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SundayMarch 11, 2012

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Spain to Return Antiquities Dating from the Time of the Pharohs, Back to Egypt

Spain to Return Antiquities Dating from the Time of the Pharohs, Back to Egypt

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The Spanish government will return to Egypt eight items dating back to the time of the pharaohs - the 6th Dynasty, which lasted from 2374 B.C. to 2192 B.C., to be precise - and which had been taken illegally from the Arab country in 1999, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced Sunday.

The antiquities, which are of limestone, come from the tomb of Eimb Hur, one of the most important officials of the 6th Dynasty, and they are inscribed in hieroglyphics with the name and titles of the tomb’s owner.

The pieces were originally discovered in the Kom el-Khamsin zone in the ancient necropolis, or burial ground, of Saqqara near the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, located 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of modern-day Cairo.

According to the communique released Sunday by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the date has not yet been set on which Spanish authorities will turn over the items to the Egyptian Embassy in Madrid.

The Egyptian government said that the agreement to recover the antiquities was reached after a series of legal and diplomatic contacts between the Egyptian diplomatic legation and Spanish judicial and governmental officials.

Egypt’s envoy to Spain, Ayman Zein el-Din, learned in September 2010 that police in Barcelona had seized eight ancient Egyptian artifacts that had been in the possession of antiquities smugglers, the statement said.

After going through the appropriate procedures in a case like this, the Egyptian Embassy on Saturday received a letter from the Spanish government in which the latter said that they agreed to hand over the items and requested that a date be set to do so, the communique added.

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Fire Destroys 150 Dwellings in Peru

Fire Destroys 150 Dwellings in Peru

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A fire on the outskirts of Lima destroyed about 150 dwellings and injured one person, Peruvian firefighters said.

The fire broke out Saturday in Ancon, a district in the Pampas de Piedras Gordas neighborhood, and was brought under control, fire department spokesman Daniel Palomares told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP.

About 14 fire units and two tanker trucks were needed to put out the blaze, which was caused by mishandling of a container of gas.

This was the second major blaze in Peru in less than a week.

A fire Thursday night burned down a huge Education Ministry warehouse, destroying educational materials worth $100 million.

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Mardona Wants to Settle $53 Million Italian Tax Bill and Return to Italy

Mardona Wants to Settle $53 Million Italian Tax Bill and Return to Italy

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Former Argentine player and current coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl soccer club Diego Armando Maradona said on the weekend that he wants to settle his back tax bill of some 40 million euros (about $52 million) with the Italian Treasury so that he can return to Naples and be able to get together again with his friends in Italy.

The Argentine star made this proposition to the Italian authorities from his residence in Dubai in a statement read in Italian on the satellite continuous-news Sky Tg24 television channel.

“I’ve never been convicted by the Supreme Court and I want to clear up everything to finally make peace with the Treasury and with all of Italy, putting an end to so many errors and injustices made against me,” said Maradona, who played for Italy’s Napoli soccer club from 1984 to 1991.

“They have prevented me from returning to Italy until today and I hope that justice will be done and that the law will be equal for everyone. My wish is to return and embrace the Neapolitans and all my friends who live in Italy, because they have made me lose 20 years, many years of love,” he added.

The former Argentine national team coach, who also played for Sevilla and Barcelona, said that “it’s fair to pay the taxes, but the treasury has to be more humane with the citizens.”

“I’ve never been a tax evader. I’ve always paid all the taxes I knew about. That’s also what the sentence of the Italian court from 1994 presented by my attorney Angelo Pisani to the new judges says. The sentence says that I’m right and that I have no debts,” Maradona said.

As Sky Tg24 reported in the story, in the coming days Maradona’s lawyers and representatives of the Italian Treasury will get in contact with one another to try and reach a definitive agreement about the ex-player’s pending debts.

The Italian Treasury is demanding that the Al Wasl coach pay some 40 million euros - most of it accrued interest - because he did not pay income tax in the country during the second half of the 1980s when he was playing for Napoli, an amount that is growing daily by 3,000 euros in interest.

The Argentine soccer icon says that his problem with the treasury is the fault of “some Napoli director who did not inform (me) in time,” since when it was demanded that he pay up he had already been out of the country for six months.

In an attempt to collect the outstanding debt, Italy’s financial police confiscated some earrings he had been wearing at a weight-loss center in northern Italy and which were eventually auctioned in 2010 for 25,000 euros.

