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MondayApril 25, 2011

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Israeli Defense Industry’s New Focus is the Latin American Arms Market

This year’s Latin American Aerospace and Defense Exhibition just ended and Israel’s defense industry walked away with numerous lucrative contracts all underlining their new focus in this region.

Elbit, one of Israel’s largest defense companies has landed a multitude of contracts from an $85 million contract with Brazil to upgrade some F-5 bombers to supplying the country with 450 surveillance drones.

Israel is coming to the realization as others have that Latin America is emerging as a major defense spender.  The region increased it defense spending by 5.8 percent in 2010 while other regions spending was flat or decreased.  At the same time Israel’s military exports are at an all time high of $7.3 billion.

Israel’s defense industry’s focus on Latin America is said to be compensating for the downturn in other exports and reduced military spending by the U.S. 

Read more at UPI →

Over 180 Nations Take Part in International Immunization Drive

Over 180 Nations Take Part in International Immunization Drive

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Some 180 countries and territories are for the first time carrying out simultaneous United Nations-backed immunization campaigns this week, targeting diseases such as influenza, measles, polio and tetanus.

The World Health Organization’s Immunization Week, which began on Saturday, is taking place across the five UN World Health Organization (WHO) regions of Africa, the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Pacific.

Over the course of the week, outreach teams will visit communities with limited access to regular health services such as those living in remote areas, urban fringes and internally displaced people to administer vaccines.

Vaccinations will be provided to protect against diseases such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, maternal and neonatal tetanus, polio, rubella, whooping cough and yellow fever.

Other activities include training sessions and workshops for health workers, as well as round-table discussions with political decision-makers, medical professionals, parents, and caregivers.

Last week WHO urged European countries to work more closely together to combat measles – which is entirely preventable – after a surge in the number of cases across the continent since the start of the year.

At least 6,500 cases have been reported already, with significant outbreaks observed in 30 countries, including Belgium, France, Serbia, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Spain.

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Mexican Officials on Use of Drones in Latin America: Regulations Should Be Established

Mexican Officials on Use of Drones in Latin America: Regulations Should Be Established

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As Latin America is beginning to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) more often, many are asking for a code of conduct to be established and followed, amidst a number of close calls between the drones and people, as well as privacy concerns.

While residents saying they feel safer seeing the drones flying around in search of drug and other illegal activity, they do worry about spying and run-ins with the usually Israeli-made aircrafts.

Still, despite some hesitation and, they serve to make the areas they monitor safer, and experts say they are here to say.

“I think it’s the maturation of Latin American defense systems,” she says, while cautioning that the potential to arm drones could turn the project into a “double-edged sword.”

So “just to be on the safe side” and to make sure abusing of this technology are not occurring, Mexican Sen. Fernando Baeza, said, “Regulations should be established. The great precision of satellite information could be put to good use, or could be used for spying.”

Read more at CNS News →

Listen to “El Alcalde Bronco” The “Corrido” for the Mayor of García, Nuevo Leon (VIDEO)

Listen to “El Alcalde Bronco” The “Corrido” for the Mayor of García, Nuevo Leon (VIDEO)

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Mayor Jaime Rodríguez Calderón has survived two drug cartel assassination attempts while in office. Now as a recognition of sorts, he’s gotten his own “corrido.”

Corridos are Mexican folk songs, that as of recently, seem to be more dedicated to highlighting the exploits of thugs, and drug lords, than the tough work of real life heroes.

“I’m not one of these politicians who hides what they think. I’m facing things that require you to have a strong character,” said the mayor Rodríguez.

García, a town of 50,000 people, is surrounded by hills and continuously ravaged by violence stemming from a beef between two former allied groups - the Gulf Cartel and The Zetas, who now wage a senseless war over smuggling routes into the U.S.

“I fired all the police and then I began to close the businesses the cartels ran to finance themselves; […] I began to impose order on the city ... and that got this gang angry and they reacted.”

