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FridayNovember 2, 2012

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Mexico Needs to Invest $3 Billion in Telecommunications Infrastructure

Mexico Needs to Invest $3 Billion in Telecommunications Infrastructure

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Mexico’s government must invest some 40 billion pesos ($3 billion) in telecommunications infrastructure to boost competition and spur investment by operators, the regulatory agency for the sector, Cofetel, said.

The policy should be aimed at guaranteeing the greatest possible coverage of all telecommunications services and making them more affordable, mainly achievable by improving infrastructure to lower costs, Cofetel chief Mony de Swaan said.

He told foreign correspondents that $769 million of the total recommended investment should be allocated for expanding state electric monopoly CFE’s fiber-optic network, saying that would bring costs down for all the operators.

Multibillionaire Carlos Slim exercises near-monopoly power in the market for telephone services, with his fixed-line phone company Telmex controlling the vast majority of the nation’s land phone lines.

According to De Swaan, the Brazilian government’s announcement in 2010 of plans to extend state-owned telecommunications company Telebras’ fiber-optic network to 100 new access points caused data-transmission costs to plunge by 54 percent in one year.

That “threat” to expand the network forced telecommunications companies to invest and lower their prices, De Swaan said.

Another $923 million must be invested in the Coordination for Information and Knowledge’s network, which links all of Mexico’s institutions of higher education.

De Swaan also said the government must define the role that telecommunications plays in the country, establish the sector’s priorities and build consensus around them.

For example, it is clear to everyone in Brazil that the goal is to achieve total coverage and all intermediary regulatory issues are subsumed within that broader objective, he said.

President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, will succeed the National Action Party’s Felipe Calderon on Dec. 1.

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New York City Marathon Canceled in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

New York City Marathon Canceled in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

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Two days after announcing the annual New York Marathon would take place on Sunday as scheduled, Mayor Michael Bloomberg reversed course and canceled the event.

“While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division,” he said late Friday in a statement.

The race typically features tens of thousands of runners and attracts some 2 million spectators.

“The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,” Bloomberg said.

News of the cancelation came hours after the mayor told a press conference that the race would proceed despite criticism of his decision to hold the marathon even as millions of people in the region remain without heat, power and running water.

The race begins in Staten Island, the borough hit hardest by Sandy, which claimed 41 lives in the Big Apple.

Bloomberg’s initial determination to press ahead with the marathon brought blistering criticism in the press and social media, with many saying that the electric generators, portable toilets, vehicles and police to be deployed for the race would be better used in the effort to recover from the storm.

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Peruvian Prison Fight Leaves 2 Dead

Peruvian Prison Fight Leaves 2 Dead

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Two inmates were killed and three other people wounded in a fight at Yanamayo prison in the southeastern region of Puno, the head of Peru’s INPE penitentiary service said Friday.

The fight erupted Thursday night and involved prisoners in two cellblocks, Jose Luis Perez told RPP radio.

Two inmates were stabbed to death, while another prisoner and two prison employees were injured, he said.

Authorities searched the prison for weapons after the brawl and initiated an investigation to identify the ringleaders, Perez said.

Located at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,459 feet), remote Yanamayo prison has become a maximum-security lockup holding people convicted of terrorism and other serious crimes.

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Actress Nadine Velazquez Shines in “Flight”

Actress Nadine Velazquez Shines in “Flight”

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Actress Nadine Velazquez fulfilled one of her professional dreams in “Flight” starring Denzel Washington, which premieres Friday.

In this story of a heroic pilot with a devastating secret, Velazquez plays the flight attendant whose duty is to help the passengers during a terrible air accident.

“I always wanted to scream and cry and plead for my life in a movie, and this is my chance!” Velazquez, born in Chicago of Puerto Rican parents, told Efe.

The actress became known for the television series “My Name Is Earl” and now has recurrent roles in two others: “The League” and “Heart of Dixie”.

She discovered her love for acting as a little girl and began her career in a television commercial.

