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SaturdayApril 13, 2013

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Ecuador to Launch First Domestically Made Satellite in April

Ecuador to Launch First Domestically Made Satellite in April

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Ecuador will send its first domestically produced satellite into orbit in late April from a launch center in China, the Andean nation’s president, Rafael Correa, said Saturday.

“At the end of the month, the first Ecuadorian satellite will be launched, not a satellite bought from a foreign country (but) a satellite made in Ecuador,” Correa said in his weekly radio address.

He noted that the initiative was carried out by the Ecuadorian Civil Space Agency, which is headed by the country’s first astronaut, Ronnie Nader.

The small “NEE-01 Pegasus” nanosatellite, which measures 10 centimeters (four inches) by 10 centimeters, is equipped with 75-centimeter panels and weighs 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), will be launched on April 26 from China, Nader said during Correa’s address.

The satellite will be carried into orbit by an unmanned rocket and transmit live video signals to an Ecuadorian ground station, which will decode them and then upload them live to the Internet.

“Pegasus” was initially scheduled to be launched last September, but that date was pushed back because another satellite that was to have been carried by the same rocket was not ready.

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Havana Bar Sloppy Joe’s Sees Major Upgrade

Havana Bar Sloppy Joe’s Sees Major Upgrade

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Sloppy Joe’s, one of the legendary Havana bars of the 20th century for its bohemian clientele, its long bar and famous customers like Ernest Hemingway and Spencer Tracy, has reopened its doors after almost half a century in ruins thanks to a painstaking reconstruction aimed at giving the city back some important memories.

Inaugurated in 1917 by Jose Abeal, a Spanish storekeeper, the bar was for decades a hot spot for American tourists and a symbol of where it was all happening in Havana, but unlike other famous bars like the Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio, it closed down in 1965 and time destroyed it.

The Office of the Historian, directed by Eusebio Leal, was entrusted with developing a complex process of restoration based on old photos and with the cooperation of people, including some in the United States, who could supply information, anecdotes and objects related to the old bar.

Its spectacular 18-meter (59-foot) black mahogany bar, the longest that existed in Cuba, posed one of the biggest problems for restorers.

Stories about the bar in its heyday indicated that it was made up of three parts, one of which was “miraculously” recovered and from it the carpenters were able to build a similar bar, also of mahogany, with space for 25 stools.

Other details the restorers were careful to reproduce were the typical windows and the shelves along the walls exhibiting dozens of liquors from around the world, as well as the preparation of the extensive menu of sandwiches, cocktails and liquors of all kinds that were served at the downtown Havana locale.

At the bar, now hung with Cuban flags, were seated at one time or another such celebrities as writer Ernest Hemingway and actors Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Cantinflas.

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What Country Has the Most Pot-Smoking 11-to-15 Year Olds?  Spain Came in Third Place

What Country Has the Most Pot-Smoking 11-to-15 Year Olds?  Spain Came in Third Place

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Guess what country has the most pot-smoking kids??

Before you say Mexico, Colombia or Bolivia where the majority of drugs are manufactured you are wrong, they weren’t in the study.  It is Canada.

UNICEF just released its “Report Card 11” which tracks the well-being of children in ‘rich nations’ or in the industrialized world.  The report also looks at high risk behaviors amongst these youngsters. 

Out of 29 industrialized countries studied the report found 28 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 11-to-15 years old are smoking pot. 

The report found a collaboration between drug policies and drug use – the more liberal the drug policies the less use amongst children. Portugal is a perfect example with a low rate of pot use amongst youngsters at 10.5 percent tied to the fact marijuana smoking is not illegal.

Spain came in third place with 24.06 percent of children report having used marijuana in the last year while the U.S. came in fifth place.  In spite of its economic woes Spain maintains high rates of preschool enrollment rates, participation in higher education and found to provide an overall safe environment for its children. 

In spite of pot-smoking kids and all the global ills the UNICEF report found that when looking at the ‘behaviors and risks’ of children, there is reason to celebrate.  Fewer children are smoking, drinking and getting pregnant.  The bit of bad news is in the area of exercise.  Most countries report low levels of activity and increasing rates child obesity. 

