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SaturdayMarch 17, 2012

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Texas Border Agents Rescue Undocumented 17 Yr-old and Pregnant Female from Stifling Hot Trailer

Texas Border Agents Rescue Undocumented 17 Yr-old and Pregnant Female from Stifling Hot Trailer

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U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint rescued two illegal aliens Wednesday morning, who were confined inside a cargo trailer.

The rescue occurred when the vehicle’s driver attempted to travel through the checkpoint. When agents searched the trailer, they found a 17-year-old girl from El Salvador and a woman from Honduras, who is six-months pregnant. The trailer was stiflingly hot and not ventilated. The two illegal aliens were sweating profusely.

Agents immediately brought the pair into the checkpoint office to cool down and gave them water. The two illegal aliens were offered medical attention, which they declined.

The driver of the vehicle will be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to face alien smuggling charges. The two females will be processed accordingly.

“People are often unaware of the serious risks they take when they allow a human smuggler to conceal them in confined spaces with little to no ventilation,” Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. “As we near the summer months and temperatures continue to climb, it becomes increasingly deadly. Our agents are trained to respond to these situations and take the appropriate action to prevent further injury or death.”

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Decreasing Population of Monarch Butterflies from US and Canada Hibernate in Mexican Forests

Decreasing Population of  Monarch Butterflies from US and Canada Hibernate in Mexican Forests

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Mexico has seen fewer hectares (acres) occupied by the monarch butterfly during its latest hibernation in the forests of the nation’s central region, the head of the National Natural Protected Areas Commission, Luis Fueyo, said.

According to recent monitoring, during the 2011-2012 season a total of 10 hibernating colonies occupied 2.89 hectares (7.13 acres) of woodland in the states of Michoacan and Mexico, some 28 percent less than the 4.02 hectares (10 acres) the year before.

Fueyo told a press conference that the decline was caused by the drought in the fall of 2011, coinciding with the migration period of the monarch, which soars thousands of kilometers (miles) from the United States and Canada to the Mexican forests.

He recalled that during the last 19 seasons there have been wide fluctuations in the extension of colonies, from a high of 18.9 hectares (46.7 acres) in 1996 to a low of 1.92 hectares (4.7 acres) in 2009.

The official said the extent of woodland occupied by the colonies is used as an indicator of the population migrating to Mexico each year, instead of numerical estimates which are more prone to error.

Fueyo said that the conservation of the monarchs is a concern not only for Mexico but also for the United States and Canada where they reproduce and where, in his opinion, it is a vital necessity to control the use of insecticides and other chemicals that affect the butterfly’s survival.

For his part, the Mexican director of the World Wildlife Fund, Omar Vidal, said that, apart from the effects of climate change such as drought, the use of insecticides affects plants that nourish the larvae and increase the mortality rate of the monarch butterfly during migration.

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Puerto Rico Governor Fortuño Endorses Romney for Backing PR in War on Drugs

Puerto Rico Governor Fortuño Endorses Romney for Backing PR in War on Drugs

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Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuño, one of the 23 Republican Party delegates in Puerto Rico, publicly endorsed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for the support he has given the Caribbean island in its war on drugs.

Fortuño greeted Romney upon his arrival in Puerto Rico and said that the inclusion of the island in the GOP hopeful’s job-creation plans, and the fact that he would back statehood for Puerto Rico if that is the islanders’ choice in the referendum next Nov. 6 on the island’s political status, are other reasons for his support.

“Many thanks for your visit and I give you my endorsement because of your support in these three matters,” Fortuño said in Spanish at San Juan’s Isla Grande Airport, where he and other leaders of the local Republican Party went to meet Romney.

During his speech at Romney’s side, Fortuño skipped the subject of language and limited himself to agreeing with the candidate’s expressed view that language is not a determining element for Puerto Rico joining the United States.

Before meeting with Romney, the governor said that two languages are spoken in U.S. territory in answer to Rick Santorum, whose two-day visit was entangled in a controversy about which language Puerto Ricans should speak.

“We’ve had two official languages for 10 years. That’s the situation. So that trying to politicize what I believe is an opportunity for our young people is mistaken,” the governor said.

Santorum had to explain Thursday that his statement to the local press was misinterpreted when he was reported as saying that if the island became a new state of the United States it should adopt English as its primary language.

“I have no doubt that one of the requirements that will be put forth to Congress is a requirement that English would be universal here on the island,” Santorum said, adding that this “doesn’t mean that people can’t speak Spanish in their homes, or in their business, or on the street, but that everyone would have a proficiency in English.”

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have not gone to Puerto Rico for Sunday’s primary, though the former addressed Puerto Ricans in a communique focused on the economy.

