Topeka, Kan., December 2, 2009 — Family footwear retailer, Payless ShoeSource, announced that more than 750 nonprofit partners located across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and in 10 Latin American countries have officially joined Payless in its Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, a grass-roots effort aimed at giving more than $1.2 million in free shoes to children of families in need this holiday season.

QUINTANA ROO, Mexico, June 4, 2009, Environment News Service – To establish Mexico as a global model for conservation, a new alliance today announced an initial investment of US$100 million for the promotion of sustainable development and protection of biodiversity in six priority regions.

In early October 2005, the United States was focused on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina a month prior. But as thousands of small-scale farmers in Central America were preparing for the coffee harvest, Hurricane Stan struck. Guatemala, El Salvador and southern Mexico were hit the hardest; Stan directly caused 80 deaths and brought mud slides and flooding that led to as many as 2,000 more.

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