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FridayOctober 21, 2011

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Amid Continuous Student Protests in Chile, Human Right Advocates are Watching

Amid Continuous Student Protests in Chile, Human Right Advocates are Watching

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The Chilean Government must adopt a human rights approach in its policies, particularly those regarding education, indigenous people and freedom of expression, a senior United Nations official has said.

During her visit to Chile earlier this week, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang stressed “the importance of a rights-based approach to public policies, especially in the education sector, as education is a core human right.”

Ms. Kang’s remarks come amid an ongoing wave of student protests in Chile, many of which have turned violent, with demonstrators calling for an end to for-profit educational institutions and lower interest rates on student loans.

“My visit has been framed in a climate of violence in the midst of social claims. I have seen with concern as isolated groups take advantage of peaceful demonstrations and perpetrate violent acts. I have also seen, in some cases, an excessive use of force by law enforcement officials. The authorities must investigate and sanction those responsible for these events and also protect those who demonstrate peacefully,” she said, according to a statement issued yesterday.

“I have heard the concerns of Chilean society, particularly regarding the situation of the country’s indigenous peoples, the state of education, and of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. Many of these claims are legitimate and recognized in the international human rights instruments ratified by Chile.”

During her three-day visit, Ms. Kang met with various Chilean officials, including the education and labour ministers, as well as with community leaders representing university students and indigenous people.

“I have held frank and constructive discussions with Chilean authorities and have shared my observations. Our regional office for South America, based in Santiago, will continue the dialogue with the authorities so as to assist them in strengthening the integration of human rights standards into Government policies.”

Ms. Kang said Chile remains a positive example for many Latin American countries and stressed that it had all the capabilities to overcome its current social turmoil.

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Second-, Third-Generation U.S. Hispanics Leaving the Catholic Church

Second-, Third-Generation U.S. Hispanics Leaving the Catholic Church

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According to polls from the Pew Research Center, less than 60 percent of second-generation Latinos are Catholic. However, they are not necessarily turning away from religion all together.

As the number of the Latinos and Hispanics in the U.S. grows, so too are those stepping away from the strict ways of the Catholic church.

Many Latinos have said they left the Catholic church in search of a closer relationship with God and less structure, often turning to Evangelical churches.

Isaac Vega of Chicago told NPR, “I felt like my personal relationship with God — I was seeking more, and I needed more. And there was kind of like a glass ceiling. I was hitting something that wasn’t allowing me to grow, and I wasn’t quite sure what it was.”

The Pew Research Center also found that second- and third-generation Mexican Americans were turning away from Catholicism because they finally could, since for many, they are no longer stifled by the pressure from their families back in Mexico, who do not allow them to leave the church.

For others, going to Catholic churches when they were younger was not even remotely interesting. With hundreds of years of the same traditions, same songs, and same messages, they are looking for something different. And as the number of Latinos/Hispanics continues to grow, so too will the number of those looking for God in non-Catholic institutions.

“We got a postcard from the future,” Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life told NPR. “And it told us that in the not-too-distant future, this country is going to be minority white. So, the future of many religious traditions in this country will depend upon the second-generation Latinos.”

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Spanish Terrorist Group ETA Declares Ceasefire (VIDEO)

Spanish Terrorist Group ETA Declares Ceasefire (VIDEO)

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The Spanish terrorist group has announced a definite end to their terrorist operations that started in 1968, in the midst of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship.

Terrorist organization ETA has announced an absolute ceasefire almost five decades after raising arms, seeking the independence of the Basque country.

The ceasefire came after six international VIP’s including UN General Secretary Kofi Annan and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, urged the ETA to cease their terrorist exploits, and establish dialogue lines with the governments of Spain and France.

Below, the full text of the statement:

Eta considers that the international conference that has recently taken place in the Basque country is an initiative of enormous significance. The agreed resolution includes all the elements for an integral solution of the conflict, and it has attained the support of a wide spectrum of the Basque society and the international community.
A new political time is emerging in the Basque country. We have an historical opportunity to find a just and democratic solution for the centuries old political conflict. Dialogue and agreement should outline the new cycle, over violence and repression. The recognition of the Basque country and the respect for the will of the people should prevail over imposition.
This has not been an easy road. The cruelty of the fight has taken away the lives of many comrades. Many others are still suffering in prison and in exile. Our recognition and deepest tribute goes out to them.
From here on the road will not be easy either. Facing the imposition that still exists, every step, every achievement, will be the result of the effort and fight of Basque citizens. During these years the Basque country has accumulated the necessary experience and strength to address this path and it also has the determination for doing it. It is time to look at the future with hope. It is also time to act with responsibility and courage.
Therefore, Eta has decided the definitive cessation of its armed activity. Eta calls upon the Spanish and French governments to open a process of direct dialogue with the aim of addressing the resolution of the consequences of the conflict and, thus, to overcome the armed confrontation. Thorough this historical declaration, Eta shows its clear, solid and definitive commitment.
Lastly, Eta calls upon the Basque society to commit to this process until freedom and peace are achieved.
Long live the free Euskal Herria! Long live Basque socialism! No rest until independence and socialism!

