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WednesdaySeptember 15, 2010

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Tropical Storm Karl Weakens

Late Wednesday afternoon, The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Karl will continue to weaken over the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico has discontinued their tropical storm warning.

At 5pm ET, when Karl had maximum sustained winds of only 45 mph while traveling west-northwest at 15 mph, it was 80 miles west-northwest of Cheturnal, Mexico.

“Karl is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches over the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and northern Guatemala with isolated maximum amounts of eight inches,” the center said.


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Judge J-Lo To Receive $12 million In ‘American Idol’ Deal

Jennifer Lopez had recently been negotiating with Fox, Fremantle, and 19 Entertainment (American Idol execs) to include a movie and TV pilots at Fox with her American Idol judge-ship, and she was asking $15 million for it.

After much negotiation with American Idol, Lopez will be the next American Idol judge joining Randy Jackson, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, but that’s it.

JLo and producing partner Simon Fields did receive the American Idol deal but without the film/TV commitments. JLo tried to hold out for a $15 million paycheck, but couldn’t get it and wound up settling for $12M. “I think it was just positioning,” said an insider. “In the end, she didn’t turn up her nose up at $12 million. I would have been very surprised if she had walked away. She needs the money. She lives very very well. It comes at a cost.”

With a less-than-stable music career and a flop of a movie in her very recent past, Jennifer Lopez seems to need American Idol maybe just a little more than they need her.

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El Chapo Guzman and his Sinaloa Cartel Expand to Australia

Australian government officials are reporting that over the last two years the Sinaloa drug cartel from Mexico was responsible for importing half of the cocaine into its country.  The cartel is led by Mexico’s most wanted Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman who is credited for establishing this well-financed and highly organized drug trade expansion by sending his lieutenants to Sydney.  The scope of the Sinaloa cartel’s operations were discovered in June when an $83 million cocaine bust occurred.  It is believed El Chapo sent up drug importing relationships with existing
International crime syndicates.

Read more at The Syndney Morning Herald →

Placido Domingo to be Honored as Latin Grammy’s Person of the Year

Opera star Placido Domingo has been named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy and will be honored at the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony to be held on November 11, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  The Univision Network will televise the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central time.

Domingo is a three-time Latin Grammy, nine-time Grammy winner and an internationally renowned superstar, tenor, conductor and philanthropist.  Born in Spain to a family of operatic performers he later moved to Mexico at the age of 8.  He has opened the New York Metropolitan’s opera season a record 21 times.  Currently he is the director of the Washington National Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

Domingo is equally known as an international philanthropist, raising millions for victims of Mexico City’s 1985 earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, France’s Legion of Honor and is an honorary knight in the United Kingdom. 

Read more at Latin Recording Academy →

¡Felicidades! Nicaragua on Your 189th Year of Independence

Today, all of Nicaragua is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox.  Independence came in 1821 when Nicaragua declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

Nicaragua the largest Central American country in terms of land mass has a proud history of struggle and success.  After years of military regimes, coups and wars the country is looking to become an eco-tourist center with its abundant natural beauty as the back drop.  The country’s economic growth has been a key issue in the government’s human development plan, further strengthening it through different activities, such as the promotion of renewable energy projects in the country in order to transform its current oil-based energy generation matrix.

The country’s estimated 6 million residents started its independence celebrations on September 12 with different folkloric events occurring throughout the country.  Today the Act of Independence of Central America is read in all state schools honoring the battle of San Jacinto with the Festival Nacional de Bandas Ritimicas as the highlight of independence day events. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

¡Felicidades! Honduras on Your 189th Year of Independence

Today, all of Honduras is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. Independence came in 1821 when Honduras declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

Honduras, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted is emerging from a very difficult period and just resuming its democratic and constitutional government after President Jose Manuel Zelaya was removed from office last year by the military due to his constitutional referendum.  President Porfirio Lobo was sworn in January putting an end do the de facto government that was ruling Honduras.  This week over 10 percent of Honduran citizens signed a petition calling for a new constitution and refusing to celebrate the country’s independence until this happens. 

Honduran’s who are celebrating its independence will see the traditional marches by school children accompanied by military bands, fireworks and many festivals.

Read more by HS News Staff →

World Cup Attendees Beware

An employee of the firm in charge of World Cup 2010 ticketing was found to be peddling birth dates, passport and other data of 2006 World Cup, exposing 250,000 attendees’ details.

Hundreds of thousands of attendees at the 2006 World Cup international soccer tournament in Germany were put at risk of identity theft, though a major breach of a Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) database that was only recently uncovered. Initially reported by Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, the breach came to light when an employee of the firm in charge of World Cup 2010 ticketing, circulated an e-mail peddling more than 250,000 2006 World Cup customer details.

