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SaturdayNovember 10, 2012

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IDB Loan To Improve the Quality of Human Resource Training in Colombia

IDB Loan To Improve the Quality of Human Resource Training in Colombia

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $100 million loan to the government of Colombia to reform its human capital formation system.

The program aims to improve the quality and relevance of human resource training as a means of raising productivity and labor qualifications in the country.

This operation is the first of three loans to facilitate the development of a National Qualifications System (SNC), a tool stating the human capital qualifications required by the productive sectors. SNC is an important resource in developing quality training programs to help equip people with relevant qualifications for the job market.

In this first phase, the Colombian government will consolidate and define operating procedures of the Interagency Commission for Human Resource Management (CIGERH), a governing body involving eight public institutions and the private sector in the implementation of the National Strategy for Human Resource Management (EGERH).

This strategy sets out human capital formation processes through lifelong skills training and seeks to create the conditions for the population to accumulate human capital.

As part of the creation of the SNC, the program will also launch a pilot program in the ICT productive sector. This pilot will provide input for development of the general rules of operation and basic operational structure for job skills standardization, evaluation and certification processes.

To optimize information on human resource training, the operation will also develop a survey for firms to provide quantitative data on productivity and job training initiatives, as part of Colombia’s Sector Statistics Plan for Human Resource Management.

Loans to support policy reforms provide the recipient government with resources that can be used flexibly to meet priority fiscal needs. For a loan of this type, governments commit to specific policy reforms in a particular sector.

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Chicharito Hernandez Saves Manchester United Against Aston Villa

Chicharito Hernandez Saves Manchester United Against Aston Villa

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Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez made the most of his 45 minutes of action Saturday against Aston Villa, playing a role in all three Manchester United goals in a 3-2 victory.

Hernandez took the field in the second half at Villa Park in Birmingham and ignited United’s attack, leading his club back from a 2-0 deficit.

His first goal came in the 58th minute when he received a pass from Paul Scholes and fired a shot out the reach of American goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

A shot by Hernandez five minutes later deflected off Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar to tie the game at 2-2 and then Chicharito headed in Robin Van Persie’s free kick for the game winner in the 88th minute.

With the win, United stayed on top of the Premier League standings with 27 points, four points clear of Chelsea.

In other Premier League action Saturday, Arsenal and Fulham played to a 3-3 draw, Reading and Norwich City settled for a scoreless draw, Southampton and Swansea City drew 1-1, Stoke City topped Queens Park Rangers 1-0, West Bromwich Albion defeated Wigan Athletic 2-1 and Everton topped Sunderland 2-1.

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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Robbing Four New Mexico Banks

Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Robbing Four New Mexico Banks

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Yesterday morning, Jaime Jesus Sanchez-Ramos, 23, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to a bank robbery charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

At sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled, Sanchez-Ramos faces a maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment. He will be deported after he completes his prison sentence.

Sanchez-Ramos was arrested on April 10, 2012, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing a bank on April 2, 2012.

On May 8, 2012, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Sanchez-Ramos with robbing the following four Santa Fe-area banks: (1) Century Bank, 1790 St. Michael’s Drive, on January 26, 2012; (2) New Mexico Bank and Trust, 1549 Paseo de Peralta, on February 15, 2012; (3) Bank of Albuquerque, 706 St. Michael’s Drive, on March 16, 2012; and (4) U.S. Bank, 3787 Cerrillos Road, on April 2, 2012.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that during this morning’s proceedings, Sanchez-Ramos pleaded guilty to count of the indictment, charging him with robbing U.S. Bank on April 2, 2012.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Sanchez-Ramos is required to pay full restitution to the four banks identified in the indictment, and the three remaining counts of the indictment will be dismissed after Sanchez-Ramos is sentenced.

The case was investigated by the FBI Santa Fe Resident Agency and the Santa Fe Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lynn W.Y. Wang and C. Paige Messec.

