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TuesdayApril 24, 2012

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Music Producer Emilio Estefan Partners with Target to Brings His Favorite Things

Music Producer Emilio Estefan Partners with Target to Brings His Favorite Things

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Target Corp.  announced a partnership with 19-time GRAMMY winning music producer, Emilio Estefan.  Through the partnership, Estefan will work with Target to curate a special selection of his favorite music, movies and books titled “Emilio Estefan’s Picks.”

The selections will be featured in the Entertainment department of select Target stores beginning June 6.

In addition to “Emilio Estefan’s Picks,” Estefan will leverage his strong relationships and pulse on the industry to help create Target-exclusive Latin music artist partnerships. Target has a long history of collaborating with artists across music genres to offer guests content they can’t get anywhere else. The partnership between Target and Estefan underscores Target’s dedication to working with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Estefan has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the career of his superstar wife, Gloria Estefan, as well as that of Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Jennifer López, and many others.  His ability to connect with their talent, expression and creativity has been vital in establishing their successful music careers. His resume includes more than 30 GRAMMY nominations and 19 GRAMMY Awards among other accomplishments, including being an entrepreneur, author and television producer. 

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Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Marco Antonio Solis Announce U.S. Tour

Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Marco Antonio Solis Announce U.S. Tour

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Three Latino singers with towering international reputations - Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis - will share the spotlight this summer on a tour of 14 American cities.

The artists presented Monday in Miami plans for their Gigant3s tour and said how thrilled they were about presenting the show to U.S. audiences.

Anthony said he was “very happy” to be able to go on tour with his fellow artists and noted that this kind of show “is a formula that works” because “for the price of one ticket” you get three artists.

Anthony has shared billing in the past with Chayanne and Solis individually, but all three have never appeared together at the same time, same stage.

About the production, Anthony said that “this is not three separate concerts,” but rather a show combining performances by the three Latino artists.

Though the vocalists didn’t reveal a lot in the way of details, they hinted at some surprises onstage with the possibility that they will form duos and trios singing songs made famous by one or another of them.

The Gigant3s tour will take the artists to 14 U.S. cities, including Miami, Chicago, San Jose, Houston, Dallas, El Paso and Las Vegas.

The tour kicks off on Aug. 3 in Miami, where Marc Anthony says he had some of “the most incredible experiences” of his life and that this city “means a lot” to him

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Cow Goes to McDonald’s to Protest Quality of Beef (VIDEO)

Cow Goes to McDonald’s to Protest Quality of Beef (VIDEO)

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Darcy, a cow in Brush Colorado, escaped from her pen and walked half a mile to the nearest McDonalds to protest the meat they use.

Okay, maybe it’s just wishful thinking on our part that those were Darcy’s intentions. However, that does not change the fact the cow did chose to visit the nearest McDonald’s after giving her owners the slip.

She walked through the drive through and lightly head butted the glass trying to get the employees attention. The owners were called by police and asked to pick up their cow which they promptly did. 

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Forget Drugs! The Most Dangerous Illegal Substance Coming Across the Border is Bologna! (VIDEO)

According to a “Colbert Report Special Report,” drugs are not the greatest danger crossing the border. Smuggled Bologna is!

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Woman Reunited with Dog after 3 weeks Gives Dog Back to Shelter

Woman Reunited with Dog after 3 weeks Gives Dog Back to Shelter

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The Bronx woman who was reunited with her lost dog after she spotted him on NBC’s “Today” on Friday was forced to return him earlier this week.

Ruth Torres was separated from her Irish Wolfhound, Dusty, about three weeks ago when her brother took the dog. Torres didn’t know that Dusty was missing until she saw him on a “Today” segment about adopting abandoned dogs. 

“The said, ‘Here comes Mooki,’” said Torres, who was shocked to see that Mooki was in fact Dusty, who she believed was with her brother.

In fact, Torres’ brother had left Dusty at a dog run in the Bronx and had never called his sister to inform her. 

When he was found, Dusty was not wearing any sort of identification and was not micro chipped, making finding his owners impossible.

