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SundayOctober 9, 2011

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Mexican National Get Over 11 Years for Building Arizona Narco Tunnel

Mexican National Get Over 11 Years for Building Arizona Narco Tunnel

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Victor A. Flores, 52, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, was sentenced Oct. 3, 2011, to 135 months in prison by visiting U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson for conspiring with other persons to possess with intent to distribute in excess of eight tons of cocaine. The cocaine had been smuggled into the United States through a tunnel that extended from Mexico into Naco, Ariz.

“During the conspiracy, Flores allowed his residence to be used to store approximately one ton of cocaine,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel. “The persistence of law enforcement and prosecutors in ensuring the defendants in this case face justice was outstanding.”

The investigation began after the seizure of over five tons of cocaine from a warehouse in Tucson in December 1996. During the course of the investigation an additional 2,660 lbs. of cocaine, three fully automatic machine guns, and $1.5 million in cash were seized. Over 50 people connected to the Naco tunnel have been convicted. Flores was one of five that remained at large.

Flores was to face trial in 2001 for his involvement in the cocaine conspiracy. He fled one week before the start of the trial and remained a fugitive until his arrest in Mexico in 2010. He was extradited to the United States in December 2010.

There have been three trials involving the Naco Tunnel thus far. Two took place in 2001 and the third in 2007. In the 2007 trial, Francisco Valle-Hurtado, 38, and Ruben Ulteras-Estrada were convicted of possession with intent to distribute 17,715 lbs. of cocaine. Valle-Hurtado was also convicted of possessing a machine gun while committing the cocaine violation. He used the machine gun to guard the cocaine after it had passed through the tunnel that extended 210 feet from Mexico to Naco, Arizona. Both defendants were sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Casey Anthony Deposed on the Zenaida Gonzalez Defamation Civil Suit

Yesterday Casey Anthony presented herself in Florida to get deposed in the civil lawsuit Zenaida Gonzalez has brought against Anthony for defaming her.

Anthony answered questions via videoconferencing since many including her attorney’s do not think it is safe for her to disclose her location in Florida. 

The convicted liar, early in the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter alleged that Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, a Hispanic ‘nanny’ had taken her daughter Caylee.  Anthony went as far as taking Florida authorities to where Gonzalez allegedly lived.  Eventually Anthony confessed she had made that story up entirely.  However, there is a real Zenaida and she is claiming she lost her job, was humiliated, harassed and embarrassed by the accusation.

Gonzalez has never met Anthony or her deceased daughter, which of course shouldn’t stop her from cashing in on the infamy.  Gonzalez is from Kissimmee, Florida and the Anthony family is from Orlando and there very well could be many other Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzales, but none have come forward.

Anthony appeared on the screen wearing a wig, a Philadelphia Phillies baseball cap with a large pair of sunglasses. 

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Hispanic National Bar Assoc. Striving to Bring the Cesar Chavez “Fast for Life” Documentary Alive

Hispanic National Bar Assoc. Striving to Bring the Cesar Chavez “Fast for Life” Documentary Alive

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The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a partner of Cesar’s Last Fast, a multi-platform feature documentary film about the private sacrifice and spiritual
conviction behind Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America¹s farm workers.

The film is built around powerful, never-before-seen footage of Cesar Chavez’s 1988 “Fast for Life,” a 36-day act of penance for not having done enough to stop growers from spraying pesticides on farm workers.

This project is more than just a film. It’s a powerful tool to engage people and organizations to participate in social justice movements using Cesar Chavez¹s inspiring story as a model for how individuals and communities can address the inequities they confront every day.

HNBA needs your support to help finish production on Cesar’s Last Fast. Last month, in coordination with the Sundance Institute, Cesar’s Last Fast launched a fundraising campaign to raise $20,000 to complete production on the film.  Currently this important initiative has raised $7,910 toward their goal.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project and/or donating, click here

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25th Anniversary of Microsoft in Mexico Celebrated with $690 Million Investment Plan by Company

This week Mexico President Felipe Calderon attended a luncheon to mark the 25th Anniversary of Microsoft in Mexico. 

