Study ranks happiest cities by geo-tagging Twitter messages

Feb 27, 2013

MISSION VIEJO – Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, San Clemente and Simi Valley are among the top 10 happiest cities in the United States, according to a University of Vermont study.

University researchers analyzed more than 10 million “geo-tagged” Twitter messages from 373 urban areas. The researchers scored more than 80 million words in the tweets for levels of happiness.

The researchers said the results “show how social media may potentially be used to estimate real-time levels and changes in population-level measures such as obesity rates.”

Napa was ranked the happiest city in the country.

Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and San Clemente were ranked fourth on the list, and Simi Valley was ranked fifth happiest. Thousand Oaks came in at 19th on the list, San Diego was ranked 40th happiest and Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim — home to the so-called “happiest place on earth,” aka Disneyland — came in at 79th on the list.  Santa Clarita was ranked 96th.

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Metro y Caltrans abrieron las ExpressLanes en la Interestatal 10

Feb 26, 2013

Metro y Caltrans abrieron las ExpressLanes en la Interestatal 10

Ahora se pagarán de .25 centavos a $1.40 por usar las líneas de viaje compartido con el uso de un transponedor.

El Monte Bus Station, Febrero 22, 2013.- Un proyecto de 14 millas a lo largo de la carretera interestatal 10 (10 freeway) que en el Sur de California se caracteriza por tener una Alta Ocupación de Vehículos.  La Línea Express que se inauguro comienza desde la calle Alameda cerca de la Union Station en el centro de Los Angeles hasta donde está la interestatal 605.  La inversión de este proyecto fue de 210 millones de dólares obtenidos del gobierno federal para mejorar las carreteras en varios puntos estratégicos.

Un servicio que promete ayudar a tener un viaje más rápido hacia el centro de Los Angeles en las horas cuando existe el trafico a vuelta de rueda, las personas interesadas en usar las Líneas Express tendrán que abrir una cuenta de FastTrack, que pueden acudir a las Estaciones de Metro o en el sitio de internet de metroexpresslanes.net y metro.net/expresslanes.

El programa de ExpressLanes en las autopistas están todavía en el proceso de prueba para ver la efectividad de ellas, eso quiere decir que si por cualquier motivo no funciona bien esta medida puede ser cambiada.  Según información oficial de Metro la mitigación de tráfico en las carreteras 10 y 110 son las primeras en su tipo para el Estado de California y fueron aprobadas por la Ley del Senado (SB)1422 el 14 de septiembre del 2008.

Los oficiales invitados para la inauguración fueron  John Fasana Consejal de Duarte y miembro de Metro, Mark Ridley-Thomas Suprtvisor del Condado de LA y miembro de Metro, Antonio Villaraigosa Alcalde de Los Angeles y miembro de Metro, Richard Katz miembro de Metro, Art Leahy CEO de Metro, la Congresista del Distrito 27 Judy Chu, Congresista del Distrito 32 Grace Napolitano, el Asambleísta del Distrito 49 Ed Chau, el Asambleísta del Distrito 48 Roger Hernández, Victor Mendez, Administrador Federal de Carreteras, Mike Miles Director de Caltrans del District 7 y Marc Shaw Asistente en Jefe de CHP del la División Sur.

Después del año de servicio, los ingresos de cada corredor deberán ser invertidos en mejoras y reparaciones en los lugares donde se produjeron haciendo de este proyecto un plan que se sustente por medio de las cuotas que pagan los usuarios.

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‘Argo’ win absolves Affleck; Day-Lewis becomes Oscars’ very Best Actor

Feb 25, 2013

HOLLYWOOD  –  Ben Affleck, who was not even nominated in the director’s category, has to feel vindicated today after his film, “Argo,” was named best picture at the 85th Academy Awards, where Daniel Day-Lewis became the first three-time best actor winner in Oscar history and Jennifer Lawrence, at 22, was named best actress.

