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TuesdayJanuary 15, 2013

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Border Patrol Rescue Volunteers in Arizona Mountains

Border Patrol Rescue Volunteers in Arizona Mountains

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U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued two women belonging to a group of volunteers who carry water for undocumented immigrants who run into trouble in the desert along Arizona’s border with Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

The volunteers had mechanical problems with their vehicle and so they activated the GPS device that one of them had with her to call for help, the Border Patrol for the Tucson sector said in a press communique.

Two agents from the Nogales station found the women after receiving a telephone call from one of their husbands who gave the Border Patrol their location coordinates.

The women were shivering in sub-freezing temperatures when they were found last Friday night.

The agents managed to get the women’s car started, and they continued to Interstate 19. Neither of the pair required medical attention.

The Samaritans are a group of volunteers who patrol the Arizona desert to provide water, food and medical assistance to undocumented immigrants who enter the United States by that route.

The Tucson sector includes 90 percent of the Arizona-Mexico border and, according to the federal government, is one of the main crossing corridors for undocumented immigrants and drug smuggling.

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Trumps to Build Residential Tower in Uruguay for $100 Million

Trumps to Build Residential Tower in Uruguay for $100 Million

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Two offspring of Donald Trump launched Tuesday in Punta del Este a $100-million building development with which the U.S. magnate plans to mark “a before and after” of the famous Uruguayan seaside resort.

Located on Playa Brava beach, Torre Trump (Trump Tower) will be a luxury 25-story building with 129 residences at prices ranging from $750,000 to $3 million.

Accompanied by Tourism Minister Lilian Kechichian and the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay, Julissa Reynoso, Ivanka and Eric Trump cut the ceremonial ribbon at the construction site.

Torre Trump is coming to one of the most exclusive spots at the Uruguayan resort, a meeting place for tourists from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, the United States and Europe.

Construction is planned to start halfway through this year and will take 30 months to complete.

The Trump family is undertaking the project in alliance with two Argentine concerns, the YY Group of developers and the architects’ office of Dujovne and Hirsch.

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Illinois Bishops Welcome Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented in State

Illinois Bishops Welcome Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented in State

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The Catholic Conference of Illinois has welcomed the legislative passage of a measure permitting immigrants who are not present in the United States legally to apply for temporary driver’s licenses.

The House passed SB 957 on a 65-46 vote. The Senate previously passed the legislation, so the measure now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it into law.

Catholic Conference of Illinois Executive Director Robert Gilligan said the legislation provides an important safeguard for immigrant families. He noted that many immigrant parents are separated from their children when stopped for a minor traffic violation. Unable to produce a license, they are then deported.

“Too many of our immigrant families have been torn apart by the simple act of driving,” Gilligan said. “What hurts one family hurts our entire community, for the family is the building block of society.”

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Spanish Retailer Mango Closing Its Last Store in Brazil

Spanish Retailer Mango Closing Its Last Store in Brazil

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The closure of the last store operated by the Spanish fashion firm Mango in Brazil, scheduled for next week, is a “fact,” personnel at the company’s Barcelona headquarters told Efe.

The cause of the closure is that Brazil continues to maintain very protectionist measures to limit the importation of merchandise from countries outside South America, along with excessive bureaucracy, the sources said.

Thus, Mango recently has divested itself of its seven stores in the country, its leases have expired and it has decided to abandon the idea of having a physical presence in Brazil.

Nevertheless, Mango - with its 2,600 stores around the world - expects its sales to rise by 20 percent in 2013 due to the opening of 300 additional sales points and the creation of new clothing lines, according to the firm’s expansion plans.

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Latin America News:  Ailing Pres. Hugo Chavez Names New Foreign Minister from Hospital Bed in Cuba

Latin America News:  Ailing Pres. Hugo Chavez Names New Foreign Minister from Hospital Bed in Cuba

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, still hospitalized in Cuba following a Dec. 11 operation to remove a cancerous tumor, has named a new foreign minister, the Andean nation’s acting head of state said Tuesday.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the appointment during an appearance in the National Assembly.

Venezuela’s new top diplomat will be former Vice President Elias Jaua, who left the No. 2 post last year to make an ultimately unsuccessful bid for a state governorship.

Maduro, who has been foreign minister since August 2006, succeeded Jaua as vice president and became acting president when Chavez suffered a recurrence of cancer.

Jaua thanked Chavez for “the gesture of confidence” and pledged to perform his new duties with “firmness, conscience and honesty.”

“And especially in this moment where the fundamental task is the defense of political stability, of the unity of Venezuela, of national independence,” Jaua told reporters.

