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FridayFebruary 10, 2012

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51 Now Confirmed Dead in Dominican Shipwreck

51 Now Confirmed Dead in Dominican Shipwreck

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Another four bodies have been recovered following last weekend’s sinking of a small boat carrying people trying to migrate illegally from the Dominican Republic to the Puerto Rico, lifting the death toll to 51, officials said.

“At the conclusion of (Thursday’s) search, we removed from the sea the bodies of four men who still have not been identified,” Dominican navy eastern region commander Col. Hector Ramon Mendez told Efe by telephone.

The boat carrying more than 70 illegal immigrants bound for the U.S. commonwealth sank early Saturday in Samana Bay, off the coast of the northeastern Dominican province of Maria Trinidad Sanchez.

The vessel’s stern began breaking up due to strong waves and the weight of the passengers, causing it to capsize, survivors said.

“We’ll continue the search (Saturday),” the colonel said, adding that authorities still have not decided when they will call off the search-and-rescue operation.

A total of 13 people survived the boat’s sinking, but the number of survivors could be higher because some people failed to report to the navy for fear of being arrested, Samana province emergency management chief Moraima Ramon told Efe earlier this week.

“We are hoping to God that we will find more survivors,” Ramon said by telephone from Samana province, which neighbors Maria Trinidad Sanchez.

Between 20 and 25 people may have made it ashore, survivor Julio Cesar Nuñez told the El Nacional newspaper.

The boat’s captain jumped overboard and began swimming ashore amid the panic and confusion, Nuñez said, adding that he saved himself by tying a demijohn to his waist and taking a life jacket from a dead migrant.

“It was an ugly spectacle to see so many people who did not know how to swim sinking in the water and others getting tired or just being unable to make the crossing of seven kilometers (4.3 miles) amid strong waves that made it hard to make progress,” Nuñez said.

David Cepeda Calcaño, who was identified by some survivors as one of the men in charge of the boat, was arrested in connection with the shipwreck.

Cepeda is a “well-known organizer” of people-smuggling trips to Puerto Rico who operates in the northeastern Dominican Republic, the navy said in a statement released Tuesday.

Cepeda was arrested at least three times between 2000 and 2008 for people trafficking, the navy said.

Two other people involved in the smuggling operation are being sought by authorities.

People smugglers charged between 30,000 and 40,000 pesos ($770 and $1,025) to get the Dominicans into neighboring Puerto Rico, survivors said.

Thousands of Dominicans try to reach the U.S. commonwealth every year, preferring to risk their lives rather than continue living in poverty in their homeland.

Many migrants drown each year on the treacherous journey across the 100-kilometer (62-mile) Mona Passage on the rickety wooden boats known as “yolas.”

Three people were killed and dozens more disappeared in a shipwreck in December off Matancitas beach, located in the northeastern Dominican Republic, while trying to reach Puerto Rico.

About 30 people managed to swim ashore, emergency management officials said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Beats Pregnant 18-Year-Old Girlfriend With Help from His Friends

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Beats Pregnant 18-Year-Old Girlfriend With Help from His Friends

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Three men have been arrested in connection to the kidnapping and assault of a pregnant 18-year-old police say they held for 9 days.

Police in Ceres, Calif. say that on Jan. 27, the pregnant victim’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Richard Garibay, found a message on her phone that upset him and he began beating her. During the beating he allegedly got a handgun and threatened to murder her.

One of Garibay’s friends then came into the room and they began discussing ways of disposing of her body. She was then tied up and threatened again, this time with a knife.

She was not able to leave until February 4. The victim then went to her family who took her to the hospital and called police.

Police spokesperson Jose Berber told a local ABC affiliate that cuts and bruises were easily visible on the victim. She had also been burned with a cigarette lighter and was also threatened with strangulation.

Tuesday, Garibay was arrested when he arrived at court for an unrelated matter.

Two of his friends, Armando Osegueda, 20 and Jose Osegueda, 35, were also arrested for their parts in the crime and for various other charges.

