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WednesdayAugust 8, 2012

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Brazil Eyes Gold As They Eliminate South Korea in Men’s Soccer

Brazil Eyes Gold As They Eliminate South Korea in Men’s Soccer

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Leandro Damiao slammed two goals into the net to wrap up a 3-0 victory over South Korea Tuesday in the soccer semifinal at the 2012 London Games, moving the Brazilian men’s team on to its third final in the only important tournament it has never won, that of the Olympic Games.

The other team to qualify for the final, Mexico, has never gotten further than the semifinals in any previous Olympic competition.

Damiao, as in the quarterfinal against Honduras, was a key player in the victory of the Brazilians, who, despite such a lopsided score, did not succeed in convincing the 70,000 fans at Manchester’s Old Trafford about the quality of their soccer.

But Brazil makes use of its chances like no one else and did not allow the opportunities offered Tuesday by the Korean goalkeeper to escape them.

Though the South Americans took a 1-0 lead on Romulo’s tally in the 38th minute, the Asian side came out for the second half intent on forcing the battle and looked not at all the inferior side.

But the Koreans met their match in Damiao and his two scores in minutes 57 and 64, which ended their hopes and made him insurmountable as top scorer of the tourney.

Mexico and five-time World Cup winner Brazil will battle for the gold on Saturday at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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International Migrant-smuggling Ring Dismantled in Spain

International Migrant-smuggling Ring Dismantled in Spain

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Spanish police disbanded an international migrant-smuggling ring that provided Albanian citizen with forged documents and got them onto European soil at a price of 10,000 euros ($12,400) each.

A total of 19 people were detained in several Spanish cities accused of human trafficking and promoting illegal immigration, forging documents and belonging to a criminal organization, police officials said Tuesday.

The criminal organization hid the Albanians in Spain and other European Union countries until it could provide them with passports forged in Peru or Argentina, with which they could finally travel to other countries outside the EU’s open-borders Schengen zone, chiefly to the United States, Canada and Australia.

The gang made up of Albanian, Bulgarian, Rumanian and Lituanian citizens was based mainly in the southern Spanish province of Almeria.

It got the Albanians out of their home country individually or else in the company of minors to look like a family group that would be unlikely to attract attention.

The migrants entered Greece with forged Greek documents and from there were taken by road to Italy or Spain.

Afterwards, with more fake documents, they were transported outside the EU, for which the migrant-smuggling ring was helped by a travel agency.

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Watch an all New Episode of Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors Here (VIDEO)

Watch an all New Episode of Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors Here (VIDEO)

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Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors: Pure Chaos

Marco Corleone and Shane Helms team up to take on the Lucha Libre USA Champion, Lizmark Jr., and Sydistiko. The Right seeks retribution against the Luchastars. The new Tag Team Champions, Rudisimo, are in tag team action.

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Blog del Narco: Man Shot While Waiting at Street Light in Sinaloa

Blog del Narco: Man Shot While Waiting at Street Light in Sinaloa

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A man was killed on the mason trade Tuesday morning shot dead by a subject surprised when waiting for the signal “go” in a vehicle on University Boulevard.

Witnesses said the victim was sitting in his car at the stoplight when a guy suddenly approached and opened fire.

The authorities revealed that the victim has been identified as Jesus Alberto Ramirez Alvarez, 28 years old, residing in the colony The Cucas.

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OLYMPICS 2012: Brazilian Women Nab Volleyball Bronze Medal, Beating China

OLYMPICS 2012: Brazilian Women Nab Volleyball Bronze Medal, Beating China

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Brazil’s Larissa França and Juliana Silva beat the Chinese duo of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi here Wednesday to win the bronze medal in women’s beach volleyball at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Brazilians lost the first set by a lopsided 21-11, but came back to win the second 21-19 and seal the triumph with a 15-12 win in the third set.

Xue and Zhang took the bronze at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Larissa and Juliana, the reigning world champions in the sport, lost their chance for Olympic gold in a semifinal defeat to Jennifer Kessy and April Ross of the United States.

The U.S. pair now face a final with their countrywomen Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, who won the gold in the 2004 and 2008 games.

