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SaturdayMarch 9, 2013

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Spanish King Returns to Palace After a Week in Hospital

Spanish King Returns to Palace After a Week in Hospital

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Spanish King Juan Carlos left the hospital where he underwent a back hernia operation six days ago and will continue his rehabilitation at the Zarzuela Palace, his official residence.

The head of state told reporters Saturday upon departing La Milagrosa Hospital in this capital that “thank God, I’m very well. My back doesn’t hurt or anything.”

The king had previously bid farewell to the neurosurgeon who performed the operation, Dr. Manuel de la Torre, and the rest of the medical team and administrative staff that attended to him.

Juan Carlos still must undergo rehabilitation for up to six months and will not travel during that time, although he is scheduled to resume his duties at the Zarzuela Palace.

He was hospitalized last Sunday and underwent a three-hour operation under general anesthesia for herniated discs in the lumbosacral region of his spine.

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Yankees Pitcher Mariano Rivera Says 2013 Will Be Last Season

Yankees Pitcher Mariano Rivera Says 2013 Will Be Last Season

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New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, widely considered the greatest relief pitcher of all time, said Saturday that he will call it a career at the end of the 2013 season.

The 43-year-old Panamanian, who holds the record for most saves in Major League Baseball history with 608 and has a lifetime earned run average of 2.21, made the announcement at the Yankees’ spring-training home in Tampa, Florida.

“It is not too easy to come to a decision like this,” Rivera said in the company of his wife, Clara, and their two children. “Retiring from the game I love. I did what I loved. I did it with passion. It has been an honor to wear the pinstripe uniform.”

Rivera said his decision had nothing to do with the serious knee injury that he suffered last May and which forced him to miss most of the 2012 season.

When asked how he would like to finish his career, Rivera responded: “The last game, I hope, will be throwing the last pitch of the World Series.”

Although considered by many to be the greatest relief pitcher of all time, he shied away from such a label.

“I don’t feel I’m the greatest of all time,” Rivera said. “I want to be remembered as a player who was there for others, made others better.”

The 12-time All Star also holds the all-time record for postseason saves with 42, far outdistancing second-place pitcher Brad Lidge, who has 18.

Many of the Panamanian’s accomplishments are the product of pitching his entire career with the Yankees, the wealthiest and most successful team since he came into the league in 1995.

But Rivera also boasts achievements that were not dependent on the Yankees’ powerful lineup of sluggers.

He has allowed just .998 walks and hits per inning pitched for his career, the second-best mark since 1900. His overall postseason earned-run average and WHIP also are the lowest in baseball history.

Rivera, who has won five World Series rings as a member of the New York Yankees, is expected to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible for Cooperstown five years after retirement.

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Obama Requests Prayers for Immigration Reform

Obama Requests Prayers for Immigration Reform

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President Barack Obama asked leaders of faith communities from around the country to say prayers so that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, participants said after a closed-door meeting at the White House.

“We started off the meeting praying for the president and for immigrants, and when we were finished, he (Obama) asked us if there would be another prayer. We offered up another prayer seeking wisdom for both the president and members of Congress,” Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the United Methodist Church told the press.

The Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, described the meeting as “very pleasant” and said that Obama “first of all asked us to pray for reform to become a reality.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently announced an additional outlay of $800,000 to mobilize Catholics to back immigration reform and to prepare Catholic institutions to provide services for immigrants.

The USCCB, through its national campaign against poverty, has invested $3.5 million over the past year to support grassroots organizations working for that reform.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, recalled that pastors have been promoting reform from the pulpit as “a Christian duty.”

Last month a coalition of Evangelical pastors launched a campaign urging their faithful to say prayers and spread the Biblical word about “welcoming the stranger among us,” while keeping up the pressure on Congress.

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Don’t Forget To Set Your Clocks Forward on Sunday

Don’t Forget To Set Your Clocks Forward on Sunday

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Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 10.  Daylight Saving time takes place at 2 a.m. central standard time.

