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MondayMarch 7, 2011

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Marc Anthony Joins Cast of TNT’s Hawthorne with Jada Pinkett Smith

Grammy-winning recording artist and actor Marc Anthony has joined the cast of TNT’s HAWTHORNE, the drama series starring and executive-produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. Anthony will reprise the newly expanded role of Police Detective Nick Renata, the character he introduced as a guest star in two episodes last season. HAWTHORNE is scheduled to return for its third season this June.

As a recording artist, Anthony has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide, making him the top-selling salsa artist of all time. He has been awarded numerous gold and platinum record certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His Grammy accolades began with a 1998 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Performance for “Contra La Corriente,” followed with a 1999 Latin Grammy for Song of the Year for “Dimelo.” In 2004 he earned a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album for Amar Sin Mentiras and a Latin Grammy for Best Salsa Album for Valio la Pena. He won his third Latin Grammy for the 2008 album El Cantante.

Last summer, the Miami Dolphins minority owner released his latest album, Iconos, an all-Spanish ballad collection produced with Julio Reyes. The platinum album held the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks and earned him his 12th Latin Grammy nomination.

Anthony’s acting career includes roles in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead and Tony Scott’s Man on Fire. Starring opposite wife Jennifer Lopez, Anthony played Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe in Leon Ichaso’s biopic El Cantante. He also starred opposite Salma Hayek in the television film In the Time of the Butterflies. In 1997, Anthony made his Broadway debut in Paul Simon’s musical The Capeman.

HAWTHORNE premiered on TNT in summer 2009. Last summer, the second season averaged 3.7 million viewers and ranked as one of cable’s top scripted series among women.

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72 Hours in Juarez Leaves 53 Murdered Throughout City, 150 thus Far in March

Last week from Thursday through Saturday Ciudad Juarez left its residents in shock again at the scope of violence it is plagued with.  Over the 72 hour period, 53 people were killed and amongst the dead were a police officer, a municipal patrolman and a state investigator.

In the month of March, which is only in its 7th day there have been 150 people killed thus far.  The culprits remain the warring Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels that operate in the region.

The bloody 72-hours started Thursday when 14 people were killed followed by Friday when 20 people were killed, several people died in gun battles with AK-47. On Saturday 19 people were killed, several at a party in the La Cuesta neighborhood.

Sadly, 5 people were killed yesterday which in Juarez is a quiet day.

Read more at El Paso Times →

Report Reveals Over 90 Oil Spills In Peruvian Amazon in the Last 3 Years

Report Reveals Over 90 Oil Spills In Peruvian Amazon in the Last 3 Years

Photo: The crude from the July 29 2010 spill flows down the stream into the river.

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This report by the Federation of Indigenous Communities of the Corrientes River (FECONACO) and Peruvian NGO Shinai documents the ongoing impacts of oil drilling in Oil Blocks 1-AB and 8 in the Northern Peruvian Amazon. A team of monitors from the indigenous Achuar and Urarina communities on the Corrientes River documented 18 major crude oil spills in 2010 and over 90 spills over the last three years, directly affecting dozens of miles of rivers and streams and vast stretches of forest. Blocks 1-AB and 8 are currently operated by Argentine company Pluspetrol. Block 1-AB was operated by Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) from 1971 to 2000 and is the subject of ongoing litigation by communities Imagealleging the company severely contaminated the environment for nearly 30 years.

An independent study by consultancy E-Tech International also identified serious failures in the clean-up of contaminated sites left by Oxy when they sold Block 1-AB to Pluspetrol over a decade ago. The community monitors also identified over 90 legacy contamination sites left by Oxy’s operations that are not within the clean-up plan agreed upon with Pluspetrol as part of the Block’s sale.

Read more at Amazon Watch →

Penelope Cruz Wants her Brother To Break Up With “B-List Actress” Eva Longoria Before is Too Late

Penelope Cruz Wants her Brother To Break Up With “B-List Actress” Eva Longoria Before is Too Late

Photo: Penélope Cruz, not a fan of Eva Longoria at all.

