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ThursdayJune 21, 2012

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“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

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For the fourth consecutive year the Cervantes Institute is celebrating “El Dia E” (The Day of Spanish), an event that marks the global consolidation and expansion of Spanish language and culture, with more than 50 cities joining in.

On Saturday the central office of the Cervantes Institute in Madrid will celebrate El Dia E with a special program in which children will take the leading role, with storytelling sessions, workshops and a performance by musician Nacho Mastretta.

A day of open doors at the photography exhibition “Tropical Schizophrenia” and guided tours of the Box of Letters, the antique vault where great figures of Spanish culture leave their legacies in safety deposit boxes to be opened on the date they decide, complete the activities at the institute’s Madrid headquarters.

The 77 centers of the Cervantes Institute around the world will host concerts, film shows and conferences on the Spanish language. A meeting with Peruvian writer Fernando Iwasaki in Athens and a Flamenco show featuring Manuel Reina and Pico de Triana in Istanbul are just two of the events honoring the Spanish language and culture worldwide on June 23.

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President Obama and President Calderón Chat After G-20 Bilateral Meeting

President Obama and President Calderón Chat After G-20 Bilateral Meeting

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The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, met with Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, before the start of the day’s activities at the VII Summit of Leaders of the Group of Twenty in Los Cabos, Mexico.

President Calderón praised President Obama’s decision to look into the individual cases of young illegal immigrants, who meet specific criteria, to see if their deportation from the United States can be prevented, adding that this action could benefit many Mexican citizens.  President Calderón also shared the news about Mexico and the TPP, here is an excerpt of his remarks:

First I would like to say that it is very important for me to be able to share great news with you.  But before doing that, I would like to thank personally, and on behalf of the Mexican nation, President Barack Obama for his valuable decision by executive order to give an opportunity for young people who were not born in the United States but who arrived in that great nation before they were 16 years of age, or who are studying in university, or who have served in the United States armed forces, for them not to be deported for at least a period of two years, so this is a clear and certain situation for them.

We believe that this is very just.  It’s a humanitarian action.  And it’s an unprecedented action in our opinion.  And in this sense, Mr. President, we would like to thank you for the valor and courage that you had in implementing this action.  I am sure that many, many families in the United States of America are thankful to you as well.

I’d also like to inform you that President Barack Obama and I have had a very fruitful meeting.  We have touched upon issues of great relevance for the success of the G20 summit.  But there’s one topic of the greatest importance that we’d like to share with you, and that is that the United States, together with the other eight countries that make up the TPP—the Trans-Pacific Partnership—have welcomed Mexico for it to join the negotiations of this initiative.

President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the efforts made by the Mexican G20 Presidency to build a consensus and to encourage all participants to adopt effective measures, praising President Calderón’s leadership in this respect.  President Obama warmly welcomed Mexico’s inclusion to the TPP negotiations, here is an excerpt of his remarks:

On the bilateral relationship, I think that because of the work that we’ve done together, Mr. President, the bonds that were already so strong between our two countries have become stronger. And the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations that you just referred to are a good example.

We are obviously two of our most important trading partners to each other, but we both recognize that growth is going to take place in the Asia Pacific region.  We are part of that network of nations that are growing and dynamic.  And for us now to be able to create a high standard trade agreement that further increases job opportunities, commercial opportunities, investment opportunities, I think will benefit citizens in both our countries that are eager to compete and to be able to prosper in a global market.

And you have personally shown significant courage and hard work in being able to join these negotiations.  We appreciate your negotiations efforts.  We think it will be good for Mexico; we think it will be good for the United States; and we think it will be good for the region as well.

The complete transcript of the remarks are available from the White House Press Secretary

President Obama’s remarks can be seen below.

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Univ. of Texas at Arlington Prepares Students for Spanish-Language Media Careers

Univ. of Texas at Arlington Prepares Students for Spanish-Language Media Careers

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A news program broadcast by the University of Texas at Arlington offers Hispanic students the chance to widen their knowledge of journalism and so prepares them for a career in the nation’s Spanish-language media.

