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WednesdayMay 16, 2012

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The “Most Beautiful” Latinos Celebrate At People en Español Magazine Gala

The “Most Beautiful” Latinos Celebrate At People en Español Magazine Gala

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Mexican songstress Thalia, in a sensual and short dress designed by Roberto Cavalli, and Dominican TV host Charytin Goyco in an elegant black outfit by countryman Oscar de la Renta, turned heads in New York during their red carpet appearances for People en Español magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful” issue gala.

Meanwhile, the most anticipated celebrity at the Tuesday evening event, Ricky Martin, who made the elite list again this year and opted for an elegant black and white outfit, granted no interviews to the media, although he posed for photos with a big smile.

According to his publicist, Rondine Alcala, the artist has two numbers on Wednesday in the musical “Evita,” in which he is starring along with Argentina’s Elena Rogers and American Michael Cerveris, and he preferred to rest his voice.

The popular magazine opted to hold the event this year - where Thalia made the list for the ninth time - at the famous Plaza Hotel.

“The only thing these types of covers and magazines do is to be able to remind people that beauty is an attitude, it’s something that comes from inside, it’s something that a person exudes, that comes from your being,” Thalia said.

Meanwhile, Charytin, who was accompanied by her sister Sharina, emphasized that although she has made the list on other occasions, this is the first time that she was included on the cover of this particular issue of the magazine, adding that “I’m very happy because it has something marvelous and I shared that with my companions.”

The 50 Most Beautiful and other invited guests arrived at the venue amid the shouts and cheers of fans who every year gather starting early in the day to see their idols grace the red carpet.

This year, the 16th such event, the first to move across the red carpet, was Venezuelan actor Alejandro Chaban, who did not hide his happiness.

“I’m so happy that I want to send the photo to everyone who called me fat,” the actor said.

Spain was represented by Javier “Poty” Castillo, who is in charge of the choreography for Univision’s program “Mira quien baila,” who said that he was not vain “at all” and that when he heard he had been selected for this year’s prestigious list “I stayed normal because I imagine that it’s not a question of beauty alone, but that there’s another evaluation, which is more fulfilling to me.”

The list also includes Spaniards Penelope Cruz and young singer Pablo Alboran, who did not attend the gala.

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Spain’s Eosol Energy Aims to Build Major Solar Energy Project in Chile

Spain’s Eosol Energy Aims to Build Major Solar Energy Project in Chile

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Spain’s Eosol Energy plans to build a $615.9 million solar energy project in Tocopilla, a town in northern Chile.

The project will have generating capacity of 192.6 MW, the company said in an environmental impact statement.

Power produced at the solar energy park will be sold to the Norte Grande Interconnected System, which supplies northern Chile.

The region is home to the Atacama desert and extensive mining operations.

“The project seeks to leverage the renewable resources in the area for the production of clean energy, helping reduce power generation from the current conventional polluting sources,” Eosol Energy said in its filing with environmental regulators.

Eosol Energy has completed solar energy projects in Spain, France and Mexico.

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Former Real Madrid Player Hugo Sanchez To Coach Pachuca

Former Real Madrid Player Hugo Sanchez To Coach Pachuca

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Mexican Hugo Sanchez, a one-time Real Madrid player, has been named the new coach of Mexico’s Pachuca, the team said.

The 53-year-old Sanchez was hired after extensive talks and negotiations, Pachuca chairman Jesus Martinez Patiño said.

Sanchez will be officially presented as the team’s new coach at a press conference on Friday.

Sanchez played for Mexico’s Pumas UNAM, America, Atlante and Celaya during his career, as as for Dallas FC and San Diego in the United States.

He played for Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in Spain.

Sanchez was a member of Mexico’s 1978, 1986 and 1994 World Cup teams.

As a coach, he won two titles with Pumas UNAM. Sanchez also coached Mexico’s Necaxa and Spain’s Almeria.

Sanchez was coach of the Mexican National Team from February 2007 to March 2008.

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Maserati-Driving Husband and Alleged Bride Killer, Arnoldo Jimenez, Being Sought

Maserati-Driving Husband and Alleged Bride Killer, Arnoldo Jimenez, Being Sought

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UPDATE:  The Burbank, Illinios Police have announced they are seeking 30-year-old newlywed Arnoldo Jimenez for the stabbing murder of his 26-year-old wife, Estrella Carrera, shortly after they were married.  Jimenez is believed to be driving a 2006 black Maserati and is described as a Latino man, six feet tall weighing approximately 220 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

The groom had been involved with Carrera for approximately three years before they decided to get married impromptu this last Friday.  According to the Chicago Tribune it was a volatile relationship and one that did not meet the approval of various members of Carrera’s close-knit Hispanic family. 