In 2006, taking advantage of another visit by Maradona to Italy, Italian authorities confiscated a Rolex watch valued at 11,000 euros from the star.

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One-Year Later Remembering Fukushima - Hear the Earthquake (VIDEO)

One-Year Later Remembering Fukushima - Hear the Earthquake  (VIDEO)

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Today is the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Fukushima Daiichi and killed 19,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens.

One year ago at 2:46 p.m. a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit and was the strongest recorded in the country’s history.  The powerful quake set off tsunami waves more than 7 feet along Japan’s northeastern coast resulting in over 300,000 people being displaced from their homes.

Listen to Georgia Tech professor Zhigang Peng’s recording of the earthquake.  The professor converted seismic waves into audio files - even without visual it is powerful.


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Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, Pushes DREAM Act during Texas Visit

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, Pushes DREAM Act during Texas Visit

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In a town hall meeting in San Antonio on this week, Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education expressed his frustration that the DREAM Act still has not passed while he continued to promote the Obama Administration’s incentive program, Race to the Top. 

Speaking to a variety of high school students, college officials, and area democrats in the main room of Café College, Duncan, along with San Antonio’s mayor, Julián Castro, discussed the hopeful passing of the DREAM Act as well as the goal to keep colleges affordable for students.

Duncan stated to the crowd of 150, that it was a necessity for the DREAM act to become law.  This act, which did not pass Congress last year, would create a route to citizenship for those children here illegally yet planning on going to college or serving in the military.  Duncan continued to say according to My San Antonio, “The fact that that hasn’t happened yet is a source of immense frustration for the President and I.”  He then added, “I just think as a country we are completely backward on this issue.”

Duncan also discussed what the government has done and plans to do in order to keep a college degree financially accessible for all students.  He, along with President Obama’s administration, have worked to simplify the completion of originally lengthy and complicated financial aid forms as well as increased many students’ access to college with the Federal Pell grant program. 

Duncan hopes to next increase the graduation rate at these higher education institutions.  Through the program, Race to the Top, these institutions would compete for federal funding based upon their academic success and graduation rates.  The competition, if approved, could provide up to 1 billion dollars in incentives each year. 

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Fox Studios Announces English Version of Popular Telenovela ‘La Reina del Sur’

Fox Studios Announces English Version of Popular Telenovela ‘La Reina del Sur’

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Fans of the Telemundo hit of 2011, ‘La Reina del Sur’ will be pleased to hear that the show will be arriving again in their living rooms, but this time in English. 

Deadline is reporting that Fox TV Studios president, David Madden, believes the show will be developed as a one hour crime drama and says it may be targeted at cable stations due to its dark and violent storyline.  Yet nothing is set in stone and Madden also added that an ‘ABC version’ of the show could also be produced. 

The series, ‘The Queen of the South,’ in English, is based on the bestselling book by author Arturo Perez Reverte.  The main character, Teresa Mendoza, an innocent small town girl, tries to seek revenge after a recent personal tragedy.  Yet as the story develops, Teresa eventually becomes one of the most powerful women in the drug trafficking world.  The original series was Telemundo’s most successful series in its 19 year history as a network.  It averaged 4.2 million viewers and on the night of its series finale, was the number one broadcast that evening across languages. 

David T. Friendly, known for his production of the successful film, “Little Miss Sunshine” will executive produce the series.  This will be his first television production.  A writer for the show has yet to be determined. 

Madden stated that this project was suggested as a means to appeal more to Spanish speaking audiences. 

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Court Criticizes Sheriff Arpaio’s Pink Underwear for Inmates Practice

Court Criticizes Sheriff Arpaio’s Pink Underwear for Inmates Practice

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Known to be ‘America’s toughest sheriff,’ Joe Arpaio’s policy of dressing Arizona inmates in pink underwear has recently come under scrutiny after a mentally ill inmate believed he was being raped by prison officials attempting to dress him. 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned Wednesday, Arpaio’s nearly 20 year policy of dressing inmates in this underwear.  They stated, “Unexplained and undefended, the dressout in pink appears to be punishment without legal justification.”  They also expressed, “It’s fair to infer that the selection of pink as the underwear color was meant to symbolize the loss of prisoners’ masculinity.”

Originally, the sheriff was praised by voters for his tough treatment of prisoners in the Maricopa County jail.  Arpaio was known not only for making inmates wear pink underwear, yet he also forced prisoners to live in tents during Arizona’s scorching summers, and was known to dress them in old fashioned striped jail uniforms. 

