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SundayApril 3, 2011

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57% OK With Government Shutdown If Leads to Deeper Budget Cuts

A majority of voters are fine with a partial shutdown of the federal government if that’s what it takes to get deeper cuts in federal government spending.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters think making deeper spending cuts in the federal budget for 2011 is more important than avoiding a partial government shutdown. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree and say avoiding a shutdown is more important. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

Republicans want to make more spending cuts in the current budget than Democrats do, but 36% of voters think it would be better to avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending at a level most Democrats will agree to. Fifty-seven percent (57%) would rather have a shutdown until Democrats and Republicans can agree on deeper spending cuts.

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35% Percent of Latina Women Have Children with More Than One Man

More than one-quarter of women in the United States with two or more children have had children with different men, a new study shows.

University of Michigan demographer Cassandra Dorius analyzed data from nearly 4,000 women who were past their child-bearing years and had been interviewed more than 20 times over 27 years as part of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

The analysis revealed that 28 percent of the women with two or more children had children by different fathers. 

The rate was highest among black mothers (59 percent), followed by Hispanic mothers (35 percent) and white mothers (22 percent).

Factors that increased the likelihood that a woman would have children by different fathers included if they weren’t living with a man when they gave birth, and if they had low income and less education.

Dorius said she was surprised to find that women having children with different fathers is quite common at all levels of income and education, and is frequently associated with marriage and divorce rather than just single parenthood.

“We tend to think of women with multiple partner fertility as being only poor single women with little education and money, but in fact at some point, most were married, and working, and going to school, and doing all the things you’re supposed to do to live the American dream,” she said in a university news release.

The study was to be presented Friday at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, in Washington, D.C.

Because this study was presented at a meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Read more at Health Fiinder →

GOP Florida Senator Marco Rubio Urging Regime Change in Libya

GOP Florida Senator Marco Rubio Urging Regime Change in Libya

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Senator Marco Rubio, star of the 2010 elections and often mentioned 2012 Republican VP candidate is finding his voice after keeping a low profile in the first three months in the Senate. 

Rubio is a tea party favorite, whose parents are Cuban exiles from the Fidel Castro communist regime.  He is now urging his fellow Senators to support a regime change in Libya.  The freshman Florida senator called on Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to call for a resolution explicitly advocating a change in Libya, a position that is not popular with many Republicans.

Here is the letter he sent:

Dear Senators Reid and McConnell:

I am writing to seek your support for bringing a bi-partisan resolution to the Senate floor authorizing the President’s decision to participate in allied military action in Libya.

Furthermore, this resolution should also state that removing Muammar Qaddafi from power is in our national interest and therefore should authorize the President to accomplish this goal. To that end, the resolution should urge the President to immediately recognize the Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate government in Libya.

For more than four decades, Qaddafi has terrorized the Libyan people, sowed instability among its neighbors, plotted assassination attempts against heads of state and supported terrorist enterprises such as the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 innocent people - including 189 Americans.

Inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans have rebelled against Qaddafi’s brutal regime, demanding democratic reforms, transparent governance, and respect for basic human and civil rights. In response to these legitimate demands for a better future, Qaddafi has unleashed foreign mercenaries and used weapons of war against unarmed civilians.

As long as Qaddafi remains in power, he will be in a position to terrorize his own people and potentially the rest of the world. In fact he has vowed to turn rebel strongholds into “rivers of blood.” If he succeeds, it will provide a blueprint to repressive regimes across the Middle East in the use of force against unarmed civilians. And unlike the conflicts in other nations in the region, the rebels in Libya have requested and welcome our support.

At the end of the day, the fact remains that our nation is not like other countries.  The United States is an exceptional country with exceptional powers. But that power comes with unique moral obligations and responsibilities.

The world is a better place when America is willing to lead. And American leadership is required now more than ever.

It is my hope that you will lead the Senate to take actions along these lines as soon as possible.


Marco Rubio
United States Senator

Cc: John Kerry, Richard Lugar, Carl Levin, John McCain

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Culture Shock & Stress Blamed for Nearly 15% of Attempted Latina Teen Suicides

It’s part of a growing national crisis: 11% of Hispanic girls across the country admitted a suicide attempt, especially in New York where the rate is higher.  Of especial concern is Brooklyn with a 21% Latina teen attempted suicide rate.

An official report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2009 that nearly 15% of Hispanic teens surveyed had attempted suicide the year before compared to 10% of all city high school girls. 

“They don’t have high rates of suicide in their mother countries, so what is happening here?” said Rosa Gil, who runs the program Life is Precious for suicidal Hispanic girls in Brooklyn and the Bronx. 

Others see the culture shock experienced from immigrant Latina teens trying to fit in and clashing with their mothers as the cause.  Many mothers, often running single parent homes, fight with their daughters as the teens are trying to fit in causing for a very stressful home situation.  There is a disconnect between mother and daughter and at times not enough supervision to see how the young teen is feeling. 

Experts fear a taboo against counseling in immigrant communities stops troubled teens and overwhelmed parents from getting help.

Read more at NY Daily News →

Nicaragua Lets Go of Idea to Become Libya’s UN Envoy

After the U.S. threatened to refuse a diplomatic visa for a Nicaraugan diplomat hoping to act as Libya’s representative to the United Nations, the idea has been scrapped.  Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, a former Maryknoll priest, is a government minister that was called upon by the government of Moammar Gaddafi to serve as the country’s diplomatic representative in new York.  The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega fully endorsed the request by Libya.