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Calle 13 Joins with Unicef in Fight Against Violence in La Bala ( The Bullet) VIDEO

Calle 13 Joins with Unicef in Fight Against  Violence in La Bala ( The Bullet) VIDEO

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Puerto Rican hip-hop duo Calle 13 presented its latest video in which, with the collaboration of Unicef, the two artists denounce the harm that arms and violence do to the world with their song “La Bala” (The Bullet).

“This is a very important subject, besides being one of my favorites, because in many countries we are in a state of emergency in terms of unchecked violence,” lead singer Rene Perez, a.k.a. “Residente,” told a press conference here.

The “La Bala” video covers places in Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States to talk about the impact violence can have on someone.

“I wanted to give the bullet its own personality, and giving it personality we make people understand the harm it does,” Residente said.

This is the second time that Calle 13 - whose other half is Perez’s stepbrother Eduardo Cabra, a.k.a. “Visitante” - has collaborated with Unicef, after doing so a year ago in a campaign against human trafficking.

Asked if he feels afraid for having exposed himself in the fight against violence, Residente said he is more afraid of governments than of drug cartels.

“I hope that if something happens to me, someone else will step up to do the work. That won’t stop the message from being sent out,” said the artist, convinced that music can do a lot to make a change.

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NHCLC President Responds to Obama’s Re-election

NHCLC President Responds to Obama’s Re-election

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The following is a statement from the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez:

“First, permit me to congratulate the President on his re-election. I pray that our President will be used by God to bring our nation together. I pray that he will recognize the image of God in every human being (in and out of the womb), strengthen families, defend religious liberty both domestically and abroad, alleviate poverty, protect our Judeo-Christian value system, and advance the cause of immigration reform.

Second, it’s important to understand that our nation stands divided. The outcome of the 2012 Presidential election reinforces the fact that what America needs the most is not a political movement driven by expediency and agendas of man but a prophetic movement driven by the impetus of the cross.

To that respect, I am convinced more than ever that the only agenda that can save America and unite our nation is not the agenda of the donkey or the elephant but the agenda of the Lamb.

The agenda of the Lamb is one of righteousness and justice. We need a multi-ethnic kingdom culture cross driven movement that will reconcile Billy Graham’s message with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s march. In other words, we need a movement committed to protecting life and alleviating poverty, strengthening marriages and doing justice in the name of Jesus. It can no longer be either or, it must be both and.

In order to protect our Judeo Christian value system, defend the image of God in every human being (in and out of the womb), secure religious freedom, reform the culture, transform our political discourse and usher in a new awakening, we must reconcile truth with love, conviction with compassion, sanctification with service and holiness with humility.

It’s time to reconcile Billy Graham’s message of righteousness with Dr. King’s march for justice. It’s time to focus, not on the left or the right but on the power of He who is on high for the purpose of lifting up the low. Behold the Lamb.”

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New Evidence Links Mayan Collapse to Climate Change

New Evidence Links Mayan Collapse to Climate Change

Photo: The stalagmites of Yok Balum cave provided opportunities for researchers to study rainfall records. (Photo courtesy of Douglas Kennett, Penn State)

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The ancient Mayan civilization, which developed a sophisticated culture in the Central American rainforests, vanished mysteriously a thousand years ago.  Now, an international team of anthropologists, archeologists, chemists and climatologists says it has identified the cause of the Mayan collapse: climate change.

To create a weather record for the past 2,000 years, the scientists analyzed a natural mineral formation called a stalagmite from a cave in Belize, using oxygen-isotope dating to determine how much rain fell on the region over the centuries. Stalagmites build up incrementally, like tree rings, as water drips through the cave ceiling, preserving an accurate climate record.

Mayan rulers commissioned stone monuments to record important events such as their rise to power, major battles, civic unrest and strategic alliances.  Pennsylvania State University Anthropology professor Douglas Kennett, the study’s co-author, says the team was able to compare changes in the society documented on those monuments with their new climate timeline.

Stone monuments like this stucco frieze in Caracol, Belize, document Maya battles, births and burials.