When Torres saw Dusty she turned to her mother. “I said, ‘That’s not Mooki! It’s Dusy!’ I said, ‘Oh my God, Mommy, hurry, hurry! Dusty’s on TV.’”

Unfortunately, during the three weeks in which Dusty was missing Torres moved back in with her mother who already owned several animals of her own.  When Dusty was introduced into the home he was “too wild” with the other animals according to Torres. 

Torres was forced to bring Dusty back to the Animal Care and Control shelter and give him up.  A spokesman for the shelter confirmed that the dog was there. He also said that the shelter has already received several calls about the dog and is hopeful that Dusty will find a good home.

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Brazilian Actor dies after Accidentally Hanging Himself During Good Friday Reenactment

Brazilian Actor dies after Accidentally Hanging Himself During Good Friday Reenactment

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Tiago Klimeck died on Sunday after spending over two weeks in a medically induced coma due to major brain injuries from a lack of oxygen after accidentally hanging himself during “The Passion of the Christ” on Good Friday. 

Kilimeck was taken to the Hospital Santa Casa de Misericordia after the incident, where he was declared dead this Sunday.

During the play, Klimeck was given a harness to wear under is robe and according to police investigator Jose Victor Bassetti that this was usually done for the actor playing Judas and that Klimeck was able to go unsupervised because he knew how to use the equipment. It is not clear what happened to cause the accident.


ORIGINAL STORY dated April 8, 2012:

A Brazilian actor almost hanged himself fatally while playing the part of Judas in an Easter Passion play and was taken to hospital in serious condition, online media said Saturday.

The accident occurred on Good Friday in the town of Itarare, 345 kilometers (214 miles) west of Sao Paulo, where the actor Thiago Klimeck was acting the role of Judas, who according to the Evangelists hanged himself after betraying Jesus.

Klimeck apparently made a mistake when he pulled the rope around his neck and the other actors failed to notice that he was unconscious and thought he was just acting, according to a report by security personnel cited on the G1 news portal.

But a few minutes later they at last realized that the actor was unconscious, and with the aid of an emergency management team they lowered him, freed him from the noose and rushed him to a nearby medical center.

Due to the gravity of the case, on Saturday morning he was transferred to a hospital in the neighboring city of Itapeva.

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Immigrant Aid Group Defunded by Catholic Church for Support of Gay Immigrant Rights

Immigrant Aid Group Defunded by Catholic Church for Support of Gay Immigrant Rights

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A not for profit group helping immigrants in southwestern Colorado will now have to look somewhere other than the Catholic church for funding after being denied funding as a result of its ties to a gay rights group. 

The Catholic Campaign, a division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will stop giving Compañeros $30,000 a year, which is more than half its annual revenue, because of its membership in the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition or CIRC.  The CIRC is known to advocate for the rights of all immigrants and an affiliate of the coalition is One Colorado, which is a supporter of civil unions for homosexuals. 

As a result of this membership, the diocese of Pueblo informed Compañeros to choose between the money and its membership in the CIRC.  The board voted to maintain their membership and risk losing the funding from the Catholic Church. 

According to Danny Quinlan, a spokesman for Compañeros, “It was a big decision for us.  Because access to a statewide network is way more important to what we’re doing than money; we are very cut off from the rest of the state down here.” 

Yet, it seems that the group has other supporters willing to fund their cause.  Since hearing of the split with the Catholic Church, Compañeros has received donations from several other groups as well as individual Catholics unhappy with the church’s decision.  In addition to individual Catholics, the group is also receiving funds from the Gill Foundation, which is one of the nation’s largest funders of LGBT civil rights activism

The Catholic Campaign provides close to $8 million dollars a year to more than 200 groups nationwide, provided that they follow the guidelines of the Catholic Church’s agenda.  Church officials could not be reached for comment on this story. 

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Joran van der Sloot May be Extradited to the US after Trial in Peru

Joran van der Sloot May be Extradited to the US after Trial in Peru

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Joran van der Sloot, famous for being the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway, may be extradited to the United States to be tried for extortion. 

The 24-year-old is currently serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for killing Stephany Flores, 21-year-old woman who investigators believed had discovered proof that van der Sloot was guilty of killing Holloway and that he killed her to keep her from telling anyone.