Jimenez is the father of the couples two-year-old son. 

The couple celebrated their City Hall wedding on Friday evening into the morning of Saturday, which is the last time anyone saw Carrera.  She was found in her sequined wedding dress in a dry bath tub stabbed to death in her apartment.  Her body was found after she didn’t respond to family members looking for her.  Arnoldo is said, according to certain reports, to have called his family to tell them the couple had a fight and left her “bleeding”, Carrera had been seen on other occasions with bruises on her body.

Anyone with information regarding Jimenez’s whereabouts please contact the Burbank, Illinois police at 708-924-7300.


ORIGINAL- May 14, 2012- Estrella Carrera, 26, should have been enjoying the happiest time of her life with her Friday wedding just concluded but instead she was found stabbed to death in a bathtub, still wearing her wedding dress.

The Burbank, Illinois newlywed and mother of a 9-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son failed to show up to pick up her children the day after her wedding, as planned. That is when Carrera’s family started to worry and went to look for her.

The bride’s family was not able to get anyone to answer the door, not even the groom who remains unnamed and is the father of her youngest child.  On Sunday afternoon Burbank police entered her apartment and found her stabbed body in a dry bathtub.

The last time everyone saw her was when she left her wedding celebration at 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning. 

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Yadier Molina Helps World Champ Cardinals End Losing Streak

Yadier Molina Helps World Champ Cardinals End Losing Streak

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With Albert Pujols no longer with the defending World Series Champs, St. Louis Cardinals, Yadier Molina, known as ‘Yadi’ needed to step up and become the leader of the team.

He did just that Tuesday night when the team faced the Chicago Cubs.  With the Cardinals recent struggles they badly needed a win and Yadi gave it to them with a RI single giving them a 7-6 victory over the Cubs. 

With the game tied at 6 in the bottom of the ninth, Molina delivered a two out single to score the winning run against Cubs pitcher, Rafael Dolis. After the game Molina spoke with mlb.com, “It was a great moment,” Molina said. “To get the win like that, especially when you’ve lost four games in a row, it’s exciting.”

Molina is best known for his hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning off Aaron Heilman of the New York Mets, in the 2006 NLCS , giving the Cardinals a 3–1 lead and helping them secure a trip to the 2006 World Series, where they defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games.

The Cardinals catcher is also known as one of three brothers in major league baseball who are also catchers.  The three brothers have made hisotry since they are the only trio of brothers to each have played and won a World Series.  Puerto Rico is very proud of this trio.

Written by Tim Hrodyski HS-News Sports Writer

 

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Mexican Immigrant Sells Empanadas and Mexican Pasties at Chicago Laundromats

Mexican Immigrant Sells Empanadas and Mexican Pasties at Chicago Laundromats

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With a booming business preparing and selling food products, Mexican immigrant David Martinez practices just the kind of entrepreneurship the Chicago municipality seeks to promote among immigrants.

But David is undocumented and though he does not dismiss the possibility that he might one day formally establish a business, his immediate goal is to survive after losing his job at a wholesale bakery.

“For three years I did a little of everything, from scrubbing floors to baking,” he told Efe.

“But I made a mistake and ended up without a job, so I immediately had to find a way to survive,” he said.

The same day he lost his job he started in business making and selling empanadas and other dishes typical of his native state of Hidalgo, taking advantage of the experience acquired in Chicago and the skills he brought with him from Mexico, where he learned to bake and fell in love with the tasty pastries that come out of an oven.

“They gave me the boot at 3:00 p.m. and by 3:30 p.m. I was already buying the potatoes and meat to make the stuffing, together with the flour and butter I needed to bake them at home,” he said.

Chicago’s municipal Office of New Americans offers informative workshops that aid entrepreneurial immigrants like Martinez.

And they fitted in perfectly with the future plans of the 27-year-old Martinez, who came to Chicago seven years ago “influenced by friends” who were already living in the Windy City.

Like any businessman, after deciding on the kind of business he would pursue, he looked for a market niche and chose the laundromats of Chicago’s Latino neighborhoods where every day “people gather with a lot of time on their hands, hungry and without a lot available in the way of eats.”

“Every morning I visit some 14 laundromats and my friend Saul goes to another 12 laundromats in different parts of Chicago,” he said.

They carry plastic boxes packed with empanadas and Mexican pasties in the trunks of their cars.

