Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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TRS requires Treasury to investigate AGP TRS requires Treasury to investigate AGP investigate TRS requires AGP Finance Scrutiny: The arguments before the Supreme EEC, the PNP and PPD presented their arguments in writing and gives Calla High audio forum hearing disclose Supreme Court People will listen to the hearing at which the allegations will be presented on the future of scrutiny of primary culminated an hour after the hearing. Final Whistle! Not the Wolves howl Barea scored 16 points as a starter in ...

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THE FAMILY IS ABUSE NEGLECT NEGLIGENCE IS A FAMILY ABUSE NEGLECT FAMILY IS ABUSE The heartbreaking picture of some 30,000 complaints without any investigation of abuse against children, the elderly and people with disabilities demand an urgent mobilization of resources by the Department of family, to prevent their repeated follow institutional indifference resulting in tragedies within the home. Employment is a priority GONZÁLEZSe VERONICA has argued that the young man who knows the street knows that he ...

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Ex- Puerto Rico senator to be moved to U.S. prison
AP SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A former Puerto Rico senator who is serving five years in prison in the U.S. after pleading guilty Caribbean Territory to corruption charges IS BEING TRANSFERRED to a prison in the U.S. mainland. The U.S. Attorney's Office ...

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Puerto Rican fugitive arrested in Salem
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SALEM - A fugitive wanted in Puerto Rico on “dangerous drug” offenses was picked up in Salem after police pulled over a car in a routine motor vehicle stop. Daniel Ramos Nieves, 20, of Haverhill, Mass., is being held on $500000 cash bail at the ...
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GOP in a jam when it comes to Latino vote
National Catholic Reporter
They certainly grasped how out of touch both Romney and Rick Santorum were when the two campaigned in Puerto Rico and emphasized the need for English to be the official language of the US Should the island henceforth be known as “Rich Port”?

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"Here, they're not sitting alone; they're forming friendships and networks while getting a tasty, fresh, two-course meal for under £3.50 that's been cooked from scratch – this week we've served lamb curry, spinach and cheese pie, and smoked mackerel."

One foot in the gravy: the rise of cookery classes for older men
Could cookery classes for older men reduce their dependency on cuts-hit Meals on Wheels and luncheon club services?

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The Opinion Pages: Frank Lesser, a writer for "The Colbert Report," offers some stress-free suggestions for getting inked. One idea: a heart with “Mom” written inside, beneath the words “In case of emergency, contact.”

Tattoos for the Terrified
How about a mermaid wearing a life preserver? (She's not taking any chances.)

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Ozzie Guillen, whom the Marlins directed to leave the team in Philadelphia to fly back to Miami, appeared at a televised news conference and called his comments, “the greatest mistake of my life.”

Marlins Suspend Manager for 5 Games Over Pro-Castro Comments
Ozzie Guillen, brought in to manage the Miami Marlins as part of an effort to court the city’s Latino population, was suspended for his remarks that seemed to laud Fidel Castro.

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Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday. “We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” Mr. Santorum said. http://nyti.ms/HqcA0Z

Interactive Timeline: Rick Santorum
An interactive timeline of Rick Santorum’s life and career.

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Do you wear sunscreen daily? You're likely applying it wrong.

Daily Sunscreen Push
Few People Apply It the Right Way, New Labels Try to Help; a Shot Glass of Protection in the Morning

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Rick Santorum abruptly suspended his White House campaign Tuesday, clearing the way for front-runner Mitt Romney to claim the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum Suspends Campaign
Santorum abruptly suspended his White House campaign, clearing the way for front-runner Romney to claim the Republican presidential nomination.

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Op-Ed contributor Paul D. Carrington writes, "High-ranking Judges in all major nations, and all 50 states, are subject to age or term limits." He asks: "So why not The Highest court in the land?" Bring the Justices Back to Earth www.nytimes.com The power to invalidate Legislation Political power is the ultimate, and Exercise Those mortals who need it constraint. So why not term limits for Have The Highest court in the land?

First Puerto Rican Cardinal Dies
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EFE San Juan - The first Puerto Rican to be made ​​cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Luis Aponte Martinez, has died at the age of 89. The announcement Tuesday from San Juan meat's Hospital Mutual Aid WHERE Martinez Took His Last Breath.

