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SaturdayMarch 12, 2011

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Si TV’s ‘PASTPORT’ Connects Latino Celebrities With Their Family’s Past Premieres 3/20 -Paula Garces

Si TV’s ‘PASTPORT’ Connects Latino Celebrities With Their Family’s Past Premieres 3/20 -Paula Garces

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Si TV’s groundbreaking new series of specials, PASTPORT, takes well-known personalities such as Wilmer Valderrama and Tatyana Ali back to their Latino roots as they seek to discover the culture and past that makes them who they truly are. Viewers will get an intimate look at how each journey transforms the featured celebrity as they travel across the rich, scenic landscape of South America and Puerto Rico. Each journey promises to be emotionally charged, often challenging, and absolutely memorable.


This year’s maiden voyage of PASTPORT casts off on Sunday, March 20 at 9PM ET/PT with PASTPORT: Colombia A Daughter’s Journey Home featuring actress PAULA GARCES (Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, The Shield, The Sopranos), who travels to COLOMBIA to connect with the father she never really knew. Traveling closely by her side is Paula’s 18-year-old daughter, who can’t wait to meet her family whom she’s only known through bedtime stories.


“I really felt as if this trip was the start of a new chapter in my life,” said Garces, “I wanted my daughter to experience the intense connection I have with my Colombian heritage and share this once-in-a-lifetime experience. It reawakened a part of me I was afraid I had lost.”

“PASTPORT captures a journey to your past that anyone can relate to, but especially the bi-cultural Latino community,” said Maria Perez-Brown, Si TV’s SVP of Programming, “The people we follow are passionate about their own American experience, but crave a stronger bond to their heritage. Our audience connects with this on a very personal level, because they are constantly balancing the best of their two cultures.”

PASTPORT specials continue throughout the year with:

Sunday, June 5 – CARLOS ALAZRAQUI (Comedy Central’s Reno 911!) – ARGENTINA

Monday, July 4 – WILMER VALDERRAMA (That 70’s Show, Yo Momma, The Dry Land) – VENEZUELA

Sunday, September 18 – ALANNA UBACH (HBO’s Hung, Meet The Fockers, Legally Blonde), – PUERTO RICO

Sunday, November 13 – TATYANA ALI (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) – PANAMA

About Si TV

Si TV (http://www.sitv.com) is the first and only English-language television network for American Latinos 18-49.

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DREAMer Pedro Gutierrez Is Granted One Year Stay of Deportation

DREAMer Pedro Gutierrez Is Granted One Year Stay of Deportation

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News about one of the lucky 900 this week: Pedro Gutierrez, a 22-year old Arizonan, has been granted a one-year stay of deportation, thanks to the work of DREAM activists and DREAM Act supporters all over the nation.

Pedro, an orphan whose grandmother brought him to the United States when he was just seven years old, has long wished to serve the only country he’s ever known by joining the Marines.  However, without immigration papers, all he had to count on was the DREAM Act—which lawmakers in Washington were unable to pass late last year.

In 2009, he was arrested for driving without a license, and jailed for a month while officials considered his case.  He was due to be deported January of this year, but a massive mobilization of support helped him gain a 30-day stay, followed now by a year-long stay.

It took 10,000 faxes, coverage from countless organizations and news outlets, a justice rally, and the support of military recruiters and officers who thought he was the “perfect candidate.”

And still, Pedro is only granted one more year in the United States—one more year of desperately hoping for the DREAM Act that would put him on the road to citizenship and give him a shot with the Marines. But for every DREAMer whose story makes it to the press, hundreds are quietly deported every year.

As Pedro recognizes, whether he and his fellow DREAMers have a future in the US may ultimately come down to direct action from the White House:

I now realize that the only way for me to be able to stay in Arizona, my home, is for President Obama to allow for me to stay.  It is his choice whether I am deported to a country I do not know or if I am allowed to stay in Arizona and give back to my community.  I ask President Obama to please let me serve this nation.

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Tsunami Cleanup to Cost Millions along US West Coast (VIDEO)

Tsunami Cleanup to Cost Millions along US West Coast (VIDEO)

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In the aftermath of Japan’s tragic earthquake, tsunamis also hit the west coast of the US on Friday. Minimal damage was reported. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

 

 

 

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

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In Idaho, 73% Support Creating Program to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Stay in U.S.

