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SundayOctober 28, 2012

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Missing Mexican Journalist Body May Have Been Found in Costa Rica

Missing Mexican Journalist Body May Have Been Found in Costa Rica

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Investigators are trying to determine whether a body found last week in a vacant lot in San Jose is that of a Mexican journalist who disappeared in June, the press reported.

Pascual Tarin Avila’s relatives in Mexico have been contacted by the Judicial Investigations Agency to see whether or not the body found last Tuesday is his, the La Nacion newspaper said.

The 53-year-old Tarin, who worked as a reporter for the El Norte de Cananea newspaper in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, was reported missing in Costa Rica on June 14.

He had entered Costa Rica by land from Nicaragua on Sept. 8, 2011, and again on May 20, 2012, but there was no record of his departure.

Two bodies in an advanced state of decomposition were found Tuesday in Escazu, a neighborhood in western San Jose.

Investigators said the bodies might be those of the Mexican reporter and Miguel Centeno Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Nicaraguan citizen.

Centeno Rodriguez’s family told police that he had not been heard from since June 14 and was in the company of a Mexican.

The bodies did not have gunshot or stab wounds, and investigators are trying to determine the cause of death, the Judicial Investigations Agency said.

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Barcelona’s Messi Officially on Spain’s Top 10 Scoring List

Barcelona’s Messi Officially on Spain’s Top 10 Scoring List

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Argentine superstar Leo Messi, who scored two goals in Barcelona’s win Saturday night over Rayo Vallecano, is now 10th on the Spanish League’s Top 10 list of scorers, tying former Seville player Juan Arza at 182 goals.

Telmo Zarra, of Athletic, tops the list with 251 goals, followed by Mexican Hugo Sanchez, who scored 234 goals while playing for Atletico, Real Madrid and Rayo, and Raul, who scored 228 goals with Real Madrid.

“The important thing is that we won in a tough place, it’s a hard field and that’s the important thing,” the Argentine star said.

Messi is close to 9th place on the list, a slot held by Carlos Alonso Santillana with 186 goals.

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Higher Death Toll in Last Week’s Supermarket Collapse in Argentina

Higher Death Toll in Last Week’s Supermarket Collapse in Argentina

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The death toll from the collapse last week of the roof of a supermarket in the southwestern Argentine city of Neuquen has risen to seven, officials said Sunday.

The death toll is not expected to rise further because the names of the missing have all been matched to the bodies found at the site, Neuquen province Cabinet Coordination Minister Gabriel Gastaminza said.

Workers will continue to search the rubble of the Cooperativa Obrera supermarket in Neuquen city, Gastaminza said.

“The final list is seven and the work of searching and removal (of the rubble) will, hopefully, not turn up any other victims,” Gastaminza said.

The victims have been identified as Lorena Ockier, 38; Ida Martinez, 74; Fedra Yañez, 18; Juan, 3, and Thiago Yañez, 5; Carlos Arrigoni, no age given, and Evans Carlos Aguilar, no age given.

The roof collapse at the Cooperativa Obrera supermarket in Neuquen, located 1,153 kilometers (715 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, occurred Thursday night and is under investigation.

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Javier Bardem Regarded as One of the Best Bond Villains Ever

Javier Bardem Regarded as One of the Best Bond Villains Ever

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Javier Bardem is being hailed by the British press for his performance in “Skyfall,” the latest installment in the James Bond series, with critics saying the character played by the Spanish actor may be one of the best villains to ever take on 007.

Bardem plays Raoul Silva, a dandyish cyberterrorist, in the film directed by Sam Mendes, taking on Daniel Craig’s Bond.

The 23rd installment in the 007 series has won over critics, with many calling the film the best in the long-running franchise, thanks to the Spanish actor’s performance.

“The moments that elevate Skyfall from the efficient to the inspired can be attributed to one man: Javier Bardem, the hulking, 43-year-old Spanish actor whose delicious performance as Raoul Silva, sniggering cyber-terrorist, makes him a convincing contender for best Bond villain of all time,” Ryan Gilbey wrote Sunday in “The Observer.”

“Bardem is brilliant as the kind of insane old-school Bond villain we haven’t seen for a while,” Alex Zane wrote in his review of “Skyfall” in The Sun, Britain’s most widely read newspaper.

“Channelling all different flavours of crazy, and Christopher Walken’s hair from ‘A View To A Kill,’ he is a superb adversary for 007,” Zane said of the film, which hit theaters in Britain last Friday.

“Silva is almost as inscrutable as The Dark Knight’s Joker himself: Bardem’s lip-lickingly camp turn makes him the oddest Bond villain since the Roger Moore era, and his nicotine hair flops queasily over his forehead in a way that calls to mind Julian Assange,” Robbie Collin wrote in his review of the film in The Daily Telegraph.

