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SundayApril 24, 2011

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Study on Economic Growth in Cuba wins International Research Prize

The winning study was entitled “Economic growth in Cuba: an analysis from total factor productivity”, and was presented by a professor from Havana University, Yaima Doimeadiós Reyes. In her study, the author sought to establish which variables determined the growth trends of the Cuban economy between 1975 and 2004, using an econometric model that incorporates non-traditional variables into growth studies.

Second place was awarded to two economists from El Salvador, Roberto Góchez Sevilla and Víctor Antonio Tablas, for their research on “Real exchange rate and trade deficit in Guatemala”. This study analyses the dynamics of the variables prioritized in the unorthodox theory of the absolute cost advantage, and its link to the trade deficit and real exchange rate appreciation in Guatemala during the period 1970-2007.

The first prize is 100,000 Mexican pesos or the equivalent in dollars (about US$ 8,500), and publication of the study by the Institute of Economic Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  The second prize is 30,000 Mexican pesos (or around US$ 2,500).

The competition was created in April 2010 and attracted 24 specialized monographs from Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United Kingdom and Switzerland. The winners will be invited to a special award ceremony that will be announced soon.

The jury was made up of Verónica Villarespe Reyes, Director of the Institute of Economic Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas, Director of the Economics Faculty at UNAM, Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, Deputy Director of the ECLAC office in Mexico, Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, ECLAC Regional Advisor, Mauricio de Maria y Campos, Director of the Institute of Sustainable Development and Social Equity Research of the Ibero-American University, Carlos Bustamante Lemus, professor and researcher from the Institute of Economic Research and Óscar Ugarteche Galarza, professor and researcher from the Institute of Economic Research.

The competition is aimed at Latin American academics, professionals and intellectuals. The research studies must deal with topics relating to economic development, either theoretical or empirical aspects, and must contribute to the analysis and formulation of alternatives.

The prize is dedicated to the Mexican intellectual who developed the structuralist theory of inflation and who died in an airplane accident in 1962 at the age of 40. Juan Francisco Noyola studied at what was then the UNAM School of Economics, and was part of the group of Latin American economists brought together by Raúl Prebisch in 1950 within ECLAC, who also included the Brazilian Celso Furtado, the Chileans Aníbal Pinto and Osvaldo Sunkel and the Mexican Víctor Urqui

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UN:  Middle Class in Latin America is Growing, Positively Effecting 128 Million People

UN:  Middle Class in Latin America is Growing, Positively Effecting 128 Million People

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Franco, Martín Hopenhayn and Arturo León have explored the changes to the middle class in Latin America between 1990 and 2007, using analysis combining the occupation of the main household breadwinner and family income. They conclude that, up to the crisis of 2008, the number of middle class households and their average income grew thanks to these three factors: higher GDP of countries, falling poverty and a slight improvement in income distribution.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) concluded that a total of 128 million people from 10 Latin American countries had moved up to the economic level categorized as middle class.

“The number of middle class households and their average income grew thanks to three factors—higher GDP of countries, falling poverty and slight improvement in income distribution,” said ECLAC.

“The aspiration of the people is to participate in the this new consumer space at a level that allow them to be identified as being part of the middle class,” it said.

The strongest growth was found to be in Brazil and Mexico where 28 million and 14 million people respectively moved up to the middle class during the years from 1990 to 2007.

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NARCO BLOG 4 Policemen executed in Torreón

NARCO BLOG 4 Policemen executed in Torreón

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A few minutes before 10 am on Sunday, the Center for Computing and Crisis Control, better known as C-4, received calls from civilians reporting four dead men by the shore of the Nazas river, in Las Huertas, Gómez Palacio, Durango.

The bodies presented signs of torture, and were tied at both hands and feet. All five men had police uniform pants on.

Police also found 10 bullet caskets at the scene, suggesting the men were executed in that place, after being kidnapped somewhere else.

The executed belonged to the Direction of Public Municipal Safety of Torreón, and have been identified as José Guadalupe Pizaña Cardiel, 27, Luis Esquivel Limones, 19, Carlos Benjamín Morales Reyes, 24,  y Christian Jonathan Gallegos Hernández, 23.

 

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Bay Area Man Sentenced for Impersonating Immigration Official and Extorting Money from Immigrants

Bay Area Man Sentenced for Impersonating Immigration Official and Extorting Money from Immigrants

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A Redwood City, Calif., man was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison and three years of supervised release following his conviction by a federal jury for conspiracy, impersonating a federal officer and attempted extortion.

Frank Salvador Solorza’s sentencing came after a jury found him guilty of attempting to extort money from six individuals while posing as a federal immigration officer. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The jury also found that the 46-year-old had engaged in a conspiracy with others to commit these crimes.

Evidence at trial showed Solorza conspired with others to send letters purporting to be from a government immigration agency. The letters were directed to six individuals. The letters demanded money—$50,000 in total—to clear up the immigration status of each individual. The letters threatened jail and deportation of each individual if the money was not paid.

After receiving the letters, the victims contacted ICE HSI, which immediately opened an investigation. The evidence at trial showed the defendant and others also called the individuals after delivery of the letters and continued to claim to be officials from a government immigration agency and to demand money. During these calls, the defendant and others designated a time and location for the victims to pay the money.

The defendant was arrested by HSI agents when he arrived at the designated location at the designated time and attempted to collect the money. When arrested, the defendant was wearing a clown suit as a disguise and riding a child’s bicycle.

