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MondayJuly 30, 2012

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OLYMPICS 2012:  Latin American Judo Athletes Surprised by Early Elimination

OLYMPICS 2012:  Latin American Judo Athletes Surprised by Early Elimination

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The tears of frustration shed by Brazilian judo team member Rafaela Silva, one of the favorites in the under-57kg class, upon being disqualified from competition were the image of the fateful day experienced Monday by Latin American athletes at the London Olympic Games.

After winning two medals on the first day and a silver secured by Cuba’s Yanet Bermoy on Sunday, the Latin American judo competitors on Monday had little to celebrate as all of their athletes were eliminated in the first or second round of the women’s under-57kg and men’s under-73km categories.

The most surprising elimination was that of the 20-year-old Silva.

After beating Germany’s Miryam Roper, the Brazilian went up against Hungary’s Hedvig Karakas, whom she clearly dominated for the entire match until the referees eliminated her - to her astonishment - for throwing her opponent using an illegal leg-grab.

In despair, Silva - the world runner-up - broke down on the mat and wept bitterly, remaining there for several minutes until, with the help of her trainer and looking shaken, she left the area.

A similar fate was suffered by Brazil’s Bruno Mendonca, who lost his second match to Dutch world No. 4 Dex Elmont on a penalty in extra time.

Colombia’s Yadinys Amaris, who lost to U.S. competitor Marti Malloy in just 40 seconds, and Costa Rica’s Osman Mutillo, who was beaten by Egypt’s Hussein Hafiz, could not get past the first round in their Olympic debut appearances.

Meanwhile, Cuba’s Yurileidys Lupetey was unable to repeat her 2004 performance, when she took home the bronze medal at the Athens Games, losing in the round of 16 to Russia’s Irina Zabludina.

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Mexico’s Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez Win Silver Medal in Synchronized Diving

Mexico’s Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez Win Silver Medal in Synchronized Diving

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Mexico’s Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez went all out on Monday with a very difficult dive, but they pulled it off thus assuring themselves the silver medal in the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform at the London Olympic Games.

Garcia and Sanchez racked up 468.90 points for second place after Chinese champions Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan, who had 486.78, and beating out the U.S. pair of Nicholas McCrory and David Boudia, who took home the bronze with 463.47.

The Chinese and Britons Thomas Daley and Peter Waterfield went out in front early on, while the Mexicans found themselves in last place after their first two obligatory dives.

In their third dive, however, Garcia and Sanchez move up into fifth place with scores of more than 8 points.

That was when they decided to forget they were at the Olympics and they visualized themselves alone with their trainer in their gym in Guadalajara and executed an inward 4 1/2 somersault tuck with a 4.1 degree of difficulty, picking up 95.94 points to vault into second place, with only the Chinese ahead of them.

“We played it because it was the only way to fulfill this dream. We could have failed because we tried something very difficult, but it worked out and here I have the medal,” Sanchez told the media.

The silver medal was Mexico’s first of the London games and 56th overall.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon congratulated Garcia and Sanchez via Twitter.

“Congratulations to German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia, silver medal in 10-meter synchronized ... Congratulations!” the president wrote.

The pair of divers were also hailed by the governor of their home state of Jalisco, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez.

“Congratulations to @IvanGarciaPollo and to @DiverSanchez for giving Mexico its first silver medal. They are the pride of Jalisco,” the governor tweeted.

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Spain’s Tennis Pair Ferrer and Lopez Advance to Olympic Quarterfinals

Spain’s Tennis Pair Ferrer and Lopez Advance to Olympic Quarterfinals

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Spain’s David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic tennis doubles competition on Monday by defeating Austria’s Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.

“We played very well against some very good rivals. We have adjusted really well. We knew that if the match was even, we would have our chance and that’s how it was,” Ferrer said.

The Spanish duo needed two hours and 19 minutes to win and keep their hopes alive at the London Olympics.

“It’s not bad. We’re through two rounds and anything can happen now,” Ferrer, who is ranked No. 5 in the world in singles, said.

The Spaniards’ next opponent will be the winner of the match between the Swedish doubles team of Johan Brunstrom and Robert Lindstedt, who beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki 7-6, 6-3, and the victor in the match pitting Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo and Juan Sebastian Cabral against Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig.

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From ‘Kalimba’ to ‘The Singer’ - Performer Changes Name for New Group

From ‘Kalimba’ to ‘The Singer’ - Performer Changes Name for New Group

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More than a year after the singer known simply as Kalimba was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in a hotel after one of his concerts, it seems the Mexican-born performer is looking for a fresh start and he’s starting with a new name.

