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TuesdayNovember 29, 2011

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Man Charged with Lying on Immigration Application, Conceals Ties to El Salvadoran Army & 6 Murders

Man Charged with Lying on Immigration Application, Conceals Ties to El Salvadoran Army & 6 Murders

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A Massachusetts man was charged today in federal court with making false statements on immigration forms and committing perjury in order to remain in the United States. This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston.

Inocente Orlando Montano, 69, of Everett, Mass., was charged with one count of making false statements on an immigration application and one count of perjury.

According to documents submitted to the court, the government alleges that Montano, a citizen of El Salvador, received military training and served as an officer in the military of El Salvador from 1979 through 1991, a period of civil war in El Salvador. Montano also allegedly served as El Salvador’s vice-minister for public security from 1989 to 1992.

Several reports published in the early 1990’s documented human rights violations committed by the Salvadoran military during the civil war, including torture, arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Such reports allege that certain human rights abuses were committed by troops directly under Montano’s command. In 1994, Montano retired from the military, and at some point thereafter left El Salvador and eventually came to Massachusetts.

The document filed today also cites a United Nations Truth Commission Report finding that there was substantial evidence that Montano colluded with other Salvadoran military officers to issue an order that resulted in the murder of six Jesuit priests, an employee of the priests, and the employee’s daughter.

In or about 2002, Montano was present in the United States and, on several occasions thereafter, applied for and received temporary protected status (TPS), a benefit the U.S. government extends to certain foreign nationals, permitting them to remain in the United States if they are unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, the temporary effects of an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

To be eligible for TPS, a foreign national must submit to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security an application which requires, among other things, the applicant to reveal if he has ever received military training or served in the military.

The document specifically charges that Montano, in 2008, submitted a TPS application in which he falsely denied that he ever “served in, been a member of, assisted in, or participated in any military unit, paramilitary unit, police unit;” had “been a member of, assisted in, or participated in any group, unit, or organization of any kind in which you or other persons used any type of weapon against any person or threatened to do so;” or had ever “received any type of military, paramilitary, or weapons training.”

Montano faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

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Cargill Charged with Discriminating Against Latinos & Other Applicants, Could Lose Federal Contracts

Cargill Charged with Discriminating Against Latinos & Other Applicants, Could Lose Federal Contracts

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has filed an administrative complaint against federal contractor Cargill Meat Solutions, alleging that the company systematically discriminated against 4,069 qualified female, white, black, Hispanic and Native American applicants who sought entry-level production jobs at its Springdale facility.

The complaint was filed with the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges after OFCCP was unable to secure a fair resolution from Cargill Meat Solutions to pay back wages and interest to the rejected job applicants and extend job offers to at least 167 of the affected workers. OFCCP is seeking cancellation of Cargill Meat Solutions’ existing government contracts and debarment from entering into future contracts until the company resolves all violations and corrects its discriminatory employment practices.

“This is an unfortunate case in which thousands of qualified workers were denied the opportunity to compete fairly for jobs in a tough economy,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Cargill has discriminated against vulnerable workers. OFCCP is prepared to use every tool at our disposal, including canceling a company’s federal contracts when necessary, to achieve the goal of equal opportunity for workers.”

OFCCP discovered the company’s discriminatory practices during a scheduled review to determine its compliance with Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, national origin or sex when making hiring decisions. The investigation found that the company’s selection criteria were subjectively and inconsistently applied. As a result, women were less likely to be employed in entry-level production jobs, and Asian and Pacific Islander job seekers were unfairly favored over other racial groups.

Cargill Meat Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Minneapolis, Minn.-based Cargill Inc., currently holds contracts in excess of $550 million with the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Judge in Chile Looking for US Navy Man Connected to 1973 Killing of Americans

Judge in Chile Looking for US Navy Man Connected to 1973 Killing of Americans

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A Chilean judge is seeking the extradition of a retired U.S. Navy officer in connection with the deaths of two other Americans here in the wake of the 1973 military coup that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power, court officials said Tuesday.

U.S. free-lance journalists Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi, both supporters of Socialist President Salvador Allende, were killed by the Chilean military following the Sept. 11, 1973, putsch.

Horman’s story was depicted in the 1982 film “Missing.”

Judge Jorge Zepeda has asked Chile’s Supreme Court to authorize his request for the extradition of retired U.S. Navy Capt. Ray E. Davis, chief of the Military Group at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago at the time of the coup.

