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SundayFebruary 26, 2012

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Poll:  Majority of Americans Say Newcomers Need to Adopt Our Culture, Language & Heritage

Poll:  Majority of Americans Say Newcomers Need to Adopt Our Culture, Language & Heritage

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Americans appear a little less insistent that those who move here from another country adopt our culture.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely Voters say when people move to the United States from other parts of the world, they should adopt America’s culture, language and heritage. Twenty percent (20%) disagree and think those immigrants should try to maintain the culture, language and heritage of their own country. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 12-13, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports.

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FARC Release 10 Hostages, Vow to End Kidnappings

FARC Release 10 Hostages, Vow to End Kidnappings

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he FARC guerrillas on Sunday announced that they have banned the practice of kidnapping throughout Colombia and that they will release the 10 soldiers and police officers who remain in their hands as hostages.

The announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, came in a public communique released on its Web site and datelined in the “Colombian mountains.”

“We also announce that starting today we prohibit the practice (of taking people hostage) in our revolutionary activities,” the FARC announced, noting that the decision forces them to overturn a rebel “law” from 2000 regarding financing their group by kidnapping civilians and demanding ransom for their release.

The banning of kidnapping as a political weapon or tool was one of the requests that the group Colombians for Peace, or CCP, headed by former lawmaker Piedad Cordoba, had repeatedly made of the rebels.

Cordoba and the civilian CCP for more than three years have been maintaining a dialogue and exchange with the rebels.

In the same statement, the FARC said that they had agreed to release the 10 soldiers and police they are still holding hostage and not just six of them, as they had previously indicated.

The soldiers, all of whom have been held captive for more than 12 years, are the last military personnel remaining in the insurgents’ hands, although at one time the FARC held more than 50 politicians, soldiers, police officers and three U.S. citizens whom they tried without success to barter for some 500 imprisoned rebels.

The FARC said that they were grateful for and accepted “without hesitation” the offer by the government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to mount the logistics necessary so that a humanitarian delivery of the hostages could be achieved.

“We want to express our feelings of admiration for the relatives of the soldiers and policemen in our power,” the guerrillas’ central command said, and they asked the spokesman for the relatives, Marleny Orjuela, to “receive them on the agreed-upon date,” which has not been made public.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, meanwhile, said Sunday that the FARC decision to ban kidnapping for financial purposes was “insufficient.”

“We value the FARC’s announcement to renounce kidnapping as an important and necessary, but insufficient, step in the right direction,” said Santos on his Twitter account after learning of the rebels’ decision.

The president also tweeted that “we’re very happy for those 10 kidnapped people who they’re going to release and for their families. The government will provide guarantees for there to be no media circus,” alluding to Santos’ stance against having the operation become a media spectacle.

The hostages still in FARC hands are soldiers Luis Alfonso Beltran Franco, Luis Arturo Arcia, Robinson Salcedo Guarin and Luis Alfredo Moreno Chagueza, and police officers Carlos Jose Duarte, Cesar Augusto Lasso Monsalve, Jorge Trujillo Solarte, Jorge Humberto Romero, Jose Libardo Forero and Wilson Rojas Medina.

The men were taken hostage in rebel attacks in 1998 and 1999, the years of heaviest activity by the FARC, which has been in rebellion against the Bogota government since 1964.

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Brazilian Research Station in Anarctica Destroyed by Fire, Kills Two

Brazilian Research Station in Anarctica Destroyed by Fire, Kills Two

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Two Brazilian soldiers died and another was injured in a fire at the Comandante Ferraz research base that Brazil maintains in Antarctica, officials said.

“In an act of heroism, they were right at the spot of greatest risk, in an attempt to contain the fire and they did not achieve that. All the researchers and civilian officials were rescued and are on the continent, in Chile,” Defense Minister Celso Amorim said.

Saturday’s fire also injured Sgt. Luciano Gomes Medeiros, who is out of mortal danger and was transferred first to the Polish Arctowski station to receive first aid, the navy said.

