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MondayNovember 21, 2011

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El Salvador Gets $50 Million to Reduce Risk to Slums from Natural Disasters

El Salvador Gets $50 Million to Reduce Risk to Slums from Natural Disasters

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for US$50 million to El Salvador for a project to reduce the vulnerability of residents in slums in the San Salvador Metropolitan Area (AMSS, for its initials in Spanish) to floods and landslides, and improve their living conditions.

The capital region has 514 settlements with poor access to adequate sanitation, drinking water, or electricity. Of these, 93 are highly vulnerable to floods or landslides because houses have been built on river banks and steep hillsides.

The IDB-funded program, which will be carried out by the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, will invest in infrastructure to mitigate those risks and improve access to basic services.

“The program also includes improvements in social services to provide greater access to health and early childhood development and, where necessary, facilitate the relocation of families to less vulnerable areas,” said Luis Tejerina, IDB project team leader.

Program resources will finance flood buffers and river channeling. Additional investments will provide communities with water, sewerage services, electricity, and drainage.

The program will also finance diagnostic and modeling hydraulic studies needed for the creation of a master drainage plan in coordination with the Office of Planning of AMSS, which was created by the council of mayors representing 14 municipalities in the capital region.

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Colombia arrests 14 drug suspects wanted by U.S.

Colombia arrests 14 drug suspects wanted by U.S.

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Colombian police announced Monday the capture of 14 suspected drug traffickers wanted for extradition to the United States.

The director of the force, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, told a press conference that among those arrested was Dionisio de Jesus Vera Olmos, who took over the gang’s business “when police mounted an operation to find its kingpin,” Daniel Barrera.

Vera is also suspected of forging an alliance with the head of the Erpac militia group, Jose Eberto Lopez Montero.

Of the 14 taken into custody, six were nabbed in Bogota, five in Barranquilla, two in Cartagena and one in Puerto Boyaca.

According to police, those under arrest were in charge of coca-paste production in the central province of Meta, processing the paste into cocaine in labs controlled by Erpac and shipping the drug to the Atlantic coast and the Venezuelan state of Apure.

Police investigations also indicate that gang members were laundering money from drug sales through front operations both inside and outside of Colombia.

Vera and other drug traffickers sent an average of 1.5 tons of cocaine from clandestine runways in Venezuela, and from the Caribbean ports of Barranquilla and Cartagena in containers of large freighters headed for the Dominican Republic and Honduras, where the front companies received and stored the drugs.

From there the drugs were sent to Europe and the United States

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Calle 13 Joins UNICEF to Combat Human Trafficking in Latin America

Calle 13 Joins UNICEF to Combat Human Trafficking in Latin America

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Nineteen-time Latin Grammy winners Calle 13 joined forces with UNICEF, MTV Latin America and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más today to launch the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign within Latin American and US Hispanic communities. The multi-media campaign aims to reach Spanish-speaking youth in Latin America and the US to increase awareness and prevention around human trafficking and exploitation.

Lured by false promises offering opportunities for a better life, at least 550,000 children, adolescents and youth have become victims of trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean; often forced into unsafe sexual practices and drug use, they are at a heightened risk of contracting HIV.

“Youth is our future and we need to educate them not exploit them,” said Residente de Calle 13. “We are thrilled to be supporting this campaign and look forward to working with MTV and UNICEF to address other related issues like education.” He added.

Since 2004, MTV EXIT has produced award-winning media components on the issue of human trafficking through influential music, film, and celebrities, and distributed innovative and creative content in over 40 languages to youth audiences, throughout Asia and Europe. Calle 13 joins a powerful list of celebrities including Angelina Jolie, The Killers, Radiohead, Muse, Jered Leto and Lucy Lui, who have all produced innovative content to amplify MTV EXIT’s powerful message about modern day slavery.

Residente and Visitante host a documentary to address how this global issue is affecting Latin America.  The documentary will include first-hand interviews with young Latin Americans who have been affected by trafficking and exploitation.

