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SundayOctober 30, 2011

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Catholic Church in Cuba Lives a New Relationship with Government

Catholic Church in Cuba Lives a New Relationship with Government

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The dialogue with the government of Raul Castro remains open, and touches all sectors of national life, including the process of economic reforms on the island, the Catholic Church is experiencing a “new relationship” with the state and the people: is what Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of San Cristobal de la Habana confirmed.

Cardinal Ortega has also announced that Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed him as Archbishop of Havana (the Cardinal had recently presented his resignation, due to his 75 years of age) and defined the possibility of the Pope’s trip to Cuba “not excluded”.

As reported to Fides by the local Church, the highest Catholic authority on the island has noted the continuing dialogue with the Cuban government remains open after the happy episode of political prisoners released in 2010: “There is always dialogue that has to do with the life of the Church, with the pastoral work and also with the life of the nation, with the economic changes, the changes that society expects and that the Church has encouraged, supported and long waited for”, said the Cardinal.

With regards to these changes and the plan of economic reforms managed by President Raul Castro, Cardinal Ortega admitted that perhaps he could “speed up things, but stressed that the important thing is that these changes take place “with approval” and that the prospect is “expansion”. “There is no worry of going back, but to see progress, hope and confidence”, he said.

Cardinal Ortega also claimed that the Catholic Church in Cuba lives “a new relationship, not only with the state, but with the Cuban people. This is possible thanks to a new climate that we could breathe in our pastoral”, he reiterated.

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‘Anonymous’ Hacker Kidnapped by Zeta’s, Group Threatens to Reveal Narco’s Corrupt Allies

‘Anonymous’ Hacker Kidnapped by Zeta’s, Group Threatens to Reveal Narco’s Corrupt Allies

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In a one-of-kind move that is full of bravado and boldness the hacker group ‘Anonymous’ is threatening the vicious Mexican narco cartel Los Zetas.  Allegedly one of the international hacker’s from “Anonymous” was kidnapped by the Zetas in Veracruz.

While kidnapping by the Zetas is unfortunately quit common, the Zetas are not use to being threatened for doing so. An Internet video posted by ‘Anonymous’ has threatened the cartel with exposure of their corrupt allies in the Mexican police force, government and news media.

The vicious narcos, whose crime trade mark’s are decapitations and skinning of victims, aren’t expected to take the threat lightly.  ‘Anonymous’ gave the Zetas until November 5, to release the unidentified kidnap victim or they would release names, photos and property of their allies. 

Apparently the ‘Anonymous’ member was kidnapped according to the global intelligence firm Stratfor during a “street level protest named Operation Paperstorm in Veracruz.”

Stratfor is predicting only more violence can come from this situation. “If Anonymous carries out its threat, it will almost certainly lead to the deaths of individuals named as cartel associates, whether or not the information released is accurate. Furthermore, as Mexican cartels have targeted online journalists and bloggers in the past, hackers could well be targeted for reprisal attacks.”

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Norberto Barba’s ‘Grimm’ Premieres to 6.5 Million Viewers

Norberto Barba’s ‘Grimm’ Premieres to 6.5 Million Viewers

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Director and Executive Producer Norberto Barba is enjoying the positive reviews of his newest television project ‘Grimm’, that premiered last night on NBC.  In addition the new show premiered with 6.5 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Taking his cues from Spanish horror classics as well as American gothic classic’s Barba set out to create a unique fantasy/mystery/crime drama, according to Latin Heat.  Barba has served as director and executive producer for numerous other prime-time television shows such as CSI: NY, The Mentalist and Law & Order. 

In his role as executive producer of Grimm he helped bring to life the story line written by Ben Siegler about a detective who tracks a killer who models his murders after Grimms’ fairy tales.

Barba is a three-time ALMA award nominee and once served in the U.S. Army Special Forces in Psychological Operations. 

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Argentinian Fishermen Catch Three-Eyed Fish in Nuclear Power Plant Reservoir

Argentinian Fishermen Catch Three-Eyed Fish in Nuclear Power Plant Reservoir

Photo: Three-eyed fish from Cordoba Nuclear Power reservoir

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Locals had been concerned about the hot water being pumped into the Cordoba province reservoir by the nearby nuclear facility now that concerned has turned into a panic.

