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TuesdaySeptember 27, 2011

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Cruise Ship Passengers on Carnival Victory Arrested in Puerto Rico for Transporting Cocaine Aboard

Cruise Ship Passengers on Carnival Victory Arrested in Puerto Rico for Transporting Cocaine Aboard

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Sunday morning, during a random inspection of passengers arriving from St. Christopher – Nevis, on board the cruise ship “Carnival Victory”, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a passenger who was attempting to transport cocaine into the United States inside his back pack.

CBP Officers arrested Carl Peterkin, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen, after finding approximately 1,694 grams of cocaine inside a back pack that he was carrying. His brother, Mr. Steven Peterkin, 23, was also arrested on conspiracy charges.

The custody of both passengers was transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

“CBP officers are always vigilant of criminals who try to engage in illicit activities and elude detection,” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

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American Latino TV Celebrating 10th Anniversary Season

American Latino TV Celebrating 10th Anniversary Season

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LATV Networks announced today that American Latino TV and LatiNation, its two nationally syndicated half-hour television weeklies, will debut record-breaking seasons of their shows this weekend, October 1-2.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of American Latino’s remarkable run on nationally syndicated television, it’s hard to understate what this accomplishment represents,” said David Morales, LATV’s Vice President of Sales & Distribution.  “Very few programs in the history of television have achieved this milestone, so we are both honored and encouraged to continue our mission of portraying the lives of extraordinary Hispanics in America in an entertaining way.”

American Latino TV’s record 10th season will premiere in 101 markets, representing over 83% of Hispanic homes and 72 million total TV homes.  LatiNation, heading into its 8th season, will be seen in 86 markets, reaching over 80% of Hispanic homes and 64 million total homes.  Both shows target the rapidly growing English-speaking, U.S.-born Hispanic market.

Not willing to rest on their laurels, American Latino TV and LatiNation will feature all-new sets for their new seasons.  American Latino will continue to be headlined by its popular young host, actress Valery Ortiz, who enters her third season.  On LatiNation, Los Angeles-based pop-star T. Lopez will co-host with New York-based fan favorite, Jose Mangin, a fixture on the show since it launched eight years ago. 

American Latino TV and LatiNation, award-winning, English-language Latino themed TV programs are part of LatiNation, LLC, and a subsidiary of LATV Networks.

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Children’s Home Tried to Cover Up Reports of Sexual Assault of Immigrant, Refugee Children

Children’s Home Tried to Cover Up Reports of Sexual Assault of Immigrant, Refugee Children

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An investigation by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) found that senior management at Catholic Charities tried to cover up claims of assault at a St. Michael’s Home for Children, going so far as to doctor incident reports and not taking a child victim to receive medical treatment for a number of days, and only after they were ordered to do so by federal officials.

Federal officials with the ORR have removed immigrant children from three shelters run by the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston after the July 1 sexual assault of a minor.

ORR places children and teenagers caught crossing the border without family members into temporary care. Since the sexual assault, they have begun removing all youth from the three area St. Michael’s shelters run by Catholic Charities.

The agency stated, “CCGH staff had knowledge that a [child] had been anally penetrated as the result of a sexual assault … and did not seek medical treatment. Program staff should have observed that a sexual assault of a child is grounds for immediate medical attention.”

During a surprise visit to the site of the assault in August, it was discovered that initial reports of the incident were changed.

A letter from the ORR’s director to the president of the Catholic Charities stated, “The ORR monitors found significant concerns, including the fact that management had full knowledge of the extent of the assault and submitted erroneous … reports to this office, which deliberately misled ORR.”

Friday, Catholic Charities issued a statement saying that “when Catholic Charities learned of ORR’s concerns, the individual employee at St. Michael’s responsible for those concerns was subsequently terminated. Catholic Charities is working with ORR and has every expectation that it will meet ORR’s recommendations and address its concerns and reopen the St. Michael’s program soon.”

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Mayan Documentary Will Show Evidence Indians Had Contact with Aliens from Space

Mayan Documentary Will Show Evidence Indians Had Contact with Aliens from Space

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Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond,” a documentary produced by Raul Julia-Levi with the support of the Mexican government will provide evidence this indigenous group had contact with extraterrestrials.

“Mexico will release codices, artifacts and significant documents with evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact, and all of their information will be corroborated by archaeologists,” said Julia-Levy, son of the late Raul Julia.  Many of the articles the Mexican government is providing had been sealed and never seen outside government offices, some are considered state-protected.

Luis Augusto Garcia Rosado, the minister of tourism for the Mexican state of Campeche, in speaking to “The Wrap” noted that new evidence has emerged “of contact between the Mayans and extraterrestrials, supported by translations of certain codices, which the government has kept secure in underground vaults for some time.”  Rosado added in further interviews that there are “landing pads in the jungle that are 3,000 years old.”

The Guatemalan government is also providing the documentary with government protected documents.  “Guatemala, like Mexico, home to the ancient yet advanced Mayan civilization … has also kept certain provocative archeological discoveries classified, and now believes that it is time to bring forth this information in the new documentary,” Guatemala’s minister of tourism, Guillermo Novielli Quezada, said.

