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SundayNovember 20, 2011

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Spain’s Conservative Popular Party Sweeps General Elections

Spain’s Conservative Popular Party Sweeps General Elections

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The conservative Popular Party, or PP, won an absolute majority in Spain’s general elections on Sunday, according to the official vote count, which - with 99 percent of the ballots tallied - gave the party 186 seats in Parliament, its best achievement ever, versus 110 for the governing Socialist Party, or PSOE, a loss of 59 seats for the latter that dealt it a harsh defeat.

The election result - coming amid a severe economic crisis - is the worst ever obtained by the Socialists during Spain’s democracy after the Francisco Franco dictatorship.

The PP will hold a strong majority in both houses of Parliament - with 136 senators, compared to just 48 for the PSOE - and the center-right party also garnered majorities in the country’s autonomous communities, except for Catalonia, the Basque Country, Asturias and Andalusia.

The Catalonian nationalists of the Convergencia i Unio (CiU), the country’s third-largest political force, won 16 seats in the lower house, and the United Left coalition - which currently has two seats jumped to 11, according to the vote count figures.

Also, the independence-minded leftist Basque coalition Amaiur, created specifically to field candidates in these elections, managed to secure 7 seats in Parliament, whereas the Basque Nationalist Party, or PNV, won 5 seats in the lower house.

Several minor regional parties garnered between 1 and 4 seats each, and the overall result of the election is that the new Parliament will be substantially more fragmented than the current one.

Voter participation in the balloting was initially calculated at 69.39 percent, below the 73.85 percent registered in the 2008 election.

PP supporters gathered at the party’s Madrid headquarters to celebrate the resounding electoral victory, dancing to music broadcast by the organization, waving flags and awaiting the appearance of party leader - and the man who will become Spain’s new prime minister - Mariano Rajoy.

In his first remarks to the public after the PP victory became clear, Rajoy said that the win was, for him, “an immense honor and an enormous responsibility” at a “decisive moment” for the country.

He added: “I will govern in the service of Spain and the Spaniards. Nobody has to feel any unease; there will be no enemies for me other than unemployment, the deficit, the debt and economic stagnation.”

Rajoy went on to say that Spain “will stop being a problem and return to being part of the solution,” although he warned that “there are not going to be any miracles, (but) when things are done well the results come.”

The jubilant scene at and around the PP offices was a far cry from the subdued and sad mood that prevailed at the PSOE headquarters elsewhere in the capital.

The PSOE candidate for premier, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, acknowledged his party’s defeat saying that “we have clearly lost the elections” and adding that he would immediately ask the current primer minister and head of the PSOE, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to convene a congress at which the party’s future will be decided.

He said despite the poor election result, the PSOE would continue to “defend universal public services, the equality between men and women and civil rights and freedoms.”

And the country’s current development minister and spokesman for the Socialist government, Jose Blanco, told reporters that he had called Rajoy to congratulate him on his victory.

The PP win had been forecast by all the pre-election surveys after the sharp loss in public confidence in Zapatero’s administration amid 21 percent unemployment and recent economic adjustments to cope with the economic crisis, including pay cuts for government officials and a freeze on pensions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont, as well as numerous other world leaders, all congratulated Rajoy on the PP victory.

Zapatero had called for early general elections in the face of mounting political pressure due to the faltering economy, and the vote was held four months before the originally scheduled date.

Polls ahead of the elections showed widespread dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the economy and predicted a landslide victory for the PP.

Nearly 36 million people, or 700,000 more than in the 2008 balloting, were eligible to vote for the 350 lower-house lawmakers and 208 senators. About 1.48 million citizens living abroad were also eligible to vote, election officials said.

The polls opened at 9:00 a.m. and closed at 8:00 p.m., with election precincts in the Canary Islands closing an hour later.

About 100,000 police and other security forces members were deployed across the country to maintain order.

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Dominican Jose Pimentel Named as NYC Terror Suspect

Dominican Jose Pimentel Named as NYC Terror Suspect

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Jose Pimentel, 27, a U.S. Citizen from the Dominican Republic has been arrested in New York City as an alleged terror suspect this evening.  NYC officials say Pimentel was an Al Qaeda sympathizer with plans to blow up city police cars and cause harm to returning U.S. troops.

