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EU wins Nobel Peace Prize BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission president had no reason to expect anything but another bad day. Then, out of the blue, after three years of back-biting and seemingly daily financial crisis, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent long ravaged by war. It was a badly needed morale boost for a 60year -old union in the midst of a midlife crisis. Even as it announced the award Friday, the Norwegian prize jury warned that the financial crisis challenging the 27-nation bloc’s unity could lead to a retur n to “extremism and nationalism.” It urged Europeans to remember the EU’s role in building peace and reconciliation among enemies who fought Europe’s bloodiest wars, even as they tackle the economic crisis that threatens its future. The award was hailed at EU headquarters in Brussels and by pro-EU leaders across Europe, but derided by “euroskeptics” who consider the EU an elitist super -state that erodes national identities. Emerging for a brief encounter with reporters,
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso was beaming as he declared, “Ladies and gentlemen, I have to say that when I woke up this morning, I did not expect it to be such a good day.” “The Nobel Peace Prize committee and the international community are now sending a very important message to Europe that the European Union is something very precious, that we should cherish it for the good of Europeans and for the good of the entire world,” he said. The announcement was met with negative reactions in debt-ridden countries like Spain and Greece, where many blame Germany and other northern EU neighbors for the painful austerity measures like higher taxes and job cuts they have endured in a so-far failed ef fort to salvage their floundering economies. As the EU grinds toward the three-year mark in its withering financial crisis, problems abound, progress is slow and 25 million people are out of work. The prize will do nothing to balance outof-kilter national budgets
or spur economic growth in Greece or bring down the borrowing costs of some of the weaker countries that use the euro, such as Spain. Nor will it provide solace to the unemployed. Still, there seems little doubt that the European Union has played a major role in bringing peace to a continent that had known precious little of it. Growing out of the devastation of World War II, the premise of the project was that closer economic interdependence would ensure that centuries-old enemies never again turn on each other. The EU is now made up of 500 million people in 27 nations, with others lined up to join. If economic ties once brought peace, they are now putting European unity at risk. The economic crisis has stirred tensions between north and south, caused unemployment to soar and sent hundreds of thousands of people into the streets to protest tax hikes and job cuts. The bloc’s financial disarray is threatening the euro — the common currency used by 17 of its members — and fueling
the group will launch lobbying efforts to repeal the law during the next legislative session. The announcement came after Gov. Susana Martinez said the law has kept New Mexico from complying with a nationwide law imposing security standards for driver’s licenses. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Martinez asked for clarification of what will happen to New Mexico and other states if they fail by 2013 to meet the requirements of the Real ID Act, enacted in 2005. The National Conference of State Legislatures said 17 states have passed laws that prohibit compliance with the Real ID program.
Martinez, who supports a repeal of the New Mexico law, said she intends to press lawmakers again on the move during the next legislative session. In April, sherif fs from New Mexico’s 33 counties organized under the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association to offer deputies advanced training and to build a lobbying force to help change state laws and beef up sheriff’s departments. The group promises to educate sheriffs on budget matters, create a pipeline for developing future law enforcement leaders, and lobby state lawmakers on issues. Marcela Diaz of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based immigrant advo-
the rise of extremist movements such as Golden Dawn in Greece. The party, branded as neoNazi by opponents, has soared in popularity as Greece sinks deeper into a debt-fueled morass. The road ahead remains difficult. European leaders enjoyed a period of relative calm over the summer, when it seemed they had built the more centralized institutions that many economists believe are necessary to the stability of the common currency. The citation noted the democratic reforms the EU demands of nations who join. It referred to Greece, Spain and Portugal, which joined in the 1980s after emerging from dictatorships, and to the talks with Balkan nations seeking membership following bloody wars in the 1990s. Europe’s stumbling economy is making it harder for economies around the world to recover and international policymakers are urging more decisive action from the region’s governments to deal with the crippling debt crisis.
Sheriffs may fight immigrant license law
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A newly for med sherif fs group said Friday it may lobby for the repeal of a New Mexico law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. A number of sherif fs oppose the law, saying it could lead to illegal immigrants using fake addresses, and criminal syndicates getting licenses for those living illegally in the country, said Jack LeVick, executive director of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association. “We just have a whole lot of concerns,” LeVick said. “Different problems keep surfacing for law enforcement here in New Mexico.” LeVick said members will vote in 10 days on whether
Copper thieves at it again
•Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of South Elm Avenue, Thursday, where the complete contents of a central air-conditioning unit were removed from the property. The subjects left the external shell. Replacement and repair costs were estimated at $2,000. •Police responded to a call to 4351 N. Main St., the location of the former Rex Electronics, on Thursday, after subjects removed copper from the building. Police later found the copper under a bush close to the building. The value of the items and the estimated damages were $1,000.
