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TuesdayApril 2, 2013

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University of Puerto Rico Finance Chief Resigns After Being Duped

University of Puerto Rico Finance Chief Resigns After Being Duped

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The head of finances at the University of Puerto Rico resigned after a scammer bilked the institution out of $150,000, UPR President Miguel Muñoz said Tuesday.

Edwin Reyes decided to leave the university because he felt “very responsible” for the outlay, which was done with three checks of $50,000 each, though payment was finally stopped when certain irregularities were discovered.

Muñoz, who met with the finance committee of the UPR Board of Trustees to analyze the matter, said that Reyes resigned of his own accord.

The UPR president said that he himself never considered resigning over the incident, though he was the person who first took the scammer’s call, which he then passed to the head of finances.

Muñoz said last week that the con man pretended to be Puerto Rico’s public affairs secretary, Jorge Colberg.

The swindler told Muñoz that the UPR was going to receive $15 million from the government, although for that to occur the institution first had to submit three checks for $50,000 each to cover administrative expenses.

Media reported the existence of a scheme in Puerto Rico in which individuals pose as members of the government to tell mayors and other public officials that they will receive millions of dollars in allocations on condition that they make previous payments to cover administration costs.

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Hero Chihuahua in Canada Honored by PETA

Hero Chihuahua in Canada Honored by PETA

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On Tuesday, March 19, an 8-year-old girl named Jenna was picking up golf balls near her grandparents’ home when a neighbor’s large, aggressive dog burst through a gate, knocked her to her knees, and bit her head. That’s when Jenna’s grandparents’ Chihuahua, Honey, ran to Jenna’s rescue, barking furiously at the much larger pit bull until his attention turned to Honey and he released his grip on Jenna, giving his guardian the chance to pull him off her. Jenna needed hundreds of stitches and may still require plastic surgery, but she is recovering from her terrifying ordeal—and Honey, described by Jenna’s grandfather as her best buddy, is there to comfort her.

For saving Jenna’s life, Honey will receive a Small Dog, Big Hero Award from PETA along with a special “doggie bag” full of dog treats, a new harness, and a toy.

“Every dog who finds a loving home is fortunate—but, as Honey demonstrated, so are the families who earn the love of a cherished companion,” says Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes Honey’s selflessness and bravery will remind everyone of the many rewards of sharing our lives with animal companions—and the importance of valuing their devotion by becoming the best guardians possible.”

PETA asks guardians to ensure that their dogs are not a threat to anyone and to take special care with breeds such as pit bulls—dogs who are too often bred to be as aggressive as possible. The group urges everyone to spay and neuter all dogs of any breed and never to chain them, which can make them aggressive, and also encourages anyone with the time, willingness, ability, and resources to care for an animal properly to save a life by adopting a homeless animal from a shelter.

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Hispanic Education: California Migrant Head Start Program Can be Model

Hispanic Education: California Migrant Head Start Program Can be Model

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Long before President Obama triggered a new national interest in universal preschool earlier this year, a Central Valley-based Head Start program for children of migrant workers has been breaking down barriers that have kept Latino families out of early learning programs.

Data suggests that Latino children, who now make up more than half of children under 5 years old in California, have historically enrolled in early education programs at lower rates than their peers in other ethnic groups.

“We know from 20 years of research that a lot of Latino parents prefer to use home-based care, and that preschools appear to be excessively formal and sometimes not inviting institutions” to those parents, said University of California, Berkeley education professor Bruce Fuller, who has spent years studying early education issues in the Latino community.

“Formal” and “not inviting” are not terms that could be used to describe the child development center in Hughson, a small agricultural community nine miles southwest of Modesto. Four portable classrooms sit facing a play area with a jungle gym and a swing set. On a recent morning, the center was filled with 52 children ranging in age from newborn to 5 years old.

One of the reasons parents give for feeling welcome at the center is relatively simple: Spanish is spoken here.

And it’s not just that an effort is made to communicate with parents in Spanish, but also that children are instructed in both Spanish and English.

