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TuesdayMarch 29, 2011

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Asylum-Seeker Numbers Fall, U.S Largest Recipient of Claims Mostly from China and Mexico

Asylum-Seeker Numbers Fall, U.S Largest Recipient of Claims Mostly from China and Mexico

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The number of asylum-seekers seeking to live in the industrialized world continues to fall and is now almost half the level it was a decade ago, the United Nations refugee agency reported as it released its annual snapshot of asylum trends.

The report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) finds that 358,800 applications for asylum were lodged last year in 44 developed countries – a drop of 5 per cent on the 2009 figures and about 42 per cent below the levels of 2001, when nearly 620,000 applications were made.

Serbia – including Kosovo – provided the biggest number of asylum-seekers in 2010, with 28,900 claims lodged, compared to only 18,800 the previous year.

Within the developed world, the United States was the biggest recipient of asylum claims, with 55,500 lodged last year, due in part to an increase in applications from Chinese and Mexicans. France was second, with 47,800 claims, drawn largely from Serbian, Russian and Congolese asylum-seekers. Germany, Sweden and Canada rounded out the top five recipient nations.

UNHCR defines an asylum-seeker as an individual who has sought international protection and whose claim for refugee status has not been determined. A person is considered a refugee if he or she fulfils criteria set out in the 1951 Refugee Convention.


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Watch George Lopez Bring Out The Mexican in Matthew McConaughey (VIDEO)

Watch George Lopez Bring Out The Mexican in Matthew McConaughey (VIDEO)

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Watch McConaughey’s appearance in Lopez Tonight, where the all American actor examines his early years….in Spanish!

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Groups Across U.S. Standing Up to State Governments’ Harsh Immigration Legislation Proposals

Groups Across U.S. Standing Up to State Governments’ Harsh Immigration Legislation Proposals

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As more and more states are considering immigration laws that would mirror Arizona’s controversial legislation, immigrant advocate groups are “building momentum” and stopping them.

Last year, after Arizona passed a bill that would allow police officers to enforcement immigration laws previously reserved for federal officials, legislators in a number of states got to work to propose similar laws. However, business associations, Hispanic groups, farm bureaus, lawyers, and civil rights organizations came together and began work of their own.

Together, the groups began organizing state-by-state attacks against the proposals, and they were seeing results. Earlier this month, the Arizona Senate rejected five bills that would have prevented undocumented immigrants from buying or driving cars or obtaining marriage licenses.

Clarissa Martinez of the Hispanic civil rights group, the National Council of La Raza, said, “After what happened last year, many expected there was going to be an across-the-board wave of these bills and they would be slam-dunks, but legislators are realizing the it’s a risky proposition.”

Several states are still considering legislation like Arizona’s SB 1070, but are proceeding with caution after a federal judge halted the main parts of the law. An appeal is now pending. SB 1070 would require state law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of anyone they has “reasonable suspicion” to think was in the country illegally.

Currently, Utah and Oklahoma are consider Arizona-style laws, while Mississippi, Indiana, and Kentucky have already been somewhat successful in passing either different versions of Arizona’s law or similar proposals—some proposals having made it through either the House or Senate.

However, similar bills have already been rejected in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Dakota. Kentucky and Mississippi groups were initially successful, as they were able to stop certain bills by comparing the struggles faced by Hispanic immigrants (legal or otherwise) to those of African-Americans in the 1960s.

Bill Chandler, the executive director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, which is working with the NAACP’s local chapter to fight anti-immigration bills, said, “Mississippi is very difficult because there is a very entrenched, white-supremacist sentiment here. African Americans saw what was happening to Latinos as the same thing that happened to their families.”

There are legislators like Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner (Colorado) who winces at being called a racist, and adamantly denies being called one.

“It was asked to me point-blank, ‘Why do you hate Mexicans?’ “ said Baumgardner. “I don’t hate Spanish people.”

He claims Arizona-style legislation is necessary, as undocumented immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans and legal immigrants who need work. He also states they are draining the already diminished state budget through services received in hospitals and schools.

Despite his claims however, last month, Baumgardner pulled his bill when he realized how much it would cost to implement and defend it once the likely-to-be-filed lawsuits against it began.