Medeiros and the rest of the people posted to the base were taken by helicopter to Chile’s Eduardo Frei base, from where they traveled to the Chilean city of Punta Arenas.

The 15 members of the battalion responsible for base maintenance and operations, who had remained on site carrying out the work of extinguishing the fire, had to abandon their labors due to weather conditions.

The detachment is scheduled to return to Comandante Ferraz, some 130 kilometers (81 miles) from the Antarctic continent on King George Island, when the weather improves to evaluate the damage.

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera on Sunday offered to his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, his administration’s support in rebuilding the research base.

Both leaders held a telephone conversation on Saturday in which Piñera expressed to Rousseff his “solidarity” after the fire and offered Chile’s help in the reconstruction efforts, the Chilean government said in a statement.

Brazil began operating its Antarctic research base in 1984 and at the time of the fire there were 59 people, including military personnel and scientists, housed there.

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Female Sinaloa Cartel Narco Member Arrested for Ordering Multiple Kllings

Female Sinaloa Cartel Narco Member Arrested for Ordering Multiple Kllings

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A woman who confessed to ordering the killings of five people last month was among several Sinaloa drug cartel members arrested in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, state officials said.

Martha Lizeth Osegueda Rodriguez told investigators following her arrest on Friday night that she ordered the killings of five people on Jan. 28 in the border city of Tijuana.

The 24-year-old suspect ordered the killings to steal drugs from a rival gang that operates in the neighborhoods close to the U.S. border, the Baja California Public Safety Secretariat said.

Osegueda was arrested thanks to an anonymous tip and intelligence work by the state police, the secretariat said.

State police arrested a taxi driver, identified as Erick Arzate Garcia, who had an outstanding warrant for robbery, the secretariat said.

The 28-year-old Arzate told police he worked for Osegueda, who was in charge of drug sales in Tijuana’s Villas de Baja California and Tres de Octubre districts, the secretariat said.

State police went to a house in Villas de Baja California, where they arrested Osegueda and Marco Antonio Lopez Carmona, a 24-year-old suspected Sinaloa cartel gunman, the secretariat said.

Officers seized a firearm and 17 packets of the illegal drug “crystal” from the suspects, as well as cash that apparently came from drug sales, the secretariat said.

Osegueda told investigators she ordered the multiple murders in the Tres de Octubre neighborhood and that Lopez Carmona took part in the killings, the secretariat said.

Osegueda sent the gunmen to kill rival gang members who stole drugs from her after getting authorization from her bosses in the Sinaloa cartel, the secretariat said.

Octavio Leal Uriarte, known as “El Chapito,” was one of the cartel bosses who gave Osegueda the green light to carry out the killings, the secretariat said.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest and most powerful drug cartel in Mexico.

Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration is offering a reward of $5 million for him.

Guzman, who was born in 1957 in La Tuna, Sinaloa, was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.

Forbes magazine estimates that Guzman has a fortune of more than $1 billion, making him one of the richest people in the world.

The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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Luis Miguel Concert Inaugurates New $400 Million Mexico City Arena

Luis Miguel Concert Inaugurates New $400 Million Mexico City Arena

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Mexican singer Luis Miguel took the stage on the weekend at the new but unfinished Mexico City Arena, a venue with a capacity of 22,300 and filled with enormous screens and luxuries such as private suites but which was opened despite numerous unresolved problems.

Dirty seats, work materials in the corridors, uncontrolled air conditioning and screens that do not work were just some of the inconveniences the approximately 20,000 people who came to the inaugural concert had to put up with.

According to what businessmen Alberto Hinojosa and Guillermo Salinas Pliego said on Saturday, the venue is one of the largest of the so-called “arenas” in the Americas, which are designed for musical, theatrical and sports events.

More than $400 million has been invested in its construction, including up-to-date technology such as the world’s largest outside digital screen and another screen in the middle of the stage that is also the world’s largest in a locale of this type.

