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WednesdayJuly 4, 2012

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Indians Kidnap 3 More Mining Engineers in Bolivia

Indians in the western Andean region of Bolivia kidnapped three more employees of the Canadian mining company South American Silver, bringing the number of hostages they are holding to five, officials and Indian leaders said.

The Indians are demanding the expulsion of the firm from that area.

Potosi Gov. Felix Gonzalez and one of the indigenous leaders, Benedicto Colque, confirmed separately to the media on Tuesday that three more people had been taken hostage, in addition to the two who have been held since late June.

The kidnapped men include three engineers, a technician and a driver who are in the hands of an “ayllu” (Indian clan) from northern Potosi, a region which borders on Chile and Argentina.

Gonzalez expressed confidence that he will be able to negotiate with the communities to resolve the conflict, but he said that dozens of police have been sent to the area to avoid more incidents.

Colque, meanwhile, told Erbol radio that an assembly of Indians from the town of Malku Khota, where the Canadian firm operates, gave the government 48 hours to send a mission to the site, some 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of La Paz, to hear their demands regarding the expulsion of the mining company.

The Indians are also demanding the release of their leader Cancio Rojas, who is under house arrest in the city of Potosi accused of having kidnapped and tortured other Indians and police officers for several days some weeks ago during the same conflict.

The Canadian firm has been exploring the region since 2007 to evaluate the local silver mining potential, but gold can also be found in the region in small quantities which the Indians want to exploit themselves.

One faction of the indigenous people living in the area has been trying to force out the mining company, whose operations they see as an obstacle to their own efforts to mine the gold.

Compañia Minera Malku Khota, which is evaluating the zone’s potential for silver production, says a majority of the Indian clans in the area support the firm’s activities.

The company’s opponents, led by Rojas, have attacked other Indians and held police hostage, authorities say.

Colque said that the Indians are threatening to block the routes to Potosi if the government commission does not come to the area.

The ombudsman for Potosi, Rene Arroyo, told the media that he had managed to get in contact in Malku Khota with the three people taken hostage most recently by the Indians, and he confirmed that they had not been mistreated.

On the other hand, he has still not been able to communicate with the two other men kidnapped last Thursday and knows nothing about their condition, although the Indians have assured him that both are in good health.

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Cuba Reports 53 People Have Contracted Cholera and Three Have Died

Cuba Reports 53 People Have Contracted Cholera and Three Have Died

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Fifty-three people contracted cholera in Manzanillo, a city in the eastern province of Granma, and three died from the bacterial disease, the Cuban government said Tuesday.

“A variety of germs have been identified among all the patients seen to, with 53 cases diagnosed with Vibrio cholerae, of whom the three fatalities were elderly adults ages 95, 70 and 66, all with records of chronic illnesses,” the Public Health Ministry said in a statement published in the offical daily Granma.

In the case of the three people who died, “the standard investigations are being carried out to determine the exact cause of death for each one.”

The outbreak in the city of Manzanillo “is under control” and the trend is toward a diminishing number of cases thanks to the hygiene, health-care and anti-epidemic measures carried out in the area, the ministry said.

Ailments with severe diarrhea have been increasingly detected on the island in recent weeks as a result of the high temperatures and heavy rains, the ministry said.

The province most affected by these illnesses was Granma and specifically the city of Manzanillo, which saw “an outbreak of gastrointestinal infection due to bacteria in the water from several polluted wells used for the local supply of drinking water,” the ministry said.

Doctors in that city saw 1,000 patients and performed checkups on more than 98 percent of the population.

To control the situation, health officials adopted measures like taking samples from private and state wells in order to close down those that were contaminated. They also distributed chlorinated water, cut off water outlets and provided a health-education program for the inhabitants.

“All the necessary resources are available to attend patients adequately at all medical centers,” the ministry said.

People should comply with the health measures related to personal hygiene, water and food, the ministry said.

Several months ago, Public Health Ministry officials said that cholera was one of the 15 diseases eradicated in Cuba, together with others such as polio, malaria and diphtheria, according to the daily Granma.

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Raul Castro Visiting China Seeking Support for Cuba’s Economic Reforms

Raul Castro Visiting China Seeking Support for Cuba’s Economic Reforms

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Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in this capital Wednesday for his first official visit to China as head of state, a trip on which he will meet with the present and future leaders of the Asian giant to seek support for the communist island’s economic reform process.

