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SundayMarch 24, 2013

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Spanish TV Series Looking to Expand to Larger International Market

Spanish TV Series Looking to Expand to Larger International Market

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Classic Spanish television series like “Los Serrano,” or current ones like “Gran Hotel” and “Cuentame” are seen across half the planet, but the country’s fiction television producers want to make a qualitative leap with international coproduction seeking bigger budgets and new markets.

Mediaset España will put this idea into practice with “Alatriste,” a 13-part series it will produce along with Germany’s Beta Films to present the adventures of the famous Spanish ex-soldier and mercenary of the 17th century who stars in the novels of Arturo Perez Reverte.

Beta Films will pay for a third of the cost of “Alatriste,” for which shooting locations and a European cast are presently being sought, with an eye toward crafting a “more complex and sophisticated” product,” Mediaset España chief Paolo Vasile said.

Meanwhile, Jaume Banacolocha, the advisor for Diagonal TV, told Efe that his production is also seeking “international coproduction” for a possible third season of “Isabel,” last year’s great TV success with eight Iris Award nominations for television programming, among them Best Series.

“Isabel” is currently filming its second season in which Christopher Columbus will attempt to “sell” his planned voyage to the Indies - which resulted in the discovery of the Americas - to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, a tale that, Banacolocha said, interests viewers in Latin America “greatly.”

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Same-Sex Marriages Not Limited to Mexico City With Legislation Loophole

Same-Sex Marriages Not Limited to Mexico City With Legislation Loophole

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Despite the fact that Mexico City is the only place in the country that specifically allows same-sex marriage, some authorities in areas with more restrictive regulations are reinterpreting the laws and are seeking to allow same-sex couples to tie the knot.

On Jan. 27, in the city of Cuauhtemoc, a male couple got married even though Colima state has no laws that allow homosexuals to wed, the crux of the matter being that the state also has no laws that prohibits them from doing so.

The architect of the marriage was Indira Vizcaino, the city’s 26-year-old mayor, who became the first official in her state to say “yes” to the request of a gay couple to be allowed to wed.

“It’s completely legal,” said researcher Daniel Marquez, with the Legal Sciences Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, who told Efe that what the mayor is doing is interpreting the law “in terms of the validity of human rights.”

In 2011, a constitutional reform was enacted allowing Mexican authorities the overarching freedom to emphasize the essence of human rights, according to the relevant criteria of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights, Marquez said.

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64% of Immigration Reform Supporters Put Border Security First

64% of Immigration Reform Supporters Put Border Security First

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Most voters like finding a way for illegal immigrants to stay in this country but not until the border is secured. However, they remain skeptical about the federal government’s interest in securing the border.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a plan that would legalize the status of those here illegally if they have otherwise obeyed the law – provided the border is really secured to prevent future illegal immigration.

Twenty-six percent (26%) oppose this comprehensive immigration reform plan even with the promise of tougher border control. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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Puerto Rico Sentences Murderer to Life in Prison, Passes on Death Penalty

Puerto Rico Sentences Murderer to Life in Prison, Passes on Death Penalty

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Alexis Candelario Santana, found guilty of the 2009 murders of eight people in a bar in Puerto Rico, and responsible for 14 other killings, will spend the rest of his life in prison because the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether to impose the death penalty.

The 12-person jury was unable to agree on Saturday that Santana deserved to die in a case that has divided Puerto Rico, whose constitution prohibits capital punishment, but a death sentence can be carried out if it is done in the United States given that both local and federal laws prevail on the island.

Specifically, U.S. prosecutors may seek the death penalty in federal cases on the Caribbean island under a 1994 law, although the execution would have to be carried out on the U.S. mainland.

Upon hearing the verdict, Santana celebrated openly, raising both fists toward his family members who were present in court in a sign of victory, the online editions of Puerto Rican media outlets reported.

The case had reached Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, which on Friday approved by majority vote a resolution condemning the death penalty and supporting its constitutional prohibition in the U.S. commonwealth.

Due to the crime wave on the island, some members of the population have begun to see execution as a solution, but the majority of Puerto Rican people remain firmly against it.

Santana was found guilty on March 8 in a federal trial for the murder of eight people on Oct. 17, 2009, including a pregnant woman, at the La Tombola bar in the Puerto Rican district of Toa Baja on the island’s north coast.

The last time that the death penalty was carried out in Puerto Rico was in 1927 under a local law that was abolished two years later.