The screen onto which Luis Miguel was projected when he finally took the stage was not delivering good sound quality and later in the evening it stopped working altogether.

During the course of the next two hours, however, the singer performed some of his most popular numbers, including “Somos novios” and “Por debajo de la mesa” - telling the audience that he was celebrating his 30 years in music with this concert.

Tickets went for up to 3,000 pesos ($232).

Luis Miguel is scheduled to perform there again on Sunday evening, and guitarist Carlos Santana is to offer a concert at the Arena on March 11 and Pitbull on March 16.

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Hispanic Association Seeks Nominees for Its Hall of Champions

Hispanic Association Seeks Nominees for Its Hall of Champions

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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) announced that nominations for the HACU Hall of Champions will be accepted through Friday, April 13, 2012, 5:00 p.m. (CDT).

The HACU Hall of Champions was established to honor those who embody the mission of the Association through exemplary efforts “To Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education.” Dr. Antonio Rigual, a pioneer of Hispanic higher education, became the inaugural inductee during the Association’s Silver Anniversary last year.

“HACU encourages individuals to consider nominating a peer who has made a lasting contribution to Hispanic higher education,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “For HACU Hall of Champion inductees, a great part of the honor is to have been nominated by their peers for their dedication and contributions to Hispanic higher education.”

Any individual can submit a nomination. The eligibility criteria are:

  * Nominees may be living or deceased.
  * Nominees must have made extraordinary contributions to Hispanic higher education success over a significant period of time.
  * Nominations shall document nominees’ special accomplishments in championing Hispanic higher education success.

Nominations can be made online or sent by postal mail to the attention of the HACU Hall of Champions Selection Committee, 8415 Datapoint Drive, Suite 400, San Antonio, Texas 78229.

Following the selection process, a decision will be announced in August. The individual selected will be inducted during the association’s 2012 Annual Conference October 20-22, 2012 in Washington D.C.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions.

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Plane Crash in Brazil Kills State Legislator and Two Others

Plane Crash in Brazil Kills State Legislator and Two Others

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A state legislator and two other people died in a plane crash in the northern Brazilian state of Para, officials said.

Alessandro Novelino, legislative aide Jose Augusto dos Santos and an unidentified pilot died Saturday when the two-engine plane went down.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, officials said.

The plane was traveling from Belem, the capital of Para, to a ranch in the northeastern part of the state when it disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar screens.

A search team found the plane’s wreckage and the three bodies Saturday afternoon outside the city of Acara, the state government said in a statement.

“The place is hard to reach and the plane was completely destroyed, but there was apparently no fire,” Public Safety Secretary Luiz Fernandes Rocha said.

“We are deeply saddened by the premature death” of Novelino, who belonged to the National Mobilization Party, or PMN, the state government said.

Three days of mourning have been declared in the state.

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Dominican Singer-Songwriter Juan Luis Guerra Debuts New Christian Album

Dominican Singer-Songwriter Juan Luis Guerra Debuts New Christian Album

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Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra next Tuesday will release his new album “Coleccion Cristiana” with 11 songs directed at the Christian market, his press office said.

The new album by the international artist contains seven new songs, among them “En el cielo no hay hospital,” which is already being played by many radio stations.

In addition to that number, the album also includes “El quita pena,” “Viene bajando,” “Las Avispas,” “Son al rey,” “Para ti,” “Caballo blanco,” “Mi Jesus,” “Soldado,” “Como trompeta en si bemol” and “Nada me preparar,” the press office said in a communique.

Guerra, who has sold more than 30 million albums, described his new release as “very special, full of happiness, merengue, bachata and son,” adding that the album “can be danced to on just one foot. It’s time to celebrate.”

Luis Guerra will perform at the Viña del Mar festival in Chile and after that will travel to New York and Miami.

Between April 20-24 he will perform for the first time in Australia, his press office said.

