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ThursdaySeptember 8, 2011

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Chile Investing in Climate Friendly Technologies

Chile Investing in Climate Friendly Technologies

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The Multilateral Investment fund (MIF), of the IDB Group, will provide equity investment of up to $5 million in the Chilean Renovarum Renewable Energy Fund, a project that seeks to create a new development model for the local venture capital industry around low-carbon and climate-friendly technologies.

The project will pave the way for the fund to make direct investments in clean energy, contribute to build local management capabilities and demonstrate the financial viability of the new development model for the local venture capital industry. The fund, managed by Renovarum Investment Management S.A., will invest in up to eight small-scale hydro projects that will add 160 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in Chile, which as of 2010 had a total gross installed power capacity of 15.8 gigawatts.

The project will contribute to help Chile create new jobs and reduce its reliance on foreign fossil fuel imports and CO2e emissions, which can potentially be quantified as carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. Ultimately, the fund’s impact will be higher contributions from investee companies to sustainable economic growth and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The Multilateral Investment Fund plays a leading role in the development of conducive ecosystems to finance entrepreneurship, and is an active investor in seed and venture capital funds in Latin America and the Caribbean; effectively creating a model of a Fund of Funds with development goals. In its 17 years of experience, the MIF has been an active investor, supporting 55 seed and venture funds and has created regional capacity through a network of partnerships and alliances with the public and private sector, including venture capital associations and fund managers.

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Aaron Rodgers v Mark Sánchez Feud - Who Do You Prefer?

Aaron Rodgers v Mark Sánchez Feud - Who Do You Prefer?

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You would of thought Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, would be a little busy getting ready for tonight’s game to diss on anyone even if Latin hottie Mark Sanchez was asking for it.  Apparently it was Sanchez’s GQ Magazine spread that irked the Super Bowl Champ enough to comment on a local talk show, viewing the pictures and interview as “embarrassing.” 

Sanchez retorted that he was getting use to the teasing about the ‘metrosexual’ photos so he didn’t care.  But hell we do. 

Rodgers didn’t especially like “page 94” that features Sanchez with skin tight white pants (possible a woman’s pair of pants??) with a black & white wife beater shirt.  If that wasn’t bad enough the dead animal fur coat he’s toting doesn’t make sense, since it is a summer photo.  Nonetheless we love the way Mark Sanchez looks in anything. 

So here at HS-News we found our own “embarrassing” photo of Rodgers with a vintage 1970’s moustache.  Now you decide who you prefer. 


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Nicaragua to Spend $20 Million to Support Housing for Low-Income Families

Nicaragua to Spend $20 Million to Support Housing for Low-Income Families

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of $20 million in financing to support a housing and neighborhood improvement program focused on low-income families in Nicaragua.

The Nicaraguan government, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and the Dutch International Guarantees for Housing Foundation, backed by a council that twins cities in The Netherlands and Nicaragua, will provide additional funding. A key component of the program will promote the improvement and progressive construction of housing, providing subsidies to families earning up to $370 a month.

Among the specific results expected from the program: improving 4,250 existing homes, the progressive construction of 4,000 new units, improving the basic infrastructure of 4,000 families in neighborhoods lacking basic services and delivering land titles to 5,000 families.

In Nicaragua, as in other developing countries, most houses are built gradually, as families find resources, a process that can take decades. Nevertheless, housing programs have traditionally prioritized the construction of new units, which are often beyond the reach of poorer families.

A component of the program will provide subsidies to eligible families either to improve the conditions of their existing homes or to start building new units. In this last case, depending on their income levels, families will have to make in-kind contributions, accumulate savings or secure housing loans from financial intermediaries.

Another component of the program will work with community organizations in neighborhoods lacking basic services, financing the provision of potable water, sewage systems, storm drains, public lighting, electricity or road infrastructure. The program will cover up to 70% of the cost of improving neighborhoods. The rest will come from municipal governments (20%) and resident families (10%).