The sociologist and one-time student leader is a close ally of Chavez and has held a succession of senior posts since the ailing president first took office in 1999.

Chavez, 58, who won another six-year term in the Oct. 7 election, has undergone four operations, chemotherapy and radiation since being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.

The president is progressing favorably, the Venezuelan government said in the latest bulletin on Chavez’s condition, but continues to battle a respiratory insufficiency caused by a post-operative infection.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled that Chavez could delay his swearing-in, set for last Thursday, without creating a constitutional vacuum and that Maduro may remain in charge during the president’s absence.

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Latin America News: 30 P.F. Chang’s to Open in Brazil

Latin America News: 30 P.F. Chang’s to Open in Brazil

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Mexico’s Alsea, the largest restaurant operator in Latin America, announced Tuesday that it will invest some $85 million to open some 30 P.F. Chang’s China Bistro restaurants in Brazil.

Alsea operates Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Chili’s Bar & Grill, California Pizza Kitchen and Starbucks outlets, among others.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is the leader in casual Asian dining in the United States and has a presence in Mexico, Canada, Kuwait, Lebanon, Chile, The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates, Alsea said.

The firm said that Brazil is the region’s most important economy, with 190 million citizens and a beverage and food industry valued at some $60 billion.

“This reaffirms the opportunity and potential for growth that Alsea expects in Brazil,” said Alsea general director Fabian Gosselin.

The agreement to operate the P.F. Chang brand in Brazil includes the opening of the first restaurant in Sao Paulo at the end of this year and a total of 30 restaurants over the next 10 years.

At the end of 2012, Alsea operated 1,421 restaurants in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

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LATINO BLOTTER: New Mexico Husband and Wife Facing Child Porn Charges

LATINO BLOTTER: New Mexico Husband and Wife Facing Child Porn Charges

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An Albuquerque couple have been arrested on charges of manufacturing and distributing child pornography.

Fred Gonzales, 42, and his wife, Carey Gonzales, 36, were arrested in Bernalillo County after deputies found pornographic images of children on their computer. Both have admitted to viewing the images, with the Fred admitting he downloaded the videos and burned them to DVDs.

The husband is president of the New Mexico Young American Football League (YAFL) and his wife is a teacher’s assistant at Montezuma Elementary School.

Since the arrest, the YAFL has held an emergency meeting and named a new president. Members have said they found the news shocking, with one telling KOAT, ‘It’s hard to put together words right now.’

The locks to the YAFL building have also been changed. 

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Rep. Gutierrez Hires “Deferred Action” Recipient for Chicago Office

Rep. Gutierrez Hires “Deferred Action” Recipient for Chicago Office

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Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) announced the hiring of José M. Quintero as an employee in his District Office on North Avenue in Chicago.  Quintero was the first young immigrant in Illinois to receive work authorization via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the deportation-relief offered by President Obama to immigrants eligible for the DREAM Act.  Quintero applied for DACA through the Congressman’s office on the first day applications were accepted (Aug. 15, 2012) and received work authorization and his official two-year reprieve from deportation in October.

The Congressman hired Quintero on a temporary basis in December and made him a full-time employee with benefits in January of this year.  He will do casework in the Congressman’s Chicago office, specializing in helping DACA applicants assemble and fill-out the necessary forms and documents to apply.  The Congressman said he plans to hire an additional DACA recipient for his office in Cicero in the coming weeks.

“I am challenging my colleagues to put their money where their mouths are and hire young people who have come forward, applied and received work authorization,” Rep. Gutierrez said.  “It takes a lot of courage for undocumented immigrants to get their records together, pay their fees, and apply for this program and this is a very small way for a Member of Congress to lead by example and to say I want to help you fully participate in your community by working and contributing.”

“José is outstanding and first volunteered to help at DACA workshops we held in Chicago, then we brought him into the office to help and now he is full-time, with health care benefits, and the works,” Gutierrez said.  “He has a great story to tell that is typical of the DREAMers I have met in Chicago and around the country and he is very serious about public service and giving back to his church and his community.  He is a fantastic ambassador for the DACA program, for DREAMers and for immigrant youth in general.”

Quintero was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico and came to Chicago with his parents at the age of six.  He graduated from Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen and received his Associates Degree from Harold Washington College in Chicago.  He was the first DACA recipient to be identified in Illinois and one of the first in the nation.  He has since been interviewed by numerous local reporters and also told his story on Univision’s national network morning news program “Despierta America” in November.

“Thanks to the help of Congressman Luis Gutierrez, I now have my work permit, two year protection from deportation, a Social Security number and state ID,” Quintero said.  “I am learning so much in his office and have a chance to help other DREAMers apply for DACA.  As immigration reform moves to the center of the national agenda this year, I will have a front row seat and I will be helping Congressman Gutierrez and my community every step of the way.”

