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ThursdayJanuary 5, 2012

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Nearly 11 Million Visit National Shrine of Aparecida in Brazil, World’s Largest Marian Shrine

Nearly 11 Million Visit National Shrine of Aparecida in Brazil, World’s Largest Marian Shrine

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The National Shrine of Aparecida, which is located in the northern city of Aparecida (São Paulo State), welcomed a total of 10,885,878 million visitors in 2011.

This is what the Episcopal Conference of Brazil reports, noting that the year 2011 saw a movement of 505,705 devotees more compared to the year 2010. The month which registered the highest number of visitors was the month of October, with 1,235,242,000 million in pilgrimage.

The busiest day of the year, on November 13, the Sanctuary hosted nearly 200,000 devotees. On that occasion, a long weekend, the sanctuary welcomed young people from all parts of Brazil for the third National Youth Pilgrimage, when there was the delivery of the symbols of World Youth Day (WYD).

Even during the holidays, pilgrims preferred the world’s largest Marian shrine. 

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Jerry Garcia Documentary Coming this Spring – Includes Never-Before-Seen Performances

Jerry Garcia Documentary Coming this Spring – Includes Never-Before-Seen Performances

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A three-hour conversation film maker, Malcolm Leo, had with the late – great Jerry Garcia will be the basis of a new feature length documentary reports Deadline.

Leo is a well known and respected music documentarian who conducted the interview back in 1987, at the pinnacle of The Grateful Dead’s leaders success.  The documentary will include concert footage, music and the linchpin – never-before seen performances of the group.

The film will also include Garcia’s eldest daughter Annabelle. 

Leo who will be working with John Hartmann expects the film to be ready in Spring of 2012.  The duo did a teaser, short film clip this last summer for Jerry Garcia Day. 

The film attempts to capture Garcia iconic status as head of the ultimate band that was formed in 1965 and disbanded in 1995 when Garcia died, giving their fans 30-years of music memories. 

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Court in Ecuador Upholds $18 Billion Judgement Against Oil Giant Chevron for Amazon Pollution

Court in Ecuador Upholds $18 Billion Judgement Against Oil Giant Chevron for Amazon Pollution

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An appeals court in the northeastern Ecuadorian province of Sucumbios has upheld last year’s multi-billion-dollar judgment against U.S. oil supermajor Chevron Corp. in an Amazon pollution case dating back decades.

On Tuesday, the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbios ratified a Feb. 14, 2011, ruling that had ordered the San Ramon, California-based oil company to pay $8.2 billion in environmental remediation costs, as well as an additional penalty equivalent to 10 percent of that total to cover plaintiff damages.

It also upheld the lower court’s decision ordering the company to pay nearly $9 billion if it refuses to apologize to local communities for pollution caused by Texaco, which Chevron acquired in 2001.

A spokesperson for the Amazon Defense Front, which supports the class-action lawsuit, said this latest ruling confirms Texaco’s “culpability” for environmental damage between 1964 and 1990.

During much of that time, Texaco was the operator of a consortium that operated in Ecuador’s northeast and which also included state-owned oil company Petroecuador as majority owner.

The regional Ecuadorian courts have agreed with plaintiffs’ arguments that Texaco contaminated the ecosystem by dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste from oil-drilling operations and severely damaged the health of area residents during the two and a half decades it operated in Ecuador.

The Amazon Defense Front noted that Chevron still can take the case to a higher tribunal, the National Court of Justice, but it must deposit an amount equivalent to 1 percent of the awarded damages to do so.

Chevron, meanwhile, issued a statement Tuesday condemning the appellate court’s ruling as “illegitimate” and saying it is “another glaring example of the politicization and corruption of Ecuador’s judiciary that has plagued this fraudulent case from the start.”

After the February 2011 ruling in the lawsuit - first filed in the United States in 1993 on behalf of 30,000 Amazon Indians and peasants - Chevron accused the plaintiffs of “fabricating expert reports, manufacturing evidence, bribing and colluding with court officials, waging a campaign of intimidation against judges and even ghostwriting parts of the verdict itself.”

