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FridayFebruary 22, 2013

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Dozens of Brazilian Ports Shut Down as a Result of Strike

Dozens of Brazilian Ports Shut Down as a Result of Strike

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A strike to protest the Brazilian government’s plan to privatize several ports shut down at least 36 terminals for six hours on Friday, union spokespersons said.

Stevedores did not show up for work on Friday’s first shift as part of a bid to pressure the government to modify the port-overhaul plan.

The strike affected several of the country’s main ports - including Santos, Latin America’s largest - Paulo Pereira da Silva, a lawmaker and president of the Força Sindical trade union, said.

The dockworkers had planned to hold other demonstrations, including a second work stoppage on Tuesday afternoon, but those planned job actions have been put on hold following an agreement with the government.

The unionists have pledged not to stage any strikes until March 15 and in the meantime will seek to negotiate changes to Executive Decree 595, which establishes a new regulatory framework for the port sector.

As part of the overhaul, some of the country’s 158 ports are to be awarded in concession to private companies.

“The strike was a success. Our difficulty was in having talks with the government to express our positions with respect to the reform and today we opened a channel,” Pereira da Silva told reporters at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia.

The government, represented in the talks by the head of the Special Secretariat for Ports, Leonidas Cristino, pledged not to make any announcements concerning bidding processes for concession contracts until at least March 15.

“We have no intention of changing the essence of the reform, but we’re open to negotiations,” Cristino told reporters.

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“Respiratory Insufficiency” Latest Challege for Hugo Chavez Says Venezuelan Govt.

“Respiratory Insufficiency” Latest Challege for Hugo Chavez Says Venezuelan Govt.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez continues his treatment in Caracas for the respiratory insufficiency that began after his last operation and whose outlook “has not been favorable,” while the treatment for his cancer proceeds without any “significantly adverse” effects, the government said.

“The respiratory insufficiency that came during his postoperative period persists and its outlook has not been favorable, so treatment for it continues,” Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas said Thursday as he read the first communique about the state of the president’s health since he returned three days earlier to Caracas.

“On the contrary, the medical treatment for the basic illness continues without presenting any significantly adverse effects up to now,” the minister said in reference to the cancer, without specifying the exact nature of the treatment.

Chavez, who has been in the Dr. Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital since he arrived in the wee hours Monday in Caracas, was operated in Cuba last Dec. 11 for the fourth time in 18 months for cancer, about which neither its type nor extent have been revealed.

The six-hour operation produced complications that included a hemorrhage and later a pulmonary infection that caused the respiratory insufficiency.

Last week the minister said that Chavez was breathing through a tracheal tube that made it difficult for him to talk.

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Man Accused of Beating Son for Liking ‘Wrong’ Football Team

Man Accused of Beating Son for Liking ‘Wrong’ Football Team

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An Oklahoma father stands accused of beating his son because he was rooting for Oklahoma University and not Oklahoma State University (OSU).

Gannon Mendez, 42, allegedly abused his 9-year-old son with a wooden paddle and forced soap into his mouth because of his choice in football team, but this was not the only time he allegedly assaulting the boy.

According to KOCO Eyewitness News 5, Mendez has woken his son up in the middle of the night to do push-ups or force him to run until he vomited.

Mendez’s allegiance to OSU is far more than an average fan, however, as he is an OSU booster. In fact, according to a 2011 FoxSports story, OSU football players were banned from making contact with Mendez after he allegedly gave players “impermissible extra benefits.”

An affidavit confirms that when investigators interviewed Mendez’s son at the Payne County Youth Center he had bruises on is legs, buttocks, and back. Investigators were tipped off about the abuse by the boy’s step-sister.

Mendez was released on $2,500 bond and is scheduled to return to court in April.

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Man Fears Telling Wife Tax Refund Spent on Strippers, Makes Up Robbery Story

Man Fears Telling Wife Tax Refund Spent on Strippers, Makes Up Robbery Story

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Jesus Mata of San Benito, Texas is now not only in trouble with his wife but also with local authorities after concocting a robbery story.

Apparently the 21-year-old husband did not want to go home and tell his wife that he spent their IRS refund money on lap dances from strippers at the Whisper’s Gentlemen’s Club in Harlingen.

He must have been mighty afraid because after the strip club outing he strolled into the local police station at 3 a.m. crying saying he had been robbed by heavily armed men with an assault rifle.  The problem with the story was there were too many holes in it said authorities.  Mata finally confessed saying: ““I started drinking some Bud Lights and I got a couple of lap dances.” “I was there until they closed at 2 a.m.”

He has been charged with filing a false police report with bail set at $10,000.

We don’t know what his wife had to say about all of this.  What do you think happened at the Mata household??

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Spain Would Rather Have International Image of Poverty Than Corruption

Spain Would Rather Have International Image of Poverty Than Corruption

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Fifty-two percent of Spaniards see political corruption as the worst blot on Spain’s image abroad, a survey released Friday shows.

