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MondayOctober 24, 2011

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Paraguay Urged to Pass Laws Protecting Rights of Women and Indians

Paraguay Urged to Pass Laws Protecting Rights of Women and Indians

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New laws are urgently needed in Paraguay to protect the rights of minorities, in particular women and indigenous people, a top United Nations human rights official has said, calling on the Government to scale up its efforts to stop discrimination and injustice towards these groups.

During her visit to Paraguay, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang met with leaders from minority groups and civil organizations – which included women, indigenous people, people with disabilities, older persons and Afro-descendants among others – to hear their views on their living situations and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“I have heard their plight and I have heard of how their everyday lives are made difficult by fear, bigotry and abuse. Many even suffer physical attacks. And I am concerned that the anti-discrimination bill, and important framework to protect them, has not yet been passed as law,” she said during a press briefing on Saturday in Asunción, the capital. “I urge Congress to pass this essential piece of legislation without further delay.”

Ms. Kang said the situation of women is particularly precarious as they are vulnerable to domestic violence, sexual abuse and trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation purposes.

She also pointed to Paraguay’s rate of maternal and infant mortality as one of the highest in the region and said it was necessary for the Government to “adopt concrete measures to tackle these prevalent problems through adequate education programs and the protection of sexual and reproductive rights, in compliance with international standards and recommendations issued by UN human rights mechanisms.”

During her visit, which concluded last week, Ms. Kang also visited the Maká indigenous community and met with indigenous leaders who expressed concern about their ancestral lands, many fearing eviction, as the Government has forced indigenous owners in the past to leave their properties to make way for soy production.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Nearly 100 lb of Illegal Mexican Bologna Smuggled Inside Truck Tires

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Nearly 100 lb of Illegal Mexican Bologna Smuggled Inside Truck Tires

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized eight rolls of Mexican bologna this morning. The prohibited product was hidden in the spare tire of a truck that entered the port from Mexico. The contraband meat weighed a total of 76 pounds.

This bologna is a prohibited product because it is made from pork and has the potential for introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. “This is a highly unusual seizure because of the concealment method.”

The seizure was made at approximately 6:30 a.m. today when a Ford F-150 arrived at the Paso Del Norte international crossing port from Mexico. CBP officers detected an anomaly in the appearance of the vehicle and initiated a thorough secondary inspection. CBP officers scanned the spare tire with a “Buster” density meter and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband. CBP officers opened the spare tire and were surprised to find eight rolls of bologna hidden inside.

The driver, a resident of Sunland Park, N.M., was assessed a $1,000 civil penalty and was released. The prohibited bologna was seized by CBP.

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Two Florida Women Arrested for Encouraging Young Girls to Fight (VIDEO)

Two Florida Women Arrested for Encouraging Young Girls to Fight (VIDEO)

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Two Florida women have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for organizing a fight between two young girls, a fight which was shot in front of a closed sheriff’s office and put on YouTube.

Veronica Zerutche, 28, can bee heard cheering on her daughter, while Nida Longoria, 26, does the same for her younger sister.

The fighting girls are just 15 and 11, but are being encouraged to fight by their family members as a crowd of at least half a dozen people watch.

The brawl takes place in the parking lot and grassy area in front of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office.

According to Larry McKinnon, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, there had been ‘bad blood’ between the girls, which likely stemmed from a long-standing feud between the families.

‘[They girls] had been planning on fighting.’ McKinnon told a local Fox News affiliate. ‘Their parents learned that these issues had been occurring so they helped engage this fight. They actually brought them to the scene.’

He added that detectives were able to determine both the girls by way of a school resource officer, as well as the two older woman, Zerutche and Longoria.

Zerutche’s mother, Angelica, says her daughter had just given birth less than two weeks earlier, and she was unable to intervene on her daughter’s behalf.

‘She tried to protect her, but like I said, she just had a baby, she couldn’t get in there. Both girls came over to my daughter and my granddaughter and it wasn’t them who started the fight,’ the fighting gril’s grandmother told Fox.

One of the girls’ classmates told the newssource, ‘Everybody in school is mostly laughing about it, but parents say you shouldn’t do that because they think it’s a bad thing for children.’

While the two older women are facing charges for “promoting and antagonizing two juveniles to fight,” the two fighters have each been charged with affray – disturbing the peace or being involved in a public brawl.

