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FridaySeptember 14, 2012

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Injured Mexican Marathon Runner on Track for December Race

Injured Mexican Marathon Runner on Track for December Race

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Mexico’s Madai Perez, the fastest female marathon runner in the history of Latin America, has recovered from the injury that prevented her from competing in the London Olympics and will be back on track for the Cancun Half Marathon on Dec. 9, the athlete said.

Meanwhile German Silva, coach of the 2011 Pan American Games silver medalist, told Efe that Madai “is now in good health” and will return to run a marathon “next April in fast company that could be in London, Rotterdam or Paris.”

“We have another possibility in Boston, but the weather there is very unpredictable,” he said.

Madai, 32, has a personal marathon record of 2:22:59, the fastest ever run by a female athlete from Latin America, but in recent years she has not approached that mark.

The reason, according to German, is that she has not been competing in marathons under ideal conditions, but is now training intensely and could again compete with the best of them.

“Next year we’ll run a marathon in April and we’re interested in the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Russia. Later we’ll take it step by step,” Silva, winner of the New York City Marathon in 1994 and 1995, said.

About chances that the athlete will be able to stay active until the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when she will have turned 36, he said she would be in condition to do so, but it remains to be seen if continuing for another four years fits in with her personal plans.

Madai headed the Mexican women’s marathon team in London that also included Marisol Gonzalez and Karina Perez, but a few days before the race she decided not to compete due to a foot pain, from which she has now recovered.

Though she is coached by Silva, the athlete trains with her husband, Odilon Cuautle, who has a personal record of 2:15:34 in the marathon.

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Peruvian President Vows to Investigate Case of Child Killed During Military Operation

Peruvian President Vows to Investigate Case of Child Killed During Military Operation

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The death of an 8-year-old girl during a military operation against guerrillas in southern Peru “has to be investigated,” President Ollanta Humala said Friday, denying that his administration tried to cover up the incident.

The probe is necessary “not only for the (child’s) family, but the great family that is all Peruvians,” he told reporters.

The girl died Sunday after being shot in the back during a clash between security forces and remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla group that operate in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, or VRAE, area.

Authorities in Lima initially said the operation resulted in the rescue of three children being held by the insurgents and in the arrest of two women.

The original report made no mention of the dead child.

The central government later acknowledged that one of the women taken into custody was the mother of the three “rescued” kids and the girl who died, while local officials said all four children were inside their family’s home when the violence erupted.

Humala, a former army colonel, invoked his own experience in the struggle against Shining Path and other armed groups to emphasize that his administration will not repeat the abuses of the past.

“I want to state clearly that our position is different from the conditions of before, where there were operations, many times, that were hidden,” the president said Friday. “We don’t hide anything, we are the first to ask that this be cleared up.”

His government’s strategy is allowing the security forces to carry out “precise interventions, with better intelligence” that lead to the capture of rebel commanders.

Just last week, Humala announced that the No. 4 person in the Shining Path organization in the VRAE was killed in a firefight with the army and police.

Residents in the VRAE tolerate the Shining Path elements out of fear that the guerrillas will seize their land if they don’t cooperate, Humala said.

“There is a policy of fear because there is no presence of the state, which for many years assumed that this population and territory were not important,” he said.

Asked about an opposition demand for a probe of the girl’s death, the president said Congress “has every right to conduct political oversight.”

“We must seek unity to confront terrorism. We will win the battle,” he said.

A truth commission appointed a decade ago by then-President Alejandro Toledo blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence during the 1980-2000 period.

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Mexican Anthropologists Explore Tomb of Presumed Mayan Ruler

Mexican Anthropologists Explore Tomb of Presumed Mayan Ruler

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Mexican experts entered for the first time a 1,500-year-old funerary chamber in Palenque believed to contain the remains of one of the first rulers of this Mayan city, officials said.

A multidisciplinary team from the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, began exploring the mortuary chamber that could hold the remains of K’uk Bahlam I, who came to power in 431 A.D. and founded the dynasty to which the famed Mayan ruler Pakal belonged.

The royal tomb, discovered 13 years ago inside Temple 20 of this archaeological zone in the southern state of Chiapas, is at least two centuries older than the tomb of Pakal, discovered 50 years ago at the same site, INAH said in a communique.

