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TuesdayAugust 9, 2011

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¡Felicidades! Ecuador on Your 202th Year of Independence

Today, all of Ecuador is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations.  The fight for independence started in 1809 but only lasted for 24 days.  Some 13 years Antonio Jose de Sucre with Simon Bolivar, who lead Venezuela’s and Colombia’s independence movement, made their way to Ecuador and led a two year battle against the Spanish to cement Ecuador’s independence.

Ecuador, part of the former Inca Empire, is home to more than 14 million people and home to the world ecological treasure of the Galapagos Islands. The country will celebrate with military parades, music concerts and cultural exhibitions.

The President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the following congratulatory remarks:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Ecuador on the 202nd anniversary of your country’s independence this August 10.

Our two countries have stood together on behalf of freedom and democracy around the world. We have a long standing commitment to equality and prosperity. Today, we are partnering on behalf of a number of regional and international issues and I look forward to continued collaboration in pursuit of common goals.

As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, and reflect on your rich history, know that the United States wishes the people of Ecuador a safe and prosperous year to come.

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Colombian Indigenous Groups Selling Crafts Thanks to Unique UN Program

Colombian Indigenous Groups Selling Crafts Thanks to Unique UN Program

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Sixty indigenous families in Colombia are selling handicrafts in the capital, Bogotá, to cater to an influx of fans attending the ongoing youth soccer World Cup tournament as part of a United Nations-backed initiative to alleviate poverty.

The initiative resulted from a UN Development Program (UNDP) partnership with Bogotá City Hall, the Colombian Government and the Indigenous Council Mesa Indígena, a civil organization of forcibly displaced indigenous peoples living in Bogotá, according to a press release issued today by UNDP.

The indigenous peoples from 19 ethnic groups have been living in extreme poverty in Bogotá after being displaced from their ancestral lands by armed conflict.

Many were trained in sales and marketing techniques in recent months, enabling them to better market their handicrafts in hotels and malls in Bogotá during the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, held in several cities across Colombia between 29 July and 20 August.

The World Cup has brought an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 foreign tourists to Colombia and they are expected to spend some $100 million in the country, according to the Government.

“We are taking advantage of the influx of tourists to boost market entry opportunities for indigenous peoples within the private sector’s inclusive business and corporate social responsibility initiatives,” said Xavier Hernandez, an official with UNDP’s poverty reduction and sustainable development program.

The sale also coincides with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which is being marked globally today.

Hotels and malls in Bogotá will continue selling indigenous crafts a couple of months after the World Cup as part of UNDP’s Inclusive Economic Development Project. Businesses are also supporting the initiative by buying the materials required to make handicrafts, promoting products in shop windows and providing transport and food.

Evelio Rodríguez Martínez, a member of the indigenous Kankuamo people and leader of 19 communities, said the initiative will enable them to earn an income in a dignified way, working with their hands and using the knowledge passed on between generations.

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Google’s “Voice Search” Sends “Hunter” Around the World

Google’s “Voice Search” Sends “Hunter” Around the World

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In 2008, Google launched Voice Search for mobile phones, and this past June made it available for computers. What the program allows is for the user to “search by voice” on a digital device. Now, “voice hunters” are traveling the around the world looking for voice samples so the program can understand as many languages, and in turn, as many users as possible.

Since Google did not believe the standard lexicons usually offered by companies that license the voice samples, a voice hunter has been sent to scour the globe for voice samples in over 300 languages.

Voice Hunter Linne Ha told Fast Company she travels around the world collecting the samples with help from local Google users. The users are given an “Android smartphone loaded with a specially designed speech-gathering app,” which they then go out into their communities as use.

“The local experts are people who would be using our products,” Ha told FC. “We want to make sure that whatever we develop is something they would want to use.”

Though weather conditions can sometimes be an issue in her travels, Ha said she has not had an issue with finding participants.