Raul-Julia claims there is evidence that the Mayans had the intention to lead the planet for thousands of years, but were forced to escape after an invasion of “men of dark intentions,” presumably these were the new explorers from Europe.

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Brazilian Bank Workers go On Strike

Brazilian Bank Workers go On Strike

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Workers from private and public banks in Brazil have gone on strike, aiming to pressure the National Federation of Banks into meeting their union’s demands.

Brazilian bank employers in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Porto Alegre, and many other cities, have ceased all bank operations after the National Federation of Banks offered an 8% salary increase on Monday, well below the 12.8% raise that unions requested.

Additionally, the National Federation has done next to nothing to ensure equal opportunities, or improve working conditions despite having achieved over $15 billion in revenue during the last six months the strikering workers say.

Banks have dismissed the strike, calling it “Pointless.” They have reminded customers that they can access bank services via the internet, and by telephone.

The bank worker strike comes as postal workers complete their second week of striking, also seeking better salaries.

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Man Sues Motel 6 For Failing to Protect Him From Prostitute’s Pimp

Man Sues Motel 6 For Failing to Protect Him From Prostitute’s Pimp

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A judge has ruled that Gabriel Bonilla’s claims that a Motel 6 he was staying at is liable for the injuries he received from the pimp of a prostitute he slept with, as the facility did not provide proper security.

According to testimony, Bonilla, a Honduran immigrant, was staying in Room 225 at a Motel 6 in Washington, Pennsylvania on June 13, 2008 when Richard Pruden, who had rented Room 227, approached him around 9 p.m. asking if he wanted to have sex with one of the prostitutes he and Trey Willis were “partying” with.

Bonilla was told by Pruden that he could have sex with one of them on camera for $30. He agreed, and after his session with the prostitute, he returned to his room and fell asleep. When he awoke around 1:30 a.m., he says he stepped out of his room to have a cigarette.

While outside, Bonilla said he was confronted by Pruden, who called him a “faggot” and punched him the face, breaking his nose. Willis came into the altercation and slashed Bonilla from ear to throat with a 3 ½ inch knife blade.

Willis claims the fight occurred because Bonilla performed a sex act on the prostitute which he was told not to.

In June 2009, Bonilla filed suit saying Motel 6 failed to take reasonable steps to protect its guests from criminal acts committed by third parties.

Monday, Judge David Stewart Cercone ruled that Bonilla could take the case to trial, as he did not assume the risk of being attacked when he paid for sex with a prostitute at the motel.

Judge Cercone stated Pennsylvania law requires “subjective awareness” of risk and that “this was not a case where the evidence demonstrates or even suggests that the plaintiff subjectively perceived a danger or risk associated with paying for sex.”

In his deposition, Bonilla said prostitution is “legal and relatively widespread” and that “there are zones where they sell women freely and you can get a license for that,” in his native Honduras.

Motel 6 maintains that “procuring sex through pimps is an illegal and obviously dangerous activity and that innkeepers cannot be held liable when a guest patronizes a prostitute and is injured as a result.”

Read more at On Point →

Key Witnesses in Michael Jackson Death Trial - The Latino List

Key Witnesses in Michael Jackson Death Trial - The Latino List

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Today the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray started in Los Angeles with headline grabbing opening statements. 

Critical to the conviction or release of Murray in the death of the ‘King of Pop’ are the witnesses slated to testify.  Murray is being represented by California defense attorney Michael Cardoza. 

Within that list of witness a ‘Latino List’ that can turn the trial upside down at any moment.

Take a look here at who makes up that list:

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Massachusetts Legislators Propose Bill to Crack Down on Undocumented Immigration

Massachusetts Legislators Propose Bill to Crack Down on Undocumented Immigration

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Monday, legislatures in Massachusetts introduced a bill intended to crack down on undocumented immigration in their state. The bill calls for stiffer penalties for businesses employing undocumented immigrants and for limitations to be put on the immigrants themselves.

The bill has backing from both Democrat and Republican legislators and if passed would prohibit bidding on state contracts by any company that employs undocumented immigrants and would increase penalties on businesses that knowingly allow unlicensed drivers to be vehicle operators.

Also, the bill calls for the revocation of in-state tuition for non-U.S. residents. It would also require social security numbers or federal Tax ID numbers to register a motor vehicle and it would increase penalties for those driving with fake IDs or without a license.

State Senator Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge), primary author of the bill, added language that says the bill’s supporters will push for communities’ participation in the federal immigration information-sharing program known as Secure Communities. However, Gov. Deval L. Patrick has already stated that Massachusetts as a whole will not participate, and in June, had his public safety secretary send a letter to the DHS saying as much.

Read more at Associated Press (Houston Chronicle) →

Hezbollah Giving Missiles to Cuba? Michele Bachmann Seems to Thinks So (VIDEO)

Hezbollah Giving Missiles to Cuba? Michele Bachmann Seems to Thinks So (VIDEO)

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Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachman is flubbing the facts once again with her latest claim that Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite Muslim political and military organization, is supplying Cuba’s communists with missiles that could be used to attack the U.S. The only problem is that NO EVIDENCE to support such claims.