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By Marvin Fonseca
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (International News Service) The majority of students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is performed while accepting a university reform, believe that tuition should be free, according to a survey conducted for two weeks by the General Student Council of the Río Piedras Campus of the institution.
Rene Vargas Martinez, chairman, said the results of the consultation will be presented tomorrow, Wednesday, at the Second General Assembly of Students, to be held at 5:00 pm outside the Tower of the UPR.
"Although the rector Ana Guadalupe issued a circular today that the meeting was scheduled for April 25 and not tomorrow, we will celebrate without the permission of the university administration. She did so with the intention that attendance is lower, "said the agency Inter News Service, Angel Rosado, press secretary of the CGE.
Vargas Martinez, said the student consultation, which included the participation of 1,906 students or 13.4 percent of students Río Piedras Campus, served to know, in general, the feeling of the student enrollment on the proposals among which include: the current system, enrollment adjusted income, free convertible endowment or any new proposal.
41 percent of the students opted for the Free Tuition proposal (MG) contained in the Report of the CRU.
Meanwhile, the Registration Adjusted Income (MAI) was supported by 23 percent, the endowment Convertible (DC) 17, the current system reached 13 and 5 percent opted for another model.
Vargas Martinez said after completing the consultation student and having counted the votes, 78 percent of students surveyed agreed to carry out a reform process in the UPR.
In addition, 87 percent of students who answered said he agreed that the discussion of university reform should be based on the Report of the General Council CRU Students.
On the aspect of free tuition, the CRU raises in its report that this proposal is the extent possible to legislate for any new public policy that takes advantage of new taxes or transfers from the General Fund of the Treasury, includes UPR to participate in those funds and thus avoid what has happened and has deepened in recent years related to the economic crisis.
In addition, we propose the creation of new funds that draw upon donations and by awarding consulting contracts in the three branches of government.
Also, after the reform, it is intended that the administrative reorganization, release resources occupied by duplication of functions and that the university budget is distributed taking into account information to make decisions even to improve the existing.
The coordinators of the Organizing Committee of the Student Consultation (OSCC), student enrollment thanked for their participation and willingness to learn about the university reform and express themselves through consultation.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (International News Service) The Governor Luis Fortuño announced today that the weapons amnesty delivery exceeded one thousand since February when it started and will run through May.
"We have an army disarmed," Fortuño said in a press conference at the Fountain of Living Water Church in Carolina, accompanied by the Secretaries of Justice and the Sports and Recreation and the Police Superintendent, Hector Pesquera.
The program, which ends on Jan. 19 have been delivered 1,056 of 55,000 weapons and more ammunition, but the government granted an additional 30 days if the Legislature approves a measure that prompted Fortuño.
"This effort has been a test of tenacity, commitment that thousands and thousands of Puerto Ricans have a better Puerto Rico," said chief executive.
The church where the announcement was made, directed by Pastor Font Othniel is the facility where more weapons were delivered (41).
Fortuño said that the priests who have charge of collecting weapons along with government agencies told him that "if we extend the amnesty are willing to help us continue collecting weapons, disarming our people and achieve change and we all want to Puerto Rico ".
Font for the pastor, but the churches collect weapons almost daily "the difference with amnesty is that more people will want to do. Many times in the churches come to leave weapons at the gates, at the altar but the amnesty gets the message, we can open a bigger door and have the confidence to do so, not secretly, but openly. "
Pastor Jose Pagan, Emanuel Church of God in Carolina, said that 13 percent of the weapons received were of a man who used to rent them for others to commit crimes.
This, according to Attorney General Guillermo Somoza Colombani, "is very common and has been given. If you check the slaughter of all birds district is given in the fact that there were some hired guns then stop the vehicle BMW. It occurs most often takes the job, paper money is exchanged, go to the customer, ask their arms and end up in slaughter. "
Hector Morales, the Open Court program of the Department of Recreation and Sports, recalled that while handing out informational flyers in Rexville in Bayamon, a woman approached them to deliver weapons of his son who was in a rehabilitation program.
"She wanted to take action and be part of. Coordinate with the Police "and managed the delivery of arms, said Morales.
Until today, Tuesday, the San Juan tops the list with 224 deliveries, 220 Bayamon, Carolina 115, 106 Ponce and Arecibo 87.
In the region of 67 weapons were collected Mayagüez, Caguas, 51, Humacao 39, Aguadilla Aibonito 33 and 29.
Although the Senate recess until after the April 20, from tomorrow, will be working on the project to extend the amnesty as soon as possible with the support cameral before lawmakers and employees cease work.

