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TuesdayFebruary 15, 2011

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UPDATE: US Immigration Special Agent Shot Dead, Another Injured in Mexico

UPDATE: Janet Napolitano has issued a statement regarding the shooting of two agents being shot after stopping at a military checkpoint in the state of San Luis Potosi. The pair were driving between Mexico City and Monterrey. The extreme violence among members of competing drug cartels within Mexico are rarely targeted toward US officials. 

One agent was critically wounded in this attack and died from his injuries.  The second agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition. 

The The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said it was working with the state department, US law enforcement and Mexican authorities to investigate the shooting.

Original: According to a statement just released by Homeland Security, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot today in Mexico in the line of duty.  The statement read as follows: 

“Earlier this afternoon, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents assigned to the ICE Attaché office in Mexico City were shot in the line of duty while driving between Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico, by unknown assailants. ICE is working with the U.S. State Department, Mexican authorities and other U.S. law enforcement partners to investigate the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues.”

The Mexican President’s Office and Mexican immigration officials have no comment and have no information on the incident. 

The story is just developing and we will be providing updates as they happen.

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Border Patrol Confiscate 8,700 Rounds of Ammunition as Americans Attempt to Smuggle them into Mexico

U.S. Customs and Border Protection assisted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when CBP officers stopped an attempted illegal exportation of 8,700 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition designed for assault rifles.

“This is an excellent example of multiple agencies working together for one cause,” said Michael Humphries, area port director for the Douglas and Naco entries. “Each branch of law enforcement has its own focus, but when it comes to national security the message is clear; we will band together against any one or anything that threatens our nation’s stability. U.S. Customs and Border Protection remains vigilant and committed.”

On Feb. 11, at approximately 9 p.m., CBP officers were screening travelers for possible export violations while performing outbound operations on traffic going from the U.S. into Mexico. With the assistance of ATF agents a 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo, driven by a 19-year-old man from Tucson, was selected for inspection. The CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered that the driver and his passenger, an 18-year-old woman from Tucson, had 580 boxes of 7.62 caliber ammunition hidden inside the quarter panels of the vehicle.

CBP officers seized 8,700 rounds of ammunition and the vehicle and arrested both the driver and passenger in connection with the failed smuggling attempt. The man and the woman were turned over to special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms for further investigation and prosecution.


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Ecuador May Never See a Penny of $17 Billion Judgment Against Chevron

Ecuador May Never See a Penny of $17 Billion Judgment Against Chevron

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An Ecuadorean judge has ruled that Chevron Corp. is to pay $17 billion in penalties in fines for damage caused by oil pollution in the country’s rainforest, making the judgment the single largest is any environmental case.

It was ordered that an $8.6 billion fine is to be paid, and an equal additional amount in punitive damages if the company did not make a public apology within 15 days.

The judgment is a result of an 18-year lawsuit stating that Texaco Inc. dumped chemical-filled waste into the Amazon River basin from 1964 to 1992. Chevron bought Texaco in 2001, and have claimed that they are not responsible for the results of actions taken before they obtained ownership.

Unfortunately, Ecuador may never see a penny, said analyst Mark Gilman, because the judgment is likely “unenforceable … given the lack of local assets.” Chevron has no refineries or oil wells in Ecuador that the country could seize until payment is received, and in anticipation of a ruling against them, last week, Chevron went to a New York court to obtain an order shielding them from collection efforts related to the case, but only temporarily.

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Lady Gaga vs Sofia Vergara on Jay Leno - Who is Hotter?

Both women graced the set of Jay Leno on Monday night. Who do you think is Hotter? Let us know in our comment section!

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Gov. Barbour Once Lobbied for Mexico Regarding Immigration

Gov. Barbour Once Lobbied for Mexico Regarding Immigration

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A little explanation may be in Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s near future.