Castro, accompanied by the vice chairman of the Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas - who had traveled to Beijing in December 2011 - and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, on Thursday will begin their agenda of official meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and another with the country’s top legislator, Wu Bangguo.

Friday is a key day on the trip, with Castro scheduled to meet with Premier Wen Jiabao and with Vice President Xi Jinping (who has been tapped to move into the presidency in 2013), as well as with Vice Premier Li Keqiang, the main candidate to succeed Wen next year.

During these meetings, Castro will get to know the future leadership of the Chinese regime and will sign several cooperation agreements the content of which has not yet been revealed, although China observers expect the pacts to include ones in agriculture, energy and/or tourism.

This is the first visit to China by the Cuban leader since in 2008 he assumed the duties of his brother Fidel at the head of the only communist regime in the Americas, although Raul Castro had visited the country on two earlier occasions, in 1997 and in 2005, to study the Chinese process of reform and economic opening.

Castro will also visit Vietnam on this tour, another communist country that has achieved high growth rates after abandoning the concept of a planned economy.

On the first part of the Asian tour, China possibly will offer to make investments in Cuba which will come in addition to those it already has made in sectors like transportation or the petroleum industry.

Castro’s trip to China comes at a time of profound change for Cuba, whose regime in 2001 approved the economic reform plan that includes, among other things, a rather timid opening of the economy to private initiative and the reduction of the island’s bloated government payroll.

The visit has a marked economic and trade-oriented tone, and it is hoped that both parties will analyze ways to broaden bilateral exchanges, despite the rapid growth in this area in recent years from $590 million in 2004 to $1.8 billion in 2010.

The two nations will also analyze how to balance their bilateral trade, a situation which always arises between China and other countries where trade is generally excessively favorable to the Asian giant, which exports mainly electronic equipment to the island, while it imports sugar and nickel.

Cuba in 1960 was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic ties with the communist Chinese regime, and relations between the two nations survived the disintegration of the Soviet Union and have strengthened in recent years as Beijing has broadened its trade and investment policy abroad.

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Major Traffic Accident in Chile Leaves 11 Dead and 15 Injured

Major Traffic Accident in Chile Leaves 11 Dead and 15 Injured

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Eleven people died and at least 15 were injured in a traffic accident in southern Chile when a small bus collided with a truck towing a trailer, the governor of Arauco province, Flor Weisse, confirmed to local media.

The two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions along the P-70 highway that connects the towns of Cañete and Tirua in Arauco province, which is in the Biobio region, some 700 kilometers (434 miles) south of Santiago.

The crash occurred when the trailer detached from the truck, shifted into the oncoming lane and hit the bus - which was transporting local residents - from the side.

“At the time of the crash it was raining very hard. The trailer of the lumber truck became unhitched and hit the taxibus, causing the tragedy that has shocked and deeply upset us,” Cañete Mayor Jorge Radonich told the digital edition of El Mercurio.

The governor told Television Nacional that two children were among the victims.

Most of the injured were taken to the nearby Cañete Hospital.

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Belarus Partners with Venezuela to Build Space Facility

Belarus Partners with Venezuela to Build Space Facility

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Belarus will participate in the construction of a space base in the eastern Venezuelan state of Aragua to be used for launching satellites, Venezuelan Ambassador to Belarus Americo Diaz Nuñez said Wednesday.

“Belarus will participate in the construction of the space base in the state of Aragua in Venezuela. The construction of that base is planned not to launch nuclear rockets, but to send into space scientific research satellites,” the diplomat said at a press conference.

The space base will be just one of the projects that will be carried out by Venezuela, China and Belarus, Diaz Nuñez said.

“The satellites are being manufactured today in China but the agreement has already been reached for them to be assembled in Venezuela,” Diaz Nuñez said.

The three partner countries will also build a power plant in the state of Barinas, a project valued at 900 million dollars.

The project will be financed by China, while Belarus will provide the technology.

“The power plant will be built in three years, between 2012 and 2015, in the industrial zone of Santa Ines, in the state of Barinas,” the ambassador said.

Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko visited Venezuela last week and met with his counterpart, Hugo Chavez, to consolidate the friendly and cooperative relations uniting the two nations.