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We have been wondering for a while if it’s true that Eva Longoria is rebounding from her messy divorce with basketball star Tony Parker, with Penélope Cruz’s little brother, Eduardo.

Well, according to the National Enquirer, it is not only true, but it’s Penélope Cruz’s worst nightmare:

“Penelope Cruz is terrified that Eva Longoria is going to break the heart of her little brother Eduardo - and she’s begging him to dump Eva ASAP! Eduardo and Eva began dating in January, just two months after Eva filed for divorce from her basketball star hubby of three years, Tony Parker.

“Penelope is worried that the romance is nothing more than a rebound fling for Eva,” revealed the source. “Penelope is worried Eduardo will get his heart broken when Eva moves on to her next flavor of the month.”

What’s worse, Penelope suspects Eva is using Eduardo to try to get close to her and Javier Bardem because she thinks the couple can help get her film roles.

“Penelope believes Eva is nothing more than a fame-hungry, bad B-list actress who is using Eduardo in an effort to further her career… Penelope doesn’t understand why Eduardo is settling for a woman nearly 10 years older - especially one who failed so spectacularly at her last relationship. She thinks Eduardo can do much better than Eva. She’s always reminding him that he’s young, gorgeous and successful and that he could have his pick of women,” said the source.

Eva has reportedly been pushing Eduardo to arrange get-togethers with Penelope and her husband to try to win them over, but the source says Penelope isn’t interested.

“Penelope has no desire to get chummy with Eva,” the source added. “And she wishes she’d leave her baby brother alone, too.”

Ouch, Longoria! Sorry to take sides here, but we’re going to go with the one that is playing the big sister role, and definitely not the one rebounding with someone half her age.
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Sorry, Charlie! Sheen Officially Fired From “Two and a Half Men”

Sorry, Charlie! Sheen Officially Fired From “Two and a Half Men”

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The now-former star of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” has just been officially fired.

Warner Bros. Television announced today the ever erratic actor has been fired, stating, “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services from ‘Two and a Half Men’ effective immediately.”

Though no statement has been made on the future of the show, it is now clear that, if it should continue, it will do so without Mr. Sheen.

Just hours before it was announced, Sheen, via his Twitter account, announced he was looking for an intern. The tweet was apparently a paid-for endorsement from Internships.com. It was arranged by start-up ad.ly.

Ad.ly connects celebrities with advertisers for social media ads, and Sheen signed with the company after they set him up with his now uber-popular Twitter account last week. Sheen now has over 2 million followers on Twitter, and actually set a record for this quickly-rising number of followers.

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Alberto Granado of ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ Fame and Travel Companion of Che Guevara Dies at 88 in Cuba

Alberto Granado of ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ Fame and Travel Companion of Che Guevara Dies at 88 in Cuba

Photo: Alberto Granado, Travel Companion of Ché Guevara died.

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At the end of December 1951, Che Guevara and Granado, six years older than “Fuser” as Guevara was known before “Che” set in, left their homeland, Argentina for a long-planned motorcycle adventure to see more of their continent.

Six decades and three months later, “In today’s morning hours in the capital, comrade Alberto Granado, the close friend of Comandante Ernest Guevara, died at age 88,” announced a Cuban TV station.

Alberto Granado Jimenez was born in Hernando, Argentina, on August 8 1922. His father was a clerk for the railways and was a part of trade unions. When the military took power in 1930, Granado Sr.  was advised to leave Cordoba, where he and his three sons had been living, and resettled in Villa Constitucion. Young Alberto stayed in Cordoba and was raised by his grandparents. In 1940 he went up to the city’s university and studied Chemistry and Biochemistry. It was around that time when he met Guevara, who had moved to Cordoba with his family, in the hope that the mountain air would help his asthma.

ImageAsked in an interview a few years back about his friendship and time on the road with “Che,” Granado said: “We hit it off well.”  “When there was talk about politics, disease and what not, we almost always shared a similar view.”