They charge $2.00 for an empanada or a pasty, and offer a combo of three for $5.00, with a variety of savory baked goods stuffed with a choice of chicken and mole, meat and potato, chorizo and beans, chorizo with potato, sausage with cheese, fruit with cheese or chorizo and cheese.

David began in 2009 making 50 empanadas and pasties a day and currently produces between 200 and 300.

“My kids like empanadas with chorizo and potato and I like the ones with rice pudding or with pineapple,” said Alicia Chavez, one of his clients.

His workday starts at 5:30 a.m., the prep work, baking and selling aren’t easy to the point of becoming tedious. Besides counting on the help of his salesman, David has two people at work cooking the stuffings.

“I started at home with a small oven I bought at Walmart, but when I was able to boost production I bought a large bakery oven big enough to fit six trays that hold 20 pieces each,” he said.

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UPDATE: Body of Kidnapped Radio Journalist Found in Honduras

UPDATE: Body of Kidnapped Radio Journalist Found in Honduras

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UPDATE:

The body of journalist Alfredo Villatoro, who was kidnapped last week, was found in the southern section of Tegucigalpa, Honduran Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla said.

Villatoro’s remains were found Tuesday and taken to the coroner’s office, Security Ministry spokesman Hector Ivan Mejia said.

The journalist, who was abducted last Wednesday, was “shot two times in the head,” Mejia said.

Villatoro’s murder is “a reprehensible act,” Justice and Human Rights Minister Ana Pineda said.

“The situation of violence in the country is unbearable,” Pineda said.

The 47-year-old Villatoro, who was from the northern city of La Lima, was kidnapped May 9 while driving to radio station HRN, where he had been employed for two decades and worked as news coordinator.

Villatoro’s body was found around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a few hours after President Porfirio Lobo said there was evidence the journalist was still alive.

The kidnappers placed a red bandanna on Villatoro’s head and dressed him in a National Police uniform, media reports said.

Villatoro was apparently intercepted by six assailants traveling in two vehicles, according to media accounts. His car was found abandoned in Tres Caminos, a residential neighborhood in Tegucigalpa.

The National Police is undergoing an overhaul aimed at ridding it of officers allegedly involved in auto theft, drug trafficking and other crimes.

Journalism has become a dangerous occupation in Honduras, where 29 media professionals have been slain since 2003.

None of the killings have been solved, the National Human Rights Commission said.

Erick Alejandro Martinez, a reporter who was also a spokesman for a gay and lesbian rights organization, and a member of the resistance front that arose after the June 2009 overthrow of reformist President Mel Zelaya, was found dead last week.

The 32-year-old journalist was found dead on May 7 in Tegucigalpa.

Honduran reporters reacted to Villatoro’s kidnapping by demanding government action to protect journalists and vigorous efforts to find and punish Martinez’s killers.


ORIGINAL STORY: Posted 05/10/12

Honduran police have enlisted the help of foreign investigators who happened to be here for a conference in the search for a radio journalist kidnapped early Wednesday, the office of President Porfirio Lobo said in a statement.

The communique was issued hours after the president voiced solidarity with the family of Alfredo Villatoro and asked for “his prompt release and respect for his life.”

Villatoro is “a great journalist, we pray to God and we have faith that everything will work out fine,” Lobo said during a Cabinet meeting broadcast on state television.

The journalist, who works for HRN, one of Honduras’ leading radio networks, was abducted around 4:45 a.m. while on his way to work.

A police source told Efe that ex-cop Jerson Basilio Godoy, who was dismissed from the force last November, is in custody on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping.

Villatoro was apparently intercepted by six assailants traveling in two vehicles, according to media accounts. His car was found abandoned in Tres Caminos, a residential neighborhood in Tegucigalpa.

HRN said the kidnappers have already made contact with Villatoro’s family.

Journalism has become a dangerous occupation in Honduras, where a score of media professionals have been slain in recent years.

The latest victim was Erick Alejandro Martinez, a reporter who was also spokesperson for a gay and lesbian rights organization and a member of the resistance front that arose after the June 2009 overthrow of reformist President Mel Zelaya.

The 32-year-old journalist was found dead Monday in Tegucigalpa.

Honduran reporters reacted to Villatoro’s kidnapping by demanding government action to protect journalists and vigorous efforts to find and punish Martinez’s killers.

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Guatemalan Rain Claims the Life of a 6-Year-Old Boy

Guatemalan Rain Claims the Life of a 6-Year-Old Boy

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A 6-year-old boy became the first fatality of the 2012 rainy season in Guatemala, the Conred emergency management agency said Wednesday.

The child died Tuesday when a mudslide tore through a home in Choacorral, a hamlet in the northwestern province of Quiche.

