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ThursdayMarch 22, 2012

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Vatican Says Pope’s Visit to Cuba will Help Move them Toward Democracy

Vatican Says Pope’s Visit to Cuba will Help Move them Toward Democracy

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Next week’s visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba “will help the process toward democracy and will open new spaces of presence and activity (for the Catholic Church)” on the Communist-ruled island, the Vatican secretary of state said.

On the eve of the pope’s visit to Mexico and Cuba, which begins on Friday, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in an interview with Italian daily La Stampa that he does not believe that the pontiff’s visit will be exploited by the Havana government.

“I don’t think that the visit will be orchestrated by the government. On the contrary, I think that the government and the Cuban people will make the maximum effort to welcome the pope and demonstrate to him their esteem and trust,” Bertone said.

The cardinal added that after the visit of John Paul II to the island in 1998 with his famous message “for Cuba to open itself up to the world and the world to Cuba,” the Catholic Church has been able to take steps toward religious freedom in the communist country and has strengthened the dialogue and cooperation between the Church and the state.

Bertone added that “a concrete possibility exists” for training candidates for the priesthood but that the training situation and the ecclesiastical institutions “still remain to be resolved and faced.”

“But 14 years later and after the visits of different proponents of the Catholic Church, there is no doubt that the visit of Pope Benedict XVI will help the process of development toward democracy and will open up new spaces of presence and activity,” Bertone emphasized.

According to figures provided by the Vatican, there are 17 bishops, 361 priests, 37 monks, 619 nuns and 71 deacons in Cuba.

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Pitbull to Do Theme Song for ‘Men in Black III’

Pitbull to Do Theme Song for ‘Men in Black III’

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Rapper Pitbull will provide the theme song for the soundtrack of the third movie in the “Men in Black” series, a number called “Back in Time,” Columbia Pictures announced Thursday.

The song was recorded by Pitbull - who also participated in writing it along with Marc Kinchen, Adrian Trejo and Urales Vargas - and it will start being played by radio stations on March 26.

“It’s an incredible honor to be a part of such an amazing franchise as Men in Black and I have so much respect for Will Smith, especially with our similar musical backgrounds,” Pitbull, whose real name is Armando C. Perez, said in a statement.

Besides appearing in the films, Smith recorded the theme songs for “Men in Black” and “Men in Black II.”

For “Back in Time,” Pitbull sampled Mickey & Sylvia’s 1950s hit “Love is Strange.”

“Men in Black 3” will begin showing in the United States on May 25, a decade after the second movie in the saga collected more than $440 million at box offices worldwide.

The film’s director, Barry Sonnenfeld, said that it was his 19-year-old daughter who introduced him to Pitbull’s music.

“Men in Black 3” will feature the same main characters - Agents J (Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) - from a fictional secret organization devoted to policing and monitoring extraterrestrial activity on Earth. In the new film, J and K will once again be dispatched on a new mission to save the planet.

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Brazilian Rapunzel Says She’s Ready to Cut Off her Impressive 5-Foot, 2-Inch Hair

Brazilian Rapunzel Says She’s Ready to Cut Off her Impressive 5-Foot, 2-Inch Hair

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At just 12 years old, a Brazilian girl nicknamed Rapunzel does not just have long hair, she has LONG hair.

Though Natasha Moraes de Andrade is just 5 feet, 4 inches tall, her hair is 5 feet, 2 inches long, making her hair just two inches shorter than her body.

But Natasha says she’s ready to say goodbye to her impressively long locks, as the $600-a-year shampoo cost and the hour and half it takes just to brush it have become too much. Her family is even afraid to turn fans on in their home for fear that her hair will get caught.

The preteen told The Sun, “I love my long hair and I’ll be sad when it’s gone. But it’s a pain looking after it. I can’t do a lot of things, like P.E. lessons at school.”

She’s not just going to chop it off and throw it in the trash however. Natasha says she would like to sell it for about $5,000.

Natasha lives with her family in the favelas of Rio de Janiero and says that while she hopes to refurbish her room, she also wants to use the money to help her family out of poverty.

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Messi Breaks Record for Most Goals Scored by a Barcelona Player (VIDEO)

Messi Breaks Record for Most Goals Scored by a Barcelona Player (VIDEO)

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Lionel Messi has broken Barcelona’s all-time career scorer record after scoring three goals in Barca’s 5-3 win over Granada on Tuesday.

