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TuesdayNovember 20, 2012

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Salvador Dali Artwork Donated to Goodwill in Washington

Salvador Dali Artwork Donated to Goodwill in Washington

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It was a busy, noisy moment at a thrift store and donation site in Tacoma, Washington, when an anonymous donor left, mixed among other used items, a somewhat deteriorated engraving that turned out to be an original Salvador Dali.

“We found it among other donated second-hand items,” Dylan Lippert, the head of electronic sales at the Tacoma store, told Efe.

Funds from the sale of the work by the store, part of the Goodwill social enterprise chain, will be used to provide jobs for some 10 disabled persons.

“We don’t know why it was donated among other second-hand items and not by itself,” Lippert said.

When workers at the store first caught sight of the work they commented how “ugly” it was. “What’s this? Who would want it?” they said.

But the store manager and the director of art donations had their suspicions - they were familiar with the work of the Catalan painter and were ” very impressed and excited by the potential value of the piece, if it should be confirmed,” Lippert said.

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Champions League 2012: Messi and Barcelona Advance to Knockout Stage (VIDEO)

Champions League 2012: Messi and Barcelona Advance to Knockout Stage (VIDEO)

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Barcelona secured a spot in the Champions League knockout stage with a 3-0 away win Tuesday over Spartak Moscow and defending champ Chelsea found itself on the verge of elimination after losing 3-0 to Juventus.

Now third in Group E, with 7 points, the London club has to win its final group-stage match with Nordsjaelland and hope that Shakhtar Donetsk - which has already qualified for the next phase - triumphs on the road against Juventus.

Tito Vilanova’s Barcelona squad showed no lingering effects from its surprising 2-1 loss to Celtic in Glasgow two weeks ago, dominating Spartak.

Leo Messi contributed two of the three goals, bringing his 2012 total to 80, only five away from breaking Gerd Müller’s record.

The defeat sealed Spartak’s fate, leaving Benfica and Celtic to battle for second place in Group G.

The Portuguese side beat Celtic 2-1 on Tuesday to pull even with the Scottish club at 7 points, but Benfica’s final group-stage match is against Barça at Camp Nou.

Playing a man down for almost two-thirds of the contest, Valencia managed a 1-1 tie at home against mighty Bayern Munich, while Lille topped BATE Borisov 2-0 in the other Group F match.

Whatever happens in the final group match, Valencia and Bayern will both advance to the knockout stage.

Manchester United, already assured of advancing, traveled to Turkey with a squad made up largely of subs and lost 1-0 to Galatasaray, which is vying with CFR Cluj for second in Group H.

The Romanian side beat Braga 3-1 on Tuesday, eliminating the Portugal club.

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Massachusetts to Allow Undocumented to Pay In-State Tuition

Massachusetts to Allow Undocumented to Pay In-State Tuition

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On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that, under existing Board of Higher Education policy, certain young immigrants who meet criteria under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be considered eligible for in-state tuition at the Commonwealth’s 29 public college and university campuses, provided that they meet residency requirements.

The last time a bill regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants was approved by the Legislature was is 2004. Despite being approved, then-Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed the legislation.

Both parties have criticized Gov. Patrick, with Republicans like State Rep. Bradley H. Jones Jr. calling for the “implementation of in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants [to] be stopped immediately,” and Democrats such as State Sen. Richard Moore worrying undocumented students might “deny slots at public colleges from students who are legal residents of Massachusetts.”

The Globe wrote that members of both parties are also upset with the governor for “unilaterally imposing policy rather than working through the legislative process.”

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Gov. Patrick told reporters on Monday, “But it’s not a substitute for comprehensive immigration reform. We still need that.”

So what are the requirements of DACA?

You may apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) if:

  - you are age 15 or older
  - or you are younger than 15 and in removal proceedings, or have a final order of removal or an order of voluntary departure

You may qualify for DACA only if ALL of the following are true:

  - you entered the U.S. before your 16th birthday
  - you were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  - you have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 up to the present
  - you were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 (and when you apply for DACA)
  - you did not have lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012
  - you are in school, or you completed high school, or you obtained a GED, or you were honorably discharged from the U.S. military or Coast Guard
  - you have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; and you do not pose a threat to public safety or national security

You must also pass a biographic and biometric background check.