There’s been a lot of discussion about immigration policy in the states. Arizona and Utah have garnered a lot of attention. But, an article this week on Yahoo Noticias pointed us to some very interesting findings on the issue in Idaho.

A poll of Idaho residents, conducted by Boise State University’s Public Policy Center late last year, showed some expected—and surprising—results on immigration. Check this out:

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•  Two-thirds of survey respondents (67 percent) think immigration is a problem in Idaho.

•  Just over 62 percent believe counties should deny indigent health services to undocumented workers; 31 percent disagree.

•  58 percent of respondents think Idaho should pass an immigration law similar to one recently enacted in Arizona, and 55 percent think such a law would reduce illegal immigration.

•  More than 7 of 10 respondents (73 percent) think that a program should be created to allow illegal immigrants to stay in this country permanently.

We added the emphasis to that last point.

Of the immigration questions, the one with strongest support from Idahoans was about finding a way to let undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S.

Last fall, then-Congressman Walt Minnick (D) launched a series of vicious anti-immigration attacks on his GOP opponent, Raul Labrador. Trust us: Labrador is no champion of immigration reform, but it’s clear now that Minnick’s attacks were way off-base. The people of Idaho, like most Americans, want practical solutions.

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U.S. would buy EOBRs for Mexican trucks

U.S. would buy EOBRs for Mexican trucks

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According to the agreement announced last week between President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, any Mexican-based truck operating inside the U.S. borders would be required to install an electronic onboard recorder (EOBR). What wasn’t announced at that time, but has since come to light through various published reports is the fact that those EOBR’s will be paid for by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA).

“Well, saying the FMCSA is paying for them is the same as saying American taxpayers are paying for them. If that money comes from the Highway Trust Fund, then it’s even more of an insult to truckers since that money is meant for U.S. highways and is paid into mostly by truckers,” Norita Taylor, spokesperson for the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA), told Fleet Owner.

While specific details are starting to leak out, based on a “concept document” released by the Dept. of Transportation in early January, any Mexican-based truck would have to meet U.S. safety and environmental regulations, including 2010 emissions. Drivers would also have to know U.S. traffic laws and pass a basic English proficiency test.

The Obama Administration said the plan, once finalized, would appear in the Federal Register and be open to public comment. It would also be presented to Congress for approval, although that is not necessary, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Congress.

“They don’t need Congressional authorization [to put the agreement in effect],” he pointed out. “The legislative concern is that Congress could act again to proactively bar funding for the program, which is what happened in 2009, leading to the [Mexican] tariffs.”

But the issue of paying for EOBRs is sure to become a sticking point in finalizing an agreement.

“So what is happening is that U.S. truckers are going to have to pay for their own EOBRs, and they are going to have to pay for the ones on Mexican motor carriers as well,” Taylor added, alluding to the fact that FMCSA has proposed requiring the devices for the majority of trucks in the U.S.

Peter DeFazio (D-OR), a senior member on the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said immediately after the announcement last week that while he is pleased that a deal was reached that would lift $2.4 billion of Mexican tariffs on U.S. goods, he still had reservations about the program.

“I am very concerned that a potential cross-border pilot program will be a one-way ticket for Mexican trucks to come north and threaten the American trucking industry,” he said in a statement. “We can safely bet that American companies won’t go south due to concerns about lawlessness and drug-related crime. If we open our borders to Mexican trucks and give them free range in America, American truckers with a decent family wage will lose work to under- or un-qualified Mexican truckers working for a buck an hour. This could jeopardize hundreds of thousands of American jobs. I eagerly await the opportunity to scrutinize the details of this pilot program and will continue to fight to keep our roads safe and secure, and protect vital American jobs.”

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HS News Congratulates Tony Jimenez on Being Named to“Top 200 Most Influential Hispanics″ (VIDEO)

HS News Congratulates Tony Jimenez on Being Named to“Top 200 Most Influential Hispanics″ (VIDEO)

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Tony Jimenez shares his personal, uplifting, business success story of Free Enterprise, and how that led to the creation of MicroTech - one of the most innovative and fastest growing technology providers in the US.

Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine (HE&IT) has selected Tony Jimenez of MicroTech as one of the “Top 200 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology.”

