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WednesdayOctober 17, 2012

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Chevron Facing More Trouble in Ecuador, Judge Orders Seizure of Assets

Chevron Facing More Trouble in Ecuador, Judge Orders Seizure of Assets

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In a collection victory for plaintiffs who won a $19 billion judgment against U.S. oil supermajor Chevron, an Ecuadorian judge has ordered the company to turn over its assets in the Andean nation.

Judge Wilfrido Erazo of the provincial court in the northeastern Amazon province of Sucumbios on Monday ordered the seizure of the accounts receivable of Chevron and its subsidiaries in Ecuador, Pablo Fajardo, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the suit for environmental damage, told Efe.

James Craig, a spokesman for the company in Latin America and Africa, slammed the Sucumbios court and the plaintiffs’ attorneys and termed Erazo’s ruling “illegal.”

In a February 2011 ruling, that same court found Texaco - which Chevron acquired in 2001 - guilty of irreversible environmental damage between 1964 and the early 1990s.

Chevron was eventually ordered to pay more than $19 billion in damages.

The court in Lago Agrio, Sucumbios, ruled in favor of 47 named plaintiffs representing 30,000 Amazon rainforest villagers and Indians who say Texaco spoiled their lands and damaged their health by dumping billions of gallons of toxic drilling waste in a 480,000-hectare (1,850-sq.-mile) area of the Amazon jungle.

Erazo’s order said the 2011 judgment is “enforceable against all of Chevron’s assets” to ensure full payment of the damages award and given the fact the company has refused to pay the massive fine.

The asset seizure includes a more than $96 million fine imposed by the World Bank’s International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID, on the Ecuadorian government in a separate lawsuit filed by Chevron.

The order also covers licensing fees for lubricants, which Ecuadorian distributors pay for the use of Chevron trademarks such as Texaco, Ursa, Havoline, Doro, Geotex, Meropa, Motex, Multgear, Regal, Taro, Texatherm and Thuban.

Fajardo said the judge’s ruling means that “any economic benefit Chevron derives from the sale of products” in Ecuador “is to be immediately seized” and deposited in an account held by the Sucumbios court.

Lawyers for the Lago Agrio plaintiffs also have sought to enforce the ruling in Canada and Brazil.

Fajardo noted that the U.S. Supreme Court last week refused to consider Chevron’s petition to reinstate an injunction preemptively blocking efforts to enforce the Ecuador judgment.

That high court ruling means there is no “legal impediment blocking collection” of the damages award “in any part of the world, including the United States,” he said.

Chevron has only “minimal assets” in Ecuador owned by its subsidiaries, Craig said, although he acknowledged that the fine imposed by the ICSID on the Ecuadorian government could be seized.

The pollution case was initially filed in New York in 1993, but Chevron succeeded in having it moved from the United States to Ecuador in 2003, four years before President Rafael Correa came to power amid voter anger at corruption and traditional politicians.

But Chevron now says that the case has become politicized under the leftist Correa and that it cannot receive a fair trial.

Although the oil company maintains that Texaco was cleared of any liability for damages, plaintiffs say that agreement with the government did not release it from third-party claims and that Chevron is reneging on its pledge to abide by whatever decision was handed down by Ecuadorian courts.

Chevron said on its Web site after the 2011 verdict that Petroecuador should be the target of local communities’ legal action, noting that Texaco ceased operating in Ecuador in 1992 and that the Ecuadorian state oil firm has been “the sole and exclusive owner and operator of greatly expanded operations in the area from (that year) to the present.”

It has appealed the Ecuador pollution verdict to the ICSID.

The San Ramon, California-based company also has brought legal action in a U.S. federal court in New York against the plaintiffs’ U.S. and Ecuadorian lawyers, including Fajardo, for violations of the federal racketeering statute, accusing them of trying to extort a financial settlement from the company.

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Mexican Archaeologists Discover Pre-Columbian Tombs

Mexican Archaeologists Discover Pre-Columbian Tombs

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Mexican archaeologists discovered a group of millennium-old basalt tombs in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said.