That information comes from the latest poll taken by the Elcano Royal Institute, an independent think-tank, while 19.1 percent of respondents identified high unemployment and poverty as the most negative aspect of their nation’s international image.

The 1,000 Spanish citizens surveyed during the first two weeks of February said Spain was the most corrupt country on a list that included countries like Morocco and China.

Elcano researcher Javier Noya told a press conference that according to the majority of international studies, Spain is not as corrupt a country as either Morocco or China and yet Spaniards believe it is, which shows the “high degree of resentment” that exists about corruption.

The poll also shows that the great majority of citizens, 88.4 percent, believe that Spain’s image abroad has not improved over the past month, though 59 percent have a positive view of the government’s Brand Spain initiative.

At the same time, the survey shows that 47.9 percent of Spaniards under 45 have thought seriously about emigrating to improve their standard of living, a percentage that rises to 67 among people under 30.

The new Spanish urge to emigrate also has its demographic differences, because the propensity to leave increases very significantly with the educational level, with 65 percent of university students inclined to leave the country, compared with 35 percent of those with no education beyond high school.

Spain has an overall unemployment rate of more than 26 percent, rising to 55 percent among workers under 25.

Political corruption scandals are making that situation worse, particularly following media reports that the ex-treasurer of the ruling Popular Party, Luis Barcenas, made undeclared cash payments to party chiefs for years.

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Lionel Messi Reportedly Headlining All-Star Soccer Group in Chicago

Lionel Messi Reportedly Headlining All-Star Soccer Group in Chicago

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Several Chicago publications, including Crain’s Chicago Business that broke the story, are indicating soccer super-star could be in the Windy City on July 6 to headline an all-star group of players.

Reportedly Messi and 35 as of yet unidentified players will be at Soldier Field showoff their soccer skills to benefit Messi’ non-for-profit. 

Soldier Field officials have not officially confirmed Messi in Chicago but they did confirm they have a Messi announcement coming soon.  So that means he’s coming!!!

The 25-year-old Argentine who plays for FC Barcelona is considered one of the greatest players currently playing. Earlier this year the player won his fourth FIFA Ballon d’Or award, a trophy given annually to the world’s best soccer player.

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NM Mom and Her Kids Found to Have 1,000 Pounds of Pot Inside Their Car

NM Mom and Her Kids Found to Have 1,000 Pounds of Pot Inside Their Car

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 1,061 pounds of marijuana in a single seizure Tuesday. A New Mexico woman traveling with her two children was arrested in connection with the smuggling attempt. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $848,800.

The seizure occurred Tuesday just after 11:00 p.m. at the Ysleta international crossing at the El Paso port of entry when a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup arrived from Mexico. CBP officers initiated an exam and then selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP drug sniffing dog “Johan” searched the truck and alerted to the presence of drugs. CBP officers pulled back a portion of a quarter panel and spotted a bundle. A full inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drugs in the panels, gas tank, floor and spare tire of the truck. CBP officers recovered 518 marijuana-filled weighing 1,061 pounds from the vehicle.

CBP officers took custody of the driver, 32-year-old Palma Lyon of Socorro, New Mexico.  She is currently detained at the El Paso County jail with no bond. The children were turned over to a relative.

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Raul Castro Jokes About Resigning with Reporters

Raul Castro Jokes About Resigning with Reporters

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Cuban President Raul Castro, soon to be confirmed by parliament for a second five-year term, joked on Friday about the possibility that he might resign because of being so advanced in years.

“I’m going to resign. I’m going to be 82 years old and I have the right to retire now,” Gen. Castro laughed when asked by reporters about the opening of parliament on Sunday.

Then in a more serious tone the president said that he will deliver an “interesting” speech.

Raul Castro is expected to be confirmed for a second five-year term, which will be his last if the Cuban president goes along with his own proposal to limit the country’s political positions, including the presidency, to 10 straight years.

Gen. Castro was formally named president in February 2008, two years after an illness forced his brother Fidel to delegate the position to him in 2006.

During his first term, Raul Castro promoted a plan of economic reforms in the Caribbean country to “modernize” its socialist model.

The Cuban president made his statement at a ceremony with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, whose visit to the island was marked by the signing of 10 accords to promote bilateral cooperation.

Besides holding talks with the Cuban president, the Russian premier met with Fidel Castro.

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Spanish King Juan Carlos Denies Plans to Abdicate

Spanish King Juan Carlos Denies Plans to Abdicate

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos has not considered for one moment the possibility of abdicating nor plans to do so, officials at the royal palace told Efe on Friday.

The institution was dealing with various reports over the past few days speculating that the monarch was weighing the possibility of abdicating in favor of his son, Crown Prince Felipe.

This week the leader of the Catalan regional branch of the Socialist party, Pere Navarro, asked for the monarch’s abdication in favor of his son, who would lead a “second transition” in Spain, alluding to the process of democratization that followed the death in 1975 of dictator Francisco Franco.