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Puerto Rico's Government Continues Initiative to Collect Illegal Weapons
Caribbean Journal
By the Caribbean Journal staff Puerto Rico's illegal weapons collection programme has brought in 1056 weapons and 55044 rounds of ammunition in less than 60 days, according to Governor Luis Fortuño. Anyone bearing an illegal gun in Puerto Rico has a ...

Puerto Rico Increases Power Bond Sale To $650M -Term Sheet
Wall Street Journal
By Mike Cherney Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is increasing a municipal bond deal to $650 million from $480 million and speeding up the sale, indicating good demand from investors, according to a ...

A premature Argentine baby is found alive in a morgue, 12 hours after she was pronounced dead, local media reports say.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (International News Service) The secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo Gonzalez Feliciano, today reported 84 cases of dengue, a figure above the historical average.
According to the updated report of Dengue Division of the Center for Disease Control (CDC, for its acronym in English) received at the agency, for 11 weeks from 11 to 17 March, 84 cases were reported, a figure above the historical average.
The report shows that dengue type 1 continues to prevail, with 73 percent, followed by dengue type 4, with 27 percent.
In the previous week, of the 80 cases reported, 19 were laboratory confirmed.
So far this year, 190 cases have been confirmed as dengue positive, while five reported cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever and no deaths to mourn.
"The efforts of the agency, together with the cooperation of citizens, are even more necessary when we have accumulated rainfall. It's time to check around, eliminate standing water and always remember the use of repellent on exposed skin, "urged the health secretary.

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Puerto Rico's Government Continues Initiative to Collect Illegal Weapons - Caribbean Journal

Puerto Rico's Government Continues Initiative to Collect Illegal Weapons - Caribbean Journal
Puerto Rico's Government Continues Initiative to Collect Illegal WeaponsCaribbean JournalBy the Caribbean Journal staff Puerto Rico's illegal weapons collection programme has brought in 1056 weapons and 55044 rounds of ammunition in less than 60 days, according to Governor Luis Fortuño. Anyone bearing an illegal gun in Puerto Rico has a ...

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First Puerto Rican Cardinal Dies - Fox News

First Puerto Rican Cardinal Dies - Fox News
First Puerto Rican Cardinal DiesFox NewsEFE San Juan – The first Puerto Rican to be made cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Luis Aponte Martínez, has died at the age of 89. The announcement came Tuesday from San Juan's Auxilio Mutuo Hospital where Martínez took his last breath.

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Puerto Rico Increases Power Bond Sale To $650M -Term Sheet - Wall Street Journal

Puerto Rico Increases Power Bond Sale To $650M -Term Sheet - Wall Street Journal
Puerto Rico Increases Power Bond Sale To $650M -Term SheetWall Street JournalBy Mike Cherney Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is increasing a municipal bond deal to $650 million from $480 million and speeding up the sale, indicating good demand from investors, according to a ...

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday traveled to Cuba in the first visit of the island since he took power five years ago and which seeks to deepen bilateral dialogue in recent years has waxed and waned.

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The resolution of the EEC states that retain "the right to order the recount of a specific school"

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Approve increase of $ 200 000 in the budget of the joint commission

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A former senator from Puerto Rico who is serving five years in prison in this U.S. Caribbean territory after being found guilty of corruption will be transferred to a prison in the continental United States.

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The product covered by the alert is packed in 12 ounce bottles with UPC code 2900007212

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The Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz called "macho chick" and "crop and feather" the spokesman alternate PPD, Eduardo Bhatia.

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Zimmerman, vigilant volunteer for a community of neighbors in Sanford (Florida), today unveiled a website whose sole purpose, as she explains, is to ensure that its supporters receive full attention "without intermediaries".

