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MondayJuly 23, 2012

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Spain Gladly Welcomes 6 Million Tourists in June

Spain Gladly Welcomes 6 Million Tourists in June

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Spain welcomed some 6 million foreign tourists in June, 4.7 percent more than during the same month last year and a situation arising from an increase in visitors from Britain and Germany.

The figures are based on the survey of tourist movements across borders released Monday by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

In the first half of 2012, international tourist arrivals numbered 25.1 million, 2.9 percent more than during the same period in 2011, thanks mainly to the growth of the German market by 5.7 percent, or 4.16 million.

The Balearic Islands were the top destination for international tourists in June with an increase of 5 percent to 1.58 million mainly occasioned by tourist flows from Britain and the Nordic countries.

Catalonia thus lost its ranking as Spain’s No. 1 tourist destination, falling to second place even though it experienced a marked increase in arrivals of 10.8 percent.

The southern region of Andalusia registered a falloff of 4.6 percent; the Canary Islands an increase of 4.8 percent and the eastern region of Valencia a rise of 3.9 percent during June.

The greatest percentage growth for tourist arrivals in June occurred in Madrid, which welcomed 17.4 percent more foreign visitors, with travelers from Italy and the United States accounting for most of the increase.

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Blog del Narco: Man Found Tortured and Executed in Sinaloa

Blog del Narco: Man Found Tortured and Executed in Sinaloa

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A young unidentified man was found dead Sunday morning in an area that lies between the field and the bypass “The Costerita”, south of this city.

The victim was wearing blue jean pants, black belt, shirt and white tennis shoes. The victim showed signs of having been tortured and gunshot wounds.

In the ministerial agents found several .9 mm caliber caps as evidence but nothing to aid in identifying the victim.

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos Calls Country’s Olympians Models of Conduct with Royal Sendoff

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Calls Country’s Olympians Models of Conduct with Royal Sendoff

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King Juan Carlos wished the Spanish Olympic team all success at the London Games as the crowning moment of their many years of effort, planning, personal betterment and self-sacrifice.

“You are a model of conduct and an example to youngsters, which means you bear a great responsibility. I’m sure you will be equal to the challenge,” he told the 137 members of the Spanish Olympic team at El Pardo Royal Palace.

The sovereign, accompanied by Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe and the latter’s wife, Princess Letizia, recalled that these days mark the 20th year since the Olympic Games were contested in Barcelona, from which moment Spanish sports have had “isolated triumphs” in a number of disciplines.

The Spanish Olympic delegation will compete with 282 athletes in 31 disciplines, including seven team sports.

The athletes met earlier Monday with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who vowed that his government will emulate the Olympians’ values of “work, effort, dedication and perseverance” in dealing with the Iberian nation’s economic crisis.

When an athlete is injured, Rajoy said, he can get discouraged, but he gets back on his feet very quickly.

“We are going to work, make every effort, dedicate outselves and give the best of ourselves to overcome this situation,” he said, and to that end promised to do “the possible and the impossible.”

Rajoy, accompanied by Education, Culture and Sports Minister Jose Ignacion Wert, gave thanks for private sponsors’ support for Olympic athletes, convinced that they will be “smart enough to know what is the best way to sell their products, help the country and do the right thing.”

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Alabama Police Enforcing Immigration Law Slowly

Alabama Police Enforcing Immigration Law Slowly

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In the first nine months since Alabama police have been required to check the immigration status of every criminal suspect they encounter, Clanton police chief Brian Stilwell estimates his officers jailed fewer than a dozen immigrants as a result.

The immigrants who were detained, and later turned over to federal immigration authorities in Montgomery, ranged from serious offenders to harried drivers. One had a murder warrant out in Texas. Another was involved in drug trafficking. But others were pulled over for speeding or not having their headlights on. One woman, stopped for driving erratically, was trying to breast-feed her child.

The “stop and verify” provisions — derided by critics as a “show your papers” law — were some of the most contentious parts of Alabama’s sweeping anti-immigration law, which legislators first passed last year. Right away, immigrants either left Alabama or hid out at home to avoid contact with the cops. But police in many areas have been treading carefully while carrying out the new law, stymied by an initial lack of training, revisions to the law and the threat of federal lawsuits.

Even though Alabama is off to a slow start in rolling out the law, it is ahead of the other states, including Arizona, that approved similar measures. Courts blocked laws in the other states, until the U.S. Supreme Court gave its initial approval last month to the approach in a case involving Arizona.