The original video of the fight was removed from YouTube for violations of its terms of service.


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“Lifetime” Orders Pilot of Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith “American Housewife” Drama

“Lifetime” Orders Pilot of Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith “American Housewife” Drama

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Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith will executive produce a pilot for a Lifetime drama, based on an idea by Banderas, and writer Erik Jendersen (Band of Brothers).
American Housewife will be executive produced by Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith; and she will also star in the pilot. David Slade (Eclipse) is in negotiations to direct the project.

The pilot revolves around a mother of two, who has conversations with her inner voice in the midst of dealing with one of her kids leaving home for college, while the other one remains home.

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Check Out “PadInTheCity” Madrid’s iPad Rental Service, First in the World

Check Out “PadInTheCity” Madrid’s iPad Rental Service, First in the World

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Check out “PadInTheCity” Madrid’s iPad rental service which is the first of its kind in the world.  The tourist iPads include apps for entertainment and games, Spanish, English and German newspapers, hotel and flight information, car rental services, currency converters and more!

The service costs 25 euros (about 35 dollars) a day to rent.

Users book their iPad through www.padinthecity.com; then customers can select the rental dates, and where in the city they want the company to deliver the equipment—iPad, case and charger. The company also picks it up after the rental contract ends.

PadInTheCity is negotiating with the airlines, cruise lines, education and healthcare industries, among others to offer their service. “Places where people are bored,” said Juan Gómez, the company’s CEO in explaining the company’s expansion plans.  Currently the service is only available in Madrid, Spain.

Gomez said that he and partner Francisco Peña found no other iPad rental companies in the market; one of their first customers started his own two weeks after renting an iPad from PadInTheCity.

 

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MISSING “PERSON”: Captain Morgan Vanishes from Store Front in Key West

MISSING “PERSON”: Captain Morgan Vanishes from Store Front in Key West

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It appears someone in Florida is either a kleptomaniac with a penchant for iconic statues or someone looking to sell to one, as statues seem to be disappearing lately.

ImageAccording to a Key West Police report, a BOLO alert (Be On the Look Out) was sent out for a missing 5-foot Captain Morgan statue that went missing from a Walgreen’s storefront Tuesday in Key West.

This marks the second statue disappearance from the area. Last month, a 70-pound, 6-foot rooster was stolen from El Pub in Little Havana. The rooster has since been returned, but only after receiving a new paint job.

The Captain, notable representative of the Puerto Rican rum, was last seen wearing a red cloak, tricorner hat, and posing on a barrel of rum. His kidnapper could be injured, as the swashbuckler is known to carry a gun and sword.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Narcotics Officers Give Addict Drugs, Force Her to Perform Sex Acts

LATINO BLOTTER: Narcotics Officers Give Addict Drugs, Force Her to Perform Sex Acts

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During the trial of a New York narcotics officer, claims were made that he gave a woman drugs before forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

During the bench trial of Jason Arbeeny, one of eight undercover officers with the NYPD currently on trial, Melanie Perez claimed she was forced by an officer she knew only as ‘Frank’, to perform oral sex after being given crack. However, she testified she never had contact with Arbeeny.

Perez, a drug addict, said she did not know what else to do and complied with the wishes of the officer, who later introduced her to Officer Sean Johnston, who is also alleged to have given her drugs on a number of occasions.

She said Johnston gave her “a nice piece for Christmas.” She added, “It was crack and it was kickin’.”

Earlier this year, Johnston was convicted of one count of corruption and was sentenced to probation. He was acquitted of 34 other charges, including the accusations made by Perez.

Perez’s testimony is only part of the troubling revelations in the officers’ trials. Others include testimony of the officers planting drugs on innocent victims (called ‘flaking’) in order to meet arrest quotas and collect overtime pay.

The trials have all been an embarrassment for Brooklyn’s South Narcotics Squad.

Earlier this month, former detective Stephen Anderson revealed his personal account of the squad’s deplorable behavior.

And due to the ‘flaking’ lawsuits, the city is paying $1.2 million to settle claims of false arrests, each claim between $15,000 and $300,000.