Lawsuits are “expensive for us, too, and divert us from doing other things,” said the ACLU attorney Cecilia Wang with the organization’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “But we’re ready and prepared to respond in any state that passes one of these laws.”

Read more at USA TODAY →

Fmr. President Jimmy Carter In Cuba to Intercede in the Case of Jailed U.S. Contractor

Fmr. President Jimmy Carter In Cuba to Intercede in the Case of Jailed U.S. Contractor

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Former President Jimmy Carter is in Cuba on a three-day mission to help ease tensions with Havana, and hopefully enable the release of a U.S. government contractor.

Though officials claim Carter was asked by Washington to go intercede in Cuba, the Carter Centre called the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s trip a “private, nongovernmental mission.”

American contractor Alan Gross is currently serving a 15-year jail term after being convicted of “acts against the independence or territorial integrity” of Cuba for providing illegal internet access to Cuban dissidents. The sentence was handed down by a Cuban court earlier this month after only a brief trial.

Carter, 86, is the most important political U.S. figure to have visited Cuba since the economic embargo was put in place nearly 50 years ago. He also visited the island nation in 2002.

Former President Carter and his wife Rosalynn were met at the airport by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez just before 3 p.m. GMT on Tuesday.

An anonymous Western diplomat reportedly said Carter “would not have come to Havana if he didn’t have a hope of obtaining results,” but added that Havana “will never hand over a prisoner to American officials,” but may be inclined to release Gross on humanitarian grounds, allowing him to leave with the former president.

Carter also met with archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who has played a major role in the release of dozens of imprisoned Cuban dissidents in the last few months.

The Havana Times has also reported that Carter will meet with President Raul Castro while in the country.

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Rapper ‘Pitbull’ Named Spokesman for Low Calorie Vodka ‘Voli’

Rapper ‘Pitbull’ Named Spokesman for Low Calorie Vodka ‘Voli’

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The artist,” Pitbull” has announced a partnership with the French Vodka makers, Voli.  Grab some Voli and try our cocktail below as we celebrate the new partnership with our “Bloody PitVoli”

“I am extremely excited to be partnering with Voli light vodkas and to hold a significant ownership position in this great brand,” said Armando.(aka. Pitbull)  “I knew this was great vodka when I overheard some ladies talking about it while they were drinking. I asked them about it and they told me it was some of the smoothest, most delicious vodka they’d ever had, PLUS it was low calorie vodka. That’s when I tried it and fell in love. Next thing you know, we are business partners! I am excited to watch this brand explode and to be a central part of its success.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Armando into the Voli family as our partner,” said Voli CEO Adam Kamenstein. “No artist brings more energy, talent and creativity to everything he does. Both the Pitbull and Voli brands are exploding, so now is the perfect time to join forces. Pitbull’s love for Voli light vodkas is authentic and organic, and that will shine through in all he does to help maintain Voli light vodkas as the leading name in delicious, low calorie vodkas.”

Voli light vodkas are available in all major markets throughout the United States and will be available nationwide by Fall, 2011.

Bloody PitVoli
An Original Hispanically Speaking News Cocktail Recipe


1 to ½ ounces of Light Voli Vodka (Do experiment with flavors!)
1 dash of celery salt
1 dash whole black pepper
1 teaspoon Mexican hot sauce
3 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
3 flakes of pickled ginger
1 dash of Pineapple Jarritos
Jalapeños and/or Chipotle peppers (don’t be afraid to push your comfort zone!)
Ice Cubes
Celery sticks
Tomato Juice

Fill a tall glass a quarter of the way through with ice.  Pour in two to four fingers of Voli vodka, then the Worcestershire and Mexican hot sauces.
Add all the spices, the peppers and then drop the pickled ginger on top. Fill to the rim with tomato juice.

Add a dash of pineapple Jarritos on top, garnish with a celery stick and some olives for a refreshing glassful of hair of the same Pitbull that bit you!


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International Humor Festival Underway in Cuba

International Humor Festival Underway in Cuba

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Cartoonists and other artists from around the world are participating in the 17th International Biennial for Graphic Humor Art in San Antonio de los Baños.

An opening parade on Sunday led people to the Parque del Humor where the Municipal Band played “La Engañadora” by Enrique Jarrin and “Rompiendo la Rutina” by Aniceto Diaz.