Pimentel, a resident of Manhattan, was arrested on Saturday by NYC police without FBI intervention.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference labeled Pimentel a “long wolf” that didn’t appear to be part of a larger organization.  Apparently Pimentel was unhappy with the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pimentel, who also goes by the name of Muhammad Yusuf, was unemployed and a native of the Dominican Republic.  He came to NYPD’s attention as far back as 2009 for his extreme views and has been monitored ever since.  Most recently he alleged bought bomb-making material which prompted his arrest. 

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9 Killed in Colombia Bus Accident

Nine people were killed and at least nine others injured when a bus plunged into a 300-meter (984-foot) ravine in Tolima, a province in southern Colombia, the highway patrol said Sunday.

The bus was carrying officials and relatives of employees of the Universidad Surcolombiana in Neiva, the capital of the neighboring province of Huila.

The accident occurred on Saturday night, a highway patrol spokesman said, adding that 19 people were aboard the vehicle when it went off the highway.

One person is listed as missing, the highway patrol spokesman said.

Emergency services personnel, Red Cross workers, National Police officers and army troops rescued the wounded and recovered the bodies.

Search teams are looking for the missing person, the highway patrol spokesman said.

The driver apparently tried to avoid a rock that had fallen on the highway and went off the road in the fog, officials said.

The university’s provost, Julian Hernan Zambrano, and accounting chief, Magda Rocio Lozada, were among those killed in the accident.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Ibague, the capital of Tolima.

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Crime of Passion in Brazil Results in 5 Adults and 4-Year Old Killed

Crime of Passion in Brazil Results in 5 Adults and 4-Year Old Killed

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Five adults and a little girl were gunned down at a house in Aparecida de Goiania, a town in the central Brazilian state of Goias, in an apparent crime of passion, police said Sunday.

All of the victims were shot in the head and only a 10-month-old baby survived the attack on the house on Saturday night.

The baby was found in the arms of his dead mother, Ludimila Candida Alves, police said.

Alves, her mother, boyfriend, sister, brother-in-law and 4-year-old daughter were all killed.

Investigators are looking at threats that the 21-year-old Alves recently received from a former boyfriend, police Capt. Gerson Ferreira da Silva told the G1 news Web site.

No suspects have been identified and investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the massacre was a settling of scores linked to drug trafficking, Ferreira da Silva said.

Alves’s stepfather, Benjamin Pereira, left the house a few minutes before the attack, police said.

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Gay Advocates Say Transgender Murders Severely Undercounted in Puerto Rico

Gay Advocates Say Transgender Murders Severely Undercounted in Puerto Rico

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While Trans Day of Remembrance websites currently list only one 2011 murder of a trans woman in Puerto Rico, Sophia Isabel Marro Cruz, the spokeswoman for Transexuales y Transgeneros en Marcha (Transexuals and Transgenders On The Move) says there are six or possibly even seven total trans women who have been murdered since this time last year. “The most notorious was Karlota, a 19 year old who was murdered on gay pride day in Santurce. But that isn’t the only murder here. We know of one young woman who was murdered in Ponce in September. Two more were shot and then run over in the south near that same time. Another was shot in a fight while trying to help another woman. The last one was beaten until she died. We even think there’s another one from Manatí, in the northern part of the island, but we cannot confirm it yet.”

There has been increased focus on this violence after media reports earlier this year but Ms. Marrero Cruz says the situation has not changed, “None of these cases have been considered by the State as hate crimes despite offenders even admitting that their motivation was the ‘homosexual panic’. This shows an extreme level of homophobia and transphobia.”

Yanira Arias, an organizer with Latino Commission on AIDS and a frequent collaborator with local organizers is outraged, “Transgender women are fighting for their lives in Puerto Rico. It’s unconscionable that the national and state justice systems are not doing more to protect them and document these beatings and murders as hate-crimes, we are talking about human beings, which today continue to be the most marginalized and violated when it comes the full respect of human and civil rights.”

