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FridayJuly 29, 2011

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Microsoft, Experts Stress Need for High-Skilled Immigration in Senate Hearing

Microsoft, Experts Stress Need for High-Skilled Immigration in Senate Hearing

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While the House Judiciary Committee focused on a very different part of immigration yesterday, its Senate counterpart held a hearing on “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform.” In the hearing, witnesses testified that immigration reform that makes it easier for high-skilled immigrants to come work in the U.S. is not only good policy, but an economic necessity. Brad Smith, General Counsel and Senior VP for Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft testified that smart immigration reform could create more jobs for American workers, something the economy needs as our nation struggles to recover from the recession.

David Skorton, President of Cornell University, outlined the problems currently plaguing high-skilled immigration, telling the committee that times have changed, and that:

The U.S. is not always the top choice of students from Asia who are applying to graduate school in science and engineering. ..If our immigration policy causes the number and quality of international students who matriculate in STEM disciplines at U.S. universities to decline significantly, it will reduce our capacity for research, innovation, and ultimately economic growth.

Skorton went on to explain that there are not enough qualified or interested American students to fill the slots in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) undergraduate and graduate programs and recommended streamlining the green card process for international students with STEM degrees from U.S. universities. Skorton also recommended reducing the backlog for skilled legal immigrants, enacting policies that keep families together, and passing the DREAM Act.

Federal inaction isn’t the only danger to the U.S. economy. During the hearing, Paul Bridges, Mayor of Uvalda, GA, testified about the economic repercussions of the anti-immigrant law recently passed in Georgia.

The reality is this law won’t solve the immigration problem in the state. It will only devastate local economies…We grow many different crops year round [which are] harvested by skilled migrant farm laborers who have harvesting down to a fine art…

These workers are a critical part of Georgia’s economy. Their work helps agriculture to inject $6.85 billion into Georgia’s economy. These workers also contribute to local economies as consumers, too. Every time they buy a good or service, they pay the same taxes that I pay. Many own their homes and pay property taxes. Their taxes are co-mingled with my taxes and are used to pay for schools and public service.

The loss of their tax revenue will be felt in Georgia…Now that migrant workers are fleeing Georgia, perfectly healthy crops have been left rotting in the field. The Georgia Agribusiness Council has already reported that farms have lost $300 million due to a lack of workers. The economic toll could reach $1 billion.


Both the patch work of restrictive state laws and federal inaction are putting the U.S. behind its global competition. In an editorial for The Hill, Sen. Schumer pointed out that “our competitors are enacting immigration policies that offer scientists and engineers from around the world up to $250,000 to emigrate, in order to deploy their talents and skills in for the good of our competitors’ economies.”

If Congress fails to come together and pass immigration reform, the potential effect on the U.S. economy could be devastating, wasting economic opportunities that would benefit all Americans and leaving the U.S. to fall behind other nations in attracting foreign talent which, by the way, supplements not supplants American workers.

Sen. Schumer stated that our economic supremacy arose because we “successfully attracted the world’s best minds.” The U.S., however, is no longer doing that, which puts us in jeopardy of losing the global competitive edge we once had.

Read more at Immigration Impact →

Cook County Commissioner Garcia Withdraws Bill to Stop ICE from Taking Detainees

Cook County Commissioner Garcia Withdraws Bill to Stop ICE from Taking Detainees

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Cook County Commissioner Jesús García (D-Chicago) withdrew a bill Wednesday that would have required the county to free certain detainees wanted by federal immigration authorities.

“We want to rethink it,” he said after a County Board meeting.

The legislation would have made Cook County the largest in the country to stop complying to requests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for local jails to keep inmates an additional 48 hours after what their criminal cases require.

The measure would have ended Cook County’s compliance unless inmates were convicted of two misdemeanors or one felony, or unless the county was reimbursed.

Read more at WBEZ →

Alessandra Ambrosio and Ashton Kutcher Faces of Colcci

Alessandra Ambrosio and Ashton Kutcher Faces of Colcci

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Check out the model and the actor cozy together in a steamy photo session for Brazilian Fashion Company Colcci.

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We don’t necessarily see it, but in some circles they compare Alessandra Ambrosio with a young Demi Moore.
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Do you see the resemblance? let us know in our forums section!