They are the first pre-Columbian stone tombs catalogued in that part of Mexico, INAH-Nayarit archaeologists Lourdes Garcia and Jose Beltran said.

What appear to be complete skeletons were found inside and around the 12 burial vaults, INAH said in a statement.

Experts from INAH-Nayarit came across the tombs amid efforts to safeguard archaeological sites in the area where crews are building a new highway to the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

The structures lay beneath a lay of volcanic rock deposited at the time of the largest-known eruption of the nearby Ceboruco volcano, in A.D. 1000.

Besides the human remains, the tombs contain ceramics, tools and other artifacts that appear to date from A.D. 900-1100, the Late Postclassical period, which was marked by a migration of Nahua people from interior Mexico to the Pacific coast.

The tombs in Nayarit may have been the work of Nahua settlers, INAH said.

The Nahua peoples included the Aztecs and Toltecs.

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California’s Zavala Farms Sued $1.2 Million in Workers’ Back Pay

California’s Zavala Farms Sued $1.2 Million in Workers’ Back Pay

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California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su filed a $1.6 million lawsuit against a farm labor contractor for ongoing non-payment of salaries to Hispanic agricultural workers.

The complaint alleges that for three years starting in April 2009 about 150 workers at Salvador Zavala Chavez’s Zavala Farms worked more than 10 hours a day without receiving overtime pay and/or received hourly wages below the minimum wage established by California law.

“These workers picked lettuce and worked in grape fields over 10 hours a day without receiving overtime pay,” Su said.

“When workers come forward, as these farmworkers have done, to tell us about illegal working conditions, we will take action to protect them,” the labor commissioner said.

The lawsuit arose as a result of an investigation headed by the California Department of Industrial Relations, which found concrete evidence of violations of law.

The suit seeks not only the workers’ back pay and the overtime that they are due, which together with the corresponding fines amount to $1.26 million, but also to prevent Zavala Farms from violating the law again.

The lawsuit alleges that legal violations occurred at more than 10 different workplaces, mainly in Monterey County.

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2012 Ambassadors for “Brand Spain” Include Antonio Banderas, Fernando Alonso

2012 Ambassadors for “Brand Spain” Include Antonio Banderas, Fernando Alonso

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The Leading Brands of Spain Forum named as honorary ambassadors for “Brand Spain” actor Antonio Banderas, Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso and the country’s High-Speed rail service.

Also selected to be honorary envoys for their work to strengthen Spain’s image abroad were businessman Isak Andic, the founder and main stockholder of the Mango fashion retailer group, economist Pedro Nueno, chef Jose Andres, cancer researcher Dr. Maria Blasco and the National Transplant Organization.

The awards are aimed at publicly recognizing people, businesses or institutions that have contributed greatly during their professional careers to strengthening the international image of the Iberian nation.

Banderas was honored in the Culture and Communication category for being one of the “best-known and admired” Spanish artists internationally, having pursued an “extensive” film career in the United States.

Alonso was selected in the Sports category for being one of the Spanish athletes to be enjoying “great success and international projection, admired and respected throughout the world.”

The judging panel headed by Antonio Abril, the general secretary of the Inditex textile group, included Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, the Government High Commissioner for Brand Spain.

This is the first time that this recognition has been bestowed since the creation of the post of high commissioner. The high commissioner backed the initiative to develop the Leading Brands of Spain Forum, which includes more than 100 companies and several government ministers.

Other personalities who have been selected in the past to be honorary ambassadors for Brand Spain include Rafael Nadal, Placido Domingo, Ferran Adria, Amancio Ortega, Emilio Botin, Javier Solana and Pau Gasol.

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500 Brazilians Have Fallen Prey to Human Trafficking Since 2005

500 Brazilians Have Fallen Prey to Human Trafficking Since 2005

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Some 500 Brazilians have been the victims of people trafficking networks since 2005 and the main destinations of these criminal groups operating in the country are The Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Ministry.

Of the total number of cases registered, 337 also involve sexual exploitation and most of those involve women, said the study, which authorities say only reflects those incidents about which complaints have been filed.