 

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Dalai Lama is in México for Four day Visit

Dalai Lama is in México for Four day Visit

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The Dalai Lama, Tibets leader, is on his third visit to Mexico and will participate in conferences and events accompanied by celebrities “Chespirito” and Richard Gere.

The Dalai Lama arrived in Monterrey today, where he will be giving a conference on harmony and altruism at the “Third World Summit in Values and the Culture of Legality,” an event that comedian Chespirito will also attend as a speaker.

After his visit to Monterrey, the spiritual leader will go to México City where he will inaugurate an exposition titled “Tibet, Memories of a Lost Motherland,” at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance.

On Sunday, the Dalai Lama will participate in two massive events, one with Mexican teachers and the other one at the Cruz Azul stadium, where he will be joined by actor and activist Richard Gere, in an event called “Finding Happiness in Difficult Times” that could see 30,000 people in attendance.

No meetings with Mexican government officials have been scheduled, though the Dalai Lama’s spokesperson said they’re still waiting for confirmation on a possible meeting with President Felipe Calderón.

The Dalai Lama’s visit will conclude on Monday, when he’ll travel south to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Forty-Seven Dominicans to be Honored at National 9/11 Memorial

Forty-Seven Dominicans to be Honored at National 9/11 Memorial

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The names of 47 Dominicans, including several women, who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, will be included in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum that will be inaugurated this Sunday.

The Dominican men and women were computer specialists, IT personnel, financial managers, restaurant employees, messengers, educators and even tourists.

According to El Nuevo Diaro, one of the most mentioned names is Pedro Checo, the vice-president of operations for the Fiduciary Trust and a lover of fast cars. He died trying to save others that day. Faustino Apostol, a 55-year old firefighter of Battalion 2, died in the towers while saving lives. He had served for the New York Fire Department for 28 years. Victoria Alvares Brito, who worked in the finance department of Marsh & McLennan, and David Agnez who was an assistant to the vice-president of Cantor Fitzgerald and Frank Thomas Aquilino, one of the rising stars at Cantor Fitzgerald, a partner at 26 and a vice-president are also among the honored.

The memorial will be opened this Sunday and the museum will open in 2012.  Over $300 million was raised to honor all the dead of the 9/11 attack. 

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Perhaps Surprisingly, Multi-Lingualism Continues in Congress

Perhaps Surprisingly, Multi-Lingualism Continues in Congress

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Some might be surprised to learn the number of Members in the House that speak Spanish, and do it frequently.

It seems the Spanish-speaking Members have their own little section on the House floor. The group is in no way an exclusive “club” for Hispanic Members, and includes Members of all nationalities.

The “barrio in the back” as some jokingly refer to it, includes Grace Napolitano, Silvestre Reyes, Nydia Velazquez, Mike Honda, and other congressmen.

Honda, who learned Spanish while with Green Peace in El Salvador, jokes, “You never want to see Nydia Velázquez get angry. She’ll just tongue-lash you in English or in Spanish. And José Serrano, that guy’s funnier than hell. He’s so cool. ... There’s a comfort level that they have among each other. It’s just a camaraderie that’s enhanced by the language.”

And since not all Members speak the language, Honda says non-Spanish-speaking Members are often wary of approaching the group, though he points out, “If you’re a Republican coming up, they just chat, they don’t say go away I’ve never seen them reject anybody.”

But while many in the U.S. have become divided over the topics of immigration and border security, House Members are finding a way of coming together on the House floor to discuss “anything and everything”, from policy to a barbeque the next weekend.

This is a far cry from how Spanish-speakers back in the 18th and 19th century were treated like New Mexico Rep. José Gallegos whos joined Congress in 1853. He was elected speaking no English, and when he asked for a translator when on the floor he was denied, even when he offered to pay for it himself.