On his third visit to the South American country, Lukashenko signed 20 accords with Chavez, among them petroleum, natural gas and technology agreements.

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Prominent PAN Congressman Wants President Fox Expelled from Party

Prominent PAN Congressman Wants President Fox Expelled from Party

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A prominent National Action Party, or PAN, lawmaker wants former Mexican President Vicente Fox expelled from the party for supporting a candidate from another party in the recent presidential race.

Congressman Oscar Martin Arce Paniagua, who chairs the leadership commission of the lower house of Congress, plans to ask the PAN’s National Executive Committee to take action against Fox, the commission said in a statement

Arce contends that PAN rules require members to support the party’s candidates, creating “sufficient arguments for (Fox) to be expelled from the party or to lose his party rights,” the statement said.

Fox, who governed Mexico from 2000 to 2006, urged people to vote for Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, who was the frontrunner in the polls and won last Sunday’s election.

Fox said Peña Nieto had an insurmountable lead over PAN candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota and it was necessary to make “votes count” to prevent leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from winning.

The former president, who does not hold any party posts, has belonged to the PAN since 1987 and won the presidency as the conservative party’s standard-bearer in the 2000 elections, ending seven decades of PRI rule.

Fox’s comments prompted PAN chairman Gustavo Madero to call on the former president to “not betray democracy.”

“Fox Quesada should not forget that after decades of authoritarianism and economic and political backwardness in Mexico, he was the one who brought about change, so it appears unfitting, contradictory and absurd for him to ask for votes for a party opposed to what he advocated in 2000,” Madero said.

Lopez Obrador, for his part, said it was “sleazy” of Fox to abandon Vazquez Mota, who came in third in the race.

The leftist politician has not recognized Peña Nieto’s victory and is awaiting the final official results.

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ACLU’s Advise if Stopped for “Papers Please”  REMAIN SILENT (VIDEO)

ACLU’s Advise if Stopped for “Papers Please”  REMAIN SILENT (VIDEO)

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The American Civil Liberties Union has come out with a video containing helpful tips if stopped in Arizona in light of the Supreme Court decision on SB 1070.  The video also contains advise if stopped in any other part of the U.S. and are asked for your immigration paper.

ACLU notes that I"f you think you were treated unfairly by the police, write down everything that happened. If police asked to see your papers, try to remember how long you were stopped for. The Supreme Court said that police cannot keep you for a long time just to check your immigration status. For people in Arizona: if a police officer delayed your release while he or she checked your status or if you believe you were asked about your immigration status based on your race, ethnicity, or ability to speak English, let us know by calling 855-737-7386.”

The ACLU wants everyone to remember “no matter where you live or whether the law is in effect, you have certain Constitutional rights if you are stopped by police—even if you don’t have papers.”

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U.S. Deports Female Fugitive from La Familia Drug Cartel, Was Major U.S. Meth Distributor

U.S. Deports Female Fugitive from La Familia Drug Cartel, Was Major U.S. Meth Distributor

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A fugitive female member of La Familia Michoacana cartel, for whom Mexico offered a $5 million peso reward, is in custody in her native country following her capture in Los Angeles last week and subsequent deportation.

Anel Violeta Noriega Rios, 27, was arrested on June 27 at her El Monte residence by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Noriega Rios was taken into custody on administrative immigration violations, she has no criminal convictions here. Two days later she was transported to the border crossing at San Ysidro, Calif., and turned over to Mexican authorities under tight security.

Noriega Rios is charged in a 64-page criminal warrant issued in Tamaulipas, Mexico, in January 2010. Mexican authorities allege Noriega is one of La Familia’s main U.S.-based operatives, helping oversee the organization’s methamphetamine distribution activities in California and Washington state.

Rooted in the Mexican state of Michoacan, La Familia is known for being extremely violent. According to U.S. authorities, the cartel is engaged in narcotics trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and other criminal activities. In addition to distributing cocaine and marijuana, the organization is also believed to be heavily involved in producing methamphetamine for export to the United States.

Noriega Rios was arrested and repatriated to Mexico five times by U.S.Border Patrol agents between 2004 and 2005.

