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ThursdayMay 16, 2013

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Education Coalition of Latino Policymakers Address Needs of Latino Students with Congress

Education Coalition of Latino Policymakers Address Needs of Latino Students with Congress

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Latino public officials from across the country, representing more than 13.6 million Latino students (ages 5-21) currently enrolled in American schools, will gather in the nation’s capital next week to discuss the impact of sequestration and strategies for improving Latino student success with members of Congress and the Administration.

The Latino Elected and Appointed Officials National Taskforce on Education members will meet with federal education leaders in Washington D.C. from May 21-22, 2013 as part of a two-day visit to the nation’s capital. 

The Taskforce is the only national, bipartisan education coalition of Latino leadership in the country, including school board members, higher education system leaders, and state legislators, representing a broad cross-section of leadership in the Latino education community. 

The Taskforce was established in 2009 to address federal education issues that have a significant impact on the success of our nation’s Latino students.

As part of these efforts, Taskforce members will meet with members of the Administration, Department of Education and Congress to address a variety of issues and concerns, including the need for increased funding to foster the development of early childhood education programs that serve children and families, improved access to higher education for Latino youth and the creation of a more seamless transfer pathway for students from community colleges to four year universities.
 
The 26 member Taskforce is led by co-chairs Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President, Monica Garcia and State Delegate, Ana Sol Gutierrez of Maryland.  The Taskforce is part of the NALEO Education Leadership Initiative (NELI).

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Alabama All-Hispanic Soccer Team Wins School’s 1st Championship in 38 Years

Alabama All-Hispanic Soccer Team Wins School’s 1st Championship in 38 Years

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For nearly four decades, Collinsville High School in Alabama had been without any kind of championship, but that changed last weekend when the school’s all-Hispanic soccer team brought the school a state trophy.

Made up of 22 Hispanic teens, the Collinsville H.S. soccer team, coached by Julie Littles, made their town proud this weekend after winning the state championship with a score of 4 to 1.

Collinsville is one of the smallest schools in the state, with just 870 students, 42 percent of whom are Latino/Hispanic. Even the town in small, with a population of only around 2,000, at least half of whom work at Cagile’s chicken processing plant.

The high school did not even have a soccer team until about 10 years ago, Principal Donny Jones told NBC Latino.

‘I’ve been at Collinsville for 22 years and in education for 30 years. Soccer became popular because of the Hispanic students that started coming to our school.’

During the teams run for the championship the entire town supported the teens, with many helping the boys raise money for equipment and travel expenses.

This championship means a lot for the both the town and the team. Before graduating, defenseman Luis Segura, 18, who earned a 4-year scholarship to Jacksonville State University, said he wanted to win state.

‘I kept the promise to myself.’

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Christina Aguilera Shows Off Slimmer Self During Video Shoot

Christina Aguilera Shows Off Slimmer Self During Video Shoot

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Though she’s long defended her fuller-figured self, Christina Aguilera has been slimming down in recent months as she works on her new album.

ImageAguilera posted a photo on her Facebook page showing off her smaller (but still curvaceous) self. The photo was taken during the music video shoot for the singer’s duet with Alejandro Fernandez, “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti.”

While working on her music, Aguilera stepped away from her coaching job on NBC’s The Voice. As Aguilera and CeeLo left to focus on their music, Shakira and Usher took their spots temporarily. Earlier this week, Shakira confirmed that her coachship was indeed only temporary, saying she’s eager to get back to her baby and will not return to the singing competition show after this season.

So what do you think about Aguilera’s newer figure and are you happy she may soon be returning to The Voice?

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Most Active and Laziest U.S. Cities

Most Active and Laziest U.S. Cities

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Men’s Health Magazine recently ranked the most and least active cities in the United States.

The magazine compiled the rankings by studying local habits and culture, the amount of exercise residents did at health clubs and at their homes.  The amount of television watched was taken into account as well.

They also looked into exercise initiative and the degree of the residents’ inactivity.

Finally, Men’s Health explored how much money was spent on video-games as well as their popularity.

Below you will find the most and least active cities in the U.S.

Most Active U.S. Cities

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1. Portland, Oregon
Current population: 593,820
Latino population: 55,819

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2. Boise, Idaho
Current population: 210,145
Latino population: 14,920

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3. Salt Lake City, Utah
Current population: 189,899
Latino population: 42,347

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4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current population: 387,753
Latino population: 40,714

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5. St. Paul, Minnesota
Current population: 288,448
Latino population: 27,691

Least Active U.S. Cities

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96. Birmingham, Alabama
Current population: 212,413
Latino population: 7,647

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97. Columbia, South Carolina
Current population: 130,591
Latino population: 5,615

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98. Nashville, Tennessee
Current population: 609,644
Latino population: 60,964

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99. Charleston, West Virginia
Current population: 51,177
Latino population: 716

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100. Jackson, Mississippi
Current population: 175,561
Latino population: 28,090

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Brazilian Woman Names Her 15 Children Walter

Brazilian Woman Names Her 15 Children Walter

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While having 15 children is already interesting on its own, one Brazilian woman added to the oddity by naming each of them after their father, Walter.

