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Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and wife of QB Tom Brady has just joined Instagram while honoring her native Brazil.
The 32-year-old ageless beauty wrapped herself in the Brazilian flag to join the popular photosharing networking site. Most of her photos where of her “beloved country’. In Portuguese and English she posted the following message:
“É sempre tão bom estar em casa. Obrigado por todo o amor e apoio, estou contando as horas para voltar,” “It is always so good to be home. Thank you for all the love and support. I can’t wait to be back!”
No surprise her first Instagram photo received over 7,000 likes to start with and Bundchen already has some 25,000 Instgram followers.
The Brazilian beauty was born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and raised in the Southern portion of Brazil in Horizontina.
Almost seven out of every 10 Americans would vote for a law giving undocumented immigrants a chance to become legal residents, according to a Gallup Poll published Friday.
The survey was taken April 9-10 with a random sample of 1,018 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percent.
The study comes just as a bipartisan group in the Senate prepares to introduce an immigration reform bill in the next few days that is expected to include a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented estimated to live in this country.
While 69 percent of the sample said they would vote in favor of a law allowing undocumented immigrants living in the United States to become legal residents if they comply with certain requisites, 65 percent are open to idea of citizenship for the undocumented.
In general terms and for both hypothetical measures, voters who identify themselves as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents supported them more strongly than voters identified as Republicans or Republican-leaning.
The European Police Office said Friday that Mexican criminal gangs are trying to establish themselves as major players in Europe’s drug market and reportedly have been involved in the region in cases of weapons and human trafficking.
Mexican drug gangs are now “global market coordinators” of cocaine trafficking to Europe and North America, as well as of synthetic drug production and distribution in those two markets and in Asia, Europol said in a press release.
Mexican cartels such as Los Zetas, which the agency characterized as a “powerful and violent criminal syndicate,” also participate in trafficking human beings for sexual exploitation from northeast Europe to Mexico.
“Mexican criminal groups are also trafficking firearms from southeast Europe to barter with criminals involved in the cocaine trade in Central South America,” the press release said.
Europol said it recently stymied plans by Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel - headed by billionaire fugitive Joaquin ”El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman - to establish a foothold in Europe and develop its wholesale cocaine business in that region.
The EU law-enforcement agency said these gangs have an “extremely violent operating culture,” although only “an isolated number of violent incidents” attributed to them have occurred in Europe to date, including an attempted murder.
“We do not want the level of violence and brutality which we see in Mexico mirrored in Europe,” Europol Director Rob Wainwright said, referring to the tens of thousands of drug-related deaths in Mexico in recent years.
Europol said it has distributed its latest threat notice concerning Mexican organized crime’s impact in Europe to its cooperation partners in that region and elsewhere.
Puerto Rican actor Jorge Alberti was admitted to a hospital Friday to undergo emergency surgery for a possible hernia, his agent said in a press release.
Alberti, who is here vacationing with his wife and daughter, “suffered severe abdominal pain,” Alberto Navarro said.
“Jorge is very athletic, he enjoys doing a lot of exercises,” Navarro said. “We trust in God that everything will go well, and we pray for his prompt recovery.”
Alberti is currently co-starring with Gaby Spanic in the telenovela “La Otra Cara Del Alma.”
Though most of his work has been in television, Alberti’s credits include a role in the film “The Argentine,” which featured Puerto Rican Oscar winner Benicio del Toro as iconic revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Javier Torres Felix, a Sinaloa cartel honcho, has been extradited to Mexico from the U.S. after having completed his jail sentence on drug trafficking charges.
Felix, known in Mexico narco circles as “El JT”, was in a West Virgina federal prison for his leadership role with El Chapo Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel. Felix worked directly with Guzman’s number two man Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
Felix was wanted in Mexico for participating in a gun battle with the Mexican Army in 2004 in Culiacan, Sinaloa. He was arrested by Mexican authorities in 2004, spent two years in a Mexican prison then sent to the U.S. after his sentence was suspended by Mexican authorities.