Juan Carlos Vega, the Coordinator of the Citizens Alliance for LGBTTA Health in Puerto Rico emphasizes just how broad this issue is, “The health of all Puerto Ricans is affected by the trans crimes and the violent environment in which all women, including heterosexual women, are daily victims of abuse. This is not only about solving a crime but about providing a voice for women affected by violence, especially, trans women. This is a health and social justice issue that affects Puerto Rican society today.”

Dr. Elba Diaz, a professor at University of Puerto Rico who has been providing LGBTT cultural competency trainings to doctors, reminds us how the national environment around LGBTT health affects them locally, “Many people here are trying to reduce LGBTT health disparities, but the lack of consistent acknowledgement or data from federal agencies makes our local social justice and health goals that much more difficult to achieve.”

As we honor National Transgender Day of Remembrance this Sunday, LGBTT advocates in Puerto Rico and their allies ask that we acknowledge the six women killed there in 2011 and the countless others from previous years.

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Latin Kings and Queens Charged in 19 Killings, 2 Chicago Cops Named as Their Accomplices

Latin Kings and Queens Charged in 19 Killings, 2 Chicago Cops Named as Their Accomplices

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Fifteen alleged members or associates of the Almighty Latin Kings and Queen Nation (Latin Kings) have been indicted for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy in Hammond, Ind., and elsewhere, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer.

“The indictment unsealed today alleges that members of the Latin Kings across the Midwestern United States engaged in a years-long pattern of violence, including numerous murders, to control their territory and fund their illicit activities,” said Breuer.  “The indictment also alleges that two Chicago police officers assisted the Latin Kings in carrying out their crimes.  Corruption of the kind alleged here is shocking, and cannot be tolerated.  We will continue doing everything in our power to stop gang violence, and hold those responsible – including any public officials involved – to account. ” 

It is alleged that the Latin Kings gang was responsible for at least 19 murders, including juveniles and one pregnant woman, in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area and Big Spring, Texas.

The indictment also alleges that Alex Guerrero and Antonio C. Martinez, while employed as officers with the Chicago Police Department, committed armed robberies and in some instances while in uniform and driving Chicago Police Department-issued vehicles. The indictment alleges that on one occasion, Guerrero and Martinez were assisted by a Latin Kings member, during which time they robbed between $30,000 and $40,000 in drug proceeds. The indictment alleges Guerrero and Martinez stole drugs and weapons in addition to cash.  In certain instances, Guerrero and Martinez allegedly were given a portion of the funds they stole as payment for committing the armed robberies.

In addition to the alleged acts of violence, the superseding indictment also alleges that the Latin Kings distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

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Senior Citizens Arrested at Border for Smuggling ‘Date-Rape’ Drug into U.S.

Senior Citizens Arrested at Border for Smuggling ‘Date-Rape’ Drug into U.S.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP’s Joint Field Command – Arizona, stopped three Mexican women this week involved in apparently separate smuggling attempts of a strong animal tranquilizer often used in the commission of sexual assaults.

Officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing referred a 54-year-old Nogales, Sonora, woman for secondary questioning after she attempted to enter the United States. When officers searched the subject, they found 30, 10ml bottles of ketamine.

Officers then referred a 63-year-old Nogales, Sonora, woman for additional questioning when she attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane. Officers searched the subject and found 30 more 10ml bottles of ketamine.

In a third incident, officers referred a 69-year-old Nogales, Sonora, woman for additional questioning after she attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane. When officers searched the woman they found 25 10ml bottles containing ketamine.

In all three instances, the drugs were processed for seizure and the women were referred for visa cancellations.

This was the second day in recent weeks that officers have seized substantial amounts of ketamine. On Oct. 20, a 25-year-old Nogales, Ariz. woman was stopped with 50 bottles of the drug.

The Drug Enforcement Administration describes ketamine as a clear, odorless and tasteless liquid developed in the early 1960s to replace phencyclidine (PCP) as an anesthetic. Since ketamine is odorless and tasteless, it can be added to beverages without being detected, and it induces amnesia. Because of these properties, the drug is sometimes given to unsuspecting victims and used in the commission of sexual assaults referred to as “drug rape” or “date rape.”

