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ThursdayAugust 4, 2011

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Chile Set to Boost and Diversify Its Fruit Exports

The Inter-American Development Bank today announced the approval of a $32 million loan to Chile’s Grupo Subsole, one of the largest locally owned fresh fruit companies and the country’s third largest table grape exporter.

The loan will help Subsole improve its capital structure and expand its production and export capacity. It will also help Subsole continue benefitting its network of 275 small and medium-scale fruit growers. In addition, the loan will support the creation of more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs throughout the supply chain over the next five years, helping to improve the living standards of more than 25,000 people.

Subsole has grown between 20 percent and 30 percent annually since 2002. The IDB loan will support the company’s continued growth through basic investments and the expansion of an inclusive business model that will have a significant impact throughout the fruit sector.

The loan will also promote the use of solar energy through the development of a photovoltaic plant in the Atacama region, the first of its kind for the fruit sector. Subsole also plans to make investments in energy efficiency for irrigation and water storage. Additional investments will help the company achieve significant growth by strengthening business relationships with producers as well as its ability to promote sustainable farming practices.

The IDB’s participation will contribute to Chile’s efforts to increase employment opportunities in rural areas, to promote sustainable agriculture by financing the supply chain, to finance renewable energy through environmentally friendly investments that emphasize solar technology, and to increase and diversify its agro-industrial exports.

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UN Helps Belize Fight Highest Incidence of AIDS in Central America

UN Helps Belize Fight Highest Incidence of AIDS in Central America

Photo: Belize has Highest Rate of AIDS in Central America

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing an HIV/AIDS grant agreement with Belize to treat and prevent the disease among the large number of teens and young adults in the country, which has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in Central America.

“Scaling up treatment isn’t just a moral imperative, it’s a practical possibility, even in poor countries,” Jeffrey O’Malley, Director of the HIV/AIDS Group in the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy, said yesterday of UNDP’s agreement to manage the $3.1-million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, & Malaria.

The fund is an international financing institution that to date has committed $21.7 billion in 150 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programmes for the three diseases.

“This partnership between the Global Fund and UNDP is the best of both worlds,” said Francisco Roquette, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Belize, which has a total population of just 333,200, 35 per cent of whom are younger than 14. “It’s a perfect combination of very global knowledge with very concrete understanding of the challenges on the ground.”

Belize has an HIV prevalence of 2.1 per cent among adults, the highest in Central America and third-highest in the wider Caribbean after the Bahamas and Haiti, according to a 2007 study. UNAIDS, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, estimates some 3,600 people are currently living with HIV in Belize, 2,000 of them women.

Bordering Mexico and Guatemala, Belize faces numerous challenges that can drive the HIV epidemic. With high rates of poverty, unemployment, chronic malnutrition, drug abuse, and violence, the country is highly vulnerable to economic shocks and natural disasters.
Provision of adequate health care is significantly hindered by the steady outflow of many professionals, including health-care workers.

The grants program aims to deliver life skills-based HIV education to secondary school students; provide access to condoms and subsidized referrals and testing for sexually transmitted infections; design and deliver psychosocial support to people living with HIV; provide support services to children affected by AIDS; and offer anti-retroviral drugs free of cost at all treatment points.

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Gunmen Show Mercy and Let 5 Children Live- HSN Narco Blog

Gunmen Show Mercy and Let 5 Children Live- HSN Narco Blog

Photo: Five Children Spared in Nuevo Leon

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At 3:00 am Wednesday morning, an armed group of criminals broke into a house in the town of Cerralvo, Nuevo León. Gunmen kidnapped a couple with three children and another couple with two of their children. The oldest child kidnapped, John Edward 10 years old, told Police that ” The men grabbed his brother Jaid 1 year, his sister Amairani of 7 months and their parents. They also kidnapped his aunt and uncle and cousins -Javier Guillermo 6 years, and Briana 4 years. “

The 10 year old, testified that the group was held at a ranch for about five hours. They were all held together as well as six women and five men, that he did not know.

