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WednesdayMay 23, 2012

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Spanish region and Mexico’s Pemex in Talks Over New Ship Deal

Spanish region and Mexico’s Pemex in Talks Over New Ship Deal

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Talks between the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia and Mexican oil giant Pemex for the construction of several ships are “advancing” and a deal could be reached “soon,” the head of the regional government, Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, said.

Feijoo met Wednesday with Pemex’s representative in Spain, Jose Manuel Carrera Panizzo, the Galician regional government said in a statement.

The meeting “gives continuity to the different contacts” made over a number of months with state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, via the economy and industry department and by Feijoo during his visit to Mexico in April, the statement said.

If the “strategic agreement” with Pemex comes to fruition, it will provide “an excellent economic opportunity” for Galicia’s shipyards, Feijoo said, adding that his administration would make “every effort and work” to ensure that this “historic possibility” comes to be.

The ship deal represents a “double opportunity” for both Galicia and Pemex, “linking” one of the world’s largest oil companies to the Spanish region and confirming that it is “a reliable place to invest,” Feijoo said.

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Report: Hundreds Of Dolphins Likely Died of Natural Causes in Peru

Report: Hundreds Of Dolphins Likely Died of Natural Causes in Peru

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The approximately 800 dolphin deaths over the past few months in central and northern Peru were likely due to natural causes, the Peruvian Sea Institute, or Imarpe, said in a report.

“Human activities have been ruled out as the direct cause of death,” but “the exact cause of death has not been determined,” the 81-page report, which was posted on Imarpe’s Web site on Tuesday, said.

Contact with fishing vessels, pesticides, pollution from heavy metals and seismic mining exploration were among the human causes ruled out.

The report, however, also ruled out some possible natural causes of the deaths, including lack of food, bacterial infections, viral infections and biotoxins.

“Although the exact cause of these deaths has not been determined, it is presumed that they are related to natural causes, whether biotoxin poisoning or emerging diseases, of which there are no prior records,” the report said.

“Atypical conditions have been present in the marine ecosystem” since the start of the Southern Hemisphere summer at the end of last year, and “persistent (algae) blooms” have appeared since January between the port of Callao and Paita, a port city in northern Peru, the report said.

The environmental group Orca released a report earlier this week that identified offshore oil exploration as the cause of the dolphin deaths.

The dolphins found on Peru’s beaches died in the ocean from emphysema and had “air bubbles in vital internal organs, such as the liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder and lymph nodes,” Orca said.

A multidisciplinary commission should be formed to investigate the deaths of the marine mammals and monitor “the continuous changes being experienced in the marine ecosystem,” the Imarpe report said.

Hundreds of seabirds were also found dead in northern and central Peru earlier this year, prompting the government to order Imarpe to conduct an investigation.

The deaths of more than 1,200 pelicans were due to lack of food because of the migration of cold water fish as a result of the warming of ocean waters, Production Minister Gladys Triveño told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP, on Tuesday.

“The majority of the ones found dead were very young pelicans that did not have much experience in gathering their own food,” Triveño said.

Hundreds of dead seabirds were found along a 200-kilometer (124-mile) stretch of beaches in the Piura and Lambayeque regions earlier this year, Peruvian media reported.

The reports prompted fishermen and environmentalists to call on officials to investigate the deaths of the pelicans and other seabirds.

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Nintendo’s Father Of The Modern Video Game Wins Prominent Spanish Prize

Nintendo’s Father Of The Modern Video Game Wins Prominent Spanish Prize

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Japan’s Shigeru Miyamoto, who developed such popular video games as Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong, as well as creating the Brain Training and Wii Fit products, was awarded Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize for Communication and Humanities in Madrid on Wednesday, the jury told Efe.

The 59-year-old Miyamoto, who has worked for Nintendo since 1977, topped the list of finalists released by the jury after its first meeting on Tuesday.