The Republican candidates are hoping to win the Caribbean island’s 23 delegates in Sunday’s primary, including the three “superdelegates”: Fortuño, the Republican Party chairman on the island Carlos Mendez, and the party’s national delegate Zoraida Fonalledas.

Fortuño and Fonalledas have already announced their support for Romney, while Gingrich has Mendez’s vote.

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George Clooney Launches New Tequila with Pal Rande Gerber

George Clooney Launches New Tequila with Pal Rande Gerber

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Actor George Clooney is teaming up with supermodel Cindy Crawford`s restaurateur husband and pal Rande Gerber to serve up a new tequila line. Clooney, 50 and Gerber have joined forces to make their favorite off-the-market tequila more accessible to fans, a leading daily has reported.

The pair has opted to name the product Casamigos, and Gerber said he and his new business partner plan on making the liquor available to all.

“I don`t think we`re going to be following all the rules. We know we have a product we love and we drink, and other people will enjoy. The product speaks for itself,” The actor has told sources.

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Noelia to Launch Singles from New Album in U.S., Europe

Noelia to Launch Singles from New Album in U.S., Europe

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Puerto Rican pop star Noelia will launch simultaneously on the U.S. and European markets two singles from the album she is recording in English with music producer and singer Timbaland and composer Sean Garrett.

The artist told Efe Friday that “Exploit,” the first single for the U.S. market, and “Spell” for Europe will be aired on radio stations in three weeks.

“This production makes my greatest dreams come true, it’s a joy and an immense achievement that I’ve been praying to heaven for so much,” Noelia said about her eighth disc.

The album, which still has not been given a title, features a range of musical styles, notably pop and ballads.

“Up to now we have recorded seven songs and he (Timbaland) wants to keep working,” the singer of “Kiss Me” said.

Once the recording is a wrap, the two plan a promotional tour of Latin America, Europe and the United States this summer, she said.

This is the first time a Puerto Rican singer has recorded in English with an American producer.

The idea of a collaboration with Timbaland, who has worked on songs for singers like Justin Timberlake and Madonna, quickly evolved after he ran into the artist in the corridors of the studio where she was recording “Kiss Me.”

“We started out recording a single, and that was the beginning of a close friendship and we kept working until we made an album and finally we’re now going on tour together. It’s been an amazing experience,” the daughter of singer Yolandita Monge recalled.

She said that in Puerto Rico she’s doing “super good” with the “Kiss Me” number, sung in Spanglish with the participation of Baby Boy.

“It’s a song he did awhile back. I changed the lyrics and it’s doing really well on radio in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and South America,” she said.

Timbaland said in a communique that Noelia is a singer who must be discovered from the inside. Her “excellent taste in rhythms and magical charm of the voice pierce the surface,” and this album will bring the public a Noelia it has never heard before, he said.

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16 Die in Peru as Bus Plunges into Ravine, 7 Injured

16 Die in Peru as Bus Plunges into Ravine, 7 Injured

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A bus plunged into a ravine in northwestern Peru, leaving 16 dead and seven injured, highway police told local media.

The vehicle tumbled 200 meters (655 feet) down a hillside Friday near Pacaipampa, a town in the Piura region about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of Lima.

Rescue teams found the bodies of 16 victims, while the seven injured passengers were rushed to a nearby hospital, police told the official Andina news agency.

Among the fatalities were a couple and their two-year-old boy and employees of the National Comptroller’s Office, El Comercio daily reported.

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Jennifer Lopez in Killer Vogue Shoot ( VIDEO)

Jennifer Lopez in Killer Vogue Shoot ( VIDEO)

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The 42-year-old singer, actress and reality show presenter has graced the April cover of the US edition of Vogue magazine and the pictures show off her superb shape.

The superstar sat down with Vogue for an in-depth interview, and revealed she’s still in horrible pain over the split.

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Hispanic Republicans to Newt Gingrich: Stay in the Race

Hispanic Republicans to Newt Gingrich: Stay in the Race

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Somos Republicans believe Newt Gingrich should stay in the Republican primary race amidst calls from few Republicans who want him to withdraw.

Why are these few asking Newt Gingrich to withdraw from the race when Ron Paul has the least amount of delegates?  We believe Newt Gingrich is on the right path.  In fact, a poll shows Santorum and Gingrich work better together at blocking and bleeding out Mitt Romney. Somos Republicans never supported RomneyCare modeled after ObamaCare and it is imperative for a true conservative to win the Republican nominee.

