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MondayFebruary 7, 2011

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Community Has Role in Health of Low-Income Kids

Living in a connected community may protect poor teens from health risks such as smoking or obesity, researchers have found.

In a study of low-income and middle-income families, Cornell University researchers asked 17-year-olds and their mothers to provide information about social capital, which is a measure of how connected their community is and the degree of social control.

For example, the mothers answered a question regarding whether one of their neighbors would do something if they saw someone trying to sell drugs to a child or youth, and the teens responded to a question about whether there were adults they could go to for advice, explained the researchers.

The teens also provided information on their health behaviors, such as smoking, and had their height and weight measured to determine their body-mass index (BMI).

Compared to middle-class teens, poor teens were more likely to smoke and have a higher BMI. But poor teens who had more social capital were less likely to smoke and tended to have lower BMIs than those with less social capital, according to the report published in the January issue of the journal Psychological Science.

Previous research has shown that children who grow up in poverty are more likely to have health problems as adults.

“You may be able to loosen those connections between early childhood poverty and negative health outcomes if you live in a community with good social resources,” lead author Gary W. Evans said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science.

Read more at Health Finder.Gov →

National Hispanic Media Coalition to Honor Director Robert Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, and Others

The stars will be exceptionally bright in Beverly Hills on Friday, February 25th when the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) presents its 14th Annual Impact Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The annual fete, hosted by the NHMC, one of the country’s foremost Latino media advocacy and civil rights organizations, celebrates outstanding theatrical, television, radio and film performances by Latinos both in front and back of camera.

Amongst this year’s honorees are film director Robert Rodriguez who will receive the Visionary Impact Award, Sofia Vergara for her stellar performance in ABC’s show “Modern Family,” Danny Trejo for his lead role in the film “Machete,” and Spanish radio host, Isabel Gómez-Bassols, for her outstanding service to the community through her daily talk-show on Univision radio. The 25th anniversary year-long celebration will commence at the gala and will commemorate the 25 years of history and achievements of the organization.

Robert Rodriguez will receive the Visionary Impact Award for his amazing career as a film producer, writer and director. While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Robert Rodriguez wrote the script to his first feature film while sequestered at a drug research facility as a paid subject in a clinical experiment. That paycheck covered the cost of shooting his film. He planned to make the money back by selling the film to the Mexican home video market. The film, “El Mariachi,” went on to win the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and became the lowest budget movie ever released by a major studio. Rodriguez wrote about these experiences in Rebel Without a Crew, a book published by Dutton Press. Rodriguez went on to write, produce, direct and edit a series of successful films including “Desperado,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “The Faculty,” the “Spy Kids” series, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City,” “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D,” “Grindhouse,” and “Shorts. In 2000, Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellán founded Troublemaker Studios, their Austin, Texas based production company of which he is co-owner and president. The studio includes a world-renowned visual effects house, music and publishing arms and has played a primary role in making Austin a filmmaking hub. Rodriguez recently released “Machete,” and the new installment in the Predator series, “Predators.” He is finishing Spy Kids 4 “All the Time in The World” 3D which will be released by Weinstein Co. this summer. Rodriguez resides in Austin, Texas.

Sofia Vergara will be honored with the Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Television Series for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the show “Modern Family.” This Emmy nominated actress is one of the leads in ABC’s six-time EMMY award winning series, “Modern Family.” This year she also voiced the role of ‘Carmen’ in the 3D sequel of Warner Bros “Happy Feet 2,” and participated in one of the most anticipated films of 2011 Columbia Picture’s “The Smurfs.” Throughout her career, Sofia participated in TV shows such as “Hot Properties,” “Entourage,” and in films such as “Four Brothers,” and “Meet the Browns.” Additionally she executive produced the Spanish version of “Desperate Housewives.” On her most successful year yet, she was selected as one of this year’s Faces To Watch by The New York Times and nominated for an Emmy as “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series” for her role in “Modern Family.” The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have also named her one of the most talented and powerful women in Hispanic entertainment.

