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TuesdayJuly 24, 2012

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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AH1N1 Swine Flu Death Toll Hits 133 in Brazil

AH1N1 Swine Flu Death Toll Hits 133 in Brazil

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Brazilian health authorities reported the deaths of 10 more people in the southern part of the country from the AH1N1 swine flu virus, bringing the death toll to 133 so far this year.

The new fatalities were registered in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Parana, regions that share a border with Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

So far this year in southern Brazil, authorities have registered 1,900 cases of swine flu, according to the state-run news agency Agencia Brasil.

The Health Ministry is scheduled late this week to send 400,000 doses of swine flu vaccine to Parana with the aim of immunizing children between the ages of 2 and 5.

That group is not included in the risk category to whom the vaccine is being distributed on a priority basis. In that category are pregnant women, patients with chronic illnesses and babies under age 2.

Health Minister Alexandre Padilha has ruled out the risk of a swine flu epidemic in Brazil.

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Latino Attorney Wants to Represent North Texas Latinos in Washington as U.S. Rep

Latino Attorney Wants to Represent North Texas Latinos in Washington as U.S. Rep

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Attorney and activist Domingo Garcia wants to become the first Hispanic in North Texas to occupy a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On July 31, Garcia will face African-American Marc Veasey in a runoff for the Democratic nomination in the recently created District 33, which includes parts of Dallas and Tarrant counties.

In an area with a Democratic majority, whoever wins the nomination is practically certain to win the election in November.

At 54, Garcia knows the vicissitudes of public office after serving as city councilman from 1991-1995 and as a Texas state legislator from 1996-2002.

But he also knows at first hand the bitterness of defeat from the time in 2002 when he failed to garner the necessary votes to become mayor of Dallas.

His wish to help others and defend immigrants’ rights has been evident since his formative years.

“In high school he was student body president and when he went to college he became part of a Chicano civic group called CAUSA, through which he tried to promote Mexican-American culture,” Garcia told Efe in an interview.

Since then he has been affiliated with many projects for the protection of citizens’ rights.

Born in the West Texas city of Midland of an undocumented Mexican father and a Native American mother, Garcia was 10 when the family moved to Dallas, where he worked as a shoeshine boy and construction worker.

After finishing high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in international relations from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City and a law degree from Texas Southern University.

While doing those collegiate rounds “I met my wife and when I returned I opened a law firm,” said Garcia, whose success as a criminal defense attorney allowed him to amass several million dollars.

Today he has offices in several Texas cities, appears in the media doing ads for his practice and makes the news leading protest marches, such as occurred in 2006 when he was instrumental in rallying more than 500,000 people in Dallas to demand that the government do something about immigration reform.

“The great majority of people who took part in those historic demonstrations were doing it for the first time and it was through those experiences that we began creating a base, essential for our political future in the state,” he said.

“It’s now that we’re seeing a new generation of emerging Latino leaders who want change and hope to make a difference to Texas politics,” Garcia said.

“When they learn the civic importance of choosing their representatives, they will pass that legacy on to their children and grandchildren,” he said.

The most notable goal he has set for himself, should he go to Washington, has to do with the struggle that millions of people go through, as did his own father when he came to this country.

Specifically, that goal means “achieving immigration reform and taking care of undocumented students so they can go forward in life with the right immigration status,” Garcia said.

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Mexican Singer Alexander Acha Doesn’t Mind Being Known as Emmanuel’s Son

Mexican Singer Alexander Acha Doesn’t Mind Being Known as Emmanuel’s Son

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Though one day he’d like to be known for his own achievements in music and no longer as the “son of Emmanuel,” Mexican singer Alexander Acha told Efe that he knows he’ll never stop being identified that way because his father is “one of the greats.”

“If he were some insignificant character in the world of music, maybe nobody would say ‘the son of,’ but my dad is one of the greats and so in my lifetime that’s never going away,” the 27-year-old artist said in an interview with Efe.

So, the young musician acknowledged, even though he achieves success and “gets to be even greater” than Emmanuel, it won’t matter, he’ll always be known as the son.

