuac'{u}s whose magmatic ages are 1020 ± 35 Ma and 975 ± 15 Ma with possible Pb-loss at ~ 420 Ma. Zircons of the Rabinal Granite show an important ~ 975 Ma inheritance and concordant ages in the 400-500 Ma range. We interpret the Devonian-Silurian ages as magmatic and correlate the peraluminous Rabinal Granite with similar intrusions in the Maya Mountains of Belize. Coeval events recorded in Chuac'{u}s orthogneisses and the Rabinal Granite suggest connections since Early Paleozoic time between the Chuac'{u}s complex and the Maya Block north of the Baja Verapaz shear zone that separates rocks of contrasting metamorphic grade. The magmatic age for deformed granites south of Sacapulas in central-western Guatemala is 174 ± 3 Ma. Migmatitic paragneisses collected south of Huehuetenango yield Triassic metamorphic ages at 223 ± 4 Ma, coeval with anatexis in the basement of Chiapas, Mexico. Medium to high-grade metasedimentary rocks on the southern flank of the Sierra de Chuac'{u}s do not record a Silurian-Devonian provenance. Instead, they yield clear Grenvillian and Triassic (240-210 Ma) components. Dating of zircon rims at 74 ± 1 Ma yields a precise age for the peak Cretaceous epidote-amphibolite metamorphic event in the Chuac'{u}s complex. Ductile structures exhibiting at least 4 tectonic

  15. 75 FR 23263 - Alta Wind I, LLC; Alta Wind II, LLC; Alta Wind III, LLC; Alta Wind IV, LLC; Alta Wind V, LLC...

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    2010-05-03

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission Alta Wind I, LLC; Alta Wind II, LLC; Alta Wind III, LLC; Alta Wind IV, LLC; Alta Wind V, LLC; Alta Wind VI, LLC; Alta Wind VII, LLC; Alta Wind VIII, LLC; Alta Windpower... Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission), 18 CFR 285.207 (2009), Alta Wind I, LLC, Alta Wind...

  16. Radiation Protection in Guatemala

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    The tasks connected with radiation protection are allocated to the National Institute for Nuclear Energy in Guatemala. Regulatory measures are further needed to identify the responsibilities of various authorities to ensure that all radiation workers are provided with personal dosemeters. (author)

  17. Country programme review. Guatemala

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    This document reviews the current nuclear program in Guatemala, identifying the peaceful uses of nuclear technology in the country and possible future technical co-operation activities. Separate brief sections deal with food and agriculture; human health; radiation protection; industrial applications and hydrology; nuclear analytical techniques; nuclear instrumentation and nuclear information

  18. Medicinal Mushrooms in Guatemala.

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    Sommerkamp, Yvonne; Paz, Ana Margarita; Guzmán, Gastón

    2016-01-01

    Guatemala, located in Central America, has a long and rich history in the traditional use of edible, medicinal, and hallucinogenic mushrooms. This article describes the use of these mushrooms and presents studies on the scientific validation of native and foreign species. PMID:27279440

  19. Inflationary Dynamics in Guatemala

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    Thomas M. FULLERTON

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract. Short-run price dynamics for Guatemala are analyzedusing a linear transfer function methodology.  This approach has previously been employed for other national economies such as the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Nigeria. The data for this study range from 1960 to 2010.  Inflation is measured using the consumer price index.  Explanatory variables include the monetary base, real output, interest rates, and the exchange rate. Allof the estimated coefficients exhibit the arithmetic signs hypothesized by the theoretical model. Almostall of the parameter estimates satisfy the 5-percent significance criterion and all exhibit economically plausible magnitudes. Estimation results indicate that although monetary policy effects begin to materialize within twelve months of implementation, the bulk of the impacts associated with the money supply do not occur until the second year after any monetary policy action is taken.Keywords. Inflation, Guatemala, Monetary Economics, Applied Econometrics.JEL. C22, E31, O54.

  20. Changing Girls' Education in Guatemala.

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    Provasnik, Stephen; Brush, Lorie; Heyman, Cory; Fanning, Marina; Lent, Drew; De Wilde, Johan

    Guatemala's school completion rates are among the lowest in Latin America and are particularly low in rural indigenous areas ravaged by 36 years of civil conflict. In 1997, USAID launched the Girls' Education Activity, known as Proyecto Global in Guatemala, to increase the percentage of girls who complete fifth grade, especially in rural areas and…

  1. 77 FR 29633 - Alta Wind VII, LLC, Alta Wind IX, LLC, Alta Wind X, LLC, Alta Wind XI, LLC, Alta Wind XII, LLC...

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    2012-05-18

    ..., Alta Wind XII, LLC, Alta Wind XIII, LLC, Alta Wind XIV, LLC, Alta Wind XV, LLC, Alta Windpower... Windpower Development, LLC, and TGP Development Company, LLC (collectively, Petitioners), jointly...

  2. concreto en Guatemala

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    Manuel de Jesús Mejicanos Jiménez

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El autor analiza en el sistema de jurisdicción constitucional guatemalteco, en especial de la Corte de Constitucionalidad de Guatemala, el procedimiento del control concreto de constitucionalidad a petición de parte y aquel desarrollado de manera oficiosa por la propia Corte de Constitucionalidad. Asimismo se analizan los efectos de los fallos en la materia de la Corte, como asimismo se realiza un análisis crítico del estado de la situación en la materia analizada y se formulan algunas proposiciones para mejorar el tratamiento institucional de la materia.

  3. ITCB's Guatemala Communiqué

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    2007-01-01

    @@ The ITCB Council of Representatives,meeting at its 44th session from 16-19 April 2007 in Guatemala City,discussed important issues challenging global textile and clothing industry with topics on the agenda shown below:

  4. Guatemala : Investment Climate Assessment, Volume 1

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    2008-01-01

    Guatemala has achieved substantial progress in improving its investment climate since 2004. Despite these achievements, Guatemala continues to face significant challenges. Guatemala's overall ease of doing business ranking is still relatively low-114th out of 178 countries, and it falls well behind the rankings of comparator countries such as El Salvador (69), Nicaragua (93), and Panama (6...

  5. Bat rabies in Guatemala.

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    James A Ellison

    Full Text Available Rabies in bats is considered enzootic throughout the New World, but few comparative data are available for most countries in the region. As part of a larger pathogen detection program, enhanced bat rabies surveillance was conducted in Guatemala, between 2009 and 2011. A total of 672 bats of 31 species were sampled and tested for rabies. The prevalence of rabies virus (RABV detection among all collected bats was low (0.3%. Viral antigens were detected and infectious virus was isolated from the brains of two common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus. RABV was also isolated from oral swabs, lungs and kidneys of both bats, whereas viral RNA was detected in all of the tissues examined by hemi-nested RT-PCR except for the liver of one bat. Sequencing of the nucleoprotein gene showed that both viruses were 100% identical, whereas sequencing of the glycoprotein gene revealed one non-synonymous substitution (302T,S. The two vampire bat RABV isolates in this study were phylogenetically related to viruses associated with vampire bats in the eastern states of Mexico and El Salvador. Additionally, 7% of sera collected from 398 bats demonstrated RABV neutralizing antibody. The proportion of seropositive bats varied significantly across trophic guilds, suggestive of complex intraspecific compartmentalization of RABV perpetuation.

  6. Bat rabies in Guatemala.

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    Ellison, James A; Gilbert, Amy T; Recuenco, Sergio; Moran, David; Alvarez, Danilo A; Kuzmina, Natalia; Garcia, Daniel L; Peruski, Leonard F; Mendonça, Mary T; Lindblade, Kim A; Rupprecht, Charles E

    2014-01-01

    Rabies in bats is considered enzootic throughout the New World, but few comparative data are available for most countries in the region. As part of a larger pathogen detection program, enhanced bat rabies surveillance was conducted in Guatemala, between 2009 and 2011. A total of 672 bats of 31 species were sampled and tested for rabies. The prevalence of rabies virus (RABV) detection among all collected bats was low (0.3%). Viral antigens were detected and infectious virus was isolated from the brains of two common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus). RABV was also isolated from oral swabs, lungs and kidneys of both bats, whereas viral RNA was detected in all of the tissues examined by hemi-nested RT-PCR except for the liver of one bat. Sequencing of the nucleoprotein gene showed that both viruses were 100% identical, whereas sequencing of the glycoprotein gene revealed one non-synonymous substitution (302T,S). The two vampire bat RABV isolates in this study were phylogenetically related to viruses associated with vampire bats in the eastern states of Mexico and El Salvador. Additionally, 7% of sera collected from 398 bats demonstrated RABV neutralizing antibody. The proportion of seropositive bats varied significantly across trophic guilds, suggestive of complex intraspecific compartmentalization of RABV perpetuation. PMID:25080103

  7. Guatemala como alternativa de desarrollo local

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    Rosa Elba Hernandez Cruz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El área aledaña a la Reserva de la biósfera del Volcán Tacaná, en Chiapas México destaca por la producción de café, además de una alta diversidad de flora y fauna; sin embargo las comunidades rurales que habitan estos espacios están en constante búsqueda de alternativas productivas para mejorar sus medios de vida y cuidar el ambiente el cual está sufriendo deterioro. Ante esta situación se planteó como objetivo la integración de una red de fincas agroecoturísticas en los municipios de Cacahoatán, Tuxtla Chico, Unión Juárez en Chiapas, México y una comunidad en Guatemala. Para construir la propuesta se utilizó la metodología de modos de vida, se realizaron talleres participativos, recorridos en campo y se identificaron los productos turísticos. Se concluye, a partir del análisis de los modos de vida, que la región presenta características y oportunidades para desarrollar la red de agroecoturismo como una alternativa económica.

  8. Grassroots movement in Guatemala.

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    1992-11-01

    A new report on the National Seminar on the Integrated Project (IP) established in 1988 in San Lucas Toliman, Solota State, Guatemala is summarized. Conference participants included area mayors, community leaders, health promoters, military personnel, health center workers, traditional birth attendants (TBAs), representatives from San Carlos University, Project staff, and members of a vocational sewing school operating under the IP. The seminar objective was to inform participants about project achievements and the success of integration of family planning (FP), maternal and child health (MCH), primary health care, environmental sanitation, and community development. The current target population is 70,000 people from the initial area of San Lucas Toliman and the neighboring areas of Godinez, Agua Escondida, San Antonio Palapo, Santa Catarina, San Andres Semetabaj, Patanatic, and Panajachel in Solola and Patulu in Suchitepequez State. Several projects were the primary focus: the MCH Handbook on FP, new equipment and facilities, a field trip to San Lucas Toliman, and parasite control and community participation. The MCH Handbook was developed based on the Japanese MCH Handbook and funded by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication's voluntary Deposit for International Aid (VDIA) scheme. the booklet is directed to illiterate Spanish-speaking populations through ample pictorial displays and literates. The focus on parasite control was the impetus for community participation and community funding of 1000 latrines. Personal hygiene habits have changed dramatically. Japanese technical assistance was given for refinement of technical skills in sewing and income generation through demonstrations of laboratory and field techniques and for promotion. A new IP laboratory in San Andres Sematabaj was also commemorated during the workshop period; a 3rd laboratory will be funded by the community. Both labs will be used for primary health care services and FP

  9. The Radiation Protection in Guatemala

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    A brief account of the activities on radiation safety carried out by the General Directorate of Nuclear Energy of Guatemala in the period 1991-1992 is presented. The activities are reported under organization, activities on occupational radiation protection in medicine, industry and research, personnel monitoring, radiation metrology, regulations and international cooperation are described

  10. The alcohol fuels in Guatemala

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    This presentation shows the antecedents of the production of alcohol fuel in Guatemala as an alternative to imported gasoline, also presents current statistics of consumption, importation of liquid fossil fuels, production of alcohol fuel, consumption, and trends of consumption mixed with gasoline and yield data

  11. Altas capacidades e interdisciplinariedad

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    Moreno-García, María José

    2013-01-01

    El presente trabajo fin de grado trata de abordar la importancia de dar una respuesta educativa acorde a las necesidades del alumnado de altas capacidades. Para ello, primeramente, se ha visto necesario definir el término de altas capacidades, analizar sus características, matizar la importancia de su detección temprana, desbancar falsos mitos y conocer la legislación vigente al respecto, para posteriormente elaborar una propuesta de intervención, que se ha llevado a cabo en el Colegio Nelva,...

  12. Guatemala: Country of small producers

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    This paper presents the antecedents of the private electrification in Guatemala since approval of the General Law of Electricity in 1996 that promoted hydroelectric power generation. The current situation in generation, transmission, and distribution is described as well the rural electrification covering and the financing of projects in this sector. Incentives to private investment is discussed with the proposal of an energy information center, proposal of fiscal incentives and promotion of renewable energy sources

  13. Estonia's Alta buys Lauma lingerie

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    2004-01-01

    Eesti investeeringute firma Alta Capital ostis 76,4 protsenti pesutootja Lauma aktsiatest. Tulevikus plaanitakse suunduda Ida- ja Lääne-Euroopa turgudele. Alta Capital omab 79 protsenti Klementi aktsiatest

  14. Enterprise Surveys : Guatemala Country Profile 2009

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    World Bank; International Finance Corporation

    2011-01-01

    The Country Profile for Guatemala is based on data from the Enterprise Surveys conducted by the World Bank. The benchmarks include the averages for the group of countries in Latin America & Caribbean and the Guatemala income group. The enterprise surveys focus on the many factors that shape the decisions of firms to invest. These factors can be accommodating or constraining and play an imp...

  15. Uropatia Obstrutiva Alta

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    Campos Pinheiro, L; Matos Ferreira, A

    1999-01-01

    As lesões obstrutivas do aparelho urinário são muito frequentes. Apresenta-se uma revisão da etiologia e fisiopatologia da uropatia obstrutiva alta. Descreve-se pormenorizadamente a sua clínica e diagnóstico realçando-se os exames complementares mais adequados. Por fim apresentam-se as orientações terapêuticas e o prognóstico das diversas situações englobadas neste capítulo.

  16. de alta frecuencia

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    Juan Carlos Gáquez Abab

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Los mercados de consumo de alta frecuencia presentan rasgos particulares en cuanto a la diversidad de estrategias de precio, constantes promociones en precio, publicidad masiva o estrategias de marca que hacen que la identificación de segmentos sea especialmente interesante para la empresa. En el presente trabajo se lleva a cabo un análisis de segmentación sobre datos de panel que pretende identificar cuántos segmentos existen y describir cuál es su comportamiento en relación a variables como el precio o las promociones de ventas.

  17. TulaSalud: An m-health system for maternal and infant mortality reduction in Guatemala.

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    Martínez-Fernández, Andrés; Lobos-Medina, Isabel; Díaz-Molina, Cesar Augusto; Chen-Cruz, Moisés Faraón; Prieto-Egido, Ignacio

    2015-07-01

    The Guatemalan NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) TulaSalud has implemented an m-health project in the Department of Alta Verapaz. This Department has 1.2 million inhabitants (78% living in rural areas and 89% from indigenous communities) and in 2012, had a maternal mortality rate of 273 for every 100,000 live births. This m-health initiative is based on the provision of a cell phone to community facilitators (CFs). The CFs are volunteers in rural communities who perform health prevention, promotion and care. Thanks to the cell phone, the CFs have become tele-CFs who able to carry out consultations when they have questions; send full epidemiological and clinical information related to the cases they attend to; receive continuous training; and perform activities for the prevention and promotion of community health through distance learning sessions in the Q'eqchí and/or Poqomchi' languages. In this study, rural populations served by tele-CFs were selected as the intervention group while the control group was composed of the rural population served by CFs without Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools. As well as the achievement of important process results (116,275 medical consultations, monitoring of 6,783 pregnant women, and coordination of 2,014 emergency transfers), the project has demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in maternal mortality (p < 0.05) and in child mortality (p = 0.054) in the intervention group compared with rates in the control group. As a result of the telemedicine initiative, the intervention areas, which were selected for their high maternal and infant mortality rates, currently show maternal and child mortality indicators that are not only lower than the indicators in the control area, but also lower than the provincial average (which includes urban areas). PMID:25766857

  18. AID awards 3-year Guatemala contract.

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    1984-01-01

    The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a 3-year US$593,036 grant to the Los Angeles firm of Juarez and Associates, Inc. to help implement a contraceptive social marketing project in Guatemala. The firm will provide marketing assistance to the for-profit organization. Importadora de Productos Farmaceuticos (PROFA), an offshoot of the nonprofit International Planned Parenthood Federation affiliate, Asociacion Pro-Bienestar de la Familia de Guatemala (APROFAM), created specifically to conduct the social marketing project. Juarez and Associates has previous market research experience in family planning in Guatemala. Contraceptive social marketing sales are projected to begin in early 1985.

  19. Sistema de salud de Guatemala The health system of Guatemala

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    Víctor Becerril-Montekio

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se describen las condiciones de salud y el sistema de salud de Guatemala, incluyendo su estructura y cobertura, sus fuentes de financiamiento, las actividades de rectoría que en él se desarrollan, así como las tareas de generación de información en salud e investigación. También se discuten los esfuerzos por ampliar la cobertura de servicios básicos, sobre todo a las comunidades rurales pobres. Destacan dentro de las innovaciones recientes del sistema guatemalteco de salud el Programa de Extensión de Cobertura de Servicios Básicos y el Programa de Accesibilidad de Medicamentos, así como los acuerdos del Ministerio de Salud con organizaciones de la sociedad civil para prestar servicios básicos en comunidades rurales.This paper describes the health conditions in Guatemala and, in more detail, the characteristics of the Guatemalan health system, including its structure en coverage, its financial sources, the stewardship functions developed by the Ministry of Health, as well as the generation of health information and the development of research activities. It also discusses the recent efforts to extend coverage of essential health services, mostly to poor rural areas.The most recent innovations also discussed in this paper include the Program for the Expansion of Coverage of Essential Services, the Program to Expand Access to Essential Drugs and the agreements between the Ministry of Health and several non-governmental organizations to provide essential services in rural settings.

  20. ITCB’s Guatemala Communiqué

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    2007-01-01

    The ITCB Council of Representatives,meeting at its 44th session from 16-19 April 2007 in Guatemala City,discussed important issues challenging global textile and clothing industry with topics on the agenda shown below:

  1. Chiapas Forest, Mexico and Guatemala border

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    1990-01-01

    This color infrared view of the Chiapas Forest, Mexico and Guatemala border (17.0N, 92.0W) illustrates the usefulness of this type of film in determining vegetated vs non vegetated areas. As can be seen, most of this part of Guatemala remains in closed canopy woodland (dark red), while most of the Mexican land to the north has been cleared for pasture and farmland (pink). The pale green areas north of the river are bare soil or fallow fields.

  2. The Guatemala earthquake and Caribbean Plate tectonics

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    Plafker, G.

    1977-01-01

    The main fault along which the destructive Guatemala earthquake occurred was the Motagua fault. Ground breakage was observed in a continuous, well-defined line for 230 km. At its closest point, the fault is 25 km north of Guatemala City. Surface displacement across the fault was dominantly horizontal and sinistral (see back cover). The strike-slip component averaged 1.08m and was as high as 3.40m. 

  3. Guatemala : Investment Climate Assessment, Volume 2. Background Notes on Productivity

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    2008-01-01

    Guatemala has achieved substantial progress in improving its investment climate since 2004. Despite these achievements, Guatemala continues to face significant challenges. Guatemala's overall ease of doing business ranking is still relatively low-114th out of 178 countries, and it falls well behind the rankings of comparator countries such as El Salvador (69), Nicaragua (93), and Panama (6...

  4. West Indian Sojourners in Guatemala and Honduras

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    Ronald N. Harpelle

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Review of: Race, Nation, and West Indian Immigration to Honduras, 1890-1940. Glenn A. Chambers. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010. xii +202 pp. (Cloth US$ 35.00Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923. Frederick Douglass Opie. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009. 145 pp. (Cloth US$ 65.00

  5. Lepidoptera associated with avocado fruit in Guatemala

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    A total of about 1,098 specimens representing 10 moth species from four families were reared from harvested avocado fruit in Guatemala. Two species were reared from small immature avocados and grown to maturity on unopened avocado flower clusters after small fruit desiccated: (1) Argyrotaenia urbana...

  6. Environmental actual situation in Guatemala. Executive brief

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    In this brief prepared by the Consejo Permanente de Cambio y Variabilidad Climatica the climate in Guatemala is described including the current situation on variation of rainy season, air humidity, influence of the Nino current. This brief was prepared in order to plan a strategy to be adopted by all the institutions that are involved in environmental issues and in this way to deal with the climate change and the impact of the different energy sources in the environment

  7. Algunas piezas olmecas de Chiapas y Guatemala

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    Navarrete, Carlos

    2010-01-01

    En este artículo se hace la descripción de algunas esculturas provenientes de Chiapas y Guatemala, con la intención de conocer algunos datos que permitan entender la dispersión de la cultura olmeca en Mesoamérica. Las esculturas que se describen presentan elementos artístico-simbolicos y la mayoría de ellas tienen la forma de serpiente. 

  8. Guatemala - Poverty assessment : good performance at low levels

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    2009-01-01

    This report is organized into three sections with seven chapters. The first section assesses poverty levels and changes over time within Guatemala and compares both the levels and changes to those of other countries. It summarizes the overall conditions and changes in Guatemala (chapter one); presents the country's poverty profile and analyzes the evolution of poverty over time and space u...

  9. Servidores web de altas prestaciones

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    Castillo Valdivieso, Pedro; Bernier Villamor, Jos?? Luis; Mora Garc??a, Antonio Miguel; Garc??a-S??nchez, Pablo; Garc??a Arenas, Mar??a Isabel

    2013-01-01

    Para crear un sitio web exitoso debemos ser cuidadosos con muchos detalles, ya que la arquitectura, la selecci??n del hardware, o la implementaci??n de las aplicaciones afectar??n al rendimiento del sistema completo. Es m??s, un sitio que no est?? preparado para dar servicio a un n??mero creciente de clientes o usuarios, a la larga puede llevar al fracaso a la empresa. En este trabajo, se presenta una visi??n general de la nueva asignatura Servidores Web de Altas Prestaciones, del nuevo plan...

  10. Women’s human agency and self-determination in Guatemalan tourism development

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Tourism is often identified as a strategy to ameliorate the wellbeing of poor communities and their most vulnerable members – women and their children. Women’s ability to get involved in and benefit from tourism is, however, conditioned by traditional gender roles and consequent education handicaps. Development programs often target women to mitigate these disparities. Thispaper examines whether an intervention by the Peace Corps resulted in improved human agency and self-determination among indigenous Q’eqchi’ women in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. The paper reports the accomplishments and shortcomings of the intervention and elaborates on the practical and theoretical implications of the findings.

  11. Cetáceos del Pacífico de Guatemala: Cincuenta años de historia Guatemala's Pacific Cetaceans: Fifty Years of History

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    Andrea A. Cabrera Arreola

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available En Guatemala el estudio de los cetáceos inició en la década de los sesenta con los primeros registros de varamiento y captura incidental. Sin embargo, pocos trabajos científicos con datos de cetáceos han sido publicados. Con el objetivo de centralizar la información de cetáceos y obtener conocimiento biológico para el desarrollo de planes de manejo y conservación, se realizó una revisión bibliográfica de cetáceos en Guatemala que recaba información de los últimos 50 años. Se obtuvo un total de 1,014 registros de avistamiento (1979-2011, 62 registros de captura incidental (1961/85 y 16 registros de varamientos (1975, 2007-2012, los cuales se analizaron en mapas batimétricos y en mapas de presiones antropogénicas. Se identificaron diecinueve especies pertenecientes a cinco familias de cetáceos, incluyendo Balaenopteridae, Delphinidae, Ziphiidae, Kogiidae y Physeteridae. El esfuerzo y área de muestreo varió durante 1961-2012. Se identificaron diferentes patrones de distribución especie-específicos. La mayoría de avistamientos se registraron cerca de zonas con topografía compleja. Aunque los eventos de captura incidental se registraron únicamente en alta mar, los resultados sugieren que especies de distribución costera se encuentran en zonas con mayor riesgo antropogénico. Se reportaron ocho especies de cetáceos varados, eventos ocurridos principalmente en el departamento de Escuintla desde el año 2007. Debido a la gran diversidad en los patrones de distribución, comportamiento y uso de hábitat de los cetáceos, combinado con los riesgos antropogénicos de la zona, es necesario que se considere un enfoque integral cuando se implementen planes de manejo y conservación marina en Guatemala.

  12. Mortalidad materna en Guatemala: diferencias entre muerte hospitalaria y no hospitalaria Maternal mortality in Guatemala: differences between hospital and non-hospital deaths

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    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estimar la asociación entre características obstétricas, sociodemográficas y factores de riesgo relacionados con la mortalidad materna hospitalaria y no hospitalaria en Guatemala durante el año 2000 MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Se realizó un estudio epidemiológico transversal con 649 casos de muertes maternas (MM ocurridas en la República de Guatemala durante el año 2000, en el que se compararon las características de las muertes maternas hospitalarias y no hospitalarias RESULTADOS: De 649 MM registradas, 270 (41.6% se clasificaron como MM hospitalarias y 379 (58.4% como MM no hospitalarias. La mayor proporción de muertes ocurrió en mujeres mayores de 35 años de edad (29.28%, indígenas (65.49%, casadas o unidas (87.83%, con ocupación no remunerada (94.78%, sin educación (66.56%. El riesgo de MM no hospitalaria fue mayor en mujeres del grupo indígena (RM= 3.4; IC95% 2.8-5.3, con ocupación no remunerada (RM= 8.95; IC95% 1.7-46.4, bajo nivel escolar (RM= 1.96; IC95% 1.0-3.8, y hemorragia como causa básica de muerte (RM= 4.28; IC95% 2.3-7.9 CONCLUSIONES: De los 679 casos de MM ocurridas en Guatemala en el año 2000, 58% correspondió a MM no hospitalarias, lo que puede estar relacionado con el hecho de que una alta proporción de la población habita en áreas rurales o de alta marginalidad, además de aspectos culturales (mayoría indígena que dificultan la accesibilidad a los servicios de salud. Los resultados presentados pueden servir de orientación para determinar estrategias de intervención que prevengan la mortalidad materna en los ámbitos hospitalario y extrahospitalario, en Guatemala.OBJECTIVE:To estimate the association between obstetric and socio-demographic characteristics and risk factors related to intra- and extra-hospital maternal mortality in Guatemala during the year 2000 MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional epidemiologic study was carried out in 649 maternal mortality (MM cases that occurred in

  13. (Solar energy technology transfer, Guatemala City, Guatemala and Tegucigalpa, Honduras, August 20--August 30, 1989)

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    Waddle, D.B.

    1989-09-05

    I travelled to Guatemala City, Guatemala and to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to gather information regarding the possibility of transferring photovoltaic technology for rural household uses in each respective country. Meetings were held with US government officials in each country mission (USAID and the commercial attaches); with utility officials; cooperative managers; and PVO's. The overall response was very positive; two of the electric utilities interviewed would like to begin program design immediately. A coffee cooperative with 38,000 members also expressed a keen interest in putting into place a program similar to the photovoltaic household energy program established in the Dominican Republic. The purpose of the trip was to establish lines of communication with perspective project cooperators; that objective was accomplished.

  14. TransAlta: More than a utility

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    TransAlta Utilities Corporation is Canada's largest privately owned utility and is also a major coal mining company. In 1989, TransAlta produced 20.9% of all coal mined in Canada. A brief history of TransAlta is presented along with TransAlta's present coal operations and plans for the next three years. An overview is presented of how TransAlta Fuel Supply is organized to utilize contracted mining operation, engineering and environmental services and in-house capabilities. Recent strategic initiatives to improve organizational efficiency and the mining operations are discussed. These range from developing a common departmental vision to modifying major mining equipment. TransAlta's proactive role in clean coal combustion such as low NOx-SOx burner, integrated combined cycle gasification, and other energy research projects is reviewed. A summary is provided of recent participation of TransAlta in environmental management initiatives. Recent successes of TransAlta's unregulated subsidiary in the development of cogeneration facilities and the future of this area of business are discussed. 8 refs., 4 figs

  15. Alta peab tasuma Kalevile mais / Kersti Saar

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    Saar, Kersti

    2008-01-01

    Indrek Rahumaa juhitav Alta Capital peab tasuma Oliver Kruudale Kalevi tütarfirmade eest 660 miljonit krooni hiljemalt 30. maiks. Vt. samas: Investorid teavad tehingu hinda ja lõplikku tähtaega. Diagramm: Kalevi turuväärtus jääb Alta müügihinnale alla

  16. Studies on neotropical Collembola, I. Some Collembola from Guatemala

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    Ellis, Willem N.

    1967-01-01

    Eight species of Collembola are recorded from an ant nest in Guatemala. Two species, described by Denis (1931a) from Costa Rica are redescribed more extensively. A new species of Pseudosinella is described.

  17. Peru and Guatemala Internal Midline Monitoring Assessment of Reading

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    US Agency for International Development — Save the Children is implementing Leer Juntos, a USAID-funded three-year project targeting rural, indigenous communities in Guatemala and Peru with the objective of...

  18. El Presupuesto Participativo: ¿Es viable en Guatemala?

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    Chavez Miños, Daniel

    2001-01-01

    This article analyzes the feasibility of implementing a participatory budget (PP) in Guatemala. It begins with a brief discussion on the meaning and potential of the PP in Brazil to establish a starting point for its implementation in Guatemala. The text briefly concludes with a list of challenges for local governments to undertake in order to demonstrate the necessary political will to duplicate this proposed development of public funds.

  19. Astronomy Outreach Adventures in Rural Guatemala

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    Strubbe, L.

    2015-03-01

    Astronomy can be an inspirational gateway to learning science and analytical reasoning, and to careers in STEM fields-particularly important in developing countries where educational opportunities can be scarce. Following this idea and my interest in learning about other cultures, I decided to spend 6 weeks in late 2011 (between Ph.D. and postdoc) doing astronomy public outreach in Guatemala. I volunteered through a Spanish language school embedded in a poor rural community (typical earning ~ $3/day), working mostly with children. My teaching goals were primarily attitudinal: to encourage people to observe and ask questions about the world around them, and to show them that phenomena have explanations that we can understand.

  20. Lahar hazards at Agua volcano, Guatemala

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    Schilling, S.P.; Vallance, J.W.; Matías, O.; Howell, M.M.

    2001-01-01

    At 3760 m, Agua volcano towers more than 3500 m above the Pacific coastal plain to the south and 2000 m above the Guatemalan highlands to the north. The volcano is within 5 to 10 kilometers (km) of Antigua, Guatemala and several other large towns situated on its northern apron. These towns have a combined population of nearly 100,000. It is within about 20 km of Escuintla (population, ca. 100,000) to the south. Though the volcano has not been active in historical time, or about the last 500 years, it has the potential to produce debris flows (watery flows of mud, rock, and debris—also known as lahars when they occur on a volcano) that could inundate these nearby populated areas.

  1. Sucesión y restauración ecológica en las partes altas de cuencas y la provisión de agua

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    José Vicente Martínez Arévalo

    2012-01-01

    Se presenta la descripción del proceso de sucesión ecológica alrededor de parches de bosque de pinabete (Abies guatemalensis) en la parte alta de San Marcos, Guatemala, y como a partir de esta se puede establecer un plan de restauración ecológica que permita mejorar los servicios ambientales de estos ecosistemas en especial en la provisión de agua de tal manera que contribuya a equilibrar el ciclo hidrológico permitiendo una escurrimiento más lento y mayor infiltración. El estudio muestra una...

  2. Current progress in the Medfly program Mexico-Guatemala

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    For twenty years, the Regional Medfly Program in southern Mexico and Guatemala, central America - which is financed by Mexico, Guatemala and USA - has successfully halted the Medfly (Ceratitis capitata (Wied.)) dispersion toward Mexico and USA. After the pest eradication in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1982 and some vain efforts to contain it in Guatemala, a strategy has been formed in the construction of a static barrier of containment. However, this has been criticised frequently by the border society which has suffered for a long time because detection and control action sometimes result in big emergency plans as the answer to strong explosions and pest dispersions which have in turn occurred from climatic phenomena, such as El Nino, in 1998. The Medfly eradication in Guatemala has not been accomplished because the suppression technology used before sterile insect technique (SIT) had been based on malathion aerial bait spray. The aerial bait spray has been prohibited in Guatemala since 1987, following strong complaints from ecological groups and the beekeeping sector, as well as because of financial constraints. The xanthene dye technology that replaced the use of malathion has given new hopes and possibilities to the old project of pest eradication in Guatemala and Central America. However, moving the barrier from north to south and from east to west is necessary to prevent re-infestations in Mexico and pest-free areas in Guatemala. The development of new detection and control tools has also strongly supported the project, with the use of more efficient traps, such as the OBDT trap, baited with ammonium acetate, putrescine and trimethylamine (phase IV traps), trimedlure (TML)-laced yellow panel traps and TML-baited Jackson traps. The use of the improved chilled adult release system, the aerial bait sprays which are guided by the GPS and SATLOC navigation systems, the augmentative release of parasitoids and the artificial biological isolation of the infested areas all

  3. Successful interruption of transmission of Onchocerca volvulus in the Escuintla-Guatemala focus, Guatemala.

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    Rodrigo J Gonzalez

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness through mass administration of ivermectin in the six countries in Latin America where it is endemic is considered feasible due to the relatively small size and geographic isolation of endemic foci. We evaluated whether transmission of onchocerciasis has been interrupted in the endemic focus of Escuintla-Guatemala in Guatemala, based on World Health Organization criteria for the certification of elimination of onchocerciasis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted evaluations of ocular morbidity and past exposure to Onchocerca volvulus in the human population, while potential vectors (Simulium ochraceum were captured and tested for O. volvulus DNA; all of the evaluations were carried out in potentially endemic communities (PEC; those with a history of actual or suspected transmission or those currently under semiannual mass treatment with ivermectin within the focus. The prevalence of microfilariae in the anterior segment of the eye in 329 individuals (> or =7 years old, resident in the PEC for at least 5 years was 0% (one-sided 95% confidence interval [CI] 0-0.9%. The prevalence of antibodies to a recombinant O. volvulus antigen (Ov-16 in 6,432 school children (aged 6 to 12 years old was 0% (one-sided 95% IC 0-0.05%. Out of a total of 14,099 S. ochraceum tested for O. volvulus DNA, none was positive (95% CI 0-0.01%. The seasonal transmission potential was, therefore, 0 infective stage larvae per person per season. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Based on these evaluations, transmission of onchocerciasis in the Escuintla-Guatemala focus has been successfully interrupted. Although this is the second onchocerciasis focus in Latin America to have demonstrated interruption of transmission, it is the first focus with a well-documented history of intense transmission to have eliminated O. volvulus.

  4. FPA withdraws from CSM project in Guatemala.

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    1984-01-01

    Guatemala's family planning association, the Asociacion Pro-Bienestar de la Familia (APROFAM) recently cut its ties with the nation's contraceptive social marketing program. The announced reasons for the disassociation was APROFAM's concerns about the legality of selling donated commodities. APROFAM helped create the program served as a member of the marketing program's board of directors, and was expected to function as the channel for the commidities donated by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The marketing program will now be managed by the newly created Importadora de Farmaceuticos (IPROFA), a for-profit organization. This alters the legal status of the marketing program, and as a result, the program will be required to pay duties on USAID donated contraceptives. USAID cannot legally pay duties on its own contributions. Instead, the duies will be paid by IPROFA out of the revenues generated by the project. IPROFA will finance the 1st consignment of products with a bank loan, and the loan and duties on subsequent shipments will be paid out of the program's revenues. This strategy is not expected to pose legal problems for USAID, since the agency has no control over how programs use the revenues generated by selling the agency's commodities. As a result of the changed status, the marketing program must acquire it own storage and packaging facilities. According to Manuel DeLucca, the program's resident advisor, these problems will not delay the launch of the program's products scheduled for early 1985. The program plans to sell an oral contraceptive, a vaginal spermicidal tablet, and a condom. Orginal plans called for selling the low dose OC, Norminest; however, Norminest may not be approved for distribution in Guatemala, and USAID may replace Norminest with another product. As a result, the program may market Noriday, a normal dose pill instead of Norminest. Guatemalan registration of the spermicidal tablet the program is planning to sell is

  5. Causas de invalidez para el trabajo en Guatemala Disability causes for the working area in Guatemala

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    Héctor Gabriel Cabrera Valverde

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de determinar cuales son las causas más frecuentes de invalidez en el programa de Invalidez, Vejez y Sobre vivencia (IVS del Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social. (IGSS, se estudiaron 1,698 pacientes que solicitaron cobertura por el programa en los años 2003 y 2004. El 32. 4 % del total de pacientes recibieron dictamen favorable, de los cuales el 73.3 % son masculinos y 26. 7 % femeninos. Las principales causas de invalidez encontradas en su orden fueron secuelas de traumatismo, síndrome de inmuno deficiencia adquirida, enfermedades neurológicas, visuales y renales. El 70 % de la población cubierta procedían del departamento de Guatemala.In order to determine the most frequent causes of disability at the Disability, Seniorhood and Survival Program of the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security, the cases of 1698 patients who applied for covertures in 2003 and 2004 at this program, have been studied. From the total patients who applied, only 32.4% got a favorable opinion; 73.3% of them are male and 26.7% female. The main disability causes found were: traumatism, Acquired Inmune Defficiency Syndrome, neuron degenerative disorders, haematic oncology problems, blindness and kidney insufficiency diseases. 70% of the coverage population belonged to the Department of Guatemala.

  6. Breastfeeding and Postpartum Amenorrhea in Rural Guatemala

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    Guido Pinto Aguirre

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available La asociación entre los patrones de lactancia y el retorno de la menstruación de posparto es estudiada en mujeres rurales de Guatemala a partir del estudio longitudinal INCAP (1969-1977. En el estudio se distinguen entre mujeres que experimentaron la muerte de un infante antes del regreso de la menstruación, mujeres que quitaron la leche materna a sus hijos antes del regreso de la menstruación y mujeres que menstruaron mientras estaban lactando a sus hijos. Se encontró que el destete y mortalidad del infantil antes de la menstruación son factores de riesgo para el retorno de la menstruación. También se encontró que el bajo número de episodios de lactancia por día y una introducción temprana de alimentos sólidos en la dieta del infante son factores de riesgo significativos para el retorno de la menstruación de posparto.

  7. Ajuste estructural e informalidad en Guatemala

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    María José Paz Antolín

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Debido a la relevancia de las reformas económicas aplicadas para el desempeño económico de las últimas dos décadas son necesarios estudios que analicen estos vínculos. Éste es el objetivo del presente trabajo que se centra en la economía guatemalteca y en la evolución de sus condiciones laborales. El análisis tiene presente los rasgos comunes de las políticas de reforma llevadas a cabo pero se centra en lo distintivo del caso guatemalteco. En este sentido, destacan el contexto político y social y la particular forma de inserción en la economía mundial. Los distintos indicadores estudiados muestran cómo se ha producido un deterioro de las condiciones laborales, sobre todo por el crecimiento de la informalidad. Aunque éste ha sido un fenómeno típico en Guatemala su evolución presenta elementos novedosos vinculados precisamente con las políticas de ajuste.

  8. Cesium 137 in oils and plants from Guatemala

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    Since 1990 the project of radioactive and environmental contamination started in Guatemala. Studies about the radioactive contamination levels are made within the framework of this project. Cesium-137 has been an interest radionuclide, because it is a fission product released to the environment by the use of nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants accidents. The sampling consisted in collection of soil and grass in 20 provinces of Guatemala, one point by province, and it was made in 1990. The cesium-137 concentration in the samples, was determined by gamma spectrometry, using an hyper pure germanium detector. The results show the presence of radioactive contamination in soil and grass due to cesium-137, at levels that might be considered as normal. The levels found are not harmful for human health, and its importance is the fact that can be used as reference levels for the environmental radioactivity monitoring in Guatemala

  9. Women caught in a culture of violence in Guatemala.

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    Halvorsen, Randee

    2014-01-01

    Violence against women is prevalent around the world. In Guatemala it is pervasive. Living in a culture of violence oppresses women, children, the economy and society as a whole. It destroys families and can effect women emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically. Nurses have the power to intervene and influence change on a global level by taking action against abuse and oppression of women. By examining the pervasive nature of intimate partner violence and femicide in Guatemala, nurses can identify actions and interventions to combat violence on a global basis. PMID:25316543

  10. Women caught in a culture of violence in Guatemala.

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    Halvorsen, Randee

    2014-01-01

    Violence against women is prevalent around the world. In Guatemala it is pervasive. Living in a culture of violence oppresses women, children, the economy and society as a whole. It destroys families and can effect women emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically. Nurses have the power to intervene and influence change on a global level by taking action against abuse and oppression of women. By examining the pervasive nature of intimate partner violence and femicide in Guatemala, nurses can identify actions and interventions to combat violence on a global basis.

  11. El consumo de drogas y su tratamiento desde la perspectiva de familiares y amigos de consumidores: Guatemala O consumo de drogas e seu tratamento sob a perspectiva de familiares e amigos de consumidores: Guatemala Drug consumption and treatment from a family and friends perspectives: Guatemala

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    Full Text Available Actualmente Guatemala cuenta con una población de 13.344.770 personas que tiene una elevada tasa de población migrante, tanto nacional como internacional. Relacionado con el abuso de drogas, el país presenta la más alta tasa de consumo de mariguana en Centroamérica, y el consumo de cocaína se reconoce como un serio problema, que afecta mayoritariamente a los adolescentes y adultos jóvenes (15-30 años. Este estudio cualitativo y cuantitativo, describe la perspectiva de familias y familiares sobre los adictos a drogas ilícitas en Guatemala. La información recolectada proviene de personas referidas por la Línea de Crisis para drogas 1545. El estudio describe a la mariguana, seguida de cocaína y benzodiacepinas como las drogas de mayor consumo. Se detectó a la familia como el factor de protección más importante. Por otro lado, la respuesta de los servicios de salud es insuficiente; no existe en el país disponibilidad de iniciativas preventivas. Se recomienda realizar, en el futuro, otros estudios cualitativos y cuantitativos sobre este tema.Na Guatemala, a maioria das pessoas dependentes, afetadas pelo problema, é composta por multiusuários. A cocaína e maconha, seguidas por benzodiazepínicos, são as drogas de maior abuso. Este estudo quantitativo e qualitativo descreve a perspectiva das famílias e dos membros das famílias dos dependentes sobre o uso de drogas ilegais, em sete países latino-americanos. Dos respondentes, 46% entende que o consumo de droga é questão de decisão pessoal. Também reconhecem a família como o fator mais importante para a proteção. Os amigos que usam drogas e a pressão dos pares foram identificados como os principais fatores de risco. A população reconhece que a resposta dos serviços de saúde é insuficiente, não há disponibilidade de iniciativas preventivas e as abordagens existentes são consideradas inadequadas. Esses resultados ressaltam a necessidade de mais estudos para atualizar o

  12. Representing Mayas: Indigenous Authorities and Citizenship Demands in Guatemala

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    In this article, I analyze how indigenous authorities in Guatemala negotiate citizenship at the local level within the larger context of indigenous claim making in Latin America. I argue that the construction of citizenship at the local level is not only framed by models imposed on indigenous commun

  13. Guatemala : Elements of a Transport and Logistics Strategy

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    This document has been produced by the World Bank to support the Government of Guatemala as it improves its transport and logistics sector management in pursuit of enhanced country competitiveness. It identifies and defines elements of a National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) through the development of a methodology which analyzes bottlenecks and related costs along the main logi...

  14. Research Project: Assessment of Lead in Air of Guatemala City

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    In this report all the activities concerning to quality of air in the city of Guatemala are considered. By measurements of lead in filters of air sampling using voltametry, the quality of air is going to be compared with international standards

  15. Changes in farmers' knowledge of maize diversity in highland Guatemala

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    Etten, van J.

    2006-01-01

    Small-scale studies on long-term change in agricultural knowledge might uncover insights with broader, regional implications. This article evaluates change in farmer knowledge about crop genetic resources in highland Guatemala between 1927/37 and 2004. It concentrates on maize (Zea mays ssp. mays L.

  16. Participatory Interpretive Training for Tikal National Park, Guatemala.

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    Jacobson, Susan K.; Jurado, Magali

    1996-01-01

    Describes an interpretive training course for Tikal National Park, Guatemala to promote environmentally sound management of the region. Goals were to ensure that local knowledge and cultural norms were included in the design of interpretive materials, to introduce resource managers to park interpretation through course participation, and to train…

  17. Quality Assurance in Services that gives the SSDL of Guatemala

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    A brief account of the activities on quality assurance carried out by the Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory, General Directorate of Energy is presented. The activities are reported under facilities and equipment, audit and procedures. Also describes the facilites and equipment of the SSDL of Guatemala

  18. Situation Reports--Bahamas, Brasil, Guatemala, Netherlands Antilles (Curacao), Uruguay.

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    International Planned Parenthood Federation, London (England).

    Data relating to population and family planning in four foreign countries are presented in these situation reports. Countries included are Bahamas, Guatemala, Netherlands Antilles (Curacao), and Uruguay. Information is provided under two topics, general background and family planning situation, where appropriate and if it is available. General…

  19. Alta Capital investeerib miljardeid kroone / Raigo Neudorf

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    Investeerimisfirma Alta Capital nõukogu esimees Indrek Rahumaa annab ülevaate sellest, kuidas ettevõte on lühikese ajaga suutnud omandada osaluse mitmetes ettevõtetes ning suunanud neisse investeeringuid 150 miljoni euro väärtuses. Vt. samas: Osalused; Omanikud

  20. Development of Visualisations for Multi-Hazard Environments in Guatemala

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    Gill, Joel; Malamud, Bruce D.

    2015-04-01

    Here we present an adaptation of global interacting hazard matrices for the purpose of improving disaster risk reduction in multi-hazard environments of Guatemala. Guatemala is associated with multiple natural hazards, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, mass movements and floods. These processes are often not independent and it is therefore important to consider and understand the ways by which they interact to generate cascades or networks of natural hazard events. We first present a review of such hazard interactions and hazard chains in Guatemala, focusing on the volcanic environments around Pacaya, Fuego and Santiaguito. Interactions discussed are those where a primary hazard triggers or increases the probability of secondary hazards. Consideration is also given to interactions where two hazards combine to trigger a third hazard, or two concurring hazards result in impacts greater than the sum of components. Second, we utilise and adapt global interacting hazard matrices designed to understand and communicate information about interactions. We explore the use of this hazard visualisation framework within the more regional Guatemalan context. Twenty-one semi-structured interviews, and a workshop with 16 participants, were held with hazard and civil protection professionals in Guatemala to solicit feedback on: (i) how visualisations with a global focus can be modified for use in Guatemala, (ii) possible end users for such visualisations, and (iii) participants' understanding of hazard interactions and their opinion of community understanding of these themes. Core ideas that emerged from these interviews were (i) the importance of such tools in rapid response, preparedness and community education, (ii) the appropriate scales for visualisation development, in order to have maximum impact, and (iii) the need to integrate anthropic factors to fully understand hazard cascades. It is hoped that the development of improved tools to understand natural hazard

  1. Medfly female attractant trapping studies in Guatemala

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    Experiments were conducted from 1994 - 1998 to test the attractiveness of combinations of food-based chemicals for C. capitata (medfly) in Guatemala. Most studies were done in coffee. The 1995 studies, using the FA-2 attractants (ammonium acetate and putrescine) showed that this combination was attractive for females and had potential for use in conjunction with a SIT program. The 1996 studies at three elevations demonstrated that, in general, these attractants, when used in either the Open Bottom Dry Trap (OBDT), Closed Bottom Dry Trap (CBDT), or International Pheromone's McPhail Trap (IPMT) performed better than the Jumbo McPhail trap (JMT) baited with NuLure and borax (NU+B) for capture of feral females. At the high elevation (1400 m), the IPMT with FA-2 and OBDT with FA-2 were best; at the middle elevation (1100 m), the ORDT, IPMT, and CBDT with FA-2 were best; and at low elevations (659 m), the IPMT with FA-2, JMT with NU+B and ORDT with FA-2 were equal in performance. At the middle elevation, using sterile flies, the OBDT with FA-2 worked best. When experiments were carried out in pear, the traps using the FA-2 attractants captured more female flies than the JMT, NU+B, but not significantly more. During the 1997 trials, a third component, trimethylamine was added to the two component lure (FA-3). This attractant was tested in a number of locally produced traps using 2 I soft drink bottles with different color bottoms. The dry versions of the traps contained a yellow sticky insert. All study sites were at low elevation 600 - 650 m, in coffee, testing both sterile and feral flies. With the feral flies during the first phase of the study at finca San Carlos, there were no significant differences between treatments, at finca San Luis, the clear local trap with sticky insert and the green local trap with sticky insert were best, and at finca Valapraiso, the green local trap with yellow sticky insert and yellow local trap with sticky insert captured more flies

  2. Diffusione molecolare neLl' alta atmosfera

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    Full Text Available Le perturbazioni indotte nell'alta atmosfera dall'emissione,
    a mezzo di razzi sonda, di nubi di vapori estranei sono un utile
    mezzo per lo studio simultaneo di alcune caratteristiche fisiche e dinamiche
    degli alti strati.
    La presente relazione illustra in breve i principi di alcune tecniche
    per la misura del coefficiente di diffusione binaria tra l'aria e il vapore
    della nube artificiale.

  3. TransAlta 2003 annual report

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    This annual report presents financial information from TransAlta Corp., along with a review of its operations throughout 2003 and a summary of the how the electric utility has performed in terms of power generation, independent power producers, transmission and energy marketing. TransAlta is one of the largest non-regulated power generation and wholesale marketing companies in Canada. It's assets include coal-fired, gas-fired, hydro and renewable generation facilities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia. Reported earnings in 2003 were $1.26 per share compared to $1.17 in 2002. The strong first quarter was followed by harsh market conditions, low water levels which affected hydro production, and pricing restrictions in Ontario that reduced contribution from the Sarnia plant. This report outlines the utility's progress in increasing revenue and producing more power. In 2003, unplanned outages were reduced by 7 per cent and injury frequency rate was reduced by 27 per cent. The installation of 114 wind turbines in Fort Macleod, Alberta, increased TransAlta's renewable energy capacity to 3.7 per cent in 2003. The wind farm produces 75 MW of electricity, enough to power more than 32,500 homes annually. This report summarized the company's energy resource activities and presented an operations review as well as consolidated financial statements and common share information. This included the utility's assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and cash flows. Revenue and expenditure statements were summarized by source. refs., tabs., figs

  4. DNA Profiling Success Rates from Degraded Skeletal Remains in Guatemala.

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    Johnston, Emma; Stephenson, Mishel

    2016-07-01

    No data are available regarding the success of DNA Short Tandem Repeat (STR) profiling from degraded skeletal remains in Guatemala. Therefore, DNA profiling success rates relating to 2595 skeletons from eleven cases at the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) are presented. The typical postmortem interval was 30 years. DNA was extracted from bone powder and amplified using Identifiler and Minifler. DNA profiling success rates differed between cases, ranging from 50.8% to 7.0%, the overall success rate for samples was 36.3%. The best DNA profiling success rates were obtained from femur (36.2%) and tooth (33.7%) samples. DNA profiles were significantly better from lower body bones than upper body bones (p = forensic DNA sampling strategies in future victim recovery investigations. PMID:27364268

  5. Cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms in Guatemala, Central America

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    R. de León

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Edible wild mushrooms have been consumed in Guatemala since pre-Columbian times. However, mushroom cultivation started until the end of the 1950´s with Agaricus bisporus. This was established on a commercial scale during the 1970´s. The cultivation of Lentinula edodes began in 1979 using Quercus logs as substrate; the use of oak sawdust started in 1991. Guatemala currently produces about 68,504 kg of A. bisporus and A. bitorquis; 34,020 kg of L. edodes; and 29,580 kg of Pleurotus per year. Other mushrooms, such as Flammulina velutipes, Ganoderma lucidum, Agrocybe aegerita, Volvariella volvacea, and Pholiota nameko have also been produced experimentally since 1995.

  6. Experience on Wind Energy and other renewable energies in Guatemala

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    In this paper a description of the eco-regions in Central America with high potential for development of renewable energies is described. Also the applications more usual and/or in terms of effective-cost. Aspects on energy demand and supply are presented in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua Costa Rica y Panama. Also options in terms of cost-effective for each renewable source like geothermal, solar, hydroelectric and wind power are discussed

  7. Contribution of the determinants of income inequality in Guatemala

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    Alejos, Luis Alejandro

    2003-01-01

    This paper decomposes income inequality in Guatemala in factors related to human capital, ethnic and gender discrimination, the occupational structure, and non-labour income. The method proposed by Fields (2002) is used to carry out this decomposition. The empirical results show a significant variation in the contribution between the determinants at a national level, and those of each socio-economic group in which the sample is divided. It is found that the most heterogeneous group is that of...

  8. Deforestation Along the Maya Mountain Massif Belize-Guatemala Border

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    Chicas, S. D.; Omine, K.; Arevalo, B.; Ford, J. B.; Sugimura, K.

    2016-06-01

    In recent years trans-boundary incursions from Petén, Guatemala into Belize's Maya Mountain Massif (MMM) have increased. The incursions are rapidly degrading cultural and natural resources in Belize's protected areas. Given the local, regional and global importance of the MMM and the scarcity of deforestation data, our research team conducted a time series analysis 81 km by 12 km along the Belize-Guatemalan border adjacent to the protected areas of the MMM. Analysis drew on Landsat imagery from 1991 to 2014 to determine historic deforestation rates. The results indicate that the highest deforestation rates in the study area were -1.04% and -6.78% loss of forested area per year in 2012-2014 and 1995-1999 respectively. From 1991 to 2014, forested area decreased from 96.9 % to 85.72 % in Belize and 83.15 % to 31.52 % in Guatemala. During the study period, it was clear that deforestation rates fluctuated in Belize's MMM from one time-period to the next. This seems linked to either a decline in deforestation rates in Guatemala, the vertical expansion of deforestation in Guatemalan forested areas and monitoring. The results of this study urge action to reduce incursions and secure protected areas and remaining forest along the Belize-Guatemalan border.

  9. Conocimiento de seis especies arbustivas utilizadas como plantas nodrizas en el occidente de Guatemala

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    José Vicente Martínez-Arévalo

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available En la restauración de ecosistemas, una técnica es utilizar arbustos de la sucesión como nodriza. En la parte alta de San Marcos, Guatemala, se ha recurrido al menos a seis de ellos en el establecimiento de pino y pinabete: arrayán (Baccharis vaccinoides Kunth, salvia (Buddleia megalocephala Donn. Sm., mozote (Acaena elongata L., chicajol (Stevia polycephala Bertol, mora (Rubus trilobus Ser. y malacate (Symphoricarpos microphyllus Kunth. Se carece de la documentación de su comportamiento y características que puedan servir para utilizarlas ampliamente como plantas protectoras. En esta investigación se estudió características in situ y reproductivas de estas especies. Entre los principales resultados está que la altura de plantas es de 1.17 a 2.64 m y cobertura de 0.34 a 2.77 m2, con una amplia variación entre y dentro de especies. La cantidad de frutos/planta va desde 90 en S. microphyllus a 59,400 en B. vaccinioides. La propagación vegetativa en campo estuvo entre 48 a 92 %, mayor que cuando se realizó en vivero, donde B. vaccinoides, S. microphyllus y R. trilobus tuvieron mejor respuesta. La propagación por semilla muestra que las seis especies pueden reproducirse adecuadamente. Estos resultados permiten su reproducción en viveros para su uso en restauración ecológica.

  10. Apoyo a Estudios Geodinamicos con GPS en Guatemala

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    Robles, V. R.

    2013-05-01

    El Instituto Geografico Nacional de Guatemala implemento 17 estaciones GNSS en el año 2009, como un proyecto de credito mixto de donacion de equipamiento del Gobierno de Suiza, el cual, este equipamiento de estaciones CORS GNSS es un sistema de recepción y transmisión de datos crudos GPS RInex que utiliza la tecnologia Spider Web de Leica, asi mismo este sistema esta sirviendo para el espablecimiento de un marco geodesico nacional de coordenadas geodesicas oficiales, el cual se calculan u obtienen las velocidades en tiempos temporales programados de las 17 Estaciones CORS. La infraestructura del marco geodesico de Guatemala esta sirviendo de base para las aplicaciones de estudios geodinamicos como el monitoreo de del desplazamiento de las placas tectonicas por medio de un estudio que se inicio en el año de 1999, llamado medicion con GPS el sistema de Fallas de los rios Polochic Motagua de Guatemala, tambien para un estudio que se implemento para deformación de corteza terrestre local en un Volcan Activo de Guatemala llamado Pacaya. Para el estudio de medicion con GPS en el sistema de falla de los Rios del polochic Motagua se implementaron 16 puntos para medir con GPS de dos frecuencias en el año de 1999, el cual, tres puntos son estaciones geodesicas CORS IGS llamados GUAT, ELEN y HUEH, despues en el año de 2003 se hizo otra medicion en un total de 20 puntos, que permitió calcular las velocidades de desplazamieinto de los puntos en mención, usando como referencia el modelo NUVEL 1A de DeMets de la placa de Norteamerica. Este estudio fue en cooperación internacional por la universidad de Nice de Francia y el IGNde Francia. Para el estudio del monitoreo con GPS del volcan activo de Guatemala, se implementaron cuatro puntos al rededor del volcan, el cual, se realizan cuatro mediciones al año, que permiten determinar axialmente la distancias entre los puntos, y rebisar estadisticamente cual es el comportamiento de las distancias en funcion del tiempo, si

  11. Aprendizaje cooperativo con alumnos de altas capacidades

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    Herrera Lara, Inmaculada

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    El presente Trabajo Fin de Grado tiene como finalidad conocer e investigar la intervención educativa que se lleva a cabo con los alumnos de altas capacidades a través del aprendizaje cooperativo. Estos alumnos necesitan de la ayuda y colaboración de los otros para lograr verdaderos procesos de aprendizaje. Sin la colaboración de docentes, padres y demás organismos del centro educativo no sería posible ofrecer una respuesta válida y eficaz a las necesidades que presenta este colectivo. Tal com...

  12. Characterization of the gamma radioactive content in soils of the south cost of Guatemala

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    In this thesis results of measurements of 137Cs in soils of the south cost of Guatemala are presented. The technique used is gamma spectroscopy using Ge(Hi) detector. The results shows that cesium is the main radionuclide present in the cultivated soils of Guatemala

  13. 75 FR 51869 - CAFTA-DR Consultation Request Regarding Guatemala's Apparent Failure to Effectively Enforce its...

