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TuesdayApril 9, 2013

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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LATINO BLOTTER: Times Square Cookie Monster Arrested for Pushing Child

LATINO BLOTTER: Times Square Cookie Monster Arrested for Pushing Child

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New York’s Times Square is often full of people dressed as various popular characters taking photos with tourists to make money from tips (they cannot legally be paid for the photo, but they can be “tipped” for them).

On Sunday, 33-year-old Osvaldo Quirez-Lopez was dressed as Cookie Monster when he picked up and posed for a photo with a two-year-old boy.

When the boy’s mother, Bollywood actress Parmita Kurada (Katkar) and Miss India Asia Pacific 2003, said she did not have money to tip him she sent her husband to get money from an ATM. Annoyed by the delay, Quirez-Lopez shoved the child and said they were wasting his time.

Kurada’s husband called police after returning to a chaotic scene of Kurada arguing with Quirez-Lopez who allegedly called her a bitch and her son a bastard.

Quirez-Lopez was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggressive begging. On Monday, a Manhattan judge set his bail at $1,000.

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Goya, Beech-Nut Launch Latin-Flavored Baby Food

Goya, Beech-Nut Launch Latin-Flavored Baby Food

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Beech-Nut Nutrition and Goya Foods, Inc. have forged an unprecedented partnership to launch a new line of authentic Hispanic flavored baby foods made with Hispanic moms in mind.  The joint announcement was made today by Beech-Nut President Jeff Boutelle and Bob Unanue , President of Goya Foods.

“Our research shows that Hispanic moms have been waiting for just such an offering, which combines the authentic, traditional Latin flavors Goya is famous for with Beech-Nut’s nutritious, natural ingredients free of preservatives,” said Mr. Boutelle. “Our products are as close as possible to home-made, and that’s very important to Hispanic families.”

“The Beech-Nut/Goya line of baby food offers mom the best of both worlds,” Mr. Unanue said. “Hispanic moms, influenced by their abuelitas, oftentimes believe that healthy, traditional baby food can only be made at home using fresh ingredients. Their challenge is that they simply don’t have the time to cook from scratch the way their grandmothers did, and that’s where Beech-Nut/Goya comes in:  Our new line of baby food is the perfect union that bridges Hispanic mothers’ desire for healthy, traditional baby food with their need for convenience and nutrition in today’s hectic world.”

Mr. Unanue added that Goya’s partnership with Beech-Nut forms part of the company’s continued commitment to nutrition and support for the My Plate/ Mi Plato nutritional initiative launched by the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, last year.

Why the emphasis on Latin-flavored baby food? Mr. Boutelle explained that “one fourth of all births in America today are to Hispanics, so that any company hoping to grow their business must take their needs and tastes into account.” He added that because Hispanic families are also larger than non-Hispanic families, their purchase of baby food is 15 per cent higher than for other demographics.

That said, a study recently commissioned by Beech-Nut revealed that two thirds of Hispanic moms are not satisfied with the choices they presently find in baby food, and wish there were more appropriate flavors from which to choose. The new Beech-Nut/Goya brand offers them 22 specially developed Latin flavors and combinations that support a baby’s oral development through the feeding cycle, 19 of which are eligible for WIC.

The full line includes everything from wheat, corn, oatmeal/bananas and rice/mango cereals, to Stage 1® beef and chicken with broth, and Stage 2® jarred baby food in the following flavors:  Guava, Mango, Apple Mango, Banana Strawberry, Peach Mango, Squash, Banana Pear, Apple Guava, Banana Peach, Carrots & Peas, Carrots Corn, Pear Guava, and a Vegetable Medley with Sweet Potato, Carrots & Squash. In the Stage 2 ½® category with increased texture, the offerings are banana/apple/plum, pear/apricot and rice pudding with raisins.

The new Beech-Nut/Goya line is expected to be available in stores throughout the country by the end of June. 