With a new band, comes a new name: The Singer.

The Singer has formed a new band based out of Mexico called The Fishes.

The Fishes, who sing in English have already uploaded their song/video “Shining Star” onto YouTube.

Check out The Fishes’ “Shining Star” (with a lead singer now named The Singer) below.


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OLYMPICS: Spain Loses to Honduras - Spain Eliminated from 2012 Soccer Tournament

OLYMPICS: Spain Loses to Honduras - Spain Eliminated from 2012 Soccer Tournament

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Spain was eliminated from the Olympic soccer tournament Sunday after losing to Honduras 1-0 and failing to score any points in its first two games.

Japan, which beat Spain 1-0 in the first round, defeated Morocco by the same score on Sunday, taking the lead in Group D with six points and qualifying mathematically for the quarterfinals.

Honduras, which tied Morocco 2-2 last Thursday in Glasgow, is in second place in the group with four points, followed by the North African squad, which has one point.

Spain will say farewell to the Olympics with a match against Morocco on Aug. 1 in Manchester, while Japan and Honduras will play in Coventry.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Robbery Suspect Jesus Martinez Identified by Tattooed Forehead

LATINO BLOTTER: Robbery Suspect Jesus Martinez Identified by Tattooed Forehead

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During a robbery it can be hard to get a glimpse of one’s attacker, but a very obvious forehead tattoo helped one victim send her robber straight to jail.

A man was recently arrested in the suburb of Elgin, northwest of Chicago, and easily identified by multiple tattoos on his head.

Jesus K. Martinez, 22, was arrested and charged with armed robbery with a firearm and robbery after he robbed someone at gunpoint in an alley near 217 Oak Street.

The victim called police and using the victim’s description of the suspect, which included tattoos on the face, officers were able to pick up Martinez within minutes.

When arrested, officers found the victim’s cash and business checks on Martinez.

Martinez was released on parole in December after serving 10 months of a two-year sentence for theft.

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Amy Kahlo or Frida Winehouse? Argentine Artist Carolina Gallo Paints Amy as Frido

Amy Kahlo or Frida Winehouse? Argentine Artist Carolina Gallo Paints Amy as Frido

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An artist out of Argentina has brought two artists together in one painting, reminding us that we have lost great talent far too early.

Artist Carolina Gallo recently revealed her reinterpretation of Frida Kahlo’s “Self Portrait with Thom Necklace and Hummingbird” by infusing Kahlo’s face with that of late singer Amy Winehouse.

We put Gallo’s reinterpretation and Kahlo’s original pieces side by side. What do you think?


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OLYMPICS 2012:  Brazil’s Felipe Kitadia Breaks His Judo Bronze Medal in the Shower

OLYMPICS 2012:  Brazil’s Felipe Kitadia Breaks His Judo Bronze Medal in the Shower

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Brazil’s Felipe Kitadai broke the bronze medal he won in men’s 60kg judo when he got in the shower wearing it and his teammates joked that he wore it everywhere he went.

Members of the Brazilian delegation told Efe that Kitadai, who dropped the medal as he was trying to keep it from getting wet in the shower, has asked the Brazilian Olympic Committee to try and get him a new medal from the International Olympic Committee, which, however, is under no obligation to give him one.

The Brazilian, who in a surprising performance won Brazil’s first medal of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Saturday, dropped the medal in the shower, breaking the part that hangs from the ribbon around his neck so he can no longer wear it.

Kitadai won the bronze on his birthday after beating the Italian Elio Verde and as a result mounted the medalists’ platform the first time he has competed in the Olympics.

“I’m very happy about my medal. I would have liked gold but this makes me feel really good. It’s the best present I could get on my birthday,” said the Brazilian, who now hopes the IOC will give him another birthday present.

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Peruvian Boy Shot Self in Groin at 9, Now Getting Genital Replacement Surgery at 17

Peruvian Boy Shot Self in Groin at 9, Now Getting Genital Replacement Surgery at 17

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When Luis Canelos was just 9 years old he accidentally fired a shotgun at his genitals, leaving him with just part of his right testicle and no penis.

Now, at the age of 17, the Peruvian boy and his father are traveling from their remote village to Miami, Florida for a complete phalloplasty operation.

The operation was made possible thanks to the IKF Wonderfund organization and it work to help raise the $50,000 needed to provide Luis this surgery.

