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ThursdayNovember 22, 2012

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Mexican Human Right Group Reports Murders, Disappearances Soar

Mexican Human Right Group Reports Murders, Disappearances Soar

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Violations of personal rights have soared over the past six years in Mexico, with more than 2,000 people listed as missing and over 46,000 murders linked to organized crime groups, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said.

The Senate should address the problem of security “with the greatest urgency” in Mexico, where just eight of every 100 crimes committed are reported and only 1 percent of crimes are investigated by prosecutors, allowing 99 percent of crimes to go unpunished, CNDH chairman Raul Plascencia said.

“This means a substantial increase in human rights violations, such as torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, arbitrary arrests, illegal searches and seizures, forced disappearances and arbitrary deprivations of life, among others,” Plascencia said.

The CNDH has opened cases on 2,126 forced disappearances over the past six years, as well as tallying 46,015 killings linked to the wave of drug-related violence in the country, 15,921 unidentified bodies and 1,421 bodies discovered in clandestine graves, Plascencia said.

The CNDH, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombudsman’s office, has received 34,385 complaints against federal security officials since 2005, with torture being the top problem, Plascencia said.

While only one complaint was received for torture in 2005, a total of 2,040 complaints of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment were registered last year, the CNDH chairman said.

Mexico’s prisons currently hold 239,760 inmates at 418 state and federal penitentiaries, Plascencia said.

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Madrid Fires Officials Over Halloween Stampede Deaths

Madrid Fires Officials Over Halloween Stampede Deaths

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Mayor Ana Botella on Wednesday announced the firing of two top officials with the public municipal company that manages the Madrid Arena, where four girls were crushed to death in a human stampede during a Halloween party.

The firing of the executives of Madrid Espacios y Congresos came after the “loss of confidence” in them, the mayor of the Spanish capital said.

Jose Angel Rivero and Jorge Rodrigo Dominguez were found to have concealed from Botella the existence of a pertinent document, the municipal government said in a statement, though adding that the document in question does not contain any indication of wrongdoing or misconduct.

A police report based on the images from security cameras revealed that there were far more people than the 10,000 allowed at the venue where the Halloween party was being celebrated on the morning of Nov. 1.

At a certain point, a human stampede began in one of the access passageways and three 18-year-old girls and a 17-year-old were trampled to death, while another 17-year-old girl was so seriously injured that she later died.

Relatives of the victims are asking that authorities determine who was responsible for the tragedy.

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Singer Alejandro Sanz Says Hispanics Have Much to Offer Society

Singer Alejandro Sanz Says Hispanics Have Much to Offer Society

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Alejandro Sanz, who on Dec. 6 will give a concert in Miami, said that the Hispanic community has “a great many things” to contribute to the United States and thanked the Latino public for their support during the more than 20 years of his career.

“Latinos have a great many things to contribute: their way of living day to day, their feeling of unity and of family, their musicality and their culture, their traditions and their history,” the Spanish musician told Efe.

“I feel very linked to Latin America and to the Hispanic world in general. I experience its day to day (character) close up. I feel very honored by the very important support that the Latino public provides me and the best thing that occurs to me to say to them is thanks for the affection they give me,” he said.

Sanz’s upcoming concert in Miami will be broadcast live via the Terra Web site simultaneously to 19 countries, including the United States, Spain and other nations in Latin America.

The Spanish singer, who has sold more than 22 million albums, said he is “thrilled to be able to connect with so many different people, from several countries at the same time.”

“It’s marvelous that the music and those of us who enjoy it can use the advances of technology in this way,” said Sanz, who has some 8 million followers on Twitter.

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Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain Qualify for Champions League Knockout Stage

Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain Qualify for Champions League Knockout Stage

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Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain, Arsenal and Schalke 04 are headed to the Champions League knockout stage after Wednesday’s group matches.

Two other clubs that were already assured of advancing, Champions League newcomer Malaga and Porto, secured a lock on first place in Group C and Group A, respectively.

With one match left in the group stage, 13 of the 16 berths in the next round are set.

All Real Madrid needed from Wednesday’s away clash with Manchester City was 1 point and the Spanish club might have picked up 3 if not for Karim Benzama’s red card in the 73rd minute and Kun Agüero’s conversion on the penalty kick, knotting the match at 1-1.