​​On a podcast for the journal Science, he said the team saw a relationship between rainfall levels and political stability.

“The growth of Maya civilization and increases in population and levels of sophistication actually correlate with a very wet interval that spans several hundred years and the decline of the Maya actually appeared to correlate with a downturn generally in climate and climate drying,” he said.

Abundant rainfall led to bumper crops and a population boom, but a climate reversal and drought triggered famine, political competition, increased warfare and eventually, the society’s collapse.

Scientists have long suspected that climate change played a role in the fall of the Mayan civilization, but the precise timeline - published in Science - provides them with new confidence in that connection.  Kennett suggests their methodology could be used to increase understanding of the influence of climate on other ancient cultures that also have nearby cave systems.

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Latino Politicians Represented in 36 State Legislatures

Latino Politicians Represented in 36 State Legislatures

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Latino candidates made historic gains at the state legislature level on Tuesday, according to analysis of unofficial election results and media reports released by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.

Following Election 2012 Latinos will serve in the state legislatures of 36 states across the country, with 70 Latinos serving as State Senators. Several of the election candidates successfully ran in districts and states without Latino majorities, demonstrating that Latinos can have broad appeal across all ethnicities and communities.

Significant gains and political milestones were achieved for the Latino community on Election night, including the following at the State Senate level:

    The Conn. State Senate will feature two Latino legislators for the first time in history. State Representative Andres Ayala (D) won his 23rd district race against Caz Mizera (R). In the 33rd district, business owner Art Linares (R) emerged victorious in a close contest with State Representative James Crawford (D)
    In the Del. State Legislature, youth development program executive Ernesto Lopez (R) was successful in his race against business owner Andrew Staton (D) in the sixth district. Lopez will be the second Latino to serve in the Del. state legislature
    Fla. State Representative Darren Soto (D) won his race against attorney William McBride (R) for the 14th district seat, bringing the total number of Latinos in the state senate to four.

Latino candidates also, achieved notable gains at the state lower house level this year, with the total number of Latinos rising from 190 to 206. States with increased numbers of Latino legislators or notable milestones in the state lower chamber include:

    The Ariz. State House of Representatives, which will increase from eight to 13 Latinos
    Latino legislators elected to serve in the Calif. State Assembly will reach 19, an increase of four
    Maine elected their first Latino to the state house of representatives.  Former flight attendant and community leader Lisa Villa (D) won her contest for the 98th district against business owner Roxanna Hagerman (R).


A full analysis of Latinos in the state senate and lower houses is available on NALEO’s website .

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IDB Loan Will Improve 1.7 Million Nicaraguans’ Quality of Life

IDB Loan Will Improve 1.7 Million Nicaraguans’ Quality of Life

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $35 million loan to improve electricity service in Nicaragua, the third part for the National Sustainable Electrification and Renewable Energy Program (PNESER, the Spanish acronym).

PNESER aims to support the transformation of the country’s energy matrix and increase electricity coverage from 65 percent to 85 percent of the population, improving the quality of life for the more than 1.7 million Nicaraguans. It will also lower electricity costs for families by reducing dependence on fossil fuel-generated electrical power and by implementing energy efficiency measures.

The operation brings the IDB contribution for PNESER to $87.5 million over three loans. The first was provided in 2010 and the second the following year.

The program’s overarching objectives will address Nicaragua’s lack of electricity in rural areas, insufficient transmission and grid infrastructure, systemic inefficiencies, high dependence on fossil fuels, and lack of investment in renewable sources.

Over the next four years PNESER will provide service to 117,390 new users, totaling 702,000 people in 3,666 rural communities. The IDB loans will help finance electricity service connections to 6,762 of these homes. Service will also be normalized for 164,000 households, totaling 984,000 people, who currently have illegal electrical connections.

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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez End Nearly 2 Year Relationship

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez End Nearly 2 Year Relationship

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Young artists Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have decided to go their separate ways because of their “crazy” work schedules, the showbiz portal E! Online said.

