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WednesdayAugust 29, 2012

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Mexican Oil Spill Responsible for Deaths of Sea Turtles, Says Environmentalists

Mexican Oil Spill Responsible for Deaths of Sea Turtles, Says Environmentalists

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A total of 24 sea turtles have been found dead on the beaches of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca after oil spilled from a sunken loading buoy owned by state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, the environmental group Wildcoast/Costa Salvaje said.

Some 53,000 olive ridley sea turtles have arrived on Mexico’s coasts in the past two days to nest on Morro Ayuta beach, which has been “polluted with oil residue,” the environmental group said.

The loading buoy (an installation used to load crude oil on to tanker ships at sea) sank at a spot off the Oaxacan coast facing the Salina Cruz refinery, causing crude to spill onto six beaches in that state.

Since then, several grassroots organizations, including Costa Salvaje, have denounced environmental damage and economic harm to local fishermen.

An inspection of that area revealed “solidified petroleum residue” on numerous beaches - including Morro Ayuta, which draws massive numbers of nesting turtles, the environmental group said.

Last week, personnel with the federal prosecutor’s office for environmental protection, or Profepa, registered 13 dead sea turtles with oil on their shells or skin, “bringing to 24 the number of sea turtles found dead on hydrocarbon-polluted beaches,” the environmental group said.

Costa Salvaje demanded that Pemex “assume its responsibility for the environmental damage caused by the spill of 18,000 liters (4,750 gallons) of oil” and coordinate clean-up actions in coastal communities in compliance with “all necessary health and safety measures.”

For its part, the National Human Rights Commission, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombud’s office, said Tuesday it has opened an “ex-officio” inquiry into the oil spill.

Environmental officials have given Pemex 48 hours to clean up the crude spilled on the beaches of Salina Cruz and instructed Profepa to ensure the company complies with the order.

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Hyundai Motors Plans to Invest $130 in Mexican Manufacturing Plant

Hyundai Motors Plans to Invest $130 in Mexican Manufacturing Plant

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South Korean automaker Hyundai Motors Company’s Mexican unit said it planned to invest $130 million in a new plant that will manufacture aluminum auto parts in Tijuana, a border city in the northwestern state of Baja California.

The plant is expected to create 300 direct jobs and make up to 900,000 units of three new automotive products for different models sold in the United States, Hyundai said.

Hyundai Translead chief Kenny Lee laid the cornerstone for the new plant, the automaker said.

The plant is expected to start operating in 2014 and “production could rise to 1.5 million units when it is at 100 percent of capacity,” Hyundai said.

Hyundai de Mexico is a division of Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, the No. 6 automaker in the world and the second-largest corporation in South Korea.

Hyundai designs, manufactures and sells automobiles and auto parts around the world, employing more than 57,000 people.

The South Korean automaker has a network of more than 900 dealers in North America.

Hyundai has a plant in Tijuana, located near San Diego, California, that manufactures dry and refrigerated cargo containers, as well as other transportation products, for the North American market.

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Architect of Arizona’s SB 1070 Will NOT Be Returning to State Legislature

Architect of Arizona’s SB 1070 Will NOT Be Returning to State Legislature

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Republican Russell Pearce, the architect of controversial state law SB1070 and other regulations against undocumented immigration in Arizona, has failed in his attempt to return to the state legislature.

Pearce was defeated Tuesday at the polls by businessman Bob Worsley in the primary election to represent District 25 of Mesa for the Republican Party.

Worsley obtained 55.9 percent of the votes, compared with 44.1 percent for Pearce.

For many critics of the controversial conservative, such as activists Randy Parraz, this could be the end of the political career of the man who at one time was considered one of the most influential people in Arizona state politics.

Last year, the former leader of the state Senate was removed from his post in an historic election.

During the 11 years that he was in the state legislature, Pearce became known for his hard line against undocumented immigration and for promoting laws that make the lives of immigrants in the state more difficult.

Among the laws that he supported is one to deny driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and one that penalizes companies found to be hiring workers without “papers.”

