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FridayOctober 14, 2011

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Zetas No. 3 Commander Captured in Coahuila, Mexico

Zetas No. 3 Commander Captured in Coahuila, Mexico

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Thursday, Mexican officials announced that the No. 3 leader of the notorious Los Zetas drug cartel has been captured.

Mexican soldiers captured Carlos Oliva-Castillo known as “La Rana” or “The Frog”, in the Coahuila capital city, Saltillo, about 250 miles south of Texas.

It is believed Oliva-Castillo is the man who ordered the firebombing on Casino Royale in Monterrey in August. In the end, 52 people were killed when Los Zetas entered the building with guns, refused to allow anyone but police to leave, and locked everyone inside. The majority of those who lost their lives died of smoke inhalation.

Col. Ricardo Trevilla, spokesman for Mexico’s armed forces, said, Oliva-Castillo, 37, is “one of the most important leaders” of Los Zetas. The only two believed to be ranked above him are Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino-Morales, who each have a $5 million U.S. bounty on their heads.

An army statement said intelligence led the soldiers to a safe house in Saltillo. Wednesday, the house was stormed and Oliva-Castillo was arrested without anyone having to fire a shot. However, taking Oliva-Castillo proved more difficult, as gunmen opened fire on the soldiers, attempting to distract them so Oliva-Castillo could escape.

It is believed he joined Los Zetas in 2005, and worked in the border state of Tamaulipas relaying drugs into the U.S. He is also said to be the commander for Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.

Along with Oliva-Castilla, a woman believed to be his girlfriend, and a man said to be his bodyguard were arrested.

Read more at LA Times →

WATCH Rafael Nadal in Brand New Armani Short (VIDEO)

WATCH Rafael Nadal in Brand New Armani Short (VIDEO)

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Spanish tennis master Rafael Nadal ran on a tux, stripped and got dressed again for this brand new Armani short film. CALIENTE!!!!

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Harley-Davidson Opens New Latin America Headquarters

Harley-Davidson Opens New Latin America Headquarters

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In recognition of the growing opportunity to introduce the unique Harley-Davidson experience to more customers worldwide, Harley-Davidson announced today the opening of a new permanent Latin America headquarters in Miami, Florida, USA.

“As part of its business transformation, Harley-Davidson is taking one of the world’s most iconic brands to the many roads of the world,” said Mark Van Genderen, vice president and managing director, Harley-Davidson Latin America during the grand opening event. “This new regional headquarters is part of that transformation, and confirmation that Harley-Davidson is committed to fulfilling the dreams of customers in Latin America from Tierra del Fuego to the Rio Grande.”

Harley-Davidson’s strategic growth plans include opening new markets and expanding in existing ones. The Company expects that sales outside of the US will exceed 40% of the total by 2014 and growth in the markets that make up the Latin America region are a key part of achieving that goal.

“Our new location will help us better and more quickly respond to our Latin American customer’s needs,” added Van Genderen. “Harley-Davidson’s increased focus on customers outside of the US is an exciting time for us, since many Latin American countries have well-established motorcycle cultures and thousands of avid enthusiasts.”

Harley-Davidson has long had a presence in the region. In fact, archive records show our motorcycles winning races in Sao Paulo, Brazil as far back as 1918. More recently, the Company established complete knockdown (CKD) assembly operations in Manaus, Brazil in 1998, to better serve the needs of customers in the fast growing economy. Harley-Davidson motorcycles have also been sold in Mexico dating back more than 80 years.

The Latin America regional office, (which had been based out of the Company’s global headquarters in Milwaukee, USA) supports subsidiary operations in Brazil and Mexico, as well as operations in many other countries through the region’s Latin America Direct Markets group. All Harley-Davidson functions critical to development and support for the markets are represented in the new headquarters including: sales, marketing, dealer development, and others.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG), produces heavyweight custom, cruiser, and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, please visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com

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Famous Costa Rican Crocodile “Pocho” Dies (VIDEO)

Famous Costa Rican Crocodile “Pocho” Dies (VIDEO)

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The 50 year old “Poncho” the Crocodile was tame and performed tricks and stunts for passersby, directed by fisherman Gilberto Shedden until he passed away on Tuesday.

