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SundayDecember 2, 2012

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Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe Offers Wide Ranging Support to Mexico’

Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe Offers Wide Ranging Support to Mexico’

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Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe offered Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, Madrid’s collaboration on its new security strategy and both have also studied the possible participation of Spanish companies in Mexico’s ambitious infrastructure plan.

The prince held his first bilateral discussion with Peña Nieto on Saturday after the luncheon the latter offered at Chapultepec Castle for dignitaries who attended his inauguration.

At the meeting, the Mexican president clearly demonstrated his knowledge about Spain’s current situation and the potential and quality of its companies in the infrastructure sector, officials with Spain’s royal household said.

As is traditional, Felipe delivered to the Mexican leader a letter with a message from King Juan Carlos and transmitted to him an invitation to visit Spain.

Peña Nieto, as president-elect, visited Madrid in mid-October where he met with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and dined with the king and the crown prince.

This is the third inauguration of a Mexican president at which the prince has represented Spain, a function he began performing in 1997 throughout Latin America.

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Software Creator John McAfee Apprehended on Belize-Mexico Border

Software Creator John McAfee Apprehended on Belize-Mexico Border

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Software pioneer John McAfee, the creator of the antivirus program that bears his name, was arrested on the border between Belize and Mexico after authorities from the former demanded his capture as a suspect in a murder investigation, his official Website reported.

“We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico,” the whoismcafee.com Web site said.

The Web site, which McAfee launched to counteract what he says are mistaken statements about him by the media and local authorities, said that it would provide more information on the matter as it becomes available.

Authorities in Belize said that they only intend to question McAfee, who was arrested on Saturday, to determine his possible involvement in the murder last month of his neighbor in the town of Ambergris Caye. Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American, died from a gunshot to the head.

McAfee insisted on his blog that he has “absolutely nothing to do” with Faull’s death, adding that he had spoken only a few words to him since he moved to Belize in 2008.

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100 Injured, 92 Arrested During Inauguration Protests in Mexico

100 Injured, 92 Arrested During Inauguration Protests in Mexico

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Around 100 people were injured and nearly 100 others arrested in clashes between police and protesters angry over the inauguration of new President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City, officials said.

A total of 92 people, including 11 minors, were taken before prosecutors following the violence on Saturday, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said in a press conference.

Of those arrested, 72 are males and the rest females, the mayor said.

The violence was the work of groups that planned the incidents in an effort to affect the stability of the capital, Ebrard said.

“What does this have to do with what was happening at San Lazaro?” Ebrard asked, referring to Peña Nieto’s swearing-in ceremony at the seat of Congress.

“If anyone is disgusted, it is Mexico City because of this aggression, and it is not going to go unpunished,” the mayor, a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, said.

Federal District Attorney Jesus Rodriguez, meanwhile, blamed anarchist groups for the violence and vowed to investigate whether other groups were involved.

Peña Nieto was inaugurated on Saturday as Mexico’s president, returning the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, to power after a 12-year hiatus.

Outgoing President Felipe Calderon kissed the presidential sash before handing it over to his successor amid cries by legislators in favor and against Peña Nieto, a telegenic former governor of the central state of Mexico.

In the chamber of the lower house, where the ceremony was held, a large banner was carried by opposition lawmakers with crosses of mourning that said “Imposition accomplished, Mexico in mourning,” referring to the left’s claims that Peña Nieto’s victory in the July election was due to widespread electoral fraud.

Some 60,000 people died in drug-related violence during the six-year presidency of Calderon, who militarized the struggle against Mexico’s violent, well-funded cartels by deploying tens of thousands of army soldiers to drug-war hotspots.

The PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, lost the 2000 presidential election to the National Action Party, or PAN, and finished third in 2006.

During its 71-year reign - described by Peruvian Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa as the “perfect dictatorship” - the PRI relied mainly on patronage and control of organized labor and the mass media, though it was not above resorting to outright vote-rigging and even violence.

