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SundayJanuary 13, 2013

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Klaus Kinski’s Daughter Says She’s Glad He is Dead

Klaus Kinski’s Daughter Says She’s Glad He is Dead

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German actress Nastassja Kinski said in an interview published Sunday that she is happy that her father, the legendary actor Klaus Kinski, is dead, adding that he was a tyrant although, in contrast to what occurred with her sister Pola, he never sexually abused her.

“He was always a tyrant and terrorized the whole family. I (am) happy that he’s no longer alive,” the 51-year-old actress told Bild am Sonntag.

“He wasn’t a father. Ninety-nine percent of the time I was afraid of him,” the actress said.

Pola Kinski recently revealed in a book that her father had regularly abused her, something that Nastassja said made her a “heroine.”

Klaus Kinski never abused her, Nastassja said, but she acknowledged that there was physical closeness initiated by her father that went beyond parental tenderness and made her feel uncomfortable.

“He tried it. He touched me a lot, he embraced me so that I felt I couldn’t escape. And I was four or five years old,” the actress said.

“He kissed me on the cheek and I didn’t feel good. I felt like they weren’t the affectionate hugs of a father but something more,” she added.

Pola Kinski is the actor’s daughter by his first wife and Nastassja by his second.

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Spanish Firm Looks to Invest in Uruguayan Rail Network

Spanish Firm Looks to Invest in Uruguayan Rail Network

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Spanish railway operator Eusko Tren has confirmed its interest in investing in Uruguay and presented a plan to Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, the press reported Sunday, citing company executives.

The state-owned firm presented a proposal to the Office of the President that calls for creating a consortium of Spanish and Uruguayan companies for “investing in the country’s national freight network,” Eusko Tren CEO Javier Cruz told the Montevideo daily El Pais.

Eusko Tren offered Uruguay’s government “different alternatives” for the “modernization and revitalization of the national railway network, in accordance with the country’s preferences and possibilities,” Cruz said.

Uruguayan State Railroad Administration, or AFE, chief Jorge Setelich told Efe on Nov. 15 that Eusko Tren had “meetings with various Uruguayan officials” in recent months, and meetings were also held with union leaders, with a draft investment plan presented.

The proposal presented by the Basque company calls for a “strategic partnership” and includes an “initial important investment for infrastructure,” Setelich said, without providing details on the amount of money being discussed.

The AFE has also received proposals from companies based in China, South Korea and Brazil for partnerships or direct investments in the railway network.

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Canadian Charged For Scamming Aspiring Foreign Actors in Los Angeles

Canadian Charged For Scamming Aspiring Foreign Actors in Los Angeles

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A Canadian national who operated a Los Angeles-area immigration consulting business that sought visas on behalf of aspiring foreign actors faces multiple criminal charges for allegedly cheating his clients out of thousands of dollars in an immigration scam.

Andrew Boryski, 26, was arrested Wednesday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at Los Angeles International Airport as he prepared to board a flight bound for Canada.

The Saskatchewan native, who now resides in Los Angeles, is charged with 32 misdemeanor counts filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, including three counts of grand theft, one count of practicing law without a license, and 28 counts of violating provisions of the Immigration Consultant Act. If convicted, Boryski could face up to one year in jail for each count.

After receiving several complaints about Boryski, the City Attorney’s Office sought HSI’s assistance in investigating the case. Coincidentally, HSI had also received a lead about Boryski’s possible involvement in immigration fraud from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS).

The ensuing joint investigation revealed Boryski advertised over the Internet and presented himself at actors’ seminars as an immigration consultant who could help aspiring foreign actors obtain visas to work in the U.S. entertainment industry. Three complaining foreign witnesses, two from Australia and one from Ireland, allege Boryski charged them approximately $5,000 each to assist them in procuring an O-1 visa.

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Obama Wants Comprehensive Immigration Law With Path to Citizenship

Obama Wants Comprehensive Immigration Law With Path to Citizenship

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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to present in the coming months an immigration reform package contained in a single law that will open up a pathway to citizenship for the majority of illegal immigrants, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Top White House officials and a group of senators from both parties have been working, separately, on a pair of immigration reform bills designed to resolve the situation of the 11 million undocumented foreigners living in the country, the paper said citing official sources.

Obama and Senate Democrats will oppose any measure that does not allow those immigrants who obtain legal status to eventually become U.S. citizens, according to the sources.