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Maradona Visits Remains of Hugo Chavez, Calls For Support for Maduro

Maradona Visits Remains of Hugo Chavez, Calls For Support for Maduro

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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona visited the army barracks in Caracas where the remains of Hugo Chavez lie and urged people to vote for ruling-party candidate Nicolas Maduro in Sunday’s presidential election.

Accompanied by Maduro, Maradona paid homage to the late president Friday and attended the 21-gun salute that is repeated there every day at 4:25 p.m., the time when the Venezuelan leader died on March 5.

“What I remember about Hugo was a great friendship, an incredible political wisdom. Hugo Chavez has changed Latin America’s way of thinking. We had surrendered to the United States and he put it in our heads that we can go forward on our own,” he said on the state television channel.

Maradona said that Chavez’s death signified “an enormous loss” for him and apologized for not attending his funeral.

Chavez and Maradona were very close, united by their rejection of the United States and what they called its “imperialist policies.”

On a visit to Caracas to lend his support for the ruling party candidate, Maradona said that Maduro represents the best choice to succeed Chavez.

“With Maduro we’re going to follow the same line of not letting anyone walk all over us. People at the polls on Sunday must reaffirm the concepts of Chavez through Nicolas,” he said.

Maduro recalled that Maradona “was very fond of Chavez and Chavez was equally fond of him.” Also taking part in the event, held at the so-called Barracks on the Mountain in western Caracas, were Chavez’s eldest daughter and his second wife, Maria Isabel Rodriguez.

The former soccer star accompanied Maduro Thursday at the closure of his campaign for the April 14 election, for which almost 19 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote for the man who will be their president for the next six years.

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Random Violence:  Homeless Man Sets Man on Fire Inside His Car

Long Beach, California authorities are investigating a horrific act of random violence that left a 63-year-old man clinging to life after being set on fire.

The incident occurred at the Long Beach 7-Eleven last night when the unidentified victim was sitting in his car and an incendiary device was thrown inside his SUV.  Within minutes the SUV was engulfed in flames and later exploded.

Apparently a local 39-year-old homeless man threw the incendiary device without provocation.  The unidentified man is known in the neighborhood and was found shortly after the incident. 

Long Beach Police describe the crime as “an unsettling crime, a horrific act.” 

Some witnesses say they heard the two men arguing before the incident others say the homeless man said nothing before throwing the device through the open window of the SUV.  Several good Samaritans pulled the victim out of his car but not before he sustained burns on the majority of his body. 

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Bus in Peru Plunges Down 650-Foot Ravine Killing 25

Bus in Peru Plunges Down 650-Foot Ravine Killing 25

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At least 25 people died and another six were injured early Saturday after their bus plunged into a 200-meter (650-foot) ravine in a rural area of northern Peru, officials said.

The accident occurred around 4:10 a.m. in the La Libertad region, the official news agency Andina said, citing a police report.

The bus was en route from the Andean city of Huamachuco to the coastal city of Trujillo when it went off the road and fell down the gorge to the Moche River.

The injured were taken to different hospitals of the region, while authorities are investigating the causes of the accident.

RPP radio said that most of the passengers were teachers who were traveling from the cities of Huamachuco and Cajabamba to Trujillo, capital of La Libertad.

The broadcast added that while the survivors were being rescued, a police officer was injured by a stone that fell down the cliff and hit him, with the result that he too had to go to hospital for treatment.

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Jessica Alba: One of the Most F*ckbable Celebrities, Top Honors to Mila Kunis

Jessica Alba: One of the Most F*ckbable Celebrities, Top Honors to Mila Kunis

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This may not be as honorable as being one of Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” or Maxim’s “Hot 100” but some would say being one of the 10 Most “Most F*ckable Celebrities” ranks up there.

An online poll by Details Magazine deemed Mila Kunis and Ryan Gosling as the most ‘f*ckable’ dream celebrities to be with.  Kunis garnered 41 percent of the vote for female celebrities while Gosling garnered 51 percent of desirable male vote.