Two other people were injured in the same incident, Conred said, without providing further details.

Elsewhere, two families were forced to leave their flooded home in the town of San Jose Pinula, 22 kilometers (13 miles) southeast of the capital, Conred said.

The torrential rains in Guatemala are due to a low-pressure system located south of the Gulf of Tehuantepec in the Pacific Ocean, meteorological officials said.

Guatemala’s rainy season begins in May and runs through November.

The United Nations says Guatemala is particularly vulnerable to climate change-related flooding because of its abundance of rivers.

Rain-triggered natural disasters killed more than 50 people and affected over 500,000 in Guatemala in 2011, according to official figures.

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$1.3M Found On Board Mexican Plane that Crashed in Ecuador

$1.3M Found On Board Mexican Plane that Crashed in Ecuador

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The small Mexican-registered plane that crashed last weekend in Ecuador was carrying $1.3 million, police said.

Santiago Alfonso Lopez Monzon, 22, and Cruz Alfredo Solis Lopez, 36, who had Mexican documents, died in Sunday’s accident.

The cash may be linked to drug trafficking, police said.

A suitcase containing the money was found in the wreckage, a police spokesman in the city of Pedernales told Efe.

The small plane went down Sunday night in the coastal province Manabi.

The aircraft was flying low before the crash, apparently to avoid radar, eyewitnesses said.

President Rafael Correa said in a radio interview Wednesday that drug trafficking was not out of control in Ecuador.

“Ecuador is doing much better (in the war on drugs) than other countries. The only Andean country that does not have drug cultivation is Ecuador and we are next to the world’s main drug producers,” the president said.

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World’s Largest Chocolate Sculpture Modeled After Mayan Temple Kukulkan

World’s Largest Chocolate Sculpture Modeled After Mayan Temple Kukulkan

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The Record-Breaking Chocolate Sculpture Weighs 18,239 Pounds and Models an Ancient Mayan Temple

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Qzina Specialty Foods, has broken a Guinness World Record for building the largest chocolate sculpture. The sculpture models an ancient Mayan temple and weighs 18,239 pounds, far surpassing the previous record set in Italy in 2010 by more than 7,500 pounds. 

Qzina chose the Mayan theme because of the crucial role the culture played in the origins of chocolate.  The Mayans were one of the first civilizations to cultivate Cacao trees and discover the true potential of the cocoa bean. Realizing the delicious possibilities of this powerful discovery, the Mayans worshipped the Cacao tree and praised its beans as the food of the Gods.

Qzina’s Corporate Pastry Chef, Francois Mellet, was the lead architect on this massive project and MOF Stephane Treand (Meilleur Ouvrier de France or Best Craftsman in France) lent his artistic touch to the sculpture’s intricate design elements. Mellet, together with his team, spent more than 400 hours constructing this magnificent structure of solid chocolate that was created using an assortment of Qzina’s leading chocolate brands. 

“Breaking a Guinness World Record for building the largest chocolate sculpture will be Qzina’s greatest masterpiece yet,” said Richard Foley, founder and CEO of Qzina. “We studied Mayan pyramids at great lengths to create an exact replica of the Temple Kukulkan 
at Chichen Itza to honor the original chocolatiers.It was important for us to create something memorable in celebration of our 30th anniversary and the grand opening of the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry.”

Extensive planning and research set the groundwork to accurately capture the details and intricacies of an authentic Mayan temple down to the exact number of steps and panels representing numbers significant to the Mayan calendar. Built proportionally to the ancient temple’s true size, the solid chocolate pyramid is six feet tall and its base measures 10 feet by 10 feet – exactly one-thirtieth the size. The sculpture’s base alone weighs more than 3,000 pounds.

“From day one, I’ve been as interested in the story behind the chocolate we source as the quality of the chocolate itself,” said Foley. “We’ve built a rich 30-year history in the world of chocolate and pastry and I wanted to commemorate this milestone in a big way while showing our appreciation for where it all began.”

The chocolate pyramid will be displayed at the Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry, located in Irvine, California, and will be available to view beginning June 4, 2012 when the institute and product showroom is officially open to the public (Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.). Qzina plans to destroy the chocolate sculpture on December 21, 2012 when the Mayan calendar comes to an end. The method for destruction is yet to be determined.


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Stranded at See:Panamanian Suing Princess Cruises for Allegedly Ignoring His Disabled Boat

Stranded at See:Panamanian Suing Princess Cruises for Allegedly Ignoring His Disabled Boat

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Princess Cruise Lines is being sued by a young Panamanian man who says the U.S. cruise line refused to stop when the boat he and his friends were on broke down.