“As for dates, we’re looking at the birth of the Palenque dynasty around the year 400 A.D., since we could be talking about the tomb of its founder,” the archaeologist Arnoldo Gonzalez, who along with restorer Rogelio Rivero is leading the project to open the burial site, said Thursday.

Nonetheless, he warned that this is all speculation until the archaeological exploration gets underway. “This space could simply be an antechamber, because we don’t know what we’ll find deeper down,” he said.

Inside the entry to the tomb, where no skeletal remains have yet been found, 11 vessels were uncovered and close to 100 other pieces, mostly large beads of green stone, possibly jade, and including a kind of ring and a pendant.

The chamber and antechamber of Temple 20 has no sarcophagus, at least not up to the point that has been explored, but it does have a mural painted in lively tones of red on three sides, with representations of the Nine Lords of Xibalba, or the underworld.

“What is important in tombs of that time, the Early Classic Period (400-550 A.D.), is the painting. We’re looking at one of the few examples of murals discovered in a funerary context in Palenque, which is why the work we’re doing is so important,” Gonzalez said.

While the Temple 20 tomb is evidently replete with archaeological riches, Gonzalez and Rivero said that these will not be explored nor recovered until the murals are stabilized.

Rivero said that the emergency measures taken to preserve the murals will require at least three weeks, and will consist of fixing and consolidating the pictorial layer, while making a graphic and photograpic record of the works.

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Mexico’s Best Boxers in “Knockout Kings” Event to Celebrate Mexican Independence (VIDEO)

Mexico’s Best Boxers in “Knockout Kings” Event to Celebrate Mexican Independence  (VIDEO)

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In Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” main event, incredibly popular Mexican superstar and WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defends against breakout star Josesito Lopez.  WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former World Champion Marcos Maidana facing Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title and Leo Santa Cruz defending his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former two-time World Champion Eric Morel.

The 22-year-old, red-headed Alvarez’s fights have garnered higher TV ratings in his home country than the national soccer team.  Lopez registered the upset of the year when he knocked out Victor Ortiz last June.

Nearly 14,500 fans will pack the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Veas celebrating Mexican Independence Day by watching three world title fights, the rest of us will have to check out Showtime at 9pm EST. 

Check out this greatest hits video that shows the power of these two boxing stars. 

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Penelope Cruz Discusses Spanish Films and her Love of Accents

Penelope Cruz Discusses Spanish Films and her Love of Accents

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Spanish actress Penelope Cruz said at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that she will never stop making films in Spain and in Spanish, but that she also would like to play a character with a British accent and take on the role of a stereotypical California “valley girl.”

Cruz presented her latest film “Venuto al mondo” (Twice Born), an Italian-Spanish co-production directed by Sergio Castellitto and also starring Emile Hirsch, Adnan Haskovic and Saadet Aksoy, on Thursday at the TIFF.

“I love being part of projects like this, although I’ll always want to keep working in my country and in Spanish. I’ll never stop for many reasons. It’s also quite refreshing to go back and work in my own language,” Cruz said.

“Because in this (film), as much as I loved it, it was a big challenge to shoot 70 percent of the film in English and the rest in Italian. But the English had to have an Italian accent. I love those challenges, but I can’t say it was easy,” she added.

Cruz, whose upcoming projects include British director Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” and Spanish filmmaker’s Pedro Almodovar’s “Los amantes pasajeros” (I’m So Excited), said she has a passion for accents.

“I love accents. Now that I’m more comfortable in English, I’d like to play (a role with) a British accent. I have a character. She’s really fun, but I can’t talk about her. But it’s a character with a British accent,” she said.

“And I’d also like to play a ‘valley girl.’ One day,” the actress said laughing.

In an interview published last Saturday by Italian daily La Stampa, Cruz said that she plans to produce at least two films a year in her homeland to create jobs amid sky-high unemployment.

“I want to bring jobs to my people ... I’ll use my privileged position. It’s what interests me the most right now. I know it’s a grain of sand in the desert, but it’s a responsibility I think I have,” Cruz said.

“I’ll produce a couple of films a year. A way to give work to hundreds of people. It’s a set idea I have.”

Cruz, winner of a best-supporting actress Oscar for her role as an unstable artist in Woody Allen’s 2008 comedy-drama “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” said she has worked hard but also has had a lot of opportunities in life.

The talents of “an entire generation of highly trained young people” in Spain are being wasted, Cruz said, adding that though they have lots to offer there is nothing for them to do but “bang their heads against the wall or go out in the street and protest.”

