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ThursdayOctober 14, 2010

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez Staying in Washington, Not Running for Mayor of Chicago

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Staying in Washington, Not Running for Mayor of Chicago

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez the Democrat from Illinois announced today he has decided not to run for Mayor of Chicago.  Soon after Mayor Richard Daley announced he would not seek another term, Gutierrez started looking into the viability of launching a campaign. 

Gutierrez, a leading voice for immigration reform that includes amnesty, in making his announcement recommitted his energies and focus on passing immigration reform.  “I have an obligation not to give up on the fight I’ve already begun.”  “I have unfinished business to complete.”  Many immigration advocates view his role in immigration reform critical and are relieved upon hearing his decision.

There is a large slate of candidates running for Mayor including other notable Hispanics like Miguel del Valle and Gery Chico.

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Court Rules Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Violated Detainees Rights

In Arizona, Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found, by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to be violating the constitutional rights of his detainees by holding them in overcrowded and dangerous conditions, and feeding them inadequate and often moldy food.

Wednesday’s ruling also ordered that all detainees must have access to bathrooms, toilet paper, medical care and uninterrupted access to medications prescribed by jail doctors.

The 9th Circuit upheld the American Civil Liberties Union’s argument from August of 2008 saying that federal oversight was needed at Maricopa’s jails. Arpaio, who is often called the Toughest Sheriff in America, and the Maricopa County Supervisors have been sued a number of times over the conditions of the prison and for the poor treatment of detainees.

Read more at Fox News Latino →

Latin America Businesses Lag in Using Social Media

Latin American companies are not as involved in social media compared to their global counterparts, according to a new study from Burson-Marsteller.

Burson-Marsteller’s “2010 Latin America Social Media Study” revealed that only 49% of Latin American companies are using at least one of the most popular social media platforms compared with 79% of companies globally. The highest proportions of Latin American companies leveraging at least one social media channel are in Mexico (80%) and Venezuela (75%) and lowest proportions are in Puerto Rico (5%) and Argentina (25%).  For this study, Burson-Marsteller’s global research team analyzed the social media use of the 160 highest-revenue companies in from Latin American countries. 

The study found that Facebook is the most popular social media tool followed by Twitter.  While fewer Latin American companies are on Twitter than in other regions, the Latin American companies have almost twice the number of followers. This shows that Latin American consumers are increasingly willing to participate and interact with businesses via social media.

Corporate blogs are the least popular social media channel for business in both Latin America and across the globe. Only Brazilian and Chilean companies have significant proportions of companies with brand-sponsored blogs.

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¡Adios! Say the Jonas Brothers to their Concert in Mexico

The scheduled concert performance of the Jonas Brothers on October 21, 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico has been cancelled due to security concerns. 

Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement that the concert was cancelled in order to keep Jonas Brothers’ fans safe after “a series of unfortunate events” in the country occurred.  Though Monterrey is one of the most affluent cities in the country it has been plagued by violence leaving 650 dead thus far this year.

Though the city has a lower crime rate than many U.S. cities there have been crime incidents of unusual boldness ranging from live grenades thrown on busy highways to gun battle in supermarkets.  It is also reported that 60 percent of the Monterrey businesses have received extortion threats from drug cartels

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Record Number of Hispanic Males Entering Medical School

The number of minorities who applied for and enrolled in medical schools grew in 2010, a trend that was most pronounced among Hispanic males, according to data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Total enrollment for Hispanic male students grew more than 17%, and Hispanic female enrollees by 1.6% with a total of 1,539 Hispanics starting medical school this year.  Enrollment for white students increased by 1.5% and by 3% for African Americans. 

One of the reasons there is an increase in the number of Hispanics in medical school is because there are more Hispanics applying to go to medical school.  This year 3,271 student applied versus 3,061 in 2009, a 7 percent increase. 

Another reason for the increases is that more schools are outreaching to Hispanics and promoting medicine as a compelling and interesting career option

Read more at Med Page Today →

Paraguayan Soccer Player’s Sister Fakes Own Abduction to get his Money (BILINGUAL)

Paraguayan futbol player, Eder Lider Marmol’s, sister Perla Marmol has confessed to staging her abduction in order to extort money from her famous and rich brother.  Marmol plays defense for the Atlante de Mexico soccer team and in 2008 was one of the best paid players in the US soccer league, playing for the Chicago Fire.

  Perla, 35 years old, married and a mother of five children, disappeared last Sunday from her home in the town of Juan León Mallorquín, Paraguay. A male voice called the family’s house shortly thereafter to negotiate the terms of the ransom.  The “criminals” agreed to release Mrs. Mármol in exchange for five thousand American dollars, a sum the family negotiated down from $38,000 and she was released 20 minutes later.

Perla Mármol appeared to authorities unscathed and overall in good health after the alleged ordeal.  Local police became suspicious seeing how amateurish the kidnapping attempt was and more so after interviewing Marmol on the details of her kidnapping.  She was unable to provide details about how or where she had been held hostage.  After hours of interrogation, she finally broke and confessed to having orchestrated the whole ordeal to take some money from her brother.

  The ransom was never paid, and the woman was arrested and will be charged with extortion, collusion as well as kidnapping, along with a female friend and a 20 year old male accomplice. Police have also issued a warrant for the arrest of a third man, presumably the voice on the telephone.

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Government Financing for Small Businesses Tops $1.59 Billion

At a time when capital was scarce for small business, financing from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) increased 23 percent in fiscal year 2010, providing a record $1.59 billion to help small businesses grow and create jobs.

The fiscal year 2010 volume is the highest single-year volume in the 50-year history of SBA’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program. 

