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MondayMarch 26, 2012

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Representative of Mexican Priest’s Victims Reproaches Pope for Ignoring Them

Representative of Mexican Priest’s Victims Reproaches Pope for Ignoring Them

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A representative of the victims of sexual abuse committed by late Mexican priest Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, on Monday reproached Pope Benedict XVI “for having ignored” that group of people on his just-concluded visit to Mexico.

“Why, in Mexico, did you not want to be close to the victims of that most ignominious priest Marcial Maciel?” former Legion of Christ member Juan Jose Vaca told MVS radio.

The pontiff met with victims of clerical sexual abuse during visits to the United States, Australia, Portugal, Malta and Germany.

Vaca had asked for a meeting in an email he sent to the papal nuncio Christophe Pierre and on his own in the name of the victims of Maciel (1920-2008) before the pope’s arrival in Mexico last Friday.

He said he had hoped that “the proper steps were taken” to receive them, but nothing happened with regard to his request during Benedict XVI’s three-day visit to the central Mexican city of Leon.

Vaca, 75, reproached the pontiff in an open letter written on Sunday and read publicly on Monday in which he said that Benedict XVI “did nothing” to arrange a meeting with the victims.

“Why have you ignored the Mexican victims?” he asked, adding that the pope had “not even (given) the courtesy of a response.”

Benedict left Mexico on Monday bound for Cuba.

Born March 10, 1920, to a deeply religious family, Maciel founded the Legion of Christ on Jan. 3, 1941.

As early as the 1950s, allegations of sexual abuse of seminarians came to the attention of the Vatican, which opened canonical proceedings against Maciel.

In 1996, three former priests of the order went public with accusations against Maciel, who categorically denied any wrongdoing.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - the future Benedict XVI - recommended in 1998 that action be taken in the case, but Pope John Paul II, who was close to Maciel, rejected the idea.

As pope, Ratzinger formally ordered Maciel in May 2006 to give up “all public ministry” and to live a quiet life of prayer and penance.

The Legion of Christ has 600 priests and some 3,000 seminarians and operates in 18 countries. The order’s lay arm, the Regnum Christi, has ties to the political and business establishments of both Mexico and Spain.

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Ricky Martin Dedicates GLAAD Award to Gay Chilean Man Hospitalized After Homophobic Attack

Ricky Martin Dedicates GLAAD Award to Gay Chilean Man Hospitalized After Homophobic Attack

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Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin dedicated a prize he received from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to a Chilean gay man who is in critical condition after being brutally attacked by a group of neo-Nazis.

“Last night I won a @glaad award! I am honored and thankful and would like to dedicate it to #DanielZamudio and his family #Chile,” Martin said Monday on Twitter.

The artist was one of the first well-known personalities to publicly repudiate the brutal March 3 attack on Zamudio as a result of his sexual orientation.

Zamudio, 24, is in critical condition after being tortured for 6 hours by several men who threw stones at him, beat him on the head, marked his body with swastikas and ripped off a piece of one of his ears.

Since he made his sexual orientation public in 2010, Martin has been active in all types of causes related to the gay movement worldwide.

Less than a month ago, he became the image of the MAC Viva Glam campaign to collect funds for the fight against AIDS, and recently, after acquiring Spanish citizenship, he declared his fervent support for Spain’s same-sex marriage law.

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Rosario Dawson’s Voto Latino Now Offering 35 Free Songs Via iTunes

Rosario Dawson’s Voto Latino Now Offering  35 Free Songs Via iTunes

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With high profile artists like Pitbull, Romero Santos, Los Lobos, and Los Tigres donating songs, Voto Latino is pulling out all the stops to entice young Latinos to both register to and actually vote,

Voto Latino, co-founded by Rosario Dawson, is offering 35 free songs as a part of a campaign to engage and get Latino voters engaged in the political system of this country.

Urging those in the Latino community to share their voice and vote, Voto Latino asks users to sign up to receive information on voter registration and other key issues.

To obtain the free songs, users need only visit the Voto Latino page on Facebook and sign up to receive the information.

