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SundayFebruary 10, 2013

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Honduran Agriculture School Prepares Its Students For Agro-Industry

Honduran Agriculture School Prepares Its Students For Agro-Industry

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Escuela Agricola Panamericana, whose motto has been “learning by doing” since it was founded 71 years ago, started its 2013 term with 1,290 students, the majority of them Latin Americans, from 15 countries.

The school, which has an annual price tag of $15,000 per student, offers engineering degrees in agriculture, agro-industry and food, agribusiness management and environmental studies and development, president Roberto Cuevas said.

The institution is also known as the Universidad Agricola Zamorano, Cuevas said.

Women account for about 34 percent of the student body at the prestigious institution, which first admitted female students in 1981.

The non-profit institution operates off donations and contributions from governments and international organizations, Cuevas said before taking reporters on a tour of the campus.

The Escuela Agricola Panamericana is considered one of the best institutions of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

The agriculture school, which was founded in 1942, has awarded degrees to 6,704 students from 29 countries in the Americas and Europe.

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Spanish Socialists Want to Stop Corporate Giving to Political Parties

Spanish Socialists Want to Stop Corporate Giving to Political Parties

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The head of the PSOE - Spain’s main opposition party - Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, on the weekend as a way to prevent corruption proposed that companies not be allowed to give money to political parties and that the government be prohibited from hiring firms implicated in cases of financial irregularity.

Rubalcaba also proposed creating a state internal affairs unit comprised of “incorruptible men in black” who would be allowed to make surprise visits to public offices.

As a final measure, he said that the Audiencia Nacional - Spain’s special high court - should be the body charged with investigating corruption cases to prevent judicial proceedings from taking too long and to avoid “disparate” rulings being handed down by different courts.

In addition to outlining his plans for dealing with corruption, Rubalcaba called upon Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to make public the accounts of the governing Popular Party, or PP, for the last 20 years, saying that reporting on his personal earnings was not enough.

“Mother of heaven, it hasn’t gone badly for him during these years,” Rubalcaba said, referring to the prime minister’s financial statements.

Rajoy on Saturday made public his personal financial information, which indicated that he received 49,893 euros ($66,674), after taxes, last year for serving as prime minister.

That amount is approximately a third of what he had earned since 2004 as a legislator for Madrid and PP chairman, posts he held before becoming premier on Dec. 21, 2011.

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Ecuador Looking for Major International Support for Environmental Project

Ecuador Looking for Major International Support for Environmental Project

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Ecuador’s government hopes to raise about $240 million this year for the Yasuni-ITT environmental project, which would place large oil reserves in a section of the Amazon off limits to development, acting President Lenin Moreno said.

“It is the government’s decision to leave this petroleum under the earth to prevent pollution and the extermination of life,” Moreno said during the weekly update on the administration’s activities.

The message delivered by Moreno was recorded on Friday in Añangu, a town in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon region.

The Yasuni-ITT environmental project has received some $330 million so far, Moreno said.

Ecuador is asking the international community to provide about $3.6 billion over 12 years, or about 50 percent of what the country would earn from the oil fields in Yasuni National Park, Moreno said.

The oil field in the national park is estimated to hold more than 800 million barrels of crude.

Under the Yasuni-ITT environmental project, Ecuador will leave the oil underground indefinitely in exchange for financial compensation.

The Yasuni-ITT Trust Fund, which receives the donations, is being administered by the United Nations Development Program’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office.

By keeping the crude from the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini field, located in Yasuni National Park, one of the world’s most bio-diverse areas, in the ground, Ecuador will avoid emitting some 407 million metric tons of carbon dioxide that would result from burning fossil fuels.

Yasuni National Park, declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1989, is also home to Indians who live in voluntary isolation in that area of eastern Ecuador.

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Mexican Authorities Arrest 6 for Tourist Rapes in Acapulco

Mexican Authorities Arrest 6 for Tourist Rapes in Acapulco

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Six people linked to the rapes last week of six Spanish tourists in the Pacific resort of Acapulco have been arrested, but the suspects have not yet been charged, sources close to the investigation told Efe Sunday.

