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SaturdayJuly 14, 2012

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19 Cuban Migrants Apprehended in the Florida Keys

19 Cuban Migrants Apprehended in the Florida Keys

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This week Border Patrol agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol’s Miami Sector apprehended 19 Cuban nationals on Boot Key near Marathon, Fla.

The group of 19 Cuban nationals consisted of 10 adult males, 8 adult females, and one minor accompanied by a parent. All appeared to be in good health and uninjured. None required medical treatment.

Agents took custody of the migrants and transported them to the Marathon Station for processing. The 19 migrants were confirmed as citizens of Cuba and released in accordance with the Cuban Readjustment Act.

The subjects claimed to have traveled to the United States in a rustic vessel; however, none was found in the area where the migrants were discovered.

Assistance was provided by local law enforcement partners from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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3,500 Indigenous and Rural Households in Panama Will be Getting Water Service

3,500 Indigenous and Rural Households in Panama Will be Getting Water Service

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a grant for $7.5 million from the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide drinking water and sanitation services to more than 3,500 rural and indigenous households in Panama.

At present, 59 percent of the population in the project area has potable water and 24 percent has sanitation services. According to 2010 estimates, these percentages are well below the national averages.

The program will finance 44 new potable water systems and 3,533 new sanitation solutions.

The beneficiary communities were consulted from the design stages of the project to better understand their needs. These communities will also be consulted during the execution stages, giving them a sense of ownership and empowerment of the construction works. The program will be carried out in the districts of Guna de Wargandí, Cémaco, and Sambu/EmberáWounnan, in Darien Province; the districts of Chimán and Guna de Madugandí, in the Panama Este region; and in the district of GunaYala.

When completed, the project is expected to increase potable water coverage in areas in Panama from 59 percent to 99 percent; and of sanitation, from 24 percent to 65 percent.

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OVERVIEW:  Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano in Brazil

OVERVIEW:  Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano in Brazil

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner David V. Aguilar and Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin traveled to Brazil where they met with international counterparts to discuss joint efforts to combat human trafficking, enhance aviation and global supply chain security, and facilitate legitimate trade and travel.

“Brazil is one of the United States’ most steadfast allies and partners when it comes to protecting our hemisphere from evolving threats,” said Secretary Napolitano. “We’re pleased to be working with our Brazilian counterparts on efforts to both ensure national security and facilitate economic security.”

In Brasilia, Secretary Napolitano participated in a signing of a Joint Statement on Global Supply Chain Security with Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega and Director of Customs Carlos Alberto Freitas Barreto; an agreement on combating human trafficking with President of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court and Chief Justice Carlos Ayres Britto; a Statement of Intent to establish a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Working Group with Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota; and an Joint Statement of Intent on Civil Aviation Security with Minister of Civil Aviation Wagner Bittencourt.

Foreign visitors to the U.S. spent more than $150 billion in 2011 on travel and tourism-related goods and services. VWP facilitates this trade and travel, enabling nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the U.S. for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

During the meetings, Secretary Napolitano underscored DHS’ commitment to ensuring a safer, more secure, and more resilient global supply chain. The international community has made significant progress in protecting the global supply chain through Program Global Shield, which was launched in 2011 in collaboration with the World Customs Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Interpol. As part of Program Global Shield, 90 participating nations and international organizations—including Brazil—share information in an unprecedented law enforcement effort aimed at combating the theft or illegal diversion of chemicals that can be used to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). As of July 2012, Program Global Shield has accounted for 41 seizures of chemical precursors totaling more than 126 metric tons related to the illicit diversion of these chemicals.

Later, in São Paulo, Brazil, Secretary Napolitano will meet with the Council of Americas, American Chamber of Commerce and other local officials before traveling to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on July 12-13 to meet with President Leonel Fernandez and Dominican officials to discuss law enforcement cooperation and ongoing efforts to combat illicit trafficking. Secretary Napolitano will later travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 13, and meet with Governor Luis Fortuño, Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, and DHS officials stationed in Puerto Rico.

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Religious Sect Destroys Schools in Mexican State of Michoacan Calling them “Works of the Devil”

Religious Sect Destroys Schools in Mexican State of Michoacan Calling them “Works of the Devil”

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Two schools were destroyed in the western Mexican town of Turicato by a radical religious sect that threatens to “destroy coexistence,” Mayor Salvador Barrera said.