It is believed that Flores struck van der Sloot in the face after discovering something pertaining to the Holloway murder, at which point he hit her in the face with his elbow.  Flores passed out and van der Sloot proceeded to attempt to strangle her but was unsuccessful so he suffocated her with his shirt. Van der Sloot reportedly attempted to clean the room by changing the sheets and changing his shirt, and then he fled to Chile. 

American authorities would like to extradite van der Sloot for extortion.  He allegedly attempted to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother in exchange for information about what happened to Holloway in Aruba in 2005. He ended up getting $25,000 but apparently all he provided was false information. 

If found guilty, he could face up to 24 years in prison. 

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STUDY:  Latinos with Lung Cancer Tend to Live Longer than Others

STUDY:  Latinos with Lung Cancer Tend to Live Longer than Others

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Hispanic people with lung cancer tend to live longer than white or black people with the disease, according to a new study.

Researchers say Hispanics’ increased likelihood of survival may be due to genetic factors or environmental advantages, such as lower rates of tobacco use.

In the study, the researchers examined diagnosis and survival data on cancer patients from a national database that pooled information from U.S. cancer registries.

They identified 172,000 adults diagnosed with any stage of the most common form of lung cancer, known as non-small cell lung cancer, between 1988 and 2007. Of these patients, Hispanics had a 15 percent lower risk of death during the study than whites. This was true for both U.S.- and foreign-born Hispanics.

The study, published online in the journal Cancer, pointed out that Hispanics tend to have better odds of survival despite facing more obstacles to health care and higher rates of poverty than other groups.

“This is important because it shows that our findings are indicative of the Hispanic population in general and not specific to specific groups of Hispanics,” lead study author Ali Saeed, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said in a journal news release.

The study’s authors added that the white patients who were studied had a slightly higher likelihood of survival than those who were black. Hispanics were more likely to be diagnosed with a less serious form of lung cancer, known as bronchioalveolar carcinoma.

“Our findings will motivate researchers and physicians to understand why Hispanics have more favorable outcomes and may shed light on potential environmental factors and/or genetic factors that can explain our observations,” said Saeed. “For instance, the fact that Hispanics developed higher frequencies of bronchioalveolar carcinoma could be due to genetic predispositions and/or their lower smoking rates.”

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Mel Gibson Cast in the new ‘Machete Kills” Film

Mel Gibson Cast in the new ‘Machete Kills” Film

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Mel Gibson is reportedly in talks to become a supporting character in ‘Machete Kills.” Robert Rodriguez will direct the sequel with Danny Trejo returning as the title character, a former Federale.  Fox will be releasing the film.

In the new film, the U.S. government drafts Machete to find an arms dealer in Mexico. Michelle Williams is supposedly also being considered for a role.

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Narco Bribes Undercover Agents $797,000 For Safe Passage Back to Mexico and Gulf Cartel

Narco Bribes Undercover Agents $797,000 For Safe Passage Back to Mexico and Gulf Cartel

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Juan Carlos De La Cruz Reyna, 37, a high ranking member of the Gulf Cartel, has entered a plea of guilty to bribery of a public official, something he did in order to avoid deportation and face rival narco factions or Mexican authorities. 

The charges were filed as De La Cruz Reyna was set to be released from federal prison after serving 30 months for a previous conviction related to an assault against federal agents in Mexico in 1999.

Since De La Cruz Reyna was in the country illegally, after completion of his sentence, he would normally have been returned to Mexican authorities at either a port of entry along the U.S.-Mexican border or flown to the interior of Mexico.

However, fearing possible prosecution by Mexican authorities or being taken into custody by a rival drug cartel, De La Cruz Reyna admitted today he bribed a federal official in an attempt to ensure safe passage to Mexico.

De La Cruz Reyna made a total of $797,000 in bribe payments over the course of the scheme.

The overall bribery scheme primarily involved obtaining De La Cruz Reyna’s unannounced removal to Mexico and release to the Gulf Cartel and to avoid official notification and transfer to the appropriate Mexican federal law enforcement authorities. However, the bribery scheme also involved allowing individuals to visit him in the Atlanta prison while there.