When police officers served a search warrant for the home where the abuse took place, a 5.7-caliber handgun capable of penetrating a bulletproof vest was found, along with a stolen TV and methamphetamine.

Garibay is now faces charges of false imprisonment, making terrorist threats and spousal abuse for beating his girlfriend, who is 15-weeks pregnant.

Armando Osegueda was arrested on charges of making terrorist threats and being an accessory to false imprisonment and spousal abuse.

The older Osegueda was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, unlawful possession of a controlled substance while armed, and possession of stolen property.

The pregnant teen’s fetus is said to have been unharmed.

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Texas Rancher Arrested for Ties to Mexican Narcos

Texas Rancher Arrested for Ties to Mexican Narcos

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State and federal authorities arrested a Mexican-born, Texas-based rancher for links to powerful drug cartels, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Antonio Peña Argüelles, 56, was arrested Wednesday morning at his home in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio for allegedly laundering money he received from Mexico’s Gulf and Los Zetas drug mobs.

It alleges, citing a confidential source, that Peña served as a conduit between powerful drug-gang leaders and Mexican politicians - in particular Tomas Yarrington, who governed the northeastern state of Tamaulipas between 1999-2004.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Nowak ordered Peña - who faces up to 20 years in prison for money laundering if convicted - held until a bail hearing set for Feb. 21.

According to the complaint filed by the DEA, Peña had been in hiding since November, when members of the Los Zetas cartel, which used to serve as the armed wing of the Gulf mob but have since branched out on their own, killed his brother Alfonso in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and left a threatening banner next to the body.

The banner alleges that Antonio Peña pocketed $5 million that he had received from Los Zetas No. 2 Miguel Treviño Morales in exchange for political protection.

It also refers to him as a money launderer living in the United States and blames the brothers for the death of Rodolfo Torre Cantu, a candidate for governor of Tamaulipas who was killed in 2010, according to the complaint.

On the day Alfonso Peña was killed, according to the DEA’s complaint, Antonio received a threatening text message from Treviño Morales.

“All right, don’t pay, however let’s see where you’ll hide because you well know you are not going to have a place to hide,” Treviño Morales, who demanded that Peña return the $5 million, wrote.

The Peña brothers came into contact with the Zetas because of a ranch they owned south of the border city of Nuevo Laredo, the DEA complaint said, citing another confidential source who said the gang paid the siblings a fee to use the ranch to smuggle drugs and bypass a federal checkpoint.

The relationship between the detainee and the cartel continued to grow and he became “involved in money laundering and political corruption activities by acting as a middle man between the Zetas and politicians in Nuevo Laredo,” the complaint said.

Peña, according to one of the confidential sources cited in the complaint, “conducted bulk money pickups” in the cities of Brownsville, Roma and Laredo, Texas, and in Las Vegas, Nevada, “estimated to be several million in drug proceeds derived from the Zetas.”

He later moved to the United States, where he founded several transportation companies and began moving in political and business circles.

Founded by deserters from an elite special forces unit, Los Zetas began as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, but ended that relationship in March 2010 to go into business for themselves.

Hundreds have died in the ensuing turf battles between the aggressive upstarts and the established drug trafficking organizations.

Mexico is mired in a wave of organized crime-related violence that left 47,515 dead between December 2006 - when President Felipe Calderon took office and militarized the struggle against the country’s heavily armed, well-funded drug mobs - and Sept. 30, 2011, according to official figures.

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Brazilian Model’s Massive Breasts Save Her Life When Car Crashes into Tree

Brazilian Model’s Massive Breasts Save Her Life When Car Crashes into Tree

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A Brazilian model is crediting her enormous breasts with saving her life over the weekend.

Model, actress, and former record holder, Sheyla Hershey very well could have died after she lost control of her vehicle and plowed into a tree while she was traveling to see her family.

The airbags in Hershey’s vehicle failed to deploy, but she says her size 38KKK chest was enough cushion to protect her from the impact.

She was charged with a DWI, though Hershey says she was not drinking and even passed a breathalyzer test. The model said she takes medication for depression and bipolar disorder, but said it had never impaired her ability to drive before.

