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SaturdayNovember 20, 2010

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Pope Looks to the Future by Naming 24 new Cardinals- 2 from Latin America-(VIDEO)

Pope Benedict installed 24 new Roman Catholic Cardinals from around the world on Saturday. During the solemn ceremony at St. Peters Basilica, each of the 24 men swore their loyalty to him, to future popes and to the church, even if it meant giving their lives.

Twenty of the new cardinals are under 80 and thus eligible under church rules to take part in the conclave that chooses a successor after the death or resignation of the current pope. Popes usually reign for life but Benedict, 83, has not ruled out the possibility of resigning for health reasons. The last time a pope resigned willingly was in the 13th century.

The 24 new cardinals come from Italy, Guinea, Poland, Switzerland, Egypt, the United States, Spain, Germany, Zambia, Ecuador, Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil and Sri Lanka.

Joining the College of Cardinals from Latin America are the archbishop emeritus of Quito in Ecuador, Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, and the archbishop of Aparecida in Brazil, Raymundo Damasceno Assis.

The latest batch of appointments takes the regional blocs in the electoral college to: Europe-62 cardinals; Latin America-21; North America-15; Africa-12; Asia-10; Pacific region-1.

Read more at Yahoo News →

ICE Arrests 54 previously Deported Aliens in the NYC Area

This week, the largest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation of its kind targeting previously deported criminal aliens was carried out all over the greater New York City area. Dubbed Operation RAPID, 54 previously deported aliens with criminal records were arrested on federal arrest warrants during a four-day targeted enforcement operation.

Eighty officers and agents from ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) field office in New York City, assisted by 70 additional special agents and law enforcement officers from ICE’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Marshals Service’s New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (RFTF), participated in the operation.

Operation RAPID (Re-enter, Arrest, Prosecute, Incarcerate, Deport), is an operation designed to target, locate and arrest previously deported criminal aliens that have subsequently returned to the United States without authorization from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security or the Attorney General of the United States.

All 54 individuals arrested on the federal arrest warrants have been remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York will be handling the prosecutions.

ERO officers arrested two additional foreign nationals during the operation. Both were taken into ICE custody and will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. Due to their manner of entry and their criminal histories, both are subject to immediate removal from the United States.

“This enforcement action underscores ICE’s commitment to strategic, sensible immigration enforcement that enhances public safety,” said ICE Director John Morton. “ICE will continue to target, arrest, and remove those who come to this country to pursue a life of crime rather than the American dream.”

“These arrests vividly show how cooperation among law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels produces positive results,” said Lenny DePaul, Commanding Officer, U.S. Marshals Service’s New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force “We’ve arrested 51 previously deported criminal aliens who will now have to face justice on the crimes they’ve committed, and for that, our streets are safer.”

Team members made arrests in the following New York counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Orange, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester. Individuals arrested were nationals of Belize, the Bahamas, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and St. Kitts.

Those arrested include:

- A 44-year-old from the Dominican Republic previously convicted of fraud, and receiving stolen property. At the time of the arrest, he was found to be in possession of two firearms. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has accepted prosecution for violation of Title 18, United States Code (USC), Section 922(g)(1) and Title18 USC Section 922(g)(5), felon in possession of a firearm and illegal alien in possession of a firearm, respectively.

- A 39-year-old Dominican Republic national previously convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault involving a child and of sexual activity with a minor, among other crimes.

- A 31-year-old from the Bahamas, previously convicted of robbery and grand theft motor vehicle, was also arrested. At the time of arrest, ERO officers encountered his 39-year-old brother and determined the he had also been previously deported from the United States following a conviction in Florida for aggravated assault with a weapon. He was also arrested.

This week’s special enforcement action was a joint initiative between the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) and the ICE Criminal Alien Program’s Violent Criminal Alien Section (VCAS). The NFOP is responsible for locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens and immigration fugitives - aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation handed down by the nation’s immigration courts. VCAS screens recidivist criminal aliens encountered to deter and reduce future recidivism rates of violent criminal aliens by seeking criminal prosecution. In coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the VCAS prioritizes federal criminal prosecution of egregious recidivist criminal aliens for felony violations. Illegal re-entry after deportation is currently the most prosecuted federal offense nationwide.

ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program is just one facet of the Department of Homeland Security’s broader strategy to heighten the federal government’s effectiveness at identifying and removing dangerous criminal aliens from the United States. Other initiatives that figure prominently in this effort are the Criminal Alien Program of which VCAS is a major component, Secure Communities and the agency’s partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies under 287(g).

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STUDY:  Hispanic Male Teens have Poor Body Image

When it comes to body image, cultural differences matter. A study by YouthBeat’s showed that African-American youth, for example, have far more positive body images than their Hispanic or Caucasian peers. Nearly half (48 percent) of those in the survey group “strongly agree” with the statement that they are happy with the way they look, compared to 33 percent of Hispanic youth and 30% of Caucasian youth.

A slim majority of young people are “happy with the way [they] look, however, body image confidence plummets in Hispanic boys when they reach age 14.  On the other hand Hispanic girls seem to have a better view of their physical appearance and that only improves with age.  The survey was fielded among a nationally representative sample of children in first through 12th grades.