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Mexican Banking Data Reveals Cities that Borrow More than Save have Better Quality of Life

Mexican Banking Data Reveals Cities that Borrow More than Save have Better Quality of Life

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Mexican cities and villages where credit exceeds savings deposits offer a higher quality of life and a more educated citizenry, according to 12 years of financial data released by Mexico’s National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). The research was funded by the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty at the University of Chicago.

The data provide a detailed look at the spending and saving habits of Mexicans for the past decade. For example, in 2010, 94 percent of every peso deposited in banks and other financial institutions went to finance credit: 41 percent went to consumer and mortgage credit, 37 percent to firms and 16 percent to governments.

The researchers are making the database, called Mexico’s Municipalities Savings and Intermediation, available to other researchers. The data cover the period from 2001 to 2012, and compare borrowing and savings for each of the 2,456 Mexican municipalities, which include urban cities, towns and rural villages.

Among the findings:

    Savings patterns differ across Mexican states. Between 2000 and 2010, the Federal District had the highest amount of bank deposits as a percentage of its GDP (53 percent). Campeche had the lowest (1 percent).
    Regulated non-bank financial institutions play an important role for those in more rural areas where populations are less educated and have a lower per capita income.
    Banks had a median balance of $8,800 pesos ($677 USD) per account while the median deposit in non-banking institutions was $3,600 pesos ($279 USD) per account.
    Banks loan more credit than regulated non-banking institutions, which are more prevalent in cities and villages that have lower population densities, lower schooling and lower overall quality of life.

The data aim to arouse interest among researchers and analysts about the Mexican financial system. These data will allow identifying historical patterns of savings and intermediation for different regions in Mexico. It will also encourage the study of the relationship between the use of financial services with socioeconomic factors.

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Reserva de la Familia Showcases Mexican Artist Ricardo Pinto’s Work

Reserva de la Familia Showcases Mexican Artist Ricardo Pinto’s Work

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Every year, Jose Cuervo and Tequila Reserva de la Familia offer famous Mexican artists the opportunity to create original artwork for its packaging. Each Reserva de la Familia box is made of wood and features the artwork of renowned Mexican artists.

This provides a unique experience for consumers to enjoy the one-of-a-kind taste of Jose Cuervo’s finest tequila, and an opportunity for tequila lovers to share a unique gift with family and friends.

For the 2012 collection, Mexican artist, Ricardo Pinto, has been chosen to feature his artwork on the box for the special edition of Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo.

Pinto is known for recreating the architecture, urbanity and temporal scope of the everyday life of Mexico City through a “very personal and intimate” approach. This is showcased throughout three Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia boxes that provide a visual richness between his unique style and modern graphics. Each bottle of Reserva de la Familia is bottled by hand, hence its limited production, and its SRP is $159.99.

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Real Madrid Tops Atletico de Madrid 2-0

Real Madrid Tops Atletico de Madrid 2-0

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Real Madrid upset Atletico de Madrid 2-0 in Liga Derbi soccer at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Saturday night.

Jose Mourinho’s squad - the defending Liga champs but which has had a poor start in the Liga competition this year - stepped up in a passionately-played contest with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring against Atletico on a dynamic free kick just 16 minutes into the match. Mesut Ozil tacked on an insurance goal in the second period after a great pass from Ronaldo.

Both sides desperately wanted the win, however, and the entire match was sprinkled with assorted altercations between players.

Atletico’s manager Diego “Cholo” Simeone has done a good job with the team so far this year, although with the Saturday loss he now finds his cross-town rivals just five points behind him, while his squad is six points behind the Liga leader, Barcelona, who is unbeaten so far.

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Justice Dept. Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against North Carolina Firm

Justice Dept. Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against North Carolina Firm

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The Justice Department announced that it reached an agreement with Gamewell Mechanical Inc., a subsidiary of Woodfin Heating, Inc. based in Salisbury, N.C., resolving claims that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), when it terminated three employees based on the incorrect assumption that they were undocumented foreign nationals when they were in fact U.S. citizens. 

