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FridayMarch 29, 2013

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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DREAMers Call On Senators Schumer, Rubio to Condem Racist Comment

DREAMers Call On Senators Schumer, Rubio to Condem Racist Comment

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The DREAM Action Coalition is urging New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Florida Senator Marco Rubio to publicly condemn Rep. Young’s insensible and insulting remarks of calling Latino workers “wetbacks.”

Alaska Republican Rep. Young made the insulting remarks during a radio interview: “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.”
 
While senseless rhetoric used by Republicans is hardly surprising, what is surprising is that the “Gang of 8” leaders working on immigration reform are not publicly condemning these remarks. We applaud the quick response from Texas Senator John Cronyn and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rubén Hinojosa for holding accountable their colleague.

As senators that come from states with large latino and immigrant communities, Sen. Schumer and Sen. Rubio must condemn these insensible remarks to demonstrate their commitment to fixing our broken immigration system and demonstrate neither party will tolerate insulting remarks against Latinos, immigrants, or any community in our country.

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Obama’s Plans to Rebuild America Begin With Job Creation in Miami

Obama’s Plans to Rebuild America Begin With Job Creation in Miami

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President Barack Obama announced here Friday a public-private program of infrastructure to “rebuild” the United States and create jobs.

“I’m expanding on a proposal I made in the State of the Union. I’m calling it a Partnership to Rebuild America,” he said in a speech at Miami’s port, where a $2 billion overhaul involving both public and private money is under way.

“It’s a partnership with the private sector that creates jobs upgrading what our businesses need most - modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children,” Obama said.

The president talked about the ongoing construction of a tunnel designed to ease access to the Port of Miami.

“Now, what these outstanding folks here in Miami have been doing is a good example of how my plan would work,” he said, describing the project to lessen the congestion caused by port-bound cargo trucks having to cross downtown streets.

“State, county, and local governments got together and agreed to jointly fund PortMiami Tunnel. Everybody had some skin in the game. They did something else - they partnered with a group of private sector companies to finance the design and construction of the project,” Obama said.

“Because of those efforts, construction workers are on the job digging this tunnel, doing great jobs, getting good pay, boosting the economy, strengthening it for the long run,” he said.

“We can do this not just here in Miami-Dade, but we can do this all across the country,” the president said.

The first element of the plan is creating “an independent fund that will attract private investment to build projects like this one, and make sure companies share in the risk and returns,” he said.

To help states and localities attract private investors for public projects, Obama advocated an initiative called America Fast Forward bonds.

“Number three,” he said, “we’ll strengthen a loan program that, in recent years, has helped governors and mayors leverage four times the money Washington put into it, and that means we’re helping construction workers get on the job quicker, repaying taxpayers their hard-earned money faster.”

His is a plan that both Democrats and Republicans can support, the president said.

“Building better roads and bridges and schools, that’s not a partisan idea,” Obama said. “We can’t afford Washington politics to stand in the way of America’s progress.”

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Good Friday Traditions Fill Spanish Streets

Good Friday Traditions Fill Spanish Streets

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Strict religion mixes with art and cultural traditions in the streets of Spain on Good Friday, with thousands of faithful Catholics flocking to processions while just as many are off on tourist excursions.

As usual, Seville was the center of processions, the biggest being the Madruga with the six brotherhoods in their pointed hoods marching from midnight on Holy Thursday until noon on Good Friday.

But the rain, the worst enemy of Holy Week, started coming down at 7:00 a.m., forcing the six brotherhoods to seek shelter in nearby churches.

Nonetheless, the venerated Jesus del Gran Poder, a true gem of baroque imagery, had no problem completing the procession, though its float had to be trimmed down to enter its church.

The weather did respect the Procession of the Salzillos in the southeastern city of Murcia, where sculptures by 18th century artist Francisco Salzillo were carried through the streets for eight hours.

Another ceremony whose popularity has spread beyond the borders of Spain is the cacaphony of drumbeats to mark the so-called Breaking of the Hour, which takes place in the northern town of Calanda, internationally known as the hometown of filmmaker Luis Buñuel.

The silence, a sign of Holy Week devotion, was shattered as it is every Good Friday at 12:00 p.m. with the beating of drums to mark the time when Christ died, a ritual that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Good Friday is also the day when Madrid has most of its processions, with up to six in the downtown area.

