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WednesdayMay 28, 2014

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Puerto Rican Hopes to Create Island’s 1st Hub of Eco-Friendly Food

Puerto Rican Hopes to Create Island’s 1st Hub of Eco-Friendly Food

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What started four years ago as a meeting place for small farmers and consumers looking for local products is fast becoming the first hub of environmentally friendly eats in Puerto Rico, an island that imports more than 80 percent of its food.

“It’s something that society is crying out for. A lot of us normal people are tired of going to the supermarket and buying fruit and vegetables that don’t taste of anything. We want to eat better without damaging the environment or promoting price wars that hurt farmers,” Tara Rodriguez, the Puerto Rican leader of the project, told Efe.

After seven years in New York, where she studied architecture, the 30-year-old entrepreneur returned to Puerto Rico and four years ago established this organic farmers market and mini-grocery called the Departamento de la Comida (Department of Food).

“Ecological agriculture is simply the kind that doesn’t rely on toxic agrichemicals,” Rodriguez said. “It combats pests in a natural way, grows a variety of crops on the same fields, provides fair pay for the farmer and leaves the land cleaner and healthier.”

Tara frequently visits farms, studies plots of land in the city to find places where vegetable gardens can be grown, and like everybody else collaborating on this project, converses at length with whoever comes to the Departamento, located in a working-class neighborhood of San Juan.

“Customers take their time, they look at everything, they’re interested in knowing where the mangoes were grown that they take away with them, and we tell them that the farmer who grew the zucchinis they’re going to buy is called Manolo and he delivered them here this morning,” she said.

The Departamento has a system of distributing “harvest boxes,” crates of produce picked and delivered the same week for which those interested pay $30 a week.

A lot of people “told us they didn’t know how to cook certain items or they didn’t have time, so we decided to prepare lunch boxes with a different menu every day,” Tara said, acknowledging that “pretty soon we couldn’t supply all the demand,” because Puerto Rico’s economic crisis is sparking interest in local production and responsible consumption.

Unlike many parts of the world, land in Puerto Rico is very inexpensive “if not given away,” due to the enormous exodus, particularly of young people.

“Whoever wants land here can get it. Even in the city there are many plots of land that are abandoned, and many residents are taking advantage of the fact to plant urban vegetable gardens,” Tara said, recalling that the tropical climate makes it possible to obtain “as many as three or four harvests a year.”

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12 Year Old Gives Birth in Argentina

12 Year Old Gives Birth in Argentina

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A 12-year-old Argentine girl has given birth and both she and her baby, which weighed 2.4 kilos (5 lbs., 5 oz.), are in good health, physicians at a hospital in the north-central city of Cordoba said Tuesday.

The mother of the young girl discovered that her daughter was expecting when she was already in her sixth month of pregnancy, and though at first she did not agree that she should have the baby, she afterwards gave the girl all her support.

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Brazilian Use Tear Gas on Anti-World Cup Protesters

Brazilian Use Tear Gas on Anti-World Cup Protesters

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Brazilian police used tear gas and officers on horseback in Brasilia Tuesday to prevent some 2,000 anti-World Cup protesters from reaching the stadium where the coveted trophy was on display.

Police arrested three people and two cops were injured, one of them by an arrow fired by one of the Indians.

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Blog del Narco: “La Nacha” First Head of Juarez Drug Cartel in Early 30’s

Blog del Narco: “La Nacha” First Head of Juarez Drug Cartel in Early 30’s

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When her husband died in a clash with police in a cantina, Ignacia Jasso took over the family business: drug trafficking in Ciudad Juarez.

In the early 30’s, Ignacia Jasso, popularly known as ‘La Nacha’ ran the criminal empire and its influence remained until the second half of last century.

‘La Nacha’ and her husband Pablo González, alias El pablote ‘began to take control of trafficking marijuana and morphine on the border of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, in the twenties.

Jasso and her husband gained control of the area by removing their opponents: a group of Easterners who came to our country, fleeing the United States after an earthquake that shook San Francisco in 1906.

The González-Jasso family, controlled the sale of marijuana, heroin and cocaine. Apparently, the head of the organization was La Nacha who ran his organization with discretion and generosity. Reportedly he did not use “large doses of violence” to control his empire.

‘The pablote’ died in 1930 in a bar fight; his funeral was luxurious but discreet.

Ignacia Jasso continued with the business of drug trafficking, for which she had the protection of higher-ups.
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Puerto Rico Gov’t Accused of Favoritism in Public Employment

State-owned water company AAA has hired 580 members of Puerto Rico’s ruling PPD party since Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla took office in January 2013, a lawmaker with the main opposition PNP said Tuesday.

Jorge Navarro, ranking PNP member of the lower house’s Consumer Affairs Committee, said in a statement that he has documents that prove this “wave of political appointments.”

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Mexico Posts Trade Surplus of $510 Million in April

Mexico Posts Trade Surplus of $510 Million in April

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Mexico posted a trade surplus of nearly $510 million in April, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said.

The country had posted a trade deficit of $1.22 billion in April 2013, the statistics agency said.

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Latino Immigrants Give Up Dream of Homeownership in U.S.

Latino Immigrants Give Up Dream of Homeownership in U.S.

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A poster in the window of a Queens, NY real estate office proclaims: “Immigration reform is coming, so buy your house in your country, Colombia.”

It’s far from certain that Congress will enact changes to the nation’s immigration laws. But that hasn’t stopped this real estate agency, and others like it in immigrant neighborhoods, from trading on a growing sentiment among Latino immigrants.

Increasingly reform is not seen as an opportunity for undocumented immigrants to start on a pathway to citizenship or even gain legal status that would allow them to work in the U.S..

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Mexican Scientists to Monitor Migratory Routes of Sea Turtles with Tracking Devices

Mexican Scientists to Monitor Migratory Routes of Sea Turtles with Tracking Devices

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Mexican scientists released on a beach of the northwestern state of Sinaloa three sea turtles in whose shells satellite tracking devices had been installed for the purpose of monitoring their migratory routes, the National Polytechnic Institute, or IPN, said.

The scientists, members of IPN’s Interdisciplinary Research Center, Sinaloa Unit, set the sea turtles free on Playa Las Glorias beach in the city of Guasave, the institute said in a statement.

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Mexican Federal Government Takes Over Northeastern State

The federal government has started the process of cleaning up the law enforcement agencies in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.

The Defense Secretariat plans to start training, evaluating and certifying the state police in June, Osorio Chong said following a meeting on Monday in the port city of Tampico.

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Experts Baffled By Sea Lions in Costa Rica

Experts Baffled By Sea Lions in Costa Rica

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Two sea lions, observed last week in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, surprised tourists and experts for being a species rarely seen in Central America.

“They’re always in areas near the coast and live in colder waters than the waters in the tropics, so it’s unusual to see them here - they’re normally found in South America or very far to the north,” biologist and zoologist Bernal Rodriguez told Efe.

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WednesdayMay 28, 2014