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MondayNovember 19, 2012

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Cristal Muñoz Crowned Miss California Latina 2012

Cristal Muñoz Crowned Miss California Latina 2012

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The contestants in the Miss California Latina proudly represent the beauty of the Hispanic woman as well as the heritage of their families, as is the case with this year’s winner, Cristal Muñoz.

“The Latinas of today feel prouder of being Latinas, because ... U.S. society ... discouraged them from feeling pretty,” Miss California Latina 2012 told Efe.

Muñoz said that when she was a girl she felt that “it wasn’t good enough to compete in a beauty contest on this level and win.”

At the gala, held Sunday evening in the Pasadena Convention Center, each of the 50 contestants expressed her pride in being Hispanic after she had performed.

“In my reign, I want to encourage all Latinas that what is important is that we be happy. Our race doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter if we belong to a demographic minority. We’re different and therefore, as Hispanics, we need to embrace all the ethnicities and all the cultures that there are here in California,” said Muñoz.

Miss California Latina 2012 holds a degree in communications and journalism from Azusa Pacific University and currently she is studying law at Glendale University.

“I’m very happy and proud to have won and I want to be an example for the Latino community, because I want everyone to fight for their dreams as I have fought for mine,” Muñoz said.

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Could Bimbo Save the Twinkie?

Could Bimbo Save the Twinkie?

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Mexican company Grupo Bimbo may be the key to saving the Twinkie from its untimely death.

Earlier this month, 6,600 Hostess employees went on strike. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Miller’s International Union (BCTGM), which represents the employees, took the strike action after the latest contract proposal from Hostess Brands was rejected by 92 percent of its members.

On November 16, 2012, Hostess announced that it was ceasing plant operations and laying off most of its 18,500 employees. It stated that it intended to sell off all of its assets, including the well known brand names, and liquidate. The CEO, Gregory Rayburn, stated, “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

That same day, a press release was issued by BCTGM stated in part, “When a highly-respected financial consultant, hired by Hostess, determined earlier this year that the company’s business plan to exit bankruptcy was guaranteed to fail because it left the company with unsustainable debt levels, our members knew that the massive wage and benefit concessions the company was demanding would go straight to Wall Street investors and not back into the company.

In order to actually liquidate, Hostess needs the permission of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Drain. According to CEO Gregory Rayburn, several potential buyers have expressed interest in acquiring the Hostess brand, including Grupo Bimbo.

When Hostess filed for bankruptcy back in 2007, Bimbo tossed their bid into the ring to seize the company. In the end, Bimbo backed out, but some have speculated they may step in this time.

Hostess had been struggling with high sugar prices in the U.S., while Bimbo has access to cheaper Mexican sugar. However, despite access to less expensive sugar, Bimbo would be taking production and manufacturing jobs out of the U.S.

Bimbo may not have the opportunity to step, however, because on Monday, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains NY ruled that a liquidation would not be allowed and that Hostess Brands would enter mediation with the worker’s union to avoid a shutdown.

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Bruno Mars’ New Single “Moonshine” Off the Upcoming ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ Album (AUDIO)

Bruno Mars’ New Single “Moonshine” Off the Upcoming ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ Album (AUDIO)

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Bruno Mars recently tweeted about his new single “Moonshine” off his upcoming album Unorthodox Jukebox.

“Moonshine” is the third single off his new album, following “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Young Girls”.

Unorthodox Jukebox is scheduled to be released on December 11, just in time for the holidays.


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STUDY:  Latinos Who Cheat on Spouses Are Faithful to their Lovers

STUDY:  Latinos Who Cheat on Spouses Are Faithful to their Lovers

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Hispanic men and women who cheat on their spouses are more “monogamous in their affairs” than the rest of its customers, according to figures provided by an agency that arranges affairs for married clients.

“When an Hispanic person finds someone that they like they want to spend more time with that person and change less than the rest,” David Benoliel, vice president of operations for Latin America for Ashley Madison, which bills itself as “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters,” told Efe.

