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MondayApril 1, 2013

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STUDY:  Mexican Narcos Coming Here to Live & Work While Running U.S. Drug Operations

STUDY:  Mexican Narcos Coming Here to Live & Work While Running U.S. Drug Operations

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According to a new study out by Associated Press (AP) Mexican drug cartels are sending trusted lieutenants into the U.S. to run their stateside operations.

These trusted narco associates are coming into the U.S. to live and work here while ensuring their bosses drug trafficking operations are efficient, growing and profitable.  The AP report identifies at least nine non-border states where cartel operatives are working in the U.S. 

Case in point is Chicago identifying Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Public Enemy No. 1 for his burgeoning Sinaloa cartel operations in the city and in spite of the fact that Guzman himself has never been to Chicago.  Guzman has numerous key associates working in the Chicago land area guaranteeing his hold on key distribution channels.

Mexican narcos are now taking over the sale and distribution of their own narcotics inside the U.S. instead of paying a local dealer the report indicates.  No more outsourcing to American dealers.

The report points out that U.S.-Mexico border cities are no longer the only ones dealing with narco traffickers, it is becoming common place to find them working out of cities like Columbus and Louisville.

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Blog del Narco:  Attacks on Local Guadalajara Bars Leaves 4 Dead and 17 Wounded

Blog del Narco:  Attacks on Local Guadalajara Bars Leaves 4 Dead and 17 Wounded

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Four people, including a U.S. citizen, were killed and 17 others wounded in attacks staged by gunmen on two bars in Guadalajara, the capital of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, state officials said Monday.

The first attack occurred Sunday night when a gunman fired shots and threw a grenade into the Ruta 66 bar in Guadalajara’s Cristobal de Oñate district, the Jalisco Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

The Gol bar in the San Jacinto neighborhood was attacked about 15 minutes later, the AG’s office said without specifying whether the incidents were related.

Hugo Rodriguez Espinoza, a 28-year-old customer, and Vicente Rojas Valdivia, a 30-year-old employee, died in the attack on Ruta 66.

Jeff Lydell Comer, a 45-year-old American, and Julio Cesar Chavez Gonzalez, 20, were killed in the attack on the Gol bar, the AG’s office said.

Authorities closed the bars, both located on the east side of Guadalajara, so investigators could gather evidence.

No arrests have been reported.

A Mexico City newspaper reported Monday that 1,025 people died in drug-related violence in March, making it the deadliest month since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office.

A total of 3,919 people have been killed in drug-related incidents since Dec. 1, 2012, the day Peña Nieto took office, the Milenio newspaper said.

The death toll was 982 in December, 956 in January and 956 in February, the newspaper said.

An average of nearly 33 people a day died in drug-related violence in March, Milenio said.

Chihuahua was once again Mexico’s most violent state, with 186 murders, followed by Sinaloa, with 108, and Mexico state, with 86.

A total of 29 security forces members, including 15 municipal police officers, seven Federal Police officers, four soldiers and three state police officers, were killed last month.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.

Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has continued the strategy implemented by Calderon of taking on the cartels, but he has also called for bolstering intelligence capabilities and attacking criminal organizations’ entire structures, not just kingpins.

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$338 Million Powerball Winner Pedro Quezada to Pay Neighbors Rent

$338 Million Powerball Winner Pedro Quezada to Pay Neighbors Rent

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Dominican immigrant and recent $338 Million Powerball winner Pedro Quezada is going to pay the rent of his Passaic, New Jersey neighbors for a couple of months, one of his close friends announced to the NY Daily News.

The beneficiaries of his generosity are the same neighborhoods on his block that shopped at his bodega which is now for sale.  Over 70 percent of the residents in Passaic are Latino and is also the hometown of actress Zoe Saldana.

Earlier in the day Quezada was in court to pay his delinquent child support of $30,000 and announced to the judge that his three children will live with him and his wife, who is not their mother. 

