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TuesdaySeptember 13, 2011

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Narco Blog: Two 15 Year Old Boys Executed in Acapulco ( Warning- Explicit Photos)

Narco Blog: Two 15 Year Old Boys Executed in Acapulco ( Warning- Explicit Photos)

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Violence continues to increase in the port of Acapulco, Guerrero. Yesterday gunmen from one of the drug cartels operating in the area killed two youths. The first incident occurred at approximately 17:30 pm when a young man about 15 years was shot when he was at the intersection of José Luis Curiel. Manuel Gomez Morin, was only a few meters from the premises of the Partido Accion Nacional . The young man had been shot several times in the head. The body was left surrounded in blood. Elements of the Municipal Police and the Mexican Army were the first to arrive on the scene.

Then, after 18:00 hours, another young man, also approximately 15 years old was killed in the colonial streets of Bella Vista. Police authorities did not appear on the scene so Service Medical Examiner who took him to the morgue for autopsy removed the body.


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Hispanics Lagging in Attaining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Careers

Hispanics Lagging in Attaining Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Careers

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Last year, President Obama announced a goal to recruit 10,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers over the next two years, saying it was necessary to “move the country forward” and bring the country’s STEM education to levels comparable to those in other developed countries.

“When I came into office, I set a goal of moving our nation from the middle to the top of the pack in math and science education.  Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparing our students to compete in the 21st century economy and we need to recruit and train math and science teachers to support our nation’s students,” President Obama stated, but it seems that over the past decade, Hispanics and blacks have been under represented in STEM jobs.

Asians and non-Hispanic whites are more likely to earn bachelor’s degrees and therefore take up a larger share of STEM jobs, pointing out that equality in educational attainment could also help bring more Hispanics and blacks into colleges to launch them into STEM careers.

Key findings from a report released from the Economics and Statistics Administration on Monday state:

• Non‐Hispanic Whites comprise the largest group of STEM workers, accounting for about seven out of ten STEM workers, which aligns closely with their share of the overall workforce.
• Non‐Hispanic Asians are most likely (42 percent) to graduate college with a STEM degree, while the propensities of other groups are all fairly similar (17‐22 percent).
• Half of all non‐Hispanic Asian workers with STEM degrees have STEM jobs, compared to 30 percent of Hispanics and non‐Hispanic Black and American Indian and Alaska Native workers.
• One in five STEM workers is foreign‐born, of which 63 percent come from Asia.
• STEM workers in all demographic groups, including the foreign‐born, earn more than their non‐ STEM counterparts. Hispanics and non‐Hispanic Blacks receive a significantly larger STEM premium than do non‐Hispanic Whites.

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Alejandro Sánz Will Perform With Tony Bennett For Bennett’s New Release

Alejandro Sánz Will Perform With Tony Bennett For Bennett’s  New Release

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Alejandro Sánz and Tony Bennett will perform together next Sunday at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, to promote Bennett’s “Duet’s II.”

Sanz and Bennett will perform “Esta noche vi llover” (“Yesterday I Heard The Rain”), their song that they sing together in Tony Bennetts upcoming duets album.

Other artists that recorded duets with Bennett include Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and the late Amy Winehouse.

Following the concert that Aretha Franklin and Elton John are also expected to attend, Bennett will celebrate his 85th birthday surrounded by friends and colleagues in an event hosted by actor Alec Baldwin for the benefit of Exploring the Arts, the non-profit that Bennett and his wife created to promote arts education.

Duets II will be in stores September 20.

 

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As the Summer Comes to an End, Fix Yourself a Margarita and Enjoy “Margaritaville Online”

As the Summer Comes to an End, Fix Yourself a Margarita and Enjoy “Margaritaville Online”

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Taking the name from his famous song, iconic singer Jimmy Buffet has launched the Facebook and iPad game “Margaritaville Online” give users the opportunity to “escape to a tropical paradise inspired by the lifestyle of author and singer.”

The musician collaborated with game developer THQ on a free-to-play online social game, available on Facebook and Apple iPad.