Pearce gained fame on the national level after Arizona approved state law SB1070, the first in the country to criminalize the presence of undocumented immigrants and which converted the state into the epicenter of the immigration issue.

SB1070 sparked a debate about the rights of states to make their own immigration laws, in defiance of the federal government, a question that has been taken to the Supreme Court.

“This is a very important victory for the Hispanic community, for the immigrant community that is finally understanding the value their vote has and has made it worth something,” Parraz told Efe.

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Moroccans Prevented from Entering Spanish Territory

Moroccans Prevented from Entering Spanish Territory

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A group of four Moroccan nationalists tried on Wednesday morning to “occupy” the Peñon de Velez de la Gomera, a Spanish possession located on the Moroccan coast, but they failed when they were driven out by members of the Spanish military stationed there.

The action was organized by the Coordination Committee for the Liberation of Ceuta and Melilla and the neighboring islands, the president of the group and mayor of the town of Beni Enzar (a town located south of Melilla), Yahya Yahya, who was on hand during the incident, told Efe.

The Government Delegation in Melilla accused the Moroccan activists of wanting “to create stress within and hinder” relations between Spain and Morocco, given that the action was staged by “anti-Spanish activists” on a rocky outcrop where the only residents are Spanish military personnel.

Seven nationalists on Wednesday morning approached the Peñon de Velez, which is linked to Moroccan territory by a sandy isthmus and is midway between the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which are enclaves on the North African coast.

The seven activists photographed themselves in front of the craggy promontory and four of them, whom Yahya described as “university youths,” scaled its outer walls and from there waved Moroccan flags.

Sources with the Government Delegation in Melilla said that the Spanish troops asked the young people to leave the Peñon and “at no time was forced used.”

The Spanish officials denied that the four youths had been arrested, as Yahya had complained, having said that his four companions had been “handcuffed and knocked to the ground.”

“It’s just the beginning of a series (of actions),” Yahya said, adding that there would be new incidents staged to “liberate” the islands and rocky outcrops possessed by Spain that Morocco claims, including Ceuta, Melilla, the crags of Velez and the Peñon de Alhucemas, and the Charafinas Islands.

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Ivy Queen Cements her Position in Reggaeton Genre with New Album

Ivy Queen Cements her Position in Reggaeton Genre with New Album

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Puerto Rican reggaeton pioneer Ivy Queen is presenting her new album - “La musa” - thereby once again ensuring the stability of her career of almost 20 years in the forefront of a musical genre dominated by men.

The woman born Martha Ivelisse Pesante told Efe on Tuesday that there is “no trick or chemistry” regarding the key that has led to her continued success.

Ivy Queen began her career in the mid-1990s by collaborating on the albums put out by The Noise, produced by DJ Negro, on which noted artists like Baby Rasta and Gringo, Mr. Notty and Baby Ranks also participated.

The artist says she has survived in reggaeton as a minority compared with the other well-known artists because she was born to make music.

Since she began her reggaeton career, she says, her mission has been to create and compose songs “that have some kind of subject matter” so that people understand the concept and message.

Ivy Queen said that the song “Caminando por la vida,” which she includes on her new album, is a social critique of the lack of human warmth and politicians who abuse the people.

“It’s a very strong subject. Also, it talks about when a human being kills another just because of (the latter’s) sexual orientation,” she said.

Ivy Queen’s defense of the homosexual community led to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, presenting her with an award.

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2,000 Year Old Jaguar Statue Uncovered in Southern Mexico

2,000 Year Old Jaguar Statue Uncovered in Southern Mexico

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Mexican archaeologists discovered a nearly 2,000-year-old sculpture of a jaguar in the Izapa archaeological zone, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said in a communique.

The one-ton piece - which measures 1.38 meters (53 inches) long by 87 centimeters (34 inches) high and 52 centimeters (20.5 inches) wide - “is only engraved on one of its sides with the form of a jaguar, with the front and back paws flexed as if it were lying down,” the director of the INAH Center in the southern state of Chiapas, Emiliano Gallaga, said.

Izapa, which is located about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the border with Guatemala, was an important civic religious center built some 2,500 years ago by a pre-Mayan culture.