While “springing forward” means a loss hour of sleep that may cause some people to feel sluggish on Sunday and Monday, most will quickly adjust.

However, for a significant number of Americans, losing just one hour of sleep and having to wake up when the timing of your biological clock has not yet adjusted can affect performance and safety.

To prepare for the time change, Northwestern Medicine neurologist Hrayr Attarian, MD, recommends going to sleep earlier on Saturday and Sunday night, and getting exposure to bright outdoor or indoor light in the morning, which will help acclimate your body’s clock to the new time.

Attarian also reminds people that Daylight Saving is not the only time when it’s important to focus on sleep regimen. Prolonged sleep problems have been associated with high blood pressure, weight gain and trouble with memory and learning.

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Mexican Journalist, Activist Lydia Cacho Knighted in France

Mexican Journalist, Activist Lydia Cacho Knighted in France

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The French government named Mexican journalist and activist Lydia Cacho a Knight of the Legion of Honor for her work on behalf of children’s and women’s rights, and for her contribution to freedom of expression.

The honor was awarded Friday on the occasion of International Women’s Day by the French ambassador to Mexico, Elisabeth Beton Delegue, during a ceremony at the diplomat’s residence in the Mexican capital.

Beton Delegue described Cacho as “a person who dedicates her life to defending women who are marginalized or victims of violence.”

In a statement to reporters after receiving the decoration, Cacho said, with regard to the situation of journalists in Mexico, that “the abuse, disappearances, threats and kidnappings” continue.

In her opinion, those responsible for these deeds “are mostly police, federal investigative agents, the military, and even people sent by the governors.”

Cacho is an award-winning investigative reporter, human rights activist and columnist for Mexico City daily El Universal.

Cacho has been the target of threats since 2005, when she published a book, “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden), that exposed pedophile rings in Mexico operating under the protection of politicians and business leaders.

For revealing the crimes of Lebanese-born Mexican businessman Jean Succar Kuri and others, Cacho was also the victim of psychological torture and police abuses, which she revealed in another book titled “Memorias de una Infamia” (Memoirs of an Infamy).

Her 2010 book “Esclavas del Poder” (Slaves of Power) examined people trafficking and its victims around the world.

Mexico, where more than 80 journalists have been murdered since 2000, is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for members of the media.

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Multiple Hollywood Studios Looking to Produce Lance Armstrong Biopic

Multiple Hollywood Studios Looking to Produce Lance Armstrong Biopic

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Film studio Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to an untitled project about the rise and fall of American former road cyclist Lance Armstrong, a subject that Paramount Pictures also is planning to bring to the big screen.

The project is being developed by Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner and will be scripted by Scott Z. Burns and directed by Jay Roach, entertainment blog Deadline reported.

Roach is known for directing comedies such as the Austin Powers series and “Meet the Parents,” although he also has won Emmy awards for the made-for-television films “Recount” and “Game Change,” both involving political themes.

The deal includes the life rights of former cyclist Tyler Hamilton, who was a teammate of Armstrong’s on the U.S. Postal Service Team.

In January, press reports said Paramount and Bad Robot, the production company of J.J. Abrams, were working on a film about Armstrong’s controversial career.

Those companies acquired the rights to adapt the book “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong” by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, who has covered the cyclist’s career since his recovery from testicular cancer and documented his dramatic fall from admired seven-time Tour de France winner to disgraced drug cheat.

Macur’s book will be published in June in the United States by HarperCollins, which paid the author an advance of more than $100,000.

Armstrong had denied using performance-enhancing drugs for a decade, but he told Oprah Winfrey in January that he took banned substances and received blood transfusions throughout most of his racing career and during all the Tour de France races he won.

Prior to that admission, Armstrong had been stripped of his seven consecutive Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005 after refusing last year to defend himself from doping allegations compiled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

He told Winfrey in an interview aired on her OWN network that, in his opinion, it would have been impossible to win the Tour de France over that seven-year period without the aid of banned substances.

