Archive for June, 2010

Puerto Rico’s government requires rebirth of all its citizens

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Newscast Media — Starting July, Puerto Rico’s government will issue new birth certificates to all Puerto Ricans in an effort to curb identity theft. The U.S. territory is home to 3.9 million inhabitants with an additional 1.4 million Puerto Ricans living in the U.S.

After pressure from the U.S. government, legislators in Puerto Rico voted to nullify all existing birth certificates and replace them with the new ones that are more tamper-resistant. The U.S State Department found that 40 percent of fake U.S. passports can be traced back to forged Puerto Rican birth certificates.

In the U.S., Latino groups are oppose the move to reissue birth certificates as unncessary, and consider it one more hassle they will have to deal with as they reapply for new ones. The old birth certificates will be invalid as of September 30, 2010. Puerto Rico was a Spanish territory, but was captured by Americans and has been part of U.S land since 1898.

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Russian government condemns arrest of alleged spies

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Newscast Media — The Russian government has condemned the FBI’s arrest of 11 secret agents as “deplorable” at a tine when The Kremlin is trying to improve relations with Washington. The defendants have been classified as “illegals” working deep undercover with false identities, to infiltrate U.S. government policy-making circles.

The scandal comes just days after Russian president Medvedev met with Obama, on a visit designed to portray improved relations between Russia and the U.S.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said, “The only thing I can say today is that the moment for making the arrests has been chosen with special elegance.” Each of the 10 was charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Court papers allege that the defendants led ordinary lives”deepening” their false identities by taking ordinary jobs, living as married couples, having children and even trying to buy homes in the US.

Prosecutors claim: “Illegals will sometimes pursue degrees at target-country universities, obtain employment, and join relevant professional associations; these activities deepen an illegal’s ‘legend’.”

“Illegals often operate in pairs – being placed together by Moscow Centre while in Russia, so that they can live together and work together in a host country, under the guise of a married couple.”

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Germany vs. Argentina July 3, in the most anticipated match of the World Cup

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Newscast Media — Germany will put to test the undefeated Argentinian team this Saturday July 3. It was at this stage in the world cup of 2006 that Germany beat Argentina, but will history repeat itself?

Known for precise and mathematically astute passing of the ball and ball control, Germany has a rich history of soccer legends. From the days of Gerd Müller “The bomber,” to the 80s with Karl Heinz Rummennigge, the German team has a wealth of mentors for its young team in the 2010 world cup.

The Argentinians have a star-studded lineup lead by 23-year old Lionel Messi, whom Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger called, “Unstoppable, the best player in the world by some distance.” Their coach, the legendary Diego Maradonna, known for temper tantrums against journalists, has vowed revenge against Germany for what they did to Argentina in 2006.

Maradonna went on to say, “Why should I think about Germany? I can think about them tomorrow. You all write want you want anyway so you can say whatever you want. Have carte blanche to write whatever you want about what I think about Germany.”

The two teams meet once again in Capetown in what is already brewing into an an exciting spectacle.

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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month starts July 1.

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Newscast Media — Thursday July 1, is the beginning of l Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and officially honors NAMI national spokesperson Bebe Moore Campbell, one of the leading Black writers of the 20th century.

NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick said, “Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for education, support and advocacy.” Fitzpatrick went on further by saying, “One in four Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. Diverse communities are no exception.”

The Surgeon General has warned that minorities
* are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for mental illness.
* have less availability and access to mental health services.
* often receive poorer quality health care.
* are underrepresented in mental health research.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness, and has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

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Princess Abby world’s ugliest dog crowned

Newscast Media — Princess Abby, stray Chihuahua that had been roaming the streets was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog to a cheering audience. The adoptive owner of the dog, Kathleen Francis, was awarded $1,600 and a one year modeling contract from House of Dog.

Her awkward limp-like walk, and her ability to dance of her two hind legs were factors that contributed to Abby’s win. She also is a one-eyed dog, and like Princess Abby, most dogs that are entered into this contest are stray dogs.

