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WednesdayNovember 30, 2011

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Mexico Commits to Building at Least 10 Renewable Energy Facilities, Obtains $70 Million in Financing

Mexico Commits to Building at Least 10 Renewable Energy Facilities, Obtains $70 Million in Financing

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a concessional loan for $70 million to boost funding for renewable energies in electricity generation in Mexico, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The resources, which were provided from the Clean Technology Fund, will mobilize at least the same amount of funding from Mexico’s development bank, Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), along with $70 million from an existing IDB conditional line of credit approved in 2009, for a total of at least $210 million.

The Clean Technology Fund (CTF), one of two climate investment funds for which the IDB serves as an implementing agency, promotes funding for the demonstration, implementation, and transfer of low-carbon technologies with a long-term potential for significant reductions in greenhouse gases. The CTF finances programs in 12 countries around the world.

These funds are expected to be used for the construction of at least 10 renewable energy facilities, in particular wind power plants and small hydroelectric plants, for a total increase in Mexico’s installed generating capacity from clean sources of 1,000 megawatts. The estimated savings of greenhouse gas emissions in this scenario would total two million tons of CO2 yearly .

 

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Brazil’s First Astronaut, Marcos Pontes, Chosen as Goodwill Ambassador

Brazil’s First Astronaut, Marcos Pontes, Chosen as Goodwill Ambassador

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced today that it has appointed Marcos Pontes, the first Brazilian astronaut to go into space, as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Mr. Pontes began life in poor living conditions in the suburbs of São Paulo, the agency said in a news release announcing his appointment, which took place during the 14th session of the UNIDO General Conference being held in Vienna this week.

He went on to reach his dreams through basic education and professional skills training that enabled him to commence subsequent studies in aeronautical technology and engineering, UNIDO noted.

“With his unique life story, Marcos Pontes is giving an example of how basic education and professional skills can make a real difference,” said UNIDO Director-General Kandeh Yumkella. “His story is an inspiration for many people around the globe.”

Mr. Pontes voiced his appreciation to UNIDO for considering him for the position of Goodwill Ambassador to advocate the agency’s messages and activities.

“Looking from space, earth is a unique and beautiful planet. We have 7 billion people trying to live with some quality on this wonderful blue home. But that will not be possible if we try it selfishly.

“We need to get together and prepare the new generation to be citizens of one world. UNIDO can help in this challenge, and I am honoured to accept the nomination to cooperate as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for a better future on earth,” said Mr. Pontes.

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Honduras Obtains $180 Million in Loans to Reform Pension System & Prepare for Natural Disasters

Honduras Obtains $180 Million in Loans to Reform Pension System & Prepare for Natural Disasters

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved three loans for Honduras for a total of $180 million to support reforms to the pension system and the financial sector, and to help the country deal with natural disasters.

A credit of $100 million will help to improve the natural disaster response capacity. These funds will be used by the government of Honduras for extraordinary expenses caused by hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding. Should the need arise, the funds would be allocated to cover expenses such as emergency sanitary elements, medications, facilities and equipment for temporary shelters, among others.

A second project for $40 million will help strengthen the country’s macroeconomic and fiscal stability through reforms that promote the long-term sustainability of social welfare institutions. Among other aspects, the project seeks to improve the financial viability of the Honduran Social Security Institute and to increase administrative and budgetary control of the central government’s human resources.

A third project for $40 million will support the strengthening of the financial safety net and improved access to credit targeting the lowest-income segment of the population as well as micro, small and medium-size businesses, as a mechanism that helps to reduce poverty.

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Scorpion Venom Key to Cuban Cancer Treatment Research

Scorpion Venom Key to Cuban Cancer Treatment Research

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Cuba is working on four research projects on anti-cancer treatments using the venom of a type of scorpion that is endemic to the island, government officials announced Tuesday.

One of those projects, which is being undertaken by the Cuban firm Labiofam, has come to fruition and the homeopathic medication Vidatox is already being sold in Cuba. Vidatox is a pain-alleviating therapeutic measure that is intended to compliment the treatment of cancer symptoms.

