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ThursdayMay 23, 2013

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No Waste, Jose: Tequila Waste Being Recycled into Sponges

No Waste, Jose: Tequila Waste Being Recycled into Sponges

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For years, remnants of agave plants used to make tequila were discarded and left in the fields to rot, but now the 3M company is turning that “waste” into something useful.

When the juices of the agave are extracted, the plants are of no use to tequila producer, that is, until now.

The 3M company, the parent company of brands like Post-It and Scotch, have now developed a way to turn agave waste into cleaning supplies like sponges.

In 2011, in Jalisco, Mexico alone, 700,00 tons of agave were used to make 41 million gallons of tequila. On average, it takes 6-10 years of farming to grow agave before it is harvested for tequila. The 3M technology now allows all that time and energy to create more than just the famous drink.

On its website, 3M states:

3M scientist Myhanh Truong was part of a team in the U.S. looking to manufacture 3M products with new, more environmentally sustainable materials. And in France, another 3M team had just pioneered a way to turn agave fiber, called a bagasse, into a nonflammable nonwoven material (one of 3M’s core technologies).

Could it be adapted for use in a new kind of sponge?

The 3M team created scrubbing fibers made of 50% agave, the scouring muscle of a new 100% plant-based-fiber sponge using 23% recycled material. It’s called the Scotch-Brite® Greener Clean Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge. It helps clean up unused agave even before you bring it home. That’s an innovation that will live on.

The agave-based non-scratch scrub sponges can reportedly outlast 30 rolls of paper towels and can be sanitized in the dishwasher.

The entire line of scouring pads and scrubbers is made with 100-percent plant-based fibers, 50 percent of that being agave fibers.

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Alex Rodriguez Sells Miami Beach Mansion for $15M Profit

Alex Rodriguez Sells Miami Beach Mansion for $15M Profit

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Maybe Alex Rodriguez should have been featured on one of the house-flipper reality shows, because he just made a serious profit on his Miami Beach mansion.

The currently injured Yankees third baseman bought the nearly 20,000-sq-foot home in 2010 for $7.4 million. After purchasing the 9-bedroom, 13-bath home, Rodriguez, 37. also put another $7.6 million in renovations into it.

Though he may have put quite a bit on money into it, the ball player still managed to sell it for a $15 million profit.

Original asking price was reportedly $38 million, but the unidentified buyer was able to haggle Rodriguez down to $30 million.

Additional selling points for the mansion were a 4-car garage, a Zen garden, water access, and a state of the art 16-camera security system.

Prior to the sale, Rodriguez had been renting the home for $125,00 a week since January.

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Pope Francis Receives President of El Salvador, Speak of Murdered Archbishop Romero

Pope Francis Receives President of El Salvador, Speak of Murdered Archbishop Romero

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Today the President of El Salvador, Carlos Mauricio Cartagena was granted an audience with Pope Francis I at the Vatican were both spoke of assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero.

The two leaders spoke of the country’s struggles trying to eradicate poverty and organized crime.  Cartagena was paying a courtesy visit to the first pontiff from Latin America but also to encourage the beatification of assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero.

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Ecuador President Rafael Correa Will Not Seek Another Term in 2017

Ecuador President Rafael Correa Will Not Seek Another Term in 2017

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On the eve of his inauguration for another four-year term, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Thursday that he will not run again in 2017.

“We are all necessary, but nobody is indispensable,” the 50-year-old head of state said in a television interview, expressing confidence that his Alianza Pais movement will have found a new leader by the time the next presidential election rolls around.

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Taco Bell Sends Female “Celebrities” Rings, Odd Letters

Taco Bell Sends Female “Celebrities” Rings, Odd Letters

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Taco Bell appears to be wooing “a handful of special ladies” with gold rings that say “Taco” and “Bell,” but why?

Apparently, someone at the fast food chain spotted “models” who liked their food and simply obtained their address somehow and sent the gold rings along with letters.

Model Chrissy Teigen recently posted a photo on the rings and letter she received.

