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TuesdayMay 31, 2011

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U.S. Enters Second Round of High-Level Partnership Talks with Colombia

U.S. Enters Second Round of High-Level Partnership Talks with Colombia

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On May 31, the United States and Colombia will hold the second round of working group meetings as part of our continuing High-Level Partnership Dialogue. Delegations from the two countries will have discussions in five working groups covering themes of Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance; Energy; Social and Economic Opportunities; Environmental Protection and Climate Change; and Culture and Education.

The Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance working group will discuss efforts to fight against impunity, promote victims’ rights, and create a national human rights system in Colombia. The Environmental Protection and Climate Change working group will discuss new ideas and approaches to low-emissions development strategies, forestry, biodiversity, conservation, and marine environmental protection and enforcement. The Energy working group will explore the energy framework in both countries and expanded partnerships in renewable and fossil fuel energy, and state of the art alternative energy development in line with President Obama’s long-term goals.

The Culture and Education working group will share best practices for institutional capacity building, promoting academic exchange, improving access to education to support social inclusion, sports programs as education tools, and cultural preservation. The Social and Economic Working Group will review Colombia’s four-year National Development Plan and how the United States can support it, as well as Colombian programs to improve opportunities for indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Announces Theme for This Yrs Hispanic Heritage Month

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Announces Theme for This Yrs Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced September 11-14 as the dates for its 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Washington, D.C. with the theme “Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership.”  CHCI hosts the nation’s premier events commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), which draw more than 3,000 Latino leaders from across the country to its Public Policy Conference, Reyes of Comedy, and Annual Awards Gala. 

“CHCI has been keeping the promise of the American dream to Latino youth for more than 33 years now,” said Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair. “This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme and events reflect the strength and immense contributions of Latinos to the United States while focusing on the unity and leadership we must continue to develop to ensure the future success of this great nation.  We expect a record turnout this year to hear members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, and other national leaders address the integral role Latinos will play in 21st century America across all sectors of the economy.”

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 - October 15.  For CHCI, it also represents an opportunity to feature its highly competitive and nationally acclaimed Latino youth leadership development programs, including two fellowship programs, a congressional internship program, scholarship awards, and a college readiness program, Ready to Lead (R2L) for high school students.

Key issues on the agenda include: corporate responsibility, education, green economy, health, housing and financial services, immigration reform, international relations, job creation and workforce training, labor, redistricting, and technology and media. 

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Tequila Party to Host Their First Political Rally in Tucson, Arizona

The newly minted ‘Tequila Party’ movement is ready to issue a wake-up call to the Latino voting bloc.  The nonpartisan movement that launched on Cinco de Mayo wants to make sure all 20 million Hispanics eligible to vote – vote. 

In short order the movement announced their first political rally and Latin Get-Out-the-Vote event that is to be held in Tucson, Arizona.  One of their stated goals with this initiative is to counter negative views and perceptions of the Latino culture with positive ones as they register new Latin voters in “droves” for primary election day as well as general election day.

The Tea Party chose Tucson as the site of their first political rally because of the controversy in the city over banning of ethnic studies in the classrooms. 

The rally is June 4th and in keeping with their ‘fun’ promise there will be mariachi’s, Aztec dancers and lots of food and drink.

“The movement is important because it unites efforts from the two major parties and others who want to get involved on issues that their party is not dealing with or their party may be in disapproval of,” founder Fernando Romero told CNN. “This is a collective resolution for the Hispanic community. To this moment I have not received any negative feedback.”

 

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FIFA Officials Face Questions and Allegations of Bribery Continue

FIFA Officials Face Questions and Allegations of Bribery Continue

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As the world soccer organization known as FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football) remains embroiled in controversy over the alleged corruption throughout the organization, namely that revolving around president Sepp Blatter, sponsors are now putting the pressure on to make changes to the federation.

