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ThursdayJuly 19, 2012

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Chile Looks to Asia-Pacific For Lithium Investors

Chile Looks to Asia-Pacific For Lithium Investors

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Chile’s deputy mining secretary will travel in the coming days to Australia, Japan and South Korea in a bid to attract investors for an auction of contracts to develop the country’s lithium reserves.

Pablo Wagner will travel on Friday to Australia, where he will visit the cities of Sydney and Mackay, the Chilean government said in a statement.

He will later head to Japan to meet with government officials and executives of companies such as Mitsubishi and Toyota before making a final stopover in Seoul, where he will hold talks with private company executives.

Last month, Wagner met in the United States and Canada with representatives of investment banks, investment funds and mining firms interested in taking part in a bidding process for lithium contracts in Chile, which holds roughly a quarter of global reserves of the world’s lightest metal.

Winners of the bid process, launched last month, will sign a 20-year special lithium operating contract, or CEOL, with the government covering exploration and production of that mineral in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

President Sebastian Piñera’s conservative administration opted for that type of contract because, although Chile’s 1973 Mining Code defines lithium as a “strategic” mineral for which regular mining concessions cannot be awarded, the country’s constitution allows special contracts to be signed to exploit those reserves.

Under the contract terms, companies will be allowed to mine up to 100,000 tons of lithium over two decades. In exchange, they must agree to sell the lithium to the Chilean market or export it under the terms and conditions specified in the CEOL.

Currently only two companies - Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile and Sociedad Chilena de Litio - mine lithium in the Andean nation, the world’s largest producer of the metal.

Earlier this month, Piñera’s government urged state-owned giant Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, to study the possibility of starting lithium production.

Potential investors have until July 31 to acquire the auction conditions and until Sept. 12 to submit their bids.

Through the CEOLs, the government plans to collect $350 million per project via a 7 percent sales royalty.

Chile’s opposition and experts have questioned the government’s move to open lithium mining to foreign investment, saying it is a resource that should be developed by the state.

Global demand for lithium - a key component in batteries for mobile devices and electric/hybrid vehicles - has tripled over the past 10 years, while Chile’s Cochilco state copper commission says the price of lithium carbonate on world markets has risen from $2,000 per ton in 2001 to around $6,000 per ton at present.

Chile holds the planet’s second-largest lithium reserves, trailing only neighboring Bolivia.

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IACHR Takes On Dominican Republic in Mass Expulsion Case

IACHR Takes On Dominican Republic in Mass Expulsion Case

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) filed an application with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Case No. 12.271, Benito Tide Méndez et al., Dominican Republic.

The facts of this case refer to the arbitrary detention and summary expulsion from the territory of Dominican Republic into Haiti of Benito Tide Méndez, William Medina Ferreras, Lilia Jean Pierre, Jeanty Fils-Aime, Janise Midi, Ana Virginia Nolasco, Andrea Alezy, Rafaelito Pérez Charles, Víctor Jean, Marlene Mesidor, and the children Wilda Medina, Luis Ney Medina, Carolina Isabel Medina, Nene Fils-Aime, Antonio Fils-Aime, Diane Fils-Aime, Marilobi Fils-Aime, Endry Fils-Aime, Andren Fils-Aime, Juan Fils-Aime, Ana Lidia Sensión, Reyita Antonia Sensión, Berson Gelin, McKenson Jean, Victoria Jean, Miguel Jean, and Nathalie Jean.

The summary expulsions occurred in a context of collective and mass expulsions of individuals, affecting both Dominicans and foreigners and both documented and undocumented persons who had their permanent residence in the country and strong employment and familial ties with the Dominican Republic. Phenotypical characteristics and a darker skin color were decisive factors when individuals were selected for detention and subsequent expulsion, indicating a pattern of discrimination. All the victims of the case were expelled to Haiti.

The repatriation procedure in effect at the time of these events was not applied to the victims in this case, but rather that these were de facto expulsions without any legal support or subsequent administrative or judicial review, based on racial prejudices. The victims were not provided with legal assistance, did not have the opportunity to appeal the decision, nor was there any order from a competent, independent, and impartial authority ruling on their deportation.

