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WednesdayOctober 6, 2010

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Guatemala: Millonario Decomiso de Dinero de Narcos

La Policía Nacional Civil decomisó 1,8 millones de dólares en efectivo que eran trasladados en dos sacos por el hermano de un supuesto narcotraficante detenido horas antes y que es solicitado por Estados Unidos, informó la fiscalía.

En la operación fue detenido Sergio Estuardo Telechea Barrios, hermano del supuesto narcotraficante Mauro Salomón Ramírez Barrios, quien es solicitado en extradición por Estados Unidos y fue capturado por la policía en un allanamiento la noche del sábado en el departamento de Quetzaltenango, a 201 kilómetros al oeste de la capital.

“Nos llevamos horas contando el dinero, ahora podemos decir con certeza que se aseguró 1,832,500 dólares” dijo a AP la fiscal especial del Ministerio Público, Brenda Muñoz.

Ramírez Barrios, solicitado por una corte del estado de Florida por delitos de narcotráfico, escapó de un operativo realizado por la policía el 15 de septiembre en uno de los principales centros comerciales de la capital guatemalteca, donde murieron dos agentes y un civil.

Read more at Noticias Terra →

Geraldo Rivera Allegedly Snubbed by Facebook Founder M. Zuckerberg

“He absolutely freaked out when he saw me. I thought he was going to jump into the arms of his handlers. I extended my hand to shake his hand and its the first time ever someone refused to shake my hand, and ran out of the room.” Rivera said while interviewing David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect” “He refused to shake my hand and he ran out of the room” “He wouldn’t even look at me.”  Image

  Click on the image to see the profile we created for Geraldo in all its splendor!

Zuckerberg, who recently made a cameo appearance in the popular animated TV show “The Simpsons” was unavailable for comment, and hasn’t updated his own Facebook profile for more than a week.  How can Mark Zuckerberg be so mortally afraid of the man with the perfect mustache? A certain report on Satanism comes to mind….

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Record-Breaking Immigration Enforcement Statistics Achieved

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced record-breaking immigration enforcement statistics achieved —including unprecedented numbers of convicted criminal alien removals and overall alien removals in fiscal year 2010.

In fiscal year 2010, ICE set a record for overall removals of illegal aliens, with more than 392,000 removals nationwide. Half of those removed—more than 195,000—were convicted criminals. The fiscal year 2010 statistics represent increases of more than 23,000 removals overall and 81,000 criminal removals compared to fiscal year 2008—a more than 70 percent increase in removal of criminal aliens from the previous administration.

DHS has also expanded the Secure Communities initiative—which uses information and services to identify and remove criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails.  This year alone, Secure Communities has resulted in the arrest of more than 59,000 convicted criminal aliens, including more than 21,000 convicted of major violent offenses like murder, rape, and the sexual abuse of children.

Since January 2009, ICE has audited more than 3,200 employers suspected of hiring illegal labor, debarred 225 companies and individuals, and imposed approximately $50 million in financial sanctions—more than the total amount of audits and debarments than during the entire previous administration.

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UPDATE:  Texas Governor Perry Asks for Help from Mexican President to Locate Missing Boater

UPDATE: Texas Governor Rick Perry is intervening on behalf of Tiffany Young-Hartley and her family asking for help from Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon.  Governor Perry wants a guarantee that the Tamaulipas State police will continue to search for the missing body of Hartley’s husband, Michael Harltey, that went missing after being allegedly shot to death by Mexican pirates.  Specifically Perry is asking the President call him and hopes that he will call “within the next 48 hours” and feels that if the body hasn’t been retrieved its because “they aren’t looking hard enough.” 

UPDATE:  Mexican investigators are questioning whether a U.S. citizen was shot and left for dead as his wife is claiming to authorities.  The Tamaulipas State police launched an investigation after an American citizen, Tiffany Young-Hartley claimed her husband Michael Hartley was shot on Mexican waters and left for dead after they were attacked by Mexican pirates.  The couple had left Texas and traveled to Mexico for sightseeing on their boat when they were attacked.  U.S. authorities believe Mr. Hartley to be dead.