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Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute Making it Easier For MX Nationals Abroad to Vote

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute Making it Easier For MX Nationals Abroad to Vote

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It will soon be easier for Mexican nationals abroad to register to vote in the 2012 presidential elections for Mexico.

Starting October 1, Mexicans living outside Mexico will only be required to show two documents to vote. They will only need their application and a photocopy of their voter identification card which is issued by the Federal Electoral Institute.

The IFE General Counsil will allow Mexican nationals to register their out-of-country address without additional documents, and voter ballots will be mailed to the registered address.

In an effort to increase voter turnout, the IFE is promoting the new process at Mexican Consulates.

In the last presidential election only 32,632 votes from Mexican nationals living in the United States were accepted, resulting in only 25 percent of the U.S. votes being accepted.

Next year’s election will take place on July 1, but absentee ballots will need to be in before June 30.

Read more at News America Media →

Alan García Steps Down, Skips Humala’s Inauguration (VIDEO)

Alan García Steps Down, Skips Humala’s Inauguration (VIDEO)

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Choosing to go against tradition, Past President Alan García didn’t appear before congress, nor was he present at the future president’s inauguration.

“I leave behind a resolute and hard working country, confident of its future. […] Allow me to remind you, we are triumphing before the world” said García before asking Peruvians to support Ollanta Humala “so jobs and justice are affirmed”.

García didn’t attend Humala’s inauguration in congress. He said he was afraid of being the object of ridicule by the opposition, as he was at the end of his first term in 1990 when he gave the band to Alberto Fujimori in front of a riotous congress who booed him, insulted him, and picketed the event.

Instead, he gave his presidential band to a military official and casually, left the event.

Take a look at the video, and comment in our forums section.

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Airlines Looking to Increase Traffic to Mexico as Business Traveler Demand Rises

Airlines Looking to Increase Traffic to Mexico as Business Traveler Demand Rises

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As the demand from international travelers to visit Mexico for business increases, international airlines are attempting to increase the number of flights to the country. And Mexico is beginning to look like the new aviation hub of North America.

Airline AeroMexico increased their flights from Barcelona and Madrid, Spain to Mexico City in July, made possible “thanks to their code share operations with Air Europa,” said BNO News.

Travelers arriving in Mexico on international flights increased 3.8 percent - roughly 1,141,159 people - from April 2010 to April 2011.

Other airlines such as Virgin America and Atlantic, American Eagle, and Brazil’s TAM have also begun similar services or will soon.

The second busiest airport in Latin America by passenger and aircraft traffic is still Mexico City International Airport.

Read more at BNO News →

Minorities, Those in Need of Cleaner Air May Benefit the Least from Electric Cars

Minorities, Those in Need of Cleaner Air May Benefit the Least from Electric Cars

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Communities Most in Need of Clean Air May Benefit Least, Advocates Fear

A new report to be released Wednesday by The Greenlining Institute, the first ever to examine the impact of electric vehicles on communities of color, raises serious questions about whether EVs will have the needed impact on the communities most in need of clean air, within California and nationwide. Cost and lack of consumer education, the report argues, may blunt EVs’ impact in the communities that need them the most.

“Electric vehicles will do little to clean the air if the only people buying them are in Malibu and Marin,” said report author C.C. Song, green assets fellow at The Greenlining Institute. “We all want cleaner air and less use of fossil fuels, and electric vehicles and strong mileage standards can play a big part, but communities of color – 60 percent of California’s population – may miss out on the benefits of electric cars.”

Among the report’s findings:

  * Polls have shown Californians of color to be more concerned about air pollution than whites, making them a natural market for EVs and hybrids.
  * Despite this, 70 percent of hybrid owners are white, which does not bode well for widespread adoption of EVs in communities of color.
  * Affordability remains a major concern, and the long-term future of federal and state tax incentives and rebates is uncertain.
  * Creative efforts will be needed to increase EV market penetration in communities of color, including education about how the “smart grid” can help minimize charging costs.
  * Because EVs will likely be unaffordable for many Americans for some time, clean air efforts must include a variety of other strategies, including strengthened public transit and car-sharing programs for low-emission vehicles.

Read more at Greenling Institute →

Chávez Looking Forward to Looking Like Yul Brynner

Chávez Looking Forward to Looking Like Yul Brynner

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Come visit our Amigo ó Enemigo section as we analyze and dissect what is said by and about Hispanics. 