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The decision comes five days after the organization said that Jenna Talackova able to compete in the contest this year.

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Under the title of Jose Alberto "El Canario" and his friends: 35 years of rhythm and salsa, salsa Dominican held his 35 years in music.

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Ganadora de premios como Emmy, Oscar y Globos de Oro, la actriz acudió en la noche del lunes al teatro Marquis en Broadway para presenciar la puesta escénica en la que actúa Ricky Martin.

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Existe una posibilidad que el producto haya sido expuesto a agua no apta para uso.

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El tradicional festival deportivo será dedicado al fallecido presidente y fundador de la American University.

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El portavoz de la mayoría penepé en el cuerpo legislativo, Carlos “Johnny” Méndez dijo hoy que la medida está pendiente ante la Comisión del Trabajo.

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Esta secuencia fue dirigida por Bárbara Soto, reconocida por su corto metraje “Valor”.

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El entretenimiento estará cargo de El Trotamundos.

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Enfrenta quejas por tentativa de asesinato e infracciones a la ley de armas

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Alexander Quintero campaigned for justice for the victims of Colombia's 2001 Naya River massacre, committed by paramilitary forces. "He brought us all together, indigenous, Afro-Colombian and mestizo communities," said a colleague. "It could have been any of us," a sobbing defender said, as she told me about Alexander's May 2010 assassination.
Nahúm Palacios Arteaga was the anchor for a TV station in Tocoa, Honduras. He was reporting on land conflicts in Bajo Aguán, where campesino leaders were being threatened, evicted and murdered. Hit men killed Palacios and his friend, a doctor, in March 2010.
Dora Alicia Recinos Sorto was eight months pregnant when she was shot dead in December 2009, in El Salvador's Cabañas region. She belonged to an environmental group opposing a mining project, as did Ramiro Rivera, who was killed six days earlier.
Miguel Ángel González Ramiro was a member of the banana workers union SITRABI in Guatemala. He was killed while holding his son in February 2012. González is the seventh current or former SITRABI member killed since January 2011.
María Elizabeth Macías Castro's killers placed her body in front of a poster with a threatening note, and put a pair of headphones on her decapitated head. Her September 2011 killing appears to be related to her social media writing about drug cartel violence in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Killing human rights activists -- or "defenders," as we call them -- harms not only the people, their friends and family. It aims to destroy an organizing process and derail a struggle to defend the rights of many.
Latin America was the most dangerous region in the world to be a trade unionist in 2009 and 2010, according to the International Confederation of Trade Unionists. More than 80 percent of murders of trade unionists worldwide during those two years took place in the Americas.
Defenders working on land and environmental issues related to extractive industries such as gold mining were more at risk in the Americas than in any other region, according to the United Nations. Many were indigenous people or women.
Some of the countries that will be represented at the Summit of the Americas this weekend in Cartagena, Colombia, are more dangerous for defenders than others. Every eight days a human rights defender was killed in Colombia in 2011. Nineteen journalists have been killed in Honduras since the June 2009 coup, and 45 people associated with peasant organizations in Bajo Aguán have been murdered in the last two years. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has also singled out Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela as especially dangerous for defenders.
Who is behind the violence? Sometimes it is government agents, including police or military; in other cases, it is paramilitary groups, private security or organized crime. LGBT activists are killed as part of "social cleansing" campaigns, often by police. Sometimes the violence appears to be related to companies facing organizing drives or involved in controversial large-scale development projects.
This past December, I joined an international verification mission on defenders in Colombia, which heard direct testimony that people received death threats for protesting mining operations they feared would damage their communities.
Human rights defenders and journalists in Latin America face harassment by governments of all political stripes: from being jailed on baseless charges (Colombia, Cuba) and subjected to illegal surveillance (Colombia) to newspaper editors who are sued by government officials (Ecuador).
What should Latin American governments do to protect human rights defenders? Where there are widespread risks, governments should establish protection programs. Colombia has such a program, although it needs improvement. Mexico has agreed to establish a mechanism, but needs to effectively do so. Honduras and Guatemala urgently need to open protection programs.
Defenders say the most important action the state can take is investigate and prosecute the attacks against them. Yet most murders of defenders, and nearly all death threats, remain in impunity. At the very least, defenders ask that their governments to refrain from jailing and harassing them. For governments to just say the right words by publicly affirming the legitimacy of human rights work.
Latin American governments should take advantage of human rights support and monitoring provided by the United Nations and the OAS. It is disturbing that governments such as Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela have recently tried to limit the role of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.
The U.S. government should speak out more for defenders in the Americas. It has an absolute obligation to take action, including enforcing human rights conditions, when police and military forces receiving U.S. aid endanger defenders.
President Obama should refuse to greenlight the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement because the Labor Action Plan both governments signed is not yet fulfilled. Twenty-nine trade unionists were killed in Colombia in 2011, and the Colombian government is not yet doing enough to enforce labor rights and protect trade unionists from violence, including effectively prosecuting the threats and attacks against them.
The Canadian government must address the reality that many of the struggles around mining operations that give rise to threats and attacks against defenders involve Canadian-based companies.
There is always rhetoric about democratic values at these summits. Yet real democratic values include the space for people to defend their rights on a daily basis.
Presidents at the Summit: Protect your human rights defenders.

