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SaturdayFebruary 12, 2011

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US DOL and Mine Operator in Puerto Rico Reach Settlement in Discrimination Case

US DOL and Mine Operator in Puerto Rico Reach Settlement in Discrimination Case

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced that it has negotiated a settlement agreement with Comunidad Agricola Bianchi Inc. of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a discrimination case involving a miner employed by the company’s operation in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Jose A. Chaparro was fired from his job shortly after cooperating in an MSHA hazard complaint investigation at the mine.

In August 2009, MSHA received an anonymous hazard complaint raising concerns about safety issues at the mine, including details about an unreported June 2009 accident at the mine involving Chaparro. As a result, MSHA launched a hazard complaint investigation. The same day that MSHA spoke with Chaparro about his accident, the mine superintendent fired him.

In a complaint filed with the Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, MSHA sought a finding that Chaparro was unlawfully discriminated against and discharged in violation of Section 105(c)(1) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, which states that miners, their representatives and applicants for employment are protected from retaliation for engaging in safety and/or health-related activities, such as identifying hazards, asking for MSHA inspections or refusing to engage in an unsafe act. The complaint also sought Chaparro’s reinstatement to his position or a comparable one, $6,000 in back pay, all employment benefits, all medical and hospital benefits, and any and all other damages suffered and incurred by Chaparro as a result of the discriminatory discharge, as well as a $15,000 civil money penalty.

Following a hearing in February 2010, a judge ordered Chaparro temporarily reinstated to his job at the mine. In a second amended complaint, MSHA brought a claim of post-reinstatement retaliation against Comunidad Agricola Bianchi Inc. and three individual representatives of the mine.

In settlement, the company agreed to permanently reinstate Chaparro to his job at the mine and to pay the full $6,000 in back wages due to Chaparro, as well as the full $15,000 penalty. The mine operator also agreed that it would not unlawfully discriminate against any miner in its employ for engaging in protected activity.

“The Mine Act is clear,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Miners have a right to participate in an MSHA investigation, and they may not be fired, demoted, harassed, transferred, refused employment or suffer any loss of wages for exercising their right. Meanwhile, my department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will continue to vigorously investigate all discriminatory complaints.”

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Cuban immigrant Dies Feet from ER when told to call 911

Cuban immigrant Dies Feet from ER when told to call 911

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Cuban Immigrant, Birgilio Marin-Fuentes (61) drove himself to the hospital on Thursday night to the Portland Adventist Medical Center. Marin-Fuentes had been suffering from pain and coughing and made it to the hospital garage where he crashed into the pillar and wall, about 125 feet from the Emergency Room Entrance.

About 20 minutes lapsed before 3 police officers were contacted in the hospital and responded to the unconscious Marin Fuentes.  Two officers began CPR and the third officer ran back to the ER to alert them, and he was told to call 911.

This act violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act approved in 1986. The act requires all Medicare participating hospitals with emergency departments treat any critically ill patients on their premises, including parking lots.

Birgilio Marin-Fuentes did not survive the heart attack.

The victim’s wife, Claudia Luis Garcia told The Oregonian she believes if she had insisted on driving with her husband to the hospital, he might still be alive.
“They left him to die,” Luis Garcia said.

Read more at The Gainesville Sun →

Kayaker Tackles 128 Ft Mexican Waterfall, “The Big Banana”  (VIDEO)

Kayaker Tackles 128 Ft  Mexican Waterfall, “The Big Banana”  (VIDEO)

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Rafa Ortiz(23) took the plunge to become only the fifth person to ever kayak a 100ft + Waterfall. 

Ortiz describes extreme kayaking as a “crazy experience” .. We Agree!

 

 

 

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NARCO BLOG: Making Good on Promise, Cartel starts to Name Names to Clean Things Up

NARCO BLOG: Making Good on Promise, Cartel starts to Name Names to Clean Things Up

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The New Generation Jalisco Cartel wants everyone to know that the cleaning has begun in the state of Colima .

In a messages describing the confession, CJNG claims that the testimony will provide the names of those involved in the execution of the former governor of Colima, Silverio Cavazos. They are handing authorities, and making publically known the names of those who directly ordered the execution of the former governor and even those nicknames of the murderers involved in this murder.

Seconds later a man with masking tape covering his eyes appears to be interrogated. The subject is identified as Gilberto Arturo Lopez Rangel, who lives in the municipality of Villa de Alvarez, Colima and is employed as a taxi driver..

In his interrogation, Gilberto mentions that his links with organized crime began when he met a customer of the taxi called Jorge, who he was asked to drive home.

He heard several men came to the state to execute Silverio Cavazos. A man nicknamed La Vaca, a native of Michoacan, was responsible for the murder, according to the driver.

