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WednesdayOctober 24, 2012

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Spain’s Iberdrola Plans to Send 23 Percent of Investments to LatAm

Spain’s Iberdrola Plans to Send 23 Percent of Investments to LatAm

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More than one-fifth of the 10.5 billion euros ($13.5 billion) that Spanish electric utility Iberdrola plans to invest between 2012 and 2014 will be allocated to Latin America.

Of that total, down 37 percent from the 2009-2011 period, 42 percent of the outlays will be made in Britain and 23 percent in Latin America, Iberdrola said in its latest Strategic Plan submitted to the CNMV stock market regulator.

The investments will mainly focus on projects that have short development periods, are predictable and profitable and generate positive cash flow in the short term.

Iberdrola will concentrate on two areas: transmission and distribution networks and renewable energies, which will account for 59 percent and 25 percent of the total, respectively, while its power generation unit will account for 13 percent.

Investment in renewables will mainly focus on the wind sector.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Iberdrola said it will concentrate its investments in the United States on its networks and renewables businesses, while in Latin America the bulk of the investment outlay will go to Brazil and Mexico.

In Mexico, the company said it will be alert “to new opportunities that may arise from a greater opening of the energy sector.”

In Brazil, where Iberdrola’s Rio do Fogo wind power facility is already operational, the company plans to build at least 10 new wind farms and develop other hydroelectric projects, the company said.

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REPORT:  Voting ID Laws Could Negative Impact One Million Latino Voters in 2012 and Beyond

REPORT:  Voting ID Laws Could Negative Impact One Million Latino Voters in 2012 and Beyond

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released a new policy paper that assessed the potential impact of voting laws on the Latino electorate.

While Latino turnout is poised to reach historic heights this November, more than 12.2 million Latinos are expected to cast ballots, Latino voters are still facing significant obstacles. In recent years, these obstacles have taken the form of restrictive state voting laws and procedures that make it harder for Latino voters to cast ballots. 

More than one million Latinos could be negatively impacted in 2012 and beyond by restrictive voting laws.

States’ efforts to restrain registration and voting opportunities and to institute checks of voters’ qualifications may make it difficult for more than 219,000 Latino voters nationwide to cast ballot on Election Day this year.  Although, restrictive voting law initiatives are successfully being challenged in court there is still the possibility that these laws, which will negatively affect Latino voters, may go into effect in 2013 and beyond. If these state voting laws go into effect more than 835,000 Latinos could be impacted.
 
As the Latino electorate grows States’ increasingly have begun requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification when voting in person and proof of citizenship when registering to vote.  Latino voters disproportionately lack these materials, and have challenges that make obtaining them difficult or impossible.

States have also begun restricting early voting periods and community-based registration drives, which have been used more heavily by Latino voters than by other groups of Americans.

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Hundreds of Peasants Protest Deaths of Activists in Mexico

Hundreds of Peasants Protest Deaths of Activists in Mexico

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Hundreds of peasants staged a protest outside the Governor’s Palace in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua and in front of the state’s representative office in Mexico City to draw attention to the murders of two members of the El Barzon debtors’ organization.

“We have taken the state Governor’s Palace and we are going to honor Ismael and Manuelita, his companion,” El Barzon national leader Alfonso Ramirez Cuellar told Efe by telephone Tuesday from Chihuahua city.

The bodies of Ismael Solorio, El Barzon’s leader in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, and his wife, Manuela Solis, were found on Monday.

The two had left Namiquipa, a city in a Mennonite agricultural area, in a pick-up truck.

El Barzon, which was founded in 1994, protects Mexican farmers whose properties face the threat of foreclosure for failing to pay bank loans.

The grassroots organization has also taken up other causes in rural areas.

The organization’s leaders have met with representatives of the Government Secretariat and with Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte, who vowed to clear up the case, Ramirez Cuellar said.

The two activists killed had been subjected to harassment for demanding that officials halt the operations of a unit of Canadian mining company MAG Silver Corp. and end pollution from the illegal release of contaminated water, the El Barzon leader said.

“We have a commitment from Gov. Cesar Duarte to put a definitive end to the mine, which has been polluting and causing confrontations in the community of Buenaventura,” Ramirez Cuellar said.

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Pitbull Refuses to Take Stage in Bolivia Over Safety Concerns

Pitbull Refuses to Take Stage in Bolivia Over Safety Concerns

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Pitbull cited safety problems when he declined to take the stage for a concert in the eastern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, but media accounts Wednesday said he made the decision after two of the promoter’s employees were arrested.