Mexican police are stating they have found no evidence pointing toward a shooting or any trace of Hartley’s remains.  The police are searching where they were told by the U.S. consulate the body might be and are also conducting a land search.  “We are blind with a stock trying to find him,” said Mexican Police Commander Rolando Armando Flores Villegas.  The investigation must be led and conducted by Mexican authorities because the alleged crime occurred on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake.

  An American tourist and his wife were returning from sightseeing on their watercraft was shot as they were leaving Mexican waters into U.S. waters on Falcon Lake.  Falcon Lake is 60 miles from U.S. border city Laredo, Texas and is popular for water sports and fishing. 

Texas Sheriffs are reporting a woman and her husband were on international waters when six gunmen in two boats approached their boat, they started to flee to the U.S. side when the gunmen shot at them.  It is reported the husband was shot in the back of the head. Texas locals had been warned about robberies at gunpoint occurring on the lake by Mexican pirates looking for cash and valuables.

The Mexican consulate has been asked to investigate and the couple remains unidentified.

Read more at MSNBC →

CNN en Español Gets Make Over

CNN en Español is revamping its look, programming and outreach to increase its U.S. audience.  Over the next nine months the show will get a new logo and slogan “Vive La Noticia, Live the News” and add several new programs to its line up that include: 

• NotiMujer – magazine-style show targeted at Latina women
• Showbiz – up to date stories on Hollywood and personalties
• Choque de Opiniiones – a Crossfire-style debate program on weekends

The network reaches 25 million Latin America household but only 5 million U.S. Hispanic households – its goal is to increase that number by 30 percent over the next two years with these announced changes.  In addition, it will offer three different news feeds, one geared for Mexico, the other for Latin America and the other for the U.S. Hispanic market. 

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Good Samaritan Saves Abducted Girl

Good Samaritan Saves Abducted Girl

Photo: CBS, Victor Perez rescued kidnapped girl

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After seeing an Amber Alert Tuesday morning, and walking outside of his home, unemployed construction worker, Victor Perez, spotted the truck that had been identified in an earlier news broadcast as being that of a man who abducted an 8 year-old girl*, and acted quickly. Perez jumped into his car and chased after the kidnapper while his cousin stayed behind and called 911.

Not seeing the little girl at first, Perez began cutting the abductor off, but the man would not pull over.

“The second time I cut him off…the little girl stuck her head out and that’s when I said ‘OK, that ain’t your little girl right there,’” Perez told a reporter.

Jerry Dyer, chief of police in Fresno, said, “The suspect actually opened the passenger door and pushed the girl out of the car onto the roadway and then sped off.”

Perez stayed with the terrified girl until authorities arrived. While the girl was taken to the hospital to be reunited with her mother, police found the kidnapper’s pickup behind an apartment complex where they arrested the 24 year-old gang member on probation, Gregorio Gonzalez.

Unfortunately, the girl was sexually abused said Dryer, adding “She is doing fine physically. I think mentally, she’s going to be faced with a scar for a big portion of her life and she’s getting the assistance she needs, but when you consider what the outcome could have been, it could have been far more tragic, as tragic it was. We are very, very grateful and give thank[s] to God we were able to be part of this and able to rescue her. I know the mother and her family are very, very grateful for that, as well.”

The little girl was playing with friends outside a home on Monday evening when Gonzalez, driving a 1975 Chevy pickup truck, approached her. He then grabbed her and forced her into his truck and sped off.

Gonzalez is being charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and false imprisonment.

When called a hero, Perez said he doesn’t feel that he is, stating, “I just felt like I was doing my part, living in the same neighborhood as the little girl, I just [feel] like everybody should step up in their own communities and, when something like this happens, come together and try to do your part to help out. And, you know, I just thank God I was put in the right situation to do what I did. Thank the man above for that.”

*Due to the sexual nature of the crime, and for the privacy of the young victim, HS News has omitted her name.

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California Supreme Court Reviewing State Tuition Benefits for Undocumented Immigrant Students

The California Supreme Court is hearing a case starting this week that would end tuition benefits for illegal immigrants attending the state’s public colleges.

The issue originates from a state wide benefit created in 2001 that allows for discounted tuition, up to $19,000, for college students regardless of immigration status just as long as they had graduated from a California high school. 

A group of conservative organizations challenged the benefit on the grounds that out-of-state students who were legally in this country were paying a higher tuition than illegal immigrant students. 