In 1978 Granado published “Con el Che por Sudameric”, his version of the diary he had kept of his journey with Guevara, whose own account of it had already become a posthumous bestseller.

Granado’s diary was translated into English in 2003 as Traveling with Che Guevara, and on that same year he was and advisor for the film The Motorcycle Diaries, which based on both books.

Cuban media said Granado’s body was taken to a funeral home in Havana and, “according to his wishes,” his remains will be cremated and the ashes spread across parts of Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela.

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Catholic Church Announces Release of Additional Cuban Prisoners

The Catholic Church announced the release of eight prisoners at the conclusion of its dialogue with the Government of President Raul Castro. Among the released detainees is Pedro Argüelles, a member of the group of 75 dissidents arrested in March 2003 during the so-called “Primavera Negra”. Argüelles, considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, was director of the dissident cooperative of independent journalists and may remain in Cuba after his release from prison. He was serving a prison sentence of 20 years. After his release, only four detainees in the “Group of 75” will remain in custody, too reluctant to go into exile once released from prison.

The spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Havana, Orlando Marquez, also announced the release and transfer to Spain of seven other detainees, who are not members of the opposition movement: Ricardo Lázaro Chacón, Luis Caro, Antonio Rodríguez, Agustín Cervantes, Ricardo Galván, Luis Mariano Delis and Yoel Rodríguez. These prisoners were convicted for crimes of “piracy”, “insults”, “threats” and “illegal attempt to leave the country,” among others. Five of them appear on the list of political prisoners prepared by the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, an illegal but tolerated body.

According to Orlando Marquez, from the beginning of July until now “85 prisoners have accepted the proposal to leave prison and move to Spain.” When the release process began, there were 52 prisoners in the “Primavera Negra” group: 40 went to Spain with their families, while the rest refused exile. In January, the Church gave its support to economic reforms by President Raul Castro, and announced the release of other political prisoners in 2011, thus reaffirming the importance of her role after decades of tensions with the Government of Cuba.

Read more at Agenzia Fides →

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Sambas While Husband Tom Brady Watches at Carnaval in Rio

ImageThe couple was seen cozy at the carnival, where she had her own giant float with the theme of ‘Hair’.  It is the first time the Brazilian beauty parades in her own Carnival float which is a big honor.

Bundchen showed off her spectacular figure and samba moves atop a giant float in Rio’s renowned Sambadrome during one of Carnival’s key events.

Joining her on the float was her mother Valdir and sisters-in-law Nancy and Julie Brady, who took some last minute samba lessons at the Vila Isabel Samba School, according to a tweet on Bundchen’s account. 

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While Many Migrants Are Returning to Mexico, Fewer Head Into the U.S., says Mexico Census

While Many Migrants Are Returning to Mexico, Fewer Head Into the U.S., says Mexico Census

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According to recent census data, between 2005 and 2010, the number of migrants leaving Mexico for the U.S. has dropped by about two-thirds, and the number of those returning is increasing.

The 2010 Census reportedly shows “a net outflow of about 145,000 Mexicans leaving the country per year” between 2005 and 2010. Between 2000 and 2005 however, the number leaving peaked at around 450,000 a year, and 240,000 a year from 1995 to 2000.

According to the Eduardo Sojo, the National Statistic and Geography Institute’s board president, the number of immigrants returning to Mexico has almost doubled over the last ten years, primarily in the second half of the decade.

Sojo estimated that about 31 percent of migrants who left Mexico in the last five years had returned, compared to 17 percent in 2000. He said it has a lot to do with the downturn of the U.S. economy, as well as the increase in U.S. border enforcement.

Sojo added that the slowing growth rate of the Mexican population likely plays a part in the decreasing outflow of Mexicans. In 2000, 34.1 percent of the population was under the age of 15, but in 2010, only 29.3 percent was, meaning that the number of children being born is declining.