Danny Trejo will receive the Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture Impact Award. Trejo has formed a successful career as the all-purpose hard case over his curious and enduring cinematic career. Beating the odds of repeat offender syndrome after being released from prison, Trejo has risen through the ranks to find himself in high demand as an actor, and has even expanded his talents to include a producer credit to his resume. His life story is just about as pristine an example of rehabilitation as one could ask for. Raised in the mean streets of East L.A., Trejo spent many of his early years incarcerated in such legendary prisons as Folsom and San Quentin on drug and robbery convictions. Channeling his intense energy into the boxing ring and winning numerous lightweight and welterweight titles, Trejo was released as a new man after completing a life-changing 12-step rehabilitation program to overcome his addictions. Applying the ideas that changed his life in an attempt to help others headed down a similar path, upon release Trejo became involved with numerous rehabilitation and counseling programs. A chance meeting with a young man who asked for his support at a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in 1985 later found the sympathetic ex-con meeting the struggling addict on the set of “Runaway Train,” and Trejo was quickly offered a role as a convict presumably based on his threatening appearance. Chance piled upon chance found an old prison buddy/screenwriter who remembered Trejo’s hard-hitting boxing skills on the same set, and Trejo was then offered a chance to train Eric Roberts for a film, and was eventually offered the role as his opponent in the ring. Following with roles in “The Hidden,” and later “Lock-Up,” “Marked for Death,” “Mi Vida Loca,” and “Heat,” Trejo formed an alliance with director Robert Rodriguez with “Desperado” and soon graduated to such bigger-budget films as “Con Air” and “The Replacement Killers.” The Rodriguez-Trejo twosome found the actor taking roles in the films “Spy Kids” (trilogy), “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” and his first lead role “Machete.”

Dr. Isabel Gómez-Bassols will receive the Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community Impact Award. Better known to her legion of fans around the country as “la Doctora Isabel, el Angel de la Radio” (Dr. Isabel, the Angel of the Airwaves), is the nation’s foremost Hispanic radio psychologist. Dr. Isabel is a Latina version of Dr. Laura, Dr. Ruth, Ann Landers and Dr. Spock all rolled into one, her immensely popular, live, call-in talk show, “Doctora Isabel,” Monday-Friday, 1-4 PM (Eastern Time) is beamed coast to coast daily on the Spanish-language Radio Cadena Univision. This warm, thoughtful and charismatic doctor, with a motherly knack for listening and dispensing advice in a forthright manner, daily doles out expert opinions on a host of crucial issues ranging from parenting, marital relations, divorce, human sexuality, education and death and dying to addictions, co-dependency, teen rebelliousness and violence both in and out of the home. A true media phenomenon, she receives an average of 8,000 telephone call attempts per day.

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New CNN en Español Program Discusses Issues Important to Hispanic Women

New CNN en Español Program Discusses Issues Important to Hispanic Women

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Attempting to point out the societal importance of women in the 21st century, CNN en Español has added a new program called “NotiMujer.”

The show discusses “issues of interest” to women, including a segment called “The Woman of the Week.” Cuban-American anchor Mercedes Soler has a woman in mind for an upcoming segment.

“I’d very much like to have Hillary Clinton on the program, because she’s an example for any woman,” she said.

Other segments include those on beauty, health, fashion, family, and even some on decorating, optimizing, designing, and renovating living space.

Soler anchors the show from its Miami studio, while Glenda Umaña does so from the Atlanta studio.

The addition of “NotiMujer” was part of CNN en Español’s restructuring plan that began when Cynthia Hudson became the general director last year.

Read more at La Prensa →

Mexican Boxer Tomas Rojas Ahead in Japan (VIDEO)

Mexican Boxer Tomas Rojas Ahead in Japan (VIDEO)

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Mexican Boxer Tomás Rojas, punched his way into a unanimous victory over Japanese Nobuo Nashiro, thus retaining his WBC super-flyweight title in OSaka, last Saturday. The scores were 114-113, 116-113 and 116-111.

It marked 30 year-old Rojas’ first defending match since he beat also Japanese Hohei Kono in september 2010.

Rojas boosted his current record to 35 wins, including 23 KO’s. He has been defeated 12 times, been in a draw once, and another fight was declared no contest.