From there her career took off and among her most recent credits are “War” with Jason Statham, and the film made for television “Husband for Hire.”

In “Flight”, Nadine is the faithful lover of Washington’s character. But this role is not as innocuous as it might appear at first sight. Her character is guilty of covering up a very dangerous secret.

“The series ‘My Name Is Earl’ made me known, but I think this movie will change the way the industry sees me,” said the artist, who hopes to use this opportunity to help Latinos struggling to find their place in the Hollywood limelight.

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Voices from Latin America: Americas Society Partners in Carnegie Hall’s Fall Festival

Voices from Latin America: Americas Society Partners in Carnegie Hall’s Fall Festival

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Americas Society is proud to partner with Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America, a citywide festival taking place on November 8 to December 11, 2012. The fall festival will celebrate the diverse range of Latin American cultures, inviting audiences to explore a vibrant repertoire of music, visual arts, dance, film, literature, and photography events. With a musical focus on Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela, Voices from Latin America programming was developed under the guidance of Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov; Venezuelan conductor of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra Gustavo Dudamel; Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer Chucho Valdés; and Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Gilberto Gil. The festival will feature more than 70 performances and programs at Carnegie Hall and partnering cultural institutions.

As a Voices from Latin America partner, Americas Society presents a rich and multifaceted series of Latin American music, literature, visual arts, and policy programs. Event highlights include jazz, classical, and contemporary music and musicians from Colombia and Mexico; an interdisciplinary literary symposium with poets, writers, and environmentalists examining aesthetic, social, and political issues in eco-literature across Latin America; and a visual arts exhibition, Gego: Origin and Encounter, Mastering the Space that features works by German-born Venezuelan artist Gertrud Goldschmidt.
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We invite you to explore Americas Society programming held in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America. Admission to all events is FREE for Americas Members, so JOIN today!

VISUAL ARTS • Sep 29-Dec 8: Gego: Origin and Encounter, Mastering the Space
Americas Society’s exhibition commemorates the hundredth anniversary of acclaimed Venezuelan artist Gertrud Goldschmidt, known as Gego.
The gallery is FREE and open to the public; Hours: Mon-Wed, 12-6pm

VISUAL ARTS • Nov 8-Dec 11: Tres Perspectivas: Contemporary Art from Latin America
This exhibition, on view at Carnegie Hall’s Zankell Hall and in collaboration with Henrique Faria Fine Art, will feature work by three artists fundamental in the development of Latin American conceptualism and contemporary art—Leandro Katz, Marta Minujín, and Luis Molina-Pantin.
Learn more about the exhibition. Get information about Zankell Hall.

MUSIC • Nov 9 at 7PM: Paul O’Dette - ¡Jácaras! Baroque Music from Mexico and Brazil
In his Americas Society debut, Paul O’Dette will perform solo lute music from Mexico and from a collection recently discovered in Brazil.

LITERATURE • Nov 12 at 7PM: Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Dream of the Celt
2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and renowned translator Edith Grossman will join Americas Society for a celebration of the author’s latest novel.

MUSIC • Nov 13, 19, 26: Harpist Edmar Castañeda
Americas Society hosts a series of performances by acclaimed Colombian-American harpist Edmar Castañeda. Join us for events on November 13, November 19, or November 26, or take advantage of a special discount offer to attend all three!
Watch a video of Castañeda performing.

LITERATURE • Nov 14, 15, 16: Eco-Literature in Latin America Symposium
November 14 at 7PM: Keynote Lecture – “The Birds, or My Life as a Writer and Environmentalist Activist” • Mexican writer and environmentalist Homero Aridjis will deliver the keynote lecture inaugurating the Americas Society’s Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium.
November 15 at 4PM: Films and Panel Discussion – Confluencias and The Trees Have a Mother • The second evening of the Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium will open with two films: Confluencias and The Trees Have a Mother. A panel discussion will follow.
November 16 at 7PM: Review 85 Launch: Eco-Literature and Arts in Latin America • On the final night of the Americas Society’s Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium, please join us for the launch of Review 85.

