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WednesdayJuly 13, 2011

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Carlos Santana Love of Tequila Explains Why’s He One of Casa Noble’s New Owners

Carlos Santana Love of Tequila Explains Why’s He One of Casa Noble’s New Owners

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Casa Noble Tequila proudly announced that music icon Carlos Santana has joined the Board and is now one of the owners of the brand.  This new change will allow Santana to be involved in the continued development of the brand which is already recognized as one of the finest handcrafted spirits in the world.

Santana has sold more than 90 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten Grammy® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”).  Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Santana joins the ranks of the Rolling Stones as the only musical act in chart history to score at least one Top 10 album in every decade beginning with the 1960s.

“Santana’s love for the spirit of Casa Noble and his commitment to this new partnership is exciting for everyone involved with our brand,” says Casa Noble CEO Jose Hermosillo. “We have been exploring this partnership for some time.  Santana through his life and his music has dedicated himself to those same values which are the key motivators behind this alignment.”.

Casa Noble is a boutique distillery in existence for more than 200 years and represents over 7 generations of tequila production.  Their products are currenlty sold and exports to over 23 countries. 

“We have come together because I love the Tequila,” Carlos Santana said. “Passion, dedication and integrity is what attracted me to Casa Noble Tequila.  They strive for excellence and don’t take shortcuts.”

 

 

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Creating North American Development Bank Seen as Good Economic Opportunity for Border Economy

Creating North American Development Bank Seen as Good Economic Opportunity for Border Economy

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Action to bring economic development to the US Mexico border is making its way through Congress by the expansion and enhancement of the NADBank.

The North American Development Bank (NADBank) was created out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993 to address environmental concerns that the members of Congress had and ensure precautions and measures were taken to have environmentally sound region in the U.S.-Mexico border.

The introduction of the “NADBank Enhancement Act of 2011”, allows the two governments to work together to add more benefits along the border region such as infrastructure, transportation and Ports of Entry improvements. The proposed legislation would inject new criteria into the mandate and open the NADBank to finance new infrastructure projects. According to the text of the bill “(3) change the purposes and functions of the Bank, including changes that would allow the Bank to finance infrastructure projects in the border region that promote growth in trade and commerce between the United States and Mexico, support sustainable economic development, reduce poverty, foster job creation, and promote social development in the region.’”

“We must continue our efforts to improve economic development and safety in the border areas of both the United States and Mexico,” said Congressman Ruben Hinojosa from Texas.

This bill, which Congressman Rubén Hinojosa and 19 co-sponsors introduced, is a bi-partisan and bi-national piece of legislation that speaks to the healthy development along the U.S and Mexico border.

“Allowing the NADBank to develop and finance a broader range of infrastructure projects in the Mexico-US border region would further promote growth in trade between the United States and Mexico, and to foster greater prosperity in the border region”, wrote Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan in a letter to Chairman Spencer Bachus.

The NADBank is funded by both the Mexican and US government and the proposed legislation would not increase the deficit or add to the national debt.

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Latino Civil Rights Group Calling for Dissolution of Rep. Weiner’s District

Civil rights group LatinoJustice PRLDEF is calling for the congressional district of former Rep. Anthony Weiner be dissolved to allow for more minority political power.

Weiner resigned when it was discovered he sent lewd photos to young women over the internet. The district he represented is one of New York’s most diverse and those in favor of the dissolution of the district to make way for the expansion of neighboring districts.

“Weiner’s departure presents probably the best opportunity to not only shore up the Latino and African American representation, but to do so with the least disruption,” said Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

“I’m not asking for a handout,” Cartagena said. “I’m asking for a recognition of the demographic reality.”

Though Weiner’s district is mostly white, the recent U.S. Census showed a 27 percent growth in the Hispanic population between 2000 and 2010.

Read more at Associate Press (Wall Street Journal) →

Sheriff Arpaio Now Selling his Famous Pink Jail Undies, Available in English or SPANISH!

