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ThursdayNovember 3, 2011

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Ecuador Secures Loans to Improve Access to Electricity in Rural Areas

Ecuador Secures Loans to Improve Access to Electricity in Rural Areas

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $40 million loan with which Ecuador will increase and improve access to electricity in rural and marginal urban communities.

“The loan will finance projects that will connect 30,000 households in rural and marginal urban areas to electrical power and improve the service that 210,000 other homes have today,” said IDB project team leader Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho.

To ensure economically viable, sustainable, reliable, and high-quality access to electricity, the project includes institutional strengthening and training in the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and economic and financial evaluation of rural electrification projects.

Bringing electricity to a community typically allows for a longer workday in the home and the use of tools that increase domestic productivity. By the project’s completion in 2013, the reading time available to children and adults in dwellings receiving electricity for the first time will increase 50 percent; the sense of security and quality of life in benefited communities is expected to rise 40 percent; and the projected number of economically active persons per household and of businesses per community will double.

In 2009, an estimated 92.6 percent of Ecuadoreans had electricity (95.7 percent in urban areas and 84.7 percent in rural areas). Preliminary data from the 2010 census indicate that approximately one million people had no electricity. The government is targeting 97 percent national coverage by 2013.

The IDB has supported the development of Ecuador’s electricity sector for more than 40 years.

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Calls Grow for White House Director Cecilia Muñoz to Resign for her Immigration Stance

Calls Grow for White House Director Cecilia Muñoz to Resign for her Immigration Stance

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A Latino radio host and blogger is calling for Cecilia Muñoz to resign from the White House for her defense of the administration’s deportation policies. Presente.org, the immigrant rights group that led the petition to get CNN’s Lou Dobbs off the air, is demanding that Muñoz denounce the Secure Communities program.

In response, a group of some of the nation’s leading immigrant advocacy organizations released a statement Monday in support of Muñoz.

The controversy may reveal a difference of opinion within the immigrant rights movement over which strategy to take when advocating for the rights of immigrants in the United States.

At the center of the storm is Muñoz, a longtime immigrant rights organizer who now works for an administration that has overseen the deportation of a record number of undocumented immigrants.

Before joining the White House, Muñoz worked for the National Council of La Raza, where she was known as an advocate for immigrants’ rights. Muñoz was appointed Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in 2009, and has since gotten flak from some immigration advocates for her statements defending the Obama administration’s policies.

Among the most controversial is Secure Communities, the program that requires municipal police to share the fingerprints of all arrestees with federal immigration authorities. The administration claims that the program focuses on deporting criminals, but critics argue that many of those deported under the program have been undocumented immigrants with no criminal record.

Others joined in the call for Muñoz to resign after she appeared in a Frontline documentary about federal immigration detention centers that aired on public television on Oct. 18. On that program, Muñoz said this about the record number of deportations under the Obama administration:

“At the end of the day, when you have immigration law that’s broken and you have a community of 10 million, 11 million people living and working in the United States illegally, some of these things are going to happen. Even if the law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children. They don’t have to like it, but it is a result of having a broken system of laws. And the answer to that problem is reforming the law….”

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Human Trafficking on Rise in Bolivia, 37 Children Disappear in Just 3 Months

Human Trafficking on Rise in Bolivia, 37 Children Disappear in Just 3 Months

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In just three months, 75 children have been reported missing in Sucre, and only 38 of them have been found, this leads us to think that the others are likely to be victims of human trafficking.

These cases were handled by the Child and Family Division of the special anti-crime Force (FELCC), between July and September this year. Lieutenant Colonel Rivas Susana, commander of the brigade for the protection of the family, presented this information during a workshop and a panel discussion that took place on November 1, to analyze the full bill against human trafficking.

According to information gathered by Fides, a police representative said that the people still missing “may be regarded as cases of human trafficking”, so he urged the public and private institutions to work with “strategic alliances”. Rivas did not exclude the possibility that these missing people may be “used for labor and sexual exploitation”. On the other hand he regretted that currently “children are easily transferred from the province to the city and from the city to other parts of the country, and there is insufficient control on behalf of the institutions”.