Day-Lewis, a London-born Irishman, was honored for his portrayal of the nation’s 16th president in “Lincoln” and Lawrence received her first Oscar for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook” in a ceremony that saw “Life of Pi” collect a leading four statuettes — including best director for Ang Lee — while “Argo” and “Les Miserables” had three.

Accepting the best-picture Oscar for “Argo,” an Iran-hostage thriller, co-producer Grant Heslov heaped praise on Affleck, who was not nominated for a director’s Oscar by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences but who received an array of honors from others, including the top prize from the Directors Guild of America.

“The reason I wanted to speak before Ben was Ben is a producer on the film and he is also our director, and I thought it would be awkward for Ben to thank himself,” Heslov said on stage Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. “But it’s not awkward for me. … You directed a hell of a film. (I) couldn’t be more proud of the film, couldn’t be more proud of Ben.”

Affleck, who won an Oscar with pal Matt Damon for 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” told the star-studded crowd he was “just a kid” back then.

“I never thought that I would be back here and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood, you know, I couldn’t get them a job,” he said.

“I want to thank them and I want to thank what they taught me, which is that you have to work harder than you think you possibly can,” Affleck said. “You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard, but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s going to happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up.”

Day-Lewis’ win for his lead role as President Abraham Lincoln makes him the first person to earn three Oscars in the category. He previously won for “My Left Foot” and “There Will Be Blood.”

“I really don’t know how any of this happened,” the 55-year-old actor said. “I do know that I’ve received so much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life.”

Known for immersing himself in roles and staying in character 24 hours a day during filming, the London-raised actor thanked his wife, Rebecca, noting that during his career “she has lived with some very strange men.”

“I mean they were strange as individuals and probably even stranger if taken as a group,” he said. “But luckily, she’s the versatile one in the family and she’s been the perfect companion to all of them.”

“Lincoln” had a leading 12 nominations heading into the ceremony, but won only two, the other for production design for Rick Carter and Jim Erickson.

Lawrence won her Oscar for her portrayal of Bradley Cooper’s romantic foil in “Silver Linings Playbook.” It was her second nomination in the category, with her first coming in 2010 for “Winter’s Bone.”

“This is nuts,” the 22-year-old actress said. “Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women this year. You were so magnificent and so inspiring, and not just those of you in my category.”

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz was named best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era drama “Django Unchained.” Waltz, 56, won the same award for another Tarantino film, 2009’s “Inglourious Basterds,” and heaped praise on the director when accepting his latest statuette at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

“We participated in a hero’s journey, the hero here being Quentin,” Waltz said. “You scaled the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you’re not afraid of it, and you cross through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words. I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.”

Waltz, who also won a Golden Globe for his “Django” work, emerged victorious from a highly competitive field of candidates that included Screen Actors Guild Award winner Tommy Lee Jones  (“Lincoln”), Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Alan Arkin (“Argo”) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”).

Anne Hathaway rounded out her sweep of major Hollywood award wins by being named best supporting actress for her tragic turn as Fantine, a woman who slaves in menial jobs to raise money for her daughter until she eventually dies, in “Les Miserables.” It was the first Oscar for the 30-year-old actress, who was nominated for best actress in 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married.”

“It came true,” she whispered as she held the award on stage. “Thank you so much to the Academy for this and for nominating me with Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver, Amy Adams and Sally Field. I look up to you all so much and it’s been such an honor. Thank you.”

She thanked the cast and crew of the musical and added, “Here’s hoping that someday in the not-too-distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never more in real life.”

Lee’s win for best director was the second of his career. The Taiwanese filmmaker also won for “Brokeback Mountain” and was previously nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

“Thank you movie god,” Lee said. “I really need to share this with … everybody who worked with me on ‘Life of Pi.’ I really want to thank you for believing in this story and taking this incredible journey with me.”

The visually lush fantasy also won Oscars for cinematography for Claudio Miranda; visual effects for Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott; and original score for Mychael Danna.