In a nation where violence seems to be taking over, Rodrigo Garcia, the corrido songwriter, says the mayor’s story is “interesting and inspirational.”

“Here is a person who didn’t back down, who didn’t run,” Garcia said.

 

 

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Critics Say NASCAR Fails to Include Minorities

In 1961, Wendell Scott broke NASCAR’s color barrier, and became the first black man to race in the sport. Now, 50 years later, NASCAR says it is pushing for more minority inclusion, though many are wondering if it really means it.

Though many have come to see NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program as purely symbolic, its officials have long used it as evidence against any claims that minority and female crew members and drivers are not welcome in NASCAR

And while the sport’s officials can run off a relatively short list of black, Latino, or female drivers, critics are quick to point out that many of them are uncommon exceptions.

Danica Patrick, for example, is probably the sport’s most famous female driver, but she is backed by a lot of money, and has one major thing going for her. She’s a part-time employee of NASCAR’s most notable figure today, Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose father was also a legend in the racing world.

The Latino example often used is Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia. Yet, Montoya proved himself before joining the Sprint Cup. He already had victories at the Indianapolis 500 in 2000, and the 1999 Championship Auto Racing Teams championship.

And for those like Scott and Mauricia Grant, becoming part of NASCAR doesn’t mean you’ll be treated well. Scott’s son, Wendell Scott Jr., has been a long-time opponent of the sport due to the injustices he says his father went through. The father was recently passed over as a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, which raised a number of eyebrows. When asked how he felt about it, he said, “Bitter puts it mildly. It’s a virtual certainty that Wendell Scott won’t go into the Hall of Fame in his wife’s or most of his children’s lifetime.”

Mauricia Grant had two clear obstacles when she joined NASCAR, her gender, and her skin color. Grant, who was terminated in 2007, filed a $225 million lawsuit that accused officials of racial and sexual discrimination. She claimed she was told she worked on “colored people time,” and witnessed an official make references to the Ku Klux Klan.

Still, NASCAR officials stand proud of their Drive for Diversity program.

“Drive for Diversity, and the young men and women who are benefitting from it today, owe much to Wendell Scott,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR’s managing director of public affairs. “Wendell was a racing trailblazer who opened the door for people like Ryan Gifford and Michael Cherry, and it’s an honor to be able to celebrate this anniversary in such a special way.”

Read more at Nashua Telegraph →

Mayor Bloomberg:  Immigration Necessary for U.S. Growth - “You Can’t Deport Them”

Mayor Bloomberg:  Immigration Necessary for U.S. Growth - “You Can’t Deport Them”

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This Sunday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a guest on “Fox News Sunday” where he once again extolled the virtues of immigrants and immigration.

He urged conservatives to stop fighting the tide of immigration and embrace it as something good and necessary for the U.S. economy to grow. 

“They came here, they broke the law, and, let me tell you, this country encouraged them to come here and made sure that we didn’t stop them,” the mayor said. “But that’s the past. What are you going to do going forward? You can’t deport them. It’s just too many people. It would never happen. So let’s find a way where they are productive, where they contribute to society.”

He went on to highlight the fact that the illegal immigration problem is about 25 years old and started under the administration of President Ronald Reagan, a Republican. 

 

Read more at UPI →

Who’s This With the ‘Mow’erized Wheelchair? Please Say It’s Not a Latina (VIDEO)

Who’s This With the ‘Mow’erized Wheelchair? Please Say It’s Not a Latina (VIDEO)

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Watch this (hopefully not Latina) woman add a few horsepower to her wheelchair!

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Humpback Whales Return to and Prosper in Chilean Seas

Humpback Whales Return to and Prosper in Chilean Seas

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Once hunted down almost to extinction, the annual visits of massive mammals prompted Chilean Authorities to create a protected coastal area.

It was still the 90’s when the once threatened whales started arriving to Chilean waters in-mass.

