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MondayAugust 30, 2010

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Trapped Chilean Miner asks Sweetheart to get Married in Big Church Ceremony

Esteban Rojas asked for his sweetheart Jessica Ganiez’s hand in marriage from half a mile underground. Rojas (44) and Ganiez (43) have been together for 25 years, raised three children and even have two grandchildren together. The issue is that Ganiez never got the big traditional Catholic wedding as is customary in Chile. They were legally married in a civil ceremony years ago, but it just wasn’t the same. They had spoken of a church wedding over the years but Rojas never asked and Ganiez gave up hoping. But he sent a note through the grapefruit sized tunnel used for sending down supplies from clean underwear to IPods. And it said, “When I get out, let’s buy the dress and we’ll get married.”

Ganiez was a little nervous on Sunday as she had her 20 seconds to speak with Rojas, for fear that the word “Wedding” might not be able to come out of Rojas mouth.

“I was worried he might not mention it again,” Ganiez told CNN. “But he said we should get married in church. He’d asked me if I’ve already chosen the dress.” Ganiez managed to use her few seconds to tell Rojas the answer was yes.

A registry has already been set up, as Ganiez makes plans for likely a Christmas Wedding.

Read more at msnbc →

Hispanic Business: MillerCoors Continue to Provide Resources

MillerCoors continues to empower urban and multicultural communities by offering small businesses the unique opportunity to vie for $150,000 in business grants with its signature program, the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business Plan Competition. The award-winning program, which debuted in 1999, provides training and resources to aspiring entrepreneurs and has awarded more than 1.4 million dollars in small business grants since its inception.

“The MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) was created to help empower small urban businesses and we are proud to continue our commitment. In this tough economic climate, we recognize that entrepreneurship is the driving force to our countrys economic recovery,” said Larry Waters, director of multicultural relations for MillerCoors. “The talent we see through our competition is quite impressive and we hope that that these businesses will one day become MillerCoors suppliers,” he continued.

An integral component of MUES is the Business Plan Competition, which grants aspiring professionals start-up capital for their new or existing businesses. This years top winner will be awarded a $50,000 grant, and four others will each receive $25,000 grants. Competitors also have the opportunity to become a potential qualified MillerCoors supplier. The competition is open to participants between the ages of 21 and 35 and their business existence must not exceed five years. All entries must be submitted to MillerCoors, by Friday, October 1, 2010 at 12:00 noon (CDT). More than 1,500 business plans have been submitted to the MUES program and more than 100 urban entrepreneurs have received support from MillerCoors. More than 50 percent of past winning businesses are still operating and still benefiting urban communities by providing jobs and sustaining economic growth and development.

For all information on MUES, including official rules, application and requirements of the Business Plan Competition and helpful resources for developing a business plan, visit MillerCoors.

Read more at LatinVision Media →

Murders of Honduran Journalists Seen as Threat to Democracy Says UN

The recent murder of a radio journalist in Honduras brings to nine the number of media professionals killed in the country so far this year, and prompted international officials at the United Nations (UN) to call for urgent action to stem the rise in violence against members of the press.

The murder of 62-year-old radio journalilst, Israel Zelaya Diaz, a reporter for Radio Internacional in San Pedro Sula,  has sparked the most recent outrage according to Reporters Without Borders and the International Press Institute.  Zelaya Diaz reported on a variety of local topics, including politics and crime but according to colleagues he was not involved in criminal investigative work.

He was found shot to death on the edge of a sugarcane field near the city on August 24th, he was shot three times.  He apparently had not received death threats, but his home had been damaged by arson three months earlier.

“It is vital that this crime be investigated thoroughly, just as every effort should be made to end the violence and intimidation targeting journalists in Honduras,”  the UN stated, “It is the duty of the authorities to see that the basic human right of freedom of expression is recognized.”

Read more at UNESCO →

Confirman que sobreviviente matanza Tamaulipas fue repatriado

Las Secretarías de Gobernación (Segob) y de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) informaron que anoche fue repatriado a su país el ecuatoriano que sobrevivió a la masacre en la comunidad de San Fernando, Tamaulipas, donde 72 personas de distintas nacionalidades perdieron la vida a manos de la delincuencia organizada.  A través de un comunicado, la secretaria de Gobernación indicó que su titular, José Francisco Blake Mora, se solidarizó con el gobierno de Ecuador por los hechos lamentables y reiteró el compromiso del Estado mexicano con el esclarecimiento de los hechos.

El funcionario enfatizó que existe plena voluntad, tanto del gobierno del presidente Felipe Calderón, como del de su homólogo Rafael Correa, en trabajar de manera estrecha y coordinada en la definición de políticas migratorias, en la defensa a los derechos humanos y en el combate a la criminalidad que afecta a los migrantes de todas las nacionalidades en su camino a los Estados Unidos.