MUSIC • Nov 20 at 7PM: Alejandro Escuer - Flying
Join us for an audio-visual concert experience with Mexican flutist-composer Alejandro Escuer.
Watch a video of Escuer performing.

LITERATURE
• Nov 29 and 30 at 7PM: A Tribute to Novelist Carlos Fuentes (1929-2012)
In the first night of this two-evening tribute, writers from throughout Latin American will honor the late Mexican author and discuss his formidable contribution to world culture. The second night welcomes critics and translator’s of the late Mexican author’s work to comment on his legacy.
Join us for either the November 29 or November 30 event, or take advantage of a special discount offer to attend both!

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Police Monitoring Security Footage of Deadly Halloween Stampede in Spain

Police Monitoring Security Footage of Deadly Halloween Stampede in Spain

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Spanish police are investigating videos taken by security cameras in a corridor of the Madrid Arena, scene of a giant Halloween party where three people died and two others were badly hurt in a stampede.

The videos to be studied will be limited to those at the exact site of the tragedy, which has been “very specifically located,” police officials told Efe.

Agents are trying to confirm the hypothesis that the stampede occurred when lighted firecrackers and a flare supposedly panicked a crowd when thrown among them in a packed corridor between the arena’s track and a stairway to an upper level.

Police are also interviewing Madrid Arena workers and young people who were at the Halloween party.

The controversy continued Friday about whether the crowd was above the arena’s legally permitted capacity, a possibility denied by Divertt S.L., the company that rented the facility, but which has been questioned by some who attended the Halloween party.

The number of people present at the festivities per square meter (per square yard) can be determined by an analysis of the videos, photos and other studies, the judge presiding over the investigation, Jose Luis Gonzalez Armengol, told Efe.

The two people who were injured remain in critical, but stable, condition, authorities at the Madrid hospitals where they have been admitted, told Efe.

The Spanish government will closely follow the investigation into the tragedy, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday, expressing condolences to the victims’ families.

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Is Mexico’s Paulina Rubio the Next Naomi Campbell?

Is Mexico’s Paulina Rubio the Next Naomi Campbell?

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You know you have successfully made a cross-over as a Latin artist when your crazy shit makes it to TMZ, the premier digital gossipmonger. 

Allegedly ragin’ Paulina Rubio slapped her allegedly incompetent assistant “on or about October 28”, Felipe Betancur Restrepo, who is now suing her.  Rubio’s lackey had the nerve to book Rubio in coach versus first class on a flight from Miami-to-Mexico.  After taking his beating on the plane (where are the Air Marshal’s when you need them), that consisted of bitch slaps, punches and kung-fu kicks, he quit.  Restrepo also says he was verbally abused throughout the flight and after landing.  Hopefully he wasn’t confused with the nasty flight attendants that are now roaming in coach, the ones who are overwhelmed when giving you your three ice cube allotment.

After landing Restrepo first quit then processed to immediately sue Rubio for $250,000.  He is alleging that he suffered abrasions and contusions and of course his dignity is in the dumper. He had only been in Rubio’s employment since August so maybe just verbal abuse was called for, you think?

Rubio needs to try a Xanax or another mood modifier because she is starting to look like hell-on-heels super model Naomi Campbell.  Rubio was arrested last year in Miami after tangling with police and in 2006 she attacked a paparazzo at Miami International Airport with her purse.

2012 has brought Rubio her share of heartache.  In March, she and her husband Nicolas Vallejo Najera were separated after five-years of marriage.  The hubby asked for child support and primary custody of their son, Andrea Nicholas, AOL Latino reported.  Rubio countered by saying she supported the family and her estranged husband never worked.

Maybe that’s why she’s so pissed off all the time!!

The Mexican songstress has sold over 20 million albums worldwide beginning her solo career in the ‘90s.  According to E! Entertainment the singer is ranked as one of the top 25 Sexiest Pop Divas. 