Calle 13 also donated the rights of Preparame la Cena, a song from their most recent award-winning album Entren los que Quieran, for the music video for the campaign.

 

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Venezuelan Poet Released From Jail While Trial Pending

Venezuelan Poet Released From Jail While Trial Pending

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A Venezuelan court freed on parole Monday publisher Leocenis Garcia, who went on a hunger strike 13 days after being arrested in September as a result of his magazine publishing a photomontage in which the heads of female Cabinet members were superimposed on the bodies of cabaret dancers.

His lawyer, Pedro Aranguren, told Efe the court ruled that the publisher and main shareholder of newsweekly 6to Poder should be freed pending trial.

“This was a rectification under pressure from the media and the critical journalism that still exists in this country,” the attorney said, adding that putting Garcia behind bars “for publishing a caricature” was a “barbarity.”

The publisher turned himself in on Aug. 30, the day after his arrest was ordered on charges of defamation and instigating hate crimes based on the issue 6to Poder put out with the controversial photomontage on the cover under the title “Las Poderosas de la Revolution” (The Powerful Women of the Revolution).

Aranguren said that under the ruling Garcia must report to the authorities every eight days and must not leave the country, give statements to the media about the case, or take part in political demonstrations.

He said that when Garcia is released from jail he will be taken to a clinic for a checkup of his health following his nearly two-week fast.

Garcia was taken to the Military Hospital on Nov. 16, a week after he began his hunger strike demanding the withdrawal of the charges against him and the resignation of the justice officials responsible.

Garcia’s arrest has been slammed by the Venezuelan opposition and Catholic Church, as well as by domestic and international organizations representing journalists.

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Drivers License Exam Nightmare: Chilean Woman Plunges into The Ocean!

Drivers License Exam Nightmare: Chilean Woman Plunges into The Ocean!

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A woman from Antofagasta, Chile took a wrong turn on her Drivers License Exam Test course, and sunk an SUV into the ocean.

The young driver-to-be was taking queues from her Instructor along the historical docks of the city’s port when she was cut off by another vehicle.

She accidentally stepped on the gas when she meant to break, a maneuver the Municipal Instructor couldn’t rectify, and the two plunged into the ocean.

Witnesses said that the teacher was able to come out before bubbles swallowed the SUV, but the student wasn’t able to unlock her seat belt.  At the last second, a fish saleswoman named Bárbara dived in and was able to rescue the young woman.

The driver was taken to the Regional Hospital where she’s recuperating from the shock, and other injuries. It is not clear if she failed the Driving Test or if she will ever want to get behind the wheel of any car.

 

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Just 2 Days to Go: Florida Shoppers Camp Outside Local Best Buy Store Awaiting Black Friday Sale

Just 2 Days to Go: Florida Shoppers Camp Outside Local Best Buy Store Awaiting Black Friday Sale

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Last week, a group of Florida shopper began their preparations Black Friday, some of them even setting up tents outside a local Best Buy store.

With more than a week to go, Christine Orta joined a number of other people looking to grab the best deals when the St. Petersburg Best Buy opens it’s door the midnight after Thanksgiving, thus beginning the Black Friday rush.

Orta told a local NBCaffiliate that camping outside the store is “not the oddest thing I’ve done, but it’s pretty crazy. It’s different.”

Store manager Jade Esparza told reporters, “It’s great. We think it’s fantastic, and we welcome everyone to come out.”

As for what Orta is hoping to nab, she said she’s hoping to get a 42” or 55” plasma flat-screen television.

Hold on chica, you only have a couple more days to go.

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Andrés Iniesta is Injured and Won’t Play Milán Vs. Barça

Andrés Iniesta is Injured and Won’t Play Milán Vs. Barça

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Barça number 8, center Andrés Iniesta won’t play against Milán on Wednesday, due to pain in his left leg, from an injury he received Thursday in Zaragoza, Spain.

