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TuesdayJuly 31, 2012

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Penelope Cruz to be the Face of Campari’s 2013 Calendar

Penelope Cruz to be the Face of Campari’s 2013 Calendar

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Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is the star attraction of Campari’s 2013 calendar in a series of sensual shots by German photographer Kristian Schuller on location in an elegant, classical Parisian palace.

The 38-year-old Madrid native, married to fellow actor Javier Bardem with whom she has a son, wears a burgundy dress in the pictures and has her hair flowing loose, or wears a red dress with her hair swept back in a bun.

In some of the photos, Penelope Cruz is the image of the legendary Audrey Hepburn in her hair, face and way of posing.

The calendar of the Italian aperitif drink will debut in Milan this fall with an edition of 9,000 copies, while shown on Tuesday were some behind-the-scenes shots from the photo session where Cruz was the star.

In previous years the Campari calendar has featured other actresses and models like Milla Jovovich, Jessica Alba and Olga Kurylenko.

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OLYMPICS: Mexico’s Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco Take Silver in Olympic Synchronized Diving

OLYMPICS: Mexico’s Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco Take Silver in Olympic Synchronized Diving

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Mexico’s Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco on Tuesday won the silver medal in women’s 10-meter synchronized diving by racking up 343.32 points.

Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao of China took home the gold medal.

As occurred on Monday in the men’s 10-meter synchronized diving, where the silver was won by Mexicans Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez, the women’s pair did relatively poorly on their initial two obligatory dives and were in next-to-last place at the end of the second round.

Paola, whose 26th birthday is on Tuesday, and Alejandra, a 15-year-old making her Olympic debut, vaulted into second place in the rankings in the third round, however, by executing a dive rated 3.2 in terms of difficulty.

Chen and Wang perfectly presented a rigorous program and were far out in front right from the start. The real contest came in the quest for the silver between Mexico, Canada and Germany.

With this award, Mexico has now won 57 medals in its history of Olympic competition - 12 gold, 20 silver and 25 bronze, and of those one gold, six silver and five bronze were in diving, equalling boxing as the sport in which the country has won the most medals.

On her birthday, Paola became the first Mexican woman to have won two Olympic medals.

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Argentina Men’s Basketball Team Suffers Loss to France in 2012 Olympics

Argentina Men’s Basketball Team Suffers Loss to France in 2012 Olympics

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After shining in its opening 2012 Olympics match against Lithuania, the Argentine men’s basketball squad looked ragged here Tuesday in a 71-64 loss to France.

Guard Tony Parker led the French side with 17 points and five assists, while Nicolas Batum contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. Manu Ginobili put up 26 points for Argentina in a losing effort.

The game pitted Ginobili against three of his teammates from the NBA San Antonio Spurs: Parker, Nando De Colo and Boris Diaw.

The Argentines were a horrible five for 18 in the first quarter and their shooting remained sub-par throughout a contest dominated by defense.

The South Americans came out stronger in the second half and managed to take a 43-42 lead midway through the third quarter, thanks to the efforts of Ginobili and Luis Scola.

Yet the French - trounced by the United States in the first game of the competition - were ahead again by the start of the final period and the scoreboard read 67-58 with three minutes left. Scola and Ginobili briefly narrowed the gap to five points, but it was not enough.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Woman Interrupts Trip to Salon to Run Across Street to Slap Someone

LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Woman Interrupts Trip to Salon to Run Across Street to Slap Someone

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A 26-year-old Florida woman was arrested for running across the street to slap another woman across the face.

Police in Naples say Dorys Leidys Quintana was at a hair salon with she spotted a woman across the street at a Jiffy Lube service station. In the middle of her hair appointment, Quintana is said to have walked across the street and struck an unidentified woman across the face three times before going back to the salon.

The woman Quintana assaulted said they did not know each other, but one of the employees at the Jiffy Lube said Quintana is his ex-girlfriend.

After returning to the salon, Quintana was met by police who arrested and charged Quintana with battery.