Costa Rican fisherman Gilberto Shedden, known as “Chito” lost his best friend this week: a 980 pound crocodile, almost 16 feet long.

The fisherman and the crocodile had a 20 year history that started when “Chito” found the reptile on death’s door, by a river in the Costa Rican Caribbean.

Shedden took care of the crocodile and trained him to do tricks like shake hands, close one eye and roll over.

Neighbors and friends have prepared a funeral for the Pocho, the only documented domesticated crocodile in the world. 

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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2011 Promotes AIDS Awareness & HIV Testing Nationwide

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 2011 Promotes AIDS Awareness & HIV Testing Nationwide

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Latinos/Hispanics testing late for HIV represents a major challenge

Community based organizations, elected officials, community leaders, health departments, Health and Human Services Regions, health educators, advocates and people living with HIV/AIDS call on the importance of HIV testing and the urgent need to respond to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among Hispanic/Latino communities nationwide and in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), which is held each year in commemoration of the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, represents a call to action for Hispanics/Latinos to protect their lives and the lives of those they love by getting tested and learning about HIV. The theme for this year, “Latinos Unite! Let’s Stay Healthy. Get Tested for HIV”, integrates efforts on raising HIV/AIDS awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention and education as well as other critical health issues such as Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis.

NLAAD events are organized annually on October 15th in more than 200 cities and 45 states across the country and US territories. NLAAD was established in 2003 to act as a community mobilization catalyst to prevent the spread of HIV infection in Latino communities, promote HIV testing opportunities, connect people to care and hold activities that raise HIV/AIDS awareness and other health conditions impacting Latinos/Hispanics nationwide.

Image“HIV/AIDS continues to be alive in the Latino/Hispanic community. It’s important for all of us to get tested and know our status,” said Melissa Faith Ramirez, Director of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.

The President of the Latino Commission on AIDS, Guillermo Chacon stated, “Recognizing that our communities have faced persistent barriers to accessing health care and HIV services, we need to come together to reaffirm our commitment to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in all Latino/Hispanic communities. We cannot miss anybody. HIV does not discriminate.”

NLAAD recognizes the Office of Minority Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all local, regional and statewide partners for their leadership and support in implementing the mission & vision of NLAAD in 2011.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day was created in 2003 in response to the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on Hispanic/Latino Communities across the US and territories. This October 15th, marks the ninth annual commemoration of NLAAD, which is held each year in commemoration of the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month. NLAAD represents a call to action for Hispanics/Latinos to protect their lives and the lives of those they love by getting tested and learning about HIV.

For more information, please visit:

www.nlaad.org
www.latinoaids.org

Read more at Latino Commission on AIDS →

Court Upholds Key Parts of Alabama Immigration Law

Court Upholds Key Parts of Alabama Immigration Law

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A federal appeals court has temporarily restricted enforcement of some parts of the controversial Alabama HB 56 Law.

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued a restriction today after the U.S. Justice Department and a coalition of immigrant rights groups requested HB 56 be put on hold until the larger constitutional issues can be addressed.

The Obama administration claims the Constitution does not allow individual states to legislate illegal immigration, saying any issues with foreign policy implications are the exclusive mandate of the federal government.

The Justice Department said the law turns illegal immigrants into a “unique class who cannot lawfully obtain housing, enforce a contract, or send their children to school without fear that enrollment will be used as a tool to seek to detain and remove them and their family members.”


Alabama’s law, passed this summer, would allow state and local officials to check the immigration status of public school students, detain suspected illegal residents without bond and make it a crime for immigrants to conduct business with the state for things like driver’s licenses, if they don’t have the proper documentation.

Sections prevented from being enforced include:

– Section 10, requiring immigrants to carry a “green card”;
– Section 28, allowing public school students to be questioned about their immigration status.

Nonetheless,  Alabama will be allowed to enforce:

– Section 30, blocking undocumented immigrants from entering into a “business transaction”;
– Section 12, allowing local law enforcement to stop, detain or arrest upon reasonable suspicion anyone “unlawfully present” in the state.