Iniesta is one of many star players that will miss the Milán game; Adriano and Afellay are injured as well, and full-back Danny Alves is suspended.

The group leaders Barça and second-placed Milan will play Wednesday at San Siro.

 

 

 

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Mexico Hosts Largest International Balloon Festival

Mexico Hosts Largest International Balloon Festival

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The 10th International Balloon Festival, the largest such event in Latin America and one of the largest hot-air ballooning events in the world, started this weekend in Leon, a city in Mexico’s Guanajuato state.

The festival, which features 200 pilots from 14 countries, is expected to draw about 300,000 visitors, including 162,000 foreigners, during its four-day run.

The International Balloon Festival is an example of the efforts being made by the federal government to promote events and attractions in Mexico, Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara Manso said.

More than 2 million people have attended the festival since it started 10 years ago, Guanajuato Gov. Juan Manuel Oliva Ramirez said.

One of the festival’s draws this year is 9-year-old Bobby Bradley, the world’s youngest balloon pilot.

Bradley is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city known for hosting the world’s largest balloon festival.

“I’m really excited,” Bradley told Efe moments before taking off in his ultra-light balloon on Saturday.

The boy hopes to earn his pilot’s license at 16, the minimum age for flying a conventional balloon under international regulations.

The 200 balloons participating in the festival took off for their first flight at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, filling the sky with a variety of shapes and different colors.

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Mercedes-Benz Manager Arrested Under Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law

Mercedes-Benz Manager Arrested Under Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law

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A Mercedes-Benz manager in from Germany was arrested under Alabama’s controversial new immigration law for not having a driver’s license and once again shined a light on a law that many deem highly problematic.

Wednesday, a German Mercedes-Benz manager was arrested after a police officer pulled over the rental car he was driving because it did not have a tag. When the officer asked for the man’s driver’s license he stated he did not have one, only a German identification card. The officer then arrested the man for not carrying proper identification, as it is now required under the new law.

The 46-year-old man was charged with violating Alabama immigration law and sat jail until an associate was able to bring his passport, visa, and German driver’s license.

Mercedes-Benz has a plant about 20 miles outside of Tuscaloosa.

The Alabama law states that an officer is to detain anyone who cannot provide valid identification to indicate they are in the country legally, and Spencer Collier, Alabama’s homeland security director, said the officer in this case appeared to have “followed the statute correctly.”

Collier also states that his interest in this particular case, that of an executive from one of the state’s biggest companies, was no different than any other case he randomly checks up on.

The law was put in place to the appease those asking for stricter immigration laws to keep undocumented immigrants out. It is considered the most strict immigration law in the country, and is partially mirrored after Arizona’s.

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Puerto Ricans Shocked by Death of Malnourished 4-Year Old

Puerto Ricans Shocked by Death of Malnourished 4-Year Old

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A 4-year-old boy who weighed just 6.3 kilograms (13.8 pounds) died Monday in a hospital in Puerto Rico’s capital.

The child was brought to San Juan’s Pavia Hospital on Sunday by his mother, Luz Gonzalez, police Lt. Luis Martinez said.

He said that the boy was admitted completely undernourished and nothing but skin and bones, adding that mother could not explain why her son was in such a critical state, not being able to speak or walk.

The Department of the Family, which is examining the case, has begun procedures to take custody of the mother’s other three minor children, ages 1, 3 and 7.

Police and prosecutors are analyzing the case to determine if they will file charges against the mother.

The news about the death from malnutrition of the youngster sparked alarm since it coincided with the death last Saturday of a 4-month-old baby in the central town of Barranquitas after the mother told paramedics that her child was having health problems.

The police report in that case says that Damaira Arroyo Acevedo, 24, found her baby unconscious at their home in Barranquitas.

The woman called paramedics, who transported the child to Mennonite Hospital in Barranquitas, where the infant was pronounced dead.