El encuentro entre autoridades de ambos países se llevó a cabo en el Hangar de la Secretaría de Marina en la Ciudad de México, desde donde partió el avión de la fuerza aérea ecuatoriana.  Acompañó al Secretario de Gobernación en las acciones de repatriación, el subsecretario para América Latina y el Caribe, Salvador Beltrán del Río.


Read more at Terra Noticias →

Singing Legend Marco Antonio Solis Gets Hollywood Star (VIDEO)

Mexican singer, composer and record producer Marco Antonio Solis got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, snagging star No. 2,415, which was handed to him by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Originally from the Mexican state of Michoacán, the 50 year old Marco Antonio Solis became a household name in the 1970’s as the founder and lead singer of Los Bukis, one of the country’s best-selling Spanish language romantic groups.  In 1995 Solis embarked on a solo career that has earned him success after success.

In his 30 year career he has produced and sung songs covering the range of Latin American styles from ranchero to cumbia to boleros.  His latest album No Molestar was his 20th.  He has penned more than 300 songs and some of Latin America’s greatest hit songs such as “Tu Carcel,”“Como Fui A Enamorarme De Ti,” “Sigue Sin Mi,” “Si No Te Hubieras Ido,” just to name a few.

He is a Latin Grammy winner with eight No. 1 Billboard hits and has been given countless awards and prizes throughout Latin America and Mexico.

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10% of Mexican Police Fired in Corruption Probe

The Mexican government has made a major move in strengthening their forces in the war against the drug cartels. President Felipe Calderon has enlisted both the army and the federal police force in his efforts against the cartels. The federal police force has been accused of having many corrupt officers in their ranks that have ties to the drug lords.
Today the Federal Police announced that 3200 officers were fired for either failing to do their jobs or for having links to organized crime. In addition, 1000 more officers are facing disciplinary actions that may end with termination.

More than 4500 officers have been fired since May, many of them resulting in being charged with criminal activity.

It is hopeful that this purging of 10% of the force of 34,5000 will result in the Federal Police Force becoming a more effective weapon in the fight against the drug cartels.

Read more at BBC →

Border Patrol Questioning Passengers on Trains and Buses

Border Agents in the north routinely board Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains to check the immigration status of riders. Typically two questions are asked of passengers, “Are you a US Citizen? “And “What country were you born in?”  The agency says that although answering an agents questions are voluntary, passengers are not notified of this.

Hundreds of immigrants are taken to detention from trains and buses along our northern border each year. Border agents have jurisdiction to enforce immigration laws with-in 100 miles of the border. On a train from Chicago to New York, that never crosses any country border are often boarded in western New York State.

“At least in Arizona, you have to be doing something wrong to be stopped,” said a passenger who is a citizen of Chinese-American descent who said her Mexican boyfriend was sleeping when an agent started questioning him. “Here, you’re sitting on the train asleep and if you don’t look like a U.S. citizen, its ‘Wake up!’ ”

“I was actually woken up with a flashlight in my face,” recalled Mike Santomauro, 27, a law student who encountered the patrol in April, at 2 a.m. on a train in Rochester. Santomauro said it reminded him of travel through the old Communist bloc.

Immigration experts say the practice is coercive, unconstitutional and tainted by racial profiling.

Read more at The New York Times →

Scary News: Macarena Makes Resurgence (VIDEO)

Fifteen years ago a Spanish dance song called the Macarena become popular in the U.S. when an English version was created.  Macarena was originally recorded in 1992 as a rumba in Latin America then came to Puerto Rico where mostly Hispanic audiences were wowed. 

Then the Bayside Boys produced an English version that took the country by storm.  The song spent 14 weeks at number one on Billboard and was heard at the Democratic convention, World Series games and on radio waves everywhere. There are 14 different versions of the song available on iTunes.

The song has the dubious distinction of being the “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time.”  Luckily for true Latin American music aficionados the song went away a decade ago and now IT’S BACK – thanks to another lowbrow American pop culture phenomena, the Snuggie.  Clearly, the Spanish duo Los del Rio who owns the rights to the song, is dancing all the way to the bank.

Therefore if you are bored and want to make a real statement of crassness take your Snuggie out and dance to the Snugarena, the official new song of Snuggie. 

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Former Border Patrol Agent Guilty of Drug and Human Smuggling

A federal judge sentenced a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employee to 20 years in federal prison Aug. 26 after she pleaded guilty to drug smuggling, alien smuggling and official corruption charges.  Martha Alicia Garnica, 43, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones, who also ordered her to pay a $5,000 fine, and be placed under supervised release for four years after she completes her prison term.

Garnica, a former CBP technician and CBP officer, pleaded guilty May 14 to all of the charges returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 3, including conspiring to import more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of marijuana into the United States, conspiring to smuggle illegal aliens, bribing a public official and importing a controlled substance.  According to the indictment Garnica conspired with other to import marijuana into the U.S. and bribed fellow Border Patrol agents to overlook her smuggling, in addition to smuggling illegal alients into the U.S. from Mexico.  Four other individuals working with Garnica were already convicted and given prison sentences from 2-to-5 years. 

