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FridayNovember 16, 2012

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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ): Immigration Reform is the “Civil Rights Issue of Our Time”

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ): Immigration Reform is the “Civil Rights Issue of Our Time”

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At the Center for American Progress this afternoon, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) discussed what he believes immigration reform should look like and called it the “civil rights issue of our time.”  After host Neera Tanden, the President of the Center for American Progress, called Latino voters “THE story of the 2012 elections,”

Menendez said that last week was a watershed moment for the entire nation to finally recognize the electoral power of what he termed “the New America.”  Noting that Mitt Romney lost the Latino vote by historic margins in last week’s election, Sen. Menendez added that he believed “Romney may have lost the election” due to immigration.

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“This election was a mandate to enact comprehensive immigration reform,” he said, adding that the issue has “languished too long.”

Menendez said he believed immigration reform should be a pathway to eventual citizenship. Undocumented immigrants in the nation should be required to pay any taxes they haven’t paid as residents. They should also face a background check, pay a fine, and be required to learn English. And, if they have a criminal history, they should be sent back to their home country.

All of that should lead to legal residency, and then after a period of time, perhaps five years, they should have the opportunity to apply for citizenship, he said.

The English-language requirement is notable because, as Menendez noted, “it’s something that in fact we have never required for permanent residency in this country.”

Menendez hopes the election results will move “awakened” Republicans to action.

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Mexico’s Tourism Grew 3.2 Percent Earlier This Year

Mexico’s Tourism Grew 3.2 Percent Earlier This Year

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Revenues from Mexico’s tourism sector increased by 3.2 percent in the second quarter this year over the same period in 2011, the Tourism Secretariat said.

Tourism officials said in a communique Thursday that revenues from internal tourism grew between April and June this year by 2.1 percent, while the amount from foreign visitors was up 18.3 percent over the same quarter last year.

Tourism in Mexico directly creates almost 2 million jobs and is the third largest source of foreign exchange after oil exports and remittances.

The government estimates that Mexico will take in more than $12 billion from tourism and receive some 23 million foreign visitors this year.

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Mexican Retailers Implement Discount Days Similar to Black Friday

Mexican Retailers Implement Discount Days Similar to Black Friday

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For Mexico’s big retail chains, this is the beginning of “The Good End,” four days of offers and discounts on products and services that aim to boost domestic consumption.

Self-service and department-store chains are set to kick off this shopping binge from Friday to Monday, a holiday in Mexico, for a long weekend considered the bargain of the year for the countless discounts being offered.

Added to the event on its second time around are numerous tourism agencies, restaurant chains, car distributors, all kinds of service companies like hotels, and many independent firms.

Even official institutions like the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, are plugging offers on cultural goods like excursions, book discounts, theater tickets and more.

“The Good End” was first launched in 2011 and caused such a powerful hike in demand for goods and services nationwide that it scored a 40-percent sales increase over the same days in 2010.

The government has announced that state employees will get their Christmas bonuses significantly earlier this year, and discounts on goods and services bought on credit will be raised for workers in more than 1/2 million establishments.

Retail chains and other business with something to sell have blanketed the country with ad campaigns in recent weeks to publicize their products with discounts from 20 percent to 70 percent, while allowing as long as 48 months to pay.

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UPDATE: 2 Still Missing After Gulf Oil Rig Explosion

UPDATE: 2 Still Missing After Gulf Oil Rig Explosion

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Two people remained missing Friday after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard’s initial report mentioned two fatalities, but officials said later that there were no confirmed deaths from the disaster on the platform, which lies in shallow water around 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Grande Isle, Louisiana.

Fifteen of the 22 workers present at the time of the blast suffered injuries, including four who were critically hurt and had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital in Louisiana.

The officer directing the Coast Guard response, Ed Cubanski, said the search for the two missing workers continues with three helicopters and two rescue boats.

“We’re not facing, from what we can see, a major oil spill response here. We’re seeing a small sheen but it’s not a major environmental issue,” Coast Guard Capt. Peter Gautier said earlier Friday.

The rig is operated by Houston-based Black Elk Energy.

The explosion came a day after BP Plc agreed to pay $4.5 billion to settle criminal charges arising from the April 2010 blast on its Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf, an accident that caused 11 deaths and the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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Pele Recovering From Hip Surgery in Sao Paulo

Soccer icon Pele was discharged from a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, on Thursday five days after undergoing hip surgery.