Borussia Dortmund surged ahead of Real to claim first place in Group D, routing Ajax Amsterdam 4-1 on the road.

Malaga’s 2-2 tie with Zenit St. Petersburg was enough to ensure the Spanish club’s first-place finish in Group C, while AC Milan took second with a 3-1 triumph over Anderlecht in Brussels.

PSG topped Dynamo Kiev 2-0 and claimed the second slot in Group A, behind Porto, who inflicted a 3-0 pasting on Dinamo Zagreb.

In Group B, both Schalke 04 and Arsenal will advance, but the order of the finish won’t be settled until the final match of group play.

The German team beat winless Montpellier 2-0 and Arsenal edged Olympiakos Piraeus 1-0.

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Those Who Abuse Bears in Mexico Face Punishment

Those Who Abuse Bears in Mexico Face Punishment

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A campaign has been launched in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon to educate people on how to respond if they spot a bear outside its normal habitat and warn of severe consequences for those who abuse these animals, officials said.

The campaign, which kicked off on Wednesday, features ads informing people how to react if they come across a bear, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat’s Jorge Rodriguez Peña said.

According to that agency’s figures, 20 bears were spotted in 2008 and another 20 in 2009 in Greater Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon state, while 17 animals appeared per year in 2010 and 2011.

In 2012, the number of bears spotted outside their normal mountain habitat has jumped to 42.

“This species is protected by regulation 059 and, in case of any harm coming to (a bear), the person responsible will be punished with a prison term of between one and nine years and a fine of 300 to 3,000 times the current minimum salary” (between $1,380 and $13,800), Rodriguez said.

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Journalist Eduardo Carvalho Gunned Down in Brazil

Journalist Eduardo Carvalho Gunned Down in Brazil

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Eduardo Carvalho, who owned the Ultima Hora News Web site and had been receiving death threats since last year, was gunned down in the Brazilian city of Campo Grande, police said Thursday.

Carvalho, a retired police officer who served as editor-in-chief of the news Web site, was shot three times on Wednesday night by two gunmen riding on a motorcycle.

The gunmen were waiting for Carvalho outside his residence in Campo Grande, the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state, which is on the border with Paraguay and Bolivia, police said.

The 52-year-old Carvalho and his wife had just driven up to their house when the gunmen opened fire.

Carvalho, who had survived an earlier attack, specialized in publishing stories critical of politicians and police in Mato Grosso do Sul.

UH News usually publishes stories based on information obtained from sources who prefer to speak on condition of anonymity.

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INFOGRAPHIC: There’s Always Room for Pie

INFOGRAPHIC: There’s Always Room for Pie

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If turkey is the star of Thanksgiving dinner, then pie is most certainly the encore.

America’s love affair with this golden-crusted treat has been well-documented in pop culture; in fact, a 2012 survey by NPR examined pie preferences and determined that, indeed, there is nothing more American than apple pie.

Check out Coupon Cabin’s infographic which breaks down America’s love of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Spanish Electric Utility Inaugurates LatAm’s 1st “Smart City” in Brazil

Spanish Electric Utility Inaugurates LatAm’s 1st “Smart City” in Brazil

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The chairman of Spanish electric utility Endesa, Borja Prado, inaugurated Latin America’s first energy-efficient “smart city” in the Brazilian municipality of Buzios, the company said Wednesday.

Smart City Buzios will offer residents time-differentiated electricity rates, a “more sustainable” lighting system and more energy-efficient public buildings, the company said in a statement.

Buzios is a coastal tourist city 170 kilometers (105 miles) from Rio de Janeiro and is home to approximately 28,000 residents.

Endesa Brasil’s electricity distribution subsidiary, Ampla, developed the initiative over the past three years at a cost of 40 million reais ($20 million).

In addition to recharging infrastructure for e-vehicles and solar and wind microgeneration points, Endesa installed remote-controlled LED lamps, a free WiFi system, a recyclable waste pick-up station and energy-efficient showers at beaches.

Endesa and its parent company, Italy’s Enel, have developed similar projects in Barcelona and Malaga, Spain, and the Italian cities of Turin, Genoa and Bari, while another project in Latin America is in the works in the Chilean capital.