Spain’s economy has been battered in recent years by the collapse of a massive real-estate bubble in the context of the 2008-2009 global recession.

The country’s unemployment rate stands at nearly 25 percent and at more than 50 percent among young people.

Despite the high joblessness, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has opted for a series of austerity measures in recent months to bring a high budget deficit into line with European Union mandates.

Those measures have been harshly criticized by unions and sparked large-scale street protests.

Cruz told the Italian daily that her role of a single mother who brings her teenage son to Sarajevo in “Venuto al Mondo” and the character she played in Almodovar’s “Volver” (To Return) have been the two most challenging of her career thus far.

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From an Orphanage to the Runway: Dominican Model Takes Fashion by Storm

From an Orphanage to the Runway: Dominican Model Takes Fashion by Storm

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At just 13 years old, Fior Mendez was left at the Orfanato Niños de Cristo in La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Nine years later, she was stomping the runway at New York Fashion Week.

On Friday, the stunning model walked at the Lincoln Center for designer Nzinga Knight. Yes, her very first show was at New York Fashion Week.

Just two months ago, the aspiring model moved to New York City, but while she is currently making television appearances on programs like the Today show, things were not always so glamorous.

ImageWhen her mother realized she could no longer care for all of her children, Mendez was dropped off at the orphanage. Luckily, thanks to The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, the orphanage had a computer center, which provided her with computer training. So while many orphaned girls in the Dominican turned to prostitution to escape poverty, Mendez was learning a skill.

During her time at the orphanage, Mendez says she would watch various modeling shows on television and practiced poses in the mirror.

Mendez also met Andy Stein who worked with foundation that gave the orphanage its computer center. Stein and his girlfriend offered to bring her to New York to help her learn English, as she had turned 21 and was no longer allowed to stay at the orphanage.

When Mendez arrived in New York, Stein’s girlfriend introduced her to Prince Riley, the founder of the Signature Talent Agency modeling firm.

With a 5’10 frame, a beautiful face, and years of practicing in the mirror, Mendez clearly had what it takes to be a model, and Riley knew it. With a bit of finishing touched, Mendez was sent on a number of casting calls, of which Riley says she’s booked all.

One of those castings was for an American Muslim designer with a Caribbean background, Nzinga Knight.

Mendez is still learning English, but through a translator told Today she still wants to be able to help the girls back at the orphanage one day.

I want to be a light for those kids. I want to show them that if you are dedicated, you can do something, and that even if you’re sad, you always have hope.

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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day With This Paloma Cocktail Recipe

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day With This Paloma Cocktail Recipe

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Mexican Independence Day is not Cinco de Mayo as some believe, but a true celebration of Mexican heritage that reaches here in the United States, this year falling on Sunday, September 16th.

As popular as the margarita is in America (#1 cocktail in the U.S.), Mexico has different favorites such as the Paloma cocktail.

Mexican Paloma

1.5 oz. Cuervo Tradicional Reposado (25 oz. per bottle)
3 oz. grapefruit soda
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1 slice(s) lime(s)


    1. Rub rim of a tall glass with half a lime and dip into salt. Fill halfway with ice
    2. Add Cuervo Tradicional and grapefruit soda. Stir well. Garnish with lime slice

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Carlos Santana Scores Book Deal, Will be First Memoir

Carlos Santana Scores Book Deal, Will be First Memoir

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Rock legend Carlos Santana has nabbed a book deal with Hachette’s Little, Brown and Co. imprint.

Born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, México, the 65-year-old icon became famous in the late ‘60s and early ’70s with his band Santana.
Blending African and Latin rhythms with rock music, Santana and his guitar mastery gave the music world a new sound. In fact, in 2003, Rolling Stonemagazine listed Satana as No. 15 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

According to the Associated Press, the upcoming book “is expected to tell stories of such friends and peers as Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, and Herbie Hancock.”

The Mexican-American guitarists in the winner of 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards. In 1965, he became a naturalized American citizen.

As a solo artist, Santana has released 3 live albums, 7 studio albums, 6 compilation albums, 12 collaboration albums, and has made an amazing 49 guest appearances.

Throughout his career, Santana has sold more than 100 million records.

This will be his first memoir.