The Cuban-American rapper said on Twitter that he while felt bad about canceling Tuesday night’s show, his decision was motivated by concern for the safety of his fans.

Santa Cruz’s police chief, Col. Lily Cortez, told reporters that two people, one of them a foreign national, were arrested at the venue with a loaded gun, a baseball bat and a forged Bolivian police credential.

Released within hours, the two men were employees of the company that organized the concert, media outlets said.

The promoters promised to reschedule the concert, but did not set a date, and the roughly 12,000 fans who came to Santa Cruz’s Tahuichi stadium to see Pitbull perform did not hide their disappointment.

Pitbull’s concert Wednesday night in La Paz will proceed as planned, promoter Boris Navarro said.

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Spanish Government Claims New Israeli Settlements Violate International Law

Spanish Government Claims New Israeli Settlements Violate International Law

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The Spanish government condemned on Wednesday plans by Israel to build some 1,500 new residences for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Establishing settlements in occupied territory violates international law, the Spanish foreign ministry said in a statement.

Israel’s policy of expanding settlements in East Jerusalem threatens to permanently sever the city from the rest of the Palestinian lands and to fatally undermine efforts to create a territorially contiguous Palestinian state, the ministry said.

The approach taken by the Israeli government also makes less likely the resumption of direct talks with the Palestinians, as the final status of Jerusalem is one of the issues the two sides are supposed to resolve through negotiations, the statement said.

Spain repeated its call for an accord to found a Palestinian state based on the adjusted pre-1967 borders and with Jerusalem as a shared capital.

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NY Giants’ Victor Cruz Wants Contract Restructured

NY Giants’ Victor Cruz Wants Contract Restructured

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New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz said he wants to have his contract restructured before the end of the season.

Cruz, known for celebrating his touchdowns with a salsa dance, is in the final year of a $540,000, three-year rookie contract and can become a restricted free agent after the season is over.

“I’m just in a position right now where I’m just focused on football,” Cruz, whose mother is Puerto Rican, told a New York City radio station Tuesday. “I have people, my agents and things like that, to worry about that stuff.”

“But as a human being you obviously want to - you hope you get it done before the season’s over, obviously.”

“We don’t want to drag it along and become something that blocks the team in the offseason and something that is in the media every day,” Cruz said.

“We don’t want it to get like that. We want to just knock it out halfway through the season, or during the season at the very least, and put it behind (us).”

“I love this team. I love this organization,” Cruz said. “I want to, God-willing, one day retire a Giant. I want to stay here and fulfill my journey with the New York Giants,” the wide receiver, a key piece in the team’s run to a fourth Super Bowl title last season, said.

Cruz caught 82 passes for 1,536 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season and has been putting up even better numbers this season, with 50 receptions for 627 yards and seven touchdowns through seven games.

He caught seven passes for 131 yards last Sunday against the Washington Redskins, many of them coming on a 77-yard game-winning touchdown.

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It’s Over Between Eva Longoria and Jets QB Mark Sanchez

It’s Over Between Eva Longoria and Jets QB Mark Sanchez

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The brief love affair between 37-year-old Eva Longoria and New York Jets quarterback, 25-year-old Mark Sanchez appears to be over.

The QB’s spokesman issued the following confirmation about the split:  “Mark adores and respects Eva, it really was about scheduling more than anything else.  They will remain close friends.”

Doesn’t it sound like he is talking about his grandmother with the “adores and respects” line?  The news came on the heals of gossip buzz that the very handsome Sanchez was spotted at a New York nightclub with an unidentified blondie. 

Longoria and Sanchez had been together for three months.

Meanwhile Longoria has been busy with her various projects and helping to get President Obama re-elected.  She serves as co-chair of his re-election efforts.  Therefore we can say she is doing mature things while the QB is not.

Sports critics and critical fans have been clamoring for Sanchez to put more attention to football than his flings and maybe now he will.

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Taxi Companies to Offer Latino Voters Free Rides to Polling Locations in Utah

Two taxi companies in Salt Lake City announced that from now through Nov. 6 they will provide free transport for all Latinos who need it to get to the polling places so they can do their civic duty.

The service, organized by the Utah Coalition of La Raza, the Mexican Civic Center and the “Pulso Latino” radio program, aims to promote Hispanic participation in the upcoming elections, in which for the first time Utah will have ballots in Spanish.

