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SundayMay 13, 2012

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‘Cousin’ of Giant Panda Is a ‘Spaniard’

‘Cousin’ of Giant Panda Is a ‘Spaniard’

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Spanish scientists from Spain’s National Museum of Natural Sciences and the University of Valencia have discovered a new ursid fossil species in the region of Zaragoza, Spain. 

The fossil, showing only dental evidence of the animal, may have inhabited Spain and the north east areas of the Iberian Peninsula close to 11 million year ago during the Myocene Period.

“This bear species was small, even smaller than the Sun bear – currently the smallest bear species.  It would not have weighed more than 60 kilos,” stated Juan Abella to SINC, a researcher at the Department of Paleobiology of the National Museum as well as the lead author of the study. 

Abella continues to state, “This fur pattern is considered primitive for bears, such as that of the giant panda whose white spots are so big that it actually seems to be white with black spots.”

Abella and other researchers believe this species, named, Agriarctos Beatrix, come from the Ursidae family and is related to giant pandas.  It is also believed that they would have lived in the forest and climbed trees to escape predators.  Their reason for extinction is still unknown, however Abella notes in the research report: ‘A New Species of Agriarctos’, “the most probably cause is likely to be the opening up of the forests giving way to more open, drier spaces and the appearance of similar yet larger and more competitive species.”

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Bodies of Missing 4-year-old Colombian Girls Found

Bodies of Missing 4-year-old Colombian Girls Found

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The bodies of two missing 4-year-old girls have been found and it appears that they were raped, Colombian police said, adding that two suspects are under arrest.

The killings occurred in the provinces of Huila and Atlantico, the commander of a special police unit to track down missing persons, Gen. Humberto Guatibonza, said.

The body of one of the girls was found Saturday at a ranch in Tello, a city in Huila, where she had been reported missing two weeks earlier, Guatibonza said.

A man arrested by police confessed that he killed the girl, the general said.

The suspect is the boyfriend of the victim’s aunt, a 15-year-old who was caring for the little girl when she went missing, Guatibonza said.

The second victim disappeared in a poor neighborhood in Barranquilla, the capital of Atlantico, and her body was also found on Saturday, Guatibonza said.

The little girl disappeared Friday evening while playing outside her family’s house, relatives said.

The girl’s body was found in a field and she appeared to have been raped and beaten.

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Eva Mendes Remains Coy About Relationship With Ryan Gosling on Ellen Show (VIDEO)

Eva Mendes Remains Coy About Relationship With Ryan Gosling on Ellen Show (VIDEO)

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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling put breakup rumors to rest when the hot couple was spotted holding hands in New York City.

The duo, who met on the set of The Place Beyond The Pines, have yet to officially confirm their relationship. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the popular talk-show host joked about their non-confirmed relationship, asking the actress in a roundabout way.

According to People, DeGeneres discussed pajamas with Mendes when she asked, “I don’t know if you ever run into him [Ryan Gosling], if you know him in any way, or see him ever..”

Mendes replied, “So ask Gosling about the onesie. Okay, note to self. Ask Gosling about the onesie.” DeGeneres then poked fun at Mendes asking her, “You don’t call him Ryan? You just call him Gosling-when you ever see him?”

It was this statement that brought the actress to blush, put her face in her hands and giggle as DeGeneres brought out two pairs of ‘onesie’s.’ She said while presenting the gift, “Because he likes them so much, when you see him – if you see him if you run into him – I’ve got a gift that I think both of you would have fun [with].” DeGeneres joked, “[This could] especially [work] as an icebreaker when you meet him for the first time.”

The quiet couple was spotted earlier grabbing coffee and Chineese takeout strolling hand-in-hand in New York City, E! News reports.

Wonder if they will wear their onesie’s while eating take out?

