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SundayMay 19, 2013

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Mexican Climber is 1st to Double Summit on Everest in 1 Climbing Season

Mexican Climber is 1st to Double Summit on Everest in 1 Climbing Season

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Mexican David Liaño Gonzalez on Sunday became the first climber to double summit on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, in the same season, the climb’s organizers said.

Liaño Gonzalez reached the top of the world via both the north and south sides of Everest, Asian Trekking said.

The 33-year-old Liaño Gonzalez reached the summit of Everest on Sunday via the Tibetan north side after climbing to the mountain’s top on May 11 from the south side in Nepal.

Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (just over 29,000 feet) tall and located in the Himalayas between China and Nepal.

“Congratulations !!! Great news,” Asian Trekking said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Liaño Gonzalez was accompanied by high altitude Sherpa Samden Bhote when he summited Everest from the Nepalese side and climbed with Mingma Sherpa on Sunday, Asian Trekking representatives told Efe.

The climber is a businessman and adventurer who was born in Mexico City, Asian Trekking representatives said.

On May 29, the climbing world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first climb to the summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

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Peru’s Ex-President Fujimori Released From Hospital After Gastritis

Peru’s Ex-President Fujimori Released From Hospital After Gastritis

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Imprisoned Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori was released from a local hospital on Sunday after being diagnosed with acute gastritis.

Fujimori, 74, had been hospitalized Friday night when he was found to be having problems digesting his food and after losing weight.

The former leader, who is serving a 25-year jail sentence for ordering 25 murders and two kidnappings during his time in office between 1990-2000, remained under observation after undergoing several medical exams.

“Doctors have concluded that my father has erosive gastroduodenitis plus acute lesions of the gastric mucous with bleeding in some places. They’re keeping my dad under observation for the next few hours. He’s receiving medication to control the pain,” his daughter, former presidential candidate and ex-lawmaker Keiko Fujimori, said Saturday outside the clinic.

Fujimori is currently waiting for a response to the plea for a humanitarian pardon filed by his four children in October, about which President Ollanta Humala will have the last word at some as yet unspecified date.

“We have hopes that the pardon will be granted,” Keiko said, “and that it will be granted in the next few weeks.”

Fujimori’s four children - Hiro, Keiko, Sachi and Kenji - requested a presidential pardon for their father and claimed that he was a high-risk cancer patient and that his incarceration endangered his health.

This claim, however, was refuted by examinations imposed by the commission evaluating his case, which said that soon it will send a report on the matter to Humala.

Fujimori’s detractors say that if a pardon is granted, it will be a sign of impunity for human rights violations.

For the past several weeks, Fujimori has been sending letters to the media requesting that the process of evaluating whether or not to grant him a presidential pardon be speeded up. E

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Rafael Nadal Takes Down Roger Federer, Wins Rome Masters

Rafael Nadal Takes Down Roger Federer, Wins Rome Masters

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal rolled over Switzerland’s Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the Rome Masters, taking his 7th title at the clay-court event.

“If you’d told me this earlier, I would have thought it was crazy. Being out so long without competing and with pretty negative feelings the first two weeks in Chile and Brazil, to be here months later after all of this is a dream. I value what is happening because I know where we really were a few months ago,” Nadal told Television Española.

The 26-year-old Nadal has made a spectacular return to the ATP Tour since recovering from a knee injury, reaching eight straight finals dating back to a small clay-court tournament in Viña del Mar, Chile, in February.

“For me, it’s an exciting and happy day. I have achieved some important goals,” Nadal said.

The 31-year-old Federer struggled with his return game throughout the match and had a difficult time on serve.

“He tried to play very aggressive today. But you can’t play so aggressive because it’s all or nothing. He’s a player who is very important for the world of tennis and sports,” the Spanish star said.

Nadal’s win will allow him to climb to the No. 4 ranking, jumping ahead of countryman David Ferrer and entering the French Open as one of the top four seeds.

As the world No. 4, Nadal can avoid a possible quarterfinal matchup at the French Open against either world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Federer or Scotsman Andy Murray.

Nadal and the Swiss world No. 3 have played 30 times, with Nadal holding a 20-10 advantage.

The Rome final was their 15th meeting on clay, with Nadal holding a 13-2 advantage on his favorite surface.

Nadal beat Federer in the Rome final in 2006, staving off two championship points to win in a fifth set tiebreaker.

In the women’s final, American world No. 1 Serena Williams crushed world No. 3 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 6-3.

The Rome Masters is one of the biggest clay-court events on the ATP and WTA calendars and a key tune-up for the French Open, which gets underway on May 26.

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Judge Orders Trial for Suspects in Killing of Malcolm X’s Grandson in Mexico

Judge Orders Trial for Suspects in Killing of Malcolm X’s Grandson in Mexico

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A Mexican judge has ordered the two waiters accused of killing Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of U.S. political activist Malcolm X, to stand trial, the District Attorney’s Office said.

