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SaturdayApril 27, 2013

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Colombian President Santos Spends Night in Project of 1600 Free Apartments

Colombian President Santos Spends Night in Project of 1600 Free Apartments

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President Juan Manuel Santos slept in one of the 320 apartments that will be given to the neediest of Valledupar (in this project there are 1,600 total).  The Head of State claimed this act was to verify the quality of the structures and ensure that the beneficiaries may live a dignified and quality. (Visit the neighborhood where Santos stayed for one night) .

Upon waking, Santos read the newspaper El Pilon.

Last night Santos opened the forty-sixth annual Vallenato Legend Festival.

The housing minister, German Vargas Lleras, leader of the project, was also in celebration and stayed to sleep in one of the apartments.

This capital project is called Nando Cesarense Marin, in honor of a prominent vallenato composer. It is a complex of buildings consisting of 1,600 apartments, pool area will have 124,000 square meters of parkland and more than 6,000 square meters of public facilities such as schools, health centers and libraries, among others.

The beneficiaries of this project came out of a draw between 5,000 people, of whom 52 percent are victims of violence or displaced and vulnerable 48 percent of the city population.

These apartments have an area of ​​52 square meters and feature all the utilities.

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“Iron Man 3”  Opens in Mexico (VIDEO) to Debut in US May 3

“Iron Man 3”  Opens in Mexico (VIDEO) to Debut in US May 3

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Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

The film opened in Mexico Friday and will debut to the US on May 3, 2013

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Selena Gomez Sued, While Justin Posts Intimate Instagram of Couple

Selena Gomez Sued, While Justin Posts Intimate Instagram of Couple

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A perfume company Selena Gomez’ was working with to develop fragrance products has sued the singer-actress for breach of duty all while Justin Bieber posted an Instagram pic, possibly to cheer her up. 

Adrenalina Inc. alleges Gomez failed to promote fragrance products after agreeing in 2011 to develop and promote such products.  The perfume company reports it has spent more than $2 million on the Selena relationship and she is not fulfilling her obligations.

Back on July, 2011 the Mexican-American performer was excited as was Adrenalina about the deal, “We are incredibly enthused to be working with Ms. Gomez and will reveal more details pertaining to the fragrance as we get closer to the launch date,” said Ilia Lekach, chairman and C.E.O. of Adrenalina.

Gomez had invited all her fans to vote on three basic ingredients that should be included in the perfume, which ended up with raspberry, freesia and vanilla in the perfume mix.

A year later Gomez is being accused of not showing up for promotional events.  Gomez did launch “Selena Gomez Fragrance Collection” at Macy’s in 2012.  It is not known if this is the Adrenalina product the lawsuit is about.

Meanwhile her on-again-off-again boyfriend Justin Beiber posted an intimate Instagram photo of the couple – maybe to cheer her up after the lawsuit.  We don’t know if the picture was taken recently or when the couple was more on then off in their relationship. 

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10 Members of Banda Group La Reyna de Monterrey Killed in Road Accident, 5 Others Injured

10 Members of Banda Group La Reyna de Monterrey Killed in Road Accident, 5 Others Injured

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An early morning traffic accident, occurring on the highway connecting Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey, Mexico has left 10 members of the musical banda group La Reyna de Monterrey dead and 5 others injured.

Early reports indicate that the driver of the La Reyna van apparently fell asleep and veered into oncoming traffic eventually colliding head-on to a TNL Express tractor-trailer.

The accident occurred between 7:00-8:00 a.m. local time when the group was traveling back from the U.S. after performing in Laredo, Texas.  Other reports indicate that the group had performed in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.  The group’s last posting, six hours ago, on their Facebook page indicates they were in Nuevo Laredo at the “Laguito Bar’ performing. 

The impact of the crash was so severe that many of the deceased were thrown from the vehicle onto the roadside.  The majority of the banda group are young men under 25-years-old. 

The injured were taken to a hospital in Salinas Hidalgo.

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Spain’s Chef Adria to Reveal his Creative Process at 2014 NYC Exhibit

Spain’s Chef Adria to Reveal his Creative Process at 2014 NYC Exhibit

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Ferran Adria, the man behind El Bulli, hailed as the world’s finest restaurant, will offer a glimpse of his creative process in an exhibit set to open here in January 2014.

Adria’s sketches of some of his culinary masterpieces will appear at a gallery in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

“With this exposition of drawings I will explain to people that this business of creating doesn’t just come out, but rather it has a process of work behind it,” the acclaimed chef told Efe.

Adria is in New York to attend an auction at Sotheby’s of wines and equipment from El Bulli, which closed its doors in 2011.

The proceeds from the sale will go toward the El Bulli Foundation, Adria’s project to promote culinary excellence and innovation.