The 31-year-old model once held the Guinness World Record for having the largest implants (38MMM).

Now at a mere 38KKK after a life-threatening infection caused her to remove her massive implants (only to replace them with the ones she has now), Hershey said she’s lucky to be a live, though her chest is “very sore.”

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Check Out Rodrigo Palacio’s Impressive Goal Against Lazio, Scored on his 30th Birthday (VIDEO)

Check Out Rodrigo Palacio’s Impressive Goal Against Lazio, Scored on his 30th Birthday (VIDEO)

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Though many claim it was unlikely that Rodrigo Palacio planned to score a goal with his backwards flick, he did, and on his 30th birthday no less!

The Argentine player for Genoa CFC scored the first goal of the match against Lazio. Genoa went on to win 3-2, making it the first time to beat Lazio at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris since 1992.

See the impressive goal, with the ball swooping past Lazio’s Javier Garrido.

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Danny Trejo Likely to Reprise Role of Hacking-Hero in Sequel ‘Machete Kills’

Danny Trejo Likely to Reprise Role of Hacking-Hero in Sequel ‘Machete Kills’

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Famed director Robert Rodriguez looks to be getting ready to shoot the sequel to 2009’s Machete, which featured David Trejo in the title role.

The film is called Machete Kills and Deadline New York is reporting that it will be the second in what is planned to be a trilogy about the brutal and less-than-conventional hero.

It’s also said that Rodriguez will be financed and produced by Alexander Rodnyansky of AR Films US. Filming is expecting to begin in April, with Rodriguez saying he hopes to bring back actors from the first film, at least, those who didn’t get pumped full of bullets or hacked to bits by Machete.


The new film finds Machete recruited by the U.S. Government for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man. Machete must battle his way through Mexico to take down a madman cartel leader and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war across the planet with a weapon in space. Machete takes on an army in an effort to dismantle a plan for global anarchy.

The first film marked the first time Trejo, who has been in dozens of movies, was actually playing the main character.

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Rio Police and Firefighters Go on Strike Week before Carnival

Rio Police and Firefighters Go on Strike Week before Carnival

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Police and firefighters in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro went on strike Friday, just a week before the official start of Carnival and despite authorities’ agreeing to a pay raise.

The walkout was apparently inspired by the example of cops in the northeastern state of Bahia, who went on strike 11 days ago.

However, Rio police union official Francisco Chao said the job action in his state will be peaceful, unlike the situation in Bahia, where striking cops have been linked to outbreaks of vandalism.

The state police command in Rio de Janeiro said the force was operating normally on Friday.

Most officers reported for duty as scheduled and there have been no serious incidents, according to the state police spokesman, Col. Frederico Caldas, while sources in the public safety department said that few of the state’s roughly 70,000 police and firefighters joined the strike.

Organizers of a pre-Carnival parade expected to draw some 300,000 people to downtown Rio de Janeiro city said they will hold the event Friday night as planned.

The police walkout was announced a week before the official kickoff of Carnival, an annual bacchanal that brings tens of thousands of foreign tourists to Rio de Janeiro.

State police commanders learned three weeks ago that a strike was possible and prepared a contingency plan to ensure public safety, Caldas said.

Replacements were quickly deployed in the two reported cases of police abandoning their posts on Friday, he said, and the courts have issued arrest warrants for 11 officers identified as leaders of the “illegal” strike.

The federal government said it can provide at least 14,000 soldiers and police to patrol Rio de Janeiro if needed, but the state government has so far declined to take up the offer.

Rio’s state legislative voted Thursday to immediately begin phasing in a 39 percent pay hike for police and firefighters that was scheduled to take effect in October 2013.

Even so, delegates representing cops and firefighters decided to launch the strike.

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Colombian Hen May Break Guinness Record with 245-gram Egg (VIDEO)

Colombian Hen May Break Guinness Record with 245-gram Egg (VIDEO)

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“We are looking to break the Guinness Record in Creole hen eggs. In China they were 175 grams in China, 135 grams in Mexico, but ours is almost a quarter of a kilo,” stated Hernando Nino. Nino, a farmer and owner of the Altamira ranch in Colombia, states that his hen “Franciscana” has become his pride and joy.