Latina hottie Jessica Alba also made the list coming in at number four. She placed after third place winner Jennifer Lawrence and second place bikini model Kate Upton. 

Alba who is busy with her eco-friend product line for children, The Honest Co., received 26 percent of the votes.  In 2001 she was No. 1 on the Maxim “Hot 100” List, she is a regular on People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” edition and in 2006 was listed on AskMen.com’s list of “99 Most Desirable Women”. 

The 31-year-old mother of two is not only busy being many men’s fantasies she is currently in post-production for ‘Machete Kills’ and ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’.

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Brazilian Police Investigating Former President Lula for Corruption

Brazilian Police Investigating Former President Lula for Corruption

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The Brazilian Federal Police confirmed Friday that it has opened a new investigation of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva‘s possible involvement in corruption.

The probe began with a plea made 10 days ago by prosecutors and specifically refers to Lula’s alleged efforts to secure campaign contributions from Portugal Telecom.

Police will attempt to determine the truth of complaints filed by publicist Marcos Valerio Fernandes, sentenced to 40 years in jail for his part in a congressional vote-buying scheme that was in operation between 2002 and 2005.

Fernandes said after being convicted that Lula negotiated personally with then-CEO of Portugal Telecom, Miguel Horta, who had donated 7 million reais ($3.5 million) to the governing Workers Party.

The matter was investigated in the so-called “trial of the century,” which resulted in prison sentences for Fernandes, members of Lula’s Cabinet, Workers Party officials and businessmen associated with the party, but even though the court case lasted nearly seven years, Portugal Telecom was never proved to be involved in the scandals.

A spokesperson for Lula said the former president has not commented on the new investigation.

Lula governed Brazil from 2003-2011 and was succeeded by protege Dilma Rousseff.

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Mexican Catholic Church: Cancun Playboy Casino Has to GO

Mexican Catholic Church: Cancun Playboy Casino Has to GO

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The Mexican Catholic Church is offended, pissed and ready for a good fight against American lite-porn house Playboy.  The Church, which views gambling as a place that “attracts criminal elements”, does not want one placed in front of its front door.

The Catholic church of Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo is asking the Playboy Casino to move since it is located less than 200 meters from a place of worship, a violation of the law, says Catholic new agency Fides. 

The Playboy Casino originally opened in 2010 was closed due to damage from a nearby fire and then reopened in November 2012.  The Casino with its trademark scantily clad bunnies is located near Cancun’s “Cristo Rescucitado” (Church of the Risen Christ). The Mexican Catholic Church lost its first round in court and the case has now moved up to the Federal District Court in Quintana Roo with the Church vowing to fight on.

Cristo Rescucitado is one of Cancun’s newer churches started in 1995 as a tent site and then a formal structure in 2000.  Some feel the Church should never of entered an already established tourist area.

In a statement to Fides the Bishop of the Prelature of Cancun, Mgr. Pedro Pablo Elizondo opined: “In Mexico, the Church has always condemned the connection between drug trafficking, violence, abuse of power, gambling and corruption, which are at the expense of the poor and suffering. In many cases violence was linked to casino environments where criminals often circulate.”

Playboy Enterprises partnered with Mexican casino mogul Juan Jose Rojas-Cardona, a man with a criminal record and reported ties to criminal organizations, to open the $7.5 million casino complex. 

The Church leadership is also planning on taking its battles with Playboy to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in hopes he will intervene.

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Hispanics Are Most Concerned With Money, Spending Time with Kids

Hispanics Are Most Concerned With Money, Spending Time with Kids

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The two chief concerns of Hispanics in the United States are having enough money to make it to the end of the month and having time to spend with the kids, according to a Telemundo/NBC/WSJ survey published Friday.

The poll, taken in April, is the second part of the one published on Thursday, which showed that 58 percent of interviewees approve of President Barack Obama’s economic policies compared with 36 percent who disapprove.

According to the figures released today, 67 percent of Hispanics consider the problem of having enough cash to cover their needs as “very serious,” while 24 percent consider it “serious.”