The decision could also affect Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah, which have similar laws. Lower courts must act before those laws can officially go into effect. Meanwhile, Alabama’s police have been checking immigration status since late September.

The state will eventually disclose how many immigrants have been detained as a result of the law, but, for now, advocates on both sides of the issue agree that enforcement has been uneven. Supporters hope many of the practical problems that prevented police from enforcing it more widely have now been solved.

Read more at Pew Stateline by Daniel P. Vock →

Desperate New Jersey Father Looking for Missing Teen Daughter

Desperate New Jersey Father Looking for Missing Teen Daughter

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A distraught father is pleading for the return of his teenage daughter after she disappeared from a treatment facility while out with friends.

On July 19, Brittany Navarro, 14, sneaked out of the Youth Consultation Service Center in Newark, New Jersey with a group of girls also being housed at the facility at around 8:45 p.m.

However, when the group returned, Brittany was not with them.

In April, Brittany was sent to the facility with behavioral issues. Her aunt has said her niece was unhappy and wanted to return home.

When the group of girls returned without Brittany at around 1 a.m., the facility called her father, Victor Navarro, who then called police. Though her whereabouts are unknown, police told Navarro his daughter is considered a runaway and not an abducted child. An Amber Alert has not gone out.

As for those the teen left the facility with, they told workers Brittany had wandered off at some point, but were not sure where.

Navarro says his daughter was not one to simply wander off by herself and along with family, has been scouring the neighborhood and putting up fliers in hopes of getting any information.

“I need my baby girl back home,” Navarro told NJ.com.

While an Amber Alert has not been issued, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office is leading the search for missing Brittany Navarro, who is described as being about 10 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5’2.

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Even Cartoons Have the Hots for Sofia Vergara, ‘Modern Family’ Star to Voice Self on ‘Family Guy’

Even Cartoons Have the Hots for Sofia Vergara, ‘Modern Family’ Star to Voice Self on ‘Family Guy’

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Sofia Vergara has a number of admirers and it would seem her star also shines bright in the animated fiction world.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting the Modern Family star will soon voice her animated self on the animated Fox comedy Family Guy.

It is said an animated Vergara will appear in a cutaway gag in which main character Peter Griffin imagines himself as a telenovela star, with the sultry Latina playing his lover.

She will also voice another character who sells flowers to Quagmire.

Vergara will join the ever-growing list of celebrities lending their voices to the animated series’ 11th season, which kicks of on September 30.

Look out fellas, Peter Griffin just might woo this lovely Latina off the market.

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Cuban Bar Makes Record-Breaking Daiquiri, Celebrates Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

Cuban Bar Makes Record-Breaking Daiquiri, Celebrates Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

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A Cuban bar created the world’s largest daiquiri over the weekend.

To celebrate its 195th anniversary, Havana’s El Floridita bar set a new world record with a giant daiquiri. The enormous drink took about 30 minutes to fill a 6’5”-tall cocktail glass.

According to the World Records Academy in Miami, the concoction broke the previous record with a 71-gallon daiquiri. El Floridita is said to have been a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway and claims to be the originator of the now worldwide drink known as the daiquiri.

As part of the celebration, guests sang Cuba’s version of “Happy Birthday” in remembrance of Hemingway, whose 113th birthday was Saturday.

Legend has it that “Papa,” who took his daiquiris without sugar, once downed 13 doubles in one sitting.

El Floridita is a favorite among tourists tracing Hemingway’s footsteps in Cuba, and bartenders always set out a daiquiri next to a statue of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist.

“The first one is for Hemingway!” organizer Somalia Perez yelled as waiters filled glasses for jury members to sample. The crowd sang Cuba’s version of “Happy Birthday” to the writer sometimes referred to here as “Ernesto.”

A gala was planned for later in the day to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hemingway Museum Foundation at Finca Vigia, the villa on the outskirts of Havana where the novelist lived from 1939 to 1960.

Hemingway willed the home to the Cuban people, and it has been preserved much the same as it was when he left the island.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Hit-and-Run by Juan Bello Leaves Correctional Officer Dead

LATINO BLOTTER: Hit-and-Run by Juan Bello Leaves Correctional Officer Dead

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Corrections officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones, 38, was killed Wednesday when a man driving on a revoked license struck her as she was crossing the street near a Chicago area jail where she had worked for 12 years.

Just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night, Bostic-Jones was reportedly crossing the street in the 2900 block of South California when someone driving a full-size, navy blue van hit her and sent her flying into the other lane of traffic where she was hit by a sheriff’s vehicle. The driver of the van then sped off.

