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WednesdayDecember 14, 2011

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Puerto Rican Police Convicted as a Narco Security Force, One of 88 Indicted

Puerto Rican Police Convicted as a Narco Security Force, One of 88 Indicted

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A former police officer of Puerto Rico has been convicted by a federal jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for his role in providing security for drug transactions.

Javier A. Diaz Castro, 30, was convicted on Dec. 12, 2011, of two counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, two counts of attempting to possess with the intent to distribute, and two counts of possession of a firearm.  Diaz was charged in an indictment unsealed on Oct. 6, 2010, along with 88 other law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico and 44 other individuals, as part of the FBI undercover operation known as Guard Shack.

According to the indictment and information presented in court, on at least two occasions in 2010, Diaz provided security for what he believed were a series of illegal drug deals, but which in fact were part of the undercover FBI operation.  Diaz, a 10-year veteran of the police force, was assigned to the frauds unit at the time of the transactions.  According to information presented at trial, Diaz was brought into the scheme by another police officer of Puerto Rico.

In return for the security he provided, based on his departmental training and using his service weapon, Diaz received cash payments of $2,000 per transaction.

At sentencing, Diaz faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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Univision Morning Show Personality to Host New Weight-Loss Program

Univision Morning Show Personality to Host New Weight-Loss Program

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Alfonso “Poncho” de Anda, co-host of Univision morning program “Despierta America (Wake-Up America),” is the host of “Dale con ganas” (Give It All You’ve Got!), a weight-loss reality show set to premiere next month on the network.

For 12 weeks, the program will document the triumphs and failures of four Hispanic families as they strive to shed pounds in the interest of better health - and to win $100,000.

The brainchild of Dave Broome, creator and executive producer of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” the Univision show adapts the concept to Latinos by making the competition between families instead of individuals.

“We Hispanics are very united, so we wanted that the entire family participates in the project,” De Anda told Efe in a telephone interview.

“And more than a contest, this is an important project, because the figures for excessive weight among Hispanics are alarming: if I’m not mistaken, four in every seven Latinos have this problem,” he said.

“On this program the families meet with nutritionists, trainers and experts in weight control to reach their goals and, what is more important, to sustain those results,” De Anda said.

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“We’ll Get There Together. Immigrants Make Us Stronger.” New North Carolina Billboards (VIDEO)

“We’ll Get There Together. Immigrants Make Us Stronger.” New North Carolina Billboards (VIDEO)

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Religious and community leaders in North Carolina on Tuesday began a support campaign for immigrants by placing billboards in the state’s main cities.

The initiative, coordinated by the non-profit group Uniting NC, seeks “to put a human face on immigration and change the negative rhetoric that has poisoned public discourse on the issue.”

“Our goal is not to fight against anti-immigrant laws - other groups are doing that - but to show the positive side and the voices that are not being heard in this debate,” Kristin Collins, the group’s director, told Efe on Tuesday.

“We have to welcome foreigners, especially at times like Christmas, and to treat immigrants with respect,” she said.

The messages on the billboards include “We’ll get there together. Immigrants make us stronger.”

One of the images shows an Hispanic father with his two children and the other shows a Muslim family from Asia.

Collins said that more than 250 people donated money to pay for the billboards, which will appear starting next month in the cities of Durham, Mebane, Charlotte, Asheville and Goldsboro.

“I’m concerned that we may be becoming another Alabama or Arizona. I don’t want that for North Carolina,” Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh told Efe on Tuesday, alluding to harsh anti-immigrant legislation adopted in those two states.

The initiative coincides with the beginning last week of debate in the North Carolina legislature about the matter of undocumented immigrants.

An immigration committee, made up of six Republicans and three Democrats, has the task of presenting by next May a provisional report with recommendations about what to do about unauthorized immigration.

“We want to help people see that immigrants are not frightening invaders. They are our neighbors. They are people with stories much like our own, who are trying to make a good life for themselves and their families,” emphasized Chris Liu-Beers, chairman of the Uniting NC Board of Directors.