The two recent deaths highlight the difficult situation for children in Puerto Rico, where each month 200 cases of mistreatment are registered and where in 2010 five children died after being beaten or otherwise attacked by their parents.

The director of the non-profit family support center ESCAPE, Yadira Pizarro, warned months ago that violence against children within the family unit had resulted in the deaths of about 20 children under 5 in the last three years.

The expert said that in Puerto Rico about 25 percent of women become mothers before reaching the age of 21.

Pizarro said that the parents who mistreat their children are rather young and, in many cases, lack the minimum training and experience to confront a task of such responsibility.

ESCAPE last March launched the “Children don’t come with an instruction manual” campaign with the aim of sending a message of solidarity to parents and relatives who are participating in the care of children in Puerto Rico.

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Zetas’s High Tech Narco-Communications Central Seized (VIDEO)

Zetas’s  High Tech Narco-Communications Central Seized (VIDEO)

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Communication equipment valued at $350,000 was seized by Mexican army elements in Torreón who raided a home known by Zeta narcos as “The Central.”

The $350,000 worth of equipment, was used by the Zetas for the control and coordination of their criminal cells as well as to monitor security forces to evade capture. 

Army elements seized a central processing unit as well as 2 high capacity hard drives, long-range broadband digital radio equipment, networked laptops, 63 digital radios, 59 analog radio units with multiple accessories and a digital ICOM radio to communicate with aircrafts from the ground and 24 cell phones.  Mexican authorities also found several doses of cocaine.

4 people were arrested.

 

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Diego Maradona in Argentina for his Mother’s Funeral

Diego Maradona in Argentina for his Mother’s Funeral

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A bereaved Diego Maradona accompanied on Monday the funeral procession of his mother, Dalma Salvadora Franco, to the Jardin private cemetery in Bella Vista, a city on the outskirts of Argentina’s capital.

A group of people gathered at the entrance to the cemetery with posters expressing support for Maradona, who arrived in Buenos Aires Sunday from the Middle East to attend the vigil for his mother. She had died a day earlier at the age of 81.

The soccer legend’s mother, known as “Doña Tota,” was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Los Arcos health clinic, in the capital’s Palermo neighborhood, due to health problems that had led to several stays in the hospital in recent months.

The hearse with a plaque reading “Doña Tota” was accompanied by Maradona, his daughters Dalma and Giannina, his seven brothers and his father, “Don Diego,” among other family members and friends.

“I hope journalists will be respectful of my dad in such a sorrowful moment,” Dalma said in a posting Monday on Twitter.

Diego Maradona arrived in Argentina from Dubai where he coaches the Al Wasl club. He made no statement to the press after hearing of his mother’s death in mid-flight.

President Cristina Fernandez called Maradona to express her condolences and said that she “shares his grief,” officials said.

Doña Tota, the mother of eight children, had been admitted to the hospital with “a diagnosis of sepsis, reintensified chronic renal insufficiency, hemodynamic instability and deterioration in (her) general health,” the Los Arcos clinic said in a statement.

Expressions of deepest sympathy on this sad occasion accumulated over the weekend on social networks and in communiques, as was the case of soccer star Lionel Messi, who sent his condolences for the death of the soccer legend’s mother through his foundation.

Players and fans observed a minute of silence before the beginning of the matches scheduled for the Apertura Tournament in the top category of Argentine soccer.

In the game this Sunday between Boca and Racing, the stands were full of waving flags bearing words of support for the star.

Players on the Boca team left the playing field wearing black armbands as a sign of mourning, while Juan Roman Riquelme asked that the club not stage the tribute planned for Monday celebrating the club’s 15 years in the First Division.

Maradona was always very close to his mother, even having a rose tattooed on his back with the words “Tota, te amo” (Tota, I love you).

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Was New Mexico Sex Torturer Targeting Latinas?

Was New Mexico Sex Torturer Targeting Latinas?