The other two candidates to make the finalists’ list were the Magnum photo agency and Parisian philosopher and education theorist Edgar Morin.

“I feel very honored to get the news that I have been selected to receive the Prince of Asturias Prize for Communication and Humanities,” Miyamoto said in a statement released by Nintendo.

“Given that I have not been able to create a video game alone, I feel enormously grateful to have been selected to receive this prestigious prize and I would like to receive it as a representative of my friends and colleagues, with whom I developed video games during the course of my career,” the video game developer said.

Miyamoto “is the principal artisan of the educational, formative and constructive video game revolution,” the jury said.

He is “a designer of personalities and games known around the world, and is characterized by excluding violence from his creations and for innovating with programs and formats that help exercise the mind in its multiple facets, a very valuable result from an educational point of view,” the jury said.

“Miyamoto is not just the father of the modern video game, but he has achieved, with his great imagination, the creation of virtual dreams with which millions of people of all ages interact, generating new forms of communication and relationships capable of crossing ideological, ethnic and geographic frontiers,” the jury said.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation says its communication and humanities prize is bestowed “upon the person, institution, group of people or group of institutions whose work or research constitutes a significant contribution to universal culture in these fields.”

The prize carries a cash award of 50,000 euros (about $63,040), a sculpture by Joan Miro that represents and symbolizes the awards, a diploma and an insignia bearing the foundation’s coat of arms.

Past recipients of the Prince of Asturias Prize for Communication and Humanities include The Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific community, Internet service giant Google, the National Geographic Society and Italian medievalist and philosopher Umberto Eco.

The prizes, which Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe will hand out later this year in the northwestern city of Oviedo’s Campoamor Theater, are regarded as the Ibero-American world’s equivalent of the Nobels.

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North Carolina’s Hispanic Vote Doubles in 4 Years

North Carolina’s Hispanic Vote Doubles in 4 Years

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The proportion of Hispanic voters in North Carolina, which is considered to be a key state in the upcoming presidential election, has doubled over the past four years, according to a recent analysis by the Institute for Southern Studies.

The report, based on figures from the state election board, emphasized the Tar Heel state’s changed circumstances, given that its voting age population is becoming more diverse.

In May 2008, there were 44,719 registered Hispanic voters in the state, or 0.8 percent of the total, and as of the same month this year there were 91,554, representing 1.5 percent of the North Carolina electorate.

According to the analysis, the number of voters in North Carolina who did not identify themselves as white grew by 5.6 percent since 2008 to 29 percent of the total.

This increase has placed North Carolina in a similar position to states like Florida, where the number of non-white voters grew by 2.2 percent between July 2008 and January 2012, making up 30 percent of registered voters, the report said.

“This is a significant achievement that is due to several factors,” Carlos Casallas, the coordinator of special projects for the North Carolina state election board, told Efe on Wednesday.

“Hispanics from other states are moving to the area and registering to vote, registration campaigns in the community, naturalizations of resident immigrants and 18-year-old youths are more excited about participating in the electoral process,” he said.

The 2010 Census revealed that the Latino population of North Carolina grew by 111 percent during the past decade to 800,120 people, representing 8.4 percent of the state’s residents.

Regarding voter registration by party, 43.8 percent of the Hispanic voters were registered as Democrats, 18.5 percent as Republicans and 37 percent as independents.

“The work over 22 years to register Hispanics and motivate them to go to the polls ... finally has born fruit,” German De Castro, of the Hispanic Voters of Mecklenburg group, told Efe on Wednesday in Charlotte, where the Democratic National Convention will be held in September.

“These figures will attract the attention of the parties and I’m sure they will pay more attention to our community, sending working teams to seek support, but our challenge will be to demonstrate our voting power next Nov. 6,” he said.

De Castro noted that in past elections North Carolina Hispanics showed what they could achieve, because Barack Obama took the state by a mere 14,177 votes, becoming the first Democratic presidential nominee to do so since 1976.