More than 20 artists painted the traditional collective wall, which had as its starting point a work by the late well-known cartoonist Tomas Rafael Rodriguez Zayas (Tomy).

The members of the jury also participated in the opening of the exhibition “Votacion Unanime”.

More than 150 works from 21 countries are competing in political satire, photography, personal caricature, humoristic cartoon strip and general humor in this event that goes beyond its original host and boosts collateral activities to stimulate creation.

The agenda includes the opening of the collective exhibition “La Ubre del Humor” in the Development Center of Visual Arts, Old Havana; the symposium “Points of View”; the exhibition “A Puro Premio” by the prize-winning artist Ares y Boligan and an awards ceremony.

Read more at Prensa Latina →

Here’s Your Chance to Walk the Red Carpet Alongside a ‘Got Milk’ Celebrity

Here’s Your Chance to Walk the Red Carpet Alongside a ‘Got Milk’ Celebrity

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The Hispanic Milk Mustache campaign proudly announces its Ejemplo de Amor contest and sweepstakes!  Being a role model inherently has a lot of rewards, and this Mother’s Day got milk? wants to reward one role model mom by taking her to walk the red carpet next to a Milk Mustache celebrity at the People en Espanol’s 50 Most Beautiful Party in New York.

Moms have the strongest influence on their daughters’ eating habits, physical activity, dieting behaviors, body image and self-esteem. And at a time when nine out of 10 people living in the United States fall short of key nutrients in their diets, it is imperative that Hispanic moms lead by example when it comes to establishing healthy habits.

It is as easy as remembering to pour one more serving of lowfat milk for herself and her family; milk offers nine essential nutrients and is the single greatest source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium in the Hispanic diet.  Studies show that moms who drink milk are more likely to have daughters that drink milk. Pouring one more serving of milk a day for themselves and their families is an easy way to ensure everyone is getting nutrients they need and setting a lifelong habit of drinking milk.

Role model moms can register and nominate themselves for the Ejemplo de Amor contest at www.eligeleche.com now through April 24th. They can also enter for a chance to win other great prizes every week!

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Swine Flu Reappears in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez, Two Reported Dead

Swine Flu Reappears in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez, Two Reported Dead

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In Mexico, local health authorities have confirmed the reappearance of the AH1N1 flue virus (known as Swine Flu) in Ciudad Juarez after a second person’s death in recent days.

At a press conference Friday, the Health Secretariat in the Mexico-U.S. border town, which is located in the state of Chihuahua, confirmed that the virus had taken another life following the recent death of a traffic cop. A third person has been infected, but is said to be in stable condition.

Chihuahua’s health secretary, Sergio Piña, said clinical studies confirmed the presence of virus in all three cases. Right now, he said there are 25 suspected cases, with 13 of the people being outpatients not confined to a hospital. The others are under permanent medical observation.

The official second virus victim was a woman between the ages of 30 and 35.

At the same press conference, the Education, Culture, and Sports Secretariat announced that any student coming to school showing signs of respiratory illness will be sent home. The precaution will be taken for the students will illness that does not appear to be what it referred to as the “human flue.”

Friday, federal health secretary, Jose Angel Cordova confirmed the two deaths, and said that nationwide, there has been an increase in cases of seasonal flu, but stated this was not the same, and was a less aggressive type of illness.

He added that the Ciudad Juárez outbreak could be associated with the presence of influenza in Texas due to the large number of people traveling back and forth across the border.

A health alert was in effect from April 2009 to June 2010 after the first outbreak of the AH1N1 virus, which infected 72, 548 and killed 1,316.

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Lady Gaga Serenaded With a Mariachi Band on her 25-Year Birthday Celebration (VIDEO)

Lady Gaga Serenaded With a Mariachi Band on her 25-Year Birthday Celebration (VIDEO)

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The controversial singer Lady Gaga turned the big two five this week, and celebrated it in Los Angeles, first with friends at “El Cielito” restaurant, and then with thousands of fans at the Staples Center Arena.

While the pop star was having dinner with friends at Los Angeles’ “El Cielito,” the restaurant’s house band treated gaga to a Mariachi version of “Born This Way,” where they were joined by Gaga herself, liquor bottle in hand.