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MALDEF Sues Texas For Inadequate Education of Latino Children in State

MALDEF Sues Texas For Inadequate Education of Latino Children in State

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Today, against the backdrop of the Dr. Jose A. Cardenas Early Childhood Center – located in the school district at the center of MALDEF’s first landmark school finance case, Edgewood v. Kirby, back in the 1980s – MALDEF announced the filing of a major education funding lawsuit against the State of Texas.

Flanked by Edgewood Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jose A. Cervantes as well as parents, students, and community leaders,MALDEF’s Southwest Regional Counsel David Hinojosa laid out the three key claims made by the Plaintiffs, including the first statewide adequacy claim made on behalf of low income and English Language Learner children.

MALDEF has led the battle for fair school funding in Texas courts for four decades. MALDEF stated: “The Texas educational system has fallen woefully short of this mandate, particularly with respect to providing equal educational opportunity to Latino students who now account for one out of every two students and low income students who account for three out of every five students.”

MALDEF argues that without adequate funding and resource support, many school districts will continue to suffer from the budget cuts, arbitrary funding mechanisms, and increasing unfunded or underfunded state mandates that have made it all but impossible for these school districts to provide Texas students with a quality education and preparation for college and the job market.

With this lawsuit, MALDEF aims to remedy this problem and help create a better, more efficient school system for all Texas students, Latino and non-Latino alike.

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Albert Pujols’ Wife Tells Radio Show Cardinals Fans Were Deceived About Team’s Offers to Husband

Albert Pujols’ Wife Tells Radio Show Cardinals Fans Were Deceived About Team’s Offers to Husband

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The wife of former St. Louis Cardinal’s player Albert Pujols is claiming that Cardinals fans were led to believe that the team had concrete offers for her husband when that was not the case.

Deidre Pujols went on a local radio station and said that reports that the Cardinals offered Albert a longer-than-5-year contract were false and quite frankly, hurtful.

On St. Louis’ 99.1 FM, Deidre told the “Greg and Sandi Show” that if the offers that had been reported were true, her husband would still “have a bird on the bat” and be with the Cardinals.

“What I’m saying,” she told the show, “is it wasn’t a guaranteed situation. When you have somebody say, ‘We want you to be a Cardinal for life’ and only offer you a five-year deal ... it kind of confused us. ... Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community that he at least deserved the opportunity to have real life-long—you know, I tell you what—we didn’t want to go through this again. Free agency, it’s stressful.”

The team initially offered Pujols a five-year, $130 million contract. They then came back with a five-year, $198 million offer during Spring training, but he was holding out for a longer contract. Their final offer was reportedly $210 million, 10-year deal, but the fine print was not ideal.

In the end, Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels with a 10-year, $254 million contract.

The Angels is only the second MLB team Pujols has ever played with, his entire career having thus far been with the Cardinals.

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Televisa acquires piece of Spain’s ‘La Sexta’ production company

Televisa acquires piece of Spain’s ‘La Sexta’ production company

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Mexico’s Televisa, Latin America’s largest media group, said Wednesday it will swap its 40.8 percent stake in Spanish television network La Sexta for a 14.5 percent stake in production firm Imagina Media Audiovisual, also based in Spain.

The deal, which will leave Imagina with more than 92 percent of La Sexta, is a straight share swap and will not involve monetary payment, Televisa said.

Once the deal is completed, Televisa will become a shareholder of a firm that is “the main provider of audiovisual content and services for the media and entertainment industry in Spain and one of the most important in the Spanish-speaking world,” the Mexico City-based company said.

Televisa said the transaction “enriches potential synergies and value creation opportunities” for the two companies.

The Mexican company, which will have the right to two seats on Imagina’s 12-member board of directors, added that the deal may be subject to approval by Spain’s National Competition Commission.

Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world and the largest producer of Spanish-language TV programming, currently has a 68.6 percent share of Mexico’s broadcast TV market.

Televisa, which operates several Internet portals, owns the world’s largest Spanish-language magazine publisher (Editorial Televisa), as well as a cable TV company (Cablevision) that offers “triple play” (voice, data and video) services, a satellite TV firm (Sky Mexico) and a telecommunications company (Bestel) that focuses on high-volume carriers.

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Latino SAG Nominees

Latino SAG Nominees

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The Screen Actors Guild has just announced its nominations for the SAG Awards 2012–widely thought to be a sort of map to next year’s Oscars. Below, the Latino Nominees.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo – “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy – “THE ARTIST” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

DEXTER (Showtime)
AIMEE GARCIA / Jamie Batista
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS / Professor Gellar
LAUREN VÉLEZ / Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta
DAVID ZAYAS / Sergeant Angel Batista

THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)

MAKENZIE VEGA / Grace Florrick

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

GLEE (FOX)
LEA MICHELE / Rachel Berry
NAYA RIVERA / Santana Lopez
HARRY SHUM, JR / Mike Chang

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria

THE OFFICE (NBC)
OSCAR NUÑEZ / Oscar Martinez

Congratulations to all, and bet of luck!

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Rigoberta Menchú‘s Grand-Nephew Shot in Guatemala

Rigoberta Menchú‘s Grand-Nephew Shot in Guatemala

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A grand-nephew of 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu was wounded in a shooting incident in the northern Guatemalan city of Coban, the indigenous leader said Wednesday.

Mario Alberto Vasquez Menchu and a friend were shot Tuesday night while walking in a park, Rigoberta told radio stations.

Coban is the capital of Alta Verapaz province, officially under a state of siege as the Guatemalan security forces seek to repel an incursion by Mexico’s violent Los Zetas drug cartel.

While Vasquez Menchu is stable, his unnamed friend is listed in serious condition at the main hospital in Copan, the Nobel peace laureate said.

She identified Vasquez Menchu as the son of her niece Cristina and grandson of her brother Nicolas, who both have retail outlets in Coban’s market.

Rigoberta Menchu said it was the first attack on a member of her family since the end of Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, which claimed the lives of her parents and other relatives.

The veteran activist said she had no idea why her grand-nephew was targeted.

“We are upset and concerned about the violence the country is experiencing,” Rigoberta Menchu said.

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Murdered 7-Year-Old, Jorelys Rivera, Laid to Rest in Puerto Rico

Murdered 7-Year-Old, Jorelys Rivera, Laid to Rest in Puerto Rico

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The family of a young girl who disappeared only to be found in a Georgia dumpster a few days later was finally laid to rest in Puerto Rico this weekend.

The small white casket of Jorelys Rivera was filled with her favorite toys at her funeral in Penuelas, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, her mother understandably grief-stricken, and laying her body on her daughter’s casket.

Jorelys was just seven when she went missing after leaving her apartment complex playground to get sodas from her home on December 2nd.

Police say that not only had she been murdered, but also sexually assaulted, and thrown away like trash.

She was allegedly abducted by Ryan Brunn, 20, who lived in and was working as a maintenance worker in the complex. He is currently being held without bond on murder charges, and Jorelys’ mother Joselinne is calling for the death penalty for the man she called “an animal.”

Jorelys was buried in the southern Puerto Rico town where she was born, but over the weekend, the family’s Canton, GA friends and family held a memorial service for the child.

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58 Gays and Lesbians Murdered in Honduras

58 Gays and Lesbians Murdered in Honduras

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Dozens of members of Honduras’ gay and lesbian community gathered outside the Attorney General’s Office in this capital to protest the slayings of 58 gays and lesbians this year.

The community wants to see “the murders solved and justice done,” spokesperson Jose Zambrano told reporters.

Human rights continue to be violated in Honduras, where “there is no respect for sexual diversity” and an absence of genuine democracy, Zambrano said.