Tarantino won his second Oscar for best original screenplay for his “Django Unchained” script. He previously won for “Pulp Fiction.”

Tarantino praised the actors in the film for giving life to the characters in the script.

“I actually think if people are, like, knowing about my movies 30 or 50 years from now, it’s going to be because of the characters that I created,” he said. “And I really only got one chance to get it right. I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive, and hopefully live for a long time. And boy this time did I do it. Thank you so much, guys.”

The Oscar for best adapted screenplay went to Chris Terrio for “Argo.”

The award for best original song went to Adele and Paul Epworth for the title song of the James Bond thriller “Skyfall.”

Disney’s “Brave” — the story of a rebellious Scottish princess’ test of wills with her mother as she challenges a pre-arranged marriage — won the Oscar for best animated feature, and co-director Brenda Chapman thanked her “wonderful, strong, beautiful daughter Emma, who inspired ‘Brave’ into being.”

John Kahr’s “Paperman” won for best animated short film — the first Disney Animation Studios-produced short to win the prize since 1969.

The Oscar for costume design when to Jacqueline Durran for “Anna Karenina” while Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell won the hairstyling and makeup award for “Les Miserables.”

Shawn Christensen won the Oscar for his live-action short “Curfew.” The award for documentary short subject went to Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine for “Inocente,” the coming-of-age story of a homeless and undocumented San Diego teen who’s determined to become an artist.

“Searching for Sugar Man,” the story of two South Africans who set out in search of 1970s rock star Rodriguez, received the Oscar for best documentary feature.

The Austrian film “Amour” — a French-language drama about a married pair of retired music teachers whose love is tested when she suffers a stroke — was named best foreign language film. The movie was the fifth in Oscar history to be nominated for both foreign language film and best picture honors.

The sound-mixing Oscar went to Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes for “Les Miserables.” The sound-editing category ended in a tie, with Oscars going to Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for “Skyfall” and Paul N.J. Ottosson for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

For film editing, “Argo’s” William Goldenberg picked up his first Oscar. He was also co-nominated in the same category this year for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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Monopolio de Aprilia en Phillip Island

Feb 24, 2013

Phillip Island (Australia), domingo 24 de febrero de 2013 – Aprilia, el fabricante italiano de motocicletas, dio inicio a la temporada monopolizando los primeros tres lugares de las carreras realizadas durante el fin de semana.

Sylvian Guintoli, Eugene Laverty y Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) son los pilotos que se llevaron el 1-2-3 en la primera carrera. Guintoli registró una velocidad promedio de 107.5 mph.

Durante esta primera carrera, en la vuelta 13, el español Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), mientras frenaba en la curva 4, tocó la llanta de lo motocicleta pilotada por el italiano Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team), produciendo la caída de ambos. Debido a la pérdida de conocimiento que sufrió Checa tuvo que ser trasladado en helicóptero al hospital, por lo cual es español no pudo participar en la segunda competencia.

Por su parte, Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team), en la segunda carrera se llevó el primer puesto imponiéndose a su coequipero Sylvain Guintoli y por encima de Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team).

Debido a los puntos que Laverty obtuvo en ambas carreras, se ha convertido en el nuevo líder del campeonato empatado en puntos con su coequipero Guintoli.

La tabla de resultados de la primera carrera es la siguiente:

Lugar Piloto (Escudería)
1 Guintoli (Aprilia)
2 Laverty (Aprilia)
3 Fabrizio (Aprilia)
4 Davies (BMW)
5 Sykes (Kawasaki)
6 Baz (Kawasaki)
7 Haslam (Honda)
8 Rea (Honda)
9 Camier (Suzuki)
10 Neukirchner (Ducati)

 

 

 

 

 

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Muerden de nuevo en casa

Feb 24, 2013

Club Tijuana 2 – 0 Atlante FC

Tijuana, Baja California. Los Canes Aztecas volvieron a la senda del triunfo derrotando al Atlante por 2-0, en juego disputado en el Estadio Caliente, en partido correspondiente de a la jornada 8 del Clausura 2013. Los goles fueron anotados por Raul Enriquez y Duvier Riascos.

