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ThursdayNovember 18, 2010

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Congratulations to Félix Hernández, 2010’s Cy Young Award Laureate!

Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners’ right-handed pitcher who earned only 13 victories last season, won the American League Cy Young Award in a landslide.

He took 21 of 28 first-place votes, beating Tampa Bay’s David Price, who had four first-place votes, and the Yankees’ C. C. Sabathia, who had three.

“I didn’t have the wins, but you look over all the numbers and you say, ‘Wow,’ ” Hernandez said.

“I’m so happy. My first reaction was crying.”

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Boycott Costs AZ Businesses $141 Million+

A report released Monday states that seven months after the boycott of Arizona businesses in response to the state’s controversial immigration law has cost the state $141 million in lost meeting and convention business alone since governor Jan Brewer signed the law in April.

Conventions have relocated, businesses have lost big contracts, musicians have called off concerts, and cities and counties in dozens of states have passed resolutions to avoid doing business with the entire state or Arizona.

Despite boycott organizers’ hopes though, the state’s economy has not come to a screeching halt. According to the Associated Press, more people actually went to the Grand Canyon this year than the year before, and more stayed at certain hotels and resorts as well.

The report was commissioned by the Center for American progress, and put the loss to hotels overall, during the first four months after the law was signed, at around $45 million, and added that visitors would have spent another $96 million during their stays.

So while the boycott did some damage to Arizona’s economy, it failed to cripple the state completely.

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

Idle Drives are the Devil’s Playground. The Brazilian Evangelical Campaign Against USB

News have surfaced in Brazil that an evangelical group known as “Paz do Senhor Amado” has banned USB devices from the homes of its followers on the grounds that the USB symbol looks like Satan’s trident.

According to its founder, “Apostle” Welder Saldanha “this is just another symbol of Satan, which is always present in all Christian homes.”

“The symbol of “that name” (a proper noun that the “apostle” refuses to say aloud) is a trident, which is used to torture souls that go to hell. That kind of symbol shows that all users of that vile technology are actually worshipers of the unholy.”

All the USB connections of his followers were exchanged for common connections, Bluetooth preferably, which according to Saldanha is ideal, as “Blue was the color of the eyes of our savior Jesus Christ”.

Read more by HS News Staff →

He’s a CA Student Body President and an Undocumented Immigrant

One secret. That’s all it took to throw Cal State Fresno Student Body President Pedro Ramirez’s life into controversy.

When the high school valedictorian was filling out college applications and his parents clued him in on a major detail of his life…he wasn’t a U.S. citizen. He was born in Mexico, and came to the country with his parents when he was three.

Recently, an anonymous tip to his college newspaper forced Ramirez to confront the secret of his immigration status.

“In a way, I’m relieved,” said the now 22-year-old political science major from Tulare, California. ‘I don’t want to be a liability or cost the school donations. I never thought this was going to happen. But now that it’s out there, I finally feel ready to say, ‘Yes, it’s me. I’m one of thousands.’

ImageSchool administrators say Ramirez has broken no rules by running for president of Associated Students Inc., because he never lied to the college about his status. In fact, when he discovered his position came with a $9,000 stipend, he declined knowing his status prevented him from legally working or receiving federal aid.

“He personally notified me and ASI advisers about his immigration status, and volunteered to serve without pay as president, since his status does not allow him to receive a paycheck,” said Cal State Fresno President John Welty in a statement.

Nevertheless, his critics are angry, and say he wasn’t honest with the student body about his immigration status when he ran for the position.

UCF’s College Republicans’ president Cole Rojewski, who ran against, and lost to, Ramirez during Student Body elections, said, ”He misled the students…he should step down.”

The area around the school has a lot of farmland, and agriculture is dominant in the region, so issues like undocumented immigration is bound to cause controversy due to a number of the farm workers being immigrants, legal or otherwise.
Ramirez spends about 30 hours a week being a student representative, and does not receive any compensation. He is involved with the local community as an ACLU board member, and is also an advocate for the school’s Dream Network, an organization pushing for the passing of the DREAM Act, a proposed federal law that would allow students who are not legal residents to become U.S. citizens if, after graduating from high school, they go on and partake in 2 years of college or military service. The bill is to be voted on by the end of the November.

Wednesday, Ramirez said he had no intention of stepping down from his position without demand from those that elected him, but he does ask one thing of everyone.

“Could you leave my parents out of it? They’ve done everything for me.”