In response to that statement, the national Socialist party announced that it in no way agrees with that request and would have no part of it, while the governing Popular Party considered Navarro’s words “senseless and improper.”

Speculation in the press about whether the king might be considering abdication grew more intense after the announcement Thursday that the monarch will be operated for a herniated disc on March 3, a little over three months since a prosthesis was implanted in his left hip.

This will be the 11th time Juan Carlos has gone under the knife since the 1980s.

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Lindsay Lohan Loses in Court to Pitbull Over “Give Me Everything” Lyrics

Lindsay Lohan Loses in Court to Pitbull Over “Give Me Everything” Lyrics

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Rapper Pitbull has defeated Linsday Lohan in court after the actress/singer sued him for using her name in his 2011 hit, “Give Me Everything.”

After hearing the lyrics “So, I’m tiptoein,’ to keep flowin’ / I got it locked up, like Lindsay Lohan,” the troubled star filed lawsuit claiming the song caused emotional distress and violated her publicity rights for its “unwarranted, unauthorized, and unfavorable mention of [her] name and personality, and allusions to [her] physical and mental character.”

On Thursday, however, U.S. District Judge denis Hurley ruled that Pitbull’s song was a work of art protected by the First Amendment, adding that the single mention of her name weakened her argument.

The rapper’s legal team also claimed Lohan should be sanctioned for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit, but Judge Hurley did not agree. However, Lohan’s lawyer, Stephanie Ovadio, was sanctioned for plagiarism after it was reported that her court briefs had been put together using newspapers, law firms, and legal websites. She was fined $750.

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Pasadena Family Bought Human Bones for Santeria Rituals on eBay

Pasadena Family Bought Human Bones for Santeria Rituals on eBay

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At a home where residents were known to have practiced Santeria, California authorities uncovered a number of human bones in the backyard.

Pasadena investigators uncovered at least one skull and various other human bones after authorities responded to a call about a trespasser on a homeowners property. When officers arrived they looked around the property. Rather than a trespasser, however, the officers found an altar with bones.

When the homeowner was asked about said bones, she told officers she practices Santeria, a West African and Caribbean religion.

A spokesperson for the Pasadena Police Department Crimes Against Person’s division said the coroner “determined them to be human bones.

The homeowner said she bought the bones off the online auction site eBay.

The woman will not face charges, as she used the bones for religious purposes, but authorities say they are investigating the websites selling the bones to determine how they obtained them. They are also working to identify who the bones.

One neighbor pointed out that some of the saints on display were Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde, the saints of drug traffickers.

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Couple in Washington Deliver Daughter at Roadside

Couple in Washington Deliver Daughter at Roadside

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On Tuesday, a Washington couple were heading to the hospital because the woman was in labor. Running out of time and still too far from Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, the father pulled over on State Route 512 and helped his wife deliver the baby.

Though the names of the couple were not initially released, they were later identified as Air Force Staff Sgt. Pedro Sanchez and his wife Amanda.

The couple were met at the side of the road by troopers, as Sanchez had called 911 when he pulled over. Troopers said that by they time they arrived, the baby had already been born and they only cut the umbilical cord

On Wednesday, the parents released a statement saying, “Thank you to everyone who responded last night. We are also grateful for the kindness and care we received at Madigan. Our family has been blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Anneliese Patricia Sanchez arriving at 10:30 p.m., February 19, weight seven ponds, four ounces.”

The couple also have a 3-year-old daughter named Hudsyn Sanchez.

Congrats to the parents! What a way to enter the world, baby Anneliese!

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STUDY: No Upward Mobility When there is Migration Between Latin-American Countries

STUDY: No Upward Mobility When there is Migration Between Latin-American Countries

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Although immigration to the United States from Latin American countries, particularly Mexico, has captured much public attention, immigrants who move between countries in Latin America have more difficulty than those moving to the United States.

Donald Bogue, professor emeritus in sociology and a distinguished scholar of demography, has found that unlike immigrants to the United States, immigrants between nations in Latin America frequently do not improve their lives by moving.

Migration between developing nations is quite different, Bogue contends. Immigrants to the U.S. from Latin America improve their economic status after five years of residency while, economic status of people moving between Latin American countries does not improve.

Bogue’s work is among the first to compare immigration between Latin American countries with that of immigration to the United States. Although 41 percent of the world’s immigration is among developing countries, little research has been done in the area because of a lack of data

Bogues’s study “The Economic Adjustment of Immigrants to Twelve Nations of Latin America and Comparison with United States,” can be found on Social Science Research Network.

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Just Because It’s Friday- Call Me Maybe ( Army Style)  VIDEO

Just Because It’s Friday- Call Me Maybe ( Army Style)  VIDEO

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This video went viral on Facebook.. Army does Call Me Maybe

Well Done Troops!

Will There be a Sequel?

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Yale University Proposing to Use Immigrants as Guinea Pigs?

Yale University Proposing to Use Immigrants as Guinea Pigs?

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This sounds so crazy you’d think we’re making it up: Yale University is planning to partner with the Department of Defense to create a training center that uses local “non-white” immigrants as test subjects for “interrogations.