The ministry admitted that the real situation “could be even worse,” since many of the victims of people trafficking networks do not report their situation to the authorities out of “fear,” “shame” or simple ignorance about what can be done.

According to the figures collected by the ministry, Suriname is today the main exit point from Brazil for these criminal organizations, above all when the victims are being shipped to Holland, a country to which at least 133 Brazilians have been smuggled since 2005.

The report says that about 55 percent of the heads of these networks are women who deceive young females in impoverished areas around the country and take them to the abovementioned nations - and others - and then force them to engage in prostitution.

In preparing the study, the ministry received support and information supplied by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, which will cooperate with the Brazilian government to establish a plan to fight people trafficking networks.

“It’s an issue that concerns everyone and, regrettably, in Brazil there is a very high incidence of that crime,” said Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso.

The minister said that the plan the government is preparing with the UNODC will be announced soon and will involve all the Brazilian security entities, as well as other departments in the social sphere, with the aim not only of suppressing this international crime but also of preventing it.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Frustrated, Father Burns Newborn with Scalding Water

LATINO BLOTTER: Frustrated, Father Burns Newborn with Scalding Water

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A one-month-old Pennsylvania baby is in critical condition after her father became frustrated and burned her with hot water.

Jorge Colon, 20, of Oxford was arrested on Sunday after police say he grew frustrated with his colicky newborn daughter Kiara while trying to give her a bath.

On Saturday, Colon told police he was washing Kiara in the kitchen sink while her mother was taking a shower. Frustrated by his fussy daughter, Colon told police he turned the water from warm to the hottest setting. He said when the baby began screaming he took her out of the water and wrapped her in a towel. When the mother came into the room however, the baby’s skin had already begun to peel.

ImageThe child was taken to Jennersville Regional Hospital and is now in critical condition at the at Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s Burn Unit. She suffered burns on 40 percent of her body, stretching from the right side of her neck down to her right foot.

Colon has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering the welfare of a child. He sits in Chester County prison in lieu of $125,000 bail.

Oxford Police Chief John Slauch told CBS Philly this was “one of the worst cases of child abuse” he has ever seen in his 38 years as a police officer.

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Reporters Without Borders Hopes New Mexican Administration Will Guarantee Safety for Journalists

Reporters Without Borders Hopes New Mexican Administration Will Guarantee Safety for Journalists

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Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, called upon Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto to make concrete “commitments” to guarantee the safety of journalists in his country on the European tour he will wrap up later this week in Paris.

In an open letter, RSF asks Peña Nieto if on Thursday at the “Changes in Mexico and their role in the panorama of global change” conference at the headquarters of the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development, or OECD, he will make reference to the “tragic toll of a decade of extreme violence in your country.”

The letter, entitled an “Open letter to president-elect of a country with 100 dead or missing journalists” over the past decade, reviews some of the latest cases of anti-press violence in Mexico.

It refers specifically to the case of 53-year-old Ramon Abel Lopez Aguilar, photographer and editor of the “Tijuana Informativo” Web site, who was murdered in the northwestern city of Tijuana on Oct. 15, and to Ruy Salgado, alias “El 5anto,” a Mexico City blogger, who vanished on Sept. 8.

RSF asks Peña Nieto “What justice will be rendered?” in Mexico after he is sworn in as president on Dec. 1 and “What sustainable judicial system will allow the rule of law to be restored?”

“And which constitutional guarantees will at last be applied so that journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders, civil society representatives and now also electoral transparency activists are able to exercise their freedom to obtain and impart information and question the authorities without fear of being harassed or killed?” RSF asks.

The Paris-based press freedom organization says that these questions “are the key challenges that need to be addressed during your six years as Mexico’s president.”

And it warns that as “a watchful and unforgiving observer, Reporters Without Borders will press you for answers.”

Peña Nieto is scheduled to meet with French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday and he will conclude his European tour the following day.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Elizabeth Villanueva Sentenced to 17 Years for Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend with Ice Pick

LATINO BLOTTER: Elizabeth Villanueva Sentenced to 17 Years for Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend with Ice Pick

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On Tuesday, a woman convicted of stabbing her ex-boyfriend with an ice pick was sentenced to 17 years in jail.