Read more at LA Times →

The DREAM Act as A Stand Alone Bill

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he would introduce the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act as a stand alone bill during the lame duck session of Congress.

First introduced in 2001, the DREAM Act would address the plight of young immigrants who have been raised in the U.S. and managed to succeed despite the challenges of being brought here without proper documentation. The proposal would offer a path to legal status to those who have graduated from high school, stayed out of trouble, and plan to attend college or serve in the U.S. military for at least two years.

Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, many at the top of their classes, but cannot go on to college, join the military, work, or otherwise pursue their dreams. They belong to the 1.5 generation: immigrants brought to the United States at a young age who were largely raised in this country and therefore share much in common with second-generation Americans. These students are culturally American, growing up here and often having little attachment to their country of birth. The vast majority are bicultural and fluent in English.

Research has shown that providing a legal status for young people who have a proven record of success in the United States would be a boon to the economy and the U.S. workforce.  University presidents and educational associations, as well as military recruiters, business and religious leaders have added their voice to those calling for passage of the bill. The DREAM Act is even part of the Department of Defense’s 2010-2012 Strategic Plan to assist the military in its recruiting efforts.

Unfortunately, immigration status and the associated barriers to higher education contribute to a higher-than-average high-school dropout rate. The DREAM Act would eliminate these barriers for many students, and its high-school graduation requirement would provide a powerful incentive for students who might otherwise drop out to stay in school and go on to college.

Read more at Immigration Policy Center →

Voting Ends Today for CNN Hero Award: Vote for Border Hero Guadalupe Arizpe de la Vega (VIDEO)

UPDATE: Voting ends today for CNN Heroes and border heroine Guadalupe Arizpe de la Vega is one of the ten finalists hoping to garner enough votes to take the title of CNN’s 2010 Hero of the Year.  Many entertainers are expected to attend the all star tribute that will air on CNN Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 pm (est).  The 33 Chilean miners have been invited to attend and have just landed in Los Angeles to begin a world-wind visit to the U.S. culminating in the CNN Hero’s tribute gala. 

ORIGINAL STORY:  Guadalupe Arizpe de la Vega, founder of the FEMAP foundation is one of the ten CNN Hero Award finalists.  Guadalupe’s organization is addressing border health issues for those living along the border in poverty, amidst violence.  FEMAP operates different clinics throughout El Paso, Texas and the Hospital de la Familia in Juarez, Mexico.  Earlier this year with de la Vega’s guidance FEMAP built a new school serving over 500 border city children. 

As a semi-finalist de la Vega received $10,000 that she will give toward a new nursing school she wants to see built.  The El Paso, Texas native has been working on border health issues for 37 years. 

This is the fourth year CNN hosts its Hero Awards.  Finalists will be feted in New York and announced on Thanksgiving Day by CNN reporter Anderson Cooper.  The top prize of $100,000 is given to the person chosen by on-line voters, therefore POR FAVOR vote for FEMAP and Guadalupe’s incredible work at CNN on-line.

Read more at CNN Expansion →

U.S. Hispanics Online Behaviour Studied: They Prefer English and Enjoy Online Ads

ComScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, released results of a study of U.S. Hispanic consumers, including insights into their online behavior and engagement with advertising.

The study found that U.S. online Hispanic consumers’ sentiment towards, and response to, advertising often varies significantly from Non-Hispanic online consumers.

Image “Online Hispanics are younger and more acculturated than their offline counterparts and they are quite receptive to advertising when it is sufficiently engaging. What’s especially interesting is that engagement with advertising has more to do with narrative elements and storytelling than it does with actually running the advertisement in Spanish,” said Josh Chasin, comScore chief research officer.

U.S. Hispanics were more likely to find advertisements enjoyable and entertaining than their Non-Hispanic counterparts and were also more likely to recall advertising compared to 22 percent of Non-Hispanics. Advertising was also more likely to influence Hispanic consumers’ product decisions when buying for their children.

Additional findings from comScore include:

* More than half (52 percent) of U.S. Hispanics online prefer English as their primary language, with 26.1 percent choosing bilingual and 21.9 percent preferring Spanish as their primary language.

* Hispanic Internet users tend to be younger than their non-Hispanic counterparts. The average age of a Hispanic Internet user is 31, compared to 34.5 for a non-Hispanic Internet user.

