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SundayMay 26, 2013

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Mexican Writer Jose Maria Perez Gay Dies, Age 70

Mexican Writer Jose Maria Perez Gay Dies, Age 70

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Jose Maria Perez Gay, a Mexican writer, academic, translator and diplomat, died early Sunday, his brother, Rafael Perez Gay, said. He was 70.

“My brother, Jose Maria Perez Gay, died at 2:05 a.m. today, Sunday, at the age of 70,” Rafael Perez Gay said in a Twitter posting that did not provide the cause of death.

The late intellectual, who was born in Mexico City in 1944, received the National Journalism Prize for Cultural Reporting in 1996, served as ambassador to Portugal and was a cultural attache in several countries.

Jose Maria Perez Gay was also director and founder of Channel 22 television and an international affairs adviser to former leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

He wrote “El imperio perdido,” “La profecia de la memoria: ensayos alemanes” and “El principe y sus guerrilleros.”

Perez Gay studied information science at the Universidad Iberoamericana and earned a doctorate in German philosophy at Berlin’s Free University.

The Austrian government awarded him the Cross of Honor for the Sciences and Germany honored him with the Order of the Great Cross of Merit.

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At Least 3 Die from Swine Flu in Venezuela

At Least 3 Die from Swine Flu in Venezuela

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At least 160 cases and three deaths have been registered in Venezuela from swine flu, officials said.

“We have officially registered 11 cases and sadly have two people dead from this disease here in Aragua state as of now,” Aragua Gov. Tareck El Aissami said.

“We are taking all the epidemiological measures,” the governor said.

One death has occurred in Lara state, where 16 people have tested positive for AH1N1 out of 65 suspected cases, Lara Government Secretary Teodoro Campos said.

The western state of Merida has registered the most cases of swine flu, with at least 125 confirmed cases, while neighboring Tachira state has only registered two cases, the official Agencia Venezolana de Noticias, or AVN, reported.

Six cases, including four registered at private hospitals, have been confirmed in the western state of Barinas, the state’s health secretary, Seham Yammoul, told AVN.

Vaccination programs are being rolled out for those in at-risk groups, such as pregnant women, small children, people suffering from chronic diseases and health workers, Health Minister Isabel Iturria said.

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Jaguar Kills Fisherman on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

A fisherman was killed by a jaguar in a rural area outside Turbo, a city in northern Colombia, in the second attack of this kind in the area since April, media reports said.

Matias Escarpeta, who was originally from the city of Quibdo in Choco province but lived in Turbo, was killed by the big cat on Thursday, the El Colombiano newspaper reported.

Escarpeta’s body was taken to the morgue in Turbo on Friday, the newspaper said.

Escarpeta was attacked and killed while checking his nets in Bocas del Atrato, a village on the Gulf of Uraba, police said.

Jaguars are common in the area and have managed to survive even though palm plantations have destroyed their natural habitat.

A jaguar killed a heavy machine operator in Bocas del Atrato in April.

The case has been referred to the Uraba Public Development Corporation, or Corpouraba, the agency responsible for protecting the area’s wildlife and plants, in the hopes that it can prevent residents from hunting the jaguar, police said.

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After Everest, Mexican Adventurer Plans to Sail Around World

After Everest, Mexican Adventurer Plans to Sail Around World

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Mexican adventurer David Liaño Gonzalez, who just became the first climber to double summit on Mount Everest in the same climbing season, is planning to set off in September to sail around the world solo.

“It’s a great adventure. I have done the maximum in climbing and now I want to do the maximum in sailing, going around the world alone,” Liaño told Efe after returning to Nepal from Tibet.

The 33-year-old Liaño Gonzalez reached the summit of Everest on May 19 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.

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.

“You cannot go any further than sailing around the world alone,” the adventurer said.

The Mexican climber first reached the top of Mount Everest in 2005, when he completed the “seven summits,” climbing the world’s seven highest peaks.

The climber, a businessman and adventurer who was born in Mexico City, said he did not need sponsors for his sports ventures.

The unmarried Liaño, who has dual Spanish and Mexican citizenship, said he began climbing at 13 and has always had the support of his parents for all his adventures.

“If I were married, I would not take on these challenges. It would be selfish to invest the time and money, and to put myself in danger since I am not a professional climber,” Liaño said.

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Pre-historic Tortoises Called Amazon Home Before Migrating to Galapagos

Pre-historic Tortoises Called Amazon Home Before Migrating to Galapagos

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A pre-historic tortoise that lived in the Brazilian Amazon is the most likely ancestor of the tortoises that live in Ecuador’s Galapagos archipelago today, paleontologists said.

The pre-historic chelonoidis, the largest member of its genus discovered in the world, was reconstructed by paleontologists at Brazil’s Universidad Federal de Acre, or UFAC, using fossils found in the Amazon in 1995 and not analyzed until now.

“We invested nearly two years of work to reconstruct the animal like it was originally, despite the fact that we had the complete lower part of the carapace and nearly 60 percent of the upper part of the carapace,” zoologist Edson Guilherme, the UFAC researcher who coordinated the project, told Efe.

The researchers constructed a tortoise made of stone, plaster and foam.

The pre-historic tortoises lived in the Amazon about 8 million years ago and were similar to those inhabiting the Pacific islands off Ecuador today.

