Venezuela's Satellite Simon Bolivar, also known as Venesat-1, was launched Wednesday at
12:25 pm Venezuelan time, from Xichang, China. It will be used to
improve telecommunications and facilitate social and education projects.
Almost 6,000 Venezuelan university students recently graduated through
the government's scholarship program, and a further 700 doctors will
graduate at the end of this year, significantly filling the shortage of
professionals previously experienced by Venezuela.
On Tuesday, Venezuela’s Finance Minister Alí Rodríguez presented a
national budget proposal for 2009 that will increase social spending
and is based on predictions of 6% economic growth, a stable national
currency, and oil exports at a price of $60 per barrel.
Venezuela's national preschool program known as Simoncito has been
expanded to serve 70% of Venezuelan children, and a new drug prevention
program will be launched in high schools this year in cooperation with
the National Anti-drug Office, Venezuelan government officials
announced over the weekend.
By Tamara Pearson - Venezuelanalysis.com, Aug 26th 2008
Something you wouldn’t see at the Olympics: Teams of laughing and
cheering teenagers and young adults throwing water-filled-condoms at
each other, catching them in towels held by one person on each corner,
as rain drenches the condom covered ground.
The process of change that is being brought about in Venezuela and
its positive results in the social area, supported by international
organizations is becoming a constant motive for study in academic
circles in the United States. An interview with a U.S.-Indian Doctor who visited Venezuela's Barrio Adentro mission.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez approved funds for the construction of
a series of new infrastructure projects on his Sunday talk show Aló
Presidente yesterday. The new projects are extensions to the
nation-wide mass transit systems already in progress.
The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, transferred the administration
of public hospitals in the country’s capital from the municipal to the
federal government Thursday, increased the salary of doctors on the
public payroll, and allocated bonuses and permanent positions to public
health care workers.
International called Venezuela’s 2007 Law on the Right of Women to
a Life Free of Violence “an example for the rest of the region,” but
said practical implementation of the law has been slow. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan Supreme Court created a special tribunal to
manage domestic violence cases.