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ThursdayJuly 29, 2010

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Feliz Cumpleaños to our Beloved Dora the Explorer

Our little niña, Dora the Explorer, is turning 10 and the famed, fabled and regular folk are celebrating her last decade on the American television landscape.  The show debuted on Nickelodeon in 2000 introducing us to this good-hearted, curious 7-year old as she travels, going on adventures with her countless best friends and her handy purple backpack.  The show also features her large extended Hispanic family and curious creatures that she encounters on her daily adventures.

The bilingual element of the show was groundbreaking when it premiered ten-years ago; teaching basic Spanish words and cultural concepts to the audience.  There are even characters, like Tico the Squirrel that only speak Spanish and Dora translates for the audience what the words mean.

Dora and her brown bob of hair is seen in over 100 different countries and heard in thirty different languages.  She is beloved by many especially Nickelodeon whom she has made $2.5 billion for with her live shows, movies, merchandise, video games and the list goes on.

Next month’s celebration, on August 15th,  will include an hour long movie featuring Rosie Perez and John Leguizamo followed by a star-studded documentary with commentary from Salma Hayek and Shakira and many other fans. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Poll Reveals Obstacles Hispanics Face to Obtain a College Education

The AP/Univision Poll reveals the discrepancy between Hispanic’s aspirations to a Higher Education and their actual attainment. Eighty-seven percent said a college education is extremely important compared to the 78 percent overall U.S. population. Ninety-four percent of Hispanic parents expect their own children to go to college but surprisingly only 13 percent of Hispanics have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The recent poll reveals the primary reasons that keep many Hispanics away from obtaining a college education.

The main reason cited by 54 percent of Hispanics as “extremely” or “very important” is financial pressures compounded by the cultural reluctance to borrow money. This notion even holds true for U.S.-born Hispanics of which, only 32 percent borrowed money for education, compared to the 39 percent of the overall population. The second most common reason for abandoning their studies was family responsibilities, cited as “extremely” or “very important” by 52 percent of Latinos. Both reasons illustrate the economic and cultural barriers the Hispanic population face in their pursuit of a Higher Education.

The AP/Univision Poll was conducted by the Research Center at the University of Chicago from March 11 to June 3, using a sample group of Hispanics provided by The Nielsen Company.

Read more at The Huffington Post →

My Deputies will Arrest Them and Put Them in Pink Underwear - Joe Arpaio

Demonstrators carried through on their promise of a nonviolent rally today despite the fact that yesterday much of the proposed Arizona bill was blocked. Hundreds of protesters met at the state capital in Phoenix at dawn, then marched down to the federal courthouse where yesterdays decision was handed down Chanting “Sheriff Joe, we are here, we will not live in fear,” marchers then headed to the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, An AP reporter counted at least 8 people being handcuffed and led into police vans.
“My deputies will arrest them and put them in pink underwear,” Arpaio said, referring to one of his odd methods of punishment for prisoners. “Count on it.”

Approximated 100 protesters gathered in Mexico City at the US Embassy and broke out in applause when yesterday’s court decision was read.

This morning nearly 300 protesters gathered at the federal courthouse in Manhattan to draw attention to the situation in Arizona.

Read more at npr →

Multan a Gobernador Electo Mexicano por Invocar a Dios en Mitin Electoral

Por haber expresado en un mitin político “Ganaré con el apoyo de la voluntad popular y la de Dios”, el gobernador electo del norteño estado de Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez, fue sancionado hoy a pagar una multa de 2.000 dólares por el máximo tribunal electoral de México.

López Valdez, conocido como “Malova”, invocó a Dios en dos ocasiones en actos proselitistas por los que buscaba convencer a los electores de cara a los pasados comicios del 4 de julio, que finalmente ganó.

Dentro de las expresiones que utilizó “Malova” y por las que fue multado fue, “Esto no lo paramos cuando la voluntad del pueblo, los astros y la de Dios estén alineadas”.