In addition, the president will propose the changes within a single comprehensive law, opposing the proposal of several Republican lawmakers, such as Sen. Marco Rubio, who are asking that the legislation be divided into smaller parts to deal separately with issues such as young undocumented people or qualified immigrants.

Obama will announce the outline of his plan in the coming weeks, perhaps in his annual State of the Union address before Congress on Feb. 12, the newspaper said.

The president will argue that his plan for undocumented immigrants is not an amnesty because it would include fines, the payment of outstanding taxes and other obstacles for the illegal immigrants who would obtain legal status.

His plan will also impose the requirement of verifying, on the national level, the legal status of all new employees, probably via programs similar to E-Verify, which is already in use in many states.

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Flu Outbreak Triggers Public Health Emergency in New York

Flu Outbreak Triggers Public Health Emergency in New York

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a public health emergency due to the outbreak of influenza in his state, where at least two children have died since October, media reports said Sunday.

The move allows pharmacies, which previously could only administer flu shots to people 18 and older, to vaccinate children 6 and older.

This flu season, which started in October and is expected to last until May, is “the worst since at least 2009,” Cuomo said.

All New York residents should have access to flu shots, the governor said.

The number of registered flu cases in the state soared 55 percent last week, pushing the total number of cases this season to nearly five times the number in the last season.

A total of 19,128 flu cases have been registered in the state so far, up from the 4,404 registered in all of the previous flu season.

Some 2,884 people had been hospitalized as of Jan. 5, compared to the 1,169 people hospitalized due to the flu in the previous season.

At least 47 U.S. states have reported flu outbreaks and 24 have experienced high levels of the illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said Friday.

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38 Central American Migrants Detained in Mexico

A total of 38 Central American migrants were detained in three operations in the southern state of Chiapas and the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, with a suspected people trafficker arrested and a Mexican captive freed, the Mexican Government Secretariat said.

Two of the operations were staged in Chiapas, which is on the border with Guatemala, with 25 people, including 15 Guatemalans and 10 Salvadorans, detained by police, the secretariat said.

The migrants were found during “inspections of different vehicles traveling” on the Tepic-Puente Talisman highway, the secretariat said in a statement, without revealing when the operations took place.

The third operation was staged in Ciudad Madero, a city in Tamaulipas, where police detained 13 migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as a Mexican, who “were deprived of their liberty in a house,” the secretariat said.

“After undertaking fixed and mobile stakeouts around the Joyas de Miramapolis subdivision, federal personnel had contact with an armed subject as he entered a residence and he was immediately intercepted,” the secretariat said.

“An inspection of the house turned up the migrants, who could not prove they were in the country legally and said the individual arrested was responsible for holding them captive,” the secretariat said.

An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.

The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.

Central American migrants follow a long route that first takes them into Chiapas state, which is on the border with Guatemala, walking part of the way or riding aboard freight trains, buses and cargo trucks.

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ICE Arrests 97 Immigrants With Criminal Backgrounds in Michigan

As part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ongoing efforts to focus agency resources on the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, 97 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and other immigration violators were arrested during a four-day operation in West Michigan.

This operation concluded late Thursday and was conducted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) teams from Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Of the 97 arrested, 60 had prior convictions for crimes such as: sex with a minor, assault, illegal firearm possession, drug possession and theft.

Twenty three are immigration fugitives who had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to depart; 11 others had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony. Three other immigration violators were arrested during the operation and placed in removal proceedings.

Following is the nationality breakdown of the 86 men and 11 women arrested: Mexico (66), Guatemala (18), Honduras (3), Laos (2), Dominican Republic (2), Canada (1), Romania (1), Cambodia (1), Vietnam (1), India (1) and Thailand (1). Arrests were made in the following 11 West Michigan communities: Grand Rapids, Holland, Wyoming, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Fennville, Grant, Niles, Kentwood, Newaygo and Pullman.

Following are summaries of three individuals arrested during this operation:

    A 39-year-old Laotian man with a prior conviction for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, assault on a female and petty theft. He was arrested Jan. 8 at a residence in Holland and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
    A 38-year-old Mexican man, who was previously deported, has a prior conviction for firearm possession. He was arrested Jan. 7 at residence in Grand Rapids. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has accepted this case for criminal prosecution for re-entry after deportation.
    A 56-year-old Mexican man who has a prior conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon. He was arrested Jan. 6 at a residence in Grand Rapids and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

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Sorry Star Wars Fans, Obama Will Not Build a Death Star

Sorry Star Wars Fans, Obama Will Not Build a Death Star

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Star Wars fans in the White House and around the country did not want to hear this. The Obama Administration says that it will not build a Death Star, simply because it would cost too much and the Administration isn’t a fan of blowing up other planets.