“In effect, we have seen a decline in the population in some municipalities in the north of the country,” Sojo said. “We asked the census takers in the area what the reason was, and in many cases the reason was people migrating out of these townships ... we cannot venture a guess as to the reasons,” but it is widely assumed that the drug cartel violence in northern Mexico has spread the residents elsewhere.

Read more at El Paso Times →

Judge Modifies Murder Suspect’s Home Confinement To Coach Little League

Anthony Colandra, of New York, is a suspect in a double murder and an alleged gangster but that didn’t stop a judge from allowing him more time out from home confinement.

The 41 year-old is suspected in participating in the double gangland killing of John Minerva and Michael Imbergamo back in 1992.  Federal agents charged him with lying about what he knew about those crimes and his involvement.  His punishment was house arrest and a $500,000 bail.

Since then he has obtained a job as a janitor at a local Catholic school and now wants to coach his nine-year’s base ball team on Sunday and Monday. 

Brooklyn magistrate Ramon Reyes clearly believes in redemption and having fathers involved in their children’s lives so he agreed to allow Colandra to leave his house to work and coach little league for two hours.  This same judge agreed to let Colandra marry last month at the church where he works. 

Judge Reyes defends his actions by stating that Colandra is only charged with lying  

Read more at Daily Mail →

Comcast Launches Spanish-Language Video-On-Demand with Sofia Vergara as Spokesperson

Comcast Corporation today announced the launch of Xfinity TV in Spanish, a cross-platform entertainment experience that delivers the widest array of Spanish-language choices available anywhere, anytime – on TV, On Demand and online. As part of this comprehensive offering, the company has introduced www.XfinityTV.com/latinoTV, a new Internet destination with access to hundreds of Spanish-language movies and shows online free to Comcast digital customers.

In addition, Comcast has more than tripled the number of Hispanic television choices available On Demand.  These new features for the Hispanic community complement the Spanish-language programming tiers Comcast is already rolling out nationwide, which include more than 50 of the most popular Hispanic networks along with hundreds of On Demand choices in Spanish.

To help raise awareness about the company’s Xfinity services among Spanish-speaking consumers, Comcast recently signed Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and SAG-nominated actress Sofia Vergara as its spokesperson. Vergara will be featured in a series of ads in Spanish to help further extend Comcast’s message of access to entertainment anytime, anywhere, among Hispanic consumers.

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U.S. Government May Take Drug Dealer’s Comic Book Collection

U.S. Government May Take Drug Dealer’s Comic Book Collection

Photo: Aaron Castro the comic-book-collecting drug dealer

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An alleged drug dealer accused of laundering drug profits is at risk of losing his very large and valuable comic book collection to the federal government.

Aaron Castro, 30, had a problem. No, he wasn’t abusing the drugs he was selling. He apparently had a rare comic book addiction. The large-scale methamphetamine dealer is believed to have purchased comic books in order to launder the money earned from his drug dealings. His collection contained 18,753 comic books.

Last week, federal prosecutors filed a U.S. District Court complaint seeking ownership of the Colorado resident’s collection, worth more than $500,000.

Castro goes to trial in May, and will face charges of narcotics distribution and weapon charges.

In an interview, Lonna Gwinn, who said she sold meth for Castro, told the government that she had seen him buy the comic books after she’d given him the money she owed, and that “Aaron began to struggle with money because he would spend his drug money on comic books.” Gwinn added that she would often meet him “at comic book stores to give him the drug money and had seen Aaron buy a box of comic books.” Another dealer corroborated the story, saying he had been told by Castro that the comic books were bought with the drug money.

Who knew? Uncle Sam is into comic books.

Read more at The Smoking Gun →

Take a Look at Cyndi Lauper’s Impromptu Performance at Buenos Aires Airport (VIDEO)

Take a Look at Cyndi Lauper’s Impromptu Performance at Buenos Aires Airport (VIDEO)

Photo: Cyndi Lauper sings "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" in Buenos Aires Airport

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Her flight was delayed in Buenos Aires, so she entertained fellow travelers with an impromptu version of her classic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.