Coca-Cola and Adidas have now been joined by fellow FIFA sponsors Visa Inc, and Emirates Airlines in calling for sweeping reforms to the federation that has recently come under scrutiny for alleged bribery in the presidential election and in the most recent World Cup vote, which many are speculating was bought by Qatar, the winners of the 2022 World Cup bid.

President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, has been the top dog at FIFA since 1998, and as he approached Wednesday vote, he was set to remain the president, as he was running unopposed after his only opponent Mohamed bin Hammam dropped out of the race.

The Switzerland native (FIFA headquarters are in Switzerland) is now facing questions after the head of Asian soccer Mohamed bin Hammam and CONCACAF chief Jack Warner were suspended over bribery allegations.

Also, Qatar has had a number of fingers pointed in its direction, as accusations of having bought the 2022 World Cup arisen, just added fire to the FIFA controversy flame.

Reuters wrote:

As FIFA’s current “difficulties,” as Blatter called them, have moved from the back page to the front, calls for reform from outside the sport have been getting louder.

Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said FIFA should allow an external inquiry.

“They should postpone the election and really clear up everything, take some time and then hold a new election,” Sylvia Schenk, sports advisor for the Berlin-based watchdog, told Reuters.

Australian Les Murray, who sits on the global soccer governing body’s 13-man ethics committee, called for “complete structural” reform at FIFA, while Brazil’s 1970 World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres led calls for reform from the sport’s most successful country.

“There should be a general change, there are so many good people who could take office,” Carlos Alberto told Reuters.

“I think there should be new people in command of the bodies,” he said in a telephone interview. “With the same people staying (in power) so long there is a vicious circle.”

Read more at Reuters →

Good & Bad News:  Comedian Chespirito is now on Twitter and He’s Is the Most Pirated Artist! (VIDEO)

Good & Bad News:  Comedian Chespirito is now on Twitter and He’s Is the Most Pirated Artist! (VIDEO)

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Good and bad news for Mexican comedian Chespirito.  The good new is for his fans because he is now on Twitter.  The creator of El Chavo del 8 and El Chapulín Colorado has garnered more than 300,000 followers in just 3 days!

The bad news is for Chespirito who is the most pirated artist in Latin America.  His antics are the most pirated Latin American video content for a reason; four generations of Latin Americans have grown watching the adventures of the puny superhero Chapulín and the perpetually hysterical Chavo del 8.

Always full of wholesome and lighthearted humor, Chespirito and his trouppe know how to get enormous amounts of laughter from audiences without being lewd, or submitting to dirty innuendo or double entendre to be funny. 

Now, the creator of it all, the Chapulín himself has opened a Twitter account (ChespiritoRGB), and despite being 82, and not particularly well versed in the world of informatics, he has been warmly welcomed by the tweeting masses, since his first tweet on Saturday:

“Hello. I’m Chespirito. I am 82 years old and this is the first time I tweet. This is my debut. Síganme los Buenos! (Follow me all good ones)

And the good did follow him. Within 48 hours, the comedian had a quarter of a million followers. One of his fans said that “after the Virgin of Guadalupe, you are the greatest gift México has given to the world.”

Chespirito’s fanbase has not stopped growing; at a rate of 230 followers per second, some say he could soon surpass Lady Gaga.

Below, a small display of the genius of Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the man better known as Chespirito and whose latest twitter prays:

“Laughter, is the brain’s expression of triumph. If you laugh, is because you understood the joke”

 

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See Robert Rodriguez’s Recently Released ‘Spy Kids 4’ Trailer - Starrin: Alba, Trejo, Vega, Banderas

See Robert Rodriguez’s Recently Released ‘Spy Kids 4’ Trailer - Starrin: Alba, Trejo, Vega, Banderas

Photo: Jessica Alba plyas retired spy in 'Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World'

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Taken from the movie’s IMDB page:

On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all…married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly dont want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldnt know a spy if he lived with one, which is exactly the case - Marissa’s a retired secret agent. Marissa’s world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent… now the worlds most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they’re at it.


