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SundayMay 12, 2013

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Gasol, Hibbert Lead Grizzlies to Win Over Pacers

Gasol, Hibbert Lead Grizzlies to Win Over Pacers

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The value of the NBA’s tall men once again was clearly demonstrated on the court with Spanish center Marc Gasol and Jamaican Roy Hibbert - playing for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Indiana Pacers, respectively - stepping up on the weekend to give their teams 2-1 advantages in the semifinals.

Once again, Gasol made a decisive contribution to put the Grizzlies up 87-81 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third game of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals. He scored 20 points and headed a list of four players, including three starters, in double digits.

Sixteen of the big man’s points came in the second half, including two free throws he sank with just 1:03 remaining in regulation time to give his squad the definitive advantage. Overall, he played 37 minutes - hitting 6 of 14 shots from the field and 8 of 9 from the line - snagged 9 rebounds, contributed 4 assists and blocked 2 shots.

Along with Gasol, teammates Mike Conley and Tony Allen contributed 14 points each and Jerry Bayless threw in 11 more off the bench.

Meanwhile, Hibbert led the Pacers to their 82-71 win over the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Jamaican secured a double-double, scoring 24 - 9 of 18 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free throw line - and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Also for the Pacers, George Hill scored 17 points, Paul George tallied 14 and David West contributed 11.

Memphis will go up against the Thunder again on Monday in their same home-court venue - the FedExForum - and the Pacers and Knicks will face off once again on Tuesday in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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America Heads to Mexican Soccer League’s Semifinals

America Heads to Mexican Soccer League’s Semifinals

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With a last-minute goal by Ecuadorian Christian Benitez, his second of the match, America snagged a 2-1 victory over Pumas UNAM in the quarterfinals of the Mexican Clausura soccer tournament and qualified for the semifinals.

Benitez was the league’s top scorer during the regular season.

Paraguay’s Robin Ramirez, with Pumas, got his team on the board first in the 22nd minute but Benitez eventually scored the tying tally in the 56th minute and the game-winner 4 minutes into extra time.

In the first half, America manufactured a number of chances but could not score, including a 19th-minute header by Juan Carlos Valenzuela that was blocked and a powerful cross-shot from the right by Paul Aguilar in the 37th minute that was knocked away by goaltender Alejandro Palacios.

After the break, with America angling for a chance to even things up, Benitez finally managed to fire a left-footed shot from the center of the box into the top right corner of the net, assisted by Aquivaldo Mosquera following a corner kick.

And the Ecuadorian superstar scored the second all-important goal just before the final whistle on another left-footed shot from the center of the box, this one into the bottom left corner on an assist from Adrian Aldrete following a fast break.

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NASA Says Astronauts Repair Ammonia Leak on Space Station

NASA Says Astronauts Repair Ammonia Leak on Space Station

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Two astronauts managed to fix an ammonia leak on the International Space Station by replacing a defective pump during a spacewalk lasting a little over five hours, NASA said.

Astronauts Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy, both of whom are experienced in performing spacewalks, repaired the leak Saturday, replacing a defective pump blamed for the ammonia leak.

Engineers will take “several weeks” to determine the origin of the leak, which was detected last Thursday in the ISS cooling system, NASA officials said at a press conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Marshburn and Cassidy found no evidence of the leak and no apparent damage.

NASA engineers performed pressure tests on the cooling system as a precautionary measure to verify the proper functioning of the newly installed pump.

Ammonia is a basic element that circulates through the orbiting platform’s external temperature control system to cool and maintain the proper temperature for the ISS’s electronics and other systems.

The ISS, a $100 billion project in which 15 countries are cooperating, is orbiting some 385 kilometers (115 miles) above the Earth and traveling at almost 27,000 kph (16,740 mph).

Currently on board the space station are six crewmembers: Marshburn, Cassidy, Russians Roman Romanenko, Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov and Canadian Chris Hadfield.

Marshburn, Hadfield and Romanenko are expected to return to Earth on Monday and the ammonia leak has not altered the plans for their journey back to terra firma, NASA said.

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Nicaragua Expels AFP Photojournalist

Nicaragua Expels AFP Photojournalist

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An Agence France-Presse photojournalist was expelled from Nicaragua, Chilean Consul Diego Rivera said.