That sentiment, however, shifts substantially among age groups: While 30 percent of tweens (grades five through eight) are happy with their appearance, only 18 percent of teens (grades nine through 12) feel the same way. And while self-image is typically believed to be a larger concern among girls, boys are not immune to this issue: Only 35 percent of the boys in the survey group strongly agree that “I feel happy with the way I look.”

“Young people are faced with conflicting messages. On one hand, they’re being asked to be vigilant about their weight. On the other, they’re being told that they should accept themselves and their appearance,” said Amy Henry, vice president of Youth Insights at C&R Research.

Henry suggested that the findings raise the issue of how adults can effectively communicate the idea of being healthy without glorifying thinness. “What‘s especially challenging is that youths can be inclined toward extremes, and might feel more conflicted than they feel communicated with,” Henry added.

Read more at YouthBeat →

First Spanish Language Digital U.S. Bookstore is Launched

Barnes & Noble, Inc. launched NOOKbooks en espanol, the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.  This initiative aims to be the best and fastest growing selection of Spanish titles, including bestsellers, new releases, classics, works in translation and more. With NOOKbooks en espanol, Barnes & Noble customers now have nearly instant access to thousands of popular Spanish language titles, including thousands of free works, to be enjoyed across a wide range of platforms, including NOOK color, NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi, and the company’s free software available for iPad(TM), iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), Android(TM), BlackBerry(R), PC, and Mac(R).

Working closely with many of the top international and U.S.-based publishers, Barnes & Noble will continue to expand its catalog of NOOKbooks en espanol, which currently includes more than a third of the top-selling trade Spanish-language titles in the U.S.

In addition to accessing NOOKbooks en espanol on NOOKdevices, customers can use Barnes & Noble’s free eReading software to download and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad(TM), iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), Android(TM), BlackBerry(R) and other smartphones, PC, and Mac(R). And with the Lifetime Library(TM) advantage, Barnes & Noble ensures that your content always goes wherever you go and is always protected and accessible on a variety of devices, as well as BN.com.

Read more at Barnes & Noble →

UPDATE: Explosion at Popular Mexican Resort- Swampgas

UPDATE:  The hotel explosion that resulted in the death of five Canadian tourists and two hotel workers appears to be the result of swamp gas.  The explosion occurred last week at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen.  Mexican investigator, Francisco Alor stated “The report suggests an accumulation of gases produced by decomposing organic material in the subsoil, and this gas produced the explosion.”  The hotel was built above a swamp area and is located 55 miles from Cancun.  Nine people remain hospitalized. 

:  An explosion has occurred at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A public security official in Playa del Carmen told CNN that about seven people—including a minor—were killed in the blast. Witnesses at the scene tell CP24 that about 20 people have also been seriously injured.

The explosion happened at around 10:30 a.m. local time. Authorities say they are still investigating what caused the blast but believe it may have been caused by a gas leak.

A gas line or stove exploded at the Grand Riviera Princess, Police Commander Arturo Guillermo said.

Pete Travers, news director at an Ontario radio station,who was vacationing at the hotel said, “I heard a very, very large crash, a bang,” he said. He then rushed out of his room and saw that the glass walls of the hotel restaurant had shattered and that debris was strewn everywhere. “There was blood and injuries from flying glass and debris. No way of knowing just how injured these people were,” Travers said. “I saw three or four people receiving triage, they appeared to my eyes to be tourists.”

Read more at CNN →

Nicaragua Seeks to Improve Tourism and Highlights Its Cultural Treaures

Nicaragua will improve tourism offerings in San Juan del Sur and Granada with a $10 million loan by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The loan will finance restoration and improvements of tourism resources in both areas as well as training and technical assistance to micro, small and medium-sized companies to improve the quality of services provided for tourists. It will also support measures to improve the planning and management capabilities of the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR, under the Spanish acronym), the country’s leading tourism agency.

The project will increase average daily foreign tourists spending by more than 35 percent in San Juan and more than 25 percent in Granada, allowing local firms to double the number of formal tourism jobs, a move that will contribute to increase household income and reduce poverty in both locations.

In San Juan del Sur, the IDB will support the development of a cultural and leisure center; the restoration and improvement of the coastal promenade; construction of overlooks, bicycle paths and pedestrian walks along a new scenic coastal route as well as finance the reconstruction of the legendary Ruta del Oro between San Juan del Sur and La Virgen.

In Granada, one of the oldest colonial cities in Latin America and the Caribbean, the project will finance the restoration of the historic center; highlight elements of the local history and culture, and upgrade the boardwalk and small docks that serve as points of departure for tours to Lake Nicaragua.

The loan will also help finance sustainable management of tourist areas with adaptation to climate change and natural disaster risk management in coastal areas. In particular, it will include investments for land and urban planning, sustainable management of beaches, and promote the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the sector.

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A Salute To the Heroes of the Mexican Revolution!

On November 20, 1910, Francisco Madero arrived at the border and planned to meet up with 400 men raised by his uncle Catarino to launch an attack on Ciudad Porfirio Díaz with a plan.The Plan proclaimed the elections of 1910 null and void, and called for an armed revolution to begin at 6 p.m. on November 20, 1910, against the illegitimate presidency/dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz. 

Today Mexico celebrates 100 years after the revolution and salutes the heroes that produced the Mexican Constitution of 1917, the National Revolutionary Party (PRI) and heroes Pancho Villa, Venustiano Carranza and Emiliano Zapata. 


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SaturdayNovember 20, 2010