In issuing a 1,000-page report last October detailing Armstrong’s involvement in a “doping conspiracy,” USADA said the U.S. Postal Team “ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

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Buenos Aires Hosts Tattoo Show For Top Artists in the World

Buenos Aires Hosts Tattoo Show For Top Artists in the World

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Some 260 tattoo artists from around the world will be on hand Sunday for the 9th Buenos Aires Tattoo Show, a can’t-miss occasion for the thousands of skin-art fans.

The downtown Hotel Bauen in the Argentine capital, run by a cooperative of ex-employees, is transformed for the event into a tattoo temple which, according to the organization, expects a turnout of around 15,000 people.

All who want it can have their skin decorated by tattooists from around Latin America, as well as from Spain, Holland, Italy, Sweden and the United States.

The Buenos Aires Tattoo Show also offers the chance to attend seminars, concerts and such extreme spectacles as “body suspension,” suitable only for the most daring.

The height of the three-day festival will be on Sunday with the election of Miss Tattoo 2013, a title so sought-after among tattoo fans that, according to the organizers, they had to limit applications to 20 candidates.

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Nicolas Maduro Sworn in as Acting President in Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro Sworn in as Acting President in Venezuela

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Nicolas Maduro took the oath of office as Venezuela’s acting president and asked electoral authorities to call an immediate vote, even as the opposition slammed the swearing-in as unconstitutional.

Maduro, who served as foreign minister and most recently as vice president under socialist head of state Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 58, promised to uphold the country’s laws before National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello.

Friday evening’s ceremony was attended by Cabinet ministers and representatives of allied countries but boycotted by most opposition lawmakers.

“I swear in the name of absolute loyalty to comandante Hugo Chavez that we will fulfill this Bolivarian constitution with the firm hand of a people committed to being free, I swear,” Maduro said.

He received the presidential sash in the presence of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, ex-Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo and Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman.

But Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles, who was defeated by Chavez in the most recent presidential vote in October and is expected to represent the opposition again soon in snap elections, said the swearing-in of Maduro as acting president was “fraudulent” and “spurious.”

He blasted the Supreme Court for ruling Friday that Maduro ceased to be vice president and became acting president upon Chavez’s death and therefore does not have to step down before competing in the upcoming presidential balloting, which by law is to take place within 30 days of the death of the incumbent head of state.

Venezuela’s constitution bars sitting vice presidents from running for the nation’s highest office.

In his first act as interim president, Maduro named Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza, Chavez’s son-in-law, as his vice president.

The husband of Chavez’s oldest daughter, Rosa Virginia, Arreaza played a key role during Chavez’s convalescence of more than two months in Havana after undergoing his fourth and final cancer surgery in the Cuban capital late last year.

Before swearing in Arreaza, Maduro said he had spoken by phone with National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena and expressed his wish that a new presidential election be called “immediately.”

Earlier Friday, Maduro spoke for around 30 minutes at Chavez’s funeral, devoting most of his remarks to highlighting the legacy of the fiery former paratrooper who took office in 1999.

“The battle continues, Chavez lives, the struggle goes on! Long live Hugo Chavez, long live our people,” Maduro exclaimed during the ceremony at the Military Academy.

The late president’s testament consists of the “historical tasks” that Chavez outlined last year in his successful campaign for another six-year term, Maduro said.

The tasks mentioned in Chavez’s platform include building socialism, making Venezuela a powerful country within the framework of the great power of Latin America, and contributing to the preservation of humanity and the planet.

More than 2 million people have already filed past Chavez’s coffin and Maduro said Thursday that the president would lie in state for at least another seven days to give all Venezuelans a chance to pay their respects.

The vice president also announced that Chavez’s body will be preserved and kept on display in a glass tomb in the manner of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin.

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Are Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb Planning For a Baby?

Are Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb Planning For a Baby?

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Colombian television star Sofia Vergara, who is hoping to have a child with her fiance, businessman Nick Loeb, has asked a close friend to act as a surrogate, the New York Post reported.

