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FridayAugust 27, 2010

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Singer Iglesias Weds After 20 Years

After 20 years and 5 children together, Julio Iglesias, 66, and Miranda Rijnsburger, 45, exchanged wedding vows at the Virgen del Carmen church in the posh Marbella, Spain.

Their 5 children and 2 witnesses were the only guests at the low-key ceremony in which 3 priests presided over on Tuesday.

Iglesias was previously married to Isabel Preysler. They had 3 children together, one of them, Enrique Iglesias.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter →

Officials in Puerto Vallarta -Explosion that Injured dozens Was An Accident

At least 15 people are wounded after a grenade in a bar went off in Puerto Vallarta bar on Thursday.

With violence an increasing problem all over Mexico it is easy to assume that this was just the latest in the violent attacks. Governor Emilio Gonzalez Marquez however, says the grenade going off was an accident.

He says young people brought grenades into the nightspot “Pink Cheladas”, and one of the young men was carrying a bucket of beers and accidentally set off the explosive.

Luckily, no one was killed, but over a dozen were injured.

Grenades have become increasingly common, as Mexico’s drug cartels have used them to attack the northern city of Monterrey.

While many remain skeptical about this being an accident (due to time grenades having to have the pin pulled to detonate) the fact that grenades were so easily available to young people is worrisome. Whether the public chooses to believe the governor’s version of events it does not bring comfort to anyone, tourist or native alike.

Read more at NPR →

DANGER: Fishing In Tennessee Could Get You Deported

When fishing in Tennessee fishing licenses are required, but what has also become necessary is carrying ID, and in recent cases, proof of legal immigration status.

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office enacted an immigration enforcement program in 2007. Since then, the wildlife agency has issued a total of 820 citations resulting in only 29 being arrested. All 29 of those arrested were immigrants. A spokesperson for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stated that officers don’t take people to jail for fishing without a license, but when shown contrary information, another official said arrests were made because those fishing were not carrying ID.

“We have to determine they are who they say they are. If you can’t determine that, and they don’t have a valid ID, they are going to be arrested,” said a law enforcement official.

Advocates for immigrants believe that the sheriff’s program only causes the deportation of undocumented immigrants who commit minor offenses. Named 287(g) after a section of federal immigration law, the sheriff’s program allows officers to run all foreign-born inmates through an immigration database and possibly deport them as part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy. However, the federal government has stated time and time again that its 287(g) resources are meant to rid the United States of dangerous felons.

Spokeswoman from the sheriff’s office, Karla Weikal claimed that a third of the fisherman arrested through 287(g) for not have fishing licenses had prior charges stating, “Advocates have sensationalized the issue of this program. The immigrants community would be better served if advocates would spend more time publicly explaining how to avoid the arrest in the first place rather than perpetrating fear.”

25 of the 29 immigrants arrested were processed for deportation for not having fishing licenses or U.S. identification.

Since 2007, when the 287(g) program started in Davidson County, 7,887 inmates have been processed through it and 5,338 were deported according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Nicaragua Is Looking to Be a Tourism ‘Survivor’

Nestled between Costa Rica and Honduras is Nicaragua, smaller in size than the state of New York but with vast ecological and geographical treasures.  Therefore it only makes sense that the country is looking to become the next must-see eco-tourism destination and it is looking to Hollywood and reality TV to help it. 

Nicaragua is home to Central America’s largest rain and cloud forest reserve, Bosawas, with an average temperature of 82 degrees. In addition, the Central American Volcanic Arc runs through the spine of the country with 28 volcanoes. The country is also host to the largest fresh water lake and the 12th largest lake in the world, Lake Nicaragua. It is also the only home to fresh water sharks. With an abundance of trees and rainforests Nicaragua is home to the beautiful Toucan, along with 698 other species of birds.

Taking a major step in showcasing its appeal, Nicaragua allowed CBS’s “Survivor” to film its 21st season in the southern beach town of San Juan del Sur. Come September 15th, Nicaragua will be center stage.

Birds chirping, waves crashing, and many places to sneak off too have made Nicaragua the perfect place to host Survivor.  The reality television game show isolates its contestants in the wilderness where they compete in challenges to win things like food, calls to/from home, and immunity from being voted off the show. Beginning with 16-20 strangers divided into 2 teams the point of Survivor is to be the last person remaining on the island, as the contestants vote one person off each week. Scheming, lying, and often-romantic encounters are all part of the game and this season, Nicaragua’s natural beauty will be the backdrop.