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Sec. of Treasury Geithner in Brazil to Lay Ground Work for President’s Visit

Next month President Obama will travel to Brazil, and Treasury Secretary has arrived early to help lay the foundation for a stronger relationship between the two countries. 

Geithner recognized that both countries economic ties are expanding. Two-way trade between countries has almost doubled since the turn of the century.  Investment and capital flow in both directions. Today Brazilian entrepreneurs are investing in the United States, opening up plants and creating jobs, just as American companies are doing in Brazil. 

He noted that the U.S. successfully pushed for Brazil to have a greater role at the multilateral table, moving aggressively to enhance the role of Brazil in the governance of the IMF and World Bank. Now, Brazil is one of the largest shareholders of the IMF.

Geither noted, while in Brazil, that the two economies are in a much stronger position than they were two years ago. Therefore now more important than ever that they work together as partners so that Brazilian and American people, businesses and economies both drive and benefit from global economic growth.

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Latino Council Asking For Revision of Juvenile Justice System

The United States’ largest Latino civil rights organization is urging the government to make some changes to the juvenile justice system to allow for more fairness.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has claimed that Latino young people receive “harsher treatment” while in incarcerated than white youth that commit the same crimes.

A recent report commissioned by the NCLR entitled “Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act: The Impact on Latino Youth” states that “community-based programs” are more effective and cheaper means of rehabilitation than prisons, jails, and detention centers.

Now, the NCLR is asking for a reauthorization of the 1974 act, which expired in 2007, to address the issue of children being treated as adult with a disproportionate number of them being Latino.

Young Latinos are 28 percent more likely than their white counterparts to be arrested. Then, they are 1.4 times more likely to be sent to adult jails.

In a statement presented with the report, Eric Rodriguez, NCLR vice president for Research, Advocacy and Legislation said, “Congress needs to renew this important legislation and embrace community-based programs that reach Latino youth before they come into contact with law enforcement, helping these children stay out of trouble.”

Currently, 90 percent of Latinos 10–17 lives in states that allow young people to be held in adult facilities while awaiting trial if charged as adults.

The study expresses that “for too long, juvenile justice policy has been driven by negative emotions and fear instead of research and real-world experience, which has led to excessively punitive measures that are more harmful than helpful to Latino youth and communities.”

While being treated as adults in the criminal justice system, young Latinos are at higher risk of sexual abuse and suicide, and young people in adult facilities in general show greater occurrence of “educational disconnection.”

Read more at La Prensa →

Is the Brazil Rainforest Deforestation and Brazilian Waxes Related? Groupon Thinks So

Is the Brazil Rainforest Deforestation and Brazilian Waxes Related? Groupon thinks so and offers its Super Bowl ad as proof.  This ad has not received as much grief as the ad connecting Groupon discount coupons for Chinese food to the plight of Tibetan monks.  This ad featuring Liz Hurley is painful to watch and especially listen to as the wax strips are being ripped off of someone. 

What were they thinking?  They need a new ad agency PRONTO.

Ugh. What do you think?

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Meet The Latino Justin Bieber: Miguelito

At only 12 years old, Miguelito, this Puerto Rican wonder kid has become the heir to the reggaeton empire.

Miguelito has recorded 4 albums, collaborated with stars the size of Daddy Yankee, Divine and Tito “El Bambino,” and currently holds the record for the youngest person to ever win a Latin Grammy award. He was 9.

The young star has his own fashion line “Heir,” which has sold more than 3.5 million pieces through the “Me salve” retail chain in Purto Rico.  Heir is in the works for an expansion, and soon will add a line of baby clothes.

In addition, fans who wish to look exactly like Miguelito, can do so up to the hairdo, since Xtreme Gel is said to release very soon. Xtreme Gel is the Miguelito brand hair gel, specially designed for kids.

Also in the works is the video game “Miguelito’s Time Traveler,” designed by Global Games Entertainment for kids ages 5 to 11. Players will take the Miguelito character on a journey through space and time to save the world; “I never imagined that I’d be in a video game, but I was really moved that they would make a video game with my face, my image,” Said the young reggaetoner. Image

The artist has also partnered with the Dinax Corporation, to launch a line of Miguelito themed party goods including festive cups, plates, napkins, piñatas, banners, invitations and balloons. And it doesn’t stop here. 