The media and the general public questioned the veracity and true intentions of the statement “The statement makes no mention of Eta’s victims and express no regret. Instead it pays tribute to those “comrades” who died fighting, or “are suffering in prison, or in exile” said newspaper El Mundo. Madrid residents were divided, some relieved that the ETA has taken a step toward peace, some profoundly skeptical.

A mere hour after the Eta’s statement was released, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero addressed the nation on live television, hailing the triumph of democracy over terror.

“Today we are experiencing the legitimate satisfaction of the victory of democracy, law and reason,” the prime minister said. “A satisfaction that is stained by the unforgettable memory of the pain caused by violence that should never have begun and must never return.”

Read more at Statement Transcribed by "The Guardian" →

Luis Miguel Sued by Spanish Actress Humiliated by “Quartet”

Luis Miguel Sued by Spanish Actress Humiliated by “Quartet”

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Mexican singer Luis Miguel has been sued by Spanish actress Carmen Molero, who said the singer humiliated her sexually while in a foursome with Mexican actress Adriana Fonseca, and other friend.

“The intimate encounter with Luis Miguel, was for me at the time and it continues to be a clash of emotions.  I went from happiness to sadness, to disappointment and finally fear; he trampled on my dignity.” said Spanish actress Carmen Molero in a statement she read with her lawyers.

The four-way encounter reportedly happened in 2002 in the singer’s home in Acapulco.

The actress said to have video and picture proof of the humiliation, which she said she will release down the road.

Luis Miguel hasn’t yet issued a statement.

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Swiss Man Smuggles 261 Mexican Tarantulas From Dominican Republic

Swiss Man Smuggles 261 Mexican Tarantulas From Dominican Republic

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The Zurich Customs Investigation Office has released a statement saying hundreds of tarantulas have been seized at a Swiss airport after suspicious containers were searched.

The authorities were expected to find drugs, but were shocked when they found 261 Mexican Redknee tarantulas, a protected species, individually wrapped in six cartons belonging to a Swiss spider breeder and dealer. Ten of large spiders died during the trip from the Dominican Republic.

While searching the man’s house, investigators found another 665 tarantulas and 72 meat-eating centipedes. Though he imported them illegally from Central America, he will be allowed to keep them, as they are not endangered.

The Zurich Zoo is currently caring for the remaining protected tarantulas, which are said to be only mildly poisonous to humans.

In total, the tarantulas are worth up to $16,700.

After weapons and drugs, animals are the third most commonly trafficked item in Switzerland.

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Selena Gómez Gets Beat up On “South Park” (VIDEO)

Selena Gómez Gets Beat up On “South Park” (VIDEO)

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As it turns out, Eric Cartman is not a fan of Selena Gómez. In the latest episode, South Park Elementary teachers bring in Selena Gomez, and beat her up for Cartman, in repayment for a favor.

 

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Telemundo Pays $600 Million for World Cup Spanish-Language Broadcast Rights

Telemundo Pays $600 Million for World Cup Spanish-Language Broadcast Rights

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It has been reported that between Fox and Telemundo, more than $1 billion is being paid for the broadcast rights of the 2016 and 2022 World Cup championships, which Telemundo paying $600 million for the Spanish-language U.S. rights.

Fox beat out ESPN for the English-language rights though ESPN has long invested in the sport, which, while extremely popular worldwide, has failed to garner the fans baseball and American football have in the U.S.

The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, and the 2022 games in Qatar.

Univision bought the Spanish-language rights to both the 2010 World Cup in South African and the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

While FIFA has not formally announced the winning bids, ESPN released a statement which has many without insider information believing the network was not willing to put up the money required to win.

“We made a disciplined bid that would have been both valuable to FIFA and profitable for our company, while continuing to grow our unprecedented coverage of the World Cup and Women’s World Cup events. We were aggressive while remaining prudent from a business perspective.”