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U.S. Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrants Face Educational Disadvantages

U.S. Citizen Children of Undocumented Immigrants Face Educational Disadvantages

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A professor at the University of California at Irvine has documented the persistent educational disadvantages of U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants from Mexico currently in the Los Angeles area of Southland, noting that they are less likely to graduate high school than peers with parents legally in the U.S., and on average, attend two years less of study.

Professor Frank Bean along with other researchers found that of all children born to immigrant parents who faced educational disadvantages, 80 percent of the children were born in the U.S.

The study found that citizen children of undocumented immigrants attend an average of just 11 years of school, compared to

The group’s report suggested that for the benefit of these students, additional measures should be taken to help their families gain legal status.

The report added that deported the entire family, including those born in the U.S., as some have suggested, is unrealistic.

“By not providing pathways to legalization, the United States not only risks creating an underclass, but also fails to develop a potentially valuable human resource.”

However, another group claims that Bean’s report does not justify legalization for the undocumented family members of these students.

The group, Latino Americans for Immigration Reform (LAIR), believes undocumented immigrants should be deported and told to enter the U.S. legally.

Lupe Moreno of LAIR told the LA Times that regardless of the parents’ and students’ status, “Amnesty is the wrong solution. I’m putting it on the schools — they need to do better educating these kids.”

Bean pointed out that for a country that relies so heavily on the labor of undocumented immigrants, it would be unwise for those in power to alienate and force out a major work force.

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2,600 Beer Cans Delivered to Rio De Janeiro Jail For Criminal Cops

2,600 Beer Cans Delivered to Rio De Janeiro Jail For Criminal Cops

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Rio’s radio station “BandNews FM” has reported that police officers are investigating the person who allowed 243 gallons of beer to enter a Brazilian prison.  According to “BandNews FM”, 2,600 cans of beer were delivered to a northern Rio de Janeiro jail Sunday morning.

Police inspector Waldyr Soares Filho told journalists that authorities are investigating the person who allowed the beer delivery into the facility, a special prison that only holds former corrupt cops.

Last month, local news papers published photographs of a party thrown at the same prison by former officer Carlos Ari Ribeiro, charged with 16 counts of murder. He escaped shortly after the party.

In response to the publication of the images, commanding officer of the battalion, Coronel Mario Sergio Duarte, said that the prison would be moved to a more secure location, and that the inmates would have to wear uniforms.

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Demi Lovato to Sing National Anthem at World Series Game 5

Demi Lovato to Sing National Anthem at World Series Game 5

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A fan-made Twitter petition resulted in Demi Lovato singing the national anthem for tonight’s World Series clash between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals, currently tied at 2 games each.

The Texas Rangers will host the Saint Louis Cardinals tonight, after tying the World Series on Saturday.

Last week, a Demi Lovato fan used Twitter to ask other fans to “Tweet @Rangers and @MLB #Demi4WorldSeries #DemiNationalAnthemWorldSeries DEMI LOVATO NEEDS TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE WORLD SERIES!”

The initiative paid off, and the Latina teen star was invited to appear tonight at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and sing the Star Spangled Banner before tonight’s game, at 8:05 PM ET.

“Only my lovatics could land me a spot singing the national anthem at the WORLD SERIES!!!! I couldn’t do it without you guys!!!!” Tweeted Lovato, a declared Rangers fan.

 

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Gossip Blogger Perez Hilton to take On Spanish-Speaking Acting Role in MTV’s “Popland”

Gossip Blogger Perez Hilton to take On Spanish-Speaking Acting Role in MTV’s “Popland”

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Gossip blogger Perez Hilton has been slated to make a guest appearances for MTV’s tr3s new daily scripted series “Popland”.  The series follows he journey of Carla (played by Sara Cobo) from small town life to the star-studded paparazzi-world of celebrities, parties, and a love affair that rocks her world forever.

Perez Hilton will take on the role of paparazzi guru, giving the amateur paparazzi photographer and gossip columnist a boost of confidence and advice to “take risks but speak the truth”.

This marks Hilton’s first Spanish-speaking role on television, and makes his debut on the January 19th episode.

The story was written by Argentinean writers Marcelo Camaño (Vidas Robadas, El Capo, Montecristo) and Claudia Bono (Niñas Mal; teen comedy, Enséñame a Vivir).  For his part Hilton said: “I’m thrilled to bring some extra spice to Tr3s’ already caliente new soap Popland! This extra special cameo is in Spanish and I’m thrilled to show people this other side of me!”