The government then created a protected coastal area called “Francisco Coloane”, complete with a marine park, with the intention of making sure the whales would have the nutrients they need to thrive.

“Every whale has a particular pattern on its tail fin that is unique to each individual, and we are able to put together their life stories by following their tails.” Says biologist Jorge Acevedo, a researcher for the Foundation for Quaternary Studies.

Acevedo told reporters that in its youth, the Foundation thought the whales belonged to an Antarctic pod traveling to Ecuador and Colombia,  where they reproduce. Further analysis however, revealed that the pod of sardine-eating whales are local, and live in the Carlos III Island area, in Chilean seas between January and April, and then travel to warmer waters near Panama.

In August of last year, Chile’s Biomar foundation and Brazil’s energy company Petrobras signed a treaty aimed to preserve biodiversity, and protect the humpback whale in Chile’s Magallanes Region.

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Hispanic Elderly to Go from 7% to 20% of Population by 2050

Hispanic Elderly to Go from 7% to 20% of Population by 2050

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The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that the dependency ratio, or the number of people 65 and older to every 100 people of traditional working ages, is projected to climb rapidly from 22 in 2010 to 35 in 2030.

The projections are not based on 2010 Census results. Rather, they project 2000 Census counts forward using components of population change - births, deaths and net international migration.

The expected steep rise in the dependency ratio over the next two decades reflects the projected proportion of people 65 and older climbing from 13 percent to 19 percent of the total population over the period, with the percentage in the 20 to 64 age range falling from 60 percent to 55 percent.

The findings are contained in the report, “The Next Four Decades: The Older Population in the United States: 2010 to 2050,” which presents information on how the age structure of the overall population and the composition of the older population in terms of age, sex, race and Hispanic origin are expected to change over the next four decades. The report provides an analysis of national population projections released in August 2008.

According to the report, minorities would comprise 42 percent of the 65 and older population in 2050, more than double the proportion they comprise today (20 percent). Likewise, among those 85 and older, 33 percent are projected to be minority in 2050, up from 15 percent in 2010. (In the report, the minority population refers to people who are other than non-Hispanic, single-race white.)

Other highlights include:

The percentage of the 65 and older population that is Hispanic would rise from 7 percent today to 20 percent in 2050. In absolute terms, it would increase more than sixfold — from 2.9 million to 17.5 million. At the same time, among those 85 and older, the Hispanic population would increase more than ninefold, from 305,000 to 2.9 million.

Among those 65 and older, 12 percent are expected to be single-race black and 9 percent Asian in 2050, up from 9 percent and 3 percent, respectively, in 2010. In addition, 77 percent are projected to be white alone, down from about 87 percent in 2010.

The least populous race groups are projected to see large growth relative to their populations. The older multiracial population, for instance, would increase from 278,000 in 2010 to 1.3 million in 2050.

The multiracial population will continue to be the youngest population, as the 65 and older percentage would rise from 5.1 percent today to 7.8 percent in 2050.

With the projected more rapid increase in the life expectancy for men over the next several decades, women would comprise a smaller percentage of older people: 57 percent of those 65 and older today, 55 percent in 2050. Among those 85 and older, the drop would be even larger (from 67 percent to 61 percent).

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Women Behind Opposition to South Carolina Immigration Bill

Women Behind Opposition to South Carolina Immigration Bill

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In South Carolina, it appears that the push against legislatures’ most recent immigration bill is coming from women, as they and their children have kept a steady and watchful eye on an Arizona-style bill that could mean drastic change for their families.

Having already passed in the Senate, the bill is now under consideration with the House judiciary subcommittee. If passed, it would create a statewide Illegal Immigration Enforcement Unit which would be under the supervision of South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

And as many continue their fight against it,  a large number of those protesting and organizing are women, who often see first-hand the effects of harsh immigration law. As the arguments against the bill revolve around religious views, human rights concerns and civil rights issues, all issues women tend to be more involved in than their mail counterparts.

