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SaturdayJuly 16, 2011

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For-Profit College CEOs Reap Rewards of Weak Regulation

For-Profit College CEOs Reap Rewards of Weak Regulation

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John Sperling, the CEO of the University of Phoenix, has cashed out $59 million in the company’s stock, according to the Huffington Post. Sperling’s shares have increased in value by almost twenty percent in the six weeks since the Department of Education issued a weaker-than-anticipated “gainful employment” rule governing the for-profit education industry.

While many for-profit colleges promise increased earnings after graduation, evidence shows that students at the institutions default on federal loans at a significantly higher rate than their counterparts at public universities. Student advocates expected that the gainful employment rule would force the worst offenders in the career college industry to reduce their costs and increase their quality of education, or risk the loss of federal student aid dollars.

The final rule is a good first step, as CP’s Executive Director David Halperin said in a statement last month.  But it’s not strong enough. “ A program can systematically fail to provide value to students and still be eligible for federal financial aid. Sixty-five percent of students from a program can fail to pay back their loans, and loan repayment from a school’s graduates can consume 30 percent of their disposable income, and the program will nevertheless remain eligible [PDF] for federal grants and loans,” said Halperin.

After the somewhat watered-down final rule was issued, investors who were initially skittish about increased oversight of the for-profit education industry came flooding back into the market, and CEOs like Sperling have profited in the aftermath. Donald Graham, the main stakeholder in Kaplan University, reaped a gain of $12.5 million over the last month. Andrew Clark, the CEO of Bridgepoint Education, made a $2.5 million profit on his stock holdings. Dennis Keller of Devry University made $27.6 million.

In total, the CEOs of the 15 publicly traded American for-profit colleges have collected $2 billion from selling company stock over the last seven years.

Many for-profit schools have been shown to aggressively recruit low-income and minority students—in some cases providing false information about accreditation and the prospects for salary and job opportunities after graduation—raising the question of whether the recent gains of for-profit CEOs like Sperling are being made on the backs of the most vulnerable students.

Read more at Campus Progress →

Longoria and Lopez to host NCLR ALMA Awards Primetime Special On Friday, September 16, 2011

Longoria and Lopez to host NCLR ALMA Awards Primetime Special On Friday, September 16, 2011

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Telecast co-hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez, with PepsiCo as the Premier Sponsor, to pay tribute to Latino performers promoting positive images of Hispanics .

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Comcast and NBC are pleased to announce that NBC will broadcast the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards on Friday, September 16 from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT in a ceremony celebrating the nation’s Latino performers who promote accurate and positive images of Hispanics in entertainment.  Eva Longoria and George Lopez will co-host the one-hour primetime special.

Since 1995, the NCLR ALMA Awards has honored outstanding Latino artistic achievements in television, film, and music.  The show is an integral part of NCLR’s mission to open doors and create greater opportunities for Latino families in the U.S.  As a national primetime television entertainment special with a cause, the NCLR ALMA Awards demonstrates how diversity strengthens our country and inclusion strengthens the entertainment industry.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios, and Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR.

“NBC is proud to join with the NCLR ALMA Awards so that we can recognize the outstanding achievements of Hispanic artists with this national showcase,” said Telegdy.  “As a company, NBCUniversal encourages diversity at every level of the entertainment industry, and serving as the new home for this awards show will help further realize that goal.”   

“Thanks to Eva Longoria and PepsiCo, both among our long-time partners, and our new partners Comcast and NBCUniversal.  We look forward to having the biggest and best NCLR ALMA Awards yet,” Murguía said.  “We can think of no better time to put a spotlight on the many contributions that Latinos are making in the entertainment industry.  I am especially grateful that all of our partners are making unprecedented commitments to ensure the continued success of this most valuable program. ”

The executive producers of the ALMA Awards will be Bob Bain, Eva Longoria, and Janet Murguía.  NBCUniversal and its parent company, Comcast Corporation, which has had a national partnership with NCLR since 2006, will contribute to the production costs of the awards show.

“Comcast’s long-standing partnership with NCLR has been an important connection to the Hispanic community,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation.  “We’re proud to join them in bringing the ALMA Awards and the positive images they highlight to NBC.”

Two other important NBCUniversal media assets—Telemundo and mun2—will join NBC in celebrating the ALMA Awards across all of their platforms.  Telemundo News will feature highlights of the star-studded event and mun2 will re-broadcast the awards show at a later date.  In addition, Telemundo.com will be the official ALMA Awards website offering exclusive behind-the-scenes content from rehearsals and backstage, as well as extensive coverage from the red carpet.  mun2 will also produce a two-hour special as part of its weekly music variety show, 18 & Over, from the ALMA Awards red carpet, spotlighting the fashion and star arrivals and showcasing some of the biggest music videos of the year.  The 18 & Over pre-awards show special will air Friday, September 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT and mun2.tv will preview the 18 & Over ALMA Awards special online one week prior to its airdate.

