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TuesdayAugust 24, 2010

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Seven Killed in Venezuela Mine Collapse- More Trapped

Officials in Venezuela confirm that seven people have died and more are believed to be trapped in the collapsed mine. The mine is located in El Callao, in the state of Bolivar. Emergency workers are trying desperately to free the men from the illegal gold mine.

President Hugo Chavez has been trying to close down many of these illegal mining operations as he says they have a devastating effect on the economy. In April he sent the Army to down camps in this very area. Safety standards are these illegal mines are non-existent.

Read more at BBC →

Chile Miners’ First Request? Toothbrushes! (VIDEO)

Chile Miners’ First Request? Toothbrushes! (VIDEO)

Photo: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera shows a note from miners

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Chile is preparing for what will undoubtedly be the longest rescue mission in Chile’s history.  Government officials have said the miners may not surface from the mine until Christmas. The Miners have been trapped since. Until their discovery on Sunday, the miners have survived on rationing their 48-hour emergency supply of food. Every other day, each man was allowed two spoons of tuna, a biscuit and a sip of milk. Monday a note came up from one from the eldest of the miners, 63-year-old Mario Gomez. He wrote to his wife, translated from Spanish, “I want to tell everyone that I’m good and we’ll surely come out OK.”
Newly installed microphones allowed families to hear the men applauding and singing the national anthem late Monday.

The shelter, a living-room-sized chamber off one of the mine’s lower passages that is easily big enough for all 33 men, is far enough from the landslide to remain intact, and the men can also walk around below where the rocks fell. The temperature there is around 90 to 93 degrees (32-34 degrees Celsius).

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Mexico’s Peso Declines for a Fifth Straight Day Against U.S. Dollar

Mexico’s peso fell for a fifth straight day, dropping 0.4 percent to 12.9613 per U.S. dollar at 7:48 a.m. New York time, from 12.9084 yesterday.

“Mexico released another round of weak economic data,” Flavia Cattan-Naslausky, RBS Securities Inc.’s Latin America currency strategist, wrote in a report today. “What is most worrisome about the data is that it comes off of a very lower statistical base, reflecting perhaps one of the most challenging years for Mexico as a result of the swine flu, escalation of drug violence in Juarez, political noise around the fiscal reform and a laggard economic recovery on the back of the U.S.”

Read more at Bloomberg →

White and Hispanic Catholics Increasingly Divided Along Political Party Affiliations

Pew’s extensive study “Forum on Religion and Public Life” has been receiving a lot of attention and igniting debate around President Barack Obama’s religious affiliation or lack of. 
A year ago, 51% of Catholics said that President Obama—who was baptized in the United Church of Christ at the age of 27—is a Christian, while 10% said he is a Muslim and 36% said they did not know. Only 32% of Catholics now say he is Christian, while 18% say he is Muslim and 46% do not know.

However within the study there is another interesting topic for debate and analysis and it relates to Hispanic Catholics: white and Hispanic Catholics are increasingly divided along political party affiliations.  48% of the nation’s Catholics now identify themselves as Democrats, while 43% identify themselves as Republicans according to the survey. In 2006, 52% of Catholics identified themselves as Democrats, while 39% identified themselves as Republicans. White and Hispanic Catholics have become increasingly divided on party affiliation. In 2006, 49% of white Catholics and 63% of Hispanic Catholics called themselves Democrats, while 43% of white Catholics and 30% of Hispanic Catholics called themselves Republicans. Four years later, 41% of white Catholics and 71% of Hispanic Catholics call themselves Democrats, while 50% of white Catholics and 22% of Hispanic Catholics called themselves Republicans Among the survey’s other findings (survey results for Catholics did not differ greatly from Americans overall):

* only 37% of Catholics believe that churches should express views on political and social issues (vs. 45% in 2006)
* 64% of Catholics believe it is important for members of Congress to have strong religious beliefs
* 71% of Catholics believe that religion is losing its influence on public life (vs. 61% a year ago)
* 62% of Catholics believe that religion is losing its influence on government leaders (vs. 40% a year ago)

To read the study in full visit HSN News Library. 