Spokesmen for the Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office responded to questions from Efe by refusing to confirm or deny arrests had been made.

Relatives of the unidentified suspects, however, confirmed that the men were under arrest.

The suspects worked at restaurants located between Barra Vieja and Playa Encantada.

The six men were transferred to a prison in Mexico City, whose authorities are assisting Guerrero state investigators with the case, the sources said.

The investigation is being handled by Guerrero authorities with assistance from the Federal Police, army and navy.

“Six people were arrested Friday evening at their jobs in restaurants located in Barra Vieja,” the district on the east side of the resort city where the rapes occurred during the early morning hours of last Monday, the acting police chief in Lomas de Chapultepec, Adrian Sanchez Silva, told CNN.

Investigators questioned “from 12 to 15 people” over the past few days about the incident, Barra Vieja precinct chief Freddy Palma told Milenio TV.

Federal Police officers and state AG’s office personnel arrested the suspects without warrants, relatives said in a complaint filed with the Guerrero State Human Rights Commission on Saturday.

Some of the suspects’ relatives went to the prosecutor’s office in the El Coloso section of Acapulco to request their release.

The men are innocent and have been held incommunicado since Saturday, relatives said.

“They didn’t show them any papers or a warrant” before detaining them, Flor Garcia told Efe.

Garcia’s brother, Juan Carlos Sanchez Silva, was arrested on Friday afternoon.

Juan Carlos’s son, Samuel Sanchez Flores, was also arrested, Garcia said.

The two men are from Barra Vieja and earn a living renting mopeds to tourists in the Encantada beach area, the woman said.

Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre met with the suspects’ relatives on Saturday.

The suspects’ family members said the perpetrators may be from outside Barra Vieja and Playa Encantada, where the rapes occurred.

Those responsible for the rapes will be arrested and punished, and there will be no “scapegoats,” Aguirre said.

On Saturday, Spain’s King Juan Carlos called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to thank him for his efforts in helping catch the individuals who raped the six Spanish tourists last week, Royal Household officials told Efe.

Gunmen raped the six Spanish tourists around 3:00 a.m. last Monday in Playa Bonfil, located in the eastern section of Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations.

The victims and several male companions were outside their bungalow when five masked assailants armed with handguns accosted the group.

After gagging the men, the attackers forced the group inside the bungalow and assaulted the six Spanish women, though they spared a Mexican woman who was with them.

The victims’ ordeal lasted for about three hours and the assailants took PCs, cell phones, credit cards and other valuables when they left, officials said.

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Lacoste’s Snow Inspired Collection Wows Fashion Week

Lacoste’s Snow Inspired Collection Wows Fashion Week

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French design house Lacoste was a hit at New York’s Fashion Week with its fall-winter collection, featuring a polar look, while Max Azria unveiled his second Herve Leger line for urban professional women.

The crowd at Lincoln Center enjoyed a sunny day on Saturday in the wake of a blizzard that buried parts of Manhattan.

The public and designers appeared happy to get out and enjoy the offerings of Fashion Week.

Organizers brought in snow-clearing equipment on Friday, with workers clearing streets and scattering salt to keep people from slipping on the ice.

Some visitors were unable to make it to Fashion Week due to flight cancellations at the metro area’s three airports.

Lacoste presented a collection for men and women inspired, fittingly enough, by the polar expeditions.

The Lacoste fall-winter collection features soft colors - white and marble, but also light blues and greens - with barely visible patterns of landscapes, rocks and icebergs.

Spanish designer Katarina Grey made her debut Saturday at Fashion Week, but not at Lincoln Center.

The 25-year-old Grey unveiled a sophisticated line inspired by the Versailles Palace that featured rich weaves - satin, crepe and leather - with lace, embroidery and brocades, but also with elegant sheer blacks.