Just this past Sunday, the Republican governor who has attempted to bring Arizona-style immigration laws to Mississippi, was telling Fox News that his record as a lobbyist, politician, and lawyer would make him a good candidate for president, but what he just happened to leave out is that he has a history of attempting to pass that that he and many of his colleagues would now call “Amnesty” for undocumented immigrants.

Back in 2001, Barbour was asked by The Embassy of Mexico to work on legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for foreigners living without documentation in the U.S.

In a filing, it was stated that Barbour’s work on such legislation would include “building support in the legislative branch for passage of a bill related to Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

Time pointed out that, “at the time, Mexico was seeking an extension of a provision that allowed undocumented immigrants living in the United States to receive legal visas or green cards without returning to their country of origin, provided they pay an additional fine.”

And since then, Barbour has maintained his support of the creation of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

So while he claims he’d be a good candidate for president, the fact that he chose to leave out his lobbying for Mexico and undocumented immigrants during his Fox News stint could hurt him in the Republican primaries, should he choose to run. Though, Barbour has been sending mixed messages already anyway.

While he has expressed immense gratitude for the Latino help his state received after Hurricane Katrina, he has also stated that he does not find it unreasonable for local law enforcement to ask anyone they suspect of being an undocumented immigrant for proof of legal status—part of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

Read more at Time →

2011 Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Cover Girl Irina Shayk: Ronaldo’s Alleged Girlfriend

“You can ask, but I wouldn’t respond. We Russians, we like to keep secrets — you know, KGB, Russian spy!” said Russian model Irina Shayk when asked about her romance to Soccer star Ronaldo. Meredith Viera, from the Today Show said “Well I think he’s telling everybody he’s with you.”

The Russian model was invited to the NBC Studios in New York City, to make an appearance in the “Today Show” and talk about her big news.

The night before, on “Late night with David Letterman” Shayk was caught by surprise when a massive billboard with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition cover was revealed at the corner of Broadway and 52nd Street.

“We Russians, you know, we know all the secrets, but I didn’t know I was landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and it was so surprising to me. I was in shock; I was crying.” Said the model of finding out she was the cover, on Letterman.

Irina Shayk is the first Russian woman to ever be the cover of the Swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated.


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$2 Million Narco Sub Found in Colombian Jungle, Ready to Transport 8 Tons of Cocaine (VIDEO)

When money is no object and stealth is the object, then building a $2 million submarine doesn’t seem out of the question.  And that is exactly what some Colombian drug lords have done.

The military just seized a 100-foot long submarine, estimated to have cost $2 million to build, in southwestern Colombia by the rural jungle area of Timbiqui.

The home-made vessel was capable of carrying eight tons of cocaine under water and needs a crew of four to run it.  With its two engines and very sophisticated sonar it could travel quietly 30 feet below sea level for a trip under the Pacific Ocean to Mexico.

The vessel is being considered the most sophisticated of any other vessel seized.  No one was captured when the discovery was made.

Read more at RTT News →

Government Sponsors Mass Wedding with 2,500 Couples in Mexico’s Most Violent City

Ciudad Juarez in the state of Chihuahua wanted to celebrate Valentine Day’s in a special way but more importantly it wanted to promote love instead of bloodshed. 

As the most violent city in Mexico, with 3000 of its citizens killed last year, most people only read about the criminal element and not the countless citizens that try to lead an ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances.

So yesterday, Governor Cesar Duarte conducted a mass wedding where 2,500 couples were married, entertained by mariachi and stage performances.  Some lucky couples also received raffle prizes and two very lucky couples won a home. 

There were underage couples to senior citizens who decided to take their vows and forgot for one day the blood shed in the city. 

Read more at ABC2News →

Woman in Mexico Accused of Stealing Baby, While Thousands are Orphaned

In Mexico, a woman was arrested after allegations that she bought a baby on the black market. She now faces kidnapping charges.

Mexican media sources have reported that 46-year-old Antonia Martinez was arrested by Nuevo León state police after she reportedly tried to get a medical certificate for the baby she was holding. She wished to bring him to the United States.

