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WednesdayApril 10, 2013

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Apply For Southwest, HACU’s Education Travel Program

Apply For Southwest, HACU’s Education Travel Program

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Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), today announced that they are accepting applications for their annual “Lanzate! / Take Off!” education travel award program. 

Online applications will be accepted through May 15, 2013, at www.hacu.net. The program is geared toward Hispanic college students with economic need who travel away from home to pursue higher education.  All applicants must complete an online application including an essay describing their inspiration to pursue a college degree. 

A panel of judges comprised of college professors and education advocates from across the nation will gather this summer to select the 2013 travel award recipients.  To view the criteria for the 2013 award program, please visit: SWAmedia.  Each student that receives and award will be eligible for up to four tickets for use by the student and/or a family member traveling to/from the university.

“Southwest Airlines is excited to, once again, work with HACU to impact the lives of students throughout the country.  In our ninth year of the Lanzate! travel award program, we have heard the inspirational stories of students who are giving it their all to achieve their educational dreams,” said Christine Ortega , Southwest Airlines Manager of Community Affairs & Grassroots.  “By providing these students the opportunity to stay connected with their families through roundtrip travel on Southwest Airlines, we are breaking down a barrier that could keep them from making those dreams a reality.”

More than 1,000 Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets have been awarded to students across the nation since the program’s inception in 2005.

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Javier Bardem Lands Leading Role in Brother’s Book-Turned-Movie

Javier Bardem Lands Leading Role in Brother’s Book-Turned-Movie

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After portraying the most twisted villain in the history of the James Bond franchise, Javier Bardem plays a neo-Nazi in “Alacran enamorado” (“Scorpion in Love”), a film based on the novel of the same name by his older brother Carlos.

“I fixed on several people to compose the tone and appearance of Solis,” the Oscar-winning actor said at a press conference in Madrid with the rest of the team behind the film, which opens in Spain this Friday.

The cast includes Carlos Bardem, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Santiago Zannou, and Alex Gonzalez as Julian, a.k.a. the Scorpion, member of a violent neo-Nazi group led by Solis.

Set in contemporary Spain, the story follows Julian’s transformation under the tutelage of boxing coach Carlomonte (Carlos Bardem).

The angry young fascist “becomes the man he wants to be,” in Gonzalez’s words, and falls in love with Alyssa, a mixed-race Latin American immigrant portrayed by Judith Diakhate.

“All the boxing in the film is genuine,” Carlos Bardem said, adding that the movie uses the ring as a “metaphor for life: it doesn’t matter that they knock you down, you get up to keep fighting.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Eugene Maraventano Kills Wife and Son on Fears He Gave Them HIV

LATINO BLOTTER: Eugene Maraventano Kills Wife and Son on Fears He Gave Them HIV

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64-year-old Eugene Maraventano thought his years of enjoying prostitutes had caught up with him when his wife became ill.  When wife Janet became ill and cancer was ruled out Maraventano was convinced it was HIV.

The Arizona man then killed his wife by stabbing her to death while she slept.  Maraventano also murdered the couple’s 27-year-old son, Bryan, that lived with the couple.  He described his son as ‘mentally disabled’,  incapable of living without his parents and never having had a girlfriend.

Over the next four days Maraventano staged several unsuccessful suicide attempts while the two family members corpses laid in the house.  On Saturday he called authorities and told them what he had done. 

A suicide note was recovered in the Goodyear, Arizona house.  Maraventano was treated at a hospital for injuries suffered during his suicide attempts and is now in jail on a $2 million bond.

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FC Barcelona Heads to Champions League Semifinals

FC Barcelona Heads to Champions League Semifinals

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FC Barcelona had a tougher time than expected Wednesday with Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal and had to turn to a limping Lionel Messi to secure a spot in the semis.

The Argentine super-striker, still recovering from the pulled hamstring he suffered in last week’s first leg, began the match on the bench.

With two away goals in the bank after the earlier 2-2 clash in Paris, Barça needed only to keep PSG off the scoreboard to be sure of advancing to the semifinals for the sixth consecutive time.

The home side began well, but managed to generate only three chances in the entire first half as the visitors poured on the pressure.