The child would be the couple’s biologically but Vergara wants a friend to carry the baby because she does not want her career interrupted by a pregnancy, the daily said Friday, citing sources close to the actress.

The process is in the “extremely early stages” and the couple will find out in a few weeks if the procedure was successful or not, the paper reported.

The sources said the 40-year-old actress has wanted for some time for her 21-year-old son, Manolo Gonzalez, to have a sibling, but that her career obligations make it inconvenient for her to bear a child.

The daily added that Loeb, 37, is “very excited” about becoming a father.

Vergara, who has worked in television for 20 years, is currently filming a new season of the hit ABC show “Modern Family” and also promoting her K-Mart clothing line.

The Colombian joins a long list of celebrities who have opted for a surrogate pregnancy, including pop stars Miguel Bose and Ricky Martin and actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman.

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Scrutiny and the Rise of New Online Networks

Scrutiny and the Rise of New Online Networks

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By Jesse Luna, NewsTaco

One of the primary questions at the start of a relationship is “Can I trust you?”

The same is true on online relationships and in the process of vetting new connections and networks. Everyone gets invites to join this or that and if you don’t have a previous relationship or personally know the person IRL (in real life) then you might be suspicious of the attempt to connect.

Connecting with this new person or group might turn out well, like a blind date arranged by your favorite aunt. Or, it could be a nightmare like a blind date you go on that one guy’s famous list.Image

This is what I did, do or have done before joining groups that became invaluable to me, really changed my life or are just fun.

A few years back, by being open to a new group of social media savvy folks from across the country, I was able to connect with this Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) group. Since then, I’ve made a lot of friends and eventually helped produce one of the first social media for social good conferences.

It took some time to trust the new LATISM group though. Eventually I met enough people, had enough live one-on-one conversations with LATISM supporter and I was sold.

I’ve been a part of several other networks on Twitter and they often raise dust before people understand what they are. When I was actively working with hundreds other to help save the life of Eric De La Cruz, a young man who needed a heart transplant, there was much scrutiny of supporters bearing the #ERIC branded Twitter avatars which I still wear today.

“Who was this #Eric person, why are people asking for contributions and whoa, why are Trent Reznor, Alyssa Milano, Tony Hawk, and Dave Navarro supporting this campaign?” people would ask. Some took these questions further and dug deeper, often looking to find something wrong.

The creation of a new online network is a delicate thing. There has to be transparency but the forming network can’t spend all of its time trying to appease doubters. During the #ERIC campaign, skeptics were silenced when Eric’s sister, Veronica De La Cruz, started tweeting photos from the hospital.

So what should you do if you are trying to start an online group or network?

In real estate people talk about “Location, Location, Location.” In social media it’s “Transparency, Transparency, Transparency.”

Transparency (1) – Let people easily know who you are. Introduce yourself and your organization. The LATISM network spread quickly, first with the use of the #LATISM hashtag then by spreading the story of the creation of the group which was tied to founding member Ana Roca Castro (@AnaRC).

Transparency (2) – Let people know what you want. Have a Web site that explains your mission and intentions. For the campaign to save Eric De La Cruz’s life, we created a website that had background information and photos of Veronica and Eric when they were children to help people connect with what was going on. The site also had a way to take online donations.

Transparency (3) – Let people know who you really are. If there are holes in your story the Internet will find out and use it against you. The Internet is a big tattletale – photos, forum messages, public records, the Library of Congress!!! This is especially true if you are going to be doing any kind of fundraising or gathering of personal data.
And remember, bloggers like to dig.

Conclusion

Be authentic and build relationships. Also, don’t be a jerk and blow people off when earnest questions are being asked. As Dr. Seuss says, “There is no one youer than you.”

But you need to do work to show people who you are.

This article was first published in NewsTaco.

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Mariah Carey Releases Video for “Almost Home” from ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Soundtrack

Mariah Carey Releases Video for “Almost Home” from ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Soundtrack

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Mariah Carey has released the video for her song “Almost Home” from the soundtrack for Oz: The Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams.

