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MondayJune 18, 2012

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Nanny at Handicapped Childrens’ Shelter in Spain Admits to Killing 3

Nanny at Handicapped Childrens’ Shelter in Spain Admits to Killing 3

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Graciela Baravran, the nanny implicated in the deaths of three children at a shelter for handicapped youngsters in central Spain, admitted her guilt on Monday and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Efe learned of the sentence from sources involved in the case, who said that the defendant admitted killing the children, ages 3, 9 and 14, during a preliminary hearing Monday at a court in Valladolid.

The incident occurred Aug. 15, 2011, when the nanny decided to kill the three children who suffered from physical and psychological infirmities and who were sleeping in their respective beds and crib at a shelter managed by the NGO Messengers of Peace in the town of Boecillo near Valladolid.

The charges against the defendant stem say that she took from the shelter’s kitchen a roll of transparent plastic wrap and a trash bag to suffocate the children, who were unable to defend themselves.

Baravran, born in Uruguay in November 1955, obtained Spanish citizenship in March 2007.

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TV Personality Cristina Endorses Obama’s Reelection Bid

TV Personality Cristina Endorses Obama’s Reelection Bid

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Today Obama for America is proud to announce the endorsement of Emmy award-winning talk show host and community leader Cristina Saralegui.

Cristina Saralegui, a seasoned journalist who is recognized as one of the most respected and influential role models in the Hispanic Community, and Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina released the following statements regarding her endorsement of President Barack Obama.  This is the first time that Saralegui has endorsed a president or actively participated in a presidential campaign.  For 21 years, Cristina and “The Cristina Show” entertained, uplifted, and educated the Hispanic community in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Cristina Saralegui:
“I came to this country when I was 12 years old because my parents wanted to give me the opportunity to succeed.  Since then I have sat back and watched many elections come and go, but it wasn’t until this election, and because of what I see in President Obama and know he’s accomplished, that I decided to get involved.  President Obama is a principled man who has worked hard to put healthcare and a good education in the reach of millions of Americans and believes that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules, should have a fair shot at the American dream. He understands the Hispanic community and has supported it unconditionally and that is why I was moved to endorse and campaign for our President’s reelection.


“This is a critical time for our country and for the Hispanic community.  Hispanics could very well decide the next election and I will do everything I can from now until November to ensure that President Obama is re-elected; there’s simply too much at stake.  President Obama, I was very fortunate to live the American dream and I know that only you will make it possible for millions more to do the same.  You’ve had our back, and now, with utmost respect and admiration, I have yours.”

Jim Messina:
“‘Cristina is one of the most trusted names in the Hispanic community and we’re honored to have Cristina be a spokesperson for the campaign, speaking directly to Hispanic voters about the President’s accomplishments.”

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Poll: Obama Approval Rating Among Latino Voters Rising After Last Week’s Immigration Announcement

Poll: Obama Approval Rating Among Latino Voters Rising After Last Week’s Immigration Announcement

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On June 17, Latino Decisions and America’s Voice released the findings of a new poll and found many registered voters in the Latino communities in five key battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia, were very glad to hear about President Obama’s recent memo to immigration officials, in which he asked for a stop to deportations of undocumented youth.

In comparison to a poll earlier this year, it appears the President’s announcement has improved his approval rating among Latinos, as the earlier poll revealed many Latinos were questioning whether they would be willing to re-elect Obama based heavily on his inaction on immigration reform.

Earlier this year, a poll from Latino Decisions and Univision News showed Latino voters were less enthusiastic about the President than they had been in 2009, but Sunday’s poll revealed 49 percent said that after his announcement last week, they were more enthusiastic about him.

In contrast to these recent statements by Obama, the survey also tested enthusiasm towards policy statements by Mitt Romney on immigration. Respondents were asked whether Romney’s statements calling on undocumented immigrants to self-deport back to their “home” countries, and to make immigration laws in Arizona a model for the nation, made them more or less enthusiastic about Romney. Among Latino registered voters in five key battleground states, 10 percent said the Romney statements made them more enthusiastic, while 59 percent said the statements made them less enthusiastic about Romney, a net enthusiasm deficit of -49 points.

To get the full comparison, read Latino Decisions blog here.

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Gov’t Trying to End Corruption Now Making Bolivian Customs Officers Carry Camera Pens

Gov’t Trying to End Corruption Now Making Bolivian Customs Officers Carry Camera Pens

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With corruption increasingly common among Bolivia’s Customs Department, a government initiative is hoping to put an end to it.

Customs director, Marlene Ardaya, recently told the BBC customs officers are now required to carry pens with both a hidden camera and a voice recorder, saying, “They will work as an anti-doping mechanism in the department.”

Officers have to keep the pens active during all working hours and will be randomly selected to their pens’ recordings checked.