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    2010-08-23

    ... Enforce its Labor Laws AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice; request... Government of Guatemala to discuss Guatemala's apparent failure to meet its obligation under Article 16.2.1(a) to effectively enforce its labor laws. The consultations request may be found at...

  14. Geochemistry of crude oils, seepage oils and source rocks from Belize and Guatemala

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    Petersen, H.I.; Holland, B.; Nytoft, H.P.;

    2012-01-01

    This study reviews the stratigraphy and the poorly documented petroleum geology of the Belize-Guatemala area in northern Central America. Guatemala is divided by the east-west trending La Libertad arch into the North and South Petén Basins. The arch is the westward continuation of the Maya...

  15. Guatemala 2008: la democracia en medio de un escenario complejo Guatemala 2008

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    of crime and violence in Guatemala, provoked to a large extent by juvenile gangs and, especially, by organized crime organizations headed by drug trafficking. It is true that such a situation doesn't call to optimism, but neither it is convenient to assume and attitude of defeat, given the country's potentials to recover and continue advancing.

  16. Ciencias Sociales, Sociología y pobreza en Guatemala

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    Mendoza Edgar S. G.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Desde una perspectiva de la sociología del conocimiento de Karl Mannheim se puede comprender el estado del arte de los estudios de pobreza en Guatemala en un escenario entre 1980 y 2004. La justificación del trabajo se debe a la ausencia de una investigación que trate de entender el desarrollo del tema en las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala y que demuestre su importancia a través de experiencias teóricas y metodológicas. Se puede decir que la investigación sobre la pobreza no ha sido sistemática ni continua debido al proceso social y político que ha vivido el país, no obstante se afirma con toda certeza que existe un corpus bibliográfico heterogéneo y considerable entre 1980-2004. La investigación tuvo como objetivo realizar un balance de las tendencias teóricas y metodológicas de los estudios en los últimos 20 años. Debo apuntar que la bibliografía sobre pobreza es bastante amplia e inevitablemente mereció seleccionar una muestra de los trabajos más representativos e innovadores, no sólo en las dos décadas analizadas, sino también en sus temas. No se puede entender los estudios de pobreza alejados de la Ciencias Sociales y de los procesos históricos, políticos, económicos y sociales de Guatemala y la relación con otros campos de conocimiento en Centroamérica y América Latina.

  17. Microbiological Effectiveness of Disinfecting Water by Boiling in Rural Guatemala

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    Rosa, Ghislaine; Miller, Laura; Clasen, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Boiling is the most common means of treating water in the home and the benchmark against which alternative point-of-use water treatment options must be compared. In a 5-week study in rural Guatemala among 45 households who claimed they always or almost always boiled their drinking water, boiling was associated with a 86.2% reduction in geometric mean thermotolerant coliforms (TTC) (N = 206, P < 0.0001). Despite consistent levels of fecal contamination in source water, 71.2% of stored water sa...

  18. High efficiency motors; Motores de alta eficiencia

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    Uranga Favela, Ivan Jaime [Energia Controlada de Mexico, S. A. de C. V., Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    1992-12-31

    This paper is a technical-financial study of the high efficiency and super-premium motors. As it is widely known, more than 60% of the electrical energy generated in the country is used for the operation of motors, in industry as well as in commerce. Therefore the importance that the motors have in the efficient energy use. [Espanol] El presente trabajo es un estudio tecnico-financiero de los motores de alta eficiencia y los motores super premium. Como es ampliamente conocido, mas del 60% de la energia electrica generada en el pais, es utilizada para accionar motores, dentro de la industria y el comercio. De alli la importancia que los motores tienen en el uso eficiente de la energia.

  19. World Wide Web Search Engines: AltaVista and Yahoo.

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    Machovec, George S., Ed.

    1996-01-01

    Examines the history, structure, and search capabilities of Internet search tools AltaVista and Yahoo. AltaVista provides relevance-ranked feedback on full-text searches. Yahoo indexes Web "citations" only but does organize information hierarchically into predefined categories. Yahoo has recently become a publicly held company and currently…

  20. La Candelaria Neighborthood City of Guatemala, Forgotten Architectural Heritage

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    Leonel Alberto de la Roca Coronado

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The new Guatemala de la Asunción, has been impacted by climate change, due to its geographical location, the tectonic plates and volcanic features of the soil, which causes that the country is always threatened by tragic events that occur suddenly and on a recurring basis, by natural events (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, hurricanes, storms, floods, landslides. Because the age of the District of La Candelaria, (since it is the second set in the Valle de la Ermita, after the transfer of the city in January 1776, likewise it was one of the areas damaged by the earthquake of February 4, 1976, has as a consequence that the architectural heritage of the District of La Candelaria is constantly at risk. In the 21st century, the problems of nationwide architectural heritage have additional components that make it more vulnerable to ruin, (social, economic and political deterioration, insecurity, which added to the poor state of physical buildings, referred to the lack of maintenance, little financial support and interest of the authorities to apply the laws for the protection of immovable cultural heritage assets. Within the Barrio of La Candelaria, there are homes and architectural remains, which could improve its current state. Guatemala needs to join the State and private institutions to ensure prevention and safeguarding of the heritage. 

  1. DeLucca named project director in Guatemala.

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    1984-01-01

    Mike Delucca, a social marketing specialist since 1978, has been named director of a new contraceptive social marketing effort in Guatemala. The project is sponsored by Importadora de Productos Farmaceuticos (IPROFA), S.A., a group of private-sector community leaders who came together specifically to set up the project. IPROFA plan to being marketing 1 brand of oral contraceptive, condom, and foaming tablet in early 1985. Efforts will first be targeted at economically and socially disadvantaged fertile couples between the ages of 18-44 in large urban areas. By the end of 1985 marketing will begin in rural and small urban areas. DeLucca is on assignment IPROFA from Juarez and Associates, a marketing and research firm in Los Angeles. He was formerly with Development Associates of Arlington, Virginia, and served as project director for the social marketing project in El Salvador. He joined the Guatemala project in May 1984, overseeing prelaunch activities that included development of the marketing plan. After the product launch he will coordinate sales and follow-up marketing studies. The project is the result of a cooperative agreement between IPROFA and US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed in April 1982.

  2. Cambios de uso del suelo y crecimiento urbano. Estudio de caso en los municipios conurbados de la Mancomunidad Metrópoli de Los Altos, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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    Héctor Obdulio Alvarado-Quiroa

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Para la planificación estratégica territorial es indispensable elaborar diagnósticos territoriales que develen el comportamiento y las dinámicas, es decir, analizar las relaciones mutuas entre la vocación de uso de la tierra (capacidad de uso y su uso actual. El presente artículo hace un análisis de los cambios de uso y el crecimiento urbano que ha sufrido el territorio de los municipios conurbados de la Metrópoli de Los Altos, en el departamento de Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, como un indicador de la intensidad de uso de territorio. Para ello se determinó en primera instancia la capacidad de uso del suelo, utilizando la metodología del INAB (2000. Al determinar la capacidad de uso y contrastarlo con el uso dado para los años 1964, 1970, 1982, 1990, 2002 y 2006, se explica cómo a partir del año 1990 y hasta 2006 empieza a darse una alta conflictividad (intensidad en el uso del territorio. Con este estudio se demuestra la presión que ha ejercido la expansión urbana sobre los suelos con una alta vocación agrícola y sobre el medio natural, especialmente sobre las áreas protegidas y bosques, debido a la falta de una planificación estratégica territorial. Esto ha provocado un uso espontáneo del territorio y un crecimiento urbano descontrolado con graves repercusiones ambientales. En el estudio también se estima el escenario tendencial, dando como resultado la desaparición de toda el área con alta vocación agrícola para el año 2039.

  3. Diversidad genética de poblaciones de ajo (Allium sativum L. cultivadas en Guatemala, definida por marcadores de ADN

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    Fredy Uber Rosales-Longo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Diversidad genética de las poblaciones de ajo (Allium sativum L. cultivadas en Gua temala, definida por mar cado res de ADN. En Guatemala es escasa la in for ma ción sobre la diversidad genética de ajo. Los objetivos del estudio fueron: incidir en el mejoramiento de Allium sativum, so bre la base del conocimiento de su variabilidad genética, así mismo, establecer una colección in vi tro de la co lec ción de las poblaciones cultivadas en Guatemala. Los experimentos fueron realizados entre octubre de 2005 y marzo de 2006. La determinación de las variaciones de ADN se realizaron me dian te la téc ni ca de AFLP™. La información se analiza por medio de análisis de componentes principales, análisis de coordenadas principales y análisis de conglomerados. Mediante la inspección de los pro duc tos de AFLP™ y análi sis estadísticos, se detectó una alta variabilidad genética entre los materiales vegetales colectados. Las muestras clasificadas co mo del ti po “Chi leno”, correspondieron a los tipos “Criollo”. Nueve bien diferenciados grupos genéticos se conformaron en un dendrograma y se con fir mó que la diversidad genética descubierta es una función del lugar don de se cul ti van las po bla cio nes de ajo. Se identificó una mayor diversidad genética entre las mues tras de ajo del ti po “Crio llo” que las que se tienen en tre los ma te ria les del ti po “Chileno”, como producto de la mayor dispersión espacial de los primeros. Los materiales genéticos de ajo se encuentran actualmente preservados en un Banco de Germoplasma in vi tro en la Uni dad de Bio tec no lo gía del IC TA.

  4. [Composition and nutritional value of lunches and breakfasts purchased outside the households in urban Guatemala].

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    Monroy-Valle, Michele Marie; Monroy Valle, Karin; Toledo Chaves, Pablo Francisco

    2014-11-01

    La Encuesta Nacional de Ingresos y Gastos Familiares (ENIGFAM 2009-2010), mostró que una tercera parte, y casi dos terceras partes de los guatemaltecos compran fuera del hogar desayuno y almuerzo. Objetivos: Determinar la composición, valor nutritivo y precio de menús de desayuno y almuerzo adquiridos fuera del hogar en zonas urbanas de tres departamentos del país. Métodos: Estudio descriptivo. Obtuvimos valor nutritivo de energía, carbohidratos, proteínas y grasas, mediante peso directo de la muestra seleccionada a conveniencia en Ciudad de Guatemala, San Marcos y Quetzaltenango. Se evaluó contenido nutricional de 159 desayunos y 162 almuerzos, y obtuvimos valor nutritivo de 10 recetas de menús con método de receta triplicado. Resultados y discusión: Los menús eran adquiridos de lunes a viernes en comedores y ventas ambulantes. La mediana de precio fue Q9,00 (US$1,13) para desayuno y Q12,75 (US$1,59) para almuerzo. Las raciones de desayuno y almuerzo pesaron 425,4g, con 5 o más preparaciones por menú, y 832,5g, con 5 o más preparaciones por menú, respectivamente. En 100 gramos, las medianas del valor nutritivo de desayuno fueron 127,5Kcal; 4,02g de proteína; 4,2g de Grasa; 18,7g de carbohidratos; para el almuerzo 109,3Kcal; 3,8g de proteína; 2,7g de grasa y 17,3g de carbohidratos. Se concluye que los menús corresponden al patrón de consumo aparente o compra de la población guatemalteca descrita en Canasta Nacional de Bienes y Servicios y en la Canasta Básica de Alimentos con alta cantidad de carbohidratos refinados, grasa saturada y poca proteína.

  5. Sulgmadu ja jaaguarijumal : Mehhiko ja Guatemala indiaani kultuur Tampere kunstimuuseumis / Livia Viitol

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    Viitol, Livia, 1953-

    1998-01-01

    Kolumbuse-eelse mesoameerika indiaani kultuuride näitus. Eksponeeritud 350 Mehhiko, Guatemala ja Prantsuse muuseumidele kuuluvat eksponaati ajavahemikust 1500 a. e. kr.-1500 a. p. kr. Indiaani jumalatest

  6. Guatemala värvid ja kontrastid / Märt Peet, Elo Talvoja

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    1999-01-01

    Guatemala vaatamisväärsustest ja kultuurist. Eesti noorte naiste ja meeste kristlike ühingute esindajate osalemisest rahvusvahelises noortejuhtide programmis Kesk- Ameerikas erinevate kultuuride tundmaõppimiseks

  7. Violent crime in post-civil war Guatemala: causes and policy implications

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    Turner, Duilia Mora

    2015-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in Latin America, and thus the world. The primary purpose of this thesis is to answer the following question: what factors explain the rise of violent crime in post-civil war Guatemala? The secondary focus of this thesis is to identify the transnational implications of Guatemala’s violence for U.S. policy. Guatemala’s critical security environment requires the identification of causal rela...

  8. Guatemala; Report on Observance of Standards and Codes: Fiscal Transparency Module

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    2006-01-01

    This report provides an assessment of fiscal transparency practices in Guatemala in light of the requirements of the IMF Code of Good Practices on Fiscal Transparency. The assessment reveals that Guatemala has progressed in certain important aspects of fiscal transparency. A variety of measures have made it possible to modernize budget, treasury, and accounting procedures, improve management and control of public funds, and prepare timely budget execution reports. The annual budget and the mi...

  9. Child-oriented marketing techniques in snack food packages in Guatemala

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    Chacon, Violeta; Letona, Paola; Barnoya, Joaquin

    2013-01-01

    Background Childhood overweight in Guatemala is now becoming a public health concern. Child-oriented marketing contributes to increase children’s food preference, purchase and consumption. This study sought to assess the availability of child-oriented snack foods sold in school kiosks and convenience stores near public schools in Guatemala, to identify the marketing techniques used in child-oriented snack food packages and to classify the snacks as “healthy” or “less-healthy”. Methods We purc...

  10. Opportunities and challenges for community involvement in public service provision in rural Guatemala:

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    Speer, Johanna; Vásquez, William F.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the research summarized in this paper is to provide policy-relevant knowledge on the governance of rural services in Guatemala and thus to contribute to improving the provision of services that are essential for agricultural and rural development. Based on quantitative and qualitative primary data, we examine how services are actually provided today and how community preferences and participation affect service provision in rural Guatemala. Our main finding is that the provisio...

  11. Intervention by Invitation? Shared Sovereignty in the Fight against Impunity in Guatemala

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    Günther Maihold

    2016-01-01

    This article deals with the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a joint hybrid commission to investigate impunity in the context of illegal security networks and organized crime. It was set up as an external governance intervention through an agreement between the UN and the State of Guatemala in 2006 to strengthen state institutions in the face of a worsening security situation. Based on a delegation of governance in the modality of shared sovereignty, CICIG has b...

  12. Cultivo de la Quina [Cínchona] en Guatemala

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    Popenoe Wilson

    1942-08-01

    Full Text Available A mediados del siglo pasado, el rápido incremento que tomó la destrucción de los bosques de quina (Cínchona de los Andes y el aumento del valor de la quinina para el tratamiento de la malaria, dió por resultado la introducción del cultivo de Cínchona en los dominios tropicales de la Gran Bretaña y Holanda. Respecto a estos cultivos el mundo recuerda con gratitud a hombres como Weddell y Markham, quienes estudiaron estos árboles en sus hogares nativos, habiendo insistido en la iniciación de tal empresa. El interés que promovió el cultivo de Cínchona por los años de 1850 y 1860 en adelante, parece que repercutió en muchas regiones, siendo Guatemala una de ellas.

  13. Estratificación y movilidad social en Guatemala

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    Guillermo Díaz

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo describe la estructura de las clases sociales en Guatemala en el nuevo siglo, caracterizada por una incipiente clase media, que representa menos del 20% de la población. El artículo también aborda el tema de la movilidad social en las áreas educativa y laboral. En ambos casos la movilidad social es baja, existiendo diferencias significativas según género y grupo étnico. La movilidad de la educación es mayor en hombres que en mujeres, así como en el grupo étnico no indígena que en el indígena. En la movilidad ocupacional la situación es inversa.

  14. Fertility remains high in Guatemala despite increasing use of contraception.

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    1997-01-01

    With a total fertility rate of 5.1, Guatemala has one of the highest levels of fertility in Latin America, according to findings from the 1995 DHS survey in Guatemala (Encuesta Nacional de Salud Materno Infantil--ENSMI-95). Fertility is lower among educated women, urban women, and Ladino women. The differences are most striking by education: on average, women with no formal education will have 7 children, compared with 2 or 3 children among women with at least some secondary education. Contraceptive use among currently married women increased from 23% in 1987 to 32% in 1995; however, this level of use is still low compared with other countries in the region. Almost half of contraceptive users (15%) rely on female sterilization; relatively few use the pill (4%) or the IUD (3%). It is estimated that 24% of married women want to space or limit their births but are not using a contraceptive method. The survey indicates that there have been improvements in most indicators of maternal and child health, but many challenges remain. Only about half of the women receive antenatal care and just one-third receive assistance at delivery from trained medical personnel. Less than half of the children aged 12-23 months have received all the recommended vaccinations, and half of the children under 5 years are malnourished (stunted). At the same time, infant mortality has shown a steady decline. In the 5-year period preceding the survey the infant mortality rate was 51/1000 live births (under-five mortality was 68/1000). The ENSMI-95 was implemented by the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica. A total of 12,403 women aged 15-49 years were interviewed. The final report and summary report are available in Spanish.

  15. Women's human agency and self-determination in Guatemalan tourism development

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    Lindsay Usher

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El turismo es a menudo identificado como una estrategia para mejorar el bienestar de las comunidades y sus miembros más vulnerables - las mujeres y sus hijos. La capacidad de las mujeres para participar y beneficiarse del turismo está condicionada por los tradicionales roles de género y consiguientes desventajas educacionales. Los programas de desarrollo a menudo intentan mitigar estas disparidades. Este artículo examina la intervención de los Cuerpos de Paz como resultado de la mejora en el desarrollo humano y la autodeterminación de las mujeres indígenas Q¿eqchi, en Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. El artículo trata los logros y deficiencias de esta intervención así como sus implicaciones prácticas y teóricas.

  16. Alta Capital venitab Kruudale tasumisega / Sten-Aleks Pihlak

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    Pihlak, Sten-Aleks

    2008-01-01

    Alta Capital Partnersid pole veel maksnud Oliver Kruudale 2007. aasta septembris müüdud Tere ja Kalevi eest. Vt. samas: Rahasaamise venimine on lükanud Kalevi viimastel kuudel laenurallile. Kommenteerib Aivar Häelm

  17. Carriles para alta velocidad. Comportamiento en fatiga

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    Duart, J. M.

    2005-02-01

    -aire inducido. Los ensayos de fatiga de los carriles soldados se llevan a cabo por flexión en cuatro puntos en concordancia con la norma europea. El método Locati, descrito en esta nota, está basado en la Ley de Miner de daño acumulado y en las curvas de Wohler del material ensayado. Permite calcular, con precisión suficiente, las tensiones límites de fatiga al 50%. Así, los valores obtenidos, en ensayos a dos millones de ciclos, para carriles sin soldar (Sf = 353 MPa, carriles soldados con precalentamiento de oxipropano (Sf = 225 MPa y carriles soldados con precalentamiento de propano-aire inducido (Sf = 210 MPa son muy similares y aceptables a los estipulados por los métodos de determinación del límite de fatiga según norma europea. Debido a la comodidad, rapidez y bajo coste del método Locati resulta, en nuestra opinión, muy adecuado para el control de calidad de los procesos de soldadura aluminotérmica en vigor, de carriles de alta resistencia.

  18. Identifying individuals at risk for fracture in Guatemala.

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The FRAX calculator combines a set of clinical risk factors with country-specific incidence rates to determine the ten-year absolute risk of major osteoporotic fracture. However, regional or country-specific databases from Central American countries are not available. We compared the use of various FRAX databases and the Pluijm algorithm in determining risk of fracture. METHODS: We collected clinical risk factor data needed for the FRAX calculator and Pluijm algorithm of Hispanic women in Guatemala and calculated the FRAX absolute risk measures of major osteoporotic fracture and hip fracture. Subjects were postmenopausal women greater than age 40 with no history of using medication that affect bone. A random sample of 204 women in 34 different regions women in Guatemala City was visited in their homes to complete the surveys. The Pluijm risk score and FRAX risk score using the US Hispanic, Spain, and Mexican databases were calculated. RESULTS: We used the US NOF guidelines for treatment which suggest a treatment threshold for patients with a 10-year hip fracture probability ≥ 3% or a 10-year major osteoporotic fracture risk ≥ 20%. The number of patients meeting the suggested threshold limits for treatment using the Spain and Mexico calculators were identical. There was 100% conformity in threshold limits for both hip and major osteoporotic fracture risk. The mean conformity for any fracture risk between US Hispanic and the other two databases was 97.5%. Conformity was 99.0% based on major osteoporotic fracture and 97.5% based on risk of hip fracture. The Pluijm evaluation shows conformity of 87.2% and 83.3%, respectively, when compared to the US Hispanic and Spain/Mexico FRAX thresholds for risk of fracture. DISCUSSION: Although the different FRAX databases provide variations in the absolute risk of fracture, the overall conformity to treatment thresholds amongst the US Hispanic, Spain, and Mexico databases show the database

  19. O papel do professor junto ao aluno com Altas Habilidades

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available .Quando se discute a Educação Especial é comum, num primeiro momento, lembrar do aluno que compõe o especial na Educação como aquele com deficiência mental, auditiva, visual ou física. No entanto, assim como essas crianças, também os alunos com altas habilidades necessitam de um atendimento especializado, pois ele também é um sujeito da Educação Especial. Nesse sentido, este artigo apresenta a definição de altas habilidades, baseada na teoria de um pesquisador norte-americano e, como foco principal algumas questões que envolvem o professor de forma mais direta com o aluno com altas habilidades em sala de aula. Entre elas estão: questões sobre a aprendizagem escolar desses alunos, bem como os fatores que fazem parte desse processo, estratégias de ensino e a importância da identificação dos alunos com altas habilidades.Palavras-chave: Educação Especial. Professor. Aluno com Altas Habilidades

  20. Cetáceos del Pacífico de Guatemala: Cincuenta años de historia

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    Cabrera Arreola, Andrea; Ortíz Wolford, Jenniffer S.; Corona Figueroa, Mildred Fabiola; Gudiel Corona, Victor M.

    2014-01-01

    Cetaceans have been studied in Guatemala since 1960s, but only a few scientific works based on the collected cetacean data were published. We reviewed literatures about cetaceans in Guatemala for the past fifty years to gain the biological knowledge for conservation and management plans. A total of

  1. Rural income and forest reliance in highland Guatemala.

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    Prado Córdova, José Pablo; Wunder, Sven; Smith-Hall, Carsten; Börner, Jan

    2013-05-01

    This paper estimates rural household-level forest reliance in the western highlands of Guatemala using quantitative methods. Data were generated by the way of an in-depth household income survey, repeated quarterly between November 2005 and November 2006, in 11 villages (n = 149 randomly selected households). The main sources of income proved to be small-scale agriculture (53 % of total household income), wages (19 %) and environmental resources (14 %). The latter came primarily from forests (11 % on average). In the poorest quintile the forest income share was as high as 28 %. All households harvest and consume environmental products. In absolute terms, environmental income in the top quintile was 24 times higher than in the lowest. Timber and poles, seeds, firewood and leaf litter were the most important forest products. Households can be described as 'regular subsistence users': the share of subsistence income is high, with correspondingly weak integration into regional markets. Agricultural systems furthermore use important inputs from surrounding forests, although forests and agricultural uses compete in household specialization strategies. We find the main household determinants of forest income to be household size, education and asset values, as well as closeness to markets and agricultural productivity. Understanding these common but spatially differentiated patterns of environmental reliance may inform policies aimed at improving livelihoods and conserving forests.

  2. Herpetofaunal richness of San Julian Universitary Farm, Patulul, Suchitepequez, Guatemala

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    Dennis Guerra-Centeno

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The herpetofaunal richness of San Julian Universitary Farm (FUSJ, in Patulul, Suchitepequez, Guatemala, was investigated using three methods: (1 Capture/sighting of specimens, (2 social inquiry and (3 desk research. The field work was distributed over a 10 year period (2003-2013 at a rate of six fieldwork sessions each year. A 4.5 km long transect extending through the agricultural landscape of the farm was run repeatedly. Each fieldwork session included diurnal and nocturnal travels. The accumulated search time was 420 hr-transect. The equivalent to 337.5 of accumulated miles were traveled, including elevations between 1490 and 1833 feet above sea level. Three former hunters were interviewed and asked to identify species they think are present at the FUSJ. Published data were reviewed to determine which species were expected to occur in San Julian. Two lists (amphibians andreptiles totaling 97 species (including 95 expected, 38 found and 2 not expected was generated. The quality and significance of our data is discussed.

  3. Collaborative Monitoring and Hazard Mitigation at Fuego Volcano, Guatemala

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    Lyons, J. J.; Bluth, G. J.; Rose, W. I.; Patrick, M.; Johnson, J. B.; Stix, J.

    2007-05-01

    A portable, digital sensor network has been installed to closely monitor changing activity at Fuego volcano, which takes advantage of an international collaborative effort among Guatemala, U.S. and Canadian universities, and the Peace Corps. The goal of this effort is to improve the understanding shallow internal processes, and consequently to more effectively mitigate volcanic hazards. Fuego volcano has had more than 60 historical eruptions and nearly-continuous activity make it an ideal laboratory to study volcanic processes. Close monitoring is needed to identify base-line activity, and rapidly identify and disseminate changes in the activity which might threaten nearby communities. The sensor network is comprised of a miniature DOAS ultraviolet spectrometer fitted with a system for automated plume scans, a digital video camera, and two seismo-acoustic stations and portable dataloggers. These sensors are on loan from scientists who visited Fuego during short field seasons and donated use of their sensors to a resident Peace Corps Masters International student from Michigan Technological University for extended data collection. The sensor network is based around the local volcano observatory maintained by Instituto National de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Metrologia e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH). INSIVUMEH provides local support and historical knowledge of Fuego activity as well as a secure location for storage of scientific equipment, data processing, and charging of the batteries that power the sensors. The complete sensor network came online in mid-February 2007 and here we present preliminary results from concurrent gas, seismic, and acoustic monitoring of activity from Fuego volcano.

  4. Geology and geothermal potential of the tecuamburro volcano area, Guatemala

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    Duffield, W.A.; Heiken, G.H.; Wohletz, K.H.; Maassen, L.W.; Dengo, G.; McKee, E.H.; Castaneda, O.

    1992-01-01

    Tecuamburro, an andesitic stratovolcano in southeastern Guatemala, is within the chain of active volcanoes of Central America. Though Tecuamburro has no record of historic eruptions, radiocarbon ages indicate that eruption of this and three other adjacent volcanoes occurred within the past 38,300 years. The youngest eruption produced a dacite dome. Moreover, powerful steam explosions formed a 250 m wide crater about 2900 years ago near the base of this dome. The phreatic crater contains a pH-3 thermal lake. Fumaroles are common along the lake shore, and several other fumaroles are located nearby. Neutral-chloride hot springs are at lower elevations a few kilometers away. All thermal manifestations are within an area of about 400 km2 roughly centered on Tecuamburro Volcano. Thermal implications of the volume, age, and composition of the post-38.3 ka volcanic rocks suggest that magma, or recently solidified hot plutons, or both are in the crust beneath these lavas. Chemical geothermometry carried out by other workers suggests that a hydrothermal-convection system is centered over this crustal heat source. Maximum temperatures of about 300??C are calculated for samples collected in the area of youngest volcanism, whereas samples from outlying thermal manifestations yield calculated temperatures <- 165??C. An 808 m deep drill hole completed in 1990 to partly test the geothermal model developed from surface studies attained a maximum temperature of almost 240??C. Thus, the possibility of a commercial-grade hydrothermal resource in the area seems high. ?? 1992.

  5. High intensity Discharge lighting; Alumbrado de alta intensidad de descarga

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    Mendoza E, Ernesto J. [Manufacturera de Reactores, S. A., Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    1993-12-31

    This paper gets into contact with some fundamentals in the operation of high discharge intensity lamps. There are useful definitions, as well as the study of the operation of high pressure sodium lamps and of metallic additives operating at less than nominal power. [Espanol] Este trabajo pone al lector en contacto con algunos fundamentos de la operacion de las lamparas de alta intensidad de descarga (HID). Se encuentra con definiciones utiles, asi como el estudio de la operacion de las lamparas de sodio en alta presion y de aditivos metalicos operando a una potencia menor que la nominal.

  6. Cócs. Hallmark of the Terra Alta

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    2004-01-01

    This article looks at the traditional cake making in the Terra Alta (Catalonien) area linked to festivities, and in particular the pastries usually made. In this area the pastries are known as cócs, a word common to Terra Alta and the neighbouring districts of Ribera d'Ebre and the Priorat. Locally produced mistelle, sweet or rancid wine is served with the pastries. Nowadays, the bakeries and cake makers in the area's towns and villages also produce traditionally crafted products, tha...

  7. Enriquecimiento curricular para el alumnado con altas capacidades en primaria

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    Boldú Caballero, Tomás

    2013-01-01

    La finalidad de este documento es proporcionar al lector, primero, una rápida ojeada a la trayectoria histórica de la atención a las NEE (más concretamente de las altas capacidades); segundo, una conceptualización de las altas capacidades y sus necesidades educativas específicas tomando como punto de referencia algunos de lo más eminentes autores y corrientes psicopedagógicas actuales o del pasado reciente; y por último, facilitar ejemplos prácticos desde la perspectiva del doc...

  8. Petroleum geology and resources of southeastern Mexico, northern Guatemala, and Belize

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    Peterson, J.A.

    1986-05-01

    Petroleum deposits in southeastern Mexico and Guatemala occur in two main basinal provinces: the Gulf Coast Tertiary basin area, which includes the Reforma and offshore Campeche Mesozoic fields, and the Peten basin of eastern Chiapas State (Mexico) and Guatemala. Major oil production, in order of importance, is from Cretaceous, Paleocene, and Jurassic carbonate reservoirs in the reforma and offshore Campeche area. Several small oil fields have been discovered in Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs in west-central Guatemala. Almost all important production is in salt structure traps or on domes and anticlines that may be related to deep-seated salt movement. Some minor oil production has occurred in Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs in a buried overthrust belt along the west flank of the Veracruz basin. Gas production is mainly from Tertiary sandstone reservoirs.

  9. Estrategia para el aprovechamiento del recurso hídrico subterráneo en una zona semiárida de Guatemala

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    Isaac Rodolfo Herrera Ibáñez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El agua subterránea juega un papel crítico en el mantenimiento de una alta calidad de vida para la población dentro de la zona semiárida de Guatemala. El agua subterránea suple el agua para consumo humano, industrial, comercial y uso agrícola en las partes rurales del país. Por esto, los objetivos fueron determinar las principales áreas de recarga hídrica y proponer estrategias efectivas de manejo del agua. El agua subterránea está generalmente en rocas volcánicas fracturadas y forma un acuífero local y con confinamiento. En la cuenca existe una recarga hídrica de ocho millones de metros cúbicos por año. Esto indica que la extracción de agua con el desarrollo de pozos es factible, representando una estrategia de manejo de agua. Se recomienda hacer mejoras con asistencia técnica a las municipalidades y a los pequeños sistemas de agua para desarrollar e implementar programas locales de protección de aguas subterráneas.

  10. Debilidad regulatoria de los transgénicos en Guatemala; alternativas, riesgos, amenazas e intereses

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    Bonilla Landaverry, Gesly Anibal

    2014-01-01

    La introducción en Guatemala de los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (OGM), conocidos también como transgénicos, se ha dado en un marco jurídico e institucional con muchas debilidades y sin ninguna ley que los regule hasta el día de hoy. Los transgénicos ingresaron en Guatemala cuando algunas empresas iniciaron a experimentar con productos agrícolas en 1989, además se han introducido como ayuda alimentaria proveniente de Estados Unidos. En la actualidad sectores políticos, sociales y acad...

  11. An exploration of violence, mental health and substance abuse in post-conflict Guatemala

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    Harvey, Michael J.; Vassy, Jason L.; DiNardo, Andrew R.; Victor D. Puac Polanco; Branas, Charles C; Kent Bream

    2013-01-01

    Guatemala’s 36-year civil war officially ended in December 1996 after some 200,000 deaths and one million refugees. Despite the ceasefire, Guatemala continues to be a violent country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. We investigated potential associations between violence, mental health, and substance abuse in post-conflictGuatemalausing a community-based survey of 86 respondents living in urban and ruralGuatemala. Overall, 17.4% of our respondents had at least one, direct...

  12. Características del alumnado con altas capcidades

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    Grau Rubio, Claudia

    2012-01-01

    Se describen las características del alumnado con altas capacidades, la terminología más usual y la clasificación. Asimismo, se expone la teoría de la disincronía y los mitos relacionados con este alumnado.

  13. Comportamiento de la enfermedad diarreica aguda en Guatemala

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    Mario Enrique Plá Acevedo

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal, con el objetivo de conocer el comportamiento de la Enfermedad Diarreica Aguda (EDA en Tierra Blanca, Departamento Petén, Guatemala; en el período comprendido de enero a diciembre del año 2011. El universo de estudio lo formaron todos los individuos que fueron evaluados en el puesto de salud de Tierra Blanca con diagnóstico clínico de EDA. La muestra estuvo constituida por 529 pacientes. Se trabajó con el Sistema de Información Gerencial en Salud 18 (SIGSA, las fichas de salud individual de cada paciente, así como una entrevista estructurada que se le aplicó a los mismos, previo consentimiento informado; información con la cual se obtuvieron las variables relacionadas con los aspectos socio-demográficos, epidemiológicos y clínicos. Los meses donde más casos se reportaron fueron entre mayo y septiembre, coincidiendo esto con los meses de lluvias. Las edades más frecuentes fueron de uno a diez años y el sexo que predominó fue el masculino. El 40,3% consumían agua procedente de chorro intradomiciliario; las infecciones respiratorias agudas fueron las patologías que con más frecuencia se asociaron a las EDA y el 88,1% recibió tratamiento con sales de rehidratación oral.

  14. Investigación en materiales sometidos a altas presiones

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    Juan Carlos Fallas

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de materiales sometidos a altas presiones es un tema de profundo interés en el campo científico e ingenieril actual. Diferentes análisis experimentales permiten descubrir los efectos que esta condición genera en la estructura molecular de un determinado compuesto.La implementación de la celda de diamante para altas presiones ha revolucionado este tema en las últimas décadas, al ser una herramienta vital en el desarrollo de estas pruebas. Presiones superiores, inclusive a los 20 Gpa, pueden ser generadas con este artefacto.Adicionalmente, la posibilidad de caracterizar muestras bajo estos parámetros y la inclusión de otras variables, como altas temperaturas, ofrecen un ambiente propicio para la evaluación de materiales bajo condiciones extremas.Este artículo explica los fundamentos básicos de la ciencia de materiales a altas presiones. Aspectos relevantes acerca de la celda de diamante y de la ejecución de experimentos son tratados en diferentes apartados. Se quiere compartir los alcances que esta disciplina posee, así como diferentes resultados que se han logrado en varias aplicaciones.Investigaciones en materiales para el almacenamiento de hidrógeno y energía, así como la simulación de condiciones presentes a muy altas profundidades en la Tierra, son casos que se tomaron en cuenta para ejemplificar áreas donde existen aplicaciones sustanciales.

  15. Increased risk of miscarriage among women experiencing physical or sexual intimate partner violence during pregnancy in Guatemala City, Guatemala: cross-sectional study

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    Hoch Jeffrey S; Samayoa Blanca E; Boivin Jean-François; Morales Rosa E; Johri Mira; Grazioso Carlos F; Barrios Matta Ingrid J; Sommen Cécile; Baide Diaz Eva L; Fong Hector R; Arathoon Eduardo G

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Violence against women by their male intimate partners (IPV) during pregnancy may lead to negative pregnancy outcomes. We examined the role of IPV as a potential risk factor for miscarriage in Guatemala. Our objectives were: (1) To describe the magnitude and pattern of verbal, physical and sexual violence by male intimate partners in the last 12 months (IPV) in a sample of pregnant Guatemalans; (2) To evaluate the influence of physical or sexual IPV on miscarriage as a pre...

  16. Community-based Flood Risk Assessment using GIS for the Town of San Sebastian, Guatemala

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    Peters-Guarin, G.; Westen, van C.J.; Montoya, L.

    2005-01-01

    The municipality of San Sebastián, considered one of the most prone to natural hazards in Guatemala, was selected as one of the pilot areas of the UNESCO program on “Capacity Building for Natural Disaster Reduction”. The town is located within the Samalá basin, near the active channel of the river,

  17. Indigenous Legal Translators: Challenges of a University Program for the Maya of Guatemala.

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    Herrera Pena, Guillermina; Raymundo, Jorge Manuel

    1998-01-01

    Guatemala is overhauling its justice system to be more congruent with its indigenous reality. A Rafael Landivar University program trains indigenous legal translators not only in legal and linguistic aspects, but also in strengthening indigenous identity and student commitment to the community. Challenges and future plans are described. A former…

  18. Bayesian Integration of Large Scale SNA Data Frameworks with an Application to Guatemala

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    Van Tongeren, J.W.; Magnus, J.R.

    2011-01-01

    We present a Bayesian estimation method applied to an extended set of national accounts data and estimates of approximately 2500 variables. The method is based on conventional national accounts frameworks as compiled by countries in Central America, in particular Guatemala, and on concepts that are

  19. A Historical Analysis of the Educational Modalities of Inequalities Management in Costa Rica, Cuba and Guatemala

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    Mulot, Eric

    2004-01-01

    This article provides a historical and comparative study of the role that management of inequalities has played in the formation and evolution of educational institutions in three countries: Costa Rica, Cuba and Guatemala. This particular focus shows that this function has played a determining role, even if its organization has varied deeply in…

  20. Violence in a Post-Conflict Context : Urban Poor Perceptions from Guatemala

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    Moser, Caroline; McIlwaine, Cathy

    2001-01-01

    The study documents how people living in poor urban communities in Guatemala perceive violence. Specifically, it identifies the categories of violence affecting poor communities, the costs of different types of violence, the effects on violence on social capital, the interventions employed by people to deal with violence, and the causes and effects of social exclusion. The study develops a...

  1. Guatemala Project: The Traditional Laundering Place as a Non-Formal Health Education Setting

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    Colle, Royal D.

    1977-01-01

    Describes a nonformal adult education project designed to improve the health and nutrition of rural Guatemalan residents through the use of a traditional setting--the pila (an outdoor laundering place found throughout Guatemala), a modern medium (audio cassette and cassette player), and content which was a combination of modern and indigenous. (SH)

  2. Surviving utopia: Energy, social capital, and international migration in Ixcan, Guatemala

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    Taylor, Matthew John

    Mounting peasant impoverishment in Guatemala comes face to face with growing ecological impoverishment. Abysmal living standards for Guatemala's majority results from highly skewed land distribution, rapid population growth, and a brutal civil war, which lasted almost four decades and laid waste to many rural communities and fields. In the face of such adversity, Guatemalans migrate to remaining forested frontiers and make longer journeys to North America in search of work. In an attempt to understand and improve natural resource use, especially firewood, I uncover how networks of social relations (social capital) and international migration influence livelihoods in agricultural communities along a forested frontier. I used both qualitative and quantitative methods to gather information about the lives of residents in four agricultural villages in Ixcan, Guatemala. The results from extended fieldwork illustrate how high levels of social capital can benefit the lives of rural residents. I argue that development programs can take advantage of existing high levels of social capital and take measures to create social capital where it is lacking to ensure the successful implementation of development programs. I also discuss firewood management in each community and demonstrate the disjuncture between local firewood use and national energy plans. Finally, I show how migrants and the money they send home from North America radically alter land use and land distribution in this part of rural Guatemala. My study reveals the need to examine the linkages between large-scale international migration, social capital, and the environment in communities that rely on the land for survival.

  3. Teotamachilizti: an analysis of the language in a Nahua sermon from colonial Guatemala

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    Madajczak, Julia; Pharao Hansen, Magnus

    2016-01-01

    The article analyses the document teotamachilizti, a sermon in a Nahuan language from colonial Guatemala. It concludes that the language is a Central Nahuan language closely related to "classical Nahuatl", but with some features of an Eastern Nahuan language closely related to Pipil Nawat...

  4. A preliminary checklist of macrofungi of Guatemala, with notes on edibility and traditional knowledge

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    Flores Arzú R

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite its biological wealth, current knowledge on the macromycetes inhabiting Guatemala is scant, in part because of the prolonged civil war that has prevented exploration of many ecological niches. We provide a preliminary literature–based checklist of the macrofungi occuring in the various ecological regions of Guatemala, supplemented with original observations reported here for the first time. Three hundred and fifty species, 163 genera, and 20 orders in the Ascomycota and Basidiomycota have been reported from Guatemala. Many of the entries pertain to ectomycorrhizal fungal species that live in symbiosis with the several Pinus and Quercus species that form the extensive pine and mixed forests of the highlands (up to 3600 m a.s.l.. As part of an ongoing study of the ethnomycology of the Maya populations in the Guatemalan highlands, we also report on the traditional knowledge about macrofungi and their uses among native people. These preliminary data confirm the impression that Guatemala hosts a macrofungal diversity that is by no means smaller than that recorded in better studied neighboring Mesoamerican areas, such as Mexico and Costa Rica.

  5. The Rotifer fauna of Guatemala and Belize: survey and biogeographical affinities.

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    García-Morales, Alma Estrella; Elías-Gutiérrez, Manuel

    2007-06-01

    Rotifer samples were obtained from 29 localities in northern Guatemala and central-southern Belize during March 2000 and June 2001. A total of 119 species were identified. Ten selected taxa are illustrated and commented: Euchlanis semicarinata, Lepadella apsicora, L. cryphaea, Lecane curvicornis f. lofuana, L. whitfordi, Monommata maculata, Scaridium bostjani, Trichocerca elongata f. braziliensis, and Z. hollaerti. The species Lepadella rhomboidula is a first record for the American Continent. The species are 71% cosmopolitan, 6 % tropicopolitan, and 4.2 % restricted to the subtropics. The Guatemala species number range was Petén-Itza lake (53 taxa), and Raxruja pool (three). La Democracia pool (49 taxa), and the Blue Hole sink-hole (six species) were the extremes in Belize. In total, 68 of the recorded taxa are new for Guatemala and 91 for Belize. Additionally, 47 species are registered by the first time in Central America. A comparison between these two countries and Mexico revealed that the south part of the latter conform a cluster with them, emphasizing the transitional character of this region between the Nearctics and the Neotropics. Furthermore, Guatemala and Belize have differences in species assemblages, as a response to the nature of their particular environments and topographical accidents. PMID:19069767

  6. A survey of geothermal process heat applications in Guatemala: An engineering survey

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    Altseimer, J.H.; Edeskuty, F.J.

    1988-08-01

    This study investigates how process heat from Guatemala's geothermal energy resources can be developed to reduce Guatemala's costly importation of oil, create new employment by encouraging new industry, and reduce fuel costs for existing industry. This investigation was funded by the US Agency for International Development and carried out jointly by the Guatemalan Government and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Two sites, Amatitlan and Zunil, are being developed geothermally. Amatitlan is in the better industrial area but Zunil's geothermal development is more advanced. The industry around Zunil is almost exclusively agricultural and the development of an agricultural processing plant (freezing, dehydration, and cold storage) using geothermal heat is recommended. Similar developments throughout the volcanic zones of Guatemala are possible. Later, when the field at Amatitlan has been further developed, an industrial park can be planned. Potential Amatitlan applications are the final stage of salt refining, a thermal power plant, hospital/hotel heating and cooling, steam curing of concrete blocks, production of alcohol from sugar cane, and production of polyethylene from ethanol. Other special developments such as water pumping for the city of Guatemala and the use of moderate-temperature geothermal fluids for localized power production are also possible. 12 refs., 13 figs., 14 tabs.

  7. Costs and Benefits of Bilingual Education in Guatemala: A Partial Analysis

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    Patrinos, Harry Anthony; Velez, Eduardo

    2009-01-01

    The benefits of bilingual education for a disadvantaged indigenous population as an investment in human capital are significant. Students of bilingual schools in Guatemala have higher attendance and promotion rates, and lower repetition and dropout rates. Bilingual students receive higher scores on all subject matters, including mastery of…

  8. Whole genome sequencing identifies circulating Beijing-lineage Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Guatemala and an associated urban outbreak.

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    Saelens, Joseph W; Lau-Bonilla, Dalia; Moller, Anneliese; Medina, Narda; Guzmán, Brenda; Calderón, Maylena; Herrera, Raúl; Sisk, Dana M; Xet-Mull, Ana M; Stout, Jason E; Arathoon, Eduardo; Samayoa, Blanca; Tobin, David M

    2015-12-01

    Limited data are available regarding the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains circulating in Guatemala. Beijing-lineage Mtb strains have gained prevalence worldwide and are associated with increased virulence and drug resistance, but there have been only a few cases reported in Central America. Here we report the first whole genome sequencing of Central American Beijing-lineage strains of Mtb. We find that multiple Beijing-lineage strains, derived from independent founding events, are currently circulating in Guatemala, but overall still represent a relatively small proportion of disease burden. Finally, we identify a specific Beijing-lineage outbreak centered on a poor neighborhood in Guatemala City.

  9. La acción política de las viudas de pilotos en la Ciudad de Guatemala

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    Manuela Camus

    2014-01-01

    The political action of the widows of bus drivers in the City of GuatemalaA wide range of violent acts is occurring within the context of a Guatemala caught in a post-conflictive problematic. Many urban transport drivers in Guatemala City have been executed by members of ‘pandillas’ or ‘maras’ (gangs) to force the payment of the extortion money, leaving their families devastated by the trama and the difficulties of survival. This paper centres on the difficulties that the widows of these driv...

  10. Whole genome sequencing identifies circulating Beijing-lineage Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Guatemala and an associated urban outbreak.

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    Saelens, Joseph W; Lau-Bonilla, Dalia; Moller, Anneliese; Medina, Narda; Guzmán, Brenda; Calderón, Maylena; Herrera, Raúl; Sisk, Dana M; Xet-Mull, Ana M; Stout, Jason E; Arathoon, Eduardo; Samayoa, Blanca; Tobin, David M

    2015-12-01

    Limited data are available regarding the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains circulating in Guatemala. Beijing-lineage Mtb strains have gained prevalence worldwide and are associated with increased virulence and drug resistance, but there have been only a few cases reported in Central America. Here we report the first whole genome sequencing of Central American Beijing-lineage strains of Mtb. We find that multiple Beijing-lineage strains, derived from independent founding events, are currently circulating in Guatemala, but overall still represent a relatively small proportion of disease burden. Finally, we identify a specific Beijing-lineage outbreak centered on a poor neighborhood in Guatemala City. PMID:26542222

  11. Intervention by Invitation? Shared Sovereignty in the Fight against Impunity in Guatemala

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    Günther Maihold

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG, a joint hybrid commission to investigate impunity in the context of illegal security networks and organized crime. It was set up as an external governance intervention through an agreement between the UN and the State of Guatemala in 2006 to strengthen state institutions in the face of a worsening security situation. Based on a delegation of governance in the modality of shared sovereignty, CICIG has been operating in the country since 2006, trying to generate support in the national realm and the judicial system of Guatemala while exposed to the critical junctures of the highly contested national debates on its existence. More specifically, the article analyses the patterns of appropriation and rejection of CICIG by different actor constellations. Through a critical discourse analysis, actor constellations are specified, various themes of appropriation and rejection are detected and specific aspects of CICIG’s mandate are investigated. Resumen: ¿Intervención por invitación? Soberanía compartida en la lucha contra la impunidad en Guatemala En el centro del texto se trata la Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG, una comisión híbrida conjunta que realiza averiguaciones sobre la impunidad en el contexto de las redes ilegales de seguridad y el crimen organizado. Esta entidad fue concebida como una intervención externa de gobernanza en base a un acuerdo entre las NN.UU. y el estado de Guatemala en 2006 con la intención de fortalecer las instituciones estatales ante una situación de seguridad empeorada. Fundamentada en la delegación de gobernanza como soberanía compartida, la CICG está operando desde hace ocho años en Guatemala y ha vivido las coyunturas de los debates nacionales altamente polarizados sobre su quehacer. El texto analiza los patrones de apropiación y rechazo de la CICIG por diferentes configuraciones

  12. Alta Velocità e innovazioni tecnologiche e funzionali

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    Emilia Giovanna Trifiletti

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available La realizzazione di linee e di stazioni dell’Alta Velocità, oltre ad influire sullo sviluppo urbanistico delle aree interessate, sta cambiando radicalmente le relazioni spazio-temporali fra i diversi centri urbani connessi dalla rete del trasporto su ferro. Da un lato sono mutate le funzioni assunte dai contenitori-stazione e dall’altro sta mutando la domanda di trasporto che promuove, per le tratte coperte dalle linee dell’Alta Velocità, il treno rispetto all’aereo e alla macchina. In Italia, sulla scia del modello francese, il Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato RFI, al fine di rendere più confortevole ed efficiente il viaggio sui treni ad Alta Velocità, ha dotato i nuovi treni di numerose innovazioni tecnologiche. Per quanto riguarda l’utilizzo di nuove tecnologie lungo le linee dell’A.V., l’articolo individua la variazione delle abitudini degli utenti al mutare dell’offerta dei servizi predisposti dalle compagnie trasportistiche. La tecnologia utilizzata sui nuovi treni dell’Alta Velocità cambia dunque il concept del viaggio: il valore aggiunto della tecnologia Wi-Fi introdotta sui treni rende la scelta del trasporto su ferro più produttiva rispetto gli altri modi di trasporto quali la macchina o l’aereo. La finalità dell’articolo è da un lato individuare il ruolo urbano assunto delle stazioni dell’Alta Velocità e dall’altro evidenziare come al mutare dell’offerta di trasporto, in termini di servizi offerti ad alto contenuto tecnologico, muta contestualmente anche la domanda di trasporto sul territorio e come tutto questo incida dunque sul governo delle trasformazioni territoriali. Questo è il nuovo importante ruolo della pianificazione: alcune delle nostre più importanti città stanno radicalmente trasformandosi proprio inserendo nei loro cuori le stazioni dell’Alta Velocità come elementi-chiave di accessibilità, vitale per la competitività in tutti i settori economici. Allo stesso modo le stazioni

  13. Subverting Justice: Socio-Legal Determinants of Impunity for Violence against Women in Guatemala

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    Cecilia Menjívar

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available High levels of violence against women and impunity in Guatemala have reached crisis proportions and have received increased international attention in recent years. The phenomenon of feminicide (e.g., killings of women in the context of state impunity, is widespread in Latin America and particularly acute in Guatemala. Many (if not the majority are rooted in violence that becomes concentrated in the family. In this paper, we propose that both the structure and application of the laws in Guatemala contribute to widespread impunity. Police and judges use laws other than those created to address violence against women in order to justify lack of enforcement. For example, judges resist issuing restraining orders, and police refuse to apply them because this can violate perpetrators’ property rights. Judges also refuse to apply domestic violence laws because this violates the principle of equality under the law. Women refuse to use the legal system to seek justice because alimony laws will not be enforced and women are economically dependent. The discriminatory fashion in which these laws are applied leads to widespread impunity. Even though laws on the books could be applied otherwise, those who implement them privilege laws that conflict with violence against women laws. While much scholarship focuses on individual-level motives for violence, we instead analyze the socio-legal environment and existing legal codes that enable continued failure to respond adequately to violence against women. The legal framework and the legal code itself are deeply shaped by the context in which they are written—the structural, gender, symbolic, everyday and long arm of political violence that permeate all aspects of life in Guatemala and exacerbate women’s vulnerability, especially the poor. We argue that this broader legal context endangers the lives of women in Guatemala. We also extend the socio-legal scholarship to highlight failures for victim

  14. Actividad antioxidante de extractos de diez basidiomicetos comestibles en Guatemala

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    Karen Belloso

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Los antioxidantes son esenciales en el cuerpo humano para prevenir el daño oxidativo. Estas substancias pueden obtenerse de diversas fuentes como frutas, plantas y hongos. En Guatemala, diversas especies de hongos comestibles son comercializadas y consumidas, sin embargo su actividad antioxidante no ha sido documentada en el país. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar la actividad antioxidante de extractos acuosos y etanólicos obtenidos de diez especies de basidiomicetos comestibles (Agaricus aff. bisporus, Agaricus brunnescens, Armillariella polymyces, Amanita garabitoana, Boletus edulis, Cantharellus lateritius, Laccaria amethystina, Lactarius deliciosus, Neolentinus ponderosus y Pleurotus ostreatus. Se utilizó un método cualitativo por cromatografía en capa fina (CCF y tres ensayos macrométricos in vitro de cuantificación de fenoles totales, reducción del radical 1,1-difenil-2-pricrilhidrazilo (DPPH y decoloración del radical catiónico del reactivo ácido 2,2’-azinobis-(acido-3-etilbenzotiazolina-6-sulfónico (ABTS. Los extractos acuosos mostraron mayor actividad antioxidante que los extractos etanólicos en todas las técnicas cuantitativas realizadas. La especie que mostró mayor actividad antioxidante en ambos extractos fue B. edulis, cuyos resultados fueron: fenoles totales del extracto acuoso 93.46 ± 18.17 mg/g y 42.70 ± 3.48 mg/g, DPPH CI50 del extracto acuoso 0.93 mg/mL (IC95 0.65-1.28 y 2.75 mg/mL (IC95 2.46-3.07 del extracto etanólico; y en ABTS CI50 del extracto acuoso 0.96 mg/mL (IC95 0.63-1.35 y 4.13 mg/mL (IC95 2.67-5.88 del extracto etanólico. Por la actividad antioxidante de los extractos acuosos de algunas de las especies de basidiomicetos, pueden promoverse como alimentos funcionales.

  15. Wave field decomposition of volcanic tremor at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

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    Lanza, F.; Waite, G. P.; Kenyon, L. M.

    2013-12-01

    A dense, small-aperture array of 12 short-period seismometers was deployed on the west flank of Pacaya volcano (Guatemala) and operated for 14 days in January 2011. The data were used to investigate the properties of the volcanic tremor wave field at the volcano. Volcanic tremor has been proven to be a powerful tool for eruption forecasting, therefore, identifying its source locations may shed new light on the dynamics of the volcano system. A preliminary spectral analysis highlights that most of the seismic energy is associated with six narrow spectral peaks between 1 and 6 Hz. After taking topography into account, we performed frequency-slowness analyses using the MUSIC algorithm and the semblance technique with the aim to define and locate the different components contributing to the wave field. Results show a complex wave field, with possibly multiple sources. We identify peaks at frequencies < 2 Hz as being related to anthropogenic sources coming from the N- NW direction where the geothermal plant and San Vincente Pacaya village are located. Azimuth measurements indicate that the 3 Hz signal propagates from the SE direction and it has been attributed to the new vent on the southeast flank of Pacaya Volcano. However, the presence of secondary peaks with azimuths of ˜ 200°, 150° and 70° seems to suggest either nonvolcanic sources or perhaps the presence of structural heterogeneities that produce strong scattered waves. At higher frequencies, results show effects of array aliasing, and therefore have not been considered in this study. The dispersive properties of the wave field have been investigated using the Spatial Auto-Correlation Method (SPAC). The dispersion characteristics of Rayleigh waves have been then inverted to find a shallow velocity model beneath the array, which shows a range of velocities from about 0.3 km/s to 2 km/s, in agreement with slowness values of the frequency bands considered. In detail, apparent velocities of 1-2 km/s dominate at

  16. Mantle Structures between Guatemala and the Eastern USArray

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    Chu, R.; Helmberger, D. V.; Wei, S.

    2015-12-01

    While cratons are stable features based on their ages, they apparently can be disturbed by flattened slabs and hidden hotspots. When these slabs break up they provide a host of volatiles which interact with the old lithosphere producing complicated structures. These have been imaged by a host of techniques involving modeling regional waveforms and an assortment of tomography models. Here we test these models against a deep March 25th, 2013 Guatemala event at a depth of 190 km, which produced an excellent set of TA record sections that provide dense sampling of the structure, spanning the ranges from 15 to 35 degrees. Because the structure in the southern Gulf of Mexico is uncertain, we first concentrated on deriving a pure-path model for this region. Both P and SH triplication data is well sampled by stations located in Florida from 13 degrees and beyond. The best fitting model is modified from the SH model ATL (Grand and Helmberger, 1984) with a P-model in Zhao and Helmberger (1993). These models contain a high-velocity lid structure along with a low-velocity gradient at depth. This allows the up-going S wave (direct) to remain the first arrival traveling in the fast lid to beyond 180 degrees. The modeling of the direct S along with the diving phases and depth phase triplications, pP, sP, sS allows for a well constrained model. This model ATLm and the earlier craton model CR along with mixture of the two are tested with the Cut-and-Paste (CAP) code on whole 3 component records. Over large paths of data produced by the southern US support the so-called X-phase arrivals which are produced by a 300 km transition. This feature breas down at large distance (>25 degree) along a northwest-southeast boundary. Data at larger distances indicate a complexity in the 660 transition which appears to be caused by a fast slab located at the top of the lower mantle. Variation in the EF-CD branches of pP and sP display changes of up to 5 s and sS up to 10 s, associated with the

  17. Sucesión y restauración ecológica en las partes altas de cuencas y la provisión de agua

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    José Vicente Martínez Arévalo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta la descripción del proceso de sucesión ecológica alrededor de parches de bosque de pinabete (Abies guatemalensis en la parte alta de San Marcos, Guatemala, y como a partir de esta se puede establecer un plan de restauración ecológica que permita mejorar los servicios ambientales de estos ecosistemas en especial en la provisión de agua de tal manera que contribuya a equilibrar el ciclo hidrológico permitiendo una escurrimiento más lento y mayor infiltración. El estudio muestra una riqueza de 85 especies clasificadas en estrato herbáceo inferior, estrato herbáceo superior, arbustos y árboles, en donde se muestra una dinámica de la vegetación a través de los cinco estadios sucesionales estudiados, sin haber una dominancia total de unas pocas especies. Se resaltar el papel ecológico de los musgos en la sucesión ecológica y en la retención de agua y humedad, en el estudio hay tres especies que se mantienencon altos valores de importancia a través de los cinco estadios sucesionales. Se identificaron arbustos como plantas nodrizas que juegan un papel importante en el cambio de la fisonomía de la vegetación ya que permiten el establecimiento de especies de árboles que llevan hacia lamadurez del ecosistema y contribuyen a la retención de la humedad en el suelo. Se enfatiza en la contribución que la vegetación tiene en la retención del agua y su mejoramiento en las partes altas de la cuenca, en donde el pinabete es uno de los ecosistemas de mayor importancia.