Hector Retamal, a Chilean national, was put on a plane Saturday to Costa Rica, where the French news agency has its Central American headquarters, Rivera said.

Retamal was detained last Tuesday for “violating the Migration Law,” Nicaraguan officials said.

The Nicaraguan government never filed charges against the photojournalist, AFP’s director for Central America, Marcelo Brusa, told Efe.

The 37-year-old Retamal was detained near the headquarters of the governing Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN, Brusa said.

The photojournalist identified himself at the Government House checkpoint as an AFP correspondent assigned to cover President Daniel Ortega’s meeting with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who was on a tour of Central America, Brusa said.

Nicaraguan officials did not explain why the AFP correspondent was detained or expelled from the country, Brusa said.

Retamal has worked for AFP for 11 months, covering Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

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Bodies of Spanish Businessmen Discovered in Mexico

Bodies of Spanish Businessmen Discovered in Mexico

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The bullet-riddled bodies of two Spanish businessmen were found inside a vehicle that was pushed into a canal in Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, officials said.

Jose Montoya Lozada, 58, and Fernando Carmona Romero, 57, worked as merchants and had their residences in Spain, the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office said.

Passersby spotted the vehicle in the Humaya canal around 8:40 a.m. Saturday and notified police, the AG’s office said.

The two men had their hands bound and had been placed on the back seat of the automobile.

The victims were reported missing on May 4, the AG’s office said.

The two men traveled frequently to the western city of Guadalajara, where they purchased clothing that they sold in several states, officials said.

The deputy attorney general in charge of the state’s central zone, Julio Cesar Romanillo, officers from several police departments and crime scene investigators went to the crime scene, the AG’s office said.

Sinaloa is home to the powerful drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

The rival Los Zetas cartel has been trying to grab control of some areas in the state from the Sinaloa organization, which is also battling the Beltran Leyva organization.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.

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Mexican Filmographer Brings New 3D Effects to ‘The Great Gatsby’

Mexican Filmographer Brings New 3D Effects to ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Mexican Alonso Homs, the filmographer in charge of 3D effects in the film “The Great Gatsby,” spoke in an interview with Efe about the artistic value of the third dimension because it contributes to the audiovisual language and emphasizes the acting.

Homs, who lives in New York, was the person responsible for creating the 3D effects from the technical and creative points of view in the film directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo di Caprio.

The use of 3D was inspired by its employment in “Dial M for Murder,” directed by the iconic Alfred Hitchcock,” who used the technique to improve the film’s narrative although it was screened in 2D in most theaters, Homs said.

“The Great Gatsby” - which has received both positive and negative reviews - tells the story of Jay Gatsby, a millionaire who made his fortune in a doubtful way and lives a life of ostentation and huge parties in his Long Island mansion during the 1920s, shortly before the Great Depression.

The story of the mysterious millionaire and the love triangle among Gatsby, his former love Daisy Buchanan (played by Carey Mulligan) and her husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), is told by Daisy’s cousin and Gatsby’s neighbor Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire).

“The Great Gatsby” was released in the United States last Friday and will come to Spanish theaters on May 17, a few days before it begins showing in certain other countries, including Mexico and Chile.

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FC Barcelona Defends Spanish League Title

FC Barcelona Defends Spanish League Title

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Barcelona won the Spanish League soccer title, benefitting from Real Madrid’s stumble at Cornella-El Prat, where it had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Espanyol.

Saturday night’s result means that the Catalonian team will now travel to the Spanish capital as League champion to take on Atletico de Madrid on Sunday in an already irrelevant match.

This is the third time in history that Barça has won the title without having actually battled for it in a match.

The first time was in 1991, when after losing 0-4 at Cadiz on a Saturday, the next day the team became League champs upon Atletico de Madrid’s loss at San Sebastian.

Four seasons ago, the Barça of Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova was named League champion on a Saturday when Madrid lost 3-2 to Villarreal, while Bacelona played a Sunday match at Mallorca’s home stadium.

With the title now in its pocket, Barça closes out a year during which the League has been its only trophy, after it went down to defeat in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League semifinals and lost its hold on the Spanish Supercopa title to Madrid.

Barcelona intends to celebrate winning the title and, although there is no definitive information available as yet about the specific events that will be staged to do so, everything is pointing to the traditional street parade through the city on Monday to display the League cup to the fans followed by a final celebratory bash at Camp Nou.