Martinez allegedly bought the baby just south of Mexico City for 15,000 to 20,000 pesos ($1,200 to 1,650). Officials say the baby was less than six days old, but was in very good health, and was taken into custody at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Investigators said they spoke with a women familiar with the baby selling business and she reportedly told them that the transaction was legal, and that the baby was presented with a birth certificate.

However, the certificate Martinez possessed had no Mexican official’s signature on it, only the baby’s fingerprints and the signature of a midwife.

Martinez reportedly has four other children, and in the wake of a divorce, she wanted another.

What should be noted is that a report out of the Autonomous University of Juárez stated that due to drug cartel violence in Mexico, over 8,500 children are estimated to be orphans by 2012.

Which could lead one to wonder why Martinez would feel the need to steal one.

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Quadriplegic Immigrant Sent to Mexico. Rehabilitation Now Unlikely

Quadriplegic Immigrant Sent to Mexico. Rehabilitation Now Unlikely

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After falling from a roof, former day laborer Quelino Ojeda Jimenez was a quadriplegic. He could move most of his body, speak, or even breathe on his own, but in December, the undocumented immigrant was sent back to Mexico, and the Chicago-area volunteers that took care of him are outraged.

The 20-year-old was receiving care at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, then without his consent, Ojeda was sent to Oaxaca, Mexico by air ambulance just before Christmas to a facility ill-equipped to handle his care. The hospital is actually re-using air filters for his breathing machine.

Advocate acknowledged it never obtained Ojeda’s permission to transfer him and “regret the way this process flowed and the steps that were taken.”

“They threw him out like he was a piece of garbage,” said disability rights advocate, Horacio Esparza. Esparza runs the Progress Center for Independent Living in Forest Park, Illinois.

The hospital spent about $650,000 over the four months they cared for Ojeda, and another $60,000 to transport him to Mexico, when it became obvious that he would need lifetime care. Advocate Christ said they made a decision they believe is justified, as they did not transfer Ojeda until he was stable. They added that several long-term care facilities refused to take him as a patient due to his immigration status and lack of insurance or any other way to pay for his care.

While cases relatively similar to this happen occasionally, Ojeda’s case is different in that he did not consent to being transferred, and it was also against his family’s wishes. The Mexican Consulate in Chicago was never consulted, and the hospital has absolutely no legal requirement to send undocumented patients to their country of origin. However, they are required to ensure that the facility to which a patient is transferred can maintain proper care.

The hospital Ojeda was initially sent to in Oaxaca did not have a room for him, and specialized in emergency care only. He was then sent to a smaller hospital in early January that does not provide rehabilitation.

And though Ojeda was slowly becoming able to speak again, and move the fingers on the left side of his body, any further recovery is stifled and unlikely as his current hospital is not qualified to help him.

Each day, his uncle tries to keep the young man’s spirits up, but his aunt said he sometimes gets “desperate” because “he isn’t getting better.”

Ojeda rarely gets to see his parents and his wife, as they live about four hours away in a small town of only around 140 people, and transportation and hotels are more than they can afford.

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

Diego Luna, Another Mexican Star With a Busy 2011 Schedule

Diego Luna, Another  Mexican Star  With a Busy 2011 Schedule

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Mexican Actor Diego Luna is another Mexican start with a very busy 2011.  Last week we talked about Salma Hayek’s crazy 2011 well its looking like that for Diego Luna. 

He has just finished filming a project with Gael García Bernal and Will Ferrell shot entirely in Spanish, and with English subtitles. Beginning this March, the actor will be shooting “Contraband” with Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Kate Beckinsale.

“Contraband” will be shot on location in the city of New Orleans, and is about a security guard with financial problems, who considers a comeback to his smuggler days when an old partner offers him a potentially lucrative opportunity.

In addition to his roles for the big screen, Luna and his partner Gael Garcia Bernal’s production company “Canana Films” is developing the biopic of United Farm Workers leader César Chávez, which they optioned in March of last year. Oscar nominated screenwriter Keir Peason (Hotel Rwanda) will be writing the script.