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Majority of Americans Willing to See Businesses that Repeatedly Hire Undocumented Shut Down

Majority of Americans Willing to See Businesses that Repeatedly Hire Undocumented Shut Down

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The U.S. Supreme Court late last week upheld the legality of an Arizona law cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, and most voters support having a similar law in their own state.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a law in their state that would shut down companies that knowingly and repeatedly hire illegal immigrants. Just 21% oppose such a law, and another 18% are undecided.

Eighty-two percent (82%) think businesses should be required to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to determine if a potential employee is in the country legally. Twelve percent (12%) disagree and oppose such a requirement.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters also feel that landlords should be required to check and make sure a potential renter is in the country legally before renting them an apartment. Twenty-eight percent (28%) do not believe landlords should be required to make such checks.

Read more at Rasmussen Report →

Puerto Rican José Andújar Arrested for Selling “Obama Condoms” on Times Square

Puerto Rican José Andújar Arrested for Selling “Obama Condoms” on Times Square

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The hilarious and entrepreneurial Hispanic street vendor proclaims his right to sell politician clad condoms under the first amendment.

“Even in a recession, you still need protection” and “The ultimate stimulus package” were a few of the hilarious and clever taglines that José Andújar used to sell preservatives in the emblematic Times Square in New York City.

Last Sunday, Andújar was arrested, despite a State Supreme Court justice ruling that states his prophylactics are protected by the Constitution’s guarantee of free speech, and the condom’s packaging should be treated like books, which do not require a vending license.

Andújar has said he won’t give up, and fight in court for his right to sell his merchandise, which also contains Sarah Palin and John McCain condoms.

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Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna - From Undocumented Immigrant to U.S. State Representative

Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna - From Undocumented Immigrant to U.S. State Representative

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When Ana Hernandez Luna was a toddler, she was brought to Texas from Mexico. Being carried across the U.S.-Mexico border, she became an undocumented immigrant. Today, she stands as a lawyer and a House representative.

On May 9th, shortly after the passing of House Bill 12, which looks to eliminate ‘sanctuary cities’ from the state, Hernandez Luna, 32, stood before other lawmakers and shared her not-so-secret, but not well known story.

“I know House Bill 12 already passed, and in the long run there is nothing that could have been done about its passage,” but still, she had something to say.

“Immigration and all that it encompasses is very personal for me because I was an undocumented immigrant,” Hernandez Luna said. “You may prefer to use the word illegal alien, but I’m not an alien. I am not a problem that must be handled. I’m a human — a person standing before you now as a representative for the Texas House.”

In a recent interview, the Democrat from Houston said, “I believe they have a perception of what an undocumented immigrant should be, and I don’t fit in that. And that’s why I felt it was important to share my story and put a face on the issue, and let people know we’re not just talking about criminals here who need to be deported.”

The bill, HB 12, which was later not passed in the Senate, would have made it illegal for local law enforcement to be prohibited from enforcing federal immigration law by determining the immigration status of those stopped for other offenses. Many have said this practice leads to racial profiling. Cities that prohibit officers from checking the immigration status were known as ‘sanctuary cities.”

Even after sharing her story and earning respect from fellow lawmakers, many like State. Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) remain adamant that being undocumented is breaking the law.

“She’s a real sweet gal,” said Riddle. “I admire the difficulties that she has overcome, but I still stand strong that we have got to protect our borders. We need to enforce our laws.”

“For every good story, there’s a bad story,” Riddle added. “There are a lot of people who are frustrated with rewarding those who come over here illegally and essentially penalizing those who abide by the laws.”

Still, Hernandez Luna points out that she, like many before and after were not looking for hand outs. They worked hard to get where they are. The state rep. recalled when she shared her story with fellow lawmakers in 2007.

She recalls Rep. Riddle saying to her afterwards, “You’ve been given a gift from God.”

Hernandez Luna said, “My response to her was, ‘I haven’t been given anything. My parents and I have worked very hard for everything I have been able to achieve and accomplish.’”