The bronze for França and Silva brought Brazil’s all-time Olympic medal count to 101, including 20 golds, and the Brazilian men’s soccer team has a chance to add to that total when it squares off with Mexico in Saturday’s final at Wembley Stadium.

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Campaign Launched To Assist Students Applying for Deferred Action

Campaign Launched To Assist Students Applying for Deferred Action

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A coalition of civic groups launched Tuesday in Washington a national campaign to help thousands of undocumented students avoid deportation by means of a process known as “deferred action.”

The idea of the campaign, activists told a press conference, is to help potential beneficiaries apply for a suspension of their deportation and for temporary work permits, as indicated in guidelines announced by President Barack Obama on June 15.

The move is aimed at young people who would benefit under the DREAM Act, which remains stalled in Congress.

Since Obama’s announcement, “we have worked against the clock to build a solid and extensive infrastructure so the Dreamers and all our communities have precise information and trustworthy assistance to apply for deferred action,” Cristina Jimenez, managing director of the United We Dream Network, one of a score of groups that make up the coalition, said.

The campaign comes in support of efforts being made by Democrats in Congress and activist groups in neighborhoods around the country to help undocumented students complete their studies and get jobs.

Though no exact information exists about who and how many will be eligible for deferred action, the Immigration Policy Center estimates that 1.39 million undocumented students could benefit from it, while in a report released Tuesday the Migration Policy Institute puts the number as high as 1.76 million.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin to accept applications on Aug. 15 and, as pro-immigrant activists have done, it warns students not to be tricked by corrupt notaries and lawyers asking exorbitant sums for their services.

Different groups have announced projects to offer free legal advice to people seeking deferred action which, though it does not confer legal immigration status, will allow recipients to obtain a work permit, driver’s license and a valid official ID.

The process offers no possibility of appeal if a case is refused, and requires that each applicant register with the government, so that it is “important that each person obtain good legal advice from an accredited attorney,” Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said.

The program is open to undocumented immigrants 30 years old and younger who were brought to the United States before the age of 16.

Applicants will need five years of continuous residence in the country, a high school diploma or GED, and proof of current or previous military service or college enrollment.

Those seeking deferred action will also have to submit fingerprints and other biometric data and undergo an extensive background check.

USCIS will also require an application fee of $465.

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Mexico Men’s Soccer Team Defeats Japan, Heading to Finals

Mexico Men’s Soccer Team Defeats Japan, Heading to Finals

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Mexico is headed to its first Olympic men’s soccer final after coming back from a deficit to beat Japan 3-1 on Tuesday before more than 82,000 fans at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium.

The Japanese, who, like the Mexicans, came into the match unbeaten in the 2012 London Games, dominated at the start, jumping out to a 1-0 lead with a goal by Otsu in the 12th minute.

Instead of panicking, the Mexican squad set about methodically taking control of the contest.

Marco Fabian’s strike at the 30-minute mark evened the score and Giovani dos Santos had a chance to put Mexico ahead before the intermission, but failed to connect.

With Dos Santos benched, Mexico started the second half flat and the Japanese mounted a pair of credible attacks. The Latin American side regrouped, however, and Oribe Peralta gave Mexico the advantage with a blistering shot in the 65th minute.

A recent addition to the team, Javier Cortes, put the cherry on top for Mexico with a goal in the 93rd minute.

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Texas Man Sees Jesus on his Tortilla

Texas Man Sees Jesus on his Tortilla

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Jesus has once again made an appearance on a tortilla.

A man in Texas believes he the latest to have seem Jesus Christ in his food.

While eating breakfast one morning, 80-year-old Ernesto Garza saw something that caught his eye. There, in his breakfast taco, right next to the eggs, was the face of Jesus Christ.

The tortillas used at the La Amistad Adult Daycare in Beeville, Texas are all handmade by facility staff, and the image of Jesus appeared in a dark spot on the tortilla.

Garza said he couldn’t believe it even after looking at for five minutes, so he called over a friend. She immediately saw it without him pointing it out.

Local media reportedly got wind of the sighting and the facility’s phone has been ringing off the hook with inquiries.