Congressman Gutierrez said he has spoken with other Members of Congress about hiring DACA recipients and he thinks a few offices will soon be doing so.  The Congressman is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and was instrumental in advocating for the adoption of the DACA policy by the White House and in advocating for immigration reform and the DREAM Act.

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Calle 13’s Residente Weds Model Soledad Fandiño in Puerto Rico

Calle 13’s Residente Weds Model Soledad Fandiño in Puerto Rico

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Calle 13 frontman Residente has married Argentine model and actress Soledad Fandiño, a source close to the artist confirmed to Efe on Tuesday.

Several media outlets had published the story several days ago, but it was only on Tuesday that a photograph of Rene Perez appeared showing him wearing a wedding ring at the inauguration on Monday of San Juan’s new mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz.

Perez and Fandiño married 10 days ago in a private ceremony in the El Yunque tropical forest in eastern Puerto Rico, according to a photo published on Twitter.

The pair had become engaged more than a year ago.

The actress also appeared in the Calle 13 music video “La Vuelta al Mundo,” which was filmed in Buenos Aires and was directed by Oscar-winning Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella.

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N. Hollywood Says Goodbye to Iconic Taco Stand

N. Hollywood Says Goodbye to Iconic Taco Stand

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The iconic Henry’s Tacos of North Hollywood recently sold what may be its last taco after trouble with the property owner and failed business deals left the stand’s owner unable to keep it open.

Even after fans signed a petition to give the 51-year-old taco stand a historical designation Councilman Paul Krekorian did not pursue it and the nomination lapsed.

Owner Janis Hood, whose grandfather opened Henry’s Taco’s 51 years ago, said that though the stand is closing she hopes it will continue in a new location with its new owner.

Hood said she plans to transfer ownership of the stand to Omar Vega who has worked at Henry’s for 21 years.

As for the current location, it’s been rumored the building may be torn down and replaced with either a Starbucks or Coffee Bean.

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Archaeologists Find 4,000 Yr-Old Shaman Stones in Panama

Archaeologists Find 4,000 Yr-Old Shaman Stones in Panama

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Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America.

Ruth Dickau, Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Exeter in England, unearthed the cache of stones in the Casita de Piedra rock-shelter in 2007. A piece of charcoal found directly underneath the cache was radiocarbon dated to 4,800 years ago. A second fragment of charcoal in a level above the cache was dated to 4,000 years ago.

Based on the placement and the unusual composition of the stones in the cache, Richard Cooke, STRI staff scientist, suggested they were used by a shaman or healer.

Indigenous groups who lived near this site include the Ngäbe, Buglé, Bribri, Cabécar and the now-extinct Dorasque peoples. Shamans or healers (curanderos) belonging to these and other present-day First Americans in Central and South America often include special stones among the objects they use for ritual practices.

This research project was authorized by Panama’s National Institute of Culture and funded by the Smithsonian and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Latino Health Study: Bilingual Seniors Have Mental Edge

Latino Health Study: Bilingual Seniors Have Mental Edge

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Older adults who’ve spoken two languages since childhood have a distinct cognitive edge over their monolingual peers, according to a new study.

Previous studies have shown bilingualism seems to favor the development of heightened mental skills. The new research, published in Neuroscience, provides evidence of that cognitive advantage among older, bilingual adults.

Subjects were divided into three groups: bilingual seniors, monolingual seniors and younger adults and instructed to sort colors and shapes in a series of simple cognitive exercises. The researchers used a brain imaging technique to compare how well the subjects switched between mental tasks. 

Life-long Bilingualism Gives Seniors Mental Edge

Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and lead author of the study, found the results showed different patterns of brain activity in the frontal part of the brain associated with the tasks. 

“We found that seniors who are bilingual are able to activate their brain with a magnitude closer to young subjects,” Gold says. “So they do not need to expend as much effort, and yet they still out-perform their monolingual peers, suggesting that they use their brain more efficiently.”

Knowing a second language made no difference for the young adults in the study, who outperformed both older groups. Gold says the older bilinguals appear to have built up a kind of cognitive reserve from their lifetime of enhanced mental activity. 

Gold’s research appears to confirm a previous study on bilingualism among Alzheimer’s patients. That study showed bilinguals developed more atrophy from the brain-wasting disease, but that they were able to function at the same cognitive level as patients with less atrophy. 

“[That] suggested that their bilingualism is helping them to compensate for that more [advanced] brain atrophy,” Gold says. “The finding that we had is consistent with that because it basically says that bilinguals as seniors are able to do more with less.”

