Paraguayans Sign to Play Soccer at Fort Hays State University

I knew that it was only a matter of time.  Fort Hays State University just announced that Paraguayans Silvana Romero and Veronica Kurtz have signed to play soccer. I challenge other soccer coaches in Kansas to go to Paraguay and check out the talent.

 http://fhsuathletics.com/news/2014/4/17/WSOC_0417145603.aspx

 

Driving in Paraguay

Anyone who has visited Paraguay has noticed or been appalled by the traffic.  Fortunately the one year that I lived in Paraguay I did not drive and had no interest in trying.  Just riding with someone else was enough anxiety for me.  When talking with a Paraguayan student back in Kansas he was flummoxed by driving in Kansas.  A memorable quote was; “You Americans are so crazy you stop at red lights even if there is no one else in the intersection.”  To get an idea of how an American in Paraguay experiences driving check out this post from the site Why Paraguay.

http://www.whyparaguay.com/content/2014/5/29/crazy-streets-driving-in-paraguay 

Kansas-Paraguay Family Practice Medical Exchange

Dr. Goering from Newton Kansas just received the Kansas Association of Family Practitioners’ Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award. Click on the link at the bottom to read about it.

Dr Goering has also participated in the Kansas-Paraguay Partners Family Practice Medical Exchange. The Exchange is a collaboration between the National University Medical School in Asuncion, the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Wichita and Partners of the Americas. Not familiar with the exchange? Here is what Merrill and Boots Raber’s 40 Year History of the Kansas-Paraguay Partners says about it.

In 1999 Rick Kellerman, M.D., went to Paraguay to support the new Family Medicine residency program that Dr. Wes Schmidt was establishing. Since that time, numerous physicians on the faculty of the respective medical schools have made the exchange. Physicians from Paraguay have found an opportunity to learn concepts and best practices of Family Medicine. Physicians from Kansas have learned international medicine and built relationships with colleagues in Paraguay…. More than 100 Family Medicine physicians are now trained and working in Paraguay. (page 39)

http://www.thekansan.com/article/20140608/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/140609524/0/SEARCH

War of the Triple Alliance

In case you are not up to date on the Paraguayan War of the Triple Alliance here is an interesting piece.  This is from Wiki Wormhole.  Anyone want to do some fact checking?  The entry seems to on target according to my reading but I am no historian. I am always fascinated by the role of President Hayes.

http://www.avclub.com/article/war-nearly-destroyed-paraguay-and-made-hero-medioc-205545

New Plant Found In Paraguayan Chaco

Check out this new plant species of the moonseed plant. Whatever that is. Anyone know?  The biodiversity of Paraguay is amazing.

http://www.sci-news.com/biology/science-new-species-sand-dwelling-plant-bolivia-paraguay-01974.html

Kansas, Paraguay and Partners of the Americas participate in a Nationwide Art Contest

Kansas Paraguay Partners, our southern partners CPK and the US-Paraguayan binational center (CCPA) are working together to conduct a national Paraguayan art competition.  The focus is on young Paraguayan artists in the areas of painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography.  The winner will receive English instruction (if necessary) through CCPA, travel to Kansas through an education and culture travel grant and work with artists in Kansas.  Amber Hansen a Lawrence artist, University of Kansas instructor and KPP member traveled to Paraguay through a POA travel grant to participate in the judging of the contest.  Below is a poster for the event.

 

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Paraguay Happiest!

I seem to be coming a little late to the party.  If you have interest in Paraguay you probably have already read that it is the happiest country in the whole world.  But those of us who have been there already knew that.  Unless your favorite football team just lost.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/worlds-happiest-country-would-you-believe-paraguay-n110981

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