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SundayDecember 18, 2011

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Chile Donates Poet Gabriela Mistral’s Literary Legacy to Organization of American States

Chile Donates Poet Gabriela Mistral’s Literary Legacy to Organization of American States

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The Permanent Representative of Chile to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Dario Paya, presented to the Hemispheric organization’s Columbus Library, on behalf of his government, the Documentary Fund of Gabriela Mistral’s Literary Legacy.

The material consists of more than 18,000 microfilmed original documents; type-written manuscripts, including poetry and prose; personal letters; editorials and consular and legal documents, among others.

Mistral was the first Latin American ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and did so in 1945.  The multi-talented Mistral was a poet, educator, and fierce feminist.  Her talents were first noticed with Sonetos de la Muerte, a collection of love poems, published in 1914

The Chilean diplomat asserted that the contribution meets the wish of Gabriela Mistral “for her legacy to be preserved in the House of the Americas, freely available to the citizens of the continent,” as was stipulated in the Donation Act of 2007, which was signed by the authorities of the Government of Chile and the Chilean poet’s donor and will executor, Doris Atkinson. Ambassador Paya thanked the work of the South American country’s Secretariat of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM), “whose team of researchers, librarians, experts, digitizers, and restorers made this donation possible.”

 

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North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong II Dies Aboard Train

North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong II Dies Aboard Train

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died the morning of Dec. 17, according to an official North Korean News broadcast at noon Dec. 19. Initial reports say Kim died of a heart attack brought on by fatigue while on board a train.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, and his health has been in question since.

Kim’s death comes as North Korea was preparing for a live leadership transition in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim’s father and North Korea’s founding leader, Kim Il Sung, a transition that had been intended to avoid the three years of internal chaos the younger Kim faced after his father’s death in 1994.

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Falkland Island Flare Up Between Spanish Fishermen and Argentine Coast Guard

Falkland Island Flare Up Between Spanish Fishermen and Argentine Coast Guard

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A Spanish-flagged fishing boat that operates in the Falkland Islands was harassed by an Argentine coast guard ship and took refuge in Uruguayan waters, a navy spokesman told Efe Sunday.

The Villa Nores, which is based in the port of Montevideo, sailed Saturday morning from the Uruguayan capital for fishing grounds in the South Atlantic, navy spokesman Sergio Bique said.

The vessel had barely entered the common waters of the River Plate when the Argentine coast guard cutter Mantilla contacted it.

The coast guard vessel demanded information about the fishing boat and warned the captain that he had entered Argentine waters without authorization and should prepare to be boarded.

The Spanish fishing boat sailed at full speed back into Uruguayan territorial waters while the Argentine cutter followed parallel to it in the River Plate’s international zone.

The Uruguayan navy sent a patrol plane to monitor the situation and contacted both vessels to prevent an international incident, the navy spokesman said.

The plane escorted the Spanish fishing boat until it was able to reach the high seas at the point furthest from Argentine territorial waters.

Fishing boats sailing out of Montevideo have regularly been harassed by Argentine navy ships recently, prompting vessels from many countries to stay in Uruguayan waters until they can enter the high seas near Punta del Este, located about 200 kilometers (124 miles) to the northeast, to avoid contact with the Argentine military, the El Pais newspaper reported.

The incident took place amid tensions between the Uruguayan and British governments over President Jose Mujica’s decision to ban ships registered in the Falkland Islands from entering Uruguay’s ports.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the Falklands, known in Latin America as the Malvinas Islands, which have been under British control since 1833.

Argentine troops invaded the Falklands on April 2, 1982, triggering a 72-day war in the South Atlantic over the islands.

Full-fledged fighting in the islands officially began on May 1, 1982, with the arrival of a British task force and ended 45 days later with the surrender of Argentine forces.

The conflict, started by the military regime that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983, claimed nearly 1,000 lives - some 700 Argentines and 255 British soldiers and sailors.

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Christina Aguilera Turns 31, Feliz Cumpleaños (VIDEO)

Christina Aguilera Turns 31, Feliz Cumpleaños (VIDEO)

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Happy Happy Birthday to song bird Christiana Aguilera who turns 31 today.  Currently she is celebrating her great success with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and working on the upcoming season of The Voice

We don’t know if she is celebrating with other stars celebrating a cumpleaños like Brad Pitt who is turning 48-years old also today.  Her son Max is sure to be at her side today and boyfriend Matt Rutler. 