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49 Headless, Nude Bodies Found on Highway in Nuevo Leon as Warning to El Chapo Guzman

49 Headless, Nude Bodies Found on Highway in Nuevo Leon as Warning to El Chapo Guzman

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Mexican authorities at an afternoon press conference lay blame on the brutal narco turf battles for the massacre that left 49 headless bodies on the highway between Reynosa and Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon.  The conference was headed by Attorney Adrian de la Garza and Security spokesman, Jorge Domene Zambrano, who were accompanied by Secretary of State Security of Nuevo Leon, Javier del Real Magallanes.

Zambrano confirmed that 49 headless, nude bodies were found dead on the highway near the municipality of Cadereyta. There were 43 men and six women according to the offical count released, though other reliable reports put the count executed at 68.

The bodies were found with a narco banner signed by Los Zetas issuing warnings against the Gulf Cartel, their allies the Sinaloa Cartel and El Chapo Guzman as leader of the Sinaloa cartel. It is believed that many of those killed are not native to Nuevo Leon and could be from other Mexican states or even foreign Central American migrants caught in the vicious narco turf battles. 

The gruesome discovery was made when an anonymous caller called authorities asking them to investigate the highway area at 2:00 a.m.  Upon arrival authorities discovered numerous bodies laying on the highway, as well as dozens of dismembered body parts.  Other bodies and body parts were found inside trash bags thrown on the road.  Mexican authorities noted that people were tortured and their bodies butchered, therefore recognition will be difficult because everyone is missing their head.

Authorities believe the victims were killed either there or nearby since some of the bodies were still bleeding when discovered.

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Mexican Heart-throb Luis Miguel Finishes Tour in Madrid

Mexican Heart-throb Luis Miguel Finishes Tour in Madrid

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Luis Miguel, the Mexican singer who best embodies the romantic ideal on both sides of the Atlantic, put the finishing touches on his first concert tour of Spain in five years with a show in the Spanish capital.

The mostly-female crowd at the Madrid Sports Palace greeted the artist with fluttering handkerchiefs, applause and outright hysteria.

Clad as always in a dark suit despite the sweltering temperatures, Luis Miguel kicked off the concert with “Te Propongo Esta Noche” (I Suggest Tonight), “Suave” (Softly) and “Con Tus Besos” (With Your Kisses), accompanied by a 12-piece band with a solid wind section.

“Good evening, Madrid,” the singer said at the start of Friday night’s concert, and gave “thanks, thanks and more thanks” to each and every part of the palace one by one. “We end our tour here, and what a pleasure that it’s with an audience as beautiful as you are,” he said, sparking even more rejoicing around the arena.

In a concert structured in segments, the first featured his famous revved-up boleros like “Tres Palabras” (Three Words) and “La Barca” (The Boat) that had the audience singing along, perhaps spurred by the audio, though later he drew more than a few sighs of pleasure from the crowd with the caress of his words to the women.

A livelier version of “Besame Mucho” (Kiss Me A Lot) closed the segment that also featured the indispensable “Somos Novios” (We’re Engaged), “No Se Tu” (I Don’t Know About You), “El Dia Que Me Quieras” (The Day You Love Me) and “Por Debajo de la Mesa” (Under the Table).

He then brought the charro segment galloping in with songs like “Que Seas Feliz” (May You Be Happy), “De Que Manera Te Olvido” (How Do I Forget You) and “La Bikina” (The Girl in the Bikini).

During the more upbeat numbers that kicked off with “Esa Niña” (That Girl) and “Un Hombre Busca a una Mujer” (A Man Seeks a Woman), he clasped the hands of his fans one after another under the watchful eye of a bodyguard who kept him from being swept away by the crowd brought to a fever pitch by “Oro de Ley” (Fine Gold), “Tu, Solo Tu” (You, Only You) and “Te Necesito” (I Need You).

The show ended with a brief encore, wild applause and yet…a certain bittersweet feeling among some in the audience who commented that despite the pleasure of seeing Luis Miguel once again, this had not been their idol’s best concert.