  18. Estabilidad y funcionalidad de sellantes dentales en altas temperaturas ambientales

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    Mishina, Anastasia; Mayelín Guerra, Rosa; Durán Ramos, Ivette; Juan D. Sabatier

    2000-01-01

    Los sellantes dentales son materiales que se emplean en estomatología para sellar las fosas y fisuras oclusales de los dientes y evitar la adherencia del estreptococus mutans agente que produce la caries dental. Estos materiales se suministran en dos partes que al mezclarse producen el endurecimiento de la resina. Sin embargo, estos productos presentan dificultades para su comercialización en los países tropicales, debido a que las altas temperaturas ambientales traen problemas en...

  19. Luces y sombras de la lectura en voz alta

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    Cassany, Daniel

    2007-01-01

    En el siguiente artículo aborda una práctica tan extendida en las aulas de todos los niveles educativos como es la lectura en voz alta. A partir de su experiencia personal y profesional, formula un análisis ameno, provocador y fundamentado, una constante en sus textos y conferencias, que suscitará en el lector docente nuevas perspectivas acerca de su trabajo.

  20. Cócs. Hallmark of the Terra Alta

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    Maria Del Loreto Meix

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available This article looks at the traditional cake making in the Terra Alta (Catalonien area linked to festivities, and in particular the pastries usually made. In this area the pastries are known as cócs, a word common to Terra Alta and the neighbouring districts of Ribera d'Ebre and the Priorat. Locally produced mistelle, sweet or rancid wine is served with the pastries. Nowadays, the bakeries and cake makers in the area's towns and villages also produce traditionally crafted products, that used only to be homemade.The article, resulting from the final degree project produced by the author for her Humanities degree at the UOC, offers a privileged look at the richness of the Terra Alta in terms of its gastronomic history, customs and its high regard for its cakes. The author, who has previous experience in the field, places the specific aspects of Terra Alta cake making in the context of the Mediterranean cultures with common roots dating back to the ancient and medieval worlds and which still have an easily identifiable "family feel", whilst looking, from an ethnographic point of view, at what she calls the "world of wheat" in the area, (the dough for bread, the craft of the baker, the ovens and other tools, and the associated traditions, among other things. In short, she rescues a living part of the local day-to-day activities and places it under the microscope of food history, whilst providing information that may well be of interest for study from other points of view.

  1. Los colosos del campo: tractores de alta potencia

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    Moya Gonzalez, Adolfo; Diezma Iglesias, Belen

    2014-01-01

    Revisión y descripción de las principales características de los tractores de alta potencia en el sector agrícola español. La agricultura profesional es una empresa compleja y la inversión en formación de los agentes implicados en el sector (agricultores e ingenieros) es la llave para conseguir aprovechar toda la tecnología disponible y optimizar los recursos usados.

  2. Cuaderno de Prácticas: Altas Capacidades

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    García Fernández, José Manuel; Vicent Juan, Maria; Gonzálvez Macià, Carolina

    2016-01-01

    Este material, centrado en el estudio de las Altas Capacidades, pretende favorecer la adquisición de destrezas en el conocimiento e intervención en el ámbito de la educación especial para conocer de primera mano las diferentes formas que se tienen para actuar e intervenir ante niños con necesidades específicas de apoyo educativo.

  3. Enough food is not enough - Litigation as a strategy to secure the right to food in Guatemala

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    Brandt, Lene Christine Morvik

    2011-01-01

    This thesis aims to investigate the conditions for legal enforcement of the right to food in Guatemala. In recent years there has been an increase in the phenomenon of protecting social rights through the legal opportunity structures and public interest litigation. As the right to food is frequently being violated in Guatemala, the country has both national and international legal obligations concerning the right to food, and there has been litigation on other economic, social and cultural ri...

  4. Modelo matemático de flujo del sistema acuífero del valle aluvial de antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

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    Eugenio Orozco & Orozco

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio es un modelo matemático de flujo de aguas subterráneas para el sistema acuífero presente en el valle aluvial de la Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. En el valle destacan unidades de rocas andesíticas y depósitos de lapilli, sobreyacidos por aluviones mezclados con sedimentos de piroclastos. Se estima una recarga potencial por precipitación de 50 millones m3/año, representando un 24% de la precipitación en la zona. Las tansmisividades del sistema acuífero van de 50 a 300 m2/día para los sedimentos superiores y de 600 a más de 5 000 m2/día para las rocas fracturadas. Coeficiente de almacenamiento de 0,1 desde Antigua Guatemala hasta Ciudad vieja constituyendo un acuífero libre y desde aquí hasta Alotenango, es semiconfinado con un coeficiente de almacenamiento de 0,01. El modelo matemático generado, se considera de aplicabilidad únicamente en el valle aluvial. En la calibración del modelo en estado transitorio, se tiene un error medio de 0,266 m. y un error de 2,36%: Por lo tanto, el modelo puede ser útil para hacer proyecciones de manejo y explotación futura de los recursos hídricos subterráneos de la zona.

  5. Guatemala's green revolution: synthetic fertilizer, public health, and economic autonomy in the Mayan highland.

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    Carey, David

    2009-01-01

    Despite extensive literature both supporting and critiquing the Green Revolution, surprisingly little attention has been paid to synthetic fertilizers' health and environmental effects or indigenous farmers' perspectives. The introduction of agrochemicals in the mid-twentieth century was a watershed event for many Mayan farmers in Guatemala. While some Maya hailed synthetic fertilizers' immediate effectiveness as a relief from famines and migrant labor, other lamented the long-term deterioration of their public health, soil quality, and economic autonomy. Since the rising cost of agrochemicals compelled Maya to return to plantation labor in the 1970s, synthetic fertilizers simply shifted, rather than alleviated, Mayan dependency on the cash economy. By highlighting Mayan farmers' historical narratives and delineating the relationship between agricultural science and postwar geopolitics, the constraints on agriculturists' agency become clear. In the end, politics, more than technology or agricultural performance, influenced guatemala's shift toward the Green Revolution. PMID:19824230

  6. The Poetics of the Ancestor Songs of the Tz’utujil Maya of Guatemala

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    Linda O’Brien-Rothe

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This essay attempts to define the relationship between a song tradition that survives in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala, and 16th century poetic Mayan literature. This song tradition of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala is slowly disappearing as the socio-cultural context in which it flourished changes. By comparing the poetics of the song texts (including their rhythmic structure, versification, and use of poetic devices such as assonance, alliteration and onomatopoeia to the poetics of the Popol Vuh, a K’iché Maya text probably copied from a manuscript that predates the Spanish invasion, a continuity is discovered that places the song texts squarely within the tradition of Mayan literature and suggests common origins.

  7. TransForm: TransAlta 2000 annual report

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    Financial information from TransAlta Corp. was presented along with a review of their operations throughout 2000 and a summary of the how the electric utility is doing in terms of power generation, independent power producers, transmission and energy marketing. The utility has changed from a regulated vertically integrated utility into one of Canada's largest non-regulated electric power generators. The utility sold its retail businesses in Alberta and New Zealand and now focuses on coal and hydro generation, gas generation, high-voltage transmission and energy marketing. The newly constructed Centralia, Washington generation facility was brought on line with 1,340 MW in May 2000, on time and on budget. This was the platform to diversify their generation into the United States. The utility reported a solid financial year with $177.9 million in earnings from continuing operations, an 83 per cent increase from 1999, driven mostly by the results of Centralia and power marketing and trading businesses. A financial loss was suffered when the Wabamum power plant in Alberta was shut down for several months to repair a boiler. The utility made excellent progress toward their goal of 15,000 megawatts by 2005 by starting with the construction of what will be one of Canada's largest cogeneration facilities at Sarnia, Ontario. TransAlta also commissioned a 360 MW cogeneration facility at Poplar Creek at Suncor's Fort McMurray oil sand facility. TransAlta also has an excellent track record in developing power generation projects internationally. refs., tabs., figs

  8. Alta disponibilidad para componentes de fabricación

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    Maciá Pérez, Francisco; Marcos Jorquera, Diego; Gilart Iglesias, Virgilio

    2006-01-01

    A medida que las tecnologías de la información van calando en el tejido productivo industrial, tanto más compleja se vuelve su organización. Es imprescindible introducir sistemas de gestión proactivos y autogestionados que aseguren su funcionamiento continuado y, en consecuencia, la continuidad en el negocio. En este artículo se propone un sistema de regeneración de los elementos de producción industrial que traslada el concepto de alta disponibilidad a los niveles de fabricación de la organi...

  9. Perfil docente para alumnos/as con altas capacidades

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    María Leonor Conejeros-Solar; María Paz Gómez-Arizaga; Elizabeth Donoso-Osorio

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    El presente artículo tiene por objeto determinar un perfil de competencias docentes construido desde la percepción de estudiantes con altas capacidades pertenecientes a un programa universitario para talentos académicos. Se utiliza una metodología cualitativa con una estrategia documental de carácter retrospectivo. Los resultados indican que los estudiantes realizan una evaluación profunda sobre la docencia, incluyendo elementos pedagógicos como flexibilidad, ritmo e integración teoría-prácti...

  10. Vulnerabilidad en la cuenca alta del rio Lerma

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    Cedeño Valdiviezo, Alberto; Torres Lima, Pablo

    2013-01-01

    La subcuenca Alta del Río Lerma en el Estado de México, importante abastecedor de agua para la Ciudad de México, ha estado expuesta a una fuerte contaminación en los últimos años, misma que ha tenido como consecuencia el Cambio Climático y los consecuentes problemas de salud pública que se están manifestando de diferentes maneras. No obstante, el Estado Mexicano insiste en seguir apoyando a empresas trasnacionales asociadas al cultivo de transgénicos, producción de plaguicidas, pesticidas y P...

  11. Matrices estructuradas y alta precisión relativa

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    Barreras Peral, Álvaro; Peña Ferrández, Juan Manuel

    2014-01-01

    Esta memoria se enmarca, dentro del Algebra Lineal Numérica, en el campo de estudio de métodos numéricos adaptados a clases de matrices con estructura especial, que es un campo que muestra una intensa y creciente actividad investigadora. Concretamente, considerará clases de matrices para las que se encontrarán métodos numéricos cuyo cálculo se podrá llevar a cabo con alta precisión relativa. Conseguir cálculos precisos es una propiedad muy deseable para cualquier método numérico. El ideal es ...

  12. Proyecto de Historia como respuesta educativa a las altas capacidades

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    Miguel Yoldi, Yohanna

    2014-01-01

    Este trabajo presenta una propuesta de intervención en el aula que responde a las necesidades educativas del alumnado con altas capacidades, desde una escuela inclusiva. Para realizarlo, nos hemos basado en dos autores: Roger J. Sternberg y Joseph S. Renzulli, que no sólo definen las características y necesidades educativas de este colectivo, sino que también proponen posibles respuestas que respondan a su forma de aprender. Desde el área de Ciencias Sociales, apostamos por el aprendizaje bas...

  13. Todos iguales, todos diferentes. Altas capacidades en el aula.

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    Soloaga Martín, Beatriz

    2012-01-01

    El presente trabajo se centra en el alumnado de altas capacidades y las posibilidades de atención en el marco del modelo de escuela inclusiva. Se comienza explicando las características de estos alumnos, los estereotipos que existen sobre ellos y las disincronías que es frecuente encontrar en su desarrollo. Se sigue la clasificación de varios autores para distinguir entre superdotación y talento viendo las diferencias significativas que existen entre ellos. De forma breve se ha...

  14. Mayans in the news : a study of the formation of post-conflict identities in Guatemala

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    2006-01-01

    Marginalization and unequal standing of indigenous groups have contributed significantly to the violent conflict, and are some of the biggest challenges facing present-day Guatemala. By providing a case study, this thesis examines how the national news media could provide another link in the complex causal chain of post-conflict conflict resolution. The thesis assumption is thereby based on Human Needs Theory, and the adressal of the cultural needs of identity and recognition.

  15. Managing the threat of violence in Guatemala: Violence as part of women's everyday lives

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    Nielsen, Anja Karin

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis I explore the prevalence of violence against women in Guatemala. Violence is considered a part of everyday life because it has become normalized. By normal" I refer to both the frequency of the act and its perceived legitimacy. Due to this normalization, much violence is considered something women should simply endure. Although women suffer different types of violence, I argue that they must be seen within the same framework and I show how violence in public and private sphere...

  16. Child Sponsorship: The Approaches Adopted by Two NGOs in Response to Child Poverty in Guatemala

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    Allen, Thomas Stanfield

    2014-01-01

    Child poverty is one of the fundamental issues currently confronting Guatemalan society. This study examines the efforts of two international NGOs to address child poverty in this country. Compassion Guatemala is a faith-based evangelical NGO which enables foreign donors to sponsor individual Guatemalan children by funding the costs of support services in areas of the child’s educational, health and spiritual development, from pre-school years through to secondary school completion and beyond...

  17. A process evaluation of PRONTO simulation training for obstetric and neonatal emergency response teams in Guatemala

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    Dilys M. Walker; Holme, Francesca; Zelek, Sarah T.; Olvera-García, Marisela; Montoya-Rodríguez, Airaín; Fritz, Jimena; Fahey, Jenifer; Lamadrid-Figueroa, Héctor; Cohen, Susanna; Kestler, Edgar

    2015-01-01

    Background Despite expanding access to institutional birth in Guatemala, maternal mortality remains largely unchanged over the last ten years. Enhancing the quality of emergency obstetric and neonatal care is one important strategy to decrease mortality. An innovative, low-tech, simulation-based team training program (PRONTO) aims to optimize care provided during obstetric and neonatal emergencies in low-resource settings. Methods We conducted PRONTO simulation training between July 2012 and ...

  18. Subjective well-being and basic needs: Evidence from rural Guatemala

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    Guardiola, Jorge; Garc??a-Mu??oz, Teresa

    2009-01-01

    This paper deals with the basic needs fulfilment interpreted in a subjective way. We first consider the theoretical implications that basic needs have, from the perception of the individuals, within the literature of subjective well being. Secondly, we estimate the influence of some characteristics into the reported basic needs from a sample in rural Guatemala. An ordinal regression indicates that some indicators such as education and certain livelihoods are related to perceived basic needs f...

  19. The Politics and Semiotics of Sounds – Mayan Linguistics and Nation-Building in Guatemala

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    M. French, Brigittine

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the development Mayan linguistics as an authoritative field of knowledge in Guatemala. In particular, it links missionary linguists’ and Maya linguists’ activities with shifting nationalist agendas from the 1920s in to the late 1980s. It is argued that during the historical and intellectual moment that linguistics becomes an authoritative epistemology, phonetic analysis functions as a creative index that constitutes »expert« knowledge for particular semioti...

  20. MODELLING THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF COFFEE PRICES IN BRAZIL, GUATEMALA AND INDIA

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    Sushil Mohan; Bill Russell

    2008-01-01

    Over the past thirty five years coffee markets have been subject to market controls and regulations culminating in the liberalisation of coffee markets in the early 1990s. This paper models the relationship between the producers’ and world prices of coffee in Brazil, Guatemala and India allowing for the effects of changes in market structures. We find that liberalisation has benefited producers substantially in terms of higher real coffee prices and a higher share of the world price of coffee.

  1. Water and sustainable land use at the ancient tropical city of Tikal, Guatemala

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    Scarborough, Vernon L.; Dunning, Nicholas P.; Tankersley, Kenneth B.; Carr, Christopher; Weaver, Eric; Grazioso, Liwy; Lane, Brian; Jones, John G.; Buttles, Palma; Valdez, Fred; Lentz, David L.

    2012-01-01

    The access to water and the engineered landscapes accommodating its collection and allocation are pivotal issues for assessing sustainability. Recent mapping, sediment coring, and formal excavation at Tikal, Guatemala, have markedly expanded our understanding of ancient Maya water and land use. Among the landscape and engineering feats identified are the largest ancient dam identified in the Maya area of Central America; the posited manner by which reservoir waters were released; construction...

  2. Water Resources Management in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Report From a Mission April/May 1993

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    Damhaug, T.; Ibrekk, H.O.

    1993-01-01

    Central-America is a region where Norwegian development assistance started in the mid 1980s. Few Norwegian scientists have experience from this part of the world. As part of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarship program a mission was undertaken to a study water resources management in Guatemala and Nicaragua. The objective of the mission was to assess the water resources problems facing Central American and to assess the administrative and legal framework for water resources m...

  3. El Salvador and Guatemala security sector reform and political party system effects on organized crime

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    Moran, Patrick J.

    2009-01-01

    Approved for public release, distribution unlimited Since the signing of peace treaties in El Salvador and Guatemala in 1992 and 1996 respectively, both countries have experienced exploding levels of crime and violence as a result of gangs, drug trafficking organizations, and organized crime. Because both nations share many common traits, a general perception is that the causes and effects of criminal activity are similar in both countries. The patterns, causes, and effects of criminal ...

  4. Banditismo giovanile e mercato della sicurezza in un barrio di Città del Guatemala

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    Grassi, Paolo

    2013-01-01

    È opinione comune ritenere che con la firma degli accordi di pace e lo smantellamento degli apparati militari in Guatemala sia venuto meno il monopolio dello Stato nella gestione della sicurezza pubblica. Nuovi spazi economici all’interno del mercato della sicurezza si sarebbero allora aperti; spazi presto occupati anche da attori armati e illegali quali narcotraf-ficanti e bande giovanili. L’autore analizza a questo proposito il processo di formazione delle prime maras (gang) e la fondazione...

  5. Abuse and discrimination towards indigenous people in public health care facilities: experiences from rural Guatemala

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    Cerón, Alejandro; Ruano, Ana Lorena; Sánchez, Silvia; Chew, Aiken S.; Díaz, Diego; Hernández, Alison; Flores, Walter

    2016-01-01

    Background Health inequalities disproportionally affect indigenous people in Guatemala. Previous studies have noted that the disadvantageous situation of indigenous people is the result of complex and structural elements such as social exclusion, racism and discrimination. These elements need to be addressed in order to tackle the social determinants of health. This research was part of a larger participatory collaboration between Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Servici...

  6. 167 Allergen Sensitization in Children with Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma in Guatemala

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    Rigalt, Ann Michelle; Maselli, Juan Pablo; Alvarado, Ninotchka; Carpio, Paola; Chur, Víctor; Mayén, Patricia; Morán, Edgar; Pinto, Mario; Rodríguez, Juan Manuel

    2012-01-01

    Background There are no previous studies published reporting allergen sensitizations in the population of most Central American countries, including Guatemala. There are many types of climates in different regions, with variable altitude, humidity, etc. The purpose of this study was to determine the most common allergen sensitizations in children with Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma in 4 different regions. Methods The study was performed on 461 children aged 5 to 15 years, from 4 different regio...

  7. Zone 19 : revitalization of public space in La Florida, Guatemala City

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    Olsson, Lina

    2002-01-01

    This diploma work concerns revitalization of public space in zone 19, La Florida, in Guatemala City. The main objective of the study was to develop planning and design proposals as well as implementation strategies that aim at gaining more public open space and revitalizing existing public open space, in a way that will define and emphasize La Florida?s identity. Although the development of the project - the diploma work - was a process of going back and forth between different phases of anal...

  8. Guatemala; Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSC)—Data Module

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    2005-01-01

    This report on the Observance of Standards and Codes (ROSC) provides an assessment of Guatemala’s macroeconomic statistics against the General Data Dissemination System complemented by an assessment of data quality based on the IMF’s Data Quality Assessment Framework. The assessment reveals that the legal framework for statistical activity is broadly adequate, and institutions display a commitment to disseminate macroeconomic statistics, largely through the Internet. However, there is sco...

  9. Household preferences and governance of water services: A hedonic analysis from rural Guatemala

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    Vásquez, William F.

    2011-01-01

    This paper estimates hedonic models of rental prices to investigate household preferences regarding water services in rural Guatemala. Estimated values for water services are compared across municipal, private, and community-managed water utilities. Findings indicate that rural households value municipal water services but are indifferent between not having piped water and being connected to a private system. Moreover, the estimated value of community-managed services is negative, which sugge...

  10. From the parents’ perspective: a user-satisfaction survey of immunization services in Guatemala

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    Barrera, Lissette; Trumbo, Silas Pierson; Bravo-Alcántara, Pamela; Velandia-González, Martha; Danovaro-Holliday, M. Carolina

    2014-01-01

    Background Immunization coverage levels in Guatemala have increased over the last two decades, but national targets of ≥95% have yet to be reached. To determine factors related to undervaccination, Guatemala’s National Immunization Program conducted a user-satisfaction survey of parents and guardians of children aged 0–5 years. Variables evaluated included parental immunization attitudes, preferences, and practices; the impact of immunization campaigns and marketing strategies; and factors in...

  11. Paleokarst Evaluation in the Upper Albian Calcareous Platforms in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

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    Carrasco-Velázquez B.E.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the evaluation in México, Guatemala and Honduras of theUpper Albian platform carbonate rocks that were exposed to subaerial conditions by the falling of the sea level, exposing the rocks to the physical, chemical and temperature phenomena allowing for some type of karst formation. There is a methodology for the identification of paleokarsts by the petrology, fabrics, geometry and stratigraphy of the breccias. Only at Dengandho in the Actopan Platform there are the evidence...

  12. Application of scientific core drilling to geothermal exploration: Platanares, Honduras and Tecuamburro Volcano, Guatemala, Central America

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    Goff, S.J.; Goff, F.E.; Heiken, G.H. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Duffield, W.A. [Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ (United States); Janik, C.J. [Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (United States)

    1994-04-01

    Our efforts in Honduras and Guatemala were part of the Central America Energy Resource Project (CAERP) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (AID). Exploration core drilling operations at the Platanares, Honduras and Tecuamburro Volcano, Guatemala sites were part of a geothermal assessment for the national utility companies of these countries to locate and evaluate their geothermal resources for electrical power generation. In Honduras, country-wide assessment of all thermal areas determined that Platanares was the site with the greatest geothermal potential. In late 1986 to middle 1987, three slim core holes were drilled at Platanares to a maximum depth of 680 m and a maximum temperature of 165{degree}C. The objectives were to obtain information on the geothermal gradient, hydrothermal alterations, fracturing, and possible inflows of hydrothermal fluids. Two holes produced copious amounts of water under artesian conditions and a total of 8 MW(t) of energy. Geothermal investigations in Guatemala focused on the Tecuamburro Volcano geothermal site. The results of surface geological, volcanological, hydrogeochemical, and geophysical studies at Tecuamburro Volcano indicated a substantial shallow heat source. In early 1990 we drilled one core hole, TCB-1, to 808 m depth. The measured bottom hole temperature was 238{degree}C. Although the borehole did not flow, in-situ samples indicate the hole is completed in a vapor-zone above a probable 300{degree}C geothermal reservoir.

  13. Technology for Salt Production in the Mixteca Alta

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Salt production in the Mixteca Alta is a traditional means of production from prehispanic period, which, despite the economic transformation processes in the colonial period, remained significant features of the traditional process, based on the documented similar models from other productive regions in Mexico. The salt in the novohispanic period was considered a major consumption economic asset due to its use in production processes for the production of new economic products that supported the economy of preindustrial societies (Terán, 2011, p. 71; Williams, 2008. Technology refers to the knowledges for solving human needs arising lifestyle of the cultural groups that develop them. The resources of the natural environment underpin the means of labor that man requires to perform its activities, including economic. The means of production and production processes are technological developments, which involve elements of tangible and intangible order. The study of work processes for salt extraction, are significantly related to the processes of technological evolution that man has developed for the use of natural resources. The economic activities of the primary sector are examples of how humans culturally and economically were inserted in the natural environment (Malpica, 2008, p. 59. This analysis presents a historiographical approach to the study of the processes and the technology required for the extraction of salt in the Mixteca Alta.

  14. Alta parasitemia pelo Trypanosoma cruzi em paciente com lupus eritematoso sistêmico

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    Santos-Neto Leopoldo Luiz dos; Polcheira Máira F.; Castro Cleudson; Lima Rodrigo Aires Corrêa; Simaan César Kozak; Corrêa-Lima Francisco Aires

    2003-01-01

    É descrito um caso de doença de Chagas com alta parasitemia pelo Trypanosoma cruzi em paciente com lupus eritematoso sistêmico. O xenodiagnóstico foi útil na identificação da parasitemia e o benznidazol foi capaz de reduzir a alta e incomum parasitemia. Em indivíduos com doenças auto-imunes e immunossuprimidos, o benznidazol pode ser uma alternativa no controle da alta parasitemia por Trypanosoma cruzi.

  15. Relaciones entre africanos e indígenas en Chiapas y Guatemala Relations between africans and indigenous peoples in Chiapas and Guatemala

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    Juan Pablo Peña Vicenteño

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available La presencia africana en la Audiencia de Guatemala en los siglos XVI y XVII ha sido poco estudiada. Por lo tanto, en este trabajo se analizarán los diferentes mecanismos que utilizó la corona española para el traslado de esclavos, como las licencias y el sistema de asientos. Asimismo, se estudiará la inserción de los africanos en la sociedad colonial y principalmente su interrelación con la población indígena nativa de la región. En los documentos coloniales referentes a matrimonios, podemos observar los procesos de "interculturalidad" en los cuales el esclavo africano intercambió elementos culturales que influyeron en la música. Tal fue el caso de la marimba, instrumento que dio identidad a la región de estudio. Por último, se pretende observar, a través del análisis de las narrativas indígenas originadas en la década de los 90' del siglo XX, cómo en la cosmovisión indígena aún continúa la presencia de los "negros".The presence of African population at the "Audiencia" of Guatemala between 16th and 17th centuries has been vaguely studied by historians and other social scientists. This paper emphasizes on several ways -as slave trade licenses and 'asientos'- that were used by the Spanish Crown for slave trade and transportation. In addition, this article analyses the integration of African slaves and their descendents in Colonial Mexican society, especially their mixture with indigenous population. In Colonial records, as marriages and baptisms files, it is possibly to regard a profound influence on inter-cultural processes between African people and the rest of the Colonial casts. As an example, the musical instrument 'marimba' that brought cultural identity to Guatemala 'Audiencia'. Finally, in this article we will analyze the indigenous literature of the last decade of the 20th century, in which is clear the evidence of "negro" agents in indigenous cosmology.

  16. Hinting en pantallas de alta resolución

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    Rodriguez, D

    2012-01-01

    Las pantallas de alta resolución no son algo nuevo —hay prototipos documentados ya en los años ochenta— pero al parecer ha llegado el momento de implantar esta tecnología: en junio de 2010 Steve Jobs presentó el iPhone 4 con la pantalla Retina como principal novedad: una superfície de 3,5 pulgadas con una densidad de 336 píxeles por pulgada. El ojo humano es incapaz de distinguir los píxeles en una imagen de esa resolución, por lo que el equipo directivo de Apple decidió bautizarla como Retin...

  17. Regiones y tendencias de integración económica fronteriza entre chiapas y Guatemala

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    Ordóñez, César E.

    2013-01-01

    Note portant sur l'auteur NUEVAS ESPECIFICIDADES DE LA FRONTERA MÉXICO-GUATEMALA La frontera de México y Guatemala, como límite político, tiene una longitud de 963 kilómetros, de los que corresponden a Chiapas 655 kilómetros en tierra firme más el espacio de 200 millas de mar adentro en el océano Pacífico. El proceso que llevó a la delimitación política coincide con el de implementación del capitalismo primario exportador que se expresó en Chiapas y Guatemala en plantaciones cafetaleras de gr...

  18. Guatemala: An analysis of Obstacles to Universal Access: Hundreds of PLWA Fall Between the Cracks Each Month

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    Richard Stern

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This is the first of two articles that describe the situation of ARVT access in Guatemala. The second will focus on drug procurement processes, prices, and other related topics. The response to the HIV epidemic in Guatemala has grown considerably over the past five years. This is not just about national efforts, but also international assistance, particularly The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The response during this period has increased both prevention efforts and medical attention to PLWA . Nonetheless, current data shows the response has yet to reach the required level for halting the spread of the epidemic, particularly in terms of delivering antiretrovirals and comprehensive health care. As reported in the last UNGASS country progress report (Dec. 2009, 10,362 PLWHA (768 children and 9594 adults were receiving ARVs in Guatemala.

  19. Diversificación y competencia religiosa en Guatemala: entre pentecostalismo y cultos "neotradicionales" Diversification and religious competence in Guatemala: between Pentecostalism and "neotraditional" cults

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    Sylvie Pédron Colombani

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Guatemala es uno de los países de Latinoamérica más afectados por la amplitud del movimiento de conversiones de su población al protestantismo. El pentecostalismo es el impulso principal de este movimiento. En este artículo se argumenta que el extraordinario desarrollo del pentecostalismo en Guatemala se debe, en parte, al hecho de que propone un cambio de vida, se presenta como un generador de modernidad, pero, al mismo tiempo, se enraíza en las tradiciones religiosas locales. La proposición pentecostal está hecha a la vez de ruptura y de continuidad. Sin embargo, dado que la dinámica actual del campo religioso no se reduce a esta "explosión pentecostal", en este trabajo se describe la (reaparición de movimientos tradicionales - o que se definen como tal. Así es el culto de Maximón - también llamado San Simón - cuya figura es el resultado de un largo proceso sincrético entre la religión católica y la religión maya. Actualmente, es continuamente reivindicado como un culto "tradicional", "maya", con una dimensión identitaria étnica fuerte, pero es también el lugar de numerosas adaptaciones y arreglos sincréticos entre poblaciones indias y ladinas. Además, el culto de Maximón se está adaptando al nuevo contexto de internacionalización y de competencia del universo religioso.Guatemala is one of the Latin American countries that is most affected by the wide conversion movement of its population to Protestantism. Pentecostalism is this movement's main drive. The article points out that the extraordinary development of Pentecostalism in Guatemala is partly due to the fact that it proposes life changes, presents itself as a generator of modernity and, at the same time, is rooted in local religious traditions. The Pentecostal proposition is a mixture of rupture and continuity. Today, nevertheless, the dynamic of the religious field cannot be reduced to the "Pentecostal explosion". This work also focuses on the re-appearance of

  20. Intervenciones y opciones de políticas para combatir la desnutrición en Guatemala Title: Intervention and Policy Options for Combating Malnutrition in Guatemala

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    Reynaldo Martorell

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    El objetivo del presente estudio es identificar las causas de la desnutrición en Guatemala que enfrenta una paradoja en términos de la salud de su población. Por un lado, la desnutrición crónica de sus infantes (49,8% en los niños entre 3 y 59 meses) que se sitúa por encima de los niveles de África y cuadruplica el indicador promedio de América Latina. Por otro lado, la obesidad y el sobrepeso afectan a la mitad de sus mujeres, entre las cuales también ha aumentado de forma alarmante la tasa ...

  1. Increased risk of miscarriage among women experiencing physical or sexual intimate partner violence during pregnancy in Guatemala City, Guatemala: cross-sectional study

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    Hoch Jeffrey S

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Violence against women by their male intimate partners (IPV during pregnancy may lead to negative pregnancy outcomes. We examined the role of IPV as a potential risk factor for miscarriage in Guatemala. Our objectives were: (1 To describe the magnitude and pattern of verbal, physical and sexual violence by male intimate partners in the last 12 months (IPV in a sample of pregnant Guatemalans; (2 To evaluate the influence of physical or sexual IPV on miscarriage as a pregnancy outcome. Methods All pregnant women reporting to the maternity of a major tertiary care public hospital in Guatemala City from June 1st to September 30th, 2006 were invited to participate in this cross-sectional study. The admitting physician assessed occurrence of miscarriage, defined as involuntary pregnancy loss up to and including 28 weeks gestation. Data on IPV, social and demographic characteristics, risk behaviours, and medical history were collected by interviewer-administered questionnaire. Laboratory testing was performed for HIV and syphilis. The relationship between IPV and miscarriage was assessed through multivariable logistic regression. Results IPV affected 18% of the 1897 pregnant Guatemalan women aged 15-47 in this sample. Verbal IPV was most common (16%, followed by physical (10% and sexual (3% victimisation. Different forms of IPV were often co-prevalent. Miscarriage was experienced by 10% of the sample (n = 190. After adjustment for potentially confounding factors, physical or sexual victimisation by a male intimate partner in the last 12 months was significantly associated with miscarriage (ORadj 1.1 to 2.8. Results were robust under a range of analytic assumptions. Conclusions Physical and sexual IPV is associated with miscarriage in this Guatemalan facility-based sample. Results cohere well with findings from population-based surveys. IPV should be recognised as a potential cause of miscarriage. Reproductive health services should

  2. Gestión y organización de Casa Guatemala. Requisitos funcionales de un CRM

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    Gil de Avalle Muñoz, Maria

    2011-01-01

    Detección de los problemas actuales importantes de Casa Guatemala que impiden tener una buena organización y que, junto a la crisis económica mundial que se vive, impiden su resolución. · Diseño de una nueva organización estructurada y una nueva manera de gestionar Casa Guatemala que aporte beneficios, solucione su crisis interna y ayude a la falta de recursos económicos que se obtienen actualmente. · Descripción de nuevos canales de comunicación entre diferentes agentes de ...

  3. Il cimitero la Verbena: cinquant’anni di violenza politica e sociale a Città del Guatemala

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    Paolo Grassi

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Starting from the ethnography of a specific place of Guatemala City – the cemetery of the barrio “la Verbena” – the paper will reconstruct the correlations that link the recent history of this country (marked by a civil war finished in 1996, after thirty-six years of conflicts with the actual explosion of social violence, which levels are actually among the highest in the world. The political and social violence of Guatemala embrace connections that have not been sufficiently investigated. The analysis of these connections is fundamental to understand some of the contemporary social dynamics affecting not only that country.

  4. The marimba: musical and secret language of the political violence in Guatemala

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The author reflects the construction of national music while the arise of the nation State in Guatemala. This development begins formally while the first decades of the nineteenth century and has not finished yet. For the myth of the Nation state and those who use it for their project of domination it is crucial that national music can be distinguished externally from musics generated by other nations while it can be applied internally for the aim of national homogenisation. Since the middle of the nineteenth century the music is used in Guatemala for the dissemination of ideologies that help to construct this myth. The vernacular music of the Maya people does not follow this logic. Hence it is considered inferior or «incorrect». For the myth of the nation State only the totality of «the people» as an abstract concept can understand and appreciate the national music, but not the concrete or individual group. Assuming this the music is converted into an important tool of a repressive mechanism and deculturation. The marimba thus is the symbol of the nation State in Guatemala. The dictatorships of the army, who were the main responsible of the genocide of the Maya people, declared the chromatic marimba symbol of the nation. After a long history of violence the marimba desindianizada and therefore ladinizada reached the status of the national instrument. While the period of violence the chromatic marimba never ceased to sound in the nightclubs and the elegant restaurants of the Capital. In the meanwhile the Mayas of the highlands hided their K’ojomes in caves and cañons to protect them from the army. Therefore the anarchic and rebellious diversity of the k’ojom’s tuning continues to be the vernacular and secret language of groups and individuals who do not belong to the national reality of the chromatic marimba.

  5. Geodetic Slip Solution for the Mw=7.4 Champerico (Guatemala) Earthquake of 07 November 2012

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    Ellis, A. P.; DeMets, C.; Briole, P.; Molina, E.; Flores, O.; Rivera, J.; Lasserre, C.; Lyon-Caen, H.; Lord, N. E.

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    As the first large subduction thrust earthquake off the coast of western Guatemala in the past several decades, the 07 November 2012 Mw=7.4 earthquake offers the first opportunity for a geodetic study of coseismic and postseismic behavior for a segment of the Middle America trench where frictional coupling makes a transition from weak coupling off the coast of El Salvador to strong coupling in southern Mexico. We use measurements at 19 continuous GPS sites in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico to estimate the coseismic slip and post-seismic deformation of the November 2012 Champerico (Guatemala) earthquake. Coseismic offsets range from ~47 mm near the epicenter to inversion of the geodetic data indicate that that up to ~2 m of coseismic slip occurred on a ~30 km by 30 km rupture area between ~10 and 30 km depth, encouragingly close to the global CMT epicenter. The geodetic moment of 13 x 1019 N·m and corresponding magnitude of 7.4 both agree well with independent seismological estimates. An inversion for the postseismic fault afterslip shows that the transient postseismic motions recorded at 11 GPS sites are well fit with a logarithmically decaying function. More than 70 per cent of the postseismic slip occurred at the same depth or directly downdip from the main shock epicenter. At the upper limit, afterslip that occurred within 6 months of the earthquake released energy equivalent to only ~20 per cent of the coseismic moment. The seismologically derived slip solution from Ye et al. (2012), which features more highly concentrated slip than our own, fits our GPS offsets reasonably well provided that we translate their slip centroid ~51 km to the west to a position close to our own slip centroid. The geodetic and seismologic slip solutions thus suggest bounds of 2-5 m for the peak slip along a region of the interface no larger than 30 x 30 km and possibly much smaller.

  6. Erradicación de diabetes en Guatemala: Un sueño posible

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    José Antonio Cornejo Guerra

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available La diabetes mellitus es un problema de salud con alcances económicos y sociales. La prevalencia mundial está aumentando: se estima que para 1985 había 30 millones de personas con diabetes, 177 millones en el año 2000 y se estima que para el año 2030 habrá 438 millones de diabéticos. En Guatemala el 8% de la población tiene diabetes y se desconoce el porcentaje no diagnosticado y en pre-diabetes; además el país tiene índices de obesidad, sobrepeso y sedentarismo altos, situación que predispone a la aparición de la enfermedad. En el mundo cada 6 segundos muere alguien a causa de complicaciones relacionadas con diabetes y en Guatemala ocupa la tercera causa de mortalidad general. Existen varios tipos de diabetes, sin embargo, el ensayo se enfoca en la diabetes tipo 2 debido a que representa el 90% de los casos pero sobre todo por que es prevenible. Para el autor existen tres momentos importantes de los pacientes diabéticos: (1 paciente sano y con riesgo qué enfermará de diabetes, (2 paciente diabético que tendrá complicaciones y (3 pacientes con complicaciones que morirán. En los tres momentos se puede intervenir directamente, sin embargo, existen deficiencias como la ausencia de programas de prevención y la ineficiencia del sistema asistencial público. El autor propone posibles soluciones en base a evidencia científica para detener el aumento de casos de diabetes mellitus, disminuir las complicaciones micro y macro vasculares en los pacientes y principalmente, generar una cultura preventiva en Guatemala.

  7. Lepidoptera and associated parasitoids attacking Hass and non-Hass avocados in Guatemala.

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    Hoddle, Mark S; Hoddle, Christina D

    2008-08-01

    A 5-mo survey for fruit feeding Lepidoptera attacking Hass and non-Hass avocados (Persea americana Miller [Lauraceae]) was conducted in Guatemala from 1 November 2006 to 1 April 2007. In total, 6,740 fruit were collected from 22 different areas in Guatemala. Eight species of Lepidoptera, of which at least two are species new to science, were reared from avocado fruit. Reared Lepidoptera were Amorbia santamaria Phillips and Powell, Cryptaspasma sp. nr. lugubris, Euxoa sorella Schaus, Histura n. sp., Holcocera n. sp., Micrathetis triplex Walker, Netechma pyrrhodelta (Meyrick), and Stenoma catenifer Walsingham. Hymenopteran parasitoids were reared from larvae of C. sp. nr. lugubris and S. catenifer. One species of parasitoid, Pseudophanerotoma sp., was reared from field collected C. sp. nr. lugubris larvae. The dominant parasitoid reared from S. catenifer was a gregarious Apanteles sp. Other parasitoid species reared from S. catenifer larvae were Brachycyrtus sp., Macrocentrus sp., and Pristomerus sp. The oviposition preference of C. sp. nr. lugubris for avocado fruit hanging in trees, dropped fruit on the ground, or exposed avocado seeds was investigated by studying the oviposition preferences of adult female moths and determining egg hatch times in the laboratory, and by investigating the longevity of avocado fruit on the ground under prevailing field conditions. Together, data from these studies suggested that C. sp. nr. lugubris may be an unrecognized pest of avocados that causes hanging fruit to drop to the ground prematurely. The influence of season and altitude on the phenology and distribution of avocado feeding Lepidoptera in Guatemala is discussed.

  8. Institutional Delivery and Satisfaction among Indigenous and Poor Women in Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama.

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    Colombara, Danny V; Hernández, Bernardo; Schaefer, Alexandra; Zyznieuski, Nicholas; Bryant, Miranda F; Desai, Sima S; Gagnier, Marielle C; Johanns, Casey K; McNellan, Claire R; Palmisano, Erin B; Ríos-Zertuche, Diego; Zúñiga-Brenes, Paola; Iriarte, Emma; Mokdad, Ali H

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    Indigenous women in Mesoamerica experience disproportionately high maternal mortality rates and are less likely to have institutional deliveries. Identifying correlates of institutional delivery, and satisfaction with institutional deliveries, may help improve facility utilization and health outcomes in this population. We used baseline surveys from the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative to analyze data from 10,895 indigenous and non-indigenous women in Guatemala and Mexico (Chiapas State) and indigenous women in Panama. We created multivariable Poisson regression models for indigenous (Guatemala, Mexico, Panama) and non-indigenous (Guatemala, Mexico) women to identify correlates of institutional delivery and satisfaction. Compared to their non-indigenous peers, indigenous women were substantially less likely to have an institutional delivery (15.2% vs. 41.5% in Guatemala (Pindigenous Panamanian women). Indigenous women who had at least one antenatal care visit were more than 90% more likely to have an institutional delivery (adjusted risk ratio (aRR) = 1.94, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.44-2.61), compared to those who had no visits. Indigenous women who were advised to give birth in a health facility (aRR = 1.46, 95% CI: 1.18-1.81), primiparous (aRR = 1.44, 95% CI: 1.24-1.68), informed that she should have a Caesarean section (aRR = 1.41, 95% CI: 1.21-1.63), and had a secondary or higher level of education (aRR = 1.36, 95% CI: 1.04-1.79) also had substantially higher likelihoods of institutional delivery. Satisfaction among indigenous women was associated with being able to be accompanied by a community health worker (aRR = 1.15, 95% CI: 1.05-1.26) and facility staff speaking an indigenous language (aRR = 1.10, 95% CI: 1.02-1.19). Additional effort should be exerted to increase utilization of birthing facilities by indigenous and poor women in the region. Improving access to antenatal care and opportunities for higher-level education may increase institutional

  9. Institutional Delivery and Satisfaction among Indigenous and Poor Women in Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama.

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    Full Text Available Indigenous women in Mesoamerica experience disproportionately high maternal mortality rates and are less likely to have institutional deliveries. Identifying correlates of institutional delivery, and satisfaction with institutional deliveries, may help improve facility utilization and health outcomes in this population. We used baseline surveys from the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative to analyze data from 10,895 indigenous and non-indigenous women in Guatemala and Mexico (Chiapas State and indigenous women in Panama. We created multivariable Poisson regression models for indigenous (Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and non-indigenous (Guatemala, Mexico women to identify correlates of institutional delivery and satisfaction. Compared to their non-indigenous peers, indigenous women were substantially less likely to have an institutional delivery (15.2% vs. 41.5% in Guatemala (P<0.001, 29.1% vs. 73.9% in Mexico (P<0.001, and 70.3% among indigenous Panamanian women. Indigenous women who had at least one antenatal care visit were more than 90% more likely to have an institutional delivery (adjusted risk ratio (aRR = 1.94, 95% confidence interval (CI: 1.44-2.61, compared to those who had no visits. Indigenous women who were advised to give birth in a health facility (aRR = 1.46, 95% CI: 1.18-1.81, primiparous (aRR = 1.44, 95% CI: 1.24-1.68, informed that she should have a Caesarean section (aRR = 1.41, 95% CI: 1.21-1.63, and had a secondary or higher level of education (aRR = 1.36, 95% CI: 1.04-1.79 also had substantially higher likelihoods of institutional delivery. Satisfaction among indigenous women was associated with being able to be accompanied by a community health worker (aRR = 1.15, 95% CI: 1.05-1.26 and facility staff speaking an indigenous language (aRR = 1.10, 95% CI: 1.02-1.19. Additional effort should be exerted to increase utilization of birthing facilities by indigenous and poor women in the region. Improving access to antenatal care and

  10. Institutional Delivery and Satisfaction among Indigenous and Poor Women in Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama.

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    Colombara, Danny V; Hernández, Bernardo; Schaefer, Alexandra; Zyznieuski, Nicholas; Bryant, Miranda F; Desai, Sima S; Gagnier, Marielle C; Johanns, Casey K; McNellan, Claire R; Palmisano, Erin B; Ríos-Zertuche, Diego; Zúñiga-Brenes, Paola; Iriarte, Emma; Mokdad, Ali H

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    Indigenous women in Mesoamerica experience disproportionately high maternal mortality rates and are less likely to have institutional deliveries. Identifying correlates of institutional delivery, and satisfaction with institutional deliveries, may help improve facility utilization and health outcomes in this population. We used baseline surveys from the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative to analyze data from 10,895 indigenous and non-indigenous women in Guatemala and Mexico (Chiapas State) and indigenous women in Panama. We created multivariable Poisson regression models for indigenous (Guatemala, Mexico, Panama) and non-indigenous (Guatemala, Mexico) women to identify correlates of institutional delivery and satisfaction. Compared to their non-indigenous peers, indigenous women were substantially less likely to have an institutional delivery (15.2% vs. 41.5% in Guatemala (PMexico (Pwomen). Indigenous women who had at least one antenatal care visit were more than 90% more likely to have an institutional delivery (adjusted risk ratio (aRR) = 1.94, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.44-2.61), compared to those who had no visits. Indigenous women who were advised to give birth in a health facility (aRR = 1.46, 95% CI: 1.18-1.81), primiparous (aRR = 1.44, 95% CI: 1.24-1.68), informed that she should have a Caesarean section (aRR = 1.41, 95% CI: 1.21-1.63), and had a secondary or higher level of education (aRR = 1.36, 95% CI: 1.04-1.79) also had substantially higher likelihoods of institutional delivery. Satisfaction among indigenous women was associated with being able to be accompanied by a community health worker (aRR = 1.15, 95% CI: 1.05-1.26) and facility staff speaking an indigenous language (aRR = 1.10, 95% CI: 1.02-1.19). Additional effort should be exerted to increase utilization of birthing facilities by indigenous and poor women in the region. Improving access to antenatal care and opportunities for higher-level education may increase institutional delivery rates

  11. Fiestas septembrinas, torneos de belleza y prensa en Guatemala, 1945-1957

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    Carrillo Padilla, José Domingo

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    En el presente trabajo se estudian las notas elaboradas a partir de crónicas periodísticas, referidas a concursos de belleza realizados durante las efemérides nacionales en Guatemala entre 1945 y 1954. Estas notas hacen énfasis en el tipo de belleza femenina que se impone y legitima año a año de acuerdo al calendario cívico nacional. La realización de certámenes de belleza es una tradición por medio de la cual se transmitía el modelo femenino, objeto del deseo nacional. Los concursos de belle...

  12. Risk of sexually transmitted infections among Mayan women in rural Guatemala whose partners are migrant workers

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    Ikeda, JM; Schaffer, JR; Ixcot, MLS; Page, K; Hearst, N

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    HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) are of concern in Mayan districts of Guatemala in which labor migration is common. This study assessed whether the migration status of men is associated with reported STI symptoms among their female primary partners. In a multivariate analysis of survey data taken from a larger Mayan sexual health study, the odds of reporting STI symptoms were twofold higher among women who reported that their partner migrated (OR 2.08, 95 % CI, 1.16-3.71), compare...

  13. Time series evidence on education and growth: the case of Guatemala

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    Josef L. Loening

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    Full Text Available This article investigates the impact of education on economic growth in Guatemala for the 1951-2002 period.An error-correction model shows that a better-educated labor force has a positive and significant impact on economic growth.A growth-accounting framework demonstrates that human capital explains about 50 percent of output growth.The findings are robust to changes to the conditioning set of variable,while controlling for data issues and endogeneity.The results also compare favorably with the microeconomic evidence.

  14. Nonpayment of water bills in Guatemala: Dissatisfaction or inability to pay?

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    Vásquez, William F.

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    This paper investigates nonpayment behavior in Guatemala. Determinants of nonpayment behavior are identified through zero-inflated negative binomial regression models in order to take into account particular distributional characteristics of the amount of outstanding payments. Findings indicate that nonpayment behavior is a demonstration of consumer dissatisfaction with current water services. The amount of outstanding bill payments also responds to system unreliability. Results also suggest that nonpayment behaviors are more prominent in community-managed systems than in municipal systems. No evidence was found on a potential relationship between nonpayment behavior and household income. Policy implications are discussed.

  15. The Agency's technical co-operation programme with Guatemala 1985-1995 country programme summaries

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    This report contains a review of the Agency's technical co-operation activities in Guatemala carried out during 1985-1995. In terms of coverage and analytical depth, country programmes summaries stand somewhere midway between in-depth country programme evaluations and individual project evaluations. They attempt to provide a comprehensive, descriptive picture of the Agency's co-operation with a Member State in a manner that will be particularly useful for programming decisions. The attempt is very much to describe - largely through statistical data - not to provide independent analysis and evaluation

  16. The role of social participation in municipal-level health systems: the case of Palencia, Guatemala

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    Full Text Available Background: Social participation has been recognized as an important public health policy since the declaration of Alma-Ata presented it as one of the pillars of primary health care in 1978. Since then, there have been many adaptations to the original policy but participation in health is still seen as a means to make the health system more responsive to local health needs and as a way to bring the health sector and the community closer together. Objective: To explore the role that social participation has in a municipal-level health system in Guatemala in order to inform future policies and programs. Design: Documentary analysis was used to study the context of participation in Guatemala. To do this, written records and accounts of Guatemalan history during the 20th century were reviewed. The fieldwork was carried out over 8 months and three field visits were conducted between early January of 2009 and late March of 2010. A total of 38 in-depth interviews with regional health authorities, district health authorities, community representatives, and community health workers (CHWs were conducted. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Guatemala's armed civil struggle was framed in the cold war and the fight against communism. Locally, the war was fed by the growing social, political, and ethnic inequalities that existed in the country. The process of reconstructing the country's social fabric started with the signing of the peace agreements of 1996, and continued with the passing of the 2002 legal framework designed to promote decentralization through social participation. Today, Guatemala is a post-war society that is trying to foster participation in a context full of challenges for the population and for the institutions that promote it. In the municipality of Palencia, there are three different spaces for participation in health: the municipal-level health commission, in community-level social development councils, and in the CHW

  17. Anticuerpos circulantes contra Influenza Aviar y Newcastle en zanates (Quiscalus mexicanus de la ciudad de Guatemala (Avian flu and Newcastle Antibodies in Great-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus in Guatemala city.

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    Full Text Available ResumenAunque el zanate (Quiscalus mexicanus está distribuido en todaGuatemala y se encuentra estrechamente ligado a poblaciones humanas,se sabe muy poco acerca de su estado sanitario y su papel comoreservorio de enfermedades aviares de importancia. Esta investigacióngenera información sobre el papel del zanate en la epizootiología de la Influenza Aviar (IA; Orthomyxoviridae y de Newcastle (ENC;Paramixoviridae, midiendo los anticuerpos circulantes en zanates norelacionados a granjas avícolas. Se colectaron 71 muestras de suero dezanates urbanos asintomáticos del la ciudad de Guatemala entre abril yjulio de 2008 y se analizaron con la prueba de Inhibición de laHemoaglutinación.SummaryDespite the Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus is distributed in all Guatemala and it is so close to human populations, few is knownabout its sanitarian status and role as reservoir of important aviandiseases. This research provides information about the role of the Greattailed Grackle in the epizootiology of Avian Influenza (AI;Orthomyxoviridae and Newcastle Disease (NCD; Paramixoviridae,measuring the antibodies of Grackles non-related to avian farms. Wecollected 71 serum samples from urban Great-tailed Grackles without any symptoms in Guatemala City from April to June of 2008, and analyzed with hemagglutination Inhibition Test.

  18. Ethnobotanical survey of the medicinal flora used by the Caribs of Guatemala.

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    Girón, L M; Freire, V; Alonzo, A; Cáceres, A

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    An ethnobotanical survey was conducted among the Carib population of Guatemala in 1988-1989. In general terms, the sample surveyed possessed a relatively good standard of living. Results indicated that health services were utilized by the population, and that domestic medicine, mainly plants (96.9%) was used by 15% of the population. One hundred and nineteen plants used for medicinal purposes were collected, of which 102 (85.7%) could be identified; a list of these together with the information provided for each plant is presented. The most frequently reported plants used as medicine are: Acalypha arvensis, Cassia alata, Cymbopogon citratus, Melampodium divaricatum. Momordica charantia, Neurolaena lobata, Ocimum basilicum, Petiveria alliacea and Solanum nigrescens. Most of these plants are found in the region, but some are brought from the Highlands or outside of the country, such as Malva parviflora, Matricaria chamomilla, Peumus boldus, Pimpinella anisum, Rosmarinus officinalis and Tagetes lucida. This survey demonstrated that the Carib population of Guatemala has survived in a transcultural environment of African and native Amerindian beliefs. PMID:1795521

  19. La Restauración Conservadora: Rafael Carrera y el destino del Estado nacional en Guatemala

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    Full Text Available El artículo, partiendo de una revisión crítica de la historiografía liberal, analiza el periodo de la historia guatemalteca conocido como la “Restauración Conservadora” (1840-1870, el papel desempeñado en este proceso por el general Rafael Carrera y sus implicaciones en la constitución del Estado nacional. En primer lugar se hace un repaso de los alcances de la noción de Estado nacional a la vez que se examinan los intentos por imponer proyectos de Estado-nación en Guatemala después de la independencia. A continuación, se estudia el fracaso de las reformas liberales, la aparición de condiciones sociales para el ascenso de los conservadores y el posicionamiento de Rafael Carrera como caudillo. Posteriormente, se presenta un análisis de la significación política de la restauración conservadora; y finalmente, se hace un balance en términos teóricos e históricos de los logros y fracasos en la implantación del Estado nacional en Guatemala en la segunda mitad del siglo xix.

  20. Effect of tourism and trade on intestinal parasitic infections in Guatemala.

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    Jensen, L A; Marlin, J W; Dyck, D D; Laubach, H E

    2009-04-01

    A survey was performed to determine if infection with gastrointestinal parasites differs between the rural and urban poor inhabitants of Guatemala. A total of 317 stool samples from children in two towns, one rural and one urban, were examined using the formalin-ether concentration method. The overall prevalence of parasites in infected children was 67%, 20%, 30%, and 22%, respectively for Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, Giardia duodenalis and Entamoeba histolytica in the rural town of La Mano de Leon and 49%, 14%, 15%, and 21%, respectively in the urban town of Santa Maria de Jesus. Two sub-studies were carried out to determine the effects of (1) gender and (2) age on the rate of parasitic infections. Female children in the 1-to 6-year-olds age group in Santa Maria de Jesus had more infections with A. lumbricoides and T. trichiura when compared to La Mano de Leon. A. lumbricoides was most prevalent in Santa Maria de Jesus. These results propose that accessibility to tourism and trade decreases the risk for the establishment of parasitic diseases in children of Guatemala possibly due to improvements in basic nutrition and availability of health care.

  1. Ethnobotanical survey of the medicinal flora used by the Caribs of Guatemala.

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    Girón, L M; Freire, V; Alonzo, A; Cáceres, A

    1991-09-01

    An ethnobotanical survey was conducted among the Carib population of Guatemala in 1988-1989. In general terms, the sample surveyed possessed a relatively good standard of living. Results indicated that health services were utilized by the population, and that domestic medicine, mainly plants (96.9%) was used by 15% of the population. One hundred and nineteen plants used for medicinal purposes were collected, of which 102 (85.7%) could be identified; a list of these together with the information provided for each plant is presented. The most frequently reported plants used as medicine are: Acalypha arvensis, Cassia alata, Cymbopogon citratus, Melampodium divaricatum. Momordica charantia, Neurolaena lobata, Ocimum basilicum, Petiveria alliacea and Solanum nigrescens. Most of these plants are found in the region, but some are brought from the Highlands or outside of the country, such as Malva parviflora, Matricaria chamomilla, Peumus boldus, Pimpinella anisum, Rosmarinus officinalis and Tagetes lucida. This survey demonstrated that the Carib population of Guatemala has survived in a transcultural environment of African and native Amerindian beliefs.

  2. The MANGUA Project: A Population-Based HIV Cohort in Guatemala

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    García, Juan Ignacio; Samayoa, Blanca; Sabidó, Meritxell; Prieto, Luis Alberto; Nikiforov, Mikhail; Pinzón, Rodolfo; Santa Marina de León, Luis Roberto; Ortiz, José Fernando; Ponce, Ernesto; Mejía, Carlos Rodolfo; Arathoon, Eduardo; Casabona, Jordi; Study Group, The Mangua Cohort

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. The MANGUA cohort is an ongoing multicenter, observational study of people living with HIV/AIDS in Guatemala. The cohort is based on the MANGUA application which is an electronic database to capture essential data from the medical records of HIV patients in care. Methods. The cohort enrolls HIV-positive adults ≥16 years of age. A predefined set of sociodemographic, behavioral, clinical, and laboratory data are registered at entry to the cohort study. Results. As of October 1st, 2012, 21 697 patients had been included in the MANGUA cohort (median age: 33 years, 40.3% female). At enrollment 74.1% had signs of advanced HIV infection and only 56.3% had baseline CD4 cell counts. In the first 12 months after starting antiretroviral treatment 26.9% (n = 3938) of the patients were lost to the program. Conclusions. The implementation of a cohort of HIV-positive patients in care in Guatemala is feasible and has provided national HIV indicators to monitor and evaluate the HIV epidemic. The identified percentages of late presenters and high rates of LTFU will help the Ministry to target their current efforts in improving access to diagnosis and care. PMID:26425365

  3. Plasticity, political economy, and physical growth status of Guatemala Maya children living in the United States.

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    Bogin, B; Loucky, J

    1997-01-01

    Migration of Maya refugees to the United States since the late 1970s affords the opportunity to study the consequences of life in a new environment on the growth of Maya children. The children of this study live in Indiantown, Florida, and Los Angeles, California. Maya children between 4 and 14 years old (n = 240) were measured for height, weight, fatness, and muscularity. Overall, compared with reference data for the United States, the Maya children are, on average, healthy and well nourished. They are taller and heavier and carry more fat and muscle mass than Maya children living in a village in Guatemala. However, they are shorter, on average, than children of black, Mexican-American, and white ethnicity living in Indiantown. Children of Maya immigrants born in the United States tend to be taller than immigrant children born in Guatemala or Mexico. Families that invest economic and social resources in their children have taller children. More economic successful families have taller children. Migration theory and political economy theory from the social sciences are combined with plasticity theory and life history theory (parental investment) from biology to interpret these data.

  4. Cultural scripts surrounding young people's sexual and romantic relationships in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.