The representatives of the Institutions in defense of human rights of Chuquisaca, both public and private, met on Tuesday, November 1, to discuss and enrich the bill to combat human trafficking. Jose Rocha, Coordinator of the Bolivian Youth Consortium (CONBOJUV), said that the opportunity allowed to “see ourselves as protagonists of a proposal”.

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Anonymous Says It Has 25,000 Narco Emails that Will Unveil Zeta Collaborators (VIDEO)

Anonymous Says It Has 25,000 Narco Emails that Will Unveil Zeta Collaborators (VIDEO)

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Barret Brown, spokesperson for Anonymous, said the hacktivist group has examined 25,000 stolen Mexican Government documents to compile a list of at least 75 Zeta collaborators.

Brown says the release is mostly made up of Mexican cab drivers, police men and politicians with ties to the vicious Mexican Zetas cartel; there is also allegedly, an American district attorney on the list. “The DA has worked with another organized crime outfit that may or may not be peripheral to the Zetas, but which is probably not connected in any significant way,” Brown confided to “The Atlantic Wire

Take a look at the video below, where

Barret Brown speaks about Anonymous and their plan to attack the Zetas cartel this weekend.


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Mexico’s Drug War has Many Looking to Wizards, Witches and Warlocks for Protection

For many in Mexico, protection from the drug cartels can no longer be expected from local law enforcement or federal soldiers, so they have looked to other avenues for protection, sorcery.

Looking to the Olmec roots of some of Mexico’s towns, many Mexicans have turned to the occult for protection from the ongoing drug violence.

The New York Times spoke to warlock Luis Tomás Marthen Torres of Catemaco, MX, who said, “People ask us for assistance because they’re scared of threats, of extortion. They’re full of negative energy.”

And though warlocks like Marthen Torres used to be asked to cast love spells, and cure ailments, they are now being asked to provide customers with protection.

However, as the cartels take whatever they want in their quest for power, business owners and everyday citizens are being forced to hand over what little money they are able to scrap together, and warlocks and witches are not exempt, though many have continued their practices, wanting only to provide comfort to those that ask them for it.

Still, many in the practice have stopped in the wake of increased threats and extortion.

As for the occult practitioners that remain, keeping their doors open may be bringing in more money than before, as their competition is waning.

Marthen Torres however, says he performs free cleanses he calls “social services” for those who have had everything taken from them, both love ones and money.

Since President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels, roughly 40,000 people have been killed, while some of those who remain are left with nothing.

Read more at New York Times →

The Cruel Story of The Mexican Monkey Woman, Still in Limbo

The Cruel Story of The Mexican Monkey Woman, Still in Limbo

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Through her life, and many years after her death, Julia Pastrana was exhibited around the world as a freak show. Today, a Mexican artist struggles to repatriate her remains.

In the 19th century, Sinaloa born Julia Pastrana became famous in circuses and fairs throughout the world; a rare combination of hypertrichosis and gingival hyperplasia caused her entire body to be covered with thick, black hair and her gums to grow inside her mouth deforming her jaw, making her look like an ape.

She had a melodious mezzo-soprano voice, played the guitar and danced with grace. She was apparently sweet and polite, an avid reader, very intelligent, and spoke 3 languages fluently.  She spent her life however, traveling the world as a freak act managed by Theodore Lent, a twisted man who married her to be able to control her and profit from her appearance.

In 1860, Julia became pregnant and Lent sold tickets for the delivery, which happened during a Moscow tour; the baby was born with his mother’s disorder, and died within 35 hours surrounded by people who had purchased tickets. Julia died two days later.

Lent had the bodies of his wife an child mummified, and continued showing them around the world. He sold the remains before he died, and until 1973, Julia’s remains toured the entire world.