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US Women Reach World Cup Final - Preparring for Sunday’s Final Against Japan

US Women Reach World Cup Final - Preparring for Sunday’s Final Against Japan

Photo: The U.S. Women's National Team has nine players with Philly connections; they'll play in their first World Cup Final since winning the World Cup in 1999.

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The United States women’s soccer team has reached the World Cup final for the first time since it last won the title on home soil in 1999. 

The FIFA women’s World Cup has been played five previous times, and the United States is the only nation to make the semifinals in every tournament.

But the Americans’ only titles came in the inaugural event in 1991 in China and in the memorable victory over China on penalty kicks 12 years ago California.  They finished third in 2003 and 2007.

Now after Wednesday’s stirring 3-1 victory over France in Moenchengladbach, Germany, the United States is back in the final for the first time since 1999.

Star U.S. striker Abby Wambach broke a 1-1 deadlock with a header off Lauren Cheney’s corner kick in the 79th minute.  It was Wambach’s third goal of the tournament and 12th of her career, tying her with fellow American Michelle Akers for third on the all-time World Cup scoring list.

It was Cheney’s goal in the 9th minute that gave the United States the early lead.  But she told ESPN she credits Wambach for her efforts.

“Not only is she at the right place at the right time, but she has more heart than anybody that I’ve ever played with,” said Cheney. “And I know that in the last minute, she’s going to get it done.”

Twenty-two year-old Alex Morgan, the youngest player on the U.S. team, added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute, racing past four defenders on a breakaway and deftly lifting the ball over the French goalkeeper.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo told ESPN that after the dramatic quarterfinal penalty kicks win over Brazil, she was confident they would win.

“That’s this team’s mentality,” said Solo. “We do it for our country; we do it for our nation.  It’s our mentality, we’re going to win.  And there wasn’t one point - even though it was a sloppy goal against us, I was very upset - but I knew our team would dig us out.”

The United States will play in Sunday’s final in Frankfurt against Japan, a 3-1 upset winner over Sweden in Wednesday’s other semifinal.

Japan had also upset two-time defending champion and host Germany in the quarterfinals. 

Read more at Voice of America →

Brazilian Corinthians up Bid for Manchester City Captain Carlos Tevez

Brazilian Corinthians up Bid for Manchester City Captain Carlos Tevez

Photo: Tevez has told City he wants to leave in order to spend more time with his children

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After a bid earlier this week for the Argentinean Striker failed at approx $56 Million, a new bid has gone in at approx.  $63 Million, but City is believed to want more like $80.6 Million.

27-year-old Tevez last season captained Manchester City to the FA Cup and a place in the Champions League. Corinthians are hoping to bring Tevez back to the club where he previously enjoyed so much success.

Read more at BBC →

Jose Antonio Vargas On ‘THE COLBERT REPORT’ (VIDEO)

Jose Antonio Vargas On ‘THE COLBERT REPORT’ (VIDEO)

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On Thursday, Jose sat down with Stephen Colbert to discuss why he prefers the term “undocumented” to “illegal,” and his pledge for a new national conversation on immigration.

“I don’t want a 12-year-old sitting in a middle school somewhere in America thinking that he or she is illegal.”

“Even your president George W. Bush, he knew that the immigration system was broken in 2006 when he gave a speech on this. People like him have said that the system is broken.”

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Second ‘Green Card Lottery’ Held Friday After First Results Voided

Second ‘Green Card Lottery’ Held Friday After First Results Voided

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Federal officials in Washington Friday announced the results of a new drawing for the program, which attracts millions of applicants worldwide and each year provides about 50,000 immigrants a legal route to permanent residency in the United States.

The would-be winners had filed a class-action requesting that a federal court reinstate their selection and block the new drawing. But on Thursday afternoon U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the injunction and dismissed the case.

The mix-up over this year’s drawing for the program, the Diversity Visa Lottery, comes as some lawmakers question whether it should continue. On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee will discuss a bill to do away with the lottery.

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Republicans Need to get on the Right Side of the Issue on Immigration

Republicans Need to get on the Right Side of the Issue on Immigration

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It’s no secret that Births have overtaken immigration as the driving force behind the growth of the Mexican-American population in the United States in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The immigration is the number one issue to Latinos — especially Mexicans-Americans.  Republicans have until 2012 to decide before they lose an entire generation.  They can start by gaining courage to implement a secure border and legal immigration plan.