“You can build a boat (and) you can build a bar. You gotta evade the pirates. You can have adventures,” Buffett says. “You can go to Margaritaville.”

Like other online games, Margaritaville Online will let players earn virtual currency to buy in-game booty and spend real money to customize their game more quickly. Buffett hopes to incorporate a feature that lets players parlay virtual goods into rewards at Margaritaville restaurants. “If you buy virtual cheeseburgers and margaritas to send to friends, that should earn you a real burger or beer at a restaurant,” he says.

Over the years, the singer has been approached with all manner of online ventures. As Margaritaville grew into a multibillion-dollar business of its own with more than a dozen restaurants and hotels, as well as food, beer and liquor products, Buffett “carefully lifeguarded” it as an entertainment property.

Online social games became “the next new, new thing,” Buffett says, but he waited “for the right time to come along and somebody who knows about (Margaritaville) and is a fan and who gets it. That is exactly what happened.”

Social games have become natural stages for musical stars. Last week, Lady Gaga launched a limited-edition destination in FarmVille, where players got an early listen to her new album. Last year, Dr. Dre brought his music to Mafia Wars, and Kiss brought a live concert audiocast and makeup-wearing avatars to Nightclub City. “It’s like in the old days, when you had a host of touring acts and you could see a lot of people out there,” Buffett says.

So fix yourself a margarita (recipe below), have fun with the game, and enjoy what warm weather you have left this year.

Mexican Margarita

2 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz orange liqueur
2 oz sweet and sour mix
1 oz lime juice
2 oz orange juice
1 splash of lemon-lime soda
2 olives

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“Narco-tourism” an Industry on the Rise (VIDEO)

“Narco-tourism” an Industry on the Rise (VIDEO)

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The lives and history of some of the world’s most heartless and dangerous men have become the subject of tours in their former hometowns.

Colombian tour operator See Colombia Travel announced Thursday its new “The History of Pablo Escobar ” tour.

For a fee, tourists interested will be driven around Medellín, along the streets that Escobar drove through himself in a bus loaded to the brim with bodyguards.

Other stops in the tour include his home, and hideouts, complete with a view of the rooftop where he was gunned down in 1993. The tour ends at his resting place, a cemetery in the outskirts of the city.

The often absurd level of luxury that drug-lords indulge in during their lives as outlaws is reflected on these tours; Escobar had his own zoo, that now abandoned and decrepit has become an unofficial tourist destination.

The Colombian countryside is plagued with many tales of drug lords; there are rumors of some who built their own country clubs, cathedrals, and hotels after being banned from the legal ones. Another drug lord is said to have built a pyramid.

Colombia is not the only player in narco-tourism in Latin América; several taxi drivers all over México have started to supplement their incomes by offering to show tourists some of the most emblematic sites in the nation’s long and bloody cartel war.

In Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, for instance, tourists are driven to the spot where cartel leader Osiel Cardenas waged a brutal gunfight with authorities that ended in his arrest.

Culiacán, Mazatlán and several other cities have followed suit, turning the sites of some of Mexico’s most horrific happenings into destinations that tell stories of opulence, power, corruption and their unavoidable downfalls.

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Families Sue Peruvian Government Over Machu Picchu Ownership

Families Sue Peruvian Government Over Machu Picchu Ownership

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The Abril family of Peru is claiming that the land on which Machu Picchu sits belongs to them, and five lawsuits have already been filed claiming so.

Edgar Echegaray Abril, 70, still has the deed for the land of the ruins which shows his family paid gold for the land in 1910. While the family did sell the land in 1944, it did not sell the ruins, which were under expropriation by the state.

Abril says the state never paid for the ruins and is now asking the United Nations agency UNESCO to consider the case. His lawyer, Fausto Salinas,  says, “The state said at that time [1944] ‘we’re going to expropriate,’ but the process was never completed, and in Peru, as in international law, if the property is not expropriated from you, you don’t lose it.”

The family that bought the land from the Abril family, the Zavaletas, is also suing for compensation.