These and other experiences will be presented at the 2nd International Conference being held by Labiofam next September along with a Symposium on Natural Products in Therapy against Cancer, according to what company president Jose Antonio Fraga said at a press conference.

Cuban scientists have verified that the toxin in the venom of the Rophalorus junceus scorpion has an analgesic, antiinflamatory and antitumoral effect.

The toxin is extracted from the scorpion using electrical stimulation and each animal can contribute about 0.02 milliliters of venom, equivalent to two or three drops.

To enable scientists to pursue this research, which was begun 15 years ago, Cuba created a network of scorpion raisers all over the country, Fraga noted, adding that the research leading to the creation of the medication cost some 23 million pesos (almost $1 million).

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Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’s Gold Medal Awarded to Several Spaniards incl Javier Bardem

Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’s Gold Medal Awarded to Several Spaniards incl Javier Bardem

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The queen of Spain presented the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’s gold medal to Spaniards Ferran Adria and Javier Bardem, as well as to Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, during the organization’s annual gala in New York at which former U.S. President Bill Clinton was present as a speaker and invited guest.

The president of the institute, Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta, received from Queen Sofia the Great Order of Civil Merit that King Juan Carlos had awarded to him in February.

Clinton, in his speech at the event, emphasized the “great friendship” between himself and the Spanish royal couple, and he recalled his first official visit to the Iberian nation in July 1997 and emphasized that “Spain is making a difference” with its efforts to “preserve the Spanish culture and language in a positive way.”

The queen, meanwhile, emphasized that the gold medals are presented to exemplary people who personally promote the cultural connection between Spain and Ibero-America and who represent different sectors such as diplomacy, science, business, literature, sports, philanthropy or art.

She also noted the importance of presenting the awards in New York, “a city which is a melting pot of cultures, and which represents the strength and richness of the links uniting Spain and the United States.”

On this occasion, the institute - founded in 1954 - decided to honor the proprietor of the famous El Bulli restaurant, Ferran Adria, and to recognize his career as a chef and restauranteur as well as the experimental techniques he uses in his work.

“This is a recognition of all Spanish cooking, and not only of Ferran Adria,” said the Spanish chef upon receiving the gold medal, going on to emphasize that the chefs of his country had become collectively a world reference point and saying that “everyone is looking to Spain.”

“I thank the queen of Spain for this recognition over and above my well-known opinion about the monarchy,” said Bardem after receiving his award, adding that he felt “proud to be from a country with so many different places and colors.”

The third person honored at the gala was Peru’s Mario Testino, the creator of many fashion magazine covers and iconic photographic portraits such as those he made of Britain’s late Princess Diana.

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Lawyers Sneak Strippers in to Drug Lord Clients Jailed in Miami Prison

Lawyers Sneak Strippers in to Drug Lord Clients Jailed in Miami Prison

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It appears a Miami prison was momentarily overrun by strippers smuggled in my lawyers of the inmates inside.

According the Miami New Times, lawyers of wealthy drug lords being held at the maximum security Federal Detention Center were sneaking in strippers, by passing the women off as paralegals or legal assistants.

Defense attorney Hugo Rodriguez told the news source, ‘They take off their tops and let the guys touch them. The majority of these young, very attractive women are non-citizens brought in exclusively for the purposes of visiting the FDC.’

Apparently, all that was required to get the girls to the drug lords was a lawyer willing to vouch for them, as they only had to sign a form designating them a legal assistant or paralegal.

Not only were the girls stripping, they were also smuggling in liquor, porn magazines, and thousands of dollars in cash.

The strippers and lawyers were caught when a prison video managed to catch a woman disrobing for one of the inmates in the Special Housing Unit.

A private investigator told MNT,’Everyone knows about it. We call them the ‘little hoochie mamas’. They make a mockery out of the prison system here.’

