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SundayMay 1, 2011

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“Justice Has Been Done” - President Obama Confirms Osama bin Laden is Dead

“Justice Has Been Done” - President Obama Confirms Osama bin Laden is Dead

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UPDATE:  President Obama at 11:35 (EST) confirmed from the White House that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in a special operation authorized by him earlier today.  He reminded the nation that bin Laden had openly declared war on the U.S. and that a top priority of the war was not only against Al Quaida but to kill or capture its leader Osama bin Laden.

The President was light on details as to how they determined where bin Laden was and who had provided that information.  He did confirm that last week he and his military advisers felt they had enough information as to bin Laden’s where abouts somewhere in Pakistan, enough to authorize a strike on the compound he was believed to be in.  The President gave that authorization to strike today and a special team launched the strike and engaged in a ‘fire fight’ that resulted in bin Laden’s death and the taking of his body by troops. 

President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton have both issued statement on the matter.  Bush also informed the public that the President had called him earlier in the day to inform him of bin Laden’s death, which he described as a “momentous achievement”.


ORIGINAL STORY:  Numerous sources are announcing that the elusive Osama bin Laden, master mind of 9/11, has been killed and his body is in the hands of the U.S. military.  The President is expected to confirm these reports shortly from the White House.  It is being reported that bin Laden was killed outside of Islamabad in a mansion he was holded up in.

Many things remain unclear, specifically how bin Laden was killed and why the U.S. is in possession of his body. 

Osama bin Laden was born on March 10, 1057 and has been on the U.S. Ten Most Wanted List since the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings that he was said to be behind.  He has been sought aggressively since 2001 when it was believed he was the mastermind of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. 

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JUST IN: “Justice Has Been Done” - President Obama Confirms Osama bin Laden is Dead

JUST IN: “Justice Has Been Done” - President Obama Confirms Osama bin Laden is Dead

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UPDATE:  President Obama at 11:35 (EST) confirmed from the White House that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in a special operation authorized by him earlier today.  He reminded the nation that bin Laden had openly declared war on the U.S. and that a top priority of the war was not only against Al Quaida but to kill or capture its leader Osama bin Laden.

The President was light on details as to how they determined where bin Laden was and who had provided that information.  He did confirm that last week he and his military advisers felt they had enough information as to bin Laden’s where abouts somewhere in Pakistan, enough to authorize a strike on the compound he was believed to be in.  The President gave that authorization to strike today and a special team launched the strike and engaged in a ‘fire fight’ that resulted in bin Laden’s death and the taking of his body by troops. 

President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton have both issued statement on the matter.  Bush also informed the public that the President had called him earlier in the day to inform him of bin Laden’s death, which he described as a “momentous achievement”.


ORIGINAL STORY:  Numerous sources are announcing that the elusive Osama bin Laden, master mind of 9/11, has been killed and his body is in the hands of the U.S. military.  The President is expected to confirm these reports shortly from the White House.  It is being reported that bin Laden was killed outside of Islamabad in a mansion he was holded up in.

Many things remain unclear, specifically how bin Laden was killed and why the U.S. is in possession of his body. 

Osama bin Laden was born on March 10, 1057 and has been on the U.S. Ten Most Wanted List since the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings that he was said to be behind.  He has been sought aggressively since 2001 when it was believed he was the mastermind of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. 

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Mayor Bloomberg New Immigration Solution: Send Immigrants to Detroit to Revive Economy

Mayor Bloomberg New Immigration Solution: Send Immigrants to Detroit to Revive Economy

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who appears to have more ideas on immigration reform then the President himself presented another idea on “Meet the Press” today.

He maintains that if the U.S. wants to maintain or has any hope of reviving its economic ‘superpower’ status it’s by continuing to let immigrants into the country.  When asked for specifics he said he’s would use new immigrants as the workforce that brings back Detroit’s economy.

“The population has left. You’ve got to do something about that,” Bloomberg said on NBC’s morning talk show. “And if I were the federal government, assuming you could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agreed to go to Detroit and live there for five or 10 years. Start businesses, take jobs, whatever. “

“You would populate Detroit overnight because half the world wants to come here,” he said.

Read more at Fox News →

STUDY: Stop Smoking Campaigns Aimed at Minorities Must be Respectful of Culture & Language to Work

STUDY: Stop Smoking Campaigns Aimed at Minorities Must be Respectful of Culture & Language to Work

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Research finds positive media encouragement campaigns help Hispanic’s stop smoking. 

The American Legacy Foundation surveyed 4,067 current adult smokers on media campaigns featuring diverse characters with sympathetic stop smoking messages.  Results show a higher attempt to quit smoking amongst minorities who watched these media campaigns.

“In aiming messages at minority communities, the campaign must all be respectful of language, cultural beliefs and literacy levels,” he said. “And to influence behavioral change and outcome, it’s better to focus on influencing the consumer’s future about what he can do than criticizing and marginalizing about what he cannot,” said Alonza Robertson, chief strategist for Consigliere Emerging Media in New York. 