Elaine Lacy, a professor at USC-Aiken, suspects this could be due to a woman’s tendency to be “more compassionate.” She adds that “more women than men are involved in social services and therefore see the needs of the Latino community, and women tend to be more active in church work, and churches are among the groups opposing the bill.” Lacy has done a substantial amount of research on the Latinos of South Carolina.

The bill, which is expected to be taken up this week would require all police officers to check the residency status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.

The Senate’s proposed budget already includes $1.3 million meant for the start-up of the 12-person unit and outfit it with cars.

“It is an issue for women,” said the director of USC’s Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, Myriam Torres. She adds that the bill is a threat to families, as it intends to deport undocumented immigrants, resulting in separated families, since members of Latino families are often made up of those who in the country legally, and illegally.

Read more at The State →

Pepto’s Cinco De Mayo Ads Give Heartburn to Piñatas and Latinos (VIDEO)

Pepto’s Cinco De Mayo Ads Give Heartburn to Piñatas and Latinos (VIDEO)

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Watch Pepto Bismol actors whip, explode and go all ninja on unicorn-shaped piñatas, in this bizarre ad series!  We aren’t sure if the ads are geared to the Latino market or the general market that get over served on Cinco de Mayo. 

 

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EEOC Sues Company in One of the Largest Cases of Human Trafficking

EEOC Sues Company in One of the Largest Cases of Human Trafficking

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The federal government is suing a farm labor recruiter out of Beverly Hills on charges of human trafficking.

Global Horizons Inc. is being sued in one of the largest cases the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ever had. The civil complaints allege that the company forced a number of workers to harvest pineapples and coffee beans while living in rat-infested conditions.

The farms at with the laborers worked were in Washington and Hawaii, and the EEOC claims that Global Horizons routinely practiced origin and race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

During a news conference, EEOC attorney Anna Y. Park said, “Once they arrived here in the United States, the story of abuse started.

It is alleged that supervisors, along with ignoring complaints from the workers, participated in the mistreatment, intimidation, harassment, and unequal pay.

The EEOC also states that some of the 260 workers were housed in rat- and insect-infested quarters. Some even had no beds. They were told could not leave the property, were screamed at, often threatened and beaten. The Thai workers were kept separate from those of other ethnicities, and it is believed the other workers were treated better as well.

This past September, Mordechai Orian, president of Global Horizons, was indicted on criminal charges related to a human trafficking conspiracy and is now being electronically monitored.

The executive director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, Kay Buck, said the workers should be applauded for coming forward.

“Using their voices to report this crime is a major act of courage.”

Read more at Beverly Hills Courier →

Former Border Police Chief In TX Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

Former Border Police Chief In TX Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

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A former Sullivan City police chief was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison without parole for drug-trafficking, announced U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas.

Guerra was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of marijuana in January after he pleaded guilty to the federal drug trafficking offense. At that time Guerra admitted that as police chief of Sullivan City he assisted the drug-traffickers cross their loads of marijuana by alerting members of the illicit organization to the location of U.S. Border Patrol units.

He also directed his officers to other locations to avoid them interfering with or intercepting the traffickers as they ran the loads of marijuana from the river into Sullivan City. Guerra was paid for the assistance he provided the traffickers. In determining the sentence he ultimately handed down, Judge Crane considered and commented upon Guerra’s abuse of his position of trust as the police chief for Sullivan City noting that his conduct undermined the community’s faith in law enforcement.

Another seven defendants who pleaded guilty with Guerra to the conspiracy charge for their involvement in the marijuana trafficking organization that Guerra protected were also sentenced April 20. The following six defendants sentenced on Wednesday pleaded guilty in January 2011:

Renato Villalon, 34, of Sullivan City, who was a driver for the organization, was sentenced to 151 months confinement to be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release.
Felix Gallardo Noyola, 38, of Mexico, whose role in the organization was to ride as a passenger in load vehicles throwing spikes to impede law enforcement vehicles, was sentenced to 80 months imprisonment to be followed by a four-year-term of supervised release.
Noe Salinas, 30, of Sullivan City, a scout who also maintained a stash house for the organization, was sentenced to 78 months confinement and a four-year-term of supervised release.
Michael Montelongo, 19, also of Sullivan City, whose role included conducting counter-surveillance for law enforcement on the U.S. side of the border, was sentenced to 60 months confinement as well as a four-year-term of supervised release.