The American Idol judge’s song can be heard in Oz which opens in theaters today.

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Guatemalan Reporter Denounces Threat from Bishop’s Killer

Guatemalan Reporter Denounces Threat from Bishop’s Killer

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A retired army captain serving 20 years in prison for the 1998 assassination of a Catholic bishop is trying to intimidate the reporter who wrote about the convict’s apparent ties to President Otto Perez Molina, Guatemala’s El Periodico newspaper said Friday.

Journalist Sofia Menchu was told by an unnamed former Cabinet minister that she “should not have published” stories about Capt. Byron Lima Oliva, the daily said.

The former Cabinet member summoned Menchu for an informal meeting, where he referred to her recent stories about Lima Oliva’s purported “close relations” with the directors of the prison service, Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti.

The articles were accompanied by photos of Perez Molina and Baldetti with Alejandra Reyes, Lima Oliva’s girlfriend and business partner.

Another man entered the room during Menchu’s conversation with the former Cabinet minister, El Periodico said.

“The ex-minister told the reporter that she should not have published those stories ‘because the person who entered was from Byron Lima’s group, and that he came to the place to identify her.’ He told her that he knew Lima and the people around him, and that she ought to ask God to ensure that nothing happens to her,” the daily said.

Guatemala’s prisons chief, Luis Gonzalez, was fired Feb. 16 for having allowed Lima Oliva to leave Pavoncito penitentiary, ostensibly for medical treatment.

Lima Oliva was arrested en route back to the prison and the incident gave rise to media speculation about the extent of his influence over prison officials and politicians.

Bishop Juan Gerardi, 75, was found beaten to death in the garage of the rectory where he lived just two days after a panel he led released a report documenting 55,000 human rights violations during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, most of them committed by the army.

The Rev. Mario Orantes, who was sentenced to 20 years as an accomplice in the assassination, received parole in January.

Another man convicted for Gerardi’s murder, retired army Col. Byron Disrael Lima Estrada, was paroled last July.

Lima Oliva, the son of Lima Estrada, has been turned down twice by the courts in his bid for early release. E

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Alec Baldwin, Wife Hilaria Thomas Expecting Baby GIRL!

Alec Baldwin, Wife Hilaria Thomas Expecting Baby GIRL!

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Less than a month after confirming she and husband Alec Baldwin were expecting a child, Spanish-born Hilaria Thomas announced they are expecting a baby girl.

The Extra lifestyle correspondent gave the show a statement saying, “Alec and I are overjoyed that we are going to be welcoming a little girl into our lives.”

Baldwin and Thomas were married in New York in June of 2012, and this will be the couple’s first child together, though this will be the second child for Baldwin, 55, as he has a nearly 18-year-old daughter, Ireland, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Thomas, 28, was born in Mallorca, Spain. As a child she studied ballet and flamenco dancing. When she was 13, she began international Latin ballroom dancing.

Both Thomas and Baldwin graduated from New York University. She is now the co-owner of and instructor at Yoga Viga studio in New York City.

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Gabrielle Giffords to Receive JFK Profile In Courage Award From Caroline Kennedy (VIDEO)

Gabrielle Giffords to Receive JFK Profile In Courage Award From Caroline Kennedy (VIDEO)

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Caroline Kennedy will present former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award to recognize Giffords’ efforts to lower gun violence.

According to The Associated Press, Kennedy, the daughter of the late president, will give the award on May 5 in Boston.

Giffords is the former representative from Arizona who was nearly killed during a shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona during an event in a supermarket parking lot in January 2011. She survived, but six died, including a 9-year-old girl. Giffords is still recovering from a wound to the head.

Since resigning from office, she and husband Mark Kelly have become vocal advocates for ending gun violence and responsible gun ownership.

In a statement, the JFK Library Foundation said that Giffords has demonstrated “political, personal, and physical courage” while advocating “policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.”