Before the hat trick, which was Leo’s eighth of the season, Cesar Rodriguez had held the all-time scorer title for 57 years. While helping to keep Barca in the championship, Messi beat Rodriquez’s record of 232 goals and finished the Granada match with 234 goals in his career.

Barcelona’s coach, Pep Guardiola, told the Associated Press, “We are before the best player in absolutely every facet. He is capable of everything that a football player must do and he does it every three days. I am sorry for those who want to dethrone him, but he is simply different from all the rest. Messi has entered the history of the club at just 24 years of age. If he continues like this in the coming years, he will score so many goals that he will never be surpassed.”

The Argentina-born striker broke another record earlier this month, when he became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match, helping Barcelona win 7–1 against Bayer Leverkusen.

After his team’s match against Granada, Coach Guardiola added that Messi is to soccer what Michael Jordan was to basketball.

Watch Messi tie the previous record of 232 goals before he went on to surpass it.

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Anonymous Disables Guanajuato Websites to Protest Papal Visit

Anonymous Disables Guanajuato Websites to Protest Papal Visit

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The hacker group Anonymous disabled both Guanajuato’s government website and the Mexican site for Pope Benedict XVI in protests to his visit to Mexico.

In the operation, titled “Pharisee”, the group of hackers announced a series of demonstrative actions to display to the public their position in protesting the Pope’s visit.

Besides disabling these sites, some of the hackers also spread the word through social networking sites such as Twitter through the username @MexicanH.

“No to the Pope’s visit http://www.guanajuato.gob.mx Hacked #OpFariseo”, was posted to further motivate the public to support their notions as well as to gain national attention according to reports.

Guanjuato’s web page was rebooted within minutes of the attack, and was completely normalized. However, the damage was done because the group spread their message on the hacked portal which also criticized the Pope and accused him of stirring political corruption within the country.

Anonymous asserted that they would continue attacking sites throughout the day.

The pope arrives tomorrow in Mexico and then will visit Cuba, it is his first trip to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.

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Beckhams Approve of Marc Anthony’s New Beau

Beckhams Approve of Marc Anthony’s New Beau

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Marc Anthony’s new girlfriend was a hit with both David and Victoria Beckham, whom described the beau as delightful after meeting her at a music awards ceremony honoring the talented singer.

Victoria Beckham, who is still very good friends with Marc’s ex Jennifer Lopez, also nodded her approval and friendship to his new love interest.

In various occasions the two ladies were seen together in fashion events, an obvious commonality amongst the two who both own their distinct businesses in the fashion world.

Apparently, Shannon de Lima began to fall on the good side of the couple during their time together at the ASCAP gala where David Beckham presented Marc Anthony with a special award.

Shannon and Anthony were very close together throughout the length of the event. According to reports, Shannon was radiant and constantly smiling next to Mark, who was the star of the night.

This newfound friendship can be an apparent threat to Jennifer’s friendship with the couple, since friendships are usually lost after a relationship breaks up.

We doubt Jennifer cares since she is very busy with Casper Smart and fighting off rumors they got married on a boat in Mexico recently. 

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Spanish Nun Named Suspect in Decades-Long Baby Kidnapping Scheme

Spanish Nun Named Suspect in Decades-Long Baby Kidnapping Scheme

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A Spanish nun has been named a suspect in the case of a decades-long baby snatching scandal.

Sister Maria Gomez is now 80 years old, but investigators say she was part of a baby trafficking scheme that stretched across four decades and involved doctors, nurses, and nuns.

An estimated 1,500 children are believed to have been stolen in the 40 years leading up to the 1980s.

The Catholic nun is said to have participated in the kidnapping, selling and adoption of the stolen children.

Gomez’s name reportedly appears numerous times in complaints filed by those looking to the truth about the lost children. The nun has so far not given her side of the story, as she refuses to speak with investigators.

The removal of the babies from their original homes is said to have been started during the Spanish dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, when babies were taken away from families who were deemed politically dangerous to the dictator’s regime. However, the “baby snatching” evolved into a business allowing the kidnappers to make money off of poor and single mothers.

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Will Ferrell Tells Conan About his “Sensual” Scene in ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ (VIDEO)

Will Ferrell Tells Conan About his “Sensual” Scene in ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ (VIDEO)

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While visiting Conan’s late night show, Will Ferrell told the fellow funny man about his interesting time filming the sex scene for his Spanish-language film (now in theaters) Casa de Mi Padre.

