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WednesdayOctober 26, 2011

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STUDY: Since 9/11 Hispanic Immigrant Marriages to U.S. Born Rose

STUDY: Since 9/11 Hispanic Immigrant Marriages to U.S. Born Rose

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Marriages between Hispanic immigrants and U.S.-born natives have risen since Sept. 11, 2001, as immigrants have looked for alternative ways to stabilize their lives following an increase in anti-immigrant policies and sentiment in America, new research from the University of New Hampshire finds.

“The tragic event of the Sept. 11 attacks actually increased Hispanic immigrants’ probability of being married to a native. After Sept. 11, the deteriorated labor market conditions, along with tightened immigration policies, led to increased incentives of immigrants to marry natives. This effect is large relative to the potential discrimination effect, if any, that could reduce natives’ willingness to marry an immigrant,” the researchers said.

The research by Le Wang, assistant professor of economics at UNH, and Chunbei Wang, assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, is presented in the journal the “Review of Economics of the Household.”

Marriages between Hispanic immigrants and natives increased by more than 2 percent throughout the decade following the attacks of Sept. 11. These marriages partly offset the deterioration in job prospects for Hispanic immigrants that resulted from discrimination following the attacks, the researchers found.

“Being married to a native increases employment rates by 1.2 percent and earnings by 21.8 percent,” they found. “The offsetting effect may not be particularly large, given the estimated effect of Sept. 11 on intermarriage being about 2 percent. Nevertheless, this result highlights the possible importance of the labor market incentives that are associated with the increased rates of intermarriage among Hispanics.”

According to the researchers, immigration policies after Sept. 11 at both federal and state levels may have changed Hispanic immigrants’ living conditions and incentives to marry natives. In addition to enacting new laws, the government also put more efforts into enforcing existing immigration policies, resulting in diminished job opportunities for illegal immigrants.

“These collective efforts of federal and state governments mostly targeted illegal immigrants. Since the majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are Hispanic immigrants, these policies may have drastically harmed their job market opportunities and various aspects of their everyday lives. Not only may illegal Hispanic immigrants be affected, but legal Hispanic immigrants and the Hispanic community as a whole may also be harmed because of potential discrimination in the labor market,” the researchers said.

The researchers relied on the March Current Population Survey 1995-2010 and a difference-in-differences approach to estimate the impact of 9/11 on intermarriage among Hispanic immigrants to conduct their analysis.

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Scary – World Population to Reach 7 Billion on Halloween Day

Scary – World Population to Reach 7 Billion on Halloween Day

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In five days, world population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline and economic setbacks, according to The State of World Population 2011 report, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The record population size can be viewed in many ways as a success for humanity because it means that people are living longer and more of our children are surviving worldwide, the report shows. But not everyone has benefited from this achievement or the higher quality of life that this implies says UNFPA. Great disparities exist among and within countries. Disparities in rights and opportunities also exist between men and women, girls and boys. Charting a path now to development that promotes equality, rather than exacerbates or reinforces inequalities, is more important than ever.

The 7 billion milestone “is a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action,” said Dr. Osotimehin at the report’s launch in London. The report is also being launched in more than 100 other cities worldwide.

Of the world’s 7 billion, 1.8 billion are young people between the ages of 10 and 24 the report notes.

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Colombian “Peace Community” Nominated for Sakharov Human Rights Prize (VIDEO)

Colombian “Peace Community” Nominated for Sakharov Human Rights Prize (VIDEO)

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The Colombian town of San José de Apartadó has been nominated for the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, for their “resilience and dedication to the high values of peace and justice.”

In the underbelly of war-ravaged Colombia there is a community of peasant farmers that rejects violence and demands freedom and liberty for their people.  The rural town of San José de Apartadó lies in an area where guerrillas and paramilitary groups abound, consistently battle and systematically bully civilians they accuse of supporting the “other side.”

The eighties and nineties saw the small community ravaged by paramilitaries, who massacred the town’s elected officials time after time, and for the better part of the nineties controlled the road that leads to the town, setting check points to restrict food access.  The paramilitary also monitored lists who came in and out of the town, creating lists of adversaries.  People that were on those lists were assassinated.

