The University of Columbia’s “Earth Institute” has released the results of its first happiness report, which highlight Venezuela as the happiest country in South America and the second happiest country in the region after Costa Rica.
The Venezuelan government has announced that it will create a national network of low price pharmacies across the country in an attempt to combat the effect of inflation on the price of medicine for Venezuelan citizens.
41,863 houses have been built so far this year as part of the Venezuelan government’s mass house construction program, equating to 21% of the 2012 aim of 200,000 new houses, according to the latest report from the government’s housing body.
Venezuela’s Food Minister Carlos Osorio highlighted last Sunday the role that the revolutionary government of President Hugo Chavez has played in ensuring food security to the nation by providing more than 10 million tons of important staples for the economically disadvantaged.
According to a Reading Behaviour Study conducted jointly by the National Book Centre, the Venezuelan Book Laboratory, and Goya Consultancy, 50.2% of Venezuela’s population are book readers, with a preference towards history, politics, and social issues.
Venezuelans participated in a national day of seed gathering to mark World Earth Day yesterday, while government figures and environmentalists highlighted the advances of the Venezuelan government’s Mision Arbol (Tree Mission) reforestation program.
The President of Venezuela’s National Land Institute (INTI), Luis Motta Dominguez, affirmed that more than 224,000 families have benefited from redistributed farmlands made available through the Chavez administration’s agrarian reform program.
Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro Health Mission now involves 12,898 Cuban and Venezuelan doctors, 4,595 dentists, 7,772 nurses, 6702 community medical surgeries, 551 medical diagnostic centres, 580 rehabilitation rooms, 33 high technology centres, and 459 optometrist centres, according to Vice-president Elias Jaua.
Venezuela’s 8th Annual International Book Fair (Filven) closed on Sunday with record attendance, up over 20% from 2011. Between 9 and 18 March over 235,000 visitors attended the open cultural event, compared with 180,000 last year.
A total of 36,401 people registered in the government’s Knowledge and Work mission as the final stage of the program’s registration phase got underway last week. The latest recording brings the total of Venezuelans registered in the mission to 702,674, said the vice-president for the Economic-Productive Area, Ricardo Menendez.
On Monday the Venezuelan government handed out 600 musical instruments to children from ten schools in Caracas, as part of a strategy to prevent crime, and bringing the number of instruments handed out so far to a total of 1,600.
Thousands of Venezuelans are to start work training this week, training which includes critical components and theoretical discussions, and hundreds will train in special education, as the government changes its policy towards inclusion of children with disabilities in the classroom.
Yesterday a range of Venezuela’s scientists, innovators, and researchers met in the Institute of Advanced Studies (IDEA) in Caracas to share their most recent projects, including new telescopes, stem cell research, and nutritional innovation, with the public. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also allocated funding to allow for a pay increase for researchers.