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TuesdaySeptember 25, 2012

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Mexican Politician Killed Fellow PRI Party Member

Mexican Politician Killed Fellow PRI Party Member

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Eduardo Castro Luque, an Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, member elected to the Sonora state legislature, was allegedly murdered by fellow party member Manuel Alberto Fernandez Felix, who is on the run, Mexican officials said.

“These are people who want power for the sake of power, who have no scruples,” Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias told RadioFormula.

Castro Luque, who was shot six times on Sept. 14 in the city of Cajeme, was the victim of a plot hatched by five people led by Fernandez Felix, who was his alternate for the legislative seat, Sonora Attorney General Carlos Alberto Navarro Sugich said.

Four of the five suspects have been arrested, with one of them detained with the help of authorities in the Federal District, Navarro Sugich said.

Wilfredo Alvarez Felix, one of the suspects, pretended on Sept. 14 that his motorcycle had broken down outside Castro Luque’s house and asked the politician for assistance.

Castro Luque was then shot by Alvarez Felix, who managed to get away.

Alvarez Felix received assistance in plotting the murder and obtaining the weapon from Sergio Roman Gil Zavala, Juan Manuel Rodriguez Hernandez and Wilfredo Sanchez.

Investigators broke the case when they found “the person that acquired the motorcycle used by the murderer of legislator Castro Luque to get around,” Navarro Sugich said.

“According to the direct allegations we have, Manuel Alberto Fernandez Felix, starting with the legislator’s win, began to get ambitious and to plan and design a strategy to murder legislator Castro Luque because he wanted the seat,” the state AG said.

Sonora AG’s office investigators ruled out the involvement of drug traffickers or other organized crime groups in the killing from the start, Navarro Sugich said.

Statements from witnesses indicate that Fernandez Felix paid the hitman and his associates 40,000 pesos ($3,076) for the killing.

Castro Luque won his seat in the Sonora state legislature on July 1, representing the 17th District in the city of Cajeme.

The break in the Castro Luque case came less than 10 days after Jaime Serrano Cedillo, a PRI member in the Mexico state legislature, was stabbed to death by his wife during a family argument.

Serrano Cedillo, who represented the 25th district in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, a city about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Mexico City, died on Sept. 16.

Mexico state surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

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LATIN GRAMMYS - Juanes Receives 5 Nominations for “Juanes MTV Unplugged”

LATIN GRAMMYS - Juanes Receives  5 Nominations  for “Juanes MTV Unplugged”

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Singer, songwriter and guitarist Juanes received four nominations for the thirteenth installment of the Latin Grammys for his album “Juanes MTV Unplugged”. The production received nominations in the category of Best Album, Best Long Form Video, plus one more for Producer of the Year (Juan Luis Guerra). His song “Blue Sabina”, collaboration with the legendary Joaquin Sabina and Juan Luis Guerra as co-authors of the subject, was nominated for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year. The nominations were announced this morning at a conference in the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Delivery of the XIII Latin Grammys will be broadcast live on Univision next Thursday, November 15 from Las Vegas, Nevada.


The album “Tr3s Presents: Juanes MTV Unplugged” debuted at # 1 in sales in more than 18 countries including the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia and Central America. The production includes 14 tracks produced by Juan Luis Guerra, 11 of them are the biggest hits of his career, so acoustic reinterpreted, among which are “Me Enamora”, “La Camisa Negra”, “A Dios Le I ask, “” Today I am going “(a duet with Paula Fernandes) and” I am worthless Without Your Love “. All these successes have helped to sell over 15 million records in the artist’s career and position as one of the most important Latin artists of the last decade. It also includes three new tracks: the international hit “The Sign” - # 1 in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Latin America - “Everything In My Life” and nominated “Sabina Blue”.

Tomorrow, Juanes launches “Just think,” the third single from the album to radio stations worldwide. The song is the new live acoustic version of the first single from his debut album launched in 2001, also titled Look Good. That year, Juanes was the big winner in the first installment of the Latin Grammy Award taking the prestigious award in the categories of Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best New Artist. The new version is a re-interpretation with rock elements but also an unforgettable tropical flavor.