According to the top local authority, the New Jerusalem community, which settled some 35 years ago in the Turicato municipality of Michoacan state believing it to be hallowed ground, is mostly made up of people from other states with a “low educational profile.”

The “dissident Catholic sect” seeks to save “traditional religious life” by having Mass said in Latin, singing night and day, and being governed by rules that they themselves created and are enforced by so-called “celestial police” who have no legal authorization to do so, and who at times “violate” constitutional rights, Barrera said.

“It’s impossible to walk around freely, there are patrols that prevent it. People are detained - not long ago they locked up a man and his girlfriend who had committed no infraction and fined them,” he said.

A total of some 2,500 people live in New Jerusalem, but over the past six years some 40 percent of the flock decided to shed traditionalist customs, which, according to the mayor, has created conflicts within the community.

The latest result was the demolition last week of six classrooms, six bathrooms and all the furnishings of two schools, after which the buildings were burned down.

The destruction left the community without any educational centers - one had been a kindergarten and the other a primary school - since they had been considered, according to Barrera, “schools of the devil.”

“The idea is ridiculous. To me it’s perfectly clear that educational institutions form minds that are analytical, critical and with hopes of a better life,” so leaders of the sect “see themselves losing any chance of controlling the inhabitants of New Jerusalem the way they want to if the people become educated,” he said.

Heading this religious group, which exacts from its followers one salary a week and venerates Our Lady of the Rosary, is an elder who calls himself “Bishop Martin of Tours,” and who replaced the sect’s founder, “Pope Nabor,” as its spiritual leader five years ago.

Barrera estimates at some 400 million pesos ($29 million) the material losses incurred by the destruction of the schools, which had been attended by approximately 200 students, but says that may not be the worst of the matter since the really big problem will happen if immediate action is not taken.

“The greatest loss would be an outbreak of violence and people being killed if the matter isn’t dealt with,” the mayor said.

He said that as soon as the incident occurred his office “desperately” called on the Michoacan state police but they didn’t show up until 1 1/2 hours later when the damage was already done.

Barrera arranged a meeting Thursday with Gov. Fausto Vallejo and they agreed to join forces to “establish a legal foundation for the community.”

He said that state government support will mean “patrols 24 hours a day” to isolate the “celestial corps,” as New Jerusalem followers call their community police, and that Michoacan state will take charge of security in the area.

The problems are nothing new, since, according to the mayor, in 1999 several members of the sect were expelled for refusing to obey internal regulations ordering women and young girls to be handed over for the sexual satisfaction of their spiritual leader.

“This administration has done everything to avoid bloodshed. But now the intervention of the state government of Michoacan cannot be delayed if this problem is to be solved in the short term,” Barrera said.

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Poor Arizona Democratic Leadership Causes Drop of 52,000 Dem Voters While Independents Surge

Poor Arizona Democratic Leadership Causes Drop of 52,000 Dem Voters While Independents Surge

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Voter frustration with political hyper-partisanship in Arizona may explain the swell over the past two years in registered independents — a change that some political insiders deem dangerous.

The biggest increase in independents occurred between June 2010 and July 2011, and the numbers have basically stayed flat over the past year.

During the two-year period, the number of registered Republicans jumped about 14,000.

But in just the past year, the number of registered Democrats dropped by more than 52,000, according to a Secretary of State’s Office recently released report.

Of the 3.1 million registered voters in Arizona, about 36 percent are Republican, about 30 percent are Democrats and about 33 percent are independents, according to the report.

The growth in independents is a trend surging through the entire country.

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Olympics: Peruvian-born Rower Giuseppe Lanzone to Represent the US in London

Olympics: Peruvian-born Rower Giuseppe Lanzone  to Represent the US in London

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Peruvian-born rower Giuseppe Lanzone, who will represent the United States in the London Games, credits his childhood in a peninsular district of the city of Callao for putting him on an Olympic path.

The athlete said in an interview with Efe that growing up in La Punta, an upper-middle-class district of Peru’s main port city that is home mainly to descendants of Italian immigrants, marked his life by putting him in constant contact with the ocean.