Furthermore, both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will never be able to receive double digit Latino voting support during the 2012 general elections in our post harsh anti-immigrant law era when several draconian laws were introduced by state Republican legislators since 2010.  Somos Republicans is the largest and was the only Hispanic Republican Grassroots organization in the nation that stood tall and defended Latinos and immigrant rights when Arizona’s Governor signed anti-immigrant SB 1070 bill.

George W. Bush managed to win his presidency when 44% Latinos voted for him, and the Republican Party cannot win a Presidential election without Latino support; therefore, we believe it is imperative for Newt Gingrich to see this primary fight all the way through for the sake of the GOP.

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Antonio Pelayo, Dept. Head at Disney Studios, Documents his Families Migration

Antonio Pelayo, Dept. Head at Disney Studios, Documents his Families Migration

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With the same dedication he employs to draws storybook scenes, Antonio Pelayo, head of the Special Effects Department at Disney Studios, recounts in pictures the migration of his family and does pencil portraits of Hispanic icons.

“The main collection of works in the gallery is about my family - I’m basically documenting the migration of my family from Mexico,” Pelayo, who is exhibiting his works in the LAUNCH LA gallery in Los Angeles, told Efe.

“And what I do is take pictures from my parents’ photo albums - some of the images I choose because they’re interesting and others by intuition,” he said.

Born on March 13, 1973 in the L.A. suburb of Glendale, Pelayo is the son of immigrants from the Mexican state of Jalisco who came to California in the late 1960s.

His dad’s first job was taking care of horses at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, and of those times Pelayo has rescued images for his pictographic work entitled “My Family.”

“I didn’t draw anything in the background,” Pelayo said. “I only focused on the images, because ‘nothing behind us’ is the way we feel when we emigrate to another country.”

Pelayo said his interest in drawing began at the age of 3 when he was first encouraged at home by his parents, who supplied him with needed materials like drawing pads, pencils and erasers to keep him entertained.

“When I was 9 we went to live in Mexico, and since I didn’t know anyone there I spent my time at home drawing,” the artist recalled.

From his roots in the land of the mariachi he grew up admiring stars of Mexican wrestling like the Blue Demon, who inspired him to draw one of the pictures in his “La Lucha” (The Fight) collection, as well as other icons of Mexican art like Frida Kahlo.

“I began learning about art and then gravitated to the art of photorealism rendered in pencil drawings,” Pelayo recalls of his return to the United States at age 16.

“When I saw that kind of art I said oh, that’s what I want to do, and began to draw portraits and gradually began to put together my portfolio and show my works in galleries and museums,” he said.

After finishing high school, he was hired by Disney as a painter and inker thanks to his extraordinary talent for drawing.

James Panozzo, executive director of LAUNCH LA, told Efe that “I was really impressed by the realism of his hand-drawn pictures when I saw his work in another gallery.”

“So I invited him to exhibit his work in LAUNCH, where our visitors totally didn’t know what to make of it,” Panozzo said.

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US Military Says Drug Violence Spreading Through Central America

US Military Says Drug Violence Spreading Through Central America

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Two high-ranking U.S. military commanders say Mexico’s violent war against drug cartels has moved into other parts of Central America.

Air Force General Douglas Fraser, the head of the U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that transnational organized crime rings are threatening to overwhelm law enforcement and are “seriously impacting civilian safety” in the area.

“Senator, it is - is an effort that we see is moving down through Central America,” Gen. Fraser said.  “As Mexico increases their pressure, we see that the networks from especially Los Zetas and Sinaloa are moving into Central America.  Guatemala is obviously that first location, but we see their - their footprints further down into Central America as well.”

More than 50,000 people have been killed since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a massive military crackdown against the cartels in 2006.

But U.S. Army General Charles Jacoby, the head of the U.S. Northern Command, told the committee the violence has risen despite Mr. Calderon’s strategy of strategy of targeting the leaders of the cartels.

“I also believe the decapitation strategy - they’ve been successful at that: 22 out of the top 37 trafficking figures that the Mexican government has gone after have been taken off - taken off the board, but it has not had an appreciable effect - an appreciable positive effect,” he said.

General Fraser also testified about Iran’s increasing diplomatic role in Central America, along with the activities of the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups in region.  Fraser says there is concern Tehran sees the region as a way to circumvent international sanctions over its nuclear program.

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Chevron Detects New Oil Leak in Brazil

Chevron Detects New Oil Leak in Brazil

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U.S. oil company Chevron Corp. announced it has detected a small crude leak at the same field off Brazil’s coast where another spill occurred last November.

Company spokespersons said they detected a “small new seep” at the Frade field, located 120 kilometers (75 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state in the Campos basin, Brazil’s largest oil region.