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Robot Guiding Scientists Through the Hidden World of Teotihuacan

Robot Guiding Scientists Through the Hidden World of Teotihuacan

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A robot that weighs just 25 kilos (55 pounds) is helping scientists explore the underworld of Teotihuacan, an archaeological complex located some 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) north of Mexico City.

The robot is exploring a tunnel built by Teotihuacan’s residents under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, the third-largest pyramid at Teotihuacan, leading archaeologists to expect an important discovery.

“The technology really helps us archaeologists in doing our work, we use (the robot) as another tool. It has provided very valuable information and helps us plan how to better conduct the research,” project director Sergio Gomez told Efe.

This is only the second time a robot has been used at the site and only the third time in history, following the use of a similar apparatus in Egypt to explore one of the Great Pyramids, Gomez said.

The Tlaloc II robot, which was named after the Aztec god of rain and fertility, uses a camera and scanner to provide an exact picture of the condition and shape of the tunnel, Hugo Armando Guerra, one of the engineers who designed the robot, said.

The robot performs a dangerous job, entering areas that may have loose rocks or be subject to collapse, Guerra said.

“These are the types of dangers we avoid by using the robot,” Guerra, who also helped create the first-generation robot, said.

The project to explore the 103-meter (337-foot) tunnel under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent started in 2010.

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Pope Francis Canonizes his First Saints, Including 2 Latin Americans

Pope Francis Canonizes his First Saints, Including 2 Latin Americans

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Pope Francis on Sunday canonized his first saints, including Colombia’s Laura Montoya and Mexico’s Guadalupe Garcia Zavala.

A total of 802 saints were canonized by Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, during his first canonization ceremony.

Some 100,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to see Francis canonize nun Laura Montoya y Upegui (1874-1949), Colombia’s first saint, and Mexican religious Mother Lupita (1878-1963).

The pontiff also canonized 800 Italian martyrs who died in 1480 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks for refusing to give up the Catholic faith and convert to Islam.

Pope Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, set the date for the canonizations on Feb. 11, making them the new pope’s first saints and the retired pope’s last saints.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Latina Mothers in the U.S.A.

INFOGRAPHIC: Latina Mothers in the U.S.A.

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Currently, there are 25,584,022 Latinas living in the United States.  More importantly, 61% of Latinas between the ages of 15 and 44 are mothers. 

Using this information as well as education, labor, and household statistics Hispanically Speaking News has created an infographic celebrating Latina mothers.

Happy Mother’s Day / Feliz Día de la Madre!

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Supreme Court to Rule on Civil Rights Cases in Coming Weeks

Supreme Court to Rule on Civil Rights Cases in Coming Weeks

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

The U. S. Supreme Court will be handing down its decisions on two important civil rights cases soon, one possibly as soon as Monday, May 13.

Both cases could have a lasting impact in the fight for civil rights that began in the decade of the 50′s and 60′s.Image

On Monday the Court could decide on Fischer v. University of Texas, in which the Justices are deliberating whether the University of Texas’ manner of attracting minority students is unconstitutional.

The University’s main campus, in Autsin, Texas, accepts the top 10% of every high school class then uses race as one factor in attaining a balance of racial and ethnic diversity in its student body.

The case was brought by a white student who claimed she was passed up for admission because of her race – implying that her place was given to a less deserving minority.

In this case Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself because she served as U. S. solicitor general, so only eight justices will decide the outcome.

The other case is Shelby v Holder, which is expected to be decided in June. In this case the Court will decide whether section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which was last updated in 1972 but has been reauthorized several times since, is in violation of the Constitution.

The main question, as has been reported, is if the Justices believe that the blatant and vast discrimination that existed in the 1960′s still exists, and whether the states covered by Section 5 continue to be the most damaging offenders. Section 5 of the VRA requires that certain Jurisdictions (most of them southern states) pre-clear any election related change with the federal government.

Opponents of the requirement argue that the discrimination of the past no longer exists and therefore pre-clearance is no longer needed.  Proponents maintain the opposite and emphasize that Section 5 has been successfully used in the very recent past to thwart blatant voter discrimination practices.

In both of these cases the court is evenly divided with Justice Anthony Kennedy seen as the swing vote.

