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MondayDecember 31, 2012

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“How to…” - What the World Wanted to Know How to Do According to Google Searches

“How to…” - What the World Wanted to Know How to Do According to Google Searches

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The internet can teach us a great number of things - the who, what, where, when, why and hows of life - and often we turn to Google search.

Interestingly, according to the massive collection of lists from Google’s Zeitgeist survey, in 2012 Latin American countries and Spain were wanting to learn “how to” do very different things. Not every country was listed, but for those that were, the top “how to” search in each country is listed below.


Argentina: how to update Facebook
Australia: how to love
Brazil: how to remove Facebook
Canada: how to rock
Chile: how to make a family tree
Colombia: how to make cupcakes
Czech Republic: how to lose weight
Denmark: how to kiss
Finland: how to get a fever [for the purposes of sick leave]
France: how to lose weight
Hungary: how to kiss
Ireland: how to draw
Israel: how to make money
Italy: how to have sex
Japan: how to save [battery] power
Kenya: how to abort
Mexico: how to vote
Netherlands: how to survive
New Zealand: how to screenshot
Nigeria: how to love
Norway: how to write
Poland: how to delete Facebook
Portugal: how to lose weight
Romanian: how to kiss
Russian: how to become nicer
Senegal: how to address an envelope
Singapore: how to rock
Slovakia: how to pick up babes [i.e., women]
South Africa: how to kiss
Spain: how to install WhatsApp
Sweden: how to make out [i.e., kiss]
Ukrainian: how to lose weight
United Kingdom: how to draw
United States: how to love

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Blog del Narco:  One Person Killed, Two Injured in Ixtapaluca

Blog del Narco:  One Person Killed, Two Injured  in Ixtapaluca

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One dead, two were wounded by gunfire early this morning when the occupants of a car after being chased through several streets of Colonia Alfredo del Mazo in this county.

Locals reported the emergency to phone number 066, that armed men aboard a gray van were firing at and chasing the occupants of a car blue Nissan Sentra MSD plates 25-12.

The body of a victim, 45 years old, lay on the sidewalk a few feet of the intersection of Avenue and Canal Street Bugambilias, after the blue Sentra car he was traveling in crashed into a pole. The other two occupants of the car, men of about 25 years, were injured from multiple gunshot wounds, so paramedics a Fire Department ambulance took them to a nearby hospital.

At least 10 blocks from where the body was, local police found a van abandoned gray Grand Cherokee MDA plates 69-29, and it seems that was left there by the killers.


Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Colombia: Three Die in Mudslide, Many Still Missing

Colombia: Three Die in Mudslide, Many Still Missing

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Colombian emergency rescue workers found the body of another person killed in the mudslide that cascaded onto a rural road in the southern part of the country last weekend, bringing the confirmed death toll to three so far, along with eight people injured.

An army search and rescue team found the body after removing rubble from the roadway, a task that was begun on Saturday but was made significantly more complicated due to the ongoing instability of the ground.

Meanwhile, Red Cross, Civil Defense, Fire Department and police teams are looking for two other people who have been reported missing by their families.

Last Saturday afternoon, as much as 10,000 cubic meters (343,000 cubic feet) of water-soaked earth detached itself from the side of a mountain and slid down onto the road, where buses and automobiles were traveling between the cities of Neiva and San Vicente del Caguan.

The landslide spread over an area some 250 meters (812 feet) in length, and authorities calculate that about seven vehicles must be buried there.

However, according to eyewitnesses, some passengers - including those on board a bus - exited their vehicles when they saw the dirt and rocks start to come down onto the road and they quickly moved to safer ground, no doubt saving themselves from serious injury or worse.

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New Years on the Water: Afro-Brazilians Take to the Beach

New Years on the Water: Afro-Brazilians Take to the Beach

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Crowds of Brazilians were getting ready to greet 2013 on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro with floral offerings to Yemanja, the “orisha” or divinity of the seas in Afro-Brazilian religions.

Copacabana beach was embellished with flowers washed up by the sea that had been tossed in the waters by the faithful as they said their prayers on the shore.

Rio de Janeiro is the Brazilian city with the most followers of Umbanda, a syncretic religion that mixes African and Catholic rites.