“You’ll surely see a bald Chavez in a few days. Do you remember Yul Brynner? I’ll be Yul Chavez,” statements made by the left-leaning Venezuelan president on a phone conference with government officials to discuss his battles with cancer. 

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Enrique Iglesias Admits Onstage to Having a TINY PENIS (VIDEO)

Enrique Iglesias Admits Onstage to Having a TINY PENIS (VIDEO)

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Iglesias told Aussie fans he has the “smallest penis in the world,” after discussing losing his virginity.  What was he thinking or maybe he was thinking with his small penis??

Iglesias begun his awkward rant by inviting three audience members to join him on stage.

The four men had a small conversation that unexpectedly took a raunchy turn when Iglesias asked his new friends at what age they first had sex.

Iglesias initially claimed he was a virgin until 25, “I grew up with a lot of my friends and all of them lost their virginity with hookers, not that there’s anything wrong with that. They had to pay for it. I wanted to wait for the right girl so I waited until I was 25.”

Moments later, the singer straightened up his story and claimed he was in fact 17 the first time: “I was nervous as s*** the first time. Usually the first time is not the best. Let me be honest, I was 17-and-a-half, I was so nervous. It lasted ten seconds.”

About his strange choice of venue for a amigo-to-amigo chat, Enrique said he was on antibiotics, and shouldn’t have mixed them with alcohol.

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Is There a Future for Cartels If Your Pooch Is Already Getting a “High” Life from Medical Marijuana?

As the debate rages on about legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes your neighbor’s pooch might already be enjoying the benefits.

Many legalization advocates feel legalizing marijuana would reduce the drug cartel’s violence and put a dent in their business. So should los narcos be worried when Rover is enjoying the ‘high’ life on a Seattle designed pot patch?

Thanks to Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems, LLC our four-legged friends may soon benefit from the purported benefits of smoking pot.  Jim Alekson’s, the firm’s owner noted “Because dogs suffer from the same maladies that humans do. It’s a question of quality of life.”

The patch has been patented by the company and can be used on your cat and horse also.  The company sees the patch as a ‘holistic’ painkiller. 

Does that mean your pooch has to worry about its owner poaching it’s stash?

Read more at Seattle King5 →

Mixed-race Woman Marrying White Supremacist/Murder Suspect

Mixed-race Woman Marrying White Supremacist/Murder Suspect

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Erica Herrera, of Sacramento, California, is just days away from her wedding, but many are curious about her choice in a groom.

The half Hawaiian and half Hispanic bride-to-be is set marry Curtis Allgier’s at the Utah State Prison in Draper.

Allgier is currently in prison accused of shooting prison guard Stephen Anderson in 2007 while he was escorting a shackled Allgier. He is also said to have ties to white supremacists, and his body is covered in tattoos, including a number of swastikas on his face and the words “SKIN HEAD” across his forehead.

ImageDespite the fact that he’s in prison for murder, and despite his ties to the racist regime, Herrera, 31, says Allgier is “a very sweet, loving…really kind-hearted, good person.” She went on to tell local KTVX-TV that his ties to white supremacy do not reflect what he really believes.

“That’s obviously not what he is if he’s marrying someone that is of a different background than he is.”

The two began communicating before the 2007 shooting, and Herrera says she believes Allgier is innocent. However, she did say that if he is convicted, she will either divorce him or get an annulment.

The couple will exchange vows on August 8th, through a glass wall at the prison.

They will not be able to consummate the marriage however, but they have requested that Allgier be transferred to a state where conjugal visits are allowed.

If convicted, Allgier faces the death penalty.

Read more at Daily Mail →

Zapatero Calls for Early Spanish Elections (VIDEO)

Zapatero Calls for Early Spanish Elections (VIDEO)

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Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced that elections will be Nov. 20 “so a different government offers assurance.”

Facing continuous pressure from opposition politicians and business leaders after his Socialist Party suffered severe losses in regional and municipal elections last May, Zapatero said his government has set the grounds for recovery in a very difficult economic context, citing a slight improvement on unemployment as proof of the promising condition of Spanish economy.

“The route is clear. This is why the moment is now to write up an electoral calendar,” Zapatero said.

Altough Zapatero personally decided to call for early elections, he said the decision was first consulted with presidential Socialist candidate Alfredo Péez Rubalcaba.