“That doesn’t bother me, just the opposite, it reminds me of who my father is,” he said about one of the most renowned performers of Mexican music and the author of hit tunes like “Chica de Humo” (Girl of Smoke) and “Bella Señora.”

“I talk to him a lot, he gives me advice, he spoils me, he calms me down because sometimes I get hyper and want to eat the world in a single bite, I bolt like a colt but my dad reins me in, he enjoys his hits with me and is sympathetic about my fiascos - he’s a great pal, a great friend, my confidant and my accomplice,” he said.

With two discs on the market, Acha presented Tuesday a new edition of his second work entitled “La Vida Es…Amor Sincero” (Life Is…True Love”), to which he has added six new tracks and a DVD, that will go on sale in Mexico next July 26.

The winner of the 2009 Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Acha sings a song with his father, “Vida” (Life), and said that while now is not the time, one day he’d like to make a complete album of duets with him.

The artist admits that being Emmanuel’s son has made his work easier in some ways, it has opened many doors, it’s like “bait,” but that afterwards he’s had to work harder than usual to show that he’s more than a name.

“Yes, this comes with its own responsibility. Being the son of Emmanuel and having been told that from the time I was a kid has to bear fruit, you have to be worthy of what your life represents,” Acha said.

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Four Alleged Thieves Killed by Guatemalan Mob

Four Alleged Thieves Killed by Guatemalan Mob

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Four accused robbers were killed by a mob in an indigenous community in northwestern Guatemala, authorities said Tuesday.

The incident took place after midnight Monday in a village outside Santa Cruz Barillas, a town about 350 kilometers (217 miles) from the capital, a police spokesman in Huehuetenango province told reporters.

“We are investigating how the events occurred, because there are different accounts from the residents,” the spokesman said.

Gen. Rudy Ortiz, commander of the military detachment in Huehuetenango, said that after the lynching, members of the community hid the bodies in scrubland on the edge of the village.

“Some say that it was thieves who were robbing people in the communities, but others say they (the lynching victims) were merchants and it seems there was a mistake,” a resident of the village told media outlets.

Two of the victims were identified as brothers Jaime and Rolando Tomas Simon, the Huehuetenango delegate of the Presidential Human Rights Commission, told Prensa Libre newspaper.

Santa Cruz Barillas spent 30 days under a state of siege in May after residents stormed a nearby military post to protest the murder of two of their neighbors, allegedly by employees of a controversial dam project.

Vigilante justice as a widespread phenomenon in Guatemala dates from the 1996 signing of peace accords that ended the country’s 36-year civil war.

The absence of police in isolated communities and pervasive distrust of the judicial system are the main reasons for the rising number of lynchings in the Central American nation, analysts say.

Lynchings of suspected criminals increased from 25 in 2004 to 147 in the first 10 months of 2011, the national ombud’s office said last November.

The 651 instances of “people’s justice” during those seven years resulted in 216 deaths - 47 of them in 2011 - and left another 911 victims seriously injured, according to the report.

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61 Schools In Chile Being investigated Amidst Claims of Child Sexual Abuse

61 Schools In Chile Being investigated Amidst Claims of Child Sexual Abuse

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Authorities are investigating a number of schools in Chile’s capital city amid reports of child sex abuse.

The country’s Attorney General Sabas Chahuan said his office is looking into possible child sex abuse cases in 49 eastern Santiago schools and 12 in the western part of the city.

Many of those accused are

According to official estimates obtained by the Associate Press, sexual abuse of children under the age of 14 jumped 22 percent in the first half of the year when compared to the same period last year.

Last month, Chile’s government made it illegal to work near children and also now requires child sex abusers to register in a central database.

“Wherever there are children, we will investigate just the same as we do with corruption or economic crimes,” Chahuan said. “We put ourselves in the place of the parents and we know they’re worried, anxious and desperate.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Fingerprint Scanner Keeps Failing, Annoyed Inmate Punches Officer

LATINO BLOTTER: Fingerprint Scanner Keeps Failing, Annoyed Inmate Punches Officer

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At some point everyone has to experience the frustration of something like a printer, fax machine, or scanner not working, but when a fingerprint scanner at an Arizona police station malfunctioned, one alleged criminal took his frustration out on the an officer.