“I grew up running in the waves, playing soccer and sailing with my family,” Lanzone said in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is preparing for his second Olympics with the rest of the U.S. men’s eight crew.

After moving with his family to Annandale, Virginia, at the age of 15, the six-foot, four-inch teen gave football a try but he had greater opportunities in rowing and was offered a scholarship in that sport by the University of Washington.

With great perseverance, a quality he says is essential for achieving results in his sport and in life in general, he was named to the U.S. Olympic team seven years ago.

Lanzone, national champion in 2009 and 2007 and silver medalist at the 2010 Rowing World Cup in Munich, said the Olympics are the most prestigious competition in his sport and therefore hold special significance.

“You can never prepare enough for the Olympic Games,” he said of his goal to improve upon his ninth-place finish in the men’s four event at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

The competition for a medal, however, will be fierce due to strong teams in the men’s eight competition from Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Poland.

Lanzone said he typically trains two and a half hours in the morning and also puts in further work on Monday and Wednesday afternoon as well as some additional practice hours daily, meaning he engages in some type of sporting activity seven days a week.

“This is more a lifestyle,” Lanzone, the U.S. rowing men’s athlete of the year in 2010, said.

He said he prefers to say little about the rowing competition at the London Games - which will take place from July 28 to Aug. 4 at Eton Dorney - and instead focus on the lessons he can learn in the “next practice.”

“We have the physical condition but we need to gain more speed and better rhythm, as well as sharpen up the start and finish,” Lanzone said of the improvements his team needs to make to compete for a gold.

While he has decided to represent the U.S. team due to lack of world-class rowers in his homeland, Giuseppe says he feels completely Peruvian and traces his competitive drive back to his family.

“My mother and a couple of uncles were good competitive sailors, finishing third in the world championships of their era,” the 29-year-old athlete said.

He said after his competitive rowing days are over his goal is to be a coach in that sport at the university level.

“I’ve learned a lot from very good coaches and now it’s my turn to teach those who are coming up,” Lanzone said.

The athlete said he carries with him the example of effort and hard work of his parents and his first coach, Jim Mitchell, who helped guide him during his high school and university years and has had the biggest impact on his rowing career.

“(Mitchell) always has given me a lot of support, not only as an athlete but also as a person,” Lanzone said.

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The Running of the Bulls San Fermin Festival Ends with No Gorings

The Running of the Bulls San Fermin Festival Ends with No Gorings

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The eighth and final running of the bulls of this year’s San Fermin festival was one of the fastest and cleanest, ending in two minutes and 33 seconds with no apparent gorings.

Six fighting bulls and an equal number of tame steers from the Torrehandilla-Torreherberos estate made their way quickly along the streets of this northern Spanish city Saturday, although there were some dangerous moments during the route and later in the bullring when a thrill-seeker ran at one of the animals and was knocked down.

The herd initially stayed together and briskly climbed up the Santo Domingo hill without paying attention to the runners. Two bulls, however, were running ahead of the others by the time it reached the town hall square, one of them having already trampled one “mozo.”

In this formation, the herd ran along Mercaderes street and successfully managed the dangerous turn onto Estafeta street without any of the animals crashing against the fence or injuring any runners.

The bulls and steers kept up their brisk pace along the entire length of Estafeta. Some runners fell down while other experienced mozos demonstrated their expertise by maneuvering in the spaces that opened up among the animals.

Danger also was averted at the Telefonica curve, with several runners falling without serious consequences, and the bulls then completed the final stretch of the route quickly.

But the biggest scare occurred when the herd entered the ring and a man imprudently put himself in harm’s way. He was knocked down by one of the fighting bulls, but further danger was averted when an attendant rushed over and distracted the animal.

Most of the runs at this year’s event were largely uneventful with the exception of Monday, when three participants were gored.

The world-famous San Fermin festival started at noon on July 6 with the traditional firing of a rocket in front of Pamplona town hall amid the shouts of thousands of people, many of them visitors from around the world.

It will formally conclude at midnight Saturday with the singing of the song “Pobre de mi” (Poor Me) in that same square to lament the end of the raucous party.

The runs during the nine-day festival are filled with tension and emotion, and occasionally result in tragedy, with 15 runners having been killed since statistics began to be kept in the early 20th century and many others having suffered gorings and other injuries.

