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ThursdaySeptember 16, 2010

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“Confia en Ti, Confia en Chase” Not So Much This Week

JPMorgan Chase & Co. just announced it will refund late fees and help its 16.6 million online customers that were unable to access their accounts yesterday and earlier this week.  Chase’s system first failed on September 13, failing twice in the same day and then again yesterday.  Customers were unable to process payments, approximately 3.7 million households use the bank’s online system to pay bills.  The banking giant will also refund fees charged by other institutions and customers must contact their local branch or call Chase to notify them of the fees incurred.  Chase is attributing the problem to a software glitch and assures everyone that bank accounts or personal data was never at risk. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Natural Resource Scarcity in Peru Leads to Protesting and Death

The conflict over natural resources continues to plague the very unpopular Peruvian President Alan Garcia, this time in the town of Espinar.  Protesters clashed with police over a proposed irrigation project that locals feel will leave them without water.  The government insists that the dam will create irrigation capabilities for 95,000 acres of agricultural land.

Yesterday’s protest resulted in 18 injuries and one death.  Last year, three dozen people died in protests over land rights in the Amazon jungle. 

Water rights are a critical issue as the Andes glaciers melt due to climate change leaving less water reserves.  In addition 98 percent of the country’s water is available east of the Andes and the majority of Peruvian live west by the Pacific Coast with desert-like conditions.  Garcia has been moving the country away from a centralized water distribution system where much of the water distribution decisions were made locally to an integrated national water resource management program. 

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Consumo de Droga en EU Alcanza el Nivel Más Alto en Siete Años

El consumo de drogas entre los estadunidenses mayores de 12 años aumentó sólo un 0.7 por ciento en 2009, pero ya alcanza los niveles más altos de los últimos siete años, según un informe oficial publicado este jueves.

“Aproximadamente 21.8 millones de personas de 12 años o más eran consumidores de drogas ilegales en 2009”, señaló la Encuesta Nacional de Consumo de Drogas y Salud, que se publica anualmente.

Eso representa un aumento de 8 por ciento a 8.7 por ciento en esa franja de población de 12 años o más. En 2002 el porcentaje era del 8.3 por ciento.  La mariguana es la droga más consumida por los jóvenes y adultos estadunidenses, y ello contribuyó a aumentar de forma sostenida la tasa de consumo general de drogas.

Unos 16.7 millones de personas consumieron mariguana al menos una vez cuando se realizó el sondeo, es decir, un 6.6 por ciento de los mayores de 12 años, respecto al 6.1 por ciento de 2009.  Más de 67 mil personas fueron entrevistadas para esta investigación.  El consumo de mariguana, autorizado en varios estados y condados del país, volvió a crecer respecto a 2007, cuando la utilizaba el 5.8 por ciento.

En cuanto a la cocaína, el consumo se mantiene estable, en torno a un 0.7 por ciento de la población mayor de 12 años, es decir, 1.6 millones de personas, según la investigación del Departamento de Salud.  Los alucinógenos son consumidos por 1.3 millones, el 0.5 por ciento de la población, incluidas 760 mil personas que tomaron éxtasis.

Son mucho más los estadunidenses que abusan en cambio de los medicamentos bajo prescripción médica: 7 millones de personas, un 2.8 por ciento.  El abuso de metanfetaminas, que había bajado entre 2006 y 2008, vuelve a subir en 2009, hasta el 0.2 por ciento, aproximadamente medio millón de personas.

Por franjas de edad, el consumo entre los jóvenes de 12 a 17 años aumentó del 9.3 por ciento en 2008 al 10 por ciento el año pasado, y lo mismo sucedió con los que tienen entre 18 años y 25 años, que pasó de 19.6 por ciento a 21.2 por ciento.  Curiosamente, el consumo de drogas también ha ido aumentando entre los estadunidenses de 50 a 59 años de edad: del 2.7 por ciento de incidencia en 2002 al 6.2 por ciento en 2009.