During questioning, the taxi driver gives up more names . He says he does not know why the execution was ordered, but that it was the direct order from someone nicknamed El Flaco.

The Cartel also makes a statement that although drugs have always been present in the area, terrorism and the act of killing innocent people will not be allowed to continue in Jalisco and Colima.

Read in Spanish Here

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Brazilian Authorities Arrest 27 Police Officers for Drug and Arms Trafficking

Yesterday, Brazilian police authorities announced the arrest of 35 individuals which included 27 police officers from Rio de Janiero on suspicion they have ties to organized crime.

After a long investigation, that included informants and wire tapping, 45 arrest warrants and 47 search warrants were served.  ‘Operation Guillotine’ as the operation was known implicated 27 police officers in drug and arms trafficking and a former head of civil police being charged with accepting bribes from drug traffickers.

In December of last year 13 other police officers were arrested for arms trafficking and extortion in the favela neighborhoods of Rio de Janiero. 

Read more at Wire Update →

New Bosley in ‘Charlie Angels‘ is Latino Ramon Rodriguez

New Bosley in ‘Charlie Angels‘ is Latino Ramon Rodriguez

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ABC has cast Ramon Rodriguez as Charlie’s sidekick Bosly for the upcoming project.

The character is being described as a “charming and funny guy with GQ looks and Peter Pan smile who has great hacking skills and technical knowledge.”

Bosly as in all the various presentations will be the liaison for the girls to the elusive Charlie, while lending support to the beautiful crime fighters.


Rodriguez, who is best known for his role as Leo Spitz in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, joins a cast that includes Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Rachael Taylor(Transformers) and Annie Ilonzeh.

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Drinking World Wide Kills 2.5 Million, UN Urging Abstention

The harmful consumption of alcohol kills an estimated 2.5 million people across the world every year, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report unveiled today, urging governments to implement measures to prevent drinking habits that damage health and cause other social problems.

According to the Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, harmful alcohol use is increasingly affecting the younger generations and drinkers in the developing countries.

According to the report, nearly 4 per cent of all deaths globally are related to alcohol, and most alcohol-related deaths result from injuries, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and liver cirrhosis. Globally, 6.2 per cent of all male deaths are related to alcohol, compared to 1.1 per cent of female deaths, the report notes.

Analysis from 2001-2005 showed countries in the Americas, European, Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific regions had relatively stable consumption levels during that time.

Abstention rates are low in high-income, high-consumption countries, and higher in North African and South Asian countries. But those who do drink in countries with high abstention rates consume alcohol at high levels.

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Brazil Brides- Get To The Church On Time Or It Will Cost You

Brazil Brides- Get To The Church On Time Or It Will Cost You

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In an effort to crack down on tardy brides, one cathedral in Brazil is fining them $300 if they are late for their own wedding.

Although it is a common tradition in South America for brides to arrive at least 10 minutes late, sometimes the bride is an hour or more late. This of coarse reeks havoc on the scheduled masses and other ceremonies at the church.

Priest Roberto Carrara at the Nossa Senhora de Lourdes Cathedral in the small southern city of Apucaran know requires the couple to leave a $300 deposit prior to the ceremony- IF they are on time they get it back. How Sweet.

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OAS calls for Limits on Presidential Terms in Latin America

OAS calls for Limits on Presidential Terms in Latin America

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The Organization of American States, (OAS), Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza called for democracies to impose limits on Latin America’s presidential successive re-election.

“Democracy by nature requires limits,” said Insulza who participated in Bogotá in a forum to celebrate the 100 years of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

“We can’t deny there’s a clear and very strong weakness of Latin-American institutions, particularly those referred to the Executive and the tendency to change for governments bolstering individual figures”.

Insulza said “power must be shared, but we are going through a very complicated period where power is highly concentrated”.

Furthermore there’s “a weakening of those institutions which exercise control over the running of government, difficulties for common citizens to express their grievances, plus violence, abuse and threats to the free press”

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Plaza Coca-Cola Celebrating the Return of the Mexican National Team to U.S.

With the launch of Plaza Coca-Cola, Hispanic soccer fans in the U.S. will have a place to call their own where they can celebrate with fellow fans and pay tribute to their favorite teams, according to the Coca Cola company. The special fan zone will debut at the first stop of the Mexican National Team’s (MNT) five city U.S. Tour in Atlanta.

At each MNT game in the U.S., Plaza Coca-Cola will be part of Futbol Fiesta, an interactive zone that spans more than 120,000 square feet and includes live music, games, celebrity appearances and prize giveaways.

Plaza Coca-Cola will celebrate the return of the MNT to the U.S., by bringing a little piece of Mexico to fans. A 25-foot replica of the Angel de la Independencia El Ángel ), a victory column located over Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City, will be a signature part of Plaza Coca-Cola.