Torres Felix comes from a family of legendary narcos. His brother Jose Manuel Torres Felix worked with Chapo’s son until he was killed by the Mexican army in 2012. Meanwhile, Jose Manuel’s son, Anatasio, was killed by a Sinaloa cartel rival.
Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at what’s opening in theaters today.
Scary Movie 5
-Stars: Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Charlie Sheen, Erica Ash, Katt Williams, Lindsay Lohan
-The gist: Happily-married couple Dan and Jody begin to notice some bizarre activity once they bring their newborn baby Aiden home from the hospital. But when the chaos expands into Jody’s job as a ballet dancer and Dan’s career as an Ape researcher, they realize their family is being stalked by a nefarious demon. Together, with the advice of certified experts and the aid of numerous cameras, they must figure out how to get rid of it before it’s too late.
-Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni
-Genre: Biography, Drama
-The gist: The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
-Stars: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue
-Rating: not rated
-Genre: Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi
-The gist: Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Biological communion - for a price. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.
To the Wonder
-Stars: Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams
-Genre: Drama, Romance
-The gist: Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American traveling in Europe who meets and falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), an Ukrainian divorcée who is raising her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana in Paris. The lovers travel to Mont St. Michel, the island abbey off the coast of Normandy, basking in the wonder of their newfound romance. Neil makes a commitment to Marina, inviting her to relocate to his native Oklahoma with Tatiana. He takes a job as an environmental inspector and Marina settles into her new life in America with passion and vigor. After a holding pattern, their relationship cools. Marina finds solace in the company of another exile, the Catholic priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), who is undergoing a crisis of faith. Work pressures and increasing doubt pull Neil further apart from Marina, who returns to France with Tatiana when her visa expires. Neil reconnects with Jane (Rachel McAdams), an old flame. They fall in love until Neil learns that Marina has fallen on hard times.
On April 19th, director Youssef Delara’s Filly Brown opens in theaters and boasts an all-star Latino cast.
Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio (newcomer Gina Rodriguez) is a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo’s sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices. Does she accept the deal and turn her back on the friends who got her to the precipice of success or does she let a golden opportunity slip away.
The film also stars the late Jenni Rivera as Maria Tonorio, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos, Emilio Rivera, and Noel Gugliemi.
Colombia, the South American country that is second in foreign investment after Brazil, has become the regional leader in applying industrial automation, experts told Efe at the Automatisa 2013 trade fair, which began earlier this week in Bogota.
Carlos Hugo Pedreros, director in Colombia of the International Society of Automation, one of the organizers of this specialized trade show, said Thursday that “domestic industry has invested in modernization, which means it is applying automation to compete effectively in the international markets.”
Proof that Colombian industry is a Latin American leader is that “its gross domestic product is more than Argentina’s,” making the Andean nation the second economy in South America after Brazil, Pedreros said.
In that regard, the president of the National Foreign Trade Association, or Analdex, Javier Diaz, said that “70 percent of the purchases made currently in the country are in the category of machinery and eqipment, which indicates that businessmen understand the importance of dedicating funds to processes of transformation.”
On show at Automatista 2013 are such novelties as robotic arms that avoid putting machine operators’ lives at risk when performing certain industrial jobs, and a charger for electric cars whose technology is already being used in Europe.
The fair brings together 64 exhibitors in the areas of industrial automation, applications and intelligence technology for factories, and expects to draw some 10,000 visitors by Saturday.
Guacamelee, from DrinkBox Studios is a fun new game that draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican culture and folklore.
This game features a down on his luck Mexican named Juan Aguacate, who sets out to save the world when El Presidente’s Daughter is kidnapped by an Evil Charro Skeleton. The story takes place in and around a small village in Mexico, and has the player travelling through alternate dimensions: “The World of the Living” and “The World of the Dead” on his quest to rescue the girl he loves.