Two scouts for the organization, Juan Carlos Escalera, 30, and Angel Gilberto Martinez, 18, both of Sullivan City, were sentenced to 60 months and 30 months imprisonment, respectively, to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release.

The seventh defendant, Javier Francisco Pena Trevino, 41, of Sullivan City, pleaded guilty on Feb. 11 to acting as a scout for the organization. He was also sentenced Wednesday by Judge Crane. Trevino will serve a 37-month prison term and a three-year-term of supervised release.

 

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People En Español Releases Their Annual “50 Most Beautiful” List

People En Español Releases Their Annual “50 Most Beautiful” List

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For fifteen years, People en Español has been publishing a yearly list of the most beautiful faces in contemporary entertainment.

Helping celebrate this year’s issue, are two special honorees:

Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, who was featured in the magazine’s first ever Beautiful list; and Colombian Sofia Vergara, who has appeared on this list a record number of six times.

For more details on the highly-anticipated cover and behind the scenes footage, tune into the Los 50 Mas Bellos de People en Espanol TV special, transmitted through the Univision network, on Thursday, April 28 at 10:00pm/9:00pm Central or log into www.peopleenespanol.com.

The complete list of People en Espanol’s “50 Most Beautiful”:

Alejandra Guzman—Mexican singer
Ana Maria Polo—Cuban-American TV host, Caso cerrado (Telemundo)
Angelique Boyer—Mexican actress, Teresa (Univision)
Blanca Soto—Mexican actress, Eva Luna (Univision)
Carlos Baute—Venezuelan singer
Chiquinquira Delgado—Venezuelan TV host, Despierta America (Univision)
Chiquis Rivera—Mexican-American actress,
Daniela Romo—Mexican actress, El triunfo del amor (Univision)
Danna Garcia—Colombian actress, Alguien te mira (Telemundo)
David Zepeda—Mexican actor, La fuerza del destino (Televisa)
Diana Reyes—Mexican singer and this year’s Reader’s Choice winner
Dulce Maria—Mexican singer/actress
Edgar Ramirez—Venezuelan actor, Carlos (IFC Films)
Elizabeth Gutierrez—Mexican-American actress
Enrique Iglesias—Spanish singer
Eugenio Siller—Mexican actor, Aurora (Telemundo)
Gaby Spanic—Venezuelan actress, Emperatriz (TV Azteca)
Giselle Blondet—Puerto Rican TV host, Nuestra belleza latina (Univision)
Gredmarie Colon—Winner of People en Espanol Challenge on Nuestra belleza latina (Univision)
Guy Ecker—Brazilian actor, Eva Luna (Univision)
Ilia Calderon—Colombian journalist, Noticiero Univision edicion nocturna (Univision)
Itai Cantoral—Mexican actress, El sexo debil (Cadenatres)
Ivan Sanchez—Spanish actor, La reina del sur (Telemundo)
Jacqueline Bracamontes—Mexican actress
Jason Canela—Cuban-American actor
Jencarlos Canela—Cuban-American actor/singer
Jenni Rivera—Mexican singer/songwriter
Jorge Luis Pila—Cuban actor, Aurora (Telemundo)
Julian Gil—Argentinian actor, Eva Luna (Univision)
Kate del Castillo—Mexican actress, La reina del sur (Telemundo)
Lourdes Stephen— Dominican TV Host, Sal y pimienta (Univision)
Lucero—Mexican actress/singer
Lupita Jones—Judge, Nuestra belleza latina (Univision)
Maite Perroni—Mexican actress, El triunfo del amor (Univision)
Marlene Favela—Mexican actress, Los herederos Del Monte (Telemundo)
Michelito Lagravere—Mexican bullfighter
Manuel Mijares—Mexican singer
Natalia Jimenez—Spanish singer
Ninel Conde—Mexican actress/singer
Niurka Marcos—Cuban actress/dancer
Prince Royce—Dominican-American singer
Rafael Amaya—Mexican actor, La reina del sur (Telemundo)
Rebecca de Alba—Mexican model and TV host
Rogelio Martinez—Mexican singer
Romeo––Dominican-American singer
Sofia Vergara—Colombian actress, Modern Family (ABC)
Tommy Torres—Puerto Rican singer/producer
Vadhir Derbez—Mexican actor
William Levy—Cuban actor, El triunfo del amor (Univision)
Ximena Navarrete—Miss Universe 2010