A post-election analysis by the Immigration Policy Center emphasized that the 20,468 Hispanics who voted in the state were “indispensable” in ensuring that Obama won the White House.

History could repeat itself if the ongoing stable increase in minority voter registration continues in the state.

Both the Democratic and Republican parties have specifically acknowledged the importance of the Hispanic electoral bloc and have designed strategies to capture the maximum support possible from the community.

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Constructing “HeelCondoms” Reduces Sentences For Puerto Rican Inmates

Constructing “HeelCondoms” Reduces Sentences For Puerto Rican Inmates

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Inmates at Vega Alta women’s prison in Puerto Rico are reducing their sentences thanks to their daily work of sewing “HeelCondoms,” colorful and varied accessories that fit onto the heels of women’s shoes.

Puerto Rican creator Sandrysabel Ortiz, who in late 2010 became known for her design and marketing of HeelCondoms, told Efe on Tuesday that by sewing the product female inmates can reduce their sentences by 10 days for every month of work.

The inmates who labor in the sewing workshop at the Vega Alta prison also receive $5 paid by the designer for each day of work.

HeelCondoms can be slipped over the heels of women’s shoes (i.e. like a condom) to completely change their original appearance without the need to buy a new pair.

“When I learned that the women in the Vega Alta prison were devoting themselves to sewing uniforms, I got in contact with the Corrections Department to present them with my proposal,” said the 24-year-old Ortiz.

The businesswoman, who until now had been having HeelCondoms produced in China to save on costs, said that after striking the agreement with the prison she will now provide more work to the facility and its inmates.

She said that the prisoners’ work quality is extraordinary and that they are thrilled to be taking part in an innovative project like HeelCondoms.

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Chilean Voting Rolls Still Contain 1,000 Who “Disappeared” During The Pinochet Era

Chilean Voting Rolls Still Contain 1,000 Who “Disappeared” During The Pinochet Era

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One thousand people who disappeared in custody during the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet dictatorship remain on Chile’s voting rolls, the head of the electoral authority said Tuesday.

Juan Ignacio Garcia disclosed the figure in an exchange with Lorena Pizarro, leader of the AFDD group representing families of the “disappeared detainees,” who called the phenomenon a manifestation of the state’s failure to “face the situation of forced disappearance.”

The fact came to light following the implementation in January of a system whereby all Chilean citizens are automatically registered to vote on reaching adulthood.

Authorities hope that automatic registration and an end to obligatory voting will attract more young people to the polls, as the age profile of the electorate has become markedly older than that of the general population.

Chile is holding nationwide municipal elections later this year and the next presidential ballot is set for 2013.

The inclusion of the Pinochet-era disappeared on the voting rolls is not a mistake, Garcia’s deputy, Elizabeth Cabrera, told reporters Tuesday.

The electoral service cannot remove their names “because there is neither a death certificate issued by doctors, nor a verdict of presumed death issued by some court,” she said.

Pinochet’s regime killed upwards of 3,000 people, tortured more than 25,000 and drove hundreds of thousands into exile.

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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Interviews Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (VIDEO)

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Interviews Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (VIDEO)

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Earlier this week, Wikileaks’ controversial founder Julian Assange interviewed President Rafael Correa of Ecuador and discussed various subjects including when Correa was taken hostage in 2010 in an attempted coup d’etat.

Russia Today aired the interview. Watch it below.


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Colombian Striker Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid Scores Impressive Goal (VIDEO)

Colombian Striker Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid Scores Impressive Goal (VIDEO)

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During Atletico Madrid’s match against American de Cali over the weekend, Colombian futballer Radamel Falcao scored a goal that can only be described as the impressive.

Horizontal and in mid-air, Falcoa scored the first goal of the match.

Check out this feat of athletic perfection below.


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Oaxacans in California Prepare for Guelaguetza Festival

Oaxacans in California Prepare for Guelaguetza Festival

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Some communities of people from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are preserving their roots in California with festivals that emphasize their rich cultural tradition.