The farmer was displaced by the constant violence and the military conflicts from his native Santander to the center of Colombia, where the ranch was created two decades ago. The farm is a pioneer in food self-sufficiency the exclude the use of any chemicals. “Franciscana is an ordinary chicken… eats like any other: corn and other natural foods,” stated Nino.

The farm also produces most foods necessary in a balanced diet accompanied by a variety of medicinal and aromatic plants. They also produce vegetables, milk, dairy products, chicken, and many eggs. Nino goes as far as comparing his organic farm to the development programs of the NGO Corporation Colombia Organic. They also receive many visits from school children due to their training farmers program.

So how did Franciscana lays this whopper of an egg?  Nino simply states, “In a place as special as Altamira, it is not so strange that my hen laid an egg that large.”

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Christina Aguilera Speaks of Divorce, Family, and ‘The Voice’

Christina Aguilera Speaks of Divorce, Family, and ‘The Voice’

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Christina Aguilera, the little Latina with the big voice, recently sat down with Latina to discuss her marriage and divorce, her relationship with her father, being on The Voice, and her plans to do another Spanish-language album.

According to The Wrap, on top of landing the cover magazine cover, Aguilera has signed on to the third season of NBC’s The Voice. The network is said to be considering beginning Season 3 this fall instead of waiting until 2013.

Aguilera is the first of the four current judges on the singing competition show to “re-up” her contract, which is reportedly worth $10 million, though that amount has been debated.

Check out some of the diva’s quotes from her Latina interview.

ImageOn getting married and divorced young: “Was I too young?  Not at all.  I did the exact right thing at the time….I definitely wasn’t too young.  I have always been older than my age.”

On growing older:  “I was on the set of a film and the choreographer was 19 and I looked around at all the dancers and I was like, Whoa!  I’m the oldest person in this room.  When did that happen?”

On reconnecting with her father:  “I’ve talked about how rough things were for me and I’m sure he’s heard it.  He can’t be thrilled about it.  So maybe one day we can do lunch…I’m 31 years old now.  Maybe it’s time.”

On resting up from the intensity of shooting The Voice:  “When I’m shooting The Voice, it’s intense.  On a day like today, my ex has my son and we are not shooting, so I slept and I just slept.  I love doing everything in my bed.  Eating, sleeping…It’s my domain and my thrown…I do it all in my bed.”

On how she handles gossip and brutal reviews:  “I don’t read them.  Ever…Why read what people are saying – good or bad?”

On criticisms of not being Latina enough:  “I’ve dealt with that my whole life.  I don’t speak the language fluently.  And I’m split right down the middle, half Irish and half Ecuadorean.  I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone.  I know who I am.”

On planning another Spanish-language album:  “I wouldn’t be questioned if I looked more stereotypically Latina.  Whatever that is.  All I know is no one can tell me I’m not a proud Latina woman…I dove headfirst into a Spanish-language album for that reason and I’m planning another one even though I don’t speak the language.  I’m sure that doesn’t sit well with some people.”

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John Leguizamo and ABC Sign Deal for Sitcom Based in New York City

John Leguizamo and ABC Sign Deal for Sitcom Based in New York City

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John Leguizamo, best known for his one man stage shows, just signed a development deal with ABC for a new sitcom about his life in New York City.  The sitcom, although still searching for a writer, will be the first starring role in a television comedy for Leguizamo.  He will also serve as co-producer of the show along with, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and his manager Jeff Golenberg.

The Colombian-American comedian and actor first appeared on the big screen in 1989 in the movie, Casualties of War.  Since then, Leguizamo has appeared in various television and movie roles.  Some of his notable films include, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!  Julie Newmar, as well as the 1996 modernization of Romeo and Juliet.  He also appeared on the popular hospital drama, ER. 

Currently Leguizamo is on a U.S. tour with Ghetto Klown; his fifth one man stage show.  The show just finished a successful run on Broadway.  He is currently translating the show into Spanish and plans to debut this version in his native country of Colombia.