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s New Perfume “Kokorico” Is The Name of Colombian Chicken Chain (VIDEO)

Jean Paul Gaultier’s New Perfume “Kokorico” Is The Name of Colombian Chicken Chain (VIDEO)

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Gaultier’s new perfume “Kokorico” (French for a Rooster’s cry) might be the perfect scent for the “cocky” male, but in Colombia, Miami and other very Latin areas, “Kokoriko” smells more like rotisserie chicken.

Calling your new cologne for manly men “Popeye’s” is certainly not as deep a faux pas as admitting to “love” for the third Reich, like designer John Galliano, who lost his job at Christian Dior and dodged a possible stint in jail Thursday for his anti-Semitic rant earlier this summer.

Galliano was ordered to pay a $23K fine plus a symbolic Euro to each of the plaintiffs; his career has effectively taken a dark turn and he’s more than likely going to have to lay low until people forget his drunken tirade.

But… how soon will people forget that Gaultier’s new perfume has a broiled chicken with a side of guacamole connection to it?  Kokoriko is a commonly used name for Latin American restaurants that serve chicken, and in Colombia there is a more than popular restaurant chain by that name, known for its scrumptious chicken dishes. 

 

 

 

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STUDY:  Latinos and African Americans Remain Optimistic in Face of Tough Economy

STUDY:  Latinos and African Americans Remain Optimistic in Face of Tough Economy

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Findings from the Blair-Rockefeller Poll challenge long-held assumptions about the impact of the economy on political attitudes and voting behaviors, according to a new report by political scientist Todd Shields. The report, “The Economy Across Race and Region: Unemployment Fails to Dampen Positive Outlook Among African Americans and Latinos,”shows that while unemployment rates are substantial among African Americans and Latinos, these groups still have surprisingly optimistic views of their economic future..

“While previous research suggests that high unemployment rates result in election backlash for the incumbent party, current economic conditions have not translated into negative views of the future among African Americans and Latinos,” Shields wrote. He added that the findings “may require scholars and political strategists to reconsider previous approaches during the upcoming presidential election.”

The poll’s data showed that greater percentages of African Americans and Latinos reported more optimism about the future compared with Caucasians. Further, African Americans and Latinos living in the South were more optimistic than their non-Southern counterparts.

Given the poll results, Shields suggested that the GOP could find itself gaining even more support among Caucasians, both in the South and in the non-South.  On the other hand, he wrote, the Democratic Party could gain greater support among African Americans and Latinos, particularly those who live in the South.

Shields’ report used data from the Blair-Rockefeller Poll, conducted in November 2010 by Knowledge Networks. The poll is a joint project of the university’s Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute of the University of Arkansas System.

The Blair-Rockefeller Poll was created by political scientists Todd Shields, Pearl Ford Dowe, Angie Maxwell and Rafael Jimeno of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas. With over 3,400 respondents, the poll has a national scope as well as ample sampling of such traditionally under-polled groups as African-Americans and Latinos.

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Climate Change Likely Influenced Mexican Migration North

Climate Change Likely Influenced Mexican Migration North

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According a report from the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) bank, the migration of Mexicans to the U.S. may have been triggered by a change in climate which dried out much of Mexico’s land, leaving it unsuitable for farming.

The study, which included interviews of nearly 20,000 Mexicans carried out from 1982 to 2009, states that due to the ill-suited land it can be “inferred that the environment is playing an important role in encouraging Mexicans to emigrate to the United States.”

The report, which was released on Wednesday, goes on to say, “Soil erosion and changes in rainfall patterns have been additional factors for emigration.”

For areas that see a quick growth in population, agriculture is often key to survival, so when land cannot support it, the population is forced to go elsewhere.

BBVA concluded that, “It is reasonable to say that climate has been a factor encouraging some people to leave their communities and relocate to other regions, whether inside the country to more urban areas or even emigrating abroad.”

Currently, it is estimated that 12 million Mexican-born immigrants live in the U.S.