Since 1997, San José de Apartadó has been dedicated to becoming a violence-free community committed to peace and justice, in an environment of brutality and destruction.  At the entrance to the town, a sign prays “We don’t participate in war, neither directly nor indirectly,”  “We don’t carry weapons.”  “We don’t manipulate or provide information to any side.”

The entire San José de Apartadó community is one of three finalists for the prestigious 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Award.  The award is named after Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov, who was internally exiled in the Soviet Union for his opposition to the USSR’s nuclear program and repressive policies.  Ironically, last year’s winner Guillermo Fariñas was prevented by Cuban authorities from attending the award ceremony in Strasbourg.

The other two nominees are the “Arab Spring” movement, represented by five activists from across the Arab world, and Dzmitry Bandarenka: a Belarusian civil activist and member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

The winner of the award will be announced Thursday. For more information on the history and current state of San josé de Apartadó, visit http://www.colombiasupport.net/sanjose/whatis.html

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Oh, Mary Jo. What is Wrong With You? Santa Fe Woman Receives 6th (and 7th) DUI

Oh, Mary Jo. What is Wrong With You? Santa Fe Woman Receives 6th (and 7th) DUI

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Mary Jo Chavez has been arrested for seven DWIs, yet somehow she has managed to keep herself behind the wheel of a car.

The 48-year-old was arrested August 19th, and charged with her 6th DWI since 1998.

Then while awaiting her preliminary hearing for her 6th, Mary Jo added number seven to her record on Wednesday, October 19, just before 5 in the afternoon.

Police had been called to Mary Jo’s location after receiving a call regarding a minor traffic accident. An officer immediately realized Mary Jo was drunk, and she was given her 7th DWI and charged with driving with a revoked license, and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. Her car was then impounded.

In the last 12 years, Mary Jo Chavez has been arrested 20 times, and served a few years in jails and prisons for various crimes, yet when she was brought in front of Magistrate George Anaya Jr., who gave allowed her to be released on the $10,000 appearance bond he had set. In court documents, it was documented that Anaya knew of Mary Jo’s 6 prior DWIs.

Mary Jo is currently not in custody and the preliminary hearing for last week’s DWI charge is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Hopefully, she manages to stay out from behind the wheel and can keep it together long enough to at least get to the courthouse.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Wife Candice Crawford are Expecting (VIDEO)

Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Wife Candice Crawford are Expecting (VIDEO)

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During a drug prevention event at a Texas high school, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo announced he’s going to be a father soon!

Dallas Cowboys Tony Tomo and his TV News Anchor wife Candice Crawford are expecting a bundle of joy.

The announcement came Tuesday, during an anti-drug rally at Cedar Hill High School, when a student asked Romo if he had any children.

“I actually have one on the way,” Romo replied, “my wife is pregnant.”

Check out the video of the announcement below!

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What’s That You Have There, Detective Diaz? Just a Video of a Couple Having Sex on a Public Bus…

What’s That You Have There, Detective Diaz? Just a Video of a Couple Having Sex on a Public Bus…

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A couple is facing criminal charges for having sex on a public bus in Pennsylvania, after a woman said she ‘needed to see her boo’, who is currently jailed, but is part of a program that allows him to occasional leave on the condition he behave during the day and return.

Earlier this year, two Lycoming County Pre-release inmates Randell Lamar Peterson and Joshua Schill, along with Amanda Louise Confer and her infant daughter, boarded a public bus together.

According to accounts told to Detective Alberto E. Diaz and with evidence of the bus’ surveillance footage, Confer and Peterson then proceeded to sit to the rear of the bus. Confer then handed her daughter to Schill who was sitting near the couple.

Confer then began to hug and kiss Peterson, until Peterson stood up, unzipped his pants, and had Confer perform oral sex on him.

After a number of minutes of that sex act, Confer and Peterson proceeded to have intercourse.

This was all happening in public view, and while the bus’ camera rolled.

Eventually the couple finished and upon returning the baby to Confer, Schill and Peterson exited the bus.

