Luis Montes scored the goal that put Mexico ahead of Ecuador for good in a World Cup tuneup. Two minutes later, he sustained an apparent leg fracture that will cost him a chance to play for El Tri in Brazil.
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At least six people died, three went missing and seven were injured Saturday in a mudslide in a northwestern region of Guatemala due to torrential rains, a local official said.
At least 12 civilians died Saturday when a roadside bomb blew up the vehicle taking them to a wedding in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, a police official said.
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Univision anchor and rising star Jorge Ramos appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” Friday night to discuss the role of the press in the United States, and he didn’t hold back in his criticism of American media — including Bill O’Reilly.
“Our mission,” Ramos said, “is to question those who are in power. And I’m not seeing that.” When he takes trips to Washington, he continued, “it feels like a club. They’re more concerned about keeping their contacts, than… getting the truth.” O’Reilly countered that there were exceptions to this rule, to which Ramos responded, “Of course there are exceptions. But we all have biases. You have your own biases, whenever you’re covering Obamacare, or Benghazi, or supporting more the Republican party than the Democratic party…”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” O’Reilly interjected. “Have you ever seen me do a softball interview with anybody?”
“I’ve seen you doing tough interviews, but I’ve seen you also supporting more Republicans than Democrats,” Ramos said. “Maybe editorially, but never in an interview,” O’Reilly responded.
Later in the interview, the two disagreed again on immigration reform, with Ramos blaming John Boehner for holding up a bill in the House of Representatives, and O’Reilly, echoing the GOP platform by asserting that the U.S.-Mexico border should be more secure before new laws are considered.
Watch the whole thing above.
As the weather gets warmer, it slowly becomes time to move the party outside. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for an overpriced (and probably crowded) rooftop bar or an all-too-familiar family picnic with mediocre burgers made on an ancient grill. Thanks to our friends at Porch.com, we can all rest easy knowing that outdoor entertaining can be as easy as opening your home’s backdoor to the patio or stepping through the entryway to your balcony. Besides, you can never go wrong with a second kitchen. (One can only dream.)
Where could you see yourself — and your guests — spending some time this season?
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FRAIJANES, Guatemala (AP) — For years, Hernan Argueta’s small plot of coffee plants seemed immune to the fungus spreading elsewhere in Central America. The airborne disease that strikes coffee plants, flecking their leaves with spots and causing them to wither and fall off, failed to do much damage in the cooler elevations of Guatemala’s mountains.
Then, the weather changed. Temperatures warmed in the highlands and the yellow-orange spots spread to Argueta’s plants. Since the warming trend was noted in 2012, the 46-year-old farmer said his family went from gathering a dozen 100-pound (45-kilogram) sacks of coffee beans each month to just five.
Now, Argueta is among the region’s thousands of coffee farmers fighting the fungus called “coffee rust” in hopes they’ll continue to supply the smooth-flavored, aromatic Arabica beans enjoyed by coffee lovers around the world. But with no cure for the fungus, and climate conditions expected to encourage its spread, they are bracing for a long, hard battle to survive.
Argueta, like many farmers, is replacing his old trees with new coffee plants that better resist the rust, and cutting back existing trees in the hope they’ll spring new foliage. It will be two to three years, however before the new plants produce the bright red cherries that hold the valuable beans. Argueta has had to seek out construction jobs to get by. “Now we have had to find other lines of work,” he said.
Coffee rust first hit Central America in the 1970s. For decades, coffee growers simply coped with the blight and lower yields. But as rust spread to the highlands, the problem demanded action. Last year, Guatemala declared a national emergency, with officials estimating rust had affected 70 percent of the nation’s crop.
In neighboring El Salvador, the rate of infection is 74 percent, according to the London-based International Coffee Organization. In Costa Rica, it’s 64 percent; in Nicaragua, 37 percent; and in Honduras, 25 percent.
In its April report, the ICO said the average price for coffee hit a two-year high — more than US$1.70 per pound — as market watchers worried about production in Brazil, where severe drought is affecting the world’s largest coffee crop, and an El Nino weather pattern is expected to further hurt supply across the region.