The Coalition of Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca celebrates the Guelaguetza festival in September on the campus of California State University San Marcos.

Journalist and writer Gabriel Martinez, who also teaches a class in the indigenous Zapotec language at San Diego State University and acts as master of ceremonies for Guelaguetza, told Efe that the festival’s spirit is similar to the traditional one in Oaxaca.

The professor said that Zapotec forebears did not dance just to dance but rather for practical reasons, such as asking their gods for a good harvest, fertility, peace or rain.

“Despite the fact that these events have been commercialized, since we have companies that sell insurance or nutritional products that want to reach this market and who allow us to continue organizing it, the spirit of Guelguetza is that of interchange, but without asking for anything in exchange,” Martinez said.

Usiel Villa, a member of the Los Rubios de Tecomaxtlahuaca dance group, which participates in the Guelaguetza celebration, told Efe that his typical costumes cost up to $2,000.

“It’s part of a very ancient culture; my children also like it and it’s a heritage that unites three generations, and also people who in Oaxaca would be competing and not have so much contact but who here form part of a common culture,” Villa said.

According to the California Institute for Rural Studies, the Golden State is home to as many as 150,000 immigrants from Oaxaca.

While the majority are Zapotec or Mixtec, there are 17 indigenous communities from Oaxaca represented in California concentrated in the Central Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties, the central coast and the area north of San Francisco.

These figures indicate that up to 20 percent of the agricultural labor force in California is from Oaxaca, according to researcher Sarah Poole of the University of California, San Diego.

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FC Barcelona Has Revealed the Look of the Team’s New Jerseys

FC Barcelona Has Revealed the Look of the Team’s New Jerseys

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Lionel Messi and his teammates will have a new look next season.

Coming in second after Spanish league rivals Real Madrid, FC Barcelona looks to be aiming for a fresh start.

The new jerseys for Barça were revealed this week at the Barcelona Contemporary Arts Museum and though the colors are pretty much the same, the style is very different.

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Pilot Throws Passenger Off Brazilian Flight For Sexist Remarks

Pilot Throws Passenger Off Brazilian Flight For Sexist Remarks

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The female pilot of Brazil’s Trip Airlines reportedly had a passenger ejected from a flight after he made sexist remarks about women.

Prior to takeoff form the Belo Horizonte airport on Friday, an unidentified man loudly began making sexist comments about women flying planes.

The man’s sexist rant, during which he yelled, “Someone should have told me the captain was a woman … I’m not flying with a female at the controls,” caused an hour-long delay. After getting booed by his fellow passengers, the man was removed.

On Tuesday, Trip Airlines released a statement saying the pilot had the man removed from the plane, where he was met by police who escorted him from the airport.

After the one-hour delay, the flight continued on course to Goias, Brazil.

A spokesman for the pilots union told Mail Online, ‘It’s the first time I’ve heard of something like this happening.’ Adding, ‘This man had obviously just arrived from Mars and wanted to become a pioneer.’

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Jessica Sanchez Will Learn Her Fate Tonight on American Idol (VIDEO)

Jessica Sanchez Will Learn Her Fate Tonight on American Idol (VIDEO)

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16-year old Jessica Sanchez will learn her fate tonight on American Idol and find out if her last round of performances makes her the overall winner.

Yesterday, Sanchez performed two Whitney Houston classic’s (‘I Have Nothing’ and ‘The Prayer’) and ‘Change Nothing’.  ‘Change Nothing’ will be the singer’s first single if she wins. 

The season finale is between Sanchez and Phillip Phillips.  Tune in tonight to find out who made it and if Sanchez will be the first Latino/a to win American Idol. 


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Latino Blotter:  Narco Raid Nets Hardcore Porno in 5-Year-Olds School Backpack

Latino Blotter:  Narco Raid Nets Hardcore Porno in 5-Year-Olds School Backpack

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New Mexico Narcotics Task Force officers found hardcore, graphic pornography in a 5-year-olds backpack when they were searching a home for drugs. 