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian authorities said Tuesday that they've been frustrated in their attempts to file criminal charges against the young father of a baby born two weeks ago to a 10-year-old ethnic Wayuu girl.
That's because the Wayuu people have their own justice system and rarely cooperate with agents of the Colombian state in such matters, said Maria Gladys Pabon, chief prosecutor in Riohacha, the regional capital.
Under Colombian law, any sexual relations with a child age 14 or younger is a crime punishable by at least nine years in prison.
But legal and indigenous affairs experts say that under Colombia's 1991 constitution the Wayuu have jurisdiction.
The girl, who cannot be identified by law, gave birth on March 29 via Caesarean section and is one of the youngest mothers on record.
The father, who authorities say is 15, also cannot be identified.
The baby weighed 5.6 pounds (2.6 kilos) and measured 14.5 inches (47 centimeters), said Dr. Fabio Gonzalez, who delivered the child in a private clinic in Riohacha, on the Guajira peninsula in Colombia's northeast coast.
"She barely understood what was happening" at the moment of birth, Gonzalez told The Associated Press by phone. He said he had to operate because at that age the pelvis is still growing "and it's too small for the fetus to pass through the vaginal canal."
He said the mother, who was discharged from the clinic in good health, is also relatively short at 4 feet, 7 inches (142 centimeters).
When nurses took the newborn to her mother "it was as if a doll was being given to her," said Gonzalez. "She has no idea. She doesn't understand anything and that's normal," he added.
The doctor said it was not the first time he had delivered the baby of a 10-year-old girl. He said he had a similar case last year.
In the latest case, the girl's parents took her to the clinic from their hometown of Manuare.
A Wayuu tribal leader, Rosa Iguaran, told the AP that the parents were refusing to speak to the news media out of shame.
She said the incident was also painful for the Wayuu, who number about 350,000 and mostly live in the Colombia-Venezuela border region but that they don't consider that the girl was raped but rather that the baby was conceived in consensual sex.
It will be up to the parents of both the boy and girl to decide whether the two should be married and what the boy's family owes the girl's family, whether it be "necklaces, cows, goats, whatever the family agrees on," said Iguaran.
Pabon, the prosecutor, said the family of the girl has refused to cooperate with her in her investigation.
She said she would not seek to arrest the father of the newborn without speaking with Wayuu leaders.
Colombian constitutional law experts say such cases are always very complicated.
Former Constitutional Court magistrate Rodrigo Escobar told the AP that "what the Indians can't do is submit a defendant to degrading treatment or the death penalty."
The world's youngest mother in a medically documented case was Lina Medina of Peru, who in 1939 produced an infant at the age of 5 years, 8 months, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Associated Press writers Cesar Garcia and Vivian Sequera contributed to this report.

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The problems of President Barack Obama to confront the crisis of home foreclosures show the slow real estate debt is recovered from the recession pr ...

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Dominican President Leonel Fernandez explained Wednesday at the UN a proposal to eliminate speculation in global markets for food and oil.

