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SaturdayJuly 21, 2012

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Cuba’s Floridita Bar Seeks to Win Guinness World Record For 73-gallon Daiquiri

Cuba’s Floridita Bar Seeks to Win Guinness World Record For 73-gallon Daiquiri

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Cuba’s Floridita bar, one of the favorite haunts of U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway during his time in Havana, mixed a giant 275-liter (73-gallon) daiquiri to beat the world record as part of the celebrations of the establishment’s 195th anniversary.

In 33 minutes, 12 bartenders used a battery of blenders at the Floridita to make the equivalent of 1,466 normal daiquiris, enough to fill an enormous cocktail glass, the work of local artist Lazaro Navarrete, with 275 liters (73 gallons) of the establishment’s signature cocktail.

To achieve their goal, they used 88 bottles of white rum plus great quantities of the other daiquiri ingredients like lemon juice and ice.

The bartenders, aided by 55 local workers, carried out their work under the “gaze” of the bronze statue of Hemingway, which, life-size and leaning on his elbow at one end of the bar, is one of Floridita’s attractions.

When the gigantic daiquiri glass was full, those in the bar sang “Happy Birthday” to the author of “The Old Man and the Sea,” since the ceremony coincided with the 113th birthday of the American Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature (1899-1961).

With this “maxi-cocktail,” the Floridita sought to make the Guinness Book of Records, though it won’t be known for three weeks whether the new record will be registered, the bar’s manager Andres Arencibia told reporters.

Last July 6 marked the 195th year that the legendary Havana bar has been one of Cuba’s most famous establishments and most frequented by tourists, and which also claims to be the “birthplace of the daiquiri.”

Nestled in Old Havana on the corner of Obispo and Monserrate streets, the bar restaurant opened its doors in 1817 under the name La Piña de Plata, and since then has hosted many personalities from the worlds of politics, literature, art, music and films.

One of the famous clients who became a regular and who became part of the bar’s history was Hemingway, who showed up almost every day at this bar during his long stays in Cuba over a period of 20 years.

“My daiquiri in the Floridita”: the phrase is attributed to the American author, who is also responsible for one of the most famous variations of the daiquiri offered here - the “Papa Hemingway,” which, unlike the original recipe, contains no sugar but instead is a blend of grapefruit, maraschino and a double shot of rum.

The Floridita bar belongs to the Cuban state-run group Palmares.

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OLYMPICS: Spanish Swimmer Feels Confident in 800-Meter Freestyle, 10K Open Waters

OLYMPICS: Spanish Swimmer Feels Confident in 800-Meter Freestyle, 10K Open Waters

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Spanish swimmer Erika Villaecija, who will compete in the 800-meter freestyle at the Olympic Games and the 10 kilometers in open waters, says her intuition tells her that “all will go well” in London, both individually and as part of a team that “aspires to greatness.”

“I’m calm. Athens were good Games for me. Those in Beijing, on the other hand, were bad. But without knowing why, the calm I feel now gives me the feeling that in London all will go well,” the swimmer said in an interview with Efe.

Together with teammate Mireia Belmonte, against whom she will compete in the 800-meter freestyle, Villaecija goes as one of the leaders of a “solid” Spanish swimming team that can “aspire to greatness.”

“As for me, at least I know that this year I’ve done all I could, I’ve trained well to get results. We’ll see what happens now,” the 27-year-old Barcelona native said, adding that she considers it “positive” being one of the favorites in her third Olympics.

“I’m calm but enthusiastic because the season has gone well, my latest training sessions have gone well and I know I’ll get to London in really good shape,” Erika said. “I’ve improved on the gymnasium part and my rhythm and that has done a lot to improve my speed.”

“I decided it was better to compete in both races, because two chances are better than one,” Villaecija said. “In the 800 meters, the first step will be getting to the end swimming as fast as possible. I always train to win a medal.”

In the 800 meters she will face off against one of the top Spanish swimmers, Belmonte. “I hope there will be the two of us because that will make us swim better. In the 10 kilometers I’ll try to lead all that way and be in a good position for the sprint.”

Finally, the only Spanish athlete to compete in two different disciplines predicted that, in her opinion, the big swimming surprises at these Olympics will be “Aschwin Wildeboer, I’m sure of it, more than anything because I see him very focused. And Marina Garcia. Marina is going to surprise us more than once.”

