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TuesdaySeptember 24, 2013

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Blog del Narco: Man found Decapitatated in Honduras, Uncle of Murdered 3 Year Old

Blog del Narco: Man found Decapitatated in Honduras, Uncle of Murdered 3 Year Old

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Honduran authorities on Monday found the decapitated body of a man who was the uncle of a 3-year-old boy kidnapped and murdered last August in the northern part of the country.

A police spokesman told reporters that the body of Rafael Castillo, 42, was found on Monday morning along a stretch of highway leading to the northern Honduran province of Yoro.

The spokesman added that the body was found “without hands and the torso was naked, while the head was between his legs.”

The same source said that security forces are investigating the incident, adding that Castillo was the uncle of Frelin Hernandez, age 3, who was kidnapped and murdered last August.

The dismembered body of the child was found on Aug. 27 very near his home in the village of España, some 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Tegucigalpa, three days after he was abducted by unknown criminals.

An average of about 20 people are murdered each day in Honduras, which is one of the most violent countries in the world with 92 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2011, according to United Nations figures.

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Peruvian Fashion Designer Luis Carlos Machicao to be First US Hispanic at Paris Fashion Week

Peruvian Fashion Designer Luis Carlos Machicao to be First US Hispanic at Paris Fashion Week

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Peruvian fashion designer Luis Carlos Machicao is an example of the success a Hispanic can achieve, not only in the United States but at a global level in the competitive international fashion industry.

On Sept 28, Machicao will take part for the first time in Paris Fashion Week, showing 17 outfits from his Spring 2014 collection, while also presenting his fragrances for women and men.

“I feel proud to be the first Peruvian and U.S. Hispanic to present a line of clothing and fragrances at one of the industry’s most important fashion shows,” Machicao told Efe.

Machicao’s line of perfumes and colognes represents the achievement of a lifetime ambition for the Hispanic, who in Peru dressed many of the country’s political, cultural and social luminaries, as well as eminent personalities from around Latin America.

Machicao began his 26-year career as a student at a local design academy in Peru, where he discovered that “fashion is a social statement of the human being.”

While working at a fashion design studio in Paris, he consolidated his own personal style of “retro” designs with an “avant-garde” touch that accented the silhouette of a woman’s body with “articles created in good taste and at affordable prices.”

Machicao left Peru in 1997 and settled first in Houston, where he set up a fashion design studio creating bridal gowns while working with the wardrobes of the Houston Grand Opera and local beauty pageants.

Years later he moved to South Carolina and then to Charlotte, which he has made his home and center of operations.

His designs have paraded on U.S. runways in Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Miami, Charlotte, New Orleans, New York and Washington, at European fashion shows in Milan and Barcelona, and in Canada.

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Latino Entrepreneur Pablo Fuentes Works to Opens Doors to Minorities in Silicon Valley

Latino Entrepreneur Pablo Fuentes Works to Opens Doors to Minorities in Silicon Valley

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As a tech entrepreneur, Chilean immigrant Pablo Fuentes helps people apply for jobs from their cell phones, while as a mentor, he seeks to increase the presence of minorities in Silicon Valley.

Fuentes is the founder and CEO of Proven, a mobile application that lets users seek and apply for jobs from their cell phones, and whose service has recently been expanded with an app for employers to make the whole hiring process easier.

“It’s a tool for the worker who uses Craigslist,” in other words, for sectors like construction or health care that don’t have space on sites like LinkedIn, the 33-year-old Fuentes told Efe from his San Francisco office.

A UCLA graduate in Political Science with an MBA from Stanford Business School, he worked in marketing, sales and finance for companies like Trust Company of the West, Prudential Equity Group and Stadium Capital Management before founding Proven en 2009 together with partner Sean Falconer.

He described what a long, winding road it was to get the business going in an article for the Web publication PandoDaily, in which he humorously shares the seven lessons learned from his startup that cost him $2 million and almost left him out on the streets.

Despite the setbacks, Fuentes continues believing in doing business for better reasons than just getting rich.

“It’s not the smartest way to make money,” he laughed. “What I enjoy is the process of creating something, which for me is compulsive, and making a difference in someone’s life,” he said.

“Knowing that what I do benefits another person is what keeps me going day after day,” he said.

Proven now has more than 150,000 users.

Last year Fuentes was invited to the White House to talk about his work as a mentor, a role that he develops in the business accelerator NewMe, focused on minorities.

“A lot of people helped me and that’s why I try to use my time wisely to help others,” he said.

Though it’s an ecosystem that takes pride in being a meritocracy, there is little doubt that blacks, Latinos and women are still underrepresented in Silicon Valley.

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Sarah Batista Hispanic Reporter Leaves TV to Make Documentaries Telling “Positive Stories”

Sarah Batista Hispanic Reporter Leaves TV to Make Documentaries Telling  “Positive Stories”

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A Hispanic television reporter in North Carolina has left broadcasting to start her own business and dedicate herself to telling “positive stories.”

After seven years as a reporter and program host on WBTV, an affiliate of CBS in Charlotte, Sarah Batista dropped the crime beat to produce a series of documentaries called “Stories to Inspire.”