UTA News en Español airs weekly on the campus channel and was conceived in May 2010 when a magazine was created to be published every six months and which originated what is today the student audiovisual news program.

According to Julian Rodriguez, UTA journalism professor and news director for UTA News en Español, most of the newcast’s staff are Hispanic students.

“But some, like the technical director, might not know Spanish or at any rate not speak it very well. The most important thing is that they are interested in learning the language and want to get involved in reporting news in Spanish,” Rodriguez told Efe.

“It’s a pretty revolutionary program since it’s the only one of its kind in Texas, a state where you’d hope there would be more programs like this. When we share the news program online or over social networks, we get some very favorable comments from all over the United States and even from Spain,” he said.

The content of the 30-minute program is entirely produced by students of the department who do the filming and help with the editing inside and outside the studio.

According to Rodriguez, this training has had such an impact that media outlets here in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area are ready to grab the talent at UTA even before they graduate.

“This can be a problem when the students haven’t graduated yet and they’re already being tempted to join the ranks of mass media like Univision and Telemundo, either in Texas or in other big markets around the country,” Rodriguez said.

Journalism student Raul Solis, executive producer and anchor of UTA News en Español, has been with the program for two years.

“My greatest wish is to get into Hispanic television in the United States and nail down a position in a program with a variety of content. For now, the goal for our news program is to make it grow so that more people know about its existence as an important feature of the university,” Solis, a 22-year-old native of Mexico, said.

Maria Martinez of Valencia, Spain, came to UTA less than three years ago thanks to a scholarship she won for her skill at tennis.

With UTA News en Español, Martinez has anchored the sports segment for the last two years and her goal is to return to her own country and work in the media.

“I’d love to do professionally what I’m doing in this news program, report on the top soccer and tennis matches in tournaments like the Euro Cup, the World Cup, and interview world-class players,” Martinez said.

California-born Sonia Salas always thought she would do better in an English-language news program until she entered UTA News en Español and found that with a little patience and a lot of hard work the doors to Hispanic television in this country would be opened to her.

“When I entered the program I always thought that I just wanted to improve my Spanish, but once I got actively involved it turned out to be something I’d really like to do,” Salas, the daughter of Mexican parents, said.

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50,000 Students in North Carolina Stand to Benefit from New Deportation Policy

50,000 Students in North Carolina Stand to Benefit from New Deportation Policy

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More than 50,000 students in North Carolina will benefit from the Obama administration’s suspension of deportations of qualified undocumented youths, Mexico’s consul-general for the Carolinas said Wednesday.

“It could be even more,” Carlos Flores Vizcarra told Efe.

Since October 2009, Flores has headed the consulate in Raleigh that serves more than 550,000 Mexicans in North and South Carolina.

“We must get ready to process documents like passports that young people will need when the process of applying for immigration protection begins,” he said Wednesday at the monthly luncheon for members of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Charlotte.

According to Flores, the Carolinas have one of the busiest of the 50 Mexican consulates in the United States with an average of 300 people visiting it daily.

“We estimate that we’ll attend to some 500 visitors a day when young people start filling out their applications,” the consul general said.

Young immigrants in North Carolina who would benefit from the long-stalled DREAM Act, represented by groups like NC DREAM Team, have been extremely active in the struggle to get the legislation passed and in bringing pressure to bear on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to stop deportations.

Together with acts of civil disobedience that led to the arrest of several of its leaders, plus hunger strikes and the beaming of messages over social networks, the “dreamers” even protested last week in front of Obama’s campaign office in Charlotte, which will host the Democratic National Convention in September.

Though the news provided the dreamers with some relief, some were skeptical because, in the words of one, “there’s a big difference between what the Obama administration says and what local immigration authorities can put into practice.”

“Until I have my permit in my hand I won’t believe it,” Viridiana Martinez, the co-founder of the NC DREAM Team who was arrested in protests in Charlotte and Atlanta, told Efe.

“They’ve said in the past that, at their discretion, they would not deport the undocumented who had committed minor offenses, but many dreamers are no longer with us,” she said.

