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SaturdayNovember 3, 2012

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Obama Promises Necessary Aid to Hurricane Sandy’s Victims

Obama Promises Necessary Aid to Hurricane Sandy’s Victims

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U.S. President Barack Obama guaranteed Saturday all necessary aid to states hit by Hurricane Sandy, which left at least 100 dead and widespread damage on the East Coast.

Obama, who attended a morning meeting of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, acknowledged that “we still have a long way to go to make sure that the people of New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and some of the surrounding areas get their basic needs taken care of and we get back to normalcy.”

He pointed to the efforts already made to restore power to the affected area, pump the water out, make sure victims’ basic needs are addressed and station the National Guard to respond wherever necessary.

What is most critical at this time, the president said, is to “restore power as quickly as possible.”

Sandy left more than 8.2 million homes without power in 15 states, but according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy, on Friday more than 4.8 million users had already recovered their electricity.

The president said that due to the low temperatures this week, an operation has been launched to move people who had gone to shelters in the storm to temporary homes where they can feel a little more back to normal.

Obama also signed on Saturday a “disaster declaration” for the areas of Rhode Island affected by the powerful winds and flooding caused this week by Hurricane Sandy, the White House said.

The declaration makes available to local governments and communities the federal government funds, equipment and personnel they need to provide aid for victims and repair the damage left by the storm.

Sandy made landfall last Monday south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, with sustained winds of 137 kilometers (85 miles) per hour and left more than 100 people dead on the U.S. East Coast.

On Thursday the president visited some of the most affected areas in New Jersey, together with the Republican governor of that state, Chris Christie.

Obama will stand for re-election Tuesday against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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Alfaguara to Publish Carlos Fuentes’s Novel Posthumously

Alfaguara to Publish Carlos Fuentes’s Novel Posthumously

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A novel by late Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, in which he invents a dialogue with the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, is to be posthumously published by Alfaguara.

Fuentes died in Mexico on May 15 and had planned to present the work - titled “Federico en Su Balcon” (Friedrich on His Balcony) - in November at the world-renowned Guadalajara International Book Fair.

The final work by the Mexican writer, dedicated to Spanish cardiologist Valentin Fuster and due to hit bookstores on Nov. 7, is a reflection on power and how it influences the life of citizens.

“Federico en Su Balcon”  begins when Dante Loredano, a poor imitation of the author, gets into a conversation with the neighbor with whom he shares a balcony (Friedrich Nietzsche). The philosopher guides him through an unknown city that is going through a social revolution and introduces him to certain characters that he uses to embody the reflections he is making,” Alfaguara said.

For the publishing house, this is a “spoken portrait” of the author as well as a “multiple portrait,” because as the narrator “he multiplies himself by the number of characters.”

Winner of Spain’s Cervantes Prize in 1987 and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in 1994, Fuentes is considered one of the leading representatives of the Latin American “boom” and has left a large body of work.

Among his best-known creations are “La Region Mas Transparente”  (Where the Air is Clear) in 1958, “La Muerte de Artemio Cruz”  (The Death of Artemio Cruz) in 1962, “Terra Nostra” in 1975, “Gringo Viejo” (The Old Gringo) in 1985, “Los Años con Laura Diaz” (The Years with Laura Diaz) in 1999 and “La Voluntad y la Fortuna” (Destiny and Desire) in 2008.

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ICE Arrests 11 Sex Offenders, Criminal Aliens in Central Florida

ICE Arrests 11 Sex Offenders, Criminal Aliens in Central Florida

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Eleven convicted alien sex offenders and other criminal aliens were arrested as part of a four-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

The goal of this operation, dubbed “SOAR” (Sex Offender Alien Removal), was to identify, locate and arrest aliens who have convictions for sex crimes, especially sex crimes against children. This operation was coordinated with ERO’s fugitive operations teams throughout central Florida.

ERO’s Operation SOAR began Tuesday and ended Friday.

Arrests took place in the following counties: Manatee, Hillsborough, Hernando and Orange. The arrested individuals are from the following countries: Jamaica, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba and Ecuador.

Criminal summaries of three individuals arrested during this operation include:

    A 21-year-old man from Jamaica was arrested by ERO officers Thursday in Orange County. He was convicted of felony child abuse, and that conviction related to sex with a child.
    A 57-year-old man from Haiti was arrested by ERO officers Tuesday in Hillsborough County. He was convicted of sexual battery and burglary of a structure.
    A 47-year-old man from Mexico was arrested by ERO officers Wednesday in Manatee County. He was convicted of false imprisonment/kidnapping of a minor, along with cocaine possession and domestic battery.

