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ThursdaySeptember 2, 2010

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‘Illegal’ Insect Tries to Smuggle itself into U.S. Inside a Costa Rican Pineapple – For Real!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists intercepted a “First in the Nation” destructive pest, this time on a shipment of fresh pineapples arriving from Costa Rica in a sea container.

Last week, agriculture specialists assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport discovered the live specimen while conducting an inspection of a shipment of perishable pineapples.  Entomologists from the United States Department of Agriculture identified the insect as Acrogonia nigriceps (Cicadellidae) and confirmed that the insect was a “First in the Nation”, a new pest never seen before in the United States.

Any insects from the Cicadellidae family, commonly known as leafhoppers, are significant pests in agriculture. They can cause severe damage and decrease yields on numerous cash crops including, grapes, potatoes, soybean and corn.

This is the second “First in the Nation” interception in the last two months in Los Angeles. On June 28, CBP agriculture specialists at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) discovered a “First in the Nation” specimen from the Aphids family while inspecting a shipment of fresh cut flowers arriving from South Africa.

Read more at CBP.Gov →

Jewish Community in Venezuela Shrinks By Half

“We have too many killers in Venezuela,” said head of the Confederacion de Asociaciones Israelitas de Venezuela Salomon Cohen when asked why he believes the Venezuelan Jewish population has dropped by half.

The 55-year-old leader of the Jewish community named the country’s killers as one of three reasons he believes the Jewish numbers have dwindled in the country. Venezuela’s violent crime is a major issue plaguing the country with around 19,000 civilian deaths in 2009, which is almost 3 times higher than Iraq.

The other two reasons he gave for the decreased population were the downfall of the economy and anti-Semitism.

‘We had about 200 hundred attacks on the community,’ said Cohen. ‘When they want to speak about Venezuela negatively they call it the “Israel of South America,’ for instance.’

A huge part of the anti-Semitism in the country is that Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is a strong ally of Iran, a professed enemy of Israel. Chavez is a strong critic of Israeli policy and broke-off relations with Jerusalem in 2009.

Though differences of opinion are substantial, Cohen believes it is important to keep a dialogue going with the government.

‘We have direct communication with several government ministers and those in charge of providing security. These lines of communication are well established, although we would like to have more.’

Read more at MercoPress →

Sears and Kmart Team Up with Cristina Saralegui to Launch New Bed and Bath Line

Sears and Kmart have teamed up with Hispanic talk show celebrity and former host Cristina Saralegui for the launch of an exclusive new soft home collection, Casa Cristina.

The Casa Cristina collection is inspired by Saralegui’s Miami home, along with the artistry and memories of her childhood. Cristina’s unique style and taste come to life in this groundbreaking collection.  “Everyday, I am inspired by many things in my life, from family to my career to the people I’ve met along the way,” said Cristina Saralegui. “But when I walk through the door at the end the day, it’s my home that inspires me the most.”

“Cristina is such a creative voice, and Sears Holdings is proud of our collaboration in this new venture,” said Amy Parker, chief marketing officer, Sears Holdings Corporation, Home. “The Casa Cristina bed and bath collection is a welcome addition to the Sears and Kmart home decor market.”

The product offering encompasses a wide range of items for bed and bath. The bedding line includes lush comforter sets, quilted coverlets and euro shams, soft microfiber sheets and decorative pillows. The bath collection includes matching shower curtains, embellished towel sets, cotton bath rugs and accessories decorated with coordinating motifs.  Casa Cristina brings five new patterns to the Sears and Kmart home category.

Read more at HIspanic PR Wire →

After Waiting 15 Months- Feds Sue Sheriff Arpaio

The US Justice Department filed suit today against Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his refusal to provide documents in an investigation where they were requested over 15 months ago.

“The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented,” said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division. “It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities.”

The government has been trying since March 2009 to gain access to documents relevant to a probe of alleged discrimination, unconstitutional search and seizure and having discriminatory English only policies in his jails.

Arpaio denies that his office is involved in any racial profiling and states that ½ of the 1032 people arrested in his sweeps have been illegal immigrants.

Last year the federal government stripped Arpaio of his special powers that he had been granted to enforce federal immigration law. Arpaio’s office has said it will not comply with the document request in the investigation of alleged unconstitutional searches until they are more specific on exactly what they are investigating.

Read more at North County Times →

Hate Crimes Against Latinos on the Rise Throughout U.S.

Hates crimes, defined as a crime motivated by the victim’s ethnicity or national origin, against Latinos in the U.S. are on the rise and several recent incidents add credence to a general trend that started back in 2003. 

In the five years from 2003-2007, the number of hate crimes reported against Hispanics increased nearly 40 percent (from 426 in 2003 to 595 in 2007).  Of all hate crimes in 2007 motivated by biasness nearly 60 percent were committed against Hispanics, up nearly 50 percent from 2003.

The increase in violence against Hispanics correlates closely with the increasingly heated debate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform and an escalation in the level of anti-immigrant rhetoric on radio, television, and the Internet. The Department of Homeland Security, last year assessed “in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.”  Recently reported hate crimes bears this out to be true.

Since April of this year, Staten Island, New York has reported 26 suspected hate crimes compared to 11 last year.  The entire state of New York reports that crimes against Hispanics due to their ethnicity nearly doubled.  In June, Arizona declared the killing of Juan Varela, a third-generation, native-born American as a hate crime.  Several days ago in Baltimore, Maryland Martin Rayez was clubbed to death by a 19-year Jermaine Holley who confessed “he hated Hispanics.”