The trailer for Guacamelee for Playstation 3 and PS Vita was launched last month and the game was released on April 9th.
Shakira introduced three-month-old Milan to ‘The Voice’ yesterday. The Colombian super star and ‘Voice’ judge posted a pic of her and Milan in the judge’s chair. She tweeted:
“Clearly Milan’s intrigued by this performance #5thCoach”
The always well dressed baby donned a red plaid shirt and pair of draw string jeans fashionable amongst the baby-set.
This is the first child for the 36-year-old singer, proud papa is pro-soccer Barca player Gerard Pique. It was just a week ago that the baby and his dad were spotted getting Milan’s first passport in Barcelona.
English soccer great David Beckham described FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as a player in a “class by himself” and said Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom the Argentine is often compared, is not quite at the same level.
The 37-year-old former Manchester United and English national team star and current member of Paris Saint-Germain told Argentine news agency Telam that Messi and Ronaldo are the world’s two greatest players, but that even the Portuguese forward is a rung below.
Beckham gave the interview in Barcelona, where an injured Messi came on in the second half and played a key role in securing a 1-1 draw Wednesday against PSG that gave Barça the victory on away goals and a berth in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona advanced to a two-leg semifinal showdown with last year’s runner-up, Bayern Munich, to be played on April 23 and May 1. The other semifinal will pit Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund.
Beckham, who entered the field at Camp Nou as an 83rd-minute substitute, said Messi and Ronaldo may have similarities in terms of technical skill and talent, but the Argentine “is the best player in the world, simple as that.”
One Miss South Carolina contestant has a particularly difficult climb to the podium, but that has not deterred her from representing those fighting for acceptance.
Analouisa Valencia, 19, is the daughter of a Mexican-born father and an Africa-American mother, making her ethnicity somewhat controversial in such a conservative state. Also, in her first year of high school, Valencia came out as a lesbian.
In a recent interview with The Advocate, Valencia said she is ready to be “an advocate for equality,” saying, ‘I want to show the judges who I really am…I’ve experienced a lot of things in life. A lot of negativity. I’ve seen a lot of people get bullied, so I try to be on the up side of things.”
The Miss South Carolina pageant is far from her introduction to the pageant world. In 2000, she won Mis South Carolina Princess for Miss Spartanburg and she is currently Miss Lyman, South Carolina.
In July, Valencia will head to the state capital hoping to be crowned Miss South Carolina. Should she win, she would move on to compete for the Miss America crown.
Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a bomb in the mail that was detonated without incident at the Flagstaff post office yesterday.
“America’s Toughest Sheriff” has made a name for himself as a staunch conservative who opposes all forms of immigration reform. He has enraged many human rights groups and immigrant advocates for his treatment of jailed prisoners.
A sharp postal inspector thought a package addressed to Arpaio looked suspicious and brought it to the attention of authorities. The package tested positive for explosive materials. The FBI and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used a water cannon to detonate the package after x-raying its content.
Arpaio who has held elected office for 20-years has been the target of numerous threats, with 9 credible threats being investigated since 2011. It is not known if the soon to be released comprehensive immigration reform bill inspired the threat. The Sheriff has been accused of civil rights violations for his treatment of undocumented prisoners and for allegedly targeting Latinos in the state with unwarranted arrests.
The Inter-American Development Bank approved a $250 million loan for a program to increase coverage of basic services in Argentina’s less developed municipalities, with emphasis on the poorest areas of the Norte Grande region.
The Municipal Investment Program seeks to provide large low-income populations with infrastructure and public services in such sectors as water and sanitation, roads, street lighting, drainage, green spaces, community facilities, and strengthening of neighborhoods.
Program activities include support for weaker municipalities in project formulation, monitoring the execution of works, and providing training for municipal planning and public works employees.
Although many municipalities throughout Argentina lack adequate infrastructure, the problem is particularly serious in the Norte Grande, in the northwestern part of the country, where access to services generally―and particularly in small municipalities―is below the national average.
