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SundayApril 6, 2014

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Chile’s “Gloria” Wins Best Picture at Inaugural Platino Prizes

Chile’s “Gloria” Wins Best Picture at Inaugural Platino Prizes

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Twenty-two Ibero-American countries have begun tearing down the walls separating its filmmakers at the first edition of the Platino Prizes, where Chilean film “Gloria,” directed by Sebastian Lelio, emerged as the big winner.

Panama City’s Anayansi Theater was the venue for the award ceremony on Saturday, an event organized by the Spanish producers belonging to EGEDA and the Ibero-American FIPCA federation with the aim of consolidating the Ibero-American film brand and improving the distribution of the region’s films.

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Construction on Panama City Metro Finishes in Record Time

Construction on Panama City Metro Finishes in Record Time

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The Spanish companies involved in construction of the Panama City metro, to be inaugurated Saturday evening, said the project was delivered in “world record” time and within the budget constraints.

“This is a world record. No one has built a project like this in such little time,” Jose Luis Manzanares, CEO of Barcelona-based engineering firm Ayesa, told Efe during the final trial run of Central America’s first subway system.

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110 Year-Old Nicaraguan Reveals “Secret of Life”

110 Year-Old Nicaraguan Reveals “Secret of Life”

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A 110-year-old Nicaraguan who knew Augusto C. Sandino, saw the rise and fall of the Somoza dictatorship, and lives in a deserted old station of his country’s defunct railway, revealed his secret of longevity: “knowing how to live.”

Hector Gaitan, a former telegraph operator, miner, guerrilla, artist and railroad employee, told Efe he is convinced that “knowing how to live is the best science.”

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Brazilian Singer Caetano Veloso Shines at Intimate Performance in Sao Paulo

Brazilian Singer Caetano Veloso Shines at Intimate Performance in Sao Paulo

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Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso continued his national “Abracaco” tour here, and with yet another musical reinvention won the hearts of the audience that packed a small theater.

“Ay, Sao Paulo,” sighed Veloso Friday as the night neared its end and the fans, bursting with enthusiasm, could no longer maintain the respectful silence with which they had listened to the singer from Bahia.

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Spanish Tax Authorities Fine Cemex $620 Million

Mexican cement maker Cemex said Spanish tax authorities have fined its Spanish subsidiary 455 million euros ($620 million) following an audit of the unit’s tax returns for the years 2006 through 2009.

Cemex EspaƱa plans to appeal the fines, the company said Friday in a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange.

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Brazil Military Occupy Slum Complex in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil Military Occupy Slum Complex in Rio de Janeiro

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Some 2,700 Brazilian troops seized control Saturday of the Mare slum complex, Rio de Janeiro’s last major drug-gang stronghold.

The previously announced operation began at 5:00 a.m. when armored cars and tanks rolled into the main “favelas,” or shanty towns, that make up the complex, home to roughly 120,000 people.

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Puerto Rican Town Celebrates World’s Largest Sea Turtle at Festival

Puerto Rican Town Celebrates World’s Largest Sea Turtle at Festival

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The Puerto Rican town of Luquillo welcomes Saturday the Leatherback Turtle Festival, a project to raise awareness about the need to protect the largest sea turtle on the planet, a species that nests on the coasts of the U.S. commonwealth.

Yasmin Vigil, representative of the Pro-Ecological Corridor of the Northeast, or CEN, said this town on the island’s northern coast is staging the festival to coincide with the beginning of the species’ nesting season on the beaches of Puerto Rico, which lasts from March to July.

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Spanish Docs See Mechanical Heart as Alternative to Transplant

Spanish Docs See Mechanical Heart as Alternative to Transplant

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A 51-year-old man with a grave case of heart failure underwent an operation for a mechanical heart implant, a technique that in the future could be an alternative to a human heart transplant.

The HeartWare device was implanted March 5 at La Fe Hospital in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia.

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SundayApril 6, 2014