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    Singleton, Robyn; Schroffel, Heidi; Findlay, Trinity; Winskell, Kate

    2016-09-01

    Guatemala has one of the world's highest teenage pregnancy rates and 92% of young people report not using contraception for first sex. We conducted narrative-based thematic analysis of a sample of narratives (n = 40; 15 male-authored, 25 female-authored) on HIV and sexuality, submitted to a 2013 scriptwriting competition by young people aged 15-19 years from Guatemala's Western Highlands. Our objective was to identify dominant cultural scripts and narratives that deviated positively from that norm with a view to informing the development of educational curricula and communication materials promoting youth sexual and reproductive health. The narratives are characterised by romantic themes and melodramatic plotlines: three in four had tragic endings. Rigid gender norms and ideologies of enduring love make female characters blind to the potential consequences of unprotected sex and vulnerable to betrayal and abandonment. Unprotected sex is the norm, with contraception and sexually transmitted infection protection mentioned rarely. In the four positively deviant narratives, female and male characters' interaction is based on mutual respect, dialogue and genuine affection. The narratives reveal opportunities for action to increase sexual health knowledge and access to services and to challenge harmful cultural scripts, potentially by leveraging the positive value attached to romantic love by authors of both sexes. PMID:26986072

  5. Multiyear prospective study of intestinal parasitism in a cohort of Peace Corps volunteers in Guatemala.

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    Herwaldt, B L; de Arroyave, K R; Wahlquist, S P; de Merida, A M; Lopez, A S; Juranek, D D

    2001-01-01

    We conducted a prospective, longitudinal study in a cohort of 36 Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) in Guatemala to study the incidence and natural history of intestinal parasitic infections during the PCVs' >2-year overseas stay. PCVs collected stool specimens at least monthly and when ill with gastrointestinal symptoms. Of the 1,168 specimens tested, 453 (38.8%) were positive for at least one parasite and 48 (4.1%) were positive for a pathogenic parasite. A median interval of 187 days (range, 14 to 752 days) elapsed before the first documented parasitic infection, and the median intervals from arrival until subsequent infections (e.g., second or third) were >300 days. The PCVs had 116 episodes of infection with 11 parasites, including up to 4 episodes per PCV with specific nonpathogens and Blastocystis hominis. The incidence, in episodes per 100 person-years, was highest for B. hominis (65), followed by Entamoeba coli (31), Cryptosporidium parvum (17), and Entamoeba hartmanni (17). The PCVs' B. hominis episodes lasted 6,809 person-days (28.7% of the 23,689 person-days in the study), the E. coli episodes lasted 2,055 person-days (8.7%), and each of the other types of episodes lasted 2-year stay in Guatemala suggests that PCVs repeatedly had fecal exposures and thus were at risk for infections with both parasitic and nonparasitic pathogens throughout their overseas service. PMID:11136744

  6. Weight-related stigma is a significant psychosocial stressor in developing countries: Evidence from Guatemala.

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    Hackman, Joseph; Maupin, Jonathan; Brewis, Alexandra A

    2016-07-01

    Weight-related stigma is established as a major psychosocial stressor and correlate of depression among people living with obesity in high-income countries. Anti-fat beliefs are rapidly globalizing. The goal of the study is to (1) examine how weight-related stigma, enacted as teasing, is evident among women from a lower-income country and (2) test if such weight-related stigma contributes to depressive symptoms. Modeling data for 12,074 reproductive-age women collected in the 2008-2009 Guatemala National Maternal-Infant Health Survey, we demonstrate that weight-related teasing is (1) experienced by those both underweight and overweight, and (2) a significant psychosocial stressor. Effects are comparable to other factors known to influence women's depressive risk in lower-income countries, such as living in poverty, experiencing food insecurity, or suffering sexual/domestic violence. That women's failure to meet local body norms-whether they are overweight or underweight-serves as such a strong source of psychological distress is particularly concerning in settings like Guatemala where high levels of over- and under-nutrition intersect at the household and community level. Current obesity-centric models of weight-related stigma, developed from studies in high-income countries, fail to recognize that being underweight may create similar forms of psychosocial distress in low-income countries. PMID:27254116

  7. Role of Temperature, Humidity and Rainfall on Influenza Transmission in Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama

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    Soebiyanto, Radina P.; Bonilla, Luis; Jara, Jorge; McCracken, John; Azziz?-Baumgartner, Eduardo; Widdowson, Marc-Alain; Kiang, Richard

    2012-01-01

    Worldwide, seasonal influenza causes about 500,000 deaths and 5 million severe illnesses per year. The environmental drivers of influenza transmission are poorly understood especially in the tropics. We aimed to identify meteorological factors for influenza transmission in tropical Central America. We gathered laboratory-confirmed influenza case-counts by week from Guatemala City, San Salvador Department (El Salvador) and Panama Province from 2006 to 2010. The average total cases per year were: 390 (Guatemala), 99 (San Salvador) and 129 (Panama). Meteorological factors including daily air temperature, rainfall, relative and absolute humidity (RH, AH) were obtained from ground stations, NASA satellites and land models. For these factors, we computed weekly averages and their deviation from the 5-yr means. We assessed the relationship between the number of influenza case-counts and the meteorological factors, including effects lagged by 1 to 4 weeks, using Poisson regression for each site. Our results showed influenza in San Salvador would increase by 1 case within a week of every 1 day with RH>75% (Relative Risk (RR)= 1.32, p=.001) and every 1C increase in minimum temperature (RR=1.29, p=.007) but it would decrease by 1 case for every 1mm-above mean weekly rainfall (RR=0.93,phumidity differ from some temperate-zone studies. But they indicate that climate parameters such as humidity and temperature could be predictive of influenza activity and should be incorporated into country-specific influenza transmission models

  8. Effect of tourism and trade on intestinal parasitic infections in Guatemala.

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    Jensen, L A; Marlin, J W; Dyck, D D; Laubach, H E

    2009-04-01

    A survey was performed to determine if infection with gastrointestinal parasites differs between the rural and urban poor inhabitants of Guatemala. A total of 317 stool samples from children in two towns, one rural and one urban, were examined using the formalin-ether concentration method. The overall prevalence of parasites in infected children was 67%, 20%, 30%, and 22%, respectively for Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, Giardia duodenalis and Entamoeba histolytica in the rural town of La Mano de Leon and 49%, 14%, 15%, and 21%, respectively in the urban town of Santa Maria de Jesus. Two sub-studies were carried out to determine the effects of (1) gender and (2) age on the rate of parasitic infections. Female children in the 1-to 6-year-olds age group in Santa Maria de Jesus had more infections with A. lumbricoides and T. trichiura when compared to La Mano de Leon. A. lumbricoides was most prevalent in Santa Maria de Jesus. These results propose that accessibility to tourism and trade decreases the risk for the establishment of parasitic diseases in children of Guatemala possibly due to improvements in basic nutrition and availability of health care. PMID:18941875

  9. Unearthing Truth: Forensic Anthropology, Translocal Memory, and “Provention” in Guatemala

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    Colette G. Mazzucelli

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This article deliberately examines the search for truth after decades of conflict in Guatemala. Excavations of mass gravesites and the painstaking exhumation processes carried out by professional forensic anthropology teams continue to allow families to locate lost relatives—reclaiming truth and supporting calls for justice. For Guatemalans, the search for truth now transcends national borders, especially among migrant communities in the United States. The family remains the central unit through which the work of Guatemalan forensic anthropologists is undertaken. In an effort to engender deeper insights about these exhumation processes from a social science perspective, this analysis promotes the use of specific “tools” in Guatemalan forensic anthropology investigations. The first is an exhumations concept map, which yields important questions meant to stimulate meaningful analysis. The second, Story Maps, is a technology application with the potential to mediate digital access to the emerging Guatemalan translocal space. The research in this analysis suggests that these “tools” strengthen Burton’s notion of “provention” in Guatemala.

  10. Salmonella on Raw Poultry in Retail Markets in Guatemala: Levels, Antibiotic Susceptibility, and Serovar Distribution.

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    Jarquin, Claudia; Alvarez, Danilo; Morales, Oneida; Morales, Ana Judith; López, Beatriz; Donado, Pilar; Valencia, Maria F; Arévalo, Alejandra; Muñoz, Fredy; Walls, Isabel; Doyle, Michael P; Alali, Walid Q

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    The objective of this study was to determine Salmonella numbers on retail raw chicken carcasses in Guatemala and to phenotypically characterize the isolates (serotyping and antibiotic susceptibility). In total, 300 chicken carcasses were collected from seven departments in Guatemala. Salmonella numbers were determined using the most-probable-number method following the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service protocol. In total, 103 isolates were obtained, all of which were tested for antibiotic susceptibility, whereas 46 isolates were serotyped. Overall, Salmonella prevalence and mean number (mean log most probable number per carcass) was 34.3% and 2.3 (95% confidence interval: 2.1 to 2.5), respectively. Significant differences (P companies had lower Salmonella numbers (P companies, and white-skin carcasses had lower numbers (P retail market level were high relative to other reports from North and South America. These data can be used by Guatemalan stakeholders to develop risk assessment models and support further research opportunities to control transmission of Salmonella spp. and antibiotic-resistant isolates from chicken meat to humans. PMID:26319717

  11. TransAlta Corporation 1996 annual report : new directions, new opportunities

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    TransAlta Corp. is an energy management company that operates through two subsidiaries: (1) TransAlta Utilities Corp. which owns and operates electricity generation, transmission and distribution assets in Alberta, and (2) TransAlta Energy Corp. which is in the business of electric and thermal energy supply, gas and electricity distribution, energy services and energy marketing in regions of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and the United States. This report presents a summary of operations, and provides consolidated financial statements and common share information for 1996. During the year the corporation advanced three significant initiatives (1) operational effectiveness, as shown by impressive productivity increases, and major investments in three independent power projects, (2) improved strategic direction through a review of plans and options, resulting in a clearer, more focused vision of the future, and (3) realignment of the organizational structure by centralizing marketing and sales functions, and establishing a corporate business development group. Details of operational and financial results were provided for both subsidiaries, i. e. TransAlta Utilities and TransAlta Energy. Sales of electric energy for TransAlta Utilities amounted to 27.8 billion kWh; 4.6 billion kWh for TransAlta Energy. Return on equity was 11.4 per cent, down from 11.8 per cent in 1995. Net earnings per common share were $1.14 per share (including one-time items), the same as in 1995. tabs., figs

  12. Unit on Mexican and Guatemalan Archaeology. Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad Program, 2000 (Mexico and Guatemala).

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    Brown, Kathryn

    This curriculum unit on Mexican and Guatemalan archaeology is designed for students at a college preparatory high school who have taken a course in ancient and medieval history. The unit lists history and archaeology texts and teacher resources and is divided into the following sections: (1) geography assignment on Mexico and Guatemala; (2)…

  13. Konflikt und Konfliktlösung in Guatemala – Die Verwirklichung der Rechte indigener Frauen im rechtspluralistischen Raum

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    A. Titze (Anja)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractIm 20. Jahrhundert erlebte die Menschheit die Gräueltaten von zwei Weltkriegen und zahllosen Bürgerkriegen, die allesamt unermessliches Leid brachten. Auch Guatemala ist insoweit ein trauriges Beispiel. Der Bürgerkrieg, der dort in der Zeit des Kalten Krieges wütete und erst 1996 endete,

  14. Dimensions of Child Sexual Abuse before Age 15 in Three Central American Countries: Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala

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    Speizer, Ilene S.; Goodwin, Mary; Whittle, Lisa; Clyde, Maureen; Rogers, Jennifer

    2008-01-01

    Objective: The prevalence of sexual abuse during childhood or adolescence varies depending on the definitions and age categories used. This study examines the first national, population-based data available on child sexual abuse that occurs before age 15 in three countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. This study uses comparable…

  15. Prevalence of chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes in patients on hemodialysis in southwest Guatemala.

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    Laux, Timothy S; Barnoya, Joaquin; Cipriano, Ever; Herrera, Erick; Lopez, Noemi; Polo, Vicente Sanchez; Rothstein, Marcos

    2016-04-01

    Objective To document the prevalence of patients on hemodialysis in southwestern Guatemala who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) of non-traditional causes (CKDnt). Methods This cross-sectional descriptive study interviewed patients on hemodialysis at the Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social on their health and occupational history. Laboratory serum, urine and vital sign data at the initiation of hemodialysis were obtained from chart reviews. Patients were classified according to whether they had hypertension or obesity or neither. The proportion of patients with and without these traditional CKD risk factors was recorded and the association between demographic and occupational factors and a lack of traditional CKD risk factors analyzed using multivariate logistic regression. Results Of 242 total patients (including 171 non-diabetics) enrolled in hemodialysis in southwestern Guatemala, 45 (18.6% of total patients and 26.3% of non-diabetics) lacked traditional CKD risk factors. While agricultural work history was common, only travel time greater than 30 minutes and age less than 50 years old were significantly associated with CKD in the absence of traditional risk factors. Individuals without such risk factors lived throughout southwestern Guatemala's five departments. Conclusions The prevalence of CKDnT appears to be much lower in this sample of patients receiving hemodialysis in Southwestern Guatemala than in hospitalized patients in El Salvador. It has yet to be determined whether the prevalence is higher in the general population and in patients on peritoneal dialysis.

  16. Altas Capacidades en Educación Infantil en Guipúzcoa

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    2013-01-01

    El trabajo fin de grado que se presenta a continuación aporta información acerca de las altas capacidades en Educación Infantil y su relación con las inteligencias múltiples. Se propone una perspectiva de la realidad actual del tema en el contexto de la provincia de Guipúzcoa. Las altas capacidades se proponen aludiendo a varios aspectos, entre ellos, se define el término, se aportan características de los alumnos con altas capacidades, se señalan alternativas de intervención en las aulas y s...

  17. Altas capacidades intelectuales. Diagnóstico y seguimiento de una NEE.

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    2013-01-01

    Según la OMS, el 2,3% de la población mundial tiene altas capacidades intelectuales, es decir, en la vida académica de un profesor, éste tendría que descubrir una media de 40 alumnos con capacidades superiores a la media. Saber en qué consisten las altas capacidades y hacer un pre diagnóstico de las mismas será, en muchas ocasiones, trabajo del profesor de secundaria. Pero, ¿tiene éste conocimientos para percatarse de la presencia en clase de un alumno con altas capacidades? ¿Y una vez estudi...

  18. El alumnado con altas capacidades intelectuales: programas de intervención.

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    González Arranz, Raquel

    2015-01-01

    El presente Trabajo de Fin de Grado se centra en alumnos considerados de Educación Especial, concretamente en aquellos que poseen Altas Capacidades Intelectuales y las posibilidades de respuesta educativa que se les puede ofrecer dentro del modelo de aula ordinaria. En la primera parte, se afronta el estudio de alumnos con altas capacidades intelectuales en educación primaria. Los temas que se tratan son: conceptualización y definiciones, fundamentación teórica de alumnos con altas capaci...

  19. Sistemas de producción de fresa de altas densidades.

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    Ramírez Gómez, Humberto

    2011-01-01

    En México se produce fresa con alta tecnología pero existe escasa investigación sobre la productividad de la fresa en sistemas hidropónicos con altas densidades. El presente estudio se realizó con la finalidad de evaluar la fisiología, rendimiento, calidad y rentabilidad de la fresa de altas densidades en cuatro sistemas hidropónicos. Los tratamientos estudiados fueron: bolsas individuales (BI), vertical con tres tubos (V3T), vertical con cuatro tubos (V4T) y vertical con macetas hidropónicas...

  20. La acción política de las viudas de pilotos en la Ciudad de Guatemala

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    Full Text Available The political action of the widows of bus drivers in the City of GuatemalaA wide range of violent acts is occurring within the context of a Guatemala caught in a post-conflictive problematic. Many urban transport drivers in Guatemala City have been executed by members of ‘pandillas’ or ‘maras’ (gangs to force the payment of the extortion money, leaving their families devastated by the trama and the difficulties of survival. This paper centres on the difficulties that the widows of these drivers organized in AVITRANS (Association of Transport Widows are facing in their political struggle for government support and social recognition when they are seen as being delegitimized for being poor, mestiza and coming from the ‘grey zone’ areas of this metropolis. This case study attempts to analyse the consequences of the neoliberal model in practice.Resumen La Guatemala postconflicto se encuentra abrumada por una amplia gama de violencias. Muchos pilotos del transporte urbano de la ciudad de Guatemala son ejecutados por miembros de las pandillas o maras para forzar el pago de las extorsiones quedando sus familiares devastados por el trauma y las dificultades de la sobrevivencia. Este texto se centra en las dificultades que las viudas de estos pilotos organizadas en AVITRANS (Asociación de Viudas del Transporte enfrentan en su lucha política por el apoyo del gobierno y el reconocimiento social al verse deslegitimadas por ser pobres, mestizas y procedentes de la ‘zona gris’ de las colonias de esta metrópolis. El caso permite considerar las consecuencias del modelo neoliberal en la práctica.

  1. Il programma italiano di ricerche nella alta atmosfera

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    Full Text Available La Commissione per le Ricerche Spaziali, nominata dal ConsiglioNazionale delle Ricerche diciotto mesi fa, ha intrapreso un programmadi studio dell'alta atmosfera a mezzo di razzi sonda. Questa ricerca,che nella attuale prima fase di lavoro e sviluppo deve essere consideratauna delle attività basilari della Commissione, aveva ed ha un duplicescopo: uno scopo diretto, immediato, che consiste nell'acquisizione didati scientifici, in maggior copia possibile, tali da ampliare ed approfondirele attuali conoscenze sulla struttura e sulla dinamica della altaatmosfera.Il secondo scopo è, se così si può dire, proiettato nel futuro. L'organizzazionepredisposta, sia in uomini che in attrezzature ed installazioni,per questa ricerca può considerarsi infatti come il nocciolo di unapiù ampia organizzazione che potrà operare negli anni successivi permaggiori e più impegnativi compiti.I fondi necessari per lo sviluppo del programma di ricerche nell'altaatmosfera sono stati forniti alla Commissione delle Ricerche Spazialiin base ad un accordo fra il C.N.R. e il Comitato Razzi e Missili delMinistero della Difesa, secondo il quale i due Enti si impegnavano acontribuire alle spese necessarie su base paritetica.II C.N.R. stipulò anche un accordo di natura scientifica con l'Entespaziale statunitense N.A.S.A., sia per ottenere dalla Commissione delleRicerche Spaziali un appoggio tecnico, sia per altre finalità di cui siparlerà più diffusamente in seguito.

  2. Audiitor kaebas Alta Capitali arve pärast Läti kohtusse / Henrik Ilves

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    2008-01-01

    Eesti Päevalehe andmetel kaebas rahvusvaheline audiitorfirma Ernst & Young Lätis kohtusse investeerimisfirma Alta Capital, kuna firma ei ole maksnud esitatud arvet. Nõude suuruseks on 4,69 miljonit krooni

  3. Mass rearing of the Medfly temperature sensitive lethal genetic sexing strain in Guatemala

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    Field tests have demonstrated the increased efficiency of the sterile insect technique (SIT) for the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata Wied.), when only male Medflies are released (Robinson et al. 1986, Nitzan et al. 1993, McInnis et al. 1994, Rendon 1996). Genetic sexing strains (GSS) of Medflies, containing temperature sensitive lethal (tsl) and white pupae colour (wp) mutations (Franz et al. 1994) developed by FAO/IAEA, allow the separation of male flies from female flies. GSS technology has reached a stage where it is being used in large-scale operational programmes, such as the Moscamed Program in Guatemala. GSS based on the wp/tsl have the advantages of: 1) not requiring sophisticated equipment for sex separation, 2) a high accuracy of separation (> 99.5% males) is possible and, 3) separation is achieved during egg development, which excludes the unnecessary rearing of females (Franz et al. 1996). It was shown by Franz et al. (1994) that tsl GSS are genetically stable for many generations under small-scale rearing conditions. However, under the large-scale rearing of operational programmes such as Moscamed (Hentze and Mata 1987), a gradual loss of the sex separation mechanism through recombination remains a problem, as has been demonstrated in Guatemala during 1994-1996. This in no way precludes the use of GSS technology, but it does mean that a management system must be used to control this gradual loss of stability; a strategy for colony management which maintains a stable and high level of accuracy of male-only production. The El Pino facility, which mass produces sterile flies for the Guatemala Medflies SIT Program, has introduced a filter rearing system (FRS) (Fisher and Caceres 1999), and has demonstrated in a Medfly tsl GSS known as VIENNA 4/Tol-94, that genetic stability can be maintained. We report the operation of the FRS and its impact upon genetic stability and male-only production. The concept of the FRS has the potential to improve the

  4. Comorbilidad entre el distrés psicológico y abuso/dependencia de drogas, ciudad de Guatemala - Guatemala

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del estudio fue investigar la prevalencia de distrés psicológico en pacientes atendidos en centros especializados en alcohol y drogas en la Ciudad de Guatemala. Es un estudio transversal con 91 pacientes mayores de 18 años atendidos en el Centro de Tratamiento de la Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Comisión contra las Adicciones y el Trafico Ilícito de Drogas, y en Casa Hogar Jireh. Se aplicó un cuestionario adaptado del formulario de la EULAC-CICAD para caracterizar a los participantes. La escala de Kessler-10 se aplico para detención de distrés psicológico. Los resultados muestran que 68% de la muestra total tenían entre 18 y 39 años, la edad promedio es 44. El 95.6% eran hombres. Refieren diagnostico previo (32.9%, relacionado con ansiedad en 2.4%, depresión en 3.3%, esquizofrenia en 4.4%, y trastorno bipolar en 4.4%. Presentan diagnostico actual de salud mental 17.58%. Conclui-se que El K-10 indica que 31.87% tienen niveles severos el 39.56% muy severo de distrés psicológico (71.43%. Datos sensibles a ansiedad y depresión, son similares a los reportados en otros estudios internacionales.

  5. The marimba: musical and secret language of the political violence in Guatemala La marimba: lenguaje musical y secreto de la violencia política en Guatemala

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    Wolfgang DIETRICH

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The author reflects the construction of national music while the arise of the nation State in Guatemala. This development begins formally while the first decades of the nineteenth century and has not finished yet. For the myth of the Nation state and those who use it for their project of domination it is crucial that national music can be distinguished externally from musics generated by other nations while it can be applied internally for the aim of national homogenisation. Since the middle of the nineteenth century the music is used in Guatemala for the dissemination of ideologies that help to construct this myth. The vernacular music of the Maya people does not follow this logic. Hence it is considered inferior or «incorrect». For the myth of the nation State only the totality of «the people» as an abstract concept can understand and appreciate the national music, but not the concrete or individual group. Assuming this the music is converted into an important tool of a repressive mechanism and deculturation. The marimba thus is the symbol of the nation State in Guatemala. The dictatorships of the army, who were the main responsible of the genocide of the Maya people, declared the chromatic marimba symbol of the nation. After a long history of violence the marimba desindianizada and therefore ladinizada reached the status of the national instrument. While the period of violence the chromatic marimba never ceased to sound in the nightclubs and the elegant restaurants of the Capital. In the meanwhile the Mayas of the highlands hided their K’ojomes in caves and cañons to protect them from the army. Therefore the anarchic and rebellious diversity of the k’ojom’s tuning continues to be the vernacular and secret language of groups and individuals who do not belong to the national reality of the chromatic marimba. El autor refleja la construcción de la música nacional en el proceso del devenir del Estado nacional guatemalteco. Este

  6. y alta de la subcuenca Cohatán, Chiapas

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    M. Grajales

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio consistió en un diagnóstico biofísico (fisiográfico, hidrográfico, uso actual del suelo, cobertura vegetal y socioeconómico (infraestructura social y productiva con actividades en la subcuenca Cohatán, localizado en las estribaciones de la Sierra del Soconusco Chiapas, para saber la situación que guarda y generar acciones de rehabilitación, a mediano y largo plazo. Esta subcuenca se extiende desde 350 a los 4,080 msnm, con 42 comunidades, que abarcan los municipios de Tapachula, Motozintla y Cacahotán, Chiapas; tiene una densidad de 1.2 hab/ha, con suelo de origen volcánico formado del Cenozoico terciario de unidad acrisol húmico. El 80% de la superficie presenta clima tropical húmedo y subhúmedo, con relieve de ladera fuerte hasta de 60%, con una erosión hídrica severa de 250 t/ ha/año en 42% de la superficie; tiene 25% de selva, medias altas y perennifolias. La principal actividad económica es la explotación del cultivo de café, desde el área marginal 350 hasta 2,660 msnm. A lo largo del río Cohatán el tipo de desarrollo se sustenta en el uso intensivo de los recursos naturales, originan —a su vez— fuerte deterioro neceambiental, al cambio de vegetación de la selva original por introducción de especies de sombra del café con chalum (Inga spp; en este ecosistema se observa un deficiente uso de tecnología de producción que se refleja en el bajo rendimiento del café, de 8 quintales/ha. El nivel socioeconómico de desarrollo es bajo, con nivel de educación, salud, vivienda y servicios deficientes, así como falta de apoyo social, con carente gestión ambiental

  7. An epidemiological description of a folk illness: a study of empacho in Guatemala.

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    Weller, S C; Ruebush, T K; Klein, R E

    1991-06-01

    Although anthropologists have provided descriptions of many folk illnesses, few have systematically evaluated their prevalence and determined who is at greatest risk for acquiring them. This report attempts to provide a systematic description of the folk illness empacho including the symptoms that define it. Illness prevalence was estimated and subpopulations at greatest risk were identified from illness histories collected from a random sample of households in rural Guatemala. Empacho was found to constitute a distinct cluster of symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting, headache, and lack of appetite. It differed from other gastrointestinal illnesses in that headaches were more likely and stomachaches were less likely to be reported. Empacho was highly prevalent and occurred in adults and children. Further, results showed that although empacho was frequently diagnosed by residents, folk healers were rarely consulted for any illness. Nevertheless, a strong association exists between a household diagnosis of empacho and the use of folk healers by those households (p less than .001).

  8. La guerra contra las mujeres : El caso del feminicidio en Guatemala

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    En 2009 se encontraron 708 mujeres asesinadas en Guatemala, un número que se ha incrementado drásticamente en los últimos años. Una gran parte de estos asesinatos son brutales y presentan signos de violencia sexual y tortura, lo cual señala una conexión específica de violencia de género. El término feminicidio tiene su origen en el carácter de estos crímenes, el asesinato de mujeres por el hecho de ser mujeres y es la forma más extrema de la violencia de género contra la mujer. La impunidad r...

  9. Los cultivos transgénicos como tema emergente en Guatemala y Venezuela

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    En los últimos años el tema de los cultivos transgénicos ha sido ampliamente tratado; la bibliografía y publicaciones difundidas así lo demuestran. Con base en la revisión de fuentes hemerográficas y el posterior análisis de la información, el objetivo de este trabajo fue conocer los actores que han intervenido, en Venezuela y Guatemala, en el debate público sobre los cultivos transgénicos, y en función de su posición y particular forma de participación, identificar el nivel de polémica y los...

  10. The influence of Mayan education on middle school students in Guatemala.

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    Falbo, Toni; de Baessa, Yetilú

    2006-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of Mayan education on the academic achievement of Indian and Ladino middle school students (N = 353) in Guatemala. This study also examined changes in ethnic identity achievement and the effects of changes in ethnic identity achievement on gains in self-esteem and other-group attitudes. Superior gains in academic skills for both Ladino and Indian students attending Mayan schools were found. The results also suggested that those students who increased their ethnic identity scores during their first year of middle school also increased their other-group attitudes. These results are discussed in terms of the benefits of Mayan education and ethnic identity achievement for both Indian and Ladino students. PMID:17087522

  11. Eliciting health care priorities in developing countries: experimental evidence from Guatemala.

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    Font, Joan Costa; Forns, Joan Rovira; Sato, Azusa

    2016-02-01

    Although some methods for eliciting preferences to assist participatory priority setting in health care in developed countries are available, the same is not true for poor communities in developing countries whose preferences are neglected in health policy making. Existing methods grounded on self-interested, monetary valuations that may be inappropriate for developing country settings where community care is provided through 'social allocation' mechanisms. This paper proposes and examines an alternative methodology for eliciting preferences for health care programmes specifically catered for rural and less literate populations but which is still applicable in urban communities. Specifically, the method simulates a realistic collective budget allocation experiment, to be implemented in both rural and urban communities in Guatemala. We report evidence revealing that participatory budget-like experiments are incentive compatible mechanisms suitable for revealing collective preferences, while simultaneously having the advantage of involving communities in health care reform processes. PMID:25841770

  12. Informal transborder trade between México and Guatemala from permissive border perspective

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    Carlos Ernesto Ruiz Juárez

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    Full Text Available This paper analyzes processes of interaction, tension, conflict and economic interests in one of the major border areas between Mexico and Guatemala. Informal transborder trade involves several actors who have been building these processes pursuant to agency initiatives. Among these actors, Guatemalan transborder traders who come to buy goods from their Mexican counterparts (retail and wholesale shop owners play a prominent role, as do the camareros who transport the traders and their merchandise across the Suchiate River on rafts and other actors such as moneychangers and rickshaw drivers who participate in economic and social interaction in the region. From a conceptual perspective, supported by the dialectical relationship between the notions of a border the behavior of transborder actors, it is concluded that in the study area, an informal border-trade integration process has developed and its actors transcend the border, rendering that border permissive.

  13. Antigonorrhoeal activity of plants used in Guatemala for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

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    Cáceres, A; Menéndez, H; Méndez, E; Cohobón, E; Samayoa, B E; Jauregui, E; Peralta, E; Carrillo, G

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    Plants popularly used in Guatemala for the treatment of gonorrhoea were macerated in 50% alcohol and the tincture tested for in vitro activity against Neisseria gonorrhoeae using strains isolated from symptomatic patients and confirmed by standard bacteriological procedures. From 46 plants investigated, 13 (28.3%) showed evident inhibition zones (> 9 mm), seven (15.2%) showed small activity (6.1-8.9 mm) and 26 (56.5%) showed no activity; nine of these plants inhibited five strains of N. gonorrhoea freshly isolated. The most active plants of American origin were: bark of Bixa orellana fruits of Parmentiera edulis, leaf of Diphysa robinioides, Eupatorium odoratum, Gliricidia sepium, Physalis angulata, Piper aduncum and Prosopis juliflora, root of Casimiroa edulis, and whole Clematis dioica. PMID:8583798

  14. Water and sustainable land use at the ancient tropical city of Tikal, Guatemala.

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    Scarborough, Vernon L; Dunning, Nicholas P; Tankersley, Kenneth B; Carr, Christopher; Weaver, Eric; Grazioso, Liwy; Lane, Brian; Jones, John G; Buttles, Palma; Valdez, Fred; Lentz, David L

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    The access to water and the engineered landscapes accommodating its collection and allocation are pivotal issues for assessing sustainability. Recent mapping, sediment coring, and formal excavation at Tikal, Guatemala, have markedly expanded our understanding of ancient Maya water and land use. Among the landscape and engineering feats identified are the largest ancient dam identified in the Maya area of Central America; the posited manner by which reservoir waters were released; construction of a cofferdam for dredging the largest reservoir at Tikal; the presence of ancient springs linked to the initial colonization of Tikal; the use of sand filtration to cleanse water entering reservoirs; a switching station that facilitated seasonal filling and release; and the deepest rock-cut canal segment in the Maya Lowlands. These engineering achievements were integrated into a system that sustained the urban complex through deep time, and they have implications for sustainable construction and use of water management systems in tropical forest settings worldwide. PMID:22802627

  15. Early ceremonial constructions at Ceibal, Guatemala, and the origins of lowland Maya civilization.

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    Inomata, Takeshi; Triadan, Daniela; Aoyama, Kazuo; Castillo, Victor; Yonenobu, Hitoshi

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    The spread of plaza-pyramid complexes across southern Mesoamerica during the early Middle Preclassic period (1000 to 700 BCE) provides critical information regarding the origins of lowland Maya civilization and the role of the Gulf Coast Olmec. Recent excavations at the Maya site of Ceibal, Guatemala, documented the growth of a formal ceremonial space into a plaza-pyramid complex that predated comparable buildings at other lowland Maya sites and major occupations at the Olmec center of La Venta. The development of lowland Maya civilization did not result from one-directional influence from La Venta, but from interregional interactions, involving groups in the southwestern Maya lowlands, Chiapas, the Pacific Coast, and the southern Gulf Coast.

  16. Educational Reform in Administrative Systems with Pre-modern Characteristics: the Case of Guatemala

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    Carlos Roberto Ruano y Ruano

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available This article contains an analysis of specific instances of educational-reform failure in contemporary Guatemala. The purpose is to throw into relief those aspects which should be confronted in designing and implementing processes of educational reform in the context of weak nations with pre-modern features. One of these fundamental aspects is the need to study carefully the administrative and power structures within the government, with the aim of locating the channels of real and nominal decision-making. It is also argued that the principle of parallel liberty allows an understanding of the formation and reinforcement of parallel power structures, and that these are found outside the official bureaucratic channels. It is further argued that the administration and formulation of educational policies cannot be summed up in simple modernization schemes that do not take into account the particular sociohistorical conditions in which the educational systems originated.

  17. Assessment of gamma radionuclides in sediments from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans of Guatemala

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    The study consisted in the assesment of radioactivity levels in marine sediments of Guatemala due to gamma radionuclides. The samples were taken from 5 selected places, the activity of each sediment was measured by gamma spectrometry using an GE High-Purity detector. The methodology used consisted in to measure the efficiency of the Ge detector, then the calibration for Pb-210 was made. The radioactivity ranges from 1.69 Bq/Kg to 8.68 Bq/Kg for Cs-137, 356.99 Bq/Kg to 431.18 Bq/Kg for K-40, 48.71 Bq/Kg to 59.94 Bq/Kg for Ra-226 and 151.283 Bq/Kg to 224.47 Bq/Kg for Pb-210

  18. The Agency's Technical Co-operation programme with Guatemala, 1982-1992. Country programme summaries

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    The country programme summary reported here is one in the series of such studies being undertaken of the Agency's TC programme with Member States. With over $3 million of Agency support received, Guatemala ranks 46th among all recipients of technical assistance in the period 1958 - 1991. Almost three quarters of the assistance during the past ten years has been provided in the form of equipment (72%), followed by training (15%) and expert services (13%). Seventy-eight per cent of the resources were provided by the Technical Assistance and Co-operation Fund, the rest was made available through extrabudgetary contributions (21%) and assistance in kind (1%). With regard to project disbursement by sector, the largest areas have been nuclear physics and chemistry (37%), agriculture (28%), nuclear medicine (16%) and hydrology (8%). The remaining 11% were shared by general atomic energy development, nuclear raw materials, nuclear engineering and technology, and nuclear safety

  19. Clinical preventive services in Guatemala: a cross-sectional survey of internal medicine physicians.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Guatemala is currently undergoing an epidemiologic transition. Preventive services are key to reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases, and smoking counseling and cessation are among the most cost-effective and wide-reaching strategies. Internal medicine physicians are fundamental to providing such services, and their knowledge is a cornerstone of non-communicable disease control. METHODS: A national cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2011 to evaluate knowledge of clinical preventive services for non-communicable diseases. Interns, residents, and attending physicians of the internal medicine departments of all teaching hospitals in Guatemala completed a self-administered questionnaire. Participants' responses were contrasted with the Guatemalan Ministry of Health (MoH prevention guidelines and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF recommendations. Analysis compared knowledge of recommendations within and between hospitals. RESULTS: In response to simulated patient scenarios, all services were recommended by more than half of physicians regardless of MoH or USPSTF recommendations. Prioritization was adequate according to the MoH guidelines but not including other potentially effective services (e.g. colorectal cancer and lipid disorder screenings. With the exception of colorectal and prostate cancer screening, less frequently recommended by interns, there was no difference in recommendation rates by level. CONCLUSION: Guatemalan internal medicine physicians' knowledge on preventive services recommendations for non-communicable diseases is limited, and prioritization did not reflect cost-effectiveness. Based on these data we recommend that preventive medicine training be strengthened and development of evidence-based guidelines for low-middle income countries be a priority.

  20. Salmonella on Raw Poultry in Retail Markets in Guatemala: Levels, Antibiotic Susceptibility, and Serovar Distribution.

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    Jarquin, Claudia; Alvarez, Danilo; Morales, Oneida; Morales, Ana Judith; López, Beatriz; Donado, Pilar; Valencia, Maria F; Arévalo, Alejandra; Muñoz, Fredy; Walls, Isabel; Doyle, Michael P; Alali, Walid Q

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    The objective of this study was to determine Salmonella numbers on retail raw chicken carcasses in Guatemala and to phenotypically characterize the isolates (serotyping and antibiotic susceptibility). In total, 300 chicken carcasses were collected from seven departments in Guatemala. Salmonella numbers were determined using the most-probable-number method following the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service protocol. In total, 103 isolates were obtained, all of which were tested for antibiotic susceptibility, whereas 46 isolates were serotyped. Overall, Salmonella prevalence and mean number (mean log most probable number per carcass) was 34.3% and 2.3 (95% confidence interval: 2.1 to 2.5), respectively. Significant differences (P < 0.05) in Salmonella prevalence were found by storage condition (refrigerated or ambient temperature), market type (wet markets, supermarkets, and independent poultry stores), chicken production system (integrated or nonintegrated production company), and chicken skin color (white or yellow). Chickens produced by integrated companies had lower Salmonella numbers (P < 0.05) than nonintegrated companies, and white-skin carcasses had lower numbers (P < 0.05) than yellow-skin carcasses. Among 13 different Salmonella serovars identified, Paratyphi B (34.8%) was most prevalent, followed by Heidelberg (16.3%) and Derby (11.6%). Of all the Salmonella isolates, 59.2% were resistant to one to three antibiotics and 13.6% to four or more antibiotics. Among all the serovars obtained, Salmonella Paratyphi B and Heidelberg were the most resistant to the antibiotics tested. Salmonella levels and antibiotic resistant profiles among isolates from raw poultry at the retail market level were high relative to other reports from North and South America. These data can be used by Guatemalan stakeholders to develop risk assessment models and support further research opportunities to control transmission of Salmonella spp. and

  1. The Diffusion of Labour Standards: The Case of the US and Guatemala

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    Full Text Available The number of free trade agreements (FTAs concluded by the United States of America (US has grown vastly over the past two decades. While FTAs contribute to increased global competition and as such may also contribute to socially-undesirable practices in the area of working conditions and the environment, the proliferation in FTAs has paradoxically also augmented the potential for making free trade more fair as some of these agreements now include labour provisions. However, the question is whether these trade agreements have also actually diffused internationally recognised labour standards. This article studies the FTA the US signed in 2004 with a number of Central American countries and which, at a later stage, also included the Dominican Republic. This FTA is commonly referred to as CAFTA-DR and includes a chapter on labour standards. The article argues that the effects of the inclusion of labour standards in CAFTA-DR have been limited and therefore should be viewed as an unsuccessful attempt at policy transfer. This is illustrated by the case of Guatemala, a country known for its lack of respect for labour standards and which is currently the subject of a complaints procedure under the CAFTA-DR. It is maintained that this lack of effectiveness is the result of many factors. Among these is the weakness of the labour chapter of CAFTA-DR resulting from the fact that the chapter is the outcome of bargaining processes both within the US and between the US and Guatemala, where symbolic results were valued more highly than actual substance.

  2. High prevalence of human papillomavirus infection in the female population of Guatemala.

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    Vallès, Xavier; Murga, Gladys Beatriz; Hernández, Gabriela; Sabidó, Meritxell; Chuy, Alejandro; Lloveras, Belén; Alameda, Francesc; de San José, Sílvia; Bosch, Francesc Xavier; Pedroza, Isabel; Castellsagué, Xavier; Casabona, Jordi

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    The potential introduction of the newly licensed HPV-vaccines at affordable prices could play a central role in preventing cervical cancer in middle and low-income countries, where most of the cases occur. In spite of this, basic epidemiological data about HPV and HPV-related lesions are still scarce. To determine the prevalence of cervical abnormalities, HPV prevalence, genotype distribution and related risk factors, we carried out a cross-sectional study in a population from Guatemala that included 297 women from the general population (GP women) and 297 sex workers (SW). All participating women were interviewed and underwent a complete gynecological examination that included collection of cervical cells for cytological diagnosis, HPV DNA detection and typing by PCR methods. Cervical HPV DNA prevalence among GP women and from SW was 38.1% (95% CI: 32.5-43.8) and 67.3% (95% CI: 61.7-72.6), respectively. The prevalence of abnormal cytology among GP women was 7.7% (ASCUS = 1.4%, LSIL = 4.7%, ASC-H = 0.3% and HSIL = 1.4%) and among SW was 21.6% (ASCUS = 7.5%, LSIL = 10.6%, ASC-H = 1.4% and HSIL = 2.1%). The most prevalent HPV types among women with normal cytology were HPVs 51 (n = 30), 66 (n = 25) and 16 (n = 25), and among women with HSIL or ASC-H (n = 14) HPVs 58 (n = 5) and 16 (n = 5). Determinants associated with HPV DNA detection were having had an occasional partner during the last 6 months and smoking habit among GP women, and being a minor among SW. HPV and abnormal cytology prevalence is high among women in Guatemala. The introduction of a HPV vaccination program would prevent an important fraction of HPV-related disease burden.

  3. NGOs in community health insurance schemes: examples from Guatemala and the Philippines.

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    Ron, A

    1999-04-01

    In poor rural communities, access to basic health care is often severely limited by inadequate supply as well as financial barriers to seeking care. National policies may introduce social health insurance, but these are likely to begin with the salaried public and private sector workers while the informal sector population may be the last to be covered. Community initiatives to generate health care financing require a complex development process. This paper covers attempts to develop such schemes in rural populations in Guatemala and the Philippines through non-government organizations and notes the major factors which have contributed to unequal progress in the two schemes. The scheme of the Association por Salud de Barillas (ASSABA) in Guatemala was not sufficiently established as an administrative body at the conceptual stage and there was no clear national policy on health care financing. By the time the necessary action was taken, local conflicts hindered progress. In the Philippines, the ORT Health Plus Scheme (OHPS) was implemented during the period of legislation of a national health insurance act. The appraisal after three years of operation shows that OPHS has made health care affordable and accessible to the target population, composed mainly of low and often unstable income families in rural areas. The major success factors are probably the administrative structure provided by a cooperative and controls in the delivery system and in expenditures, through the salaried primary health care team, referral process and the capitation agreement for hospital-based services. The proliferation of such schemes could benefit from national guidelines, a formal accreditation process and an umbrella organization to provide assistance in design, training and information services, involving government, non-government and academic institutions as an integral part of the development process. PMID:10192560

  4. The street food culture of Guatemala City: a case study from a downtown, urban park.

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    Freese, E; Romero-Abal, M E; Solomons, N W

    1998-06-01

    This study investigated the structure and environment of 31 street food vendors in an urban park in the downtown area of Guatemala City. Vendors were interviewed and observed in order to assess the quality, safety, and accessibility of street food. The street food vending in the park consisted of five types: whole meal, snack, beverage, fruits, and carts. A great variety of typical Guatemalan meals, as well as ready-to-eat fruits and hot dog chapin (hot dog with cabbage and avocado cream), were found in the park. The food preparation and handling revealed inadequacies concerning the hygiene. Circumstances, such as the lack of portable water near the vending site and unhygienic sanitary facilities, supported the transmission of pathogens. The clientele was of all ages, and included female as well as the male purchasers. Typical clients came from the surrounding area, i.e. the employees of civil and private offices, commercial businesses, and the non-food vendors of the park. Comparing the economy of street food with the definition of very poor in Guatemala, the prices on the street were often above the daily money needed for a basic food basket. However, a special clientele were the very poor, such as the street children and handicapped people, who earned their meals by helping out at the vending sites. Mainly female street food vendors were found at the whole meal, snack, and refreshment sites whereas men sold predominantly at the carts. For all of the vendors, it was the main source of income and for many families the only one. PMID:9830483

  5. DIVERSIDAD GENÉTICA DE MARACUYÁ EN GUATEMALA REVELADA POR MARCADORES AFLP

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    Full Text Available Diversidad genética de maracuyá en Guatemala revelada por marcadores AFLP. Los objetivos de este estudio fueron caracterizar con AFLP nueve genotipos colectados en Guatemala y determinar la diversidad genética existente. En el Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Agrícolas (ICTA, en el período julio 2010/mayo 2011, se realizó este análisis preliminar amplifi cando diez combinaciones selectivas con las que se detectaron 106 polimorfi smos. Las combinaciones selectivas E+ACG/M+CAG, E+ACA/M+CTA, E+ACT/M+CTG y E+AAC/M+CTT dieron el mayor grado de información. En promedio se visualizaron diez loci por amplifi cación selectiva. El análisis de similaridad reveló que los genotipos no están duplicados. Los análisis de correspondencia y conglomerados identifi caron dos grupos bien defi nidos. El primero incluyó a los materiales de P. edulis f. edulis Sims y el segundo a los materiales de P. edulis f. fl avicarpa Degener. La diversidad genética de Nei para la colección fue 0,3160. La diferenciación genética (Gst fue 0,2542. El 25,42% de la diversidad se expresó entre grupos mientras que el 74,58% dentro de estos. Los resultados dan evidencia de la cercanía evolutiva de los tipos amarilla y morada de P. edulis Sims. El fl ujo genético fue alto (Nm=1,4670 como se esperaba en una especie alógama en la que se favorece el intercambio inter e intraespecífi co.

  6. International Collaboration on Building Local Technical Capacities for Monitoring Volcanic Activity at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala.

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    Escobar-Wolf, R. P.; Chigna, G.; Morales, H.; Waite, G. P.; Oommen, T.; Lechner, H. N.

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    Pacaya volcano is a frequently active and potentially dangerous volcano situated in the Guatemalan volcanic arc. It is also a National Park and a major touristic attraction, constituting an important economic resource for local municipality and the nearby communities. Recent eruptions have caused fatalities and extensive damage to nearby communities, highlighting the need for risk management and loss reduction from the volcanic activity. Volcanic monitoring at Pacaya is done by the Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH), instrumentally through one short period seismic station, and visually by the Parque Nacional Volcan de Pacaya y Laguna de Calderas (PNVPLC) personnel. We carry out a project to increase the local technical capacities for monitoring volcanic activity at Pacaya. Funding for the project comes from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists through the Geoscientists Without Borders program. Three seismic and continuous GPS stations will be installed at locations within 5 km from the main vent at Pacaya, and one webcam will aid in the visual monitoring tasks. Local educational and outreach components of the project include technical workshops on data monitoring use, and short thesis projects with the San Carlos University in Guatemala. A small permanent exhibit at the PNVPLC museum or visitor center, focusing on the volcano's history, hazards and resources, will also be established as part of the project. The strategy to involve a diverse group of local collaborators in Guatemala aims to increase the chances for long term sustainability of the project, and relies not only on transferring technology but also the "know-how" to make that technology useful. Although not a primary research project, it builds on a relationship of years of joint research projects at Pacaya between the participants, and could be a model of how to increase the broader impacts of such long term collaboration partnerships.

  7. Penser et construire l’espace tojolabal à travers une expérience rituelle transfrontalière (Mexique-Guatemala Conceiving and Constructing the Tojolabal Space by Means of a Cross-Border Ritual (Mexico-Guatemala

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    Full Text Available Au sud-est de l’État mexicain du Chiapas vivent des populations mayas tojolabal. L’une des origines mythiques de ce groupe se situe au Guatemala dans les montagnes des Cuchumatanes, dans un lieu habité par un autre groupe maya : les Chuj. Depuis la révolution mexicaine de 1910-1920 et la réforme agraire entreprise par les autorités gouvernementales, les Tojolabal entretiennent par l’intermédiaire de rituels des relations avec les Chuj du pays voisin. En choisissant de se rendre au Guatemala, les pèlerins tojolabal ne franchissent pas seulement une frontière politique et étatique, ils construisent et donnent sens à leur territoire par le fait même de traverser des limites. L’évolution de l’itinéraire et des pratiques religieuses tout au long du xxe siècle témoigne des événements politiques vécus par ces populations.The southeast Mexican state of Chiapas is home to Tojolabal Maya populations. One of the mythical origins of this group takes place in Guatemala in the Cuchumatanes mountains, in an area inhabited by another Maya group: the Chuj. Since the 1910-1920 Mexican revolution and the land reforms introduced by the government, the Tojolabal have been maintaining relations with the Chuj in the neighbouring country through rituals. By choosing to travel to Guatemala, the Tojolabal pilgrims cross not only a political and state boundary, they construct and give meaning to their territory by the very fact of crossing limits. The evolution of the religious itinerary and practices throughout the 20th century testify to the political events experienced by these populations.

  8. Ethyl carbamate in alcoholic beverages from Mexico (tequila, mezcal, bacanora, sotol) and Guatemala (cuxa): market survey and risk assessment.

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    Lachenmeier, Dirk W; Kanteres, Fotis; Kuballa, Thomas; López, Mercedes G; Rehm, Jürgen

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    Ethyl carbamate (EC) is a recognized genotoxic carcinogen, with widespread occurrence in fermented foods and beverages. No data on its occurrence in alcoholic beverages from Mexico or Central America is available. Samples of agave spirits including tequila, mezcal, bacanora and sotol (n=110), and of the sugarcane spirit cuxa (n=16) were purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, respectively, and analyzed for EC. The incidence of EC contamination was higher in Mexico than in Guatemala, however, concentrations were below international guideline levels (<0.15 mg/L). Risk assessment found the Margin of Exposure (MOE) in line with that of European spirits. It is therefore unlikely that EC plays a role in high rates of liver cirrhosis reported in Mexico.

  9. Ethyl Carbamate in Alcoholic Beverages from Mexico (Tequila, Mezcal, Bacanora, Sotol and Guatemala (Cuxa: Market Survey and Risk Assessment

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    Jürgen Rehm

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    Full Text Available Ethyl carbamate (EC is a recognized genotoxic carcinogen, with widespread occurrence in fermented foods and beverages. No data on its occurrence in alcoholic beverages from Mexico or Central America is available. Samples of agave spirits including tequila, mezcal, bacanora and sotol (n=110, and of the sugarcane spirit cuxa (n=16 were purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, respectively, and analyzed for EC. The incidence of EC contamination was higher in Mexico than in Guatemala, however, concentrations were below international guideline levels (<0.15 mg/L. Risk assessment found the Margin of Exposure (MOE in line with that of European spirits. It is therefore unlikely that EC plays a role in high rates of liver cirrhosis reported in Mexico.

  10. Tectonic lineaments in the cenozoic volcanics of southern Guatemala: Evidence for a broad continental plate boundary zone

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    Baltuck, M.; Dixon, T. H.

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    The northern Caribbean plate boundary has been undergoing left lateral strike slip motion since middle Tertiary time. The western part of the boundary occurs in a complex tectonic zone in the continental crust of Guatemala and southernmost Mexico, along the Chixoy-Polochic, Motogua and possibly Jocotan-Chamelecon faults. Prominent lineaments visible in radar imagery in the Neogene volcanic belt of southern Guatemala and western El Salvador were mapped and interpreted to suggest southwest extensions of this already broad plate boundary zone. Because these extensions can be traced beneath Quaternary volcanic cover, it is thought that this newly mapped fault zone is active and is accommodating some of the strain related to motion between the North American and Caribbean plates. Onshore exposures of the Motoqua-Polochic fault systems are characterized by abundant, tectonically emplaced ultramafic rocks. A similar mode of emplacement for these off shore ultramafics, is suggested.

  11. Understanding Social and Sexual Networks of Sexual Minority Men and Transgender Women in Guatemala City to Improve HIV Prevention Efforts

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    Tucker, C.; Arandi, C. Galindo; Bolaños, J. Herbert; Paz-Bailey, G.; Barrington, C.

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    Sexual minority men and transgender women are disproportionately affected by HIV in Guatemala. Innovative prevention strategies are urgently needed to address these disparities. While social network approaches are frequently used to reach sexual minorities, little is known about the unique network characteristics among sub-groups. We conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with 13 gay-identifying men, eight non-gay-identifying men who have sex with men (MSM) and eight transgender women in G...

  12. Genomic insights on the ethno-history of the Maya and the ‘Ladinos’ from Guatemala

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    Söchtig, Jens; Álvarez-Iglesias, Vanesa; Mosquera-Miguel, Ana; Gelabert-Besada, Miguel; Gómez-Carballa, Alberto; Salas, Antonio

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    Background Guatemala is a multiethnic and multilingual country located in Central America. The main population groups separate ‘Ladinos’ (mixed Native American-African-Spanish), and Native indigenous people of Maya descent. Among the present-day Guatemalan Maya, there are more than 20 different ethnic groups separated by different languages and cultures. Genetic variation of these communities still remains largely unexplored. The principal aim of this study is to explore the genetic variabili...

  13. Empresarios antioqueños en la historia del café en Guatemala, 1863-1871

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    Stefania Gallini

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    Full Text Available El artículo reconstruye la experiencia de las familias antioqueñas Vásquez Calley Ospina Rodríguez en la Guatemala del despegue cafetero en los años sesentay setenta del siglo xix. Gracias a su hábil inserción en el entramado político yeconómico del país

  14. Confirmed Zika virus infection in a Belgian traveler returning from Guatemala, and the diagnostic challenges of imported cases into Europe.

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    De Smet, Birgit; Van den Bossche, Dorien; van de Werve, Charlotte; Mairesse, Jacques; Schmidt-Chanasit, Jonas; Michiels, Jo; Ariën, Kevin K; Van Esbroeck, Marjan; Cnops, Lieselotte

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    We report the first laboratory-confirmed Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in a Belgian traveler after a three week holiday in Guatemala, December 2015. This case along with other imported cases into Europe emphases once again the need for accurate diagnostic tools for this rapidly emerging virus. The challenge is to diagnose patients in the acute phase, which appears short, as serological testing is complicated by cross-reactivity, vaccination status and scarce availability of specific ZIKV tests.

  15. A low-cost repellent for malaria vectors in the Americas: results of two field trials in Guatemala and Peru

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    Sihuincha Moisés; Darling Samuel T; Moore Sarah J; Padilla Norma; Devine Gregor J

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    Abstract Background The cost of mosquito repellents in Latin America has discouraged their wider use among the poor. To address this problem, a low-cost repellent was developed that reduces the level of expensive repellent actives by combining them with inexpensive fixatives that appear to slow repellent evaporation. The chosen actives were a mixture of para-menthane-diol (PMD) and lemongrass oil (LG). Methods To test the efficacy of the repellent, field trials were staged in Guatemala and Pe...

  16. Pre-hospital Barriers to Emergency Obstetric Care : Studies of Maternal Mortality and Near-miss in Bolivia and Guatemala

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    Rööst, Mattias

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    Maternal mortality is a global health concern but inequalities in utilization of maternal health care are not clearly understood. Severe morbidity (near-miss) is receiving increased attention due to methodological difficulties in maternal mortality studies. The present thesis seeks to increase understanding of factors that impede utilization of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) in Bolivia and Guatemala. Studies I and IV employed qualitative interviews to explore the role of traditional birth at...

  17. Whole genome sequencing identifies circulating Beijing-lineage Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Guatemala and an associated urban outbreak

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    Saelens, Joseph W.; Lau-Bonilla, Dalia; Moller, Anneliese; Medina, Narda; Guzmán, Brenda; Calderón, Maylena; Herrera, Raúl; Sisk, Dana M.; Ana M Xet-Mull; Stout, Jason E.; Arathoon, Eduardo; Samayoa, Blanca; Tobin, David M.

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    Summary Limited data are available regarding the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains circulating in Guatemala. Beijing-lineage Mtb strains have gained prevalence worldwide and are associated with increased virulence and drug resistance, but there have been only a few cases reported in Central America. Here we report the first whole genome sequencing of Central American Beijing-lineage strains of Mtb. We find that multiple Beijing-lineage strains, derived from in...

  18. A Community Health Worker Intervention for Diabetes Self-Management Among the Tz'utujil Maya of Guatemala.

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    Micikas, Mary; Foster, Jennifer; Weis, Allison; Lopez-Salm, Alyse; Lungelow, Danielle; Mendez, Pedro; Micikas, Ashley

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    Despite the high prevalence of diabetes in rural Guatemala, there is little education in diabetes self-management, particularly among the indigenous population. To address this need, a culturally relevant education intervention for diabetic patients was developed and implemented in two rural communities in Guatemala. An evaluative research project was designed to investigate if the structured, community-led diabetes self-management intervention improved selected health outcomes for participants. A one-group, pretest-posttest design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the educational intervention by comparing measures of health, knowledge, and behavior in patients pre- and postintervention. A survey instrument assessed health beliefs and practices and hemoglobin A1c (HgA1c) measured blood glucose levels at baseline and 4 months post initiation of intervention (n = 52). There was a significant decrease (1.2%) in the main outcome measure, mean HgA1c from baseline (10.1%) and follow-up (8.9%; p = .001). Other survey findings were not statistically significant. This study illustrates that a culturally specific, diabetes self-management program led by community health workers may reduce HgA1c levels in rural populations of Guatemala. However, as a random sample was not feasible for this study, this finding should be interpreted with caution. Limitations unique to the setting and patient population are discussed in this article.

  19. Niche conservatism of Eulophia alta, a trans-Atlantic orchid species

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    Marta Kolanowska

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    Full Text Available The genus Eulophia embraces over 230 species distributed through the tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. In Neotropics it is represented by a sole species – E. alta. The aim of the presented study was to evaluate the difference between ecological niches occupied by American and African populations of this species based on the ecological niche modeling. The similarity between the glacial and present niches occupied by E. alta was calculated and the factors limiting the species occurrence were identified. Areas of seasonal tropical forest, tropical savanna and woodland served as refugia for the studied species during last glacial maximum and they were more widespread in Neotropics than in Africa. No significant niche shift after last glacial maximum was observed. The distribution of E. alta in its whole range is restricted mainly by temperature seasonality. The differences in the niches occupied by African and Neotropical populations of E. alta suggest preglacial disjunction of the species range and independent adaptation of both groups. Despite the significant range disjunction of E. alta the species is characterized by relatively high degree of niche conservatism.

  20. Petroleum geology and resources of southeastern Mexico, northern Guatemala, and Belize

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    Peterson, James A.