But the celebration didn’t end there; during her evening show at the Staples Center, Gaga was presented with a birthday cake, and serenaded once again, this time by her troupe of “Little Monsters.”

Watch the videos below, and be sure to post your birthday messages to Lady Gaga in our comment section.



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McDonald’s Franchisee Arcos Dorados to Sell 12.5 Million Shares on NYSE

McDonald’s Franchisee Arcos Dorados to Sell 12.5 Million Shares on NYSE

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Latin American McDonald’s franchisee Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange

Friday, in the regulatory filing, Arcos said it will be offering nearly 12.5 million class A shares. Selling shareholders will also be offering another 50 million class A’s as well.

The IPO price is expected to be between $13 and $15, and could raise as much as $937 million from their sale.

In the filing, the Buenos Aires-based company said it estimates that $150 million will be reinvested, with new restaurants being opened and others renovated.

Arcos is the largest franchisee of the restaurant brand in terms of sales and number of restaurants. It is also Latin America’s largest fast-food chain, with 1,755 restaurants in 19 countries such Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

Advising on the transaction will be Bank of America Corp. (BAC), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), Itau Unibanco Holding SA, and Citigroup Inc. (C).

The filing states that after the IPO, Arcos Dorado’s chief executive officer Woods Staton – current controller with a 76.9 percent voting interest – will reduce his stake to 75.5 percent.

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Iron Maiden Brazilian Fans Go Crazy, Band Cancels Show Fearing Their Safety (VIDEO)

Who knew!  Last night highly enthusiastic fans of Iron Maiden broke through a barrier prompting the band to cancel their performance.

The ultimate metal band appeared unsettled when performing at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.  While performing ‘Satellite 15 – The Final Frontier’ (which was their opening song) crowds broke through the stage barrier.

Pleas to calm down and ‘back the F*CK away’ from the fence went unanswered so they canceled their show – which is not very macho after all.

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UPDATE: Enrique Iglesias CANCELS Tour With Britney Spears Just Hours After It Was Announced

UPDATE: Enrique Iglesias CANCELS Tour With Britney Spears Just Hours After It Was Announced

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Mere hours after Britney Spears’ pre-taped announcement that Enrique Iglesias would be a part of the summer tour, Billboard.com and Radar Online are reporting that he has backed out, allegedly because he did not want to be an opening act for anyone.

Live Nation, the tour’s promoters, sent out a media advisory stating: “Enrique Iglesias is no longer on this tour,” no other details were given.

“Plans called for Iglesias, who is currently on tour in Europe, to be much more than a standard opening act; he was slated to carry full production on the Spears tour,” Billboard reported. “While two such high-profile artists with top-shelf production values was sure to be attractive to fans, such an endeavor is also very expensive to produce.”

So much for that “big announcement.” Way to be a bummer, Enrique.



Tuesday morning, in Britney Spear’s pre-taped concert broadcast for Good Morning America celebrating the release of her latest album Femme Fatale, it was announced that she will be touring with Latin lothario Enrique Iglesias.

After performing her hit dance single “Hold It Against Me,” the 29-year-old singer announced “I’m going on tour with Enrique Iglesias in June.”

The GMA announcement was taped Sunday, and the show had been hinting that Spear’s would make a big announcement.

Femme Fatale, Spear’s 7th album, was released Tuesday, and the summer tour with Iglesias, 35, is scheduled to start in Sacramento, California on June 17, and end on August 13 in Toronto.

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Pedro Almodovar’s Films to be Interpreted by UCLA Psychoanalists

Pedro Almodovar’s Films to be Interpreted by UCLA Psychoanalists

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Encouraged by the success of last year’s conference on the films of Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Synecdoche New York), UCLA’s New Center for Psychoanalysis is hosting “Mirrors of the Heart: The Films of Pedro Almodovar, a symposium on farce, human relatedness and psychoanalysis”

“These films are like dreams,” said the Centers Program Coordinator,  Dr. Thomas Brod. “There’s anxiety in small measures, and you’re always in identification with the characters, no matter what they’re doing. It’s open to all sorts of possibilities. The visual qualities are so exciting, and there’s plenty to chew on psychoanalytically. So we like to have psychoanalysts from many different kinds of theoretical perspectives discussing it.”