Yes, that’s right. One of the country’s most prestigious universities is ready to use immigrants as guinea pigs.

Tell Yale University Dean Robert Alpern to reject a military interrogation training center that would use immigrants as test subjects.

The professor in charge of the project, Charles Morgan III, laid out plans last week: the center would teach soldiers how to interrogate subjects who are “someone they can’t necessarily identify with,” specifically “Moroccans, Columbians, Nepalese, Ecuadorians and others.”

There is so much that is awful and offensive about the proposed center that it’s hard to know where to start. Lumping people of color in a category as out-of-the-norm folks who soldiers can’t identify with? And then using them as test subjects to test out war techniques?

Dean Alpern and other Yale leaders who are considering this proposal care a lot about the university’s public image. Yale depends on alumni for funding and already some former students have threatened to stop making donations after they heard about the center.1 If thousands of us sign this petition, the media will take notice and Dean Alpern will be forced to rethink this highly offensive plan.

Tell Yale University Dean Robert Alpern to reject a military interrogation training center that would use immigrants as guinea pigs.

It sounds insane that such an incredibly offensive project would be considered at an Ivy-league university whose motto is “truth and light.” But as students of the school have pointed out, Yale Dean Robert Alpern didn’t seek any input from students and faculty on the ethics of the project and didn’t consult community members about the impact this plan would have on the large immigrant community in New Haven. Rather, the school quietly moved forward with the awful proposal and plans to accept funding from the Department of Defense.

Please tell Dean Alpern that immigrants are not “test subjects” at the military’s disposal.

Sign this petition demanding Yale University Dean Robert Alpern reject a military interrogation training center that would use immigrants as guinea pigs.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

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Bogota Prepares for Alejandro Sanz Concert on April 23

Bogota Prepares for Alejandro Sanz Concert on April 23

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Singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz takes his Latin American tour “La Musica No Se Toca” (Dont’ Touch the Music) to Bogota on April 23, the company organizing the concert, Evenpro, said Friday.

The Colombian capital’s stadium, El Campin Coliseum, will be the setting for the concert by the Madrid artist, who will present his lastest disc, for which the tour is named and which was produced by Colombia’s Grammy award winner Julio Reyes Copello.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the artist’s fan club and on Saturday for the general public, with prices from 70,000 pesos ($39) to 250,000 pesos ($139).

Sanz’s singles “No Me Compares” (Don’t Compare Me), “No Se Vende” (Not For Sale), and “Mi Marciana” (My Martian Girl) have all been No. 1 on Colombian pop music charts.

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PEW STUDY: Obama’s Approval Rating Among Hispanics Rebounds

PEW STUDY: Obama’s Approval Rating Among Hispanics Rebounds

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63% of Hispanics Approve of Obama’s Handling of Immigration.


According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY, Obama’s job rating is up markedly over the past year among Hispanics. In the last quarter of 2011, just 48% of Hispanics nationwide approved, and 39% disapproved, of Obama’s job in office. This coincided with a period in which awareness and concern about the Obama administration’s record on deportations ran high among Hispanics. Since then, approval among Hispanics has risen steadily. By the end of 2012, Hispanic approval had risen to 75%, and has held at 73% so far in the first quarter of 2013. By contrast, among whites, Obama’s job rating has improved slightly since 2011, from 36% to 41%. And among blacks, Obama’s approval rating has remained steady (currently 88% approve).
 
On immigration, there has been a complete turnaround in how Hispanics view Obama’s handling of the issue. Today, more approve than disapprove by a 63% to 27% margin. In November 2011, that margin was reversed: 28% of Hispanics approved of the job Obama was doing on immigration policy while 59% disapproved. Overall, the general public is split on how the president is handling immigration policy——44% approve of how Obama is handling the issue compared with 43% who disapprove. However, approval is up 12 points from November 2011 and marks the first time in Obama’s presidency that disapproval has not outweighed approval on immigration, a change driven in large part by improved ratings from Hispanics.

The report, “If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen,” is available at the Pew Research Center’s website, www.pewresearch.org.

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis. It does not take advocacy positions. Its Hispanic Center, founded in 2001, seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation.

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Business and Labor Issue Unprecedented Joint Statement on Immigration Reform and Temporary Workers

Business and Labor Issue Unprecedented Joint Statement on Immigration Reform and Temporary Workers

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In rare moment of unity the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO has issued a joint statement on how to approach the issue of temporary workers within a comprehensive immigration reform plan.

Both business and labor agree that U.S. workers should be given the first shot at any available jobs and they also both recognize that at times companies will need to hire foreign workers.

The solution:  an independent agency within the Executive Branch that will determine when, where and how many foreign workers are needed.

A path to citizenship and temporary worker programs have long been considered the most contentious elements of comprehensive immigration reform. 

Over the last months, representatives of business and labor have been engaged in serious discussions about how to fix the immigration system in a way that benefits both workers and employers, with a focus on lesser-skilled occupations.