In recent weeks, thousands of fans of Juanes in Latin America have filled theaters in Mexico and Peru for the concerts of his tour “Unplugged”. Coming soon, the tour will continue in Argentina and Uruguay before traveling to Spain Juanes for four performances before moving around Europe with concerts in Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, London and Lithuania. This November 24 will share the stage with Juan Luis Guerra in the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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Hispanic Workers in North Carolina Hit by Wage Theft “Epidemic”

Hispanic Workers in North Carolina Hit by Wage Theft “Epidemic”

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Wage theft is becoming an “epidemic” in North Carolina, according to a study released Tuesday by the NC Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Project and the University of North Carolina Immigration/Human Rights Clinic.

The report, “It doesn’t add up,” is based on interviews of 10 workers in the northern part of the state.

Their stories include the experiences of four undocumented Latino immigrants who work in construction, gardening and housecleaning, and a Hispanic U.S. citizen in agriculture.

“While each worker’s story is unique, common themes emerged from the interviews,” report co-author Sabine Schoenbach said. “For all participants, wage theft created economic uncertainty, and even small wage violations had significant financial consequences.

“Moreover, serious barriers to redress, including the threat of retaliation, existed,” she said.

Cases like that of Carlos, a construction worker, who in one of his jobs received only partial payment, and another employee who was not paid overtime for the extra hours he worked, reflected “common practices of the industry.”

Immigrant workers in particular are exposed to abuses by their employers, who threaten to fire them and replace them with others who “just crossed the border” if they should dare ask for a raise.

According to statistics of the state Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Bureau, employers owed North Carolina workers more than $4.6 million in fiscal year 2010-11.

The figure could even be bigger, the study said, since many workers don’t report wage theft for fear of suffering reprisals by their bosses, and also because of the extreme difficulty of seeking compensation.

“In the wake of the one of the worst economic downturns of the modern era, the fundamental contract between worker and employer - that the worker will be paid for the work performed - is being repeatedly broken,” Professor Deborah M. Weissman, director of UNC’s Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic, said.

“At the same time, core labor laws are failing to protect many of the state’s workers,” she said.

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Pot Smugglers Hide 754 lbs in Truck’s Gas Tank, Fenders, Door, Tailgate, Dash, Back Seat, etc…

Pot Smugglers Hide 754 lbs in Truck’s Gas Tank, Fenders, Door, Tailgate, Dash, Back Seat, etc…

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Fabens, Texas port of entry seized 754 pounds of marijuana Saturday.

Smugglers left no void empty in sending this vehicle across the border,” said CBP Fabens Port Director Donna Sifford. “CBP officers removed drugs from no fewer than eight different locations in the pick-up truck.”

The seizure was made just after 9 a.m. when a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup entered the port from Mexico. CBP drug sniffing dog “Eros” searched the truck and alerted to the presence of drugs.

CBP officers used a fiber optic scope and spotted bundles in the fuel tank. An x-ray scan of the vehicle identified suspicious packaging in multiple locations. CBP officers continue their exam and removed marijuana-filled bundles from the gas tank, front and rear fenders, door, tailgate, dashboard, backset and spare tire. CBP officers removed a total 704 bundles weighing 754 pounds.

“This is a huge quantity to be hidden in a passenger vehicle,” said Sifford.

CBP officers took custody of the driver, 38-year-old Maria Teresa Leos, of Clint, Texas.

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Messi Loses Cool During Barcelona - Granada Match (VIDEO)

Messi Loses Cool During Barcelona - Granada Match (VIDEO)

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Soccer star, Lionel Messi had a surprising outburst during Barcelona’s match against Granada when teammate David “El Guaje” Villa failed to pass the ball quickly.

Since the outburst seemed out of place with Messi it was hard to ignore.

The incident happened on Saturday as Barca was setting themselves up to score in the 44th minute. This was Villa’s first start after recovering from a tibia injury, and it appeared Messi was getting frustrated with his teammates’ lack of passing speed.

In the end, the La Liga win went to Barcelona at 2-0 and coach Tito Vilanova, as well as Messi, has said there is no continuing issue between the two forwards

During an after-match conference, Vilanova said, “There is nothing to gather [from the Messi-Villa argument]. Whoever plays football knows discussions are a normality, and part of the game.

“Such occurrences are common signs that a team is alive. Not exchanging views for betterment would honestly suggest worse. What was important was to make it 15 points out of 15.

Messi later made similar Barca TV statements, saying, “These things happen in games. You want to score the first goal so that everything is then easier. It is something normal. It also happens at training, but people do not see it as it is not televised.

“I have no problem with el Guaje, just the opposite. My history with him is spectacular. This dressing-room is spectacular. Do not look for problems where there are none. We got angry because we want the best for the team and tension makes you react like that.”

Watch Messi and Villa’s verbal sparring below.


