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WednesdayAugust 25, 2010

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Chilean Miner’s Families Sue for Compensation and Justice   VIDEO

Families of 24 of the 33-trapped miners have filed a lawsuit against the state and the mining company. The Caldera Mayor, Brunilda González has given her full support to the legal actions.

The action against the state is for it’s failure to monitor the safety of the mine and for allowing it’s reopening in 2007, when plans to enhance the mines safety were never implemented correctly. A ventilation duct was to be installed to function as both ventilation and as an escape route, but it is too small to be used for escape.

Earlier this month, the Chilean geology and mining service revealed that due to budget constraints, there were only 16 safety auditors for the 4500 Chilean mines. In the region where the collapsed San Jose mine is located, there are only 3 auditors for 884 mines.

“Now is not the time to point fingers or ask for pardons,” mine owner Bohn told national television channel, TVN, adding that critics have been unjust. The Chilean Mining Minister has confirmed that the government will hold the mining company responsible to the extent of the law.

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Polls asks U.S. Citizens views on Birthright Citizenship to Foreigners

30% of U.S. residents believe that the children born to foreign citizens living legally in the U.S. should not receive automatic citizenship.

55% of U.S. residents believe that the children born to mothers in the country on a tourist visa should not receive automatic citizenship.

67% of U.S. residents believe that the children born to undocumented immigrants should not receive automatic citizenship.

Broken down by Political Affiliations:
Do you agree believe that the children born to undocumented immigrants should not receive automatic citizenship?

Democrats     57% think we should deny citizenship
Independents   70 % think we should deny citizenship
Republicans   82% think we should deny citizenship

The Poll was conducted by Angus Reid, a public opinion firm in Toronto. The margin of error is 3.1%

Read more at UPI →

Largest Body Dump To Date Found in Mexico (VIDEO)

UPDATE:  Mexican police now believe that the 72 bodies found at a ranch in the border city of Matamoros in Tamauplipas were not drug cartel members but rather kidnapped migrants from Central America.  It is believed those 72 individuals paid a “coyote” to bring them into the U.S. and either were kidnapped to extort more money or to provide ransom monies for the drug cartels.  The teenager that lead police officials to the ranch has now identified himself as a illegal migrant.  It is not known if all were 72 individuals were killed at the some time or at the same site. 

ORIGINAL STORY:  Mexican authorities were led to a gruesome find at a rural ranch in the border city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas by a gunshot victim found at a security checkpoint in the state.  The unidentified teen-age victim notified authorities that he had been shot at the ranch by drug cartel gunmen whereby authorities went to investigate.

The Mexican Navy was dispatched to the ranch and upon arrival was shot at by gunmen while they were attempting to flee in vehicles.  Three gunmen were killed as well as one marine.  Upon investigation of the site Marines discovered 72 decomposing bodies, 58 men and 14 women.  It is assumed that this is yet another dump site for drug cartel rivals, in May 55 bodies were found in Taxco and 51 bodies found in July in Monterrey. 

An official statement by the Mexican Navy has not been issued providing more detail on how long the bodies had been at the site or whether any had been identified. 

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Largest Methamphetamine Seizure at Sea is Made

U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine interdiction agents Sunday stopped a U.S. citizen with 144 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment under the deck of his boat.  Over the weekend, CBP marine interdiction agents on routine patrol stopped a private pleasure craft, a 1994 23-foot Bayliner with one male U.S. citizen on board, as it returned to the U.S. from Mexico.

The CBP marine interdiction unit, joined by a back-up vessel and crew with additional marine interdiction agents and a CBP officer, performed a boarding just outside of Mission Bay before escorting the pleasure boat and sole occupant to the CBP dock.  Agents found a hidden compartment below the deck with 144 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $3 million.  This is CBP’s largest methamphetamine seizure at sea off the coast of San Diego.

CBP turned the suspected smuggler over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with the Maritime Task Force, which is investigating the incident.

Read more by HS News Staff →

El Volcán Galeras Erupta en Colombia

El volcán Galeras, al suroeste colombiano, arrojó el miércoles una columna de gases y cenizas sin que se reportaron víctimas o daños, pero obligando a las autoridades a declarar un alerta roja en la zona.