From there on, the mummified beaten up body of Julia traveled through forensic institutes and universities and ended up in Norway, at the Medical Sciences Institute in Oslo.

Laura Anderson Barbata, a Mexican artist living in Oslo heard the sad story and has waged a legal battle to repatriate Julia’s remains to México since 1996.

In 2008, Anderson Barbata’s investigation found that Julia’s remains have been stored in Oslo’s Medical Sciences institute for decades, pending an investigation on her unique condition, an investigation nobody has cared to delve into.

The Institute has said that they would seriously consider returning the remains, if Julia Pastrana’s relatives wanted her to be buried in Mexico in a Catholic ceremony. Unable to find any living relatives of Pastrana, Anderson Barbata hopes to find a record of baptism or first communion to justify the return of the body for moral reasons.



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CNN Revamps Mornings With Latinas Soledad O’Brien and Zoraida Sambolin

CNN Revamps Mornings With Latinas Soledad O’Brien and Zoraida Sambolin

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CNN is looking to change things up a bit and is doing so by revamping its morning programming. The news network will be moving Soledad O’Brien to take over the 7-9 a.m. show, while bringing in fellow Latina, Zoraida Sambolin, and Ashleigh Banfield.

Thursday, CNN announced it would be launching a new format of news and conversation in the morning. O’Brien, an award-winning journalist, will take the helm of the 7 to 9 a.m. ET show, with Sambolin and Banfield anchoring from 5 to 7 a.m. ET show.

Sambolin, a local Chicago newscaster, said she is excited to be moving up to a national news network with Banfield, saying, “I am completely thrilled to be coming to CNN. Ashleigh is an accomplished journalist with an incredible wit and dynamic personality. I look forward to collaborating with her and working together.”

During her time with NBC 5 News in Chicago, Sambolin became a leader in the city’s large Latino community, and now that she will have a national audience she said she hopes to “inform, enlighten and build a strong relationship with…viewers.”

O’Brien’s 7-9 show will replace the currently poorly-rated “American Morning”, which she co-hosted from 2003-2007.

When asked how the show will be different when it begins in 2012, O’Brien said she wants her show to be “smarter.”

And just as Sambolin is moving from NBC, he co-host Banfield will be moving to CNN from MSNBC.

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J.R. Martínez Named Grand Marshal of 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade

J.R. Martínez Named Grand Marshal of 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade

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Dancing With the Stars favorite and war hero, J.R. Martínez has been chosen to be the next Grand Marshal of the ‘Tournament of the Roses’ Parade!

Martínez has been selected to lead a procession of floats through Pasadena on January 2, 2012 before the 98th Rose Bowl football match. Martínez will also toss the coin at the beginning of the game.

“To be able to participate in this iconic American tradition on New Year’s Day is something I could only imagine,” Martinez said in a statement. “I believe everything happens for a reason and I’m grateful the events of my life have provided me with the opportunity to share my message of hope and possibility on New Year’s Day.”

“J.R. Martinez is an inspiration to us all and a natural fit for our theme Just Imagine…,” said Rick Jackson, president of the Tournament of Roses. “J.R. is not only a courageous and engaging role model for us all but has dedicated himself to helping not only servicemen and servicewomen, but all Americans facing challenges. His outlook on life is admirable and we couldn’t be happier to have the chance to celebrate the New Year with him as we entertain the millions of fans around the world during the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.”

Read more at The Rose Parade News →

Help Chihuahuas and Friend Survive Hundreds of Bee Stings

Help Chihuahuas and Friend Survive Hundreds of Bee Stings

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A dog owner is asking for help paying veterinarian bills after her dogs were stung multiple times by a swarm of bees.

Carissa Musaraca of Chula Vista, is worried she will not be able to pay for the medical care needed by two of her four dogs after a large swarm of bees stung them hundreds of times, causing organ damage and pain.