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    Petroleum deposits in southeastern Mexico and Guatemala occur in two main basinal provinces, the Gulf Coast Tertiary basin area, which includes the Reforma and offshore Campeche Mesozoic fields, and the Peten basin of eastern Chiapas State (Mexico) and Guatemala. Gas production is mainly from Tertiary sandstone reservoirs of Miocene age. Major oil production, in order of importance, is from Cretaceous, Paleocene, and Jurassic carbonate reservoirs in the Reforma and offshore Campeche areas. Several small oil fields have been discovered in Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs in west-central Guatemala, and one major discovery has been reported in northwestern Guatemala. Small- to medium-sized oil accumulations also occur in Miocene sandstone reservoirs on salt structures in the Isthmus Saline basin of western Tabasco State, Mexico. Almost all important production is in salt structure traps or on domes and anticlines that may be related to deep-seated salt structures. Some minor oil production has occurred in Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs in a buried overthrust belt along the west flank of the Veracruz basin. The sedimentary cover of Paleozoic through Tertiary rocks ranges in thickness from about 6,000 m (20,000 ft) to as much as 12,000 m (40,000 ft) or more in most of the region. Paleozoic marine carbonate and clastic rocks 1,000 to 2,000 m (3,300 to 6,500 ft) thick overlie the metamorphic and igneous basement in part of the region; Triassic through Middle Jurassic red beds and evaporite deposits, including halite, apparently are present throughout the region, deposited in part in a Triassic graben system. Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) through Cretaceous rocks make up the bulk of the Mesozoic regional carbonate bank complex, which dominates most of the area. Tertiary marine and continental clastic rocks, some of deep water origin, 3,000 to 10,000 m (10,000 to 35,000 ft) thick, are present in the coastal plain Tertiary basins. These beds grade eastward into a carbonate

  1. Fault kinematics in northern Central America and coupling along the subduction interface of the Cocos Plate, from GPS data in Chiapas (Mexico), Guatemala and El Salvador

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    Franco, A.; Lasserre, C.; Lyon-Caen, H.; Kostoglodov, V.; Molina, E.; Guzman-Speziale, M.; Monterosso, D.; Robles, V.; Figueroa, C.; Amaya, W.; Barrier, E.; Chiquin, L.; Moran, S.; Flores, O.; Romero, J.; Santiago, J. A.; Manea, M.; Manea, V. C.

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    New GPS measurements in Chiapas (Mexico), Guatemala and El Salvador are used to constrain the fault kinematics in the North America (NA), Caribbean (CA) and Cocos (CO) plates triple junction area. The regional GPS velocity field is first analysed in terms of strain partitioning across the major volcano-tectonic structures, using elastic half-space modelling, then inverted through a block model. We show the dominant role of the Motagua Fault with respect to the Polochic Fault in the accommodation of the present-day deformation associated with the NA and CA relative motion. The NA/CA motion decreases from 18-22 mm yr-1 in eastern Guatemala to 14-20 mm yr-1 in central Guatemala (assuming a uniform locking depth of 14-28 km), down to a few millimetres per year in western Guatemala. As a consequence, the western tip of the CA Plate deforms internally, with ≃9 mm yr-1 of east-west extension (≃5 mm yr-1 across the Guatemala city graben alone). Up to 15 mm yr-1 of dextral motion can be accommodated across the volcanic arc in El Salvador and southeastern Guatemala. The arc seems to mark the northern boundary of an independent forearc sliver (AR), pinned to the NA plate. The inversion of the velocity field shows that a four-block (NA, CA, CO and AR) model, that combines relative block rotations with elastic deformation at the block boundaries, can account for most of the GPS observations and constrain the overall kinematics of the active structures. This regional modelling also evidences lateral variations of coupling at the CO subduction interface, with a fairly high-coupling (≃0.6) offshore Chiapas and low-coupling (≃0.25) offshore Guatemala and El Salvador.

  2. The Role of Temperature and Humidity on Seasonal Influenza in Tropical Areas: Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama, 2008-2013

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    Soebiyanto, Radina P.; Clara, Wilfrido; Jara, Jorge; Castillo, Leticia; Sorto, Oscar Rene; Marinero, Sidia; Antinori, Maria E. Barnett de; McCracken, John P.; Widdowson, Marc-Alain; Azziz-Baumgartner, Eduardo; Kiang, Richard K.

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    Background: The role of meteorological factors on influenza transmission in the tropics is less defined than in the temperate regions. We assessed the association between influenza activity and temperature, specific humidity and rainfall in 6 study areas that included 11 departments or provinces within 3 tropical Central American countries: Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama. Method/ Findings: Logistic regression was used to model the weekly proportion of laboratory-confirmed influenza positive samples during 2008 to 2013 (excluding pandemic year 2009). Meteorological data was obtained from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite and the Global Land Data Assimilation System. We found that specific humidity was positively associated with influenza activity in El Salvador (Odds Ratio (OR) and 95% Confidence Interval of 1.18 (1.07-1.31) and 1.32 (1.08-1.63)) and Panama (OR = 1.44 (1.08-1.93) and 1.97 (1.34-2.93)), but negatively associated with influenza activity in Guatemala (OR = 0.72 (0.6-0.86) and 0.79 (0.69-0.91)). Temperature was negatively associated with influenza in El Salvador's west-central departments (OR = 0.80 (0.7-0.91)) whilst rainfall was positively associated with influenza in Guatemala's central departments (OR = 1.05 (1.01-1.09)) and Panama province (OR = 1.10 (1.05-1.14)). In 4 out of the 6 locations, specific humidity had the highest contribution to the model as compared to temperature and rainfall. The model performed best in estimating 2013 influenza activity in Panama and west-central El Salvador departments (correlation coefficients: 0.5-0.9). Conclusions/Significance: The findings highlighted the association between influenza activity and specific humidity in these 3 tropical countries. Positive association with humidity was found in El Salvador and Panama. Negative association was found in the more subtropical Guatemala, similar to temperate regions. Of all the study locations, Guatemala had annual mean temperature and specific

  3. La ciencia política en Guatemala: el reto de la consolidación como disciplina independiente

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    Dinorah Azpuru

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Resumen La ciencia política surgió en Guatemala a finales de los años 60 y durante más de una década, tuvo que desarrollarse con las limitaciones impuestas por los regímenes autoritarios de turno. No obstante, desde su surgimiento las escuelas de ciencia política promovieron activamente la democratización del país. Al iniciarse el proceso democratizador a mediados de los 80, se abrió el espectro de los temas de estudio e investigación. Algo similar ocurrió con el proceso de paz en los años 90. A lo largo de tres décadas la disciplina ha contribuido en forma importante a la construcción de la democracia y la paz en Guatemala. Como disciplina, sin embargo, se ha visto limitada por los fuertes vínculos que ha mantenido con otras ciencias sociales y con el derecho. Durante 35 años los centros académicos que dan formación en ciencia política han enfrentado disyuntivas en cuanto al tipo de programas que deben ofrecerse a los estudiantes (grados técnicos, licenciatura o maestría, el perfil de los profesionales que egresan de los mismos vis-à-vis el mercado laboral y el énfasis en el estudio de la problemática guatemalteca vis-à-vis una perspectiva más global.Abstract The study of political science began in Guatemala in the late 1960s and for over a decade it had to develop with limitations imposed by the authoritarian regimes that governed the country. However, from the beginning the political science schools actively promoted democratization. When the democratization process began in the mid 1980s, the possibilities for research of different issues expanded. Something similar occurred with the peace process in the 1990s. Throughout three decades of existence, political science has significantly contributed to democracy-building and peace-building in Guatemala. However, as an academic discipline, it has been limited by the strong links that it has maintained with other social sciences and law. During 35 years the academic

  4. ÍNDICE DE DIVERSIDAD BIOLÓGICA URBANA DE LA CIUDAD DE LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

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    Jorge José García Polo

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    Full Text Available La urbanización es un fenómeno global de tendencia creciente, cuyo pronóstico prevé, para el 2050, que aproximadamente el 70% de la población mundial será urbana. Las administraciones municipales deben de contemplar este componente para la planificación y desempeño ambiental de sus ciudades y áreas urbanas. Dada la importancia de esta tendencia,  el Convenio para la Diversidad Biológica (CDB ha planteado una nueva herramienta para estimar la diversidad biológica en ciudades: el Índice de Diversidad Biológica Urbana. En este proyecto se evaluó el índice para la ciudad de La Antigua Guatemala en su línea base y se aportan elementos para la planificación y gestión ambiental,  midiendose dieciocho indicadores de biodiversidad urbana. De un máximo de 72 puntos, el resultado para la ciudad de La Antigua Guatemala fue de 33 puntos. Los registros para la línea base de la biodiversidad son: 99 especies de aves, 148 especies de plantas vasculares, 46 especies de mariposas y 11 especies de murciélagos. Las recomendaciones para tener un mejor desempeño en el tema de diversidad biológica están relacionadas con la urgente necesidad que la ciudad, previo a la próxima evaluación del índice, elabore la estrategia local de diversidad biológica y su plan de acción (LBSAP – por sus siglas en inglés. Se recomienda, además,  planificar e implementar proyectos de gestión ambiental y continuar utilizando el índice de diversidad biológica urbana para el monitoreo y evaluación del desempeño ambiental de la ciudad a largo plazo.

  5. Integrated, multi-parameter, investigation of eruptive dynamics at Santiaguito lava dome, Guatemala

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    Lavallée, Yan; De Angelis, Silvio; Rietbrock, Andreas; Lamb, Oliver; Hornby, Adrian; Lamur, Anthony; Kendrick, Jackie E.; von Aulock, Felix W.; Chigna, Gustavo

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    Understanding the nature of the signals generated at volcanoes is central to hazard mitigation efforts. Systematic identification and understanding of the processes responsible for the signals associated with volcanic activity are only possible when high-resolution data are available over relatively long periods of time. For this reason, in November 2014, the Liverpool Earth Observatory (LEO), UK, in collaboration with colleagues of the Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH), Guatemala, installed a large multi-parameter geophysical monitoring network at Santiaguito - the most active volcano in Guatemala. The network, which is to date the largest temporary deployment on Santiaguito, includes nine three-component broadband seismometers, three tiltmeters, and five infrasound microphones. Further, during the initial installation campaign we conducted visual and thermal infrared measurements of surface explosive activity and collected numerous rock samples for geochemical, geophysical and rheological characterisation. Activity at Santiaguito began in 1922, with the extrusion of a series of lava domes. In recent years, persistent dome extrusion has yielded spectacularly episodic piston-like motion displayed by characteristic tilt/seismic patterns (Johnson et al, 2014). This cyclicity episodically concludes with gas emissions or gas-and-ash explosions, observed to progress along a complex fault system in the dome. The explosive activity is associated with distinct geophysical signals characterised by the presence of very-long period earthquakes as well as more rapid inflation/deflation cycles; the erupted ash further evidences partial melting and thermal vesiculation resulting from fault processes (Lavallée et al., 2015). One year of data demonstrates the regularity of the periodicity and intensity of the explosions; analysis of infrasound data suggests that each explosion expulses on the order of 10,000-100,000 kg of gas and ash. We

  6. Consumo energético de sistemas de computación de altas prestaciones

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    Balladini, Javier; Morán, Marina; Rozas, Claudia; De Giusti, Armando Eduardo; Suppi, Remo; Rexachs del Rosario, Dolores; Luque, Emilio

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    En la última década, el consumo energético ha dirigido el diseño de todos los sistemas de cómputo, desde dispositivos móviles a los cuales cada vez se le piden más prestaciones que deben ser soportadas por una pequeña batería, hasta los sistemas de Cómputo de Altas Prestaciones (HPC, de High Performance Computing), objeto de nuestro interés, los cuales consumen enormes cantidades de energía. Esta alta demanda energ ética tiene serias consecuencias financieras, medioambientales, y en muchos c...

  7. Neurociências, altas habilidades e implicações no currículo

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    Amauri Betini Bartoszeck

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1984686X14284O presente estudo inicialmente define e descreve as sub-disciplinas que compõem as neurociências com potenciais aplicações educacionais para crianças e adultos  identificados com altas habilidades. Objetiva-se com uma breve introdução morfofuncional ao sistema nervoso que serve de pano de fundo para auxiliar o entendimento da ponte teórico-experimental da relação de neurociências e altas habilidades. São salientados aspectos da base evolucionista e bioló...

  8. Computación de altas prestaciones: problemáticas y aplicaciones

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    Balladini, Javier; Morán, Marina; Rozas, Claudia; Frati, Fernando Emmanuel; De Giusti, Armando Eduardo; Suppi, Remo; Rexachs del Rosario, Dolores; Luque, Emilio

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    Nuestra investigación está centrada en dos lí- neas. Por un lado, el estudio del consumo energé- tico de los sistemas de Cómputo de Altas Prestaciones (HPC, de High Performance Computing) cuya alta demanda energética tiene serias consecuencias nancieras, medioambientales, y en muchos casos también sociales. El aumento de la e ciencia energética de los sistemas de HPC no solo proviene de las nuevas arquitecturas hardware, también está involucrado el software, quien debe gestionar y con gurar ...

  9. Estudo da miscibilidade das misturas de PHB e PLA, com um PHB de alta polidispersividade

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    Wagner Mauricio Pachekoski

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, foi estudada a miscibilidade de misturas de um PHB constituído de frações de alta e baixa massa molar com um PLA de alta massa molar. Os materiais extrudados foram analisados pelas técnicas de calorimetria exploratória diferencial (DSC, espectroscopia dielétrica (DE e análises dinâmico-mecânicas (DMA. A partir dos resultados observou-se o distinto comportamento cristalino das frações de PHB, assim como a miscibilidade parcial do PLA com o PHB de baixa massa molar.

  10. Estudo da miscibilidade das misturas de PHB e PLA, com um PHB de alta polidispersividade

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    Wagner Mauricio Pachekoski; Carla Dalmolin; José Augusto Marcondes Agnelli

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    Neste trabalho, foi estudada a miscibilidade de misturas de um PHB constituído de frações de alta e baixa massa molar com um PLA de alta massa molar. Os materiais extrudados foram analisados pelas técnicas de calorimetria exploratória diferencial (DSC), espectroscopia dielétrica (DE) e análises dinâmico-mecânicas (DMA). A partir dos resultados observou-se o distinto comportamento cristalino das frações de PHB, assim como a miscibilidade parcial do PLA com o PHB de baixa massa molar.

  11. 50 años de alta velocidad en Japón

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    Pigem Cameselle, Ramiro

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    Al inaugurar los 515 kilómetros de línea de alta velocidad entre Tokio y Osaka en octubre de 1964, Japón alcanzó un logro todavía mayor que el de impulsar su propia economía. Abrió una era del transporte completamente nueva con un innovador sistema ferroviario. Con ello prestó un innegable servicio al mundo ferroviario, desencadenando un auge global de la alta velocidad e inyectando aire fresco a una industriar que estaba en claro declive. Casi 50 años más tarde, los 210 km/h inic...

  12. ALTAS CAPACIDADES: COMPARATIVA ENTRE EL MODELO ESPAÑOL Y BRITÁNICO

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    Rodríguez-Vázquez, María

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    El presente trabajo de investigación exploratoria reflexiona sobre el concepto de alumno con altas capacidades y propone una comparación legislativa entre el modelo de atención a los alumnos con altas capacidades británico y español y cómo ese modelo afecta al sistema educativo general, ya que aunque tienen puntos en común entre ambos países, pero se trata dos formas de enfocar completamente distintas. Además también pretende recoger información sobre iniciativas y proyectos que reflejen l...

  13. Altas capacidades: Proyecto educativo para el aula de Educación Primaria

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    López-Presedo, Iria Flavia

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    El presente TFG tiene como principal finalidad dar una respuesta educativa, eminentemente práctica, al alumnado de altas capacidades dentro del grupo-clase. En primer lugar, se han revisado las teorías de varios autores sobre las altas capacidades, los métodos de detección e intervención con este tipo de alumnado y, finalmente, se ha elaborado un proyecto en forma de programa de enriquecimiento curricular. Este proyecto se inscribe dentro de la Teoría de las inteligencias múltiples de Gard...

  14. Altas capacidades intelectuales : investigación y propuesta desde las inteligencias múltiples

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    Pulido Vinuesa, Salomé

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    El presente trabajo trata sobre las altas capacidades, investigando sobre ello acerca de su historia y evolución, los diversos tipos existentes, sus características, su identificación, su evaluación, sus metodologías, entre otros. Además, se ha realizado un resumen de cómo es tratada esta necesidad educativa por las leyes, antiguas y en vigor. De igual modo, se trata la educación inclusiva, ya que es un tema que afecta a alumnos/as con altas capacidades. El programa de intervención en rel...

  15. GUATEMALA: DANZANDO CON LAS CRISIS ECONÓMICA Y POLÍTICA Guatemala: Dancing with the Economic and  Politic Crisis

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    KARIN ERBSEN DE MALDONADO

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    Full Text Available Los guatemaltecos sobrevivieron con dificultad el 2009. Sus ya precarias condiciones de desarrollo humano y gobernabilidad se agravaron como resultado de mayores niveles de violencia, inseguridad e impunidad, así como por el incremento del crimen organizado, los efectos de la crisis financiera internacional y el impacto del calentamiento global. En mayo estalló una crisis política, provocada por un hecho insólito en el que (indebidamente, como se aclaró posteriormente fueron involucrados el Presidente Colom y cercanos colaboradores del mismo, lo cual afectó la estabilidad del gobierno y la credibilidad del mandatario. Entre los hechos positivos destacan un acuerdo de Estado para el avance de la seguridad y la justicia, la aprobación de la Ley de Comisiones de Postulación y la elección más transparente de los magistrados de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, así como un notorio empoderamiento de organizaciones sociales pro justicia y transparencia, a lo que se suma el activo desempeño de la Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG.Guatemalans struggled to survive year 2009. Their already precarious conditions on human development and governance became worse because of higher levels of violence, insecurity and impunity, together with an increase in organized crime, the effects of the international financial crisis and the impact of global warming. In May, a political crisis erupted because of an unusual event in which (mistakenly, as it was later clarified President Colom and some of his close collaborators were involved, affected the stability of the government and the President s credibility On the positive side stands out a state agreement for the advancement of security and justice, the enactment of the law for the Nominating Commissions and a more transparent election of Supreme Court Magistrates. In addition, social organizations in favor of justice and transparency were notoriously empowered, and an active

  16. Movilidad, accidentalidad por tránsito y sus factores asociados en estudiantes universitarios de Guatemala

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    Sandra Rodríguez-Guzmán

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo fue identificar y cuantificar la asociación entre la intensidad de exposición (km/año recorridos, la accidentalidad y sus factores asociados en universitarios de Guatemala. Se realizó un estudio trasversal durante el curso 2010-2011, sobre una muestra de 1.016 conductores, quienes cumplimentaron un cuestionario autoadministrado que valoraba: patrones de movilidad, uso de dispositivos de seguridad, estilos de conducción y accidentalidad. Se obtuvieron asociaciones positivas entre la intensidad de exposición y la mayor implicación en circunstancias de riesgo al volante (coeficiente de regresión ajustado de 3,25, IC95%: 2,23-4,27, para las mayores exposiciones. Tanto una mayor implicación en tales circunstancias, como una mayor edad, fueron las variables más fuertemente asociadas con la mayor accidentalidad. Pese a que la intensidad de exposición se asocia positivamente con una mayor accidentalidad, se constató que la mayor parte de dicha asociación está mediada por una mayor implicación en circunstancias de riesgo al volante.

  17. The psychosocial effects of "La Violencia" on widows of El Quiche, Guatemala.

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    Zur, J

    1993-06-01

    In Guatemala, government-sponsored terrorism directed at Mayan villagers resulted in at least 122,000 deaths and 18,000 "disappearances" during the period 1975-85. Even today, "low intensity warfare" in the form of random acts of terrorism continue. Thus, in the past 20 years, 120,000 women have been widowed, 11,000 in the province of El Quiche alone. This violence extended to threats of death directed toward women who joined a human rights organization, to the rape of women by their husbands' murderers and the further murder or kidnapping of their relatives. Groups of women were split between widows and married women, and women had to recreate their roles in society. The resulting reformation of family life led to an irretrievably altered relationship with the past. Survivors had to cope with pervasive fear, with a new understanding of their vulnerability, and with an inability to fulfill their obligations towards the dead who were buried in clandestine graves. The women who coped the best were those who learned to comprehend the violence in political terms through participation in human rights and women's groups and those who lived in villages where the dead were exhumed and properly buried. The psychological pain suffered by the women often manifested itself in physical ways and added to the suffering they realized from overwork and poor nutrition.

  18. ASSESSING THE NATURAL REGENERATION OF THREE SPECIES CONIFER NATURAL RANGE IN THE WESTERN HIGHLANDS OF GUATEMALA

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    Sergio Miguel Godínez

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Coniferous forests of the western highlands of Guatemala have been disturbed by human intervention and natural phenomena, which has allowed the occurrence of the phenomenon of natural regeneration. In this scenario the density of natural regeneration of conifers three species evaluated (Pinus oocarpa Schiede, P. pseudostrobus Lindl. and P. tecunumanii Eguiluz & Perry in 60 sites distributed in space and clear edge. The variables evaluated were the source of disturbance that caused its establishment, density variation of the source of seed and distance estimation range scattering adequate regeneration, using sampling units of 25 m2 for natural regeneration and 500 m2 seed source trees. Disturbance sources identified were logging 55%, 24% forest fires, pests 8%, agriculture, avalanche 5% each and hurricane 3%. The variation of the density of natural regeneration on the seed source, corresponds to the inverted J models for edges, and to clear variable subpopulations. Dispersal distances of natural regeneration was established for P.oocarpa 65 m in edges, and 160 m in the clears; P. pseudostrobus 75 m in edges, and 175 m in the clears; and P. tecunumanii was 70 m in edges, and 170 m in the clears. Dispersal distances with acceptable densities according National Forestry Institute-Regional Forestry Programme for Central American, for the three species vary from 65-175 m

  19. Los mayas del altiplano: supervivencia indígena en Chiapas y Guatemala

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    Lovell, W. George

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    Full Text Available En el contexto americano, pocos grupos indígenas han demostrado la capacidad de sobrevivir a lo largo de la historia como los mayas del altiplano. Hoy día en Chiapas existen más de un millón de indígenas mayas, un número que asciende a cinco o seis millones en el caso de Guatemala. Los pueblos mayas han respondido a la invasión y a la dominación para conservar elementos importantes de su cultura. Este artículo discute las formas en que los mayas del altiplano se han adaptado para sobrevivir a casi cinco siglos de conquista, identificando tres fases claves en su trayectoria histórica: (1 la experiencia colonial, que abarca los años entre 1524 y 1821; (2 una época de reforma y revolución, que corre de 1821 a 1954; y (3 un período de marginalización y descuido desde 1954 en adelante. Pese al desfío, los mayas del altiplano están equipados culturalmente para perdurar.

  20. Tecuamburro Volcano, Guatemala geothermal gradient core hole drilling, operations, and preliminary results

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    Goff, S.; Heiken, G.; Goff, F.; Gardner, J. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)); Duffield, W. (Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ (USA)); Martinelli, L.; Aycinena, S. (Swissboring Overseas Corp. Ltd., Guatemala City (Guatemala)); Castaneda, O. (Unidad de Desarrollo Geotermico, Guatemala City (Guatemala). Inst. Nacional de Electrificacion)

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    A geothermal gradient core hole (TCB-1) was drilled to a depth of 700+ m at the Tecuamburro geothermal site, Guatemala during February and March, 1990. The core hole is located low on the northern flank of the Tecuamburro Volcano complex. Preliminary analysis of cores (>98% core recovery) indicates that the hydrothermal system may be centered in the 4-km-diameter Chupadero Crater, which has been proposed as the source of pyroxene pumice deposits in the Tecuamburro area. TCB-1 is located 300 m south of a 300-m-diameter phreatic crater, Laguna Ixpaco; the core hole penetrates the thin edge of a tuff ring surrounding Ixpaco and zones of hydrothermal brecciation within the upper 150 m may be related to the phreatic blast, dated at 2,910 {sup 14}C years. At the time of this writing, the unequilibrated temperature at a depth of 570m was 180{degree}C. Data on fracturing, permeability, hydrothermal alteration, and temperature will be presented. 3 refs., 3 figs.

  1. Determination of pesticides in surface and ground water used for human consumption in Guatemala

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    A 15 month sampling and analysis programme was carried out to monitor concentrations of 37 targeted organochlorine, organophosphorus and organopyrethroid pesticides in surface and ground water in Guatemala. The 80 sampling points included 4 points in a lake, one point in each of the four lagoons, 10 municipal water systems of major towns, and 62 points along 52 rivers, most of which are located in the southern coast along borders with Mexico and El Salvador, and are one of the most productive areas in the country. The sampling used provided only preliminary information on the pattern of pesticide contamination of surface and ground water. It showed contamination of surface water in Los Esclavos watershed, Motagua river watershed as well as Villalobos, lake Amatitlan and Michatoya river watershed. Cypermethrin was the ubiquitous pesticides in some areas present in concentrations exceeding toxic levels for fish and other aquatic organisms. Several of the other targeted organophosphorus and ECD detectable pesticides were also detected in surface water. Some municipal water samples also had low levels of pesticides. (author)

  2. Seismic evidence for hydration of the Central American slab: Guatemala through Costa Rica

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    Syracuse, E. M.; Thurber, C. H.

    2011-12-01

    The Central American subduction zone exhibits a wide variability in along-arc slab hydration as indicated by geochemical studies. These studies generally show maximum slab contributions to magma beneath Nicaragua and minimum contributions beneath Costa Rica, while intermediate slab fluid contributions are found beneath El Salvador and Guatemala. Geophysical studies suggest strong slab serpentinization and fluid release beneath Nicaragua, and little serpentinization beneath Costa Rica, but the remainder of the subduction zone is poorly characterized seismically. To obtain an integrated seismic model for the Central American subduction zone, we combine 250,000 local seismic arrivals and 1,000,000 differential arrivals for 6,500 shallow and intermediate-depth earthquakes from the International Seismic Centre, the Central American Seismic Center, and the temporary PASSCAL TUCAN array. Using this dataset, we invert for Vp, Vs, and hypocenters using a variable-mesh double-difference tomography algorithm. By observing low-Vp areas within the normally high-Vp slab, we identify portions of the slab that are likely to contain serpentinized mantle, and thus contribute to higher degrees of melting and higher volatile components observable in arc lavas.

  3. InSAR observations of ground surface deformation and lava flow emplacement at Pacaya volcano, Guatemala

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    Schaefer, L. N.; Lu, Z.; Oommen, T.

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    Pacaya volcano is a persistently active basaltic cone complex located in the Central American Volcanic Arc in Guatemala. In May, 2010, violent VEI-3 eruptions caused significant topographic changes to the edifice, including the dispersion of ~20 cm of tephra and ash on the cone, the emplacement of a ~5.4 km long lava flow, and 3 m of co-eruptive movement of the southwest flank. For this study, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) images (interferograms) processed from both spaceborne Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) and aerial Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) data were used to measure post-eruptive deformation events. Interferograms suggest four distinct deformation processes after the May 2010 eruption: (1) magma intrusion near the vents of the 2010 lava flow; (2) subsidence of the 2010 lava flow; (3) slow deflation of an elongated magma source near the summit, and; (4) settlement of the material involved in the co-eruptive slope movement. Our results provide insights into Pacaya's complex magmatic plumbing system and the postemplacement behavior of lava flows. The detection of several different deformation events emphasizes the utility of measuring volcanic deformation using high-resolution remote sensing techniques with broad spatial coverage.

  4. Ensuring intercultural maternal health care for Mayan women in Guatemala: a qualitative assessment.

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    van Dijk, Marieke; Ruiz, Marta Julia; Letona, Diana; García, Sandra G

    2013-01-01

    Indigenous (Mayan) women in Guatemala experience a disproportionate burden of maternal mortality and morbidity, as well as institutional failures to respect their rights. The Guatemalan Ministry of Health has started to offer 'intercultural' services that respect Mayan obstetric practices and integrate them with biomedical care. We purposefully selected 19 secondary-level public health facilities of 9 departments that provided maternal healthcare to indigenous women. We carried out semi-structured interviews with biomedical providers (44), Mayan midwives or comadronas (45), and service users (18), exploring the main characteristics of intercultural care. We found that most facilities initiated the implementation of culturally appropriate services, such as accompaniment by a comadrona or family member, use the traditional teas or choosing the birthing position, but they still lacked standardisation. Comadronas generally felt excluded from the health system, although most biomedical providers reported that they were making important strides to be respectful and inclusive. Most users wanted the option of culturally appropriate services but typically did not receive them. In the health facilities, biomedicine is still the dominant discourse. Efforts at offering intercultural care still need strengthening and further monitoring. Involvement and participation of comadronas and indigenous women is key to moving forward to true intercultural services. PMID:23713447

  5. Changes in farmers' knowledge of maize diversity in highland Guatemala, 1927/37-2004

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    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Small-scale studies on long-term change in agricultural knowledge might uncover insights with broader, regional implications. This article evaluates change in farmer knowledge about crop genetic resources in highland Guatemala between 1927/37 and 2004. It concentrates on maize (Zea mays ssp. mays L. in one Guatemalan township, Jacaltenango, an area with much ecological and maize diversity. It relies on a particular type of baseline information: lists of farmer-defined cultivars drawn up by ethnographers in the first half of the twentieth century. A questionnaire format based on two independent lists of local farmer cultivars dating from 1927 and 1937 was used to assess changes in maize diversity. Comparisons between attributes given to each cultivar in the past and in 2004 were used as a partial test of the stability of cultivar identity. In farmers' perceptions, cultivar loss was low and limited to certain cultivars adapted to the warmer environments. Crop production problems were mentioned as the main motives for change. No evidence for a loss of cultivars due to the political violence of the 1980s was found. In the lower areas many newly introduced cultivars were found, which reportedly provide solutions for the production problems the older cultivars have. The article contrasts these findings with those of an earlier study which suggested much cultivar loss due to political violence, and draws conclusions about the methodological implications.

  6. The costs of adolescent childbearing: evidence from Chile, Barbados, Guatemala, and Mexico.

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    Buvinic, M

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    Findings from Chile, Barbados, Guatemala, and Mexico are reviewed in this article to shed light on the consequences of adolescent childbearing for mothers' economic and social opportunities and the well-being of their first-born children. The studies include retrospective information and a comparison group of adult childbearers to account for the effects of background factors (poverty) and the timing of observations. The findings show that early childbearing is associated with negative economic rather than social effects, occurring for poor rather than for all mothers. Among the poor, adolescent childbearing is associated with lower monthly earnings for mothers and lower child nutritional status. Also, among this group of women only, improvements in the child's well-being are associated with mother's education and her contribution to household income. These findings suggest that social policy that expands the educational and income-earning opportunities of poor women could help to contain the intergenerational poverty associated with early childbearing among the poor. PMID:9664632

  7. Elimination of Onchocerca volvulus Transmission in the Huehuetenango Focus of Guatemala

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    Cruz-Ortiz, Nancy; Gonzalez, Rodrigo J.; Lindblade, Kim A.; Richards, Frank O.; Sauerbrey, Mauricio; Zea-Flores, Guillermo; Dominguez, Alfredo; Oliva, Orlando; Catú, Eduardo; Rizzo, Nidia

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    In Latin America, onchocerciasis is targeted for elimination by 2012 through twice-yearly mass treatment of the eligible population with ivermectin. In Guatemala, two of the four historical endemic foci have demonstrated elimination of transmission, following World Health Organization guidelines. Using established guidelines ophthalmological, serological, and entomological evaluations were conducted in 2007-8 to determine the transmission status of onchocerciasis in the Huehuetenango focus. The prevalence of Onchocerca volvulus microfilariae in the anterior segment of the eye in 365 residents was 0% (95% confidence interval [CI] 0–0.8%), the prevalence of infection of O. volvulus in Simulium ochraceum among 8252 flies collected between November 2007 and April 2008 was 0% (95% CI 0–0.02%), and the prevalence of antibodies to a recombinant O. volvulus antigen in 3118 school age children was 0% (95% CI 0–0.1%). These results showed transmission interruption; thus, in 2009 mass treatment was halted and posttreatment surveillance began. To verify for potential recrudescence an entomological evaluation (from December 2010 to April 2011) was conducted during the 2nd and 3rd year of posttreatment surveillance. A total of 4587 S. ochraceum were collected, and the prevalence of infection of O. volvulus was 0% (95% CI 0–0.04%). Transmission of onchocerciasis in the Huehuetenango focus has been eliminated. PMID:22970346

  8. Elimination of Onchocerca volvulus Transmission in the Huehuetenango Focus of Guatemala.

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    Cruz-Ortiz, Nancy; Gonzalez, Rodrigo J; Lindblade, Kim A; Richards, Frank O; Sauerbrey, Mauricio; Zea-Flores, Guillermo; Dominguez, Alfredo; Oliva, Orlando; Catú, Eduardo; Rizzo, Nidia

    2012-01-01

    In Latin America, onchocerciasis is targeted for elimination by 2012 through twice-yearly mass treatment of the eligible population with ivermectin. In Guatemala, two of the four historical endemic foci have demonstrated elimination of transmission, following World Health Organization guidelines. Using established guidelines ophthalmological, serological, and entomological evaluations were conducted in 2007-8 to determine the transmission status of onchocerciasis in the Huehuetenango focus. The prevalence of Onchocerca volvulus microfilariae in the anterior segment of the eye in 365 residents was 0% (95% confidence interval [CI] 0-0.8%), the prevalence of infection of O. volvulus in Simulium ochraceum among 8252 flies collected between November 2007 and April 2008 was 0% (95% CI 0-0.02%), and the prevalence of antibodies to a recombinant O. volvulus antigen in 3118 school age children was 0% (95% CI 0-0.1%). These results showed transmission interruption; thus, in 2009 mass treatment was halted and posttreatment surveillance began. To verify for potential recrudescence an entomological evaluation (from December 2010 to April 2011) was conducted during the 2nd and 3rd year of posttreatment surveillance. A total of 4587 S. ochraceum were collected, and the prevalence of infection of O. volvulus was 0% (95% CI 0-0.04%). Transmission of onchocerciasis in the Huehuetenango focus has been eliminated. PMID:22970346

  9. Elimination of Onchocerca volvulus Transmission in the Huehuetenango Focus of Guatemala

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    Nancy Cruz-Ortiz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In Latin America, onchocerciasis is targeted for elimination by 2012 through twice-yearly mass treatment of the eligible population with ivermectin. In Guatemala, two of the four historical endemic foci have demonstrated elimination of transmission, following World Health Organization guidelines. Using established guidelines ophthalmological, serological, and entomological evaluations were conducted in 2007-8 to determine the transmission status of onchocerciasis in the Huehuetenango focus. The prevalence of Onchocerca volvulus microfilariae in the anterior segment of the eye in 365 residents was 0% (95% confidence interval [CI] 0–0.8%, the prevalence of infection of O. volvulus in Simulium ochraceum among 8252 flies collected between November 2007 and April 2008 was 0% (95% CI 0–0.02%, and the prevalence of antibodies to a recombinant O. volvulus antigen in 3118 school age children was 0% (95% CI 0–0.1%. These results showed transmission interruption; thus, in 2009 mass treatment was halted and posttreatment surveillance began. To verify for potential recrudescence an entomological evaluation (from December 2010 to April 2011 was conducted during the 2nd and 3rd year of posttreatment surveillance. A total of 4587 S. ochraceum were collected, and the prevalence of infection of O. volvulus was 0% (95% CI 0–0.04%. Transmission of onchocerciasis in the Huehuetenango focus has been eliminated.

  10. Medicina tradicional y fitoterapia una alternativa para el mejoramiento de la salud en Guatemala

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    Sully Margot Cruz

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    Full Text Available Traditional use of herbal medicines refers to the long historical use of these medicines, for a long time natural remedies were the main resource available, making the knowledge of plant species an emerging discipline, phytotherapy. Worldwide, traditional, complementary or unconventional medicine has constituted an important pillar in the provision of health services, many countries recognize the need to develop a coherent and comprehensive approach in health care, facilitating access of traditional medicine in a safe, friendly, affordable, and effective way. From this reason arise the strategy of the World Health Organization 2002-2005, because of its importanceit was updated for 2014-2023. In Guatemala there is a traditional practical use of medicinal plants, also there is a National Program on Traditional Medicine and the National Vade mecum on Medicinal Plants, which contain validated information about medicinal plants and with sufficient scientific evidence. Derived from the analysis of the national health system, medicinal plants are proposed as one of the strategies to improve access to health care quality, and health promotion of intercultural approach, giving a new proposal to health care systems as integrated, inclusive, accessible and multicultural that promotes quality in service and to answer the needs of the community with the resources provided by the environment.

  11. High flux rates of ignimbrite and stratocone growth at Atitlan Caldera, Guatemala

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    Cunningham, H. S.; Jicha, B.; Singer, B. S.

    2010-12-01

    To understand the factors that govern the development of different volcanic edifices, recent studies have quantified eruptive volume, repose interval and crustal thickness among other parameters. Atitlan Caldera, Guatemala provides a compelling locality to contrast the age, volume and repose of several ignimbrite eruptions over the past 160 kyr including the 300 km3 Los Chocoyos ignimbrite, as well as, prolific mafic volcanism from three intracaldera stratocones. Since the caldera-forming eruption 84 kyr, 117 km3 of basaltic andesitic to dacitic lavas have been erupted from stratocones San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan, resulting in a combined eruption rate of 1.46km3/kyr. These eruption rates are considered minimum values as preliminary 40Ar/39Ar age data suggest the cones are much younger than 84 kyr. Inclusion of the Los Chocoyos eruption increases eruption rates to 4.77 km3/kyr. Average eruption rates of the Atitlan system are an order of magnitude greater than most frontal arc complexes that are commonly characterized by cone growth due to large punctuated silicic eruptions. Although a minor proportion (marked by large punctuated ignimbrite eruptions, but rather by continual profuse outpouring of both rhyolitic and basaltic products.

  12. Population Fluctuation of Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae) as a Function of Altitude in Eastern Guatemala.

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    Flores, S; Montoya, P; Ruiz-Montoya, L; Villaseñor, A; Valle, A; Enkerlin, W; Liedo, P

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    Population fluctuations of Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) were evaluated over a period of 12 mo in four altitudinal strata (400-750, 750-1,100, 1,100-1,450, and 1,450-1,800 meters above sea level, masl) in Eastern Guatemala. Within each altitudinal range, sampling plots were established in coffee plantations and adjacent areas, in which Jackson traps were set and baited with Trimedlure. Coffee berries and other host fruits were collected. Population density was lowest at the 400-750 masl stratum and highest at 1,450-1,800 masl. At every altitudinal range, the fluctuations of the pest were associated mainly with the availability of ripe coffee berries as a primary host. From 750-1,450 masl, the pest was also associated with the availability of sweet orange and mandarins in commercial and backyard orchards. The highest densities of the pest were recorded in the dry season. Citrus were the main alternate host where ripe coffee berries were not available. This knowledge on population dynamics of C. capitata will contribute to develop more effective area-wide pest management strategies including the use of sterile insects, natural enemies, and bait sprays. PMID:27247307

  13. Bioecology of Stenoma catenifer (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae) and associated larval parasitoids reared from Hass avocados in Guatemala.

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    Hoddle, Mark S; Hoddle, Christina D

    2008-06-01

    A 10-wk study of the avocado seed-feeding moth Stenoma catenifer Walsingham (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae), was conducted in a commercial 'Hass' avocado (Persea americana Miller [Lauraceae]) orchard in Guatemala. Up to 45% of fruit in the orchard were damaged by larval S. catenifer. Larval-to-adult survivorship for 1,881 S. catenifer larvae in Hass fruit was 37%, and adult sex ratio was 51% female. Four species of larval parasitoid were reared from field-collected S. catenifer larvae. The most common parasitoid reared was a gregarious Apanteles sp., which parasitized 53% of larvae and produced on average eight to nine cocoons per host. Apanteles sp. sex ratio was 47% female and 87% of parasitoids emerged successfully from cocoons. Apanteles sp. longevity was approximately equal to 1.5 d in the absence of food, and when provisioned with honey, parasitoids survived for 5-7 d. The mean number of cocoons produced by Apanteles sp. per host, and larval parasitism rates were not significantly affected by the number of S. catenifer larvae inhabiting seeds. Oviposition studies conducted with S. catenifer in the laboratory indicated that this moth lays significantly more eggs on the branch to which the fruit pedicel is attached than on avocado fruit. When given a choice between Hass and non-Hass avocados, S. catenifer lays up to 2.69 times more eggs on Hass.

  14. Intoxicación aguda por plaguicidas en edades pediátricas. Guatemala, 2011

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo retrospectivo de la Intoxicación Aguda por plaguicidas en edades pediátricas en Guatemala, que abarcó el  período de enero hasta diciembre del 2011. La muestra estuvo comprendida por 457 pacientes en edades pediátricas. Se analizaron las variables: edad y sexo, actividad que realizaba en el momento de la intoxicación, tipo de plaguicida, severidad, utilización de equipos de protección y lugar de asistencia médica. Las variables para el análisis de los indicadores fueron obtenidas por el Centro Nacional de Epidemiología. Como resultados fundamentales se observó que la Intoxicación Aguda por plaguicidas afectó principalmente al grupo de edades entre 17 y 19 años. El sexo masculino fue el más perjudicado, el mayor porciento de afectados, según causa, fue accidente de trabajo, con un 68% del total de casos; el tipo de plaguicida más utilizado que provocó intoxicación fue el paraquat; predominó la forma severa en los que no usaron medios de protección y el  lugar de atención médica y de notificación correspondió al hospital.

  15. Un Programa de Educación bilingüe en Guatemala.

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    Full Text Available Guatemala es un país con variedad geográfica, cuya extensión territorial es de 108.889 Kms. Se le ubica en el área Centro_americana, compartiendo fronteras con México, al norte y occidente; con Honduras y el Salvador, al oriente; con el Océano Atlántico, al nor-oriente y, con el Océano Pacifico, al sur. Otros rasgos distintivos de este país son la   diversidad lingüística, cultural y social, como también la composición étnica y distribución espacia1 de la población. Así, de los ocho millones de habitantes del país, el 60% reside en las áreas rurales, y de éstos. el 90% es de origen maya. En efecto, el territorio guatemalteco es compartido por dos grandes grupos culturales: ladinos e indígenas. (Se utiliza el término ladino para designar a los mestizos.

  16. Sistema de cómputo reconfigurable de alta performance (proyecto HPRC)

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    El objetivo de este trabajo es el estudio de las nuevas tendencias en cómputo paralelo con la finalidad de mejorar el rendimiento de cálculo. Cómo una alternativa interesante para optimizar la relación costo-prestaciones, se exploran tecnologías de computadoras de alta performance reconfigurable (HPCR).

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    ... Bureau of Land Management Notice of Availability of the Alta East Wind Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report and Proposed California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment, Kern... for future wind energy generation projects. The Draft EIS/EIR/PA evaluates the potential impacts...

  18. Grounding the past : the praxis of participatory archaeology in the Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca, Mexico

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    "Grounding the Past" addresses archaeological field praxis and its role in the political present of Santiago Tilantongo and Santiago Apoala, two communities in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Efforts to involve local stakeholder communities in archaeology have become an important issue wo

  19. La evaluación psicopedagógica del alumnado con altas capacidades

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    Se describen los instrumentos de evaluación psicopedagógica aplicables al alumnado con altas capacidades. Instrumentos referidos al alumno, al contexto escolar, a las variables socio-familiares y la determinación de las necesidades educativas especiales.

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission AltaGas Renewable Energy Colorado LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial... notice in the above-referenced proceeding of AltaGas Renewable Energy Colorado LLC application for...

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    ... Application To Export Electric Energy; TransAlta Energy Marketing (U.S.) Inc. AGENCY: Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, DOE. ACTION: Notice of application. SUMMARY: TransAlta Energy Marketing (U... Office) 202-586-5260. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Exports of electricity from the United States to...

  3. Proyecto de atención integral a víctimas de violencia sexual en el departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala Comprehensive care program for sexual violence victims in Escuintla, Guatemala

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    Cristina Agustí; Meritxell Sabidó; Karla Guzmán; María Isabel Pedroza; Jordi Casabona

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    Se implementó un proyecto de atención integral a las víctimas de violencia sexual en seis municipios del departamento de Escuintla, Guatemala. Estas víctimas recibieron atención médica y psicológica. Se recogió información clínico-epidemiológica y del suceso de violencia sexual. Se tomaron muestras para determinar infecciones de transmisión sexual (ITS), virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH) y prueba de embarazo. En 2 años se atendieron 164 víctimas de violencia sexual, 111 (67,6%) menor...

  4. ESCENARIOS DE FRAGILIDAD POLÍTICA, BALANCE POLÍTICO: GUATEMALA 2010-2011 Scenarios of political fragility, political balance: Guatemala 2010-2011

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    hampered governance. Both years accounted for the second part of the Government headed by the engineer Álvaro Colom. The initial expectation of alleged Government guidance became its rapid weakening. Social programs, the initial strategy of his management, led to a patronage. The interest of the presidents Colom ex wife in participating in elections in late 2011 and the subsequent "presidential divorce" meant a greater degree of wear and loss of credibility of the Government. The advancement of the electoral process, the weakness of the Supreme Electoral Court (Tribunal Supremo Electoral, the continuity of thefragile system, ofpolitical parties, excessive and opaque private campaign financing linked to organized crime, sparked a paradigmatic electoral process. Political Parties choices represented a reduced spectrum, conservative and dominated by authoritarian options. In a economic level, although the country was not affected by the effects of the global economic crisis, the weakening in the management of public finances, the increase in the public debt to levels never before known and the consequences of the series of natural disasters that occurred annually as a result of climate change, generated a complex scenario with serious consequences to the following Governments. Levels ofcrime and violence remained high in Guatemala, just below Honduras and El Salvador. The presence oforganized crime and in particular drug trafficking networks was even throughout the country. The 2011 were held in a climate ofweak electoral institutions, high levels ofelectoral violence and a struggle between cartels for territorial control, highlighting the advance of los Zeta organized crime group.

  5. Suppression of Mediterranean fruit fly populations over mountainous areas through aerial phloxine B - protein bait sprays: Regional Medfly programme in Guatemala

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    The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), was discovered in southern Mexico sometime in 1977 near Tapachula, Mexico. Farmers in Texas and other states of the United States became concerned that the Mediterranean fruit fly would spread northward through Mexico and into the US. In response to this threat to US agriculture, funds were appropriated by Congress to be used by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit flies from Mexico and establish a barrier zone in Guatemala to keep the Mediterranean fruit flies from spreading northward into Mexico. In Mexico and Guatemala, the organisation called MOSCAMED was created to support the programme. Aerially applied malathion bait sprays were used in the suppression programme beginning in Mexico in 1982 and beginning in Guatemala in 1985. Mexico has been free of the Mediterranean fruit fly since 1982, except for outbreaks in the southernmost state of Chiapas, adjacent to Guatemala. The spraying of malathion was banned by the government of Guatemala in early 1996 because of concern regarding possible adverse effects on honey bees. By this time, research had been started to evaluate the use of xanthene dyes as a potential alternative to malathion in protein bait sprays for the suppression of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Liquido et al. 1995). Light-activated toxicity of xanthene dyes has been documented for more than two dozen insect species overall (Heitz 1997). Field trials of xanthene dyes, as a safer alternative to malathion in bait sprays targeting the Mediterranean fruit fly, were begun in Hawaii in 1994 and in Guatemala in 1996 and proved to be promising. By the end of 1996, xanthene dyes were registered as a substitute for malathion to suppress/eradicate Mediterranean fruit flies in the barrier zone. In January, 1997, MOSCAMED-Guatemala began a spray programme with xanthene dyes as the toxicant in a protein bait

  6. Scale-up, retention and HIV/STI prevalence trends among female sex workers attending VICITS clinics in Guatemala.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Since 2007, Guatemala integrated STI clinical service with an HIV prevention model into four existing public health clinics to prevent HIV infection, known as the VICITS strategy. We present the first assessment of VICITS scale-up, retention, HIV and STI prevalence trends, and risk factors associated with HIV infection among Female Sex Workers (FSW attending VICITS clinics in Guatemala. METHODS: Demographic, behavioral and clinical data were collected using a standardized form. Data was analyzed by year and health center. HIV and STI prevalence were estimated from routine visits. Retention was estimated as the percent of new users attending VICITS clinics who returned for at least one follow-up visit to any VICITS clinic within 12 months. Separate multivariate logistic regression models were conducted to investigate factors associated with HIV infection and program retention. RESULTS: During 2007-2011 5,682 FSW visited a VICITS clinic for the first-time. HIV prevalence varied from 0.4% to 5.8%, and chlamydia prevalence from 0% to 14.3%, across sites. Attending the Puerto Barrios clinic, having a current syphilis infection, working primarily on the street, and using the telephone or internet to contact clients were associated with HIV infection. The number of FSW accessing VICITS annually increased from 556 to 2,557 (361% during the period. In 2011 retention varied across locations from 7.7% to 42.7%. Factors negatively impacting retention included current HIV diagnosis, having practiced sex work in another country, being born in Honduras, and attending Marco Antonio Foundation or Quetzaltenango clinic sites. Systematic time trends did not emerge, however 2008 and 2010 were characterized by reduced retention. CONCLUSIONS: Our data show local differences in HIV prevalence and clinic attendance that can be used to prioritize prevention activities targeting FSW in Guatemala. VICITS achieved rapid scale-up; however, a better understanding

  7. Post-Eruption Deformation Processes Measured Using ALOS-1 and UAVSAR InSAR at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

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    Pacaya volcano is a persistently active basaltic cone complex located in the Central American Volcanic Arc in Guatemala. In May of 2010, violent Volcanic Explosivity Index-3 (VEI-3) eruptions caused significant topographic changes to the edifice, including a linear collapse feature 600 m long originating from the summit, the dispersion of ~20 cm of tephra and ash on the cone, the emplacement of a 5.4 km long lava flow, and ~3 m of co-eruptive movement of the southwest flank. For this study, I...

  8. Determination of 238Pu and 239+240Pu in soils of different agricultural regions of Guatemala

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    This study allowed to determine the concentration of radioactivity alpha, due to contamination for plutonium in cultivated soils of different regions of Guatemala. They were carried out samplings for convenience in cultivated soils of 15 departments of the republic, determined in each soils sample, the activity concentration for plutonium 238Plutonium and 239+240Plutonium expressed in mili-becquerel by kilogram (mBq/Kg), which has been caused from all over the world by the different provoked liberations or accidents of radioactive particles to the atmosphere

  9. The role of ethnic and rural discrimination in the relationship between income inequality and health in Guatemala.

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    Poder, Thomas G; He, Jie

    2015-01-01

    This article seeks to understand in the ways in which income inequality can affect children's health (z-score of stunting) in Guatemala. We postulate that there are several transmission channels through which income inequality can affect health and that the children's ethnic and rural origins influence the size and direction of this effect. The methodology employed is systems of simultaneous equations (three-stage least squares and generalized method of moments). Our results highlight the importance of rural and indigenous characteristics in the relationship between income inequality and child health and indicate that the most important transmission channels are household income levels and maternal education. PMID:25813502

  10. Educación sexual para estudiantes indígenas de una comunidad rural en Guatemala

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    2014-01-01

    La educación sobre salud sexual es muy importante y de urgente necesidad para Guatemala, si se toman en consideración indicadores existentes sobre embarazos, enfermedades de transmisión sexual y mortalidad materna en adolescentes. El objetivo del trabajo es exponer valoraciones sobre las vías y temáticas para el abordaje de la educación sexual de los estudiantes del Instituto Rural Básico de Santa Cruz Chinautla. Cómo método se usó un cuestionario autoaplicado a estudiantes, se realizó un gru...

  11. Impact of integrating HIV and TB care and treatment in a regional tuberculosis hospital in rural Guatemala

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    2014-01-01

    Resource-limited settings have made slow progress in integrating TB and HIV care for co-infected patients. We examined the impact of integrated TB/HIV care on clinical and survival outcomes in rural western Guatemala. Prospective data from 254 newly diagnosed TB/HIV patients (99 enrolled in the pre-integrated program from August 2005 to July 2006, and 155 enrolled in the integrated program from February 2008 to January 2009) showed no significant baseline differences between clients in the tw...

  12. Ethnic Dimensions of Guatemala's Stalled Transition: A Parity-Specific Analysis of Ladino and Indigenous Fertility Regimes.

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    Grace, Kathryn; Sweeney, Stuart

    2016-02-01

    In some contemporary populations, fertility levels appear to plateau, with women maintaining a consistently high level of fertility for a relatively extended period. Because this plateau does not reflect the historical patterns observed in Europe, the focus of most studies on fertility patterns, mechanisms underlying the plateau and the reinstatement of a decline have not been fully explored and are not fully understood. Through the construction of fertility histories of 25,000 women using multiple years of health survey data, we analyze some of the components of stalled fertility as they pertain to Guatemala, the only Central American country to have experienced a stalled fertility decline.

  13. Assessing the accuracy of two proxy measures for BMI in a semi-rural, low-resource setting in Guatemala

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    Maupin, Jonathan N; Hruschka, Daniel J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Validation studies of self-reported BMI are limited to populations in high-income countries or urban settings. Here, we assess the accuracy of two proxy measures of measured height, weight and BMI – self-reported values and the Stunkard figure scale – in a semi-rural population in Guatemala. Methods Self-reported values and Stunkard figure selection were elicited prior to biometric measurements from a total of 175 non-pregnant women recruited based on a stratified random sample of ...

  14. Molecular Insights for Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Soil-Transmitted Helminths from a Facility-Based Surveillance System in Guatemala

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    Velasquez, Daniel E.; Arvelo, Wences; Cama, Vitaliano A.; López, Beatriz; Reyes, Lissette; Roellig, Dawn M.; Kahn, Geoffrey D.; Lindblade, Kimberly A.

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    We molecularly characterized samples with Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and soil-transmitted helminths from a facility-based surveillance system for diarrhea in Santa Rosa, Guatemala. The DNA sequence analysis determined the presence of Giardia assemblages A (N = 7) and B (N = 12) and, Cryptosporidium hominis (N = 2) and Cryptosporidium parvum (N = 2), suggestive of different transmission cycles. All 41 samples with soil-transmitted helminths did not have the β-tubulin mutation described for benzimidazole resistance, suggesting potential usefulness in mass drug administration campaigns. PMID:22144459

  15. Acceptance of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist among surgical personnel in hospitals in Guatemala city

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    2012-06-01

    in hospitals in Guatemala City. Efforts should aim to universal awareness and complete knowledge on why and how the checklist should be used.

  16. Strengths amidst vulnerabilities: the paradox of resistance in a mining-affected community in Guatemala.

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    Caxaj, C Susana; Berman, Helene; Ray, Susan L; Restoule, Jean-Paul; Varcoe, Coleen

    2014-11-01

    The influence of large-scale mining on the psychosocial wellbeing and mental health of diverse Indigenous communities has attracted increased attention. In previous reports, we have discussed the influence of a gold mining operation on the health of a community in the Western highlands of Guatemala. Here, we discuss the community strengths, and acts of resistance of this community, that is, community processes that promoted mental health amidst this context. Using an anti-colonial narrative methodology that incorporated participatory action research principles, we developed a research design in collaboration with community leaders and participants. Data collection involved focus groups, individual interviews and photo-sharing with 54 men and women between the ages of 18 and 67. Data analysis was guided by iterative and ongoing conversations with participants and McCormack's narrative lenses. Study findings revealed key mechanisms and sources of resistance, including a shared cultural identity, a spiritual knowing and being, 'defending our rights, defending our territory,' and, speaking truth to power. These overlapping strengths were identified by participants as key protective factors in facing challenges and adversity. Yet ultimately, these same strengths were often the most eroded or endangered due the influence of large-scale mining operations in the region. These community strengths and acts of resistance reveal important priorities for promoting mental health and wellbeing for populations impacted by large-scale mining operations. Mental health practitioners must attend to both the strengths and parallel vulnerabilities that may be occasioned by large-scale projects of this nature. PMID:25353295

  17. Satellites images, digitized topography, and the recognition of the Xela Caldera, Quezaltenango Valley, Guatemala

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    Foley, D. (Pacific Lutheran Univ., Tacoma, WA (United States). Dept. of Earth Sciences); McEwen, A.; Duffield, W. (Geological Survey, Flagstaff, AZ (United States)); Heiken, G. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States))

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    The authors propose, based on reconnaissance geology studies and interpretation of landforms as depicted by Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) images combined with digitized topography, that the Quezaltenango basin of Guatemala is part of a caldera. The Quezaltenango basin is an elliptical depression, about 12 by 25 km and about 500 m deep. The proposed Xela Caldera extends beyond the basin more than 10 km to the north. The geomorphological features of the area that are typical of a geologically young large-scale caldera include bounding walls that have steep interior and gentle exterior slopes; broad flat areas at the base of the walls; at least one large block, about 3 by 12 km, that only partly floundered as the caldera collapsed; resurgence of a younger volcanic dome, flow and small-scale caldera complex (last active in 1818); younger volcanoes located along the structural margin of the major caldera (one of which is currently active) lobate features on the caldera margins that may indicate a multiple sequence of eruptions; and an active, high-temperature geothermal system. The valley is coincident with a gravity low. Extensive ash-flow tuff sheets that have no identified source are located north of the caldera, and may be the outflow deposits. The Xela caldera is similar in size to the Atitlan caldera, which lies about 50 km southeast of Quezaltenango. The Xela Caldera, if confirmed by future studies, may contain undiscovered geothermal resources, may present a significant geologic hazard to the more than 400,000 people who occupy the Quezaltenango valley, and may be a new member of the list of magmatic systems that have the capability to change global climate for several years.