Read more at El Diario Mexico →

U.S. Government Continues Campaign to Combat Human Trafficking

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reaching out directly to the American public and soliciting their help in the agency’s latest initiative in combating the crime of human trafficking.

As part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Blue Campaign” launched in July, ICE has continued its efforts to educate the public about the plight of human trafficking victims. ICE has designed and placed an anti-trafficking message in foreign language newspapers across the United States. These advertisements highlight some of the indicators of human trafficking and encourage the public to report suspected instances of trafficking.

The cornerstone of the Blue Campaign is to identify potential human trafficking victims, empower them to seek help, provide information and referrals, rescue them from their traffickers and connect them to services and support that are available to them. ICE is making every effort to prevent human trafficking in the United States by prosecuting the traffickers and rescuing and protecting the victims. The greatest challenge facing law enforcement in the fight against human trafficking is victim identification. Therefore, it is key that the public be educated about trafficking in order to recognize and report the potential victims that live and work among us.

The advertisements will appear in the Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, and Thai languages in 50 different newspapers. They began running this month in daily, weekly, and monthly newspapers that have a combined circulation of 1.97 million readers per issue. The goal of the campaign is to alert the public about the existence of human trafficking in communities nationwide and prompt a “call to action” for individuals who encounter possible victims.

If anyone knows or suspects someone is being held against their will, ICE strongly urges them to contact the ICE tip line anonymously at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.

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New York Fashion Week Bedazzled by Latino Designers

As Fashion Week concludes today in New York we saw some of the best designers highlighting their Spring 2011 collections and amongst them were many Hispanic and Latino designers you should get to know if you don’t already.

On Sunday, Custo Barcelona, the Barcelona bred brand, debuted their new line inspired by California to solid reviews.  On Monday we saw the grande dame of fashion Venezuelan Carolina Herrera celebrating her 25th year as a fashion designer; her show was followed by Carlos Miele’s show.  His designs transcend the influences of his Brazilian roots to become the “master of fiery color and pattern” according to the fashion press.  If that wasn’t enough Monday was a Latino triple-fashion-play: Narciso Rodriguez, Rosa Cha and LUCA LUCA’s Raul Melgoza.

Cuban-American Rodriguez and Mexican-American Melgoza, both alumni of the prestigious Parson’s School of Design WOWED with clean lines, beautiful fabrics and lots of short jackets.  Rosa Cha was an afternoon highlight with a phenomenal swimsuit line – HS News fave was the black polka dot stunner.

This afternoon we saw six wonderful Argentinean designers all part of a group show highlighting design talent from that country. Amongst the group, Marcelo Senra was a fashion week favorite with his designs influenced by native traditions of north Argentina.

If the diversity of the modeling industry isn’t occurring (a complaint heard by many) at least it’s happening on the designing front.

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Documentary asks, “Was it Worth It?”

In October 2006, the US government decided to build a 700-mile fence along its troubled 2000-mile plus border with Mexico. Three years, 19 construction companies, 350 engineers, thousands of construction workers, and 3 billion dollars- Was it worth it?

“The Fence” airing on HBO this Thursday concludes that the 3 billion dollars the U.S. has spent on building a fence between Mexico and the US has not deterred illegal immigrants or drug traffickers from entering the country.

The film argues that anyone intent on entering the US can easily climb, dig under, and drive over the fence, which abruptly ends in the desert.
“One of the most confounding and little-known realities of the fence is that it only covers about one third of the 2,000-mile (3,218-km) border,” said Rory Kennedy, the director and narrator.

Kennedy, who is a daughter of the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, spent weeks traveling along the border from California to Texas as the fence was being built in 2009. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Some 650 miles (1,046 kms) of the 670-mile wall called for under the Secure Fence Act and signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush in October 2006 have been built. It contains 120,000 tonnes of metal and materials, ranging from railroad ties to concrete and chain link fencing.