The company is in the mechanical construction business and fabricates and installs heating and cooling systems. 

The investigation stemmed from a charge filed by one of the three U.S. citizens.  The investigation revealed that Gamewell officials had terminated the three individuals when it received information that six of their co-workers were undocumented foreign nationals and incorrectly assumed that the three U.S. citizens were similarly not authorized to work in the United States. 

Under the settlement agreement, Gamewell Mechanical will pay a total of $10,560 in back pay to the three discharged U.S. citizens, and $9,600 in civil penalties to the United States.  Gamewell Mechanical will also train its human resources staff about employers’ responsibilities to avoid discrimination in the employment eligibility verification process and be subject to reporting and compliance monitoring by the department for 18 months.

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Mexican Organization Receives $10M Loan to Expand Low-cost Medical Clinics

Mexican Organization Receives $10M Loan to Expand Low-cost Medical Clinics

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Salud Digna Para Todos I.A.P., a Mexican non-profit organization, will get a 130 million Mexican peso loan ($10 million) from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to expand access to high-quality, low-cost medical diagnostic services in several northwestern and central Mexican states.

The IDB loan will help finance the opening of 38 new diagnostic clinics in the next five years, tripling the organization’s current network and benefitting on average 2.5 million patients a year with affordable and timely health diagnostic studies.

The IDB financing is expected to be complemented by syndicated loans and/or co-financings from social impact investors mobilized by the Bank, of up to 91 million Mexican pesos (US$7 million), which will contribute to cover the project cost.

The expansion of Salud Digna comes as an aging Mexican population has increased the incidence of chronic diseases, fueling demand for health diagnostic services that the public sector has been unable to fulfill on a timely basis.

In Mexico, non-communicable diseases represent almost 80 percent of total deaths, with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer accounting for over 43 percent of the total of deaths. However, 84 percent of Mexicans under age 65 with diabetes will remain undiagnosed, and only an estimated five to 10 percent of all breast cancer cases in Mexico—the number one cause of death from cancer in women—are detected at early stages.

In addition to the IDB loan, technical assistance provided to Salud Digna through the Korean Fund for Poverty Reduction will allow the organization to better assess demand and target the location of its new clinics as well as adopt measures to improve service delivery and cost-effectiveness as it scales up its operations.

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Brazil Lights World’s Largest Floating Christmas Tree

Brazil Lights World’s Largest Floating Christmas Tree

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The world’s largest floating Christmas tree has been lighted in Rio de Janeiro during an event that featured lights, music and fireworks.

Thousands of people turned out on Saturday night for the lighting of the Christmas tree, whose theme is the four seasons.

The 542-ton tree is 85 meters (almost 280 feet) tall and was built on 11 enormous platforms in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.

The Christmas tree, which is being illuminated by 3.1 million lights, was officially certified by Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind in the world, Bradesco Seguros, which sponsored the tree, said.

The tree includes an adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” with Dorothy, the Wizard and the other characters taking a virtual trip to Jerusalem, Rome, Moscow, New York, London and Rio de Janeiro to experience Christmas around the world.

A performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ended the tree-lighting ceremony, which marked the official start of the holiday season in Rio de Janeiro.

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The Dilemma of Higher Education Facing Latinos

The Dilemma of Higher Education Facing Latinos

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By Victor Escalante, NewsTaco

One of the questions Latinos face in our time is the pursuit of higher education. The only reason this is an issue is due to the high cost of obtaining a degree and the prospects of finding employment with it. The high unemployment and underemployment scale has many re-evaluating conventional wisdom.

The definitive answer on this one is, “it depends.” Recently on a long and exhausting business trip I looked at a middle aged flight attendant, and I said to myself, “I would not want to have your job.” Somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind a voice asked, “Ok so what job would you want to have? The pilot, I answered.” I thought long and hard during the trip about my answer.Image

Years ago I heard an anthropologist in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico give a lecture to a group of business people about a new management course developed at the college of business at the University of Juarez. The curriculum was based on the Aztec empire. It turns out that, this ancient culture was more advanced than what is commonly taught in history classes.

