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WednesdayNovember 14, 2012

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Venezuela Deports Colombian Drug Lord Daniel “El Loco” Barrera

Venezuela Deports Colombian Drug Lord Daniel “El Loco” Barrera

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Reputed drug kingpin Daniel “El Loco” Barrera and another Colombian national were deported back to their homeland on Wednesday, Venezuela’s interior minister said.

Barrera, 43, is “one of the most-wanted men in the world” and stands accused of smuggling more than 31 tons of cocaine into the United States, Nestor Reverol told reporters at Caracas’ Maiquetia International Airport.

The other Colombian deportee, Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa, is part of a “clan” with links to Mexican drug cartels, the minister said.

Both Colombia and the United States want to try Barrera for drug-related offenses.

“El Loco” was apprehended Sept. 18 in the western Venezuelan state of Tachira, bordering Colombia, where he had been hiding out since 2008.

Cifuentes was nabbed in Venezuela earlier this month.

A third man, Dominican-born U.S. citizen Eduardo Acosta Mejia, was also expelled on Wednesday, Reverol said.

Acosta, according to the minister, is a U.S. Special Forces veteran who fits the “profile of a mercenary,” with multiple visits to countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan.

President Hugo Chavez announced in August that an apparent mercenary had been apprehended while trying to illegally enter Venezuela.

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Puerto Rican Governor-elect Makes Light of His Command of English

Puerto Rican Governor-elect Makes Light of His Command of English

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Puerto Rico Gov.-elect Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Tuesday joked about his command of English after he had to ask a U.S. reporter to speak more slowly.

Garcia Padilla, who narrowly defeated incumbent Luis Fortuño in the Nov. 6 election, referred to a press conference held on Monday to speak about his government transition committee.

He asked the reporter who questioned him in English to speak more slowly, saying that there was an echo in the room.

The governor-elect then answered somewhat doubtfully and with prolonged pauses, something that quickly became a hot topic on social media.

“I do the best I can and I couldn’t think of the word ‘flow,’ and besides we were in the Casa Olimpica and there was a terrible echo and I could not hear her well,” Garcia Padilla said on Tuesday.

Garcia Padilla’s remarks came a day after the president of U.S. English, Chilean immigrant Mauro Mujica, said that if Puerto Rico wants to become the 51st state its government will have to use English exclusively.

Mujica brought up the issue a week after the Caribbean island held a non-binding referendum in which 54 percent of the Puerto Rican electorate said “no” to the island’s current commonwealth status and 61.1 percent said San Juan should seek U.S. statehood.

U.S. 2010 Census figures show that 96 percent of Puerto Rico’s 3.7 million residents speak Spanish as their first language.

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Majority of Americans Support a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: Majority of Americans Support a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented

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Americans support a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States by 57 percent to 39 percent, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.

Approval for the idea among Hispanics was 82 percent, compared with 51 percent among non-Latino whites.

More than seven out of every 10 Democrats agree with the measures, along with 69 percent of young adults.

The telephone survey was conducted between Nov. 7-11 among 1,023 adults nationwide and it has an error margin of plus/minus 3.5 percentage points.

Immigration reform has been one of the glaring omissions of President Barack Obama’s first term, yet Hispanics overwhelmingly voted for him on Nov. 6, helping to ensure another four years in the White House for the Democratic incumbent.

After the elections, the immigration issue has returned to the political arena and last week the nation’s top Republican elected official, House Speaker John Boehner, said the GOP-led chamber will work for comprehensive immigration reform.

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Police Chiefs Sons Held in Murder of 6 at Mexico Wedding

Police Chiefs Sons Held in Murder of 6 at Mexico Wedding

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At least six people were killed and two others were wounded by gunfire during and after a wedding party in the western Mexican town of Salvador Escalante, officials said.

The sons of the town’s police chief have been detained in the killings, according to local media, while officials said three people wounded at the scene were finished off while being taken to a hospital.

The government secretary of Michoacan state, Jesus Reyna, told reporters there is no sign the killings were the work of organized crime.

According to local media, two armed men burst into the wedding party in the wee hours of Tuesday, fired at one individual and then began shooting at other guests.

Two people who had been shot at the scene were finished off while being transported in an ambulance, while another wounded individual suffered the same fate while taken to a hospital in a car.

