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FridayNovember 23, 2012

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Messi Is Not Afraid Of Losing Barcelona Contract

Messi Is Not Afraid Of Losing Barcelona Contract

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FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi said he is not concerned about negotiating an extension of his current contract, which expires on June 30, 2016, reiterating his desire to play his entire career with the Spanish club.

“As far as I know, there’s still nothing. But my contract doesn’t worry me at all. I know what I want so there’s no problem,” the 25-year-old Argentine superstar told a Portuguese reporter who inquired about his contract situation.

Asked which Portuguese club he would choose to play for if he leaves Barcelona one day, Messi said he’s never given that any consideration “because I’ve always thought I’d stay here. I hope I never have to go to Portugal or anywhere else.”

Messi, a three-time FIFA player of the year, attended an event Thursday organized by his foundation and the EA Sports video game brand, which the striker endorses.

EA Sports’ FIFA 13 game, which features Messi on the cover, has sold 7.4 million copies since its release in September.

On Thursday, EA Sports presented Messi with a $250,000 check to finance various projects being carried out by his foundation.

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Locomotive Fire Strands 600 Central American Migrants in Mexico

Locomotive Fire Strands 600 Central American Migrants in Mexico

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About 600 Central American migrants are stranded in Arriaga, a city in the southeastern state of Chiapas, due to a fire in the locomotive of the train used by migrants to reach central Mexico.

The fire broke out Tuesday in Corazones, a town on the border between Oaxaca and Chiapas states, as the train, known as “The Beast,” was heading to Arriaga with no migrants aboard.

The fire completely destroyed the locomotive, media reports said.

Ferrocarril del Istmo de Tehuantepec, which operates the train, sent about 20 workers to remove the locomotive and repair the tracks, a job that will likely not be completed until the weekend.

The number of migrants in the area has risen because of the disruption in train service.

An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.

The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.

Central American migrants follow a long route that first takes them into Chiapas state, which is on the border with Guatemala, walking part of the way or riding aboard freight trains, buses and cargo trucks.

The flow of migrants has increased markedly in the northern and northeastern parts of Mexico since U.S. officials increased security along the border in the northwestern part of the country.

A total of 46,716 Central Americans were deported from Mexico between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2011, the INM said in a report released earlier this year.

The majority of the migrants - 41,215 - were men and nearly half, some 23,560, were from Guatemala, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said.

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Doctors Say Boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho is Brain Dead

Doctors Say Boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho is Brain Dead

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Puerto Rican boxing icon Hector “Macho” Camacho has died from wounds suffered in a shooting this week on the Caribbean island, the director of the Centro Medico trauma facility, Dr. Ernesto Torres, said here Thursday. He was 50.

The latest medical tests on the former three-time boxing world champion confirmed that he was clinically brain dead, the physician told reporters.

The former fighter was shot in the face Tuesday by unknown assailants outside a bar in Bayamon, part of the San Juan metropolitan area. A man accompanying Camacho was killed in the attack.

Doctors waited for nearly two days for the test results that showed Camacho, one of Puerto Rico’s greatest-ever boxers, had lost the last fight of his life, Torres said.

The ex-boxer’s family will decide Friday whether or not to take him off life support, the hospital director said.

Camacho’s father has expressed his desire that his son’s organs be donated but also requested that the hospital not yet remove him from an artificial respirator.

The decision on when to disconnect him will be taken after the former boxer’s son - also named Hector Camacho - arrives on the island in the coming hours from New York.

Macho Camacho won world junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight crowns in the 1980s. His last title fight was a 1997 loss by unanimous decision to then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya.

The Puerto Rican, who has battled problems with drugs and alcohol, retired from the ring in 2009 with a lifetime record of 79-5-3.

Camacho spent two months behind bars in Mississippi for a 2005 burglary and his wife filed several domestic abuse complaints against him before ultimately divorcing him.

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Spain’s Rafa Benitez Named New Manager of Chelsea F.C.

Spain’s Rafa Benitez Named New Manager of Chelsea F.C.

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Chelsea on Wednesday named Rafa Benitez as manager for the balance of the 2012-2013 season, replacing Roberto Di Matteo, who was fired earlier in the day over the English club’s latest embarrassing loss in Europe.

The Spaniard, who managed Valencia to La Liga titles in 2002 and 2004, returns to the Premier League two years after being let go by Liverpool, which won the Champions League under his tutelage in 2005.

Benitez, 52, will be taking the reins of a squad that no longer controls its own destiny in Champions League play after Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Juventus.

Chelsea now faces the prospect of becoming the first defending Champions League winner to be eliminated in the group stage. The London side has also slipped to third place in the Premier League.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season,” team management said in a statement.

Benitez, the statement said, is a “manager with significant experience at the highest level ... who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.”

The new manager will meet with the players on Thursday.

Trailing Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus in Group E, Chelsea’s chances of advancing to the Champions League knockout stage depend not only on a win over humble Nordsjaelland in a Dec. 5 clash, but also on the outcome of the final group match between the Ukrainian and Italian clubs.