In August of 2010 Elizabeth Cuevas Villanueva, now 49, hid in the backseat of her ex-boyfriend’s Mercedes-Benz while it was parked in the lot of Messiah Lutheran Church in Orange County.

When the man returned to his vehicle and drove away, Villanueva began stabbing him in the head and shoulders with an ice pick.

Attempting to park his car and flee his attacker, the man crashed into a tree. He was able to escape the vehicle, and Villanueva was said to have fled on foot.

Two witnesses gave chase. Villanueva threatened the people, even telling them she had a gun. Police detained her and recovered the weapon.

Villanueva pled guilty to one felony count of attempted murder with sentencing enhancements, two felony counts of aggravated assault and domestic battery.

Villanueva and the victim, then 48, had once lived together, but broke up about four months before the attack.

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TRAGEDY: Arizona Boy Dies After TV Set Falls on Him

TRAGEDY: Arizona Boy Dies After TV Set Falls on Him

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A boy in Arizona is dead after a television set weighing approximately 165 pounds fell on top of him.

On Monday afternoon, 5-year-old Isaiah Hernandez was watching television when he decided to change the channel. The 46-inch television was said to have been larger than the stand on which it was sitting.

Phoenix police say the family went to check on the boy and that is when they found him crushed under the television. Isaiah’s mother told police the remote had recently gone missing so the channel had to be changed on the set itself.

Family attempted to resuscitate him with CPR, but the boy was pronounced dead when he arrived at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Isaiah often watched TV while sitting on the floor in front of it.

The family has set up an account at Wells Fargo to help with funeral expenses. The account number is 1690938699 and donations can be made to the Isaiah Hernandez Memorial account.

Police are urging parents and those in homes with children to properly secure large, top-heavy items to prevent tragedies such as this.

While the investigation is ongoing, police say the television was only 2 feet off the ground and the unit falling was likely not the cause of death. The weight of the television on top of the boy was more likely the cause.

The adults in the home said they went to check on him after realizing they had not heard from him in 2 hours.

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Maricopa County Voter ID Info Lists Incorrect Election Date…but Only in Spanish

Maricopa County Voter ID Info Lists Incorrect Election Date…but Only in Spanish

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Arizona’s headline-making Maricopa County has now apologized for errors made on information that came along with certain voter ID cards after the mistake raised concerns over potential voter suppression.

On the piece that came with certain Maricopa voter ID cards, it listed election day as November 8th, instead of November 6th, but only in Spanish. Where listed in English, the election days were correct.

The Maricopa County Elections Department has since apologized for the mistake and say it was only made on voter ID information given over the counter and not those mailed out to voters.

While the Elections Department claims that fewer than 50 people received documents with incorrect information, some voters, like Charlotte Walker who spoke with ABC15 say it could “have a significant impact on the election outcome.”

It should be noted that the 50 people is an estimate made by the Elections Department based on the number of people who received their voter IDs over the counter in previous years.

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Disney’s Bella Thorne Talks About Her Latino Heritage (VIDEO)

Disney’s Bella Thorne Talks About Her Latino Heritage (VIDEO)

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Rising Disney star Bella Thorn recently shared her Latino pride in an interview with Radio Disney.

Born Annabella Avery Thorne in Florida, this rising star was born to a white mother of Irish and Italian decent and a father of Cuban decent. In 2007, Thorne tragically lost her father in a car accident.

Even though Thorne lost her Latino parent, she still carries on the traditions, and says she was even planning her Quinceañera.

Thorne’s first language was actually Spanish, and she says she so honored to have been recognized as a Latina and being nominated for an ALMA and Imagen Award. In August, Thorne actually won the Imagen Awards for Best Young Actress/Television for her role on the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up.

Check out the video below as she talks about being a young Latina and Hispanic Heritage Month with Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter.


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Academy Awards Picks “Paraíso” for Oscar’s 2012 Shortlist - Documentaries

Academy Awards Picks “Paraíso” for Oscar’s 2012 Shortlist - Documentaries

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The award winning short documentary ‘Paraíso’ made its Chicago debut at the Chicago International Film Festival yesterday and it was a treat to see Nadav Kurtz’ movie on the big screen.

