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WednesdayJune 29, 2011

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Lied-to Latino Sues MLB for $12 Million After Being Promised Security Position but Made Chauffeur

Lied-to Latino Sues MLB for $12 Million After Being Promised Security Position but Made Chauffeur

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William Diaz is claiming that Major League Baseball (MLB) is anti-Latino after he was hired under a phony job title and paid less than what was agreed upon, all in an attempt “to create the appearance that it was doing something about the sharp decline in the percentage of MLB Hispanic ‘Professional Administration’ employees.”

When the security professional, who had worked with the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force was approached by MLB officials to serve a security supervisor in charge of MLB’s authenticators and resident security agents in 2008, and offered a starting salary of $95,000 a year, a company car, and a 40-hour work week, he quit his then-current job as a fraud investigator with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

However, the job he ended up with he said was a chauffeur with a substantially lower salary.

Diaz stated that only after he resigned from his previous post was he informed that MLB could only afford to pay him $73,000 a year, and that he would be driving then-MLB President Robert Dupuy and other MLB officials and families around.

In the complaint filed on his behalf it states, “MLB planned to drastically reduce Diaz’s pay and responsibilities while giving him an important-sounding title to create the appearance that it was doing something about the sharp decline in the percentage of MLB Hispanic ‘Professional Administration’ employees.” Adding that, “As subsequent events disclosed, MLB only valued Diaz as a ‘statistic’ (and a false one at that), and was unwilling to judge him based on his objective qualifications, much less honor the specific promises it made to induce him to end his successful career at the New York State Attorney General’s office to join MLB.”

Diaz is seeking $12.8 million for racial discrimination and Labor Law violations.

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Rubén Blades Announces Book of Daily Poetic Observations

Rubén Blades Announces Book of Daily Poetic Observations

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The Panamanian singer/actor wrote a poetic observation every day for a year, now with more than 365, he wants to publish them in a book format.

The multi-grammy salsa star said his poetry book is finished, and he’ll publish it once his writer friends proof it, and an editor gives it an order.

Blades emphasized that these poems are a departure from his lyrics in musical compositions, and that more than poems, in the scholar sense of the word, they are merely poetic observations.

“What I did was to write everyday, something that had to do with emotion” said the 62 year-old singer, actor and now author, who will be honored with the Raul Julia Award by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors during its annual gala on Oct. 17.

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2011 Teen Choice Award Nominees: Enrique, Bruno & Selena Make the Cut.  VOTE HERE.

Hurray for all you teen fans, the nominations are out for this year’s Teen Choice Awards and we are excited that Enrique, Bruno, Selena amongst other Latino stars made the cut.  The surf board award, the closest thing to an Oscar for the tween-set, will be handed out on Sunday, August 7th on the Fox Network. 

Unlike the “real” awards shows where stuffy officials determine who wins, you can cast your vote and determine who will win. 

As far as Latino/Hispanic nominees, we have:  Enrique Iglesias and Bruno Mars up for Male Music Artist, for musical group Selena Gomez & The Scene are up against the favored Black Eyed Peas.  Selena’s song “Who Says” is also a nominee for best Music Single and for Best Love Song and she is also nominated for best actress on a TV comedy. 

We here are rooting for Christina Aguilera as best TV personality for her role on The Voice which pits her against Jennifer Lopez for her role as judge on American Idol.  Also nominated is Sofia Vergara and Rico Rodriguez for their respective roles in Modern Family and Demi Lovato for Sonny with a Chance. 

Buena Suerte to All.

. VOTE HERE.

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Agriculture Tech Company to Help Boost Puerto Rico’s Economy

Agriculture Tech Company to Help Boost Puerto Rico’s Economy

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Puerto Rico’s economy looks to get a boost when Monsanto, an agriculture technology company, expands its research and development laboratories.

Announced on Wednesday, the expansion will cost roughly $4.3 million, and will result in the construction of 20,000 sq. ft. building for additional laboratories. It will create 45 jobs, and replace temporary lab housing with permanent facilities.