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Shakira: “I’d Love to Meet SHAKIRO When I’m in Chile” (VIDEO)

Shakira: “I’d Love to Meet SHAKIRO When I’m in Chile” (VIDEO)

Photo: "Shakiro" Dazzles in Chile and becomes an Internet Sensation

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If you haven’t heard him, play the video below and meet Rodolfo Burgo or “Shakiro,” the Chilean impersonator of Shakira.

The Chilean talent-show judges, the audience, the host, were dazzled by Burgo’s audition, where he sung Shakira’s songs a cappella, and committed to loose weight and dye his hair blonde, to immerse in the part of being a he She-Wolf.

Even the Colombian star herself was impressed, and used social networks Facebook and Twitter to praise Burgo, and manifested her desire to meet him next time she visits Chile.

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South American Spider Venom Could be the ‘Next Viagra’

Next time you are in South American and the ‘Brazilian wandering spider’ bites you and you think you may die – you may but you will also get a 4 hour erection (assuming you are male).

New research has shown that the wandering spider, whose formal name is Phoneutria nigriventer, bite has similar effect to those of Viagra.  The down side to the erections are that they are accompanied by the side effects of shortness of breath and severe pain.  Also if not treated with an anti-venom you may die from lack of oxygen.

Nonetheless, English researchers want to take the positive effects of this spider bit and see if it can become the next Viagra.  The spider’s toxin would be used on patients that do not react positively to Viagra and it is also being looked at as a treatment for female sexual dysfunction.

The Brazilian wandering spider is an eight-legged arachnid found mostly in tropical banana plantations and is native to South and Central America.  And only 10 out of 7,000 have perished from its bite. 

Read more at Daily Mail →

Are You a Fan of the Twinkie? Vote for the Next Flavor! (We Recommend the Lemon Meringue)

Are You a Fan of the Twinkie? Vote for the Next Flavor! (We Recommend the Lemon Meringue)

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America’s favorite snack cake maker is now asking YOU to vote for the next Limited Edition flavor of the Twinkie.

Last year, the Twinkie celebrated its 80th birthday, and to continue to the celebration, Hostess is keeping “Twinkie Mania” going.

Choose between, Raspberry Tart, Cookies ‘n Creme, Blueberry Pie, and Lemon Meringue!

Meringue or merengue is used in a number of Latin desserts, and sometimes even eaten by itself.

So, if you’re a lover of it atop a lemon pie, be sure to vote!

Click here to place your vote.

Want to feed your sweet tooth now? Try this Torta de Merengue recipe.

Ingredients

MERINGUE DISKS

  * 4 large egg whites, room temp
  * 1 pinch salt
  * 1/2 cup superfine sugar (or regular granulated sugar whirred in the food processor or blender)
  * 1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed (can sub white vinegar)
  * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (maybe not authentic, but Mexican vanilla would be nice here)
  * 1/2 cup sugar (granulated)
  * 1 cup ground blanched nuts (almonds or hazelnuts)
  * 1 tablespoon cornstarch

MOCHA GLAZE

  * 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  * 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  * 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee

FRUIT CREAM FILLING

  * 1 lb cherimoya (approximately 1 fruit)
  * 1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  * 2 tablespoons Pisco or 2 tablespoons brandy
  * 1 cup washed fresh berries (hulled sliced strawberries or whole raspberries)
  * 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (whipping)
  * chocolate curls
  * powdered sugar

MERINGUE DISKS:

  1) Preheat oven to 350 deg. F. Grease and flour two 9” springform pans. If you prefer, line them with parchment paper.

  2) On low speed, beat egg whites and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer until foamy. At this point, increase mixer speed to high and beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. While still beating, add the superfine sugar one tablespoon at a time. Beat for about 8 minutes, or until you see stiff glossy peaks. Beat in lemon juice (or vinegar) and vanilla extract.

  3) Mix together the granulated sugar, nuts and cornstarch in a small bowl, then fold this mixture into the beaten egg white mixture.