You can check your eligibility by using the DACA screening tool here.

You are not guaranteed deferred action just because you meet the eligibility requirements. The USCIS makes decisions on a case-by-case basis, and can deny or revoke deferred action status.

For more information about age requirements, education and military service guidelines, and other eligibility guidelines, see DACA Guidelines from the USCIS.

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Marc Anthony to Break Ground on New Orphanage in Dominican Republic

Marc Anthony to Break Ground on New Orphanage in Dominican Republic

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The Maestro Cares Foundation (MC), founded by international pop icon Marc Anthony and entrepreneur Henry Cardenas, announced today details for its groundbreaking ceremony in La Romana Dominican Republic, where it will help provide a new residence hall and learning center for more than 150 orphaned children.

The event is set for Friday, Nov. 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the new location for Orfanato Niños de Cristo, at Camino a la Luisa in La Romana’s Buena Vista Norte district. Both Anthony and Cardenas are scheduled to be in attendance.

“This day not only marks the beginning of a new life for these children, who are in much need of our support, but it’s also the start of a labor of love for us that began last year and today comes to fruition,” said Anthony.

The new residence will feature state-of-the-art designs and include a kitchen, laundry room, cafeteria, library, chapel, classrooms, dorm rooms, a teacher’s lounge, workshop area, business center, and a baseball field. The land, which measures 10,000 sq. yards., was donated by the Central Romana Corporation.

“This is a very special occasion for the Maestro Cares Foundation,” said Cardenas. “We’ve waited a long time for this moment and I can already imagine the children playing and studying in their new home. I applaud our donors and supporters for helping make this day possible, and especially to Central Romana Corporation for recognizing the importance of building a foundation for the children. This is the start of many great things to come.”

Launched in January 2012, Maestro Cares was established to assist in the development of orphanages throughout Latin America. By providing basic needs such as food, school supplies, dorm rooms, classrooms, clinics and other essential development programs, Maestro Cares seeks to provide children with healthy environments for learning while instilling a culture that includes a strong work ethic, confidence and discipline. Through a series of fundraisers, Maestro Cares raised over $200,000 this summer to start the construction of the new residence hall and learning center.

To make a donation and/or learn more about Maestro Cares click here.

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One Latino Amongst 4 Californians Implicated in al-Qaeda Terrorist Plot

Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, of Ontario and born in Mexico is one of four young men from Southern California that have been apprehended for planning a terrorist attack in the U.S. and overseas.

Santana Vidriales, Ralph Deleon, 23, and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, were recruited by Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, to the militant teaching of infamous terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.  Santa Vidriales and Deleon converted to Islam in 2010.

The men were planning on going to Afghanistan so they could join al-Qaeda and the Taliban.  They came to the attention of federal agents from their online discussions of ‘violent jihad’ and Islamic extremism.

Deleon and Santana Vidriales were taped by FBI agents admitting to their jihadist hopes.  Santana Vidriales went as far as admitting to his desire of destroying a military base.  Both men looked forward to becoming “martyrs” for the cause.  At the time of their arrest, Kabir was making arrangements for Deleon and Santana Vidriales to travel to Afghanistan to meet his alleged terrorist network. 

Kabir is a former member of the U.S. Air Force from Pomona, California.  He is a naturalized U.S. citizen, while Santana Vidriales and Deleon are permanent U.S. residents.  Gojali, the last recruit, is a U.S. citizen.

The federal complaint against the four men was unveiled yesterday by the FBI.  They are charged with plotting to bomb U.S. government facilities and for planning to engage in ‘violent jihad’ in Yemen and Afghanistan.

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Invasive Rats to be Exterminated in Galapagos Islands

Invasive Rats to be Exterminated in Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos Islands have seen their native plant and animal species dwindle as a result of invasive rats, but a new plan initiative will attempt to rid the islands of these invaders.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, whalers and privateers inadvertently introduced the black rats and mice to the Galapagos. In the 1900s, the rats were still being introduced to the new islands in the Galapagos. By this time, brown rats were also being introduced, further threatening the islands’ biodiversity.

