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Now that's a strike.
Colombia's 'crossed legs' protest is redefining women's activism -- Under the banner of "No more sex. We want our road", they have been sticking to their guns since June. At first, the protest met with muted amusement and opposition from the town's residents. But as the movement grew, the men's initial resistance quickly turned to support. It easy to understand why their resolve is not faltering: the lack of a paved road means that even the cost of food is five or six times that of other regions of the country. But this isn't just about the price of goods or convenience: there have been many deaths linked to the lack of adequate infrastructure, as ambulances get stuck in the mud trying to reach town.

Honda recall!!
Honda to Recall 2.26 Million Vehicles in U.S., China -- Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it will recall a combined 2.26 million vehicles in the U.S. and China due to a problem with automatic transmissions installed in its Accord, CR-V and other models. The car maker will voluntarily recall about 1.5 million vehicles to update automatic transmission control software in the U.S., while it will recall around 760,515 vehicles in China. The number of vehicles to be recalled in the world's two biggest car markets is equal to 63% of the 3.56 million vehicles that the Japanese car maker sold last year worldwide.

Complicated CSR complying.
A Rule Aimed at Warlords Upends African Mines -- This month chipmaker AMD was set to tell suppliers they have two weeks to prove the solder (alloys used to fuse metal parts), capacitors, and diodes they supply to make its semiconductors aren't being made with minerals from military-controlled mines in the Congo. "We've never tried this before," says Tim Mohin, director of corporate responsibility at AMD and the official responsible for the survey. "You have to do some sleuthing down the supply chain." Business lobbying groups are upset about the cost of gathering such data. "This has started to spread compliance costs and burdens throughout the economy, upon hundreds of thousands of businesses," says Tom Quaadman, vice-president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness.

There's an app for that.
Office Depot Launches New Business-to-Business Mobile Procurement Application for iPhone(R) -- The new iPhone application delivers many of the same capabilities of Office Depot's business-to-business website, including access to account specific pricing, the ability to utilize order attributes such as internal cost centers and billing codes, ordering via saved shopping lists, order tracking, and more.

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