Wanting to honor her husband Walter, Erotides Brandão decided that when her first child was a boy or a girl, she would name it after their father, but she didn’t stop with just the first child.

ImageToday, Brandão’s 9 girls and 6 boys all have Walter in their first names.

To “feminize” the girls’ names, each Walter had a female named attached to it as well as Maria.

The daughters:

- Walterlúcia Maria
- Walterlívia Maria
- Walterlênia Maria
- Walterlônia Maria
- Walterlácia Maria
- Walterluzia Maria Emília
- Walterluana Maria
- Walterangelina Maria
- Waltersilvana Maria


The males’ names are Walter plus another name.

The sons:

- Walter Emanuel
- Walter Luís
- Walter Olivério
- Walter Marcelo (who died at six months)
- Walter Licínio
- Walter Fernando


Erodites sadly miscarried three times, meaning she would have given birth to 18 Walters.

The daughters each admit that having such unusual names made childhood and adolescence difficult, saying it caused quite a few fights. Still, though they hated their names, they never told their father, not wanting to upset or offend him.

The original Walter died at 81 in 2003. Today, most of the daughters have dropped the first part of their names and instead go by the second - Lucia, Silvana, Angelina.

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Soccer Stars Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain Lead Efforts to Empower Girls in Brazil

Soccer Stars Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain Lead Efforts to Empower Girls in Brazil

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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and U.S. Soccer announced today that Olympic Gold Medalists and World Cup champions Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain will travel to Brazil, May 19 – 26.

They will empower young female athletes through soccer clinics and discussions on the importance of education and inclusion, as well as health and wellness. These sports diplomacy programs build on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights and participation of women and girls around the world.

In São Paulo, Chastain and Foudy will work with Rosana dos Santos Augusto, a member of the Brazilian Women’s National Team, to lead more than 125 girls from underprivileged communities, 7-17 years old, in soccer clinics throughout the week.

In addition, they will train 60 coaches on how to better involve girls in soccer, meet with local government officials to discuss the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and draw upon the lessons of the landmark U.S. law, Title IX – which afforded opportunity and equality for American women in sports and education.

Foudy is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls and has served as the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Foudy and Chastain were former teammates on the United States Women’s World Cup Team and U.S. Olympic Team.

The Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative aims to increase the number of women and girls involved in sports.

It is comprised of three pillars: sports envoys (American athletes who travel overseas); sports visitors (youth athletes and coaches who travel to the United States); and the cornerstone of the initiative, the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

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Sao Paulo to Get Free Public Wi-Fi Ahead of 2014 World Cup

Sao Paulo to Get Free Public Wi-Fi Ahead of 2014 World Cup

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Brazil recently released a list of 120 public spaces in Sao Paulo where free WiFi access is set to be made available.

With the FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil next year, many were hoping it would spark the improvement of things like internet connections and availability, traffic congestion, and airport capacity.

Despite the need for such changes, however, it seems most expectations have not been met - that is, until last week when the government made the announcement regarding the city’s internet access.

On Friday, it was announced that the mayor’s office will spend about US$22 million to not only provide more hotspots, but also improve download speeds and streaming. By making streaming easier, those looking to watch the 2014 World Cup will be able to more easily.

Bidding for the government contracts are currently underway and expected to conclude in July. The new WiFi installations are scheduled to begin in October.

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Artist Gives Celebrities a Chola Makeover

Artist Gives Celebrities a Chola Makeover

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Call us crazy, but we cannot stop laughing at the “Cholafied” celebrities even though the artist, Michael Jason Enriquez, has not added new images in months.

A Chola is a Hispanic girl, typically of Mexican descent, that rocks the super thin, arched, angry looking tattooed-on or penciled-on eyebrows as well as brown or dark red lip liner.

The “chola” style can be seen in southern California and New York City, most recently actress Amanda Bynes was seen with the signature brows.