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Spanich Elections Underway, Ruling Socialist Party Not Likely to Win

Spanich Elections Underway, Ruling Socialist Party Not Likely to Win

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Spaniards are heading to the polls Sunday to vote in general elections amid a sky-high unemployment rate and fears of contagion from the European debt crisis.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero called for early general elections in the face of mounting political pressure due to the faltering economy.

“The future, today more than ever, is in the hands of the citizens,” Zapatero said.

The prime minister and his wife, Sonsoles Espinosa, voted around 10:55 a.m. at a polling place in Madrid.

The general elections are being held four months before the originally scheduled date.

Polls ahead of the elections showed widespread dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the economy and predicted a landslide victory for the conservative main opposition Popular Party, or PP.

“I have been in politics for many years, I have held many posts, I have been a councilman for many years and am prepared for what Spaniards want and am at their disposal,” PP leader Mariano Rajoy said.

Rajoy and his wife, Elvira Fernandez, voted at a polling place in Madrid.

Spaniards should vote in the general elections because this is the time for the people to “speak up and decide,” Rajoy said.

“I want Spaniards to elect their leaders and I want their leaders to be up to the task and measure up. At this time, a big turnout will undoubtedly send a message of great magnitude to the entire world,” Rajoy said.

The incumbent Socialists are projected to be battered at the polls by voters fed up with a jobless rate that currently stands at 21.62 percent overall - more than double the European Union’s average - and at 45 percent among people under the age of 25, as well as with an economy that grew at a sluggish clip of just 0.8 percent in the third quarter.

The conservative PP is projected to win a clear majority in the lower house of Parliament (between 190-195 of 350 seats), which will also ensure that Rajoy takes the helm as the Iberian nation’s next prime minister and the PP’s first head of government since Jose Maria Aznar held office from 1996 to 2004.

The Socialists, whose candidate to succeed Zapatero is Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, trail the PP by 16 percentage points in the most recent voter-preference surveys.

Nearly 36 million people, or 700,000 more than in the 2008 balloting, are eligible to vote for the 350 lower-house lawmakers and 208 senators.

About 1.48 million citizens living abroad are also eligible to vote, election officials said.

The polls opened at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m., with election precincts in the Canary Islands closing an hour later.

Rain is expected to be a problem for voters, with precipitation expected in almost all of Spain’s regions.

About 100,000 police and other security forces members have been deployed across the country to maintain order.

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Latino Stars to be Front and Center at Today’s American Music Awards

Latino Stars to be Front and Center at Today’s American Music Awards

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The 39th American Music Awards will feature among its leading figures Sunday such Latino artists as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias and Christina Aguilera in a ceremony where the singer Adele is the big favorite.

The British singer of “Rolling in the Deep” has been nominated for four of these prizes including Artist of the Year, a category where she will compete with Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, all with a chance to take three prizes, as do Rihanna and The Band Perry.

The gala to be held Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 5:00 p.m. (0100 GMT Monday) - though the broadcast on ABC will be delayed for the West Coast - will feature a previous event starting an hour earlier and celebrity arrivals on the red carpet that can be followed live on the Internet.

The rapper of Cuban descent Pitbull is the Latino with the most chances at the AMAs this year with two nominations, one as Favorite Male Artist in Pop or Rock Music, where he will compete against Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars, and another as Favorite Artist in Latin Music, where he is up against Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez.

Also with two nominations are Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, LMFAO and Nicki Minaj, while Angeleno artist Miguel of Mexican origin is a candidate for New Artist of the Year in Soul/R&B.

Pitbull will also take the stage to provide some musical backing for the awards in a performance accompanied by Marc Anthony and Lil Jon.

That will be just one of the segments in the ceremony in which U.S. music stars combine their talents.

Maroon 5 will interpret their number “Moves Like Jagger” together with Christina Aguilera, while Enrique Iglesias will do a duo with Ludacris, Jennifer Lopez will harmonize with Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, and Nicki Minaj will do the same with David Guetta.

The list of singers who will put music in the music awards also includes Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Drake, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, The Band Perry, OneRepublic and Gym Class Heroes.