Sheriff Arpaio Now Selling his Famous Pink Jail Undies, Available in English or SPANISH!

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The $15 pink boxer shorts feature a sheriff star, and a “Go Joe” logo.

The Spanish version, now available says “Vamos José” instead.

The undergarments, as well as all of the pink merchandise (handcuffs, mugs, hats, tote bags, t-shirts, golf covers etc.) are available at www.pinkunderwear.com.

The proceeds from this venture will go to youth programs and sheriff’s volunteers.

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Prince Confirms August Tour Dates in Brazil, May Announce More Dates in Latin America

Prince Confirms August Tour Dates in Brazil, May Announce More Dates in Latin America

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The artist with a symbol for a name will headline the “Back2Black” festival in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Prince has confirmed he will be in Brazil on August 26 and 27 to headline the “Back2Black” fest, which pays homage to the African culture and black music.

Other artists include Macy Gray and Seu George.

Though not confirmed yet, it is widely believed that Prince will stay in South America, offering concerts in more countries like Chile and Argentina while paying visits to other large summer-fall festivals like SWU, Rock in Rio and Planeta Terra. 

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Some of Mexico’s Top Actors Taking a Shot in Hollywood and Succeeding

Some of Mexico’s Top Actors Taking a Shot in Hollywood and Succeeding

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As the United States is seeing a Latino boom in its population, Hollywood is also seeing an influx of Mexican film and television stars in their midst.

Around 16 percent of the total U.S. population is now Latino, and in 2009, Latinos bought more movie tickets per capita than any other ethnic group.

Actors like Demian Bichir of HBO’s “Weeds” and the upcoming film “A Better Life”, Adriana Barraza (“Babel,” “Thor”) and Kate del Castillo who plays Mexican crime boss Pilar on “Weeds” are among those finding great success in Hollywood.

Film producer and chief executive of the L.A.-based Maya Cinemas movie theater chain, which caters to Latino audiences, Moctesuma Esparza told the Los Angeles Times that as the Latin population in the U.S. continues to grow, it is “inevitable” that Latin American actors will be drawn to Hollywood.

“You want to be able as an American Latino to see anybody who at least looks like you, has a last name like you, who you can identify with,” he said.

After the boom of Mexican films following hits “Y Tu Mamá También” and “Amores Perros”, the country’s film industry fell flat once more, and produced just 25 films in 2005. Last year, however, things picked up as the country got out 68 films according to the Cámara Nacional de la Industria Cinematográfica. Yet still, no film has seen worldwide critical acclaim and buzz since the 1990’s and early 2000’s boom dissipated.

For the actors, heading north isn’t about leaving behind the Mexican movie industry, it’s about advancing their career and getting out into the world markets via Hollywood.

For actors like Blanca Soto, a former Miss Mexico who was seen in “Dinner for Schmucks,” moving to Hollywood allows them could branch out of Mexico’s limited television market, which is full of telenovelas, and spread their wings.

“I love my country,” Soto said, but “do I want to be there for the next 35 years of my life being a novella actress? No. I want to live in Japan, in Spain, I want to go to France and work here, in New York, in Miami.”

Read more at Los Angeles Times →

Mexican Futbol Star Andrés Guardado Sexcapades Online!

Mexican Futbol Star Andrés Guardado Sexcapades Online!

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Pictures of the soccer player having cyber-sex with an Argentine model have been leaked.

While staying in a hotel in Texas, Guardados hormones went berserk in the middle of the night.

Wearing only a pair of black Calvin Klein boxer shorts, the mid-fielder opened up his laptop, and cupping his “guardado” with his left hand, used the right one to get online and start a chat session with “Pau” an Argentine model.

Webcams on, one thing led to the other, and the 24 year-old soccer star dubbed el “Principito” engaged in cyber-whoopee with the model, first playing the “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours first” game, and then just sharing his personal release tactics with the model, in front of the hotel room bathroom.

