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ThursdayApril 18, 2013

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Foot Locker, DoSomething.org Announce Recipients of Scholar Athletes Program

Foot Locker, DoSomething.org Announce Recipients of Scholar Athletes Program

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Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. and DoSomething.org unveiled today the twenty recipients of the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program.

Each student will receive $20,000 in college scholarships, totaling $400,000.

Now in its second year, the scholarship program honors students who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills both in sports and within their communities.

This year’s 20 winners will join the program’s inaugural class of 20 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, which will total 40 scholarship recipients in its second year.

    Amanda Brazell, Las Vegas, NV
    Bethany Morrow, Yuba City, CA
    Chandller Putnam, Orchards, WA
    Cody Burtscher, Glen Rose, TX
    Derrick Estell, Miller, MO
    Erin DiMeglio, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Felix Ruano, Los Angeles, CA
    Hannah Pierce, Irvine, TX
    Jelani Butler, Newark, NJ
    John Bender, Spring, TX
    Juliana Carvajal, Ephrata, PA
    Katherine Zimmerman, Williamsville, NY
    Luis Mata,  Houston, TX
    Luke Putney, Atlanta, GA
    Myles Johnson, Bradenton, FL
    Patrick McMahon, Orland Park, IL
    Ronald Terry, Richmond, VA
    Sara Rusta, Denver, CO
    Swarnjit Boyal, Yuba City, CA
    Vivian Hao, Franklin, TN

Click here to read more on these exceptional winners.

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Bud Light Donates $20,000 to Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Bud Light Donates $20,000 to Hispanic Scholarship Fund

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Bud Light Donates $20,000 to Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Commemorate Men’s Mexican National Team Tour

Bernardo Meza and David Henson of Anheuser-Busch present $20,000 to Claudia Quezada of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Bud Light, official sponsor of the men’s Mexican National Soccer Team, is donating $20,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) to commemorate the team’s American tour and today’s game against Peru in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

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NHCLC Applauds Proposed Senate Immigration Reform Bill

NHCLC Applauds Proposed Senate Immigration Reform Bill

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We Are Inches Away from Crossing the ‘Jordan’ of Reform

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization, the Hispanic Evangelical Association, and NHCLC President, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, applaud the proposed Senate bill on immigration reform.

Rodriguez will join Senator Marco Rubio and the bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” in a press conference in Washington, D.C on Thursday, April 18, 2013, as they outline their proposed immigration reform bill. The Senate introduced legislation, which serves to solve the immigration reform process, at 2 a.m. this morning (http://www.schumer.senate.gov/forms/immigration.pdf ).

Rev. Rodriguez, praising this movement and momentum for reform, said, “Engaging a biblical narrative as a metaphor, the immigration cause no longer resides in the Egypt of political apathy or the desert of inevitable deportation. Today, this just cause stands before the ‘Jordan’ called reform. With prophetic courage, spiritual fortitude and political will, we will cross into the promise land of integration thus protecting our values, borders and dream.

“Ironically the same issue that once polarized our nation now serves as a conduit for bipartisan collaboration. Now is the time.”

Today, on the same day that the Senate introduced immigration reform legislation, hundreds of evangelical congregants and leaders from over 24 states descended upon Washington, D.C. for the first-ever national “Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action on Immigration Reform.” Dr. Carlos Moran, Board Member, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and NHCLC Immigration Spokesperson is one of several leaders speaking at this event in D.C, many of whom believe the Unites States is on the verge of a major and much anticipated breakthrough on immigration reform.

Dr. Carlos Moran, said, “As Evangelicals, as born again believers, as the spiritual heirs to the mantles of Billy Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we affirm our conviction that it is the time to reconcile border security with security of our values; values that include faith, hope and charity. Values that prompt us to worship our Lord and welcome the stranger. For at the end of the day, passing immigration reform is not, as Rev. Samuel Rodriguez reminds us, about advancing the agenda of the donkey or the elephant. Immigration reform is about living out the agenda of the lamb.”

Rev. Wilfredo “Choco” DeJesus, profiled along with Rev. Rodriguez’s description of the Latino Reformation in the April 15th TIME magazine feature story, and Pastor of New Life Covenant Church, NHCLC Vice President and NHCLC Illinois Chapter Director, said, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform is long overdue. As long as a pathway to citizenship remains at the heart of this bill I remain hopeful that undocumented families will be offered the opportunity to stay together and not be torn apart by our current broken immigration system. These families are woven into the fabric of our daily lives – their children attend school with our children, they worship and are active in our churches, they are contributing members of our society. As a pastor and NHCLC Vice President of Social Justice, I will continue to advocate and stand for the millions of undocumented families that deserve a pathway to citizenship as the word of God instructs me to do.”

