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MondayAugust 19, 2013

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Poll: 62%  said “No” to Allowing Private Firms into Oil Sector

While accepting the need for reform of the energy sector, most Mexicans oppose opening state oil monopoly Pemex to private investment, a poll published Monday by capital daily El Universal shows.

Only 20 percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed by pollster Buendia & Laredo over the period Aug. 8-13 expressed support for the idea, which is a key element of the energy plans put forward by centrist President Enrique Peña Nieto and the main opposition conservative PAN party.

Sixty-two percent of respondents said “no” to allowing private participation in the oil sector, though the same proportion agreed that Pemex, the world’s fifth-leading crude producer, needs an overhaul.

Peña Nieto’s plan would clear the way for Pemex to enter into risk- and profit-sharing partnerships with private companies when such contracts are “in the national interest.”

The PAN, meanwhile, wants to allow private firms to compete with Pemex, which was created after Mexico nationalized its then-foreign dominated oil industry in 1938.

Mexico’s third major political force, the center-left PRD, opposes any move to diminish what party founder Cuauhtemoc Cardenas describes as “the state’s exclusivity in strategic areas of the oil industry.”

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Activists Call for Release of Immigrants Detained in ICE Raid

Activists Call for Release of Immigrants Detained in ICE Raid

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Activists and family members called Monday for the release of 30 workers who remain in custody after an operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at carwashes in the Phoenix area.

“My husband is no criminal, he was just working and it’s not right for them to do this to us,” Laura Torres, the 26-year-old wife of Juan Carlos Reynoza, one of the detained workers, told Efe.

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Cuban Dissident’s Family Says Gov’t Vehicle Caused his Death

Cuban Dissident’s Family Says Gov’t Vehicle Caused his Death

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A criminal complaint filed Monday before Spain’s National Court by the family of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in July 2012 in a traffic accident, says the crash was deliberately caused by agents of the Havana government.

The family brought the case in Spain because the late dissident was a dual Cuban-Spanish citizen.

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Fourth Journalist This Year Slain in Guatemala

Fourth Journalist This Year Slain in Guatemala

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Broadcast journalist Carlos Alberto Orellana Chavez was found shot to death Monday in the southern province of Suchitepequez, Guatemalan police said.

The body was discovered in the municipality of San Bernardino a few hours after the journalist was reported missing, police spokesman Pablo Castillo told Efe.

The victim’s car was stolen, the spokesman said.

Orellana, 62, spent 25 years with La Venadita radio and also hosted a television program in Mazatenango, the provincial capital.

He is the fourth journalist slain in Guatemala so far this year.

Fredy Rodas, regional correspondent for Sonora es la Noticia radio and capital daily Al Dia, was seriously wounded last Monday in a shooting in Mazatenango.

A suspect is in custody in that case.

Authorities are investigating all of those killings, Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez said, while rejecting the notion that journalists as a group are under attack.

Guatemala is among a number of countries, including Haiti, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Yemen, where journalists find themselves at increasing risk, according to a report released last month by the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign.

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European Commission Sending Delegation to Gibraltar

European Commission Sending Delegation to Gibraltar

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy made plans Monday for an EC delegation to visit the Spain-Gibraltar border amid controversy over new controls instituted by Madrid, the commission said.

Barroso and Rajoy “agreed that a Commission fact finding mission should as soon as possible examine in loco the border control/movement of people and goods questions,” the EC said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: 100 Women in Xaltianguis Sign up to Protect Community from Drug Cartels

More than 100 women in the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis have taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime groups, a local self-defense force official said Monday.

The women signed up over the past four days with the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, Xaltianguis community self-defense force commander Miguel Angel Jimenez told reporters.

“We have an average of nine groups” of community police, with each one made up of 12 women who will work in the daytime in the neighborhoods of Xaltianguis, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the resort city of Acapulco, Jimenez said.

The women will be trained in the use of firearms and carry the same weapons as men, Jimenez said.

The vigilante group has only about 80 firearms and the weapons are rotated among members, Jimenez said.

“I trust that the people, once they know that the women are participating,” will provide more weapons, Jimenez said.

Women were among the biggest supporters when the community self-defense forces were being formed, telling men that “either you join or I join,” Jimenez said.

“Women are brave and we are capable of defending our town,” Silvia Hipolito, a mother of two who joined the self-defense group, said.

The women will learn how to use firearms and work schedules that allow them to continue taking care of their homes, Hipolito said.

UPOEG, whose members are armed and wear hoods, was created in January in Guerrero state’s Costa Chica region.