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12,000 Year-old Intact Giant Mammoth Uncovered Near Mexico City

12,000 Year-old Intact Giant Mammoth Uncovered Near Mexico City

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Mexican archaeologists associated with the country’s National Institute of Anthrolopology and History have uncovered the intact skeleton remains of a giant mammoth.

The discovery was made near Mexico City in the town of Santa Ana Tlacotenco.  The giant mammoth, which is nearly uncovered, is thought to have existed some 10,000-to-14,000 thousand years ago.  This mammoth is estimated to have weighted 10 tons and be 17 feet tall. 

The skeleton was found in what was once a ditch; it is believed the mammoth fell in after experiencing a volcanic eruption.  Mexican experts do not believe their find is the fabled woolly mammoth but rather a ‘Mammuthus columbi’.  The ‘mammuthus’ is an extinct species of elephants that lived in Texas and Mexico where they were very common thousands of years ago.

The skeletal remains have stayed in tact in great part to the mammoth being buried in hot ash until its discovery in March. 

Last year the well-preserved skeletal remains of a mammoth that lived between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago were discovered in the central Mexican state of Queretaro.

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Did You Get Your Free Ben & Jerry’s Cone? Time’s Running Out

Did You Get Your Free Ben & Jerry’s Cone? Time’s Running Out

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You only have a few hours left to get your free Ben & Jerry Cone before its annual ‘Free Cone Day’ ends.  This 34-year-old tradition expires at 8pm local time – SO GET GOING.

This annual treat is so popular amongst the ice cream makers fans that they crashed the site today trying to find the nearest Ben & Jerry’s. 

To find your nearest Ben & Jerry’s click here.

Participating locations are giving away one free cone per customer.  Apparently all flavors are available which hasn’t always been the case.  So try a Cherry Garcia, Dulce Delish, or Mango Mango if you are in the mood for a Latin flavored ice cream.

The founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield started the ‘Free Cone Day’ as a thank you to their fans on their first anniversary of being in business in 1979. 
 

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Dad Accused of Kidnapping Sons Apparently in Cuba Where There’s No Extradition

Dad Accused of Kidnapping Sons Apparently in Cuba Where There’s No Extradition

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The two boys snatched last week by their parents from the Florida home of their grandmother - who had custody of the kids - may be in Cuba with their mother and father.

Chase, 2, and 4-year-old Cole Hakken were abducted last week and it is believed that their parents took them to Cuba, but “we’re not sure nor can we confirm” if they are there now, a source within the sheriff’s office in Hillsborough County, on the Florida Gulf Coast, told Efe.

However, CNN reported on Tuesday that it spotted the family boat, Salty, at the Hemingway Marina in Havana and spoke with a man who identified himself as Joshua Hakken - the father’s name - but did not want to make any remarks.

The network also reported seeing a boy playing in the aft section of the boat.

The boys were taken from the house of their maternal grandmother by their 36-year-old father, although also a suspect in the abduction is his wife, Sharyn, 35, who is believed to have been waiting outside the home.

Upon learning of the abduction, Louisiana authorities made public details of the parents’ descriptions and the reasons why the kids had been removed from their custody last year.

Louisiana officials said that in June 2012 police responded to a complaint that the couple was making too much racket in a Louisiana hotel room, where the children were and where later drugs and weapons were found.

Josh Hakken was arrested and Louisiana authorities temporarily took custody of the boys, but after a time, officials decided to give their maternal grandmother, a Florida resident, custody.

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Mark Consuelos Surprises NYC Nurses with Free Trips from Westin Hotels

Mark Consuelos Surprises NYC Nurses with Free Trips from Westin Hotels

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Mark Consuelos surprised more than 200 nurses at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC on Monday with a getaway weekends to any Westin location.

The nurses were praised for their hard work and the care they gave to those injured and displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

‘These dedicated working people are seen as inspirational and deserving figures by the executives and professionals who are loyal to our brand,’ Bob Jacobs, Westin’s vp of brand management, told AdWeek. ‘A free weekend stay reinforces our campaign message that everyone deserves a chance to relax and rejuvenate.’

