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FridayDecember 6, 2013

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Mexican Director Iñarritu May Direct “Jungle Book” Movie

Mexican Director Iñarritu May Direct “Jungle Book” Movie

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Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu is negotiating with Warner Bros. about taking charge of a film adaption of “The Jungle Book,” Deadline reported.

Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series screenwriter Steve Kloves, wrote the script for Warner’s planned live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 novel and her father is the producer.

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World Cup 2014-Group G: Familiar Faces Reunited

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Germany are not only the favorites to top Group G at Brazil 2014, the three-time world champions are also one of the heavyweight contenders to take the title. At the last four major tournaments - the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups™ and the 2008 and 2012 UEFA EUROS - Germany have always made it at least as far as the semi-finals.

The teams
Nevertheless, none of the three opponents should be underestimated. At EURO 2012, Portugal showed they are more than capable of competing with Germany on a good day, even if they narrowly lost that meeting 1-0. The Ghanaians, who will face Portugal for the first time ever in Brazil, will be eager for revenge against Germany after a 1-0 defeat in 2010. The Africans still made it into the knockout rounds, however, advancing at Australia’s expense on goal difference alone. Meanwhile, under the guidance of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, USA have their sights set on emulating their achievements in 2010 in progressing to the Round of 16.

Players to watch
In this group the spotlight will inevitably be trained firmly on Cristiano Ronaldo, who fired Portugal to the finals almost single-handedly with his goals in the play-off ties against Sweden. However, the Real Madrid star is not the only player with outstanding individual talent in the group. In summer 2013 Mesut Ozil became the most expensive German player in history after moving from Madrid to Arsenal in a 50 million Euro deal. For USA, Landon Donovan is the creative hub, while Ghana can call upon a world-class midfielder of their own in Kevin-Prince Boateng, who swapped AC Milan for Schalke over the summer. In a fascinating subplot to the group proceedings, Boateng will jostle for supremacy with his brother Jerome when Ghana play Germany.

The crunch match
USA-Germany, 26 June 2014 (18:00)
It is not so much the teams’ respective positions in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking that make this fixture so intriguing, but rather the men in the respective dugouts. USA coach Klinsmann was at the helm of the Germany side between 2004 and 2006 and played a significant role in the country’s ‘fairytale’ World Cup in 2006. After Klinsmann stepped down, his former assistant Joachim Low took charge and has since taken Germany’s game to another level.

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REPORT: Latin America’s Efforts to Reduce Poverty Stall

REPORT: Latin America’s Efforts to Reduce Poverty Stall

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The number of Latin American and Caribbean residents living in poverty held steady this year at 164 million, or 27.9 percent of the region’s total population, after more than a decade of significant annual reductions, a U.N. panel said here Thursday.

The change can be attributed to a slowing of economic growth, the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean, or ECLAC, said.

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JUST IN:  Six People Taken to Hospital with Radiation Poison in Mexico

Mexican authorities through Notimex are reporting that six individuals are being treated at a local hospital for radiation poisoning.

It is assumed, though not confirmed, these individuals came in contact with the ‘extremely dangerous’ nuclear material that was stolen earlier this week.  On Monday, a truck carrying cobalt-60 from Tijuana was stolen near Mexico City in the state of Hidalgo when the driver stopped at a gas station. 

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Latin America Hopes to Lure Silicon Valley Companies to Region

Latin America Hopes to Lure Silicon Valley Companies to Region

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Latin American countries are luring Silicon Valley giants in the hope the U.S. companies will establish research centers and share their experience with aspiring local tech entrepreneurs.

Chile and Brazil are two of the countries that have implemented programs aimed at attracting talent from California to enhance their business environments.

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The World Cup Draw Couldn’t Have Gone Much Worse For The Americans

The World Cup Draw Couldn’t Have Gone Much Worse For The Americans

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The draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil completed this morning, and on first glance, it couldn’t have gone much worse for the United States Men’s National Team. The U.S. was drawn into Group G with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana, the first of which is among the favorites to win the entire tournament and the third of which has eliminated the United States from the previous two World Cups.