The Aztecs had a highly structured society and school started at age four. In these early formative years, children were carefully observed for their natural predilection. In this society, you could only be one of the following professions:

    Priest
    Healer
    Teacher
    Warrior
    Farmer
    Businessman
    Artisan

Under this culture, one was given the specialized education and training to fulfill their individual purpose in service of the empire. There was no social welfare system. Every single person was a productive and contributing member to their family and the nation. Once in a while some subject was not sure what occupation they wanted to fulfill. So they got to try all of them to see which one suited him for life. If at the end of going through all the different options, they still didn’t know,  they had one ultimate purpose. Becoming a sacrifice, to please the gods, and to avoid creating a slothful worthless person.

During the course of my life, I have been blessed to try out all of the aforementioned professions. No, I would not want to be a pilot. I am most happy being a teacher/businessman.

However, I see far too many Latinos in low paying service jobs. We want to encourage every single young mind to aspire to their hearts’ predilection. In my experience, there is no greater happiness than having more than enough in the service of one’s fellow man. Does this require higher education? Absolutely! In my next post, I will share with you what they don’t teach you in school that you need to know.

This article was first published in NewsTaco.

NewsTaco provides you with innovative and insightful news, critique, analysis and opinion from a Latino perspective in a 24-hour world.

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Member of Latin Kings, 2 Associates Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy in Indiana

Member of Latin Kings, 2 Associates Sentenced for Racketeering Conspiracy in Indiana

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A member of the Latin Kings street gang and two associates were sentenced to prison this week in Hammond, Indiana federal court for racketeering conspiracy and other crimes in support of the gang, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David Capp of the Northern District of Indiana.

David Lira, aka “Flaco,” 39, of Chicago, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison after pleading guilty on July 13, 2012, to racketeering conspiracy. Gang associates Bianca Fernandez, 23, and Serina Arambula, 23, both of Chicago, were sentenced on November 26, 2012, to 36 months and 21 months in prison, respectively. U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano imposed the sentences.

Fernandez pleaded guilty on August 8, 2012, to conspiring to murder in aid of racketeering. Arambula pleaded guilty on August 7, 2012, to withholding information on a murder.

According to the third superseding indictment filed in this case, the Latin Kings is a nationwide gang that originated in Chicago and has branched out throughout the United States. The Latin Kings is a well-organized street gang that has specific leadership and is composed of regions that include multiple chapters. The third superseding indictment charges that the Latin Kings were responsible for more than 20 murders.

During his guilty plea proceeding, Lira admitted to being a Latin Kings member at an early age. He also acknowledged he was aware that the Latin Kings, specifically some of his co-defendants, distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana over the course of the racketeering conspiracy.

Lira also acknowledged that on February 24, 2007, Jose Zambrano, a regional enforcer for the gang, and other Latin Kings members dropped two firearms off at Lira’s residence in Lansing, Illinois. The next evening, Zambrano and the others returned to retrieve the weapons from Lira before riding to the Soprano’s Bar in Griffith, Indiana, where they gunned down and killed two rival gang members.

Twenty-three Latin Kings members and associates have been indicted in this case. Twenty have pleaded guilty; one was found guilty following a jury trial, one awaits trial, and one remains a fugitive.

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Hector “Macho” Camacho Laid To Rest By Family and Fans

Hector “Macho” Camacho Laid To Rest By Family and Fans

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Amid tears, applause, fainting and intense cold, controversial world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was buried Saturday in New York after a four-day vigil in Puerto Rico, his native country, and in the Big Apple where he grew up and won fame.