The self-defense group controls access to communities and polices them to fight crime blamed on drug traffickers and other organized crime groups.

Vigilante groups have appeared in recent months in several Mexican states, with the largest number being reported in Guerrero and the western state of Michoacan.

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Spanish Speaking CNN Latino Begins Broadcasting in Miami

Spanish Speaking CNN Latino Begins Broadcasting in Miami

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CNN Latino, a Spanish-language programming block tailored for the U.S. market, begins broadcasting Monday on the Miami airwaves to South Florida’s numerous Hispanic community.

CNN Latino, now available on broadcast television in South Florida on WDFL-LD Channel 11, and on cable via Comcast and AT&T U-verse, debuted earlier in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Orlando and Tampa.

Miami is the third largest Hispanic television market, with 5.3 percent of all U.S. Latino television households.

Highlights of the CNN Latino Miami schedule include a daily interview show hosted by popular, Emmy-winning journalist Maria Elvira Salazar, whose program on GenTV was unexpectedly taken off the air.

This new opportunity is “the promised land after the desert,” Salazar told Efe, since CNN Latino makes available to her all its considerable resources to cover any story anywhere in the world.

“My dream is to cover the inauguration of a freely elected president of Cuba,” she said emotionally

The new open TV channel in Miami will also have local and sports news along with programs like “CNN Vida,” on which Maria Alejandra Requena reviews the best in lifestyles, in-depth interviews by jounalist Ismael Cala, and “Conclusiones,” a debate moderated by Fernando del Rincon.

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Spain’s Grupo ACS to Build Two Hydroelectric Power Plants in Ontario, Canada

Spain’s Grupo ACS to Build Two Hydroelectric Power Plants in Ontario, Canada

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Spain’s ACS said Monday it won a contract to build two hydroelectric power plants in northern Ontario, Canada, for 76.5 million euros (about $102 million).

The contract, which was won by ACS’s Dragados Canada unit, covers construction of the White River project, which includes two hydroelectric power plants located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) apart.

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Spain’s Nadal Claims No. 2 Rank Heading into U.S. Open

Spain’s Nadal Claims No. 2 Rank Heading into U.S. Open

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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati over the weekend, is back in the No. 2 spot in the ATP rankings for the first time since June 2012.

Nadal lost his hold on the No. 2 spot after being knocked out of Wimbledon by Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round last year.

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26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees, Eva Longoria, for Community Service Award

26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees, Eva Longoria, for Community Service Award

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A One-Hour MundoFOX Special to be televised on Sept. 15th

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees, who will be celebrated during the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Awards, which celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments, will be broadcast on MundoFox, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST.  Presenters and performers announcement is forthcoming.
The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees and medallion-level sponsors include:

Actress Eva Longoria, Community Service Award
Musical Group Los Tigres Del Norte, Legend Award
Chef Jose Andres, Design Award presented by Capital One
Superintendant Alberto Carvalho, Education Award presented by Target
Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar, Leadership Award presented by Southwest Airlines
Actress and Singer Lucero, Vision Award presented by Hershey’s
Actor/Director/Producer Diego Luna, Inspira Award, presenting the Youth Segment
Race Car Driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Sports Award presented by Bud Light

Nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Award presented by ExxonMobil

“The Hispanic Heritage Awards are proud to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF. “The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history on America and the world and it’s an honor to be an organization established by the White House to recognize that impact.  We are also thrilled to partner with Target and our other sponsors in carrying on the rich tradition of our Awards.”

Target was also announced as the presenting sponsor of the Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony and television broadcast.

“Target is proud to sponsor the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards in support of Latino leaders who have made a positive impact on America, as well as globally. We are honored to join in the celebration of Hispanic culture and community and congratulate all the honorees on their achievements,” said Laysha Ward, president of Community Relations at Target.

In addition to Target and the medallion-level sponsors, gold sponsors include: BBVA Compass, Entertainment Software Association, Hilton Worldwide, Saber Es Poder, University of Phoenix, and UPS. Silver sponsors include: Astra Zeneca, CVS Caremark Workforce Initiatives, Discovery en Espanol and Discovery Familia, Disney, and NFL. Bronze sponsors include: American Federation of Teachers, City Year, The Coca-Cola Company, DLA Piper, Jefferson Awards, LAM, PhRMA, National PTA, MTV Tr3s, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Teach For America.  Media sponsors include EL Zol, Latino Magazine and Siempre Mujer.

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Sustainable Ranching Being Promoted for Brazil’s Amazon

Sustainable Ranching Being Promoted for Brazil’s Amazon

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The Brazilian municipality of Sao Felix do Xingu is eager to win the seal of sustainable quality that will allow it to lose once and for all the title of the Amazon’s “king of the chainsaw,” which had put its economy at risk.