On July 14, 35-year-old Salmineo Romero was arrest by a Casa Grande police officer for misdemeanor warrants.

While at the station, the officer booking Romero ran into trouble with the fingerprint scanner and had to restart the process a number of times.

After awhile, Romero reportedly “had enough” and actually swung at the officer, hitting him in the nose.

Two officers were able to subdue Romero with help of a stun gun and the inmate, who had been brought in on misdemeanor warrants, is now facing a much more serious charge of aggravated assault on an officer.

He is currently being held at Arizona’s Pinal county Jail.

ABC 15 has exclusive footage of the annoyance-turned-assault.

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It’s National Tequila Day - Time to Celebrate

It’s National Tequila Day - Time to Celebrate

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Tequila, the Mexican spirit for the very spirited is celebrating its existence in a very American way with its own day of celebration.  The fastest growing distilled spirit is getting respect and sales as it grows in popularity used from margaritas to mind-numbing benders to belly jelly shots. 

Americans are enjoying their Tequila, never to be confused with Tila Tequila, with purist preferring 100% pure agave and the less refined opting for cheaper mixer brands.  Regardless, tequila must be made and bottled in Mexico, Jalsico, Mexico that is to be called Tequila.  The tequila is aged in oak barrels and if your budget allows for it, you can buy your own barrel for $10,000 from Herradura Anejo, one of Mexico’s finest tequila makers.  If not be assured you can fine cheap shots going for $1 somewhere in town. 

So kick back relax and don’t worry about the worm that only comes by drinking mescal another Mexican export.

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Study Investigates Elder Abuse Among Low-Income Latino Elderly

Study Investigates Elder Abuse Among Low-Income Latino Elderly

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According to a new study out of the USC Davis School of Gerontology, elder abuse among low-income Latino communities goes largely unreported.

“Our study has revealed a much higher rate of elder abuse among the Latino community than had been previously thought,” said Marguerite DeLiema of USC Davis, lead author of the study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. “This indicates that family solidarity within the Latino community does not necessarily protect older Latinos against elder abuse, as some research has suggested.”

The team’s research found 40 percent of the Latino elders interviewed reported being either abused or neglected in the last 12 months. However, only 1.5 percent said they alerted authorities.

About 10.7 percent of those interviewed said they had been physically abused a percent said they had been sexually abused in the last year. In addition, 16.7 percent of Latino elders said they had been exploited financially, and 11.7 percent said they were neglected by their caregivers. Elderly Latinos who had been in the United States longer were more likely to be abused or neglected, the study found.

“Recent studies suggest that more than one in seven older adults is a victim of some type of elder abuse each year. We hope that these findings will bring greater national attention to the troubling issue of noninstitutional elder abuse, particularly in areas with fewer community resources,” said senior author Kathleen Wilber, Mary Pickford Foundation Professor at USC Davis.

With limited English proficiency, ethnically segregated neighborhoods and cultural traditions that include reluctance to discuss problems outside the family, Latino elders are often overlooked in aging research, despite making up 6.7 percent of the U.S. population aged 65 and older. Across all demographic groups, more than 5 million cases of elder abuse are estimated to occur annually in the United States.

All interviews in the USC study were conducted in Spanish by local promotores: Spanish-speaking community health organizers who were recruited and trained to interview Latinos over the age of 65. The promotores went from door to door on randomly selected blocks in predominantly Latino neighborhoods.

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Mariah vs JLo: Will ‘American Idol’ Really Have Both Divas? And Who Will Make More?

Mariah vs JLo: Will ‘American Idol’ Really Have Both Divas? And Who Will Make More?

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Rumors had been building over the last couple of weeks that Mariah Carey was in talks to replace Jennifer Lopez as a judge on American Idol, as Lopez was reportedly leaving to pursue other career prospects.

However, just as it was announced 42-year-old Carey would be joining Randy Jackson behind the judges table for season 12 of the singing competition show, rumor has it Lopez may not leave after all. On the other hand, it has been stated that Lopez is simply not leaving because of money, but still plans to exit.

