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WednesdayJune 5, 2013

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Mexican Archaeologists Discover Items From Mezcala, Olmec Cultures in Abandoned Cave

Mexican Archaeologists Discover Items From Mezcala, Olmec Cultures in Abandoned Cave

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Mexican archaeologists have found traces of the Mezcala and Olmec cultures, as well as human remains, in a cave in the southern state of Guerrero, indicating that the site was inhabited at different times and served as a funerary center, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

Specialists found a Mezcala-type figure and campfire remnants dating to 700 A.D. in a cave in Cocula, a city in Guerrero, the INAH said in a statement.

The figure is complete and important because of the limited number of finds of this type, INAH-Guerrero Center archaeologist Miguel Perez Negrete said.

The Mezcala culture is one of the civilizations that developed along the Balsas River and is mainly identified on the basis of its architectural style and anthropomorphic figures.

The discovery was made during construction of a road in Oxtotenco, a hamlet outside the community of Atzcala, Perez Negrete said.

“The most surprising thing was that when we started digging, we also found Olmec ceramics estimaed to date to the year 1000 before our era, as well as pre-Olmec (1200 B.C.), that is, it is more than 3,000 years old,” the archaeologist said.

The human remains consist of fragments and have not been dated yet, but they could be Olmec because of the ceramics associated with them, Perez Negrete said.

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Cleveland Indians’ Closer Chris Perez Subject of Drug Investigation

Cleveland Indians’ Closer Chris Perez Subject of Drug Investigation

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Cleveland Indians’ closer Chris Perez is reportedly under investigation following the arrival of a package believed to be marijuana.

A multi-jurisdictional operation was conducted in Rocky River, Ohio concerning a delivery of narcotics to a home listed at Perez’s residence.

Perez, 27, and his wife live in the home with their two young children.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Father, Son Arrested in Shooting Death of 8-Year-Old

LATINO BLOTTER: Father, Son Arrested in Shooting Death of 8-Year-Old

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A father and son in New Mexico were arrested for allegedly opening fire on a vehicle and killing an 8-year-old girl.

David Candelaria Sr., 45, and his son David Candelaria Jr., 23, were each arrested over the weekend. The son was taken into custody on Saturday night, while the father was arrested after a seven-hour standoff with SWAT.

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Top Latin Grammy Award Winners

Top Latin Grammy Award Winners

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Since 2000, The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has recognized top performers in the latin music industry.

Latin Grammys are only given for music recorded in Spanish or Portuguese.

48 awards were given out last November, Jesse & Joy won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ”¡Corre!”, Juanes took the Album of the Year for MTV Unplugged, and 3BallMTY was named Best New Artist.

Below you will find the top Latin Grammy Award winners. 

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1. Calle 13 and Juanes 19 awards
Calle 13 is a Puerto Rican band formed by stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar who calls himself Residente and Eduardo José Cabra Martínez, who calls himself Visitante and their sister Ileana aka PG-13.  They have won 19 Latin Grammy Awards.

Juanes is a Colombian musician who was a member of heavy metal band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist.  He has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and has won 19 Latin Grammy Awards.

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2. Juan Luis Guerra and Alejandro Sanz 15 awards
Juan Luis Guerra is a singer, songwriter and producer from the Dominican Republic who has sold over 30 million records, and won numerous awards including 15 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards.

Alejandro Sanz is a Spanish singer-songwriter and musician. Sanz has won a total of fifteen Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards.

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3. Gustavo Santaolalla 12 awards
Gustavo Santaolalla is an Argentine musician, film composer and producer. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score for Brokeback Mountain and Babel.  He has also won 12 Latin Grammy Awards.

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4. Thom Russo 12 awards
Thom Russo is an American record producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter has won 12 Latin Grammy awards through his work on albums from artists such as Juanes and Alejandro Sanz.