Both families say Peru’s government has failed to pay them what is rightfully owed. However, the government says the land and citadel belong “to all Peruvians”, as State ownership is documented in the registry.

In 1911, the ruins of Machu Picchu were found once again by Hiram Bingham, an American explorer.

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WATCH Sofía Vergara’s Vanity Fair Photo Shoot

WATCH Sofía Vergara’s Vanity Fair Photo Shoot

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Take a look at October’s Vanity Fair Photo-shoot of Colombian actress Sofía Vergara, who could take home an Emmy this Sunday.
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Sofía is nominated in the category of “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” for her role as Gloria Pritchett in “Modern Family,” and she will also be an award presenter at the event.
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Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez ARRESTED

Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez ARRESTED

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Former Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramírez was taken out of his Florida home in handcuffs and has been arrested on Domestic Violence charges.

Ramírez appeared in a Broward County court this morning, during which Judge Jon Hurley barred him from contacting his wife Juliana, and set the bond at $2,500.

Police arrested the retired player at his home Monday, after he allegedly slapped his wife.

Ramírez denies the accusations and is expected to leave Broward County Jail in South Florida, when he posts bail.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Bus Collides With Two Trains in Argentina

BREAKING NEWS: Bus Collides With Two Trains in Argentina

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Reports are coming in saying at least seven people were killed when a train collided with a bus early Tuesday morning in Buenos Aires, causing it to collide with a second train.

The Argentinean capital city was rocked with news that along with the seven killed, at least 170 have been injured by the crash that occurred just outside the city just after 6 a.m. local time.

Early reports from police said some people were still trapped in the mangled compartments of the bus and train, and 100 ambulances were called to the scene.

The bus was reportedly hurrying to cross in front of the first train, but did not make it across the level crossing. The train collided with the bus, dragging it along the tracks next to it, and causing it to collide with a second train.

ImageThe driver of the bus, which was jammed up against a nearby platform, is said to have died in the accident.

Gustavo Gago, one of the spokesman for the train company, Trenes de Buenos Aires SA, said it believes the bus “crossed on to the level-crossing when the barriers were low, but we await the results of the investigation to see if this is what happened.”

Another spokesman for the train company said the investigators were studying the videotape of the accident to determine what happened, but he said the barriers appear to be functioning normally.

Witnesses say one of the barriers was only partially down, giving the bus driver room to steer the bus across the tracks, ignoring the warning bells.

Many have said the tracks are often crossed by drivers who ignore the lowering barriers and warnings bells, as they are frustrated by the trains that pass every few minutes.

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Six Priests Murdered in Colombia in 2011 thus Far

Six Priests Murdered in Colombia in 2011 thus Far

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The Bishops of Colombia have expressed their deep sorrow and concern over the murder of don Gualberto Oviedo Arrieta, priest of Our Lady of Carmen in Capurganá (10 kilometers from the border with Panama, about 280 km from the capital Bogota), in the diocese of Apartadó, which took place at dawn yesterday, September 12.

Father Oviedo Arrieta was 34 years old and had been a priest for 2 years. The Episcopal Conference of Colombia issued a statement, a copy of which was sent to Agenzia Fides, which states: “the Catholic Church mourns for this new act of violence that has deeply saddened the Colombian people”.

According to what was communicated by Radio Caracol, police sources reported that the priest’s body was found, covered with wounds and stabs, in the rectory of the parish in the touristic resort of Capurganá, on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. At first glance no acts of violence were noticed within the house and nothing was stolen.

The murder took place just hours after the conclusion of the “Week of Peace” which from September 5 through the 11th saw schools, universities and institutions mobilized in Colombia on such an important issue in the current national context. The closing Eucharist of the Week was celebrated by Father Joaquin Sanchez Garcia, SJ, Rector of the Universidad Javeriana, who recalled the country’s human rights defenders and St. Peter Claver, the patron of human rights. The event took place at the Simon Bolivar park in Bogota for the great influx of people.