On Tuesday morning, federal police officers arrested the sons of Salvador Escalante’s police chief - whose name was withheld - for their alleged role in the killings, the La Voz de Michoacan newspaper reported.

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Mexican Congress Pass Labor Overhaul Bill

Mexican Congress Pass Labor Overhaul Bill

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Mexico’s Congress has approved a controversial labor overhaul bill introduced in September by outgoing conservative President Felipe Calderon.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 99-28 on Tuesday and it will now go to the president for his signature. The lower house had given its approval for the bill in late September.

The measure would allow employers to pay hourly wages; formally regulate outsourcing, a practice that has become widespread in Mexico in recent years; and institute probation periods for new employees.

Provisions in the bill that would have made several powerful unions linked to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, more democratic had been stripped out before the final Senate vote.

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

The center-left PRI has traditionally relied on union support, especially during its 71 years of uninterrupted rule between 1929 and 2000.

The bill was passed two weeks before the PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto takes office as Mexico’s next president.

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

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

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

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

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

The current labor law was enacted on April 1, 1970. The bill passed Tuesday marks the first successful bid to change that legislation after hundreds of other attempts had failed.

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Mexico: Archaeologists Discover 27 Human Burials from Pre-Hispanic Era

Mexico: Archaeologists Discover 27 Human Burials from Pre-Hispanic Era

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The finding of 47 human burials from the XVI century, in the recently opened Archaeological Zone of San Miguelito in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, has revealed the last moments of the pre-hispanic era of this ancient Mayan settlement on the country’s east coast, which was was plagued by hunger and crisis, derivative of the Spanish campaigns of conquest and colonization of the XVI century.

These remains were discovered inside 11 housing buildings which were excavated by archaeologists with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta). Thirty of those found were infants between the ages of three and six who died as a result of malnutrition and acute anemia.

Archaeologist Sandra Elizalde, who is responsible for the investigation of this site (located in the resort town of Cancun), reported that “the study indicates there was a high infant mortality index, derived of the bad health conditions and malnutrition of a very impoverished population of the XVI century.” Those buried were discovered in different locations of this Mayan site of the Post-classic Era (1200 – 1550), as a result of the ongoing archaeological explorations that have been going on since 2010.

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Mexico Prepares to Launch Communications Satellite

Mexico Prepares to Launch Communications Satellite

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The Bicentenario satellite, the state-run Mexsat system’s first launch into space, is ready for liftoff next month and will begin operating in orbit in late January 2013, the Mexican government announced.

The Communications and Transportation Department said in a communique that Deputy Secretary Hector Olavarria visited the facilities of the U.S. firm manufacturing the satellite, Orbital Sciences Corporation, to check up on the final preparations.

Bicentenario is Mexsat’s first satellite and is designed to be part of a state-run satellite network to guarantee coverage throughout Mexican territory.

The spacecraft will be launched by Arianespace on Dec. 19 from its Space Center in French Guiana.

Mexsat will offer “connectivity across the length and breadth of the national territory through the provision of fixed and mobile communications services to marginal and difficult-to-access communities,” said the communique.

Bicentenario is designed to have a useful life of 22 years.

Currently, Mexico has four satellites in orbit, three belonging to Satmex and the other to Medcom Mexico.

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LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Nanny Accused of Killing CNBC Exec’s Children Indicted on Murder Charges

LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Nanny Accused of Killing CNBC Exec’s Children Indicted on Murder Charges

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Yoselyn Ortega stands accused of killing two of the three children in her care and has now been indicted on murder charges.

On October 25, Ortega was found in a bathroom of the Manhattan home of Marina and Kevin Krim, a CNBC executive. Tw-year-old Leo and Six-year-old Lulu (Lucia) were found dead just inches away and Ortega had what would later be determined to be a self-inflicted stab wound to her neck and slas

Mrs. Krim came upon the horrific scene after returning home with 3-year-old Nessie after Ortega and the other children failed to meet her and Nessie at a swim class.

ImagePolice are unsure if the Dominican nanny has a lawyer, but she is expected to be arraigned via video, as she remains in the hospital. She reportedly stabbed herself so hard she fractured a vertebra in her neck. She was put in a medically induced coma, only recently being awoken to speak with police.

According to the New York Post, Ortega has given police brief statements about what happened, added that the Krims wanted her to do house work which they agreed to pay her for.

On October 28, Ortega reportedly told police, “I’m paid to watch the children, not clean up and do housework.”