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Tips to Expedite Border Crossing this Easter

Tips to Expedite Border Crossing this Easter

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In an effort to provide the best possible service to the traveling public, CBP officials are proactively reminding members of the traveling public that there are a number of steps they can employ to cross the border as quickly and safely as possible while avoiding violations of U.S. law. To assist travelers in their role and expedite travelers at the border, CBP has provided some basic border travel tips. For more information, please visit the CBP “Know Before You Go” Web site. ( Know Before You Go )

- Tip 1 - Travelers should build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic. CBP continues to experience longer wait times than usual due to sequestration, and is working to minimize these impacts, while maintaining the highest standards of security.

- Tip 2 - Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Please have crossing documents available for the inspection including a WHTI approved document for U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda and Mexico entering the United States by air, land or sea ports of entry. For more information, please visit the CBP “Get You Home” Web site. ( Get You Home )

- Tip 3 - Vehicle occupants should not use cell phones while approaching the port or during the inspection process. Cell phone usage slows down the inspection process and causes delays for everyone in line.

- Tip 4 - Alcohol/Tobacco/Firearms. In addition to federal laws, travelers entering the U.S. at ports of entry are also subject to all state alcohol/tobacco/firearm laws. Often times, state laws can be more restrictive than federal laws. If transporting any of these items, please check with local law enforcement to see if any restrictions apply.

- Tip 5 - Alternate Routes. During periods of heavy travel, border crossers may wish to consider alternative entry routes. For example, they may want to use the nearby and less heavily traveled Beecher Falls instead of the Derby Line port. For more information on border crossing times, which are updated hourly, please visit the CBP “Border Wait Times” Web site. ( Border Wait Times )

- Tip 6 - Currency. There is no limit on total amount of monetary instruments that may be brought in or taken out of the U.S. However, if you are transporting more than $10,000 you must file a Report of International Transportation of International Currency or Monetary Instruments (FinCen 105 – this form is available at the port of entry). Failure to properly declare or report the importation or exportation of currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000 could result in seizure.

- Tip 7 - Food items. Prepared foods for personal consumption or for family/friend gatherings is allowed. If bringing food items for resale or for commercial use, go to FDA Web site or contact your local CBP office for more information. ( FDA ) However, if you plan to cross the border with fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables and you are not sure if they are allowed into the United States, please check with your local CBP office before arrival. Be advised the import of the ‘Kinder Chocolate Eggs’ is still prohibited in the United States due to the potential choking hazard of the small toy within the egg, which fails to meet the small parts requirements set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

- Tip 8 - Goods and gifts. When crossing the border, all travelers and vehicles are subject to search. Please keep this in mind when transporting gifts for special occasions. Remember to “declare everything purchased or acquired outside of the United States.” If duty is applicable, credit cards or cash payment in U.S. currency is acceptable.

- Tip 9 - Medicine/Narcotics. Travelers must declare medications at the border. All valid non-expired prescription medications should be in the original prescription containers with all pertinent information listed on the outside. Narcotics and dangerous drugs are prohibited entry. There are severe civil and/or criminal penalties if imported.

- Tip 10 - Pets. Cats and dogs must be free of disease and illness when entering the U.S. In addition, dog owners must be able to show proof of rabies vaccination. If crossing with a puppy, certain paperwork will need to be completed at the border for the “new addition to the family.”

The border travel tips will be of assistance in averting any potential frustrations when crossing the border during your travels. If you have questions, you may also contact Daniel Mattina, port director, Derby Line at (802) 873-3316 or Erik Hipko, port director, Highgate Springs at (802) 868-2278.

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Will Tom Cruise Film “Mission: Impossible 5” in Brazil? Rio Hopes So

Will Tom Cruise Film “Mission: Impossible 5” in Brazil? Rio Hopes So

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Officials in Rio de Janeiro urged Tom Cruise, now in Brazil to promote his latest film, to shoot the fifth installment of the “Mission:Impossible” here in the “Marvelous City.”

“We invite him to film the scenes of ‘Mission:Impossible 5’ in Rio de Janeiro and he said he will look at the project,” municipal Culture Secretary Sergio Sa Leitao told news Web site UOL.

Cruise, the official said, called the idea “phenomenal and promised that he will shoot a film here, if it’s not ‘Mission:Impossible,’ certainly it will be another film.”

“He said he would love to film here in Rio de Janeiro, his favorite city,” Sa Leitao said.