Raul Ramirez, manager of Taxis Las Aguias, and Esteban Santos, manager of Grillos Taxi, said Tuesday that the service will be offered only in the Salt Lake City area, home to some 42,000 Latinos, of whom slightly less than 2,000 are estimated to be eligible to vote.

Hispanics represent 13 percent of the almost 3 million Utah inhabitants, or 390,000 people. Of those, the Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 123,000 will be eligible to vote, which represents 7 percent of the state’s electorate.

“This year, when for the first time Latino voters in Salt Lake County will be able to vote in Spanish, Latinos should be aware that their vote can also make a difference in local elections, specifically in the election for the mayor of Salt Lake City,” Tony Yapias, host of “Pulso Latino” and president of the Utah Latino Project, told Efe.

In that contest, Republican Mark Crockett is facing Democrat Ben McAdams.

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Brazilian Man’s Family Thought he was Dead Until He Arrived at Own Funeral

Brazilian Man’s Family Thought he was Dead Until He Arrived at Own Funeral

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A Brazilian family was shocked at the funeral of Gilberto Marcos Araujo when the man they whose life they were morning made an appearance, very much alive.

On Sunday, Jose Marcos Araujo was called into a city morgue in Alagoinhas to identify the body of a man believed to be his brother Gilberto.

The man in the morgue was a car washer like Gilberto and was about the same age and had similar physical features. The then unidentified man had been shot and killed and police called Jose, telling him his brother had been killed and was at the morgue.

Police inspector Roberto Lima has called the mistake “understandable,” pointing out how similar the men were.

On Monday, as Gilberto’s family prepared to lay him to rest, 41-year-old Gilberto Marcos Araujo arrived at his mother’s home. Apparently, a man on the street saw Gilberto and informed him that his family believed he was dead and were even attending his funeral later than day.

When he arrived at his own wake, people reportedly screamed, ran away, or even fainted.

Though many were initially startled, Marina Santana, Gilberto’s mother, says she is overjoyed to have the son she thought she’d lost.

The man in the casket, believed to be Gilberto, was later identified as Genivaldo Santos Gama. His body had since been returned to police, though additional information was not available.

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Progress on the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

Progress on the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement

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Yesterday, key government officials, trade stakeholders, and members of the press were on hand to witness U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industry Ricardo Quijano sign a letter exchange setting a date for the entry-into-force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA).

This letter-exchange and the pending entry-into-force represent a conclusion to a comprehensive negotiating process—negotiation of the Agreement was concluded in 2006, Panama’s government gave it its seal of approval in 2007, and President Obama signed the agreement into law on October 21, 2011. This is the third such agreement to enter-into-force under the Obama Administration within a year of its signing, following the Korean and Colombian agreements.

Beginning October 31st, Panama will eliminate tariffs on more than 86 percent of U.S. industrial and consumer goods.  Almost half of U.S. agricultural goods, which currently face average tariffs of 15 percent, will immediately become duty-free.  All tariffs on industrial goods will be eliminated within 10 years, and most of the remaining tariffs on agricultural goods will be eliminated over the next 15 years. U.S. service providers will gain significantly greater access to Panama’s $22 billion services market, and will enjoy greater protections as they do so.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce noted:

“’This critical agreement will ignite economic growth and job creation in the U.S. and Panama,” said U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for International Affairs Myron Brilliant. “With this step, we can take the century-old U.S.-Panama alliance to the next level. The agreement will level the playing field for U.S. workers, farmers, and companies by immediately eliminating Panamanian duties on more than 87% of U.S. exports. It will also open services markets and strengthen intellectual property rights.”

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Soccer Star Maradona Receives Warm Welcome in India

Soccer Star Maradona Receives Warm Welcome in India

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Thousands of people thronged the airport in the southern Indian city of Cochi on Tuesday to welcome retired Argentine soccer star Diego Armando Maradona.

Authorities ordered 2,000 police deployed in anticipation of the crowds that would go to meet him.

The iconic athlete, who previously visited India in 2008, waved to the crowds upon his arrival at the festive gathering.

“I’ve waited since 4 o’clock this morning to see Maradona…it’s a dream come true,” a young fan from Cochi told the Indian news agency IANS.

Maradona, who is staying two days in the Indian state of Kerala, plans to take part this Wednesday in the inauguration of a new showroom of Boby International Jewellers, an Indian company that recently signed the Argentine as its brand ambassador.