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5 Cruise Crew Members Die During Lifeboat Drill in Spain

5 Cruise Crew Members Die During Lifeboat Drill in Spain

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Five crewmen from a British cruise ship docked in Santa Cruz de La Palma, a city in Spain’s Canary Islands, were killed and three others injured Sunday when a lifeboat plunged into the water during an evacuation drill, the emergency management office said.

The lifeboat fell into the water from a height of about 30 meters (98 feet) with the eight crewmen aboard.

About 2,000 passengers are aboard the Thomson Majesty, which belongs to Britain’s Thomson Cruises, but none of the travelers was injured.

The unidentified victims are from Indonesia, the Philippines and Ghana, while two Greeks and a Filipino were injured, the Civil Guard, which is investigating the accident, said.

The Thomson Majesty, whose home port is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, offers cruises around the Canary Islands and to the Portuguese island of Madeira - part of the Azores - regularly docking on Sundays in Santa Cruz de La Palma.

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Chayanne, Marc Anthony Give Free Concert to 100,000 in Mexico City

Chayanne, Marc Anthony Give Free Concert to 100,000 in Mexico City

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With a combination of catchy numbers and a great deal of energy, Chayanne and Marc Anthony got the more than 100,000 people attending their free concert in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main plaza, up and dancing on the weekend.

Dressed in black and wearing sunglasses, Anthony took the stage first to the beat of his hit “Valio la pena,” which got the mainly female crowd going after waiting for hours for the concert to kick off on the huge plaza on Saturday.

This is the first concert held under Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, who is following the lead of his predecessor, Marcelo Ebrard, in fostering huge - and free - cultural events organized in the Zocalo in a country where having to pay to go to a concert is not within everyone’s financial grasp.

Anthony was on stage for an hour and said he was very impressed to be able to perform there.

“I’ve seen a lot of things in my life, but this is incredible,” the 44-year-old singer said.

Then Chayanne came on stage, also dressed in black and wearing a tight T-shirt that provoked excited cries from among the concertgoers, to sing his number “Boom, Boom,” accompanied by a group of dancers.

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Spanish King Thanks Peña Nieto’s Efforts in Rape Case

Spanish King Thanks Peña Nieto’s Efforts in Rape Case

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to thank him for his efforts in helping catch the individuals who raped six Spanish tourists last week in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, Royal Household officials told Efe.

The king called Peña Nieto on Saturday to discuss the case.

The Mexican president has offered to provide “all the institutional support” that the state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located, requests to catch those responsible for raping the tourists last Monday.

Guerrero authorities, who are responsible for investigating the case, said on Friday that they were close to arresting the perpetrators.

Gunmen raped six Spanish tourists around 3:00 a.m. last Monday in Playa Bonfil, located in the eastern section of Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations.

The victims and several male companions were outside their bungalow when five masked assailants armed with handguns accosted the group.

After gagging the men, the attackers forced the group inside the bungalow and assaulted the six Spanish women, though they spared a Mexican woman who was with them.

The victims’ ordeal lasted for about three hours and the assailants took PCs, cell phones, credit cards and other valuables when they left, officials said.

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 in 2011 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.

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Piensale al Pescado: What Fish is on Your Plate?

Piensale al Pescado: What Fish is on Your Plate?

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By Jose Gonzalez, NewsTaco

As Latinos we eat all kind and type of fish—at least as reflected how I grew up and based on the menus of any typical Mexican or Latino restaurant.

There are ceviche plates, mojarra frita, caldos, and a host of variations with grilling, frying, and soups. Of course, it does not stop at fish—shrimp, octopus, oysters, and other seafood are part of the mix.

Some of us even venture into other cultures and delight in things like sushi—though others, such as my father, steer clear. “Esta crudo, it’s raw!”

But something to note is that I hardly recall my family thinking about whether the fish for dinner was sustainable, or if there was an awareness of where it came from.

More and more so this matters because some fish is not sustainably harvested, some fisheries have collapsed, and in other cases, the fish we think we are eating is not exactly what we think it is. Image

Two recent articles highlight this—issues that Latinos should take notice and add to their environmental awareness.