Research done by Monsanto is primarily for the farming of corn and cotton, but the company also grows corn and soybean seeds for the U.S.

Last year, Iowa-based seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred also announced that it would be adding to its research development facilities in Puerto Rico.

“If any company’s willing to invest down there, it means they have some confidence in the government,” Justin Velez-Hagan, national executive director of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce said.

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Madoff Offends Hispanic Cultural Icon: Calls Himself the “Human Piñata” of Wall Street

Madoff Offends Hispanic Cultural Icon: Calls Himself the “Human Piñata” of Wall Street

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Bernie Madoff has not only robbed and pillaged monies from friends and family he has now offended a critical Hispanic cultural icon the beloved pinata.  He has now identified himself as the “Human Piñata” of Wall Street.  Madoff said that while financial firms and government officials got away, he had been turned into a piñata.

Does he even know what piñatas are?  Did he ever have one for his birthday, probably not otherwise he would not dare malign them. 

Having served 1.33% of his sentence, Bernie Madoff whines that he feels he has been unjustly treated as the escape goat of a financial mess that he was just a part of.

Madoff actually had the gall to say Judge Danny Chin “Was anything but fair” and that the justice had “zero understanding of the industry,” before closing his bleating rant saying the judge had made him “The Human Piñata of Wall Street.”

What does that even mean, Madoff? When did the judge stuff you full of candy, and hung you for his kids to celebrate? Is a piñata something negative? We’ve seen some weird piñatas before, but not a single one was made into a piñata for embezzling family, friends, and the general public you douche bag!

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Man up Bernie, before you get made into a human piñata in prison. We hear candy is scarce in jail, and more than a handful of inmates would love to broom-stick the living ponzi scheme out of you!


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Mexican Soccer Players Suspended For Having Sex With Prostitutes

Mexican Soccer Players Suspended For Having Sex With Prostitutes

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Eight players from Mexico’s national team have reportedly been suspended after being caught with prostitutes.

The players have been suspended for six months for violating the team’s code of discipline after allegations arose that they invited prostitutes over to their hotel rooms in Quito, Ecuador.

“They are young and can make mistakes but also must bear the consequences, assuming responsibility,” Gonzalez Inarritu told Mexico’s El Universal newspaper.

Israel Jimenez, Nestor Vidrio, Jonathan Dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Jorge Hernandez, Javier Cortes, David Cabrera and Nestor Calderon are the players suspended and fined 50,000 ($4,200) pesos just days before the Copa America, South America’s premier soccer tournament.

The tournament was set to kick off on Friday, and the team was set to leave Ecuador for the tournament in Argentina for the July 4th game against Chile.

Reports state that the players’ sexcapades were revealed when the players reported that iPads, cell phones, and cash was missing from their rooms. When officials took a look at the hotel’s security footage they saw six women being escorted into the hotel by a team representative.

Inarritu extended an apology to fans saying, “this type of [event] should not occur again.”

Each of the players in under 22 years old.

Read more at Business Insider →

Nearly 80 People Injured in Cuba Train Crash

Nearly 80 People Injured in Cuba Train Crash

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A local newspaper is reporting that two trains collided in the Cuba province of Guantanamo Tuesday, injuring at least 79 people.

The driver of the smaller of the of the two trains said his brakes did not work, causing him to hit the passenger train. Authorities said preliminary investigations into the circumstances of the collision will continue.

The majority of the injuries sustained were only minor, though two people were in serious condition and may require operations said Guantanamo Regional Hospital’s director Rogelio Creach Bandera.

In 2010, there were a reported 106 train accidents in Cuba, killing at least 19, and injuring 149.

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America Ferrera Marries Boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams

America Ferrera Marries Boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams

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Ugly Betty star America Ferrera married her longtime boyfriend, Ryan Piers Williams, on Monday after announcing their engagement last June.