Earlier this month, after identifying those involved, Amanda Louise Confer was asked to the Lycoming County Office of the District Attorney where she admitted to performing oral sex and engaging in intercourse on the bus, and provided an account of the bus event to Detective Diaz and Det. Kenneth Mains.

On her Facebook page, Confer, in regards to Peterson wrote, “need my boo so fckin bad god i miss him so much.”

Read more at The Smoking Gun →

Manchester City Fines Carlos Tévez A Million Euros For Refusing to Play

Manchester City Fines Carlos Tévez A Million Euros For Refusing to Play

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In a move unheard of in English Soccer, the Manchester City team suspended Argentine Carlos Tévez for 2 weeks and fined him with more than a million Euros (approx $1.5 million) .

The large record setting fine, which represents a month’s salary for Tevez, was for disobeying an order from coach Roberto Mancini.

During the Champions League game between Manchester City and the Bayern Münich last month, Mancini ordered Tévez to warm up and get ready to jump in the game, as the team was losing 2-0. Tévez refused.

Manchester City’s disciplinary committee said the Argentine player failed to meet several contractual obligations, and gave the player 14 days to appeal the decision.

Tévez says that he didn’t refuse to play, but rather refused to warm up. He is reportedly planning to sue Mancini for defamation over the allegations.

Tévez’s suspension is a first in English soccer, where the maximum fine is 2 weeks salary. A special request to sanction the player was sent by Manchester officials to the players’ union for ratification of a four-week-wage fine.

Tévez has been off the team for the time indicated in his sanction and is now eligible to play with the team; coach Mancini however, maintains that Tévez will never play for the Manchester City again.

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Border Agent Sentenced to 2 Years for Abuse of Immigrant Who Claims he Received No Injuries

Border Agent Sentenced to 2 Years for Abuse of Immigrant Who Claims he Received No Injuries

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly handling a teenage drug smuggling suspect he had handcuffed.

Prosecutors claimed agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz was responsible for the bruises sustained by a 15-year-old boy during an October 2008 arrest near the Ro Grande in Texas.

Diaz, 31, was charged with depriving the teenager of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force when he lifted the boy improperly by his arms, and put his knee in his back.

Diaz’s attorneys said that no injuries were sustained from a knee to the boy’s back, just as no injuries were caused to the boy’s wrists where the handcuffs where.

The defense argued that Diaz lifted the boy by his arms in order to get him to the ground, a technique used by most officers. In the end, more than 150 pounds of marijuana were retrieved by agents near the arrest site.

Diaz had stayed with the young suspect while agents looked for drugs that had reportedly been smuggled across the river in bundles.

The 15-year-old was given immunity to testify against Diaz, who was sentenced to two years by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum in San Antonio, even after being cleared of any wrongdoing by Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

In court, the boy testified that he had not received any injuries on the day of his arrest, and only said his shoulders were soar, which was attributed to carrying the nearly 75-pound pack.

Other agents went to their on-duty supervisor after the arrest, and only after they went to a local Whataburger restaurant, saying they had witnessed the alleged assault.

Read more at The Washington Times →

Narco Bullet Proofing Auto Shop Raided by Mexican Authorities

Narco Bullet Proofing Auto Shop Raided by Mexican Authorities

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Mexican authorities have arrested a number of people at an auto shop in the state of Sinaloa, known to bulletproof vehicles used by drug cartels.

The Sunday operation resulted in 10 arrests, 10 cars that were being worked on, and another six reinforced vehicles were in a nearby warehouse.

Sinaloa is the home state of the powerful and very dangerous Sinaloa Cartel, as well as the fugitive cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escape custody in 2001.

Similar conversion shops along the U.S.-Mexico border have been raided. The army discovered a fleet of large cargo trucks in Tamaulipas that had been completely encased in steel armor.


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Spain Censors Lesbian Love Scenes in New Eva Longoria Film (VIDEO)

Spain Censors Lesbian Love Scenes in New Eva Longoria Film (VIDEO)

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The Spain distributor of “Without Men” has cut all lesbian scenes off the film, including love scenes between Eva Longoria and Kate del Castillo.