She reportedly told police she wasn’t thinking, calling the slapping “the dumbest thing that she has ever done.”

Quintana posted $2,000 bail and was released from Collier County Sheriff’s Office. She is scheduled to appear in court on August 22.

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Film About Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes and Moctezuma II in the Works

Film About Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes and Moctezuma II in the Works

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A film revolving around Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes, titled Conquest, is in the works with Showtime Entertainment and Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV’s Fox21.

Ron Howard is set to direct the period drama and Brian Grazer will likely executive produce. Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera is on board to write the script. Due to his knowledge of Aztec and Mexican history, Mexican-born former Star Trek writer, Hans Beimler will be working as a consultant on Conquest.

The film will depict the Cortes’ clash with the final ruler of the Aztec Empire, Moctezuma II.

Conquest has been described as, “a classic war story about two powerful men and their people ultimately leading to the destruction of the Aztec culture and the men themselves.”

Read more at Deadline →

Check Out Javier Bardem and Daniel Craig in the New James Bond Flick “Skyfall”

Check Out Javier Bardem and Daniel Craig in the New James Bond Flick “Skyfall”

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We’ve been waiting to get a live action glimpse of Javier Bardem as a blonde Bond villain and now we have two trailers to see him.

Skyfall is the 23rd spy film in the James Bond series and Bardem stars as Raoul Silva, the film’s main villain. Bardem has described Silva as “more than a villain”, while Daniel Craig stated that Bond has a “very important relationship” to Silva.

Check out the trailers below.

 

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Scientists Find Signs of Tuberculosis in 500-Year-Old Incan Mummy

Scientists Find Signs of Tuberculosis in 500-Year-Old Incan Mummy

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A team of scientists that used a method of analyzing proteins from samples is the first to detect an immune response from a 500-year-old Incan mummy. Completed at the Proteomics Center, Stony Brook University, the process led to the first positive evidence of active pathogenic infection in an ancient sample of a 15-year-old girl who exhibited an immune response consistent with chronic respiratory infection. Their findings are reported in the PLoS One article “Detecting the Immune System Response of a 500 Year-old Inca Mummy.”

Dr. Angelique Corthals, a forensic anthropologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice explained that when a pathogen strikes, the body defends itself by producing a distinct profile of proteins. The most common immunoassay technique that is designed to bind immune system proteins (called antigens), and identify their patterns, is prone to contamination in ancient tissues and requires knowing in advance what kind of pathogen struck the patient. Therefore, Dr. Corthals needed another way to determine the protein profiles directly from archeological specimens.

The team took swabs from the lips of two Andean Inca mummies that were buried in the Andean mountains and preserved when found in 1999. The bodies are currently preserved at the Museum of High Altitude Archeology in Salta, Argentina. After processing the swab samples to separate DNA and proteins, the researchers detected proteins using a high-resolution mass spectrometer and analyzed the sequenced proteins by comparing collected mass spectra to the human protein database.

The key finding resulted from the swab sample of the mummy of a 15-year-old girl, called “The Maiden.” The protein profile from the sample mirrored the ones presented by chronic respiratory patients. Specifically, two groups of protein patterns were consistent with severe inflammation of the lungs.

The swab from the Maiden was further analyzed by amplifying fragments of its DNA in the laboratory of Liliana Dávalos, PhD,  Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and member of the Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Research (CIDER), Stony Brook University. This analysis revealed the presence of probable pathogenic bacteria in the genus Mycobacterium, pathogens that cause upper respiratory tract infections and tuberculosis.

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2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Announced- Congrats to Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez

2012 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Announced- Congrats to Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez

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The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominees were recently announced and Selena Gomez & The Scene were nominated for Best Female Video for “Love You Like a Love Song”.

Gomez and her band are up against:

Rihanna - “We Found Love”
Katy Perry - “Part of Me”
Beyonce - “Love On Top”
Nicki Minaj - “Starships”

Young Latina – and fellow former Disney starlet – Demi Lovato was also nominated. Lovato is up for Best Video With a Message for her heartfelt song “Skyscraper”.