After congratulating the firm for revolutionizing the technological world, the president admitted that both the opening of Microsoft’s Technology Center, which will train approximately 2,300 software developers, and its investment plan for nearly $690 million USD will contribute to Mexico’s economic growth.

The president declared that Microsoft and federal government have complemented efforts to boost technological development and make Mexico a more efficient country. In education, for example, programs such as Dreamspark and the creation of nearly 100 new institutes of higher education have enabled the over 100,000 engineers and technicians that graduate annually to be in contact with state of the art technology. The creation of the National Network to Boost Broadband increased Internet penetration from 1.8 users per 100 inhabitants in 2005 to 10.5 in 2010.

The fiber optic network installed by the Federal Electricity Commission has been successfully connected to 7 Mexican states. As for investment in technology, the support for entrepreneurs in the information technology industry has been provided through the Program for the Development of the Information Technology Service Sector, triggering investment for nearly 10 billion pesos.

The president ended by saying that the elimination of certain procedures for setting up business has been achieved through the Electronic System for Government Hiring, which is a clear sign that technology can help to “construct a more transparent, effective government that is closer to citizens.”

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OPINION:  Latino Group Weighs in on Univision Boycott by Republican Candidates

OPINION:  Latino Group Weighs in on Univision Boycott by Republican Candidates

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Opinion Posted by ‘Somos Republicans’ a national watchdog group and the largest Hispanic Republican grassroots organization in the nation in terms of their leadership on immigration reform.  They submitted the following opinion on the proposed boycott of Univision by most of the Republican presidential candidates:

Republican Presidential candidates are committing political suicide with Latino voters in the entire southwest.  Former two term Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson seems to be the only candidate not willing to boycott the largest Spanish network in our nation—UNIVISION.  Asking UNIVISION to reverse exposing Sen. Marco Rubio’s hypocrisy would be like asking Cubanos in Florida to boycott the Cuban Adjustment Act.  Over the past few months, UNIVISION has been exposing Rubio’s hypocrisy with regard to immigration and drugs.

The GOP Candidates are cutting off their noses to spite their faces with their ideas of boycotting UNIVISION because UNIVISION is the largest Spanish network in the country.  GOPers are limiting themselves to a small Floridian electorate when looking at the big Latin picture and as you take a look at where most Hispanics reside.  GOP Candidates are risking the entire southwest for the one state of Florida even though most of the Latin growth comes from the southwest – not Florida.

GOP candidates cannot appease the TEA PARTY and Latinos at the same time, particularly when many within the Tea Party (such as Sen. Marco Rubio) have supported harsh anti-immigrant laws.  The only way out of this toxic mess is for Republicans to address the broken immigration system with a free market solution in which they claim to stand for.  This further demonstrates to me how fearful all GOP Presidential candidates are of the immigration issue except for the former New Mexico Governor – Gary Johnson.

GOP Candidates must learn that Rubio created a wedge between Cuban and Mexican relations when he supported Arizona’s harsh law and voiced against the DREAM Act.  Rubio has been disingenuous in claiming he is against “amnesty” while his own Floridian and Cuban immigrants have benefited from Cuban amnesty as well as tax payer government funded benefits once their foot touches dry American soil.

Those of Mexican descent are not asking for government benefits, they are simply asking for a reasonable solution to the broken immigration system.

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Texas Mexican Mafia Members Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Terms

Texas Mexican Mafia Members Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Terms

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United States Attorney Robert Pitman announced that in Del Rio this week, five Texas Mexican Mafia members were sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms for committing various federal racketeering offenses committed in Uvalde, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and the surrounding area.  The conviction terms ranged from 121 months to 300 months in federal prison.

Testimony during trial revealed that these individuals, conspired to conduct the affairs of the Texas Mexican Mafia through a pattern of racketeering activity, which included murder, solicitation of murder, drug trafficking, and extortion. The extortion took the form of coercive collection of a 10 percent drug tax, also known as “the dime,” from drug distributors known to the members of the criminal enterprise. Collection was enforced by robbery, serious bodily injury, or other acts of violence, including death.