ImageKurtz is hoping to take his movie about three unassuming Mexican immigrant window washers all the way to the Academy Awards and he just might.  Chicago’s own Cruz Guzman, Jaime Polanco and Sergio Polanco may be on the red carpet since the Academy this week announced the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders had been narrowed to eight and “Paraíso” was one of them. 

The eight short films were selected from a pool of 31 films and only three to five of the eight selected will earn an Oscar nomination.  The nominations will be announced on January 10, 2013 and the 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

This ten minute visual treat has been winning its way through the film festival circuit and hopes to win here in Chicago, the city of its birth.  The film short was directed and produced by Kurtz and features employees of Corporate Cleaning Services atop some of Chicago’s most iconic buildings cleaning, philosophizing and laughing.  The movie is presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

The eight nominated short films are listed below in alphabetical order by title:

“The Education of Mohammad Hussein,”
“Inocente,”
“Kings Point,”
“Mondays at Racine,”
“Open Heart,”
“Paraíso,”
“The Perfect Fit,”
“Redemption”

 

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U.S. Diplomat to Travel to El Salvador and Mexico to Discuss Global Youth Issues

U.S. Diplomat to Travel to El Salvador and Mexico to Discuss Global Youth Issues

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Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador, from October 15-17, and Monterrey, Mexico, from October 17-19, 2012.

In San Salvador, Special Adviser Rahman will further U.S. government citizen security efforts in Central America by meeting with Vice Minister of Justice and Security Douglass Moreno. She will also meet with youth leaders from organizations such as Jovenes contra la Violencia de El Salvador. She will meet with alumni from the Global Undergraduate (Global U-Grad) Exchange Program and Youth Ambassadors. Special Adviser Rahman will tour Organización Empresarial ¡Supérate!, a youth leadership development organization that offers an after-school program for at-risk youth ages 13-18.

In Monterrey, Special Adviser Rahman will meet with the post’s Youth Council (embassy-led councils comprised of a cross-section of youth advisers to provide input into the United States’ presence in and contribution to their country and play a key role in the design and execution of programs to address local issues) and organizations that work with at-risk youth. She will have a meeting at Tec de Monterrey, one of Mexico’s most prestigious universities, with students who work on youth employment projects.

She will attend a truce-signing ceremony between gangs at Nacidos Para Triunfar, an organization to lead at-risk youth out of local gang involvement.

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Who Won the Debate?  Undocumented Youth Respond to Debate

Who Won the Debate?  Undocumented Youth Respond to Debate

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The DRM Action Coalition who fights for the DREAM Act and the rights of undocumented youth try to answer the question:  ‘Who Won the Debate’ at the Obama - Romney debate on the issue of immigration?  This group did not have to have a debate poll just the debate transcript to take issue with Mitt Romney’s use of the word illegal alien. 

In the second presidential debate, Mitt Romney has dug himself deeper into the hole showing he cannot bring a solution to a broken immigration system. More specifically, Romney refuses to address the 12 million undocumented immigrants already living in the country.

With regards to undocumented youth or DREAMers, he said he believes a path to citizenship but only through the military channel. There are many DREAMers who would in fact like to serve this country in the military like Alina Cortes who came to the country when she was 9 years old and has dreamed of serving in the Marines. But there are also thousands of us, educated young people, willing to serve our country as engineers and teachers. Why would governor Romney look outside the U.S. and staple green cards to diplomas when there is already many DREAMers ready to contribute their talents to this country. 

Indeed, Mitt Romney continues to adhere to rhetoric on immigration that has alienated the Latino community. While President Obama has his shortcomings on immigration, including deportations, he has made a solid effort to bring reason to the debate. Indeed, the President highlighted that Romney was more extreme than President George W. Bush. In 2007, Bush supported comprehensive immigration reform, including the DREAM Act. When Romney elaborated “I will not grant amnesty to those who have come here illegally,” this was another confirmation that he would veto the DREAM Act if given the opportunity. 