Voto Latino was founded in 2004. Co-founder Dawson and Founding Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar have this to day about the organization:

We firmly believe that the quality of our future depends on our ability to mobilize and vote. This is what compelled us to start Voto Latino in 2004. Today, we exist as the country’s leading organization in registering and engaging young Latino voters, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Unemployment among Latinos is higher than the national average. More than 25% of our community live in poverty. Our family and friends continue to be deported at record numbers. Politicians neglect the Latino community, or worse, attack us by passing immigration laws that promote racial profiling. Texas and Florida, two states with the largest Latino populations, passed restrictive voting laws that intimidate people from going to the polls.

There’s never been a more pivotal time for us to flex our collective power and move our country forward. Despite our economic difficulties and educational needs, Latinos profoundly believe in America. We’re excited for the road ahead, and look forward to hearing your voices as part of the national conversation. The quality of our future depends on our ability to mobilize today.

Sí Se Puede

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Jessica Alba Working on Book, Company Nabs $27 Million in Funding

Jessica Alba Working on Book, Company Nabs $27 Million in Funding

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Now that her online business The Honest Company has been launched, Jessica Alba is now on to additional ventures, and this time she’s taking on the literary world with a new book.

The 30-year-old mother of two daughters has announced that she is currently working on a book that will offer “lifestyle tips on how to create a nontoxic home; from design tips to some of Alba’s favorite family recipes.”

The book will be accompanied by online videos in which Alba will demonstrate some of the techniques described in the book.

As for The Honest Company, Alba is doing well, as the non-toxic and natural baby and family products company just secured $27 million in funding, which will allow the company to accelerate growth and deeper development of their safer and eco-friendly products, as well as to further establish its brand as the most effective, affordable and authentic choice for today’s families.

“The overwhelmingly positive response we have received since our recent launch has shown us we need to continue dedicating time and resources to further develop our Honest brand and community,” said President of The Honest Company, Jessica Alba. “The new funding confirms our positioning and acknowledges the big need for a brand and service to deliver pure, healthy products that are delightful, effective and beautiful.”

The Honest Company (www.Honest.com), helmed by Jessica Alba, Christopher Gavigan, Brian Lee, and Sean Kane, was created to ensure that parents have access to non-toxic, eco-friendly, beautiful family products that don’t break the bank. The Honest Company offers a monthly subscription service, through Honest.com, of customized product bundles including diapers, wipes, baby bath, skin care, and home cleaning products delivered directly to customer’s front doors. A percentage of sales is donated to Baby2Baby.org.

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Search of Mexican Prison in Tabasco Finds Drugs, Knives, Alcohol

Search of Mexican Prison in Tabasco Finds Drugs, Knives, Alcohol

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According to Spanish-language news source El Excelsior, Mexico’s federal police performed a surprise search of a Tabasco Prison a facility and found a number of alarming items.

Upon searching the prison’s State Center for Social Rehabilitation last week, officers found alcohol, cell phones, drugs, and even knife-like weapons.  In total, about 400 grams of marijuana and 200 grams of cocaine were recovered, as well as three cell phones, 8 sharpened weapons, and several litres of alcohol.

Though the unannounced search was an overall success, a group of prisoners did attempt an uprising. However, the federal police say they were able to control the inmates without injury.

Since the search, more than 150 officers have been stationed outside the facility and visitors’ and attorneys’ access to the prisoners has been restricted.

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Fetuses Found in Luggage Arriving in Miami from Cuba

Fetuses Found in Luggage Arriving in Miami from Cuba

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A Miami-Dade Police spokesman recently revealed that human fetuses were discovered in the luggage of two women who had recently arrived in Florida from Cuba earlier this year.

On January 30, customs agents reportedly found two fetuses in luggage belonging to women believed to be in their 60s and 70s. The clay pot was X-rayed and revealed what appeared to be the bones of a small baby. Upon investigation, it was revealed that their were in fact two fetuses in the container - one female and one male.