The last remains of the ex-boxer, who died at age 50, were laid to rest in Saint Raymond Cemetery in the Bronx, where his burial was attended by his family and crowds of Puerto Ricans waving the island’s flag, following a religious service at St. Cecilia Church in the Latino neighborhood of Harlem where his mother went to live when he was little.

Fans of the famous boxer once more defied the freezing cold and stood in line for at least three hours before the church opened its doors to receive the body of Camacho, who was killed by a gunshot in the face last Nov. 20.

When the casket wrapped in the Puerto Rican flag reached his final resting place, there were cries of “Macho…Macho…It’s Macho Time” amid the applause of fans and the tears and mourning of family members, including his mother Maria Matias, his sisters and four children.

When the casket of her son was lowered into the grave, Matias collapsed and had to be lifted up and carried away. In the midst of tears she cried “Oh my son, they killed him. Macho has gone from me,” after which she received medical assistance and left the cemetery breathing with the aid of supplemental oxygen.

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Colombia, Nicaragua Take First Steps Towards Resolving Maritime Dispute

Colombia, Nicaragua Take First Steps Towards Resolving Maritime Dispute

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he has agreed with his Nicaraguan counterpart, Daniel Ortega, “to establish lines of communication” to resolve through diplomatic channels the maritime dispute between the two countries.

Santos told a press conference at a hotel in the Mexican capital that he had talked with the Nicaraguan president about the need to manage the matter “with a cool head, in a friendly, diplomatic and civilized fashion, as such matters should be handled.”

He also told Ortega that he would continue using international diplomacy to restore Colombia’s rights, following the decision of the Hague-based International Court of Justice, which redrew the maritime boundaries in the Caribbean between the two nations.

Santos announced Wednesday that Colombia was pulling out of a pact recognizing the ICJ’s jurisdiction over its territorial disputes, a step in response to the court’s decision setting new maritime borders with Nicaragua.

After meeting with Nicaragua’s president in Mexico City, where both were attending the inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto as president, Santos said he agreed with Ortega on the importance of avoiding “incidents.”

“Nobody wants a warlike confrontation - that is the last recourse. The way to fix situations like this is through commonsense talks in which positions are established and clearly stated,” he said.

Finally, he said that his country will continue exploring “every means available to defend the rights of Colombians.”

For his part, Ortega offered to work closely with Santos to “overcome any obstacle” following the decision of the International Court of Justice, according to the Nicaraguan government’s Web site El 19.

According to the Web site, Ortega again told Santos that Nicaragua is dedicated to peace and that it will respect fishing rights for the inhabitants of the Colombian island of San Andres in this new maritime territory obtained by the Central American country through the court’s decision, which Managua estimates at more than 90,000 sq. kilometers (35,000 sq. miles).

The Hague-based ICJ ruled on Nov. 19 that seven Caribbean islets belong to Colombia, ending a three-decade-long dispute between the Andean nation and Nicaragua.

The world court had earlier confirmed Bogota’s claim to the larger islands of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, part of an archipelago that lies 775 kilometers (480 miles) from mainland Colombia and 220 kilometers (140 miles) from the coast of Nicaragua.

While giving the islets to Colombia, the decision also significantly expanded the waters under Nicaraguan control.

The waters conceded to Nicaragua include lucrative fishing grounds and what are thought to be substantial oil deposits.

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3 Acclaimed Chefs Killed in Car Crash in Peru

3 Acclaimed Chefs Killed in Car Crash in Peru

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Three acclaimed chefs were among a group of four people killed in a traffic accident in a highland area of southern Peru.

The SUV in which the chefs - Peru’s Ivan Kisic and Lorena Valdivia and Australia’s Jason Nanka - were riding slammed into a truck that had just collided with a public-transport vehicle.

Police commander Victor Ccanahuire on Friday confirmed the deaths of Kisic, a Peru Brand gastronomic ambassador; Valdivia and Nanka, a couple who owned a restaurant in Lima; and Maria Huamani, who was apparently a chef in the Ayacucho region.

Another three people were injured and taken to a local hospital, he said.