Barça was relieved to reach the intermission with the score still knotted at zero, though the relief wouldn’t last very long, as PSG took a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the second half on a goal by Javier Pastore.

Messi then cast a sidelong glance at coach Tito Vilanova, looking for a signal that he should get ready to take the field, and the more than 96,000 people packed into Camp Nou went crazy as the Argentine started warming up on the sideline.

Even at less than 100 percent, the world’s best soccer player was still capable of galvanizing his teammates.

A ball from Messi meant for David Villa ended up on the foot of Pedro, whose volley rocketed past PSG goalkeeper Sirigu to make it 1-1 for the match and 3-3 on aggregate, allowing Barça to claim the semifinal berth thanks to the two goals in Paris.

Wednesday’s other quarterfinal provided a lot less drama.

Bayern Munich, having already won the first leg at home 2-0, inflicted another 2-0 defeat on Juventus in Turin.

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund both advanced on Tuesday, setting up an all-Spain-Germany semifinal.

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Mexican Journalist’s Killer Gets 38 Years in Prison

Mexican Journalist’s Killer Gets 38 Years in Prison

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The man convicted of killing Mexican journalist Regina Martinez has been sentenced to 38 years and two months in prison by a judge in the Gulf state of Veracruz.

Jorge Antonio Hernandez Silva will also have to pay a fine of 17,724 pesos ($1,461) and 81,473 pesos ($6,716) in restitution.

Regina Martinez was beaten and strangled in her house in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz, on April 27, 2012.

All the evidence pointed to Hernandez Silva being involved in the killing of Martinez, Proceso magazine’s correspondent in Veracruz, the judge ruled.

Nine journalists have been murdered in Veracruz since December 2010, when Javier Duarte, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, became governor.

Photojournalists Gabriel Huge, Esteban Rodriguez and Guillermo Luna were killed on May 3, 2012, in the port city of Veracruz.

Journalists Noel Lopez Olguin, Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz, Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco and Misael Lopez Solana were murdered in 2011.

Fourteen journalists were murdered during the 2006-2012 administration of President Felipe Calderon, the Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said in a recent report.

A total of 82 journalists have been murdered and 18 others have been reported missing since 2005 in Mexico, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said in a report released in December.

Some 658 complaints were received from members of the news media from Jan. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2012, the rights body said.

An International Press Institute, or IPI, and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, delegation visited Mexico in February and called for more protection for journalists.

Both the IPI and Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, ranked Mexico as the fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2012, trailing only Syria, Somalia and Pakistan.

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Check Out the Official Video for Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack”

Check Out the Official Video for Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack”

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Demi Lovato needs to see a doctor ‘cause she’s about to have a heart attack!!

On Tuesday, the official video for Demi’s latest single “Heart Attack” was released and Ms. Lovato brings the power.

Prior to the video’s release, Demi spoke on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, saying the song is about letting yourself be vulnerable, “...and when you open up your heart to somebody it’s a risk, and this song is about taking that risk.”

The singer’s new album Demi is scheduled for release in May.

Check out the video for “Heart Attack here.

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Designer Carolina Herrera Opens First Store in Tokyo, Japan

Designer Carolina Herrera Opens First Store in Tokyo, Japan

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Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera entered the Japanese luxury retail market on Wednesday, opening her first store in the Asian nation.

Herrera’s new boutique in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district is part of an ambitious expansion of her brand in Asia.

The three-story boutique is similar to the others operated by the New York design house around the world, with wood and leather dominating the decor.

The Tokyo boutique, however, incorporates Japanese elements, such as sculptures, lamps and cloth wall coverings.

“It’s like if it was Carolina Herrera’s house or apartment in Tokyo. That’s the idea behind this new store,” a spokesman for the design house told Efe.

The New York fashion house has stores in Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul.

Carolina Herrera plans to open boutiques in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in the next few months.

The Carolina Herrera boutique in Tokyo’s Ginza district, one of the most upscale retail districts in the world, is offering 2013 spring/summer collections for men and women inspired by the 1950s and 1960s, as well as accessories and luggage.

“The Japanese are very sophisticated, they know fashion and appreciate quality,” the Carolina Herrera spokesman said.