The two met when Ryan cast America in a student film while they attended the University of Southern California.

ImageThe wedding was held at Ugly BettyUgly Betty alums Judith Light, Mark Indelicato, and Rebecca Romijn who was escorted by husband Jerry O’Connell. America’s “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” co-stars Alexis Bledel Blake Lively, and Amber Tamblyn were also present.

Ferrera wore a dress from Amsale’s Christos line, and Fred Leighton jewelry.

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Hugo Chávez Resurfaces Alive and Well and Still in Cuba (VIDEO)

Hugo Chávez Resurfaces Alive and Well and Still in Cuba (VIDEO)

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Eager to put an end to speculations about the current condition of president Hugo Chávez, Cuban and Venezuelan state TV stations released video proof that he is alive and well.

Rumors about Chavez’s condition grew ample with the passing of Venezuela’s Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russian, a close ally of President Hugo Chavez on June 21.

Russian, 72 much like Chávez himself had traveled to Cuba seeking medical treatment.

Chávez is shown in the video released in Venezuelan and Cuban state TV, dressed in the same tracksuit for dictators he usually wears to Havana, walking about, chatting, reading Tuesday’s newspaper and taking it easy with pal Fidel Castro.

“Let these images serve to bring peace to the people of Venezuela regarding the health of President Chávez,” Communications Minister Andres Izarra said on state TV. “To those of you who are speculating over the president’s health, there he is ... President Chávez is fine, recovering well.”

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Spanish Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan by Road Bombs, Making It Deadliest NATO Mission for Spain

Spanish Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan by Road Bombs, Making It Deadliest NATO Mission for Spain

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Two Spanish armed force members in there 20’s are amongst the dead in a deadly bombing in Afghanistan while three other Spaniards were injured this week.  The roadside land mine was tripped when the military vehicle the Spaniards were riding triggered it.

The deceased have been identified as Manual Argudin Perrino from Gijon and Niyireth Pineda Marin, who was born in Colombia. 

This roadside bombings were followed by a deadly hotel insurgency attack in Kabul.  The hotel attack was the first major act of violence in the capital in more than a year.  At least 21 people were killed and NATO troops helped end the siege.

The Afghanistan mission has been the deadliest international mission for Spain with 96 Spaniards being killed thus far.  The government has announced it will withdraw all troops from the region by 2014.  Spanish soldiers are part of the NATO-led international security assistance force that is responsible for patrolling certain sectors of Afghanistan. 

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Mexico’s Peace Movement and Poet Sicilia Meets with Mexican President Calderon

Mexico’s Peace Movement and Poet Sicilia Meets with Mexican President Calderon

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Mexican President Felipe Calderón met with representatives of the Peace Movement, including founder and poet Javier Sicilia, Julián LeBaron, María Herrera and others.

At the event, held in the historic Chapultepec Castle, the president was accompanied by the Interior Secretary, the Public Security Secretary, the Attorney General, the Public Education Secretary of the country and a Security Spokesman.

The president began his first address to this burgeoning peace movement by expressing his thanks for the opportunity to talk frankly about the security issue. He declared, referring to the name of this movement, that “We all want a Mexico with peace, justice and dignity.”  After the highly publicized death of Sicilia son who was murdered, Sicilia has been calling for the government to give more attention to the victims of the violence in the country. 

In speaking about the victims, the subject of Javier Sicilia’s first address, the president said that every victim of the violence in Mexico causes him pain, as it does to everyone. However, public opinion must not forget that this is caused by criminals’ action and that Federal Government’s actions are designed to combat criminals.

During the meeting at which the president answered and explained each of the observations made by the movement’s representatives, the president answered criticisms of his entrenched war with the country’s drug cartels and his strategy with the following words: “It would have been really irresponsible not to act.” He subsequently returned to the issue when he talked about corruption in law enforcement institutions. The president said that, in his capacity as president, he could not afford to wait for institutions to change in order to deal with the problem of security.