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“Narco Sub” Script Picked up by 20th Century Fox

“Narco Sub” Script Picked up by 20th Century Fox

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Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the action thriller script ‘Narco Sub’ penned by former Us Weekly editor David Guggenheim. Tony Scott will direct.

Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films along with Tony and Ridley’s Scott Free Shingle will produce the feature.

The film has been described as reminiscent of Scott’s “Crimson Tide” and “Man on Fire”, but plot details for “Narco Sub” have been kept under wraps.

Both Scott brothers are notorious for attaching themselves to projects that get bumped into the back burner for long periods of time. Honchos at Fox are reportedly excited about this one, so we might see the cocaine-traffic-in-the-ocean thriller go onto production before too long.

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Arrests Made in Guatemalan President’s Family Corruption Scandal

Arrests Made in Guatemalan President’s Family Corruption Scandal

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Arrest warrants have been issued for President Alvaro Colom’s former sister-in-law and her two daughters for alleged corruption that predates the current administration, a Guatemalan prosecutor said Wednesday.

Gloria Torres and daughters Eugenia and Christa Castañeda Flores are accused of defrauding municipal governments by obtaining payment for public works that were never built, Mynor Melgar told Emisoras Unidas radio.

Eugenia Castañeda Torres was detained Wednesday at her residence in Guatemala City, but her mother and sister remain at large.

At least seven other people are wanted in connection with the case, Melgar said.

Gloria Torres helped found the governing center-left UNE party in 2000 along with her sister Sandra, who early this year divorced Colom in a bid to become the party’s presidential candidate in the September elections.

Guatemala’s constitution bars relatives of a sitting president from seeking the highest office.

While the courts ultimately barred Sandra Torres from competing in the 2011 contest, the final decision came too late for the UNE to choose another candidate.

Regarded as an expert in municipal administration, Gloria Torres was seen as a natural choice when Colom named her as his liaison with Guatemala’s mayors shortly after he took office in January 2008.

Gloria Torres and her alleged accomplices are accused of having laundered more than 1 million quetzales ($126,900) in 2005-2006, prosecutor Rolando Rodenas said Wednesday.

In a text message to Emisoras Unidas, Gloria Torres said Colom and her sister Sandra were behind the criminal prosecution, an allegation flatly denied by presidential press secretary Ronaldo Robles.

After resigning her liaison post in April, Gloria Torres filed a legal challenge to Sandra’s presidential candidacy and complained of illegalities at the UNE general assembly where her sister was selected as the party’s standard-bearer.

The man who won the presidential election, right-wing retired Gen. Otto Perez Molina, said Wednesday that the order to arrest Gloria Torres might have been politically motivated.

Perez Molina will be sworn-in as president on Jan. 14

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Colombian Rejects Lawsuit Against García Márquez

Colombian Rejects Lawsuit Against García Márquez

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A Colombian court has ruled in favor of Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in a suit filed by the nonagenarian who inspired part of the plot of the novella “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.”

In its ruling Tuesday, the Superior Court of Barranquilla’s legal reasoning was similar to that applied in several previous lower-court decisions, Garcia Marquez’s attorney, Alfonso Gomez Mendez, told Efe.

The case dates back to 1994, when retired insurance broker Miguel Reyes Palencia filed suit against Garcia Marquez and his since-deceased brother, Eligio, for allegedly damaging his reputation by making him the protagonist of their respective novellas “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” and “The Third Death of Santiago Nasar.”

“Chronicle of a Death Foretold” is inspired by a real-life murder in which two brothers killed a man for having pre-marital sex with their sister, the wife of Reyes Palencia, who had returned her to her parents in disgrace after discovering on their wedding night that she was not a virgin.

Reyes Palencia said 17 years ago in filing the original suit that his clients had associated him with the character Bayardo San Roman (the husband in “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”) and disrespectfully called him by his fictional name.

“The main argument in the suit was that (Garcia Marquez) should pay him half of all royalties associated with the novella and film adaptation, since, as protagonist, he was the holder of the author’s rights. Separately, he argued that his right to privacy had been violated,” the attorney said.

