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SundayMay 4, 2014

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National Alliance for Hispanic Health Files Brief in Support of Smaller Serving Sizes for Soda

National Alliance for Hispanic Health Files Brief in Support of Smaller Serving Sizes for Soda

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National Alliance for Hispanic Health Leads Diverse “Friends of the Court” in Support of NYC Policy to Reduce Sugary Drink Portion Size

“The beverage industry has pursued a strategy of legal obstruction and put profits over the health of its customers,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading science-based advocate for Hispanic health.
Today, the Alliance along with a diverse group of partners filed an amicus brief with the New York Court of Appeals in support of the NYC Board of Health policy on sugar-sweetened beverages. The brief cites scientific literature on the contribution of sugary drinks to obesity and chronic disease such as diabetes, targeted marketing to youth and racial and ethnic groups, and the role of reduction of sugary drink consumption through smaller serving sizes as part of a strategy for improved community health.

According to Delgado, setting the default serving size of sweetened beverages to 16 ounces or less “is a modest and reasonable policy that deserves to be implemented and evaluated. It could save lives and decrease the burden of disease, including type 2 diabetes that affects one in 10 adults in New York City.”

“We are proud to be on the right side of this issue for the health of all communities and families. The NYC Board of Health policy on sugar-sweetened beverages is a common sense approach to promote healthier environments for all New Yorkers and will serve as a model for the nation,” concluded Dr. Delgado.

Diverse groups include: Association of Black Cardiologists, Children’s Aid Society; Harlem Children’s Zone; Harlem Health Promotion Center; Montefiore Medical Center; Mount Sinai Medical Center; National Congress of Black Women, Inc.; New York Chapter 2, American Academy of Pediatrics; and, United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park.

(Court of document NEW YORK COUNTY Index No. 653584/12)

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Four Children Stabbed to Death in Separate Incidents in Limon, Honduras

Four children were stabbed to death Sunday in Limon, a town in the Honduran Caribbean province of Colon, police said.

The children, who ranged in age from 2 to 13, were murdered by unidentified individuals when they were left home alone, police chief Daniel Ferrufino told Honduran radio.

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La Isla Tattoo Fest Being Held Right Now in Puerto Rico

La Isla Tattoo Fest Being Held Right Now in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is hosting this weekend La Isla Tattoo Fest, the Caribbean’s largest tattoo convention, where tattoo and body-art artists from Puerto Rico and the region, as well as other countries of the world, will be on hand to display their expertise and admire one another’s work.

The festival’s seventh edition includes a tattoo competition, one for body piercing, and live entertainment at the event reflecting a certain modern-day lifestyle.

Among the almost 100 participants who will take part in the convention are Juan Salgado, the urban tattoo artist known professionally as Angel’s Tattoonator; Bengie Archilla, who is well-known for the realism of his designs; and Noel Roman (Nono’s), among many others.

The event is being held at the Hotel Embassy Suites in Isla Verde, in the Puerto Rican capital’s metropolitan area.

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Gunmen Open Fire on Municipal Building in Michoacan, 2 Killed

Gunmen opened fire on the regional prosecutor’s office in Zamora, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, killing a police officer and a civilian, state officials said.

The attack was staged late Friday by gunmen riding in an SUV, state officials said, adding that the criminals fired at the building in the Zamora Historic District with assault rifles.

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U.N. Speaks Out on Rampant Torture of Detainees in Mexico and Lack of Internal Controls

U.N. Speaks Out on Rampant Torture of Detainees in Mexico and Lack of Internal Controls

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A United Nations official said torture of detainees is widespread in Mexico and that the practice is carried out by members of the military and all levels of civilian law enforcement.

A “generalized situation” of torture and mistreatment persists in Mexico, the U.N.‘s special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, said in a press conference at the end of a visit that began on April 21 and concluded on Friday.

The abuse occurs most frequently between the time of arrest and the suspect’s initial appearance in court, according to Mendez, who expressed concern about the “continued militarization” in some regions.

Mendez, however, qualified his remarks about torture being generalized, saying that it should not be implied from his findings that torture is “systematic” or promoted by high-ranking government officials.

Complaints about torture have been filed in “practically all the police forces that make arrests in this country,” he said.

Asked about his impressions after his visit, Mendez said he would like to say “that torture is isolated in Mexico” and that the cases are “aberrations that can be quickly corrected.”

The U.N. rapporteur, who described torture as “endemic” in the country, met with federal and state authorities and visited jails and other corrections facilities during his stay.

In its World Report 2014, New York-based Human Rights Watch said “torture is widely practiced in Mexico to obtain forced confessions and extract information.”