Rep. Bachmann:

Why would you normalize trading with a country that sponsors terror? There’s reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran and, of course, when you’re 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don’t want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish.


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Young Beauty Queen Wife of Fugitive Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Gives Birth to Twins in US Hospital

Young Beauty Queen Wife of Fugitive Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Gives Birth to Twins in US Hospital

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The young wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has given birth to twins, delivering the children in a California hospital on August 15.

Emma Coronel, 22, gave birth to twin girls at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California. She is said to be Guzman’s third or fourth wife. The couple was married on the day of Coronel’s 18th birthday back in 2007 in a lavish wedding in the highlands of central Mexico.

Guzman, 54, is the billionaire head of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most dangerous and most powerful narco groups. He is currently a fugitive, and one of the government’s most wanted men with a $5 million bounty on his head.

Coronel is the niece of Guzman’s former partner Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who was killed during a shootout with the Mexican army in July 2010. Emma is said to have drawn Guzman’s attention when she entered the regional Miss Coffee and Guava beauty contest. She went on to win the pageant, likely with Guzman’s help, and the two married only a few months later.

ImageThe couple’s girls were born August 15 at 3:50 and 3:51 p.m. Since the twin girls were born in the U.S., they are now U.S. citizens like their mother.

U.S. federal agents were apparently keeping tabs on Coronel long before she entered the U.S. and continue to watch her though she has now taken her daughters and returned to Mexico.

Though clues to her husband’s whereabouts are believed to have been discovered, officials say it is not always locating Guzman that is the problem, it’s getting to him.

Guzman is known to keep large numbers of security personnel close by at all times. He has been considered a fugitive since 2001 when he escaped prison by bribing prison guards to sneak him out in a laundry basket.

The $5 million bounty on Guzman’s head was put there by U.S. authorities, as the Sinaloa cartel is said to be responsible for the majority of cocaine and marijuana trafficking into the U.S. from Mexico and Colombia. Guzman is believed to be either in the state of Tamaulipas or Veracruz, while he challenges the Zetas cartel which currently has control over that area of Mexico’s drug business.

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Shakira to be 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

Shakira to be 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

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The Latin Recording Academy®  announced that three-time current Latin GRAMMY nominee, seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner, two-time GRAMMY winner, and international superstar and philanthropist Shakira will be the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.

The Colombian star, who is currently nominated for three Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Album Of The Year, will be honored for her artistic and philanthropic contributions at a tribute dinner and star-studded concert on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, where Shakira’s songs will be performed by celebrities and friends of the singer.

Shakira will become the youngest artist to receive the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award. Other honorees include Plácido Domingo, Carlos Santana Gloria Estefan, Gilberto Gil, Julio Iglesias, and Ricky Martin, among others.

“It is truly an honor to be in the company of some of the greatest artists and legends of Latin Music,” said Shakira about this one-of-a-kind distinction.

A major portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit Shakira’s Pies Descalzos Foundation as well as The Latin Recording Academy’s Latin GRAMMY in the Schools educational efforts.

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Brazilian Abuelita Put in Morgue While Still Alive!

Brazilian Abuelita Put in Morgue While Still Alive!

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A woman in her sixties was declared dead, put in a plastic bag and left for two hours in a Rio de Janeiro morgue by mistake.

According to hospital officials, an unnamed doctor pronounced Mrs. Rosa Celestrino de Assis dead after he and a nurse failed to find any vital signs.

Mrs. Celestrino spent two hours inside a plastic bag in the hospital’s morgue, before Rosangela Celestrino, her daughter, was allowed to “say goodbye,” and noticed while kissing her mom, that she was still breathing.

The patient was immediately put on assisted breathing and sent to the intensive care unit.

The attending doctor and the nurse who pronounced Mrs. Celestrino dead, no longer work for the hospital; if an investigation of the episode finds them guilty of negligence, they will be accused of injury and even murder, if the patient eventually dies.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Brings Much Needed Spice to the NFL (VIDEO)

Hispanic Heritage Month Brings Much Needed Spice to the NFL (VIDEO)

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NFL announcer Gabriel Trujillo made us wonder why football announcers can’t be more like fútbol announcers…!

The audio clip below was featured as the “Call of The Day” in Sports Illustrated “Hot Clicks”.  Cardinals Spanish Language announcer Gabriel Trujillo really showed what Hispanic announcers are made out of, narrating Larry Fitzgerald’s 73 yard touchdown catch, towards the end of the Cardinals game at Washington on Sunday.

Exhilarating, no? Well, if you don’t think so, go ahead and compare it against the English narration of the same play.

Bo-oring.

Do you think that football announcers have a thing or two to learn from fútbol announcers, or do you think all that sauce on top of Trujillo’s passionate delivery is just unnecessary and over-the-top?

 

 

 

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TuesdaySeptember 27, 2011