An almost identical proportion say the problem of not having enough time with their children to really know what’s going on in their lives is very serious, while 25 percent define it as serious.

No less than 84 percent consider either serious or very serious the problem of not being able to spend more time with the family because of money problems and having to work extra hours.

With regard to social topics, 42 percent of Hispanics think abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, while 33 percent believe it should always or usually be legal.

As for gay rights, 49 percent of Latinos are in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, a much lower percentage than the 63 percent of the population as a whole.

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Making Cut at The Masters: Teen Guan Tianlang and All Hispanic Players Move Forward

Making Cut at The Masters: Teen Guan Tianlang and All Hispanic Players Move Forward

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On Friday the Masters players found out who was in and out, after two rounds of play.  All four Hispanic players made the cut.  Argentine Angel Cabrera, lovely known as “El Pato”  is currently in fourth place with a score -4 under par.  Two Spaniards are also well placed and amongst the top 20 players at The Masters 2013.

Gonzales Fernandez-Caston is -2 under par while Sergio Garcia, who had a very strong start is also -2 under par.  Jose Maria Olazabal survived the cut with a +2 to par.

The Masters cut rule in place since 1957 comes after the second round of play.  Golfers with the lowest 50 scores, plus ties, and any golfer within 10 strokes of the lead, advance to play the final two rounds.

Meanwhile golfing phenom 14-year-old Guan Tianlang became the youngest player ever to make Masters cut.  Tianlang accomplish this feat in spite of receiving a rare penalty for slow play.  Even if Tianlang would not of survived the cut he has already made history.  He is the youngest player ever at the Masters and the youngest at any major in 148 years and of course the only player carrying textbooks in his golfbag.

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Highly Regarded Journalist Murdered in Ecuador

Highly Regarded Journalist Murdered in Ecuador

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Ecuadorian broadcast journalist Fausto Valdiviezo was fatally shot in his car, authorities said Friday.

“We are dismayed by the murder of Fausto Valdiviezo. An embrace of solidarity for his family and the commitment that the murder will not go unpunished,” the country’s president, Rafael Correa, said on Twitter.

The 53-year-old journalist was killed Thursday night after leaving his mother’s home in the coastal city of Guayaquil, witnesses said.

Valdiviezo had been attacked Wednesday while driving, but did not report the incident to authorities, the police chief in surrounding Guayas province, Marcelo Tobar, said.

If the television reporter and anchor had reported the first attack, “we would have had some recommendations for him,” the police commander said.

The victim’s brother said he didn’t have any enemies.

“The police are on track, the country has known my brother for very many years from his journalism career,” Alfredo Valdiviezo told Ecuadorian radio. “He didn’t have problems of any kind with anyone. In reality, no enemies. So as he didn’t have enemies, I think it is very easy to detect who it might have been.”

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Spain’s “Blancanieves” Receives Ariel Nomination for Best Ibero-American Picture

Spain’s “Blancanieves” Receives Ariel Nomination for Best Ibero-American Picture

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The big winner in Spain’s Goya film awards, “Blancanieves,” has been nominated for Mexico’s Ariel prize in the category of best Ibero-American picture.

Pablo Berger’s silent, black-and-white version of the Snow White tale features Mexican actor Daniel Gimenez Cacho in the leading role and is scheduled to open in Mexico on June 21.

“Blancanieves” will vie with Chile’s “No” and the Ecuadorian feature “Pescador” for the Ariel for best Ibero-American film.

Last year’s award went to Spain’s “Pa negre,” the fifth Spanish film to snag the Ariel.

Winners of the 55th edition of the Ariel prizes will be announced at a May 28 gala in Mexico City.

Director Luis Mandoki’s “La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas” leads the nominations for the Ariel - Mexico’s equivalent of the Oscar - with 11.

But the Hollywood veteran’s tale about a young Central American woman seeking a better life was left out of the battle for film of the year honors among “El premio,” “Los ultimos cristeros” and “La demora.”

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SaturdayApril 13, 2013