With all four teams ranked, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, in the top 24 in the world (Germany is 4th, Portugal 16th, the U.S. 17th, and Ghana 24th), this isn’t quite the Group of Death, since the absurdly-drawn Group B, which features Spain (3), Chile (5), and the Netherlands (9) (along with No. 53 Australia), and Group D’s meshing of Uruguay (9), England (10), and Italy (13) are both tougher at the top. But it won’t be easy.

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Draco Rosa Returns to Performing After Cancer Battle

Draco Rosa Returns to Performing After Cancer Battle

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Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Draco Rosa’s pair of weekend concerts here will mark his first performances on the island since he announced his victory over cancer at the end of last year.

Bald from chemotherapy, Rosa looked fragile during the March 2012 show at San Juan’s Coliseo Jose M. Agrelot in March 2012 with Ruben Blades and Juan Luis Guerra.

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Blog del Narco: Cartels Expand Their Influence in Costa Rica

Blog del Narco: Cartels Expand Their Influence in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica yesterday confirmed the presence of Mexican Cartel Knights Templar in the nation and explained that the criminal gang uses Costa Rican territory as a “strategic point” for cocaine traffic from Colombia. The final destination is Mexico and the United States.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released a report yesterday, revealing that although Costa Rica stands out for its large seizure of drugs, drug penetration is serious.

“We’ve been having a very strong presence by Mexican cartels in Costa Rica, specifically the Knights Templar and (de) Sinaloa, and some other Colombian cartels also” revealed Michael Soto, head of the Office of Plans and Operations OIJ, exposing the study.

“In the 1990s we had a significant presence of Colombians bringing in drugs from Colombia to Mexico, and across the territory of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala” said the report.

From 2007 to 2012 - 68 Mexicans were arrested for drug trafficking in Costa Rica and, mostly, are the Sinaloa cartel, although there is the Gulf and La Familia Michoacana Cartels as well.

Cocaine seizures in this country increased from 7 tons in 2005 to 23.3 in 2006 and 31.4 in 2007, dropped to 16.1 in 2008, rose to 24.4 in 2009, fell to 9.9 in 2010 and 8.9 in 2011, but increased to 15.5 in 2012, he said. Panama has the most seizures in the area.

“We can not assume that we are winning this fight, since every day new organizations and ingenious methods of drug trafficking emerge” warned the director of the OIJ, Francisco Segura. The goal, he argued, is “to make sure the Cartels do not think that it is easy to settle into our territory.”


The report stated that “these Mexican and Colombian organizations act as focal points for major criminal groups from the north and are responsible for placing orders to drug groups operating in Panama and Colombia. The drugs and journey through the Central American corridor to Guatemala or Mexico, with the support of local groups and networks and transportation.

“The flow of cocaine that runs through Central America has been increasing since 2005. In fact, in 2011 the Central American countries seized 13 times more cocaine than Mexico.”

“Costa Rica ranks second in Central American cocaine trafficking route and also ranks second in the countries of the region that seizures have been made in recent years, behind only Panama,” he added.

As a “strategic point” for smuggling by land, air and sea, Costa Rica is used to store drugs, although cocaine remains longer before being forwarded by those same routes to Mexico and the United States, he said.

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Expanding Refinery Capacity to Cost Pemex $40 Billion

Mexican state-owned oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos needs to invest $40 billion over the next five or six years to expand its refinery capacity, CEO Emilio Lozoya said.

Mexico, one of the world’s largest oil producers, must import fuel to meet domestic demand due to the limitations of its refinery network.

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Guatemalan Family Murdered in Southern Mexico

A Guatemalan couple and their two children were found fatally shot in a rural area of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, relatives said.

Neighbors spotted the bodies early Wednesday in the brush near the La Esmeralda ranch in the municipality of La Trinitaria, where the father was employed as caretaker.

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NBA Game in Mexico Canceled Due to Generator Malfunction

NBA Game in Mexico Canceled Due to Generator Malfunction

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The scheduled NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Mexican capital was canceled after a generator malfunction caused the stadium to fill up with smoke.

Players from both teams, reporters and game organizers left the stadium about an hour before Wednesday’s 8:30 p.m. tip-off and before fans had been allowed to enter the Mexico City Arena.

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FridayDecember 6, 2013