Chevron repeated those accusations in Tuesday’s press release.

For his part, Luis Yanza, executive coordinator of the Assembly of those Affected by Texaco, an umbrella group representing tens of thousands of peasants and Indians in that region, said in a statement that Tuesday’s ruling “confirms and ratifies that the company polluted the Amazon.”

“This is another step to (bringing) the guilty party (to justice) and fighting to ensure it remediates the damage. Of course no amount will be sufficient to make amends for the crime they committed in our region or bring the hundreds of dead back to life,” Yanza said.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said he was pleased at the appellate court’s ruling because he believes prosecutors have proven their case against the oil company.

“I think justice has been served. The damage (Texaco) did in the Amazon is undeniable,” the leftist leader said, adding that the trial had pitted “David against Goliath.”

A court-designated expert had estimated the cost of cleaning up the area affected by the dumping of toxic waste and compensating the affected communities at $27 billion, but Chevron maintains the report was drawn up in conjunction with the plaintiffs and therefore corrupted.

Both Chevron and the plaintiffs had appealed the February 2011 ruling, with the latter seeking a bigger damages award.

Chevron - which succeeded in having the case moved from the United States to Ecuador in 2003, four years before Correa came to power amid voter anger at corruption and traditional politicians - noted that in the 1990s Texaco was released from any liability for damage by the Ecuadorian government of the time after carrying out clean-up operations.

Plaintiffs, however, say that Texaco’s agreement with the government did not release it from third-party claims and that Chevron is reneging on its pledge to abide by whatever decision was handed down by a court in the Amazonian town of Lago Agrio.

Chevron says now that the case has become politicized under Correa and that the company cannot receive a fair trial.

The company says on its Web site that Petroecuador should be the target of local communities’ legal action, noting that the state oil firm has been “the sole and exclusive owner and operator of greatly expanded operations in the area from 1992 to the present.”

Chevron has never operated in Ecuador and has no assets there that can be seized, but the plaintiffs could file suit in other countries in an attempt to collect damages.

Chevron in 2009 filed an international arbitration claim against the Ecuadorian government at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, claiming violations of the country’s obligations under a bilateral U.S.-Ecuador investment treaty.

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Latino Bakeries Gear up for Three Kings Celebration

Latino Bakeries Gear up for Three Kings Celebration

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The celebration of Three Kings Day is a tradition that Hispanics have maintained in the United States, along with the “rosca de Reyes” ring-shaped cake that bakeries all over the country expect to sell thousands of.

In Chicago, for example, dozens of Latino employees work day and night to get the traditional “roscas” prepared in the Mexican style ready on time.

“We don’t work with big machines. We do everything homemade. We make the things with our hands, not with machines,” Jesus Salgado, a supervisor at Chicago’s Happy Cake La Baguette company, told Efe.

His workmates will mix together flour, sugar, milk, cinnamon, eggs, yeast and other ingredients to make the cakes that are traditionally consumed every Jan. 6, when Three Kings Day - otherwise known as Epiphany - is celebrated in Spain and Latin America.

Immigration flows have also resulted in traditions like this one being exported to other places, and so it is not strange to see bakeries in many U.S. cities working hard to prepare the roscas.

“Our founder, Mr. Gilberto Chavarria, came here to Chicago 23 years ago. And when he came, arriving from the Federal District, the capital of Mexico, the first chance he got, the first January, he began to make roscas,” Rafael de la Vega, another of the bakery’s supervisors, told Efe.

The strategy of the Mexican businessman was to make “a rather large number” of roscas. “He ... made gifts of the roscas to many people here, to the Mexicans,” in particular.

In this bakery, the dough is allowed to stand and rise for several hours before it is decorated with slices of candied or frosted fruit in various colors, as well as with dates and figs, before it is then put into the wood or gas-heated oven.

