Ambassador Pangrazio Conquers The University of West Virginia

Last night the University of West Virginia beat the University of Kansas in men’s basketball. As a KU fan I was disappointed.  However Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States Igor Pangrazio (a KU graduate) was also visiting UWV and had a better outcome.  He was promoting studying in Paraguay and supporting President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas program that Partners of the Americas is promoting. The program seeks to have 100,000 students from the north to study in the south and visa versa.  Here is an article from the UWV student paper about the Ambassador’s visit.

http://www.thedaonline.com/news/article_9b0c7d9a-b658-11e4-8e79-a376f726cd49.html

Paraguayan Stevia

Paraguay is making news again with Stevia the sweet plant that goes so well with Terere. Now Japan is buying the entire crop. I I bet that there will still be plenty of plants around the patio to satisfy the locals.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Sweet-Deal-Japan-to-Buy-All-of-Paraguays-Stevia-20150203-0006.html 

Stevia, Paraguay and Peace Corps

This is one of those why didn’t I think of that.  It is the story of James May who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay when he was introduced to Stevia.  That natural sweetener used in Terere and Cocido.  Take a look.

http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/james-a-may-the-father-of-stevia-accepts-esteemed-visionary-award/44258/

POA President Steve Vetter and Ambassador Igor Pangrazio

This short video is from Partners of the Americas.  Steve is welcoming Ambassador Pangrazio to Washington as he starts his post as the Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States.  Igor is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj_XhRQP7ZY

Fighting Poverty in Paraguay

Here is an interesting press release by the World Bank about a poverty reduction project in Paraguay.  This project funded at about $1 Billion US dollars is an ambitious effort to increase the incomes of the poorest 40% of the population.  I am not sure of the success of these large scale development projects but it is a worthy goal.  Perhaps we could do something similar in the USA.

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/12/16/new-world-bank-group-strategy-to-support-reduction-in-extreme-poverty-and-inequality-in-paraguay

United Kingdom Strengthens Ties with Paraguay

Here is an interesting piece about the United Kingdom increasing business with Latin America and particularly Paraguay. It includes some of the historical ties.  For example, the first railroad in Latin America was in Paraguay built by British engineers.  I also recall thinking it was strange when I met a Paraguayan who spoke English with a British accent.  Of course I am sure that the reverse is also true.

I would like to see a comparable news story about increasing US and Paraguayan ties.  Perhaps there has been one recently that I missed.  If so, please let me know.

http://en.mercopress.com/2014/11/11/minister-swire-underlines-business-opportunities-for-uk-companies-in-paraguay

 

Rutherford B. Hayes Popular in Paraguay

NPR did a nice piece on Rutherford B. Hayes and what he did for Paraguay.  Take a look and/or listen.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/10/30/360126710/the-place-where-rutherford-b-hayes-is-a-really-big-deal

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