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. nonprofit housing advocates has filed a discrimination complaint against Wells Fargo, accusing the nation's largest mortgage lender of failing to maintain and market foreclosed properties in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
The National Fair Housing Alliance on Tuesday filed the complaint against San Francisco-based Wells Fargo and Co. and Wells Fargo Bank with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Wells Fargo said in a statement that disputed the claim. It said it conducts all lending practices in a fair and consistent manner without regard to race. The bank services one out of every six home loans in the United States.
The federal Fair Housing Act requires banks, investors, servicers and other parties to maintain and market homes without regard to race or ethnicity.
The advocacy group began investigating the conditions of bank-owned properties in 2010. It looked more than 200 homes in a handful of cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Dayton, Ohio, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oakland, Calif., Philadelphia and Washington.
Bank-owned homes in white communities were treated in a "far superior manner," the complaint alleges. Those homes were 33 percent more likely to be marketed with a professional "For Sale" sign than homes in black or Hispanic communities.
Nationwide, about 2.7 million homeowners faced foreclosure last year.

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Last weekend, my 14-year-old daughter, Michaela, and I were en route to Easter Sunday mass in Acapulco. We were stopped, harassed, threatened, and detained by eight soldiers in battle fatigues brandishing automatic weapons. At first, I was merely concerned; after all, we were traveling with RFK Human Rights Award Laureate Abel Barrera and his legal team, among the brightest lawyers in Mexico. Our attorneys immediately cited four articles of the Mexican constitution that the infantry lieutenant violated. After establishing that we were an international human rights organization, the lieutenant responsible for the checkpoint maliciously demanded to inspect our belongings for narcotics, he raged menacing, "I am the authority, I have the power." At that moment, my heart stopped.
The day before I had sat in awe at the courage of José Rubio as he told us about his brother, Bonfilio, who was murdered by the Mexican military at another illegal roadblock, not unlike this one. Like tens of thousands of men and women from La Montaña, the poorest region in the poorest state of Mexico, Bonfilio had left his indigenous community intent on landing a job in the United States during the growing season. Forty minutes after he boarded the bus on June 20, 2009, infantry soldiers stopped the vehicle to search for drugs but found none; when the bus driver confronted them for the stop, they became enraged.
As the bus pulled away, the soldiers opened fire, killing Bonfilio, who had fallen asleep in the last seat. When the driver pulled to a stop, the army, seeing the corpse, decided to conduct a second search. This time, they claimed they "discovered" five bales of marijuana beneath passenger seats. They give no explanation as to how they missed the five shoebox-sized bales on the first inspection.
Over the past three years, José has been harassed and visited at home in the middle of the night by soldiers dressed in civilian clothes. He has been offered bribes, threatened with death, and pressured by family and friends who were threatened and bribed themselves, all in a campaign to get José to drop charges against the military for his brother's wrongful death.
This is the pattern that those who seek to enforce basic human rights protections can expect in La Montaña. But, because of his extraordinary courage, José Rubio has achieved something extraordinary for his brother and his countrymen: The Rubio case is the first in which a federal court has ruled that a human rights violation committed by the military must be tried by civilian, rather than military, court.
Unfortunately, instead of accepting civilian jurisdiction, the military has appealed.
Today, Mexico faces a turning point. Will the long history of military impunity prevail? Or will the executive, judicial, and legislative branches finally live up to the promises they have made to the international community and their own citizens, and ensure that cases of military abuse of civilians are tried fairly in civilian courts?
In 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in the cases of indigenous human rights defenders Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo, who were raped and tortured by soldiers in retaliation for their community's activism; the court stated that Mexico must try such cases in civilian court. In response, the Supreme Court of Mexico confirmed the Inter-American Court decision. On Dec. 9, 2011, President Calderon, along with the Attorney General, publicly stated their support of the measures.
The Rubio case is the first time that the Supreme Court and the president have had their resolve tested, and the military appears determined to maintain the status quo and act above the law.
President Calderon should make a strong and unequivocal public statement clarifying his support for civilian jurisdiction in cases of military abuse of civilians. Furthermore, he should immediately instruct the military prosecutor to stop appealing cases on jurisdictional grounds.
Mexico's Congress should pass pending legislation that would require all cases of military abuse against civilians to be tried under civilian jurisdiction. And the President should state that he will immediately sign the legislation into law.
The Supreme Court should deny the appeal of the military and establish binding jurisprudence that all cases of military abuse against civilian will be tried in civilian courts.
Through the Mérida Initiative, the United States has supported the Mexican military's narco-trafficking reform efforts to the tune of $1.6 billion since 2008. We should make clear that we believe that illegal road blocks, harassment, unlawful detention, and other abuses of civilian rights undermine faith in the institution of the military and are unacceptable.
On Sunday, I experienced what few leaders in Mexico's elite know: the fear of a military that turns its power on the very people it has vowed to protect, the rage engendered when that power is challenged, and the arbitrary nature of its wrath.
The next day, Michaela and I were able to continue with our plans to visit the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Our ordeal lasted about 30 minutes, but for many Mexican human rights defenders, confronting the military does not end so well. It is time to rehabilitate the reputation of the Mexican military. Ending impunity will be the first step.