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Could a Latino Man be Gumby’s Crime Mentor? (VIDEO)

Could a Latino Man be Gumby’s Crime Mentor? (VIDEO)

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Surveillance cameras from a San Diego 7-11 prove that a few minutes before 8pm on Labor Day, an unusually tense Gumby entered the store followed by a Latino man.  Police said they are investigating this unidentified male who entered the store seconds before Gumby attempted to rob it.

The video shows the Latino male taking a sharp right onto the chips isle while Gumby—his lovable yellow smile contorted into a threatening grimace, approaches the clerk with his arms raised high in an attempt to appear bigger and demands cash and a pack of cigarettes.  The young man doesn’t appeared bothered as he is entering the store that a large green creature is entering the very store he was shopping in - hence why police believe the two maybe working together.

The clerk, a Gumby fan, couldn’t believe his ears, and remained wide eyed and silent, slowly shaking his head in disappointment.

Eventually, Gumby felt uncomfortable and left the store, not without allegedly dropping some change on the ground while fumbling around possibly for a weapon.

Since nothing was stolen, the clerk didn’t report it and took the incident as a joke.

Police have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Gumby, his possible Latino crime mentor and their getaway pony, Pokey - well actually they aren’t looking for Pokey.

 

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Former New Mexico Governor Travels to Cuba, Looking to Negotiate Release of U.S. Contractor

Former New Mexico Governor Travels to Cuba, Looking to Negotiate Release of U.S. Contractor

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Earlier this year, Alan Gross, 62, was sentenced by a Cuban court to 15 years in prison for attempting to set up internet networks in the communist country. And Wednesday, former Governor Bill Richardson (New Mexico) arrived in Cuba to try to negotiate the released of the American aid contractor.

Since he’s been detained, Gross’ case has caused the ceasing of the U.S.’s already strained ties with Cuba, but Richardson’s private trip is looking to smooth things over enough to achieve Gross’ release, saying there would be no improvement to the relations until he is released. Richardson has previously worked for the Democratic party as a sort of “trouble-shooter.”

Richardson did not make any official comments when reporters caught up with him outside his hotel, only commenting on the “beautiful day.”

The country’s parliament president, Ricardo Alarcon, however, did comment on the matter saying he thought Richardson’s trip was pointless seeing as Cuba’s highest court upheld Gross’ sentence just last month.

Richardson also spoke with Cuban officials about the case during his visit in August 2010, but had not worked out a release.

Gross’ family has said they are “pleased that the Cuban government invited Governor Richardson to Havana,” adding that they hope the talks “will result in Alan’s release.”

Gross was arrested in December of 2009 for, as his defense puts it, simply trying to improve internet access to the Cuba’s Jewish community while in the country with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Argentina Will Raise Payments to Poor Families by 23%

Argentina Will Raise Payments to Poor Families by 23%

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Argentina is planning on spending $2.8 billion dollars or 11.8 billion pesos to boost payments to the countries poor families.  This 23 percent increase in support for the poor is considered one of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s biggest achievements.

It is expected that over 3.6 million children and pregnant women will benefit from this increase.  Impoverished children will now see a monthly stipend of 270 pesos from 220 pesos. 

The funding to boost benefits for poor families comes from the government’s take over of the pension fund industry.  The value of the government pension fund increased in value by 30 percent and that cash will be used for this program.

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Loyal Chihuahua Brings Life-Saving Help to Elderly Woman Stuck in Deck Chair

Loyal Chihuahua Brings Life-Saving Help to Elderly Woman Stuck in Deck Chair

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A Texas woman is giving credit to her little Chihuahua for saving her life after she became lodged in a deck chair after it broke.

Evelyn Rogers was watering her plants when she says she sat down to take a break. The 75-year-old woman then became stuck in the chair’s frame. She would remain in the chair for 11 hours before she was rescued.