La subdirectora de amenazas geológicas del oficial Instituto Colombiano de Geología y Minería (Ingeominas), Marta Calvache, explicó que en la erupción a las 4 de la madrugada (0900 GMT) hubo salida de gases, vapor de agua y cenizas.

Fue la segunda erupción en lo que va de año en el Galeras, ubicado en el departamento de Nariño y a unos 530 kilómetros al suroeste de Bogotá, dijo Calvache en entrevista telefónica. La primera se produjo el 2 de enero pasado.

En el 2009, el Galeras registró al menos 10 erupciones, dijo Calvache. “Pero desde enero (del 2010) había estado calladito” el volcán.

El Galeras, de 4.276 de altura, permanece en observación y hasta ahora no se ha registrado expulsión de material como lava, aseguró Calvache.

En un comunicado en su sitio de internet Ingeominas declaró un alerta roja.

El director de socorro de la Cruz Roja Colombiana, Carlos Iván Márquez, explicó que debido a ese alerta roja se ordenó la evacuación de poblados cercanos al Galeras hacia nueve albergues que pueden recibir a unas 8.000 a 9.000 personas.

Read more at Telemundo →

Univision Chief: Immigration Necessary to Keep U.S. “Globally Competitive”

While not advocating any particular immigration policy, leading Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision’s chief, Joe Uva believes immigration is an economic and national security issue as well as an immigration issue. “We’ve got to do more to make it possible to come up with an immigration policy that will allow the US to remain globally competitive.”

Uva expects that we’ll see the amount of money spent on political campaigns to increase, because in many states, the Hispanic vote is needed to win. He notes the role Hispanic voters played in the electing of Barack Obama in ’08. The 2010 census is expected to show the Hispanic population at over 50 Million.

“The Anglo population hasn’t grown fast enough to meet our needs from an economic standpoint,” he said: “We need immigrants across the full spectrum of the economy: not just innovators and risk-takers, but the people who are actually going to do the work.”

Read more at Financial Times (London) →

Presidential Proclamation—Minority Enterprise Development Week

Since our Nation’s founding, the United States has been a beacon of economic opportunity and limitless possibility.  America’s strength and resiliency have relied on the vision of our entrepreneurs and small business owners, whose tireless work ethic has defined the character of our country.  During Minority Enterprise Development Week, we celebrate the millions of minority business owners whose firms generate jobs, strengthen our economy, and embody the entrepreneurial spirit of America.

Even in the toughest of times, America has been characterized by the belief that anyone with a good idea and enough hard work can succeed and share those achievements with their employees and communities.  Today, as we emerge from a historic recession, many families and businesses face difficult economic challenges, and we must continue to prioritize job creation as part of a sustained recovery that works for all Americans.  Minority-owned and operated enterprises are essential to stabilizing our economy now, and laying a foundation for future economic growth and prosperity.

Looking forward, we must continue to remove barriers so these businesses can create new employment opportunities, increase their capacity, and advance our long-term prosperity.  To achieve this goal, my Administration is committed to taking concrete steps to increase Government procurement opportunities for small and minority businesses.  By unleashing the energy and ingenuity of American entrepreneurs in the domestic and international marketplaces, we can generate millions of jobs here at home, open and expand new markets, reduce barriers to trade, and ensure strong and balanced economic growth.

As America competes in the global economy, it is vital we capitalize on the dedication, creativity, and acumen shown by our minority business owners and their employees.  Through the National Export Initiative, my Administration is teaming with American businesses to double our exports over the next 5 years.  The skills and leadership of minority business owners and employees will be critical as our public servants and business leaders develop the linguistic capabilities, cultural competencies, and international partnerships needed in a 21st century economy.