He then thanked the model, promised he’d call her and stay in touch and slipped into bed like a good boy, as he had a game the next day.

He must’ve not called her after the game, because “Pau” decided to publish the chat session online.

Ouch!

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Latino Athletes Have the Talent, So Where are the Endorsement Deals?

Latino Athletes Have the Talent, So Where are the Endorsement Deals?

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Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez is one of the sport’s most recognizable figures on one of the most famous teams, yet even as he makes millions of dollars playing, the endorsement deals just aren’t as lucrative as non-Latino players. And as a quarter of Major League Baseball’s players are Latino, it would seem odd that more of them aren’t starring in advertisements.

This appears to be the case for Latino MLB players however. Some have argued that while there are a number of successful Latino players in the MLB, many of them advertisers are wary to sign them for fear that their English skills may not allow the close fan-athlete connection advertisers are looking for.

Scott Becher, president of Sports & Sponsorships, a sports-marketing firm in Hollywood, Florida, said Latino player “are extremely marketable. The only challenge for some is their command of English. Adding, “Fans want to feel a connection to their favorite players, and eliminating a language barrier significantly accelerates that bonding.”

However it’s not always hesitation on the part of advertisers. Sometimes players are the one slow to accept endorsement deals.

Alex Gonzalez, shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, grew up in Venezuela. At 17, he was signed to the Florida Marlins. Gonzalez told NBC Sports that he, like many other Spanish-speaking players that come to the U.S., are wary to accept endorsement deals for fear that their English is not good enough to be on television.

“You might have guys come to you who say, ‘Hey, we want to do a commercial with you.’ But maybe you’re scared, because you don’t know how to speak perfect English to be on TV,” Gonzalez said.

But for players like Rodriguez, third baseman for the New York Yankees, English is not the barrier. A-rod was born and raised in the U.S. and speaks fluent English, but compared to other athletes, even his endorsements are minute.

Though he brings in $4 million from endorsement, pro golfer Jim Furyk, who only has one major win under his bet, brought in $9 million. Even “small-market” NBA player Kevin Durant raked in $14 million.

Once more, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is arguably the best player of the last decade, yet even he only makes $8 million from endorsements. And while these million dollar deals would seem like a lot to the average person, compared to the millions non-Latinos in baseball and other sports, it’s fairly low. Even for the Asian players

Whatever the reason for the lack luster endorsement deals, perhaps the up-and-coming Latino players will bring the group into the spotlight.

Young stars like Adrian Gonzalez with the San Diego Padres and Carlos Gonzalez with the Colorado Rockies are poised to become MLB’s star players as both Pujols and Rodriguez retire from the game in the coming years, as both are in their 30s.

Read more at NBC Sports →

Streaker Gets Horned in San Fermin’s Run of The Bulls (VIDEO)

Streaker Gets Horned in San Fermin’s Run of The Bulls (VIDEO)

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Taunting bulls in the nude. Daring, or just plain irrational? You be the judge!

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15 Immigrants Rescued From Rough-Terrain Islands Just West of Los Angeles County

15 Immigrants Rescued From Rough-Terrain Islands Just West of Los Angeles County

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For three days, a group migrants from Mexico and Guatemala were stranded on an island off the coast of Los Angeles County with no food and only a stream to drink from, authorities said.

On Sunday, 15 suspected undocumented immigrants were picked up from the north side of Santa Cruz Island after a 911 call was made days early. The caller had stated that he and three other men were stranded on an island, but additional information was not received, as the call was dropped.

The Friday call prompted an air, sea, and land search of the scenic, yet rugged, Channel Islands. The U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service arrived on Santa Cruz Island and found 15 hungry, but overall healthy undocumented immigrants.

Monday, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers told the MSNBC, “They were stranded and couldn’t get to the mainland. It was a situation where they chose life over the possible ramifications of making that phone call.”

Once fed and taken to safety, the immigrants were handed over to federal immigration agents.