In the preschool classroom at the Hughson center, 3- and 4-year-olds sat in a circle on the rug listening to teacher Gabriela Mora reading the story of the three little pigs, or los tres cerditos. The kids were glued to the drama of the huffing and the puffing and the blowing down of houses. Mora was reading in Spanish, but when she paused to ask questions, kids answered in both languages.

“Que hicieron Paco y Pascual?” Mora asked her students in Spanish. Translation: “What did Paco and Pascual do?” Asking open questions about what characters have done or what is about to happen is an effective way to engage young children in reading, Mora said later.

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Messi Scores on PSG with Left-Foot Kick in Champions League Match

Messi Scores on PSG with Left-Foot Kick in Champions League Match

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In Tuesday’s match between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, superstar Lionel Messi scored with a left-footed kick, catching the goalie off guard.

Messi was taken out of the game due to a hamstring injury at the half-way point, and was subbed out for Cesc Fabregas.

In the end, Barça and PSG tied 2-2.

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Mexico’s Economy Expected to Grow 4 Percent in 2014

Mexico’s Economy Expected to Grow 4 Percent in 2014

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The government is maintaining its forecast for 4 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2014, based on the assumption that tax reforms are not implemented in Mexico, the Finance Secretariat said in a report to Congress.

The figures confirm the economic package submitted for 2013, maintaining the GDP growth projection at 3.5 percent.

“The economic activity and public finance estimates for 2013 and 2014 included in the document are based on the existing legal framework in our country at the time of its presentation,” the secretariat said.

The estimates in the report do not factor in the economic reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto or included in the Pact for Mexico, a series of goals laid out by the administration and the country’s political parties.

All the budget estimates in the report are based on an average export price for Mexican crude oil of $82.90 per barrel, as well as a balanced budget, and they exclude investment in state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

Pemex, the world’s No. 4 oil producer, is a major source of revenues for Mexico’s federal government.

Tax revenues are projected at 3.77 trillion pesos (about $306 billion) in 2014, down about 4.9 percent from the 2013 budget, with 33.4 percent of revenues coming from petroleum, the secretariat said.

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AMERICAN IDOL FEUD: Nicki Minaj vs. Devin Velez

AMERICAN IDOL FEUD: Nicki Minaj vs. Devin Velez

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Last week on season 12 of American Idol, Devin Velez was eliminated and shared his disappointment.

Velez was first disappointed to learn he received the lowest number of votes, and was disappointed a second time when he learned the judges would not be using their one save to keep him on the show.

After his elimination Thursday, Velez spoke with E! News about judge Nicki Minaj’s unwillingness to allow the save be used on him, saying, ‘I don’t know why,’ She [Nicki Minaj] has a lot of girl power and lot of girl thoughts. Maybe she just wants a girl to win. The girls have been so consistent with their songs, and the girls are amazing this year [so] I have nothing bad to say about any of the contestants.”

Velez was interviewed a number of times and was constantly asked about the judges and what he thought about the judges, especially Minaj. In one interview he said her reaction to his group’s less than stellar performance was a bit much.

“When went crazy — when she was like, ‘Get off the stage, blah blah blah,’ and it’s just like, ‘Whoa, Miss Minaj, I need you to calm down, please.’ We’re still human, we still have feelings. She doesn’t care sometimes. It’s all good, we still love Nicki.”

After Velez’s comments and the flood of tweets criticizing her decision, the rapper fired back on Twitter with a number of tweets.

 

Velez responded by saying, “That moment when an adult stoops down to the 3rd grade level…LOL grow up Hun, I’ve got songs to write. smile #movingforward.”

Unfortunately, he deleted that tweet before we could grab it. Too bad, because calling her a third grader when she barely speaks as clearly as a toddler was really sweet.

In the end, Velez can at least count Ellen DeGeneres as a fan, as she tweeted:

 

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Tequila Gran Dovejo Awarded Best in Class for ‘2013 Spirits of the Americas”

Tequila Gran Dovejo Awarded Best in Class for ‘2013 Spirits of the Americas”

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The Gran Dovejo tequila has been awarded two ‘Best in Class’ recognitions at the 2013 Spirits of Americas Awards. The distillers third tequila type Gran Dovejo Añejo was also recognized taking home a Gold Medal in its respective category.