Batista, 33, told Efe that reporting bad news had become a routine, and she had little chance to work on stories that would inspire her audience.

“In 2012 I started researching what I had to do to start my own business, and I chose the not-for-profit field because that is where people can make a difference,” she said.

“The goal is to help non-profit organizations garner donations and clients, to motivate their staff and volunteers to show the power of the institution,” Batista said.

Born in Chicago, Sarah was 4 years old when her family moved to Charlotte after her father, a pastor, began working for PTL, an old evangelical TV channel based in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

After graduating from one of the best high schools in the city, she earned a degree in communications and journalism from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Batista worked for two TV stations in Charlottesville, Virginia, before joining WBTV in 2006.

“My start with WBTV wasn’t easy,” Batista said. “I had to work really hard, I was the only Hispanic reporter and they didn’t know what to do with me, but I tried hard and my work was appreciated. I’m leaving the channel at the top of my game.”

In 2008, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists awarded her a prize for producing the four-episode series “Beyond the Border,” which analyzed the immigration problem from the Mexican border to life among the immigrants living in Charlotte.

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Feds Target Mexican Drug Cartel Los Gueros, Shippped More than 100K Kilos Coke into US

Feds Target Mexican Drug Cartel Los Gueros, Shippped More than 100K Kilos Coke into US

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of six companies and five individuals linked to the Mexican drug trafficking organization Los Gueros.  The individuals designated today are key family members and associates of Los Gueros’ leaders who are acting on behalf of the organization, including Juana Olivera Jimenez, Rosalina Rodriguez Olivera, Felipe Reyes Magana, Juan Carlos Duran Nunez, and Andres Martin Elizondo Castaneda.  The designated businesses are owned or controlled by Los Gueros, and/or by individuals acting on their behalf, and are suspected of being used by the group to launder their illicit proceeds. 

“Drug trafficking organizations’ main motivation in the illegal drug trade is making money, and they will go to any length to hide, disguise and safeguard their drug profits,” said DEA’s Acting Deputy Chief of Operations for the Office of Financial Operations, Brian McKnight.  “Today’s designations will have a direct impact on the businesses owned by Los Gueros and the flow of illicit money.  It strikes a powerful blow at the illegal proceeds and exposes the international businesses they used to hide their drug profits.”

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Apple Wins Court Battle with Brazilian Firm Over iPhone Trademark

Apple Wins Court Battle with Brazilian Firm Over iPhone Trademark

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Brazilian company IGB Eletrônica has lost exclusive rights to the iPhone trademark in the South American nation, despite having registered it before U.S. tech giant Apple, authorities said.

A ruling last Thursday by the Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro, published Tuesday on its Web site, prohibits IGB from using the iPhone name in isolation.

Instead, the name always must be accompanied by its registered Gradiente brand name.

The decision enables Apple to continue marketing iPhones in Brazil, while IBG may sell its Gradiente iphone products, which were launched late last year and use the Google Android operating system.

Judge Eduardo Andre Brandão de Brito Fernandes said in explaining his ruling that Apple’s iPhone was a “globally recognized” trademark.

IGB, formerly known as Gradiente, filed its request to use the “iphone” brand name in Brazil in 2000, seven years before Apple did so upon launching its smartphone.

Brazil’s INPI trademark and patent office granted IGB’s application in 2008, although the company did not begin selling its “iphone” line of smartphones until last December.

The judge said IGB “did not act in bad faith” even though “a long period” of time had elapsed between the registration of the trademark and the launch of the company’s first smartphone.

In a ruling in February, the INPI rejected Apple’s petition to register the iPhone name for its emblematic handset.

That decision, however, allowed Apple to use that trademark for products other than smartphones, an INPI spokesperson told Efe then.

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Bolivian Mudslide Leaves 13 Dead and 26 Injured

Bolivian Mudslide Leaves 13 Dead and 26 Injured

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At least 13 people died and 26 were injured in a mudslide along a stretch of highway in central Bolivia’s Yungas region, police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon some 200 kilometers (124 miles) from La Paz on the highway linking the capital with the city of Caranavi, highway patrol officer Julio Venegas told the state-run ABI news agency.

The mudslide buried a van and caused a bus to plunge into a ravine 40 meters (131 feet) deep in the sector known as Puente Leon.

Ten of the bus passengers and three in the van died, and 26 others in both vehicles were injured.

The bodies of the dead were transported to the morgue at the hospital in Caranavi, while some of the injured are being attended to there but others were taken to the nearby town of Coroico.

On average, road accidents in Bolivia result in about 1,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries per year, according to government figures.

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US Coastguard Detains 51 Haitians Upon Illegal Arrival in Puerto Rico

US Coastguard Detains 51 Haitians  Upon Illegal Arrival in Puerto Rico

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Fifty-one people - 39 men and 12 women, all of Haitian nationality - were detained Tuesday by Puerto Rican and U.S. authorities when the group arrived illegally on the Caribbean island.