  4) Divide meringue equally between the two prepared springforms, then spread to even out. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the meringues are dry. Turn off the oven, remove the springform from the bottom of the pans, and leave meringues in the oven to cool for an hour (leave oven door slightly open).

  5)  After cooling in oven, meringues can be used immediately, stored tightly wrapped for a few days at room temp, or frozen for a couple of months.

GLAZE:

  6)  Combine chocolate, butter and coffee in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Over low heat, stir mixture until melted and smooth. If you prefer, this can be done in a microwave instead. Once melted, allow to cool.

FILLING:

  7)  Halve the cherimoya and scrape the flesh into a mixing bowl using a small spoon. Mash the cherimoya flesh with a fork, hen pick out the seeds and throw them out. Mix the fruit mash with the lemon juice and pisco or brandy. Mix the berries into the cherimoya mixture.

  8)  Softly whip the cream (and stabilizer, if using) in a large bowl on low speed. Increase the speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form. Divide whipped cream in half. Fold the prepared fruit mixture into one half of the whipped cream.

ASSEMBLY:

  9)  Place one of the meringue disks on a serving plate with a bit of the plain whipped cream underneath to keep disk from slipping around. Drizzle the glaze over the meringue (don’t spread it, though), then spread the fruit on top. Place second meringue disk over the fruit. Using a decorator bag with a 1/4” star tip, pipe 8 to 10 circles of cream around the top of the meringue disk. If using, arrange berries &/or chocolate curls on top of the torte. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (if using the chocolate curls, the powdered sugar should be sprinkled on before the chocolate for a better appearance). Chill for at least 4 hours before serving (can be chilled overnight).

  10) Slice with a thin, sharp knife to serve.

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Check Out This Abuelito’s Groovy Moves (VIDEO)

Check Out This Abuelito’s Groovy Moves (VIDEO)

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Watch this Abuelito elaborate on the popular “chiripiorca” that Chespirito made famous!  What would you do to entertain your kids or grandkids?

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Over Weekend 8 Guatemalan Women Murdered in 24 Hrs,  127 Females Killed thus Far in 2011

To add to an already shocking statistic, 127 women murdered thus far in 2011 in Guatemala, another 8 women were killed in a 24-hour period this weekend.

At least 8 women were killed in this Central American country from Saturday through Sunday and four of them were minors.  According to police reports four teenage girls aged 14 through 17 years old were shot on Saturday throughout the capital city of Guatemala City.

All four girls were shot to death and no one was being held for the crime.  In another part of the country a 43 year old woman, Odilia Vasquez and her 23 year old daughter were found shot by unknown assailants. While Lesbia Hernandez was shot to death in the course of an armed robbery.

Of the 127 killings of women in the country the majority remain unresolved. 

Read more at LAHT →

Is Disney Teen Demi Lovato Out of a Job? (VIDEO)

Is Disney Teen Demi Lovato Out of a Job? (VIDEO)

Photo: Demi Lovato's "Sonny with a Chance renamed "So Random"

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Born Demetria Devonne Lovato, the actress/singer of Mexican, Italian and Irish decent could have lost the starring role on her Disney show “Sonny with a Chance.”

After leaving the Jonas Brothers’ Live in Concert Tour to “seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time,” the teen queen left her Disney comedy show hanging.

On “Sonny with a Chance,” Lovato played Sonny Monroe, a teenage girl who moves to California with her mother after she lands a role on her favorite show “So Weird.”

Disney bosses have now released that “Sonny with a Chance” will be renamed “So Random” for its third season.

When Lovato first sought treatment, Disney insisted that her departure from the show was only temporary, and simply had season two written around her absence. Now, with the name change, it appears far less likely that she will return, despite officially checking out of rehab last month.

Regarding the change to the show, actor Brandon Smith:

ImageThe thing is, with a show like ours, and any great show that I’ve seen in the past, like The Wire or Seinfeld, each season you focus on a different concept, a different theory, or maybe a different character’s background.