No charges were filed, as a medical examination found that the fetuses had only been developed to about 20 weeks-old and were both still born.

The women insisted that they did not know what was is the jar, saying that a Santeria priest asked them to deliver is to someone in Miami.

Cuban security officials say they investigated how the fetuses made it past their usually tight security unnoticed.

The discovery of the fetuses happened to occur while a TV crew was filming of an upcoming episode of unnamed reality show. The show, which is scheduled to premiere this Spring, will reportedly take viewers in the “no-entry” zone of Miami International Airport.

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Real Madrid Reveals Plans for New Resort in the United Arab Emirates

Real Madrid Reveals Plans for New Resort in the United Arab Emirates

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At a reported cost of $1 billion (US), Spanish soccer team Real Madrid is expanding its brand and creating the Real Madrid Resort Island in the United Arab Emirates, making it the first recreational tourism complex built under the Real Madrid trademark.

The resort island will have a theme park, the first stadium open to the sea, a Real Madrid museum, numerous sports facilities, a sport port, a residential area, and luxury hotels.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez:

When the Real Madrid Resort Island opens its gates, visitors will become part of the legend o this club, which strives to be eternal and universal. We adhere our name and potential to a unique location, a strategic meeting place and a project of unprecedented dimension located less than four hours away by flight of 2,000 million people.

Image“Santiago Bernabeu gave Real Madrid the unique capacity to go beyond this country’s frontiers and those of us who administer this legacy are aware of the challenge that comes with handling what gave this club a mythical and legendary status. Real Madrid Resort Island will be a sports touristic complex of the highest level, covering 50 hectares in which tourism and sport will seduce millions of people in search of a quality leisurely activities.”

“This is a decisive and strategic step that will enhance the strength of this institution in the Middle East and Asia, a key region in which the passion for this club has been apparent. Our collaboration grows increasingly stronger and we are proud of it. Real Madrid and the Government of Ras Al Khaimah want to transmit the passion of Real Madrid and what it means throughout the world.

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Calvin Klein Brand Leaves Argentina Permanently

Calvin Klein Brand Leaves Argentina Permanently

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Another top brand has left Argentina due to government-implemented barriers on imports.

The undergarments brand Calvin Klein Underwear, who arrived in 2008 and opened four stores in different malls recently closed its last store in plans to leave the country permanently. 

Various international luxury brand firms, who preferred to remain anonymous, complained about the lack of products in reports to the news.

Currently, store windows only display summer clothes and several signs advertising discounts of 30 to 50 percent due to the barriers on imports.

This withdrawal of foreign brand stores is part of a second wave, which began with Armani three years ago.

Calvin Klein Underwear, a division of the Warnaco Group U.S., based in New York, which contemplated opening 25 stores in Argentina upon arrival, had to concentrate all their products in one store. There the sales percentage climbed to 75 percent.

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Porn Star Prom: School Says Adult Film Star Emy Reyes Cannot be Student’s Date

Porn Star Prom: School Says Adult Film Star Emy Reyes Cannot be Student’s Date

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Though many students take their significant others of friends to the prom, one Minnesota teen made a more controversial choice.

High school senior, Mike Stone took to social media favorite Twitter and sent hundreds of messages to celebrities, some with Hollywood careers, but many with fairly extensive porn careers.

ImageThough he was either turned down or simply ignored by many he sent requests to, two porn stars agreed to be Stone’s dates. Lusty Latina Emy Reyes and fellow X-rated starlet Megan Piper accepted his invitations to the Tartan High School prom on May 12th. However, the 18-year-old’s school superintendent has already said that the triple X actresses will not be allowed at the dance, saying that school policy does not allow a visitor at school functions if it is not in the best interest of the students.

Not wanting to cancel his night with the Reyes and Piper, Stone has said he will just have to have his porn star prom elsewhere and says he will host it the same time as the school’s prom.

Reyes, who has been dubbed “The Latina Princess Of Porn,” is the co-host of “Inside the Industry,” a radio program on LA Talk Radio.