Her publicist immediately responded to the incident with the following statement:

“The allegations made by the Plaintiff Felipe Bentancur Restrepo are the subject of fantasy and make believe. Mr. Restrepo was fired for incompetence and drunkenness. The moment after being fired and eventually recovering from his inebriation Mr. Restrepo ran to an attorney who was representing another individual in a meritless lawsuit previously filed against Ms. Rubio’s company Link Tours, Inc. Incredibly, Mr. Restrepo has concocted a fable about being beaten by a woman half his size. Notably absent from this entire story is any reference that this “beating and humiliation” was documented or observed by anyone on the flight. Mr. Restrepo who had worked form Ms. Rubio’s company for less than three months executed a confidentiality agreement which he has since breached and will be the subject of a lawsuit seeking monetary and injunctive relief.”

Maybe Paulina and her people don’t know its not a good idea to call someone a drunk incompetent when they are suing you for verbal abuse.  Notably absent from the publicist statement is Rubio’s ragin’ past.

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Enrique Iglesias Reveals the Secret to Songwriting is his “Magic Room”

Enrique Iglesias Reveals the Secret to Songwriting is his “Magic Room”

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Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias said in San Juan, before a concert featured in the inauguration of the first Microsoft store on the Caribbean island, that he uses a “magic room” in his home to compose his music.

Iglesias, son of the legendary artist Julio Iglesias, told reporters Thursday that he is composing songs for his next album, noting that other artists will very possibly collaborate on the project.

“At home I have a room where I have written tunes like “Lloro por Ti” (I Cry for You), “Hero,” “I Like It” and “Nunca Te Olvidare” (I’ll Never Forget You). It’s a room I have there that has a certain magic,” Iglesias said before giving a private concert for some 2,500 fans at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in the Puerto Rican capital.

Iglesias, 37, said he is “trying to write good songs” for his next disc, so he won’t disappoint his followers or get bad reviews.

“I don’t want to write songs that I’m not happy with because in the end, I have to promote the singles and the discs and for that reason I prefer to write at home and be with my love,” said the boyfriend of Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova.

He also said he hopes to include collaborations with other stars on his next disc, as he has done on previous occasions in the productions of other artists, like Puerto Rican reggaeton stars Wisin & Yandel and Daddy Yankee.

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Pascual Perez Killed In Assault at Dominican Republic Home

Pascual Perez Killed In Assault at Dominican Republic Home

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Former Dominican Republic pitcher Pascual Perez was killed in an armed robbery on Thursday.

Perez was in his hometown of Haina when he was stabbed in the neck at his residence. Perez was already ill with a liver disease and the motive for the attack is believed to be his MLB pension money he routinely received. Dominican authorities are reporting his home had been ransacked by several assailants.  His former wife Maritza Montero found his body Thursday morning with a fractured skull and stab wounds.  Currently no one is in custody.

Perez played 11 years in the MLB for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Montreal and the New York Yankees. He was a starting pitching and made the 1983 MLB All-Star Game.  In the 1983 season he was 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA and 144 strikeouts for Atlanta. Perez had a strong follow up season in 1984 with a 14-8 record, 3.74 ERA and 145 strikeouts.

Perez also played a dozen seasons in the Dominican Winter League. He suited up with Santiago’s Aguilas and Santo Domingo’s Tigres. He was one of the best pitchers in the country.  His 11-season MLB career was not completely trouble free with two suspensions for drug use.

Perez was 55.

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Latino Pair Plead Guilty to Stealing $3 Million Matisse Painting

Latino Pair Plead Guilty to Stealing $3 Million Matisse Painting

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Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman, 46, and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo, 50, of Mexico City pleaded guilty to transporting and selling stolen art.  The Latin duo was arrested in July after trying to sell the $3 million painting to an undercover FBI agent in Miami, asking $740,000 for the artwork.

Odalisque in Red Pants” was stolen from the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum in Venezuela 10 years ago and replaced with a fake. Authorities are not certain how the thieves took the 1925 painting undetected.

The painting of a topless woman in red pants was sold to the Caracas museum from a New York gallery in 1981 for $400,000.