” They came for my aunt, my mother and my father. Some men were beating my dad with a stick, and then their boss came and they left with him. Then they came and brought us to here.” said Juan Eduardo hoarsely.


The boy said that while the gunmen tortured their father, a man asked them to plug their ears and turned the other way so as not to see.

” Then we were blindfolded and they were talking through the radio, “said Juan. Hours later, the men put the five children in a white van. Then they switched to a red car, to a gray car, and finally a taxi that dropped them off close to a shopping mall located in the area of German Andres and Miguel Guajardo, in Apodaca, where a group of soldiers gave them help.

The military took the children to the facilities of the Municipal Police of Apodaca. To date, the whereabouts of the parents of the children are unknown. The child identified his parents as James and Jessica, and his aunt, called Nano and nicknamed Baby.

None of the children had any physical injuries. The gunmen did not harm children physically and set them free, as rarely happens.

It is hoped that by releasing the photo someone might recognize the children and claim them.

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Trafficker Claims Gov. Allowed Sinaloa Cartel to Bring Drugs into U.S.

Trafficker Claims Gov. Allowed Sinaloa Cartel to Bring Drugs into U.S.

Photo: Jesus Vicente “El Vicentillo” Zambada-Niebla of the Sinaloa cartel claims US allowed cartel to smuggle drugs

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It is being reported that the federal government may have allowed tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information on rivals of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Wednesday, federal courts in Illinois held a status hearing in which they ordered the government to respond to accusations made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who is facing drug trafficking charges in Chicago. He claims agents allowed him – the Sinaloa Cartel – to bring drugs into the U.S. for five years while he was giving them information on rival drug cartels.

Zambada-Niebla is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, one of the Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization’s top leaders.

He himself has served as the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistical coordinator,” assisting in the importing of cocaine into the U.S.

These recent accusation only serve to confirm what many in both countries have long believed: Officials in both the U.S. and Mexican governments are working with the Sinaloa cartel in hopes of gaining information on their competitors.

Wednesday, federal courts in Illinois held a status hearing in which they ordered the government to respond to accusations made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who is facing drug trafficking charges in Chicago. He claims agents allowed him – the Sinaloa Cartel – to bring drugs into the U.S. for five years while he was giving them information on rival drug cartels.

Zambada-Niebla is the son of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia, one of the Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization’s top leaders.

He himself has served as the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistical coordinator,” assisting in the importing of cocaine into the U.S.

These recent accusation only serve to confirm what many in both countries have long believed: Officials in both the U.S. and Mexican governments are protecting members of the Sinaloa cartel in hopes of gaining information on their competitors.

Read more at McClatchy →

New SELENA Album in the Works. Will be Released Early 2012

New SELENA Album in the Works. Will be Released Early 2012

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Selena’s Father, Abraham Quintanilla, is releasing a 10-song album of songs by the late Selena that she crafted before she reached worldwide fame.

This post-mortem album of songs recorded by the Mexican-American singer will be released in early 2012.

“I own 5 Selena tape masters from pre-EMI times. There’s a total of 50 songs. We picked 10 of those songs and we’re currently working on refreshing the music. We want to rejuvenate their sound, bring them up-to-date” said Abraham Quintanilla, father of the artist.

Capitol EMI Latin and Selena’s family will be releasing the other 40 songs eventually, as remixes done by her brother A.B. Quintanilla III (Kumbia Kings, Kumbia All Starz.)

Read more at NPR →

Former Soliders Receive More 6,000-Year Sentences for 1982 Guatemalan Massacre

Former Soliders Receive More 6,000-Year Sentences for 1982 Guatemalan Massacre

Photo: A woman stands over the remains of some of the victims of the 1982 massacre in Guatemala

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Four former soldiers have been sentenced to more than 6,000 years each for the 1982 Guatemalan massacre that occurred during the country’s 36-year civil war that lasted from 1960 to 1996.