Piper, who did not make it to her own prom, was the first to accept Stone’s invitation via Twitter, writing, “If you can get me there, then yes smile.”

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Cuban Plastic Artist, Alexandre Arrechea, Exhibits Work in New York

Cuban Plastic Artist, Alexandre Arrechea, Exhibits Work in New York

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The Cuban plastic artist, Alexandre Arrechea, is to exhibit his personal collection, called Twisted Horizon, during the whole month of May and until the 7th of April in the Magnan Metz Gallery according to Radio Habana Cuba.

Twisted Horizon is Arrechea’s fourth sample exhibit at the American culture centric galley.  His new series of work has a focal point on the unlikely connections between places and objects, as if to challenge the existence of an alleged link between them.

This artistic viewpoint has led Arrechea to inexorably research more into the field of philosophy.  According to this theory, since the times of ancient oriental culture human beings have constantly been searching for a nexus between surrounding objects and those with which they interact.

The starting point for the young artist tends to be a utilitarian structure such as a bridge or a road.  In general terms his work has been very influenced by architectural references.

Alexandre Arrechea graduated form the Faculty of Fine Arts in Havana’s University of the Arts in 1994. After graduation he joined the artist circle group called the Carpenters till 2003.

His art is now exhibited in the United States and other countries around the world.

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Immigration Agents Deport Child Predator Back to Peru

Immigration Agents Deport Child Predator Back to Peru

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A citizen and national of Peru who served prison time in Virginia for possessing child pornography was removed from the United States by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement.

Javier Ojeda-Leon, 27, of Ashburn, Va., was removed Thursday, Mar. 22, from Dulles International Airport.

Ojeda-Leon was convicted Aug. 12, 2011, in Loudon County, Va., on two counts of possession of child pornography and sentenced to five years in prison on each count. The court suspended all but six months on each sentence.

ICE encountered Ojeda-Leon on April 1, 2011, following his arrest for possession of child pornography. ICE ERO officers determined that he was removable following the completion of his criminal case and placed an ICE detainer on him.

Following the completion of his prison sentence at the Loudon County Jail, he was taken into ICE custody on Feb. 28 and ordered removed that same day.

Interpol issued a green notice Feb. 28, notifying law enforcement agencies throughout the world that Ojeda-Leon may be considered dangerous, liable to commit sexual offenses involving minors and liable to use pictures of minors for pornographic purposes for his own gain.

Ojeda-Leon had last entered the United States on Jan. 22, 2009, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a B1/B2 visitor.

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Patricia Velasquez Told ‘Adios’ on Celebrity Apprentice

Patricia Velasquez Told ‘Adios’ on Celebrity Apprentice

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The cast of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is down to one Venezuelan beauty with the elimination of actress and model Patricia Velasquez.

Yesterday’s episode saw Velasquez being told ‘Adios’ by Donald Trump after her team lost a challenge to produce a Crystal Light promotional party.  Trump fired Velasquez for poor signage for the event – yes I know we can’t make this stuff up.

With the elimination of Velasquez, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza remains as the last Venezuelan beauty and solo Latina.

Michael Andretti, Tia Carrere, Adam Carolla, Victoria Gotti, George Takei, and Cheryl Tiegs have already been eliminated. 

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Latin American Investments in Nuclear Energy Vary from Nation to Nation

Latin American Investments in Nuclear Energy Vary from Nation to Nation

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The massive earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan last year has rekindled an international debate about the risks of nuclear energy. A new study shows that in Latin America, there is a more or less even divide between countries that have continued embracing nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and those that have abandoned future plans for investment.

Currently, nuclear power plants generate only 2% of Latin America’s total electricity production, which is less than 1% of the region’s total capacity. Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil are the only Latin American countries with active plants. Since the Fukushima disaster, Bolivia, Perú, and Venezuela have abandoned plans for future investments in nuclear energy.