According to Immigration Policy Center estimates, the number of North Carolina immigrants with a high school education increased by 86.3 percent between 2000 and 2009.

To qualify for relief under the new policy, immigrants must be 30 or under and be able to prove they entered the United States before the age of 16 and that they have lived in the country for at least five years.

Applicants must also be enrolled in school or have a high school diploma or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or Coast Guard.

Anyone convicted of a felony or multiple misdemeanors will not be eligible for suspension of deportation.

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Colombian Will Receive $120 Billion Over Next 10 years From Oil Industry

Colombian Will Receive $120 Billion Over Next 10 years From Oil Industry

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The oil industry will invest up to $120 billion in Colombia over the next 10 years even though a crude output target of 1 million barrels per day has not been achieved due to persistent security challenges, the president of the Colombian Oil Association, or ACP, said.

Alejandro Martinez made the announcement and reviewed the industry’s prospects during a press conference in this capital.

“We expect that (over the next) 10 years there will be investment in exploration and production of $50 billion, and that including refining and transportation this will climb to $120 billion,” Martinez said.

He added that 150 new exploratory wells are to be drilled over the course of 2012, up from an average of 74 a few years ago.

Regarding the government’s stated goal of achieving production of 1 million barrels of crude per day, the ACP president said it has not been achieved due to actions of illegal armed groups against oil infrastructure in different regions, as well as environmental licensing delays.

Colombia’s U.S.-backed military has made big strides in recent years in pushing leftist guerrillas into more remote areas, but the rebels still post a threat to oil pipelines and other infrastructure.

Martinez specifically mentioned attacks on two of Colombia’s main pipelines, Caño Limon-Coveñas and Transandino, as well as acts of sabotage and blockades of oil fields by protesters in some production areas.

He also said delays in the awarding of licenses had caused output to be reduced by roughly 60,000 barrels per day.

However, Martinez said he is confident the problems stymieing the production goal can be overcome through government assistance and intervention.

“We expect to continue increasing production through the end of this decade,” when projections are that output will reach “a level close to 1,200,000 barrels per day,” the ACP president said, stressing the importance of stable “rules of the game” in terms of taxes and royalties.

Average daily production over the past two years has come in at 930,000 barrels, according to the association’s figures.

“The most important goal is for the country’s reserve levels to rise in this sector, one of the main pillars of the (Colombian) economy,” Martinez added.

The ACP chief said that based on government studies of the sector’s potential, “Colombia could multiply its level of proven hydrocarbon reserves 20- or 30-fold because today, between oil and natural gas, there are some 3.3 billion barrels.”

But boosting those reserves will require “exploratory activity and investment,” he added.

Finally, Martinez hailed the “vigorous growth” of the oil sector and said the rise in the number of contracts from 17 to 50 annually proves that Colombia is an “internationally competitive” investment destination.

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Victims of Mexico’s Drug War Prepare “Caravan for Peace” for U.S. Tour

Victims of Mexico’s Drug War Prepare “Caravan for Peace” for U.S. Tour

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Javier Sicilia and Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity have announced they will lead a caravan across the U.S. this summer to call an end to the ongoing drug war.

In August, The US Peace Caravan will take off from San Diego and head for Washington, D.C., visiting about two dozen cities along the way.

The caravan will be lead by Mexican victims of the drug war as well as those on the U.S. side of the border who have been

On March 28, 2011, Sicilia’s son Juan Francisco Sicilia Ortega was murdered along with a group of friends in Morelos, Mexico by members of a drug gang. Since, the poet has done everything possible to alert world media of the danger caused by Mexico’s war on drugs.

Silicia released a statement saying the Peace Caravan “seeks to promote dialogue with American civil society and its government regarding the following themes: the need to stop gun trafficking; the need to debate alternatives to drug prohibition; the need for better tools to combat money laundering; and the need to promote bilateral cooperation in human rights and human security in two priority areas: promotion of civil society and safety, as well as protection and safety for migrants.”

We are dedicated to giving voice to the families of victims of this violence and to publicizing the real costs of this war.

