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SundayAugust 7, 2011

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Chavez Returns to Cuba for Another Round of Chemotherapy

Chavez Returns to Cuba for Another Round of Chemotherapy

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Earlier today, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba to resume his chemotherapy treatment for cancer discovered in June.  Chavez noted: “There will be several rounds in order to win this battle and eliminate all risk of malignant cells.”

The leftist leaning President and avowed anti-American imperialism has not disclosed the type of cancer he is battling.  Upon leaving Caracas to Cuba he once again vowed to seek another term and stay in the Presidency until 2031.  He was greeted at Havana’s airport around midnight or 1:00 .am. by Cuban President Raul Castro. 

He is expected to be staying in Cuba just for several days.  In spite of his short stay he had to obtain permission for this trip from the Venezuelan congress which gave their permission yesterday. 

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Abercrombie & Kent Suspends their Cuba Tours

Abercrombie & Kent Suspends their Cuba Tours

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The luxury travel tour company, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), were one of the first organizations to take advantage of President Obama’s lifting of certain travel restrictions to Cuba.  They quickly affiliated themselves with the Foundation for Caribbean Studies so that their trips would meet the ‘people-to-people’ requirement.

The people-to-people travel requirement only allows for trips where Americans engage Cuban people directly and “support their desire to freely determine their country’s future” and is simply not tourism.  The concept was developed under President Clinton but was shut down under President Bush who saw these altruistic trips more as veiled tourism.

It appears that the Foundation for Caribbean Studies had only been in business for 11 days when it aligned itself with A&K and nonetheless was issued a travel license to Cuba.  The state department startied questioning the relationship between A&K and the foundation and A&K decided it was best to suspend future trips to Cuba until further notice.  The 13 tours to Cuba A&K had organized had all been sold out.

Regardless of A&K’s decision many churches, universities and cultural institutions continue to travel to Cuba since January 28 when President Obama reinstated the people-to-people travel policy. 

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‘Heterosexual Pride’ Day Maybe Coming to Sao Paolo, Brazil Soon

‘Heterosexual Pride’ Day Maybe Coming to Sao Paolo, Brazil Soon

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Evangelical community leaders in Sao Paolo, Brazil have not been too happy about all ‘the privileges’ the gay community enjoys in the city like their five-day gay pride parade.  Therefore a local councilman proposed and won approval for his idea that there be a ‘Heterosexual Pride Day’.

Councilman Carlos Apolinario admits this is a move against gay pride and acknowledges the support of the evangelical community for the idea.  Nonetheless he insists he doesn’t support any measure that would discriminate against LGBT people.  He notes:

“I have no trouble coexisting with gays as long as their behavior is normal.”

On the other side of the aisle are the Brazilian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association that sees this as another means to encourage homophobic violence which has been on the rise in the city. 

In order for ‘Heterosexual Pride’ Day to become official the mayor of this city of 20 million people must sign it. 

 

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Tumultuous Stock Market Leaves Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim $8 Billion Poorer This Week

Tumultuous Stock Market Leaves Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim $8 Billion Poorer This Week

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It appears everyone is affected by a tumultuous stock market including the super rich, like Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu. 

This week the U.S. stock market dropped to the lowest levels since 2008 and other markets also saw declines.  Mexico’s market benchmark the IPC index dropped 6.4% and wiped out $8 billion in value in four days to Slim’s stock portfolio. 

Bloomberg pegged the value of his stock portfolio at $64.4 billion after losing 9.5% of its value thanks to this weeks market declines all over the world.

Tomorrow’s morning U.S. markets are expected to open down since news of the U.S. credit downgrade is already negatively impacting international markets trading on Sunday. 

Read more at Money on MSN →

Bieber Video Star Jasmine Villegas Gets Restraining Order on Stalker Threatening Rape & Murder

Bieber Video Star Jasmine Villegas Gets Restraining Order on Stalker Threatening Rape & Murder

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Pop singer Jasmine Villegas has successfully obtained a restraining order against a stalker who has been issuing threats of murder and rape.