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Nate Berkus Gets Engaged at Machu Picchu – Peru

Nate Berkus Gets Engaged at Machu Picchu – Peru

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Interior designer and Oprah pal Nate Berkus chose the 15th century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to propose to his boy friend of nearly 9 months, Jeremiah Brent. 

The Chicago native and former host of ‘The Nate Berkus Show’ tweeted the engagement announcement along with an Instagram photo of the couple using the site as a backdrop.  Machu Picchu is located some 7,900 feet above sea level and is on the UN’s list of World Heritage sites.

Berkus, 41, was discovered on the Oprah Show and has parlayed his design talents into an empire that includes a furnishings line, books and a multi-faceted design firm. 

Brent is also involved in the world of interior design as a member of Team Zoe, affiliated with Rachel Zoe.  Jeremiah has worked with numerous celebrity clients, designing everything from home interiors to multi-million dollar nightclubs.

To many Peruvians Machu Picchu is a sacred religious site because it housed the Incan emperor.  The relationship between Berkus and Brent is considered blessed for the ages.

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Blog del Narco: Criminals Break Into A.G.‘s Office to Steal Vehicles and Credit Card DuplicatorVIDEO

Blog del Narco: Criminals Break Into A.G.‘s Office to Steal Vehicles and Credit Card DuplicatorVIDEO

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An armed group of bandits stormed a storage yard of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), in the city of Chihuahua. Thieves took two Humvees and equipment to clone credit cards.

The complaint filed by federal employees and two private guards, who were at the facility stated that at least three heavily armed men stormed the yard, and immediately covered their faces with black hoods. The men were left also tied up in their office.

In addition to vehicles the thieves also stole sophisticated office equipment to clone credit cards for documentation fraud. The robbery occurred early Monday.

The goods seized in Chihuahua where being stored at the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Administration and Property Disposal (SAE).

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Woman Shares Her Story of Border Crossing, Living as an Undocumented Immigrant

Woman Shares Her Story of Border Crossing, Living as an Undocumented Immigrant

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Odilia Chavez crossed the U.S.-Mexican border secretly so many times that she could have left her job and become a “coyote,” as people smugglers are known, but neither she nor her son - also undocumented - wanted to live on the margins of the law.

Hers is one more case among those who come up against the foundering immigration system in the United States, where 11 million people live without papers.

Odilia was 26 when in April 1999 she set out, along with other Mexican migrants, to traverse on foot the heavily traveled route through the Arizona desert, a journey she made without her then-4-year-old son, who remained in the care of his grandmother.

She made it to California to work in the fields and earn what she couldn’t earn working three jobs in Mexico, But the money left her feeling incomplete, her son was far away, and she spent part of her earnings to return to her homeland for Christmas.

“I went to see him for four consecutive years,” she told Efe.

That separation ended in 2004, when Odilia returned to Mexico determined to bring her son back to the United States with her.

“We crossed Mexico in a bus to Sonoyta (the state of Sonora, bordering Arizona),” Jose Eduardo, now 19, said.

“We walked for three nights. It was unbearably cold and I got sick of eating only flour tortillas with chili, vinegar and mayonnaise. The Border Patrol detained us and sent us to Nogales (Sonora), but three weeks later we tried it again,” he said.

On that second attempt, the coyote took them by a longer route and the migrants made it safely across the border.

“I knew the risks but I wanted to be with him. I took a risk and it was worth it. Now he’s an excellent student,” Odilia said with satisfaction, listening as her son speaks about his desire to graduate from college and get an internship with the federal government or the California state government.

“Finally, I’d like to study law at law school. I’ve seen a lot of injustices and I’ve always wanted to help,” said Jose Eduardo Chavez.

In August 2012, the White House implemented a temporary protective measure for young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United States, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows people like Jose Eduardo to postpone their deportation and obtain a temporary work permit.

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Chipotle to Host ‘Cultivate Festivals’ in San Francisco, Denver, Chicago

Chipotle to Host ‘Cultivate Festivals’ in San Francisco, Denver, Chicago

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the lineup for its 2013 Cultivate food, music and ideas festival series, with events planned in San Francisco, Denver, and Chicago. The one-day festivals all include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, local food artisans, regional beer and wines, a special Chipotle festival menu, and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients. Cultivate San Francisco will be held on Saturday, June 8 in Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow; Cultivate Denver is on Saturday, August 17 in City Park; and Cultivate Chicago is Saturday, September 7 in Lincoln Park. Admission for all events is free.