The competition seeks to identify strong regional spirits in the Americas.  Gran Dovejo won Best in Class in the Blanco and Reposado Tequila categories after a blind tasting competition.

The Mexican tequila maker which produces tequila in small batches is produced by Master Distiller Leopoldo Solis Tinoco with blue agave grown in Jalisco, Mexico.  The distillery is owned by the Vivanco family which has been producing tequila for over five generations.

Maestro Solis of Guadalajara, Mexico has been a key advisor to many premium tequila brands for the last 26 years. 

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Get Your News Where and When You Need It!  Introducing- HS News FREE Widget

Get Your News Where and When You Need It!  Introducing- HS News FREE Widget

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The Hispanically Speaking News widget is a multimedia module that you can place directly on your blog, social network page or any web site that you have the ability to edit. The module will automatically update with the latest news headlines.

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Brazil’s Soccer Stadium May Not Be Ready for World Cup

Brazil’s Soccer Stadium May Not Be Ready for World Cup

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Construction of the $400 million soccer stadium being built in São Paulo may soon come to a halt as the builders say they have yet to receive a multi-million dollar loan they were promised.

The Itaquerão stadium currently sits only half built, because its builders say they have not received the promised $200 million loans from state-controlled banks.

Itaquerão has an estimated cost of 820 million reais (about US $406.3 million). If finished, the stadium will have a permanent capacity of 48,000 people and another 20,000 temporary seats for the World Cup. It will also a large video screen.

Should the construction stop, it will likely occur in the coming weeks.

This delay is only the latest a growing list of stadiums facing delays in Brazil’s 12 host cities.

If the delays prove too long and the construction cannot be completed in time, the opening match, which is scheduled to take place on June 12, 2014 , will either force it to be played in a different stadium or possibly force FIFA to move it to a new host city entirely.

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21-Year-Old U.S. Student Identified as Victim of Gang Rape in Brazil

21-Year-Old U.S. Student Identified as Victim of Gang Rape in Brazil

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Brazilian and French authorities are confirming that the victim of Sunday’s horrific kidnapping and gang rape was a 21-year-old U.S. student that was accompanied by her French boyfriend. 

The six hour ordeal started when the two tourists boarded a public transporation minibus at the popular Copacabana beach enroute to the Lapa section.  Three men boarded the bus at a later stop and ordered everyone off the bus except the two victims.

The male victim, a 23-year-old French student, was tied up and forced to watch the repeated rape of his girlfriend.  The two victims were kicked off the minibus some 30 miles away.  The female victim suffered a broken nose and her companion has a fractured face.

Two men were arrested hours after the crime occurred and now a third suspect was arrested last night.  Brazilian police used surveillance video from numerous gas stations where the armed men went to use the victims stolen credit cards. 

A local Brazilian woman who suffered a similar fate on a minibus also helped authorities identify the gunmen.

Brazil’s handle on its crime rate is once again under discussion.  The country is hosting the pope in July for World Youth Day where 2 million visitors are expected.  It will also host the 2016 World Cup and Olympic games.

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THE VOICE: Karina Iglesias, Monique Abbadie Make it onto Season 4 (VIDEOS)

THE VOICE: Karina Iglesias, Monique Abbadie Make it onto Season 4 (VIDEOS)

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Season four of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ began its second week of blind auditions with some very powerful singers, with Latinas impressing coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher.

On Monday, 20-year-old Miami native Monique Abbadie took a big risk for her audition, singing Shakira’s “Loca.” In the end, though all coaches turned around for Monique, they all seemed to encourage her to pick Shakira, recognizing them as a match made in heaven. Monique agreed and joined her idol’s team.

Watch her blind audition here.

Karina Iglesias, a children’s vocal coach also from Miami, rocked the audience and the coaches with Melissa Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One” and even threw in a little Spanish at the chorus. Karina says she learned to sing by listening to her abuelita, who sadly lost her beautiful voice when she suffered a stroke in 2004.

“I want to make my grandmother proud. I want to show her that her little granddaughter did something big.”

In the end, Karina chose to join Team Adam.

Watch Karina’s blind audition here.