Some of the expelled victims were Dominican nationals and had the relevant documentation to demonstrate that status. However, during their arbitrary detention and expulsion, the victims did not have a formal opportunity to present that documentation. In those cases where it was presented, it was destroyed by the Dominican officials. The existance of a series of impediments preventing the Haitian migrants from regularizing their legal situation in the country and registering their children born in Dominican territory constituted an arbitrary deprivation of citizenship that fostered the detention and possible deportation of nationals and placed the victims in a situation of extreme risk and vulnerability.

The State ratified the American Convention on Human Rights on April 19, 1978 and accepted the contentious jurisdiction of the Court on March 25, 1999. The Inter-American Commission submitted to the jurisdiction of the Court the facts and violations of human rights incurred by the State that have continued since the acceptance of the contencious competence of the Tribunal, that is, the situation of impunity in which the violations of this case continue, the arbitrary detention and summary expulsion of Berson Gelin, Andrea Alezy, Rafaelito Pérez Charles, and the families Medina Ferreras, Fils-Aime and Jean, as well as the effects of the summary expulsion of Ana Virginia Nolasco, Ana Lidia Sensión and Reyita Antonia Sensión.

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Mexicans Addicted to Bottled Water

The people in Iztapalapa, Mexico, just don’t trust their tap water.  Although many believe that the quality has improved, residents of this district outside of Mexico City remain loyal to bottled water.  Tap water discussions are commonplace here as well as other communities throughout the country with many discussing the smells, colors, sand or mud content as well as possible insect life. 

According to a study by the Inter American Development Bank, Mexicans used close to 127 gallons of bottled water per person a year.  This is more than four times the bottled water consumption in the U.S. 

According to Federico Basañes, the division chief for water and sanitation at the development bank, “People are using this water for cooking, for bathing their babies.”  He continued to discuss the cost this habit has on many poor families in the area.  The development bank estimates that families may spend as much as 10 percent of their income on water.  “Can you imagine a poor family paying their water bills – in some cases a fairly steep amount – and they are buying water on the side because they don’t trust the water they are getting?”

Jesús Rebollo, a community activist in Iztapalapa, states, “After having seen yellow water, brown water, people just don’t want to take the risk.  It has stuck, the problem of the lack of confidence.”  He also expressed his own distrust of the city’s aging pipes stating, “Once it gets into the pipes, you lose all the effort that was put into it.”

Rocío Pérez González, a resident of Iztapalapa and a bottled water consumer, ran the water from her tap to show the improvements the area has made, yet still continued to express her distrust of the now clear water from the faucet.  “It’s clean now, but years ago it came out dirty.  It looked like chocolate.  So I got used to using the refill jug.  Everybody here got used to buying water.  We have had that habit for 15 years.”

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17 Arrested for Horrific Attack, Rape at Mexico Summer Camp - Victims Included Children

17 Arrested for Horrific Attack, Rape at Mexico Summer Camp - Victims Included Children

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Mexican authorities have arrested 17 suspects, including two police officers, in a brutal attack on a summer camp in which two young women and three underage girls were raped.

The attorney general of the central state of Mexico, Alfredo Castillo, said at a press conference that a Federal District (Mexico City) police officer, a policeman in the central city of Chalco and a former soldier were among the 15 men and two women arrested.

All of the suspects were arrested Wednesday in the small central town of Santa Maria Huexoculco, part of the Chalco municipality, while authorities were still searching for four other reputed members of the gang.

On the night of July 12, a group of around 90 youth attending a Christian camp at the El Colibri eco-park outside the city of Ixtapaluca were held against their will and brutalized for several hours before the attackers made off with their belongings.

Five young women - three of them minors - were raped and three others were sexually assaulted, while several young men were beaten.

Of the 17 detainees, 11 have been identified by the victims and three have confessed to rape, Castillo said.

The detainees are suspected members of a gang that operated in the area and is believed to have carried out other attacks on tourists camping in nearby parks.

Castillo said some of the detainees may not have been directly involved in the attack on the camp in Ixtapaluca but all are members of the gang and therefore probable suspects in other crimes.

Three individuals identified as Paulino Cadena Estrada (the former soldier), Andres Castillo Estrada and Jaime Perez Cadena also are accused in the killings of three employees of a private security firm several weeks ago.

The 17 individuals were detained in or near their homes, having decided not to flee because they had spent all the money they had stolen and assumed that police would not enter their community.

Some of the items stolen from the campers were found at their homes, including mobile phones and clothing and the weapons they used to fired shots into the air to intimidate their victims.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon met Wednesday at the Los Pinos presidential residence with parents and attorneys of the victims of the attack in Ixtapaluca, the president’s office said in a statement.