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The FBI has released the photo of a woman believed to be an additional victim of sexual torture and murder at the hands of suspected serial killer David Parker Ray of New Mexico.

Ray was convicted and sentenced to 223 years in prison for kidnapping and torturing two women. In 2002, he died in state prison, but the FBI has retrieved evidence, they believe link another woman to the murderer.

ImageAt a press conference in Albuquerque, Frank Fisher, spokesman for the bureau said, “We have a suspicion that this woman may have had contact with him, And we would really like to know what her name was, and if we could talk to her.”

In 1999, Ray was arrested after one of his victims managed to escape.

Cynthia Vigil Jaramillo was found naked, wearing only a dog collar and chain. She told police she was tortured in Ray’s home, and in 2001 he was sent to prison where he died the following year.

Though he wrote of more than 40 victims, the FBI has only been able to identify two of them.

ImageRecently, the FBI released photos of items (see below) found in Ray’s possession in the hope that someone would recognize something and help them identify to whom it belonged.

Jaramillio, now 33, spoke at the conference Friday, saying, “These people need to be returned to their families, whether they’re gone or not. They didn’t have to go through what I went through but they did. And they probably didn’t make it (out) like I did.”

She stated that while she was held by Ray, he bragged about those he had killed.

Anyone with information regarding possible victims of David Parker Ray is asked to contact FBI Albuquerque at (505) 889-1300.

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WATCH Latinos Prove iPhone 4s’ Siri Doesn’t Understand Accents (VIDEO)

WATCH Latinos Prove iPhone 4s’ Siri Doesn’t Understand Accents (VIDEO)

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The seemingly amazing voice recognizing virtual assistant Siri, installed in every iPhone 4S, chokes up when it hears commands spoken in an accent.

According to Apple.com, Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Siri understands what you say, answers questions, and even has a learning curve.

Unfortunately, even though Siri understands English (United States, United Kingdom, Australia), French and German, Sandra Ortiz—as you can see in the video below, is unable to communicate with Siri at all, because of her Mexican accent.

In a video uploaded to YouTube by Andrew, Sandra’s husband, the couple speaks to Siri to mixed results.

Andrew has no problem communicating with the iPhone, or getting it to display maps and the weather in Madrid using voice commands.  Meanwhile, Sandra, whose accent is not particularly thick, gets nothing when she asks “Where is the Laundromat?” Siri finally replies “I don’t know who you are.”

When Asked About this, Apple directed users to to the FAQ on their website which states:

The more you use Siri, the better it will understand you. It does this by learning about your accent and other characteristics of your voice. Siri uses voice recognition algorithms to categorize your voice into one of the dialects or accents it understands. As more people use Siri and it’s exposed to more variations of a language, its overall recognition of dialects and accents will continue to improve, and Siri will work even better.


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Boston Fire Dept. Names First Hispanic Fire Chief, Steve Abraira

Boston Fire Dept. Names First Hispanic Fire Chief, Steve Abraira

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Steve Abraira, has been named the Boston Fire Departments first Hispanic fire chief. He is of Cuban, Spanish, and Italian heritage.

At the age of 19, Abraira followed his father into a fire rescue career, and has since worked his way up the ladder during his 37-year career.

Abraira came to Boston by way of Miami and also Dallas, from which he expressed being forcibly removed from the department.

The 56-year-old said he and the new city manager in Dallas “didn’t see eye-to-eye” and that “she wanted to make a change” so he retired.

Chief Abraira served the Miami, Florida Fire-Rescue Department for over 26 years, retiring as an Assistant Fire Chief in 2000 when he was appointed Fire Chief of the City of Dallas, Texas Fire-Rescue Department. Chief Abraira served the City of Dallas for over 5 years before retiring and returning to Florida. In 2007, Abraira came out of retirement to assume his current position of Fire Chief in Palm Bay, Florida.

He was asked to be chief after a nationwide recruitment turned up over 50 applicants.