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North Carolina Churches to Offer Thanksgiving Dinner to Hispanic Families

North Carolina Churches to Offer Thanksgiving Dinner to Hispanic Families

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A group of churches in North Carolina is organizing a huge Thanksgiving Day meal that will bring together 10,000 Hispanics of different denominations.

In the kitchen at Queens University in Charlotte, executive chef Roberto Mendoza went over final details with his volunteers, who are preparing plates that they will distribute free to the dinner guests.

Mendoza told Efe that he has been working for a month on organizing the dinner, for which donations have been solicited from companies and individuals, but the last four days he has devoted to cooking.

“This week I could have enjoyed my vacation with my family, but I know the need of my Hispanic community on these dates, to receive a plate of food, to share with other people, and so I’m helping, and ... I thank God for my work, my family and all that this country has given me,” said the Salvadoran.

“We’ve cooked about 400 turkeys, 600 pounds of pasta, 300 (pounds) of rice,” said Mendoza, who has cooked for presidents, Hollywood artists and politicians and has worked in major hotels.

“One day I asked the Lord (to ensure) that I would never lack for food, and with this act of preparing food for others and donating my time, I’m seeking to teach the community of the need to cooperate and help one’s neighbor,” he said.

The idea for this huge dinner arose in 2009 when Pastor Danny Busquetts of the Latin Harvest Time Church in Mount Holly noted that many Latino families were spending this holiday away from their loved ones.

“We began getting the community together in the town of Gastonia, in the parking lot of the Compare Foods supermarket. We set 100 tables, organized a small festival, with the distribution of food, clothing, shoes, activities for the kids. At that time, 3,000 people came, and since then it’s grown,” Busquetts told Efe.

The celebration will be held simultaneously on Thursday in the cities of Gastonia and Charlotte and some 5,000 people are expected at each event.

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Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year

Foreign Students Add Billions of Dollars to the U.S. Economy Each Year

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by Walter Ewing

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well.

In addition, many foreign students go on to become highly innovative scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who add value to the U.S. economy in myriad ways that are often difficult to quantify. Given the economic value of the education they receive in U.S. universities, it is unfortunate that so many foreign students are forced by our nonsensical immigration policies to return to their home countries rather than putting their knowledge to use in this country.

According to a new report from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, “international students and their dependents contributed approximately $21.81 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2011-2012 academic year.” More precisely, the monetary contributions of foreign students and their families consisted of $15.8 billion in students’ tuition and fees, $14 billion in students’ living expenses, and $397 million in living expenses for their dependents.

Just as importantly, the NAFSA estimate doesn’t capture the contributions which many foreign students go on to make as part of the high-skilled U.S. workforce and the U.S. business community. For instance, the National Science Board estimates that, in 2009, immigrants accounted for 41.6% of all science-and-engineering workers in the United States who had a doctorate and 33.4 percent those with a master’s degree.

According to a report from the Brooking Institution, “among people with advanced degrees, immigrants are three times more likely to file patents than U.S.-born citizens.” And a report from the Kauffman Foundation found that “immigrants were more than twice as likely to start businesses each month than were the native-born in 2010.”

In short, $21.81 billion in spending is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to measuring the economic contributions of foreign students. Given this fact, it is mind-boggling that so many foreign students are forced to return home after completing their studies in U.S. universities. In many cases, the United States is training workers for its own economic competitors.

This does not make good business sense. A more enlightened immigration policy would encourage foreign students to stay in the United States and put their knowledge to use strengthening the U.S. economy. Perhaps lawmakers can put this on their “to do” list as they contemplate immigration reform over the coming year.

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Chilean Family of 6 Killed in Blaze

Six members of a single family were killed Wednesday when a fire consumed their home in the southern region of Araucania, Chilean authorities said.

The blaze broke out before dawn inside the wooden structure in the town of Carahue, some 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of Santiago.

Killed were two men, ages 70 and 27, a 30-year-old woman and her three young children. Another family member, a boy of 17, managed to escape through a window.

The preliminary report from firefighters indicates the blaze originated in some curtains, investigator Luis Torres told Radio Bio Bio.

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ThursdayNovember 22, 2012