The American Music Awards were created in 1973 by producer Dick Clark to honor the most popular artists then on the U.S. musical scene, and for the last five years the prizewinners have been chosen by popular vote over the Internet, though the nominees are originally picked according to their sales success and their popularity on the Web.

Twenty-one prizes will be handed out at the 39th American Music Awards in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative Rock Music, Adult Contemporary Music, Latin Music and Contemporary Inspirational, New Artist of the Year, and most important of all, Artist of the Year.

Among the hosts of the ceremony will be Selena Gomez, Alanis Morissette, Benjamin Bratt, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson, Joe Jonas, Lionel Richie, Queen Latifah, Taio Cruz, Taylor Swift and Vanessa Marano.

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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

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, Karen Santiesteban and Libardo Cardozo, sativa style

Introducing:

From Bogotá, Colombia:

Artist: Karen Santiesteban and Libardo Cardozo from Sativa Style
Song: Back to Black (Amy Winehouse cover)

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Protesting and Arrests at Georgia Immigration Detention Facility

Protesting and Arrests at Georgia Immigration Detention Facility

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A vigil called by a coalition of civil rights organizations on behalf of families of immigrants deprived of their freedom at the Stewart Detention Center in southern Georgia ended Saturday with the arrest of two activists.

Anton Flores, director of the Alterna organization, and another activist, identified only as Chris, were arrested for supposedly crossing into prison territory without authorization, something denied by the former, who was freed after charges against him were dropped.

Under the slogan “No More Profits Off Our Pain,” activists and relatives of prisoners protested in Lumpkin, Georgia, about the way these privately run, for-profit detention centers are operated and demanded that they be closed down.

“Just look at the pain caused to communities in Georgia by those who make money out of immigrant arrests,” Azadeh Shahshahani, director of the Georgia branch of the National Security and Immigrants Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, told Efe.

With banners asking President Barack Obama to suspend the deportations, activists and prisoners’ families marched to the Stewart Detention Center to denounce the impact that breaking up families has on the children of detainees.

“This is an unjust situation and we believe that now is the time to end this obligatory jailing of immigrants, when so often there is no reason for arresting them,” the activist told Efe.

The privately run Stewart Detention Center holds close to 2,000 immigrants and is the biggest of its kind in the United States.

A case-by-case analysis found that Lumpkin County has the highest proportion of deportations in the United States - 98.8 percent.

The activists also demanded better treatment for prisoners, who in many cases say that they are refused medication and treatment when they get sick.

According to a report by Georgia Watch Detention, the Stewart Detention Center violates some of the standards set by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, such as denying food and medicine to detainees as punishment.

The coalition has repeatedly expressed its opposition to for-profit corporations running detention centers like this.

According to a report by the coalition of civil rights organizations, The Detention Watch Network (DWN) reported in 2011 that private companies manage close to 49 percent of detention centers for undocumented immigrants in the country, and three companies with ICE contracts spent more than $20 million on lobbying between 1999 and 2009.

According to the coalition, the private prison industry has focused its efforts on gaining greater influence over immigration policies and legislation.

According to DWN data, over the past five years the number of immigrants and the cost of their detention have doubled, with 383,524 detained in 2009 at a cost of $1.7 billion - an average of $122 a day for each one.

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Celebrated Mexican Author Daniel Sada Dies at Age 58

Celebrated Mexican Author Daniel Sada Dies at Age 58

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Mexican novelist and poet Daniel Sada died following a lengthy illness and just hours after being awarded his country’s 2011 National Arts and Sciences Prize, cultural officials said Saturday. He was 58.

Sada, a native of the northwestern state of Baja California, and Mexican novelist Jose Agustin were chosen Friday as co-winners of that prestigious award in the Literature and Linguistics category, the Public Education Secretariat announced Friday.

Hours later, the writer lost his years-long struggle against kidney disease.

In a statement, the head of Mexico’s National Fine Arts Institute, Teresa Vicencio, expressed her condolences to the family and friends of Sada, whom she described as one of the most respected authors of his generation.

“His writing was notable for his descriptions of the daily life that surrounded him and of Mexican popular culture,” she said of the author of the 1985 short-story collection “Juguete de nadie y otras historias” (No One’s Toy and Other Stories) and the 2008 novel “Casi nunca” (Almost Never), winner of the prestigious Herralde prize.