The 72-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento emerged from Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital to tell reporters, with tears in his eyes, that he “did not imagine” the Brazilian people would be so concerned about him.

Surgeons performed an arthroplasty procedure on Pele’s right hip last weekend.

The operation prevented Pele from traveling to New Jersey to deliver the honorary kickoff for the Brazilian national team’s friendly match Wednesday against Colombia, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Pele led Brazil to three of its record five World Cup titles.

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LatAm Artists Anguiano, Siqueiros, Tamayo Sell Paintings at Mexican Auction

LatAm Artists Anguiano, Siqueiros, Tamayo Sell Paintings at Mexican Auction

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Paintings by Raul Anguiano, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo sold here for a combined $1.2 million in scoring the three top bids at Casa Morton’s auction of Latin American art.

Anguiano’s “Allegory of Mexico: the natural products” was knocked down for the highest price of 5 million pesos ($416,000) at the Thursday night auction in the Mexican capital.

The painting shows the tree of life and some indigenous figures - a Maya weaver, potters and miners - with the god Quetzalcoatl emerging among them to symbolize the coming Spanish conquest of America and the economic and cultural exchanges between the two worlds.

Second place went to an untitled piece by Siqueiros for 4.8 million pesos ($400,000), in which the artist displays the strength of his perspective with industrial painting techniques and his characteristically colorful palette.

“The Fire Eater” by Rufino Tamayo is a tremendously dynamic work focused on the fire a fakir is about to swallow surrounded by a many shades of white and grey, and which also sold for around $400,000.

Assigned an estimated value at the event were numerous works by outstanding Latin American artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kalho and Jorge Gonzalez Camarena.

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INAH Opens $15 Million Maya Museum in Cancun

INAH Opens $15 Million Maya Museum in Cancun

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Clearly those behind the Cancun’s new Maya museum are not living in fear of the end of the world, as they recently opened a multi-million dollar cultural attraction.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) recently opened the $15 million Museo Maya de Cancun, the institution’s largest project since the 1987 opening of Templo Mayor Museum.

Government officials expect the new museum, which sits in the resorts Hotel Zone, to see about one million visitors each year, with Cancun averaging about 12 million visitors per year.

The 55,000-square-foot museum houses 350 artifacts and exhibits that include 14,000-year-old skeletal remains.

Each year Mexico’s tourism and travel industry accounts for about 13.2 percent of the country’s GDP.

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Mummified Dog Found in Mexico Believed to be 1000 Years Old (VIDEO)

Mummified Dog Found in Mexico Believed to be 1000 Years Old (VIDEO)

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What is said to be the first found in Mexico, a 1,000-year-old mummified dog is now being studied by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

The dog was one of many relics and archaeological materials found in 1953 to recently be sent to the INAH. It was among around 2,500 pieces uncovered in the Candelaria Cave (Cueva de la Candelaria) in Coahuila.

According to archaeologist Alejandro Bautista Valdespino, this dog “reinforces the idea that dogs were placed as companions in the funerary traditions of the region’s nomads, it also presents the possibility that these animals were domesticated,”

Mummified canines had previously only been found in Peru and Egypt.

Fellow archaeologist Isaac Aquino Toledo:

The mummified dog will be the first elemnet to be analyzed; radiographies will be made to identify lesions, pathologies and possible cause of death; other studies, such as those on DNA, cranium, bones and teeth measurements, and carbon-14 analysis will be performed to determine the species type and family, and precise age [of the dog].

Following analysis, the recovered objects, including the canine, will be but on display for the first time in Laguna’s Regional Museum.


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Antonio Banderas To Kick Off Acapulco Film Festival

Antonio Banderas To Kick Off Acapulco Film Festival

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Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will have the honor of inaugurating on Nov. 24 the 8th Acapulco International Film Festival, where he will travel with his wife, actress Melanie Griffith, organization officials said.

“Banderas has been involved in films and dubbings that have been very successful in Mexico,” the awards festival director Victor Sotomayor told Efe, adding that last year they wanted to invite him for the computer-animation film “Puss in Boots,” for which the actor dubbed the voice of the leading character, but he was too busy at the time to attend.

Though nothing is certain as yet, Sotomayor said they are “very near confirmation” that the Mexican Salma Hayek, who coincidentally worked in the same animated movie with Banderas, will ring down the festival curtain on Nov. 30.

During the week of the event, more than 70 domestic and international movies, from documentaries to short and feature-length films, will be shown at different venues around the southern state of Guerrero - Ixtapa, Taxco, Chilpancingo and Acapulco.