As is tradition we send her ‘Las Mañanitas’ in celebration.

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Spanish Composter Alberto Iglesias Eyeing Another Oscar Nomination

Spanish Composter Alberto Iglesias Eyeing Another Oscar Nomination

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Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias is winding up one of his “most productive years” with a real chance to win his third Oscar nomination, an honor that, as the artist told Efe, would be great for widening his professional horizons.

The Spaniard’s name is being mentioned for an Academy Award nod for Best Original Score along with John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer, thanks to the music he created for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Pedro Almodovar’s “La Piel que Habito” (The Skin I Live In).

“The Oscars are an exceptional event and the two times (that I’ve been a candidate) have been great learning experiences, great for meeting people and understanding more about music and the industry. The Oscars are good for me,” said Iglesias, who landed a Best Original Score nomination for “The Constant Gardener” in 2006 and “The Kite Runner” in 2008.

Despite being an acclaimed composer, winner of nine Goya prizes - Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars - two European Film Awards and a candidate for Hollywood’s top honors, his smooth, intimate style seems to have currently left him out of doing soundtracks for the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, a situation he would like to fix.

“I’d like to make standard action films, but the kind where the action leads to something. I like big spaces with a lot of sound and music dynamics. There’s no doubt it’s going to happen and that I get into action movies,” the composer said.

Alberto Iglesias’ career is closely tied to Spanish film, particularly to the career of Pedro Almodovar, with whom he has worked in almost a dozen films, and directors like Julio Medem and Iciar Bollain, though outside his country he is known for films that are more international.

Iglesias created music for the two parts of “Che” by Steven Soderbergh, as well as “The Constant Gardener” by Fernando Meirelles and “The Kite Runner” by Germany’s Marc Forster, films that made him a Hollywood fixture.

About his Oscar possibilities, Iglesias thinks his best bet for a nomination could be the British spy thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” since being in English it will be “more easily understood” than the Spanish movie “La Piel que Habito.”

The Spanish composer’s chief rivals for a place among the five nominees are the iconic John Williams with his soundtracks for “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin”, along with Alexandre Desplat for “The Tree of Life” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” and Ludovic Bource for “The Artist.”

Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, while the awarding of the Oscars will take place in the same California city on Feb. 26.

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21 Kidnapped Central American Migrants Rescued by Mexican Army

21 Kidnapped Central American Migrants Rescued by Mexican Army

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Army troops rescued 21 Central American migrants who were being held captive at a location in Nuevo Laredo, a border city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, the Defense Secretariat said.

Soldiers on patrol Friday in the Solidaridad neighborhood of Nuevo Laredo spotted three individuals, one of whom was armed, outside a building, the secretariat said.

The three subjects fled when they saw the soldiers approaching and were later arrested.

Soldiers found 17 men and four women from Guatemala and Honduras in the house who had apparently been kidnapped, the secretariat said.

The suspects, the migrants, the weapon, a vehicle and the building were turned over to prosecutors.

The army is carrying out “Operation Northeast” in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi states in an effort to weaken the drug cartels that operate in the region.

The Gulf drug cartel has been waging a war in northeastern Mexico against Los Zetas, a band of army special forces deserters turned hired guns and drug traffickers.

Thousands of migrants, both Mexicans and foreigners, try to enter the United States each year via land routes from Mexico.

An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.

The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.

Central American migrants follow a long route that first takes them into Chiapas state, which is on the border with Guatemala, walking part of the way or riding aboard freight trains, buses and cargo trucks.

The flow of migrants has increased markedly in the northern and northeastern parts of Mexico since U.S. officials increased security along the border in the northwestern part of the country.

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Mexico’s PRI Party Has Its Presidential Candidate” Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico’s PRI Party Has Its Presidential Candidate” Enrique Peña Nieto

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Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidential candidacy for Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has been officially approved, the party’s National Internal Procedures Commission, or CNPI, said.

The politician’s candidacy could not be officially confirmed before Saturday under Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE, rules.

“I know how to accept the criticism, to keep moving forward. It’s true, I may not remember the name of an author, but what I don’t forget is the violence, the despair and the poverty being experienced in Mexico,” Peña Nieto said.