Quezada was the sole winner of last week’s Powerball.  The father of five has opted to take a lump sum payment with his expected take after taxes at $152 Million.  Quezada beat the 1-in-175 million odds to win the fourth largest Powerball jackpot

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National Program to Fight Hunger in Mexico Launches Today

National Program to Fight Hunger in Mexico Launches Today

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The Mexican government plans to launch a national program to fight hunger on Monday to deal with a problem that leaves nearly as many people dead as drug-related violence, officials said.

The National Crusade against Hunger was announced on Jan. 21 by President Enrique Peña Nieto, who said one of every four Mexicans suffers from some kind of nutritional deficiency.

“Hunger, for many, is perhaps an ignored truth. There are those who do not know about it. Others, perhaps, do not accept it and some do not even dare to mention it,” Peña Nieto said.

Mexico, a country of 112 million people, registered 11,000 deaths from malnutrition in 2011, government figures show.

A total of 8,000 of these deaths were caused by lack of access to basic foods and the rest to other hunger-related problems.

Nearly 12,000 people died in 2011 from drug-related violence in Mexico, media tallies show.

The National Crusade against Hunger will rely on 70 social programs focusing on health, education and agricultural development.

The programs are slated to received funding of 294 billion pesos ($23.15 billion) this year.

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Idiot Tattoos His 5-Month-Old Puppy

Idiot Tattoos His 5-Month-Old Puppy

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A North Carolina man has outraged many after he posted photos of the tattoo he did on his puppy on Facebook.

No, it is not an April Fool’s joke. “Tattoo artist” Ernesto Rodriguez of Stokes County was visited by police after giving his 5-month-old puppy, Duchess, a tattoo on her belly. Wanting to show of his work, Rodriguez posted a photo of the terrible tattoo on Facebook.

Now, when we say terrible, we don’t just mean that it was terrible of him to tattoo his dog. We mean the tattoo actually looks bad and he may have also spelled his own dog’s name incorrectly, as it reads “Dutches.”

Rodriguez claims he tattooed the pup for identification purposes and that she was asleep when the tattoo began.

It should be noted that while some dogs are tattooed, it is often done by a licensed vet and is not an ornate design, but rather an owner’s license/ID number or even just a small letter. These tattoos are often very small.

Though authorities did speak with Rodriguez, no animal cruelty charges were filed against him. However, the health department did issue a cease and desist order stating Rodriguez was to stop tattooing people until he obtained the proper zoning permits for Pink Ink Tattoos.

Rodriguez took to Facebook after being visited by police, and had this to say after the encounter:

Here is the final result for you haters out there… Animal control came looked at my beautiful dog and left…. wow… what a waste of tax payers money… so im still gonna tattoo my dogs when ever i feel like it… good try haters thanks for all the advertisement.

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Monthly Remittances to Mexico $1.58 Billion - 11% Drop

Monthly Remittances to Mexico $1.58 Billion - 11% Drop

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Mexico received $1.58 billion in remittances in February, 11.1 percent below the amount recorded in the same month of 2012, the country’s central bank said Monday.

This was the eighth straight month in which remittances declined on an inter-annual basis.

In the second month of 2013, the average remittance was $293.17, less than the $320.34 in February of 2012, the Bank of Mexico said in its monthly report.

In February, 5.4 million transactions were recorded, most of them electronic transfers.

Remittances to Mexico totaled $22.45 billion last year, a decline of 1.57 percent from 2011.

Remittances from expatriates are Mexico’s second-largest source of foreign exchange after oil exports and help cover living expenses for millions of households.

Most of the money is sent from the United States, where an estimated 12 million Mexicans live, about half of them undocumented migrants.

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Junot Diaz’ ‘Miss Lora’ Wins World’s Richest Prize for Short Story Writing

Junot Diaz’ ‘Miss Lora’ Wins World’s Richest Prize for Short Story Writing

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Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Diaz’ short story “Miss Lora” has won the prestigious London Times Short Story Award for 2013 and a cash prize of 30,000 English Pounds ($45,000).  This awards is the world’s richest short story prize given out.

The Dominican author won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”, his first book,  and is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award.