In an official response to a We The People petition asking the Administration to build such a station that some smugglers might mistake for a moon, Paul Shawcross, the Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House, listed several reasons why the country couldn’t build the station.

Shawcross explains that the cost of a Death Star was estimated at $850,000,000,000,000,000, linking to a Lehigh University study. “We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it,” he wrote.

Next he wrote, “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.” He also wondered why anyone would want to waste taxpayer dollars on a station that could be destroyed by a single ship.

Shawcross also noted that we already have the International Space Station and that we already have two robots on Mars. Space travel is also becoming a private industry, thanks to NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office, which is nicknamed C-3PO. NASA also has several other futuristic gadgets, some of which will be leaving our solar system.

“We are living in the future! Enjoy it,” Shawcross writes. “Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.”

The original Death Star petition was signed by over 34,000 people and called for the station to be built by the end of Obama’s second term in 2016.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Freedom Across Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Freedom Across Latin America

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The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal evaluated 177 countries on their economic freedom.  While Chile ranked 7th internationally (3 ahead of the U.S.), Cuba ranked second to last.  Looking at factors ranging from rule of law to open markets, the countries were scored out of a possible 100 points.

Check out Hispanically Speaking News’ infographic looking at the economic freedom of Latin America.

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Latinos Getting Fracked?

Latinos Getting Fracked?

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By Jose Gonzalez, NewsTaco

2012 closed with an interesting note: As reported in this article from Reuters, the term “fracking” was more popular than “climate change” in US online searches.

Fracking, the common term for hydraulic fracturing, was across the news in 2012 as shale oil and natural gas extraction took off.

For anyone unfamiliar with the term or process, it is essentially breaking up rock with pressurized fluid in order to release oil and natural gas. But the process comes with reports of concern about the side effects on the environment and nearby communities—and as the Matt Damon-produced movie “Promised Land”, hits the theaters, fracking is cresting to be a key environmental debate.Image

But does fracking resonate as a Latino issue? Are there a significant number of affected Latino communities? Is the opposition to fracking embedded with Latino faces?

In Environmental & Food Justice, Environmental Justice scholar Dr. Devon Peña highlights a crucial point:

“The majority of anti-fracking activists are white, urban, and middle class. A growing number of the low-paid and at-risk workers hired by the natural gas and oil exploration, drilling, and extraction companies are rural, poor, Black, and Latino.”

This tends to pit at-risk communities with the workers in the fields, and with Latinos being framed as enemies in the process instead of as potential allies. The concern is that the anti-fracking movement could suffer from the same concerns of other conservation efforts.

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Chavez’s Brother Says Rumors of Coma Are False

Chavez’s Brother Says Rumors of Coma Are False

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is making progress with his recovery and is not in a coma, his older brother, Barinas state Gov. Adan Chavez, said.

“The head of state continues to respond well to the treatment and his recovery is advancing every day,” the governor said in a statement posted Saturday on the Barinas government’s Web site.

Adan Chavez returned to Venezuela on Saturday from Cuba, where his brother is recovering from cancer surgery.

The 58-year-old head of state, who won another six-year term in the Oct. 7 election, remains hospitalized in Cuba four weeks after undergoing his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months.

The Venezuelan government says the president is battling “complications stemming from a severe lung infection” that developed after his Dec. 11 operation in Havana.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court said Wednesday that Chavez can delay his swearing-in without creating a constitutional vacuum and that Vice President Nicolas Maduro may remain head of the government during the president’s absence.

“We are sure that with the support of God, science and our people, the president will come out on top in this new battle,” Gov. Adan Chavez said.

“The reports circulating on social networks and other media that the president is in a coma and the family is discussing the supposed disconnection of life-support equipment are totally false,” the governor said.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and Maduro all visited Cuba in the past few days and did not reveal any details about Chavez’s condition.

Fernandez left Havana on Saturday and headed to Asia, but she did not reveal whether she saw the Venezuelan president or what is known about his condition.