Abraira will start his new position on December 5, becoming the second in command under Fire Commissioner Roderick J. Fraser Jr., and succeeding Ronald Keating, who retired in October after 41 years of service.

Chief Abraira’s son is the third generation of fire fighter as the Fire Lieutenant with the City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department.

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Ricky Martin Joins M.A.C. Cosmetics’ “Viva Glam” Family to Raise Money to Fight HIV/AIDS

Ricky Martin Joins M.A.C. Cosmetics’ “Viva Glam” Family to Raise Money to Fight HIV/AIDS

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M.A.C. cosmetics has named Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin to be one of the faces of its 2012 Viva Glam campaign alongside the eccentric Nicki Minaj.

For more than 15 years, the makeup line has been raising awareness and funds to fight HIV and AIDS by way of the Viva Glam lipstick series. For every Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass purchased, “every cent of the selling price…is donated to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund.”

Martin and Minaj join a long list of celebrities to lend their faces and their voices to the cause. Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper were two to of the most recent celebrity faces to pose for the cause, but others have included Christina Aguilera, Dita Von Teese, Shirley Manson of the band Garbage, Elton John, Mary J Blige, RuPaul, and Eve.

For their ad for the campaign, which is going to be released in February, Ricky and Nicki’s photo was shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle, who is known for his use of color and often times, controversy. This time however, he lends his talents to a noble cause.

To date, the M.A.C. AIDS Fund has raised more than $224 million to those afflicted by or at high risk for AIDS or HIV.


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J Lo, Bruno Mars Big Latino Winners at the American Music Awards

J Lo, Bruno Mars Big Latino Winners at the American Music Awards

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J Lo won in the Favorite Latino Artist category, while crooner Bruno Mars bested the Biebs and Pitbull for the POP or ROCK MUSIC Favorite Male Artist award.

Bruno Mars won his first-ever American Music Award last night at the 39th American Music Awards in the Best Pop / Rock Male Artist category.

Once at the podium, Mars thanked his fans, his record label, his family and said he wanted to share the award with his “homie” nominees, since they’re all part of the same musical family and “we’re just doing music, we just want to do what we love.”

The other big Latino winner of the night was Jennifer López, who took over Enrique Iglesias’ five year reign as the best “Latin Artist of the Year” and stole the show with her ultra-spicy performances.

“I didn’t expect to win,” Lopez said, her voice breaking at the podium. “It’s been an amazing year…up and down and just exciting and overwhelming and so many things.”

Lopez then thanked her “family and babies” for inspiring her and making her “a better person.” She also thanked her creative partner Benny Medina, as well as producer RedOne.

“Mi gente Latina!” Lopez yelled at the end, raising her award “Por todo… I love you gracias.”

Check out the videos below for her spectacular performances, including an onstage replica of the FIAT commercial, as well as the much talked about controversial grinding moment with Pitbull, who later came back out to perform with Marc Anthony.

 

 

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Check Out Mexico YouTube Sensation - ‘Vazquez Sounds’ Teen Singing Siblings (VIDEO)

Check Out Mexico YouTube Sensation - ‘Vazquez Sounds’ Teen Singing Siblings (VIDEO)

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Check out Mexico’s YouTube sensation, teen singing siblings the Vazquez’ also known as ‘Vazquez Sounds’.  The three siblings, ranging in from from 10 to 15-years-old, perform their rendition of Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep”. 

Just after posting the YouTube video three days the kids from Mexicali, Mexico had over 52,000 views now they have over two million hits and counting.  Lead singer, Angie (who happens to be just 10 years old) is enjoying her fame and getting noticed at the grocery store.  The trio are fans of Cristiana Aguilera, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars - so we will see what their next song will be.

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Latinos and Blacks Twice as Likely to Lose Home during Foreclosure Process

Latinos and Blacks Twice as Likely to Lose Home during Foreclosure Process

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According to the Center for Responsible Lending’s new ‘Lost Ground, 2011’ report 6.4% of homeowners who received loans between 2004 and 2008 have lost their home to foreclosure.  These 2.7 million households span all races, ethnicities, and income levels.