A recent study of sexual behavior in the United States found that the number of married women who are unfaithful to their partners is increasing and stands at about 30 percent, while the number of men in that situation is about 50 percent, Benoliel said.

Surveys by Ashley Madison, about 35 percent of whose clients are women, show that the reason why Hispanic women seek an affair has been changing over the years and although some time ago it was due to marital problems currently it is the same reason motivating men: trying to get out of their routine.

Ashley Madison started operations more than a decade ago and currently has about 17 million users around the world, 800,000 of whom are Hispanics.

Like other groups, Hispanics start out seeking an affair after being married for four or five years.

The general profile of the firm’s customers is that they are about age 40 for men and 35 for women, with children, university-educated, married for more than 10 years and in good economic circumstances.

Benoliel said that the firm has male clients who are older than 60, known as the “Viagra generation,” although there are fewer women in that age group.

Another interesting aspect of the firm’s clientele is that unfaithful Hispanic women are younger than other ethnic groups, due, in Benoliel’s opinion, to the fact that they normally marry earlier than non-Latino women, although that is a trend that is diminishing.

The city with Ashley Madison’s largest number of Hispanic clients is Los Angeles, with 51,920, followed by Miami with 49,300 and San Antonio with 42,520.

Benoliel said the majority of clients are seeking physical contact, although he acknowledged that there are many who are just looking to “flirt” or have a “virtual relationship.”

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Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II’s Head-dress Restored, On Display in Austria

Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II’s Head-dress Restored, On Display in Austria

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Is this feather head-dress, as many continue to claim, really in some way connected with the legendary Aztec ruler, Montezuma? Was this the headdress worn by a high-priest while performing ritual sacrifices or making offerings? Who brought it to Austria, and why? These are only a few of the many questions, myths and legends connected with this precious artifact.

What is known for certain: the head-dress is first mentioned in 1596 in an inventory of the estate of Archduke Ferdinand II of the Tyrol that listed his collections of armour, artifacts and natural wonders at Ambras Castle as ”(…) an mörischer Huet(…)” (a Moorish hat). Later, in the early 19th century, the headdress, together with many other objects from the collection at Ambras, was removed to Vienna.

The early Mexican feather head-dress is one of the most fragile objects in the Museum of Ethnology, posing myriad problems for conservators. The aging process of the organic materials has resulted in irreparable, brittle and fragile areas. Although the object has been stabilized with careful interventions and preventive conservation measures its original condition cannot be recreated. However, as part of a collaboration between Mexico and Austria the feather head-dress has now been comprehensively cleaned and conserved.  These measures have greatly enhanced the green and blue iridescent splendor of this headdress comprising feathers of the Resplendent Quetzal and over a thousand small gold plates.

Its present flat appearance dates back to the restoration carried out in 1878 that had erroneously identified the feather head-dress as a standard. This resulted in the object’s loss of the three-dimensional shape it once had as a head-dress. At the time over 370 new small metal plates, feathers and skins of kingfishers were incorporated.

In addition to the penacho – as the only extant example of its kind it is of particular importance – the museum houses a number of other precious Pre-Columbian or early colonial Mexican feather objects, among them an Aztec feather shield, a bishop’s lappet, a feather-picture depicting the Virgin Mary with Child, and one showing St. Jerome in the Wilderness. These two mosaics are composed of countless multi-coloured feathers of Resplendent Quezals, hummingbirds, Aras, Cotingas, Roseate Spoonbills and flamingos.

For the first time these feather artifacts are on show together with the penacho in a special exhibition.

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Brazilian Exchange Student Among Those Killed in Maine Plane Crash

Brazilian Exchange Student Among Those Killed in Maine Plane Crash

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A Friday night crash claimed the life of three fraternity brothers after their plane struck a pickup truck shortly before takeoff.