To promote the show and Nicaragua CBS is offering up a Nicaraguan getaway to one lucky winner.

Read more by HS News Staff →

New Mexico Governor Pleads Case for American Imprisoned in Cuba

New Mexico Governor Pleads Case for American Imprisoned in Cuba

Photo: Imprisoned Alan Gross

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Gov Bill Richardson is on a five-day mission to Cuba to promote exporting New Mexico’s green chilies, nuts and salsa to the island. “I was asked by the Obama administration to raise the Alan Gross case at the highest levels and I’ve done so. I believe I’ve made some inroads,” Richardson said at a news conference.

Richardson said he felt that he and the Foreign Minister discussed the imprisoned US government contract worker who has been jailed in Havana for nine months on suspicion of spying.

Alan P. Gross was arrested last Dec 3 when he was in Cuba working for a firm contracted by USAID. The 60-year-old Potomac Maryland native was charged with distributing illegal satellite phones although no formal charges have been filed yet. The US government contends that Gross did not commit any crime and his wife Judy says he brought the communication equipment for a Jewish group on the island and not for political use.

Richardson said Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and his deputy told him the “case is at a very sensitive investigatory and legal process at this moment.”

Read more at The Miami Herald →

20th Annual Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest for All Illinois Students

The Hispanic Heritage Organization is hosting its annual Hispanic Heritage 2010 Essay Contest.  The Hispanic Heritage Organization, founded in 1994 to enhance education and cultural awareness for Hispanics and non-Hispanics each year celebrates Hispanic Heritage month (September 15th through October 15th) by hosting a variety of events.

This year’s essay topic is “The importance of education for Latino children and adults.”  Essays may be written in English or Spanish.  The contest is open to all students in the State of Illinois from grades 4 through 12 as well as college and adult education students.  17 winners will be selected.  Entries must be submitted with an entry form on or before Tuesday, August 31, 2010.  Winners will be announced on Friday, September 17, 2010, during the Opening Ceremony. This is an excellent opportunity for those students seeking additional school funds to continue their education.

This year’s sponsors are:  Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Brookfield Zoo, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago History Museum, College of DuPage, Dominick’s, Extra, The Field Museum, Prudential, Shedd Aquarium and Target.


Write an essay
  * 200-300 Words (Grades 4-5)
  * 300-400 Words (Grades 6, 7, 8 )
  * 500-600 Words (Grades 9-10)
  * 600-700 Words (Grades 11-12)

  1. Essays may be written English or in Spanish,
  2. Essays will be judged on:
      1. Originality and creativity
      2. Cultural knowledge and research
      3. Organizational structure and clarity
      4. Spelling and grammar
  3. All essays must be accompanied by an “Entry Identification Form”.
  4. All Illinois students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter the essay.
  5. 12 winners will be selected by a panel of bilingual judges.
  6. All essays become the property of the HISPANIC HERITAGE ORGANIZATION.
  7. Essay winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 17, 2010 at the Opening Ceremony of Hispanic Heritage Month.
  8. Typed essays must be in a legible 12-point font, no bold letters, and on blank white paper.  Essays may be written in cursive or printed, but they must be legible.

Entries must be submitted on or before Tuesday, August 31, 2010 to:

        P.O. Box 81230, Attn: Manuel Medina
        Chicago, Illinois 60681

Read more at Hispanic Families Work Group →

Novartis to Build First Latin American Vaccine Plant in Brazil

The Swiss company Novartis has announced its plans to build Latin America’s first vaccine factory in Goiana Brazil. The project will require an investment of 300 to 500 million dollars. Construction will begin this year and plans are to begin producing vaccines in early 2014.

The company chose Brazil due to its strong intellectual property laws, the stability of the country both politically and from a judicial level. Novartis already has factories in San Paulo and Rio that produce chemical raw materials.
Novartis had annual revenues in 2009 of 44.3 billion, including one billion from its Brazilian operations.

Read more at AFP via Google →

Un biólogo Mexicano Lucha por Preservar la Fauna del Golfo de California

Gracias a la prestigiosa beca Kathryn Fuller otorgada por el Fondo Mundial de Vida Silvestre (WWF), el biólogo marino Octavio Aburto-Oropeza continuará creando consciencia sobre la importancia ecológica del Golfo de California.  La beca ganada por Aburto-Oropeza se otorga a “proyectos excepcionales” para fortalecer la conservación ambiental a través de la ciencia, e incluye 140.000 dólares para cubrir sueldos y gastos de investigación por hasta dos años.