 

Surprisingly, Brazilian-born singer Sam Alvez, who sang “Feeling Good” and had the crowd going crazy, was unable to get any of the coaches to turn their chairs. This is probably one of biggest upsets thus far. Shakira even seemed upset that neither she nor the judges pushed their buttons.

The girls’ join fellow Latina Cathia who sang Luis Fonsi’s “No Me Doy por Vencido” at last week’s auditions and joined Team Shakira.

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500-Yrs Ago Spain’s Ponce de Leon Arrived in FL Looking for Fountain of Youth

500-Yrs Ago Spain’s Ponce de Leon Arrived in FL Looking for Fountain of Youth

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It is believed that around April 2 or 3 of the year 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed on the east coast of Florida to claim the land for Spain and named it after the Easter feast of those days known as Pascua Florida.

Today, half a millennium later, Florida celebrates the 5th centennial of an event the signified the first European presence in what is today the United States.

Florida, through the Viva Florida 500 organization, is celebrating the arrival of the first European with a series of events initiated at the beginning of the year and that will continue throughout 2013.

“Viva Florida 500 is a year-long commemoration, but we believe it is important to draw extra attention to the week of Ponce de Leon’s arrival because of its historical significance for our state and nation,” Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said.

“Florida is truly the place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America,” he told a press conference.

In the coming weeks a replica of a 16th-century Spanish galleon will arrive in Florida carrying an educational 5th-centennial exposition.

Planned for Tuesday is the inauguration of a statue of Juan Ponce de Leon on the beach at Melbourne near Cape Canaveral.

Wednesday will be an important day in St. Augustine, the oldest U.S. city, where the landing of the Spanish explorer will be recreated and a Catholic Mass will be said at the Cathedral Basilica.

In addition, an exact replica of the baptismal font where Ponce de Leon was baptized will be installed in the basilica.

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Rev. Angel Armando Perez Sentenced for Sexually Abusing 12-year-old During ‘Sleepover’

Rev. Angel Armando Perez Sentenced for Sexually Abusing 12-year-old During ‘Sleepover’

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A Mexican priest working in a Portland, Oregon church has been sentenced to 6-years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy during a ‘sleepover’ at the priests home.

Rev. Angel Armando Perez, 47, was charged last year for inappropriately touching the youngster and photographing his genitals during the sleepover.  The charges and subsequent prison term relate to one incident where the youngster fell asleep after drinking beer offered by Rev. Perez.

According to police records the youngster awoke to the priest touching him and taking photos.  The child fled to the safety of a neighbor’s home with Perez in his underwear in pursuit. In his defense Perez said he drank too much at a church event and doesn’t remember what happened. 

The Catholic priest accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, DUI and providing liquor to a minor.  Perez’ church, St. Luke Catholic Church, is part of the Archdiocese of Portland which was the first Archdiocese to declare bankruptcy due to settlements on sexual abuses cases on more than 175 accusations.

Perez is a permanent legal resident whose residency can be revoked after serving his prison sentence and deported to Mexico.  He is now required to register as a sex offender. 

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Cuban Dissident Yoani Sanchez Calls for Unity Among Cubans

Cuban Dissident Yoani Sanchez Calls for Unity Among Cubans

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Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez on Monday issued a call to Cuban exiles to help forge a feeling of unity among all Cubans and to end the existence of “Fidel’s Cubans and Miami’s Cubans.”

“There is no you and us, there is only us. We won’t permit them to remain separate,” she said from Miami’s Freedom Tower, an emblematic site for Cubans who left the island after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

Now, 54 years later, the Cuban exile community received the 37-year-old Sanchez with shouts of “Libertad, libertad” (Freedom, freedom), although there was also a protest against her opposition to the U.S. embargo and her decision to return to Cuba once she has finished her current international tour.

Before a packed, standing-room-only hall, the blogger made an effort to extend her hand, avoid confrontation, seek agreement and express affection for the Cubans living abroad.

Attending the speech were local authorities, who received Sanchez as “a real freedom fighter,” in the words of Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College and the organizer of the event at which Sanchez was presented with an award.

“I’ve asked myself many times why we see the Cubans inside and outside the island as two irreconcilable worlds,” said Sanchez, who referred to those present as people who “have lived the sorrow of exile, who left in the majority of cases with only what they were wearing and said goodbye to relatives, many of whom they never saw again.”