Ortega had been having financial troubles recently and sources say the Krims tried to help her out by offering her about 5 hours of housework each week on top of her childcare duties in order to earn more money.

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Spanish Police Arrest Woman Accused Of Killing Newborn, Placing Body in Freezer

Spanish Police Arrest Woman Accused Of Killing Newborn, Placing Body in Freezer

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A Spanish woman accused of killing her newborn baby says that the child was stillborn and that she put it into the freezer in her home so that she could keep it, sources linked to her family told Efe.

Sara L.H., 34, has been in jail since Monday in the southern town of Sanlucar la Mayor on a court order after being accused of murder in the death of her baby, which forensic officials said was born 17 months before being found in the freezer at the family home in the town of Pilas.

The woman appeared convinced that the child was born dead, because after the birth she saw it was not breathing, and she then put it in the freezer “because she didn’t want to part with it,” a friend of the family said.

The preliminary autopsy report delivered to the judge established that the child had been born alive, although the exact causes of its death have not yet been determined.

The accused, who is being held without bail, has two other children ages 11 and 14.

The woman’s husband found the baby’s body in the freezer last week while he was cleaning house, after which he called his brother, a firefighter, who rushed to the house with several of his colleagues.

The firefighters called police, who detained the mother at her workplace.

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Youngest Defendent in 2007 NJ School Shooting, Gerardo Gomez, Convicted

Youngest Defendent in 2007 NJ School Shooting, Gerardo Gomez, Convicted

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On Friday, a New Jersey jury convicted Gerardo Gomez of murder, felony murder, robbery, and conspiracy charges for the 2007 schoolyard shooting at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark.

Gomez, 20, was the youngest of six involved in the shooting of four college students removed from a car outside the elementary school in August 2007.

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Three of the students, Dashon Harvey, 20, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and Iofemi Hightower, 20, were led down a flight of stairs, lined up against a wall and subsequently shot and killed. Iofemi Hightower was “mutilated by a machete.” The fourth student, 19, was shot in the head, but survived the attack, according to authorities.

Prior to being shot the victims were robbed by their attackers.

Though there was no evidence any of the victims were involved in any gang activity, at least four of the attackers were members of the MS-13 gang.

MS-13 originated in Los Angeles but has since spread throughout the country and occasionally connected to Mexican drug activity.

Gomez had turned 15 the same day at the attack and though his attorney argued his client was just an innocent bystander, Gomez was convicted on 15 counts. He was the youngest and final defendant in the case, and the victims’ families say they are happy it is over so “now the healing aspect can begin.”

Each of the victims, who knew each other from their time together in marching band, were enrolled or planned to enroll at the University of Delaware.

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Season 3 of The Voice: Team Xtina, Team Blake Lose Singers (VIDEO)

Season 3 of The Voice: Team Xtina, Team Blake Lose Singers  (VIDEO)

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Tuesday night’s elimination sent two singers home and both Team Xtina and Team Blake took a hit.

Bringing the total number of singers down to 10, Adrian Louise from Team Xtina and Michaela Paige from Team Blake were sent packing. Both teams now have two singers left, while Team CeeLo and Team Adam each have three.

The only two Latinos left are both on Team Adam – Bryan Keith and Melanie Martinez. Rounding out their team is the powerhouse gospel singer with a love of rock, Amanda Brown.

Team Blake now has Irish rocker Terry McDermott and former Hey Monday lead singer Cassadee Pope.

Team CeeLo has an eclectic mix with powerful prodigy Trevin Hunte, soulful family man Nicholas David, and the adorable singer with a killer falsetto Cody Belew.

Team Xtina is also down to two singers – Sylivia Yacoub and Dez Duron.

Though the night saw its goodbyes, it also served as an introduction for Christina and fellow judge CeeLo’s single “Make the World Move” off Aguilera’s new album Lotus. The new album also features a song with judge Blake Shelton, “Just a Fool”.**

Watch CeeLo and Aguilera sing “Make the World Move Below”.

**Both songs are great and completely different, but I’d recommend “Sing For Me” if you want a plate of goosebumps with a side of empowerment.

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Fernando Botero Sculptures on Display at New York Gallery

Fernando Botero Sculptures on Display at New York Gallery

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The Marlborough Gallery in New York City is currently the home of an exhibition of marble and bronze sculptures by the world-renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero.