The spread of rust has prompted growers to adopt new measures, such as “stumping,” the practice of pruning trees of all infected vegetation in hopes of encouraging them to regrow with greater vibrancy. They are also using fungicides and installing shade covers, which appear to help keep the fungus at bay.
Rust also has hit farms in Southern Mexico, which produces much of the region’s shade-grown coffee, and where the government is leading a sweeping replanting project.
“We have old, unproductive coffee plantations that haven’t been pruned. In some case they’re 40 years old,” said Belisario Dominguez Mendez, who heads up coffee issues for Mexico’s Agriculture Department. “Coffee rust is a good pretext to transform the coffee industry in Mexico,” he said, noting the government intends to replace about 20 percent of coffee plants each year, hoping to have them all replaced within five years.
None of that will make rust go away, however.
“It’s an issue of managing it, controlling it,” Dominguez Mendez said. “We have lived with rust for 30 years, and we will continue living with it for as long as we are around.”
In El Salvador, Claudia Herrera de Calderon worries over her family inheritance, two large coffee farms high in the mountains near the Guatemalan border. She has been stumping plants on the two parcels, which total about 500 hectares (1,200 acres) and spraying fungicides. But it’s not enough.
“Even if you cut them back, the problem is that with the climate changes we are seeing — the rains, the droughts, the rust — basically, we are looking at the need to replant everything,” Herrera de Calderon said.
With little government help, and her farms falling below the break-even point, she has had to lay off workers and lacks the funds needed to replant. And because the fungus spreads so easily, the cautionary steps have to be taken all together, or one farm will simply infect the next.
“Now, all the fincas are infected, and those of us who have made the effort to spray fungicides are left with problems by neighboring farms that haven’t done anything,” she said.
With many rural towns dependent on coffee production, observers fear widespread job losses. Producers in the Guatemalan highlands have lost, on average, between a third and 60 percent of their income in the last year, according to the United Nations. The National Coffee Association of Guatemala, known as Anacafe, says some 100,000 direct coffee jobs have dried up.
The United Nations is providing emergency food aid to 14,000 Guatemalan households that have lost income due to rust. Still, that’s less than 10 percent of the 160,000 homes estimated by the government nutrition agency to need such help.
Argueta, however, is not giving up. Just as he has “stumped” his existing trees, hoping to coax them to start all over, he is ready to begin anew.
On a recent day in Fraijanes, a town southeast of Guatemala City, he and other growers lined up for new, rust-resistant seedlings that the government is handing out.
“This variety is going to better,” Argueta said. “That, in itself, is a blessing.”
Moises Castillo reported from Guatemala City and Marcos Aleman from San Salvador. AP Writer Mark Stevenson contributed to this report
A Mexican-born U.S. citizen living in rural Pennsylvania for two decades was arrested and accused of smuggling $60 million of cocaine into the U.S. over the last 20 years.
Salvador Lemus lived openly in Chester County as the owner of a landscaping company, but authorities contend it was a ruse to cover his illicit ties to the notorious La Familia cartel in Mexico, according to CBS Philly.
Operation Telarana, Spanish for spiderweb, led to the recent arrests of Lemus and dozens of other violent suspects by a task force including federal, state and local authorities. The takedown was announced on Wednesday, Fox News Latino reports.
The raid also nabbed his son Francisco Lemus, his nephew Mario Hernández-García, his wife, Jovita Lemus and other family members, the Unionville Times reports.
Lemus, 65, and nicknamed El Viejo — the Old One — was tripped up by a wiretap on his cellphone. He has been charged with more than 600 counts, mainly conspiracy, drug possession and dealing.
Criminal informants were instrumental in getting the case off the ground, according to Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan.
“My phone, my phone – nobody can track it,” Lemus allegedly said to an associate who suggested recently that he change his number. “I have 20 years with my number,” Lemus said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Little did he know that the task force had been listening to allegedly incriminating conversations for more than a year, the Inquirer reports.
Suspects blended in with the local Mexican community in the mushroom-farming region of southern Pennsylvania by holding down day jobs.