Here is a link to the films trailer.

Read more at The Voice of Tucson →

Bicentenario Prensa Extranjera Destaca Atentado Frustrado

Varios medios de comunicación extranjeros destacaron a través de sus sitios en Internet los festejos en México por el Bicentenario de la Independencia, aunque la mayoría hizo énfasis a las celebraciones en medio de las fuertes medidas de seguridad.  En algunos casos, la información se centró en la detención de ocho sujetos que pretendían atentar en Cancún durante el tradicional Grito.

A continuación presentamos los encabezados de los principales medios en España y América latina.

EL PAÍS (España)
México celebra Bicentenario entre fuertes medidas de seguridad

Detenidos ocho ‘zetas’ que pretendían atentar durante el Grito en Cancún.

La multitud congregada en Ciudad de México muestra su disgusto con el programa oficial y sabotea la canción del Bicentenario.

EL MUNDO (España)
Detienen a cinco ‘zetas’ que querían atentar durante los actos del Bicentenario

Se dirigían al ayuntamiento de Cancún a preparar el ataque con granadas. Otro grupo liberaría entonces a varios ‘narcos’ de la cárcel.

Miles de policías y militares resguardan las calles de México para el Bicentenario

Guadalupe, Tamaulipas, Michoacán, Guerrero, Veracruz y San Luis Potosí no celebrarán Bicentenario por temor a atentados.

EL TIEMPO (Colombia)
Un México agobiado por la violencia y las lluvias celebra su Bicentenario en las calles

LA NACIÓN (Costa Rica)
Un México agobiado por lluvia y violencia celebra el Bicentenario

Un millón de personas en ceremonia

Espectáculo en la capital mexicana tiene costo de 40 millones de dólares;

74 mil militares y policías fueron destinados a mantener seguridad.

EL NACIONAL (Venezuela)
Mexicanos celebran Bicentenario de su Independencia

Las más de 60 mil personas que se encontraban reunidas en el Zócalo respondieron a la arenga con gritos de “¡viva!” y aplausos antes de entonar el himno nacional y dar paso a un majestuoso espectáculo de pirotecnia.


Read more at El Universal →

UPDATE: Mexico Has Successful Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, thousands of Mexico City residents gathered to see red white and green fireworks light up the sky.

Though for some, the recent drug-related violence had put a damper on things, tens of thousands of Mexicans still took to the streets of Mexico to recognize the country’s Bicentennial as well as the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution.

Juan Burgos was with his wife and their 4-year-old daughter, Kaily. Burgos was attempting to explain the importance of Sept. 16 to his daughter in the hopes of keeping the U.S.-born girl aware of her ties to his native land.

From San Bernardino, Burgos, 29, said Mexicans should celebrate this year just as they have in previous years and not think of the violence.

‘Mexicans have a very different way of thinking,’ he said in Spanish.

‘When Mexicans die, we remain happy and we have parties,’ Burgos said, referring to Day of the Dead annual commemorations at gravesites. ‘On this day, we can’t forget our traditions. We have to live the day and be happy.’

In the end, Mexico’s countrywide celebration, despite changes in venue for many of the states, went off with out a hitch. Felicidades, Mexico!

Read more at The Press Enterprise →

Join Us for a Beautiful Tour of Mexico’s Countryside to Celebrate Mexico’s 200th Anniversary

The state of Chihuahua adhered to the Federal Republic of the United Mexican States on July 6, 1824, is the biggest State in Mexico, slightly larger than the United Kingdom, its official name is Free and Sovereign State of Chihuahua.



The state of Tamaulipas adhered to the Federal Republic of the United Mexican States on February 7, 1824, it is one of the 19 original states founders of Mexico. its official name is Free and Sovereign State of Tamaulipas.


The state of Sinaloa adhered to the Federal Republic of the United Mexican States on October 14, 1830, originally part of the State of Sonora and Sinaloa (or State of the West), was the first state admitted after the 19 original states, founders of Mexico. Its official name is Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa.