The couple split a week ago, a source told the online magazine.

“Because of their crazy schedules, it was getting harder and harder to maintain a relationship,” the source said.

Rumors about the breakup started flying over the past two weeks, especially after Bieber was spotted in public with Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin, 19, who went with him to see “The Lion King” on Broadway.

The 20-year-old Gomez and Bieber, 18, went public with their romance in February 2011, when they attended the Vanity Fair party together after the Oscars ceremony.

“I’m doing great with him but I feel sort of embarassed talking about it,” Gomez told Efe about her relationship with Bieber in late September.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Did Latinos Vote in the 2012 Presidential Elections?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Did Latinos Vote in the 2012 Presidential Elections?

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Both parties recognized the importance of Latinos in the 2012 elections.  While Mitt Romney and Barack Obama eagerly campaigned to Hispanics, it was obvious which candidate fared better with the Latino vote.  Obama won 71 percent of the vote and ultimately won the election.

Latinos also saw their highest voter turnout ever.  This only confirms that the Hispanic voice is getting stronger and politicians must listen.

Check out Hispanically Speaking News’ infographic covering the Latino vote in the 2012 elections.

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A Turn At One Of My Enemies

A Turn At One Of My Enemies

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By Oscar Barajas, NewsTaco

Everyone has an archenemy. It is the sheer essence of life. Rising does not feel like rising unless someone or something is attempting to hold us down. Batman has the Joker. Superman had Lex Luthor. Even Papa Smurf had to do battle with Gargamel from time to time. I was not any different. I’ve had to battle different foes through my existence, but none have been as wily or as conniving as Juan the Border.

Juan the Border grew up in my father’s hometown. He was as tough as nails. In fact, the man looked like he ate nails the way most people eat trail mix. He had the body of Clint Eastwood from “Every Which Way But Loose” with cigarettes rolled into his white t-shirt, but he had a face like Ronald Reagan. I never knew his age, but I knew he was old because his eyes were sunken inside the wrinkles of his face. He used to live on our couch for a couple of hundred dollars a month. He got along well with the rest of my family. However, he did not take too kindly to me.Image

In his eyes, I was not tough and far too soft bellied. I was supposed to be some kind of premature man beast. He would always make some outlandish claims about his life and times when he was 6 years old. He would belittle me for asking for a bandage for a scraped knee because when he was my age, he would have to make his own bandages from a homeless drifter he had gutted for no particular reason.

I remember he would trick me into shaking his hand and he would squeeze until enough tears streamed down my face as if there was a magic number that would seal a victory.

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Spanish National Soccer Team Honors Past Players With Retro Jersey

Spanish National Soccer Team Honors Past Players With Retro Jersey

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Spain’s national soccer team revealed on Friday a new jersey inspired by one first worn in 1924, featuring a golden V-shaped stripe below the collar.

The uniform “reflects the personality of all the generations of players who have worn The Red in the last 100 years,” the national soccer federation said.

The Spanish squad will be sporting the new jerseys when they take the field next Wednesday in Panama for a friendly with the team representing the Central American nation.Image

Spain will also use the retro uniform for the 2013 Confederations Cup.

After winning the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, the Spanish national side is now focused on the Confederations tourney.

Replicas of the new jersey will go on sale next Tuesday at a price of 80 euros ($101).

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Blog del Narco: 1 in 10 Judges Require Special Security from Cartel Threats

Blog del Narco: 1 in 10 Judges Require Special Security from Cartel Threats

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In Mexico, approximately one in 10 judges are protected by special security measures, according to information from the Federal Council of the Judiciary (CFJ).

In a document released in response to requests for transparency, CFJ revealed that 98 federal judges who have been responsible for crimes related litigation have received special security measures, according to information from the Federal Council of the Judiciary (CFJ).

In Mexico there are 906 judges at the federal level, according to official figures, so it follows that just over 10% have been threatened for bringing processes related to drug crimes and organized crime.