She will be up against:

K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado - “Is There Anybody Out There”
Kelly Clarkson - “Dark Side”
Gym Glass Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder - “The Fighter”
Lil Wayne - “How to Love”
Rise Against - “Ballad of Hollis Brown.”

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s video for “Dance Again” is up for Best Choreography

It serves to be noted that director, cinematographer, and photographer John Urbano was the director for One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” video which is nominated for two VMAs – Best Pop Video and Best New Artist.

Melina Matsoukas directed Rihanna’s “We Found Love” which is up for four VMAs – Video of the Year, Best Female Video, and Best Pop Video.

And though he may be just 24 years old, the director of Jack White’s “Sixteen Saltines”, A.G. Rojas’ work is being recognized with a nomination for Best Rock Video. “Sixteen Saltines” is Jack White’s solo debut.

One Direction and Alicia Keys have been confirmed as performers for the award show.

Be sure to cast your votes here.

The VMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on September 6 at 8 p.m.

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Art as Ads in Saó Paulo, Brazil

Art as Ads in Saó Paulo, Brazil

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GE is bringing good graffiti to life in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The multinational company partnered with local ad agency Almap BBDO to create three colorful panels on buildings to represent some of the areas in which GE operates. 

The panels are painted by local artists or groups on privately owned buildings and will stay up for about one year.  During the upcoming phase, Facebook users will vote on which two of four artists should paint the next two panels.

These 120 ft tall panels are especially noteworthy in Sao Paulo where a ban on outdoor advertising has been in place for five years.  The law was intended to reduce visual pollution, but recently Almap heard from the mayor’s office that the city would be open to graffiti art projects that would enhance the natural beauty of Sao Paolo.

Marcello Serpa is Almap’s creative director.  He explained the project this way, “But Sao Paulo is a gray city. It’s not like Rio de Janeiro, the most beautiful city in the world.  So we tried to use buildings as billboards on a huge scale, to give the city some color and bring art to the people, and to use it as a tool to subtly talk about GE products.”

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Ricky Martin Looking to Develop Series with NBC’s Universal Television

Ricky Martin Looking to Develop Series with NBC’s Universal Television

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Fans of singer Ricky Martin, currently appearing on Broadway in a revival of the musical “Evita,” may soon be able to see him from the comfort of their living rooms, as the Puerto Rican star has signed on with NBC’s Universal Television.

“Universal Television has signed a talent holding deal with multi-platinum recording artist Ricky Martin to develop and star in his first network television series and specials,” the company said Monday in a press release.

“Ricky is an iconic superstar who is as talented as he is popular,” Universal Executive Vice President Bela Bajaria said.

“Whether he’s performing before sold-out concert crowds, or starring on Broadway, where he is currently playing to SRO in ‘Evita,’ Ricky connects with his audience in a very palpable way - and we are thrilled that he will be adding TV star to his incredible resume,” the NBC Universal VP said.

The 40-year-old Martin was a guest star on the Fox TV hit comedy “Glee” earlier this year.

The singer has sold 60 million albums worldwide.

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U.S. ‘Poker Refugees’ Hiding Out in Costa Rica

U.S. ‘Poker Refugees’ Hiding Out in Costa Rica

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Since April 15, 2011, more American men in their 20s have been flocking to Costa Rica.  They did not go there on vacation, but are doing something now nearly forbidden in the U.S. – playing on-line poker. 

Federal prosecutors shut down the three largest on-line poker companies in the U.S. which forced 150 “poker refugees” to move to Costa Rica.

Kristin Wilson, started the Poker Refugees relocation service, which helps U.S. players get to Costa Rica, open bank accounts, find a place to live, and most important of all – start playing online right away.  In addition, Wilson’s company makes sure the accommodations provide a stable internet connection, since the refugees livelihood depends on it.  “If the Internet or power goes out for 30 seconds, they can lose thousands of dollars,” explains Wilson.  She does not consider her clients to be gamblers, but instead ‘specialists’ (who are especially good at math.)