Without Men” tells the story of a journalist (Christian Slater) who stumbles upon a Latin American village ruled by women while investigating a story.

Every single man in the aforementioned village has been recruited by a local guerilla group, and so the women led by Eva Longoria begin taking on the roles of men, with comedic and –of course- lesbian-erotic results.

The film was due to be featured at the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Barcelona, but since the censorship announcement has been remove from the line-up.

Spokespeople for Tayrona Entertainment,  the film’s distribution company in Spain, said that the film was merely “re-edited” for a mainstream audience, but Xavier Daniel, the director of the Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, told AFP “We are very angry that a distributor can modify the content of a film in this manner, the audience will not understand the plot of the film if all the lesbian scenes are cut out. It is unbelievable things like this happen in the year 2011.”

What do you think? Watch the trailer for the movie below, and join our forums section for the conversation.

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Obama Promotes Student Loan Forgiveness – Hurray Say Latino Students

Obama Promotes Student Loan Forgiveness – Hurray Say Latino Students

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As President Obama said, “in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.”

That’s why the Administration is moving forward with ways to help reduce the burden of student debt and decrease monthly loan payments for more than one and a half million current college students and borrowers.

Today, the President announced a series of additional steps that the Administration will take to make college more affordable to the relief and delight of the thousands of Latino students with crushing student loan payments.

Some of the plans highlights are:

• Borrowers to cap loan payments at 10% of discretionary income.  To determine if this is a good option for you click here.
• New website launched listing alternative payment programs and deferments.
• Offer limited-time debt consolidation option and then discount those consolidated loans.
• “Know Before You Owe” new financial aid disclosure form for new college students.

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Costa Rica Considering Eliminating Airbags in Vehicles

Costa Rica Considering Eliminating Airbags in Vehicles

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Earlier this year, transport officials became divided over the topic of airbags in vehicles in the country.

Though the requirement, that all vehicles entering the country must have at least two airbags has been around since 2008, some transit officials are pushing to reverse that decision, claiming airbags are actually not safe.

However, the President of Costa Rica’s automotive association, the Cámara Costarricense Automotriz (CCA), says seat belts save lives 65 percent of the time, and if the vehicle has airbags, the percentage of lives saved increases another 15 percent.

But despite the CCA requiring all vehicles to have airbags, Costa Ricans and residents are still required to retrofit their vehicles with them.

According to a legislative commission’s October 10 decision, those with vehicles already in Costa Rica will not be required to put the airbags in their cars, though any cars coming into the country will be required to.

Along with the new airbag law, the committee decided that previous jail terms and fines for drunk drivers were not too harsh, as some had suggested, and will remain.

Read more at Inside Costa Rica →

Hurricane Rina to Impact Cruise Ships Heading Toward Mexican Ports

Hurricane Rina to Impact Cruise Ships Heading Toward Mexican Ports

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Hurricane Rina that is barreling its way toward the popular Mexican resort city of Cozumel is going to impact more than a dozen cruise ships in the area.

Cruise ship lines like Carnival and Celebrity Cruises have already announced itinerary changes for this week.  Carnival has rerouted eight ships while Celebrity diverted one of their Mexican cruise ships.

The Celebrity Millennium will bypass its Grand Cayman stop today and added a stop at Nassau.

Travelers on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean that also have Cozumel as a port stop have not announced travel itinerary changes.  Royal Caribbean’s ‘Allure of the Seas’ and the world’s largest cruise ship is due to stop in Cozumel this Friday.

Mexico coastal resort cities have already issued evacuation orders and closed schools.  Rina currently has sustained winds of 110 mph.

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Mr. and Mrs. Luna’s Wedding Crashed by Haboob Dust Storm (VIDEO)

Mr. and Mrs. Luna’s Wedding Crashed by Haboob Dust Storm (VIDEO)

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Meet Gustavo and Jenniffer Luna, the Florence, Arizona couple who tied the knot amidst a massive cloud of dust.

Gustavo and Jennifer Luna never could have known their September 10 wedding would be crashed by a Kaboob dust storm.