Though the details are still being put together, authorities believe that they were brought to the island and left there by human smugglers.

Of the 15 immigrants, one is from Guatemala, while the other 14 are from Mexico, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Virginia Kice said.

Kice added that two of the immigrants were treated at a hospital for minor ankle and wrist injuries, and others had bumps, scrapes and bruises. All were being interviewed to determine if any of them were the smugglers.

Human smugglers from Central and South America have been bringing more people into the U.S. by water rather than land due to increased patrolling and security at the border.

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Language Barrier Hurts Diabetics, Study Finds

Language Barrier Hurts Diabetics, Study Finds

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Hispanic diabetes patients who can’t discuss their condition with a doctor in their own language have poorer health, even when interpreter services are available, a new study has found.

Researchers analyzed data from diabetes patients in California and found that 28 percent of Hispanic patients with limited English-language skills seen by non-Spanish-speaking doctors had poor blood sugar control, compared with 16 percent who had Spanish-speaking doctors.

There was no difference in blood sugar control between English-speaking Hispanics and non-English-speaking Hispanics if they had access to a doctor who spoke their language, the investigators found.

Only 10 percent of white patients had poor blood sugar control, said the researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.

“Diabetes is a complex disease that requires a high level of patient understanding and engagement for successful management. These patients may need direct communication with Spanish-speaking physicians to manage their disease appropriately,” lead author Dr. Alicia Fernandez, a UCSF professor of medicine, said in a UCSF/Kaiser news release.

The United States is becoming linguistically more diverse and the number of people with diabetes is rising, making it increasingly important to understand how language barriers can affect patient care, the researchers said.

The study findings were released online in advance of publication in the January 2011 print issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.


More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about diabetes control.

Read more at HealthDay News →

STUDY: 32 Latino Celebrities Among Top 1,000 Facebook Fan Pages

STUDY: 32 Latino Celebrities Among Top 1,000 Facebook Fan Pages

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Plus Three recently conducted a survey of social networking sites to determine the growth of this valuable media tool for Latinos. Among the more interesting findings, actress and singer Selena Gomez has passed a significant milestone on Facebook by surpassing Barack Obama with 22.5 million fans.  A total of 32 Latino celebrities are among the top 1,000 Facebook fan pages, the survey finds.

“Latino Facebook users grew 167% compared to 21% among non-Hispanics from April 2010 to April 2011 according to comScore,” said Juan Proano, President, Plus Three. ” Latinos are using Facebook to stay connected with family and friends and to stay connected with their identity. Any organization that wants to stay in touch with a Latino audience will need to focus its outreach on using Facebook and social media in order to stay relevant today”.

The triple digit growth provides the strongest indicator yet that Latinos are rapidly adopting Facebook and social media to connect with family and friends but also to advance common interests, issues, grassroots movements and social causes.

Plus Three surveyed the top 1,000 Facebook fan pages and found 32 Latino celebrities among the top 1,000.  Only three Latinos broke into the top 100. Shakira was the top Latina celebrity with 35 million fans and ranked number eight on the overall list followed by Selena Gomez at number thirty-five and Enrique Iglesias at number forty-eight. 

The Latinos with at least 2 million Facebook fans are mostly singers, athletes, and comedians.  Athletes from the World Cup and Reggaeton artists dominated the list.  Latino celebrities on the list include Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Lionel Messi, Ricardo Kaka, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana.

Nielsen reports that the average Facebook user spends four hours and 39 minutes on the site per week. That is more time than the average user spends on Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Microsoft, Wikipedia, and Amazon combined. With a number of public and private initiatives to drive broadband adoption among underserved communities, such as the one being led by NCLR, LULAC and One Economy, we should expect that Latinos will continue to increase their on-line presence as well as become more sophisticated in their usage to stay connected at home, school, work, and even on the go.