Throughout the month of April, Westin will surprise three organizations on three consecutive Mondays with Westin Weekend getaways, Heavenly Beds and more. The new weekend offering is now available at all Westin Hotels & Resorts around the world.

The surprise getaways also served to help launch the $7.5 million multimedia campaign for Westin’s new “Make Monday Better” service.

The new, dedicated weekend program gives guests more flexibility and time to make the most out of their weekend getaway. Westin now invites guests to personalize their weekend experience at any of the brand’s 193 hotels and resorts around the world with 3pm Sunday check-out, extended breakfast hours all weekend and more.

“Our research shows consumers are craving more leisure time but taking less and less vacation so we wanted to develop a dedicated program that makes taking a well-deserved weekend break seamless and stress free,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. “Westin Weekends is designed to help our guests get the most out of their weekend with late check-out and special, instinctive programming that makes it easy to plan the perfect, personalized getaway. And, we are thrilled to kick-off this new program by giving back to hundreds of members of the community who truly deserve a great weekend getaway.”

Westin will continue its gifting spree on April 15 and 22, as the brand surprises those truly deserving of a better Monday, including volunteer firefighters in Los Angeles and teachers at high-risk schools in New York.

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Upcoming Mexico Tourism Campaign to Include Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

Upcoming Mexico Tourism Campaign to Include Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

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A tourism campaign for the Caribbean island of Cozumel will feature the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, thanks to an agreement between the NFL team and Mexican tourism officials, a team representative said.

The photographs being used in the campaign were taken around Cozumel for the squad’s 2014 calendar, which is expected to sell more than 200,000 copies, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Kelli Finglass said.

The images will be used for ads in magazines that cover American football and television spots aimed at the NFL team’s fans.

“This is the best place we have been. It is not the first time, but it’s not going to be the last time we come to Cozumel because it’s a place you have to see,” Finglass said.

About $300,000 was spent to cover the cheerleading squad’s transportation costs, Quintana Roo Gov. Roberto Borge said.

Hoteliers provided lodging for the more than 60 people who spent a week visiting the island’s best known attractions for photo shoots.

Promotional campaigns like this are expected to help increase the percentage of tourists who return to Cozumel, Quintana Roo Tourism Secretary Juan Carlos Gonzalez said.

“As of now, 43 percent of tourists who visit Cozumel return to visit us and we believe that these types of campaigns will help us increase that figure,” Gonzalez said.

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Amanda Bynes: From Child Star to Chola Mess?

Amanda Bynes: From Child Star to Chola Mess?

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Okay, so Amanda Bynes, 26, has been all over every gossip magazines and websites for months now due to her bizarre behavior and just drastic change in appearance (she also keeps threatening to sue everyone), but her latest Twitpic has us wondering…is Amanda Bynes goin’ chola?

While just about everyone has seen Bynes’ new look, we can’t help but notice she’s looking more and more like a chola—if cholas hung out with Ke$ha all night long.

We’ve collected a few photos of the former child star. What do you think?

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And just as a reminder—here’s what she used to look like.

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Newborn Deaths in Brazil Tied to Bacteria, Hygiene in Question at Hospitals

Newborn Deaths in Brazil Tied to Bacteria, Hygiene in Question at Hospitals

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Health authorities in the Brazilian capital reported Tuesday the death of a baby in hospital, apparently from a bacteria suspected of causing the deaths of another five newborns in the past 12 days.

The deaths have taken place since March 28 at the Regional Hospital in the Brasilia suburb of Ceilandia, and doctors suspect that all were caused by the Serratia bacteria.

In every case the fatality was an infant just hours or days old, as occurred Tuesday with a child born last Sunday and who died in circumstances similar to the previous ones.

Another two babies are under observation out of concern that they might also have been infected from causes still not established.