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Dominicans Protest Against Canadian Miner Barrick Gold

Dominicans Protest Against Canadian Miner Barrick Gold

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Dozens of people marched Thursday in the northern Dominican city of Santiago against Canadian miner Barrick Gold, which is developing the massive Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Caribbean nation.

Holding up signs and chanting slogans, the demonstrators walked along several streets in Santiago, the country’s second-largest city, and called on the government to expel the company and nationalize the mine.

Rifle-toting police kept a close eye on the demonstrators, although no major incidents were reported.

One of the organizers of the demonstration, the Broad Front for Popular Struggle’s Victor Breton, said the mining company “has mocked the Dominican people.”

The protest comes at a time when political parties and civil society are putting increasing pressure on President Danilo Medina’s administration to renegotiate Barrick Gold’s contract.

Pueblo Viejo, one of the world’s largest gold mines, is 60 percent owned by Barrick, while another Canadian miner, Goldcorp, holds the remaining 40 percent stake.

During his first state of the nation address to the National Assembly in February, Medina said the price of an ounce of gold has risen six-fold since the contract to develop Pueblo Viejo was signed with the Placer Dome company, which Barrick acquired in 2006.

Medina also said a government commission had met on “dozens” of occasions with Barrick representatives, but without “convincing the company of the need and urgency of correcting the current revenue-sharing scheme.”

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Mexican Police Discover 14 Thoroughbreds at Illegal Drug Lab

Mexican Police Discover 14 Thoroughbreds at Illegal Drug Lab

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Police found 14 thoroughbreds at an illegal drug lab in Guanajuato, a state in central Mexico, and arrested four suspects, including a person who may be a Canadian citizen, officials said.

Officers “found 14 Portuguese and Spanish thoroughbreds, five ponies, a foal and a domestic horse, all of which were secured at the site,” the National Security Council said.

Police went to the property in the city of Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas in response to a telephone call from a tipster, the council said.

Jason David Wilson, a 40-year-old who is presumably a Canadian citizen, Pablo Barrios, 35, Gerardo Garcia, 25, and Maria Mercedes Maya, 27, were arrested along with a minor, the council said.

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Former Spanish Politician Poses Topless on Magazine Cover

Former Spanish Politician Poses Topless on Magazine Cover

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A socialist former Spanish councilwoman recently posed topless on the cover of a Spanish magazine.

Olvido Hormigos Carpio, who faced controversy after her lover shared a video she’d sent him, posed nude on the latest cover of Spain’s Interviú magazine to express that she can do “whatever she wants with her body.”

Hormigos Carpio, 42, stepped down as a representative of the city of Los Yébenes in the province of Toledo after months of pressure following the publication of the video and images. She says she left her position with the Socialist Workers Party out of respect for her family and the party.

Hormigos Carpio is the mother of two and was a primary school teacher.

“All I want is that ‘the soccer player’, the recipient of the video who I [dated] for three months and that now walks around the town as usual, pays for it,” she told Interviú. “People would think I am made of ice, but it was horrible, although I had to get on with my life.”

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Reporters Without Borders Urges Mexico to Investigate Plot Against Reporter

Reporters Without Borders Urges Mexico to Investigate Plot Against Reporter

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Reporters Without Borders on Thursday asked Mexico to respond to allegations that officials in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz hatched a plot to harm a journalist.

The Paris-based organization, known by the French initials RSF, cited accusations by Mexican news magazine Proceso.

“On 16 April, the weekly accused current and former state officials of plotting against its reporter Jorge Carrasco, who has been investigating fellow Proceso reporter Regina Martinez’s April 2012 murder in the Veracruz capital of Xalapa,” RSF said.

Though the Veracruz attorney general denied the allegation, Carrasco decided to go into hiding.

“A full explanation must be provided by the Veracruz authorities regarding the serious allegations that the magazine Proceso has leveled against them,” RSF said.

The press freedom watchdog also demanded information about the status of the search for Veracruz newspaper photographer Sergio Landa, who went missing six weeks ago not long after he was briefly abducted by an armed group.

Veracruz, according to RSF is “one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.”