 

 

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Mexico’s CFC Explains $1Billion Fine Against Carlos Slim’s Telcel for Monopolizing Mobile Market

Mexico’s CFC Explains $1Billion Fine Against Carlos Slim’s Telcel for Monopolizing Mobile Market

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Sunday, Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission (CFC) confirmed in a press release that a $1 billion fine has been given to America Movil SAB (AMX, AMX.MX) unit Telcel accusing the mobile phone operator of using its market weight and interconnection fees to push out its competition.

The 11.99 billion peso (roughly $1 billion) fine is equivalent to 10 percent of Telcel’s assets, which is the maximum fine allowed in this case.

Carlos Slim is the billionaire behind America Movil, Mexico’s largest mobile phone operator, and after a 3-2 vote, were slapped with the fine from the CFC. The company has 30 days to seek reconsideration, and they can take it up in court as well, where proceedings could drag on for months or even years.

Following an investigation of the company after several smaller phone operators filed charges in 2006, the CFC determined that Telcel increased the costs of its competitors by charging interconnection fees to end calls on the Telcel network that are above the initially indicated fees for calls made within its own network.

The CFC said the company is a near-monopoly, as is holds 70 percent of the country’s 91 million mobile customers, with what the CFC called “substantial market power.”

Telcel now has 30 days to present a proposal on how they intend to desist from the anticompetitive practice.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal →

In Colorado Minority Student Population Grows, Yet Less Minority Teachers

In Colorado Minority Student Population Grows, Yet Less Minority Teachers

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In Colorado as the number of minority students has grown, the number of minority teachers working in the schools has declined – concerning students, parents and teachers alike.

Many educators and education professionals have always felt that minority teachers can better connect with minority students and their parents.  Therefore the fact that in Denver 80 percent of public school students are minority and only 21.9 percent of teachers are minorities is alarming. 

Statewide Latino teachers represent 6.4 percent of all teachers which is slightly up from 1999 figures of 6.1 percent. 

The disparity is very obvious in areas where there is a large Latino population.  For example, 58 percent of all students in Denver are Latino and only 14.2 percent of the teachers are Hispanic.  In the Aurora school district, 53.8 percent of the student population is Latino while the Latino teacher population is 5.9%

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The state is aware of the problem and is attempting to address the issue through cultural-sensitivity training for all teachers, and creating pipelines for minority teachers to be identified and hired.

Read more at Denver Post →

Nudist Gym Opens in Spain’s Basque Country - 1st Ever in Spain (VIDEO)

Nudist Gym Opens in Spain’s Basque Country - 1st Ever in Spain (VIDEO)

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As a way to combat recession, a gym in the Basque region of Spain now offers sports and athletic programs for nudists.

Arriorriaga’s Easy Gym, is the first if its kind in Spain. Owner Merche Laseca says “With this crisis, we realized there are fewer people using the gym […] I’m not a nudist, though I don’t have a problem with nudism; this initiative however, is about money.”