Sometimes the roscas are filled with cream, angel’s hair or chocolate and they are traditionally eaten for breakfast or for an afternoon snack with a cup of hot chocolate or “atole,” a hot maize drink.

It is said that this ancient tradition began after the Three Kings visited the baby Jesus shortly after his birth.

Although the details vary from country to country, in most places one or more small plastic or ceramic figures are hidden inside the dough before it is put into the oven.

Those little figures symbolize the baby Jesus, whose parents hid him so that King Herod would not find and murder him, according to tradition.

De la Vega said that this year he and his colleagues will bake and distribute about 6,000 roscas in Greater Chicago.

“Each year the number of roscas we sell increases, particularly in the zones near” the Windy City, he said with great satisfaction.

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Bieber Fans Go Crazy After He Says He Kisses GF Selena Gomez on the Weekends (VIDEO)

Bieber Fans Go Crazy After He Says He Kisses GF Selena Gomez on the Weekends (VIDEO)

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The Ellen Degeneres Show has been helping Las Vegas’ Whitney Elementary School since learning it was struggling to stay open and continue the education of its students, many of whom are homeless.

Host Ellen Degeneres spoke with Justin Bieber about the school and he was so moved that he asked to be a part of it.

Bieber presented the school with a donation of $100,000 along with $100,000-worth of toys for the young students. He also performed a number of songs, including his chart-toppers “Baby” and “Mistletoe”.

The students then asked the 17-year-old singer questions, including one about his girl friend Selena Gomez.

When a little girl asked what he and Selena do on the weekends, the smiling singer replied, “We go to the movies,” then smiled and whispered, “And we kiss.”

The group erupted with cheers and giggles, some of the girls in the audience even blushing at the thought.

Watch him present the school with the donation then take questions from the children. (below)

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After Giving Woman a Ticket, Cop Looks Up Her Address to Ask Her Out, She Sues Him

After Giving Woman a Ticket, Cop Looks Up Her Address to Ask Her Out, She Sues Him

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A Chicago police officer is being sued for asking out a woman he had recently given a speeding ticket to.

Evagelina Paredes is suing Officer Chris Collins for a violation of privacy because he used the motor-vehicle database to look up her address after he had given her a ticket for the purpose of giving

On October 22, Officer Collins gave Paredes a $132 speeding ticket. Some time after, he tracked her down and left a note on the windshield of her car stated that taking her to dinner was the least he could do for giving her the ticket.

The 27-year-old officer’s note read, “It’s Chris … that ugly bald Stickney cop who gave you that ticket. … I know this may seem crazy and you’re probably right, but truth is I have not stopped thinking about you since. I don’t expect a girl as attractive as you to … even go for a guy like me, but I’m taking a shot anyways.” He added that he would understand if she didn’t call him.

More angry than flattered, Paredes filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Under Rebecca’s Law, unauthorized use of the DMV database is illegal.

Paredes is a single mother and her attorney said she fears being stalked by the officer ad feels violated.

Officer Collins had stated that he was only looking for a date and meant no harm by the note.

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Answer the Door! The Girl Scouts Have Started Their Cookie-Selling Season

Answer the Door! The Girl Scouts Have Started Their Cookie-Selling Season

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It’s that time of the year again. The Girl Scouts are once again selling their famous cookies.

In honor of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, a new cookie will be available. The new treat is called the “Savannah Smiles,” and is a powered sugar-topped lemon shortbread cookie.

This will be the first cookie sale under the organization’s new CEO. In August 2011, the Girl Scouts of the USA named Anna Maria Chávez as its new CEO.

To find your local cookie “dealer,” click here.

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Marc Anthony Takes to Twitter, Confirms Relationship With Venezuelan Model Shannon De Lima

Marc Anthony Takes to Twitter, Confirms Relationship With Venezuelan Model Shannon De Lima

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Just as his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez has been making the news for her current relationship, Marc Anthony, 43, is now joining the headliner with his own relationship status.