Click here to read the joint statement in its entirety.

Both groups vowed to work together to help pass immigration reform in Congress. 

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NASCAR Mexico Coming to Arizona for March 1 Race

NASCAR Mexico Coming to Arizona for March 1 Race

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More than two dozen Mexican NASCAR drivers will make history on March 1 when they race for the first time in the United States.

“It’s an historic race that we’re going to have in Arizona. It’s the first time for NASCAR Mexico to come to the U.S., for us to cross the border to be with Latinos and show Americans the great (drivers) we have in Mexico,” Ruben Pardo, a member of the group, told Efe.

“The NASCAR bracket is very competitive, the best drivers in Mexico are in that category, it’s grown a lot in terms of fans and the companies that support them,” he said.

Pardo, 32, said that the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series “is very professional, the drivers look after their diets, they exercise, the teams train.”

He emphasized that U.S. Latinos will be able to enjoy the broadcast of the 75-lap event at Phoenix International Raceway in Spanish in keeping with an agreement signed last year with Fox Deportes.

NASCAR and Fox Deportes established an alliance to offer sports content in Spanish that will include coverage of 15 races, including the upcoming Daytona 500.

NASCAR in 2011 launched a five-year plan with an eye toward reaching a younger, more diverse public and penetrating the Hispanic market, which now represents only 10 percent of its audience.

Pardo, the first Hispanic to be named rookie of the year in the NASCAR Busch East Series in the United States in 2006, has had some serious crashes and his brother Carlos was killed in 2009 during a race, but he said that he has not thought about retiring from the raceway.

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Google’s Touch-Screen Laptop Looks to Compete with Apple (VIDEO)

Google’s Touch-Screen Laptop Looks to Compete with Apple (VIDEO)

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Internet giant Google rolled out its latest laptop computer, Chromebook Pixel, which features a 12-inch touchscreen and what the company says is the highest-resolution screen of any laptop.

Like all Google hardware, the Pixel runs the Chrome operating system.

With a starting price of $1,300, the new machine will compete with Apple’s MacBook Air.

The Chromebook Pixel offers twice the number of pixels as the screen on a standard HD television and is relies on the remote-storage capabilities of Google’s cloud.

“We really wanted to step back and say, ‘For a user who lives in the cloud, what is the best computer we can design,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome, said at the Pixel’s launch event in San Francisco.

“It’s clear touch is here to stay and it’s the future,” he said. “Using a laptop with touch seems strange at first, but your day-to-day browser experience starts changing. In our tests, users started replacing the touchpad pretty quickly.”

“What you’re getting from our hardware in many ways is far superior” to Apple, Pichai said.

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Blog del Narco: Is El Chapo Dead?

Blog del Narco: Is El Chapo Dead?

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Since Thursday afternoon, rumors have been rampant on Twitter,  that Joaquin Guzman Loera better known as El Chapo , leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, has died during a shootout in Guatemala.

So the alleged death of El Chapo Guzman, although rumors are growing by the minute remains unconfirmed. Authorities hope that in next few hours can confirm or deny this information.
It has been confirmed by the authorities of Guatemala, that there was a confrontation between officers and drug dealers in San Francisco, Petén. Authorities have confirmed that at least two drug traffickers were killed, allegedly one of them would be El Chapo Guzman, one of the most powerful, wealthy and sought throughout the world.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Guatemala, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla, told the media that they are investigating whether the victim in the shooting is or is not El Chapo Guzman.
The Government of Guatemala stated that they would work closely with authorities in Mexico and the United States as soon as possible to confirm or deny whether Joaquin Guzman Loera died in that country.

El Chapo has become trend on Twitter, and thousands of tweets rumored death have dotted the screens of millions of users.

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Two Officers in Mexico Charged with Rape of Italian Woman

Two Officers in Mexico Charged with Rape of Italian Woman

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Two municipal police officers face rape charges arising from a Feb. 12 incident in the Caribbean resort town of Playa del Carmen, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

The officers assaulted an Italian woman who lives in Playa del Carmen, the Quintana Roo state Attorney General’s Office said.

The cops came upon the woman and a male friend as they were urinating in an alley in the town’s nightclub district. The police threatened to arrest them unless they handed over 3,000 pesos ($236), the AG’s office said.

On learning that the pair were not carrying any cash, the cops proceeded to sexually assault the woman, according to the official account.

While the two officers were already behind bars for insubordination, a municipal police major who is also implicated in the rape managed to flee before he could be arrested, the state AG’s office said.

Mexico was stunned earlier this month when gunmen raped six Spanish tourists in the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

Less than two weeks later, the Mexican attorney general announced that six suspects had “fully confessed” to the rapes.

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CNN Morning Show Says Adios to Soledad O’Brien

CNN Morning Show Says Adios to Soledad O’Brien

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CNN morning anchor, Soledad O’Brien, is announcing she will leave the “Starting Point” but remain with the network.  What exactly she will be doing for the network is unclear at this point.