“Mendes has gone back to basics: chases, stunts, fights. At the same time, he has subtly re-invented the franchise, throwing in far greater depth of characterization than we’re accustomed to in a series of films that are often proudly superficial,” Geoffrey McNab wrote in The Independent.

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Wisconsin Researcher to Study Vaccination Decisions in Latino Community

Wisconsin Researcher to Study Vaccination Decisions in Latino Community

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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a two-year, $440,000 award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research to investigate the decision-making processes between Latina girls and their mothers when it comes to obtaining the HPV vaccine.

Julia Lechuga, Ph.D., assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral medicine in the Medical College’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research, is the principal investigator for the grant.

Cervical cancer incidence is two to four time greater among Latina women than non-Latina white women. Large ethnic disparities also exist in vaccination rates. For example, 50% of girls who have regular access to cervical cancer screening have been vaccinated, but only 13% of ethnic minority girls who are considered medically underserved have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Through this study, structured interviews will be conducted with 60 pairs of Latina mothers and their daughters who have not been vaccinated against HPV, and 60 pairs of mothers and their daughters who have been vaccinated against HPV. Following these two qualitative studies, a quantitative study will be conducted, consisting of a survey administered to 150 Latina mothers, 50% who have vaccinated their daughters and 50% who have not. This study will identify the factors that predict the greatest proportion of variance in vaccination behavior.

The findings from this research will be used to help create a program to promote vaccination in the Latino community, as well as informing health care providers of specific information that can be provided to Latina patients to motivate vaccination.

The primary community partner is the 16th Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee, which serves under and uninsured Latino families.

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World Food Programme Wants You to Connect with Bolivian Students

World Food Programme Wants You to Connect with Bolivian Students

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Providing nutritious meals in school is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways one can make a difference in the life of a child. But the World Food Programme (WFP) not asking you to donate here – they want to invite you to get to know some of the kids WFP is supporting at the Huarimarca School in Bolivia.

WFP is asking you to introduce yourself and submit some questions for the students. Ximena, the Communications Officer in Bolivia, will return to the Huarimarca School to share your messages in a few weeks. Be sure to leave your name and email, and you might be one of the lucky ones to get a personal response.

Click on the here to send a message to the students in Bolivia.


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Director Robert Rodriguez Nominates Hugo Fernandez for AMD’s Visionary Young Directors Award

Director Robert Rodriguez Nominates Hugo Fernandez for AMD’s Visionary Young Directors Award

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When the Census in 2010 demonstrated the Latino population grew four times more than any other group, subsequently becoming the 2nd largest group amassing an estimated 50 million in the United States, Latino demographic became a paramount focus for the entertainment industry.

This focus has culminated into Machete Kills/Sin City director Robert Rodriguez launching his action genre English speaking Latino channel El Rey Network. The network will be featured by Comcast and implemented by newly appointed CEO Antoinette Zel. 

In Robert Rodriguez’s search for new visionaries, He and AMD selected five winners for Visionary Young director awards. Colombian-American Director Hugo Fernandez became the sole Latino to be selected for U.S. and Canada’s five most visionary young directors by way of his conceptual trailer “Inzombnia”, A Latino action/drama set in a zombie apocalypse featuring a frightening new evolved interpretation of the zombie genre.

Hugo is a NYC filmmaker/musician who directed and scored the up and coming series Inzombnia. His background in filmmaking commenced with directing “Erza fear of a faceless God”, A full feature music video for his band’s first album “Fear of a Faceless God.”  Hugo performed vocals, guitar, piano, and produced Erza with an interesting new business model, selling videos instead of music. His band Erza released only a movie/video featuring a score consisting of only their songs.  The full feature music video/film was picked up by Gravitas Ventures and currently sold by MTV Network’s MTV.com. 

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MundoFOX Star, PETA Screen Spanish-Language Video Exposé of the Meat Industry to Students

MundoFOX Star, PETA Screen Spanish-Language Video Exposé of the Meat Industry to Students

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In anticipation of the launch of PETA’s new website, PETALatino.com, in December, the organization has teamed up with renowned television host Marco Antonio Regil to release a Spanish version of PETA’s video “Glass Walls”—which takes its name from Paul McCartney’s famous quote, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

Regil—host of MundoFOX’s new hit game show Minuto Para Ganar (Minute to Win It) and formerly of Mexico’s Atinale Al Precio (The Price Is Right), premiered the new video in person on Tuesday at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles to more than 150 students. PETA members also distributed DVDs of the new video and dished up vegan meals for the students, courtesy of Chipotle restaurant.