The jaguar sculpture appears to be only partially completed because the other faces of the stone are blank, indicating that it was possibly in the process of being carved when work was halted on it, Gallaga said.

He said that the piece not only adds to the sculptural heritage of Izapa, but also reiterates the importance of the jaguar in the ritual thinking of the Mesoamerican cultures, as well as showing the sensitivity of a people in expressing concepts in stone.

“The sculptures of Izapa were made with stones because there were no metals in that period, and in some cases the Indians used jade chisels. Due to the characteristics of the monument and the associated material, it is estimated that it could be approximately 2,000 years old,” the INAH expert said.

“Because of its dimensions and the site where the stone was found it could not be removed immediately and was left there, to be recovered during the next season, which began this August,” Gallaga said.

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Border Patrol Agents Find $500,000 Worth of Pot and Arrest 2 Sex Convicted Offenders

Border Patrol Agents Find $500,000 Worth of Pot and Arrest 2 Sex Convicted Offenders

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U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector seized more than 600 pounds of marijuana and arrested two convicted sex offenders Monday, in two separate incidents.

Monday, Eagle Pass Station agents working on an area ranch stopped a 1994 Chevrolet pickup loaded with several large bundles in the bed of the vehicle. Agents arrested the United States citizen driver, identified as Ernesto Avila, who attempted to abscond but was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. The vehicle contained more than 670 pounds of marijuana, worth $536,640. During processing, agents discovered that Avila had been convicted of second degree sexual assault of a child in 2002. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In a separate incident, agents arrested Feliciano Ruiz-Umana, 71, a legal permanent resident from El Salvador, for entry without inspection. During processing, agents discovered that Ruiz-Umana had a prior conviction for lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age in 2000. Ruiz-Umana also has an outstanding warrant in California and will be processed for removal from the country.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Immigration Integration by the Numbers

INFOGRAPHIC: Immigration Integration by the Numbers

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From wage disparities to insurance coverage, the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) takes a look at immigration integration by the numbers. 

NIIC is designed to take the public dialogue on immigration beyond the border enforcement headlines and dive deep into the effort to diversify the American Dream by ensuring that immigrants have the opportunity to become integral members of the U.S. communities they call home.

Check out NIIC’s infographic below.

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Columbia University Freshman Jumps to Death From Dorm Room

Columbia University Freshman Jumps to Death From Dorm Room

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The family of a Columbia University student it heartbroken after the 18-year-old allegedly jumped to her death.

On Monday, at around 11 p.m., Martha Corey-Ochoa is believed to have jumped from her 14th-floor dorm room. The Columbia freshman was dropped off at school earlier in the day and reportedly ‘looked a little sad when she was saying goodbye,’ her father told The Journal News.

Earlier this year, Corey-Ochoa graduated as valedictorian from Dobbs Ferry High School. She was a bright student who planned to take on two majors at Columbia, English and music. In her valedictorian speech, Corey-Ochoa quoted Shakespeare’s Othello.

Before we act, we must consider the consequences of our actions.

Monday evening, as Corey-Ochoa fell from her dorm’s ledge, her body hit a lower ledge and alerted another student. Her body was found on the sidewalk by a student with the track team. They alerted a doctor across the street at St. Luke’s Hospital, but she could not be resuscitated.

Her parents have since cleared out their daughter’s dorm room, her devastated father saying, ‘I feel like she was my life and, without her, my life seems to be gone. I don’t know what I’m doing now. We built our lives around her — and now she’s gone.’

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Catholic Hispanic Group Releases “Voter’s Guide” Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election

Catholic Hispanic Group Releases “Voter’s Guide” Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election

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A Catholic Hispanic group has released a voter’s guide to assist their community in being a part of the U.S. democratic process.

The Catholic Hispanic Leadership Alliance has released the Catholic Voter’s Education Guide to the 2012 Presidential election.

The guide is based on Catholic teaching, and is designed to help voters evaluate the two major party candidates running for President and their respective party platforms. The CHLA voting guide uses Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility which was written by the Catholic Bishops of the United States, and other Church documents.