Gays and lesbians in Honduras are daily subjected to harassment, discrimination, arbitrary arrest, torture and murder, the protesters said.

An association representing AIDS patients and people infected with HIV has recently held demonstrations to publicize the killings of some of its members and to demand that President Porfirio Lobo’s government find and prosecute the perpetrators.

Honduras, which experiences an average of 20 homicides a day, has become the most dangerous country in Central America in the 2 1/2 years since the overthrow of President Mel Zelaya.

Hours before the protest by the gay and lesbian community, police beat and tear-gassed journalists during a march to the presidential palace to highlight the slayings of 17 of their colleagues since January 2010, when Lobo took office after winning an election organized by the junta that ousted Zelaya.

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Chespirito’s “El Chavo del 8,” Gets Own Videogame

Chespirito’s “El Chavo del 8,” Gets Own Videogame

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“El Chavo” videogame will be released for the Nintendo Wii console in March of next year, during the month-long celebration of Chespirito’s 40 year-long career.el chavo videogame,roberto gómez bolaños, el chavo del 8,el chapulín colorado, Wii games, chespirito, hs-news

Videogame makers Kaxan are joining 11 nations that will pay homage to Mexican comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños ‘Chespirito’ in March of next year, 40 years after the first broadcast of the emblematic “Chavo del 8” TV Show.

Kaxan is releasing a videogame for the Nintendo Wii console based on the adventures and antics of el Chavo del 8.

The videogame will follow a format similar to the board game “Chutes and Ladders,” featuring more than 30 mini-games for players to test their abilities and challenge each other.

In order to advance their positions on the map-board, players will have to hurl water balloons and hula-hoops at each other, play virtual foosball matches, and even partake in food eating contests.

The videogame will come in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and will be sold in the US, Brazil, Argentina and México.

Kaxan is hopeful that after the release of the game, Roberto Gómez Bolaños will be enthusiastic about making videogames about some of his other popular characters, like ‘El Chapulín Colorado.’

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National Guard Troops at US-Mexico Border to be Cut by Half, White House Cites Budget Cuts

National Guard Troops at US-Mexico Border to be Cut by Half, White House Cites Budget Cuts

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The Obama administration has announced that next year, due to budget cuts, the number of National Guard troops will be reduced by at least 50 percent.

Currently, about 1,200 troops are stationed at the U.S. border with Mexico, but after the reduction, the National Guards role at the border will primarily be aerial surveillance a source told the Associated Press.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said an official statement from the White House will be released soon, but did not give a specific date.

In recent months, the deployment of National Guard troops at the border has made headlines as critics say the results have not justified the cost.

The Guard were initially sent to secure the border until additional Border Patrol agents could be hired and trained.

Both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush deployed the National Guard to serve as an instant boost to border safety.

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Chilean Conjoined Twins Separated Successfully (VIDEO)

Chilean Conjoined Twins Separated Successfully (VIDEO)

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Some 100 medical professionals participated in the almost 20 hr. long procedure to separate 10-month-old Chilean conjoined twins María Paz and María José Paredes.

Officials at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, said early Wednesday that the 10-month-old twins are in stable condition as teams of doctors work on them individually after the separation surgery.

The girls were joined at the thorax, stomach and pelvis, making the surgery an extremely challenging procedure, as the girls were born sharing many of the same vital organs.

Though the operation was reportedly a success, lead surgeon Francisco Ossandón said “These girls have very serious malformations and will have developmental problems. Their separated limbs are shorter than their normal limbs, therefore they will always have to wear prostheses”.

 

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Sofia Vergara and ‘Modern Family’ Nab Most SAG Award Nominations

Sofia Vergara and ‘Modern Family’ Nab Most SAG Award Nominations

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Sofia Vergara and the cast of the hit ABC comedy Modern Family topped the TV list with five nominations for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Vergara, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Julie Bowen received nods from the guild Wednesday morning and Modern Family itself was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, which the cast won last year, and includes pint-size actor Rico Rodriguez.