Serratia is a bacillus that grows in liquids and on damp surfaces and that can cause illnesses ranging from conjunctivitis to serious liver and urinary-tract infections.

The Brasilia Health Secretariat said Tuesday that health experts have begun investigating Ceilandia Regional Hospital to check on its hygienic conditions and determine how the bacteria developed in those facilities.

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‘Gang of Eight’ Set to Unveil Immigration Bill as Early as Thursday

‘Gang of Eight’ Set to Unveil Immigration Bill as Early as Thursday

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The bi-partisan Senate committee working on comprehensive immigration reform, dubbed the ‘Gang of Eight’, appear ready to present a bill as early as Thursday.

Senate sources, according to The Hill, want to present the bill before the week-end and feel they have made enough progress on key issues to move forward. 

The group apparently has finalized an agreement on issues related to immigration including a “path to citizenship’ to the number of work visas for agricultural workers to border security.

The group of Senators includes: Sen. Michael Benner, (D-CO),  Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-IL), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). 

This announcement comes right after Cuban-American Senator Rubio urged for public hearings and a cautious and slow approach to immigration reform. 

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After Botching her Lipo, Veterinarian Chops Up Wife, Cremates Remains

After Botching her Lipo, Veterinarian Chops Up Wife, Cremates Remains

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An Argentine veterinarian living in Spain is accused of chopping up his dead wife after she died as a result of a botched liposuction procedure he performed.

Identified only as MG, the veterinarian allegedly panicked after the DIY liposuction on March 28 went wrong and his wife died om his operating table. According to Spanish media, MG, 46, cut his wife, 45, up and took the wrapped pieces to a pet crematorium disguised as a large dog. The crematorium, believing MG had brought in a routine animal carcass to dispose of, cremated his wife’s remains and gave him the ashes, which he kept in an urn.

The couple’s children, the oldest a 19-year-old boy, continuously asked where there mother and the veterinarian finally confessed.

At the urging of his children, MG confessed to police what he claims was an accidental death on April 4. He also gave them his wife’s ashes.

MG had his own clinic, the Pet Care Veterinary Clinic in Benijofar, Spain.

Police say they are still investigating but forensic tests cannot be performed on the ashes to determine a cause of death. MG initially claimed he found his wife dead from an overdose and was unable to revive, but later admitted she died after the DIY lipo.

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Spanish Author and National Prize for Literature Winner Jose Luis Sampedro Dies

Spanish Author and National Prize for Literature Winner Jose Luis Sampedro Dies

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Spanish writer, economist and academic Jose Luis Sampedro died in Madrid, his family told Efe on Tuesday. He was 96.

He passed away in the wee hours of Monday.

Respecting the author’s express wishes, news of his death was not announced until Tuesday because Sampedro wanted to go “in a simple way and without publicity,” according to his widow Olga Lucas, whom he married in 2003.

The writer of “La Sonrisa Etrusca” (The Etruscan Smile) and “La Sombra de los Dias” (The Shadow of Days), and one of the most active critics of the current social and economic situation, will be cremated Tuesday at La Almudena Cemetery in the strictest intimacy.

Sampedro’s death signifies the loss of one of Spain’s moral guideposts in the last half of the 20th century.

In recent times his voice had joined that of the “indignados” in defense of another economic and social model, along the lines of French diplomat and World War II resistance fighter Stephane Hessel and his famous essay, “Time for Outrage!”

Professor Sampedro’s humanist concept inspired such literary works as “El Rio que Nos Lleva” (The River that Carries Us), “La Sombra de los Dias,” and El Mercado y la Globalizacion” (The Market and Globalization), while also winning him the 2011 National Prize for Literature.

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JUST IN:  Stabbing Violence Comes to Lone Star College, 12 Reportedly Hurt

JUST IN:  Stabbing Violence Comes to Lone Star College, 12 Reportedly Hurt

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Houston authorities are reporting a lock down situation at the Lone Star College Cy-Fair campus where 12 to 14 people were randomly stabbed.  Two suspects were implicated in the attack one has been captured and the other suspect remains at large.