The run to the bull ring is especially dangerous because some people take part in the event after all-night drinking binges, which make them reckless and more likely to get too close to animals that weigh in excess of 500 kilos (1,100 pounds).

The running of the bulls is monitored by experts who control the route and try to prevent accidents, but, inevitably, runners fall, suffer cuts and bruises, and are even gored by the animals.

As many as 1 million visitors from around the world descend on Pamplona during the festival - many of them Americans but also Frenchmen, Britons, Italians, Germans and Latin Americans.

The festival, begun about 400 years ago, was popularized by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.”

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N. Carolina Firm Sells “Luna Disc” Made by Maya Women in Guatemala

N. Carolina Firm Sells “Luna Disc” Made by Maya Women in Guatemala

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A company in North Carolina that sells products handmade by Mayan women in Guatemala uses part of its revenues to aid indigenous families in the region.

Charlotte-based PhD Productions LLC launched a colorful, 100-percent-cotton flying disc made by 400 Mayan women at a weavers’ cooperative in Guatemala’s Panajachel region.

According to Patrick Groft, one of the company’s owners, in 2011 more than 200,000 Pocket Discs were sold in the United States for profits around the $2 million mark.

“Our goal is not just to make a great product but also to create sustainable jobs with good pay that highlight the culture and traditions of these indigenous people and, above all, that benefit families of the area,” he said.

Part of the profits from making the discs and other products like handbags and headbands are used to buy school materials and finance social work that helps relieve the poverty that is the normal lot in life for residents of Panajachel.

The Pocket Disc is very popular among teenagers, children and dog-owners because it’s easy to take to parks and other recreational areas.

To launch a new product on the market - LunaDisc, a disc with pliable LED wires for nighttime use - the company must first collect $50,000 to buy the materials.

“We started off collecting funds on Kickstarter (a crowdfunding Web site for creative projects) and we have until Aug. 5. If we reach our goal, we’ll be able to continue helping Mayan women and their families,” Groft said.

According to Steven Cropp, honorary consul of Guatemala in Charlotte, close to 24 North Carolina companies, mostly in the textile field, do business with the Central American country and the bilateral effort benefits both sides “economically and socially.”

“The Mayas are very hardworking people, reliable and noble. They’re experts in this kind of weaving, and letting these women work from home benefits their families and promotes these wonderful artisan crafts,” he told Efe.

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Across the Country, Opposition to “Secure Communities”  Continues to Grow

Across the Country, Opposition to “Secure Communities”  Continues to Grow

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The drumbeat of criticism about the Obama Administration’s so-called “Secure Communities” program continues, as more cities and states push back against its dragnet approach and insist on local control over police priorities.  As we’ve noted before, the ramifications of S-Comm are often eerily similar to the ramifications of Arizona’s SB 1070.  It allows police wide latitude to question the immigration status of people they come into contact with, leading to racial profiling and damaging community trust.

In New York, a broad coalition of advocates and elected officials are speaking out. Via press release from Make the Road New York:

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v United States, dozens of localities across the country are standing up against damaging immigration programs that connect local authorities with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Specifically, an increasing number of cities and states are pushing back against the Secure Communities program, and promoting programs that restore trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities.

In New York, where the Secure Communities program took effect on May 15th, immigrant leaders, advocates, and elected officials joined together to denounce it’s damaging effects. Together, they pledged to continue to work to end the program, and to send a message to elected officials across the country in November about the community’s opposition to immigration policies that hurt our families.

State Senator Gustavo Rivera said, “When Governor Cuomo suspended ‘Secure Communities’ in New York, police and local leaders hoped that our communities’ safety could begin to be restored. If individuals are afraid to approach law enforcement, our communities become less safe and we all suffer. This dangerous program once again threatens to violate the rights of all immigrants and threatens the ability of law enforcement to keep us safe. ‘Secure Communities’ has no place in New York State and should be seen as a threat to the safety of all New Yorkers.”

As Senator Rivera mentioned, Governor Cuomo took action against Secure Communities earlier last year – as did Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.  But the federal government continues to push forward.