The show is currently in its third season, and was the first ABC series to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series since the Wonder Years 22 years before.

On the show, Colombian-born Vergara plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, second wife to Ed O’Neill’s character, and mother of the wiser-than-his-years Manny Delgado.

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Estimate: 12 Million Mexicans Ready and Willing to Cheat on Their Spouse

Estimate: 12 Million Mexicans Ready and Willing to Cheat on Their Spouse

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Some 12 million married Mexicans of both sexes are dissatisfied with their sex lives and open to the idea of cheating, according to estimates by the operators of a Web site that facilitates “discreet” extramarital flings.

The ohhtel.com site “has had strong growth” since expanding its services to Mexico on Nov. 9 and now has 72,000 users in the country, the spokesman for the Mexican operation, Eneas Mares, told Efe.

The estimate of how many wedded Mexicans are prepared to venture outside their marriages is based on telephone surveys carried out in each of the eight countries where ohhtel.com operates.

The U.S. survey found as many as 80 million people who are unhappy enough in their marriages to contemplate having an affair.

Founded in 2009 and available in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and all three countries in North America, ohhtel.com has 2 million subscribers in all.

Women make up 40 percent of the site’s 72,000 Mexican clients, while only 30 percent of Brazilian users are female, Mares said.

“We have observed that this tendency (of women signing up) is growing, and we expect it to be 50-50 men and women in the first quarter of next year,” he said, noting that the median age of Mexican subscribers is 30, compared with 33 in Brazil and 36 in the United States.

Subscriptions to ohhtel.com in Mexico run 320 pesos ($23) a month for men, but women can use the site free of charge.

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POLL:  52% of Americans Support Strict Immigration Law in their State, Like Arizonza

POLL:  52% of Americans Support Strict Immigration Law in their State, Like Arizonza

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday announced it will decide whether the Arizona immigration law passed last year violates the Constitution, and a new survey finds that half of voters still support a similar immigration law for their own state.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 52% favor passage of an immigration law similar to Arizona’s in their state. Thirty-four percent (34%) oppose such a law in their state, while 15% more are undecided.

The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 12-13, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports.

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POLL: Latinos Charlie Sheen and Snooki “Least Wanted” at Holiday Celebrations

POLL: Latinos Charlie Sheen and Snooki “Least Wanted” at Holiday Celebrations

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OMG! polled over 1,000 of it users, and as it turns out, Snooki and Chuck Sheen are the top two celebrities readers would not take home for the holidays, even gift-wrapped.

Yahoo’s celebrity site OMG! asked its fan-base “Which celebrity would they least want to spend the holidays with?” And two Latinos toppped the list - Sheen and Snooki.

Peru’s insignia bad girl Snooki, and señor warlock Estévez AKA Charlie Sheen came on top, together hogging over 46% of the votes; almost half of the responders would like their Christmas Snooki and Sheen-free.

Maybe Snooki and Sheen should consider spending the holidays together, then again maybe that would be an excuse for 2012 to bring apocalypse early on.

Pitbull turned out to be the only Latino Celebrity people would like to spend the holidays with, he took 5% of the vote. Seth Rogen, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga topped the list.

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FOUL PLAY! Goalie BITES Striker’s FACE (VIDEO)

FOUL PLAY! Goalie BITES Striker’s FACE (VIDEO)

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Deportivo Motorkart goalkeeper, Gabriel Orozco couldn’t handle the tension of the semi-final match against Recreativo Estrellas and went Dracula on Nicolás Cardinal!

Right after punching the ball over the frame, Orozco reached for Cardinal’s head, and bit him in the cheek.

The referee saw the bite marks on Cardinal’s face and expelled Orozco.

Take a look at the video of the incident below.

 

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WTF: Tom Cruise and Duchess of Alba on Red Carpet in Spain?