Nevertheless, all evidence and testimony presented in the case showed that, although a portion of the novella was inspired by a real-life incident, the story was fictionalized and crafted by the author.

Garcia Marquez acknowledged in his testimony that the real-life event soon became incorporated into collective memory, but that he embellished it with details and made other changes until in 1981, when he wrote the novella, “only the central mechanism remained.”

“That is that a man married a woman, he returned her to her parents on their wedding night because she wasn’t a virgin,” the Nobel laureate said, adding that “besides that simple plot mechanism, the entire context is totally false, invented by me. The identity of the characters is false.”

This case was not the first time Garcia Marquez’s economic rights to his artistic output have been upheld in court.

According to Garcia Marquez, seaman Luis Alejandro Velasco, whose real-life ordeal inspired the author’s non-fiction work “The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor,” also took him to court.

Although Velasco received royalty payments for the original Spanish version of the book, he later unsuccessfully sued for the rights to sales of the book translated into other languages.

“The importance (of this ruling) for journalism, literature and other artistic expressions is that the holder of the author’s rights is the one who recreates the reality, not the protagonist of the reality. To put it another way, the author of the interview is not the interviewee but the interviewer,” Gomez Mendez said.

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Gov’t Denies Salvadoran Girl Visa to Enter U.S. to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister

Gov’t Denies Salvadoran Girl Visa to Enter U.S. to Donate Bone Marrow to Sister

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The life of a 5-year-old with a very rare form of leukemia is on the line as a family frantically tries to get a visa for her sister, a perfect bone marrow match.

Though twice-denied, the family of Yarelis Bonila continues to try to convince the U.S.’s Salvadoran embassy to grant her older sister, 7-year-old Gisselle, permission to enter the U.S.

Yarelis, a resident of Elizabeth, NJ, was diagnosed with the extremely rare and very dangerous acute lymphocytic leukemia, and her doctors believe her best chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant from Gisselle.

The family’s lawyer, Marian Habib, told New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, ‘We’re sure that, once the government has all the facts, it will recognize the seriousness of the situation.’

Keeping Gisselle from getting the visa is the fear officials have that she won’t return to El Salvador after the transplant, but Habib says she is getting a petition ready that will hopefully convince the U.S. embassy in El Salvador that they have nothing to worry about because she will return.

The most recent review of the visa application came by the urging of U.S. Sen. Menendez (D-NJ), but it was still denied.

Right now, Habib says, ‘It’s a race against time.’

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Marlins New Manager Ozzie Guillén on the Cover of ESPN Magazine

Marlins New Manager Ozzie Guillén on the Cover of ESPN Magazine

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Former White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillén appears on the cover of ESPN Magazine’s Interview Issue, smooching his adorable bulldog DH.

Ozzie Guillén hinted about his new magazine cover via Twitter, “make sure you pick up new @ESPNMag on Friday. Very good looking man on the cover and I’m not even talking about me haha,” Guillén wrote.

Hard not to agree with him, the dog is ADORABLE.

 

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International Monetary Fund Hails Strength of Mexican Economy

International Monetary Fund Hails Strength of Mexican Economy

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Earlier today, Mexican President Felipe Calderón met with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde at the official residence, Los Pinos.

During the meeting, President Calderón informed Lagarde of Mexico’s outlook for development and the policies promoted by his government to strengthen the economy and cope with the complex international financial situation.

The Managing Director highlighted the strength of Mexico’s fiscal, financial and monetary policies, which have contributed to its positive performance despite the complex international environment. She added that the Economic Package approved for 2012 is responsible and supports economic activity.

She also hailed the solidity of the country’s financial institutions.

In regards to the international crisis, the president said that the Euro Zone has the tools for dealing with the current economic situation.

He also thanked the IMF Chief for giving her views on the global economy, particularly events in Europe and the strategies the IMF will implement in this part of the world.