“We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food, and part of that comes from helping people understand how food should be raised and prepared,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing officer at Chipotle. “These events allow us to educate people about how food can be raised responsibly by giving attendees the opportunity to interact with farmers, local artisans and some of the country’s best chefs, all while enjoying some great live music and delicious food.”

In addition to live music and onsite chef demonstrations, each Cultivate event will include six interactive experiences focused on sustainable food – including experiences from the California Avocado Commission and Tabasco Brand Products – as well as a Kids’ Zone which will feature crafts and activities. All three festivals will have an Artisans’ Hall offering a wide selection of local artisan-crafted food for sampling and purchase, and a Brewers’ Hall serving local and specialty beers and wines. New this year, Chipotle is partnering with a local brewer in each Cultivate city to create ‘Cultivate Farmhouse Ale,” a Saison-style beer that will be exclusively available at the festival.

In the spirit of healthful, sustainable food, Chipotle’s culinary team has also created a special menu of food that can be purchased at the festival. Food offerings will include a grilled flatbread gordita; chicken and SofritasTM tacos; charred esquites salad; and a jasmine rice bowl with pork and chicken meatballs or organic tofu from ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, Chipotle’s Asian concept.

To give customers a chance to attend one of the festivals regardless of where they live, Chipotle is partnering with IZZE Sparkling Juice to give away a trip for two to the Cultivate event of the winner’s choice in San Francisco, Denver or Chicago. The prize includes air transportation, hotel, ground transportation, spending money, and special event-day privileges at Cultivate. To enter, text “IZZE” to 888222 and reply OK. Entries must be received between Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, May 8. No purchase necessary to enter and for full contest rules please visit chipotle.com/izzesweeps.


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MEXICO: Volaris Begins Using Fuel Efficient Airbus

MEXICO: Volaris  Begins Using Fuel Efficient Airbus

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Mexican discount carrier Volaris has started operating the first of 50 Airbus A320s equipped with wing tip fuel saving devices, known as “sharklets,” that will allow it to reduce fuel use by up to 4 percent.

Volaris, the first Mexican carrier to have planes outfitted with sharklets in its fleet, marked the delivery of the first A320 with the environmentally friendly devices with a special flight Tuesday from Mexico City to the Caribbean resort city of Cancun.

The ambassadors from Germany, Spain, France and Britain, as well as Volaris and Airbus executives, were on the flight.

“This device is an option within our options catalog and the technology can yield savings of about $300,000 per plane per year in terms of fuel consumption,” Airbus vice president for Latin American and Caribbean sales Arturo Barreira said.

Sharklets can keep about 1,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually, Barreira said.

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Jennifer Lopez Sings with Andrea Bocelli on “Dancing With the Stars” (VIDEO)

Jennifer Lopez Sings with Andrea Bocelli on “Dancing With the Stars” (VIDEO)

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On Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars the performers danced to Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez singing “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” live on stage.

Bocelli and JLo’s DWTS appearance was the first time the pair had performed the song together live.

“Quizas, Quizas, Quizas” is off of Bocelli’s new album Passione.

DWTS is currently in its 16th season and can be seen on ABC on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 9pm ET.

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Bruno Mars, Miguel to Perform at 2013 Billboard Music Awards

Bruno Mars, Miguel to Perform at 2013 Billboard Music Awards

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Some of the performers for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards were announced this week and joining Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are Bruno Mars and Miguel.

The singers will talk the stage on May 19th in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

That night, superstar Prince will be honored with the Billboard Icon Award and will also perform. Stevie Wonder received the Icon Award at last year’s Billboard Music Awards.

The following artists are up for a new, voter-driven award created to “celebrate the ingenuity of this year’s hitmakers.” Artists up for the Milestone Award are:

- Bruno Mars
- Miguel
- Pitbull
- The Band Perry
- Taylor Swift
- Justin Bieber

You can vote for the Milestone Award here and be sure to check out the award show on May 19 at 8/7c on ABC.

Tickets for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards are now on sale, and can be purchased here.