Yesterday morning officers entered the Rio Rancho, New Mexico home of Sean Norris and Heather Villagomez in search of narcotics and came across the usual stash of guns, lots of ammo and meth.  What was unexpected was ‘hardcore, graphic pornography’ inside a 5-year-old boys school backpack.

According to KOAT News the child was carrying around the material.  The local child protective agency took custody of the young boy and charged his parents with child abuse charges. 

Norris, 35, and Villagomez,32, were under investigation for drug trafficking out of their home and executed a search warrant when they found the porno-laden backpack.  The five-year-old was home with his parents when the narco raid occurred. 

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Secret Service Chief Apologizes, DEA Under Investigation for Involvement with Colombian Prostitutes

Secret Service Chief Apologizes, DEA Under Investigation for Involvement with Colombian Prostitutes

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The federal government is once again in hot water for agents’ conduct in Colombia.

Ahead of the director of the Secret Service’s comments on the recent scandal involving agents engaging in relations with Colombian prostitutes, it broke that agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency are now being questioned about their involvement with Colombian sex workers.

Though the DEA and Secret Service scandals are separate, the latter did trigger a probe of three DEA agents suspected of hiring their own prostitutes.

According to CBS News, while being questioned about the Colombian investigation, a Secret Service agent revealed DEA agents’ possible involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia.

The DEA has agents permanently stationed in Colombia and since the start of the investigation have stated the agents suspected of being involved have been made available for questioning.

On Wednesday, Secret Service Chief Mark Sullivan made his first public appearance since the scandal made headlines. He apologized in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and asserted that the misconduct of a few was just that.

However, with the conduct of DEA agents now being called into question, one has to wonder is those actions are commonplace among both the Secret Service and the DEA.

“Over the past several weeks, we have been under intense scrutiny as a result of this incident,” Sullivan said. “To see the agency’s integrity called into question has not been easy.”

“I am deeply disappointed and I apologize for the misconduct of these employees and the distraction that it has caused.”

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Selena Gomez’s Hacker Gareth Crosskey Sentenced to 12 Months in Jail

Selena Gomez’s Hacker Gareth Crosskey Sentenced to 12 Months in Jail

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The man who hacked Selena Gomez’s Facebook account has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.

On May 16, 21-year-old Gareth Crosskey of Great Britain was sentence to a year in jail after he pled guilty to crimes under Britain’s Computer Misuse Act.

Along with hacking Gomez’s Facebook account, Crosskey reportedly read personal messages to and from her boyfriend Justin Bieber. Crosskey also posted the words “Oh yeh, Justin Bieber Sucks” on her Facebook page, which also posted to her Twitter account and resulted in a number of angry Bieber fans who were unaware of their relationship, so did not know Gomez would not say that of her boyfriend.

Crosskey is also said to have contacted OK! and Hollywood Life magazines, claiming to have information about the actress-singer. At the time of the hack, January 2011, Gomez had yet to publicly acknowledge her relationship with Bieber.

Pointing out his immaturity, Crosskey even posted a video on YouTube in which he boasted about hacking Gomez’s account and demonstrated how he did.

Judge John Price at Southwark Crown Court told Crosskey, 19 at the time of the hack, “People deserve privacy and should not their private correspondence by email made public.

“People are entitled to privacy, even those who seek publicity.”

After three day, the former Disney kid’s team was able to regain control of the hacked Facebook page and Crosskey was tracked down by his IP address and the WiFi network at the McDonald’s in West Sussex where he was employed.

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Mexican Firefighters Save 300 From Burning Building

Mexican Firefighters Save 300 From Burning Building

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Some 300 people were rescued Tuesday from a burning building in the Mexican capital’s upscale Santa Fe neighborhood, officials said.