The lower courts agreed that federal immigration law barred states from providing illegal immigrants any benefits with public tax dollars.  The Supreme Court may reverse the decision and thereby allow the tuition discount benefits to continue for undocumented college immigrants students enrolled in public universities, estimated to be 25,000. 

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

Trapped Miners May be Rescued This Weekend

33 Chilean Miners trapped underground since August 5 may see daylight as early as this weekend. Of the three efforts underway to reach the miners, plan B is advancing at more than 100 feet a day and could reach them miners very soon.

Debate is underway if the rescue effort should reconsider the insertion of the steel casing to reinforce the sides of the shaft as this will likely take an additional week.

The miners are scheduled to be raised in a steel capsule that will be tied to a winch. Each man will be in the capsule for a little more than ½ hour for the ride up to the surface.

It is expected that each man will spend at least two days in the Copiapo hospital for tests. Some men have lost as many as 20 pounds and all are expected to be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight. The government has promised jobs for the trapped miners as well as the nearly 300 other workers for the now closed San Jose Mine.

Read more at The Chicago Tribune →

’30 Ways in 30 Days’ Worldwide Environmental Initiative Launches in Mexico City

In the run up to next month’s major climate change conference in Cancun, the United Nations (UN) will release one case study daily for 30 days to prove that solutions to combat global warming – ranging from planting trees to creating mass markets for solar water heaters- do indeed exist and are relatively easy to do.

Known as “30 Ways in 30 Days,” the scheme was launched this week in Mexico City at a summit co-hosted by the UN and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Such programs deliver a variety of benefits such as public health improvements, reduced environmental impacts, and speeding up the shift to low-carbon, green growth.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change, industrialized countries must slash emissions by 25 to 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, and that global emissions must be halved by 2050.

The top UN climate change official called on nations to accelerate efforts to find common ground to reach a concrete outcome in Cancun.

The critical climate change conference will start in Cancun on November 29th and more than 170 countries are expected to be represented.

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Sao Paulo’s Favorite Scandalite Geisy Arruda to be Compensated 23K by School. (BILINGUAL)

A court in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo in Sao Paulo, Brazil found the decision of Banderirante University to expel student Geisy Arruda was unfounded,  and ruled in favor of the victim, awarding her a compensation for all the repercussions of the scandal in the media, and the behavior of the students that attacked Ms. Arruda.  Image

The Tourism major went to class last October wearing a very short, very provoking fuchsia dress.  Students insulted and humiliated her, forcing Arruda to lock herself in a classroom while her aggressors videotaped the incident, later posting it online.

Students crowed the scene with such vigor, that police was forced to use pepper spray on the mob to open a path to escort Ms. Arruda outside, said the Tribunal of Justice of Sao Paulo.

Ms. Arruda, who has been basking in her sudden fame due to the scandal by parading in the carnival and participating in reality shows, has refused to return to classes citing her security on campus has been compromised and issued a request for a million reales in compensations. The judge however, found the petition exaggerated, and sentenced the school to pay 40.000 reales (about $23,000)


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$60.1 Million Awarded to Enhance Hispanic-Serving Institutions

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced 99 new grant awards totaling $60.1 million to enhance colleges that enroll a high percentage of Hispanic students.

In the $49.7 million Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, 78 institutions will expand educational opportunities and improve the educational attainment of Hispanic students. Nearly $10.4 million awarded from the Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program will support 21 institutions that offer a postbaccalaureate certificate or degree to help Hispanic Americans enroll and succeed in graduate study, a level of education in which they are underrepresented.

Grants awarded under these programs fund activities such as faculty development, curriculum development, academic tutoring and mentoring, and construction and renovation of instructional facilities.  A Hispanic-Serving Institution is defined as an eligible institution of higher education that has at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment.

Under this Program, Hispanic-serving institutions use their grant awards to provide outreach to students, including mentoring, scholarships or fellowships, and academic support services, purchase library materials and update educational technology, renovate classrooms, support faculty exchanges, and collaborate with other institutions of higher education to expand their degree offerings.

Both programs fund grants for a total of five years.


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Gates Foundation Gives $35 Million to Boost Communtiy College Graduation, Focus on Minority Students

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it is giving $35 million to boost community college graduation rates which is seen as a direct benefit to minority communities.  Approximately 17 percent of all students in community college are Hispanic and 14 percent are African American. 