Opposition leaders said the 4 month early elections is good news as it is what “the majority of Spanish citizens wanted.” Business leaders also celebrated the decision. Francisco González, chairman of BBVA said, “Spain needs a strong government that take decisions that place it again at the level of the most important countries in Europe.”

Read more at El País →

Rare Mexican Pre-Columbian Artifact Intercepted by Customs Officials in Chicago

Rare Mexican Pre-Columbian Artifact Intercepted by Customs Officials in Chicago

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Rare and tiny, a miniature Pre-Columbian artifact was intercepted by Chicago U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers during a routine outbound operation at O’Hare Airport. Measuring only four inches tall and thought to originate from a multi-piece burial scene in an elaborate underground mountainous tomb, this clay figurine of a Nayarit woman embodies the history of an ancient Western Mexico people, dating back to the early first millennium AD.

In April CBP officers examined a small shipment manifested as containing an artifact. The parcel held an interesting-looking, orange-painted figurine of a woman which was found to have sold for $550 at an auction and was en route from Indiana to the buyer in British Columbia, Canada. CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations enlisted the help of experts in the field of anthropology at the famed Chicago Field Museum for further identification and found the item to be an authentic Pre-Columbian artifact of West Mexico dating to the early first millennium AD. The Nayarit figurine was seized as illegally obtained cultural property under 19 USC 2609.

“Archeology captures history before the written word, and when a piece of history is lost, even a small piece like this figurine, it is gone forever. Ancient tombs and graves are places known to have valuable artifacts where gravesite looters continually rob countries of their heritage,” said Robyn Dessaure, Acting CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. “That is why foreign governments are extremely interested in the recovery of these authentic historical items and appreciate CBP officers as protectors of rare and priceless ancient history in many parts of the world.”

Recently the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago affirmed the figurine as a cultural artifact which was illicitly exported from Mexico. The artifact will be returned to the Mexican government in an upcoming CBP and ICE-HSI repatriation ceremony. The case is considered an active ongoing investigation.

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Mexico’s National Institute for Education of Adults Wins UNESCO Award

Mexico’s National Institute for Education of Adults Wins UNESCO Award

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The theme of the 2011 UNESCO International Literacy prizes is literacy and peace, with special consideration to gender equality. 

Prizewinners include programs in Burundi, Mexico, the United States of America, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with honourable mentions to programmes in Pakistan and the Philippines. 

The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded every year in recognition of excellence and innovation in literacy throughout the world.

The prizes will be awarded at an official ceremony on 8 September 2011 during International Literacy Day celebrations in New Delhi, India.  Each prize consists of US$20,000, a medal and a diploma.

The “Bilingual Literacy for Life” program of the Institute for the Education of Adults in Mexico has won one of the two awards of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize. The program was recognized for its impact in reducing illiteracy among indigenous peoples, especially women; for improving indigenous people’s ability to exercise their rights and for providing a strong example to other multicultural and multilingual communities and countries in attaining social cohesion.

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Brazil Refurbishes Hydroelectric Power Plants

Brazil Refurbishes Hydroelectric Power Plants

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In one of the largest energy-efficiency investments ever undertaken in Brazil, a public utility will use a $128 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to partly finance the rehabilitation and modernization of two large hydroelectric complexes in order to increase power production, lower maintenance costs and double the service life of the facilities.

The two facilities, Furnas Hydroelectric Plant and Luiz Carlos Barreto de Carvalho Hydroelectric Plant, are owned and operated by Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. (Furnas), one of Brazil’s largest energy utilities.

Operating since 1963 and 1969, the plants were designed to produce a combined 2,266 megawatts of electricity and are already long past their intended service lifespan of 30 years. As a result of normal wear and tear, their turbines require increasingly frequent and costly repairs, reducing power production at a time when Brazil’s electricity demand is growing at 5.2 percent per year.

Building new electricity generation plants to make up for these shortfalls would cost up to four times more per megawatt than refurbishing the existing facility. Furnas opted to embark on a $600 million program to completely restore the turbines, generators and mechanical equipment and to modernize the control, supervision and protection systems at the plants, along with related equipment. These improvements should enable the plants to continue operating beyond 2040.

When completed, the program is expected to have cost $270,000 per megawatt of electricity generation capacity. By contrast, building new facilities capable of generating the same amount of electricity as the refurbished damns would cost at least $1.25 million per megawatt, and possibly much more.

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FridayJuly 29, 2011