Minority Enterprise Development Week is anchored by the American legacy of entrepreneurial ambition and innovation.  As we honor minority enterprises, their industrious owners, and their hard-working employees, let us also recognize the diversity, determination, insight, and innovation of American businesses, and the immeasurable support they lend to our leadership in the global marketplace.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 22 through August 28, 2010, as Minority Enterprise Development Week.  I call upon all Americans to celebrate this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to recognize the many contributions of our Nation’s minority enterprises.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

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Immigration Reform Supporters Begin to Target Their Protests on Arizona Businesses

Ever since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the state’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, protesters on both sides of the issue are a common sight in the state.  These protests have evolved and are more targeted, right now the focus is the business community of Arizona, specifically those that contribute to politicians who created and/or supported SB 1070.

Protesters are now seen on a regularly basis at Arizona Diamondback games and other organizations have launched a boycott against Budweiser distributorships in the state.

In the case of Arizona Diamondback’s, it’s their owner that has caught the wrath of immigrant advocates.  Ken Kendrick, the majority owner has donated millions to state Republicans many of which support SB 1070.  Personally he has publicly rejected SB 1070 and has called for immigration reform to happen.  Since his denouncement occurred once the protests started, it is not clear if this was a genuine renouncement of the law.  What is clear are the economic impacts of the protests:  last week there was a record low attendance for Wednesday’s game and this past Friday the stadium was half filled.

Yesterday, Somos America, a coalition of immigrant advocacy groups announced a national boycott against Budweiser with a special focus on Arizona beer distributor Hensley & Co., owned by Senator John McCain’s wife, Cindy. The other large state Budweiser distributor Sand Land is also being targeted.  The cause, the company’s “financial contributions to political supporters of anti-migrant law SB 1070 who continue promoting a climate of fear, hate and criminalization towards the Latino and immigrant community.”

The business focused protests and boycotts started with a call to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona, thus far the request has fallen on the deaf ears of Major League Baseball

Read more by HS News Staff →

Rare Fire Tornado Seen in Brazil (VIDEO)

Following several months of very dry conditions, a brush fire was sparked in Aracatuba, Brazil. What is unique about this fire is that a fire tornado formed with-in it.
Fire tornados are extremely rare. The fire tornado was caught on camera as it glided across fields and brought traffic on the highway to a stop.

Sometimes called fire whirls or fire devils, these tornados form when very strong winds swirl around the flames. The fire picks up a vertical rotating column of air sometimes containing winds at over 100 mph. They can become several meters high and race across fields as shown in the video.

The most famous fire tornado struck in 1923, during the Great Kanto earthquake in Japan. It ignited a firestorm that raged through the city and produced a gigantic fire tornado that killed 38,000 in 15 minutes in the Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo.

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Mexico Buys Drones to Aid in Drug War

Mexico steps up it’s fight against the drug cartels with the purchase of Israeli-made unmanned drones. The Defense Ministry has declined to say how they would use the drones and only made the information available when forced to comply with Mexico’s freedom of Information requirements.

Records show that Mexico’s defense ministry bought an unspecified number of Hermes 450 drones last year from Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd for $23.25 million.

Javier Oliva, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said the military was likely using the remote-controlled drones, which can fly for 20 hours and are equipped with cameras, to locate marijuana and opium in the northwestern states of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua.

‘These are areas that are very difficult for troops to reach,’ Mr Oliva said, adding that the military had started to use the planes over the past five or six months.

Read more at The Straits Times →

Voters Choose their November Candidates in Several Primaries

Primary results from yesterday show who voters want to see on Novembers ballot.

Florida- In the US Senate Primary Race, Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio won and the race will be a three-way battle including Gov. Charlie Crist who is running as an independent. A Recent poll shows Crist taking 32 % of the vote in November against Rubio and Meek.

Florida’s Gubernatorial primaries Alex Sink is projected as the Democratic winner, with Rick Scott as the victor in the Republican primary.

Arizona- CNN projected McCain won the GOP Primary as he seeks his fifth term in the US Senate. Gov Jan Brewer appears to be headed for a sure victory in her bid for the Primary for the Republican Gubernatorial spot.

Alaska- With 66 % of the precincts reporting, Alaska’s Republican Primary reports Miller had 51.7% and Murkowski at 48.3%.

There will not be an official result for a week in the Alaska primary, as absentee ballots will need to be counted. Miller, who was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express, said he was “absolutely certain” Palin’s support for his campaign was “pivotal,” the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported.