After the 2010 games, Univision reportedly ended up losing $100 million after paying $325 million for the Spanish-rights to the 2010 and 2014 games.

FIFA, the international governing body of association football (soccer), is expected to make an official announcement regarding the broadcast rights Friday afternoon.

Read more at Associate Press →

WATCH Christina Aguilera’s New “Secret Potion” Ad (VIDEO)

WATCH Christina Aguilera’s New “Secret Potion” Ad (VIDEO)

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Check out the TV spot for Christina Aguilera’s new perfume, and pick up your own bottle of “Secret Potion” at Christina-aguilera-perfumes.com

Christina Aguilera’s new Secret Potion perfume bottles include a special surprise;  the 15 ml bottle comes with a jewelry charm, while the larger bottle include a mirrored locket!

 

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Bieber in Latin America: Romancing Messi’s Old Flame & Personal Audience with Chávez’s Daughter

Bieber in Latin America: Romancing Messi’s Old Flame & Personal Audience with Chávez’s Daughter

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What’s a fact and what’s a rumor remains to be clarified, but let us walk you through the newest outbreaks of the unavoidable Bieber Fever in Latin America.

After inciting teenage riots with his dreamy teenage gaze, and that heart shaped hand gesture of his in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Perú, “El Biebersito” dazzled Venezuelans last Wednesday in another sold out show.

Reportedly, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s daughters went and enjoyed the Biebster’s show in Perú, but in Venezuela the First Teen went a step further, and talked the first lady into allowing her to receive the Canadian heartthrob at the airport upon arrival.

Rosa Inés Chávez, the teenage daughter of Hugo Chávez and her closest girlfriends were the only teens in Venezuela that were able to hug, kiss, take pictures and whatnot with Bieber while he was in Venezuela.

Watch Bieber’s best diplomat face below, Rosa Inés is on the right.

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While in Argentina, Bieber might or might not have cheated on Selena Gómez, with a local model local newspapers are reporting.

Nothing is 100% confirmed, but it seems that after his concert, el Biebersito went back to his exclusive hotel, “Faena,” and saw a few local models conveniently dining there, one of which he reportedly “confused with an American.”

A series of October 12th tweets from the account of Model Macarena Lemos (Once linked to soccer star Lionel Messi) detail how señorito Justin sent one of his staff members to the model’s table, asking to speak with Macarena.

Bieber and Macarena apparently took off together, no one knows where.  The next tweet from Macarena just thanks Bieber, and then talks about going to see him the next day at his second concert, this time by personal invitation.

What happened in Buenos Aires, stays in Buenos Aires apparently.  If anything did happen it doesn’t seem to have affected Justin and Selena, who are currently together in Canada.  Apparently they rented out an entire multiplex to watch Reel Steel together last night.

Macarena Lemos opened a second Twitter account after the concert (we imagine she’s probably getting a few hate tweets), and on the second account tweeted “I am not seeing Justin. He was just there, we said hello, and that’s it.”

What do you think? Join us in the forums section for the conversation.

 

 

 

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Mexico’s President Calderon Says “El Chapo” Guzman of the Sinaloa Cartel Could be in U.S.

Mexico’s President Calderon Says “El Chapo” Guzman of the Sinaloa Cartel Could be in U.S.

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon is now claiming that fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman possibly no longer in Mexico, giving gone north into the United States.

Earlier this week, the New York Times published comments from President Calderon, translated from a Spanish.

Calderon stated, “He is not in Mexican territory, and I suppose that Chapo is in American territory.”

His seemingly defensive comments came after being asked about El Chapo’s young wife giving birth in the U.S., where she is a legal resident, before reportedly heading back into Mexico.

He questioned why Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s 22-year-old wife, was not detained when she entered the U.S. However, officials say they had no charges pending against her, so she was not arrested.

U.S. authorities still believe El Chapo is hiding out in the mountainous terrain of western Mexico.

El Chapo Guzman is the head of the Sinaloa cartel, and has been a fugitive since escaping from prison in 2001. After the death of Osama bin Laden in May of 2011, he became number one on the FBI and Interpol’s “Most Wanted” list.