As the bipartisan group of U.S. Senator’s known as the “Gang of Eight” gets ready to introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation details are slowing leaking out as to what the bill will contain.
AP is reporting that any undocumented individual that illegally entered the U.S. after December 31, 2011 will not be granted a path to citizenship. Individuals deemed qualified to apply for citizenship must show gainful employment and “financial stability” to ensure they will not be a burden to the government. Citizenship candidates cannot have a criminal record, which could include misdemeanors.
The path to citizenship for qualified individuals will be a 13-year process. It is not known how many of the estimated 11 million undocumented will qualify for citizenship under the current proposed guidelines.
Another aspect of the proposed legislation will require employers to verify the legal status of their workforce. Many states already mandate employers verify legal status through the E-Verify program.
Once the immigration bill is introduced, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings which could happen as early as next week. The bill could be ready for a Senate vote as early as May 6, 2013 some insiders say.
The proposed legislation may dramatically alter through the hearing and vote process.
Army troops and Federal Police officers detained 120 Central American migrants, including 20 children, in southern Mexico, officials said Thursday.
Security forces members detained “108 Guatemalans, six Salvadorans and six Hondurans,” including seven women, the National Migration Institute, or INM, and Government Secretariat said in a joint statement.
The migrants were found during inspections in the southern state of Oaxaca, the agencies said.
An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.
The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.
Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.
BajaLibros, one of Latin America’s largest and most well known digital bookstores has announced plans to come to the U.S.
BajaLibros is headquartered in Argentina and has a 50,000 ebook inventory of free and for-pay publications. The book selections are available through the BajaLibros’ app for Apple and Android, as well as Barnes & Noble’s Nook. BajaLibros also offers its own ereader that retails for $155 in the U.S.
BajaLibros’ inventory rivals that of the Nook which is one of the largest in the U.S. for Spanish ebooks. Amazon has around 54,000 titles for sale and the Nook store offers over 58,000 Spanish language titles. The BajaLibros site is easy to navigate with verticals offering free books, Best Sellers, academic publications and books in other Romance languages like Portuguese and Italian.
BajaLibros launched in 2010 and rapidly expanded throughout Latin America, Mexico and Spain.
The Spanish language digital market is crowded and well represented in the U.S. BajaLibros though a powerhouse in the region, will face strong competition in the U.S. from key players like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
As a growing number of Americans cite obesity as the most urgent health problem facing the country, the food industry is looking for a way to profit.
Despite playing a critical role in enabling America’s obesity epidemic, fast food chains have recently announced attempts to make their product seem healthier — a number of new menu items that may substitute whole grain for white or turkey for red meat. But for many of these companies, the rebranding is superficial:
Panda Express: Customers at Panda Express will have three rice choices: Steamed white rice, steamed brown rice or fried brown rice (brown rice has more nutritional value) Chief Marketing Officer Glenn Lunde described how Panda Express hopes to avoid shocking customers. “If you just sell steamed brown rice, you’re not going to sell that much.” He added, “Aren’t we fabulous?”
Taco Bell: The chain that popularized Doritos Locos Tacos announced it would make 20 percent of its meals meet nutritional guidelines, but not before 2020.
Burger King: Burger King’s limited time turkey burger is its attempt at a “game-changer” healthier option. It still weighs in at 530 calories.
McDonalds: McDonalds’ new McWrap uses a green label to trick customers into thinking it’s healthier. Its “healthy” Egg White Delight is 40 calories less than the original and complete with bacon and cheese.
Many executives say they are hesitant to make any major changes, because they expect healthy foods to taste bad and perform poorly. Huffington Post’s Joe Satran described the motivation for the incremental change: Chains add new items “to make consumers think of their restaurants as healthy — or at least not gratuitously unhealthy — and, by extension, OK to visit. In other words, healthy menu items are marketing tools. Like any other new product introduction, they bring attention to the chain; unlike, say, Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos, they shift perception of the brand toward virtue.”