Since then, both black and brown rats, wreak havoc among the wildlife of Galapagos by preying on eggs and hatchlings of bird and reptile species, to such an extent that one species of Galapagos tortoise has had no natural recruitment for nearly a century, and some unique bird species have become critically endangered. Their control and possible eradication in specific sites is a major priority for conservation in the islands.

Recent successes in rodent eradications on a number of small- and medium-sized islands in the Galapagos Islands have provided conservation managers sufficient knowledge and expertise to carry out the planned rat eradication on Pinzón Island, with little risk to native fauna and flora. This represents the largest island within the archipelago from which rats will be completely removed.

Rat traps and bait were dropped in 2011, but now poison will be spread in an attempt to rid the islands of almost 180 million rats that have now taken over and endangered the local environment.

According to the Galapagos Conservancy, the rats have prevented the giant tortoises on Pinzón from successfully reproducing in the wild for nearly 150 years, due to their predation on tortoise eggs and hatchlings. For the past 45 years, the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) and Charles Darwin Foundation have collected eggs, and artificially incubated, hatched, and raised the young in captivity. At four years of age, the young are considered “resistant” to attack by rodents and can be returned to their natural habitat.

Since the first reintroduction of 20 young Pinzón tortoises in 1970, more than 550 juvenile tortoises have been released on the island. The rodent bait being used in the eradication project does not pose a risk to the tortoises.

Other tests were performed before the eradication, in order to determine whether it was necessary to modify the existing bait formulas to increase their effectiveness and/or to reduce their attraction of non-target species.

Removing introduced rats from the islands is extremely important for the ecological restoration of Galapagos ecosystems, which still retain 95% of their original flora and fauna despite the presence of introduced species.

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Border Protection Seeks to Expand Its Drone Fleet

Border Protection Seeks to Expand Its Drone Fleet

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection last month received its latest unmanned aircraft, but it’s a new sole-source contract that could approach a half-billion dollars that offers the latest insight into the agency’s vision for its controversial eyes-in-the-sky drone program.

The border agency has locked in a five-year deal with a San Diego-area aeronautical company estimated to be worth as much as $443 million, according to a document posted Nov. 1 on the federal government contracting opportunities website. An estimated $237 million of that would buy up to 14 drones and related equipment. Whether Customs and Border Protection will actually get the money to spend is another question.

Congress hasn’t appropriated funding beyond the 10th drone the agency just received, which will fly from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and the agency hasn’t asked for any more for the 2013 fiscal year.

The Homeland Security inspector general’s office in a June audit recommended that Customs and Border Protection stop buying the drones until officials figure out a budget plan for the program and how to get the most use out of the unmanned aircraft, which are frequently grounded by inclement weather.

The watchdog agency’s criticism spurred a Texas congressman who has championed the use of drones to call on Customs and Border Protection to come up with a strategic plan before the agency buys more of the unmanned vehicles.

Yet Customs and Border Protection still wants more of them – up to 24 total – to patrol over land on the northern and southern borders and along coastal regions to help catch drug traffickers and undocumented migrants sneaking into the country, and apparently wants to be ready to buy more drones if and when Congress gives it the green light.

The agency has been on the forefront of domestic use of drones by law enforcement. While there are still relatively few drones flying today, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts 30,000 will fly domestically in less than 20 years, according to a recent congressional report.

Read more at Andrew Becker for California Watch →

Punta Tombo Penguin Couple Has Been Together (and Monogamous) for 16 Years

Punta Tombo Penguin Couple Has Been Together (and Monogamous) for 16 Years

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A pair Magellanic Penguins was recently discovered to have been together for 16 years.

Magellanic Penguins only breed in Chile, Argentina, and the Falklands Islands. Occasionally, some migrate to Brazil and have been as far north as Rio de Janeiro.

With this species’ natural lifespan lasting just 20 to 25 years after they first begin mating – 30 for those in captivity – being together and monogamous for 16 years is impressive.

According to ANI, penguin relationships were previously believed to span a maximum of just 10 years, with many cut short by the unexpected death of birds during migration. Add the fact that will

Punta Tombo, a peninsula located south of Argentina’s Chubut Province, is believed to be home to the largest nesting colonies for Magellanic Penguins.

Researchers discovered the long-paired penguin couple after placing metal identity bands on the flippers of 50,000 penguins from Punta Tombo.

