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MondayJuly 12, 2010

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Obama Recibe por Primera Vez al Presidente de Republica Dominicana

El Presidente Obama recibió por primera vez en la oficina oval al presidente de Republica Dominicana, Leonel Fernández, y discutieron una variedad de temas de la crisis humanitaria en Haití hasta el desarollo de la energía limpia.

La República Dominicana ha sido la principal plataforma para el traslado de la ayuda humanitaria internacional. Ademas discutieron el problema del narcotráfico y el deber de trabajar en conjunto con otras naciones para combatir el problema.

El campo de la energía limpia es una area donde el presidente Obama se ve muy interesado de hacer negocios en el futuro. Fernández le sigue los pasos a Brasil en el estudio de producir etanol a partir de la caña de azúcar.

Read more at Yahoo Noticias →

Salsa and Guacomole: As if the anti-Latino Sentiment Couldn’t Get Any Worse, Apparantly the Food is

The Center for Disease Control has just released an investigation that credits guacamole and salsa with nearly 1 out of every 25 restaurant-associated foodborne outbreaks between 1998 and 2008.

The delicious ingredients to both of these very popular Hispanic dishes contain raw produce, and if stored inappropriately can become ideal vehicles of foodborne infection. “Possible reasons salsa and guacamole can pose a risk for foodborne illness is that they may not be refrigerated appropriately and are often made in large batches so even a small amount of contamination can affect many customers,” says a researcher who collaborated on the CDC study. 

In Hispanics households storage is not a problem since the guac and salsa are typically gone before all the ingredients are even mixed in!

Read more at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention →

Mexican Tourism Revenue On The Rise

A total of 5.7 million foreign tourists visited Mexico in May alone which showed a 86.1% increase for same time last year when the country was suffering through the swine flu.  Overall, tourists are coming back to Mexico when comparing travel figures from same time last year.

10.6% more tourists visited the country between January and May of 2010 than they did in 2009.  This increase in tourism translates to $5.56Billion in revenue for the country.  The Mexico Tourism Secretary remains very optimistic that the trend will continue throughout the year, predicting a 13.7% increase for the rest of the summer travel months of July and August. 

The tourism figures were a surprise for the Mexican government that has been battling bad news on many fronts.  They had suffered declining tourism during the global economic crisis, the swine flu and the drug-violence that receives a lot of press attention in the U.S.

Read more at EFE News Service →

Betancourt will NOT sue Colombian Government

UPDATE 7/12/10: Former Presidential Candidate and hostage- Ingrid Betancourt said Sunday she has no intention of suing the Columbian government for damages. She does hold the government partially responsible for her kidnapping as they pulled her bodyguards and denied her access to a helicopter, which could have allowed her to avoid the rebel-controlled roads she was seized on. She has stressed though that she has no intention of suing the government for her six years spent as a hostage.

On the two year anniversary of her release from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) guerrilla’s, former captive Ingrid Betancourt is suing the Colombian government for $6.5M for her emotional duress and loss of wages.  Betancourt was campaigning for the Presidency when she was kidnapped in 2002, in the southern Capqueta region, though she been warned her safety could not be guaranteed in the region. 

She was held captive for six years in a daring rescue operation conducted in the jungle by Colombian law enforcement.  Colombian reaction has been mostly negative.  The government stated its law enforcement officers risked their lives in the rescue operations and many Colombian people see this as an act of ingratitude. 

On the two year anniversary of her release from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) guerrilla’s, former captive Ingrid Betancourt is suing the Colombian government for $6.5M for her emotional duress and loss of wages.  Betancourt was campaigning for the Presidency when she was kidnapped in 2002, in the southern Capqueta region, though she been warned her safety could not be guaranteed in the region. 

She was held captive for six years in a daring rescue operation conducted in the jungle by Colombian law enforcement.  Colombian reaction has been mostly negative.  The government stated its law enforcement officers risked their lives in the rescue operations and many Colombian people see this as an act of ingratitude. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Se Aproxima el 31 Aniversario de la Revolución Popular Sandinista

La revolución Sandinista que triunfo el 19 de julio de 1979 y tomo poder del país hasta que la ‘oligarquía’ volvió al poder en 1990 celebrara su 31 aniversario el próximo lunes.

La interrupción neoliberal que duro 17 años termino el 10 de enero de 2007 cuando el Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra, líder de los Sandinistas volvió a ocupar la primera magistratura del país, marcando la segunda fase de la Revolución.

