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MondayAugust 6, 2012

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Record Number of Individuals and Businesses Declare Bankruptcy in Spain

Record Number of Individuals and Businesses Declare Bankruptcy in Spain

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A record 2,272 Spanish individuals and firms declared bankruptcy in the second quarter, up 28.6 percent from the same period in 2011, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Monday.

Failing businesses accounted for all of the increase, as personal bankruptcies fell by 12 percent.

Spain had 6,755 bankruptcies in 2011, the highest annual total since the INE began keeping records, and an increase of 13.3 percent over the previous year.

Nearly 31 percent of all the firms that declared bankruptcy in the second quarter were in construction, which continues to shrink as Spain struggles with a double-dip recession and the bursting of a decade-long housing bubble.

Small and medium-sized companies, defined as those with annual turnover of less than 2 million euros ($2.48 million), represented 70 percent of the business bankruptcies in the April-June period.

Spain’s ICC consumer confidence index dipped in July to its lowest level since the monthly survey was launched, the official Center for Sociological Research said last Friday.

The ICC, which is based on a scale of 0 to 200, came in last month at 37.6 points, down 13 points from June and 36 points from July 2011.

Any reading below 100 points is considered negative.

More than 60 percent of those surveyed said their families’ finances had deteriorated over the previous six months, and 48.4 percent expect things to get worse in the next six months.

Two-thirds said they struggle to make it to the of the month without running out of money.

Almost 89 percent of respondents characterized Spain’s present economic situation as bad and 71.5 percent foresee a further decline.

A majority said they expect both inflation and interest rates to rise in 2013.

Spain’s jobless rate stands at 24.6 percent overall and more than 53 percent among people under 25.

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Monica Cruz, Sis of Penelope, to be Face of ‘Agent Provocateur’ Lingerie

Monica Cruz, Sis of Penelope, to be Face of ‘Agent Provocateur’ Lingerie

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The younger sister of Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz, Monica, has been tapped to be the face of ‘Agent Provacateur’s’ Fall-Winter 2012 advertising campaign.

The Spanish professional dancer, 35, will be dressed in the skimpy, sexy lingerie the company is known for.  The campaign is titled “Wilhelmina: Show Your True Self”. 

The campaign is promising use of all ‘the colors of lust” which include the line’s bondage black, red, pink and fuchsia.  Apparently part of Moncia’s charm is the way she moves according to the line’s creative director Sarah Shotton:

“She’s a professional dancer, a very sexy woman.  I’ve never seen a woman move like that.” 

The two sisters have an uncanny resemblance to each other, so much so that Monica was Penelope body double for the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’.

 

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Sylvia Garcia Identified as California’s ‘Plain Jane Bandit’, Linked to Eight Bank Robberies

Sylvia Garcia Identified as California’s ‘Plain Jane Bandit’, Linked to Eight Bank Robberies

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California authorities have arrested the prolific bank robber they dubbed ‘Plain Jane Bandit’ and she has been identified as Sylvia Helen Garcia.

Garcia, 38, of Downey, California has been linked to six bank robberies around Los Angeles and two other failed attempted bank robberies in the area. 

The robberies began in mid-July whereby allegedly Garcia demanded cash from the bank tellers via a note. At the time, Garcia was driving a silver vehicle that matched the description provided by several witnesses to the bank robberies. Additional evidence tying Garcia to the bank robberies was also recovered during the arrest.

Witnesses had described the suspect as a Latino woman between the ages of 35 – 40 years-old dressed very casually.  One witness when pressed for more details on the robber said ‘she just a plain Jane’ hence the name.

When Garcia was arrested at her ground-floor apartment witnesses observed, according to the Daily News, three children climbing out of the back window and her husband covering his head coming out the front door.

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Blog del Narco: Executed in Escobedo, NL Five Young Men Killed

Blog del Narco: Executed in Escobedo, NL Five Young Men Killed

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Five young men living in Escobedo were massacred by a group of masked men who surrounded them and shoot them at close range with heavy weapons. In the attack, another youth was injured with a non- life threatening wound and refused to receive medical attention.

So far, none of those executed, ages 17 to 22 years, has been identified. Three of the victims were known by the nicknames of “Micky”, “The Place” and “Meme”.