According to the El Comercio daily, the chefs had been invited to Ayacucho by a fruit producers’ cooperative.

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Cuba Overturns Fidel Castro Law Placing Surcharge on International Calls

Cuba Overturns Fidel Castro Law Placing Surcharge on International Calls

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The Cuban government is making international calls between the island and the United States less costly by repealing a decree signed by ex-President Fidel Castro in the year 2000 that established a 10-percent surcharge on calls between the two countries.

“The cost of calls between the United States and Cuba will be reduced,” said a communique issued this Friday by the International Press Center, an agency of the island’s Foreign Ministry, according to which the government’s decision “will benefit communications between the Cuban population and emigrants.”

The law decreed in 2000 established a surcharge of 10 percent on the basic per-minute rate for each international telephone call between the United States and Cuba, including those made through third countries.

That law was interpreted as Havana’s response to an act of the U.S. Congress permitting the use of Cuban funds frozen in the U.S. to be used to compensate the families of three anti-Castro pilots whose light planes were shot down in 1996 by fighters from the island.

The 2000 law said that the collection of the surcharge on calls would remain in effect “until the sum total of Cuban funds illegally frozen in the United States is returned with the corresponding interest.”

With the new measure announced this Friday, the government of President Raul Castro appears to add another gesture to his policy of normalizing relations between the island and Cubans living overseas, whose largest community is in the United States.

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Arrest Warrants Issued For Fake News Team Stopped in Nicaragua

Arrest Warrants Issued For Fake News Team Stopped in Nicaragua

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A Mexican judge has issued an arrest order for 16 people - including 15 arrested in Nicaragua while carrying $9.2 million in cash - for their alleged role in transactions involving illicit proceeds, federal prosecutors said.

Fifteen of the people included in the arrest order are subject to criminal proceedings in Nicaragua, where they were detained on Aug. 21, 2012, while trying to enter that country disguised as a news crew from leading Mexican television network Televisa, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Friday.

Authorities will seek the extradition of those 15 people, according to the AG’s office, which withheld the name of the remaining suspect for confidentiality reasons.

The money was hidden in several of the six news vans - painted with the Televisa logo - the suspects were driving at the time of their arrest.

Traces of cocaine were found in the group’s luggage.

Televisa has said the detainees are not employees of the network.

Nicaragua’s Attorney General’s Office has charged a total of 18 people who tried to pass themselves off as Mexican journalists with drug trafficking, money laundering, racketeering and membership in a gang dedicated to moving large amounts of drugs between Costa Rica and Mexico.

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Fito Paez to Premier “El Amor Despues del Amor: 20 Años” at Cuban Film Festival

Fito Paez to Premier “El Amor Despues del Amor: 20 Años” at Cuban Film Festival

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Argentine singer-songwriter Fito Paez will premiere his DVD “El Amor despues del Amor: 20 Años” (Love after Love: 20 Years) at the 34th International Festival of New Latin American Film, which begins Tuesday in Cuba, local media said.

Paez, who arrived on the island Friday as a guest at the film festival to be held Dec. 4-14, told local media that he will participate with the world premiere of his DVD.

He noted that the film of 1 hour and 20 minutes marks the 20th anniversary of his “El Amor despues del Amor” album, released in 1992.

The musician is also scheduled to give a one-off concert Dec. 5 at Havana’s Karl Marx Theater, the country’s largest, as part of his international tour “El Amor despues del Amor: 20 Años” (20 Years after Love).

He said that among his guests could be “some friends” including well-known figures of the Cuban trova such as singer-songwriters Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Santiago Feliu and Carlos Varela.

Paez said he felt “very happy to be back in Havana” and noted that the International Festival of New Latin American Film “is one of the most important in the world.”

This will be the fourth time Fito Paez has attended the Havana film festival, which in 1994 awarded him an honorable mention for his medium-length film “La Balada de Donna Helena” (The Ballad of Donna Helena).

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