Adrian Vazquez, 18, and his friends, Fernando Osorio, 16, and Elvis Oropeza, 31, had gone out on the waters of Rio Hato off of Panama’s Pacific coast for some nighttime fishing on February 24.

As the men heading back to shore, their boat’s motor broke. For more than 2 weeks, the men floated with no hope in sight, that is, until they spotted a Princess Cruise Line ship on March 10.

However, what hope the ship sighting had provided them was soon lost as well, as it never stopped or provided assistance of any kind.

Princess Cruises say the none of the crew members were informed of the drifting ship, so the captain did not stop. Contrary to this claim however, cruise ship passengers Jeff Gilligan and Judy Meredith have publicly stated they saw the boat and informed

After drifting more than 600 miles from Rio Hato the fishermen were found on March 22 near Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. Unfortunately, Osorio and Oropeza did not survive.

Vazquez’s lawyer Edna Ramos says the negligence lawsuit includes testimony from both Gilligan and Meredith.

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UPDATE: Colombian Government to Assist in Release of French Journalist

UPDATE: Colombian Government to Assist in Release of French Journalist

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UPDATE:

The Colombian government notified France that it will do what is necessary to enable leftist rebels’ plan to release a French journalist who fell into guerrilla hands, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday.

“Via the foreign ministry we inform the government of France (of) our readiness to facilitate the liberation of journalist Romeo Langlois,” Santos wrote on Twitter.

The message to Paris appears to signal the Colombian government’s consent to the rebels’ demand that France’s new president, François Hollande, designate a “personal delegate” to participate in the mission to receive Langlois.

Langlois, the Colombia correspondent for France 24 television and Paris daily Le Figaro, went missing April 28 amid fighting between rebels and soldiers in the jungles of the southern province of Caqueta.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, initially said it was prepared to release the Frenchman only in the context of a debate on the role of the press in covering the Andean nation’s decades-long armed conflict.

In a message released Sunday, however, the insurgents said they would hand over Langlois to a delegation comprising former Colombian Sen. Piedad Cordoba, the International Committee of the Red Cross and a representative of Hollande.

The ICRC and Cordoba immediately agreed.

Langlois was accompanying a task force of police and troops when the contingent was ambushed by FARC units, sparking a battle that left four members of the security forces dead.

The journalist was wounded in the firefight and fled toward the rebel lines, after shedding the army helmet and bulletproof vest he was wearing.

A FARC medic treated Langlois’ wound, but the rebels then decided to hold him as a prisoner of war.

“Romeo Langlois wore regular-army military garb in the middle of a battle. We believe the least that can be expected for the full recovery of his freedom is the opening of a broad national and international debate on the freedom of information,” the FARC said last week.


ORIGINAL STORY: Posted 05/15/12

Former Sen. Piedad Cordoba and the International Committee of the Red Cross agreed on Monday to form a delegation to receive a French journalist captured last month by leftist FARC rebels while embedded with Colombian security forces, but neither Paris nor Bogota commented on the proposed release.

French authorities “are fully mobilized and in constant contact with the Colombians to obtain the liberation” of Romeo Langlois, a government spokesman said in Paris.

François Hollande, who will be sworn in on Tuesday as France’s new president, did not respond to the FARC’s request that he send a personal envoy to take part in the journalist’s release.

Langlois, the Colombia correspondent for France 24 television and Paris daily Le Figaro, went missing April 28 amid fighting between rebels and soldiers in the jungles of the southern province of Caqueta.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, initially said it was prepared to release the Frenchman only in the context of a debate on the role of the press in covering the Andean nation’s decades-long armed conflict.

In a message released Sunday, however, the insurgents said they would hand over Langlois to a delegation comprising Cordoba, the ICRC and a representative designated by Hollande.

“All our teams are available” for an operation to retrieve Langlois, the head of the ICRC’s Colombia office, Jordi Raich, said Monday in Bogota.

Cordoba, who was ousted from the Colombian Senate for alleged collusion with the FARC, said she could not refuse to take part in a humanitarian mission.

She has helped broker the FARC’s release of score of prisoners - Colombian politicians, soldiers and police - since 2008 and leads a group called Colombians for Peace.

Langlois was accompanying a task force of police and troops when the contingent was ambushed by FARC units, sparking a battle that left four members of the security forces dead.

The journalist was wounded in the firefight and fled toward the rebel lines, after shedding the army helmet and bulletproof vest he was wearing.

A FARC medic treated Langlois’ wound, but the rebels then decided to hold him as a prisoner of war.

