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SaturdayFebruary 2, 2013

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Honduran Mother Looking to Reunite with Daughter Pleads to Let Her Stay in Spain

Honduran Mother Looking to Reunite with Daughter Pleads to Let Her Stay in Spain

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Wendy, a Honduran residing in Spain, had not seen her 5-year-old daughter for four years, and after waiting 29 hours for Spanish immigration authorities to let the girl leave Madrid-Barajas Airport, now hopes she can stay in the country.

Alexa arrived as a tourist in Madrid on Thursday accompanied by her cousin Dulce, 19, with the idea of spending a weeklong vacation with her mother more than four years after their separation.

The mother says Alexa and Dulce fulfilled all the requisites for traveling as tourists to Spain - they had return tickets, hotel reservations and “enough” money, some 1,300 euros ($1,770) between the two of them, to spend those days in Madrid.

But Wendy started getting nervous when, after waiting hours for the little girl to come off the plane, a friend of hers living in Spain and who had accompanied the two girls on the flight said they were “detained.”

With the help of her boss she contacted a group of attorneys of San Carlos Borromeo parish in Madrid, who secured a court ruling to get Alexa off the airliner that was going to return her Friday to the Central American country, the girl’s mother told Efe.

The same could not be achieved for her cousin Dulce, who on Saturday had to fly back to Honduras, just 48 hours after her arrival in Madrid and without ever managing to leave the airport.

The attorneys are making every effort to help Alexa obtain residence in Spain and stay with her mother.

One of the lawyers, Diana Galindo, told Efe she believes she can stop the expulsion after the “injustice” of the girl being held 29 hours in Barajas-Madrid Airport.

“Now that she’s here, we’ll try to keep her here,” she said. The lawyer has until Feb. 7, when the little girl has her return ticket to Tegucigalpa.

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Music Label Sells Alejandra Guzman CD By Mistake

Music Label Sells Alejandra Guzman CD By Mistake

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The record label Sony Music Latin said it mistakenly put on sale in the United States a disc by Mexican songstress Alejandra Guzman and apologized for the incident.

“We hereby wish to announce that due to an involuntary incident, the disc entitled ‘Sexy’ by Alejandra Guzman was put on sale in the United States, to be immediately withdrawn as soon as the error was detected,” the company said Friday in a communique.

The record company, which gave no further details about the mistake, launched last Jan. 29 the disc “Sexy,” a collection of her all-time hits like “Hacer el Amor con Otro” (Making Love with Another), “Loca” (Crazy Girl), “Quiero Estar Contigo” (I Want to Be with You) and “Ven” (Come), among others.

Sony Music Latin apologized to “this great artist, to her fans and to the media for this inconvenience.”

Important Web sites for online music sales in the United States like Barnes & Noble and FYE have posted a notice that the disc is no longer available, though eBay and Amazon mention no problem with regard to the album.

The record company said, however, that the Mexican singer and winner of several prizes like the Latin Grammy, ASCAP and Billboard Latin awards “is currently working on a new project that is sure to please her fans.”

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White House Honors 23 Scientists with National Medal

White House Honors 23 Scientists with National Medal

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U.S. President Barack Obama honored the work of 23 scientists and researchers in technology and innovation who in many cases started from scratch, but thanks to their enormous talent, surpassed all expectations.

The president handed out the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the researchers during a ceremony Friday in the White House’s East Room.

“Now, this is the most collection of brainpower we’ve had under this roof in a long time - maybe since the last time we gave out these medals,” Obama joked at the start of the ceremony.

Among the medalists were scientists specialized in electrochemistry, quantum theory, the formation of galaxies and inorganic chemistry, as well as pioneering researchers in biofuels, eye surgery and developing antibodies.

“Thanks to the sacrifices they’ve made, the chances they’ve taken, (and) the gallons of coffee they’ve consumed - we now have batteries that power everything from cellphones to electric cars. We have a map of the human genome and new ways to produce renewable energy,” Obama said.

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Hugo Chavez Finished Post-Op Phase in Cuba

Hugo Chavez Finished Post-Op Phase in Cuba

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said that his country’s head of state, Hugo Chavez, who is recovering in Cuba from an operation he underwent in December, has entered into “a new phase of treatment” and that the postoperative phase “is finished.”

“We’ve gone through some complex moments, but fortunately the postoperative cycle is finished and the president has entered into a new phase of treatment for his illness and is gradually recovering, gaining strength,” Maduro said Friday at a government event in Caracas aired on state channel VTV.

The vice president said that at the moment the president is meeting in Havana with the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diego Molero, who brought him “greetings” from the Venezuelan armed forces.

“In a few hours we’ll have more news because they have a number of subjects to consult him about,” Maduro said, adding that government officials are “permanently” updating him and asking him what to do and how to do it.