Chevron said it immediately acted to recover the leaked crude, which seeped out of a new crack in the ocean floor, about three kilometers (1.85 miles) from the site of the November spill.

Following this latest leak, Chevron requested authorization from Brazil’s ANP oil regulator to temporarily suspend field production operations at Frade, Chevron Brazil’s corporate affairs director, Rafael Jaen, said Thursday at a press conference.

The company said it took the decision as a “precautionary measure” and also installed a system to capture small bubbles of oil that leaked from the crack in the sea floor.

The ANP confirmed the new spill and said it was small in size, although it did not give a volume estimate.

Chevron estimated that 2,400 barrels of crude leaked in November from sea-floor cracks near an exploratory well in the Frade field, although Brazilian authorities say they believe the amount was nearly 15,000 barrels.

Jaen said there is no evidence Chevron caused this latest leak is related to the November spill.

He added that Chevron’s minority partners in the Frade field - Brazilian state-controlled Petrobras (30 percent stake) and Japan’s Frade Japao Petroleo (18.26 percent) - supported the decision to temporary halt production.

Brazilian authorities have imposed several fines on Chevron and the company also faces lawsuits seeking to ban it from operating in Brazil and force it to pay steep compensation for the November spill.

The ANP has barred Chevron from drilling new wells in Brazil until the investigation into the November spill has concluded.

Following that accident, Chevron acknowledged that the cracks in the ocean floor occurred because it miscalculated the pressure in the reservoir.

Chevron currently extracts 79,000 barrels of crude per day at its operations in Brazil.

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Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Mexican-style! St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooked Corned Beef Taco Recipe

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Mexican-style! St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooked Corned Beef Taco Recipe

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I know. I know. I don’t have a smitten of Irish blood in me, but for some reason I absolutely love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. As a kid, I liked to avoid being pinched by wearing green or funny leprechaun hats, and looking for four-leaf clovers on the playground at my elementary school.
As an adult, I look around and see pubs bursting at the seams, green beer, corned beef and cabbage and crazy people wearing buttons or t-shirts reading, “Kiss me I’m Irish.”

I still like to believe that one day I’ll find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And, I’ll admit, I still search for four-leaf clovers. But, rather than squeeze my way through an over-crowded bar with music blaring in my ears, I’d rather be cooking a great Irish meal while sipping a Guinness Draught Beer or a whiskey-inspired drink. Here’s our version of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Mexican-style. Hope you enjoy. These are really delicious and a great way to use any leftover corned beef.

St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooked Corned Beef Tacos Recipe
For the corned beef:
4 to 5 lbs., uncooked, pre-packaged and seasoned corned beef brisket, flat cut
2 cups water
3 potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tbsp. whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
For the taco:
½ large onion, diced
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
2 Jalapeños, sliced in rounds
1 Avocado, sliced halves or diced
1 dozen corn tortillas, medium size
For the Sauce:
1 cup media crema
3-4 tsp. of prepared horse-radish (to your taste and liking)
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Place the corned beef with the fat side down into your slow cooker. Add the vegetables and black peppercorns and bay leaves. Fill the pot with enough water to just cover the corned beef. Cover and let slow cook on a low setting for 7 to 8 hours until the corn beef pulls away with a fork.
Carefully remove the meat from the pot, as it will be extremely hot and tender. Set on a cutting board, and allow it to rest until it firms up a bit, about 10 minutes. Slice or shred to put inside your tortilla. Do not discard the cooking liquid, as you are going to want it to cook your cabbage.
In a media sauce pan, strain out the vegetables and pour in the broth from the slow cooker. Add cabbage and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cabbage from liquid and drain.
For the cream sauce, mix the media crema with the prepared horse-radish.  Mix in your lemon juice to taste as well.
Warm a corn tortilla. Place about 3 ounces of the corned beef in the middle. Top the meat with a spoonful of cabbage. Garnish with onions, cilantro, and avocado. Place a dollop of the horse-radish cream sauce on top along with the slices of jalapeños.
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Journalists in Guatemala Have Their Equipment stolen

A van-load of Guatemalan journalists covering President Otto Perez Molina’s visit to the northern province of Baja Verapaz had their equipment stolen on Friday.

The theft took place in the town of Agua Salobrega when the reporters stopped to have breakfast, Raul Morales, the presidential correspondent for SN radio, told Efe.

While the journalists were eating, the thieves broke one of the van’s windows and grabbed video cameras, sound equipment and computers.

Morales said the thieves didn’t get his gear because he had stowed it under a seat.

Police investigating the crime told the reporters the theft was probably the work of an organized crew that has been active in the region, Morales said.

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SaturdayMarch 17, 2012