Miss Lora” is written in Spanglish and takes place in New Jersey during the ‘80s.  It tells the story of the inappropriate relationship between an older woman and a teenager.  The judges panel noted that Diaz story stood out “with its precise, unflinching prose, and with its brilliant evocation of an immigrant world struggling with modernity.”

The ‘Miss Lora’ story is part of Diaz’ short story collection ‘This Is How You Lose Her’ a National Book Award 2012 finalist

Google+ Author: Estelle Gonzales Walgreen

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Gosling Goes Muy Macho Over Someone Calling Eva Mendes “Baby”

Gosling Goes Muy Macho Over Someone Calling Eva Mendes “Baby”

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During Friday’s premiere of “The Place Beyond the Pines” Ryan Gosling went on the defensive when he heard someone called his girlfriend Eva Mendes ‘baby.’

According to the New York Post, as Mendes and Gosling arrived (separately) at their film’s premiere at New York’s Bowery Hotel, a photographer shouted, “Hey, baby!” at Mendes.

Ever the gentleman, Gosling allegedly went a bit macho and got in the photographer’s face and said, ‘Who are you calling baby?’ Though things got heated for a moment, Mendes intervened and calmed things down. It was later revealed the photographer had recently shot Mendes for a job, and only meant to say hello to his friend.

Gosling reportedly shook the photog’s hand after the almost scuffle and “made nice”.

Mendes and Gosling has been dating since September, but had remained quiet about their relationship, attempting to hold on to what little privacy they have as Hollywood actors.

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Julio Iglesias Honored by Guinness Records: Top-Selling Latin Artist

Julio Iglesias Honored by Guinness Records: Top-Selling Latin Artist

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The never-to-burn-out Julio Iglesias was awarded here Monday the Guinness Records trophy for the Latin artist who has sold the most discs, a triumphant way to kick off his tour of Asia.

“I’m bringing (my family) next week,” the singer said in an interview with Efe after receiving the award from the prestigious Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who also honored him as the artist who has sold the most discs in China, where the Spaniard has three concerts scheduled - in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing.

Wearing an impeccable black suit and his trademark tan, the artist had some beautiful words for his family, whom he loves, he said, more than himself.

Approaching 70 and with more than 300 million discs sold since he first made the world charts with tunes like “Gwendolyne,” Julio Iglesias made it clear that he has never yet thought of leaving the stage.

In their tour of China, the singer’s wife and children will travel with a teacher of Chinese, since Iglesias wants “the little ones to study Mandarin,” a language in which he has ventured to sing a few songs.

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Calvin Klein’s Brazilian Designer Francisco Costa Designs Shirt for amfAR

Calvin Klein’s Brazilian Designer Francisco Costa Designs Shirt for amfAR

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Brazilian designer Francisco Costa, Women’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection, has designed a a new T-shirt for amfAR.

Costa designed the black and white T-shirt to help raise money for amfAR’s AIDS research in South America and promote awareness in São Paulo.

São Paulo will be home to the 2013 Inspiration Gala once again being held at entrepreneur Dinho Diniz’s home. 

On April 5, 2013 amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will return to Brazil for its third annual Inspiration Gala in São Paulo. The gala will feature tributes to two honorees: Iconic Brazilian athlete Pelé will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, and pop star Fergie will be presented with the amfAR Award of Inspiration.

The event will include cocktails, a gala dinner, fashion presentations, and a host of special performances. One of Brazil’s most influential and legendary musicians, former Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, will perform a set of his beloved songs. Longtime friend of amfAR Dita Von Teese will bring her famed burlesque act to Sao Paulo as well, and Brazil’s own acclaimed samba musician Seu Jorge will also perform.

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

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While Rubio Pauses on Immigration Chicago Unites to Push for Immigration Reform

While Rubio Pauses on Immigration Chicago Unites to Push for Immigration Reform

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While Republican Senator Marco Rubio is attempting to slow down the momentum on comprehensive immigration reform, Chicago business leaders are uniting to push for its passage.

This morning in a prepared statement Rubio said “reports that the bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed on a legislative proposal are premature.”  At the same time he called for public hearings to ensure transparency.