Check out some of our favorite “Cholafied” celebrities below:

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Kim Jong-il
Chola Kim Jong-il aka RIP Leva

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Naya Rivera
Chola Santana from Lima Heights Adjacent

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Aubrey Hepburn
Aubrey Hepburn aka My Fair Chola

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Morgan Freeman
Visa, Proud Sponsor of Morgan Freeman

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Honey Boo-Boo
Honey Boo-Boo child aka You is Smart, You is Kind, You is Chola

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Jay Z
Jay Z aka Chola HOVA - Kim K Sit Yo @ss Down

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Belize Gov’t Calls Mayan Pyramid Destruction Cruel, Ignorant and Unforgivable

Belize Gov’t  Calls Mayan Pyramid Destruction Cruel, Ignorant and Unforgivable

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The destruction of a 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid by a company constructing a highway near the Nohmul archaeological site in northern Belize is “unforgivable,” the government said.

The company moved bulldozers and backhoes through the Nohmul complex, practically wiping out one of the largest Mayan pyramids in the Central American country.

The destruction of the Nohmul archaeological site showed “total disregard for the cultural heritage” of Belize and was “cruel, ignorant and unforgivable,” the Tourism and Culture Ministry said in a statement released in Belmopan.

Media reports revealed the ancient pyramid’s destruction on Monday, but the private company involved in the incident has not commented.

Photos published in the press showed construction workers removing rocks and stones from the site for use in building the highway.

The construction company has a contract from the Belizean government to build a highway in Orange Walk district.

The Nohmul pyramid, which was constructed by the Mayans during the Pre-Classical Period, is near the border with Mexico and part of the Yucatan archaeological zone.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Facts About Tequila

INFOGRAPHIC: The Facts About Tequila

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Tequila is a distilled spirit that is produced only in the region of Tequila in Mexico.  Regulated by the Mexican government, this national symbol is the heart of Mexican culture. 

Whether your preference is Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Añejo, or Extra Añejo, Tequila comes in many colors and many different brands.

Hispanically Speaking News has created this infographic celebrating tequila and it’s importance to Mexico.

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Zoe Saldana Entrenched in Controversy

Zoe Saldana Entrenched in Controversy

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Zoe Saldana’s recent cover shoot and interview with Allure magazine and upcoming film have caused quite the controversy.

The “Colombiana” and “Star Trek” star was interviewed for the magazine’s June issue, and both the interview and the cover raised some eyebrows.

On the cover, Saldana poses nude (tastefully), but one line has some outraged, as it reveals her weight, something many say is unnecessary whether meant as a compliment or not.

Below the actress’ name reads:

115 Pounds of Grit And Heartache

With the internet abuzz with opinions on the cover statement, Allure posted on their Facebook page, saying, “The girl is a powerhouse. And we were so impressed by what a tough, confident woman Saldana is (on-screen, in her action-movie roles, and off) that we wanted to capture that. But some people have said citing her weight on the cover was a mistake.” Adding, “Here’s your chance to sound off: tell us what you think!”

Beyond the cover controversy, however, Saldana’s own words stirred the pot a bit more when she spoke about her “androgynous” upbringing, saying she might “end up with a woman raising my children.”

As if that weren’t enough, the controversy surrounding the Puerto Rican-Dominican actress continues into her film career, as many claim she was too pretty and not dark enough to play famed singer/activist Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic.

Even musician India.Arie expressed her opinion on Saldana being cast, saying, “…They should have chosen someone who looks like Nina Simone.”

Despite the flack, Saldana has stayed poised and confident in her ability to portray the singer.

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I’m human. I wish I was made of steel and so certain things wouldn’t affect me
So it did affect me, but I couldn’t let that deter me from doing what I needed to do.

Just like everybody else I feel very strongly about Nina Simone, and that (this) was a story that needed to be told.
I do believe that if everybody had more information about how this all came to be, it might help, but then again, I’m not here to get the acceptance of people. I’m here to be an artist first.

The June issue of Allure hits newsstands May 21.

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Are You Ready for Coca Leaf Beer?

Are You Ready for Coca Leaf Beer?

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Bolivians who have lived with the gifts and curses, some say, of the coca leaf for centuries have just found another use for the abundant green – beer.

The coca bush grows exclusively in the eastern slopes of the Andes.

The coca leaf, infamous as the raw element of cocaine, is now being harvested to make an alcoholic beverage.  Enterprising Bolivians are hoping Ch’ama Cerveza sold through Cerveceria Vicos will offer its drinkers all the natural remedy’s the coca leaf is known to possess.

Ch’ama beer, which translated from the indigenous Aymara language means ‘strength’, is being marketed as tasty beer that can help you deal with altitude sickness amongst other ailments.  Altitude sickness is a reality not only for Bolivian tourists but also for the native population that deals with living 13,250 feet above sea level. 

The beer is not pasteurized and has a five percent alcohol content.  Hops, malt and yeast are all soaked in coca leaves and their derivative juice for 20-days before being bottled.