Throughout this dialogue, the president said that, “Without civic participation, it is impossible to reconstruct law enforcement institutions,” which are crucial to dealing with crime. He also urged citizens to break away from old paradigms on the issue of drugs and prejudices regarding security and encouraged citizens to join their voices in the quest for peace.

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Leon Cathedral in Nicaragua Added to Distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site List

Leon Cathedral in Nicaragua Added to Distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site List

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The United Nations has added cultural sites in Ukraine, Mongolia, France and Nicaragua to the World Heritage List, closing out this year’s selection with a total of 25 sites, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today.

UNESCO named the newly protected sites as the residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans in Ukraine, the petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai, the Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral landscape in France and León Cathedral in Nicaragua.

A total of 35 nominated sites were reviewed by the World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 35th session at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris since last week.

During this session the committee chose 25 sites which it deemed to have the necessary “outstanding universal value” to be included on the World Heritage List. Of the 25 sites selected, 21 were cultural, three were natural and one mixed.

Two sites – rainforests in Honduras and Indonesia – were put on the separate List of World Heritage in Danger, and one site – India’s Manas Wildlife Sanctuary – was removed from that list.

Of today’s additions, UNESCO said the Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans in Ukraine represented an outstanding example of 19th-century historicist architecture. The site includes a seminary and monastery and is dominated by a domed church with a garden and park.

The petroglyphs, or rock carvings, found in three sites in Mongolia illustrate the development of culture over a period of 12,000 years, tracing changes from an era when people hunted for large game to an era when herding became the dominant way of life.

“The carvings contribute valuably to our understanding of prehistoric communities in Northern Asia,” UNESCO said in a press statement.

The Causses and the Cévennes are a mountain landscape in south-central France interspersed by deep valleys. UNESCO said the area is representative of the relationship between agro-pastoral systems and their biophysical environment, and noted that it is one of the last places in the world where transhumance – the seasonal movement of people with their livestock – is still practiced.

León Cathedral, built between 1747 and the early 19th century to the design of architect Diego José de Porres Esquivel, expresses the transition from Baroque to Neoclassical architecture. The cathedral, which houses many important works of art, is characterized by an abundance of natural light and sober interior decoration.

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination by Farmland

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination by Farmland

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The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against Farmland Foods Inc., a major producer of pork products in the United States, alleging that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary documentary requirements on non-U.S. citizens when establishing their authority to work in the United States. Farmland Foods, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.


The department’s investigation revealed that Farmland required all newly hired non-U.S. citizens and some foreign-born U.S. citizens at its Monmouth plant in Illinois to present specific and, in some cases, extra work authorization documents beyond those required by federal law.  The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires employers to treat all authorized workers in the same manner during the hiring process, regardless of their citizenship status.  Farmland imposed different and greater requirements on non-U.S. citizens and foreign-born U.S. citizens as compared to applicants who were native-born U.S. citizens.

       
“Employers may not treat authorized workers differently during the hiring process based on their citizenship status,” said Thomas E. Perez, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division.  “Federal law prohibits discrimination in the employment eligibility verification process, and the Justice Department is committed to enforcing the law.”

The lawsuit charging Farmland with discriminatory practices has been filed before the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) within the Executive Office for Immigration Review, another component of the Department of Justice.


The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, which protects work authorized individuals from employment discrimination on the basis of citizenship status or national origin discrimination, including discrimination in hiring and the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9) process.  For more information about protections against employment discrimination under the immigration law, call 1-800-255-7688 (OSC’s worker hotline) (1-800-237-2525, TDD for hearing impaired), 1-800-255-8255 (OSC’s employer hotline) (1-800-362-2735, TDD for hearing impaired), or 202-616-5594; email osccrt@usdoj.gov ; or visit OSC’s website at www.justice.gov/crt/osc .

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WednesdayJune 29, 2011