Her handwritten letter reads:

Chrissy,
A wise woman once said, “If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it.” We like you. So we wanted to give you this custom Taco Bell ring. Only a handful of special ladies like yourself are getting this ring, so treasure it. Hopefully, John is okay with out blossoming relationship. You’re funny, cool, and you like Taco Bell.

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STUDY:  Latino Teen Birth Rate Drops Dramatically

STUDY:  Latino Teen Birth Rate Drops Dramatically

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A new government study by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics shows that teen birth rates have plummeted especially for Hispanic teen girls.

The teen birth rate from 1991 to 2011 dropped by 50 percent from every 62 births per 1,000 teens to 31 births for every 1,000 teens.  The decrease was equally dramatic from 2007 to 2011 – the most recent timeframe for the study - dropping by 25 percent.

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JLo Partners with Verizon for Viva Movil, Aimed at Latinos

JLo Partners with Verizon for Viva Movil, Aimed at Latinos

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According to a report published earlier this year by Nielsen, 63 percent of Americans own smartphones, and that number is even higher for Latinos. Seventy-five percent of Latinos in the U.S. own smartphones, making the demographic an important customer base for the wireless industry.

On Wednesday, Verizon Wireless introduced the newest premium retailer to give consumers the ability to purchase the latest smartphones and tablets on its 4G LTE network – Viva Móvil by Jennifer Lopez.

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Government To Give Nearly $200 Million to Mexican Ranchers

Government To Give Nearly $200 Million to Mexican Ranchers

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The government will provide 2.46 billion pesos ($199 million) in assistance to ranchers affected by droughts and freezes in Mexico, Agriculture and Ranching Secretary Enrique Martinez y Martinez said.

The assistance will go to ranchers in several states, Martinez said in an address at the 77th National Ranching Organizations Assembly.

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Actress Eva Longoria Obtains Master’s Degree in Chicano Studies

Actress Eva Longoria Obtains Master’s Degree in Chicano Studies

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Eva Longoria has just obtained a Master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University.  The 38-year-old actress already holds an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The former ‘Desperate Housewives’ jetted out of the Cannes Film Festival after flashing a little too much skin to go to receive her diploma in person yesterday.

Longoria has always been politically active working on President Obama’s re-election campaign and most recently advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.  She has said in several interviews that she wants to become better prepared to take on issues important to the Latino community.

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Cuban Photographer Creates Technique to Bring City Views Inside

Cuban Photographer Creates Technique to Bring City Views Inside

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Cuban-born photographer, Abelardo Morell, has created a unique approach to capturing apartments and their spectacular views.

By covering all the windows with black plastic, then cutting a small hole in the material covering the window he is able to create inverted images of the view outside projected onto the back walls of the room.

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Santos Says No to FC Barca’s Offer for Striker Neymar

Santos Says No to FC Barca’s Offer for Striker Neymar

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Santos has rejected Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona’s offer for star striker Neymar, senior officials with the Brazilian club said.

Santos Vice President Odilio Rodrigues told local media that the bid was not in the club’s interests after a meeting at the home of team President Luis Alvaro Ribeiro.

Brazilian media have speculated that Barcelona offered Santos approximately 20 million euros ($25.8 million) to release Neymar, even though the buyout clause in his contract is set at 65 million euros ($84 million).

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Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato Nominated for 2013 Teen Choice Awards

Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato Nominated for 2013 Teen Choice Awards

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The nominees for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards were announced on Wednesday. Among the nominees are Bruno Mars, Miguel, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Pitbull and more.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

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Oklahoma Says Good-Bye to 9-Yr-Old Antonia Candelaria: 1st Tornado Victim to be Buried

Oklahoma Says Good-Bye to 9-Yr-Old Antonia Candelaria: 1st Tornado Victim to be Buried

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Nine-year-old Antonia Candelaria is the first Oklahoma tornado victim to be buried.  The Plaza Towers third-grader lost her life on Monday when a EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma leveling her school. The death toll stands at 24, 10 of which are children.