Season one we established who we were - you saw some mini sketches, you saw who the characters were and how they mingled and intertwined. Season two you were able to see more of the relationship between Sonny and Chad and how they got into it and how we didn’t like it, and you saw some of Mackenzie Falls and that aspect.

And now this season you’ll be able to see So Random, see why we are where we are today in regards to being the teen idols that we are. You’ll be able to see how we bring the funny (sic) every week.

While it is not completely clear why Lovato entered rehab, the 18-year-old reportedly punched a back-up dancer in the face just prior to her admittance. Her lawyers have since settled the case.

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Warning to Felipe Calderon:  Berlusconi’s Girlfriend “Ruby” Moving to Mexico

Warning to Felipe Calderon:  Berlusconi’s Girlfriend “Ruby” Moving to Mexico

Photo: Silvio Berlusconi's Ruby is moving to México

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Karima El Mahroug, AKA “Ruby,” also known as the teenage Moroccan friend with bunga-bunga benefits of the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, has decided to pack her bags and immigrate far from the political mess and international sex-scandal haunting her. 

Ruby was invited to move to sunny México by 78-year-old entrepreneur Richard Lugner, whose previous invitees include Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra.

The teen girl said, “I am two months pregnant and me and [boyfriend] Luca [Risso] plan to go and live in Mexico soon, to escape all this political madness. I could have gone to America instead - but Obama would have been there and this all this might happen again with him. He’s certainly better looking (than Berlusconi)!”

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MALDEF:  Latino Officers Charge City of Westminster, CA Police Department with Discrimination

This week the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) announced a lawsuit filed against the City of Westminster, as well as two former Police Chiefs of the Westminster Police Department, for discrimination against Latino police officers on the basis of their national origin. Plaintiffs have been denied promotions and Special Assignments, which can lead to promotions, in violation of the law.

Plaintiffs charge that the Westminster Police Department has unlawfully discriminated against Latino police officers and has engaged in a pattern and practice of such discrimination in violation Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and both state and federal employment laws, including California’s Fair Housing and Employment Act and 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act.

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, stated “More than one in five Westminster residents is Latino. In order to serve well and ably the full community, the Westminster Police Department must cease its discriminatory practices and provide equal opportunity to all, as the law plainly requires.”

The plaintiffs include an active duty Major in the U.S. Marine Corps who has been promoted six times by the Marines; a long-serving police officer recognized with numerous awards including the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Award and the Centurion Award; and an officer who has been granted in excess of 10 commendations by the Westminster Police Department, has been twice awarded the Bronze medal of merit for saving someone’s life, and was recognized as Rookie of the Year in his first year with the Department.

Victor Viramontes, MALDEF National Senior Counsel, stated “As an institution of public trust, it is unacceptable for a police department to deny Latino officers the promotions they deserve. Westminster must eliminate its discriminatory practices.”

With this lawsuit, MALDEF will seek to compel the Police Department, a public institution that must protect and serve well the entire diverse community, to set the right example by implementing fair promotion policies and practices. This lawsuit addresses the right to fair treatment of Latino police officers who have been denied promotions and access to opportunities for promotion in violation of the law.

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New Website Portal for the Archdiocese of Mexico

Four years after its creation, the Information System website of the Archdiocese of Mexico (SIAME) has modernized its portal for the benefit of visitors, because every day the number of users was increasing, both in Mexico and abroad.

The Office for Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Mexico has succeeded in attracting more and more journalists and writers of various national publications. The new portal has been improved not only with graphics, but in all of the content and new areas that have been designed in accordance with users’ interests.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico, has given priority to the pastoral programs related to social communication, and in this sense SIAME is especially grateful for the support of “Union de Voluntades”, the company responsible for the technical updates and modernization of the website.

With regards information management, the new site has integrated more than two thousand texts, structured and classified into more than 50 categories for improved organization and searches. In addition, there are over 120 formation documents such as papal documents, prayers, etc.. Sections have been added as the Gospel of the day, the Saints and a dictionary of religious terms.