Three of the men sentenced in the Guatemalan court, Manuel Pop Sun, Reyes Collin Gualip and Daniel Martinez, were once members of the Guatemalan military’s elite Kaibil unit, and were sentenced to 6,060 years each. The fourth man, Carlos Antonio Carias, was an army second lieutenant sentenced to 6,066 years.

The four men were convicted of killing 201 men, women, and children. They each received 30 years for each death, and an additional 30 years for crimes against humanity. Carias was given an extra 6 years for stealing some of the victims’ belongings.

ImageAccording to court documents, while more than 40 soldiers surrounded the community of Dos Erres, 17 Kaibiles attacked the villagers while looking for searching for weapons they believed guerrilla groups were hiding in the village.

The men raped and killed a number of women and girls, killed many men and boys, and banished a number of people from the village. Among the dead were 67 children under the age of 12. It has been reported that some of the soldiers strangled, shot, and beat villagers with sledgehammers.

Though survivors and family members of the deceased were grateful justice had been served, the 6000-year sentences are primarily symbolic, as Guatemalan law does not allow people to be jailed for more than 50 years.

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WATCH Shakira Singing Hand in Hand with Dora The Explorer (VIDEO)

WATCH Shakira Singing Hand in Hand with Dora The Explorer (VIDEO)

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“Dora’s Explorer Girls” will premiere this Sunday, August 7, at 8 p.m. on Nick Jr.

In the brand new musical adventures of Dora she appears not as the little explorer followed by her monkey, Boots, but as a teenager accompanied by her four best friends, Kate, Alana, Emma, and Naiya.

“Dora’s Explorer Girls” follows Dora and her friends as they do their best to go to a Shakira concert. Unfortunately, the girls seem to have lost their tickets and a wild adventure ensues as they try to retrieve them.

 

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Mexican Team Chivas de Guadalajara Beats The Best Team in The World (VIDEO)

Mexican Team Chivas de Guadalajara Beats The Best Team in The World (VIDEO)

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The Mexican soccer team outplayed the best soccer team in the world 4-1 in a friendly match, Wednesday night in the city of Miami.

Barcelona seemed to be in control for the first half, even opening the score 3 minutes into the game, with a goal by David Villa. 

But the best team in the world crumpled apart in the second half; at the 60 minute mark, Marco Fabián scored for the Mexicans, and then again 2 minutes later. Giovani Casillas scored the third ten minutes after Fabián, and the last one came in the last minute of the match, courtesy of José Luis Verduzco.

The Spanish team lost their last game as well, last Saturday against Manchester United in Washington; Coach Pep Guardiola said he wasn’t upset for the team’s losses, and that he knows the team needs to improve their weaknesses.

“We are close to the “Supercopa,” “La Liga” and other important events, so we must make progress in some issues, for there is little time” Guardiola said. “I’m not angry about the result, Chivas simply played really good and the result only tells us we need to work more.”

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Calls 911 More Than 2100 Times in One Month

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Calls 911 More Than 2100 Times in One Month

Photo: Jennifer Arguellas called 911 2100 in the month of June

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Jennifer Arguellas may hold a new record. In the month of June alone, she called 911 thousands of times. Not once did it appear she had an actual emergency.

Arguellas, 44, was arrested after she called California Highway Patrol dispatchers more than 2100 times to talk or ask about anything or nothing.

On Wednesday, dispatchers say she called 135 times, and police had had enough. Calling 911 too many times and not having a legitimate emergency put her in violation of California penal code section 643X, and she was arrested.

Calling 911 so many times was not only annoying for the dispatchers – who were eventually able to identify her by name – but it left them unable to receive other calls on that line. Even when she’d call and hang up without saying anything, Arguellas was taking up time, because dispatchers are required to call back when someone hangs up to ensure no one is in an emergency situation.

An officer said that when she was arrested, Arguellas was “very polite” and “very apologetic about calling.”

But just like some of her calls to 911, “she was just rambling.”