Lastly, the president and Managing Director Lagarde exchanged points of view on the role of the IMF in the G-20 process and Mexico’s presidency of this organization in 2012.

President Felipe Calderón said that the IMF has played a key role in the G-20 process by providing diagnoses, documents on various issues and evaluations of member countries’ commitments in order to achieve strong, sustainable, balanced global growth.

The president added that the economic policy commitments of the main industrial countries should be further strengthened and that the IMF should play a key role in this.

President Calderón was accompanied by Secretary of Finance and Public Credit José Antonio Meade and Governor of the Bank of Mexico, Agustín Carstens.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde was accompanied by Director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department Nicolás Eyzaguirre.

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Economy Causes Drop in Hispanic Birth Rate

Economy Causes Drop in Hispanic Birth Rate

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According to research by a demographer from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, the Hispanic birth rate has dropped more than ten percent in recent years.

Though people are having children less overall, the greatest decline has been among the Hispanic population.

Kenneth Johnson of the Carsey Institute told the Chicago Sun-Times, ‘Hispanic fertility is dropping like a stone,” pointing to the down economy as the main reason.

Though Hispanics have the highest fertility rates and are responsible for about a quarter of all babies born in the U.S., between 2007 and 2010, the Hispanic birth rate in Illinois alone dropped 15.4 percent, while nationally it dropped 17.6 percent.

Since the beginning of the recession, Hispanics have also been the demographic hit hardest by a loss of wealth, losing 66 percent of their median wealth from 2005 to 2009.

Lack of employment has aided in that decrease, with the Hispanic unemployment rate rising 2 percent between 2007 and 2008. Comparably, during that same period, unemployment rates for blacks rose only 1.8 percent, and only .9 percent for whites.

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CONFIRMED: Britney Spears to give free concert in Mexico City

CONFIRMED: Britney Spears to give free concert in Mexico City

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U.S. pop star Britney Spears will perform in a free concert Sunday at Mexico City’s Monument to the Revolution, Federal District Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said.

The concert, which will start at 7:00 p.m., will mark the start of the Christmas celebrations in Mexico City, Ebrard said on social-networking sites.

Talks with Spears’s representatives were given a push a few days ago by the Federal District’s coordinator of Christmas events, Mario Carrillo, to get the pop star to perform in the capital.

Spears will perform on Dec. 1 in Guadalajara, the capital of the western state of Jalisco, Dec. 3 in Mexico City and Dec. 6 in Monterrey, the capital of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, on her “Femme Fatale” world tour.

Spears’s seventh album, “Femme Fatale,” has sold more than 40,000 copies in Mexico, pushing it beyond Gold Record status.

Officials are looking to draw about 3 million domestic and foreign tourists to Mexico City this Christmas season.

Mexico City is offering visitors a wide range of events and activities, including a parade featuring different kinds of floats, ice skating on the Zocalo, the city’s main plaza, and a 50-meter (nearly 165-foot) Christmas tree.

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25,000 Evacuated in Ecuador Due to Tungurahua Volcano

25,000 Evacuated in Ecuador Due to Tungurahua Volcano

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Ecuadorian authorities have issued an Orange alert for populations near the Tungurahua volcano, which is violently awakening from four months of inactivity.

The 16,500 ft. Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador eastern Andes, is located about 135 kilometers (84 miles) south of the capital Quito; it has been active since 1999 but its thermal activity has steadily augmented since the weekend, with ardent magma boulders being spewed some 950 ft. into the air and nearby towns getting covered in ashes.

Authorities have setup emergency refugees for citizens that live close to the Tungurahua, which means “Throat of Fire” in the indigenous Quechua language.

“Since the current eruptive process began very abruptly and has generated since its inception several pyroclastic flows that have hit the top of the volcano’s flanks, and since there is no evidence in the monitoring system indicating the time of generation, the movement, direction and extent of these flows, it is necessary that people do not stay in areas considered high risk, especially in the valleys and ravines that descend the volcano,” the Ecuadorian Institute for Geophysics said in a statement.