“Romeo Langlois wore regular-army military garb in the middle of a battle. We believe the least that can be expected for the full recovery of his freedom is the opening of a broad national and international debate on the freedom of information,” the FARC said last week.

“The journalists the Colombian armed forces bring on their military operations do not fulfill the impartial proposition of reporting about reality, but rather that of manipulating,” the insurgent high command said.

Colombia’s defense minister rejected the FARC’s call for a debate.

“This criminal organization cannot impose conditions of any kind. The government cannot debate with criminals,” Juan Carlos Pinzon said last week.

Amnesty International and the Inter American Press Association responded to the FARC’s statement by insisting the rebels release Langlois without conditions.

In the message outlining the plan to deliver Langlois to a humanitarian delegation, the FARC said the reporter will face a choice of “fulfilling the role expected by the Colombian government, its armed forces and the giant media outlets, or remaining true to his conscience and telling the truth.”

Should Langlois pursue the second course of action, “it might be that some of those who today demand his immediate release will turn on him and destroy him completely,” the FARC said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Attempted Copper Thief Burned So Badly Skin Peels Off

LATINO BLOTTER: Attempted Copper Thief Burned So Badly Skin Peels Off

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A New Mexico man is lucky to be alive after he was severely burned as he attempted to steal the copper wiring from a closed factory.

Dennis Vega told police he had recently lost his job and was looking to make some money by selling copper wiring. He did not have copper wiring, however, so he broke into what was once the Merrillat Cabinet Factory.

Ignoring the signs and warnings Vega made his way into a shed and grabbed a handful of copper wiring. He was immediately burned and caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to the shed.

Though seriously injured, so bad his skin was peeling off, Vega managed to walk down the road to a nearby WalMart.

Police say that since the wiring was insulated, Vega would likely have not gotten away with more than $ 30 or $40.

Treatment for his injuries can cost upwards of $250,000.

Los Lunas Police say Vega is “extremely lucky to be alive right now.”

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Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia Honored With 3 Awards at Manchester United Awards Party

Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia Honored With 3 Awards at Manchester United Awards Party

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Ecuadorian futballer, Antonio Valencia has been named Manchester United’s Player’s Player of the Year.

Coach Sir Alex Ferguson stated, “The form he’s produced this season since coming back from injury has been amazing.” Adding. “He’s a great professional and he has the qualities we love in our game. I think that’s why the other players have given him this award.”

The 26-year-old winger was also honored with the Fans’ Player of the Season award, after winning 32 percent of the online votes.

Also, for his goal against the Blackburn Rovers last month, Valencia won the award for Goal of the Season.

Valencia was born in Lago Agrio, Ecuador and has been with ManU since June 2009.

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Brazilian Supermodel Reveals New Pieces in HOPE’s “Gisele Bündchen Brazilian Intimates”

Brazilian Supermodel Reveals New Pieces in HOPE’s “Gisele Bündchen Brazilian Intimates”

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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen has launched her much anticipated lingerie line in Sao Paulo.

Tuesday, Bündchen, 31, showed off pieces of her lingerie line from HOPE called Gisele Bündchen Brazilian Intimates.

Photos of the event can be seen here.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel (2000-2006) will likely become the first model to be worth $1 billion. In 2011, her and footballer husband Tom Brady were the World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couple according to Forbes.

Since “HOPE” contracted Bündchen as their representative, they have increased turnover by 40 percent.

The Brazilian recently made the Forbes “Celebrity 100” list of the world’s most powerful celebrities. Making $45 million in the last 12 months (as of May 2012) put her at number 61 on the list the overall list, and number 36 on the list in turns of just how much money she raked in.

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Boxer Nick Casal Survives Brutal Attack, Left With Massive Head Wounds, 1 Month Before ESPN Fight

Boxer Nick Casal Survives Brutal Attack, Left With Massive Head Wounds, 1 Month Before ESPN Fight

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Boxers may train to fight in a boxing ring, but when a group of men armed with golf clubs attack a boxer, it can be hard to walk away unscathed.

At around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Jr. welterweight Nicholas Ramon Casal, 26, was out with his girlfriend in Niagra Falls, NY when a group of men brutally beat him with golf clubs as the couple walked to the car.

Casal had been preparing for the biggest fight of his career: a June 29th bout against Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO Inter-Continental title. The fight was to be the main even of a nationally televised night that was to appear on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

Unfortunately, the attack understandably caused the bout’s cancellation and Ray Casal said is son “is very upset” about missing the chance to fight in front of ESPN cameras.

Police reportedly have names of some involved in the beating and one is said to be the ex-boyfriend of Casal’s girlfriend.