“The prison term in this case is absolutely appropriate,” said Shane Folden, special agent in charge for ICE HSI in San Francisco. “Regrettably, schemes like this involving the impersonation of federal officers potentially undermine the public’s confidence in their government and law enforcement. HSI will continue to aggressively pursue those who exploit innocent individuals for their own enrichment.”

Solorza was originally indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2009. In October 2009, the grand jury returned a superseding indictment accusing him of one count of conspiracy, two counts of impersonating a federal officer, and two counts of attempted extortion by a federal official.

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Tribeca Film Institute During Festival Announces Grants for Latino Filmmakers

Tribeca Film Institute During Festival Announces Grants for Latino Filmmakers

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As the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival is underway good news comes to independent Latino moviemakers with the announcement of grants available.

The film festival through its Tribeca Film Institute, whose mission is to encourage the independent movie making community, and its partner Heineken USA announced the creation of Heineken Voces Grant.  The grants will help support Hispanic and Latino movie makers get their movies made that reflect diversity within the community.

The grants are specifically for American Latinos not foreign film makers.  Those who win the grant will also get guidance and consultation from the Institute on how to finish their film.  Submission will be accepted starting in September 2011. 

All applicants must already have a feature-length film production under way to be considered. 

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Mexico Deports Italian Journalist and Scholar Gianni Proiettis Amidst Cloud of Secrecy

Mexico Deports Italian Journalist and Scholar Gianni Proiettis Amidst Cloud of Secrecy

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It appears Mexico has deported its first foreign journalist since the 1990’s, Italian professor, scholar and journalist Gianni Proiettis.

The motive for the deportation remains unknown but what is known is that Prioiettis, who has lived and worked in Mexico for close to 15 years, was put on a Aeromexico flight to Madrid and on to Rome accompanied by two immigration officials.

One of Mexico’s literary treasures, Elena Poniatowksa has already written an op-ed criticizing the administration of President Felipe Calderon for their thin skin.  She also noted that Mexico’s treatment of journalist was already under scrutiny when a popular talk show host was fired for alleging Calderon is an alcoholic.

Proiettis is married to a Mexican national and taught classes in anthropology at the Autonomous University of Chiapas.  He was also the first Italian journalist to interview the Zapatista leader Marcos.  He is also a regular columnist for a communist newspaper in Italy.

Narco News is reporting they spoke with Proiettis on the phone where he states Mexican officials told him he was being deported because ‘you did not renew your visa’ which is untrue says Proittis.  There is speculation he angered Calderon at the Cancun Global Summit with off-handed comments but that is mere speculation by some. 

Read more at McClathy →

¡Increible! Lionel Messi First Player to Score 50 Goals in a Spanish Soccer Season

¡Increible! Lionel Messi First Player to Score 50 Goals in a Spanish Soccer Season

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Lionel Mess appears unstoppable reaching a landmark goal tally yesterday.  On Saturday Messi became the first player ever to score 50 goals in a Spanish soccer season.  This incredible feat occurred when Barcelona beat Osasuna by 2-0.

It was just last week when Messi equaled the previous record of 49 goals scored in a season by Real Madrid’s, Hungarian Ferenc Puskas.  His 50th goal came three minutes from time.

The Argentine footballer currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team – he is considered one of the best soccer players in the world, if not the best.  He has received several Ballon d’Or’s and FIFA World Player of the Year honors. 

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Hundreds Injured and 12 Dead in Dominican Republic during Easter Break

Hundreds Injured and 12 Dead in Dominican Republic during Easter Break

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Dominican Republic officials are announcing that 12 people have died while over three hundred have been injured during the country’s Easter break.

The majority of deaths and injuries are from traffic accidents while two individuals died from alcohol poisoning and one from drowning.  There were also twelve people who suffered alcohol poisoning and recovered.

The alarming statistics put the Dominican Republic’s Emergency Operations Center on the defensive whereby they had volunteers getting the message out on safe driving during the holiday.

The country started celebrating the holiday last Wednesday through Sunday and then the traditional Dominican spring break follows.

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Pope’s Easter Message from St Peter’s Square, Addresses Issue of Drug Violence in Latin America

Pope’s Easter Message from St Peter’s Square, Addresses Issue of Drug Violence in Latin America

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Pope Benedict celebrated Easter Mass today in St. Peter’s Square with thousands of religious pilgrims and tourists, giving a message of hope while calling for diplomacy and peace in the Middle East.

His Easter prayers were focused on the problems of North Africa especially Libya and the Middle East.  However he did also pray for recovery in Japan and peace in the Ivory Coast. 

At the end of mass he delivered what is commonly known as the ‘Ubi et Orbi” or his Easter papal address from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

“In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue replace arms, and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid,” he said.

In speaking about the conflicts in the world today he emphasized the importance of respecting all life especially those of refugees asking the world to accept them and open their hearts to their plight.

He also spoke specifically to the ‘dangerous resurgence of crimes linked to drug trafficking’ in Latin American countries and the Caribbean.  He prayed that “Easter will signal the victory of peaceful coexistence and respect for the common good.” 

 
In it estimated that 100,000 people heard the Pope’s Easter message live and millions others via satellite, television and the internet.  The 84-year-old Pontiff spoke in more than 60 different languages. 

 

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SundayApril 24, 2011