Read more by HS News Staff →

3 Americans Murdered in 3 Weeks in Quiet Mexican Town Popular with Retirees

3 Americans Murdered in 3 Weeks in Quiet Mexican Town Popular with Retirees

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San Miguel de Allende is believed to be home to one of the largest collections of ex-Pat American citizens in Mexico.

On Jan. 19, the first murder was uncovered when an 85-year-old man was found dead in his home, a plastic bag over his head and at least 15 stab wounds to various parts of his body. Peter C. Mudge was a retired interior designer and director of the Biblioteca House and Gardens tours.

Neighbors describe Peter as a friendly man who would teach anyone interested English in his home.

Four days later, on January 23, the body of a young man is reported to have been found on the side of a road riddled with multiple gunshots wounds caused, most likely, from a .45 caliber firearm. The only name released to date for the deceased is “Andrew,” and the man is believed to be between the ages of 29 and 31.
It is not known if this murder is in anyway tied to the drug cartels.

On February 6, On Feb. 6, 80-year-old Joseph Henry Feuerborn, an ex-Marine who had lived in San Miguel de Allende for 20 years, was found dead in his home. He is believed to have been beaten to death.

His Stepson, Gordon McCall said,” “It was a burglary, he was robbed and murdered,”

The culturally rich city of San Miguel de Allende has a population of 8000 comprised with residents from 35 different nationalities, with Americans making up the majority.

“The U.S. Embassy has and will continue to provide appropriate consular assistance to the families of the deceased,” said the official.

Read more at CBS News →

UN Secretary Commends Ecuador’s Efforts on Democracy and Human Rights

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts undertaken in Ecuador to consolidate democracy following last year’s unrest, while also lauding advances related to indigenous issues, human rights and the environment.

Speaking at a joint press conference with President Rafael Correa in the capital, Quito, Mr. Ban said he had come to show support for Ecuador when it is still recovering from the events of 30 September.

Mr. Correa had to be taken to the hospital at that time after being hit by tear gas during a demonstration in Quito related to Government measures aimed at cutting some benefits for public servants such as police officers.

“At the time, I expressed my support for Ecuador’s democratic institutions and its elected Government. I am here now to stand with the Government and people of Ecuador,” Mr. Ban stated.

“I trust that with dialogue, Ecuador will continue to strengthen its institutions… advance development… and forge solidarity.”

He saluted Mr. Correa’s efforts to bring stability to the country since taking office four years ago, as well as the country’s engagement on human rights, stating that its open invitation to UN human rights experts is a “model” for other countries to follow.

On the environment, the Secretary-General congratulated Ecuador on the Yasuni-ITT initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and said he looked forward to seeing what more the country will do to build on the climate change momentum generated by last year’s conference in Cancún,  Mexico.

Mr. Ban also discussed many of those issues in a meeting with Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino that also covered developments in the Middle East, including in Egypt and Tunisia, and the improved relations between Ecuador and Colombia.

The Secretary-General will travel this evening to Peru, where he will meet with President Alan Garcia on Tuesday.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Berlusconi Under-age Sex Trial Set to Begin April 6th

Berlusconi Under-age Sex Trial Set to Begin April 6th

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Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy, has been indicted and will stand trial this coming spring on charges of abuse of power and paying for sex with an under-age prostitute.

The trial process is to start April 6th, according to Judge Cristina Di Censo.

The under-age girl he is accused of having sex with, Karima El Mahroug, was only 17 at the time of alleged actions. Berlusconi is also accused of abusing his power to have Mahroug released after being detained on suspicion of theft.

Berlusconi has denied any wrong doing, and though he does admit to calling the police while Mahroug was being detained, he said he thought he was only doing a favor for the then-Egytian leader, Hosni Mbarak. He stated he was under the impression that Mahroug was Mubarak’s granddaughter.

Known to many as Ruby the Heart Stealer, the 18-year-old Moroccan nightclub dancer, has said she never slept with Berlosconi, but did say she received 7000 euro ($9,550) as a gift after their first meeting.

