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ThursdayAugust 12, 2010

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WTF?  Brazil Prepares for UFO Visits

Are there UFO’s, also known as Unidentified Flying Objects, in Brazil?  No one knows for sure but if there are the Brazilian military will be ready.  In an unprecedented and WTF move - as in What’s That For – Brazil’s Air Force has created procedural guidelines on what to do when a UFO appears.

What the specific procedures are remain secret, we assume just in case space aliens can read Portuguese.  Throughout Brazil’s history UFO sightings have been reported and investigated, the most recent report in 1996 when a flying saucer was seen in Varguinhas with people (not sure if they would be called people,  space aliens or just Amigos) seen exiting the space craft.  Residents claim the military apprehended the visitors and are holding them against their will.


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Start of Ramadan Being Observed by Muslims Throughout the World

Today is the start of Ramadan when Muslims around the world observe this holy period by fasting from dawn till dusk.  This is a period of intense devotion, reflection and charitable giving for U.S. Muslims and Muslims world wide, observed through September 11, 2010.  There are varying statistics on how many Latinos in the U.S. are Muslims.  The estimates range from 15,000 to 70,000 some descendant of the Moors, the ancient Muslim inhabitants of Spain and Portugal.

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Honduras Confía en Alcanzar Acuerdo con FMI

El país espera el acuerdo para recibir créditos por US$80 millones del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, US$40 millones del Banco Mundial, US$52 millones de la Unión Europea, US$7 millones de Alemania y US$50 millones de Taiwán.

Honduras, privada de ayuda y créditos externos luego del golpe de Estado de junio de 2009, confía en lograr en septiembre un acuerdo con el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI), cuando una misión del organismo visite el país, dijeron este miércoles funcionarios.

Al cierre de ocho días de conversaciones entre ambas partes, la presidenta del Banco Central de Honduras (BCH), María Elena Mondragón, expresó que “queda abierta la expectativa de un programa”.

“Los avances logrados son enormes a fin de lograr la aprobación del programa en septiembre de forma ad referéndum, de manera que en octubre el Directorio del FMI pueda revisar este programa”, agregó la funcionaria a la prensa.

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Hispanic Movie Stars Asking U to Get Involved

In September a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring the beautiful faces of Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria Parker will urge Hispanics to fight for their civil rights and stand up against Arizona’s controversial SB 1070.

Dawson spearheaded the United We Win collaboration that originated from her efforts to get every Hispanic counted in the 2010 Census.  Cable TV network Mun2 is also involved and lending their filming talents. 

Eva Longoria Parker has been a vocal opponent of Arizona SB 1070 and was motivated to send a message to others to stand up in opposition by exercising their right to vote.  She describes herself as a “ninth-generation American” of Hispanic descent that happens to have dark skin and feels SB 1070 racially profiles people like her. 

Read more at Latinovations →

Arizona’s Criminal Alien Enforcement Surge is Paying Off

In the largest operation of its kind ever carried out in Arizona, more than 60 convicted criminal aliens and immigration fugitives have been arrested following a three-day targeted enforcement operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

During the operation, which concluded Wednesday evening, ICE officers located and arrested 55 aliens with prior criminal convictions. In addition, 16 of the individuals ICE officers took into custody were immigration fugitives, aliens with outstanding orders of deportation who had failed to leave the country. Of those arrested during the enforcement action, at least 25 have already been removed from the United States.

At a news conference here Thursday, ICE Director John Morton announced the results of the enforcement action, which involved more than 60 ICE agents and officers, as well as personnel from the U.S. Marshals Service. Those officers fanned out across the state making arrests in Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona , Mesa, Tempe and Prescott.

“These are not people we want to see walking the streets here in Phoenix or in any other community in Arizona,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Those who come to the United States to prey upon communities in Arizona will be prosecuted for their crimes and ultimately returned to their home countries. The results of this operation demonstrate ICE’s commitment to that principle.”