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Bud Light and Renowned Chef Aaron Sanchez Partner for Carne Asada Campaign

Bud Light and Renowned Chef Aaron Sanchez Partner for Carne Asada Campaign

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This summer, Bud Light and acclaimed chef and TV host Aaron Sanchez are teaming up for a new national summer grilling campaign: “Amigos y Carne Asada.” Celebrating the time-honored Latino tradition, “Amigos y Carne Asada” will celebrate the perfect trifecta of beer, grilling and friends.

Having achieved national fame for hosting the Food Network’s Heat Seekers, Chefs vs. City and participating as a judge on Chopped, Sanchez is currently the host of the Spanish-language cooking series, Aaron Loves NY, on Utilisima, a FOX-owned network. Beginning this Sunday, July 22 at 10pm ET/PT, Sanchez will appear as a judge on the Food Networks’ Chopped: Grill Masters, in which 16 grilling professionals face off for a $50,000 grand prize over five episodes. Known as one of the country’s foremost experts in Latin cooking, Sanchez is uniquely suited for his role as Bud Light Carne Asada Master.

Through his partnership with Bud Light, Sanchez will host a series of lively parties, Carne Asada cook-offs and giveaways this year, and will appear in bilingual TV creative, beginning with a :30 commercial titled “Anecdote & Fuel.”  Additionally, Sanchez will appear in bilingual print, radio, outdoor, digital and point-of-sale materials.

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Mario Lopez Gains Fragrance Line, Complete With Deodorant and Aftershave

Mario Lopez Gains Fragrance Line, Complete With Deodorant and Aftershave

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BOLDFACE Group, Inc., a Nevada corporation in the business of licensing top tier entertainment, celebrity and designer brands for opportunities in the beauty market, is pleased to announce that it has signed Mario Lopez in the category of fragrance. The license includes scented ancillary products such as deodorant, aftershave, shave cream, bath gel, body wash, body sprays, body lotions and body creams.

It is a clear progression to move into fragrance in the same channels of distribution as Mario’s Rated M Underwear and Athletic Clothing, with cross marketing campaigns and fragrance sampling. An initial launch of Eau de Toilette Spray is planned with follow up in Shave Cream, After Shave Splash, and other ancillary products. Gift sets containing these items for Holiday are planned.

Mario Lopez occupies the remarkable position of being adored by females who want to be more than just a friend, and respected by males, who want to be his buddy. Mario’s good looks put him solidly in the dreamboat category but his personal warmth and humor give him an approachable quality that is instantly likeable.  Mario’s direct contact with his audience through social medial and daily television appearances will translate to a large potential audience for fragrance sales due to these factors.

The Fragrance business for Latin males is one of the most vital and influential segments of the global market. The purchasing power is divided between males and females, which promises to perform extremely well for Mario Lopez, with a fan base of both men and women. The timing is ideal for Mario Lopez to represent the heartbeat of Latino males for fragrances, much the same as Antonio Banderas has done very successfully in the past. For a more youthful audience, it is time to pass the torch.

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Latinos More Likely to Grab Sports Drinks and Imported Beer Than White Consumers

Latinos More Likely to Grab Sports Drinks and Imported Beer Than White Consumers

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Hispanics are the fastest-growing consumer group in the US, with almost every consumer product vying for their attention and dollars. The alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage industries are no different and are benefitting from this ever expanding consumer. According to latest research from Mintel, there are many factors that weigh in to which beverages Hispanics consume.

While Hispanics over index on nearly all non-alcoholic beverages, they are most likely of any ethnic/race group to consume thirst quenchers/sports drinks, as 56% report doing so versus 38% of white consumers, 50% of Black consumers and 39% of Asians. Mintel finds that this is driven not only by the relative youth of the Hispanic market, but also the high likelihood that these consumers perform manual labor jobs, where thirst quenchers prove beneficial.

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, beer is the big winner. Hispanics drink more imported beer than any other ethnicity (34% versus 28% of total population). Meanwhile, just over a quarter (27%) of Hispanics drink tequila, the highest percentage for any ethnic group. This is not surprising since Hispanics of Mexican heritage represent 63% of the US Hispanic population but it is primarily the more acculturated Hispanic that consumes tequila.

Wine, on the other hand, is the least favorite alcoholic beverage among Hispanics, with only 23% saying they consume it versus 33% of the total population.