The municipal emergency services chief, Elias Miguel Moreno Brizuela, said that during the blaze at least 300 people inside the 10-story building suffered moments of fright and panic attacks.

He said that people from his department cordoned off the area to avoid any further mishaps and evacuated everyone in the building.

The fire sparked an immediate deployment of police, firefighters and paramedics.

Also aiding in the operation were three helicopters that rescued seven people who sought refuge on the roof to escape the flames and dense smoke.

Moreno Brizuela said the blaze was apparently caused by a short circuit in the building’s basement.

For his part, Mexico City’s public safety secretary, Manuel Mondragon, told the press that the fire was “now under control,” though he added that “work is still being done inside the building to dispel the smoke and keep the wind from reactivating the flames.”

According to official reports, a woman suffered third-degree burns in the fire and was taken to a nearby hospital, while another 16 were overcome by smoke inhalation and 16 more were treated for panic attacks. Three cars were totally consumed by the flames.

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U.S. Census Bureau Admits to Leaving Out 1 Million Minorities in 2010 Census

U.S. Census Bureau Admits to Leaving Out 1 Million Minorities in 2010 Census

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The U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday that it omitted more than 1.5 million people belonging to ethnic minorities in the 2010 count, though it defended the accuracy of all other figures.

The bureau released estimates of over- and undercounting in the 2010 Census.

The document calculated some 16 million omissions in the 2010 Census, which included people whose information could not be checked because they incorrectly filled out the questionnaires sent them in the mail.

The report said that in total the Census omitted close to 2.1 percent of African-Americans and 1.5 percent of Hispanics, who together add up to some 1.5 million people who were not counted as they should have been. In any case, these percentages were not statistically different from the results of the 2000 Census, the bureau said.

The 2010 Census also failed to include 4.9 percent of indigenous people living on reservations.

“We’ll use these coverage estimates to build a better 2020 Census,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said.

The analysis of problems in the 2010 Census was released at a time when some 100 U.S. cities, including New York, were challenging the official counts, considering them too low.

In general, the erroneous counting occurred less among people who returned their demographic questionnaires in the mail than among those who gave their answers to volunteers doing door-to-door interviews.

The 2010 Census, which cost $15 billion - an unprecedented amount meant in part to encourage the participation of minorities - also unduly added some 36,000 people to the national population, or 0.01 percent of the total.

That error was due, according to the Census Bureau, to counting white citizens twice if they had several homes. The error in the 2000 Census had been 0.05 percent.

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Amnesty International Criticizes Journalists’ Protection in Mexico

Amnesty International Criticizes Journalists’ Protection in Mexico

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Amnesty International on Monday severely criticized what it said was the Mexican government’s lack of action to protect journalists in the country, adding that proof of that are the murders of six members of the media in less than a month.

The organization said in a communique that the six recent killings demonstrate “the failure” of Mexican authorities to protect freedom of expression and to defend media employees from threats and violence.

“This new wave of killings of media workers should serve as a wake-up call to the Mexican authorities, who must do more to protect journalists who are at risk for carrying out their work,” Rupert Knox, AI’s Mexico researcher, said.

The most recent killing occurred last Friday, when the mutilated body of 39-year-old crime reporter Marco Antonio Avila Garcia was found on a highway in the northern state of Sonora, one day after he was kidnapped in Ciudad Obregon, where he lived and worked for two newspapers.

Mexican authorities, according to Knox, “rarely identify or bring to justice those responsible for attacks on journalists, creating a climate a fear and vulnerability amongst those still brave enough to continue their work.”

“It is vital that full and impartial investigations are carried out immediately, including making use of new federal investigative powers, into each of these cases, to ensure the killers are brought to justice,” he said.

AI insistently has asked Mexican authorities to begin enforcing the Protection Law for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, which was recently approved by Congress.

Throughout Mexico, 81 media employees have been killed since 2000, according to figures compiled by the independent National Commission on Human Rights.

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WednesdayMay 23, 2012