“What is unfailing about the president is his spirit, his vibrant will to be among us, a vast will to live, his smile, the glow of his face, the sparkle in his eyes, his message of good counsel,” he said.

Venezuelan Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas said last Saturday that the president’s general progress is favorable following the “complex” Dec. 11 operation in Havana and that his respiratory infection has apparently been cured.

Nonetheless, Villegas said that “a certain degree of respiratory failure persists that is being duly treated.”

Chavez, 58, was operated in Cuba for the fourth time in the past 19 months for a cancer known to be in the pelvic region but whose exact nature has never been divulged.

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“Gangnam Style” is Heading to Brazilian Carnival

“Gangnam Style” is Heading to Brazilian Carnival

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South Korean rapper Psy, whose hit single “Gangnam Style” holds the record for the most-watched video on YouTube, will be one of the attractions at this year’s carnival in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador.

Brazilian axe singer Claudia Leitte confirmed on her Web site that Psy will be in her “electric trio” during the Bahian Carnival, Brazil’s second most popular.

Electric trios are floats equipped with stages for music groups and high power sound systems that parade along Salvador’s streets during carnival and other Brazilian festivals.

The singer said Psy will have the chance to sing “Gangnam Style” on Feb. 8 while perched on top of her electric trio and get the public dancing with his catchy style.

The message said Psy’s visit will be sponsored by U.S. shaving and personal care product group Gillette, which also will invite the entertainer to join one of the samba school parades during this year’s Rio Carnival.

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Marriage Reduces the Risk of Heart Complications, says Study

Marriage Reduces the Risk of Heart Complications, says Study

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Next time you hear someone’s spouse say, “Never get married,” in frustration. Tell them this-

For both genders, being married reduces the risk of having severe coronary complications. Not only that- being single increases the risks for both developing and dying from heart disease.

As stated in CBSNews, heart complications were between 58 and 66 percent more likely among unmarried men and between 60 and 65 percent higher risk for unmarried women. Death risks were also higher among the single.

There are a number of reasons as to why this may occur shared the USNews. For starters, married couples may be better off financially, have more support amongst friends and family, are more likely to be on a schedule and generally attain healthier lifestyles.

On the contrary, single people do not generally reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and may also be less likely to contact someone in case of an emergency.

Research was published on January 31 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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Indiana Pacers Defeat Miami Heat 102-89

Indiana Pacers Defeat Miami Heat 102-89

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The Indiana Pacers scored their second victory of the season over the Miami Heat, using a balanced attack to break down the defending champions’ vaunted defense in a 102-89 home win.

David West was the big star for the Pacers on Friday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, scoring 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting and also hauling down seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Paul George also gave more proof of his emergence as an NBA star with 15 points, while guard Lance Stephenson notched an identical tally.

Miami’s do-it-all superstar LeBron James had another big night with 28 points, five rebounds and three assists but he got little help from his teammates.

The Pacers shot a highly efficient 56 percent from the field and outrebounded Miami 34-25.

With the win, the Pacers became the only team other than the New York Knicks to record two victories over the Heat this season - the other was an 87-77 triumph, also in Indianapolis - and improved their record to 28-19 and 18-3 at home.

The Heat fell to 29-14 but still hold the best record in the Eastern Conference.

In other NBA action Friday night, the Toronto Raptors routed the L.A. Clippers 98-73, the Detroit Pistons trounced the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-99, the New York Knicks topped the Milwaukee Bucks 96-86, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Sacramento Kings 89-80, and the Brooklyn Nets edged the Chicago Bulls 93-89.

The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic 97-84, the Memphis Grizzlies scored an 85-76 win over the Washington Wizards, and the Dallas Mavericks used a fourth-quarter spurt to beat the Phoenix Suns 109-99.

The Utah Jazz topped the Portland Trail Blazers 86-77, the Denver Nuggets routed the New Orleans Hornets 113-98 for their sixth straight win, and the Los Angeles Lakers rode a hot start to a comfortable 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Rajoy Denies Receiving Under-the-Table Payments from PP

Rajoy Denies Receiving Under-the-Table Payments from PP

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday denied allegations that he received secret cash payments from the ruling conservative Popular Party and said he will release his income statements next week to clear up any doubts.

“I’ve never received nor distributed ‘black money,’ in this party or anywhere else,” the premier said during an extraordinary PP meeting held in the wake of media reports about an alleged secret ledger showing two decades of off-the-books cash payments to party leaders, including Rajoy.

The prime minister added that those who think he can be “harassed” out of office are “mistaken.”

The remarks were Rajoy’s first public comments on the allegations since Spanish daily El Pais on Thursday published images of extracts from a purported secret ledger attributed to former PP treasurers Alvaro Lapuerta and Luis Barcenas and covering the period 1990-2009.

The premier acknowledged that the media reports have created a “giant scandal.”