This coming and next Friday, there will be an Almodóvar film series followed by short talks by psychoanalysts, leading to the all-day Almodóvar event on April 16 . All events are open to the public.

For more information, visit www.almodovarUCLA.com or www.n-c-p.org.

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Elementary School Students Asked “What is an Illegal Alien?”  Parents Shocked.

Elementary School Students Asked “What is an Illegal Alien?”  Parents Shocked.

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A third grade class in Georgia was recently asked “What is an illegal Alien?” as part of a class assignment.

At Chesney Elementary School in Duluth, Georgia, people were shocked to learn that the third graders were being assigned work in which they were asked questions like, “What does the U.S. do with illegal aliens?” Students had to choose between four possible answers. A) The U.S. them to work in the army. B) The U.S. shoots them into outer space. C) The U.S. puts them to death. D) The U.S. sends them back where they came from.

Families’ concerns were taken to the Gwinnett County School District where spokesperson Jorge Quintana said, “In this case we believe that the material was not appropriate for the classroom.”

Each teacher is required to have teaching material taken from a specified educational website approved by the school’s media committee, and while this immigration assignment was on the site, Quintana said it has yet to be determined if it was approved by the committee.

“Depending on what we find out, there could be disciplinary action as well as additional staff development for our teachers,” Quintana said.

Kelly Avalos, whose 9-year-old brother was given the assignment said, “I would like all parents to be aware what’s actually being sent out there to their children, what they’re actually being taught, what they’re actually reading. This molds their minds.”

The district maintains that the assignment was not intended to be a lesson on immigration, but a reading comprehension lesson.

What may be a surprise is that the teacher, who has only been a teacher for a year, is Hispanic.

Read more at ABC 11 Alive →

Colombian Funeral Procession Takes Deceased to the Stadium (VIDEO)

Colombian Funeral Procession Takes Deceased to the Stadium  (VIDEO)

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“I agreed to let his friends take my son in his coffin, because that was his last wish,” Explained Yamile, the mother of a young man whose body was taken for one last game last weekend.

The body of a 16 year old youth murdered last Friday on the east of Colombia’s Cucuta, rested in peace at the funeral home for under an hour.

About a half hour into the soccer game between Cúcuta and Envigado, a funeral procession of no less than 200 people led by Yamile arrived at the stadium, but police refused to let them in.

“We walked around the outside of the stadium, but when we tried to go in, police wouldn’t let us in; we decided to take the door down, so we kicked the fence, and finally a friend got his hand in, and opened it,” said Johan Ramírez, leader of a local fan club or ‘barra brava,’ sheding some light on how the mob entered the coffin to the stadium.

  As the avalanche of fans passed around the coffin chanting and crying, the Cucúta team scored the goal that tied the game, “it was like Alex gave his team the strength to tie” said /Julio, another ‘barra brava.’

After a few minutes, the mob was asked to leave, which they did pacifically.

City officials were appalled when they later discovered the body was allowed in and are are conducting investigations.

The players were disturbed as well, “We do not understand how he was let in,” said Envigado midfielder Angle Jilmar. “We wondered if it was the fault of security.”

In a classic finger pointing contest, police says the logistics company hired for the game is to blame, while the logistics company and the stadium management say the police are solely responsible for the bizarre occurrence.

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Daddy Yankee and Western Union Team UP to Bring You ‘Love in Any Language’

Daddy Yankee and Western Union Team UP to Bring You ‘Love in Any Language’

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The Western Union Company has teamed up with Latin Grammy award-winning recording artist Daddy Yankee in New York City to launch “Love in Any Language”.

Love in Any Language will enable consumers to create and upload their own original music video to express love to mothers, families, friends or loved ones. Once entrants have uploaded their entry, they are encouraged to tell their friends and family to go view their work and to vote. Public voting of the uploaded entries will determine 10 finalists. From the 10 finalists, final judging will be made for one grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and appear at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami, Florida on April 27.

The contest entry period runs from Monday, March 21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 18, 2011. Love in Any Language also allows those who do not wish to enter to post a “shout out” just for fun.

In 2010, Daddy Yankee was named the “The Urban Artist of the Decade” by Billboard Magazine. With more than eight million records sold and as a winner of multiple Grammy and Billboard awards, he has been named by major media outlets as one of the most influential personalities in the world. Daddy Yankee is considered the artist who drives the popularity of the musical Latin Urban genre around the world. He has over six million fans on Facebook and has surpassed 1 million followers on Twitter.