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Julio Iglesias Jr., Charisse Verhaert Marry in Private Ceremony

Julio Iglesias Jr., Charisse Verhaert Marry in Private Ceremony

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After a seven-year engagement, the second child of Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler, Julio Iglesias Jr. and the model Charisse Verhaert said “I do” to one another at the El Rincon estate.

The wedding was off-limits to the media, and reporters could only watch from the edge of the highway as the cars of some guests arrived at the estate in Aldea del Fresno outside Madrid.

Charisse Verhaert arrived at 3:30 p.m. in a white Mercedes, while her bridegroom, Julio Iglesias Jr., showed up 40 minutes later in a green SUV.

However, neither the singer Julio Iglesias nor Isabel Preysler, parents of the groom, were seen entering by the front door of El Rincon, and of the sisters and brothers only Ana Boyer was observed driving her car up to the estate.

It was known, however, that the eldest of them all, Enrique Iglesias, could not attend because of work commitments.

The wedding capped the seven-year engagement of the 39-year-old singer, model and actor, and the Belgian model, 30, who said “I do” dressed in a romantically styled classic design by Manuel Mota for Pronovias.

The bride and groom chose Ana Boyer and Tamara Falco as bridesmaids, as revealed earlier by the latter who was the wedding planner at El Rincon, an estate owned by her father, Carlos Falco, marquis of Griñon.

The wedding was all Tamara Falco hoped for, having brought together the three men who “have been such a part of the life” of her mother, Isabel Preysler: Julio Iglesias, Carlos Falco and present husband Miguel Boyer.

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Don’t Forget To Set Your Clocks Back Sunday Morning

Don’t Forget To Set Your Clocks Back Sunday Morning

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Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.
Remember to turn back your clock one hour on Sunday, November 4. When we turn back our clocks to Standard Time it will be darker earlier. If you drive to work early in the morning, be mindful that more school children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops when it is still dark. Keep an eye out for them while driving. Remind your kids about these safety tips.

When Fall turns toward winter, we know the days are growing shorter. When we turn our clocks back to Standard Time, it will get dark even earlier. But what we may not realize is that this also means that more children will be traveling to and from school in the dark, which puts them at greater risk of injuries from traffic crashes.

There are many things you can do to help your kids—or the kids in your neighborhood—get to school each morning and reach home safely at the end of the day.

First, you can help them learn and practice this important safety rule: Be Seen To Be Safe. Let kids know that during the day and at dawn and dusk, they should wear bright or fluorescent clothing. These colors (day-glo green, hot pink, or construction worker orange) amplify light and help the wearer stand out in a crowd. However, at night, these colors appear to be black, so kids should carry a flashlight and/or wear retro reflective gear that reflects light back to its source so motorists can see them. A motorist will quickly detect a child walking with a lit flashlight, or riding on a bike with an attached headlight and flashing taillight. And when combined with retro reflective gear or strips of retro reflective tape on their jacket, shoes, cap, helmet, or backpack, a child’s odds of being seen are even more greatly improved. The sooner motorists are alerted to something—like a child—moving up ahead, the sooner they can react. Pedestrians should also always walk against traffic on roadways without sidewalks.

Second, you can help kids remember to “stop, look left-right-left, and listen” before stepping off the curb, even where there is a traffic signal. Accompany your children when they walk to and from school as often as possible.

Third, you can remind kids to avoid “jaywalking” and crossing from between parked vehicles. Crosswalks are safer and more visible, especially after dark. Motorists can also help by paying special attention to safe driving rules in low-light conditions. First, and most important, you must be alert if you are on the road after dark. Watch carefully for children who may be walking or riding their bikes. Always drive at a safe speed, especially on unlit or winding roads or when using low beams. Never pass a stopped school bus with its stop arm extended and red lights flashing.

To help increase your ability to see at night, be sure to take off your sunglasses at dusk. Wipe off your headlights regularly, and keep your windshield clean, both inside and out. Adjust the rearview mirror to the “night” setting to avoid headlight glare. If you need to use your high beams on an unlit road, be sure to turn them off when another car approaches.