WTF: Tom Cruise and Duchess of Alba on Red Carpet in Spain?

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Take a look at the Duchess of Alba snuggle to Tom Cruise at the red carpet premiere of Mission Impossible 4 “Ghost Protocol” in the Spanish capital. 

The Spanish duchess, whose full name is Maria del Roasario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva travelled from Seville with her dear husband of two months to attend the premiere.

The 85-year-old billionaire posed for pictures with her husband and 49-year-old Cruise, who seemed uncomfortable in his cream turtle neck, and camel-colored leather jacket.

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Are Cameron Diaz and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Dating or Just Each Other’s Booty Calls?

Are Cameron Diaz and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Dating or Just Each Other’s Booty Calls?

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Actress Cameron Diaz and rapper/music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs are once again denying they are a couple after they were reportedly seen in close quarters affectionately touching each other.

Reps for both Diaz, 39, and Diddy, 42, have previously stated that the two are just friends, but after being spotted at New York hotel on the December 10th, they’ve sparked rumors once more.

Life & Style claims an “eyewitness” saw the pair “making out like teenagers”, with the magazine also saying they began dating in October after Diaz’s relationship with baseball player Alex Rodriguez ended in September.

Both Diaz and Diddy are known for their share of celebrity hook-ups, he with Jennifer Lopez and her with A. Rod and Justin Timberlake, whom she dated for three years. Diddy has been dating singer/actress Cassie for the past three years, so if the rumors are true about Diaz, she’s surely peeved.

A source close to the rapper once stated, “Diddy’s single whenever there’s a better offer on the table.”

Since 2008, people have been claiming Diddy and Diaz are each other’s booty calls.

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Narco Blog: 2 Bodyguards Killed, Family of 4 Seriously Injured in Attack

Narco Blog: 2 Bodyguards Killed, Family of 4 Seriously Injured in Attack

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Two bodyguards were killed Tuesday in an attack on the public safety secretary of the northern Mexican town of Gran Morelos, the Chihuahua state government said.

Miguel Angel Gomez Carrera, his wife and the couple’s two young children were wounded in the assault, which took place in Chihuahua city, the state capital.

All four members of the family are listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital in the city, state Attorney General’s Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez told Efe.

Gomez Carrera and his family traveled in one vehicle and his escorts, identified only as a man and a woman, accompanied the secretary in a pickup truck.

The two vehicles headed down a street in Chihuahua city when assailants blocked their path and started shooting, Gonzalez said.

Gomez Carrera took over responsibility for public safety in Gran Morelos, a town of around 4,000 people, after the Nov. 21 arrest of predecessor Ramon Muñoz Cepeda, who was apprehended by army troops along with a reputed drug trafficker and several other suspects.

The town’s current mayor, Ricardo Solis Manriquez, was elected in July 2010, but did not take office until late last month due to injuries he received in a September 2010 attack.

Mexican federal authorities view municipal officials as particularly susceptible to being threatened or co-opted by the country’s powerful drug cartels.

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Ramón Medeiros Isn’t The Biggest Loser -Show Crowns New Winner

Ramón Medeiros Isn’t The Biggest Loser -Show Crowns New Winner

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Ramón Medeiros might not have won this season of The Biggest Loser, but he lost 154 pounds and found love in contestant Jessica Limpert.

The Biggest Winner? You know it. 

This season’s Biggest Loser turned out to be John Rhode, a 41-year special education teacher and football coach from Mesa, Arizona - who lost 220 total pounds throughout the competition, weighing in last night at 220 pounds, down 49.44% from his first weight-in of 445.

But the biggest winner of the season is definitely tattoo artist Ramón Medeiro, who not only lost more than 43% of his initial weight, but also met, fell in love and plans to marry fellow-contestant Jessica Limpert.

“We’re a new couple, and we’re going to just get into the real world now. I want to take it a little slow. We’re not going anywhere, so we’re going to be together for a long, long time,” Medeiros said.