Cruise, accompanied by co-stars Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough, came to Rio to promote his latest release,“Oblivion,” and decided to spend a few extra days in the Marvelous City.”

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Hispanic Health: Undocumented Hispanic HIV Patients Not Likely to Seek Treatment

Hispanic Health: Undocumented Hispanic HIV Patients Not Likely to Seek Treatment

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In a study of HIV-infected patients at Harris Health System’s Thomas Street Health Center, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that undocumented Hispanic patients were likely to seek treatment at a more advanced stage of HIV than other patients. They also found that once these patients entered care, their outcomes were the same or even better than other patients.

Their report appears in this week’s PLOS ONE.

“This finding is important for the individual patient but also has significant public health implications,” said Dr. Thomas Giordano, associate professor of medicine - infectious diseases at BCM and senior author of the paper. Giordano is also with the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence at the DeBakey VA Medical Center.

5-year study

Giordano and colleagues reviewed data from patients who visited Thomas Street over a five-and-a-half year period. The study consisted of 1,620 HIV-infected adults, including 186 undocumented Hispanic patients, 278 documented Hispanic patients, 986 black patients and 170 white patients.

“We found that undocumented Hispanic patients came into the clinic with the most advanced HIV disease compared to the documented Hispanic, black and white populations, indicating that they were delaying care or had experienced delays in getting diagnosed,” said Giordano. “Once they did enter care, they actually did just as well or better than the other populations in the study in terms of staying in care and getting their HIV under control, which is the best outcome we strive for given our current medications.”

Previous research has shown that the undocumented Hispanic population is fearful of reaching out for publically funded healthcare because they fear there might be some ramifications for them, Giordano said. Thomas Street cares for patients regardless of their citizenship or their ability to pay.

Shows program working

“This shows us that programs that are designed to care for people regardless of their financial or immigration status are working, which has a very important public health benefit, because the more people you have with HIV who are in control of their disease, the less transmission there’s going to be of HIV in the community as a whole. The intent of these programs is to provide care to both the individual as well as protect the public, and our research shows this is working,” he said.

Giordano said the next steps would be to try to see why this population of patients presents later, but still does so well in managing their HIV. He added that there needs to be additional research to better understand HIV outcomes of Hispanics based on their country of origin as well as whether there are differences in the documented Hispanic population based on acculturation status, or how long they or their families have been in the United States.

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Galapagos Islands Open World’s First Eco-Friendly Airport Terminal

Galapagos Islands Open World’s First Eco-Friendly Airport Terminal

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The world’s first eco-friendly air terminal began operating fully this week on Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, the airport management company Ecogal said.

The passenger terminal began partial operations in December before it was completely finished because it was still waiting for material from the old building.

Now that those materials have been incorporated, “the world’s first eco-friendly airport is finished and ready,” said a communique from the Galapagos Ecological Airport, or Ecogal, a unit of Argentina’s Corporacion America, one of the world’s largest airport operators.

An Ecogal official told Efe Thursday the new terminal covers 6,000 sq. meters (64,500 sq. feet) and represents an investment of more than $24 million.

The new complex prioritizes the use of solar energy, the recycling of water and the use of wind power, among other environmental innovations integrated into the technology.

The new building is oriented to prevailing winds in order to make maximum use of the area’s airflow, which allows the average temperature inside the terminal to be lowered without the use of air conditioning and allows the amount of sunlight to be regulated with greater control.

At the same time, the new location of the terminal ensures that emissions from airplanes, either stationary or in movement, do not enter the terminal building and softens the noise heard by passengers.

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Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho Offers PSG Advice on How to Defeat Barcelona

Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho Offers PSG Advice on How to Defeat Barcelona

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is advising Paris Saint-Germain on how to beat FC Barcelona in the clubs’ upcoming Champions League quarterfinal clash, French sports daily L’Equipe suggested on Friday.

The paper cited no sources and phrased the assertion in the form of a question, asking whether Mourinho, known for his antagonistic relations with Blancos’ archrival Barça, is acting as a “special counselor” to PSG.

Mourinho ostensibly sent PSG coaches a montage of video clips from Real Madrid’s two recent victories over Barcelona.

The clips are said to highlight Barça’s weak points, especially on defense.

L’Equipe pointed out that Mourinho has lost only once in his last eight matches against Barcelona and noted his “friendly relations” with PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti and the French club’s executives.