Giant chelonoidis fossils were found in other countries in South America, but none were as large as the ones discovered in Acre, a state in Brazil’s extreme west that borders Bolivia, Guilherme said.

A preliminary analysis indicates that the animal was a member of the genus chelonoidis that lived in the Miocene period, the scientist said.

“A very similar species exists that has already been described in Argentina, but we do not know if ours is of the same species or of another. Anatomical studies are still needed to identify its species,” Guilherme said.

The tortoise found in Acre was twice the size of today’s Galapagos tortoises, the zoologist said.

The Galapagos Islands are located about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) west of the coast of continental Ecuador and were declared a World Natural Heritage Site in 1978.

Some 95 percent of the territory’s 8,000 sq. kilometers (a little over 3,000 sq. miles) constitutes a protected area that is home to more than 50 species of animals and birds found nowhere else on the planet.

The islands were made famous by 19th-century British naturalist Charles Darwin, whose observations of life on the islands contributed greatly to his theory of the evolution of species.

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Mexican Cuisine Has A Strong Following in Madrid

Mexican Cuisine Has A Strong Following in Madrid

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Mexican gastronomy has been weighed down for decades by the Tex-Mex style of cooking. So it came as a surprise for many here when its true authenticity was revealed, so much so that the restaurant with the second longest waiting list is Mexican - Punto MX - which opened in Madrid a year ago.

Customers must wait two months to taste the cuisine of Punto MX chef Roberto Ruiz, who in one year has won over critics and diners with dishes unprecedented in Europe like escamoles - ant eggs considered the Mexican caviar - which he brings from a cooperative in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo.

“Mexican cuisine has a lot to offer,” Ruiz said in an interview with Efe, attributing his success to “doing original things that are different from what you usually get.” For that reason, his widely praised guacamole is prepared in a stone mortar at the diner’s table, and the tortillas of organic maize are handmade by his wife fresh every day.

His menu is a “little gastronomic tour of Mexico” that has attracted 42,350 customers in one year, despite the fact that the restaurant holds a mere 50 people. It does, however, have a bar that offers a shorter version of his menu.

“We have set a precedent. We do authentic things and we present dishes totally unknown to many Spaniards, like grilled marrow, grasshoppers, “zarandeado” fish from Sinaloa that is filleted with the bones in, and the ant-egg escamoles,” he said.

Ruiz is convinced that Tex-Mex cooking has done “damage” to real Mexican cooking, because it has confused the public even though “it has nothing to do with it.” To make clear his defense of the authentic, on the establishment’s coasters is printed “No nachos, no manna.”

The great Spanish chefs also begin to dally with traditional Mexican cuisine, which was included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2010, and even Albert Adria is about to open a Mexican restaurant in Barcelona.

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British Hotel Group Developing $350-million Golf Resort in Cuba

British Hotel Group Developing $350-million Golf Resort in Cuba

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The British firm Esencia Hotels and Resorts is to take part in developing a $350-million golf resort on the island in a project approved by Cuba’s tourism authorities.

The British ambassador in Cuba, Tim Cole, said in a press release here Friday that this is “the biggest British investment on the island in over a decade and a great step forward” for trade relations between the two countries.

“I hope we can maintain this positive momentum and that we continue strengthening bilateral trade and investment,” the diplomat said.

During Cuba’s International Tourism Fair held early this month at the touristic seaside resort of Varadero, the island’s Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero announced that the Cuban state enterprise Palmares and the British firm Esencia Hotels and Resorts agreed to constitute a joint venture.

The development some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Varadero will cover 170 hectares (420 acres) and will include an 18-hole golf course, a luxury hotel and a community of some 650 apartments, 200 homes, a shopping mall and a club with tennis courts, spa and a yachting association.

“This could be the first of several similar projects, considering the interest of the Cuban government in giving golf a prominent place in the country’s tourism industry,” the British diplomat said.

The Cuban government plans for at least 11 real estate developments associated with golf tourism around the island, according to the Tourism Ministry.

The Caribbean island received more than 2.8 million foreign tourists in 2012, some 4.5 percent more than in 2011, and this year hopes to welcome more than 3 million international visitors.

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Sex Offenders in Spain Will Be Watched to Prevent Repeat Offenses

Sex Offenders in Spain Will Be Watched to Prevent Repeat Offenses

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Those sentenced for gender-related violence in Spain, after doing their time in jail, will be set free but under constant surveillance, so that both the agents charged with protecting the victims and the victims themselves will know where the offender is at any time.

This is one of the chief measures of the National Strategy against Gender Violence, whose basic elements were presented Saturday by Spain’s secretary of state for social services and equality, Juan Manuel Moreno, and which includes 258 measures to “isolate” sex offenders completely and give victims all the help possible.

The plan is funded with 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) and will have a duration of four years, which is to say, it will be launched this year and will continue until 2016.

The plan seeks, among other objectives, to improve the institutional response to sex abuse, to bring to light other kinds of violence against women - such as forced marriages - to train and raise awareness among the agents involved in the program, to coordinate the work online and X-ray the abuse.

To break their silence, victims will not only be able to call telephone number 016 for information and advice, but will have access to the service through a Web site.

In view of the latest deaths from sexual violence - four in three days - which raises the death toll to 22 so far this year, Moreno urged that no one make the fight against this phenomenon “an element of political conflict.”

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SundayMay 26, 2013