The Luna’s were in the middle of exchanging their vows, when strong gusts of wind blew in one after the other, and before too long dust enveloped the groom, bride, priest and guests.

Sensing that it was only going to get worse, the priest decided to hasten the nuptials, and jump into the “sand ceremony” (isn’t that ironic?); by then visibility was zero and Gustavo, probably eager to get out of the haboob and into his honeymoon said “Lets…we should just end it, let’s get out of here.”

The priest obliged and pronounced them man and wife. “You see the trees swaying in the back and you see nothing after a while. I was thinking ‘let’s get it over with.’ God. We’re eating a mouthful of dirt and everything,” Gustavo told ABC news. “At first, I was a little upset about it, but at the same time, what are you going to do? It’s the weather,” said Jenniffer.

Check out the video just released of the wedding below!

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This Chihuahua is Ready for Battle this Halloween (VIDEO)

This Chihuahua is Ready for Battle this Halloween (VIDEO)

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Some people hate when others dress up their dogs, but this little Chihuahua doesn’t seem to mind too much, strolling down the street wearing one of the funniest doggy costumes we’ve ever seen.

This tank costume was hand made and even won a local costume competition. According to the details given on the YouTube page, the wobble caused by the tank hitting the dog’s back legs has been corrected.


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Dominican Republic: One in Ten Murders Committed by Police, Accused of Brutality

Dominican Republic: One in Ten Murders Committed by Police, Accused of Brutality

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More than one in ten of all murders in the Dominican Republic, a popular Caribbean tourist destination, are committed by the police, Amnesty International said in a new report today.

Shut up if you don’t want to be killed’: Human Rights violations by the police in the Dominican Republic’, documents scores of cases of killings, torture and ill-treatment at the hands of police, gathered during three research missions in the country by Amnesty and the lack of effective investigations.

Statistics from the Office of the Prosecutor General show that at least 10 per cent of all the murders recorded in 2010 were committed by the police.  In addition, the homicide rate in the country has doubled in the last 20 years. At 25 people killed per 100,000 of the population, the rate is well above the ‘normal’ rate of five per 100,000.

Head of Amnesty International’s delegation in the Dominican Republic, Javier Zúñiga said:

“Authorities must ensure those responsible for the killings and torture face justice and that steps are taken to change the policies and practices that allow these abuses to take place. The official view continues to be that human rights violations are committed by a few corrupt or unprofessional officers who are swiftly dealt with and held accountable but the reality paints a very different picture.”

The vast majority of the fatal shootings were described by the police as “exchanges of gunfire” with criminal suspects. However, in many cases, forensic tests support the allegation that police officers deliberately shot to kill.

Amnesty International also found that while in police custody, criminal suspects have been threatened with death, beaten and denied food, water and essential medicines. Some have had plastic bags put over their heads and were hung from bars or nails by their handcuffs.  At least two people last seen in police custody are feared to have been the victims of enforced disappearance.  Only a fraction of cases reach the courts or are even investigated.

An array of obstacles, such as lack of independence and resources and the failure to properly collect and preserve forensic evidence prevents most responsible from facing justice.

As one young man told Amnesty International in October:

“If you rob somebody and this person files a complaint, if the police identify you as the robber, they look for you and without letting you speak they shoot at you…

“I was there when the police caught a friend of mine. He was a robber. The police were looking for him. One day the police went to his house. He was hiding somewhere else. The police told him: ‘Come out, we are not going to kill you, we just wanted to question you’. When he came out, they shot him twice in the head.”

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Man Upset With Lack of Meat in Chalupa, Throws Bomb at Taco Bell

Man Upset With Lack of Meat in Chalupa, Throws Bomb at Taco Bell

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A Taco Bell customer in Georgia was so angry about the quality of his purchase that he tossed a fire bomb at the building.

Albany, GA police responded to reports that the outer wall of a Taco Bell was burned just to the side of the drive-thru window.

The manager of the fast-food restaurant told police an angry customer had called earlier that day complaining that his Chalupas did not have enough meat. The man made racial slurs, and threatened to “redecorate” the Taco Bell.

When police arrived after the Molotov cocktail was thrown, they found a melted plastic bottle with what is believe to be gasoline.