Read more at Fox 40 Sacramento →

Brazilian Baby Thought To Be Dead Cries Before Funeral

Brazilian Baby Thought To Be Dead Cries Before Funeral

Photo: Brazilian Baby Dies After Awaking at own Funeral

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The baby was born 2 months before the due date, from a 14-year old mom and had been pronounced dead at birth.

The undertaker got the scare of a lifetime when preparing the baby for burial, it broke down crying.

Police officers said doctors told them the infant was pronounced dead moments after her 14-year old mother gave birth two months before the due date.

The newborn was hastily taken back to the hospital and placed in the ICU, but died soon after “of multiple organ failure caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood,” according to Joao Paulo Vicente, of the Hospital das Clinicas in the city of Uberaba.

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NRA Sues DOJ Over Regulation for Gun Retailers at Mexico Border

NRA Sues DOJ Over Regulation for Gun Retailers at Mexico Border

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit claiming that a new regulation intended to track certain guns sold at shops along the U.S.-Mexico border was implemented by the Obama administration using power is should not have.

The NRA lawsuit was filed on Wednesday on behalf of two gun dealers in Arizona and is asking a judge for an injunction to stop the implementation of the regulation that would require gun retailers along the Mexico border to report any bulk sales of certain semiautomatic rifles.

Executive Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre told the New York Times, “N.R.A. has always viewed this as a blatant attempt by the Obama administration to pursue their gun control agenda through back-door rule-making, and the N.R.A. will fight them every step of the way.”

However, the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Eric Holder say the regulation is within the constraints of the law, and Holder, stated that it is “to stop the flow of guns from the United States into Mexico.”

Firearms dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas would have five days to report sales of more than one semiautomatic rifle, guns like AK-47s, and any guns with detachable magazines and any that use ammunition higher than .22 caliber.

This regulation is to keep these types of weapons out of the hands of drug cartels in Mexico that have been finding it all too easy to come north and purchase weapons. U.S. weapons have been found at the sites of cartel shootouts. To date, roughly 40,000 people have died in cartel related violence since 2006.

Read more at New York Times →

Sofía Vergara’s Modern Family: Brother Deported and Little Sis in Maxim Magazine

Sofía Vergara’s Modern Family: Brother Deported and Little Sis in Maxim Magazine

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Sofia Vergara’s younger sis, Sandra Vergara is enjoying much success after appearing in Maxim Magazine and appearing on the remake of Fright Night, their brother Julio though…….

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Julio, Sofia’s younger brother has been arrested at least 30 times in the last 10 years.

Check out the mugshot collection below.

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Despite the support of his sisters, Julio has failed to overcome the drug addiction that ultimately got him banned from the United States on May 9, 2011, almost two months after an immigration judge determined that he was no longer eligible to remain in the U.S. because his criminal convictions were considered felonies under U.S. immigration law, and ordered him removed to his home country of Colombia.

Sad, sad, sad.

In the meantime, Sofia’s little sister Sandra, has started making a name for herself as an actress, and model.

Check out her spectacular body in this underwear shoot for Maxim, and don’t miss her in the upcoming remake of “Fright Night.”

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Mexican Soft Drink Jarritos Hosting “Flavor City” Art Competition

Mexican Soft Drink Jarritos Hosting “Flavor City” Art Competition

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The Mexico soft drink Jarritos is looking for artists to “describe what Jarritos means to them” for its “Flavor City Art Contest.”

Jarritos is “looking for artists of all ages to develop eye-catching works of art in any medium to express the flavor and experience of Jarritos.”

The artists’ work must incorporate at least of the eleven Jarritos flavors.

According to the contest’s website:

The winner of the Jarritos Flavor City Art Contest will have his work published amongst our partner media outlets and formally displayed at various Art Walks in our selected city’s. The recognition of your talents amongst the robust art community will allow you to maximize your network and artistic exposure to thousands of people.

FIRST PLACE
Work published in all partner media outlets (print and web), online email blast announcing winner with art and bio, showcased on Jarritos website, featuring art at the VIP event, and 1 year supply (365 bottles) of Jarritos.