The state of Oaxaca adhered to the Federal Republic of the United Mexican States on December 21, 1823. Birthplace of Benito Juarez, Oaxaca is the historic home of the Zapotec and Mixtec native americans, and contains more speakers of indigenous languages than any other Mexican state. Its official name is Free and Sovereign State of Oaxaca.

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¡Felicidades! Mexico on Your 200th Year of Independence (EL Grito VIDEO Here)

Today, all of Mexico is celebrating and rejoicing its 200-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, destroyed the Azteca empire while enslaving native populations and decimated indigenous tribes as they were being converted to Catholicism.  The fight for independence started in 1810 and lasted for 21 years as Mexican’s fought Spain led by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and many other heroes of the revolution.

Mexico today is the 14th largest independent nation in the world with approximately 115 million citizens.  Recognized as much for its culture as its flora and fauna and its emerging economy.  It ranks 11th in the world for its purchasing power and is the tenth most visited country in the world with 21 million coming annually to enjoy Mexico.  As it struggles with its democratic processes and the deadly drug cartel wars it continues to move forward with change and democratically crafted solutions while keeping an eye on its role as an international world power. 

Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans celebrated the start of a year long celebration of Mexico, its past and future.  The Grito (cry for independence) sounded at midnight in Mexico City and many other world cities with large Hispanic populations that were preceded by parades, fireworks and festivals. 



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MTV to Tackle Sensitive Immigration Issue with Documentary (VIDEO)

The MTV network, announced today that the networks have acquired the television rights to the 9500 Liberty. The critically acclaimed documentary chronicles the social and economic impact that a contentious immigration law - closely resembling Arizona’s SB 1070 bill - had on a county near Washington D.C. in 2007. 9500 Liberty makes its television debut on Sunday, September 26th at 8pm as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Directed by Annabel Park and Eric Byler, 9500 Liberty examines the outcome of an immigration law adopted in Prince William County, Virginia in 2007, requiring police officers to question anyone they had “probable cause” to suspect was an undocumented immigrant. Film critic Roger Ebert praised the documentary as a story which “possibly foretells what lies ahead in Arizona.” Park and Byler are founders of the Coffee Party, which will hold its first national convention on September 24th -26th in Louisville, KY.

The award-winning documentary 9500 Liberty reveals how Prince William County, Virginia’s controversial police mandate for immigration status checks - a precursor to Arizona’s SB1070 - became law in March of 2008, and, why it was repealed after only two months of implementation. 9500 Liberty provides an inside look at the real-life impact this law had on the residents, the local economy, and the county government. Faced with uncertain circumstances, the community rallied behind two stay-at-home moms, a grocery store owner, and faith-based leaders to advocate for the law’s repeal, setting up a tense showdown in the seat of county government.

“To compete in the 21st century, America needs a new generation of leaders who have grown up thriving in the richness of diversity. People under 30 know intuitively where we need to go as a nation,” commented Director Annabel Park. “We need to hear from them more often.”

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Read more at MTV →

UN Reports Most Paraguayan Children Suffer Parental Abuse

Six out of 10 Paraguayan children and adolescents suffer physical violence and other maltreatment within their homes, including beatings, kicks, burns and semi-asphyxiation, according to a new United Nations study.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study, released yesterday, found that corporal punishment and verbal humiliation are considered culturally acceptable forms of education and it called on the Government to introduce policies that promote the denunciation and punishment of such activities.

More than 800 children between the ages of 10 and 18 in at least 50 public and private schools throughout the country were included in the study. Of these, 35 per cent reported suffering severe physical punishments, 13 per cent experienced light violence and 13 per cent endured psychological violence, according to UNICEF child protection official Andrea Sid.

“The serious maltreatment consisted of blows with objects, kicks, burns and some type of asphyxiation,” she said.

Read more by HS News Staff →

ThursdaySeptember 16, 2010