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SundayNovember 28, 2010

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Mexican Marquez Wins Lightweight World Title - Ready to Take On Pacquiao

Yesterday Mexican boxer Manual Marquez defeated Australian Michael Katsidis to retain his lightweight world title and is already looking forward to his next fight. 

The lightweight world title match was fought before an enthusiastic crowd of 5,000 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Marquez landed 327 punches to Katsidis’ 194 before the referee stopped the fight in the ninth round. 

Marquez is set to fight Philippine fighting superstar Manny Pacquiao, they fought each other in 2004 and 2008; one fight was a draw and the other a split decision.  What is not known is if Pacquiao deems Marquez enough of a competitor to leave his congressional post in the Philippine’s.

Read more at La Times →

Peruvians are Bummers – That’s Why they Don’t Like Me Says their President

Peru’s President Alan Garcia has come up with an ingenious way to explain his rock bottom approval rating – his people are mopey, depressed and bummers. 

Garcia was conducting a radio interview trying to explain his 34 approval rating when he stated “We are: sad, distrustful… We have a natural lack of trust.”  Compared to the Brazilian who he labeled as just plain ‘joyful’ and ‘sunny’.

The majority of the country may have reason to be mopey and depressed with the country economic woes that they squarely blame Garcia for.

Read more at MSNBC →

Teacher Suspended and Fined $15,000 for using 4 letter word - C* ñ o

A teacher in Manhattan is suing the city of New York after he was suspended and fined $15.000 for allegedly using the word “cono” in his classroom.

The word has been deemed inappropriate in the classroom and New York authorities have accused Carlos Garcia of misconduct. Garcia’s attorney says Garcia did not use the word.  The city attorney however, agrees with the hearing judges decision to both suspend and fine Garcia.

New York is home to a very diverse population, with thousands of immigrants hailing from Latin America and the Caribbean. Differences in cultures play a large part in interpreting the meaning of a word. Sometimes it can result in one ethnic considering a word a profanity while another considers it as a slang word.

Read more at Huffington Post →

Dominican Republic Sends 1500 Force to Haiti Border to Protect from Cholera

The Dominican Republic has decided to deploy significant military resources to its border with Haiti.  “With cholera we can not play, or ignore the risks despite all measures of disease control, we are not fully shielded from the face of this threat,” said a government official.

With only 4 confirmed cases of cholera in the Dominican Republic, officials are taking no chances with the disease that has already killed more than 2000 in Haiti. “We must implement the government decision to close or reinforce the most vulnerable points of the border, where Haitians or other foreigners, healthy or sick can seep, we will suspend if necessary, the binational market, even if it means significant economic losses to both countries” said the army chief.

1500 members of the army and hundreds of professionals and public health workers have been deployed to the most vulnerable sections of the border with Haiti. They are prepared to send more personnel if necessary to halt the spread of Cholera.

This week dozens of Haitians who tried to cross the border, were caught by soldiers guarding the paths and roads in mountainous and forested areas, between the provinces of Elias Piña and Dajabón.
The commander of the Third Brigade, Gen. Jesus Gomez Frias Milton said that all roads are monitored, and that random checks are conducted in small communities and agricultural areas to detect illegal immigrants.

The Dominican Navy patrol 24/7 in the bays of Manzanillo to Cabo Rojo to prevent the illegal entry of persons by sea.

The Haitian government, meanwhile, closed its border with the Dominican Republic, on Saturday, 24 hours before the election. On the Haitian side, Military staff of Minustah, responsible for border surveillance, was doubled in anticipation of problems that can arise before, during and after today’s elections.

Read more at Haiti Libre →

One in Eight Mexican Professionals Seek Employment Outside of Country

The Mexican Public Education Secretariat announced that one out of every eight professional leaves the country migrating mostly to the U.S. in search of better professional opportunities.

The country’s deputy Education Secretary, Rodolfo Tulran, noted that the country produced 8 million professionals with one million of them leaving.  This is “worrying and represents a significant cost for Mexico’s development,” he went on to say.

The solution appears to be the same one the U.S. is seeking for its employment issues – create new jobs.  The unemployment rate in Mexico for individuals under 25 is 14 percent, twice the national average. 

Read more at Latina American Herald Tribune →

Starbuck’s Comes to Central America - Is that a Good or Bad Thing?

How will Starbuck’s coffee do in the very region it gets its ‘coffee’ from?  That is a question that will soon be answered as Starbuck’s opened it door to its first Central American store this month. 

Central America coupled with Mexico and South America supply 85% of Starbuck’s coffee.  Now the beans will leave Central America, be roasted in America and come back in the form of a Starbuck’s coffee – the first regional store opened in El Salvador on November 5th.

