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MondayOctober 8, 2012

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Largest Solar Energy Park in Caribbean Opens in Puerto Rico

Largest Solar Energy Park in Caribbean Opens in Puerto Rico

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The Caribbean’s largest solar energy park, capable of generating enough electricity to meet the annual consumption of 12,000 families, was inaugurated Monday in the southern Puerto Rican municipality of Guayama.

Gov. Luis Fortuño, who attended the inauguration, said in a communique about the AES Solar project that it is one of the most ambitious solar power facilities in the entire United States.

The solar park will supply energy to state-owned utility AEE under a 20-year contract.

The project, which benefited from federal stimulus money, during its construction phase created 200 jobs.

Fortuño emphasized that with the Guayama project Puerto Rico places itself in the front rank of renewable energy generation in the Caribbean.

Plant director Neil Watlington said, meanwhile, that he felt happy to be a part of the first large-scale solar energy project in Puerto Rico and that the initiative opens the door to a more sustainable energy future.

AES Solar is a global firm specializing in building large-scale photovoltaic solar parks connected to electric grids that supply renewable energy to homes and businesses.

The company operates solar projects in Italy, Greece, Spain and France, and it has several such projects in the development phase in the United States, Bulgaria and India.

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Sick Puerto Ricans Now Able to Vote From Home

Sick Puerto Ricans Now Able to Vote From Home

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A judge in San Juan ruled Monday that Puerto Ricans who are ill and with limited mobility can vote in the Nov. 6 elections by mail from home.

The decision by Judge Isidro Garcia Pesquera dismissed the plea by the electoral commissioner of the main opposition PPD party, Eder Ortiz, that Law 135 be revised since the statute does not guarantee that votes cast in such a manner will be secret nor will there be any control over the ballots once they are sent.

“After a detailed study of the law in question, we understand it to be evident that the procedure established by the CEE (State Elections Commission) to receive the votes of “bedridden” voters by mail has equal or more guarantees than the procedure used previously,” the judge said in a statement cited in the daily El Nuevo Dia.

Garcia Pesquera’s ruling will allow the CEE to send 17,794 ballots to people too disabled to go to the polls.

The previous procedure permitted representatives of political parties to visit the homes of sick voters in order to collect their ballots.

Puerto Ricans will go to the polls to elect a new governor on Nov. 6. The ballot will also include a non-binding referendum on whether the island should remain a U.S. commonwealth or seek full statehood.

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NY Giants Victor Cruz Catches Three Touchdowns

NY Giants Victor Cruz Catches Three Touchdowns

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MetLife Stadium looked like a Salsa dance club on Sunday afternoon.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz scored three touchdowns in the Giants 41-27 victory against Cleveland on Sunday.

The winless Browns jumped out to a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter. The Giants cut the lead in half when quarterback Eli Manning found Cruz for a three-yard touchdown.

Manning and Cruz hooked up from seven yards in the second quarter to give the Giants the lead for good.

Cruz added another touchdown and a third salsa dance celebration when Manning hit him for a 28-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Cruz finished the day with five catches for 50 yards. With fellow wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden out, Cruz was the Giants top target on Sunday and the Browns had no answer. Cruz and the 3-2 Giants will be in action next on Sunday in San Francisco, which will be a rematch of the 2012 NFC Championship game.

Written by HS News Sportswriter:  Nate Jacobson

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: 425-LB Victor Espinoza Attempted to Abduct Children in Calif. Park

LATINO BLOTTER: 425-LB Victor Espinoza Attempted to Abduct Children in Calif. Park

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A 425-pound man is being held on $100,000 bond after he allegedly tried to abduct a 10-year-old boy en route to soccer practice in Santa Ana, California with his 19-year-old cousin.

Victor Joseph Espinoza, a 55-year-old gang member with a long rap sheet, was caught by police after the boy ran to his soccer coach and told him a man grabbed him and “started smelling him”.

According to local news reports, the coach went to find the attacker. When the coach, who did not want to be identified, found Espinoza, he confronted him and attempted to restrain him until police could arrive.