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4 Arrested In Connection With Massacre in Mexico Have Link to “Los Zetas” Cartel

4 Arrested In Connection With Massacre in Mexico Have Link to “Los Zetas” Cartel

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Police in the western Mexican state of Jalisco have arrested four suspects in the massacre of 18 people whose bodies were found this week outside the city of Guadalajara, officials said.

Jalisco’s Public Safety Secretariat said in a statement Friday that the four detainees, who had weapons and drugs in their possession, were arrested in the municipality of Tala.

The suspects were apparently acting on the orders of Juan Carlos Antonio Mercado, alias “El Chato,” a suspected boss of the Los Zetas cartel, and are linked to abductions of people in the Tala hamlet of Ahuisculco, the secretariat said.

It added that authorities have confirmed that one of the detainees used an ATM card belonging to one of the kidnap victims to withdraw money.

Jalisco authorities on Wednesday found the remains of the 18 people in several vehicles on a road near Guadalajara, some who were beheaded and all of whom were mutilated.

Authorities said the victims were part of a wider group of people who had been abducted and were to be killed, although roughly 10 of them managed to escape from their captors.

The detainees were identified as Ramon Parada, 44; Cesar Alejandro Rodriguez, 20; Hector Manuel Lopez, 31; and Milton Eribaldo Castro, 21.

The secretariat also recalled that authorities on Tuesday arrested 25-year-old Laura Rosales, who was identified by the escaped kidnap victims as living at the home where they were being held.

Police also seized 10 AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles, as well as four handguns and five fragmentation grenades at a home.

According to the authorities, the massacre stemmed from multi-state turf battles pitting Los Zetas - a band of special forces deserters turned outlaws - against Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman’s Sinaloa mob, which operates in Jalisco via an ally, the Jalisco Nueva Generacion gang.

The cartels have stepped up their war in recent weeks and engaged in a number of shootouts, the most recent of which occurred in Nuevo Laredo - a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas - that left 23 members of both criminal organizations dead.

In Jalisco, the bodies of 26 people were discovered on Nov. 24 inside three vehicles abandoned on a main thoroughfare in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city.

About 50,000 people have died in Mexico’s drug war since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and militarized the struggle against the country’s powerful cartels, sending soldiers into the streets to fight criminals.

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Latin Grammys Increase Nominees and Elect New Trustees

Latin Grammys Increase Nominees and Elect New Trustees

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The Latin Recording Academy recently held its spring Board of Trustees meeting and The Academy’s Trustees voted to expand the Rock Field and the Tropical Field, restructure the Pop Field, and develop the four General Categories to include 10 nominees each. This brings the total number of Latin GRAMMY Categories that will be recognized in November 2012 to 47 (previously 46).

Additionally, Auditorio Nacional Executive Coordinator Maria Cristina Garcia-Cepeda (Mexico), producer/songwriter/composer/entrepreneur Cris Morena (Argentina), four-time Latin GRAMMY-winning composer Oscar Gomez (Cuban/Spanish), and Latin GRAMMY winner Johnny Ventura (Dominican Republic) are elected to The Latin Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees.

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Due to the increasing growth and musical changes in the industry, The Latin Recording Academy, for the first time, will closely evaluate a formula that now includes 10 nominees in each of the four Categories in the General Field: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. Additionally, the three categories in the Pop Field (Female Pop, Male Pop, and Pop Duo/Group) are now combined into two categories: Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In the Rock Field, the category Best Pop/Rock Album has been added and the Tropical Field also gains a category, Best Tropical Fusion Album. To ensure the Awards process remains representative of the current musical landscape, the Alternative Field now accepts Portuguese language recordings, and the Best Native Brazilian Roots Album is now called Best Brazilian Roots Album, which brings the total number of Latin GRAMMY categories to 47. Additionally, for the first time, all members of The Latin Recording Academy are able to submit product for consideration for the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards through an online entry process.

The Trustees of The Latin Recording Academy, along with Latin Academy senior staff — fiduciaries of the not-for-profit organization — meet every year in the spring to discuss goals, set priorities, and implement policies designed to strategically chart the course of The Latin Recording Academy.