Horman and Davis happened to be in the coastal town of Viña del Mar when the coup began and the journalist accepted the captain’s offer of a ride back to Santiago on Sept. 15.

Chilean soldiers subsequently arrested Horman at his home in the capital. His wife, Joyce Horman, and father found his body several weeks later buried secretly in a Santiago cemetery.

Judge Zepeda contends Davis could have intervened with Chilean authorities to save Horman’s life, but that the captain allowed his compatriot to be killed because Washington disapproved of the journalist’s reporting on CIA operations in Chile.

Teruggi was taken from his home to Santiago’s National Stadium, which served as a makeshift detention center for the new military regime, and executed there on Sept. 21.

U.S. intelligence services were monitoring the activities of Horman, Terrugi and other Americans in Chile in the months prior to the violent ouster of Allende, who took his own life as troops stormed the presidential palace, Zepeda said in his request to the Chilean high court.

The U.S. agencies passed on information about Teruggi to the Chilean military, according to investigators here.

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HS Narco News- Gunmen Kill 4-Year-Old Boy in Mexican Border City

HS Narco News- Gunmen Kill 4-Year-Old Boy in Mexican Border City

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A 4-year-old boy was killed by gunmen while he was playing outside a neighbor’s house in Ciudad Juarez, considered Mexico’s murder capital and the most dangerous city in the world, police said.

Alan David Carrillo was playing with a friend when a group of gunmen opened fire on the house, the Ciudad Juarez municipal police department said in a statement.

The boy’s relatives rushed him to a clinic, but he died a few minutes after arrival at the medical facility.

Ciudad Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.

The murder rate took off in the gritty border city of 1.5 million people in 2007, when 310 people were killed, then it more than tripled to 1,607 in 2008, according to Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office figures, with the number of killings climbing to 2,754 in 2009.

More than 3,100 people were murdered in the border city last year, making 2010 the worst year since a war between rival drug gangs sent the homicide rate skyrocketing in 2008.


The killing has not slowed this year, with nearly 1,900 people murdered in Juarez, the state AG’s office said.

The violence is blamed on a war for control of the border city being waged by the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels with backing from hitmen from local street gangs.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Police Looking for Latino Male Who Rammed Car into Firefighter After Fight (VIDEO)

LATINO BLOTTER: Police Looking for Latino Male Who Rammed Car into Firefighter After Fight (VIDEO)

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Police are looking for the Latino man responsible for the injuries that sent a California firefighter to the hospital in critical condition after an altercation at a fast-food restaurant.

Albert Bartal, 29, was eating at a San Francisco Jack in the Box restaurant just before 2 a.m. Thanksgiving night, unaware that he would soon be fighting for his life.

Bartal and a still unidentified man got into a physical altercation inside the restaurant before bystanders separated the men and Bartal left.

Witnesses say the former Marine walked to a nearby Shell station, only to be followed by the other man who was driving a Mazda CX SUV. The man then rammed his vehicle into Bartal when he reached the gas station before fleeing the scene.

The Bay Area firefighter suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of being hit. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where doctors say he is in critical condition.

The man driving the Mazda was described as a Latino or mixed-race male, 18-24 years old, with short black hair and a manicured beard. He will likely be charged with attempted murder and assault when/if he is caught.

Bartal is a single father of a two-year old child.

Surveillance footage from the restaurant can be seen below. Towards the end of the video, still shots were captured of the man who ran into Bartal.


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Andy García, Eva Longoria Shooting Film in The Dominican Republic

Andy García, Eva Longoria Shooting Film in The Dominican Republic

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Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker are currently in the Dominican Republic to film part of the action/suspense thriller “The Truth,” Diario Libre newspaper said Tuesday.

The actors landed in the country on Sunday to take part in the next day’s shoot with others in the cast including Kim Coates, Deborah Kara Unger, Kevin Durand, Bostick Devon and Steven Bauer, the daily said.

The locations chosen for the filming include the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, a World Heritage Site, and the town of Haina, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the capital, the daily said.

In the movie Garcia plays a former CIA agent who has switched careers to become a political news anchor on television, and is contracted by a company to provide cover-up for a massacre at a village in South America.

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Spanish Commission Seeks to Have Franco’s Body Moved to New Site

Spanish Commission Seeks to Have Franco’s Body Moved to New Site

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A blue-ribbon commission created by Spain’s Socialist government on Tuesday recommended that the body of dictator Francisco Franco be removed from the Valley of the Fallen to make the site a true memorial to victims of the 1936-1939 civil war.