A group of fisherman caught a wolf fish that happened to have a third eye.  This type of fish that is pretty much everywhere in the tropical climate is nothing to get exited about, though folklore has some of them attacking small dogs and humans.  But no one was expecting to catch one with a third eye.

The fisherman wisely decided not to eat the fish and instead gave it up to local authorities to test it to see if nuclear waste in the reservoir caused the mutation. 

Other reports out of Argentina say the fisherman got tired of trying to have locals come pick up the fish for inspection and threw him out. 

All of this sounds hauntingly familiar to a Simpson’s episode???

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10-Year Old Jasmen Gonzalez Missing After Possibly Sleepwalking Out of the House

10-Year Old Jasmen Gonzalez Missing After Possibly Sleepwalking Out of the House

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Carrollton, Texas police are looking for 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez that disappeared out of the house she was staying at late Saturday night.

The 10-year-old and her family that are from Oklahoma City were staying in Texas visiting relatives when police say Gonzalez wandered out of the house possibly sleepwalking.  Her family is extremely worried since she is unfamiliar with the area and was last seen wearing her pajamas with no socks, shoes or her glasses.

The youngster was last seen at about 11:45 pm Saturday.  Carrollton police have called in the Dallas police and FBI to aid in the search.  Local police did say they are looking for a white Ford F-150 pick up truck with Texas license plates but did not say why.

Jasmen is described as Hispanic, 4’-3” tall, 90 lbs. with long brown hair. She has a small mole on her upper lip. While she normally wears glasses, she left the house without them.

Police have asked anyone with information about Jasmen Gonzalez to contact the Carrollton Police Department at (972)466-3333.

 

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Having Sex While Skydiving Didn’t Break Rules Says FAA to Porn Star Alex Torres

Having Sex While Skydiving Didn’t Break Rules Says FAA to Porn Star Alex Torres

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Latino lover and porn star Alex Torres, also known as Voodoo, appears to be in the clear says the FAA after having sex with a coworker while skydiving.

The incident came to federal aviation regulators attention when the video of the mid-air sex scenes were videotaped and posted on the internet.  Though Torres did not face any criminal charges the FAA was concerned that the foreplay in Alex Torres shenanigans—which happened while Torres and “Skydive Taft” receptionist Hope Howell were still onboard the small aircraft, might have distracted, jostled or bumped the pilot flying the vessel, which is a violation of Federal Aviation regulations. Torres allegedly told the pilot he had been authorized to perform the sex stunt. 

The FAA has concluded Torres and Howell did not break any federal rules since the pilot was not distracted by the midair sex act.  Torres who also worked part-time as a skydiving instructor has been fired from the California skydiving business and has also removed the sex video from his website, at least for now he has.

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Texas Hotel Owner Sentenced 15 Yrs in Prison for Smuggling & Harboring 5,000 Illegal Aliens

Texas Hotel Owner Sentenced 15 Yrs in Prison for Smuggling & Harboring 5,000 Illegal Aliens

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A downtown El Paso hotel owner was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to smuggle, transport and/or harbor illegal aliens, money laundering and tax fraud.

Song U. Chon, 55, owner of the Gateway Hotel, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison followed by three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution to the government. 

According to the investigation by immigration and border officials, the defendant and his co-horts harbored at least 5,000 smuggled aliens from 2003 to 2009 at the Gateway Hotel.

Jurors found that beginning in June 2003 and continuing to May 2009, the defendants conspired and devised a plan to smuggle hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States from Mexico, Central America, South America, Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. The defendants harbored the aliens in El Paso using the Gateway Hotel and other locations. The defendants supplied them with shelter, food and clothing until their family or “sponsor” paid a fee, usually about $2,000. Once the fee was paid, generally by Western Union and/or Money Gram, the defendants transported the illegal aliens to their final destination in the United States.

Jurors further found that Chon laundered the proceeds of the alien smuggling conspiracy by using illegal profits to promote the alien smuggling scheme.