When it comes to marketing to this growing and diverse group, all media channels and in both languages are important. According to a Mintel report on Hispanic Media Consumption, 36% of Hispanics find TV commercials interesting and 38% arrange their schedule around TV programs.

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“Controlled Detonation” May Be Needed to Enter Apartment of “Dark Knight” Killer

“Controlled Detonation” May Be Needed to Enter Apartment of “Dark Knight” Killer

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Police did not rule out Saturday a “controlled detonation” in the booby-trapped apartment of the suspect in the Denver movie-theater massacre that left 12 people dead.

A spokesperson for the police department of Aurora, a town near Denver where the shooting occurred and where the suspect’s apartment is located, said Saturday that a “controlled detonation” might be necessary because of the complex setup of tripwires and explosives that James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in the bloodbath, laid in his home.

The agent could not say when such a measure might be taken, but added that police will try to enter the apartment in the next hour to garner further information and possible evidence.

The attack, the worst in the United States since the Virginia Tech mass murder of 33 students in 2007, occurred in the wee hours Friday at the 16-theater Century multiplex during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” from the Batman saga, attended by hundreds of people, many of them children.

Agents including those from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, have been studying the situation inside the suspect’s apartment with robots and cameras, and have found tripwires, piles of ammunition, possible explosive devices and containers with liquid inside.

The spokesperson said that police are proceeding with caution due to the extreme danger of the operation and will gather all possible evidence if they finally decide to go for the controlled detonation.

“Our priority is to keep the area safe,” the spokesperson said, though since Friday, when the suspected attacker confessed that he had explosives stored at home, all the buildings around Holmes’s apartment have been evacuated.

Police said that the controlled detonation could be accompanied by loud noises, a big explosion and fire.

Up to now the videos taken have surprised police and federal agents by the sophistication and complexity of the devices inside, but ruled out that they could be connected to timers to go off at a certain time.

In the suspect’s small apartment agents have found what appear to be some 30 mortars and large-caliber bullets, which they will first try to deactivate and take to a secure place.

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Calderon Inaugurates Ancient El Coporo Archaeological Site

Calderon Inaugurates Ancient El Coporo Archaeological Site

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon inaugurated the archaeological site of El Coporo, a corner of civilization that flourished between 200 and 900 A.D., located in the central state of Guanajuato.

“El Coporo is a true witness to Mexico’s native riches, and explains a lot about who we are, what we believe and what we have experienced,” the president said at the inauguration.

The National Institute of Archaeology and History, or INAH, said in a communique that El Coporo developed in the period between 200 and 900 A.D. in an environment very different from the semidesert landscape that it is now.

“Mexico has an impressive culture and cultural wealth, among the richest in the world,” Calderon said.

El Coporo is the ninth pre-Columbian site opened during the president’s six-year term and the fourth in the state of Guanajuato.

INAH said that unlike other nearby areas associated with the Bajio tradition, this archaeological zone of northwest Guanajuato is linked culturally to the Tunal Grande tradition, which includes settlements in western San Luis Potosi state, southwestern Zacatecas and the Los Altos highlands of Jalisco.

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Spain’s Telefonica May Have to Cough Up $10 Million For Poor Service in Brazil

Spain’s Telefonica May Have to Cough Up $10 Million For Poor Service in Brazil

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Brazil’s Anatel regulatory agency said Friday that Spain’s Telefonica could face a fine of 20 million reais ($10 million) if it fails to improve fixed-line telephone service for its Brazilian customers.

The company is under fire for service interruptions in Sao Paulo state, Brazil’s most populous region, where Telefonica is the leading fixed-line operator.

Anatel gave the Spanish giant until Aug. 1, 2013, to reduce outages by at least 40 percent from the level registered during the 12 months that ended June 30.

The firm has only five months to comply with a Brazilian law requiring that customers be reimbursed for service outages.

Regulators also want monthly progress reports from Telefonica Brasil, which is likewise instructed to identify the executives who will be responsible for meeting the goals.

The company will be liable for 20 million reais in penalties if it fails to fulfill any of the conditions, Anatel said.

Telefonica, which is Brazil’s leading mobile telephone operator, recently unified all its services in the Latin American nation under the Vivo brand.

A spokesperson for Telefonica Brasil told Efe the firm has no plans to publicly respond to Anatel.

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When Will Arizona’s “Show Me Your Papers” Go Into Effect?

Arizona is waiting for the court decision that could determine the exact date when the “show me your papers” provision of the state’s SB 1070 immigration law goes into effect, which could have been Friday.