Garza’s friend at La Amistad had been having a hard time recently and said she had prayed the night before, asking for a sign. Garza finding Jesus in a tortilla, she said, is “a blessing.”

Interestingly, La Amistad’s motto is, “Serving humanity to honor God.”

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Demand for Brazilian Agribusiness Decreases in 2012

Demand for Brazilian Agribusiness Decreases in 2012

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Production in Brazil’s agro-industrial sector fell 3.9 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period of 2011, the IBGE statistics agency said Tuesday.

The decline is mainly attributable to a decline in international demand for Brazilian beef, sugar and ethanol, the IGBE said.

Most of the damage came in the second quarter, when agro-industrial output plunged 9.9 percent after posting growth of 4.2 percent in the January-March period.

Primary agricultural goods were down 5.9 percent, while forest products were up by the same percentage and the agri-chemical sector, including pesticides and fertilizer, expanded 27.4 percent.

Production of refined sugar and sugar-based ethanol dropped 32.4 percent and tobacco output fell by 16.9 percent.

Despite the downturn, the IBGE maintained its projection that Brazil’s harvest will grow 0.4 percent this year to 160.7 million tons. And while agro-industrial exports declined in volume in the first half of 2012, they rose 3.7 percent in value to $44.8 billion.

Agribusiness is a key element in Latin America’s largest economy.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Felon Shoots Self with Homemade Gun he Made Because he Can’t Buy Firearm

LATINO BLOTTER: Felon Shoots Self with Homemade Gun he Made Because he Can’t Buy Firearm

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A Florida man was hospitalized and arrested after his homemade gun fired at his leg.

Manny Garrido, 23, of Lake Worth, decided he needed a gun for his protection. However, as a felon, Garrido was not allowed to possess a firearm. Known as a tinkerer, he figured if he could not buy one, he would make one.

Using the brass tube assembly of an air conditioner gauge, a large nut, springs, and a screwdriver, Garrido took to creating a one-round .40 caliber firearm.

It turns out, one round was all he would need…to seriously injure himself.

He was keeping his homemade gun in his pocket when the one round fired and shot into his leg near his ankle. His father, Manny Pinho, said he came home to find Garrido limping around in the back yard. Pinho urged his son to go to the hospital, but his son was afraid he would get in trouble. In the end, Pinho convinced him to get help. Shortly after Garrido arrived at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, a staffer called police to report a shooting victim.

On Sunday, Garrido was arrested and charged with possession of ammunition or firearms by a felon.

Garrido had been arrested in 2011 after officers found prescription pills in his pocket. In April 2011 he pled guilty to felony drug charges, making him a felon and felons are not allowed to buy firearms or ammunition. As of Monday, Garrido remained in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond.

Though investigators are unclear how Garrido learned to make the firearm, Pinho guesses his son saw something on the internet.

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U.S. Set to Sign Cross-Border Environmental Pact with Mexico

U.S. Set to Sign Cross-Border Environmental Pact with Mexico

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On Wednesday, an 8-year environmental pact between the United States and Mexico will be signed by dignitaries from both sides of the border.

The Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program is set to be officially unveiled during a news conference in Tijuana.

The program is a collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico to improve the environment and protect the health of the nearly 12 million people living along the border. The bi-national program focuses on cleaning the air, providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border 2020 calls for a “bottom-up” approach at tackling the environmental and public health needs of those in the border region, meaning issues and projects with be addressed at a local level.

In an announcement of Wednesday’s event, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) stated, “The Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa P. Jackson, and the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of México, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, will lead the celebration that will close 10 years of successful binational cooperation under the Border 2012 Program and the announcement of the beginning of the new Border 2020 Environmental Program that will allow us to continue and strengthen our binational border cooperation.”

Among topics to be discussed Wednesday:

-Launch the new binational Border 2020 Program and celebrate accomplishments of the Border 2012 Program.
-Take first steps towards completing Regional and Borderwide Action Plans (which lay out realistic work to be accomplished in the next two years).
-Discuss strategies to strengthen partnerships, collaboration and communication.