For the first time in California history, Latinos represent a majority of the state’s public-school students, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Mexican-American children between the ages of 6 and 17 are 60 percent more likely to be overweight than non-Hispanic white children. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians and vegans enjoy lower body-mass indexes, lower rates of type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and lower overall cancer rates.

Since going vegan, Regil has felt his own health improve drastically. “I feel younger,” he says in an exclusive PETA interview. “I go on and on, taping for hours and hours, and I still have my energy.”

“Glass Walls” reveals the extreme suffering that animals endure every day on factory farms and in slaughterhouses: Chickens and turkeys are confined to filthy sheds by the tens of thousands, pigs remain completely conscious while their throats are cut, and fish are dragged out of their marine homes and left to suffocate on the decks of fishing boats.

Regil joins a long list of celebrities—including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Patricia De León, Kate del Castillo, Vida Guerra, Constance Marie, Pablo Azar, and Natalia Villaveces—who have teamed up with PETA to help animals.

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Celebrate the Day of the Dead With This Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Celebrate the Day of the Dead With This Chocolate Mousse Recipe

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The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) is a traditional Mexican celebration in which families celebrate and remember their loved ones who have passed away. Unlike other cultures, Mexican families come together and prepare their loved ones favorite dishes. V&V Supremo shares recipes for you to celebrate !a la Mexicana!

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

3 15 oz. containers of sour cream
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. powdered gelatin
1 tbsp. rum
5 tbsp. very cold water
12 oz. semisweet chocolate-finely chopped or chips

Preparation

    1. To melt the chocolate, separate ½ cup of the cream and set aside.
    2. In a mixer, beat the rest of the cream at medium speed for 5 minutes to soft peaks- separate ½ cup of the prepared cream into a sandwich plastic bag (for final Decoration) and refrigerate until finished with the preparation.
    3. Place water and rum in small stainless bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over water and rum. Place bowl on double boiler over medium heat. Stir occasionally until gelatin dissolves, remove from heat.
    4. Place saucepan over medium heat. Pour ½ cup crema into saucepan with the sugar and bring to a boil. Add the chocolate chips and keep on stirring until the chocolate is fully melted.( Approximately one minute.) Pour into a medium size bowl to cool. Whisk gelatin into chocolate.
    5. Gently fold in the whipped crema into the chocolate with a rubber spatula. Don’t overwork. –Chill for 4 hours minimum, or overnight.

Yields 8 servings

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Sincere Belief in Economic Relief with Sebastian and Iago

Sincere Belief in Economic Relief with Sebastian and Iago

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By Oscar Barajas, NewsTaco

Independence was a running theme in my household when I was younger. There was no such as privacy when I was growing up. Telephone calls were measured because they somehow affected the electric bill. At that point, we lived in a two bedroom house. My uncle slept in one room and my parents and sister slept in the other room.

I felt the need for independence, so I slept in the living room on a mattress I brought out every night from underneath my parents’ bed. I did not mind except that my dad would wake me up to show me how early he had to be up.Image

My father’s biggest pet peeve was summers and the ten weeks I had off compared to his forced intervals of manual labor. He absolutely hated coming home and finding me on the Sega Genesis hitting virtual fly balls over a virtual fence in a virtual stadium. The amount of hate would be compacted if he came home and found me on the same mattress. I remember one morning when it all got rolled up into one conversation.

One morning my father woke me up and pulled up a chair for me at the breakfast table. My mom set up his breakfast, as my father and I made uneasy conversation. He asked about the Dodgers and their place in the standings even though he did not really care. He took a long sip of coffee and a longer drag of his cigarette so that he could get to the point. He wanted me to get a job.

I did not even know where to get started. All the jobs I had before that paid under the table and there was no need to file paperwork to receive a W-2. In the past I had been that kid that charges you spare charge in exchange for taking your groceries to your car, a reader for hire who would read for the blind and the illiterate. However, my most glorified position was my time as a participant at car washes that served as funeral fundraisers.

My mother ended helping me out by taking me to an office of the Archdiocese. They absolutely loved me during the interview. Essentially all I had done was give my best Dan Quayle impression. My hair was combed to the side with a gravy stain on my clip-on tie. I remember impressing the man on the other side of the table by claiming that I was there looking for an opportunity rather than a paycheck. I figured all they wanted to hear was something that sounded like an honest answer rather than the truth.

