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WednesdayJuly 7, 2010

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España Elimina a Alemania 1-0

La selección española esta haciendo historia al derrotar a Alemania 1-0, y pasar a su primera final. El gol llegó en un momento inesperado, a la salida de un córner. Carles Puyol remató de cabeza y Manuel Neuer no pudo hacer nada.

El partido fue dominado totalmente por Españana y que gozó de numerosas ocasiones. La selección española se prepara para el enfrentamiento con Holanda.

Read more at Yahoo Noticias! →

Cuba: 52 Prisoners of Conscience to be Released

Officially being held on charges of conspiring with Washington to destabilize Cuba’s political system, these 52 prisoners had all been rounded up and imprisoned in a crackdown of March 2003. In defiance of state rules, these prisoners were political opposition supporters, community organizers and those journalists who reported on them. With cooperation from the Cuban government, the Catholic Church has recently become an increasingly strong voice in Cuban politics. Cardinal Jamie Ortega negotiated this release as well as the May decision to end of Cuba’s ban on Mothers and wives of prisoners marching, known as the Ladies in White.  Sarah Stevens, head of the Washington-based Center for Democracy in the Americas, said, “This is joyful news for the prisoners and their families, a credit to the Cuban Catholic Church.”

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2010 & 2012- Latino Voters Prepare to Stand Up and be Counted

Latino’s constitute the largest minority group in the U.S. at 15.8 percent. This in addition to the fact that Latino participation in elections is growing faster than any other group make them a force to be dealt with.
Immigration reform is expected to be Latino’s number one issue going into the November mid-term elections. Although Washington insiders believe that immigration reform is not likely before the November election, Obama’s speech last week was seen as trying to reassure angry Latinos.
America’s voice, a pro-immigration reform group predicts Latino voters will have a direct effect in 37 congressional races. With four out of five undocumented workers coming from Mexico and Latin America, candidates are likely to be courting the Latinos with talk of immigration reform.

Read more at CNN →

Some Key Republican Conservatives Favor Immigration Reform with Citizenship Path

In an NPR interview the policy director of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land, urged fellow Republicans to consider a path to citizenship when thinking about immigration reform.  In speaking, Land’s represents one of the most influential and leading evangelical organizations in the country.

He and a small group of other Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Karl Rove, see the need for Hispanics in the Republican party and engaged in the U.S. electoral process; fearing that won’t happen with such “anti-Hispanic immigration rhetoric” coming from the party.  Some other middle-of-the-road Republicans also support immigration reform with some form of legalization but not citizenship. 

Land does recognize that some in the party only see political advantage in supporting legislation like Arizona’s SB 1070 and views them as being short-sighted.  He reflects on the wave of immigrates that were not initially received by the Republican party, namely the Irish and Italians that have remained stalwart Democrats for three generations – he fears the same will happen with the Hispanic community. 

All sectors of the Republican party are unified in mandating that border security be the first step to any immigration reform process. 

Read more at NPR →

Former Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega, Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

The former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in French prison for the laundering of millions of euros into French bank accounts and properties in the 1980s.

The 76-year old former dictator arrived in Paris to be retried in April after being extradited from the United States where he had been in prison for 20 years. During his rule, Panama became the mecca for the distribution of cocaine from Colombian drug cartels who repaid the favor in the multi-millions that went directly to the dictator.

Noriega is eligible to apply for parole mid-sentence, and could potentially be released in about a year. Panamanian authorities have issued an extradition request where he faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence for countless crimes. Due to his age he would serve his sentence under house arrest.

Read more at Yahoo News →

Miles son Evacuados Por Posible Desborde de Presa en México

Por lo menos 18,000 personas fueron desalojadas el martes en el estado norteño de Nuevo León en México después de que las autoridades abrieran las compuertas de una presa para evitar que se desbordara a causa de las lluvias que dejó el huracán Alex.

La presa tiene una capacidad de almacenamiento de 1.320 millones de metros cúbicos, en la madrugada del martes ya tenía 1.373 millones de metros cúbicos. Alex, el primer huracán de la temporada causo la muerte de al menos 12 personas y tres desaparecidos informo el gobernador de Nuevo León, Rodrigo Medina.

El gobernador dijo que en una estimación se necesitarán por lo menos 10,000 millones de pesos (764 millones de dólares) para reconstruir sólo Monterrey. Medina aviso que “la situación es grave” por medio de la cadena Televisa.