The CHLA refers to the guide as “a call to action – a call to civic responsibility and a call to faithfulness.”

Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. Archbishop of Philadelphia, stated:

Our problems can only be solved by people of character who actively and without apology take their beliefs into public debates. That includes Catholics. We need to be stronger in our public witness, not weaker. If we really believe that the Gospel is true, we need to embody it in our private lives and our public choices.”

According to the 21-page guide, which evaluated President Obama and Mitt Romney on 23 key issues such as contraception, immigration reform, and gay marriage.

Earlier this month, the group’s president, Robert Aguirre told the Catholic News Agency, ‘We invite U.S. Catholics to reflect on this document and use it as an aid to decision-making before entering the voting booth in November.’

Aguirre added, ‘Opinions from candidates and the media related to these issues may be debated, but Catholic social teaching is clear.’

Get the full Catholic Voter’s Education Guide here.

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Spain’s Tomato War Celebrates 67th Year with 40,000 Attending

Spain’s Tomato War Celebrates 67th Year with 40,000 Attending

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About 40,000 young people from all over the world on Wednesday in the eastern Spanish town of Buñol participated in a gigantic food fight with ripe tomatoes, the popular “Tomatina” festival, which this year was transformed into an act of collective catharsis whereby people could - for a while, anyway - forget the effects of the country’s serious economic crisis.

The yearly hour-long tomato war was begun 67 years ago as a game by local youths but it has steadily been gaining greater attention worldwide.

European and Asian participants have long been regulars at the messy event, and this year people came to lob tomatoes at one another from Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Latvia, and many other countries.

The preparation for the ritual, which is traditionally held on the last Wednesday in August, began on Tuesday at sundown with a marathon of parties, dances and concerts that lasted until dawn.

After a break for the revelers to sleep and gather their strength - which they did on the grass in local parks or in sleeping bags laid out right on the streets - the excitement among the thousands present started to build as they awaited the arrival of the trucks loaded with 120 tons of ripe, deep red tomatoes and the beginning of the tomato-schlacht that really put Buñol on the international tourism maps some 10 years ago.

In the hours before the arrival of the tomato trucks, those present braved the day’s increasing heat and bought food, drinks and clothing at the stands and kiosks that had sprung up along the streets of the Mediterranean coastal town. Many also bought diver’s goggles from opportunistic street vendors as protection against the acids in tomatoes, which would soon be smashed all over everything and everyone.

The “uniform” worn by most people, at least by those who were familiar with the event, consisted of a white T-shirt and shorts or a bathing suit, all specially selected for later use as rags or to be discarded in the nearest wastebin.

Some of those on hand even dared to complete their outfitting with a bit of peculiar cranial protection: watermelon rinds cut into the shape of helmets.

Also, there were many people dressed in costumes of various kinds: pink rabbits, samurais, cooks, karate fighters and traditional Spanish outfits of one sort or another.

As the hour drew near when the tomato battle was to begin, in the narrow street along which the tomato trucks would come, impatient and nervous smiles began to appear on the faces of the thousands in the crowd.

Right at 11 a.m., a rocket announced the official start of the event and the five trucks loaded with ripe tomatoes appeared and dumped their cargoes. People grabbed up the vegetables and began hurling them at one another and smashing them onto each other, quickly coating everything in sight and creating a red pulpy, juicy mess in the historic town center with its white houses and building fronts.

This year, the tomato war became a cathartic event, given the uncertainty about the country’s prevailing economic crisis, as participants did everything they could to recover their spirits, which have been beaten down a good bit by so much negative news of late.

The gigantic food fight was recorded, photographed and written about by reporters with about 50 media outlets from Japan - some 4,000 Japanese youths participated in the event - Australia, China, South Korea, Germany and France, among many others.

Sixty minutes after the first tomato was thrown another blast of gunpowder signaled the end of the fight, and after things settled down one could see the true extent of the monumental mess. Nevertheless, from years of experience with this event, local municipal cleaning crews and residents had once again made the area amazingly spic and span within just a few hours.