According to the director of security strategy at database monitoring firm Imperva, the interesting hook to this story is that the customer data in question came from the Germany event 4 years ago and not the South African World Cup this summer. He said the event is indicative of a number of failures, including carelessness with older databases and unused data, a failure to think beyond the conclusion of the event, and a failure to have a full data security protection and destruction strategy.

Read more at Dark Reading →

Fearful Mexicans May Stay Home To Celebrate Country’s Bicentennial

Residents of Mexico have been living in such fear these due to escalating drug cartel violence, that some Mexican cities are moving their Independence Day celebrations to safer locations and having festivities begin earlier or are boosting security measures. Other cities, however, are canceling their local bicentennial celebrations all together.

Mayor Oscar Luebbert Gutierrez of Reynosa announced that the battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain, “Grito de Indepencia”, and the surrounding festivities would be moved to a closed venue Wednesday. Normally, large crowds would gather in the main plaza to watch the ceremony performed on a City Hall balcony.

In Chihuahua’s Ciudad Juarez, the Grito ceremony has been cancelled all together. Though it brings 20,000 to 30,000 people, city authorities plan to broadcast a small ceremony on local TV and radio stations.

Typically, activities like Reynosa’s kick off around midnight, but this year it will start at 8:30pm with surrounding celebrations beginning even earlier at 5pm. Even though 2010 marks Mexico’s bicentennial it is expected that attendance will be quite a bit lower than prior years in spite of added safety precautions.

The Grito usually happens around midnight in towns all across Mexico’s 32 states. The official cry of independence is held in Mexico City at the Presidential Palace and those festivities will remain unchanged this year though many enhanced security measures are in place.

With the increase in violence, Mexican residents are opting to avoid the celebrations all together, not because they don’t care about their country’s Bicentennial Independence Day, but because they fear an attack similar to one that disrupted Grito celebrations in Michoacán’s state capital, Morelia, two years ago. Drug cartel members launched grenades into crowds, killing eight people and injuring a hundred others.

The attack was charged to The Zetas, who were still associated with the Gulf Cartel. Now they are battling each other in a horrific struggle for dominance in towns like Tamaulipas in northeast Mexico.

‘It is so sad that we cannot have our celebration like we used to,” said Juan Garza, a Mexico resident. ‘And this year is 200 years.’

Garza will not be making his annual trip to the main plaza this year with his children.

‘We will watch it through TV. It’s too dangerous.’

Read more at The Monitor →

Entérate Eventos del Bicentenario 2010 (VIDEO)

El circuito que corre desde Paseo de la Reforma hasta el Zócalo concentrará los eventos para los festejos del Bicentenario de la Independencia de México en el Distrito Federal. Desde las 17:00 horas del 15 de septiembre hasta las 02:00 horas del 16 se tienen programadas actividades para celebrar.

Plaza de la Constitución
La celebración del 200 Aniversario del Inicio de la Independencia Nacional comenzará en el Zócalo a las 17:00 horas, con la ceremonia ritual del Fuego Nuevo, a cargo de 40 abuelos representantes de diversas regiones del país.

Se tiene programada una coreografía masiva, en la cual los asistentes bailarán alrededor del asta bandera con la canción “El Futuro es Milenario” compuesta por Jaime López e interpretada por Aleks Syntek.

Desfile y conciertos en Paseo de la Reforma
A las 18:00 horas iniciará el desfile partiendo de Dublín, una calle antes de la Glorieta de la Diana, y avanzará por Reforma, doblando en avenida Juárez hacia la plancha de la Constitución por avenida 5 de Mayo.  Contará con 27 carros alegóricos que representarán la Independencia, la época prehispánica, la colonia y otros más de cultura popular como danzón, cha-cha-chá, cumbia, y el Día de Muertos.

Cuando el último carro del contingente del desfile pase por la Glorieta del Ángel de la Independencia, por la Glorieta del monumento a Cuauhtémoc y por la Glorieta del Caballito, darán inicio sucesivamente tres grandes conciertos en cada uno de estos puntos.

En el Ángel de la Independencia participarán Alondra de la Parra y la Orquesta Filarmónica de las Américas con las invitadas Natalia Lafourcade, Ely Guerra y Lo Blondo (Hello Seahorse!). También Aleks Syntek con Paulina Rubio, Erik Rubín, Sandoval, Jot Dog, Jaime López y Pambo. El gran cierre será con Los Tigres del Norte.