The program called “Completion by Design” will allocate grants to community colleges that have plans to reach out to low-income students. The announcement was made in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s speech yesterday emphasizing the important role community colleges have in preparing the future work forces of America and the critical role they play with today’s job market.  The White House will also hold a ‘Summit on Community Colleges’ today lead by Dr. Jill Biden, the Vice President’s wife who is a community college educator.

Read more at Business Week →

Senadores de Todas Las Fracciones Parlamentarias Mexicanas Cuestionaron a la Sre la Relación con EU

Senadores de todas las fracciones parlamentarias en la Cámara Alta cuestionaron a la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores la relación que lleva México con Estados Unidos, la cual –coincidieron- es sumisa y no existen reclamos fuertes.

Durante la comparecencia de la Canciller Patricia Espinosa en el marco de la glosa del Informe de Gobierno, senadores del PT, PRD, PVEM y PRI, cuestionaron el que la reacción de México frente a distintos temas relacionados con la Unión Americana no tienen una respuesta contundente como la hay con países como Cuba.

“La política exterior mexicana en este sexenio ha sido gris, su actuación, señora secretaria, ha sido tibia y mediocre frente a la defensa de los intereses nacionales. Existe subordinación de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores al Gobierno de Estados Unidos…actitud tibia ante los reclamos a Estados Unidos…hay un trato diferenciado entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, por ejemplo”, señaló el senador del Partido del Trabajo (PT), Ricardo Monreal.  Destacó que México no reclama fuerte cuando algún funcionario estadounidense habla en contra de nuestro País, pero si Fidel Castro en Cuba se refiere a tierra azteca, la Cancillería responde duramente.

El senador del PRD, Salomón Jara, aseveró que México está alineado a Estados Unidos y frente a esta nación no tiene una política de Estado adecuada.

“Es necesario modificarla por una política progresista que anteponga a los intereses nacionales y el bienestar del pueblo”, comentó.

Alfonso Sánchez Anaya, del PRD destacó que no existe una equidad en la relación con Estados Unidos y tampoco un interés, de la Unión Americana, en el desarrollo económico, político y social de México.

Read more at El Agora →

UPDATE:  State of Emergency Extended, Ecuador Remains in ‘Fragile’ State

UPDATE: Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has announced an extension on the state of emergency he imposed last week due to insurgent police that threatened to dismantle his presidency.  An investigation continues as to who was behind the insurgency with a special focus on the police unit guarding the National Assembly.  The state of emergency that allows the military to control internal and external security matters in the country was due to expire yesterday morning.  As a result of the insurgency eight people died and 274 were injured. 

The government has also released taped radio communications between police officers where it is heard “Quick, kill that son of a bitch Correa” and “Kill Correa to end this”

UPDATE; Ecuador’s police chief, Freddy Martinez, has resigned in light of the insurgency his officers caused in the country deemed by President Rafael Correa to be an ‘attempted coup’.  Martinez did not participate in the insurgency that saw airports close, highways blockaded and resulted in two deaths and scores of injured.  Martinez in submitting his resignation did continue to urge the President to reconsider the cutbacks in benefits for his officers, which is what lead to the protests and insurgency.  The police are upset over a cut in promotion bonuses though their base pay has more than doubled since Correa took office in 200.

Most of the country’s airports have been reopened and calm is seen in the capital of Quito and Guayaquil where most of the disturbances took place.  A state of emergency remains with the military in charge of security for the country and schools have not reopened.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Two people have died and 88 injured in clashes between rioting police and the military in Ecuador after a police insurgency turned violent.  President Rafael Correa had attempted to calm protesting police when they turned on him and injured him.  He was then held captive in the hospital for more than 12 hours where he went to get treatment leading him to call a state of emergency in his country.  Police were rioting in reaction to loss of benefits instituted on Wednesday; the police insurgency was nation wide.

South American leaders held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation and expressed their full support of President Correa’s leadership.  The U.S. followed suit with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stating:  “We are closely following events in Ecuador.  The United States deplores violence and lawlessness and we express our full support for President Rafael Correa, and the institutions of democratic government in that country.”

The military remains in charge of maintaining public order this morning.  It remains unclear when airports will be open and highways cleared of the blockades set up by the rioting police. 

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