Meanwhile, the exhausted but exhilarated participants headed to the river and the portable showers set up for the occasion to rinse off the tomatoes that covered them and soaked their clothing.ImageImage

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STUDY: Minority Employment Up in TV and Radio

STUDY: Minority Employment Up in TV and Radio

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According to a recent survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the percentage of minorities in TV and radio us up.

The survey, 2012 TV and Radio News Staffing and Profitability Survey was a joint product between the RTDNA and Hofstra University.

According to Part VII: Percentage of Minorities Up for TV, Radio; Percentage of Women Stays the Same for TV, Up Noticeably for Radio of the survey, the percentage of minorities is up a full percent in television from a year ago – and even more in radio. The percentage of minority news directors also went up in both television and radio. And the percentage of minority news directors at non-Hispanic TV stations set a new high mark—for the second year in a row.

In television news it increased to 21.5 percent. As for radio, minority hiring increased more than four percent to a total of 11.7 percent.

However, the bigger picture remains unchanged. In the last 22 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 10.4 percent, but the minority workforce in TV news is up 3.7 percent, while the minority workforce in radio is up 0.9 percent.

Stations in the West and South were the most diverse and stations in the Northeast and Midwest had minority percentages around half the South and West.

When broken down, Fox affiliates had 28.2 percent of minority employees, a higher percentage of minorities than the others. NBC affiliates, had 17.4 percent and continue to trail ABC and CBS stations, which was the same as last year.

See the full study here.

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Rico Rodriguez and Fellow ‘Modern Family’ Kids Get Raises

Rico Rodriguez and Fellow ‘Modern Family’ Kids Get Raises

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While the adults of the Modern Family cast had a much longer battle for raises, it appears the younger cast members have negotiated and come to an agreement with far less drama.

Rico Rodriguez, 14, who plays Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) son, Manny, on the hit ABC show, and his younger cast mates will now be making somewhere around $70,000 per episode. This new salary is about three times higher than their current salaries.

Rodriguez, 13-year-old Nolan Gould, who plays Luke Dunphy, 14-year-old Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy), and 21-year-old Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy) will be getting raises, but the newest member of the cast, 5-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Mitchell an Cameron’s adopted daughter Lily, will not see that raise, as she has only been on the show for a single season. This past season she replaced the twins who had originally played Lily.

As for the adults, an agreement was finally reached, but only after they sued 20th Century Fox TV and boycotted table reads. In the end, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, and Eric Stonestreet were able to negotiate a salary of between $170,000 and $180,000 for each episode. They previous earned $65,000 per episode.

Episode one of the fourth season of Modern Family is expected to premiere September 26, 2012.

The mockumentary-style comedy premiered in 2009. The show’s third season premiere was ABC’s highest-rated premier in six years.

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Pedro Almodovar Constructs Mock Airplane for New Movie

Pedro Almodovar Constructs Mock Airplane for New Movie

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Production company El Deseo is working fiercely these days at Ciudad Real Central Airport building the mock-up of a jetliner that Pedro Almodovar will use in his film “I’m So Excited” starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

Construction workers, cranes, trucks and freight lifts are in constant action here to be able to finish the model of an Airbus A-380 that the director will use to shoot scenes of an emergency landing.

The mock-up is placed near aircraft parked on the runway near the airport passenger terminal, where other scenes from the comedy are also scheduled to be filmed.

The fuselage of the model jetliner has been taking shape day by day to get it ready for early September so Almodovar and his technical crew can begin shooting scenes for the movie.

Almodovar plans to film a passenger plane emergency involving fire trucks, emergency services vehicles and police patrol cars, along with some 150 extras cast in his native province of Ciudad Real.

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Human Rights Commission Condemns Kidnapping and Murder of Transgender in Honduras

Human Rights Commission Condemns Kidnapping and Murder of Transgender in Honduras

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of Barbarita, a 21-year-old transgender woman, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

According to the information received, on August 2, 2012, in a remote area in Colonia San Martín, San Pedro Sula, the body of Barbarita (registered at birth as Marlon Javier Jiménez Alemán), was found with a series of bullet wounds to her face and head. Also, her hands showed signs of being tied behind her back. According to the media, her relatives reported that four persons came to their house the day before, announcing they came as officers from the National Agency of Criminal Investigation (Dirección Nacional de Investigación Criminal), and took her, indicating she was arrested.