Nonetheless, the tradition of throwing flowers in the sea in honor of Yemanja has spread beyond that specific religion and is now practiced by many Brazilians of all faiths.

Besides the floral offerings, Brazilians observed on Monday other traditions typical of New Year’s Eve, such as wearing white from head to food to express a wish for peace during the New Year.

Some 2 million people dressed in white are expected to gather Monday night on Copacabana beach for the fireworks and samba concerts.

Thousands of people crowded the beach from early Monday morning to save a place for their partying and to enjoy the sunny day with temperatures around 38 C (100 F).

As bathers and the Yemanja faithful looked on, a tugboat placed 11 floating platforms offshore, from which 24 tons of fireworks were to be shot off at midnight.

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Ciudad Juarez Murder Rate Drops 75% Over Two Years

Ciudad Juarez Murder Rate Drops 75% Over Two Years

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Ciudad Juarez, a border city in northern Mexico that was considered one of the most dangerous places in the world until recently, has seen its murder rate drop by 75 percent over the past two years, a report released Monday said.

Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, will end this year with 784 homicides, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said in a report.

The figure includes killings registered through last Thursday in the city of 1.3 million people, the AG’s office said.

Ciudad Juarez, which was the epicenter of a war between rival drug cartels, registered 3,115 murders in 2010 and 2,086 in 2011.

“The residents were the ones who paid the highest cost,” the state human rights commission’s representative in Ciudad Juarez, Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, told Efe, referring to the actions taken by officials to reduce the violence in the border city.

Ciudad Juarez has been plagued by drug-related violence for years, with the Juarez cartel fighting the rival Sinaloa cartel for control of smuggling routes from the border city into the United States.

The border city, which topped the list of the world’s deadliest cities for three consecutive years, dropped to second place in 2011 with 148 homicides for every 100,000 residents.

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Brazilian Robbers Who Took Hostages Free All 9

Brazilian Robbers Who Took Hostages Free All 9

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The group of thieves who dynamited the doors and safes of a jewelry factory freed nine people they had held hostage for 20 hours in southern Brazil, police said.

The attackers had hidden themselves with their hostages in a wooded area of Rio Grande do Sul state after three members of the criminal group were killed in a shootout with police.

The hostages - six women, a boy and two men - showed up safe and sound about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday at one of the police checkpoints set up in the area.

“We’re with the nine safe-and-sound hostages (and they’re) in good shape,” state police Capt. Juliano Amaral said on Twitter.

The criminals, however, remain holed up in the wooded area, which has been surrounded by some 200 police.

The drama began about 2 a.m. Sunday when around a dozen armed men attacked a jewelry factory in the town of Cotipora.

Police pursued the attackers and, in an initial shootout, killed three of them, while two officers were wounded by gunfire.

One of the dead men was identified as Elisandro Rodrigo Falcao, the most wanted criminal in Rio Grande do Sul and the reputed head of a band that uses explosives to rob banks, armored cars and automatic teller machines.

The other members of the gang took two women hostage at a bar near the jewelry factory as well as seven members of a family living in a house in the rural part of Catipora.

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Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey Welcome 3rd Child, A Son Named Livingston

Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey Welcome 3rd Child, A Son Named Livingston

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On Friday, Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alvez welcomed their third child, a baby boy named Livingston.

Alvez, 30, who was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, married McConaughey earlier this year. The couple now have three children together. Their oldest child, Levi, is 4, followed by daughter Vida, 2 (3 in January), and now baby Livingston.

The couple have been together since 2006, and were married in Austin, Texas on June 9, 2012 after getting engaged last Christmas.

On Saturday, McConaughey wrote on his WhoSay page:

Our son, Livingston Alves McConaughey, was born at 7:43 a.m. on 12.28.12.

He greeted the world at 9 lbs., and 21 inches. Bless up and thank you for your well wishes.