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The “Yo Soy 132” Student Movement Hosted Presidential Debate

The “Yo Soy 132” Student Movement Hosted Presidential Debate

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The presidential debate staged by Mexico’s “Yo soy 132” student movement was plagued by transmission problems and the absence of frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

The signal froze and resumed several times during the live streaming of the debate Wednesday on YouTube as about 90,000 people watched on that Web site and others followed the debate on various media Web sites.

The three candidates who took part in the closed-door debate at the Federal District Human Rights Commission stuck to their talking points, repeating their positions on the economy, crime, human rights and other issues.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, of the governing National Action Party, or PAN, said she favored opening state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, to private investment to create a modern oil firm, but she made it clear that she opposed an outright privatization of the energy company.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the candidate of a leftist coalition led by the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, said he would not privatize Pemex if sworn in as Mexico’s next president on Dec. 1.

“We are talking about ending the corruption at Pemex, but not about selling Pemex,” Lopez Obrador said.

The former Mexico City mayor, who is known for his slow delivery, was cut off several times because he went over the allotted time.

New Alliance Party, or PANAL, candidate Gabriel Quadri said opening Pemex to competition did not mean stripping the nation of its ownership of petroleum resources.

“Let Pemex take them on, let it improve, let it compete with the best companies in Mexico,” Quadri said.

Peña Nieto skipped the debate even though organizers promised on their Web site that it would “take place in a neutral environment and with democratic criteria, without favoring any of the participants with treachery or advantages.”

The PRI candidate sent a letter to the student movement, thanking it for inviting him to participate and acknowledging the group’s contributions to Mexico’s democracy.

Peña Nieto, however, noted that “the Yo Soy 132 movement has officially taken a political position against my project and my person.”

“In a democracy, it is absolutely valid to openly come out against any person or project,” Peña Nieto said in his letter, adding that the movement’s position “does not guarantee the space of neutrality needed to organize a debate on equitable conditions.”

“For this reason, I have decided to decline your kind invitation,” the PRI presidential candidate said.

The protest movement started on May 11, when Peña Nieto visited the Universidad Iberoamericana and was jeered by students, who accused him of being a candidate “manufactured” by the powerful Televisa network.

Those in Peña Nieto’s inner circle and some media pundits downplayed the incident, accusing the students of being agitators.

The students counterattacked by making a video that was posted on YouTube.

The criticism led to the birth of the “Somos mas de 131” (We Are More Than 131) movement, which took its name from the number of students who appeared in the video and later evolved into the “Yo soy 132” (I Am 132) movement when students from other universities joined the protests.

The movement’s main demand is for impartiality in media coverage of political campaigns, but it has also come out against the candidate of the PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000.

The 45-year-old Peña Nieto, who served as governor of the state of Mexico, has been the frontrunner in the polls ahead of the presidential election.

The weekly Consulta Mitofsky poll, which was released on Tuesday, showed Peña Nieto with the support of 44.4 percent of likely voters, while Lopez Obrador has 28.7 percent support, Vazquez Mota is drawing the backing of 24.6 percent of likely voters and Quadri is trailing the pack with only 2.3 percent support.

Wednesday night’s debate provided the last opportunity for the candidates to square off face to face.

The May 6 and June 10 debates were organized by the Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE.

Mexico will hold its presidential election on July 1, selecting a successor to President Felipe Calderon.

Nearly 80 million Mexicans will be eligible to vote for a new president, 628 legislators and thousands of other officials in the general elections.

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Blog del Narco: El Chapo’s Son Arrested in Mexico

Blog del Narco: El Chapo’s Son Arrested in Mexico

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One of the sons of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted man, was arrested Thursday by marines in the western state of Jalisco, the Navy Secretariat said.

Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar was captured Thursday morning, thanks to “intelligence work,” the secretariat said in a brief statement.

Guzman Salazar was arrested in the city of Zapopan along with another unidentified person, media reports said.

The son of the top boss of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel is expected to be paraded before reporters later in the day in Mexico City.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, included Guzman Salazar in a list of international drug traffickers subject to asset freezes under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, making him ineligible to engage in financial or commercial transactions with U.S. persons or entities.