The coach told KABC, “He goes, ‘Oh, I’m leaving, I’m leaving,’ and I said, ‘No, you’re not leaving, we’re going to wait for the cops, because you did something wrong to that little boy.’ He tried to leave and that’s when I tackled him down. I’m a parent, I worry about my kids, and I thought that I had to do something.”

Espinoza managed to get away, but was later found thanks to a police helicopter’s infrared footage.

The attempted abduction occurred in well-lit Delhi Park near a bike trail. Police also believe Espinoza tried to grab a young girl earlier that same evening.

Luckily, both the boy and girl were able to get away and tell adults.

Espinoza is currently being held on $100,000 bond and is charged with false imprisonment and child annoyance.

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Messi and Ronaldo Put on a Show at ‘El Clasico’

Messi and Ronaldo Put on a Show at ‘El Clasico’

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The latest edition of El Clasico lived up to the expectations.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo each twice in a 2-2 draw on Sunday at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Messi and Ronaldo are the two best players in the world and most prolific goal scorers. Their rivalry as players takes a new turn each week and Sunday was no different.

Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a lead with a wicked shot that beat Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes near post. It was a signature goal by Ronaldo but the goalkeeper should have done better.

Messi equalized eights minutes later as he pounced on a defensive error by Real Madrid defender Pepe. The Argentinian slotted home the shot, beating goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Messi netted a marvelous second goal on a free kick from about 25 yards away. It was a perfect bending free kick that went right over the wall and Casillas had no chance.

Ronaldo responded with his second goal after receiving a through ball from Mesut Ozil and calmly beating Valdes with about 25 minutes to go.

Each team had chances in the end to take the three points but no one could break through.

Barcelona can be satisfied with a draw as they still hold an eight-point lead over Real Madrid in the La Liga table. There is still a long season ahead, but other Real Madrid players must start playing better.

Written by HS News Sportswriter:  Nate Jacobson

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Facing Death, Undocumented Immigrant Finally Given Kidney Transplant

Facing Death, Undocumented Immigrant Finally Given Kidney Transplant

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After thousands fought for him, an undocumented immigrant in need of a kidney transplant was finally granted the life-saving operation on September 27th.

For seven years, 36-year-old Jesus Navarro has been in need of a kidney transplant, but despite having private insurance for 14 years, he was denied a transplant by the UC San Francisco Medical Center due in part to his immigration status.

In January, Navarro’s story went viral as many thought it unfair he be denied an operation when, at the time he had private insurance, and a his wife was willing to give a kidney.

In the end, Navarro’s wife of 8 years was not a good enough match and he remained on the transplant list, but was “inactive”, as the hospital asked he ensure he would have be financially prepared for post-surgery care.

Since learning of his plight, more than 100,000 people across the country signed online petitions on Change.org attempting to help. But while some wanted to help, others were outraged by the thought that a U.S. hospital would give an illegal immigrant an organ that would otherwise go to a U.S. citizen.

The hospital, which has more than 5,200 patients on the organ transplant list, has one of the largest transplant programs in the United States.

Though the hospital was flooded with criticism, officials insisted his immigration status was not solely the issue at hand. What it really came down to was whether Navarro would be able to afford proper aftercare. Should he not, it would be as though a kidney was wasted. After he lost his job following an immigration sweep at the steel factory where he worked, Navarro was left without healthcare and faced having to rely on government assistance, something the hospital found worrisome.

After being forced to publically address the situation, UCSF released a statement with Navarro’s permission attempting to clarify things:

UCSF does not reject transplant candidates based on their immigration status and has performed transplants on undocumented individuals. These patients are not refused treatment. Rather, UCSF refers them to community-based and other external services that can help them address issues related to specific access-to-care hurdles faced by non-citizens. Of particular concern is their lack of easy access to the health insurance necessary to receive proper post-transplant follow up. Follow-up care is critical to transplant patients, who otherwise may lose the organ and become less healthy than they were on dialysis.

While the patients resolve those problems, they remain on the transplant waiting list.

UCSF spokeswoman Karin Rush-Monroe also stated, “There was clearly a misunderstanding, and we did re-evaluate the communications process because we don’t want any patient walking away thinking something different than we thought we conveyed.”