Those killed, David Cheney, 22; William “BJ” Hannigan III, 24; and Marcelo Rugini, 24; knew each other through the Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of Maine. Cheney was the fraternity president and a business major. Hannigan had graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Rugini was an exchange student from Muliterno, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil as was an economics major.

As the men were heading north on a Knox County Regional Airport runway, the four-passenger Cessna 172, piloted by Hannigan, clipped a truck. The plane continued to take off, but as it climbed and turned east, it began to dive into the nearby woods. Upon impact, the aircraft burst into flames.

Those who witnessed the crash immediately drove out to try to save the passengers, but were unable to do so.

Police say airport staff has confirmed the truck was authorized to be on the runway. It was being driven by a pilot who was picking up another pilot who had recently put his plane in a hanger.

The Associated Press:

All trucks at the airport are equipped with radios to pick up any traffic from planes, airport manager Jeff Northgraves said. He said planes are required to radio their positions before, during and after takeoff. He said it wasn’t known yet whether the plane that crashed had radioed its actions.

Hannigan had recently gotten his pilot’s license and wanted to take his friends for a ride. He was still working on his flight hours.

In a statement from the University of Maine, vice president for student affairs and dean of students Robert Dana said the school’s Greek and international student communities are mourning the loss of three of their own, but they are not alone in their grief.”

Dana went on to say the deaths are “a loss for the entire UMaine community and the many people — including faculty and staff — whose lives they touched. They brought great light and energy to our campus, and we will miss them.”

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Argentina’s Faena Arts Center Brings Lesser Known Art into View

Argentina’s Faena Arts Center Brings Lesser Known Art into View

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The urban planning community of Puerto Madero in Argentina’s Buenos Aires area has begun turning itself into an upscale art hub with the success of the Faena Arts Canter.

Alan Faena is the mind behind the center which opened in 2011. Now, the Faena Art District project is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The project involved the transformation of an early 20th century building known as Los Molinos, which houses the arts center.

The Faena Arts Center calls on local and international artists, designers and film-makers to plan site-specific works that interact not only with the architecture, but with the cultural and urban conditions that make up its immediate context.

The center, which was once a wheat mill, “provides international-standard production conditions for all guest artists and curators. This fulfills our greatest dream: to provide the city with a unique project, steadfastly committed to cultural activation.”

The center’s $14 million, 13,000-square-foot exhibition space is housed on 2 floors under 32-foot high ceilings.

As of November 9th, the work of German artist Franz Ackermann is on display as well as the work of the artists involved with L.E.A.

LEA of Argentina was created to support the creative development of artists and researchers, through scholarship programs and residences. It proposes the creation of specific projects to maintain an open, dynamic and inspiring dialogue with the different areas of the Faena Arts Center.

This first edition, is led by Emiliano Miliyo, with the collaboration of Diego Bianchi and Ines Dahn. The artists participating in LEA 2012 are: Nicanor Araoz, Ernesto Ballesteros, Julian D’Angiolillo, Irina Kirchuk, Valentina Liernur, Lucrecia Lionti, Adriana Minoliti, Dudu Quintanilha, Luis Teran.

Walking South by Franz Ackermann is on display is the Molinos Room, while the LEA: Artistic Experimentation Laboratory is being housed in the center’s Cathedral Room.

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TRAGIC: Housekeeper Mauled to Death by Homeowner’s Dogs

TRAGIC: Housekeeper Mauled to Death by Homeowner’s Dogs

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Police have confirmed that a California housekeeper was killed by at least one dog at the home of her employer.

Remedios Romero-Solares, 30, was found dead on November 11, at a home in Fallbrook which is in San Diego County. She was working in the home while its residents were out of town. Police believe the dogs mauled her when she arrived to take care of them.

Romero-Solares had been dropped off by a relative. Her body was discovered when the relative arrived to pick her up the following day. Police say her bloody body was found in the backyard.