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UC Davis Conducts First Ever Mexican and U.S. Mexican-American Smokers Study

UC Davis Conducts First Ever Mexican and U.S. Mexican-American Smokers Study

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Led by UC Davis researchers, the first-ever transnational study of Mexico-U.S. migration and smoking has found that U.S.-born Mexican-Americans start smoking at an earlier age but are more likely to quit than their counterparts in Mexico.

Just published in the American Journal of Public Health, the study on migration-related changes in smoking behavior also found that while the likelihood of starting or stopping smoking varies dramatically with migration from Mexico to the U.S., the number of cigarettes that smokers consume each day remains relatively similar.

Mexican-Americans are more likely to start and to stop smoking than people in Mexico, but on an average day, Mexican-Americans who smoke consume only slightly more cigarettes than Mexicans who smoke. In contrast, the amount smoked per day by Mexican-American smokers is about half that smoked per day by non-Hispanic white smokers in the U.S.

Smoking among Mexican-Americans remains a significant public-health problem, despite the relatively low level of cigarette consumption per day.

The research team, led by principal investigator Joshua Breslau, now a researcher at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA includes researchers from both the U.S. and Mexico.

The surveys included several thousand participants on both sides of the border as part of a series of epidemiological psychology studies from 2001 to 2003.

The study was supported primarily by the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Cancer Society.

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After Appearing on Peruvian Reality Show, Woman Murdered by Ex-Boyfriend

After Appearing on Peruvian Reality Show, Woman Murdered by Ex-Boyfriend

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The parents of Ruth Thalia Sayas say they last saw or heard from their daughter after she appeared on Peru’s Valor de la Verdad (The Value of Truth).

The Valor of Truth is a reality show on which contestants answer often embarrassing questions about their personal lives.

Sayas appeared on the show, accompanied by her parents and boyfriend, Bryan Romero Leiva, and admitted she had had sex for money.

After Sayas disappeared, a friend told police Sayas was no longer dating Romera at the time of her appearance on the show and only convinced him to go on the show by agreeing to pay him.

For her participation on the show, Sayas won 15,000 soles. It is believed Romera wanted more money for the taping after he was embarrassed by Saya’s confessions on the show.

‘My pride was wounded, with my friends, with my family, with the way they look at me,’ El Comercio reported Romero as saying.

After Saya’s disappearance was reported on September 12, police questioned Romero who initially claimed he was not guilty. On Saturday, however, he confessed to police that he killed Sayas and led police to the scene of the crime.

Her body was recovered at the Villas de Media Luna in Jicamara.

As for a motive, Sayas’ parents believed she was killed for not giving Romero more money.

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It’s a Boy! Sara Michelle and Freddie Prinze Jr. Welcome Second Child

It’s a Boy! Sara Michelle and Freddie Prinze Jr. Welcome Second Child

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Freddie Prinze Jr., 36, and his wife, Sarah Michelle Prinze (formerly Gellar), 35, have welcomed their second child, a baby boy.

Though the baby’s name and exact date of birth were not released, a rep for the couple said the child was born “this past week,” which means baby number two and his big sister, Charlotte Grace, share close birthdays. The 3-year-old’s birthday is September 9.

The rep stated, Charlotte Grace “is very excited to be a big sister.” Adding, “Mother and baby are doing great.”

The Prinzes worked together on 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer and married in 2002. Sarah changing her last name to Prinze in 2007.

Sarah Michelle reached superstardom after leaving daytime television dramas and taking on vampires in the television adaptation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003).

Freddie, the son of the actor and comedian with the same name, rose to fame in the late 1990s as the dreamy star of a number of films and steadily worked as an actor for many years before becoming a producer and director for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). He grew up in New Mexico and is of Puerto Rican decent on his father’s side. He speaks fluent Spanish and Italian.

As for being parents in Hollywood, an insider told Us Weekly, ‘They still have date nights all the time and have a normal life. They both came of age in Hollywood and love working, but their home life is more important to them.’

The couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary earlier this month as well, on September 1.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Monserate Perez Stomps On 3-Year-Old’s Leg, Breaking It

LATINO BLOTTER: Monserate Perez Stomps On 3-Year-Old’s Leg, Breaking It

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A Connecticut man is accused of stomping on and breaking the leg of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

Monserate Perez, 528, of West Haven was arrested Thursday morning after his girlfriend took her toddler to Yale-New Haven hospital with a severely broken leg saying the girl had fallen. Doctors noticed the break was inconsistent with a fall and called police. When police arrived, the mother admitted what had happened.