“People are really proud of their language,” Ha says. “They want to make sure [Voice Search] works properly and that they can use it with their native tongue.”

So far, 27 languages are supported, leaving only 273 more to go, which could take Ha another decade to collect. Luckily, she and Google are looking for reinforcements.

Read more at Fast Company →

WATCH Real Madrid Take on Team of 109 Chinese Youngsters (VIDEO)

WATCH Real Madrid Take on Team of 109 Chinese Youngsters (VIDEO)

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With a tiny opponent for every year of the club’s existence, Guangzhou children treated the team to a farewell match, at the end of the Real’s Asian tour.

 

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Colombia’s National Soccer Coach QUITS After Punching Female Heckler Who Was Also His Date (VIDEO)

Colombia’s National Soccer Coach QUITS After Punching Female Heckler Who Was Also His Date (VIDEO)

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Hernán Darío “El Bolillo” Gómez has voluntarily quit after a wave of criticism for punching a woman outside a Bogotá bar.

After several unconfirmed versions of an altercation in front of a bar involving the Colombian National Soccer team’s coach surfaced Monday, Hernán Darío “El Bolillo” Gómez has voluntarily resigned his post.

The victim had been at the bar with the married coach, and at the end of the night, highly intoxicated, she began heckling him on soccer issues, and the poor performance of the team in the last Copa America.

Gómez allegedly lost his cool after several minutes of intense drunken heckling, and punched the woman between 2 and 4 times in the face “as if she was another man” according to witnesses.

Police say they have not yet received a complaint, and it is dubious whether charges will be pressed, but public opinion, and netizens heavily condemn the coach’s behavior, and the tidal wave of comments bashing him, and suggesting that he was getting a kinder treatment than the soccer player who kicked an owl a few months ago, were enough to make him quit his post.

“After a profound personal reflection and looking after the benefit of the nation, the soccer team, the federation, the sponsors and assuming the consequences of his acts, Hernán Darío Gómez Jaramillo has resigned his post as coach of the National Soccer Team,” said the Colombian Soccer Federation in a statement.

Gómez himself has not provided any public statements, other than a small press release in which he lamented the incident and “having lost control in the way that I did.”  He deemed his own behavior as “unacceptable” and will “take every measure necessary to avoid acts like this to be repeated in the future.”

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Grieving (and Unhinged) Woman Eats Her Husband’s Ashes

Grieving (and Unhinged) Woman Eats Her Husband’s Ashes

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In 2009, Casie married the man of her dreams, but just two and half years into the marriage, Casie’s husband Shawn died from a severe and sudden asthma attack.

Casie was the filmed as the season finale of TLC’s “My Strange Addiction: I Can’t Stop.”

In the episode she said she began eating her late husband’s ashes after she spilled some while transferring the remains to a more permanent urn.

“I didn’t want to wipe them off because that’s my husband, I don’t want to wipe him away,” Casie told TLC. “So I just licked it off my fingers.”

Two months later, and she’s still doing it, and says she “can’t stop.”

Though eating Shawn’s ashes may be the weirdest part of her addiction, Casie also has other “addictions.”

“I take my husband everywhere, to the grocery store, shopping, to the movies, out to eat. Anywhere I go, he goes.”

The widow even sleeps clutching the cedar-looking box containing the ashes.

Casie even said, “When I go grocery shopping, I buy the foods he likes. When I cook, I cook what he likes. I don’t eat it, but I cook for him.”

Through the episode, Casie is seen going through therapy to help her with her grieving and odd behavior. At one point she threatens suicide if not allowed to eat the ashes. At the end of the episode, TLC states Casie got over her suicidal thoughts about the ashes, and enrolled herself into inpatient therapy. She was not allowed to bring the ashes, and is under 24-hour surveillance, according to Jeebel.com.