Estas expresiones le acarrearon la multa por 27.235 pesos (unos 2.000 dólares) y una amonestación pública, que le fueron impuestas por el Consejo Electoral de Sinaloa y que hoy confirmó el Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación (Tepjf).

Read more at EFE News Service →

Carlos Buys New York CASITA for $44 Million

The world’s richest man Carlos Slim has just bought the Duke-Semans mansion across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Carlos was the winner during a bidding war with a Russian buyer whose starting bid was $37 million. The deal was closed at $44 million cash. The new acquisition adds to the list of real estate already owned by the multi-billionaire including a major office building in Manhattan and a major interest in the New York Times.

The $7 million difference should not dent the billionaire’s pocket book whose estimated net worth is $53.5 billion.

Read more at The Economic Times →

Argentina Increases Pensions Equal to 1.35% of GDP

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez announced during a nationally broadcast speech on Wednesday a 16.9 percent increase in pension payments and a 22 percent increase in child subsidies to low-income families. This “social investment,” as described by President Fernandez, will benefit about 10 million people in both categories. This upcoming September the minimum pension will be $265 a month, and the monthly child subsidy will be $56 for each child in qualified households.

From an economic standpoint, the total impact the increase of these social measures will have on Argentina’s economy represents an expenditure of 1.35 percent of the country’s 2009 gross domestic product, a total of $315 billion. President Fernandez says the increase in social benefits will help sustain the nation’s demand of products and spur economic activity and consumption. This in turn will enable business-owners to produce goods and have capital to invest.

This announcement came at a vital time when opposition lawmakers are working to push through a significantly larger boost that would create a budget deficit equal to 8 percent of nation’s GDP.

Read more at La Prensa →

“Emergencia Social” en los Municipios Colombianos Fronterizos con Venezuela

Bogotá, 28 de julio. El gobierno colombiano declaró emergencia social en los 37 municipios ubicados en la frontera con Venezuela para encarar la crisis económica que afecta esa zona, tras la ruptura de relaciones diplomáticas hace una semana por parte del presidente venezolano, Hugo Chávez.

La medida, uno de los tres tipos de estados de excepción que considera la Constitución para que el Ejecutivo declare por un periodo de 30 días, se adopta para expedir decretos con fuerza de ley orientados a dinamizar la economía de esa región.

Es para que se pueda obtener un alivio frente a la difícil situación con la hermana República de Venezuela, dijo el ministro de Hacienda, Oscar Iván Zuluaga. Explicó que se han rebajado impuestos y que en los municipios en cuestión se podrán crear zonas francas con una inversión requerida de un millón de dólares, pero se excluyen sectores como minería y petróleo.

Uno de los decretos más importantes expedidos por el presidente Álvaro Uribe, al amparo de esta emergencia, elimina por cuatro meses el cobro del impuesto al valor agregado (IVA) a varios productos, entre ellos alimentos procesados, ropa, calzado, textiles, electrodomésticos y material para construcción.

Además, el gobierno promueve una feria de negocios para los días 5 y 6 de agosto en la ciudad de Cúcuta, fronteriza con Venezuela, y otra internacional con inversionistas de Centroamérica, Ecuador y Chile, entre otros países, los días 23 y 24 de ese mes.

Venezuela rompió relaciones diplomáticas con Colombia el jueves pasado luego que el gobierno saliente de Uribe presentó supuestas pruebas ante la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) sobre la presencia de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) y del Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) en territorio venezolano.

Read more at La Jornada →

SB 1070 Ruling Giving Pause to Other States

For the lawmakers or candidates in the 18 states outside of Arizona considering similar legislation to SB 1070, yesterdays ruling will give significant pause. The core of Judge Susan Bolton ruling is that that the government has a strong argument that federal immigration law trumps state law. This being the primary argument for other states considering similar legislation,  they will need to consider the ramifications of giving a first round victory to the Federal government and the ultimate implications if this case makes it way to the Supreme Court.  Many states are predicted to take a wait and see approach.