From CNN:

The same can be said for the entire Hispanic population of the United States, which grew from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010, accounting for 16.3% of the U.S. population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. About 58% of that growth resulted from births rather than the arrival of new immigrants, the report says.

The trend is most evident among Mexican-Americans, whose numbers grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million from new immigrant arrivals in the past decade, reversing trends from the previous two decades, when the number of new immigrants matched or exceeded the number of births, the report says.

Mexican-Americans are the nation’s largest Hispanic group,  at around 31.8 million, or 63% of the U.S. Hispanic population and 10% of the total U.S. population.

In the Pew report, the term Mexican-American applies to people of Mexican origin, regardless of immigration status. The study noted that in 2010, 52% of people of Mexican origin were in the U.S. illegally, and that 68% of births to undocumented aliens were to Mexican nationals.


Read more:  http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/14/births-not-immigration-account-for-most-of-hispanic-growth-in-last-decade/

 

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Two Mexican Men Charged with Smuggling 213 Central Americans into Mexico

Two Mexican Men Charged with Smuggling 213 Central Americans into Mexico

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A Mexican Court on Friday charged 2 men in Chiapas with smuggling 213 undocumented immigrants from Central America to Mexico.

The hundreds of illegal immigrants who were crammed inside a truck were described as being dehydrated and hungry. The truck was found near Mexico’s southern border, prosecutors said.

The state office of the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that José Alfredo Toledo Ocaña and Fortunato Pérez Díaz are accused of violating the Immigration Act after transporting undocumented immigrants for financial gain. They were both arrested on June 12 when they were smuggling the 213 immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil and Dominican Republic.

According to the Attorney General of the State of Chiapas, each of the 513 migrants are believed to have paid around $7,000 to be smuggled into the United States

Read more at Wire Update →

Miguel Angel Jimenez at the British Open- Warm up ,Stretching & Cigar Smoking (VIDEO)

Miguel Angel Jimenez at the British Open- Warm up ,Stretching & Cigar Smoking (VIDEO)

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Jimenez is only one stroke behind the lead after two rounds at the British Open. Listen to ESPN commentator Paul Azinger as he enjoys Miguel Angel Jimenez’s funny pre-round stretching routine.


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Mexico Wins Big at Travel & Leisure Awards Including Best Destination Spa in the World

Mexico Wins Big at Travel & Leisure Awards Including Best Destination Spa in the World

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Four of Mexico’s premier resorts and hotels won honors at the prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. Notably, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, was named the best destination spa in the world.

Mexico continues to be a highly sought after and world-renowned tourist destination. These awards are testament to the exceptional depth of quality Mexico possesses with regard to tourism infrastructure, specifically luxury accommodation.

This is the 16th annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 readers’ survey, which rates the world’s best hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, tour operators and safari outfitters.

Rancho La Puerta, the world’s first destination fitness resort and spa, sets the standard for multi-day destination spa vacations which encompass health and wellness for mind, body and spirit, offering fitness activities programs, healthful cuisine and luxury spa amenities.

The award for top resort in Mexico went to One & Only Palmilla Los Cabos and the top city hotel award in Mexico went to the Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. Mexico City.

Winners of the best hotel spa were named by region. In Mexico, tie honors went to both the Excellence Riviera Cancun Mayan Riviera and the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos.

The top winners in each category were honored at a ceremony on July 14 hosted by Novogrod and Vice President and Publisher Jean-Paul Kyrillos at the new Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel in Los Angeles. They are listed on www.TravelandLeisure.com and will feature as the cover story of the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 22.

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California Dream Act Update

California Dream Act Update

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Assembly Bill (AB) 130, one half of the California Dream Act, passed the State Senate floor Thursday and is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his hopeful signature. AB 130 allows AB 540 students full access to California’s higher education system. It enables these hard-working students who have met the UC, CSU or community college academic requirements to receive scholarships from private sources.

Although the passage of AB 130 from the legislature to the Governor is a monumental step towards providing educational opportunities to AB 540 students, the task is not complete until both portions of the California Dream Act, AB 130 & 131, are signed into law. We have to continue to work together, as a community of Angelenos and Californians, to get these bills passed, because AB 540 students represent both our present and our future.

We can never achieve our highest aspirations as a state if we cannot guarantee access to higher education for the children of our state who, through no fault of their own, happen to be in the country without documentation. AB 540 students will one day be the doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs that return to the California communities they came from hoping to make a difference. As such, I am proud to author AB 130 & AB 131.

Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Cedillo speaking about the passage of the Dream Act out of the Senate.