 

Read more at comScore →

Mexico Takes in $9 Billion in Tourism thus Far This Year Reflecting Strong Increase

Mexico received 16.7 million tourists in the first nine months of the year earning the country $9 billion in tourism dollars according to the Mexico Tourism Board.  This reflects a 7.7 percent increase compared to last year and in spite of rising drug cartel violence.  The country was also on several international travel warning lists, including the U.S.

On average a Mexican tourist spends $450.80 per visit and that is an increase from last year.  Tourism from cruise ship travel was also notable for this year bringing the Mexican government $393 million.  Mexico’s tourism suffered declines last year due to the swine flu outbreak in the country. 

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Is Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Creating the “INjustice League”?

Is Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Creating the “INjustice League”?

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Joe Arpaio of Phoenix, Arizona, who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, is looking to create an “Immigration Posse” to counter the undocumented immigration population, and he looks to be getting celebrities, however irrelevant they are today, to join him.

Aging action star Steven Seagal, who is a sworn deputy in New Orleans, Lou Ferrigno, of the 1970’s “Incredible Hulk”, a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, and Mission:Impossible’s Peter Lupus, are among Arpaio’s 56 new Immigration Posse members sworn in this week.

Arpaio will work alongside the “stars” and other questionable notables like retired Chicago police officer Dick Tracy, and Wyatt Earp. (Yes, Earp is the nephew of the famous Old West lawman.)

The Arizona sheriff said, “These guys are busy with their acting careers, so I don’t expect them to be here on duty very often, but they can be instrumental in heightening public awareness of the immigration issue…”

In September, the Department of Justice-filed lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, was just the most recent in a long-standing battle between the DOJ and Sheriff Arpaio. “America’s Toughest Sheriff” is accused of failing to hand over documents sought since March of 2009 as part of a federal probe of accused discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures, as well as forcing bilingual guards to only speak English when addressing Spanish-speaking inmates.

Last year, the federal government took away the sheriff’s special power allowing him to enforce federal immigration law, but he continued his law enforcement sweeps under the protection of state immigration laws.  His volunteer “Posse” began in 1993, and now has almost 3,000 members, with 59 posses operating throughout Maricopa County.

Of the 56 new members sworn in this week, 33 of them are already qualified to carry weapons.  FRIGHTENING. 

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Read more at Washington Times →

Mexico Set to Meet Climate Goals and Will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 50 Million Tons

The Mexican government’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 million tons a year is likely to be met, but may miss the December 2012 deadline, Odon de Buen Rodriguez, a leading clean energy expert and a former Energy Ministry official, stated.

The substantial reduction is a part of the Environment Ministry’s Special Climate Change Program (PECC), launched in 2008. The publication includes 303 goals covering power generation and saving, farming and agriculture, soil use and solid waste disposal.

The most broadly implemented programs focus on saving power domestically.  The country boosts Latin America’s second richest wind farm resource at La Ventosa in Oaxaca.  Meanwhile, large private firms, including the nation’s largest retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico, are investing in the area to produce their own power.

Read more at Xinhuanet →

Drug Use on the Rise Amongst Hispanic Teenage Boys

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy drug use amongst certain minority teen populations are at higher rates than other populations. 

Specifically drug use amongst Hispanic teenage boys rose by 9.2 percent in 2008 and rose again b y 12.8 percent in 2009.  Notable increases were also cited amongst black teenage girls ages 12 to 17, this minority population saw increases in use from 7.3 percent in 2008 up to 10.4 percent in 2009.

The overall teen drug use increased between 2008 and 2009 resulting in 1 out of 10 teens abusing drugs.  U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske is urging more drug prevention outreach and parental involvement. 

Read more at El Paso Times →

Newly Elected Latino Officials Gather for Training Program in Washington D.C.

Just two weeks after the pivotal midterm election, 60 newly elected Latino officials are participating in the National Institute for Newly Elected Officials, starting today through November 21st in Washington, D.C.

The three-day governance “boot camp,” hosted by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, is a unique, non-partisan professional development program designed to help newly elected officials acquire the skills required for effective governance, and establish professional networks needed to succeed in public office.

Seminars include discussions on budgeting, staffing, policy, ethics and other key governance issues.

Attendees include members from both major political parties, including Republican Congressmen-elect Raúl Labrador of Idaho — the first Latino to represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives — and Francisco “Quico” Canseco of Texas, the first Republican to represent his district in 20 years.

Read more at NALEO →



ThursdayNovember 18, 2010