Nicknamed “Ladybug” by her family, the Oklahoma native was born on November 16, 2003.  The youngster has been described by her family as a free spirit that “always danced, not walked, to the beat of her own drum.”  The musically inclined youngster was set to perform at the school’s talent show tomorrow, the last day of school. 

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Ricky Martin Calls for Gay Rights in Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin Calls for Gay Rights in Puerto Rico

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Singer Ricky Martin called Wednesday in a letter sent to the Puerto Rican House of Representatives for the legislative body to approve bill No. 238, which would prohibit discrimination due to sexual orientation on the island.

The letter, which was released by Martin’s representatives in San Juan, was made public at a time when the bill has run into opposition by a group of lawmakers in the lower house, where it is now stuck after being approved by the Puerto Rican Senate last week.

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HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Felix Contreras Overcoming It All to Get Ahead

HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Felix Contreras Overcoming It All to Get Ahead

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Felix German Contreras has quite a list of accomplishments to add to his name: NJ Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society President, pre-med aspirant, amongst others, but the one he is most proud of is “Immigrant Dreamer”.

The 22-year-old college student is just getting started on the road to a medical career but that journey could of never started for Contreras.

Contreras and his family emigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic when he was 6-years-old looking for a better life.  The beginning of their immigrant journey was rocky often defined by neighborhood violence, incarcerated peers and rampant drug use everywhere Felix turned.  All of this would have been enough to derail anyone but not this immigrant dreamer who kept looking for the “catalyst to achieve.”

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Actress Joanna Garcia, Husband Welcome Baby Girl

Actress Joanna Garcia, Husband Welcome Baby Girl

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On Tuesday, Joanna Garcia-Swisher and her MLB husband Nick Swisher welcomed their first child, a baby girl.

Garcia, 33,  whose first major role was as pregnant teen Cheyenne Hart Montgomery on the CW comedy Reba (2001-2007), has been married to Swisher, 32, since 2010.

The couple announced they were pregnant back in November 2012.

Swisher is a professional baseball player who has played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and currently plays for the Cleveland Indians.

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Bloomberg, Murdoch Establish Online Forum to Promote Immigration Reform

A group formed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and media mogul Rupert Murdoch launched Wednesday an online forum, iMarch, to pressure Congress into approving immigration reform.

Taking part in the project is a broad bipartisan coalition of business leaders, politicos and community organizations.

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Mexico City Hosts the 1st Chili Pepper, Sauces and Mortars Festival

Mexico City Hosts the 1st Chili Pepper, Sauces and Mortars Festival

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Chili peppers and sauces will take center stage at a festival being held this week in Mexico City, where the spicy plant, one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine, will be honored, organizers said.

The 1st Chilis, Sauces and Mortars Festival, which will be held Friday to Sunday, is being organized by the Enchilada Fair, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

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MEXICO: Environmental Officials Address Air Pollution

MEXICO: Environmental Officials Address Air Pollution

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Environmental officials in the capital and neighboring Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, are taking measures to deal with the high levels of air pollution in the region, the Metropolitan Environmental Commission, or CAM, said.

Use of motor vehicles is being restricted and outdoor activities will be limited, the commission said.

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Puerto Rican Announces Bid to Lead International Olympic Committee

Puerto Rican Announces Bid to Lead International Olympic Committee

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Puerto Rican banker Richard Carrion on Wednesday announced his bid to become president of the International Olympic Committee.

Carrion, an IOC member since 1990 and chair of the finance committee for the last 11 years, touted his “broad knowledge of the (Olympic) Movement,” as well as of “its essential needs to ensure its independence.”

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Colombian Rebel Group Kills 9 Soldiers

The death toll from the attack staged by National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrillas on soldiers in a rural area outside Chitaga, a city in Colombia’s Norte de Santander province, has risen to nine, the army said Wednesday.

“The army’s 2nd Division command regrets to report that the number of our soldiers murdered in a terrorist attack perpetrated by members of the ELN has risen to nine,” the army said in a statement.

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ThursdayMay 23, 2013