Only when U.S. officials strongly suggested that a diplomatic visa for Brockman would not be granted did Nicaragua step away from their original promise to Libya.  Brockman is currently in New York on a tourist visa and therefore would of needed a diplomatic visa to serve at the UN - something the U.S. was unwilling to issue. 

Libya has been hard pressed to find someone to represent its interests at the United Nations, some believe they might of been trying to negotiate their way out of the growing conflict. 

Read more at Catholic Culture →

Extreme Trafficking: At 11:30 pm 19 Yr Old Tries to Roll Across Border in Marijuana Wheelchair

Extreme Trafficking: At 11:30 pm 19 Yr Old Tries to Roll Across Border in Marijuana Wheelchair

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry late Monday found five pounds of marijuana hidden in the seat of a wheelchair.

At about 11:30 p.m., a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen crossed into the U.S. in a wheelchair at the border crossing’s pedestrian processing area.

A CBP officer noticed the young man displaying signs of nervousness, and requested a CBP officer with a human/narcotic detector dog screen the traveler and wheelchair. The dog alerted.

CBP officers conducted an intensive inspection, and discovered 3 packages hidden inside the seat of the wheelchair. The packages contained about five pounds of marijuana.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and wheelchair, and turned custody of the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He was booked into the San Diego County Jail.

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Lack of Confidence in Mexican Judicial Issue When Investigating Forced Disappearances

Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they outlined recommendations to the Government on the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of this crime.

Following their two-week visit to the country, which concluded yesterday, members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances noted that victims of enforced disappearances lack confidence in the judicial system, police and armed forces.

“Impunity is a chronic and present pattern in cases of enforced disappearances and no sufficient efforts are being carried out neither to determine the fate or whereabouts of persons who disappeared, to punish those responsible nor to provide reparations,” they stated in a news release.

They also highlighted a lack of a comprehensive public policy to deal with the different aspects of enforced disappearances, saying it appears that there is no coordination among federal, local and municipal levels or within the same level of government.

In addition, they emphasized that while the State has a right and duty to respond to public security concerns, including organized crime, addressing this challenge cannot be done at the expense of respect for human rights, nor can the State condone the practice of enforced disappearances.

During their visit, the experts examined the status of the investigations of enforced disappearances, steps taken to prevent and eradicate the problem, what is being done to combat impunity, and other issues, including matters concerning truth, justice and reparations for victims of enforced disappearances.

As part of the mission, they met with a number of federal and state officials in several cities, including the capital, México City, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez and Acapulco.

The Working Group, which was set up in 1980, strives to establish a channel of communication between the families and the governments concerned, to ensure that individual cases are investigated, with the objective of clarifying the whereabouts of persons who, having disappeared, are placed outside the protection of the law.

The experts, who work in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present their report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council at a session in 2012.

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‘Buena Salud’ Book Series Tackles Latino Health, Diabetes & More

The new Buena Salud book series presents the latest Latino health information and medical advances about individual diseases and conditions in a warm and conversational tone.

Written by Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the series sprinkles real-life stories throughout and are published simultaneously in English and Spanish to inform, support, and deliver advice that will guide a Latino readership towards better care of their health.

The series launches with books on the top two health concerns for U.S. Latinos: heart disease and diabetes.

Read more at Salud Today →

The Mosquitos are Back! Using Cell Phones to Combat Dengue

Dengue is getting worse in the Americas. During late 2010 the first dengue case in the United States outside the Texas Mexican Border since 1945 was detected in Key West and the disease has already spread to Miami.

In Peru, health authorities have declared a red alert in the northern Amazon jungle region following the outbreak of a very aggressive dengue strain that has killed more than a dozen people since the beginning of the year and is burdening hospitals and health centers with sick people. The strain, which comes from Brazil has infected more than 13,000 people, and hospitalized more than 1,600 in recent months. The fear now is that the disease may spread to other cities and create a national health emergency.

The recent outbreak is also affecting people in Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Venezuela. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), 1,200 people died from Dengue fever in 2010 in the region.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) tools can be effectively deployed to help control the current dengue outbreak and prevent its spread in the region. Controlling the mosquito vector is the primary option for preventing and controlling dengue outbreaks.

Quickly identifying new infections and mosquito breeding areas is key to control the expansion but this is difficult to do if information is collected inefficiently with no access to fast systems for case detection and data entry, storage and analysis to support opportune fumigation and disease prevention efforts.

Colorado State University in the US has develop a computer-based Dengue Decision Support System (DDSS) that takes advantage broadly used electronic devices, such as laptops, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) or cell phones, to streamlining of data capture, entry and analysis for dengue control.

The cell phone capability of the system is important for developing countries given that, compared to laptops or PDAs, cell phones are less expensive and also eliminate the need for physical means of data transmission via USB flash drives. Use of cell phones exploits existing communications infrastructure and also introduces near real time monitoring and potential for rapid feedback to field data collectors.

Cell phones can also be used to foster preventive measures to control mosquito breeding and exposure. A study by Dammert, Galdo, and Galdo (2010) sponsored by the IDB analyzed the effectiveness of delivering preventive information on dengue through text messaging in the district of Pariñas in Piura, Peru. This study found that households receiving any text message increased the use of mosquito nets, boosted their use of screens on windows, and increased covering standing supplies of water.

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Upstate New York Dairy Farmer Charged with Harboring Illegal Aliens

An Adams, N.Y., farmer was arrested this week and charged with harboring illegal aliens, following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

John Barney, 47, was taken into custody by ICE HSI special agents after a criminal complaint was filed in federal court charging Barney with harboring illegal aliens. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Richard S. Hartunian. Barney made his initial appearance Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter, and was released on his own recognizance.

If found guilty, Barney faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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SundayApril 3, 2011