The scrutiny comes as a result of a lawsuit brought by the estate of former prisoner Eric Vogel.  Vogel, diagnosed as paranoid and psychotic, was arrested in November of 2001 and refused to get out of his street clothes.  While officers stripped Vogel and forced him into the pink underwear Vogel shouted that he was being raped.  A month later, after a minor car accident with his mother, the officer told Vogel that he may have to return to jail as a result of resisting officers during the original underwear incident.  This threat caused Vogel to run from the scene of the accident several miles to his home where he died the next day as a result of a cardiac arrhythmia. 

Vogel’s attorney, Joel Robbins, said that although the public has long been amused by the use of pink underwear in the prison, people need to remember that a man may have died as a result of this practice.  “That’s where it loses its humor value,” Robbins stated. 

A deputy chief for the sheriff, Jack MacIntyre, disagrees with the court’s ruling.  According to MacIntyre, the prison began to dye the underwear in the 1990s in an attempt to discourage them from taking the underwear home after being released.  He does not believe it is an attempt to strip the inmates of their masculinity as previously stated. 

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NYC Judge Says Latinos and African Americans Owed at least $128 Million in Discrimination Lawsuit

NYC Judge Says Latinos and African Americans Owed at least $128 Million in Discrimination Lawsuit

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After ruling that the Fire Department of New York discriminated against minorities during their entrance exams, Judge Nicholas Garaufis said the amount of money owed to the impacted minorities could surpass $128 million. 

Many of these 2,000 applicants were not hired as a result of their race; while others who did receive jobs within the department may have been hired sooner.  Hearings will still need to be held to help determine just how much each individual will receive.  As a result, the total amount could lower slightly after all of the hearings have been completed. 

The lawyer representing the city of New York does not agree with this estimate.  He believes that any money the city owes, the total will be significantly less than $128 million.  New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, also disagrees with the judge’s decision.  According to local reports Bloomberg stated, “The bottom line is we don’t agree with his decision at all, and it’s only the first step in the process.  You can rest assured we will appeal.”

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President Humala Hopes to Build 500,000 New Homes in Peru

President Humala Hopes to Build 500,000 New Homes in Peru

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This week, after Peru’s President Ollanta Humala presented 288 families with new apartments in the city of Carabayllo, he announced his goal of creating 500 thousand new homes by the year 2016.  Humala wants to provide the ‘dream of homeownership’ for all Peruvian families.  “We aim to build housing to improve living conditions of our people.  The family needs a decent home and this is a concern of the government,” said Humala to Peru this Week.

The president continued to encourage those in the private sector to aid in this new home goal, which Humala believes will benefit not only the families involved but the entire country as well.

The new home goal, as well as the apartments in Carabayllo demonstrates Humala’s social inclusion policy.  Many of the families moving into the apartments in Carabayllo are low income families that qualified for the government backed mortgage lending fund, MiVivienda.  The president continued to say, “I think we are reaching working people who do not have great resources, but with what they are working on, in their careers, they have access to credit to buy an apartment.”

In addition to this goal, the president also stated that this work was happening all across the country as the government will also be building 10,000 new homes in Pisco, Perú.

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Mexican Singer Belinda offers $10,000 for Twitter username

Mexican Singer Belinda offers $10,000 for Twitter username

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Mexican singer Belinda Peregrin Schull has offered a large sum of money, approximately $10,000, to the owner of the username ‘@belinda’ as an effort to convince the owner to give up the name so she can use it as her twitter address.

The girl, who apparently has no interest in the offer, has repeatedly refused to give up the name. Consequently, she has been the victim of attacks by many followers of the singer who rudely demanded the user to yield to their idols demands.

The other Belinda user, who lives in Stanford, California, has resisted the pressure to change her name and reiterated to the press that she does not see the need to give up her name and will not do so. She also made claims that her name is not for sale.

The conflict has now become a battle of wills over the namesake, as eyes turn to see whether the singer will raise her bid or conform to using her old username ‘@belindapop’, which has 880,000 followers. However, the confusion of the username has also gained ‘@belinda’ a hefty amount of followers, about 6,000.