Los Xolos saltaron a la cancha con un cuadro alterno debido a los dos torneos que afrentan. Mas allá de que los dirigidos por el Turco Mohamed pareciera un cuadro deslucido por los muchos cambios, los fronterizos sorprendieron a propios y extraños por mostrar un equipo bien ordenado, bajo un mismo sistema como si el como si el cuadro no hubiera sufrido variación alguna.

Apenas se jugaba el minuto dos del juego y los fronterizos ya se habían adelantado en el marcador por conducto de Raúl Enríquez quien remato de cabeza un centro por la banda izquierda proveniente de los botines de Diego Olsina. Esto dio mas confianza a los locales para manejar el juego y aprovechar la ventaja tempranera.

Atlante sigue sufriendo las mismas carencias que ha padecido durante todo este certamen. Un equipo deslucido, sin espíritu, con poca inteligencia en el momento de buscar el arco rival.

Para la segunda parte la tónica del partido no cambio mucho en cuanto lo mostrado en el primer tiempo. Solo fueron algunos intentos de Atlante para lograr la igualada, pero Xolos estaba bien parado en el fondo y Cirilo resguardaba bien su marco.

Así mismo llegaron los cambios siendo mas efectivos los movimientos del Turco que los del Travieso Daniel Guzman ya que con el ingreso de Christian Pellerano y Duvier Riascos el equipo se volvio mas ofensivo y fue precisamente el colombiano quien anoto el tanto definitivo al minuto 86 para darle la victoria a los locales por 2-0.

Con este resultado los Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente regresan a la senda de la victoria después de dos derrotas consecutivas. Además vuelven a ganar en casa después de ver cortada su racha de juegos invictos en casa. Para la próxima semana Xolos viajara a Guadalajara para enfrentar a los rojinegros del Atlas quienes marchan en la cuarta posición de la clasificación general. Por su parte Atlante recibirá a Diablos Rojos del Toluca.

Cristian Carrera |Fotógrafo | Bereavision.

 

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Lawsuit claims USC doctors used drug that ‘Keeps injured players on the field’

Feb 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES — A former USC defensive end can move forward with most of the allegations in his lawsuit against the school that claims  team doctors gave him painkillers that caused a heart attack and damaged his future potential as an NFL player, a judge ruled today.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said there were enough details in Armond Armstead’s complaint to support for now his allegations of fraud and negligence.

She also said his lawyers can file within 20 days an amended complaint clarifying how USC purportedly interfered with Armstead’s economic prospects as a professional player, his emotional stress claim and how team physician Dr. James Tibone allegedly battered him.

Palazuelos dismissed the suit’s products liability allegations.

Armstead filed his suit last Aug. 30. It alleges that Tibone and other USC doctors irresponsibly treated Armstead while he played for the Trojans, requiring him to take the painkilling drug Toradol several times without informing him of the possible side effects.   Armstead’s lawyers maintain Tibone battered Armstead by giving him Toradol “without limitation” and “without his informed consent.”

The suit — which also names Tibone and University Park Health Center — alleges that USC knew Armstead suffered a heart attack and purposely withheld that he had received Toradol from his doctors. Attorney Robert Bale, on behalf of Armstead, told Palazuelos that USC officials knew Toradol was inherently dangerous to administer to Armstead.

“It’s really not a lot different from steroids,” Bale said. “It made him feel like Superman, that he was invincible.”

According to Bale, Toradol is not used for medical reasons, but instead to keep injured players playing instead of recuperating.

“It keeps injured players on the field to benefit USC financially,” he said.  Armstead was given an ultimatum regarding the drug, Bale said.

“If you don’t get this shot, you don’t play, and if you don’t play, you don’t get scouted, and if you’re not scouted, you don’t play in the NFL,” Bale said.