Read more at Daily Mail →

Texas Gov. Perry’s Changing Stance on Immigration Could Hurt His Presidential Campaign

Texas Gov. Perry’s Changing Stance on Immigration Could Hurt His Presidential Campaign

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Governor Rick Perry’s (R-TX) image among Hispanics have changed in the last ten years. In 2001, he pushed for education for undocumented immigrants and their children, but in 2011, he’s looking to eliminate what have come to be called “sanctuary cities,” in which police are not required to check the immigration status of those detained for means of sending them along to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

As census numbers have shown, Hispanic voters are large enough in to change the tides of an election, but Perry may have burned too many bridges.

Perry’s bill to put an end to “sanctuary cities” by proposing legislation to allow police to question people on their immigration status has left a sour taste in the Hispanic collective’s mouth.

San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro called Perry’s bill “easily the most anti-Latino agenda in more than a generation.” And outside the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials annual convention this past June immigration advocates protested his arrival.

Though he continues to say he is proud of the Hispanics of Texas, he is still aligned with today’s anti-immigrant Republican party, which has done all it can to tell undocumented immigrants that they are not welcome.

So while Perry may have an immigrant-friendly past, his most recent stances have provided him with few friendly Hispanic faces.

Read more at Takling Points Memo →

LATINO BLOTTER: NYPD Catches Pint-Sized Latino Subway Groper (VIDEO)

LATINO BLOTTER: NYPD Catches Pint-Sized Latino Subway Groper (VIDEO)

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Eighteen-year-old José Alfredo Pérez Hernández was taken into custody for allegedly inappropriately grabbing at least 12 women in the Subway system.

Police received a tip from a superintendent at an upper East Side building that Pérez, a coffee shop employee at one of his buildings, was the tiny pervert they were looking for; the super recognized the short groper from a subway surveillance photograph released by police last week after a young woman was sexually assaulted Friday inside Central Park, near 66th St.

Detectives suspected that the groper might work in a kitchen because of the odd hours that the attacks occurred; they picked up Pérez at his home Tuesday morning. He refused to speak with officers, and asked for a lawyer.

The tiny groper has been in the prowl since May, and is reportedly a suspect in at least a dozen other eerily similar attacks, where a man standing less than 5 ft tall approached young women near or inside their homes after following them from the train station, and groped them.

A coworker at Antonucci Café, where Pérez was a dishwasher defends him, and says that at least during the last incident, Pérez had him as an alabi, as they were drinking together at a bar.

The pint-sized groper is still being questioned, and victims are being contacted to identify him in police lineups.

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Two Men Arrested For Death of Girl Stabbed 30 Times

LATINO BLOTTER: Two Men Arrested For Death of Girl Stabbed 30 Times

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Two Hispanic men believed to be involved in the fatal stabbing of a North Carolina girl have been arrested, and prosecutors say the victim was stabbed 30 times.

Gabriel Alejandro Maricio Lopez, 20, and Alejanero Prada Sanchez, 19, have been arrested in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Patricia Perez-Godinez, whose body was seen floating in Jordan Lake by a fisherman Saturday morning.

She had last been seen Thursday night. Her family reported her missing after Friday evening. Lopez and Sanchez were arrested Sunday.

It is believed that Sanchez, Perez-Godinez’s boyfriend, stabbed her after an argument while at the lake, and that Lopez was a witness.

The two men have each been charged with 1st degree murder and were denied bail. Their next court date is set for August 24th.

Monday, the Perez-Godinez ‘s family gathered for a private memorial at her home in Fuquay-Varina, NC. She would have been a freshman at Fuquay-Varina High School this fall.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Arizona Man Shoots His Manhood Off With Pink Gun

LATINO BLOTTER: Arizona Man Shoots His Manhood Off With Pink Gun

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Police in Arizona are urging people to use holsters, and avoid using their waist bands when packing heat, i.e. a gun, like the very unfortunate Joshua Seto.

How or why 27 year-old Joshua Seto ended up in possession of girlfriend Cara Christopher’s pink pistol, in front of a grocery store remains unclear. She said they were going in for refreshments, when Seto put away the pink gun in the front of his pants, like a TV thug, the loud bang brought them back from his Tarantinesque delusions of grandeur.