During the meeting, Calderon expressed his “outrage,” condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the victims and their parents.

He pledged his government’s full support and urged state authorities to prosecute those responsible for the attack to the fullest extent of the law.

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Cellular Providers With Substandard Service Barred From Selling New Plans in Brazil

Cellular Providers With Substandard Service Barred From Selling New Plans in Brazil

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Brazil’s telecommunications regulator said cellular companies Oi, Claro and TIM Participacoes will be barred from selling new mobile plans in certain states until they present a plan to improve service quality.

In a press conference, Anatel said TIM Participacoes, a unit of Italy’s Telecom Italia, must halt sales in 19 states.

Oi, Brazil’s largest telecommunications provider, and Claro, a unit of Mexican magnate Carlos Slim’s America Movil, must stop selling new plans in five states and three states, respectively.

The firms, which collectively have a 70 percent share of Brazil’s wireless market, will have 30 days to present a plan to improve service or face further sanctions.

Those plans must map out a series of actions designed to improve network quality and call integrity, reduce service interruption and provide better customer service.

Anatel said it made the decision after receiving an increased number of customer complaints over the past year and carrying out inspections.

Anatel chief Joao Rezende termed the measure “extreme” but said that “the increase in the number of customers must go hand-in-hand with quality of service improvement.”

Non-compliance with the measure announced Wednesday will result in a daily fine of 200,000 reais (about $99,911).

Wireless market leader Vivo, controlled by Spain’s Telefonica, is not barred from selling in any states although that firm also must present a plan to improve service quality, the regulator said.

Oi released a statement criticizing the action, saying Anatel’s analysis is “outdated” and does not take into account the company’s investments over the past 12 months to improve network quality.

The Rio de Janeiro-based company said it will invest 6 billion reais (nearly $3 billion) this year in Brazil, or 1 billion reais ($495 million) more than in 2011.

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Mexican Left Claim PRI Financed Campaign with Dirty Money

Mexican Left Claim PRI Financed Campaign with Dirty Money

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The leftist candidate in Mexico’s July 1 presidential election said Wednesday that the campaign of the ostensible winner was financed in part with dirty money.

“I have elements to say that money of illicit origin was used in the campaign of (Enrique) Peña Nieto,” Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a press conference in the capital.

Peña Nieto, representing a coalition led by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won the election with 38.21 percent of the vote, while Lopez Obrador took second place with 31.59 percent, according to the final official tally.

But the leftist hopeful filed a motion last week with the TEPJF electoral court seeking to have the election overturned, pointing to reports of vote-buying by the PRI and other violations.

“Triangulation” among front companies was used to supply the Peña Nieto campaign with money that came from PRI-controlled state governments “or from organized crime,” a member of Lopez Obrador’s legal team, Jaime Cardenas, said at Wednesday’s press conference.

The alleged front companies were linked to Monex, a bank that provided debit cards the PRI handed out to voters in a bid to secure support for Peña Nieto, the lawyer said.

Mexico’s governing National Action Party has likewise criticized the PRI over the debit cards, though it is not challenging the election results.

Cardenas mentioned the names of purported front companies, including Inizzio, Atama, Koleos, Tiguan and Efra, and presented incorporation documents showing that several of them were created on the same day and shared corporate officers.

He also said the PRI exceeded campaign spending limits by a factor of 12.

The PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, lost the 2000 presidential election to the conservative National Action and finished third in 2006.

During its 71 years of largely unchallenged hegemony, the PRI relied mainly on patronage and control of organized labor and the mass media, though it was not above resorting to outright vote-rigging and even violence.

Lopez Obrador lost the 2006 contest to National Action’s Felipe Calderon by 0.56 percent of the vote, but the leftist never accepted the result as legitimate.

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Reyna the Dog and her Puppy Frances Found Starving in New Mexico Landfill

Reyna the Dog and her Puppy Frances Found Starving in New Mexico Landfill

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A 3-year-old dog named and her only surviving puppy were recently found in a New Mexico landfill.

Momma dog Reyna and her 3-week-old puppy Frances were recently rescued from a Sunland Park landfill after being found by landfill workers.

Reyna is believed to have lived in and around the landfill for about two years and is said to have had to fight other “dumped dogs” for both her and her puppy’s life.