Using the vehicle description and partial plate given by witnesses, the list of possible suspects was narrowed down. Police found 57-year-old Juan Bello, who drove a van fitting that description, lived near the site of the accident.

According to state records, Bellow had his driver’s license revoked after a second DUI arrest in 2010. For last week’s crime, Bello has been charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, failure to yield to a pedestrian, driving too fast for conditions, and driving on a revoked license. On Saturday, Bello’s bail was set at $3 million and his next court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

Bostic-Jones was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, but died as a result of her injuries. She is survived by her husband, James Jones and daughter, Nikia, 6.

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Fiery Crash of Pickup-Truck with 23 Suspected Undocumented Immigrants Inside, Leaves 14 Dead (VIDEO)

Fiery Crash of Pickup-Truck with 23 Suspected Undocumented Immigrants Inside, Leaves 14 Dead (VIDEO)

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Authorities in Goliad County, Texas are reporting a crash of a white pick up jammed with 23 passengers, that has left at least 13 dead with CNN and Fox News reporting 14 are dead.  Amongst the victims are two children. 

The Sunday evening crash of the Ford pickup occurred on U.S. Highway 59, around 7 p.m., when the vehicle drove off the road and hit two nearby trees.  Many of the victims were riding in the bed of the pickup truck.

AP is reporting that six of the victims bodies remain in the mangled truck, while two of the eleven victims died at the hospital.  Several of the crash survivors are in serious condition

Early reports blame a blown tire for the accident but investigators are still looking into the single-vehicle crash.  No evidence of alcohol were found at the scene.

Border Patrol agents were called to the scene of the accident, since some of the injured did not speak English, speaking only Spanish.  Goliad, Texas lies 150 miles north of the Mexican border.

Immigration officials have confirmed the dead are citizens from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

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HISPANIC STANDOUT: Meet the Music World’s Latest Prodigy, 3-Year-Old Lavinia Ramirez (VIDEO)

HISPANIC STANDOUT: Meet the Music World’s Latest Prodigy, 3-Year-Old Lavinia Ramirez (VIDEO)

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She may have simply played “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the piano, but simply cannot describe how impressive it is for a 2-year-old to actually play a song on the piano.

Already being dubbed “Mini Mozart”, Lavinia Ramirez is getting quite a bit of attention after playing at her first concert after playing the piano for just 16 weeks at the impressively young age of two.

Lavinia’s parents say they knew their daughter, now three, was special even before she took on the piano.

‘Before she was two she could write numbers and letters and recognize them in books,” Lavinia’s mother, Jenna told the U.K.‘s Metro.

‘She told me what a trapezium was the other day; I didn’t know.’

The bright child also took a special interest in a toy piano her mother had given her for Christmas. When asked if she would like to learn to play a real one, the toddler told her parents she would.

Her mother and father then signed her up for lessons with instructor Matej Lehocky, an accomplished pianist himself, who studied at the Prague Conservatory of Music. After beginning to play the piano at the age of 4,  Lehocky earned three diplomas at the Prague Conservatory. And even though he began playing as a toddler, he still finds Lavinia astounding.

Not only does Lavinia have remarkable concentration for a child her age, she also possesses the impressive ability to follow instructions, something Lehocky says makes it “easy to work with her.”

Interestingly, neither Jenna nor Ian Ramirez play instruments.

‘I don’t know where Lavinia gets her brains from,’ Jenna told The Telegraph, ‘She’s more intelligent than me.’

The Ramirez family lives in Plymouth, Devon in England and Lavinia recently had her first performance at the Plymouth Piano School’s end of term concert in front of a crowd of about 200.

Both Lehocky and Lavinia’s parents agree that she may one day not want to play anymore, but should she continue, even more amazing things can be expected.


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At It Again: Alejandro of Boyce Avenue Covers Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” (VIDEO)

At It Again: Alejandro of Boyce Avenue Covers Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” (VIDEO)

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Boyce Avenue have released a new cover, this time letting brother Alejandro Mazano sing alone.

Alejandro covered the hit song “Lights” by Ellie Goulding.

The brother Manzano recently finished their European tour and are preparing dates and locations for their upcoming worldwide tour.

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Guilty Pleas from Two Men Trafficking Puerto Rican Citizenships

Guilty Pleas from Two Men Trafficking Puerto Rican Citizenships

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Obdulio Edu Burgos-Dominguez, 35, a Guatemalan national formerly of Seymour, Ind., pleaded guilty today in Puerto Rico to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for profit.  Jose Sergio Garcia-Ramirez, 37, a Mexican national formerly of Rockford, Ill., also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. 