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Ralph Lauren Takes Inspiration from Latin America, Spain with Spring 2013 Collection

Ralph Lauren Takes Inspiration from Latin America, Spain with Spring 2013 Collection

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Ralph Lauren’s new collections showed a clear bit of España flair.

During his New York Fashion Week showing of his Spring 2013 collection, top designer Lauren fitted the models with matador hats with boleros, a common jacket worn by Spanish and Mexican bullfighters. Throughout the show, it was very clear his collection’s inspiration had Spanish/Latin roots.

Though Lauren is known for his “Americana” style, his Spring 2013 collection took quite a different turn. It should be noted that while “Americana” is sort of his market, Lauren is known to find inspiration from places he visits on vacation.

Mixed with black and a bright white pieces, Lauren has created a collection still full of color – namely bright blue and burnt orange. It ranges from full-length skirts, to below-the-knee pieces. From leather pants to leather tops. Form more formal pieces like suits to strapless, night-on-the-town, more flirty dresses.

Check out some on his pieces below.



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LISTEN:  Christina Aguilera New Release “Your Body”

Singer and ‘The Voice’  judge Christine Aguilera has released a single from her upcoming ‘Lotus’ album titled ‘Your Body’.  The video to accompany the very sexy, raunchy, in your face vocals is expected to be released soon.

This is the singer’s seventh album, her last album release was ‘Bionic’ in 2010.  The songs lyrics penned by Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Kotechca don’t leave much to the imagination as to what Christina wants to do to your body:

“So open the box, don’t need no key, I’m unlocked”  “All I wanna do is f**ck your body.” 

You go girl!

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Writing Book on Immigration Due Out Spring 2013

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Writing Book on Immigration Due Out Spring 2013

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Former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush has announced he is penning a book on the subject of immigration that will be out in Spring of 2013.

Bush, who is also the son and brother of former U.S. President’s, has always been viewed as a moderate Republican that has long advocated his party soften their anti-immigration tone. 

The book “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution” was co-authored with conservative activist Clint Bolick and will layout Bush’s vision for immigration reform.

The 59-year-old former Governor taught English as a second language in Leon, Mexico in his youth, which is where he met is wife Columba.  The couple has three children.

Publisher Threshold Editions announced: “The book will present a comprehensive solution based on two core principles: immigration is vital to America’s future, fueling its growth, vibrancy and creativity; yet any true and enduring solution must adhere to the rule of the law.”

It is not known if Bush is hoping to push immigration reform to the forefront of U.S. policymaking or hoping it will push him to the forefront of a 2016 presidential candidacy.

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‘X Factor’ Contestant Brings Judge Demi Lovato to Tears, Crowd to Their Feet (VIDEO)

‘X Factor’ Contestant Brings Judge Demi Lovato to Tears, Crowd to Their Feet (VIDEO)

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Judge Demi Lovato was brought to tears on FOX’s X Factor by one girl’s emotional story and performance.

Looking every bit the rocker, 19-year-old Jillian Jensen of Rochester, Mass. greeted the judges with a big smile, even connecting with Lovato saying she was “kind of a big fan.”

That smile quickly went away, however, as she shared her story of being “severely bullied” when she was in middle school and high school. She went on to tearfully thank Lovato for a she has done with anti-bullying campaigns. Lovato has been very vocal about bullying, having been through it herself.

The emotion from the stage continued with Jensen’s rendition of Jessie J’s touching “Who You Are”. (Watch it below.)

As Jensen sang, Lovato is seen telling fellow judge Britney Spears, “You can feel that pain.”

Surprisingly, even stone-cold judge Simon Cowell was moved, later saying, “I lost it. I’ve never, ever done that in my life.”.

After the performance and a stand ovation from the audience, Lovato wipes the tears from her eyes and walks to the side of the stage to give a crying Jensen a hug to tell her, “It’s okay. I know exactly what you’ve gone through. But I’ve made it through it, and I know you can too. You are so strong. That was amazing, absolutely amazing.”

Jensen impressed everyone, Simon even calling her performance “incredible.”

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Marijuana Minivan Mom and Her 4 Children Nabbed at Border with 75-lbs of Pot

Marijuana Minivan Mom and Her 4 Children Nabbed at Border with 75-lbs of Pot

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing at the El Paso port of entry seized 74 pounds of marijuana over the weekend.

The drugs were hidden in a car being driven by a woman traveling with her four children.