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Catholic Churches Near Popocatepetl Volcano Will Serve as Shelters for Those Fleeing Eruptions

Catholic Churches Near Popocatepetl Volcano Will Serve as Shelters for Those Fleeing Eruptions

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The Archbishop of Puebla de los Angeles, Mgr.Víctor Sánchez Espinosa, has announced that in the parishes closest to area of the Popocatepetl volcano (San Martin Texmelucan, Atlixco, San Andres and San Pedro Cholula), 4-hostel centers will be set up as shelters for people forced to leave their homes because of the volcanic activity.

The Archbishop said to be in constant communication with all the priests of the communities located within the danger zone, and gave them the official administrative regulations to follow.

The note sent to Fides says that the Archbishop said that people hardly want to leave their property, “in the danger zone they have their land and their animals, and it is also a fertile area, there are people who say that the ashes act as fertilizers for the fields, so they will not leave their homes easily.” Meanwhile, the population of the community of Santigo Xalitzintla, located six kilometers from the crater of the Popocatepetl volcano, has asked the authorities to supply food.

Of the 19 eruptions of the Popocatepetl volcano, which occurred the day before yesterday, only one has released a significant amount of ash, as reported by the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred). The Popocatepetl volcano, 5,452 meters high, located 70 kilometers south-east of Mexico City, has been in yellow alert for ten days and raises concern for the approximately 28,000 residents in neighboring communities, of the states of Mexico, Puebla and Morelos.

The last eruptive activity was in 2000, when thousands of people were displaced.

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H&M begins its Latin American Expansion in Mexico

H&M begins its Latin American Expansion in Mexico

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H&M, the national retail-company, is taking its first steps towards expansion in Latin America by opening its first location in Mexico City’s Centro Santa Fe mall say reports.

Currently the company has 2,500 stores in 44 countries, and this new leap into the Latino market will become one of H&M’s largest outlets.

The Sante Fe mall is known for being one of the largest in Mexico, as well as for its over 300 shops and other upscale retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue.

The companies push is to be as successful as it was when it first opened its doors in the U.S. over a decade ago. In 2000, it opened its first store in New York City on Fifth Avenue landing a rapid expansion across the country. As of now, the retailer has over 200 stores in over 30 states throughout the United States. Although 2011 didn’t yield as many profits due to the rising cost of goods, they plan to open another 275 stores.

Besides Latin America, the company is setting its eyes on opening stores in Bulgaria, Latvia, Malaysia, and Thailand in 2012. Latin America, however, has the ripest market poised for growth while Europe is undergoing debt crisis. Countries like Brazil are growing and so is their luxury market, which will help the retailer tap the luxury market and into a higher fashion frontier.

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Maya Priest Says World is Suffering Due to 5,200 Mayan Calendar Cycle Ending

Maya Priest Says World is Suffering Due to 5,200 Mayan Calendar Cycle Ending

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The first European Maya priest, Austrian-born Omrael Norbert Muigg, said that the “chaos” the world is suffering is a consequence of the fact that in December 2012 a cycle more than 5,200 years long - according to the Maya calendar - is ending and a new age in which humanity will experience important internal changes is in the offing.

This process of transformation brings with it a certain disorder in the development of human beings, which is currently being expressed in family, social and economic relations, the priest explained to Efe in the northeastern Spanish city of Zaragoza, where he presented his book “Sol Maya” (Maya Sun).

“The ancients say that a time is beginning in which many internal changes will occur in the human being, and while it cannot be said that nature or the climate will be worse, that could be,” he said, referring to possible natural catastrophes.

In this regard, he said that the chaos besetting the world at present, reflected in the economic situation, will be resolved when the new age settles in, that is to say within “five or 10 years.”

Muigg, who decided to leave his country 20 years ago to immerse himself in the Maya culture, visited Spain to impart his knowledge of this “wise” civilization.

“Dedicating part of my life to the interior of people was always an aim of my childhood. The Maya priest was closer to my vision than a Catholic priest,” he emphasized.