Asked if PSG will try to emulate what the Blancos did in their wins over Barça, Ancelotti said: “We are not Real Madrid, we have other characteristics.”

PSG will host Barcelona next Tuesday for the first leg of their quarterfinal contest.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is preparing Real Madrid for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal confrontation with Galatasaray, set for next Wednesday in the Spanish capital.

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March 29: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

March 29: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

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Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at what’s opening in theaters today.


G.I. Joe: Retaliation
-Stars: D.J. Cotrona, Lee Byung-hun, Ray Park, Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianna Palicki
Image-Rating: PG-13
-Genre: Action
-The gist: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.


The Host
-Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel
-Rating: PG-13
-Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Romance
Image-The gist: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

 


The Place Beyond the Pines
-Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn
-Rating: R
-Genre: Drama, Crime
Image-The gist: A motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover (Eva Mendes) and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective (Bradley Cooper).

 

 

Still in Theaters…

Blancanieves, a re-working of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale “Snow White,” and a spirited homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of Europe’s silent cinema. ImageStarring Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina, Pere Ponce, and introducing, Macarena García.

 

Coming soon…

On April 19, director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, the film adaptation of the graphic novel written by Kosinski and Arvid Nelson for Radical Comics, will open in theaters. The film stars Tom Cruise as Commander Jack Harper, a veteran and drone repairman. Jack is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vial resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat know as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. ImageLiving and patrolling the breathtaking ski from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

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“Rock in Rio” Adds Alicia Keys to Festival Lineup

“Rock in Rio” Adds Alicia Keys to Festival Lineup

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Alicia Keys, winner of 14 Grammys, is the latest big name confirmed for September’s Rock in Rio music festival.

The Princess of Soul will perform Sept. 15.

“I’m so excited to perform at Rock in Rio. I have been wanting to come and perform in Brazil for a long time and doing so as a part of this legendary festival that brings people together from all over the world is a truly special experience for me,” Keys said.

The seven-day musical event unfolds over two successive weekends: Sept. 13-15 and Sept. 19-22.

Besides Keys, the lineup for the 2013 edition of Rock in Rio includes Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, John Mayer, Beyonce, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Muse and Iron Maiden.

The 2011 Rock in Rio festival drew 700,000 people with artists that included Metallica, Coldplay, Mana, Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Shakira.

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Canadian Company Using Peruvian Ingredients for “Sexcereal”

Canadian Company Using Peruvian Ingredients for “Sexcereal”

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With the idea that men and women’s bodies need different things for sexual health, a Canadian company has created a cereal meant for each using ingredients from Peru.

Canada’s Big Life Foods has created Sexcereal” and marketed as “the world’s most Passionate Cereal!”

The men’s cereal contains Peruvian camu camu and maca, while the women’s only has the maca.

According to the website:

Camu Camu from the Amazon Rain Forest has the highest naturally occurring Vitamin C on the planet. The camu camu berry provides 50 times more Vitamin-C than an orange. It’s also one of the most nutrient-dense berries and is great for building immunity, rebuilding tissues, purifying the blood, and increasing energy.  Vitamin C improves vascular function, strengthens blood vessel walls and aids in the boosting of testosterone.  Vitamin C works in tandem with vitamin E to enhance sex drive. In fact, vitamin E needs the help of vitamin C to achieve some of its circulatory benefits in the arteries and on sex drive. Citrus fruits are one of nature’s best sources of vitamin C. If you can’t add enough vitamin C with dietary changes, look for a supplement that draws from natural sources such as citrus fruits.

Maca is an ancient super food of the Incas. It is known for qualities that support increase energy, build physical strength, improve mood, reduce anxiety and heighten libido.  Maca is revered in the ancient Incan culture for its many medicinal purposes. According to folk belief, it is a plant known for its legendary ability to deliver energy and mental clarity, and enhance sex drives in Peruvians for more than 2,000 years.

Sexcereal for him in “blended with ingredients shown to support testosterone.” Sexcereal for her is “blended with ingredients shown to support hormonal balance.”

Check out more about Sexcereal here.

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Republican Don Young Apologizes For “Wetback” Comment

Republican Don Young Apologizes For “Wetback” Comment

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Long-serving Republican lawmaker Don Young has issued an apology after sparking criticism for referring to Hispanic migrant farmworkers as “wetbacks.”