Assemblymember Gil Cedillo says the passage of AB 130 is a good step forward. (:10)
Assemblymember Cedillo says both AB 130 and AB 131 are needed to fulfill the dream of equal educational opportunity. (:16)
Assemblymember Cedillo says, after many years of sponsoring similar efforts, he’s anxious but hopeful the Dream Act will finally be signed into law. (:12)

For more information on AB 130 click here
For more information on AB 131 click here

GIL CEDILLO
Assemblymember, 45th Assembly District

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Indigenous Conservation Strategy Stops Amazon Deforestation

Indigenous Conservation Strategy Stops Amazon Deforestation

Photo: The Cofan are the remnants of a once numerous riverine culture in Ecuador and Colombia. Today, less than 2000 Cofan remain

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The Amazon’s first indigenous-based non-profit organization, The Cofan Survival Fund (Fundación para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofan), has launched a new fundraising campaign to support its innovative rainforest conservation program, the Cofan Ranger Park Guard program. This indigenous-run program has achieved zero deforestation within the one million acres of biodiversity-rich lands that are under Cofan control. By joining the newly launched “Campaign for 5000,” each $10/month supporter will save 2,000 acres of Ecuadorian rainforest, offset their carbon emissions, and help preserve the Cofan indigenous culture.

The Fundación para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofán (FSC) and its US-based branch The Cofan Survival Fund have launched a new fundraising campaign, “The Campaign for 5000” to support the one-of-a-kind Cofán Ranger Park Guard program. The Cofan Ranger Park Guard Program, created and managed by the indigenous Cofán people of Northern Ecuador, has been responsible for the successful protection of over one million acres of some of the most biodiverse forests in the world.

The impressively varied Cofán Ancestral Territories, ranging in altitude from 300 to over 14,000 feet above sea level, are the frequent targets of poaching, illegal logging, mining, and large-scale oil extraction, all of which threaten the integrity of these globally-important ecosystems as well as the Cofán culture itself. In response, FSC established the Cofán Ranger Park Guard Program in 2002. This program currently consists of over 60 Cofán men and women who patrol and maintain hundreds of miles of trails within their territories. Their duties also include monitoring and recording the presence of important and endangered animal species such as tapir, jaguar and the Andean mountain bear, to keep tabs on ecosystem health and integrity.

Satellite imagery of the Northern Ecuador region over the last decade clearly demonstrates how the rainforests under Cofán protection have remained wholly intact while the surrounding forests have undergone rapid destruction.

The Cofán Ranger Park Guard Program is responsible for halting deforestation in this critical region of high biodiversity. Maintaining intact forests also prevents the release of CO2 emissions that lead to global warming. A recent study sponsored by The Nature Conservancy estimates that by preventing deforestation, the Cofán Ranger Park Guard Program keeps over 90,000 metric tons of carbon from being released to the atmosphere each year, thus making a significant contribution towards mitigating global climate change.

The Cofán people are using this new information to support their new fundraising strategy, “The Campaign for 5000.” This new model of grassroots conservation seeks to create a partnership of a minimum of 5,000 members worldwide who will contribute $10 or more per month to the Cofán Ranger Park Guard Program. This small, monthly, U.S. tax-deductible donation will make an enormous contribution towards sustaining the vital conservation work of the Cofán Ranger Park Guard Program by covering ranger salaries, food, transportation, training & capacity building and field equipment. And in doing so, each $10/month collaborator will offset approximately 60% of their annual carbon emissions that result from their transportation, food production, and manufacturing of personal possessions. Perhaps even more impressive, each $10/month donation is responsible for preserving over 2,000 acres of some of the high biodiversity forests in the world.

“Not only does the Cofán Ranger Park Guard Program benefit the global community by reducing harmful greenhouse gas production through its prevention of deforestation, but it also serves other critical functions such as rainforest species protection and the preservation of the Cofán culture, both of which are currently at a high risk of extinction,” states Randy Borman, a Cofán leader and executive director of FSC and the Cofán Survival Fund.

“It is with great pleasure that my wife and I have chosen to support the Campaign for 5000. A few years ago, a stay at the Cofán community of Zabalo convinced us that contributing financially to the Cofan Survival Fund would be one of the most worthwhile ways of targeting our charitable donations… The Campaign for 5000 provides needed resources for work that is vitally important not only to the Cofán, but also to Ecuador, and the global community. We encourage the support of this program,” offered Ted Pidduck, a recent donor from Richmond, VA.

To learn more about the Cofán culture, the Cofan Ranger Park Guard Program, and the Campaign for 5000, please visit: http://www.cofan.org.

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SaturdayJuly 16, 2011