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5. Rafa Arcaute and Aníbal Kerpel 10 awards
Rafael “Rafa” Arcaute is a songwriter, record producer, audio engineer and mix engineer who has won 10 Latin Grammy Awards through his work on albums from artists such as Calle 13 and Calamaro. 

Aníbal Kerpel is a mixing engineer who has won 10 Latin Grammy Awards through his work on albums from artists such as Gustavo Santaolalla and Juanes.

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MLB: Alex Rodriguez Among Those Facing Suspension

MLB: Alex Rodriguez Among Those Facing Suspension

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Alex Rodriguez is among those facing suspension for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs.

According to ESPN, the founder of Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic in Miami, Fla., has agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in its ongoing doping scandal.

Founder Tony Bosch is expected to give information regarding services he provided up to 20 players. It is believed he will confirm he gave players like A-Rod and Ryan Braun performance enhancing drugs.

News of the alleged doping came to light after Biongenesis went under in 2012. Records from the clinic were released to the public and names of nearly two dozens players were reportedly found about the records.

Should the allegations prove true, A-Rod and the other players would be part of the largest doping scandal in American sports history.

Players possibly facing suspension:

- Alex Rodriguez - Yankees
- Ryan Braun - Brewers
- Melky Cabrera - Blue Jays
- Everth Cabrera - Padres
- Francisco Cervelli - Yankees
- Bartolo Colon - Athletics
- Nelson Cruz - Rangers
- Faustino de los Santos - (Free agent)
- Gio Gonzalez - Nationals
- Yasmani Grandal - Padres
- Fernando Martinez - Astros
- Jesus Montero - Mariners
- Jordan Norberto - (Free agent)
- Jhonny Peralta - Tigers
- Cesar Puello - Mets


On Wednesday, union executive director Michael Weiner released a statement saying, “The Players Association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the Commissioner’s Office shares these interests.”

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THE VOICE: Top 5 Announced, Is Team Shakira Still In?

THE VOICE: Top 5 Announced, Is Team Shakira Still In?

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On Tuesday, the top six contestants were whittled down to five on The Voice, but who went home.

Team Usher’s only remaining singer, indie rocker Michelle Chamuel, was saved, as was Team Adam’s Amber Carrington.

In the end, Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen was saved, and the previously untouchable Team Blake took the hit, losing Holly Tucker.

Team Blake is now The Swon Brothers (the only guys left) and young country prodigy Danielle Bradbury.

Next Monday, the semi-finalists will go head-to-head to see who will become season four’s top four.

Can Team Shakira last another week, or will Blake Shelton’s country stars take it all the way?

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Miguel Bose Pushes U.N. to Declare International Right to Peace

Miguel Bose Pushes U.N. to Declare International Right to Peace

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Peace is the essential requirement for the exercise of rights, Spanish singer-songwriter Miguel Bose said Wednesday.

The acclaimed musical artist came to Geneva to urge the U.N. Human Rights Council to work toward a Universal Declaration of the Right to Peace.

The push for such a declaration is an initiative of the Peace Without Borders Foundation, led by Bose and Colombian superstar Juanes.

“The right to peace is more than the absence of war,” Bose told a press conference in Geneva. “It’s the parasol for the other rights, because without peace, the other rights cannot be exercised: the right to education, to health, to (freedom of) religion, to freedom of expression, et cetera.”

Bose and the other campaigners want the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the right-to-peace working group.

Acknowledging that the process is likely to take a long time, the singer insisted the quest for peace cannot be put off.

“What is most surprising is that the four pillars which sustain the United Nations are peace, security, human rights and development. Peace is the first and it’s the only one that is not applied,” Bose said.

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Top 10 Destination Cities in Latin America

Top 10 Destination Cities in Latin America

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Every year, Master Card reveals the top tourist destination cities in its “MasterCard: Global Destination Cities Index.”

The international city that saw the greatest amount of visitors was Bangkok, Thailand with an estimated 15.98 million visitors in 2013.