About The Newly Elected Trustees

With more than 30 years of cultural affairs experience, Maria Cristina Garcia-Cepeda currently is the Executive Coordinator of the Auditorio Nacional de Mexico. Throughout her illustrious career, she has worked for such organizations as Instituto Mexicano de Comercio Exterior, Consejo Nacional de Fomento Educativo, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.

Cris Morena, initially a fashion model and subsequent actress, evolved into becoming a successful and acclaimed international music composer, songwriter and producer. She has been in the music business for more than 22 years and is considered to be one of the most successful producers in Argentina. She is the creator of numerous youth-oriented shows such as “Jugate Conmigo,” “Chiquititas,” “Rebelde Way,” “Floricienta,” “Alma Pirata,” and “Casi Angeles.”

Cuban/Spanish producer and songwriter Oscar Gomez has earned numerous accolades and awards including a GRAMMY® and four Latin GRAMMY Awards. With a career that spans more than 40 years, Gomez has sold more than 20 million albums and has worked with such talented artists as Miguel Bose, Celia Cruz, Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Ricardo Montaner, Paloma San Basilio, Joan Manuel Serrat, and Camilo Sesto, among others.

Latin GRAMMY winner and Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Ventura began his musical career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Since his debut in the program “La Voz De La Alegria,” he has gone on to become the performing musician who almost singlehandedly developed and modernized the contemporary merengue sound. Throughout his career he has recorded 103 albums and his current production, 103 Boulevard, contains hip, undulating songs that reflect different types of merengue, and his latest single also includes a touch of reggaeton.

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Colombia Helps Americans Celebrate Mother’s Day by Exporting Millions of Roses

Colombia Helps Americans Celebrate Mother’s Day by Exporting Millions of Roses

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It’s Mothers Day and in certain parts of the U.S. it’s still too chilly to cut your own roses for your mom.  So where do the endless Mothers Day rose bouquets come from?

Thanks to the Latin American country of Colombia where growing conditions are ideal, Americans are able to celebrate with roses in abundance. 

Approximately sixty-six percent or 213 million stems of cut flowers imported into this country are from Colombia. Roses top the list of the top 10 cut flower imports followed by Mixed Bouquets, Dianthus (carnations) and Chrysanthemum (pom-pon). 

Roses are harvested young before they blossom: these “rose buttons” must be kept at a steady 39.2̊F to preserve their quality, and that includes temperature controlled warehouses, freight trucks and airplanes.

Flower cargos are inspected before traveling across hemispheres, to ensure that the product is not contaminated and is free of plagues, and once again when they land in Miami or other ports of entry, some 40 different companies pick them up, and transport them in trucks throughout the US. 

In Miami, according to the Miami Herald, the flower importing business employs some 6,000 people and accounts for close to 90 percent of the imported flowers that come into the U.S. 

So MOM enjoy your roses with love from Colombia.

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Latino Commission on AIDS Commends FDA Recommendations to Prevent HIV Infections

Latino Commission on AIDS Commends FDA Recommendations to Prevent HIV Infections

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An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended that Truvada, an antiretroviral medication used to treat HIV, should be used as a new prevention tool for people that are at high risk of being exposed to HIV. This strategy, known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, would be integrated into existing HIV prevention tools in order to enhance our prevention efforts across the country and territories.

The Latino Commission on AIDS commends this new opportunity to prevent HIV infection in the most at risk communities. For African American and Latino men who have sex with men and women of color, who continue to experience disproportionate rates of HIV infection, this new strategy could represent a turning point in our efforts to prevent HIV.

ABOUT THE LATINO COMMISSION ON AIDS

The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino/Hispanic communities. The Commission is the leading national Latino AIDS organization coordinating National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and other prevention and advocacy programs in more than 40 States and Puerto Rico. For more information visit: www.latinoaids.org or www.nlaad.org.