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Computer animated movie of Al Gore’s alleged sexual assault goes viral.

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Newscast Media — The mystery masseuse in Portland who accused Al Gore of allegedly assaulting her during a massage session, has inadvertently provided material for animators to create a mini-movie of what happened.

The movie was made by Asian animators and depicts the sequence of events as described in the police report by the masseuse. The video has already gone viral on the Web, and the only thing Al Gore can do at this point is to publicly clarify what happened. A show like The View or Oprah, would help provide a platform for Gore to tell his side of the story. Watch it at

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The Evolution of Street Dance

NewscastMedia – This episode we present to you the origins of modern freestyle dance. Going back to Boogaloo Sam, the Electric Boogaloos, the invention of poppin’ and lockin’ BBoys and BGirls, breaking and waving.

The video presents the difference between the Funk style of Los Angeles and the New York BBoy style. We will look at how Jeffrey Daniel influenced Michael Jackson’s style and how Hip-hop got widely accepted.

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Fans pay tribute to Michael Jackson

Newscast Media — Fans across the world will remember the King of Pop for his contributions to the music industry. It was exactly one year ago that Michael Jackson passed away leaving the entire world stunned when the news broke about his death.

Since his death, there have been many theories floating around including some that have even gone as far as suggesting that it was a hoax.

Nevertheless, he was loved by his fans and family and had several impersonators, who are trying to continue his legacy. Among the most prominent of his impersonators, the one Michael often used as a decoy and fill in during his concert tours, was a man by the name of “Navi.” The main difference is that Navi kicks with his left leg whereas Michael kicks with his right. Perhaps the one who comes closest to the “Gloved One” in looks and dance is E’Cassanova. Michael Jackson was 50 when he passed away.

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Public trusts Facebook and Apple more than the media

Newscast Media — A recent Zogby Interactive study show that the majority of American adults trust social networks than they do the mainstream media. Among other companies that were included in the survey, Microsoft and Google were trusted more, and Apple was the most trusted company. ==> UJVNDNBW7RBP

The study showed that 88 percent of adults trusted the traditional media little or not at all. Only eight percent of adults said they trusted the media.

The implication of this Zogby Interactive study should serve as a wake up call to the media in the way news content is presented to audiences.

Apple leads as the most trusted company with 41 percent among ages 18-29, and 49 percent among adults.

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Canadians march in protest of the G8 and G20 summits

Newscast Media — Newly elected British Prime Minister will face his first political test when he attend the G8 and G20 summits this week in Canada. Already facing the BP oil spill, the economic crisis, and the war in Afghanistan, Cameron will address a global coalition of nations how he plans to contain these crises.

He meets with Obama on Saturday for bilateral talks and it will be the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face since Cameron’s election. The summit is known to draw protests from those who believe the world leaders are attempting to form a one world government.

The Toronto police is on standby and have already arrested a 37-year old female protester for possession of an explosive device.

The G8 meeting begins Thursday, June 24, in Huntsville Ontario and will be followed by the G20 meeting that will take place in Toronto over the weekend.

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FAA approves drone to protect Texas-Mexico border

Newscast Media — According to the Department of Homeland Security the Federal Aviation Agency’s approval of a predator drone on the US-Mexico border is part of the comprehensive immigration reform that the Obama administration is pushing for.

Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson have also been pushing for an unmanned aircraft to patrol the border, and welcome the FFA’s approval of the aircraft.

The drone project is being covered by the $600 million requested by Barack Obama who also says he intends to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the border as reinforcement. The cost of the unmanned aircraft is over $4 million and will be based at a Corpus Christi Naval base.

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Rory Reid won’t use his father’s last name in his campaign

NewscastMedia — With the increasing unpopularity of his father, Rory Reid refuses to mention anything about his connection to his father Harry Reid, the
Majority Leader of the US. Senate. Rory, as he now refers to himself, is running for governor of Nevada and doesn’t want to jeopardize any chance he has of winning, by mentioning he is his father’s son.