The variation among countries has much to do with geographic location, and whether or not nuclear power plants are located in seismically active regions. Among the countries that already produce nuclear energy, Argentina and Brazil are perhaps the least controversial locations, each located far from seismic zones. And while Brazil’s two nuclear plants are located on the Atlantic Coast, the country will be investing $286 million to update safety standards and emergency practices to prevent any possible disasters from tsunamis.

In Mexico, there is a particularly strong anti-nuclear movement because the country’s two active reactors at the Laguna Verde power plant in Veracruz are located in a seismically active zone along the Gulf coast. However, Mexican president Felipe Calderón insists on expanding the country’s nuclear energy production from currently 2.4% of total electricity production to 10% by 2020.

Chile, which also frequently experiences seismic activity, is still debating whether or not to invest in nuclear energy.

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Guards Foil Attempted Prison Escape in Mexico

Guards Foil Attempted Prison Escape in Mexico

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Police and guards foiled an attempt by inmates to escape from a prison in Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, over the weekend, state officials said, adding that a police officer was wounded in the incident.

The inmates were spotted by guards early Sunday as they tried to make their way to the perimeter wall, the Sinaloa Public Safety Secretariat said.

Guards fired warning shots in the air and forced the inmates to return to the cell block that they had escaped from by cutting through a metal screen.

A police officer was wounded in the shootout that started when armed men waiting for the inmates in six vehicles opened fire on state police assigned to provide security around the prison.

The gunmen also fired shots at the guard towers, whose occupants returned fire.

Three vehicles containing a .50-caliber Barrett rifle, two AK-47 assault rifles, an AR-15 assault rifle, a 9 mm pistol, marijuana and other drugs were left behind by the gunmen.

Guards checked the prison roll and no inmates were missing, the secretariat said.

Army troops and police conducted a search, but no arrests were made.

Sinaloa is home to the drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

Sinaloa, the birthplace of many of Mexico’s drug lords, is currently the scene of a bloody turf war between Guzman and the Beltran Leyva cartel, which arose as a splinter group of the Sinaloa organization.

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FARC Captives to be Released in Early April

FARC Captives to be Released in Early April

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Colombia’s FARC guerrilla group put an end to the uncertainty surrounding the release of its last 10 military and police hostages by designating April 2 as the start of the humanitarian missions.

The new date was made known on Saturday to former Sen. Piedad Cordoba, the leader of Colombians for Peace (CCP), a spokesman for the organization told Efe in Bogota. CCP has been accepted by the rebels as the entity that will facilitate the handing over of the hostages.

According to the rebels’ new schedule, several of the hostages will be released on April 2 and, a day or so later due to logistical reasons, the other captives will be handed over.

The CCP official said that the new schedule will be formalized on Sunday afternoon by the International Red Cross delegation during a meeting of the parties to the transfer.

Before the rebel’s amendment of the schedule, March 30 had been the date set for the hostage release.

“It means that (the FARC) is giving us more space to coordinate the logistical part,” emphasized Cordoba in a brief statement by telephone to private television station Canal Caracol.

The revised date has already been ratified by the representatives of the governments of Colombia and Brazil, as well as the Red Cross, on whose shoulders rests the coordination and logistical planning for the humanitarian operation.

Last week, Colombia, Brazil and the Red Cross had warned that it would not work to undertake the operation on Monday, the day set earlier by the FARC for the first releases, and so the rebels then designated March 30 as the handover date.

The new schedule was announced by the head of the Red Cross delegation in Bogota, Jordi Raich, and Cordoba.

The CCP is the group to which the rebels in the past have turned over about 15 hostages, and it clarified that the modification in the release date was not initiated by the FARC.

“Of course, the Colombian government has done everything possible, just like the Brazilian government and the Red Cross, so that this becomes a reality,” Defense Vice Minister Jorge Enrique Bedoya, the government’s spokesman in this matter, said.

The humanitarian missions were only supposed to commence on March 30 if the FARC before 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday were to have provided the coordinates so that the government would know where to suspend military operations to allow them to take place, a situation already agreed to by the parties to facilitate the hostages’ release, Bedoya said.

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

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MondayMarch 26, 2012