“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” the legislator from Alaska and one of the most senior members of the U.S. House of Representatives said in a radio interview Thursday.

“It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

The term “wetbacks” has a pejorative and racist connotation and is occasionally used to refer to undocumented migrants, particularly those who arrived from Mexico.

In a statement Thursday night, Young apologized for the slur, saying he employed a “term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California.”

“I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect,” Young, who is serving his 21st term in the House, said.

Migrant workers “play an important role in America’s workforce, and earlier in the said interview, I discussed the compassion and understanding I have for these workers and the hurdles they face in obtaining citizenship,” the statement said.

“America must once and for all tackle the issue of immigration reform.”

Young’s remarks come at a time when Republicans are re-examining their law enforcement-centered approach to immigration reform in a bid to win over Hispanic voters, who overwhelmingly supported the Democrats in the 2012 elections.

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Amnesty International Calls For Investigation of Deaths by Mexican Army

Amnesty International Calls For Investigation of Deaths by Mexican Army

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Amnesty International is calling for a “complete and impartial” investigation into the shooting deaths in northern Mexico of two young people who perished earlier this month at the hands of army troops.

In a statement, the London-based rights group said the relatives of the victims, who fear their loved ones may have been targeted in a reprisal attack, “are calling for a thorough investigation amid signs they may have been tortured and illegally executed.”

The two young people - one aged 23 and an adolescent whose age was not specified - were shot and killed “in unclear circumstances” by Mexican army troops on the outskirts of the border city of Nuevo Laredo on March 18, AI said Thursday.

Authorities said the victims died in a shootout and that weapons were discovered in their vehicle, adding that a judicial inquiry has been opened based on the military report on the incident.

But, according to AI, when the father of one of the victims went to the site of the killings, a witness told him the young people “had been illegally executed by the soldiers after being tortured.”

Later, upon identifying his son’s body, the man verified the apparent signs of torture and filed a complaint with the Nuevo Laredo Human Rights Committee and the National Human Rights Commission.

“Amnesty International is calling on authorities to guarantee the safety of the victims’ family members, witnesses and the local organization accompanying the case,” as well as for “a complete and impartial investigation into the deaths,” the statement read. E

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Jennifer Lopez Loses Major Gig Over Major Demands

Jennifer Lopez Loses Major Gig Over Major Demands

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Jennifer Lopez has reportedly lost a job after her diva demands proved too much for her employer.

According the New York Post, JLo was asked to perform during the opening ceremonies for the India Premier League cricket tournament. The tournament is pretty much India’s version of the U.S. Super Bowl, so being asked to perform is a big deal.

‘The demands made on behalf of Jennifer were outrageous,’ a source told the Post. ‘She effectively priced herself out of the event. It was an idiotic move because the audience for this event is huge. It’s like the Super Bowl halftime show. Last year it drew 56 million viewers.’

Among the demands were numerous hotel rooms for her and her massive entourage of stylists, assistants, and a chef and use of a private jet.

Rather than meet her demands, the IPL reportedly hired rapper Pitbull to take her place, but this to the first time Lopez’s requests have shocked the media.

In 2010, when the singer-actress was set to film a music video to benefit African victims of AIDS, her backstage ryder included a 45-foot trailer, white couches, white lilies, yellow roses with a red trim, apple pie a la mode, and a number of odd demands.

Lopez’s rep has said she was not fired from singing at the IPL ceremony, but was just too busy in the recording studio to go.

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Undocumented Immigrant Convicted of Assault of a Federal Agent

Undocumented Immigrant Convicted of Assault of a Federal Agent

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Jose Alberto Izquierdo-Gonzalez, 26, an undocumented Mexican alien living in Laredo, has pleaded guilty to using a motor vehicle to assault a Border Patrol agent and to smuggling aliens, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

According to court records and testimony presented this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker, Izquierdo was seen loading persons onto his Ford F-250 truck on January 8, 2013, near the Rancho Viejo Subdivision in Laredo.

Agents observed the truck speed away from the riverbanks after the agents’ vehicles approached. After a short pursuit through a residential area which included the truck traveling on residential sidewalks and knocking down a stop sign, Izquierdo eventually lost control and stopped facing the agents’ vehicles.

With persons still in the bed of the pickup truck, Izquierdo rammed the Border Patrol vehicles, injuring one of the agents. He then sped away until he lost control again and crashed into a nearby ditch. Miraculously, the persons in the truck bed managed to remain in the truck but were treated for injuries.