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Sinkhole Swallows 3 Vehicles in Chicago Neighborhood

Sinkhole Swallows 3 Vehicles in Chicago Neighborhood

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A Chicago neighborhood was left stunned after hours of heavy rain resulted in a large sinkhole in the middle of the road that swallowed a number of cars.

At around 5 a.m. Thursday morning a sinkhole opened up in Chicago’s South Deering neighborhood on the 9600 block on South Houston Avenue.

When emergency crews arrived they found two cars had been swallowed by the hole and one man was in one of the vehicles driving by when the ground opened. The man was rescued and taken to Northwestern memorial Hospital. His father told reporters his son will be okay.

Within 30 minutes the sinkhole had nearly doubled in size and a third car had fallen in. A fourth car was narrowly towed just before it too fell in. When the sinkhole finally stopped expanding it was approximately 40 feet across and 10 feet deep.

About 5 inches of rain fell in Chicago overnight and a spokesman for the Water Department said the sinkhole may have opened after the cast iron pipe, which dates back to 1915, was disturbed by the immense rain.

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“Macho” Camacho’s Son “Machito” Is Motivated by Father’s Murder

“Macho” Camacho’s Son “Machito” Is Motivated by Father’s Murder

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Hector “Machito” Camacho, the son of legendary Puerto Rican boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho, says his father’s murder last November has provided him with “more motivation” to become a world champion.

Camacho will fight Mexico’s Miguel Munguia on Saturday at Coliseo Manuel “Petaca” Iguina in Arecibo, a city in northern Puerto Rico, marking his first appearance in the ring on the island in 15 years.

“This fight is very important because it is my return to Puerto Rico. I have more motivation after my dad’s passing to be a champion,” the 34-year-old Camacho said.

Machito Camacho has never fought for a world title in any of boxing’s main organizations - the World Boxing Council, the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Association - but has a record of 54-5-1.

The Puerto Rican boxer said his weight had dropped from 90 kilos (198 pounds) to 73 kilos (154 pounds) since he arrived on the island to begin training for Saturday’s fight against Munguia.

“With all my strength, there is no other choice, there is no ‘no,’ just work, work, work. I am in Puerto Rico and I want to show the boxing world that I am back,” Camacho said.

Hector “Macho” Camacho was killed by a gunshot in the face on Nov. 20.

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Many Latinos/Hispanics Make ‘TIME 100 Most Influential’

Many Latinos/Hispanics Make ‘TIME 100 Most Influential’

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TIME magazine recently announced their choices for the “100 Most Influential People” of 2013 and among them are a number of Latino and Hispanic people.

Known as Pastor Choco, Chicago’s Wilfredo de Jesus was named one of the most influential leaders, with his summary written by Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church.

Warren writes:

…Pastor Choco encourages others to go out into the community not just with words but with his own actions. Under his leadership, New Life is reaching out to the outcasts and forgotten in our society — the homeless, women suffering with addiction and prostitution, and young people in gangs.

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto was another leader to make the list, with his summary being written by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Richardson states:

Since his narrow election victory, Peña Nieto’s stock has skyrocketed, with near unanimous praise from across Mexican society. He signed a “Pact for Mexico” in December with the two opposition parties and has enacted significant labor reforms. He’s proposed significant changes in the energy and telecommunications sectors, as well as improvements in the nation’s finances. At the Organization of American States, he has led the fight against countries like Ecuador that seek curbs on press freedoms.

…This is a leader to watch.

Current New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was also listed. Karl Rove, senior adviser to former President George W. Bush wrote:

At 18 and armed with a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum, Susana Martinez guarded parking lots at church bingo nights for her parents’ security business. She later attended law school, becoming a prosecutor and handling child-abuse and homicide cases. Fired by her boss after being called to testify against him, she challenged him at the polls, eventually winning four terms as Doña Ana County district attorney.

…Martinez was considered for Mitt Romney’s running mate last year. If she is re-elected in 2014, her reputation as a reform-minded conservative Republican could grow even more in a second term.

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Chavela Vargas Honored on Her 94th Birthday with a Google Doodle

Google has honored Mexican singing icon Chavela Vargas with a Google Doodle on what would of been her 94th Birthday.

Vargas - whose real name was Isabel Vargas Lizano – was born in Costa Rica using her nickname, Chavela, to perform.  She was known for her interpretation of ranchera songs and introduced herself to American audiences in a groundbreaking appearance at Carnegie Hall when she was 83.  Her haunting song “Paloma Negra” was featured in Salma Hayek’s “Frida” movie.  In 2007 she was honored with a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In her hey-day Vargas was rumored to have had a lesbian relationship with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.  Chavela took all her secrets to the grave when she died on August 5, 2013 succumbing to respiratory and kidney failure at 93-years-old.