Despite the long wait and many years relying on a dialysis machine, Navarro is now recuperating at his family’s Oakland apartment, and looking forward to the possibility of taking his 3-year-old daughter trick-or-treating later this month.

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¡Feliz Cumpleaños! Bruno Mars Turns 27

¡Feliz Cumpleaños! Bruno Mars Turns 27

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On this day in 1985, Peter Gene Hernandez was born into a musical family in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. In Just a few short years, Hernandez would move to Los Angeles, California and become the musician we’ve all come to know as Bruno Mars.

After moving to L.A., Mars signed to Motown Records in 2004, however, that deal “went nowhere” as he put it and he was forced to move on. This ties he made while at Motown would still prove beneficial when he, along with producer Philip Lawrence and engineer Ari Levine created the production team, The Smeezingtons. As a producer, Mars would write a number of successful songs for artists like Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida.

Though well known in the industry, Mars would not become a household name until co-writing and singing on B.O.B. and Travie McCoy’s “Nothin’ On You”.

In 2010, Mars released his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and the rest, as they say, is history. In just a few years, Mars has built an enviable and solid career. He currently has 112 various nominations under his belt (with The Smeezingtons and for his solo work), and of the 69 solo nominations, he has won 26.

His second album, Unorthodox Jukebox is scheduled to be released December 11, 2012 (Christmas present? wink wink), but the album’s first single, “Locked Out of Heaven”, was released on October 1.

!Feliz Cumpleaños, Bruno!


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LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Pretends to Be Cop, Demands Free Food

LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Pretends to Be Cop, Demands Free Food

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Florida’s Joseph Pineda has been charged with impersonating a police officer after he did so to try to get free food at a fast food restaurant.

On Friday, Pineda, 33, reportedly flashed a fake gun and badge at a McDonald’s drive-thru in St. Petersburg, Fla. claiming he was just coming from an undercover operation and didn’t have his wallet. However, when he claimed he deserved free food, workers called police.

As he waited in his vehicle for his order, Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and ordered him to show his hands. Though he initially failed to comply, Pineda was again ordered to show his hands, this time the deputies “challenged the subject at gunpoint, at which time he put his hands out of the window.”

Pineda was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer and improper exhibition of a firearm. In his vehicle, authorities found two badges and a fake gun.

As of Saturday, Pineda was still being held at Pinellas County Jail.

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Joran Van Der Sloot Impregnates Woman From Peruvian Prison

Joran Van Der Sloot Impregnates Woman From Peruvian Prison

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Though serving a 28-year sentence in a Peruvian prison for killing a young woman in the country’s capital, Dutchman Joran van der Sloot has reportedly impregnated a woman.

He may be locked-up in Lima, but according to a Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Van der Sloot’s lawyer, Maximo Altez, is saying his client and a woman identified only as “Leidi” are expecting a child next Spring.

Van der Sloot himself is also said to have confirmed that “Leidi” is in her third month, saying that despite regularly using birth control, the woman forgot to take it before an unsupervised visit at the prison.

ImageLast year, Peruvian media said Van der Sloot and a woman named Leydi Figueroa Uceda were in a relationship and claimed the woman was pregnant. Altez denied this, saying the two were just friends.

With similar names, it seems “Leidi” and Leydi are one in the same, and this time, there actually is a child.

Van der Sloot is currently appealing his conviction, and should this child be born or he marry “Leidi”, he could obtain Peruvian nationality. If he were to do either, he could resist extradition to the U.S., where he is wanted for allegedly attempting to extort money from Natalee Holloway’s family in exchange for telling them were to find their body.

Holloway went missing in 2005 while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. She was 18 when she was last seen, and Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were the last to see her alive or otherwise. Her body was never found and there was never enough evidence to convict either Van der Sloot or the Kalpoe brothers, Deepak and Satish.

However, in 2010, Van der Sloot was accused of and pled guilty to murdering Peruvian Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez in Lima exactly five years after Holloway’s disappearance.

