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SundayAugust 8, 2010

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Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights Established

The American Bar Association (ABA), the largest professional association in the world with 400,000 attorney members, wants to look into how Hispanics are treated and involved in the U.S. judicial system. To that end it announced the establishment of the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights.

The Commission will be lead by Cuban-American; Cesar Alvarez while the ABA is being lead by the first Hispanic American, Stephen N. Zack of Miami, Florida.  The Commission will hold public hearings throughout the U.S. to determine if Hispanic’s legal needs are being met and if they are being treated equally under the law.

When the Commission completes its research it will render a report with its findings and suggestions on how to make necessary changes within the judicial system. 

Read more at Palm Beach Post →

Sunglasses: A Fashion Necessity

In the 1950s, actor James Dean made Wayfarer sunglasses famous, and in the 1960s, Jackie O’s dark, oversized shades were incredibly chic and still endure today. But sunglasses aren’t just a fabulous accessory; they’re a necessity for children and adults to avoid impaired vision in the future.

Just as you apply sunscreen to protect your skin, say eye experts, you should wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV (ultraviolet, an invisible form of radiation) and HEV (high-energy visible, also called ‘blue light’) rays.

“Everyone should wear sunglasses during summer and winter, especially kids,” says Dr. Han Lim, an ophthalmologist at Swedish Covenant Hospital. “Damage from exposure to UV rays is cumulative, and can cause macular degeneration (a serious disease that results in the loss of central vision) and cataracts (a clouding of the lens that makes vision similar to looking through a dirty window) later.”

Invisible, damaging rays
There are two categories of UV radiation to be aware of, explains Dr. Lim:

UVA rays can penetrate the cornea and damage the lens and retina. These rays are implicated in causing certain types of cataracts and are linked to macular degeneration.

UVB rays cause wrinkles, suntan and premature aging of the skin. UVB rays can also cause overgrowths of abnormal tissue on the eye. UVB rays reflecting off of snow can also cause photokeratitis, a painful condition that can occur if you ski without sunglasses, or in severe cases, temporary vision loss — or “snow blindness.”

While UVC rays are the highest-energy UV rays, they’re currently filtered out by the ozone layer and are not a cause for concern because very few reach us.

“A common misconception is that you don’t need sunglasses on cloudy days,” says Lim. “But you have some UV rays on a cloudy day, so you’ll want to wear sunglasses whenever you go outside.” 

Regular eyeglasses, says Lim, will block out most UV rays, but unless you get UV coating when purchasing glasses, you won’t get 100 percent protection. In addition, you’ll still squint in bright sunlight and the skin around your eyes will be unprotected. Contact lens wearers can also get UV-protective lenses, but this only protects the cornea, lens and retina, so you’ll want to wear sunglasses, too.

What to look for when buying your shades
There are thousands of lens colors and styles to choose from, but following a few simple guidelines should help when buying sunglasses.

First, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, consider wraparound sunglasses, which cover more of the skin and have a wide lens that curves and wraps around the eyes.

“Regular frames still allow UV radiation into the eye. Wraparounds minimize that exposure,” says Lim.

Polarized lenses block intense, reflected light and are the best way to reduce reflected glare. They’re also most comfortable for your eyes, Lim says. Sunglasses will have a label indicating whether they’re polarized.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology also offers these tips:

  • Don’t focus on the color or darkness of sunglass lenses. Select sunglasses that block UV rays. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or lens color.
  • Be careful of purchasing sunglasses that state they “block UV” without saying how much. Some labels say “UV protection up to 400nm” — this means 100 percent UV absorption, which is ideal.
  • Wear a hat: In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your eyes.
  • Everyone is at risk, including children. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses. In addition, try to keep children out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.

This article was originally published at wellcommunitychicago.org

Read more at Anne E. Stein for Well Community →

El Buki Ya Tiene Estrella

Los principales exponentes de la música regional mexicana y otras personalidades del medio artístico se dieron cita en El Paseo de la Fama, en Hollywood, donde Marco Antonio Solís develó su estrella, la número dos mil 415 en el ya histórico boulevard.

En un evento, que comenzó en horas de la mañana de este jueves, El Buki fue reconocido por su aporte a la música y por su trayectoria artística. Jenni Rivera y su prometido Esteban Loaiza, Los Tigres del Norte, Enrique Iglesias fueron algunos de los famosos que festejaron el reconocimiento en el paseo de las luminarias en esa localidad de Los Angeles.

Posteriormente a la develación de la estrella, Marco Antonio Solis será homenajeado en una fiesta privada, a la cual se espera que asista Joan Sebastián, quien es uno de los grandes amigos del cantante y que recientemente enfrentó el asesinato de uno de sus hijos en el interior de la República Mexicana en una discoteca.

Read more at Celestrellas →

60,000 Babies Born in Texas to Non-Citizen Mothers

The state of Texas is home to 1.5 million undocumented immigrants with at least 60,000 babies added to their households annually. Parkland Memorial Hospital reports that last year approximately 74% of all deliveries were to non-citizen mothers.

Sen. John Coryn, R-Texas, called Wednesday for a review of “birthright citizenship,” after concluding that illegal immigrants are taking advantage of the post-Civil War constitutional provision.  “We need to have hearings.” he said. “We need to consult constitutional scholars and study what the implications are.”

Changing the Constitution, however, is not as simple as getting a bill through Congress by majority vote.  Amendments have to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. It has happened only 27 times in U.S. history, most recently in 1992 in reference to congressional pay increases.