El Ángel and Plaza Coca-Cola will travel around the U.S., following the MNT as it plays its first five games outside Mexico since the FIFA World Cup.

Plaza Coca-Cola made its debut on Wednesday, February 9 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in advance of the MNT’s first match of its U.S. tour.

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Latino Voters Anxious About the Economy

An opinion poll among Latino voters in the United States revealed a high level of economic anxiety in the community, a disconnect in the economic decisions made by the Obama administration and the highest level of concern ever seen about the current immigration policy.

The poll, the first one in a series to be conducted jointly by impreMedia and Latino Decisions (LD) over the next twelve months, explores the situation of the Latino group most integrated into American society: voters, whether born here or naturalized citizens.

Araceli Ceja is one of those citizens, currently unemployed, who fears for her family’s future. “The truth is I voted for Obama and I still have faith that he can change things,” said Ceja during an interview at the local unemployment office, where she was waiting for some paperwork. “But I have been unemployed for a year, filled out more than 100 job applications and have not gotten anywhere. No one is hiring.”

Ceja may reflect a reality that, although serious for the entire country, has hit Latinos and African-Americans the hardest. Despite a recent decrease in the overall and Latino unemployment rates, Latinos still have higher unemployment than the majority: 12.6% versus 8.7% for the white population.

Middle-class Latinos and those who are more integrated into society are also feeling the insecurity of the recession, even though it appears that an economic recovery has started. The problem is that the recovery has not reached all parts of society.

This is why the results of a Latino voter poll are even more important than a poll of the Latino population as a whole, according to Matt Barreto, a political science professor at the University of Washington and pollster for LD. Here we see that the economy is having a very significant effect on the Latino community, and we are referring to a group of Latinos that is more integrated into the country’s economic and political life, usually a more stable group than the newly arrived,” said Barreto. “This is a number I did not expect to be so high.”

The poll also found that the status quo of American immigration policy and its lack of reform has become the top concern for Latinos. Immigration is the number one concern, surpassing even concern about the economy, despite its considerable insecurity.

Of important issues now before the president and Congress, 47% of Latino voters consider immigration or a lack of immigration reform most important. The second most important issue to Latino voters (43%) is the creation of jobs and the economy in general. And third and last (20%) is education, which used to be a main priority for this community.“Immigration is a very important issue for Latinos, and last fall it was in second place after the economy,” said Gary Segura, a political science professor at Stanford University and also an advisor for LD. “The community saw how the DREAM Act failed and new Arizona-style local laws. The issue has become a serious concern.”

Immigration is not such an important issue for the rest of the population. A recent CNN poll found that only 7% of Americans consider it a priority, and the question referred to “illegal immigration.”

Poll results are very significant regarding the economy, revealing anxiety about the immediate future among Latinos. This is despite President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, where he declared that the economy is improving, and recent reports that indicate a decrease in the unemployment rate.

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LET LOOSE this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

LET LOOSE this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?

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9 Illegals Employed by Government

9 Illegals Employed by Government

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A raid at new Orlando VA Hospital this week reveled 9 undocumented workers at the construction site. 

The $665 million project was raided Wednesday night and nine Mexican nationals were found hiding in a crawl space in rafters of the building.  If not for the use of cadaver search dogs and infrared heat seeking technology, the workers would have never been found. 

“They could not get out of that location without assistance,” said Sen. Bill Nelson.  “So the question is who assisted them?”

Although there were three dozen contractors and sub-contractors were working on the project, officials are not releasing which particular company hired the undocumented immigrants for the job. 

Sen. Nelson is using this incident to prove that the immigration system is flawed. 

“What we have here is another example that the system has broken down and American jobs are being taken by those that are not allowed under the law to be here,” said Nelson. 

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U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Elderly Man for Smuggling 41 lbs of Crystal Meth and Cocaine

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 65-year-old male Mexican national in east San Diego County yesterday morning attempting to smuggle more than 41 pounds of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine.

Agents stopped a suspicious 1998 Ford Windstar minivan on Interstate 8 near the Japatul Valley Road exit around 9:30 a.m. Agents conducted an immigration inspection of the driver, and became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor.

A Border Patrol K-9 Team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the dashboard area.

Agents performed a search of the vehicle and discovered a non-factory compartment located behind the glove box. Agents opened the compartment and found numerous cellophane-wrapped bundles containing crystal methamphetamine and cocaine.

The man was arrested and transported with the minivan to a nearby Border Patrol station, where agents removed ten bundles of cocaine and ten bundles of crystal methamphetamine from the hidden compartment. The cocaine weighed 26.15 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $261,000 and the crystal methamphetamine weighed 15.43 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $277,000.

The suspected drug smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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SaturdayFebruary 12, 2011