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Colombia Rounds Up Record Number of Narcos Wanted in U.S., 16 Planes & 10 Tons Cocaine Also Seized

Colombia Rounds Up Record Number of Narcos Wanted in U.S., 16 Planes & 10 Tons Cocaine Also Seized

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Colombian authorities captured 34 suspected drug traffickers wanted in the United States, in the biggest roundup of criminals for extradition in the history of the country’s war on drugs, police officials said Saturday.

The captures resulted from several months of investigations by the Dijin criminal investigation unit of the National Police in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA.

The National Police director, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, told the press in Cali that those in custody belonged to an organization known as the Galeano Clan that had ties to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

In the course of the investigation, 10 tons of cocaine and 16 airplanes were seized, the official said, adding that the group of drug traffickers accumulated close to 90 percent of the alkaloid produced in the southeastern part of the country, all destined for the illegal Mexican and United States markets.

The investigation led to “the greatest number of captures for extradition in the nation’s history,” Naranjo said at a government meeting in Cali presided over by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Most of traffickers, 13, were arrested in Villavicencio, another 12 in Bogota and the rest around the country in Ibague, Manizales, Florencia and Inirida.

Those under arrest are wanted for extradition by a Miami court.

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POLL:  55% of Americans Oppose Affirmative Action for College Admissions

POLL:  55% of Americans Oppose Affirmative Action for College Admissions

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The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to hear a case involving the use of race as a factor in college admissions. Most voters oppose the use of so-called affirmative action policies at colleges anduniversities and continue to believe those policies have not been successful despite being in place for 50 years.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 24% of Likely U.S. Voters favor applying affirmative action policies to college admissions. Fifty-five percent (55%) oppose the use of such policies to determine who is admitted to colleges and universities.

The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted February 22-23, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports.

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Mexicana Airlines Set to Return to the Skies

Mexicana Airlines Set to Return to the Skies

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Mexican airline Mexicana de Aviacion, grounded since August 2010 while in bankruptcy proceedings, is set to return to the skies under new ownership.

Early this month, private company Med Atlantica deposited $300 million and showed proof of its ability to recapitalize the airline, which could resume operations in April, officials said.

“The new owners have decided to invest another $300 million in hotel projects and $50 (million) more for contingencies, which amounts to $650 million,” SNTTASS transportation workers union chief Miguel Angel Yudico told Efe Friday.

The union leader said Mexicana, once one of Mexico’s two leading airlines, will start flying again with a staff of just 2,500 employees and therefore will begin negotiating severance packages with its remaining 5,500 employees in the coming days.

“The next step will be to sign an agreement with its creditors and for this country’s aviation authorities to provide Mexicana de Aviacion with authorization to fly, which is expected to happen in the next few weeks,” Yudico said.

“The important thing is it’s a done deal that Mexicana de Aviacion will return to the skies after a year and six months of anguish and despair for thousands of workers and their families,” he said.

The Mexicana group of airlines, which also includes sister budget carriers Click and Link, grounded its operations in August 2010 after nearly nine decades in business and filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure a debt load of more than $800 million.

Bankruptcy Judge Felipe Consuelo Soto said in a press conference Friday that Med Atlantica beat out more than a dozen other potential suitors by providing documentation to certify the existence and availability of the funds needed to recapitalize the airline.

Med Atlantica is led by Spanish businessman Christian Cadenas, although 80 percent of the group’s capital comes from Mexican investors.

Soto said the airline could begin flying again in April with a fleet of seven planes.

For his part, the head of the Communications and Transportation Secretariat, Dionisio Perez Jacome, said in a radio interview that Mexicana will receive its new air operator’s license “once Med Atlantica signs the restructuring agreement with Mexicana’s creditors.”

The airline said that once the bankruptcy proceedings are finalized it will look to recover slots for domestic and international flights that had been temporarily awarded to other carriers.