The Latin crooner is now dating Venezuelan model Shannon De Lima, 24, and took to Twitter to confirm it.

In Spanish, he posted, “To Shannon, my status of liberty. Kisses baby!”

He also tweeted, “To all my followers amd Twitter peeps, follow the best couple of 2012 and for many years Marc Anthony and Shannon De Lima!”

De Lima has a 4-year-old son from a previous relationship and Anthony has a son he adopted while dating Debbie Rosado.

Anthony was famously married to singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, 42. Lopez is also dating a much younger person. Her beau, Casper Smart, is a 24-year-old back-up dancer.

De Lima becomes the latest in Venezuelan beauties making the news. Earlier this week, Dayana Mendoza and Patricia Velasquez were officially named as contestants on Donald Trump’s primetime show “Celebrity Apprentice”.

Mendoza, 25, was crowned Miss Universe in 2008 and will be competing for the Latino Commission on AIDS charity.

Velasquez, 40, is an actress and supermodel famous for roles in “The Mummy” and the “The Mummy Returns”. It is unclear which charity she will be competing for.

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Senator McCain to Republicans ‘We Have to Fix Our Problems with the Hispanics’ (VIDEO)

Senator McCain to Republicans ‘We Have to Fix Our Problems with the Hispanics’ (VIDEO)

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If anyone is still listening to senior (not to be confused with senile) Senator John McCain then you would of heard some prophetic words on the relationship between Republicans and Latinos.

It appears, according to McCain, there is a problem with the relationship and/or its practically non-existent.

While speaking on MSNBC’s ‘The Daily Rundown’ McCain noted that if his state, Arizona, as well as other southwest border states don’t fix their Hispanic problem the states could be in play during election season and not decidedly Republican.

The Hispanic problem is one that consists of a growing demographic that does not view it is being respected. 

Thanks to harsh immigration laws, to Voter ID laws, to abolishment of sanctuary cities, to negative commentary on any form of the DREAM Act many conservative Latinos voters are fleeing the Republican party and many others would never consider voting Republican even if its for the local dog catcher. 

And in John McCain’s case it would be helpful if he didn’t blame all the Arizona forest fires on undocumented border crossers.

Host Chuck Todd then asked the Senator how and where do you start fixing the “Hispanic problem”? 

“It starts with a way to address the issue of immigration in a humane and caring fashion, at the same time emphasizing the need to secure our borders because of the drug cartels and the people who transport people across our border and treat them terribly,” McCain replied.


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How Did Texas Runaway Jakadrien Turner, 15, Get Deported to Colombia?

How Did Texas Runaway Jakadrien Turner, 15, Get Deported to Colombia?

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A Texas runaway who disappeared in 2010 was discovered to have been wrongfully deported to Colombia by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Now, the 15-year-old’s family is demanding answers, but it seems more questions are being raised instead.

Family duress ensued after Jakadrien Turner’s grandfather died, and that mixed with usual teenage problem are the teenager is said to have caused her to run away from her Texas home in 2010. Her grandmother, never willing to give up on the teen, vigilantly searched for clues to Jakadrien’s whereabouts.

She would eventually track the teen by way of her best friend’s Facebook to a club in Houston, where she had worked as a DJ under the name Tika Cortez. The family asked for help from Houston-area authorities, but were given none.

The family was later told that Jakadrien had been arrested for shoplifting and was deported to Colombia. After contacting ICE, her family was told that Jakadrien – who had given immigration officials a false name – claimed she was an adult from Colombia who was not legally living in the U.S. rather than a legal teenaged resident.

ICE maintains that Jakadrien stuck to the false identity and say biometric verification confirmed she was who she claimed to be.

Her family says Jakadrien has been seen partying with men and a detective told them she is pregnant.