Harry Reid himself is facing a tough battle against Sharron Angle who recently painted him as a Washington insider in her first Online ad.

Rory’s campaign Web site has removed anything that might tie him to the Majority Leader, who has now become a huge liability, and hopes Nevadans don’t base their vote on the shortcomings of his father, so for now he will simply refer to himself as Rory.

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Debra Medina on productivity in America — Debra Medina speaks to an audience about her views productivity in America. Medina was the Tea Party candidate in the race for governor of Texas when she ran against Gov. Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

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Debra Medina on property taxes in Texas — Debra Medina speaks to an audience about her views on property ownership and property taxes. Medina was the Tea Party candidate in the race for governor of Texas when she ran against Gov. Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

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Nikki Haley wins S.C. Republican nomination for governor

NewscastMedia — Despite the negative campaigning she faced from her opponents, State Rep. Nikki Haley won the GOP nomination for governor in South Carolina. Should she win the governorship, she will be the first female governor of the state.

Tim Scott, a minority like Haley, also won his race becoming the first black Republican congressman in over a century. Scott and Haley were both endorsed by Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party movement.

Haley was able to endure the vicious racial slurs because of her Indian Sikh origins, despite her conversion to Christianity. She was also able to transcend the allegations of infidelity which she vehemently denied.

“It’s a new day in our state, and I am very blessed to be a part of it,” remarked Haley during her victory speech. Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee Chairman released a statement declaring the times as “exciting” for the GOP. Haley will face Vincent Sheheen (D) in the general election.

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Supreme Court permits the sale of GM seeds before safety tests are done — The Supreme Court has overturned the ban on the sale of genetically modified alfalfa seeds and has cleared they way for Monsanto to sell them even before safety tests have been conducted.

The seeds are used for cattle feed and this particular brand is resistant to Monsanto’s weed killer. Organic farmers and advocacy groups have argued that the genetically modified seed could cross-pollinate and contaminate the naturally grown alfalfa. Monsanto dismissed those fears as unfounded.

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Iran To Send Aid To The Gaza Strip — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has scheduled delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip through Iran’s Red Crescent Society. The Iranian vessel that will be carrying over 1,000 tons of supplies, will leave port Bandar Abbas and travel through the Suez Canal to its final destination Gaza.

Ahmadinejad is known for making controversial statements about Israel and doesn’t recognize it as a nation.

Tel Aviv has not responded as to how they will handle the Iranian vessel as it approaches the Gaza Strip, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Gaza is already bountiful in food and medical supplies.

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Gov. Chris Christie’s Veto Against Millionaire’s Tax Stands — In an effort to override New Jersey Gov. Christie’s veto against an increase in tax for those who earn more than $1 million, Democrats fell short of the votes required to nullify the veto.

The vote was along party lines with all 47 Democrats voting against it and 33 Republicans voting for it. The Democrats were met with resistance because they planned to spend the money earned from taxes on the elderly and disabled, instead of applying it to reduce the state’s budget deficit.

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Teacher charged in videotaped beating of student

sheri lynn davis — Sheri Lynn Davis, 40, the school teacher at Jamie’s House Charter school was charged with injury to a child based on the evidence of the videotaped incident that shocked parents and other teachers at the school. The video shows Davis kicking and punching a 13-year old boy on the April 29.

Three other people were charged including the school’s superintendent and founder, Ollie Hilliard who was charged for failure to report child abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

Davis was fired after the viral video recorded on a cell phone came to the school’s attention, and was aired on television.

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Sharron Angle vs. Harry Reid — In what seems to be a David vs. Goliath story, Sharron Angle is running against Nevada Senator Harry Reid and has gained momentum against her opponent’s campaign.

In her first Web Ad, she points out the flaws in the way the oil spill was handled and how the Democrats spent money bailing out what she emphasized as “Wall Street millionaires.” Her video is very theatrical and is meant to evoke emotion in the viewer.

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