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Olympic 2012 Basketball Players Busy Giving Crotch Shots

Olympic 2012 Basketball Players Busy Giving Crotch Shots

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First Team USA Basketballer Carmelo Anthony took one for the team on the groin and now we hear Spain took one from a player on the French team. 

What is going on?

Critics and there are many are asking if that is how basketball is played in Latin America, since they started this nasty practice.

Basketball in Latin America or Spain does not enjoy the fame or fortune it does in the U.S.  Soccer is the preferred TV watching pastime and where the big sporting dollars are.

Latin America has two teams playing in the London 2012 Basketball competition: Argentina and Brazil.  While the European continent has four teams that include Spain. 

Monday’s basketball game saw U.S. play Argentina and it was a dirty game with a lot of elbowing and shoving allegations coming from both sides.  The Argentines accused Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, of punching Facundo Campazzo and Campazzo was accused of elbowing Anthony in the groin and not apologizing.

The final score was 126-97 in U.S.A’s favor.

Today audiences saw France’s Nic Batum give a crotch-shot to Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro.  Batum isn’t saying if he learned his moves from Argentina’s Campazzo.

GIF: Nic Batum just punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the crotch… on Twitpic

Campazzo does not play for a U.S. professional team but rather for the country’s national team.  Only 5 players on the Argentina roster play for the NBA while the entire U.S. team is in the NBA.  Brazil has four professional NBA players on its roster.

Maybe the big boys from the U.S. are use to being treated with more reverence since they are valuable assets to the NBA.

The U.S. is expected to win the gold which could be why others are trying to elbow their way to the top and avoid the inevitable.

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Remains of “Ape Woman” to Finally be Returned and Buried in Mexico

Remains of “Ape Woman” to Finally be Returned and Buried in Mexico

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Known as the “Ape Woman”, the body of Julia Pastrana is being returned to Mexico after decades in Europe.

Pastrana worked as a carnival sideshow attraction known as the “Ape Woman”. Born in 1834 in Mexico, Pastrana was born with hypertrichosis terminalis, a deformity that caused the development of an oversized jaw, excess facial hair growth, her ears and nose were unusually large, and her teeth were irregular.

Charles Darwin once described her:

Julia Pastrana … was a remarkably fine woman, but she had a thick masculine beard and a hairy forehead; she was photographed, and her stuffed skin was exhibited as a show; but what concerns us is, that she had in both the upper and lower jaw an irregular double set of teeth, one row being placed within the other, of which Dr. Purland took a cast. From the redundancy of the teeth her mouth projected, and her face had a gorilla-like appearance

ImagePastrana was reportedly bought by Theodore Lent (aka Lewis B Lent). The two actually ended up getting married and she was taught to dance and play music. She even learned to read and write in three languages.

She and Lent conceived a child, but while on tour in Moscow in 1860, five days after giving birth to a baby with features similar to hers, Pastrana died. The child died three days after birth. Pastrana’s body, as well as the child’s, were mummified and displayed in a glass cabinet until the end of the carnival’s tour. Lent would later find a woman with features similar to Pastrana’s. He married the new woman and named her Zenora Pastrana. He became a wealthy man using Zenora as an attraction. He was eventually committed to a Russian mental institution in 1884, where he died.

In 1921, a Norwegian carnival owner bought the original Pastrana’s remains, but they were removed from view in the 1970s. In 1976, the child’s remains were mutilated and eaten by mice after vandals broke into the warehouse where the remains were kept. Pastrana’s mummy was then stolen in 1979, but recovered and held in Oslo’s Forensic Institute but not identified. Finally, in 1990, she was identified as the famous “Ape Woman”.

In 1994, the Norway Senate recommended burying her remains, but the Minister of Sciences decided to keep them so scientists could perform research.

On the 2nd of August 2012 it was reported that she would finally be buried in Mexico. A date was not given.

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From Undocumented Immigrant to Olympic Silver Medalist: Leo Manzano Wins 2nd in 1500m

From Undocumented Immigrant to Olympic Silver Medalist: Leo Manzano Wins 2nd in 1500m

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Impressive. That is just one word to describe Leo Manzano’s Olympic performance in the men’s 1500 meter final Tuesday.