Doctors say suicide rates among children like Luis are high and while genital reconstruction is obviously a physical improvement, it will also give him a chance at a normal life. If the surgery is successful, he could be a candidate for a penile implant to restore his sexual function which may one day give him the opportunity to father children.

Luis will be treated at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, which is one of the nation’s largest and most respected children’s hospitals.

Two teams of doctors will be involved in repairing and placing the teen’s genitals, which will be done with both skin from his forearm and a fibular bone from a cadaver.

Through a partnership with University of Miami and nearly $20 million in annual research and training funding, Holtz is one of the top pediatric clinical research centers in the United States and the largest in Florida. As a part of a public hospital dedicated to serving every person in need, it is also South Florida’s number one source of medical care for children without financial resources.

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OLYMPICS: Mexico’s Pan Am Games Medalist Oscar Molina, Eliminated in Olympic Boxing

OLYMPICS: Mexico’s Pan Am Games Medalist Oscar Molina, Eliminated in Olympic Boxing

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Mexico’s Oscar Molina, a Pan Am Games medalist, was eliminated Sunday from the Olympic boxing tournament, losing 8-12 to Canada’s Custio Clayton in the welterweight division.

Molina, who had beaten Clayton a few months ago in hemispheric tournament in Ecuador, looked sluggish in the first two rounds and had no time to recover by the time he began to mount an attack.

“I didn’t get the job done and I’m not going to blame anybody,” the 21-year-old boxer said.

Molina was one of the two boxers representing Mexico in the London 2012 competition.

“I came out a little nervous, I waited too long, he got on top and later he took control of the fight, while I got desperate,” the U.S.-born boxer said.

Molina said he and his coach had agreed to pursue an aggressive but intelligent strategy, but he failed to follow through.

“I don’t like excuses,” Molina said in response to a question about whether his lack of international experience hurt him.

The boxer said he would probably turn pro after the Olympic Games.

“Today, I had my last amateur fight, it’s a shame that it went like this, I wanted to make the final,” Molina said.

Oscar is the twin brother of American professional boxer Javier Molina, who is also a welterweight.

“We’ll never fight, if I have a say in it, I prefer that he do better than me,” the Olympian said in response to a question about whether he planned to fight his brother.

Bantamweight Oscar Valdez, who beat India’s Shiva Thapa on Saturday, is the other Mexican boxer at the London Games.

Valdez will fight Tajikistan’s Anvar Yunusov, who won the bronze medal at the last World Championships, next.

Boxing has produced more Olympic medals - two golds, three silvers and seven bronzes - for Mexico than any other sport.

Mexico, however, has had a dry patch in the sport since lightweight Christian Bejarano won a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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10-Month-Old with Down Syndrome, Valentina Guerrero, New Face of Kids Swimwear Line

10-Month-Old with Down Syndrome, Valentina Guerrero, New Face of Kids Swimwear Line

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A beautiful little girl born with Down syndrome is now the face of a Spanish swimwear designer’s new line.

The 10-month-old daughter of TV host and producer Cecelia Elizalde, baby Valentina Guerrero, is now the face of Spanish designer Dolores Cortes’ 2013 children’s swimwear collection known as DC Kids.

After showing her collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013, Cortes took to the runway carrying baby Valentina.

Cortes told Ad Week, ‘People with Down syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities. I’m thrilled to have Valentina modeling for us.’

The designer has also pledged to donate 10 percent of the profits from the DC Kids line to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami.

As for the little model’s mother, she is excited to have Valentina as the newest face of DC Kids swimwear because it “send a very clear message of inclusion.” Adding that every child deserves “the same opportunities, regardless of their physical, economic, social, racial or medical condition.”


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Don’t Cry for Me Argentina:  Monkeys Being Treated for Depression

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina:  Monkeys Being Treated for Depression

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Black howler monkeys at an Argentine ecological park have been suffering depression following the death of two of the oldest females in the group and had to be given medication because they refused to eat, the press reported.

Two alpha females died 1 1/2 years ago from natural causes at the Rio Cuarto Urban Ecological Park some 650 kilometers (400 miles) west of Buenos Aires, and from that moment “their male companions began suffering depression and four let themselves die of sadness,” park director Miriam Rodriguez told Clarin newspaper.

The black howler monkeys in this 12-hectare (30-acre) park “live in a group and are very close to one another,” Rodriguez said. “When the females died, we noticed the others behaving oddly, but we thought it might have been something they ate.”

Concerned about their lethargy and refusal to eat, park officials consulted specialists at the nearby Cordoba Zoo, who told them “the animals could be going through a phase of acute depression,” Rodriguez said.