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Cat Zingano Says She’s Ready for UFC Debut Against Miesha Tate

Cat Zingano Says She’s Ready for UFC Debut Against Miesha Tate

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Cat Zingano, wife of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Mauricio Zingano, is preparing for her UFC debut against Meisha Tate, but nerves do not appear to be an issue.

On April 13, Zingano will head into the octagon with former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Meisha Tate. The winner of the fight will become a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18” against Ronda Rousey, the fighter who took Tate’s Strikeforce title more than a year ago.

Zingano recently told ESPN, ‘Going into UFC is an incredible opportunity. But every fight I go into is just a fight. It’s just me versus them, and my will versus their will, and who’s going to break and who’s going to get their hand raised.’

Though Saturday’s bout will be Zingano’s UFC debut, she is far from new to the sport. Zingano made her pro MMA debut in 2008, and has since won all of her seven fights (3 knockouts, 3 submissions, 1 decision).

The Zingano-Tate fight will be the second UFC women’s fight following February’s UFC 157 fight between Rousey and Liz Carmouche.

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Cuba to Turn Over Parents Wanted For Kidnapping Sons

Cuba to Turn Over Parents Wanted For Kidnapping Sons

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Cuba will turn over to U.S. authorities the American couple accused of kidnapping their two young sons from their maternal grandmother, who had permanent custody of them, and taking them to the island illegally, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Joshua Hakken, 36, and his wife Sharyn, 35, sailed to the Hemingway Marina in Havana last Sunday on their boat Salty, or Salty Paw, the foreign ministry said.

A U.S. warrant was issued for the father on charges of kidnapping, interfering with child custody, child neglect, automobile theft and false imprisonment among other crimes but the mother, for the moment, is only considered a suspect.

Given the press reports “linking the Hakkens with a case of kidnapping minors, Cuban authorities communicated the presence of these people in Cuba” last Monday to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana and later to the State Department in Washington, according to the statement, which was signed by the assistant director for the U.S. region at the ministry, Johana Tablada.

The communique goes on to say that “diplomatic memoranda have been exchanged and a professional and constant communication has been maintained” between the ministry and the U.S. Interests Section, with an eye toward “guaranteeing the integrity and wellbeing of the minors.” However, Tablada did not say when the family would be turned over to U.S. authorities.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that the Interests Section had cooperated with Cuban authorities in the case and provided assistance to the family, but he declined to give any additional information citing “reasons of privacy.”

Chase, 2, and 4-year-old Cole Hakken (although other news outlets report their ages as 3 and 5, respectively) were abducted last week and law enforcement authorities believed that their parents had taken them by sea to Cuba but originally could not confirm that they were still there.

However, CNN reported on Tuesday that it spotted the family boat, at Havana’s Hemingway Marina and spoke with a man who identified himself as Joshua Hakken 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 - who lives near Tampa - by their father while his wife is believed to have been waited outside.

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, permanent custody.

Cuba and the United States have not had diplomatic relations since 1961, but in 1977 they agreed to establish interest sections in the respective capitals.

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COLOMBIA: Marchers Call for Peace Between Gov’t, FARC

COLOMBIA: Marchers Call for Peace Between Gov’t, FARC

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Thousands of Colombians filled the streets of this capital and other cities Tuesday to support the peace process being negotiated by the government and FARC rebels, in the most pluralistic rally that anyone here remembers, with President Juan Manuel Santos and leftist groups marching together.

The only sectors missing were the most extreme conservatives, for whom military action is the only way to end Colombia’s decades-long armed conflict, and some members of the opposition, who see the march as nothing but a ploy by Santos to win votes in the next election.

Police, soldiers, victims of the conflict, defenders of human rights and politicians buried their years of differences and united their voices on a sunny day in Bogota.

Rivers of white-shirted people poured through the streets brandishing signs calling for peace and expressing support for the negotiations that the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, began last November in Havana.

On one stretch of El Dorado Avenue, Santos, first lady Maria Clemencia Rodriguez and members of the ruling party marched just a few meters (yards) away from young leftists led by former Sen. Piedad Cordoba.

Thousands of Indians, Afro-Colombians and peasants, who every day risk being caught in the crossfire of soldiers and rebels, traveled in hundreds of buses from different regions and, after spending the night in the capital’s El Campin Stadium, went into the streets to march.