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Stranded 50 Days in Costa Rican airport, Cuban Asylum Seeker Denied Entry

Stranded 50 Days in Costa Rican airport, Cuban Asylum Seeker Denied Entry

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Costa Rica’s migration court rejected on Friday a request for asylum from a Cuban who has spent the past 50 days at San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport.

The court also ruled, however, that 27-year-old Enrique Arias cannot be sent back to Cuba.

A spokeswoman for the Costa Rican Migration Directorate told Efe it will be up to her agency to determine what should be done with the Cuban.

Arias fled Cuba two months ago for Panama with hopes of reaching Mexico.

But when he tried to board a Mexico-bound flight at Juan Santamaria International, officials detained him after detecting that he was traveling on a forged Costa Rican passport.

He then applied for asylum in the Central American country and responded to San Jose’s initial rejection by appealing to the Costa Rican migration court, only to be refused a second time.

Costa Rica could send Arias back to Panama or try to find a third country willing to accept him.

The migration court barred the government from returning Arias to Cuba, giving credence to his claim that his life would be in danger if he were sent back to the Communist-ruled island.

Arias told Costa Rican media that he left Cuba to avoid harm after authorities learned he was part of a social movement in possession of evidence of torture and human rights violations by the regime in Havana.

In recent months, immigration officials have reported a large increase in the number of Cubans entering Costa Rica via neighboring Panama.

Most of the roughly 12,000 people who currently enjoy refugee status in Costa Rica are from strife-torn Colombia.

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Broadway League Launches Viva Broadway to Bring More Latinos to the Theater

Broadway League Launches Viva Broadway to Bring More Latinos to the Theater

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The Broadway League has created Viva Broadway, a new audience development partnership with the Hispanic community, to help bridge the world of Broadway with Latino audiences around the country.

The long-term initiative aims to increase awareness about Broadway while culturally enriching lives, bringing families together, and building new careers in the theatre. A National Advisory Board of industry and cultural notables has been formed to help strategize and spread the word about all that Broadway has to offer this growing and vibrant community.

The most burgeoning growth demographic, Hispanics comprise 5.5 million of the population in the NY/NJ tri-state area and over 50 million in the U.S. and growing. However, this vibrant audience is not represented in a similar proportion in attendance on Broadway in NYC and across the country.

The goal is to draw from an untapped market while making Broadway more relevant to Hispanic families and their lifestyles. An objective is to work with and support Hispanic media outlets in their coverage of Broadway to increase awareness and awaken a desire to attend shows. The initiative will include education on all things Broadway such as how to buy Broadway tickets, how to find out what’s playing, who’s on stage, and more. For career development, Viva Broadway will create Broadway Speakers Bureaus and workshops in order to expand awareness of jobs in the theatre to high schools and colleges.

Upcoming goals include national test pilot programs in Los Angeles, Nashville, Miami, Dallas/Ft. Worth; Broadway Speakers Panel and education initiatives; media partnerships; sponsorship opportunities and corporate support; brand ambassadors; the launch of a Viva Broadway Week; plus more.

The Viva Broadway advisory board is made up of many influential latinos, including John Leguizamo (Writer/Actor), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Actor), and Sergio Trujillo (Dancer and Choreographer).

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POLL:  77% Plan to Visit Mom on Mother’s Day

POLL:  77% Plan to Visit Mom on Mother’s Day

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Most Americans whose mothers are still alive plan to honor them today with an in-person visit, but only one-in-four of all adults (27%) consider Mother’s Day one of the country’s most important holidays.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults finds that 10% consider it the one of the least important holidays, while 58% say it falls somewhere in between. 

This nationwide survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 9-10, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports.

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Chavez Returns to Venezuela, Announces Success of Cancer Therapy

Chavez Returns to Venezuela, Announces Success of Cancer Therapy

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home from Cuba after an 11-day absence for cancer treatment, saying his latest round of radiation therapy had ended successfully and he is very optimistic about his recovery.