Many DREAMers were watching tonight hoping to see whether Mitt Romney could restore sensibility to the immigration debate. But he demonstrated his lack of sensitivity towards us by calling us “Illegals.” Indeed, our citizen family members were offended by the fact that a national candidate called us, their brothers and sisters, “illegals”.

Under Mitt Romney’s plan, we would be at risk if his policy of self-deportation was implemented.  The reality is that self deportation, as his close immigration advisor Kris Kobach defines, is making our lives so difficult that we would leave on our own. Mitt Romney had the opportunity tonight to move away from the extreme and nasty rhetoric on immigration. He failed to do so.

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Olympic Gymnast Barbara Gonzalez is the New Face of Martini

Olympic Gymnast Barbara Gonzalez is the New Face of Martini

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Following in the footsteps of actresses Charlize Theron and Monica Bellucci, the athlete and gymnast Barbara Gonzalez has become the first Spaniard to represent the Martini image worldwide.

“I’m really happy, it’s like a dream. I’m going to work very hard so as not to disappoint all those putting their trust in me,” she said Tuesday in a press release.

The 27-year-old Gonzalez said that she always looks “on the bright side” of things and from any mistakes tries to learn a lesson that will help her improve.

The young woman, who as an athlete was on Spain’s rhythmic gymnastics team at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, tries to get the most fun out of everything she does.

“My slogan is: when you do things whole-heartedly and you really love and believe in what you’re doing, it makes the difficult easy,” she said.

Gonzalez, who was chosen by a jury to embody the brand’s values - “Luck is an Attitude” - will be the Martini image in all its events and campaigns of 2013, a year that marks the firm’s 150th anniversary.

The current Martini man, Yuri Buzzi, has said that ever since he laid eyes on Barbara Gonzalez he knew she was going to be the winner - not an easy task either, since more than 3,500 young women from 23 countries were in the running.

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New E-book Edition of Don Quixote May be Closest to Miguel de Cervantes’ Original

New E-book Edition of Don Quixote May be Closest to Miguel de Cervantes’ Original

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In the same building in which Juan de la Cuesta printed “Don Quixote” between 1605 and 1615, Madrid’s Sociedad Cervantina on Tuesday presented the e-book edition most faithful to the original magnum opus of Miguel de Cervantes, a volume put out by the Bolchiro publishing house.

After viewing the e-book for many years like the giants the Spanish knight errant thought he saw in the windmills of La Mancha, the tale of Don Quixote has now broken into the new format.

Cervantes expert and professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Florencio Sevilla, as a representative of old school academic rigor; Bolchiro editor Pablo Nolla, as the leader of the new technology, and actor Jose Sacristan, a symbol of the oral tradition for interpreting Don Quixote on different occasions, all attended the ceremony to publicly present the electronic edition.

“We’ve joined with absolute harmony the most up-to-date technological advances with the most demanding critical and philological guarantees,” Sevilla said about the e-book, the cover of which shows, symbolically, a piece of paper torn into four sections, each of which bears one of the following syllables: don, qui, jo and te.

The edition includes 296 high-quality Gustav Dore engravings, 3,444 notes on the original text that appear as pop-up windows to facilitate the reading experience and an introduction with a chronology and critical analysis of the work.

The e-book was created using the most modern technology in the publishing field, the ePub3 format, and is on sale online.

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Camisea Reveals Nearly $100M Royalties Paid to Peru Last Month

Camisea Reveals Nearly $100M Royalties Paid to Peru Last Month

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The Camisea consortium, which is producing natural gas from Peru’s largest fields, said it paid $95.7 million in royalties to the government last month.

Royalty payments totaled $861 million in the January-September period, and payments have totaled $4.58 billion since 2004, the consortium said in a statement.

The Camisea fields, located in the southern region of Cuzco, hold some of Latin America’s largest natural gas reserves.

Camisea’s proven reserves total some 8.7 trillion cubic feet.

The Camisea consortium is made up of Spain’s Repsol, Argentina’s Pluspetrol and Tecpetrol, U.S.-based Hunt Oil, South Korea’s SK Energy and Algeria’s Sonatrach.

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