Muigg, who lives in Guatemala, considers himself to be an “intercultural bridge” open to the world who tries to transmit through his books and conferences that the desire for change that man feels inside himself can be carried out.

“The Mayas say that the most important thing for the body is to connect with the spiritual side which is the only thing that calms the interior,” he said.

Western culture needs to develop its spiritual facet to reject fears about the “invisible world” through priests who reveal their “wisdom” to others, he said.

This development could also bring with it, in his opinion, a better connection between civilizations at a time when each nation is looking within itself and is defending its own interests, because the opposite, he said, only causes conflict.

“As a foreigner in Guatemala, I experienced that when you connect to a people it opens up for you. We, as Europeans, should open our hearts to the wisdom of other races,” he said.

After imparting his knowledge in Italy and Austria, this Maya priest decided, aided by the Ancestral Voices Foundation, to begin his work in Spain, a country which has always felt the presence of three “spiritual forces” - St. George, St. James the Apostle and the Virgin of Montserrat.

“The three are present in Guatemala due to the Spanish conquest. When I walked with the Maya elders I felt the magnetism of these energies and how they guided me on my own road,” Muigg said.

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Venezuela’s Chavez to Return From Cancer Treatment in Cuba Later this Week

Venezuela’s Chavez to Return From Cancer Treatment in Cuba Later this Week

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke Monday on state television for the first time since he went to Cuba for cancer treatment nine days ago and said he will be back in Caracas later this week.

“I’ll tell you something, I ought to be there in Caracas, God willing, on the 26th even though the authorization that the sovereign National Assembly gave me established no time limit,” the president said by telephone.

Chavez said he will be in Caracas through Saturday, “then comes another session of radiation therapy - I have to continue the treatment and have some additional tests.”

As for stories that circulated Sunday on social networks about a rumored decline in his health and even his possible death, Chavez said “To stupid words, deaf ears.”

“Unfortunately it seems we’ll have to get used to being bombarded with rumors, above all in the coming months, because that’s what psyops laboratories do, dirty war laboratories that work day and night in different parts of this hemisphere and naturally in Caracas,” he said.

The leftist president went on the offensive against the opposition and said that this “is the strategy of the bourgeoisie, of the Venezuelan right.”

“I’m in radiation therapy, comrades, ask anyone what radiation for four or five weeks is like, and in addition there’s my usual work that I have to permanently,” he said.

“Some would want me to do the 100-meter dash or go out tomorrow and pitch a game of baseball…we’ll be doing that again but not now, not now, let me get better,” he said, adding that he is “pretty far along” with his radiation therapy.

The Venezuelan leader underwent surgery on Feb. 26 in Havana for the recurrence of the tumor that was removed in June 2011 - also in Cuba.

Chavez said the tumor was in the pelvic region, but did not reveal the precise location. He underwent several rounds of chemotherapy after the initial surgery before announcing in October that he was cancer-free.

Chavez has said that he has no metastasis and that he is certain of a full recovery.

He has vowed not to abandon his bid to win another term in Venezuela’s Oct. 7 presidential election.

In power since 1999, Chavez now faces a race against the governor of the central state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles, the consensus candidate of Venezuela’s long-divided opposition.

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TV Personality Noel Valladares Gunned Down in Honduras

TV Personality Noel Valladares Gunned Down in Honduras

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Television personality Noel Valladares and two companions were gunned down Monday in Tegucigalpa, Honduran police said.

A fourth person was wounded in the attack, police inspector Jose Martinez told reporters.

Unknown assailants opened fire on the host of the entertainment program “Tecolote” and the other three people as they walked out of the Maya TV studios in the Honduran capital, the inspector said.

Valladares died on the spot, according to Martinez.

Honduras experienced 6,723 murders between Jan. 1 and Dec. 15 of last year, or an average of 81.5 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, the chancellor of the National Autonomous University said at the end of last year.

The numbers were compiled by the university’s Violence Observatory, Julieta Castellanos said.

Violence has been on the rise in Honduras since 2005, according to Castellanos, who noted that the country’s murder rate then was 37 per 100,000 residents.

The global rate, as calculated by the United Nations, is 8.8 homicides per 100,000.

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TuesdayApril 24, 2012