SECOND PLACE
Online email blast announcing 2nd place winner with art and bio, mentioned on Jarritos website, featuring art at the VIP event, 6 month supply (180 bottles) of Jarritos.

THIRD PLACE
Online email blast announcing 3rd place winner with art and bio, mentioned on Jarritos website, featuring art at the VIP event, 3 month supply (90 bottles) of Jarritos.


Click here to see the official rules and how to enter the Jarritos Flavor City Contest.

Read more at Jarritos →

Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Obama Turns 50

Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Obama Turns 50

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Obama began his birthday celebrations at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom Wednesday night, as supporters serenaded him with “Happy Birthday” before he went on to attend several political fundraisers.

“It is true that I turn 50 tomorrow,” President Obama told Chicagoans, “which means that by the time I wake up, I’ll have an e-mail from A.A.R.P., asking me to call President Obama and tell him to protect Medicare.”

“I could not have a better early birthday present than spending tonight with all of you,” the president said. When asked whether he was “ready for 5-0,” the President, seated between Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, 73, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 63, joked that he was going to ask his cabinet members for advice on “how to handle this milestone.”

In a recent interview with NPR, Obama shared some of his thoughts on turning 50.

“Obviously, I’ve gotten a little grayer since I took this job but otherwise, I feel pretty good,”

“Michelle, you know, says that… she still thinks I’m… cute, you know. And I guess that’s—that’s all that matters, isn’t it?”

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BREAKING NEWS: A Gunman Reported to be on Virginia Tech Campus

BREAKING NEWS: A Gunman Reported to be on Virginia Tech Campus

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Thursday - Virginia Tech officials have issued an alert that a gunman was spotted on the university’s Blacksburg campus.

Reports say a man with a gun was seen near Dietrick Hall 9:37 a.m. (local time). At 10:29 a.m., officials issued another warning telling those on campus to stay indoors until further notice.

Dietrick is the school’s dining hall located at the center of the campus.

Shortly after the first alert was sent out, officials say three juveniles attending a camp at the university reported seeing a white male outside of New Residence Hall East. He appeared to be carrying a gun, which he had covered by a cloth or covering of some kind.

He is described as about 6 feet tall with light brown hair, no facial hair, and is not wearing glasses. He is said to be wearing and blue and white striped shirt (possibly gray), gray shorts, and brown sandals.

It is said he was walking towards the volleyball courts.

Officers from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Montgomery County are patrolling the campus, and are still looking for the suspect.

In 2007, Virginia Tech was the site of a shooting rampage that left 32 people dead and 25 wounded. It ws the worse campus shooting in U.S. history..

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Rescue of Illegal Aliens in “Heat Distress” on the Rise Along the Border

Rescue of Illegal Aliens in “Heat Distress” on the Rise Along the Border

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With much of the nation locked in a blistering heat wave, the number of illegal aliens who require assistance because of extreme temperatures is on the rise.

On August 1 and 2, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station rescued five illegal aliens, who were attempting to traverse the harsh south Texas brush country.

The first rescue occurred on August 1, when agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station were notified by a Brooks County 911 dispatcher that a group of illegal aliens had called requesting assistance. Agents located the group, which consisted of four illegal aliens from Mexico, on a ranch near Encino, Texas.  In a similar incident on August 2, agents rescued another illegal alien from Mexico after he called 911. Agents located the man near an air strip south of FM 755.

None of the five people rescued required medical attention and they will be processed for return to Mexico. So far this fiscal year, agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have saved the lives of more than 150 illegal aliens.

While on July 31st, air assets from the CBP Office of Air and Marine and Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue a group of six distressed illegal aliens who had been stranded in the California mountains for several days.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., agents from the El Centro station made contact with the group where emergency medical care was provided. It was later determined that each of the individuals were Mexican citizens who had entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico. After receiving treatment, the group was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing and further evaluation.

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ThursdayAugust 4, 2011