The quintuple execution was reported around 04:30 pm on Fidel Velazquez Street Extension, between Guadalupe Victoria and Serafin Pena, Colony Ricardo Flores Magon.

According to residents from the area, the criminals were traveling in three white vans and a Nissan.

At the crime scene, experts from the state attorney general’s office collected more than 100 caps 7.62 × 39 caliber used by the AK-47 rifles known as goat horns.

Upon learn that their sons had died in the shooting, relatives of those executed, were hysterical, so they blame the police for not having done anything to prevent the execution fivefold.

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17 Charged With Practicing Paranormal Medicine in Argentina Without a License & a Kilo of Coke

17 Charged With Practicing Paranormal Medicine in Argentina Without a License & a Kilo of Coke

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Seventeen Colombians were arrested on charges of practicing medicine without a license in Argentina, the official Telam news agency reported, citing police.

The arrests were made during searches of four buildings in Buenos Aires.

The suspects allegedly belonged to a center that provided people with treatments and medicines, the Metropolitan Police said.

The center advertised “master healers” who were “licensed in paranormal sciences,” an 11-month investigation found.

One of the suspects has been linked to an operation conducted several months ago that targeted a drug trafficking organization, police said.

Police seized more than a kilo of cocaine, chemicals, healing manuals, computers, documents and other items during the searches.

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OLYMPICS 2012: Dominican Felix Sanchez Wins Gold in 400m Hurdles

OLYMPICS 2012: Dominican Felix Sanchez Wins Gold in 400m Hurdles

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Dominican athlete Felix Sanchez won his second gold medal Monday night at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 400-meter hurdles, while Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson took the bronze.

This was the comeback of “Super Felix” who dominated the race with immense authority, and though injuries had weighed him down for several years, he had now returned in great form to win with a season-best time of 47.63 seconds.

The U.S.-born athlete triumphed with a show of force that hasn’t been seen since his best times when he was crowned world and Olympic champion and won all his races on the international circuit.

Sanchez was in top form, stayed in the lead and in the final stretch pulled away from a tiring Culson, who paid dearly for his early effort and dropped back to take the bronze with a time of 48.10 seconds following the surge of the American Michael Tinsley, who took the silver with a time of 47.91.

Super Felix, world champion at Edmonton ‘01 and Paris ‘03 and gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, never gave up over the years, and even when injuries kept him from doing his best, he healed time after time and confirmed it on this magic evening.

With this victory he mirrored the success of Angelo Taylor of the United States, who also won two Olympic titles eight years apart - Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 - and finished fifth on Monday.

Culson, the favorite who didn’t make it, left with a bitter taste even though his bronze was the first track-and-field medal Puerto Rico has ever won.

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San Antonio, Texas Reports Record Number of Immigrant Deportations thus Far in 2012

San Antonio, Texas Reports Record Number of Immigrant Deportations thus  Far in 2012

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations officers in the San Antonio, Texas office deported a record number of aliens so far this fiscal year – more than 68,000 – with less than three months remaining in the year.

Of the more than 68,000 removals:  37 percent convicted criminals, 33 percent repeat immigration violators or immigration fugitives, and 29 percent recent border entrants.

The San Antonio field office encompasses 54 counties in central and south Texas, including the cities of San Antonio, Austin, Waco, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Del Rio.

In fiscal year 2011, San Antonio removed 63,090 individuals, a 14 percent increase from the 55,124 aliens removed in 2010. Even with three months left in the fiscal year, San Antonio’s current 2012 stats reflect a seven percent increase from removals for all of fiscal year 2011.

Historically, the San Antonio field office has led in the nation in removals in recent years.

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Occupy Wall Street and Others to Protest Against Carlos Slim’s ‘Monopoly’ in Mexico

Occupy Wall Street and Others to Protest Against Carlos Slim’s ‘Monopoly’ in Mexico

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New York City community leaders and Occupy Wall Street gathered today to announce joining the growing coalition – Two Countries One Voice—in protest of Carlos Slim’s monopolistic practices.