Lemus’ supposed dealing was well-known to authorities for years, according to Hogan, but authorities were impeded from building a case. Members of the local Mexican community were reluctant to speak against Lemus and his ring because family members living in Mexico could be harmed by Lemus’ cartel allies, Hogan said.
Bail was set at $1 million for Lemus.
As the U.S. Border Patrol grapples with complaints of excessive force, a new policy has emerged that will tighten restrictions on agents.
The Arizona Republic reports that the new use-of-force policy will require agents to avoid situations where deadly force may be necessary. Examples include refraining from blocking moving vehicles’ paths or firing at rock-throwers unless in imminent danger. Additionally, agents will be trained on how to carry and use lighter weapons, while also facing restrictions on taser use.
“This is a monumental victory for border communities advocating for transparency and policy reform,” Andrea Guerrero, co-chair of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, told the Arizona Republic.
The new rules are in response to a critical report that was first obtained by the Los Angeles Times and released Friday, showing that agents were deliberately engaging in those aforementioned types of actions. Since January 2010, at least 20 people have been killed in Border Patrol incidents, according to the Times.
The Associated Press broke down how the report was conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit group that advises law enforcement agencies. In total 67 case files, were reviewed on deadly force use from January 2010 through October 2012. Administrative action was taken against employees in two of those cases, while 10 investigations remain open, and the other 55 cases went without any disciplinary action. Additionally, 14 cases saw disciplinary action from 2010 to 2013, with eight employees being suspended and five more being reprimanded.
For more on “Force At The Border,” check out the Arizona Republic’s project here.
Memorial Day weekend brought barbecues, picnics and beach parties, which means that despite summer’s official start on June 21, the season is already underway for many of us. But before you toss back more hot dogs, chips or beer, think about how it might affect how you look and feel — and no, we don’t mean your waistline.
“It’s not just the sun that can age your skin,” Paula Simpson, a biochemist and holistic nutritionist who specializes in supplement formulation for skin health, told HuffPost. “Diet influences skin at the cellular level, and since skin is our largest organ, it’s also the first to show nutrient deficiency.”
In order to keep a healthy glow inside and out this season, Simpson stresses eating well and hydrating correctly (in addition to slathering on sunscreen, of course). Read on for her list of foods that will help you look and feel your best all summer long.
This symbol of summer is around 90 percent water, which hydrates the body. “It’s loaded with vitamin C, which is required for healthy collagen production,” Simpson said. Its antioxidant properties make it “a free radical scavenger,” she says, which helps prevent signs of aging.
Fresh produce like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are delicious in their prime, but Simpson really loves them because they’re packed with antioxidants, which can protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
Along with vitamins and minerals, this tropical fruit contains bromelain, thought to fight inflammation. Lessening inflammation may bring some comfort for people with sunburns, Simpson says.
4. Citrus Fruits
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes — name a citrus fruit and it’s probably good for your skin, says Simpson. Their vitamin C and amino acids, like proline and lysine play a role in collagen production, which can keep skin looking young.
We’ve all seen cucumber used to relieve puffy eyes, but Simpson points out you should be consuming cukes for healthy skin, too. Cucumbers are mostly water, so they hydrate and replenish the body and skin.
Simpson calls tomatoes “the perfect food to protect skin cells,” thanks to their lycopene, which not only promotes collagen production but also fights off fine lines and wrinkles.
7. Dandelion Greens
‘Tis the season for salads, and if dandelion greens aren’t already a part of your mix, they should be, notes Simpson. You’ll get more than your daily dose of vitamins A and K, as well as a good deal of collagen-producing C. It’s also used for skin conditions like acne and eczema, according to WebMD.
Seafood by the beach is a popular treat this time of year, and Simpson suggests ordering salmon if you want your skin to appear dewy and plump. The omega-3 fatty acids in the fish are a key component of how skin cells regulate oil production.
9. Coconut Water
Instead of reaching for sugar-laden sports drinks, Simpson encourages getting electrolytes from coconut water. “It supports youthful and supple skin,” she says, thanks to it’s hydrating powers and its hearty dose of potassium, which can help deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the skin by boosting circulation, Prevention reported.
What’s on your summer menu? Tell us in the comments below!