In terms of multimedia, there are 99 albums with more than 3,500 photographs and audio of Sunday homilies in the Metropolitan Cathedral. There are also videos related to the activities of the Archdiocese of Mexico. Its use for social networking has also been considered. Thus, SIAME has about 1,350 Facebook friends, and about 300 notes have been written. On Flicker there are 79 albums with about 2,211 photos. A YouTube channel for SIAME was created, connected to Twitter, so alerts can be received about important events in the Archdiocese of Mexico.

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Argentina’s Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo Awarded UNESCO’s Peace Prize

The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a non-governmental organization that has been working for over 30 years to locate the families of children kidnapped and “disappeared” during the military dictatorship in Argentina, is this year’s recipient of the United Nations cultural agency’s peace prize.

The Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, meeting in Paris, awarded the 2010 prize to the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo for their “tireless battle for human rights and peace by standing up to oppression, injustice and impunity.”

The award, created in 1989 by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), honours people, institutions and organizations that have contributed significantly to the promotion, research, preservation or maintenance of peace. It is named for the first president of Côte d’Ivoire.

The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo was founded in 1977 and seeks to ensure that violations of children’s rights such as those that occurred during the military dictatorship in Argentina never happen again by demanding the prosecution of all those responsible for the tragedy.

“With all my heart I congratulate the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and their president Estela Carlotto,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

“Their ceaseless effort has made it possible for 100 young people to rediscover their true identities, thereby setting right a flagrant injustice. This is an inspiring example of the defense of human rights.”

Previous winners of the prize include former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. De Klerk; Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat; King Juan Carlos of Spain and former United States President Jimmy Carter.

The award ceremony for the prize – which consists of $150,000, a gold medal and a diploma – will be held on a date to be announced.

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Secretary of State Clinton’s Official Remarks After Meeting with Costa Rican Minister Rene Castro

SECRETARY CLINTON:

Good morning. It is a great pleasure for me to welcome Dr. Castro here today. I first met him when he was the incoming foreign minister, and he welcomed me to the Pathways for Prosperity Summit in San Jose. And it’s wonderful for me now to see you, Minister, here in Washington.

We view our relationship with Costa Rica as one of the most important that we have. In this region, the United States is reaching out to nations that share our values and our commitments to solving problems together with its strong democratic institutions, its trailblazing efforts to achieve sustainable, inclusive growth. Costa Rica is a success story, a kindred spirit, and a valued partner and friend.

The foreign minister and I had a very productive discussion about how we can work even more closely together, and we thank Costa Rica for its defense at the United Nations of human rights in Iran and North Korea, Libya, and elsewhere.

We’re also working together to take on the transnational drug trafficking organizations that destroy lives, destabilize societies, and prevent so many across our hemisphere from living up to their own God-given potential.

We are deepening our partnerships on regional security issues with Mexico, Central America, and Colombia, and Costa Rica plays a major role in that. We’re working to – work together on the Central America Regional Security Initiative. And I know from meeting with President Chinchilla that there is so much Costa Rica is already doing, but they face the same problems as their neighbors. And this is an issue that President Obama will be addressing when he is in the region on his trip later this month.

We are also very concerned about the dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We want to see that resolved in a peaceful solution. We know that there will be a court decision coming from the International Court, and we certainly will continue to support the resolution in accordance with long-established agreements.

I also want to really plug what Costa Rica is doing in clean energy, scientific innovation, even aerospace. And I have to say, I just learned from the minister that they’re working on carbon dioxide-free products, like coffee. At the EARTH University, started 25 years ago with support from USAID, academics and scientists are working to combine clean energy innovation and cutting edge farming. And the United States is proud that, after 25 years and 1,600 hours in space with NASA, Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz is now leading Costa Rica’s efforts to develop an aerospace sector. Dr. Chang-Diaz is one of – is the first Latino to travel in space, and today his daughter is breaking down barriers in our country as the first Latina woman to serve in the Massachusetts State Senate.

I like bragging on Costa Rica, Minister.

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MondayMarch 7, 2011