El trabajo de Aburto-Oropeza busca modificar prácticas pesqueras y desarrollos turísticos no sustentables en el también llamado Mar de Cortés.
Aburto- Oropeza, que ha fotografiado ecosistemas marinos en las costas mexicanas desde 1994, se graduó como biólogo marino por la Universidad de Baja California Sur en 1995, y trabajó como profesor en ese programa entre 1997 y 2003.

“El grupo de investigación que coordino se ocupa de analizar impactos sociales, culturales y ambientales de actividades humanas en el Golfo”, dijo a Efe.  Uno de los proyectos del investigador está relacionado con los efectos de la sobre pesca de los grandes depredadores, como los tiburones.

“Se han desatado efectos en cascada, con la sobrepoblación de otras especies que son como plagas, como cucarachas o moscas del mar, particularmente los erizos, que barren con las algas, corales y esponjas que le daban su sistema arquitectónico a los arrecifes”, dijo.

El investigador obtuvo su doctorado por el Centro de Biodiversidad Marina y Conservación del Instituto Scripps de Oceanografía, enfocando su trabajo en los efectos para los arrecifes de la explotación comercial de peces y las pesquerías del Golfo de California, además de la administración de las áreas marinas protegidas de la región.

Read more at La Prensa →

United Nations Outraged at Migrant Killings Demanding Action from Mexican Government

The United Nations human rights chief today strongly condemned the killing of 72 migrants in northern Mexico and called on the authorities to take urgent steps to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.  The Mexican Navy discovered a site on 24 August that contained 72 corpses, including 14 women, who had apparently been executed by members of organized crime.

The victims were reported to be undocumented migrants from Central and South America, according the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  “I am deeply shocked about these killings, which highlight the critical situation of migrants in the country,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay.  She called on the authorities “to conduct as a matter of urgency a thorough, transparent and independent investigation into these killings, and to preserve the dignity of the victims by ensuring their identification and return to their families.”

The High Commissioner also urged them to prosecute and punish those responsible and adopt preventive measures.  “Ensuring that there is no impunity is crucial to avoid a repetition of such a heinous crime,” she stated.

An estimated 400,000 migrants transit through Mexico each year, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, who added that most of them are victims of trafficking by transnational gang networks also involved in smuggling and drugs.  Ms. Pillay called on the authorities to take all necessary steps to protect the life and integrity of migrants, particularly women and children, in line with Mexico’s international obligations.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Mexico City Mayor Sues Guadalajara Archbishop

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has filed a lawsuit claiming “moral damage” against the Archbishop of Guadalajara for allegations he made. The Archbishop accused the mayor of bribing the Supreme Court to approve gay adoption.

“It’s very serious that a high-ranking member of a church tarnishes the Supreme Court,” said Ebrard. “What this gentleman has said, he’s going to have to prove.”  When the Mexico Supreme Court voted 9-2 that married homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples, Cardinal Juan Sandoval immediately made the allegation. The Cardinal charged Ebrand with giving the justices “gifts” in cooperation with gay rights groups in anticipation of a presidential bid.

Gay organizations plan to demonstrate at noon on Sunday outside the Guadalajara cathedral. To bring attention to the separation between church and state, at 5:00 they plan to organize into a human chain connecting the Cathedral to the State government building.

Church authorities were not backing down and have refused to retract any statements. The Archdiocese in Guadalajara claim they have proof of the allegations they are making against the Supreme Court Justices.

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

World Celebrates Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Celebrations of the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa began early in the morning of August 26 in Calcutta, with a solemn Mass at the chapel of the Missionaries of Charity, and Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, Archbishop of Calcutta, lighting a candle at the tomb of the revered nun. Mother Teresa herself considered August 27th her “true birthday” the day she was baptized.

While pilgrims—Christians and non-Christians—filed past Mother Teresa’s tomb, across town Cardinal Toppo and Archbishop Lucas Sirkar of Calcutta presided at the opening of a film festival dedicated to Mother Teresa’s memory. Sister Prema, the superior of the Missionaries of Charity, formally opened the event. Later in the day federal government ministers launched the “Mother Express,” a train carrying a mobile exhibition on the life of Mother Teresa, which will tour around India.  Pope Benedict XVI said Mother Teresa of Calcutta is an “inestimable gift for the Church and the world”, in a message to the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity.

Born in Albania August 26, 1910, for over 45 years Mother Teresa ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

This morning’s celebration begins a special year dedicated to Mother Teresa, a year that Pope Benedict said he is confident will be “for the Church and the world an occasion of joyful gratitude to God for the inestimable gift that Mother Teresa was in her lifetime”. 