But he questioned where the images of the handwritten accounts came from and said whoever had put the “lies” into circulation was trying to create “a state of anxiety and instability in a difficult moment,” alluding to the country’s deep recession and unemployment rate of more than 26 percent.

He pledged that the party would act with the “utmost transparency” to get to the bottom of the matter.

The controversy picked up steam last month when authorities in Switzerland told a Spanish judge probing a kickbacks-for-contracts scandal known as the “Gürtel case” that Barcenas had deposited some 22 million euros (roughly $30 million) in Swiss bank accounts.

After initially ordering an internal review of PP finances, Rajoy said Jan. 21 that he had commissioned an examination by independent external auditors.

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Why Democrats Don’t Have to Worry About Ted Cruz?

Why Democrats Don’t Have to Worry About Ted Cruz?

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By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco

Not too long ago Ruben Navarette wrote a most revealing column entitled “Democrats should worry about up-and-comer Cruz.” 

The column goes on to extol Cruz’s conservative values and how they perfectly matched those of the Hispanic community. 

The end result is the implication that Hispanics are going to switch their presidential vote because of Republican Hispanic “rock stars” like Cruz.

The column is revealing because it shows how “out of touch” with reality Ruben is.  He came to his conclusions after eating dinner with an “Ivy League-educated lawyer” (Cruz) in a Washington restaurant and listening to this lawyer speak his mind about things political.  Ruben! That conversation and restaurant are about as far away from the national Latino community as Timbuktu is!  Let me tell you why this is so.Image

Latinos have always supported Democratic presidential candidates by large margins regardless of the politician because it’s not who the candidate is that drives the Latino vote but the Republican Party’s policies that drive Latino voters away.

In order to make his point Ruben repeats the GOP’s mantra that Hispanic’s are “profoundly conservative” and the Republican Party’s values resonate with those of Latinos.  We are a “community of faith, family and patriotism.” 

I’m glad to hear that and we have remained so since I can remember but this does not make us Republicans.  These values make us plain and simply, Americans!

One of the main reasons we underwhelmingly support Republican Party candidates is because this particular party has supported every effort to subvert our right to vote.  And, one of the reasons Ted Cruz is not acceptable to Latinos is he is one of the operatives who played a significant role in voter dilution in the infamous 2000 presidential election. 

Ted was in on the fix to disenfranchise thousands of voters just so George Bush, Number 43, could be installed as president by the Supreme Court.

Sure Ted has a great immigrant story.  So, stand in line Ted!  Your story is our story but that doesn’t encourage me to vote for you.  Sure you speak Spanish.

Bueno!  Y esta es la razón que puedes ganar mi voto? Por favor, Ruben! 

Placing pressure on Democrats to support policies unique and important to the Latino community is much easier because we have influential persons close to that party’s leadership.  The GOP doesn’t want us anywhere close to their policymaking apparatus as evidenced in the private emails uncovered during the 2011 Texas redistricting lawsuit.  Frankly, we have a better chance with Democrats than we have with Republicans.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Where Are the Top Outsourcing Destinations in Latin America?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where Are the Top Outsourcing Destinations in Latin America?

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Latin America has become one of the top destinations for outsourcing. With 24 of the top 100 destination, it is evident that companies have their eyes on LatAm. Tholons has ranked the top 100 destinations.  Internationally, Bangalore was the top destination.

Check out Hispanically Speaking News’s infographic covering outsourcing in Latin America.

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Reggaeton Star Don Omar Going Back to College to Become Professional Racecar Driver

Reggaeton Star Don Omar Going Back to College to Become Professional Racecar Driver

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Puerto Rican reggaeton star Don Omar announced he is headed back to college to finish his studies and become a mechanic and professional racing-car driver.

Before giving a motivational talk to 3,500 young people, William Omar Landron, Don Omar, told a press conference he was resuming his higher education at Mech-Tech College in Orlando, Florida.

The college, which the artist left 14 years ago from its original location in Caguas to follow his music career, specializes in automotive manufacturing and mechanics.

“Going back now is different. I’m returning with the wish to inspire people who in a certain moment of their lives need someone to inspire them, and to go beyond what I am now,” Don Omar said.

The reggaeton star said he is going back to Mech-Tech College after “reaching my goals and having followed a wonderful moment of inspiration in my life that God gave me” as an artist.

Don Omar said his passion for cars began when he was a kid, since his family, especially his dad and grandpa, instilled in him the idea that it would be a very useful profession.

Though Don Omar will resume his college studies in automotive mechanics, he has already been driving drag racers for two years.

After finishing his studies, the singer will enter the Nascar school in Las Vegas.