Burgos-Dominguez and Garcia-Ramirez were originally charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico on Mar. 22, 2012.  To date, a total of 53 individuals have been charged for their roles in the identify trafficking scheme. 

Court documents allege that individuals located in Caguas, Puerto Rico obtained Puerto Rican identities and identity documents.  Other conspirators located in various cities throughout the U.S. allegedly solicited customers and sold Social Security cards and corresponding Puerto Rico birth certificates for prices ranging from $700 to $2,500 per set. 

Court documents allege that some identity brokers assumed a Puerto Rican identity themselves and used that identity in connection with the trafficking operation.  Their customers generally obtained the identity documents to assume the identity of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and to obtain additional identification documents, such as legitimate state driver’s licenses.  Some customers allegedly obtained the documents to commit financial fraud and attempted to obtain a U.S. passport.

Garcia-Ramirez and Burgos-Dominguez are the seventh and eighth defendants to plead guilty in this case.

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Air Force Instructor Convicted of Rape and Sexual Assault

Air Force Instructor Convicted of Rape and Sexual Assault

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Last summer, Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Walker was removed from his job at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas and charged with having illicit sexual contact with multiple women and allegedly raping one of them.

Friday, a jury of seven convicted walker of rape, sexual assault, and aggravated sexual assault, finding him guilty of each of the seven counts he faced.

Walker, who was among 12 instructors at Lackland investigated for various acts and degrees of sexual conduct with 31 female trainees, now faces a dishonorable discharge and life in prison.

The testimony portion of the sentencing phase of the trial began over the weekend.

According to an Air Force statement, the case of another former Air Force training instructor, Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc, has been referred to a general court-martial. LeBlanc has been charged with obstructing justice, making a false statement, and sexual misconduct. He is accused of using his post as leverage in the pursuit of a sexual relationship with a female trainee. LeBlanc is also accused of having a wrongful sexual relationship with a second female trainee.

Another instructor,  Staff Sgt. Peter Vega-Maldonado was also involved in sexual misconduct with female recruits. After initially admitting to having illicit contact with just one women, he recently admitted in a hearing he had in fact had contact with 10 women. For his actions, Vega-Maldonado was given a brief jail sentence in return for being a prosecution witness.

Lackland is one of the nation’s busiest military training centers, as it is where every U.S. airman receives his or her basic training. Of the 35,000 who graduate each year, only about 1 in 5 is female. Of the 475 instructors, 90 percent are men.

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U.S. Born Children Lose Rights in Mexico

U.S. Born Children Lose Rights in Mexico

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As a result of the slow United States economy, many Mexican migrant workers are returning with their families to their homeland to find jobs and reconnect with other family members.  Yet, many families have not found their return to go smoothly for their U.S. born children.  Thousands of children of migrant workers returning to Mexico now find themselves denied access to basic rights, such as school and health care. 

According to the Mexican government, any official documents from other countries must first be certified with a special stamp known as an ‘apostille’ then be translated by a certified translator in Mexico.  This process can be timely, costly, and extremely confusing for many parents. 

Out of the total of 1.4 million people who have returned to Mexico since 2005, 300,000 were U.S. born children.  In 2011 the number of U.S. born children living in Mexico with at least one Mexican parent was 500,000.  With these numbers continuing to increase as more and more people decide to return home or are deported by the government, many families are in need of assistance. 

Although the Mexican government does little to help these families, one group called the Corner Project provides aid to families in Malinalco, Mexico.  The nonprofit organization arranged for state government workers to travel to the town and meet with families while also helping to send documents to the necessary U.S. government offices.  “The government doesn’t care about what happens to the people who are coming back,” stated Maria del Rosario Leyva.  She recently returned to Mexico from Santa Ana, California, with her two U.S. born children, a three year old boy and a five year old girl after their father was deported. 

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, the academic dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as author of “Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and their Young Children, states, “These are children who are kind of stateless in both countries.  Each generation is undocumented in one country.” 

Although Leyva was able to work with Corner Project and receive a permit showing schools that her children’s paperwork is in progress, Leyva knows that her children’s future is not in Mexico.  “When they are old enough, they will leave,” she said with moistened eyes.  “Their future is not here.  Their children will have papers; the children of their children will also have papers.  The problems will end.”

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Congratulations to 2012 Teen Choice Award Winners Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and More

Congratulations to 2012 Teen Choice Award Winners Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and More

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At the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, we saw a numbers of young Latinos take home awards.