“We won’t permit them to keep separating us,” said Sanchez, who asked all those present not to let anyone be able ever again to make a distinction “between one type of Cuban and another.”

“Help us to topple that wall, which in contrast to the one in Berlin is not concrete but (made) of lies, silences and bad intentions,” said Sanchez.

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Spanish Book Lovers Await LeaLA Book Fair in May

Spanish Book Lovers Await LeaLA Book Fair in May

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The Spanish Book Fair of Los Angeles, or LeaLA, the biggest competition of its kind in the United States, expects to attract close to 100,000 visitors for its third edition, to be held May 17-19, organizers said.

“In this, its third year, LeaLA expects to welcome more book lovers than in previous years,” Marisol Schulz, director of the event since it started in 2011 and who is now also director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, told Efe.

In its third year the fair will offer a “program of the highest quality and greatest diversity,” with more than 150 authors, 100 publishing houses and 200 sales booths,Schulz said.

Among the participants this year will be Mexican novelists Beatriz Rivas, Paco Ignacio and Benito Taibo, the winner of the Nuevas Letras Prize Daniel Krauze, and U.S. writers Maha Akhtar, Jose Luis Orozco and Francisco Hinojosa.

Also making an appearance at the fair will be such personalities as former Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jorge Castañeda, outstanding golfer Lorena Ochoa, and motivational speaker Cesar Lozano.

Random House, Penguin, Arte Publico Press, Lectorum, Planeta, Santillana, Fondo de Cultura Economica, SM, Urano, Roca Editorial, Grupo Nelson and Bridge Publications are among the publishers participating in the fair.

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Blog del Narco: Nine Dismembered Bodies in SUV Found in Tamaulipas, Mexico

Blog del Narco: Nine Dismembered Bodies in SUV Found in Tamaulipas, Mexico

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Nine bodies, the majority of them dismembered, were found inside an SUV with Texas tags in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, state officials said.

The grisly discovery was made Sunday night in the community of Santa Clara, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office and the Public Safety Secretariat said in a joint statement.

The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the United States.

Police received a tip from a caller that the bodies were inside a GMC Yukon SUV, the state agencies said.

“The remains of nine unidentified males, the majority of them dismembered, were found inside the vehicle,” the AG’s office and the secretariat said.

The bodies were taken to the morgue, where specialists will try to identify them.

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 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.

The grisly discovery was made Sunday night in the community of Santa Clara, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office and the Public Safety Secretariat said in a joint statement.

The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the United States.

Police received a tip from a caller that the bodies were inside a GMC Yukon SUV, the state agencies said.

“The remains of nine unidentified males, the majority of them dismembered, were found inside the vehicle,” the AG’s office and the secretariat said.

The bodies were taken to the morgue, where specialists will try to identify them.

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 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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Juanes’ Autobiography Will Include “a Tour of Obscure Memories”

Juanes’ Autobiography Will Include “a Tour of Obscure Memories”

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Touching stories about his beginnings, what influenced his music, the burden of fame, his relations with God and even the death of his father - Juanes’ first book is an intimate door to his life.

“I gave myself the job of writing and this was what came out - a tour of obscure memories” from 40 years in the life of this Colombian artist and compiled in “Chasing the Sun” (“Persiguiendo el Sol”), which hits bookstores on Tuesday in both English and Spanish.

In an interview with Efe, Juanes explains what it meant for him to sit down and write an autobiography, a task that took him around six months and which actually began as a book of photos for which he intended to write some explanatory captions and comments.

“It was a very special way to travel back to the beginning,” said Juanes, who, with the help of those photos, many of them never published, recalled “everything that affected me in a positive way.”

Writing this book “was an exercise that allowed me to tell a little about who I was and who I am today,” said Juan Esteban Aristizabal Vasquez, who has sold more than 16 million discs and who admits that his mind went blank the first time he sat down in front of his computer.

Six months later the book has been published, though he has no ambitions to be considered a writer. “This was a first-time exercise, I had never written so much altogether,” the winner of 19 Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammys said.