The seizure was made just after 8 a.m. when a Mercury Villager van entered the port from Mexico.  The driver of the vehicle appeared nervous and CBP drug sniffing dog “Cesar” alerted to the van. CBP officers located drugs inside the panels of the van. They removed a total of 69 drug-filled packages from the vehicle with a weight of 74 pounds.

The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $59,200.

CBP officers took custody of the driver, 37-year-old Alejandra Chavira De Paz, of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was arrested to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt. The children, ages 8, 12, 13 were turned over to the custody of an 18-year-old adult child and released.

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13-Year Old YouTube Star and Cancer Patient Talia Castellano Gets to Meet Ellen DeGeneres

13-Year Old YouTube Star and Cancer Patient Talia Castellano Gets to Meet Ellen DeGeneres

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Dreams do come true just ask 13-year-old Talia Castellano. 

The youngster was initially diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2007 and since then has had two relapses the most recent in August of 2010.  Instead of worrying about her fate Castellano decided to pursue her dream of being a make-up artist and presented her talents on her own YouTube Channel.

Another one of the brave youngster dreams was to meet her favorite star Ellen DeGeneres and do her make-up.  Well that dream also has come true for Talia. 

Check out the Orlando native’s visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” where Ellen announced Talia was going to be an honorary CoverGirl and presented her with a $20,000 check and new makeup table.

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President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

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U.S. President Barack Obama denied Thursday - contrary to what many of his critics contend - that he has neglected Latin America and said that his administration has been “very aggressive” in trying to broaden relations with the region.

“(W)e have (not) only not neglected it, we’ve actually been very aggressive in trying to expand those relationships. Trade is significantly up between the U.S. and Latin America since I took on the presidency,” Mr. Obama said in an exclusive interview with Agencia Efe, Spain’s international news agency, adding that he expects to “travel there again.”

“Keep in mind that I’ve taken a number of trips, to participate in the Summit of the Americas, most recently to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador, and I was just in Mexico for the G20 summit,” the president said in responding to a question about whether he felt he had neglected the region.

“And throughout these trips what I’ve emphasized is the importance of strengthening bonds and ties between the U.S. and all the countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean,” he added.

“In very concrete terms, we have partnered on security issues, to dealing with (the) transnational drug trade, to energy issues focused on how we can develop greater energy efficiency and more clean energy,” the president said.

Mr. Obama also mentioned, as signs of his commitment to Latin America, that since taking office in January 2009 his administration had worked on “expanding trade by signing free trade deals with Colombia and Panama and really emphasizing exchanges between young people which create such a strong bond between the U.S. and the region.”

“I expect that I will travel there again. This is going to be a huge growth region with enormous opportunities but also enormous challenges,” he said.

The president added, in conclusion, that what he called Washington’s “unprecedented” cooperation with Mexico to fight drug trafficking will continue as the new administration headed by Enrique Peña Nieto takes over there in December.

“(O)ur cooperation with Mexico on dealing with (the) transnational drug trade is unprecedented and we’ll continue to build on that with the new administration,” Mr. Obama said.

The president granted the interview after a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado.

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Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Has Massive Eruption, Thousands Evacuated

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Has Massive Eruption, Thousands Evacuated

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The Fuego volcano, one of Guatemala’s most active, spewed columns of ash high above its crater and lava down its flanks, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 10,000 nearby inhabitants.

The Conred emergency management agency decreed a red alert for communities near the erupting volcano, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of Guatemala City, and at least 10,600 people began to be relocated Thursday to shelters in the town of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, some 100 kilometers south of the capital.

Firefighters and army personnel were participating in the evacuation of Sangre de Cristo, Panimache I and II, Morelia, Santa Sofia, Yucales and La Rochela.

Alejandro Maldonado, Conred’s director, told local media Thursday evening that the shelters had sufficient supplies of food, potable water and blankets for the evacuees.

The alert will be in effect for “at least the next 12 hours” and authorities will then evaluate the state of the volcano and whether it is advisable for the evacuees to return to their homes, he said, adding that their numbers could rise to 33,000.

Vice President Roxana Baldetti visited the first shelters set up in public buildings in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa to coordinate assistance for those forced to leave their homes.

The Fuego volcano began erupting for the sixth time this year at around 4:00 a.m. Thursday, with powerful explosions sending columns of ash more than 3,000 meters (9,830 feet) above its crater.