The Moisty Skate and Park waterpark in Puerto Rico will have a Miguelito-themed summer camp in June and July, A concert by the teen will close the season. Also, Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas will feature a nine-day, eight-night Caribbean Christmas Cruise in December, which also will have its own Miguelito performance concert.

And as if that weren’t enough, Miguelito will produce the soundtrack as well as star in his first film, “Nadie Sabe Lo Que Tiene,” (No One Knows What They Have) written and directed by David Impelluso and Virginia Romero.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Growing Number of Hispanics Going From Field Hand to Farm Owner

A growing number of Hispanic immigrants are using their farming roots to go from field hand to farm owner all across America.

The highest rate of new farmers in the U.S. is Hispanics followed by Asians according to the Farmerworker Association.  In Florida alone, seven percent of all agriculture-related businesses have Hispanics as the principal operator.  Hispanic farmers are finding success in introducing different fruits and vegetables to the U.S. dinner table like red turnips and different chili peppers. 

Many Hispanic-American families and immigrants have a strong connection to farming and the agricultural industry in general, making the transition from worker to owner easier.  Whereas, the number of white farmers are declining with children not wanting to carry on with the family farming business.  California, Florida, New Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico have the highest numbers of Hispanic farmers.

Read more at Orlando Sentinel →

Drug Cartels Making Money With Malware-Infected Software

Drug Cartels Making Money With Malware-Infected Software

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Recently, Microsoft warned that drug cartels have moved into the production of pirate software which is likely to contain malware.

Associate general council at Microsoft, David Finn is warning people that Mexican drug cartels like La Familia are selling counterfeit software at more than 180,000 points of sale, and making over $2.2 million a day which funds their weapons trafficking, kidnapping, and extortion operations.

Not only is it funding their illegal activity, but the counterfeit software may contain malware which can “crash” your computer, rendering it temporarily or permanently. The Microsoft products have reportedly already affected at least 38,000 people in 20 countries, and consumers are calling for both the government and the software companies to act against the malware infected software.

In his blog, Finn added that “given the global worldwide impact of the issue, and the fact that it touches so many lives, it’s crucial that organizations, governments, and businesses collaborate on a regular basis to share resources, build awareness, and generate new ideas in our effort to reduce piracy.”

Read more at Info Security →

Brazilian Anderson Silva Keeps UFC Title, Wins 13th Consecutive Fight

Brazilian Anderson Silva Keeps UFC Title, Wins 13th Consecutive Fight

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Saturday, Anderson “The Spider” Silva grabbed another win with his Las Vegas knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

An extraordinary and nearly unbeatable middleweight champion, Silva extended his UFC record to 28 wins (fours losses) at the Mandalay Bay ring. His win over Belfort raised his consecutive win streak in the UFC to 13.

The Brazilian all-star landed a stellar front kick to Belfort’s jaw in the first round, knocking him to the floor, but as every good fighter knows, just because they go down, doesn’t mean they stay down. After Belfort crashed onto the octagon, the referee gave him a chance to recover, but Silva leapt to finish him with a right and left punch to the jaw, ending the fight in three minutes and 29 seconds.

Silva is a good boxer, a Muay Thai legend, and also a Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, blackbelt, and is known for his quick knee and elbow strikes and his impressive precision. He also has a yellow rope in Capoeira. He is considered the number two pound-for-pound fighter in the ring, second only to Georges “Rush” St. Pierre (GSP).

UFC president Dana White stated that with Silva’s win this weekend, and if GSP wins his fight in April, a superfight between the two “will happen this year.”

For a fight this epic, White said it will be held in a stadium, possibly at the Cowboys’ stadium in Dallas, Texas.

To add a bit of oddness to the story, in a post-fight conference, Silva credited Steven Seagal – yes, the bloated “actor” – for helping him perfect the kick that took Belfort down.