The sentence was the culmination of an investigation by U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and CBP Internal Affairs. 

Read more at Homeland Security →

En Dos Años 141 Secuestros de Migrantes en México

De acuerdo al informe del Estado mexicano sobre secuestro, extorsión y otros delitos cometidos contra personas migrantes en tránsito por territorio mexicano, de enero de 2008 a abril de 2010 sólo se registraron 141 casos de secuestros de migrantes, por los cuales hay 36 detenidos y 393 víctimas, y entre enero de 2009 a abril pasado, se realizaron 17 operativos para liberar a 515 migrantes secuestrados.

En dicho informe, dado a conocer por la Secretaría de Gobernación, el Gobierno federal reconoce la falta de sistematización de la información, y el subregistro de casos de secuestro contra migrantes indocumentados.  Además de señalar la necesidad de utilizar otros instrumentos para poder contar con una base estadística verificable y sólida de los casos de secuestro, e instrumentar mecanismos para fomentar la denuncia y persecución de este delito.

En el estudio se hace una radiografía de la actuación de las bandas dedicadas al secuestro de migrantes, en donde se asegura, se conjugan personas y redes delincuencias locales, con otras regionales, nacionales e internacionales.  “La red ferroviaria y las casas de albergue de migrantes se ha convertido en lugares vulnerables, toda vez que en los patios de la red ferroviaria los secuestradores, vía sus agentes de avanzada, detectan clasifican y distribuyen a los migrantes en vagones según sus circunstancias”, señala el informe de más de 100 páginas.

También advierte que las cadenas delictivas se sirven de la innovación tecnológica y de la extensión de las redes financieras, en particular de las que envían y reciben remesas, que actualmente sirven como mecanismos para el pago de rescate de migrantes indocumentados secuestrados.

Es decir, si no hay posibilidad de cobrar rescate, los secuestrados pueden ser obligados a pagar su rescate ayudando a secuestrar a otros, a realizar alguna actividad de apoyo en el cuidado de los secuestrados, a engrosar las filas de secuestradores, o incluso corren riesgo de ser agredidos por los secuestradores.  El estudio, también revela que los albergues humanitarios, están expuestos a la infiltración por parte del crimen organizado, y en la actualidad la infiltración de mayor peligro, es la de la nueva delincuencia organizada, que en ocasiones busca a posibles víctimas de secuestro.

Read more at El Sol de Mexico →

Cuba to Allow More Foreign Investment in Country, Reducing Government Controls

Cuban newspapers are reporting the government has issued several decrees that would scale back government control of businesses by allowing foreign investors to lease state-owned land “with the aim of amplifying and facilitating investment in tourism.”  The Cuban government plans to change its property laws that would create leasing opportunities for foreign companies to rent state-owned land for up to 99 years. 

Currently in Cuba their are numerous foreign-operated hotels and tourism enterprises operating with 50 years leases but none own the land in which their operations are situated on.  If indeed the Cuban government goes forward with this modification it would attract many foreign investors to build more hotels.  Leisure Canada, a hotel owner and operator, is already announcing it plans to construct a luxury hotel in Havana with a golf course - there are only two golf courses on the island.

Read more at AlJazeera →

Ecuadoran Bus Crash in Highlands Leaves 38 Death, Many others Injured

A passenger bus traveling through the highlands of Ecuador enroute to Quito crashed early Sunday morning killing 38 passengers and leaving many others injured.  This is the worse bus accident to occur in this South American country.  The bus originated from the Cuenca crashing 55 miles south of Quito as it was making a sharp curve, plunging into a deep ravine.  Government officials are investigating.

Read more at AlertNet →

Mayor in Tamaulipas Mexico killed by Drug Cartel, 4-year-old Daughter Slightly Injured

Sunday gunmen of the drug cartel killed the mayor of a small town in Tamaulipas. Marco Antonio Leal was driving through the countryside when gunman, shot, and killed the mayor, slightly wounding his 4-year-old daughter.

Tamaulipas in northern Mexico has become one of the most dangerous states in the country this year. Drug cartel violence has been escalating as the two rival gangs, Gulf cartel and its former military wing, the Zeta’s fight over the coveted smuggling routes into the US. The region has recently seen another mayor killed (see related stories) two car bomb explosions, and the recent find of 72 migrant workers bodies on a ranch (see related story). It is not immediately clear why Leal was attacked.

President Felipe Calderon is under strong pressure to address the violence in the area. Many are calling for a change in government strategy against the drug cartels.

“This cowardly crime and the reprehensible violent events recently in the region strengthen our commitment to continue fighting the criminal groups that seek to terrify families” in Tamaulipas, Mr. Calderón said in a statement.

Read more at The New York Times →

MondayAugust 30, 2010