Read more at UPI →

¡Felicidades! Uruguay on Your 185th Year of Independence

Today, all of Uruguay is celebrating and rejoicing its 185-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in 1516 and stayed for close to 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations.  The fight for independence started in 1811 when national hero Jose Gervasio Artigas launched a revolution for freedom that was marked by the key Battle of Las Piedras.  The country declared itself independent from Spain on 1825 some 14 years later.

Uruguay enjoys acclaim as one of the top 100 country’s with the highest quality of life in the world and being one of the least corrupt in South America.  The country was once known as Oriental Republic of Uruguay and is home to 3.5 million people that will be celebrating today with fireworks, parades and concerts that will take place throughout the country.

Read more by HS News Staff →

ACLU Looks in Sexual Abuse of Immigrant Detainees in Texas

A Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) employee at the T. Don Hutto immigration detention facility in Taylor, TX today was charged with sexually abusing numerous female immigration detainees. Donald Charles Dunn, a resident supervisor at the Hutto facility, is accused of abusing the detainees as he was escorting them to the airport after they had been released on bond and has allegedly admitted to telling the women that he was going to “frisk” them before touching their breasts and genital areas for his gratification according to Sheriff’s officials in Williamson County, TX. Dunn is charged with official oppression and unlawful restraint.

The American Civil Liberties Union is actively investigating the sexual abuse of female detainees at Hutto, where the detention of families was halted last year after the successful settlement of an ACLU lawsuit charging that children were being imprisoned in inhumane conditions while their parents awaited immigration decisions.

As part of its investigation, the ACLU has obtained via the Texas Public Information Act copies of both the Intergovernmental Services Agreement between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), CCA and Williamson County, under which the Hutto facility is operated, and ICE’s own transport policy.  The opportunity for abuse was the result of a failure of CCA officials to abide by ICE policy that female immigration detainees not be isolated with male staff members.

Lisa Graybill, ACLU’s Legal Director in Texas noted “The sexual abuse of numerous immigration detainees at Hutto underscores the systemic failures that continue to plague our nation’s broken immigration detention system. The irony is that ICE touts Hutto as a flagship facility, emblematic of its commitment to reform. Clearly, that commitment is shallow. ICE has ignored repeated calls for increased and independent oversight and accountability of its immigration detention facilities and the private contractors like CCA who run them, and tragedies like this are the unfortunate result. It is time for ICE officials to live up to their promise of creating a ‘truly civil’ immigration detention system that does not tolerate the abuse and degradation of its detainees.”

Read more at ACLU →

México, el País Más Peligroso de América Para la Prensa

Los relatores sobre libertad de expresión de la ONU y de la OEA concluyeron que México es el país más peligroso para ejercer el periodismo en las Américas y advirtieron de una “alarmante” violencia contra los periodistas, la cual tiende a intensificarse.

Al finalizar una misión conjunta de 15 días al país, los relatores de la ONU, Frank La Rue, y de la OEA, Catalina Botero, presentaron el martes un informe preliminar en el que subrayaron que el goce pleno de la libertad de expresión en México “enfrenta graves y diversos obstáculos”, como los asesinatos de al menos 64 periodistas en la última década que se mantienen prácticamente impunes, pero también por una alta concentración en la propiedad y control de medios de radio y televisión, además de una tendencia a restringir el acceso a la información pública.

La Rue y Botero recomendaron a México establecer un mecanismo nacional de protección a periodistas, capacitar a las fuerzas de seguridad y fortalecer su fiscalía especial para atender delitos vinculados contra la libertad de expresión, bajo la premisa de que las agresiones contra los comunicadores provoca “zozobra y autocensura” que impide a la sociedad ejercer su derecho a estar informada.

“Por la gravedad de la situación que enfrenta la libertad de expresión y las personas que se dedican al periodismo en el país, resulta urgente que el Estado mexicano adopte una política integral de prevención, protección y procuración de justicia”, señalaron los relatores, que confiaron que México implemente lo más pronto las recomendaciones.

Read more at oem.mexico →

WednesdayAugust 25, 2010