 

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Brazil Creating 19 Millionaires Every Day

Brazil Creating 19 Millionaires Every Day

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According to information from bankers in Brazil, each day, thanks to Brazil’s growing economy, the country creates more than a dozen millionaires every day.

The information from the bankers revealed that 19 millionaires have been created every day since 2007. However, these are people considered millionaires according to Brazilian currency. If converted to U.S. currency, that would make someone worth one million Brazilian Reais, is worth roughly $540,000 in U.S. terms.

At the Private Banking Latin America Conference 2011, Guihermo Morales of the Portuguese lender Millennium, said Brazil has many emerging companies are “growing very fast”, with larger companies often buying smaller ones as they plan to expand in Brazil or even internationally.

The rise in Brazilian millionaires was also attributed the increase in bankers’ salaries, as bankers and high executives make up a large number of the group after receiving large bonuses, often making their salaries higher than those of the average banker in the U.S.

Also contributing to the number of millionaires is simply the overall increase in Brazilian consumption, boosting the fortunes of retailers, banks, and various other consumer-driven industries.

Currently, Brazil has 137,000 millionaires with about 30 billionaires, and about 70 percent of the Brazilians’ wealth is concentrated in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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WATCH: Latin Lovelies of Victoria Secret Angels Perform ‘Moves Like Jagger (VIDEO)

WATCH: Latin Lovelies of Victoria Secret Angels Perform ‘Moves Like Jagger (VIDEO)

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Check out Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and the rest of the Victoria’s Secret angels perform ‘Moves like Jagger” at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011.

The “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” took place November 9 and aired last night on CBS.

The night’s fashion explored five themes - superheroes, ballet, passion, underwater, turn-of-the-century New Orleans and “Club Pink.”

This year’s show broke last year’s record numbers, and leapt 35 percent over the 2010 ratings with a 4.6/11 in its demographic and 10.3 million total viewers.

Check out the video below.

 

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Burrito Bust Puts Prison on Lockdown (VIDEO)

Burrito Bust Puts Prison on Lockdown (VIDEO)

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The presence of a burrito caused a full prison lockdown in New Mexico Tuesday, leaving some concerned and others laughing.

Officials at the Valencia County Detention were ordered to lockdown the facility after is was discovered that a guard had smuggled a burrito into the prison, intending to give it to an inmate.

The prison warden Joe Chavez said he believed the guard and inmate were attempting a dry run to see if it were possible to bring in contraband via burritos.

Chavez told KOAT TV that after more than 20 years ‘this is a first that I saw someone smuggle in a burrito.’

Upon discovering the burrito, officials handcuffed the inmate. A man inside said he heard them tell the man, “You’re not getting your burritos anymore!”

The guard was fired, and a search was conducted. While contraband was found, officials said there was nothing that indicated any of it had been received in a burrito.


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Christmas Letters to Obama by Immigrant Children - Stop Deporting our Parents

Christmas Letters to Obama by Immigrant Children - Stop Deporting our Parents

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Most kids at this time of year get ready to write letters to Santa Claus, but many children of undocumented immigrants now prefer to write President Barack Obama begging him to stop the deportations that are breaking up their families.

The campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance under the slogan “We Belong Together” aims to send the president letters from youngsters directly affected by the government’s deportation policy.

“The message we want to send is that no children should be separated from their parents because of immigration laws,” Marianna Viturra, deputy director of NDWA, told Efe.

The campaign that was launched Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 8 with an event in Washington, during which a number of kids will deliver letters to Congress and the White House, has collected 4,820 letters to date.

“At this festive time when we express our wishes it’s important for youngsters to be able to say what they would like, and part of what they wish for is to be with their parents and their families and that these families stay in our communities,” the activist said.

In one of these missives, young Ana Gisel asks the president if he could give her a present: “The present that I’d love you to give me is a law saying no more deportations.”

“The voices of children on the subject are pretty strong and we hope the White House will listen to us,” she says.