The Ch’ama Cerveza which retails for 3.60 dollars (.52 cents in U.S. dollars) a bottle is really meant for the tourist market. 

Many indigenous Bolivians will continue to partake of their favorite use of the coca leaf: chewing leafs kept in a saliva-soaked ball of coca together with an alkaline substance that assists in extracting cocaine that then acts as a stimulant used to suppress hunger, energize and alleviate pain.

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ESPN Deportes Upfront Unveils Original Programming, Road to Brazil 2014

ESPN Deportes Upfront Unveils Original Programming, Road to Brazil 2014

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ESPN Deportes, the leading Spanish-language sports network, puts major focus on second screen and original programming during its Upfront presentation in New York City.

The network also reinforces ESPN’s total market approach in serving Hispanic sports fans and advertisers, and ESPN Deportes’ unique positioning in the marketplace for Spanish-speaking fans.
 
In 2014, the network will continue to deliver unparalleled content anytime, anywhere. At the presentation ESPN unveiled more original programing focused on soccer, in anticipation of the World Cup; and introduces ESPN Sync, the soon-to-launch second screen experience for sports fans.

More Original Programming:
Road to Brazil 2014: Game around the Game
ESPN Deportes continues to be the number one news and information destination for fans. The network’s soccer programming continues to post record audiences that rank in the top rated, most-watched Spanish-language soccer studio programming.

Destino Brasil: The pre- and post-match analysis dedicated to the World Cup Qualifying matches on the road to Brazil will continue to air on FIFA WCQ dates with the latest news and analysis around CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA Confederations and the Mexican National Team.

Destino Futbol: A 16-episode documentary series uncovering the sport’s most intricate stories. Featuring superstars of the past and present, the series profiles players like Lionel Messi, Chicharito and Diego Maradona, amongst others; and travels to countries all over the world, including Scotland, England, Brazil, Spain, Colombia and Argentina.

Capitales del Futbol: After its successful first two seasons, and in anticipation of the World Cup, Capitales returns with profiles of some of the most popular soccer cities that have seen World Cup stars rise.

Dream Job: El Reportero: Returning for its third installment later this year, the nationwide casting tour will again give the opportunity to aspiring sportscasters across the nation to compete for a chance to serve as a reporter and join the ESPN Deportes staff traveling to Brazil in 2014.

ESPN Films- More soccer films and shorts: In anticipation of the World Cup, the award-winning producers from ESPN Films will create a new limited series highlighting some of the most compelling stories around soccer.

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Christian Chavez Accused of Trying to Murder (Now Ex-)Boyfriend

Christian Chavez Accused of Trying to Murder (Now Ex-)Boyfriend

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Following last month’s arrest of both Christian Chavez and his boyfriend last month, Chavez is now accused of attempted murder.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, Chavez’s ex-boyfriend is claiming their April fight was more than a few punches during an argument.

Ben Stewart-Kruger, who was granted a restraining order against Chavez, says he was attacked by his now ex and the documents state: [Christian] attacked me, broke down bathroom door, armed with knife, attempted murder.

Stewart-Kruger goes on to say the international pop star attacked him the day after Chavez was “required to move out.”

“A verbal argument caused this issue. I was locked in the bathroom when police arrived.”

Though Chavez is accused of attempted murder officials are not going to prosecute due to insufficient evidence to back Stewart-Kruger’s claim.

Chavez is widely known for his role as Juan “Giovanni” Mendez Lopez on Rebelde  and as former member of the pop group RBD created as a spin-off from the show.

Before breaking up in 2009, RBD sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

After being outed when photos of him and another man in Canada were published in 2007, Chavez said the photos were of him and Canadian BJ Murphy getting married in 2005, the year Canada legalized same-sex marriage. In 2009, Chavez announced he and his husband were getting divorced.

Stewart-Kruger and Chavez had been dating for awhile before confirming their relationship in March 2012.

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Urgent: Call Your Senator Now on Amendments to the Immigration Bill

Urgent: Call Your Senator Now on Amendments to the Immigration Bill

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently debating amendments to the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” (S. 744).  As the committee considers the section of the bill that addresses interior immigration enforcement, we have gotten news that certain harmful amendments could be voted on as soon as today! 

Below are a few amendments that impact all workers and restrict the ability of people to earn their citizenship.  Please call your senators and tell them to vote as explained below.  Click here to call and be patched through to your senator now!

Vote NO on Grassley 18.  This amendment would have a chilling effect on individuals eligible to apply for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status by requiring that they disclose all Social Security numbers they have ever worked under.  This is unworkable and would keep many immigrant workers in the shadows. 