Read more at New York Times

“Desperate Housewives” Creator Adapts Mexican Novela “The Disorderly Maids”

“Desperate Housewives” Creator Adapts Mexican Novela “The Disorderly Maids”

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“Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry’s new hour-long soap on ABC will be called “Devious Maids,” and is loosely based on Mexican Novela “The Disorderly Maids”

In the Mexican tele-nolvela the four maids, Silvia, Maribel, Adela, Guillermina and Carmela, work in a quiet Beverly Hills residential condominium where nothing ever happens until the residents became divided over a decision to build a swimming pool despite there being a severe water shortage in the area. One of tenants goes AWOL, a suitcase full of money surfaces and a dead body appears at the bottom of the half-finished pool. The gals, of course find themselves in the middle of it all.

Cherry will write the script and executive produce, while ABC Studios is producing.

 

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s Parents are Not the “Exiles” he Claims Them to be

Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s Parents are Not the “Exiles” he Claims Them to be

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Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio has come under fire once again after recently discovered records show the young politician embellished his family’s history.

Since catching the public eye, Sen. Rubio has expressed how proud he is of his Cuban-born parents, often mentioning how they were forced to flee after the brutal Castro regime took power.

However, upon investigation of his parents’ naturalization papers as well as other records, it was discovered that Mario and Oriales Rubio left more than 2 years before Castro took over.

This fact is in direct contrast to what is said on the 40-year-old Senator’s biography on his official website, where is states that his parents “came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.”

Rubio has even publically called himself the “son of exiles”.

ImageThough rumors of his parents’ departure from Cuba before Castro took control had been swirling around the internet, the story of their “exile” was legitimized by the fact checkers at the Washington Post.

News of Sen. Rubio’s family history comes just as Florida State Senator Alan Hays is calling for the voters of a primarily Hispanic congressional district to verify their citizenship before being allowed to vote.

“We all know there are many Hispanic-speaking people in Florida that are not legal,’’ Sen. Mays said to a Senate Committee currently considering a redistricting plan that would favor the state’s Hispanic population. “I just don’t think it’s right that we try to draw a district that encompasses people that really have no business voting anyhow.”

The Republican of Umatilla’s suggestion is not sitting well with many of his colleagues who say he’s calling for a “witch hunt”.

Due in large part to the increase in Hispanics, Florida’s population grew enough to warrant two additional congressional seats, causing a need for redistricting.

After reading of Sen. Mays’ comments, the Hispanic caucus, made up of mostly fellow Republicans, was fuming.

On Wednesday, a letter of complaint was drafted in which Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Miami) asked that Mays explain himself and Rep. Janet Cruz (D-Tampa) asked for either an apology or a resignation.

Read more at Washington Post →

Santana and Gadhafi. Do They Really Look Alike?

Santana and Gadhafi. Do They Really Look Alike?

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Rumors are abound that Mexican-American rocker Santana has died. Are they just confusing him with Gadhafi, as they’ve always done in the past? Do you think they really do look alike?

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Brazilian Soccer Great Ronaldinho Works to Eliminate AIDS in Brazil and Globally

Brazilian Soccer Great Ronaldinho Works to Eliminate AIDS in Brazil and Globally

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The United Nations has a new striker on its team to defeat HIV/AIDS, Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho, who will now parlay his devastating skills on the sports field into raising awareness among young people worldwide to help block further infections.

A two-time World Player of the Year for the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and star of countless matches on his country’s national team and top European sides Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Milan, the 31-year-old attacking midfielder and forward has accepted an invitation from the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Brazil’s Health Ministry to promote AIDS awareness through sport.

“Ronaldinho is a great inspiration to young people the world over,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said.  “His voice will reach millions of people and bring new energy to our vision of achieving zero new HIV infections.”

Ronaldinho’s ‘new cap’ is just the latest example of close collaboration between UN agencies and the world of sport to advance humanitarian causes. “I am honoured to stand together with UNAIDS and the Ministry of Health of Brazil in the response to HIV,” he said. “I am delighted to make a small contribution to this important cause by doing what I do best: playing football.”

Globally there are more than five million young people living with HIV and every day 2,400 more become infected. Although the young are increasingly learning how to protect themselves, only one-third of them globally have accurate and comprehensive knowledge of how to do so.

Brazil has pioneered an effective response for many years. “Ronaldinho will be an excellent role model for young people around the world and is passionate about his new role,” Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Padilha said. “I am confident that he will be a real asset to the global AIDS response.”

Meanwhile, soccer greats Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane have been organizing charity games as Goodwill Ambassadors of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for the past eight years.

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California Latino Lottery Winners Making a Difference for Others

A generous pledge of $700,000 from The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation has led to the creation of the Cisneros Family Endowment.  The endowment will provide support for two Latino students from California to participate in CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program every year.  The Cisneros’ gift is the largest contribution from an individual donor in CHCI’s history.