Armstead had wanted since childhood to play in the NFL, Bale said.

“This was his goal, his dream, his desire,” Bale said.

But USC attorney Louis Pappas disputed Bale’s characterization of Toradol.

“Toradol is a safe drug,” he said.

Armstead, 22, played three seasons for USC from 2008-10, starting 17 games and recording 59 tackles. He was not medically cleared to play for the Trojans in 2011 because of a training incident.   Armstead was not taken in the draft, but played last season with the Grey Cup-winning Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The Argonauts released him in January and that same month he signed with the New England Patriots. He is listed on the team roster as a defensive tackle.

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Bell closing arguments: Defendants relied on city attorney, independent auditor who never questioned salaries

Feb 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Defense attorneys urged jurors today to acquit a former Bell mayor and two ex-city council members of charges that they misappropriated funds by collecting exorbitant salaries, arguing their clients had been falsely accused of criminal misconduct that has tarnished their reputations.

Lawyers for former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and former councilmen Luis Artiga and Victor Bello told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury that the prosecution had failed to prove its case against the three, who are charged along with former council members Teresa Jacobo, George Cole and George Mirabal.

Hernandez, 65, Jacobo, 55, and Mirabal, 63, are each charged with 20 counts of misappropriating public funds between January 2006 and July 2010.

Bello, 54, is charged with 16 counts of misappropriation between January 2006 and December 2009, while Artiga, 52, is charged with 12 counts of misappropriation between January 2008 and July 2010 and Cole, 63, is charged with eight counts of misappropriation between January 2006 and December 2007.

Hernandez’s attorney, Stanley Friedman, told jurors during his closing argument that the council members “did a lot more” than kissing babies, shaking hands and cutting ribbons.

The defense lawyer showed jurors a list that included the names of the city attorney, city clerk, the city’s auditing firm, police chief and city engineer, and said none of them told Hernandez that the council members’ salaries were illegal.

“Nobody thought the salaries were illegal … He didn’t think it was illegal. Nobody did,” Friedman told the seven-woman, five-man panel. “It certainly wasn’t criminally negligent for him to rely on the advice of (then City Attorney) Ed Lee.”

Artiga’s attorney, George Mgdesyan, said the prosecution had not even gotten close to proving its case.

“This case is full of holes and speculation against my client,” he told jurors, describing Artiga as “working hard every day” at a post he thought was a full-time job.

“He’s being prosecuted for receiving money that he worked hard for,” Mgdesyan said.

Artiga’s attorney said his client had been on the council for less than two years and didn’t vote on his salary, which he described as being $65,000 to $70,000 — rather than $100,000 as Deputy District Attorney Edward Miller said in his closing argument.

“What was my client supposed to do? Did he have a right to presume it was lawful?” Artiga’s attorney asked jurors.

He described Artiga as a man who “wanted the best for the citizens of Bell” and was “not this greedy person that the prosecutor wants to portray.”     Mgdesyan said his client had been “falsely accused” and that his reputation had been “tarnished” as a result of the charges.

Bello’s attorney, Leo Moriarty, told jurors that they would be acting as a bridge over troubled waters for his client, referring to the troubled waters as “the criminal prosecution in this matter.”

“The prosecution’s case is an imaginary evil. It’s an evil that doesn’t exist,” he said, telling jurors that there was “nothing of substance” in the government’s case.

Moriarty said the prosecutor’s characterization of Bello being “nothing more than a charlatan” and a man who was paid $100,000 a year to work at the city’s food bank after leaving the council was “absolutely contrary to what Mr. Bello is and was.”

He said the six defendants had “done nothing wrong to justify them being here today,” and “were not just paid to be at the city council meetings.”