The SBIC program was created to stimulate the growth of America’s small businesses by supplementing their loans and private capital.

Since the program’s formation in 1958 through April 2009, it has invested approximately $56 billion in more than 100,000 small businesses in the United

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Mistress, not Wife Welcomes Rescued Miner ( VIDEO)

Mistress, not Wife Welcomes Rescued Miner ( VIDEO)

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Johnny Barrios Rojas rescue was perhaps one of the most anticipated of the 33, if only to see who would greet him. Barrios is known as the man who had two women waiting for him at Camp Hope. Marta Salinas has been his wife for 28 years while Susana Valenzuela has been his mistress for four years. To complicate matters, Salinas knew nothing of the affair until she ran into Valenzuela in the tent city and a very public argument ensued.

When Barrios emerged from the capsule, he appeared a little timid as he looked around to see who would be greeting him. Girlfriend Susana Valenzuela stepped up and gave him a long kiss and he whispered in her ear.

Salinas was nowhere to be seen. “He has another companion,” she told reporters, adding that she might wait for him at home. “I’m happy for him, and if he remakes his life, good for him.”

Weeks earlier, Barrios’ wife had ripped down a poster of her husband put up by his mistress, who taped the poster back up.

Barrios ( 50 ) became the medic of the group.  He dispensed medicines, passed out nicotine patches and photographed wounds to be transmitted to the surface.

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Georgia Universities Ban Undocumented Immigrants From Attending

Wednesday, a decision by the Georgia State Board of Regents banned unauthorized immigrants from attending the 35 schools that make up the University System of Georgia that includes Georgia Tech and Georgia State regardless of their ability to pay.

The ban that would take place next fall, giving favored admission to legal Georgia residents, while unauthorized immigrants will not be given the opportunity to enroll in a college that “has rejected academically qualified applicants for the past two academic years because of a lack of space or other issues.”

The Board of Regents, also approved legal penalties for providing incorrect information on tuition-related forms.  It is assumed that undocumented students were lying on their applications identifying themselves as legal residents or citizens thereby qualifying for admission and state tuition aid if needed.

In the past students who did not provide appropriate documentation like a social security number were allowed to attend public universities as long as they paid out-of-state tuition rates, with this ban that option is no longer available to them.  The ban will effect approximately 500 currently enrolled Georgia university students.

Read more at Huffington Post →

Sara Lee Launches Hispanic Mobile Site Promoting Healthier Living

Sara Lee Corporation debuted “More Choices. Healthier Lives.” a dual-language mobile site designed for Hispanic moms who are looking to discover more choices for their family meal times. “More Choices. Healthier Lives.” encourages Hispanics to make a pledge to take a balanced approach to healthier eating and lifestyles and provides consumers the tools and resources needed to uphold the pledge. The site features better-for-you Latin-inspired recipes and tips for Hispanic moms and their families to make mealtime even more nutritious.

The site aims to help moms make each day more flavorful.  Consumers can opt-in to receive monthly mobile phone text alerts which include suggestions on how to pair selected products from a variety of brands to make fresh, tasty meals for any time of the day. Once consumers opt-in they have the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a one-year supply Sara Lee products.

To view recipes, sign up for text alerts and/or enter the “More Choices. Healthier Lives.” sweepstakes, please visit mas.saralee.com or more.saralee.com on your mobile phone.

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En Rodaje Desde Hace 10 Dias Película Para TV Acerca del Rescate de los Mineros Chilenos


La productora Española Antena 3 Films y la Colombiana Dynamo Factory serían los productores de la película para TV.

‘Los 33 de San José’, será basada en la historia de los mineros Chilenos que estuvieron atrapados en la mina San José desde el 5 de agosto hasta el 13 de octubre.

La película se rueda desde hace diez días en Chile, al mismo tiempo que la operación de rescate de los 33 hombres atrapados bajo 700 metros de tierra en la ciudad de Copiapó, al norte del país, informaron fuentes de la cadena de televisión Antena 3, propietaria de Antena 3 Films.

“La idea surgió en el mismo instante en el que los mineros comenzaron su involuntario encierro, momento en el que comenzó la elaboración del guión, cuya versión definitiva se aprobó la semana pasada”, dijeron portavoces de la cadena.

El equipo de filmación rodará las escenas en el exterior hasta el próximo 18 de octubre, cuando empezarán las grabaciones en un set maquillado como las entrañas de una mina.

Las productoras no revelaron detalles acerca de una fecha tentativa para el estreno de la cinta.

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Miracle At The Mine- What is Next for the Miners (VIDEO)

Miracle At The Mine- What is Next for the Miners (VIDEO)

Photo: Luis Urzua, the last miner to be rescued, is greeted by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, right, on reaching the surface

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With the last miner having been rescued, the 33 miners are preparing for the next phase of their lives.
In less than 24 hours all the miners had made it to the surface looking healthy and in great spirits. The miners were all extremely grateful to those who had helped rescue them.

When 54-year-old foreman Luis Urzua emerged at 9:55 p.m. from the 28-inch-diameter hole, it had been 69 days since the miners were trapped, 52 days since they were able to declare to the world that they were still alive.

“You brought your shift out like a good captain,” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera told Urzua, beaming as he gripped the arms of the burly miner who had organized his men for survival during the first crucial hours after they were trapped.
“I’m proud to be Chilean and to live here,” said Luis Urza, the mining foreman and the last to get out.

Chile’s health minister does report that one miner is being treated for pneumonia and two will require dental surgery but generally all were healthier than expected.


Read more at NECN →

ThursdayOctober 14, 2010