Although the replacement painting that the thieves left was a poor rendition of Matisse’s masterpiece, the faux Matisse wasn’t discovered until 2003 – the exact date of the theft is not known.

The art thieves are scheduled to be sentenced on January 22, 2013.

 

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Brazil Holds First Transsexual Beauty Pageant

Brazil Holds First Transsexual Beauty Pageant

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This week, 19 contestants took part in the first ever Miss T Brazil pageant at the Teatro João Caetano in Rio de Janiero.

The Brazilian pageant is the first of its kind in Brazil because each contestant is a transsexual.

According to the head of the Association of Transsexuals and Transvestites in Rio, Barbara Aires, the association’s goal is to “gain visiablity, and to show that transsexual and transgender people should be able to choose their own profession independent of stereotypes or prejudices.”

The pageant was a 5-day event that included eveningwear and swimwear competitions. The contestants also attended lectures on human rights and sexual diversity .

In the end, only one could be crowned the first ever Miss T Brazil. The beautiful Ms. Marcela Ohio took home the crown.


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Colombian Prostitute at Center of Secret Service Scandal Tells All in ‘La Chica de Cartagena’

Colombian Prostitute at Center of Secret Service Scandal Tells All in ‘La Chica de Cartagena’

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Dania Londono Suarez, who rocked the public opinion after being at the center of a sex scandal with a U.S. Secret Service agent at the last Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, publishes her story and recounts the events of that fateful night at the Hotel Caribe. La Chica de Cartagena, published by PRISA Ediciones in other countries under the title Room Service, is already available in the United States and Puerto Rico.

“I didn’t suspect that the man at Tu Candela was a secret service agent. Or that his friends were,” says Dania at the beginning of the book. “And the way he behaved didn’t make you think anything special, he was just like any other man. In the end, the only difference was that he was more stupid, because if he had been intelligent, he wouldn’t have allowed what happened to happen,” states the Colombian as an opening to her version of events. The next pages not only contain details about what happened that night and in the days that followed the scandal, but also offer a clear look into Dania’s life. The book examines how far need—or ambition—can drive a woman to live a life where sex, guns, easy money, and drugs are everyday currency. The story will shock for its harsh and detailed description of reality.

The book leaves no doubt on the true origins of Dania Londono Suarez, the woman who, in a matter of days, became one of the media’s most sought after figures. How did a twenty-something year-old woman end up involved in a scandal of such magnitude? What was she really doing at Tu Candela? What is her family like? How does she live her daily life? How does she relate to her clients? Dania’s revelations are sure to give closure to a story that awoke the curiosity, morbid fascination, and moral outrage of millions around the world.

La Chica de Cartagena. La mujer que puso en jaque al Servicio Secreto de los Estados Unidos has generated tremendous media expectation.  News of the launch has been published in USA Today, The Huffington Post, Latino Fox News, ABC/Univision, and El Nuevo Herald among others.

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Secret Service Agent on Presidential Detail Commits Suicide, Affair with Mexican Lover Uncovered

Secret Service Agent on Presidential Detail Commits Suicide, Affair with Mexican Lover Uncovered

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In yet another blow to the Presidential Secret Service detail, agent Rafael Prieto committed suicide after an extramarital affair with a foreigner was uncovered.

Prieto,  48, was assigned to the protection detail of President Barrack Obama and had worked for the Secret Service for 22 years.  As the Secret Service was cleaning its own house in light of numerous embarrassing scandals involving prostitutes in Colombia and Brazil, Prieto’s affair came to light.

Prieto was also the agent in charge of the White Plains, New York Secret Service office.

Secret Service agents are required to notify their employer of any relationship with foreigners in case that person might compromise the agents ability to protect the president.  Prieto admitted to the 6-year long affair when his superiors confronted him as they were conducting an internal investigation.  The Secret Service was investigating if Prieto had violated any agency rules by conducting the affair without notifying them.

AP is reporting that Prieto took his life last week by carbon monoxide poisoning in Washington, D.C.