The 24-year-old’s 14-year-old Chow named Girl was stung more than 100 times, and has had to have all of her fur shaved off to be properly cared for. Her Chihuahua, 8-year-old Boomer, was stung about 50 times. Sadly, Musaraca’s 12-year-old Dalmatian mix, Faith, was stung hundreds of times and died on the way to the veterinarian, after suffering a seizure. A fourth dog, a Chihuahua named Tinkerbell was stung only once and is doing well.

Musaraca, who has owned all of the dogs since they were puppies, said she has no idea where the bees came from. She had given the dogs bones Tuesday morning while they were outside, but when she checked up on them later, she said saw a “gigantic tornado of bees.”

The San Diego-Union Tribune stated:

Chula Vista Deputy Fire Chief Jim Garcia said the bees came from a hive in the back yard of Howell’s house on Ocala Avenue near Tarata Court. Garcia said a few thousand bees were swarming in the yard.

Musaraca and her 77-year-old grandmother were also stung but did not need medical attention.

Exterminators and police officials say that typical bee season is over, so it is frightening that these bees are even around right now. Upon investigation, 50 lbs of honeycomb were found, and none of the home’s residents have been allowed back.

For those wishing to help Musaraca care for her beloved animals, which she said are “like my family,” donations can be called into Otay Pet Vets, where the dogs are being treated, on Musaraca’s behalf. The animal hospital can be reached at (619) 421-1698.

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New Spanish-Language Initiative from National Center for Learning Disabilities

New Spanish-Language Initiative from National Center for Learning Disabilities

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Today one in five school children is Hispanic, and it is estimated that Hispanics will account for 95% of the teen population growth in the U.S. in the next decade.

Many of these children are at special risk for lower academic achievement, grade repetition, and school dropout. Hispanic families need access to information about learning disabilities (LD) and other resources to help their children receive the services and supports they need to succeed in school and beyond.

A first-of-its-kind Spanish-language initiative for children facing learning disabilities is being launched to increase early detection and intervention of learning disabilities, which can be pivotal to educational success.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has launched an extensive toolkit and informational campaign in Spanish to help families detect the signs of LD, work with their children to develop and enhance skills, and be an advocate for their children at school. This comprehensive toolkit is the first-of-its-kind for Hispanic families, with over three-dozen Spanish-language resources available including an interactive guide to help parents detect learning disabilities and recommendations for helping young children overcome barriers to early reading.

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Firefighters Called to Remove 5 Migrants Stuck in Sewage Tunnel at U.S.-Mexico Border

Firefighters Called to Remove 5 Migrants Stuck in Sewage Tunnel at U.S.-Mexico Border

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Wednesday, firefighters had to remove a group of people from a sewage tunnel near the U.S.-Mexico border.

San Diego and Chula Vista firefighters, with help from U.S. Border Patrol agents, spent 45 minutes digging out five people who had become trapped in a sewage tunnel then they crawled to a point where a fence, put in the tunnel itself, made it impossible to get through the U.S. side of the border.

It is believed the group of migrants entered the sewage tunnel through a manhole on the Mexican side of the border, and they were recovered on the 9800 block of Via De La Amistad in Otay Mesa, CA. One of the men became stuck and was calling for help.

U.S. Border Patrol dogs were called in to assist in finding which manhole the group was near. Once they were removed one by one, the migrants were hosed down due to their exposure to sewage. Border Patrol officials said the group - four men and one women – were in good health and without injuries.

This tunnel is one of many found recently, as border officials have discovered a number of tunnels in the Tijuana-San Diego region, which have been used to for both human and drug trafficking.

One of the rescued men said he paid a smuggler $5,000 to get him in to the U.S.

Border Patrol is checking the migrants’ records to see if any of them are wanted for serious crimes in the U.S., and if not, they will be sent back across the border.

It is said the point of exit will be monitored until it can be sealed with concrete.