I passed the audition and was placed at the YMCA as a babysitter for the parents who were busy working out. The job was simple enough. All I had to do was play “The Little Mermaid” or “Aladdin” and walk away for a couple of hours. It got so bad, that I was able to memorize the dialogue like some sick Rocky Horror Picture Show sideshow. Furthermore, since I was the lowest man on the totem pole, I had to wash the windows and set up snack for the kids. The weird thing was when I was left in charge of someone who was my age, if not older. I only lasted a couple of weeks at that place because I could not handle going to school and working there.

My father was disappointed because he felt I had found my true calling. Why return to school when I could spend all day finger painting with toddlers for a cool five dollars an hour? My mom was disappointed because she was secretly taxing me for a third of my earnings. Most of all I was disappointed, because I would be forced to miss the latest edition of that virtual baseball game.

This article was first published in NewsTaco.

NewsTaco provides you with innovative and insightful news, critique, analysis and opinion from a Latino perspective in a 24-hour world.

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Mexico Moves Nearly 1,000 Inmates to New Prison

Mexico Moves Nearly 1,000 Inmates to New Prison

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A total of 967 inmates sentenced to prison terms for federal crimes were moved to Penitentiary 12 in Ocampo, a city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, the Public Safety Secretariat said.

The new prison was built as part of a public-private partnership, the secretariat said.

Of the first 198 inmates transferred to the new prison, 66 were from Aguascalientes state and 132 were from Nuevo Leon, where they were had been housed in state prisons.

The remaining 769 inmates will be moved to the new prison by the end of the weekend from penitentiaries in Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Sonora, Baja California and Guerrero states.

Penitentiary 12, a state-of-the-art facility, was inaugurated on Oct. 9 by President Felipe Calderon, the secretariat said.

The government plans to build eight new prisons with space for 20,000 inmates under the new public-private partnership model, the secretariat said.

The new prisons are being built to ease overcrowding at existing facilities across Mexico.

Some 44,000 inmates, according to official figures, faced federal sentences in 2006, when the Calderon administration took office, but federal facilities had room for only 3,164 inmates, forcing the government to come up with a plan to build 40,000 new spaces for inmates.

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No Fast-Track for Controversial Labor Bill in Mexico

No Fast-Track for Controversial Labor Bill in Mexico

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A Mexican labor overhaul bill will not be fast-tracked through the lower house on the second go-around, but it is not “frozen” and will be handled like a standard piece of legislation, a lawmaker said.

Carlos Aceves del Olmo, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, gave that assessment and said that on Tuesday the Labor and Social Welfare Committee he heads will formally receive the bill delivered by Senate.

He added that it will be handled like any other ordinary legislation and will not be fast-tracked as it was in September.

President Felipe Calderon sent the labor overhaul bill to Congress on Sept. 1 for its analysis and approval in a period of 60 days.

Late that same month, the lower house - where the PRI and its allies are dominant - approved it with modifications, with lawmakers eliminating some provisions of the original bill aimed at making unions more transparent.

The Senate, where the PRI lacks a majority, subsequently passed the bill on Oct. 23 but it reinstituted the controversial articles calling for more transparency with the unions, most of them firmly allied with the PRI.

Senators from other parties joined together to reinsert the articles into the bill, which has been taken up again by the lower house.

The union transparency provisions include a requirement that labor leaders be elected in free and secret voting, as opposed to by a show of hands.

Lawmaker Marti Batres, of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, said the return of the bill to the lower house marks a good opportunity to debate it from scratch in a bid to achieve “true reform that benefits the country.”

The debate is taking place during the transition process that will see outgoing President Felipe Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, hand over power to the PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto on Dec. 1.

Calderon’s government says the labor overhaul bill will promote formal employment and regulate outsourcing, a practice that has become widespread in Mexico in recent years.

The legislation also would allow employers to hire workers for three-month trial periods and dismiss them if they are not up to the job, a workplace arrangement not contemplated by current labor law, and pay hourly wages.

Last month, Mexican academic Angel Lopez Montiel criticized the departure from the current system of a set monthly wage.

“Hourly pay might look like the same system that is used in the United States,” Monterrey Tech researcher Angel Lopez Montiel told Efe.

The difference, however, is that hourly pay in the United States is much higher than in Mexico, he added.

The bill was introduced by Calderon and is intended to “open employment opportunities for those who currently do not have a job,” PAN lawmaker Juan Bueno Torio said in late September.

Before the bill was passed in the lower house on Sept. 29, leftist lawmakers stormed the speaker’s platform and supporters of the bill were forced to lead the session from a spectators’ gallery.

Demonstrations against the bill organized by the UNT and CTM were held outside the legislative building.

The controversial overhaul of labor law was the first order of business for the Congress that emerged from Mexico’s July 1 general elections.