The rights watchdog said Mexican “justice officials rarely apply the Istanbul Protocol, a set of principles to assess a potential victim of torture or ill-treatment.”

It said federal prosecutors “only opened 39 investigations for torture” from 2003 to 2013, “none of which led to convictions.”

In that same report, HRW said that in recent years “Mexico has relied heavily on the military to fight drug-related violence and organized crime, leading to widespread human rights violations.”

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Miami Hosts Tech Summit for Latin American Mayors

Mayors of Latin American cities participated in a summit on technological innovation in Miami Beach, where they emphasized the main challenges facing municipalities in the areas of efficiency and the introduction of new technologies.

The first “Pro-Innovation” summit, sponsored by Miami-Dade County, sought to strengthen cooperation among the top officials of different cities in Latin America, the United States and Europe with an eye toward dealing with some of the problems facing municipalities in Latin America.

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Drunk Man Open Fire Outside Mexico City Airport, No Injuries Reported

A drunk man got into a traffic accident at the Mexico City International Airport and opened fire when police responded, but no one was injured in the shooting, officials said.

The man was speeding and lost control of his vehicle around 6:45 a.m. Saturday outside the airport’s Terminal 2, the Federal Police said in a statement.

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Uruguay is First Country in World to Fully Legalize Marijuana- Now Selling for Less than $1 per Gram

Uruguay is First Country in World to Fully Legalize Marijuana- Now Selling for Less than $1 per Gram

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Marijuana will be sold at licensed Uruguayan pharmacies at a price of between 20-22 pesos ($0.87-$0.95) per gram, according to newly released regulations fleshing out last year’s law legalizing the cultivation, distribution and marketing of the drug.

The president of the National Drug Board, Diego Canepa, said at a press conference that that price would cover the cost of production and allow growers to make a profit, adding that pharmacies selling the product would not be allowed to undercut one another.

The price was deliberately set below what marijuana sells for illegally, Canepa said, adding that the quality control of the drug available at pharmacies would be “very high.”

Pharmacies must not place the marijuana in public view nor advertise that they are selling it and they must safely store the drug, just as they do with prescription-only medications or other products intended for “controlled use.”

Canepa said pharmacies that want to sell the drug may start doing so in November or December.

The marijuana sold at pharmacies will be supplied by a maximum of six companies that are to be awarded contracts in a competitive bidding process.

Those companies will meet annual domestic demand of 22 tons of marijuana, the Uruguayan government says.

Consumers registered to buy marijuana at pharmacies may buy up to 40 grams of the drug per month.

Besides buying the product at a licensed pharmacy, marijuana consumers will also be able to access pot by growing it themselves or by belonging to 15-to-45-person cannabis clubs, although with an annual production limit of 480 grams for both individual growers and club members.

Last December, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize cannabis.

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Forensic Experts Confirm Mass Grave Held Bodies of 13 Teens Kidnapped from Mexico City Bar

Argentine specialists have confirmed that the bodies found last August in a mass grave were those of the 13 young people kidnapped from the Heaven bar in Mexico City’s upscale Zona Rosa district, prosecutors said.

“The results of the external investigation conducted by Argentine specialists confirm the findings released by this institution and by the Attorney General of the Republic’s Office on the full identification of the Heaven bar victims,” the Federal District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

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Former Governor of Aguascalientes Arrested for Fraud and Embezzlement

The former governor of the central Mexican state of Aguascalientes has been arrested for alleged embezzlement, authorities said Saturday.

Luis Armando Reynoso Femat was detained Friday night while attending a bullfight in the city of Aguascalientes, the state capital, a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office told Efe.

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7 Bodies Pulled from Illegal Colombian Mine- 6 Still Missing

7 Bodies Pulled from Illegal Colombian Mine- 6 Still Missing

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Rescue teams recovered the bodies of four men and three women from the illegal mine that collapsed last week in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca, emergency management officials said.

The teams are searching for the bodies of six other people reported missing following the mine collapse last Wednesday, Cauca emergency management office director Maj. Juan Carlos Sandoval told Efe by telephone.

The seven bodies were the first found since the accident and were discovered after more than 48 hours of searching, Sandoval said.

The official casualty list from the mine collapse stands at 10 dead, two injured and six missing, the Cauca emergency management chief said.

“We have 10 (bodies), we are missing six, based on the list,” Sandoval said, adding that the search would continue.

The collapse at the Agua Limpia mine occurred on Wednesday night in a rural area outside the city of Santander de Quilichao.

The mine where the accident happened is an open pit and the slope collapsed, burying the miners, officials said.

Many people enter the mine at night to avoid being detected by police because they are breaking the law, Santander de Quilichao emergency management office director Graciela Tovar told RCN La Radio last Thursday.

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SundayMay 4, 2014