 

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Cocaine Found Stashed Inside Peeled and Resealed Plantains

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Cocaine Found Stashed Inside Peeled and Resealed Plantains

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Plantains are a Dominican Republic staple, consumed at any stage after harvesting - green, semi-ripe or over ripe - and now drug smugglers have found yet another use for them.

The National Drug Control Department (DNCD) found a shipment to New York yesterday that had 117 tubes of cocaine inside a container full of plantains.

As yet, the DNCD has not announced any arrests in the case.

The drugs were placed “at random in boxes containing ‘rulos’ (a variety of plantain) inside a container parked in the cargo area,” said DNCD spokesman Roberto Lebron. “The suspects in the case took the ‘rulos’, they peeled them, put plastic bags full of a white powder inside and then closed them carefully.”

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Hispanic Catholic Bishops Urge via Letter Campaign For ‘Humane’ Immigration Reform

Hispanic Catholic Bishops Urge via Letter Campaign For ‘Humane’ Immigration Reform

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There are 33 Catholic Bishops of the United States of America, of Hispanic origin, who have called for “a fair immigration reform, humane and effective” and have assured undocumented immigrants that “they are not alone or forgotten: “they did it in a letter published on the occasion of the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, on December 12.

The letter, addressed to immigrants, was read by His Exc. Mgr. Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, at the end of the Mass for the “Las Mańanitas” (serenade) to the Virgin of Guadalupe, celebrated in the Cathedral of Los Angeles, which was attended by more than 2,500 people. Mgr. Jose Gomez has urged the authorities to make an immigration reform that gives dignity to more than 12 million immigrants considered by the Catholic Church, “the revitalizing strength” of the country.

“An immigrant, anywhere in the world, moving from one country to another goes through periods of suffering, which in part is equal to the suffering that our Lord Jesus Christ had to go through when he gave his life for each one of us” said the Archbishop on commenting the letter to the press. “Some take advantage of this climate of uncertainty to despise the migrants and also to give them the blame for this crisis, but sowing hatred does not lead us to find a remedy to the crisis. We must find the cure in solidarity,” Mgr. Gomez concluded.

In the letter the Bishops turn to immigrants with these words:

“Many of you do the toughest jobs with poor wages, no health insurance, no social benefits. Despite your contribution to the welfare of our country, instead of offering gratitude, you are treated like criminals because you have violated the current immigration law. We are also deeply aware of the pain of the families who have suffered the deportation of one of their members”, the Bishops write,

citing the fact that many children are left without parents because they are expelled from the country.

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UN Needs $7.7 Billion to Help 51 Million People in Distress Globally

UN Needs $7.7 Billion to Help 51 Million People in Distress Globally

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The United Nations and its partners today called for $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 51 million people in 16 countries over the course of next year, launching the largest appeal in two decades.

The appeal for 2012 is the largest launched since the creation of the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in 1991, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

It comprises appeals for Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Haiti, Kenya, Niger, the occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

The $2.4 billion requested in 2011 for these four countries in the region has been 78 per cent funded. Total requirements for the Horn of Africa will be 20 per cent higher in 2012 than for 2011.

The appeal is also seeking $763 million to help people in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan; $718 million for DRC; $455 million for Chad; $437 million for Afghanistan; $416 million for the occupied Palestinian territory; and $230 million for Haiti, among other countries.

Last year the UN and its partners sought more than $7.4 billion to help 50 million people suffering from the effects of conflicts and natural disasters in 28 countries.

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6 Million Faithful in Mexico Pray for Virgen de Guadalupe While Receiving News Pope Will Visit

Pope Benedict XVI announced his next pastoral visit to Latin America during the “Misa Criolla” celebrated the afternoon of December 12, in St. Peter’s for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Bicentenary of the independence of many Countries in the region.

“Before Easter I intend to undertake an apostolic trip to Mexico and Cuba to proclaim the Word of Christ in a time that is precious to evangelize with authentic faith, lively hope and burning charity” the Pope said at the end of the homily.