Though ICE insists they followed procedure, the Turner family fails to see how that’s possible, considering a U.S.-born teenage runaway was deported to Colombia.

Jakadrien was taken to the U.S. consulate soon after she was found and is now at the government-run Colombian Institute for Family Welfare.

So far, Colombian officials have denied her release, and she has not spoken with her family.

Jakadrien’s mother Johnisa Turner says she believes that while ICE made a mistake, something else made her daughter give them a fake name in the first place. She fear coercion may have led her daughter astray.

A 15-year-old, possibly-pregnant, girl now sits in a foreign country with no family contact and no Spanish-language skills.

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Chipotle Overcomes Immigration Issues – Stock Rises 59% in 2011 & On Goldman’s Buy List

Chipotle Overcomes Immigration Issues – Stock Rises 59% in 2011 & On Goldman’s Buy List

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Back in 2010 Chipotle Mexican Grill was audited by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resulting in hundreds of workers being let go from the restaurant’s more than 1,000 locations.

It is believed Chipotle fired them as a means to avoid punishment from ICE and presumably most of the employees were undocumented.

Then in May, 2011 Immigration officials widened their probe into the burrito makers hiring practices.  In spite of those immigration issues and the new ‘less-latino’ staff the burrito maker is rocking.

Chipotle’s stock rose 59% rose through 2011 and investment bankers Goldman Sachs just put it on its highly-praised ‘Conviction Buy List’.

Is a burrito a BURRITO if Mexican hands don’t touch it???

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University of California Settles Charges It Discriminated Against Immigrant Employees

The Justice Department today reached agreement with the University of California San Diego Medical Center, resolving a complaint filed on Dec. 6, 2011, alleging that the medical center failed to comply with proper employment eligibility verification processes for non-citizens who are authorized to work in the United States.

Specifically, the department’s complaint alleged that the medical center subjected newly hired non-U.S. citizens to excessive demands for documents but did not require the same of U.S. citizens.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the medical center agrees to implement new employment eligibility verification policies and procedures that treat all employees equally regardless of citizenship status.

In addition, the medical center has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $115,000.

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Woman Dies from 15-Inch Vaginal Penetration, Gavin Yepa Now Faces Life in Prison

Woman Dies from 15-Inch Vaginal Penetration, Gavin Yepa Now Faces Life in Prison

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Yesterday afternoon, FBI special agents arrested Gavin Yepa, 26, a member and resident of Jemez Pueblo, on a criminal complaint alleging a sexual assault resulting in death charge. If convicted of this offense, Yepa faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Yepa is charged with killing Lynette Becenti, a 38-year-old Navajo woman, during a sexual assault that took place at Yepa’s residence on the night of December 29, 2011. According to the criminal complaint, Yepa allegedly met Ms. Becenti in San Ysidro, N.M., earlier that evening, and drove her to his residence with the hope of having sex with her. Shortly before midnight, Yepa allegedly flagged down tribal officials and reported that there was a woman in his home who was not breathing.

When Yepa escorted the officers into his residence, the officers observed a large amount of blood on the floor extending through several rooms, including a bedroom where they observed Ms. Becenti’s nude body that was smeared with blood from head to toe.

The complaint further alleges that an examination of Ms. Becenti’s body revealed that she had been bleeding from the vagina and/or anus. A shovel allegedly was located near Ms. Becenti’s body and approximately 15 inches of the shovel handle was stained and coated with a substance that appeared to be blood. According to the complaint, a witness went to Yepa’s residence at approximately 10:30 p.m. on December 29, 2011, and allegedly observed Yepa inserting the handle of the shovel and another object into Ms. Becenti’s vagina or anus.

The complaint alleges that preliminary findings of an autopsy performed on December 30, 2011 revealed that Ms. Becenti died due to excessive internal hemorrhaging caused by approximately 15 inches of vaginal penetration that extended from the opening of the vagina to the diaphragm.