Of course, the problem is not limited to fast food, with sugary drink brands suddenly advertising their nutrition. At least now consumers will have more information to make healthier choices. Obamacare requires chains with more than 20 locations to post calorie counts on their menus.
The mother of George Zimmerman, the man being charged with the shooting death of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin, has written a letter to the public on the anniversary of her son’s arrest. In the letter, Gladys Zimmerman slams the media and says that Zimmerman’s arrest was “solely to placate the masses.”
The two-page letter was posted by Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., on Twitter.
In it, Gladys Zimmerman writes that, “April 11, 2012, will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses.”
Later, she slams the “false narrative” of the events that lead to Martin’s death that the public heard based on “little evidence,” notes CBS News.
She targets the media as well, writing, “The media, with the help of social media made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George before and after his arrest. Even members of Congress and self-proclaimed ‘activists’ used and routinely use to this day the term ‘murderer’ when they speak of him – in effect they are re-enforcing the only acceptable judicial outcome in their eyes. Many have seen to it that he be judged by the public, the very public they were keen on misinforming.”
She then thanks her son’s supporters and then adds that the trial, which starts on June 10, will reveal the truth. “The truth will finally be revealed to many, but to some who have always seen through the narrative - the truth George always told will [not] be ‘revealed,’ but rather ‘confirmed.’”
Martin, 17, was shot on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder and has plead not guilty and claims he fired in self-defence.
The 20 clubs in England’s Premier League agreed Thursday to install goal-line technology for the 2013-2014 season.
The Premiership becomes Europe’s first top-flight national league to adopt the technology, though FIFA has announced that it will use goal cameras for this summer’s Confederation Cup and the 2014 World Cup.
Hawk-Eye, a British subsidiary of Sony, will install seven cameras behind each goal at the 20 Premier League stadiums and the replays will be provided to broadcasters.
League officials are also “examining the feasibility of them (the replays) being used on in-stadium big-screens,” Premiership Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said.
The British Hawk-Eye system has been in use for some tennis and cricket events.
English fans have bitter memories of an episode during the 2010 World Cup when the referee failed to see a clear goal by England’s Frank Lampard in a match against Germany.
The goal would have brought England level with Germany at two goals apiece, but after the official’s mistake, the German side romped to a 4-1 victory.
Chile’s student movement on Thursday offered another demonstration of its clout, bringing tens of thousands onto the streets of the capital to demand the overhaul of an educational model that dates from the Pinochet dictatorship.
It was the first joint protest this year by Confech, representing the majority of collegians, and the various organizations of high school students, with support from organized labor.
A crowd estimated by organizers at around 150,000 gathered in Santiago’s Plaza Italia and marched down the Alameda, the capital’s main thoroughfare.
The procession unfolded in a peaceful, even festive, atmosphere, with music and brightly colored banners, though the end of the formal demonstration was followed by isolated clashes between police and hooded militants.
Chilean students took to the streets in large numbers more than 40 times in 2011 to denounce a highly stratified education system that funnels state subsidies to private institutions even as public schools in poor areas struggle.
After a relatively subdued 2012, the student movement is hoping to exert some influence on this year’s presidential and congressional elections.
Chile’s public schools and universities were neglected during the 1973-1990 rule of the late Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who embraced doctrinaire free market policies.
Private schools mushroomed under the military regime and the trend continued after democracy was restored, even during the 1990-2010 tenure of the center-left Concertacion coalition.
Students want the elimination of school fees, an end to for-profit universities - technically illegal but able to operate thanks to loopholes - and a reduction in the high cost of college, which forces many to take on large debts.
“When we say we want free education for all, it is because we understand that education is a right, and rights are for everybody or they are not rights,” Andres Fielbaum, leader of the student organization of the University of Chile, said Thursday.