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PEW STUDY: Latinos Express Growing Confidence In Personal Finances, Nation’s Direction

PEW STUDY: Latinos Express Growing Confidence In Personal Finances, Nation’s Direction

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Hispanics have grown more satisfied with the nation’s direction and more confident in their finances since 2011, according to a new survey from the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

Today, half of Latinos (51%) express satisfaction with the direction of the country, a 13-percentage point increase over 2011, when 38% said the same. One-third (33%) now report that their finances are in “excellent” or “good” shape, up from one-quarter (24%) who said the same in 2011. And looking forward, Latinos have grown more optimistic about their family’s finances in the next 12 months, with three-in-four (73%) expecting improvement, up from 67% who said the same in 2011.

These changing assessments about finances and the country’s direction occur as some economic indicators recently have improved for Hispanics. In the third quarter of 2012, the Hispanic unemployment rate was 9.9%, down from 11.2% in the third quarter of 2011. (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported that the Hispanic unemployment rate in October 2012 was 10%, essentially unchanged from 9.9% in September). The Hispanic unemployment rate is well below its level at the end of the Great Recession in the third quarter of 2009, when it stood at 12.7%. The poverty rate among Hispanics has also declined, falling to 25.3% in 2011 from 26.5% in 2010.

However, other economic indicators illustrate the difficult times that Latinos have faced since the onset of the Great Recession. Driven mainly by the collapse in the housing market, median household wealth among Latinos declined by 58% between 2005 and 2010, more than that of either whites (18%) or blacks (54%). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income for Hispanics did not grow between 2010 and 2011.

Nonetheless, compared with the public as a whole, Hispanics are more satisfied with the country’s direction, according to Pew Research Center surveys. Just 31% of the general public says they are satisfied with how things are going in the country today, compared with 51% of Hispanics.

When it comes to personal finances, Hispanics’ self-assessments, while improving, are not as positive as those of the general public. One-third (33%) of Hispanics say their current financial situation is “excellent” or “good” while 43% of the general public says the same. On the other hand, Hispanics are somewhat more optimistic than the general public about the future of their family finances. Some 73% of Hispanics say they think their finances will improve in the coming 12 months, while 67% of the general public says the same.

During this year’s presidential campaign, the issue of jobs and the economy has been a top concern for Hispanics. According to the Pew Hispanic survey, 47% of all Hispanics rate the issue as “extremely important” to them personally. Among Hispanic registered voters, 54% rate jobs and the economy as extremely important. In both cases jobs and the economy ranks as a top issue for Hispanics, just as it does for the general public.

This report is based on a nationally representative bilingual telephone survey of 1,765 Latino adults conducted from September 7 to October 4, 2012; a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey data; and poverty and household income data published by the federal government.

The report, “Latinos Express Growing Confidence in Personal Finances, Nation’s Direction,” authored by Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director, and Seth Motel, research assistant, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.

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Another Teen Dies After Halloween Stampede in Madrid

Another Teen Dies After Halloween Stampede in Madrid

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A 17-year-old girl, who was admitted to hospital in critical condition after being crushed at a giant Halloween party in the Spanish capital, died Saturday, authorities at the medical center said.

According to the officials, the death occurred at 8:50 a.m.

The teen’s parents, who were on a trip to Brazil when the tragedy occurred, rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon directly after landing at Madrid’s Barajas airport.

The girl’s death raised to four the number of fatalities in the Halloween tragedy.

The others were three 18-year-olds, who were also crushed to death in the human stampede in a corridor at the Madrid Arena.

The young woman age 20 who was injured at the party remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Spanish police are investigating videos taken by security cameras in a corridor of the Madrid Arena in an attempt 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.

The incident sparked controversy 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 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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USCIS Publishes New Petition for Alien Worker Forms

USCIS Publishes New Petition for Alien Worker Forms

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A new Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, is now available. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) changed the format to improve intake processing and added Adobe fillable format features to make it easier for you to complete the form.

They encourage you to download the form from the USCIS website and complete it on a computer to take advantage of these new features. Editions dated Jan. 06, 2010, and later will be accepted until Dec. 30, 2012. After this date, we will only accept the Oct. 1, 2012, edition.

Please remember, blank USCIS forms are free.

To get the forms, you can:

    Call Our Forms Request Line at 1-800-870-3676.

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6 Die Partaking in Holy Death Ceremony in Mexico

6 Die Partaking in Holy Death Ceremony in Mexico

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Six people were killed in northern Mexico while taking part in a Holy Death ceremony on the Day of the Dead, when millions of Mexicans pay homage to their late friends and relatives, prosecutors said.

The incident occurred in the city of Torreon, Coahuila state, when several armed men burst into the ceremony at around 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Authorities with the state Attorney General’s Office said the assailants opened fire with high-caliber weapons, leaving four men dead at the scene. Two others were seriously wounded and died later at a local hospital.