“What I don’t forget is the economic stagnation, the lack of opportunity from which our country is suffering,” the politician told supporters on Saturday.

Peña Nieto, who polls show is the favorite to win Mexico’s July 2012 presidential election, had to defend himself earlier this month after becoming the butt of jokes for being unable to identify the authors and titles of several books.

The goal is to create “a Mexico of peace and tranquility, a country with order and growth, a nation of opportunity,” Peña Nieto told hundreds of cheering supporters.

The politician vowed to win next year’s election “in a clear and resounding” manner.

The 45-year-old Peña Nieto, a former governor of Mexico state, has said he wants to promote ideas and compromise to win the backing of Mexicans.

The PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, is trying to regain the presidency after two straight losses.

Peña Nieto announced his bid for the PRI’s presidential nomination on Sept. 20, a few days after ending his term as governor of Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

The former governor was given a clear path to the nomination in November, when Sen. Manlio Fabio Beltrones, the only other candidate vying to head the ticket in the 2012 elections, withdrew from the race.

Mexico will hold its presidential election on July 1, 2012, electing a successor to President Felipe Calderon of the PAN.

Peña Nieto will be the standard-bearer of the Compromiso por Mexico coalition formed by the PRI, the Mexican Green Party, or PVEM, and the New Alliance Party, or PANAL.

Former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is awaiting formal confirmation of his candidacy for the alliance formed by the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, the Workers Party, or PT, and the Movimiento Ciudadano.

The conservative National Action Party, or PAN, which is going it alone in the election, has not decided on a candidate yet.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, Santiago Creel and Ernesto Cordero have met all the requirements to compete for the PAN’s nomination, the National Elections Commission, or CNE, said Saturday.

Luis Eduardo Paredes Moctezuma and Javier Livas Cantu did not meet the requirements, CNE chairman Jose Espina von Roehrich said.

Some 80 million Mexicans will be eligible to vote for a new president, 628 legislators and thousands of other officials in next year’s general elections.

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Selena Gomez’s Mother Suffers Miscarriage, Teen Star Cancels Concerts

Selena Gomez’s Mother Suffers Miscarriage, Teen Star Cancels Concerts

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It was just three weeks ago that 19-year old Selena Gomez excitedly announced her mother was pregnant and she was going to be a big sister.  Reports are now surfacing that her mother, Mandy Dawn Cornett, suffered a miscarriage forcing Gomez to cancel this weekend concert performances.

Gomez was slated to perform in Chicago and Seattle and then reports surfaced that she had canceled both performances due to a ‘family emergency’.  Some sources are saying the miscarriage occurred on Friday.  It is not known if Selena will carry on with her New Year’s Eve hosting gig for MTV with her good friend Demi Lovato.  Lovato tweeted yesterday to Selena, clearly with her woes in mind, “I love you”.

The baby was going to be Selena’s first sibling from her mother and stepfather Brian Teefey’s marriage. 

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DWTS Winner J. R. Martinez Going to be Dad, Expecting First Child with Long-Time Girlfriend

DWTS Winner J. R. Martinez Going to be Dad, Expecting First Child with Long-Time Girlfriend

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What a year 2011 has been for actor and war hero J.R. Martinez from winning the Mirror Ball trophy to becoming a house-hold word name to becoming a first-time dad soon.

The “All My Children” actor whose real name is Jose Rene Martinez just announced that his long-time girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones is pregnant with their first child.  J.R., 28,  told People Magazine “We found out just last week it’s a girl and we are over the moon.”  The couple met on the set of “All My Children” where Gonzalez-Jones worked as a personal assistant to one of the producers.

This announcement comes on the heals of his stellar performance and perfect-score performance on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars

Since then J.R. has been personally invited to visit the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, will be the Grand Marshal of the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2012 and has appeared on CNN’s Heroes Award presentation amongst other television appearances.

It was back in 2003 that J.R. almost lost his life when a Humvee in Karbala, Iraq hit a land-mine resulting in 40 percent of his body being burnt.  After 34 months in the hospital and more than 30 cosmetic and skin-graft surgeries, he went on to inspire many as a motivational speaking and actor on “All My Children”.