Due to the poor quality of the surveillance cameras, police are having trouble identifying the culprit.

ImageOn Friday, a Taco Bell in Virginia was also seeing fire.

A customer said it noticed sparks coming from one of the building’s outdoor signs.

The Farmville restaurant was evacuated and the fire department arrived within minutes.

According to Farmville Fire Chief Ben Sears, the fire began around 10 p.m. the sign burned and melted down the side of the building. The Taco Bell was closed for the rest of the night, but opened the next day. Patrons could still see the melted remnants along the building wall.

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International Aid Coming to Flood-Ravaged El Salvador

International Aid Coming to Flood-Ravaged El Salvador

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United Nations aid agencies are ramping up their efforts to provide shelter, food and health care to El Salvador, which is facing one of the greatest disasters in its history as heavy rains continue to cause severe flooding across Central America.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that 56,000 people have been displaced and many are in need of water, food and sanitation. The agency also said there has been an increase in reported cases of flood-related illnesses such as diarrhea, conjunctivitis, chicken pox, and dengue fever.

During a press briefing in Geneva, OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said a $15.7 million joint flash appeal with the Government will be launched tomorrow with the aim of assisting 300,000 people in the next six months.

The appeal will focus on providing shelter, drinking water, food and health services as well as actively monitoring the country’s two principal volcanoes, as there is particular concern about possible mudslides and seismic movements in populated areas, including San Salvador, the capital.

OCHA reported that 69 per cent of the country has been affected, with the floods causing significant damage to roads and infrastructure, and hampering access to remote areas.

The situation is also precarious in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Belize, which have also been affected by the heavy rains. At present, OCHA estimates the overall number of affected people to be 1.2 million, but said this figure was constantly evolving, making it difficult to calculate how many people need assistance.

 

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For 20th Consecutive Year UN General Assembly Calls for End to US - Cuban Embargo

The General Assembly renewed its call, for the 20th consecutive year, for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century.

In a resolution adopted by 186 votes in favour to two against (Israel and the US) and three abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau), the Assembly reiterated its call to all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.

It also urged them to repeal or invalidate such laws and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the resolution at the Assembly’s next session, which begins in September 2012.

Introducing the text, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Foreign Minister of Cuba, stated that the US has never hidden the fact that the objective of the embargo – which he said has caused more than $975 billion in damage to the Cuban people – is to overthrow his country’s Government.

“What the US Government wants to see changed will not change,” he stated, declaring that the Cuban Government will continue to be “the government of the people, by the people and for the people.

“Our elections shall not be auction sales. There shall not be $4 billion electoral campaigns nor a parliament supported by 13 per cent of voters,” he added.

The US representative, Ronald Godard, said that for yet another year, the Assembly is taking up a resolution designed to confuse and obscure.

Mr. Godard added that the economic relationship between the US and Cuba is a bilateral issue and is not appropriately a concern of the Assembly.

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Luxury Private Plane Stolen and Flown out of Dominican Republic Prompting TSA Investigation

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) and state security bodies are investigating the theft of a private plane from La Isabela International Airport in northern Santo Domingo. The plane, a Beechcraft King Air 200 US registration N871, took off on Sunday, at 3:12am and was spotted on the Las Americas airport radar, reportedly heading in direction to South America.

The Specialized Airport Security Corps (CESA) said that it was the property of a priest who lives in Arizona. The pastor was keeping the airplane at one of the Grupo Puntacana hangars at the airport. The authorities did not inform the media if the owner of the airplane was in the Dominican Republic.

News reports say the thieves had time to prepare an alternative disused runway and steal 150 gallons of fuel in eight containers from another hangar. They also managed to tow the plane for 75 meters and doctored the airport closed circuit video camera system, unnoticed by military security.

19 employees of CESA that were working at the airport on Sunday morning are under investigation and now U.S. transportation security (TSA) personnel are heading to the Dominican to help with the investigation.  The country is fearful that the U.S. might sanction flights from the DR and flights coming from this key airport that is some 800 miles from the U.S.

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WednesdayOctober 26, 2011