Civil aviation officials ordered a halt to air traffic in southern and southwestern Guatemala, grounding flights between Guatemala City and the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Authorities reported that volcanic sand had fallen in the provinces of Escuintla, Mazatenango, Retalhuleu, San Marcos and the border with Mexico and caused reduced visibility on highways.

Thursday marked Fuego’s most powerful “moderately strong” eruption since 1999, even larger than those of 2002 and 2003, a volcanologist with the National Seismology Institute, or Insivumeh, said.

The volcano has erupted 60 times since 1524, with the most violent occurring in 1932, 1971, 1974 and 1999.

Eddy Sanchez, Insivumeh’s director, told reporters that the temperature of the lava exceeded 700 C (1,290 F) and the columns of ash soared to as much as 3,000 meters (9,830 feet) above the base of the crater.

Fuego, whose name in the indigenous Kakchikel language, is “Chi Cag” (where the fire is), is one of the most impressive, constantly active volcanoes in Central America.

Rising 3,760 meters (12,327 feet) above sea level, it straddles the provinces of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla and has been continuously active since 1999.

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Despite Concerns, Mexico’s Gov’t Does Not Expect a Food Crisis

Despite Concerns, Mexico’s Gov’t Does Not Expect a Food Crisis

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Mexico will not face a food crisis in the short term, but there are risks in the world environment of price rises, droughts and economic weakness that could affect nations with fewer resources, a Mexican government official told Efe.

“We’re not facing an imminent food crisis, but we can’t say that there are no risks, since these are latent on the world level,” Finance Secretariat coordinator of advisors Hugo Garduño said.

The situation in the markets and prices for agricultural products constitute one of the issues that will be discussed at the next meeting of vice ministers and vice governors of the G20, which will take place Sept. 22-23 in Mexico City, Garduño said.

The economies of many European countries are fragile, the U.S. economy is still not showing signs of greater dynamism overall and droughts have impacted the agricultural products markets, Garduño said.

“There are risks, there are droughts, there are countries with more weakness, and so we must think about rapid response mechanisms to mitigate those effects,” he said.

Countries have taken measures on an individual basis, but within the G20, which includes the main developed and emerging economies of the world, it is more complicated to adopt immediate reaction policies, the Finance Secretariat official said.

The G20 is an informal mechanism and the policy coordination agreements are not able to be immediately and simultaneously applied, but rather they are adopted taking into account the conditions and particular situations of each of the members, he said.

Each of the countries is continuously monitoring the evolution of the markets, reviewing the risks and taking internal measures, the Finance Secretariat official said.

“When more aggressive measures were taken it was the 2008 crisis,” Garduño said, adding that in 2011 during the French presidency of the G20 a Rapid Response forum was created by the group to analyze the situation of the agricultural markets.

In Mexico, the probability of a food crisis is low, since that “implies that a part of the population doesn’t have anything to eat,” he said, adding that the groups that find themselves in extreme poverty are the most vulnerable.

“In general terms, there is no risk of a food crisis in the short term and the government is preparing to attend to the needs and has launched special programs to attend to each one of the problems,” Garduño said.

In Mexico, there have been increases in the price of eggs and tortillas due - among other factors - to the impact of the bird flu and the reduction in the production of corn, Garduño said.

The G20 meeting will also discuss the economic issues that have been placed on the agenda, among which are the world situation and the fiscal sustainability of the nations with large debts, Garduño said.

The officials will also discuss the matter of reforms to the International Monetary Fund and infrastructure investments, among others things, he said.

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Prison Fight in Puerto Rico Injures 10 Inmates

Prison Fight in Puerto Rico Injures 10 Inmates

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At least 10 inmates were injured in a fight Thursday at the Bayamon Regional Prison in the San Juan metropolitan area, Puerto Rican Department of Corrections spokeswoman Damarisse Martinez said.

The inmates were hurt in an incident inside Building 4 of the penitentiary, but the cause of the fight has not been determined, Martinez said.

Three of the injured prisoners were taken to the San Juan Medical Center, Martinez said, without providing details on their condition.

Established security protocols were followed and the situation was brought under control at the prison, the Department of Corrections spokeswoman said.

Guards used tear gas to restore order, Martinez said.

The situation is back to normal at the prison, North Region police director Col. Reinaldo Bermudez said.

An investigation is underway to determine what caused the incident, Bermudez said.

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