“I should say that over these past several days we successfully concluded the entire cycle of radiation therapy just as the medical team had planned,” Chavez told the media after walking down the airplane steps Friday night at the Simon Bolivar International Airport, which serves Caracas.

Wearing the track suit that has become his regular attire on his medical trips to Cuba, Chavez said that “besides a few discomforts that are very normal in this treatment, absolutely nothing happened that forced it to be stopped, to suspend it or to alter the initial plan.”

Rumors had surfaced during his trip about possible complications during the treatment and there was even speculation that the president was unable to walk.

“I’m arriving and we’re arriving with great optimism that this treatment will produce the desired effects and always asking the Most High, our Lord God, Christ the Redeemer, to help us by continuing to give us the miracle of life, precisely so we can continue carrying out God’s commandments,” the socialist president said.

Chavez had left for Cuba on April 30 to continue the radiation treatment he began after undergoing surgery on Feb. 26 to have a second malignant tumor removed. The first tumor was extracted last June.

Both of those operations also took place on the Communist-ruled island, which has become Venezuela’s main ally under Chavez.

The loquacious Venezuelan president, who was largely silent during his latest stay in Havana except for various messages on Twitter, has said only that the cancer is located in his pelvic region but has not given details on its precise location or seriousness.

Chavez said after stepping off the plane and being greeted by Vice President Elias Jaua and other top officials that he is aware of “the permanent speculation by certain individuals, certain sectors that hurl all kinds of rumors” about his health.

He said he must recover from the impact of the treatment over the next few days and will “gradually” get back into the “first line of battle.”

“Now in this phase over the next few days I need to rigorously follow the medical instructions to continue recovering from the normal, expected effects of the full radiation treatment,” the president said.

“As the hours and the coming days pass, I’m sure ... I’ll be gradually getting back to where I should be in the first line of battle, along with the Venezuelan people, driving the socialist revolution, the revolution of peace, the revolution of love,” Chavez said.

Chavez, who later inspected a group of soldiers in formation on the runway and sang a popular Venezuelan song, also noted that he had arrived in time for Mother’s Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday in Venezuela.

The president, in office since 1999, will seek re-election once again in October when he faces off against opposition hopeful Henrique Capriles.

Chavez, who said the economy was performing well and that results will show strong GDP growth in the first quarter, lashed out at the political opposition and Capriles.

“Unfortunately the right seems spent, desperate, like those boxers who throw wild punches that don’t hit anything, while behind them they have a concealed hammer or knife,” he said.

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nuvoTV and NBC News Unite To Discuss Voters’ Issues in Latino Town Hall

nuvoTV and NBC News Unite To Discuss Voters’ Issues in Latino Town Hall

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nuvoTV, the only English-language cable network fully dedicated to serving America’s Bi-cultural Latinos (BCLs), announced a programming partnership with NBC News’ Peacock Productions to spotlight the critical role of Latinos in the upcoming 2012 presidential election and the challenging issues important to Latino voters. nuvoTV and Peacock Productions will leverage their creative and production expertise to produce a high quality “Latino Town Hall” special before a live studio audience at Rockefeller Center. Tentatively titled “We Decide: 2012,” the special will premiere this August.

“Latinos in America are a crucial component for presidential candidates in this year’s election, and could well be the deciding factor in determining who is our next president,” said nuvoTV CEO Michael Schwimmer. “Mainstream media has not adequately addressed the issues facing America’s Latino community in the context of this presidential election. nuvoTV’s Town Hall will provide a unique venue for Latinos to amplify their voice across the country in English, so that the widest possible audience can appreciate Latinos perspectives on the issues.”

Moderated by NBC News’ award-winning journalist Natalie Morales, We Decide 2012 will feature a panel of high-profile experts who will engage with a live audience and other virtual participants connecting through the latest social media platforms. The special will take a deep dive into how the presidential candidates are addressing issues specific to America’s Latinos including unemployment, healthcare, education and immigration.