Van der Sloot reportedly told De Telegraaf “Leidi” has no intention of having an abortion as it is against her Catholic faith.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Has ‘Cecilia Gimenez’ Explain her ‘Beast Jesus’ Restoration (VIDEO)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Has ‘Cecilia Gimenez’ Explain her ‘Beast Jesus’ Restoration (VIDEO)

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A Spanish octogenarian’s frightening and now famous “restoration” of the Ecce Homo has reached new heights.

This weekend, Saturday Night Live’s, Kate McKinnon took on the role of Cecelia Gimenez, the woman responsible for the botched art restoration now known as Beast Jesus.

As “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers giggled, Gimenez explained to everyone that she spoke with Jesus before starting the restoration and that he looks exactly as she painted him – a “round monkey face” with shark eyes, and hair like a scarf.

Watch the hilarious clip below, and be sure to check out some of the internet’s best “restorations” here.

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Vigilante Justice Leaves 5 Dead in Guatemala Shooting

Vigilante Justice Leaves 5 Dead in Guatemala Shooting

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Five men were gunned down at a rural tavern on Guatemala’s southern Pacific coast, authorities said.

The attack took place Saturday night in Guatalon, a village near Rio Bravo in Suchitepequez province, 165 kilometers (103 miles) south of Guatemala City.

Several unidentified assailants entered the tavern and opened fire, killing Freddy Esau Pol Fuentes, 21; Jose Santiago Pol Fuentes, 26; Juan Orlando Juarez Lemus, 27; Carlos Enrique Bats Aguilar, 28; and Rolando Castillo Mendez, 39.

Police said the killings may have been in reprisal for actions of the victims, who, according to Guatalon residents, were involved in rapes and attempted murder.

Guatemala, a nation of around 14 million people, suffers an average of 15 homicides a day, according to official statistics.

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Artists Unite to Save Argentina’s Endangered Patagonia Bird

Artists Unite to Save Argentina’s Endangered Patagonia Bird

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Argentine actor Ricardo Darin and musician-composer Gustavo Santaolalla have collaborated on a documentary aimed at saving from extinction an endangered bird species endemic to Argentina.

El Ocaso del Maca Tobiano” (Twilight of the Hooded Grebe) is the title of the documentary narrated by Darin - who had a starring role in “Son of the Bride” - with music by Santaolalla, who won back-to-back Oscars for the soundtracks of “Babel” and “Brokeback Mountain,” and who has joined the conservation campaign launched by the ecological organization Aves Argentinas (Argentine Birds).

The documentary is directed by the naturalists and documentary filmmakers Marcelo Viñas and Juan Maria Raggio and, according to the Argentine portal Infobae, will premiere Oct. 9 in Buenos Aires movie theaters and can later be seen on the Internet by registering with the Web site set up by the campaign.

The hooded grebe is a bird found in lakes and lagoons of Patagonia between November and March, and which migrates to the Atlantic coast for the Southern Hemisphere winter.

According to Aves Argentinas, the species is in “critical danger” and might well become extinct in the next decade.

“Following its discovery in 1974, its population was estimated at some 3,000 to 5,000 specimens. Preliminary studies now indicate that no more than 300-400 breeding pairs still exist,” the organization said on its Web site.

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Latino Decisions Poll:  Republicans Fail to Improve Standings Amongst Latino Voters

Latino Decisions Poll:  Republicans Fail to Improve Standings Amongst Latino Voters

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The latest impreMedia-Latino Decisions tracking poll released today revealed a continued trend in support for President Obama, and increased dissatisfaction with Republican outreach towards Latino voters, with a possible opening for Romney on his education plan.

Click here for full week 7 results.

Overall, seventy-two percent of Latino voters said that if the election were held today they will vote for Barack Obama, compared to just 20% for Romney. When asked who was to blame for lack of progress in the economic recovery, an overwhelming majority (60%) blamed partisan gridlock in Congress while only 15% named Obama and 14% blamed Republicans.  In evaluating Congress, 55% of Latinos had a favorable view of Democrats in Congress and 24% had a favorable view of Republicans in Congress. The seventh wave of the tracking poll was in the field September 28-October 4.

In terms of 2012 vote for the House of Representatives, support for congressional Democrats stayed steady, with 68% of respondents saying they are planning to vote Democrat in the upcoming election, compared to 18% planning to vote Republican.