The commission feels that Franco’s remains should be exhumed and “transferred to the site his family designates or, in his case, to one that is considered worthy and more suitable.”

The group of experts justified the need to transfer Franco’s remains because he is the only one of the more than 33,000 people interred in the Valley of the Fallen who did not die in the civil war and also because the site should be converted into a memorial exclusively for the fallen on both sides of that conflict.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero - the grandson of a Republican officer killed in the civil war - decided in May to commission 12 notables from academia to produce a study about the future of the architectural monument located 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Madrid and crowned by a gigantic cross.

The commission is recommending “giving new meaning” to the entire monument complex to commemorate and pay respect to the 33,847 Francoist and Republican fighters interred there.

A basilica at the site holds the bodies of Franco and Falange party founder Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, who perished in the civil war.

The experts believe that the remains of Primo de Rivera may remain at the Valley of the Fallen, but they should be moved outside the basilica alongside those of the other war dead.

The commission said that exhuming Franco’s body would require the authorization of the Catholic Church, since the basilica is a religious site.

Regarding the recommendations that they made, the experts emphasized that “they would not be feasible without (broad) parliamentary agreements,” acknowledging that this is a delicate matter that could hurt the feelings of some people.

Routed in the Nov. 20 general elections, the Socialist government will be replaced soon by an administration of the conservative Popular Party, which also won effective control of Parliament.

The experts say that “up to now” the Valley of the Fallen has represented only “the memory of a part” of the conflict, despite the fact that the dead that rest there are from both Republican and Falangist ranks.

“We need to give new meaning to that monument so that it may be a place for the memory of the dead in the Civil War,” said former university chancellor Virgilio Zapatero upon presenting the report’s conclusions.

To do that, the commission proposed that “a powerful artistic ... memorial be constructed that recalls all those who fell in the war” on the esplanade before the basilica.

Also, an interpretation center explaining how and why the enormous mausoleum was built should be constructed on the site, the commission said.

The Valley of the Fallen is currently a pilgrimage site for those who are nostalgic for Francoism and come there every Nov. 20 to commemorate the anniversary of the dictator’s death in 1975

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U.S. Border Fence Being Extended 300 Feet into the Pacific

U.S. Border Fence Being Extended 300 Feet into the Pacific

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A $4.3 million upgrade is being given to the U.S.-Mexico border fence which will now extend hundreds of feet into the Pacific ocean.

Along Imperial Beach, the steel, 18-foot fence will stretch another 300 feet off the beach, into the ocean.

Though the logistics for such a wall will no doubt be complicated, and previous attempts have failed, a contractor has already been called in to do what is being called the “Surf Fence Project”.

A local resident told the Los Angeles Times that just like past attempts, ‘the strength of the ocean will eventually knock it down.’

To even begin the attempt, a heavy-duty pier has to be built to support the crane that will ultimately pound the fence’s pillars into the ground.

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Spanish Bullfighter That Got Gored in the Face Says He’ll Be Back (VIDEO)

Spanish Bullfighter That Got Gored in the Face Says He’ll Be Back (VIDEO)

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Juan José Padilla, the Spanish Bullfighter that got gored in the face October 7th said in a press conference he’s going to do ‘the unthinkable’ and return to bullfighting.

“I don want fans to pity this bullfighter,” Padilla said in an emotional statement during a press conference at the Virgin del Rocio hospital in southern Seville, Monday “I’m going to do the unthinkable and dress as a bullfighter again.”

Padilla, who left the hospital only 6 days ago following reconstructive surgery thanked doctors and hospital staff, and will start a rehabilitation process in the next few weeks to recuperate mobility of up to 80% in the left side of his face.

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U.S. Billionaire Ira Rennert is Latin America’s Biggest Polluter

U.S. Billionaire Ira Rennert is Latin America’s Biggest Polluter

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A call from an archbishop in Peru sent a public health expert to test the area surrounding La Orayo, a factory town in the Andes mountains of Peru. The expert’s findings were frightening and have since gotten the owner of the nearby refinery in hot water.

Ira Rennert’s La Oroya refinery is said to be responsible for the destruction of the land and poisoning of the area’s people.

La Oroya sits about five hours east of Lima, and health expert Fernanado Serrano traveled to the city in 2004 after receiving the archbishop’s call. He discovered that the town’s soil was so acidic it could no longer support plant life. He also found the soil to be contaminated with arsenic, antimony, and cadmium.