The chef bubbled with enthusiasm about next year’s exhibit of drawings that show how to prepare dishes “which make people happy.”

“Food has a great force to create happiness. In the kitchen at El Bulli, we made people happy,” Adria said.

While he has no plans to open a restaurant in the Big Apple, the chef said that if his brother and business manager Albert Adria decides to come to New York, he will accompany him.

“We would only do it if it contributes something and if it could be important to assist and bolster Spanish gastronomy,” Ferran Adria said.

The first auction of items from El Bulli, held April 2 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, raised $1.8 million for the El Bulli Foundation, including the $25,000 one bidder paid to have dinner with Adria.

“I don’t think dining with me is the most interesting thing. You have to see it as a donation to the foundation,” the chef said.

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‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

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Guatemala’s Catholic Church marked Friday’s 15th anniversary of the brutal murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi by remembering the slain cleric as a peace activist and defender of human rights.

Gerardi was a “martyr for peace” who devoted himself to Guatemala’s downtrodden peasants and indigenous people, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian said in a service at Guatemala City’s Metropolitan Cathedral.

“He struggled to build a fairer and more worthy society (and) sought peace through truth and justice,” Guatemala’s Catholic primate said.

Vian urged Guatemalans to banish fear, pessimism and frustration and expressed the hope that the memory of Gerardi will live on forever.

The bishop died on April 26, 1998, on the grounds of the Church of St. Sebastian, around 200 meters (yards) from the seat of the Guatemalan government.

Gerardi, 75, was found beaten to death in the garage of the rectory where he lived just two days after a panel he led released a report documenting 55,000 human rights violations during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, most of them committed by the army.

Two of the three people convicted in connection with the murder secured early release from prison within the last year.

Retired army Col. Byron Disrael Lima Estrada was paroled last July, while the Rev. Mario Orantes, sentenced to 20 years as an accomplice in the assassination, received parole in January.

Lima Estrada’s son and co-conspirator, Capt. Byron Lima Oliva, has been turned down twice by the courts in his bid for early release.

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500-Year Old Petroglyphs Found in Vera Cruz’ Huasteca Region

500-Year Old Petroglyphs Found in Vera Cruz’ Huasteca Region

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Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) is researching what are believed to be 500-year-old petroglyphs, discovered by a farmer in Alamo-Temapache in the state of Vera Cruz.

The local farmer made the discovery in January and now INAH is registering the find and researching its origin.  The sedimentary rock cravings measures 6.84 feet by 6.72 feet, according to lead archaeologist, Maria Eugenia Maldonado Vite.  The most distinguishing feature of the petroglyph is a “shaman” with elements of time and astronomy surrounding him. 

Vite believes these cravings are “cultural expressions” related to “counting time” through the movement of celestial bodies.

The petroglyphs were found at the foothills of the Cerro del Sombrerete located in Alamo-Temapache that is part of the Huasteca region where the indigenous Huastec people lived in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican times.  The Huastecs are thought to be distant relatives of the Mayans.  Approximately 65,000 Huasteca people are left in Mexico, the population decimated when the Spaniards arrived in 1500’s. 

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Colombian Teen Hit-Man Confesses to more Than 30 Assassinations

Colombian Teen Hit-Man Confesses to more Than 30 Assassinations

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A 19-year-old Colombian teenage hired gun told police he committed more than 30 murders in Bogota, most between the ages of 11 and 16, blaming his crimes on his family’s economic plight and the violence he endured at the hands of his father.

“Seeing the powerlessness when I heard my parents saying they didn’t have money for the rent and didn’t know how they were going to get it” led him to become a gang enforcer, Andres Leonardo Achipiz told Caracol Television Friday.

Referring to the physical abuse, he said his father would resort to “physical blows, humiliation, because of having to work so hard to support six children,” adding that repressed anger led him to consider doing harm to others.

Achipiz said his first victim was an individual who had stolen his cellphone at knifepoint and that after several other killings criminals began hiring him.

He said he eventually became a full-time enforcer, estimating that he murdered a total of 32 or 33 people.

Achipiz, who committed his last homicide in November 2012, was arrested on Monday and could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison if convicted, a spokesman for the Bogota police force told Efe Friday.

Police have evidence that he carried out eight murders, and Achipiz admitted to those crimes at a court hearing this week, the spokesman said.

The jailed suspect, who asked forgiveness of the family members of his victims, said he hopes his three-year-old son is raised far from the life of crime he chose.