The Wrap is announcing O’Brien is starting her own production company and will offer CNN her content but on a nonexclusive basis.  O’Brien has been with the network since 2003 and became widely known for her “Black in America” and “Latino in America” series.

O’Brien, whose mother is Afro-Cuban and father Australian, is the mother of four children.

Soledad, 46,  took the helm of “Starting Point” in November, 2011 when the network revamped its morning programming.  The show airs 7 to 9 am EST and has not often been a ratings winner for the network. 

The award winning author’s “Morning Show” replaced the also poorly-rated “American Morning” which she co-hosted for CNN from 2003-07.

CNN has not announced what they will be doing programmatically with the morning slot.  The media rumor mill says Erin Burnett will leave CNN prime time and come on air in the morning along with new CNN hire Chris Cuomo. 

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Walmart Saw $17 Billion Profit in 2012

Walmart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said Thursday it posted income from continuing operations of $17 billion in the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, up 7.8 percent from the comparable prior period, thanks to higher sales and lower financing costs.

Revenues totaled $466.1 billion in fiscal 2013, up 5 percent over fiscal 2012, the company said.

“Walmart topped off a really good year with a solid fourth quarter, and I’m proud of what we accomplished as a team,” Walmart Stores, Inc. president and CEO Mike Duke said.

The giant retailer earned $5.02 per share in fiscal 2013, up 10.6 percent from the $4.54 it earned in the previous fiscal year.

“Every day, our associates around the world deliver on our mission to help customers save money so they can live better. Together, we added $22 billion in sales to top $466 billion. Walmart U.S. was a key driver of our 5 percent net sales increase,” Duke said.

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart had income from continuing operations of $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter, a figure that was up 7.9 percent.

“We have high expectations for fiscal 2014, and I’m optimistic as I look ahead,” Duke said. “Walmart is operating in markets that offer continued opportunity for growth, both in our stores and online. With our core Walmart U.S. business operating so well, our investments in e-commerce and our international markets focused on growth and improving returns, we are truly the best positioned global retailer.”

Wall Street analysts had been anxiously awaiting the retailer’s results following a leak of internal Walmart e-mails last week in which one high-level executive described the company’s February month-to-date sales as “a total disaster.”

“For fiscal 2014, we expect EPS to range between $5.20 and $5.40, which includes increased fiscal 2014 costs of around $0.09 per share for our e-commerce operations. We are excited about the opportunities these investments will provide,” chief financial officer Charles Holley said.

Shares of Walmart, a Dow Jones industrial average component, were trading up $1.16, or 1.68 percent, at $70.33 near the close on the New York Stock Exchange.

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AMERICAN IDOL: Elijah Liu, Tenna Torres, Devin Velez Survive Vegas Elimination (VIDEO)

AMERICAN IDOL: Elijah Liu, Tenna Torres, Devin Velez Survive Vegas Elimination (VIDEO)

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This week, American Idol has been a nail-biter, as the singing competition show headed to Las Vegas for sudden-death eliminations.

First up were the girls. By the end of the night the following ladies advanced to the top 20:

- Tenna Torres
- Kree Harrison
- Angela Miller
- Amber Holcomb
- Adriana Latonio

During here audition, Torres, 28, revealed she once attended Mariah Carey’s children’s camp known as Camp Mariah. From Jamaica Queens, New York, Torres said this is here last chance to be go for the gold on American Idol due to her age. Watch her moving Vegas performance of Natasha Bedingfield’s “Incompatible” below.

The eliminations for season 12 continued with the guys, and the following advanced to the top 20:

- Devin Valez
- Curtis Finch Jr.
- Charlie Askew
- Paul Jolley
- Elijah Liu

Devin Velez, a Chicago barista, surprised the judges by singing Beyoncé‘s “Listen”, during which he mixed in up a bit and sang part of it in Spanish. Judge Nicki Minaj was impressed and called it a smart move, making him more “marketable.”

 


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Minaj may have liked Velez, but it was Elijah Liu that really had her going gaga. The half-Chinese, half-Mexican sang Bruno Mars’ “Talking to the Moon”, after which his new biggest fan said, “You are a super-duper star little boy. I want to have your babies. You’re 18 years old, you’re my new favorite boy, I’m obsessed with you. ... I would sign you today!”


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After this week, the following guys and girls were sent home:

- Jenny Beth
- Brandy Hotard
- Isabel Gonzalez
- Kamaria Ousley
- Shubha Vedula


- Kevin Harris
- Chris Watson
- Jda
- Johnny Keyser
- Jimmy Smith

Next week ten more guys and ten more guys will sing in Vegas, but like this week, only 5 of each will move on to complete American Idol season 12’s top 20.

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Jenni Rivera Son Arrested in Miami Misses her Tribute

Jenni Rivera Son Arrested in Miami Misses her Tribute

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It was the late Jenni Rivera’s night at Premio La Nuestro awards but her eldest son Michael missed the tribute after being arrested and jailed in Miami.