The Bishops’ note underlines that with the killing of Fr. Gualberto Oviedo Arrieta 6 priests have already been killed in Colombia in 2011: “a very worrying figure, which shows the state of violence and moral degradation in our society”, says Mgr. Juan Vicente Cordoba Villota, Auxiliary Bishop of Bucaramanga and General Secretary of the Colombian Episcopate.

The note lists the cases of other Catholic priests murdered in Colombia this year, Father Reynel Restrepo Idárraga (01/09/2011), Father Rafael Reátiga Rojas (of the Diocese of Soacha) and father Richard Armando Piffano Laguado (of the Diocese of Fontibon) (27/01/2011), Father Luis Carlos Orozco Cardona (12/02/2011), Father Gustavo Garcia (12/05/2011). According to the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, between 1984 and September 2011, two Bishops, 79 priests, eight religious men and three seminarians have been killed in the country.

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Panama to Strengthen Its Fiscal Management and Obtain More Public Investment

Panama to Strengthen Its Fiscal Management and Obtain More Public Investment

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With a $50 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Panama will strengthen its fiscal management to help raise public investment through a sustainable increase in tax revenues and improved efficiency and transparency in public expenditure management.

Panama has one of the lowest tax collection rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, representing about 11 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). In 2004 per capita GDP was $4,470, rising to $7,712 in 2010, making Panama one of the lower middle income countries with the highest economic growth rates. It is expected that the Government Strategic Plan will carry out previously adopted tax reforms that will result in a permanent 2.5 percent increase in tax revenues. The additional revenues will boost public investment to levels of 10 percent to12 percent of GDP in 2011–2014.

The program will result in operational and physical reforms, better tax management and technology, and greater tax compliance. The consolidation of public expenditure management will increase the percentage of central government institutions that will use the National Public Investment System, which contains annual budgetary targets for public investment with indicators for results.

The program will also enhance the financial management and accounting of public resources and increase the quality of information. This will include an increase in the percentage of government institutions regulated by the Single Treasury Account. Training will be provided in the use of the web-based Integrated Financial Management platform.

The program will strengthen the Ministry of Economy and Finance, update its legal frameworks, streamline administrative and business procedures, improve operational support systems, and renovate physical and technological infrastructure. The program also includes training and consulting services, as well as the purchase of computer systems and equipment and support materials.

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Violent Attacks on Brazil’s Indigenous Indians Being Reported as They Claim Ancestral Land

Violent Attacks on Brazil’s Indigenous Indians Being Reported as They Claim Ancestral Land

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Survival International has received reports that truckloads of armed men are violently driving Brazil’s Guarani from their land, leaving them in fear of their lives.

Guarani anthropologist Tonico Benites told Survival, ‘People’s lives are in imminent danger. A child could die at any moment.’

Benites reported that his uncle was left blind in one eye following a recent attack on the Guarani communities of Pyelito Kuê and M’barakai, south of the Brazilian Amazon.

Those caught up in the violence have described how they were forced to run to safety after their huts were set alight, clothes burnt and families threatened. 

One Guarani man recounted, ‘Small lamps and torches were flashing in all directions, and the children and elderly people could not run. There are tears in my eyes as I write this. We have almost no more hope of surviving in this Brazil’.

Gunmen are reported to have blocked roads, destroyed a bridge that provided access to the Indians’ camp, and surrounded the Guarani, preventing food and medical supplies from reaching them.

This is one of a series of attacks on these Guarani since the beginning of August 2011. It follows attempts by the Indians to reclaim their ancestral land, which was seized by ranchers in the 1970s and has been occupied ever since.

The Guarani also faced persecution in 2003 and 2009 when they made similar moves to reoccupy their land.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said, ‘It’s shocking that the Guarani should be repeatedly persecuted for attempting to return to land that is rightfully their own. The Brazilian government needs to act swiftly before more innocent lives are lost.’

Brazil’s government has condemned the violence. Survival has written to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) calling for urgent measures to be taken to protect the Guarani, and to Brazil’s Ministry of Justice, urging that Guarani land is mapped out and protected, as set out in Brazil’s own constitution.

 

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TuesdaySeptember 13, 2011