 

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Galavision Scores Highest Ratings in Spanish-Language Cable History with U-17 World Cup

Galavision Scores Highest Ratings in Spanish-Language Cable History with U-17 World Cup

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Univision Communications Inc., today announced that its exclusive coverage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Final between Mexico and Uruguay brought Galavision the highest ratings in the history of Spanish-language cable television. The game averaged 2.2 million total viewers 2 plus, 1.5 million Adults 18-49, 1.1 million Men 18-49, 983,000 Adults 18-34 and 685,000 Men 18-34.

Nearly 4.1 million Total Viewers 2 plus watched all or part of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Final match won 2-0 by Mexico on Sunday, July 10.

The telecast was the No. 2 program watched by Men 18-49 and 18-34 and ranked fourth in Adults 18-34 for the day among all ad-supported cable networks regardless of language.

In addition to live coverage on Galavision, also offered free streaming of the FIFA U-17 World Cup matches online, where the Mexico vs. Uruguay match resulted in 64,101 unique users with an average stream time of 64 minutes and 42 seconds.  For the FIFA U-17 World Cup section of the site, Univision had more than 998,000 page views, 122,000 unique cookies and 146,000 visits on the day of the final.

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Church of Santiago Celebrates 450 Years of Service to Country

Church of Santiago Celebrates 450 Years of Service to Country

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“Christ ayer, hoy y siempre” is the motto with which the Church of Santiago, created as a diocese in 1561 by Pope Pius IV, celebrated her 450 years of life. The Archbishop of Santiago, His Exc. Mgr. Ricardo Ezzati,  presented the many events that are taking place throughout the month at a press conference.

Mgr. Ezzati noted that only a few weeks ago, the Church celebrated 200 years of the National Congress and last year the bicentenary of Chile, underlining that “the Catholic Church has more than 250 years since the country gained independence “. According to the Archbishop, the Catholic Church has contributed much to the construction of the country: “a Church that has accompanied from the outset the lives of our people, which has always supported the indigenous people and that has always been present in the creation of cultural centers, health, education, seminaries and in many other fields”.  When Chile declared its independence from Spain in 1818 the Church had already celebrated more than 250 years of service to Chileans.

The first will be the XV Theological-Pastoral Week 2011, a training activity for the clergy and the laity with the theme on “Present and future of our past: 450 years of history in the Church of Santiago”.

Each day a specific theme will be dealt with. There will also be a great Archdiocesan assembly, with representatives of the whole Church of Santiago, and a solemn Mass presided by the Archbishop.

Read more at Vatican Information Service →

Campaign Promotes Use of Minority Banks

Campaign Promotes Use of Minority Banks

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The National Bankers Association {NBA}, a cosortium of minority-owned banks, is teaming with nationally-syndicated radio talk show host, Warren Ballentine, to spearhead a national campaign to get minorities and other consumers in the urban areas to bank with minority banks.

A press conference to kick-off the campaign will be held this Friday beginning at noon at the headquarters of the National Bankers Association in Washington.

The promotional campaign, being called “The People’s Economic Movement,” is being orchestrated to coincide with the unveiling of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial statue in Washington,  August 28th.

According to Michael Grant, president of the NBA, “This self-help, empowerment movement is designed to stimulate much-needed economic development at our nation’s urban core. By depositing their money in minority banks, getting mortgages, small business loans or loans for college tuition from banks in their communities, consumers begin a process of harnessing the economic strength of the masses in a way that creates direct benefits to their communities which are still suffering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

Asked why the campaign is being called, “The People’s Economic Movement,” Radio One talk show host Warren Ballentine explained: “This recession has created not a moment in time but a movement in time. Community economic development will only come with an intelligent and targeted approach to managing money. By investing their money in the minority banks in their own communities, consumers will begin to see how to make capitalism work in their favor.”

The consortium’s member banks operate branches in 29 cities located across America. In the aggregate, these banks have over $15 billion in assets and serve over 3 million depositors.

Read more at Black Radio Network →



WednesdayJuly 13, 2011