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Spain Celebrates Holy Week With Traditional Events

Spain Celebrates Holy Week With Traditional Events

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The streets of Spanish cities and towns are celebrating Holy Week with a mixture of tradition and religious fervor that attracts domestic and international tourists to moving and spectacular processions, the Stations of the Cross, festivals and Passion Plays.

In the eight large cities in the southern region of Andalusia, between Palm Sunday and Eastern Sunday some 100,000 penitents belonging to 258 associations will stage processions, some of them featuring valuable artistic works and baroque images by masters such as Martinez Montañes and Alonso Cano.

In the Andalusian capital, Seville, some 58 brotherhoods or guilds with 60,000 “Nazarenes” - as the penitents are called - will hold processions including venerated images such as the Jesus del Gran Poder and the Macarena, along with other very popular images, such as the Esperanza de Triana.

Other popular processions include Granada’s Cristo de los Gitanos and Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, as well as El Esparraguero, in the city of Cordoba.

In the Canary Islands city of Las Palmas 43 processions and a representation of the Passion of Christ will be held as part of a program of religious events in the historic Vegueta district.

The other prime religious focus during the week in the Canaries will be in the city of La Laguna on Tenerife, which claims to have the archipelago’s oldest Holy Week celebration, known as San Cristobal, a tradition going back more than 500 years.

Madrid will hold the Jesus el Pobre procession, on Maundy Thursday, which starts out from the church bearing its name with penitents moving forward on their knees, and on Friday the largest procession, that of Jesus de Medinaceli will be held along with the Santisimo Cristo de los Alabarderos procession, in which the Palace Guard participates.

In keeping with Holy Week tradition, the Spanish government will grant pardons to 21 convicted criminals at the request of religious associations and brotherhoods.

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America Movil Open to Discussing Olympic Broadcasting Rights in LatAm

America Movil Open to Discussing Olympic Broadcasting Rights in LatAm

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America Movil is willing to negotiate with any company wishing to obtain rights to carry the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games in Latin America, an executive said.

The company, which is controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, won exclusive broadcast rights from the International Olympic Committee, or IOC.

“Having obtained exclusive rights means that we get to keep them to offer them on our platforms, both pay television, where we offer this service, and Internet, and we can also resell them to any platform” in Latin America, Arturo Elias Ayub, director of strategic alliances for America Movil unit Telmex, said.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro will be broadcast in Mexico by Telmex over its online UnoTV service, Elias Ayub said in an interview with the Milenio newspaper.

Telmex is awaiting final congressional action on telecommunications legislation before once again requesting authorization to offer pay television service, Elias Ayub said.

America Movil said Thursday that the IOC granted it exclusive broadcast rights for the Sochi and Rio Games via all media platforms in Latin America, except Brazil, which the body considers a separate market.

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Dinosaur Statue Stolen From Australian Museum

Dinosaur Statue Stolen From Australian Museum

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Police are looking Sunday for the thieves who stole a dinosaur statue that is 1.6 meters (about five feet) tall and three meters (nearly 10 feet) long from a museum in Canberra, Australia’s capital, media reports said.

“It is quite heavy and awkward, it would require more than one person to carry it, and it wouldn’t fit in an ordinary sedan,” National Dinosaur Museum at Gold Creek spokesman Ben Wardle told ABC radio.

The fiberglass statue of a Utahraptor, a ferocious predator, was stolen on Thursday night.

“We’d left a couple of the life-like fiberglass dinosaurs unsecured overnight, and in the morning we discovered that one was missing,” Wardle said.

The statue is valued at A$2,400 (US$2,506), the museum said.

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Invisible Racism - It’s Not the Racism of Your Parent’s Day

Invisible Racism - It’s Not the Racism of Your Parent’s Day

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By Dr. Herny Flores, NewsTaco

I’ve been watching the discussions over immigration reform and the civil rights movement for a number of years. I began reading about racism while I was still in the Army.  I remember getting into trouble as a young Second Lieutenant for having a copy of Eldridge Cleaver’s “Soul on Ice.” 

Cleaver was a Black Panther who had written a collection of essays on race and racism while in prison and military officials did not want these sorts of ideas to infect the troops.  I was reading it because it was the New York Times bestseller lists and my family used to send me some of these titles every now and then because they knew I loved to read.

I guess I was “infected” by some of Cleaver’s thoughts because I concluded that I had been a victim of racism for years and had not realized it.  My family had tried everything to protect me against it during the early stages of my life.  They sacrificed to get me the best education they could afford, made me go through Catholic parochial schools (there was supposed to be less discrimination there) for two reasons.Image

One, I was going to get a decent foundational education and I was going to learn how to live with white people.  I accomplished both goals.  Yet looking back I now see how I had been “raced” several times by the nuns, teaching brothers and priests, and my fellow white students and never noticed.