Christopher promptly called 911 and told them her boyfriend had accidentally shot his penis and left thigh with her pink handgun. The operator told her to apply direct pressure to the wound.

Seto stayed conscious through the ordeal, and was taken to the hospital for surgery; no information on the severity of his wounds has been released.

Seto could also face charges if he wasn’t registered to carry a gun, according to a Chandler police spokesperson.

Police are urging armed citizens to avoid carrying their guns like movie characters, and instead use holsters.


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Brazil’s Uncontacted Indians Feared Dead at the Hands of Drug Traffickers

Brazil’s Uncontacted Indians Feared Dead at the Hands of Drug Traffickers

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Just last year, the first photos of a tribe of indigenous people in the Amazon were revealed to the world, but according to a tribal advocacy group, they may have been killed by Peruvian drug traffickers that forced their way past a Brazilian outpost.

Just outside the tribe’s lands stands an outpost placed to keep those outside the tribe from engaging them. However, according to Survival International, in July, heavily armed men, suspected of being Peruvian drug traffickers, ransacked the outpost, which is roughly 31 miles west of the Peru-Brazil border. Since then, Brazilian officials can find no sign of the indigenous people, and fear the worst.

”We think the Peruvians made the Indians flee,” Carlos Travassos, the head of Brazil’s department for isolated indigenous peoples told IG. “Now we have good proof. The situation could be one of the greatest blows we have seen to the work to protect isolated Indians in decades. A catastrophe … genocide!”

The proof Travassos is referring to is a broken arrow found in the bag of an alleged cocaine trafficker, Joaquim Antônio Custódio Fadista, a Portuguese man police arrested last week.

Until the photos were taken last year, the tribe had never come into contact with the outside world, and FUNAI (Survival International) the National Indian Foundation, is worried that aside from threats of violence against them, the tribe’s health is at risk as they have not built up immunities to outside illnesses. Either way, contact with those outside their tribe could have deadly results.

Near the tribe’s land police have reportedly found a package containing 20kg of cocaine. It is feared the Envira River, where the outpost is located, has become an entry point into Brazil for cocaine smugglers from Peru.

Read more at Survival International →

Kenny Ortega to Direct “Dirty Dancing” Remake

Kenny Ortega to Direct “Dirty Dancing” Remake

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Can anyone forget the 1987 epic dance film that made Patrick Swayze an immortal dance icon?  So therefore it’s very exciting news to hear there is going to be a remake and Ortega who choreographed and invented the grinding style of “Dirty Dancing” which made the original a cult classic, will be a part of the remake.

Dirty dancing is undoubtedly one of the film icons of the 80’s, as well as one of the most profitable films ever, grossing some $213 million worldwide, while made on a budget of $6 million.

Now it seems that Lionsgate wants to continue milking the “Dirty Dancing” cash cow and have allegedly asked Kenny Ortega to direct it.

Kenny Ortega, went from choreographing Swayze and Jennifer Grey, to directing the TV series (at least for a handful of episodes) before directing a few High School Musical episodes and then the hit Michael Jackson tribute documentary “This Is It,” brought to life after the King of Pop’s death obscured the tour Kenny Ortega was orchestrating.  And this is just a small fraction of the famed director/choreographer’s bio.

What do you think? Tell us in our forums Section!

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$9.95/Month Internet Access Offered by Comcast to Low-Income Families

$9.95/Month Internet Access Offered by Comcast to Low-Income Families

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Comcast has announced a new $9.95/month internet package for low-income families.  This initiative is not as altruistic as it might look but rather part of the company’s continued efforts to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) mandates on their merger with NBC.

The discounted internet service called ‘Internet Essentials’ is available to families that are part of the National School Lunch Program and have not been a prior Comcast customer.  When a family enrolls they have the option to purchase a netbook-laptop for $149.99 with internet browser software. 