David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez, both 24, will be tried on homicide and robbery charges under a ruling issued Saturday by Judge Hector Palomares, the DA’s office said.

Attorneys for the two suspects, who worked as waiters at The Palace Club on the Plaza Garibaldi, will have three days to appeal the ruling.

District Attorney Rodolfo Fernando Rios said last Monday that Hernandez Cruz and Perez had been arrested for the killing.

The two suspects and two other men allegedly beat Shabazz in the early morning hours of May 9 after he refused to pay a $1,200 bar tab, the DA said.

The 29-year-old Shabazz died a few hours later at a hospital emergency room “as a result of the trauma from being beaten with a large blunt object,” Rios said.

Investigators determined that Shabazz arrived in Mexico City from Tijuana, a border city in northwestern Mexico, along with a person whose identity is not being disclosed because they are considered a victim, Rios said.

Shabazz’s companion, a Mexican, was robbed and threatened but managed to get out of the bar alive, DA’s office spokesmen said.

Malcolm’s mother, Qubilah Shabazz, was one of six daughters of Malcolm X and his wife, Betty Shabazz.

Qubilah was only 4 when she witnessed her father’s 1965 assassination in New York.

In August 1997, the then-12-year-old Malcolm Shabazz was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for starting a fire that resulted in the death of grandmother Betty Shabazz.

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America Qualifies for Finals After Eliminating Monterrey

America Qualifies for Finals After Eliminating Monterrey

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America beat Monterrey 2-1 after tying them 2-2 in the first match of a two-game series, thus qualifying for the final in the Mexican Clausura soccer tournament.

America will next go up later this week against the winner of the Cruz Azul-Santos two-game semifinals match-up, the second contest of which is to be played on Sunday.

In the first game, Cruz Azul smashed Santos 3-0 in an away match in the Torreon stadium and thus has the wind at their backs for the second confrontation.

In other Mexican soccer news, La Piedad won a penalty shootout 5-3 on Saturday against Neza, after their final series became tied with the former’s 1-0 win in regulation time, thus ensuring its ascension into Mexican soccer’s First Division, while Queretaro dropped into the Second Division.

La Piedad will compete in the First Division during the Apertura 2013 tourney, beginning in August.

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JUST IN:  Latino Favorite Yahoo to Buy Tumblr in $1.1B Deal

JUST IN:  Latino Favorite Yahoo to Buy Tumblr in $1.1B Deal

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Yahoo Board of Directors has just approved the acquisition of micro-blogging and social media network Tumblr in a $1.1 Billion cash deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Tumblr was created in 2007 and quickly became a popular web destination to post texts, photos and video.  Its popularity is due in great part to the ease content can be posted to the Tumblr platform. Yahoo is buying Tumblr’s huge audience since its revenue base is relatively low.  The company just started posting ads last year to earn digital ad dollars. 

Tumblr will bring approximately 117 million monthly unique visitors to Yahoo.  The site gets about 90 million daily posts.  The 26-year-old founder David Karp is a high school drop out that could become a newly minted billionaire once the deal is completed.

The company is expected to operate independent of Yahoo according to Wall Street Journal sources.  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayor is expected to make an official announcement of the acquisition on Monday.  Yahoo is one of the more popular web destinations for Latinos with its Yahoo! En Español offering. 

In Latin America Yahoo reaches one out of every two Internet users.  Here in the states more than 80 percent of all U.S. Latino use some type of Yahoo product or service, according to Armando Rodriguez, Vice President & Managing Director of Yahoo! LatAm & US Hispanic. 

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Madrid Zoo Returns Spanish-born Panda Cubs to China

Madrid Zoo Returns Spanish-born Panda Cubs to China

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Panda bear cubs Po and De De, who were born at Madrid’s Zoo Aquarium on Sept. 7, 2010, are settling into their new lives at the panda reserve in Chengdu, China, where they will live from now on, a keeper told Efe.

The pandas arrived in Chengdu, which is in central China, on Saturday after a trip that lasted more than 30 hours, the keeper, who accompanied the animals on the trip, said.

The cubs are the offspring of Hua Zui Ba, a female, and Bing Xing, who were provided by China to the Madrid zoo in 2007.

Po and De De will be isolated from the other pandas at the reserve until the quarantine period ends.

The pandas “were a bit nervous” during the long trip, especially when their carriers were moved from one vehicle to another, keeper Alejandro Cabrera, who traveled to China with the cubs, said.

Po and De De were at the center of celebrations and special events in Madrid in the days before their departure for China.