Even retired soccer star Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama and the singer Fonseca had their white shirts on and joined in the marches, which started from different points around the capital and converged at the downtown Plaza de Bolivar.

Colombia has “the chance to change” its history of violence, Santos said in an interview with Efe.

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Young Hispanics’ Changing Attitudes About Money

Young Hispanics’ Changing Attitudes About Money

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As April 15th approaches, everyone who has earned money this year is making sure they’ve given Uncle Sam his due. As a result, it’s that time of year for reflecting on matters of money — a particular concern for young adults, who have come-of-age during a recession and have been disproportionately affected by it. At an age when previous generations were establishing careers, starting families, and buying houses, today’s young adult is still await the expansive opportunities that were promised to them. For many – Hispanics in particular – those prospects have yet to appear.

When it comes to employment, Hispanic young adults have it rough. Hispanics 18 to 34 overall have an unemployment rate that’s 25% above that of non-Hispanic whites, according to a recent analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the think tank Demos. Research indicates, 1 out of 7 Hispanics ages 18 to 24 are looking for a job but can’t find one. The lack of job growth in the market is hitting the youngest adults especially hard: in 2012, labor force participation for total 18 to 24-year-olds fell to its lowest point in over four decades.

Combining findings from its 2012 research study “Hispanic 18-34s Living the ‘Next Normal’” with information from other sources, Tr3s has prepared some research on young Hispanic adults and their changing attitudes toward money.

Ostentatious wealth is “out.” For Boomers and Xers, brand names and high-priced products were status symbols. Tr3s found that young adults today don’t have that luxury. Money is tight, so overspending is not really an option. In addition, it’s a source of resentment — they connote frivolous spending, which they blame for our current economic problems, with poor judgment. This is true not just for young Hispanics, but young adults in general.

Money as a protective talisman is “in.” Because anything can happen, money in the bank is an insurance policy against tough times that might lie ahead, according to Tr3s research. For many, that savings account will also make it possible to move out of their parents’ house someday.

Hispanic young adults want to do better than their parents. Being financially better off than their parents is very important for 7 out of 10 Hispanic young adults, according to the 2012 Maximo Report. They’re almost twice as likely as white non-Hispanics to have this desire.

In spite of their difficulties, they’re optimistic about the future. The Maximo Report found that 6 in 10 Hispanic young adults feel the recession is getting better (a 116 index vs. white non-Hispanics). Tr3s also found that 61% of Hispanics 18 to 29 considers themselves to be very happy.

Source: Tr3s 2012 “Hispanic 18-34s Living The ‘Next Normal’”; Maximo Report 2012, NGLC, Motivo Insights, and Tr3s; Demos, “Stuck: Young America’s Persistent Jobs Crisis,” 4/4/13; The New York Times, “ Do Millennials Stand a Chance in the Real World?,” 3/26/13

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PepsiCo Agrees to Join Mexico’s “National Crusade Against Hunger” Program

PepsiCo Agrees to Join Mexico’s “National Crusade Against Hunger” Program

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U.S.-based food giant PepsiCo has signed an agreement with the Social Development Secretariat to join the Mexican government’s National Crusade against Hunger, a program aimed at dealing with malnutrition among low-income people.

The program calls for creating and distributing nutritious food products, promoting sustainable food production projects in different communities and providing assistance to victims of natural disasters.

Pepsico’s Quaker Oats unit will provide the research support for producing two products for fighting hunger.

“It’s two products - a cracker and an atole (a traditional gruel made from flour dissolved in water or milk), foods that are in fourth and 10th place in the target population’s diet,” PepsiCo Mexico president Pedro Padierna said.

“These foods will be accessible in terms of price and distribution, and they will contribute to complementing the nutritional needs of Mexicans,” Padierna 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.

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 were due to other hunger-related problems.

The National Crusade against Hunger, which was officially launched on April 1, relies on 70 social programs focusing on health, education and agricultural development.

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

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Girl Pleads With Immigration to Allow Grandfather to Stay in US

Girl Pleads With Immigration to Allow Grandfather to Stay in US

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Mexican Eduardo Mireles, a youth soccer coach in North Carolina, is running out of time to avoid deportation, while his granddaughter pleads with immigration authorities not to deport her grandpa.