Izquierdo was apprehended almost immediately by the agents after abandoning his truck and the passengers. Two passengers were identified as aliens illegally in the United States who said they had paid smugglers to get a ride from Izquierdo.

At the hearing, Izquierdo denied knowing there were persons in the bed of his truck, claiming he had just picked up his girlfriend and one other person and was giving them a ride.

Izquierdo will remain in custody pending his sentencing to be set at a later date. At that time, he faces up to 20 years for using a dangerous weapon, a Ford F-250 in this case, to assault a federal officer. For smuggling an alien illegally in the United States, he also faces a maximum 10-year term of federal imprisonment. Both crimes also carry up to a possible $250,000 fine.

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Peru Highway Accident Leaves 9 Dead

Peru Highway Accident Leaves 9 Dead

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Nine people died Thursday, among them two children, in a highway accident in the southwestern Peruvian region of Ica, police said.

All the occupants of a pickup truck died when it crashed into a cargo truck in the Villacuri sector of the South Pan-American Highway, Peru’s most important north-south roadway.

According to the preliminary police investigation, the pickup truck was trying to pass another vehicle when it crashed into the cargo truck.

Firefighters concluded their rescue and recovery efforts but authorities are continuing to try and identify the victims.

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Vigilante Group Shows Force Before Pulling Out of Mexican Town

Vigilante Group Shows Force Before Pulling Out of Mexican Town

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The vigilante group that occupied Tierra Colorada made a show of force before pulling out of the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Officials agreed to remove the police chief of the town of 20,000 in response to demands from the self-defense group.

Hundreds of armed men pulled out of the town on Wednesday about 24 hours after taking control of Tierra Colorada and detaining 12 police officers and six civilians.

Guerrero Attorney General Martha Elva Garzon agreed to investigate the killing of Guadalupe Quiñonez, the vigilante group’s leader, and find those responsible.

Quiñonez’s murder is “a challenge from organized crime against us,” Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, leader Bruno Placido said.

The vigilante group in Tierra Colorada, which belongs to UPOEG, on Tuesday night released 12 officers and six civilians it had taken hostage in the town after cutting a deal with prosecutors.

Early Tuesday, hundreds of armed members of the self-defense group took control of Tierra Colorada, a town of 20,000 located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

UPOEG, whose members are armed and wear hoods, was created in January in the towns of Ayutla de los Libres, Teconoapa and San Marcos to protect residents.

The self-defense group controls access to the communities and polices them to fight crime.

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Mexico City Museums Open at Night to Draw Visitors

Mexico City Museums Open at Night to Draw Visitors

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More than one-third of Mexico City’s museums opened their doors in the evening to provide an opportunity to people who are unable to visit during normal operating hours.

The museums participated Wednesday evening in “Museum Night 2013” to welcome visitors.

“We want to open the museums to people who on normal work days, during their work shifts, cannot visit because of museum hours and come out of work and no museums are open,” Federal District historic, art and cultural coordinator Guadalupe Lozada told Efe.

The program was launched in 2009, with participating museums opening from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month.

The number of museums participating in the program grew from 25 last month to 47 now.

Mexico City is following in the footsteps of Sao Paulo, Montevideo and Berlin, Lozada said.

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Chevron Embargo Could Hinder Investments in Argentina, Says YPF

The CEO of Argentine state-controlled oil company YPF says a court ruling embargoing the assets of Chevron Corp.‘s local subsidiary could hinder investment flows into the South American country.

Miguel Galuccio, who has headed YPF since Argentina seized a 51 percent stake in the company last year from Spain’s Repsol, issued the warning in an open letter to a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs trying to collect on a huge judgment against Chevron for environmental damage in the Amazon.

YPF and Chevron Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding in December that paves the way for an eventual partnership to develop shale oil and gas reserves in the massive Vaca Muerta formation, which is located in the western Argentine province of Neuquen.

In the letter, published Thursday by the Pagina/12 daily, Galuccio told the Ecuadorian plaintiffs that the legal action they have brought against Chevron in the South American country “is absolutely detrimental to Argentina and could have a negative effect on investment” there.

Galuccio said Argentina is pursuing a path of energy independence and that developing Vaca Muerta is essential to meeting that goal.

In November, an Argentine court embargoed up to $19.55 billion in assets of the local subsidiary of Chevron, the South American country’s fourth-largest oil producer.