  18. Artisanal alcohol production in Mayan Guatemala: Chemical safety evaluation with special regard to acetaldehyde contamination

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    Kanteres, Fotis [Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 33 Russell Street, ARF 2035, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5S 2 S1 (Canada); Rehm, Juergen [Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 33 Russell Street, ARF 2035, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5S 2 S1 (Canada); Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5T 3 M7 (Canada); Institute for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden, Chemnitzer Strasse 46, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Lachenmeier, Dirk W., E-mail: Lachenmeier@web.de [Chemisches und Veterinaeruntersuchungsamt (CVUA) Karlsruhe, Weissenburger Strasse 3, D-76187 Karlsruhe (Germany)

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    There is a lack of knowledge regarding the composition, production, distribution, and consumption of artisanal alcohol, particularly in the developing world. In Nahuala, an indigenous Mayan municipality located in highland Guatemala, heavy alcohol consumption appears to have had a significant negative impact on health, a major role in cases of violence and domestic abuse, and a link to street habitation. Cuxa, an artisanally, as well as commercially produced sugarcane alcohol, is widely consumed by heavy drinkers in this community. Cuxa samples from all distribution points in the community were obtained and chemically analyzed for health-relevant constituents and contaminants including methanol, acetaldehyde, higher alcohols, and metals. From those, only acetaldehyde was confirmed to be present in unusually high levels (up to 126 g/hl of pure alcohol), particularly in samples that were produced clandestinely. Acetaldehyde has been evaluated as 'possibly carcinogenic' and has also been identified as having significant human exposure in a recent risk assessment. This study explores the reasons for the elevated levels of acetaldehyde, through both sampling and analyses of raw and intermediary products of cuxa production, as well as interviews from producers of the clandestine alcohol. For further insight, we experimentally produced this alcohol in our laboratory, based on the directions provided by the producers, as well as materials from the town itself. Based on these data, the origin of the acetaldehyde contamination appears to be due to chemical changes induced during processing, with the major causative factors consisting of poor hygiene, aerobic working conditions, and inadequate yeast strains, compounded by flawed distillation methodology that neglects separation of the first fractions of the distillate. These results indicate a preventable public health concern for consumers, which can be overcome through education about good manufacturing practices

  19. Artisanal alcohol production in Mayan Guatemala: Chemical safety evaluation with special regard to acetaldehyde contamination

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    There is a lack of knowledge regarding the composition, production, distribution, and consumption of artisanal alcohol, particularly in the developing world. In Nahuala, an indigenous Mayan municipality located in highland Guatemala, heavy alcohol consumption appears to have had a significant negative impact on health, a major role in cases of violence and domestic abuse, and a link to street habitation. Cuxa, an artisanally, as well as commercially produced sugarcane alcohol, is widely consumed by heavy drinkers in this community. Cuxa samples from all distribution points in the community were obtained and chemically analyzed for health-relevant constituents and contaminants including methanol, acetaldehyde, higher alcohols, and metals. From those, only acetaldehyde was confirmed to be present in unusually high levels (up to 126 g/hl of pure alcohol), particularly in samples that were produced clandestinely. Acetaldehyde has been evaluated as 'possibly carcinogenic' and has also been identified as having significant human exposure in a recent risk assessment. This study explores the reasons for the elevated levels of acetaldehyde, through both sampling and analyses of raw and intermediary products of cuxa production, as well as interviews from producers of the clandestine alcohol. For further insight, we experimentally produced this alcohol in our laboratory, based on the directions provided by the producers, as well as materials from the town itself. Based on these data, the origin of the acetaldehyde contamination appears to be due to chemical changes induced during processing, with the major causative factors consisting of poor hygiene, aerobic working conditions, and inadequate yeast strains, compounded by flawed distillation methodology that neglects separation of the first fractions of the distillate. These results indicate a preventable public health concern for consumers, which can be overcome through education about good manufacturing practices, as well

  20. Development to Unite Us: Autonomy and Multicultural Coexistence in Chiapas and Guatemala

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    Full Text Available Development was the buzz word in United States policy when I began my first field work as a student in Cantel, Guatemala, in 1953. The people of that much beleaguered country were still enjoying the “springtime of democracy” brought by the 1944 revolution that introduced land reform and education to the western highlands indigenous towns. I witnessed the U.S. instigated coup of 1954 that toppled the government of Arbenz and installed the puppet government of Colonel Castillo Armas. Thousands of union leaders and political activists were imprisoned or exiled, cattle owners released their herds into the lands taken over by peasants, a new order was installed in power claiming to bring prosperity and trade in the coming years. I went on to work in Chiapas in 1957 where the Mexican government was just beginning to introduce National Indigenist Institute programs for the integration of highland Mayas into the nation. These experiences shaped my understanding of what development from above meant in two countries that bridged the territory of the Mayan civilization. In this article I sum up the results of these two dominant patterns of development, one culminating in genocide and the other in ethnocide of the indigenous populations. The opening up of trade and enterprise with both countries has spawned new development programs such as the Plan Pueblo Panama embracing central American countries and southern Mexico in megaprojects to facilitate free trade agreements with the U.S. and Canada. These neoliberal policies aggravate the outpouring of resources that now include human labour power. I contrast this development with local initiatives now proposed by Mayas on both sides of the border.

  1. VLP Source Inversion and Evaluation of Error Analysis Techniques at Fuego Volcano, Guatemala

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    Brill, K. A.; Waite, G. P.

    2015-12-01

    In January of 2012, our team occupied 10 sites around Fuego volcano with broadband seismometers, two of which were collocated with infrasound microphone arrays and tilt-meters (see Figure 1 for full deployment details). Our radial coverage around Fuego during the 2012 campaign satisfies conditions outlined by Dawson et al. [2011] for good network coverage. Very-long-period (VLP) events that accompany small-scale explosions were classified by waveform and eruption style. We located these VLP event families which have been persistent at Fuego since at least 2008 through inversion in the same manner employed by Lyons and Waite [2011] with improved radial coverage in our network. We compare results for source inversions performed with independent tilt data against inversions incorporating tilt data extracted from the broadband. The current best-practice method for choosing an optimum solution for inversion results is based on each solution's residual error, the relevance of free parameters used in the model, and the physical significance of the source mechanism. Error analysis was performed through a boot strapping in order to explore the source location uncertainty and significance of components of the moment tensor. The significance of the number of free parameters has mostly been evaluated by calculating Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC), but little has been done to evaluate the sensitivity of AIC or other criteria (i.e. Bayesian Information Criterion) to the number of model parameters. We compare solutions as chosen by these alternate methods with more standard techniques for our real data set as well through the use of synthetic data and make recommendations as to best practices. Figure 1: a) Map of 2012 station network: stations highlighted in red were collocated with infrasound arrays. b) Location of Fuego within Guatemala and view of the complex from the west with different eruptive centers labeled. c) Operational times for each of the stations and cameras.

  2. Holocene climate variability and anthropogenic impacts from Lago Paixban, a perennial wetland in Peten, Guatemala

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    Wahl, David B.; Hansen, Richard D.; Byrne, Roger; Anderson, Lysanna; Schreiner, T.

    2016-01-01

    Analyses of an ~ 6 m sediment core from Lago Paixban in Peten, Guatemala, document the complex evolution of a perennial wetland over the last 10,300 years. The basal sediment is comprised of alluvial/colluvial fill deposited in the early Holocene. The absence of pollen and gastropods in the basal sediments suggests intermittently dry conditions until ~ 9000 cal yr. BP (henceforth BP) when the basin began to hold water perennially. Lowland tropical forest taxa dominated the local vegetation at this time. A distinct band of carbonate dating to ~ 8200 BP suggests regionally dry conditions, possibly associated with the 8.2 ka event. Wetter conditions during the Holocene Thermal Maximum are indicated by evidence of a raised water level and an open water lake. The timing of this interval coincides with strengthening of the Central American Monsoon. An abrupt change at 5500 BP involved the development of a sawgrass marsh and onset of peat deposition. The lowest recorded water levels date to 5500–4500 BP. Pollen, isotope, geochemical, and sedimentological data indicate that the coring site was near the edge of the marsh during this period. A rise in the water table after 4500 BP persisted until around 3500 BP. Clay marl deposition from 3500 to 210 BP corresponds to the period of Maya settlement. An increase in δ13C, the presence of Zea pollen, and a reduction in the percentage of forest taxa pollen indicate agricultural activity at this time. In contrast to several nearby paleoenvironmental studies, proxy evidence from Lago Paixban indicates human presence through the Classic/Postclassic period transition (~ 1000 BP) and persisting until the arrival of Europeans. Cessation of human activity around 210 BP resulted in local afforestation and the re-establishment of the current sawgrass marsh at Lago Paixban.

  3. Waste management in low-income urban area in developing countries. ; Case in Guatemala City. Tojokoku daitoshi teishotoku chiiki ni okeru haikibutsu kanri. ; Guatemala shi Alamedanorte chiku no jirei

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    Sakurai, K. (Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo (Japan))

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    The report describes waste management activities in slums and squatter sections in large urban areas in developing countries, focusing on an interesting attempt made at Guatemala City in South America. Various environmental problems have been increasingly becoming serious in many developing countries. Waste disposal under such circumstances should be performed in a way that meets the specific social, economic, cultural, natural and other waste-related requirements in each community. An experimental attempt to create a small, community-level material circulation system has been made in a squatter area in northern Guatemala City. The activity, which is based on the participation and cooperation of the local residents, is intended to treat waste water and waste material by simple techniques, supply local households with the methane gas generated from treated waste water to be used as fuel, apply the treated water to irrigation, and collect and sell recyclable materials. Though the project cannot be regarded successful at the present stage, the attempt itself should be highly evaluated. 2 refs., 2 figs.

  4. A low-cost repellent for malaria vectors in the Americas: results of two field trials in Guatemala and Peru

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    Sihuincha Moisés

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The cost of mosquito repellents in Latin America has discouraged their wider use among the poor. To address this problem, a low-cost repellent was developed that reduces the level of expensive repellent actives by combining them with inexpensive fixatives that appear to slow repellent evaporation. The chosen actives were a mixture of para-menthane-diol (PMD and lemongrass oil (LG. Methods To test the efficacy of the repellent, field trials were staged in Guatemala and Peru. Repellent efficacy was determined by human-landing catches on volunteers who wore the experimental repellents, control, or 15% DEET. The studies were conducted using a balanced Latin Square design with volunteers, treatments, and locations rotated each night. Results In Guatemala, collections were performed for two hours, commencing three hours after repellent application. The repellent provided >98% protection for five hours after application, with a biting pressure of >100 landings per person/hour. The 15% DEET control provided lower protection at 92% (p 46 landings per person/hour. The 20% DEET control provided significantly lower protection at 64% (p Conclusion In both locations, the PMD/LG repellent provided excellent protection up to six hours after application against a wide range of disease vectors including Anopheles darlingi. The addition of fixatives to the repellent extended its longevity while enhancing efficacy and significantly reducing its cost to malaria-endemic communities.

  5. FERTILITY, CHILD LABOUR AND MIGRATION OF AGRICULTURAL DAY LABORERS (AS OF COFFEE IN THECROSS-BORDER SPACE MEXICO-GUATEMALA

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    Full Text Available Chiapas as the border departments of Guatemala is characterized as an area of socio-economic backwardness. Since the twentieth century a significant flow of undocumented Guatemalan migrant families are temporarily employed in Mexican coffee plantations in the Soconusco region, mostly from the poorest and most marginalized rural sectors from the border Guatemalan departments. This paper estimates the marital Total Fertility Rate and explores the reproductive characteristics of Guatemalan agricultural laborers families. The Global marital fertility rate is high (5.65 children per woman on average at the end of their reproductive life with an increasing trend. It is argued that a high number of children in these families are functional for them, since they require the family labor for their survival. In this cross-border area are articulated by child labor, high fertility of Guatemalan rural migrants, due to the political and socioeconomic conditions of Guatemala, and the development needs of the agricultural export capital coffee in Mexico, permanently driven by the Mexican government.

  6. Prevalence and Diversity of Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza Viruses in Wild Birds in Guatemala, 2010-2013.

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    Gonzalez-Reiche, Ana S; Müller, Maria L; Ortiz, Lucía; Cordón-Rosales, Celia; Perez, Daniel R

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    Waterfowl species are known to harbor the greatest diversity of low pathogenicity influenza A virus (LPAIV) subtypes and are recognized as their main natural reservoir. In Guatemala there is evidence of circulation of LPAIV in wild ducks; however, the bird species contributing to viral diversity during the winter migration in Central America are unknown. In this study, samples obtained from 1250 hunter-killed birds from 22 different species were collected on the Pacific coast of Guatemala during three winter migration seasons between 2010 and 2013. Prevalence of LPAIV detected by real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction was 38.2%, 23.5%, and 24.7% in the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 seasons, respectively. The highest virus prevalence was detected in the northern shoveler (Anas clypeata), followed by the blue-winged teal (Anas discors). The majority of positive samples and viral isolates were obtained from the blue-winged teal. Analysis of LPAIV prevalence over time in this species indicated a decreasing trend in monthly prevalence within a migration season. Sixty-eight viruses were isolated, and nine HA and seven NA subtypes were identified in 19 subtype combinations. In 2012-13 the most prevalent subtype was H14, a subtype identified for the first time in the Western Hemisphere in 2010. The results from this study represent the most detailed description available to date of LPAIV circulation in Central America. PMID:27309080

  7. Los riesgos de cruzar. La migración centroamericana en la frontera México-Guatemala

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    Olivia Marrujo Ruiz

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    Full Text Available La migración internacional en el espacio fronterizo México-Guatemala se ha vuelto en los últimos años de alto riesgo. En este artículo presentamos algunos resultados preliminares de un proyecto de investigación que tiene como objetivo documentar y analizar la situación de riesgo en la ruta principal que han utilizado los migrantes centroamericanos (en este caso, indocumentados de paso en la costa chiapaneca, conocida como el Soconusco, en la frontera México-Guatemala. El análisis presenta los resultados del rastreo de registros en instituciones que tienen contacto con los migrantes, de las entrevistas en profundidad y de la observación participante. Se describen algunas de estas situaciones señalándolas en los mapas de riesgo, para elaborar un registro espacial de los peligros que permita explorar de qué manera el espacio refleja la situación de riesgo que viven los migrantes y cómo contribuye al fenómeno

  8. Barriers to accessing and using contraception in highland Guatemala: the development of a family planning self-efficacy scale

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    Full Text Available Emma Richardson,1 Kenneth R Allison,1,2 Dionne Gesink,1 Albert Berry3 1Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, 2Public Health Ontario, 3Department of Economics, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada Abstract: Understanding the persistent inequalities in the prevalence rates of family planning and unmet need for family planning between indigenous and nonindigenous women in Guatemala requires localized explorations of the specific barriers faced by indigenous women. Based on social cognitive theory, elicitation interviews were carried out with a purposive sample of 16 young women, aged 20–24 years, married or in union, from the rural districts of Patzún, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Content analysis was carried out using the constant-comparison method to identify the major themes. Based on this qualitative study, the following barriers are incorporated into the development of a self-efficacy scale: lack of knowledge about and availability of methods, fear of side effects and infertility, husbands being against family planning (and related fears of marital problems and abandonment, pressure from in-laws and the community, and the belief that using contraception is a sin. This is the first evidence-informed self-efficacy scale developed with young adult, indigenous women that addresses the issue of family planning in Latin America. Keywords: indigenous, marginalized populations, elicitation interviews, social cognitive theory

  9. Procesos de automatización cognitiva en alumnado con altas capacidades intelectuales

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    Juan Montero-Linares

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Proponemos desde el enfoque del procesamiento de la información, el estudio de características cognitivas que faciliten la identificación de las altas capacidades. A tal fin, elaboramos una tarea de habilidad de segmentación silábica que, a partir del modelo propuesto por Baddeley sobre la memoria de trabajo y la distinción entre procesos automáticos y controlados, nos permitiese comprobar las diferencias en cuanto a la capacidad de automatización de la información y si los indicadores propuestos en la misma, tenían suficiente poder clasificatorio o predictivo en la identificación de la alta capacidad intelectual. Participaron 480 niños y niñas de primero a cuarto de Educación Primaria. Se clasificaron, en función de su CI, en dos grupos: alumnado de altas capacidades y alumnado de capacidades medias. Se les administró una batería de pruebas entre las que se encontraba el test de habilidad de segmentación silábica, lo que permitió realizar su estandarización. Los resultados mostraron que los alumnos con CI superior a 130 fueron capaces de automatizar la segmentación de forma más eficiente que los de inteligencia media. La medición de los procesos automáticos a través del test de habilidad de segmentación silábica, permitió diferenciar a los participantes de altas capacidades de los que no lo eran.

  10. Compressão medular alta por cisto neuroentérico: relato de caso

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    Geraldo Pianettt Filho

    1993-06-01

    Full Text Available É relatado o caso raro de uma criança com cisto neuroentérico comprimindo a medula cervical alta de C1 a C3. A paciente foi submetida a laminectomia osteoplástica com retirada total do tumor. São discutidos a sintomatologia, o tratamento e o resultado satisfatório obtido. É feita revisão da literatura pertinente.

  11. Vital Signs – Presión arterial alta (High Blood Pressure)

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    En los EE. UU. casi un tercio de la población adulta tiene presión arterial alta, el principal factor de riesgo de enfermedades cardiacas y accidentes cerebrovasculares, dos de las principales causas de muerte en el país.  Created: 10/2/2012 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP).   Date Released: 10/17/2012.

  12. Inbreeding incidence on biological fitness in an isolated Mediterranean population: La Alta Alpujarra Oriental (Southeastern Spain)

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    Luna, Francisco; Valls, A.; Fernández Santander, Ana

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    The incidence of parental inbreeding on biological fitness was analysed in a sample of the Alpujarrenian population. Fitness was estimated as the fertility and offspring viability from conception to reproductive age. The analysed sample represents about 45% of the population from the Alta Alpujarra Oriental in southeastern Spain, and includes 847 families and 2916 pregnancies. The results showed slightly higher reproduction in consanguineous marriages, but the differences observed were not st...

  13. Altas habilidades: uma questão escolar Giftedness: a shool matter

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    Célia Maria Paz Ferreira Barreto

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Esse estudo foi realizado em uma escola federal de ensino, localizada no Rio de Janeiro. Estabeleceu como objetivos gerais investigar as representações dos professores sobre as altas habilidades e a existência da indicação de alunos com esse perfil para atendimento. Utilizou duas amostras diferenciadas. A primeira, formada por 36 professores que atuavam do 1º ao 9º ano do ensino fundamental e do 1º ao 3º ano do ensino médio. A outra amostra foi constituída por quatro setores da escola responsáveis pelo registro histórico dos alunos. Utilizou-se a metodologia da análise de conteúdo no tratamento dos dados obtidos. Os resultados mostraram que os professores respondentes têm representações sobre altas habilidades e que não existem alunos com altas habilidades matriculados na instituição. Os resultados indicam urgência no implemento de ações inclusivas para as altas habilidades nessa escola, assim como a continuidade e aprofundamento nessa pesquisa.The study took place in a public federal school in Rio de Janeiro. The overall objectives were to investigate representations teachers have about giftedness and existing indications of such students that should be referred to specific learning and counseling programs. Two different groups were taken as samples. The first was made up of 36 elementary and high school teachers. The other consisted of four school sectors, charged with keeping students data records. The qualitative method of contents analysis was used. This study indicates its participants have representations about giftedness, although there were no gifted students enrolled in the institution where the study took place. The results also suggest that there is a pressing need to implement inclusive actions for gifted students at this school, as well as further developing the investigation at a deeper level.

  14. USO DA INTERNET: DIFERENÇAS ENTRE CLASSE MÉDIA E ALTA

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    Jorge Ferreira da Silva

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo busca propor e testar um modelo que explique o uso da internet pelos jovens e identificar possíveis diferenças neste uso entre jovens de classe média e alta. A motivação para a pesquisa partiu da observação dos novos hábitos de consumo originados do uso da internet por estes jovens, que consideram a tecnologia indispensável em suas vidas. Baseado na literatura, o modelo final envolveu os seguintes fatores: Barreiras Percebidas ao Acesso, Comunicação, Interatividade e Uso da Internet. As hipóteses de pesquisa foram testadas por meio de uma survey com 394 jovens, com a amostra sendo divida em dois grupos: jovens de classe média e jovens de classe alta. Os dados foram analisados por modelagem de equações estruturais multigrupo. Os resultados sugerem diferenças na utilização de internet entre jovens de classe média e alta, com somente a classe média sendo influenciada significativamente pela Interatividade e Comunicação percebidas.

  15. Anestesia espinal alta para mastoplastia reductora. Experiencia de tres años

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    Néstor Parets Correa

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: la aplicación de anestesia neuroaxial espinal alta en las intervenciones quirúrgicas resulta un tema controversial. Objetivo: describir los resultados de la aplicación de anestesia neuroaxial espinal alta en intervenciones quirúrgicas para mastoplastia reductora. Métodos: estudio descriptivo realizado en el Hospital General Universitario Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima, de Cienfuegos, desde junio de 2006 hasta junio de 2009, que incluyó 90 pacientes operadas, en las cuales se empleó anestesia neuroaxial espinal alta. Se analizaron las variables: edad, índice de masa corporal, saturación de HBO2, tensión arterial, frecuencia cardiaca, uso de analgesia preventiva, comportamiento de la  analgesia posoperatoria, estado de satisfacción, presencia de complicaciones, técnica quirúrgica, duración del acto quirúrgico y de la anestesia. Resultados: el 50 % tenía  entre 35 y 44 años; 46, 7 % estaban sobrepeso; el 80 % se operó de hipertrofia mamaria; en el 97, 8 % se utilizó la mastopalstia reductora; ninguna presentó cifras altas de tensión arterial antes ni después de la aplicación de la anestesia, el 41,1 % presentó cifras bajas de tensión arterial después de la anestesia; la frecuencia cardiaca estuvo baja en el 31, 1 % después de aplicada la anestesia y alta en el 4, 4 %. La analgesia posoperatoria fue buena en el 87, 8 % de las pacientes; no hubo compromiso ventilatorio en ningún caso y el 100 % mostró satisfacción con la técnica anestésica. Conclusiones: la aplicación de la técnica anestésica permite desarrollar exitosamente las intervenciones quirúrgicas con un mínimo de riesgos y complicaciones para las pacientes.

  16. The Movement, the Mine and the Lake: New Forms of Maya Activism in Neoliberal Guatemala

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    J. T. Way

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This article explores the social, economic, cultural and political issues bound up in two matters relating to the environment in the Sololá and Lake Atitlán region of the Guatemalan Mayan highlands in 2004–2005: the violent breakup of an anti-mine protest and the various reactions to a tropical storm that threatened the lake ecosystem. It views these events as part of a historical conjuncture and centers them in a larger discussion of Maya political activism, environmentalism and neoliberal development in Guatemala from the 1990s–mid-2010s. It begins with the transition from war to peace in the 1990s, charting how Maya participation in municipal politics soared even as the official Mayan movement waned as the state turned to neoliberalism. Zooming in on municipal development and politics in Sololá in the early 2000s, it then traces at the ground level how a decentralizing, “multicultural” state promoted political participation while at the same time undermining the possibility for that participation to bring about substantive change. The center of the article delves deeper into the conjuncture of the first decade of the new millennium. By mapping events in Sololá against development, agrarian transformation and rural urbanization, it argues that resilient Maya community structures, although unable to stop the exploitative tide, continued to provide local cohesion and advocacy. Activists and everyday citizens became more globally attuned in the 2000s. The article’s final section analyzes municipal plans made between 2007 and 2012, arguing that creating and controlling community structures became increasingly important to the state in a time when Guatemala’s “outward” global turn was accompanied by an “inward” turn as people confronted spiraling violence in their communities. Critics called young people apolitical, but in 2015, massive demonstrations led to the imprisonment of the nation’s president and vice

  17. Mejoramiento de la calidad de los servicios materno-neonatales en Guatemala

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    Sarah C Smith

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo La Promoción y Cuidados Obstétricos Neonatales Esenciales (ProCONE fue una estrategia para mejorar la calidad de los servicios para mujeres y neonatales en Guatemala utilizando el proceso de mejoramiento colaborativo. Este estudio de caso trató de entender cómo fue el proceso de expansión de ProCONE desde el Centro de Atención Permanente (CAP hacia las unidades de salud del primer nivel en un distrito. Metodología La investigadora principal pasó una semana visitando establecimientos donde se llevaron a cabo entrevistas semi-estructuradas con el personal de salud. Se hizo un análisis temático e iterativo. Resultados El proceso de expansión empezó con la directora del CAP, quien introdujo la estrategia y capacitó a las enfermeras del primer nivel. Las entrevistadas hablaron de dos prácticas exitosas - estandarización en el uso de las fichas clínicas y visitas domiciliarias para captar embarazadas, puérperas y neonatales y prestarles atención o remitirles. Empezaron a medir indicadores y los establecimientos tenían gráficas de serie de tiempo. El personal del primer nivel constató que fue difícil implementar visitas domiciliarias por la distancia y la falta de combustible. Todas manifestaron que la ProCONE proporcionó un sistema integrado para mejorar la calidad. Conclusiones Elementos de ProCONE fueron transferidos desde el CAP a los otros establecimientos. Sin embargo, la falta de comprensión de cómo los datos podrían dirigir la prestación de servicios sugiere que no fue la capacidad de mejora la que se expandió, sino algunas mejores prácticas. Es necesario involucrar al personal en la búsqueda de soluciones propias a los desafíos.

  18. Observing changes at Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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    von Aulock, Felix W.; Lavallée, Yan; Hornby, Adrian J.; Lamb, Oliver D.; Andrews, Benjamin J.; Kendrick, Jackie E.

    2016-04-01

    Santiaguito Volcano (Guatemala) is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, producing several ash venting explosions per day for almost 100 years. Lahars, lava flows and dome and flank collapses that produce major pyroclastic density currents also present a major hazard to nearby farms and communities. Optical observations of both the vent as well as the lava flow fronts can provide scientists and local monitoring staff with important information on the current state of volcanic activity and hazard. Due to the strong activity, and difficult terrain, unmanned aerial vehicles can help to provide valuable data on the activities of the volcano at a safe distance. We collected a series of images and video footage of A.) The active vent of Caliente and B.) The flow front of the active lava flow and its associated lahar channels, both in May 2015 and in December 2015- January 2016. Images of the crater and the lava flows were used for the reconstruction of 3D terrain models using structure-from-motion. These were supported by still frames from the video recording. Video footage of the summit crater (during two separate ash venting episodes) and the lava flow fronts indicate the following differences in activity during those two field campaigns: A.) - A new breach opened on the east side of the crater rim, possibly during the collapse in November 2015. - The active lava dome is now almost completely covered with ash, only leaving the largest blocks and faults exposed in times without gas venting - A recorded explosive event in December 2015 initiates at subparallel linear faults near the centre of the dome, rather than arcuate or ring faults, with a later, separate, and more ash-laden burst occurring from an off-centre fracture, however, other explosions during the observation period were seen to persist along the ring fault system observed on the lava dome since at least 2007 - suggesting a diversification of explosive activity. B.) - The lava flow fronts did

  19. The January 2014 Eruption of Pacaya (Guatemala): Rheology and Morphology through Field Observations and Laboratory Experiments

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    Soldati, A.; Bollasina, A.; Chigna, G.; Sehlke, A.; Whittington, A. G.

    2014-12-01

    The morphology of lava flows depends largely on rheological properties (viscosity, yield strength), which in turn vary with its physical properties (composition, crystal and bubble fraction, temperature). We are investigating how these properties vary in space and time (1) along and across a flow at a particular instant in time, and (2) for a single quantum of magma from vent to final emplacement. Our study area is Pacaya (Guatemala). Its latest effusive eruption begun on January 10th 2014 and produced two lava flows emitted from newly-formed vents, aligned NW-SE across the summit. Flow surface profiles were obtained with a Laser Range Finder, and extensive sampling was conducted on both flows while still active or shortly afterwards. The lavas are basalts (SiO2 = 50-51.5%), the SE flow being slightly more evolved than the NW one. Both flows are less alkali-rich than historical flows, even as recently as 2010. The mineralogy consists of plagioclase, olivine, pyroxenes, and minor oxides. The samples are highly crystalline (~60% phenocrysts + microlites) and considerably vesicular (≥25%, decreasing downflow), with mostly interconnected porosity. The flow velocity, estimated from videos taken in the field, decreased from ~2.8 m/s by the vent, where the flow surface is mostly incandescent pahoehoe, to ~0.5 m/s about 1 km downflow, where the surface is mostly dark `a`a. This velocity decrease is consistent with cooling and crust formation, as well as a decrease in slope from 45° to 4°. The effects of crystallization on the evolution of the 2014 lavas rheology are being investigated through concentric cylinder and parallel plate viscometry, and will be compared to the 2010 data. Lavas erupted in 2010 have a viscosity of ~75 Pa s at their liquidus temperature of ~1260˚C, increasing to ~250 Pa s at ~1240˚C (~25% crystals) and ~800 Pa s at ~1225˚C (~36% crystals). At subliquidus conditions, lava rheology is distinctly non-Netonian, and best fit with a power

  20. Geodetic slip solutions for the Mw = 7.4 Champerico (Guatemala) earthquake of 2012 November 7 and its postseismic deformation

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    Ellis, Andria P.; DeMets, Charles; Briole, Pierre; Molina, Enrique; Flores, Omar; Rivera, Jeffrey; Lasserre, Cécile; Lyon-Caen, Hélène; Lord, Neal

    2015-05-01

    As the first large subduction thrust earthquake off the coast of western Guatemala in the past several decades, the 2012 November 7 Mw = 7.4 earthquake offers the first opportunity to study coseismic and postseismic behaviour along a segment of the Middle America trench where frictional coupling makes a transition from weak coupling off the coast of El Salvador to strong coupling in southern Mexico. We use measurements at 19 continuous GPS sites in Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico to estimate the coseismic slip and postseismic deformation of the November 2012 Champerico (Guatemala) earthquake. An inversion of the coseismic offsets, which range up to ˜47 mm at the surface near the epicentre, indicates that up to ˜2 m of coseismic slip occurred on a ˜30 × 30 km rupture area between ˜10 and 30 km depth, which is near the global CMT centroid. The geodetic moment of 13 × 1019 N m and corresponding magnitude of 7.4 both agree well with independent seismological estimates. Transient postseismic deformation that was recorded at 11 GPS sites is attributable to a combination of fault afterslip and viscoelastic flow in the lower crust and/or mantle. Modelling of the viscoelastic deformation suggests that it constituted no more than ˜30 per cent of the short-term postseismic deformation. GPS observations that extend six months after the earthquake are well fit by a model in which most afterslip occurred at the same depth or directly downdip from the rupture zone and released energy equivalent to no more than ˜20 per cent of the coseismic moment. An independent seismological slip solution that features more highly concentrated coseismic slip than our own fits the GPS offsets well if its slip centroid is translated ˜50 km to the west to a position close to our slip centroid. The geodetic and seismologic slip solutions thus suggest bounds of 2-7 m for the peak slip along a region of the interface no larger than 30 × 30 km.

  1. ‘Con nuestro propio esfuerzo’: Understanding the Relationships between International Migration and the Environment in Guatemala

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    Mariel Aguilar-Støen

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract:International migration from rural areas affects the environment in numerous and complex ways. The inflow of economic and social remittances changes production and consumption patterns, social relations, and social and economic institutions in the places of origin of migrants. In this case study, I discuss how migration is pushing a local process of land redistribution in Guatemala. Such a process is also changing patterns of land use and land cover. The process is influenced by the emergence of local cooperatives, which in turn are stimulated by organizations and networks in wider temporal and spatial contexts. Land acquisition by migrant families has also improved their position vis-àvis traditional landowners. My study suggests that in contexts where local organization is successful and linked to actors and networks at wider scales, transnational households are in a good position to negotiate the outcomes of the use of remittances. These families are improving their living standards without degrading the environment irreversibly.Resumen: ('Con nuestro propio esfuerzo': Comprendiendo la relación entre la migración internacional y el medio ambiente en GuatemalaLa migración internacional de las zonas rurales afecta el medio ambiente de maneras significantes y complejas. El ingreso de las remesas económicas y sociales cambian los patrones de producción y consumo; las relaciones sociales y las instituciones sociales y económicas en los lugares de origen de los migrantes. En este estudio de caso, se analiza cómo la migración está impulsando un proceso local de redistribución de la tierra en Guatemala. Este proceso también está afectando los patrones de uso del suelo. Asimismo, este proceso está influenciado por el surgimiento de cooperativas locales, que a la vez son estimuladas por organizaciones y redes en amplios contextos temporales y espaciales. Adquisiciones de tierras por familias de inmigrantes también ha mejorado

  2. Aceptabilidad de una intervención basada en Salud Móvil para modificar estilos de vida en prehipertensos de Argentina, Guatemala y Perú: un estudio piloto

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    Andrea Beratarrechea

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos. Evaluar la aceptabilidad y factibilidad de una intervención basada en salud móvil, para la adopción de estilos de vida saludables en personas prehipertensas que viven en zonas urbanas de bajos recursos en Argentina, Guatemala y Perú. Materiales y métodos. Se reclutaron prehipertensos entre 30 a 60 años para un estudio piloto. La intervención incluyó dos llamadas de consejería realizadas por una nutricionista, seguidas de un mensaje de texto customizado semanal. Una plataforma basada en Internet ofreció el soporte para la implementación de la intervención. Utilizando entrevistas semiestructuradas se evaluó el alcance y la aceptabilidad de esta intervención en los participantes, y la facilidad de uso en las nutricionistas. Resultados. Se logró contactar a 43 de los 45 participantes (95%. El número promedio de llamadas para contactar a un sujeto fue de dos, con un rango de 1-9 llamadas. Dos participantes pudieron ser contactados en su teléfono celular y cinco no recibieron una exposición completa a la intervención. Basados en las entrevistas semiestructuradas, los resultados mostraron una buena aceptabilidad a la intervención en los participantes. Las nutricionistas percibieron a la plataforma como amigable y de fácil manejo. Las barreras para ofrecer esta intervención se relacionaron con dificultades para obtener una señal de telefonía celular adecuada. Conclusiones. Dada la alta penetración de la telefonía celular en países en desarrollo, se concluye que una intervención basada en salud móvil es factible y aceptable para ofrecer una intervención orientada a la modificación del estilo de vida en prehipertensos o personas de alto riesgo de enfermedades crónicas.

  3. Las barreras de acceso a los servicios de salud en la población indígena de Rabinal en Guatemala Barriers to accessing health care services for the indigenous population in Rabinal, Guatemala

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    Maeve Hautecoeur

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificar y documentar las barreras de acceso a los servicios de salud en la población indígena de Rabinal en Guatemala. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Se privilegió el análisis cualitativo y la recopilación de datos se realizó en Rabinal durante dos meses (Guatemala. Se realizaron quince entrevistas semi dirigidas a indígenas achís y cinco entrevistas a profesionales de la salud. Un grupo de discusión fue formado para validar la información recogida durante las entrevistas individuales; la retranscripción de éstas y la compilación de los datos permitieron hacer el análisis de contenido. RESULTADOS: Las barreras de acceso están interrelacionadas y las barreras geográficas están relacionadas con la distancia y con la escasez de transporte; las barreras económicas son los precios de las consultas y de los medicamentos, además, entre las barreras culturales, la lengua española es un obstáculo. Los indígenas tienen otra concepción de la medicina y de los tratamientos y se quejan en ocasiones de trato abusivo por parte de los profesionales sanitarios. A su vez, los profesionales de la salud reconocen que el trauma de la guerra está presente y critican las malas condiciones de vida y la falta de recursos. CONCLUSIONES: Los servicios de salud no son adecuados ni suficientes para responder a las necesidades de la población local.OBJECTIVE: To identify and document access barriers to health care services for the indigenous population in Rabinal, Guatemala. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A qualitative analysis was used. Over a period of two months, 20 semi-directional interviews were conducted in Rabinal, Guatemala: 15 with Achis indigenous people and five with health professionals. A focus group was done to verify the information collected during the individual interviews. The qualitative analysis was based on the transcription of interviews and the compilation of the data. RESULTS: Barriers to access are inter-relational. Geographic

  4. Seepage mitigation at TransAlta's Rundle intake No. 2

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    Sobkowicz, J.; Cullum-Kenyon, S. [Thurber Engineering Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada); Szojka, A. [TransAlta Utilities Corp., Calgary, AB (Canada)

    2006-07-01

    As part of its spray system of power generation, TransAlta operates the Rundle power canal, forebay and powerhouse located near Canmore, Alberta. Two penstocks run from the Rundle forebay to the powerhouse. Ongoing seepage problems around the intake to Unit No. 2 have been a problem for TransAlta, causing recurrent sinkholes, unpredictable variations in piezometric levels within the dam, and seepage flows at its toe. In order to assess the cause of the seepage and make a decision to proceed with mitigation, TransAlta conducted more frequent monitoring of these parameters, several surveys along the dam, and monitoring of pore water temperatures. The mitigation involved construction of a grout curtain under and adjacent to the intake and was performed from the ground surface as well as from within the penstock. This work required shutting down the penstock to Unit No. 2, lowering the water level in the forebay, and de-rating flow to Unit No. 1. This paper presented a brief history of the facility contributing to the cause of the seepage and the monitoring undertaken to assess its extent and seriousness. It also discussed the design and progress of the grouting program, including the response of the geotechnical instrumentation to the drilling and grouting process. Last, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the remedial work, the post-grouting monitoring was examined. Comments were made on the usefulness of the various monitoring instruments and techniques used to determine dam performance prior to, during and after the grouting work. 1 ref., 9 figs.

  5. Plan de alta para personas con enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica

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    Luz Marina Céspedes Salgado

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El plan de alta busca asegurar unos cuidados acordes con las necesidades y los requerimientos de la persona una vez egresa de la institución de salud, y debe constituirse en una guía básica en especial para la atención de aquéllos con patologías crónicas, como es la enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica, que por su complejidad demanda múltiples cuidados para asegurar una intervención integral con miras al logro de una mejor adaptación, a identificar posibles complicaciones y a mejorar su calidad de vida. La experiencia de haber asumido el rol de hija y enfermera de un padre con enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC, y la alta incidencia de esta enfermedad, motivaron la elaboración de este plan de alta; fueron muchos los cuidados y muchas las necesidades y los cuestionamientos que se daban día a día, desde asegurar una adecuada comunicación hasta un conocimiento de los signos y síntomas de urgencia que indicaban una exacerbación, del uso adecuado de los medicamentos, de la importancia de la oxigenoterapia a largo plazo, de proporcionarle una dieta acorde con las recomendaciones y un ambiente favorable para sus condiciones de salud para, en últimas, alcanzar un entorno armónico, físico, familiar y espiritual.

  6. Analysis of 16 autosomal STRs and 17 Y-STRs in an indigenous Maya population from Guatemala.

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    Cardoso, Sergio; Sevillano, Rubén; Illescas, María J; de Pancorbo, Marian Martínez

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study was to contribute new data on autosomal STR and Y-STR markers of the Mayas from Guatemala in order to improve available databases of forensic interest. We analyzed 16 autosomal STR markers in a population sample of 155 indigenous Maya and 17 Y-chromosomal STR markers in the 100 males of the sample. Deviations from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and linkage disequilibrium between autosomal STR markers were not observed at any loci. The combined power of exclusion was estimated as 99.9991% and the combined power of discrimination was >99.999999999999%. Haplotype diversity of Y-STRs was calculated as 0.9984 ± 0.0018 and analysis of pairwise genetic distances (Rst) supported the Native American background of the population.

  7. Characterization of moderate ash-and-gas explosions at Santiaguito volcano, Guatemala, from infrasound waveform inversion and thermal infrared measurements

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    Angelis, S. De; Lamb, O. D.; Lamur, A.; Hornby, A. J.; Aulock, F. W.; Chigna, G.; Lavallée, Y.; Rietbrock, A.

    2016-06-01

    The rapid discharge of gas and rock fragments during volcanic eruptions generates acoustic infrasound. Here we present results from the inversion of infrasound signals associated with small and moderate gas-and-ash explosions at Santiaguito volcano, Guatemala, to retrieve the time history of mass eruption rate at the vent. Acoustic waveform inversion is complemented by analyses of thermal infrared imagery to constrain the volume and rise dynamics of the eruption plume. Finally, we combine results from the two methods in order to assess the bulk density of the erupted mixture, constrain the timing of the transition from a momentum-driven jet to a buoyant plume, and to evaluate the relative volume fractions of ash and gas during the initial thrust phase. Our results demonstrate that eruptive plumes associated with small-to-moderate size explosions at Santiaguito only carry minor fractions of ash, suggesting that these events may not involve extensive magma fragmentation in the conduit.

  8. Incorporating gender perspective in small environmental projects. The experience of El Almanario in ten indigenous communities in Guatemala

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    BONI ARISTIZÁBAL, Alejandra

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    Full Text Available The Almanario is a project management methodology created by Small Grants Programme in Guatemalawhich operates following United Nations Global Environment Fund premises. The main goal of ourresearch is to show the results of fourth compulsory gender measures included in the Almanario approachin ten indigenous communities in Western Guatemala. The research reveals women participation has beenincreased and had allowed them to manage project resources. Two measures (the Promotora role and mixedAdvisory Board are preliminary steps to visualize women leadership but more time is needed in orderto consolidate and increase women participation. Nursemaids are perceived by women as a good measureto increase participation and really appropriate in a patriarchal context. Gender and self-esteem trainingshave increased women self-esteem and awareness on women rights.

  9. Pasando por comadrona, midwife y médico: el itinerario terapéutico de una embarazada en Guatemala

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    Soraya Fleischer

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo examino, de acuerdo con la propuesta teórico analítica de Menéndez (1994, los diferentes itinerarios terapéuticos que siguen las mujeres y las parteras de Antigua, Guatemala, durante la gestación y el parto. Intento describir y analizar un parto que tuvo lugar durante la presente investigación, primero, como un ejemplo paradigmático del diálogo, no siempre amistoso ni pacífico, entre varios sistemas médicos locales: la comadrona (partera lega maya, el médico ladino y la obstetriz (enfermera obstétrica extranjera. En segundo lugar, este parto ilustra el entrelazamiento de relaciones étnicas, de clase y de género, todas ellas permeadas por el poder y el conflicto que caracterizan a la sociedad guatemalteca.

  10. Assessment of 238Pu and 239+240Pu, in marine sediments of the oceans Atlantic and Pacific of Guatemala

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    In this investigation samples of marine sediments were taken from 14 places representatives of the oceans coast of Guatemala. For the assesment of 238Pu and 239+240Pu in sediments a radiochemical method was used to mineralize sediments and by ionic interchange it was separated from other elements, after that an electrodeposition of plutonium was made in metallic discs. The radioactivity of plutonium was measured by alpha spectrometry system and the alpha spectrums were obtained. The levels of plutonium are not higher than other countries that shown contamination. The contamination of isotope of 239+240Pu is higher than 238Pu and the contamination by two isotopes of plutonium is higher in the Atlantic than the Pacific ocean

  11. Archaeometric study of ceramic figurines from the Maya settlement of La Blanca (Petén, Guatemala)

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    Horcajada, P.; Roldán, C.; Vidal, C.; Rodenas, I.; Carballo, J.; Murcia, S.; Juanes, D.

    2014-04-01

    In this article, analytical results will be presented and discussed regarding a selected set of figurines from the ancient Maya settlement of La Blanca in Petén, Guatemala. The objective is to characterize the ceramic material by two analytical complementary techniques: X-ray diffraction (XRD) and total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF). The data obtained by means of both XRD and TXRF were compared and analyzed by multivariate statistical techniques in order to obtain sample groups according to their chemical composition. The results of this archaeometric study have been compared to those that have been obtained through macroscopic characterization by means of the traditional classification system know as Type-Variety. Discordances have been found between the clusters obtained by the Type-Variety classification system and the multivariate classification procedures performed on analytical data.

  12. Tilt prior to explosions and the effect of topography on ultra-long-period seismic records at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

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    Lyons, John J.; Waite, Gregory P.; Ichihara, Mie; Lees, Jonathan M.

    2012-04-01

    Ground tilt is measured from broadband seismic records prior to frequent explosions at Fuego volcano, Guatemala. We are able to resolve tilt beginning 20-30 minutes prior to explosions, followed by a rapid reversal in deformation coincident with explosion onsets. The tilt amplitude and polarity recorded on the horizontal channels vary from station to station such that the steep and unusual topography of the upper cone of Fuego appears to affect the ultra-long-period signals. We account for the effect of topography and attempt to constrain the tilt source depth and geometry through finite-difference modeling. The results indicate a shallow spherical pressure source, and that topography must be considered when attempting to model tilt sources at volcanoes with steep topography. The tilt signals are interpreted as pressurization of the shallow conduit beneath a crystallized plug followed by elastic deflation concurrent with explosive pressure release.

  13. Determinación de aminas aromaticas por cromatografia liquida de alta resolución.

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    Gutiérrez Bouzán, Mª Carmen; Crespi Rosell, Martin

    1989-01-01

    Este trabajo consiste en la puesta a punto del metodo analítico para la determinación por cromatografia liquida de alta resolución (HPLC) de las aminas aromáticas empleadas más frecuentemente en la fabricación de colorantes sulfurosos: m-tolilendiamina, p-fenilendiamina, o-toluidina, p-toluidina, anilina, p-aminofenol, difenilamina, y p-hidroxidifenilamina. La longitud de onda de detección es de 260 nm. El principal objetivo del presente estudio es la consecución de un método de análisis p...

  14. Estudio del comportamiento en flexocompresión de los hormigones de alta resistencia

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    Arenas de Pablo, Juan José; Gutiérrez Martín, Germán; Vicente Cabrera, Miguel Ángel; González Cabrera, Dorys Carmen

    2004-01-01

    RESUMEN. Este artículo describe la máquina de ensayo desarrollada en el Laboratorio de Estructuras de la Universidad de Cantabria para obtener experimentalmente la distribución de tensiones en hormigones de diferentes resistencias, desde hormigones convencionales hasta hormigones de alta resistencia. Utilizando la máquina de ensayo anteriormente mencionada han sido ensayadas 240 probetas bajo carga creciente y excéntrica hasta rotura. Las variables de ensayo han sido la forma de la probeta, e...

  15. El entrenamiento interválico de alta intensidad para el rendimiento deportivo

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    Alvarez Fernández, Iker

    2014-01-01

    El entrenamiento interválico de alta intensidad (HIIT) ha sido una parte más de los programas de entrenamiento para mejorar el rendimiento deportivo, pero su efecto puntual en los entrenamientos de deportistas altamente entrenados no se conoce en su totalidad, a pesar de ser un elemento importante de la preparación deportiva. En esta revisión veremos cómo diversas investigaciones demuestran los diferentes efectos y adaptaciones que provoca el HIIT en estos deportistas con el fin de la mejora ...

  16. Efeito de alta pressão no processo de demolha de bacalhau

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    Salvador, Ângelo Miguel Correia

    2009-01-01

    Este trabalho experimental teve como objectivo recorrer à tecnologia de alta pressão hidrostática com o intuito de acelerar o processo de demolha de bacalhau, em termos de saída de sal e entrada de água. Inicialmente tentou-se desenvolver uma metodologia rápida para quantificação do NaCl mediante condutivimetria. Contudo, como se verificaram diferenças entre os resultados obtidos por este método e o método químico usado neste trabalho, a quantificação do sal por condutivimet...

  17. Neurodesarrollo en egresados de la terapia intensiva neonatal a los 6 meses del alta hospitalaria

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    Dayami Armas-Guerra; Tania Mejías-Martín; Ana Nastia Tamayo-Ortiz; María Caridad Jardines-Carballosa

    2012-01-01

    Se abordó estudio descriptivo longitudinal de 16 recién nacidos egresados del servicio de Neonatología del Hospital Pediátrico de Holguín, desde febrero a junio del 2009. Se les evaluó desde el punto de vista neurológico a los seis meses del alta hospitalaria. Un 25% presentaron anormalidad del examen neurológico. Las alteraciones leves y moderadas se comportaron igual. El sexo femenino fue el más afectado, la menor edad gestacional y el peso menor de 1500 gramos predispusieron a la aparición...

  18. Factores de riesgo, asociados a intento de suicidio, comparando factores de alta y baja letalidad

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    Garcia Rabago, Horacio; Sahagun Flores, Jose Ernesto; Ruiz Gomez, Alfonso; Sanchez Ureña, Gustavo Manuel; Tirado Vargas, Juan Carlos; Gonzalez Gamez, Jaime Guillermo

    2012-01-01

    Objetivo El propósito del estudio fue Identificar los factores de riesgo más frecuentes asociados a intento de suicidio para determinar si existen diferencias entre los factores de riesgo presentes en pacientes con tentativa de baja letalidad y los de alta letalidad. Método Se entrevistaron 106 pacientes de ambos sexos, con diagnóstico de intento de suicidio, hospitalizados en una unidad psiquiátrica, divididos en dos grupos: uno pacientes con tentativa suicida de baja letalidad y otro con te...

  19. Cultivo de cachama blanca en altas densidades y en dos sistemas cerrados

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    Germán Poleo; José Vicente Aranbarrio; Lismen Mendoza; Oneida Romero

    2011-01-01

    El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar la tolerancia de la cachama blanca, Piaractus brachypomus, a cultivos en altas densidades en sistemas cerrados. Novecientos alevines de 44,3±26 g de peso, se distribuyeron en seis tanques de concreto, con 4,8 m³ de agua. Tres tanques presentaron cero recambio de agua (SCR), y en otros tres, el agua se hizo circular a través de un bioclarificador (SRA). Ambos tratamientos presentaron fuerte aireación para mantener los sólidos en suspensión y suministrar ...

  20. Contribución al modelado unidimensional en motores de dos tiempos de altas prestaciones

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    JIMENEZ MACEDO, VICTOR DANIEL

    2013-01-01

    Un modelo de simulación presenta muchas ventajas en el campo del desarrollo de motores de combustión interna alternativos. Su utilidad es doble. Por un lado, para entender la naturaleza de los fenómenos físicos que suceden en el interior del motor, y por otro, con el fin de optimizar el diseño de los sistemas que integran el mismo. El principal objetivo de esta tesis es desarrollar un modelo de un motor de dos tiempos de 125 cc de altas prestaciones para caracterizar la fluidodinámica interna...

  1. Diseño de sistemas WIFI en trenes de alta velocidad

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    Alonso Barbero, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    En este Trabajo Fin de Grado se realiza el diseño de un sistema que proporcione acceso a internet a los usuarios en un tren de alta velocidad. Se busca conseguir un sistema inalámbrico (WIFI) que permita un gran número de conexiones simultáneas con un ancho de banda suficiente para todas ellas. En este proyecto se buscará una tecnología capaz de cumplir estos requisitos, realizando un estudio de las tecnologías disponibles actualmente (WiMAX, satélite, 3G/4G). Las diferentes tecnologías pr...

  2. La identificación de alumnos con altas habilidades: enfoques y dimensiones actuales

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    Rojo Martínez, Angela

    1996-01-01

    La tesis ha quedado estructurada en dos partes. En la primera, se desarrolla y fundamenta el marco teórico de este trabajo de investigación, desde el que se presentan los principales planteamientos conceptuales que han ayudado y están contribuyendo a definir la alta habilidad intelectual, haciendo especial hincapié en enfoques amplios y variados, que permitan que la identificación de esos sujetos se realice considerando junto a su potencial intelectual otras muchas y diferentes variables. Y l...

  3. CARCINOMA BRONQUÍOLO-ALVEOLAR: ASPECTOS NA TOMOGRAFIA COMPUTADORIZADA DE ALTA RESOLUÇÃO

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    Moreira Luiza Beatriz Melo; Marchiori Edson; Melo Alessandro Severo Alves de; Magnago Marcelo; Muniz Maria Angélica Soares; Irion Klaus

    2002-01-01

    O carcinoma bronquíolo-alveolar é um tipo de carcinoma broncogênico de crescimento insidioso, que surge nas paredes das vias aéreas distais e se dissemina utilizando o septo alveolar como um estroma, preservando a arquitetura pulmonar. Neste trabalho foram analisadas as tomografias computadorizadas de alta resolução de 17 pacientes com carcinoma bronquíolo-alveolar. Ao contrário do relatado na literatura, foram observados predomínio no sexo masculino (71%) e maior freqüência da associação das...

  4. Simulación de altas prestaciones para modelos orientados al individuo

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    Mostaccio, Diego Javier

    2007-01-01

    Existen diversos campos de la biología que necesitan realizar experimentos para estudiar el modelo de comportamiento de diferentes especies. En la presente tesis, se analizan las diferentes posibilidades de análisis en base a sistemas de simulación de altas prestaciones donde se ha desarrollado un laboratorio virtual que permite a los científicos experimentar con sus modelos y realizar pruebas mediante métodos de simulación distribuida. El modelo utilizado es un Modelo Orientado al Individuo ...

  5. ESTUDIO DE ALUMNOS DE EDUCACIÓN SECUNDARIA OBLIGATORIA CON ALTAS CAPACIDADES INTELECTUALES

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    Anda-Moreno, Verónica

    2012-01-01

    El presente Trabajo de Fin de Máster realizado para la obtención del título del Máster en Formación de Profesorado de Educación Secundaria Obligatoria, Bachillerato, Formación Profesional y Enseñanza de Idiomas, Especialidad en Física y Química, de la Universidad Internacional de La Rioja trata del estudio de Alumnos con Altas Capacidades Intelectuales de la Educación Secundaria Obligatoria del sistema educativo español. En el entorno escolar, siempre se han presentado casos de niños...

  6. Herramientas TIC para la intervención educativa en estudiantes con altas capacidades

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    Tárraga Mínguez, Raúl; Sanz-Cervera, Pilar; Pastor Cerezuela, Gemma; Fernández Andrés, María Inmaculada

    2014-01-01

    Los estudiantes con altas capacidades procesan la información de manera distinta, ya que estos poseen una elevada creatividad e implicación en la tarea. Este hecho implica la necesidad de llevar acabo una intervención educativa específica. Algunos modelos teóricos han demostrado la efectividad del uso de las TICs en la intervención de este tipo de alumnado, por lo que en el presente artículo se incluyen diferentes herramientas TIC que pueden ser de gran utilidad para los docentes. Entre estas...

  7. Altas capacidades. Propuesta de intervención para el aprendizaje de la historia

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    Gárriz Forné, Javier

    2013-01-01

    El presente estudio de carácter teórico, es una aproximación al conocimiento de las necesidades educativas del alumnado con altas capacidades intelectuales y pretende desarrollar una propuesta educativa que responda a esas necesidades, desde las ciencias sociales, concretamente desde la historia. Partiendo de la legislación vigente y teniendo en cuenta el planteamiento de algunos autores que abordan esta problemática, primero, comenzaré perfilando las características de este alumnado; pos...

  8. Alumnado con altas capacidades intelectuales: Programa de intervención

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    Arranz Melado, Luis Alfonso

    2015-01-01

    En el presente trabajo se hace un breve resumen conceptual de la literatura científica sobre las altas capacidades intelectuales. Se hace referencia a conceptos, teorías y modelos. Luego se analiza algunas de las características del alumnado con necesidades educativas especiales. Seguidamente, se hace referencia a los procedimientos y técnicas de evaluación de los estudiantes con necesidades educativas especiales. Se hace mención de las diferentes modalidades de respuesta educativa aplica...

  9. Procesos de automatización cognitiva en alumnado con altas capacidades intelectuales

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    Juan Montero-Linares; José I. Navarro-Guzmán; Manuel Aguilar-Villagrán

    2013-01-01

    Proponemos desde el enfoque del procesamiento de la información, el estudio de características cognitivas que faciliten la identificación de las altas capacidades. A tal fin, elaboramos una tarea de habilidad de segmentación silábica que, a partir del modelo propuesto por Baddeley sobre la memoria de trabajo y la distinción entre procesos automáticos y controlados, nos permitiese comprobar las diferencias en cuanto a la capacidad de automatización de la información y si los indicadores propue...

  10. Alumnos con altas capacidades intelectuales: Propuesta de Intervención

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    Cano-Aguirre, María Isabel

    2012-01-01

    En este trabajo se ha realizado una revisión bibliográfica acerca de las características de los alumnos de altas capacidades intelectuales, su funcionamiento cerebral y los proyectos que se aplican en la actualidad. En la segunda parte se ha realizado una investigación con un enfoque cualitativo en la cual se proporcionó un cuestionario a un grupo de profesionales que participan en proyectos dirigidos a este tipo de alumnado con el fin de detectar la situación actual en la que se encuentran. ...

  11. Género, adolescencia y altas capacidades : un acercamiento a la afectividad

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    González González, Leybiz

    2012-01-01

    El presente estudio fue realizado en un grupo de chicas y chicos adolescentes pertenecientes a la Asociación Onubense de Altas Capacidades ARETÉ. Sus propósitos consistieron en analizar el aspecto afectivo-relacional a través de una perspectiva de género, en la que fueron identificadas las vivencias y áreas de conflictos psicológicos, las preocupaciones, temores, satisfacciones e insatisfacciones presentes. Asimismo, se pretendió develar algunos elementos de la conformación de ...

  12. La evaluación psicopedagógica del alumnado con altas capacidades intelectuales

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    Moliner García, Odet; Comes Nolla, Gabriel; Luque, Antonio; Díaz Pareja, Elena María

    2008-01-01

    Tras un análisis de la normativa estatal y autonómica sobre la evaluación psicopedagógica del alumnado con altas capacidades intelectuales, se presentan los aspectos más relevantes que toda evaluación psicopedagógica debe contemplar para que resulte lo más eficaz posible, y permita ofrecer una respuesta educativa adecuada a dicho alumnado e identifique los recursos y apoyos que pueda precisar. Tales decisiones se concretan en el informe psicopedagógico y este artículo recoge...

  13. Alumnos con indicios de altas capacidades en Educación Infantil

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    López-Gómez, Sheila

    2012-01-01

    En las aulas se encuentran niños de altas capacidades que no han sido diagnosticados y por lo tanto no se está atendiendo a sus necesidades como se debiera. Mediante este trabajo de fin de grado se ha pretendido señalar las características principales que permiten al tutor del aula reconocer a estos alumnos y poderles derivar a los orientadores que señalarán las pautas necesarias para conseguir que el alumno se desarrolle en plenitud y se sienta integrado en el aula. Para ello se van a exp...

  14. Resultados del relevamiento de HI en el Cielo Austral: 3. Relevamiento de Nubes de Alta Velocidad

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    Morras, R.; Bajaja, E.; Arnal, E. M.; Pöppel, W. G. L.

    Los resultados del relevamiento de HI del Hemisferio Austral fueron reprocesados con el fin de incrementar su sensibilidad. Así, se utilizó esta nueva base de datos con el fin de obtener un nuevo relevamiento de Nubes de Alta Velocidad en el cielo austral. El ruido r.m.s. alcanzado es de 0.015-0.020 K, con una resolución espectral de 8 km/seg. El cubrimiento espacial del relevamiento mejora en un factor 16 al realizado por Bajaja et al (1985).

  15. Alta hospitalar do recém-nascido prematuro: experiência do pai

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    Bruna de Souza Lima Marski; Natália Custodio; Flávia Corrêa Porto de Abreu; Débora Falleiros de Melo; Monika Wernet

    2016-01-01

    RESUMO Objetivo: descrever a experiência do pai frente à alta do filho prematuro da Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal e apontar intervenções para a promoção dessa experiência. Método: pesquisa qualitativa com oito pais que adotou o Interacionismo Simbólico como referencial teórico e a pesquisa de narrativa temática como referencial metodológico. Resultados: a análise dos dados permitiu descrever a experiência do pai a partir de três unidades temáticas: 'limites para a paternidade', 'al...