“I don’t want them to take him away from me, he’s very good, he has been with me since I was born, he’s company for me and I love him very much. Please, help me keep him with us,” Sharytin Hernandez, 8, said tearfully.

Sharytin, mother Diana and grandmother Patricia Salazar, among other family members, took part Monday in a vigil for Mireles in Charlotte organized by the NC Dream Team.

Mireles has until April 19 for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to suspend the deportation order issued by a judge last December.

His son, Eduardo Mireles Jr., recently sought protection under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last summer and hopes that ICE does not deport his father.

“Time is running out. My dad has done nothing bad, he was just driving without a license like thousands of Hispanics do in this city,” he told Efe.

Elisa Benitez, coordinator of the NC Dream Team in Charlotte, told Efe on Tuesday that there are still “possibilities” that the Mexican can avoid deportation and noted that her organization has convinced ICE to annul similar cases.

She said that Mireles has lived in Charlotte for 14 years, never had any problems with the authorities, trains little league soccer and has been a volunteer for the Boy Scouts.

Mireles was arrested in August 2010 when returning home with his wife because his driver’s license had expired.

“They took me to the county jail, and in eight days sent me to an immigration center in Georgia, after which the family posted $5,000 bail. Since then I’ve been fighting to stay,” he told Efe.

Mireles is one of around 14,000 immigrants who have been put in the process of deportation in Mecklenburg County since 2006, most of them for minor traffic infractions.

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Final Shots of Jenni Rivera to be Shown on “I Love Jenni” Series

Final Shots of Jenni Rivera to be Shown on “I Love Jenni” Series

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The series “I Love Jenni” was halfway through production when songstress Jenni Rivera died last December, so the final season of this popular Mun2 program will begin this Sunday with the last scenes filmed of the artist.

“We decided to continue season No. 3 of the ‘I Love Jenni’ series with the scenes she had finished,” Rosie Rivera, sister of the late singer, told Efe.

“She had completed almost half the series and we decided not to shelve these treasures that were meant to be enjoyed by the whole family and all her fans,” she said.

Dolores Janney Rivera was born July 2, 1969 in Long Beach, California, and died together with six companions on Dec. 9, 2012, when their plane crashed in a rural area of northern Mexico.

The popular singer of Mexican regional music launched “I Love Jenni” in March 2011.

“What we’ll see on the air is what was happening in Jenni’s life before she died, at work and at home,” Rosie Rivera said in a television interview.

Rosie, who is married with a little girl and a baby on the way, was asked by Jenni to take care of her five children if she was ever missing for any reason.

“The series wasn’t finished and there was no discussion about whether we would air the remaining material or not - we took a decision based on what we knew about Jenni,” Rosie recalled.

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For 24th Time, Real Madrid Advances to Champions League Semifinals

For 24th Time, Real Madrid Advances to Champions League Semifinals

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Real Madrid is headed to the Champions League semifinals for the third straight year - and the 24th time overall - after surviving a second half surge by Galatasaray in Tuesday’s quarterfinal second leg to advance 5-3 on aggregate.

The Blancos won the first leg 3-0 at home and Cristiano Ronaldo added a fourth goal in the 8th minute of the clash in Istanbul.

But the capacity crowd at the Ali Sami Yen sports complex refused to let their team give up and the complexion of the match changed dramatically about 10 minutes into the second half.

An unusual misfire by Ronaldo seemed to invigorate Galatasaray and the home side’s next rush resulted in a goal in the 57th minute by Emmanuel Eboue.

Wesley Sneijder made it 2-1 for the Turkish club with a tally in the 71st minute. The advantage grew to 3-1 two minutes later with a goal from Didier Drogba, who led Chelsea to victory in last year’s Champions League final.

Galatasaray needed two more goals to prevail, as Ronaldo’s early strike gave the Blancos a crucial away tally.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho sent in Raul Albiol to bolster the defense and - with the Blancos down to 10 men after Arbeloa was ejected - Ronaldo scored his 50th career Champions League goal to put the match to bed.