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Soledad O’Brien Speaks to Students at Disney’s Dreamers Academy Class of 2012

Soledad O’Brien Speaks to Students at Disney’s Dreamers Academy Class of 2012

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Soledad O’Brien, anchor for CNN morning show “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” speaks to high school students March 10, 2012 during Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The fifth annual event, taking place through March 11 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for 100 high school students across the U.S. which included Latino students.

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White-Dominated Boards Face Legal Threats over Racial Makeup

White-Dominated Boards Face Legal Threats over Racial Makeup

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Compton City Councilwoman Janna Zurita owes her Hispanic last name to a grandmother from Spain, whom she never met. Zurita considers her mother black and said her father “wants to be black” even though he “looks Latino.”

Zurita, the mayor pro tem of Compton, sometimes jokes with her sister about their racial roots.

“She always tells me I look just like a Mexican: flat booty, straight hair. You know, just all kind of – how Mexicans used to look. You know, now they have big booties,” Zurita said in a legal deposition in November. “You know, little jokes about it.”

While Zurita takes a sometimes-playful approach to her racial identity, it became the serious subject of a recent lawsuit under the California Voting Rights Act. In January, a judge ruled that a trial would be necessary to figure out whether Zurita could be considered Latina and whether that means Latinos have a voice on the council. The city settled the suit late last month.

The legal gymnastics in Compton illustrate California’s far-reaching law, which bars local governments from diluting the voting strength of minorities. The law has become the foundation of a burgeoning onslaught of legal threats that could upend the racial makeup of elected bodies throughout the state.

Armed with 2010 census data, a network of attorneys is increasingly targeting local governments – from cities and school boards to hospital and community college districts – for not reflecting the demographics of their constituents.

Read more at Will Evans for California Watch →

Govt Reminding Employers that Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status Still Eligible to Work

Govt Reminding Employers that Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status Still Eligible to Work

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The Justice Department announced today the launch of an educational video reminding employers that Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may continue working beyond the March 9, 2012, expiration date of their Employment Authorization Documents.

This announcement by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) informs employers that they can continue to employ workers with TPS from El Salvador and at the same time avoid claims of discrimination in the employment eligibility reverification process.  TPS is a temporary immigration benefit allowing qualified individuals from designated countries who are in the U.S. to stay here for a limited time period, due to conditions such as on-going armed conflict, environmental disaster or other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the designated country.  Individuals with TPS can obtain employment authorization documents to work legally in the United States. 

DHS has automatically extended Employment Authorization documents for individuals with TPS from El Salvador until September 9, 2012.

The video is an attempt to educate employers and prevent potential claims of discrimination from work-authorized individuals losing their jobs.  Click here to video the video.

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Latino Teen Luis Hernandez Wins National Scriptwriting Contest

Latino Teen Luis Hernandez Wins National Scriptwriting Contest

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Two scripts written by teens that explore issues of bullying, violence, and gender norms were chosen for production among thousands of entries as a part of a national educational program.  Scenarios USA’s REAL DEAL educational program facilitates a unique partnership between teenage writers and distinguished film directors to produce short films.  Winners were announced this past week by an esteemed panel of top leaders in media, education, nonprofit, philanthropy and academia.

The winning scripts explored often taboo-subjects that are realities in the lives of many teens. Winning writer Roxanne Lasker-Hall (age 16), of Cleveland, Ohio, explored the subject of rape and bullying in her script, Speechless.  Teen scriptwriter Luis Hernandez (age 16), of Brooklyn, NY, tackled the subject of male body image and bullying in his script, The Tale of Timmy Two-chins.

Hollywood directors Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, Aeon Flux) and Nancy Savoca (Dogfight, If These Walls Could Talk) will work closely with Lasker-Hall and Hernandez to produce films from their winning entries. Previous winners’ films have screened at the New York, Miami and Cleveland International Film Festivals and aired on networks like Showtime, BET, MTV and mun2.

In line with Scenarios USA’s mission of fostering youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression, each year’s REAL DEAL contest has a topical focus. This year centered on the intersection of gender, power and relationships. Submitted stories grappled with complex topics, like how to support a bullied peer, the expectations of home life, and the impact of economics, culture and race on adolescent development.

Nancy Savoca will direct The Tale of Timmy Two-chins, written by Hernandez. This story addresses the often secret issues of bullying and male body image in the lives of teens.

“This story provides an exciting opportunity to debunk stereotypes of the male body image as well as explore the intersection of culture, food and personal identity,” said Savoca.

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SundayMarch 11, 2012