Maduro, for his part, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and with Fernandez.

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France Sends Troops to Mali’s Capital to Halt Islamist Militants

France Sends Troops to Mali’s Capital to Halt Islamist Militants

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France said Saturday it has deployed troops to Bamako protect its citizens living in Mali’s capital and also announced the death of a French pilot during an air offensive launched to halt the advance of Islamist militants, who control much of that West African country’s northern region.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a press conference that the order was given Friday to deploy the first French soldiers in Bamako, located in the country’s southwest.

The goal is to help protect the capital and ensure the safety of the French expatriate community living there.

That operation could eventually involve several hundred French soldiers, Le Drian said, adding that the French intervention in the landlocked country will last “as long as necessary.”

The defense minister also confirmed a report issued Saturday by Mali’s army, which said government forces had taken back control of the central town of Konna from the rebels.

Referring to the French helicopter pilot, Le Drian said he was shot and killed during an air offensive “against a terrorist column” heading south to the towns of Mopti and Sevare, two of the northernmost towns of southern Mali still controlled by the government.

The first French soldier killed since the European country’s intervention in Mali was identified as army special forces Lt. Damien Boiteux.

Le Drian said the intervention was “indispensable” to halt the push south by Islamist rebels, citing French President Francois Hollande’s remarks to the effect that Mali’s existence as a democratic state was in jeopardy.

He added that he is keeping his Spanish, German and Italian counterparts abreast of the situation and has received their full political support.

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Fire at Office Building in Bahrain Kills 13 Workers

At least 13 workers died when a building went up in flames in the Mujarqa neighborhood of the Bahrain capital, the official Bahrain news agency BNA said Saturday.

Emergency management work continued for hours after the roof of the building collapsed in the blaze, according to the news agency, which noted that the victims have not yet been identified, though the majority are believed to have come from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.

Firefighters meanwhile had to work extra fast to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings in this densely populated district, BNA said.

Bahraini Prime Minister Jalifa bin Salman al Jalifa ordered the necessary aid to be supplied to the injured and the victims’ families, while an investigation was opened to determine what caused the disaster.

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Death Toll From Southwest China Landslide Rises to 46

Death Toll From Southwest China Landslide Rises to 46

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The death toll from the landslide in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan increased to 46 after two people who had gone missing were found dead, the official news agency Xinhua said Saturday.

The agency, citing local authorities, added that the landslide, the cause of which remains unknown, buried the homes of 16 families at the village of Gaopo in Zhenxiong municipality at around 8:20 a.m. Friday.

The landslide, which buried the 46 fatalities - 27 adults and 19 children - “poured hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of muddy earth and rocks on the village, buried all the homes in the area and created huge difficulties for rescuers, with the prevailing low temperatures making the situation even worse,” the leader of one of the emergency management teams, Sun Anfa, was cited by the official news agency as saying.

A spokesperson for the Zhenxiong government, Wu Liang, said that disasters like this are not unknown in the region, often the scene of earthquakes and torrential rains, though local residents said that overexploitation of the local coal mine could have caused the landslide, since this kind of industry erodes the ground and destabilizes hillsides.

Taking part in the rescue work were a thousand people, while local authorities rushed to the disaster area material needed by the survivors like blankets and tents, Xinhua said.

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Bus Crash Kills 30 People in Nepal

Bus Crash Kills 30 People in Nepal

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At least 30 people died and another 13 were injured Saturday when the bus they were traveling in plunged down a 200-meter (650-foot) precipice in western Nepal, a police official told Efe.

“The bus seems to have hit a column on the side of the road and spun out of control,” Ramesh Bahadur Dhanuk, the police official for the area where the accident occurred, told Efe.

He said the specific causes of the accident are being investigated, adding that the injured, eight of whom are in grave condition, were taken to medical centers in the area.

The vehicle went down the cliff shortly after midnight in the Doti district, located some 600 kilometers (375 miles) west of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

The fatalities, among whom were at least one child and seven women, died in the act, police said.

Bus accidents are frequent in Nepal, where only 5,000 of the 17,000 kilometers of its highways are asphalted, while the rest are laid with stones.

The poor mechanical state of passenger transport vehicles plus the recklessness of their drivers further contribute to a heightened risk of accidents.

Two weeks ago, 15 people died and 31 were injured after their bus crashed and fell into a river, also in western Nepal.

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SundayJanuary 13, 2013