He speaks openly about how he felt at the death of his father, and even about the importance of religion in his life.

“I have a very personal interpretation of God,” he said, “and for me it’s essential to have faith. It’s very hard not to have it. Every time I have wandered away from that core belief, my life hasn’t worked and I learned that we don’t have to question everything.”

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FC Barcelona’s Vilanova Makes First Team Trip Since Cancer Treatment

FC Barcelona’s Vilanova Makes First Team Trip Since Cancer Treatment

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Coach Francesc “Tito” Vilanova traveled to Paris on Monday with FC Barcelona, making his first road trip with the squad since returning to Spain last week after a 10-week stay in New York to undergo treatment for throat cancer.

FC Barcelona will play Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in a Champions League quarterfinal.

The 44-year-old had not traveled with the team since mid-January and had his first contact with his players last Friday after spending a few days with his family following his return from New York.

Vilanova last attended a game on Jan. 19, when Barcelona was beaten 3-2 by San Sebastian.

The coach is being accompanied by his family and is not expected to be on the sideline on Tuesday.

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JUST IN:  North Korea to Reactivate All of Its Nuclear Facilities

JUST IN:  North Korea to Reactivate All of Its Nuclear Facilities

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North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, just announced that the government intends to reactivate all of its nuclear facilities.

The reactivation includes the controversial Yongbyon nuclear facility that had been shut down since 2007 as part of a global disarmament agreement.  The government cites its need for electricity and “military development” as the cause for the reactivation.

This announcement comes on the heals of war-like threats against the U.S. issued last week.  North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un recently issued warnings of a possible nuclear strike inside the U.S.

Experts believe this latest provocation is in reaction to the U.S. working with North Korea’s neighbor and nemesis South Korea.  The two countries are conducting joint military exercises, in case North Korea attacks its southern neighbor. 

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Lionel Messi Becomes First Player in History to Score Against All 19 League Teams

Lionel Messi Becomes First Player in History to Score Against All 19 League Teams

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Argentine soccer star and FC Barca player Lionel Messi has achieved another performance record by becoming the first player in league history to score at least one goal against every team.

La Liga is made up of 19 teams and the star forward has scored against each of them.  In his last 19 league games Messi, 25, scored 29 goals.  The last time he failed to score in a game was November 3, 2012.

This incredible feat comes on top of Messi winning a record fourth-straight Ballon d’Or.  In 2012 the Argentine scored a record-setting 91 goals surpassing the 1972 record set by Gerd Muller for 85 goals.

Messi apparently is unstoppable. 

The only place where Messi has dropped in rankings is in earnings.  Just last month England’s David Beckham pulled ahead of Messi to become the world’s highest-earning soccer player for 2012.

Messi came in with a 35 million euros paycheck ($45 million) versus 36 million euros ($46.6 million) for Beckham. 

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Cubans Top Choices for Emigrating: Boliva, Chile and Ecuador

Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile over the past 20 years have become new Latin American destinations for Cubans who decide to emigrate, the official weekly Trabajadores reported Monday.

The director of the Center for International Migration Studies in Cuba, Ileana Sorolla, said that currently Cuban migration in the region “is oriented toward those nations where the oldest historical settlements exist (Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Venezuela).”

“And in the past two decades Bolivia, Ecuador (and) Chile” have also been destinations for emigrating Cubans, she added in an interview with Trabajadores.

Sorolla emphasized that “today Cuban migration is, essentially, of an economic character, with labor, seasonal, family manifestations,” although she did not provide any figures.

Regarding the new immigration measures that entered into force on Jan. 14, she emphasized that “they benefit all Cubans.”

The immigration reform, one of the most popular measures put in place by President Raul Castro, put an end to the annoying procedures that the government had imposed on Cubans wanting to travel abroad.

Among other things, the reform eliminated the requirement for an exit permit, broadened from 11 to 24 months the time that Cubans may remain abroad and facilitated the temporary entry into the country of former emigrants, including some who “illegally” abandoned the island.

Sorolla warned that the reform was implemented at a time when “elements of aggression” on the part of the U.S. government exist, including the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act that permits Cubans who manage to reach U.S. soil to obtain permanent residence there.

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TuesdayApril 2, 2013