With the additional help of satellite tracking in the last year, researchers were able to determine that not only had the penguin lovebirds been together for 16 years, but they had remained monogamous.

Each winter, the male and female migrated to the warmer waters of Brazil individually, yet every Spring they returned to their same nest and more impressively to each other.

Despite this discovery however, it does not change the fact that the Magellanic Penguin population has seen a dramatic dropped in the last 22 years, almost 20 percent.

Magellanic Penguins have been classified as a “threatened species,” as large breeding colonies off the coast of Argentina are being threatened by oil spills, which kill about 20,000 adults and 22,000 juveniles every year.

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Puerto Rico Tied for Highest Diabetes Rates in the U.S.

Puerto Rico Tied for Highest Diabetes Rates in the U.S.

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Numbers have doubled over 15 years across 18 states, and all states now have rates of 6 percent or more.

A stunning new federal report reveals just how bad the obesity-linked type 2 diabetes epidemic in the United States has become, with rates of the often-preventable disease hitting record highs.

Some of the statistics are staggering: While in 1995 only three states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico had diabetes prevalence rates of 6 percent or more, by 2010 diabetes rates in all 50 states had reached that level.

Some states—especially in the South—have fared much worse than others, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said. Eighteen states saw their rates of diabetes cases double during the 15-year period covered by the study, and in 42 states the rate jumped by 50 percent.

In six states and Puerto Rico, one in 10 adults now have diabetes.

“I was shocked myself,” said lead researcher Linda Geiss, a statistician in CDC’s division of diabetes translation. “We know diabetes has been increasing for decades, but to see 18 states having an increase of 100 percent was shocking.”

The main cause of the increase is clear: Americans’ widening waistlines. “The diabetic epidemic has gone hand-in- hand with the increases in obesity,” Geiss said.

The tragedy is that diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes, she added.

Dr. Stuart Weinerman, from the division of endocrinology at North Shore University Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., said that “diabetes is becoming the major public health burden.”

“This is an unnecessary epidemic due to obesity,” he added. “From a public health perspective, we better be prepared if we allow people to continue to be obese, to spend huge amounts of money on taking care of patients.”

The report was published in the Nov. 16 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

According to the report, the states with the biggest increases were mainly clustered in the South, with Oklahoma (226 percent), Kentucky (158 percent), Georgia (145 percent), and Alabama (140 percent) faring worst.

But states everywhere showed increases in diabetes prevalence, including regions such as the West, Midwest and the Northeast.

“The CDC has long since warned us that, should current trends persist, as many as one out of three Americans could be diabetic by mid-century,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center.

The result would be a “staggering” figure—well over 100 million people with diabetes and representing a cost in both human and economic terms that is apt to be unbearable, he said. “This report shows us that ominous trend is well under way,” he added.

According to the CDC, more than a third (35.7 percent) of U.S. adults are now obese, and as with diabetes the highest rates of obesity are in the South.

Obesity has not only been tied to diabetes, but to heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer. Diabetes can lead to loss of vision, circulation problems resulting in amputations and kidney disease, the CDC noted.

Type 2 diabetes, which is strongly tied to obesity, makes up 90 percent to 95 percent of all diabetes cases in the United States.

“Virtually all of this burden of disease could be eliminated,” Katz said. “At the population level, diabetes is deemed to be preventable at least 90 percent of the time. Individual risk can be reduced by as much.”

“A worsening epidemic of diabetes is engulfing us,” he added. “We have the knowledge we need of what works, but have thus far failed to apply it effectively.”

For the study, researchers used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual phone survey of adults in the United States.

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Ryan Reynolds Given GQ Mexico’s International Actor of the Year Award

Ryan Reynolds Given GQ Mexico’s International Actor of the Year Award

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Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds was in Mexico City recently for GQ Mexico‘s “GQ Men of the Year” awards ceremony and party.

The recently married man was honored as the magazine’s International Actor of the Year.

The Hollywood heartthrob has a number of films under his belt and plenty more slated for released in 2013.

Two of the 36-year-old’s upcoming films are animated features: Turbo and The Croods.