“We’re waiting for a ruling that could come today, but it could also take several days or even weeks - nobody knows exactly,” Alessandra Soler, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, told Efe.

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court struck down much of SB 1070 but left Section 2(b) intact.

It is up to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals or the district judge in Arizona who first blocked the enforcement of “show me your papers” to formally lift the injunction.

“The decision must now come from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals or from the federal judge in Arizona, Susan Bolton, and we believe it will come from the latter,” Soler said.

Section 2(b) requires law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of anyone they stop for another reason when there is “reasonable suspicion” that the person is undocumented.

ACLU is part of a coalition of civic and religious groups and defenders of human rights that on Tuesday asked Judge Bolton to block the enactment of Section 2(b) on grounds that it will lead to racial profiling.

Soler said that as part of their appeal, they presented in evidence to the court several e-mails from the office of the main sponsor of SB 1070, now-former-state-Sen. Russell Pearce.

These e-mails show that Pearce had a “discrimatory intention” since they have content that is “negative toward Mexicans and Latinos,” who repesent 30 percent of the Arizona population, Soler said.

She said that while waiting for the courts to act, the Hispanic community should learn their rights and develop a plan for their families, particularly if some of the members are undocumented.”

“They have to know what to do if they have a brush with the police,” the ACLU official said.

Police departments said meanwhile that they are ready to enforce Section 2(b).

The chief of police in Phoenix, Daniel V. Garcia, said during a recent community forum that the civil rights of residents will be respected, and repeated that no racial profiling will be employed.

For activists like Soler, the main problem with this regulation is that not one police department has a clear definition of what kind of “reasonable suspicion” would authorize cops to question people about their immigration status.

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OLYMPICS: Spanish Runner Angel Mullera Out of Olympics For Alleged Doping

OLYMPICS: Spanish Runner Angel Mullera Out of Olympics For Alleged Doping

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Spanish runner Angel Mullera, selected for the 3,000-meter hurdles in the London Games, was taken off the Olympic team by the Spanish Track and Field Federation due to his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Taking his place on the team will be Sebastian Martos, who was among the reserve athletes.

The Spanish federation’s technical committee, the organization in charge of preparing the team’s lineup, decided to dismiss Mullera, apart from any disciplinary action, and put him under precautionary suspension for alleged non-compliance with the anti-doping rule.

The sports daily As published a number of e-mails that the track start apparently exchanged with a trainer who recommended that he take some controlled substances.

The federation got an anonymous tip early this year about those e-mails, which dated to the previous year, but at the time legal counsel said they were “useless” because such communications are easily falsified.

Mullera won a place on Spain’s Olympic team by running the 3,000-meter hurdles in 8:17.91 in the meet at Mataro.

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FARC Celebrate Colombia’s Independence By Attacking Police, Dynamiting Bridge

One police officer was killed and five others wounded Friday in an attack by leftist FARC rebels as Colombia celebrated 202 years of independence from Spain.

Fighters from the 30th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, shot at police as they patrolled the highway linking Cali and the Pacific port of Buenaventura, both in the southwestern province of Valle del Cauca.

Sgt. Oscar Alfredo Celis died in the attack and five of his men were wounded, Adm. Rodolfo Amaya, commander of Colombia’s Pacific fleet, said from his headquarters in Buenaventura.

Authorities also blamed the FARC for dynamiting a bridge in the southern province of Caqueta.

“There are no dead or wounded, only material damage,” provincial government secretary Luis Eduardo Campo told El Tiempo newspaper.

The strike against the bridge will disrupt deliveries of milk and gasoline to San Vicente del Caguan, the province’s capital, authorities said.

It will take at least nine days to repair the bridge, San Vicente del Caguan Mayor Domingo Perez told RCN Radio.

In northeastern Colombia, FARC rebels burned five trucks loaded with coal on the highway linking the border city of Cucuta with the town of Ocaña.

The guerrillas forced the drivers out of the vehicles before setting the trucks ablaze.

The FARC fighters also laid mines to prevent troops from entering the area, Col. Rodolfo Ibarra, commander of the army’s 30th Brigade, told the media.

The armed forces “will continue persevering” in the task of bringing order to “difficult zones,” President Juan Manuel Santos said in an independence day address.

The FARC has battled a succession of Colombian governments since the mid-1960s.