Gold says the study confirms bilingualism can play a functional, protective role in the brain. Gold says his next step is to explore whether learning a second language or immigrating to another country as an adult can provide some of the same mental advantages as lifelong bilingualism.

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Singer Luis Fonsi Denies Infidelity Accusations Leveled in Ex-Wife’s Book

Singer Luis Fonsi Denies Infidelity Accusations Leveled in Ex-Wife’s Book

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Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi denied Tuesday in an open letter all the accusations of infidelity that his ex-wife, actress Adamari Lopez, made against him in her book “Viviendo” (Living).

“Being a gentleman, and out of respect for the life we had together, out of respect for myself,” he has not issued any statement about the accusations Lopez made in the book, which went on sale Dec. 31.

Nonetheless, the artist said that “cover after cover, interview after interview, in the most unfeeling and cruel way things are being described that never happened.”

“Keeping quiet this time would be a mistake. For this once and one time only I will speak out. The story she tells, though very dramatic and no doubt profitable, is not only incomplete but is not faithful to the truth,” Fonsi said.

The singer totally rejected the book’s description of him as “a callous man who walked out on his wife while she was battling a difficult disease.”

Lopez was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and a year later married the singer. The actress was later cured of the disease after months of chemotherapy. Because of his commitment to her, Fonsi had suspended his career and remained at her side throughout the treatment.

“When we decided to separate and eventually get a divorce, she had been free of cancer for almost four years,” Fonsi said.

He said that Lopez’s strategy “was a mix of blame, defamation, destructiveness and finally making big money from the sale of the book.”

Through the whole process, he said, he never asked for, expected or needed a word of thanks or acknowledgment from her at all.

“All that I did, I did for love. My only wish is for people to hear the truth about our life together,” he said.

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Man Honored for Saving Another’s Horse from Drowning (VIDEO)

Man Honored for Saving Another’s Horse from Drowning (VIDEO)

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After a heroic horse rescue, a Texas man was rewarded for his good deed.

While driving to his San Benito home on Monday, Alfredo Marez spotted an animal in distress. As he got closer he realized it was a horse stuck in a canal.

With the winch on his truck, Marez attempted to pull the struggling equine from the canal, but due to the elevation and angle, he was only able to pull it into the bank.

Worried the horse was going to drown, Marez called authorities for help but was told to call a group of cowboys who would better be able to assist. They would cost $100 however and Marez has said that is all the money he had. Still, despite the financial hardship he would face after, Marez said he never thought twice about paying for the horse’s rescue.

After the horse was pulled to safety, her owners were identified, but said they could no longer care for her, and handed over ownership to Marez.

Though the extra responsibility is something to think about, Marez sees his new horse, named Betsey, as a sign.

Betsey has a 7 branded on her. Marez is a single father of 6 children. He now sees Betsey as another child, lucky number 7.

For his heroic deeds, Marez was also presented with FNB Insurance Agency and Action 4 News’ “Pay it 4Ward” prize of $400. An excited Marez says he plans to spend that money on Betsey’s care.

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Rafael Nadal Set to Return to Play at Brazilian Open

Rafael Nadal Set to Return to Play at Brazilian Open

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who is No. 4 in the ATP rankings, will play next month in the Brazilian Open in Sao Paulo, tournament organizers said Tuesday.

Nadal is recovering from a knee injury that has kept him off the court since July.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion pulled out of the Australian Open due to a stomach virus.

Nadal has confirmed that he will play in the Brazilian Open, which he won in 2005 at the age of 18, Luis Felipe Tavares, director of tournament organizer Koch Tavares, told the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.

The Brazilian Open will be played Feb. 11-17 on clay at Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera park.

Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, who won the tournament in 2012, 2011 and 2008, will also be in the draw.

Juan Monaco and Carlos Berlocq, of Argentina, Spain’s Pablo Andujar and Albert Ramos, and Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo are also expected to play in the tournament.

Nadal began last summer on a high note by capturing a record 7th French Open title with a victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final, but he has not played since a shocking second-round loss at Wimbledon.

He told Efe in August that he was suffering from a knee ailment known as Hoffa’s syndrome, which is also known as fat pad impingement and involves pain and swelling around the bottom and under the kneecap.

The Spaniard, known for his physically demanding style of play and incredible defensive skills, has struggled to stay healthy during his career, having been forced to withdraw from each of the four Grand Slam events due to various injuries.

Nadal announced last month that he would play in the Barcelona Open, which will take place April 20-28, 2013, in the northeastern Spanish city.