  16. USO DE IMÁGENES SATELITALES DE ALTA RESOLUCIÓN PARA GENERAR CARTOGRAFÍA

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    Patricio Zavala; Carlos Zavala

    2002-01-01

    Se presenta la metodología aplicada en la ciudad de Arica, Norte de Chile, para generar cartografía de altura de construcciones, mediante el análisis digital de una imagen satelital de alta resolución. Para ello, nos basamos en el cálculo de la longitud de las sombras que se derivan de distintas edificaciones, y del azimut solar de una imagen IRS 1C, que fue remuestreada mediante convolución cúbica a 5 metros. Este trabajo está basado fundamentalmente en los logros alcanzados en el desarrollo...

  17. SAÓ, sistema de ayuda ortoépica para la lectura en voz alta del valenciano

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    Forcada, Mikel L.; Beltran i Calvo, Vicent; Segura i Llopes, Carles; Colomina i Castanyer, Jordi

    2003-01-01

    Este proyecto se propone elaborar un programa informático que ayudará a los locutores de radio y televisión y, en general, a cualquier persona, a leer el valenciano correctamente en voz alta. El sistema resultante, denominado SAÓ (sistema de ayuda ortoépica), anotará automáticamente el texto con marcas sencillas que indicarán la pronunciación correcta en algunos casos difíciles, usando un ordenador de sobremesa común. En particular, podrá ser usado para enseñar l...

  18. Impacto de la regulación ambiental en las actividades de la alta gerencia corporativa

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    Rina Tigrera Carneiro

    2003-01-01

    El presente ensayo tiene por finalidad exponer algunas consideraciones y reflexiones acerca del impacto que ha generado la regulación ambiental en las actividades de la alta gerencia corporativa. Para tal fin, fue necesario realizar una revisión documental de las distintas bibliografías, documentos y escritos especializados en el área, tanto en el ámbito nacional como latinoamericano; la cual, permitió llegar a las siguientes conclusiones: la introducción de las distintas regulaciones de índo...

  19. Computación de altas prestaciones ecológica

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    González, Lucía; Uribe, Federico; Balladini, Javier; Sánchez, Laura

    2011-01-01

    La computación de altas prestaciones ha tenido, por décadas, el único objetivo de incrementar la velocidad de procesamiento de las aplicaciones computacionalmente complejas. Dado el tamaño actual de las supercomputadoras, el consumo energético de las mismas es tan elevado que producen un tremendo impacto económico. Además, la falta de explotaci ón de las energías renovables y limpias hacen que la producción energética afecte signi- cativamente en lo ecológico y social. Estos factores nos ...

  20. Caracterizando a los consumidores en los mercados de consumo de alta frecuencia

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    Juan Carlos Gáquez Abab; Manuel Sánchez Pérez

    2007-01-01

    Los mercados de consumo de alta frecuencia presentan rasgos particulares en cuanto a la diversidad de estrategias de precio, constantes promociones en precio, publicidad masiva o estrategias de marca que hacen que la identificación de segmentos sea especialmente interesante para la empresa. En el presente trabajo se lleva a cabo un análisis de segmentación sobre datos de panel que pretende identificar cuántos segmentos existen y describir cuál es su comportamiento en relación a...

  1. Phylogenetic analysis of Melon chlorotic leaf curl virus from Guatemala: Another emergent species in the Squash leaf curl virus clade

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    Brown, J.K.

    2011-06-01

    The genome of a new bipartite begomovirus Melon chlorotic leaf curl virus from Guatemala (MCLCuV-GT) was cloned and the genome sequence was determined. The virus causes distinct symptoms on melons that were not previously observed in melon crops in Guatemala or elsewhere. Phylogenetic analysis of MCLCuV-GT and begomoviruses infecting cucurbits and other host plant species indicated that its closest relative was MCLCuV from Costa Rica (MCLCuV-CR). The DNA-A components of two isolates shared 88.8% nucleotide identity, making them strains of the same species. Further, both MCLCuV-GT and MCLCuV-CR grouped with other Western Hemisphere cucurbit-infecting species in the SLCV-clade making them the most southerly cucurbit-infecting members of the clade to date. Although the common region of the cognate components of MCLCuV-GT and MCLCuV-CR, shared similar to 96.3% nucleotide identity. While DNA-A and DNA-B components of MCLCuV-GT were less than 86% nucleotide identity with the respective DNAA and DNA-B common regions of MCLCuV-CR. The late viral genes of the two strains shared the least nt identity (<88%) while their early genes shared the highest nt identity (>90%). The collective evidence suggests that these two strains of MCLCuV are evolutionarily divergent owing in part to recombination, but also due to the accumulation of a substantial number of mutations. In addition they are differentially host-adapted, as has been documented for other cucurbit-infecting, bean-adapted, species in the SLCV clade. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. 5) Review of the Biology and Ecology of Adult Blackflies in Relation to the Transmission of Onchocerciasis in Guatemala.

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    Takaoka, Hiroyuki

    2015-11-01

    Recent studies on the biology and ecology of adult blackflies in relation to the transmission of human onchocerciasis in Guatemala are reviewed. First, earlier studies on the transmission of the disease since its discovery by Dr. R. Robles in 1915 are outlined. Second, eleven blackfly species caught on humans are evaluated for vector status on the basis of their natural and experimental infections with third-stage larvae of Onchocerca volvulus, and Simulium ochraceum,* S. metallicum* and S. callidum are confirmed as natural vectors of the disease in Guatemala in descending order of importance, whereas S. gonzalezi, S. haematopotum, S. veracruzanum and S. horacioi are potential vectors. Third, the migration and fate of O. volvulus microfilariae ingested by female blackflies are highlighted on the basis of the findings of the cibarial armature of S. ochraceum and physiological incompatibility of S. metallicum as main barriers against microfilariae, both of which greatly decrease the number of ingested O. volvulus microfilariae developing to the third-stage larvae per female. Fourth, among many ecological factors of female blackfly populations, geographical and altitudinal distributions, habits of blood feeding, host preferences for blood feeding, preference for human body parts, parous rates, daily and seasonal fluctuations of biting activities, in particular, of parous females, gonotrophic cycle, longevity, flight range, and annual transmission potential are reviewed, and their influences on the transmission dynamics of the disease agents are considered. Fifth, effects of air temperatures on the O. volvulus-S. ochraceum complex are examined, with a special reference to the characteristic altitudinal distributions of the disease. The importance of reliable identification of both the vector blackfly species and filarial larvae found in female blackflies is emphasized to understand the transmission of the disease. [*It is now known that these two species are actually

  3. Determinants of Health Service Responsiveness in Community-Based Vector Surveillance for Chagas Disease in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

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    Ken Hashimoto

    Full Text Available Central American countries face a major challenge in the control of Triatoma dimidiata, a widespread vector of Chagas disease that cannot be eliminated. The key to maintaining the risk of transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi at lowest levels is to sustain surveillance throughout endemic areas. Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras integrated community-based vector surveillance into local health systems. Community participation was effective in detection of the vector, but some health services had difficulty sustaining their response to reports of vectors from the population. To date, no research has investigated how best to maintain and reinforce health service responsiveness, especially in resource-limited settings.We reviewed surveillance and response records of 12 health centers in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras from 2008 to 2012 and analyzed the data in relation to the volume of reports of vector infestation, local geography, demography, human resources, managerial approach, and results of interviews with health workers. Health service responsiveness was defined as the percentage of households that reported vector infestation for which the local health service provided indoor residual spraying of insecticide or educational advice. Eight potential determinants of responsiveness were evaluated by linear and mixed-effects multi-linear regression. Health service responsiveness (overall 77.4% was significantly associated with quarterly monitoring by departmental health offices. Other potential determinants of responsiveness were not found to be significant, partly because of short- and long-term strategies, such as temporary adjustments in manpower and redistribution of tasks among local participants in the effort.Consistent monitoring within the local health system contributes to sustainability of health service responsiveness in community-based vector surveillance of Chagas disease. Even with limited resources, countries can improve health

  4. Encounters with History: Dealing with the ‘Present Past’ in Guatemala

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    Anika Oettler

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available During the past decade the truth commission has  risen to prominence as a key instrument of transitional justice. In this article, the Guatemalan  ‘Commission for Historical Clarification’ (CEH  and the Catholic ‘Project for the Recovery of  Historical Memory’ (REMHI are taken as examples in demonstrating the limitations as well as the  benefits of this political instrument that customarily must serve a variety of aims. The importance  of the official CEH must be seen within the context of its support for the fragile peace and reform process. Moreover, the CEH presented a historical  narrative corresponding to the concomitant need  for a multicultural national project. Threatened by  still existing local structures of repression,  REMHI used methods aimed at facilitating a social process of memory work with a fairly longterm perspective. The influence that CEH and  REMHI had or could have had on communicative  and cultural memory is described, and the politics  of reparation and persistent structures of impunity  are dealt with as well.  Resumen: Encuentros con la historia: Tratando con el ‘pasado presente’ en GuatemalaEn la última década, la comisión de la verdad ha  alcanzado una posición de prominencia como  instrumento clave de una justicia transicional. En  la demostración, en este artículo, de las limitaciones y ventajas de este instrumento político,  que sirve habitualmente a una variedad de objetivos, utilizaremos como ejemplos a la ‘Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico’ (CEH  guatemalteca y el ‘Proyecto para la Recuperación  de la Memoria Histórica’ (REMHI católico. La importancia del CEH oficial debe ser vista en el  contexto de su apoyo a los frágiles procesos de  paz y reformas. Además, la CEH presentó una  narrativa histórica que corresponde con la concomitante necesidad de un proyecto multicultural nacional. Amenazado por estructuras locales de  represión todav

  5. Geochemistry and Stable Isotopes of Tacana Volcano-Hydrothermal System, Mexico-Guatemala

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    Rouwet, D. /; Inguaggiato, S.; Taran, Y. /; Varley, N. /

    2003-12-01

    Tacana volcano (4100 m.s.n.m.), situated on the border between Chiapas (Mexico) and Guatemala is considered an active volcano. In May 1986, after a minor phreatic explosion, a fumarole field was formed at an altitude between 3200 and 3600 m.a.s.l. Around the volcano, at altitudes between 1500 and 2000 m.a.s.l., exist several thermal springs, with temperatures up to 63 degrees C. Incomplete chemical composition of the Agua Caliente thermal waters in the period 1986-1993 were presented by Medina (1986), De la Cruz-Reyna et al. (1989) and Armienta and De la Cruz-Reyna (1995), a chemical analysis of fumarole gases were published by Martini et al. (1986). This study presents the first series of isotope data of water and gases: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and helium. Data on gas and water chemistry of several thermal spring waters and gases are presented in more detail than ever. Hydrogen and oxygen isotopes of Tacana thermal spring waters show that meteoric water is the main contribution for the thermal waters. Cation geothermometry of the spring waters confirm these meteoric contribution, as all waters are immature in a dynamic system of water-rock interaction with a constant infiltration of fresh meteoric waters (precipitation of 6000 mm per year). The relatively high bicarbonate (up to 1100 ppm) and sulphate (up to 1200 ppm) concentrations in the thermal waters suggest an important degassing up to 2500 m below the volcano summit, which indicates the presence of a extended and complex volcano-hydrothermal system. Helium isotopes of free and dissolved gases confirm the existence of a magmatic contribution, so as for fumarole gases (6.6 R/Ra) as for gases sampled at the thermal springs (5.7-6.2 R/Ra for free gases and between 0.50 and 5.55 R/Ra for dissolved gases). These values are typical for gases liberated at volcanoes in clasic volcanic arcs. The lower values for the dissolved He is probably due to an interaction with the granitic basement, which can be found at

  6. Vínculos y efectos de la globalización en la organización social, económica y en la prevalencia de malaria en la Región Costera de Livingston, Guatemala Links and effects of globalization on social and economic organization and malaria prevalence in the Coastal Region of Livingston, Guatemala

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    Caro Méndez Nelson

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Debido a la creciente participación de Guatemala en los mercados globales y a las políticas emanadas de presiones internacionales, a fin de aumentar la productividad y las exportaciones, se presentan cambios sustanciales en la organización social y económica de diferentes grupos étnicos de la población con implicaciones desfavorables a la salud de grupos marginados. Se describen algunos vínculos entre los procesos económicos globales, políticas nacionales, estrategias sociales, económicas locales y prevalencia de malaria, usando como ejemplo el caso-estudio de la región costera de Livingston, Guatemala, entre el 2001 y el 2003.As a result of Guatemala's growing involvement in international markets and policies favoring industrial and export-oriented efforts, the population has experienced substantial changes in its economic and social organization, with consequences for the health and well-being of marginal groups. The article discusses various links between global processes, national policies and priorities, social and economic strategies, and malaria prevalence, with the Coastal Region of Livingston, Guatemala as the case study carried out between 2001 and 2003.

  7. Autocuidado do cuidador familiar de adultos ou idosos dependentes após a alta hospitalar

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    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta uma compreensão sobre o autocuidado do cuidador familiar segundo a teoria de Dorothea Orem. Resulta de uma pesquisa qualitativa com aporte da Teoria Fundamentada nos Dados, utilizando-se das técnicas de visita domiciliar, registro de notas de campo e entrevista semiestruturada com 11 cuidadores, após a internação de familiar em um Hospital Universitário de Minas Gerais. Foram obtidas quatro categorias, destacando uma categoria central, em torno da qual se analisaram as facilidades, dificuldades e estratégias para o autocuidado do cuidador. Entre as dificuldades, foram evidenciadas: tempo insuficiente para os cuidados com a saúde e, entre as facilidades, o apoio de outros familiares. As principais estratégias foram: apoio na fé; revezamento nos cuidados e recursos na comunidade. Concluiu-se que orientações no momento da alta e o acompanhamento de enfermagem após a alta contribuem para o autocuidado do cuidador, atuando sobre suas dificuldades e estimulando suas potencialidades.

  8. Circolazione troposferica e stratosferica media mensile e stagionale per l'analisi co .... ente della circolazione dell' alta stratosfera

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    Full Text Available La scarsità di dati a livelli superiori a 100 mb rende finora praticamenteimpossibile l'analisi sinottica della circolazione nell'alta stratosfera,a meno di sostituire i dati mancanti con altri estrapolati. Lo studio preliminaredelle circolazioni mensili e stagionali nella troposfera, nella bassa emedia stratosfera e nell'alta stratosfera ha rivelato che esse sono in certomodo interdipendenti. Ciò è posto qualitativamente in evidenza, ad esempio,dalla corrispondenza dei cunei e delle saceature delle configurazionibariclie dell'alta stratosfera con le aree oceaniche e continentali dell'EmisferoNord. Considerandole correnti a getto come sintesi delle grandi perturbazionidell'alta troposfera atte ad influire sulla struttura e circolazionedell'alta stratosfera, le conclusioni precedenti mi hanno indotto a programmareuna classificazione della struttura e della circolazione osservate, suciascuna delle stazioni aerologiche Mediterranee, in relazione alla loro posizionerispetto alle correnti a getto, onde reperire sperimentalmente le formuleche consentano una logica estrapolazione delle osservazioni correnti ai livellidesiderati.

  9. Le pèlerinage des indiens tojolabal (Chiapas-Mexique) à San Mateo Ixtatan (Guatemala), rite agricole et relations interethniques

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    This article analyzes a transborder pilgrimage, annually carried out by Tojolabal Maya populations of Mexico to Guatemala. Beyond the veneration of a god of the rain and an agricultural rite necessary to the survival of these populations of farmers, this group built or rather rebuilt its identity on the basis of migration. These pilgrims join temporarily another group of metis farmers before returning in contact with another Guatemalan Maya group, the Chuj. The course carried out and the vene...

  10. El recibimiento del Sello Real de Carlos IV en la Audiencia de Guatemala (1792: epítome y epígono de una tradición secular (The Reception of the Royal Seal of Charles IV of Spain in the Chancery Court of Guatemala, 1792: Epitome and Epigone of a Secular

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    Full Text Available Resumen: El presente artículo analiza el recibimiento del Sello Real de Carlos IV en la ciudad de Guatemala en las postrimerías del Antiguo Régimen. Nos hemos basado en la Breve Relación (1793 que compuso el fraile dominico Carlos Cadena de la que examinamos sus códigos retóricos e ideológicos. Y en la documentación expedida por la Audiencia de Guatemala que se conserva en el Archivo General de Centroamérica. En primer lugar estudiamos los antecedentes de esta ceremonia en otras ciudades americanas a partir de las descripciones publicadas hasta ahora. En la segunda parte, nos detenemos en el estudio del programa decorativo de la entrada del sello en Guatemala. Posteriormente examinamos las funciones de ingreso, manifestación pública y juramento de la insignia real. Abstract: This article studies the reception of the Royal Seal of Carlos IV in the city of Guatemala in the late eighteenth century. It is based on the Breve Relación written by Dominican father Carlos Cadena (1793. We explore the rhetorical and ideological keys of this original text. We also have used the inform send by the district court of Guatemala that has been kept on the General Archive of Central America. The paper distinguished three phases. In the first part, we explore the forgoing records of this ceremony in others American cities starting from the sixteenth century. In the second part, we focus on the study of the ephemeral decorative program. Finally we emphasized the ceremony of the entry, public exhibition and civic oath of the Royal sign.

  11. Identification of microorganisms of Phytophthora genre associated to Quercus sp. and Pinus sp. species in the provinces of Guatemala and Sacatepéquez

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    Full Text Available The mean purpose of this research was to identify microorganism belonging to Phytophthora genera which are affecting mixed natural forests and nurseries of Pinus sp. and Quercus sp. These species have economic and social impact in provinces such as Guatemala and Sacatepéquez. Soil and vegetal tissue were used to isolate Phytophthora from natural forest of Guatemala, 45 Pinus sp. and 10 Quercus sp. were sampled and from nurseries 88 Pinus sp. and 11 Quercus sp. From Sacatepéquez province, from natural forest system were sampled 48 Pinus sp. and 15 Quercus sp. From nurseries were sampled 58 Pinus sp. and 25 Quercus sp. After processing the samples from soil and roots 13 were found positive to Phytophthora sp. in Pinus maximinoi, 10 from Guatemala and three from Sacatepéquez provinces. The culture of Phytophthora sp. on PDA produced two colonies without define form and five stoloniferous, five semipetaloid, one stelade type colonies. VP16 isolate was inoculated in five species of pine for pathogenicity test, causing high percentages of incidence and severity on Pinus caribaea, P. oocarpa, P. pseudostrobus and P. maximinoi and low rates of incidence and severity on Pinus tecunumanii.

  12. Perspectivas para mejorar la salud sexual de las minorías sexuales y de identidad de género en Guatemala

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    Alonzo, Jorge; Mann, Lilli; Simán, Florence; Sun, Christina J.; Andrade, Mario; Villatoro, Guillermo; Rhodes, Scott D.

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    Resumen Las minorías sexuales y de identidad de género en Guatemala son afectadas de manera desproporcionada por el VIH y otras infecciones transmitidas sexualmente (ITS). Sin embargo, poco se sabe de los factores que contribuyen al riesgo de infección en estas minorías. Investigadores de Estados Unidos y Guatemala quisimos informarnos sobre las necesidades de salud sexual e identificar características de programas de prevención de VIH/ITS para estas minorías. Llevamos a cabo 8 grupos focales con hombres gay, bisexuales y personas transgénero y entrevistas en profundidad con líderes comunitarios. Utilizamos el Método Comparativo Constante para analizar las transcripciones. Identificamos 24 factores que influyen en la salud sexual y 16 características de programas para reducir el riesgo de VIH/ITS en estas poblaciones. La identificación de factores de conductas sexuales de riesgo y de características de programas potencialmente efectivos ofrece gran potencial para desarrollar intervenciones que contribuyan a reducir el riesgo de infección por VIH/ITS en estas minorías en Guatemala. PMID:27494000

  13. Luxómetro medidor de enfoque para señal alta de lámpara de ferrocarril

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    Ante la complejidad para la correcta instalación y verificación de las Señales Altas de Lámpara para Ferrocarril. Nace un proyecto cuyo objetivo es medir la Iluminancia de los focos de las Señales Altas y calcular el enfoque correcto de la señal. Para ello se estudio el mejor sistema para determinar la verificación de un foco de Señal Alta. Se ha logrado diseñar y construir un Luxómetro capaz de medir el enfoque de la señal. Para llevar a cabo este fin, se ha diseña...

  14. Mejoramiento genético para tolerancia a altas temperaturas y resistencia a mosaico dorado en frijol común

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    Full Text Available Mejoramiento genético para tolerancia a altas temperaturas y resistencia a mosaico dorado en frijol común. Entre 1994-95 se identificaron fuentes de frijol tolerantes a altas temperaturas mediante la evaluación de germoplasma y líneas mejoradas en Choluteca y Nacaome (≤ 50 msnm, en la región Sur de Honduras. La tolerancia al calor de los mejores genotipos fue confirmada en Geneva, Nueva York, EE.UU., bajo condiciones de invernadero con temperatura controlada (35/27 oC día/noche. Posteriormente, se realizaron cruzamientos para desarrollar líneas de grano rojo-pequeño tolerantes al calor y resistentes al VMDF y a otros factores limitantes. Las poblaciones segregantes F2-F5 fueron evaluadas por caracteres múltiples incluyendo VMDF, bacteriosis, baja fertilidad, roya, valor agronómico y valor comercial del grano. En 1998, 217 líneas F6 y F7 fueron evaluadas en el distrito de riego Lempa-Acahuapa (20 msnm, región Pacífica de El Salvador, por tolerancia a altas temperaturas y al VMDF. Estas mismas líneas se evaluaron en la localidad de Liberia, en la región Noroeste de Costa Rica, por tolerancia a altas temperaturas; y en El Zamorano, Honduras por resistencia a bacteriosis, mancha angular y roya. Se logró identificar un grupo de líneas que superaron a los testigos comerciales bajo condiciones de altas temperaturas en El Salvador y Costa Rica. Algunas de las líneas seleccionadas presentaron alta resistencia al VMDF en El Salvador, resistencia moderada a mustia en Costa Rica, y excelente comportamiento agronómico y valor comercial del grano

  15. The effects of land use change on mercury distribution in soils of Alta Floresta, Southern Amazon

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    This study presents the spatial distribution, degree of contamination and storage capacity of Hg in surface forest and pasture soils from Alta Floresta, Southern Amazon, a significant gold mining site from 1980 to 1996. During that period, average annual gold production was about 6.5 tons, with an estimated Hg annual emission to the environment of about 8.8 tons, 60-80% of it being emitted to the atmosphere. Mercury sources to the region are mining sites and gold-dealer shops at the city of Alta Floresta, where gold is smelted and commercialized. Mercury concentrations in forest soils (15-248 ng g-1, average=61.9 ng g-1) were 1.5-3.0 times higher than in pasture soils (10-74 ng g-1, average=33.8 ng g-1), suggesting strong re-mobilization after deforestation. Highest Hg concentrations were found within a distance of 20-30 km from mining sites in both soil types. The influence of the refining operations within the city of Alta Floresta, however, was less clear. Somewhat higher concentrations were observed only within a 5 km radius from the city center where gold-dealer shops are located. Wind direction controls the spatial distribution of Hg. Background concentrations (15-50 ng g-1) were generally found at the outer perimeter of the sampling grid, about 40 km from sources. This suggests that Hg released from mining and refining activities undergoes rapid deposition. Estimated cumulative Hg burdens for the first 10 cm of soil averaged 8.3 mg m-2 and 4.9 mg m-2, for forest and pasture soils respectively and compare well with ultisols and hydromorphic oxisols, but were lower than those found in yellow-red and yellow latosols and podsols from other Amazonian areas. Our results show that changing land use in the Amazon is a strong re-mobilizing agent of Hg deposited on soils from the atmosphere. - Land use change is a strong re-mobilizing agent of Hg distribution in Amazon soils

  16. Renegotiating «law and order»: judicial reform and citizen responses in post-war Guatemala Renegociando «la ley y el orden»: reforma judicial y respuesta ciudadana en la Guatemala de posguerra

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    Full Text Available This article examines reforms aimed at strengthening the rule of law in Guatemala implemented since the signing of the Peace Accords in December 1996. Despite nearly $200 millions in foreign aid to the justice sector, impunity remains the rule, the judicial process is subverted by military and criminal networks, citizen confidence in the judicial system remains low and recourse to non-judicial measures –the «privatisation of justice»– is on the increase. It is argued that the institutionally-focused approach to rule of law reform currently predominating in donor thinking ignores the historical context within which understandings of «law», «justice» and «rights» are shaped. Institutions do matter, but only by understanding the role of law in long­run processes of State formation and the dynamic, inter-subjective nature of legal interactions can we begin to understand the specificities of socio-legal change. Este artículo examina las reformas al fortalecimiento del Estado de Derecho en Guatemala implementadas desde la firma de los Acuerdos de Paz de 1996. Pese a los casi 200 millones de dólares en ayuda externa al sector judicial, la impunidad sigue siendo la norma; los procesos judiciales son socavados por redes militares y criminales; la confianza ciudadana en el sistema judicial se mantiene baja y la recurrencia a medidas fuera del sistema –«la privatización de la justicia»– va en aumento. Se cree que los enfoques que se centran en reformar las instituciones legales que actualmente predominan entre los donantes ignoran el contexto histórico específico en el que se formaron los conceptos de «ley», «justicia» y «derecho». Si bien las instituciones son importantes, solamente cuando se entienda el papel del derecho en los procesos de largo plazo de formación del Estado, así como la naturaleza dinámica de las interacciones legales, podremos comenzar a comprender las particularidades del cambio sociolegal.

  17. Recent SO2 camera and OP-FTIR field measurements in Mexico and Guatemala

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    La Spina, Alessandro; Salerno, Giuseppe; Burton, Michael

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    Between 22 and 30 November 2012 a field campaign was carried out at Mexico and Guatemala with the objectives of state the volcanic gas composition and flux fingerprints of Popocatepetl, Santiaguito, Fuego and Pacaya by exploiting simultaneously UV-camera and FTIR measurements. Gases were measured remotely using instruments sensitive to ultraviolet and infrared radiation (UV spectrometer, SO2-camera and OP-FTIR). Data collection depended on the requirements of the methodology, weather condition and eruptive stage of the volcanoes. OP-FTIR measurements were carried out using the MIDAC interferometer with 0.5 cm-1 resolution. Spectra were collected in solar occultation mode in which the Sun acts as an infrared source and the volcanic plume is interposed between the Sun and the spectrometer. At Santiaguito spectra were also collected in passive mode using the lava flow as a radiation source. The SO2-camera used for this study was a dual camera system consisting of two QS Imaging 640s cameras. Each of the two cameras was outfitted with two quartz 25mm lens, coupled with two band-pass filters centred at 310nm and at 330nm. The imaging system was managed by a custom-made software developed in LabView. The UV-camera system was coupled with a USB2000+ spectrometer connected to a QP1000-2-SR 1000 micron optical fiber with a 74-UV collimating lens. For calibration of plume imagery, images of five quartz cells containing known concentration path-lengths of SO2 were taken at the end of each sampling. Between 22 and 23 November 2012 UV-camera and FTIR observations were carried out at Popocatepetl. During the time of our observation, the volcano was characterised by pulsing degassing from the summit crater forming a whitish plume that dispersed rapidly in the atmosphere according to wind direction and speed. Data were collected from the Observatorio Atmosférico Altzomoni (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) at 4000 metre a.s.l. and at a distance of ~12 km from the volcano

  18. Recent SO2 camera and OP-FTIR field measurements in Mexico and Guatemala

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    La Spina, Alessandro; Salerno, Giuseppe; Burton, Michael

    2013-04-01

    Between 22 and 30 November 2012 a field campaign was carried out at Mexico and Guatemala with the objectives of state the volcanic gas composition and flux fingerprints of Popocatepetl, Santiaguito, Fuego and Pacaya by exploiting simultaneously UV-camera and FTIR measurements. Gases were measured remotely using instruments sensitive to ultraviolet and infrared radiation (UV spectrometer, SO2-camera and OP-FTIR). Data collection depended on the requirements of the methodology, weather condition and eruptive stage of the volcanoes. OP-FTIR measurements were carried out using the MIDAC interferometer with 0.5 cm-1 resolution. Spectra were collected in solar occultation mode in which the Sun acts as an infrared source and the volcanic plume is interposed between the Sun and the spectrometer. At Santiaguito spectra were also collected in passive mode using the lava flow as a radiation source. The SO2-camera used for this study was a dual camera system consisting of two QS Imaging 640s cameras. Each of the two cameras was outfitted with two quartz 25mm lens, coupled with two band-pass filters centred at 310nm and at 330nm. The imaging system was managed by a custom-made software developed in LabView. The UV-camera system was coupled with a USB2000+ spectrometer connected to a QP1000-2-SR 1000 micron optical fiber with a 74-UV collimating lens. For calibration of plume imagery, images of five quartz cells containing known concentration path-lengths of SO2 were taken at the end of each sampling. Between 22 and 23 November 2012 UV-camera and FTIR observations were carried out at Popocatepetl. During the time of our observation, the volcano was characterised by pulsing degassing from the summit crater forming a whitish plume that dispersed rapidly in the atmosphere according to wind direction and speed. Data were collected from the Observatorio Atmosférico Altzomoni (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) at 4000 metre a.s.l. and at a distance of ~12 km from the volcano

  19. Emigración, transformaciones sociales y cambios culinarios en la Mixteca Alta (Oaxaca, Mexico Emigracão, mudancas sociais e culinarias na Mixteca Alta (Oaxaca, Mexico

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    Full Text Available Como en otras regiones de México, los campesinos de la Mixteca Alta (Estado de Oaxaca, han dejado de depender de la agricultura ya que reciben remesas de sus parientes emigrados en los Estados Unidos. El fenómeno de la migración, presente en esta región desde hace varias décadas, ha aumentado exponencialmente en los últimos diez años. La mayoría de los adultos jóvenes dejan sus hogares, los cuales están ahora compuestos de madres e hijos o abuelos y nietos. Con el dinero de las remesas el equipo de las cocinas se ha modernizado y se han incorporado cambios técnicos en las preparaciones culinarias; se come más carne y alimentos procesados y menos verduras silvestres. Al mismo tiempo, varios programas de desarrollo impulsados por el gobierno están provocando cambios profundos sobre la economía familiar, la organización social y el papel de las mujeres. Ahora, el statuseconómico de las familias ya no depende de la extensión de sus tierras, sino del número de sus miembros trabajando en “el Norte”. No obstante, el rico patrimonio culinario de esta población sigue vivo, particularmente para las comidas festivas.Como em outras regiões do México, os indígenas da Mixteca Alta (Estado de Oaxaca quase já não vivem da agricultura, mas das remessas dos seus parentes emigrados que moram nos Estados Unidos. O fenômeno da migração, presente nessa regi­ão há varias décadas, aumentou muito nos últimos dez anos, uma vez que a maioria dos adultos jovens emigra, ficando em geral mãe e filhos ou os avôs e os netos na região natal. Com o dinheiro das remessas, essas famílias conseguem trocar os equipamentos de cozinha, modernizando-a, o que implica em mudanças técnicas nas preparações culinárias. Por outro lado, com essa melhora também se come mais carne e alimentos industrializados e menos produtos da terra. Ao mesmo tempo, vários programas de desenvolvimento incentivados pelo governo estão provocando mudan

  20. Diseño y estudio de viabilidad de una planta depuradora mediante lagunas de alta carga

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    Diseño y es tudio de viabilidad de planta depuradora Marc Fructuoso Martín mediante lagunas de alta carga Curso 2014 - 2015 1 Resumen La s lagunas de alta carga (HRAP) son una versión mejorada del sistema de depuración de aguas con lagunaje tradicional. A caballo entre las propiedades de las lagunas tradicionales y las estaciones depuradoras de agua residual (EDARs) convencionales, las HRAP ofrecen una depuración igual de eficiente que tratamien...

  1. Malária pulmonar: aspectos na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução - relato de caso

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    Rodrigues Rosana

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho é relatado o caso de paciente do sexo masculino, de 38 anos de idade, que desenvolveu quadro de malária com comprometimento pulmonar. A tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução evidenciou espessamento de septos interlobulares e de bainhas peribroncovasculares, com áreas esparsas de atenuação em vidro fosco e de consolidações, além de derrame pleural bilateral, aspectos compatíveis com edema pulmonar. O paciente recebeu tratamento específico, evoluindo bem e tendo alta 11 dias após a internação.

  2. Malária pulmonar: aspectos na tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução - relato de caso

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    Neste trabalho é relatado o caso de paciente do sexo masculino, de 38 anos de idade, que desenvolveu quadro de malária com comprometimento pulmonar. A tomografia computadorizada de alta resolução evidenciou espessamento de septos interlobulares e de bainhas peribroncovasculares, com áreas esparsas de atenuação em vidro fosco e de consolidações, além de derrame pleural bilateral, aspectos compatíveis com edema pulmonar. O paciente recebeu tratamento específico, evoluindo bem e tendo alta 11 di...

  3. First record of Hesperolabops nigriceps Reuter (Hemiptera: Miridae) on Opuntia ficus-indica in Milpa Alta, Mexico City.

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    Palomares-Pérez, Martín; Rodríguez-Leyva, Esteban; Brailovsky, Harry; Ramírez-Alarcón, Samuel

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    In recent years a species of Hesperolabops has become a problem as a pest of nopalitos, Opuntia ficus-indica, in Milpa Alta, in the south of Mexico City, which is the most important production region of this vegetable in the country. A survey of Hesperolabops in Milpa Alta has resulted in the first report of Hesperolabops nigriceps Reuter. This occurrence should be monitored and considered in future studies in order to avoid misidentification of Hesperolabops spp. Kirkaldy native populations there, and to avoid the confusion of the damage that may be caused on O. ficus-indica.

  4. Manifestações e prevalência de bullyng entre alunos com altas habilidades/superdotação

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    Marcília de Morais Dalosto; Eunice Maria Lima Soriano de Alencar

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    Este estudo teve como objetivo investigar o envolvimento de alunos com altas habilidades/superdotação com a prática de bullying, tendo como base os papéis assumidos por eles na condição de vítima, agressor e/ou testemunha. Participaram da pesquisa 118 alunos oriundos de escolas públicas (107) e escolas particulares (11) que frequentavam um programa para estudantes com altas habilidades/superdotação, oferecido pela Secretaria de Estado de Educação do Distrito Federal. Para a coleta de dados, f...

  5. Digestibilidad de garbanzo, maíz alta calidad proteica y frijol quebrado en tilapia Oreochromis niloticus

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    Montoya Mejía, Magnolia

    2014-01-01

    El garbanzo, maíz de alta calidad proteica y frijol quebrado, son cereales y leguminosas de gran producción en la región de Sinaloa, al momento de la cosecha algunos granos se quiebran y estos son considerados como granos de segunda, estos pueden ser utilizados como ingredientes en la formulación de alimentos balanceados para la acuicultura. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue determinar la digestibilidad de garbanzo, maíz de alta calidad proteica y frijol quebrado in vivo en ...

  6. Diseño de un programa de intervención con alumnos de altas capacidades: Optimismo

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    Martínez San José, Bárbara

    2015-01-01

    Este documento presenta un proyecto de intervención para favorecer el optimismo en alumnos con altas capacidades en edades comprendidas entre 12 y 16 años. En un primer momento se han expuesto los objetivos a conseguir con este trabajo. Seguidamente, se han definido con los conceptos de altas capacidades y de optimismo y sentido positivo. Así mismo, se ha explicado en qué contexto y que objetivos tendrá el programa de intervención de optimismo en sí, y se ha desarrollado con diversas activida...

  7. Perfil y necesidades de alumnos universitarios con altas capacidades en la Universidad de Málaga. Datos iniciales

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    Fernández Molina, Milagros

    2016-01-01

    La investigación sobre la presencia en las Universidad de alumnos con altas capacidades intelectuales es muy escasa, constituyendo un tema de estudio de importante proyección. Apenas hay publicaciones o informes sobre el acceso a los estudios superiores del alumnado con alta capacidad, el perfil personal e intelectual que presenta, las necesidades que tiene durante su trayectoria universitaria, la tasa de abandonos o de éxito en los estudios universitarios que elige, etc. En este trabajo se p...

  8. The Mexican political fracture and the 1954 coup in Guatemala (The beginnings of the cold war in Latin America

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    Loaeza, Soledad

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This article challenges two general assumptions that have guided the study of Mexican foreign policy in the last four decades. First, that from this policy emerges national consensus; and, secondly that between Mexico and the US there is a “special relation” thanks to which Mexico has been able to develop an autonomous foreign policy. The two assumptions are discussed in light of the impact on Mexican domestic politics of the 1954 USsponsored military coup against the government of government of Guatemala. In Mexico, the US intervention reopened a political fracture that had first appeared in the 1930’s, as a result of President Cárdenas’radical policies that divided Mexican society. These divisions were barely dissimulated by the nationalist doctrine adopted by the government. The Guatemalan Crisis brought some of them into the open. The Mexican President, Adolfo Ruiz Cortines’ priority was the preservation of political stability. He feared the US government might feel the need to intervene in Mexico to prevent a serious disruption of the status quo. Thus, Ruiz Cortines found himself in a delicate position in which he had to solve the conflicts derived from a divided elite and a fractured society, all this under the pressure of US’ expectations regarding a secure southern border.Este artículo ofrece una discusión crítica de dos presupuestos generales que han orientado el estudio de la política exterior mexicana en las últimas cuatro décadas. Primero, que la política exterior es forjadora de un consenso nacional; y segundo, que entre México y Estados Unidos existe una relación especial que le ha permitido a México desarrollar una política exterior independiente. Ambos presupuestos se analizan a la luz del impacto del golpe militar que patrocinó el gobierno de Estados Unidos contra el gobierno de Guatemala en 1954. En México, la intervención de Estados Unidos en Guatemala provocó la reapertura de una fractura pol

  9. A expansão da consciência e a alta frequência cerebral

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    Moura, Gilda

    2002-01-01

    O estudo clínico e eletroencefalográfico das pessoas que vivem experiências excepcionais, quer relacionado a fenômenos de cura, paranormalidade, ingestão de psicoativos ou a fenômenos associados aos OVNIS, nos levou a encontrar uma onda Beta de 40 Hz, como o elo de ligação entre todos os fenômenos. Além dessa constatação verificou-se nas pessoas pertencentes ao grupo com experiência com o fenômeno OVNI, uma onda Beta de fequência ainda mais alta ou Gama, localizada nos frontais e associada a ...

  10. La arquitectura de los despoblados moriscos en los valles de la Marina Alta.

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    SOLER ESTRELA, ALBA

    2009-01-01

    La tesis realiza el estudio arquitectónico de los núcleos de población de origen islámico y mudéjar, que quedaron abandonados tras la expulsión de los moriscos, en el ámbito geográfico de los Valles de la Marina Alta (Alicante). El método desarrollado se inscribe en la línea de los estudios e investigaciones relacionadas con el conocimiento para la conservación del patrimonio arquitectónico. A partir de una lectura arquitectónica basada en la observación directa de las edificaciones se realiz...

  11. Estudio de la fiabilidad mediante ensayos acelerados de diodos ultravioletas de alta potencia

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    Segura Antúnez, César

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    Durante los últimos años la utilización de los LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) ha aumentado de forma muy importante siendo hoy en día una alternativa real a los sistemas de iluminación tradicionales. La iluminación basada en LEDs se está utilizando ampliamente en automoción, arquitectura, aplicaciones domésticas y señalización debido a su alta fiabilidad, pequeño tamaño y bajo consumo. La evaluación de la fiabilidad de los LEDs es un tema clave previo a la comercialización o a la puesta en...

  12. Tránsito de la onda de choque en canales de alta pendiente

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    MONTOYA V., JUAN DAVID; TORO B., MAURICIO; CARVAJAL S., LUIS FERNANDO; VÉLEZ U., JAIME IGNACIO

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    El presente trabajo investiga la aplicación del tránsito de la onda cinemática con ajuste de la onda de choque en el caso del tránsito hidráulico (unidimensional) en canales de alta pendiente; se considera éste como un primer acercamiento al tema del tránsito de ondas o hidrógrafas de rápido crecimiento, asociadas al rompimiento de presas o a eventos hidrológicos extremos. Bajo esta premisa se pretende implementar una teoría hidráulica que aproxime una solución numérica al tránsito de flujo...

  13. Transito de la onda de choque en canales de alta pendiente

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    Montoya Velilla, Juan David; Toro Botero, Francisco Mauricio; Carvajal Serna, Luis Fernando; Vélez Upegui, Jaime Ignacio

    2006-01-01

    El presente trabajo investiga la aplicación del tránsito de la onda cinemática con ajuste de la onda de choque en el caso del tránsito hidráulico (unidimensional) en canales de alta pendiente; se considera éste como un primer acercamiento al tema del tránsito de ondas o hidrógrafas de rápido crecimiento, asociadas al rompimiento de presas o a eventos hidrológicos extremos. Bajo esta premisa se pretende implementar una teoría hidráulica que aproxime una solución numérica al tránsito de flujo n...

  14. Firing with compressed air at very high pressure; Disparo con aire comprimido a muy alta presion

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    Saez Garcia, E.; Margareto Garcia, J.L.; Millan Echevarria, J.L.; Embil Martinez, E. [Escuela Tecnia Superior de Ingenieros Mineros, Oviedo (Spain)

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    This article recounts the experiments executed in Hunosa`s Montsacro pit on the application of the DAMAP (Disparo can aire comprimido a muy alta presion - Firing with compressed air at very high pressure) process to the horizontal, sloping and caving seams or horizontal sublevels mining method usually used by Hunosa for thick and vertical seams. The project met the approval of Ocicarbon who participated with finance. Mescek Coal Mines also participated with their knowledge of DAMAP from mining in Hungary and provided the necessary equipment, technical assistance and training for Hunosa personnel. The project lasted for 14 months, comprising three phases: receipt, assembling of the equipment, and two months of system testing; 10 months of experiments to discern the possibilities offered by DAMAP technology in horizontal sublevels; and compilation of a report recounting the experience and results of the project. 3 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Organic agriculture in the municipality of Alta Floresta-MT: case study on family based properties

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    Inês Caroline de Lima Proença

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    Full Text Available Family farming has distinct characteristics in their organization and reproduction, such as the use of labor, family labor, the smallest territorial dimension of the plant and crop diversity. Organic agriculture has great potential for family farms, establishing more harmonious relationships between natural ecosystems and agricultural activities. In this context, this paper aims to study five units of organic farming family based in the municipality of Alta Floresta, state of Mato Grosso, making the general characterization of it and trying to identify the reality and the difficulties faced by these farmers. Data were made from semi-structured interviews and observation. It was found that the lack of technical assistance, the lack of access to rural credit facilities and lack of family labor are limiting factors that directly interfere with the management of agroecosystems. Furthermore, the great diversity of species managed is a key success factor in seeking and maintaining the stability of agroecosystems.

  16. Amplificador de potencia de alta eficiencia en la banda de 2.6 GHz

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    Mendiguchia Gutiérrez, Hugo

    2015-01-01

    La evolución hacia formatos de modulación digital con altas tasas de transmisión de datos por unidad de ancho de banda, típica de las nuevas generaciones de sistemas de comunicaciones inalámbricas (el caso de 4G), impone fuertes requisitos de linealidad en el diseño de los esquemas de transmisión. La manipulación sin distorsión de señales con una envolvente muy variable y valores para su relación potencia pico a potencia promedio (PAPR de sus siglas en inglés) tan altos como 10 dB, impone ade...

  17. Photoelectrochemical evidence of nitrogen incorporation during anodizing sputtering--deposited Al-Ta alloys.

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    Zaffora, A; Santamaria, M; Di Franco, F; Habazaki, H; Di Quarto, F

    2016-01-01

    Anodic films were grown to 20 V on sputtering-deposited Al-Ta alloys in ammonium biborate and borate buffer solutions. According to glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, anodizing in ammonium containing solution leads to the formation of N containing anodic layers. Impedance measurements did not evidence significant differences between the dielectric properties of the anodic films as a function of the anodizing electrolyte. Photoelectrochemical investigation allowed evidencing that N incorporation induces a red-shift in the light absorption threshold of the films due to the formation of allowed localized states inside their mobility gap. The estimated Fowler threshold for the internal photoemission processes of electrons resulted to be independent of the anodizing electrolyte confirming that N incorporation does not appreciably affect the density of states distribution close to the conduction band mobility edge. The transport of photogenerated carriers has been rationalized according to the Pai-Enck model of geminate recombination.

  18. [The prevention of caries in Alta Val di Cecina--Volterra: a longitudinal study].

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    Benetti, G L; Dini, M; Rossetti, L

    1993-01-01

    The authors present the results of three years' activity relating to "caries' prevention" in comparison with data concerning the research of previous five years. The average and standard deviations of DMFT values with regard to the permanent teeth and dmft concerning the deciduous ones, obtained from the dental visit of 222 children attending the 1st and the 3rd class of the primary school and 1st class of the secondary school, has demonstrated a statistically significant reduction of caries, compared with data concerning 749 pupils of the same standards in the period from 1984 to 1988. This fact confirms that the programme defined by U.S.L. n. 15 "Alta Val di Cecina", including sanitary education for children of primary school with their parents and teachers, besides dental examinations to the filter classes, is a valid instrument to obtain the reduction of carious' pathology in evolutive age. PMID:8265461

  19. Viceregal furniture from Oaxaca carried out in zumaque. The marquetry of Villa Alta

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    Corrales, Juan Manuel

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available During the Viceregal period, the Mexican region of Oaxaca was a major furniture production center. Among the diverse Oaxacan works those executed in a technique specific to the mountain region commonly known as zumaque stand out. These pieces made in the Villa Alta de San Ildefonso during the 17th to 19th centuries are limited to certain types of civil furniture: writing desks, papeleras, little desks and chests for female use, coffers, little chests and boxes. This article offers the most recent and complete research on the subject and deals with the problematic terminology, the origins of this production center, the diverse construction and decorative techniques utilized and the analytic study of the wood and fillers employed.La región mexicana de Oaxaca, durante el periodo virreinal, fue un gran centro productor de muebles. De entre los diversos trabajos oaxaqueños destacan los realizados con una técnica particular de la zona serrana denominada, comúnmente, zumaque. Estas producciones realizadas en la Villa Alta de San Ildefonso, entre los siglos XVII al XIX, se limitan exclusivamente a ciertas tipologías de muebles civiles; escritorios, papeleras, escritorillos o arquillas de estrado, arcas, arquetas y cajas. Este artículo presenta la investigación más reciente y completa sobre el tema adentrándose en la problemática terminológica, los orígenes del centro productor, las diversas técnicas constructivas y decorativas empleadas así como el estudio analítico de sus maderas y la pasta de relleno.

  20. Etnoarcheologia dei paesaggi alpini di alta quota nelle Alpi occidentali: un bilancio preliminare

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    Francesco Carrer

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Lo studio dell’interazione tra gruppi umani e ambiente montano è centrale nell’attuale ricerca archeologica. L’etnoarcheologia contribuisce analizzando questa interazione nei contesti moderni e contemporanei, con lo scopo di creare modelli analogici per interpretare il passato e di comprendere più a fondo le strategie umane storiche e attuali. Il progetto EthWAL (Etnoarcheologia dei paesaggi alpini di alta quota nelle Alpi occidentali, nato nel 2013, si pone come punto di riferimento per lo studio delle attività umane nelle alte quote alpine in epoca moderna e contemporanea. È un progetto multidisciplinare (unisce i metodi archeologici a quelli etnografici e storiografici, alle analisi spaziali e alle analisi dei suoli e multiscalare (dalla piccola alla grande scala. Particolare attenzione è data alle capanne pastorali tradizionali. I risultati di questo progetto saranno utili all’archeologia e permetteranno la valorizzazione delle caratteristiche culturali dei paesaggi di alta montagna. The study of the interaction between human groups and mountain environment is crucial for archaeological research. Ethnoarchaeology contributes the analysis of this interaction in modern and contemporary contexts, aimed at creating analogical models for interpreting the past and understanding human strategies in historical and modern periods. The EthWAL project (Ethnoarchaeology of Western Alpine upland Landscapes, started in 2013, and aims to be a reference for the study of human activities in the alpine uplands during the modern and contemporary age. This is a multidisciplinary (associating archaeological methods to ethnography, historiography, spatial analysis and soil analysis and multiscalar project (small to large scale. Specific attention is given to traditional pastoral huts. The results of this project will be useful for archaeology and contribute to the management of cultural heritage in high altitude landscapes.

  1. Impacto de la regulación ambiental en las actividades de la alta gerencia corporativa

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    Rina Tigrera Carneiro

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available El presente ensayo tiene por finalidad exponer algunas consideraciones y reflexiones acerca del impacto que ha generado la regulación ambiental en las actividades de la alta gerencia corporativa. Para tal fin, fue necesario realizar una revisión documental de las distintas bibliografías, documentos y escritos especializados en el área, tanto en el ámbito nacional como latinoamericano; la cual, permitió llegar a las siguientes conclusiones: la introducción de las distintas regulaciones de índole ambiental y la variable ambiente han causado en el ámbito corporativo y en su alta dirección cambios significativos en la forma de hacer negocios. Dichos cambios, requieren actividades gerenciales desarrolladas con tecnologías verdes que sean capaces de prevenir problemas ambientales a través de estrategias de producción, operabilidad y funcionamiento menos lesivas, lo cual supone por un lado, un sustancial desembolso, que tal vez, muchas organizaciones no estén en capacidad de sufragar; y por otra, una forma de alcanzar ventaja competitiva que influirían decisivamente en la imagen corporativa, en la calidad del producto, su costo, comercialización y exportación. De igual manera, la inserción de la dimensión ambiente, debe implicar para la gerencia un nuevo estado de conciencia que sea la guía que geste transformaciones profundas en patrones de conductas, valores, aptitudes y afectos que propicien un rol ecológico ambientalista en lo interno y externo de la empresa y por ende en la comunidad global.

  2. Cultivo de cachama blanca en altas densidades y en dos sistemas cerrados

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    Germán Poleo

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar la tolerancia de la cachama blanca, Piaractus brachypomus, a cultivos en altas densidades en sistemas cerrados. Novecientos alevines de 44,3±26 g de peso, se distribuyeron en seis tanques de concreto, con 4,8 m³ de agua. Tres tanques presentaron cero recambio de agua (SCR, y en otros tres, el agua se hizo circular a través de un bioclarificador (SRA. Ambos tratamientos presentaron fuerte aireación para mantener los sólidos en suspensión y suministrar aire. Los peces se alimentaron a saciedad con pienso comercial por 192 días. Los parámetros de calidad de agua como: oxígeno disuelto, amonio total, nitritos, nitratos, alcalinidad, dureza, temperatura y pH, se midieron semanalmente. Los peces en el SCR crecieron a una tasa de 2,34±0,05 g por día, y tuvieron conversión alimenticia de 1,5±0,06, densidad final de 12,96±0,53 kg m-3, y peso final de 449,5±99 g. En el SRA, los peces crecieron 2,33±0,03 g por día, con conversión alimenticia de 1,6±0,07, densidad final de 12,13±1,12 kg m-3, y peso final de 446,5±10 g. La cachama blanca puede ser cultivada en sistemas cerrados con cero recambio de agua en altas densidades.

  3. Knowledge of HIV transmission and condom use among HIV-positive heterosexual men and women in Guatemala

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    Delgado Hurtado Juan J

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Guatemala among the general population is 0.79%, and 94% of transmission is directly related to sexual contact. Studies have been conducted on high- prevalence HIV-positive populations (men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers and prisoners. Heterosexual transmission has gained importance in the epidemic in Central America. To our knowledge, no study addressing knowledge of mechanisms of HIV transmission and condom use has been done on HIV-positive heterosexual men and women. Methods A closed-ended structured interview that addressed knowledge of mechanisms of HIV transmission and condom use was conducted on 283 heterosexual HIV-positive men (54.8% and women (45.2% outpatients who attend the Roosevelt Hospital's Clinic of Infectious Diseases in Guatemala City. Differences between selected characteristics were examined for significance using the Chi-square test. A multiple logistic regression was done to determine socio-demographic variables associated with inconsistent condom use. Results Of the interviewed persons, 68.5% were either living with a partner or married, and 94.3% were currently using antiretroviral therapy. Most respondents knew the mechanisms of transmission of HIV. 81.7% and 87.3% reported always using a condom with their regular and casual sexual partner in the past year, respectively. There was no statistically difference in condom use according to the patient's formal education, gender, type of partner (regular or casualor number of sexual partners. According to the interviewees, 72% of sexual partners in the past year were either HIV negative or of an unknown serostatus. Potentially, these HIV-negative persons are at risk of contracting the virus. Among the main reasons given for not using a condom were: "my partner did not want to use a condom"; and "the condom irritates or makes my partner uncomfortable". Conclusions Since no socio-demographic or sexual behavior

  4. Museo Nacional y museos privados en Guatemala: patrimonio y patrimonialización. Un siglo de intentos y frustraciones

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    Casaús Arzú, Marta Elena

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available During the 19th century most Latin American countries promoted the foundation of national museums (containing their own archeology, anthropology, and ethnology as a means of fostering state building and laying the foundations for the homogenization of the nation. Such institutions sought to promote the civic education of the citizenry, the recovery of memory and the construction of a common past allowing for the formation of a national identity. The case of Guatemala, however, stands out for its uniqueness and its tendency to go in the opposite direction: to deny the Maya past, not to accept the principle of a homogeneous nation, and to leave the foundation of the first National Musem, in the 19th century, in the hands of the Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País. The construction of archeological museums was later left to private initiative, thereby generating a process of patrimonalization of culture and, at the same time, a privatization of the national patrimony.

    A lo largo del siglo XIX la mayoría de los países de América Latina impulsaron la creación de museos nacionales (que incluían la propia arqueología, antropología y etnología como uno de los vehículos para promover la construcción de los estados nacionales y para sentar las bases de la homogenización de la nación, entendiendo esas instituciones como lugares destinados a la educación cívica de los ciudadanos, la recuperación de la memoria y la construcción de un pasado común que permitieran la formación de una identidad nacional. El caso de Guatemala, sin embargo, destaca por su singularidad y su tendencia a ir en dirección inversa: negar el pasado histórico maya, no aceptar el principio de nación homogénea y dejar en manos de la Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, en el siglo XIX, la construcción del primer Museo Nacional y, posteriormente, en manos de la iniciativa privada la construcción de los museos de arqueología, generándose con ello un

  5. Decision 2010-021 : TransAlta Wind Ardenville wind plant and substation : application no. 1604970, proceeding ID 260

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    TransAlta Wind, a wholly owned subsidiary of TransAlta Corporation, filed an application in April 2009 to construct and operate the Ardenville wind farm and substation in Alberta. The wind farm consists of 23 wind turbines, each rated at 3 MW, for a total installed capacity of 69 MW. The wind farm would be connected to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System at the substation. TransAlta anticipates that a new 138-kV transmission line will be required and has contacted the transmission facilities for the future applications. The Alberta Utilities Commission issued a notice to all interested parties and landholders within 2 km of the proposed wind farm. Two residents raised concerns regarding the use of fossil fuels and alternative fuels, ecological impacts and aesthetic impacts of wind farms and land values. Upon review of information, the Commission was satisfied that approval of the application was in the public interest and that the wind farm complies with all regulatory requirements, including sound levels. Pursuant to sections 11, 14 and 15 of the Hydro and Electric Energy Act, the Commission approved the application and granted approval to TransAlta Wind to construct and operate the Ardenville wind power plant and substation.

  6. Cytological mechanisms of interspecific incrossability and hybrid sterility between Oryza sativa L. and O.alta Swallen

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    FU XueLin; LU YongGen; LIU XiangDong; Li JinQuan; Feng JiuHuan

    2007-01-01

    Oryza sativa and O. alta belong to AA and CCDD genomes in Oryza, respectively. Interspecific reproductive isolation limits the transfer of favorable genes from O. alta into O. sativa. The cytological mechanisms of interspecific incrossability and hybrid sterility between O. sativa and O. alta were studied systematically in this paper. We indentified two cytological causes of interspecific incrossability. First, we observed embryo sac incompatibility that caused fertilization barriers of variable severity such as non-fertilization, fertilization stagnation and egg cell single-fertilization. Second, we observed hybrid inviability, the major cause for incrossability, apparent from hybrid embryo developmental stagnation and embryo abortion. Hybrid sterility included both embryo sac sterility and pollen sterility.The hybrid embryo sac was completely sterile and exhibited mainly embryo sac degeneration. Hybrid pollen was also sterile and mainly typical abortive. Hybrid sterility was mainly caused by severely abnormal meioses of megasporocytes and pollen mother cells; it is the most important abnormality, being chromosome sterility. Several methods are suggested to overcome the interspecific reproductive isolation between O. sativa and O. alta.

  7. Seguimiento de pacientes dados de alta de un hospital de día para adolescentes.Estudio descriptivo.

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudio descriptivo del Hospital de Día para Adolescentes de Gavà (Barcelona a partir de una encuesta ad hoc que se administró al ingreso, al alta y, posteriormente, a los seis meses y al año.

  8. Interannual water level variations in Lake Izabal, Guatemala, Centroamerica, using radar altimetry and its relationship with oceanographic features

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    Medina, C.; Gomez-Enri, J.; Alonso, J.; Villares, P.; Arias, M.; Catalan, M.; Labrador, I.

    2007-10-01

    It is well known that ocean-atmosphere dynamic affects the weather conditions over the continents and the ocean itself. The hydrologic cycle is driven by climatic parameters like precipitation, temperature, evaporation, winds and humidity. Hence, the river's water discharges and lake water level variations are impelled by climatic conditions also. Lake Izabal is the largest one in Guatemala; its main tributary is the Polochic River. Its level is related to the Polochic Rivers runoff and therefore to the precipitation/evaporation over its catchment area. The Lake Izabal water level fluctuations are driven by the annual cycle of rainy and dry seasons. In this study the ENVISAT RA-2 Geophysical Data Records orbits over the lake, coupled with in-situ measurements are used in order to determine and characterize the lake level fluctuations. The precipitation records over the lake's catchment area are also analyzed. In addition, some relationships of the lake level interannual variations with the climate indexes of Southern Oscillation Index SOI and the Tropical North Atlantic NATL were investigated. The main result is that the abrupt lake level rise in July 2006 is correlated to an abnormal precipitation in June 2006. Theoretically, this was forced by "La Nina" Southern Oscillation events during early 2006.

  9. A model of the 4000-year paleohydrology (δ18O) record from Lake Salpetén, Guatemala

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    Rosenmeier, Michael F.; Brenner, Mark; Hodell, David A.; Martin, Jonathan B.; Curtis, Jason H.; Binford, Michael W.