Berlusconi’s trial is being pushed along quickly in response to prosecutors’ request, and will take place in front of three randomly-picked female judges.

If convicted, Berlusconi faces six months to three years in prison for the under-age prostitution, and four to 12 years for the abuse of influence charge, and would be permanently banned from holding public office.

While Mahroug was the first under-age girl Berlusconi is suspected to have paid for, she is joined by now-19-year-old Brazilian dancer Iris Berardi, who reported danced for the prime minster either nude or semi-nude.

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STUDY:  Young Latinos Love Being Bi-Cultural, With No Language Barriers

The “GenYLA” study is a new research study conducted by the Telemundo Communications Group, on the current state of Young Latino Americans (YLAS), ages 18-34, one of the fastest growing and increasingly important segments of the population.

“It is said that in every decade a new generation brings forth a big change. In the next 40 years the U.S. population will expand by one hundred million people fueled primarily by US Hispanics,” said Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo, Communications Group, Inc.

The set of key findings from the “GenYLA” study include:

YLAS are highly maintaining their culture and heritage while still embracing their American Lifestyle.

YLAS love being bi-cultural. More than one third (37%) of YLAS self-identified themselves as both Hispanic and American, identifying with both cultures equally the same. At the other end of the spectrum, only 2% felt more American than Hispanic. YLAS are in the midst of a retro-acculturation explosion. Because of the YLAS strong pride in their homeland and country of origin, this generation is re-discovering their heritage and is experiencing a Latino re-awakening.

YLAS live in a cultural fluid environment. YLAS best describe their closest group of friends an EQUAL mix of Latino and American, in fact, 48% ‘hung out’ with this group of people. In this continuum, YLAS were least likely to have only non-Latino friends, representing only 2% of those surveyed.

YLAS have no language boundaries or barriers.

YLAS language mobility greatly depends on the place or situation they are in - they are chameleons in their space - they control it and they like it! At home, where the TVs are on, and with family - a larger percent choose to speak Spanish (39% at home, 55% with family); while at work (74%) and school (79%) the preference was English. Last but not least, among their friends, YLAs practice a mix of Spanglish.

Read more at MSN Latino Telemundo →

Cuban Art in All Forms Coming to New York City this Spring

Cuban Art in All Forms Coming to New York City this Spring

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For more than two months this spring, several locations in New York City will host more than two-dozen Cuban artists taking part in the festival “¡Si Cuba!”

Scheduled to run from March 31 to June 16, “¡Si Cuba!” is perhaps the most solid proof that the cultural relations between the US and the Caribbean island are warming back up.

Settings as diverse as Carnegie Hall will be graced by music, film, dance, painting, theater, photography and literature from the dozens of performers and artists who are expected to come from Cuba for the events.

“We felt that this was the right time to do this, and New York the right place,” said Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which is the driving force behind the festival and will host many of the events. “There’s an optimism in the air about freeing up more interactions, which makes things feel very different than they did during the Bush administration and offers an opportunity for all of us to present work of a really high level in concentrated form.”

The Cuban rumba and dance outfit Los Muñequitos de Matanzas will perform in New York after nearly a long absence; Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, a group founded in 1959 that mixes Afro-Caribbean dance and classical European ballet will visit the US for the first time, as well as the socially conscious photographers Adonis Flores and Cirenaica Moreira.

“Among aficionados of drumming and Santeria, this really is the premier group, and people have been asking me for years when they were going to be coming back,” said Robert H. Browning, artistic director of the World Music Institute, which is sponsoring Los Muñequitos de Matanzas’ May performances at Symphony Space. “We tried to bring them again two or three times, but Cuba was always on the bad list.”

The Cuban artists participating in the festival include a few fairly familiar names, like the National Ballet of Cuba, led by the 90-year-old Alicia Alonso.