Read more at Cilvil Rights Reporting →

Lady Gaga Bringing ‘Alejandro’ to Mexico (VIDEO)

Lady GaGa or La Dama GaGa as she is known in Spanish is coming to Mexico for the first time.  Tickets for the ‘Monster Ball’ go on sale this Monday, September 6th.  She will be performing in Zapopan, Mexico at the Estadio Tres on May 3, 2011 and in Mexico City’s Foro Sol on May 5, 2011. Click here to order.  La Dama GaGa obviously heard all the pleas posted on line and on her website pleading her to perform in Mexico and just added these dates to an already full performance schedule.

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Calderón Decreta Tránsito a TV Digital y Fin de Analógica

El presidente Felipe Calderón emitió un decreto por el cual se establecen acciones para que a partir de 2011 cambie la señal de televisión analógica por la señal digital terrestre, y en su totalidad a más tardar el 31 de diciembre de 2015, “con el fin de optimizar el aprovechamiento del espectro radioeléctrico en beneficio de la población”.

El anuncio hecho durante su mensaje por el IV informe de gobierno advierte que el gobierno federal impulsará el crecimiento de la cobertura de señales de este tipo de televisión en todo el país, fomentar el desarrollo de nuevos servicios aprovechando las características de la tecnología digital, liberar la banda de 700 MHz para el año 2012 y así posibilitar la prestación de otros servicios de telecomunicaciones para favorecer el uso eficiente de dicha banda.

Asimismo, agregó, se promoverá entre la población para que cuente con receptores o decodificadores que le permitan captar la y se vigilará que los servicios de televisión radiodifundida no se vean afectados en forma alguna.

Read more at La Jornada en Linea →

Dancing Dog: Not Bad for Having Two Left Feet   (VIDEO)

The Merengue dancing Dog has been making the rounds on the Internet. The video has gone viral, collecting over 1,000,000 views in just a few days. This golden retriever should compete on “Dancing with the Stars” or at least “America’s got Talent!”


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Carlos Slim Investing $1.4 Billion in Urban Renewal for Mexico City

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu is investing $1.4 billion in renovating a run down section of Mexico City known as the Plaza Carso. The Plaza upon completion will provide housing, commercial office space and cultural sites.  More importantly, the Plaza Carso project will create 5,000 jobs mainly in construction with more jobs expected as retailers fill the commercial space.

The anchor site in the Plaza will be Carlos’ own Soumaya Museum, named after his deceased wife.  The museum will house the family’s Auguste Rodin collection, the most extenisve collection in South America, as well as paintings by well-known Mexican artists.  All of Slim’s art collection, which encompasses 64,000 pieces, will be housed there. 

The Plaza Curso project is in keeping with the billionaire’s other real estate projects throughout the country.  They are environmentally friendly, create jobs and reinvigorate blighted urban areas. 

Read more at laht →

Panama Set to Improve Access to Fresh Water in the Country

Panama will expand coverage and improve the quality of water supply services and sewer systems in cities near its capital and in its central and western provinces with a $40 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank.

The program will finance projects in the in the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Coclé, Chiriquí, Herrera, Los Santos, and Veraguas, which collectively are home to a third of Panama’s total population. It will also fund projects in the cities of Arraiján and La Chorrera , which are part of the Panama City metropolitan area.

In all cases, the program will seek to expand coverage of water and sanitation services to homes that still lack them, but also to improve the continuity and quality of services in homes that are already connected. In addition to constructing new infrastructure, this goal is to reduce leaks and reduce the number of service interruptions so that customers have access to potable water supply around the clock. The program will also work to expand wastewater collection and treatment.

Part of the funds will also be used to strengthen the financial and institutional capacity of Panama’s public water utility, to enable it to provide quality water and sewer services on an efficient and sustainable basis.  Finally, part of the IDB loan will be used to investment in equipment that will improved the energy efficiency of IDAAN’s water treatment and distribution infrastructure, since electricity is currently one of the utilities principal operating costs.

Read more at IDB →

Pope Addresses Annual Latin American Youth Conference

During his regular public audience on September 1, Pope Benedict XVI took a few moments to send a message of encouragement to the 3rd Latin American Youth Conference, meeting in Venezuela.

The Holy Father told young Catholics that if they firmly fix their attention to Christ, “you will find the strength which encourages us to commit ourselves to causes that dignify mankind and make peoples great.” The Pope urged the participants in the conference to renew their devotion to the Lord, and spread the message of the Gospel to their friends.

Read more at Catholic Culture →

Illinois #5 in Undocumented Immigrants Population

On Wednesday the Pew Hispanic Center released a study tracking the number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Overall the trend is showing a decline that experts believe is due to the recession and a decrease in available jobs. Illinois however bucks the trend with the states population remaining stable despite economic conditions.

Illinois is ranked #5 with an estimated 525,000 undocumented workers in 2009 (a increase in 50,000 from 2008). Illinois has been an attractive location for undocumented immigrants for a long time and typically its trends are unique. “Illinois seems to have dropped in the first half of the decade when everyone else was growing and now seems to have turned around and is going back up,” said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer who conducted the survey based on U.S. census data.

While Illinois ‘s undocumented immigrant population gained in the last 5 years, Florida and New York lost large amounts of their population. “The people are drawn here by the abundance of work,” said Tim Bell, an organizer for the Chicago Workers Collaborative, which advocates workers rights for immigrants. “Over the last 15 to 20 years, the immigrant population has exploded in the suburbs, where they do most of the service work.” Experts believe the stability in the Illinois statistics in may represent the fact that many of the Illinois undocumented immigrants include families. This is in contrast to states such as Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina that attract primarily young men who could find employment in the growing housing industry.

“When you look at Illinois, in comparison, we have been getting immigrants for many decades. They are not so heavily people who just recently arrived,” said Rob Paral, a research fellow with the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.” So the undocumented population in Illinois is more stable, relatively more settled and relatively less mobile.”

Read more at The Chicago Tribune →

ThursdaySeptember 2, 2010