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“Lumia” The Name of the New Nokia Phone, Means “Prostitute” in Spanish

“Lumia” The Name of the New Nokia Phone, Means “Prostitute” in Spanish

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Nokia’s first Windows Smart Phone will be called “Lumia,” which is an old Spanish word for “Prostitute.”

Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia presented last week their first two smart phone models equipped with Microsoft’s operative system, the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710.

Lumia, a term coined by 20th Century artist Thomas Wilfred to refer to ‘art created from light,’ is incidentally also an old Spanish synonym of ‘prostitute.’

Nokia was reportedly aware, but according to spokespeople for the company, more than 60% of Spanish consumers who participated in their market studies associated ‘lumia’ with “light” and “style,” and only a few were actually aware of the other definition.

Our Spanish speaking staff didn’t know the word, it apparently has gypsy roots, and hasn’t been used for quite some time; they still found a little weird that the Nokia peeps approved the prostitute phone when the company’s slogan is “Connecting People.”



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LATINO BLOTTER: Latina Scalped During Girl on Girl Fight

LATINO BLOTTER: Latina Scalped During Girl on Girl Fight

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A New Mexico woman is in the hospital after part of her scalp was ripped from her head during a fight with another woman.

Police in Las Cruzes, NM say Gabriela Nunez, 19, and a former friend were at the same party when a fight broke out between them early Saturday morning.

What began as a verbal argument quickly escalated to physical violence and the two women began throwing punches and pulling hair. Police say that at one point, when the other girl attempted to leave, Nunez pulled her hair so hard it ripped part of the skin from her head. The woman was able to get away from Nunez and was able to get to a hospital.

Police say her injuries were non-life threatening.

Nunez was arrested Saturday evening and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center. She was charged with one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, and her bond was set at $10,000.

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Brazilian Police Car Crashes Into Smuggler’s Plane (VIDEO)

Brazilian Police Car Crashes Into Smuggler’s Plane (VIDEO)

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Brazilian feds arrested a gang of five smugglers after crashing their police vehicle into the left wing of the criminal’s plane.

The video below shows a group of Federal policemen in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil chasing a white plane, filled with stolen electronics.

After a month long investigation police launched an operation to catch the criminals red-handed, but at the last minute the criminals got on a plane and were preparing to take off.

But the Brazilian feds were not going to let their efforts go to waste and to prevent the criminals from taking off, rammed their plane with the cop car.

Five smugglers were arrested and police seized 114 laptops as well as stolen printers and cameras.

Take a look at the amazing footage below, and join our forum section for the conversation. 

 

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Conan Stops for a Drink With Argentine Woman While Delivering Chinese Food in NYC (VIDEO)

Conan Stops for a Drink With Argentine Woman While Delivering Chinese Food in NYC (VIDEO)

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Self-deprecating funnyman, Conan O’Brien told his audience he had been missing New York City since he began shooting his late night talk show on the other side of the country.

So while temporarily filming in his former home this week, the hilarious redhead pointed out that at any time of day, people in NYC could have Chinese food delivered to them, so he decided to become the delivery boy for a local Chinese food restaurant and meet some NYC residents.

Along his hectic journey, Conan came across an Argentine woman. He easily became a bit distracted by the woman, whom he called “very beautiful”. (Jump to 3:54 of the video.) Though he stopped to ask for directions, he was offered an Argentine drink called Mate before heading back to his deliveries. His only question about the tea: Is this marijuana?

Watch the hilarity that was his delivery career.


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State Department Officials Travel to El Salvador to Discuss Economic Development

State Department Officials Travel to El Salvador to Discuss Economic Development

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Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julissa Reynoso will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador, today through tomorrow.

During the trip, Assistant Secretary Fernandez will sign a Joint Statement of Principles with the Government of El Salvador that will formally implement the Partnership for Growth initiative between the United States and El Salvador. Partnership for Growth is a signature effort of President Obama’s development policy, focused on economic growth as the core priority for U.S development efforts.