Prieto’s Mexican lover has not been identified and he is reported to have been estranged from his wife.  He was never accused or charged with any official misconduct.

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Icon Vicente Fernandez Cancels Rest of His Concerts, Will Undergo Surgery to Remove Growth on Liver

Icon Vicente Fernandez Cancels Rest of His Concerts, Will Undergo Surgery to Remove Growth on Liver

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Ranchera music idol Vicente Fernandez will undergo an operation to have a “lump” removed from his liver after it was detected several days ago and he was forced to cancel his concerts for the rest of the year, his publicist announced Thursday.

On Oct. 22, the 72-year-old singer publicly announced that he was going to have a medical checkup after the small lump was detected on his liver, and now doctors have determined that it needs to be removed and analyzed.

Fernandez is in Houston, Texas, accompanied by his wife, children, grandchildren and sisters, and from there he sent a message assuring his fans that he was calm and hopeful about the outcome of the upcoming surgery.

“I feel calm, with a lot of optimism and much faith that all will turn out fine in the operation. I’ve been very pampered by my whole family, who have been at my side all through this process,” he said.

“I give infinite thanks to you for your displays of affection, to the public, to the communications media, for keeping an eye out and being concerned for me. I ask everyone to keep praying for my health,” he said.

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Slight Up Tick in October Unemployment Rate to 7.9%, Latino Unemployment Creeps to 10%

Slight Up Tick in October Unemployment Rate to 7.9%, Latino Unemployment Creeps to 10%

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The October jobless rate according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics ticked up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September.  Hiring was more robust in August and September than first thought – which can be viewed as good news for President Obama five days before the presidential election.

This is the second time since January, 2009 that the unemployment rate went below 8 percent.  Last month’s unemployment rate of 7.8 percent was the lowest rate since the president took office. 

The number of unemployed people now stands at 12.3 million increasing by 170,000 from last month.

171,000 jobs were created in October which was higher than the 125,000 expected and higher than September when 114,000 jobs were created.  Since July the economy on average has created 173,000 jobs per month with the economy has adding jobs for 25 straight months.

In October, employment rose in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade. The health care services sector is one of the more robust employment sectors adding 296,000 jobs over the past year.

The Hispanic unemployment rate also ticked up to 10 percent from 9.9 percent in September.  Teenagers (16 to 19 years) and African Americans continue to have the highest rates of unemployment, 23.7 percent and 14.3 percent, respectively.

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Spanish Soccer Club, Atletico Madrid, Offers Fans a Final Resting Place After Cremation

Spanish Soccer Club, Atletico Madrid, Offers Fans a Final Resting Place After Cremation

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Spain’s Atletico Madrid may lack the championship pedigree of cross-town rivals Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, but it can boast of being the first soccer club to offer an eternal resting place for its ultra-loyal fan base.

Atletico’s columbarium, inaugurated in 2008, has been a success and spurred Real Betis and Espanyol - and soon Barcelona at Camp Nou - to set up their own repositories.

The idea has also been taken up outside Spain, with English club Manchester City and Argentina’s Boca Juniors also installing their own sepulchral vaults at their stadiums.

The memorial space at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon Stadium contains 4,200 ceramic cremation urns that celebrate different moments in the club’s history, which dates back to 1903.

“The idea sprung from the desire of many Atletico Madrid fans to have their ashes deposited on the field. We therefore decided to create this area so fans can fulfill their wishes,” Ana Huertes, who is in charge of the memorial space, told Efe.

A total of 30 urns are occupied and more than 120 have been reserved by fans who want their “remains to rest at their beloved club,” including former players such as Kiko Narvaez, Adelardo Rodriguez and Juanma Lopez.

“The response from the fans has been great. There are many who’ve asked us and are interested in this initiative,” Huertes said.

The vaults, which cost 3,600 euros ($4,657) each, can be purchased and reserved by living fans or bought by family members of the deceased.