The pandas made a 20-hour trip by truck from Madrid to Amsterdam and then were in the air 13 hours on the KLM plane that took them to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

The cubs were in the cargo hold, but Cabrera was able to check on them throughout the trip to ensure they were in good shape.

Beijing has changed its “panda diplomacy” in recent years and now lends the bears to foreign zoos instead of giving them away.

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Heritage Foundation Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Heritage Foundation Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

If you’re looking for the Heritage Foundation today, look behind the rock next to the hard place. You’ll find the Heritage between the two, acting like it doesn’t have a care in the world.

You get the sense of it by the silence.

The Heritage Foundation has been through a difficult week, to put it delicately. First the foundation put out a report that claimed the net bill for immigration reform would total more than $6 billion over 50 years.

That report was criticized by the expected Heritage opponents (namely people and groups on the left of center) and also by folks on it’s own side of the political court. Image

The study’s conclusion was built on flimsy stacks that stretched 50 years into the future. No reputable organization or researcher would toss a lot that far ahead – anything could happen in five decades to sway even the best researched prophesy.

But if that wasn’t bad enough, that same week the reputation of one of the study’s co-authors quickly became the center of a very public storm. Jason Richwine, a Harvard educated PhD, helped crunch the Heritage study numbers.

He also wrote a controversial dissertation while at Harvard in which he claimed that immigrants had inherently low IQ’s and that their offspring and subsequent generations would also have low IQ’s. All this is recent but very widely known history.

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Benicio del Toro’s New Film ‘Jimmy P.’ Premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Benicio del Toro’s New Film ‘Jimmy P.’ Premieres at Cannes Film Festival

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Benicio del Toro plays an American Indian who undergoes a blend of psychotherapy and anthropological study in “Jimmy P.”

The film, based on a real story, is competing for a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The movie is about “one human being getting close to another human being” without race playing a role, Del Toro said.

“The story of the American Indians is a great story that has still not been told and it is essential for understanding the person” of James Picard, a World War II veteran who undergoes innovative treatment in the United States in the 1950s, the actor said.

French director Arnaud Desplechin brought “Jimmy P.” to the big screen.

The film, however, has received a cold reception at Cannes, where its long scenes full of dialogue and focus on psychoanalysis left reporters questioning its ability to win.

Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric, who plays anthropologist Georges Devereux, engage in long, intimate conversations.

The film marks Del Toro’s return to Cannes five years after he won the best actor prize for his role in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che.”

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Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Travels to Ecuador, Colombia

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Travels to Ecuador, Colombia

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Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Anne C. Richard will travel to Ecuador, May 17-18, and Colombia, May 19-23.

While in Ecuador, Assistant Secretary Richard will meet with Government of Ecuador officials and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations. She will visit communities hosting Colombian refugees and asylum seekers, as well as a refugee shelter.

In Colombia, Assistant Secretary Richard will meet with Colombian government officials, Constitutional Court Magistrates, community leaders, women’s organizations, and youth participants in a forced recruitment prevention project.

She will discuss PRM’s support for implementation of the groundbreaking Victims’ and Land Restitution Law, which provides for compensation and land restitution to victims of the conflict.

According to the Government of Colombia, the conflict has resulted in over 3.5 million internally displaced persons since 1997. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that over more than 360,000 Colombians have fled to neighboring countries to seek international protection.

In Fiscal Year 2012, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provided nearly $41 million to international organizations and NGOs for assistance to displaced Colombians in Ecuador and throughout the region.

In addition to providing funding to the UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Bureau also funded non-governmental organizations providing direct humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Colombian and refugees in Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama and Costa Rica.

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DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal

DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal

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This week the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 Schedule I, illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years. 

These cannabinoids are often seen in so-called “fake pot” products that are falsely marketed and sold as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” products on the Internet and by a variety of retail stores. 

Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a family of substances that act on the brain similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis.  The actual chemical names of today’s controlled cannabinoids are:

    (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144)
    [1-(5-fluoro-pentyl)-1H- indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (5-fluoro-UR-144, XLR11)
    N-(1-adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (APINACA, AKB48)

This action is based on a finding by DEA’s Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan that the placement of these synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the CSA is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. 

The DEA published a notice of its intent to do this and issued a press release about it on April 12, giving makers, sellers, and other possessors of these drugs a month to rid themselves of their current stocks and to cease making or buying more.

Over the past three years, smokable herbal blends containing synthetic cannabinoids have been marketed under the guise of being “legal” and have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. 

These products consist of plant material that has been laced with these cannabinoids. These substances have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption or for medical use. 

The long-term physical and psychological effects of these substances and their associated products are unknown but are potentially severe, and psychotic and violent behavior has been observed in short-term users of these products.

During the next two years, DEA will work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to determine if these chemicals should be made permanently illegal.