Three-week-old Frances is said to be the only surviving pup from Reyna’s three litters.

Rescuers say Reyna was so malnourished and thin she was barely able to stand.

Volunteer for the Action Programs for Animals, Anna Juarez, has agreed to foster Reyna and Frances while they recover. A permanent home outside the state has already been found as well, and the mother and pup will be given a new home once the veterinarian gives them the okay to cross state lines.

Juarez says Reyna and Frances may be a sad story with a happy ending but points out the importance of spaying and neutering pets and being a responsible pet owner and taking care of your animals. Just because they are animals it does not mean they are okay to be sent out to fend for themselves.

Last year, the Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley says it received about 8,000 dogs.

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Judge Asked to Stop “Show Me Your Papers” Before Going Into Effect on Friday

Judge Asked to Stop “Show Me Your Papers” Before Going Into Effect on Friday

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The Hispanic community lives in hopes that the appeal against what is known as the “show me your papers” section of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law will be able to stop it from taking effect this Friday.

The fear among the Hispanic community at the possible enactment of Section 2(b) led a coalition of civil organizations and defenders of human rights to request Tuesday night that the U.S. District Court in Arizona prevent the regulation from taking effect.

The plaintiffs argue that the clause discriminates against Latinos, who represent 30 percent of the Arizona population.

While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that Section 2(b) did not violate the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over immigration matters, the justices did not address whether the measure would lead to racial profiling, the plaintiffs say.

Alessandra Soler, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, one of the plaintiffs in the case, told Efe that if the court decides to allow the measure to take effect, the Hispanic community has to know that they have rights.

“Police will be able to question the immigration status of a person if they have a reason to do so, for example if they are in some way breaking the law,” Soler said.

In her opinion one of the main problems of this provision is the definition of “reasonable suspicion” that would allow police to ask about someone’s immigration status.

“It’s very difficult to determine the immigration status of a person just by the color of his or her skin - and we also know it’s hard because not one agency of the state is providing a guide about what constitutes reasonable suspicion,” the activist said.

She said the term is so vague that police will be able to apply their own interpretations based on such details as accent or the way a person is dressed.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision overturning most of SB 1070 while upholding Section 2(b), the immigrant community has been waiting to see how this regulation will be applied.

The Supreme Court notified the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hand down its decision within 25 days so that attorneys can appeal.

That time is up on Friday, when U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is expected to lift the injunction she imposed two years ago blocking enforcment of “show me your papers.”

Lydia Guzman, representative of the Respect/Respeto group, told Efe that even if Section 2(b) goes into effect, it’s important that the Hispanic community file a complaint against any kind of abuse or indignity suffered at the hands of police officers.

Guzman said her group has already received the complaint of a U.S. citizen who was escorted by police to her home so she could show them her birth certificate and prove her nationality.

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Jeffrey Reid Parish, Accused of 1994 Molestation of 4-Year-Old, Found in Guatemala

Jeffrey Reid Parish, Accused of 1994 Molestation of 4-Year-Old, Found in Guatemala

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A man accused of molesting a young child before fleeing the country has been arrested in Guatemala after 18 years on the run.

After being taking into custody last week, Jeffrey Reed Parish, 65, was sent back to the United States to face charges of lewd acts on a child and oral copulation stemming from the alleged molestation of a 4-year-old California girl in 1994.

Parish was living under the alias “Blake”, with no one who knew him in Guatemala knowing whether that was a first or last name.

Though he said he initially lived in Mexico when he fled the U.S., Parish lived most of the last 18 years in Panajachel, Guatemala, which is about 90 miles from Guatemala City. He was arrested at his Panajachel home and reportedly did not resist arrest.

Parish was last seen just before he was scheduled to face trial in Santa Barbara Municipal Court in March of 1994.

Though the trial was for the case involving the 4-year-old, officials believe Parish may have had additional victims.

FBI Special Agent Ingerd Sotelo and a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detective have been credited with finding the wanted man.

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Romney Campaign Releases 9th Spanish-Language Ad: Son Touts Mexican Heritage

Romney Campaign Releases 9th Spanish-Language Ad: Son Touts Mexican Heritage

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Craig Romney has once again been tapped to speak on behalf of his father, the likely Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, in the campaign’s 9th Spanish-language ad.