“CHCI is honored to receive this generous gift from the Cisneros Foundation to benefit the future leaders of our country,” said Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair.  “Their willingness to give back demonstrates the commitment we need from the Latino community to ensure we have the resources available to meet the demand for educational and career-building opportunities for the fastest-growing segment of our population.”

The Cisneros’ founded The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation in 2010, after winning $266 million in California’s Mega Millions jackpot.  To date, the foundation has created two, $1 million endowments at Jacki’s alma mater USC, for Latino journalism students, and Gilbert’s alma mater, The George Washington University, for Latino political science students.  They have partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to create the Frank Terrazas Scholarship program at El Rancho High School in their former home town of Pico Rivera, CA.  Named in honor of Jacki’s grandfather and former mayor of Pico Rivera, this program will provide 50 college scholarships to current and former El Rancho High School students.  They have also provided over $275,000 in funding to other organizations supporting Hispanic education.

“Rather than just provide tuition assistance, it was important for us to provide our scholarship recipients with an opportunity where they could gain experience by working in a congressional office and also be part of a program that will build a foundation for their future careers,” said Gilbert Cisneros.  “CHCI has had tremendous success in building leaders and we look forward to working with them and becoming part of their family.”

CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program began in 1986 and has served more than 775 Latino undergraduate students in the past 25 years.

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ACLU Sues Immigration Officials Over Sexual Assaults of Female Immigrant Detainees

ACLU Sues Immigration Officials Over Sexual Assaults of Female Immigrant Detainees

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The ACLU of Texas filed suit in federal district court seeking class action damages on behalf of three immigrant women who were sexually assaulted while in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the T. Don Hutto Family Residential Center in Taylor, along with numerous others who experienced similar trauma.

Defendants named in the suit include three ICE officials; Williamson County; Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the private corporation in charge of managing the Hutto facility; the former facility administrator for Hutto; and Donald Dunn, a guard who pled guilty in state court to three counts of official oppression and two counts of unlawful restraint based on his assaults of five women.  Separately, Dunn has been charged with four additional federal counts of criminal violation of civil rights and is awaiting sentencing on two of them.

The three named plaintiffs are identified in the lawsuit as Sarah Doe, Kimberly Doe and Raquel Doe to protect them from further harm.  All three were seeking asylum in the United States, fleeing sexual assault and extreme violence in their home countries.

“The fact that these women sought sanctuary in the United States — only to find abuse at the hands of officials they thought would protect them – is wholly inconsistent with America’s self-proclaimed reputation as a beacon of human rights and protector of human dignity,” said Lisa Graybill, Legal Director for the ACLU of Texas.

The assaults occurred when Dunn alone was transporting women from the Hutto facility to the airport or bus station in nearby Austin.  Log books and other documents obtained by the ACLU of Texas indicate that in addition to the seven known occasions on which Donald Dunn is believed to have assaulted a total of nine women, at least 20 different male guards transported at least 44 female detainees alone between December 2008 and May 2010.  The lawsuit alleges that ICE, Williamson County and CCA were deliberately indifferent and willfully blind to the fact that Dunn and other employees regularly violated the rule that detainees not be transported without another escort officer of the same gender present.

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UN Approves Funds for Flood Ravaged El Salvador

UN Approves Funds for Flood Ravaged El Salvador

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The United Nations reported it has approved an emergency cash grant for El Salvador and sent additional staff to the country as it beefs up efforts to help the Government respond to severe floods that have affected five other countries after heavy rainfall in Central America.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that a grant of $50,000 has been approved to support initial relief activities in El Salvador, where floods have claimed 32 lives and caused the evacuation of more than 32,000 people. The country appealed for international assistance on Sunday.

The floods have also hit Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico, according to OCHA.

In Guatemala, 29 people have died and an estimated 154,000 have been affected, while more than 38,000 people in Honduras have been stricken by the inundations, with 13 reported deaths.

In Nicaragua, 133,858 people have been affected, mainly in the north and the Pacific coastal areas. Of particular concern in Nicaragua are reports of new cases of H1N1 viral infections that have prompted the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to send in a monitoring team.

The Government has also requested international assistance and OCHA’s regional office will deploy extra staff to assist the UN Resident Coordinator and humanitarian country team, in addition to the a six-member team from the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) already there.

Flood damage has been reported in Costa Rica and Mexico, but the rains have been less intense in those two countries.

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FridayOctober 21, 2011