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•Police were called to the 1000 block of North Greenwood Avenue, Thursday, where a woman discovered a female subject sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. When approached by the victim, the subject said she was using the cigarette lighter. Then she ran down Pecan Drive. The subject is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall with long brown hair. She was wearing a grey sweatshirt and bluejeans. Anyone having information about these or any other crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 888-594-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
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cacy organization, said she’s not surprised that the new group would lobby to repeal the driver’s license law, since some sheriffs did the same during the last legislative session. She said immigrant advocates don’t see how repealing the law would make the state safer since it would mean law enforcement wouldn’t be able to keep track of immigrants at all. “This is being framed as a political issue not a policy issue,” Diaz said. “We would be happy to work with law enforcement on fraud issues.” Diaz said a coalition of immigration advocates, religious leaders and students also plans to lobby to keep the law.
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college to qualify for a bachelor’s degree in America, 40 hours primarily in U.S. history and government. Then she took the additional classes to get a teaching certification. Jager does not mention her accomplishments, accomplishments achieved through adversity. She received her initial bachelor’s in business administration from Turku. Then she decided she had no penchant for business. She speaks six languages: Finnish, her native tongue, which is a Siberian dialect known as Suomi; Swedish; English; Ger man; French and Spanish. She believes language creates barriers between people. She is all about tearing barriers down. In her quest to remove barriers, she translated books from English to Finnish and from Finnish to English. “You need to look for the common denominators between people. Get to know your neighbors. We must work together for the sake of the children. People need to lear n from each other. It’s no good to be alone. It’s not good to isolate yourself.” Her youngest son was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 14; he died at the age of 18. “When my son got sick, I lost everything. I had spent all my savings.” Even then, she did not quit. “I went back to Finland for one year and got a certificate as a tour guide,” she said. This provided her with a summer job when she visited her family. At the age of 64, she received a master’s in education from ENMU. Jager will be 65 when she goes through the graduation ceremony. During the winter, she works as a substitute teacher, teaching all grades. “Finland is all about education. The Lutheran church mandated that men and women had to be able to read and write before they got married,” she said. “It is important to know your roots.” Jager explained the country’s history. Finland was under Swedish control for 600 years and Russian control for nearly 100. It has been independent for 65 years. “It is a country surrounded by stronger neighbors, but even if there is
oppression, there is always something to learn.” Finland’s involvement in World War II was limited to defensive action against the Soviet Union. Stalin attacked Finland in 1939 in what is known as the 100 Days Winter War. Her family history is intimately interwoven with the history of the country as family members found their villages under siege by the Russians and burned by German soldiers during their retreat from the Russian Theater. Her family remains in Finland. Her mother is 99. She goes to visit every summer. Her mother lives in Naantali, which means Valley of Grace. The town was built around the Brigittine Convent, an order found by St. Bridget of Sweden, who lived in the 12th century. At a time when few questioned the Catholic Church, St. Bridget wrote, “God is disgusted by the fall and ruin of his holy church.” Jager values her Finnish heritage, but she also loves her adoptive home, America, something she learned from her father who worked as pulp and paper engineer and traveled in the United States and Canada. “He grew to love this country. He’d seen small-town America and knew how hard working Americans are.” She came to the U.S. the first time as a foreign exchange student in Arlington Heights, Ill. Jager speaks ardently about the benefits of living in America. “America is a most generous country. There’s religious freedom and freedom of enterprise ... and here an old woman can go back to school to get an education. In a lot of countries, you can’t do that.” She was able to provide the benefits for her sons that her family had provided for her when she was growing up. Both sons spent time as exchange students in South Korea. “What I’d like people to understand is education is the key, perseverance is the key. ... The life of an immigrant is not always easy, spiritual life is not easy but people cannot give up. After all, God created everyone and everything. We are all God’s creatures, and I want people to appreciate all life and appreciate the differences between cultures.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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A still smoking-hot tree branch that was struck by lightning during an early morning thunderstorm rests atop a fence gate at 1708 N. Lea, Friday.
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