Interestingly, Romney’s youngest son is lets viewers know his father is very proud of his Mexican heritage, even saying, “[My father] values that we’re a nation of immigrants. My grandfather, George, was born in Mexico. For my family, the greatness of the United States lies in how we respect and help one another, regardless of where we’re from.”

He adds that his father will “work towards a permanent solution to our immigration system with those on both sides of the aisle.”

With just 9, Romney has spent far less on Spanish-language ads than President Obama. The Republican presidential hopeful is using the ads in key swing states (Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio) in hopes of nabbing the highly coveted Latino/Hispanic voters.

Watch the ad, titled “Pais de Inmigrantes” below.


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Dumb Move: Texas Woman Whips Out Gun to Stop ‘Smart Meter’ from Spying On Her (VIDEO)

Dumb Move: Texas Woman Whips Out Gun to Stop ‘Smart Meter’ from Spying On Her (VIDEO)

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Texan, Thelma Taormina, will go to any measure to stop the mandatory installation of new electric ‘smart meters’ even to the point of brandishing a gun.

The 55-year-old resident of Harris County didn’t want to be one of the more than 2 million residents who have a smart meter allowing the local energy company to digitally calculate the electrical bill and wirelessly transmit the information.

She and her husband are convinced these devices will give the government too much information on them and serve as ‘spy’ mechanisms.  Sound crazy, right?

What is really crazy is that Thelma (where’s Louise by the way, we ask) whipped out her licensed gun to terrorize the meter installer off her property and no charges were pressed.

“Our constitution allows us not to have that kind of intrusion on our personal privacy,” she said to KHOU TV. “They’ll be able to tell if you are running your computer, air conditioner, whatever it is.”

   

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President Obama Receives Thanks from 104 Congress Members for Deferring Deportations of Youth

President Obama Receives Thanks from 104 Congress Members for Deferring Deportations of Youth

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A group of 104 Democratic Members of Congress released a letter to President Barack Obama thanking him for his decision to instruct the Department of Homeland Security to offer “Deferred Action” deportation relief to young immigrants raised in the U.S. who would qualify for the DREAM Act.

The President made his announcement on June 15, telling young undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and arrived before they turned 16 that they will not be deported and will be given an opportunity to work legally in the U.S., at least temporarily.

The Members of Congress wrote:

We recognize that there are those who will want to take the power of discretion away from you and the Executive branch.  Like you, we agree that you are on solid moral, legal, and political ground and we will do everything within our power to defend your actions and the authority that you, like past Presidents, can exercise to set enforcement priorities and better protect our neighborhoods and our nation.

In his floor speech, Rep. Gutierrez said that the group of Democrats who signed the letter were telling the President “thank you” and underscoring the fact that the President took this action to allow immigration enforcement officers to go after serious criminals.  The prosecutorial discretion that the President is exercising is backed by a considerable body of case law, including the recent Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. U.S. striking down key elements of Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB1070 law.  That decision reiterated the discretion the President and immigration officials have under current law to initiate and terminate deportations, the Congressman said.

Furthermore, staunch critics of the President and of immigration reform, like Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, Chairman of the House “Immigration Reform” Caucus Brian Bilbray (R-CA), and former Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) supported the legal grounds for prosecutorial discretion to halt the deportation of immigrants in a letter they signed to the Clinton Administration in 1999.  Governor Nathan Deal, the Republican Governor of Georgia, who signed that state’s harsh, Arizona-like anti—immigrant law, also signed the 1999 letter when he was serving in the House.

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Colombia: Toddler Spends Hours in Sewer After Falling in Hole at Construction Site

Colombia: Toddler Spends Hours in Sewer After Falling in Hole at Construction Site

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A three-year-old Colombian boy is recovering after emergency crews worked tirelessly to rescue him from a sewer.

Jeampier Silvera Arteta had been playing with his two brothers when he disappeared Tuesday night.

The boys had been playing near a sand-filled construction zone in Barranquilla’s Sourdis neighborhood when he fell into a sewer shaft without his

When Jeampier disappeared, his family called police. Rescuers searched the sewer twice before they finally found him on Wednesday.

Civil defense member Herson Montenegro told the Telegraph he was glad they decided to do a second sweep of the sewer system.

‘It was an intense search,’ said Montenegro. ‘Thank God we found the boy in one of the sweeps of the area. We had already searched the sewers the first time and we hadn’t found him. Thank God the second time we searched, the boy was there. He was close to being swept into a hole in the sewer.’