Although the majority of affected borrowers have been white, African-American and Latino borrowers are almost twice as likely to have been impacted by the crisis.

Approximately one quarter of all Latino and African-American borrowers have lost their home to foreclosure or are seriously delinquent, compared to just under 12 percent for white borrowers. Asian borrowers have fared better as a whole than Latino and African-American borrowers, but they, too, have been disproportionately affected, especially in some metropolitan areas.

Another key finding were that racial and ethnic differences in foreclosure rates persisted even after accounting for differences in borrowers incomes.  Also the study showed the Latinos and African Americans were much more likely to receive high interest, subprime loans with features associated with higher foreclosures.

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Joe Jonas Can’t Figure Out Why People Think He’s Latino (VIDEO)

Joe Jonas Can’t Figure Out Why People Think He’s Latino (VIDEO)

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As a member of the wildly successful band The Jonas Brothers and a Disney show named after and staring them, Joe Jonas has experienced his share of crazy fans, and silly assumptions about him and his family, but one thing he can’t understand is…

Why do people think he’s Latino?

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Oil Giant Chevron “Takes Full Responsibility” for Spill in Brazil

Oil Giant Chevron “Takes Full Responsibility” for Spill in Brazil

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Chevron Corp. “takes full responsibility” for the oil spill off Brazil, the U.S.-based supermajor’s top executive in the South American country, George Buck, said.

The spill occurred earlier this month at a Chevron-operated appraisal well in the vicinity of the company’s offshore Frade field, located 370 kilometers (230 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state at a depth of approximately 1,200 meters (3,930 feet) in the Campos basin, Brazil’s main oil-producing area.

“The sheen, estimated at approximately 18 barrels or less in volume, is located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) offshore Brazil and continues moving away from the coast,” Chevron said in a statement released on Sunday.

Between 200 barrels per day (bpd) and 330 bpd of crude spilled into the ocean from Nov. 8 to Nov. 15, but the flow has slowed in the past few days because the company capped the well, Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, said.

“We are committed to deploying resources until the sheen can no longer be detected,” Buck said.

Over the weekend, the head of the Brazilian Federal Police’s environmental crimes unit, Fabio Scilar, questioned the legality and methods being used by Chevron Corp. to clean up the oil spill along the Atlantic coast.

The San Ramon, California-based company is “pushing” the oil to the bottom of the sea with high-pressure streams of sand, committing an environmental crime by polluting the ocean and endangering coral reefs, Scilar told Brazilian media Saturday.

The Federal Police has informally asked the oil company to change its clean-up strategy, Scilar said.

The company is working with Brazilian government agencies to “contain, reduce and eliminate the remaining oil sheen in the vicinity of its Frade field,” Chevron said.

“Up to 18 vessels have been in rotating operation to support well plugging operations and sheen cleanup. The vessels are using oil response methods approved by the Brazilian government, such as deployment of containment booms and surface skimming. At no time has sand or chemical dispersants been used in the process,” Chevron said.

Chevron Brasil Upstream Frade Ltda., which has a 51.7 percent stake, is the lead operator in the Frade field.

Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras has a 30 percent interest in the project and the Frade Japao Petroleo Ltda. consortium controls the remaining stake.

“Our emergency response teams are trained and prepared to address a potential spill incident,” Buck said. “The moment the seeps were first identified, we immediately activated our emergency response plan and began dispatching necessary resources to safely manage the situation. We moved quickly to begin plugging and cementing procedures to seal the source. Our combined efforts greatly diminished the size of the sheen and stopped the source of the seep flow within only four days of first detection. We believe no new oil is seeping from the reservoir. Seep lines continue to drain in the form of droplets.”

The company said it was analyzing data to determine how much oil was released into the ocean.