The Texas Mexican Mafia was formed in the early 1980’s by inmates in the Texas prison system. Over the years, the gang has expanded its efforts to promote widespread criminal activity through extortion, narcotics trafficking, and violent crime. Also known as “La Eme” or “Mexikanemi,” the organization has been the subject of numerous federal indictments in the Western District of Texas since 1991. This investigation, however, is the first to directly target the gang’s machinery operating along the Texas-Mexico international border in the cities of Eagle Pass, Del Rio, Crystal City, Carrizo Springs, Uvalde, Sabinal, and Hondo.

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STUDY:  In 2010 Immigration Population Reaches Record Level at 40 Million

STUDY:  In 2010 Immigration Population Reaches Record Level at 40 Million

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New Center for Immigration Studies’ analysis of Census Bureau data shows the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal), also referred to as the foreign born, reached 40 million in 2010, the highest number in American history.  Nearly 14 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the country from 2000 to 2010, making it the highest decade of immigration in American history.  This is the case even though there was a net decline of jobs during the decade.  In contrast, from 1990 to 2000, job growth exceeded 20 million and slightly fewer immigrants arrived (13.2 million). 

Some of the reports highlights are:

•States with the largest numerical increase over the last decade were: California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

* Latin America continued to dominate immigration.  Countries from this region accounted for 58 percent of the growth in the immigrant population from 2000 to 2010. 

•With nearly 12 million immigrants, Mexico was by far the top immigrant-sending country, accounting for 29 percent of all immigrants.


•Countries in addition to Mexico have also seen significant growth in their populations.  In 1990 there was only one sending-country with more than 1 million immigrants in the United States, by 2000 there were four such countries and in 2010 there were eight. 

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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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Introducing:

From Chile

Artist: La Rompehuesos
Song: El Diablo Vendiendo Cruces
Band Members: Jorge Jiménez: Guitar and Vocals
Erwin Kittsteiner: Harmonica and Vocals

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Government Settlement Protects Voting Rights of Spanish-Speaking Voters in Ohio

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The Justice Department announced a settlement with Lorain County, Ohio, to protect the rights of Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican voters under Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act.  The agreement is intended to resolve concerns that limited-English proficient Puerto Rican voters were being denied their full voting rights because the county failed to provide language assistance as required by law.

The county has agreed that, starting with the Nov. 8, 2011, election, it will provide county-wide bilingual ballots on the voting machines at the polls, as well as bilingual poll workers in targeted precincts.  The agreement includes additional steps that the county will take to achieve full compliance with Section 4(e) by the first election held in 2012.

The parties have also agreed to seek a federal court order authorizing federal observers to monitor Election Day activities in polling places in Lorain County and to create a community-based Spanish-language advisory committee, which will include participation and feedback from the local Puerto Rican community.

Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act requires that jurisdictions with significant Puerto Rican populations cannot deny an individual’s voting rights based on their ability to read, write, understand or interpret any election matter in English.  The 2000 Census found more than 13,000 Puerto Ricans resided in Lorain County , and that 32.5 percent of the county’s voting-age Puerto Ricans were limited-English proficient. 

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Clear Channel Cancels Meeting with Latino Leaders to Discuss Hispanic Hate Rhetoric on Its Show

Clear Channel Cancels Meeting with Latino Leaders to Discuss Hispanic Hate Rhetoric on Its Show

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is asking the Latino community to join in the “Take John and Ken off the Air” Campaign. Supporters are asked to call and write letters to Clear Channel, parenting company of KFI.

For years the John and Ken Show have created an atmosphere of hate and intolerance in Los Angeles, with their incendiary rhetoric legitimizing violence and discrimination against people of color and others. John and Ken habitually use unsubstantiated claims, divisive language, flawed argumentation and dehumanizing metaphors to shock and anger their audience.

All too often this sparks violent behavior from John and Ken’s listeners.  Therefore NHMC called for a meeting with Clear Channel leadership and got one they thought.