Among the local organizations taking part in the campaign is the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, which up to now has collected 540 letters.

“In the week and a half we’ve been with the campaign, we’ve seen kids very beautifully taking part, many of them born in the United States, asking that their families not be deported,” Adelina Nicholls, executive director of GLAHR, told Efe.

The suffering and “emotional impact” to children caused by families being separated will have enormous consequences as they grow up, she said.

“It’s important that the kids themselves, in their own words, with their own drawings and ideas, write to President Barack Obama about what they feel and the worries they have about deportations,” Nicholls said.

According to a study by the Applied Research Center, more than 5,000 children of immigrants have been living in foster care since their parents were deported.

The report, “Shattered Families,” estimates that 15,000 other minors will suffer the same tragedy over the next five years if no change is made to the government’s deportation policy.

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The Biebs is Bing’s Most Searched Person of 2011, J Lo #5, Selena #11

The Biebs is Bing’s Most Searched Person of 2011, J Lo #5, Selena #11

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Search engine Bing’s list of ‘most searched’ celebrities of 2011 is topped by singer Justin Bieber; J Lo, who didn’t make it to last year’s top 50, jumped to #5 in 2011.

Justin Bieber took the number one position from socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian, while J Lo took her spot from President Barack Obama, who plunged to #49 in the most searched list.

Selena Gómez missed the top ten by a hair and sits at #11, moving up from #50 since dating Bieber.

Below the top ten searched people in 2011:

1. Justin Bieber
2. Kim Kardashian
3. Jennifer Aniston
4. Lindsay Lohan
5. Jennifer Lopez
6. Britney Spears
7. Katy Perry
8. Megan Fox
9. Lady Gaga
10. Miley Cyrus

 

 

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‘Glee’ To Get Español Lessons From Señor Ricky Martin

‘Glee’ To Get Español Lessons From Señor Ricky Martin

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Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin is in negotiations to make a guest appearance as a Spanish Teacher, early next year on an episode of Fox’s ‘Glee’.

Sources confirmed to TVLine that Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin is in negotiations to play “the hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio.”

Martin will reportedly headline two big musical numbers in the episode, which would air in January.

The Spanish instructor part in Glee, would be the most significant acting job for Martin since his mid-90’s two-season run in ‘General Hospital.’

After finishing the Glee shoot, Martin will head to New York to concentrate on his portrayal of Ché Guevara in the Broadway revival of Evita.

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More Than 3,500 Children Work to Support Families in Bolivia

More Than 3,500 Children Work to Support Families in Bolivia

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The Bolivian families of low income force many children to work as a shoeshine, peddlers, window washers, carters.

According to the recent survey “Infancia Sin Derechos”, carried out by the Observatorio Infanto Juvenil, by the University Gabriel Rene Moreno and by the founding of Projects and Study Services and Analysis (SEPA), approximately 3,500 children and adolescents work on the streets of Santa Cruz Montero, Camiri, San Ignacio de Velasco and El Torno.

Among these children, 40% do not attend school and only 35% live with their parents. In addition to not having any health insurance at work, they are excluded from medical care, and 4 out of 10 are mistreated at work, school and family.

SEPA, given the seriousness of the situation, has called for greater investment and protection of fundamental rights for children and adolescents. In the study on the state of so-called gangs or gang neighborhood were also published. There are 170 groups where 6,633 young people are involved. Among these gangs 12 may be included in the field of crime run by adults who exploit children for drugs and weapons.

These groups are formed because they is lack of support to families, regardless of income.

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American Latino Museum Needs You

American Latino Museum Needs You

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The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino is reaching out to its supports to help secure the location for the museum.  This initiative is being done before the U.S. Senate vote on the museum that is to occur before year-end.

The Museum committee wants everyone to let your election official know you support the legislation that will designate a building for the National Latino Museum on the National Mall.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act, S. 1868, which designates a location for the future American Latino Museum. If this bill passes, the Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall will be set aside as the future home of this long overdue museum. This location is perfect because it is close to public transportation and close to other museums and landmarks, so many people will have access to the countless stories of American Latino contributions to American history.