State police and army soldiers were on the scene as the investigation began.

The Holy Death cult, popular among drug traffickers and some other Mexican criminals, is a blend of Christianity, Indian traditions and folk beliefs that arose in the 1940s in poor Mexico City neighborhoods and subsequently spread throughout the country.

Condemned by the Vatican, the cult is not recognized as a religious denomination by the Mexican government.

The Holy Death cult, which claims to have 5 million members around the world, has its principal church in Mexico City.

In another violent incident Friday morning in the same city, four dismembered bodies were left outside a federal prosecutor’s office by suspected organized criminals.

The body parts of two women and two men were found in plastic bags inside a vehicle, prosecutors said.

Authorities also found a threatening message whose content was not revealed.

Torreon has been controlled in recent years by the Los Zetas drug cartel, but a challenge leveled by the rival Sinaloa mob has led to numerous turf battles.

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David Ortiz Signs $26 Million, 2-year Deal with Boston Red Sox

David Ortiz Signs $26 Million, 2-year Deal with Boston Red Sox

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Veteran Dominican-American slugger David Ortiz has reached a two-year, $26 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, sources close to the negotiations said.

The agreement means the 36-year-old designated hitter, a key member of the Red Sox’s World Series victories in 2004 and 2007, could finish his career in Boston.

“Big Papi,” who will turn 37 this month, could make as much as $30 million thanks to incentive bonuses in the contract, the sources said.

At the start of the negotiations, Red Sox management had offered a one-year deal worth $13.3 million.

The sources said the free agent decided to continue the talks and eventually secured the two-year deal he was seeking.

Ortiz hit .318 last season with 23 home runs and 60 RBI, although he played just one game after July 16 due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Big Papi, who was instrumental in rallying the Red Sox from a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series en route to their first World Series title in 86 years, is a beloved figure in Boston.

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Sandy Reconstruction: Latinos to the Rescue

Sandy Reconstruction: Latinos to the Rescue

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

I’m floored, flabbergasted. Read this:

Immigrant workers, mostly Hispanics in the building trades, will flock along with others to the areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As in previous natural disasters, they will be an important component of any rebuilding.

ImageIt’s not that I don’t believe what it says, it’s that I can’t believe who said it. Those words come from a blog written by Alex Nowrasteh, and posted on the CATO Institute blogsite. That’s right, the CATO Institute, the right-wing, libertarian think tank based in Washington D.C. They’ve apparently been paying attention to natural disasters past and noticed that as the locals run for cover, Latinos rush to work.

During and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, hundreds of thousands of people from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama left their homes behind. For many from New Orleans, Houston became their new home. In contrast, around 100,000 immigrant workers quickly moved into the Gulf Coast area to take advantage of the labor market opportunities offered by the reconstruction in the aftermath of Katrina.

This is not news to U.S. Latinos: chamba after all, is chamba. But now the idea is spreading. In April of 2011 a tornado in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, left 43 dead and a swath of destruction almost a mile wide. Immigrant Latino workers, Nowraseth writes, responded to the reconstruction work with “alacrity.” The blog quotes a Tuscaloosa contractor named Bob McNelly, who says he prefers Latino immigrant workers.

“It’s not the pay rate. It’s the fact that they work harder than anyone. It’s the work ethic,” he said.

The key, according to the CATO “experts” is that the Latino workforce is young, mobile (not economically tied down to an area), hard working and capable.  The folks in Sandy’s wake will soon find out.

This article was first published in NewsTaco.

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Will Arizona Elect it’s First Hispanic U.S. Senator? Richard Carmona Hopes So

Will Arizona Elect it’s First Hispanic U.S. Senator? Richard Carmona Hopes So

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Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general, is very close to becoming the first Latino to be elected to the federal Senate from Arizona, a state that has clashed with Washington in defending its stand against undocumented immigration.

“This has been a great experience for me, I’ve never run for public office before,” Dr. Carmona told Efe in an interview.

The Senate hopeful said his work is well known in Arizona, since before his 2002-2006 term as surgeon general he spent more than 25 years here with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy, detective, department surgeon and SWAT Team Leader.

The son of Puerto Rican parents, Carmona, 62, grew up in poverty in New York and dropped out of high school at 16.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. After his return he attended Bronx Community College before going on to the University of California, San Francisco, where he earned his B.S. and M.D. degrees.