The first article, from the Daytona Beach News Journal, points out how Peruvian fishermen catch less and less Peruvian anchovy—an important food for local communities and export.  It is a problem because there will just not be enough fish to go around. As the article notes:

“Not only has overfishing of the Peruvian anchovy, or anchoveta, battered the industry that makes Peru far and away the world’s No. 1 fish meal exporter, it has also raised alarm about food security in a nation that had long been accustomed to cheap, abundant seafood.”

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Police Recover Girl Kidnapped 9 Days Ago in Mexico

Police Recover Girl Kidnapped 9 Days Ago in Mexico

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A 1-year-old girl snatched from her mother’s arms nine days ago on Mexico City’s east side was found Saturday “safe and sound” by police at the doors of a church, officials said.

The Federal District’s Public Safety Secretariat said in a communique that the child, “stolen by trickery from her mother’s arms as she was going to market” in the Agricola Pantitlan suburb near the San Juan Canal subway station, was found thanks to an Amber Alert being issued.

Last Feb. 1 the little girl’s mother “asked the authorities for help,” for which they issued the alert that paid off Saturday morning.

Two agents of the Pantitlan Citizens Protection Unit, or UPC, “heard a baby crying” at the doors of a church with “no adults around to take care of her,” which led to her identification and return to her parents.

Taking part in the recovery was the Center for Missing and Disappeared Persons, or CAPEA, of the Federal District Attorney General’s Office, which in the last six years has received between 1,400 and 2,000 reports of missing persons.

The source said that the stealing of infants like the little girl recovered Saturday occurs never more than once every two months, often as the result of “parents fighting over custody.”

According to CAPEA statistics, in 2012 there were 1,870 cases of lost or disappeared persons in the Mexican capital, a city of 8 million inhabitants that increases to 20 million if the entire suburban area is included.

The number of cases was 2.1 percent greater than in 2011 but 5.4 percent less than in 2007.

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Chile Mourns 16 Soccer Fans Killed in Bus Accident

Chile Mourns 16 Soccer Fans Killed in Bus Accident

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Sixteen people died and 22 were injured in southern Chile when a small bus carrying fans of a local soccer team skidded off the highway and plunged down a ravine in southern Chile, an accident the country mourns and which once again spotlights the safety problems of those vehicles.

According to the regional government’s official list, among the dead was a 1-year-old boy who was apparently the son of the bus driver, 38, who was also killed in the accident. The other fatalities were youths between ages 15-28, all men except for a 25-year-old woman.

Their remains were to be flown Saturday to Santiago and from there to Rancagua, where thousands of people gathered Saturday afternoon in the city’s main square to pay them homage.

The small bus, property of the Trans O’Higgins company and hired by the fans, was neither obliged to keep a list of passengers nor come equipped with safety belts, as buses of greater capacity are required to do.

Nonetheless, an investigation is underway to determine whether it was carrying more passengers than allowed and if some of them were standing, since, according to a registry of the Transport Ministry cited by the daily El Mercurio, the vehicle had a capacity for 27 passengers.

The accident occurred around 2:00 a.m. Saturday near the town of Tome, when for unknown causes the vehicle went off the road and crashed down a cliff almost 150 meters (490 feet) high.

The bus was carrying some 30 fans of the O’Higgins FC soccer club, who had been to Talcahuano to see their team’s 2-0 win over Huachipato in Chilean soccer-league play.

“Horrible tragedy in Tome, our most sincere condolences to all our Great Blue Family, strength to the families of the victims,” the O’Higgins club said on its official Twitter account.

Meanwhile Chile’s professional soccer association declared in a communique an official period of mourning for the institution and announced that a minute of silence will be observed in all stadiums this weekend.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s scheduled soccer matches in Chile will therefore not be suspended.

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Tommy Hilfiger, Cesar Galindo Present Collections at NYFW

Tommy Hilfiger, Cesar Galindo Present Collections at NYFW

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Tommy Hilfiger presented Saturday a contemporary take on men’s suits of the 1960s with his fall-winter collection during New York Fashion Week, on a day when Rebeca Minkoff showed off her modern “grunge” and Cesar Galindo flaunted Latin elegance.