 

 

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Honduras Likely to Break World Murder Rate Record

Honduras Likely to Break World Murder Rate Record

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One Latin American country is about to break a world record that no country is ever proud to break, the world murder record.

A report released Thursday says Honduras, with a population of about 8 million, is estimated to soon break the world murder record, putting it ahead of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

With an estimated murder rate of 86 per 100,000 inhabitants, Honduras is leaps ahead of other Latin American countries like Brazil and Venezuela, which are known for their high murder rates.

Between January and June of this year, Honduras’ violence resulted in 3,587 deaths compared to the 2,929 deaths in the same period last year.

The study, by the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, stated that in 2010, the small Central American country has an average of 20 violence-related deaths a day.

Four of the five countries with the highest murder rates in the world are in Latin America – Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and Mexico.

Central America is fairing far worse than South America it terms of violence however, as homicide rates in South America dropped, due in large part to the continents of economic growth.

This week, 44 people were killed in a conflict between security forces and farm workers.

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Colombian Women End Sex Strike After Govt. Builds New Road

Colombian Women End Sex Strike After Govt. Builds New Road

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Women from the Colombian town of Barbacoas withheld sex from their partners, until a road connecting the town to the city of Pasto was built.

The women of Barbacoas announced on June 22 that they would refuse their partners’ sexual advances until authorities paved the 35 mile dirt road linking their town with Pasto, the provincial capital of the department of Nariño, south west of the country.

Civil engineers from the Army began working on Tuesday. The paved road is expected to slash travel time by at least six hours.

Barbacoas Mayor Jose Arnulfo Preciado said that he was the first victim of the protest; Preciado said he is willing to submit to a polygraph test to prove his wife slept in a separate room during the strike.

Preciado also manifested some concern about the fact that funding for the project has not yet been completely raised and construction could come to a halt before the expected finishing date of mid-2013. If it does, the women say they will strike again.

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Domincan Republic Unveils Country’s First Wind Farm

Domincan Republic Unveils Country’s First Wind Farm

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As part of the country’s plan to put up $770 million worth of wind farms through 2015 , the Dominican Republic unveiled its first on Tuesday.

In the western town of Juancho of the Pedernales Province, President Leonel Fernandez revealed the 14-turbine wind farm, saying it can produce 33 megawatts of electricity an hour.

The investment into the alternate means of energy is part of the country’s attempt to end its dependence on nonrenewable sources like petroleum.

The wind farm is the first on the island shared Haiti, and cost about $100 million. It is expected to expand to generate 70 megawatts/hr.

Winds farms like this will each allow the Dominican Republic to reduce petroleum imports by at least 200,000 barrels a year. Currently, the country imports about 155,00 barrels of oil per day, the majority of which comes from Venezuela.

For decades, the country’s oil-run electricity sector had been in crisis, with customers suffering numerous blackouts over the years.

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U.S. Sends Its Congratulations to Uruguay on Bicentennial of Gritto de Asencio (VIDEO)

U.S. Sends Its Congratulations to Uruguay on Bicentennial of Gritto de Asencio (VIDEO)

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Take a look at the congratulatory note that the Secretary of State sent to Uruguay on the occasion of the of the Gritto de Asencio.

“Congratulations on your bicentennial Uruguay! I am delighted to send best wishes to all of you as you celebrate your many accomplishments and the 200-year anniversary of the Gritto de Asencio.
The relationship between the United States and Uruguay is strong, based on our shared ideals, common values and history. The founders of both our countries worked hard for the freedom and democracy that we cherish today. Now, we are promoting these values around the world.

Together, we are working to expand education, to broaden regional access to markets, to develop alternative sources of energy, advance scientific research and innovation. Because of our work on a range of issues, countless countries are more peaceful, more prosperous and looking forward to a brighter future.

Whether you are celebrating along the riverbanks of the Mercedes, or honoring your rich history with family and friends in Montevideo, please know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. I wish all Uruguayans a safe and happy bicentennial celebration. And I look forward to finding new ways to strengthen our relationship as we work together for a better world.”