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80% of Rapes in Mexico Go Unpunished

80% of Rapes in Mexico Go Unpunished

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With more than 14, 000 reported rapes in Mexico last year, a whopping 80 percent remain unpunished. These statistics do not take into account the fantastic number of cases that go unreported. The Commission on Gender Equality and Chamber of Deputies legislative body reported these statistics today with disdain. There are several high profile cases involving foreign women, such as the Spanish in Acapulco, and there are even more reportedly committed by members of police forces.

In recent days there have been violations reported of foreign women and countrymen, committed by members of the municipal police in Cajeme, Sonora, Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, and Chimalhuacán, State of Mexico. There is another case of sexual abuse reported by a commander and two officers of the Municipal Public Security Solidaridad in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, against a woman of Italian nationality.

In the State of Mexico, on February 23 it was reported that three policemen in Chimalhuacán, were charged with violating a minor and of murdering her boyfriend.

Given this situation, the Commission on Gender Equality and passed a motion that strongly condemns rape and sexual abuse of foreign women as well as compatriots and minors.  While insisting that those public officials charged in these cases will be punished.

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Six Killed Near Mexican Resort City of Acapulco

Six Killed Near Mexican Resort City of Acapulco

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Six people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting near the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, the Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office said.

The eight victims were gathered on the bank of a dried-up riverbed in the village of Los Organos when gunmen arrived and started shooting, the AG’s office said.

Federal, state and municipal security forces began a search for the shooters.

The two wounded survivors were taken to a hospital in Acapulco and their names are being held to protect them, according to the official statement.

The bodies of the dead were identified by family members, according to the AG’s office, which declined to speculate on the motive for the attack.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was in Acapulco on Thursday to inaugurate the country’s 76th Banking Convention.

Guerrero, particularly the area around Acapulco, has been wracked by conflict among rival drug cartels and between the criminals and security forces.

Drug-war strife has claimed more than 70,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006.

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Narco Singer Chuy Quintanilla Autopsy Results In, Burial Today

Narco Singer Chuy Quintanilla Autopsy Results In, Burial Today

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Hidalgo County Sheriff’s in Texas have ruled singer Chuy Quintanilla’s death a homicide with death resulting from gunshot wounds to the head and neck.

The narco-singer was reported missing Wednesday night by family members.  His body was found laying in a pool of blood the next morning in a grapefruit orchards north of Mission, Texas. 

Local authorities are keeping a tight lid on details around the murder investigation but will more than likely investigate whether the beloved singer’s choice of music was a factor in his death.

Quintanilla and his deceased brother Beto were known for their narco-corrido songs paying attention and homage to different Mexican drug cartels. 

His family will lay to rest the popular singer and beloved family member today near his home in Palmview, Texas. 

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Eva Longoria Talks With Dr. Oz About Divorce, Depression

Eva Longoria Talks With Dr. Oz About Divorce, Depression

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Actress Eva Longoria said Friday on a television program that she went through some bad times after her divorce from NBA basketball player Tony Parker, but wasn’t aware she was suffering from depression.

“I didn’t know I was depressed,” the “Desperate Housewives” star told Dr. Oz on an episode of his syndicated talk show airing Friday.

“I mean, I knew it was a sad moment in my life, but I wouldn’t categorize myself as depressed. I’m not that. I’m an optimist about life, like, ‘Didn’t work? Moving on. I’m fine,’” Longoria said.

Her family and closest friends helped the actress keep believing that because they insisted she looked better than ever.

“That’s probably the time I got the most compliments because I was so skinny,” Longoria said. “I was not eating. I was depressed. I was sad. My diet was coffee. So people kept saying, ‘You look amazing. Divorce agrees with you.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t feel good. I have no energy.’”

All that changed when she decided to go to the doctor once she realized the situation was affecting her health.

“It was like all these things were physically wrong with my body, so I had to saturate with vitamins and kind of get back on this track,” the actress said.

Longoria said that part of the process consisted of eliminating sugar from her diet for almost three months.

Longoria was married for three years to Parker, whom she divorced in January 2011, a year she spent in a romance with Eduardo Cruz, brother of the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz.

She later took up with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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Brazilian Bruno Coutinho Accidentally Shot Himself in the Head with Harpoon but Survived

Brazilian Bruno Coutinho Accidentally Shot Himself in the Head with Harpoon but Survived

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The Mirror in England reports that a Brazilian man shot himself through the eye with a six-inch harpoon - and survived.

Bruno Coutinho was cleaning his gun when he accidentally fired it, sending the spear through his left eye and into the back of his skull.

Mr Countinho was still able to call for help and rushed to intensive care where medics performed two operations on him to remove the harpoon.

Doctors said the object came within millimetres of slicing a mayor artery in Mr Coutinho’s head, which would have proved fatal.

Incredibly, though, Mr Coutinho did not suffer any brain damage, but he did lose the sight in his eye.

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SaturdayApril 27, 2013