Vote NO on Grassley 13.  This amendment would make it more difficult for people to earn legal status by limiting their ability to prove their work history. 

Vote NO on Grassley 32.  This amendment would allow employers to use the employer verification system on current employees, not just for new hires, allowing employers to use E-Verify to intimidate workers who stand up for their rights on the job. 

Vote NO on Hatch 18 and Lee 15.  These amendments would make it more difficult for victims of employment discrimination to get relief.

Vote NO on Grassley 30.  This amendments would deter individuals from coming forward to obtain legal status and would keep the underground economy thriving.

We need your help today to ensure that we produce the best possible bill for our community.

Click here to call and be patched through to your senator now!

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Argentine Tennis Star del Potro Speaks with Pope Francis at Vatican

Argentine Tennis Star del Potro Speaks with Pope Francis at Vatican

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Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro, who is taking part in this week’s Rome Masters event, met Wednesday with Pope Francis I at the Vatican.

“Today I was able to meet and talk with Pope Francis I at the Vatican. It was a unique experience for me. I’ll never forget it,” the 2009 U.S. Open champion, who describes himself as a devoted Catholic, said on Twitter.

The 76-year-old Francis, the first pope from the Americas, was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires and was formerly the archbishop of the Argentine capital.

The 24-year-old Del Potro, the world’s seventh-ranked player, won his first match at the Rome Masters on Tuesday and will next take on Frenchman Benoit Paire in the round of 16.

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Puerto Rican Gov. Garcia Padilla Signs Executive Orders to Boost Alternative Energy

Puerto Rican Gov. Garcia Padilla Signs Executive Orders to Boost Alternative Energy

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Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has signed four executive orders aimed at boosting the use of renewable energy sources in Puerto Rico.

The goal is to implement a program to gradually replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, the governor said.

“My administration is taking firm steps to advance our energy agenda, an agenda aimed, mainly, at setting this country on the path to energy independence, and to reduce and stabilize the cost of electricity,” Garcia Padilla said.

One of the executive orders grants priority approvals to renewable energy projects on the condition that environmentally valuable lands and farmland be protected.

Another executive order creates the Energy Independence Council, whose mission will be to develop a new energy policy for the island.

The governor also used his executive authority to create the Electricity Reliability Council, a body that will formulate recommendations for dealing with problems affecting the grid and the integration of alternative energy sources.

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Interjet Bringing Direct Flights Between Mexico, Puerto Rico

Interjet Bringing Direct Flights Between Mexico, Puerto Rico

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Mexican budget airline Interjet has begun flying a route between that country and Puerto Rico, ending a more than 13-year drought without a direct flight between the two territories, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority said.

“After more than a decade, the Luiz Muñoz Marin International Airport will receive a Mexican airline with a direct flight from Mexico. The last time an airline from that country landed in Puerto Rico was in January 2000, 13 years ago,” Victor Suarez said in a press conference Tuesday before Flight 1920 from Mexico City landed at that facility outside San Juan.

Those earlier flights were run by Mexicana de Aviacion, which ceased operating in the U.S. commonwealth in 2000.

Mexico City-based Interjet will initially operate the route on a promotional basis, but talks are underway with Puerto Rican authorities to start a regular schedule of flights.

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Bus Flips Over Killing 10 in Northeastern Brazil

Bus Flips Over Killing 10 in Northeastern Brazil

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At least 10 people died and 20 others were injured Wednesday when the bus they were riding in flipped over on a highway in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, the Federal Highway Police reported.

The accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) on a curve on federal highway BR-101, one of the main north-south coastal routes, near the town of Teixeira de Freitas.

Nine of the victims died at the crash site and the 10th succumbed later at a hospital in Teixeira de Freitas, where the injured were taken.

Among the dead was the driver of the vehicle, identified as Mauricio de Souza.

The bus, belonging to the Aguia Branca public transportation company and carrying 31 passengers, had departed on Tuesday night from Vitoria, the capital of the neighboring state of Espiritu Santo, and it was en route to Itamaraju, a municipality in southern Bahia, at the time of the crash.

According to the highway police, the bus driver lost control of the vehicle as it was negotiating a high-risk curve and the bus went off the road and ended up upside down in a ditch 4 meters (13 feet) deep.

The firm said the vehicle was equipped with GPS and a security videocamera and analysis of those records may help to determine the cause of the accident, adding that the bus was not exceeding the speed limit.

The company also said that the driver had more than three years of experience with highway driving and had not had any accidents to date, but it did not rule out that he could have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The police said that fog is common in the area of the accident at this time of year.

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ThursdayMay 16, 2013