A year ago, 51% of Catholics said that President Obama—who was baptized in the United Church of Christ at the age of 27—is a Christian, while 10% said he is a Muslim and 36% said they did not know. Only 32% of Catholics now say he is Christian, while 18% say he is Muslim and 46% do not know.

Read more at Catholic Culture →

Miss Mexico Wins Miss Universe 2010 (VIDEO)

Jimena Navarrete, Miss Mexico 2010, of Guadalajara, is crowned Miss UNIVERSE 2010 becoming the 59th MISS UNIVERSE at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, yesterday night.

After back-to-back wins by Valenzuela, Mexico brings home the crown this year. Latin women have won their 6th Miss Universe title in a decade. “I chose a red dress because this year Mexico is celebrating 200 years of independence and this color has a lot of meaning,” Navarrete explained.

Navarrete looked calm and collected as she answered pagent questions concerning the effect of unsupervised internet use on children.  Her politically correct reply, via a translator: “I do believe that the internet is an indispensable and necessary tool for the present time, and we must be very careful and watch over what our children watch and see or teenagers watch and see. And we must be sure to teach them the values that we learn as a family so that they may use the internet properly.”

Her spectacular year long reign will include traveling throughout the world making special appearances on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization, its sponsors and affiliated charities.

Here is video footage of previous Miss Mexico’s donning national costumes.

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Tombstones New Way to Conceal Illegal Drugs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Cincinnati DHL express consignment operation seized more than 52 pounds of marijuana last week. While the seizure of marijuana being smuggled into the country is nothing new to these officers, the method of concealment was something they had never seen before.

While conducting enforcement operations the officers became suspicious of a tombstone being shipped from Kingston, Jamaica to London, England.

“Why would someone ship a tombstone?” was the first thought of the officers. CBP narcotics detection dog “Rouge” alerted aggressively to the parcel and an x-ray examination revealed anomalies which resulted in the discovery of packages of marijuana.

The packages were concealed within a metal box, wrapped in metal mesh and hidden inside the concrete tombstone. The street value of the marijuana is approximately $52,000.

“This method of concealment further shows the great lengths drug smugglers will use to try to hide their product,” said Brian Humphrey, acting CBP director of field operations in Chicago. “I am very pleased with the officers’ use of their intuition, experience and available resources in the detection and interdiction of this marijuana shipment.”  The tombstone was for a Delroy Senior, age 35, and it is not known if that is an actual person. 

CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at the express consignment facilities located throughout the country. CBP constantly conducts enforcement operations on international parcels and on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the U.S.  so smugglers BEWARE. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Tuesday is Primary Day in Arizona, Alaska and Florida…Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!

Arizona’s Republican Senate Primary has John McCain as the clear front-runner against J.D. Hayworth. Incumbent McCain spent $20 Million dollars in his fight against the tea party–backed opponent.

Arizona Republicans are also holding primaries for candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Reps. Gabrielle Giffords, Ann Kirkpatrick and Harry Mitchell. And the open House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. John Shadegg attracted 10 GOP hopefuls, including Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Florida’s primary has seen Former Health Care executive Rick Scott spend almost $39 million of his own money in a primary battle for the Republican Gubernatorial spot.  Alex Sink is expected to the Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate.

The Florida Democratic Senate Primary shows 28% still undecided between Meek and billionaire Greene. The winner there will face Republican Marco Rubio and Independent Gov Charlie Crist in November.

Alaska has former Gov Sarah Palin stomping hard for Republican Joe Miller. The Republican Senatorial Candidate also has the backing of “Tea Party Express” who has aided the candidate with promotional advertising and rallies.

Vermont and Oklahoma also will be holding primaries on Tuesday.

Read more at Huffington Post →

TuesdayAugust 24, 2010