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ThursdayAugust 19, 2010

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J. Lo Inspires (No Joke) Latina Teen Book Series

Latina author, Veronica Chambers, has written a series of quick read books for the Hispanic teen called Amigas.  The books tell the adventures and mishaps of four 15 year-old Miami Hispanic girls starting their own production company much like Jennifer Lopez’ Nuyorican Productions.  Hopefully, book protagonist Alicia Cruz won’t have a failed fashion line, shuttered restaurant and countless doomed relationships and marriages like J. Lo – remember “Bennifer”.

The very ambitious and clever Alicia Cruz of Amigas is suppose to be a J.Lo like business tycoon.  We don’t know how many Hispanic moms want their young girls trying to emulate J. Lo in business let alone in life.  Nonetheless, J. Lo is a popular figure for her style and ability to stay in the spot light with dwindling opportunities; to her credit she doesn’t have a raunchy reality show or a sex tape on the market.

Co-collaborators Chambers and Jane Startz whose previous projects include The Babysitters’ Club and Tuck Everlasting sought out Lopez to be part of this project.  Lopez contributes a question and answer section in each book.  Its unsure if J. Lo can redeem herself with this project after her alleged and embarrassing greed grab while negotiation to be a judge on American Idol.

J. Lo remains the highest paid Latina actress in Hollywood.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Celebrate World Humanitarian Day!

The U.S. State Department, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Humanitarian Day by recognizing and praising aid workers for their tireless efforts to help those who have lived through wars, catastrophes and other terrible events.

This year’s commemoration of World Humanitarian Day follows the vicious murder of ten international medical volunteers in Afghanistan earlier this month. Last year, 102 humanitarian workers lost their lives.  In addition, nearly 280 aid workers were victims of security incidents, more the quadruple the number a decade ago.

Providing humanitarian aid to help rebuild lives is a core commitment of the United States. Relief workers embody the universal truth that we are at our best when we come together to help the most vulnerable among us. Time and again, this ideal puts humanitarian workers on the front lines of crises, from the earthquake in Haiti to the floods in Pakistan or any of the conflicts that dot the globe.

For their selflessness, their courage, and their sacrifice, they have our deepest admiration and respect. The United States is fully committed to doing everything it can to provide for their safety and security, and to give them the tools they need to continue their indispensable mission on everyone’s behalf.

Read more at U.S State Department and U.N. →

Visit HS News Political Cartoonist Gallery

Looking for thought provoking humor on current events,  then visit our award-winning cartoonist gallery in ¿Amigo ó Enemigo?.  Today HS-News features, Lalo Alcaraz -  Lalo has appeared in English and Spanish Publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times. Alcaraz recently received his fourth Southern California Journalism Award for Best Cartoon in Weekly Papers, as well as the Los Angeles Hispanic Public Relations Association’s Premio Award for Excellence in Communications and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics “Art as a Hammer” Award.

See more at our very own ¿Amigo ó Enemigo?

Read more by HS News Staff →

Large Percentage of U.S. Teens Attend Drug and Gang Infested Schools

Close to 30% of public school students aged 12 to 17 or approximately 5.7 million students report that their schools are both “gang- and drug-infected.”  Drug infected is defined as a place where drugs are used, kept or sold on school grounds.  What this means on a day-to-day basis for public school students is studying where someone is: five times more likely to smoke marijuana; three times more likely to drink alcohol and 12 times more likely to smoke cigarettes.  These students are five times more likely to associate with peers who use harsher substances like cocaine or heroin. 

The 15th Annual teen survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, also shows that 46% of public schooled teens are in some type of gang.

Read more at National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse →

Government Announces $105 Million Support for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced $104.9 million in awards for 180 local financial institutions serving struggling communities in 44 states. These grants represent the largest single round of awards in the CDFI Fund’s history and will help those financial institutions support local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and spur local economic growth and recovery by expanding access to capital and affordable financial services in under served areas.

“CDFIs play a critical role financing small businesses and providing access to capital where it is needed most,” said Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios. “The awards we are announcing today will provide critical support to local financial institutions, which are on the front lines creating jobs and economic opportunity in communities across the country.”  Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, Director Donna J. Gambrell of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and Congressman José E. Serrano made this announcement at El Maguey Y La Tuna – a restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

“When I was looking for a loan to help finance my small business, my local CDFI delivered the critical support I needed,” said Maria Cortez, owner of El Maguey Y La Tuna. “The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union also provided me the opportunity to develop my skills as an entrepreneur and ultimately to help build my community.”

These awards will enable CDFI’s to expand their impact and to provide the critically needed loans, capital, and support that have been instrumental in establishing and sustaining successful small businesses such as El Maguey y La Tuna.  In Illinois there are six CDFI sanctioned local financial institutions that each have an average of $600,000 in loan funds available. 

For a complete list of local financial institutions and the amount they will have available to help your business, visit the HSN Library. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Dialoga Calderón con Legisladores Sobre Seguridad

El presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa dialoga sobre seguridad con coordinadores parlamentarios de algunos de los partidos políticos con representación en el Senado y la Cámara de Diputados.

El llamado Diálogo por la Seguridad. Hacia una Política de Estado, cuya última sesión se celebró con los gobernadores de los estados y el jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Federal, inició a las 9:00 horas en el Campo Militar Marte, encabezado por el presidente y funcionarios federales integrantes de gabinete de seguridad.