Though he brought home a silver medal for the U.S., he was not born an American. When the now 27-year-old was just four years old, he was brought to the U.S. illegally. However, at the age of 14, he became a legal citizen.

He attended the University of Texas on a track scholarship and became an 11-time NCAA All-American and a five-time NCAA champion. He graduated with degrees in Portuguese and Spanish with a minor in business.

ImageLeading up to the race, Manzano’s coach said his runner was a strong finisher capable of turning things up in the final straightaway.

Tuesday’s performance a true Olympic victory. He may not have won gold, but anyone watching would certainly call him a winner. In the last 65 or so meters, Manzano began to pull out from the center of the pack. He passed multiple runners and in a full out sprint, flew past everyone except gold medal winner Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria.

This was Manzano’s second Olympics, and while he may run for the U.S. he celebrated with both the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag and tweeted in both the English and Spanish throughout his Olympic visit.

After his win, he tweeted:

Silver medal, still felt like I won! Representing two countries USA and Mexico!

Manzano finished at 3:34:79, making him the first U.S. athlete to medal in the 1500 meter since Jim Ryun’s silver-medal-winning running in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Interestingly, for the first time in 20 years, a Kenyan runner did not medal, as the bronze went to Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider.


Watch the stellar performance here.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Dulles Airport Officials Find 4 lbs of Cocaine Hidden in Kid’s Drink Boxes

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Dulles Airport Officials Find 4 lbs of Cocaine Hidden in Kid’s Drink Boxes

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport seized almost 4 pounds of cocaine hidden inside chocolate drink boxes and a spice bottle in two Guatemalan men’s luggage shortly after 10pm this past weekend.

Esteban Gustavo Ischiu Rojas, 44, and Jose Victor Munoz Lemus, 42, both from Guatemala and travelling together, arrived on a flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, and presented themselves as travelers for business as couriers.

CBP officers referred both to secondary inspection for a baggage exam. In Ischiu’s baggage, CBP officers discovered a garlic salt bottle which contained 177 grams, or about 6 ounces, of cocaine. In Munoz’ baggage, CBP officers discovered that four Choco Panda drink boxes contained plastic bags filled with cocaine totaling 1,536 grams, or 3 pounds, 6 ounces.

Total weight of the cocaine was 1,713 grams, or 3 pounds, 12 ounces. The street value was approximately $120,000.

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Jennifer Lopez Files $20 Million Countersuit Against Former Driver for Extortion

Jennifer Lopez Files $20 Million Countersuit Against Former Driver for Extortion

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Jennifer Lopez has filed a $20 million counter suit against her former driver Hakob Manoukian.

In April, Hakob sued J Lo’s manager, Benny Medina for wrongful termination and breach of contract.  Lopez’ counter suit contends that she was extorted for $2.8 million and defamed by Hakob who threatened to reveal ‘highly embarrassing’ information about the singer according to TMZ.

Allegedly the driver was threatening to reveal conversations he overheard while driving J Lo and her family, he alleges that information would have resulted in the Puerto-Rican singer being ‘criminally prosecuted.’

Lopez’ wants the confidentiality agreement Hakob signed enforced and money for the damage done to her through Hakob threats.

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‘Love the Silent Tears: A New Musical’ Will Star Jon Secada and Brazilian Singer Fabiana Passoni

‘Love the Silent Tears: A New Musical’ Will Star Jon Secada and Brazilian Singer Fabiana Passoni

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The musical ‘Loving the Silent Tears: A Musical’ will star 2-time Grammy-winning artist Jon Secada, Grammy-winning icon Jody Watley, and Broadway stars: Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony winner Kiril Kulish, Tony winner Michael Maguire, and Emmy winner & Tony nominee Liz Callaway.

The play is premiering at the Shrine in Los Angeles this October.

They will be joined by Grammy-winning reggae legends Black Uhuru, Grammy-nominated Persian artist Siavash Shams, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, and award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni.

The first of its kind in theatre history, Loving the Silent Tears will take the audience on a cultural journey across six continents and 16 countries, to tell a story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness.