Bolivia’s Customs Department has long been considered one of the most corrupt areas of government in South America, with officers allowing things to pass through without travelers having to declare items they’d have to pay taxes while officers pocket a nice fee for looking the other way.

The Bolivian Economy Ministry estimates the customs officers’ corruption has cost the $300 and $400 a year in lost tax revenue.
According to Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, Bolivia ranked 118th of 182 countries in the organisation’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index with first place perceived to be the least corrupt country.

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Sofia Vergara’s On/Off Boyfriend Accused of Doing Drugs, Partying with Prostitutes

Sofia Vergara’s On/Off Boyfriend Accused of Doing Drugs, Partying with Prostitutes

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Two prostitutes recently told the National Enquirer Sofia Vergara’s on-again off-again boyfriend Nick Loeb is a fan of drug-fueled orgies with prostitutes.

One of the prostitutes, identified only as Bianca, told the Enquirer, ‘He’ll party with anywhere from two to five girls, usually in luxury hotel penthouses, with porn playing on all the TVs, lines of cocaine laid out and liquor flowing like water.’

Vergara and Loeb had reportedly broken things off earlier this year after two years together, but in recent sightings, it appears the two may be back together.

Not wanting reports of these alleged parties with hookers to continue, Loeb recently told the New York Post, ‘I am mortified that false illicit behavior has been attributed to me. It’s hurtful and unfair. My first priority is to protect the people I love, and I hope they are not impacted by these lies and irresponsible reports.’

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Costa Rica Named Best Latin American Wedding Destination

Costa Rica Named Best Latin American Wedding Destination

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According to everything-wedding website TheKnot.com’s 2012 Wedding Destination Study, Costa Rica is the best place in to tie the knot in Latin America.

The study found that 1 in every 4 destination weddings in Latin America is held in Costa Rica, with Nicaragua coming in second, Brazil and Belize tied at third, Panama in fourth, and Colombia and Guatemala in fifth.

Deputy manager and marketing director for the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism, Ireth Rodriguez, told The Costa Rica News, “Costa Rica’s exotic locales, romantic atmosphere and favorable climate are only a few of the reasons why more and more couple’s are finding themselves saying ‘I Do’ in Costa Rica. What truly distinguishes Costa Rica from other wedding destinations is its unique blend of natural atmospheres with premium luxury services, which allows couples to immerse themselves in nature while enjoying high-quality amenities.”

Aside from the stunning beauty of Costa Rica, the activities and adventures available give couples and their wedding parties the opportunity to have fun pre- and post-wedding.

Many of the hotels and rental properties in Costa Rica offer wedding packages and The Knot recommends couples visit Manuel Antonio National Park and Peninsula de Osa for a very special honeymoon.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Georgia Nanny Arrested After 2 Children in Her Care Drown

LATINO BLOTTER: Georgia Nanny Arrested After 2 Children in Her Care Drown

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A Georgia nanny has been arrested after police say she was on the phone when two children in her care drowned in a swimming pool.

Marta Sophia Corvi, 58, was reportedly on the phone for 45 minutes while two 5-year-olds, Sophia Juarez, and Mia Penoyer, Corvi’s granddaughter, went outside to play and wound up in the backyard pool.

Sophia’s father, Eduardo Juarez, said the family had gone to the store and left the girls in Corvi’s care. Juarez believes Sophia may have jumped into the pool to help Mia since she was a swimmer and Mia was not, but was unable to save Mia or herself.

Corvi now faces two counts of reckless conduct and was being held at the Paulding County Detention center.

Though it is unclear why, Corvi had to be taken to WellStar Paulding Hospital after the incident.

The Stir is reporting one of the girls’ father was the one who checked the phone records and discovered Corvi had been on the phone with a friend for about 45 minutes.

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National Council La Raza Wants Latinos to Send Thank You Message to Obama

National Council La Raza Wants Latinos to Send Thank You Message to Obama

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The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is urging everyone to thank President Obama and his administration for “taking this important step” on behalf of the undocumented youth in the U.S.

The NCLR is the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.  The organization traces its origins to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, as well as to previous efforts that preceded World War II, such as those related to early school and housing desegregation.

NCLR noted: 

The administration has used its legitimate prosecutorial discretion, recognizing the congressional inaction on immigration reform and that these youth are bravely contributing to their communities day in and day out.  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano released a memo today that speaks volumes and reaffirms what NCLR and many other advocates have been saying for some time:  “Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner.  They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case.  Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language.  Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways.  Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.”

Join us in thanking the administration for providing relief from deportation to DREAMers.  Call (888) 793-9786!

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Horrific Murder-Suicide in Guatemala of 15-Year-Old Teen Mom and Her Baby

Horrific Murder-Suicide in Guatemala of 15-Year-Old Teen Mom and Her Baby

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A 15-year-old girl poisoned her 4-month-old baby with an agricultural chemical and then killed herself by ingesting the same substance over the weekend in Guatemala, police said.