The next morning, her Chihuahua named Lucy, who had stayed with her all night, barked furiously the first time a person came by. Luckily, the paper delivery person heard the little dog around 5am and Rogers was saved. Ethan Mueller, 30, said he almost drove away, but stopped when he realized Lucy’s bark was continuous.

ImageRogers, a diabetic, said that before being rescued she wasn’t not worried about being in the dark or the fact that she was being bit by ants, she just worried about dying, as her insulin was inside. Thankfully, she was able to reach the hose, and was able to at least have water.

Her mobile home is located just next to the house her family lives in, but they were gone for the night, and she had left her phone inside.

Luckily, thanks to the unwavering loyalty of little Lucy, Rogers was saved and taken to the hospital here it was discovered she had suffered a minor heart attack. She was treated and released two weeks later. Doctors expect that she will recover.

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Hear How Manny Pacquiao is Getting Ready for His Match with Juan Manuel Marquez (VIDEO)

Hear How Manny Pacquiao is Getting Ready for His Match with Juan Manuel Marquez (VIDEO)

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As boxing sensation, Manny Pacquiao gets ready to face Juan Manual Marquez for the third time, the boxer is showing just how versatile his talents are. 

While Pacquiao was attending one of his many promotional events for the November 12th fight, he broke out in a song “Sometimes When We Touch.”  We assume he was dedicating the song to his Mexican rival that he has battled before in 2 closely contested fights.

Clearly Pacquiao isn’t satisfied being a world class boxer or an elected official in his native Philippines now it looks like he is trying out a singing career.


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Casey Anthony To Move to Mexico After Probation

Casey Anthony To Move to Mexico After Probation

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Casey Anthony has decided to head south and distance herself from the hate mail and death threats she has been receiving since she was acquitted of her two-year-old daughters, Caylee, murder.  Her plans also include eloping in Mexico and making a new life on a large ranch with 5 miles of beach, owned by her new California millionaire lover.

Her plan is to move to La Paz, on the Baja peninsula, according to recent reports from the Daily Mail, a U.K. publication.  According to unnamed sources working with the National Enquirer, Anthony plans to apply for a Mexican Citizenship after marrying the wealthy California man she has been seeing since getting out of jail.

Anthony was found guilty of check fraud, and must stay in Orlando, Florida serving a year probation.  She will allegedly be spending her probation time taking Spanish lessons in preparation for her the move to Mexico.

Casey Anthony’s suitor reportedly owns a large ranch on the Sea of Cortez, and offered the 25 year-old a beach cottage in the property, with 5 miles of private beach. The ranch is only accessible by plane, and has its own airstrip.

Marcio Rubio Will be President Someday Predicts Rush Limbaugh, Sees Him as ‘Conservative Purity’

Marcio Rubio Will be President Someday Predicts Rush Limbaugh, Sees Him as ‘Conservative Purity’

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Conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh is jumping on the ‘We love everything about Marco Rubio’ bandwagon.  Yesterday during his program Limbaugh predicted Rubio “someday [is] going to be president of the United States.”

The praise didn’t stop there, he went as far as to identify the junior Republican senator from Florida as “conservative purity”.  The Rubio praise came while Limbaugh was debating whether political conservatives need to remain faithful to their core values in order to survive politically.

Rubio remains a favorite amongst conservative Republicans as a potential Vice Presidential nominee for the 2012 election.  For his part Rubio continuously denies any interest in higher office and says he just wants to remain focused on his new job.  Rubio came into office as a Tea Party candidate for the U.S. Senate. 

Limbaugh and others admire Rubio’s ability to stick to core conservative values and not pander to moderate Republicans or centrist views.

It remains unknown if Rubio, whose parents were Cuban exiles, meet the presidential requirement of being a natural-born citizen, an issue that has plagued Obama’s presidency.

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Justice Dept Finds Puerto Rico Police Engaged in Pattern of Misconduct

Justice Dept Finds Puerto Rico Police Engaged in Pattern of Misconduct

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Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has engaged in a pattern and practice of misconduct that violates the Constitution and federal law.  The investigation, launched in July 2008, was conducted in accordance with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. 