The embargo was sought by attorneys representing a group of Indians and villagers in Ecuador’s Amazon who won a nearly $20 billion judgment against Chevron for environmental damage.

The plaintiffs are trying to collect on the judgment in several foreign countries since Chevron has few assets in Ecuador.

The Ecuadorian courts found Texaco, which Chevron acquired in 2001, guilty of dumping billions of gallons of toxic drilling waste in a 480,000-hectare (1,850-sq.-mile) area of the Ecuadorian Amazon between 1964 and 1990.

Chevron succeeded in having the pollution case moved from the United States to Ecuador in 2003 but later said the case was marred by fraud and that it could not receive a fair trial in the Andean nation, currently governed by leftist President Rafael Correa.

The company, which maintains that Texaco had been cleared of any liability for damages by the Ecuadorian government of the time after remediating its share of environmental impacts, has refused to pay the judgment.

Plaintiffs say that mid-1990s agreement with the government did not release it from third-party claims and that Chevron is reneging on its pledge to abide by whatever decision was handed down by Ecuadorian courts.

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Draco Rosa Album “Vida” Rises to Top of Latin Albums List

Draco Rosa Album “Vida” Rises to Top of Latin Albums List

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Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Draco Rosa debuts this week in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums list with “Vida,” knocking Julion Alvarez and his Norteño Band down to fourth place.

Meanwhile, the late Jenni Rivera remains in second place for the second consecutive week with “Joyas prestadas: Pop,” while another of her numbers - “La misma gran señora” - continues in third place, also for the second week in a row.

Julion Alvarez and the Norteño Banda’s number “Tu amigo nada mas” is in the fourth spot this week.

Rivera is also in fifth place on the Billboard list with “Joyas prestadas: Banda,” although she slipped one notch from where the song was ranked last week.

The most listened-to song on Hispanic radio, according to the Latin Airplay list, is “Zumba” by Don Omar, which continues in the top spot for the second consecutive week.

In the No. 2 position is the Mexican regional group Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga and their number “La mejor de todas,” from their album “Romances,” which climbed from fifth position this week.

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Pope Francis Washes the Feet of Teens at Juvenile Jail

Pope Francis Washes the Feet of Teens at Juvenile Jail

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Pope Francis I went to Rome’s Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center on Thursday to share the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the inmates and during which he washed the feet of 12 teenagers housed there.

Several hundred Rome residents awaited the Argentine pontiff upon his arrival at the lockup, where he was received with applause and cries of “Long live the pope.”

Popes usually preside over the Mass of the Last Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in central Rome.

There are 46 young offenders, including 11 females, under detention at Casal del Marmo.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with the vicar general of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Callini; the chaplain of the detention center, Gaetano Greco; the Vatican No. 3, Angelo Becciu, and the pontiff’s personal secretary, Alfred Xuareb.

Francis, imitating what Jesus did with the apostles, washed the feet of 12 young inmates of different religions and nationalities, including two females, one of them a Muslim.

The inclusion of the girls attracted attention, given that the 12 apostles were all men.

The former Cardinal Juan Mario Bergoglio was received at the detention center by acting Justice Minister Paola Severino and other officials.

While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the future pope made it a practice to perform the ritual Holy Thursday foot-washing in hospitals, hospices and jails.

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Head of European Soccer League Opposes Expensive Goal-line Technology

Head of European Soccer League Opposes Expensive Goal-line Technology

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The head of UEFA, which presides over European soccer, has come out against implementing goal-line technology for European competitions, saying it would be cost-prohibitive and the money would be better spent on infrastructure and youth soccer.

“If we are going to use this goal-line technology in the Champions League and Europa League, then we would have to set it up in every single stadium where matches are played,” Michel Platini said at a press conference Thursday after a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“If we wanted to use goal-line technology, we would have to install it in 280 stadiums and then remove it again for domestic matches,” the Frenchman said.

“It would cost around 54 million euros ($69.26 million) over five years for this technology, so it’s quite expensive for the sort of mistake which happens once every 40 years,” he said.

As an alternative, Platini defended the five-person officiating crew - head referee, two line judges and two goal-line referees - used for Champions League matches and said that system has all but eliminated mistakes.

FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, has already announced plans to use GLT at the Confederations Cup event in June in Brazil and at the 2014 World Cup in the giant South American nation.

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