The murder-suicide occurred Saturday in Jutiapa, a city located 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Guatemala City, a National Civilian Police, or PNC, spokesman told reporters.

Leydi Perez killed her baby and committed suicide because of “a romantic disappointment,” the PNC spokesman said.

Perez used an agricultural chemical designed to keep animals out of corn fields, dissolving the substance in water and giving it to the baby to drink.

The teenager then drank the chemical, the PNC spokesman said.

The baby died immediately and Perez died a few hours later, police said.

The teenager had been depressed for several months because the baby’s father did not want to marry her after learning she was pregnant, the PNC said.

Nearly 20 minors have committed suicide this year in Guatemala due to depression triggered by emotional problems, official figures show.

The youngest child to commit suicide was a 6-year-old boy, the Human Rights Prosecutor’s Office said in a report released last month.

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Boyce Avenue Tug at the Heartstrings with Cover of “Breakeven” (VIDEO)

Boyce Avenue Tug at the Heartstrings with Cover of “Breakeven” (VIDEO)

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Just Alejandro and a guitar.

The guys of Boyce Avenue have released a new cover, this time taking on The Script’s “Breakeven”.

Boyce Avenue is currently on tour in Europe and will be in the UK and Ireland this week. Joining them on tour are Tyler Hilton, Alex Groot, Megan Nicole, and Hudson Taylor. See their schedule below.

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Major Colombian Narco Arrested on Suspicion of Committing 11 or More Murders

Major Colombian Narco Arrested on Suspicion of Committing 11 or More Murders

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A regional boss of the Los Rastrojos drug gang was arrested in connection with the murders of 11 people in Colombia, the National Police said.

Erick James Prieto Mora, suspected of being the Los Rastrojos boss in the northwestern province of Antioquia, was arrested Saturday on the highway that links Medellin to Bogota, the National Police News Agency, or ANNP, said.

Prieto was traveling with his wife and a child in a luxury SUV at the time of his arrest, ANNP said.

The drug trafficker is suspected of being behind the killings of eight people in the village of Remedios and three others in Vegachi in recent months, police said.

Prieto belonged to the Heroes de los Llanos Bloc of the defunct United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC, militia federation, operating under the alias of “Victor.”

He joined Los Rastrojos after his demobilization as a militiaman.

Residents identified Prieto as the perpetrator of several other murders in Antioquia and the brains behind extortion rackets and land theft from peasants.

Los Rastrojos is one of a number of groups founded by veterans of the AUC.

Los Rastrojos and the other AUC successor groups, such as Los Paisas and Nueva Generacion, are responsible for a good deal of the criminal activity in Colombia, officials say.

Venezuelan authorities arrested Diego Perez Henao, known as “Diego Rastrojo” and considered the gang’s top boss, earlier this month.

Perez Henao, who was the target of an intense manhunt by U.S. and Colombian authorities, was hiding out at a ranch in Venezuela’s Barinas state.

The Los Rastrojos boss was the subject of a nearly $6 million reward.

The AUC, accused of committing numerous human rights violations, demobilized more than 31,000 of its fighters between the end of 2003 and mid-2006 as part of the peace process with former President Alvaro Uribe’s administration.

The group was made up of numerous rural defense cooperatives formed more than 20 years ago to battle leftist rebels.

Many of the militias, however, degenerated into death squads and carried out massacres of peasants suspected of having rebel sympathies, along with slayings of journalists and union members accused of favoring the leftist insurgents.

Under the terms of the 2005 Peace and Justice Law, pushed through Congress by the Uribe administration to regulate the militiamen’s reinsertion into society, former AUC members faced a maximum of eight years in prison if convicted of any of the scores of massacres of suspected rebel sympathizers attributed to the rightists over the years.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court upheld the law in 2006 but conditioned the sentence reductions on full disclosure and confession of crimes and reparations to victims.

On May 13, 2008, the Colombian government extradited 14 former AUC chiefs to the United States.

The former AUC commanders were wanted in the United States on drug, money laundering and other charges.

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Argentina Police Rescue 20 Sex Slaves from Brothels Most are Dominican

Argentina Police Rescue 20 Sex Slaves from Brothels Most are Dominican

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Law enforcement agents staged a series of raids on 35 brothels in Argentina’s Cordoba province, rescuing 11 Dominican and nine Paraguayan women, police spokesmen said.

The raids took place on Saturday at brothels across Cordoba, where a new provincial law targeting people trafficking just took effect.

Officers also rescued 25 Argentine women and arrested 43 people for violating the new law in Cordoba, located about 800 kilometers (497 miles) from Buenos Aires, police spokesmen said.

The women were turned over to the Secretariat for the Prevention of People Trafficking.

More than 500 law enforcement agents took part in the raids, which resulted in the closing of 35 brothels in different parts of Cordoba.

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MondayJune 18, 2012