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California Taxpayers Spend $1 Billion a Year to Keep Undocumented Immigrants Jailed

California Taxpayers Spend $1 Billion a Year to Keep Undocumented Immigrants Jailed

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According to data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from December 2010, just under 17,000 inmates in the state are on hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and in addition, there are just under 4,000 prisoners listed as potential ICE holds. At a cost of almost $45,000 a year to house an inmate, that’s a cost of nearly $1 billion to house the undocumented immigrants.

Bakersfield Assemblywoman Shannon Grove says the cost is a big worry for lawmakers, but more so for taxpayers.

“It’s too much money,” said state Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield), who has been working on legislation to address the cost of medical treatment for inmates.

The immigrants detained at the time of the data primarily hail from Mexico – 15,985 total (14,057 undocumented), followed by El Salvador, with 1,231 inmates (1,118 undocumented).

Once undocumented immigrants serve their time in jail, they are turned over to ICE where they await a hearing that determines whether or not they will be deported.

In the end, California taxpayers, which do include some undocumented immigrants, pay $929,762,432 a year to house the detainees.

While immigrant advocates point out that some undocumented immigrants using other’s Social Security cards are paying taxes, and in fact pay into the system without being able to obtain their refund, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says it doesn’t even begin to cover the cost of the undocumented in the state’s jails and prisons.

“FAIR estimates that state and local taxes from illegal aliens amount to $4 billion per year,” a statement said. “This does not come close to offsetting the total costs of illegal immigration, especially in California, where illegal immigration costs the state $21.8 billion a year.”

Read more at Bakersfield Now →

Donkey Eats Critical ID Registration Forms in Colombia Town

Donkey Eats Critical ID Registration Forms in Colombia Town

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There’s a donkey eating ID Registration Forms in a Colombian town and everyone is on the look out for the four-legged ID eater.  In many parts of Colombia registry offices serve as the official site for getting your voter ID certification and other forms of important ID - so basically their vital.

So when several ID application forms went missing there was concern. 

Felipe Turizo Lobo, Mayor of Pampanillo, Colombia confirmed the odd news; the registrar had to step out of his office for a few minutes, enough time for the donkey to help himself to some tasty ID registration forms!

Turizo said that the donkey left the office on his own accord, quite full, before anybody noticed he had been there.  Fortunately, the donkey only ate document copies, and the originals were left intact.

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Growing Concern about Safety of Prosecutors in Latin America in Light of Recent Killings

Growing Concern about Safety of Prosecutors in Latin America in Light of Recent Killings

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The United Nations human rights office today sounded the alarm on the recent killings of public prosecutors in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as the increasing vulnerability of human rights defenders in the two Central American countries.

“Over the past week, public prosecutors have been murdered in both Guatemala and Honduras in the course of their duties, amid growing insecurity and violence in both countries,” said Rupert Colville spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

On May 24th in Guatemala, Allan Stwolinsky, the local auxiliary prosecutor in Coban in the Department of Alta Verapaz, was found decapitated in a plastic bag in front of the governor’s house.

Both the Attorney-General and the Interior Minister blamed the murder on the Mexican drug cartel “Los Zetas” and linked it to the seizure of 453 kilograms of cocaine, which had been coordinated by the auxiliary prosecutor.

Mr. Colville noted that this killing took place in the aftermath of the brutal massacre of 27 land workers in Peten, allegedly also by Los Zetas.

In Honduras, Raul Reyes Carbajal, a public prosecutor in the city of San Pedro Sula, was gunned down on May 28th by several armed men who shot at him from another vehicle as he was driving home from work.

According to eyewitness reports, after Mr. Reyes was hit in his car, he lost control and crashed into a bus. His attackers then got out of their vehicle and shot him again to ensure he was dead.

Mr. Reyes had been coordinator of the public prosecutor’s office in Puerto Cortes for one month, and had previously coordinated a special unit against organized crime.

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Barça Celebrates Champions League Title Dancing Onstage With Shakira! (VIDEO)

20,000 crazed fans waited in the Camp Neu for almost two hours! But in the end, Shakira delivered a wonderful performance, and made the Barça boys shake their hips!