When found, rescuers quickly climbed down a manhole, grabbed Jeampier, and pulled him up. The toddler was handed to a woman who ran him to an emergency vehicle, which quickly departed. He was taken to a local hospital and is said to be recovering well.

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Rafael Nadal Out of London Olympics

Rafael Nadal Out of London Olympics

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This morning tennis great Rafael Nadal announced he would not go to London to compete in the 2012 Olympics and represent his native Spain.  He was hoping to defending the gold medal he won in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.  He was also expected to carry the Spanish flag in the opening ceremony when the Olympics start next week on July 27th.

He is pulling out of Olympics, according to NBC that is airing the games, “with an undisclosed fitness problem.” Nadal noted that he felt he was not in condition to compete.  Most recently, in June, Nadal was eliminated in the second round of play at Wimbledon shocking his fans and tournament watchers.  Earlier this month he withdrew from a charity match citing tendon problems.

In his statement, Nadal said: “I am not able to compete in London and therefore I will not travel with the Spanish delegation.”  “Today is one of the saddest days of my career, because one of the greatest illusions and perhaps most special moment was to be the champion of Spain in the opening ceremony of the Games in London, so you can imagine how difficult has been making this decision,” he added.

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Whoa! Check Out this Truck-Swallowing Sinkhole in Panama

Whoa! Check Out this Truck-Swallowing Sinkhole in Panama

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Thanks to Telemetro we can see just how big sinkholes can get.

The one shown below opened up on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Metro pharmacy in Panama City’s Condado del Rey neighborhood and swallowed a large truck from the Autoridad de Aeso.

Despite the size of this sinkhole however, it is rather small relative to the massive one that swallowed an entire building in Guatemala City, near the Mexico-Guatemala border in 2010. That sinkhole measured 66 feet (20 meters) across and nearly 100 feet (30 meters) deep.

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2012 Emmy Nominations:  Sofia Vergara On List and Louis CK with 7 Nominations Also on List

2012 Emmy Nominations:  Sofia Vergara On List and Louis CK with 7 Nominations Also on List

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This morning the nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards were announced and as expected Sofia Vergara, currently the highest paid actress on TV, made the list. 

Vergara is nominated for her role in Modern Family as ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ and she will go head-to-head with her co-star Julie Bowen. The show is also nominated for ‘Outstanding Comedy Series.’

Comedienne Louis C.K. was nominated three times for his show ‘Louie’ as lead actor, writer and director and received another four nominations for his ’Live Performance at The Beacon Theatre’ for writing, directing, editing and producing.

Other Latino nominees were Bobby Cannavale nominated for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series’ for his guest spot as Dr. Mike Cruz on ‘Nurse Jackie’, Gustavo Dudamel for his PBS performance with Herbie Hancock,  Tony Morales for his music on the popular miniseries ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, and Javier Navarrete for his composition in ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’.

The 64th Primetime Emmys will be broadcast live on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 7pm EST. 


Here is a partial list of nominees by Just Jared, click here to see the entire list.

Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep
Outstanding Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:
Girls, Lena Dunham
Mike & Molly, Melissa McCarthy
New Girl, Zooey Deschanel
Nurse Jackie Edie Falco
Parks And Recreation, Amy Poehler
30 Rock, Tina Fey
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Claire Danes, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Max Greenfield, New Girl

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Outstanding Reality Show Competition:
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Movie or Miniseries:
Sherlock (PBS)
Game Change (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys (History)
American Horror Story (FX)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)

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Check Out Nelly Furtado’s New Music Video:  Spirit Indestructible

Check Out Nelly Furtado’s New Music Video:  Spirit Indestructible

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Check out Nelly Furtado’s new video ‘Spirit Indestrucible’.  This is the second single of Nelly’s forthcoming album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’, coming out on September of this year. 


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Mexico’s President Calderon and Successor Enrique Peña Nieto Meet for First Time Since Election

Mexico’s President Calderon and Successor Enrique Peña Nieto Meet for First Time Since Election

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon met with the virtual winner of the July 1 presidential election, Enrique Peña Nieto, for the first time since the balloting.

The president’s office said in a communique that Calderon and Peña Nieto discussed a number of subjects of national importance, notably the economy and public safety.

The also agreed that once the TEPJF electoral court declares Peña Nieto the president-elect, they will begin “an orderly process of administrative and political transition.”