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Hispanic Youth Unemployment Reaches 13 Percent

Hispanic Youth Unemployment Reaches 13 Percent

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Generation Opportunity, a national, non-partisan organization advocating for Millennials ages 18-29, is announcing its Millennial Jobs Report for January 2013. The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds:

    The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for January 2013 is 13.1 percent (NSA).
    The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for January 2013 is 22.1 percent (NSA); the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for January 2013 is 13.0 percent (NSA); and the youth unemployment rate for 18–29 year old women for January 2013 is 11.6 percent (NSA).
    The declining labor force participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.
    If the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 youth unemployment calculation, the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.2 percent (NSA).

Generation Opportunity is asking young people to take action by sharing their personal stories on its flagship Facebook page, Being American by GO. This effort, called Tell Us About It, will reveal the real faces behind the statistics, giving young people a forum to dialogue about the impact of historically high youth unemployment in everyday life.

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Hillary Clinton Steps Down as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton Steps Down as Secretary of State

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Hillary Clinton formally stepped down as U.S. secretary of state on Friday with a letter to President Barack Obama and an emotional farewell address to the department she has run for four years.

“I leave thinking of the nearly 70,000 people that I was honored to serve and lead as part of a huge extended family. And I hope that you will continue to make yourselves, make me, and make our country proud,” the 65-year-old former first lady said.

A day after resigning from the Senate, John Kerry was sworn-in as Clinton’s successor in a private ceremony late Friday.

“So it’s been quite a challenging week saying goodbye to so many people and knowing that I will not have the opportunity to continue being part of this amazing team,” Clinton told State Department staff.

Her tenure ended on a turbulent note, as two people died in a suicide bombing outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey.

Clinton has said that she plans to write a memoir and remain active in efforts to expand the role of women in politics.

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Gang Shootout Kills 4 in El Salvador

Gang Shootout Kills 4 in El Salvador

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Four people were killed and three others wounded Friday in a shootout between rival gangs in the eastern province of San Miguel, Salvadoran authorities said.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene and the other two died at the hospital, a police spokesman told Efe.

The casualties, all gang members, were gathered at a brickworks in the La Carmenza neighborhood when youths from a rival gang arrived and began shooting, the spokesman said, without identifying the gangs involved.

Church-mediated talks between the jailed leaders of El Salvador’s two largest gangs, Mara Salvatrucha and Mara 18, led last March to a truce that officials credit with reducing the number of homicides by 50 percent.

Last month saw the start of a second phase of the truce, which is to involve the gradual declaration of violence-free municipalities.

The plan has taken effect in four municipalities and is supposed to be extended to another 14.

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Suicide Bomber in Pakistan Kills 18

Suicide Bomber in Pakistan Kills 18

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At least 18 people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday in a suicide bombing in the northwestern Pakistani town of Hangu, police told Efe.

Geo television said the death toll was 22.

The attacker detonated the explosives in the main market as worshippers were leaving two nearby mosques after Friday prayers.

“Seven or eight of the wounded are in critical condition,” Hangu police officer Nasir Ali said.

Hangu lies near the tribal region of Orakzai, part of an area that has experienced a significant escalation of violence in the past week.

More than 100 suspected insurgents have died in airstrikes in the area since last weekend.

Rival insurgent groups continue to battle each other control for the strategic Tirah Valley, which offers access to Afghanistan and to Taliban strongholds farther to the south on the Pakistan side of the border.

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Suicide Bombing at U.S. Embassy in Turkey Kills Security Guard

Suicide Bombing at U.S. Embassy in Turkey Kills Security Guard

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A suicide attack against the United States Embassy in Ankara Friday left two people dead, a security guard and the bomber.

The attack took place at a security post at the rear entrance to the mission, which provides access to the consular section.

The attacker was identified as a man named Ecevit Sanli.

Interior Minister Muammer Güler confirmed to the press that the attacker was a member of “an illegal leftist organization,” the usual way of referring to the Revolutionary Front for Popular Liberation Party, or DHKP/C.

Another two guards were wounded in the explosion, while a journalist applying for a U.S. visa at the embassy suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

After the attack, embassies in Ankara raised their surveillance levels and police cordoned off the area, as the United States legation declared a red alert and stationed snipers on the roof, the Turkish daily Hürriyet said.

The embassy issued a communique to warn U.S. citizens not to visit “until further notice” either the embassy or the consulates in Istanbul and Adana, and “to be alert to the potential for violence, to avoid those areas where disturbances have occurred, and to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.”

The attacker was arrested in 1997 after taking part in an attack on an army garrison and remained behind bars until 2002, police officials told the daily Radikal.

The DHKP/C has carried out a dozen attacks since the 1990s. The latest took place in December, when a pair of activists gunned down a policeman in Istanbul.

Ten days ago authorities detained 21 people including nine attorneys on charges of belonging to the DHKP/C, which set off a number of protests.

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SaturdayFebruary 2, 2013