Organizers noted:

“Carlos Slim is taking his model he created in Mexico that was built on the backs of the poor charging excessively high prices and providing inadequate service to countries across Latin America and Europe,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, one of the leaders of Two Countries One Voice and the President of Vamos Unidos USA. “We’re here today to say enough is enough. We’re here today to shine a glaring light on the damage monopolies can have on a country and a people.”

“We are calling on the American public to join our efforts and stop shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue as a demonstration of opposition to Carlos Slim’s exploitation of the Mexican poor,” continued Gutierrez.

“Carlos Slim’s actions have slowed the growth of the Mexican economy to a crawl. His business practices have made it difficult for millions of people to climb out of poverty, all while he lines his own pockets. He is a corporate monopolist who has taken advantage of our hardworking Mexican brothers and sisters, acquiring his wealth while severely handicapping Mexico’s economic development. We can no longer allow Slim’s empire to spread while the people of Mexico continue to hurt. His practices cannot be tolerated. I am proud to join and stand behind this effort,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

“Slim’s practices are like a virus - they continue to spread and multiply causing harm every where it goes,” added Aaron Black with Occupy Wall Street. “We can’t ignore him, he is aggressively growing his empire and we need to say no more.”

This announcement follows a large protest at George Washington University’s graduation where Slim was recognized in May. Supporters of Two Countries One Voice came together to stand up against Slim’s practices.

The coalition promises it will continue to protest American institutions and companies that have relationships with Slim.

According to the January 2012 Organizations for Co-operation and Development (OECD) study, Carlos Slim has price-gouged Mexican customers a total of $13.4 billion from 2005 to 2009 for basic telephone and Internet service.

The impact of Carlos Slim’s ‘monopoly’ has resulted in Mexico ranking LAST in public investment in telecommunications compared with the 33 other OECD countries while Slim’s company Telemex had a profit margin of 47% - one of the highest of the OECD countries.

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Report: US Service Members Brought Prostitutes, Dogs into Colombian Hotel Rooms

Report: US Service Members Brought Prostitutes, Dogs into Colombian Hotel Rooms

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Details from the investigation by the commander of U.S. Southern Command, Air Force General Douglas Fraser, involving the inappropriate actions of U.S. service members in Cartagena, Colombia in April, have been released. 

It was revealed that 12 U.S. service members who were sent to Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit engaged in relationships with prostitutes in their hotel rooms.

U.S. Southern Command began the investigation into the allegations shortly after receiving them and dispatched an investigation team to Cartegena within 24 hours of the case being opened. The U.S. Embassy had been notified by hotel workers in Cartagena that a number of service members staying in the hotel kept their female companions in their rooms past 6 a.m. which is against hotel policy. The complaint and report also stated handlers allowed bomb detection dogs to not only sleep on the beds, but soil the linens and use various sections of the hotel as bathrooms. Other misconduct included propositioning the hotel’s female greeters and drinking alcohol in the pool.

While prostitution is legal in Colombia, U.S. service members are prohibited from hiring them under the Uniform Code of Military Conduct.

On May 4, the Secretary of Defense designated General Fraser as the sole authority to make the initial decision on appropriate actions in these cases.

In the end, it was determined that while service members from four branches of the U.S. military engaged in questionable activities, those actions did not compromise national security, stating, “No sensitive items were stored or permitted in the individual military members’ hotel rooms.”

Of the 12 service members involved, nine have been served with Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP), two cases remain under legal review and one was reprimanded, but cleared of any violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Of the nine served with NJP, three have exercised their right to request a court martial.

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to Speak at Republican National Convention

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to Speak at Republican National Convention

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Officials from the Republican National Convention have revealed some of the speakers at the upcoming convention that include several first time female governors. 

Amongst the list is Mexican-American, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.  Martinez made history becoming the first female Hispanic governor of New Mexico. 

Martinez, 53, a former county prosecutor, makes no bones about her opposition to illegal immigration and to any measures that would make it easier for undocumented immigrants to gain citizenship or remain in the United States without punishment.

Like Florida Senator Maroc Rubio in Florida and other Hispanic Republican candidates, she ran on an anti-illegal immigration platform, promised to secure the border and opposes allowing the undocumented to get driver’s licenses in New Mexico.