Several area hospitals including Memorial Hermann Hospital and North Cypress Medical Center have reported receiving victims.  At least one of the victims is described in critical condition.

It is believed that 5 victims were stabbed in the Health Science Center building located on the 200-acre complex.  The school curriculum is focused on health care, nursing and emergency training careers.

Lone Star College-Cy Fair is one of five colleges in the Lone Star College system located near Houston, Texas.  Just last month a shooting incident at the Lone Star College complex left 4 injured.

This is a developing story.

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Edgar Ramirez Joins Robert de Niro on Pic About Boxer Roberto Duran

Edgar Ramirez Joins Robert de Niro on Pic About Boxer Roberto Duran

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The movie about Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran, “Hands of Stone” has just added Edgar Ramirez who will join the cast of Robert de Niro and Usher.

Ramirez will play the fighter while De Niro will play the role of Ray Arcel, Duran’s trainer.  Reportedly pop singer Usher plays Sugar Ray Leonard.  The movie, written and directed by Venezuelan Jonathan Jakubowicz, will tell of Duran’s role in boxings “Golden Era”. 

The film was originally slated to be filmed in Puerto Rico but will now be filmed in Panama starting in September.  Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was first reported to have the lead in the film is no longer involved with the project. Ramirez is a Venezuelan actor most recently seen in ‘Wrath of the Titans’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and will play the lead in ‘Libertador’ - a movie about Simon Boliar.

Duran who spent most of his life as a lightweight had a 119-103-16 record during his career that ended inexplicably in front of millions when he yelled the legendary words “No Mas” when fighting his long-term nemesis Leonard.

The boxing great officially retired in 2001; was inducted in the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 and lives a quiet life with family and friends. 

Duran’s son Robin Duran serves as Associate Producer of the film.

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Hoping to Boost Economy, Guatemala Increasing Tourism Advertising

Hoping to Boost Economy, Guatemala Increasing Tourism Advertising

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The Guatemalan Tourism Institute, or Inguat, will increase advertising the country as a destination for foreign visitors with the aim of boosting the economy.

The markets of the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as El Salvador and Honduras, are the primary areas for promoting Guatemala as a vacation destination, Inguat director Pedro Duchez told reporters.

The tourism plan for 2013 includes strengthening different tourist sites and positioning the Central American country “online” since 95 percent of the travel decisions made - or booked - by prospective tourists are done via the Internet.

Convention tourism, cruise ship stops, adventure tourism, ecotourism and sports are some of the market segments Guatemala will push to attract foreigners.

To that can be added medical tourism because, given Guatemala’s geographical position and the low cost of such services, the country one of the most attractive in Latin America in that area.

Guatemala’s main attractions, however, continue to be the archaeological centers of the Maya culture, as well as the colonial city of Antigua and lovely Lake Atitlan.

The tourism industry, in the opinion of Economy Minister Sergio de la Torre, is one of the country’s development pillars since it is the third-largest source of hard currency, behind exports and remittances from emigrants.

According to government statistics, tourism generated $1.42 billion for Guatemala last year, 5.1 percent more than in 2011.

For 2013, authorities estimate that tourism will provide as much as 2.5 percent more in earnings than last year.

This year, Inguat will allocate at least $4 million with the aim of strengthening the tourism promotional campaign.

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Contemporary Artist Juliáo Sarmento Brings His Art to Mexico

Contemporary Artist Juliáo Sarmento Brings His Art to Mexico

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Portuguese artist Julião Sarmento is having his first exhibition in Mexico, where nearly 50 works will give visitors a look at the work of one of the world’s most important contemporary artists.

“He is an artist of extreme quality, a true ‘rara avis’ on the contemporary art scene. This work is paradigmatic for contemporary international art because of its specificity, because of its absolute discourse from the standpoint of authorship,” curator Carlos Palacios told Efe.