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PRI Accused of Buying Votes in Mexico Election With Gift Cards

PRI Accused of Buying Votes in Mexico Election With Gift Cards

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Thousand’s of people waited in line at a Soriana supermarket in Mexico City, Tuesday July 3, 2012to redeem pre-paid gift cards given to them by the party that won the Mexico Presidential Election.  A few cardholders were angry, complaining they didn’t get as much as promised, or that their cards weren’t working. The incidents are inflaming accusations that the election was marred by massive vote-buying.

The cards were good for two days following the Sunday election. Under Mexican election law, giving voters gifts is not a crime unless the gift is conditioned on a certain vote or meant to influence a vote.

Several shoppers complained that they were told the cards were worth 500 pesos ($37.50), but when we got to the check-out, they were only worth 100 pesos ($7.50).

“This is a scandal ... They bought millions of votes,” Lopez Obrador said at a news conference, referring to the PRI. “Clearly, they far exceeded campaign spending limits ... this is a national embarrassment.”

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ARAMIS RAMIREZ Walk Off Caps a Wild Night in Baseball

ARAMIS RAMIREZ Walk Off Caps a Wild Night in Baseball

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The Miami Marlins verus the Milwaukee Brewers was a wild game from start to finish. 

The Marlins started off hot with two runs in the first. Then Brewers scored three to take the lead in the second inning off of Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez.  Sanchez settled down until the sixth inning when he and Chad Gaudin combined to allowed six more runs to score.  The game was over right?  A 7 run lead is safe. Right?  Not in this game. 

In the next two innings the Marlins scored 9 times 3 in the 7th and 6 in the 8th. The game was tied at 11 in the ninth.  Both teams failed to score, so it was into extra innings.  In the top of the 10th inning the Marlins scored a run off of Livan Hernandez to take a 10-9 lead. With the Marlins closer Heath Bell coming in for the save, the game seemed to be over.  Bell walked the first man to face him in Carlos Gomez.  Bell would get the next two hitters to face him. 

After Gomez stole second, Aramis Ramirez would come to bat.  His home run was the 9th of the year.  Bell would blow his fifth save and drop his record to 2-4.  Hernandez would win the game improving his record for the season to 2-1. 

Written By HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski

 

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Why Do we Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th?

Why Do we Celebrate Independence Day on July 4th?

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The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. It signifies the colonies’ break from Great Britain and the rule of King George III. The Second Continental Congress formed a committee to write the Declaration, but the Committee thought it would be better for only one person to write the document. It took Thomas Jefferson 17 days to write the Declaration of Independence, and on July 2, 1776, the Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain. After two days of debate and some changes to the document, on July 4th, the Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence. This is why we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day.

The first part of the document gives notice of the break with Great Britain and the reasons for the break. The last part is a list of grievances or complaints against George III.

You can view the original paper copy of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. You may also order a printed copy.

 

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Amazon Indians in Brazil Burn Down Local Police Station

Amazon Indians in Brazil Burn Down Local Police Station

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Some 60 Amazon indians protest set fire to a police station in the northern Brazilian town of Jacareacanga, the government of Para state said Tuesday.

One police officer was slightly wounded by an arrow when the Indians attacked the station Monday night, the state Public Safety Office said.

Members of the Munduruku tribe sacked the station and seized three guns before burning the structure to the ground.

Authorities said the attack was apparently spurred by a judge’s decision to release four suspects in the recent murder of a member of the tribe.

An elite state police unit was dispatched to restore order in Jacareacanga, which lies deep in the Amazon jungle nearly 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) from Belem, Para’s capital.

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Watch Out for Illegally Imported Fireworks

Watch Out for Illegally Imported Fireworks

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As Independence Day approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds the public to be safe when celebrating with fireworks. Nearly $100 million dollars worth of legitimate fireworks comes into the U.S. annually.

Imported fireworks are subject to various federal regulations for everything from customs duties and consumer product safety standards to hazardous material transport regulations. At the Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC) in Washington, DC, members from several key agencies in the Department of Transportation (DOT), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have collaborated to ensure fireworks are safe for the public to enjoy.

This year CBP has seized dozens of illegal fireworks shipments on behalf of these partner agencies. The largest individual commercial seizure this year contained nearly 18 tons of fireworks. That is enough for about half of the fireworks displayed during the Independence Day celebration at the National Mall.