Demi Lovato did double duty as both a nominee and as host and took home the awards for Choice Summer Music Star: Female and Choice Twit (for her activities on Twitter).

Fellow Latinos/Hispanics who won awards:
Lea Michele for Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Zoe Saldana for Choice Movie Actress: Action for Colombiana
Jennifer Lopez for Choice TV: Female Personality for American Idol
Adam Rodriguez for Choice TV Actor: Action for his role on CSI: Miami

Selena Gomez and the Scene took home the award for Choice Music Group. The day of the award show just happened to land on Gomez’s 20th birthday and she was presented with a sparkler-topped cupcakes as fellow celebrities sang “Happy Birthday.”

When she and her band nabbed their Teen Choice Award, Gomez told the audience, “This is the best birthday present ever.”

Following the awards show, Gomez and her 18-year-old boyfriend Justin Bieber reportedly had a romantic dinner at Beverly Hills’ Il Cielo.

On Monday, Gomez raved about her birthday festivities on Facebook, gushing, “Beyond blessed. So much love. Thank you for the most incredible birthday yet! I’m truly, truly grateful. I love my family, friends and all of you.”


We’d also like to make special note of awards won by shows with Latino/Hispanic cast members:

Choice TV Show: Action: CSI: Miami
Choice TV: Reality Competition Show: The X Factor
Choice TV Show: Comedy: Glee

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MALDEF Wants Undocumented Law Student to be Admitted to California Bar, Presents Legal Brief

MALDEF Wants Undocumented Law Student to be Admitted to California Bar, Presents Legal Brief

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In the first case of its kind pending before the California Supreme Court, MALDEF, the Dream Bar Association, and a coalition of civil rights and legal groups have submitted an amicus brief in the matter of In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission to support undocumented law school graduate Sergio C. Garcia’s application to join the California Bar.

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, stated,

“After reviewing federal and state law, the California Supreme Court should conclude that barring admission on the basis of immigration status would violate established public policy and raise serious constitutional concerns.  We are therefore confident that the Court will recognize that the Bar’s recommendation to admit is well-supported and the right decision for California.”


Mr. Garcia’s immigrant visa petition was approved in 1995, and he has waited 17 years for the visa to become available.  In this time, Mr. Garcia has graduated from law school, cleared the State Bar’s moral character determination, and passed the rigorous, three-day California State Bar Examination.  Meeting all current requirements, he was recommended for Bar admission by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

MALDEF and the coalition have submitted an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Garcia to make it clear that admission into the California State Bar is a fundamental power of the California Supreme Court and that federal law does not prevent the Court from admitting Mr. Garcia and other undocumented immigrant applicants who otherwise meet the State’s requirements.  Thus, Mr. Garcia and other undocumented law students who have met the qualifications to practice law should be admitted to the California State Bar.

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Mexico: Hub for Aerospace Industry

Mexico: Hub for Aerospace Industry

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“Made in Mexico” has a familiar ring when associated with the Mexican auto industry.  However, if the Mexican government reaches its goal, Mexico will be exporting $12 billion in aircraft and parts by 2020. 

Mexico’s blossoming aerospace industry has grown without much outside notice, but major clusters of companies have put down roots in northern and central Mexico – in cities such as Chihuahua and Queretaro.  For instance, 30 foreign companies now have aerospace operations in Queretaro, which has a population of 1.8 million.

Interestingly, Mexico doesn’t supply its own defense needs or produce entire aircraft. However, nearly all the necessary components can already be manufactured in Mexico.  Most believe the country will design its own aircraft in the near future.  This notion is supported by the fact that Mexico graduates three times more engineers than the U.S.  Unfortunately, there is a lack of technicians – something the foreign companies quickly discovered.  However, as an example of how the Mexican authorities are supporting the growth of the aerospace industry – the national university in Queretaro set up a training program to counteract the technician shortage.

Currently, 31,000 people work in the aerospace sector in Mexico compared to 335,000 in auto manufacturing and parts.  The goal is to add 80,000 jobs in the industry by 2020.  The future is bright since aerospace companies worldwide are having trouble meeting the demands of the major airlines.  Furthermore, industry insiders expect a healthy market for business jets worldwide.

For now, the international companies will continue to turn to the Mexican manufacturing companies to provide high quality components at low cost by taking advantage of the country’s modern industrial capabilities and modest labor costs. This will allow more airplanes to be delivered on time and on budget while also avoiding the current backlogs hurting the industry.

