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TuesdaySeptember 2, 2014

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Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico on Tuesday presented its strategy for promoting itself as a medical tourism destination, especially among the Hispanic population of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast, to whom it will offer medical care ranging from dental treatment to liposuction or weight-loss surgery at prices that can be as much as 60 percent lower than in the continental United States.

“Puerto Rico has a privileged situation in this market,” said the secretary of Economic Development and Trade, Alberto Baco, during the presentation of the plan.

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White House Hesitating on Executive Action on Immigration

The White House acknowledged Tuesday that President Barack Obama might not fulfill the pledge he made in June to announce exective action on immigration matters before the end of summer.

The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, confirmed that the time frame is not clearly established, as Obama suggested at a press conference last week when he avoided repeating his promise to act before summer is over.

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STUDY: Spanish Speakers Express Themselves More Positively

Spanish-speakers tend to express themselves in a more positive way than do the speakers of other languages, according to a study published by the University of Vermont.

The selection of positive words was higher among people who express themselves in Spanish than among people who speak the nine other languages examined in the study: English, Portuguese, German, French, Chinese, Russian, Indonesian, Arabic and Korean.

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“Cantinflas” Movie Makes Strong Showing in Box Office

“Cantinflas”, the biopic about Mexican actor Mario Moreno, premiered in the United States with a total box-office of $3.2 million and the highest average number of moviegoers per movie theater that screened it.

The Sebastian del Amo flick opened in 382 theaters with an average box-office of some $8,400, while placing 13th on the list of the most revenues over the long Labor Day weekend.

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Nicaragua Suspends Search for Trapped Miners

Search efforts for seven miners missing for five days in an abandoned gold mine located in the northern Caribbean municipality of Bonanza have been suspended, Nicaragua’s DGB fire-rescue service said Tuesday.

“After having undertaken multiple search and rescue efforts and operations, the judgment about the artisanal miners, which coincides with the recommendations of the specialized personnel and geologists who have read the equipment and installed sensors, suggests excessive imminent risk of a rock slide,” the DGB said in a statement.

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The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

The President’s Solid Ground for Executive Action on Immigration

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Comprehensive immigration reform legislation would give a majority of America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and work authorization. But with immigration reform stalled in the House, President Obama announced that he plans to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” The President is reportedly considering deferring the deportations of up to 5 million immigrants, starting with those with families. While most columnists have supported the President’s authority to take action, a minority have accused President Obama of “rewriting the law” and called him a “domestic Caesar.”

UCLA Professor of Law Hiroshi Motomura’s report, The President’s Discretion, Immigration Enforcement, and the Rule of Law, thoughtfully argues that President Obama has broad executive authority to defer deportations, if he so chooses. Motomura concludes that the “President has the legal authority to make a significant number of unauthorized migrants eligible for temporary relief from deportation,” “similar to the relief available under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”  The technical term is “administrative action”—action by the President’s administrative agencies, such as Department of Homeland Security.

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Blog del Narco: Mexican Cartel Takes Blow with $300 Million of Cocaine Seized in Peru

Blog del Narco: Mexican Cartel Takes Blow with $300 Million of Cocaine Seized in Peru

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Seized Cocaine was displayed in dozens of blocks of 25 kilos each in a hangar at the police airport in Lima. The drugs arrived in the morning on a cargo plane from Trujillo, 560 kms north of the Peruvian capital.

The seizure is the largest seizure ever recorded in Peru, a country considered by the UN, along with Colombia, one of the largest producers of this alkaloid with about 320 tones of cocaine annually.

A huge banner read “7.6 tons of drugs, a historical forfeiture” read rose on a proscenium from which the Interior Minister Daniel Urresti, along with senior police chiefs, highlighted achievements against drug trafficking.

“This is another example of what the police are doing in the fight against organized crime,” the minister said without providing details of the operation against the alleged Mexican drug cartel owner.

“In Peru, the business is the sale of base cocaine which is very cheap,” said the minister in Peru after denying the drug business is the sale of cocaine through posters.

Minutes before dozens of police officers dressed in white jacket, dark pants and a mask made a long line to go up and down the plane carrying police blocks cocaine in an operation that lasted more than 15 minutes.
Police trucks under heavy armed guard then moved the drug from the airport, northwest of Lima, to a drug base east of the city where the cocaine will be incinerated.

Police authorities have reiterated since last week that cocaine, high purity, reach a value in the international market of over $ 300 million and that belong to a Mexican cartel, but declined to provide the name.

The shipment was destined for Spain and Belgium, according to early reports. In step two Mexicans captured seven Peruvians.

In Peru mafias operating in Mexico send drugs to their country then to be used in the United States.

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Mariachi Barbie Makes her Debut in Mexico

The latest Barbie doll will be dressed in Mexico’s traditional mariachi costume and wide-brimmed sombrero as it joins the 2014 Barbie Dolls of the World Collection, the doll’s manufacturer, Mattel, said.

Mariachi Barbie will celebrate “one of Mexico’s most representative traditions in music and culture” and will be available to the public starting this September, the company said in a statement.

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Minimum Wage in Argentina Increases by 31 Percent

The Argentine government raised the minimum wage by 31 percent to 4,400 pesos ($523) a month, according to a decision published Tuesday in the official gazette.

The pay hike was agreed upon at the annual Wage Council, which on Monday convened representatives of the government, unions and businesses at the Labor Ministry.

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New $9.2 Billion Airport Coming to Mexico City

The Mexican government expects to spend 120 billion pesos ($9.17 billion) building a new airport for this capital, President Enrique Peña Nieto said Tuesday.

The new facility will stand next to the existing airport, which was renovated in 2007 but is already operating at the limits of its capacity, handling 32 million passengers a year.

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TuesdaySeptember 2, 2014