In the summer of 2008, nuvoTV (then SiTV), broke new ground with “Crash The Parties ‘08” a national online contest in which aspiring young Latino journalists competed to cover the presidential election for the network. Winners were announced at a Capitol Hill reception, and then rewarded with media training before attending the Democratic and Republican national conventions as television reporters on the convention floor.

For We Decide: 2012, nuvoTV will also team up with NBCLatino.com, NBC News’ English-language platform serving news & lifestyle content to U.S. Hispanics. Together, they will provide information and increase awareness about the key issues related to We Decide: 2012, as well as engage audiences and readers on NBCLatino’s social channels like Twitter and Facebook.

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900-Year Old Pot Found by 7-th Grader on School Field Trip in New Mexico

900-Year Old Pot Found by 7-th Grader on School Field Trip in New Mexico

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A teen from the Sandia Prep in Albuquerque, New Mexico might just of stumbled upon one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in awhile.  The seventh-grade group was on a field trip to Cibola County when Isabel Jerome found a 14-by-14 inch gray-black pot patterned with dashes and zigzags.

Donna Hummel of the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management told KOAT News that this a ‘once in a lifetime find’ that maybe 900-years-old.  The sharp seventh-graders found the pot but left it alone and immediately contacted authorities. 

This find predates New Mexico as a Mexican territory and the Spanish Conquistadors arrival in the 16th century.  It is possible that the pot belongs to the Mogollon culture that lived in the Southwest and Northern Mexico between 150 to 1400 AD. 

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FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE! To Every Mommy, From Your Friends at Hispanically Speaking News

FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE! To Every Mommy, From Your Friends at Hispanically Speaking News

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“A rose is a rose is a rose. A mom is pure love, is a friend, is a nurse”.

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$1.2 trillion Hispanic Market Exceeds Economies of All But 13 Countries in the World

$1.2 trillion Hispanic Market Exceeds Economies of All But 13 Countries in the World

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According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth, the buying power of minorities in the U.S has grown into a diverse and formidable consumer market in the last decade. The rise of minority buying power in the marketplace has generated a demand to learn why these gains are taking place as well as how to tailor products, advertising and media to each market segment.

“The numbers are impressive,” says Jeff Humphreys, director of the Selig Center and author of the Selig Center’s annual Multicultural Economy report. “For example, in 2012, the $1.2 trillion Hispanic market is larger than the entire economies of all but 13 countries in the world.”

The Selig Center’s annual report includes state-by-state projections of buying power for the nation’s three most populous racial groups (African American, Asian and American Indian), as well as Hispanics, who are categorized by the U.S. Census as an ethnic minority and not a racial minority. Its information provides businesses a first step towards a more comprehensive analysis of its markets and is among the most popular and downloaded resources offered by the Terry College. The full report is available at the Selig Center’s website.

According to Humphreys, buying power, also referred to as disposable income, is the total personal income available for spending on goods and services after taxes. The state-by-state projections are broken down by market size, growth rate and market share.

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Chilean Supreme Court Shuts Down Patagonia Dam Project

Chilean Supreme Court Shuts Down Patagonia Dam Project

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Chile’s Supreme Court has blocked a hydroelectric plant project in the Patagonia region, accepting an appeal filed by environmental groups.

The high court’s ruling shot down a decision by the southern Aysen region’s Environmental Impact Assessment System, or SEIA, which had given the green light for the Rio Cuervo Hydroelectric Project earlier this month, judiciary officials confirmed Friday.

The decision stated that the SEIA acted illegally in approving the 640 MW project and ignoring the National Geology and Mining Service’s recommendation that the joint venture behind the plant - Swiss firm Xstrata Copper and Australian energy retailer Origin Energy - carry out a new soil survey.

The Supreme Court ruled that the new study must be conducted before the $645 million project, part of that joint venture’s $3.6 billion Energia Austral hydroelectric project in Patagonia, can be approved.

The Rio Cuervo project was approved on May 8 by the Aysen region’s SEIA despite the opposition of environmental groups and some lawmakers.