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Cockfighting Chicken Kills Its Handler by Severing Artery

The tables were turned at a California illegal cockfighting facility, after a chicken (crossed the road and) fatally stabbed its handler in the leg, killing him.

35 year-old José Luis Ochoa died at a local hospital after being brought in by police who responded to an illegal cockfight in Lamont, southern California.

The autopsy practiced on Mr. Ochoa cited a stabbing wound in his right calf as the cause of his demise. His death was deemed accidental.

Ochoa had paid $370 in fines after pleading no contest to one count of owning or training an animal for fighting in 2010.

“I have never seen this type of incident,” said Sgt. Martin King, a 24-year veteran. He said he was not surprising that Ochoa died since one of his major arteries had been severed with a sharp blade spur, attached to the bird.

“People have been known to bleed out from those injuries if medical attention is not obtained immediately,” King added.

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100 Students Mount a Bag-Fee Mutiny in Spain, Aboard a Ryanair Flight

Over hundred passengers mutinied a Ryanair flight from the Spanish Canary Islands when several passengers were asked to pay a fee for outsized carry-on luggage, as they were boarding the flight.

One male passenger, who was traveling with other Belgian college students, refused to pay then was denied access on to the plane.  That’s when his other traveling companions rushed the tarmac and mutinied the flight.  Spanish police were called to calm the situation, eventually removing all 166 passengers.

Only 66 of the passengers were allowed to continue to their final destination in Belgium and only after a three hour delay.

Read more at Ryanair →

Non-English Speakers to Pay More at Waikiki Restaurant

A Hawaiian restaurant has recently caused a stir with its decision to add a surcharge to the bill of any customers who do not speak English.

In Waikiki, Honolulu the restaurant Keoni by Keo’s is under fire for adding on a 15 percent gratuity for patrons not speaking English. Their reasoning is that many tourists come from places that, by custom, do not leave tips, and of course, there are the plain ol’ cheapskates. And since the IRS requires that eight percent of total sales be counted as tips, waiters often have to pay taxes on tips they never actually receive.

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission will likely send a letter to the restaurant asking about the practice and is also likely to investigate such actions at other restaurants.

The commission’s executive director Bill Hoshijo said any language referring to non-English patrons is a recipe for trouble.

“Discrimination based on language is ancestry discrimination … Places of public accommodation can come up with different ways to address those concerns that are non-discriminatory,” Hoshijo said.

And not only could the addition to the bill be considered discriminatory, it also brings up the issue of what “non-English speaking” means, because some tourists speak a few words or English and others are even conversationally, but that does not mean they will leave tip. So at what point do “non-English” speakers have the gratuity added.

As the commission looks into the matter, Keoni by Keo’s stated that the extra charge is printed in red on the customers’ checks and is explained to them when they pay. Keo’s added that if the customers do not want to pay it, they simply don’t have to.

Though, one question remains, if someone does not speak English, will they even understand the explanation of the gratuity?

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Most Voters Continue to Believe Government Encourages Illegal Immigration

Most voters continue to believe that the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration, but voters are now almost evenly divided over whether it’s better to let the federal government or individual states enforce immigration laws.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters think the policies and practices of the federal government encourage illegal immigration, comparable to findings in October 2009 but down slightly from 62% last September after the Arizona immigration law had been in the headlines for several months.  Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree and say the federal government does not encourage illegal immigration through its actions, but another 22% aren’t sure.

Forty-seven percent (47%) say relying on the federal government to enforce immigration laws is a better approach than allowing individual states to act on their own to enforce them. Forty-four percent (44%) take the opposite view and say the better approach is to allow states to enforce immigration laws, but that’s down 11 points from September.

Consistent with findings for several years, however, are the 68% who say gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers who are already living in the United States.  Twenty-five percent (25%) think legalizing illegal immigrants who are already here should come first.

Most voters (64%), in fact, still believe the U.S. military should be used along the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration, down only slightly from last May when President Obama announced he was sending troops there but only to prevent Mexican drug violence from spilling over into this country.

Read more at Rasmussen Report →

Rob Schneider’s TV Pilot About his Mexican Family Picked Up by CBS

CBS has given the green light to a Warner Bros. TV untitled family comedy pilot, starring funnyman Rob Schneider.