The group left a number of extremely gruesome wounds on the Casal’s head, many so deep doctors were amazed he had no brain damage. Surprisingly, despite the deepness of the cuts,  his skull was not cracked. He had a possible broken arm and numerous lacerations, and one of the head gashes was at least 12 inches long.

Doctors believe Casal will make a full recovery and his father says his son just wanting to get better so he can get back in the ring.

‘As his father, I don’t care whether he boxes ever again or not, ’Ray Casal told the Associated Press. ‘He’s alive. Thank God for that.’

Photos of the head wound can be seen here, but WARNING: The photos are very graphic. (NSFW)

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18 Fragrances Later, Jennifer Lopez Celebrates 10 Years with Coty

18 Fragrances Later, Jennifer Lopez Celebrates 10 Years with Coty

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In 2002, Coty collaborated with Jennifer Lopez and created the modern celebrity fragrance category with Glow by JLo. After generating over $100 million in sales in its first year, Glow remains one of the world’s most successful fragrance launches ever.

To celebrate the 10-year partnership with the icon, Coty held a party at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Present at the party was a large cake made in the shape of the bottle of Lopez’s latest scent, Glowing.

Today, in 2012, the house of Jennifer Lopez consists of eighteen fragrances, which are sold in 25 countries. The singer/actress’ fragrances have netted nearly $2 billion in retail sales.

Glowing is now available in all 1,100 Kohl’s locations.

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Spanish Rumors:  Is Picque Cheating on Shakira with Bar Refaeli?

Spanish Rumors:  Is Picque Cheating on Shakira with Bar Refaeli?

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Rumors are beginning to intensify that Barcelona’s famous soccer player, Gerard Picqué, and world famous Israeli super model Bar Refaeli are now enjoying a new romance.  Although nothing has been confirmed and a split has yet to be announced between the soccer star and his supposed current girlfriend, Colombian singer, Shakira.

Journalist for Spain’s La Razon, Jesús Mariñas, strongly believes the relationship or affair is heating up.  He states, “Picqué is mad about the model.”

The super model, an ex-girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio was recently staying at the Hotel Mandarin in Barcelona for the fashion show of Spanish bridal designer Pronovias.  She was also seen on vacation in Cerdeña with the handsome multimillionaire David Fisher recently.

Nonetheless, she felt it necessary to deny all rumors and states she has nothing to do with the soccer player.
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Ancient Mystery:  How Did Inca Bones from 1200 AD End up in Winter Garden, Florida?

Ancient Mystery:  How Did Inca Bones from 1200 AD End up in Winter Garden, Florida?

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Researchers are amazed and puzzled by two ancient Peruvian skulls found in a Florida backyard last January.  The two skulls, dating back from possibly the year 1200 to 1400, AD are believed to have originated in Peru or another South American country and somehow ended up in the town of Winter Garden, Florida. 

Medical examiner Jan Garavaglia studied the skulls and was able to determine that one was of a young child possibly aged 10 or 11 and the other an older man.  She originally alerted officials after finding human tissue still on the bone; however later found that this tissue had been mummified.  After closer examination, Garavaglia determined that the bones were from Peru after observing an “Inca bone,” on the skulls.  This bone is a typical feature of the people from the Incan culture in Peru and other areas of South America. 

Researchers from the University of Central Florida and Yale University are now trying to piece the mystery together and find the origins of these skulls.  Yet what will probably remain a mystery is how these skulls ended up in Florida. 

“Back in the 1930s and 1940s, people would go on vacation and buy things like (skulls), and maybe they buried them when they didn’t want them anymore.  Another possibility is that it used to be a migrant farm worker camp, and some cultures will bring part of their heritage with them when they leave.  It could be that they were moving on and decided to bury it there,” stated Garavaglia.

The archaeologists and anthropologists from both universities will continue their research, however more than likely the skulls will be returned to Peru. 

Although the mystery may never be fully understood Garavaglia is still amazed at the discovery.  She stated, “It was certainly a departure from the norm.  When you hold something in your hand that is that old, from 1200, it’s amazing.  To think about the connection back in time, that you hold in your hand what they held in their hand.  Amazing.”

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Murder Suspect Burned To Death By Angry Mob in Brazil

Murder Suspect Burned To Death By Angry Mob in Brazil

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Nearly 300 people broke into a jail in the northeastern Brazilian town of Tapiramuta, dragged a suspected murderer out of his cell and burned him to death, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper said Tuesday.

Lucas Pinho de Jesus, 21, was under arrest in connection with the killing last weekend of a blind, 82-year-old man.