Carmona hopes to become the first Hispanic U.S. senator from Arizona, a state where 30 percent of the population is Latino.

“I believe our community wants a candidate who understands its culture and the problems it faces,” the Democratic candidate said.

Carmona is running against veteran Republican congressman Jeff Flake in a close contest that could be decided by the turnout of Latino voters.

In 2010, Arizona became the epicenter of the debate on undocumented immigration when state law SB 1070 was passed, the first to criminalize the presence of undocumented immigrants.

Carmona believes that the solution to the problem of undocumented immigration is comprehensive immigration reform.

John M. Soltero, a native of Tucson and Vietnam veteran, gave Carmona his support because he believes he understands very well the problems affecting veterans.

Another Latino who also backs Carmona is Carmen Lopez, a Mexican immigrant who will vote for the first time next Tuesday.

“Exercising my right to vote was one of the reasons I became a citizen. We want a change in Arizona and I think electing the first Hispanic senator will be a good start,” she said.

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Venezuela’s PDVSA Unable to Find Oil in Cuban Waters

Venezuela’s PDVSA Unable to Find Oil in Cuban Waters

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A well drilled by Venezuelan state oil giant PDVSA in Cuban waters of the Gulf of Mexico also has turned up dry, the Communist-ruled island’s official media reported Friday.

This latest well, drilled with the Chinese-built Scarabeo 9 rig, “offers no possibility for commercial development,” the press reported Friday, citing a statement by Cuban state oil firm Cubapetroleo.

It marked the third failed bid to find oil off Cuba’s coast in 2012, following earlier attempts with Scarabeo 9 by Spain’s Repsol and then a joint venture of Malaysia’s Petronas and Russia’s Gazprom Neft.

Despite the failure of this latest effort, PDVSA will continue “to participate in the exploratory campaign in Cuban waters,” Cupet’s statement said.

Cuba’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico is divided into 59 blocks, of which 22 are under contract to foreign oil companies.

The Cuban government estimates that the zone may hold 20 billion barrels of petroleum, while other estimates range from 5 billion barrels to 9 billion barrels.

Cuban oil production has remained unchanged at some 4 million tons annually for the past five years.

Global oil power Venezuela, cash-strapped Cuba’s main ally, provides the Communist-ruled island with an additional supply of more than 100,000 barrels per day of subsidized crude and derivatives in exchange for services, mainly in the healthcare, education and sports sectors.

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Soccer Star Messi Welcomes First Child

Soccer Star Messi Welcomes First Child

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Thiago Messi Rocuzzo, the first child of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi and Antonella Rocuzzo, was born Friday at Barcelona’s USP hospital.

“Today I’m the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thank God for this gift,” the 25-year-old FC Barcelona striker wrote on his Facebook page.

Rocuzzo entered the hospital early Friday and gave birth shortly after 5:00 p.m., with Messi at her side throughout the process.

While the man regarded by many as the world’s best soccer player at the moment was excused from Friday’s practice, he is expected to be in the lineup for Barcelona’s weekend match with Celta.

Messi will take part in Saturday’s clash, “as long as everything is fine,” Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova told reporters.

A question about whether the arrival of Thiago will make life even better for Messi left Vilanova somewhat at a loss.

“I don’t know, I have no idea,” the coach said. “When there are good things in your life, it’s always better. But his level is already very high.”

On Monday, Messi received the Golden Boot as the top scorer in European national leagues, thanks to his 50 goals last season with Barcelona in La Liga, and was named as one of the 23 athletes in contention for the Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s award for World Player of the Year.

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New York’s Hurricane Sandy Death Toll Rises to 41

New York’s Hurricane Sandy Death Toll Rises to 41

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The number of deaths from Hurricane Sandy in New York has risen to 41, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday, warning that more victims might yet be found.

Two of the fatalities found Thursday were the brothers Brandon and Connor Moor, ages 2 and 4, respectively, who were torn from their mother’s arms by a torrent of flood waters as they fled Monday night from their home on Staten Island.

Their father, an employee of the municipal water department, was at work when the tragedy struck.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg confirmed that the southern end of Manhattan and the borough of Brooklyn, which continues without electricity, will have the power back on before midnight Friday, which will cut by at least a half the 460,000 users still in a blackout.

Utility Con Edison said electricity for the entire city will be up and running by Nov. 10, though authorities believe it could be sooner.

The mayor, during his usual daily press conference in which he reviews the city’s recovery efforts in the wake of Sandy, said that many companies have offered to donate products.