Most players are frustrated because after being forced to move away from their families and into a foreign country, they still are required to pay U.S. income taxes.  “I’m extremely angry. . . . It’s ridiculous that the government says that we can’t do this in the land of the free,” one player said.  Unlike lotteries, “poker’s a game of skill.”

The players think the U.S. casino industry is mostly responsible for the shutdown because of the revenue on-line poker took away from the casinos.  The poker refugees are enjoying a high standard of living now, but look forward to the day they can return to the U.S.  One player summed it up, “I don’t envision, say, spending the next three years living in Costa Rica,” he said.  “I think that would be too isolated.”

Read more at McClathy DC →

OLYMPICS 2012:  Brazil Women’s Volleyball Champs Surprised by U.S. Victory in Early-Round Play

OLYMPICS 2012:  Brazil Women’s Volleyball Champs Surprised by U.S. Victory in Early-Round Play

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The United States team showed their qualifications for Olympic gold Monday in an early-round match of women’s volleyball at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where they scored a 3-1 victory over defending champion Brazil.

The team that won the gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing succumbed to their powerful rivals, and except for the third set in which they gave it their all, the Brazilians were constantly behind on the scoreboard.

The U.S. team was much faster, getting the jump on every play and always seeming to anticipate where the Brazilians, long a fixture in the finals of every tournament, would try to place the ball over the net.

Halfway through the match, the libero Fabi’s cries of desperation in returning the ball plus the grim expression of coach Ze Roberto Guimaraes were two signs of the trials besetting Brazil at Earls Court.

After being throughly beaten in the first two sets, the Brazilians started playing the emotional card, the only one they had left, celebrating each point as if it decided an Olympic final.

The strategem worked for awhile, and for the first time the U.S. players found themselves in trouble under pressure from Paula Pequeno as the South Americans took an 8-3 lead.

At a key moment with the score tied at 21-all, Fabiana scored an unstoppable spike to go ahead and then widened the gap with a block that allowed the Brazilians to win their only set by 25-22.

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OLYMPICS 2012: Colombia’s Oscar Figueroa Wins Silver in Weightlifting

OLYMPICS 2012: Colombia’s Oscar Figueroa Wins Silver in Weightlifting

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Colombia’s Oscar Albeiro Figueroa won the silver medal in the men’s under-62kg weightlifting class here Monday.

Lifting a total of 317 kg (140, 177), Figueroa set a new Olympic record with his clean and jerk.

This is Colombia’s second medal at the London Games, after Rigoberto Uran won the silver in the cycling road race on Saturday.

Figueroa, 29, finished behind North Korea’s Kim Un-Guk, who set a new world record with 327 kg.

The Colombian lifter placed fifth in his category at the Athens Games in 2004 and was unable to win a medal four years ago in Beijing.

Monday’s medal is the second consecutive Olympic silver for Colombia in this category, after Diego Salazar took second place in the under-62kg class in Beijing in 2008.

The bronze went to Indonesia’s Irawan Eko Yuli, who also lifted 317 kg, but whose greater body weight relegated him to third place.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Trial Sees Repeated Denial of Responsibility

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Trial Sees Repeated Denial of Responsibility

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Most days, Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio acts like a caricature of a Western law man: the cowboy, “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” the man who brought back chain gangs, parades prisoners around in pink underwear, and clearly believes he’s above the rule of law.

“After they went after me,” Arpaio gloated in a 2009 speech to a Texans for Immigration Reform meeting, referring to the beginning of federal inquiries into his enforcement practices, “we arrested 500 more [people] just for spite.”

In May, when the Associated Press asked for clarification about these comments, Arpaio doubled down: “It was wrong,” he said.  “It wasn’t 500.  It was thousands.”