Miami police charged the 22-year-old with criminal mischief for vandalizing.  He was arrested near the tourist area on 16th and Washington Avenue.  It is not known what he vandalized but the damages are estimated between $100–to-$1,000. After posting a $1,000 bail Angelo Trinidad Marin (his legal name) was released early this morning.

Michael is one of the “Queen of Bandas” six children and not the first time he faces the long arm of the law.  Back in 2010, the then 19 year-old was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct, sodomy and other sexual charges with a minor.

The singer was being honored posthumously last night and won five Premios including for Pop Song of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.  The family of the singer was in town for her tribute at the award ceremony.

Rivera, 43, died in a plane crash in Monterrey, Mexico in December when she was traveling with her entourage to Toluca, there were no survivors.

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Cuba to Remain on U.S.‘s Countries that Sponsor Terrorism List

Cuba to Remain on U.S.‘s Countries that Sponsor Terrorism List

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The U.S. government on Thursday denied that it is considering removing Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, where Havana has found itself since 1982 and which has constituted one of the great obstacles to the thawing of bilateral relations.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland rejected the suggestion contained in an article published Thursday by the Boston Globe, which said that several top officials and members of Congress had concluded that Cuba should be removed from the list and had conveyed that idea to Secretary of State John Kerry.

“I saw that report. Let me say firmly here it is incorrect. This Department has no current plans to remove Cuba from the state sponsor of terrorism list,” said Nuland at her daily press conference.

She noted that the State Department annually reviews the situation in each country to determine if it merits being placed on, remaining on or being removed from the list, and she added that authorities will do that again this year in a report that must be delivered to Congress in April.

Last year, the United States kept the Cuban regime on the list despite acknowledging in its report that no evidence had been found of Cuban provision of arms or military training to any terrorist groups.

To remove a country from the list it is necessary to have received a commitment from the government in question that it has no intention of involving itself in or supporting terrorism in the future, according to what a U.S. diplomatic source told Efe.

Also on the list - in addition to Cuba - are Iran, Sudan and Syria.

The Boston Globe said that there is a growing consensus in political and intelligence circles that the government of Barack Obama should drop Cuba from the list, as the George W. Bush administration did in 2008 with North Korea.

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Spanish Racer Fernando Alonso Says F1 Car Responding Well in Pre-Season Test

Spanish Racer Fernando Alonso Says F1 Car Responding Well in Pre-Season Test

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Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso said Thursday after recording the best time in pre-season testing at Barcelona’s Catalunya Circuit that his Ferrari F138 responded as he hoped to all the various set-up changes his team employed.

“Today we concentrated on a comparison of the compounds, starting with the Soft and moving on to the Hard in the afternoon. The track was colder than yesterday, especially in the morning, which made it harder to adapt the car and find the right grip level,” the Spaniard said after the third day of testing in statements issued by his Ferrari team.

“We tried various aerodynamic configurations and for the first time we made some set-up changes to get a good understanding of tire behavior and degradation,” he added.

“With every change we made, the car reacted as I expected and it was useful to try out the different settings, especially to understand which direction we need to go in next week, when there will be a greater emphasis on performance,” Alonso, who won two Formula One championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006 but is still seeking his first title with Ferrari, said.

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Premio Lo Nuestro Honors Jenni Rivera and Names Alejandro Sanz Artist of the Year

Premio Lo Nuestro Honors Jenni Rivera and Names Alejandro Sanz Artist of the Year

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Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz was voted the Pop Male Artist of the Year at Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro awards ceremony, during which tribute was paid to late Mexican singer Jenni Rivera.

“I didn’t expect to take home this prize. I want to thank my fans who are the ones who are always supporting me and encouraging me and my children Manuela, Dylan, Alexander, who are watching me on television,” Sanz said Thursday night after he was chosen for the award in voting by Univision viewers.

The Spaniard, who has won 16 Latin Grammys and three Grammy prizes throughout his career, also won the Award for Excellence - a lifetime achievement honor - at the ceremony at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Rivera, who died in a plane crash in December at the age of 43, won the Artist of the Year, Pop Female Artist of the Year and Regional Mexican Female Artist of the Year prizes, as well as the Pop Song of the Year and Pop Album of the Year trophies for “A Cambio de Que” and “Joyas Prestadas,” respectively.

In one of the most touching moments of the evening, Rivera’s daughters went on stage to receive her award for Pop Female Artist of the Year.

One of the daughters lifted the prize into the air to dedicate it to her mother, while the audience rose to their feet in tribute to the popular Mexican regional singer known as the “Queen of Banda.”

Only American bachata artist Prince Royce topped Rivera for number of prizes, taking home six awards, including Tropical Album of the Year (“Phase II”), Tropical Song of the Year (“Incondicional”), Tropical Male Artist of the Year and Tropical Contemporary Artist of the Year.

Royce also won Collaboration of the year for “El Verdadero Amor Perdona,” a duet with Mexican rockers Mana, and Rock/Alternative Song of the Year for that same track.