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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

Photo: Introducing This Week From Mexico, La Octava Maravilla

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, la octava maravilla

Introducing:

From Mexico:

Artist: La Octava Maravilla
Song: Take 5 (Dave Brubeck Cover)

Band Members:
Max Reyes - Saxophone
Arturo Elias López - Electric Guitar

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More Americans Than Ever Say they Believe in Ghosts

More Americans Than Ever Say they Believe in Ghosts

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Rasmussen Reports, a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information, has decided to see if you are a ghost believer.  A new study by the national pollster shows that nearly one-in-three American adults or 31 percent believe in ‘spectral phenomena’ better known as ghosts.

While 62 percent of Americans don’t believe in ghosts the one-in-three statistics means that more Americans than ever before say they believe in ghosts.  Only seven percent of the people surveyed aren’t sure.  Maybe they need to watch Paranormal Activity or ghost hunters to become believers.

We don’t need an official study to know that overwhelmingly Latinos believe in ghosts and love folklore tales that involve dead spirits like La Llorona and to make sure we aren’t haunted by ghosts celebrate the dead on November 2nd with Dia de los Muertos. 

 

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STUDY:  Hispanic Teens Least Bullied Minority in Schools, While Asian Americans Most Bullied

STUDY:  Hispanic Teens Least Bullied Minority in Schools, While Asian Americans Most Bullied

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New data compiled by the Department of Justice and Department of Education show that Hispanic teens are the least bullied minority teens at a rate of 34.3 percent while Asian Americans the most bullied.

The government research shows that 54 percent of Asian American teens are reporting some type of bullying in school while 38.4 percent of African Americans are reporting bullying.  Hispanic teens and white teens have lower instances of reporting bullying at 34.3 percent and 31.3 percent, respectively. 

Asian Americans also reported higher instances of cyber-bulling than any other race or ethnicity.  Some 62 percent of all Asian American teens are reporting online harassment.  The study did not delve into causes for such high rates of bullying for Asian Americans.

Nonetheless, government officials lay blamed on an overall increase in racial abuse especially for children perceived to be Muslim. 

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ACLU Charges Chicago Minority Neighborhoods Have Less Police Protection

ACLU Charges Chicago Minority Neighborhoods Have Less Police Protection

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) and a Chicago neighborhood organization have filed suit against the City of Chicago alleging minority neighborhoods receive less police protection versus white neighborhoods.

The suit cites that there are delays in dispatching police officers to respond to 911 calls in neighborhoods that are predominantly African American and Hispanic; in essence providing unequal service. 

The lawsuit cites various independent reports that there are less officers in minority, higher crime districts despite the demand for them.  There have been instances in these minority neighborhoods that due to demand there are not officers available to answer a call for help.

Apparently, in spite of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent deployment of police officers it does not equalize the number of officers proportional to the number of 911 calls coming from minority districts.

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Seven Members of Ecuadorian Immigrant Family Killed in IN Crash, Bodies to be Returned Home

Seven Members of Ecuadorian Immigrant Family Killed in IN Crash, Bodies to be Returned Home

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Ten members of related Ecuadorian immigrant families were involved in a deadly crash on Indiana’s Toll road leaving seven of them dead late Thursday night.  Ecuador’s Consulate General has now announced that those family members will get their wish to be returned and buried in their home country.

The family members representing the Quizhpe, Yupa and and Chimborazo families said the group was living in Chicago and enroute to New Jersey for a family baptism.  The minivan driver and one of the survivors Manuel Chimborazo apparently hit a deer and when he slowed down was rear ended by a semi-trailer who was traveling 65 mph.  The fatal crash killed seven of the family members including four children ranging in age from 6-weeks old to 15-years old.  The families had lived for several years in Chicago and immigrated to the United States to work in the construction industry.

Family members did not know how they would transport all the bodies to their home country until the Ecuador Consulate stepped in to help the family with financial and legal help to the bodies back to Ecuador.

None of the passengers were wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred. The truck driver was not cited for alcohol or drug use and was treated and released from a local hospital.

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SundayOctober 30, 2011