But that was then, and this is now.  Now Arpaio, whom the Washington Post points out “has never been called to account for his noxious policies or words,” is in the hot seat, halfway through a six-day civil trial that could lead to a crackdown on his department’s abusive and illegal enforcement practices.  The prosecution is trying to prove that Sheriff Joe and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) systemically discriminate against Latinos by habitually engaging in racial profiling, and they have case after case to back up their argument.  Arpaio’s typical swagger and bluster has disappeared this week, replaced by the meek denial of a defendant who has apparently decided that his best legal strategy is to feign haplessness and deny responsibility.

On the stand earlier this week, Arpaio was asked about passages in his book, Joe’s Law, which claim that Mexicans crossing the border are engaging in “reconquista,” and that second- and third- generation Mexican-Americans living in the U.S. continue to remain separate from the American mainstream.

“My co-author wrote that,” Arpaio dismissed, forgetting a 2008 incident where he told an audience that “One thing I don’t do is lie.  I was very careful writing this book.  I wrote it like I was testifying in court.”

Two days later, Arpaio’s defense team claimed that it is not the intent of MSCO’s saturation patrols to round up as many immigrants as possible; rather, the fact that many immigrants are caught up in the dragnet is a byproduct.  But that seems to deny credit to former chief deputy Dave Hendershott, who–according to the testimony of Arpaio aide Brian Sands–once told a lieutenant to go “round up as many illegal aliens as he could arrest.”

Yesterday during the trial, Arpaio’s defense–along with Sands–went so far as to claim a total “disconnect” between the things that Arpaio says and what his department’s law enforcement officials are actually doing out in the field.

“When I say a disconnect,” Sands testified, “oftentimes he doesn’t understand what the rank-and-file deputies are doing out there.”

If Sands is to be believed, Arpaio is not a swaggering sheriff who metes out the law as he sees fit, but rather a heat-stroked, confused person who blusters and growls about things without any grounding in reality and without any influence over his rank and file.  Sands is asking U.S. District Judge Murray Snow to not condemn Arpaio or MCSO because of the ramblings of a person who is “detached” from what the department he heads actually does.  It’s a desperate argument, one that would trade the Sheriff’s incompetence for MCSO’s absolution—if it were true.

Unfortunately for Arpaio, prosecutors all week have been calling forth a long parade of immigrants and Latinos to testify about their horrible treatment at the hands of MCSO deputies—and it’s hard to imagine Arpaio walking away from involvement in all these stories.  There’s the case of Lorena Escamilla, who in 2009 was pulled over because an officer somehow thought she had guns and drugs in her car (she didn’t).  He grew hostile when she refused to let him conduct a search and when she refused to sit on her hot car, and he then slammed her stomach-first into her car.  She was five months pregnant at the time.

There’s the story of Daniel Magos, who was pulled over in 2009 when an officer claimed he could not see Magos’ license plate because of the trailer Magos was pulling.  The officer asked if he had any weapons in the car, and when Magos told him about a legal handgun, the deputy told him to spread his legs and patted him down in the underarms and groin.

And there’s the story of Manuel Nieto and Velia Meraz, two siblings who pulled into a gas station where two men had been detained by a deputy.  Before leaving, Meraz shouted in Spanish to the two men that they didn’t have to sign anything they didn’t understand; this led to other officers following the siblings back to their father’s auto repair shop, where they pulled Nieto out of the car and handcuffed him.  These are just a selection of the stories and testimonies that have come out so far in the trial—multiple cases where legal Latino immigrants or Latino-Americans were pulled over and abused for little apparent reason other than the color of their skin.

In its June ruling striking down most of SB 1070, Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, the U.S. Supreme Court left intact the “show me your papers” provision that Arpaio says is so crucial to his department’s “success.”  In his opinion for the majority, Justice Kennedy wrote that this provision was not pre-empted by federal law, but left the path open for additional legal challenges if there was evidence of racial profiling.

Despite Arpaio’s attempts to avoid responsibility for the wrongs committed by MCSO, if the Supreme Court is looking for evidence of racial profiling, this is it.

Read more at Americas Voice Online →



TuesdayJuly 31, 2012