Chapo Guzman’s wife, Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez, was also added to the list.

The 26-year-old Guzman Salazar and his father face drug charges in the United States.

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Woman In Argentina Sleeps Next Her Dead Husband in his Mausoleum

Woman In Argentina Sleeps Next Her Dead Husband in his Mausoleum

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When Adriana Villareal’s husband died two years she was understandably devastated, especially because she was out of the country when it happened. But while many may take trips to their loved ones’ burial sites, Adriana has taken things a bit further.

Police in Argentina say they received reports of loud music coming from the San Lazaro cemetery in Dos de Mayo and had been informed a woman appeared to be living in a mausoleum.

When they arrived at the mausoleum, officers found Adriana in her pajamas. A closer look revealed evidence that she had indeed been living there. Inside, the mausoleum had a bed, a small cooker, a radio and even a computer with an internet connection.

When the 43-year-old was questioned, she told officers her husband, 28-year-old Sergio Yede, had committed suicide 2 years ago while she was way in Mexico. Adriana said he was a good man and she missed him very much, and traveled to Dos de Mayo three times a year from Buenos Aires to sleep next to her husband in the mausoleum for three or four days each time.

While in town, she also visits Sergio’s parents, but said she prefers to spend her nights with him, to keep him company.

Asked if she is afraid of sleeping next to corpses, she reportedly told police, it’s the living we should all be afraid of.

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“Mariachi High” Follows a Year in the Life of a High School Mariachi Band in South Texas (VIDEO)

“Mariachi High” Follows a Year in the Life of a High School Mariachi Band in South Texas (VIDEO)

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Next week, America will have the opportunity to see a unique and uplifting story about a Mariachi band made up of South Texas high school students coming of age as Mexican-Americans in a border state.

Mariachi High documents a year in the life of competitive high school mariachi musicians in the top-ranked ensemble Mariachi Halcon in the small border town of Zapata, Texas – a flash point for the complex issues facing the fastest-growing ethnic group in the US. As President Obama sounds a call to lower Latino dropout rates, the highest in the country, MARIACHI HIGH turns a positive lens on the dreams and challenges of Mexican American teenage-hood.

In this spirited coming-of-age story, authentic college-bound Latino role models compete to be the state’s champion band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From nerve-racking band auditions to the thrill of the 2010 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, graduation and beyond, MARIACHI HIGH provides much-needed affirmative screen time for teens who are inspired by cultural pride and striving for excellence.

“You can’t go up there and play something and not feel it. That’s what makes it beautiful,” one of Mariachi Halcon’s members expresses.

Check out a preview of Mariachi High below (second video) and be sure to tune in when it kicks off the PBS Arts Summer Festival on Friday, June 29th at 9 p.m. ET.

(The first video is Mariachi Halcon performing at the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in 2007. The students here may be out of high school, but the expert-level talent remains.)


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Pinterest Sees Rapid Growth Worldwide with Fastest in Latin America

Pinterest Sees Rapid Growth Worldwide with Fastest in Latin America

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By know you probably know what Pinterest is, but for those who do not, Pinterest is a website that allows users to post and share images, videos, and links to interesting websites by “pinning” them to their online “boards” in the same way one might pin torn out newspaper or magazine articles and photos to an a board on your wall at home.

While Pinterest is quickly taking off in the United States, it is increasingly extremely popular in Latin America, home to the fastest growing “pinner” population in the world. An estimated 62.5 percent of page views and 65.2 percent of time spent on Pinterest are done and spent by Latin American women.

According to a recent comScore reported, Pinterest is among the most recent and fastest-growing entrants in the social media space. The site, which allows users to create and share photo pinboards based on different themes, has quickly amassed a global audience of nearly 30 million visitors. Pinterest’s Latin American audience reached 1.3 million visitors in April 2012, up from just 153,000 visitors at the beginning of the year.

A geographic analysis of the audience found that Brazil accounted for 27.8 percent of regional visitors to Pinterest.com, followed by Mexico (16.1 percent) and Argentina (10.2 percent). Puerto Rico was home to the most engaged pinners with visitors averaging 24.3 minutes on the site during April, followed by Argentina (15.3 minutes per visitor) and Mexico (12.1 minutes per visitor).