Botero was born in Medellin, Columbia in 1932. He moved to Bogota in 1951 and had his first exhibition there the same year at Galeria Leo Matiz. His first retrospective took place in 1970 in Germany at museums in Baden Baden, Berlin, Dussel- dorf and Hamburg. Since then, Botero has continually showed in museums all over the world. Within the last two decades he has had an astounding number of museum exhibitions in the following countries: Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States.

The exhibition will consist of nineteen sculptures. While there is a sculptural piece representing every year from 2005 to 2011, over half the works come from the years 2009 to 2011. The show will also include a coveted tour de force work from 2001 of Dancers. The sculptures range in size from about 12” in height to 50” and portray quintessential subjects associated with the master’s oeuvre. There will be two sculptural versions of ballerinas, several classical examples of reclining and seated nudes in varied positions, and two versions of the artist’s unique take on male and female riders on a horse.

The exhibit opened October 24 and will be displayed until December 1. Click here for additional information.\

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Blog del Narco: 10 Year Old Shot in Theater by Stray Bullet

Blog del Narco: 10 Year Old Shot in Theater by Stray Bullet

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Mexican prosecutors are investigating the death of a 10-year-boy who was shot inside a movie theater here, the capital district attorney’s office said.

Hendrik Cuacuas, his sister and their father were watching a film at the Plaza Ermita cinema in Mexico City’s Iztapalapa borough on Nov. 2 when the kids’ dad “heard a buzzing near his ear” that was quickly followed by a thunderous pop, the DA’s office said in a statement.

The father then noticed that Hendrik was having convulsions and that the boy’s head was bloody.

After receiving first aid at one hospital, Hendrik was taken to another clinic for surgery, but he died two days later, the DA’s office said.

Police determined the bullet was fired from a nearby shopping center and pierced the roof of the theater before striking the child.

The company that owns the theater, Cinepolis, expressed “solidarity” with Hendrik’s family and said the personnel working at the time of the incident did everything they could to help the wounded boy.

Read more Blog del Narco here

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Low-Cost Mexican Airline Interjet Spends $3.2 Billion on 40 New Jets

Low-Cost Mexican Airline Interjet Spends $3.2 Billion on 40 New Jets

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Low-cost Mexican airline Interjet signed a contract to buy 40 Airbus A320 Neo passenger jets for more than $3.2 billion, the parties said Tuesday.

The aircraft are the most profitable and ecological available in the industry, given that they incorporate the most advanced technology, said Interjet president Miguel Aleman, according to a communique from the European manufacturer.

The transaction strengthens the relationship with Interjet and confirms the trend in Latin America to opt for the most efficient aircraft in the world, said the director of Airbus’s client services, John Leahy.

Interjet will be one of the first airlines in the region to benefit from the Neo model, which has fuel savings of 15 percent, Leahy said.

The A320 Neo boasts more efficient engines along with improvements in aerodynamic design and features a “significant reduction of polluting gases (released) into the atmosphere,” Interjet emphasized.

The incorporation of the new aircraft, which will be added to the 35 A320 planes the airline already has, will allow Interjet “to continue operating one of the youngest and most efficient air fleets in Mexico and the world.”

Interjet, which was founded almost seven years ago, flies to more than 30 destinations in Mexico, the United States and Central America.

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People en Español Picks Lucero as ‘Star of the Year’

People en Español Picks Lucero as ‘Star of the Year’

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Mexican actress Lucero was selected Star of the Year by People en Español magazine, which devotes the cover of its special 2012 “Best and Worst” edition to her.

A smiling Lucero, who is also a singer, was photographed in a striking purple outfit for the December-January edition of the magazine, to which she confessed that she is in love.

“I’m very happy about how I am now emotionally in my life, very stable, in love and satisfied, and I feel full, complete,” said the artist, who has two children by former husband Manuel Mijares.

Lucero, 43, told the magazine that her current beau, a Mexican businessman, has “very many” good qualities, but she reiterated that she has no plans to marry again.

“I already got married once. My kids have a marvelous father and I don’t believe I’ll do it again,” said the actress, who this year had several reasons to be happy: the celebration of 32 uninterrupted years of her career and the success of the soap opera in which she starred with Mexican actor Jaime Camil, “Por ella soy Eva.”

People en Español also selected Puerto Rican journalist Maria Celeste Arraras as Newscaster of the Year, Mexican actor Eugenio Siller, the star of “A Maid in Manhattan,” as Actor of the Year and Galilea Montijo, also from Mexico, as Host of 2012.