The CFJ also explained that 78 judges and magistrates have armored vehicles and 20 are assigned bodyguards: 12 have bodyguards assigned by the Judicial Power of the Federation and eight by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

On Monday, November 5, the president of the Supreme Court of Mexico, Juan Silva Meza, revealed that high levels of violence have occur in the country, as a result of the fight against organized crime, have forced the Judiciary to implement special security measures for judges and magistrates who have been threatened.

“The work of the judges themselves, at this time, is very complicated. It is very difficult for the judges to work in this situation. “Said Silva Meza, who also chairs the CFJ.

According to information from CFJ, 10 states are listed as those were special security is essential for the judges safety:
• Nuevo Leon
• Chihuahua
• Tamaulipas
• Coahuila
• Veracruz
• Michoacán
• Sinaloa
• Warrior
• Nayarit
• Morelos
During a press conference, Silva Meza said that while previous administrations also tried cases involving major drug lords, the current situation is much worse.

“Now there is violence, now there is a lot of violence,” he added.

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Thalia Helping Mexican Immigrants in New York After Hurricane Sandy

Thalia Helping Mexican Immigrants in New York After Hurricane Sandy

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Mexican singer and actress Thalia took humanitarian aid and comfort Friday to compatriots in New York affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“When I started seeing the destruction of Sandy I thought it was incredible, but, when I saw my Mexican brothers and sisters I felt the need to try and do something for them,” the singer told a group of families gathered at the Staten Island Immigrant Information Center in one of the areas most devastated by the storm.

She said that in times like this an artist should use the reach of the media to collect aid for the victims, and at the same time called on the public to deposit money in the account opened by the Mexican Consulate for that purpose.

“I regret your losses to the bottom of my heart,” said the artist, who was accompanied to the site by the Mexican consul, Carlos Sada.

Thalia, a mother of two, could not hide her emotions when she learned that a 3-month-old baby was sleeping in the family car because his parents had lost their home and all their belongings.

“This is so frustrating because as a mother I want only the best for that little treasure. I was touched very deeply by this whole situation and I had to come here with anything that could ease the pain a little,” the singer said, and promised the mother a crib for her baby boy.

Sada said the consulate had identified 378 Mexicans in New York and New Jersey who were suffering in different ways from Hurricane Sandy, which left 42 people dead in New York.

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3 Mexican Minors Arrested for Killing 7 on Behalf of Los Zetas Cartel

3 Mexican Minors Arrested for Killing 7 on Behalf of Los Zetas Cartel

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Three minors accused of killing seven people while working at the service of a drug cartel have been arrested in northern Mexico, authorities said.

Highway patrol officers in the northern state of Nuevo Leon detained two males aged 16 and 17 and a 17-year-old female.

A spokesman for Nuevo Leon’s public safety department told Efe that the two male youths said they were taking orders from the female and were tasked with tracking police movements and ordered to carry out killings and incinerate the bodies of their victims.

They confessed to kidnapping and killing their victims, whose bodies were dumped in a well, doused with gasoline and set on fire.

The spokesman did not indicate which criminal gang the suspects belonged to but local media said they were believed to be members of Los Zetas, regarded as Mexico’s most violent drug cartel.

According to the state public safety department, three military-style rifles, 173 bullets, a bullet-proof vest and communications gear were seized from the suspects.

The minors led the authorities to the spot where they burned their victims’ bodies. Bone remains found at the site were being analyzed by forensics personnel.

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Brazilian Federal Police Clash with Munduruku Indians Killing 1, Injuring 9

Brazilian Federal Police Clash with Munduruku Indians Killing 1, Injuring 9

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An indigenous man was killed in a gunfight between Brazilian federal police and Munduruku Indians earlier this week in a remote Amazonian village, authorities said Friday.

Adenilson Kirixi, 28, was found dead on Thursday, a day after the clash, the government’s National Indian Foundation said.

Six other Mundurukus and three officers were wounded, the Federal Police said, though without confirming Kirixi’s death.