While the Pope was in St. Peter’s, in Mexico 5 million 852 thousand faithful gathered at the Shrine of Mexico City for the celebration of the 480th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Tepeyac (the “morenita”), according to information provided by the delegation responsible for the feast in Mexico City. The authorities have said that this year there were no victims because of overcrowding.

The health services rescued 3,340 people but only for small problems (fainting, fatigue, minor injuries to the feet, etc..). According to information sent to Fides, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated throughout Mexico for more than 24 hours, with vigils, rosaries, Masses.

The “Patroness of the Americas” was also celebrated in the main capital of Latin American countries where this year in particular the figure of Juan Diego (who now belongs to the Church’s sanctoral) was recalled thanks to many messages of solidarity.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico, appealed from Rome:

“Now more than ever, we must build a society that loves and protects life, which rejects violence, which is opposed to corruption, that opens the heart to solidarity with the poor, tending the hand of tolerance and respect”. Then he continued: “It is very emotional that all the faithful of Latin American Countries today are represented around the Successor of Peter to bear witness of true communion and fellowship, to pray together for harmony and peace in our troubled continent, but also to pray and take the path of true independence, which reaches the heart, when you remove all of the bondage of sin and live in the freedom of the sons of God”.

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King of Spains Says “Very Hard Times” are in Spaniards’ Future

King of Spains Says “Very Hard Times” are in Spaniards’ Future

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos said Tuesday that his country is facing “very hard times,” calling on Spaniards to “win the battle” against high unemployment and consolidate “the definitive victory” over terrorism.

The monarch made his comment in a toast during a farewell luncheon at the Royal Palace for the outgoing Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who thanked the king for his commitment to Spain and for working in the “general interest of its citizens.”

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia hosted the event along with Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia.

In his words of farewell to Zapatero and his Cabinet, the king thanked all of them for the time they have dedicated to a “difficult task” and asked that in the future they not fail to do their best for the common good.

After pledging them the crown’s total support, Juan Carlos concluded his brief address with his best wishes for the outgoing members of the government and their families in the new stage in life that lies before them.

Zapatero thanked the king for his words and, after saying that the government has never lacked the encouragement of the crown, stressed that one of the best experiences of his term in office - particularly over the last few days - has been meeting with the monarch and seeing the important work he does and how he goes about it.

The new prime minister, Mariano Rajoy of the conservative Popular Party, takes office next week. The PP won a sweeping victory at the polls last month amid widespread discontent over a jobless rate of 21.5 percent.

Though 2011 has brought mainly bad news for Spain on the economic front, one bright spot was the announcement in October by the Basque terrorist group ETA that it was abandoning the armed struggle.

ETA has killed nearly 900 people since 1968 in its campaign to create an independent Basque state in parts of northern Spain and southwestern France.

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Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa to be Honored by NALEO

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa to be Honored by NALEO

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund will host a tribute reception in honor of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the recipient of the 2012 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service. The event will take place this Thursday, December 15, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Each year, Edward R. Roybal’s legacy is celebrated through the recognition of a Latino public servant who demonstrated exemplary leadership and distinguished himself or herself in public service. Through their respective advocacy and representation, these elected and appointed officials advanced and gave voice to the interests of their constituents and the Latino community.

This year’s recipient, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, has a record of public service that mirrors the life of NALEO’s founder Edward R. Roybal, with several shared leadership examples including the development of initiatives for the benefit and improvement of Los Angeles and its community members, and an unwavering commitment to the City’s most vulnerable populations.

Mayor Villaraigosa has also dedicated a large share of his term to reforming Los Angeles’ public school system given his conviction that the City of Los Angeles’ success will be measured by the opportunities children have to access a quality education. His tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for the Latino community and increasing opportunities for a new generation of Latino leaders are in the same spirit of service as the work of the late Congressman Roybal.

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WednesdayDecember 14, 2011