The “Top 200″ features individuals in a variety of sectors: Automotive, Finance and Defense to Energy, Retail and Pharmaceuticals, and all industries in between. Companies represented in the “Top 200″ include General Motors, Boeing, Google, Verizon, Facebook, and many others. Extensive research was done on thousands of employees from various corporations and government agencies. HE&IT editors then evaluated and selected the “Top 200″ based on excellence in their work, strong commitment to their communities, and leadership as role models.


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Beware: Tax Time Brings Out Identity Thieves

Beware: Tax Time Brings Out Identity Thieves

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During tax time, financial documents come out of locked filing cabinets and are dropped in mailboxes across America. This is prime dumpster diving season for identity thieves.

myID.com has a list of 8 simple precautions to protect finances from fraud.

1. E-file. When you file your taxes electronically, there will be no paper tax return sitting in your mailbox waiting to be stolen. There are a lot of other benefits to filing your taxes electronically as well. You will get your refund sooner. The IRS can check your returns for accuracy and skipped fields. Use a secure computer when filing electronically; update your anti-virus software

2.  If you choose not to file electronically, take your envelope straight to the post office rather than dropping it in your mailbox. Personal information privacy means knowing where your documents are at all times

3.  If you vacation during tax season, have the post office hold your mail. An overflowing mailbox full of W-2s, 1099s, and end-of-year statements is a gold mine for identity thieves.

4.  Use your shredder. Consult a tax professional to know what documents to keep and what documents should be shredded. It’s extremely important to avoid throwing away anything containing any personally identifying information. Put everything through a shredder before throwing it into the garbage.

5.  Keep your tax returns in an expensive safe. Gun safes often have extra room and offer better privacy protection than the $20 filing cabinet sold at your favorite retailer.

6.  Don’t let your accountant e-mail you prepared tax returns. This is becoming more common as e-mail becomes ubiquitous. Unfortunately, it is extremely insecure. E-mail accounts are compromised every day. If your accountant does e-mail you a copy of your return, print it and trash the e-mail immediately.

7.  It’s okay to store copies of tax returns on a hard drive – this is more secure than e-mail and can be a good way to back up your previous returns. Just be sure to properly dispose of the hard drive when you throw out the computer.

8.  Be aware of phishing scams. Identity thieves will call or e-mail during tax season and claim they are from the IRS. If you receive a supposed IRS e-mail, it is a fraud. The IRS does not e-mail any correspondence regarding your taxes. If you receive a call from the IRS, take down an extension number and employee name and call the IRS office at 800-829-1040. If the call is genuine, they will be happy to redirect your call back to the right department.

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Don’t Forget to Change Your Clocks and Batteries in Your Smoke Detector !

Don’t Forget to Change Your Clocks and Batteries in Your Smoke Detector !

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At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, Daylight Saving Time begins. You should set your clocks one hour forward. This creates more sunlight hours in the evening during months when the weather is the warmest.

Why we change the clocks:

The law that governs the use of Daylight Saving Time is the Uniform Time Act of 1966. This Act provided a standard for establishing the dates when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends in the U.S., while allowing local exemptions from its observance. States that wanted to be exempt could pass a law exempting the entire state.

States that don’t follow DST:

Not all states observe Daylight Saving Time. The states of Arizona and Hawaii do not. However, the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona does. In addition, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not observe DST.

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English Only Bills Introduced in House and Senate

English Only Bills Introduced in House and Senate

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Official English Language Bills have been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King sponsored the House Bill H.R. 997, while the senate Bill S. 503 was introduced by Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe.

The bills call for all government business and services to be conducted in English.
For instance, the measures establish a uniform English language requirement for becoming naturalized U.S. citizens, but allow exceptions in cases of public health, and safety, among other things.

“A common language is the most powerful unifying force known throughout history,” said King, who is vice chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, in a statement released Friday. “We need to encourage assimilation of all legal immigrants in each generation. A nation divided by language cannot pull together as effectively as a people.”

More than 30 states have already adopted English as their official language but many still provide services in other languages, Spanish for example.

Critics of the Bill say it is mean spirited and unnecessary, saying that the foreign born are well aware that English is the language of the land and respect that.

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The White House Tackles Bully Prevention

The White House Tackles Bully Prevention

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“This week marks the first time the government is paying attention to how kids treat other kids.” commented Dr. Susan Lipkins, NY child psychologist and expert on bullying prevention. “Up until know we’ve had laws and attention for inappropriate treatment of adults by other adults or of children by adults. But today, the White House put a face on a big problem—bullying. The fact that the president, himself, has raised this issue is an enormous step in preventing bullying.”