Earlier that morning, Perez allegedly hit his girlfriend who then said she was going to call police. Enraged, Perez went over to the woman’s daughter and stomped on her leg, breaking it.

After he injured the child, Perez reportedly fled from the home. However, Thursday night he did turn himself into police. He has been charged with two counts of injury to a minor, one count of second degree assault, one count of third degree assault and disorderly conduct.

The Department of Children and Families is now involved in the investigation and the little girl is currently in an orthopedic cast.

Perez’s bond was set at $100,000.

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2012 Saw Most Diverse Class of SAT Takers While Scores Continue Decline

2012 Saw Most Diverse Class of SAT Takers While Scores Continue Decline

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Scores on the SAT college entrance exam continued to decline this year while the College Board report also showed that Latino and black students scores continue to lag behind those of whites and Asians.

The SAT “Report on College & Career Readiness” released yesterday revealed that “only 43 percent of SAT® takers in the class of 2012 graduated from high school with the level of academic preparedness associated with a high likelihood of college success.”  This percentage is consistent with that of the class of 2011, which also met the benchmark at a rate of 43 percent.

According to the Wall Street Journal, SAT scores for the high-school graduating class of 2012 fell in two of the test’s three sections, with reading dropping to the lowest level in four decades on the college-entrance test.

Among SAT takers in the class of 2012, 45 percent were minority students, making this the most diverse class of SAT takers ever. Among public school SAT takers in the class of 2012, 46 percent were minority students.

In the SAT class of 2012, 36 percent of all students reported their parents’ highest level of education as a high school diploma or less. Underserved minority students accounted for 46 percent of first-generation college goers.

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With Inspiration from his Trip to Brazil, Designer Derek Lam Creating Kohl’s Line

With Inspiration from his Trip to Brazil, Designer Derek Lam Creating Kohl’s Line

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Chinese American fashion designer Derek Lam is the latest to be a part of Kohl’s DesigNation program, and his collection is said to have taken inspiration from the Brazilian women of Rio de Janiero.

“I imagined a woman from Rio going to the beach in the morning, meeting friends for lunch and having drinks at the end of the day—with maybe a little work in between,” Lam told Women’s Wear Daily

With his newfound inspiration, Lam, who is known for his pretty, girly fabrics, and smooth silhouettes, has created a line including dresses, skirts, shorts, tank tops and more.

The Kohl’s collection is set to be released in April and will retail for between $36 and $98.

“Accessibility is no longer the opposite of luxury.”

Lam is only the latest designer to create lower-priced collections for Kohl’s. Narciso Rodriguez’s collection will be available in November of this year.

Talk a look at Lam’s Spring/Summer 2013 line. Do you think his Koh’l collection will look anything like these runway looks?


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U.S. Treasury Targets More Family Members of Chapo Guzman and Sinaloa Cartel

U.S. Treasury Targets More Family Members of Chapo Guzman and Sinaloa Cartel

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of Victor Manuel Felix Felix, a close associate of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. 

Felix Felix plays a key role in Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking organization and is the father-in-law of Guzman Loera’s son.  OFAC also designated four other individuals collaborating with Felix Felix and the Sinaloa Cartel

Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

Victor Manuel Felix Felix is the head of a narcotics distribution and money laundering organization based in Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico.

A DEA investigation linked the Felix Felix organization to the movement of ton quantities of cocaine in Ecuador and Mexico and the laundering of millions of U.S. and Canadian dollars. 

Felix Felix is the father-in law of Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, who is the son of “Chapo” Guzman and Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez.  OFAC designated Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar and his mother, Maria Alejandrina, as specially designated narcotics traffickers in June 2012 for their support to Chapo’s illicit activities. 

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Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and NCLR Join Forces on National Voter Registration Day

Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and NCLR Join Forces on National Voter Registration Day

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Happy National Voter Registration Day!

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is joining more than 1,000 organizations in all 50 states today to register as many voters as possible for the upcoming elections in November. 

On this important day, NCLR has a special message from our friend Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas.  Check out the video.

Taboo’s message is clear:  “Together we’ll show them the power of our vote.”

Click here to use NCLR’s online voter registration so you can register to vote – it’s that easy.


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USDA Opens Up Process for Latinos and Women Farmers to Make Claims for Past Discrimination

USDA Opens Up Process for Latinos and Women Farmers to Make Claims for Past Discrimination

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims between September 24, 2012 and March 25, 2013.

“Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices from the USDA must file a claim by March 25, 2013 in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The opening of this claims process is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to correct the wrongs of the past and ensure fair treatment to all current and future customers.”

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000.

As announced in February 2011, the voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.

The Department will continue reaching out to potential Hispanic and female claimants, around the country to get the word out to individuals who may be eligible for this program so they have the opportunity to participate.

Call center representatives can be reached at 1-888-508-4429.

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Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda Maybe Exhumed to Determine True Cause of Death

The judge investigating the death of poet Pablo Neruda on Monday directed experts to prepare new reports to help him determine whether to allow the Nobel laureate, who died 39 years ago, to be exhumed.

Specialists from the University of Chile will have to determine if the exhumation is necessary, Judge Mario Carroza told reporters.

This, despite an Aug. 30 report from the medical examiner’s office that pointed to prostate cancer as the proximate cause of Neruda’s Sept. 23, 1973, death.

Neruda had suffered from cancer for several years before he died and for a long time the official version said that the disease was what caused his death 12 days after the coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

However, doubt was cast on that account in 2011 when Neruda’s former driver, Manuel Araya, said that an injection the poet received a few hours before he died had killed him, suggesting that the Pinochet regime might have murdered him.

That version led the Communist Party, in which Neruda had been active, in May 2011 to file a criminal complaint forcing the opening of an investigation.

Experts from the University of Chile “are going to present a working plan and they should lead us to a conclusion ... At least, they would have to determine whether or not there is a need for the poet’s exhumation,” Judge Carroza told reporters.

“The important thing is that it could add (to the investigation) the French medical results,” he said, referring to a request sent to France in June for information about Neruda’s health in the years prior to his death, when he was the Chilean ambassador in Paris.

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Latino Artists Pay Tribute to Michael Jackson with Album to Release in 2013

Latino Artists Pay Tribute to Michael Jackson with Album to Release in 2013

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Peruvian musician Tony Succar has gathered great artists like La India, Tito Nieves, Michael Stuart and Obie Bermudez to pay tribute to the late King of Pop through a project of his dubbed “Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson.”

Succar has around 80 musicians pledged to record cuts on the disc that will launch in early 2013, and which will also feature the voices of Jan, Kevin Ceballos, Jennifer Peña and rapper Pino Grio.

The Peruvian told Efe in an interview that he feels more than grateful to the artists involved in a dream that began after Jackson died in 2009 and Succar began to experiment with his own tropical versions of the late superstar’s songs.

“It all comes together. It all comes together because American music comes from jazz, from soul, from funk, which is what Michael did. That came from Africa, while the salsa, which is Afro-Cuban music, and the Puerto Rican style with bomba and plena have the same connection,” Succar said.

Succar then began to record songs like “Billie Jean” and “Blame It on the Boogie,” which are now on the tribute disc.

Though he still didn’t have the vocalists lined up for his project, Succar applied for permission to use the songs.

It wasn’t easy, since his proposal was rejected on several occasions, but everything started to change when he spoke of the artists who were going to perform on the disc.

“Thanks to the names of the artists taking part, the record label started listening to me. And when they heard the arrangements they gave me authorization under very fair conditions,” he said.

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Venezuela Presidential Election to be Monitored by 139,000 Members of the Military

Venezuela Presidential Election to be Monitored by 139,000 Members of the Military

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Venezuela’s Oct. 7 general elections will be patrolled by 139,000 troops, the head of the military strategic command, Gen. Wilmer Barrientos, said Monday

The deployment seeks to provide security and help organize the elections efficiently “so that no inconveniences arise,” he told state television.

He said that a system has been coordinated with the Attorney General’s Office to respond to possible electoral crimes on Oct. 7, so that those involved in such incidents can be escorted to a specific facility where charges will be brought against them for this type of infraction.

“We can’t let the line of voters be held up,” Barrientos said.

He said the military will be there to guarantee peace and calm, and said it will act “strongly against any focus of violence.”

He also asked people to wait until the “arbiter speaks” and that they respect the results.

“We’re getting ready very conscientiously,” with a great deal of professionalism, with a lot of patriotism, so that the electoral process can be carried out within the parameters of peace and tranquillity,” he said.

Almost 19 million Venezuelans are eligible to cast their votes to elect the president who will lead the country between 2013 and 2019, with incumbent Hugo Chavez - in office since 1999 - and opposition standard-bearer Henrique Capriles, as the favorites.

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