In an interesting quandary, Starbuck’s is facing criticism in the region for adding to greenhouse gases by shipping beans from Central America and then back resulting in thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide.  The residual greenhouse gases in turn are a major threat to coffee crops in the region.  The answer say local’s build a roasting facility here. 

The company already has stores in Mexico, Peru and Argentina but held off in Central America until now. 

Read more at Seattle Times →

Many in Latino and Black Community Avoid Getting Flu Shot Imperiling their Health

It’s flu season and as millions of American’s get their flu shots there is a segment of the population that is not – minority communities.  U.S. health officials say that the black and Latino communities have a 45 to 50 percent rate of immunization compared to 70 percent for the general population.

There is now a concerted effort to reach these underserved communities that face a higher mortality rate from flu.  Overall 36,000 people die from the flu virus and related complications. 

Experts say 550 deaths in the Latino community could have been avoided if more Latino’s were immunized.  Lack of trust in the government and safety misperceptions appear to be key reasons why many minorities don’t get the free flu shots offered. 

Read more at Daily Breeze →

New Rules for Spanish Language Set to be Ratified Today Effecting 450 Million People

The Royal Spanish Academy is meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico today and plans to enact new rules for the second-most spoken tongue in the world, something it has been doing since 1713. 

The Academy is considered the “Spanish language police” who in turn works with 22 international language academies to decide what changes need to occur in order to modernize the language spoken by 450 million people.

This time they have decided, amongst other things, to shorten the alphabet to 27 letters.  Also the use of “ch” and “ll” are out – angering President Hugo Chavez- fearful that he will now become President “Avez”

Whereas many in Mexico feel the Academy has outlived a useful purpose amongst independent nations.  The early history of many Spanish speaking nations involved Spain as its overseer. 

An editorial read “Would the United States accept dictates from England over the use of English?”

Read more at NY Times →

Mexico City Mayor to Spearhead International Campaign to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The United Nations body that coordinates global disaster reduction efforts named the mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, as champion of a UN initiative aimed at enhancing cities’ disaster preparedness.

Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, appointed Mr. Ebrard as champion of the “Making Cities Resilient” campaign at a ceremony during the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City.

“It is particularly relevant at a time when the cost of disasters is expected to rise significantly because of climate change. Cities will have to bear the biggest brunt of climate-related risks,” she added.

Mr. Ebrard signed a historic emissions reduction agreement with more than 70 mayors ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference that starts tomorrow in Cancun, Mexico.

Under the agreement, the “Mexico City Pact—Global Cities Covenant on Climate,” signatories commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a transparent manner.

“Making Cities Resilient—My City Is Getting Ready!”  is a campaign to promote safer cities based on 10 essential actions for local government.  The campaign began earlier this year and is now 150-cities strong.

The 10 actions forming the centerpiece of the campaign are designed to empower local governments through more robust budgets, stronger institutions, improved infrastructure, attention to ecosystem management and citizen engagement.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Latino Leaders Considering Idea of Tequila Party

Latino Leaders Considering Idea of Tequila Party

Photo: Political Organizer Fernando Romero

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Latino leaders nationwide and in Nevada are quietly considering stepping back from the Democratic Party and forming an independent grass-roots political party.
Similar to the Tea-Party (in model only) the idea is being considered out of frustration over the Party’s inaction on immigration reform. Latino leaders have called their proposal “ Tequila Party.”

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but there’s talk,” said Fernando Romero, president of the nonpartisan Hispanics in Politics, Nevada’s oldest Hispanic political group. “There’s discussion about empowerment of the Latino vote.”

After a record turnout in the last elections, many Latinos are discouraged at the lack of the Democratic Party’s policies that would benefit the community.
“There’s a feeling that Democrats aren’t listening,” said Louis DeSipio, a Chicano studies and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Congress’ actions over the next month could decide the fate of the burgeoning Tequila Party. Many feel that if comprehensive immigration reform is shelved again, Hispanics will likely decide to strike out on their own.

“It would definitely induce us,” Romero said. “We would have to do something at that point to get ready for 2012.”

The grass-roots organization could operate as an affiliate of the Democratic Party or as an independent movement, as the Tea Party was initially. Politicians affiliated with Tea Party groups won more than 40 congressional seats in the midterm elections. All ran as Republicans. Even though some of the politicians lost, they were given a major stage and were able to raise significant funds.

Hispanic leaders would like to spur something similar.

Read more at Las Vegas Sun →

SundayNovember 28, 2010