The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that a pattern and practice of unconstitutional conduct and/or violations of federal law occurred in several areas, including: 

*  Use of excessive force;
*  Use of unreasonable force and other misconduct designed to suppress the exercise of protected First Amendment rights; and
*  Unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests. 

In addition to these findings, the investigation uncovered other serious concerns. In particular, the investigation uncovered troubling evidence that PRPD frequently fails to properly investigate and document sex crimes and incidents of domestic violence, and that PRPD engages in discriminatory policing practices that target individuals of Dominican descent.  At this time, the division has not made a formal finding of a pattern and practice violation in these areas, in part because PRPD does not adequately collect data to evaluate these issues. 

The Justice Department found a number of long-standing and entrenched systemic deficiencies that caused or contributed to these patterns of unlawful conduct, including: 

*  A failure of PRPD to implement policies to guide officers on lawful policing practices, including the application of force;
*  Tactical units that have been permitted to develop violent subcultures;
*  Insufficient pre-service and in-service training;
*  Inadequate supervision;
*  Ineffective systems of complaint intake, investigation and adjudication;
*  An ineffective disciplinary system;
*  Limited risk management; and
*  A lack of external oversight and accountability.

The Justice Department’s thorough and independent investigation involved an in-depth review of PRPD practices, as well as extensive community engagement.  Department attorneys and investigators conducted exhaustive interviews with command staff and rank-and-file officers at PRPD headquarters and 10 of PRPD’s 13 police areas; participated in ride-alongs with officers and supervisors; attended training courses at the police academy; and reviewed thousands of pages of documents.  The division also met with and interviewed external stakeholders, including community members and local civil rights organizations. 

Throughout the investigation, the division provided feedback and technical assistance to PRPD, and PRPD has taken a number of remedial measures.  To create lasting reform, Puerto Rico must act decisively, transparently and immediately.  PRPD must develop and implement new policies and protocols, and train its officers in effective and constitutional policing.  In addition, PRPD must implement systems to ensure accountability, foster police-community partnerships, improve the quality of policing throughout the commonwealth and eliminate unlawful bias from all levels of policing decisions. 

The department will seek to obtain a court enforceable agreement and will work with PRPD, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the community to develop and implement a comprehensive reform plan with the judicial oversight needed to address the violations of the Constitution and federal law. 

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Plight of Women in Mexican Prisons

Plight of Women in Mexican Prisons

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According to the Department of Public Safety of Oaxaca, one of the poorest States in Mexico, women account for 6% of the prison population in the Country. If the women’s prison is not available in the jurisdiction in which they were indicted, women are sent to the female area of one of the 14 State prisons.

What is highlighted in a statement released by the Mexican Comunicación and Información de la Mujer AC (CIMAC) is that they are mainly poor women and single mothers with children under the age of five, an age when it is necessary give up custody and to entrust them to a relative or guardian. The inmates must handle their children by themselves, because they do not receive assistance from the prison authorities, or adequate food for children. Some are arrested for drug dealing, others for murder. Out of 234 prisoners in the prison of Oaxaca, 29 are indigenous, mostly Zapotec originally from the southern mountain range, but there are also women from Mixe, Triqui and other indigenous peoples. Because of the overcrowding of prisons, many find themselves sharing a cell with convicted prisoners and pregnant women, who are transferred to the civil hospital in the city as soon as they begin to have contractions.

Keeping children with their mothers in jail means exposing them to daily discomfort. Most of these women were driven to crime by the tragic economic situation. Poverty does not leave many choices: go hungry or join drug dealing.

Agenzia Fides states: Mexico needs to address the problem of extreme poverty, otherwise people will continue to migrate to the north and the United States and will be easy prey for drug cartels.

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ThursdaySeptember 8, 2011