To compare, here is the average time overall users spent on each visit to other popular websites:

YouTube - 16.4 minutes
Facebook – 12.1 minutes
Twitter – 3.3 minutes

Between May 2011 and January 2012 alone, the number of total unique viewers to Pinterest increased by more than 2702 percent, and with the increased popularity in the Latin American market, Pinterest’s growth is only going to continue.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

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With daily reports of homicides, violent crimes, and corruption occurring in Latin America it is obvious that Latin America is struggling with peace.  Check out Hispanically Speaking News’s Infographic to see the global rankings and scores of Latin American countries in terms of peace.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Wearing Only Socks Jumps into Public Fountain

LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Wearing Only Socks Jumps into Public Fountain

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A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after witnesses say he jumped into a public fountain almost completely naked.

St. Petersburg police say at around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning 25-year-old Pablo Alberto Luna stripped off everything but his socks and jumped into a fountain outside the Jannus Live entertainment complex, a popular downtown spot.

Luna’s bizarre skinny-dipping was witnessed by a round 20 people, one of them being a police officer.

About 1 gram of cocaine was also found in his clothes.

He was promptly arrested on charges of exposure of a sexual organ and cocaine possession.

Luna was released from the Pinellas County Jail roughly eight hours after his arrest.

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Big Papi, David Ortiz, Slam Lifts the Sox

Big Papi, David Ortiz, Slam Lifts the Sox

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David Ortiz has been hot the entire season, and now everyone around him is starting to carry their own. Ortiz has carried the team from the start. The Boston Red Sox exploded for their highest run output of the season in a 15-5 win over the Marlins. They will go for the sweep tonight at Fenway Park.  According to mlb.com, Ortiz has homered in three straight games, a streak he last matched in 2009. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .394 (13-for-33) with five homers.

In the fourth inning Ortiz hit a grand slam off of Marlins pitcher Rickey Nolasco.  The grand slam was Ortiz’s 396th career homer, his 11th grand slam and the 10th with the Red Sox.  Ortiz now has hit a homerun in three straight games.  He’s batting .313, slugging .614 and has a on base percentage of .397!

Boston Red Sox are now 6 games behind the New York Yankees for the lead in the American League East.  The Dominican born player is proving his team who dubbed him “the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox” true. 

Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Tim Horodyski

 

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No Cuchi-Cuchi! Withholding Sex to Get the Vote in Mexican Presidential Politics

No Cuchi-Cuchi! Withholding Sex to Get the Vote in Mexican Presidential Politics

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In an effort to empower women while also improve her own chances for a political victory in Mexico’s upcoming election, presidential candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota, shocked her audience by suggesting women use their own powers in the bedroom to get their husbands out to vote. 

During her speech in Mazatlan, México, Vazquez Mota playfully discussed the power of women in the household while also touching on many of the double standards that exist as a result of the traditional roles women still play throughout the country.  The topics discussed during this speech included traditional home roles, sex, as well as reproductive roles of the women.  She reminded her audience, many of which were women that although numerous double standards still exist, women do not give up.  She stated, “Women are the first to get up in the morning and the last to go to bed.”

Vazquez Mota continued to push women to feel empowered to vote by reminding them of a very important power they had at home.  She stated, “Everybody get out to vote, but don’t do it alone, go with 15 or 30 others, go early before anyone else gets to the polls, invite your children, your friends and your partners: warn your partner (a man) that if he doesn’t go there won’t be any ‘cuchi-cuchi’ for a month.  If he does get up, then give him double ‘cuchi-cuchi.’”

Although Vazquez Mota currently trails in the political race, the first woman presidential candidate in México’s history is not giving up and for certain will not be forgotten. 

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Olympics: Nadal Will Carry Spain’s Flag at Opening Ceremony

Olympics: Nadal Will Carry Spain’s Flag at Opening Ceremony

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Tennis great Rafael Nadal, current world No. 2 and reigning Olympic men’s singles champion, will carry the flag for Spain at the opening ceremony of the London Games on July 27.