Sada’s writing is characterized by its “potent rhythm” and “syntactic games” and has been described as “baroque and tragicomic,” the statement read.

Other awards he received include the Xavier Villaurrutia prize in 1992 and the Jose Fuentes Mares National Literature Prize in 1999.

Two of Sada’s novels - “Una de dos” (One of Two) and “Luces artificiales” (Artificial Lights) - were adapted for the big screen by Mexican filmmaker Marcel Sisniega.

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Teen Birth Rates Down For All Races, Hispanic Teen Rate Down by 12%

Teen Birth Rates Down For All Races, Hispanic Teen Rate Down by 12%

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The birth rate for U.S. teens aged 15–19 years hit a record low in 2010, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The birth rate for teenagers aged 15–19 has declined for the last three years and 17 out of the past 19 years, falling to 34.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in 2010 – a 9 percent decline from 2009 and the lowest rate ever recorded in nearly seven decades of collecting data.  Birth rates for younger and older teenagers and for all race/ethnic groups reached historic lows in 2010.

Teenage birth rates for ages 15-19, 15-17, and 18-19 declined significantly for all race and Hispanic origin groups. Declines for ages 15-19 ranged from 9 percent each for non-Hispanic white (to 23.5 per 1,000 in 2010) and non- Hispanic black teenagers (51.5) to 12 percent for American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) (38.7) and Hispanic teenagers (55.7).

Overall birthrates for all races and Hispanic origin groups, regardless of age were down. Declining 5 percent for Hispanic women, 4 percent for AIAN women, 3 percent for non-Hispanic black women, and 2 percent for Asian or Pacific Islander (API) and non-Hispanic white women.

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Increasing Awareness of Stroke Risk Factors for Latinos

Increasing Awareness of Stroke Risk Factors for Latinos

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Hispanics are particularly susceptible to stroke in the United States and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) helped educate others about strokes during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention in San Diego this week.

According to ASHA member Lina Zeine and her co-presenter, Alatasi Clancy, their research also confirmed previous findings that Hispanics have poor awareness of stroke risk factors and warning signs.

“It is imperative that SLPs continue educational outreach on stroke literacy to help prevent stroke and delays in medical treatment for this population,” Zeine says. “Hispanics represent the largest and fastest growing minority population in the United States.”

Zeine also explains that while stroke risk factors are the same for all populations, Hispanics have higher prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, alcohol use, and physical inactivity. Additional barriers such as limited English proficiency, lower education level, lower socioeconomic status, lack of health insurance, lack of transportation, and limited access to health care can lead to more strokes among the population.

The researchers discussed their findings this past Friday at the San Diego Convention Center.

Their presentation is part of ASHA’s Annual Convention, which began November 17. The Convention featured 3 days of workshops, paper sessions, poster presentations, and the Keynote Session by Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the best-selling book, My Stroke of Insight. The Convention runs through today.

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3 Sentenced for Traffikcing Mexican Women in the U.S. and Forcing Them Into Prostitution

3 Sentenced for Traffikcing Mexican Women in the U.S. and Forcing Them Into Prostitution

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Three Mexican citizens were sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for conspiring to force Mexican women to engage in prostitution, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The defendants pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in August.

According to evidence presented in court, from 1999 through December 2010, Israel Cortes-Morales, 31, Alberto Cortes-Castro, 30, and Ernesto Cortes-Castro, 26, forced multiple Mexican women to engage in prostitution in the United States for the defendants’ financial benefit.

With false promises of a better life, legitimate employment and marriage, the defendants lured victims from their homes in Mexico to this country, knowing that they would actually force the women to be prostitutes in the United States.

The victims were compelled, through threats, psychological coercion and other means, to work within a prostitution circuit that spanned the east coast of the United States, including cities like Miami.

Earlier this year, Mexican authorities successfully prosecuted a fourth defendant charged in the conspiracy, Jorge Velasquez, 24, for his role in the commercial sex trafficking ring. Velasquez was sentenced in Mexico to more than18 years in prison.

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