The show was inspired by a poetry anthology titled Silent Tears, written years ago by worldrenowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Loving the Silent Tears will be directed by Tony nominee Vincent Paterson, Emmy-winning choreographer Bonnie Story, Emmy-winning set designer John Iacovelli, and award-winning costume designer Sharell Martin.

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Chavez Boasts of Venezuela’s Vast Natural Gas Reserves

Chavez Boasts of Venezuela’s Vast Natural Gas Reserves

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Venezuela has proven natural gas reserves of 200 quintillion cubic feet, placing them among the largest in the world, President Hugo Chavez said.

“We have proven that we have some of the most important gas reserves on the planet, and we are at 200 quintillion cubic feet and we will continue discovering more,” Chavez said in an address carried on national radio and television.

Previous administrations “said there was no gas here,” the president said during the inauguration Monday of a factory in the central state of Carabobo.

A January 2010 U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, study estimated that there could be 130 quintillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Orinoco Belt, Chavez said.

The Orinoco Belt, located in southeastern Venezuela, holds some of the largest proven petroleum reserves in the world.

“Nobody knows how much gas the belt holds,” but confirmation of the USGS numbers “would put us among the top ones, in second or third place in the world in terms of natural gas reserves, as well as having the world’s largest petroleum reserves,” estimated at around 300 billion barrels of crude, the president said.

The USGS study estimated that the Orinoco Belt could hold 513 billion barrels of extractable crude.

Venezuela’s vast natural-resource wealth, including huge reserves of water and minerals, make the global powers “covet” the South American country, Chavez said.

“They have the desire to own Venezuela once again so they can take its great wealth, take it from us. We share it with the world, but, first, it’s ours, and the benefits of this wealth must be distributed with equality and justice. That is, it should go to those who need it the most,” the president said.

The Mariscal Sucre liquefied natural gas project in eastern Venezuela is set to start production ahead of schedule in December of 300 million cubic feet of gas, Chavez said.

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Guatemalan Lawmakers Approve ‘Erick Barrondo Day’ to Honor Olympic Silver Medalist

Guatemalan Lawmakers Approve ‘Erick Barrondo Day’ to Honor Olympic Silver Medalist

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Guatemalan lawmakers approved Tuesday a decoration for racewalker Erick Barrondo in honor of his winning a silver medal last weekend in the 20-kilometer walk at the 2012 London Olympics.

The 116 members present at the session voted unanimously in favor of making Guatemala’s first-ever medal winner a Knight of the Order of the Sovereign Congress.

Barrondo will also receive $64,000.

“If in England there is a Sir Alex Ferguson (manager of top soccer club Manchester United), why in Guatemala can’t there be a Knight Erick Barrondo,” legislator Haroldo Quej said to explain why he voted in favor of the honor.

President Otto Perez Molina met Tuesday with Dora and Bernardo Barrondo, parents of the athlete, who will compete next Saturday in the 50-kilometer walk, to coordinate the details of the trip that the government will provide so they can go to London and cheer on their son.

“They are being given the trip to accompany Erick and give him the warmth and support he needs for the race,” a spokesperson for the president’s office told Efe.

“He’s going to be welcomed as a hero, as he deserves. We’re going to be waiting for him with open arms,” Perez Molina said last Saturday after Barrondo’s medal-winning performance in the 20-kilometer event.

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Gunman Kills 4 in Mexico, Gang Violence Suspected

Gunmen killed four people Tuesday in a neighborhood in the southern part of Mexico City, the Federal District Attorney’s Office said.

The murders occurred around 2:00 a.m. on La Paz street in Barrio San Ignacio, a neighborhood in the borough of Iztapalapa.

Jose Octavio Sanchez Juarez, Alfredo Moreno Ledezma and Ivan Israel Peralta Frias were pronounced dead at the scene, while Pablo Reyes Mosco, who was also hit by the bursts of gunfire, was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

Crime scene investigators found 31 bullet casings from weapons of different calibers at the site.

Investigators are gathering evidence to try to track down the gunmen in what appears to be a settling of scores between rival gangs, the DA’s office said.

Crime is one of the biggest problems in Mexico, where more than 50,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s powerful cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

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WednesdayAugust 8, 2012