Regarding working on animated films, Reynolds told IB Times:

…There is no real ceiling. There is no such thing as over the top. You go as big as you possibly can, and it makes those small moments kind of sing more. I love that. It was a real exercise. It felt a lot like when I was a kid starting out, in improv comedy classes and just the sky was the limit in terms of your imagination, and that’s what animation really is. Your filmed while your recording though, so their using your facial expressions and your body movements. It was such a unique opportunity and I was so grateful to Jeffrey Katzenberg for giving me not one, but two of his animated films.

Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, is the producer behind hits like Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and The Prince of Egypt.

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JUST IN:  5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Central Chile

JUST IN:  5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Central Chile

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The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 occurred near central Chile, in the Valparaiso area at 10:23 CST.  The quake was reported to have rattled the O’Higgins, Maule and Santiago areas.

The earthquake measured 9.6 mile deep and occurred offshore some 37 miles southwest of San Antonio, Chile.  Thus far no casualities or visible damage is being reported by Chilean authorities.

The Chilean Navy has ruled out the probability that a tsunami will occur. 

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San Diego’s Chicano Park Seeks National Historic Designation

San Diego’s Chicano Park Seeks National Historic Designation

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With more than 40 years of history behind it and famous for its murals, San Diego’s Chicano Park is seeking a spot in the National Registry of Historic Places.

After a tough struggle by activists, the nomination of Chicano Park and its murals was approved last week by California’s State Historical Resources Commission and in 45 days a decision in the matter will be made public.

Activist Josephine Talamantez, a member of a family who has lived in the surrounding community of Barrio Logan since 1908, was the person in charge of gathering the information needed to ensure that the emblematic site would be considered.

For that task, Talamantez and the members of the Chicano Park Steering Committee presented a document dozens of pages long in which they emphasize both the history of the site as well as the significance of its more than 70 murals.

For Barrio Logan it’s important to get this recognition because then they would be able to obtain protection for the park from any modification.

This protection would bring calm to a community that has fought for decades to keep the site alive and offer to Latinos a spot in San Diego County where they can remember their roots, Tommie Camarillo, the chair of the committee, told Efe.

Chicano Park was founded in 1970 after a protest against the construction of a California Highway Patrol station at the site.

After negotiations with members of the municipality a decision was reached to preserve the park, which has become a reference point for San Diego’s Latino community.

“It’s a spot where we can feel that we belong, each mural describes a part of our history,” said Camarillo.

Over the years, Chicano Park has become a place for important events to celebrate Hispanic heritage, as well as a starting point for demonstrations.

Also, birthday parties and weddings have been celebrated there.

San Diego resident Gus Chavez recalled his daughter’s wedding there 15 years ago.

“Even now, I meet friends who tell me that they haven’t forgotten the day of my daughter’s wedding,” he told Efe.

The National Registry of Historical Places is a list of more than 80,000 sites.

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IBM Partners with Brazil’s Richest Man to Build Semiconductor Factory

IBM Partners with Brazil’s Richest Man to Build Semiconductor Factory

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Brazilian authorities announced Monday the construction of a semiconductor factory costing 1 billion reais ($500 million) that will have among its partners IBM and Eike Batista, Brazil’s richest man.

SIX Semiconductores will be the second semiconductor factory in Brazil and the most modern in Latin America, Minas Gerais state Gov. Antonio Anastasia said at the ceremony to launch the project.

Also participating in the event was federal Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Fernando Pimentel.

Both the federal and state governments will help to finance the initiative.

The factory will be built in Ribeirao das Neves, a suburb of Belo Horizonte, the state capital.

The two biggest partners will be the Batista-controlled SIX Solucoes Inteligentes and BNDES development bank, the financial arm of the Brazilian government.

Each will have a 33 percent interest in the project, and the SIX Semiconductores plant will create 300 direct jobs when it is up and running.

The other partners in the project will be IBM, the Minas Gerais State Development Bank and the Matec Investimentos and Tecnologia Infinita WS-Intecs groups.

The only chip factory in Brazil is a state-owned plant recently launched in the state or Rio Grande do Sul that has yet to begin production.

Construction on the new factory will begin this year and it is slated to begin operating in 2014.

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Madonna Reserves Entire Rio Hotel While on Tour in Brazil

Madonna Reserves Entire Rio Hotel While on Tour in Brazil

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Singer Madonna, who will appear in Rio de Janeiro on her MDNA world tour, has reserved an entire hotel for herself and her team, the online edition of the daily O Globo said Tuesday.