If rumors of her reconsidering her departure are true, there are a few questions to ponder. Though Steven Tyler is still leaving, and there are enough spots for both Carey and Lopez, is there enough spotlight for that much diva? And if she stays who will make more?

Let’s take a look at what each of the ladies brings to the table.

Mariah Carey
Age: 42
Years active: 1988 - now
Signature: 5-octave range (ability to hit “whistle register”)
Children: 2 - twins Monroe and Moroccan Scott born in April 2011
Number of husbands: 2 (Tommy Mottola, Nick Cannon)
Current relationship status: Married Nick Cannon, now 31, in April 2008
Number of albums: 13 (14th slated for later this year)
Number of films: 8
Approx. net worth: $500 million
Ethnicity: Venezuelan-African American (father) and Irish American (mother)
Current project: preparing for release of first single - “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” - ahead of August 2012 release of 14th studio album
American Idol paycheck: between $15 and 18 million
a) Honored as world’s best-selling female artist of the 1990s at World Music Awards
b) Named best-selling female artist of the millennium
c) Her 1995 song “One Sweet Day” with Boys II Men remains the longest-running number one song in U.S. chart history

Jennifer Lopez
Age: 43
Years active: 1986 - now
Signature: rear end
Children: 2 - twins Max and Emme, born Februay 22, 2008
Number of husbands: 3 (Ojani Noa, Cris Judd, Marc Anthony)
Current relationship status: dating dancer/choreographer Casper Smart, 29
Number of albums: 7
Number of films: 11
Approx. net worth: $250 million
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican
Current project: co-headlining concert tour with Enrique Iglesias
American Idol paycheck: $12 million for first year, $15 million for second year
a) began as “Fly Girl” dancer on In Livin’ Color
b) gained wider audience after playing slain singer Selena in movie Selena
c) topped Forbes 2012 “Celebrity 100 List” as the most powerful celebrity in the world, beating both Oprah and Lady Gaga and jumping up from number 50 the year before

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How Ancient Mayans Survived in Drought Conditions

How Ancient Mayans Survived in Drought Conditions

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Although in today’s modern world more than half of the United States is struggling to survive in a drought more severe than any other since 1956, it is surprising to consider that ancient civilizations such as the Mayans faced similar drought conditions with success.

According to research which will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Mayan city of Tikal contained an impressive water management system used to combat drought conditions.  One of the most impressive parts of this system is a dam which held as many as 20 million gallons of water and according to the archaeological team at the University of Cincinnati, is the largest known dam built by Central American Mayans, measuring at 260 feet long and 33 feet high.  This impressive ‘primitive’ dam was built with cut stone, rubble and earth.  The city’s plazas and courtyards were then strategically slanted to provide enough gravity for water to fill the larger reservoirs. 

Ken Tankersley, a co author of the paper and professor from the University of Cincinnati states, “It’s likely that the overall system of reservoirs and early water diversion features, which were highly adaptable and resilient over a long stretch, helped Tikal and some other centers survive periodic droughts when many other settlement sites had to be abandoned due to lack of rainfall.” 

The Mayans also took great care in purifying the collected water.  Sand boxes filled with quartz sand found only 20 miles from the ancient city were placed in the canals.  The water would run through these boxes and filter through the sand before emptying into the main reservoir.

According to Vernon Scarborough, co author of the paper and also a professor at the University of Cincinnati much can be learned from this ancient water purification system.  “Water management in the ancient context can be dismissed as less relevant to our current water crisis because of its lack of technological sophistication.  Nevertheless in many areas of the world today, the energy requirements for even simple pumping and filtering devices to say nothing about replacement part acquisition challenges access to potable sources…The ancient Maya, however, developed a clever rainwater catchment and delivery system based on elevated, seasonally charged reservoirs positioned in immediate proximity to the grand pavements and pyramidal architecture of their urban cores…Perhaps the past can fundamentally inform the present, if we, too, can be clever.” 