Ferrell, who shares the screen with Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Genesis Rodriguez, spoke with Conan about not using a butt double and people asking him, “Why?”, and trying to tell his wife about filming a sex scene.

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Former Puerto Rico Cop Convicted for Serving as Narco Lookout, He’s One of 89 Officers Charged

Former Puerto Rico Cop Convicted for Serving as Narco Lookout, He’s One of 89 Officers Charged

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A former officer with the San Juan, Puerto Rico, Municipal Police Department was convicted by a federal jury yesterday for his role in providing security for drug transactions, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Rosa E. Rodriguez-Velez of the District of Puerto Rico and Special Agent in Charge Joseph S. Campbell of the FBI’s San Juan Field Office.

Arcadio Hernandez-Soto, 35, was convicted in San Juan of three counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, four counts of attempting to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and four counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug transaction. 

Hernandez-Soto was charged in an indictment unsealed on Oct. 6, 2010, along with 89 law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico and 44 other individuals, as part of the FBI undercover operation known as Guard Shack.

According to the evidence presented in court, Hernandez-Soto provided security for what he believed were illegal cocaine deals but which in fact were part of the undercover FBI operation.  According to information presented at trial, Hernandez-Soto was employed as a member of the San Juan Police Department but acted as a security guard for what he believed were cocaine deals by frisking the buyer, providing protection for the deal and escorting the buyer in and out of the transaction.  Information presented at trial also showed that Hernandez-Soto recruited other police officers to participate.

In return for the security he provided, Hernandez-Soto received a cash payment of between $2,000 and $3,000 for each transaction.

U.S. District Judge Carmen C. Cerezo did not schedule a sentencing date.  At sentencing, Diaz faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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San Diego Rapper ‘Crhymes’ Thinks his Crew Filmed a UFO During a Video Shoot (VIDEO)

San Diego Rapper ‘Crhymes’ Thinks his Crew Filmed a UFO During a Video Shoot (VIDEO)

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Aspiring San Diego rapper Cesar Tellez – aka Crhymes – believes he may spotted a UFO while filming the video for his song “Everyday”. Which he filmed at a flea market in San Diego.

On his YouTube page he writes, “I was going threw about some footage for my next music video “Everyday” ft. Black Mikey & Young Gee .. And I noticed something strange in the skies of South East San Diego… Is it a UFO?? Leave Comment Below & let me know what you think it is or might be ???”

At first we didn’t see anything, as we were distracted by the multi-colored Ché on his shirt, but when we looked again, a peculiar flash of light can be seen in the background.

Miguel Saucedo, a San Diego-based video editor who researches UFOs told the Huffington Post that he believes the spot was caused by a reflection of a plane, but said Tellez wasn’t using the “sighting” as a means of promoting his music.

‘I absolutely believe he is sincere,’ Saucedo said.

Still, Tellez does not believe the flash of light is a reflection, telling HuffPo’s Weird News, ‘The orb is giving off the light. It’s not a glare or reflection. I know what that would look like.’

So what do you think? Is it a UFO or just glare/reflection?

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Uruguay May Have More than 250 Suspicious Hospital Deaths

Uruguay May Have More than 250 Suspicious Hospital Deaths

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The consumer group Movimiento Salud para Todos reported Wednesday that it is investigating 250 complaints of suspicious deaths in hospitals across Uruguay, where the public was stunned earlier this week by revelations that nurses had murdered 16 patients at Montevideo clinics.

“The volume of information we have at this time is impressive,” the group’s president, Ruben Bouvier, told Efe.

He said that his cellphone’s voicemail box crashed in the days following the news about the Montevideo killings and that he had received dozens of text messages from potential plaintiffs.

The organization sent a letter to Judge Rolando Vomero, who is handling the case of nurses Ariel Acevedo, 46, and Marcelo Pereira, 39, asking him to review the information received by Bouvier.

Acevedo has been accused of 11 murders at Asociacion Española, a prestigious private clinic, while Pereira is suspected in five deaths at the Hospital Maciel.

To organize the information it will present to the court, Movimiento Salud para Todos next Saturday will hold a meeting at a Montevideo hospital to which all the accusers are being called.