Sao Felix was the undisputed leader on the blacklist of Brazilian municipalities that caused the most devastation to the Amazon jungle, according to a report issued in 2008 by the Environment Ministry.

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Thousands March in Costa Rica to Support Bill Targeting Animal Abusers

Thousands March in Costa Rica to Support Bill Targeting Animal Abusers

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Thousands of animal lovers and their pets marched down the main avenue in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, over the weekend to demand approval of a law being debated in Congress that targets animal abuse.

Dogs and cats of all sizes and breeds, as well as roosters, joined their owners in downtown San Jose’s Plaza de la Democracia at the end of Sunday’s march for a festival to honor animals.

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Las Vegas to Host Star-Studded Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Las Vegas to Host Star-Studded Mexican Independence Day Celebration

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Travelers looking for a star-studded Mexican Independence Day celebration in the U.S. should head to Las Vegas for exciting El Grito! festivities. Thousands of visitors will indulge in world-class Mexican cuisine, dance to the rhythms of the hottest Latin music artists, revel in unmatched nightlife and enjoy outstanding comedians. Las Vegas is a popular destination for entertainment and top-notch cultural celebrations.

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BRAZIL: Analysts Stick to Early Prediction for Country’s Growth, 2.21%

BRAZIL: Analysts Stick to Early Prediction for Country’s Growth, 2.21%

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Financial analysts are keeping their 2013 growth forecasts for the Brazilian economy at 2.21 percent, the same level as last week, the Central Bank said Monday.

The gross domestic product forecast for 2014 remains at 2.5 percent, the Central Bank said in its Boletin Focus, a weekly survey of analysts from about 100 private financial institutions on the state of the national economy.

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Nadal Wins First Cincinnati Title, Defeats Isner

Nadal Wins First Cincinnati Title, Defeats Isner

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal defeated American John Isner 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3) Sunday in the final of the Western & Southern Open, taking his first title at the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.

“This is just amazing,” Nadal said after winning a title that had long eluded him. “This year was the first one that I feel I played well.”

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FC Barcelona Goalkeeper Victor Valdes Feels Offensive Pressure is What They Need

FC Barcelona Goalkeeper Victor Valdes Feels Offensive Pressure is What They Need

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Returning to the aggressive attack that brought FC Barcelona 14 titles during the 2008-2012 tenure of coach Pep Guardiola is essential to realizing the club’s lofty ambitions for this season, goalkeeper Victor Valdes said Monday.

“Pressure is vital for us. It’s one of the secrets this team has had these last few years,” the veteran keeper said after practice.

With the forwards’ spending most of their time around the opponents’ net, Barça’s defensive line can stake out positions near midfield and create more opportunities on the counterattack, Valdes said.

The goalkeeper sought to soften comments made by teammate Xavi Hernandez on Sunday after defending champion Barcelona’s 7-0 rout of Levante in the opening match of the La Liga season.

Hernandez told reporters the team had devoted little time to tactics during practice last season.

“I have spoken with Xavi and he told me that he was misinterpreted,” Valdes said. “What he wanted to say was that, last year, we lived through an atypical unfortunate situation due to the illness of the coach (cancer-stricken Tito Vilanova) and we were unable to work on tactical things and other aspects as much as we would have liked.”

Besides reinvigorating the Guardiola-era offense, new manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino has implemented a shift from zone defense to man-to-man coverage on set pieces, the goalkeeper said, calling the change a welcome one.

“I’m of the opinion that, on set pieces, each one takes his responsibility and that way, the goalkeeper has more freedom,” Valdes said.

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Rio Mayor Wants Woody Allen To Film There in a BIG Way

Rio Mayor Wants Woody Allen To Film There in a BIG Way

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Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said in a newspaper interview that he will pay “any price” for U.S. director Woody Allen to shoot some of his films in this Brazilian city.

“I really want him to come. I’ve done everything I could. I’d pay any price for him to come film here,” Paes told O Globo, referring to some unsuccessful negotiations years ago with the famous filmmaker.

Paes said that, besides the contacts made by different envoys to win the director’s interest, he spoke personally to Allen’s sister and even sent him a letter with Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, a neighbor of the director in New York.

“The Reacciona Artista (an actors’ union) will kill me when I pay Woody the millions he asks for, but I’m ready to pay 100 percent of the production costs,” the mayor said.