The police involved in the incident were part of a multistate operation targeting illegal gold mining. Indians armed with shotguns and bows and arrows attacked the officers as they were destroying equipment allegedly used in illegal mining.

Police said Friday that at a meeting the day before the battle the Munduruku elders signed an agreement to allow the cops to carry out the court-ordered operation.

Despite the accord, the 35 officers who went to the hamlet outside the town of Alta Floresta to destroy the mining gear were ambushed, according to the Federal Police statement.

Police responded with tear gas before resorting to their guns, the statement said.

The Mundurukus were receiving payoffs of 420,000 reais ($205,000) a month from the leaders of the illegal mining scheme, police said.

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Cuba to Allow Workers to Run State-owned Restaurants

Starting in December, the Cuban government will lease select state-owned eateries to their workers to run as independent businesses, a possibility that has been available to barber shops and beauty salons for some time.

According to officials cited in state media, the system of private management of small cafes and state restaurants will begin with 200 establishments that have no more than two workers each, and will be gradually increased to some 1,200.

When the efficiency of the system has been shown, it will be extended to eateries with up to five workers.

Besides economic effiency, one of the measure’s goals is “to offer a higher quality of service in establishments that do not always offer varied and attractive menus to consumers,” according to a report on state television.

The expansion of the non-state sector is at the core of the economic reforms promoted in recent years by President Raul Castro, which have opened a small foothold to private enterprise in the only communist country in the Americas.

The growth of self-employment and small-scale private enterprise has led to a proliferation of small businesses, many of them restaurants, coffee shops and small cafes.

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Brazilian Police Arrest 5 Men Who Took Family Hostage

Five men who were on the run after firing shots at a police patrol here in Brazil’s largest city invaded a private home and held the family hostage for more than an hour before surrendering, authorities said Friday.

The first to give up was one of the two gunmen wounded in the initial clash with police. His comrades followed suit a few minutes later.

Police subsequently found the second wounded gunman dead inside the home.

The hostage situation capped another night of violence in metropolitan Sao Paulo, with a death toll of 15, including four people slain in a single incident.

The latest killings came three days after the Sao Paulo state government and Brazilian federal officials launched a joint plan to confront a recent upsurge in violence here.

Nearly 1,100 homicides were reported in Sao Paulo state during the first nine months of the year. The victims included 90 police officers, most of them killed while off-duty.

Federal officials suggest the recent spate of attacks on law enforcement in metropolitan Sao Paulo was orchestrated by jailed bosses of the First Capital Command, the region’s most powerful criminal outfit.

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Spain Tries to Stop Mortgage Foreclosures in Light of Recent Suicides

Spain Tries to Stop Mortgage Foreclosures in Light of Recent Suicides

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Spain’s government said Friday, hours after a woman about to be evicted from her home in the northern town of Barakaldo committed suicide, that it is working urgently to bring a halt to mortgage foreclosures.

Amaia Egaña, 53, who was a councilwoman in another town, became the second person facing eviction to take her life in less than three weeks when she jumped out of the window of her home and to her death Friday morning.

The tragedy added to growing concern about a soaring number of foreclosures and evictions amid a jobless rate of more than 25 percent and the fallout from the collapse of a long-building housing bubble, which left many Spanish banks saddled with toxic assets and created an overhang of unsold homes.

Some 400,000 families have been evicted from their homes since the onset of Spain’s financial crisis in 2007.

Officials told Efe Friday that a bill to put a halt to evictions is a top priority of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who will seek a consensus solution with representatives of the main opposition Socialists at a meeting on Monday.

This week, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria and Socialist party No. 2 Elena Valenciano held talks aimed at finding common ground.

On Friday, Valenciano said that, pending new legislation, the government and the banks should halt all evictions of families who only have one home.

Socialist leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba formalized that proposal in a letter to the presidents of the Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks and the Spanish Banking Association.

In Spain, as in some other European countries, people who lose their homes to foreclosure remain on the hook for the unpaid balance of the mortgage.

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