En el escenario de la Glorieta a Cuauhtémoc se presentarán Espinoza Paz, Lila Downs, Eugenia León en el Ensamble Norteño Bicentenario y Armando Manzanero con la Orquesta Típica de Yucalpetén.  En el Caballito se presentarán Gustavo Galindo, Kinky, Zoé, la Maldita Vecindad y el Instituto Mexicano del Sonido.

Los conciertos terminarán alrededor de las 02:00 horas del 16 de septiembre. En el Zócalo cerrará Armando Manzanero con la Orquesta Típica de Yucalpetén.

El Grito

Minutos antes de las 23:00 horas se interrumpirán los conciertos para enlazar a la ceremonia del Grito de Independencia en el Zócalo que durará alrededor de 15 minutos y concluirá con la interpretación del Himno Nacional.  Un espectáculo de fuegos pirotécnicos cerrará la ceremonia en la Plaza de la Constitución y a lo largo del Paseo de la Reforma.

El Palacio Nacional, la Catedral Metropolitana, el Paseo de la Reforma y la plancha del Zócalo serán el lienzo donde se realizarán 16 mil detonaciones de pirotecnia y se utilizarán 8 toneladas de pólvora.   

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¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 189th Year of Independence

Today, all of Guatemala is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox.  Thirty-two years after Columbus come to the Americas, Guatemala’s population went from 800,000 to 100,000.  Independence came in 1821 when Guatemala declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

Guatemala, once the site of the Mayan civilization, has endured and preserved through military dictatorships and protracted civil wars where many died and many others suffered human rights abuses.  Its indigenous groups are beginning to play a leading part in shaping the destiny of the country and one of its most notable indigenous citizens, Rigoberta Menchu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. 

Today the country’s estimated 13 million residents will celebrate its independence with many Mayan traditions.  The whole country embraces this day with dances, fireworks and parades and in the city of Quetzaltenango you can find the largest independence day celebration. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month was created by Congress in 1968 to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to American society and culture. It was also created in order to honor many Central and South American country’s independence from Spain.  In 1968 Congress passed Public Law 90-498 that authorized and requested the President to issue an annual proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as “National Hispanic Heritage Week.” The September 15th and 16th dates are very historically significant throughout Latin America and Mexico.

In September of 1968, the first proclamation addressing the week, by Lyndon B. Johnson stated, “Wishing to pay special tribute to the Hispanic tradition, and having in mind the fact that our five Central American neighbors celebrate their Independence Day on the fifteenth of September and the Republic of Mexico on the sixteenth, the Congress by House Joint Resolution 1299, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.”

Over the next 20 years, Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan issued a series of annual proclamations designated the week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. And in 1988 Congress passed another Public Law (100-402) and established the first Hispanic Heritage Month. On September 14th, 1989, George H.W. Bush proclaimed the “31-day period” of September 15 to October 15 would become Hispanic Heritage Month. Since then, every year, every U.S. President has made a similar proclamation.

To see events for Hispanic Heritage Month see Calendario Social - “chicago’s Largest Free Event Calendar”.

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Baby Esperanza gives Hope to Miners (VIDEO)

The wife of Ariel Ticona, who is one of the 33 men trapped in mine collapse in Chile has given birth to a baby girl, the couples first child.  The intended name was to be Carolina until the new father sent word that he would like to call her Esperanza (Spanish for Hope), the BBC reports today.

Relatives recorded the birth and plan to send it down with supplies heading to the miners.

The families of the miners have been living in a camp established at the mine site since the August 5th collapse; the camp is called “Camp Hope”.

Before the birth Mr. Ticona had urged his wife to take it easy rather than sleeping in a tent near the mine.
“Tell her to change the name of our daughter - and give her a long-distance kiss,” he said in a video as the other miners shouted: “We’re going to name her Hope.”

The men are settling in as rescue still appears months away.

Read more at UPI →

¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 189th Year of Independence

Today, all of El Salvador is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox.  The fight for independence started in 1811 with numerous uprisings against Spanish rule and concluded in 1821 when El Salvador declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America with a proud history of struggle and success.  After numerous military regimes, coups and a civil war in 1980 the country is moving forward with economic reforms and democratically held elections. 

Today the country’s estimated 7 million residents start to celebrate early and at 7:00 am students and their teachers march all around the capital city singing folk songs and dancing traditional dances.  Independence heroes such as Father Jose Matias Delgado and Manuel Jose Arce are honored with patriotic parades and festivities.

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¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 189th Year of Independence

Today, all of Costa Rica is celebrating and rejoicing its 189-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox.  The fight for independence started in 1821 when it declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries. 

Costa Rica was the first Central American country to begin exporting coffee helping to develop the first middle class in the region.  Another first for the country is the election of its first female President Laura Chinchilla, who took office in February. The country also has bragging rights as having the highest life satisfaction anywhere in the world and being one of the greenest countries in the world. 