Even more worrisome were the results of the blood tests performed on some of the area residents. Serrano found that about 97 percent of children between six and twelve tested had blood lead levels four times higher than what the U.S. considers dangerous.

Serrano called the contamination “a big problem.”

For decades Rennert has come head to head with environmentalists and activists, though almost always managing to avoid any real trouble.

The New York-based industrialist is now having to face a criminal investigation in the U.S. after judges in New York and St Louis allowed prosecutors and lawyers representing children in La Oroya to gather evidence here in the U.S.

South America is not the only region to have had to deal with the negative effects of Rennert’s businesses.

Rennert owns the only magnesium mine in the U.S., the largest lead refinery in the U.S., and a number of steel refineries in Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia. He also owns an auto-parts makers, a military vehicle manufacturers and a jewelry retailer.

In Utah, his magnesium refinery next to the Great Salt Lake contaminated the area for years, with the U.S. Dept. of Justice calling the “number one on the EPA’s toxic release inventory” in 2001.

A similar story can be find in Missouri near his lead refinery, where 160 homes had to be bought out because the refinery had polluted the area much. In the end, a $7 million penalty was paid and Renco Group was forced to spend $56 million to cleanup the area to settle federal pollution violations.

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Charlie Sheen on Vacation in Colombia …With a Film Crew?

Charlie Sheen on Vacation in Colombia …With a Film Crew?

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Charlie Sheen was recently seen smoking a cigar and strolling around Cartagena in northwest Colombia with a group of people, which included bodyguards and a camera crew.

Followed constantly by a camera crew registering the actor’s every move, Sheen smoked a cigar outside a library by petition of Colombian psychologist Mónica Romero; once he put it out, he entered the library and drank a glass of summer wine with his entourage, Romero, and the owner of the library, Maria Elsa Gutiérrez.

Sheen was reportedly pleasant and well behaved, even complimenting Mrs. Gutierrez library. The actor signed autographs and took pictures with fans before joining the group for more sightseeing in Colombia’s ‘heroic’ city.

There is no word on what Sheen plans to the do with his Colombia footage, or whether the project is backed by a network, or perhaps a personal documentary project of his own.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Police Believe Michael David Robles Behind Death of Ex-Girlfriend Kathy Scharbarth

LATINO BLOTTER: Police Believe Michael David Robles Behind Death of Ex-Girlfriend Kathy Scharbarth

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Police say Michael David Robles may have defied a restraining order against him when he allegedly kidnapped and killed his ex-girlfriend.

The body of Kathy Scharbarth was found Friday by police after she was reported missing from her home on Thanksgiving Day, which was coincidentally also her 35th birthday.

The Carlsbad, California resident filed a complaint of domestic violence and received a restraining order against Robles, 43, in hopes of protecting herself and her 13-year-old daughter, Madison.

Scharbarth’s cousin said that the few times he’d met Robles while his Kathy was still dating him, Robles seemed like a nice guy, but he added that if he’s is responsible for her death, “I hope he rots.”

When Scharbarth’s current boyfriend, Daniel Weber, arrived at her home Thursday morning, he said he found the front door open, and Madison still sleeping. He called police, who began a search for the missing woman immediate.

Friday, the Carlsbad Police Department found Scharbarth’s body in “a remote location in San Diego County,” and Chief Gary Morrison said the outcome was “not [what] we had hoped for.”

As the investigation continues, police have seized property from both the Scharbarth home and Robles’ in Fallbrook.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed what police had suspected upon finding her body. Scharbarth’s cause of death was strangulation.

Robles was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and killing her. He is currently being held without bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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Parade, Pentagon, and Awards Gala: “Dancing With the Stars” Winner J.R. Martinez is a Busy Man

Parade, Pentagon, and Awards Gala: “Dancing With the Stars” Winner J.R. Martinez is a Busy Man

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After winning the 13th season of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars” it seems veteran-turned-actor J.R. Martinez is a very popular and a rather busy man.

Shortly after winning the dancing competition Martinez, 28, received both a call and letter from the U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who not only congratulated him on his victory, but also invited him to visit the Pentagon and meet with him.

Panetta’s letter said Martinez’s spirit during the competition “captivated the nation” and said his victory “sends a powerful message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors.”

ImageOn top of that honor, in November, Martinez was asked to be the Grand Marshal of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade on January 1.