The Tommy Hilfiger show at a historic military barracks in the city of skyscrapers combined the classicism of English bespoke suits with modern cuts and daring combinations of colors and prints in a collection called “Savile Row Meets Ivy League.” Image

The classicism came from suits and trousers in fabrics with Prince of Wales and houndstooth checks, but the prints were often of different sizes and unusual colors.

Sometimes the backs of suits were fashioned in a smooth fabric and a different color, like khaki, to create a strong visual contrast with the black-and-white checks in front.

There were also several-piece outfits with, for example, the traditional woolen overcoat, blazer and pants in classic navy blue, but with red lines to add a note of modernity.

The brand defines the style of this collection as “tailoring without the stuffy formality.”

In other fashion shows on Saturday, Rebecca Minkoff presented a collection of very urban lines, Carmen Marc Valvo offered elegance without sacrificing comfort, while the New York-based Austrian Helmut Lang remained faithful to his deconstructivist line.

Cesar Galindo kicked off the day off with his line of elegant, sensual and above all “convertible” clothes that can be transformed to suit many different occasions.

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Google Exec Eric Schmidt to Sell 42 Percent of His Stake

Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell up to 42 percent of his stake in the search-engine company, worth around $2.5 billion at the current share price.

The California-based Internet powerhouse made the announcement in a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying the sale would occur in the coming year.

Schmidt, who was Google’s chief executive for 10 years through 2011, currently holds some 7.6 million Class A and Class B shares in the technology company, or roughly 2.3 percent of its outstanding stock.

Google’s share price, which has risen 11.03 percent since the start of the year and 31.7 percent over the past 12 months, reached a record high of $786.67 on Friday.

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Bus Carrying Soccer Fans Plunges Into Ravine in Southern Chile Killing 15

Bus Carrying Soccer Fans Plunges Into Ravine in Southern Chile Killing 15

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Fifteen people including two children died early Saturday and 21 were injured when a bus skidded off the highway and plunged down a ravine in southern Chile, authorities said.

Among the fatalities were a 2-year-old minor and a nursing baby of 6 months. The injured were taken to several hospitals in the area, Luis Santibañez, acting governor of the Biobio region, said.

The accident occurred around 2:00 a.m. Saturday near the town of Tome, when for unknown causes the vehicle went off the road and crashed down a cliff almost 150 meters (490 feet) high.

The bus was carrying some 30 fans of the O’Higgins FC soccer club, who had been to Talcahuano to see their team’s 2-0 win over Huachipato in Chilean soccer-league play.

“Horrible tragedy in Tome, our most sincere condolences to all our Great Blue Family, strength to the families of the victims,” the O’Higgins club said on its official Twitter account.

Meanwhile Chile’s professional soccer association declared in a communique an official period of mourning for the institution and announced that a minute of silence will be observed in all stadiums this weekend.

Saturday’s and Sunday’s scheduled soccer matches in Chile will therefore not be suspended.

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Suspected Gang Members Kill Police Chief in Western Mexico

Suspected Gang Members Kill Police Chief in Western Mexico

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A police chief in the western Mexican state of Jalisco was killed in an attack by suspected members of an organized crime gang, officials said.

According to police spokespersons, the police chief of the town of Poncitlan, Bernardo Garcia, was killed Friday by a group of assailants who arrived on the scene in a van.

The gunmen got out of the vehicle and attacked the police chief outside his home in Zapopan, a city that is part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

Garcia died at the scene, while a man accompanying him at the time was unharmed in the attack.

Forensic experts collected spent cartridges from AK-47 automatic rifles at the scene. No arrests have yet been made.

Poncitlan is located near a region where a turf battle has been raging between the Jalisco Nueva Generacion and Los Caballeros Templarios gangs, according to the Jalisco state Attorney General’s Office.

That struggle has left at least 30 dead in the first few weeks of 2013 and prompted Jalisco state police and Mexican army troops to begin patrolling roads in that area of the country.

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SundayFebruary 10, 2013