Villegas starred in Justin Bieber’s “Baby” video and was the opening act for his “My World Tour”.  Currently she is working on releasing her debut album and thus far has released one single from it “All These Boys”.  On numerous occasions Villegas has been identified as one of Bieber’s girlfriends before he started dating Selena Gomez.

The stalker has been identified as Steven Cintron and according to court documents he has sent thousands of messages including video messages with death threats on them.  In one such video Cintron offers $5,000 to anyone that would kill Villegas.  He is also alleged to have threatened the star’s family and friends. 

Read more at Gossip Cop →

Formerly Conjoined Guatemalan Twins Celebrate 10th Birthday with Mel Gibson

Formerly Conjoined Guatemalan Twins Celebrate 10th Birthday with Mel Gibson

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Guatemalan twins Josie and Teresita Cajas who were born conjoined celebrated their 10th birthday with a Hawaiian-themed birthday party and all the people who made everything possible for them.

The twins who were conjoined at the head were separated 9 years ago after going a rigorous and dangerous operation at UCLA Medical Center.  So it made sense to celebrate their 10th year of life with the 50-person surgical team and patrons that made it all possible including movie star Mel Gibson.

The twins were separated after a 23-hour operation that cost $1.5 million and was coordinated by Mending Kids International, Gibson has been affiliated with Mending Kids for years.

Teresita who contracted meningitis after the surgical separation, cannot speak and Josie has trouble with motor skills but continues to improve.  The girls live with host families in Los Angeles to be close to good medical care while their parents remain in their rural village in Guatemala. 

Read more at Winona Daily →

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

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

Photo: Your backstage pass to HS-News showcase of emerging and established Latino musical talent.

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, carolina nissen

Introducing:

From Chile:
Artist: Carolina Nissen
Song:Miedo

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CRIME NEWS:  Brazil Students Given Food Mixed with Rat Poison

CRIME NEWS:  Brazil Students Given Food Mixed with Rat Poison

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Brazilian authorities are investigating the claims of a school cook who confessed to mixing rat poison with the students daily mails.  The cook came to the attention of authorities after 22 students and 16 teachers fell ill at the Pacheco Prates school and needed to be hospitalized.  The Pacheco Prates school is located in the city of Porto Alegre located in southern Brazil.

When investigators went to the school cafeteria they found several packages of open rat poison.  The school cook immediately confessed to mixing rat poison with the stroganoff school meal but was not able to explain why she decided to poison the students or whether she had done this before.

All the students and teachers were eventually released from the local hospital. 

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Cuba Upholds Alan Gross’ 15-Yr Prison Sentence, Denying His Appeal

Cuba Upholds Alan Gross’ 15-Yr Prison Sentence, Denying His Appeal

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The pleas of the U.S. government and Alan Gross’ family fell on deaf ears in Cuba again.  First there was the two-day trial where the contractor was found guilty of crimes against the island nation and sentenced to 15-years in prison.  Then on Friday Cuba upheld that 15-year sentence and dismissed Gross’ appeal.  Gross has been detained in Cuba since 2009. 

Gross’ family and the U.S. government have always maintained he was on the island attempting to improve the quality of life for the Cuban Jewish community by improving their internet access.  In actuality he was a U.S. government subcontractor employee handing out satellite telecommunication equipment in defiance of Cuban law. 

Today, Senator Robert Menendez, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee commented on the matter: 

“The Cuban regime’s affirmation of USAID contractor Alan Gross’s 15year sentence for acts against the integrity and independence’ of Cuba is a vivid reminder of the intolerance and brutality of the authoritarian regime that has ruled the island for more than fifty years. Gross’ sentence eviscerates the notion held by some that the Castro brothers are embracing democratic reforms, but rather is a reminder that the regime seeks to control every aspect of life in Cuba and is willing to harshly punish anyone who challenges that control.”

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SundayAugust 7, 2011