Because of their serious criminal histories and prior immigration arrest records, at least 12 of those arrested during the enforcement surge have been presented for federal prosecution for reentering the country illegally after a formal deportation. A conviction for felony re-entry carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

“We are dedicated to bringing criminals to justice all along the southwest border, and in particular we will aggressively prosecute offenders with violent criminal convictions and who pose a threat to our communities,” said Dennis Burke, U. S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. “We are pleased to stand together with our partners in Homeland Security and the Marshals Service and our state partners in the Offices of Probation and Parole to secure the southwest border through targeted enforcement strategies like today’s action.”

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U.S. Border Patrol Own’s Wonder Dog - Chile

Superman had Krypto the Wonder Dog and U.S. Border Patrol now has its own version with Chile, the drug-sniffing dog.  Chile, is a U.S. Border patrol dog that has earned the title “Wonder Dog” for his drug busts last week.

In just one day, Chile identified over 60 pounds of illegal drugs that were being smuggled into the country.  His first sniff out was 44 pounds of marijuana hidden in a vehicle’s attached trailer.  Only a few hours later Chile got worked up over a truck carrying tile boxes where 17.5 pounds of pot was found.

Drug sniffing dogs are specially trained by their handlers and are deployed throughout the border and at airports costing the U.S. taxpayer $20,000 for training alone. They are so skilled at sniffing out things the Tennessee Department of Correction last month added dogs, like Chile, to sniff out cell phones which are considered contraband in prison. 

A drug-sniffing dog is even credited with bringing down Lil Wayne when it sniffed out cocaine, marijuana and ectasy on the rappers tour bus at a border checkpoint.  Unfortunately, many border patrol dogs could be out of work soon with scientists at Georgia Tech developing a hand held “electronic nose” that is portable and inexpensive and able to detect cocaine and marijuana. 

However, only man’s best friend can detect small molecules in the part-per-billion.  So if Chile loses his border patrol job he can always use that incredible nose to save the environment sniffing out invasive aquatic species and finding bumblebee nests for honey production. 

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Video Montage of Soldiers Returning Home to Surprise Loved Ones

HS News Salutes the millions of Hispanic Americans that have served in the US Armed Forces or fought for the country before it became a nation.  For example, a coalition of Mexicans, Spanish, Cubans and Puerto Ricans defeated a British force of 1,200 at what is now St. Louis in 1779. Over two hundred years of valor has been provided by Hispanics for America that continues to this day in battles in Afghanistan, Iraq and wherever American forces fight to protect our country and what we believe in.

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Se inicia Exposición de Sepulcros Mayas en el Museo Nacional de Antropología

Las majestuosas máscaras y joyas que acompañaban en la muerte a los gobernantes mayas fallecidos entre el 200 y 900 de nuestra era se exhiben en México a partir de este jueves, en una muestra que recrea la magnificencia de los sepulcros mayas.

La exposición, montada por especialistas del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), contiene 147 piezas que fueron descubiertas principalmente en Palenque (Chiapas) , Calakmul (Campeche), Dzibanché (Quintana Roo) y Oxkintok (Yucatán), durante los últimos 30 años.

“Rostros de la divinidad. Los mosaicos mayas de piedra verde”, que luego visitará Italia, donde será exhibida en el Museo Arqueológico de Nápoles, de noviembre a enero de 2011, y que posteriormente viajará a Francia para mostrarse en París, resume el conocimiento adquirido en los últimos 30 años durante la exploración de tumbas mayas.

Sofía Martínez del Campo Lanz, curadora de la muestra, dijo que el museo Nacional de Antropología de la capital mexicana mostrará 13 máscaras mortuorias de piedra verde.

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Hispanic Media’s Love Affair with President Appears to be Over

It appears that U.S. Hispanics are not the only ones frustrated and disappointed with President Barack Obama’s work, or lack of, on immigration reform.  Taking a page book out of Walter Cronkite’s op-ed journalism style - when he voiced displeasure on behalf of the America people with the Vietnam War - Hispanic media is doing the same on the issue of immigration.