Sotomayor said that one purpose of the festival is to help Acapulco “recover its dignity and the glorious fame” it once had as Mexico’s leading tourist resort, a reference to the wave of drug-related violence the city is going through that has considerably diminished the number of visitors.

“It’s an international festival inspired by the way Acapulco was seen and internationally admired back in the 1970s,” the director said.

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What’s His Name? That’s Right, Gustavo Almadovar (VIDEO)

What’s His Name? That’s Right, Gustavo Almadovar (VIDEO)

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We all have little things that make the way we speak different from anyone else, and this reporter is no different.

Gustavo Almadovar, or should we say GustÁvo AlmadÓvar, has been a reporter for awhile, and the compilation of him saying his name is a few years old, but thanks to Reddit, the video has again begun to circulate and this video is now going viral.

If you watch it as many times as we have you’ll notice it’s not just the inflection that makes this so funny, it’s the head tilt, the raising of the eyebrows, and the fact that he seems to be asking us if that is indeed his name.

At last count, the YouTube video has more than 500,000 views.

Oh, Gustavo, welcome to the flash-in-the-pan world of viral video.

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Young People in Ecuador Attempt to Register Donkey as Candidate for Assembly

Young People in Ecuador Attempt to Register Donkey as Candidate for Assembly

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A group of young people in the coastal province of Guayas in Ecuador recently attempted to register a donkey as a candidate for the Assembly.

The group, which calls itself “Outraged”, unhappy with the quality of candidates for the Assembly, arrived at the National Electoral Council (CNE) with the donkey as part of a protest.

The donkey even has its own Twitter account (@DonBurroReal) with the statement, “The citizenship proposal is destined to be a civic and democratic proposal for all of us.”

As the young people escorted the “candidate” police were called, the donkey was denied entry to CNE headquarters, and he was unable to register and an Assembly candidate.

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Latin Grammys XIII: The Winners

Latin Grammys XIII: The Winners

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The big names were all out in force but the XIII Annual Latin Grammy Awards Thursday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was a celebration of the lesser known and the newcomers such as the pop rock duo Jesse & Joy, singer and songwriter Carla Morrison, and 3BallMTY (read Tribal Monterrey), a DJ-anchored group that created its own style they call tribal guarachoso.

Colombian singer and songwriter won Album of the Year and Best Long Form Music Video for MTV Unplugged, a work produced by Dominican singer, songwriter and producer Juan Luis Guerra. With it he has won 19 Latin Grammys, now matching the success of Calle 13.

Guerra, a 12-time Latin Grammy winner, entered the night with six nominations and won two.

But still, it was the duo Jesse & Joy, which won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video. The Mexican singer and songwriter Carla Morrison, who won for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Alternative Song, and 3BallMTY, which won as the Best New Artist, suggest a coming wave in Latin Music.

There were forty-seven Latin Grammys awarded Thursday.

Check out the list of winners below.

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BREAKING NEWS: 2 Missing, 4 Sent to Hospital After Oil Rig Explosion in the Gulf

BREAKING NEWS: 2 Missing, 4 Sent to Hospital After Oil Rig Explosion in the Gulf

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At least four people have been sent to the hospital and two are still missing after an explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana.

The production platform is in the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and is owned by Black Elk Energy.

The devastation of oil rig explosions is still fresh on the minds of many, especially since a massive settlement was recently reached with BP following the massive oil spill of at a Deep Water Horizon rig.

It should be noted, however, that this platform is in shallow water near West Cote Blanche Bay and unlike the Deep Water Horizon rig is not drilling. It it believed the explosion was a result of a construction problem.

On Black Elk’s website, it states it was scheduled to begin drilling the first of 23 new wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

The cause of the explosion is yet to be revealed, but emergency crews are already on site attempting to extinguish the fire.

According to CNN the Coast Guard is saying there is no oil in the water.

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Miguel Cabrera Captures MVP in National League

Miguel Cabrera Captures MVP in National League

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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera captured Most Valuable Player honors in the National League and American League, respectively.

Posey, 25, became the eighth National League catcher to win the award and the first since Cincinnati Reds star Johnnie Bench in 1972.

A big part of the Giants’ run to their second World Series title in three years, Posey led the league in hitting with a .336 average and also blasted 24 home runs and knocked in 103 runs.

The catcher bounced back after missing most of 2011 with an ankle injury he suffered in a violent collision at home plate with Florida Marlins player Scott Cousins.

In voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Posey received 27 of 32 first-place votes to win by a comfortable margin over second-place finisher and 2011 MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 29-year-old Cabrera, a Venezuelan-born slugger, won the MVP after becoming the first player since the Boston Red Sox’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win baseball’s elusive Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI.

For the season, Cabrera hit .330, smacked 44 home runs and had 139 RBI and was a big part of the Tigers’ run to the World Series.

He beat out the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, the 2012 rookie of the year, in the voting.

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Senator Marco Rubio Pushes for Legal Immigration

Senator Marco Rubio Pushes for Legal Immigration

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GOP Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday pushed for legal immigration to this country, called for prudence in the possible regularization of the status of millions of undocumented foreigners already living here and urged a permanent solution for people brought here illegally as children.

The Cuban American from Florida, a rising figure in the Republican Party, emphasized that “the issue of kids that are in this country undocumented is not an immigration issue, it’s a humanitarian one.”

The young immigrants in that situation are commonly referred to as “DREAMers,” because the long-stalled DREAM Act is aimed at providing them with a path toward legalization.

“(Y)ou can be for legal immigration - you don’t have to be for amnesty - but you also need to understand that we’re speaking about human beings,” Rubio said at the fourth annual Washington Ideas Forum.

He called for an immediate “permanent solution” for the DREAMers and said that the provisional measure implemented by the Obama administration last summer to grant qualified young migrants a renewable two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit was “politicized.”

Rubio said that immigration reform that legalizes the 11 million undocumented foreigners in the United States without deeper changes would only deal for a time with the people living here illegally, since waves of immigration would occur again.

He discussed implementating a legal immigration system in the country that would be based on family reunification of immigrants and work permits in areas such as agriculture and construction.

Rubio said that comprehensive immigration reform “will take more time” than other political priorities.

There are many analysts who say that the Florida senator is a promising figure within the Republican Party who could help to renew it and connect with the growing Latino electorate, which demonstrated its political clout in the recent elections.

At the forum, Rubio said that his recent visit to Iowa, home of the first presidential party caucuses, had nothing to do with his possible candidacy for president in 2016.

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Agreement Reached: BP to Pay $4.5 Billion for 2010 Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

Agreement Reached: BP to Pay $4.5 Billion for 2010 Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

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BP Plc announced Thursday that it reached agreement with the U.S. government to pay $4.5 billion for the explosion of an oil drilling platform and the subsequent spilling 4.9 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.

The Britain-based oil giant will also plead guilty to several criminal charges for the deaths of 11 workers in the blast aboard the Deepwater Horizon.

“All of us at BP deeply regret the tragic loss of life caused by the Deepwater Horizon accident as well as the impact of the spill on the Gulf coast region,” Bob Dudley, BP’s Group Chief Executive, said in a statement.

BP also said that it will add $3.85 billion to the reserve it had created with $38.1 billion to handle civil claims resulting from the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

The greater part of the amounts paid as fines, $2.4 billion, will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as compensation for work to restore the coastal areas in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the spill.

Another $350 million will be allocated to the National Academy of Sciences for its research into the effects of the spill that over the course of 87 days gushed almost five million barrels of petroleum into the Gulf.

The agreement, if it is accepted by a federal judge, still will not put an end to possible lawsuits resulting from the spill. BP and its partners in deepwater oil exploration could still remain targets for civil charges filed by the Justice Department.

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Investigative Journalist and His Bodyguard Killed in Mexico

Investigative Journalist and His Bodyguard Killed in Mexico

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A journalist was killed while on assignment in the central Mexican state of Puebla, the newspaper that employed him said Thursday.

Adrian Silva Moreno, 34, was slain Wednesday after he had finished covering a story about the discovery of a warehouse full of stolen fuel in the town of Tehuacan, about two hours by road from Puebla city, the state capital, regional daily Puntual said.

Silva and a 22-year-old former cop traveling with him were fatally shot by three assailants in a pickup truck, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

The attackers cut off Silva’s vehicle and then opened fire on the journalist and his companion, witnesses told authorities.

Police found the assailants’ truck abandoned about 150 meters (492 feet) from the crime scene.

The shooters fled in another vehicle, Puntual said, noting that the attack occurred in broad daylight.

Wracked since the mid-2000s by a multisided drug war, Mexico has become the Western Hemisphere’s most dangerous country for journalists. More than 80 media workers have been murdered in the country over the last 12 years, according to the independent National Human Rights Commission.

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FridayNovember 16, 2012