Meanwhile, Chicago business leaders are joining forces to push for the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation.  The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, which is endorsed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, includes leaders from Caterpillar and Motorola, numerous trade groups and immigrant advocate groups.

The coalition wants to recruit 300 CEO’s and 1,000 small businesses in Illinois to push Washington for a bipartisan immigration bill.

Business leaders are having trouble filling high and low skills jobs in Illinois and feel passage of comprehensive immigration reform could help the situation. 

Mayor Emanuel noted at this morning’s kick-off event “it’s a huge opportunity that shouldn’t be squandered because of politics.” 

 

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Glitter-Covered, Topless Demi Lovato on New Album Cover

Glitter-Covered, Topless Demi Lovato on New Album Cover

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This album - this is mine; my story.


Demi Lovato recently announced her new album, simply titled Demi, will be available May 14.

Along with the announcement, the 20-year-old debuted the new album’s cover art, once again proving she’s no longer the cute little Disney sweetheart she once was.

The new cover features the singer covered in glitter and seemingly topless.

Lovato recently announced she will be returning as a judge of Fox’s X Factor. She will also be performing at this year’s Wango Tango on May 11, along with Bruno Mars, Miguel, Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy, Emeli Sandé, and more.

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Chicago Make-Up Artist and Latino Entrepreneur Launches Fragrance Line

Chicago Make-Up Artist and Latino Entrepreneur Launches Fragrance Line

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Hispanic entrepreneur Hernan Rivera is putting the finishing touches on the launch of “Greed,” a new fragrance line for men and women that will compete with some of the heavyweights in the business.

The 28-year-old Rivera, a successful make-up artist, previously came out with the “Sin” line of cosmetics.

“It’s a sin to be without it, it’s a unique perfume,” Rivera told Efe.

The entrepreneur, who was born and raised in Chicago, said his business was growing, entering new markets in the United States and Mexico, including Jalisco and Durango states, where his parents are from.

Rivera, who has a degree in business and textiles, said he was aware that he was taking on some of the big guns in the fragrance business, such as Antonio Banderas, Paloma Picasso and Carolina Herrera.

“But my perfume is unique. When people smell it, they cannot describe it,” Rivera said, referring to his work with an expert on mixing fragrances.

The reasonably priced perfume line is aimed at consumers who are looking for “quality products at more accessible prices,” Rivera said.

The fragrance line is currently being sold at beauty salons and boutiques, but new distribution channels are being added to open additional markets.

Rivera has teamed up with several beauty pageants, such as Miss Illinois Latina and the Señorita Jalisco pageant sponsored by the Federacion Jaliciense de los EE.UU., opening doors in several Mexican states for his product.

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U.S. Developer Taubman to Build $400 Million Luxury Mall in Puerto Rico

U.S. Developer Taubman to Build $400 Million Luxury Mall in Puerto Rico

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U.S.-based developer Taubman is building a $400 million shopping mall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that will have a gross leasable area of 60,000 sq. meters (644,000 sq. feet) and introduce new luxury retailers to the area.

The Mall of San Juan will be home to the island’s first Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores, as well as more than 100 restaurants and retailers, of which about 60 percent will be new to Puerto Rico.

The mall is expected to open on March 26, 2015, Taubman said.

The developer broke ground last September on the project, which is about three kilometers (1.8 miles) from the San Juan airport and is expected to create about 5,000 jobs.

“The majority of The Mall of San Juan’s shops and restaurants will be new to the market, bringing a critical mass of luxury, bridge, and better merchandise that does not exist on the island today,” Taubman said in a project profile on its Web site.

The mall will also have a 225-room Crowne Plaza Hotel, turning it into a destination for tourists.

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Bachata Star Prince Royce Signs with Sony, Next Album in Spanish

Bachata Star Prince Royce Signs with Sony, Next Album in Spanish

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Prince Royce has signed a contract with Sony Music Entertainment for the launch of his next albums, the label said Monday.