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Latinas Risk for Preterm Birth Rises the Longer They Live in U.S.

Latinas Risk for Preterm Birth Rises the Longer They Live in U.S.

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The longer Hispanic women live in the United States, the more likely they are to have a preterm birth, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed data from 2,141 Hispanic women with a prior live birth who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2006.

The study found that the frequency of preterm birth was 3.4 percent for women who had lived in the United States for less than 10 years, 7.4 percent for those who’d lived in the United States for more than 10 years, and 10 percent for those who were born in the United States.

The risk of preterm birth among the women in the study did not appear to be related to a number of preterm birth risk factors that were investigated in the study, the researchers noted.

They said their findings support the theory that preterm birth is, at least in part, related to environmental factors that are potentially preventable. However, it’s still not clear which specific environmental factors increase or decrease the chances of preterm birth, the researchers said.

The study was slated to be presented Thursday at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting in Dallas.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Justice Department Sues Lee County, FL for Discriminating Against Latino Employees

Justice Department Sues Lee County, FL for Discriminating Against Latino Employees

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The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Lee County, Fla., alleging that the county discriminated against three Hispanic employees on the basis of race and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. 

Title VII is a federal statute which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin or religion.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, Fla., alleges that Lee County discriminated against trades workers Marco Ferreira, Eduardo Rivera and Leonides Sepulveda by subjecting them to racial and ethnic harassment over a period of approximately two years beginning in 2007 and ending in 2009. 

According to the complaint, these employees were subjected to the discriminatory actions of several of their co-workers who regularly used racial and ethnic slurs, repeatedly mocked Ferreira’s and Rivera’s accents, refused to perform work assigned by Rivera and made false accusations against Ferreira and Rivera to Lee County’s Office of Equal Opportunity in an effort to have the county terminate the two employees.

The United States alleges that despite timely complaints about the harassment by the workers to their supervisors, as well as direct observation of the harassment on several occasions by county supervisory employees, Lee County failed to take any meaningful steps to stop the harassment or discipline the harassers until January 2009, when the harassers were terminated. 

Through this lawsuit, the United States is seeking to have Lee County develop and implement policies that would prevent its employees from being subjected to harassment based on race or national origin as well as monetary damages for the victims. 

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AirBnb, the Ebay of Hotels, Comes to Spain

AirBnb, the Ebay of Hotels, Comes to Spain

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The web based home hotel service better known as AirBnB has expanded their offices to include Barcelona, Spain.  Now returning customers of AirBnb, also known as the ‘Ebay of Hotels’, as well as new users can add Spain as one of their possible travel destinations. 

Already popular in the United States, AirBnb offers accommodations in 192 countries and more than 19,000 cities.  Late night comedian, Conan O’Brien, has even trusted the web service by renting his New York apartment for 3 nights. 

Created in 2008, by co-founders Nathan Blacharczyk and Brian Chesky, AirBnb offers the traveler more options in choosing a place to stay.  Travelers may opt for anything from an inexpensive ‘futon rental’ for the night to a luxury beach house rental for a group of friends. 

In addition to its headquarters in San Francisco, and their newest site in Barcelona, AirBnb has added other international offices since 2011 in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany as well as London, England.  They soon plan to open in other European cities such as Paris and Milan.

Kay Kuehne, originally from Germany, has been hired to head the Barcelona office.  The challenge will be to educate and promote the business throughout Spain.

This web service works through web reviews written by past customers, both guests and hosts.  It is also connected to several social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, which allows the customer to check on reviews as well as get impressions of potential guests.  Once someone decides to stay in a listed accommodation, they must pay for their stay in advance.

Depending on the type of agreement, the host may or may not stay at home during the stay.

Chesky believes that his company is the ‘Ebay of Hotels.’  He prefers to study the reviews and comments of customers over market analyses and predicts that the coast of Spain will be the place to be this summer.   

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Kate del Castillo Greatest Gift to Herself - Her Acting?

Kate del Castillo Greatest Gift to Herself  - Her Acting?