“The team includes, among many others, physical trainers, personal assistants, hairdressers, wardrobe attendants” as well as her four children and their tutors, the Web site said.

It added that due to the large number of people surrounding her on the tour, Madonna decided to reserve an entire hotel by the sea at Ipanema, a stretch of coastline that together with Copacabana and Leblon make up Rio’s most famous string of beaches.

The MDNA tour, which kicked off in Israel last May, will reach Latin America next weekend, when the Queen of Pop appears in Mexico before moving on to Colombia.

On Dec. 2 the singer will perform in Rio de Janeiro, after which she will be off to Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre followed by Buenos Aires and Santiago, finally winding up her tour in the Argentine city of Cordoba.

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U.S. Archdiocese Sends Aid for Cuba’s Sandy Victims

U.S. Archdiocese Sends Aid for Cuba’s Sandy Victims

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Miami sent Monday to Cuba a shipment of more than 4 tons of provisions for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski told a press conference that the aid included powdered milk, rice, grains, canned tuna and sausages, and was flown to Cuba in a plane provided by the Miami Air Cargo company.

More than 100,000 homes and some 13 churches were damaged by Sandy’s violent winds, which left 11 people dead on the Caribbean island, the prelate said.

The aircraft was received by members of Caritas Cuba and the Daughters of Charity, who will supervise the transport and distribution of the food in the areas that need it.

Over the past two weeks more than 100 Catholic churches collected money to buy food products for Cuba’s hurricane victims, Wenski said.

The archbishop said that this shipment is just the beginning of aid to the Cuban people, because he is studying other ways to help those harmed by the storm.

Hurricane Sandy crossed eastern Cuba from south to north before dawn on Thursday, Oct. 25, and left vast agricultural losses and damage to the economy, whose total value has not yet been determined by the Cuban government.

Santiago de Cuba and neighboring Holguin were the provinces hit hardest by the hurricane, according to Cuban authorities.

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Argentine’s President Cristina Fernandez Monthly Salary Revealed to Be $13,600

Argentine’s President Cristina Fernandez Monthly Salary Revealed to Be $13,600

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is being paid a net salary of 40,000 pesos (about $8,500) this month, the Office of the President said Tuesday in response to a controversy over the head of state’s pay.

Fernandez’s gross pay in November totaled 64,000 pesos (about $13,600).

The president’s pay is up 28 percent since January, when she received a gross salary of 48,000 pesos (about $10,000) and netted 30,000 pesos (about $6,380).

The Office of the President revealed Fernandez’s salary in the wake of a controversy unleashed by a story Sunday in the Clarin newspaper that claimed she had received a 42 percent pay hike between January and October.

Pay increases for high-level officials are based on several factors, not all of which were revealed by the Office of the President, the La Nacion newspaper reported Tuesday.

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Massachusetts Will Offer In-State Tuition To DREAMers With Work Permits

Massachusetts Will Offer In-State Tuition To DREAMers With Work Permits

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By Annie-Rose Strasser

The state of Massachusetts will soon allow undocumented immigrants protected under the President’s deferred action program to pay in-state tuition at public universities.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) will direct the Board of Higher Education to grant in-state rates to any student who has obtained a work permit, a state official told the Boston Globe over the weekend.

This applies to undocumented students who were given relief from the fear of deportation earlier this year, when the President announced a deferred action program to help such young people gain the right to work.

Patrick’s directive will take effect immediately, and will drastically lower the cost of higher education for young immigrant students:

    Patrick’s announcement dramatically slashes the cost of a college education for immigrants who until now had to pay out-of-state rates.
    For example, the flagship University of Massachusetts Amherst costs $26,645 this year for nonresidents, compared with $13,230 for residents, while Bunker Hill Community College costs $5,640 this year for residents, compared with $13,880 for nonresidents. And Framingham State costs $8,080 for residents this year, compared with $14,160 for nonresidents.

In the past, paying for college was exceptionally hard for undocumented students, since they were ineligible for federal student loans or programs such as Pell grants. In some states, that is likely to continue: While there are 12 states that allow undocumented students to pay an in-state rate, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, and Indiana have laws that specify such immigrants are not allowed to pay an in-state rate.

Read more at ThinkProgress →

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