In addition, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Majority Leader Reid (D-NV), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to authorize the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building on the National Mall as the designated location of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum.

The authorization of the museum follows the recommendations of the May 2011 report of the bipartisan Commission to Study the Potential Creation of the National Museum of American Latino, a Commission that was established by law in 2008.

If you are interested call 1-877-429-0678 and ask your Senators or Representative by name

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Puerto Rican Government Under Fire For Expensive Trips

Puerto Rican Government Under Fire For Expensive Trips

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Puerto Rico’s main opposition Democratic Popular Party, or PPD, is denouncing Gov. Luis Fortuño’s administration for allowing traveling officials to fly first-class and stay in luxury hotels even as the island suffers from recession and a jobless rate above 16 percent.

PPD general secretary Victor Suarez said Tuesday that Fortuño still has not responded to the complaints about the rising expenses by officials on trips outside Puerto Rico.

Suarez is demanding that the governor clarify the expenditure of more than $16,000 - the median per capita annual income in Puerto Rico - by the Transportation and Public Works Department, known as DTOP, for five of its employees to attend training in New Mexico.

DTOP paid $1,574 for each first class airline ticket for its five employees.

The trip to Albuquerque, the PPD said, was disguised as a training workshop but it was really a meeting of the League of United Latin American Citizens at which the five workers promoted U.S. statehood for Puerto Rico.

DTOP chief Ruben Hernandez said that the trip was made in conformity with the agency’s regulations, adding that the first class airplane tickets were bought because there were no other seats available at the time the reservations were made.

Hernandez said that the five participants received certificates that will allow them, in turn, to train other DTOP employees.

At the beginning of the month, the former chairman of state-owned electric utility AEE, Marimar Perez-Riera, became the focus of controversy after it emerged that she paid $1,000 per night for lodging during a trip to New York.

Perez-Riera said in her own defense that the trip was made to secure an insurance policy that would help to maintain the cost of fuel that Puerto Rico buys to produce electricity at a fixed level, but her explanations could not halt a wave of media pressure that ended up with her leaving the company.

After her exit, the press revealed that during the 11 months that Perez-Riera headed AEE, she pocketed more than $39,000 in per diems.

The controversy over large and unnecessary expenditures has implicated Fortuño himself, with the opposition accusing him of making a tour through the U.S. mainland to rally support for the Republican party among Hispanics.

The Puerto Rican press that 19 of Fortuño’s 41 official trips outside the island since he came to power in January 2009 were to attend GOP events on the U.S. mainland.

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Another Narco Tunnel Found in Nogales, 100 Feet into Mexico

Another Narco Tunnel Found in Nogales, 100 Feet into Mexico

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The Tucson Sector Border Patrol, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, discovered another illicit tunnel yesterday in Nogales, just six days after their earlier find of a smaller tunnel in the same town.

The latest tunnel is 319 feet long and extends 219 feet into the United States and 100 feet into Mexico. It is approximately 20 feet below the surface and measures three feet wide by two feet tall. This tunnel is more sophisticated than other recently discovered tunnels. It appears to have been chiseled through solid rock and was equipped with various digging tools, saws, electricity, lighting, water pumps, plywood shoring and 4x4 support beams.
While securing the tunnel, Nogales Border Patrol agents also found 26 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 430 pounds and worth approximately $215,000. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is the lead investigative agency. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will handle the tunnel remediation.

By increasing the likelihood of being detected by Border Patrol agents and the penalties associated with illicit activity, transnational criminal organizations have become desperate as demonstrated by their continued attempts to move their operations underground.

The Tucson Sector works closely with strategic partners such as ICE HSI, DEA, and Mexican authorities to monitor activity associated with existing and new tunnel infrastructure, making it increasingly difficult for smugglers to operate with impunity and transport their contraband throughout the United States.

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WednesdayNovember 30, 2011