“Everybody knows of her tremendous, incredible courage, but the fact that she went through this obviously horrendous tragedy and has recommitted herself to the political process ... is something that is really inspiring,” Kennedy told CBS This Morning. “For anybody in public life ... it is tough these days.”

Kennedy also called Giffords “one of the most courageous people any of us have ever seen.” She added, “This award has really taught me that there are people who are courageous at all levels of government.”

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Baxter International to Cut 400 Jobs in Puerto Rico

Baxter International to Cut 400 Jobs in Puerto Rico

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The Puerto Rico unit of Baxter International Inc. plans to eliminate 400 jobs at its pharmaceutical production facility in Aibonito, the town’s mayor said Friday.

Layoffs will begin in June with the loss of 100 positions as the company shifts some operations to the Dominican Republic and automates selected processes at the Aibonito plant, William Alicea said.

The cuts represent a significant blow to the economy in Aibonito, where Baxter once employed 900 people and remains one of the town’s largest employers, the mayor said.

Baxter has plans to invest up to $35 million on new machinery for the Aibonito plant.

The company has operated in Puerto Rico since 1958 and has roughly 4,000 employees on the island.

Baxter Puerto Rico has manufacturing facilities in Jayuya, Aibonito and Guayama, a logistics center in Cataño and sales and marketing offices in Guaynabo.

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Manchenster United Denies Wayne Rooney Leaving

Manchenster United Denies Wayne Rooney Leaving

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Friday dismissed speculation by the British press that Wayne Rooney may leave the club after the end of this season, saying the star forward is not going anywhere.

“He will be here next year, you have my word on that,” the Scottish coach told reporters ahead of United’s FA Cup quarterfinal match Sunday against Chelsea.

Rumors started flying about a possible simmering feud between Ferguson and Rooney after the 27-year-old forward was surprisingly left on the bench for most of the English club’s Champions League match Tuesday at Old Trafford against Real Madrid.

The Spanish powerhouse’s 2-1 win gave them a 3-2 victory on aggregate and eliminated United from Europe’s premier club soccer tournament.

“There’s absolutely no issue between Wayne Rooney and I. To suggest we don’t talk on the training ground is absolute nonsense,” the 71-year-old Red Devils manager said, adding that the reasons for not starting the player, who came on as a substitute in the second half, were entirely “tactical.”

Ferguson chose 39-year-old Ryan Giggs to play on the right side of United’s midfield against Real Madrid, a position manned by Rooney in the teams’ round of 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on Feb. 13.

“He understood the reasons for not playing him were completely tactical and I think we were right. You don’t always get it right but I think we got it right,” Ferguson, who has been United’s manager for 26 years, said.

His remarks were aimed at quashing rumors about a possible transfer of Rooney this summer, but it remains unclear whether the player will renew his contract with the English club when it expires in 2015.

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St. Louis Cardinals Star Yadier Molina Starts Record Label

St. Louis Cardinals Star Yadier Molina Starts Record Label

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is on his way to becoming an entrepreneur in the music world after starting a record label, Molina Records, soon to launch the first solo disc by Venezuelan rapper Oma 206.

The 30-year-old Puerto Rico native told Efe Friday that his love of music, particularly reggaeton, salsa and vallenato, was what led him to found his own record company.

“I’ve always liked music. I’m a big fan. And I’ve always dreamed of helping young people and thank God the company is doing really well,” the five-time National League All-Star said.

Molina said that his company started operations last year and since then has built the recording studio in Puerto Rico where Oma 206 recorded several of his numbers over the last few weeks with producer Alex Monserrate.

“For me this is a hobby. For some people it’s golf, but for me it’s music. I really believe I’ll do some great things,” said Molina, whose two older brothers, Bengie and Jose, are also catchers with Major League teams.

Giancarlo Santaniello, a.k.a. Oma 206, told Efe that it’s “an honor” to be the first artist to record with Molina Records, a company he described as “one that will give people a lot to talk about.”

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