The White House welcomed students, parents, and teachers to the White House for a Conference on Bullying Prevention to encourage organizations nationwide to join together to combat bullying. It was also announced that the CDC would be conducting research on the topic; that organizations such as Facebook and the Cartoon Network are implementing anti-bullying campaigns; and that a new website would act as a portal www.stopbullying.gov.

Dr. Lipkins, who has addressed this serious issue with Oprah as well as on numerous other national mediums, is ecstatic with these announcements. This is a huge step to help prevent bullying. Lipkins teaches bully prevention to teachers, administrators and counselors, along with school principal, Dr. Karen Siris.

“Our culture has gotten out of control. It’s no longer ‘boys will be boys’ or ‘tattling’—bystanders need to become upstanders and report. Slowly but surely through our education series and government efforts, systems will become the norm where any child can feel comfortable reporting and stopping bullying,” added Lipkins.

Their conference entitled: Bullying Prevention: Psychological and Educational Strategies discusses the recently passed “Dignity for All Students Act” which requires all schools in NY to have a bully intervention plan and a bully expert in each school by 2012. Key issues they cover include:

—The creation of “Bully Intervention Teams” for each school. Such groups will create appropriate policy and develop consequences for incidents of harassment and bullying.

—The training of superintendents, teachers, aides, bus drivers, the custodial staff, as well as parents and students so that each person will have the ability to recognize bullying, report it to the appropriate authority and when possible, stop it.

—The creation of reporting systems; with appropriately trained specialists to interview those who have been bullied, and with a reward system for those who are brave enough to report or intervene. Training groups of students to be “upstanders” rather than bystanders.

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Latino Groups call for Utah Boycott, as State challenges Federal Sovereignty on Immigration

Latino Groups call for Utah Boycott, as State challenges Federal Sovereignty on Immigration

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The Utah legislature passed three immigration reform bills last Thursday blazing a new path for immigration reform, separate from Arizona.

HB116, the guest-worker bill, and HB497, the enforcement-only measure, are now awaiting Governor Herbert’s signature, though his office declined to say when, or if, he will sign them.

Latino groups on Thursday called for a boycott of all Utah businesses beginning Monday and lasting through March 28.

The state also sent a third immigration bill for Herbert to sign that provided the ultimate bridge between HB116 and HB497— a migrant-worker bill.

That bill, HB466, would enter Utah into an agreement with the Mexican state of Nuevo León. That state would provide migrant workers to businesses in Utah that need the trained work force, while the visas would be legally issued through the federal government.

Supporters say HB116 is doing what it was intended to do: put the federal government on notice that states are devising solutions to the thorny issue by incorporating a variety of perspectives. If the Federal government will not address immigration reform, the states will.

“I think Utah is capturing the attention of the nation, as well as conservatives and liberals,” Bramble said.

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LET ALL WORRIES GO this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder

LET ALL WORRIES GO this weekend with a Latin American Natural Wonder Guess What and Where this is?

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ACLU Asks Justice Department To Intervene In Serious Human Rights Abuses In Puerto Rico

ACLU Asks Justice Department To Intervene In Serious Human Rights Abuses In Puerto Rico

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The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) today urging it to intervene in serious human rights and civil liberties abuses reported to be occurring against the people of Puerto Rico at the hands of the territory’s government. The ACLU asked that DOJ conclude its ongoing investigation of allegations of serious incidents of police violence and the suppression of free expression – including numerous reports of violent attacks against peaceful protesters and racially motivated police abuse – and take action to end these egregious practices.

“At a time when our nation is riveted by the power of peaceful demonstrations and their importance to our democracy, the horrific abuses reported to be taking place in Puerto Rico have flown too far under the radar,” said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “It is nothing short of shocking to think that these breathtaking incidents could occur unchecked in America, and any abuses must be stopped.”

According to the letter signed by Romero, police abuse has escalated and free expression has been under threat since Gov. Luis Fortuño came into power two years ago. University students at peaceful protests have been subjected to violent attacks and arrest, while female students have been inappropriately touched by police officers during the protests. Government proceedings have been closed to the public and protesters at the legislature have been pepper sprayed, beaten and shot at by police. Tens of thousands of workers have been fired and their criticism of government policies repressed.

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SaturdayMarch 12, 2011