Malaga saw its brilliant debut run in the Champions League appearance come to a heartbreaking end on Tuesday as Borussia Dortmund scored two goals in stoppage time to win 3-2 at home after the clubs played to a scoreless draw in Spain in the first leg of their quarterfinal.

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UFC: Tito Ortiz Still Questioning 2012 Loss to Forrest Griffin

UFC: Tito Ortiz Still Questioning 2012 Loss to Forrest Griffin

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His MMA career is pretty much over after multiple injuries, but that doesn’t mean Tito Ortiz has moved on from his loss to Forrest Griffin at last year’s UFC 148.

On July 7, 2012, Ortiz and Griffin faced off for the third time. Though scored closely, Griffin came out on top with a unanimous win. Griffin, who was known for his amusingly odd behavior, had walked out of the octagon prior to the results being announced.

Ortiz claims that Griffin knew he’d lost when he walked off and UFC President Dana White ran after him because he knew the outcome would be in his favor.

‘After [he ran] out of the fight, that shows that he lost and for Dana to go back and run and get him to come back, there’s something fishy going on here,’ Ortiz recently said to GNP.tv. ‘How does Dana know how the match is going to turn out? I thought something was fishy about that. Was it premeditated? Was it pre-planned what the answer was going to be? If If didn’t knock him out or if I didn’t submit him, they already knew who was going to win.’

Ortiz fails to acknowledge Griffin had walked off before, and instead seems to be making the claim that the UFC had a hand in “fixing” the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision that night.

According to Ortiz, he dominated Griffin and should have won.

Prior to his bout with Griffin, Ortiz had only won one (against Ryan Bader) out of his final nine fights. He also went into the match just nine weeks after knee surgery and with a ruptured disc in his neck. By the end of the fight, Ortiz had also chipped his shin bone and broken his hand on Griffin’s face.

Could Ortiz be right about a fixed fight or is he just bitter because the last fight (probably) of his career was a loss?

Despite the fear that we’ll be bludgeoned in a dark alley for bringing it up, it should be noted Ortiz is also a known excuse-maker, once claiming he’d lost a separate bout with Griffin due to a cracked skull despite there being no record of such an injury.

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Increase of Exercise Can Help Teens Quit Smoking

A recent study proves that taking a short walk can encourage teen smokers to quit smoking.

Time reported that scientists from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services discovered that teens who increased their physical activity by a measly twenty minutes did not smoke as much.

Two hundred thirty three teen smokers were selected from nineteen high schools in West Virginia. The teens were split into two different groups where it was discovered that those who decided to move more also decided to smoke less.

The Net Doctor stated that each participant smoked about half a pack of cigarettes on the weekdays and a whole pack on both Saturday and Sundays.

“We don’t fully understand the clinical relevance of ramping up daily activity to 20 or 30 minutes a day with these teens. But we do know that even modest improvements in exercise may have health benefits. Our study supports the idea that encouraging one healthy behavior can serve to promote another, and it shows that teens, often viewed as resistant to behavior change, can tackle two health behaviors at once,” said lead study author Kimberly Horn.

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Joel Osteen Calls Internet Prank Claiming He Abandoned Christianity ‘Comical’

Joel Osteen Calls Internet Prank Claiming He Abandoned Christianity ‘Comical’

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Famous evangelical preacher Joel Osteen has been the target of an Internet hoax that saw him renouncing religion.

A group of people created a fake Twitter account and fake websites claiming Osteen had abandoned Christianity.

A bogus website claiming to be his official page, touted Osteen as having a “special announcement” that he was “leaving the Christian faith.”

It said in an “Official Press Release” that “Many people want more answers and are asking why I did this. I have one, simple response: I have come to realize my followers have begun to deify me and listen to me, and not God. This, among other reasons, led me down a path of awakening.”

He was also quoted as writing, “I believe now that the Bible is a fallible, flawed, highly inconsistent history book that has been altered hundreds of times. There is zero evidence the Bible is the holy word of God. In fact, there is zero evidence ‘God’ even exists.”

But Osteen isn’t phased by the joke, telling MyFox Houston it was “comical” and “so ludicrous.”

He also told ABC News “You know, I’m really not angry. I don’t feel like a victim. I feel too blessed, that life is too short to let things like this get you down.”

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WednesdayApril 10, 2013