Other hydroelectric projects are also planned in Patagonia as part of energy-hungry Chile’s attempts to increase electricity output.

A consortium made up of Endesa Chile, a unit of Spain’s Endesa and the South American country’s largest electric utility, and Chile’s Colbun is building the 2.75 GW HidroAysen megaproject in Patagonia that involves the construction of five dams on the Pasca and Baker rivers and the flooding of 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres).

The Supreme Court gave the green light for that $3.2 billion project in April, rejecting appeals filed by lawmakers, regional organization and environmental groups.

Plans for the megaproject sparked large-scale protests last year in the Patagonia region and in Santiago.

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ACLU Alleges Extensive Abuse by U.S. Border Patrol

ACLU Alleges Extensive Abuse by U.S. Border Patrol

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The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded a federal investigation into allegations of rampant abuse of individuals, including U.S. citizens and legal residents, by Customs and Border Protection agents at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a complaint filed today with the Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU and its border affiliates in San Diego, Calif., Arizona, New Mexico and Texas document 11 instances in which Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents disregard the civil and human rights of individuals crossing the border in apparent violation of the U.S. Constitution, international law and agency guidelines. Most of the individuals complaining of abuse are U.S. citizens or are lawfully residing or visiting the U.S.

The ACLU’s complaint includes evidence of excessive force; unwarranted, invasive and humiliating personal searches; unjustified and repeated detentions based on misidentification; and use of coercion to force individuals to surrender their legal rights, citizenship documents and property.

In one example, Hernan Cuevas, a Chilean businessman who was attempting to enter the U.S. with a valid visa, was strip-searched and chained to a metal bench for three hours without explanation. One CBP officer told him, “This is my country now and when you are here, you listen to me. I don’t like your kind that takes our jobs and uses our system…”

Many of the testimonies collected by the ACLU include CBP agents physically attacking women and men, some of whom were handcuffed at the time. Testimonies include unnecessary and invasive searches, which left some affected individuals feeling as though they had been sexually assaulted.

The conduct of CBP officers at or near the points of entry along the U.S. border has come under scrutiny in recent years after two high-profile deaths. In May 2010, Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, a 42-year-old construction worker and father of five, died after being beaten and then tased by a group of up to 20 CBP officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry near San Diego. And in June 2010, Sergio Adrían Hernández Güereca, a 15-year-old boy, was fatally shot by a CBP officer after reportedly throwing rocks at officers near the El Paso Port of Entry. The Department of Justice last month announced it would not pursue criminal charges against the officer involved.

Despite there being fewer border apprehensions in 2011 than in any year since 1971, and despite border apprehensions dropping by 80 percent since 2000, the number of border patrol agents has more than doubled since 2004.

The ACLU’s complaint calls for an investigation of each of the individual allegations of abuse, and calls for the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General to undertake a comprehensive investigation of ports of entry complaints and implement institutional changes in training, oversight and accountability that are necessary to prevent further abuses.

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Shakira Celebrates 50 Million Facebook Fans

Shakira Celebrates 50 Million Facebook Fans

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Colombian pop star Shakira set a new record on social networks this week as the number of her fans on Facebook zoomed to 50 million.

The artist posted a photo Friday on her Facebook profile in which she is seen wearing a party hat, holding a balloon in one hand and a poster in the other that reads “50 million!!!”

“Wow 50 million on Facebook. That’s incredible. Many thanks for your love. A big kiss,” she wrote.

Shakira is one of the most active Latino stars on social networks with 16,000 followers on Twitter and has won nominations and prizes in this category, including Billboard’s award for Latin Social Artist of the year last month in Miami.

The singer is considered one of the celebrities most followed on social networks, on a par with such stars as Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey.

Shakira recently premiered the music video for “Addicted to You”, a new single from her 2010 album “Sale el Sol” (Sunrise) that was shot in the Hollywood Hills by director Anthony Mandler.

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SundayMay 13, 2012