About eight dogs, later determined to be Olde English Bulldogge-American Bulldog mixes, were also in the yard, running loose. They ranged in age from 4-5 months to 2-3 years, and weighed from 70 to 105 pounds. The owner was said to be breeding the dogs for sale.

Police say at least one of the dogs mauled the victim. The dogs were seized by the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.

When checking for any additional victims in the home, the County Sheriff’s Department discovered 24 marijuana plants growing in one of the bedrooms.

According to Opposing Views, police say no force was needed to remove the dogs from the home, though authorities said, “the one or ones that are found to have attacked the victim will be deemed non-adoptable and euthanized. We have to ensure the safety of the public.”

The owners have no been identified and police have yet to file any criminal charges against them.

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos Urges Brazil to Invest in Spain

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Urges Brazil to Invest in Spain

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Boasting “one of the most open economies in the world,” Spain is an ideal place for Brazilian firms to invest, King Juan Carlos said here Monday as he hosted a luncheon for Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff.

The Spanish monarch gave a toast at the beginning of the luncheon to the ties and affinities existing between Spain and Brazil.

In her address, Rousseff said that speaking multilaterally, “Europe and Spain have an ally in Brazil ready to take part in any pact favoring the recovery and growth of global demand and employment.”

The king spoke of the need for the two countries to promote ever closer trade relations as part of a growing “interdependence” that can be observed in the fact that Spain is Brazil’s biggest European investor and the second in the world.

“Spain has already become the European base for many Ibero-American companies, and that’s what we would like for Brazilian firms as well,” Juan Carlos said.

Rousseff recalled that last year’s bilateral trade worth a record 8 billion euros ($10.2 billion) is still “small” compared with the tremendous potential offered by economic relations between the two countries.

The luncheon followed talks between Rousseff and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Also present were the two countries’ foreign and education ministers and Brazil’s minister of science and technology.

The Brazilian president, who participated over the weekend in the 22nd Ibero-American Summit in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz, noted there the need to combine policies of austerity with others promoting growth.

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NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez IS BACK!!

NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez IS BACK!!

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Quarterback Mark Sanchez bounced back from his recent slump and led the New York Jets to a 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams in NFL action over the weekend.

Sanchez, the former Southern Cal standout, completed 15 of 20 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown in helping the Jets improve to 4-6.

The Jets will face the New England Patriots, who are in first place in the AFC East Division, on Thanksgiving Day.

The Jets had been outscored 58-16 in their two previous games but managed to put some points on the board Sunday against the Rams, who are in their first season under head coach Jeff Fisher.

Running back Bilal Powell scored the first two touchdowns of his career and kicker Nick Folk hit two 51-yard field goals for the Jets.

The Rams (3-6) were led by quarterback Sam Bradford, who completed 23 of 44 passes for 170 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.

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Animal Activists Descend on Mexico City Protesting Bullfighting

Animal Activists Descend on Mexico City Protesting Bullfighting

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About 300 animal rights activists were removed by Mexico City police when they blocked ticket booths over the weekend at the Plaza Mexico in an effort to prevent people from watching bullfights at the arena.

Activists from several different animal rights groups gathered Sunday at the Plaza Mexico and got into a shoving match with police, who pulled them away from the ticket booths so fans could enter the facility, media reports said.

At least four protesters were arrested and the rest continued their demonstration in the streets.

The Derechos sin Fronteras animal rights group, which opposes bullfighting, asked supporters to gather at the Plaza Mexico so they could form a human chain.

Animal rights groups have been calling for some time for an end to bullfights in Mexico City.

The Anima Naturalis group has staged a number of protests in Mexico City, with some demonstrations drawing more than 1,000 people.

About 9,000 bulls are slaughtered every year at rings in Mexico, where bullfighting dates back to the 16th century, animal rights groups say.

Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador are the Latin American countries where bullfighting is most deeply rooted.

Chile, however, banned bullfighting shortly after it gained its independence from Spain in 1818, but rodeos, another target of animal rights activists, are popular in the South American country.