“I’m very excited about this new step in my career, which will help spread my music globally. I chose Sony because we share the same passion and vision about the direction we want to take my music and my career,” the 23-year-old singer-songwriter said.

The bachata star reached an agreement last February with his previous record label, Top Stop Music, to settle a legal battle that erupted when the artist decided unilaterally to break their contract.

Once a free agent, the winner of 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards was approached by a number of labels trying to sign him up, but the artist finally went for Sony, which also has such artists as Shakira, Justin Timberlake and Usher in its portfolio.

The artist will launch his first Sony album in Spanish next fall. Later, as stipulated in the contract, he will record his next pop discs in English for Sony’s RCA Records label.

“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with such a dynamic Latin artist on his first English album,” RCA’s CEO, Peter Edge, said in a statement.

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Shakira Seeking Nominations for Her Early Childhood Provider Awards

Shakira Seeking Nominations for Her Early Childhood Provider Awards

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Colombian superstar Shakira is seeking nominations for the ALAS-IDB early childhood awards that she co-created.

The ALAS-IDB awards are given out by the ALAS Foundation that was co-founded by Shakira and the Inter-American Development Bank.  The awards recognize the best in early childhood development and innovative programs benefiting children under 6 years old.  Educators, writers, thought leaders amongst others throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are urged to apply.

The awards were created last year by Shakira with 700 nominations received.  Shakira and IDB will give out awards in several categories including: Best Childhood Center, Best Educator, Best Publication and Best Innovation. 

‘The Voice’ judge is a long-standing advocate of early childhood development for the poor in Latin America and also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  She has invested in rebuilding public schools in her native Colombia, accessing education for underserved Latino immigrants in the U.S. and creating scholarships for Latin American students.

Click here if you are interested in nominating an organization or individual. 

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Mets Pitcher Johan Santana Undergoing Shoulder Surgery This Week

Mets Pitcher Johan Santana Undergoing Shoulder Surgery This Week

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Star New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana, is ready to undergo shoulder surgery again early this week, the team said on the weekend.

The surgery on the Venezuelan lefthander is necessary to correct the second consecutive tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder and doctors are trying to save his career.

Dr. David Altcheck will be in charge of the surgical team that will operate on Santana, who will probably be out the entire season for the second time in three years.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner in the American League and the hurler who pitched the Mets’ only no-hit game is in the last year of a $137.5 million contract and so this probably means that he has pitched his last game for the Mets.

The 34-year-old Santana underwent the same kind of operation on Sept. 14, 2010, and did not return to the mound until April 5, 2012.

He did not participate in the Mets’ preseason games this year due to weakness in his throwing arm and got in the bullpen for the last time in early March without the team’s permission.

Santana was put on the injured list for three weeks with a sprained ankle and did not pitch after Aug. 17 last year due to an inflammation of his lower back.

The Mets owe Santana $31 million as part of his six-season contract signed before the 2008 season.

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Spain’s Ferrer Falls to Murray in Miami’s Sony Open

Spain’s Ferrer Falls to Murray in Miami’s Sony Open

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Britain’s Andy Murray saved a championship point on his way to defeating Spain’s David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) Sunday in the final of the Sony Open in Miami.

“It was such a tough match it could have gone either way,” Murray said.

The 25-year-old Murray, who lives part of the year in Miami and practices at the Crandon Park Tennis Center, will move up to No. 2 in the world when the new rankings come out on Monday.

Ferrer, who will move up to No. 4 in the world, thanked the crowd in English and Spanish for the support he received over the past two weeks.

The match featured 15 breaks of service, including seven in the third set.

The 30-year-old Ferrer, who is now 5-7 against the Scot, had to be treated three times for leg cramps, while Murray appeared slightly hobbled by an ankle injury late in the match, which went two hours and 45 minutes.

Ferrer, who turns 31 on Tuesday, was trying to become the first Spaniard to win the Masters 1000 event in Miami.

Murray, who also won the 2009 title in Miami, has been on a roll since last summer, winning a gold medal at the London Games and taking the 2012 U.S. Open title.

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