In a statement, Tournament of Roses President Rick James said, “His (Martinez) 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 million of fans around the world during the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.”

On Thursday, Dec. 1, the role model will also appear at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) 25th Anniversary Gala’s Victory Awards in Washington D.C.

After his vehicle inadvertently drove over a landmine while he was serving in Iraq in 2003, Martinez was burned on over 40 percent of his body. His fight to learn to walk again after his foot was severely damaged served as a testament to his strength. After 34 months in the hospital and more than 30 cosmetic and skin-graft surgeries, he went on to inspire many as a motivational speaking, actor on the day-time soap opera “All My Children”, and of course the winner of “Dancing with the Stars”.

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University of Georgia Could Seek an End on Banning Undocumented Students

The University of Georgia’s top advisory body could vote this week to ask the state Board of Regents to scrap a policy that bars undocumented students from UGA and four other publicly funded universities.

According to reporting by The Athens Banner-Herald, the UGA University Council is scheduled to consider the idea at a meeting on Thursday.

The council would be considering the issue after receiving a petition signed by 80 members of the faculty in which they warn that the measure “represents a step in the direction of resegregation of public education in our state.”

Enacted last year, the regents’ Policy 4.1.6. bars undocumented students from admission to any publicly funded school that was unable to find room for all academically qualified applicants over the preceding two years.

In practice, the measure applies to UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia College & State University.

Figures provided by the Board of Regents show those five universities had a total of 29 undocumented students enrolled in 2010.

Undocumented students attending state-funded schools in Georgia are excluded from government financial aid programs and must pay tuition at the higher out-of-state rate.

Some UGA professors responded to Policy 4.1.6. by launching an initiative they call “Freedom University,” which is now providing instruction to around 30 undocumented students.

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Argentinian Scientists Say Wifi Laptops May Fry Sperm

Argentinian Scientists Say Wifi Laptops May Fry Sperm

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Argentinian scientists published a report in the medical journal “Fertility and Sterility” describing the effects downloading data via Wifi has on sperm samples.

A group of Argentine scientists placed sperm samples from 29 different men under a laptop connected to the internet during their study.

After being exposed to four hours of constant data downloads through a Wifi connection, a quarter of the sperm were no longer swimming around and 9% of the sperm showed DNA damage.

“Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality,” the team wrote in their report.

“At present we do not know whether this effect is induced by all laptop computers connected by Wi-Fi to the internet or what other conditions heighten this effect.”

A combination of heat generated by machines sitting on men’s laps, and the Electromagnetic radiation generated during wireless communication seems to have a dire effect on sperm count, but Robert Oates, the president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology doesn’t believe laptops pose a significant threat to males.

“This is not real-life biology, this is a completely artificial setting,” he said about the new study. “It is scientifically interesting, but to me it doesn’t have any human biological relevance, ” Oats added while offering his advice on how to harbor healthy sperm.  “You should be keeping yourself healthy,” including staying lean, eating healthy foods, exercising, not taking drugs and not smoking” noted Oates.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Injured in Clash Against Atlético Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo Injured in Clash Against Atlético Madrid

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The Real Madrid forward suffered a grade-1 sprain in his left ankle after he was tackled by Atletico de Madrid’s Colombian defense Luis Amaranto Perea.

Ronaldo finished the game on the injured ankle, but Real Madrid’s doctors confirmed the player’s ankle sustained a sprain.

Real Madrid’s official website reported that Ronaldo did not participate in training on Tuesday, but didn’t say if the player will be back for Saturday’s match against Sporting Gijon.

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Gov’t Report:  Illegal Border Crossers Suspected in 30 Fires in Arizona

Gov’t Report:  Illegal Border Crossers Suspected in 30 Fires in Arizona

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According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, from 2006 through 2010, at least 2,467 wildland fires occurred in the Arizona border region. Of this number, 2,126, or about 86 percent, were caused by human activity.

The total number of fires ignited by illegal border crossers on federal lands in the Arizona border region is not fully known, in part because federal land management agencies have not conducted investigations of all human-caused wildland fires. 

Of the 77 fires investigated, 30 identified illegal border crossers as a suspected source of ignition.

According to agency officials, the presence of illegal border crossers has increased concerns about firefighter safety and, in some instances, has required firefighters to change or limit the tactics they use in suppressing fires.

Human-caused wildland fires are of particular concern in Arizona—especially within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border because this is a primary area of entry for illegal border crossers and GAO has previously reported that illegal border crossers have been suspected of igniting wildland fires. 