President Obama and President Funes announced the U.S.-El Salvador Partnership for Growth during President Obama’s March 2011 visit to El Salvador. The Joint Statement of Principles signals our two countries’ intent to pursue a joint action plan to address the most critical constraints to broad-based, sustainable, and inclusive growth in El Salvador.

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¡Felicidades! Panama on Your 108th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Panama on Your 108th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Panama is celebrating and rejoicing its 108-year old independence when it separated from Colombia and had earlier in its history broke away from Spain. 

The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations.  Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia.  With U.S. backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 on November 3rd.

Panama has always been critical to trade routes with its Panal Canal built by the U.S. back in 1904.  The country has bragging rights as the third largest economy in Central America thanks in great part to canal tariffs.  The country also enjoys one of the largest rainforest in the world and a large biodiverse region.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent her congratulations to the people of Panama:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Panama on the 108th anniversary of your independence this November 3.

From the construction of the Panama Canal that began more than a century ago to the recent signing of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, our two countries have developed deep cultural, economic, and familial ties. These bonds continue to provide a firm foundation for our close cooperation. We look forward to deepening our partnership as we continue to promote economic growth and opportunity, social and economic inclusion, and a more secure and democratic future for our peoples.

On this Independence Day, whether you join in the day’s festive parades or celebrate at home with family and friends, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. “¡Felicitaciones!”

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Catholic Girls School Enroute to Aid Poor in Argentina Struck by Train, 8 Die

Catholic Girls School Enroute to Aid Poor in Argentina Struck by Train, 8 Die

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Argentina is in shock after the tragedy that occurred yesterday, near San Luis, which caused the death of six girls between 10 and 11 years of age, and two teachers.

According to information gathered by the Catholic news agency Fides, shortly before noon 49 people were traveling on the bus, some girls from the St. Mary Catholic School in San Luis and teachers, were hit by a freight train carrying coal, at the crossroads on the Provincial 3 street, in San Luis, near the town of Zanjitas. It was suppose to be a day dedicated to “solidarity and spiritual encounter,” because the students were heading towards Cazador, about forty kilometers from the capital city San Luis, to bring food and clothing for the children of the only school of Cazador, in a very poor area.

The priest Daniel Perez, who was traveling in a car in front of the bus, said that he only heard a terrible noise “something unbelievable”, he said. The nun who was with the girls does not know how she managed to get out from under the bus, the train dragged her for about 150 meters.

The Bishop of San Luis, Mgr. Pedro Martinez, immediately went to the hospital in San Luis, where some of the girls were taken and said that they were happy to participate in this mission and to help those who are very poor. “If I had a miraculous word to comfort the families, I would say it, but we are all very upset because we are talking about children”, said the Bishop, asking the press to respect the grief of the families in this tragedy that the whole country is taking about.

Police are investigating into how the the accident happened, hypothesizing a bus failure that stopped just as it was crossing the tracks.

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New Research: 5,000 Children or More Living in Foster Care Due to Deportations

New Research: 5,000 Children or More Living in Foster Care Due to Deportations

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Shattered Families”, a new report from the Applied Research Center (ARC) conservatively estimates that there are more than 5,000 children currently living in foster care whose parents have been either detained or deported.  To date, there has been no national data available on the numbers of children impacted by the intersection of immigration enforcement and child welfare systems.

Historic levels of detention and deportation, combined with a clear lack of child welfare policies are resulting in the separation of thousands of families across the United States.  ARC projected that at least 15,000 more children will face these threats to reunification in the next five years, if the same rate holds true for new cases.

In fiscal year 2011, the United States deported a record-breaking 397,000 people and detained nearly that many. In the first six months of 2011, the federal government removed more than 46,000 mothers and fathers of U.S.-citizen children.

“Shattered Families” analyzes these problems, identifies key barriers, and presents policy recommendations for Department of Homeland Security, various levels of legislature, state child welfare departments, and juvenile dependency courts on how we can better protect families from separation and reunify families in a timely way.

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ThursdayNovember 3, 2011