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An average of 14 planes per year are stolen in Colombia, presumably by drug traffickers making their way north through Central America, Colombian media reported Tuesday.
The news came to light after a small plane owned by the Aerocapital corporation disappeared after taking off from Bogot&aacute's El Dorado airport.

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WASHINGTON -- Alabama Republican lawmakers announced a bill last week that would revise the state's immigration law. Opponents of the law aren't impressed, and are pushing Democrats in the state house to vote against the bill.
The amendments to Alabama's H.B. 56, which allows government officials to inquire about immigration status in a number of situations, are meant to address concerns from the business, faith and law enforcement communities.
But some of those changes would expand police powers to make arrests or inquiries about immigration status -- the opposite of the changes many rights groups that are critical of the law had requested. The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice Leaders, a group of organizations that oppose the law, are encouraging Democrats in the state legislature to hold out for a better bill to amend the law, representatives told reporters on a press call Tuesday.
"We continue to see the fear in the economy ... We know that [the proposed revision bill] is not going to do anything but continue to target [undocumented immigrants]," Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, said on the call. "We have got to push back and not even consider a tweak, but a total repeal of H.B. 56."
The bill tucks some expansions of police power into provisions that in other ways would limit police action. For example, the new bill proposes that police would be able to ask for proof of immigration status only when making an arrest or, for drivers, only when issuing a ticket, should they have "reasonable" suspicion that the person in question is undocumented. The current law allows for immigration status questions on any type of stop.
That may be a step in the right direction, opponents of the law said on Tuesday, but it doesn't resolve the problem entirely, given the numerous reasons police can give for a traffic citation. And in the same section, the proposed changes would actually expand police authority, allowing them to ask about immigration status of everyone in the car rather than simply the driver.
Another proposed amendment to the immigration law would stiffen the penalty and limitations for legal residents who help undocumented immigrants with transportation. Men and women without legal status cannot obtain driver's licenses within the state of Alabama, meaning that many need to be driven by citizens or legal residents to avoid driving without a license or registration.
In H.B. 56, driving 10 or more undocumented immigrants would be against the law. But in the amendments, that number is cut down to five. That change would allow a larger number of men and women to be arrested for a felony if they drive their family members or people they want to help, Angie Wright, pastor at Greater Birmingham Ministries, said on the call with reporters.
"The law has been made more harsh," she said. "As a pastor or even as an individual, if I give five people a ride to the grocery store or to work or to a clinic, I could be charged with a felony, which would send me to prison for 10 years."
Zayne Smith, coordinator of the "One Family, One Alabama" campaign of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, told reporters that the law would also fail to address business concerns, especially those of smaller businesses and farms. The bill would still require the use of E-Verify, a federal program that checks the immigration status of potential employees, which opponents say imposes significant costs in time and money and harms small businesses.
Smith admitted that there is an "uphill battle" for repeal, particularly in the current legislative session. The bill to amend the law may also be difficult to stop: It has support from many Republicans, including those who control the state legislature and Gov. Robert Bentley (R), all of whom have vowed not to weaken the law.
Still, opponents say they will keep fighting to end the law entirely.
"We cannot be satisfied and we will not be satisfied until our state, the state of Alabama treats us all as equal," Bernard Simelton, president of the NAACP Alabama State Conference, told reporters.

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