Puerto Rican police said that the detentions were conducted on the Desecheo islet by agents with the police’s Joint Forces of Rapid Action and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

At the time of the detentions, agents did not find any boat which the Haitians might have used to get to the island suggesting that they may have been dropped off there by people smugglers.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel took charge of the detained migrants.

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“Devious Maids” Ratings Dble Over Season, Record 3 Million for Finale

“Devious Maids” Ratings Dble Over Season, Record 3 Million for Finale

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Three million U.S. households tuned in for the season finale of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” one of the most successful TV drama series of the season.

As Lifetime topped audience ratings Sunday at 10:00 p.m., 19 percent of viewers were of Hispanic origin.

“The performance and growth of ‘Devious Maids’ has been incredible,” Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime, said in a press release.

“Any time you see your ratings double over the course of a season, you know the creatives are making a great show that is hitting a chord with viewers,” he said.

“Devious Maids” is an American dramatic comedy created by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria - a star of “Desperate Housewives” - and starring Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes.

The series is based on the Mexican series “Ellas Son la Alegria del Hogar” (They’re the Joy of the Household), which portrays the lives of five maids who combine their ambitions and dreams with working for the rich and famous of Beverly Hills.

The series is produced by ABC Studios, which has prepared a second season of 13 episodes that will air next year.

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Blog del Narco: Gunmen in Juarez Kill 8 Men and 6 Year Old Girl

Blog del Narco: Gunmen in Juarez Kill 8 Men and 6 Year Old Girl

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Gunmen killed nine people, including a girl, at a house on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, a border city in northern Mexico, officials said Monday.

The attack occurred around 10:00 p.m. Sunday while several people were celebrating a win by a baseball team at a house in Loma Blanca, a town outside Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez told Efe.

“At this time, investigators have registered the deaths of eight men and a 6-year-old girl, as well as other people who were wounded,” Gonzalez said, without identifying the victims.

The victims’ bodies lay strewn in the yard of the house next to the trophy the men had won playing baseball on Sunday, sources close to the victims told Efe.

Chihuahua, which borders the United States, is one of the most violent states in Mexico.

Several drug cartels, including the Juarez, Sinaloa and Zetas organizations, operate in Chihuahua.

Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, considered the leader of the new Juarez cartel and blamed by officials for much of the violence in Chihuahua and Sinaloa states, was arrested in late August in the western state of Nayarit.

He is the brother of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, the top leader of the Juarez cartel, and Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who founded the criminal organization in 1993.

Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who was known as the “Lord of the Skies” for his fleet of aircraft, died in 1997 after undergoing plastic surgery to disguise his identity.

Amado’s brother, Vicente, and his son, Vicente Carrillo Leyva, who was arrested in April 2009, took control of the cartel following the drug lord’s death.

The Juarez cartel, one of Mexico’s most violent criminal organizations, has been waging a war against the Sinaloa cartel that has left thousands of people dead in the past few years.

The cartel smuggles drugs and engages in other criminal activities from its base in Ciudad Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.
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New Honda $470 Million Transmission Plant Coming to Guanajuato, Mexico

New Honda $470 Million Transmission Plant Coming to Guanajuato, Mexico

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Japanese automaker Honda kicked off construction of a new transmission plant in Celaya, a city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, a facility that will have an initial investment of $470 million and create 1,500 jobs.

Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo, who laid the cornerstone during Monday’s ceremony, said Mexico needed a strong domestic auto market and therefore his portfolio was working to regulate imports of used vehicles and make it easier for consumers to finance car purchases.

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Mayo Clinic Launches Biobank to Help Solve Latino Chronic Health Issues

Mayo Clinic has again broadened the base of its genomic research efforts by establishing a biobank at its Arizona campus, which will support studies in obesity, metabolism and diabetes, all areas of special concern in the Latino population. The Sangre por Salud Biobank is a collaboration among Mayo, Mountain Park Health Center and Arizona State University. Biobanks are an integral component of Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine.

“We want to do everything we can to involve the Latino population in biomedical research so we can focus on their specific health issues and better represent an accurate sampling in our biobank,” says Lawrence Mandarino, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Biobank director in Arizona.

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Puerto Rican Remembers Grito de Lares Uprising

Thousands of supporters of Puerto Rican independence on Monday celebrated the 145th anniversary of the anti-colonial uprising known as the Grito de Lares, an event which this year they dedicated to Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been in prison in the United States for 32 years.

Starting early in the morning, hundreds of independence-minded supporters gathered at the Plaza de la Revolucion in the town of Lares, while others attended a commemorative Mass in memory of the fleeting insurrection of Sept. 23, 1868.

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STUDY: Latinos with Disabilities Rely Heavily on Cultural Ties to Avoid Substance Abuse

People with physical disabilities often turn to alcohol and drugs to cope with their condition, but many disabled Latinos rely heavily on cultural ties with family and friends to help them steer clear of substance abuse, say University of Michigan researchers.

Unlike previous research that only looked at negative factors, a new U-M study indicates that identifying as Latino and being associated with Latino cultural values might shape intrapersonal risk and protection factors, said David Córdova, an assistant professor of social work.

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TuesdaySeptember 24, 2013