Also included on the speakers list are:  SC Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen John McCain, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.  The convention will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida and will run from August 27 through August 30, 2012.

“They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in prepared remarks. ”

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New Mexico Girl Has Facebook Account Disabled for Having the Name Selena Gomez

New Mexico Girl Has Facebook Account Disabled for Having the Name Selena Gomez

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An 18-year-old girl in New Mexico is furious after her Facebook account was disabled because of her name…Selena Gomez.

She recently told TMZ she tried to sign into her account on Wednesday but was denied and shown a message. In the message, it states her account was disabled because it was marked an “inauthentic account.”

The message goes on to say her account was found to be in violation of the Facebook Terms. Listed below that statement is a list of possible violations. Among them are:

- Impersonating anyone or anything is not allowed.
- Facebook profiles (timelines) must represent individual people only. It’s a violation of these guidelines to use a profile (timeline) to represent anything other than yourself (ex: celebrities, pets, ideas, objects).

While rules like these make sense, it did not explain why this Selena Gomez, who uses her middle name specifically to avoid being confused with the former Disney starlet, had her profile disabled.

She told TMZ, ‘I did not have one single famous friend. I did not refer to myself as [the famous Selena], and I did not have any pictures of her on my page!’

For now, Selena Miranda Gomez is without access to her social networking profile, but says she has reached out to Facebook in hopes of reactivating her account.

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Demi Lovato Working With Wilmer Valderrama on Voto Latino PSA (VIDEO)

Demi Lovato Working With Wilmer Valderrama on Voto Latino PSA (VIDEO)

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Being directed by former flame Wilmer Valderrama, X Factor judge Demi Lovato is working on a PSA for the Voto Latino.

The organization seeks to ensure the roughly 9 million American Latino youth in the America registered to vote, while also helping explain why voting is so important.

Voto Latino has creatively and effectively used celebrity voices and the latest technology to register more than 120,000 young Latino voters, galvanize Latino youth and their families to be counted in the 2010 Census, and mobilize them to speak out and take action on policies impacting their lives.

While the PSA has not been completed, check out the behind-the-scenes footage of Ms. Lovato in Voto Latino’s upcoming PSA. Lovato and Valderrama join actress and Voto Latino Chairwoman Rosario Dawson in using their popularity to urge Latino youth to register and vote.

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Meet Leryn Franco: From Paraguayan Model to Olympic Athlete

Meet Leryn Franco: From Paraguayan Model to Olympic Athlete

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While many may recognize Leryn Franco as one of the models in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit edition, other know her as a Paraguayan Olympian.

She is currently in London for the 2012 Olympic games and was one of the most searched for Olympians on the internet during the 2008 games in Beijing, second only to U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps.

While she is competing in track and field as a javelin thrower she admits that she is not just an athlete. In 2006, Franco finished second in the her country’s beauty pageant, Miss Universo Paraguay. Though she finished second, her career skyrocketed and in 2011 she appeared in the coveted SI: Swimsuit Edition

“My situation is different from most of the other javelin throwers. I am not just an athlete. I have to be honest, my career is really in the media,” she told Yahoo! Sports just a few days ago. “

While she has trained for her Olympic event, Franco has said she doesn’t expect to medal, but does said, “For me the best reward is just to be here. Getting to the Olympics is like a medal for me.”

The women’s qualifying round in javelin takes place on August 7.

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Monkeys Invade Puerto Rican Capital

Monkeys Invade Puerto Rican Capital

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Several monkeys descended from those that were brought to Puerto Rico decades ago to be used in scientific research and which now live in the rural areas of the island have migrated to San Juan.

The daily Primera Hora collected in its Monday edition the statements of residents of the capital’s central district of Santurce who say that over the past few weeks they have been periodically visited by the primates, which are becoming a problem due to the damage they cause to crops and the risk they pose to public health.

The residents, the paper reported, say that they have never seen any monkeys in the area, where it is no longer strange to find the primates searching for food.

The presence of the animals in the capital has motivated the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources to mobilize to track down the monkeys.

The sighting of the monkeys in the capital’s central area comes after in March residents of the San Juan suburb of Guaynabo reported the presence of primates on their property.