“President Calderon said that the government of the republic will offer all the support necessary so that the process is carried out in an efficient, transparent way, strictly in accord with the law,” the document said.

Peña Nieto, the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won the presidential election with 38.21 percent of the vote, while leftist Progressive Movement standard-bearer Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took second place with 31.59 percent, according to the final official results.

Still pending, however, is the decision of the TEPJF, which has until Aug. 31 to review the petition contesting the election results filed by the leftist coalition led by Lopez Obrador.

The election was marred by vote buying and therefore there is no “certainty for any result nor for the electoral process as a whole,” Lopez Obrador said in a press conference last Thursday.

The PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, lost the 2000 and 2006 presidential elections to the conservative National Action Party.

During its 71 years of largely unchallenged hegemony, the PRI relied mainly on patronage and control of organized labor and the mass media, though it was not above resorting to outright vote-rigging and even violence.

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Forbes Names Sofia Vergara As Highest Paid Woman on Television

Colombian actress Sofia Vergara has added a new milestone to her meteoric career by becoming the top-earning woman on U.S. television, according to a list published Wednesday by Forbes magazine.

The 40-year-old native of Barranquilla brought in $19 million in the 12 months ending May 31, the magazine said.

Boasting an “unrivaled” appeal among Hispanics, Vergara has also managed to win over Anglos with her performance on the ABC hit “Modern Family.”

“For advertisers, the combination is electric,” Forbes said.

Over the past year the Colombian appeared in three films, signed endorsement contracts in English and Spanish for $12 million, and launched a line of clothing for Kmart for another $7 million.

Forbes, which will feature the Colombian star on the cover of its next edition, said that Vergara is “the reigning queen of primetime television.”

Another Latina, “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria, came in third on the Forbes list, with earnings of $15 million.

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Cholera in Cuba: Some Traditional Summer Carnivals Canceled Do to Health Concerns

Cholera in Cuba: Some Traditional Summer Carnivals Canceled Do to Health Concerns

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Traditional summer carnivals in the eastern Cuban cities of Bayamo and Manzanillo have been suspended due to an outbreak of cholera in the region, authorities said Wednesday.

The celebrations, scheduled for August, were canceled “to avoid the spread of illnesses,” a Communist Party official in Granma province told Efe.

Though the cholera situation is under control, authorities were concerned about possible contagion of the “floating population” attracted by the carnivals, a source in the Bayamo municipal government told Efe.

The outbreak was detected last month in Manzanillo, a city of more than 130,000 residents that has accounted for a majority of the 158 cases of cholera reported by Cuba’s Public Health Ministry.

Three people have died so far, according to the official account.

The outbreak is easing and the few “isolated cases” of cholera in other parts of Cuba have been traced to people who were infected in Manzanillo, the ministry said in its latest bulletin, released last Saturday.

Authorities in Granma have banned the use of wells, distributed a chemical compound to purify water and called on residents to boil water before drinking, cook food thoroughly and wash their hands often.

Cuba’s last cholera epidemic was in 1882 and the current outbreak is the first since 1959, the year Fidel Castro toppled strongman Fulgencio Batista.

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Mexican Authorities Aim to Halt Bird-flu By Killing 3.8 Million Chickens

Mexican Authorities Aim to Halt Bird-flu By Killing 3.8 Million Chickens

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Around 3.8 million chickens have been slaughtered as part of the effort to contain a bird-flu outbreak in the western state of Jalisco, Mexico’s Senasica food safety agency said.

More than 9.3 million other birds remain under observation, the agency said.

The virus was detected at 33 of the 253 Jalisco chicken farms inspected by Senasica and 82 were found to be free of bird flu, while “diagnostic processes continue” at the other 138 facilities.

Senasica said it has also begun to look at farms outside the two municipalities where the bird flu outbreak was detected last month.

Avimex, Iasa and Ceva are producing 80 million doses of bird-flu vaccine that “will be available at the end of this month,” Senasica said.

The outbreak claimed 2.5 million chickens in the first three weeks and generated $50 million in losses, a representative of the Mexican poultry sector told Efe last week.

Around 32,000 jobs could be lost if the virus is not immediately brought under control, according to Ricardo Estrada, president of the Poultry Farmers Association in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, one of the affected municipalities.

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ThursdayJuly 19, 2012