“This analysis is expected to be complete within days. Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) had estimated the total volume of oil released at approximately 5,000 to 8,000 barrels,” Chevron said.

“A complete investigation is underway to understand the cause of the incident. Findings will be shared with Brazilian government agencies and Chevron’s global operations to prevent this from happening again,” the company said, adding that development drilling operations had been suspended in the field.

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At least 4 inmates murdered inside Salvadoran prison

At least 4 inmates murdered inside Salvadoran prison

Photo: La Esperanza prison, also in El Salvador, where 40% of inmates are gang members

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Salvadoran prison authorities confirmed Sunday that at least four inmates in the Quezaltepeque prison in San Salvador, were murdered on the weekend in a fight among the prisoners.

The assistant director of the country’s prison administration, or DGCP, Nelson Rauda, confirmed to Efe that on Saturday night guards found “the corpses of three inmates in Sector 1 of the Quezaltepeque prison” and that on Sunday “another (body) turned up in Sector 2” in the same prison.

The victims were identified as: Jose Rodolfo Martinez Pineda, 19; Cesar Francisco Perez Garcia, 22; Juan Carlos Moreno Flores, 25 and Cesar Jonatan Ceron Enrique, 21, according to prison authorities.

The DGCP official said that all the bodies had “wounds from knives and blows.”

Rauda said that the multiple killings came amid an “internal cleansing of the 18 gang,” given that Quezaltepeque houses exclusively members of that group.

Interned in the prison, which is located in central La Libertad province, are 1,000 members of the Mara 18 gang, according to prison data.

Rauda said that authorities had decided to declare a “state of emergency” in the prison, with the measure consisting of suspending visits to inmates and increasing security measures, but he did not specify the duration of the decree.

This is the second such deadly incident to occur in a Salvadoran prison so far this year. In October, three inmates were killed in the prison at Ciudad Barrios, in the eastern province of San Miguel, Rauda said.

Meanwhile, San Salvador Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas, during the traditional press conference after Sunday Mass, called the situation in the country’s prisons, especially Quezaltepeque, “worrying.”

He emphasized that the Salvadoran state has the obligation to guarantee the rights of the prison population, even though those people are in custody for breaking the law.

“It’s true that they are deprived of liberty, but not the rest of their rights,” he said, adding that “if the required attention is not given to them” the prisons could become “a type of time bomb, which is a threat for everyone.”

The prelate said that it is “necessary” for the authorities to find “other civilized ways of guaranteeing the functioning of the prisons,” adding that to do that it is urgent for prison overcrowding to be brought to an end.

El Salvador’s prisons currently house more than 24,000 people, meaning that they contain almost three times the 8,300 inmates they were designed to hold.

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Guatemala’s “Global Justice” Program Serves 1 Million Guatemalans in U.S.

Guatemala’s “Global Justice” Program Serves 1 Million Guatemalans in U.S.

Photo: Guatemalan Migrant Services

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The Legal Assistance, Defense, Protection, and Representation Program “Global Justice” (aka Justicia Global) of the Guatemalan Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrates its third anniversary serving an average of one million Guatemalans in the United States.  During these three years there have been significant victories, which included:

* Family reunifications
*  U Visas for crime victims
*  Release of the unlawfully detained
*  Wage theft settlement

The program utilizes the PALMIGUA (Guatemalan Migrant Assistance Portal) website at www.palmigua.com which facilitates a variety of free legal consultations, educational and training tools.

  * DREAM ACT. Young Guatemalan students are represented by Justicia Global, such as student Fredd Reyes, who was released when he was about to be deported and managed to remain in the United States legally thanks to the program.
  * GUATEMALAN RECEIVES TREATMENT FOR CANCER. A young Guatemalan boy received $1.5 million dollars worth in promised cancer treatment when the facility where he was hospitalized was ready to discharge him leaving him without hope. Efforts from the legal support program resulted in the hospital to care for this young boy.

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MondayNovember 21, 2011