The monkeys have been designated a menace in the southwestern part of the island and their presence led authorities in 2007 to launch a campaign to capture them during which about 2,000 were trapped.

The origin of the monkeys in Puerto Rico, according to hypotheses kicked around by the local press, could stem from individual animals who reached the southwestern coast from the islets of Cueva and Guayacan, where during the 1960s they were being used in various experiments.

The monkeys are not native to the island, and thus no natural predators exist for them in Puerto Rico. Consequently, their spread on the island cannot be limited in that way.

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Actor Sean Penn Joins Hugo Chavez on His Presidential Campaign in Venezuela (VIDEO)

Actor Sean Penn Joins Hugo Chavez on His Presidential Campaign in Venezuela (VIDEO)

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In spite of a double-digit lead in the upcoming Venezuela Presidential election, current President Hugo Chavez added star power to his campaign, U.S. star power that is.

Actor Sean Penn joined Chavez this weekend at an election rally where he was called ‘dear friend’ by the President.  Chavez who at most times is anti-American spoke glowingly of the U.S. when introducing Penn by stating, according to Reuters, “We’re all Americans, from the north the center, the south.  Long live the American continent!”

The Presidential election is October 7 and pits the incumbent Chavez against former Governor of Miranda, Henrique Capriles.  Chavez has been battling some form of cancer that put him behind on the campaign trail but he is making up for lost time and expects to win.

Penn was joined by Argentine producer Fernando Sulichi, who was the Executive Producer on Oliver Stones ‘Savages’.  Penn did not address the crowd in Caracas but did a lot of fist pumping on behalf of Chavez – watch video.


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Former Puerto Rican Teacher Sentenced to 15 Years for Producing Child Porn

Former Puerto Rican Teacher Sentenced to 15 Years for Producing Child Porn

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A former teacher at the Bayamon Military Academy in Puerto Rico was sentenced to 15 years in prison in district court last week for production of child pornography, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Roberto Encarnacion Ruiz, 33, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was arrested by HSI special agents June 22, 2011, along with four other men, for inducing a female minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. According to the charging document the minor was induced to lasciviously perform sexual acts which the men recorded on a digital still camera and a video camera to illegally produce child pornography. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jose Fuste.

In addition to Ruiz, three of the other defendants in this case: Rey Vilanova-Delgado, 32, of Fajardo; Felix Javier Gonzalez-Morales, 30, of Canovanas; and Felix Rodríguez-Acevedo, 33, of Caguas, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography charges. Zairo Ramos, 30, of Rio Piedras, was found guilty of the charge at trial in November 2011.

In response to the need for an island-wide approach to fighting the escalation of predatory crimes against children, HSI San Juan partnered with members of local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as local and state government officials and community leaders, to form the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force (PRCACTF) in June 2011.

Through PRCACTF, federal, local and state law enforcement agencies work together with state and local government agencies to effectively pool their resources to jointly investigate all crimes against children in Puerto Rico. Through the task force, law enforcement officers are encouraged to share evidence, ideas, and share investigative and forensic tools to ensure the most successful prosecutions possible. As such, PRCACTF allows law enforcement to speak with one unified voice in defense of the children of Puerto Rico.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

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¡Felicidades! Bolivia on Your 186th Year of Independence

Today, all of Bolivia is celebrating and rejoicing its 186-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and plundered silver deposits.  The fight for independence started in 1809 and was 16-years in the making; led by Simon Bolivar and General Antonio Jose de Sucre.  August 6th is the date on which Bolivia officially became an independent republic

This land locked, Spanish speaking country located in South America, once home to the Inca Empire, is now home to 10 million people that will be celebrating today. The country will celebrate with military parades and the traditional session of honor held by Congress. 

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the people of Bolivia this message in honor of their Independence Day:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Bolivia as you celebrate the 187th anniversary of your independence this August 6.

Bolivia and the United States take great pride in our countries’ rich and diverse heritage. Celebrations such as these draw our people closer together. Respect for liberty and the protection of our rich cultural traditions are at the center of our relationship.

I send best wishes for a year of peace and prosperity to Bolivians everywhere as you celebrate this special day and honor your history.