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Bolivia to Bring More Drinkable Water to Rural Areas Thanks to Aid from Spain

Bolivia to Bring More Drinkable Water to Rural Areas Thanks to Aid from Spain

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Bolivia will improve its drinking water, sanitation and wastewater treatment services in rural communities and small towns with a $20 million grant from the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (SFW) and a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for $20 million.

The operation will build new water and sanitation systems as well as expand and improve existing ones. As a result, 11,200 households in rural Bolivia will be equipped with new water connections and individual sanitation solutions. Bolivia’s small towns are also set to benefit from the program, with an additional 9,800 households receiving access to water and 9,600 new sewer connections installed by project completion.

In addition to creating better access to water and sanitation services, the program is also expected to bring down incidence of waterborne diseases.

Since 2008, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the IDB have jointly supported projects financed by the SFW in Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. Over this period, Spain has contributed more than $500 million for these projects, enabling the Bank to leverage an additional $500 million.

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Latin Grammy Performance Line-up Includes Shakira, Mana with Prince Royce and Others

Latin Grammy Performance Line-up Includes Shakira, Mana with Prince Royce and Others

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Calle 13, Franco De Vita with Alejandra Guzman, Mana with Prince Royce, Shakira, Sie7e, and Marco Antonio Solis are the first performers announced for the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Latin Recording Academy.

Cristian de la Fuente and Lucero will co-host the Latin music industry’s premier event and confirmed to present are actors Angelique Boyer, Sandra Echeverria, Adamari Lopez, Sebastian Rulli, Zoe Saldana, and David Zepeda. The biggest night in Latin music is set for Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will air live on the Univision Network.

Ten-time Latin GRAMMY and two-time GRAMMY winners Calle 13 lead this year’s Latin GRAMMY nominations with a record 10 nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Urban Music Album for Entren Los Que Quieran; Album Of The Year, as producers, for Shakira’s Sale El Sol; Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Latinoamerica”; Best Urban Song for “Baile De Los Pobres”; Best Alternative Song and Best Short Form Music Video for “Calma Pueblo”; Best Tropical Song for “Vamo’ A Portarnos Mal”; and Producer Of The Year.

Singer/songwriter Franco De Vita has five nods: Album Of The Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Album and Best Long Form Music Video for En Primera Fila; and Record Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video (with Alejandra Guzman) for “Tan Solo Tu”.

Three-time Latin GRAMMY winner Marco Antonio Solis is up for four awards: Song Of The Year and Best Regional Mexican Song for “A Donde Vamos A Parar?,” Best Male Pop Vocal Album for En Total Plenitud, and Best Regional Mexican Song for “Tu Me Vuelves Loco.”

Four-time Latin GRAMMY winners Mana have three nominations: Best Rock Album and Best Long Form Music Video for Drama Y Luz, and Best Short Form Music Video for “Lluvia Al Corazon.”

Seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner, two-time GRAMMY winner and the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Shakira has three nods: Album Of The Year and Best Female Pop Album for Sale El Sol; and Best Short Form Music Video for “Loca.”

Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandra Guzman is a two-time nominee: Record Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for “Tan Solo Tu” (with Franco De Vita).

Sie7e is up for two awards: Best New Artist and Best Alternative Song for “Tengo Tu Love.”

 

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Thousands Protest in Guatemala Against Daily Violence

Thousands Protest in Guatemala Against Daily Violence

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Thousands of Catholics attended the peaceful march through the streets of the capital of Guatemala, on Saturday, October 22, to express their condemnation to the violence that causes about 17 deaths in the country every day. From four different points of the city many groups of protesters left to converge in the central square, Plaza de la Constitucion, in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral where the Archbishop of Guatemala City, Mgr. Oscar Julio Vian Morales, celebrated the Eucharist for peace.

It was this same Mgr. Vian Morales that held the march which brought together more than 20,000 Catholics. In his message, the Archbishop said that all citizens of Guatemala, and not only the government must strive to reduce insecurity and malnutrition. “To ensure the rights of health and home, to have better job offers, are another way of fighting for peace”, he reiterated. People who participated in the march carried signs with slogans against the violence plaguing the country.

This peaceful demonstration was also attended by the Vice President of Guatemala, Rafael Espada, and the President of Congress, Roberto Alejos.

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MondayOctober 24, 2011