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Spanish Scientist Achieve Great Success in Preserving Seahorses

Spanish Scientist Achieve Great Success in Preserving Seahorses

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Researchers at Spain’s Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies, or CSIC, have managed an 80 percent survival rate for seahorses raised in captivity, marking the first time this level has been achieved.

After a six-year effort, a team from the Marine Research Institute in the northwestern Spanish city of Vigo developed a technique for raising long-snouted seahorses (Hippocampus guttulatus) that grew to double the size of members of the marine species living in their natural environment at the age of one, the CSIC said in a statement.

Scientists found that the ideal temperature for raising the seahorses in captivity was around 19 C to 20 C, opening the way for further research into the relationship between water temperatures and the species’ distribution.

The scientists, moreover, found that seahorses living off the coast of the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia and in the Mediterranean have better conditions for growth than those in the North Atlantic, opening the way for efforts to restore the protected species in its natural habitat, the CSIC said.

The project, which was funded by the Spanish government, was carried out by the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Canary Islands Institute for Marine Sciences and the Finisterre Aquarium.

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Mexico City District to Ban Celebratory Gunfire

Mexico City District to Ban Celebratory Gunfire

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Municipal authorities in the Mexico City district of Iztapalapa announced on the weekend that they will prohibit residents from engaging in celebratory gunfire into the air during street, religious or civil festivals after a child in a movie theater was killed by a spent bullet.

Iztapalapa public safety coordinator Carlos Candelaria Lopez told local media that authorities will meet with the representatives of various neighborhood groups to explain that the use of firearms will not be permitted at the festivals held in the district, which has some 2 million residents.

“The (municipal authorities are) not against their practices and customs and traditions as such, but firing bullets is not a tradition,” the official said.

Candelaria Lopez said that authorities were pursuing a “no tolerance” policy and seeking to eliminate the use of firearms at street festivals.

In different parts of the neighborhood there are assorted religious festivals and at many of them people are accustomed to bringing firearms and celebrating by firing into the air.

On Nov. 2, a child watching a movie with his family in a local theater was hit in the head by a bullet that came straight down through the ceiling, dying two days later.

During the investigation of the incident, experts found various spent bullets and cartridges on the theater’s roof, and others that had landed throughout the district after celebratory gunfire were brought in by local residents.

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Bloody Weekend in Sao Paulo - 10 Reported Dead So Far

Bloody Weekend in Sao Paulo - 10 Reported Dead So Far

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At least two more people were shot to death in Greater Sao Paolo in the past 24 hours, bringing to 10 the number of murders committed here since Friday night, police said.

In the municipality of Guarulhos, near Sao Paulo, two young men were shot dead and a third was wounded when gunmen riding on motorcycles attacked them in Santo Dumont Park.

In Capao Redondo, in the southern part of the city, a security guard at a supermarket was shot and seriously wounded, according to a police spokesman, the Agencia Estado news agency reported.

Eyewitnesses said that two men on a motorcycle shot the uniformed victim, whom they may have mistaken for a police officer since he was driving a vehicle loaned to him by police.

In the deadliest incident, five young people were shot and killed by an unidentified group of armed men Friday night in Sao Paulo’s southern district of Cidade Ademar, a spokesperson with Sao Paulo state’s Public Safety Secretariat told Efe.

In another shooting, a pedestrian was killed Friday night by two individuals on a motorcycle in the city’s northern district of Vila Constanca.

According to the secretariat, one other person was killed in a shooting in the east-side district of Penha.

Brazilian media, meanwhile, reported that a suspected criminal was shot dead in a clash with security forces in the Sao Paulo suburb of Embu das Artes.

Meanwhile, eight buses were set on fire on the weekend in the Campinas metropolitan area, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Sao Paulo.

Police in Sao Paulo say more than 250 homicides have been committed in the metropolis since the start of October, with most of violence directed at citizens but also including as many as 90 - sometimes off-duty - policemen.

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MondayNovember 19, 2012