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A Quadrennial Quandary for the Olympics

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 5:14 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s a question asked every four years: Are the Olympic games worth the enormous amount of money needed to stage them?

So far, the tally for the Rio de Janeiro games is $4.6-billion and counting. Some estimates put the costs between $12 and $20-billion as associated infrastructure costs are added.

But even the high end of the estimates will fall short of the nearly $22-billion spent by Russia for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The budget-busting price tags have some considering alternatives such as permanent sites that get the games on a rotating basis and spreading out the games to many sites that would host one event.

While the Olympic torch lights up the skies over Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians hope they won’t get burned too much.

This Is how the U.S. Must Lead the Fight Against Zika

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 12:18 pm (UTC-4)
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The world is not mounting a sufficient operational response to Zika in the South and Central American countries that are at risk. Brazil, Colombia and other nations are not applying the scale of resources required to rapidly reduce transmission. Within a year, Puerto Rico could have hundreds of cases of microcephaly, leading to disastrous consequences…

Cancel the Olympics

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 4:20 pm (UTC-4)
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[M]ore than 10,500 athletes, coaches and trainers will have descended on Rio de Janeiro…more than 500,000 foreign spectators are expected….they will be exposing themselves to the Zika-carrying mosquitos…If you were a bioterrorist trying to expose as many of the world’s population as possible, I doubt you could come up with a better plan than this.

Latin America’s Moment

Posted April 29th, 2016 at 4:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Much of the world’s attention is understandably focused on developments in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia….But an unintended consequence…is that many governments, corporations, and people are missing much of what is going on in Latin America. And much of what is going on in Latin America right now happens to be good.

Odds Are you Won’t get Zika. But It’s only Human to Worry that You Might

Posted March 7th, 2016 at 8:21 am (UTC-4)
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You wouldn’t know it from the World Health Organization’s declaration of a global public health emergency, or all the dramatic news coverage, but while the microcephaly risk from Zika is real, at this point it’s lower than you might expect, given the alarms.