After months of an intense campaign, the Republican Party has not been able to move the dial on how Latinos perceive outreach towards the community, while Democrats continue to be on the rise.

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Mexico Announces New Significant Crude Oil Discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Mexico Announces New Significant Crude Oil Discovery in Gulf of Mexico

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday said another significant crude discovery has been made at a well in deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, hailing the find as confirmation of a “huge oil system” in that region.

In a ceremony at the Los Pinos presidential residence, Calderon said state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos made the find at the Supremus 1 well, located some 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, and roughly 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Mexico’s maritime border with the United States.

The well was drilled to a water depth of 2,874 meters (9,422 feet) and a total depth of nearly 4,000 meters, Calderon said, adding that with the find Pemex expects to book between 75 million and 125 million barrels of new 3P (proven, probable and possible) reserves.

He added that if those parameters are confirmed with new drilling and scientific studies, production equivalent to roughly 10 percent of Pemex’s current annual output could come from that well alone.

But most importantly the discovery - which comes on the heels of a recent find at the Trion 1 well in that same region - provides greater certainty about the existence of a “huge oil system” in deep waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The Trion 1 find, which Calderon announced on Aug. 29, has a production potential of 350 million barrels.

In the wake of the discoveries at the Trion 1 and Supremus 1 wells, the president said the estimated potential of the entire oil system in that region stands at “between 4 billion and 13 billion barrels of oil.”

If the maximum limit of that potential is confirmed, 13 billion barrels, Mexico’s 3P reserves would climb from 42 billion to 55 billion barrels, or an increase of more than 25 percent, Calderon said.

However, if 13 billion barrels were to be added to Mexico’s proven reserves, a process that will take years, this system now being discovered in deep waters of the northern Gulf “would more than double the proven reserves of Petroleos Mexicanos,” Calderon said.

“This system would give us another 10 years of oil production at least,” the president, who leaves office later this year, said.

He also hailed his administration’s decision to invest in deepwater oil exploration and development in a bid to keep Mexico in the forefront of global crude production.

Pemex, the world’s No. 4 oil producer with output of 2.5 million barrels a day, is the biggest contributor to Mexico’s federal budget and is one of the few oil firms worldwide that handles all aspects of the productive chain, from exploration to distribution and the marketing of end products.

Mexico’s oil output totaled almost 3.4 million barrels per day in 2004, but has since fallen due to a sharp decline in production at shallow offshore Cantarell, formerly Mexico’s most productive field, and many years of insufficient investment.

The government, however, said last year that Pemex had succeeded in halting a steady annual decline in its reserves dating back to 1979.

A recent oil sector overhaul in Mexico gave the oil monopoly - created when the country’s oil industry was nationalized in 1938 - more freedom to undertake projects with private firms, which are to be hired under incentive-based service contracts.

Experts say the domestic energy industry’s future is in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The state oil monopoly, however, lags far behind U.S. oil majors in its ability to develop that challenging region, a problem blamed by many analysts on the company’s highly regulated operations and the fact that it accounts for nearly a third of the Treasury’s revenues, leaving little money to invest in new technologies.

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11 Central American Kidnapped Migrants Saved by Mexican Army

11 Central American Kidnapped Migrants Saved by Mexican Army

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Mexican army soldiers freed 11 abducted Central American migrants and seized an arsenal in two separate operations in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, military officials said.

The kidnap victims were freed in the city of Tampico thanks to an anonymous tip, the command headquarters of the 4th Military Region said in a statement.

Seven of the freed migrants are of Salvadoran origin, two are Honduran and two are Guatemalan, according to authorities, who said three purported kidnappers were arrested and a vehicle, a rifle, a handgun and a property were seized.

Tens of thousands of Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.

The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Separately, soldiers found a safe house in the border town of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, - located across the Rio Grande from Donna, Texas - that was being used by criminal gangs as a place to stash and repair weapons.

They seized 14 rifles, three handguns, three grenade launchers, eight rifle grenades, 1,859 ammunition clips, 13,660 rounds of ammunition and tactical and communications gear in the operation.

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MondayOctober 8, 2012