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National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights Commends Gang of 8’s Proposal

National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights Commends Gang of 8’s Proposal

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The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) commends the U.S. Senate on its introduction of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act,” a bipartisan proposal for immigration reform.

The NCIWR applauds the tireless work of the Senators leading the effort, known as the “Gang of Eight”—Michael Bennet (D–Colo.), Richard Durbin (D–Ill.), Jeff Flake (R–Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.), John McCain (R–Ariz.), Robert Menendez (D–N.J.), Marco Rubio (R–Fla.), and Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) and congratulates them on reaching an agreement on this important issue.

“Immigrant women are key contributors to the success of the U.S. They contribute to the economy, keep their families strong and invest in their children’s education. However, heavy-handed enforcement policies are violating their rights and tearing their families apart in inhumane, costly and counterproductive ways,” notes Michelle Brané, Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program with the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), a member of NCIWR Steering Committee.

Brané continues, “The introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act is an important step forward in affording immigrant women the opportunity to become full citizens of the United States and to build a better future for their families and their communities.”

“While we’re encouraged to see this process moving forward, we are disappointed that the Senate did not seriously address the damaging barriers to health care for immigrant women and their families. As currently proposed, immigrant women and families would have to wait at least 13 to 15 years for access to affordable health insurance options. For a mother suffering from undetected breast or cervical cancer, 15 years can be the difference between life and death,” comments Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), a Steering Committee member of NCIWR.

She adds, “We urge Congress to address this glaring oversight and ensure that the roadmap to citizenship provides greater opportunity for aspiring citizens to contribute to and participate in affordable health care, and to live with health, dignity, and justice.”

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66th Cannes Film Festival List Includes Several Offerings from Mexico

66th Cannes Film Festival List Includes Several Offerings from Mexico

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The iconic Cannes Film Festival has released its full list of offerings for the upcoming 66th annual film festival and there are several offerings from Mexico.  Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby” will open the festival in France and “Zulu” by Jerome Salle will be the closing film.

Amongst the 19 films competing for the coveted Palme d’Or is “Heli” a Mexican-narco film directed by Amat Escalante.  This is the Spanish director’s third film and it is highly anticipated.  Heli, the central character in the film, lives in Guanajuato where he faces narco violence, police corruption and love all while looking for his dad who has gone missing. 

Competing for the Camera d’Or prize in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category amongst the 14 offerings is “La Jaula de Oro” by Spanish director Diego Quemada-Diez.  “La Jaula de Oro” (golden cage) is a Machete Production from Mexico.  Machete’s “Year Leap” was the first film to win a Camera D’Or for a Mexican film in 2010.  The “La Jaula de Oro” film tells the story of two teens trying to cross a “ruthless country in search of a better life beyond the Mexican border.” 

In the CineFoundation category, honoring up-and-coming talent, Mexico’s Alejandro Iglesias Mendizabal 25 minute fictional tale of “Contrafabule de Una Nina Disecada” (Fable of a Dissected Girl) will be shown. 

The festival will begin on May 15 and runs through the 26th.  Steven Spielberg leads the jury panel this year. These films were chosen amongst 1,858 submissions received by the festival. 

CLICK HERE to read the entire list of competitors.

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LatAm Needs to Address Growing Demand in IT Sector, Says Cisco

LatAm Needs to Address Growing Demand in IT Sector, Says Cisco

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Demand across Latin America for workers trained in information and communication technologies will exceed supply by 35 percent, or more than 296,000 professionals, in 2015, according to a study presented in the Colombian capital.

According to the study, titled Networking Skills in Latin America and carried out by independent consultant IDC for Cisco, the region in 2011 lacked 139,800 professionals trained in network planning, design, management and support and information and communications technologies.

“The gap in 2011 between supply and demand was 27 percent and will grow to 35 percent if we don’t take action now,” Mauricio Carrillo, Cisco Latin America’s senior director of engineering and architecture, told Efe.

IDC conducted 767 interviews at companies with more than 100 employees in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

The study showed a lack of 76,800 professionals with basic knowledge of essential networking technologies, including IP telephony and IP network skills, security skills and wireless network skills, or 55 percent of the total networking skills’ gap.