CPSC reports that in 2011 an estimated 9,600 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. Nearly half of the emergency room visits were for victims below the age of 20.

“Working together for a unified government response to unsafe products is what CTAC is all about,” said CBP Assistant Commissioner for International Trade Allen Gina. “The successes of CTAC go beyond stopping illegal importations; their actions are preventing injuries and saving lives.”

The CTAC combines the resources and manpower from various government agencies to protect the American public from harm caused by unsafe, imported products by improving communications and information sharing and reducing redundant inspection activities.

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Natalia Jimenez Collaborates With Franco de Vita, Daddy Yankee on New Songs

Natalia Jimenez Collaborates With Franco de Vita, Daddy Yankee on New Songs

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Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez is continuing to actively pursue her musical career via collaborations with Franco de Vita and Puerto Rican Daddy Yankee after making her debut as a judge on a talent program in Barcelona.

Jimenez said Tuesday in an interview with Efe from her home in Miami that she taped “Tan solo tu” with De Vita and worked on “La noche de los dos” with Daddy Yankee, a number that will come out on the reggaeton star’s next album entitled “Prestige.”

The former lead singer of La Quinta Estacion has also collaborated with Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony.

Regarding her participation in the first edition of the program “El numero uno,” along with Miguel Bose, Ana Torroja, Sergio Dalma and David Bustamante, the 30-year-old Jimenez said that she was very grateful for the chance to be part of the panel of judges.

The experience of being a judge was “super-great” and, at the same time, it gave her more television visibility in her country, which - she said - helped more people to become familiar with her.

Among her plans for the future, Jimenez said she is launching a new album and added that she is immersed in the song-writing process.

In addition, soon she will begin a show tour through several U.S. cities including Dallas, Chicago and Anaheim, California, as well as in Venezuela.

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Peru President Shakes Up Country’s Military Fires 22 Generals

Peru President Shakes Up Country’s Military Fires 22 Generals

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President Ollanta Humala relieved 22 generals of their commands in an effort to reinvigorate strategically important units of the Peruvian army, La Republica newspaper said Tuesday.

Personnel changes in the higher ranks of the military are usually made at the end of the year, the daily noted.

The shakeup comes less than a week after Humala, a retired lieutenant colonel, made a surprise appearance at a meeting of the army high command.

The changes were made now to give the new army chief, Gen. Ricardo Moncada, an opportunity to appoint unit commanders who have “his full confidence,” unnamed military sources told La Republica.

The same sources acknowledged, however, that some of the generals relieved by Humala had fallen short of superiors’ expectations.

The new commanders include three of Humala’s military academy classmates: Brig. Gens. Edgardo Zapata, Prospero Diaz and Juan Salazar.

Two of the units to get new commanding officers, the 5th Mountain Brigade in Cuzco and the 2nd Infantry Brigade in Huamanga, play key roles in the battle against drug cartels and remnants of the Shining Path rebel group in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene Rivers, a conflictive region in southern Peru.

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New Literary Prize Created in Memory of Carlos Fuentes

New Literary Prize Created in Memory of Carlos Fuentes

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The Mexican government announced Tuesday the creation of a $250,000 literary prize named after Carlos Fuentes, to be awarded every year on Nov. 11, the date on which the late writer was born.

“It is in recognition of a man who made Mexico greater,” the president of the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, Consuelo Saizar, said.

Besides the $250,000 cash award, the Carlos Fuentes International Prize for Literary Creation in the Spanish Language also comes with a sculpture by the artist Vicente Rojo.

Saizar told a press conference at the Palace of Fine Arts that Fuentes “deserved a prize in his name,” something that the council had been considering for some time and that, after the sudden death of the author on May 15, it decided to create immediately.

The prize is part of a project “to consolidate Mexico as the intellectual platform of Spanish” in the 21st century, she said.

The writer’s widow, Silvia Lemus, said that Fuentes would feel honored to have “his name on a prize for the written word, for literature in Spanish,” adding that Carlos would agree to it with “pleasure and satisfaction.”

The prize jury will be made up of seven people who will include a member of Spain’s Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, another from the Mexican Spanish-language academy, one more from another academy in Latin America or the Philippines, and four additional academic or literary figures from Mexico.

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WednesdayJuly 4, 2012