After months of research, Laseca realized that several swimming pools around the area, offered popular monthly nudist sessions; every year, in the close by region of Sopelana, there’s a very famous nudist race and there are at least 12 nudist beaches in the Basque country and many more across Spain.

The research also included a poll, where 90% of the participants approved the peculiar idea. A Yoga teacher has even spoken to the owner about teaching nude Yoga classes.

Nudists are welcome to attend and excercise—naked, every Saturday afternoon, and Sundays.

 

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Extreme Trafficking: Drug-Filled Plane Crashes in New Mexico State Park

Extreme Trafficking: Drug-Filled Plane Crashes in New Mexico State Park

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New Mexico police continue to search for the wreckage of a single-engine plane that has left kilos of cocaine strewn across Lake Heron.

According to witnesses Sunday morning, they saw a plane go down in Heron Lake, part of Heron Lake State park which is located 20 miles south of Chama.  Apparently after the plane crashed no survivors surfaced but bags of cocaine did.

New Mexico authorities have sent divers from the Laguna Vista Volunteer Fire Dept. to investigate.  As of yet authorities do not know how many people were on the plane.  Authorities have also not released where the flight originated from or its intended designation. 

Read more at UPI →

Body Parts Scattered Near Mexican Presidential Residence – Los Pinos

Body Parts Scattered Near Mexican Presidential Residence – Los Pinos

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The up-scale neighborhood in Mexico City, home to museums and Los Pinos, has come face-to-face with the gruesome face of violence in Mexico. 

Over the weekend in the residential and tony neighborhood of San Miguel Chapultepec the dismembered remains of a woman were scattered throughout the neighborhood.  This area is next to Chapultepec Park, the largest city park in Latin America and home to the Chapultepec Castle, the Museum of Anthropology and Los Pinos – the Mexican White House.

In one block of the neighborhood the unidentified woman’s upper torso was found, while her left and right leg where found on two other blocks.  The body parts had been stuffed in plastic bags.  Police are reporting they currently have no motive for the crime though her fingers had been cut off indicating a drug gang link.

This vicious crime came on the heals of five women’s bodies being discovered in Acapulco.  The women’s, reportedly connected to each other through a local beauty salon, throats had been slashed.  The salon is suspected of being a front for prostitution.

Read more at Google News →

Sex Offenders and Cocaine Smuggler Arrested by U.S. Border Patrol

Sex Offenders and Cocaine Smuggler Arrested by U.S. Border Patrol

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U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector arrested two illegal aliens with history of criminal sex offenses and seized over $500,000 in cocaine over the past few days.

The first incident occurred on Monday, at approximately 10 p.m., when Border Patrol agents from the El Centro station apprehended Juan Rodriguez-Estrada—a 36-year-old Mexican male—after he attempted to enter into the United States illegally from Mexico. The subject was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station where record checks revealed he has a prior conviction for sexual battery out of Fresno, Calif. Rodriguez was held at the El Centro Border Patrol Station where he faces removal proceedings and immigration charges.

The following day, at approximately 7 a.m., Indio Border Patrol agents discovered over 18 pounds of cocaine concealed inside a gold-colored Toyota Camry at the Highway 111 Checkpoint near Westmorland, Calif. Agents became suspicious after a canine team alerted to the vehicle during primary inspection. The driver—a 35-year-old male United States Citizen—was referred to secondary where a thorough search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of several small packages of cocaine, valued at more than half a million dollars. The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Yesterday at around 10 p.m., El Centro Border Patrol agents arrested a group of seven illegal aliens attempting to enter the United States illegally from Mexico. The group was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station where agents identified one of the Mexican men in the group as 45-year-old Manuel Z. Gonzalez , a registered sex offender out of Los Angeles, Calif. for lewd and Lasciv acts with a minor under the age of 14. Gonzalez is being held at the El Centro Border Patrol Station awaiting removal proceedings and immigration charges.

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MondayApril 25, 2011