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SaturdayMarch 29, 2014

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Mexican Government Spending Up by 19% in 2014

Mexican government spending totaled 692.1 billion pesos ($52.9 billion) in the first two months of 2014, up 19 percent from the same period of last year, the Finance Secretariat said.

Programmable spending of federal entities grew 19.2 percent, the secretariat said, highlighting the dynamism seen in the areas of communications and transportation, health, public education and agriculture and ranching.

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New Biography of Bolivian President Evo Morales Traces His Rise to Power

Bolivian President Evo Morales presented his new biography, “Mi Vida, de Orinoca al Palacio Quemado,” which contains little-known aspects of a life that began in the remote Andean indigenous community of Isallavi on Oct. 26, 1959.

Morales said he decided to tell the truth because many books, both good and bad, have been published about his life and even one that, he said, was written full of distortions and lies by an alleged CIA agent, whom he did not identify.

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Mexico Responds to Anti-Dumping Complaint Filed by the American Sugar Alliance

Mexico Responds to Anti-Dumping Complaint Filed by the American Sugar Alliance

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Mexico’s government blasted an anti-dumping complaint filed by U.S. sugar producers against Mexican exporters and said it would defend the rights of its domestic industry.

The Agriculture Secretariat said in a statement that the American Sugar Alliance, which represent U.S. sugar beet and sugar cane growers, filed a petition Friday with the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission urging those agencies to initiate an investigation into Mexican exports.

“We deeply regret the U.S. industry’s decision, which is contrary to the spirit of cooperation that has marked the relationship between the two countries in the sweetener industry, and could seriously disrupt the delicate balance that exists in the trade of these products,” the secretariat said.

It recalled that the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been implemented gradually since coming into force on Jan. 1, 1994, created an integrated North American sweetener market in which Mexico exports sugar to the United States and imports high-fructose corn syrup from its northern neighbor.

The actions of the U.S. sugar industry “have the potential to affect a significant number of families in Mexico who are employed in this activity, as well as damage those U.S. productive sectors that depend on Mexican sugar as a production input, such as the pastry and confectionery industry,” the secretariat said.

The government will exhaust every available legal avenue in defense of Mexican industry’s rights, it added.

In its petition, the American Sugar Alliance accused Mexican exporters of dumping cheap, subsidized supplies on the U.S. market and said those imports could cost U.S. sugar producers nearly $1 billion in net income in the 2013-14 crop year.

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LatAm Conference Call for More Cooperation to Preserve Antarctic Ecosystem

LatAm Conference Call for More Cooperation to Preserve Antarctic Ecosystem

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Scientists and government authorities asked for more international cooperation to preserve Antarctica while attending Latin America’s most important diplomatic meeting on the white continent, held this week in Buenos Aires, an Argentine official said Saturday.

Participants in the 15th Meeting of National Administrators of Antarctic Programs, or Rapal, agreed on joint action to deal with the continent’s great challenges including the fight against climate change, Mariano Memolli, head of the National Argentine Antarctica Authority and host of the meeting, told Efe.

“The highest priority projects are those that tend to boost regional cooperation,” Memolli said, noting how important it is that “there have now been 25 years of Latin American cooperation on Antarctica.”

For four days, Rapal brought together 70 scientists, experts and government officials from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador and Peru, with Venezuela and Colombia as observer nations.

In the conclusions of the talks, countries were recommended to continue increasing the use of alternative sources of energy in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels, improve the management of Antarctic residuals and better control non-native species of fauna in order to help preserve the Antarctic ecosystem.

“The effects of global climate change impact Antarctica in a very serious way,” Memolli said.

The Argentine official said that over the coming years they will continue their lines of research into the impact of this phenomenon on the remaining glacier masses, which have shrunk in recent years, and on the fragile land and maritime ecosystems in the area.

Memolli noted that “there are no political differences among the various countries” on climate change, since all share the same concern.

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Head on Collision in Brazil leaves 14 dead, 19 injured

Head on Collision in Brazil leaves 14 dead, 19 injured

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A head-on collision between a minibus and a dump truck left at least 14 dead and 19 injured in the Brazilian city of Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas, officials said Saturday.

The dump truck, which was carrying a load of sand, lost control, entered the on-coming lane and collided with the minibus shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Among those killed were the two drivers, a woman who was six months pregnant, and a one-year-old boy.

Two of the injured are listed in serious condition and five were discharged from the hospital Friday night, according to the Manaus municipal government, which declared three days of mourning.

The truck was new and was to be used in a city road project.

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150 Acres in Central Puerto Rico Devastated by Fire

150 Acres in Central Puerto Rico Devastated by Fire

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Close to 150 acres (60 hectares) of woodland were devastated before dawn in Puerto Rico by a fire in Adjuntas Forest in the central part of the island.

The chief of the Puerto Rican Fire Department, Angel Crespo, said the blaze damaged some 40 percent of the forest and that National Guard helicopters were used to put out the flames.

Though the cause of the fire has not been confirmed, Crespo said that “in all probability” it was deliberately set.

“The fire spread so quickly it seems to indicate that someone started it,” biologist Arturo Massol Deya of the environmentalist Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas told Efe.

The area will take decades to recover, he said.

Forest fires in Puerto Rico cause millions in losses every year and affect the survival of endangered species.

A blaze at the end of last month in Boqueron State Forest, an area of great ecological value in the southwestern part of the island, caused the destruction of 30 acres (12 hectares) of protected land and harm to endangered species like the brown pelican, peregrine falcon and dry forest anole lizard, among others.

To date this year, forest fires have destroyed more than 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of woodland in Puerto Rico.

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US Coast Guard Rescues 12 Cuban Migrants off Bahamas

US Coast Guard Rescues 12 Cuban Migrants off Bahamas

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 Cuban migrants whose boat sank near Lobos Cay Island in the Bahamas, authorities said Friday.

Officers on duty Thursday morning at the 7th District command center were informed that migrants were stranded on Lobos Cay and suffering from dehydration, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry patrol aircraft and a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter were dispatched from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

“Upon arriving on scene, the aircrew aboard the HC-144 dropped emergency supplies consisting of food, water and a radio. The MH-60 aircrew landed and safely embarked the migrants and transferred the migrants to Bahamian officials in Nassau, Bahamas,” the Coast Guard said.

None of the migrants was injured, according to the statement.

Last August, Cuban exile groups in Miami accused Bahamian authorities of abusing Cubans and other migrants held in immigration detention centers.

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Seville’s Real Betis President Resigns

Seville’s Real Betis President Resigns

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Miguel Guillen resigned on Friday as president of Seville’s Real Betis, accepting “the entire responsibility for the poor planning” that has left the club facing relegation.

He announced his resignation at a shareholders meeting.

Guillen noted that when he became club president, in June 2011, Real Betis was mired in the second division and on the verge of bankruptcy.

“In three seasons, we climbed to the first division ... and we managed to qualify for a European competition,” he said.

Betis now sits in last place in La Liga, with a total of 22 points and a record of 5 wins, 7 ties and 18 defeats. Though the side has 8 points in the last five games, they have only eight contests left to climb out of the bottom three.

Last weekend also saw Betis eliminated from the Europa League by crosstown rival Sevilla.

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SaturdayMarch 29, 2014