Bello’s attorney called his client “totally innocent,” saying it was “not a matter of the city of Bell defendants here thinking they were above the law” as the prosecution contends.   The jury was set to hear this afternoon from Mirabal’s attorney, Alex Kessel.   Jurors were also expected to hear a rebuttal argument from the prosecution before the case is turned over to them.   In his closing argument Wednesday, the prosecutor told jurors that the six gouged taxpayers by collecting “outrageous salaries” for serving on various city agencies in a “city turned upside down by a culture of corruption.”

Miller contended that the defendants paid themselves illegal salaries for sitting on four boards — the Community Housing Authority, Surplus Property Authority, Public Financing Authority and Solid Waste and Recycling Authority.

“There was no authority of law for these outrageous salaries the defendants paid themselves,” the deputy district attorney told jurors. “… There’s none, zip.”

“The defendants in this case believed they were above the law and carried out their duties with a criminal disregard …,” Miller said. “This was a city turned upside down by a culture of corruption.”

Miller showed jurors an organizational chart of the city, with the electorate at the top. He then flipped it over, saying the defendants didn’t have residents at the top of their chart.

In closing arguments Wednesday, attorneys for Jacobo and Cole maintained that their clients relied on the city attorney and an independent auditor who never questioned their salaries, and said the defendants honestly believed the money reflected a reasonable amount given the time they spent doing city work.

In urging jurors to acquit his client, Jacobo’s attorney, Shepard Kopp, said the vast majority of his client’s work was “not done within the confines of a city council meeting” and said the government’s case was “based on a fundamental misunderstanding.”

“They’ve been focused all along on the meetings and only the meetings, and that’s not where the work was done,” Kopp said, calling Jacobo a “person who was deeply dedicated to her community.”

Cole’s attorney, Ronald Kaye, called his client “a decent, hard-working and honest human being” who worked tirelessly on behalf of the city and “relied on professionals” to advise him if there was a problem with the council members’ salaries.

Kaye said the former councilman — who stopped taking a city salary in 2007 — voted in 2008 to increase the salaries of his fellow council members “because he feared his programs would be attacked by Robert Rizzo,” who was then the city manager.

Jacobo, Mirabal and Cole all testified in their own defense during the trial, insisting in part that they were paid in accordance with the amount of work they performed for the city.

Rizzo and his then-assistant, Angela Spaccia, are awaiting trial in a separate corruption case. More than 50 counts of fraud have been filed against against Rizzo, seen as the ringleader of the alleged effort to loot the city’s treasury by paying bloated salaries to himself and other officials and arranging illicit loans of taxpayer money.

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Remesas de salvadoreños se incrementan 5.1% en enero

Feb 20, 2013


En el primer mes de 2013, El Salvador ha recibido $281 millones en remesas, la cifra  representa un incremento de 5.1% en comparación con lo registrado en enero de 2012.

El Banco Central de Reserva de El Salvador (BCR) destaca que en enero de este año los salvadoreños residentes en el extranjero enviaron $13.6 millones más que lo registrado en el primer mes de 2012, donde el país percibió $267.3 millones.

Del total de remesas que ingresaron a la economía salvadoreña, el sistema bancario pagó a los beneficiarios el 62%, mientras que el 32.3% fue liquidado por agentes de envío y receptores de remesas, las cajas, cooperativas de ahorro y crédito; y el 5.7% restante fue trasladado a los beneficiarios por salvadoreños que visitaron El Salvador o viajaron hacia Estados Unidos y por los gestores de encomiendas.

Una de las razones de este incremento es la mejoría de los índices de la economía de Estados Unidos durante los primeros tres trimestres de 2012, en este país  es donde reside la mayor parte de salvadoreños.
En el comunicado difundido por el BCR se destaca información de otros países que son receptores de remesas. Se detalla que en enero, Guatemala recibió un monto de $357.9 millones en remesas familiares, registrando una tasa de crecimiento de 17.3%.

Mientras que para el mes de diciembre Nicaragua tuvo un crecimiento de 11.3% en remesas, Honduras logró 3.4%. Las cifras fueron alentadoras para la mayoría de naciones latinoamericanas a diferencia de México y Colombia que a diciembre de 2012, registraron caídas de -1.3% y -2.25% respectivamente.