After several analyses, psychiatrist Sergio Castillo confirmed the diagnosis of depression and two months ago prescribed a treatment based on sertraline, “a mineral derived from the serotonin used in humans to reverse different symptoms originating from compulsive disorders or depression,” veterinarian Ezequiel Carrizo told the newspaper.

There was initially some resistance to the treatment since it seemed “ridiculous to give them anti-depression medication even if it was only a minimum dose,” Rodriguez told Radio 2, adding that “it has begun to raise the monkeys’ spirits.”

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STUDY: Latinas Have Positive Attitude on Breast Cancer Genetic Testing but Cultural Barriers Persist

STUDY: Latinas Have Positive Attitude on Breast Cancer Genetic Testing but Cultural Barriers Persist

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Genetic testing for breast cancer may facilitate better-informed decisions regarding cancer prevention, risk reduction, more effective early detection, and better determination of risk for family members.

Despite these potential benefits, significant portions of the US population—particularly Latinas—lack awareness of genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility.  Among women who are tested, less than 4% are Latina.

To uncover reasons for Latinas’ low participation, this study explored awareness, attitudes and behavioral intentions to undergo genetic testing among Latinas along the Texas-Mexico border.

Participants mostly had less than a high-school education (43%), spoke primarily Spanish (52%), were of Mexican-American origin (90%) and had a family income of $30,000 or less (75%).

Focus groups found that most participants had positive attitudes and strong interest in genetic testing, yet lacked general awareness and knowledge about genetic testing, its risks, benefits, and limitations. Participants also identified several key cultural based influencers, such as family, religious beliefs and fear of testing.

The study concluded that the delivery of culturally adapted risk information is needed to increase and ensure Latinas’ understanding of breast cancer genetic testing during their decision-making processes.

Key Latino values—religiosity, importance of family and the influential role of health care providers in health decisions—should also be considered when designing interventions targeting this specific group. Further research is needed to identify effective ways to communicate genetic risk susceptibility information to Latinas to help them make informed testing decisions.

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Mexican Businessman and PRI Supporter Juan Hinojosa Cantu Dies in Helicopter Crash

Mexican Businessman and PRI Supporter Juan Hinojosa Cantu Dies in Helicopter Crash

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Three people, including a prominent businessman, died in a helicopter crash over the weekend in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said.

The accident occurred on Saturday night in the Temoaya mountains in the central Mexican state.

“Around 2340 hours on Saturday, authorities from the state government learned that a private Augusta-109 helicopter registration number XAUQH was missing while on a private flight,” the state government said in a statement.

The control tower at the Toluca airport lost contact with the aircraft and an aerial search was launched by military and civilian teams, which found the aircraft around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The helicopter went down in the Cerro Alpino near the Jiquipilco-Temoaya highway in the city of Jiquipilco, officials said.

“After landing at the crash scene and conducting the initial rescue maneuvers, paramedics confirmed the deaths of those aboard,” the state government said.

Businessman Juan Armando Hinojosa Garcia, son of businessman and Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, supporter Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantu, died in the crash, Mexico state Gov. Eruviel Avila said in a Twitter posting.

“I send my deepest condolences to the Hinojosa Garcia family over the loss of their son, Juan Armando. I send an embrace of solidarity,” Avila said.

Pilot Miguel Angel Rodriguez Lopez and co-pilot Rodolfo Caballero also died in the crash, media reports said.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, officials said.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING: 2 Tons of Pot Found Inside Mexican Cemetery

EXTREME TRAFFICKING: 2 Tons of Pot Found Inside Mexican Cemetery

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Army troops found 2.2 tons of marijuana in a cemetery in Los Villa Nueva, a community in northeastern Mexico, the Defense Secretariat said.

Soldiers found the drugs Thursday in the community outside Camargo, a city in Tamaulipas state, the secretariat said.

Officials did not say whether any arrests were made or which drug cartel the marijuana belonged to.

Tamaulipas has been rocked by a wave of drug-related violence unleashed by gangs battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

The army is carrying out “Operation Northeast” in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi states in an effort to weaken the drug cartels that operate in the region.

The Gulf drug cartel and Los Zetas, a band of army special forces deserters turned hired guns and drug traffickers, are blamed for the violence.

Media reports say the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels have formed an alliance to fight Los Zetas.

Los Zetas started out as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, but the two criminal organizations later had a falling out.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexico’s drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

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MondayJuly 30, 2012