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28 Year-Old Former Miss Venezuela, Eva Ekvall, Loses Her Battle With Breast Cancer

28 Year-Old Former Miss Venezuela, Eva Ekvall, Loses Her Battle With Breast Cancer

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Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall died in Houston after fighting breast cancer since last year, her representatives said. She was 28.

“Sadly, cancer had the last word,” writer Leonardo Padron told Globovision.

Ekvall, an actress and news anchor, died on Saturday after “demonstrating extraordinary calm and courage in her fight against cancer,” Padron said, without confirming whether the body would be sent home to Venezuela.

The former beauty queen wrote a book after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year and tried to raise awareness of the disease.

“Now I know what it feels like to not have a hair on your head,” she said in a Twitter posting on March 10.

In Venezuela, “we invest a lot of money in looking beautiful and not in health care,” the former model said.

Well-known photographer Roberto Mata worked with Ekvall to chronicle her fight against cancer in the book “Fuera de Foco.”

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Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

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don bigote y los pobrecitos

Introducing:

From Nicaragua:
Artist: Don Bigote Y Los Pobrecitos
Song: The Thrill Is Gone
Band Members: Giovanni Martinez - Lead Guitar/Bass/Vocals, James Sedgwick - Rythm Guitar/Bass/Harmonic/Vocals, Victor Hugo Camacho - Drums/Minor Percussion

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First Day of Iberia Pilot Strike, Hundreds of Flights Cancelled

First Day of Iberia Pilot Strike, Hundreds of Flights Cancelled

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The Spanish airline Iberia will cancel more than 100 flights Sunday on the first day of a two-day pilots’ strike called by the Sepla union to protest the founding of a low-cost subsidiary.

The affiliate company is Iberia Express, which from March 2012 will offer short and medium-range flights.

Sepla-Iberia holds that the founding of that company is illegal, since it contradicts Article 10 of the pilots’ collective-bargaining agreement, which says that the company’s activity cannot be divided up and which establishes that operations at Madrid-Barajas Airport must be carried out by personnel (technical crew) of the airline.

According to Sepla, the founding of Iberia Express will mean the elimination of 5,000 jobs, since the company’s management plans to “move 40 planes to the subsidiary.”

The union criticized Iberia for not accepting the proposal to meet “every day, including today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday” to reach an agreement and end the strike, and criticized the company’s rejection of a plan proposed by the union to save on costs and wages if the new airline is structured as part of the current company.

Meanwhile Iberia said there is no reason for the pilots’ strike, since, according to its president, Antonio Vazquez, no one is going to be laid off nor will wages be reduced, and the new subsidiary will create 500 new jobs.

The airline also accused the pilots of wanting to run the company and recommended that they “go to the labor tribunals and file suit” if they believe that the new airline is illegal.

Iberia has managed to put 80 percent of the passengers affected by Sunday’s cancellations of 114 routes on other flights of the company or on 27 other airlines, according to its latest online bulletin.

The airline also has an agreement with the Renfe railroad company and Alsa buses to transport stranded passengers by land, and has reserved more than 9,000 rooms in hotels around the airport.

Both Iberia and authorities at the Madrid airport, where the company is based and operates some 700 flights daily, believe that the worst problems Sunday will be suffered by passengers arriving in transit without any idea that a strike has been called.

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Former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Despite Earlier Reports Still Alive, But Gravely Ill

Former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Despite Earlier Reports Still Alive, But Gravely Ill

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Former Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid is in “very serious” condition, but he “has not died,” contrary to reports from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, President Felipe Calderon said.

“Important: I have just tried to again confirm the news and they have informed me that Miguel de la Madrid is in very serious condition, but he has not died,” Calderon said in a posting on Twitter.

“Miguel De La Madrid was seriously ill and taken to the hospital because of respiratory problems, but he has not died,” the president said on Saturday.

Speculation swirled on social-networking sites about the 77-year-old De la Madrid’s death, with numerous politicians, including Calderon, initially reporting that the former head of state had died.

“I deeply regret the death of former President Miguel De La Madrid. He dealt with great adversity. My deeply felt condolences go out to his family,” Calderon said in an earlier Twitter posting on Saturday.

“Mr. Miguel De la Madrid Hurtado, who was a great president of Mexico, has died and I express my condolences to his family,” PRI presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto said.

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SundayDecember 18, 2011