London, England came in second (15.96 million visitors) and Paris came in third (13.92 million visitors).

Mexico City is the top ranked destination city in Latin America, with 3.1 million international visitor arrivals estimated for 2013.

The lineup of top 10 in Latin America in 2013 is unchanged from 2012. 

Check out the top Latin American destination cities below.

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1. Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City will see an estimated 3.1 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires will see an estimated 2.6 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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3. Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo will see an estimated 2.4 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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4. Lima, Peru
Lima will see an estimated 1.8 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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5. San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose will see an estimated 1.4 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro will see an estimated 1.4 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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7. Bogota, Colombia
Bogota will see an estimated 0.9 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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8. Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo will see an estimated 0.7 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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9. Quito, Ecuador
Quito will see an estimated 0.6 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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10.  Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas will see an estimated 0.5 million overnight visitors in 2013.

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Juan Enriquez TED Talk: Your Online Life, Permanent as a Tattoo (VIDEO)

Juan Enriquez TED Talk: Your Online Life, Permanent as a Tattoo (VIDEO)

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What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”

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Corruption Allegations May Force PRI to Expel Former Mexican Governor

Corruption Allegations May Force PRI to Expel Former Mexican Governor

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Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, may expel former Tabasco Gov. Andres Granier, who has been accused of corruption, a party leader said.

“We have not done it, but perhaps it will happen soon,” PRI National Executive Committee chairman Cesar Camacho told Radio Formula.

Prosecutors in Tabasco ordered Granier, whose whereabouts is unknown, to answer questions about alleged misuse of public funds during his 2007-2012 term.

The former governor, however, failed to show up last Thursday for questioning

Granier skipped the appointment because he was not “cited legally,” his attorney, Eduardo Lugo Creel, told a Tabasco radio station.

Tabasco Gov. Arturo Nuñez said in February that an audit of Granier’s administration found 1.91 billion pesos ($152 million) was missing.

The missing funds were transferred from the federal government to Tabasco but never reached the agencies they were intended for, Nuñez said.

Both Nuñez and Granier are PRI members.

Granier “is someone who not only does harm to the PRI,” but also to politics, public service and Tabasco’s people, Camacho said.

The PRI’s Party Justice Committee will make a decision on Granier in the next few weeks, Camacho said.

The federal Finance Secretariat and Attorney General’s Office are also investigating the allegations of corruption in Tabasco.

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Jennifer Lopez & Jason Statham’s ‘Parker’ Tops Movie-On-Demand List

Jennifer Lopez & Jason Statham’s ‘Parker’ Tops Movie-On-Demand List

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For the week ended May 26, Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham’s Parker topped the movie-on-demand list in the United States.

According to Rentrak, Parker was number one on the list, followed by:

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Are Cuban Internet Centers Offering Fair Prices?

Are Cuban Internet Centers Offering Fair Prices?

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Cubans had their first experience Tuesday of the island’s new Web browsing services with the opening of 118 new Internet centers nationwide, though the price of being online was still too expensive for most citizens.

That was the chief complaint that several users expressed to Efe after trying out the new services at centers in Havana.

An hour online costs the equivalent of $4.50.

“You can surf the Web fine, but it’s pretty expensive,” said Roy, a young computer technician who accessed his page on Facebook at a downtown center in Old Havana.

Noel Antunez, 53, had a similar impression - he had just returned to Cuba after working several years in Cape Verde where, he recalled, an hour on the Internet at any center cost less than 1 euro ($1.30).

After spending an hour at one of the new centers in the Vedado neighborhood, where he was able to chat online with friends and look up the bank account he still has in Cape Verde, Antunez told Efe that the expansion of Internet service in Cuba is positive and a “great advance” but “it’s still a little costly for what Cubans can afford.”

With regard to the quality, these same users agreed that surfing speed is very good and that they had no problem accessing the Web sites they wanted to visit.