Chelsea’s demanding owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, has gone through eight managers since taking over the club in 2003.

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New Mexico Urged to Provide Maternity Leave for High School Students

New Mexico Urged to Provide Maternity Leave for High School Students

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New Mexico could soon join Massachusetts as the only other state to offer high school students maternity leave.  New Mexico is being urged by advocates of the idea, that includes the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, to make this state law.

Advocates feel that if maternity leave is given teen graduation rates would go up in the state.  The proposed maternity leave would benefit both teen mothers and fathers.  Teen students would get up to 14 days of excused absence per semester.  The teen mom would get an additional 10 days of maternity leave.  State teachers would be required to provide the students make-up work so they wouldn’t fall behind.

New Mexico has the second highest rate of teen pregnancies in the U.S. at 53 births per 1,000 females as of 2010.  The national average is 34.2 births per 1,000 females. 

The 2010 census showed that for the first time in the state’s history the Latino population surpassed those of whites.  The teen birth rates for White Non-Hispanics, African-American and Native American teens in New Mexico dropped by nearly 40% from 1990 to 2002. But in the same time period, Hispanic teen birth rates decreased only 12% according to the Institute for Public Health.

 

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Selena Gomez Joins Adidas as Guest Designer for NEO

Selena Gomez Joins Adidas as Guest Designer for NEO

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Pop star Selena Gomez has been chosen by Adidas to be one of its guest designers for the NEO label through 2015.  She will contribute design ideas and appear in ads for Adidas.

Selena, 20, designs for NEO will start February, 2013.  She issued the following statement on her latest venture: “It is a great partnership for me because NEO really cares about style and having fun with fashion and allowing you to be yourself,” Gomez said in a statement. “This is something that’s always been important to me and is important to my fans, too: knowing they can express themselves through wearing whatever clothes they want and feel good about themselves.”

This will put Gomez and her ex-love Justin Bieber under the same design roof.  Bieber has been working with NEO since October. 

This is one of many projects the former ‘Wizard of Waverly Place’ star is involved with.  Beside her acting and singing work she has a clothing line at K-Mart and a self-titled perfume at Macy’s. 

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Robert Rodriguez Sued, Future of ‘Machete’ Sequel at Risk

Robert Rodriguez Sued, Future of ‘Machete’ Sequel at Risk

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If Overnight Productions has its way there will be no more ‘Machete’ movies.

Overnight Productions are the producers of the ‘Machete Kills’ film that Robert Rodriguez directs and their suit if successful could stop the release of the upcoming sequel.  The lawsuit is against Robert Rodriguez’s production company Quick Draw Productions in Texas.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this week, claims Rodriquez failed to pay certain fees, keep transparent records and failed to obtain favorable tax credits – all things promised to Overnight Productions.  Overnight Productions in turn was due to distribute the sequel.

The ‘Machete’ films tells the story of former federale Machete played by Danny Trejo. The sequel plot involves Machete working with the U.S. government against a drug lord and an arms dealer - played by Mel Gibson - from launching a missile.  Rodriquez had already recruited Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez and Sofia Vergara for the sequel.

The first ‘Machete’ movie came out in 2010 to great success earning some $44 million at the box office.

If Overnight Productions is successful in court it will cut its ties with Rodriguez and he will lose his rights to make the sequel.  The creative rights to ‘Machete’ are owned by Overnight Productions’ Rick Schwartz who contracted with Rodriquez earlier this year granting Rodriquez the rights to do the sequel.

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MEXICO POLL:  War on Drugs a Failure

MEXICO POLL:  War on Drugs a Failure

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A recently concluded public opinion poll in Mexico has deemed outgoing President Felipe Calderon’s war on narcos a failure.

The war on drugs and criminal organizations trafficking drugs was initiated by Calderon in 2006 and will conclude this month when he leaves office.  Mexico’s drug war has resulted in 47,515 homicides while related crimes such as extortion, kidnapping and robbery having dramatically risen.

The opinion poll was conducted by the Citizens’ Security Perception which noted that Calderon’s mandate to crush the narcos was viewed favorable in 2006 with its popularity sliding over the years. A near majority of the country, 46 percent, feel the war on drugs failed. 

A Monterrey-based newspaper, Milenio, has claimed that organized crime-related violence has claimed close to 60,000 lives not the 47,515 Calderon’s administration claims.  Calderon will step down as Mexico’s president on December 1, 2012. 

Incoming Mexican President Enrique Peña Neito has not detailed what he plans to do to combat drug traffickers and whether he will continue with Calderon’s war on drugs especially the use of Mexican armed forces. 

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Formal Invitation Offered to Bolivia to Join Mercosur Trade Pact

Formal Invitation Offered to Bolivia to Join Mercosur Trade Pact

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Bolivia has been formally invited to join as a full member the largest trading bloc in Latin America, Mercosur. 