“The people on Saturday are going to bring in writing, chronologically, the situation of their relative, the timetable of death, who treated them, where, how they died,” among other details, Bouvier said.

He is convinced that “there are more angels of death” in Uruguay, although he did not venture to guess how many.

“We’ve been dealing with this situation in Uruguayan health care for the past five years and it’s been getting worse, not only in the public sector, but also in the private one,” he said.

Bouvier said that “neglect, lack of controls” had contributed to the deaths, adding that “all that leads to impunity and to things happening that are not investigated.”

“The relatives receive the communication from a doctor who says that their relative died, they accept the story, they bury him and it’s over, although sometimes the story is, in reality, different,” he said.

He also said that “in general, the affected families are very poor people” and that “the cultural level has much to do with all this,” because for those people “someone with a white coat is a god, that’s the only word” to describe it.

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Celebrity Gossiper Perez Hilton Joining ‘El Gordo y la Flaca’

Celebrity Gossiper Perez Hilton Joining ‘El Gordo y la Flaca’

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Famous blogger for celebrities Perez Hilton will be part of the entourage for Univision’s program “El Gordo y la Flaca,” the network announced Wednesday.

Every Thursday, starting this week, Hilton will have a segment from California on the show to report on the latest gossip and buzz concerning Hollywood stars.

Hilton - whose real name is Mario Lavandeira - was born in Miami to Cuban parents and is one of the key bloggers for the entertainment industry. His online work arouses among his fans all sorts of feelings - except indifference - and his blog gets an average of 200 million visits per month.

Hilton recently got his first acting role in Spanish, playing the part of a “paparazzo’s guru” who gives advice to the protaganist of the MTV Latin America telenovela “Popland.”

Lavandeira studied drama in college and has appeared in drama series including “The Sopranos,” and as himself in reality shows like “Double Exposure” and “Holly’s World.”

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Mediator in Colombian Says FARC Will Free Soldiers and Police Next Week

The FARC rebel group’s promised release of 10 police and soldiers will begin on March 26, a former Colombian senator involved in the process said Wednesday.

“With much joy and satisfaction, we want to inform you that next Monday the FARC will deliver the 10 uniformed people, police and soldiers, who are in their power,” Piedad Cordoba told a press conference in the capital.

Joining her for the announcement were FARC-designated intermediary Marleny Orjuela and journalist Carlos Lozano, editor of Colombian Communist Party weekly Voz.

All three expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Colombian government, Brazil - providing helicopters for the mission - and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is coordinating the operation.

The handover will require two days, Cordoba said, without providing any further details.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, requested last month that Orjuela, who leads an organization representing the families of rebel captives, manage the logistics for the release of the last 10 security force members held by the guerrillas.

Set to be released are soldiers Luis Alfonso Beltran Franco, Luis Arturo Arcia, Robinson Salcedo Guarin and Luis Alfredo Moreno Chagüeza, and police Carlos Jose Duarte, Cesar Augusto Lasso Monsalve, Jorge Trujillo Solarte, Jorge Humberto Romero, Jose Libardo Forero and Wilson Rojas Medina.

All 10 were captured by the FARC in 1998 and 1999.

The FARC, Colombia’s largest insurgency, once held around 60 security force members and politicians, dubbed the “exchangeables,” who the guerrillas hoped to trade for hundreds of jailed rebels.

But the most valuable exchangeables, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors, were rescued by the Colombian military in July 2008.

While never abandoning the demand for a prisoner swap, the FARC soon embarked on a series of unilateral releases of the remaining political captives.

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Founder of Tequila Don Julio Dies

Founder of Tequila Don Julio Dies

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Julio Gonzalez Estrada, who helped make tequila a lucrative export for Mexico, died at his home in the western state of Jalisco, industry sources said. He was 83.

The brand Gonzalez Estrada created in 1951, Tres Magueyes, became Tequila Don Julio, one of the first premium tequila brands credited with popularizing the spirit outside Mexico.

After building up the reputation of Don Julio in the United States and Europe, Gonzalez Estrada sold the brand to Britain’s Diageo in a transaction valued at $150 million.

The sale didn’t mark the end of Gonzalez Estrada’s involvement in the industry, however, as he put two of his sons in a charge of a firm making tequila under the label Reserva de los Gonzalez.

Production of tequila accounts for 35,000 jobs in Mexico, according to a group representing the industry.

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ThursdayMarch 22, 2012