It is not uncommon to read headlines or editorial pages like “Obama Came Up Short”, “Obama’s Cheap and Easy Rhetoric,” in Spanish-language media.  The audience is responding with Obama’s popularity declining amongst Hispanics to 57%. 

The leading voice of displeasure and disillusionment is the well-respected Hispanic television anchor, Jorge Ramos of Univision.  “He has a credibility problem right now with Latinos,” Ramos recently stated questioning why the President can’t find 60 votes for immigration reform just like he found for health care and financial reform. 

Hispanic media appears not just to be reporting on immigration but challenging the President to do something about it and constantly reminding him of his election promises.  “La Promesa de Obama” does not seem to have happened and Hispanic media wants everyone to know about it especially as critical November elections are approaching. 




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Brasil y Venezuela, los Reyes de Twitter

Brasil y Venezuela, en este último caso con ayuda de su presidente, Hugo Chávez, son junto a Indonesia los países donde la red social Twitter goza de un mayor índice de penetración entre los internautas, según informó ayer comScore.

Esta empresa, que se dedica a la medición de tráfico y otros parámetros en internet, difundió un informe sobre el índice de penetración de Twitter en el mundo, con datos correspondientes al pasado junio. Según esos datos, casi 93 millones de usuarios visitaron Twitter.com en junio, lo que representa un incremento de 109% respecto del mismo mes de 2009.

Indonesia fue el país en que se detectó una mayor penetración, ya que se calcula que 20.8% de los usuarios de la red en ese país acudieron durante ese mes a Twitter.com, seguido de Brasil (con 20.5%) y Venezuela (con 19%).

Read more at El Universal →

The Plague in Peru

The Plague in Peru

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UPDATE: The World Health Organization (WHO) is now involved in the plague outbreak occurring in the northern region of Peru.  WHO’s investigation has revealed at least 10 strains of plague, pneumonic plague and septicemia plague.  The mention of The Plague, also known as Black Death, conjures images of the 1300’s when millions died all throughout Europe.  Now a day if caught early the plague is treatable.

The health organization is working with Peruvian health officials to implement insect control measures in high risk-areas and strengthen disease surveillance while informing the general public of the risks involved. 

ORIGINAL STORY: The bubonic plague has struck 27 people in Peru, killing one. Peru’s health minister reports one 14-year-old boy with Downs syndrome has died. The cases appear to be a mixture of bubonic plague, pneumonic plague and septicemia plague.  The plague can be transmitted by fleabites or as an airborne contagion.

Those infected are from Peru’s northern coastal province, La Libertad.  The first plague outbreak recorded in Peru was in 1903 and the last in 1994 which claimed 35 people.

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Car Bomb in Colombia

Colombian news agencies are reporting a car bomb going off in northern Bogota near one of the country’s major radio stations, Caracol Radio.  The national police chief, Oscar Naranjo immediately identified the bombing as “a terrorist act.”  No one was reported killed but several people were injured when the blast occurred early this morning.  No one has been apprehended, some think it is the work of leftist guerrillas that continue to battle with the government.

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Mexico and Spain Play to a Draw

Mexico and Spain Play to a Draw

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In a friendly game of soccer with many historical ties, Mexico and Spain played to adoring crowds finishing the game in a draw.  Javier Hernandez of team Mexico, scored in the 12th minute to put Mexico ahead while David Silva scored for Spain in the second minute of added time. Team Spain had been trailing for almost the entire game.  “We had more control than Mexico, but we lacked width and failed to get in deep,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said. “Without much preparation, my players played like they had spent time training when, in truth, some trained for the first time yesterday.”

The game is one of many celebrations being held throughout the world as Mexico celebrates its 200 year anniversary of independence from Spain.  Mexico was hoping to bring gain a symbolic victory from its former conqueror.  While, Spain was returning to the field exactly one month after their World Cup victory.


Read more at The New York Times →

ThursdayAugust 12, 2010