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High Jumper Jamie Nieto Hopes to Grab the Gold at London Olympics

High Jumper Jamie Nieto Hopes to Grab the Gold at London Olympics

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Jamie Nieto wants to make up for not being selected for the 2008 Beijing Games and hopes to take home a medal for high-jumping from the London Olympics.

At 35 and with the experience of having competed in the 2004 Athens Games where he finished fourth, the Hispanic athlete hopes to achieve his Olympic goal in what will perhaps be the last chance of his career.

Nieto began high-jumping in 1993 at Valley High School in Sacramento, California, and still remembers trainer Joe Radan as a close friend who taught him a lot when he was just starting out.

His personal best is 2.34 meters (7’ 8”), just 11 centimeters (4”) less than the record of 2.45 meters (8’) set in 1993 by Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor.

“Winning the classifying round for the Olympic Games gave me a lot of confidence and now I really feel good about my chances,” Nieto told Efe.

Nieto said that in his mental preparation he’s at the top of his game and that his training routine has put him at 100 percent of his potential, all of which is key to getting the best out of himself.

“I feel sure of my concentration since I prefer to work on quality rather than quantity,” the athlete said about a daily schedule in which he trains his track and field skills for two hours in the morning, then lifts weights for an hour in the afternoon.

When asked about possible rivals, he perferred not to speak of anyone in particular.

“What’s important is that I’m going to do the best I can. My favorite rival is me, because while I’m mentally focused there’s no panic attack, everything is fine,” he said shortly before flying off to Europe to finish his training before the July 27 inauguration of the Olympic Games.

Jamie feels proud of his Latino roots and warmly remembers visiting the land of his Mexican ancestors in recent years.

“It was a wonderful experience, I really enjoyed the country and the city, I love Mexican food as well as the views of the countryside,” he said about his trip south of the border.

He said he doesn’t feel weighed down by the years but rather buoyed by the experience of having done well since he first competed in the Games.

Win or lose in London, Nieto has already prepared for what he’ll do when he’s no longer an athlete, thanks to a transition program he has been working on for several years.

“From the time I was passed over for the team going go to Beijing, I began training as an actor, taking classes and trying to get involved in something I wanted to do for a long time,” he said.

Nieto has now acted in commercials, television sitcoms and the movies “The Encounter” in 2010, “Jerusalem Countdown” and “Red Line” in 2011, as well as in “Baseball’s Last Hero: The Roberto Clemente Story”, which has yet to premiere.

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Mexican Tourist Bus Crash Leaves 21 Dead, 29 Injured

Mexican Tourist Bus Crash Leaves 21 Dead, 29 Injured

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Twenty-one people were killed and 29 others injured Friday when a bus ran off the road and plunged into a ravine in the western Mexican state of Nayarit, authorities said.

The accident occurred around 4:00 a.m. on a stretch of highway between the towns of Puente de Chapalilla and Tequepexpan, state government spokesman Sergio Cañedo told Efe.

The bus was carrying tourists from the northern state of Chihuahua to the seaside resort of Rincon de Guayabitos, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Puerto Vallarta.

Injured survivors were taken to three hospitals in Tepic, the capital of Nayarit.

State and federal police and investigators are at the crash site, along with fire rescue and personnel from the Red Cross.

Residents of a community in Chihuahua pooled their resources to charter the bus for the beach excursion, Nayarit officials said.

Schools let out in Mexico two weeks ago and the country’s highways are crowded with families en route to vacation spots.

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“Yo Soy 132” Movement Urges Authorities to Overturn Election Results

“Yo Soy 132” Movement Urges Authorities to Overturn Election Results

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Mexico’s Yo soy 132 student movement presented Thursday a campaign aimed at persuading authorities to annul the July 1 presidential election and avert the “imposition” of ostensible winner Enrique Peña Nieto as the country’s next head of state.

“Our general plan begins by contributing to the cleaning up of the electoral process, but it has as its goal the legitimate petition to declare the election invalid,” one of the group’s representatives, Sofia Silva, told a press conference here.

Yo soy 132 emerged in May, largely as a reaction to the Mexican mass media’s bias in favor of Peña Nieto, candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

The movement has already submitted to prosecutors and electoral authorities a report containing more than 1,000 instances of irregularities at polling places and said it will deliver a second dossier next week.

“If the authorities charged with validating the election don’t take into account the hundreds of citizen complaints documented so far, they will be taking a step toward a grave risk of social explosion,” Yo soy 132 said in a statement, while emphasizing their own commitment to strictly peaceful protest.