Something similar is occurring these days.  Latinos are being “raced” and not paying too much attention to it.  The main reason we are never aware of the racism or the act of being “raced” is because of the manner in which it’s carried out.

In our parent’s days and before, racism was very overt.  Mexican children were sent to Mexican schools regardless of status, Mexicans were served either at the back door of restaurants or denied service altogether, Mexican men had separate public restrooms (never could determine where the mujeres went), and certain occupations were deemed Mexican.

My parents and grandparents, when they went to school, were never given any idea that there was anything beyond high school other than hard work and living and raising a family in the neighborhoods where they lived.  Some were aware that they were being discriminated against but it took the GI Generation Latinos fresh from World War II to begin making a difference. 

Those guys, veteranos, returned to their neighborhoods expecting more having lived under a much different set of social rules.  They went to school, not all of them of course, bought homes, got civil service work and sent the first generational wave of children to college, my generation.

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Christ’s Guidance Can Help Overcome Evil in the World, Says Pope Francis

Christ’s Guidance Can Help Overcome Evil in the World, Says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis called in his first Palm Sunday Mass for an end to wars, economic conflicts that harm the weakest people in society, hunger for money and power, corruption and crimes against human life and creation, telling the faithful that Christ can help them overcome the evil in men and the world.

“Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them! And in this moment the enemy, the devil, comes, often disguised as an angel, and slyly speaks his word to us. Do not listen to him! Let us follow Jesus!” the pope said in his homily.

The 76-year-old pope delivered his homily before several thousand of the faithful who gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week.

“Let us follow Jesus! We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world. Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope! Do not let hope be stolen! The hope that Jesus gives us,” the pontiff said.

At the end of Mass, the pope invited the young people of the world to journey to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.

“To Mary I entrust especially you, dear young people, and your path towards Rio de Janeiro: This July, Rio! Prepare your hearts spiritually. May all of you have a good journey!” the pontiff said.

Pope Francis was elected the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13.

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Suspected Drug Traffickers Kill 5 Police, 14 Civilians in Western Mexico

Suspected Drug Traffickers Kill 5 Police, 14 Civilians in Western Mexico

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Five Federal Police officers and 14 other people died in attacks staged by suspected drug traffickers in the western Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan, a Federal Police spokesman told Efe.

A group of Federal Police officers and soldiers were attacked while unarmed and off duty Friday night at the Las Vegas bar in Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, the police spokesman said.

Five officers and three other patrons died in the attack, and three officers were wounded.

Four people were gunned down in Coyuca de Catalan, a city in the mountains near Ciudad Altamirano.

Different drug cartels operate in Guerrero and Michoacan, using the mountains and rivers in the states to move illegal drugs.

The bodies of seven men who had been tortured and murdered were found Saturday in Uruapan, the second-largest city in Michoacan, state prosecutors said.

A message accusing the men of involvement in burglaries was left near the bodies.

The Caballeros Templarios cartel is among the gangs that operate in Michoacan.

The drug trafficking organization was founded in March 2011 by former members of the La Familia Michoacana organization and deals in both synthetic drugs and natural drugs.

The cartel has been fighting rival gangs for control of turf and smuggling routes in Guerrero and Michoacan states, both of which are located on the Pacific.

Michoacan’s forests and mountains are used by drug traffickers to grow marijuana and produce synthetic drugs.

Both La Familia Michoacana and Los Caballeros Templarios are known for hanging banners in the region proclaiming themselves to be crime fighters.

The two criminal organizations are involved in kidnappings, extortion rackets, contract murders and smuggling drugs into the United States, federal and state prosecutors said.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels, which infiltrated many state and municipal police departments.

Mexican press tallies estimated that about 12,000 people died in violent incidents linked to organized crime groups in 2012.

A total of 1,104 people died in violent incidents in Mexico in January, the government said.

Some 914 drug-related murders occurred in Mexico in February, the government said in a recent report.

More than 3,100 people have been killed in drug-related violence since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office on Dec. 1

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Brazilian Husband and Wife Receive Sentences in Florida for Immigrant Smuggling

Brazilian Husband and Wife Receive Sentences in Florida for Immigrant Smuggling

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Brazilian nationals Juliana Rose Tome-Froes and her husband, Fabio Rodrigues Froes, were sentenced in Miami to 60 months and 46 months in prison, respectively, for smuggling undocumented migrants to the United States for profit, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton.