The entire study will appear in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Read more at Medical News Today →

Haitians in Peru Seeking Refugee Status, Action Endorsed by Church

Haitians in Peru Seeking Refugee Status, Action Endorsed by Church

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The Peruvian Episcopal Conference, has informed, the Regional Office UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), that it has began operations for the recognition of the legal refugee status to approximately 30 people from Haiti, blocked in the city of Iñanpari (Department of Madre de Dios), and who have asked the Peruvian government to be considered refugees.

The Peruvian Catholic Migration Commission (CCPM), has asked the local authorities and the National Police of Peru to respect and protect the status of immigrants of these Haitians.

An application for the recognition of refugee status was filed on April 2, signed by Pierre Pierrelus on behalf of the Haitian group, and the mayor of the province of Tahuamanu, Celso Curi Paucarmaita.

The final decision is in the hands of the Peruvian government, and aims to provide humanitarian protection for Haitians after the disasters recorded in that country. For this reason, the Catholic Commission and the Department of Human Mobility of the Episcopal Conference went to Iñanpari to support the request and carry out the necessary formalities.

Read more at Agencia Fides →

Brazil Announces Sports Partnership to Help Rio’s Youth Ahead of 2014 World Cup & 2016 Olympics

Brazil Announces Sports Partnership to Help Rio’s Youth Ahead of 2014 World Cup & 2016 Olympics

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In an international effort to promote social transformation through sports, the city of Rio de Janeiro together with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the FC Barcelona Foundation and the National Basketball Association NBA, announced today an initiative to improve the lives of underprivileged children and youth in Rio de Janeiro.

Soccer superstar Ronaldo, NBA star Leandrinho Barbosa and Ana Moser, ex-volleyball player were also present to help celebrate the first step to a better future with the “Alliance for Sport and Development.”

This alliance will strengthen 18 ‘Vilas Olimpicas’ in Rio de Janeiro by promoting social inclusion through sports activities. The initiative will draw experiences from best practices by utilizing sports as a vehicle to improve the lives of children in need and promote physical activities for conflict resolution, violence prevention, education, health, among others.

According to the City of Rio, 140,000 people from the most vulnerable areas will be able to benefit from this project.

“The program of the Olympic villages developed by the Municipality will have a prominent role in the municipality’s overall policy of inclusion,” said Vice Mayor Carlos Alberto Muniz. “The arrival of diverse and knowledgeable partners consolidates the Olympic Village as the center of the political legacy that we have to develop, taking advantage of this prosperous moment for the City of Rio de Janeiro.”

This initiative has brought together key partners, such as the Government of Korea. The project is also aligned with long term efforts in the Favelas by the city and state of Rio de Janeiro jointly with the IDB.

Read more at IADB →

J Lo Glistens in Gold for her Album Release Party (VIDEO)

J Lo Glistens in Gold for her Album Release Party (VIDEO)

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J Lo wowed this weekend at The Grove in Los Angeles when she released her new album Love?  In keeping with the British madness around the royal wedding, she entered abroad a decked-out English double decker tram.

With music blaring and her dancers grooving she stepped out wearing a very gold sequined strapless jump suit by Zuhair Murad.  This album is her first in four years and the first since she has been a judge on American Idol. 

She is definitely keeping busy, just announcing that she has signed up to one of the voices in the animated movie Ice Age: Continental Drift.  This announcement was made right before she announced plans to do a Latin American talent competition with hubby Marc Anthony called Q’Viva! The Chosen.  On that on top of being named People’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2011.


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Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, onda vaga

Introducing:

Artist: Onda Vaga
Song: Mambeando
Directed By: Nano Garay Santaló
Produced by: Marina Ventura / Julian Kartun

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Bruno Mars Rocking on American Idol with ‘The Lazy Song’ (VIDEO)

Bruno Mars Rocking on American Idol with ‘The Lazy Song’ (VIDEO)

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Check out our own Peter Hernandez, better known as Bruno Mars rocking on this week’s American Idol 2011 singing ‘The Lazy Song’.

As one comment on YouTube said “Why does Bruno Mars have to be so amazing?”


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While President Obama Reconfirms Commitment to DREAM Act, Pro-Immigration Rallies Held for May Day

This May 1st, known as the day synonymous with International Workers’ Day or Labor Day, many American cities are holding immigrant right rallies and marches.

In Los Angeles there will be a march kicking of at 10:00 am (PST), in Chicago an immigration rights rally will start in the Hispanic community of Pilsen while in Wisconsin the AFL-CIO is joining their immigrant-rights march in downtown Milwaukee.

These pro-immigrant rallies come on the heels of President Obama’s DREAM Act comments at Miami Dade College.  There he reaffirmed his commitment to the DREAM ACT and said he will continue fighting to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Speaking at the Friday commencement to 3,000 graduates, mostly minorities,  he did face protesters urging him to sign an executive order to stop deportations.  In closing he noted:

“It makes no sense to expel talented young people from our country. They grew up as Americans. They pledge allegiance to our flag. And if they are trying to serve in our military or earn a degree, they are contributing to our future – and we welcome those contributions,” Obama said

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Indiana Policeman Accused of Profiling Hispanic Motorists and Robbing Them

A 23-year veteran of the Indianapolis, Indiana police department has been accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and then robbing them.  This is the second such incident, where a police officer targets and robs Hispanics in the state. 