Alves works with her mother on their handbag line, Muxo. McConaughey is currently working on Dallas Buyers Club, a film loosely based on the life of Ron Woodroof, a man diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1986. After AZT, the only drug available at the time, nearly kills him, Woodroof begins smuggling non-toxic, anti-viral medication from all around the world. The film tells the story of how Woodroof goes up agains the U.S. FDA and pharmaceutical companies after creating the Dallas Buyers Club, where others seeking the drugs a well were able to buy the drugs as well. Recent photos of the actor has revealed his dramatic weight loss for the role.

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Financially Ailing Mexico Gets Boost From Hotel Industry

Financially Ailing Mexico Gets Boost From Hotel Industry

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The Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, which is experiencing a severe financial crisis, is getting a boost from the hotel industry, which reported an occupancy rate of 97 percent, up 12.6 percentage points from a year ago.

The latest figures, which were released by Acapulco municipal tourism director Netza Peralta, are the result of a change in the perceptions of visitors, Guerrero state Gov. Angel Aguirre said.

“The recovery of confidence has to do with the design of a new security strategy among the three levels of government, of which we are seeing the first results,” Aguirre said.

The governor called on tourism industry executives to offer visitors quality services because that will determine whether the Pacific port city will become both a vacation destination and a weekend getaway.

The state government will continue to promote big events next year, such as the concert over the weekend in Acapulco by Spanish tenor Placido Domingo that drew nearly 20,000 people, Aguirre said.

Federal Police officers, state police and city police, as well as army troops and marines, have been deployed in Acapulco’s tourist and residential areas during the holidays to maintain order.

Acapulco is mired in a financial crisis, with officials unable to obtain loans due to the city’s high outstanding debt.

The municipal government was prevented from obtaining a bank loan of 80 million pesos ($6.1 million) because of its existing debt problems, Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton said last Friday.

Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most famous tourist destinations, has been plagued by drug-related violence in recent years.

The Guerrero state government launched a security operation last year with the support of the federal government to step up security in areas frequented by foreign and domestic tourists.

“Operation Safe Guerrero” was launched on Oct. 6, 2011, in an effort to reduce the soaring crime rate in the state.

Acapulco, a favorite among Mexican and foreign tourists for decades, has lost business to other destinations due to the violence.

Former President Felipe Calderon made an appearance in the Pacific resort city in May to officially launch the “Todos por Acapulco” program, which is based on an initiative implemented in the border city of Ciudad Juarez to end drug-related violence and promote development.

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Colombian Bullfight Festival Leaves 19 Injured

Colombian Bullfight Festival Leaves 19 Injured

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Colombia’s traditional bullfight festival known as Las Corralejas left 19 people hurt, one of them seriously, in Turbaco, a village near the Caribbean city of Cartagena.

The most serious injury was to an inebriated young man who tried to fight a half-ton brown bull.

The charging animal gored him in the left side of the chest, though he managed to walk out of the bullring as people ran to find help for him or looked on as he bled profusely.

The incident shocked the crowd into a silence that was, however, immediately interrupted by a band of trumpets, clarinets and drums blaring out a popular tune.

But the festival got going again in earnest when another bull burst into the bullring and thanks to the aguardiente liquor flowing in the stands.

“When a bull unfortunately gores a person, people start yelling out of sheer excitement,” Argemiro Rodelo, a fan of these festivals, told Efe.

“For the festival to be any good, some people have to get hurt,” he said, establishing the way the quality of these festivals is to be rated, in which hundreds of usually intoxicated spectators jump into the bullring to take on the bulls.

Animal welfare advocates periodically demand laws banning bullfights, cockfights and all other types of animal abuse, without much to show for their efforts as yet.

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Voto Latino: Make Sure We Don’t Miss a Beat When We Start the New Year

Voto Latino: Make Sure We Don’t Miss a Beat When We Start the New Year

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From VotoLatino:

Tomorrow we start a new year—and Voto Latino turns a new page.

The 2012 election made it clear that American demographics are changing. Now, the future of our democracy depends on our ability to get our community plugged in to the political process. And today is our deadline to raise funds as we finalize our budget for 2013.

Please rush a gift of $5 or more right away. Your donation will make sure we don’t miss a beat as we start the New Year.

Our first effort in 2013 will show our elected leaders that we’re not playing around—we’ll demand fixes to our immigration system that are long overdue, and we’ll stand with our entire community to make sure DREAMers have a clear path to becoming American citizens.