In California, the state legislature, working with NDLON, is exerting a measure of local control by moving ahead with the TRUST Act, which would ensure police only send immigrants who have serious convictions to ICE for deportation. In an editorial endorsing California’s TRUST Act, the Los Angeles Times explains what Secure Communities is really doing:

For nearly three years, the Obama administration has advertised the Secure Communities program as a targeted enforcement tool that identifies “dangerous criminal aliens” for deportation. Over and over, federal officials have insisted that the program’s focus would be chiefly limited to those immigrants whose criminal convictions show that they pose a danger to public safety.

But that’s not the case. In practice, Secure Communities is a dragnet that fails to distinguish between felons convicted of serious crimes and nonviolent arrestees facing civil immigration violations. In California alone, more than half of the 75,000 people deported under the program since it began in 2009 had no criminal history or had only misdemeanor convictions.

And the District of Columbia’s City Council once again took action to rein in the program earlier this week:

In a unanimous vote, the D.C. Council approved a bill that will limit the ability of the federal government to enforce immigration laws by restricting the circumstances in which individuals can be held in the custody of local law enforcement at the request of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The nation’s capital joined a handful of cities across the country that are taking a stand against the spate of immigration enforcement measures seen in states like Arizona, where local police are now required to ask people who they suspect of being in the country illegally for their documents, during actions as routine as traffic stops.

“We want to be the anti-Arizona,” Sarahi Uribe, a D.C.-based organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, told The Huffington Post. “Our entire campaign to get cities to break ties with federal immigration enforcement is an effort to be the opposite of Arizona.”

The former District Attorney for Manhattan, Robert Morganthau, laid out the failings of Secure Communities while applauding the recent move by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel supporting legislation to address problems caused in his city by the federal program:

Secure Communities calls on local officials to provide information on arrestees who might be subject to federal immigration holds, called “detainers.” But on Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel supported an ordinance prohibiting local law enforcement from turning over to federal authorities immigrants who had no serious criminal records or outstanding warrants. In doing so he joined a growing list of state and local officials—including the governors of New York and Massachusetts—who are seeking to “opt out” of the program.

Why opt out? After all, on its face, Secure Communities—whose stated aim was to focus removal efforts on serious criminals—seemed like a program anyone could support.

Unfortunately, that mission statement had little to do with reality.

The reality was that the federal government collected information on enormous numbers of foreign-born U.S. residents, many of whom were here legally, and many of whom had not been, and never would be, convicted of a crime.

That’s not the program that the federal government promised. In fact, it’s not the program that Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton seemed to be describing as recently as Tuesday when he testified before a House subcommittee.

These leaders are doing the right thing in speaking up and trying to rein in this failed program.  Policies that encourage, excuse, or allow racial profiling should not be promoted by anyone – not state and local police forces, and not the federal government.

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Discovered Narco Tunnel has Shrine “Patron Saint” of Drug Cartel

Discovered Narco Tunnel has Shrine “Patron Saint” of Drug Cartel

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A shrine dedicated to a possibly mythical outlaw venerated by drug traffickers as a saint was found by Mexican soldiers as they were showing reporters one of two cross-border drug tunnels discovered this week.

The small, makeshift altar honoring Jesus Malverde and also containing images of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico’s patron saint) and Jesus Christ, as well as some Mexican coins, was located inside a “narcotunnel” discovered Thursday night on the northeast side of Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego.

The regional military commander, Gen. Gilberto Landeros Briseño, said Friday it was still too early to say who owned the passageway with the shrine, located near the spot where a large drug tunnel used by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel had been found years ago.

The first of the tunnels was discovered Wednesday night some 200 meters (655 feet) from the border, Landeros said.

He said a small recycling business occupied the building where the tunnel began.

The general said Thursday that the tunnel was discovered thanks to ground reconnaissance operations in the area, noting that one person seen exiting the fake business fled upon noticing the soldiers’ arrival and left the door open.

The troops proceeded to enter the building to search the premises and discovered in the bathroom the unfinished tunnel, which presumably was to be used to smuggle drugs, weapons and undocumented migrants across the border.

Landeros said the tunnel had been constructed to a point approximately 60 meters (200 feet) from the border.

The tunnel was one meter in width, 1.7 meters in height and as much as 10 meters deep and had lighting and an unsophisticated ventilation system.

Authorities confiscated two tractor-trailers as well as different excavation tools such as shovels, picks and wheelbarrows.