Speaking to the Mother’s “spiritual children”, the many thousands of religious sisters, brothers and lay workers who carry on her mission of bringing Christ’s love to the “poorest of the poor”, the Pope urges them to draw constantly from the spirituality and example of Mother Teresa and, in her footsteps, to take up Christ’s invitation: “Come, be my light”.

Sr Mary Prema is Superior General of the Order, which today comprises an estimated 450 brothers and 5,000 sisters worldwide, operating 600 missions, schools and shelters in 120 countries. In a Letter sent to each of these missions, Sr Prema writes: “Her life and work continue to be an inspiration for young and old, rich and poor from all walks of life, religions and nations”. She adds that those who follow in her footsteps are called to share God’s love with those around us “beginning with our families”. And concludes in the Mother’s words: “A smile generates smiles and love generates love”.

The Mother died on 5 September 1997. Following her death on 19 October 2003 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Read more at Vatican Radio →

Honduran Nationals Charged with Trying to Smuggle $80 Million of Illegal Drugs into U.S.

In early August, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forward was conducting a routine maritime patrol in international waters off the Honduran coastline. During this patrol, the Cutter Forward approached a Honduran-flagged fishing vessel, named the Islena, approximately 15 nautical miles outside of Honduran territorial seas.  Later that afternoon a Coast Guard team boarded the vessel and observed approximately 11 bales on the deck of the vessel. These bales field-tested positive for the presence of cocaine. Further investigation led to the discovery of an additional 77 bales, for a total of 88 bales on board the vessel. Each bale contained numerous kilogram-sized bricks of cocaine.

The five crew members were then transported to Miami and arrested by ICE special agents. The 88 bales of suspected cocaine were moved to a secure facility, where it was determined that the cocaine weighed approximately 2,529 kilograms (or approximately 5,565 pounds), worth a street value of $80 million.

This week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents in Miami arrested Loreto Norales Herrera, 33, Vidal Castillo Marin, 44, Pedro Francisco Perez Lobo, 43, Jose Arnulfo Euseda, 32, and Fredy Ricardo Romero, 43, all of Honduras, on charges of cocaine trafficking.  The criminal complaint charges the defendants with possession with intent to distribute cocaine on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Read more by HS News Staff →

La Masacre Indigna a Migrantes en México (VIDEO in Spanish)

“Responsabilizamos al Estado mexicano de la masacre ocurrida en Tamaulipas”. Organizaciones de migrantes, madres de desaparecidos y coordinadores de refugios de expatriados resumieron en estas palabras “la rabia” que ha causado la masacre de 72 migrantes que, aseguran, pudo evitarse.

En voz de Xicoténcatl Carrasco, director del albergue Belén Posada del Migrante, en Saltillo, Coahuila, la culpabilidad apunta a la desidia, la corrupción y la falta de respeto: “Hace dos años y medio que presentamos el informe de otras muertes y torturas de migrantes y el gobierno se centró en debatir las cifras”.

Video: Investigan matanza de 72 inmigrantes

La Comisión de Derechos Humanos documentó 10,000 secuestros en el primer semestre de 2008; sólo el albergue Belén documentó 15 y ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, las autoridades mexicanas reconocían 7.

Por su parte, diplomáticos de El Salvador, Honduras, Brasil y Ecuador intentaban ayer junto con autoridades mexicanas identificar a las 72 víctimas de la matanza perpetrada el pasado lunes en el poblado de San Fernando, Tamaulipas, al norte del país. Las embajadas hondureña y salvadoreña condenaron los hechos.

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First Video Released from Trapped Miners   VIDEO

The first video has been released of the 33 men trapped in the Chilean copper mine. Five minutes of the 45-minute video was released by the Chilean government with the men appear healthy, arm in arm, and singing the national anthem.

The video was made with a small camera sent down with supplies. The men are stripped to the waist as they endure temperatures between 85-100F. The grainy videos show the men, some sitting, others standing and even a little tour of their refuge. The camera displayed a table with dominos laid out and the guide says “this is where we entertain ourselves, where we play cards.”

“We meet here everyday,” he adds. “We plan, we have assemblies here everyday so that all the decisions we make are based on the thoughts of all 33.”
San Esteban, the mining company announced that it has neither the equipment to rescue the men nor the money to pay them and will likely go bankrupt.

Sernageomin data shows that since 2000, 34 people have died every year on average in mining accidents in Chile, with a high of 43 in 2008.

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Read more at CBS News →

FridayAugust 27, 2010