Sources in the Bahia state police confirmed to Efe that a mob killed the prisoner, but did not provide any further details.

Only one officer was on duty at the station at the time of Monday night’s incident, policeman Cassiano Santos told Folha.

Pinho de Jesus had reportedly confessed to killing the elderly man.

No one has been arrested for the lynching in Tapiramuta, a town of some 16,000 people that lies 350 kilometers (217 miles) from Salvador, the state capital.

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Charges Against Mexico’s Student Protesters in Michoacan Dropped

Charges Against Mexico’s Student Protesters in Michoacan Dropped

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The government of the western Mexican state of Michoacan has dropped charges against 10 Michoacan University of San Nicolas de Hidalgo, or UMSNH, students arrested April 28 after protests that resulted in the torching of two state vehicles, officials said.

Gov. Fausto Vallejo agreed to drop the charges against the students, who pledged in a written agreement to not stage any more protests in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan.

The deal calls for students to abandon the UMSNH facilities occupied since earlier this month by the Committee of Embattled University Students, or CUL.

CUL controls 13 of the 36 student hostels in Michoacan that are subsidized by the UMSNH and provide food and shelter to students, including the 10 residents of Nicolaita Students House released from jail under the agreement.

The students left the David Franco Rodriguez prison in the city of Charo, where they had been held since April 30, at 6:51 p.m. on Monday.

A court ruled six days after the students were jailed that they should face trial for the damage they caused to public property.

The 10 students were arrrested during a police operation to recover 12 state and Morelia city government vehicles that the CUL was holding at the Nicolaita and 2 de Octubre hostels.

Two of the vehicles were torched hours before the police operation was launched, leading to the arrests of 200 young people.

CUL wanted officials to provide SUVs, fuel, cash, public address systems and still and video cameras to disseminate information about UMSNH admissions in rural communities.

The student organization was seeking to recruit new residents for the hostels, which house about 5,000 young people, the majority of them from other states.

Fifteen police officers and seven students were injured in the protests and clashes, officials said.

The vast majority of those arrested were not on the student rolls of UMSNH, the university’s president, Salvador Jara, said last month.

In 2011 alone, UMSNH spent 140 million pesos ($10.8 million) to maintain 36 student hostels, where more than 5,000 people live, Jara said.

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Ecuador Looking To Recover Antiquities From Washington Museum

Ecuador Looking To Recover Antiquities From Washington Museum

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More than 3,000 Ecuadorian archaeological finds including the most impressive works of the Manteño civilization are kept in the storerooms of a Washington museum, from which the government in Quito said it wants them removed so people can have a better appreciation of Ecuador’s history.

The treasure includes monumental stone steles and 20 high “seats of power,” stone chairs used by hierarchs of the Manteño culture, which had its era of splendor between the 9th and 14th centuries, roughly parallel to the rise of the Incas in Peru.

In Ecuador only three seats of this kind remain, the Heritage Ministry said.

“This is the largest collection of Manteño culture” in existence, the Cerro de Hojas-Jaboncillo project director Jorge Marcos told Efe.

Cerro de Hojas-Jaboncillo, an archaeological site discovered by American explorer Marshall Saville in 1906, is where the items in Washington were found before their removal to the United States.

“We were familiar with the scholarly papers about the pieces and we knew that the National Museum of the American Indian had an important Ecuadorian archaeological collection, but we didn’t know how much or what its value was,” Heritage Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said in a press conference Monday.

Knowledge of these works was limited to published references and the reports of a handful of Ecuadorian archaeologists who were able to see them including Marcos, who examined them in their original boxes in a New York warehouse in 1971 when he was studying at the University of Illinois.

Last week he saw them again together with Espinosa in the conservation rooms of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.

“What we found there is of the very finest quality,” the minister said, adding that some of the pieces are absolutely unique and of greater value than any in Ecuador.

Cerro de Hojas-Jaboncillo, which covers some 3,500 hectares (8,600 acres), is the country’s largest archaeological area. It is located in a humid area along the coast where its pre-Columbian inhabitants excavated subterranean silos and practiced intensive agriculture, according to the experts.

Saville came upon the remains of that culture in the same way that his compatriot Hiram Bingham, a Yale university professor, discovered Machu Picchu in Peru five years later - led by local guides.

Peru was able to get Yale to return the archaeological pieces after a long litigation and a campaign of international pressure.

For now, Ecuador has chosen to cooperate with the U.S. museum, though Espinosa did not rule out that in the future her country might ask for “part of that collection.”

Saville took the pieces out of the country legally, Marcos said.

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WednesdayMay 16, 2012