Numerous anecdotes have arisen since the project was launched, according to Huertes, but the most memorable was a request by one individual who wanted his ashes “rotated around every so often so he could watch the matches.”

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Federal Police Apprehend Beltran Leyva Cartel Boss in Mexico

Federal Police Apprehend Beltran Leyva Cartel Boss in Mexico

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A suspected Beltran Leyva drug cartel boss who handled operations in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero was arrested by the Federal Police in Mexico City, the Public Safety Secretariat said Thursday.

Aldo Ramos de la Cruz, “suspected of being responsible for running logistics for the shipment and distribution of drugs from the state of Tamaulipas” to the United States, was detained on Wednesday, the secretariat said in a statement.

Ramos de la Cruz was in charge of the cartel’s business in Acapulco, a port city in Guerrero.

He is a close associate of Hector Beltran Leyva, known as “El H” and considered the top leader of the criminal organization, the secretariat said.

Ramos de la Cruz was arrested along with Leobardo Ortegon Vazquez, 26, a suspected informant who was in charge of the cartel boss’s personal security, the Public Safety Secretariat said.

The two men were arrested in the Granjas Coapa section of the Federal District, thanks to “intelligence reports,” the secretariat said.

The arrests of Jose Alberto Quiroz Perez on Sept. 5 and Carlos Arturo Torres Medina a month later led to Ramos de la Cruz, who is suspected of handling “the planting and harvest of marijuana and poppies in the mountains of Guerrero state,” the secretariat said.

An AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition, cell phones, marijuana and a BMW seized from the suspects were turned over to the federal Attorney General’s Office.

The criminal organization created by brothers Arturo, Mario Alberto, Carlos, Alfredo and Hector Beltran Leyva smuggles cocaine, marijuana and heroin, and has lucrative sidelines in people trafficking, money laundering, extortion, kidnapping, contract killings and arms smuggling.

The Beltran Leyva cartel has been weakened by the killings and arrests of several of its leaders, as well as infighting.

The Beltran Leyva cartel arose as a splinter group of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s oldest and most powerful drug trafficking organization, in 2008.

The criminal organization was led by Arturo Beltran Leyva, who died in a shootout with marines at a luxury condo in Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos state, on Dec. 16, 2009.

Two weeks after Arturo was killed, Carlos Beltran Leyva was arrested in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, where he was going by the alias of Carlos Gamez.

Hector Beltran Leyva took over control of the cartel after Arturo’s death, but he had to battle a rival faction led by Edgar Valdez Villarreal for control of the organization.

Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie,” was arrested by the Federal Police on Aug. 30, 2010.

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Crown Prince Calls On Businesses to Create Jobs in Spain

Crown Prince Calls On Businesses to Create Jobs in Spain

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Crown Prince Felipe told businessmen and representatives of the Spanish government on Wednesday that fostering the creation of jobs is “urgent and vital” in Spain, where the unemployment level is “unacceptable.”

The prince, accompanied by his wife Letizia, spoke at the third edition of the awards ceremony for the Fundacion SERES prizes to acknowledge and reward companies’ innovation and social commitment.

During the ceremony, the prince said that Spaniards should aspire to transform their country into “a reference point for social action throughout the world,” something that he said “is also a magnificent way to (promote) Brand Spain.”

“I think we can do it; and achieving it would fill us with pride and self-esteem. It would give us an important added prestige and, as a consequence, would empower our possibilities for advancement and success in many economic and social spheres,” the heir to the Spanish crown said.

After insisting that social commitment must be incorporated into the strategies of Spanish firms, the prince said that “one of those positive basic impacts is the creation of jobs, a necessity that, in the current crisis, is especially urgent and vital for a society like ours.”

Spanish society, he said, is one that is “registering unacceptable levels of ... unemployment, particularly among the youngest, who often are seeing their hopes for the future frustrated.”

Unemployment in Spain, according to the latest figures published this week by the National Statistics Institute, set a new record by edging over 25 percent of the labor force, which translates into more than 5.7 million people out of work.

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FridayNovember 2, 2012