 

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Presidente Obama habló del impacto de la medida llamada “secuestro”

Feb 19, 2013

Presidente Obama habló del impacto de la medida llamada “secuestro”

Acompañado de oficiales de bomberos y policías a los cuales saludo de mano después del discurso que duró 15 minutos en el South Court Auditorium de la Casa Blanca.

Bereavision TV El Monte, CA Febrero 19, 2013.- El punto principal de esta disertación fue para urgir que el congreso actué en estos próximos diez días restantes antes de que se venza el plazo del acuerdo denominado como “Secuestro”,  que tiene como objetivo estabilizar las finanzas del recorte presupuestario forzosamente.  Si no se realiza este ajuste en el presupuesto como propone el presidente, la economía sufrirá cortes automáticos y afectará a mucha gente de la clase media en los Estados Unidos.

Así que ahora los republicanos en el Congreso se enfrentan a una elección simple: ¿Están dispuestos a comprometerse a proteger las inversiones vitales en la educación y la salud y la seguridad nacional y de todos los puestos de trabajo que dependen de ellos? ¿O más bien poner en riesgo a cientos de miles de puestos de trabajo y toda nuestra economía y sólo para proteger a unos pocos, cubriendo lagunas fiscales que sólo benefician a los estadounidenses más ricos y las más grandes corporaciones? Esa es la elección.”, destacó Barack Obama lanzando su bola de fuego a los republicanos en el congreso.

En el Capitolio se dijo que si no se llegaba a un acuerdo en el recorte del presupuesto se llevarían a cabo penalidades arbitrarias en este año que se vencen a partir de este próximo viernes.  Según la información dada, estos cortes automáticos del presupuesto le darán un duro golpe a los servicios militares, inversiones en educación, Medicare, investigaciones medicas, agentes de servicio de emergencias, agentes de patrullas fronterizas, agentes del FBI, Agentes federales, maestros, educadores y millones de americanos perderán el acceso a cuidados médicos de primer auxilio, prevención de salud, vacunas y chequeos contra el cáncer.

Es un error pedir a la clase media que soporte todo el peso de la reducción del déficit.  Y por eso no voy a firmar un plan que perjudica a la clase media”, afirmó el presidente Barack Obama en su arenga.

Lo peor es de que la respuesta de pagar los platos rotos en este episodio del corte del presupuesto estaría en los hombros de la clase media, los ancianos jubilados y no en los millonarios “eso no es balance…mucha gente perderá su trabajo…es una mala idea”, replicó el presidente con preocupación.  Estas fueron algunas de las palabras del presidente y presionó al congreso para actuar en esta semana y tener un plan para mejorar la situación de los recortes presupuestales y no dañar a la clase media y los servicios que necesita.

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Violence leaves 4 dead

Feb 19, 2013

TUSTIN – Six people were shot today in Tustin, Ladera Ranch and Orange this morning, four of them fatally, including the suspected shooter, who apparently killed himself, law enforcement officials said.

A preliminary investigation indicates the suspect who shot the others died in the city of Orange, said Tustin police Lt. Paul Garaven. The case involved an attempted carjacking, he said.

“There are multiple (crime) scenes throughout Tustin and the surrounding areas,” he said. Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said there were a total of six shooting scenes.

Four people were shot in Tustin, Garaven said. The shootings occurred about 5:20 a.m., he said.

At least two people were transported to nearby hospitals, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

A woman was shot and killed in Ladera Ranch, and the suspect, described as a man in his 20s, was “not a threat to the community,” Amormino said.

The other shootings:

— A person was fatally shot at the McFadden offramp from the southbound Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, Garaven said.

— A shooting on Edinger Avenue east of the 55 Freeway left one person dead and another person wounded, Garaven said.

— A shooting at Red Hill Avenue and the Santa Ana (5) Freeway left a person wounded, Garaven said.

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