Efe found at some of these centers that surfing the Internet was faster than is usual on the island and it was possible to visit without any problem the online editions of media like Miami’s El Nuevo Herald, The Washington Post, CNN en Español, and the Spanish dailies El Pais and El Mundo.

Even dissident Yoani Sanchez’s Generacion Y blog can be visited from these public Internet centers.

Internet access from the home continues to be restricted on the island.

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Brazil to Increase Farm Sector Loans by 18%

Brazil to Increase Farm Sector Loans by 18%

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The Brazilian government on Tuesday announced that it is increasing the amount of money available for subsidized loans to the farm sector by 18 percent to 136 billion reais ($68 billion).

With that financing, it is seeking to guarantee a “big increase in production levels,” President Dilma Rousseff said.

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Grupo Gigante Buys Remaining Stake in Office Depot de Mexico

Grupo Gigante Buys Remaining Stake in Office Depot de Mexico

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Mexican diversified retailer Grupo Gigante said Tuesday it was acquiring the 50 percent of Office Depot de Mexico it did not already own for 8.77 billion pesos ($689 million).

The agreement wrapped up negotiations with U.S. partner Office Depot for the unit, Grupo Gigante said in a filing with securities regulators.

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Enrique Peña Nieto Looks to Promote China–Mexico Relations

Enrique Peña Nieto Looks to Promote China–Mexico Relations

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Mexico hopes to forge a “comprehensive strategic association” with China, President Enrique Peña Nieto said here Tuesday during a ceremony to welcome Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

“Your presence in Mexico will allow content to be given to the new phase of cooperation between (our) nations,” Peña Nieto told Xi.

“China and Mexico must take advantage of their complimentary elements and recognize themselves as great allies,” added the Mexican president.

This is the second time that Peña Nieto and Xi have met, the first time being in April when the Mexican leader visited China to participate in an international economic forum.

“Mexico and China are two countries on the rise within a new international order,” said Peña Nieto.

He also said that the two nations, who established diplomatic ties in 1972, aspire to “broaden and balance their commercial relationship and increase their reciprocal investments.”

In response, Xi paid tribute to the “hardworking and courageous” Mexican people and emphasized the “natural affinity” the two countries have due to their ancient civilizations and the struggle for independence.

He emphasized Mexico and China’s “tight coordination on global matters” and said that, as “great partners,” the two nations share the common objective of economic development.

The ceremony included honorary salutes and the playing of the respective national anthems by a military band.

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Argentine Photographer Shares Exhibition of Pope Francis

Argentine Photographer Shares Exhibition of Pope Francis

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The pictures of Jorge Bergoglio taken by an Argentine photographer over almost a decade, and which can currently be seen at a convent in Buenos Aires, captured the expressions of Pope Francis that today captivate the world.

While photos of the pontiff, almost always smiling, multiply daily on the Internet and in newspapers around the world, the exhibit “Francis: Servant in Buenos Aires, Servant of the world” shows pictures unpublished up to now of a low-profile pastor who seems almost shy in front of the cameras.

Starting Tuesday, the walls of Santa Catalina Monastery will display 25 of those images, out of a total of about 100 that photographer Enrique Cangas took since 2003 of the man who until last March 13 was archbishop of Buenos Aires and cardinal primate of Argentina.

“Seen in these photos are many of his expressions and gestures, the ones we see today in the Vatican and that for us are a continuation of the way he was here in Buenos Aires,” Cangas, who as a professional has done volunteer work for the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, told Efe.

Something surprising is that while today thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square take snapshots with their mobile phones when the “popemobile” passes and Francis does not spare his expressions of friendliness, Cangas says that as Archbishop Bergoglio he “was not a person who liked being surrounded by cameras.”

The photographer intends to take the exhibition, which can be seen in Buenos Aires until June 28, to the World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro next month.

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WednesdayJune 5, 2013