Nadal’s designation was approved during a meeting at the Madrid headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee.

Sailors Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez were also in the running to carry the flag.

According to the committee’s rules, the flag bearer should be the athlete with the most distinguished Olympic history who has not had the honor before and who can be present at the opening ceremony.

The sailing duo has a bigger medal haul than Nadal, having won gold in Athens in 2004 and silver in Beijing four years later, but they did not meet all the requirements.

Nadal won the men’s singles gold medal in Beijing and also is the holder of 11 Grand Slam singles titles, the most recent coming earlier this month in Paris when he won a record seventh French Open.

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California Family of Detained 5-year-old Immigrant from El Salvador Found

California Family of Detained 5-year-old Immigrant from El Salvador Found

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Consular authorities were able to contact the family in California of a 5-year-old Salvadoran girl who was detained with a group of undocumented immigrants being smuggled into Arizona.

The El Salvador consul in Arizona, Jose Joaquin Chacon, told Efe that Tuesday night they were able to contact family members of the girl, whom he chose to identify simply as “Rosita.”

A grandmother will be in charge of looking after the little girl, who was born in San Salvador and was found near Phoenix traveling with a group of 16 undocumented immigrants by deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Under Joe Arpaio, who boasts of being “America’s toughest sheriff,” the MCSO has devoted considerable resources to pursuing undocumented immigrants.

The members of the group had paid human traffickers anywhere from $300 to $3,500 to be brought into the United States illegally.

The group was detained the same day President Barack Obama announced that for now young undocumented immigrants will no longer be deported if they fulfill certain requirements, such as having entered the country prior to the age of 16.

For that reason the case won national attention when media reported that the girl had been “arrested” by Arpaio, though the MCSO said the child had never been handcuffed, but was detained with the group and handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Consul Chacon was planning a Wednesday visit to Rosita, who is currently in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement at a shelter for minors in El Paso, Texas.

He said he was gathering all the necessary information and documention to prove the family’s relationship with the girl, a process that could take at least a week.

“These are the shelters’ rules - perhaps the process will go quicker because of her age,” the consul said in a telephone interview.

“We can say that the girl is very lucky, because soon she’ll be back with her family,” he said.

Chacon again mentioned the countless dangers that children are exposed to when put in the hands of people traffickers to help them get across the border.

“Minors are the most vulnerable, there’s nothing in the world worth putting a child at risk, we’ve had some very serious cases of kids who die or are abused in the desert,” Chacon said.

According to ICE statistics, during the present fiscal year 1,636 unaccompanied, undocumented minors have been transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The consul said that the most important thing right now is to get Rosita back with her family and that her immigration status will be decided later by the appropriate authorities.

Central American families are estimated to pay $3,000-$5,000 to bring a child into the United States illegally.

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Chile Looks to New York for Lithium Investors

Chile Looks to New York for Lithium Investors

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Deputy Mining Secretary Pablo Wagner has wrapped up a two-day visit to New York, where he tried to drum up interest among investors in bidding for contracts to produce lithium in Chile, which has 25 percent of the world’s reserves of the mineral.

“They found it to be a good opportunity to develop the market and those with more knowledge of the Chilean mining industry told us this was a solution that had been awaited for some time to open the lithium market to a larger number of operators,” Wagner told Efe.

The Chilean official said he met with investment banks, investment funds and representatives of mining firms in an effort to make the auction “as competitive as possible.”

The Chilean government opened the bidding last week, with the winner signing a special lithium operating contract, or CEOL.

The CEOL covers exploration and production of lithium, most of which is in northern Chile’s Atacama desert.

The 20-year contracts, which exclude areas already in production under a 1932 mining law, are expected to generate about $350 million for the government.

Opponents of the sale of lithium mining rights claim it violates a 1973 mining law and amounts to a privatization of public resources.

Wagner, however, said “there is nothing new in this” because two private firms were already producing lithium in Chile.

The contract “opens the possibility for everyone to produce,” Wagner said.

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ThursdayJune 21, 2012