El mandatario ha sido acompañado por los secretarios de Seguridad Pública, Genaro García Luna; el procurador general de la República, Arturo Chávez; el director general del Centro de Información y Seguridad Nacional, Guillermo Valdés; y el consejero jurídico Miguel Alessio Robles, entre otros funcionarios.

Read more at Tabasco Hoy →

American Apparel Near Bankruptcy Never Having Recovered from Loss of Undocumented Labor Force

American Apparel, Inc, beloved retailer to bargain seeking fashionable teens and young adults, is facing ruin after a host of financial issues. The retailers downfall, whose stock is traded on the NYSE, started last year when the majority of its experienced work force was found to be undocumented forcing them to be fired after a federal labor force investigation.

The company operates 285 stores in 20 countries and is known for its leggings, T-shirts, sexy ads and low price points.  The low price points were garnered in great part due to a low wage labor force that is very efficient and highly experienced.  Last year the company fired a quarter of its work force after a 17-month investigation found 1,800 workers in California did not have proper documentation to either be in the country or work in the U.S.

The investigation and forced firings were one of President Barack Obama’s earliest efforts to showcase his harsh stance on illegal immigration.  Currently the company’s stock faces delisting, has dropped in value by 90% and is facing shareholder lawsuits.

Read more at Courthouse News →

Chilean Island One of the Most Pristine Marine Sites in World

An island approximately 2000 miles off the coast of Chile has been selected by National Geographic to be preserved as a marine park. This designation would mean that visitors to the island would only be allowed for educational and observational activities. Chile’s Salas y Gómez Island has never been inhabited by people and consists of two large rocks connected by a narrow isthmus.

The island has caught the attention of National Geographic as being one of the most pristine marine sites in the world. The island boasts red coral and fantastic biodiversity, which includes a very high density of sharks and algae that grows up to 100 meters long.

Chile only protects 0.03% of its ocean territories while only 2% of the world’s oceans are under some type of protection.

Officials believe this request will be well received by President Piñera as a bicentennial project.

Read more at Merco Press →

The Economic Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A new report, “Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” by UCLA’s Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, finds that comprehensive immigration reform that includes a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants and enables a future flow of legal workers would result in a large economic benefit—a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) over 10 years. In stark contrast, a deportation-only policy would result in a loss of $2.6 trillion in GDP over 10 years.  The Center for American Progress has estimated that mass deportation would cost the U.S. tax payers between $206 billion to $230 billion over five years. 

The benefits of additional GDP growth would be spread broadly throughout the U.S. economy, but immigrant-heavy sectors such as textiles, electronic equipment, and construction would see particularly large increases.  A separate report from the CATO Institute also found that the higher earning power of newly legalized workers would mean increased tax revenues of $4.5-$5.4 billion in the first three years.  Higher personal income would also generate increased consumer spending—enough to support 750,000–900,000 jobs in the United States. 

The real wages of less-skilled newly legalized workers would increase by roughly $4,405 per year, while higher-skilled workers would see their income increase $6,185 per year. The wages of native-born high skill and low skill U.S. workers also increase modestly under comprehensive immigration reform because the “wage floor” rises for all workers.

For a complete copy of the study visit HSN Library.

Read more at Immigration Policy Center →

Debe Respetarse el Estado Laico y la Separación de iglesias

El jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Federal, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, puntualizó que la demanda que presentó en contra del arzobispo de Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, y del vocero de la Arquidiócesis Primada de México, Hugo Valdemar Romero, por daño al patrimonio moral y lo que derive de esto, tiene como objetivo defender la separación del Estado y las iglesias, a la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN), a la jefatura de Gobierno del DF y a las personas que ocupan esos cargos.

Minutos después de las 13 horas el mandatario capitalino anunció, en el patio del Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento, que había interpuesto la denuncia en el Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal (TSJDF) en contra del cardenal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez y del vocero Hugo Valdemar, con el propósito de que comparezcan y presenten las pruebas, “que sabemos no tienen, que sostengan su dicho en el sentido de que las y los ministros de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación fueron sobornados” para avalar que los matrimonios entre parejas del mismo sexo puedan adoptar.

Advirtió que no se puede dejar pasar estas imputaciones, porque sería tanto como consentir que se vaya borrando o se ponga en riesgo la naturaleza del Estado laico mexicano.  Ebrard Casaubon aclaró que con esta demanda no sólo busca defender su honra y prestigio, sino también el principio histórico de la separación del Estado y las iglesias, establecido en el artículo 130 de la Constitución.

Read more at El Jornado →

Bull Jumps into Stands in Spain   VIDEO

A bull jumped into the stands Wednesday at a bullring in northern Spain injuring up to 40 people.

It happened in Tafalla, just as the show was coming to an end, the animal leapt over the fence and charged into the crowded stands. The bull had twice earlier attempted to enter the stands. After injuring a horn, he was being led to the corral when he tried for the third time and succeeded.

A 10-year-old boy suffered stomach wounds while another spectator was gored in the back. The balance of the 40 injuries were minor.

Within 15 minutes, officials tied a rope around the bull and had it under control.  The animal was removed using a crane and later killed.

Spectators were watching a contest of “recortadores”, where participants try to avoid the bull while staying as close as possible. The goal is to have the bull charge at you so you can dodge it. Bulls are not killed at this type of event.

The incident comes as Spain is split over whether bull fighting should be completely outlawed. Last month Catalonia became the first major Spanish region to ban the deadly sport.

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