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WATCH Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Rock NFL Halftime Show (VIDEO)

WATCH Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Rock NFL Halftime Show (VIDEO)

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Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull performed during halftime at the Dallas Cowboys Vs. Miami Dolphins football game on Thanksgiving.

“I am excited to perform for a national television audience on Thanksgiving Day and to kick off the holiday giving season,” said Enrique Iglesias. “I am glad to have the opportunity to give back with my time and talents. I hope to inspire others to take part in the Red Kettle Campaign,”  said the Spanish singer referring to Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, which began on the wharf in San Francisco in 1891 and has spread worldwide to raise money for people in need.

Check out the performance below, and join us in our forums section for the conversation.

 

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National Tequila Party Urges Passage of DREAM Act in Memory of Joaquin Luna’s Suicide

National Tequila Party Urges Passage of DREAM Act in Memory of Joaquin Luna’s Suicide

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As we approach the one year anniversary of the failed 2010 DREAM Act vote, the National Tequila Party Movement—a Latina female-led political movement is calling for United States Senators to pass the DREAM Act before they take their Christmas or Holiday breaks in 2011.  They are asking for the passage of the DREAM Act in remembrance of Joaquin Luna, a young undocumented DREAM Act teen who took his life the day after Thanksgiving Day, because he felt he had no other option.

The National Tequila Party noted: 

The Republican and Democratic Senators who voted against the DREAM Act in 2010 will get on the right side of immigration before they are remembered like those in the south who did not vote in support of the Civil Rights Act.  We will not allow the story of Joaquin Luna to go away easily.  We will remember the actions of 2010 when politicians ask for our Latino vote in 2012. It is the responsibility of federal lawmakers to fix the broken immigration system.  U.S. Senators get elected to do the job Americans expect of them and to fix broken systems that will benefit Americans and the American economy. It’s no wonder why mere State lawmakers are introducing unconstitutional and anti-immigrant laws — they are waiting for United States Congressmen and Senators to act and fix the situation under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.

We have seen hate crimes towards Latinos increase due to the untruths of anti-immigrant politicians that have spread like wild fire. In fact, bloodshed has already occurred in Arizona when a man killed another over the broken immigration system and issue. Before the killing occurred, the victim was called a wetback which is a derogatory term still being used by American politicians today. Brisenia Flores, a young and innocent little girl was killed while in fetal position begging for her life in front of her mother by the minutemen and border vigilantes.  Now we are seeing undocumented youth who are turning 18 who feel they have reached a dead end, and where the United States and pledging allegiance to the flag is mostly what they know because they were brought here at a very young age.

In light of the 2012 Presidential elections nearing, the National Tequila Party Movement is preparing an immigration score card of United States Republican Senators and Representatives who continue to stand on the wrong side of immigration policy.  The score card will be circulated to all High Hispanic populated states and our media contacts because we are desperate to prevent more stories like Joaquin Luna.

A viewing is set for Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at Rick Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  An account has been set-up to help Joaquin Luna’s family with funeral and other expenses at:

Capital One Bank
Acct Name: Joaquin Luna Lerma
Acct #: 8230051136

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Number of Brazilians Dying of AIDS Decreasing, Though More Than 600k Still Infected With HIV

Number of Brazilians Dying of AIDS Decreasing, Though More Than 600k Still Infected With HIV

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The mortality rate from AIDS in Brazil fell from 7.6 per 100,000 suffering from the disease to 6.3 between 1998 and 2010, but there are still 630,000 carriers of the HIV virus in the country, the Health Ministry announced Monday.

The statistic was presented by Minister Alexandre Padilha, who warned that, although the incidence of AIDS in the country is lower, in recent years there has been a rise - although she did not specify how much of an increase - in the number of cases in homosexuals between the ages of 15 and 24.

The number of cases in women in the 13-19 age group has also risen, and she said that figure stood at 137 last year and for the first time exceeded the number of males in that age group suffering from AIDS.

“Those figures really attract attention and are of concern,” the minister said, adding that the total number of AIDS sufferers in Brazil had remained relatively static over the past four years.

Just as with the mortality rate, Padilha emphasized that between 1998 and 2010 there was also an important reduction in the number of children infected with HIV by their own mothers during pregnancy.

The data presented on Monday also show that in 2010 AIDS killed 11,965 people in Brazil, and the disease has killed 241,500 people since 1980.

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TuesdayNovember 29, 2011