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Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte’s Parents’ Home May be Lost to Foreclosure

Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte’s Parents’ Home May be Lost to Foreclosure

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As if the Olympian didn’t have enough going on, TMZ is reporting that Ryan Lochte’s parents may be losing their house.

A lawsuit filed in Florida’s Volusia County reportedly states Steve and Ileane Lochte have not made a mortgage payment since February 2011, and now owe CitiMortgage $242,239 on the home, and that is not including the interest. The bank is reportedly suing to foreclose on the home, and should the home be sold and the debt still not be covered, the Lochtes would still be responsible for making up the difference.

Last month, Ileane Lochte filed a motion to dismiss the case, but a judge has yet to rule.

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Ryan Lochte, the superstar swimming for the U.S. Olympic team, may be a gold medalist, but it family is far form golden.

Lochte, 27, is the son of Cuban immigrant Ileana (Ike) and American father Steve Lochte. The Lochte family is full of swimmers. Both his father and mother are swim coaches, and his younger brother Devon, 22, was once on track to swim in the Olympics and possibly stand on the podium with his brother.

According to MailOnline, however, Devon has gone off track. Earlier this year, he was arrested for allegedly selling marijuana to a police informant. The arrest was came after Devon surprised many when he stopped swimming about a year ago, with some saying he is throwing away his chance at the Olympics. He was charged with marijuana possession and intent to sell, one being a misdemeanor and the other a felony. He took a deal rather than go to trial. As it was his first run in with the law, Devon was given 200 hours of community service. By July 5, he had completed 75 hours. He also had to has the court for special permission to watch his brother complete in the Olympics.

Devon is not the only Lochte in trouble with the law, however. In 2010, Steve Lochte, the swimmers’ father, was arrested for driving drunk. In April 2010, the senior Lochte was seen swerving a Toyota Landcruiser all over the road. When stopped, the officer witnessed him stumbling. Sobriety tests were conducted and he was arrested and charged at the scene after breathalyzer tests revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .217. (The legal limit in Florida and most of the U.S. is .08.) The then 58-year-old coach was placed on one year of probation, ordered to do 100 hours of community service, fined $1,494 and had to attend a substance abuse course.

Even though his family has gone through it’s share of drama, Ryan Lochte still managed to win Olympic gold for both himself and his country. Also, having lost a family member to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he stated that he was swimming in London to help raise awareness and money for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a U.S.-based charity devoted to research and care for children with the neuromuscular illness.

During this Olympics games, Lochte has won the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley, a silver with the U.S. 4x100m freestyle team, and gold with the 4x200m freestyle team.

Lochte was recently linked to Australian swimmer Blair Evans, but in the July 28, 2012 interview with US Magazine, his mother Ileana said her son is too busy to in a relationship, stating it would be unfair to the girl.

The 27-year-old swimmer is preparing for his second showdown with fellow American Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday night. On opening night of Olympic swimming, Lochte was slower than Phelps in the 4x200 freestyle team. This will likely be the last time Lochte and Phelps compete, as Phelps has stated he will be retiring after these Olympic games.

Lochte will also be defending his title in the 200 backstroke final before the 200-meter individual medley with Phelps. These two events are said to be his strongest.

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Fire at Brazil Prison Farm Leaves 7 Dead and Several Others Injured

Fire at Brazil Prison Farm Leaves 7 Dead and Several Others Injured

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Seven inmates burned to death in a fire over the weekend at a prison farm in Rondonia, a state in northern Brazil, media reports said.

The victims were in one of the restrooms when the fire started during visiting hours on Sunday, Rondonia Justice Secretariat officials told Globo television.

About 120 inmates and their relatives were at the facility when the fire broke out, officials said.

Two inmates sustained minor burns and were transported to a hospital in Porto Velho, the capital of Rondonia.

The prison farm is being deactivated due to structural problems and 150 inmates had been transferred to other correctional facilities recently.

Police are investigating the fire, which appears to have been caused by a short-circuit, the Porto Velho fire department said.

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OLYMPICS 2012:  Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen Takes Silver in Triple Jump

OLYMPICS 2012:  Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen Takes Silver in Triple Jump

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Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen took the silver medal in the women’s triple jump at the Olympic Games here.