Actualmente debajo de la gestión del gobierno de unidad y reconciliación nacional, la atención médica alcanza más sectores de la población, numerosas centrales de energía eléctrica se han construido eliminando los apagones, ambiciosos programas sociales, y la construcción y entrega de viviendas a los más pobres son motivos para festejar la revolución.

Read more at La Gente →

The Vatican Revises Rules to Cover Sex Abuse and Attempted Women’s Ordination

The vatican is codifying practices that have been in place for several years that deal with priestly sex abuse of minors. It will also include the attempted ordination of women on the list of most serious crimes.

The revisions include extending the church law’s statue of limitation on accusations of sexual abuse from 10 years after the victim’s18th birthday to 20 years. The revisions also clarify that the use of child pornography falls under the category of clerical sexual abuse of minors. In addition, the revisions will include disabled adults into the “minors” category.

The Vatican placed online a guide to understanding the church’s provision for sex abused cases for reference.

Read more at Catholic News Service →

Vatican is Warned of Chavez Move toward Dictatorship

As the Vatican is warned about Chavez decreasing freedoms, Chavez says Cardinal Urosa should be whipped for lying. In the overwhelmingly Catholic Venezuela, church leaders have spoken out against what they see as Chavez’s increased authoritarianism. The Cardinal sites the governments refusal to renew the licenses of dozens of radio stations, legislation that takes powers away from elected officials who side with the opposition and the attorney general having filed criminal charges against several government foes as proof. In yesterdays newspaper Chavez denied the claim that he is steering Venezuela toward dictatorship.
“We’re advancing toward the complete democratization that we’ve called ‘Bolivarian socialism,’ whose primary objective is to give power to the people,” wrote Chavez, referring to his political movement named after 19th-century independence hero Simon Bolivar.

Read more at CBS News/AP →

Agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza en Texas Reciben Amenazas por Parte de Cárteles Mexicanos

Las amenazas contras los agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza en Texas por parte de los Cárteles Mexicanos aumentaron después de la muerte del menor de 14 años, Sergio Adrián Hernández Guereca, por parte de un agente fronterizo.

Las amenazas han sido enviadas a través de testimonios de inmigrantes y coyotes así como notas encontradas y por vía telefónica. Las autoridades Estadounidenses tienen información de amenazas por parte de la mafia mexicana y cárteles de la droga aunque no han podido confirmar la fiabilidad de estas amenazas.

El portavoz de la Patrulla Fronteriza, Ramiro Cordero, indicó que los agentes no han cambiado sus rutinas solo han comenzado a usar el chaleco antibalas sin falta.

Por lo que va de este año se ha visto un incremento de agresiones contra agentes, la mayoría cometidas con piedras os armas blancas.

Read more at Terra Noticias →

Violence Continues to Climb in Guatemala

Violence continues to plague the Central American country of Guatemala, where 23 people were killed this weekend.  On average 11 to 15 individuals die violently each day.  This weekend’s killings included 6 women and a young girl killed by unknown gunmen.  Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America and at times American tourists are the target. In a most recent report the American Embassy in Guatemala reported 10 incidents of crime against American’s in April ranging from sexual assault to armed robbery.

The killings occur mostly in the capital city of Guatemala City and are gang related.  Others killed are business men refusing to pay extortion monies to organize crime.  In 2009 5,600 murders in Guatemala were recorded with 25 murders a week occurring in Guatemala City alone.  Of those crimes 98% were unsolved that has lead to another problem in the country, vigilantism. 

Read more at LAHT →

U.S. Governor’s Meet and Fret About Political Cost of Immigration Debate

The nations Governor’s met in Boston for their annual meeting with the economic issues defining the agenda.  Nonetheless, there was concern the discussion on immigration and the lawsuit against Arizona, will hurt those seeking re-election in November.  Some Democrats privately complained about bringing yet another “toxic” matter to the American people’s attention.  First there were bailouts, then health care reform and now immigration. 

Many feel that jobs should remain the focus and are concerned that now immigration reform is taking center stage.  Some other Democratic governor’s also question the timing of the lawsuit against Arizona, right before mid-term elections, especially those in tight battles for re-election.  Polls are showing most American people support Arizona creating its own immigration laws, therefore opposing the polled-popularity could prove fatal to office seekers.

Nineteen Democratic governors are either leaving office and hoping to have a Democratic take their seat or are seeking reelection.  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, never one to ignore the camera reaffirmed, during the conference her belief that Arizona will be able to effectuate SB 1070 on July 29th, stating “I think Arizona will win and we will take a position for all America.”

Read more at New York Times →



MondayJuly 12, 2010