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FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE! To Every Mommy, From Your Friends at Hispanically Speaking News

FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE! To Every Mommy, From Your Friends at Hispanically Speaking News

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“A rose is a rose is a rose. A mom is pure love, is a friend, is a nurse”.

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Nadal Heads to Madrid Finals Against Wawrinka

Nadal Heads to Madrid Finals Against Wawrinka

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 victory Saturday over countryman Pablo Andujar at the Mutua Madrid Open and will take on Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in the final.

After a lopsided first set in which Nadal lost just nine points, it seemed entirely possible that Andujar might not win a single game in the match.

But the world No. 113 picked up his aggressiveness in the second set and even had three break points for a 4-2 lead before Nadal lifted his game and finished off the match in just under 1 hour and 17 minutes.

Nadal hit numerous winners with his forehand and was much sharper than in his quarterfinal contest Friday against another Spaniard, David Ferrer, who was two points from victory in the second set.

The world No. 5 will seek his 40th clay-court title of his career in the final, his seventh in a row since returning to the ATP Tour in February after a long injury layoff.

Despite his highly successful comeback from a serious knee problem, Nadal was ever cautious in the post-match interview Saturday in assessing his chances at the biggest event of the clay-court season, the French Open, which starts on May 26.

“I’ve only played seven tournaments (and) I don’t know if I’m going to be able to compete to win Roland Garros,” Nadal said. “I don’t know it today. The only thinking I have is that how I (have) played until now has been really good. The results have been really positive.”

“Today I’m enjoying my path to the final in one of the most important tournaments in the world. We go step by step, week by week even when we get to Roland Garros.”

Next up in Madrid’s championship match will be Wawrinka, who rallied in the third set to top Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in Saturday’s second semifinal.

In the women’s semifinals earlier Saturday, Serena Williams defeated Italy’s Sara Errani 7-5, 6-2 and will take on Russia’s Maria Sharapova, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, in Sunday’s final.

The Mutua Madrid Open is one of the biggest clay-court tournaments on the ATP and WTA calendars and a major tune-up for the French Open, which Nadal has won a record seven times.

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Asuncion Street Vendors, Paraguay’s Informal Economy In Action

Asuncion Street Vendors, Paraguay’s Informal Economy In Action

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Money changers and car parkers, paperboys, vendors of fruit juice and handicrafts, soccer articles and herbs for the popular drink called “terere,” populate the streets of Asuncion and represent the informal economy that allows hundreds of thousands of families to survive.

According to the Permanent Household Survey, Paraguay in 2011 had an economically active population of 3.2 million, with 5.6 percent unemployed and almost 708,000 people underemployed.

Migration to the cities in search of a better life has concentrated 40 percent of the 6.5 million Paraguayans in Asuncion and the surrounding metropolitan area, in whose streets new stalls, stores and informal businesses open every day.

Typical of the vendors who sell all kinds of herbs for “terere,” the popular infusion in cold water that is a Paraguayan favorite, is Karina Pavon, 21, who has been on the same corner in Asuncion since she was 16, crushing mint leaves for her clients.

“My mom sat right here for 30 years,” the young vendor told Efe, explaining proudly how she inherited the business and now gets up at 4 a.m. to go to the market so she can occupy her place on the street really early.

On a good day, working from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pavon can earn 120,000 guaranis (some $28 at the current rate of exchange) above the minimum wage of 1.66 million guaranis (almost $400).

Antonia Martinez, 61, “opened” her stall in 1976 on busy Palma Street in downtown Asuncion, where she sells T-shirts, umbrellas and flags in the colors of Paraguay’s top soccer teams.

At the noisy intersection of Palma and 14 de Mayo Streets near dozens of bars, restaurants and all kinds of stores, other regulars are to be found - the money changers.

Victor Martinez, 62, has spent almost 40 years working from a tall stool in his street office, uttering a single work discreetly to passing pedestrians: “Exchange.”

Martinez offers better rates of exchange than the many banks and official exchange bureaus in the area, and earns up to 200,000 guaranis (some $48) a day, working 10 hours a day, Monday through Saturday.

When Victor and other street workers go home, out come the car parkers, who for a few hours own the public parking spaces near theaters, bars and discotheques where the better-off Paraguayans spend their leisure time.

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SundayMay 12, 2013