On Thursday night, military officials in that region said in a statement that a second narcotunnel had been found at a property also located on the northeast side of the city, where 50 tons of marijuana were seized.

That 350-meter-long (1,150-foot-long) tunnel was discovered thanks to ongoing military operations in the area, the statement said.

Since the mid-1990s, authorities have discovered many clandestine passageways along the U.S.-Mexico border, with dozens of narcotunnels having been found in the past four years.

People traffickers and drug cartels often use tunnels to cross the vast U.S.-Mexican border, which runs 3,200 kilometers (1,988 miles).

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Sarah Robles Amongst Women Weightlifters Heading to London Olympics

Sarah Robles Amongst  Women Weightlifters Heading to London Olympics

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Growing up in Desert Hot Springs, California, Robles competed in throwing events at San Jacinto High School. She became a top-ranked shot putter, earning scholarships to the University of Alabama and Arizona State University.

As part of her shot put training at a local Arizona gym under coach Joe Micela, she began doing Olympic-style lifts in 2008. That same year, after only three months of weightlifting, Robles qualified for nationals and stopped competing in shot put, losing her scholarship in the process. She won the silver medal at a 2010 Pan American competition and is a three time national champion. At the 2011 World Championships, she finished in first place among American woman weightlifters. Robles has qualified as one of two American women to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Despite being the highest-ranked weightlifter in the United States, Robles lived on less than $400 a month leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Commentators have suggested that this was the result both of the lack of popular attention to the sport of weightlifting, as well as Robles and other women in the sport having larger body types than those of women athletes traditionally portrayed in mass media. Robles has been quoted as saying that, “You can get that sponsorship if you’re a super-built guy or a girl who looks good in a bikini. But not if you’re a girl who’s built like a guy.”

Robles has a deformity in her arm known as Madelung’s deformity, which results in an ulna that is shorter than normal and crooked. The deformity leads to significant pain during lifts, and Robles treats the pain with wrist wraps and warming creams.

Buena Suerte!

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Miguel Bos joins Paulina Rubio, Jenny Rivera and Beto Cuevas on “La Voz de Mexico”

Miguel Bos joins Paulina Rubio, Jenny Rivera and Beto Cuevas on “La Voz de Mexico”

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Spanish singer Miguel Bose will take part in the second season of the television talent search show “La Voz de Mexico,” the Televisa network said Friday.

Bose, “one of the most multifaceted and successful Spanish artists at the international level,” will join Paulina Rubio, Jenny Rivera and Beto Cuevas as coaches on the south-of-the-border version of NBC’s “The Voice,” Televisa said.

The coaches help guide the budding artists competing to win a recording contract.

The creator of hits such as “Morena mia”, “Corazones” y “Amante bandido” will offer contestants “his experience of more than 35 years” in music, Televisa said.

With worldwide record sales of more than 30 million, Bose is also a veteran of a score of international concert tours.

Another Spanish music icon, Alejandro Sanz, was a coach on the first season of “La Voz de Mexico”, one of last year’s most-watched programs.

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Man Convicted of Killing Bishop Juan Gerardi in 1998 Granted Early Release From Prison

Man Convicted of Killing Bishop Juan Gerardi in 1998 Granted Early Release From Prison

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A Guatemalan court on Friday granted early release to retired army Col. Byron Disrael Lima Estrada, who has been serving a 20 year sentence for the 1998 assassination of Catholic Bishop Juan Gerardi.

The 77-year-old convict should be freed immediately, Judge Javier Sotomora Chacon said.

He ruled in favor of a motion from Lima Estrada’s lawyers asserting that the colonel, who has completed more than half his sentence, was entitled to early release for good behavior.

Due to health problems, Lima Estrada was transferred in February 2008 from prison to the military hospital in Guatemala City.

Bishop Gerardi, 75, was found beaten to death in the garage of the rectory where he lived just two days after a commission he led released a report documenting 55,000 human rights violations during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, most of them committed by the army.

Lima Estrada and his son, Capt. Byron Lima Oliva, were arrested on Jan. 22, 2000, for the murder of Gerardi and were given 20 years behind bars in 2001, a sentence that was upheld on appeal.

Lima Oliva’s bid for early release was denied in April.

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