As part of the Comcast-NBC merger the company agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households” and promised they would work to bring more diversity to programming. 

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WATCH New Video for Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” (VIDEO)

WATCH New Video for Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” (VIDEO)

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After performing it live at “The Voice” back in June, and on the “Today Show” Friday, Aguilera and Maroon 5 have released the official video!

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UPDATE:  61- Yr Old Swimmer Abandons Efforts to Swim From Cuba-to-Florida after 29 Hours (Video)

UPDATE:  61- Yr Old Swimmer Abandons Efforts to Swim From Cuba-to-Florida after 29 Hours  (Video)

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UPDATE:  29 hours in her incredible journey swimmer Diana Nyad abandoned her effort at 12:45 am this morning to swim the 103-mile trek from Cuba-to-Florida.  The strong winds and currents were challenging the 61-year old swimmer and when she began vomiting she was pulled abroad the kayakers rowing beside her that where carrying her shark-repellant devices. 

This morning when she was almost at the half way point she had already suffered through shoulder pain and asthma according to CNN.  It was the strong currents that threw her 15 miles off course that forced her decision to quit. 

ORIGINAL STORY:  More than 30 years after her last big swim, Diana Nyad is back in the water off Key West.  Nyad, a former commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, became well known in the 1970s for her swim around Manhattan Island and, a few years later, for swimming from the Bahamas to Florida.

Now, at age 61, she’ll soon be attempting a 103-mile swim from Cuba to Key West. She has been training relentlessly — with 9-hour, 15-hour, even a 24-hour swim.

And she’ll be doing it without a shark cage. Instead, an electronic shark-deterrent device called Shark Shield, which works by affecting the electro sensory system sharks use to detect bioelectric fields given off by living tissue, will accompany the marathon swimmer.

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20th Anniversary of ‘Martyrs’ of Peru Killings - On Path for Beatification

20th Anniversary of ‘Martyrs’ of Peru Killings - On Path for Beatification

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Today, August 9, 2011, marks the 20th anniversary of the martyrs of Peru killings. Twenty years ago on this date Fr. Michal Tomaszek and Fr. Zbigniew Strzalkowski, Franciscan friars were killed by “Sendero Luminoso”- The Shining Path terrorist organization.

The two missionaries worked in the Andes, in Peru and devoted themselves to the difficult task of taking care of the parish of Pariacoto, besides working in several villages. Wherever the two men worked they left the memory of their “Franciscan brand”: humility, poverty, kindness, ability to compromise for the good, the tenacity of community life.

On August 9, 1991 a commando of twenty guerrillas, who were part of the revolutionary organization Sendero Luminoso, entered the village, raided the monastery and kidnapped Fr. Michal and Fr. Zbigniew. Soon after, after a brief trial, the two missionaries were killed in the countryside nearby, the place that they themselves called “San Damiano”, where they often went to pray.

On June 5, 1995, on the fourth anniversary of their death, a year before the period required by the current legislation (five years after the death of a Servant of God) the process of beatification began.

The place of their martyrdom and their grave has become a pilgrimage destination in Peru.

Read more at Ageniza Fides →

STUDY:  Fewer Migrants Coming to Mexico & Even Less Leaving Mexico

STUDY:  Fewer Migrants Coming to Mexico & Even Less Leaving Mexico

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Mexico’s National Employment & Occupation quarterly report shows that the country’s immigration out flow is ‘almost’ nothing.  This means that fewer migrants are coming to Mexico and even less are migrating out of Mexico.

The reports shows that Mexico lost .09 % of its people to migration to the U.S. or to other countries from March, 2010 through March, 2001.  This net migration number came from the fact that only .38% of Mexicans left the country to migrate while only .29% immigrated/came to Mexico.  These statistics show that the height of the migration boom in 2006 is over.

Read more at Sacramento Bee →



TuesdayAugust 9, 2011