    2016-03-01

    A simple mass-balance model provides insights into the influence of catchment vegetation changes and climate variability on the hydrologic and stable oxygen isotope (δ18O) evolution of Lake Salpetén, in the Maya Lowlands of northern Guatemala. Model simulations for the last 4000 years incorporate pollen-inferred changes in vegetation cover and account for 75% of the variance observed in the biogenic carbonate δ18O record from a long lake sediment core. Vegetation-driven hydrologic changes, however, failed to capture the full range of late Holocene sediment core δ18O variability. The model requires incorporation of additional shifts in catchment vegetation cover, inclusion of regional precipitation changes, or likely both, to explain the fluctuations observed in the lake core oxygen isotope record. Climatic interpretation of the model results suggests that there was relatively greater moisture availability between about 2400 and 1800 years ago, but increased δ18O values centered at ~ 3300, 2900, 500, and 200 calendar years before present (cal yr BP) indicate abrupt precipitation decreases. There is evidence for protracted aridity between 1500 and 800 cal yr BP.

  10. Two Holocene paleofire records from Peten, Guatemala: Implications for natural fire regime and prehispanic Maya land use

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    Anderson, Lysanna; Wahl, David B.

    2015-01-01

    Although fire was arguably the primary tool used by the Maya to alter the landscape and extract resources, little attention has been paid to biomass burning in paleoenvironmental reconstructions from the Maya lowlands. Here we report two new well-dated, high-resolution records of biomass burning based on analysis of macroscopic fossil charcoal recovered from lacustrine sediment cores. The records extend from the early Holocene, through the full arc of Maya prehistory, the Colonial, and post-Colonial periods (~ 9000 cal yr BP to the present). (Hereafter BP) The study sites, Lago Paixban and Lago Puerto Arturo, are located in northern Peten, Guatemala. Results provide the first quantitative analysis from the region demonstrating that frequent fires have occurred in the closed canopy forests since at least the early Holocene (~ 9000 BP), prior to occupation by sedentary agriculturalists. Following the arrival of agriculture around 4600 BP, the system transitioned from climate controlled to anthropogenic control. During the Maya period, changes in fire regime are muted and do not appear to be driven by changes in climate conditions. Low charcoal influx and fire frequency in the Earliest Preclassic period suggest that land use strategies may have included intensive agriculture much earlier than previously thought. Preliminary results showing concentrations of soot/black-carbon during the middle and late Preclassic periods are lower than modern background values, providing intriguing implications regarding the efficiency of Maya fuel consumption.

  11. Does consumption of processed foods explain disparities in the body weight of individuals? The case of Guatemala.

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    Asfaw, Abay

    2011-02-01

    Overweight/obesity, caused by the 'nutrition transition', is identified as one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable mortality. The nutrition transition in developing countries is associated with a major shift from the consumption of staple crops and whole grains to highly and partially processed foods. This study examines the contribution of processed foods consumption to the prevalence of overweight/obesity in Guatemala using generalized methods of moments (GMM) regression. The results show that all other things remaining constant, a 10% point increase in the share of partially processed foods from the total household food expenditure increases the BMI of family members (aged 10 years and above) by 3.95%. The impact of highly processed foods is much stronger. A 10% point increase in the share of highly processed food items increases the BMI of individuals by 4.25%, ceteris paribus. The results are robust when body weight is measured by overweight/obesity indicators. These findings suggest that increasing shares of partially and highly processed foods from the total consumption expenditure could be one of the major risk factors for the high prevalence of overweight/obesity in the country. PMID:20029821

  12. Do grandparents compete with or support their grandchildren? In Guatemala, paternal grandmothers may compete, and maternal grandmothers may cooperate

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    Sheppard, Paula; Sear, Rebecca

    2016-01-01

    Previous research has found that the presence of grandparents, particularly grandmothers, is often positively associated with child survival. Little research has explored the potential mechanisms driving these associations. We use data from rural Guatemala to test whether contact with and direct investment (advice and financial) from grandparents is associated with child health, proxied by height. Our results demonstrate the complexity of family relationships and their influence on child health, suggesting that both cooperative and competitive relationships exist within the family. The clearest evidence we find for grandparental influence is that having a living paternal grandmother tends to be negatively associated with child height. By contrast, contact with maternal kin appears broadly to be beneficial for child height, although these relationships are weaker. These patterns are mirrored in maternal body mass index, suggesting grandparental influence acts partly through maternal health. These findings support the hypotheses that, under conditions of limited resources, family relationships may be competitive within the family lineage which shares the same resource base, but cooperative when there are few costs to cooperation. Finally, financial assistance from maternal grandfathers is positively correlated with infant length but negatively with the height of older children, perhaps because the receipt of financial support is an indication of need. The provision of advice shows no associations with child height. PMID:27152221

  13. Availability, prices and affordability of the World Health Organization’s essential medicines for children in Guatemala

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    2012-01-01

    Background Several World Health Organization (WHO) initiatives aim to improve the accessibility of safe and effective medicines for children. A first step in achieving this goal is to obtain a baseline measure of access to essential medicines. The objective of this project was to measure the availability, prices, and affordability of children’s medicines in Guatemala. Methods An adaption of the standardized methodology developed by the World Health Organization and Health Action International (HAI) was used to conduct a cross sectional survey to collect data on availability and final patient prices of medicines in public and private sector medicine outlets during April and May of 2010. Results A subset of the public sector, Programa de Accesibilidad a los Medicamentos (PROAM), had the lowest average availability (25%) compared to the private sector (35%). In the private sector, highest and lowest priced medicines were 22.7 and 10.7 times more expensive than their international reference price comparison. Treatments were generally unaffordable, costing as much as 15 days wages for a course of ceftriaxone. Conclusions Analysis of the procurement, supply and distribution of specific medicines is needed to determine reasons for lack of availability. Improvements to accessibility could be made by developing an essential medicines list for children and including these medicines in national purchasing lists. PMID:22747646

  14. Jadeitite formed during subduction: Zircon geochronology constraints from two different tectonic events on the Guatemala Suture Zone

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    Flores, K. E.; Martens, U.; Harlow, G. E.; Brueckner, H. K.

    2012-12-01

    Jadeitite is a rare rock type associated with high-pressure—low-temperature blocks from serpentinite matrix mélange. Evolving models of formation involve precipitation from subduction zone aqueous fluids in veins cutting the overlying mantle wedge or metasomatism of channel blocks emplaced into it [1]. Age determination of the mélanges is based on dating included rocks for "peak metamorphism" or constituent minerals, such as micas by Ar-Ar, which may only provide exhumation constraints. New SHRIMP-RG 238U-206Pb dates from metasomatic/solution-precipitate zircons in jadeitites and mica-albite rocks from Guatemala combined with other recently reported dates show (a) older mean ages that are a clear evidence for jadeitite crystallization 10-30 Ma prior to peak subduction zone metamorphism (e.g., crystallization of eclogite), and (b) a second group of younger mean ages slightly younger or similar to exhumation ages given by Ar-Ar dates from micas. These age relationships are also observed at other jadeitite localities, such as Sym-Keu ultramafic complex in the Polar Urals (Russia) and the serpentinite mélanges of the Río San Juan complex (Dominican Republic). The data argue for formation of jadeitite in the non-subducting mantle wedge during active subduction. Thus, jadeitite provides a record of fluid introduction into the mantle wedge during subduction rather than during exhumation. Reference: [1] Tsujimori & Harlow 2012, Eur. J. Mineral. 24, 371-390.

  15. Do grandparents compete with or support their grandchildren? In Guatemala, paternal grandmothers may compete, and maternal grandmothers may cooperate.

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    Sheppard, Paula; Sear, Rebecca

    2016-04-01

    Previous research has found that the presence of grandparents, particularly grandmothers, is often positively associated with child survival. Little research has explored the potential mechanisms driving these associations. We use data from rural Guatemala to test whether contact with and direct investment (advice and financial) from grandparents is associated with child health, proxied by height. Our results demonstrate the complexity of family relationships and their influence on child health, suggesting that both cooperative and competitive relationships exist within the family. The clearest evidence we find for grandparental influence is that having a living paternal grandmother tends to be negatively associated with child height. By contrast, contact with maternal kin appears broadly to be beneficial for child height, although these relationships are weaker. These patterns are mirrored in maternal body mass index, suggesting grandparental influence acts partly through maternal health. These findings support the hypotheses that, under conditions of limited resources, family relationships may be competitive within the family lineage which shares the same resource base, but cooperative when there are few costs to cooperation. Finally, financial assistance from maternal grandfathers is positively correlated with infant length but negatively with the height of older children, perhaps because the receipt of financial support is an indication of need. The provision of advice shows no associations with child height. PMID:27152221

  16. Two Holocene paleofire records from Peten, Guatemala: Implications for natural fire regime and prehispanic Maya land use

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    Anderson, Lysanna; Wahl, David

    2016-03-01

    Although fire was arguably the primary tool used by the Maya to alter the landscape and extract resources, little attention has been paid to biomass burning in paleoenvironmental reconstructions from the Maya lowlands. Here we report two new well-dated, high-resolution records of biomass burning based on analysis of macroscopic fossil charcoal recovered from lacustrine sediment cores. The records extend from the early Holocene, through the full arc of Maya prehistory, the Colonial, and post-Colonial periods (~ 9000 cal yr BP to the present). (Hereafter BP) The study sites, Lago Paixban and Lago Puerto Arturo, are located in northern Peten, Guatemala. Results provide the first quantitative analysis from the region demonstrating that frequent fires have occurred in the closed canopy forests since at least the early Holocene (~ 9000 BP), prior to occupation by sedentary agriculturalists. Following the arrival of agriculture around 4600 BP, the system transitioned from climate controlled to anthropogenic control. During the Maya period, changes in fire regime are muted and do not appear to be driven by changes in climate conditions. Low charcoal influx and fire frequency in the Earliest Preclassic period suggest that land use strategies may have included intensive agriculture much earlier than previously thought. Preliminary results showing concentrations of soot/black-carbon during the middle and late Preclassic periods are lower than modern background values, providing intriguing implications regarding the efficiency of Maya fuel consumption.

  17. When a girl's decision involves the community: the realities of adolescent Maya girls' lives in rural indigenous Guatemala.

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    Wehr, Heather; Tum, Silvia Ester

    2013-05-01

    Adolescent Maya girls are among the most vulnerable, marginalized sub-populations in Guatemala, a country that is largely young, indigenous and poor. Adolescent Maya girls have limited access to secondary schooling, opportunities to work or earn an income, and sexual and reproductive health information and services. This article explores the extent to which adolescent Maya girls are able to adopt what they have learned in a community-based skills-building and sex education programme in isolated rural, indigenous Guatemalan communities. This is presented through an interview between the authors, who met and worked together in the Population Council's programme Abriendo Oportunidades (Opening Opportunities) for girls aged 8-19 years. The interview discusses what can be done so that indigenous adolescents not only obtain the sexual health information they need, but develop the skills to make decisions, communicate with their peers and parents, and exercise their rights. Much culturally and linguistically sensitive work must be done, using a community-based participatory approach, so that young people who do want to use condoms for protection or contraceptive methods not only have access to the methods, but the support of their families and communities, and government-sponsored sex education programmes, to use them.

  18. Renegociando «la ley y el orden»: reforma judicial y respuesta ciudadana en la Guatemala de posguerra

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    Rachel SIEDER

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo examina las reformas al fortalecimiento del Estado de Derecho en Guatemala implementadas desde la firma de los Acuerdos de Paz de 1996. Pese a los casi 200 millones de dólares en ayuda externa al sector judicial, la impunidad sigue siendo la norma; los procesos judiciales son socavados por redes militares y criminales; la confianza ciudadana en el sistema judicial se mantiene baja y la recurrencia a medidas fuera del sistema –«la privatización de la justicia»– va en aumento. Se cree que los enfoques que se centran en reformar las instituciones legales que actualmente predominan entre los donantes ignoran el contexto histórico específico en el que se formaron los conceptos de «ley», «justicia» y «derecho». Si bien las instituciones son importantes, solamente cuando se entienda el papel del derecho en los procesos de largo plazo de formación del Estado, así como la naturaleza dinámica de las interacciones legales, podremos comenzar a comprender las particularidades del cambio sociolegal.

  19. An assessment of health sector guidelines and services for treatment of sexual violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

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    McNaughton Reyes, H Luz; Billings, Deborah L; Paredes-Gaitan, Yolanda; Padilla Zuniga, Karen

    2012-12-01

    In Central America, approximately 12% of women report ever having been forced to have sex by an intimate male partner, and sexual violence by others is also a frequent experience. All Central American countries are signatories to human rights agreements that oblige States to ensure access to comprehensive health services for victims of sexual violence, but there is limited information as to whether these agreements have been translated into policy and practice. This article critically examines health sector guidelines for the treatment of sexual violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and reports on an assessment of services in 34 private- and public-sector facilities in the four countries. Overall, policies were consistent with international agreements and included guidance on detection and documentation of violence, forensic examination, treatment, referral and follow-up care. However, only a small proportion of women who experience sexual violence actually seek care. The challenge facing all four countries is to turn policy into practice. Screening practices were inconsistent, and policies needed to indicate more clearly the roles and responsibilities of health care providers and forensic specialists. Finally, women's right to privacy and confidentiality in reports of cases to legal authorities needed further consideration, as well as the importance of providing all services at a single location.

  20. Integrating science and education during an international, multi-parametric investigation of volcanic activity at Santiaguito volcano, Guatemala

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    Lavallée, Yan; Johnson, Jeffrey; Andrews, Benjamin; Wolf, Rudiger; Rose, William; Chigna, Gustavo; Pineda, Armand

    2016-04-01

    In January 2016, we held the first scientific/educational Workshops on Volcanoes (WoV). The workshop took place at Santiaguito volcano - the most active volcano in Guatemala. 69 international scientists of all ages participated in this intensive, multi-parametric investigation of the volcanic activity, which included the deployment of seismometers, tiltmeters, infrasound microphones and mini-DOAS as well as optical, thermographic, UV and FTIR cameras around the active vent. These instruments recorded volcanic activity in concert over a period of 3 to 9 days. Here we review the research activities and present some of the spectacular observations made through this interdisciplinary efforts. Observations range from high-resolution drone and IR footage of explosions, monitoring of rock falls and quantification of the erupted mass of different gases and ash, as well as morphological changes in the dome caused by recurring explosions (amongst many other volcanic processes). We will discuss the success of such integrative ventures in furthering science frontiers and developing the next generation of geoscientists.

  1. A Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Survey Conducted Three Years after Halting Ivermectin Mass Treatment for Onchocerciasis in Guatemala.

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    Frank O Richards

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Mass drug administration (MDA with ivermectin for onchocerciasis was provided in Guatemala's Central Endemic Zone (CEZ over a 24 year period (1988-2011. Elimination of Onchocerca volvulus transmission was declared in 2015 after a three year post MDA surveillance period (2012-2014 showed no evidence of recrudescence. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP towards onchocerciasis and ivermectin among residents in the post endemic CEZ. A major interest in this study was to determine what community residents thought about the end of the ivermectin MDA program.A total of 148 interviews were conducted in November 2014 in four formerly hyperendemic communities using a standard questionnaire on smart phones. The majority (69% of respondents knew that the MDA program had ended because the disease was no longer present in their communities, but a slight majority (53% was personally unsure that onchocerciasis had really been eliminated. Sixty-three percent wanted to continue to receive ivermectin because of this uncertainty, or because ivermectin is effective against intestinal worms. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said that they would seek medical attention immediately if a family member had symptoms of onchocerciasis (especially the presence of a nodule, which is a finding very important for ongoing surveillance.Many respondents wanted to continue receive ivermectin and more than half did not believe onchocerciasis had been eliminated. The ministry of health outreach services should be prepared to address ongoing concerns about onchocerciasis in the post endemic CEZ.

  2. Desafíos de la prevención de la criminalidad post-conflicto en Guatemala

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    Esteban Benavides Yates

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Actualmente, el crimen y la violencia son de los principales desafíos que enfrentan los países de América Latina. Esto debilita las instituciones y desmembra el tejido social, así como, obstaculiza el desarrollo, reduciendo las oportunidades de educación, empleo y participación ciudadana de una generación de jóvenes. El objetivo de este artículo es revisar algunas políticas e iniciativas de prevención que han sido puestas en marcha en Guatemala durante la última década y analizar cuáles han sido los avances y desafíos de éstas. A su vez, analizar cuáles son las necesidades de seguridad, que demanda la sociedad civil.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5377/rpsp.v1i1.1382

  3. Conceptos del maquinado con altas velocidades de corte aplicado en moldes y matrices.

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    F. Martínez Aneiro

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La demanda de componentes mecánicos de alta calidad y gran exactitud para sistemas de elevada precisión esta aumentando considerablemente en los últimos años a nivel mundial. Este hecho ha provocado el desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a los procesos de corte.El desarrollo integral de las máquinas herramientas (controles, husillos de alta velocidad de las herramientas de corte (nuevos materiales para los substratos y capas y de la tecnología de maquinado posibilitó la aplicación del corte a altas velocidades (High speed Cutting HSC. El aumento de las velocidades de corte es una de las formas de incrementar la eficiencia de los procesos productivos a través de la reducción de los tiempos de fabricación. La disminución en varias veces de los tiempos de fabricación, se logra no solo por los tiempos de maquinado sino también por la sustitución o reducción de otros procesos de elaboración que forman parte de la cadena productiva, que en ocasiones son relativamente lentos como son la electroerosión, el acabado manual en la producción de moldes y troqueles así como los cambios de operaciones de la pieza bruta. Por ser un proceso relativamente nuevo, apenas desde los años 90 es que se implementa la introducción del HSC y muchas cuestiones tecnológicas aun están sin respuesta. Por otro lado las características ya conocidas de esta nueva tecnología indican una buena perspectiva de aplicación en los más diversos segmentos de la industria.The demand of mechanical components of high quality and great accuracy for systems of high precision, increasing considerably in the last years at world level. This fact has caused the development of new applied technologies to the cutting processes. The integral development of machine tools (you control, high-speed spindle of the cutting tools (new materials for the substrata and layers and of the technology of having schemed facilitated the application of the cut with high speeds

  4. EL COLAPSO DEL CLÁSICO TARDÍO ENTRE LOS MAYAS DE UAXACTÚN (GUATEMALA Y BARTON RAMIE (BELICE SEGÚN EL REGISTRO FUNERARIO (The Late Classic Collapse among the Maya of Uaxactun, Guatemala and Barton Ramie, Belize according to the Mortuary Record

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    Pascual Izquierdo-Egea

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available La aplicación del método de valoración contextual al análisis del registro funerario de Uaxactún (Guatemala y Barton Ramie (Belice aporta evidencias irrefutables sobre la huella material del colapso clásico en las ofrendas de los entierros mayas. Esto confirma lo que ya se había anticipado al estudiar la cuenca del río Balsas en México (2014. ENGLISH: Application of the contextual valuation method to the mortuary analysis of Uaxactun, Guatemala and Barton Ramie, Belize provides irrefutable evidence on the Classic Maya collapse recorded in the grave goods of these burials. This confirms what was already anticipated by studying the Balsas River basin in Mexico.

  5. Behavior of high efficiency electric motors; Comportamiento de motores electricos de alta eficiencia

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    Bonett, Austin H. [IEEE, (United States)

    2001-09-01

    The energy efficiency is one of the main parameters in the design of the industrial motors of general purpose; nevertheless, it is avoided that it is at the cost of the reliability or to the global performance of the motor. Exist user groups of this equipment that consider that, in the search of a greater efficiency, the useful life period is diminished and the characteristics of operation of the motor are affected. During the past last years, the author has studied the aspects of quality and reliability, as well as the operative advantages of the high efficiency motors and written down the increasing interest for these aspects. Also he has detected that a great number of users has realized that, additionally to the obvious energy saving, the efficient motor offers a greater reliability and a longer useful life in most of the industrial applications. The objective of this article is to present the differences in the quality levels, reliability and operation parameters of high efficiency squirrel cage type electrical motors with those of the motors of standard manufacture. [Spanish] La eficiencia energetica es uno de los principales parametros en el diseno de los motores industriales de proposito general; sin embargo, se evita que sea a costa de la confiabilidad o del desempeno global del motor. Existen grupos de usuarios de estos equipos que consideran que, en la busqueda de una mayor eficiencia, se disminuye el periodo de vida util y se afectan las caracteristicas de operacion del motor. Durante los ultimos anos, el autor ha estudiado los aspectos de calidad y confiabilidad, asi como las ventajas operativas de los motores de alta eficiencia y anotado el incremento del interes por estos aspectos. Tambien ha detectado que un gran numero de usuarios se ha dado cuenta que, adicionalmente a los obvios ahorros de energia, el motor eficiente ofrece una mayor confiabilidad y una vida util mas larga en la mayoria de las aplicaciones industriales. El objetivo de este

  6. Altas Habilidades/Superdotação e a psicopedagogia modular: avaliando potencialidades

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1984686X14283A psicopedagogia modular é uma proposta que apresenta um modelo de avaliação  dinâmica, um processo interativo, flexível e individualizado, buscando compreender a funcionalidade dos sistemas inteligentes. A presente investigação foi realizada com crianças que buscaram avaliação psicopedagógica no Núcleo de Pratica em Psicologia da PUCPR  e teve por objetivos apontar a funcionalidade dos sistemas inteligentes, reconhecendo a existência ou não , de altas habilidades e identificar a predominância  entre os sistemas analítico , prático ou criativo , utilizados pela clientela  em questão. A metodologia de avaliação  contou com os seguintes instrumentos : entrevista evolutiva modular; questionário para os pais; brasão familiar; E.M.C.A ; WISC III;  provas multimodais e provas cognitivas modulares. Este processo levou aproximadamente 25 encontros de  cinquenta minutos .Participaram da pesquisa 28 alunos de 8 a 17 anos  de diferentes escolas de Curitiba-Pr/ Brasil. Por meio dos dados obtidos, ainda que apurados a partir de uma amostra pequena, pode-se concluir que a proposta da Psicopedagogia Modular  com seu  modelo dinâmico de avaliação, favoreceu a identificação das altas habilidades/superdotação, na sua especificidade, ou seja ,  considerando  a multiplicidade dos sistemas inteligentes  e as habilidades envolvidas nos processos mentais que sustentam  as inteligências analítica, prática e criativa. A visão modular no processo de identificação traz uma identidade ao superdotado, tirando-o  da concepção generalista.

  7. Por que Melipona scutellaris (Hymenoptera, Apidae forrageia sob alta umidade relativa do ar?

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    Marília D. e Silva

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Há evidências de que a temperatura do ar e a umidade relativa afetam a atividade de voo de espécies de abelhas sociais Meliponini. Em particular, as espécies grandes do gênero Melipona Illiger, 1806 responderiam de maneira mais estreita à variação na umidade relativa. Neste estudo defende-se o argumento de que a umidade relativa seja uma variável de confusão. Nesta linha de argumentação, também foi analisado o papel da coleta de pólen sobre o ritmo diário de forrageio. A robusta Melipona scutellaris (Latreille, 1811 foi usada como modelo e a atividade diária de voo e de forrageio de pólen foi medida em 12 colônias (4 colônias/hábitat, em três tipos de hábitats, que variam principalmente quanto à pluviosidade, na área de distribuição natural desta espécie (Floresta Pluvial, Floresta Sazonal e Transição Floresta Tropical-Cerrados. A maioria da atividade de voo acontece durante a manhã. A atividade de forrageio das colônias foi mais elevada nas primeiras horas do alvorecer, quando a umidade relativa também era alta, frequentemente associada a picos de coleta de pólen. A atividade de voo decresceu abruptamente durante as temperaturas altas ao redor do meio dia. A relação da atividade de voo com a umidade relativa foi altamente significativa e linear, contrastando com a relação significativa e unimodal com a temperatura. Na relação com o forrageio de M. scutellaris, a umidade relativa se configura como uma variável contingente, em hábitats tropicais úmidos, considerando os padrões diários de variação do microclima e de forrageio de pólen. Este último padrão também sustenta a hipótese de partição temporal de fontes florais de pólen.

  8. Neurociências, altas habilidades e implicações no currículo

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    Amauri Betini Bartoszeck

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1984686X14284O presente estudo inicialmente define e descreve as sub-disciplinas que compõem as neurociências com potenciais aplicações educacionais para crianças e adultos  identificados com altas habilidades. Objetiva-se com uma breve introdução morfofuncional ao sistema nervoso que serve de pano de fundo para auxiliar o entendimento da ponte teórico-experimental da relação de neurociências e altas habilidades. São salientados aspectos da base evolucionista e biológica, que conjectura-se possam estar estruturados nos circuitos neuronais, subjacentes aos padrões de realce da sensibilidade auditiva e eficiência da memória. Discute-se como se dá a codificação da informação, formas de detectar associações e analogias, exemplificando-se regiões cerebrais envolvidas no pensamento matemático. São analisadas modificações estruturais e a dinâmica da plasticidade sináptica subjacentes à “talentosidade” e como a base genética interage com as experiências do ambiente. São também discutidos métodos usuais na identificação de crianças e adolescentes com indicação de superdotação. Avaliam-se comparativamente características de crianças “prodígios” e “savants”. São listadas perguntas motivadoras e instigantes para o aprofundamento de pesquisas em neurociências que possam consolidar o conhecimento de como áreas do cérebro processam a informação  de modo vantajoso no raciocínio e aprendizagem, com implicações para educadores. Conclui-se com sugestões de métodos alternativos de ensino, enfatizando-se exemplos de aplicações práticas na área de ciências biológicas.

  9. Determining adult type 2 diabetes-related health care needs in an indigenous population from rural Guatemala: a mixed-methods preliminary study

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    Chary Anita

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In Guatemala, diabetes is an emerging public health concern. Guatemala has one of the largest indigenous populations in Latin America, and this population frequently does not access the formal health care system. Therefore, knowledge about the emergence of diabetes in this population is limited. Methods Interview participants (n=23 were recruited from a convenience sample of indigenous adults with type 2 diabetes at one rural diabetes clinic in Guatemala. A structured interview was used to assess knowledge about diabetes and its complications; access to diabetes-related health care and treatment; dietary and lifestyle changes; and family and social supports for individuals living with diabetes. Interviews were supplemented with two group interviews with community leaders and health care providers. Thematic analysis was used to produce insights into diabetes knowledge, attitudes, and practices. In addition, a chart review of the clinic’s electronic medical record identified all adult patients (n=80 presenting in one calendar year for a first-time diabetic consultation. Sociodemographic and clinical variables were extracted and summarized from these records. Results Salient demographic factors in both the structured interview and chart review samples included low educational levels and high indigenous language preference. In the interview sample, major gaps in biomedical knowledge about diabetes included understanding the causes, chronicity, and long-term end-organ complications of diabetes. Medication costs, medical pluralism, and limited social supports for dietary and lifestyles changes were major practical barriers to disease management. Quantitative data from medical records review revealed high rates of poor glycemic control, overweight and obesity, and medication prescription. Conclusions This study provides a preliminary sketch of type 2 diabetes in an indigenous Guatemalan population. Combined qualitative and

  10. Una Mirada Probabilística al Concreto de Alta Resistencia

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta el análisis probabilístico realizado a dos diseños de mezcla para concreto de alta resistencia como primer paso para obtener un modelo estadístico que logre expresar los resultados de una forma más útil y permita determinar la resistencia y la calidad potencial del concreto. El análisis de resultados del ensayo de resistencia a compresión del concreto se llevó a cabo mediante el uso de un software estadístico llamado SPSS, que a partir de las diferentes variables estadísticas permitió indagar si la distribución de frecuencias, correspondía a la distribución normal que sigue el concreto convencional. Los resultados obtenidos muestran la distribución o la tendencia de resistencia de cada uno de los diseños. El análisis cuantitativo evidencia que la variación de resistencia del concreto refleja con rigor la importancia que tiene conocer las propiedades de la mezcla de concreto y el proceso en los métodos de ensayo.

  11. Neurodesarrollo en egresados de la terapia intensiva neonatal a los 6 meses del alta hospitalaria

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    Dayami Armas-Guerra

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Se abordó estudio descriptivo longitudinal de 16 recién nacidos egresados del servicio de Neonatología del Hospital Pediátrico de Holguín, desde febrero a junio del 2009. Se les evaluó desde el punto de vista neurológico a los seis meses del alta hospitalaria. Un 25% presentaron anormalidad del examen neurológico. Las alteraciones leves y moderadas se comportaron igual. El sexo femenino fue el más afectado, la menor edad gestacional y el peso menor de 1500 gramos predispusieron a la aparición de secuelas. La ventilación mecánica, la encefalopatía hipóxico isquémica, intervenciones quirúrgicas complejas, el daño cerebral detectado por ultrasonografía transfontanelar, la edad gestacional por debajo de 34 semanas y la hipoglicemia están vinculados a la anormalidad neurológica de forma significativa.

  12. El sistema penitenciario y carcelario en Colombia: El concepto de alta seguridad en la justicia especializada

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    María Stella Baracaldo Méndez

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Colombia heredó de las guerras civiles del siglo XIX una cultura de conflicto político, que tras un descanso, reapareció en la década de los cuarenta con la confrontación de los partidos tradicionales (liberal y conservador y desde los años cincuenta con la aparición gradual de grupos de guerrilla, autodefensas, narcotraficantes, delincuencia común y organizada, entre otros, dando paso a un nuevo y complejo conflicto. Desde 1978 ha predominado la medida del Estado de Conmoción Interior para manejar la seguridad interna sin el reconocimiento del conflicto armado. La reforma constitucional de 1991 introdujo un nuevo sistema de justicia que, por mes, genera un promedio de 1500 reclusos, cantidad que actualmente desbordan la capacidad de las cárceles, administradas bajo el sistema progresivo de mínima, media y alta seguridad. Hoy, con la declaración del conflicto por el presidente Santos y una justicia transicional para el proceso de paz, está en curso la reforma del Código Penitenciario y Carcelario y fue decretada la emergencia carcelaria ante un nivel de hacinamiento del 52% y graves violaciones de derechos humanos de la población reclusa.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5377/rpsp.v3i1.1330

  13. Roma-Napoli ad Alta Velocità. Occasione per un riequilibrio modale

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    Daniela Cerrone

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    Full Text Available Sulle tratte nazionali, sempre più evidenti risultano i limiti del trasporto aereo sul quale, in modo determinante, incidono i tempi per raggiungere gli aeroporti, per le operazioni di chek-in e di imbarco. D’altra parte, sembra oramai esaurita la capacità del territorio di sostenere, soprattutto in prossimità delle grandi città e lungo le direttrici principali, ancora un aumento del traffico automobilistico. In tale scenario, la messa in esercizio in Italia delle prime tratte ferroviarie ad Alta Velocità prefigurarono un sempre maggiore utilizzo di tali vettori a fronte di una sostanziale diminuzione del ricorso al trasporto aereo e soprattutto privato su gomma. L’articolo propone una comparazione, in termini di costi, tempi di percorrenza, confort di viaggio, delle diverse modalità di trasporto a cui è possibile fare ricorso sulla tratta Roma-Napoli ed è finalizzato ad evidenziare gli elementi che incidono sul riequilibrio modale tra i collegamenti esistenti tra i due sistemi urbani.

  14. Contribución a la flora de las cuencas Juan de Paz y Las Cañas, Reserva de Biosfera Sierra de las Minas (Guatemala).

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    San-Emeterio, L. (Leticia); Cavero, R. Y.

    2000-01-01

    Debido a que las cuencas Juan de Paz y Las Cañas de la Sierra de las Minas poseen una flora poco conocida, y fruto de las colectas realizadas en 8 localidades de estas cuencas, presentamos un listado de 211 especies reunidas en 166 géneros y 78 familias, de las que 3 son helechos, 3 gimnospermas, 195 dicotiledóneas y 10 monocotiledóneas. De estas especies, 4 son endémicas en Guatemala, Saurauia perseifolia, Ardisia apoda, Rondeletia linguiformis y Uroskinnera spectabilis; se ...

  15. Erupción del Volcán Fuego (Guatemala, 1974): ¿Evidencia de una Fragmentación Terciaria?

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    Los valores de moda y dispersión obtenidos a partir de la SFT para la erupción del volcán Fuego (Guatemala, 1974) fueron analizados con ayuda del modelo SFT (Sequential Fragmentation/Transport). Los resultados del análisis muestran que las ideas inicialmente desarrolladas para el Irazú, pueden aplicarse también al volcán Fuego. Así mismo, se encontró evidencia experimental que corrobora la existencia de fragmentaciones terciarias (definidas en el texto).

  16. Territorios indígenas en frontera: Los Chuj en el período liberal (1871-1944) en la frontera Guatemala-México

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    Ruth Piedrasanta Herrera

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    Se presenta el caso del pueblo maya chuj y su territorio, localizados en la frontera México-Guatemala, centrándose en el período liberal guatemalteco (1871-1944). Durante el mismo se produce una reconformación espacial regional que para los Chuj supondrá la pérdida de tierras y derechos a partir de varios procesos impulsados desde el Estado guatemalteco. A ello se suma el control del poder local municipal a partir del rol jugado por la población ladina (mestizos de recursos bajos o medios), q...

  17. A decade after Guatemala's agreement on identity and rights of indigenous peoples: Mayan-Tz'utujil women's views on health, healing, and disease.

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    Giralt, Alicia

    2012-01-01

    Mayan women have been called "guardians of life and ancestral culture." As such, one of their main responsibilities is the health of those in their care. Mothers are the ones who, as soon as a child, husband, or older relative falls sick, assess the symptoms and decide how to proceed. Although Mayan-Tz'utujil healing practices have been the subject of study on numerous occasions, the literature lacks women's views on health, healing, and disease. In this study I present those views within the framework of postcolonial studies, reflecting on the changes in Guatemala's national health policy.

  18. Esquema tecnológico para el diseño de sistemas de minirriego en el altiplano occidental de Guatemala

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    Adalberto Bladimiro Rodríguez García

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una propuesta de esquema tecnológico para el diseño de sistemas de minirriego en el altiplano occidental de Guatemala. La propuesta incluye los componentes de los sistemas y la descripción general de los mismos adaptados a las condiciones de caudales y tipología de las fuentes de agua disponibles, topografía extrema y característica económica, social y medioambiental de las comunidades rurales en la región objeto de estudio.

  19. Instrumentos para el dimensionamiento hidráulico de sistemas de minirriego con pasos aéreos en el altiplano occidental de Guatemala

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    Adalberto Bladimiro Rodríguez García

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    Full Text Available Se realiza un estudio de diversas ecuaciones clásicas para el dimensionamiento hidráulico de redes de tuberías adaptadas a las condiciones de topografía del altiplano occidental de Guatemala. Como resultado de estos estudios, se recomiendan algunos instrumentos para la selección de diámetros en sistemas de captación y conducción del agua a través de pasos aéreos como única alternativa viable para la conducción del agua hasta los sistemas de mini riego.

  20. Democracia y el crecimiento del protestantismo evangélico en Guatemala: entendiendo la complejidad de la religión "pentecostalizada"

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    Full Text Available RESUMEN: Este artículo propone que el crecimiento de la religión «pentecostalizada» en Guatemala tiene múltiples y complejos efectos políticos. La práctica de la religión pentecostalizada se extiende a través de varios grupos religiosos, sin embargo, esto no quiere decir que los distintos grupos religiosos conservadores en Guatemala sigan una sola trayectoria política. De hecho, las prácticas y creencias pentecostalizadas que comparten los evangélicos y los católicos carismáticos pueden significativamente motivar distintas agendas políticas. Aunque es menos común que los evangélicos y católicos carismáticos participen en actividades que desafíen las autoridades políticas, ambos participan políticamente, principalmente enfocándose en un ethos de «autoayuda », voluntarismo y votando. Estos resultados sugieren que las aserciones que conectan el crecimiento del protestantismo con la democracia o con el autoritarismo deben ser rechazadas, y en su lugar se debe adoptar un acercamiento más sutil que considere las conexiones específicas entre las creencias religiosas, las variables políticas y el contexto político.ABSTRACT: This article argues that the political effects of the growth of «pentecostalized» religion in Guatemala are multiple and complex. Although the practice of pentecostalized religion is widespread across religious groups, it does not appear as though this will lead to a single political trajectory among conservative religious groups in Guatemala. Rather, the same pentecostalized religious beliefs and practices shared by Evangelicals and charismatic Catholics can serve as powerful motivations for divergent political agendas. Though less likely to engage in political activity that challenges political authorities, Evangelicals and charismatic Catholics do participate politically; focusing on an ethos of self-help, volunteerism, and voting. These findings suggest that broad claims linking the growth of

  1. Nomenclatural notes and identification of small-eared shrews (Mammalia: genus Cryptotis) from Cobán, Guatemala, in The Natural History Museum, London

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    Woodman, Neal

    2011-01-01

    A small series of shrews collected in Guatemala and registered in the British Museum between 1843 and 1907 includes parts of type series for three species: Corsira tropicalis Gray (1843), Sorex micrurus Tomes (1862), and Blarina tropicalis Merriam (1895). These three names are now considered equivalent, but my recent review of the specimens comprising the series indicates that they include three distinct species: Cryptotis merriami Choate (1970), Cryptotis oreoryctes Woodman (2011), and Cryptotis tropicalis (Merriam 1895). I review the taxonomic history of these specimens, provide current identifications tied directly to museum register numbers, describe how to distinguish the three species, and provide revised synonymies for these species.

  2. Modelo de negocio para exportación de adhesivos y barnices a Centroamérica: Costa Rica, Guatemala y Panamá

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    Ortíz Orrego, Jorge Mario; Vélez Restrepo, Juan Fernando

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    Con el fuerte entorno competitivo que generó la globalización y la apertura económica, las empresas necesitan cada vez más explorar su incursión en nuevos mercados para crecer o subsistir en condiciones de rentabilidad -- Costa Rica, Guatemala y Panamá representan una oportunidad cercana para las empresas del sector químico colombiano de barnices y adhesivos, mediante la exportación de sus productos -- La evaluación de esta oportunidad de negocio utilizando una metodología como Canvas, comple...

  3. Como Lo Hago Yo: Anomalías del Tubo Neural en Guatemala - Mielomeningocele Unidad de Espina Bífida e Hidrocefalia

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    Graciela Manucci

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In Guatemala about 786 children are born each year with Neural Tube Defects. At our unit we operate 65 to 70 children with myelomeningocele. We have a multidisciplinary team. We recommend delivery through cesarean section. Preoperative infection is our major problem. Delayed referral is common. Dissection of placode is standard. Suture the edges of placode to resemble shape of normal cord. We perform corpectomy in cases of severe kyphosis. Hydrocephalus: We shunt 80% of the patients. Chiari II: We operate based on symptoms, first we make sure that the shunt is working, then cervical decompression. Tethered cord: We operate if observe that symptoms are progressing.

  4. Plan para la creación de un centro de educación integral en salud sexual y reproductiva en la ciudad de Guatemala

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    Linares Ávila, Jorge Lionel

    2011-01-01

    El propósito del presente plan es la creación de un Centro de Educación Integral en Salud Sexual y Reproductiva enfocado hacia la población escolar adolescente de la ciudad de Guatemala. Con ello se pretende mejorar el nivel de conocimientos de los y las adolescentes en temas de salud sexual y reproductiva, capacitar a maestros en este campo, ofrecer educación de calidad y actualidad utilizando un método innovador de enseñanza y servir como centro de referencia nacional para la educación inte...

  5. Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) of Chiapas collected near the Guatemala border, with additions to the fauna of Mexico and a new subgenus name.

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    Ibáñez-Bernal, Sergio; Muñoz, José; Rebollar-Téllez, Eduardo A; Pech-May, Agelica; Marina, Carlos F

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    Collections from four localities, two of the High Plateau and two of the Eastern Mountains Municipality of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, included 26 species with four new species records for Mexico: Lutzomyia (Helcocyrtomyia) hartmanni (Fairchild & Hertig, 1957), Dampfomyia (Coromyia) disneyi (Williams, 1987), Psychodopygus bispinosus (Fairchild & Hertig, 1951), and Psychodopygus corossoniensis (LePont & Pajot, 1978). These records represent an updated total of 50 species in Mexico, 48 of which are extant species and the remaining two fossils. The name Xiphopsathyromyia n. n. is proposed in substitution of Xiphomyia Artemiev, 1991, a homonym of Xiphomyia Townsend, 1917, a genus of Tachinidae (Diptera).

  6. Expandiendo la reforma en la capacitación de docentes en Guatemala: El rol de los procesos de pensamiento de los maestros.

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    Alfredo J. Artiles; Margaret D. Clark

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    El gobierno de Guatemala se ha embarcado en un ambicioso proyecto de reforma educativa que incluye la descentralización del sistema educativo y la adecuación curricular. El análisis de dicha reforma, en particular la relacionada con la capacitación de docentes, indica que la definición y roles del docente deben ampliar su foco conceptual y ubicarse dentro de un marco constructivista y evolutivo. Para ilustrar nuestra tesis, presentamos una revisión de la literatura en el área de proc...

  7. Nutritional status at diagnosis in children and adolescents with cancer in the Asociacion de Hemato-Oncologia Pediatrica de Centro America (AHOPCA) countries: preliminary results from Guatemala.

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    Sala, Alessandra; Rossi, Emanuela; Antillon, Federico

    2008-02-01

    More than 50% of children with cancer in Guatemala have some degree of malnutrition at diagnosis. In particular, the proportions of patients with non-lymphoblastic leukemias and myelodysplasia (MDS) with moderate and severe malnutrition were 73% and 9% respectively; higher than that in the population with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), P = 0.0493. There was no relationship of nutritional status to gender. Children with ALL and other leukemias + MDS who had severe malnutrition were significantly younger than such malnourished children with solid tumors (P = 0.0003). The relationship of malnutrition to race was mixed, perhaps reflecting the frequent difficulty of accurately categorizing race.

  8. A decade after Guatemala's agreement on identity and rights of indigenous peoples: Mayan-Tz'utujil women's views on health, healing, and disease.

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    Giralt, Alicia

    2012-01-01

    Mayan women have been called "guardians of life and ancestral culture." As such, one of their main responsibilities is the health of those in their care. Mothers are the ones who, as soon as a child, husband, or older relative falls sick, assess the symptoms and decide how to proceed. Although Mayan-Tz'utujil healing practices have been the subject of study on numerous occasions, the literature lacks women's views on health, healing, and disease. In this study I present those views within the framework of postcolonial studies, reflecting on the changes in Guatemala's national health policy. PMID:22497328

  9. Educación sexual para estudiantes indígenas de una comunidad rural en Guatemala

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    Claudia R Calvillo Paz

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La educación sobre salud sexual es muy importante y de urgente necesidad para Guatemala, si se toman en consideración indicadores existentes sobre embarazos, enfermedades de transmisión sexual y mortalidad materna en adolescentes. El objetivo del trabajo es exponer valoraciones sobre las vías y temáticas para el abordaje de la educación sexual de los estudiantes del Instituto Rural Básico de Santa Cruz Chinautla. Cómo método se usó un cuestionario autoaplicado a estudiantes, se realizó un grupo nominal, entrevistas grupales y entrevistas en profundidad. Entre los principales resultados, los estudiantes prefieren que sea en el instituto y con los maestros donde se les imparta educación sexual, también incluirían a los padres. Reconocen que en ocasiones adquieren prácticas riesgosas sobre sexualidad de los amigos, televisión, revistas, internet y teléfonos celulares. Los padres y los líderes de la comunidad reconocen la falta de conocimientos y problemas de los estudiantes respecto a su sexualidad y valoran al instituto y sus maestros como los más indicados para educarlos. Los resultados del trabajo son un producto de la herencia de racismo y discriminación racial en que se han desarrollado los adolescentes indígenas guatemaltecos que limita, y en ocasiones impide, los conocimientos y la percepción de sus necesidades reales en materia de salud sexual y reproductiva. La información obtenida es de gran utilidad, muestra la necesidad de otros trabajos vinculados con variables como género, nivel socioeconómico, identidad étnica, grado de contacto y asimilación a la cultura mestizo-ladina, pues todas ellas influyen en las representaciones y prácticas sexuales de los adolescentes indígenas guatemaltecos. Abstract Education about sexual health is very important and of urgent necessity for Guatemala, if taking in consideration existent indicators about pregnancies, sexual transmission illnesses and maternal mortality in

  10. In vitro anti-cancer activity of two ethno-pharmacological healing plants from Guatemala Pluchea odorata and Phlebodium decumanum.

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    Gridling, Manuela; Stark, Nicole; Madlener, Sibylle; Lackner, Andreas; Popescu, Ruxandra; Benedek, Birgit; Diaz, Rene; Tut, Foster M; Nha Vo, Thanh Phuong; Huber, Daniela; Gollinger, Michaela; Saiko, Philipp; Ozmen, Ali; Mosgoeller, Wilhelm; De Martin, Rainer; Eytner, Ruth; Wagner, Karl-Heinz; Grusch, Michael; Fritzer-Szekeres, Monika; Szekeres, Thomas; Kopp, Brigitte; Frisch, Richard; Krupitza, Georg

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    Many traditional healing plants successfully passed several hundred years of empirical testing against specific diseases and thereby demonstrating that they are well tolerated in humans. Although quite a few ethno-pharmacological plants are applied against a variety of conditions there are still numerous plants that have not been cross-tested in diseases apart from the traditional applications. Herein we demonstrate the anti-neoplastic potential of two healing plants used by the Maya of the Guatemala/Belize area against severe inflammatory conditions such as neuritis, rheumatism, arthritis, coughs, bruises and tumours. Phlebodium decumanum and Pluchea odorata were collected, dried and freeze dried, and extracted with five solvents of increasing polarity. We tested HL-60 and MCF-7 cells, the inhibition of proliferation and the induction of cell death were investigated as hallmark endpoints to measure the efficiency of anti-cancer drugs. Western blot and FACS analyses elucidated the underlying mechanisms. While extracts of P. decumanum showed only moderate anti-cancer activity and were therefore not further analysed, particularly the dichloromethane extract of P. odorata inhibited the cell cycle in G2-M which correlated with the activation of checkpoint kinase 2, and down-regulation of Cdc25A and cyclin D1 as well as inactivation of Erk1/2. In HL-60 and MCF-7 cells this extract was a very strong inducer of cell death activating caspase-3 followed by PARP signature type cleavage. The initiating death trigger was likely the stabilization of microtubules monitored by the rapid acetylation of alpha-tubulin, which was even more pronounced than that triggered by taxol. The dichloromethane extract of P. odorata contains apolar constituents which inhibit inflammatory responses and exhibit anti-cancer activity. The strong proapoptotic potential warrants further bioassay-guided fractionation to discover and test the active principle(s). PMID:19287970

  11. A pilot duplicate diet study on manganese, selenium and chromium intakes in institutionalised children and adolescents from Guatemala.

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    Cabrera-Vique, Carmen; Briones, Mercedes; Muros, José Joaquín; Seiquer, Isabel; Sánchez, José Antonio; Rodríguez, Guillermo; Giménez, Rafael

    2015-11-28

    Hidden hunger occurs in the presence of an otherwise nutritionally or energetically appropriate diet that is deficient in essential vitamins and minerals. Guatemala has the highest rate of child malnutrition in Latin America and the prevalence of hidden hunger is high. The aim of this study was to determine the Mn, Se and Cr dietary intakes in Guatemalan institutionalised children (4-14 years), a population group at high risk of mineral deficiency. For this purpose, the contents of Mn, Se and Cr were analysed in a duplicate diet (for 7 consecutive days) by electrothermal atomisation-atomic absorption spectrophotometry following acid digestion. Mn, Se and Cr intakes from the duplicate diets were in the range of 1·3-2·31 mg/d, 58·7-69·6 µg/d and 6·32-27·57 µg/d, respectively. Mn and Cr values were below current recommended daily intakes. A cereal- and legumes-based diet is habitually consumed by this population. Local vegetables, fruits and nutritional supplements are included daily, but the consumption of fish, meat, eggs and dairy products is very infrequent or negligible. Mean daily energy intake from the 7-d diet was 8418·2 kJ (2012 kcal), with a macronutrient energy distribution of carbohydrates 69·4 %, proteins 12·3 % and fats 18·3 %. Correlations between Mn, Se and Cr intakes and energy and other nutrient intakes were also evaluated. The present findings will help establish new nutritional strategies for this and similar population groups. PMID:26346647

  12. Field and experimental constraints on the rheology of arc basaltic lavas: the January 2014 Eruption of Pacaya (Guatemala)

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    Soldati, A.; Sehlke, A.; Chigna, G.; Whittington, A.

    2016-06-01

    We estimated the rheology of an active basaltic lava flow in the field, and compared it with experimental measurements carried out in the laboratory. In the field we mapped, sampled, and recorded videos of the 2014 flow on the southern flank of Pacaya, Guatemala. Velocimetry data extracted from videos allowed us to determine that lava traveled at ˜2.8 m/s on the steep ˜45° slope 50 m from the vent, while 550 m further downflow it was moving at only ˜0.3 m/s on a ˜4° slope. Estimates of effective viscosity based on Jeffreys' equation increased from ˜7600 Pa s near the vent to ˜28,000 Pa s downflow. In the laboratory, we measured the viscosity of a representative lava composition using a concentric cylinder viscometer, at five different temperatures between 1234 and 1199 °C, with crystallinity increasing from 0.1 to 40 vol%. The rheological data were best fit by power law equations, with the flow index decreasing as crystal fraction increased, and no detectable yield strength. Although field-based estimates are based on lava characterized by a lower temperature, higher crystal and bubble fraction, and with a more complex petrographic texture, field estimates and laboratory measurements are mutually consistent and both indicate shear-thinning behavior. The complementary field and laboratory data sets allowed us to isolate the effects of different factors in determining the rheological evolution of the 2014 Pacaya flows. We assess the contributions of cooling, crystallization, and changing ground slope to the 3.7-fold increase in effective viscosity observed in the field over 550 m, and conclude that decreasing slope is the single most important factor over that distance. It follows that the complex relations between slope, flow velocity, and non-Newtonian lava rheology need to be incorporated into models of lava flow emplacement.

  13. Coupled socioeconomic-crop modelling for the participatory local analysis of climate change impacts on smallholder farmers in Guatemala

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    Malard, J. J.; Adamowski, J. F.; Wang, L. Y.; Rojas, M.; Carrera, J.; Gálvez, J.; Tuy, H. A.; Melgar-Quiñonez, H.

    2015-12-01

    The modelling of the impacts of climate change on agriculture requires the inclusion of socio-economic factors. However, while cropping models and economic models of agricultural systems are common, dynamically coupled socio-economic-biophysical models have not received as much success. A promising methodology for modelling the socioeconomic aspects of coupled natural-human systems is participatory system dynamics modelling, in which stakeholders develop mental maps of the socio-economic system that are then turned into quantified simulation models. This methodology has been successful in the water resources management field. However, while the stocks and flows of water resources have also been represented within the system dynamics modelling framework and thus coupled to the socioeconomic portion of the model, cropping models are ill-suited for such reformulation. In addition, most of these system dynamics models were developed without stakeholder input, limiting the scope for the adoption and implementation of their results. We therefore propose a new methodology for the analysis of climate change variability on agroecosystems which uses dynamically coupled system dynamics (socio-economic) and biophysical (cropping) models to represent both physical and socioeconomic aspects of the agricultural system, using two case studies (intensive market-based agricultural development versus subsistence crop-based development) from rural Guatemala. The system dynamics model component is developed with relevant governmental and NGO stakeholders from rural and agricultural development in the case study regions and includes such processes as education, poverty and food security. Common variables with the cropping models (yield and agricultural management choices) are then used to dynamically couple the two models together, allowing for the analysis of the agroeconomic system's response to and resilience against various climatic and socioeconomic shocks.

  14. Post-Eruption Deformation Processes Measured Using ALOS-1 and UAVSAR InSAR at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

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    Lauren N. Schaefer

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pacaya volcano is a persistently active basaltic cone complex located in the Central American Volcanic Arc in Guatemala. In May of 2010, violent Volcanic Explosivity Index-3 (VEI-3 eruptions caused significant topographic changes to the edifice, including a linear collapse feature 600 m long originating from the summit, the dispersion of ~20 cm of tephra and ash on the cone, the emplacement of a 5.4 km long lava flow, and ~3 m of co-eruptive movement of the southwest flank. For this study, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR images (interferograms processed from both spaceborne Advanced Land Observing Satellite-1 (ALOS-1 and aerial Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR data acquired between 31 May 2010 and 10 April 2014 were used to measure post-eruptive deformation events. Interferograms suggest three distinct deformation processes after the May 2010 eruptions, including: (1 subsidence of the area involved in the co-eruptive slope movement; (2 localized deformation near the summit; and (3 emplacement and subsequent subsidence of about a 5.4 km lava flow. The detection of several different geophysical signals emphasizes the utility of measuring volcanic deformation using remote sensing techniques with broad spatial coverage. Additionally, the high spatial resolution of UAVSAR has proven to be an excellent compliment to satellite data, particularly for constraining motion components. Measuring the rapid initiation and cessation of flank instability, followed by stabilization and subsequent influence on eruptive features, provides a rare glimpse into volcanic slope stability processes. Observing these and other deformation events contributes both to hazard assessment at Pacaya and to the study of the stability of stratovolcanoes.

  15. Longitudinal relationship between personal CO and personal PM2.5 among women cooking with woodfired cookstoves in Guatemala.

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    John P McCracken

    Full Text Available Household air pollution (HAP due to solid fuel use is a major public health threat in low-income countries. Most health effects are thought to be related to exposure to the fine particulate matter (PM component of HAP, but it is currently impractical to measure personal exposure to PM in large studies. Carbon monoxide (CO has been shown in cross-sectional analyses to be a reliable surrogate for particles<2.5 µm in diameter (PM2.5 in kitchens where wood-burning cookfires are a dominant source, but it is unknown whether a similar PM2.5-CO relationship exists for personal exposures longitudinally. We repeatedly measured (216 measures, 116 women 24-hour personal PM2.5 (median [IQR] = 0.11 [0.05, 0.21] mg/m(3 and CO (median [IQR] = 1.18 [0.50, 2.37] mg/m(3 among women cooking over open woodfires or chimney woodstoves in Guatemala. Pollution measures were natural-log transformed for analyses. In linear mixed effects models with random subject intercepts, we found that personal CO explained 78% of between-subject variance in personal PM2.5. We did not see a difference in slope by stove type. This work provides evidence that in settings where there is a dominant source of biomass combustion, repeated measures of personal CO can be used as a reliable surrogate for an individual's PM2.5 exposure. This finding has important implications for the feasibility of reliably estimating long-term (months to years PM2.5 exposure in large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies of HAP.

  16. Energy, Sustainability, Collaboration: Learning it, Teaching it, and Living it -- At Cal Poly, in Guatemala, and at Home

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    Schwartz, Pete

    2012-11-01

    Three questions have become important to me: *``What is the future of our energy dilemma, and how can I participate toward a solution?'' Since 2007, I have been teaching ``Energy, Society, and the Environment'' at Cal Poly as well as developing and analyzing renewable energy technologies. In the process I have learned as much as my students. This interest was initially sparked by making ``sustainable'' changes to my home and lifestyle, and has since fueled constant domestic experimentation. *The above question extends to ``Environmental Justice'', which is essentially a question of ``who benefits and who suffers as a result of our societal choices?'' For the past three years, I've developed and directed a collaborative (Guatemalan/Cal Poly) appropriate technology field school. Students from both countries learn together during the two-month summer program in a small mountain village in Guatemala (www.guateca.com). *``What happens to learning efficacy when students become friends?'' For the past three years, I've been actively engaged with a group of Cal Poly instructors in a quest to create community in the learning environment (www.sustainslo.org). Additionally, I've begun to teach all my classes ``inside out'', consistent with the advice of Physics Nobel Prize Laureate Carl Weiman (Science, 13 May 2011, VOL 332 862 -- 864). Students learn the material at home by reading or watching videos available on the web. This opens up class time for guided discussion, experimentation, and calculations. The Guateca field school provides an extreme example of this principle, as all the students do become friends. with very interesting results.

  17. SIMULACIÓN MEDIANTE REDES NEURONALES DEL ENFRIAMIENTO DEL ARCO ELÉCTRICO EN DISYUNTORES DE ALTA TENSIÓN

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    ALEXANDRO BRYANTSEVICH

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available La formulación de los modelos analíticos de enfriamiento de los arcos eléctricos en disyuntores de alta tensión todavía presenta muchas dificultades, y requiere nuevas hipótesis que los simplifique sustancialmente en relación con la realidad. Desde un punto de vista técnico, la aplicación de las redes neuronales podría ser una fuente objetiva para la simulación del enfriamiento del arco eléctrico, y para obtener resultados más cercanos a las propiedades reales del interruptor. En este trabajo se describe la problemática del desarrollo de modelos analíticos vinculados al enfriamiento del arco eléctrico de disyuntores de alta tensión mediante redes neuronales.

  18. La perspectiva suiza en relación con las líneas de alta velocidad

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    Sanz Modrego, Raúl

    2012-01-01

    La alta velocidad tuvo su inicio en el territorio japonés en la década de los sesenta. La primera línea fue construida en el país nipón entre las ciudades de Tokio y Osaka. Posteriormente en Europa, siguiendo el ejemplo japonés, se construyó la línea de alta velocidad París – Lyon, siendo todo un éxito, razón por la cual, otros países europeos como España, Italia o Alemania siguieron el mismo camino. Suiza, en cambio, se diferenció por una política en la que la implantación de líneas de a...

  19. Creación de dinero y demanda por dinero durante la alta inflación boliviana de 1982-1985

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    Juan Antonio Morales

    1988-01-01

    Las tasas de inflación mensual boliviana desde el segundo trimestre de 1984 asta el tercer trimestre de 1985 fueron las más altas del mundo en los últimos 35 años y solo comparables a aquellas sufridas en algunas naciones de Europa Central después de las dos guerras mundiales. Las altas tasas de crecimiento de los precios durante este periodo caracterizan un claro caso de hiperinflación. Aunque los síntomas más agudos se presentaron en el periodo mencionado, las altas tasas de inflación apare...

  20. Morbidade respiratória nos pacientes com e sem síndrome pulmonar obstrutiva submetidos a cirurgia abdominal alta

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    Pereira E.D.B.; Farensin S.M.; Fernandes A.L.G.

    2000-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Estudar a morbidade respiratória nos pacientes com síndrome pulmonar obstrutiva submetidos a cirurgia abdominal alta. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: Durante o pré-operatório, 196 pacientes candidatos à cirurgia abdominal alta eletiva responderam a um questionário padronizado e logo em seguida realizaram espirometria. Houve acompanhamento no pós-operatório até a alta hospitalar ou óbito. Os pacientes foram divididos em quatro grupos: 27 pacientes com DPOC (diagnóstico de bronquite crônica ou e...