Kerala is one of the regions of India where soccer is most popular, though cricket is the by far the favorite sport in this country.

Maradona is best remembered internationally for leading the Argentine national team to victory in the 1986 World Cup.

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Border Agents Shot at After Finding Drug Smugglers, 63 Bundles of Pot

Border Agents Shot at After Finding Drug Smugglers, 63 Bundles of Pot

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Border Patrol agents were reportedly shot at by at least one Mexican national on the Mexico side of the border late last week near Los Ebanos, Texas.

The shooting occurred on Friday at around 5:30 p.m. as Border Patrol officials said agents saw people loading bundles into a Ford Expedition after having used rafts to move the bundles from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River to the U.S. side.

The five agents called for backup and headed to towards the SUV. Shortly after the vehicle took off, the driver spotted the Border Patrol agents, drove back towards the Mexican side of the river, and ditched the vehicle.

Agents chased the driver, who had taken off on foot and climbed up a nearby tree, and that is when the shooting began.

The man in the tree opened fire on the agents, forcing them to draw their weapons and return fire. In the end, no agents were injured and they recovered 63 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,000 pounds. Five smugglers were also arrested.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the FBI are investigating the incident, and the smugglers were being held without bond pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Eduardo Camarillo Valdez, Jose Maria Garza Lara, Sergio Emanuel Camarillo Valdez, Arturo Hernandez Ruiz, and Andres Gonzalez Jordan were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

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Archaeologists in Peru Find Ancient Artifacts in Machu Picchu

Archaeologists in Peru Find Ancient Artifacts in Machu Picchu

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Archaeologists in Peru uncovered ancient offerings at Machu Picchu this week and they believe the items are from the 15th century and earlier.

Among the artifacts recovered were stones, pottery, beads, a bronze clamps, and a ceremonial pot. The pot is believed to have been from between the Chimu period of 10th and 12th century with the rest being from the time of Incan ruler Pachacutec (1438 -1470 A.D. ) in the 15th century.

Archaeologists say the artifacts will be taken to the Machu Picchu Museum, where they can be studied further.

The items were found about 70 centimeters below the surface in a wayrana (three-walled patio) in the Temple of the Condor of Machu Picchu.

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WATCH Enrique Iglesias in Sexy “Finally Found You” Music Video ft. Sammy Adams

WATCH Enrique Iglesias in Sexy “Finally Found You” Music Video ft. Sammy Adams

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Caliente crooner Enrique Iglesias released the video for his latest single and it goes from sweet to steamy.

Check out the video for “Finally Found You ft. Sammy Adams” and we’ll bet you can’t take your eyes off the shirtless Enrique either.


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Hispanic Standout UPDATE: Samantha Marquez - A Star Still on the Rise

Hispanic Standout UPDATE: Samantha Marquez - A Star Still on the Rise

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Last year, introduced and spoke with a Hispanic Standout named Samantha Marquez. At just 14 years old, Marquez had six patents (international included) and was performing research at Virginia Commonwealth University and Harvard University.

Today, Samantha is one of five high school students on the US team competing at the 2012 XX International Space Olympics (ISO) in Korolev, Russia this month. In fact, on October 22, Samantha won 1st place in research, becoming the first Hispanic to win 1st place ever in the 20-year history of the ISO.

Samantha was also recently highlighted by American Scientist magazine and named one of Style Weekly’s “2012 Top 40-Under-40.”

She also became the only Hispanic inducted into the National Gallery of America’s Young Inventors in 2011. She was inducted into what is ultimately the Young Investors Hall of Fame at for her work with in bioengineering.

Samantha has developed a new process for the self-assembly of living cells in a new structure she named “Celloidosomes®.” Her work, creating 3D micro-tissues, has applications in tissue engineering, bioengineering, environmental science, genetic engineering, and cell/drug delivery as well as many other fields of science.

She has also co-authored several scientific publications, recently being published in the June 2012 journal Biomicrofluids and The Journal of Physics.

Keep in mind, Samantha Marquez is still only a 15-year-old sophomore at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, and one realizes just how impressive this young woman is.

With role models like her mother, Dr. Carolina Marun, a chemical engineer, and her father, Dr. Manuel Marquez, a chemist and researcher, Samantha is developing into a one of a kind mind, and really is a Hispanic Standout.

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President of Costa Rica Co. Sentenced 60 Yrs for $500 Million Fraud to Finance Soccer Teams

The president of a Costa Rican company that sold reinsurance bonds to life settlement companies was sentenced today in Richmond, Va., to 60 years in prison for carrying out a half-billion-dollar fraud scheme that affected more than 3,500 victims throughout the United States and abroad. 