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Arizona Border Patrol Seizes 5,00 Rounds of Ammo Heading to Mexico

Thousands of rounds of ammunition headed for Mexico were seized Wednesday by Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Dennis DeConcini Port.

CBP officers conducting routine outbound inspections referred Erik Raul Enriquez-Leon, 21, of neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for an additional inspection of his Mitsubishi sedan. During the inspection, officers located 272 boxes of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition, the type often used in assault weapons, concealed in both rear quarter panels of the vehicle.

The vehicle and ammunition (5,440 rounds) were processed for seizure. Enriquez was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

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Campari’s 2013 Calendar Revolves Around Penelope Cruz’s Superstitions

Campari’s 2013 Calendar Revolves Around Penelope Cruz’s Superstitions

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Campari is using its traditional calendar to test the superstitions of Penelope Cruz, who appears in this edition along with black cats, the number 13, broken mirrors and surrounded by ladders.

Presented Tuesday in Milan, the brand wanted to take advantage of this occasion to convince people that “believing in the one’s own possibilities” is what “allows any superstition to be overcome,” Campari said.

Cruz, immortalized by photographer Kristian Schuller in 13 images, tests this thesis in the calendar, where she had to pose in scenes that evoke “intriguing and mystical superstitions,” such as that black cats and broken mirrors bring bad luck, along with walking under a ladder or stepping on cracks in the sidewalk.

In the scenes, Cruz always appears wearing intensely red dresses and shoes by fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Film director Pedro Almodovar’s muse said, meanwhile, that she enjoyed the photo sessions and found the “issue of superstitions very intriguing and stimulating.”

“As an actress, they often pose challenges to me of describing the indescribable, and this photo shoot was no different. We created a character who had to show a strong and positive attitude, and really get to the heart of each superstition and dissipate these myths by promoting confidence.”

The Calendario Campari 2013, of which only 9,999 copies are being printed, will not go on sale and will be distributed only among friends of the brand.

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Messi Honored as Best Player, Best Forward at Spanish Soccer Organization Awards

Messi Honored as Best Player, Best Forward at Spanish Soccer Organization Awards

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For the fourth year in a row, Argentine striker Lionel Messi took the laurels for best forward and best player here Tuesday as Spain’s LFP professional soccer organization handed out awards for the 2011-2012 season.

Messi’s FC Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta was named best attacking midfielder and the squad’s captain, Carles Puyol, received the Fair Play award.

Real Madrid, which won the 2011-2012 first division title, was represented by Iker Casillas, best goalkeeper; Sergio Ramos, best defender; and Xabi Alonso, best defensive midfielder.

Best coach honors were claimed by Pep Guardiola, who left Barça in May after four seasons highlighted by three Spanish titles and two Champions League crowns.

The award for top newcomer of the 2011-2012 campaign went to Francisco Alarcon, better known as “Isco,” of Malaga.

LFP players vote on the prizes for best player and best coach, while the awards for individual positions are decided by active LFP managers based on criteria set by a panel comprising respected former coaches.

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Earthquake Death Toll Climbs After Additional Bodies Discovered in Guatemala

Earthquake Death Toll Climbs After Additional Bodies Discovered in Guatemala

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Guatemalan emergency agencies recovered two bodies that had been buried in rubble since the powerful earthquake that struck the country last week, bringing the official death toll from the disaster to 44, authorities said Tuesday.

The latest victims were found in two communities in San Marcos province, the region most affected by the magnitude-7.2 temblor that struck the Central American nation last Wednesday.

Participating in the recovery efforts are dozens of soldiers and firefighters as well as residents of the San Marcos communities.

Besides the 44 fatalities, the quake left 9,414 houses damaged and forced thousands of people into temporary shelters.

Authorities have still not tabulated the economic losses from the earthquake but President Otto Perez - who is visiting the affected areas - said on Tuesday that an estimate could be in hand by next Friday.

The government decreed a state of emergency in eight of the country’s 22 provinces to facilitate the sending of aid to the affected zones and the process of reconstruction.

Last week’s earthquake was the strongest to hit Guatemala since the Feb. 4, 1976, magnitude-7.5 temblor that claimed the lives of more than 25,000 people and caused millions of dollars in damage.

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WednesdayNovember 14, 2012