The exhibition, titled “Una forma extrema de privacidad” (An Extreme Form of Privacy), opens Tuesday at the Arte Carrillo Gil museum.

The show features 47 works from the past 20 years, with performance works, graphics, paintings, sculptures and videos among the offerings.

Palacios’s selection of the 47 works was praised by the artist.

“It is a personal view and an exquisite one about my work,” Sarmento, who was born in Lisbon in 1948, told Efe while putting the finishing touches on the exhibition in Mexico City.

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Dominican Republic Hosts First Soberano Awards Honoring Local Talent Featuring Prince Royce

Dominican Republic Hosts First Soberano Awards Honoring Local Talent Featuring Prince Royce

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The Dominican Republic stages Tuesday the first Soberano Awards gala, an event that honors local art and show business, and which will feature performances by the Mexican duo Jesse & Joy, Venezuelan Ricardo Montaner, Puerto Rico’s Don Omar, and the Dominican Prince Royce.

The Soberanos replace the Casandra Awards, on which the curtain rang down forever last year due to a conflict between the descendents of the one-time songstress and dancer Casandra Damiron and the event’s organizers.

The new ceremony will also feature performances by Dominican merengue stars Toño Rosario and Los Rosario, bachata artist Anthony Santos and the Dominican-Mexican duo Tercer Cielo, the organizers said Tuesday.

The showbiz reporters association Acroarte, which organizes the Soberano Awards, will give special recognition to Montaner and to the Dominican singer with the prodigious voice and a 40-year career in showbiz, Luchy Vicioso.

The event, to he held at the Eduardo Brito National Theater in Santo Domingo, will also have onstage local salsa artists Yiyo Sarante, Sexappeal, David Kada and Victor Wail, and the performers of urban music Carlitos Way and Crazy Design, popularly known as the Teke Teke.

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Criminal Suspect Burnt and Lynched By Mob in Chiapas, Mexico

Criminal Suspect Burnt and Lynched By Mob in Chiapas, Mexico

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A man was beaten and set on fire by a mob for allegedly robbing a taxi outside San Juan Chamula, a city in southeastern Mexico, prosecutors said.

The incident occurred Sunday night in the Tzotzil Indian community of Bechijtic, located about five kilometers (3.1 miles) from San Cristobal de Las Casas, the Chiapas state Attorney General’s Office said.

The suspected criminal “lost his life as a result of the wounds caused by blunt objects and burns all over his body,” the AG’s office said in a statement.

Three subjects robbed and beat a taxi driver in Bechijtic around 8:45 p.m. Sunday and fled the scene, investigators said.

The taxi driver asked residents for help and a mob chased the three men, capturing one of the subjects.

The man was taken to the community, where the mob attacked him and set him on fire, the AG’s office said.

Investigators are trying to identify the assailants, the AG’s office said.

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VENEZUELA: 900 Weapons Seized from Prisoners

VENEZUELA: 900 Weapons Seized from Prisoners

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Searches of Venezuela’s prisons have led to the seizure of 900 weapons since July 2011, penal system Minister Iris Varela said Monday.

Authorities have also arrested soldiers and police who were collaborating with “mafias that operate with less and less power” in the country’s jails, Varela said before the ministers of defense, Adm. Diego Morelo, and of the interior, Gen. Nestor Reverol.

Varela made the statement on the occasion of 679 guns being destroyed together with other arms confiscated from criminals.

The rest of the weapons found among the inmates, including two air force rifles, stolen from a prison guard in an attack, were either returned or make up part of the evidence in court cases currently in progress, the minister said.

Morelo said that 300,114 arms seized in different criminal acts between 2003 and 2012 have been destroyed.

“We’re headed toward a Venezuela free of guns, toward peace, and that’s why we keep calling on the country” to cooperate, Reverol said, adding that officials are devising a program of incentives to persuade people to voluntarily hand over their guns.