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Mexican Mother Gives Birth to Sextuplets, Had Quadruplets 12 Years Ago

Mexican Mother Gives Birth to Sextuplets, Had Quadruplets 12 Years Ago

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A woman in Mexico had an emergency Caesarean section on Thursday to deliver the sextuplets she was only able to carry for 27 weeks due to internal bleeding and anemia. Even more astonishing was the fact that this was not her first multiple pregnancy. Twelve years ago she was pregnant with quadruplets.

Sadly, the story of both of Salud Romero’s pregnancies are not entirely happy.

Only 3 of the 4 quadruplets born 12 years ago survived, and this pregnancy saw similar tragedy.

Weighing between 1.25 and 2 pounds, the sextuplets, who were not conceived using any fertility treatments, each had limited pulmonary function.

By midday two of the six newborns reportedly passed away.

Romero, 32, who is said to be doing well physically, is from Morelia, Mexico. The sextuplets’ father is 20-year-old drywall installer Yosio Salinas Rodriguez.

To help the family, a donation program has been set up for the family.

Prior to the sextuplets’ delivery, the family believed there were only five in the womb. Romero and Salinas Rodriguez also have another child together. The quadruplets were from a previous relationship.

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Latin America News: Hugo Chavez on the Mend Says His Government

Latin America News: Hugo Chavez on the Mend Says His Government

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Venezuela’s vice president said Tuesday that President Hugo Chavez is making progress in his recuperation in Cuba, where he remains hospitalized following a Dec. 11 operation to remove a cancerous tumor.

“We could say that our comandante is “climbing the hill, he’s advancing and that fills us with joy from a purely human point of view, but it also signifies great happiness for our country,” Nicolas Maduro said at a session of Venezuela’s Federal Council.

Just back from Cuba, Maduro said he and other senior officials met with Chavez on Monday to update him on the latest developments in Venezuela.

Chavez, 58, who won another six-year term in the Oct. 7 election, has undergone four operations, chemotherapy and radiation since being diagnosed with cancer in June 2011.

The president is progressing favorably, the Venezuelan government said in the latest bulletin on Chavez’s condition, but still requires “specific measures” for a respiratory insufficiency caused by a post-operative infection.

Chavez had questions for all of the officials during Monday’s briefing in Havana, Maduro said.

Besides Maduro and Chavez, the meeting included Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello, Attorney General Cilia Flores and Barinas state Gov. Adan Chavez, the president’s brother.

Maduro and the other Chavez confidants stayed in Cuba over the weekend and on Sunday met with brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, the respective former and current presidents of the Communist island.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled that Chavez, who first took office in 1999, could delay his swearing-in, set for last Thursday, without creating a constitutional vacuum and that Maduro may remain in charge during the president’s absence.

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Blog del Narco: Brothers Found Executed in Sinaloa

Blog del Narco: Brothers Found Executed in Sinaloa

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Police have discovered two brothers who had been shot to death on a dirt road leading to the area community basurón Pitayita. The bodies were discovered on Monday morning.  The bodies have been identified as Enrique Fidel and Hugo Urias, 46 and 44, respectively.
Police state that near the bodies a vehicle completely burnt out was found. Municipal patrolmen were the first to arrive at the scene. They found the bodies face down with their hands fastened in the back.

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Hispanic Health: Minorities Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screenings

Hispanic Health: Minorities Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screenings

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Minority patients in the United States are less likely than whites to be screened for colorectal cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed national data from between 2000 and 2005 and found that 42 percent of whites were screened for colorectal cancer, compared with 36 percent of blacks, 31 percent of Asians and Native Americans and 28 percent of Hispanics.

Although it is widely believed that lack of access and money are the main barriers to getting screenings, this study found that other factors play a role in the lower screening rates for minority patients.

These factors include transportation issues, difficulty getting paid time off from work and low levels of health literacy, which is the ability to read, understand and use health information.

High levels of fatalism—the view that getting a disease is a matter of luck or fate—and low levels of health literacy among low-income Hispanics may play a strong role in whether they seek out colorectal cancer screening, according to the study, which was published in the December 2012 issue of the journal Health Affairs.

“Racial and ethnic minorities have unique challenges navigating the health care system, in some cases because they are immigrants and there are language issues, or they live in areas with high levels of uninsurance or ... few gastroenterologists,” study author Jim Stimpson, director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a center news release.

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Latin America News: Brazil’s Petrobras to Buy $500M in GE Equipment

Latin America News: Brazil’s Petrobras to Buy $500M in GE Equipment

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GE Oil & Gas, a unit of U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co., said Tuesday it won a $500 million contract to provide Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras with turbomachinery equipment and services for deepwater oil production.