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Fighting Forest Fire, Argentine Pilot Survives Crash

Fighting Forest Fire, Argentine Pilot Survives Crash

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The pilot of a plane being used to fight a forest fire in Chubut, a province in Argentina’s Patagonia region, survived a crash on Wednesday, officials said.

Firefighters found the pilot, whose plane went down while battling the out of control fire.

The pilot was taken to a hospital in the tourist town of El Hoyo, which was declared an emergency area because of its proximity to a burning hill, Chubut forest service chief Rodrigo Robeta said.

The blaze has scorched about 100 hectares (247 acres) on the hill, Robeta said.

The emergency management office has evacuated dozens of tourists who were camping around the Los Alerces lagoon, located across from the burning hill, which is in the Andes mountain range on the border between Argentina and Chile, Robeta said.

The drought in Patagonia has helped fires on both sides of the border to spread, Robeta told Argentine radio station.

The fire “was caused” by someone and is “out of control” despite the efforts of about 80 firefighters to put it out, El Hoyo Mayor Mirco Szudruk said, adding that aerial water tankers began providing support on Wednesday.

About 30 people living in the forest near the burning hill will be evacuated in the next few hours, Szudruk said.

Tens of thousands of acres of forest have burned in neighboring Chile in the past few days.

The biggest blaze has destroyed more than 19,000 hectares (47,500 acres) of forest and cropland in the southern Chilean region of Bio Bio.

A fire affecting Torres del Paine National Park in Chile’s remote southern Magallanes region has destroyed more than 13,300 hectares (33,250 acres) since last week and is being fought by about 1,000 people, including soldiers and forest service personnel, as well as firefighters from Argentina and Uruguay.

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Celebrity Apprentice, Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza Chooses Latino Commission on AIDS as Her Charity

Celebrity Apprentice, Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza Chooses Latino Commission on AIDS as Her Charity

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The Latino Commission on AIDS announced it is honored to be Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza’s Charity Choice for the 2012 Celebrity Apprentice TV Show.

The former Miss Universe has been deemed a “Madrina” to the organization for her ongoing support, and “as our champion.” “Madrinas” & “Padrinos” (Godmother & Godfather) of the organization are those individuals that commit themselves to promote support, prevention and education related to HIV/AIDS.

The role of Madrina/Padrino in the Latino/Hispanic culture is an extended and important family member on whom a family relies for support.

“It is important to me to show my commitment and support for those impacted by HIV/AIDS. I encourage all individuals to take the HIV Test, to learn the facts about AIDS and seek community and medical care” stated Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza said.

“We are honored to be part of this season’s Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, and we are moved by Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza choosing the Latino Commission on AIDS as her charity of choice”, said Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.

Mendoza is committed to supporting the Latino Commission on AIDS’ wide-reaching national, regional and local community programs of prevention, capacity building, and education. Dayana is a beacon of hope for a future without AIDS.

Celebrity Apprentice premieres Sunday, February 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT on NBC.


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117 Children Murdered in Colombia in 2011, Over 40% Under Age of 5 Years-Old

117 Children Murdered in Colombia in 2011, Over 40% Under Age of 5 Years-Old

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In 2011 117 children were murdered in Colombia, 41 of them under 5 years of age. This is what emerges from the statistics, sent to Fides, on the toll statements released at the end of 2011 concerning violent deaths in America.

In Colombia, in particular, this violence was relentless against the weak: according to information sent to Fides, half of the children killed in the country in 2011 were victim of firearms, according to a report offered by Senator Gilma Jimenez . The Report states that of 117 children under 14 years of age, 65 were killed by gunfire and other due to violence on behalf of family members or friends. The areas where the greatest number of children were killed are Antioquia, Valle, Risaralda and Bogota.

Of the total deaths, 48 were girls and 69 boys, and 41 of them under 5.

The Congress of Colombia has approved the proposal of the mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, regarding the disarmament and called for a coordination of all the mayors to ensure that this measure is adopted only in some municipalities, which would make it ineffective.

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