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Popular Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Paya Reportedly Dies in Traffic Accident, Some Blaming Castro

Popular Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Paya Reportedly Dies in Traffic Accident, Some Blaming Castro

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Cuban opposition figure Oswaldo Paya, one of the most popular and best-known leaders of the internal dissident movement on the communist island, died Sunday in a traffic accident in the eastern province of Granma, various sources reported.

An employee at Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Hospital in the city of Bayamo confirmed to Efe via telephone that Paya had died, and this was also reported on Twitter by well-known regime critic and blogger Yoani Sanchez and by the pro-government blogger Yohandry.

In addition, a spokesman for the Havana Archbishopric told Efe that Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega spoke Sunday afternoon with Paya’s wife and she confirmed the tragic news.

Many additional details of the accident are not yet known, but the sources consulted by Efe said that Paya died after being involved in a car crash near the city of Bayamo. He was reported to be riding in a vehicle with three other people at the time.

Apparently, one of the other people in the vehicle also died, and the other two were injured.

The Miami Herald reported that Paya’s official website says that he is “missing” and directly blames Cuban President Raul Castro for the popular dissident’s death.

Paya, a 60-year-old medical equipment engineer, was the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement and one of the most prominent and internationally known members of Cuba’s internal dissident movement.

He was the promoter of the so-called Varela Project, which he in 2002 presented in the Cuban legislature along with some 11,000 signatures to propose a referendum on a democratic and peaceful transition on the island. The petition was rejected by the Castro regime, but Paya emerged as the leading advocate of peaceful democratic change in Cuba.

Thereafter, Paya continued to call for a national dialogue among all Cubans, including Communist Party members and leaders, to discuss the peaceful transition to democracy.

In October 2002, the European Parliament awarded Paya the Sakharov Prize in recognition of his peaceful struggle for human rights and a democratic transition in Cuba. He had also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Mexican Town Takes on World’s Richest Man, Carlos Slim, Over Gold & Silver Mine

Mexican Town Takes on World’s Richest Man, Carlos Slim, Over Gold & Silver Mine

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A peasant town in central Mexico has declared war on the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, to prevent him from operating a gold and silver mine that threatens the environment.

The precious metals are in La Espejera mountain in Tetela de Ocampo, a town in the mountains of Puebla state, where the Mexican billionaire’s Minera Frisco obtained a 50-year mining license.

“We are waging war, but if Slim wants to listen to us, we will look for his good side to convince him not to affect or kill my community,” the president of the grassroots organization Tetela Hacia el Futuro, German Romero, told Efe.

The project is still in the exploration stage, with production not slated to begin until December, when the federal and municipal governments will issue the permits.

Gold and silver production from the 10,000 hectares (24,691 acres) of the mountain covered by Minera Frisco’s license will pollute the nearby rivers that supply water to some 40,000 people, Romero said.

“We are not afraid to take on a gentleman who is so poor that the only thing he has is money. They will commit ecocide and genocide because they will pollute our rivers, from which we drink water, with mercury,” the community activist said.

If Minera Frisco obtains the operating permits for La Espejera, the lives of residents in five nearby towns will be threatened, as well as the ecosystem of a forest, Sergio Mastretta, a representative of environmental group Puebla Verde, said.

There will be no negotiations with Minera Frisco over the permits for a change of use or the license for the mine, Tetela de Ocampo Mayor Marco Antonio Uribe told Efe.

“For us, there is no price they can pay to bring misfortune to our people,” Uribe said.

Tetela de Ocampo’s approximately 25,000 residents grow apples, peaches, chili peppers and hydroponic tomatoes.

Minera Frisco “is a company that picked the wrong place,” resident Hector Lazaro said. “We don’t want its money or its jobs.”

The Puebla state legislature is working on an agreement to ask the federal government to investigate whether Minera Frisco got special treatment to conduct exploration in the mountains of Puebla, as alleged by local officials, residents and grassroots organizations.

Congressman Lauro Sanchez Lopez said recently that he would try to stop the mining project, contending it was “not viable” due to the environmental impact.

“Carrying out a project of this nature there is terrible, it’s not viable because that is one of the few areas with biodiversity that is intact,” Sanchez Lopez, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, told the El Universal newspaper.

The mining company arrived in the area three years ago, but it is not clear if it filed an environmental impact statement for the exploration phase, Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat officials said.

Minera Frisco will only need an environmental impact statement to start production of precious metals in the area.

“We don’t care about the gold, we want the water and to live in peace,” the 60-year-old Lazaro said.

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MondayJuly 23, 2012