“The contract will serve the four new floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs P-74, P-75, P-76 and P-77) in the Cessão Onerosa region of the Santos Basin pre-salt fields, in the state of São Paulo,” GE Oil & Gas said in a statement.

The company will provide Petrobras with 16 100-MW turbogenerators that will be used on the oil rigs operating in the pre-salt areas.

“Our focus is to seek partnerships like this, where GE can offer its expertise to support the economic development of Brazil,” GE Latin America president and CEO Reinaldo Garcia said. “The country continues to assume an increasingly strategic position to the company’s business globally, and Petrobras is one of the most important partners we have.”

Petrobras is also acquiring eight turbocompression trains and “32 electric motor driven compressors for gas main, export services and CO2 re-injection,” GE Oil Mexico Gas said.

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Has Cyclist Lance Armstrong Finally Admitted to Doping?

Has Cyclist Lance Armstrong Finally Admitted to Doping?

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Retired U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong has admitted in an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs, media reports said.

The cyclist came clean about his doping in an interview with the popular television personality that will air on Thursday, a person familiar with the contents of the interview told USA Today on condition of anonymity.

Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year, came to the interview “ready” to talk, Winfrey said in a Twitter posting.

Winfrey will air the interview Thursday on her OWN cable network at 9:00 p.m. and it may be released on her Oprah.com Web site later.

For years, Armstrong categorically denied the doping allegations leveled against him, but he announced in August that he would no longer fight them.

A cancer survivor who is regarded as one of the all-time greatest road cyclists, Armstrong issued a statement on his Web site after choosing not to appear before a U.S. Anti Doping Agency, or USADA arbitration panel to respond to the doping charges.

“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” the Aug. 23 statement read.

“The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong has lost lucrative endorsement contracts as a result of the scandal and in October he stepped down from the board of directors of the cancer-fighting Livestrong Foundation he founded in 1997.

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Spanish Basketball Coach Paco Olmos Signs with Puerto Rico’s BSN

Spanish Basketball Coach Paco Olmos Signs with Puerto Rico’s BSN

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Spaniard Paco Olmos is now the coach of the Santurce Cangrejeros, one of the 10 clubs in Puerto Rico’s BSN pro basketball league.

Olmos said at a press conference that his main objective with the San Juan-based team is to emphasize an intensive defense with European-style tactical concepts.

“Everyone is proud to belong to this club, (to be a part) of global basketball and to learn and contribute certain ideas for our game,” said Olmos, who in 2002 won the Eurocopa as coach of Pamesa Valencia.

Olmos also said that he will demand from his team “the humility, respect, professionalism from the first day to give 100 percent.”

The Cangrejeros have been one of the most successful teams in the BSN, winning six championships out of the seven finals in which they have participated.

Olmos emphasized that the BSN is “an important league with great development, with players who have excellent physical and athletic conditioning” and he did not hesitate to call them the best in the world.

Among the players who will wear the Cangrejeros uniform are two members of the Puerto Rican Olympic squad - Ricky Sanchez and Alex Galindo - as well as Javier Gonzalez, William Orozco, Sammy Villegas and Walter Hodge.

The BSN season starts on March 31, and the first home game for the Cangrejeros at San Juan’s Roberto Clemente Coliseum will be on April 9.

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Texas Border Patrol Rescue Undocumented Drowning Victim in Rio Grande

Texas Border Patrol Rescue Undocumented Drowning Victim in Rio Grande

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On Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station rescued an undocumented alien from the Rio Grande River.

On Thursday evening, Del Rio Station agents spotted a suspected undocumented alien who had fallen off a weir dam while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River. The weir dam, approximately 300 yards from the Del Rio International Bridge, creates dangerous currents on the downriver side.

When agents arrived at subject’s last known location, they found him and moved him to safety. The subject was initially reported as unresponsive; he had no pulse and was not breathing. Agents administered CPR and requested EMS on scene. The victim was transported to Val Verde Regional Medical Center and admitted to intensive care for further treatment and evaluation.

On Sunday, the subject, a 45-year-old Mexican national, was released from the hospital and transported to the Del Rio Station by agents. During processing, it was discovered he had been previously deported from the United States. His prior order of removal will be reinstated.

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Carlos Slim Partners with Khan Academy to Bring Online Education to Latin America

Carlos Slim Partners with Khan Academy to Bring Online Education to Latin America

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Billionaire Carlos Slim, ranked by Forbes as the world’s richest person, said he planned to invest more than 4 billion pesos (about $317 million) over the next three years to support Mexico’s education system.