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Hispanic Man Sought for Sexual Assault of 85-Yr Old in Mayor’s Neighborhood

LATINO BLOTTER:   Hispanic Man Sought for Sexual Assault of 85-Yr Old in Mayor’s Neighborhood

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New York police need your help in apprehending a man described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s about 5’10” wearing a white ‘wife beater’ tee shirt. 

The man is alleged to have attacked a defenseless 85-year-old woman forcing her to perform oral sex then stealing a ring from her.  The incident occurred in the very upscale upper East side of New York at Madison and East 83rd St., a few blocks from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s private residence.

The attack happened on Memorial Day in the early morning hours.  The New York Police Department have released a surveillance video and images of the man. 

If anyone has any information please contact them at 1-800-577-8477.

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Kindergarden Teacher Honored in Mexico

Kindergarden Teacher Honored in Mexico

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Martha Ivette Rivera was honored on Monday following her display of courage and cool headedness Friday.

A cell-phone video posted on YouTube Friday afternoon, shows a classroom full of children whose teacher urges them to press their heads against the floor as, not far from the institution and perfectly audible in the video, thugs sprayed AK47 bullets, killing five people at a taxi stand about a block from the school.

The video doesn’t show Martha Ivette, but rather the effect her soothing words have on the children, who calmly obey her duck and cover instructions.

“No, my love, nothing is going to happen, just put your little face on the floor,” Rivera Alanis is heard telling a little girl.

The governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, presented Martha Ivette with a certificate of “outstanding civic courage” for her composed attitude during the incident Friday.

Rivera said she wasn’t concerned with fame, but only for the safety of her 5- and 6-year-old students.

“Of course, I was afraid, but I tell you, it was my kids who got me through it,” Rivera said.

The 33 year old teacher said she posted the video to her Twitter account, and a friend posted it on YouTube.

“I’ve been asked a lot why I shot the video,” she said on a press conference outside the governor’s office “I am in charge of the security [program at the school], and my superiors always ask me to keep evidence, of the work we do at all times, so I wanted to keep a record of how we work, [under safety risks]” she explained.

“I am proud of my México, my Nuevo León, but specially, I am proud of my children” 

 

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Peru and Japan Sign Trade Pact Eliminating All Tariffs Within 10 Years

Peru and Japan Sign Trade Pact Eliminating All Tariffs Within 10 Years

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Peru and Japan have signed a trade agreement further cementing their bilateral trade relationship and which eliminates tariffs on almost 99 percent of goods traded within the next ten years.

Therefore Peru’s 9 percent tax on Japanese cars and TV’s will be lifted thereby giving Japanese goods an edge over South Korean products being imported into Peru.  Peru will see Japan increase its export of cars and consumer electronic and Peru will increase its export of natural resources to Japan.

Peru already has free-trade agreements with China, the U.S. Chile and Singapore.

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was signed by the Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto and his Peruvian counter part, Eduardo Ferreyros in Tokoyo.

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Medicaid’s Role for Hispanic Americans

Medicaid’s Role for Hispanic Americans

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The Kaiser Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has just issued a new fact sheet on medicaid’s role for Hispanic Americans. 

Of special note are the details on the programs impact on Hispanic’s access to care and the impact a rollback of this benefit will have to Hispanic-Americans.

The research shows that:

• Medicaid is a major source of health insurance coverage for Hispanic Americans, specifically 13 million people including 9 million children were getting Medicaid coverage.
• Medicaid enables Hispanic Americans to access medical care since so many lack health insurance.
• Medicaid plays a particularly important role among Hispanics who are low-income, children or in poor health.  In 2009 Medicaid covered 45% of poor Latinos.
• Medicaid provided crucial support to Hispanics during the economic recession.
• Medicaid is expected to serve as a key building block to extending health insurance to Hispanics. 

 

 

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TuesdayMay 31, 2011