While expressing his gratitude for the offers, Bloomberg said that donations of goods were not needed, since the logistics of distributing them would be very complicated. “We need money,” he said.

Work begins Saturday to secure the part of a crane 23 meters (75 feet) long that dangles more than 200 meters (655 feet) in the air beside a skyscraper under construction.

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Korean Supervisor Attacks Worker in Mexican Factory, Government Responds

The Mexican government reproached a Korean supervisor at a plant in the central state of Queretaro and offered the victim all the support necessary.

Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari gave instructions to his department’s representative in Queretaro to provide all possible help to Jorge Alberto Zamora, an employee of Sam Won Mexico, which is a supplier to Korean electronics giant Samsung.

In an incident that was caught on video, supervisor Kim Jaeoak shook and hit Zamora, 23, in the face. The worker was fired several days later.

The video was posted on the Internet and aroused indignation in Queretaro and around the country.

Zamora filed an assault charge against Kim.

While acknowledging the need to “favor and promote foreign investment in our country,” Ferrari said Mexican authorities will not tolerate “attitudes that infringe on the dignity and safety of workers.”

The incident was also criticized by the Queretaro government, the South Korean Embassy in Mexico City and Samsung Electronics Mexico.

Sam Won and Samsung Eletronics Mexico also offered a public apology to the affected worker and his family.

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83 Killed in Sao Paulo Over Last 11 Days

83 Killed in Sao Paulo Over Last 11 Days

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Another 10 people - one of them a police officer - were killed in Sao Paulo overnight, bringing to 83 the number of murders committed over the last 11 days in Brazil’s largest city and financial capital, authorities said Friday.

Eighty-nine cops have been slain so far this year in Sao Paulo and the likenamed surrounding state.

Partly in response to the recent surge in violence, police mounted an operation this week to neutralize gangs in three of the city’s “favelas,” or slums.

The raids and occupations have netted 22 arrests, 15 illegal guns, 24 kilos of cocaine and 254 kilos of marijuana, police said.

In the San Remo favela police discovered a tunnel they say was being used to smuggle drugs onto the campus of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s leading academic institution.

The Sao Paulo state government, led by former opposition presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin, says the recent flare-up in violence is a reaction to the success police are having against the city’s criminal organizations.

Federal authorities, however, said they warned police in Sao Paulo that major criminal outfits were planning an offensive against law enforcement in the metropolitan area.

After earlier refusing an offer of help from Brasilia, Gov. Alckmin agreed Thursday in a telephone conversation with President Dilma Rousseff to accept assistance from the federal government.

The details of the assistance are to be worked out by Alckmin, police commanders and federal Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo.

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North Carolina Expects to See High Voter Turnout Amongst Latinos

North Carolina Expects to See High Voter Turnout Amongst Latinos

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Hispanics could rack up a record amount of participating voters in the presidential elections on Nov. 6 in the battleground state of North Carolina.

More than 2 million of North Carolina’s 6.6 million voters have cast ballots in early voting, which began Oct. 18 and ends Saturday, according to figures provided by the State Board of Elections.

Justin Gross, professor of political science at the University of North Carolina, estimates that at least 75,000 of the 111,753 Hispanic registered voters will go to the polls in these elections, a much higher number than the 40,028 who cast their ballots in 2008.

In big cities like Charlotte, the influx of Hispanic voters to early voting locations has been obvious.

According to Michael Dickerson, director of elections of Mecklenburg County, of the 18,000 Hispanics registered in the city, more than 4,000 have already voted.

First-time voter Fernando Vargas, 28, is one of them.

“We are definitely going to make a difference - we have a lot of Hispanic people voting, because our opinion is important in North Carolina,” he told Efe.

For Rosanely Rodriguez, who has lived in Charlotte for 10 years, this is the second time she has gone to the polls in a presidential election.

“This year there are many more Latinos voting than there were four years ago. People are more confident, and in Charlotte there is more rallying of the community,” she said.

The Hispanic vote has become the most sought-after in the Tar Heel State, since in just four years, 71,725 Latinos have registered to take part in the electoral process, a rise of 44 percent.

Both political parties plus pro-immigrant organizations have spent days registering voters in counties with a large Hispanic population, at community festivals and neighborhood meetings, and have showed up at high schools and colleges to register young people.

Nearly 44 percent of Hispanic voters in the state are registered Democrats, while 18.5 percent are Republicans.

Then-Sen. Barack Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by a scant 14,777 votes.

The latest poll showed a technical tie in North Carolina between the president and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

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SaturdayNovember 3, 2012