The untitled Rob Schneider project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum  Co., was penned by Schneider himself, with the collaboration of fellow Saturday Night Live pupil Lew Morton.

The show is allegedly based on Schneider’s life, telling the stories of a once lonesome guy who marries into a huge Mexican-American family.

Lew Morton plus Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) are the executive producers, and Schneider and his brother John will produce the show through their “From Out of Nowhere Productions”.

This will be Schneider’s first TV show gig since 1997, when he appeared in the NBC’s comedy Men Behaving Badly.

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Secretary of Argentina Pres. Nestor Kirchner Says: I was His Lover & Ready to Spill State Secrets

Despite the fact that seemingly, in certain circles of Argentine politics the affair between the late Nestor Kirchner and his secretary Elisabeth Miriam Quiroga was public knowledge, it is not until now that the Argentine news magazine “Noticias” lifted the lid on the pot, and allowed its contents to blow over.

ImageThe scandal too goes beyond the romance between Quiroga and the former president; The woman made the affair public reportedly to get back at current president Cristina Fernández, who following her husband’s death, and as a consequence of the furtive romance between the late Kirchner and his secretary, opted for relieving Quiroga of all her duties, as of January 5th.

ImageHaving lost her job as “Director of the Center for Presidential Documentation” Quiroga did not hesitate on going public with her romance, which she alleges started in the early nineties, when Kirshner was governor of the Santa Cruz province. “We had a really strong bond. I left everything behind to come here with him” She said about her move to Buenos Aires in 2003, when Kirchner was elected president and moved to the Pink House.

According to Quiroga, the reason they gave her for her lay off, was that “Cristina met a militant that she liked, and wishes to adhere her to this post,” though she alleges she was kicked out “like a dog.” Furthermore, Elisabeth says she has the key to the secrets of “Kirchnerism,” and her testimony would be pivotal and essential if she had to declare before justice about the corruption affairs of the Kirshner government. “I handled it all, I was his trusted secretary.” 


Quiroga however, abstained from providing the media with more details, “There are a lot of things that I can’t go out and say […] at some point I want to go back into politics, obviously not under this government, but the question is I don’t want to say anything that may prevent me from coming back some day in the future.



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Cuban- US Relations Suffer Setback over Prosecution of American Alan Gross

Cuban- US Relations Suffer Setback over Prosecution of American Alan Gross

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Alan Gross,61, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working as a contractor for the US government. Gross’ work in Cuba was part of a U.S. Agency for International Development democracy. He was involved in the distribution of satellite phones and computer equipment to Jewish people so they could communicate with Jews in other countries.

On Friday, Cuban prosecutors said they would charge Gross with “acts against the integrity and independence” of their country, and seek a 20-year sentence.

Secretary Clinton has said, Alan Gross has been harshly and unfairly jailed for too long.
“We deplore the Cuban government’s announcement that Cuban prosecutors intend to seek a 20 year sentence against Mr. Gross. As we have said many times before Mr. Gross is a dedicated international development worker who was in Cuba providing support to members of the Cuban Jewish community. He has been held without charges for more than a year, contrary to all international human rights obligations and commitments regarding justice and due process. He should be home with his family now.”

Read more at Politics daily →

Is Racism Caused by Your Hormones?

A researcher and professor out of the University of Amsterdam, Carsten de Dreu, is exploring whether the hormone oxytocin, also known as the ‘love’ hormone, causes you to be racist.

The oxytocin hormone helps people bond, newborn mothers have high levels after giving birth and production of the hormone goes up when we have physical contact with people we like.  Overall the hormone makes people more generous and trusting.

Dreu is studying whether oxytocin levels influence our views on ‘out-groups’, i.e. ethnic groups that we don’t like, which are different for everyone depending on where you live.  For example, in Israel, Palestinians would be considered their out group. 

Preliminary research results are showing that the higher your level of the love hormone, the more you love people you always liked and disliked the out-group even more.  Therefore this hormone can make you even more racist – hence racism is not just how your are raised but some of it can be attributed to hormone levels.  More studies are planned to refine the idea that levels of the ‘love hormone’ may foster racism in certain people. 