Many see this as Republicans trying to limit the opportunities for Latino’s and an attempt to manipulate the demographic shift that has been underway for some 60 years.

Read more at The Dallas News →

Russian Spy wants to Return to Peru

Mikhail Vasenkov, aka Juan Lazaro has communicated through his attorney that he “wants to be where his wife is going,” and that is Peru.

Lazaro’s wife is Vicky Pelaez a former columnist for the Spanish Language New York City newspaper El Dario/La Prensa. Pelaez was born in Peru, met Lazaro there and moved to the US together in the late 1980’s.

Despite being sent back to his homeland, Lazaro prefers to live under his alias identity that he has used for 34 years.

The couples 17 year old son is living in New York where it would be easier for him to visit his parent in Peru.

In the largest spy swap since the cold war, Lazaro, Pelaez and 8 others were accused of being Russian spies and deported in exchange for 4 people convicted of spying in Russia.

Read more at CBS News →

Castro Continues to Warn of Nuclear War

In his first official appearance in four years Fidel Castro addressed the Cuban National Assembly. Fidel Castro warned once again that the world is headed to a nuclear holocaust.  He continued to put the entire responsibility of such a dire situation on U.S. President Barack Obama and how he eventually deals with Iran. 

The 84 year-old former President of Cuba, donning olive green fatigues, spoke for over 10 minutes focusing on U.S. relations with Iran and upcoming UN inspections of Iranian shipments.  He avoided discussions of Cuba’s domestic problems like the economy and political prisoners.

The 600 Cuban lawmakers present were moved by their former President, and guerilla fighter cheering and chanting “Fidel, Fidel” “Long Live Fidel!”

Read more at Fox News →

Mexico Sees Another Violent Weekend in Cartel Stronghold Areas

Mexico saw another violent weekend as President Felipe Calderon and the country’s intelligence director, Guillermo Valdes, revised the number of individuals killed in drug cartel violence since Calderon announced a crackdown in 2006:  28,000 higher than the 25,000 reported earlier.  The government reports the majority of the dead are involved with the cartels in some form or fashion.

Some of the worse hit areas of those drug wars – Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Monterrey in Nuevo Leon and the state of Michoacan – continued to report drug cartel violence and death this weekend.

Ciudad Juarez located in the state of Chihuahua has been deemed the most violent city in Mexico.  There are 5,000 federal officers deployed in this city of 1.5 million residents after the military left after a two-year presence.  This weekend:

* 200 federal police protested organized crime in the area accusing and detaining one of their own commanders of having drug cartel ties. 
* One police officer was assassinated, the assailant remains at large.

In March family members of U.S. consulate employees were killed in an ambush and in July a car bombing, the first act of bombing terrorism, occurred in an attack on federal police.  The city is home to the Juarez and Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman worth an estimated $1 billion.

Monterrey located in the state of Nuevo Leon and the richest city in the country with 4 million residents has seen a dramatic rise in violence.  This weekend:

• Mexico’s Navy rescued 12 people kidnapped earlier this week by organized gangs.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Derrumbe Complica Rescate de Mineros en Chile

Nuevos derrumbes obligaron a los equipos de rescate a retroceder y complicaron el rescate de los 34 mineros atrapados desde el jueves en una mina de oro y cobre del norte de Chile, anunciaron las autoridades.

“Las probabilidades hoy día son más escasas que lo que eran ayer (...), vamos a buscar todos los otros caminos, que son los más difíciles”, anunció a los familiares de los trabajadores atrapados el ministro de Minería, Laurence Golborne.

Pero el ministro de Minería, Laurence Goldborne, informó a la prensa que el trabajo podría demorar unas 8 horas hasta lograr dar con el lugar donde se presume podrían estar los mineros. Goldborne reconoció que no se sabe cuánto tiempo podrán soportar los mineros, pues se desconoce las condiciones en que quedaron tras el derrumbe.

El sitio es un pequeño refugio de emergencia de unos 50 metros cuadrados a donde habrían escapado tras el derrumbe de rocas que se produjo la tarde del jueves. El refugio cuenta con oxígeno, agua y algunos alimentos. El lugar, sin embargo, contaría con una cantidad incierta de oxígeno, por lo que el rescate se hace contra el tiempo. Algunos funcionarios han señalado que la reserva de oxígeno disponible en ese lugar podría sólo durar unos dos días.  La mina, a unos 850 kilómetros al norte de Santiago, está enclavada entre cerros del desierto nortino

Read more at Univision →

Colombia Has a New President

Juan Manual Santos was sworn into office as the new President of Colombia, after garnering 69% of the country’s popular vote.  Santos was the country’s former defense minister before being elected President when the eight-year term of President Alvaro Uribe ended. 

In his inauguration speech Santos outlined the goals of his Presidency on international and domestic issues.  He reached out to the left-wing rebels, FARC, that are in their 46th year of insurgency, stating he is open to a dialogue with them if they renounce all forms of violence.

Santos is also making international relations with Venezuela and Ecuador a priority.  In spite of recent tensions, the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa was present as was the Foreign Minister of Venezuela. 

President Hugo Chavez, of Venezuela has broken off all diplomatic ties with his Latin America neighbor after being accused of harboring Colombian FARC guerrillas, something he vehemently denies.  Ecuador also severed ties with Colombia when Colombian troops crossed the border into Ecuador as it conducted raids of FARC strong holds. 

Read more at BBC →

SundayAugust 8, 2010