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SundayAugust 22, 2010

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Tropical Storm Frank forming off Mexico

Tropical Storm Frank is packing winds of 50 mph, heading west at 7 mph and less than 140 miles south-southeast of Puerto Angel, Mexico. 

Frank is expected to move parallel to the southern coast of Mexico and may become a hurricane in the next couple days.

Mexico has issued a tropical storm warning for the coast from Puerto Angel west to Punta Maldonado

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(Mexico City) Mentos + Soda = Guinness World Record -VIDEO

Saturday a crowd of nearly 2500 gathered in Mexico City to beat out China for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.  The event involved coordinating the crowd of 2433 people so that they would simultaneously drop Mentos candies into a bottle of soda.

When the Mentos are dropped into a 2-liter bottle of soda, a reaction occurs and the soda shoots up to two meters in the air. China has held the record since June when 2,175 people participated in their experiment.

“It was great, everyone was excited and they could tell they were here and they wanted to be a part of history and once all those fountains erupted it was just incredible to see,” Guinness World Records adjudicator, Mike Janela, said.

Participants of all ages were involved and most were left drenched in soda.

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Naked, Bloody Protesters Against Bullfights in Bilbao (VIDEO)

Anti-bullfighting campaigners have chosen the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao for a bare-flesh protest against the annual celebration of the matador in the Basque city in northern Spain.  Some 100 activists played dead in the form of a giant bull, their stripped bodies painted black and red.

Animal rights group Anima Naturalis director Alicia Gascon said: “We believe that, after the Catalan parliament’s decision last month to ban bullfighting in the region of Catalonia, communities like the Basque Region could also do it. Basque society is becoming more sensitive, rejecting animal mistreatment.”

The Catalan move to outlaw the centuries-old tradition was a first in mainland Spain.


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EU Se Ofrece a Recibir a Disidentes Cubanos Acogidos por España

La secretaria de Estado de Estados Unidos, Hillary Clinton, sostuvo ayer una conversación telefónica con el ministro de Exteriores de España, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, a quien expresó su “satisfacción” por las excarcelaciones de 26 disidentes cubanos, los que ha acogido el gobierno español, además de transmitirle la disposición de Washington de recibir, “dentro de la normativa vigente”, a aquellos presos políticos que quieran viajar a EU, informaron fuentes diplomáticas españolas.

Según la fuente, la funcionaria estadunidense felicitó al canciller español por el desarrollo del diálogo entre la Iglesia católica cubana y el gobierno de Raúl Castro que está dando sus “frutos” con estas liberaciones de presos de conciencia, agregaron las fuentes.

En Miami, Estados Unidos, ya se encuentra el disidente cubano Ariel Sigler, quien salió de la cárcel en junio pasado con una licencia extrapenal como el que se considera primer resultado del diálogo entre la Iglesia y el gobierno cubanos, donde recibe atención médica con una visa humanitaria.

Read more at La Cronica de Hoy →

Brazil Continues to Struggle in Providing Basic Services to its Citizens

As Brazil celebrates becoming the 8th largest economy in the world and being chosen for the 2016 Summer Olympics, 18% of its population live without sewage systems or running water.

Approximately 35 million Brazilian’s have little to no basic sanitation service in their homes and 28% of Brazilian cities do not have waste treatment services thereby depositing it in an open dump.  The Amazonian regions of Rondonia and Pariba suffer the most with little running water and no sewage systems available to them. 

The Brazilian government continues to address the problem; each year more and more Brazilian are being provided basic services.  The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics reports that the numbers of those not receiving basic services are much lower since 2000.


Read more at La Prensa →

U.S. Shuts Down Border Access from Texas due to Weekend Violence in Mexico

As the result of a shootout between Mexican police and armed gunmen in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico the U.S. government closed the highway from El Paso, Texas to Mexico and roads that run along the border.  The U.S. Border Patrol issued the shut down order “in the interest of public safety” and it was the first time access to streets within El Paso were closed due to violence occurring in Mexico. 

The gun battle in Mexico occurred some 30 feet away from the U.S. side, however, no injuries were reported in the U.S. or stray bullets entering Texas.  The incident started when gunmen fired on the local police in Juarez resulting in one dead gunman and three Mexican police officers injured.

A similar incident occurred last June in the same area resulting in stray bullets landing in El Paso.  In spite of Ciudad Juarez being one of the deadliest in Mexico with 1,860 murders, El Paso is one of the safest in the U.S. reporting three homicides thus far this year.

Read more at Yahoo News →

SundayAugust 22, 2010