The group’s spokespeople announced a “national mega-march against the imposition,” urging Mexicans to fill town squares across the country on Sunday.

Peña Nieto won the election with 38.21 percent of the vote, while the standard-bearer of a leftist coalition, Andres Manuel 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.

Earlier Thursday, the respective chairmen of the governing conservative National Action Party and the leftist PRD, Gustavo Madero and Jesus Zambrano, held a press conference in Mexico City to demand an investigation of the PRI for possible money laundering.

The party chiefs also disclosed that they asked electoral authorities to complete their probe of PRI campaign finances before the Aug. 31 deadline for the TEPJF to certify Peña Nieto as president-elect.

The PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, lost the 2000 presidential election to 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.

Despite their ideological differences, National Action and the PRD have a history of working together at the state and local levels to battle the PRI.

That relationship was put under strain when Lopez Obrador lost the 2006 contest to National Action’s Felipe Calderon by 0.56 percent of the vote, a result the leftist candidate refused to accept.

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Oil Leak in Brazil May Cost Chevron $24.7 Million

Oil Leak in Brazil May Cost Chevron $24.7 Million

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Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency said Thursday that Chevron Corp. will be fined nearly 50 million reais ($24.7 million) for an oil leak at an offshore field last November.

The U.S. oil supermajor was found to have committed 25 infractions, each of them subject to a fine of up to 2 million reais, agency officials said at a press conference, while noting that Chevron’s prior good record in Brazil will be taken into account in determining the precise amount of the penalty.

The agency, known by the Portuguese initials ANP, says 3,700 barrels of crude have leaked from the Frade field, located 120 kilometers (75 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.

“The accident could have been avoided if Chevron had complied with the (Brazilian) norm and its own manual,” ANP director Magda Chambriard said.

She said a 68-page report detailing each of Chevron’s 25 regulatory infractions will be released Friday.

The San Ramon, California-based multinational is the operator of the field with a 51.74 percent stake, while Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras and Japan’s Frade Japao Petroleo have 30 percent and 18.26 percent interests, respectively.

Frade lies in the Campos basin, where nearly 90 percent of Brazil’s oil and gas is extracted.

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Indians Put FARC Rebels on Trial in Colombia

Indians Put FARC Rebels on Trial in Colombia

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Four suspected members of Colombia’s FARC rebel group went on trial Thursday before a court of the Nasa Indians in the embattled southwestern province of Cauca.

The purported guerrillas were captured Wednesday in the mountains near the town of Toribio.

The governors of the 14 Nasa reserves, assisted by a council of elders, are presiding over the process, an official with the Association of Indigenous Governments of North Cauca, or ACIN, told Efe.

“People chosen the communities will be able to ask questions of the rebels,” Feliciano Valencia said, pointing out that the court is consistent with the Colombian Constitution’s guarantee of autonomy for the nation’s indigenous peoples.

Indigenous groups likewise have the right to exercise control over their designated territories and the Nasa, also known as the Paez, have recently mobilized to exercise that right by expelling both rebels and the security forces from their lands.

The trial of the purported guerrillas could last for hours or days, Valencia said by telephone from Toribio.

If convicted, they could face flogging, incarceration or - in the case of ethnic Nasa - exile.

The Nasa Indigenous Guard discovered the four suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in the mountains with rifles and explosives and took them to a jail in Toribio.

While most of the Nasa leadership was occupied with the trial of the rebels, the Indians also held talks Thursday with officials of President Juan Manuel Santos’ government, sent to Toribio to try to resolve the issues that led to clashes between security forces and the indigenous people in North Cauca.

One Nasa was killed and around 30 others injured Wednesday in incidents associated with an operation by riot police to evict scores of Indians from a hilltop military outpost in Toribio.

Elements of the Nasa Indigenous Guard - armed only with ceremonial batons - first occupied the post last week. On Tuesday, they bodily removed around 100 soldiers from the installation.

ACIN had set a deadline of midnight Monday for all “armed actors” to vacate the 14 Indian reserves in the region.

Intense fighting in Cauca between government forces and leftist FARC guerrillas has driven more than 2,800 indigenous and mestizo people from their homes in the past two weeks.

The Nasa are one of several Colombian indigenous groups to proclaim their neutrality in the internal armed conflict and demand that both sides leave them alone.

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