In 2015, the projected shortfall of those professionals is expected to be 129,100 people, or 44 percent of the total gap.

“Governments and the private sector must join forces and respond and understand that without people in their countries trained in what the market demands, productivity won’t grow as much as desired and the wealth they so much desire won’t come,” Jordi Botifoll, president of the Latin America Theater at Cisco, told Efe.

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Morning Joe Host Shames Senators Who Killed Gun Reform: We’re The 90 Percent

Morning Joe Host Shames Senators Who Killed Gun Reform: We’re The 90 Percent

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The morning after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales, MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough raged against the lawmakers who blocked the bill. Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman, predicted both his party as well as the “Democrats who cowered in the corner” would “pay a heavy price” in the 2014 midterm elections.

As the show flashed images of each senator who voted against the measure, Scarborough reminded viewers that 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks, an even more extensive proposal than the one ultimately included in the failed bill. The former GOP legislator warned that his party will face “extinction” for opposing such an overwhelmingly popular bill:

You don’t ignore 90 percent of what the voting population wants when you’re talking about the safety of Americans, of our families, of our communities, of our schools. The safety that we feel when we send our kids to malls, to churches, to college…I just want to be clear. I said this party is heading towards extinction. Talking about the 2013 version of the Republican Party. A new Republican Party, though, is going to come in its place. This sort of extremism is going to be called out by the 90%. We’re the 90% and we are going to win. This is just the first battle.

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Indeed, the senators voting for the gun violence prevention measure represent 194 million people, roughly 65 percent of the entire American population, yet were defeated by a minority representing just 118 million people. Scarborough’s fury over these counterintuitive numbers echoes President Obama, who called out senators yesterday for choosing special interests over the American people.

Background checks are also exceedingly popular with gun owners and NRA members, though the gun lobby threw its full weight behind killing the measure. A full 87 percent of gun owners and 57 percent of NRA members support universal background checks.

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Border Protection Officers Find 48 lbs of Cocaine in Gas Tank

Border Protection Officers Find 48 lbs of Cocaine in Gas Tank

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade port of entry yesterday discovered 48 pounds of cocaine concealed in the gas tank of a vehicle.

On Monday night, at about 9:00 p.m., a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred a white 1992 Jeep Cherokee after detecting anomalies to the jeep’s gas tank.

CBP officers conducted an intensive examination of the vehicle and discovered 19 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment in the tank. The street value of the narcotic is estimated at approximately $576,000.

The driver, a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Yuma, Arizona, was arrested and transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment in federal court for the alleged smuggling attempt.

CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics

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U.S. Will Not Acknowledge Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela’s President

U.S. Will Not Acknowledge Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela’s President

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While the majority of Latin American countries have acknowledged Nicolas Maduro as the rightfully elected President of Venezuela in a razor-thin victory, the U.S. is refusing to do so.

The U.S. is also calling for a “credible and transparent process to reassure the Venezuelan people regarding the results.”  Shortly thereafter Venezuela’s Supreme Court announced there would be no recount.  Secretary of State John Kerry stated the U.S. had not decided whether to recognize Maduro as president.  Kerry is also calling for a recount so that there are no questions about Maduro’s right to rule.

This past Sunday Nicolas Maduro, former Vice President of Venezuela and Hugo Chavez’ handpicked successor, defeated Governor Henrique Caprilles in a narrow election.  On Monday with just a 200,000 vote (1.7% difference) lead Maduro was declared the winner without a chance for a recall as Caprilles was urging.

For his part Maduro has said he “does not care” if the U.S. recognizes his election victory or not.  He said according to Mercopress “We have decided to be free and we are going to be free and independent, with you or without you. Your opinion is not important to us.”

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Uruguay amongst other countries have sent Maduro their congratulations and support. 

Maduro will be sworn in as President on Friday.  Thus far eight people have been killed in election-related protests, most were supporters of Caprilles. 

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Sofia Vergara Talks Hypothyroidism, Promotes “Follow the Script”

Sofia Vergara Talks Hypothyroidism, Promotes “Follow the Script”

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Emmy-nominated actress Sofia Vergara revealed her own bout with thyroid cancer and debuted as the spokeswoman for “Follow the Script,” a campaign to raise awareness of hypothyroidism.

Now 40, the “Modern Family” star said she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 28 and had to have her thyroid removed.

“I was very young, and when they tell you that word (cancer), it’s like, ‘What are you talking about?’ You always think, ‘death.’ You don’t - that’s all you think when they tell you that. So it was - it was pretty scary,” Vergara said on ABC’s “Nightline.”