The New Artist of the Year prize went to Mexican tribal house gruop 3Ball MTY, while Mexican pop-rock duo Jesse & Joy won Video of the Year for “Corre” and Pop Group/Duo of the Year.

Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel won Urban Album of the Year for “Lideres” and Urban Artist of the Year.

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Special Driver’s Licenses for Non-citizens to be Offered in North Carolina

Special Driver’s Licenses for Non-citizens to be Offered in North Carolina

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The ACLU of North Carolina on Thursday criticized the plan by the state’s Department of Transportation to issue special driver’s licenses to legal immigrants who are not U.S. citizens.

An article published Thursday in the Winston-Salem Journal delved into the DOT story.

“This is different treatment for people who have all their documents in order and it singles them out for their immigration status, something that can generate confusion and racial profiling,” ACLU attorney Raul Pinto told Efe on Thursday.

“North Carolina should not be making it harder for aspiring citizens to integrate and contribute to our communities by branding them with a second-class driver’s license,” he said.

DOT spokesperson Greer Beaty, however, told Efe on Thursday that the initiative is part of a plan that has been under development since 2012 with the aim of redesigning all the driver’s licenses issued by the state.

“The new distinction for people who are not U.S. citizens will begin with the implementation of the licenses for those protected by Deferred Action on March 25,” she said.

The licenses for North Carolina Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries will be pink and the rectangular cards will be read vertically rather than horizontally.

Beaty told the newspaper that the differences in the licenses for immigrants seek to “safeguard” the rights of U.S. citizens.

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EU Considering Giving Spain More Time to Reduce Its Budget Deficit

EU Considering Giving Spain More Time to Reduce Its Budget Deficit

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The European Union’s economic and monetary affairs commissioner said Friday that Spain may be given more time to reduce its budget deficit if it is shown to have fulfilled its structural fiscal obligations.

Provided the 2012 figures assure the European Union that Spain’s structural effort is being implemented, the budget strategy could be adapted to reflect that this consolidation process will take more effort and more time, Olli Rehn said in presenting the 27-nation bloc’s macroeconomic forecast for 2013 and 2014.

He said that “in the case of Spain, it seems that the structural fiscal effort has been undertaken and there has been also an unexpected shortfall of growth,” meaning the Iberian nation meets both of the European Commission’s conditions for allowing countries more time to cut their budget gap.

Rehn said the Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, must “verify this in the coming weeks and months” to determine whether Spain should be given more time to bring its budget deficit down to less than 3 percent of gross domestic product in 2014, from 8.9 percent of GDP in 2011.

Spain’s budget deficit came in at 10.2 percent of GDP in 2012, although excluding bank-recapitalization costs the total was around 7 percent, according to EC estimates.

Rehn said it is essential that Spain continue its belt-tightening measures to consolidate its economic recovery and create a sound basis for sustainable growth and job creation.

The Iberian nation is in recession for the second time since the 2008 global financial crisis followed hard on the heels of the collapse of a decade-long property boom.

Unemployment in Spain topped 26 percent at the end of 2012 and the jobless rate among people under 25 stood at 55.1 percent.

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Paraguayan Robin Hood Claims to Have Distributed Stolen Money Among Poor

Paraguayan Robin Hood Claims to Have Distributed Stolen Money Among Poor

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An employee of a security company who made off with nearly $500,000 before turning himself in to the Paraguayan police 30 hours later with just $200 in his pocket said he had distributed the cash among the poor.

“I robbed the thief,” Carlos Gonzalez said shortly after surrendering to authorities at a police station in the Asuncion suburb of Villa Elisa early Thursday.

Police had been searching for the suspect since Tuesday afternoon, when he took advantage of the momentary absence of his co-workers to drive away with the armored money truck.

The legal counsel of the Prosegur company, Jose Domingo Almada, told Efe that it was an obvious “defensive strategy” on Gonzalez’s part to feign to be “a modern-day Robin Hood.”

According to the suspect’s version of events, he “only” took one bag containing 600 million guaranis ($150,000) before abandoning the armored truck with the motor running near a bus terminal and beginning a journey in taxi to distribute the cash.

He said he passed out wads of 5, 10 and 15 million guaranies and kept the equivalent of $200 for himself.

But Prosegur’s Almada said just over $1.1 million was found in the abandoned van and the company’s records show that the “missing amount undoubtedly comes to at least” $470,000.

In an interview from jail with Radio Ñanduti, Gonzalez said the company does not pay its workers “their fair share” and makes them work more than 12 hours a day for a monthly salary of $630.

“They rob us,” he said.

But Almada countered by saying that “Prosegur complies 100 percent with all (labor-code) regulations.”

The Spanish-owned company has faced a year of labor strife in Paraguay, including a strike last July involving some 200 workers. Many of those who took part in the job action were later fired, according to their union.

Prosegur employs some 1,100 people and posted nearly $40 million in revenue in 2011, tops in its sector in Paraguay.

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