Read more at Guardian →

‘Bloody’ Protest Against Bullfighting is Held in Mexico (VIDEO)

The animal-rights group AnimaNaturalis held a protest in Mexico demanding the country ban bullfighting.  About 750 animal-right activists soaked themselves in blood and laid on the ground to the astonishment of passerbys.  The mostly young participants held signs that read BASTA! Enough.

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Hispanic Caucus Internship Program Opens Halls of Congress to Diversity

Today CHCI welcomes its second Spring Congressional Internship class to Washington, D.C. Sixteen undergraduates from 11 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will take part in CHCI’s nationally-recognized CHCI Congressional Internship Program (CIP). Over the next 12 weeks, these young students will work in congressional offices, gain access to a powerful network of Latino leaders, and participate in CHCI’s leadership development curriculum.

With the support of Walmart, the CIP offers three internship sessions each year that provides Latino college students unmatched job opportunities in congressional offices on Capitol Hill.  The goal of the program is to expose talented Latino college students to the inner-workings of the federal government while preparing them to become part of the workforce pipeline to fill leadership positions in all sectors – private, public, and non profit.

The 2011 Spring Congressional Internship class reflects the national diversity of the Latino community, representing nine ethnic backgrounds, 16 academic institutions, and eight academic majors. Nearly 40 percent of the class is the first generation to attend college and 56 percent come from homes with total income below $30,000.

The CIP provides Latino college students with work placement on Capitol Hill four days a week, where they gain substantive work and networking experience. Interns also participate in once-a-week educational programs and leadership training at CHCI headquarters, where they meet with national public- and private-sector leaders and engage in national policy discussions. Interns are required to complete a community service project and are provided with housing, roundtrip transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and a stipend. All of this is possible through longstanding support from Walmart and Southwest Airlines – official airline of CHCI’s Congressional Internship Program.

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A 10-year old Chicago Suburban Girl Hands Off Super Bowl Ball & Meets Black Eyed Peas (VIDEO)

A 10-year old Chicago Suburban Girl Hands Off Super Bowl Ball & Meets Black Eyed Peas (VIDEO)

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A 10-year-old suburban girl joined the Packers and Steelers on the field at Sunday’s Super Bowl in Dallas.

Ava Childs of Glen Ellyn beat out 17,000 other kids to win the chance to hand NFL officials the ceremonial game ball.

Childs won the “Super Kid” title by writing an essay about health and fitness and how the Chicago Bears’ Robbie Gould inspires her to become the league’s first female kicker.

Gould surprised Childs to deliver the good news at her school. She says Gould also taught her and her classmates how to kick a field goal.



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11 year old gets caught trying to smuggle 74 mobile phones and gun into Colombian Prison

11 year old gets caught trying to smuggle 74 mobile phones and gun into Colombian Prison

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An 11-year-old girl was caught trying to smuggle some mobile phones and a gun into the Bellavista prison in Medellin Colombia. The young smuggler and her 25-year-old sister had made it past the first checkpoint, but when the 11 year old tried to sidestep the pat down checkpoint, a guard noticed something irregular under her jumper. The investigation uncovered 72 Mobile phones, 2 Blackberries and a .38 caliber gun. The revolver was taped to her back.

The girl and her sister have said they were visiting the prison to see a relative jailed for illegal gun possession. The two are currently being held pending completion of the investigation.

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Spanish Speakers Can Now Easily Build Their Own FREE Websites with Website Builder Wix.com

Spanish Speakers Can Now Easily Build Their Own FREE Websites with Website Builder Wix.com

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It is now easy for Spanish speakers to design their own free websites, thanks to Wix.com. The smooth drag & drop work flow that makes Wix a favorite among 6 million users worldwide can now be experienced by Spanish speakers at the same level of fluidity. Everything from choosing a site name to customizing design elements to adding pages to publishing is done with intuitive, Spanish-based prompts.

Wix Founder & CEO Avishai Abrahami comments, “This is the perfect way to start a new year, and a whole new direction for the Wix Community. Thanks to an incredible effort by an extraordinary team across all departments of Wix.com - Wix is officially in Spanish.”