Currently, Officer David J. Butler, is accused of committing crimes against two Hispanic men but state officials are urging the Hispanic community to come forward and feel free without retribution to report other such incidents.

Butler allegedly stopped his first known victim in January for a routine stop, did not radio in the stop or check the drivers record all while taking money out of the victims wallet.  In another incident Butler stopped a Hispanic male, asking him to leave the vehicle and proceeded to steal the contents of his wallet. 

Similarly in 2008 another police officer, Officer Scott Fross, from Indiana shook down Hispanic drivers who did not have drivers license. 

Both incidents were investigated when the Hispanic victims reported the crimes and police swiftly investigated. 

Read more at Indy Star →

New Economic Alliance between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru Forms the ‘Pacific Alliance’

New Economic Alliance between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru Forms the ‘Pacific Alliance’

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In an effort to enhance their respective development and economies, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru signed the ‘Pacific Alliance.’  The commonality here being that all these countries have a Pacific Ocean coastline and their cumulative exports represent the majority of exports to Asia.

The countries respective President’s gathered late last week and formed a ‘deep integration’ that will promote and enhance economic competitiveness, and opens free market goods between the nations.  The end goal is to generate jobs, new markets and increase capital investments.

The Pacific Alliance specifically targets the Asian markets whereby they would combine exports to that region.  The agreement was signed in Lima, Peru with President Alan Garcia playing host to Chile’s Sebastian Piñera, Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos and Mexico’s Felipe Calderon.

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John Paul II Beatification Celebrated Throughout Latin America and the World

Amidst the splendor of the Vatican and the solemness of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope John Paul II, or El Papa Juan Pablo as he is known throughout Latin America, was beatified by Pope Benedict and witnessed by an audience of millions this morning.

How Latin America is Celebrating:

In Bogota, Colombia in the district of Yomasa, is the parish of St. Athanasius which is also a Marian Sanctuary, the only one in Colombia dedicated to Our Lady of Czestochowa, patroness of Poland.

On the occasion of the beatification of Pope John Paul II and the liturgical feast of St. Athanasius, the Archbishop of Bogota, Archbishop Jesus Ruben Salazar Gomez, will preside over a solemn Mass in spiritual communion with Rome.

The people of Argentina will gather for prayer vigils promoted in the Argentinian dioceses in honor of the beatification. The Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, will celebrate with a Solemn Mass attended by the Polish community living in Argentina.

A number of initiatives across the nation will be held: lectures, photo exhibitions, film screenings on the 27 years of pontificate and the “Popemobile” used by Pope John Paul II during his two visits to the country in 1982 and 1987 will also be displayed.

In Bolivia, the people are recalling with affection the visit of John Paul II in May 1988, where many people took part, and above all a few pictures were taken that went around the world: a miner gave his helmet to the Pope, who wore it, and the two embraced each other for a long time, moreover an aymara woman showed John Paul II an empty pot, a symbol of the serious economic and social crisis the region was going through in that period.

On May 2, in the square where John Paul II in 1988 met the people of Oruro, Bolivia a Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated for the beatification

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Major Drug Cartel Leader Extradited from Mexico to U.S. to Face Mulitude of Charges

Major Drug Cartel Leader Extradited from Mexico to U.S. to Face Mulitude of Charges

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Alberto Benjamin Arellano-Felix, an alleged leader of the Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO), was extradited by the government of Mexico to the United States to face racketeering, money laundering and narcotics trafficking charges in California. 

Arellano-Felix was taken into custody by Mexican authorities in 2002.  A final order of extradition to the United States was granted in 2007.  After years of unsuccessful appeals, Arellano-Felix arrived in the United States Friday afternoon. 

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, whose office secured the indictment against Arellano-Felix, said that she was “extremely proud of the dedication and commitment that teams of people have demonstrated in bringing Arellano-Felix to answer, in an American court of law, to the very serious charges with which he is charged.”  Duffy stated, “We are grateful to the Government of Mexico for its assistance in the extradition and have personally relayed our thanks to Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales.” 

Long-reputed to be one of the most notorious multi-national drug trafficking organizations, the AFO controlled the flow of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs through the Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali into the United States.  Its operations also extended into southern Mexico as well as Colombia.  The indictment also alleges that the proceeds of the AFO’s drug trafficking, estimated by law enforcement to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, were then smuggled back into Mexico.

The indictment   also alleges that the AFO recruited, trained and armed groups of bodyguards and assassins who were responsible for protecting the leaders of the organization, and also for conducting assassinations of rival drug traffickers, suspected cooperators, uncooperative Mexican law enforcement and military personnel, and members of the Mexican news media who printed stories unfavorable towards the AFO.

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SundayMay 1, 2011