“We will invest more than 4 billion pesos to support connectivity, the development of digital libraries and the equipping of schools as part of our program of educational assistance in Mexico,” Slim said during a press conference Monday at which he announced an alliance with Salman Khan, who runs Academia Khan.

The alliance forged by the Fundacion Slim and Khan is aimed at expanding the academy’s work in Mexico and across Latin America by providing access to online courses and videoconferences on different subjects to promote “world class education,” Slim said.

The courses, designed for students, teachers, parents and university-trained professionals, are free and available 24 hours a day.

The online courses are available in English and Spanish.

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Cholera Outbreak Reported in Havana

Cholera Outbreak Reported in Havana

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The Cuban government said Tuesday that up to 51 cases of cholera have been confirmed in this capital as a result of the outbreak detected at the beginning of January, but noted that the contagion of the disease “is on the point of extinction.”

The Public Health Ministry said in a communique that early this month “an increase of severe diarrhetic diseases” was detected in several Havana municipalities, and “a group of those patients showed symptoms and signs that raised…a suspicion of cholera.”

Subsequent testing confirmed 51 cases of cholera, said the official note, which did not mention any fatalities.

Cuba has “all the means and resources necessary” to apply its anticholera plan and “as a result of the measures adopted, the infection is on the point of extinction,” the ministry said.

Epidemiological evaluations determined that the contagion in Havana came from a food vendor who was an asymptomatic carrier of the illness, which he contracted during the cholera outbreaks that appeared in other regions of the island in 2012.

Last August the government considered the cholera outbreak finished that had caused three deaths and 417 confirmed cases on the eastern part of the island.

In recent days bloggers warned of a new outbreak in the capital.

Last July President Raul Castro denounced “propaganda campaigns” that he said were using the cholera outbreak to “discredit” Cuba’s healthcare system.

The last cholera epidemic in Cuba occurred in 1882 and the last cases took place soon after the ouster of strongman Fulgencio Batista in 1959, according to official reports.

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Singer Shakira Calls her Father her “Weakness”

Singer Shakira Calls her Father her “Weakness”

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Colombian songstress Shakira said that her father is her “weakness,” during a presentation in Barcelona of the book “Al Viento y al Azar” (To the Winds and to Chance) by her dad, writer and journalist William Mebarak Chadid.

Shakira attracted the flashes of all the photographers when she entered with her boyfriend, FC Barcelona player Gerard Pique.

“In Barranquilla my dad isn’t Shakira’s father but rather I’m the daughter of William, and he’s the best father life could possibly have given me. My cornerstone, my best friend, not only in my career but in my life,” the singer said.

About her approaching motherhood, the singer said that’s the only discussion she has with her father, because he is very concerned about the kind world into which the child will be born.

“But since I can’t predict if my little one will come with more advantages or more burdens into this world, and I’m on the threshold of motherhood, I hope the child takes an example from its grandpa, because my dad is a person who always helps settle those little conflicts and that’s one reason I’m so proud of him,” Shakira said.

The singer was also accompanied by her mother Nidia Ripoll and her brother Tonino, as well as by Pique’s parents and the president of the superstar’s Pies Descalzos foundation.

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Australian Open: Spain’s David Ferrer Wins First Round

Australian Open: Spain’s David Ferrer Wins First Round

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Spain’s David Ferrer, the No. 4 seed, continued his recent winning ways on Monday, defeating Belgium’s Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old Ferrer, who won his fourth title in Auckland last week, needed just over 90 minutes to beat Rochus.

The world No. 5, who is playing in his 11th Australian Open and was a semifinalist in 2011, will play American Tim Smyczek in the second round.

Smyczek beat big Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic took out France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.

Djokovic cruised in the first set, but the Frenchman stepped up his level of play in the second set.

Mathieu, however, committed 12 unforced errors in the third set and was unable to hold back Djokovic.

In other action involving Spanish and Latin American players, Spain’s Fernando Verdasco beat Belgium’s David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while Argentina’s Juan Monaco, the No. 11 seed, fell to Russia’s Andrei Kuznetsov 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 6-1.

On the women’s side, Russia’s Maria Sharapova easily beat countrywoman Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-0.

The 25-year-old Sharapova, who is the No. 2 seed at the tournament, needed just 55 minutes to beat Puchkova.

No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated Australia’s Bojana Robusic 7-5, 6-0 in an hour and 19 minutes.

Australia’s Samantha Stosur, the No. 9 seed, beat Taipei’s Kai Chen Chang 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

Venus Williams of the United States, the No. 25 seed, beat Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva 6-1, 6-0, while the Czech Republic’s Klara Zakopalova, the No. 23 seed, beat South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers 6-1 6-2.

The Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, began on Monday in Melbourne.

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Spain Leads Once Again in Organ Transplants

Spain Leads Once Again in Organ Transplants

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Spain in 2012 kept its world leadership in organ transplants with 4,211 procedures, the director of the National Transplants Organization, or ONT, said Tuesday.

Rafael Matesanz offered the figures at a press conference in Madrid, where he stressed how important it was that Spain’s economic crisis did not significantly affect transplant operations, unlike the case in Greece and Portugal.

In 2012 there was a “very slight” decline compared with 2011 in the number of both donors and transplant procedures, according to the ONT director, who said the organization is seeking “solutions” for those regions and hospitals where the decreases occurred.

At the same time he said that, for 21 years, Spain has continued uninterruptedly occupying world leadership in organ transplants, with a total of 86,180 performed.

The secretary general of health, Pilar Farjas, reported last year a rate of 34.8 donors per million in the population.

“Altruism, solidarity and fairness” are for Farjas the ethical principles that must be maintained in the Spanish transplant model.

Of the 4,211 transplants performed last year, there were 2,551 kidneys, 1,084 livers, 247 hearts, 238 lungs, 83 pancreases and 8 parts of the intestines.

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Japan’s Kirin Beer Expected to Expand Its Presence in Brazil

Japan’s Kirin Beer Expected to Expand Its Presence in Brazil

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The Brazilian unit of Japan’s Kirin wants to increase its market share in this South American country via organic growth of its brands, such as Devassa beer, company executives said.

Kirin’s products have tremendous potential, marketing chief Maria Inez Murad said during the presentation of the new “Devassa Girl” for Rio de Janeiro’s upcoming carnival.

“There are many opportunities for growth with the existing brands,” but acquisitions have not been ruled out, Murad said in a press conference on Monday.

Brasil Kirin produces beers, including Devassa and Cintra, soft drinks and waters under the Schin brand and juices sold under the Fruthos label.

The company’s goal in 2013 is to “strengthen its position” in the Brazilian beverage market, Murad said.

Kirin plans to open 10 breweries across Brazil this year, adding to its existing fleet of 30 breweries, including five opened in 2012.

The Japanese company gained control in August 2011 of Brazilian brewer Schincariol for 3.95 billion reais (about $2.94 billion at the exchange rate in effect at the time).

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Latin America News: Mexico Creates Indigenous Indian Commission

Latin America News: Mexico Creates Indigenous Indian Commission

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The government has created the Commission for Dialogue with Mexico’s Indian Peoples in an effort to repay the “historical debt” owed to the nation’s native communities, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.

“We must try to make it so that the indigenous peoples, in practice, enjoy the same rights and opportunities as the rest of Mexicans,” Osorio said in a press conference in Mexico City on Monday.

“We have to guarantee access to justice, education, health care and infrastructure to reverse the unjust situation of their rights and the gap that keeps them from enjoying the well-being they deserve,” Osorio said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration plans to assist Indian communities and regions via a permanent political dialogue, the government secretary said.

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Kim Karadashian and Kanye West Invited to Appear at Rio’s Carnival

Kim Karadashian and Kanye West Invited to Appear at Rio’s Carnival

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The Brazilian brewery Devassa is negotiating with U.S. television star Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend, rapper Kanye West, to attend the Rio de Janeiro Carnival as guests, company representatives said.

The brewer is in talks with the couple and is also trying to sign up unspecified Brazilian celebs, one of the company’s ad managers, Augusto Cruz Neto, said in a press conference.

Kardashian, who is pregnant with her first child, gained stardom in 2007 on the reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” appearing with various members of her family as the cameras tracked her adventures.

Since then she has become a leading personality in the world of show-biz.

West, who has sold more than 30 million digital songs in the United States, won fame as a producer at Roc-A-Fella Records.

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11 People Murdered Throughout Mexico City Metropolitan Area

11 People Murdered Throughout Mexico City Metropolitan Area

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The bodies of 11 people were found in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said.

Five of the bodies were found Monday in Toluca, the state capital, and the other six in the city of Zinacantepec, the Mexico state Attorney General’s Office said.

The victims in Zinacantepec “were found inside an automobile,” the AG’s office said in a statement.

The vehicle containing the bodies was abandoned in the city’s Barrio de La Veracruz section and had Federal District tags, the AG’s office said.

All of the unidentified victims were men and a message from the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel was left with the bodies, media reports said.

Five other bodies were discovered in the Cedros de Toluca district of the state capital.

The Valley of Mexico was rocked by violence last weekend, with 22 people murdered in Mexico City alone, officials said.

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TuesdayJanuary 15, 2013