Aside from the website builder itself, other areas of Wix underwent massive translation efforts, including billing and support. Users wishing to upgrade their free websites to a Wix Premium package can do so, in their native tongue, making the process much more comfortable.

The Wix.com website underwent an extensive translation as well. Main site areas like the free website template gallery and a showcase of the best user websites built with Wix, are available in Spanish.

Wix has been multilingual “friendly” for awhile: German, Spanish, French and Italian homepages came into creation early last year, visible through icons of national flags on the upper right corner of each version of wix.com. Wix has been running Spanish and French channels on both Facebook and Twitter, with a devoted following of enthusiastic Wix users from all over the world.

“This massive translation effort takes things to a whole new level. Spanish speaking members of the Wix Community can finally be exposed to the exact same user experience as our English speaking users,” says Ido Rabiner, Product Manager of the Wix Languages project.

Wix plans to continue the translation effort so Wix users from all countries can build their own websites with the same ease of use as English and Spanish speakers.

Rabiner says the Portuguese version is due in the near future, and at least 3 more languages will have versions released this year.

Wix Español can be visited from the main Wix page through the Spanish flag icon at the top right. You can also join Wix Español on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on new product features, promotions and news related to the website builder.

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Meet the Real Housewives of Miami, including Brazilian and Cuban Beauties (VIDEO)

Meet the Real Housewives of Miami, including Brazilian and Cuban Beauties (VIDEO)

Photo: From left: Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice, Lea Black and Adriana Sidi

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The six new cast members of The Real Housewives of Miami were revealed this week , along with the premiere date for Bravo’s latest hit reality franchise installment: Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Lea Black has a 9-year-old son with her lawyer husband Roy Black. A strong supporter of President Obama, the Texas-born Housewife is invested in her own charitable endeavors.

Larsa Pippen is married to basketball star Scottie Pippen and was known as the “Hottest NBA wife.” A mother of four, is described as a “snarky Lebanese beauty.”

Marysol Patton is a Miami native who runs her own PR firm, the Patton Group. A divorcee of ten years, Patton is known for throwing bashes around town and loves to spend time with her mother, Elsa, who considers herself a “seer” and offers spiritual guidance to people in town.

Alexia Echevarria a Cuban Native is the executive editor of the Spanish Language Venue magazine, where she covers fashion and celebrity culture. She lives on Miami Beach with her husband Herman and has two sons from a previous marriage.

Cristy Rice was recently divorced from NBA star Glen Rice. The show will follow her single life as she juggles business (she owns a clothing store) and being a single mom.

Adriana DeMoura-Sidi is fiery Brazillian is a full time mom and art curator. and ... newly engaged. Her personality lands her in trouble and the subject of much gossip among the ladies.

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Packers Win Super Bowl XLV, Bring Lombardi Trophy Home

The Green Bay Packers have won their fourth Super Bowl title, with their last title under quarterback Brett Favre back in 1997.

Their opponent Pittsburgh Steelers were the favorite to win, but the Packers were the sentimental favorite.  The Steelers still have the most Super Bowl win than any other team – they have played in the Super Bowl eight times and have won six championship.

In a final score of 31-25, quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned on the power early, with Green Bay leading 21-17 after three quarters.  He was named MVP.  The team brings the Lombardi trophy in essence back home, since it is named after the legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi.

There were celebs aplenty from former President George W. Bush with his wife Laura to Alex Rodriguez and girlfriend Cameron Diaz. 

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Iberia Flight Evacuated in Chile after Bomb Threat

Chilean authorities have safely evacuated an Iberia flight to Madrid, Spain this Sunday evening after receiving a bomb threat minutes before the plane was to leave.

Flight manifests show 312 people were abroad the flight and all evacuated the flight safely and no bomb was found on board.  A female Chilean national was arresting shortly after the evacuation. 

It is believed that the arrested woman who dropped a passenger at the terminal, made the call shortly after the drop off.  The motive and her identify are unknown at this time. 

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MondayFebruary 7, 2011