The membership process is due to start at Mercosur’s next meeting in Brasilia, Brazil on December 6.  Bolivia’s President Evo Morales is expected to attend though he has not made a public commitment to joining the trading bloc.

Bolivia is currently an associate member of Mercosur.  Full member countries are:  Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay (currently suspended) and Venezuela.

Known as the “Common Market of the South,” Mercosur was created in 1991 as an economic and political agreement among members to promote the free movement of goods, services and people among member states.

Mercosur’s primary interest has been eliminating obstacles to Latin America regional trade, such as high tariffs and income inequalities. 

It is currently the fourth largest trading bloc in the world with a collective GDP of $2.9 trillion according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Statue of Liberty Will Reopen in 2013 After Hurricane Sandy

Statue of Liberty Will Reopen in 2013 After Hurricane Sandy

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The Statue of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island, which sustained extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, will not reopen before 2013, the National Park Service, the agency responsible for managing both areas, said.

“Due to conditions created by Hurricane Sandy, Statue of Liberty National Monument is currently closed. Although a projected reopening date has not yet been established, data from initial reports has determined it will not occur in 2012,” the federal agency said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The two islands, located in New York Harbor between New York and New Jersey, were pounded by the strong winds and flooding from Sandy.

The Statue of Liberty’s crown had been reopened to visitors the day before Sandy hit the New York metro area after undergoing extensive renovations for more than a year.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took part in the ceremony at which the statue’s crown reopened on Oct. 28.

The superstorm washed away hundreds of bricks from the area around the statue’s pedestal.

The Statue of Liberty, which was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886, and designated a national monument in 1924, welcomes about 3.5 million visitors annually.

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Unemployment Insurance Kept 2.3 Million Americans Out Of Poverty Last Year

Unemployment Insurance Kept 2.3 Million Americans Out Of Poverty Last Year

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By Travis Waldron, ThinkProgress

America’s unemployment insurance program is not as robust as those in many industrialized nations, but the program that is speeding toward massive reductions if Congress doesn’t extend it before the end of the year still kept more than 2 million Americans out of poverty in 2011.

According to the National Employment Law Project, which is calling on Congress to re-authorize the federal unemployment compensation program before the end of the year, unemployment insurance kept 2.3 million out of poverty, cutting the number of Americans who were entered the ranks of poverty last year in half:

Were it not for unemployment insurance, the increase in the number of Americans living in poverty would have doubled over the last year. (While the number of people in poverty grew by 2.3 million from 2010 to 2011, unemployment insurance prevented an additional 2.3 million Americans from joining their ranks.)

Unemployment insurance is generally handled by the states, but because long-term unemployment was exacerbated during the Great Recession, Congress enacted the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008. If the federal program isn’t extended by the end of the year, 2 million Americans could lose unemployment benefits, and another 1 million will join them in the early part of 2013. More than 500,000 recipients lost benefits earlier this year because of the way the program is administered and because Congress reduced eligibility for it.

Republicans have pushed against past extensions of the program, arguing that it creates a culture of dependency on federal benefits that reduce the incentive to find work. But the federal program requires workers to search for jobs, and studies have shown that recipients look harder for jobs than those who don’t receive benefits. Meanwhile, in industrialized nations, there is no proof that more generous unemployment insurance programs lead to higher levels of employment: Greece’s unemployment rate, for instance, has soared even though it has one of the least generous programs in the world, while Israel boasts both a generous unemployment program and a falling unemployment rate.

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Colombia Expects $2.6 Billion Investment From 49 Oil Blocks

Colombia Expects $2.6 Billion Investment From 49 Oil Blocks

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Colombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency, or ANH, has awarded 49 oil exploration and production blocks in an auction and said it expects the winning bidders to invest some $2.6 billion over the next six years.

Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol won the rights to 12 blocks, seven in partnership with other companies such as ExxonMobil, Spain’s Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, Colombia’s Hocol and Norway’s Statoil.

Other companies that won rights to blocks - either singly or as part of consortiums - include Perenco, Pluspetrol, Andes Argentina, Integra Oil & Gas, Gulfsands Petroleum, OGX, C&C Energy, Optima Range, Petroleos del Norte, Petroleos Sudamericanos, ONGC Videsh, Clean Energy Resources, Anadarko, Vetra and Petroleum Equipment, the ANH said on its Web site.

A total of 100 blocks were on offer in the Colombia Round 2012 and 105 bids were submitted for 49 of them, while those blocks that did not attract bids will be re-auctioned on Nov. 28, the ANH said.

Only six of the awarded blocks are located offshore and none of those is located near the San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina archipelago, a region affected by an International Court of Justice ruling establishing new maritime boundaries between Nicaragua and Colombia.

Colombia is currently Latin America’s fourth largest oil producer after Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.

The South American country, which has roughly 2.2 billion barrels of proved oil reserves, produced an average of 914,000 barrels per day last year and says it hopes to raise that output to 1 million bpd by year’s end.

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