She first learned of the problem when she took son Manolo to his endocrinologist and the doctor noticed an inflammation of her thyroid gland.

The removal of her thyroid left Vergara with hypothyroidism, a condition that requires daily medication.

“In my career, I’m known to ad lib and go off-script-but not when it comes to my health. I make sure to ‘Follow the Script’ so I get exactly what my doctor prescribed,” the actress said.

Roughly one in eight women will suffer from a thyroid condition during the course of their lives, Vergara’s endocrinologist, Dr. Jordan L. Geller, said during the campaign launch at the Trump SoHo in New York.

An estimated 30 million people in the United States suffer from hypothyroidism.

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Explosion at Fertilizer Plant May Have Killed 15 in Texas

Explosion at Fertilizer Plant May Have Killed 15 in Texas

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An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, near Waco, may have killed between five and 15 people, and wounded at least 179 others, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Between three and five firefighters are missing, Waco police spokesman Patrick Swanton told U.S. media outlets.

The blast at the West Fertilizer Plant in West, located about 20 kilometers (some 12 miles) north of Waco, occurred around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and was heard up to 70 kilometers (43 miles) away, officials said.

The explosion leveled nearby houses and registered as a magnitude-2.1 seismic event on the U.S. Geological Survey’s seismographs.

The blast occurred about 30 minutes after the fire department was notified that a blaze had started at the fertilizer plant, the police spokesman said.

About five or six blocks in the town were affected by the blast, with buildings sustaining extensive damage and officials concerned about residents’ exposure to toxic fumes, West Mayor Tommy Muska said.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, is assisting in the investigation of the blast, which occurred during a week that started with the explosion of two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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Mexico Wants to “Deepen” Trade Relations with European Union

Mexico Wants to “Deepen” Trade Relations with European Union

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The Mexican government plans to “deepen” its trade relations with the European Union this year via negotiations set to start in a few months, Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said.

“The dialogue should start some time in the summer,” Guajardo told reporters after taking part in the “Mexico: Opportunity and Growth” forum.

Mexico is not looking to renegotiate the free trade agreement signed in Lisbon in 2000 but to “expand the treaty” to promote development in a knowledge-based economy, Guajardo said.

The trade agreement should incorporate “issues of technological modernization,” such as information technology and e-commerce, that were not discussed when the pact was being drafted, the economy secretary said.

Mexico may also introduce an “agricultural chapter” in the talks with the EU, Guajardo said.

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Brazilian Designer Brings Neoprene Bikinis to Fashion Rio

Brazilian Designer Brings Neoprene Bikinis to Fashion Rio

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Neoprene bikinis and bare chests were a hit at Fashion Rio, one of Brazil’s largest fashion industry fairs, where designers are unveiling their Southern Hemisphere summer collections this week.

Designer Lenny Niemeyer, whose models were the next-to-last to hit the runway on day three of the event Wednesday, unveiled a futuristic beach collection featuring neoprene, the material used to make garments for competitive swimmers.

The models walked the runway with a cold white light as a background, creating a play of black on white.

“I thought it was super sophisticated and pretty, in the sense that she (Niemeyer) managed to place all the forms and volumes, working the shoulders using a type of slightly rigid neoprene, and bringing out the shape of the body, which is difficult,” fashion consultant Costanza Pascolato told Efe.

The yachting collection also featured skirts with a high waistline, cropped blouses and leather sandals.

Fashion house Cantao, for its part, unveiled a line of summer dresses, while Sacada treated the audience to a collection of open blouses and skirts designed to show off the leg.

Sacada used transparent materials on the upper parts of its garments and Cantao rolled out a line of dresses with strips that left models’ busts uncovered.

The third day of Fashion Rio also featured presentations by Andrea Marques, Oh Boy and TNG.

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Mexican Director Iñarritu Now Shooting “Birdman” in New York

Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu has begun shooting in New York for his next film, “Birdman,” a black comedy starring Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton, Fox Searchlight Pictures said.

Iñarritu, the creator of films such as “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful,” said he was thrilled “to have such a talented cast to bring this script to life.”

The story centers on the travails of Keaton’s character, an actor who became famous for playing a superhero, as he tries to mount a Broadway play.

The cast includes Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Collaborating with Iñarritu on the script were Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo.

Giacobone and Bo also worked with Iñarritu on the script for “Biutiful.”

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ThursdayApril 18, 2013