Minor Vargas Calvo, 61, a citizen and resident of Costa Rica, is the majority owner of Provident Capital Indemnity (PCI) Ltd., an insurance and reinsurance company registered in the Commonwealth of Dominica and doing business in Costa Rica.  He was convicted on April 30, 2012, of one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering.

From 2004 through 2010, PCI sold at least $485 million of bonds to life settlement investment companies located in various countries, including the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and elsewhere. PCI’s clients, in turn, sold investment offerings backed by PCI’s bonds to thousands of investors around the world. Purchasers of PCI’s bonds were required to pay up-front payments of six to 11 percent of the underlying settlement as “premium” payments to PCI before the company would issue the bonds.

Evidence at trial showed that Vargas spent more than $23 million of his ill-gotten gains on his professional soccer teams in Costa Rica, his unrelated companies, his family and himself.  Due, in part, to these expenditures, when it came time to make good on PCI’s promises to pay bond holders, Vargas resorted to yet more lies to justify PCI’s inability to do so.

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Home Remodeling Surprise:  Almost 1,000 pounds of Pot Found in Ceramic Tiles

Home Remodeling Surprise:  Almost 1,000 pounds of Pot Found in Ceramic Tiles

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A Mexican national was arrested Friday morning for attempting to smuggle $472,000 worth of marijuana into the United States.

San Luis Customs and Border Protection officers referred 43-year-old Ramiro Ramirez-Aguirre of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of the tractor trailer he was driving, which contained a load of ceramic tiles.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the boxes of tile; officers located nearly 945 pounds of marijuana.

The drugs and tractor-trailer were seized. Ramirez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Luis Miguel Meets President Fernandez in Argentina

Luis Miguel Meets President Fernandez in Argentina

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez received Mexican singer Luis Miguel, currently visiting the South American country to give a series of concerts.

Officials said that Fernandez met with the artist in her office in the Casa Rosada, seat of the Argentine presidency.

Upon entering her office, Miguel greeted members of the human rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who had been received earlier by Fernandez.

Luis Miguel followed his meeting with the head of state by offering a recital at a gala dinner with fans in Buenos Aires, something he had done once before on Oct. 15.

The singer kicked off a series of concerts in Argentina on Oct. 13 in the northern province of Corrientes, and his tour will continue to the cities of Rosario and Cordoba.

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BMW to Invest $264 Million for First Plant in Brazil

BMW to Invest $264 Million for First Plant in Brazil

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German automaker BMW plans to build its first Latin American plant in Brazil, investing $264 million in the project, BMW Group sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said.

Robertson revealed the extent of the company’s investment in Brazil following a meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

The president offered her “absolute support” for the project, the BMW executive told reporters.

Construction of the plant will start in April 2013, with the manufacturing facility expected to be at full production in 2014, when the German automaker’s first 30,000 vehicles produced in Brazil are expected to roll off the assembly line.

The plant will be constructed in the city of Araquari, where BMW will undertake “the complete assembly” of automobiles, Robertson said.

The plant will initially produce only the BMW X1, but production will be adjusted later to meet domestic demand, Robertson said, adding that “production will follow sales.”

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Man Freed After Being Falsely Imprisoned for 5 Years in Mexico

Man Freed After Being Falsely Imprisoned for 5 Years in Mexico

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A Mazahua Indian man was released from a prison in central Mexico after spending five years behind bars for crimes he never committed.

Hugo Sanchez Ramirez was freed after the Mexican Supreme Court ruled his due process rights had been violated.

“Hugo is young and indigenous. Those are the reasons he was attacked by the justice system,” Quetzalcoatl Fontanot, spokesperson for the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center, told Efe on Tuesday.

Sanchez Ramirez’s ordeal began in 2007, when he was “arbitrarily arrested” by police officers in Mexico state who “planted guns on him,” Fontanot said.

The cops subsequently framed the young taxi driver for a kidnapping and he was sentenced to 37 years in prison, the spokesperson said.

“It’s a very relevant case because we’re talking about the way the justice system works in Mexico,” Fontanot said.

Indigenous peoples represent around 10 percent of Mexico’s 113 million residents. Many of them speak Spanish poorly, if at all, and they are especially vulnerable to abuse by the police and courts.

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WednesdayOctober 24, 2012