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Kate del Castillo believes that her performance in the series “La Reina del Sur” was a great gift in a statement according to El Caribe.

“Teresa is a character that I really enjoyed, as I have never enjoyed anything else,” the 39 year-old actresses said on Tuesday to The Associated Press.

“For me (she) is an icon ...the audience took a Teresa Mendoza in ...  (she) is the icon of the strong woman whom raises their voice, one who does not let herself be beat by anyone.”

Del Castillo is delighted because the soap will air on the Mun2 channel starting February 19.

“I am delighted to pass it again with English subtitles,” said the Mexican actress, adding that she prefers subtitles to dubbing, so that the essence of the characters isn’t lost.

More than a telenovela, Kate Del Castillo defined “La Reina del Sur”, as a set with a bold format.

“It’s too short to be soap opera ...  with a higher risk… I love that they have gone ahead with everything and have not been afraid,” said the actress.

During its original broadcast on Telemundo, the hit series broke record ratings for the station.

La Reina del Sur”, based on the book by Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte, chronicling the adventures of a woman that by circumstantial issues becomes a powerful drug lord.

For Kate Del Castillo, public acceptance related to the characteristics of the antagonistic heroine.

“We’re not idealizing the typical protagonist who is perfect and angelic ... Teresa is a woman who makes mistakes ... not a moralist, she is open to everything.” said Del Castillo, adding that modern women no longer identify with passive characters.

La Reina del Sur” is but a chapter in the life of the artist. “It will always be in my heart and was a watershed (decisive moment) in both my artistic life and my personal life.”

New projects have come for Castillo at the end of the hit series.

“I just got back from Mexico to make a movie called “Colosio” ... its really good…  and perhaps will cause more controversy in my life?” She smiled and added that there is another film that will give plenty to talk about “K-11” in which she plays a transsexual.

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Mexico to Stanford: Teresa Noyola Receives Top U.S. College Soccer Honor

Mexico to Stanford: Teresa Noyola Receives Top U.S. College Soccer Honor

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Teresa Noyola, a soccer standout for Stanford University and her native Mexico, says that the discipline to play well on the pitch should be the same as what is needed to pursue university studies.

Noyola, a senior who led Stanford to the 2011 NCAA championship, last month received the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, the highest award in U.S. college soccer.

“It gives me great pride to have the Hermann Trophy, because it’s a very prestigious trophy and because I admire many of the people who have won it before me,” Noyola told Efe.

“Likewise, I feel good to have won the championship last December together with my team from Stanford, as well as the chances to play that the Mexican national team gave me,” she added.

Born on April 15, 1990, in Mexico City, Noyola was 3 when her parents, both Stanford alumni, decided to settle near their alma mater in Palo Alto, California.

“In general, as a woman you can’t earn a living just playing soccer,” said Noyola, who is majoring in math and computational science.

“Therefore, it’s very important - if someone’s passion is soccer - that (our) studies also be our passion, because a professional career will allow us to earn a living,” she said.

Noyola has been honored as Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

“I like all sports, but playing soccer has always been something natural for me,” Noyola said.

“I became acquainted with soccer through my dad, because in Mexico, when I was little he played goalie in the recreational leagues and he taught me to play soccer,” she recalled.

In her four years at Stanford, Noyola participated in 95 matches, notching 31 goals and 40 assists.

Noyola said that woman’s soccer is popular among children in the United States because it’s lots of fun and you only need a ball, shoes, a uniform and a field with two goals.

“In the U.S. on the adult level American football, basketball and baseball are very popular,” she said. “But as a country it’s been better represented on the level of soccer by female teams and that is because the level of women’s soccer in the U.S. is high.”

Noyola criticized the fact that her native Mexico does not have women’s soccer leagues.

“I think that the promotion of women’s soccer in the U.S. is linked to the cultural acceptance there is about women being able to be athletes, (being) strong and independent, which applies to all sports in which women participate,” she said.

Noyola, as a member of the Mexican national squad, played in the 2011 women’s World Cup in Germany and in Olympic qualifiers last months.

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