M. Adán-Valdez

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Are Duolingo Users Actually Learning Anything Useful?

Addictive language-education apps are essentially mobile games, and they add to your second-language vocabulary. But are users making any real gains toward fluency?<p>When I first tried the free language learning app Duolingo, which calls itself "the most popular way to learn languages in the world," …

Bolivia’s president isn’t lowering his sights despite a scandal worthy of a telenovela

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Most democratic leaders would find their political ambitions curtailed by a referendum result spurning their plans for reelection.<p>But Bolivia’s President Evo Morales is different.<p>Despite a narrow loss in a February vote for a constitutional amendment to allow him to run for a …

Five Ways Participants Get Value From Professional Learning MOOCs

By: Blythe Tyron. Here are five ways educators gain value from professional development through learning communities or networks such as MOOC-Eds.The …

Supreme Court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case

The Supreme Court says Puerto Rico can't restructure the debt of its financially ailing public utilities to help overcome a decade-long economic crisis.<p>The 5-2 ruling Monday means the U.S. territory must wait for Congress to pass debt-relief legislation to help ease its fiscal woes.<p>The justices …

A new dawn for Cuba as it opens for business

When Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries took control of Cuba in 1959, they established a Communist dictatorship antithetical to everything …

Puerto Rico debates consequences of paying off debt

Puerto Rico's budget director says the U.S. territory cannot pay off its debt and provide essential services at the same time.<p>Luis Cruz Batista spoke Monday during a public hearing in which Puerto Rico legislators debated a proposed $9.1 billion budget.<p>He warned that nearly 3,500 public employees …

El Salvador gang truce mediator released from detention | Reuters

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador released on Monday Raul Mijango, the mediator of a controversial gang truce who was arrested in early May, but the legal proceedings against him will continue, authorities said.<p>Gang truce mediator Raul Mijango is secured by policemen in a court of justice after …

Venezuela's Maduro rooting for 'revolutionary friend' Sanders in U.S. campaign | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday night he supported Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential race, adding that the candidate, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, would win if the vote were “free.”<p>Maduro, a socialist who sees himself as …

Marketing in Communist-ruled Cuba: from guerrilla to mainstream?

HAVANA (Reuters) - For half a century after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, Cuba's marketing was limited to patriotic propaganda and its most ubiquitous brand was not Coca-Cola but late revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, daubed on walls across the island.<p>Now, market-style reforms to expand …

Active Nicaragua volcano a hit among lava-loving tourists

Native Central American people were terrified of a witch centuries ago, who they believed lived deep in the earth. They would sacrifice their …

Latina News Anchor Clapped Back at Viewers Who Didn't Like Her "Buenos Días" Greeting

Latina news anchor Mayra Morena doesn't report the weather, but she knows when the forecast is shady.<p>Morena, who works for ABC13 in Houston, Texas, …

Venezuela: OAS head calls emergency meeting over crisis

<b>Venezuela's government came under renewed pressure on Tuesday when regional body Organization of American States called for an emergency meeting.</b><p>OAS head Luis Almagro wants members to evaluate whether Venezuela has suffered an "unconstitutional alteration of the constitutional regime that seriously …

'Tourists go home': Spain tourism surge brings backlash | Reuters

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) - On the walls of the grand old houses of this Balearic port which attracts millions of foreigners every year, a new kind of graffiti has flourished: “Tourists go home”.<p>People walk past a graffiti in Palma de Mallorca, in the Spanish island of Mallorca, May 23, …