Three years ago, RioFilme, the city’s official film-promotion agency, reached the point of announcing an agreement with Allen to shoot a feature film in Rio de Janeiro along the lines of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” the movie the American made in the Spanish city in 2007, but in the end the idea went nowhere.

In recent years the director, who has never filmed in South America, moved his movie locations from his native New York to European cities like Barcelona and London, where he directed the trilogy made up of “Match Point,” “Scoop” and “Cassandra’s Dream.”

Later he chose the capitals of France and Italy to film “Midnight in Paris” and “To Rome with Love.”

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Lady Gaga vs. Perez Hilton - “Ignore Him” Says Pop Star to Fans

Lady Gaga vs. Perez Hilton - “Ignore Him” Says Pop Star to Fans

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After gossip blogger Perez Hilton continued to anger Lady Gaga, the pop star took to Twitter to tell her fans just “ignore him.”

Following the release of Gaga’s latest single “Applause,” Hilton (born Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.) proceeded to tweet the singer about how the single’s sales were being eclipsed by those of Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

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Designer Gino Bogani Retrospective Being Shown In Buenos Aires

Designer Gino Bogani Retrospective Being Shown In Buenos Aires

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Classic and subtle creations are included along with more contemporary and irreverent designs in the first great retrospective on Argentine fashion, an exhibition that features Gino Bogani as its star.

The exhibition, titled “De Bogani al diseño de autor, imagenes de la moda argentina,” examines the career of the famous designer via his creations and profiles new generations of Argentine designers.

Nearly 100 dresses, as well as a selection of shoes and accessories created by Argentina’s most talented designers, are on display.

“This is a retrospective of dresses from the 1970s to now, but there are some from all periods. It’s a small sampling because all the ones I’ve done cannot be obtained since I sell the original dresses, the ones that go out on the runway,” Bogani told Efe.

Bogani opened his first boutique in Mar del Plata, a city located 400 kilometers (248 miles) south of Buenos Aires, in 1958.

The designer became the favorite stylist of celebrities like Mirtha Legrand, Graciela Borges and Susana Gimenez, among others.

The exhibition, which runs until Aug. 25, is being held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires.Image

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One Year Out Of The Shadows: How Legal Status Changed The Lives Of Seven Immigrants

One Year Out Of The Shadows: How Legal Status Changed The Lives Of Seven Immigrants

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August 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a presidential initiative that grants temporary legal presence to non-criminal undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as youths by their parents. The two-year program allows DACA recipients to apply for a social security number, to legally work in the United States, and to pay taxes (although some select immigrants already had social security numbers and were paying taxes). It also protects them from deportation. The program has attracted more than half a million applicants. As of August, 430,236 undocumented youths have been approved.

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Man Injured by Landmine at Peruvian-Chile Border

Man Injured by Landmine at Peruvian-Chile Border

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A Peruvian man was wounded when he stepped on a landmine while trying to enter Chile without authorization, the Peruvian Foreign Ministry said.

The 32-year-old man, identified only as E.Y.L.A, “sustained a serious wound in his left leg” as he walked on an unmaintained path near marker 12, located about one kilometer (0.62 miles) from the border, the ministry said.

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Pregnant 10-Year-Old to Receive Help From Domincan Gov’t

Pregnant 10-Year-Old to Receive Help From Domincan Gov’t

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The pregnancy of a 10-year-old girl in San Cristobal, a province in the southern Dominican Republic, is a “real tragedy,” Public Health and Social Assistance Minister Freddy Hidalgo said Sunday.

Hidalgo said that he had ordered the girl to be provided with the necessary medical and psychological attention at the hospital that is attending to her, and he gave instructions for her to receive assistance in her home.

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Mexico’s 2013 Apertura Soccer Tourney: Morelia Moves into 1st

Mexico’s 2013 Apertura Soccer Tourney: Morelia Moves into 1st

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Morelia defeated Atlas 2-0 in the sixth week of Mexico’s Apertura soccer tourney, consolidating itself in first place with 13 points, one ahead of Veracruz, which battled to a scoreless tie with Queretaro and fell to the No. 2 slot.

Santos is in third place at present with 11 points, and America, Cruz Azul and Leon are tied for fourth with 10 points apiece.

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UPDATE:  Colombian Narcos Made Us Do It Say European Women Arrested in Peru with Kilos of Coke

UPDATE:  Colombian Narcos Made Us Do It Say European Women Arrested in Peru with Kilos of Coke

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Perú is one of the cocaine-producing heavyweights of the world. The question is: did Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum become two more victims of the system? Or knowingly contribute to it?

Reid and McCollum, from Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively, were detained at a Lima airport August 6 after security discovered around 24 pounds of cocaine in their luggage.

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