Now, Greg Ashlock, the President and Market Manager of KFI and Clear Channel’s other seven Los Angeles radio stations, has called off a meeting he had scheduled this past week with local and national Latino leaders to discuss the hate speech targeting Latinos.

Clear Channel’s refusal to face Latino leaders for a civil conversation about the ramifications of John and Ken’s actions has left NHMC and its allies with no choice but to ask the show’s advertisers to cease their support.

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Dominican Republic Aims to Have Merengue Deemed a National Treasure

Dominican Republic Aims to Have Merengue Deemed a National Treasure

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Dominican Republican Senators Fernando Mateo Vasquez and Manuel Antonio Paula have asked the Ministry of Culture to submit Dominican merengue as a candidate for UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.

The importance of intangible cultural heritage according to the UNESCO is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next.

Musicians Dioni Fernandez and Manuel Tejada initiated the measure. The Ministry now needs to present the application to the evaluation committee that meets in Paris in November.

If approved, this will be the DR’s fourth UNESCO listing after Santo Domingo Colonial City received one in 1990, the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit Congos of Villa Mella in 2008 and the Cocolo Dance Drama Tradition, also in 2008.

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Telemundo Launches Two YouTube Channels Available with English-Subtitles

Telemundo announced that it will launch two YouTube channels dedicated exclusively to Telemundo and mun2 content. The two YouTube channels, designed to promote viewership on its linear networks, will feature clips and short-form programming.

In a network first, Telemundo weekly novela summaries will be available with English subtitles, designed for the Spanish and bilingual novela fan, as well as daily novela clips in Spanish. Additionally, Telemundo will launch the YouTube mun2 channel, which will include mun2 promotional clips and mun2.tv original bilingual content.

“We are thrilled that our platform will help create and foster connections between Telemundo’s wonderful content and the large and dynamic group of Hispanic users currently active on YouTube,” said Rodrigo Velloso, head of Hispanic and Latin American content at YouTube.

“We are excited to partner with YouTube to share clips of Telemundo’s compelling original content with an even broader online audience,” said Peter Blacker, executive vice president, digital media & emerging business, Telemundo. “We know our fans are tremendously engaged with video content, and dedicated network channels on YouTube will allow the networks to connect with current fans of our programming, while attracting a new fan base as well.”

In August 2011, Telemundo.com ranked as one of the top three most “engaged” video experiences among all television networks, regardless of language, according to comScore. The site also ranked highest for “viewers” engagement among other Spanish-language websites, as measured by the number of videos per viewer, minutes per viewer, minutes per visit and total minutes.

Telemundo.com is one of the top three television network websites across several key categories. The site reports an average of 22.8 videos per viewer and 83.1 minutes per viewer. Telemundo.com delivered more than double the number of videos per viewer than Univision.com, as well as almost five times more minutes per viewer, three times more minutes per visit, twice the number of minutes per video and 17MM more total minutes spent with video.

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Campaign “For a Mexico Without Hunger” Launches

The Food Bank of the Archdiocese of Mexico is getting ready to host and organize its ninth consecutive day against hunger in the Federal District.  On October 15, the Mexican Church and volunteers collect non-perishable food in order to continue to support more than 31,000 people living in extreme poverty every week.

The campaign “For a Mexico without hunger”, aims to collect 250 tons of food to exceed 196 tons collected in 2010. According to information the religious Fides news agency, hundreds of young people who do compulsory military service, go knocking from door to door seeking donations of this kind, and will also set up collection centers in schools and sports centers throughout the city.

The most popular products to meet the food needs of the poorest are: beans, rice, cereals, tuna, powdered milk, pasta, cereals and other canned products. The Campaign, which is carried out in the context of World Food Day aims to promote the donation of food for the most needy and raise awareness of the work of food banks to help people living in extreme poverty.

According to the statistics from the National Council of Social Development Policy Review (CENEVAL), 13 per cent of children in Mexico (5.1 million children) live in this situation and only 1.3 million people in the Federal District of Mexico are considered at risk of hunger.

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SundayOctober 9, 2011