This work will be hard, and we need the resources to keep our staff and programs running. Please help with a tax-deductible gift of $5 or more before midnight tonight:

https://secure.votolatino.org

Founded in 2004, Voto Latino is a dynamic and growing non-partisan organization whose civic engagement campaigns have reached an estimated 55 million Latino households nationwide. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.

Voto Latino has creatively and effectively used celebrity voices and the latest technology to register more than 120,000 young Latino voters, galvanize Latino youth and their families to be counted in the 2010 Census, and mobilize them to speak out and take action on policies impacting their lives.
Thanks for everything you did with us in 2012. Adelante al año nuevo!

Maria Teresa Kumar
President
VotoLatino.org

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Actress Kiele Sanchez Marries ‘The Mob Doctor’ Star Zach Gilford

Actress Kiele Sanchez Marries ‘The Mob Doctor’ Star Zach Gilford

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Two years after meeting while filming the pilot for The Matador, Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford have tied the knot.

The couple got engaged last year after meeting in 2010, but say that despite rumors, they are not expecting a child at the moment.

Sanchez is currently starring in A&E’s The Glades, but previously appeared on TV’s Lost and Samantha Who? as well as in the movies Stuck On You, A Perfect Getaway, and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.

This is the second marriage for the 36-year-old Chicago-area native, as she was married to another Zach, writer nd film director Zach Helm.

Sanchez’s new husband was most recently seen on Fox’s The Mob Doctor, though Gilford is best known for his role on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, in which he played Matt Saracen. The 30-year-old is also from the Chicago-area.

The pair’s wedding took place in Napa Valley.

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IACHR Welcomes Law Creating the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture in Argentina

IACHR Welcomes Law Creating the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture in Argentina

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes the National Congress of Argentina’s recent approval of legislation that creates the System for Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. The IACHR applauds this action as an important step in protecting the fundamental rights of persons deprived of liberty in Argentina and the fulfillment of this its international obligations on human rights.

The IACHR urges the Argentine government to take the necessary measures so that the system established by the new law has the adequate resources and institutional support necessary to perform its duties effectively and with the autonomy and independence required by its nature and monitoring functions.

The Commission considers that prison systems and places of deprivation of liberty should be subject to constant monitoring and supervision. As the Inter-American Court of Human Rights stated, “The way a detainee is treated must be subject to the closest scrutiny, taking into account the detainee’s vulnerability.” In this sense, prison management in general should be governed by strict criteria of transparency, openness and independent monitoring.

The Commission notes that, at present, fourteen Member States of the OAS have ratified the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OP-CAT): Argentina (11/15/04), Bolivia (11/23/06), Brazil (01/12/07), Chile (12/12/08), Costa Rica (12/01/05), Ecuador (07/20/10), Guatemala (06/09/08), Honduras (5/23/06), Mexico (04/11/05), Nicaragua (02/25/09), Panama (06/02/11), Paraguay (12/02/05), Peru (09/14/06) and Uruguay (12/08/05). Nine of these States have adopted laws creating national prevention mechanisms. In this context, the Commission stresses the importance of the OP-CAT in the fight against torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and urges the rest of the OAS Member States to ratify this instrument as well.olicies and public campaigns and the amendments necessary to bring laws into line with the inter-American instruments on human rights.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

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Player Poll: FC Barcelona Will Win Champions League

Player Poll: FC Barcelona Will Win Champions League

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A plurality of players in Germany’s Bundesliga expect FC Barcelona to emerge triumphant from the 2012-2013 Champions League.

That is one of the results from Kicker magazine’s traditional year-end poll among the elite of German professional soccer.

Nearly 38 percent of the 244 players surveyed said Barça will bring home its fifth Champions League trophy, well ahead of the 26.8 percent who picked the Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich to win Europe’s top club tourney.

Another German club, Borussia Dortmund, was picked to win by 21 percent of respondents.

Barcelona will face AC Milan in the knockout stage of the Champions League, while Bayern can look forward to a clash with Arsenal and Borussia must square off with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Last year’s winner, Chelsea, washed out of the competition in the group stage.

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MondayDecember 31, 2012