The country has lived in relative peace since its declaration of independence abolishing its army in 1949 and living in the words of Jose Maria Zeledon Brenes: “Vivian siempre el trabajo y la paz.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Just in Time for Mid-Term Elections: 5,200 New U.S. Citizens

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano led a naturalization ceremony for more than 5,200 new U.S. citizens representing 147 countries at Boston’s Fenway Park in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

“I am proud to welcome these men and women who have come from all over the world to become the newest citizens of our nation,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Our social, economic, and civic vitality needs the contributions, the perspectives, and the experiences of all Americans-including our newest Americans.”  U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner presided during the ceremony. Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino also participated.

The Fenway Park ceremony is part of U.S. immigration services celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, celebrated every Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. From Sept. 13-24, an estimated 9,000 candidates will become citizens at 63 special ceremonies held across the country and around the world.

Read more at Homeland Security →

Family Approval Key to Hispanic Shoppers Choices

A study currently underway by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research reveals that Hispanic shoppers show a shift in shopping behaviors by season, in comparison to general market shoppers.

During the months of June, September and November, Hispanic shoppers’ primary shopping goals show a significant change in rank with their priority being more on “concern for family satisfaction” and “one-stop shopping” and less on “saving money.” These months also coincide with significant shopping events: summer, back-to-school, and holiday shopping. This data suggests that while general shoppers may hunt for the best back-to-school deals, summer savings or holiday sales, Hispanic shoppers seek approval from their kids and family members over purchasing the cheapest item.

With the exception of the three major stocking-up events mentioned, saving money and convenience are usually the top shopping goals for Hispanic shoppers. They are traditionally more value-driven and less likely to use in-store tools than the general market. When it comes to shopping aids, Hispanics appear less responsive to in-store messaging than non-Hispanics with neither messaging at-shelf, nor in-store TV being cited as tools that help make a purchasing decision.

“Although many retailers and brands develop communication aimed at both the general and Hispanic markets, our research indicates that it’s not necessarily reaching the Hispanic shopper,” said Martin Ferro, Senior Planner for Velocidad, an integrated Hispanic promotional, retail and shopper marketing capability of The Integer Group. “Brands must be deep-rooted in the more meaningful insights that distinguish Hispanic communication from general market communication, especially during key shopping events.”

Hispanic shoppers are also more likely than the general public to switch brands. A contributing factor is the acceptance by family members of private-label brands in the household. Significantly more Hispanic shoppers perceive less difference in product quality of private and brand name products than general market shoppers. Surprisingly this is even more pronounced at higher income levels ($75,000+).

Read more at Hispanic PRblog →

Spanish Friar Leopoldo de Alpandeire Beatified, Thousands Attend

Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification of Brother Leopoldo Sánchez Márquez de Alpandeire (1866-1956) in the Spanish city of Granada. Over 60,000 people were in attendance, and some 800,000 pray at the tomb of the humble Capuchin Franciscan friar every year.  Some 150 religious figures, including two cardinals, seven archbishops and 10 bishops attended the open-air mass at the military air base of Armilla, celebrating the life of the Spanish monk, who died in 1956, aged 92.

His tomb, in the Capuchin convent in Granada, has gained cult status and was described by a website dedicated to his beatification as “the most visited place in Granada after the Alhambra palace”.  Beatification is a step towards sainthood granted by the Roman Catholic Church, giving recipients the title of Blessed.

“The life of this simple and austere Capuchin religious,” said Pope Benedict following his Sunday Angelus address, “is a hymn to humility and to trust in God, as well as a shining example of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Read more at Expatica →

Former Chilean President to Head New Critical UN Post Advancing Women’s Rights

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head United Nations Women (UN Women), a newly created entity to oversee all of the world body’s programs aimed at promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs.  The new body – which will receive a large boost in funding and become operational in January – merges four UN agencies and offices.  The new entity is set to have an annual budget of at least $500 million, double the current combined resources of the four agencies it comprises.

Ms. Bachelet, Chile’s first female president who prioritized women’s issues throughout her tenure and since leaving office has been working with UN Women to advocate for the needs of Haitian women following January’s devastating earthquake, was chosen over two other candidates.

Mr. Ban told reporters in announcing the appointment. “Ms. Bachelet brings to this critical position a history of dynamic global leadership, highly honed political skills and uncommon ability to create consensus and focus among UN agencies and many partners in both the public and private sector.”  “I’m confident that under her strong leadership we can improve the lives of millions of women and girls throughout the world.”


Read more at UN Daily News →

WednesdaySeptember 15, 2010