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Ruben Blades 500,000 Comic Book Collection to Be Auctioned

Ruben Blades 500,000 Comic Book Collection to Be Auctioned

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Panamanian singer and politician Ruben Blades has been collecting comics almost since he reached the age of reason, but now thinks enough is enough and plans to put them up for auction.

Comic lovers will be able to bid on the almost 500,000 copies belonging to Blades up to Aug. 13 when the online auction organized by ComicConnect.com comes to an end.

Blades started collecting comics when he was a little boy in his native Panama and except for a few years when he left the picture stories aside, the Panamanian singer spent over 30 years piling up a huge, diversified collection.

“My mother threw a lot of them in the trash, and when I turned 18 I stopped buying comics because other things began to matter more in my life,” Blades, the singer-songwriter of smash hits like “Pedro Navaja,” said.

His passion for comics returned at age 26 when he was living in New York and one day in 1974 came upon a second-hand comic-book store at the intersection of 57th Street and 8th Avenue.

“I was snagged once more,” Blades said, adding that in all those years he concentrated on completing series no matter what state the copies were in, including some featuring the most popular characters of all like Batman and Superman, as the Web site shows.

ComicConnect representatives said it’s not easy to find a collector who has completed so many series as the Panamanian musician, from gems of the Action Comics 1 series to Detective Comics 27.

“I’m going to sell them little by little to focus on other things. I have too many comic books and in completing the series I felt that had I achieved my goal. It’s been fun and I met some interesting people along the way,” Blades said.

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5.2 Early Morning Earthquake Rattles Southern Mexico

5.2 Early Morning Earthquake Rattles Southern Mexico

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A magnitude-5.2 earthquake rocked southern Mexico early Tuesday, but there are no damage or injury reports, the U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said.

The quake’s epicenter, which was located at a depth of 13.2 kilometers (8.2 miles), was 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) south-southeast of San Juan de Cacahuatepec, a town in Oaxaca state, and 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) north of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, another town on the southern state’s Pacific coast.

The earthquake occurred at 12:25 a.m, the USGS said.

Mexico’s National Seismological Service confirmed the temblor on its Twitter and estimated the magnitude at 5.62.

The earthquake was felt in Mexico City, but officials have not reported any injuries or damage, media outlets said.

A magnitude-7.4 earthquake on March 20 killed two people in southern Mexico and was followed by dozens of strong aftershocks.

On April 2, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake rocked an area between the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca.

Mexico, one of the countries with the highest levels of seismic activity in the world, sits on the North American tectonic plate and is surrounded by three other plates in the Pacific: the Rivera microplate, at the mouth of the Gulf of California; the Pacific plate; and the Cocos plate.

That last tectonic plate stretches from Colima state south and has the potential to cause the most damage since it affects Mexico City, which has a population of 20 million and was constructed over what was once Lake Texcoco.

The magnitude-8.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City on Sept. 19, 1985, was the most destructive to ever hit Mexico, killing some 10,000 people, injuring more than 40,000 others and leaving 80,000 people homeless.

The most recent powerful quake to hit Mexico was a magnitude-7.6 temblor that rocked Colima on Jan. 21, 2003.

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U.S. Border Patrol Accused of Human Rights Abuses

U.S. Border Patrol Accused of Human Rights Abuses

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Humanitarian organizations in Arizona on Monday accused the Border Patrol of continuing to implement a “culture of cruelty” that includes destroying water stations placed in the desert with the aim of saving the lives of dehydrated migrants crossing the border illegally from Mexico.

Danielle Alvarado, a volunteer with the group No More Deaths (No Mas Muertes), told Efe that the organization is constantly receiving complaints from immigrants about systematic abuse, like denying them water and food, as well as objectionable conditions in the detention centers.

The humanitarian organization documented on video two incidents, one that occurred in December 2009 and the other last May, where Border Patrol officers were filmed destroying a water station and bottles of water left by volunteers in the desert to help save the lives of undocumented migrants.

The video was included in a PBS program that was broadcast last Friday and that catalogued examples of abuses suffered by undocumented migrants while they were in the custody of Border Patrol agents along the frontier with Mexico.