In Bolton’s temporary injunction, she delayed the most controversial provisions of the law. She barred the section requiring officers to check a persons immigration statues while enforcing other laws, the section that required immigrants to carry their papers, the section that banned illegal immigrants from soliciting work and the section that blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants. These are the sections that judge Bolton believes the federal government will ultimately succeed in their arguments.

Although clearly a victory for the Justice Department, the final disposition is far from complete. There will be a trial, a final ruling by Judge Bolton and then several rounds of appeals likely concluding with the Supreme Court ruling.

Read more at CBS News →

Priest Stabbed to Death in Oaxaca Mexico

Rev. Carlos Salvador Wotto (80) , a Roman Catholic priest was stabbed to death in his church in the city of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Rev Wotto had been a parish priest at Nuestra Senora de las Nieves ( Our Lady of the Snow) for the past eight years.  The priest was found in his church office on Wednesday night , stabbed with his hands and feet bound. Authorities mention no motive in the stabbing death.

In Mexico, the average is one priest for every 5000 parishioners. Oaxaca however has a significant shortage of priests resulting in one priest for every 21,400 residents.

Read more at CNN →

Mexican Journalists Remain Missing

Four northern Mexican journalists, that include several television reporters, a camera man and a newspaper columnist, covering the ongoing problems in a Durango prison remain missing this morning since being kidnapped on Monday.  The journalists were covering ongoing gang control of a prison in Gomez Palacio, Durango that has been receiving a lot of attention.  Prison authorities were under investigation for allowing inmates to leave with weapons and carryout executions without impunity.  The inmates from this prison have been connected to the July 18 killing of 17 young people attending a party in Coahuila.

No one has laid claim to the kidnapping of the journalists, authorities suspect a drug cartel from Sinaloa and rivals to the powerful Zeta cartel.  Some of the kidnappers demands include the airing of video discrediting the corrupt prison officials and the Zeta drug cartel.  Journalists have been targeted some time in Mexico, with at least 30 murdered or unaccounted for since 2006 when President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels. 

Read more at L.A. Times →

GUATEMALA MORNING HEADLINES

SOCIAL ISSUES:  A recent study highlighted the prevalent hunger issue in the country, now effecting 98% of low-income households.  The San Carlos University study found that “food security” for many Guatemalan’s has declined especially the poorest, due to natural disasters like drought and severe rains.  Guatemala has 14million resident of which 52% live in poverty.

CRIME:  Three police officers and a Guatemalan female were gunned down in a restaurant in La Democracia a town located near the Mexican border.  The town has been overtaken by violence and drug cartels.  Thus far this year the town’s mayor was assassinated as well as numerous police officers and private citizens.  In these latest killings the police officers had just finished testifiying in court.

FINANCE: The government is giving up its effort to accomplish tax reform this year announced the country’s Finance Minister Edgar Balsells.  In spite of a growing budget deficit there is insufficient support for tax reform in the Guatemalan congress; tax reform efforts will resume in early 2011.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Ecuador’s Galapagos Island Off Endangered List

The Galapagos Island’s, home to giant tortoises, penguins, tropicbirds and Darwin’s inspiration for the theory of evolution has been deemed environmentally sound by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The 18 islands that make up the Galapagos are provinces of Ecuador and home to some of the world’s most exotic animal species from the Galapagos giant tortoise to the flightless cormorant to the beloved Galapagos sea lion.

The islands, that are heavily visited by tourists, have been a World Heritage Site for over 30 years.  In 2007 UNESCO put the islands on an endangered list as a result of damage from tourism and invasive animal species.  UNESCO credited the government of Ecuador for their swift and aggressive tactics in restoring the natural balance and the island and the reason the islands have been removed from the endangered list.

Read more at NPR →



ThursdayJuly 29, 2010