Read more at Yahoo! España →

Cuba Abre el Dialogo Sobre Derechos Humanos en El País

La delegación española visitó a Cuba para iniciar el dialogo sobre los Derechos Humanos, la pena de muerte, y el sistema penitenciario, concluyendo en una visita por parte de la delegación española a cárceles cubanas.

Durante la visita discutieron a plenitud “el disfrute individual y colectivo de todos los derechos humanos para todos” y sobre las maneras de implementar este concepto intangible. También hubieron platicas sobre los sistemas penitenciarios en los aspectos institucionales y humanos. Ademas, los funcionarios españoles tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar a tres centros penitenciarios.

Esta visita por funcionarios que pertenecen a la Uníon Europea es la primera ronda de conversación sobre los temas, y abre las puertas a futuro diálogos.

Read more at 20 Minutos →

Four Months after Mexico City approves Gay Marriage

In a new law that applies only to the capital, Mexico City has seen 271 gay and lesbian marriages since March 4. While 142 marriages took place between men, and 129 between women, all but 18 were Mexican citizens. This is the first law in Latin America allowing same sex marriage.  The Mexico Supreme court is looking into challenges of the new law and is expected to release a decision in August.  The current law stands in effect until the Supreme Court issues it’s ruling.

Read more at Associated Press →

Feliz Cumpleaños -  Frida Kahlo Turns 103!

Yesterday marked the 103rd birthday of one of the world’s most recognized painters, Mexican Frida Kahlo.  She has become so well known and revered throughout the world that Google commerated her birthday with a Google doodle of an image of the painters self portrait on the company’s web logo.

Kahlo was born 103 years ago on July 6th in Mexico.  She was recognized for her talent, her prolific work and her love affair with the great muralist Diego Rivera. 

Read more at NY Daily News →

Another Journalist Killed in Mexico, Making it # 6 for the Year

Another journalist was killed in Mexico making it the 6th thus far this year.  Reporter Hugo Olivera’s body was found in his pickup truck in Apatzingan, Michoacan.  He worked for La Voz de Michoacan and his family newspaper El Dia de Michoacan.  Thus far there are no suspects but the drug cartel, La Familia which has a stronghold in the state, is suspected.

Olivera had filed a complaint last year, to the Human Rights Commission, alleging police brutal.  The matter was still under investigation when he was killed.  After his body was found it was discovered that several items had been taken from his press office, including hard drives from office computers.

Read more at Borderland Beat →

Colombia Continues to Battle FARC

The government of outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe continues to battle Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, which included an early morning air raid in the mountainous area of Montes de Maria.

The air raid was conducted so as to stop the FARC from getting more of a foothold in this area known as the province of Bolivar.  The guerillas are attempting to regain a foothold here and conduct operations from this key vantage point.  It is a strategically important location since it overlooks the city of Cartagena.  13 guerillas members were reportedly killed in the air strike including two of its leaders.

Read more at BBC News →

Market Research: US Hispanics Will Spend $257B on Telecom Services over the Next Five Years

Over the next five years, US Hispanic communities will spend $257 billion on telecommunications services, accounting for 17 percent of all residential telecom expenditures, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corporation. Early analysis of Census 2010 data suggests that Hispanics will surpass the 50 million mark and that they will command over $1 trillion in buying power. Hispanics are the youngest race/ethnicity segment and, more importantly, have the largest percentage of people under the age of 18, a market demographic that the study says will be crucial to the survival of telecommunications providers over the next five years.

Insight Research’s market analysis study, “US Hispanic Use of Telecommunications Services 2010-2015,” takes a close look at the purchasing habits and telecommunications usage patterns of the Hispanic segment of the US population, as well as other ethnic communities in the US. The study emphasizes that the US Latino market tends to over-index in mobile content and also notes that US Hispanics are accessing the Internet through more and varied devices than non-Hispanics.

“If the future of mobile carriers depends on their getting consumers to buy their data plans, then the US Hispanic community is right in the sweet spot, and will be receiving increasing attention from both wireline and wireless carriers’ marketing departments,” says Robert Rosenberg, Insight Research. “Our study demonstrates that Hispanics are one of the most social groups online, and given the youth-orientated demographic of the US Hispanic community, they become a prime target for the newer 3G and 4G cellular services,” Rosenberg concluded.

“US Hispanic Use of Telecommunication Services 2010-2015″ examines spending and usage patterns of US Hispanics for wireline, cellular, and pre-paid cellular services, and compares these spending patterns to those of the general population as well as other minority segments, including Asian-Americans and African-Americans.

Read more at Carly Zed Zander →

WednesdayJuly 7, 2010