John Fife, a retired Presbyterian minister and activist in southern Arizona, said Monday at a press conference that the most worrisome thing was seeing in the video how a Border Patrol agent said that it did not matter to him that he was being videotaped destroying water stations and that some of his colleagues had seen him do it and had not done anything to prevent it.

“Our volunteers who place the water in the desert are constantly threatened and harassed by the Border Patrol,” Fife said.

No More Deaths made three recommendations, among them establishing an independent commission to monitor the actions of the Border Patrol inside the detention centers and along the frontier.

The organization also wants an independent group to be created to prepare a medical evaluation of the detainees who are currently in custody.

They also asked for the federal agency to adopt and communicate to all its agents the humanitarian policy of providing water and food as emergency aid, a measure that complies with U.S. federal laws and the international standards of the Red Cross.

These same requests were made by the group to the Border Patrol in May and, in response, Fife explained that they received a letter in which the federal agency said that it valued human life and was committed to reducing the number of deaths of migrants in the desert.

However, at the same time the letter said that the perception exists that setting up water stations in the desert is helping undocumented migrants to enter the United States illegally.

According to a 2011 report prepared by No More Deaths, 10 percent of the 13,000 undocumented immigrants they interviewed reported suffering physical or sexual abuse from Border Patrol agents along Arizona’s frontier with Mexico.

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Enrique Iglesias Wants to Record Some “Cool, Latin” Sounds with Tourmate J.Lo

Enrique Iglesias Wants to Record Some “Cool, Latin” Sounds with Tourmate J.Lo

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Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, currently on tour in the United States with Jennifer Lopez, told Efe on Monday that he would like to record some “cool, Latin” sounds with her.

Iglesias and Lopez are playing to full houses at every concert and though they don’t sing together in their presentations, the Spaniard said they’re likely to do so not far down the road.

The singer told Efe via e-mail that the idea doesn’t spring from “anything in particular, we’ve recorded several things together but it must be like Jennifer says, that I’m too much of a perfectionist - but I’m positive we’ll do a number together and may it be soon.”

“Meanwhile we’re really enjoying the tour,” the 37-year-old singer said after the two concerts he gave this weekend with Lopez in Newark, New Jersey.

Iglesias is nothing averse to musical duos as exemplified by those he has done with a number of top Latino and Anglo artists, being one of the first to do crossover performances in the English-language market.

The singer said that collaborations, like the songs he sang with Christina Aguilera, Lionel Richie, Aventura and Pitbull, “should come about organically - I’m working on several ideas now but they’re still in the embryo stage.”

Iglesias and J.Lo plan to perform in Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Miami and other cities, before wrapping up the tour in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 2.

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Dominican Republic’s Abortion Ban Tested with Case of Pregnant Teen with Cancer

Dominican Republic’s Abortion Ban Tested with Case of Pregnant Teen with Cancer

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The plight of a pregnant teenager suffering from acute leukemia stirred up anew on Monday the controversy over abortion, which is barred by the Dominican Constitution even in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

The 16-year-old is nine weeks pregnant and urgently needs to undergo chemotherapy for her illness, a treatment that will severely affect the fetus.

The president of the Gynecology Society, Ruddy Guerrero, said that doctors attending the patient are really at a crossroads, but said that the immediate task is to start treating the girl.

The subject was discussed Monday by the Feminist Forum, which said that “first and most urgent is beginning chemotherapy” for Esperanza, as the teen is identified, and that doctors “should apply the protocols of attention universally established in such cases, without fear of reprisals of any kind.”

However, they said, “that alone is not enough. Esperanza’s case will be repeated time after time until the legal regulations are changed that allow this kind of situation to arise.”

The group said that doctors should have started treating the teenager a week ago and warned that “the time wasted could mark the difference between life and death for this young woman, so we can do no less than ask: What are you waiting for?”

“If the specialists consulted have recommended almost unanimously that chemo be started immediately, why the delay? If the girl, her mother, her doctors and even the public health minister (Bautista Rojas Gomez) have requested the start of treatment, why not go ahead with it?” the group’s members asked.

This case, they said, “once more spotlights the humanitarian dilemmas, political trickery and legal confusion created” by Article 37 of the new constitution enacted in 2010

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