Venezuela suffers a chronic prison crisis with constant riots and a situation totally out of control in some of the nation’s penitentiaries.

Figures from the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory show that at least 591 inmates died and another 1,132 were wounded in 2012 from prison violence.

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Peru Helicopter Crash Over Jungle Leaves 13 Dead

Peru Helicopter Crash Over Jungle Leaves 13 Dead

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The 13 people who were traveling in a helicopter that crashed on the weekend in the jungle region of Loreto, in northeastern Peru, are dead, the French oil company Perenco confirmed Monday.

The helicopter - which was carrying four crew members and nine passengers, one of them a Perenco worker and the rest belonging to contract firms - was flying from the Amazon city of Iquitos to the company’s Lot 67 drilling zone when it crashed in an area extremely difficult to access.

In a communique, the company said that the relatives of the victims had been informed of their loved ones’ deaths.

Perenco executive director Jean-Michel Jacoulot said that “a full investigation is under way with the aim of understanding the cause of this terrible accident.”

Personnel from the air force and the Public Ministry are now in the area where the crash occurred to recover the bodies.

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Mexican Singer-Songwriter Reyli Preparing Romantic Album

Mexican Singer-Songwriter Reyli Preparing Romantic Album

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Reyli, the Mexican singer-songwriter who popularized songs sung with Miguel Bose and Joan Sebastian, is preparing a new album with a romantic theme that will hit the market this summer.

“I’m working on a new record of 11 unreleased numbers. They’re songs of love and lack of love for those who are on the point of slitting their wrists, but we’re going to give them a little music about what, at times, we like or what pains us in our souls to hear,” said Reyli in an interview with Efe.

“I’m writing all the songs and we’ve moved forward about 80 percent on the production work, and so I think that at the end of the summer we’re going to release the first musical cut to offer our fans a little taste of everything that will come out on the album,” he said.

In 2011, Reyli released “Bien Acompañado,” an album of duets with famous singers like Bose, with whom he recorded “Amor del bueno,” Joan Sebastian, Yuridia, Vicente Fernandez, Pepe Aguilar, Diego Torres, Camila and Miguel Rios, among others.

“Since I released ‘Bien Acompañado’ I’ve been so busy on tours that I haven’t had time to devote myself to working on a new album; but this year I had to stop the performances in January to dedicate myself to the new album,” said the writer of Beyonce’s number “Amor Gitano.”

Reyli said that he still doesn’t know what he’s going to call the new album, for which he wrote 25 songs and selected the 11 that are the ones he feels his fans will enjoy the most.

Reyli Barba Arrocha, who is known in the music world simply as Reyli, was born in Ciudad Juarez, where as a boy he learned to sing and write songs, like his first one - “Cancion al caballo blanco” - inspired by one of the horses on his parents’ ranch.

“Thank God, I’ve received the blessings of many artists who seek me out so I will write songs for them,” said the artist who has composed numbers for Thalia (“Enseñame a vivir”) and Conjunto Primavera (“Te llore”), among others.

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Will Messi Return for Match with Paris Saint-Germain?

Will Messi Return for Match with Paris Saint-Germain?

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Striker Lionel Messi worked out Monday at FC Barcelona’s practice facility, but the club remained mum on whether the Argentine phenom will be a starter or a substitute for this week’s Champions League quarterfinal with Paris Saint-Germain.

To the dismay of Barça fans, it is also possible Messi will not recover from the pulled hamstring he suffered in last week’s first leg with PSG in time for Wednesday’s decisive contest here at Camp Nou.

It was Messi’s second workout since the injury, which came minutes after he scored the first goal in Barcelona’s 2-2 tie with PSG in the French capital.

The team has two additional practices scheduled before the match, including a session Tuesday afternoon that will be open to the press and public.

The final decision on Messi’s fitness for the second-leg will come after a match-day workout set for 12:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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TuesdayApril 9, 2013