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Venezuela’s 2012 Lent Campaign: A Country 100% Free of Violence

Venezuela’s 2012 Lent Campaign: A Country 100% Free of Violence

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Lent is considered a suitable time for prayer, fellowship, sharing: this is why Caritas Venezuela presented its campaign “Compartir 2012” (Sharing) aimed at building peace. As reported to Fides by the local church, this is the 32nd edition which, on this occasion, is titled “A Venezuela 100% free of violence.”

The Campaign is an instrument of the Church to bring to the attention of the faithful some topics of general interest that touch Venezuelan society.  In the note sent to Fides, it is explained how every year, the Bishops deal with the reality of the country and its most critical problems.  Insecurity is a problem that strongly affects the population, and that poses a threat to all families. For this reason, the Catholic Church has decided that during 2012, the delegates of the national Caritas will work for the construction of peace, tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution, working in all communities, especially through the parishes.

This message, confirms the note, will be broadcast by all media and will be released at all levels, with neighborhood meetings, meetings in schools, through sports and cultural activities throughout the country. The Campaign “Compartir 2012” - says in conclusion - will be promoted by all the Catholic organizations (parishes, schools, vicarages, associations, religious institutions) and will try to counter the “culture of death” by emphasizing the goodness of the “culture of life ” which, through Gospel values,“reinforces the positive references that tie together the Venezuelan people.”

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Amnesty International: Violence Against Disabled Protesters in Bolivia Must be Investigated

Amnesty International: Violence Against Disabled Protesters in Bolivia Must be Investigated

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Bolivia’s authorities must initiate a prompt, full and independent investigation into reports that police used excessive force against people with disabilities during a demonstration in La Paz on Thursday, Amnesty International said.

Several people were injured or fainted after the police set up a cordon near the city’s Plaza Murillo and repelled protesters who tried to advance, reportedly using pepper spray and electric shocks indiscriminately.

Officials said police were acting in response to violent attacks by demonstrators, and police officers were also injured in the clashes.

“Disturbing reports and images from near Plaza Murillo seem to show the police lashing out indiscriminately against the protesters, many of whom were using wheelchairs,” said Guadalupe Marengo, Deputy Americas Programme Director at Amnesty International.

“Bolivian security forces have a duty to maintain public order, but they should always do so in compliance with international human rights standards on the use of force. Any allegations of abuse should be thoroughly and impartially investigated.”

The clashes in La Paz ended a 100-day journey for many of the protesters, who had covered some 1,000 miles across the country to demand an increase in state subsidies for people with disabilities.

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Watch Video:  Jorge Ramos Interviews Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Check out Univision’s Jorge Ramos interview the Sheriff Arpaio, describing him as ‘the face of racism and discrimination’ to many Latinos.  To that the shameless Sheriff assures Ramos that Latinos love him.  Ramos assured him they don’t and has polls and interviews to back that up. 

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Illegally Exported Mayan Ceramic Artifacts Returned to Guatemala

Illegally Exported Mayan Ceramic Artifacts Returned to Guatemala

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Eight artifacts that were illegally exported from Guatemala in two separate incidents were officially returned to the country at a repatriation ceremony Friday at the Guatemalan Embassy in Washington.

Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) repatriated the eight Maya culture ceramic artifacts, circa 600 to 900 A.D., to Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harold Caballeros.

The artifacts were seized following a 2011 investigation conducted by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston and a 2009 inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Houston.

The ICE case began in January 2011, when the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture contacted HSI to request investigative assistance pertaining to objects at an auction house. The ministry had identified several antiquities at the Skinner Auction House in Marlborough, Mass., that they believed were the cultural property of the people of Guatemala.

HSI’s investigation concluded that the two antiquities were removed from Guatemala in violation of Guatemalan law and brought into the United States in violation of U.S. customs laws and regulations. Specifically, the objects had been removed in violation of a bilateral agreement coordinated by the U.S. State Department, enacted in 1997, between the United States and Guatemala prohibiting the importation of pre-Columbian artifacts into the United States without proper export documents. HSI special agents seized the objects on June 16, 2011.

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