Ibarguen, who had won the bronze at the Daegu, South Korea, competition, competed in a magnificent final but was beaten by Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova, who had taken home the silver at Daegu. Olha Saladuha of Ukraine took the Olympic bronze.

Rypakova leaped 14.98 meters to Ibarguen’s 14.80 meters.

Colombian Ibarguen, who also competes in the high jump, had been the jumper who has shown the greatest consistency over the years in this event, often winding up on the award podium, and this evidently gave her the confidence she needed to deal with the different situations that cropped up in the final.

Ibarguen began her athletic career 12 years ago and it soon became evident that she had what it takes to be a champion, and she convinced her paternal grandmother, who raised her after her parents separated, to take her to Medellin at age 14 to train. And it was Cuban trainer Regla Sandrino who convinced her to devote her efforts to the various jumps.

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OLYMPICS 2012:  Laura Sanchez Wins Bronze in Springboard Diving, Fifth Medal for Mexico

OLYMPICS 2012:  Laura Sanchez Wins Bronze in Springboard Diving, Fifth Medal for Mexico

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Mexico’s Laura Sanchez won the bronze medal in 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics, giving her country its fifth medal at the Games.

“This medal feels glorious, I needed one at an Olympic Games and finally got it. It’s been years and years of work and injuries, lots of stuff,” Sanchez said.

China’s Minxia Wu took the gold medal, while her countrywoman, Zi He, won the silver medal in Sunday’s competition.

The 26-year-old Sanchez, who is from the western city of Guadalajara, scored 362.40 points, coming in behind Minxia’s 414.00 and Zi’s 379.20.

“My whole body was trembling before diving and I was nervous and happy at the same time that I was in an Olympic final at my third Games. I enjoyed each dive and every moment,” Sanchez said. “I was happy with how things turned out.”

Sanchez, who was not among the favorites in the event, edged out Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Australia’s Sharlee Stratton in the battle for the bronze.

“I wasn’t one of the favorites and I didn’t care, I just wanted to come out of that pool happy. If I had ended up fourth, I would still have been happy because I would have improved my score. The fact that I won a bronze medal is big, my little angel came around today,” Sanchez said.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon called Sanchez and congratulated her on taking the bronze.

“What joy and pride to see @_lauritasanchez on the podium and receiving a bronze medal. Once again, congratulations. Good for Mexico!” Calderon said in a Twitter posting.

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Singer Juanes Supporting Uruguay’s Call to Legalize Pot

Singer Juanes Supporting Uruguay’s Call to Legalize Pot

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Colombian singer Juanes threw his support behind the initiative of Uruguayan President Jose Mujica to legalize the regulated production and sale of marijuana.

The controversial bill is being pushed by the government and this week will be sent to Congress, where the governing leftist Broad Front coalition has the required majority to approve it.

“President Mujica’s initiative seems to me to be very important for reducing the high levels of violence that are behind drug trafficking,” Juanes told UNoticias.

Drug consumption “is a public health matter and you mustn’t send an addict, or an alcoholic or someone who consumes three packs of cigarettes to prison,” Juanes said.

The war against drug trafficking “has been lost” because “it uses up too much money,” so “we have to seek new policies and many more alternatives to fight this scourge,” the singer said.

“Behind drug trafficking is arms trafficking and harsh violence. I know it because I saw it in Colombia and so I applaud Mujica’s initiative,” Juanes said.

The Colombian singer is visiting Montevideo to promote his latest album and the concert he will give in the Uruguayan capital in September.

The bill that the government will send to Congress seeks to legalize marijuana production, control its sale and create a registry of problematic consumers so as to later be able to make medical treatment available to them.

At first, Mujica’s initiative did not include the possibility for growing one’s own pot, but now that legislators from his party have become involved in it that possibility will be analyzed during the legislative debate on the bill.

Currently in Uruguay marijuana consumption is not considered to be a crime although the purchasing and trafficking of it are.

Sixty percent of Uruguayans, according to recent surveys, are against the initiative to legalize pot production and sale.

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MondayAugust 6, 2012