Tome-Froes, 36, and Froes, 49, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno in the Southern District of Florida.  In addition to the prison sentences, Judge Moreno ordered each defendant to forfeit $150,000 in illegal proceeds.   

On Jan. 16, 2013, Tome-Froes and Froes pleaded guilty to charges arising from their involvement in human smuggling.  According to court documents, from at least October 2008 until approximately September 2010, the defendants organized, operated and managed a human smuggling network that spanned from Brazil to France, England, The Bahamas and the United States. 

The defendants met with undocumented migrants and negotiated forms of payment to be smuggled into the United States.  Before the undocumented migrants departed Brazil, the defendants instructed them to act like tourists and explained that the itinerary through Europe would support a tourist cover story. 

In exchange for approximately $16,000, Tome-Froes, with assistance from Froes, arranged air transportation from Brazil to Paris, then London and Nassau, Bahamas.  Tome-Froes arranged the undocumented migrants’ lodging in Paris and Nassau, and then instructed them to fly to Freeport, Bahamas, where they waited for a boat to transport them to the United States. 

For the final leg into the United States, Tome-Froes coordinated with various individuals in South Florida to pilot a small boat to Freeport, which picked up the undocumented migrants and transported them to the United States.  According to court documents, the defendants knew the undocumented migrants did not have authorization to enter the United States.

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Mom Accused of Tying Daughter to Bed is Held on $620k Bail

Mom Accused of Tying Daughter to Bed is Held on $620k Bail

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A single mother has made her appearance in court on Friday after being accused of tying her four-year-old daughter to a bed for twelve hours a day and leaving her a plastic bin in which to go to the bathroom. The woman is being held on $620,000 bail.

Evidence has shown that the little girl may have been beaten with a belt, and she suffered many injuries to her head, neck, torso, and legs. She was left with little to eat or drink throughout the day, reported WBTV.

According to the Associated Press, Laketha Charis Moore, 36, is facing thirty-one child neglect charges and two child abuse charges. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

Appearing before the North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro-Tem Eugene Martin in shackles, Moore did not say a word.

A neighbor downstairs from Moore told investigators that she hadn’t seen the child in a couple of months. A search was done on Moore’s apartment unit. Luckily, apartment managers noticed a tie that was something like a bathrobe belt stretched from one door to another.

Moore was soon arrested after they discovered the child in the room.

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Acupuncturist Spreads HIV to 16 in Switzerland

Acupuncturist Spreads HIV to 16 in Switzerland

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A Swiss acupuncturist has been found guilty of infecting sixteen patients with HIV.

Due to rules on Swiss criminal proceedings, the man’s name will not be released, reports Reuters.

Most of the people infected were students of the man, who ran a music school and also had an acupuncture practice on the side. Authorities were notified by a young man after he was infected and told police where he thought he had contracted the virus.

Some victims have said that the man jabbed them with a needle from behind during their treatment.

The man was free on bail when he stopped attending his own trial. Police raided his home and found him inside, holding a knife and threatening the police.

According to Fox News, the infections occurred between 2001 and 2005.

The man has been sentenced to twelve years and nine months in prison, but prosecutors had originally asked that the man be sentenced to fifteen years.

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U.S. Senate Approves 1st Federal Budget in 4 years

U.S. Senate Approves 1st Federal Budget in 4 years

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The United States Senate approved early Saturday by a slim margin its first budget in four years, which includes nearly $1 trillion in tax hikes over the next 10 years.

With 50 votes in favor and 49 against, the Senate approved before dawn a $3.7 trillion federal budget for the fiscal year 2014, after voting on numerous amendments throughout the night.

No Republicans supported the bill, while four Democrats who are likely to face tough battles in the November 2014 mid-term elections also rejected the measure.

Over the past four years, the Democrat-controlled Senate had passed stopgap measures to finance federal government operations.

The new budget proposal includes, among other elements, tax increases of $970 billion, modest cuts in a number of domestic programs, and a $100 billion investment in public works to stimulate job creation.

In a communique, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney praised Saturday the approval of the budget plan in the Senate, considering that it “will create jobs and cut the deficit in a balanced way.”

“Like the president’s plan, the Senate budget cuts wasteful spending, makes tough choices to strengthen entitlements, and eliminates special tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthiest Americans to reduce the deficit,” he said.

Referring to a rival plan approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Carney said it does not eliminate tax breaks for the wealthy but “makes deep cuts to education and manufacturing while asking seniors and the middle class to pay more.”

The plans served to set out the parties’ competing visions, but analysts say they have little chance of becoming law.

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