But the Big Apple will also see less known bands like El Ballet Folklórico Cutumba and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba; “We’ve been trying to invite this company for quite a long time, because they are very well trained, and their repertory is really quite fantastic,” said Linda Shelton, executive director of the Joyce Theater. “They’ve had some training in Martha Graham technique, but their choreography really has developed without much influence of American choreographers, so we think New Yorkers will want to see what the dance scene there is like.”

Cuban-American artists like Cristina García, the author of “Dreaming in Cuban” and other novels, have also been invited to participate in festival events and literary readings. “I plan to stay in New York for three or four weeks to partake of these riches, which are not the kind of thing you normally have any real access to,” she said. “And I think it’s wonderfully advantageous for them too. Not only are they desperate for connections and influences and eager to see what is happening in all the different realms of the art world here, I also think they want to strut their stuff. I’m sure they are thinking this will lead to other invitations and travel, if things go well.”

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Mexican Monarch Butterfly Colonies More Than Double This Season, L-T Outlook Still Not Good

Conservationists and researchers were pleased to see the Mexican monarch butterfly colonies increase by more than 109 percent this year, covering approximately 10 acres of forest. 

That’s the good news, the bad news is that the monarch population is still under siege and this year’s population is the fourth-lowest since 1993.  A year ago the butterfly population was devastated by bad storms related to climate change which is the monarch’s number one long-term enemy.

The other challenge is that the monarch butterfly shares its home in the state of Michoacan with violent drug gangs.  They are carving smuggling paths through forests where the trees the butterfly clings to are, when they return from their 2,000 mile journey from Canada. 

Read more at Reuters →

Venezuela’s Labor Unrest Expected to Disrupt Aluminum Availability to U.S. and Mexico

Primary aluminum production at Venezuela’s two state-owned producers has been hit hard by weeks of labor protests, sources said, disrupting shipments to South America and intensifying concerns about metal availability in parts of the United States and Mexico.

Union workers have been blockading entrances at CVG Alcasa for weeks, disrupting operations at the 200,000-ton-per-year smelter, according to official government news reports. Fewer than 200 of the 680 electrolytic cells at Alcasa have been operating.

The government of Hugo Chavez just resolved a strike at CVG Industria Venezolan and full operations just began yesterday. 

Read more at Metal Bulletin →

Soccer Legend Ronaldo Retires with a Tearful Goodbye (VIDEO)

Soccer Legend Ronaldo Retires with a Tearful Goodbye (VIDEO)

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Soccer legend Ronaldo retires.  “I came today to say that I’m closing my career as a professional player. It was a beautiful career, wonderful, exciting. I had many defeats, many victories. I made many friends and I don’t remember making any enemies.” said Ronaldo, his voice cracking at a press release in Sao Paulo.

Ronaldo had a remarkable career; two world cup titles and a “game” that earned him the title, ‘The Phenom.’

“It’s very hard to abandon something that made me so happy, that I loved so much, and that I wanted to continue, because psychologically I really want to. But I have to assume some of my defeats. I lost for my body,” said the striker, who has been braced by every player and coach he’s ever met.

The player spoke from the heart and teared up as he talked about why he chose to retire.

“Everybody knows my history with injuries. From one leg to the other, from one muscle to the other… these ailments force me to anticipate the end of my career. I wanted to explain this the last day of my career,” said the star, chosen world best soccer player by the FIFA on three occasions.

The striker added that the physical problems caused by a hypothyroidism, diagnosed four years ago and which he always hid, had a lot of weight in his decision. “Four years ago, when I played for the Milan, I discovered that I suffered from hypothyroidism, a condition that decelerates the metabolism and the only way to control is to take hormones, which are prohibited in soccer.”

Refusing treatment had a heavy impact on the weight of the player. “Many must regret now to have poked fun at my weight, but I don’t keep hard feelings,” said the former player for clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internacional, and Milan.

Ronaldo thanked every club in Brazil and in Europe, where he played, as well as the coaches, the players that stood beside him, and every rival that he ever met. “I gave it a lot of thought in my home, and I decided that I could not wait anymore, and that I had given as much sacrifice as I could. Ever since Thursday when I decided, I felt like I was in an ICU, and now with this announcement, I feel like it was my first death,” he said.