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Nadal, Federer Face-off at Rome Finals

Nadal, Federer Face-off at Rome Finals

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal produced his best tennis of this year’s Rome Masters on Saturday, starting the match on fire and finishing strong to claim a 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over Czech Tomas Berdych.

Next up for the six-time Rome champion in Sunday’s final will be archrival Roger Federer, who defeated surprise semifinalist Benoit Paire of France 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the night match.

Nadal was in absolute peak form in the first set, seizing control of nearly every point with deep, accurate and heavily spun ground strokes.

And on the rare occasion when Berdych dictated play, the world No. 5 typically won the point anyway with highlight-reel defensive gems.

The second set was more evenly matched, but Berdych’s fate was virtually sealed when he lost his serve in the ninth game, and he was unable to mount a miracle comeback like the one he pulled off in Friday’s quarterfinals against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

“The first set was fantastic,” Nadal said in the post-match press conference.

“I played at a high level and everything went well with no mistakes. I was dominating the points and following to the net. I think I played one of my best matches since I am came back,” he added, referring to his long injury layoff from July 2012 until early this year.

Nadal has made a spectacular return to the ATP Tour since recovering from a knee injury, reaching eight straight finals dating back to a small clay-court tournament in Viña del Mar, Chile, in February.

The 31-year-old Federer, meanwhile, booked his spot in Sunday’s final with a solid performance against the 24-year-old Paire, who is having a breakthrough year on the ATP Tour.

Nadal and the Swiss world No. 3 have played 29 times, with Nadal holding a 19-10 advantage. Sunday’s final will be their 15th meeting on clay, with Nadal holding a 12-2 advantage on his favorite surface.

The Spaniard won their lone meeting in Rome seven years ago, staving off two championship points to win in a fifth set tiebreaker.

Nadal can move up to No. 4 in the rankings - and avoid a possible quarterfinal matchup at the French Open against either Djokovic, Federer or Scotsman Andy Murray - if he wins Sunday’s final, which will be the best of three sets.

In Sunday’s women’s final, world No. 1 Serena Williams will square off against world No. 3 Victoria Azarenka.

The Rome event is one of the biggest clay-court events on the ATP and WTA calendars and a key tune-up for the French Open, which gets underway on May 26.

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Ex-President Fujimori Under Observation for Gastritis

Ex-President Fujimori Under Observation for Gastritis

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The imprisoned ex-president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, is under observation at a Lima clinic after being diagnosed with gastritis, his daughter Keiko said Saturday.

“Doctors have concluded that my father has erosive gastroduodenitis plus acute lesions of the gastric mucous with bleeding in some places. They’re keeping my dad under observation for the next few hours. He’s receiving medication to control the pain,” Keiko Fujimori said outside the clinic.

The former member of Congress and ex-presidential candidate said that her father, 74, underwent several medical exams Saturday to discover why he was not digesting his food and why he was losing weight.

Fujimori is currently waiting for a response to the plea for a humanitarian pardon filed by his four children in October, about which President Ollanta Humala will have the last word at some as yet unspecified date.

Fujimori, who has been hospitalized since Friday night, is serving a 25-year jail sentence for ordering 25 murders and two kidnappings during his time in office between 1990-2000.

“We have hopes that the pardon will be granted,” Keiko said, “and that is will be granted in the next few weeks.”

One of the main arguments of the plea for a humanitarian pardon was that Fujimori was a high-risk cancer patient, a claim that was refuted by examinations imposed by the commission evaluating his case.

Fujimori’s detractors say that if a pardon is granted, it will be a sign of impunity for human-rights violations.

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American Powerball Jackpot Worth Some $600 Million

American Powerball Jackpot Worth Some $600 Million

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The jackpot for America’s Powerball lottery has reached some $600 million and could get even bigger with the sale of tickets before Saturday night’s drawing, the organizers said.

The chances of winning the prize are 1 in 175 million, according to the Powerball Web site.

The Powerball lottery is played in 42 states of the union, in Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands.

In March 2012 the Mega Millions lottery shared out $656 million, the biggest prize in the nation’s history.

The second largest jackpot, worth $587.5 million, was handed out by Powerball last November, with the two lucky winners holding tickets validated in the states of Arizona and Missouri.

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China Welcomes Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary

China Welcomes Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary

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Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade begins a working visit Sunday to China, where he hopes to bolster bilateral relations and “start a new stage of cooperation,” the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

The visit is being undertaken “within the framework of the process of strengthening the political dialogue agreed to by Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Xi Jinping on the occasion of the meeting they held in Sanya, Hainan province, last April 6,” the secretariat said in a statement.

Meade’s delegation includes officials from several other Cabint departments, the secretariat said.

The foreign relations secretary will make it clear to Chinese officials that Mexico is seeking to “begin a new stage of cooperation, deepening the focus of the relationship” with China, the secretariat said.

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