The Commission continues to receive information on killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and other forms of violence and exclusion against lesbians, gays, and trans, bisexual, and intersex persons.

The IACHR urges Honduras to take action to prevent and respond to these human rights abuses and to ensure that LGTBI people can effectively enjoy their right to a life free from discrimination and violence, including the adoption of policies and public campaigns and the amendments necessary to bring laws into line with the inter-American instruments on human rights.

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Dam Work Continues at Brazilian Amazon Site After Court Ruling Reversed

Dam Work Continues at Brazilian Amazon Site After Court Ruling Reversed

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Work on what will be the world’s third-largest dam resumed on Tuesday after Brazil’s Supreme Court reversed a ruling by another tribunal that put a temporary halt to the controversial project.

Employees “directly implicated” in the current phase of construction returned to their posts “on all fronts,” the consortium building the dam, Norte Energia, said in a statement.

The Belo Monte project was suspended after an Aug. 14 ruling by a federal district court that cited irregularities in the approval process.

ImageConstruction of the dam began in March 2011 despite staunch opposition from environmentalists concerned about its impact on the Amazon and from local Indians, farmers and fishermen worried about its effect on their livelihoods.

The hydroelectric complex, which is to require total investment of $10.6 billion and is not scheduled to begin operating before 2014, will flood a 503-sq.-kilometer (195-sq.-mile) area and directly and indirectly affect 66 communities.

President Dilma Rousseff’s government, however, says the project will not have a direct impact on any indigenous lands.

Due to oscillations in the flow of the Xingu River, guaranteed minimum capacity generation from the Belo Monte Dam will be 4,571 MW, or roughly 40 percent of its maximum capacity of 11,233 MW, according to government estimates.

The office of Brazil’s solicitor general applauded the Supreme Court decision to allow work on the dam to resume, asserting that delaying the Belo Monte project would cause “irreparable” harm to the “public patrimony, administrative order, economic order and Brazilian energy policy.”

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Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Ends Killing 3, Infecting 417

Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Ends Killing 3, Infecting 417

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The Cuban government said that the cholera outbreak that erupted in June, killing three and infecting 417, is over, Communist Party daily Granma reported Tuesday.

“Ten days have passed since the latest confirmed case, whereby the Public Health Ministry says that this outbreak is over,” the newspaper said of the epidemic that originated in Manzanillo, a city of 130,500 residents located some 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of Havana.

Authorities also said that there were cases “associated” with the outbreak in other municipalities in surrounding Granma province and in the neighboring provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo and even in Havana.

“All these later events, characterized as isolated cases, occurred through people who traveled from Manzanillo and were identified by an effective system of epidemiological monitoring and treated with timely measures,” the ministry said.

Of the 417 registered cholera cases, the majority were adults, the bulletin added, going on to emphasize the “indispensable ... and effective cooperation of the public.”

After learning of the health emergency, the government decided as a precaution to suspend the traditional summer Carnivals in Manzanillo and Bayamo, another city in Granma province.

In addition, the Venezuelan government sent to the island 20 military doctors to provide support.

Cuban President Raul Castro spoke out on July 24 to denounce “propagandistic campaigns” regarding the cholera cases designed to “discredit” the island’s health care system and asserted that the outbreak was under control.

The most recent cholera epidemic in Cuba occurred in 1882 and the latest cases were registered shortly after the downfall of strongman Fulgencio Batista in 1959, according to official information.

Despite the fact that it said the outbreak was “concluded,” the Cuban government is also saying it will maintain its vigilance to avoid “the recurrence of new cases.”

In addition, the national government is reiterating its call for the public to take preventive measures concerning personal hygiene, water and food.

For several weeks, the authorities have been issuing daily preventive messages along the same lines to avoid the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever, although there have been no reported cases of that disease.

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