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American Citizen Detained Twice on Immigration Challenges Sheriff’s Powers

American Citizen Detained Twice on Immigration Challenges Sheriff’s Powers

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An American citizen who has been held twice as an illegal immigrant in Davidson County Tennessee has filed a lawsuit to challenge the Sheriffs right to do so.

Daniel Renteria-Villegas, a 19-year-old Portland, Or born man has a valid Tennessee drivers license, passport, birth certificate, and Social Security number, yet he has been incarcerated twice.

Daniel has filed a lawsuit arguing that Sheriff Daron Hall is not legally eligible to participate in the immigration enforcement program. The argument lies in Metro’s 1963 charter, which stripped the sheriff’s office of most of its law-enforcement powers, prohibits jailers from immigration enforcement. This latest challenge, by attorney Elliott Ozment, may be the biggest threat to one of Hall’s hallmark programs.

On February 25, a Davidson County Judge will likely render a decision on whether or not to grant a temporary injunction that would stop Davidson County from enforcing immigration laws under the 287(g) program.

The 287(g) program is an agreement between the federal government and local agencies that allows police and jailers to interrogate, serve warrants on, collect evidence, prepare charges and detain people suspected of being in the United States illegally. At least 70 such agreements exist across the nation. Davidson County entered into that agreement in 2007.
Dewey Branstetter, a local attorney who is chairman of the Metro Charter Revision Commission and whose father, Cecil, helped write the charter, was intrigued by Ozment’s argument.

“Clearly, in 1963 when the charter was adopted, the intent was to have all law enforcement functions in the police department, leaving really just the jail and serving of warrants … with the sheriff’s office,” Branstetter said. “I will say it is a very interesting argument that is certainly worthy of consideration.”

Read more at Tennessean →

New Campaign Warns Iowa Listeners of Looming Threat to Constitution

New Campaign  Warns Iowa Listeners of Looming Threat to Constitution

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A radio campaign launching February 14 will ask Iowa listeners to call Rep. Steven King, R-Iowa, and urge him to leave the Constitution alone.

Airing on four Iowa stations, the radio spots say that Rep. King’s efforts will undermine the Constitution that guarantees citizenship to those born in the United States.

According to the Reverend David L. Ostendorf of the Center for New Community, “King’s actions to undermine the Constitution reach far beyond his Iowa district. His actions affect every community and state in the nation. Millions of Americans would be caught up in a government bureaucracy to verify their birthplace. It would be a government nightmare.”

The radio campaign will air on stations WHO-AM (Des Moines), KFAB-AM (Council Bluffs/Omaha), KSCI-AM (Sioux City) and KWMT-AM (Fort Dodge).

The Center for New Community is a national organization representing many faith traditions. It works with local leaders and institutions to defend democracy, empower communities and promote equality.
According to Ostendorf, “the people of Iowa and the nation need to be concerned. Representative King treats the Constitution as if it is a document to be edited and changed according to his own personal view of the world.”

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U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute Honors Outstanding Americans of Hispanic Descent

The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) announced the outstanding Americans of Hispanic descent and they included:  Rosa Rosales receiving the National Hispanic Hero Award, Alex Nogales receiving the Cesar E. Chavez Community Service Awards, Moctesuma Esparza receiving the Hank Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award and Mike Pizana won the Velazquez Volunteer of the Year Award.

Rosales has dedicated more than 30 years of her career to empowering the Latino community cofounding the United Public Employee Association.  Alex Nogales’ is a media professional who has fought for the civil rights and the inclusion of Latinos in radio, film and television.

Esparza is an award-winning producer, entertainment executive, and entrepreneur working with such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Halle Barry and Andy Garcia.  Finally Pizana, is being recognized for his leadership positions in the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and has volunteered over 10 years at USHLI.

Felicidades to Everyone. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

TuesdayFebruary 15, 2011