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List of Hispanic Films Eligible for Best Foreign Film Academy Award

List of Hispanic Films Eligible for Best Foreign Film Academy Award

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The academy has released the list of the 63 foreign-language films that are eligible for an award; eleven hispanic films made the cut.

Volunteer members of the Academy will begin screening the submissions on Friday at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

After each screening, voters will give each film a score on a scale of six-to-10.

Screenings will go on until mid January and the six highest ranking films will go on to the next phase, when an executive committee will meet and add three more films to the list to create a shortlist of nine semi-finalists.

Two select second-round committees will watch the nine films over a three-day period; their votes will determine the nominees for the Best Foreign Film Category.

Below, the list of Hispanic films, with directors:

Argentia: “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner
Brazil: “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” Jose Padilha
Chile: “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andres Wood
Colombia: “The Colors of the Mountain,” Carlos Cesar Arbelaez
Cuba: “Habanastation,” Ian Padron
Dominican Republic: “Love Child,” Leticia Tonos
Mexico: “Miss Bala,” Gerardo Naranjo
Peru: “October,” Daniel Vega and Diego Vega
Spain: “Black Bread,” Agusti Villaronga
Uruguay: “The Silent House,” Gustavo Hernandez
Venezuela: “Rumble of Stones,” Alejandro Bellame Palacios

 

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Dept. of Justice Sets Up Hotline in Alabama to Report Civil Rights Violations After HB 56 Passed

Dept. of Justice Sets Up Hotline in Alabama to Report Civil Rights Violations After HB 56 Passed

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The U.S. Department of Justice has established a hotline and e-mail address to receive discrimination and other civil rights complaints in the state of Alabama.

The DOJ is currently appealing a ruling by District Court Judge Sharon Blackburn that allowed the state to enforce what is being called the toughest immigration law in the U.S.

Alabama’s HB 56, which was passed last month, permits state authorities to question those suspected of entering the United States illegally and hold them without bond, in addition to allowing officials to verify the immigration status of public school students.

A number of reports have come out documented that immigrants have left Alabama in droves since the law was passed.

The Justice Department’s Alabama hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010, and the email address is Hb56@usdoj.gov

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Thanks to Emerging Economy, Latin America Seeing Increase in International Tourists

Thanks to Emerging Economy, Latin America Seeing Increase in International Tourists

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UN report: international tourist numbers expected to hit 1.8 Billion by 2030

The number of tourists travelling outside their countries is projected to reach 1.8 billion within two decades, with emerging economies responsible for the highest growth rates, according to a new report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The report, Tourism Towards 2030, confirms that international tourism will continue to grow, forecasting an average of 43 million additional people becoming international tourists every year. This figure, which corresponds to a 3.3 per cent annual increase, represents a more moderate growth pace in the industry than in previous years.

“The next 20 years will be of continued growth for the sector – a more moderate, responsible and inclusive growth,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, who presented the report yesterday at the organization’s General Assembly in Gyeongju in the Republic of Korea (ROK).

“This growth offers immense possibilities as these can also be years of leadership, with tourism leading economic growth, social progress and environmental sustainability,” he said.

According to the report, arrivals will pass the one billion mark next year, and by 2030 five million people will be crossing international borders every day.

The report also reveals that emerging economies in Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa will have the most to gain from this increase as they are expected to grow at double the pace of advanced markets in North America and Europe.

By 2015, emerging economies will receive more international tourists than advanced economies, and by 2030 their share is expected to reach 58 per cent.

The report also forecasts that by 2030 North-East Asia will be the most visited region in the world, taking over from Southern and Mediterranean Europe, and that most tourists will come from Asia and the Pacific, followed by European travellers.

Tourism Towards 2030 shows that there is still significant potential for further expansion in the coming decades. Established, as well as new destinations, can benefit from this trend and opportunity, provided they shape the appropriate conditions and policies with regard to business environment, infrastructure, facilitation, marketing and human resources,” said Mr. Rifai.

“Nevertheless, alongside this opportunity, challenges will also arise in terms of maximizing tourism’s social and economic benefits while minimizing negative impacts. As such, it is more important than ever that all tourism development be guided by the principles of sustainable development,” he added.

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FridayOctober 14, 2011