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Spanish Prime Minister Predicts Stronger Economy in 2013

Spanish Prime Minister Predicts Stronger Economy in 2013

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expressed confidence that 2013 will be a better year and that the economic crisis can begin to be overcome in the near future.

Rajoy sounded that optimistic note Saturday at the close of a two-day meeting here of the ruling Popular Party.

Referring to this week’s news that Spain’s unemployment rate climbed to a record high of more than 25 percent in the third quarter, the premier said he is aware that many Spaniards are “having a rough time” but that the outlook for next year is better.

Citing various macroeconomic figures, including Spain’s current trade surplus with the remaining euro-zone countries, he said the Iberian nation will soon start to “overcome this crisis, which is one of the toughest” it has ever experienced.

The ranks of Spain’s unemployed climbed by 85,000 in the third quarter to more than 5.75 million, pushing the jobless rate to a record 25.02 percent, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Friday.

Construction, which was hammered by the collapse of a decade-long real estate boom, was the only sector not to see increases in unemployment over the 12 months ending Sept. 30, the INE said.

Spain has the highest jobless rate in the 27-member European Union.

The Iberian nation’s economy contracted 0.4 percent in the third quarter and continues to face strong headwinds, the central bank said earlier this week.

Median annual household income in Spain fell 1.9 percent this year to 24,609 euros ($32,109), according to the latest national survey on living conditions.

With Spain mired in recession for the second time in four years, 12.7 percent of families said they struggle to make their money last until the end of the month, compared with 9.8 percent last year.

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2 Die, 21 Injured during Riot at Marketplace Between Police, Criminals and Vendors in Peru

2 Die, 21 Injured during Riot at Marketplace Between Police, Criminals and Vendors in Peru

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Two people were killed Saturday during a new police intervention in a Lima marketplace, where last Thursday clashes between police, criminals and wholesalers left another two people dead, the director of the Dos de Mayo Hospital, Jose Roca, said.

“One was gunned down and the other was apparently stabbed,” Roca said on Canal N television.

The doctor said the victims, between ages 20 and 30, have not yet been identified, while another three people are being operated for gunshot wounds.

Police chief Raul Salazar told reporters Saturday that 5,000 cops were taking part in the operation at the La Parada market, where they have closed the entrance with concrete blocks to keep trucks from driving into the establishment.

The violence broke out Thursday when the Lima municipality tried to stop trucks from making pick-ups and deliveries at La Parada in the La Victoria district, because it had designated as the only wholesale market in the city the one located in the Santa Anita district.

In protest, the wholesalers attacked the police with clubs, stones and bottles, to which the officers responded with shots in the air and tear gas, sparking an escalation of violence that included the looting of some stores of the Gamarra textile trading center next to La Parada.

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Southeastern Mexico Shaken by 5.0 Earthquake

A magnitude-5 earthquake shook the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas early Saturday, but without leaving any victims or material damage, the National Seismological Service said.

The institution said that before dawn and during the morning hours another six aftershocks were reported, most of which went unnoticed by local residents.

It said the temblor occurred at 11:22 a.m. and its epicenter was located at 74 kilometers (46 miles) from Ciudad Hidalgo on the Guatemala border.

Emergency management authorities have not reported any damage or human victims, but said that wide-ranging inspections of the affected area are being carried out to attend to any possible emergency.

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Inmate Stabbed to Death by 7 Others at Dominican Juvenile Detention Center

Inmate Stabbed to Death by 7 Others at Dominican Juvenile Detention Center

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An inmate was killed Saturday by a group of convicts and another four were were slightly injured by guards during an incident at a youth prison in the southern Dominican city of San Cristobal, according to officials.

Jose Joel Castillo Paredes, alias “Patepalo”, 20, died after a knife attack by seven of his fellow inmates at the Najayo Menores detention center, the Attorney General’s Office said.

The incident took place in the wee hours Saturday when a group of inmates broke into a neighboring cell bent on robbery, the AG’s office said.

Authorities identified Castillo Paredes’ attackers as Ambiorix Petito, Denis Omar Rodriguez Gervasio, Franklyn Perez Berroa, Josue Arned Almonte, Dioselin Moreno, Carlos Alfredo Santana and Angel Mejia Arias, all between ages 17 and 18.

The official report said that the detention center’s security personnel intervened to end the conflict and caused slight buckshot wounds to inmates Victor Manuel Rosario, Carlos Gabriel Camacho, Franklyn Perez Berroa and Josue Adner Almonte, who were treated and returned to their cells.

The authorities did not say, however, in what way the attackers obtained the knives nor why the slain inmate, sentenced to prison for homicide, was kept in a center supposedly for offenders younger than age 18.

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