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Dell Releases First Spanish-language Laptop (VIDEO)

Dell has just launched what they say is the first Spanish-language laptop to be sold in the United States.

Friday, the Inspiron M5030 was released, and not only does it have a Spanish-language operating system, but it also has a Spanish-language keyboard. PC Magazine said the computer was “designed to give Spanish speakers a more familiar experience.”

Though targeted at the 50.5 million Hispanics living in the U.S., in their blog, Dell said the M5030 will only be released in limited quantities at BrandsMart USA shops in Florida and Georgia.

Gerald Zapata of Dell said, “The launch of the laptop stems from Dell’s commitment to listen to customers. By listening, we realized there was a need to develop a laptop that was 100 percent designed for Spanish speakers, affordable and available in the United States. The concept was to introduce a laptop that meets all of these needs and enables Spanish-speaking families to better communicate and keep in touch with relatives, share information and experience the ultimate in technology.”

Previously, anyone could configure a Windows or Apple operating system to operate in Spanish, so the biggest difference to this laptop is the keyboard, which includes a specific key for “ñ” (on an Apple it currently requires three key strokes).

Below is a walkthrough by Dell of the Spanish-language Inspiron M5030.

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Selena Gómez Commercial for UNICEF’s Celebrity Tap Water Project (VIDEO)

Selena Gómez Commercial for UNICEF’s  Celebrity Tap Water Project (VIDEO)

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The young actress is one of six celebrities that have so far lent their image to the campaign aimed to help people get clean, safe to drink water around the world.

Selena, who last week posted a message thanking the support of her 17 million Facebook friends, joined Actor Robin Williams and singers Rhianna and Taylor Swift among other celebrities in their supporting the UNICEF initiative, and shot this adorable commercial.

What do you think? Post your comments below!

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Top 10 Companies for Latinos According to DiversityInc Magazine

DiversityInc Magazine has once again published its Top 10 Companies for Latinos.  DiversityInc looks selects companies that consistently recruit, retain and promote its Latino employes.  They look for businesses that have active Latino employee-resourcing and have solid cross-cultural mentoring programs.

This year’s lists is:

1) Colgate-Palmolive Co. (20% of Board is Latino)
2) Kaiser Permanente (14.3% of Board is Latino)
3) Sodexo (Top cross-cultural mentoring programs)
4) Automatic Date Processing (Supports Latinos philanthropically)
5) Procter & Gamble (Has very involved Latino employee-resource group for over 10 yrs)
6) AT&T (Very involved in trying to reduce Latino high school drop out rates)
7) JC Penney (A pioneer in cultural-competency issues)
8) Deloitte (Excellent management demographics)
9) PG&E Corp.  (Has strong Latino employee-resource group)
10) Ernst & Young (Has strong cross-cultural mentoring program)


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State Officials to Travel to Dominican Republic to Discuss Human Rights and Migration Issues

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero will travel to the Dominican Republic today through March 31st to discuss global issues related to citizen security. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julissa Reynoso will accompany Under Secretary Otero on the trip.

During her visit, Under Secretary Otero will meet with senior government officials and international organizations on human rights, humanitarian and migration issues, trafficking in persons, environmental issues, and transparency. She will engage with leading civil society representatives and visit an education and community development project managed by USAID. They will also discuss illicit trafficking, public safety, and crime prevention objectives addressed through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

As Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero oversees the bureaus of Population, Refugees and Migration; Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; and the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor. She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

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National Latino Children’s Institute Elects New Leadership and Affirms Its Course

National Latino Children’s Institute Elects New Leadership and Affirms Its Course

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The National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI), whose mission is to focus the nation’s attention on the contributions and challenges of young Latinos, recently met to elect its new leadership and develop their strategic priorities for the new term. The NLCI’s Institute is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to focus the nation’s attention on the contributions and challenges of young Latinos and to assist communities in finding solutions.  NLCI collaborates with a broad range of partners to implement strategies to ensure that the voices of Latino children are heard.

María Rita Jaramillo, a national Latina leader and advocate for women and children was elected Chair of the Board of Directors.  Jaramillo has a distinguished and diverse career in the public sector as well as an inspiring community service record.  She is currently with the National Education Association and has held senior management positions in four federal agencies.  Jaramillo formerly served in the Clinton White House and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa.  She has also held leadership positions in a number of community organizations including:  Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Founding Class of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, Co-Chair of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, National President of MANA and others.

The organization will focus on the following priorities:

Continue to be the lead advocacy organization in support of establishing April 30th as “El Día de los Niños…Celebrating Young Americans.”  Since 1997, NLCI has worked with the U.S. Senate to annually pass the resolution.  The day is celebrated in hundreds of schools and cities across the country. This year Latino children and youth are being encouraged to communicate to President Obama their hopes and dreams for their families and communities. 

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Mexican Customs Agent Mistreatment of Immigrant Caught on Camera (VIDEO)

Mexican Customs Agent Mistreatment of Immigrant Caught on Camera (VIDEO)

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A video posted on several news sites and circulating on YouTube resulted in the suspension of three Mexican customs agents, one of whom appeared to chase a migrant into the Usumacinta River with a machete.

During a raid in Boca del Cerro, Tabasco, on March 20, a Honduran woman jumped into the swiftly flowing river and was prevented from climbing out by an immigration officer, El Universal reported.

As a result of the incident, Ernesto Román Santos, Elmer Domínguez Cruz and Alonso Molina Trujillo were put on suspension and are under investigation.

A video shot by bystanders shows the agent standing on the bank of the Usumacinta river as the female migrant barely stays afloat. She apparently jumped into the river to avoid capture, and was eventually rescued by a boater.

The incident comes on the heels of a March 18 announcement made by the head of the Immigration Institute, Salvador Beltrán del Río, that progress was being made in the protection of migrants.
Modifications to the immigration law made it past the Senate on Feb. 24, but have since been stuck in committees in the Chamber of Deputies.

The modifications are meant to address the high instance of kidnapping among migrants coming north from places such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. But they are also meant to cut down on examples of police brutality.

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Illegal Alien Charged with Assaulting ICE Officer with Box Cutter

A Mexican national was charged Thursday with assaulting a federal immigration officer with a box cutter. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

A criminal complaint filed March 24 alleges that Jose Luis Ramirez-Rico, 31, of Wichita, picked up a box cutter and lunged at an ICE ERO officer on March 17 while the officer was looking for another man thought to live at the same address. The ICE ERO officer was not injured.

According to the complaint, Ramirez let three ICE ERO deportation officers into the residence on S. Hydraulic St. in Wichita to look for an immigration fugitive the officers believed was living there. When one of the officers asked Ramirez-Rico about his immigration status, Ramirez-Rico allegedly became nervous, looked at each of three officers, picked up the box cutter with the blade out, then thrust the box cutter toward ICE ERO officer Gregorio Perez.The officers were able to subdue Ramirez-Rico and knock the box cutter out of his hand without anyone getting injured.

According to the complaint, Ramirez had been working at the Kobe Steak House on S. Rock Rd. in Derby, allegedly using false documents. Additional charges in the case are being considered, said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas.

If convicted, Ramirez faces up to 20 years in federal prison. As in any criminal case, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson, District of Kansas, is prosecuting the case.

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Canada, Mexico & U.S. Announce Funds to Improve Regional Infrastructure

The Canadian, Mexican and U.S. governments will contribute $13 million to a regional infrastructure integration fund to be managed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supporting cross-border projects designed to reduce transport and logistics costs to expand trade.

In a recent study, the IDB estimated that Latin America and the Caribbean is at 50 percent of its intra-regional trade potential due to insufficient regional infrastructure and a still imperfect trade and regulatory architecture, suggesting that countries should prioritize integration projects to reduce trade costs, boost the region’s export capacity and promote a better distribution of the benefits of deeper integration.

President Barack Obama coined the fund the “Crossroads Fund”, recognizing the strategic location of Central America and the Caribbean as a point of encounter of the Americas. He announced a $5 million contribution to the fund last week during a visit to El Salvador, where he underscored the need to increase trade and economic growth across the region.

Using resources from this fund, the IDB will be able to provide countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with an incentive to invest in cross-border projects by lowering overall project costs.

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TuesdayMarch 29, 2011